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by KathyLauren
Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:51 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: 'Ish Christmas
Replies: 37
Views: 6000

Re: 'Ish Christmas

While I like the ideas presented so far in this thread, I would like to put in a plug for not feeling obliged to observe Christmas at all. There are basically two reasons to observe Christmas: religious and cultural. I have nothing against those who find something of value in either of those reasons...
by KathyLauren
Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:00 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Laptop without the Battery
Replies: 15
Views: 1033

Re: Laptop without the Battery

I don't like the ergonomics of laptops. You are either too close to the screen or too far away from the keyboard, plus the keyboard is usually nasty and uncomfortable, and the function keys are never in the standard places. The pointing device (non-mouse) is usually crap. However, I bought one for t...
by KathyLauren
Mon Nov 02, 2009 5:26 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Understanding Electricity
Replies: 6
Views: 923

Re: Understanding Electricity

I second the advice above: learn about it before you start experimenting or you could wake up very dead. As a quick orientation to things electric... Electricity is easy to understand if you think of it like water flowing through a pipe. Water is under a certain amount of pressure and it flows at a ...
by KathyLauren
Mon Nov 02, 2009 4:04 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: What do you do to save energy?
Replies: 23
Views: 7376

Re: What do you do to save energy?

Cut back on unnecessary travel. We collect all our errands and make one trip into town every two weeks. Take vacations to nearby destinations instead of going halfway around the world. Eat local produce when possible. We recently switched from imported orange juice to locally-grown apple juice. Make...
by KathyLauren
Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What is the deal?
Replies: 11
Views: 854

Re: WHAT THE HECK?

Teo, you know perfectly well why your thread was closed. It was explained to you more than once. The topic you wish to discuss, even if you somehow limited yourself to the legal aspects of it, is off topic for this forum. Now, you are in violation of the "being nice" rule as well. We all know where ...
by KathyLauren
Wed Oct 28, 2009 9:02 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: GMOs contaminate organic flax
Replies: 0
Views: 652

GMOs contaminate organic flax

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/attack-of-the-triffids-has-flax-farmers-baffled/article1340838/ The purveyors of GMOs promised it couldn't happen. Monsanto sued and bankrupted its victims when it happened with canola in the past. This escape is so widespread, it is unlikely that anyone...
by KathyLauren
Sun Oct 25, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
Replies: 82
Views: 27230

Re: Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

sushil_yadav wrote: Humans are not responsible for anything - the genes are responsible for everything.
With all due respect, that makes no sense at all.
by KathyLauren
Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Food for thought
Replies: 5
Views: 494

Re: Food for thought

It's not the technology per se. The problem is the idea that we can take without putting back. Sustainability requires restoring resources when we are finished with them. I think of it as the "gate rule". When out hiking, if you come across a gate in a fence, the rule is that you always leave it the...
by KathyLauren
Wed Oct 21, 2009 3:55 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: If your house was on fire...
Replies: 21
Views: 1697

Re: If your house was on fire...

1. the cats 2. my backup hard disk 3. the fireproof box containing insurance documents and other valuable papers The cats because, well, because. The disk because it has everything of value from both my wife's and my computers, including photos. Insurance will buy me a new computer, but they can't r...
by KathyLauren
Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:30 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: wind turbine self-build course
Replies: 7
Views: 1887

Re: wind turbine self-build course

According to the info on the website linked in the original post, the turbines are in sizes of 100W, 500W and 1000W. The 100 and 500 sizes would have limited use, but 1000W is a useful size. Just how useful depends upon how windy the proposed site is and what your electrical demands are. I know of o...
by KathyLauren
Fri Oct 16, 2009 2:12 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: diesel generator
Replies: 9
Views: 2257

Re: diesel generator

spitfire wrote:6000kw
Holy moley, that's one BIG generator! :shock: I presume you meant 6000W or 6kW.
by KathyLauren
Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:44 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Cheap ways to fertilise
Replies: 19
Views: 2051

Re: Cheap ways to fertilise

I haven't yet decided what works best for me. However, some techniques that people here use are: - Gather seaweed. After storms, people go down to the beach and gather buckets of seaweed to dig in or top-dress their gardens. - Green manure. Because seaweed is low in nitrogen, people plant a green ma...
by KathyLauren
Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:35 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Anyone had a frost yet?
Replies: 30
Views: 1870

Re: Anyone had a frost yet?

Our coastal climate is very similar to the British climate. Around here, people leave most of their root crops like beets in the ground all winter. It seems that the ground is a better storage medium than just about any root cellar or other artificial storage system. People just dig them up as they ...
by KathyLauren
Mon Oct 12, 2009 4:16 am
Forum: Reporting spam
Topic: spam
Replies: 1
Views: 530

spam

by KathyLauren
Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:26 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Free Electricity ???
Replies: 7
Views: 1981

Re: Free Electricity ???

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If it sounds too good to be true and they want money for it, RUN!!