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ThurberMingus  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v1.75 - January 24, 2020

I am going to make an entry way table/shelf. I haven't picked a design yet, I'm just saying I'll add updates with with plans and progress to these threads.

ThurberMingus  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I'm having all four of my wisdom teeth out in 12 hours, kinda freaked out.

I have no memory of this, but allegedly when the anesthesia was wearing off I persistently thanked the oral surgeon for a couple minutes.

They offered to give me my wisdom teeth, and I thought that was fantastic while still groggy. The next day I thought they were horrific and threw them out.

Hope it goes smoothly for you, good luck

ThurberMingus  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Small stash o' pics from last night's full moon.

Yeah, we were a day past the peak of the perseids and not quite at the right time of night, but we drove to a really dark place and we still saw a handful, and the night was wonderful. But no, I didn't have a camera that could take pictures either of meteors or of us in the dark.

ThurberMingus  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Small stash o' pics from last night's full moon.  ·  

    A meteor shower+picnic sort of date is in my back pocket

A+ idea. That's how I proposed to my wife.

ThurberMingus  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Solving everything wrong with America at once

    1) But we don't make anything anymore anyway. So if we tax the shit out of carbon,

We don't employ many people to make anything anymore. We make more than ever though.

Chart from here: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/07/25/most-americans-unaware-that-as-u-s-manufacturing-jobs-have-disappeared-output-has-grown/

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ThurberMingus  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, How Has Your Decade Been?

In the moment I can never tell the difference between soul searching and navel gazing.

It turns out I started college at the same time as ButterflyEffect and ilex though. So one decade ago I finished my first college semester with I think about a 3.45 GPA, just shy of the 3.5 required to keep the scholarship I had. My GPA had a remarkably linear decline until 5 years later I graduated from a cheaper school with a GPA about .05 points above the minimum required for graduation.

A bullet point list of my decade looks a lot more impressive than it feels. Because the bullet point is that I got the degree I set out to. And really, I had a good time freshman year, sophomore year was stressfull, transferring sucked, second sophomore year was worse, social life got better jr and sr years, but I had really started hating anything academic at that point...

Same situation with job stuff, looks good as a bullet point, but its not interesting enough of the time for me and the details are all about which directions to push while I'm still there, or what direction to look if I move on.

10 years ago I could not have guessed where I would end up now. I don't even remember what I wanted the future to be back then.

The biggest positive by far is meeting my wife and getting married. And her personality is not who I thought I'd end up with, but definitely better for me.

We bought a house a month ago. Again it looks like a fancy milestone as a bullet point, but I'll wait to judge that decision in the next decade thread.

ThurberMingus  ·  37 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Can we sequester all of our C02 with trees? [Update: No]

Right. But the carbon still had to be in the deposit.

At this point I'm speculating that if the trees in a forest [no fires] sequester X tons per year for Y years [longer than lifetime of trees], the Total Sequestered Carbon << X×Y, unless something is done to prevent typical decay. I think most of the carbon cycles and not much is sequestered once the forest is mature.

Though now I'm realizing that the zero-to-maturity sequestration is probably more important than the post-forest-maturity sequestration.

ThurberMingus  ·  37 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Can we sequester all of our C02 with trees? [Update: No]

I haven't looked into how much of the carbon stays in the soil and how much is recycled into other organisms as they decompose.

I'm just remembering how fire makes carbon & other nutrients available again in some ecosystems and wondering if there are fungus and bacteria that do the same in ecosystems without fire.

If I'm remembering right, most fossil fuels started in bogs or other aquatic places where plant matter was buried before the usual decomposition happened.

ThurberMingus  ·  37 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Can we sequester all of our C02 with trees? [Update: No]

Is there something that needs to happen after the tree dies to move it out of the carbon cycle? Lots of work to bury them, but if they just pile up until a first fire comes through it wouldn't effectively sequester much.

ThurberMingus  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v0.5 - December 17, 2019 (WIP)

Wow that really drives home the tiny scale

ThurberMingus  ·  52 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Tesla Wedge

Should have known by trying to cut off one argument I'd start another on forum etiquette. Sorry for butting in.

ThurberMingus  ·  52 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Tesla Wedge

I'm not the hubski argument umpire and I'm not here to defend or demonize kleinbl00. I've just been lurking here long enough to see the exact same pattern of snark/calling bs/acting butthurt about fifty times. It just gets dumber until one of you quits.

I don't really have an opinion on Tesla or trucks either, but I might be able to find a video on cold rolling steel if you cared.

ThurberMingus  ·  52 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Tesla Wedge

This conversation happens every month on some random topic.

ThurberMingus  ·  52 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Tesla Wedge

Just say you like the truck and move on already.

The guy knows some materials and knows some cars and you aren't about to change his mind cus he himself is the one that thought burros how to be stubborn asses.

ThurberMingus  ·  93 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I don't like bonsai but I like this tree . . .

It's been interesting to think about it in terms of the respect a tree deserves instead of in terms of human needs or responsibility. Thanks for answering my question.

The aesthetics and art of bonsai are a high enough purpose to justify it for me, though I am probably valuing that and the inherent worth of a tree differently than you.

ThurberMingus  ·  94 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I don't like bonsai but I like this tree . . .

I really don't know what to say to that. Everything about about agriculture or gardening or domestication is changing or at least redirecting biological drives to suit our purposes better. That can be done in a cruel way, but I don't think it is an inherently cruel activity. I'm not sure when I would call doing something to a plant cruelty.

A bonsai at least a mature tree that goes through is whole life cycle, just dwarfed by pruning and limited soil.

ThurberMingus  ·  94 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I don't like bonsai but I like this tree . . .

Just curious - but why don't you like bonsai?

I've liked them as long as I can remember. Nature art and ornamental gardening combined. Don't have any of my own though.

ThurberMingus  ·  100 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A thing I made.

It's the whole self-similar thing:

The first 3 notes are A-B-A. A-B-A repeats a lot of places so let's replace it with α.

So now play the instrument longer (imagine zooming out one level). A-B-A-C-A-B-A = α-C-α. Hey, that looks similar. Let's call it β for short.

Zoom out the timescale again and now the instrument plays β-D-β, which also repeats in a bunch of places so…

ThurberMingus  ·  102 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Uncovering the Seeds of a Post-Lawn Future

It's probably bias from knowing already, but pokeweed looks like it's poisonous and it wants everyone to know it.

ThurberMingus  ·  102 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 16, 2019

    I'm still in good shape and I intend to keep it that way.

That's the spirit. I have an aunt who had a bad concussion and there were some long term and some permanent effects. I think from her brain swelling - not sure, it was maybe 10 years ago now. It did take time for her and her family to adjust - time to adjust and time to guess what to adjust - her/family/environment/etc. It's easy to get hung up on differences but she's the same person she was before. And by now, it's a bit like she switched out some pet peeves - normal before, normal now, chaos in the middle. I don't know if that's relevant to you, but I'm sharing in case it's useful to hear about someone else dealing with a brain injury.

I only have one piece of advice but I don't know if you'll like it. Sprinkling cayenne pepper on the dirt will keep squirrels from digging up the planters without harming them. Ihope they get a whiff of it and back off without snorting a lungful, but I'm not sure because I never caught them in the act.

ThurberMingus  ·  103 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Uncovering the Seeds of a Post-Lawn Future

Might be pokeweed. Though at this time of year they usually have berries

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytolacca_americana