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johan  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 6, 2019

I’ve got a list of nurseries that carries North American native seeds that I got from a visiting professor so let me know and I will dump it on you.

Wikipedia tells me it’s called a ”community garden” in North America, it’s basically a plot of land that has been subdivided into smaller plots for individuals to grow their own food for a small fee. It’s great if you live in a small apartment but still wish to do some gardening. The city provides water and a spot to dump garden refuse but everything else you might need like seeds etc you have to buy yourself, or barter from your neighbours. I got some strawberry seedlings last year in exchange for a wheelbarrow of horse manure from my Italian neighbour (I also got to borrow the wheelbarrow from him).

applewood  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    wheelbarrow of horse manure

That's legit hard core. :)

Thanks for the offer of the list. I might take you up on that.

johan  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 6, 2019

What flowers are on your list? I got my seeds for the allotment garden this year two weeks ago, but ended up just going with vegetables.

applewood  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·  

They're a few I got off the list from my state's Department of Natural Resources. Next week I'm gonna call some nurseries and see who carries what.

What's an allotment garden? Does your government give you free seeds?

johan  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I’ve got a list of nurseries that carries North American native seeds that I got from a visiting professor so let me know and I will dump it on you.

Wikipedia tells me it’s called a ”community garden” in North America, it’s basically a plot of land that has been subdivided into smaller plots for individuals to grow their own food for a small fee. It’s great if you live in a small apartment but still wish to do some gardening. The city provides water and a spot to dump garden refuse but everything else you might need like seeds etc you have to buy yourself, or barter from your neighbours. I got some strawberry seedlings last year in exchange for a wheelbarrow of horse manure from my Italian neighbour (I also got to borrow the wheelbarrow from him).

applewood  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    wheelbarrow of horse manure

That's legit hard core. :)

Thanks for the offer of the list. I might take you up on that.

johan  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 6, 2019

It’s no longer your birthday here, so happy belated birthday! I had to google chicago pizza and now I’m intrigued.

tacocat  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Jon Stewart has a rant against it that's on YouTube. He calls it a casserole and not a pizza. I guess that's somewhat accurate. But it has about an inch of melted mozzarella so he can stuff his New York pizza gate keeping while I choke on delicious cheese

johan  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: As More Cities Ban Cashless Businesses, New York Wants to Follow

In my neighbourhood in Malmö everyone still accept (and prefer) cash. However, many of the bars, cafés and restaurants in the fancier part of town only accepts card or mobile payments. On the bus you have to pay with a card or phone if you haven’t prefilled your bus pass. Last time I was in Stockholm, only the cheapest bar accepted cash. All the grocery stores I’ve been to have accepted both, but in the bigger ones you are incentivised to use a card, if you want to use the self-checkout or the extra cash register they open up when it’s busy you have no choice but to pay with card. I’m not sure what it’s like in the countryside, but I imagine some of the stores as starting to ditch cash since the ATMs are getting more and more rare.

johan  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The People Who Eat the Same Lunch Every Day

When I lived in Norway, me and my Swedish friends used to joke about the boring Norwegians who had sandwiches for lunch every single day. I guess it grew on me, cause I miss it, or as the article points out I miss not having to think about what I’m packing for lunch every day. We used to get free bread at work, and cheap Norwegian bread is so much better than what you get in Swedish supermarkets. I now live next door to an Iranian bakery that only makes barbari bread which has started to turn into a routine buy on the way to the bus when I haven’t had time for breakfast or preparing lunch the day before.

johan  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Who Is Left on Hubski?

So happy you're still around, it made me sad when binder came and went so quickly!

applewood  ·  25 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah, on the bright side though, applewood is a much better sounding username.

johan  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Who Is Left on Hubski?

Name: Johan, here and afk

Location: Malmö, Sweden

Age: No longer in my 20s!

Current Preoccupation: Never-ending studies, my allotment garden, local issues. I don't think I've ever really been a frequent contributor around here, but I lurk around almost daily. Even though I read a lot, writing in english has never been effortless for me, so I end up sitting out most discussions.

Previous Preoccupations: Heartbreaks, setbacks, breakups, makeups (stuck on repeat)

Role and purpose: Maybe I will figure it out some day!

johan  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What did Earth look like X years ago?

Fair enough! ;) I saw it in a slide in a lecture and remembered this post.

johan  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What did Earth look like X years ago?
KapteinB  ·  27 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Wow, that looks very close to how I imagined it! A bit large for home use though.

Devac  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm reasonably certain that the one I saw was solid, not inflatable. +/- me misremembering something that was, ultimately, just a short distraction on a much longer trip, we might never know.

johan  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Fair enough! ;) I saw it in a slide in a lecture and remembered this post.

johan  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Research Shows Forests Undervalued in Fight Against Climate Change

johan  ·  36 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How tobacco brands are returning to F1 by the back door

In a way they were never really stopped.

After this crash, I read how an anonymous tobacco spokesperson said what he saw was two packs of Marlboro smashing into each other.

The article mentions that Philip Morris has continued to sponsor Ferrari with $100 m/year and from what I've heard they get a veto on which other sponsor decals gets on the car. Maurizio Arrivabene who was their team principal before this season came directly from a VP position at Marlboro.

I wonder what the demographics of F1 fans looks like these days. From what I've heard TV ratings has been sloping downwards for a long time now since moving the live streams to premium channels in many countries, and I wonder if they are gaining any fans in the younger segments. Most of the time it's not an exciting sport to watch, the playing field is hilariously uneven, and everyone involved has been trying to milk as much money out of each other for a long time now.

johan  ·  40 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Traditional Finnish Log House Building

I’ve spent the last five summers working on restoring a house with a similar construction to the one in the video (but much bigger) alongside professional carpenters using traditional methods. Since they are usually stretched pretty thin, sometimes I’ve been helping out when someone is missing. One time I helped out peeling and shaping a log with the axe. My hands have never hurt as much as they did the next day, so many blisters. I think the gloves make it worse since your hands get sweaty. The video was really interesting, I’ve put in flooring and insulated with sawdust in the same way as they do in the video, with some variation. Around where we put the iron stove we opted for a more fireproof insulation and instead of dried moss between the logs we used flax fibers.

johan  ·  52 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Tunneling into your local bank

A Burglar's Guide To The City by Geoff Manaugh had a chapter on tunnel burglaries, my favorite was the Burrowing Burglars that tunneled into a bank vault in Hollywood and escaped with $2 million and escaped through the sewers on quadrunners.

galen  ·  52 days ago  ·  link  ·  

See also:

johan  ·  62 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How much can forests fight climate change?

My cynical side wants to say that you will tend to ignore or down-play what could hurt the bottom line of your company, even if your business is in the field of fighting climate change.

user-inactivated  ·  62 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I feel you. Sometimes it feels like if we're ever really going to get anywhere, we need to stop viewing and judging our ecological actions through an economic lens and start viewing and judging our economic actions through an ecological lens.