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  • Weekly Garden Thread - September 18-24, 2021

    09/18/2021 5:23:47 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 83 replies
    September 18, 2021 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is a non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack...
  • Need Recommendations...

    09/11/2021 2:08:35 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 78 replies
    11 Sept 2021 | US Navy Vet
    Need recommendations for a good/great walking shoe.
  • Weekly Garden Thread - September 11-17, 2021 [Best Garden Memories Edition]

    09/10/2021 6:23:00 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 107 replies
    September 11, 2021 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is a non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack...
  • Arosno E-trace takes electric-assist cycling to the snow

    09/10/2021 12:43:42 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    https://newatlas.com ^ | 10 September 2021 | By Ben Coxworth
    The E-trace can reportedly climb 60-degree slopes - Arosno For cyclists in many parts of the world, the arrival of winter signals the end of proper outdoor bike riding. Well, they might want to check out the Arosno E-trace, as it's designed specifically for cycling in the snow. Created by French entrepreneurs Romain Faure and Agathe Lebaron, the E-Trace is sort of a recumbent electric-assist tricycle. Instead of wheels, though, it has two steerable polyethylene skis in front, and a Camso snowmobile-style rubber track in the back. As the rider pedals, they spin up a rear sprocket wheel via a...
  • Guns you wish you never sold

    09/09/2021 9:15:23 AM PDT · by mylife · 136 replies
    Freerepublic ^ | 9/9/21 | mylife
    What guns have you sold that you miss dearly? I miss my High Standard AR 15 sn 107. made in Tx, a tack driver...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - September 4-10, 2021

    09/04/2021 7:05:12 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 101 replies
    September 4, 2021 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is a non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack...
  • Monthly Cooking Thread - September 2021

    09/01/2021 5:01:46 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 93 replies
    We were bored and looking for some new recipes. My husband is 'religious' about low-carb/Keto - (he lost a lot of weight years ago, and has kept it off; and got his A1C down to normal levels) - and I love roasted or grilled veggies. We found this recipe for a sheet-pan dish of Greek-inspired chicken and vegetables, from Downshiftology. Here is a video of how it's done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXRINU_tjs8And here is a link to the recipe to print: https://downshiftology.com/wprm_print/55213*************************************************** My husband likes a traditional Italian olive-oil salad dressing, and always makes his own. I like gloppy, creamy ones. We recently...
  • Monthly Fiber Arts Thread - September, 2021

    09/01/2021 3:57:36 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 56 replies
    September 1, 2021 | Diana in Wisconsin
    The Monthly Fiber Arts Thread is a monthly gathering of people that love yarn and fabric of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first project, to experienced fiber artists and beyond, we would love to hear from you. It is impossible to hijack the Monthly Fiber Arts Thread. Knitting, crochet, quilting, weaving, general crafting - there is no telling where it will go, and that is part of the fun and interest. Jump in and join us! Send a Private Message to Diana in Wisconsin if you'd like to be added to our Fiber Arts...
  • These 14- and 9-year-old siblings earn over $30,000 a month mining cryptocurrency

    09/01/2021 12:15:09 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 66 replies
    CNBC ^ | 31 Aug 2021 | Taylor Locke
    Fourteen-year-old Ishaan Thakur and his sister, 9-year-old Aanya, spent their summer building a lucrative business mining cryptocurrency. “We started because we wanted to learn something new about technology – and also make some money along the way,” ...based in Frisco, Texas, had to learn how to mine, which is no simple feat. When mining to earn cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ether, complex computers are programmed to compete to solve difficult puzzles in order to validate transactions. His parents were supportive: “We could have spent the entire summer playing video games, but instead we used our spare time to learn about...
  • The Bicycle Thread - September 2021

    09/01/2021 7:31:40 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 56 replies
    September 1, 2021 | The Bicycle Thread
    Welcome to The Bicycle Thread. A monthly PING List for bicycle enthusiasts to share experiences, information and ideas.
  • Charles Bellow - Ultimate Prepper (Vanity)

    08/29/2021 8:02:26 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 10 replies
    This has to be the most Joyful, Brilliant, and (despite his protestations) Creative eccentric that I've encountered.(It's 47 minutes, but well worth it if you have the time; and may be of special interest to the 'preppers' among us).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qcsWajivnI
  • Elon Musk: ‘Bezos retired in order to pursue a full-time job filing lawsuits against SpaceX’

    08/28/2021 8:24:21 AM PDT · by fireman15 · 44 replies
    The Verge ^ | Aug 27, 2021 | James Vincent
    Elon Musk has criticized fellow centibillionaire and space cowboy Jeff Bezos for filing lawsuits against the former’s aerospace company SpaceX. Earlier this month, Bezos’ space firm Blue Origin sued NASA after it lost a critical government contract to put astronauts on the Moon to SpaceX. This has had the effect of delaying SpaceX’s own work on the project. And now, this week, Amazon has urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to dismiss newly-submitted plans by SpaceX to launch another cluster of satellites to power its satellite internet service Starlink. Replying to a story about the latter complaint, Musk tweeted: “Turns...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - August 28-September 3, 2021 [Yes We Can! Edition]

    08/28/2021 6:13:03 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 78 replies
    August 28, 2021 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is a non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack...
  • Teen pilot aims to be youngest woman ever to fly solo around the world

    08/27/2021 9:53:20 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 62 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | August 27, 2021 | Monica Danielle
    The roar of the wind crescendos with the airplane engine as the runway recedes into a long, gray ribbon stretching behind 19-year-old Zara Rutherford. She was taking her first test flight in the aircraft she will pilot around the world. At the moment the wheels of the Shark Ultralight lift off the ground, a massive grin splits the teen's face nearly in half. She is right where she wants to be. Raised in a family of pilots, Rutherford, who is Belgian and British, started flying at a young age. “I went to school in Belgium and England and have been...
  • Caught shooting 15 rounds in Wicker Park intersection, two-time felon is sad that cops confiscated his ‘good gun,’ prosecutors say

    08/24/2021 1:31:52 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 37 replies
    CWB Chicago ^ | 23 Aug 2021 | CWB Chicago
    A Chicago cop who was patrolling solo took a two-time felon into custody after seeing him firing a gun in a Wicker Park intersection Saturday night, according to prosecutors and a source. Later, the two-time felon allegedly whined that the arresting officer got his “good gun.” Serrano later admitted to having the gun and told investigators he was sad because “this is my good gun,” prosecutors said. Judge Mary Marubio set bail for Serrano at $150,000, meaning he will need to post a $15,000 deposit to get out of jail. He will be placed on electronic monitoring if he posts...
  • Blue Origin END GAME!! Top GENIUS Engineers Escape Jeff Bezos to Join up SpaceX & Elon Musk

    08/24/2021 7:58:10 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 24, 2021 | Great SpaceX
    As we all know on July 20, Blue Origin successfully made a flight to the edge of orbit, making Jeff Bezos one of the first two billionaires to go to space. This seems to be the resounding success of Blue Origin so far. However, after the billionaire space founder came back to Earth, the company's internal affairs became chaotic, many key engineers and leaders decided to leave the company.At least 17 key leaders and senior engineers have left Blue Origin this summer, with many moving on in the weeks after Bezos’ spaceflight.Two of the engineers, Nitin Arora and Lauren Lyons,...
  • forgive the vanity, nature of this post. any radio contact with cuba?

    08/24/2021 7:57:46 AM PDT · by mylife · 15 replies
    freerepublic ^ | 8/24/21 | mylife
    I am with out antenna for shortwave, any of you know what is going on in Cuba? Haiti? Venezuela? the news is all covid all the time and now Afghanistan and its all smoke I get nothing on radio Havana 5040 but that may be my lousy Grundig sattelit 750, my ten tec is in disarray
  • England's crop circle controversy

    08/23/2021 5:18:26 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 27 replies
    bbc ^ | 23 aUG 2021 | Daniel Stables
    Although these mysterious formations have appeared worldwide, south-west England is the unlikely world capital of crop circles, baffling locals and farmers alike. Was this the nexus for some kind of potent Earth energy? Or, terrifyingly, a target for extra-terrestrial weaponry? In this instance, something more mundane. "That's the logo of the Barge Inn down in Honeystreet," chuckled a fellow visitor, a potbellied man in a Dark Side of the Moon T-shirt. "Probably man-made, this one." The intricacy and size of the formations, coupled with the fact that they would appear overnight, seemingly out of nowhere, baffled locals and farmers alike....
  • How underground arm-wrestling mania is slamming NYC streets

    08/23/2021 7:26:01 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | 23 Aug 2021 | Hannah Frishberg
    ...just because my bicep is less than half the size of his does not necessarily mean I will lose — despite its appearance, arm-wrestling is not all brute strength but significantly technique. Arm-wrestling is still considered little more than a formalized bar brawl by many Americans, The DIY arm arena took a little over two months, $300, numerous Home Depot trips and the help of his father and grandfather to complete, but once he built it, challengers did come. The scene can swell to 15 people, all mingling, flexing and fighting at the curbside stadium. “It’s super accessible — all...
  • Sources: No Biden firings

    08/23/2021 2:25:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Axios ^ | 8/22/21 | Hans Nichols, Jonathan Swan
    President Biden isn't inclined to fire any senior national security officials over the chaos in Kabul unless the situation drastically deteriorates or there's significant loss of American life, people familiar with the matter tell Axios. Why it matters: Dismissing national security advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin or CIA Director William Burns would be tantamount to admitting a mistake, and the president stands by his decision. While acknowledging the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has been “messy” and the Taliban captured the country quicker than he anticipated, Biden is deeply committed to his policy, the...