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63. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
2:51 AM GMT on January 20, 2014
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62. ycd0108
8:29 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
Ylee:
Good idea. Monbiot does seem to bring up some unusual perspectives.
As Sam (Mark Twain) Clemens was quoted:
"Half of the result of good intentions are bad..."
And vice versa.
I'm not sure if he's an "expert" on this subject nor whether that quote has been "peer reviewed".
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61. Ylee
2:52 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
Good morning, ycd! The latest Monbiot is a very good one, and since Sandiquiz's current blog talks about the measures likiting flooding in central London, I'm also posting the link there!

Hope you're doing well!
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60. ycd0108
2:41 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
Good morning Bogon:
I needed to reread the article myself just now - maybe I had filed it with my "forgotten unknowns".
In my own small way I am trying to at least think occasionally about why we generally carry on shoveling more coal (of lower and lower quality) into the boiler of this runaway train we ride.
Our languages are built on and modified by attempts to describe the world we see around us.
I spent an amusing hour or more last evening looking up words and phrases in "The Urban Dictionary".
Lately my "urban" experience has been mainly to find the most convenient highway through or around such places but that is very likely where the languages are evolving - certainly not at my kitchen table.
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59. Bogon
8:51 AM GMT on January 17, 2014
Good morning, ycd. I just got around to reading the article you linked in comment 51, See No Evil.

I'm not a linguist, but it amuses me to think about how language helps us to ignore inconvenient facts. For instance, the article points out that problems in Iraq arose "because power had been placed in the hands of the Sunni minority". This is written in weaselly passive voice. It tells us that something happened, but it doesn't say who did it, why or how.

In life most of us face such an apparent superfluity of pain, fear, anxiety and uncertainty that we soon learn not to "borrow trouble". After all, "ignorance is bliss".
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58. ycd0108
2:56 PM GMT on January 16, 2014
Good morning:
Just above freezing and we are expecting sunshine today.
calpoppy:
Bee keepers on the Island have been loosing hives for a number of years. We got a couple of "nukes" imported from New Zealand and one from my hometown in the North Okanagan. The New Zealand hive was very mellow and easier to work with and the Okanagan hive was much more aggressive.
Tloml and I were away in the RV when the hive swarmed last summer and we have never been able to catch a swarm anyway - I just hope the swarms survived somewhere but from what I read that is not likely.
The second swarm last summer I was here and the bees did not seem to concentrate in a swarm at all - they were all over the yard and in my shop and the whole area was buzzing one day and then really quiet the next day.
Tloml's notion to keep bees was more motivated to promote bee populations here than to provide us with honey and it certainly did not become a money-maker. We did gift a number of people with a small jar of honey for Christmas though.
I've been trying to think of storage options for your new Minnie Winnie. Our RV is also used by my daughters so anything stored long term is mainly functional rather than personal.
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57. calpoppy
12:41 AM GMT on January 16, 2014
You keep bees! We did, well twice. Both times they swarmed to many times and they ended up with wax moths that killed the larvae. Very sad, so no more bees for us. The two wild hives we had by us have also been invaded by wax moths, and the hives are no more. The last bees we got were pretty docile at first, then became increasingly aggressive, maybe a little Africanization going on.

Our drought has been pretty devastating on them also, but they will make a comeback. I still see bees out here so there not entirely gone :))
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56. ycd0108
5:45 AM GMT on January 15, 2014
I'm impressed with both of those people.
Neither of them need to do this to raise their stardom level but they are doing it anyway.
Good for them!
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55. SalishSeaSam
7:57 PM GMT on January 14, 2014
Ya, but Harper has riled up Neil Young and Diana Krall, so…
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54. ycd0108
2:42 PM GMT on January 14, 2014
Good morning SSSam:
That's a fine picture. Also it is good news that bees near you are healthy and strong.
We are worried here that our one hive did not survive. We did not take off any honey in the fall - just buttoned the hive up and we're hoping for a revival this spring. I think they swarmed twice last year so that would weaken the hive - we'll see.
Tloml's "Girls Night Out Book Club" last night so I wathed "Little Big Man" rather than go to bed at 1900 hr.
One of the crucial points in the story line is the betrayal of Treaty rights of the Plains Indians.
Our Prime Minister behaves like the cartoon of General George Armstrong Custer in that movie.
The deal was:
"This phrase is the title of Chapter 7 in this book. It is taken from a message that was sent by President Andrew Jackson to the Choctaw and Cherokee Indians when they were going to be moved out of their homelands in the process of “Indian Removal.” In this message, Jackson is promising the Native Americans that the place where they are going will be theirs forever. He is promising them that they will be able to hold that land as long as grass grows or water runs which is, one would think, forever."
- See more at: http://www.enotes.com/homework-help/explain-signif icance-phrase-long-grass-grows-water-446554#sthash .JDm6zl7i.dpuf

What Harper seems to be trying to do is make sure the grass won't grow nor the river run so the Athabaska Treaty will be null and void.
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53. SalishSeaSam
5:06 AM GMT on January 14, 2014
Almost spring here today, ycd. Here's a pic telling the story. If I was literate I could probably just place it here, but I ain't so I can't
http://www.wunderground.com/wximage/SalishSeaSam/
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52. ycd0108
12:59 AM GMT on January 13, 2014
Don't you hate that when it happens?
I might have to get my expanding belly off my skinny butt and back this one:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/neil-young- blasts-oilsands-expansion-launches-fundraising-tou r-1.2493638
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51. ycd0108
11:06 PM GMT on January 12, 2014
I like this one:
(Claps hands and grins foolishly)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25680144
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50. ycd0108
6:33 PM GMT on January 12, 2014
Phoned my Mom and youngest Sister this morning.
Sis and I were chatting about cost of house renovations and it reminded me of a headline on CBC.BC online about the most expensive houses built ib B.C.
One Bonehead topped the list with an ugly 54 million dollar "Mansion" on Vancouver waterfront.
What that signifies to me is:
The Canadian dollar is now valued at one fifty-four millionth of a waste of money.
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49. ycd0108
3:52 PM GMT on January 12, 2014
Good morning Ylee:
Best to keep a weather eye on one's "Electronic Funds Transfer" business.
I don't know how the system works but I have flown in to a number of countries with little or no local cash (usually have a few hundred USD in my pocket) and functioned just fine depending on credit cards.
I carry more than one card because sometimes a perfectly good card will not be accepted.
Most of the fraud I have heard about was not involved with any travel at all.
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48. Ylee
5:17 AM GMT on January 12, 2014
I had some flowers mysteriously sent to London(England, not Kentucky) a few years back, and I caught the charge on my online banking account before the bank did! I check my account online several times a week!
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47. ycd0108
4:59 AM GMT on January 12, 2014
Daughter#2 had quite the week:
Yesterday SIL#2's business credit card was flagged. She called the bank and found out that he had booked flights and expensive hotels in Dubai and UAE to the tune of 4500$ in the last couple of days.
Since he happened to be working in boring old Nanaimo at the time the bank cancelled the charges and the card.
I guess it is the bank's problem now but I'd think they would be a bit quicker on the uptake in these times.
Last year I blogged about SIL#1 having his wallet stolen in Santiago, Chile. By the time he cancelled his cards the thieves had charged up multiple large loads of marine diesel fuel.
I assume the businesses that accept these charges know exactly what they are doing and the banks are also watching very closely.
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46. ycd0108
12:01 AM GMT on January 12, 2014
calpoppy:
No new glasses yet but I have an appointment on February 12 with the optometrist.
One fellow I built for had shot bears and preserved the meat as "Corned Bear". He fed us while we worked there and the corned bear was very tasty.
He had been trying to protect his apple trees and his garden but he finally gave up shooting the bears - there were too many of them and each one would be a lot of work to process.
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45. calpoppy
10:41 PM GMT on January 11, 2014
Bear watching would be far more profitable, so many more people who would do that over killing a 1200# Kodiak bear, skinning him where you shot him, then loading up the very heavy skin to send it to taxidermist who is going to charge you several arms and legs and that is beside the cost of being an out of state resident, so you had to hire a guide........

I felt that there was going to be a some money made for wolf tours also, until the crazy Idaho and Montana people decided to shoot them all :(((

Enough of that! Did you get your glasses??
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44. ycd0108
7:47 PM GMT on January 11, 2014
Good morning RenoSoHill:
I was expecting a cartoon or a joke when I saw your comment show up.
That's not funny!
As a matter of fact the teller at my local Beer and Wine Store and I were saying how we preferred the rain to snow and another customer piped up with some reality:
"No snow on the mountains means low water supply this coming summer."
Sometimes reality can be such a killjoy!
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43. RenoSoHill
5:50 PM GMT on January 11, 2014
We are hiding out at Lake Almanor - seeing first rain in months. Not enough snow around to make a snowball, last January 1 had 75 inches on the deck-normal is 2-3 feet. We are soooo dry, not even popcorn works.......USGS went to measure the snow pack on Jan 1, usually 100" or so there, this year just dry dirt.
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42. ycd0108
5:43 PM GMT on January 11, 2014
Wet and windy last night.
The RV shed floor was flooded for the first time in a year.
I usually wait till that happens to clear the drains.
I had the tools set up in there and the RV parked outside but since this is not unprecedented the tools were all up off the floor or in waterproof boxes.
Once the water soaks away I'll go dry out some of the wood stock I had left leaning on the walls.
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41. ycd0108
3:06 AM GMT on January 11, 2014
I don't listen to music on the SamGal much Ylee:
But thanks to your link I found this:
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40. Ylee
7:06 PM GMT on January 10, 2014
We're back! If you like Guy Clark, you might want to go here. I know you can't pick up the station on the radio, but they have an app that the Samgal should be able to take advantage of!
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39. ycd0108
6:41 PM GMT on January 09, 2014
Is anyone else getting the apology:
"Oops! Could not connect to Wunderground"
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38. ycd0108
2:08 PM GMT on January 09, 2014
This morning's read:
http://www.lfpress.com/2014/01/09/violent-protest s-coup-up-next-in-bangladesh
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37. ycd0108
3:48 AM GMT on January 09, 2014
Went looking for some music I have never heard before:

Anybody else out there ever jump off the roof of the garage?
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36. ycd0108
4:32 PM GMT on January 08, 2014
Mornin' Ylee:
I haven't seen Wilbur (I call all bears Wilbur) for a number of years here but he or she has left a couple of calling cards:
The compost barrels were tipped over and rolled around and the heavy polyprop barrel has large tooth marks.
Also he or she smashed up one bee hive and ate most of the honey.
I've never asked Wilbur where he or she came from 'cause they are not allowed on the ferry so they must have been here on the Island for a few thousand years.
Edit:
Come to think, I did see a "Cinnamon" - that's a Black Bear that's been to the hair stylist, between here and the nearest neighbour about 30 years ago when the daughters were children used to playing in the woods around the houses.
I hollered a warning and walked back to grab a chain saw from the shop and followed it down the path to the creek.
I did not intend to massacre the bear with the saw - just indicate I was moving toward it and hoped it did not hang around.
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35. Ylee
3:56 PM GMT on January 08, 2014
We actually had our first documented black bear sighting here last week! Supposedly, this bear was from Tennessee(Which is 100 miles south of here), and was now on its' way back!

Boy, our police have good interrogation skills, or what? :' )
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34. ycd0108
2:52 PM GMT on January 08, 2014
From cbc.ca:
"Bear watching more profitable than bear hunting, says study"
According to the study Bear Watching is 12 times more profitable than Bear Hunting, generates 11 times the revenue and employs 45 times the number of workers.
Though I carried a 7mm rifle for a while in Bear country I got tired of looking after the weapon and realized that for one thing I did not really want to kill a bear and and for another if it intended to kill me a 7mm hole or two were not going to stop it.
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33. ycd0108
2:23 PM GMT on January 08, 2014
All this talk about extreme cold weather got me thinkin' about things I have seen:
The coldest outside temperature I have experienced is -46°F, 1971-1972, in Armstrong, B.C., Canada.
I only went out there for a moment to welcome a friend, dressed in a bulky down jacket, into the warm house.
In the Living Room there was an huge (7' X 7') plate glass early version of the now normal "ThermoPane" window. The bottom sill was less than a foot off the carpet and there was a floor heat register blowing warmth from the "Forced Air" oil fired furnace in the basement.
Buddy stretched out on the carpet with his face over the heat and covered his head with the down jacket. Every now and he would poke his head out and rest his chin on the window sill and stare out at the crispy snow and sparkling town lights a mile and a half away.
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32. ycd0108
2:15 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Ylee:
Yeah, I read that before the cold snap began east of here.
I was reminded of an experience I recorded here about trying to light a fire after getting soaked in a cold rain storm and running for too long to a pickup point on a wilderness lake. Our story had an happy ending but it did depend on the last matches lighting the fire and two other boneheads in the same storm to bring the canoe back to pick us up.
At that time I was probably as fit as I ever would be but without luck we would not have made it.
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31. Ylee
4:47 AM GMT on January 07, 2014
I'd take -3C now, as it is presently -3F! Maybe it will warm up to your level by then!

Speaking of being cold, this Monbiot seems timely!
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30. ycd0108
3:29 PM GMT on January 06, 2014
-3°C, SSW wind 4 knots, no snow, partly clear with cloud moving in later and rain showers tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow and the day after that.
Interesting weather observations on most blogs this morning.
Guess I'll be satisfied with mine.
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29. ycd0108
1:00 PM GMT on January 04, 2014
Ylee:
I thought the embed code looked a bit too short but went to bed after posting that.
Sheesh! I can't remember where I found it either........
Wait a minute - I think I was reading the comments on "Archdruid's" blog. I'll check that out now that the coffee has kicked in.
Edit: Let's try this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zMN3dTvrwY&list=P LE3E9778DF6251361
Or this:
http://www.usnwc.edu/Events/ELS/Jeremy-Jackson--- -Ocean-Apocalypse-(1).aspx
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28. Ylee
6:00 AM GMT on January 04, 2014
Quoting 27. ycd0108:
Tonight's movie:


Is......? :' )
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27. ycd0108
5:43 AM GMT on January 04, 2014
Tonight's movie:
Edit: One more try:


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26. ycd0108
11:19 PM GMT on January 02, 2014
SSSam:
Maybe I can get an Android App that will set off a noise maker on the new glasses once I get 'em.
One of my problems just now is trying to keep track of two pairs of glasses - one for reading and one for driving. I hope that the optometrist can make one set that does both.
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25. SalishSeaSam
9:09 PM GMT on January 02, 2014
Quoting 24. ycd0108:
Maybe I'll get a "location beeper" installed on the new glasses.


For the glasses or to figure out where you are when you're wearing them?
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24. ycd0108
6:23 PM GMT on January 02, 2014
Just waiting for "Barry the firewood guy" to show up with another cord of rounds to split and stack.
This should get us through whatever our winter brings.
My "pass-through" wood box is so convenient that we are hooting up firewood more quickly than in other years when we had to 'hand bomb' the split wood down a set of stairs to load the furnace.
Then an early afternoon eye appointment - I'm hoping the Doc will give me the go-ahead to get a pair of glasses that set the world back into focus. Maybe I'll get a "location beeper" installed on the new glasses.
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23. ycd0108
4:45 PM GMT on January 01, 2014
Six years on the road today: 01/01/14 from ycd0108
Happy New Year!
calpoppy:
Thanks for that image. Somehow it suits my mood this morning.
GardenGrrl:
That's what I do best too: lurking.
But we have certainly found a "target rich" place to do it.
It make's me wonder what we will see in 2014.
Lovely Lily.
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22. GardenGrrl
4:01 PM GMT on January 01, 2014
Here's to another year of lurking through your blog :)

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21. calpoppy
9:43 PM GMT on December 31, 2013
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20. ycd0108
6:59 PM GMT on December 31, 2013
Happy 31st SSSam:
Here is today's Marine forecast for the Salish Sea South of Nanaimo:
Wind variable 10 knots increasing to southeast 10 to 15 Wednesday evening.

"King Tide" on Friday, January 03, 2014:
Boat Harbour, British Columbia tide times for the next 7 days you are here
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19. SalishSeaSam
10:50 AM GMT on December 31, 2013
https://soundcloud.com/tompbuzzfeed/alan-bennett-re ads-the
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18. ycd0108
4:56 PM GMT on December 30, 2013
Today:
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17. ycd0108
3:38 PM GMT on December 30, 2013
Obviously there are things best left out of one's blog but if you check out youtube energizer bunny you just might get a chuckle.
Edit: and with the same disclaimer:
"Warning, blah, blah, blah":
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/12 /religion-as-a-product-of-psychotropic-drug-use/28 2484/
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16. ycd0108
7:17 AM GMT on December 30, 2013
One night Richard (Draft dodger from NY - this is some while ago my dears) and I wandered in to a local "coffee house". I had me Da's fiddle and he had a gut base if I recall.
Some guy was warming up on guitar in the room they provide for that and invited us to join him on stage.
'Course I had to come clean: my repotoire is somewhat limited - I can back up Amazing grace (maybe); lead and sing "Long Black Veil" and possibly back up on "Knockin'".
So we walk out on the stage and the guitar starts Knockin' on Heaven's Door
I get Da's fiddle to moan a bit and Richard comes aboard.
I "came to" holding Da's fiddle to my chest and hearing the music of the spheres:
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15. ycd0108
11:01 PM GMT on December 29, 2013
"I'm done with Bonaparte"
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14. ycd0108
8:53 PM GMT on December 29, 2013
SSSam:
#1) best option
#2) 2nd best
#3)What was the middle one?
By the way the old pedestal sink was butt ugly in a bathroom - I don't want it out in the yard!
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13. SalishSeaSam
5:47 PM GMT on December 29, 2013
Re: the conky cabinet… there's a lesson there somewhere. Either:
1- Be satisfied with what you already have;
2- Use real wood for cabinets; or
3- Call stains 'patina' and let them alone.

BTW, the old sink would make a lovely bird bath.
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