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  1. Comment on Do you think there is anything from the past we should bring back? in ~talk

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    I agree. It seems like somebody should be able to overcome the technical hurdles and build a really nice zeppelin for luxury vacations. It seems like a really nice way to vacation travel, kind of...

    I agree. It seems like somebody should be able to overcome the technical hurdles and build a really nice zeppelin for luxury vacations. It seems like a really nice way to vacation travel, kind of like a really nice train would be a nice way to vacation travel.

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  2. Comment on Do you think there is anything from the past we should bring back? in ~talk

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    Seriously. Pandemics for the not-win!

    Seriously. Pandemics for the not-win!

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  3. Comment on Do you think there is anything from the past we should bring back? in ~talk

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    Kinda tough to do backyard chickens without a backyard!

    Kinda tough to do backyard chickens without a backyard!

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  4. Comment on Do you think there is anything from the past we should bring back? in ~talk

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    Yeah. It's work. It's also not terribly efficient. If you lose a couple chickens you can lose all the money you've put into them. And that's the exact reason I don't have them myself, yet.

    Yeah. It's work. It's also not terribly efficient. If you lose a couple chickens you can lose all the money you've put into them. And that's the exact reason I don't have them myself, yet.

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  5. Comment on Do you think there is anything from the past we should bring back? in ~talk

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    Growing some of your own food in your back yard and keeping a few chickens. It's hard work, but it now seems like a good idea to grow some of your own food. Community dances. Barn dances, swing...

    Growing some of your own food in your back yard and keeping a few chickens. It's hard work, but it now seems like a good idea to grow some of your own food.

    Community dances. Barn dances, swing dancing, etc. It's not a good idea at the moment, but when things return to normal, it's a good way of keeping in touch with your neighbors. People would have to learn a little more about how to dance, though.

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  6. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 31 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I was going to make the same suggestion. They keep well in a cool dark place. You should also do some butternut squash and some beans.

    I was going to make the same suggestion. They keep well in a cool dark place.

    You should also do some butternut squash and some beans.

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  7. Comment on Five US states are closing all schools over coronavirus fears in ~health.coronavirus

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    Make that six states. West Virginia announced that it's schools are closed until further notice. We also don't have any reported cases of COVID-19. Perhaps put some emphasis on the "reported" in...

    Make that six states. West Virginia announced that it's schools are closed until further notice.

    We also don't have any reported cases of COVID-19. Perhaps put some emphasis on the "reported" in that sentence. Regardless, it hasn't spread here much yet, and closing down schools now should seriously slow the spread.

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  8. Comment on A new understanding of Mars is beginning to emerge, thanks to data from the first year of NASA's InSight lander mission in ~space

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    Pretty interesting. I would have liked a little more explanation of why whirlwinds are great for subsurface seismic exploration. I can't imagine that a whirlwind would create enough vibrations or...

    Pretty interesting. I would have liked a little more explanation of why whirlwinds are great for subsurface seismic exploration. I can't imagine that a whirlwind would create enough vibrations or suction to affect the subsurface.

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  9. Comment on This simple crib cost $28,885 to make—because it was made with zero fossil fuels in ~enviro

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    That man may only be applying poly to a floor, but it's a beautiful thing to watch an expert at work! Thanks for that link!

    That man may only be applying poly to a floor, but it's a beautiful thing to watch an expert at work! Thanks for that link!

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  10. Comment on This simple crib cost $28,885 to make—because it was made with zero fossil fuels in ~enviro

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    Wow. Who would have thought? That's kind of amazing, actually.

    Wow. Who would have thought? That's kind of amazing, actually.

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  11. Comment on This simple crib cost $28,885 to make—because it was made with zero fossil fuels in ~enviro

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    Stop it. You're making me want to be a woodworker.

    Stop it. You're making me want to be a woodworker.

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  12. Comment on This simple crib cost $28,885 to make—because it was made with zero fossil fuels in ~enviro

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    Of course! I've heard of linseed oil before, just didn't remember at the moment. I didn't know that it could be used as the base for oil based paints, though.

    Of course! I've heard of linseed oil before, just didn't remember at the moment. I didn't know that it could be used as the base for oil based paints, though.

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  13. Comment on This simple crib cost $28,885 to make—because it was made with zero fossil fuels in ~enviro

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    My bad. I missed the wool on a sailboat part. That definitely qualifies as extravagant too. Potato starch and chalk. Learn something new every day. I wonder how durable that would be? At least it...

    My bad. I missed the wool on a sailboat part. That definitely qualifies as extravagant too.

    Potato starch and chalk. Learn something new every day. I wonder how durable that would be? At least it wouldn't be terribly toxic.

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  14. Comment on This simple crib cost $28,885 to make—because it was made with zero fossil fuels in ~enviro

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    That's the only extravagant design choice they made, and they may have made it on purpose -- to show just how hard it is to source carbon-free items. The article is not in depth enough to be sure,...

    That's the only extravagant design choice they made, and they may have made it on purpose -- to show just how hard it is to source carbon-free items. The article is not in depth enough to be sure, though.

    I agree that a good carpenter could have done the frame completely carbon-free for a lot less, and there are quite a few people who have their own woodworking shops. The mattress would probably be harder to source because there are fewer people that just happen to weave, and fewer sources of carbon-free materials.

    I wonder what they used as a finish on the wood? What kinds of paints and oils are carbon-free? I really don't know.

    Overall I think it was a good thought experiment. If you're going to try to replace carbon-based energy sources you're going to have to do things like this to see what you need to replace.

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  15. Comment on Why the House of Representatives should be far bigger in ~misc

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    Yeah, that's a good question. There would have to be a local authority to decide disputes. I guess the county judge could do that. That would probably be the most reasonable thing. Appeals would...

    Yeah, that's a good question. There would have to be a local authority to decide disputes. I guess the county judge could do that. That would probably be the most reasonable thing. Appeals would go through the regular court channels. Of course, that just throws a new burden on the court system which is already pretty loaded up. Guess we could get rid of some of the drug laws and free some of the court's time that way.

    As to why each person shouldn't decide which group they want to join, well, I don't have a ready argument for that. People don't decide which group they should join right now, except for changing residence. So that wouldn't change.

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  16. Comment on Why the House of Representatives should be far bigger in ~misc

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    You don't allow the state leadership to pick the groupings, you let the locals do that. Apartment Building A is a voting block, Apartment Building B is a voting block, and Apartment Building C is...

    You don't allow the state leadership to pick the groupings, you let the locals do that. Apartment Building A is a voting block, Apartment Building B is a voting block, and Apartment Building C is a voting block, and so on through Apartment Building Z. Say they have 30 voters each. They elect one person to represent them. Then the reps get together and decide which other groups of reps are close to them, and they pick someone to represent them, maybe out of the set of reps, maybe out of the people that voted for them. And so on.

  17. Comment on American woman's high school class ring, which was lost in Maine in 1973, has been found in a forest in Finland in ~hobbies

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    That's what reporting is for though, isn't it? Asking the questions and reporting the answers, even if its "we have no idea."

    That's what reporting is for though, isn't it? Asking the questions and reporting the answers, even if its "we have no idea."

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  18. Comment on American woman's high school class ring, which was lost in Maine in 1973, has been found in a forest in Finland in ~hobbies

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    Did I just miss it or did the article completely skip over any attempt at trying to answer the main question, "how did the ring get from Maine to Finland?"

    Did I just miss it or did the article completely skip over any attempt at trying to answer the main question, "how did the ring get from Maine to Finland?"

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  19. Comment on Why the House of Representatives should be far bigger in ~misc

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    I've thought something like this should be done. I'd base it around neighborhoods, thought. Everybody on the block or on the street or in a particular valley would choose one of their own to...

    I've thought something like this should be done. I'd base it around neighborhoods, thought. Everybody on the block or on the street or in a particular valley would choose one of their own to represent them. Those representatives could be grouped and pick another representative, and so on. I imagine that someone has come up with this as a form of voting or a form of government, but I don't know what it's called. Anybody know the name of it and who might have studied it?

  20. Comment on How would you reduce speeding by car drivers? in ~talk

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    The idea of dynamic speed limits has merit. Where I live the speed limit on the Interstate is 70 MPH, but in construction zones it's 50 MPH. However, it's only 50 MPH when the lights are flashing...

    The idea of dynamic speed limits has merit. Where I live the speed limit on the Interstate is 70 MPH, but in construction zones it's 50 MPH. However, it's only 50 MPH when the lights are flashing on the notification sign, and those lights only flash when people are actually there. Drivers slow down because people generally want to be safe and they know that when the lights are flashing there's a reason for it. Contrast this with some of the western states I've driven through where the speed limit on the interstate can be as high as 80 MPH and the construction zones are posted at 50 or even 55 MPH but nobody pays attention to it because often there isn't a dang thing going on and the construction zone is 10s of miles long. I think it's the dynamic and sensible approach that my current location uses that makes a difference.

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