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  1. Comment on Completed skirt project! in ~hobbies

  2. Comment on Common Ground, Part I: How organic and regenerative agriculture are revitalizing rural Montana economies in ~enviro

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    I'd like to add though, that though I think that this is good news, a good portion of our farmland is not owned any longer by families, but instead owned by investors and corporations who control...

    I'd like to add though, that though I think that this is good news, a good portion of our farmland is not owned any longer by families, but instead owned by investors and corporations who control how that land is farmed. Family farms can only do so much. These other entities need to be held accountable to how they using our soil.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Common Ground, Part I: How organic and regenerative agriculture are revitalizing rural Montana economies in ~enviro

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    I liked this article because the farmers showcased in it come from conventional farming backgrounds. There's a lot of financial risk involved in switching from one form of farming to another, and...

    I liked this article because the farmers showcased in it come from conventional farming backgrounds. There's a lot of financial risk involved in switching from one form of farming to another, and this article speaks to that and the results of a couple of farmers who are making the transition.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (July 2021) in ~talk

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    Hey you! I just wanted you to know that I'm always hearing you, that I always read more intently when I see your name. I wish you didn't feel like you do right now. I wished that you could see,...

    Hey you! I just wanted you to know that I'm always hearing you, that I always read more intently when I see your name. I wish you didn't feel like you do right now. I wished that you could see, like I do, that you're DOING THE BEST YOU CAN AT THIS MOMENT. It sucks when we feel or know that it is not good enough - when our actions impact those we love and we can't take it back. But when we get stuck in the fucking up bit, it takes longer to move into the rectifying bit.

    It blows my mind that "normalcy" is something that I have been uncomfortable with. I have my own stories of sabotaging it. Like wtf, it was everything I had been working towards, why the heck would I undermine it, but I did. You're not alone. It's possible to recover. Don't let the setback totally derail you (that's the path of least resistance - if you didn't have it in you to keep going forward, you wouldn't have made it this far).

    13 votes
  5. Comment on A Houston comic book store filed a lawsuit in comic form in ~life

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    TIL

    TIL

    Is this legal?

    It is, in fact! It’s unconventional, but the law doesn’t require that pleadings in civil cases be black-and-white typed documents formatted in any particular way.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Metabolomics Lab’s analysis finds near-meat and meat not nutritionally equivalent in ~food

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    From the article: ...

    From the article:

    The beef contained 22 metabolites that the plant substitute did not. The plant-based substitute contained 31 metabolites that meat did not. The greatest distinctions occurred in amino acids, dipeptides, vitamins, phenols, and types of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids found in these products.

    ...

    “It is important for consumers to understand that these products should not be viewed as nutritionally interchangeable, but that’s not to say that one is better than the other,”

    3 votes
  7. Comment on I'm crafting some more! in ~hobbies

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    It has pockets! How hard were those to do? I made a pair of pajama bottoms and am wishing I had the guts to try to put pockets in them. I've been thinking about ripping the seams and adding some...

    It has pockets! How hard were those to do? I made a pair of pajama bottoms and am wishing I had the guts to try to put pockets in them. I've been thinking about ripping the seams and adding some but don't want to ruin what I already did.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of July 5 in ~news

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    I couldn't finish reading your link. I was both furious, sad, helpless, and hopeless. A few weeks ago I hired a recent West Point graduate on leave to help me get my yard together. We talked about...

    I couldn't finish reading your link. I was both furious, sad, helpless, and hopeless.

    A few weeks ago I hired a recent West Point graduate on leave to help me get my yard together. We talked about all kinds of things where it became apparent that we were politically opposite. At one point he asked me what I thought of critical race theory. I didn't really have any thoughts because, I guess, I hadn't been exposed to any media talking about it. So I said, "I don't have any thoughts." He started in on talking points about white children in school being made to feel guilty for being white. I really didn't know how to respond so just asked "where?" He said "everywhere."

    7 votes
  9. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Well, I'm I've done about 200 escape attempts in Hades and got to the credits on attempt 186. As I've been playing I've been reacquainted with why I stopped gaming to begin with. Besides the fact...

    Well, I'm I've done about 200 escape attempts in Hades and got to the credits on attempt 186. As I've been playing I've been reacquainted with why I stopped gaming to begin with. Besides the fact that games are addictive to me, there's the additional fact that other people in the house like to critique me while I am playing. It led to me having a great run going then choking as I was given tips, told what boons to choose, or how I could have done something better. I don't care that it took me so long get to the credits, I was super freaking happy to do so. Not only was I super happy to do so, I didn't want anyone fucking talking as I I rolled down the river listening to the music and wondering what was going to happen next. I haven't finished out the story lines and don't know if I will since there's always someone who's keen to tell me what happens next. If you are someone who likes to critique other's game play - KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE.

    Regardless of all that, I LOVED THE GAME and would recommend it to anyone who hasn't played it yet. Supergiant Games managed to make a game that fits multiple play styles without catering to one over the other. For me I liked the story, figuring out what to do, and exploring builds. My husband put himself on godmode and enjoyed just winning. My youngest son wants to beat the hardest bits in the best times. This game catered to each of us.

    Having heard that I should check out other Supergiant Games titles, I just bought Pyre since the summer sale on Steam is still going. I have no idea what to expect. It's an RPG, and though I have grown bored with RPGs, I thought I would give it a go since it says it's "story rich" and the price fits my wallet.

    The other game I bought since it finally went on sale is Ori and the Will of the Wisps which I am looking forward to since I liked the original so much.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Why Dutch bikes are better (and why you should want one) in ~enviro

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    I loved my beach cruiser! I commuted about 20 miles a day on it for about 5 years in a hilly city. Nothing ever went wrong with it. It's the most comfortable bike I've ever ridden. Friends would...

    I loved my beach cruiser! I commuted about 20 miles a day on it for about 5 years in a hilly city. Nothing ever went wrong with it. It's the most comfortable bike I've ever ridden. Friends would sometimes try to get me to "upgrade" and yeah I could go faster on another bike, but it was at the expense of comfort. And besides it was still faster than taking the bus.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of July 5 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Thank you for participating in the trial! It's because of willingness like that that the rest of us can get vaccinated.

    Thank you for participating in the trial! It's because of willingness like that that the rest of us can get vaccinated.

    13 votes
  12. Comment on Tiny, needle-like sensors inserted into plants are the latest addition to precision agriculture in ~tech

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    Inserting sensors into plants isn't new, but these new sensors may be able to be deployed more cheaply and give more information. I had to look up precision agriculture. It's used for...

    Inserting sensors into plants isn't new, but these new sensors may be able to be deployed more cheaply and give more information.

    I had to look up precision agriculture. It's used for Site-specific crop management (SSM). From the USDA:

    SSM uses a variety of technologies to manage different parts of a field separately. Natural, inherent variability within fields means that mechanized farming could traditionally apply only crop treatments for “average” soil, nutrient, moisture, weed, and growth conditions. Necessarily, this has led to over- and under-applications of herbicides, pesticides, irrigation, and fertilizers—except on those rare sites that are truly average. Chemical excesses from blanket applications, then, end up running off or leaching from fields into ground water and surface waters. Most current SSM practices use precise global positioning combined with location-specific measurements—either in-field data collection (such as soil variables or pest occurrence) or remotely sensed data (such as from aircraft or satellites)—to quantify spatially variable field conditions.

    Within-field operations, then, adjust treatments based on spatially referenced management decisions recorded on maps of management zones. Now precision technologies are being developed that can sense microsite specific conditions in real time “on the go” and can automatically adjust treatments to meet each site's unique needs (variable rate nitrogen application). These latter types of technologies require no a priori spatial information, but rely, instead, on the ability to simultaneously measure soil or plant conditions and to effect treatments.

    In fact, SSM is more akin to traditional agricultural practices, wherein small-scale, non-mechanized farming permitted spatially variable treatments. Farmers, at that time, possessed intimate knowledge of each small corner of each field and, because agronomic practices were primarily manual, could readily translate that knowledge into location-specific cultural practices.

    Later, agricultural mechanization reduced labor costs (the primary input cost) and permitted massive increases in production while wasting other, cheaper inputs (fertilizer, herbicides). Because these other costs have increased in recent decades—and environmental costs are now being accounted for—producers are looking to variable-rate technologies to minimize input costs and mitigate environmental concerns.

    I advocate for people growing food in their yards, on their balconies, in their windowsills and etc. I fiercely believe in small farms. But our population is such that large scale agriculture is something we cannot do without. We need to do it in the most efficient and sustainable ways possible (currently it seems that those two things are at odds with each other). Even if the sensors in the OP never make it into production it looks like the tech is moving in the right direction.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of June 28 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Thank you for taking the time to educate us on how covid is affecting those us who are still vulnerable. I've been able to use this link and the last link you provided to strengthen my debate (and...

    Thank you for taking the time to educate us on how covid is affecting those us who are still vulnerable. I've been able to use this link and the last link you provided to strengthen my debate (and change minds) for continued mask wearing.

    11 votes
  14. Comment on Who else here is trying to beat the heat? in ~life

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    Western Washington checking in. Our heat-wave just broke, but we're still in the 80s for the next week which is still high for this area this early in the season. I've lived here long enough that...

    Western Washington checking in. Our heat-wave just broke, but we're still in the 80s for the next week which is still high for this area this early in the season. I've lived here long enough that I purposefully chose this house due to the trees shading the afternoon sun, so even though it got into the mid 80s inside the house by late afternoon, we were mostly able to cool it down overnight with open windows and fans. Bonus that we live near the water so any breeze is automatically cooler. We're also in a little valley at the water table, so our property is often 10 degrees cooler than just up the hill. Most summers we're still in long sleeves inside the house (generally our house would be in the 60s), but these last few days, we've all been as close to naked as we can be. Saturday I filled up the kiddy pool and served mimosas, which was great until the mosquitos found us. Our night time temps will be in the low 60s, so this coming up week, we;ll be able to finally vent all the excess heat that's been accumulating.

    It was still fairly cool here when I got back from southern Oregon which was in the 100s when I left and had been in the 100s before I got there. I was there for two weeks and I'll never visit in the summer again. My son loves it down there and had been looking for property, but recently fires have been all around him and the heat is more than he can bare, so he's been talking about moving back this way. I have many friends down that way, some from there and others who moved there, it's always been hot, but they say the heat stretches are starting earlier and getting longer and hotter.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on WHO urges fully vaccinated people to continue to wear masks as delta Covid variant spreads in ~health.coronavirus

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    Ugh. That's freaking awful. How sick did you get from it? Did it at least give you some protection from the symptoms? I've had the measles vaccine four times as an adult (and also got the...

    Ugh. That's freaking awful. How sick did you get from it? Did it at least give you some protection from the symptoms?

    I've had the measles vaccine four times as an adult (and also got the childhood ones). I can't hold onto the immunity. I'm just one of those rare cases where the vaccine doesn't work for more than a year. It's been more concerning as lower vaccination rates has meant that my state has seen outbreaks in recent years.

    8 votes
  16. Comment on WHO urges fully vaccinated people to continue to wear masks as delta Covid variant spreads in ~health.coronavirus

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    Indeed. I worry most for those I know and do not know who cannot be vaccinated.

    One thing is for sure, the most vulnerable are the unvaccinated.

    Indeed. I worry most for those I know and do not know who cannot be vaccinated.

    8 votes