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  1. Thanks for (recently) bringing the site back online, Sannie!
  2. https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/06/oldest-evidence-of-cannabis-smoking-found-in-ancient-chinese-cemetery/?comments=1 Charred residue in 3,000-year-old samples. My favorite comment at ars: "It was the little-known Bong Dynasty. They didn't have much ambition for empire building, but they were known for epic music festivals."
  3. "The back 40" LOL, my mom's and dad's ashes are spread in the woods at the edge of the back forty of the farm my Danish immigrant great-grandparents bought from the original homesteaders. I'm sure they would have been fine with being composted (but getting dug up by hungry coyotes or bears might be a bit macabre). https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/back_forty
  4. As expected, the governor signed the bill into law. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/washington-becomes-first-state-to-legalize-human-composting/ The new law, which takes effect May 1, 2020, recognizes “natural organic reduction” and alkaline hydrolysis (sometimes called “liquid cremation”) as acceptable means of disposition for human bodies. Until now, Washington code had permitted only burial and cremation. The [organic reduction] process, which involves using wood chips, straw and other materials, takes approximately four weeks and is related to methods of “livestock composting” which ranchers and farmers have been using for several years. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, a soil scientist at Washington State University, says that practice can turn a 1,500-pound steer — bones and all — into clean, odorless soil in a matter of months.
  5. Very cool! I've never had azurescens, just the shroons in fields where cows or elk have been. Very useful for countering depression, I believe; some people microdose for this. I felt free of depression for a couple of months after a good Halloween one year. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/06/what-its-like-to-trip-on-the-most-potent-magic-mushroom/561860/
  6. I haven't priced ATVs for a long time; the Terrain Hopper starts at $18,000 (with a twelve mile range, depending). https://www.terrainhopperusa.com/overlander-4zs/ Offtopic: Ford just invested a half billion in Rivian so I might be able to replace my 1998 Ranger with an electric pickup before I quit driving. https://electrek.co/2019/04/24/ford-invests-rivian-electric-pickup-truck/
  7. ledfoot

    Mushroom folks

    A sterile room is not easy to achieve. The standard practice (or at least it used to be) is to work on a laminar flow bench for mycelium transfers, etc. I bought a micron filter from Paul https://fungi.com/collections/laboratory-equipment/products/24-x-24-x-5-8-micron-filter and the blower from zoro.com. (Dayton 1TDU2) But, just another project I haven't built. Not absolutely necessary but if a person is trying to make money, I would think so. A lot more failed cultures without a laminar flow hood.
  8. ledfoot

    Mushroom folks

    Not surprisingly, Washington state has been a center for shroons. Paul Stamets is a big name.https://fungi.com/ "Roger Rabbit" is in the North central part of the state. I haven't frequented shroomery.org for a long while but I think you can get some info here: https://www.shroomery.org/forums/postlist.php/Board/13 As I recall, the propagation tech for Japanese mushrooms has been figured out and there is competition from India.
  9. Those First Alert alarms have a bunch of bad Amazon reviews but mine have been good. Kidde has a couple with the same tech. I have read of people trying to extinguish fire with an old extinguisher that didn't work because the contents were caked up. A couple of years ago I replaced my basement extinguisher that had good pressure but a date of 1965! (I can remember when my parents installed them.) There are CO2 units available now that will not corrode stuff like the standard dry chemical ones. My load center (circuit breaker box) has a bad reputation so I have a grow room extinguisher (Flame Defender) mounted on the ceiling over it. I see Flame Defender is no longer being made.
  10. " is he going to install a smoke detector now ? i'm going to get one just because now. to go off sooner than having the detector farther away go off. thx" That is an excellent point, SPW. I have four in my big house that communicate with each other by RF; also includes carbon monoxide (silent killer) https://www.firstalert.com/product/wireless-interconnected-photoelectric-smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-combo-alarm-with-voice-and-location/
  11. Just got off the phone with my friend who has his basement turned into a big garden. Herbs, cactus, (but no cannabis now). He was going to leave his house this morning but decided to mist the plants first. The room was a cloud of smoke. A small oscillating fan on the floor had melted down--it was a pool of plastic with the motor windings acting as a wik for the flame. Luckily, the fire didn't catch onto the piece of plywood next to it!
  12. Thanks for starting this thread, Gardenartus. Sooo many memories for an older person. My parents bought a new blue and white 1966 VW microbus just like that without the camper stuff. You really didn't want it for daily driving, it was so heavy with the extra gear. My friend's family had one of those. Standard model was slow enough. I drove that bus to school more than my Sunbeam because the Alpine was under repair so much. Had to be sure to lock the bus' doors in the student parking lot or else the chronic stoners would get in and smoke out.
  13. 1970 Sunbeam Alpine GT (it cured me of "exotic" vehicles forever, parts = $$$) Mine was factory silver/gray, repainted to robins egg blue metallic similar to this one: From Hotrod.com: So what’s a Sunbeam? You may be familiar with the Sunbeam Tiger, which Maxwell Smart drove in the TV show Get Smart, which was British sports car that was a part of the Rootes Group. In the mid/late-1960s, Rootes was taken over by the Chrysler Corporation, which sold the Rootes-built Hillman Avenger as the Plymouth Cricket in the US. Chrysler also sold the Sunbeam Alpine GT in the US, which was based on the Sunbeam Rapier that was produced in the UK from 1967-76 but the Alpine GT only appeared in the US for a short period of time due to poor sales and Chrysler’s mismanagement of its captive brands. By 1978, Chrysler Europe (which also included France’s Simca and Talbot) was absorbed by PSA Citroen-Peugeot. Despite the [craigslist] ad calling this Alpine GT a “mini Barracuda” it was designed before Chrysler’s involvement.
  14. Residential Puget Sound Energy (much of Western Washington other than Seattle and Tacoma): Tier 1 (First 600 kWh Used) 0.090466 $/kWh Tier 2 (Above 600 kWh Used) 0.109427
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