Recent comments by Jackdawracy

It begs the question, how could our host have been so prescient about the housing bubble of a decade ago, but he's quiet as a church mouse in regards to the new emperor's close?

“In times of drought, alfalfa is very useful,” he told me. The reason it takes so much water is that you can get four to seven crops in a single year. If the rains don’t come, you can turn off the water and it will go dormant, and then water it again when you are ready (one seeding will grow for three to six years) — so it provides tremendous flexibility. At the same time, it fixes nitrogen, enriches the soil, and provides habitat for birds and insects, Bowles said. So this year, the Bowles’ family got a couple cuttings of alfalfa, then stopped cutting.

Not knowing much about how alfalfa is grown, I found this interesting...

My ex in LA pulled out of a minus $400k Zillow valuation @ the nadir, and now is 'worth' $260k more than we sold it for...

It's a silent but debtly housing bubble going on~

I'm just guessing, but if I was an employer and saw your Corinthian College credentials when you applied to work for me, I think i'd throw up a little in my mouth.

You made your., can I interest you in a field bet? or $27 across?

{on topic}

Hey, Monty Python got back together the other day if only acrimoniously.

I lived about a mile south of Meeks Bay.

I still gamble once or twice a year with a $50 limit, so I might blow though a hundred per annum if all goes wrong, and about 10 years ago my wife and I had just got off of a drenching kayak trip on the Colorado River (it was amazing, there being all rock in the cliffs above you, hundreds if not thousands of small waterfalls were all above us) and got a room at a casino/hotel near Hoover Dam afterwards, and she was beat and went to bed, and I fished out a fifty at an empty craps table and turned it into $583 about half an hour later after having been in charge of tossing, and then I too perished temporarily onto my pillow.

It was fun, if I wasn't rolling the bones or sticking on 17, I was hiking in Desolation Wilderness, which is a quite sucky name for a beautiful area and I feel certain dilbert was behind the naming somehow. Used to walk back to the Genevieve Lakes all the time, schweet!

My jalopy being equipped with casino cruise-control where the vehicle would self-park in said game of chances parking lot by it's lonesome, was the primary downer.

It's funny now, as i'm literally surrounded by indian casinos, and i've yet to step foot in one of them~

I had been on holiday in Tahoe a number of times on my approach to adulthood, and thought living there would be the cat's meow, and it really wasn't.

I still like to visit, though.

Cedar Grove is like Yosemite, albeit with crummier waterfalls (in a usual year-fughedaboutit in the midst of the drought) and has giant walls of granite flanking the valley floor which is quite broad. The drive down into CG is also stunning as you flank the Kings River a good portion of the way.

If there are over a thousand newly dead trees in merely areas where the public might congragate, probably means there are tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dead and dying trees just beyond the public periphery.

But enough of speculation, i'll just have to go check it out for myself.

How about this one:

"er, we have over a thousand newly dead & dying trees all over highly trafficked areas of a National Park that pose a hazard, and we'd like to ask the public if it's cool that we get rid of them?"

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CA – The public is welcome to comment on a proposed project by the National Park Service (NPS) to mitigate tree hazards by (primarily) removing dead and dying trees that pose a risk to public safety in the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park. A total of 1,126 trees, mostly ponderosa pine and white fir (no giant sequoias), are currently identified as hazards and recommended for mitigation in Cedar Grove due to drought and bark beetle mortality.

There is 110x the amount of acreage in fruit-nut trees & grapes and wine grapes in California since 1976...

Rice, which is grown in the winter months primarily when water is typically available, merely doubled in acreage in that time span~

I heard it wasn't that hot on the tarmac of the Opa-Locka Wright Model B

In the 1976-77 drought, SoCal greatly increased the amount of imported water from the then copious Colorado River basin to make up for losses out of the High Sierra and environs, but that ain't gonna work this go round, as Lake Mead has nothing extra to give.

And the population of the state has nearly doubled since then...

homeowners like John Sears, a retired food-company executive, bristle with defiance at the prospect of mandatory cuts in water use. “This is a high fire-risk area,” Mr. Sears said. “If we cut back 35 percent and all these homes just let everything go, what’s green will turn brown. Tell me how the fire risk will increase.”

The fierce drought that is gripping the West — and the imminent prospect of rationing and steep water price increases in California — is sharpening the deep economic divide in this state, illustrating parallel worlds in which wealthy communities guzzle water as poorer neighbors conserve by necessity. The daily water consumption rate was 572.4 gallons per person in Cowan Heights from July through September 2014, the hot and dry summer months California used to calculate community-by-community water rationing orders; it was 63.6 gallons per person in Compton during that same period.

“Water is a necessity of life,” said Mr. Sears, the retired food-company executive, whose bimonthly water bills regularly run $400 or $500 but went as high as $756 last September. “It should not be sold as a commodity.”

- NY Times

This is the problem in a nutshell, the rich don't care what water costs, sure they may grouse about it a little, but they still consume as if there isn't a shortage.

Graffiti artists' move to national parks shocks nature community - LA Times

In perhaps 5,000 miles of walking all over the High Sierra, i've been fortunate never to have encountered the work of these 'artists', but who brings a can of Krylon 20 miles into the backcountry?

Yeah, except the former has employment.

I think it was "speak softly and carry a big sticky loan balance."

The only problem with bagging on Florida from an economic standpoint, is it's solvent.

Actually, it was Ecuador that went to the yanqui Dollar, not Peru.

From what i've been told the avocado industry around Fallbrook and environs has been getting squeezed for water for some time now-even before the drought, with the business contracting.

I grew up a few miles from where the Haas avocado was first grown.

I was almost accepted by a fraternity online campus, but didn't want to endure the hazing.

Finely appointed Corinthian letter, ending all classes.

Never heard of Bunge-sounds mildly interesting, thanks for the tip.

Here's to countries drunk on war! The Dude Abides

Liz is going to lead us on a long march?

Just wanted to say that I have no qualms about current Floridian weather, man.

I remember in the '94 Northridge earthquake, they were counting folks that had died of heart attacks in the midst or immediate aftermath of the temblor, to get the killed numbers up into the mid double digits to make the quake more respectable, but if we ever experienced the horror of what Haiti or Nepal have and are going through, we wouldn't ever be so complacent about them until about 4 generations had passed so that there was nobody with a living memory of say what happened in 1906.

In a hypothetical 8.8 centered in Silicon Valley, where would high tech end up moving to posthaste?

App'ingnon?

In the Cricket World Cup, if you catch the equivalent of a home run ball (hitting for 6) in the stands in a match, you can win like a million bucks, an interesting gambit to get folks through the gate...

What if MLB did the same thing here with homers?

Cricket World Cup fan takes unbelievable catch at opening game | Daily Mail Online

In no way am I being dismissive of all women by pointing out something I saw virtually every time I plied the freeway, and truth be said, we place a high value on a woman's ability to be pretty as a picture, don't we?

I hear MLB attendance is way up in the young season, and my friend that runs the sightseeing tour in the National Park tells me park attendance is way up as well.

Maybe just maybe people are sick of the go go go 24/7 internet life, and want to slow down a bit?

I mean to say in everyday life, applying mascara in frenzied strokes whilst driving on the 405 and eating an egg mcmuffin at the same time, kind of arty.

I think what I find most intriguing about the paucity of distaff artists through history, is that it's a woman nowadays that is considered arty in most everything she does, much more so than her male counterpart.

Oh, the great Georgia O'Keefe, how could I forget her?

Anyway in regards to the 51% female to 49% male population ratio, the few examples you gave are indicative of how few wimmin artists there are of note, thanks.

Valuing art by the price somebody is willing to pay in a competitive setting is a poor metric of what the artist was attempting to convey to be sure, but it works for me.

Why are there no paintings by women* that fetch the big bickies?

  • with apologies to Grandma Moses

We were supposed to go metric, but it didn't take.

The look was similar in Australia, check out 'Johnny's father' in this Youtube clip.

Be Good Johnny - Men At Work - YouTube

There is something to be said for every epoch of traveling, most of my sojourns were in the 80's, and it was interesting in it's own way, in that I was able to glimpse the last days of countries culture being their own, as in the way the people dressed.

The standard uniform of a Kiwi in the 80's was a dress shirt with a tie on, shorts and wool socks that went up to the knee, with stylish shoes on.

You'd never ever see the ensemble anymore, but every other adult man on Queen Street in Auckland was attired in such a fashion.

Back in the day, you could buy a VW for pick up in Europe and vacation for a spell and then have the car shipped back to North America, and my aunt in Canada did that and had a wonderful vacation, and then dutifully picked up the jalopy in Vancouver to take back to Calgary, but it caught fire 10 minutes out of the port and nobody was hurt, but the car was fully engulfed and an insurance write off.

It was not a common problem, but bugs did catch fire on occasion.