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Returned to the rat race and now I'm wondering why by strider3700 on Wed Jan 06, 2010 3:15 am
I've been "unemployed" for about 14 months having spent the last 12 of them as a full time stay at home dad of a now 19 month old not even bothering to look for work. We didn't really need the extra income and my wife and I figured me spending it taking care of our daughter was a better choice then paying someone to raise her for us. It's been a great year but I had complained a couple of times to my wife that I was definitely not feeling intellectually challenged like I was when I was the manager of a team of programmers. I was thinking that I needed to write some code or do some design as a hobby in the evenings now and again.

Anyways I got a call from a company way out of the past and they wanted me to do testing/programming for them from home. Times were flexible but they wanted 25 hours a week. So we thought this would be a great idea. And to get the time in we would put my daughter in daycare for 1 day a week. We had been thinking about doing that anyways to...

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My new home blog by strider3700 on Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:25 pm
I've decided to start a blog here with the intention of treating it more like a diary of changes to my new home rather then spread things out through multiple threads in the planning/prep forum.

The basics of my new home is it's a typical "BC box" 2400 sqft 2 story 5 bedroom(3 up 2 down) 2 bath (1 up 1 down). Fireplace upstairs woodstove down but the primary heat is an almost new heat pump. It's pure suburbia, right in the middle of town minutes from the hospital, schools, groceries, parks,... your typical middle of town. It's very very walkable unlike the current home which is a 10 minute drive to the nearest gas station, 15 minutes to anything else. As with most suburbia homes the lot is small by my standards. .17 of an acre, roughly split 50/50 front yard back yard. The good news is it faces almost exactly south with a minor slope towards the front so it gets great solar exposure unlike my current place on the north side of a hill.

So the basic plan is your...

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Falling Down Stairs by wisconsin_cur on Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:49 pm
In the last week many news sources made hay over the observation that China has surpassed the United States in gross energy consumption.

American journalist Matt Taibbi employed a grotesque analogy last summer to describe the Wall Street titan Goldman Sachs as a "great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money".

In the energy industry, a similar phenomenon has arisen to invite respect, admiration and fear - China's appetite for oil. No survey of the oil sector's present and future can now afford to omit the China factor and its multiple ramifications.

This major new reality in geo-economics has just been underscored by a report from the International Energy Agency

The Asia Times

Lets assume for a minute that if $147 a barrel oil did not result in a net...

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Curly top virus by General Doom on Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:04 pm
All my beautiful pepper plants seem to have curly top virus. At least that's what I think it is. I'm so disappointed, because based on what I read there's not much I can do about it at this point, and I was so looking forward to those peppers. I planted 20 different varieties, carefully selected and nurtured from seeds. They were doing great until they got about a foot high. Now all the top leaves are tiny and curly, and the plants have stopped getting bigger. Grr!

On the plus side, we do have a lot of baby cucumbers going. But my husband and son both love peppers, and I was planning to try to sell some at the co-op, too. Guess I'll have to focus on pickles instead.

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My new exercise routine and garden bed by strider3700 on Sun Aug 23, 2009 11:59 pm
The heatwave around here has finally broken long enough for me to get caught up on some of the outstanding chores so today I took on a new project that I'll need.

Since it's a brutal amount of work I've decided it's my official exercise routine. I'm not really sure what used to be in the first area but it's got a ton of rocks and some parts have that black weed blocking cloth about 6" down. Anyways total crap for a garden other then the fact that it's slightly slopping to the south and right now gets 6 hours of sun. As soon as I remove the tree in it that area will get all day sun.

Here's what the ground looks like in general
Like I said lots of rock.

Now I've done lots of reading about various methods of gardening without digging but to be honest I'm old school and like nice clean soil to garden in. Besides I can't imagine lasagna gardening...

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