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 4x4+geek
Joined: 4/7/2007
Msg: 187 (view)
 
Question for the guys
Posted: 5/17/2013 12:45:07 PM
I don't lie because:
- My memory isn't good enough;
- It takes too much effort;
- Jesus is watching....
:-)
 4x4+geek
Joined: 4/7/2007
Msg: 23 (view)
 
BC Election 2013 Reality Checks
Posted: 5/13/2013 6:18:26 PM
To-date I've been phoned by peopled supporting the Libs and NDP. Later I was robo-called with a prerecorded message soliciting my support for reforming cannabis laws. I suppose the latter group couldn't find people that are as motivated as the former two groups - for some reason....
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 22 (view)
 
BC Election 2013 Reality Checks
Posted: 5/13/2013 6:07:39 PM
Walts:
Are you talking about Chuck's his widow, Dona?
Chuck was re-elected (as an independent because the rival local conservative constituent bussed in loads of supporters - read into that what you will - so he was not renominated as a constituent) trouncing the (new) local Conservative. That was followed by a rather macabre attempt by which the Conservatives later tried to buy his support with a million dollar life insurance policy. Chuck declined and went on to do great things for Canada before he died. I like to think Chuck and Dona made a good team.
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 57 (view)
 
Forum Link
Posted: 4/19/2013 11:01:13 AM
The "Forum" link should be restored. Furthermore, there need to be more events. These two things are related.
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 9 (view)
 
BC Election 2013 Reality Checks
Posted: 4/19/2013 10:55:38 AM
One of our important responsibilities as citizens in a democracy is to make informed decisions when electing our representatives. If you must make the "All candidates are inept ..." statement , just spoil your ballot.
All candidates are not bad; some are, infact very, honourable people. Independents can have a massive influence. Remember Chuck Cadman:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Cadman
Please vote. If we take the trouble to inform ourselves, and vote, only then can we complain without being hippocratic.
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 53 (view)
 
Spelling or not?
Posted: 10/15/2012 12:36:29 AM
Clear communication demonstrates respect for the intended audience. Likewise, the inverse is true.
...

Runs With Wolves posted a link to a very interesting article by the late Stephen Fry which celebrates the the power of language and decries the current widespread disinterest in language. While Fry (at that time) disagrees with language pedants such as Lynn Truss, I think they both love language and value language.
...

Personally, I love words and am attracted to intelligence, creativity articulated - or is it: "Creativity, intelligently articulated?" Maybe both. Although creativity, somewhat of a mystery to me involving some sort of chaotic and/or rapid brain activity, produces original raw material - thoughts and ideas, order - structured writing - deciphers and organizes this into obvious instruction, intelligible or visceral art, or useful data records.
...

OTOH U CANT READ BETWEEN 1 LINE.
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 70 (view)
 
Best love songs ever
Posted: 9/10/2012 12:12:14 AM
I'm not sure these are "The best... ever," but I like them:

"Daisy A Day" - Jud Strunk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5AzmEX-txw
Always strikes a chord with me.

"Only You" - The Platters

"A Song For You" - Leon Russell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37dw2r45Xzg
Ray Charles cover:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSlv_n-gBmk&feature=related

"You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" - "Stevie Wonder"

"Close To You" - The Carpenters

"Sunny" - Bobby Hebb

And, of course, "At last"
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 20 (view)
 
dangers of riding without a helmet
Posted: 8/28/2012 11:59:45 PM
"And remember. In BC more people get head injuries from falling while walking than from falling while riding. "

This information is, at best, useless and at worst misleading in the context because almost everyone spends more time walking than cycling (about 55% of Vancouverites don't ride at all). Furthermore, the statistic could be skewed by the inclusion of a far greater ratio of frail people, who would most likely fall and suffer a head injury while walking, in the "walking" group than the "cycling" one.

Interesting articles:

http://www.bcmj.org/council-health-promotion/bike-helmets%E2%80%94can-we-improve-good-thing
Bike helmets—Can we improve on a good thing?
Issue: BCMJ, Vol. 50, No. 10, December 2008, page(s) 571 Council on Health Promotion
Lloyd Oppel, MD, MHSc, FCFP(Em)
...
In Canada, roughly 50 children die each year from bike accidents, with 75% due to head injuries.[1] In 1996, British Columbia became the first province to implement legislation requiring children and adults to wear helmets when riding a bike. Helmets are known to reduce the chance of serious head injury by 70% or more.[2]
A survey by MacPherson in 2002 examined 9700 bicycle-related hospital admissions across Canada. Results showed that in provinces with helmet regulations, childhood head injuries fell by 45%. In those provinces with no regulations in place, there was a 27% decrease in head injuries.[3] These results are supported by a 2008 Coch­rane review of North American studies.[4] Most importantly, helmet legislation is associated with fewer deaths due to bike-related head injuries. Wesson and colleagues showed a 52% reduction in childhood deaths (one life saved every 8 weeks) in Ontario after the province implemented helmet legislation.[5]

The economics seem to make good sense, too. It is estimated that every dollar spent on bike helmets saves $30 in indirect medical costs.[6,7]
...

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Cycling+Vancouver+still+risky+business+ICBC/6314901/story.html
Cycling in Vancouver can still be a risky business: ICBC
By KELLY SINOSKI, Vancouver Sun March 17, 2012
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 227 (view)
 
Spelling and Grammar, does it count?
Posted: 8/23/2012 11:54:41 PM
It aint no thing!

Get that stick out of your :



>;-)~
 4x4+geek
Joined: 4/7/2007
Msg: 13 (view)
 
dangers of riding without a helmet
Posted: 8/23/2012 11:47:54 PM
I grew up, without a helmet, on a bike. I only started wearing one because it was the law and, of course, I didn't like it. I have however, since changed my mind (not that the new one works much better).

The past 40+ years has seen a dramatic increase in traffic volume, driver distractions and vehicle horsepower. The bad drivers are still around and, there are more of them. I've been run off the road enough times and, have know enough other cyclists who have been in accidents to cause me now, to voluntarily wear the bucket, just as I do my seat-belt. In fact, I feel uncomfortable without it.

Still, I sometimes wonder how I survived until now if I did so many "irresponsibly unsafe" things in my youth. Maybe I wouldn't have, had they had mountain bikes back then!
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 11 (view)
 
Telus or Shaw
Posted: 3/9/2010 6:21:17 PM
Telus - not so hot and doesn't work with dual tuners (PIP)
Shaw - Basic cable works with PIP, I dont know if HD is different.
You can consider using your phone & IN to Shaw and might save with the bundle.

Apparently Telus will soon be upgrading their HD service to a completely different technology because their current one is so far behind their competitions' and the industry standard; in fact it's a hash.
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 8 (view)
 
Car Maintenance Question
Posted: 3/9/2010 6:10:06 PM
http://www.mayfieldtoyota.com/downloads/pdf/service/2004-05%20Schedule%20E.pdf

Service is scheduled every 96,000km

Normally, used fluid appears dark grey because of the wet-clutch material held in suspension. If this is the case, don't worry.

IMHO, You should get quotes from a few places including a couple of Toyota dealerships. GM also sold this car as a Vibe.

Toyota should be able to provide you with manufacturer's published literature detailing exactly what the prescribed service includes.

In the past, I've had good, honest, fairly priced trans service from Budget Brake & Muffler on Dawson & Willingdon in Burnaby.

The hills in the GVRD shouldn't greatly affect the maint. schedule. Towing, extreme heat, or driving like a 17 Y.O. guy on the other hand....
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 100 (view)
 
Do you eat farm salmon?
Posted: 3/6/2010 4:45:15 PM
Not to hijack a thread, that is veering off-topic but:

a) I try to avoid eating farmed salmon for several reasons.

b) I find at least equally disturbing; that the scientific information, legally obtained by our government, was so long withheld from us because it might inconvenience a corporation that is renting (and damaging) public resources. There are far too many similar incidences. IMHO all government information should, by default, be "Public" (published on the internet) unless specific public application and review by the "Privacy Commissioner."
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 7 (view)
 
Automatic License Plate Recognition Systems (ALPR) coming to BC
Posted: 1/13/2010 1:10:22 PM
“People that are prohibited drivers are prohibited because the courts or the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles have recognized they’re bad drivers, they shouldn’t be there,” Smith said. “If it’s an uninsured vehicle, let’s say you or I are involved in a collision with that person, they have no insurance to pay for our damages if they’re the cause.

Correct me if I'm wrong: I believe your license or insurance can be suspended (not renewed) for other reasons, too (owe money to ICBC, child support, etc.).
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 7 (view)
 
Bus driver caught playing sudoku while driving
Posted: 10/22/2009 5:34:07 PM
I've occasionally watched bus drivers read, yak on the phone or, complete crossword puzzles while diving. The worst case was a driver who was, with some difficulty, eating a fried chicken dinner from a cardboard dish while driving a circuitus route out of the transit station.

Now, for something I like: I've seen bus drivers close the bus doors on entering smokers until after they've exhale the smoke from their lungs.
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 19 (view)
 
VICTORIA BIKE & BEVY WITH (Optional) BROOD
Posted: 8/28/2009 5:18:41 PM
Is this the route?

Walking directions to 4025 Borden St, Saanich, BC
1.9 km – about 24 mins
1. Head north on Ralph St toward Lancaster Rd 0.3 km
2. Turn left at Rainbow St 0.3 km
3. Turn right at McKenzie Ave 1.2 km
4. Turn left at Borden St
Destination will be on the right

1.9 kM x 2 seems a short ride.


http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=101-5325+Cordova+Bay+Road,+Victoria,+BC+V8Y+2L3%E2%80%8E&daddr=4025+borden+street,+victoria,+bc&geocode=&hl=en&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=48.475745,-123.374035&sspn=0.021907,0.038409&ie=UTF8&z=16
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 35 (view)
 
HST!
Posted: 7/27/2009 5:16:49 PM
What's the point?


Exactly that governments, like most corporate models, is amoral except for that which is imposed on it *only* by the people who control it. The less influence is exerted by ethical people, the more destructive to society they (both) become. That citzens increasingly willing to cynically absolve themselves of their democratic duty to care about, and influence, the political process because "...it won't make any difference...” only exacerbates the problems of bad administration and executive policy-making. Alternately, we could all either go to church and pray that God grants us a wise and benevolent dictator who manages to coax all businesses to respect the environment and our citizens; or, try to grab all the riches from anyone any way we can, while we can.

This goes way beyond the price of McMeals and children's clothing.
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 32 (view)
 
HST!
Posted: 7/26/2009 12:11:21 AM
^^ So the obvious question is: "Why?"
We could accept the answers in the government`s press releases however, historically, these have been less than reliable and unbiased.

We could take educated guesses, but they would be only such.

I worry that blending the taxes would further obscure in the public's mind the source, allocation and expenditure of these taxes and accordingly, the identities accountablility those charged with policy creation and administration of public (our) finances. Immediatly, for example, we stop thinking in terms of provincial and federal taxes and which politicians were responsible for raising, lowering or mismanaging certain budgets.

That this important policy should be announced fait-accomplis without exhaustive public debate in the legislature (have I missed it) is, at the very least, unethical.

My $0.25 +GST (only).
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 29 (view)
 
HST!
Posted: 7/24/2009 11:21:20 PM
Businesses and people will always complain about having to pay "too much.." tax.

One factor, often overlooked, is that many businesses are not owned locally. Taxing them on "Earnings" rather than transactions (sales tax) is problematic. The point is: they will complain about paying taxes in a jurisdiction but not about using the ready-made infrastucture and established local services: educated workforce, healthcare, roads, water, security/police, telecom, etc. This is worth alot of money to a business and should be paid for up front. If a restaurant had to pay for the full cost of all the services it received, especially if they were not provided by the collective (taxpayers) - for the common good, it might well go out of business.

There are so many unknowns and uncontrolled variables in the economy, I don`t think anybody can draw any certain conclusions about the long-term effects of HST.
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 22 (view)
 
HST!
Posted: 7/24/2009 5:47:37 PM
"Median price of housing" is meaningless in this context an is intended to mislead. The "average" price might have some validity. If 9000 houses sold for $1,000,000 and one sold for $1, the median would be $500,000.00 the average price would be $999,888.90.
Which do you think would thing would better represent reality for most purchasers?
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 21 (view)
 
HST!
Posted: 7/24/2009 5:04:16 PM
If you have a business that provides a services only (no hard goods) I understand with HST you now must begin collecting and remitting 12%VAT, instead of 5%GST. Effectively your charge-out rate will increase.

and.. from:
http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/scp/hst/Questions.html



Housing:
Under the GST, new housing is subject to tax while used housing is not. Neither is directly subject to PST, although there is currently embedded PST in the cost of new homes equivalent to an estimated 2% tax rate on average since most construction materials are subject to PST. Under the HST there would be no embedded tax in the cost of new homes. However, HST would be applied to new housing, effectively increasing the tax from 2% on average to 7%. That would create a disincentive to purchase a new home or build new housing for the rental market.

B.C. is therefore proposing to provide a partial rebate for new housing equal to 5% of the purchase price up to a maximum rebate of $20,000. Since purchasers currently pay on average the equivalent of a 2% tax through embedded PST, there will not be a tax increase for new housing valued up to $400,000.

This $400,000 threshold reflects the median price of new housing in urban areas in B.C. in 2008, so that on average those purchasing houses at or below the median price would generally be fully protected from a tax increase. Those above the median price would still receive the maximum $20,000 rebate. The rebate would be available whether the new housing is to be owner occupied or rented.


Housing prices could be increased, depending on supply v. demand.
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 10 (view)
 
Dumpster Sex
Posted: 4/27/2009 6:00:08 PM
Corrections HK:
It's "Trashy."

I wonder if she was getting paid, or was working for "Tips."

.... and some people were calling Susan Boyle "Dumpy."

Exit stage left.....
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 25 (view)
 
Need some tips about how to make friends on POF
Posted: 3/27/2009 6:04:15 PM
Smile & make eye contact.
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 9 (view)
 
Wild & Crazy Folks
Posted: 3/18/2009 6:07:19 PM
Elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor.
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 26 (view)
 
5 People Gunned Down in Last 6 Days
Posted: 3/16/2009 7:32:32 PM
Blame who?

Everyone I know are not involved in the drug trade and (except perhaps those in law enforcement) do not shoot at, maim, or kill other people. Most of them have been raised in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America or the USA. So is it a legal problem? IMHO, partly; I think however, the problem goes much deeper. A greed-based value system and parenting-by-mass-media are other major constituents. I'll abort my rant at this point.
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 9 (view)
 
5 People Gunned Down in Last 6 Days
Posted: 2/16/2009 6:12:06 PM
Two mort today.
I fear this will further depress the prices of Escalades and Range-Rovers in Surrey & Coquitlam.

http://www.cknw.com/Channels/Reg/NewsLocal/Story.aspx?ID=1063608

I've noticed a correlation between the number of proclamations by politicians against gang violence and the number of shootings; I must conclude therefore: Proclamations cause the shootings.

 4x4+geek
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Msg: 6 (view)
 
5 People Gunned Down in Last 6 Days
Posted: 2/10/2009 5:47:07 PM
Meanwhile I'm sure there are many who will persist in proclaiming "Drug use is a victimless crime."
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 99 (view)
 
B.C. Real Estate Crashing Time to Sell !
Posted: 2/9/2009 3:39:35 PM
Re heat pump:
A boiler might last a long time, but it's operating efficiency may be quite poor.
A hydronic (hot water heating) system's boiler can be replaced with a high efficiency boiler or air-to-water HP. Another option is a combination Haot water heater/hydronic heater. These are basically high efficiency domestic hot water heater (tanks) equipped to supply water to the hydronic heating system as well.

You should ask yourself: If I took the extra cost of a HP and applied it to upgrading the insulation and other causes of heat loss, would I get a better ROI based on fuel savings?

HPs really become cost effective when you are replacing a system that has a/c.
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 3 (view)
 
Friday The Thirteenth
Posted: 2/9/2009 3:02:52 PM
Many people die every Friday the 13th!

Concurrently, more are born.

They aren't me.
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 9 (view)
 
The straw that broke the camels back.
Posted: 2/9/2009 2:48:12 PM
IMHO the saying is used to justify a decision made for some other reason, probably emotional. It seems to me logical decisions have reasonable explanations. Too often I've seen "The straw..." used as an excuse for rash or excessive (re)action to a difficulty.
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 21 (view)
 
Why am I always attracted to Scorpions?
Posted: 1/30/2009 6:22:55 PM
Score
P.O.

It's simple, really.
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 16 (view)
 
Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFL) may be a poor choice for lighting
Posted: 1/30/2009 5:21:16 PM
^^ 18 interesting link.
I think a lighting system with near-zero power consumption was developed in the last century by British engineers; My car was so-equipped. Of course, to the naked eye, it appeared the lights were either off, or nearly off, but I just assured my passengers the car was operating in the "Economy Stealth Mode" that was a common feature of fine British "Lucas-equipped" automobiles. B-)
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 14 (view)
 
Anyone here getting stalked by the porn spam bot?
Posted: 1/29/2009 4:58:17 PM
I don't know what you bot into.
I'm hear to caution you: I'm benig stalked by the Borg.
"Resistance is futile..."

Signed,
Borg Warner
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 8 (view)
 
would Bush and the republicans have gotten away with this???
Posted: 1/29/2009 4:48:49 PM
Wording is so important in mega-media sound-byte-osphere.
I think those who listen to Rush should LISTEN MORE - closely, that is - to him; but not just listen: They should also apply some critical thinking to what he says. They should also listen to, and read, the opinions of others. This should raise many questions in their minds, the most prominent of which would likely be: "How is it that Rush is so sure that he is right and those, especially intelligent, educated and experienced others who hold opposing views are wrong?"

"Yes," or "No:" Things are always easier to define in black-and-white.
:-)

Didn't Republicans get away with beheading a king or two? - Oops wrong context.
Short onswer to O.P.: Yes

 4x4+geek
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Msg: 51 (view)
 
off roading
Posted: 1/28/2009 12:53:21 PM
The best "Stock" off-roaders I've seen in action were Range-Rovers and Land-Rovers. Toyotas have been much more relaible and are much less expensive. For poorly maintained logging roads the OP mentioned, anything 4x4 will suffice. Longer-weelbase trucks will tend to have more ground-clearance problems when crossing "water-bars."

http://www.roverlanders.bc.ca/
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 32 (view)
 
Patullo Bridge... a suspected firebug disrupts traffic in the lower mainland.
Posted: 1/26/2009 6:09:36 PM
FF

Ref to msg #18

ITYS

:P
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 37 (view)
 
Sayings that should be on buttons!
Posted: 1/22/2009 4:38:33 PM
I think I'll make up some round green buttons that say:
"START"

Maybe someone else (probably their date) will make the corresponding ones that say:
"STOP"

And a health-conscious machinist will make the obvious:
"JOG"
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 27 (view)
 
Her 'tests' - what is more important to him? Being right or being happy?
Posted: 1/22/2009 12:54:32 PM
One naturally equates testes with males, ergo testers with females. Why so testy?
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 30 (view)
 
Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Posted: 1/22/2009 12:45:00 PM
GungHaggisFatChoy
An interesting Vancouver tradition:

Celebrate Chinese New Year's Eve and Robbie Burns 250th Birthday on the same night!

Tix for Gung Haggis Fat Choy 2009 available Dec 15 - 9am through Firehall Arts Centre
WHEN: January 25th, 2009
WHERE: Floata Seafood Restaurant
#400 - 180 Keefer St.
Vancouver Chinatown
TIME: 5pm- Reception
6pm Dinner
9:30pm After Party Chinese New Years Eve Countdown.


http://www.gunghaggisfatchoy.com/
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 4 (view)
 
restoring classic cars
Posted: 1/22/2009 11:48:43 AM
A friend of mine used to get all his '58 'vette parts from somewhere in WA, duty-free.
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Msg: 33 (view)
 
Saving Hollow Tree is Relatively Economical
Posted: 1/22/2009 11:45:41 AM
Could this be an indication of our society’s conditioning to reject the inevitabilities of aging and death? Could it be a sign of the depth of our general fear: that we are so resistant to change that we’d rather preserve a rotten stump than rejoice in it’s nourishment of new life?
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Msg: 28 (view)
 
Saving Hollow Tree is Relatively Economical
Posted: 1/21/2009 11:29:27 AM
^^^ cwolfy6669

Creative, and funny!
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 10 (view)
 
$200,000+ to save a hollow tree!
Posted: 1/20/2009 10:12:49 AM
To me, it's an idiotic waste of money but, because its probably just coming out of some yuppie mocha-chino funds, I'll imagine that it's being spent more wisely this way.
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 10 (view)
 
Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFL) may be a poor choice for lighting
Posted: 1/19/2009 6:41:04 PM
How much more energy and oil, in the form of plastic, goes into making a CFL?

How much more dirty coal-generated power (than than hydro or gas generated) is used, by manufacturing in China, than if the bulbs were made in North America?

Haw much dirty Bunker C is burned shipping the heavy bulbs to our shores?

How much more relatively volatile and poisonous Mercury is released into the environment than benign tungsten and steel when a CFL is disposed vs. an incandescent bulb. If we spent much to make one, how much longer would an incandescent bulb last?

How much more energy is used manufacturing the Copper-wound ballasts integrated into CFLs? Why aren’t the ballasts and bulbs separable in most cases (they are in some) so that the ballast (base) can be reused when the bulb quits?

How much fuel and energy will be wasted recycling plastic bulbs; because glass-and -metal incandescent bulbs don’t need to be recycled for the little bit of relatively inert waste they produce?

Why do promoters discount the beneficial heating effect of incandescent bulbs? During the winter in Canada, when residential lighting is most used, the energy that is supposedly “Wasted,” by incandescent lighting actually assists in heating the home. It can be argued then, that incandescent lighting is 100% efficient and CFL bulbs are no more efficient than Incandescent ones. Furthermore, because the manufacture and supply of CFL lighting is more wasteful and toxic, Incandescent lighting is likely less environmentally damaging than CFL lighting.

LED “bulbs” might compare more favourably when they finally become cost effective, but that needs to be properly examined.

I think it’s about time this subject was properly illuminated.
 4x4+geek
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Msg: 16 (view)
 
Patullo Bridge... a suspected firebug disrupts traffic in the lower mainland.
Posted: 1/19/2009 2:59:36 PM
While the debate regarding replacement/upgrading/removing the bridge has continued for more than 20 years, the maintenance has been postponed and the bridge has deteriorated dreadfully. A repair & repainting project that was commenced about 2004 budgeted at almost $10 million dollars hasn't kept up with the deterioration.
http://www.translink.bc.ca/About_TransLink/News_Releases/news05040401.asp

IMHO the Province shuffled-off the responsibility for operating the Pattullo Bridge to Translink so it could distance itself from this chronic political problem. Since then, Translink and the gov't have blamed each-other for the many problems resulting from insufficient funding: improper operation and maintenance; and, nonexistant upgrading, addition or replacement. Tolling and "P3" political games have been used to divert the public's attention from the misappropriation gasoline taxes with which the users should have already paid, many times over, for the replacement of this bridge. So incompetent has been the operation of this bridge, that the inadequate, broken chain-link fence that did nothing to deter the bums long-known to be living under the bridge, was not upgraded, nor were sprinklers provided, to offer basic protection from the very predictable result with which we must now deal by forking out more of our personal time & money.
...

A recent study commissioned by Translink recommends replacement of the bridge with a new one immediately to the west:
http://www.translink.bc.ca/Plans/Public_Consultation/Pattullo_Corridor_Study.asp

http://www.translink.bc.ca/files/pdf/Pattullo_Executive_Summary_REV2.pdf

The last news report I heard was that this is most likely to be completed 10 years in the future. By that time, there might once again be an inter-urban train into Brownsville (Scott Rd Station) from Sullivan Station in Surrey, or from even Langley. Expect Translink to do their best to stonewall this.
http://www.fvhrs.org/index.htm
....

I wouldn't be surprised if, lo and behold, they miraculously found that the 60 feet of damaged bridge could be replaced in a week. This however, would require the political will.


Good news: Skytrain didn’t break down this morning.
 4x4+geek
Joined: 4/7/2007
Msg: 35 (view)
 
Hugs or kisses, which is more important to you?
Posted: 12/2/2008 6:08:04 PM
Hugs: That way you can prevent them from escaping the kiss!
 4x4+geek
Joined: 4/7/2007
Msg: 23 (view)
 
Do you wear ear plugs to a music concert?
Posted: 12/2/2008 5:59:51 PM
I have.
I want to be able to enjoy music for my entire life, so I try to take care of my hearing.

If you want good sound, listen to a studio recording.

Most of the concerts I frequent require no hearing protection. Besides, the mezzo doesn't sound that loud way up in the nose-bleed section where I sit. *ch*
 4x4+geek
Joined: 4/7/2007
Msg: 13 (view)
 
Just not Christmas without...
Posted: 12/2/2008 5:46:44 PM
My piano and Christmas music, but more importantly, an ability to love others and be thankful for the blessings that permeate my life. As important as playing music is to me, it is far less so than the other two gifts.

Merry Christmas to you all.
 4x4+geek
Joined: 4/7/2007
Msg: 53 (view)
 
The Sayings you love or hate
Posted: 11/1/2008 12:30:10 PM
When I was a kid I hated this one; now I love it:
" Time for bed"


"We don't need no badges."

" ...Could be worse... Could be rainin'" (Oops, it is!)

 4x4+geek
Joined: 4/7/2007
Msg: 44 (view)
 
Things that you enjoy and things that make you happy
Posted: 10/28/2008 2:18:20 PM
Cycling on a cool sunny day on a quiet road or trail;
Driving;
Mowing the lawn;
Enjoying a mountain vista after a hike;
Camping in the middle of nowhere;
Playing or listening to music;
Tinkering with stuff mechanical, electrical, or otherwise;
Puttering in the garden;
Good wine, beer, scotch, beef, salmon, lamb etc. etc.;
A juicy novel;
Close friendships;
Discussing ideas adn philosophies;
A good laugh;
Words;
Affection physical and otherwise;
Sharing all of these with someone special;
Lots more..
 
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