Saturday June 13, 2015

Hard As Rock!

Rich is out in the Back Forty (that's yards, not acres), working on a project.

The Idea (in theory): to attach some 4x4 boards perpendicular to the slope back there to make it possible to walk along the edge of the hill horizontally.

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In practice? Our house is on a hill made of decomposed granite. Great stuff. It has excellent drainage. Mud slides? We never get mud. Rain is gone within a minute of hitting the ground.

On the other hand, it's miserable to dig through. After we bought our house, we converted the back lawn to water-conserving garden. We rototilled down about 18" and removed all rocks larger than a golf ball. That made it possible to dig holes in the garden for planting things. ...
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Hard As Rock! ( in category Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Sat, 13 Jun, 16:56 Pacific | Comments (0)

Saturday June 13, 2015

OMG! Save Teh Waterz!

Yesterday via @ThinkProgress:
Skip Showers For Beef, a new grassroots project born of the California drought, acknowledges that giving up beef - a product that uses huge amounts of water - is hard. So the campaign's creators have come up with a creative way for Californians to keep eating meat while reducing their water use: Just stop showering.
Well, actually, no, as it turns out. While California beef production does use a lot of water compared to, say, one adult human taking a shower, it doesn't use much in comparison to a lot of other things. Most other things, if you think in terms of agriculture.

California certainly does have cows. California is #5 in US states for all cattle and calves (2015). However, while California leads the US in dairy production (about an $8 billion business annually), the state only raises two percent of the country's beef.

But...

"We need to create more attention-grabbing campaigns like this to wake people the f*** up" -- MobyWho

Who, exactly, are we trying to "wake up"? And why do we need "attention-grabbing campaigns like this one" to do it? That "campaign" is silly... and it's dishonest. ...
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OMG! Save Teh Waterz! ( in category Random Thoughts , World of Work ) - posted at Sat, 13 Jun, 11:53 Pacific | Comments (0)