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  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    The raccoons compete well against the rats and urban coyotes in Vancouver, BC. They are smart, work together, have flexible fingers and excellent manual dexterity, which means they can open things the rats and coyotes can't. They can run up...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    I bought a laptop online from Apple in 2021 and was charged PST in BC. That may be because I picked it up from a local store, I guess. And the last time I bought something from Amazon.ca I was...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    I would find it not at all surprising if part of the reason for the multiple foreign dignitaries visiting Ukraine is to make it obvious that firing off any nukes would be a bad idea. Today the list included the...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    The drink safewords for a given establishment are usually on a poster in the women's restrooms....
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    The descriptions on that page makes it pretty clear, at least to me. You (most likely female-presenting, judging by the photos) are in a bar or an evening business meeting, some dude (perhaps your boss) is hassling you. This is...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Our heat pump was a replacement for a forced air gas furnace, not a ductless mini-split. The outside unit is on the side of the house, points towards a fence. You can hear it when you're outside and it does...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    And that should be 'Daikin', not 'Daikon'....
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    I'm also in BC. We got a Mitsubishi heat pump in early 2020 (replacing the about-to-die gas furnace just before the pandemic hit) and have been happy with it. The A/C during last year's heat dome was a very welcome...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    The easiest explanation for the cluster of oil-filled heater fires is to remember that some 30 years ago, one of the manufacturers was obliged to issue a recall for over 3 million units in the US. This was after a...
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    You might find some ideas in https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/mono/10.1201/b10652/making-mathematics-needlework-sarah-marie-belcastro-carolyn-yackel Delving more specificly into knitting gives you https://www.schoolhousepress.com/books/schoolhouse-press-titles/unexpected-knitting.html, including instructions on knitting a boat (yes, really), Ouroborus, and various other items....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Ask the Dutch speaker about the linguistic relationship to Plattdeutsch or Frisian some time. The Bavarian dialect is difficult even for other Germans to understand, particularly those from the north. But Germans, in general, would prefer to hear you mangle...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    The reason I heard that we no longer have those letters in the English alphabet is that in the early days of printing in England, the type characters used in the letterpress printing were brought over from Italy. The Italian...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    We got some interior window inserts from Indow Windows for most of our skylights and some windows. It makes a noticeable difference in the Vancouver winter in an old house, and they are reasonably easy to put in and take...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    I've used USB batteries quite a lot; the brand I'd recommend is Anker. The bigger ones will charge your laptop (assuming it can charge via USB) as well as your phone with no problems....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Actually (3rd time correct) Ernst Toller survived, wrote a book, and committed suicide....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Sigh. Make that 'all were murdered' and the link is Bavarian Soviet Republic (or R├Ąterepublik in German)....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    People who were of note and were mostly murdered during the chaos of the early Weimar republic days include Rosa Luxemburg, Kurt Eisner, and Ernst Toller. Information on the Bavarian Soviet Republic may also give you some ideas: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bavarian\_Soviet\_Republic ....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Icebreaker merino https://www.icebreaker.com/ may have something that suits. You can filter the items by weight and they're warmer than they look....
  • Commented on Omicron
    For learning Python you could try one of the web-based learning platforms. Or something like https://www.pythonanywhere.com/ where the basic pricing is free, it comes with a Jupyter notebook and you can create a web site with it. Even the free...
  • Commented on Omicron
    https://lymedisease.org.au/ claims Lyme disease is in Australia, but not officially recognised. The big symptom we're told to look out for here in Canada is a bull's-eye rash. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/lyme-disease/symptoms-lyme-disease.html My MIL had the rash some years ago after being bitten by...
  • Commented on Omicron
    I couldn't figure out from that document whether this R-value is assuming unvaccinated or vaccinated, or whether the vaccination status is immaterial to the transmission rate. I would hope that high rates of vaccination lowers the likelihood of transmission; it...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    When I was growing up on a farm we had three Pyrenean Mountain dogs (Great Pyrenees in the US). Even when there was a spate of robberies of the neighbouring farms our place was safe; no locks required. They are...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    You are meant to leave them clean, but often the vans in particular are somewhat less than spotless ;-). I do assume you clean the L-R after carrying bags of horse manure in it? Or at least sweep it out,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Do they not have car share in the UK? Here in BC there are a number of car share organizations. In Vancouver there's Evo, which is run by the local car association (BCAA) and Modo, which has reciprocal agreements with...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    One more reason we decided to get rid of the gas appliances is the earthquake risk in BC. In the 1995 Kobe earthquake "Fire raged on and off for two days, and gas and water mains were ruptured." https://factsanddetails.com/japan/cat26/sub160/item863.html BC...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Our induction stove boils water in the same kettle much faster than the old gas stove ever did. The only downside for us is not having a flat-bottomed wok, so I make stir-fry in a bigger cast-iron frying pan instead....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Cast-iron pots and pans work beautifully on an induction stove, as does any other cookware that has enough iron to be magnetic. My oval Le Creuset casserole pot does just fine, and you may be surprised what other pots and...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Re illnesses attributable to take-away meals: we always pick up our food. Since the pandemic started we have not had colds, flu, or any other such illness. Roughly 1 in 4 takeouts resulted in a noticeable illness could be due...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Whether the heat pump needs a 'completely independent' heating system for cold areas depends on the design of the heat pump. Ours has a back-up heating element that we expect to never need in Vancouver. https://betterhomesbc.ca/products/do-i-need-a-backup-heat-source-for-my-heat-pump/ has some information....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    We installed a heat pump heating + hot water system over a year ago in an old (by Vancouver standards) house. The biggest pain point was that the ductwork for the previous gas forced-air system was undersized for that, and...
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