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  1. WoodDragon

    Trump Watch

    I'm assuming that these have not been posted before (I'm still catching up...): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi38HMIvRpGgMJ0Tlm1WYdw All his own words, but exposed for their shallowness by the simple expedient of adding sass. And for extra chuckles:
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    The Ocean Is Broken...

    Whitewind. The phenomenon about which Monbiot is speaking is that of shifting baselines. It's briefly summarised on Wickedpedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shifting_baseline and exemplified here: http://esciencenews.com/articles/2009/02/17/historical.photographs.expose.decline.floridas.reef.fish.new.scripps.study.finds http://www.psmag.com/environment/fish-stories-the-ones-that-got-away-3914/ And Shortly's on the button - we were passing the point of FUBAR about the turn of the millenium. It just takes a while for spaceship Earth to manifest the change in its course.
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    Mandrake cultivation discussion

    Hey mutant. Aside from my germination notes above I posted somewhere about my cultivation experience with mandrake, posssibly at AE. To date I grow them from seed rather than from root cuttings, and they're easy to grow as long as you give them what they need in terms of soil and temperature. Mine woke up after winter solstice, and they're doing well. I leave them to their own devices, and the snails are a pain, but the roots look to be putting on size nicely. I have not dug any up, and probably won't for a few years yet - my interest is as a collector and hopefully when they decide to flower, as a source of seed. Unfortunately the labels were removed so I haven't figured out which are officinarum and which are the turks (I still have my autumnalis in the fridge), but there is a subtle difference in leave shape so when I get some time I'll try to ID them properly and post some photos. I'm hoping that flowering might be the easy way out!
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    thai eggplant seed wanted

    Hi all. It's been many, many months since I've been circulating, mostly because I've had an awful year with getting thoroughly shafted by someone I trusted, having family and friends die, and getting caught up in the ARPIS debacle in July. It's spring though and I'm right-side-up again, and one ray of light that remains from my shafting earlier in the year is that I was introduced to Thai eggplants and their unique place in green curries. I'm keen to track down seeds with which to grow my own and rather than start a new thread I thought that I'd resurrect Coin's old one from ten years ago. I'm after both the Solanum melongena cultivars such as 'Thai Violet Prince', 'Thai Yellow Egg' and 'Thai Round Green'; and also Solanum torvum, the turkeyberry or pea eggplant. I'd be especially interested in Solanum torvum 'Puangyok'. If anyone can help I'd be very grateful. Now that I'm back in the saddle I'll be checking PMs much more regularly. Cheers guys.
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    Any Tassie member?

    I've heard that all the best people live in Tassie...
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    4 x grafts up for grabs

    Namaste.
  7. WoodDragon

    Stapelia Thread

    Yeah, staps, huernia, hoodia... They're straightforward to germinate with a pre-soak and good coarse river sand with a bit of potting mix. The biggest thing to be wary of is too much nitrogen - they can make do with bugger all, and too much can knock them over, especially when they're young.
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    Silicon Valley Reportedly Full of Stoners

    Nooo! Say it isn't so!
  9. WoodDragon

    Anyone ever used program called R for statistics

    Ob, I might have to corner you some time and see if you can push me up the R learning curve. It's one of the most popular programs in my field, but I've avoided it because I'm a non-scripter, and Minitab, SPSS etc almost always came up with the goods. I have a few nuts though that I think R would crack, so maybe it's time for me to jump into the deep end...
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    What weird things do you collect

    Gawd, we're all the same! Plants: columnar cacti, epiphytic cacti, ascelpiads (when they're not being nicked), orchids, bromeliads, carnivorous plants, giant bamboos, fruit trees, weird and wonderful solanacea (still looking for Mandragora caulescens), hoyas, pachycauls, salvias, medicinals, wisterias... and on and on... Books by the thousands Gems, shells, feathers Crystal balls (biggest is 200mm diameter) and other arcana (I would love to pillage Dumbledore's study...) Music (CDs by the thousand) Oil lamps and candle lamps Yixing clay teapots (favourite is my cobalt blue Cycle of Life) Fish fossils, and especially fossil shark teeth (Very) rare chicken breeds Broadheads Colonial tools Shakuhachi Antique botanical prints That's for starters...
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    Cabin Porn

    Heh, a friend sent me the cabinporn URL last year, and I wasted an hour at work downloading photos to my 'inspiration' folder! If peeps like that site, they might also like some of the links here: http://www.australianethnobotany.net/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=4383
  12. Interesting question. The short answer is 'theorectically', the slightly longer answer is 'not with our cultural/political proclivities', and the ultimate answer is 'any society that relies on a continuous growth model of economics with ultimately fail'. It boils down to the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Very few economists properly (or even vaguely) understand the laws of thermodynamics, or the fact that all human activity is beholden to them. Almost no politicians understand this. The current global fixation on continuous growth won't last. The idea that it can be sustained indefinitely is simply an illusion, although hints such as the GFC, degrading ecosystems, and disintegrating national economies should be waking up more than a few intelligent people. If humans don't take the initiative and restructure their economic activity, the laws of thermodynamics will. It's as sure as death, and more sure than taxes.
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    coffee enemas, are they a miraculous liver detox?

    There's at least one other thread about the lemon juice and olive oil thing, besides the one linked at #10. I'm not sure if it's here or at AE, but I know that it was well and truly dissected. The short answer is that it's the oil that is mistaken for stones, just as satyr noted. Doesn't mean that there might ot be some benefit, but those green blobs aren't gall stones. If someone has gall stones, there are much more efficacious treatments.
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    Have you seen any cool movies lately??

    A great old Aussie comedy is "Hercules Returns". Slow to start, but one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. I laughed so much that I gave myself a headache. Four and a half out of five.
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    Licorice - mood elevation?

    I come from a country where licorice is almost a national dish. Love it. The trouble is, too much gives me headaches. Probably not surprising, as the glycyrrhizinic acid and glycyrrhetinic acid in it is known to raise blood pressure. Consume with care.
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