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About Torsten

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  • Birthday 20/05/68

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    Ethnobotany, Tekno

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  1. will have to check with the venue sharxx. I brought mine for the first ever camp out, but that's 15 years ago, so who knows what the rules are now.
  2. I remember that school holiday weekends are a bad idea, so it will definitely be once kids go back. Another date to keep in mind is university semester start. When is that? I'd love some advice on that for all states (school hols I can look up myself). Usually the best dates are between end of school hols and start of uni.
  3. Today was Christian (anydyamine)'s funeral. A very sad day that many in our community could not share because of distance, short notice, and proximity to EGA & Xmas. Christian used to organise several of the SAB camp outs which were weekends in a beautiful location in northern NSW exploring plants and rituals. I thought it would be a fitting tribute to organise one of these camp outs with plenty of notice sometime in the new year 2018 so that everyone who missed out on the funeral can come and participate in a memorial gathering. No need to have known him to attend, but I suggest to familiarise yourself with his contribution on these forums. It will be a fun weekend. We don't want to be sad, but we want to remember him for the kind and generous person he was. There will be music, campfire, nature walks, maybe some workshops and lectures, and lots of socialising. Please indicate your expressions of interest either here or on the FB thread (or both). This is a picture of Christian at one of the SAB camps a few years ago. He was in his element.
  4. On Friday morning my dear friend Christian D. passed away. Many of you will know him as andyamine - moderator on these forums. He was supposed to have joined me on the roadtrip to EGA, but pulled out last minute. I saw him for a few minutes the week before and he seemed like he was getting on top of the issues that had affected him so badly for the couple of months before. I left his place genuinely thinking he will be ok. He wasn't. Look after your mates! Depression is a killer. I will miss Christian. (edit: a memorial SAB camp will be organised in the new year. Please see this thread)
  5. I hear great research ideas every other day. Followed closely by all the reasons why that person isn't doing them. Most of the time the reasons aren't very good. It is often simply a matter of good planning and taking the first step. We want to help you get your head around the design so that you don't need excuses anymore. Most of the things you've ever wondered about can be turned into an experiment so you can get results and stop wondering... and stop other people from wondering. Having data is so much more fun than just having questions. So we will run you though some essential processes and make sure you are confident in applying them before we let you lose on a fun and rewarding experiment where you get to apply those concepts with instant rewards. You may have noticed that both Darklight and myself focus a lot on fun. That's not to make light of the work, but rather is an indicator of how we approach experiments. We've been doing them for a long time, voluntarily, out of personal interest. If they weren't fun we wouldn't still be doing them 30 years later. And we want to make sure you experience how good experiment design can ensure you ALWAYS get data that is of significance, ie every experiment is a success. Our workshop is NOT suitable for joining more than a few minutes into it, so make sure to be there from the start. You will need pen & paper, but everything else will be provided.
  6. The only time the server should be laggy is during back up and transfer time. back up is at midnight and goes for about an hour. It doesn't affect performance too much usually. But off site transfer (which starts after the back up) does slow it down a bit. It should not be as bad as described here though and I hope that was just temporary. I have not noticed any lag at all.
  7. Young JD, the second species you ask for is illegal in all states. It would be just like asking for cannabis plants. Please edit asap. Also be aware that Ephedra is also illegal in Qld, but that's your own risk
  8. Not to be a downer, but I know a lot of people who THINK they have D.c., but only two who actually do. Even McKenna's vine is the wrong species. And so are the two species sent out by everyone's favourite seed/plant source in Peru. And the shipment of rooted cuttings that made it into the USA a few years ago and should be on the market by now. One good botanist I know even thinks that the D.c. that the papers were written about isn't D.c. Yeah, LOL. I am not good enough at IDing it, so can't be sure about this one, but will find out. Nonetheless, the many so called D.c.'s I've obtained over the years are all interesting plants. Some possibly even more interesting than D.c. itself. So even if this one is another misID, it will probably be worthwhile growing it anyway.
  9. Ok, so we've got 4 so far. Awesome! Gem trans-diff A.subliminata Andy amine Please make sure you PM RonnySimulacrum asap and he will arrange for the discount. Who is going to grab that last one????
  10. SAB has always supported EGA in some way. This year we will do so again, but a little different to usual as we will be supporting both EGA AND our members. If you do not have an EGA ticket yet and are struggling to scrape up the funds, then here is your chance. SAB will pay 10% of your ticket cost if you are in the first FIVE to put your name down in this thread. How does this help EGA? EGA is a non profit event and in fact usually runs at a loss. That means all the money is spent providing the ticket holders with an awesome experience. To plan for this properly EGA has a lot of costs well before the event. So by getting some extra funds now EGA can book more speakers and provide better services. We all win. Check out the EGA thread for why you don't want to miss this event. The speaker program is now available and it is awesome. Conditions: 1) Maximum 1 per member. 2) You must be ready to purchase your ticket in the next 2 weeks, ie you must have 90% of the cost of the relevant ticket ready by then. 3) The discount is not available to tickets already purchased. 4) If there are already five names, but less than 10, then you can put your name down anyway. Just in case someone falls through - I will then pick next in line. 5) Discount only applies to entry ticket, not to accommodation etc.
  11. Oh wow! Thank you so much to both Master B and Darklight. This went way over what i thought it would and really helped the fund raising along.
  12. I'll be doing an SAB/Koda hamper with plants, seeds, books, herbs, etc.
  13. A flat earther warning us about celestial bodies. It must be true.
  14. I have never used this function. no idea where it is or should be.
  15. with the lower traffic volumes I am hesitant to split the forums any further. if a tek is well structured it will come up in searches easily. or we could put a tek index as a pinned thread.