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  1. botanika

    Creating an Outdoor Patch for Woodlovers or Subs

    First time trying at home with cardboard and it's working already!
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    Canberrans where you at?

    They prefer open woodland, sides of roads and paths and I often find them where grass is growing. Not too dark, not too light, not too wet and not dry. They just love a slightly rotted woody substrate with grass or ferns to hide in and keep the humidity up. In pine forests look for more mature forests that are not as dense, especially near disturbed ground or clearings. Again somewhere close to ferns, grass and other indicator species helps. You need to get down low to the ground because they can be easily missed. Especially after rain when the caps are young and dark copper colour. Plus people pick out easy well known spots. As Chemiconaut said, 2-3 days after rain. In Canberra that is NOW. https://ibb.co/pjV4dfh https://ibb.co/kDKMsRr
  3. I've often theorized aussie subs are actually Cyanscens due to forestry links between australia and west coast USA and the fact subs are almost always found in proximity to Pinus plantations and indigenous australians having no history of use. The variation between the species could be drift and local adaption over the relatively short period of logging in australia. Unless someone finds evidence to the contrary, I am not yet convinced subs are endemic to Australia.
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    Boycott America

    The Paris agreement takes money from developed nations and gives it to developing nations. Its an economic deal and has little to do with ambitous environmental stewardship. Our population and economic infrastructure are pressuring vast ecosystems for sure, but look at what happens to nations with a declining birth rate, autonomous economies or wish to change the economic structure to something different. Boycott international banks, media and big corp if you want to make a genuine difference. Remove some invasive weeds from your local park. USA has long been a bastion of environmental knowledge and endeavour and I buy a lot of great stuff from there. The idea of 'Boycotting' one country because of media hype probably motivates buyers to purchase....something...somewhere! Another economic deal.
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    This section needs a "show wild finds" thread

    Mountain gullies
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    How much rain and humidity?

    I've had a few good finds already, particularly after a week of heavy rains a month ago. Seems to be better when there are multiple days of soaking rain or continual damp humid conditions (fog, mist, showers). Cold nights but maybe not frosts. I didn't find much after random showers since then, even though its been misty, except in a garden mulch bed that gets sprinklers. Really need that saturation What do you guys think? Optimal mm of rain and humidity %
  7. I was having a conversation with a bunch of expat friends the other night, some were from the UK, some american, some australian. We live in China, a so called backward police communist state. All good blokes and fairly well travelled. We were basically walking along the street with some beers in our hands and joked about how we probably would not be allowed to walk the street in australia with beers (I dunno maybe you can??). On the street are vendors selling ciggerettes, most likely without any licence and most likely without paying any tax. One bar we passed is basically a brothel. Foreigners quite openly smoke joints in some bars without being harassed. At any bar you can have a fag...the non smoking section is the 'other room'. Ride home on a moped without a helmet if you want. If you want to get some more grog after midnight no problem...24/7. Shops all open late. Streets full of color and life...and pretty girls wearing very little ...and being friendly. All this openess and relative 'freedom' and yet the streets are calm, life feels safer here than anywhere else in the world I have lived. The police are there but you don't really notice them. Behind the scenes things happen, but on a personal level they are geeks just like us. You feel you could easily have a chat with them. Security guards at airports are more involved with their mobile phones chatting away than acting like something from an american action movie. Not much happens at airports in China so they don't pass on rediculous airport security screening or 'attitude' like in the US and also australia. Occassionaly very cute girls 'massage' you down through the security check. You're carrying live turtles and crabs on board? No problem, just make sure they dont escape the bag. Hop on a plane and you can use your mobile as soon as it lands and up until take off. In australia I once accidently had my phone on and was treated like Bin Laden by the bitchy shouring air hostess. Hey its not my fault you didnt get lucky on the weekend. At immigration once coming back into australia I handed my passport of ten years over. In ten years its been all over the world and within China I probably travel at least once every 2 weeks. It was in 'average' condition, definately not falling apart or invalid as a document. The guy says 'you wont get into america with your passport looking like this!!'. I say 'Im not going to america, Im entering australia'. 'America won't accept this!!'. 'Its up for renewal which I will do when back in China'. He again declares angrily and loudly 'America won't let you in with a passport in this condition'. 'Fine, Im not going to america'. By this time his loud 'shouting' had attracted some other immigration and security personel. It's 10am and I haven't slept...been on a plane 10 hours. Another lady charms in scoldingly 'Oh his passport is a little crumpled...he won't get into america'. '(FFS) I'm at Sydney airport? What's the deal I'm not going to america!!!! And if I do I will have a new passport by that time... my passport is still valid and everything readable...its not like I have been swimming with it!!'. Welcome back to australia boys and girls. Anyway this all led onto discussions of being refused drinks in australia for being drunk when no alcohol had been consumed, getting asked for ID when you're 40, heavy handed police 'toughness' or intimidation or 'attitude', strict anti-smoking laws (fair enough to a degree), high fines for small offenses, increases in regulations coupled with more restrictions on many aspects of life. Tough drug laws and newspapers that still report 60 year old men growing a few cannabis plants like its a big deal. School teacher lecturing news anchors. America was an interesting discussion because it's more varied in laws...some states being much harsher than australia, others far more progressive. Sometimes when I read/watch australian news or politics it carries a certain bickering and immature tone...a certain forced 'seriousness' and anal attitude. Then there's the full on political correctness enforced on everything. We all agreed australia has changed a lot particularly in the last 10-15 years from the 'lucky country' to the 'anal country'. I really couldn't defend anything that was said. We are predominantly a european and asiatic country...so why this anal conservative american framework hatched over our roof? Or is it our own fault? We're so anal and depressive all we could come up with was 'aussie aussie aussie oi oi oi' for the 2000 olympics. What stupid commitee ever thought that shit up. 'I still call australia home'...but ya know...sometimes I actually don't...I miss the beaches and nature...but a lot of other things I don't at all. I hate to say it but sometimes Im actually embarassed to be australian when I used to be proud. Does that make sense? Be good to hear some thoughts on this...I know Im generalising and a lot of things have improved in australia but still... 'australia...you're standing in it...'
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    American election, what's your call

    Sanders...but he got cheated out by Shillary. Actually there is only 1 option in America...those who own the media, banks and lobby groups.
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    What Video Games Do You Play?

    Dark souls dark soul dark souls dark souls. Demons Souls, Dark Souls 1, 2 & 3, Bloodborne. Can't get enough of those From Software games. Dark Souls 1 is a masterpiece of level design, atmosphere, replayability and fighting mechanics. I could happily live in Undead burgh. I've played a bit of Elder Scrolls online and Neverwinter recently. Started playing No Mans Sky this week...fun to trace around a psychedelic procedurally generated universe.
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    American election, what's your call

    Either way it's a vote for American power...which is out of control.
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    How do people get through the day sober?

    If you find life tedious or boring then it's likely it will also be tedious and boring with mind altering substances. Lots of people get high...lots of people are sober. It's their attitude that makes a difference. You don't 'get through the day' you 'live life' and appreciate what you have. No one likes a whining complainer - be a passionate leader - you only live ONCE. If you have belief in yourself you can live a full life and help others to do the same. It doesn't matter whether your high or not if you have a great attitude. If you are passionate about something it will be fun and shine through. If you have no passion for what you currently do then leave and challenge yourself into something new. Great things happen when we put ourselves on the line. Put yourself out there. Seek people and situations that challenge you and reward your accomplishment. That is what you are lacking now. I recently went through a rut and simply got back into fitness. I MTB up hills...I bought second hand skis and went skiing on the cheap. I started off by conquering mountains. Small ones, then bigger ones. No matter what happened in my life in the back of mind I always had that raw accomplishment, and sore thighs, to drive me both up and down the hills. 'Life is hard' is not descriptive enough and meaningless because it's hard for all lifeforms - its the language of a lazy person. Life is 'topographic'. Ride the waves, feel the vibes, paddle back out for more.
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    Any canberra crew around?

    Oops bought a house...been under the radar...we'll have to tune something in over summer
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    Any canberra crew around?

    Just moved back to Canberra
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    Any canberra crew around?

    Oops bought a house...been under the radar...we'll have to tune something in over summer
  15. My band has been recording lots of new songs recently. So many I'm finding it hard to write enough lyrics. If anyone has any poems or wants to write some lyrics I will try and use them and give you copies of final music. You can post them here or PM me. Cheers
  16. Can be about anything. We have some older tracks on www.reverbnation.com search for 'stonebones'. PM and I can send a few songs that are missing lyrics. We don't make any money really...free beers at gigs is about it haha
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    Bolivia stands up to israel

    There's no evidence of blacks (africans) in the americas before europeans came over. Native americans have a high % neanderthal/denisova admixture however. You can look into who brought much of the black slaves over to the americas however and find some interesting things. Most Ashkenazi jews are originally from Khazaria. In the 1950's the area was even on Russian maps called 'Jewish autonomous region'. Its important to look at events that led up to the russian revolutions, world wars and current global empires but I won't discuss it here haha.
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    Bolivia stands up to israel

    Y-haplogroup G is common among jews, palestinians, egyptians, libyans, caucasus peoples, iranians, turks, and cypriots. Among europeans, y-haplogroup G is most common among the swiss, the central and southern italians, the austrians, and the southern germans. Intrestingly they are all fairly mountainous regions. The middle east, balkans and parts of central europe have always been highly aggressive (look at the number of times those areas maps change) for a number of key reasons.
  19. "But they broke my master sword. I was so pissed!”
  20. Alcohol and drugs: Not just for modern man: 'Anthropology of intoxication' in prehistoric European societies http://phys.org/news/2014-05-alcohol-drugs-modern-anthropology-intoxication.html "Far from being consumed for hedonistic purposes, drug plants and alcoholic drinks had a sacred role among prehistoric societies," says Guerra-Doce. "It is not surprising that most of the evidence derives from both elite burials and restricted ceremonial sites, suggesting the possibility that the consumption of mind-altering products was socially controlled in prehistoric Europe." I'm sure some of it was still hedonistic and amongst commoners. It could also be that elite and restricted ceremonial sites are simply better preserved due to wealth, construction or location.
  21. Alcohol and drugs: Not just for modern man: 'Anthropology of intoxication' in prehistoric European societies http://phys.org/news/2014-05-alcohol-drugs-modern-anthropology-intoxication.html "Far from being consumed for hedonistic purposes, drug plants and alcoholic drinks had a sacred role among prehistoric societies," says Guerra-Doce. "It is not surprising that most of the evidence derives from both elite burials and restricted ceremonial sites, suggesting the possibility that the consumption of mind-altering products was socially controlled in prehistoric Europe." I'm sure some of it was still hedonistic and amongst commoners. It could also be that elite and restricted ceremonial sites are simply better preserved due to wealth, construction or location.
  22. My band recorded an improvised jam album recently. Main session (left guitars, drums, bass, some vocals, loops) all done in 5 hours at our rehearsal room on a crappy old Roland VS2000CD. Vocal, keyboard, congas and additional guitar overdubs recorded following weekend. Very off the cuff spontaneous playing! Kinda of a mash up between acid rock, funk, rock, progressive rock, blues and jazz. Enjoy! http://www.reverbnation.com/#!/stonebones Album songs are 'Rum sunrise' through to 'Rum sunset'. 320kps MP3 free downloads.
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