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Fabrizia Annunziata wrote:

soft wools rather than itchy

I am not an expert on woolen fibers but I have a sense that a lot depends on the quality of the wool and how it is processed.  

Cashmere is the warmest I believe and if the manufacturing is high quality most people do not find it itchy.

Ditch the Itch as a hipster might opine. This is a case for layers.

* Silk undergarmets tops and bottoms.
* Barrier layer to protect the undergarmets. In the US, denim is the essential choice. Any tough barrier would suffice.
* Thin wicking layer. Gortex is superior but alas it is not a natural fiber. Thin wool sweater is the natural alternative. Just be sure that there is a way for moisture to escape.
* Inner shell. Down jacket. Critical that it not become moist or it totally loses its heat retention properties.
* Outer shell. A material that sheds water which can eliminate most natural fibers.

US Army Survival Training guide, Pg 176 --

Eric Hanson wrote:Hello all,

So My wife started to bake cookies when she discovered that there were bugs in our flour!  Yuck!  It was in an apparently sealed container, but the bugs were there nonetheless.  Obviously eating the flour is out of the question.  My question to everyone is can anyone think of a good disposal method such as composting, etc.?

Thanks in advance.


Why not hit up some teachers? There still might be some of the old school that make wheat paste for the students to use. Sift the buggers out and it should be good to use.
Hook up with some herp breeders. They use flour in their feed for raising mealworms.
4 weeks ago

elle sagenev wrote:So I adore where I work. Absolutely love it. Love who I work with. I've been here for 11 years - the 2 years I stayed home with my baby. Anyway, can't express how much I enjoy where I am.

On the other hand I'm maxed out on what I can make here. Also my bosses are talking retirement. May be up to 5 years before they do retire but it's an eventuality here.

I want to get on at federal court at some point. They seem really happy there. My ideal would be my bosses retiring and my immediate starting at Fed Court. Those jobs don't open very often though. I've seen one opening there. So, I just saw an opening in probation/parole. I'm infinitely qualified. Income could potentially be double what I currently make.

So, I'm going to apply, even though it kills me to think about doing so. However, I am wanting to send a note with my application (which is to be emailed as per instructions so I can put it in the email body) which would basically say that I would like them to not tell my current boss (whom they definitely know) that I've applied as I ..... I don't know. What do I say? I love them and don't want to hurt them? Blah. I suppose I could be mature and just talk to my bosses about it ahead of time but I DONT WANNA

You have not maxxed out your earnings. Well not if you make the next step -- Have you thought of buying the business?

Keep in mind that most occupations associated with legal work have only two residual value propositions -- A client list and a reputation. Everything else is labor and when the principals disband all that disappears. Rental office space and furniture has little value.

Its a BIG leap but you have seen how the sausage is made from the inside so you would know what the real value is of the business.
4 weeks ago

Carla Burke wrote:

Trace Oswald wrote:All of you that can kill and butcher animals that you have raised are stronger than I am.  Animals become friends to me, so any that I own live out their days with me.  I just can't kill them unless they are suffering in some way.  And as Jay said, the smarter the animal and the more personality, the harder it is.  I have had to kill chickens that were injured or sick, and I really struggle, but it would be far harder to kill an animal like a pig or a dog. ...  

I love all animals, especially right next to the mash potatoes. I have cats, have had dogs, quail, rabbits, ducks, horses, even snakes at one point. Love'm all. But one has to make the distinction between 'pets' and 'dinner'. I have killed dogs that were killing my stock. If I had to say which breed would be hardest to put down, its goats. Neighbor has them and they follow him and his wife like puppies.

4 weeks ago
"Here in the US, it seems that "brown sugar" used to be a type of sugar all to itself.  It was brown and something like a damp powder.  Maybe a decade or two ago the labeling requirements may have changed and I started seeing brown sugar that had the ingredients listed as sugar and molasses.  That "brown sugar" looked and tasted like granular white sugar with molasses added.

This week I went to pick up some organic brown sugar and the ingredient listed was "sugar".  But it's clearly white sugar with molasses added.  I think C&H still makes the traditional kind of brown sugar but I don't think it's organic."


1) Being an old Cracker, 'brown sugar' meant raw sugar, cane syrup crystallized, no bleaching. Generally looks like a lighter shade of 'light brown sugar'.
2) 'Market brown sugar' as I call it, its the white with molasses added. What most folks call brown sugar. Most recipes are based on this.
3) 'Bee Brown' that is honey that crystallized. A regional kind of thing I have heard as brown sugar, typically midwest thru my travels.

Raw sugar to my knowledge is always organic if rendered from syrup. Why anyone buys market brown sugar is beyond me. If you have a stand mixer you can whip up your own in a matter of 15mins.  Link to make your own. To me crystallized honey is to die for. Use as is or if its still tacky dry it out some more then grind to a powder. Its much sweeter to my taste than sugar so I can use less of it for the same result. (And most folks think is to be thrown away if crystallized. Shame.)

4 weeks ago

Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:Probably I am not the one to answer your question. I am not someone following recipes when cooking. Still I like to answer. I do like reading cookbooks and recipes. First my eyes get caught by the illustrations. Most important is good photography, photos that make you want to start making that recipe, or eating that dish. In the past cookbooks used to have nice drawings too, now not so much anymore.
I like it when the recipe is clear; starting with the ingredients, neatly listed. I do not like it when a recipe is written like a story, or even like poetry. It has to explain what the cook has to do, nothing more ... but also nothing less. If there's a story to tell, it can be told at the end, after the recipe is finished. This is my opinion.

Yes a construction manual, not a Mark Twain serial.
1 month ago

paul wheaton wrote:We've talked about something like that a lot.   The back side could have straight wheels, but the front side would need to have "wobbly wheels" - wheels that can turn.  And the wheels would need to be big enough for rough terrain.  

Exactly. On the front though, I would suggest a gooseneck ball assembly made for a 3 pt hitch. A chunk of 6" C channel as a cross bar. Chain it to the skids. Center of the C channel is a hole smaller than the ball, well greased. Another could be a outsized Johnson bar with a ball to fit the C channel, other end a pintle ring. Wheels could be had from a junkyard. Look for any toyota or honda FWD car. Remove the rear wheels and axle assembly. More than sturdy enough.

Was an interesting video Paul.
1 month ago
Very interesting.

The issue of moving the canning kitchen launched an idea in my head. Why bother with loading it on the trailer at all? Make the skid the trailer. In the auto repo trade they have what is called a dolly bar used for towing 4WD vehicles, which has 2 sets of 2 wheels each. Why not weld up an outsided version? So on the rear skids you lift up the structure with tractor forks. Roll the dolly bar under the skids. Lock it down with trucker chain across the log. On the front skid have a draw bar spanning the logs. Lock it down with trucker chain. Back up the 3pt hitch, lift and tow it away. Reverse the whole procedure at the new location.

Would seem much safer than man handling a structure onto a trailer. It may only take 2 people for the whole effort.
1 month ago

Vention Bartell wrote:

Eric Hanson wrote:Vention,

You are not wrong.  There is just no way to dodge a CME, and perhaps time and effort is better spent elsewhere.


Minor suggestion. Your portable comms, etc. When you are not using your canner, put them in there, lock down the lid, clip a grounding wire to the vent pipe. Its the easiest, sturdiest Faraday cage you can have.
1 month ago
How about places that never had power? Here is an interesting read of the good and bad. Tech is neutral, what man decides to do with it determines whether its good or bad.
1 month ago