D Nikolls

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Victoria BC
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Nicole Alderman wrote:I'm thinking mobile view might have gotten overlooked here. I'm looking into this!

This workaround is how I'm already configured; it works exactly as shown on desktop, but in chrome on my android phone, I get a list of allll the subforums, instead..

So, it will work for some people, some of the time. Is there any way to make it work on mobile devices?

If the output of this configuration tweak is the same as the 'recent topics' button, why would it be more buggy to have a button for it?
This is a really bad idea. I get that the forum has costs, but I think this will really cut down on activity..

The division of the forum into a bajillion subforums has upsides and downsides; the recent topics option balances out the main downside, which is that people must spend a ton of time clicking through forums to see if anything has been posted..

I stuck it out in my IT(stands for Intensely Terrible, right?) Job for 5.5 years. Awful.

But, I saved a bunch of money while I did it, living cheaply in shithole apartments and deleting all luxuries.This gave me a great deal of freedom to do what I pleased after that...

If you are making decent coin and saving money, I would suggest giving yourself a target date... but save some more money first. Money is a very useful tool.

In my area, stipends vary from none to slim for entry level stuff. A half decent wage is possible with experience and a bit of luck..

When I left, I went straight to a farm apprenticeship, then to helpxing/volunteering, to a long term worktrade on a farm, to owning my own.

If I did it again, I very much would NOT consider any sort of fixed/long term commitment early on.

I visited the farm that I apprenticed on for an afternoon, met the farmer and her long term helper, and signed on for the season. I did not have the experience to spot the red flags, and 2ft of snow hid a lot of chaos.

It was an interesting summer. It turned out that this farmer was over her head, and dead set on digging herself deeper. There were grossly inadequate systems, damned near tools, and all her funds
were spent immediately on things like plants and livestock... and nearly all time was spent trying to keep the plants and livestock alive with terribly inefficient systems.

The very thing that attracted me to that farm from the list online was the huge diversity of things.

But.. ALL of them were being done poorly. We killed ourselves planting market gardens, then lacked the time to care for and harvest the crops. Livestock died. Predators got fat. We spent days on end doing things to save a hundred bucks after blowing thousands on 5x the plants that we had time to plant, and then I found a hundreds of dollars worth of plants still in pots, abandoned after the *last* overenthusiastic ordering spree...

It turned out to be very educational, in terms of what NOT to do...

In any case... my advice in a nutshell:

1) Save some more cash, while learning more from books and the net. Let the pandemic fade..

2) Get mobile; something cheap and easy to move... campervan, mini-skoolie, truck+camper... Not a huge trailer, not an expensive tinyhome.

3) Pick up more experience without committing to long term stays. WWOOF, Helpx, etc. It was always easy for me to stay longer if I wanted, given that I had my own housing; it also let me go to sites on short notice where the housing was full, but they could use another body. The flexibility, comfort, security, personal space was great.

I would think this would help quite a bit with the dog issue, too.

4) Seek a longer term, paid placement as you do this. Best case you stumble into a perfect match right away, worst case(barring zombies..) it takes a while, but you become both more valuable and more discerning as you collect experience.

5) Settle in to live on site, secure in the knowledge that your savings are growing while you live on your stipend.

Another advantage of this approach is that you can bounce around figuring out what region suits you, too.

PS: I have very little grasp of what utility that biology degree could provide in terms of career options; it seems at least somewhat relevant? ..hopefully someone else will know that side of things better!

Good luck!
Steel screw-piles? No digging, likely to go right through roots... LARGE rocks/bedrock would not be optimal..
1 day ago
I also use google earth, but key to my process is use of backcountry navigator on my phone to place named waypoints as I explore; then I load the gps coordinates into google earth to flesh out the map.

There are plenty of alternatives to backcountry navigator, but using something for this purpose is very useful.
4 days ago

Mike Haasl wrote:Em suggested exactly what I was going to say.  Some scrap 2x2 wood or the like would hold it together nicely.  And if you wanted to stack the frames, the chunk of 2x2 could sit lower so that it can index into the frame below it.  If that's a need...

Yep, third vote for this.

If you try it and still want more strength, a pair of triangular pieces, or short braces at 45 degrees on each end, in every corner would be my vote.
1 week ago
I don't regard my 8" PTO chipper as a great investment.

A smaller one would IMO be effectively useless. Mine is alright on a 65hp diesel. It was noticeably wussier on a 50hp.

I only had the 50HP at first. I would stage everything, then chip where I wanted the pile.

Now the idea is to park the 65hp loader where I want to do the chipping, near the material, not where I want the pile. I chip into an 8x6 trailer with 6' walls, and take that where I want the chips with the 50hp tractor.

Nice plan until the loader lost reverse on day2. But chipping into a trailer has been much better, if you want to make use of the chips in specific places. If your terrain is manageable you could pull it with a pickup...

Yes, you can buy a chipper cheaper than hiring it done. But, it is quite time consuming, and you will spend a lot of time running your tractor, at high RPM, drinking diesel.

If I could do it again, I'd try to buy a used self powered diesel chipper, more capable than my pto unit... I would hire a tree company once a year until I found such a unit.

In your case I think I would hire a tree company to pound through it with their chipper once I had done the staging...
1 week ago

John F Dean wrote:When I first came to Permies, I was really confused for a while.  I had always considered an essential oil to be what dripped onto my shirt off of a cheeseburger.

Very poor form. If you use a plate, you can mop it up with the fries!
1 week ago

R Parian wrote:If you're looking at 30-40 hp farm tractors, but also want a backhoe/excavator, and want to use skid steer attachments, then I highly recommend a John Deere 110 TLB (Tractor Loader Backhoe - not to be confused with a John Deere 110 lawn mower).  The 110 TLB is yellow, not green.  Built much more heavy duty than the green ones, 43hp, frame mounted backhoe comes off easily to access farm-standard PTO and 3-point hitch, skid steer plates on the front loader arms so you can use any skid steer attachment - switching from front loader bucket to pallet forks is as simple as flipping two levers.  Most have 1-pair of auxiliary hydraulics on the front loader arms for use by the skid steer attachments, some have a hydraulic thumb on the backhoe, and a few also have 3-pair of auxiliary rear hydraulics (rear remotes) for 3-point implements that require hydraulics.  I've had mine for 16 years and wouldn't trade it for any excavator, tractor, or bulldozer.  Built my homestead with it, I make hay with it, log and lumber handling, you name it.  Unfortunately John Deere stopped making them around the time the housing bubble burst (2009-2012??) so only used ones are available now, and because they are such an awesomely versatile 'Swiss army knife', they are still pretty expensive even used selling in the 15-30k range currently.

Nice. I looked for one for quite a while... I couldn't convince myself to pay 50k for a used one 15 hours away, and haven't seen one since. If there's something more versatile, I haven't seen it...

The only qualm I had when seeking one was power; 43 ponies isn't much for haying. What size mower do you run?
2 weeks ago