Paul Sofranko

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Catholic. Happily married! Writer/blogger. Vegetable & herb gardener and wishing to learn more about permaculture and frugal, simple-living. Interests include Distributism (economics as if people and families matter, as opposed to Capitalism and Socialism, where they don't. See "Small is Beautiful" by E.F. Schumacher, "Outline of Sanity" by G.K. Chesterton, "The Servile State" by Hilaire Belloc, and "Rerum Novarum" by Pope Leo XIII and “Quadragesimo Anno“ by Pius XI and anything by Dorothy Day); reading (Tolkien, Tim Powers, Flannery O'Connor, and gardening); Cats. In alcoholism recovery (sober since May 22, 2002; I blog about that at https://sobercatholic.com). I'm also a Trekkie.
western NY (Erie County), USA; zone 6a.
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Recent posts by Paul Sofranko

Pete Podurgiel wrote:Wow, that's almost 4 feet of snow!  

If you're looking for a bit of friendly advice, try to get as much snow off the roof as possible. We had one winter where the snow never melted off between storms and accumulated about as deep. A lot of older roofs failed (especially the flat ones). It's not a big problem when it is light & fluffy, but that can change quickly if you get a heavy rain ...it will soak it up like a sponge. If it's not possible to get up on the roof safely, perhaps look into getting (or making) a roof rake ... even just removing snow from the lower portion of the roof will better expose it to the sun & helps to avoid ice-dams.


Sure looks beautiful, though!



I cannot recommend a snow roof rake enough! In November 2014, my area received 7 feet (210cm) of snow in two days. (Yes, in TWO DAYS!!) There was a huge pile up of snow on the roof; and we lacked one of these. There was only some slight damage, and providentially nothing serious. We got one of these roof rakes as soon as they became available (Springtime!). Of course, we haven't needed it since!
2 days ago
Expand my garden's size a little; plant fewer of everything but more varieties. More flowers and herbs. Continually add compost throughout the season.
5 days ago

Paul Sofranko wrote:There's also this: Calibre. It's available for Windows, Mac, and Linux (not for any mobile device, however). Also, it isn't just a thing for which to read ebooks, it can manage your device's library and you can use it to convert files from one format to another. If anyone self-publishes, it can assist with that (convert your book from whatever format you've written it into a suitable format for Kindle, etc.)

It is also extensible: there's a boatload of extensions you can add on to it. My favorite is 'Search the Internet,' a plugin that enables you to search all types of online databases out there for that one book you know is out there somewhere....



I forgot to mention that aside from using it to download books from wherever, you can also download wiki pages (by means of some addons.)  You can also download from specific sites, such as fan-fiction and recipe sites.
There's also this: Calibre. It's available for Windows, Mac, and Linux (not for any mobile device, however). Also, it isn't just a thing for which to read ebooks, it can manage your device's library and you can use it to convert files from one format to another. If anyone self-publishes, it can assist with that (convert your book from whatever format you've written it into a suitable format for Kindle, etc.)

It is also extensible: there's a boatload of extensions you can add on to it. My favorite is 'Search the Internet,' a plugin that enables you to search all types of online databases out there for that one book you know is out there somewhere....
More Paul Wheaton stuff here!
1 week ago
And don't forget, we have a Permies account on Pinterest!. If you're a pinning addict, you can pin Permies images to your boards! I'd like to see about inviting people to post Permies stuff to Groups Boards there (I don't think there are any, yet). You needn't have login access to Permies Pinterest, just accept an invitation to contribute to  a Group board. You can also use this to add to your residual revenue streams: pins with affiliate links can be pinned. This also helps Permies as Paul W. gets additional funding for his World Domination plans and growing the Empire!

There may even a way to grow the Daily-ish with this: images can be posted to a Daily-ish forum/thread and then be pinned... people will see this and visit the Daily-ish thread and sign up!

Permies Pinterest get 5.8 million views a month (down from 6.2 m last month.)
And I was today years old when I discovered that you can't really post multiple YouTube videos in one post.


1 week ago
i saw this on YouTube:  
 
and in addition to here, have tried to start a conversation here: Build Berms Better on Reddit
1 week ago
Question: A person who may be attending the SKIP this year wants to bring her dog. A twelve year old one who sleeps a lot. She (the SKIPper, not the dog) is interested in the Red Cabin. Is it pooch-friendly?