James Whitelaw

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Upstate NY on cusp of zone 5a-5b Sandy Loam
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Replacing paper towels almost completely with a variety of cotton towels. We got the inspiration studying restaurant kitchens and the realization that cooks always have a pile of clean towels nearby that are used and disposed of for laundering then reuse. Huck, dish, bar, shop towels of all sorts, while always adjacent and present to projects took a back seat to disposable paper towels, I guess to preserve them, until the realization that the towels needed to be used, laundered and sorted into a hierarchy with use as a napkin/cooking towel at the top and greasy dirty, rag life ending projects at the bottom. Having a big pile of generic dish towels were much more inviting for use then the fancy collection of fancy dish towels that preceded them. Incorporating this sort of rag hierarchy cleared up any mystery of what service rag pickers provided for households in “olden days”.
1 day ago

Judith Browning wrote:

James Whitelaw wrote:

Judith Browning wrote:

I am using Parler, as well,   It has growing pains as many are fleeing other platforms to goto it, but it does work for me.





Locally a  Chief of Police was fired for speaking a little too freely at that site.  Apparently he thought the no censorship also meant no one could view his rants? or that everyone there would agree with his promoting violence?

I think anything we post online is up for grabs...stuff is out there the minute you post it, no real 'take backs'...email, facebook, all the new 'alternative' places...it's all one...and there forever...delete is not 'delete'.



Have you all been following the Parler “hack”. Apparently Parler left itself with in a state where others were able to take admin control and scrape everything off the servers including deleted posts (apparently they didn’t actually delete anything, just mark bits as “deleted”). Videos from the Capitol on 1-6 (Parler didn’t obscure date or geo-location for anything) and adjacent dates are being documented online. I’ve heard even private messages are being revealed. Here is a map showing all the uploads geolocated. Interesting times.



The way the quotes line out in your post it looks like I said them both? I've never used parler nor would I...had not heard about a 'hack'.
I've always assumed things on line are never really gone if someone knows how to look...I guess that took the 'parler folks' by surprise?



Just the way quotes nest I guess. It is good to assume things are still around and not deleted. For example in my old job  I recovered many “deleted” emails from Outlook PST files because folks forgot to compress the PST file. Deleted items on a HD can still be recovered unless “overwritten” by new data (the methods that apps use to “wipe” old data forever.
4 days ago

Judith Browning wrote:

I am using Parler, as well,   It has growing pains as many are fleeing other platforms to goto it, but it does work for me.





Locally a  Chief of Police was fired for speaking a little too freely at that site.  Apparently he thought the no censorship also meant no one could view his rants? or that everyone there would agree with his promoting violence?

I think anything we post online is up for grabs...stuff is out there the minute you post it, no real 'take backs'...email, facebook, all the new 'alternative' places...it's all one...and there forever...delete is not 'delete'.



Have you all been following the Parler “hack”. Apparently Parler left itself with in a state where others were able to take admin control and scrape everything off the servers including deleted posts (apparently they didn’t actually delete anything, just mark bits as “deleted”). Videos from the Capitol on 1-6 (Parler didn’t obscure date or geo-location for anything) and adjacent dates are being documented online. I’ve heard even private messages are being revealed. Here is a map showing all the uploads geolocated. Interesting times.

Edit to add this link: INACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES — Filing: Amazon warned Parler for months about “more than 100” violent threats Parler's volunteer mods allegedly had a backlog of more than 26,000 posts.  
4 days ago

Thomas A. Cahan wrote:... look up Irish ring fort! - larger than proposed project, but inspiring... every homestead needs a pond/ponds -  sounds like moat/ring pond would be even better idea... if original useage doesn't quite pan out many more will come to mind.      



Time Team has any number of episodes about islands and such. Most episodes had demonstration of appropriate technology of the era. Hi-def versions of much of the 20 years is available on Amazon.
5 days ago

Jordan Holland wrote:I had the opportunity to walk through Buckminster Fuller's pre-fabricated aluminum house in Michigan. It was really neat, have you seen it? If not, you might get some design ideas and pitfalls to avoid if you read up on it. Unfortunately, they never made it to market. Maybe now is a better time.



Came here to post that!

Good article on the precursors and inspiration to the Dymaxion house preserved in Detroit.

6 days ago
Google StreetView has two images from 2019 and 2017 respectively
1 week ago
Have you seen the imagery available over at the USGS National Map? Note my plat line overlay from your image may not be exactly correct, so all cautions.
1 week ago
As far as planting oaks in the wet area, I understand that Pin Oaks and Swamp Oaks (duh) do well in swampy areas.
1 week ago