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Comment: Re:Local and small (Score 1) 268 268

I realize you are speaking mostly in jest, but it is a misconcept that trees use/need/take water.

After the first 2 years, you never need to water them. They tap into the ground for their water. And during those first 2 years, the water they need is about 10 gallons per week, during the dry season. When we wash & prep the parsley we eat in one week, we create 2 gallons of waste water (that could go to that tree). Clothes washers create gallons & gallons of gray water that can be used to water trees -- in our household, we produce 150+ gallons of gray water from clothes washing alone.

It takes ridiculously small amounts of work and creativity to have enough water for outdoor plants without ever having to turn on a tap.

Comment: Re:Local and small (Score 1) 268 268

Great example: Friends Of Trees (or similarly themed orgs).

They always need help, of all kinds -- donations of food, money, time, etc. I happen to have a truck, so I donate that. I also love the physical workout. Looking forward to doing it again this fall.

And the net effect is almost a half million trees planted in this area in the past 25 years.

Comment: Wait, there's more... (Score 1) 88 88

Wait, there's more...Google has a page analyser that tells you what you need to do to tweak pages. I took one of my pages and was told the font was too small. So I jacked it up. Same "problem". So I jacked it up again, and again. I never got the "too small" message to go away. So, thanks, Google, you've installed an idiot filter. I don't want the idiots you will be sending to HuffPost mega picture click-fests.

Comment: Re:The videos are bad (Score 1) 160 160

I think you may have misunderstood my bracketed remark.

What I was trying to say is that, since Windows 8 is universally despised, it can't be people defending Windows 8 who are thumbs-downing this video. There are too few to defend 8, and too many (who can't stand it) who would want to thumbs-up this video (if anything).

So, what is left is that people don't like the aspects of this presentation not related to a Microsoft operating system. This reflects badly on either the presenter (I've not watched the video), or the software/style of presentation, or both.

The net result is the same -- there is nothing here to recommend this style of presentation.

Comment: Re:And so preventable (Score 1) 176 176

Did I say I'm not sympathetic? I happen to have kids, so I come at this from the "think of the children" angle.

I'm just surprised cabs let people not use seatbelts, is all. It wouldn't take too many sting operations for them to change, though...

I find it fascinating what we freak out about, versus what we tolerate. The same set of points can be made about city buses. I get that seatbelts are harder for them to use. And that they are heavier vehicles, so the relative force imparted on collision is less. Still, no belts. And what about Greyhound buses? No belts there the last time I road one (ten years ago).

You're using a keyboard! How quaint!