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Golden Gate National Park Tweets Climate Science

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Despite Trumpist ban:

Here’s the copy, just in case it’s deleted:

2016 was the hottest year on record for the 3rd year in a row. Check out this @NASA & @NOAA report: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-noaa-data-show-2016-warmest-year-on-record-globally

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January 24th, 2017 at 4:48 pm

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This Standing Desk Tumbles, Too

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clothes dryer standing desk

It’s a so-so dryer — and a so-so standing desk.

With all the furniture in storage, and the floor guy sanding the floors, this is where copy-editing gets done now.

The Clothes Dryer Standing Desk from Lars Peterson Editorial Services. Fresh linens. Fresher copy.

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March 23rd, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Important Lexicon Update

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I’m retiring “awesome” from my lexicon. It’s been a good long run, some fun times — a couple of actual I’ve really been gobsmacked by that whatever it is authentic usages (mountain, cool jet airplanes overhead, big steel boat right up close)   — but it’s time for something newer and fresher.

So, sayonara “awesome” and greetings to a few probationary replacements: “superb” “splendid” “majestic” “glorious” and “magnificent”.

Watch for the hopefuls in regular usage in the coming weeks, and expect a final decision on a permanent replacement by month’s end.

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June 3rd, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Don’t Rinse the Bird

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It’s bad for your health.

Contrary to what most of us believe, rinsing before cooking does not remove harmful bacteria or reduce the risk of food borne illness, and in fact may increase the risk by spreading bacteria throughout sink and kitchen. The only safe way to eliminate harmful bacteria is to kill it with fire — by cooking the meat to a minimum safe temperature (165F for poultry).

 

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August 23rd, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Bedbugs? Find Out With a DIY Bedbug Detector

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No, really, from a post I wrote:

Make Your Own Bedbug Detector

To make the detector, turn the dog bowl upside down to create a moat and a dome. Next, mix water, sugar, and yeast in the coffee cup, and rest the cup on the upturned bowl’s dome. The researchers covered the outside of their bowl in cloth tape painted black; bedbugs are attracted to the color. The cloth tape made it easier for the bedbugs to climb the sloping wall before falling into the well. To trap the bedbugs inside, the researchers coated the well with sticky resin. For DIYers, a sprinkling of talcum powder will make the walls of the moat too slippery to climb back out. In fact, talc is what’s used in the ClimbUp Interceptor, the most popular commercial bedbug trap on the market.

The Science Behind It

The researchers experimented with a variety of chemical bedbug attractants, but none were more effective than the simple DIY mixture. Bedbugs are drawn to the CO2 a sleeper exhales, and the combination of sugar, water, and yeast produces prodigious amounts of it — that’s how beer gets its fizz and bread gets its rise. Hungry bedbugs on the prowl for CO2 and human blood crawl up the sides of the bowl and fall down into the well, never to escape. The scientists used large quantities of sugar, water, and yeast to generate the CO2 in their experiments. Smaller amounts — such as those one might mix in a paper coffee cup — are safer, although may not be as effective.

Written by LHP

August 9th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Yet Another Thing I Wrote

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For a regular client (I’m usually just editing posts over there rather than writing them). It’s part of a new feature we’re testing:

Stuff We Love is a collection of Wise Bread bloggers’ favorite products and services, the stuff we use and know and trust. These are the things we recommend to friends and family when they ask — and sometimes when they don’t.

This one’s about the Easy Walk Harness, and I really do love it. So does my dog Doughty. Here’s a snippet:

What’s Great About It

The Easy Walk looks like all those other dog harnesses you’ve seen that loop over the back, under the chest, and across the breastbone. With those, the leash attaches to a ring on the dog’s back, the whole setup sort of like a draft horse’s harness. In fact, while those harnesses prevent the dog from choking itself, they make pulling easier, while also encouraging the dog’s instinct to pull.

It Prevents Pulling

Instead, on the Easy Walk, the leash attaches to the harness with a ring on the breastbone strap. The dog is still secure in the harness and still protected from choking. However, attaching at the breastbone makes pulling more difficult because there’s much less to pull against. Plus, whenever the dog pulls, the effect is to turn the dog in toward the handler’s legs and feet, no place a dog wants to go.

Put those two effects together and suddenly you’re the neighborhood’s model dog-walker.

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July 8th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Donkey Paintings, Photos of Italy, Memories of Pharmaka

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handmade furniture, more paintings, all that plus my friend John Scane’s efforts to build a website (and blog) audience at scanelife.com.

Add the blog to your RSS feed reader, visit the url daily, friend, circle, and follow him wherever that’s done, and if you like what you see, buy a painting or a poster of a painting or photograph.

What’s in it for me? Nothing until John figures out how to setup an affiliate program.

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May 8th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Posted in Writing

Overheard Outside Polly’s Coffee Roasters

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Two middle aged dudes who look like they could be brothers climb out of a silver MBZ SUV and step across the sidewalk toward Polly’s front door. I’m seated on the park bench, flipping through Twitter on my phone.

Brother passenger with the paunch says, “Smells like a skunk.”

Brother driver with his shirt tucked in says, “What?”

“Skunk.”

“Sorry?”

“Oh. It smells like coffee if you get closer.”

He’s right.

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March 15th, 2013 at 10:44 am

Jury Duty Survival Kit

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I’ve been on jury duty for a week and a day as an alternate juror. Here’re some survival tips.

  • Bring bottled water. And drink it. It’s more valuable in your body than in your canteen.
  • Arrive early. You’ll find a better parking space. More importantly, you’ll be able to park yourself near one of the few available power outlets for your laptop.
  • Bring a book. This is a great opportunity to cull your need-to-read pile. Nook, Kindle, smartphone are also options although you may need to bring along a charger if you’re gonna be here all day.
  • Take the stairs. There’s a lot of sitting around and waiting and the exercise will feel good.
  • Communicate with employers/clients. Everybody understands that you are in limbo and can’t be as productive as usual. Still, keep them updated so they know when you will be returning to the real world. Your absence is tough on them, too.
  • Don’t be surly. It’s an honor and a privilege to serve on a jury and help your community find justice, even as an alternate.

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March 7th, 2013 at 10:30 am

A Thing I Wrote: Market Clones

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Hey it’s a post I wrote for another site. Read it, it’s fun.

A recent question posted to “AskMeFi” — the popular crowd sourced question and answer subsite of Metafilter.com — asked users to suggest products that were priced differently, depending on market and intended use. The example offered was food-grade mineral oil, which is costly when marketed and sold as butcher block oil, but inexpensive when marketed and sold as a laxative (as much as $1.74 per ounce versus as little as $.29 per ounce).

Same product, different market, different intended use, different price. The next time I buy a bottle of butcher block oil, I’ll visit RiteAid instead of Williams-Sonoma.

How many other bargains like this are out there?

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February 18th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

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