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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Solar All Over California

On our Amtrak trip through southern and central California, I watched the dry and irrigated fields fly by me at 133km/h. We stopped for the night in Bakersfield (the most conservative city in America, some figures show), and it was 41 degrees even with the sun down. The cement around the pool at night warmed my feet as if the hot sun was beating down on it only a moment earlier.

This large solar farm appears to be the one mentioned in this story about a Hanford Dairy.

Los Angeles oil production. You can see how dry it is there.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Coming Home

Spent  couple weeks in America. Flying home today.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: To Be Left On The Moon

Some of these items found in Armstrong’s closet, were to be abandoned on the surface of the Moon.

More than four decades after the Apollo 11 moon landing, a cloth bag full of souvenirs brought back by astronaut Neil Armstrong has come to light.

Among the trove: a 16 mm movie camera from inside the lunar module that filmed its descent to the moon and Armstrong’s first steps on the lunar surface in 1969.

That camera “took one of the most significant sets of images in the 20th century,” said Allan Needell, a curator in space history at the National (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Pelly Museum Fire

I was last in Pelly in 2007 and never got into the museum there.

<a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/saskboy/18600893238&#8243; title=”Pelly Museum and caboose panorama 2007 by saskboy, on Flickr”><img src=”https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/527/18600893238_6793b30696_c.jpg&#8221; width=”800″ height=”295″ alt=”Pelly Museum and caboose panorama 2007″></a>

Today it lost that museum to a fire.

I also was outside it in 2006.

Dead Wild Roses: Mantle Passing – Arbourist out on a Lark

Greetings and good day fair readership!

I have the very good fortune of being able to travel to Iceland on a trip with my choir. Thus, my regular blogular activities shall not be pursued by myself. However, the rest of the DWR team is stepping up to fill the gap. The Intransigent One, Mystrox and Bleatmop will take the mantle of convivial hosting in my absence so expect minimal disruption in the coming week.

 

I endeavor to do my best representing Alberta’s amateur choral community. Take care everyone, and play nice with the (Read more…)

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: What Next! What Best Laid Plans Fall Through

Sometimes, even the best laid plans fall apart.  And life feels very, very unfair.  Every caregiver has a story about a high school reunion or an anniversary dinner that had to be cancelled at the last minute because of a loved one’s illness or worse, bad weather.  Sometimes, the Gods just don’t want us to have a break.

Caring over time requires patience and resilience.  We must reconcile the fact that we are not in control of our agenda and that our primary task is one of service.  We must find a way to be OK when plans are cancelled (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: All Sun

Rob Maguire: Touring Turkey with 18 litres of luxury

I’m sitting in Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, waiting for my connecting flight to Istanbul with my carry-on bag resting on my lap.

When I arrive at the Ataturk airport later today, I’ll pass through customs, stroll past the baggage area, and jump onto the metro. That carry-on bag — the Boreas Larkin 18L backpack — is all I have.

One small daypack contains everything I’m bringing on a five week trip across Turkey.

While planning this journey, my mild minimalist tendencies kept pecking away at my Boy Scout instincts. I first humoured them for practical reasons — a single checked bag (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Travel For a Better Brain

I just booked a flight to London and coincidentally came across an article that says that our brains can benefit greatly from exploring the world. A good way to start the day!

It turns out that the ability of the brain to handle new information is connected to well-being and that travel can get your bring working in new ways. It is also beneficial to step out of your comfort zone, which travelling general encourages. So you should book that trip you’ve been thinking about!

In recent years, psychologists and neuroscientists have begun examining more closely what many people have (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Travel to Become a Better Person

When friends ask for life advice tell them to leave. Over at BBC Travel they have an article about how travelling can make you a better person. So what are you waiting for? Get out and explore the world!

You’ll gain a broader perspective

As Twain’s quote emphasises, travel can open people’s minds and allow them to see things from a new perspective.

“When you travel, you are faced with alternative cultures that have a different way of doing, thinking and believing,” said Simon Huggins. “It challenges your assumptions and makes you shift your way of looking at things. When (Read more…)

Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses: WWF Offer Free Tools for Corporate Sustainability Initiatives

Need some help driving your office’s green initiatives? WWF Canada offers free downloadable tools including getting-started guides, spreadsheets, benchmarks, campaign poster templates for green initiatives on energy reduction, paper reduction, waste reduction, travel, procurement, and green team building. I find some of the tools very useful.

As mentioned in an earlier article Employee Engagement Drives Sustainability Strategy, World Wide Fund for Nature’s Living Planet @ Work program aims to make it easier for businesses to make greener choices. The program helps businesses large and small with strategic guidance on green business ideas and best practices and offers tools to (Read more…)

knitnut.net: Ernie goes to Italy: Part I

I was going to blog about Italy today, but I didn’t get around to it. Here’s the thing: an Italy post needs pictures. I have a new camera (a real one, not a phone) and I’ve started learning Adobe Lightroom but I’m still figuring it out. So far I’ve imported our 1,987 Italy pictures, sorted them, keyworded most of them and fixed the color balance on some of them. But I haven’t yet finished editing or exporting any photographs. So I’m not quite ready to blog about all the wonderful things GC, Ernesto and I did and saw in Italy.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Model S Tesla Car in Regina

Last month James took me for a spin in an electric Rav 4. This week it was the sporty and futuristic Model S by independent car company Tesla.

PostArctica: Coastal Tar Sands – Journey To Deleted Islands

What happens when a major corporation wants to build an oil pipeline over land to the west coast where it will be loaded on to supertankers that have to navigate some very narrow inlets to pick up their loads? They put out publicity pictures and graphic videos that magically remove the obstacles and make the west coast of British Columbia look extremely accessible. It’s not. Richard Boyce’s film, Coastal Tar Sands – Journey To Deleted Islands, demonstrates how a supertanker carrying tar sands oil from Alberta will inevitably lead to a major oil spill in waters near some of (Read more…)

knitnut.net: Ciao!

GC and I are off to Italy tomorrow, for two weeks of exploring, eating and drinking wine! We’re starting in Venice, then going to Florence, followed by a few days in the Tuscan countryside, and finishing up in Rome.

We’re going to the San Michelle’s cemetery in Venice, the Ufizzi Gallery in Florence, the Tuscan hill towns, the Catacombs, the Vatican! We’re going to geocache! We’re going to see the Sistine Chapel! We’re taking a 4-hour eating tour of Rome! We’re staying on an agriturismo farm in Pescina, Seggiano! We’re going to bathe in the hot springs of Saturnia! I’m (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Sun Country Highway in Regina

I rode around in an Electric Vehicle (EV) today in Regina, and saw a (currently) still rare Tesla Model S in the city right now.

Pick up some excellent EV tips, from a Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada perspective here, as James and I tour the city on electricity:

Find out more about charging stations at Sun Country Highway, Best Western, Delta Regina, and Peavy Mart.

@saskboy Well Assiniboia will be online soon. Stay tuned. Free for public during store hours.

— Peavey Mart (@PeaveyMart) October 28, 2014

#EVCoast2Coast in Regina this weekend with @SunCountryHwy pic.twitter.com/qqmrVOF7qs

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canada’s Car Culture Criticized

Glad to see some Danes standing up for Canada.

A Canadian stands up for the Danes.

The Danes stand up for themselves.

A few points have arisen as a result of this discussion, largely in defence of “car culture.” I’d like to address them if I may:

We love our cars!

That’s great. What is important, though, is having choices, and safe, affordable and convenient choices. Cars should not be the only option. In a sustainable, livable city, a citizen should have a choice to walk, cycle, run, take the bus, ride the train, get a lift with a (Read more…)

PostArctica: Sharing The Jug

PostArctica: Sharing The Jug

cartoon life: My sister in Italy, again this year

My sister in Italy, again this year

My sister is travelling again through various places in Italy again this summer. Here is the blog posting pics and notes, most writing from her friend Karen. I enjoy reading about the places she gets off to, so I’m sharing this with all of you. Its fun, it’s personal. And the pictures are quite good.

Filed under: art Tagged: italy, travel

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Solar Tour 2014

Cowessess wind turbine. 800kW at 32mi/h Has Li-ion batteries.

Solar farm and home system of 10kW Inverter anti-islanding. Prevents electrifying the grid while grid is down. Isolation ring for the meter can be installed so you can attach a generator to the house to let the inverter keep working during a grid failure.

A Canadian report of a 2008 study of cities over 200,000 people around the world, listed Regina as sixth best in the world for solar energy generation potential.

Kelln has a system for pumping cattle water, that motion detects cattle, pumps up water to a bowl, and (Read more…)

Trashy's World: Ottawa’s taxi system is bush league…

… in what is supposed to be a big league city. A few examples… No empty cabs at 6 pm in the Market last Saturday. 6 pm. The Market. Really? Waited for 30 minutes after called for a cab to arrive a few months back to take me to the VIA station. At 9:00 am. […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Interchange a Highway

Atlanta isn’t known for being a walkable city. Florence, Italy has a better reputation.

This is kind of mind blowing, and should have people thinking about overpasses and cloverleaf highways in a different way. Auto-sprawl has many costs.

Florence Italy and a highway interchange in Atlanta at same scale. @stevemouzon goo.gl/68yzg0 http://t.co/3dKQkgXHdg— TreeHugger.com (@TreeHugger) June 12, 2014

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: All By Myself – In An Airport

Here’s a very clever music video made by a Dion fan, in Vegas airport. There is some smart use of the moving sidewalk, and escalator, along with some nice video editing.

Take a pair of Canadians, mix with @Vegas and @LASairport and magic ensues. Keep 'em coming south, @WestJet. vimeo.com/97634383— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) June 11, 2014

Looks like the most fun you can have in an airport, without drawing unwanted attention from overzealous security.

WATCH: globalnews.ca/news/1387300/w… > @celinedion responds to Moncton man's airport lip-synch of 'All By Myself' http://t.co/zpCNXr4Fkn— Amanda Kelly (@AKellyGlobal) June 12, 2014

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Deicing a WestJet plane in Calgary, in April 2014