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Aug. 28th, 2005 | 02:11 pm

My mind is a boiling sea of information addiction. There are vast arrays of knowledge that I feel like I should know about and so constantly find myself following links into hyperspace. Back when I was half heartedly trying meditation, one of the things that the mediation books recommended was watching how ideas bubbled up in the mind, they encouraged one to use concious control to slowly reduce the constant stream of thoughts.

Somewhat recently it occured to me that the internet is has become an extension of my cognative process, and what ever part of my conciousness is attached to the wandering attention includes bouncing from interesting website to website, much how thoughts that are purely located in my head bounce from place to place.

Some of the things I found:

RealClimate » Climate Science a climate change blog for the layperson written by climate scientists. On their page was a post of why all of the CO2 emissions are human caused, and a nifty little app that lets you run your own CO2 emissions models, tweaking population, GDP/person, and increases of both energy efficiency and CO2 emission efficiency.

There was also the Yacón an interesting Andean tuber that is moist, sweet and low in calories.

There's also The World Alliance for Decentralized Energy, one the front page reports is from greenpeace on the advantages of decentralized power. From a pure efficiency stand point about 2/3rds of the generated energy is wasted in transmission. Additionally the generated heat used for natural gas power plants can frequently be used for heating or cooling, which is why cogeneration plants are becoming so popular.

If only there wasn't a solar panel shorage right now.

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Robin

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from: solri
date: Aug. 28th, 2005 11:35 pm (UTC)
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RealClimate, like TalkOrigins, is a great source of information for arguing with Republicans!

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 29th, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
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Ooh that's another fun looking group. thank you.

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Vicky the Compost Queen

I'm growing yacon

from: vixter
date: Aug. 29th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC)
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and oca. It's my second year and 2nd generation for both. I got them from Nichols Garden Nursery in Albany Oregon but I'll send you some if you want. Wait 3 more months though. The plants sit around all year with leaf growth and only in the fall do the tubers grow.

I didn't eat much of the yacon last year. I let it sit around and go bad after I dug it up. I ate more of the yacon. It has been described as sour cream potatoes. And it's pretty good. My next project is malanga. First I'm going to get some from the store and cook it and see if I like it. And then I'll try to grow some from the grocery store tuber. I have a ginger plant that is sprouting a stalk that I got at the store.

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Diane Trout

Re: I'm growing yacon

from: alienghic
date: Aug. 30th, 2005 06:35 am (UTC)
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Neat. I wouldn't have imagined knowing someone growing an underrepresented crop.

Uh... and this is where some of my nervousnes and insecurity step in, so far I've managed to keep an areca palm alive for several years--though i think it has some infection for a couple of those years.

I really know little about growing things, and I'm now living in a apartment with little access to any ground.

Though I've been trying to think of trying to learn how to grow something, can you suggest any plants (especially food or pollution removing ones) that would grow ok inside and in a pot? (I do have south facing windows if that's important.)

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Vicky the Compost Queen

Re: I'm growing yacon

from: vixter
date: Aug. 30th, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC)
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First of all I really meant oca as the sour cream potatoes. Oca does well in a plastic tub. As do regular potatoes. Oca doesn't seem to need a huge amount of sun.

SoCal is a little hotter than where I am. South facing windows are tough. It can get very hot and you have to be vigilant about watering. A dwarf citrus, lemon, lime or kumquat might work. It would be better if it were outside in full sun in the summer and only indoors in the South window during the winter, though.

You might be able to grow lettuce indoors during the winter. And with pots, the bigger the better. Something like a planter box if you have room and can stand the look. Actually some lettuces have amazing red and green coloring and are very attractive.

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