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    Up your way sure. But the desert and the...

    Up your way sure. But the desert and the chaparral are moving north and uphill in California. Donner ridge burned in 1959 I believe. South facing slope that's still bare and eroded. I see the same...
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    428333 A naked cell tower would fit in better...

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    A naked cell tower would fit in better than the fake tree. Looks like one of those fake xmas trees never intended to look real. (Ignore the black line--that's just me trying to figure out...
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    Saguaro National Park. Hike in the canyons in...

    Saguaro National Park.
    Hike in the canyons in the Catalina mountains--Sabino canyon is a favorite.
    Hike in the Tucson mountains.
    Tucson Desert Museum.
    Mission San Xavier del Bac
    For an...
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    A lot of places where forest has burned will...

    A lot of places where forest has burned will never grow trees again, due to climate change.
  5. sounds like the voice of bitter experience.

    sounds like the voice of bitter experience.
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    [QUOTE} Fracking ? Drilling wells ( using...

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    Fracking ? Drilling wells ( using fossil fuel ) and injecting C02? Uggggg
    Plant trees if you want to sequester CO2 , some things don't need to be all that complicated .

    I live in a...
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    People say a lot of meaningless stuff in...

    People say a lot of meaningless stuff in greeting--"How are you" comes to mind. I mean no one expects you to explain the meeting of life when they run into to you on the street, but asking someone...
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    Thanks for clarifying. Yeah, like everything...

    Thanks for clarifying. Yeah, like everything else about fixing the climate crisis it's going to require subsidies. We pay now or we pay later.
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    I think it was red after she was shot. (Was she...

    I think it was red after she was shot. (Was she shot? I don't actually remember how she died.)



    So the same dumb mistake has been made more than once. Anyway, he didn't die in Sharp's Rifles...
  10. There has been a lot of multifamily housing built...

    There has been a lot of multifamily housing built around Truckee in the last few years compared to years past. It certainly has been visible. OTOH a lot of luxury housing in places like Martis Camp...
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    The fact that we don't burn fossil fuels doesn't...

    The fact that we don't burn fossil fuels doesn't mean we can't use them to make stuff, provided we can make that stuff without generating CO2. I'm totally ignorant of the chemistry involved and...
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    I started watching Mission Impossible. Kristin...

    I started watching Mission Impossible. Kristin Scott Thomas shows up so I think maybe this movie is worth watching. Then she got killed near the beginning, so I stopped watching. You do not hire...
  13. Don't tax you. Don't tax me. Tax that guy behind...

    Don't tax you. Don't tax me. Tax that guy behind the tree.

    I suspect that one reason for high prices here is that contractors have all the work they can handle and would rather install what...
  14. Thread: Neighbors...

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    I'm sorry for your loss. It is a good thing when...

    I'm sorry for your loss. It is a good thing when old people get to go on their own terms, with their wishes and autonomy respected.
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    My wife talks to herself, at length, about...

    My wife talks to herself, at length, about ordinary things, stuff she's doing or thinking. I think I'd prefer your situation. And when she does talk to me I still don't know what she's talking about.
  16. Thread: Wildlife

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    If you had gotten closer and down at eye level...

    If you had gotten closer and down at eye level you could have taken a better picture.
  17. Biden gaffe. He apparently forgot that a...

    Biden gaffe. He apparently forgot that a congresswoman had died. I've been forgetting stuff about people for decades, including that they had died. Particularly people as insignificant as a...
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    My uncle, who was the ultimate people person,...

    My uncle, who was the ultimate people person, outlived his wife--who had severe Alzheimer's and whom he cared for at home--and all 3 of his kids--AIDs, cancer, and likely suicide. No grandkids. He...
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    I hope you're not one of those condescending...

    I hope you're not one of those condescending assholes who tells me how great I'm doing when I'm xc skiing. No asshole. I'm not doing great. The nursing home just put me on skis and dropped me out...
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    My wife is a prolific generator of malaprops. ...

    My wife is a prolific generator of malaprops. She also doesn't know her right from her left, especially when giving directions. Not surprising since she's left handed. She'll say "turn left" while...
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    I should clarify--what my friend said is that...

    I should clarify--what my friend said is that carbon capture, if employed to the fullest extent possible, would reduce carbon emissions by 5-10% of the current total national amount. This was a...
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    Is the sock still on the house door knob?

    Is the sock still on the house door knob?
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    The current 3x champion is an Episcopal priest...

    The current 3x champion is an Episcopal priest from Walla Walla. Friend of yours KQ?
  24. I don't have much time to wait.

    I don't have much time to wait.
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    Yeah, that's an appropriate use of biomass. When...

    Yeah, that's an appropriate use of biomass. When a biomass plant was being considered for the landfill outside Truckee they said there was far more biomass from clearing projects than the plant...
  26. IMO electric heat makes MORE sense than electric...

    IMO electric heat makes MORE sense than electric cars, unless you can figure out how to drive with really really really long extension cords. Hey, there's an idea--put wires along all the roads that...
  27. Thread: Ask KQ Claus

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    Excellent point. Thank you.

    Excellent point. Thank you.
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    Biomass for hydrogen makes sense if the source is...

    Biomass for hydrogen makes sense if the source is material that would otherwise be burned or landfilled and turned into fee methane. It doesn't make sense if, as the article suggests, plants are...
  29. Thread: Ask KQ Claus

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    Shit. You just made me realize I now have one...

    Shit. You just made me realize I now have one more person I have to think of a present for. He'll only be 7 months so I guess I get a pass this year, but I'll be back in this thread next year for...
  30. Thread: Ask KQ Claus

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    Of course. (Yeah, I'm going to hell. I know.)

    Of course. (Yeah, I'm going to hell. I know.)
  31. We haven't had one yet. Last year was the first...

    We haven't had one yet. Last year was the first year that they started the program and they threatened one but then canceled it. No threats of one yet. We were told fall is the most likely...
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    According to that video he had previously lost...

    According to that video he had previously lost his wife and kids in a plane crash. No one should have to go through that kind of loss once, let alone twice.
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    You never went to Auburn.

    You never went to Auburn.
  34. Thread: Ask KQ Claus

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    You just reminded me of my favorite xmas movie.

    You just reminded me of my favorite xmas movie.
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    Showing in Tahoe City Art Haus for a few weeks.

    Showing in Tahoe City Art Haus for a few weeks.
  36. Every time I get held up in construction during...

    Every time I get held up in construction during the day I grumble why can't they do this at night.
    This is why.
  37. Truckee will likely be enacting REACH codes very...

    Truckee will likely be enacting REACH codes very shortly, likely mandating all electric in new construction. So far we haven't heard that Truckee will require designs to be solar friendly--roof...
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    New Yorker article on energy storage. Physics...

    New Yorker article on energy storage. Physics for poets.
    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/04/25/the-renewable-energy-revolution-will-need-renewable-storage

    Much as I hate to admit it,...
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    Scene in my college gym-- "What are you...

    Scene in my college gym--

    "What are you working out for?"
    "Climbing. You?"
    "Shot put. How about you Tom?"
    "The beach."
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    That's true about forced air gas as well--if you...

    That's true about forced air gas as well--if you stand in the breeze from the register it chills you, unless you're very close. That's why floor registers are best on the floor, and are angled to...
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    Seems to me that hydrogen fuel cells are a much...

    Seems to me that hydrogen fuel cells are a much better solution than batteries. You would be able to refuel the way you refuel with gasoline. A lot of infrastructure would have to be built. ...
  42. Thread: Wildfire 2022

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    Ops map of the Mosquito Fire, showing the old...

    Ops map of the Mosquito Fire, showing the old American, King, and Caldor fire areas. The good news, Mosquito is 85% contained. The ?good news--there's nothing left to burn....
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    If you read this sentence as "anyone who blames...

    If you read this sentence as "anyone who blames the river/lake drying up ONLY on carbon emissions or global warming and not on too many humans using the water as well is a moron" then it makes...
  44. Whether a building is exempted from PV due to...

    Whether a building is exempted from PV due to snow load depends on roof angle and whether the roof slides. We're near the west end of Donner Lake with a snow load of 315, a low angle roof, and a...
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    This is 2022--substitute herbal medicine and...

    This is 2022--substitute herbal medicine and antioxidants for astrology.
  46. Thread: Water.....

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    If we in the West paid the actual cost of...

    If we in the West paid the actual cost of developing and delivering water things would probably look a little different here.
    There's a passage in Cadillac Desert about how the Bureau of Reclamation...
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    A heat pump is the most efficient way to heat and...

    A heat pump is the most efficient way to heat and cool, compared to the other options. How long it will take to pay for itself depends on your climate, local gas and electric rates, and available...
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    I think when you start a thread like this you...

    I think when you start a thread like this you have go first.
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    OTOH not much feels better than passing someone...

    OTOH not much feels better than passing someone half your age on one of Alpine Meadows' ascending traverses. Alas, eventually that stops happening.
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    Re the issue of who pays for the fence--in CA the...

    Re the issue of who pays for the fence--in CA the law is that adjoining neighbors share in the cost of building and maintaining a fence. Other states likely have similar laws. That said--who decides...
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