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    Russian sage: ...

    Russian sage:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/71/Rasputin_PA.jpg/1200px-Rasputin_PA.jpg
  2. Thread: Gas prices

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    Yipes, I had to put a few gallons in my pickup...

    Yipes, I had to put a few gallons in my pickup truck today, $5.89/gallon.
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    My car is rated at 112MPGe for mixed driving. ...

    My car is rated at 112MPGe for mixed driving. In practice, around here, I'm getting about 100 miles of range out of ~24kWh used, so that'd work out to ~138MPGe. To charge my battery, if I do it...
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    Random first experiment with a pinhole lens. No...

    Random first experiment with a pinhole lens. No filters were abused in the production of this image :-)

    https://i.imgur.com/0AcTOr5.jpg
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    11 cents/kilowatt-hour here still :-)

    11 cents/kilowatt-hour here still :-)
  6. This sort of funding sure would have made it...

    This sort of funding sure would have made it easier launching the private preschool/K-5 school I built here.
  7. I'm cutting back on items I won't really need/use...

    I'm cutting back on items I won't really need/use for the next 3-9 months. I've got enough projects and bits-of-projects going to tide me over, I don't need to grow the backlog.

    I usually,...
  8. Thread: Sunset tonight....

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    The Fireworks Galaxy (NGC 6946) 3AM, July 28,...

    The Fireworks Galaxy (NGC 6946)
    3AM, July 28, 2022


    https://i.imgur.com/ZVjiHoj.jpg
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    #not_all_... Right...

    #not_all_...

    Right...
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    I think that outlook runs the danger of...

    I think that outlook runs the danger of committing another "sin" - fetishization of Native American wisdom and cultural practices.
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    Well, rather than arguing that since it is...

    Well, rather than arguing that since it is difficult to remedy the injustices perpetrated upon the Neanderthal by Homo Sapiens we should just smile and move on, how about we start with specific...
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    https://www.newsweek.com/painting-looted-nazis-ret...

    https://www.newsweek.com/painting-looted-nazis-returned-jewish-family-after-80-years-1679513
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    I guess if my Dad had slaughtered the neighbors...

    I guess if my Dad had slaughtered the neighbors and driven them off their land, taking it for himself, I might feel a bit ambivalent about inheriting his estate and continuing to lord it over the...
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    Property is, though.

    Property is, though.
  15. Thread: Sunset tonight....

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    Madrona Point, Orcas Island, 11:40PM July 26,...

    Madrona Point, Orcas Island, 11:40PM July 26, 2022

    Photo taken with just an iPhone(!), while out playing with the bioluminescent dinoflagellates on the dock.

    https://i.imgur.com/ol88tqi.jpg
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    This sort of thing is how my ancestors ended up...

    This sort of thing is how my ancestors ended up in America.
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    What does "embracing it" mean, and how would I...

    What does "embracing it" mean, and how would I "make the most of it"?

    I mean, there are some Republicans down the road from me with some pretty sweet stuff, and I don't think they are particularly...
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    2AM, July 26, 2022 Looking right above Patos...

    2AM, July 26, 2022

    Looking right above Patos Island early this morning from Mt. Constitution:

    Bode's Galaxy (M81) and its nearby friend the Cigar Galaxy (M82).

    They are gravitationally...
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    I wouldn't let Spanish hold you back, you'd pick...

    I wouldn't let Spanish hold you back, you'd pick it up in no time.
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    I guess I'm singing off-key again.

    I guess I'm singing off-key again.
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    I’d be happy with a mandatory retirement age for...

    I’d be happy with a mandatory retirement age for elected and appointed governmental officials.
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    There's quite a difference between "high...

    There's quite a difference between "high appointed offices" and the bulk of the non-partisan civil service corps. And has been since 1883...
    ...
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    (2:45AM, July 24 2022, Orcas Island Code...

    (2:45AM, July 24 2022, Orcas Island Code Compliance Office)

    A long long time ago, someone had a very bad day!

    The Little Ring Nebula. There's a bit of the star's core in the center,...
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    Bigger telescope tonight. 20 minutes of...

    Bigger telescope tonight.

    20 minutes of tracked exposure.

    The Dumbbell Nebula, Messier 27. 1:30AM, July 24, 2022

    A nebula surrounding a white dwarf star, 1360 light years from my...
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    I've stuffed them in all of my camera bags and...

    I've stuffed them in all of my camera bags and important gear bags, and inside my wallet. It's saved me a couple of times.
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