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#251 OFFLINE   V.T. Eric Layton

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Posted 01 August 2018 - 10:51 AM

Yeah... I'm going to be fretting over the shape of my scutoids all day now. :(

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 01:39 PM

Planter of trees

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Felix began planting trees in the late 1990s, and has since cemented his passion for British forestry by setting up The Heart of England Forest Limited charity, dedicated to planting a substantial native broadleaf forest in Warwickshire. Felix often makes a personal donation to the charity and between his personal country estate and The Heart of England Forest, over 1,874 acres of woodland have now been planted. Planting proceeds at the rate of approximately 300 acres per year. In the summer of 2013, the Forest hit a major mile-stone which was the 1 millionth tree. By the end of the planting season in March 2014, another 100,000 were planted.

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We welcome natural regeneration of trees within our woodlands and respond positively where it occurs.  A hedgerow tree is the usual seed source and nearly always happens near ash trees, field maple and to a lesser extent around oak.  Oak regeneration is unusual in that it can occur just about anywhere in the woodland, probably dropped or buried by corvids (jays, crows, magpies, etc) or squirrels.

Although not in the same league I have been planting trees for the last thirty years. Five of which are still standing. :breakfast:
Oz Magazine

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The history of Oz Magazine is of increasing cultural interest. Published sporadically from 1967 to 1973, it was characterised by Martin Sharp's psychedelic masterpieces and contributions form the leading radical free thinkers of the time. Though the magazine ran for only 48 issues, the infamous court action brought against it was one of the longest trials of its type in history. Two Australians - Richard Neville and Jim Anderson  - along with Felix Dennis, were charged with 'conspiracy to corrupt public morals'. It became a cause celebre of its day, pitting the chaotic and disparate elements of the 'counter-culture' - Oz, International Times, Ink - with the unamused might of the 'establishment'.

The OZ magzine was probably why I turned out the way I did. :Laughing:

An for those looking for loot , this may be an entertaining and inspirational read.

How To Get Rich



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How To Get Rich is a distillation of his business wisdom. Primarily concerned with the step-by-step creation of wealth, it ruthlessly dissects the business failures and financial triumphs of 'a South London lad who became rich virtually by accident'. Part manual, part memoir, part primer, this book is a template for those who are willing to stare down failure and transform their lives.
Canny, infuriating, cynical and generous by turns, How To Get Rich is an invaluable guide to 'the surprisingly simple art of collecting money which already has your name on it'.

I must get around to reading it one day. :228823:
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Posted 03 August 2018 - 03:09 PM

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Oak regeneration is unusual in that it can occur just about anywhere in the woodland, probably dropped or buried by corvids (jays, crows, magpies, etc)
And the corvids will choose the best seed stock, too. I've read that, and I can even see that behavior in my backyard jays, who will pick up and reject several peanuts in the shell before choosing one they feel is "prime". (Of course, pretty quickly all the peanuts are gone--to a jay there really is no such thing as a bad peanut!)
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Posted 09 August 2018 - 02:40 AM

Golden Bridge Cau Vang in Vietnam Held by Giant Concrete Hands


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The 150-metre long bridge is located in the Ba Na Hills, in central Vietnam at over 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level. It was designed by TA Landscape Architecture in Ho Chi Minh City with an idea to resemble “giant hands of Gods, pulling a strip of gold out of the land,” said Vu Viet Anh, Design Principal at TA Landscape Architecture. Sputnik offers you a virtual stroll over this magnificent bridge.

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 04:41 AM

The Arch Mission Foundation plans to conquer the universe.  

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Earlier this year, the Arch Mission Foundation managed to include a quartz storage device containing Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy on the Tesla Roadster that SpaceX launched towards the sun. At the time, co-founder Nova Spivack said this wasn’t a one-off stunt, but the first step in a bigger plan.

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To mitigate planetary risks, human data needs to be backed up in as many places as possible, both on Earth and off Earth. Space provides an ideal environment for data storage, yet also brings with it new challenges.
A large network of Arch™ Libraries (pronounced “Ark”) disseminated across the solar system will guarantee preservation of human data, no matter how much information humans create, for as long as the solar system exists.  
The key to making this work is increasing the amount of data we can store per Arch™ Library, and disseminating Arch Libraries to a large number of locations across our Solar System – this is the vision of The Arch Mission.

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There will be a growing number of Arch Libraries. At first there will be dozens, but by 2020 there will be at least thousands in various locations. As we develop the ability to encode the Arch Libraries onto DNA molecules that can be rapidly and cheaply replicated, it will be possible to distribute millions to billions of Arch Libraries. A day may come -- in less than 100 years -- when everyone will carry a copy of the Arch with them in a piece of jewelry, or perhaps in their own body.

Naturally the arks will contain a copy of the Arch operating system it being the pinnacle of os design. :Muahaha:
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Posted 15 August 2018 - 08:39 PM

When the human race is extinct, which will be by the end of this century from latest reports, I don't think it will matter having data backed up in space. :'(
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Posted 16 August 2018 - 04:01 AM

View Postsunrat, on 15 August 2018 - 08:39 PM, said:

When the human race is extinct, which will be by the end of this century from latest reports, I don't think it will matter having data backed up in space. :'(

You are forgetting those lost remnants of humanity that will one day restart the human race.

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