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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:20 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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I thought it was all due to agriculture demand rather than private consumers.
A lot of water is required to grow almonds, that sweet, small, hard nut (wonder how that compares to the Californian wine industry ?)
There is a lack of rain fall and the Hoover Dam water level is very low.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The U.S. is going down the shitter, that's for sure.


Not if there's no water to flush the toilets.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mr shifter wrote:
mazda wrote:
I thought it was all due to agriculture demand rather than private consumers.
A lot of water is required to grow almonds, that sweet, small, hard nut (wonder how that compares to the Californian wine industry ?)
There is a lack of rain fall and the Hoover Dam water level is very low.


When we were in California earlier this year, there was talk of people not filling their pools or watering their lawns as much as usual, so I guess it's pretty serious.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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mr shifter wrote:
mazda wrote:
I thought it was all due to agriculture demand rather than private consumers.
A lot of water is required to grow almonds, that sweet, small, hard nut (wonder how that compares to the Californian wine industry ?)
There is a lack of rain fall and the Hoover Dam water level is very low.


When we were in California earlier this year, there was talk of people not filling their pools or watering their lawns as much as usual, so I guess it's pretty serious.


California has has two years of drought. We were asked in the Spring to conserve 20% of our water usage. Which everybody north of Los Anglese did. Southern California did not.

Mazda is correct, the majority of the water usage in California is used by agriculture (80%).

Nearly all the Northern California lakes are near record lows.

The theme in my town is "Brown is the new Green." Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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California has has two years of drought. We were asked in the Spring to conserve 20% of our water usage. Which everybody north of Los Anglese did. Southern California did not.
Mazda is correct, the majority of the water usage in California is used by agriculture (80%).

Nearly all the Northern California lakes are near record lows.

The theme in my town is "Brown is the new Green." Wink
Thanks for the Local knowledge but the reports I read said that some farms have become "Dust Bowls" ?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mr shifter wrote:
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California has has two years of drought. We were asked in the Spring to conserve 20% of our water usage. Which everybody north of Los Anglese did. Southern California did not.
Mazda is correct, the majority of the water usage in California is used by agriculture (80%).

Nearly all the Northern California lakes are near record lows.

The theme in my town is "Brown is the new Green." Wink
Thanks for the Local knowledge but the reports I read said that some farms have become "Dust Bowls" ?


Yes that is happening, but agriculture still gets the majority of California water usage (excluding environmental usage). What has increased over the past 10-20 years is the increase in environmental water usage. That eats up 50% of the water (40% for ag and 10% for urban). This environmental usage is to help with fish more so now than it had in the past. This wasn't accountable back 40 years ago when we had another very bad drought.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the samsung recording tv, i for one like the idea

instead of when people are talking over the tv and you say "shh, i can't hear the tv", now it can "shh, the tv can hear you"

maybe it could stop all the needless talking over favourite tv programmes.
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I remember discovering when I was a younger, that studies by people who set up cameras on TVs  to watch people watching, is that nearly everyone talks when TV is on.  I tend to like to just watch, but apparently many of not most people, especially in a family group, do a lot of talking.

My wife hates it when I talk during the Tour or Giro, but since I don't have to keep up a stream of babble like the poor announcers, I often see things that they don't.  Or so I claim.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Google wanted me to verify that I was a real person and not a robot (when using google to search for references of "lanterns rouge" on this forum)

This had caused an existential crisis for me until I realised one thing

If I was a robot, I'd never have passed the quality control inspection :d
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:03 pm    Post subject: Giant GPS doodles cyclist Reply with quote

Giant GPS doodles cyclist

https://www.yahoo.com/news/photos...les-cyclist-1456423708-slideshow/



This enthusiastic cyclist is a real-life Cycleangelo — using a GPS system as his canvas and brush. Stephen Lund would comfortably win the Draw de France title, as he has cycled 3,040 miles creating his intricate but giant masterpieces.

The works range from simple messages wishing people a happy birthday to intricate drawings of wildlife, cult characters and figureheads. Using the app Strava, Stephen's creations require the artist to weave his way through the City of Victoria, Canada, along a series of preplanned routes. (Caters News)
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

those are quite nice maps he made.

mine seem a bit bland by comparison
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is football (or EPL) banned on this forum ?

Just like to point out that Leicester City won again.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mazda wrote:
Is football (or EPL) banned on this forum ?

Just like to point out that Leicester City won again.


Yes they did! Very Happy

The wobbly juggernaut rolls on!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mazda wrote:
Is football (or EPL) banned on this forum ?

Just like to point out that Leicester City won again.


I think it had its own thread back in Smarauder's time   Cool  In fact I think he used to fearlessly predict the entire league table at the start of the season and then explain to us why he was closer to being right than anyone else at the end of the season.
Most of the "experts" seem afraid to say it out loud, but from this distance it looks like Leicester will win at a canter?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Ferguson made the real 'Fearless Pick' a good few weeks ago when he said Leicester would win it with three games to spare.  He said that at the start of Cheltenham, so I presume he backed that up with a little bet...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think they possibly need to win it with 3 games to spare, on paper they certainly needed to win the last few games, which they did.
If the gap is still at 7 points then they would need either 1 win or 3 draws from those 3 games which, IMO, is not guaranteed.

I recall Ranieri setting a target of 79 points once they reached 39 at halfway.
Are they the only top team to improve in the second half of the season ?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pantanifan wrote:
Most of the "experts" seem afraid to say it out loud, but from this distance it looks like Leicester will win at a canter?


Having been brought up in Leicester and having supported Leicester for as long as I can remember, there are all too many potential banana skins imaginable that could trip "us" up. (Got to get a bit parochial to sound like a proper footy fan!)

At least if it's not Leicester it will be Spurs who have the priceless advantage of not being Man U, Man City, Chelsea or Arsenal.

#daretodream as they say in social media land.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vardy not happy with his red card...



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem is that these days there are too many players who don't  even comprehend that they are cheating.

Having said that I still want to see Leicester win the title.
There seems to be an increase in feeling that Leicester are being constantly lucky. I'm not sure where such bitterness (as I see it) is coming from.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mazda wrote:
The problem is that these days there are too many players who don't  even comprehend that they are cheating.

Having said that I still want to see Leicester win the title.
There seems to be an increase in feeling that Leicester are being constantly lucky. I'm not sure where such bitterness (as I see it) is coming from.


Maybe the lucky element is that to me a bit casual observer,  they have won a couple of games and saved points with goals in injury time

This could be a perception bias of mine but then again, it is something I find all the good teams can do in that if they are battling for a result, can keep the pressure on and eventually get the necessary goal

Edit - using google, my perception is wrong, since January only 3 goals in 89 or 90th minute so not that many, 1 got a win, 1 saved a point and 1 made it 2-0

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