Weekend social 23/03/2012

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Christmas truce 1914Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever.

No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

30 comments on “Weekend social 23/03/2012”

  1. Bored 1

    I had the idea from posts earlier this week on peak oil that I might just build a thermo nuclear reactor next to the chicken coop, but I have dropped that idea because for the next 40,000 years the spent fuel rods would have to be placed under the chicken coop and the eggs would then glow in the dark….

    Given the weather during the last week low scale hydro in my garden also took a turn toward becoming feasible: would mean moving the cabbages which grew heaps in the rain. The cold wind has just about cancelled my runner bean crop, I would say if I get any I will be bloody lucky.

    Go the Canes….welcome back Dan at the new Chch stadium.

    • Herodotus 1.1

      “…but I have dropped that idea because for the next 40,000 years the spent fuel rods would have to be placed under the chicken coop and the eggs would then glow in the dark…” – building on this you gave me the idea of replacing eggs with golf balls. Then golfers would never loss them in the rough again 😉
      Looks like no sport tomorrow 🙁
      On organised sport- nI have noted that many sports organisations I am affiliated to are struggling financially as the “Gaming” machine funds are drying up. Pity but there could be many sports clubs facing huge playing fee increases.

      • Bored 1.1.1

        Maybe match the glowing golf balls with depleted uranium head golf clubs for greater driving power…….no guarantee you will be able to see the balls though as the chickens be sitting on them.

        • David H 1.1.1.1

          Ahh but you will have Chicken Kiev. Just leave the chicken by some suitable glowy stuff, for a wee while. All the time hoping that the cheap lead apron you bought (second hand from Chernobyl) is protecting all the little Bored’s and Boredesses that you may, or may not, want later on in our Nuclear age..

          Me I am going to spend time with my 10 month old son, and look at life from his point of view.

      • higherstandard 1.1.2

        Weather in Auckland is lovely at the moment so I’m escaping for a twilight round just in case in packs in for the weekend.

      • ianmac 1.1.3

        For a while there were golfballs loaded with sensors and when lost in the swamp or rough rough, a beeper could locate them. Good on our hill country wild golfcourse. Sadly some spoilsport banned them.
        Not sure about radioactive ones though. Carry one in your pocket?

  2. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 2

    Growing a beard.

    • lprent 2.1

      I’m so tired in the mornings from my work hours and moderating etc. Lyn coming home after her incredibly long work hours and waking me up isn’t helping. Shaving in the morning has been discontinued until the code gets shipped. I need that extra hour of sleep after Lyn goes to the gym in the morning, and shaving is just a luxury I don’t need (and stuff anyone else)…

      • Herodotus 2.1.1

        Shave before you go to bed then you will enable yourself to have your sleep ins 😉

        • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 2.1.1.1

          I shave in the shower. Apparently, I have this in common with Winston Peters, although I am not sure how I know this.

          • lprent 2.1.1.1.1

            You must have bloody long showers. I’m in and out of the shower in less than 5 minutes*. Enough time for a lather and wash down.

            Lyn used to have incredibly long showers (> 30 minutes), but I notice that they seem to be down to less than 10 minutes these days. Time pressures get to everyone.

            * Except long ago I programmed the anti-eureka effect in. If I get a eureka moment then I stay where I am to think it through and ignore everything else. It means that I have discovered several times the amount of time it takes for showers to run out of hot water** and how cold a bath can get. Fortunately I don’t get them too often in the bathroom.

            ** Seems to be about 50 minutes at home. Good hotwater system there. Bloody expensive ideas

            • ianmac 2.1.1.1.1.1

              I replaced my broken shower-head on our high pressure shower and the replacement allowed a choice of reducing flow by 20%, 30% or 50%. (I did.) That would allow you more time to consider your Eureka moment before you ran out of hot water.

        • lprent 2.1.1.2

          But that is programming and moderation time… Sometimes I even write posts just before bed.

    • NickS 2.2

      I’ve given up shaving, as no matter what I do I always ended up with bloody zits post shaves of the blind n painful variety, combined with a neurological condition that makes me pick at things… 🙁

      Makes for a bloody good windbreak though when biking and tramping, and I can pull it off nicely.

      Just remember to use conditioner to avoid sandpaper syndrome…

    • Draco T Bastard 2.3

      I just shaved my beard – got too itchy in this muggy Auckland weather.

  3. NickS 3

    It’s Chilli Time this Saturday, as teh greenhouse is full of ripe hot chillis.

    However I’m sadly running out of habanero’s :/

    • Bored 3.1

      Nick, the links go to a blank Facebook page. You lucky sod, I had to throw away the whole tomato crop because it got mosaic virus, chillies were never gonna work in Wellywood. Green house now under planning.

      • NickS 3.1.1

        Ouch, though I’m pretty sure there’s resistant cultivares now available, look for VF I think on the packet/pot, and as long as they’re grown in soil, or non-liquid growth medium they’ll be bloody tasty.

        As for chilli’s keep them inside, on a north facing window and they’ll be fine, just put them outside near flowers every couple of days to make sure they get pollinated. There’s also this cultivare on trademe which might manage the windy city 😛

        As for a greenhouse: http://doorgarden.com/10/50-dollar-hoop-house-green-house
        Only budget $400 (at most) for it, and underlay the greenhouse film/plastic with chicken wire to prevent Wellington winds from destroying it

        And whoops, I’ll double check the permissions.

        Recipe’s set as public, as is the album, but they don’t display unless you’re logged into facebook.

        Bloody facebook, public should include _everyone_ or at least provide an option for allowing anyone to view it /grrrrr

        Sauce is now on pastebin: http://pastebin.com/7hWkFvQW

        Probably can’t do anything about the photo album, but I can do direct links it seems…
        -reskinned and full of unripe chilli’s
        -other side, you can just see some starting to ripen, though now it’s full of large red, mostly hot chilli’s. And the strawberry plant’s are looking sad from the cold weather :/-Inside, even on a cold day, it’ll get up to 30 degree’s inside as long as the sun’s out, got the plastic film from redpath plastics, not cheap, but it works a mint. And all those green chilli’s are now ripe 😀 At the front are some neglected, un-repotted chilli’s and recovering plants, plus my only hab seedling to survive, that’s now twice the size it was in that pic.

        As for the toms, the cherry ones are “sub-arctic plenty”, they’ll ripen even in low temperatures, but don’t like sub 10 degree weather are dying off now 🙁 Blood nice though, really sweet and flavour-some.

        And the ones along the fence are San Marenzo’s, but they’ve got end blossom rot, so I’ll need to reinforce the soil pretty heavily this winter, not bad growth though given that the spot it’s growing hasn’t had anything but weeds n ivy, and had only compost and tomato fertilizer chucked on. There’s enough for chill sauce making though, but too acidic for the maternal unit’s tastes, so it’s back to acid free, heavily cropping roma’s next season.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      Interesting greenhouse. How does it do in heavy/windy weather?

      • NickS 3.2.1

        Surprisingly well actually, just needs a lot of cloths pegs to hold the ends together, and re-tensioning of the fabric after big blows, at least ’til I get round to making a better fastening system for the sides. When I rebuild it though I’ll be making use of PVC conduit for the ribbing as poly-ethylene water pipping is a little too flexible, or I’ll go all out and get some steel reinforcing rod’s bent to order and use wire to tie it all together. But that’s at least 4 years away.

        And the raised, drywall bed really keeps the heat in too in later winter-early spring, to the point where I had stuff sprouting really rapidly, if not overnight for the squash seeds.

  4. fabregas4 4

    Now that the Arsenal are back above Totteringham I’m happy again – and when the mighty Gunners beat Villa and the small team down the road lost at Chelsea automatic champions league will be gained. I’ll be watching this Sunday morning and for the rest of the weekend – well my wife is home after a week away 🙂

  5. fabregas4 5

    and i will be doing what she tells me to do I guess.

  6. toad 6

    If weather is good, it will be gardening for me tomorrow. If weather is shit, I guess it will be, um, Twitter #FF!

    Partner working, so more attractive bad weather options not a go, sadly.

  7. QoT 7

    Our weeked shall involve gardening and house maintenance in anticipation of Relatives From Up North descending. But now, WE DRINK!

  8. rosy 8

    Vienna’ 950 fountains and drinking fountains were switched on yesterday, cafe tables are back on the streets, weather is great for the second weekend in a row, and daylight saving returns.

    We’ll be out and about, starting today with the coffee house that was a regular hangout of Lenin and Trotsky, and the inspiration for ‘The Chestnut Tree’ in Orwell’s 1984.

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