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I walked this morning, passed a car with its engine running on Riverside. A mother and child are living inside. I'm still shaking with anger at a society that allows this.

*Current temperature is 1°C.
When you put it like that, I should start with the man in the mirror. disappointed face
How A Judaeo-Urdu Manuscript Was Made Into A Film | Madras Courier


Indar Sabha: an illustrated Urdu play of love in Indra's court was made into a successful production by Parsi's & Jews.
thanks. Sent it to a Parsi friend. What an interesting script!
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A look behind the scenes at Parlementum Osada

There is a 60% chance I will run up an Osada only server and try and entice friends from Facebook and the Fediverse to give it a whirl.

As a general thought, hit up peeps on Google+ who have experienced first hand what can happen in a silo.
Will the community focus shift from Hubzilla to Osada when Osada is more mature? (Apologies if this has been discussed to death already elsewhere.)
More of a fork IIRC. Osada is designed as a drop in replacement for the proprietary social media. Hubzilla is a full featured community server.

I intend to remain here, but help Mike with a signal boost for Osada.
I don't know. These things are very different.

The situation at the moment can best be summed up as
I am returning to a book I read when I was 9 or 10 years old. smiling face with open mouth and tightly-closed eyes
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting


Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg.
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Otherwise, I can add the epubs here.
How tragically ironic that in his disappearance and probable death, Khashoggi may have done more to get Washington to see the troubling reality of MBS’ Saudi Arabia than he ever could have done alive and through his writing.
How to Build a Low-tech Website?


Low-tech Magazine was born in 2007 and has seen minimal changes ever since. Because a website redesign was long overdue — and because we try to practice what we preach — we decided to build a low-tech, self-hosted, and solar-powered version of Low-tech Magazine. The new blog is designed to radically reduce the energy use associated with accessing our content. First prototype of the solar powered server that runs the new website. Read this article on the solar powered website. Why a Low-tech Website? We were told that the Internet would “dematerialise” society and decrease energy use. Contrary to this projection, it has become a large and rapidly growing consumer of energy itself. According to the latest estimates, the entire...
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Insulation: First the Body, Then the Home


Modern thermal underclothing offers the possibility to turn the thermostat much lower without sacrificing comfort or sex appeal.

It's not really true that you can save 40% of energy costs by lowering the temperature by just 4 °C, though. When I read that, it seemed like a very high value to me, so I calculated a bit myself:

The heat energy a house/flat loses to the outside is directly proportional to the difference between indoor and outdoor temperature: P = H * deltaT, where H is a coefficient that describes how well the house is insulated, and deltaT is the temperature difference in K or °C.

Now, if you lower the temperature by 1 K (or 1 °C), you get P1 = H * (deltaT - 1), for 2 K it's P2 = H * (deltaT - 2) etc.

To see what percentage of the energy you can save by lowering the temperature by 1 °C, you'd have to caculate S = 1 - P1/P = 1 - (H * (deltaT - 1)) / (H * deltaT)  = 1 - ( (H * deltaT) / (H * deltaT) - H / (H * deltaT) ) = 1 - 1 + 1/deltaT = 1 / deltaT

In other words, you'll save exactly a percentage of one divided by the temperature difference between the inside and the outside per degree you lower the temperature. A deltaT of 15 °C means you'll save about 6.7 %, at a difference of 20 °C you'll save 5% etc. (That's always the same amount of energy, BTW. Say one degree less will save 1.5 kWh per day for your house, it will be the same 1.5 kWh regardless of whether it -20 °C outside or 10 °C. At 10 °C, 1.5 kWh is just a much larger fraction of the whole energy needed on that day than at -20 °C.)

That means that the 40% by lowering the temperature by 4 °C will only work if the average temperature difference between inside and outside over the day is about 10 K, e.g. when you get about 7 °C at night and about 17 °C during the day and heat the house to 22 °C. At this temperature range, we usually don't heat at all, as cooking, washing, simply people being at home etc. generates enough heat for our house to stay comfortably warm.

For a climate like in Germany, they say you can save about 5 % heating energy on average if you lower the room temperature by one degree centigrade. But that's lots of energy, too.
thanks for these calculations (which I'm not sure I'll remember). I think if we would begin to use thermal underwear we would end up using the washing machine a lot more so that might have to be factored in too. Here at least, we don't need a dryer.
@zottel doesn't the degree of insulation of the apartment matter?
Did a massive volcanic eruption in Asia change the history of Europe?

Napoleon's Downfall due to a Volcano: Mount Tambora. - Gingko Edizioni


Victor Hugo, referring to the Battle of Waterloo in his book Les Misérables had this to say about the weather: Had it not rained on the night of 17th/18th June 1815, the future of Europe would have been different…an unseasonably clouded sky sufficed to bring about the collapse of a World.
Very interesting :-)
Yeah, I've read something similar years ago. Not just that, there were other natural calamities here in Asia-Pacific that affected Europe. Clearly shows how everything is connected.

Possibly the last, best chance to contain Hitler.
while little has been written by English historians, perhaps because they don’t know how to free themselves from their superiority complex, enforced by their victory in WWII which in reality it should be attributed primarily to USSR and secondarily to the United States: and perhaps it is for this reason that they continue to see the frantic diplomatic efforts put up by Mussolini to save Italy from ruin as the work of a clown.

11-14 April 1935. The Stresa Front to stop Adolf Hitler. - Gingko Edizioni


 April 11th 1935, eighty years ago. Benito Mussolini disembarked – jumping down from a speedboat he was steering – on the Isola Bella, facing Stresa,

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4/5 stars
Our detective is a penniless aristocrat who also happens to be 35th in line of succession to the throne. It is 1935 and a conference between Britain, France and Italy concerning Nazi Germany just ended. The Prince of Wales and "that woman" have been invited to a house party at an Italian palazzo nearby. Queen Mary has Georgie invited to the party to keep an eye on the P of W. A motley crew has assembled; Italian fascists, German army officers, an industrialist, and others make this a highly unlikely gathering. Then there's an apparent suicide...
On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service (A Royal Spyness Mystery Book 11) by Rhys Bowen


Click to read more about On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service (A Royal Spyness Mystery Book 11) by Rhys Bowen.  LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers
He was literally crucified on a barbed wire fence. Now he will be laid to rest as a secular saint.
Matthew Shepard Will Be Interred at the Washington National Cathedral, 20 Years After His Death


After he was killed in Laramie, Wyo., in 1998, Mr. Shepard became a symbol of violence against gay people. He has never been laid to rest.
Thank you for reminding me of this story.
Wonderful new chapter to this tragic story, thanks for sharing, Charles.
Wow... I had no idea. Thanks for sharing.
Mathematica was (still is?) off the chain super sci fi futuristic back in 1990. I took first year college calculus using Mathematica. In order to get into that class you had to already know Calculus. As i recall there were three semesters.. but then differential equations you had to go to the 'real' course lol.

The problem was that it was harder than regular college calculus, for example the final was one week long, 10 problems and open 'anything'. Books, notes, people, etc. And it was tough to pass.

The other problem was that the 'real' calculus classes did 100 problems a day by hand. So you get into diff eq and its slow burn to hell because you weren't doing 100 problems a day for 3 semesters like the average kids :)

But that was the same for 'advanced english' too. I didn't have to write 1000 words a day like the average kids but i probably actually suffered more through lack of work.
This has been an enlightening thread. Thank you, all.
I agree, I have learned a lot - thank you.
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Oysters On The Half Shell Are Actually Saving New York's Eroding Harbor
Across New York City, more than 70 restaurants are tossing their oyster shells not into the trash or composting pile, but into the city's eroded harbor. It's all part of Billion Oyster Project's restaurant shell-collection program.

5 Stars!

I love country house murders, locked room mysteries, and stories set in the snow. ❄ This book is all 3! Inspector Hemingway has his work cut out for him with an impossible murder and a house full of viable suspects. By paying close attention I successfully guessed the identity of the murderer.

Covers: Envious Casca (Inspector Hemingway Book 2) by Georgette Heyer


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!Detection Club
This has been my feeling all along. I'm a Ravenclaw BTW.
J.K. Rowling Needs To Stop Messing With Harry Potter


I grew up reading Harry Potter, and it shaped my life to the extent that I have a Deathly Hallows tattoo. As an adult, I wish J.K. Rowling would just me enjoy her books in peace.
For no knead bread #6 I am trying a new recipe. Pics and thoughts in 20 hours, but first a nap.
No-Knead Bread Recipe


Here is one of the most popular recipes The Times has ever published, courtesy of Jim Lahey, owner of Sullivan Street Bakery It requires no kneading It uses no special ingredients, equipment or techniques
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I knew that ;-)

I recommend the Do You Remember podcast on the history of the Hüskers. Places them well and gives them the importance they deserve in the scheme of things.

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