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Old Dec 28th 2020, 7:26 pm
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Originally Posted by BristolUK View Post
Now there's a coincidence. I was looking for that one a few days ago. My memory was the frog was actually in an alley outside the restaurant but I see this one was originally in National Lampoon magazine and that's where I remember it from.
Yup I think I remember that version that you mention.
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Old Dec 28th 2020, 8:07 pm
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Originally Posted by zzrmark View Post
I'd never thought about all those poor seals drowning in shark fin soup...
since you have a stupid sense of humour, this should make you chuckle

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Old Jan 10th 2021, 9:38 pm
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Originally Posted by stevenglish1 View Post
since you have a stupid sense of humour, this should make you chuckle
Don't be too harsh on me, living in Florida for 5 years takes it's toll. It's a toss up between going for poor taste or going full Floridaman, like the chap just down the road who was pictured this week carrying Nancy Pelosi's lectern...
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Swampy and Swampy jnr

'I couldn't be prouder': Swampy and 16-year-old son in HS2 tunnel protest
Veteran environmental activist Dan Hooper, known as Swampy...said he was impressed with his son’s climbing abilities. “He is already becoming a better climber than me so yes, he will probably become better at digging and tunnel dwelling than me as well. But don’t tell him that, I don’t want him getting a big head.

“He already likes to wind me up that I’m past it and I must admit, tunnels do seem to have become less comfortable than they were a few decades ago, but I think he’ll find that there’s some life in the old dog yet.”

Hooper lives with his partner and their three children in Tipi Valley, an eco-village in west Wales. The family live a sustainable life growing vegetables, using solar panels for electricity, composting waste and filtering water from a nearby stream.
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Good old Swampy, and Swampy Jr.
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Old Feb 1st 2021, 6:38 pm
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Did they dig a whole series of tunnels from scratch, or commandeer existing tunnels? I can't quite get my head around why you would take this approach to protesting ... out of sight, destabilizing land, dangerous, and causing danger to others ...
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Originally Posted by BristolUK View Post
Wow, there's a blast from the past. I remember when he set up camp in the trees protesting the dualling of the A38 between Honiton and Exeter. The company I worked for at the time was responsible for surrounding him and his buddies with noisy, stinky, diesel tower lights (how we laughed at the time ) and security fencing and muggins put all the lights round his little knoll. Once the fence was up the whole site was ringed 24/7 by security guards, the place looked like a high security prison rather than a small clump of trees. Must have cost the road builder a small fortune!
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Just read this rather interesting article, explaining how a move towards electrifying everything (replacing natural gas with electricity for heat, specifically) has some serious consequences.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertb...h=6f4922317e15

Just a sobering reality-check on some of the impacts of what we are facing.

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Originally Posted by Steerpike View Post
Just read this rather interesting article, explaining how a move towards electrifying everything (replacing natural gas with electricity for heat, specifically) has some serious consequences.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertb...h=6f4922317e15

Just a sobering reality-check on some of the impacts of what we are facing.
A couple of things missing from that article. Firstly, we need to move away from relying solely on an electricity grid. Local generation and power storage are really important. Secondly, another huge issue is how electricity is generated. If it means that states like Nebraska and Colorado etc simply get more coal dug out of Wyoming to generate electricity, then we will actually be in a worse place than we are currently.
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Originally Posted by Giantaxe View Post
A couple of things missing from that article. Firstly, we need to move away from relying solely on an electricity grid. Local generation and power storage are really important. Secondly, another huge issue is how electricity is generated. If it means that states like Nebraska and Colorado etc simply get more coal dug out of Wyoming to generate electricity, then we will actually be in a worse place than we are currently.
If I lived in my own home right now (as opposed to condo / town house, which introduces all manner of challenges) I'd be buying a battery storage system, even without solar panels. I know that most people buy batteries as a component of a solar strategy, but personally I'm more interested in the battery part than the solar panel part, because I am sick and tired of the instability of the California electrical system.

Anyway, hopefully battery storage for home use will improve significantly over the next few years and 'personal storage' will become a reality. Solving this for condos/apartments is going to be a much bigger challenge.
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Old Feb 15th 2021, 8:23 pm
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If I lived in my own home right now (as opposed to condo / town house, which introduces all manner of challenges) I'd be buying a battery storage system, even without solar panels. I know that most people buy batteries as a component of a solar strategy, but personally I'm more interested in the battery part than the solar panel part, because I am sick and tired of the instability of the California electrical system.

Anyway, hopefully battery storage for home use will improve significantly over the next few years and 'personal storage' will become a reality. Solving this for condos/apartments is going to be a much bigger challenge.
BC thanks California for buying electricity from us and help keep our rates in BC one of the lowest in the world.

BC Hydro operates on the import when prices are low, generate and export when prices are high, so when California needs electricity in high demand times we sell it at a premium, and when Washington and Alberta have excess power in low demand times, we import it at discount prices.

One upside to hydro electric dams is they can be ramped up and down to meet demand quicker and more efficiently than natural gas or coal plants can be.

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BC thanks California for buying electricity from us and help keep our rates in BC one of the lowest in the world.

BC Hydro operates on the import when prices are low, generate and export when prices are high, so when California needs electricity in high demand times we sell it at a premium, and when Washington and Alberta have excess power in low demand times, we import it at discount prices.

One upside to hydro electric dams is they can be ramped up and down to meet demand quicker and more efficiently than natural gas or coal plants can be.
Do you know if they use 'pumped storage'? This is a technique to use cheap electricity to pump water back up to the top of the dam so you can re-use it to generate power as it comes back down. The power has to be pretty cheap to make that work but I do remember hearing about it.
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Do you know if they use 'pumped storage'? This is a technique to use cheap electricity to pump water back up to the top of the dam so you can re-use it to generate power as it comes back down. The power has to be pretty cheap to make that work but I do remember hearing about it.
Like this place in North Wales:

https://www.power-technology.com/fea...wales-5773187/
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Do you know if they use 'pumped storage'? This is a technique to use cheap electricity to pump water back up to the top of the dam so you can re-use it to generate power as it comes back down. The power has to be pretty cheap to make that work but I do remember hearing about it.
From what I could find online, doesn't appear so at the moment, looks like its been studied though, but doesn't look like its something currently in use. I could be wrong, but I couldn't find anything that confirms they do, just articles about studies and possibilities of it.

Their facilities are listed here with some basic info.

I found this from 2010 (this is a pdf)

This article from 2016, at least at the time of the writing there was none but was something being considered.


This new dam site is currently under construction, its been controversial since the moment is was even floated as an idea, but a previous government (BC Liberals who are not actually liberal) kind of forced it through, the current government when they came to power decided to continue since it had already started, but yeah its been a controversial hot topic for a variety of reasons including First Nations treaty rights as well as the flooding of agricultural land.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Site_C_dam

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That's really interesting. I had no idea.

I did read somewhere that the UK is making great advances in using wind power.
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