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Re: “The Road Not (Yet) Taken

Thank you for perhaps the most level headed thing I have read today. I am sure there are many people who are faced with the same problems I recently had. I couldn't find I am sure at least once in your life you had to fill out a form. I use a simple service http://goo.gl/VRnuq7 for forms filling. It definitely makes my life easier!

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Posted by sharlene buckman on 07/26/2016 at 3:41 AM

Re: “Non-random Random Primes

Hi Maybe, these were from first billion primes (i.e. two billion pairs). Apparently the bias effect tapers off as you increase the dataset, all the pairs trending to 6.25%. Cue spooky music...

Posted by barryevans on 07/16/2016 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Non-random Random Primes

Barry: I assume these percentages were derived from analyzing the first X number of prime numbers as a sample. Because the series of prime numbers is actually infinite, what guarantees that these percentages don't shift around significantly after adding another million prime numbers or so. For example, couldn't the percentage of "1-9"s say surpass that of "7-3"s?

Posted by Maybe,maybe not on 07/15/2016 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Gardening Under the Redwoods

Thank you for this. I am about to move a little redwood volunteer to a permanent spot and needed guidance on what would thrive underneath it. I also like having a list of native plants I can look for as well.

Posted by Patricia K Barr on 06/20/2016 at 11:32 AM

Re: “E-Cigarettes vs. Tobacco

I got the 7 seconds from the World Health Organization — looks like (averaging several sites) it's more like 30 seconds (not minutes) for nicotine vapor to affect brain. Thanks for catch!

Posted by barryevans on 06/03/2016 at 10:00 PM

Re: “E-Cigarettes vs. Tobacco

This youtube video explains the real reason for the CA Dept. of Public Health's attack on e- cigs. Short version: follow the money:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxNM1pUoOn…

Also, Dr. Michael Siegel is an anti- smoking zealot who supports e cig use as a method of harm reduction. He has a blog:
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/

Posted by Fred Mangels on 06/02/2016 at 7:17 AM

Re: “E-Cigarettes vs. Tobacco

Mr. Evans, a 25 second Google search, and 5 minutes of reading will provide you with the information conspicuously absent from your attention grabbing opening sentence. Nicotine delivered in vapor takes minutes, not seconds to be detected in the blood.

I do appreciate the relatively even-handed nature of the rest of the article - shame the lead was inaccurate.

Posted by mstave on 06/02/2016 at 6:54 AM

Re: “The Good Old Days?

I should used "life expectancy" when talking about a baby born today (77 years)

Posted by barryevans on 05/25/2016 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Water Boys

As a surf teacher and basic kayak instructor who has worked with local kids since 2007 here in Humboldt, I have witnessed many of our youth catch the stoke of what is possible on our local waterways, but what I know of these two chargers is that they have the type of resilience and persistence that will help them succeed at an elite level in whatever interests they pursue. It takes a special love of the ocean to charge out as these guys do on days when most are content to cozy up in a warm place far from the bone-chilling, tumultuous, relentless northern waves.
~ Nova L

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Posted by Nova L on 05/12/2016 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Water Boys

As any self employed person knows, Nate being one of them, you can't qualify for unemployment or disability. He wears a safety glove and is responsible for his own injuries. He has no employees yet.

Posted by Francine A on 05/12/2016 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Water Boys

What an awesome story. Don't let the state labor people know though. 12 and 14 yr olds working? Using knives? Not allowed!! Well, 14 yr olds can work, but not on fishing boats or with knives or machinery. I hope the bureaucrats leave these boys alone and let them grow up and excel.

Posted by Heather Joan Donesky on 05/12/2016 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Cash, Plastic or Bitcoin?

Barry: Before you pronounce bitcoin as secure, you might want to Google "bitcoin theft."

Like any predator/prey interaction it's always a a pendulum swing. And one should consider what legal mechanisms are available to help the victim in case of loss.

Bronco

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Posted by Bronco on 05/09/2016 at 6:20 PM

Re: “A Little Lower Than the Angels?

"Charles Darwin showed how the relentless thrust of evolution further dilutes our previously self-glorified status."

"...according to some contemporary physicists who propose that even our universe isn't special! "Universe" used to be interpreted literally: "that which is combined into one." Now speculation runs rife with talk of "multiverses." Whatever process created our universe..."

Darwin did not know about the digital code of DNA in the 1800s and the multiverse is untestable. It's all part of our final exam. We can believe what we WANT to believe, and what we WANT to believe tells God who we are.

Posted by Robert Lockett on 05/09/2016 at 5:47 AM

Re: “Foraging

Great article that just touches on the wild edibles that we have surrounding us in Humboldt. I was wondering if there were anyone locally who was deemed an "expert" who would be willing to take people out to do some foraging or some type of class or seminar locally that is available to take? Feel free to freemail to reply on Facebook: Stanley Fleming III

Posted by Stanley Fleming III on 05/08/2016 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Cash, Plastic or Bitcoin?

Succinct.

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Posted by Erik Aronesty on 05/05/2016 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Wild Wood

Carving without professional instruction is not a smart idea. Just learning how to sharpen tools takes weeks. Not a smart idea to follow these instructions. Call 444-2717 and The Eureka Woodworking Association will help you out and get a professional to give you a start.

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Posted by Easy1 on 04/27/2016 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Wild Wood

The new Eureka Woodworking Association has free wood for members, classes on woodworking specializing in reclaimed wood, and more. Would have been great to be in your article. We are a branch of the American Woodturning Association and are just about to file for our 501 C. We have a work shop space for meetings and have had packed meetings the last two months. Please call 444-2717 for information. https://www.facebook.com/Eureka-Woodworkin…

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Posted by Easy1 on 04/27/2016 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Not Your Grandma's Marigolds

Correction! The photo caption on the single Tagetes erecta flower says "double." But it ain't.

Jeff Strehlow! yes i think they will do fine, but if you live in a cooler microclimate, maybe grow them in a pot?

Quicksilver! I did not know that about T. signata!!! Thank you!

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Posted by Heather Jo Flores on 04/22/2016 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Not Your Grandma's Marigolds

Hi Heather. I'm considering planting Mexican tarragon in the Eureka/Arcata area about 3 miles from the ocean. I'm wondering if it's warm enough here in the summers to get adequate growth. The average summer high is about 65 degrees fahrenheit .

Also, I'm wondering whether snails/slugs are an issue with this type of marigold. Thanks.

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Posted by Jeff Strehlow on 04/22/2016 at 12:18 AM

Re: “Not Your Grandma's Marigolds

UC Davis IPM says this:

Nematode-suppressive Plants

Certain marigolds, Tagetes species, suppress root knot and lesion nematodes. French marigolds (varieties include Nemagold, Petite Blanc, Queen Sophia, and Tangerine) are most effective. Avoid signet marigolds, T. signata or tenuifolia, because nematodes will feed and reproduce on these. Marigolds don’t work well against the northern root knot nematode, Meloidogyne hapla, a species common in areas with cool winters. The effect of marigolds is greatest when you grow them as a solid planting for an entire season. When grown along with annual vegetables or beneath trees or vines (intercropping), nematode control usually isn’t very good. To prevent marigold seed from getting in the soil, cut or mow the plants before the flowers open. As with other cultural control methods, nematode populations rapidly will increase as soon as you grow susceptible crops again.

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Posted by quicksilver80 on 04/21/2016 at 11:15 PM

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