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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What Did You Blog About Today
« Last post by Sam Kates on January 23, 2021, 04:02:42 AM »
A technical post about editing audio tracks in Audacity: http://samkates.co.uk/2021/01/22/audiobooks-part-6/
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What Did You Blog About Today
« Last post by Vijaya on January 22, 2021, 11:01:13 AM »
I love saints talking about other saints and a little joke about copying texts: https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/2021/01/saint-ambrose-on-saint-agnes.html
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Good thread. I'm more partial to books than podcasts and videos and second Don Maass' books on craft. He's a good teacher. I also like those by James Scott Bell, Sol Stein, and many others, esp. writer biographies. One book, Word Work by Bruce Holland Rogers is more about sustaining the writing life and I return to it from time to time.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by notthatamanda on January 22, 2021, 05:08:15 AM »
I can buy finished compost but that is really expensive. Our earth machine fills up with our scraps in the winter. In April we spread it in the garden, turn it and cover it with landscaping tarp. Increasing hours of baking in the sun, plus some of my friend's worms, by the end of May when we actually plant it is mostly done. 
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Simon Haynes on January 22, 2021, 04:55:51 AM »
Last year I went and collected a trailer of 'garden soil'.  Turns out they believe 'soil' is about eighty percent sand, which I already had plenty of.

The best thing to get is compost. I usually buy the 25 litre bags which are about $4 each - a waste of money compared to getting a whole trailer ($60) but so much more convenient. I get 10 bags and use them to grow seedlings etc in pots.

What I've done this year is to dig furrows in the sand, mix in loads of compost/soil improver, and then plant the seedlings in those lines. Between the rows it's still plain old sand, but I'm not growing anything there.

I figure after a few seasons of this, the sand will gradually take on more and more of the compost. There are two beds I started on a couple of years ago which now have really good soil in, so it does work eventually.

But yeah, when you consider the cost of growing your own veg vs buying stuff, it's not very economical at the beginning unless you're really lucky with soil. I don't mind the expense though, because if I don't grow veg I'll still need to grow something, and unless it's a bunch of cacti or date palms that sand has to go.



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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: I just saw a book advertised on Reddit
« Last post by Eric Thomson on January 22, 2021, 03:30:52 AM »
I have no idea how it works, but I can't see how a sub reddit about weight managementish stuff is related to a fantasy book. So maybe they opened it up for more stuff?


You can advertise to interests like entertainment or video games. Also you can target specific sub reddits. So, I'm guessing the ad was targeted at some interest they thought would match well with fantasy books.

Have you ever seen a picture of George R.R. Martin?  grint
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: I just saw a book advertised on Reddit
« Last post by Lu Kudzoza on January 22, 2021, 03:04:08 AM »
I have no idea how it works, but I can't see how a sub reddit about weight managementish stuff is related to a fantasy book. So maybe they opened it up for more stuff?


You can advertise to interests like entertainment or video games. Also you can target specific sub reddits. So, I'm guessing the ad was targeted at some interest they thought would match well with fantasy books.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by Post-Crisis D on January 22, 2021, 02:15:37 AM »
Managed 1,094 words yesterday.  That's 7 words for the serious space opera, 42 words for a poem and 1,045 words for the humorous space opera.

So far for today, 1 word for the serious space opera.

Only 11 more days of poems and 6 more days of short stories.  As for the poems, I was only going to do it for January anyway which is good because it is somewhat challenging to come up with a new poem every day.  I have a couple good ones but most are pretty lame.  For the short stories, I have ten so far and eight are good and two need work.  Don't think I'll continue to try to do a short story every other day, but I think I will try to do one or two a week or something.  Not a forced schedule but rather to commit to writing and finishing a short story when inspiration strikes as opposed to making a note and adding it to an ever growing WIP list.  I need content for my newsletter, so the more stories, the better.

More than halfway reading the serious space opera.  This is, hopefully, the final read-thru.  Should really get to work on finishing the cover.  Kinda need that for when the book is ready.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by notthatamanda on January 22, 2021, 01:34:58 AM »
Wow that's terrible.
When we turned the garden into a raised bed of sorts in the fall I got 3 yards of loam. I found two small pieces of blue plastic in it, but other than that, it was great dirt. My husband just about lost his mind about paying for dirt regardless. There's plenty of competition here so maybe that forces them to keep the quality up.

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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by LilyBLily on January 21, 2021, 11:57:33 PM »
I planted out a load of seedlings, and because our weather here is currently 35-40C daily I bought some treated pine logs (anti-termite) and shadecloth and put up temporary shading for the vulnerable little plants. It's working, but even 2-3 hours of sun is enough to fry them.

So far I've planted out cucumbers, corn, dwarf beans (several varieties), zuccini, lettuce, tomatoes, capsicum and a few other bits and pieces.

The other problem here is the 'soil' across most of this area is 100% sterile grey sand. I've spent a small fortune adding compost, clay and other soil improvers, but the only real solution would be a big front-end loader and a truckful of good earth. Since that's not going to happen, I'll persist. I've managed to get a couple of beds into growable condition, but there's 500sq/m to go.


I've paid many hundreds of dollars for truckloads of dirt. Each one has has some near fatal flaw:
1. poisonous dirt that kills everything because it's actually decomposing shale
2. bluestone gravel and weeds
3. really bad weeds I'll never eradicate--crown vetch
4. such sterile fill that nothing grows in it AND it won't hold water

The one with excess gravel and weeds was the best of the lot. Add in all the bags of compost and manure and dirt and lime and whatever and I have spent easily two thousand dollars on dirt, with pitiful results time and again. When one figures in that I personally shoveled every ounce of the dirt from the dump pile or the bags to my gardens, they should have paid me.

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