Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ontario fruit tree spraying

In Ontario, there is fruit tree trouble in the backyard.  My cherry tree died, my plum tree is sick, and all my pears drop every year.

It's a real problem, since we must stay organic with the spray.  I've noticed that they've backed off a bit in the locked cabinets, since Malathion has showed up now.  I've kept my apples going by using Home Defence (pyrethin), with a copper wetable powder.  My crop is generally down to nothing.

Now, I got a huge amount of apples for drying last fall from the in-laws.  Their secret is to take a trip down to the States.  So does everybody around me.  I am sure that 99% of the fruit trees are benefiting from this.  Now, I'm not saying what they do in the States, since I have humourless people reading this all the time.

I don't want to go to the States, but I have found something.  Take a look at the bottom of the blog for a certain magic container which I have ordered through Amazon.  That's right!  No trip necessary.  I'll get it next week, since it is totally legal at the Canadian border.

I once researched all of this, and the magic stuff has something for fungus, but most importantly it has a 'sticker, spreader'.  This should mean that I don't have to manually thin the apples, and should keep the fruit on until it ripens.  If you click on the graphic and buy it, I get a few cents to make me happy.  It's expensive with the shipping, but beats a trip to Buffalo.

OPG takes its nuclear expertise outside


“We encouraged OPG to explore new business lines and opportunities to the benefit of all Ontarians,” he said.

The old company did this once before, I think it was called 'International Ventures', or some such thing.  They were a very high-flying group with a nice building in Oakville.  We all desperately wanted to go there.

It died in some sort of internal Stalinesque power struggle.  I'm glad they started it up again, to give a path to the extremely ambitious.  OPG may have to hire more brainpower to staff this and Darlington, and this puts some upward pressure on wages.

There, see?  Not a speck of negative energy!  This is the new me.   :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Challis Idaho earthquake cluster


Now, we can say this is a perfectly natural cluster, of no fixed explanation.

It's absolutely in the middle of a nowhere even more nowhere than Oklahoma City.  Just ugly barren hills.

Does it mean anything?  Probably not, since it will be the 19 times out of 20 where these things just fade away.  It is almost always caused by some sort of fluid migration.

Extra note:  The big earthquake around here is the 1983 Borah Peak earthquake, M6.9.  It was an extension (normal) earthquake, so the ground motion PGV was tiny.  Really, I wouldn't get too excited about these earthquakes, unless you live in loose bricks on a swamp.  This is real earthquake country, so live in something decent.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

No more OK earthquake coverage

It's just too sad.  When they start to have their big earthquakes, I'll just say quietly to myself, "Oh, dear."

I've never been right about the rate anyway.  I was always thinking they'd be well into the 5's by now, and it's only 4's.  Time to exit, stage left.

Bruce Black Hole gets into geoscience


I didn't even read the response, it would probably make me barf.  Anyway the panel went nuts on stress measurement.  Hello!  The reason this is the worst rock in the world is the fact that it has no stress!  It's right on top of the Grenville Front, and makes Oklahoma rock look good.