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Stuart Picken

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    getting outside! mountaineering, rock climbing, hill running, ecology and the 'green movement'
  1. Stuart Picken

    Books, boobs and more books

    That's some reading list for a level 3! I'm starting an hnd in forestry this winter, my snails pace reading I don't reckon I'd get through all that. Anyways I got the botany mauseth book, I figure 6 pound delivered you can't go wrong really. So I'll post and let folks know what I reckon! Gets here next week.
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    Work for wood

    Bunch o frogs and krouts walked walked through doggerland *snigger* to get here 14000 years ago. Bloody immigrants.
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    Books, boobs and more books

    Ive just learnt this. I thought it has 2 stroke and peanut butter sandwiches that led to the regulation of plant growth.
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    Books, boobs and more books

    How come Ive never heard of this thing called auxin?
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    Books, boobs and more books

    One part of the title is a lie. So, I've read, or am reading, a bunch of books that are recommended on here. Shigo, bob Watson, etc. They're all great and all that. But I picked up a general biology textbook today, published in 1969. Skimmed through bits of it and thought 'bloody hell this is useful'. It's fine focusing on trees but turns out I've been missing a few damn golden nuggets. So, does anyone have any recommendations of a suitable general biology textbook? Maybe plant biology?
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    Work for wood

    Percentages matter because their proportionate. The wealthy should be paying atleast the same percentage as the less well off, otherwise that wealth gap widens faster. In fact I believe the law of diminishing returns justifies the wealthy being taxed for more heavily. It's a pretty well documented phenomenon that a little more money makes people a lot happier, but a lot more only makes them a little happier than that. Don't ask me to provide evidence of that, I'm not going to. That suggests you can tax well heeled folk more, and have less of an impact on their well-being. Either that or we can rely on trickle down economics - when the weight of their cash bursts their pockets we can pick it up as it trickles out the bottom of their trousers. Seems fair.
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    What's this fungi

    Expanding foam-iticus
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    I'll be frank, I saw Lots of genitals hidden away in those boards. Brilliant stuff mate.
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    Felling Timber with Osborne Axe.

    I reckon that axe is maybe a little heavy? Lighter axe, you'd get a better swing i reckon. I see videos of old timers using axes and always think they make em look light. I know they were a different breed and all that.
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    Grounds Technician (Arborist) required

    Well, reading that advert has made me miserable.
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    New Zealand Climber looking to move to Europe!!

    Could do worse than living in Dorset mate, quality cereal I hear.
  12. Hey folks. So, I'm an experienced and competent tree surgeon, I'll climb trees and cut bits of 'em all day long. Rigging, SRT, speed lines, bla bla bla. This winter (so long as I get in) I'll start studying hnd forestry in Inverness. What I'm wondering is, is this climbing skill of any value in forestry? Any suggestions on how to lever that skill into finding interesting work? Where, if anywhere, is climbing used in forestry? Lastly, could anyone in the NE Scotland use me?
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    A bit different

    Some traditional boat yards would snap that timber up double time!
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    So, what have we decided folks? I'm a young guy, what should I be doing with my money? At the moment I'm mostly investing in power tools and a beer belly. I imagine the #1 thing to do would be buy somewhere, i.e. stop paying someone else's mortgage.
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    Trouble with my 560xpg

    Soooo uuuh. I believe in admitting when you've been a nob. Came back to the saw tonight, before opening up the top I decided to do a quick idiot check and went round all the obvious stuff again. So uh, turns out the dogs were a bit loose, half turn with the Allen key and we're back in business..... Huh. Thanks for the input folks!


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