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    3 - fits the theme better. 1 is a lovely pic in its own right though.


    Damned if I know... that's my worst problem as well. I have had some success with using mindfulness techniques - also the mantra 'do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, as well as it can be done and do it that way every time'.

    I've also found in recent weeks that it's helped me to schedule everything and then measure what I achieved against that - even down to routine things like 'prepare coffee for morning', 'sort out tablets for week', 'read XXX' or 'email YYY'. Feels quite alien to me, but has proved surprisingly motivating.

    Pressure is also a motivator - at work I find I can be hugely productive when there's a genuine deadline - when there isn't, I tend to be a gold medal procrastinator.

    Fixations - yeah. Bought a Parker multipen in the summer. Nice brushed metal thing. The decals that denoted which colour pen was selected wore off. I spent the weekend trying to replace them with enamel paint. I spent more on the paint than on the pen itself. It took me all Sunday, including a trip to the DIY store.

    They've worn off already.


    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2011
    Thanks, guys! By my count, they're in a dead heat so far...

    I'm disinclined to enter the sunflower, as its composition is too much like what I imagine everyone else will enter -- a macro. Also there are probably freshly-blooming sunflower pictures that will make my freshly-harvested sunflower seem a bit sad in comparison.

    @dorkmuffin, thanks. I liked that one, too.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2011

    #3 has my vote
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    New quezza:


    A while ago I read, somewhere online, a sentence of the form: "If all humans vanished suddenly, the bird population would increase by X% in Y years."

    I have a feeling it was mentioned by someone here, but I could be wrong.

    What's the X, and what's the Y?
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    #DEMBIRDS -- Not quite what you were looking for, but found this interesting.

    Without humans...

    Bird populations would soar. Annually, a billion doomed birds worldwide would live when radio and communication tower warning lights ceased blinking and high tension wires grew cold. Also, millions of birds that end up smashing against radiator grids and windshields of cars would survive.

    Read more:
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    Many thanks!
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011 edited
    New question- #business plan
    As I've ranted about elsewhere here, my colleague and I have a unique opportunity to take over the running of the coffeeshop where we work. While I'm sure we have the knowledge and experience to make a success of it, part of the preparation is going to require a written business plan and this is something neither of us has done before.
    I have a fairly good idea of the figures involved in the business and also of how we plan to run it but I'm really unsure of how to start in presenting this on paper. Any ideas folks? Anything I shouldn't be forgetting? Any places I can look for reference?
    Much appreciated, cheers.
    Oh and Allana, My vote would be for #3, though they're all lovely.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011 edited
    #business plan
    The most simple tool I have to build a business plan is this book. It's being used everywhere from start ups courses to universities.
    The core of your business model will be this sheet. Try to break everything down into this canvas.
    You'll spend a lot of time writing the plan, you'll probably not follow half of it, you'll rewrite it as you go but you must do it to get a clear view of what you want to do with your business. Don't give up on it.
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011 edited
    That's ideal, many thanks.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011 edited
    #excel books
    So, time for a question. Does anyone know books and/or places to learn more about Office Excel and VBA programming? Something that teaches more than the basic stuff.
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    Follow-up to my question a few threads back about clothing for the northern hemisphere. We're actually buying everything now (2 weeks til we leave!) - shopping for snow jackets and what-not whilst sweating it out at the start of the Australian summer - so I want a little bit of advice on shoes/boots before having to fork out hundreds for a pair.

    I've got a pair of Doc Marten boots (vegetarian with leather boots... I know, I know), and I was wondering if they're waterproof enough for the snow and ice we might come across, and if the soles would be suitable for the same?

    If the simple answer is no, that's fair enough, but if I don't need to buy new boots that would be a great help in the money department.
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    They won't do if you're planning to wade through rivers, no, but they're pretty good for general use and the soles are pretty waterproof - would treat the uppers with waterproofer though. If you're planning to do a lot of walking in snow and ice I wouldn't choose DMs, don't think they'd be that warm unless you wore a couple of layers of socks.
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    Make sure you waterproof the seams just to be safe. Like Singularity Jones said, they're not the warmest, but I never had any problem using them throughout many Canadian winters so you should be fine.
    Make damn sure that they're broken in though. If there's any sharp points try rubbing them down with a slightly warm spoon.
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    Thanks for the quick responses. They're definitely worn in, and I'm not planning on doing a lot of walking in ice and snow - I just have no idea what to expect from Moscow, St Petersbug, Kiev, Berlin, etc. We're pretty much just going to be sticking to the cities for the winter part of our trip, so I wasn't sure if a waterproof hiking boot would be overkill or just-right.
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    Your other option would be a good pair of Blundstones, appropriately waterproofed. I wear them all the time in Toronto in the winter, with a pair of Holeproof Explorers for warmth. You have to take your dirty boots off any time you go inside someone's house in a snowy climate, and I'd rather slip off a pair of elastic sided boots than unlace a pair of Docs.
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    I might live out in the country most of the time, but even when I'm in the city, there's slush from the salt (are you willing to get salt or something similar on those boots?) ice, and so on. You might find that walking in ice and snow is inevitable. And like Greasemonkey said, when you get inside, usually you take your boots off. I would recommend a good pair of winter boots. And Russian winters are famously cold, snowy, and to me, absolutely *terrifying. I usually wear my boots laced loose enough that I can slip them on and off without too much effort.

    *Seriously. There is no amount of money anyone could give me to persuade me to actually go to Russia during the winter. No way no how.
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2011

    Number 3.
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    I need to work on my computer, an Australian machine which runs off a 240 volt main supply. I brought it with me to Canada and it's currently running off a 240 volt power transformer. Yesterday the video card crapped out, and I'm going to have to replace it.

    My question is this: can I use an American video card designed for 110 volt machines, or do computers have different internal voltages depending on the mains supply?
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2011

    Once the power has been through the transformer inside the case, the resulting voltage is the same the world over.

    So yeah, a Canadian bought graphics card will work fine.
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    That was quick! Thanks man.

    Okay, I tried another video card and it's still not giving me any video output. The machine's not starting up properly, so maybe the processor's kaput.