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Zinnia Question

Anyone ever have zinnias self-seed from the previous year? I didn't think they could do that, especially through a Zone 7 winter. But weeding the area of my garden where I had a bunch last year, it certainly looks like zinnia seedlings. Can't decide whether to yank them out or not.

Celebrate!

Today is International Beaver Day!

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-facts-to-know-for-international-beaver-day.html

Robots Take Over The Apparel Production

Published on April 3, 2017 on LinkedIn by Susanna Koelblin

First large scale shoe robot factory unveiled: Adidas will use machines in Germany instead of humans in Asia to make shoes.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/robots-take-over-apparel-production-susanna-koelblin?trk=eml-email_feed_ecosystem_digest_01-hero-0-null&midToken=AQE4SBM90HDDsQ&fromEmail=fromEmail&ut=0aeIn8gSU2inI1

Adidas, the German maker of sportswear, has announced it will start marketing its first series of shoes manufactured by robots in Germany from 2017. More than 20 years after Adidas ceased production activities in Germany and moved them to Asia, Adidas unveiled the group’s new prototype “Speedfactory” in Germany. As of this year, the factory will begin large-scale production. What's more, Adidas will also open a second Speedfactory in the U.S. in 2017, followed by more in Western Europe. According to the company, the German and American plants will in the "mid-term" each scale up to producing half a million pair of shoes per year.

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Cost of an Industrial Robot: €/$ 5 an hour

German robot maker Kuka, acquired last year by China’s Midea, estimates a typical industrial robot costs about 5 euros an hour. Manufacturers spend 50 euros an hour to employ someone in Germany and about 10 euros an hour in China. Rather than seek out an even cheaper source of labor elsewhere - in another emerging Asian economy, say - Chinese manufacturers are choosing to install more robots, especially for more complex tasks. China isn't getting rid of the work, just the workers.


Several excellent graphs here.

Re-Homing a Horse

I have a cute little Quarter Horse mare, that showed up with a gelding, at my barn when I was still out in CA. They were starving, wormy, with sores, and nylon halters embedded in their noses. I only meant to get them rehabbed, and then find other homes for them.

That was several years ago. I ended up moving them with my other horses from CA back to KY. I placed the gelding (35 years old, and hardly any teeth left) with a friend as a companion to her old gelding. He's still in great shape, and doing very well. I still need to re-home the mare. I have ridden her previously, but she was trained Western. I ride dressage. Have not had time or energy to re-train her for a discipline for which she's not really suited. I want her to go to a home that only wants her as a pet or companion, or is willing to put her back into professional training for a tune-up. She's not a kid horse without that. We think she's about 20 years old. She's about 14 hands, healthy, with good feet, all vacc's and worming current. Bright chestnut with white markings.

I am in southwestern Kentucky. Please email me privately for more info and photos. Sorry, Photobucket can't seem to rotate this photo.



Re-homing a Horse

I have a cute little Quarter Horse mare, that showed up with a gelding, at my barn when I was still out in CA. They were starving, wormy, with sores, and nylon halters embedded in their noses. I only meant to get them rehabbed, and then find other homes for them.

That was several years ago. I ended up moving them with my other horses from CA back to KY. I placed the gelding (35 years old, and hardly any teeth left) with a friend as a companion to her old gelding. He's still in great shape, and doing very well. I still need to re-home the mare. I have ridden her previously, but she was trained Western. I ride dressage. Have not had time or energy to re-train her for a discipline for which she's not really suited. I want her to go to a home that only wants her as a pet or companion, or is willing to put her back into professional training for a tune-up. She's not a kid horse without that. We think she's about 20 years old. She's about 14 hands, healthy, with good feet, all vacc's and worming current. Bright chestnut with white markings.

I am in southwestern Kentucky. Please email me privately for more info and photos. Sorry, PhotoBucket can't seem to get this photo rotated.


Damn Manchin!!!

MSNBC just announced he's voting for Gorsuch.

Best Movie Soundtrack?

What's your favorite movie soundtrack? I would say "City of Angels", is mine.

Old Roosters

Any chicken people here? I have some ancient chickens, probably 13+ years old now, that I raised from chicks. I had one little Japanese bantam who's eyes just started closing, and he finally just gave up on keeping them open. I could give him water, but couldn't make him eat. I just figured it was his time. Now, I have a golden Seabright that is doing the same thing. This is not showing up in any of the other old birds, or the young laying hens. At least not yet.

Any ideas? Its really too bad that the Rural/Farm Life group is kaput.

Old Roosters

Any chicken people here? I have some ancient chickens, probably 13+ years old now, that I raised from chicks. I had one little Japanese bantam who's eyes just started closing, and he finally just gave up on keeping them open. I could give him water, but couldn't make him eat. I just figured it was his time. Now, I have a golden Seabright that is doing the same thing. This is not showing up in any of the other old birds, or the young laying hens. At least not yet.

Any ideas? Its really too bad that the Rural/Farm Life group is kaput.

DIY Miracle Grow and Roundup

I think I'm going to try making my own Miracle Grow. Most recipes call for epsom salt, baking soda, and ammonia mixed with water. My question is, should I put in the ammonia if I already have sufficient nitrogen in my soil? Probably too much, because I added too much horse manure last year.

I'm torn about using Roundup. I have tried the vinegar, salt, DW liquid homemade weed killer, without much success. I have read some articles that say regular household vinegar isn't strong enough--that you have to get 20%, and it's much more dangerous than Roundup. Plus it doesn't kill the roots, so the weed comes right back. And there's always the Roundup argument about how safe it is for people and environment. Even though I have a huge flower garden, I originally did the lasagna route by getting tons of cardboard boxes from the local Amish stores. But now, that's all breaking down--like its supposed to, and the weeds are popping thru. I pull them in the beds themselves, but my paths are already under siege, even mulched.

Opinions on both are appreciated.

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