Mike Nelson Pedde


Victoria, BC, Canada

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  • "You don't think racoons are wily enough to steal an RFID card? Hah!!Where we live (Canada) we're lucky to have both recycling and municipal composting. Combined with careful shopping we throw out maybe 3-4 small bags of garbage/year. We're always trying for less.Mike."
    on: Amsterdam's Smart System of Underground Garbage Bins
  • "It's a tough call. The walls in relation to this particular place and the reason for which they were built bring up bad memories. That's understandable. But the wall is just a wall. It's a more efficient way of building a brick wall, invented in a different time, in a different place. The walls themselves serve different purposes today, and the time, money and energy to tear down the walls and replace them with something else is ludicrous in a time when so many are suffering from so much. If the walls stand as a sumbol, change the symbol. Yes, the walls were built to keep us contained, but we rose above them.Look at the swastika. A lot of people associate the swastika with the Nazis. That's unfortunate because the symbol has been used for thousands of years among different cultures. To the Hopi it's the symbol of the four winds, an agent of change. In India and beyond the swastika has represented divinity, auspiciousness, peace and more for thousands of years. It was because of this that the Nazis co-opted it. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/SwastikaThe bottom line is that symbols themselves are innocuous. They have no built-in meaning. We - individually and collectively - assign attributes to them. What does 💗 mean to you? How about 💔? What if I suggested the latter means healing, coming together? Would that change your view? The book Strandloper tells the story of a young man from England who is sent to a prison camp in Autralia. Beyond the camp is bush; there are few restrictions because everyone knows to walk off into the bush is death. But our young man has a compass, obtained from a friend, and he plans to use it to walk back home to England. What he has is a piece of paper with a circle subdivided into quarters. Around the outside of the circle are N, E, W, S. He's almost dead from dehydration when he's found by an aboriginal man. The man looks at the paper and sees the circle of life, the four Directions, the symbols for lightning, the snake, and more. He takes the young man back to his family. Did you know the aboriginal people of Australia were officially recognized as human in 1967?Symbols are all around us; what we make of them and what they mean - to us as individuals - is a personal choice. Perspective IS Everything. My 2¢.Mike."
    on: A Lesson for Designers: When a Logo Redesign References Slavery
  • "BTW, one of the things that intrigued me about this product is that it recommends 1 tbsp (15ml) for an average load. Look at the size of the cap on the laundry soap bottle. Now, have you read the instructions to see how much you need to use?"
    on: How to Cut Your Laundry Cost in Half in an Eco-Friendly Way
  • "There's also https://www.tru.earth/ laundry strips. Bought some but haven't tried them yet. Economically they don't work out as well but the downgrade in environmental costs is huge.Mike. "
    on: How to Cut Your Laundry Cost in Half in an Eco-Friendly Way
  • "Rain: No comment on these (which do look challenging to get off) but for a quick trip into the house from the barn... https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/home/clothing/footwear/accessories/72614-boot-slippers/Mike. "
    on: Hands-Free, Reusable Shoe Covers that Automatically Wrap Around Your Feet When You Step On Them
  • "Four (four seasons, four directions...) is found commonly in spiritual Ways of Being around the world and has for millenia. Pure speculation, but I'd suggest that as a more likely foundation for the symbol. Three shows up too (the holy trinity, the triskell...) but that's something else entirely. 🙂Mike."
    on: Debunking a Myth: Apple's Command-Key Icon is Not a Stylized Top View of a Castle
  • "I can appreciate Arnold's position about cost; mycadvice has always been to buy the best tools you can afford. Good tools make jobs simpler and safer and they last a lot longer. Cheap tools (as opposed to those that are simply less expensive) can be dangerous.Mike. "
    on: Tools & Craft #109: Testing a Knockoff Tool vs. the Real Deal
  • "In addition to being simpler to manufacture, it's worth noting the differences in shipping/transport - both in terms of volume and in terms of mass. Water is very heavy - 62.4 lb/cu. ft. Add in the extra packaging for all of those bottles and you have a significant amount in addition to the plastic."
    on: Liquid Soap Is Essentially Bottled Water
  • "When I was studying GIS in the mid-80s we worked primarily on mainframe systems, writing our own code in Assembly, Basic and Fortran. The days of 8" floppy discs. One lab had a COLOUR monitor (it was a bit more than that) worth... $7000. We also got to work with the first (128k RAM, no HD) iMacs, with a mouse and GUI. We had 3½" floppies for those. A few years later they upgraded to a system with - get this - 100MB pullout hard drives. Whoa. "
    on: Here's What Running CAD on a Mac Looked Like in 1989
  • "This seems highly illegal to me. Imagine buying a computer and having Microsoft or Apple turning off features or rolling back the operating system. Imagine buying a jacket and having the manufacturer come to your home and switch the buttons. It's the same thing. They've sold it once. That's all they're entitled to. If the buyer had somehow downloaded the upgrades illegally that would be a different issue, but (so far as has been presented) that's not the case. "
    on: Customer Buys Used Tesla, Tesla Then Remotely Deletes His Autopilot and Self-Driving Features
  • "Great ideas!! Ross Oliver's isn't too shabby either. OR, If two phones are brought within a couple of feet of each other (at the same table, not adjacent ones) both of them go into sleep mode and don't awaken until one of them leaves. Now, how to avoid sneaking one's phone to the bathroom... "
    on: A Brilliant UX Feature Android Has that iOS Doesn't
  • "It depends on how you define 'round'. Igloos are dome-shaped. Yurts have a round footprint but vertical walls and a central peak. Of course you could ask the people at Deltec Homes: https://www.deltechomes.com/ or Mandala Design: https://www.mandalahomes.com/If you make each wall 8' long but have a number of them, you have space for your furniture and a round house. You can also build interconnected pods for bedrooms, living space, garage, etc. And then there are the Rotating houses... 🙂Mike. "
    on: Would Living in a Round House Be Awesome, or Would It Suck?
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