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  1. SLAG here, Good evening. Marg the marvelous and I do not answer calls. We will do so if the said caller leaves a message. Answering calls that have familiar area codes are not a good reason to answer either as those scammers can spoof those area codes. Repeat callers get blocked quickly. Few folks leave messages, so we answer very few calls .I wish the good Lord would promptly strike them dead*. But, no such luck, it just does not happen. Regards to all, SLAG. * a suitable old testament punishment.
  2. I. Forger Iron denizens et al. Thank you very much for all your responses. They are really helpful. And I shall choose at least one very soon. If I can successfully wade through all the advertisement rubbish piled in/on my computer system. Wish me luck with that endeavor. Thanks, (again), and regards to all! SLAG.
  3. SLAG, here. I need help from the folks on this forum. The internet advertisements have finally got to me. They are incessant, obtrusive, annoying. Can anyone suggest a good ad blocking 'software' that helps with this problem? I shall be very grateful, and thankfu, for any suggestions. Regards to all. SLAG.
  4. Mr. U.S.A., Welcome to the forum. As others have already replied, there are dozens of members that are working their way through personal difficulties. And have found blacksmithing very therapeutic. Many folks, here, all manner of problems like the ones you mentioned and others like Asperger's, A.D.H.D, bipolar disorder, dyslexia, to name just a few. If you could fill a pharmacy with the total amount and variety of medications, many of us take, are you could fill out that drugstore. LOL. Feel free to use the forum for information, to solicit solutions for problems or skills, from the more experienced members, enjoy the comradery, etc., etc. Again welcome, Regards, SLAG.
  5. The reason that a person could get a patent issued for an old concept, is interesting. Such a patent was good law in England of the eighteenth century and years previously. All this because patents could be issued. The Statute of Monopolies, (1624) allowed the courts to issue a patent for a concept that was novel, and also for a concept that " Instructed the English people in a new industry". "that is one that was used elsewhere outside of England". SLAG.
  6. Messrs. Mcostello, and Administrator Glenn, The Archaeobacterium gets energy by oxidizing iron. That is rust or black iron oxide or both. Many bugs can do this. But this bug does it at a ferocious pace. Sincerely SLAG.
  7. SLAG, Just a little note concerning the Vikings and the L'Anse au Meadows Viking site. That "settlement" is locate in the far north west peninsula of the province of Newfoundland. Not Nova Scotia. The Viking "settlement" remains were rediscovered in 1960. It seems that the locals knew about it long before that date. Pedantic SLAG, Signing off for now. Ouch! It seems that Mr. JHCC has scooped me with a previous note. I should like to add to this thread. There were few domestic artifacts found at the site. But there a was lot of items relating to ship carpentry and smithing. Many scientists think that the site was primarily used for ship repair. And for no longer than twenty to a hundred years.
  8. SLAG here, How about a bacterium that "eats" iron? Check out this reference, Metal-Eating Bacteria That Can Eat a Nail in Three Days Found in the Andes (msn.com) Which goes to show that wherever there is a potential energy source, there is usually some "creature" that has adapted to use it. The discovery has potential for all manner of possibilities for us. Sincerely, SLAG.
  9. Mr. Frosty, A great comment with a brilliant observation and counter example. SLAG.
  10. Mr. T.H., Thank you for answering my question. Again great job and keep them coming; SLAG.
  11. Mr. T. Hound, Lovely knife. Great job. What is mammoth bark? I am intrigued. Regards, SLAG.
  12. Also called "Plug and feathers' SLAG.
  13. Sad news. I have been away for a while. Hence this tardy note. Every ones death is sad. Especially when they have had a good, long life. My sympathies go out to all the folks that knew him. I will ring the anvil three times, later this evening. Regards to all. SLAG.
  14. Folks, Spring traps often yield messy results. Thus sayeth the SLAG.
  15. Mr. B. bones, Chlorine bleach works really well. You can get rid of the smell by using photographers hypo, (a.k.a. sodium thiosulphate). It works almost instantaneously. And it's not very expensive. I used to buy it at photography shops but I was forced to buy the last batch on the net. Regards to all, SLAG.
  16. King Charles the first is the martyred king and is an Anglican saint with a feast day. SLAG.
  17. Mr. JHCC, Herr Cromwell was indeed a military dictator but a military genius as well., SLAG. P.S. the SLAG, is a pro Cromwellian. (the secret is out).
  18. Mr. JHCC, Thank you for the update. But those were the days! SLAG. p.s. let us never forget "King" Oliver Cromwell, the alleged' Lord Protector".
  19. Mr. George and Mr. JHCC, Gone are the good old days. Sigh. SLAG. was King William a Stuart? (how about his wife Mary).
  20. Herr Frosty, et al., The vaunted polar bear tours are to be found in Churchill Manitoba situated on the shore of Hudson Bay. Hundreds of bears gather there prior to the freeze up whence they disperse onto the ice. The bears can be watched in Oct. and Nov. Polar bear fur changes from white to whitish yellow in the spring to match, the thawing ice. Some bears seem to be aware of the black color of their noses, and will cover them when stalking, their ring seal prey. It is fun to see the children, during Halloween trick or treating, with an elaborate group of folks and official patrols set to protect the kiddies. Also, the town has a polar bear jail for misbehaving bears. They are then helicoptered far away out of town. SLAG.
  21. Mr. George N.M., & Mr. Frosty, Polar bears are one of the few North American predators that will actively stalk humans. they are the largest predator in The Americas. In the far north just about every adult carried a high powered rifle. All that to avoid being eaten. I remember seeing a polar bear 'proof' fenced in area that was erected just before winter in order to protect some military equipment. When the folks came back in early spring the enclosure had been torn to pieces. The local bears were hungry. SLAG.
  22. Mr. Frosty, Great news about Binky. I hope that he (she) is in good form and enjoying life. Anyone that would get close to a polar bear is terminally ignorant or crazy. I remember years ago about us using a bell when we collected wild blueberries, in the bush, in northern Ontario. The bell was for announcing our presence to the brown bears were, also, out collecting blueberries. Neither the SLAG (& other family members), wanted to surprise the bruins, and they surprise us. They would hear the bell and move away to other blueberry patches. Wild blueberries taste wonderful and make great pie fillings. Yards better than the commercial ones. The bears liked, them in order to bulk up for the upcoming winter hibernation. Those bears' diets consist primarily of plant matter, with the occasional side dish of meat. So carry a bell or make a lot of continuous noise whilst trekking in the Northern bush. Thank you for the heads up concerning mooses. They do look cute. I notice a moose in your picture logo. Was it your, or Deb's pet moose? Regards to all. Your friendly neighborhood, SLAG
  23. Charles, Sorry about your recent life developments. i hope that your father is on the mend and that you are in better form. Good wishes to you and all the family. SLAG.
  24. M.J. Lampert, All the best of good pf luck for you, your folks, and neighbors. Hopefully the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), will be patrolling and looking for looters. Burying tools and other valuable items is a good idea. Looters are not going to spend much time digging around, where there are easy pickings elsewhere. SLAG.
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