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Saul R W

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  1. Yes, panning is good. I'd also recommend scuba dive sniping, especially in the deeper arroyos. Jack H, in an earlier post I mentioned Adam and Boulderdash's YouTube videos, but I neglected to mention the name of their YouTube channel. It is We Break Our Glockenspiels. Rumor has it they suffered a difficult prospecting trip in the Alps some years ago.
  2. Preferences matter much less than the geology of a given area. The condition of your spine is a deciding factor, too (for an example, watch some of the YouTube videos filmed by whippersnappers like Adam and Boulderdash, who dig, vacuum and carry 3,792 five-gallon buckets of material a day to feed their drywasher -- that kind of labor would kill an old geezer like me, so even if their method works very well for them, it ain't for me). I'd advise you to prospect an area that best fits your existing skills, and then expand as you learn more. I mean, a fellow could spend a century detecting an area with boatloads of micro gold, and come up empty handed every day forever, so matching your tools to a particular area is important. And research, research, research. The more you know, the better your odds of finding enough gold to cover the cost of tire repairs.
  3. BOB not bob, I'm still learning the English alphabet, and am almost to the halfway mark. It will be a proud day when I get past m, n, o and p, and I plan to celebrate by holding a goat roast feast for the neighbors, provided they bring the goat. As for The Dictionary, I also found it amusing that someone would offer you a ~200-year-old dictionary filled with more typos than an Alibaba ad in hopes of educating (or converting) you. You're a capable wordsmith, and don't need no steenkeeng dictionary. Speaking of languages, the capacity of the human mind to learn new ones amazes me. My fiance, who has spent most of her life in a village with so little access to the outside world that she had never heard of eBay until a few months ago (and who, until last week, thought that Australia bordered California), is fluent in Cebuano, Tagalog and English, and is conversant in Spanish and Japanese. She's learning Hebrew and Aramaic. Most of her village is fluent in at least the first three mentioned languages, and these are people who live so simply that five or six houses share a 14-gauge electric cord -- a single fan in the bedroom is the extent of their appliances (and the bedroom is also the kitchen). Not one household in that village owned a book until I brought a Dr. Suess collection for my future son, and yet they all speak multiple tongues. And I remember kids in high school here in the States whining about being forced to learn to spell in their native English. As for my own small knowledge of a few languages, I'm a humble fellow. When you grow up in a Babelish cacophony like I did, you're bound to pick up a word or two.
  4. I always wonder why people who live in areas with frequent flooding don't erect fences on their roofs to keep the cows off. And I, too, hope that our friends on the East Coast remain safe during the current storm.
  5. Thanks much for the generous offer, but I'd be concerned that that the money order might have been created on the same Xerox machine that printed your license plates in the same shop that also produces meteorites. Knowingly presenting a funny MO to my bank might land me in the slammer, and I'm too old to take up the fine arts of tattooing and body building. Besides, I own several hundred dictionaries already, and very likely have more etymology stored in my pinky finger than Webster had in his entire bald, misinformed early-19th-century pumpkin. Linguistics, for me, is both a lifelong hobby and a profession, and I have degrees from several Seaweed League Caribbean universities to prove it.
  6. And would a dead hearing aid battery transform a 200-decibel bolide into a mere wannabe? And if whales hear it but people don't? So many pressing questions.
  7. That's a tight squeeze, but it looks secure. I once fit a 16'6" backhoe on a 12' truck bed. It took a bit of finagling, and the addition of an over-the-cab rack for the loader, but it worked. Loading and unloading was a bit of a cheek clencher, though.
  8. From a purely linguistic point of view, all of the above is the correct answer. Bolide is not a particularly precise word. I blame Noah Webster for failing to chisel the word into his 1828 stone tablets. From the point of view of you meteor hunters, who knows? Folks who spend so much time chasing stardust are bound to suffer effects from breathing in all that ether.
  9. You're absolutely right on one point: After 1828, new words have indeed been added to the English language, and definitions have changed. But you're completely ignoring the fact that BEFORE1828, new words were also being added, and meanings and pronunciation were constantly changing. So drastic were the changes in English between 1400 and 1800, no one alive in 1828, except for a handful of scholars, would have been able to understand an Englishman of Chaucer's era. Even though our available vocabulary is now increasing at an unprecedented rate, the core language has changed much less violently in the past 300 years than it did in the previous 300. You and I would be able to hold an intelligent conversation with someone from 1600, although we might have to ask the other party to repeat themselves now and then. The same would not be true of someone alive in 1828 who met someone from 1400 -- they would sound like foreigners to one another. Your entire concept of 1828 being some sort of anchor year, before which the language was static, is a false premise. Almost as false as the number of prisoners you claim for Arizona -- there are not now, and there never have been, 1.9 million prisoners in that state. Not anywhere near that number, ever. I'm pretty sure that even if you cut your number by 90%, you'd still be overshooting considerably. I'm also pretty sure that the number you saw on Google, 1.9 million, was the total number of prisoners in the entire country for whatever year you happened to be looking at. No individual state has ever had a prison population anywhere near your number. As for "don't try anything yet, clear your mind, do not let any negitive enter it, smile and be happy," I'm not sure what you're warning us not to try yet -- on my part, mainly I just try to earn a living. And I'm not a big fan of a clear mind because a vacuum invites all sorts of unwanted nonsense -- it's far better to have have the pressure grading in the other direction. Much of the world's ills can be attributed to empty minds. And I smile plenty, especially when reading some of the posts here. Entertainment is cheap, if you know where to find it. You are right about one sad truth, wet/dry -- the U.S. government is bloated like a road-killed cow in July. But discussing that would violate a blood oath I swore when I joined here, and I'm pretty sure Bill would confiscate my firstborn if I began arguing politics in his fine, indigestion-free forum.
  10. Great advice, Doc. Thanks for sharing. May you enjoy a quick recovery.
  11. I'm glad for you that you've managed not to attract attention from any patrol officers during the past 17,000 miles. If it was me, I'd have been ticketed in every county if I tried a stunt like printing my own license plates. I don't gamble, but if I had luck like yours, I'd buy lottery tickets daily. I'd still like to know where in the heck you got the idea that there are 1.9 million prisoners in Arizona. And I'd like to understand why you think it's a good idea to set free all of the felons. Also, I will add to my growing list of befuddlements, why do a few crooked county sheriffs equal the beginning of WWIII? I won't hold my breath while awaiting answers, though. Instead, I shall wander out to the outhouse and read Webster for a while, and hope for illumination.
  12. If at all possible, I'll be there. I'm all grown up now and through with tent camping for this lifetime, and will show up dragging a 92-foot long, four-story-tall fifth wheel palace replete with indoor swimming pool and espresso machine and also golden faucets I bought off a guy who knew a guy who raided one of Saddam's palaces (well, okay then, maybe it's just an old horse trailer with living quarters -- at least it only smells like horse pee when it rains).
  13. Dear Hombre -- By "a couple of you guys," I assume you mean Bedrock's split personas. I try not to bring it up in his presence, but he's had this dual Bedrock/Wodu thing going on for a while now -- I think it's the result of a tsetse fly bite he suffered while hobnobbing with Kenyans. It's very difficult to know which one is posting at any given moment. Usually I just assume it's Bedrock, unless he starts going on about Poles, and then I know that Woduski is back. Bedrock and Wodu are equally adept at presenting well-framed arguments. Both are equally to blame for coffee spewed on my keyboard a few times. Natively and senilely yours -- Saul P.S. Apologies to Bob, who happens to be one of the funniest guys I've run across in a long time, and also a capable word wrangler and storyteller.
  14. The elected sheriff in this county is in no-bail jail, charged with a lengthy list of felonies. His cohort in crime was a female deputy and girlfriend who is facing a slightly less lengthy list of charges. I wonder if he'll be forced to refund my fine from the seat belt ticket he wrote me back in 2011? Judging from some of his alleged crimes, he is not the kind of guy local ladies would feel comfortable approaching.
  15. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but native is as much an invented word as citizen is. Both words developed over a long, long period of time. And how are we enslaved by words? Language is a uniquely human endeavor, and much of the beauty in the world (and much evil, too, I admit) results from our words. But still, you don't answer regarding the vast inaccuracies of some of your statements. I guess it's like skydiving, yes? Once you're out of the plane, it's too late to change your mind no matter how poorly timed and aimed the jump. Good luck on the sheriff thing.
  16. Cool find. It would be even cooler to find the shotgun. I have never found either. Obtaining and retaining such an artifact would only be legal if you had homemade native license plates, in which case both BLM and FS employees would shake your hand and wish you well.
  17. The way USPS sorting machines chew up packages, mailing might be worse than mauling.
  18. Wow, you have a good eye for composition, Terry. Very nice. Hobbyist photography is sure a lot less costly these days, without the expense of taking the film to a greasy teenager at Fotomat every time you come to the end of a roll. Speaking of rolls, I do sorta miss the skritch, skritch, skritch sound made by a cheap camera when you're winding to the first frame.
  19. Yes, and the ladies smell considerably better. I just now saw this thread. Thanks for the query, Old Tom. I'm not dead yet.
  20. Noooo, you'll give headaches to those of us who are red-green impaired if you start encouraging wanton font color manipulation. It's bad enough trying to figure out when to stop when driving through states with horizontal traffic lights. If I also have to also read red font when posting and driving and pouring coffee from a Thermos and chewing gum and trying to extinguish the latest truck-seat fire caused by yet another cherry spilled from my pipe, I might crash and become impounded. And then how would I collect artifacts? (See? Always the nice guy, artfully guiding the derailed train back onto the tracks.)
  21. Repetition does not make an untruth true. There are not 1.9 million prisoners in Arizona, no matter how many times you redefine the concept of prisonerhood (or is it prisonerdom?). You number is not even close to being factual. As for the word "citizen," your source is mistaken. The word did not originate in the 13th century, not even the 13th century BCE. The word descended through a long, slow chain of metamorphism (like geology) that dates back at least as far as 3,500 years ago, to the Hebrew תושב , derived from שב , the same two-letter root that became Sabbath. A citizen was one who rested in a place, just as Sabbath is for some peoples a day of rest. Cops do not receive bonuses for arresting people, nor are they paid bonuses for impounding vehicles (except maybe in a few isolated pockets in states like Georgia and Arkansas, but that would be a result of local corruption, not a nationwide plot to derive citizens of our rights). If they did, I have a few cop friends scattered across the country, including one in Phoenix, who would be rich. I suppose your source derived this idea from the fact that in very limited circumstances law enforcement agencies receive the proceeds from the sale of impounded vehicles. If it was policy for police officers to receive regular bonuses for impounding vehicles, human nature dictates that there would not be a car on the road today. This is a long detour from discussing artifacts, no? Maybe we could tie in by estimating the number of years it will take for impounded vehicles to fossilize and become protected historic resources.
  22. Yeah, great idea. Let's free all the rapists, murderers, thieves, border-crossing crack dealers, human traffickers, women who drown their children, terrorists who try to cause maximum harm to the most vulnerable targets, people who drive drunk and slaughter entire families. There can't possibly be a flaw in your reasoning. But I think you'll have a hard time drumming up much support from women for your modest proposal. As for the number of prisoners in Arizona, I think there are about 50,000 under the purview of the state prison system, including parolees. While I'm not going to bother trying to separate out the Arizona numbers for federal prisoners, as of 2010 the total number of prisoners in the U.S. -- federal, state and county combined -- was about 2.2 million, so your 1.9 million in Arizona is way off the mark, unless you're counting unhappily marrried men as prisoners. As for choosing mates, don't women already hold most of the power in that regard? I mean, in Western cultures women are usually the ones who either say yes or no to marriage. It's in the world's more primitive (native) cultures where men often hold unreasonable power to demand mating or marriage or whatever you want to call it. Once again, I'm scrambling to try to figure out your reasoning. Please explain further.
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