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  2. Rain Man

    Random PicThread

    Yes. The train was left running unattended with the engine brakes on but not the manual brakes on each car in violation of company policy. The unattended engine caught fire, and the crew on the fire truck shut the engine down as part of putting out the fire. When the hydraulic pressure dropped some time later....
  3. Blue Crab

    COVID Dreaming

    This discussion reminds me of the very nice nurse in the 1971 film version of Johnny Got His Gun.
  4. VhmSays

    President Biden

    You're welcome
  5. SloopJonB


    "Not quite the conflagration we'd been banking on".
  6. Olsonist

    President Biden

  7. SloopJonB


    Critical thinking skills.
  8. SloopJonB

    congratulations USA!

    "Trumped Up Leader Goes"
  9. More Cowbell2

    Bigfoot Season?

    Bigfoot hunting season? It's not even Florida. Wabbit season!
  10. Steam Flyer

    The Patriot Party

    So, the fault of a Republican Congress that refused to buy the stuff is actually blamed on Obama? And somehow, throwing out the playbook and firing the scientists is his fault too? Damn he was in charge of a lot more than I thought - DSK
  11. andykane

    Dyer Dhow Rehab

    Oh, I'm sure you're right. I was just thinking of the curve on each side being sharper than your typical gunwale.
  12. Steve Clark

    Team NYYC

    What input do you need if you are late, and you know you are late? Do you need to say, “ Late to the line in 3-2-1. Still late.” SHC
  13. Mike G

    President Biden

  14. Diarmuid

    Anchor Geekdom

    Classic multivariate regression analysis problem. You have many variables, more variables than equations for solving them; you have independent variables and dependent variables. Often the approach is to weight the variables by relative importance, then to start subtracting the most influential variables one at a time to study the effect of lesser contributors, and to get a single answer for a given array. This sort of works ... sometimes. You might at least get a probabilistic spread that says "Most boats in most conditions will hold most of the time in most bottoms with an anchor of type W of weight X with rode Y using scope Z." When researchers want to test for, say, the effectiveness of a cancer treatment, either prospectively or retrospectively, they can either tightly control for variables in selecting the cadre (all people of the same sex, age, cancer type, stage, baseline health, etc), or they can opt for a larger sample group and try to minimize or eliminate the effects of variation within the sample by identifying, weighting, and controlling for each variable until the last one standing is "took/did not take PARP inhibitor". If, all other things being equal (or equalized), YesPARPS live longer than NoPARPs, you have some measure of the drug's effectiveness. You have to show your work, your methodology will be viciously assailed, but that's life as a researcher. This is not easy. My sister, who is an actuary, does this sort of thing every day. You can crunch numbers for five hours on powerful modeling computers; alter one weighting value by a fourth decimal place; re-run the model, and get spectacularly different results. I think that's why anchoring discussions are prone to both wild-ass guesses (based on past experience, gut instinct, what some old bloke told me in a pub, and weird tribal allegiance) and super-granular analysis of things like HT vs. BBB chain (elastic behaviors of). Naturally, we want something a bit more definite. But in complex, dynamic, interactive feedback systems with lots of unknowns and exponential forces, reductive analyses and probabilistic forecasts are the best that can be done. From practical experiments like Steve's we generate heuristics, and we apply safety factors, and we hope.
  15. atwinda

    Will Any Team Ever Fly A Code Zero?

    We hear a lot about "loosing rudder grip" etc, and that's when the crashes happen. What I am suggesting, is that they end up with an out of balance sail plan to below water foil configuration and it becomes too risky to even consider the code zero. So the question becomes, would you rather go 7 knots or be on your side?
  16. stief

    Jules Verne Trophy 2020

    Tribute to Benjamin de Rothschild (and best time)
  17. Steam Flyer

    The Patriot Party

    Have you actually read the actual Mueller report, yet? Been what two and half years now? Even a slow reader could have gotten past the first couple of pages of A.G.Barr's 2nd-grade-level "summary" by now. Oh and when you have time, how about that SAFE Act? Because you know, election security - DSK
  18. LenP

    Are Illegal Immigrants Also The People?

    Being in the country without permission is a civil infraction. There are no states which prohibit voting for folks who have a civil infraction.
  19. Port - Starbord Mon Girls how many times do we gutta tell ya just think if they wore one of each wood that help channel yer thoughts in/out of port ??
  20. Mike G

    Ted Cruz, Cunt

    Ted is missing the "naming" concept. Also, Ted voted to disenfranchise the voters of Pittsburgh.
  21. Steam Flyer


    White Punks On Dope It would be so awesome to have a time machine and go to a Tubes show! I actually liked their funky post-New Wave stuff better, Su-Su-Sushi etc. But the Tubes were always great - DSK
  22. Cal20sailor

    congratulations USA!

    Who knew, other countries have fake news. It's shit like this that will kill Trump. 'Welcome Back America': Newspapers around the world react to Biden's inauguration
  23. all the policemen and military Get a grip - there are about 700,000 police and 1,300,000 military in the States. That's 2,000,000 total and how many have been sanctioned for extremism? Probably around the third decimal place - statistically insignificant.
  24. Big Bob

    Anchors Astern!!

    The biggest tragedy in this whole bit, assuming no lives were lost, was the cell phone camera operator. The horizontal is much preferred. At least we could have seen both points of interest. Drives me nuts. My sister does this also.
  25. Steam Flyer

    Ted Cruz, Cunt

    too funny: "We all know Ted Cruz is sort of a political force of nature," said Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson on Y'all-itics. "He is what he is. You either hate him or you hate him. And he is a guy who went so far over the edge, not just to appease Donald Trump and Trump's base, but because he felt like Josh Hawley had gotten out ahead of him on it." Former Senator Al Franken said it best: "I like Ted Cruz more than any other Senator. And I fucking -HATE- Ted Cruz." - DSK
  26. Ajax

    Dyer Dhow Rehab

    $500 is what I'm hearing on the Dyer Facebook page. Maybe they are unaware of a cheaper source.
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