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  1. 22 points
    Sweet of you to say J I miss you all very much, even snaggy. My time working for SA, especially before the lawsuit and then our family fertility problems, when it was still me and Mer on the road, was some of the best of my life. The network of amazing people we built continues to be a source of great friendship for me today. To be around as the sailing media found its way in a new world, to be around to witness the birth of sportboats and foiling, the mainstreaming of multihulls, the drama of Larry vs. Ernesto, all the amazing stories and events we worked - it was a real privilege. I only made about a third of my income from SA, the rest came from commentary and photo/video/social services for classes, events and manufacturers, and I ignored a key fact about working on the road - most of your work comes from working on the road. So when we had Josephine and I cut back on my travel, I found it hard to get enough gigs to pay for my family. I still work with a handful of companies and events that I really like, so you'll still see me in Charleston, Chicago, and possibly Tokyo. But that's now mostly just for fun and to take my daughter someplace interesting. No more begging rich people for work. I spent the last year helping a friend start up several commercial growing operations. That was fun and lucrative and I now have a ridiculous library of genetics, but once the setup is over, it's all pretty dull, and after they did their private placement, it became just another corporate gig. And now, after missing a great deal of my young daughter's life, I've gotten rid of the Delta Skymiles card and am sitting in an office making paper and wearing my lawyer hat again. Right now I am drafting a construction loan agreement and lease for a new bank for a firm full of nice people and easy going management. It's not St. Maarten, but it ain't bad when I got this to come home to. Much love to you all, even to the bitches and the haters
  2. 13 points
    So I just finished my clinical rotation in a prison with murderers, rapists, addicts, drug dealers and petty criminals. Some were in for 3 months. Some are in for life. Over 1800 "offenders," two concertina wire fences, one of them electrified. Here are my impressions: Many of the offenders are on anti-psychotic meds. Buckets of them. Most of the other meds are pysch meds, but not anti-psychotic, specifically. It's obvious if there was more mental health treatment on the front end A LOT of offenders would not be in jail. Doors are dangerous. Treated a guy that had two black eyes, bloody lip and other injuries. Said he walked into a door. Must have done it several times with great force. After the sixth time of bonking your nose on the door, maybe open it? Next day treated another guy with similar injuries. He, too, walked into a door. I don't know why OSHA hasn't become involved yet. A cover up, maybe? Prison is graduate school for criminals. The amount of hustling, scams, angles and schemes going on is stupefying. One night the guards found a 5-gallon bucket of home-made hooch. How crafty, devious and practiced do you have to be to hide that for as long as they did in such a no-privacy, regimented place? When we gave an offender a plastic bag to ice his swollen jaw we labeled it with a sharpie, an expiration date/time and notified guards. That's how much things are tracked in a prison. Neck tattoos < face tattoos < full face tattoos < full face and skull tattoos "gay for the stay" = HIV for life NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. They do not separate elderly because that is a form of discrimination. You fucking kidding me? The nasty offenders don't spare the old folks; they see them as easy marks to shake down. One punch can fracture multiple face bones. Does it give a 30 year sociopath a moment of reflection when he sees what one of his punches does to the face of a 75 year old? From what I've seen, it does not. Always a bigger fish. When I was treating one guy that walked into a door I was thinking, "Who the hell beat the shit outta this guy?" He was over six feet tall, young, white supremacist tattoos, muscled and mean. Later that night I saw a guy waxing a floor. He was close to 7' with shoulders as wide as a doorway, and his entire shaved cranium was covered with tattoos of skulls and fire. And he seemed really, really intent on grinding out any little blemish that offended him. Dumb and smothered. A lot of the guys in for petty crimes and drugs were getting into more trouble and digging deeper holes once they got in prison. Many of them appeared quite dumb. I mean-- Forest Gump dumb-- "borderline retarded." Sometimes manipulated, sometimes desperate and without any sort of coping skills, sometimes just dumb--- in a place that is brutally unforgiving of any bad choices. In for a year? Now you're in for 5. I've always thought the American prison system is bullshit, especially the profit-driven private run facilities. Turns out, I was right. Out of the 1800 in that place, if you got rid of the crazy ones and the dumb non-violent ones and just left the murders, rapists and other violent felons, I'd bet the population of that prison would go from 1800 to 300.
  3. 10 points
    I rarely post here, for some unfathomable reason, but thought this one was too good to pass up. As an ex-pat Brit (and US Citizen) I thought this a fair summary of a viewpoint from across the Atlantic. Someone on Quora asked "Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?" Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote this magnificent response. A few things spring to mind. Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem. For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace - all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed. So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief. Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing - not once, ever. I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility - for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman. But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is - his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty. Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers. And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults - he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness. There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface. Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront. Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul. And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist. Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that. He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat. He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege. And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully. That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead. There are unspoken rules to this stuff - the Queensberry rules of basic decency - and he breaks them all. He punches downwards - which a gentleman should, would, could never do - and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless - and he kicks them when they are down. So the fact that a significant minority - perhaps a third - of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think 'Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are. You don't need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man. This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss. After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum. God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid. He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart. In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws - he would make a Trump. And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish: 'My God… what… have… I… created?' If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the complete boxed set.
  4. 7 points
    Judging from comments like yours, I reckon you are fat, single, ugly, unable to attract women other than the ones you pay, and you can't sail. Just based on my experience.
  5. 7 points
    Funny how the definition of 'useful' changes when you have hungry mouths to feed and hungry minds to occupy.
  6. 6 points
    When asked why I thought sailing was such a cool sport I always used to answer ‘The right kind of people play our sport’’. I then went on to say it is nothing about money, I am hardly a millionaire myself, but it was about the attitude to fair play and helping each other. Perhaps something to do about the lore of the sea. Back when I was young in sailing, rules being broken in high profile events were big news, and relatively rare. The I’Punkt affair being notable and when an Enterprise dinghy appeared at an early 70’s Enterprise Europeans at the Royal Tay Yacht Club in Scotland with a boat that you could fit your fist between the hull and measurement template at station 2, it went all the way to the IYRU (with the trophy being withheld if I remember correctly) and led to the nicknames Benterprise and Slenderprise although doubtful if many readers are young enough to remember those issues. Perhaps I watch what is happening in the upper echelons of our sport more than I used to but I am not alone and have recently challenged by people I know with “You told me this was an honourable sport so why are people cheating” and I have to start to agree with them and that disappoints me. It is very hard to ignore the lead in king posts, the round the world racers mousing their halyards, sailing with nav lights switched off at night, leaving behind a crew member in the light at multi race regattas or the multitude of other infractions one sees or hears about. And some of the breaches are clearly well thought out and pre-planned. Deliberate is the word I think I am looking for. At one Laser Regatta, at least one competitor had tied the dead end of their mainsheet to the toe-straps and was gently flicking his feet all the way round the course causing an almost continuous and almost inconspicuous flick to the 4thcorner of the mainsail. He was undone when a judge came alongside and took a snapshot of the arrangement. Suffice to say that if there was no on the water judge they would have got away with it. I have even had a world champion boasting to me he won because he was able to ooch better than others. To give him credit when he described his actions it was more like legal kinetics than illegal body movements but the fact he felt it was no problem to say he was ooching was concerning. Even coaches seem willing to stretch the rules with their athletes, or perhaps don’t have the fullest knowledge of the rules themselves. I remember one discussion where a coach felt a penalty could be done at the competitor’s convenience rather than “as soon after the incident as possible”. Lord help us. The problem is perhaps not new but does seem to be on the increase to such an extent that World Sailing even produced a manual on the subject “Misconduct Guidance”. If misconduct wasn’t such an issue, why have a manual? We are all aware that, in many parts of the world, numbers in our sport are not growing as we would like, in fact in some parts of the world they are apparently falling to the extent that books have been written on the subject (very good books like ‘Saving Sailing’ for example) and if the playing field is not seen to be fair not only may it chase people from our sport but also prevent newcomers entering in the first place. And it is not just competitors that are culpable. I have been in ‘the room’ where the Chairman (an IJ) didn’t declare the protestee was an associate and even forcefully told one of the witnesses to shut up. Or being on the water with an IJ and spotting a competitor ooching so obviously it would have made a perfect “How to” video. Instead of opening the throttle and awarding a penalty they dropped the engine to ‘idle’ to widen the distance. (The competitor was a fellow national of the judge). The very next day when with a judge of a different nationality I highlighted the same competitor doing exactly the same thing. Result? Throttle up and a 720 penalty. In fact had the other judge done the right thing the day before then that penalty should have been a DSQ or even a DNE. Smelly! An extreme example perhaps, was the awarding of redress by an (incompetent or complicit?) race officer after a competitor claimed an on the water judge (who the SI’s stated their decision was final) made a wrong decision. No paperwork, no protest committee, a unilateral decision by the Race officer to award 5 point redress even though the GPS trace showed the competitor’s penalty turn cost zero places. The upshot was over 20 rules and sub rules broken and the third place prize of a 23 foot Sportboat going to a fellow national of the race officer. Attempts to protest these actions were blanked all the way up to the CEO of the company which organised the event. So what’s the reason? Frankly, I don’t know. Perhaps it is the additional money that has crept into our sport, where frequently the sailor’s income level, either at a particular event or potential in the future is based on results. Perhaps I was just blind to it (I love this sport) and am noticing it more these days with my involvement in writing and officiating, either way it is not a good look. Of course, on the high side, these occurrences are not everyday. If they were they wouldn’t be noteworthy but they still dishonor our sport and I haven’t even got started on electronic devices working or not working. So what’s the solution? Our sport may not be unique in being self policing. I have seen golfers and snooker players calling fouls on themselves but the number of sports that DON’T have an official, whether called a judge, an umpire or a referee is pretty small. Could you imagine the mayhem that would exist on a soccer pitch with no referee? That sport has even gone to ‘goal line’ technology and a 4th official for video replay – let’s hope our sport never has to extend to those sorts of measures, I doubt if we could even afford it. And soccer isn’t unique, quite the opposite. I do notice that the number of regattas that have “on the water judging” with the “judges decision is final” written into the sailing instructions appears to be on the increase but the wrong type of official is usually used and it shouldn’t (in my opinion) even be judging. There are now only around 60 – yes, I haven’t missed a zero – only 60 people who are qualified as both International Judge (IJ) and International Umpire (IU) in the whole world. And using a judge to officiate when the skills of an umpire are what is required is rather like someone used to sitting on the bench of a county court doing duty as a traffic cop. I am not doubting the rules knowledge of judges, far from it but the additional required skills of boat driving, positioning and wake avoidance are not something that a judge practices regularly along with the sometimes lack of awareness of the concept of “last known point of certainty”. Additionally, just as a county court judge lacks the experience to ‘smell something going down’ where a street cop would then the same applies to the relative skill sets of a sailing judge or umpire. Having performed the roles of both umpire on the water and judge in the protest room I am quite aware that while there is significant overlap in terms of knowledge required, however there is somewhat less overlap with the practical skills. Sometimes as an on the water ‘judge’, just being there keeps people honest and at a number of regattas it has been noticeable that the officials are quite busy on day 1, or even just race 1 but by the time day 2 dawns they are just trundling round with the fleet with their flags lying in the bottom of the RIB and their whistles virtually unblown. Would we ever have to go to the extent of having actual ‘referees’? I for one certainly hope not but the reliance on someone protesting and more worrying, those who don’t sometimes being more pilloried than the offender (real or supposed) hardly benefits anyone except perhaps the trolls who sometimes populate internet chat rooms. We are one fifth of the way into the 21st Century and our sport still largely depends on an honour code that existed at the beginning of the last century. I don’t think we need to throw the baby out with the bathwater but at the very least, in my view, that minority which disrespects our sport by knowingly NOT following ALL the rules needs to be brought to heel in a firm and uncompromising manner. Good policing prevents crime, perhaps the time has come to ramp up those who are on the water just to ensure a fairer, more level, field of prey. Food for thought. SS
  7. 6 points
    That's probably true just out of attrition, with so many of the Republican rich being indicted.
  8. 5 points
    I think on this basis, your contribution should be completely disregarded as unsubstantiated hearsay.
  9. 5 points
    All the lawyers and judges should know about this! You can evidently just ASK somebody if they did something wrong, and take for granted to get the truth.
  10. 5 points
    Proa may or may not be an idiot but you are perhaps one of the most arrogant, ignorant, self-centered fools to ever post on the this site. You have no clue as to the truth of what happened but yet run around spouting your bullshit and telling everyone what is right and wrong. I laughed out loud when you posted you wouldn't want Lia to know who you are. If you had even half a brain you wouldn't want anyone to know who you are. If you had a brain even 1/10th the size of your fat mouth you would maybe have a chance of saying something intelligent on occasion. You stand tall and your head still can't rise above the shit you spew you are such a sad little man (I use the term very loosely).
  11. 5 points
    I thought it best to post some pics of a sane persons garage at this point. The only input my wife had was insisting on space for the freezer
  12. 5 points
    I think it’s pretty foolish to judge either one at this point. All we have is the accuser’s story and one poster’s opinion based on the accused’s email. Neither of which have much in the way of any proof. Regardless, SA forums are hardly the place to sort this out. Things like this have very real effects on people’s lives and should be dealt with in the court system.
  13. 4 points
    All equipment and materials in place. I will be starting at 8 am tomorrow. Hopefully all the tape I used holds in the cold weather so the topside stays clean. Also ended up using scarp foam from the new cushions to plug all the through hulls. I have taken pictures and will take some though out the process, to be posted in here.
  14. 4 points
    Happy Valentines Day, Lia! From a fond admirer. A very, very, very fond admirer. (Oh c’mon. I’m kidding!)
  15. 4 points
    You are talking about the weather, right????????????????????????
  16. 4 points
    how many trimarans have you singlehanded across an ocean how many oceans have you crossed in a rowboat I think you know not what the word stunt means
  17. 4 points
    If you have not been told lately, you really are a fucking asshole. Nope sorry about that, let me rephrase it, you really are a narrow minded, opinionated, fucking douchebag of an asshole.
  18. 4 points
    Free healthcare a competitive advantage. I'm glad someone said that out loud.
  19. 4 points
    People sometimes lose sight of a major issue here . . As an aspiring internationalist, I have long admired the EU for standing firm on the movement of both people and capital. NAFTA, in contrast, allows capital to move pretty freely, but not people. I'm hugely suspicious of trade deals that favor big capital over actual human beings.
  20. 4 points
    Why? She diddente the nitte beforre......
  21. 4 points
    https://www.npr.org/2017/11/21/565318778/big-money-as-private-immigrant-jails-boom The main purpose of the ICE beds is being missed. It’s a method of using taxpayer dollars and debt to finance well connected business. They don’t care if they are locking up marijuana smokers or assylum seakers, jails are a profit center. There is strong incentive to grow them,
  22. 4 points
    Did you get their license number so you can track them down and do some seriously nasty shit to them? People like that should be put down.
  23. 4 points
    On Sunday I woke up at the crack of dawn to sail a bit. It was blowing 15-20kt (yipee!). It had also steep, short chop, which I wasn't prepared for. To be clear, these conditions were far out of my league on the UFO. In a chop, it's hard to pick up the speed to get foiling without digging the bows into a wave, and it's hard to stay foiling, as your foil wants to skip out of the water in the troughs. So here's a brief summary of 4 hours of carnage. At times, it was exhilarating fun. Other times, I did wish I had taken up golf instead... Part 1 - the flying-briefly bits - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArrA_NBd_d4 Part 2 - the crashing bits - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ctgZVVW_ZA Learned lots of things. I was working the downhaul on my main to find the right amount of power, but I forgot to put some twist in, which would have helped modulate the power between takeoff and flight. Thanks Nick for the hint! In these conditions the return downwind in a narrow channel was tricky. Below is a post from Nick explaining how to do it. I only got half of that right so I capsized a dozen times.
  24. 4 points
    And to really make y'all jealous, my wife was the one who did the interior finishing of the garage. It was originally open studs. I hung the sheetrock and she mudded, taped and textured the walls, installed the flush lighting, and came up with these nifty overhead storage bins to store all the crap that I would normally throw in random places on the floor (verboten!).
  25. 4 points
    Having gone through development cycles of various degrees of "lift fraction" I can say that, yes it could be a good idea. with a few qualifiers however. For me my experience is obviously rooted in C-class, so your results may vary. Our first foray into foiling was with off yer rocker, which was a full foiling platform, 2 main t-foils in the water at all times with flaps and wands, and two T-rudders, long ones in the water all the time as well. It flew, it was actually as stable as a truck, but it was not quick comparatively. A few years later we started down the path again but a more incremental approach to flight, starting with "high lift fraction" sailing, This means not lifting 100% of the mass of the boat, maybe only getting up to say 80% of the mass of the boat on lift. This is a shot from a day of testing we did, one of hundreds. Here we had two foils to leeward for testing, one straight to keep the boat from going sideways and another curved one for lift. It was blowing 13 and we were rocking steady mid-20's without stressing at all. Like I really mean it was waaaay less stressful than it might normally have been in the boat. It felt super lively yet under control. Pitch is our big enemy and as you can see we had nice bow-up trim and only about 10' of boat touching the water which had the nice side effect of offering up some great pitch stability that can go away quickly in full foiling mode. I can honestly say that in ten years of sailing C-cats this day was indeed one of the most fun I ever had. It was absolutely glorious, sunny, warm, decent breeze, a bit of seas state and this gradual dissipation of the usual anxiety you might feel when a bit too wicked up in short chop downhill. We totally smoked Caanan in these test runs. We were exceeding our archemedian targets by easily 20% and maintaining those speeds steadily, not cycling up and down. just nice big beautiful grunty VMG. Had one or two of stepped out on the wire we easily could have 15% more of all the goodness we were getting. A lot of the big tri's have gone through this development step recently before getting fully airborne. With good reason. Now for us this was not a winning route, essentially because we didn't fly 100% and when we did it wasn't really under control. But if I were to be building a boat today for shits and giggles, I'd not hesitate to have t-foil rudders and some serious, though not 100% lift available from my main foils. It makes life more secure, fun and you're able to step on the gas peddle without hesitation in all manner of sea state. You don't need tons of deck gear to control AOA of you're not trying to fly 100%. you can go with a progressive foil design that allows you to set lift simply by how much board you put down. For this you need curved foils however, so the more "down" they are, the more lift they offer while still offering side force. Likewise with t-foil rudders, if all you do is put them on and ensure they are tuned to zero AOA at zero pitch, they can work wonders in reducing pitching in sea state. No need for tricky AOA adjustment systems on the rudders. It is nice to have for sure, but it can be fussy to keep both rudders at the same angle, particularly if your platform is not very stiff. Now I will caution you that we have a rule in Architecture (Buildings not boats) that "curves cost four times as much as right angles". This is pretty much true in building foils too. You need bigger tools to build them and they are harder to machine. I'd also advise that if you are adding 400KG of lift to the boat, you will be adding a bunch more weight to the boat to handle it. Heavier foils, like 2-4 times heavier than straight foils if not more. Our lightest Canaan foils were 6 lbs, our full lifting foils that didn't break in ten minutes were coming in closer to 24 lbs a piece. Suffice to say a fuck-ton more carbon. Our traditional straight foils were two halves of built up foam and carbon laminated together. by the time we were fully foiling successfully, they were solid high-mod carbon right the way through. Which also takes a good deal more time to lay up, consolidate, cook off and machine than old school foils, so there's cost with all that time too. Not to mention extra bulkheads and strengthening around the board box as you're now lifting the boat, even partially by a point, not the comparatively uniformly loaded hull when floating or planing. Likewise for transoms if you add t-foil rudders. Make sure your rudder system and transom in totality is more strong than normal. You'll have up and down loads imparted to the system that were not there before t-foils. I will add that even the addition of T-foils to Canaan made our lives very much easier simply by moderating pitch somewhat. As with all things, you need to learn how to use them. We had one incident on PL at the beginning of a season on a blustery day before we had our wits about us. We went ripping off across the harbor at 20 plus knots with the banana boards fully deployed and all of a sudden found ourselves VERY fucking airborne in an entirely uncontrolled fashion. We should have been lifting the boards more as we got going pretty quick, instead we ended up in a very short positive feedback loop that ended ten feet above the water, then back in the water. It was a bit of a shocker. Your results may vary