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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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  1. stormy petrel

    Which is why distributed solar is great for the US. With a 6.5KW array, I'm generating 30% more than I use on a year-over-year basis. That's five people in a good-sized 1931 house way up here at 48 North (with an electric clothes dryer to boot). I have no storage but on a monthly basis I'm net positive April through October. With 10KWh of storage, I could go March through November completely off-grid. Go down to the Bay Area and that becomes February through December. With greater solar adoption, you're literally putting generation where the demand lives and with a little bit of storage, you low pass filter the demand curve with a time constant of a few days. That's a lot of transmission line capacity freed up for make-up generation in the winter months and a lot of demand forecast leeway.
  2. stormy petrel

    I deny it. I think the turning blades of a windgen are graceful and find wind farms to be beautiful. Beauty isn't based just the visual impression, it's also based the knowledge that the energy being produced is clean and renewable. As a sailor, maybe I'm predisposed to finding wind-based energy and propulsion to be attractive. Regarding power buybacks there are good arguments both for and against and the devil is in the implementation details. I happen to fall on the "for" side but I also live in WA state and they take it to an extreme. I get 3X retail for every watt I produce, not just the excess, because my equipment was ostensibly made in WA. In reality, it's merely assembled here and isn't creating that many jobs. At the same time, the excessively generous payout means that lots of residents are subsidizing my solar installation. That said, I think it's totally reasonable to require utilities to buy back excess power at wholesale rates. A Watt's a Watt and my generation of it increases the capacity of the distribution lines and reduces the need for new utility-scale plants of any kind, even wind, which is a good thing.
  3. Sailors Powerboat

    Bob's design is great but it's a 60' long custom, which makes it unaffordable to procure and own for the vast majority. A fuel-efficient 10-15kt motor vessel in the 40' range produced on a line is a different beast.
  4. stormy petrel

    Hybrid is the optimal solution given our current mix of generation and storage technologies. Adding storage to wind/solar changes the equation a lot. Lithium battery prices are expected to drop 35% over the next 5 years. The rate of technological/cost change in renewables has been staggering over the last decade mainly on the generation side. It will be the same dynamic for the next decade on the storage side. Blanket statements demonstrate nothing but ignorance in that context.
  5. $65-$95/year for the average patron is not insignificant. It'll be interesting to see how elastic that demand is in the next economic downturn.
  6. Tether clips

    WTF are you talking about? You like women under half your age. He likes to drive without seatbelts. Mind your own business.
  7. Member Reputation System

    This is why I hesitate to read this site at work.
  8. Rattlesnake Ridge

    Dammed if you do, diked if you don't.
  9. Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    It will never die, will it?
  10. Tether clips

    The whole thing's a seatbelt and tether. Nice shot.
  11. Rattlesnake Ridge

    Worst-case scenario, yes.
  12. Turning a soft dodger into a semi-hard dodger?

    If the Sunbrella itself is still intact and it's mainly the stitching that's the problem, I'd still recommend the polyurethane paint experiment. It'll reinforce the fabric, make it look a lot better, and will glue the seams together to reinforce the stitching if applied heavily enough to soak in at the seams.
  13. The Terror

    Read the book first, it's fantastic: https://www.amazon.com/Terror-Novel-Dan-Simmons-ebook/dp/B000PAAH3A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516303327&sr=8-1&keywords=the+terror Dress warmly...
  14. Turning a soft dodger into a semi-hard dodger?

    One-part poly is like a traditional paint. Open the can, mix it up, and apply. A two part polyurethane has better properties but requires mixing two components before application. For this job, there's no point going with a two-part. I used Brightside from Interlux, specifically this one: https://www.fisheriessupply.com/interlux-brightside-polyurethane-4241-4 Pettit has a similar one-part polyurethane that's confusingly called EZPoxy.
  15. Member Reputation System

    I'll reiterate my proposal that there be an ignore-based penalty system. Those who are most ignored or who cross a threshold number of ignores would be warned, put in timeout, or flicked to raise the overall signal to noise ratio of the site. Obviously, ingores from socks wouldn't count to hinder manipulation of the system and it might be a good idea to require a minimum number of posts from the ignorers to effectively demonstrate a commitment to the community. The devil is in the details but I think the idea has merit and is worth considering.