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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

      Sailing Anarchy is a very lightly moderated site. This is by design, to afford a more free atmosphere for discussion. There are plenty of sailing forums you can go to where swearing isn't allowed, confrontation is squelched and, and you can have a moderator finger-wag at you for your attitude. SA tries to avoid that and allow for more adult behavior without moderators editing your posts and whacking knuckles with rulers. We don't have a long list of published "thou shalt nots" either, and this is by design. Too many absolute rules paints us into too many corners. So check the Terms of Service - there IS language there about certain types of behavior that is not permitted. We interpret that lightly and permit a lot of latitude, but we DO reserve the right to take action when something is too extreme to tolerate (too racist, graphic, violent, misogynistic, etc.). Yes, that is subjective, but it allows us discretion. Avoiding a laundry list of rules allows for freedom; don't abuse it. However there ARE a few basic rules that will earn you a suspension, and apparently a brief refresher is in order. 1) Allegations of pedophilia - there is no tolerance for this. So if you make allegations, jokes, innuendo or suggestions about child molestation, child pornography, abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors etc. about someone on this board you will get a time out. This is pretty much automatic; this behavior can have real world effect and is not acceptable. Obviously the subject is not banned when discussion of it is apropos, e.g. talking about an item in the news for instance. But allegations or references directed at or about another poster is verboten. 2) Outing people - providing real world identifiable information about users on the forums who prefer to remain anonymous. Yes, some of us post with our real names - not a problem to use them. However many do NOT, and if you find out someone's name keep it to yourself, first or last. This also goes for other identifying information too - employer information etc. You don't need too many pieces of data to figure out who someone really is these days. Depending on severity you might get anything from a scolding to a suspension - so don't do it. I know it can be confusing sometimes for newcomers, as SA has been around almost twenty years and there are some people that throw their real names around and their current Display Name may not match the name they have out in the public. But if in doubt, you don't want to accidentally out some one so use caution, even if it's a personal friend of yours in real life. 3) Posting While Suspended - If you've earned a timeout (these are fairly rare and hard to get), please observe the suspension. If you create a new account (a "Sock Puppet") and return to the forums to post with it before your suspension is up you WILL get more time added to your original suspension and lose your Socks. This behavior may result a permanent ban, since it shows you have zero respect for the few rules we have and the moderating team that is tasked with supporting them. Check the Terms of Service you agreed to; they apply to the individual agreeing, not the account you created, so don't try to Sea Lawyer us if you get caught. Just don't do it. Those are the three that will almost certainly get you into some trouble. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DO ONE OF THESE THINGS, please do the following: Refrain from quoting the offending text, it makes the thread cleanup a pain in the rear Press the Report button; it is by far the best way to notify Admins as we will get e-mails. Calling out for Admins in the middle of threads, sending us PM's, etc. - there is no guarantee we will get those in a timely fashion. There are multiple Moderators in multiple time zones around the world, and anyone one of us can handle the Report and all of us will be notified about it. But if you PM one Mod directly and he's off line, the problem will get dealt with much more slowly. Other behaviors that you might want to think twice before doing include: Intentionally disrupting threads and discussions repeatedly. Off topic/content free trolling in threads to disrupt dialog Stalking users around the forums with the intent to disrupt content and discussion Repeated posting of overly graphic or scatological porn content. There are plenty web sites for you to get your freak on, don't do it here. And a brief note to Newbies... No, we will not ban people or censor them for dropping F-bombs on you, using foul language, etc. so please don't report it when one of our members gives you a greeting you may find shocking. We do our best not to censor content here and playing swearword police is not in our job descriptions. Sailing Anarchy is more like a bar than a classroom, so handle it like you would meeting someone a little coarse - don't look for the teacher. Thanks.

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  1. 1st album was Aerosmith, Night in the Ruts 2nd album was the Rolling Stones, Tatoo You Still have both and many more. Tatoo You is probably a better album but for sentimental reasons I think it's a tie.
  2. I didn't particularly care for Trump before his campaign began and am not turned on by what he as said since this whole show has begun, but I am very intrigued by the fact that he is universally despised by every insider across the entire political spectrum, the media and beyond. Regardless of what people think about him this crazy system is the real reason he canot possibly be successful in the end.
  3. As a spinff to the Sirius thread, I am off of terrestrial and satelite radio and now get more content then I can listen to through my phone. What are some people's favorites? Some of mine include: Adam Carolla: First podcast I lestened to and still my overall favorite. I don't agree with everything he says but he gets great guests and puts together and entertaining show. About Last Night, Adam Ray and Brian Williams: Two great comedians who put on a great weekly show. Freakonomics: Two econonomist hosts who look at various problems through that prism which makes for some interesting discussions. Question of the day: One of the Freakonomics hosts is joined by a friend who have a short daily podcast abut various topics. Fitzdog Radio: Greg Fitzsimmons does a weekly show where I have heard a couple of the best and worst posdacts to date. Interesting guy and seasoned comic who manges to bring in good guests as long as he can stay off politics (which he most often can). Dave Dameshek Football Program: Entertaining show which gets sidetracked all the time off of football onto more critical topics like the best fruit, uniforms and other intriguing items. Dave may be a guy who you love or hate but the show is clean so my 13 YO son and I enjoy it together. Still Untitled, the Adam Savage Project: Really interesting show from one of the co-hosts of Mythbusters and a couple of friends who cover all sorts of topics. They sometimes get more into critiques of specific movies and sci-fi isues but overall the show if very interesting. Resume: One of Adam Carolla's producers does this show interviewing people about their first and subsequent jobs. Chris is a good host (and musician) and does a good job of pulling in some interesting people to speak with. There are others on my regular list as well but I am intersted to hear what other people listen to as well.
  4. Just finished up a couple years of tons of mostly car travel and after subscribing at the beginning ended up listening almost entirely to podcasts through my phone. Which ones people like is a different conversation but I wouldn't think of signing up for satellite radio now.
  5. Our 13 YO son plays soccer and runs track and I would say the overwhelming majority of kids, parents and coaches are good, supportive people. I disagree with the club sports culture which has cropped up that pushes kids to specialize in only one sport when in most cases the rather large investment in personal and family time, money etc will have no payback. As for news in general and football in particular, I think many of these horrible stories make national news because so much more is now filmed and because these stories draw an audience. There always have been a portion of complete jerks in all activities, including sports but now that their actions are captured it is quite easy to make a news story out of what was he said / she said in the past and which for that matter may have been handled a lot differently in the past as well. For those who haven't seen it there is an excellent documentary called Undefeated about a HS football team in a lower class TN town where an excelent coaching staff catches lighting in a bottle and finds some great success with a difficult team. The premise sounds very scripted but as I understand it the circumstances were basically real. It is a great watch for those who haven't see good, caring coaches in action of which there are a lot out there working hard as I write this message. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/undefeated_2012/
  6. I purchased a Merlin MTB in '91 ( built in Sommerville MA down the street from FC) from a friend's shop with the request "money is no object, I never want to look at another bike again". Absolutely fantastic bike which served me well until similar problems of just not being able to keep up with friends who I just knew I was in better shape than. Fast forward to 2013 where I found a great deal on a Santa Cruz tallboy carbon and jumped on it and am still blown away by the advances in technology and how much faster I can go. The changes are really not all marketing intended to push new bikes on people who don't need them. The changes to geometry, gearing, brakes and suspension etc are incredible in how much more they can squeeze out of your effort which has in turn rekindled my love of riding. Best money I have spent in a decade + for how much fun I have gotten out of it. Meanwhile, don't make the mistake I made and sell your retro ride. Bring it back to as close to original shape as you can and call it what it is - a time machine. Fat Chance cycles are fantastic and a good bike will hold its value and be a good time for an occasional rip on an old school rigid, but should not be your primary steed. If I could buy mine back for the $800 I sold it for I would tomorrow but I still love my current MTB and what it has done for me, my fitness and friends. Enjoy and don't let the bike you own (now) dictate your riding experience for ever.
  7. I had a 5S for a year which I liked very much but my previous employer took it back when I left earleir this summer. I replaced it with a 6 (which I had to pay full price for because they don't throw them in with a 2 yr contract anymore) and while the functions are good I have 2 complaints: They rounded off the edges which makes the phone harder to hang onto, especially when your hands are cold. I have dropped this phone more times in 3 months than my previous 3 i-phones combined (about 5 years). It is just a little too big to operate with one hand. This highlights the above problem when I am trying to reach across the phone to hit something on the screen when the phone slips. Overall I am happy but would have jumped on a lower priced 5S if it were avaialble.
  8. You beat me to it, audience score on Rotten Tomatoes is 96%. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/winning_the_racing_life_of_paul_newman/
  9. Really interesting display of information. Thanks!
  10. http://yourteamcheats.com/ I didn't read this entire thread to see if this site had been referenced already but it is interesting to see the cheating which has gone on around the league and where the Patriots are not the leaders in this topic by a long shot. Also intersting to learn some of the history of the Jets on spygate as they are far from clean on that topic.
  11. Breaking Bad beats The Sopranos by a nose in my opinion. Meanwhile it is interesting to see reruns of big network series from the 70's and 80's to see how bad they were.
  12. A British Engineer just started his own business in Afghanistan. He's making land mines that look like prayer mats. It's doing very well.... He says prophets are going through the roof!
  13. I never sailed on a boat designed by Dick Carter, but in the '60's and early '70's my dad worked with Dick and they became good friends, and in the summer they would go away for a couple of week and let our family stay at their house in Nahant, MA. I was very young so don't remember it well, other than it was a great time with friends and family playing on their beach and riding big wheels around the house. Closest thing I can offer to a 1st hand account of his boats, but we did hang out with Dick and his family.