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    Maritime Art Anarchy

    Heh. Still have my Marantz, too. Wish I'd kept the technics linear-tracking turntable. and the vinyl.
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    Racism in Mathematics?

    I guess I'd mildly disagree. I don't have any part of me that feels like looking down on an immigrant, but from the (perhaps romantic, likely obsolete) notion that people who call America their home should want to be "part" of America, and proud to be American. To me that means learning the common language, the common culture, etc. It's either a new home for them.... or it isn't. My great grandparents (all of them- from Scotland and Ireland on my dad's side, from Germany on my mother's side) emigrated *to* America because they wanted to be Americans. in the case of my mother's family, they worked really hard to learn English, find jobs, assimilate, earn citizenship, and to their dying days they were all unspeakably proud to be Americans. And to raise the next generation of Americans. I look at things like - as longy mentioned above - "little saigon" in southern California, and see quite the opposite. I see people bringing their country with them into America and effectively demanding that America bend to accomodate it; if you want to do business in a restaurant on Garden Grove Blvd, you better be able to speak or read vietnamese, because nobody there will accomodate you in english. I guess what I'm saying is... what's the point of being in America if all you really want is to keep all the attributes of the place you left, but on a different patch of land? And by the time that has run it's course, what does "America" really mean if we don't have common ground in some pretty fundamental things like language, laws, and some shared idea of what America "means"?
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    A big project!

    I think Leo should declare Tally Ho his home, ASAP He could draw up papers with the property owner leasing that part of the property for $1/year or something. Similar to if they'd allowed him to live on that part of the property in a mobile home. Washington State has a no-eviction order going right now, because of COVID, so it'd be impossible for the county to tell him to move the boat, or stop living in it. And certainly he'd have the right to work on his "home". Who could possibly deny him that?
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    A big project!

    Might be valid in a neighborhood (although, even in a neighborhood, people run can do things on their own property, even things that might disturb the quiet during daytime hours) But this isn't a neighborhood, where you're 10 feet away while sitting on that deck. This is rural farmland. The nearest neighbor is 100 yards away, the next nearest close to twice that. (this is not the actual locale, but... similar enough to illustrate the point) If Leo's not doing the right paperwork (taxes on income, 1099s to independent contractors, etc) that's one thing, and fixable. But in an area surrounded by working farms and such, the nuisance complaints are bullshit. The property owner has every right to have a boat rebuilt on his property.
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    Racism in Mathematics?

    Yeah. It used to be that being a teacher was a passion. A teacher was a person who thrived on the idea of helping a kid learn. At least that was what drove my mom to be a teacher. And then she got her teaching credential, and learned that her "job" was not to teach, but to ensure that the right percentage of kids reached the right percentage of achievement on the tests that opened the tap on funding. And as you note, it bored the advanced kids, and frustrated the challenged kids. It was all about "the middle of the bell curve". And frustrated the daylights out of her. So she went back to school, got a master's in education along with a side of child development, and brought some great ideas back to the classroom about how to make the teaching process accessible to ALL kids, not just the middle-of-the-curve ones. Or, at least she WOULD have brought that back, except the teacher's union contract set the salaries for teachers based on their level of education, rather than, you know, whether they were actually good teachers or not. And so none of the local (SoCal) school districts would hire her, since they could get a fresh-out-of-college mold-filler for a lot less money. So it goes, in my opinion. The kids - and the desire to teach them - are a distance second or third priority, behind the teacher's union and the state funding.
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    Last IOR boat built

    <lol> and while Cheval-95 was a new-in-1995 Choate build, Pyewacket was a turbo'd rig on a five-year-old (1990) SC-70 hull. Or maybe that's just more alternative facts...
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    Last IOR boat built

    Heh. I'd put money on SC-70 Pyewacket (hull #18) being in the 1991 Transpac.... (not to mention, I raced against the SC-70 Pyewacket on Blondie in the '92 LAYC summer-sleds regatta while Orient Express - hull #19 - was still built built....) The Turbo-70s (led by Cheval-95 and Pyewacket) made their debut in the 1995 TP
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    Last IOR boat built

    I think the last SC-70 built was Orient Express, launched a few months before the '93 transpac. The SC-70 Pyewacket (not to be confused with the NM Pyewacket or the Andrews Pyewacket) was launched in 1990, IIRC But the broader point is probably pretty close. The last IOR-based design built might well have been Pyewacket, an Andrews-70 built in 1997.
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    A big project!

    I'm curious how many of the other neighbors have "home based industry" issues. I'm gonna guess, for example, that any of them who raise livestock or grow hay or whatever, have both revenue and labor associated with their efforts. Probably noise (farm equipment) and "air pollution" (odors) as well. Wonder if Leo can spark some of them to help him, as it helps them too.
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    Last IOR boat built

    When was the last IOR-50s regatta? When did the ICAYA last use IOR as the level-setting rule for Maxis? When was the last time an IOR class was recognized in the Kenwood Cup? (1992?) What about Admiral's Cup? Sardinia? Southern Cross? Sydney-Hobart? IIRC, IOR was still a "thing" in the 1993 transpac, but (except for the sleds) there were only a couple of IOR-rated boats, and the class disappeared after that instance.
  11. I think I've sailed with that guy. Hadn't heard about the owl, though. that's awesome, in a horrifying sort of way.
  12. he totally does. we've had joint therapy sessions, usually involving alcohol.
  13. I know this will pale in comparison to a lot of others, but the "worst" one that comes to my mind... Invited to do a Cabo race on a relatively recent and well-kitted Davidson 44. Had a couple of crew sessions before the start, it all seemed pretty good. 1st night out, about 50 miles outside the Coronados, got a big shift and it became obvious we needed to gibe in. So I suggested it. And got crickets. Finally asked the owner what the hesitation was about, his answer was "none of us have ever done a gibe at night before, I think we should just wait until morning". <O_O>
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    Gary W Mull

    what a great photo!
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    Does your municipality have a noise ordinance? Most towns do. Where I live, the ordinance says something along the lines that we're not to make noise likely to disturb the neighborhood before 9am, or after 9pm. If your town has something similar, that might be a good thing to include on the note....
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    Tiger drives into the rough

    I react the same anytime there is a firearms accident and someone says "the gun just went off". Guns don't just "go off".
  17. Heh. I was curious which 70 it is on the other side of Warpath.
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    Suggestions for MF/HF Radio

    Yeah. I'm a "ham", and have HF stuff at home and will probably put my old SSB on the boat. Some day. Its a fun hobby and it's an interesting thing to bounce signals off the ionosphere to somewhere else in the world. ....but if I really wanted to reach out and get someone's attention, like my life depended on it, I'd reach for a satphone.
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    Racism in Mathematics?

    Yeah. And in far too many cases, people don't appreciate the impact of them being "not around". Not all that many years ago, I worked for a retailer on some middleware integration stuff. Needed to connect an e-commerce website to back-end fulfillment and distribution systems run by our parent company. Kept asking for info (data flows, interface points, batch windows, whatever), and got absolutely stonewalled. Finally got frustrated and got on an airplane to go haunt the people until I got an answer. Finally got a meeting with the person who "owned" those systems. He pointed at a stack of blue-line printout about 5 feet tall in the corner of his office. And then said "that's the source code for the systems you're trying to access. The guy who wrote it retired 10 years ago. None of us know how it works, so our whole goal is to NEVER TOUCH IT and hope it just keeps running."
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    Racism in Mathematics?

    Yup. In general, the design of a program was structured around flow charts. You'd build a table of logic, a table of inputs and variables, and then work through program code (branches, loops), usually all on paper. If you were really fancy you had "coding forms". Then you'd take your code to a keypunch machine and produce your cards - one card for each line of code (limited to 80 chars). syntax was ridiculously rigid - a missing semicolon or extra space could keep your program from running. When you had a complete deck (all your code, plus header cards to initiate the job, and footer cards to end the job gracefully), you'd hand the deck to an operator who would feed them into a card-reader. The resulting code either went into a compiler and produced object code or, if the computer was really fancy, ran in an interpreter. Either way, you didn't know if your program ran until it came back from the sysops. You either got a dump showing error conditions, or you got a set of output.
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    Retro Boat - Oddities

    Heh. I did a cabo race on one of the early ones. Was sitting in the companionway at one point just sorta watching things as the boat took off down a wave. You could literally see the forward third of the boat torque as the bow dug in, and then feel the rest of the boat snap back into line when the stern broke free. Very disconcerting. I'm told later models had additional stiffening. No personal knowledge, I never set foot on another one after that trip.
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    Racism in Mathematics?

    Yeah. In 1981 I was a shiny new engineer, tasked with doing the structural calcs for "pipe sleepers" (load-bearing concrete supports to hold pipeline up off the sand over the 30 miles from the refinery to the port). thousands and thousands of these things, each requiring its own load calcs, its own bill of materials, its own drawings.... If you were really cranking you could do a one completed drawing (calcs, dimensions and bill of materials for 20 sleepers) per day. bored the living shit out of me. I programmed my HP-41 to automate the calcs, and that helped. Put in the dimensions of the pipes, press the button and I'd (at least) have the numbers to plug into the drawing. Now I could do maybe 2 or three sheets per day. But then I discovered that the piping group had a CAD system they used to do layouts and check interferences, and it was "free" at night (OK, well, the CAD room door wasn't locked and technically nobody ever told me I wasn't allowed to sit down at a terminal without authorization, but whatever. I think the statute of limitations is up on that). Over the course of a month of evenings, figured out how to program the CAD system (FORTRAN plus Intergraph's "DMRS" entity-management stuff) to do the calcs and produce the drawings automatically. I could input the locations/dimensions/loads into a DMRS table, link the table, start a job, and the next morning pick up a STACK of drawings from the plotter room. Didn't take long to decide software was a whole lot more interesting than engineering.
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    Racism in Mathematics?

    Yeah. When I was in school (mid-70s), you'd hand the operator a run of cards through the top-half of a dutch door, go away and worry. Will it run? will it abend? will the operator drop the box all over the floor? Next day you'd get your box of cards back, along with a report of what it did. Always a great sign when they handed you back a roll of paper tape, too... that means it compiled and ran without errors, and you could store the cards and just use the tape to load the program from then on. Those were the days... <lol>
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    California boaters card???

    Washington (state) has required this for some time. It's annoying but otherwise painless - 30 minutes in an online app and a card shows up in the mail. Have never been asked to present it, either by local authorities or Coast Guard. The thing that amuses (?) me is that.... it is perfectly possible to get a "safe boater" card without actually knowing anything about boating. The questions are about, for example, types of life-jackets, required equipment, carbon-monoxide dangers, etc. So... yeah, I might have a card in my pocket that says I'm a safe boater, but still be "that guy" who doesn't know anything about the operation of his 50-foot powerboat except "I turn on the motor and steer it like a car". Nothing about docking, anchoring, weather, seamanship....