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    Nanaimo, B.C.
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    Sailing my boat, playing bass and classical guitar, flying sailplanes, skiing, cycling and hiking.

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  1. Ramming Speed! Tall Ship Docking Adventures

    This article implies that there are some people who think the US won the war of 1812. Is that what schoolchildren in the US are taught?
  2. Sometime Life Bites You in the Ass

    PSP is rare and hard to diagnose. It took years for my sister to get the diagnosis. She had long-term unexplained neurological symptoms, starting with unprovoked falls in her mid-50's. Multiple MRI's finally showed the PSP lesions on her brain. It was very frustrating for her to not have any explanation for her symptoms. Take care of yourself. You can still drink beer, right? Polish beer is very good... dash
  3. Sometime Life Bites You in the Ass

    My mom is 95, and her body is just about done. She comes from a generation that didn't understand the concept of "quit". She lived through WW II (served as a WAC) and the hard times that followed. When I look at her, and what she has gone through mentally, physically, emotionally in her life, I find I can't whine about any of the relatively trivial problems I have had to put up with. "Getting old isn't for sissies" - Bette Davis With all that said, do the best you can, it is really all you can do, and stay away from PA! Have the doc check you for PSP. What you have sounds a bit like what my sister had.
  4. Crosswind A380

    Amen - there are few things that Canadians more or less universally agree on but that is one of them.
  5. Crosswind A380

    For now, the way things are going with NAFTA, Boeing and the US Commerce Dept. we are going to be replacing our aging CF-18's with Eurofighter Typhoons.
  6. Blue water performance cruiser - do they exist?

    Last year's Maui race our local competition was an Express 37. The owner said that it was quite uncomfortable offshore - according to him it got thrown around a lot in the seas. Mind you that race was marked by a bit of a difficult cross-sea for the latter third of the race. I was on a heavy displacement 43' Beneteau. We did not get "thrown around" even a little, though sometimes we rounded up under kite when we probably shouldn't have. Operator error may have been a factor. However I would not go offshore on that particular model of boat again.
  7. Harvey Weinstein

    Back in my musician days (70's) I found a stray young girl sitting alone when I was walking to my car to drive home - very late after packing up the gear. I asked her what she was doing by herself in the dark and found out she had nowhere to sleep and was hungry. I couldn't leave her there so I took her home to my house, let her have a shower (she smelled really bad), gave her some clean clothes, threw hers in the wash, and made her some food. I tucked her into bed with blankets and pillow on the livingroom couch and she asked if I wanted to fuck her before I went to bed. I think I nearly was in tears - is that where we have come to? I was just shocked that she thought I might be doing that just to get laid. How many guys had done that to her? I have never forgotten her. No, I didn't, in case you were wondering.
  8. Data Recovery

    I've had some luck putting the drive in the freezer for 15 minutes to get it extra cool, then running it as an external drive upside down. I managed to get quite a bit of data off a drive that was in bad shape this way. YMMV.
  9. Crosswind A380

    Pilot was a glider pilot. If the turbulence-induced roll exceeds the control authority of the ailerons the glider pilot instinct is to use the rudder to help the ailerons. It is fairly common on some glider types to run out of aileron on tow, for example, and the only way to control the aircraft is to add in the rudder. Except in this case that instinct crashed the plane.
  10. Crosswind A380

    Watching the video again I think you're right. All that happened here is that the pilot kicked in too much rudder on the de-crab. That got the initial oscillation going and then the pilot was a bit behind the aircraft. In each case the the aircraft goes through centre before the rudder is centred and gets well into the opposite swing before opposing rudder is applied. After few oscillations the wheels damped it out. The actions of the pilot on the rudder did not. Fatigue perhaps?
  11. Crosswind A380

    You may be right that it was the automation system flying like that, but if so, wow. If I flew a glider like that on approach or landing even in a stiff crosswind I would not pass my annual flight review.
  12. Crosswind A380

    I would guess the front end crew are going to be getting a bit of extra sim time after that....the problems and evidence of poor stick and rudder skills started well before landing - I am just a glider pilot but I know you do not fly an airplane like that by waggling the rudder.
  13. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    This thread has truly:
  14. A Moment of Respectful Silence...

    If guns don't kill people, people kill people, why is it a problem for North Korea to have nuclear weapons? After all, nuclear weapons don't kill people, people kill people.
  15. Longitudinal Rudder movement

    I would consider replacing the bottom bearing with a UHMP plastic bearing. Our boat came with Delrin in 1981,we replaced with new Delrin a few years later, then replaced with new UHMP a few years after that. The boat still has the UHMP bearings that were put in around 1990 with no play in the rudder at all. We use the boat extensively including lots of sculling around the dock, and the rudder has been removed and replaced many times. I don't think you'll find any mechanical bearing that will last as long as that. This of course will only work if the rudder shaft is round. If it isn't, and you can't find a way to machine it back to round, you will have to consider one of the more expensive bearings that can account for the shaft being out of round.