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About Rain Man

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  1. Rain Man

    Movies that messed you up as a kid

    Twilight Zone - the episode about the invisible monster that killed people in the night. I was afraid of the dark for many years.
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    Non Skid that works & doesn't look crap?

    Interesting. I sanded all the old non-skid off to smooth gelcoat, then used waxed gelcoat, one coat, I didn't roll it for too long. If there is a flaw to my method it is that because it is one coat it will not cover any discolouration in the deck. I had an area which had soggy balsa that I fixed with the swiss cheese method. I used epoxy filler which was a different colour from the deck. In the end you could see the swiss cheese through the gelcoat. Luckily my boat was made from standard beige gelcoat so no colour-matching was needed. This was a key thing - it would not have looked good if the gelcoat didn't match. I did the deck in sections because you have to be able to keep rolling it while it goes off. I think I did 6 sections on a 34' boat - bow, 2 x side decks at the same time, cabin top, cockpit coaming, cockpit seats and floor. I had one roller cut down for the narrow sections when there were tight spots. If I left the boat over the winter and air pollution like ash got to it, I would have to pressure wash it to get it clean in the spring. Once a year was enough. I wish I had pictures of the result but I don't own the boat anymore.
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    The 2020 AVIATION thread

    There is considerable discussion over on the pprune forums about what a shit job the Etihad pilot did. Correct crosswind landing technique is to use the rudder to align the aircraft with the runway centre-line during the last part of the flare, to reduce the sideloads on the landing gear on touchdown. This is basic pilot 101 - if you can't do this properly, you can't pass the flight test. Many are surprised the aircraft wasn't damaged - likely the wet runway allowed some drift and reduced the side loads enough that the pilots didn't have to have tea and biscuits with the chief pilot.
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    Rapid Disintegration of Saildrive Leg

    BITD I had a OMC saildrive. The OMC saildrive engine was a complete POS but the saildrive itself never had any corrosion issues. I attached a large block of zinc to a stainless cable with the other end of the cable attached to the saildrive mounting bolt. Everything on the boat was grounded to the engine block. I think anyone in a marina with a saildrive should use a precaution like this. It will be almost impossible to prove that a neighboring boat was the cause, and even if insurance covers the repair anyway it will be a big headache.
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    Non Skid that works & doesn't look crap?

    Read all the comments above. I did my last boat with gelcoat and a Fibretex textured roller, no additives at all. The trick is knowing how long to keep working the roller - longer and you get an aggressive surface good for the bow, not so long and you get a non-skid texture suitable for the cockpit and side decks. The end result received a lot of complements and questions about how I did it. The Kiwigrip roller can also be used but it gives an inferior result as can be seen in some of the pictures above. The problem is that the Fibretex rollers are getting hard to find - though a quick search shows that HomeDepot is carrying them now. https://www.homedepot.ca/product/pintar-fibretex-texture-roller/1000738542 It takes 30 years to get as good as Gouv at what he does. My method should get you to 60-80% of a pro job. If you fuck it up just sand it off and try again.
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    Kobe Bryant kicks the bucket

    Which is always a concern with helicopters. Unlike fixed-wing, the failure modes are quite unfriendly. Some can be managed, some can not. I still think, given the experience of this pilot and the situation, this is a case of one of: failing to correctly transition to instrument flight, the AH either failed or toppled, or a simple navigation error due to loss of situation awareness. For those with FB, here is a normal transition to IFR flight, more or less the same situation that Kobe Bryant's pilot faced:
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    Can you make a "PHRF cheater"?

    Just ask Dennis Conner.
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    Greta Rides Again?

    Sure, but we aren't actually "dealing" with it yet, we are just storing it in the hope of one day recycling it, mostly because it is cheaper to dig more out of the ground than recycle the spent fuel, and because it is cheaper to kick the long-term storage can down the road as long as possible. If there is somewhere in the world where it is actually being permanently "dealt with" I'd like to know.
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    Greta Rides Again?

    In 10,000 years they will still be no danger to anyone, and will still not be able to contaminate ground water. The spent uranium, OTOH... However, you are correct, this seems like a big waste.
  10. An observation from 25 years of teaching: intelligent, motivated kids are distributed randomly in the population. Rich kids are not smarter than kids from families with less money. So, if kids from wealthier families are given the privilege of attending institutes of higher learning purely because their families can afford it, we are effectively dumbing down the population by letting a higher proportion of less intellectually-endowed kids get degrees. Sure, there are scholarships and so on, but not all the intelligent, motivated kids are able to rise to the top and get those scholarships. I had a Lisbeth Salander type go through my Comp Sci class. She now works for a big tech company - you are probably holding a phone from that company. She had to fight all the way through her Comp Sci degree for money, grades, and more. She would have had no chance if her education had cost what it costs in the USA. Like the medical system, the cost of higher learning in the USA is out of control. I hope it can be fixed, for all those brilliant kids who don't get a chance.
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    Greta Thunberg Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

    What? I am becoming fearful. You may have more in common with Greta Thunberg than you realize.
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    Greta Thunberg Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

    If the predictions of the IPCC reports come to pass, there won't be a lot of peace as a good part of the world population tries to relocate itself to better circumstances. This is already happening for economic reasons, add environmental reasons and things will get ugly. Up here in the GWN we may become a destination of choice, yet people think we will benefit from climate change with a longer growing season, shorter winters etc. etc. Shortsighted IMHO.
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    A pox on me, or Blisters on my Bottom - Ouch!

    Most people who have experienced this issue become super paranoid about it happening again. The usual strategy is to get rid of all the bottom paint every couple of years and then apply a couple more coats of IP. So, you aren't repeating the whole job but you are adding additional layers of IP. Does this work? You only have to wait 10-20 years to find out.
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    sanding interlux interportect 2000e

    Light hand sanding with a Hutchins and 80-100 grit will give a nice surface for applying bottom paint. Absolutely no point in sanding between coats, you are just throwing money away. Don't let it get to full cure before you sand, it gets quite hard.
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    Kobe Bryant kicks the bucket

    https://thepointsguy.co.uk/news/are-helicopters-safe-how-they-stack-up-against-planes-cars-and-trains/