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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.


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About Jayavarman

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  • Birthday 01/01/1960

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    Long Beach, CA
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    Sailing more & working less.
  1. I am not a number. I am a free man! And, in response to original post, I don't know. I'm suppose to be English, Irish, and German. Purchased the 23andme packs for my wife and me almost two years ago but never sent them in. I guess that makes me ambivalent too. -Jaya
  2. Sorry lads, seams like I'm late to this thread. I found this article of interest on a website (https://longreads.com/) that I like for its eclectic selections. For those like me who are unfamiliar with this epic tragedy its a good introduction: http://www.sportsnet.ca/more/big-read-donald-crowhursts-heartbreaking-round-world-hoax/
  3. Wow, okay this is an impossibly long list. John Lennon came to mind first as he was taken down so cruelly when I was 17 and just as he was resurfacing to the music world. Of course all of the people listed above are greats. Yet, with the exception of Callas, I don't think I saw many vocalist listed. So, to front your epic band of the ages, I nominate one of the worlds most exceptional:
  4. Unless he found a way to defeat the software he was probably going 90 mph. That's the limit for 'driver assist'.
  5. This already exists. I have not tested this to the full but I'm sure someone will do it on an abandoned highway soon and post it on YouTube. You have to have your hands on the wheel otherwise the car will shut down. I hope Tesla does not settle this case. The driver engaged in distracted driving but having an accessory DVD player in the car playing a video while using driver assist. Not operating the vehicle as intended can lead to injury and/or death. The world is a dangerous place. The sun will burn you and the ground will hurt when you fall. Cover yourself up and maintain your balance.
  6. Full disclosure. I am not a car enthusiast. My prior cars have been, in order, Ford Maverick, Toyota Celica, Volvo 145, VW Golf, BMW 325, Prius, and, for the last 3 1/2 months, a Tesla Model S. That's not to say I don't like drying. When my friend loaned me his 928 for the weekend I gladly accepted. When my brother tore his Achille's tendon and couldn't use a clutch for six weeks, I gladly traded my Prius for his M3. I like driving fun cars. Its fun. The problem the majority of my driving is on Los Angeles freeways. The Tesla Model S is as near perfect car for as I can imagine. I have just about 6000 miles on it now and have driven it to Utah and back for a ski trip. The car comes with enhanced cruise control and beta driver assist. The enhanced cruise control is similar to other manufactures products in that it controls the throttle and breaking to maintain the car as close to the selected speed while maintaining a safe distance behind any vehicle in front. The 'BETA' Driver Assist is a beta product and NOT AUTOPILOT. The unfortunate driver in Florida who was allegedly watching a Harry Potter Video was definitely not operating the vehicle as recommended. When one engages the driver assist the car instructs you to leave you hands on the wheel. If you take them off you need to grab the wheel every two minutes or so depending on the speed you are traveling. Since I've owned the care I've learned what conditions the car 'sees' the road well and what conditions it 'gets lost'. Stop and go on the 405 between Long Beach and Newport Beach? The car handles like a champ most of the time. Construction, debris, poor lane marking, acute lighting, water on the road all impair the sensors. How much do you trust your autohelm on your boat? You rely on it to take over the monotony of driving during a delivery but you wouldn't go down below to watch a movie while crossing the shipping lanes to Catalina would you? Know the capabilities and limitations of the technology you entrust you life to or suffer the consequences. I'm sorry this man suffered for his foolishness but he was flirting with disaster. Jaya.
  7. Not so funny story. I've been robed at gunpoint before while riding my bicycle on the Rio Honda Trail at ~ 3pm on a Saturday afternoon so yes I am intimately aware that crime can happen anywhere and anytime. Not sure the piece was real but wasn't going to test it. They got my prized road bike which really pissed me off but I got away with not much more than some road rash. This reminds me, I need to contact the LA county supervisors about trail safety under the overpasses along this trail. Jaya
  8. That's the Symbol for The Rebel Alliance in StarWars. Always been partial to it. I've heard the Colt is quite the collectors item and though I've never owned a firearm I couldn't stand to see my Grandfather's sidearm get scuttled. I haven't ever seen it so I don't know if its a true colt but I'll get you an update when I take possession. Thanks for this. I'll contact them with my additional questions. As this is anarchy, I expected some back n forth re the wisdom of bringing firearms into a home. I'm ambivalent but expect that knowledge and training will clear this up. At the end of the day, if it doesn't feel right I'll store the weapons elsewhere. I don't feel I need them for home protection. The only violent crime (in recent history) in my neighborhood was a hired hit [http://www.signaltribunenewspaper.com/?p=26843]. So, as long as I don't piss of my wife I should be okay. Thank you all for the comments, cheers, Jaya
  9. I am about to acquire two handguns from my Dad who is too old to safely manage them at home. (Actually, they've already been removed from my Dad's house by a younger brother who is not interested in them) I have never owned any firearms but have been thinking about it for several years and this seems like the right opportunity. One of the pieces is a collectors piece, my grandfather's colt 45 from WWII and the other is a handgun my dad impulsively purchased during the Watt's riots years ago. Before bringing the weapons into my home I figure i have to purchase a gun safe and take a firearm safety course. I looking for advice on these two topics. Do any of your recommend any local firearms safety classes in the Los Angeles area? I live in Long Beach and work in Orange and have identified these three: 1, Shoot Safe Learning, Torance, CA 2. Firearms and Safety Training Orange County, Orange, CA 3. Self Defense Firearm training, Huntington Beach, CA Also, what is the collective experience with gun safes? I have two children in the home and need the weapons to be as secure as possible. Are biometric safes reliable or should I go with old fashioned combination lock. Thanks in advance for your comments, cheers, Jaya
  10. Stayed up to watch Space X stick the high altitude low margin night ( not that it matters ) landing at sea. Totally awesome. They are getting pretty good at this. I won't live to see Star Trek or Star Wars but space 1999 is coming into focus. Let's hope we don't destroy the Earth before we get there. www.spacex.com
  11. Gazooks. That's quite a pull. I guess I better get off my butt and do my measly 5k meters on my erg. Every once in a while I think about rowing around Catalina but that, as they say in the Tour de France, is 'hors categore' . bravo
  12. Depending on the time of day, the 405 between Long Beach and Irvine can be a parking lot. Frankly, the 405 can be a parking lot all too often. In any case, consider avoiding some of the beach traffic by taking the 22 east to the 5: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/LAX,+World+Way,+Los+Angeles,+CA/Encinitas,+CA/@33.4931117,-118.1436851,10z/data=!4m19!4m18!1m10!1m1!1s0x80c2b0d213b24fb5:0x77a87b57698badf1!2m2!1d-118.40853!2d33.9415889!3m4!1m2!1d-117.8770452!2d33.772673!3s0x80dcd9cb44e4971d:0xd6d1135f94e6205a!1m5!1m1!1s0x80dc0bbee3d632b7:0x8cc63ffbb6c0049e!2m2!1d-117.2919818!2d33.0369867!3e0 Not that you asked, but recommended radio presets for the first part of the ride: KKJZ 88.1 Jazz KPCC 89.3 NPR - News KCRW 89.9 NPR & 'hand picked music' KUSC 91.5 Classical music KSWD 100.3 Classic Rock KROQ 106.7 NEW Rock Safe travels, -Jaya
  13. On this field, at this time, it sounds like you are a 'player' not a 'coach'. You may be better off at the moment but you are still a player. As such, your role is do your best for your self and the team as best you can but no do the 'coaches' job. If you feel other players are out of line take it to the coach. If the coach can't handle it, take it up the chain of command.
  14. It will be 12 years next month. Didn't get married till I was 40. The bet is working so far but then again I'm only, two kids, one house remodel, and two boats into the marriage.
  15. I starting roasting my own beans about 6 months ago. I get my bean's for at place out of Oakland called sweet marias. I use a stainless steel hand crank popcorn maker on outdoor burner. System works good. I haven't mastered the art yet but its very good and I like having fresh coffee all the time. I post pictures when my head is less foggy. cheers, Jaya