• Announcements

    • UnderDawg

      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.

Te Kooti

Members
  • Content count

    6,324
  • Joined

  • Last visited

About Te Kooti

  • Rank
    Anarchist

Recent Profile Visitors

9,649 profile views
  1. Like Bob Fisher, Stuart Alexander, Kiwijoker and many others, I have not missed any recent America’s Cup regattas. Bob has attended every regatta since World War II. Kiwijoker is also a persistent attendee. My record is not that long but getting up there. However, I will not be going to Bermuda or making any effort to buy apps or other ways to see the racing. As for buying “admission” to the America’s Cup, forget it. Why? Because Ellison and Coutts have destroyed what was once a worthwhile event. The short made-for-TV races are ridiculous. There is a protocol that permits the defender to do warm-up races with challengers. And, what’s this? The defender can build two but the challenger’s only one race boat! What? Kia ora to old friends from previous regattas. Despite our complaints about Bertarelli (and his theft of N.Z. sailors) Valencia was a very good show. Go Shosholoza; go kiwis! At one point I had to give Mandy Barker my kiwi flag because she’d left hers back at the accommodation. For kiwis, the after-race meet-up at the Estrella Damm bar was the place to be. I ended-up spending longer than intended in San Francisco and, on no-race days developed a good knowledge of second hand book shops there. Owners of the Lombard St motel where I stayed became good friends (and did not mind my giant kiwi flag on the top floor patio fence). Old timers here will recall that, because of building height restrictions and their commitment to democratic processes, I developed great respect for the SF Board of Supervisors. This is why Ellison shot-through. The SF Board of Supervisors cannot be bought. Down in the Marina District I enjoyed good natured banter in front of the GGYC. It was a lot of fun to have the daily “meet-up” with Tornado Cat, Rennmaus, Xlot and so many others. I even got to meet anarchist children ! It was very interesting to put faces next to names. Stingray was there; he is a responsible young man with an important job! (but had to go back and forth to the Cup). Tom Ehman is very good value and has a huge knowledge of AC history and culture. I bet he is also disgusted with this Bermuda version of the Cup. I also send cordial greetings to NCS, Dalts and others doing their best to bring some sanity and decency to the Cup by getting it back to N.Z. And kia ora to Indio, Sailbydate, Barfy, Jaysper, sclarke and other kiwis that know a bit about the Cup. Like so many others, Richard Gladwell has mostly dropped-out of Sailing Anarchy but his website is a winner. Kia ora Richard! When the racing gets going I’ll be looking at your website. Kiwijoker, I admire your skills and tenacity and expect you are also not charmed by what has happened to the Cup. I have been looking for that project you told me and Ross Blackman about at the 2016 Millenium Cup (in the Duke of Marlborough hotel). At that time, the project was in the early stages. I was telling you to get on with it. Remember? I know it is now finished and out there somewhere but, despite energetic searching, have not found what I am looking for. Burling & Tuke come from places (Kerikeri and Tauranga) where I have deep roots and I am hoping they get this job done with no drama or fuss. Tornado-Cat, are you in a wet district yet? Using the boat to get to work? Has anyone seen Mahguah lately? Is he ok?
  2. Like Bob Fisher, Stuart Alexander, Kiwijoker and many others,  I have not missed any recent America’s Cup regattas. Bob has attended every regatta since World War II.   Kiwijoker is also a persistent attendee. My record is not that long but getting up there.

     

    However, I will not be going to Bermuda or making any effort to buy apps or other ways to see the racing.  As for buying “admission” to the America’s Cup, forget it.

     

    Why?

     

    Because Ellison and Coutts have destroyed what was once a worthwhile event.

     

    The short made-for-TV races are ridiculous.   There  is a protocol that permits the defender to do warm-up races with  challengers. And, what’s this? The defender can build two but the challenger’s only one race boat!   What?

     

    Kia ora to old friends from previous regattas. 

     

    Despite our complaints about Bertarelli (and his theft of N.Z. sailors) Valencia was a very good show.  Go Shosholoza; go kiwis!

     

    At one point I had to give Mandy Barker my kiwi flag because she’d left hers back at the accommodation.   For kiwis, the after-race meet-up at the Estrella Damm bar was the place to be.

     

    I ended-up spending longer than intended in San Francisco and, on no-race days developed a good knowledge of second hand book shops there. Owners of the Lombard St motel where I stayed became good friends  (and did not mind my giant kiwi flag on the top floor patio fence).  

     

    Old timers here will recall that, because of building height restrictions and their commitment to democratic processes, I developed great respect for the SF Board of Supervisors.   This is why Ellison shot-through.  The SF Board of Supervisors cannot be bought.

     

    Down in the Marina District I enjoyed good natured banter in front of the GGYC.  It was a lot of fun to have the daily “meet-up” with Tornado Cat, Rennmaus, Xlot and so many others.  I even got to meet anarchist children !  It was very interesting to put faces next to names. Stingray was there; he is  a responsible young man with an important job!  (but had to go back and forth to the Cup). Tom Ehman is very good value and has a huge knowledge of AC history and culture.   I bet he is also disgusted with this Bermuda version of the Cup.   

     

    I also send cordial greetings to NCS, Dalts and others doing their best to bring some sanity and decency to the Cup by getting it back to N.Z.   And kia ora to Indio,  Sailbydate, Barfy, Jaysper, sclarke and other kiwis that know a bit about the Cup.  

     

    Like so many others, Richard Gladwell has mostly dropped-out of Sailing Anarchy but his website is a winner.   Kia ora Richard!    When the racing gets going I’ll be looking at your website.   

     

    Kiwijoker, I admire your skills and tenacity and expect you are also not charmed by what has happened to the Cup.  I have been looking for that project you told me and Ross Blackman about at the 2016 Millenium Cup (in the Duke of Marlborough hotel).  At that time, the project was in the early stages.  I was telling you to get on with it.  Remember?  I know it is now finished and out there somewhere but, despite energetic searching, have not found what I am looking for. 

     

    Burling & Tuke come from places (Kerikeri and Tauranga) where I have deep roots and I am hoping they get this job done with no drama or fuss. 

     

    Tornado-Cat, are you in a wet district yet?    Using the boat to get to work?

     

    Has anyone seen Mahguah lately?   Is he ok?  

     

     

      

  3. No chance. In less than two weeks I am off to pose awkward questions to the Comrades.
  4. Mate .... I was just raising a question. I am not in the camp of those who consider there was somethig fishy or illegal about the OR victory. After Grant accepted no rules were broken that was good enough for me.
  5. This post is mostly directed to pjh (Paul) who sent me to that marvellous 2nd hand bookstore up beyond the Presidio (was it Green Apple?). Yu Hua is one of my favourite Chinese fiction writers and this shop had his lastest - "China in Ten Words" (which I did not know about) He has taken one word (like "writing") and written about 10,000 words of mostly autobiography on the theme of "writing" (as a school kid, then as a dentist, later a fulltime writer of fiction). So, 10 roughly equal-sized chapters. This man wrote "To Live", a devastating critique of the Great Leap Forward where, because of Mao's idiotic desire to make steel, 40,000 Chinese died from starvation. This latest book is written in very plain language and, just like in Yann Martel's Life of Pi, it is hard to distinguish autobiography from acts of imagination. It is an engaging book. Hard to put down. I am greatly enjoying this new book from SAn Francisco and friends will have to endure (bound-to-be-lengthy) lectures about it. Yu is aged about 50 yrs and lives in Beijing. Paul, this book justifies the trouble and expense of going to San Francisco. I am thrilled to have it. Even more interesting is the fact the young woman at the bookstore checkout counter claimed to have read (and greatly enjoyed) it. In other book news, I am wondering what Bob Fisher, Kimball, Ivor and the rest are doing about the "supplementary volume" to go with the Sailing on the Edge book. I wonder if any of them did a Seahorse - and produced text before the Oracle turnaround !! I also wonder how these people (who can be trusted) will explain the Oracle victory. With all of them working on it, they will surely dig deeper than RC, JS and other statements we have already seen. This NZer Kahn (an OR computer boffin) seems to suggest that, while racing, Oracle were getting live data from shore. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11134945 Is that legal? Is that among reasons they won the regatta?
  6. Do not know where to post this. Oracle victory is because of superior computing power from N.Z. Read on ..... http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11134945
  7. Of course. So, if you did not want to pay, you didn't have too! Agreed! Even so, why did they offer free bleacher seats in the last bit of the regatta. Because charging for them looked (and was) mean-spirited. Also, the empty seats looked bad on T.V. Particularly in the helicopter shots.
  8. Correct! But bleachers were "pay for." Until the last few days when they decided there was no merit in pissing people off.
  9. Larry ... one other thing. U.S. citizens might be used to paying money to go to the beach. But most other cultures are not into it. So put up seats for the elderly, the infirm and those exhausted by jet lag. But do not charge for them. Why piss off international visitors for a few measly dollars? And, as for having a "box office" on the beach? Mate, think about it!
  10. I do not want to ignite another conflagration. But, if the AC goes back to SF (which might be likely) Larry et al have to do a MUCH BETTER JOB on public facilities. The Pier 27 set-up looked like an el cheapo county fair and costs there (for beer etc) were an outrage. As for the Moa bar, it was a rip-off. And feeding Napa Valley wine to NZers? Oh dear, not even funny! Superyachts? Big hairy deal! "Private chalets" on the warterfront? Barf!!! There was absolutely no AC village and Ernesto did a much better job than Larry. Part of the problem was the fact team bases were spread-out far and wide. I know Larry et al were frustrated by SF politics. But I tend to side with the SF BOS. As you know, I like a lot of what they have done in SF. We do not need a big Larry-type real estate "development" on the waterfront. Just a concentration of team bases and pubic facilties better thought than what he had this time. I know it was a good atmosphere (during dock-out etc) at PIer 27 but, as you already know, I kind of prefer natural things. Hence, my preference for the more park-like atmosphere at Marina Green (get it .... green ... as in grass) and meeting Chauch and his kids out on the rocky breakwater. However, I should say this. Because of security worries they had a private guarding outfit at the entrance to Pier 27. Like everyone else in SF, they were friendly. One day I stood there discussing vintage cars with a young man (who was supposed to be inspecting bags, not talking to TK). Perhaps the biggest abortion at Pier 27 was continuously showing that silly "wind gods" movie on big screens. And Larry, if you do this again, please buy (or rent) big screens made in the 21st (not the 19th) century. Send me the $$$ and I will buy them in China. You know the ones. With good resolution!
  11. Chauch ... that is a very good piece of writing! It is no wonder those Silicon Valley boffins want you in the apex of their organisation. Hearing about all that cleavage at St. Francis makes me wonder why I hurried past that place! What was I thinking? Must have been spurred by loyalty to the working class (GGYC!) You can tell your kids the guy with the NZ flag is not all that thrilled with the outcome. Even so, it was an enjoyable event and it opened my eyes to San Francisco. And, so far, OR are making the right moves to build an even better event. It was a delight to meet your family. We will see you on the breakwater 3 or 4 years from now. Cheers, TK
  12. It is easy to impress tourists. Even so, I am struck by the disjunction between what older books say about the "run-down" and "tacky" SF Marina District and what I experienced on my (sometimes lengthy) walks around there. I also liked the open-ness (and good humour) of the people and the complete absence of nastiness among crowds out on the breakwater. So the sometimes maligned SF BOS know something about building a vibrant city. Long may they reign! P.S. The SF transit system rocks! In three weeks I will be at a UN conference on cities (in Beijing) and the comrades will be hearing about SF trams and the friendly drivers!
  13. Peter ... don't go there! Renny is a sort of affable Girl Guide leader who orchestrated meet-ups betwen anarchists in SF. She and TC stayed in the same place, SR was not far away and I was a bit further east. Renny is an intelligent and open person with experience in many cultures and well plugged into German politics and world events. Her mate Feldmaus is a gentle, polite and intelligent man. Among other things, I had three very interesting conversations with them 1. Motor racing 2. The German renunciation of nuclear power 3. Wind turbines. The real joy of this place is knowing there are intelligent and interesting people behind some of the SA avatars. When something like a big regatta comes along, here is a chance to explore things with friends from contrasting cultural perspectives. I was in Germany last year and bowled over by how they have opened-up brutal aspects of their past, dealt with it and moved-on. Berlin is one of the most culturally diverse and freewheeling cities in the world. And Germans are deeply committed to social democratic modes of behaviour. So Peter, old stereotypes don't work. Renny is part of a new generation of Germans completely at ease in diverse environments. This is just my view. When I first met Renny and Feldmaus they had a young US woman with them and, being such a blowhard, it took me a while to realise this was our own Southern Chit. Renny and SC had become good mates. SC can tell you about it. My only regret is the fact we all informally planned to meet again for AC35 in Auckland. I would prefer that. But, if I have to go back to Chestnut St in 3 or 4 years time, so be it.
  14. Just went to see Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine." Was shot in San Francisco. There are definitely scenes shot on Marina Blvd, a bit west of Fillmore St. One scene right by the municipal marina behind GGYC. Blanchett will get an Oscar nomination for this. Gorgeous woman and accomplished actress. Woody Allen's latest. A great film. Shows the utter folly of judging people by their age. This great US director still knows how to portray neurosis in a visual manner. Also, there is a very slimy (young) politician character who, I think, was modelled on Gavin Newsom. It all looked awfully familiar. I am pretty sure a few scenes were shot on Chestnut St and maybe one or two at the top end of Divisadero St. Other scenes in the Marin District. There is a scene shot in the Capri Motel on Lombard St. Some of you will recognise that one! Even has shots of the famous rotten piers. Surly, you would appreciate this film.
  15. Congratulations to Oracle. Congratulations to Oracle.