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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.

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  1. I can't even wrap my mind around that shot. 438 METERS of drop???? I'm pretty sure I can't dial that into any of my "budget barn" scopes! Respect doesn't even begin to describe my thoughts.
  2. Rudder...I owe you a beer. If you are EVER in the PNW, you let me know because this was fantastic. Thank You!!!!!!!
  3. I just went through this. A few months ago, I bought an Asus Vivobook 403SA on sale at Staples as a general day-to-day web surf/word process/email laptop and found the battery life to be excellent. 1080 display, but only 4g/128g of storage (emmc SSD). The four core processor was fine for general use, but I found the lack of expansion capability to be a bit of an issue. For the price, I consider it to be a good laptop and I expect good cost/service life ratios from this unit. Last week I replaced it with an Asus 330 zenbook, 512g ssd drive, 16g ram, 1080 display, 10 hour of real-use battery life and an 13" display. I am REALLY liking this PC. For the price, I couldn't find anything else in the running. The drive is slower than the latest greatest hardware, but it's a 7th generation i7 processor and....well....it's quick. I am NOT a W10 fan. I installed linux on both of these PCs and run with that as my primary operating system. Boot time is quick, software is fine (chrome/firefox/thunderbird handle all web/email). Windows is a requirement for compatibility with the real world, and for that I run Virtualbox. I've been running various flavours of windows in Virtualbox for years on both linux and mac machines with zero issue. Actually, I still have a 2009 macbook pro running both linux and W7 in virtualbox partitions which gives me the ultimate in compatibility and performance isn't nearly as bad as one would think. I consider windows based mainstream laptops to be 2 year disposable items in my household/business. Linux gets an extra year out of the machine before piggy performance raises too many complaints. My experience is that Macbooks are 5 year disposable items. Unfortunately, in my experience, most laptops suffer from physical damage before they've hit their "end of life" date.
  4. We saw 22ish of wind at race rocks. The two of us were pretty much wiped out at that point, so we dropped the kite through the passage to prevent a colossal screwup.
  5. I'm packing extra sunblock and am even considering bring some food on this year's race....tI'm afraid it's not gonna be a day race!!!! I told the office not to expect me on Monday.
  6. I've got a perfect view of this one from my office if/when it decides to do something spectacular!
  7. It's funny...I was thinking about this on my way to the office this morning...it sure makes me feel old to think that it was 37 years ago! I lived down on the Oregon coast and was out in the yard when I heard an explosion. Blasting at the relatively close quarry wasn't happening on the weekends and it was shortly later that we put 2 and 2 together that it was the mountain going off.
  8. pffft. I've taken to publishing job postings like that....beer Fridays and unlimited high speed internet. It doesn't work. Looking forward to wind this weekend in the PNW!
  9. Good on ya...a reasonably stockish XJ can be quite impressive on the trail -- I always consider them to be "point and shoot" over an obstacle! I used to have a 4.0 TJ (33s on 4.56 axles with ARB lockers) and had a lot of fun with it.
  10. At about the top of said mast. How much padding do you have to put in that ductwork to survive the first rinse&spin cycle?
  11. What are the physiological implications of not being able to get your legs above your heart (or your head below your heart) for 4+ months? What about not being able to extend full range of motion on any appendages? Seriously--I'm in favour of bleeding edge efforts to demonstrate human capability...but this seems somewhat misguided.
  12. At a protest hearing long ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Incident was related to a Port/Starboard collision at the shrouds... Q: Did you hail "Protest", or words to that effect? A (from Starboard skipper): Yeah....I yelled, "What the fuck are you doing?"
  13. I truly don't get it. Good-God....a 4'x4'x8' aluminum box that will be basically drifting with the currents? Essentially, you are dropping the volume of a cord of wood into the ocean to see where it drifts. What, exactly, is the point? I guess that it is a "record" that nobody will be lined up to break.....
  14. Put a Rinnai in my house (as part of "scope creep" for a microwave oven replacement project....ultimately including all new windows and a new furnace...but I digress) about 8 years ago. Love it. Installed a hot water tap outside and can then pamper the dog by offering a warm hose-bath by turning down the on-demand heat to 98 degrees. Absolutely no complaints/concerns from any family member...teenagers are able to take 30 minute showers without issue (unless I hit the "off" button on the hall-mounted temperature controller....at which point they seem to exit the bathroom in short order). I think install cost was about $2k (Canadian Pesos), including gas and water line upgrades required to supply this BTU producing beast!