ajbram

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  1. ajbram

    Most egregious cheats?

    We were racing across western L. Erie in 20kt+ in the early 2000s. I was on a Kirby 25 (LEPHRF 171) and a Shark (LEPHRF 228) just ROCKETED past us to the low side.... Sharks are good heavy air boats, but not that good. There were 2 guys on deck... 1 driving and one trimming the Genoa from the low side. another guy below on the low side. The boat was still pretty level and really fast despite flying a 155 and not depowering the main. When they passed us we could see what looked like a 55 gallon drum hanging just under the cabin top on the high side. I walked over and took the guys a beer after the race. They had an exceptionally large (probably 55 gal.) gas tank on a pulley system so they could lever it to the high side on each tack. They called it their "big air gas tank."
  2. ajbram

    US new case rate already peaked?

    Nope...
  3. Also posted in a different thread on PA, but... I will preface this by saying that I used to teach medical microbiology and infection control to university nursing students... Our bodies already try to use heat to disrupt the surface protein coat of viruses in order to deactivate them - it's called a fever. A fever of ~100F is fairly mild. The reported high fevers associated with COVID are not like some viral infections where you get a high fever and when it breaks you are on the road to recovery, so we can surmise that it probably takes a lot more heat to knock out this virus. The UV that is used for sterilization does so on surfaces or in thin layers of water (think of UV sterilizers for aquaria or well water systems). The UV does not do a very good job of penetrating into cells beyond a couple of layers. Viruses work by getting inside your cells and using your cell's "machinery" to make new copies of themselves. You would literally need UV light powerful enough to pass through multiple layers of cells in order to kill virus in your tissues. This would nuke your DNA and probably kill you. The disinfectant is arguably the stupidest idea. Early data seems to suggest that this virus is inactivated after 1 minute of contact time with sanitizers that contain at least 70% alcohol. In order for any internal application of sanitizing agents to work at all, you would have to basically get the alcohol content of all of your cells to 70% for at least one minute. As much as many of us here have managed to get our BAC pretty high at times, none of us have ever been anywhere near 70%. In fact anything over about 0.4% is generally considered a potentially fatal dose for humans.
  4. I will preface this by saying that I used to teach medical microbiology and infection control to university nursing students... Our bodies already try to use heat to disrupt the surface protein coat of viruses in order to deactivate them - it's called a fever. A fever of ~100F is fairly mild. The reported high fevers associated with COVID are not like some viral infections where you get a high fever and when it breaks you are on the road to recovery, so we can surmise that it probably takes a lot more heat to knock out this virus. The UV that is used for sterilization does so on surfaces or in thin layers of water (think of UV sterilizers for aquaria or well water systems). The UV does not do a very good job of penetrating into cells beyond a couple of layers. Viruses work by getting inside your cells and using your cell's "machinery" to make new copies of themselves. You would literally need UV light powerful enough to pass through multiple layers of cells in order to kill virus in your tissues. This would nuke your DNA and probably kill you. The disinfectant is arguably the stupidest idea. Early data seems to suggest that this virus is inactivated after 1 minute of contact time with sanitizers that contain at least 70% alcohol. In order for any internal application of sanitizing agents to work at all, you would have to basically get the alcohol content of all of your cells to 70% for at least one minute. As much as many of us here have managed to get our BAC pretty high at times, none of us have ever been anywhere near 70%. In fact anything over about 0.4% is generally considered a potentially fatal dose for humans.
  5. ajbram

    Cocktails!

    If you've made any good looking (or tasty) cocktails, let's see 'em! Tonight, aviators with unfiltered gin were the beverage of choice.
  6. ajbram

    Puppy Pictures

    And recently (last summer) he's still pretty good looking and knows how to get to the high side.
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    Puppy Pictures

    Farley was awfully cute when he was little (9 wks).
  8. ajbram

    Greta

    This ^ If your mechanic tells you your brakes have 2% of their surface left before they fail, you listen. If you are skeptical and think the mechanic may have an ulterior motive, you get a second opinion. If the second mechanic tells you the same thing, you get new brakes. You don't cook up the idea that your brakes wearing out is a conspiracy constructed by 99% of mechanics so they can get rich. Greta never claimed to be a master mechanic. She's just pointing out (rightly) that we've been told by a lot of mechanics that our brakes are shitty and we are speeding towards a brick wall.
  9. Well-timed post sir. I am enjoying some Minnesotan rhum agricole as we speak. This just neat, well chilled.
  10. So Scot wants us to properly spell our rum brands. I can appreciate that.
  11. Noticed that... hence the weird spelling of M eyers's in my previous post. Toddster - which brand did it censor in yours?
  12. I make these with 3oz. 10-Cane or Papa's Pilar Blonde rum, muddled lime and mint, sparkling water and 1.5 oz coconut creme.
  13. I just remembered another favorite for summertime. Especially with jerk chicken or simple BBQ fare. This is the infamous Rasta Punch. I learned the recipe from Wes, who several years ago was the bartender of note at Hemingway's Cafe in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. He is purported to be the creator of this, but I'm sure similar versions have been made elsewhere. His Rasta Punch is just particularly good. The genuine article is made with Bambarra Rum, which is sadly unavailable outside out Turks. I have approximated it as closely as possible with things that are readily available elsewhere. The base mix is 1:1:1 pineapple juice, mango juice, and gold rum (I like Havana Club Anejo for this). Here you have options - you can either layer the drink or pour other ingredients down the side of the glass after pouring the base mix over ice, but the end result is similar. Pour 1oz of grenadine down one side of the glass Pour 1.5 oz blue Curacao down the other side of the glass Float 1.5oz of black rum on top - Demerara rums have the closest flavor profile to Bambarra Black. I like Blackwell or Old Sam for this, but you can get away with M eyers's or Gosling's in a pinch. If you pour or layer correctly, it looks like a rasta flag when you present it. Stir it up and it's a weird purple/brown, but tastes amazing. These are very very dangerous!
  14. Have also had a twist on this with just a dash of Creme de Violette for color and aroma, but barely enough to taste. Makes it very similar to an Aviation with the omission of maraschino liqueur.