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  1. Oh right. Turkey Baster. In a darkened room.
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    Black National anthem

    Yours is a bit weird "advance Australian bears..." "For those who've come across the seas / We've boundless plains to share / Unless you are brown and come from Indonesia" But that last line is never sung now for some reason.
  3. Pence, kids. Wouldn't that require um intercourse?
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    It's one of their biggest holiday because it's on a Thursday. So a lot of businesses close on the Friday too and they get a 4 day holiday. In a country with only 8 statutory holidays and no legally required vacation days it is very important to them. Traditionally it's a big family gathering where everyone travels to be together. Roads and flights are packed.
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    The 2020 AVIATION thread

    I went aboard her in 1999. My company was doing a feasibility study to convert her to an overnight cruise from SF to LA. It was the middle of winter and bitterly cold. No shore power. Like a walk in ice box - for 7 hours... It was a crazy idea but what a magnificent ship. One of the biggest issues (aside from the fuel bill) was finding anyone alive still capable of running the steam boilers. They have more valves than a nuke reactor plant. It is not like starting a big diesel. Lots of coaxing to balance air flow, incoming fuel, and water tube temps. Like starting a damp campfire... Same boilers as Iowa class battleships, almost same HP as a Nimitz supercarrier. Propulsion: geared steam turbines (Westinghouse) quadruple screw Number of boilers 8 - IOWA Class Babcock & Wilcox Design Steam conditions: 950 PSIG/1000 degrees Fahrenheit (later reduced to 965 degrees) Propellers diameter: each of the four props is 18 feet in diameter forward outboard props are 4-bladed; aft inboard props are 5-bladed each propellor weighs over 60,000 pounds; manganese-bronze Electric plants There are six 1,500 kilowatt steam turbo generators Plus two 250 kilowatt diesel emergency generators Speed - cruising (100,000 S H P clean) 30.5 knots (130,000 S H P one year later) Maximum Recorded SHP at Sea Trials: 241,785 SHP
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    "Ride the Ducks" bankruptcy liquidation

    Death traps. About as safe as a Bangladesh ferry.
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    it'sa pizza anarchy

    First, open a can of small chunk pineapple... I'll get my coat.
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    Lithium Ion Power Stations

    7.5 watts is a very small fan. It will be a mini swamp cooler. We just bought a Jackery 500 or 600 unit. My wife uses a CPAP machine for sleep apnea. So we use it for camping and on our sailing co-op Catalina 27's to avoid flattening the house battery. About 3-4 nights of CPAP use with the heater on (~6A @12 VDC). Plus it has USB outlets to charge phones, tablet for navigation.laptop for the kid. Quite impressed really. A phone takes 1% of the unit's charge, the laptop took about 24%. Charges in about 3 hrs with 120v input. We were supposed to be sailing this week and we were going to take it along. But I got the call that elective surgery is back on, and today had my intestines put back where they were last fall.
  9. Don't do it. Carbon + s.s. = electrolysis The s.s. gets eaten, the carbon is more noble. You isolate the s.s.with a thin layer of regular fiberglass. If you look at composite chain plates, you'll see the thin glass layer between carbon and the s. s. Bushing.
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    Marine Electronics Repair/Replace in LIS?

    A nearby strike would not vaporize a VHF antenna. You got struck. Assume everything electrical is compromised unless proven working. Even then don't be surprised by failure in a month etc. Don't settle or close the claim too early. Assume the alternator diodes are blown. Every light bulb may be blown etcetera. It's a big headache sorry. Small wires may have their insulation melted away. Take care when regenergising circuits.
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    ePropulsion and Torqeedo experiences

    Simple. Outside the environment
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    Aluminum Tube vs. Carbon Tube for Mast

    Ah, forgot about the vang. Thanks. Welded or bolt/rivet?
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    Aluminum Tube vs. Carbon Tube for Mast

    That's an odd place for a break. I'm going to out on a limb and say "tens of thousands of dollars more" I was watching a video for a Balance 52 catamaran and they mentioned a carbon mast was a >$ 130,000 upgrade. Naturally the tube for a 52' catamaran is probably 3 or 4x bigger than your mast but you get the idea.
  14. Maybe this will convince just one or two Trumpestanis. I think the writer had a bit of fun with the topic. https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2020/07/02/man-suffers-4-hour-erection-with-covid-19-coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR1N2fEVYi7ccVSzokedQ0ewGVJL5KRhbCHzO3GqPNOhpZHKHxh9FvW7SPE#269a98f3517b Man Suffers 4 Hour Erection With Covid-19 Coronavirus Infection Doctors tried putting an ice pack on his penis but that didn’t topple the problem. When the problem got close to being four hours long, the doctors decided to erect a plan. Fortunately, it wasn’t too hard a problem to solve. They stuck a needle into the blood vessels of his penis. This wasn’t done for fun because needles in penis and fun go together like sewage and bed sheets. Rather, they wanted to sample the blood for testing. Priapism can be a very painful condition. So can having needles stuck in your penis. But the patient was on the ventilator and thus sedated throughout the whole ordeal. The blood sample had dark blood clots and high carbon dioxide and low oxygen contents. This was consistent with ischemic or low-flow priapism. Ischemia basically means not getting enough blood to certain body parts. Blood was probably not flowing out of his penis due to blood clots blocking the exit. When blood stays in the same place and can’t return to the lungs, it gets depleted of oxygen and loaded more and more with carbon dioxide.
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    Here come the Florida deaths

    Ok, but they apply to mathematical curves. We don't have a formula for the death rate in Florida due to covid. Yes but you can fit a polynomial curve to some arbritary set of data. It's an Excel function for god's sake.