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  1. Innocent Bystander

    F1 2019 and E too

    Agree. I don’t like the early track proposal(boring). Eager to see the proposed layout for this one. The article I read (autosport?) Mentioned there were already negative citizen Comments with some local politicians joining in.
  2. Innocent Bystander

    F1 2019 and E too

    Saw that. They do not yet have community approval. Lack of that killed the last attempt to go forward with a Miami GP. Here’s hoping. I have a daughter and her fiancé in West Palm
  3. Innocent Bystander

    Poor tactics lead police to shoot woman in own home

    Well, authority should always bring accountability.
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    Poor tactics lead police to shoot woman in own home

    If FFX County started doing that along my morning commute they could fund the department for years off the proceeds. Is he going to fight the ticket? Probably not. Too many other things on his plate right now. Ted Kaczynski wasn't entirely wrong about the blind compliance with stupid laws and regulations. Do you stop at a red light at 2:00 AM in the middle of nowhere with no other cars on the road and wait 2 minutes for the light to change? I'm sure the FBI will be along shortly.....
  5. Innocent Bystander

    Poor tactics lead police to shoot woman in own home

    I don't know. A couple of weeks ago, a friend (60+ YO MD) on his way to work on an expensive bike got a ticket for stopping and then running a red light when the sensor didn't trigger. Early morning. No traffic in any direction. Cop told him he should have gone onto the sidewalk and pushed the "walk" button. Montgomery County Maryland is now safe from scofflaw bike riders... Common sense in traffic cops is becoming uncommon.
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    F1 2019 and E too

    Certainly that has been out tradition here for the last few years. That said, there are enough spoilers that I try not to open the thread until after I've watched the race. Then, I avoid commenting on podium finishers or significant DNF's until sometime on Monday. What I have to watch for is I have F-1 news as part of my news feed so I really have to try to stay on the news, politics and business sections.
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    Top Speed: What's Your Number?

    24 knots in an Adams 13 during a frontal squall on Port Phillip Bay. Flat water, storm kite 35 plus wind. CB up. Significantly more than 30 on the USS Nimitz. Mach 2.05 downhill in an F-14A.
  8. Innocent Bystander

    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Osprey have become so common that they are running out of good nesting sites here. I have a dead tree next to my dock with a nest and my neighbor across the creek with a Grand Banks was just far enough away for a nest that didn’t encroach on my pair’s territory. Each morning, he would remove the beginnings of a nest from the fly bridge and each day, the osprey would start over. Ribbons, monofilament, etc. had no impact on stopping them. Finally moved his boat to my dock for a couple of weeks and they went elsewhere. Here, the osprey arrive in the spring, nest, lay and fledge and then head south in the fall. The bald eagles rule from fall until spring. Each spring and fall we are treated to daily dogfights as they dispute the timing of the territory swap. Not unusual to find a perforated fish in the yard from someone losing their grip as they fly overhead.
  9. Innocent Bystander

    Collapsing buildings

    Obviously nanothermite.
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    Nothing NQR about that. Good on her. Hope she did permanent damage.
  11. When I interview young engineers I ask about what part time jobs, internships and hobbies. I hire the ones who work with their hands and particularly those who were part of a SAE team (electric, formula or Baja) in college. Designing, building, driving, breaking and fixing things as part of their learning gives me young engineers that the techs can talk to and who who will listen. Unfortunately, in this job market I’ve hired a few who were “book smart” but so clueless on the floor that techs would only follow them out of morbid curiosity to see what they would screw up next. They didn’t last.
  12. In our defense, I’ll point out that we corrected all of the problems without the application of metric shit tons of money except for the failed electric bilge pump. That did require a new part....and who in hell designed a fresh water pump with 6 programmable modes and a fail safe mode that requires multiple arcane steps to reset and then installed it in an inaccessible place in the bilge? At least it gave me a chance to ignore the ringing of my phone for a few hours. I still think your reinstallation of the salon table while we were beating in steep chop and 28 knots of breeze was a significant accomplishment,
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    Planned power outages this week?

    10 years ago I installed a 20KW propane generator, auto transfer switch and a 550 underground tank. Will support us at full load for a week to 10 days and essentials for 3 weeks or more. Not sure of the price today. Maintenance run weekly. Annual service kit is $25.00 and takes about an hour. Put it in as I was traveling a lot and we are out in the country without any utility except a power line running 5 miles through pine trees. With few surrounding homes, we properly triage pretty low as far as service restoration. No electricity means no water. Automatic system means it is seamless for the family when I am out of town. Powerwall is an option but going to need a good solar package and significant conservation to keep going for more than a limited outage. Costs roughly $6K for the battery plus installation and a solar install so a very significant investment although the solar is a daily benefit. 13.5 KWH. Of course, I planned for a lengthy outage such as a hurricane (Irene was no power for 8 days of high heat and humidity) or an ice storm (last significant one was 11 days). With improvements in solar, I might make a different decision today but I’m pretty happy with the ROI.
  14. Innocent Bystander

    Planned power outages this week?

    On one hand, a public utility that can't recover costs doesn't have many options and the court has made it clear they can be held liable for future fires. Shutting off the power is controlling a predictable risk. On the other, a managed monopoly such as a public utility has to be managed and the CPUC systematically failed to provide any reasonable oversight, allowing them to defer the maintenance and make the risk substantially worse. In the end, rates are going to rise or Californians are going to get used to living in the dark.
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    Bob Perry, this thing is cute as all get out.

    Pretty hard to find fault with that boat.