BrianM v2

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    International Moths, big grey ships, and things with strings.

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  1. BrianM v2

    Craigslist Finds

    I had one back in the mid 90s in Newport. Used to single-hand the thing because I couldn't find crew. Just had to put a really long tiller extension on it so I could drive from the trapeze. Responded really well to sail balance control, between partially raising the CB (it pivots, so that moves the CR aft) or just not flying the jib. It tried to sink dockside in a big storm. Turns out the guy who put the deck on never sealed the deck-hull once the gunwales went under, she just started to fill up. And that's a really heavy boat when it is full of water.
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    Hash House Harriers

    On my last ship deployment, we formed our own Hash House as a way to get away from the usual military/diplomatic circuit and meet people. We ran with the Mauritius Hash, Capetown Hash, and did our own in the Seychelles. I later connected with the White House HH in DC for a while. Loads of fun.
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    Random PicThread

    Basically. Technically the "stern dock". There are watertight hatches / doors that provide access from the inside to the lower level of the thing, which is decked. Typically used at anchor to get the horny sailors ashore, and the drunk ones back onboard. Tie a barge up to it (like Maui's photo), then bring liberty launches to the barge, so you have a large landing place. Much simpler and safer than using the accommodation ladders.
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    Frigate on the rocks, 7th fleet innocent.

    Too early / not enough coffee to run the math backward, but fuel enrichment plays into this as well. I assume your numbers are for pure U-235. Running those plants is an object lesson in speed vs drag vs power. You can get the ship to a decent speed (good enough for most flight ops) at less than half power. Takes the rest of the juice to get her to max hull speed. Drag goes up as the square of speed, and power required is the cube of speed. Of course, it also takes a while to get 100,000 tons moving that fast through the water...had to teach an OOD that if you start accelerating when the F-14 is on final, you aren't going to see a change before he's on deck.
  5. I don't remember the bit about inanimate objects. Huh. Will have to search for that. All y'all (southern plural) have some pretty good ideas. Contractors found the first one, didn't tell me where, so I was thinking FM or UHF antenna from the attic where they were working. Then I found the second one in the crawl space, coax already I couldn't chase it back to the source. For all I know, it goes to the neighbor's house. Those bastards. I'll yell into the next one I find and see who complains. I can't tell (because I'm lazy) if it is a dipole or a loop. Yet. The shiny copper part in the middle is actually a printed board - solder traces and all. I'll take one apart once the sun comes back up and water quits falling from the sky. I left them outside because I figured it was safer that way. Or because I'm lazy, your choice. I do have some mylar as well. Maybe between that, my non-COSCO foil, and some leftover copper flashing I'll have enough stuff to make hats for the dogs too. Important to keep them protected, otherwise the mind control may tell them to eat my face while I sleep.
  6. But for sash weights, don’t I have to drag out the story for about a year?
  7. Doing a major remodel of a house built in the late 70s. Found at least two of these things in the crawl space, and thus far have most of zero idea what they are. House used to have an alarm system, so maybe these are motion sensors? about 12" square, black plastic with coax connected. They look like antennas of some kind, but why would they be in the crawl space.... Should I just start wrapping things in tinfoil, starting with my head?
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    Winterizing equipment for an in-ground pool. These plugs screw into the skimmer suction lines. Keeps water out of the piping, and if rainwater collected in the skimmer housing tries to freeze, the hollow plug accommodates ice expansion without cracking the housing. Or at least that's what I use them for. You can screw them wherever you like.
  9. BrianM v2

    Wood floor

    Depends on who is doing the install. If you are willing to spend the fiddly time to find the most efficient way to lay it out, you can get by with closer to 5% overage. If contractor just wants to get it done, 10% is close. The key is balancing the pattern at the end of a run - you'll invariably need a smallish cut piece. If you want to be really clean, you try to use the remnants at the start of the next course, and make a point of finding the shortest piece you actually have to cut - not just the next one at hand. Else you just toss the scrap aside. I did something like 3,000 sf in our old house, have put down about 500sf in a new house. Got a huge pile just sitting until we finish a remodel, then off to the races.
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    I drove a 79 MGB as my daily commuter for 12 years. Easy to work on, fun to drive. By 'not smogged' does that mean the air pump and other stuff has been removed? Mine was, eventually changed the ignition, carbs, and exhaust to something like the 65 models to get some performance zing back.
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    Random PicThread

    Known as a bilge keel. Fixed in place. Serves the same kind of purpose (reduce roll) but without moving like a true fin stabilizer does.
  12. BrianM v2

    Does your dinghy have a name?

    To be fair, warships carry boats today - sometimes several. At least one of those boats is typically known as the 'rescue boat' or lifeboat - whichever one is rigged and dedicated to quick launching. We had boats of all sizes. The standard UB (utility boat) ranged from 22 to 65 feet, but the whaleboats were only 26 or 28 feet. Once upon a time they were cleverly named UB 1, UB 2, etc. Today, when most ships carry two RHIBs (rigid hulled inflatables) they tend to have names. Mine were Arleigh and Bobbie (ship was the ARLEIGH BURKE), a sister ship has Pork and Spare.
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    Does your dinghy have a name?

    My foiler is 'Crisis.' Could be applied to either when I bought it (mid-life and all that) or my sailing technique (edge of disaster.) My purpose on the water is to keep the on-lookers entertained. My low-rider moth is 'Three sheets.' Initially because she was rigged for an asym spin (main, port, stbd sheets) but it also fit well for a good evening.
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    carrier landing

    On a four-wire carrier (Nimitz class) you aim for #3 as a good balance. #1 puts the hook closer to the ramp (less vertical clearance) because your touchdown point is further aft; #4 and you risk missing or hook skip...round and round you go. As I recall, the glide slope to the 3 wire puts about 10 feet vertical clearance between the hook and the ramp when you cross the stern. The newer class (Ford) only has 3 wires. I assume they aim for #2 there, but we haven't really operated it full-bore yet. The usual black-shoe approach to CVN flight ops: after watching that for a while, you can keep your flight pay. You earn that. Now, your base pay I have an issue with... (I was an engineer on CVNs for several tours, running the power plants. I've done cats and traps, but only as a passenger.)
  15. BrianM v2

    Anti-Ballistic Missile Anarchy

    We have both land-based and sea-based systems; some work exo-atmosphere, some endo-atmosphere. The sea-based ones have a better track record of actually working (from my admittedly parochial view). The geometry that CF alluded to is key - there are limited engagement opportunities based on track visibility and weapons reach. Basically, the endo systems have to be in position to get either the boost phase or re-entry; the exo systems can get mid-course. Both systems are typically in position or on a time-based tether to be in position, set to defend different regions based on known threats. I don't know where the land systems are, as the floating things are more in my wheelhouse. The Barking Sands range itself doesn't have the capability, but is generally the starting point for many of the test flights.