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  1. Russell, you've gotta be proud of this landing: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/02/18/science/nasa-mars-landing Right in the "Jezerro Crater" You've got some provenance. ;-) They basically dropped, as the STL police referred to them, a "Suburbitank" down there. By parachute and retro-rockets.
  2. Not entirely sure that's not a render. They're getting a lot better nowadays. Look at soft surfaces, like sail packs. Realism gets a bit lazy there. The asym detail is oddly fuzzy at the clew end as well. ... and that way you could graphically dial in any speed you'd like ;-)
  3. Wow - that's the quiltiest of quilted maple. Gorgeous! ;-) I love figured maples. We had ton of heavy birdseye maple flooring in our last house, and when either the sun or you moved the pattern seemed to shift. That, and it was so hard it could withstand the pressure of stilettos worn by ladies with generous allocations of advoirdupois. That's PC, right?
  4. I'm on Team Jetboil. Yeah, the fuel canisters are not cheap, but it's so fast, powerful, and efficient we use it backpacking, car camping, and on small boat camping. Good lightweight accessories (pan, pot, even a French Press (which I despise as far as coffee goes; we bring an aeropress for that) ) and it targets the heat to stay on the utensil and not leak out the sides. We've gone two weeks on 2 canisters Eurovan-camping with a family of 4, with coffee and eggs in the morning, backpacking or prepackaged rice mixes with meat in the evening, and steaming cockles with wine and garlic as apps i
  5. Yecch. Of all the major states (i.e. have more than 3 reps. in Congress) in the US, Texas has by far the worst beer, due to an antiquated brewing law that prevented microbreweries from existence while many of the other parts of the country leaped ahead - California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Mass., etc. They're still playing catch-up, but as far as I am concerned, Lone Star (or Shiner) isn't much better than PBR. St. Arnold in Houston is producing some decent product. Portsmouth in NH and Portland in ME both have good breweries.
  6. That's funny - I do. It's green, the climate's benign, the wildlife and abundance of fresh foods are great, and the sailing from Auckland to the Bay of Islands is great. I like the South Island for its mountains and tracks, but frankly, the skiing sucks compared to our part of the world. If we wanted to be cold and wet while sailing, we have plenty of choices here in North America. Would kill to do it by motorcycle. We've had our fill of Australia. Would like to do Tassie, though. Not old enough to dedicate my life to bird watching, yet.
  7. After Alex Honnold free-soloing El Capitan (the Jimmy Chin documentary for Nat Geo is online) ... Hell, look at this: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/09/sports/emily-harrington-free-climb-yosemite.html Chicks get their time in the sun, too. ;-) Brava! After being hoisted up a 60' mast twice, in minor seas and in harness, I'm the grinder from now on. It's that "looking down" problem.
  8. I served thousands of corporate days in Austin over many years, commuting from our version or Oz several days per week, and although it's *by far* the best of Texas (and 6th Street is part of the nation's best music scene), mainly because it has the lowest density of Texans in Texas, it's still a Texas Hellhole. I did this because I refused to raise my kids in such an educational and cultural void. Over 100 days a year of over 100° temps do not a "good outdoor climate" make (though after sunset, the rooftop bars didn't suck). My daughter's finishing up her grad degree at UT, and she and
  9. Wow, if Brisbane is now on the West coast, and Perth on the East, things have really turned upside down in Oz! ;-)
  10. There's a need to differentiate "American" from "Texan" - and a reason many of us wouldn't mind seeing that island of dumbassery, noise, and national fiscal liability cast off in the name of secession. Dump them, their chosen politicians and policies, and the national image improves 50%, at least. Not to stir the pot, but it's the same reason many Germans wouldn't mind being disassociated from "Bavarians". ;-)
  11. Not a good memory, but a cousin of my wife's stayed-in-Lithuania branch of the family came over to visit and brought a semi-pro fish drum descaler with him, as his dream was to fish, and basically harvest and smoke half the population) of the upper midwest and Canada... It was basically a rotary cheese shredder; you can imagine the results. The demo kinda turned me off freshwater seafood for a good while, and I *exist* on (mostly PNW) seafood. Thanks, Costco! As it was 240V, I was drafted to provide him with a transformer to power the diabolical appliance, not knowing the carnage that was
  12. Check seriouseats.com, not only was it my favorite chef/food scientist's (Kenji) home base, Daniel Gritzer is top-notch and his home recipe works well. Made the crêpes complète (egg, gruyère, ham) using his recipe, far as I can remember it was as good as any we'd had in Bretagne. But for God's sake, if you can, do not use that prepackaged deli ham crap - real ham, that isn't glued, square or round, is far better. We typically use a small, lightly smoked ham and cut off slices with a knife. We did cheat - my wife has a restaurant with a few pro crêpe makers, but we've made regular ones at
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