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    Re: Anyone in Hawwaii get an inbound alert?

    A more revealing article from that same Washington Post "because Hawaii rewards incompetence":...
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    Re: Phil Bolger consensus?

    Some have pointed out that Bolger could be harshly dismissive of other desigers work. But for one thing he could be quite self deprecating about his own designs in his "open mind" book, so he set a...
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    Re: Anyone in Hawwaii get an inbound alert?

    What wishful thinking that there would be any accountability by state workers in Hawaii. The bosses have no power to punish except to give paid time-outs, which hardly has any meaning because no...
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    Re: Why Norwegians Don't Emigrate to the USA.

    Before they inherited oil, Norwegians moved to the USA in huge masses. Norway has been a very strange outlier even before that due to isolation. I try to be proud of my exclusively Norwegian roots...
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    Re: Phil Bolger consensus?

    Thanks, altho our state library charges $10 just to look for an ILL book (no refund) and then charges can accumulate for mailing and borrowing fees. Of course our state university gives free ILL to...
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    Re: Phil Bolger consensus?

    Even raggedy used copies are quite expensive now. What I have been doing is applying rebates to buy them. Amazon gives juicy rebates if you use their visa credit card, but I hate to use those because...
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    Re: Bitcoin frenzy

    I pretty much re-bought coin at top of the market, and considered selling my taxable holdings (ethereum rather than bitcoin) at the bottom. I would then immediately reinvest into another type coin...
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    Re: Bitcoin frenzy

    P.S. while watching a good weekly Bloomberg TV show called something like ETF IQ, they showed Mark Cuban saying he invests in bitcoin via the Swedish ETN too. That gives some confidence in the ETN...
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    Re: Houseboat Katamaran ECO62

    Maybe you can omit some of the batteries if you add fittings for a backup yuloh oar:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dceYiJDQoNo
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    Re: Bitcoin frenzy

    I just cashed out of almost all my bitcoin etfs and etns - the rise has stalled out for a bit so I will wait for some long term surge. I can hardly believe I almost tripled the value of a quite...
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    Re: Bitcoin frenzy

    My case has been a process of unlearning inborn risk aversion. At work and play (eg. aviation) I have been stereotyped as pathologically risk averse, but I safely hang back 90% of the time while...
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    Re: Bitcoin frenzy

    Taking comfort in missing opportunities? Today the Bitcoin Services etf that I mentioned BTSC rose more than 80% over the course of 2 hours. It is easily traded like a conventional stock - nothing...
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    Re: Bitcoin frenzy

    There is a very good fresh NYTimes article on bitcoin that mythbusts a lot of concerns here https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/07/technology/bitcoin-price-rise.html?partner=rss&emc=rss . It's title is...
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    Re: Bitcoin frenzy

    Speculation can be a very good thing, especially when it is counter trend. The housing crash was halted by those risking their money and comfy life by buying into what some may call a gamble. When a...
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    Re: Bitcoin frenzy

    - BTSC etf: fell by 25% so far today and more yesterday. As an owner of thousands of shares I am totally unconcerned - it was just a mystery penny stock that cost little to get into. It used to...
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    Re: Bitcoin frenzy

    Most of your criticisms are of little concern to a momentum trader, just surfing the psychological driven trends until it's time to hand your bitcoins to a greater fool when it is looking terminally...
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    Re: Free Magazines

    Next time see if there is a common laundry room for a condo or apt building - usually has a stack of free exchange books and magazines. Even our local public library has one. The stack will usually...
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    Bitcoin frenzy

    This digital currency goes up in value by about a thousand percent every few months, interspersed with a drop in half everytime it gets threats of being banned or whatever. Put aside the BORING...
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    Re: Canoe 17 sliding seat plan

    If the top priority is exercise, then the legs gotta move. It doesn't help to exercise the legs at a later time; you need those big leg muscles to be competing with back and arms in stressing your...
  20. Join me in surrendering to North Korea!

    My fellow Americans, it's time to win back our freedom from the slavery of obamacare and switch to a regime less hostile to the values of the founders of America, land of lost liberty. Apparently no...
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    Re: 11' Four Part Nesting Dinghy

    I guess further discussion of Reverso should go in a new topic under misc-boat-related. But I will pass on a temporary but substantial US price drop just after I took delivery... my pain is your...
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    Re: Heeling as promoting weather helm

    I was concerned about the same thing, but the lecture ends with recent evidence that puts the open oar ports spaced only about 2 feet apart vertically. And with the lower ports closed with leather to...
  23. Re: Crocodile caught on Hollywood (Florida) beach

    I'm most struck by possible changes in regional speaking styles. It's been a while since I have been to Oz or even the area of my birth, and recordings from both places posted here suggest a drift...
  24. Re: Meet the Man Who Has Lived Alone on This Island for 28 Years

    That archipelago is paradise-like, and one hotel on the largest island was pointed out to me as having a 5 year waiting list for a room (or was it for one of their beach huts?). Conde Naste Traveler...
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    Re: Cruising Rowboat

    You do not want to hit the bottom with that expensive mirage drive - you can bend or break the stainless fin masts. Mirage drives work best with special optional long fins and masts. Yeah you can...
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    Re: 11' Four Part Nesting Dinghy

    I just hauled a Reverso 4part sailboat home from the airport in a VW Sportwagen. Super tight fit - I will have to remove the cargo floor for a few more inches. I was too exhausted to check it over,...
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    Re: Grypmat , as seen on shark tank

    Needless to buy product at this pre-mass-market price point - they are just re-spinning the widely discounted soft silicon cookware available in many tool friendly shapes. Note how Laurie immediately...
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    Re: Waterproof binoculars not waterproof

    I recently dropped and broke one of the big name monoculars which I had bonded with it's various features and quality over decades. I viewed replacements on Amazon and saw a split between super...
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    Re: Grumbles with a silver lining

    We are talking specifically about the new EPA waterSense plumbing fixtures, which seem intentionally sabotaged to prevent consumer access to their 30% restricted aerator. Unless you are swapping...
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    Re: Grumbles with a silver lining

    You can unscrew the recessed diffuser on my bathroom one, using a mirror to locate the slots to grip into (with spread tweezers?). Before drilling into the removed restrictor capsule, I took it apart...
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    Re: Grumbles with a silver lining

    Yes, a low price but high value German tradein car. To make my tradein virtually add 50% in value I tried something many said was impossible. I proposed the large balance for my new car be charged to...
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    Re: Folding kayak

    Amazon sells 10m rolls of nylon seatbelt material far cheaper than Oru sells a backpack. Amazon gave me a delivery day to stay home and receive it, which actually came 3 days further on. I devised...
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    Re: Gun Control discussion

    Control isn't limited to supression - it can also mean reconfiguring or ramping up. So I have a suggestion more pragmatic than utopian dreams of supression of what can be alternatively home made.
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    Grumbles with a silver lining

    What makes a person mad isn't how bad is the offense against you so much as the needlessness of it. For example:

    1) I have a new faucet with a subtle EPA "watersense" emblem. Of course this means...
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    Re: Heeling as promoting weather helm

    Thanks John, I really do respect and appreciate most of your posts and probably don't show it enough. I hadn't thought of the Vikings even with my solely Norge heritage documented for 600 years....
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    Re: Heeling as promoting weather helm

    First of all, it is not about the foresail solving some inherent helm problem. The ancient foresail is "power steering", but it only works in one direction - more or less leeward. So you would want...
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    Re: Heeling as promoting weather helm

    He was talking about Greek triremes, huge ships that only have skinny oars as rudders. They have horrible rudder authority, so have a small sail on the bow, much like your photo. But for a thousand...
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    Re: Heeling as promoting weather helm

    Any such genteel helm tuning went out the window today; I fought an unfamiliar source of wx helm and was glad when I could at least get some response with the rudder turned 45 degrees to finish...
  39. Re: Two rescued after drifting for 5 months in the Pacific. ... I don't get it????

    Latest HNN newscast may be reminiscent of Amelia Earhart's gap between confidence vs. abilities. She had an excellent female instructor pilot who wrote up Amelia as a poor student without flying...
  40. Re: A Huge Trove of Rock Art Has Been Discovered on an Uninhabited Caribbean Island

    This Puertp Rican island already has 200 caves of well known rock paintings as well as Spanish explorer graffiti. It is already protected by allowing only U.S. rangers and biologists to reside on it,...
  41. Re: Two rescued after drifting for 5 months in the Pacific. ... I don't get it????

    There is a lot of stuff that goes on under false pretenses by amateurs at sea

    I was once a crewman at the wheel of a trimaran in the women's home waters, steering thru strange inattentive traffic...
  42. Re: Two rescued after drifting for 5 months in the Pacific. ... I don't get it????

    Some more meaningful undercutting appears here http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/36721938/hawaii-women-lost-at-sea-for-months-never-activated-emergency-beacon
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    Re: Folding kayak

    Wow, so much innovation around the "sit-in" type of kayak seating, a paradigm almost entirely discarded in my region. Let's not forget the "sit-on" Kayacat which has entered production minus it's...
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    Re: Folding kayak

    I was thinking of keeping it in FRONT of a full sportwagen as a reserve boat, either on or behind the passenger seat. I have a 10 foot inflato kayak that takes less space even with it's airpump,...
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    Re: Building the CAROL CRAMER

    Sweet, fun looking boat.
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    Re: 11' Four Part Nesting Dinghy

    I made a prelim Oru review nearby - not rapturous but maybe growing fondness. Now for test spot question...

    Our island has a big enclosed bay with drastic military boating restrictions that I...
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    Re: Folding kayak

    Here is a superficial review from a pool outing in Oru 12' wide open cockpit Beach LT folding kayak.

    The package seems bigger, heavier, ungainly, yet more rugged compared to the video...
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    Re: 11' Four Part Nesting Dinghy

    I guess shipping may take a month because we found an unconventional approach that incurs no extra cost to me. And I decided against the expense and 6 week wait for a custom color.

    Strange you ask...
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    Re: 11' Four Part Nesting Dinghy

    Thank you for this thread, although it has been most costly for me. Since you haven't yet put the plans or a kit for sale (probably due to understandable perfectionism), I had to have a heavy...
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    Heeling as promoting weather helm

    I was following an online course on ancient Greek sailing ships by an ex West Point army instructor. He made some questionable claims, but one that seems to check out is the promotion of weather helm...
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