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    Re: Trump:Russia:FBI

    Thanks. Disturbing, but interesting.

    Tom
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    I can get the literal translation OK, but I'm not familiar with that idiom. Sounds like a good one.

    Tom
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    This will come as a big surprise to the members of the 574 tribes who have gained official recognition from the U.S. federal government to date.

    It's kind of basic reality to recognize that the...
  4. Thread: China Cloud

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    Re: China Cloud

    Ah! That's the book I was talking about in post #3! I couldn't remember the name. Made me want to live on a junk.

    Tom
  5. Thread: Sudani killed

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    Re: Sudani killed

    That's just what Sudani's allies are saying now.

    Tom
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    Re: Mischief in Greenland

    More Mischief:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IURUg0YPQaw
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    Re: Mischief in Greenland

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVJ6V2Gfvy8

    Tom
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    Re: A European Millennialís view of the U.S.

    Coming from Europe, I'm pretty sure she has already seen more of that than the entire U.S. can offer in all its cities combined.

    Tom
  9. Thread: Super wood?

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    Re: Super wood?

    Yep. That was my thought, too...

    Tom
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    Re: Pless! NM One Design

    Wow. Nice boat, but...

    I could have built my boat 20 times for the same price. Just sayin'...

    Besides, Pless really needs a catboat, I think. :)

    Tom
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    Re: We are never eating at a restaurant again!

    Yep. I grew up eating radishes and carrots and what-not right out of the garden. Wipe the dirt off--some of it--on your T-shirt and eat. Plenty of non-food germs on a farm with horses and dairy cows,...
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    Re: looking for suggestions for a coastal cruiser

    Good points on the demands of a long solo passage, Alex. Another thing to consider is traffic. Can a solo sailor stay alert enough to avoid shipping traffic?

    As far as steering, didn't Webb Chiles...
  13. Re: Catspaw dinghy - new centerboard or daggerboard or ?

    My thoughts:

    Daggerboards offer some advantages as far as a simpler case construction, and a higher-aspect foil shape that might (in theory) give an edge to windward performance. They also take...
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    Re: looking for suggestions for a coastal cruiser

    I never like the look of the drawings for the Highlander designs, but that photo of the Tracker looks nice. That's a very big boat, though, and 750 lbs empty weight is probably not ideal if a lot of...
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    Re: looking for suggestions for a coastal cruiser

    Maybe. Yep. Another thing that matters is if the design in question will serve its intended purpose well. Balancing the two--inspiration vs. practicality--is crucial. My own biases run strongly...
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    Re: agate bay, lake superior

    I'm guessing the Tall Ships Festival that visits various Great Lakes ports every few years?

    Tom
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    Re: Mosquitoes in January

    A year or two back, lilacs bloomed in October in Wisconsin. Lots of stuff going on, none of it good in the long run. Last week it was 61 F in Wrocłąw, at 51 degrees north latitude. Seems unlikely...
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    Re: looking for suggestions for a coastal cruiser

    Yep, it's common--perhaps even sometimes useful--to push the boundaries when someone describes specific requirements. The 6' beam seems flexible, based on later replies to the thread. I see nothing...
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    Re: We are never eating at a restaurant again!

    A lack of exposure to germs is a very unhealthy thing. So, there's that, too. Maybe we need to go out to eat MORE!

    Tom
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    Re: King Tide Question

    But there is also always a bulge on the opposite side from the moon.

    Tom
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    Re: We are never eating at a restaurant again!

    Touchť, Jay. You win. :)

    Tom
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    Re: looking for suggestions for a coastal cruiser

    Just sayin'... :)

    Tom
  23. Re: Microsoft is laying off 10,000 employees as they lean into AI

    Lots of science fiction writers imagined it, sometimes with frightening accuracy.

    Internet and its effects on social discourse? Orson Scott Card, Enders Game, 1985.
    Letting machines take on more...
  24. Re: Microsoft is laying off 10,000 employees as they lean into AI

    Signs are pretty good already that AI will be better than humans. So a publisher will have a choice: Buy some software and let it write your ALL of your books, on deadline, without ever paying...
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    Re: We are never eating at a restaurant again!

    There, but for the grace of god and a well-placed comma... :)

    Tom
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    Re: A 50 mile daysail attempt

    Thanks, Jeff--all very thoughtful responses. The sail area must be the big thing, I agree. It makes for a much more casual experience with a smaller sail. I think we can reef down to about 36 sq ft,...
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    Re: looking for suggestions for a coastal cruiser

    Long Steps is a real contender for sure, then. Ballasted enough to be rightable by a solo sailor, and a self-draining cockpit. Rows decently for a boat of that weight, as it's based on the Walkabout...
  28. Thread: just saying Hi

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    Re: just saying Hi

    No there won't. :)

    Tom
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    Re: Stupid boat trick!

    At one point on my first long solo boat trip--3 weeks on the North Channel of Lake Huron--I joined a group of sailors on an island for the afternoon. They were the first people I'd talked to, and...
  30. Re: Microsoft is laying off 10,000 employees as they lean into AI

    I don't disagree, but the development of AI is another dimension entirely from the issues you describe. I'm not talking about a machine that lets us send messages instantly via networked computers,...
  31. Re: Microsoft is laying off 10,000 employees as they lean into AI

    John,

    that's a thoughtful reply with much to agree with, no doubt. But to me, the essential difference lies in that bolded bit.

    If we accept the notion that technology is good because it frees...
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    Re: A Kurylko Alaska at Death's Door

    Dale,

    the CIY is a great boat! I've watched your build thread with lots of interest, and am looking forward to what kind of adventures you might share with us. I had the good fortune of reviewing...
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    Re: A Kurylko Alaska at Death's Door

    Thanks for the nice comment--that's exactly the spirit that I hope comes through with these threads. My only "expertise" to offer is, maybe, what kinds of interesting boat journeys and explorations...
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    Re: Across the Bar: Jonathan Raban (author)

    Larry,

    not sure if you're still looking in, but have you read Robert Macfarlane? The Old Ways has some sailing-centered writing in it. I much prefer Macfarlane to Raban.

    Raban is a writer...
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    Re: looking for suggestions for a coastal cruiser

    I'd probably try a Key Largo-Bimini-Bahamas crossing in Long Steps and feel reasonably safe with a good forecast. I'd certainly be nervous about such a long hop, but that's only good sense. It's...
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    Re: A 50 mile daysail attempt

    Jeff,

    thanks--great trip! (Now that you're done...) It's always interesting to sail out of the old comfort zone and see what happens. You're probably right that your first two years with the boat...
  37. Re: Microsoft is laying off 10,000 employees as they lean into AI

    I guess it depends on what "logical" means.

    It seems to me that humans generally rush to new technologies without much thought at all, having accepted the untested assumption that we must keep...
  38. Thread: genius!

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    Re: genius!

    This is why I do not work on cars. I pay someone else to work on cars when I have to.

    Better yet, these days I don't own a car at all! Europe has this thing I like to call "public transit" which...
  39. Re: Microsoft is laying off 10,000 employees as they lean into AI

    Hmm... What don't you like about Sting? That's one smart guy who writes some intelligent lyrics and music with like actual chords and harmonies and key changes--not like 3-chord classic rock, or...
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    Re: looking for suggestions for a coastal cruiser

    I got to "sail" John's Long Steps in his workshop in New Zealand a few years back (the hull was planked, cockpit and cabin substantially done). I really like this design. That little cuddy/cabin is...
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    Re: looking for suggestions for a coastal cruiser

    That might just mean I need to reduce the screen time in my life--most of which I spend here. :)

    Tom
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    Re: looking for suggestions for a coastal cruiser

    Yes, such a boat is possible. John Welsford's "Long Steps" design fits the bill pretty well, I think.

    127660

    I'll be curious to hear what other folks think. Long Steps would likely be my first...
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    Re: WBF changes coming?

    My income was right around $50,000/year teaching in the U.S., my wife's about the same.

    With summer free from teaching duties--time is the real wealth in my opinion--I could go sailing in...
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    Re: WBF changes coming?

    You could build a nice SOF kayak or rowboat that would outperform any plastic boat at nearly the same price. Plus, it'll be cool. :)

    Tom
  45. Re: Corporations are persons! Boeing to be charged with a felony.

    Texas has the death penalty. If corporations are persons, they can be executed just like everyone else in Texas. Right?

    Tom
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    Re: Mast step for lug sail

    Didn't miss it--decided against it, for reasons described in my reply to Rick. No doubt your way works very well, though.

    Tom
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    Re: Mast step for lug sail

    Always interesting to compare experiences, Rick. The foot of my mast has a significant taper below the partner. I don't have to hold the mast anywhere near vertical to step it, not at first anyway....
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    Re: A 50 mile daysail attempt

    Cool! The only times I've managed 50-mile days is on the Texas 200, where it's 20-25 knots of wind on a starboard tack broad reach all day long, pretty much.

    Tom
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    Re: Roger Barnes Latest Videos

    It might. Jib enthusiasts will say yes. I'm not a fan of jibs on small boats, but intelligent arguments for them can be made. (They just aren't likely to persuade me a jib is worth the trouble for my...
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    Re: Across the Bar: Jonathan Raban (author)

    I like Coasting: A Private Voyage (maybe his first book?), the story of a gradually pieced-together circumnavigation of the UK. More an exploration of his relationship with his father and his own...
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