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    Re: My electric bill is going up 60%!

    I wish it were. But Jevons Paradox has held true historically: as energy costs go down because of increased efficiency, overall consumption goes up. That's reality.

    We need to be talking about...
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    Re: Americans in Europe- strange people!

    How about: "Fine, thanks. And you?"

    It's really not that difficult, or that weird. Or that American, even. It's a basic courtesy, not a literal request for you to list your complaints or medical...
  3. Thread: Trump is Toast

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    Re: Trump is Toast

    Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.

    Tom
  4. Thread: Trump is Toast

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    Re: Trump is Toast

    I hope you're right. I still have little faith we're even going to see an indictment, much less a conviction. (Yes, a NY state indictment seems very possible, but Biden can't pardon Trump for state...
  5. Thread: Trump is Toast

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    Re: Trump is Toast

    But "we" do not get to choose whether to pardon Trump or not, assuming he is convicted of crimes. Biden gets to choose. And there will be substantial pressure on him not to let a former president...
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    Re: US Latinos - Religion Explains Politics.

    You've misunderstood him. He is talking about HIM getting to choose what gets taught in the U.S. public schools, and what does not, according to his own personal cultural and religious values....
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    Re: US Latinos - Religion Explains Politics.

    Hmm... Brian isn't talking about liberty, OR. He is talking about wanting a society that recognizes HIS choices as the only valid choices. Schools must teach what HE believes, and must AVOID teaching...
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    Re: Cooking Wisdom Sought (induction range)

    Well, I tried scrambling some eggs on 3 today. Not much of a success. A little less sticking, but they still don't cook/set convincingly. This on a pan (Green Pan) specifically described by the...
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    Re: Roger Barnes Latest Videos

    Well, you could do that. But I wouldn't use GPS for my version. I was thinking more clues/puzzles you'd have to solve to know where to go next, OR a race that required a certain # of miles to be...
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    Re: Roger Barnes Latest Videos

    That would be great, really. Now that I think about it, there was a very informal "race" at the Turtle-Flambeau some years back, with maybe 5-6 small boats sailing around Big Island (around a 10-mile...
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    Re: US Latinos - Religion Explains Politics.

    FYI, you are the only one to have mentioned atheism on this thread, which is specifically addressing the extreme branches of one particular brand of protestant Christianity, which is only one...
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    Re: Small Boat Sailing

    This is a great point. Unless you have a very experienced and knowledgeable passenger/crew member, it's much more complicated to sail with other people. It takes time to develop an intuitive sense of...
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    Re: Small Boat Sailing

    I meant to come back to this comment sooner:



    I suspect the "never cleat the sheet" rule might derive from racing, where competitive sailors are constantly looking for an edge over the rest of...
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    Re: Roger Barnes Latest Videos

    And:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4q20v4_H8g

    So interesting to see his videos, where there are groups of dinghy cruisers (including women), and lots of wooden boats around. On the Great...
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    Re: Roger Barnes Latest Videos

    A couple more videos popped up on Roger's channel when I wasn't looking--nice way to start a lazy Sunday morning:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfzaoMw1bjQ
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    Re: Definitions of "sail and oar" boat

    Interesting to hear your take on this. I find that I very often don't bother dropping the mast for rowing--it only takes a few moments to do, but I haven't found it makes much difference for me. I...
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    Re: US Latinos - Religion Explains Politics.

    If you read my post, you know I've seen those "good Conservative values" from the inside AND the outside. I'm not speaking from ignorance. I think you've nailed it--nothing "deep" about it at all.
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    Re: Definitions of "sail and oar" boat

    Reading back over this old thread, John's comment is actually a pretty good description of my trips to Georgian Bay. The entire mainland is guarded by a wide belt of rocks and shoals, with occasional...
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    Re: US Latinos - Religion Explains Politics.

    Really, condolences are only appropriate for those who choose to remain in that tradition as adults. Some of my best friends fit that mold.

    But I'd say the experience itself has been invaluable....
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    Re: My electric bill is going up 60%!

    But it's becoming more and more obvious that, in this case, we won't shed them quickly enough to avoid mass extinctions around the planet, and plenty of pain and unpleasantness for all life on the...
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    Re: My electric bill is going up 60%!

    I lived in the same house for 21 years. Hindsight: I should have installed a solar array on a south-facing lawn. I suspect it would have paid itself off before we sold the house. That said, a...
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    Re: My electric bill is going up 60%!

    Chip,

    your solution obviously works well for you, but you're really talking about increasing efficiency as a method of reducing consumption with those bolded bits. And what history shows, without...
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    Re: My electric bill is going up 60%!

    Yep. The Jevons Paradox in action. We need to be talking about reducing energy consumption, not just increasing efficiency. But in the U.S. the last politician to say anything along those lines that...
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    Re: US Latinos - Religion Explains Politics.

    You're more than 30 years behind me in reaching this conclusion. But I had the benefit of being raised in a right-wing evangelical protestant tradition. :)

    Tom
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    Re: Sneak Peek At A Boating Adventure

    And now I follow your own Phoenix III adventures with equal interest--very cool to see the coastal cruising you've been doing out east.

    Tom
  26. Thread: It Must Be Fall

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    Re: It Must Be Fall

    What made it better was that I was supposed to be at work that day--I had a dentist appointment that morning, and somehow I never made it back to school at all...

    Tom
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    Re: annapolis wherry build process.

    Wow--looks great! Good luck with the painting.

    Tom
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    Re: Nicole Wallace lays it out straight.

    I think your signature needs amending. Something like:

    "Every Republican is a traitor, or supports traitors."

    Tom
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    Re: quirky boats we like or love

    Well, for me, there's this one:

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  30. Thread: It Must Be Fall

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    Re: It Must Be Fall

    This is what Fall means to me:

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    And this:

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    And this:
  31. Thread: Trump is Toast

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    Re: Trump is Toast

    Yes. Exactly this. Especially that last sentence.

    Tom
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    Re: Calendar Islands Yawl 16 in Chattanooga

    Very nice!

    Tom
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    A good argument for building a cheap temporary boat first, and using it enough to know what you really want.

    Tom
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    Re: quirky boats we like or love

    Never saw the attraction in coracles. I'd rather go out in a boat than in a bathtub. :)

    Tom
  35. Thread: Annoying truths

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    Re: Annoying truths

    Interesting--I didn't know that. I coached cross country. "Lanes? We don't need no stinkin' lanes."

    I think running more than 800m on a track would bore me to the point of just walking away. Even...
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    Re: Sneak Peek At A Boating Adventure

    Speaking of which, I have a couple of students who are AMAZING artists (8th grade, and 9th grade). I told them I'd bring in a certain transom-centric print to show off drawn by a certain Forumite......
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Love this thread--thanks so much for posting.

    As for this:



    You've just been sailing in the wrong places--plenty of fresh water on the Great Lakes. :)

    (Actually, judging by this thread, I...
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    Re: Sneak Peek At A Boating Adventure

    Some light airs:

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    This channel was about a mile long:

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    Leading right into this one:
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    Re: Sneak Peek At A Boating Adventure

    A few more preview photos. Some nifty easy scrambling:

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    The ubiqitous "inukshuk" style cairns:

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    Lots of just easing along, in no hurry at all:
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    Re: Cooking Wisdom Sought (induction range)

    Thanks--that may be the problem, then. I just need the right pan. I'll check, but I don't think mine has any of those symbols.

    Tom
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    Re: Cooking Wisdom Sought (induction range)

    Thanks for the details. I seem to have a range that (so far) does not have a "right heat" setting. On a gas range I can cook flawless eggs and omelets with nary a hint of sticking.

    Does one need a...
  42. Thread: Annoying truths

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    Re: Annoying truths

    The starting line is staggered to account for that. Each runner runs the same distance, no? Or am I confused?

    Tom
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    Re: Heather Cox Richardson

    They keep the babies at the dump in the hills? I suppose that keeps things a bit quieter at home... :)

    Tom
  44. Thread: Itís over.

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    Re: Itís over.

    It's funny--I seem to remember that some posters who are very critical of Boatbum have long argued that Brian W is a "reasonable conservative."

    Edit to add: that's not aimed at you, George--just a...
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    Re: Cooking Wisdom Sought (induction range)

    Fried eggs even I can manage. Can he (or you) cook a fluffy non-stick omelet on an induction range? If so, how?

    Or can he/you cook scrambled eggs? If so, how?

    It sure ain't working for me. Yet....
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    For what it's worth, my (very less reliable) data on what it cost to build my boat (Don Kurylko's Alaska design, basically an 18' whitehall) was just over $2,000 U.S., back in 2010-2016 before lumber...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Alex,

    I agree completely about the value of building your own boat. And I think your chart could be an amazing source of information about what real building costs are, for people thinking about...
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    Re: The American School System!

    Uh-huh. Get back to me after five years or so as a teacher and tell me what you think about teaching when you've shaken off at least a little bit of your ignorance. If you make it that long. Over...
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    Re: A Whitehall on CL in Wisconsin

    That seems to be a thing for these types of boats. My Don Kurylko-designed "Alaska" (based on a whitehall hull shape) is 4' 8" wide, low freeboard, slack bilges, and carries 134 sq ft of sail with...
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    Re: Sneak Peek At A Boating Adventure

    Inshallah.

    Tom
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