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Offline bcsapper

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« Reply #60 on: September 19, 2020, 10:06:40 am »
I usually flip and flop around so much I'd probably knock them loose but I'll give them a whirl, thanks. I tried wearing earplugs to blank out the noise of waves slapping against the hull and the groaning of wooden timbers and such when sleeping in big seas at night. Firing up the engine to mask the noise actually worked better.  If I could sleep standing up I would because nothing seems to clear up a bent windpipe faster.  Sleeping pills don't seem to do a thing for me.  I suppose I could reinforce that with booze but I'd just have to wake up again and I'd probably be even crankier than usual so...

Yeah, I wear earplugs too.  The train is too close.  I shelled out for the fitted ones at ~$150 and they do a pretty good job.
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« Reply #61 on: December 18, 2020, 11:11:31 pm »
Gusting 55 knots at Sisters Island today.  Bloody nautical out there on the beach today! 

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« Reply #62 on: December 19, 2020, 06:18:36 am »
I have 3 separate sets of friends who have moved out to that area in the last 10 years.

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« Reply #63 on: December 19, 2020, 12:37:47 pm »
Had a very nice walk along the dike this morning. Cloudy but dry with little wind, temperature about 7 degrees. This time of  year I love watching the Trumpeter Swans taking off from the canal to head over to the fields for the day. They fly like large aircraft. Long takeoff runs, then they accelerate in ground effect before climbing.  When they land, they fly a base leg to scrub off speed with the wing tips arcing down to act like flaps and using their big feet as speed brakes before they flare and land. Majestic. I sometimes wonder if they weren't an inspiration for the Klingon Bird of Prey with their long necks.
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« Reply #64 on: December 19, 2020, 01:41:37 pm »
Had a very nice walk along the dike this morning. Cloudy but dry with little wind, temperature about 7 degrees. This time of  year I love watching the Trumpeter Swans taking off from the canal to head over to the fields for the day. They fly like large aircraft. Long takeoff runs, then they accelerate in ground effect before climbing.  When they land, they fly a base leg to scrub off speed with the wing tips arcing down to act like flaps and using their big feet as speed brakes before they flare and land. Majestic. I sometimes wonder if they weren't an inspiration for the Klingon Bird of Prey with their long necks.

I do like the swans.  I don’t see them nearby my home, but there are lots around Courtenay and Duncan. We used to have them land on our farm when I was a kid.  That was always a highlight.

I think the inspiration for the ‘Bird of Prey’ was a condor though...  at least that’s how I’ve imagined it....  a swan just doesn’t have a Klingon-esq presence!

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« Reply #65 on: December 19, 2020, 03:48:48 pm »
It's the wings being so far behind the head when they are in flight that reminds me of the Klingon ship.
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« Reply #66 on: December 19, 2020, 04:19:46 pm »
I've often had seabirds pace me at 25 - 30 knots most notably cormorants and usually single birds but sometimes a handful in loose formation.  It's really something to see them like that. It can even be blowing 25 - 30 knots and they're as stable as when its calm.  It's strange they'd name a helicopter after them when they seem more like a fighter jet. Murres are even faster - more like Starfighters from Star Wars.
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« Reply #67 on: December 19, 2020, 04:32:01 pm »
I've often had seabirds pace me at 25 - 30 knots most notably cormorants and usually single birds but sometimes a handful in loose formation.  It's really something to see them like that. It can even be blowing 25 - 30 knots and they're as stable as when its calm.  It's strange they'd name a helicopter after them when they seem more like a fighter jet. Murres are even faster - more like Starfighters from Star Wars.

I'm not aware they named any helicopter after a swan. I do know there is a company called Black Swan that flies helicopters though.

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« Reply #68 on: December 19, 2020, 06:18:24 pm »
I'm not aware they named any helicopter after a swan. I do know there is a company called Black Swan that flies helicopters though.

I think he means the Cormorant.

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« Reply #69 on: December 19, 2020, 07:04:30 pm »
I think he means the Cormorant.
Yep.

I wonder what a military craft named after a squid would look like?  Something Romulan comes to mind.
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« Reply #70 on: December 19, 2020, 07:37:09 pm »
I dunno. Maybe the Cormorant because it can land on water? The Brits call the EH101 the Merlin. Doesn't seem like a small falcon either.
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« Reply #71 on: December 19, 2020, 07:39:44 pm »
I dunno. Maybe the Cormorant because it can land on water?
Good point.

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« Reply #72 on: December 19, 2020, 10:24:06 pm »
I dunno. Maybe the Cormorant because it can land on water? The Brits call the EH101 the Merlin. Doesn't seem like a small falcon either.

Cormorant???. Oh you mean the Phalacrocoracidae Sounds a tad scary to me when you fully pronounce that name eh.

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« Reply #73 on: December 20, 2020, 12:05:16 pm »
Cormorant???. Oh you mean the Phalacrocoracidae Sounds a tad scary to me when you fully pronounce that name eh.

Sounds like it should have big teeth.
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« Reply #74 on: December 20, 2020, 12:10:04 pm »
Sounds like it should have big teeth.

Yeah, that image came to my mind when I hit the "croc" part of that long name.