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General Off Topic Discussion / Re: Goodbye to a great friend
« on: July 20, 2016, 09:57:56 PM »
Nice! Yes, Parvo. This month it has been 7 years since we lost our pup to it.

Good news about the vet and how quickly she is learning!

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General Off Topic Discussion / Re: Goodbye to a great friend
« on: July 20, 2016, 10:53:40 AM »
I just saw you and her. She's beautiful and already has you wrapped around her finger (at least it seems that way). Thank goodness she doesn't scarf all the food! I wish we could leave food out for our dog but he'd eat until he puked (but we have the dog food bag out in the open and not once has he gotten into it).

Congratulations!

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General Homesteading / Re: What did you do today?
« on: July 03, 2016, 10:15:58 AM »
I'm glad you made so much progress! The only vehicle I have hated working one were the ones that required special tools to do something simple. I can't remember which one it was (either the Power Wagon or the F150). Going along, removing bolts and BAM! What the heck is that? Oh, great. I must add a Mazda mini van to the list. What a POS!

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General Off Topic Discussion / Re: Goodbye to a great friend
« on: June 29, 2016, 06:27:05 PM »
That is awesome!

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General Homesteading / Re: What did you do today?
« on: June 29, 2016, 06:26:15 PM »

One window a single hung he mounted sideways in the master, unlock it and it falls out. Kinda knew what we were getting into when it says for sale, as is, where is!

And I thought the guy who had our house before we bought it was bad! He just chose to screw and silicone all the windows shut!

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http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/space/the-sun-has-gone-blank-twice-this-month-this-is-what-it-means/news-story/d775ecf894ab68415ed0108ced31a4e2

The sun has gone blank twice this month. This is what it means

June 30, 20168:21am

The sun at the moment is completely blank. But don’t worry, everything’s going to be all right.


YOU may not have noticed but our sun has gone as blank as a cue ball. As in, it’s lost its spots.

According to scientists, this unsettling phenomenon is a sign we are heading for a mini ice age.

Meteorologist and renowned sun-watcher Paul Dorian raised the alarm in his latest report, which has sparked a mild panic about an impending Game of Thrones-style winter not seen since the 17th century.

“For the second time this month, the sun has gone completely blank,” Mr Dorian says.

“The blank sun is a sign that the next solar minimum is approaching and there will be an increasing number of spotless days over the next few years.

“At first, the blankness will stretch for just a few days at a time, then it’ll continue for weeks at a time, and finally it should last for months at a time when the sunspot cycle reaches its nadir. The next solar minimum phase is expected to take place around 2019 or 2020.”

If you’re confused about what a “blank” sun is, below is a picture of what it normally looks like, in all its solar flare-and-blemishes glory.

According to NASA, the sun goes through a natural solar cycle approximately every 11 years. The cycle is marked by the increase and decrease of sunspots — visible as dark blemishes on the sun’s surface, or photosphere. The greatest number of sunspots in any given solar cycle is designated as “solar maximum.” The lowest number is “solar minimum”.

“During Solar Max, huge sunspots and intense solar flares are a daily occurrence. Auroras appear in Florida. Radiation storms knock out satellites. Radio blackouts frustrate CB radio as well. The last such episode took place in the years around 2000-2001,” the space agency’s website

“During solar minimum, the opposite occurs. Solar flares are almost non-existent while whole weeks go by without a single, tiny sunspot to break the monotony of the blank sun. This is what we are experiencing now.”

Given that the sun is the main driver of all weather and climate, the sinister-sounding “blankness” to which Mr Dorian refers has some experts predicting a “Maunder Minimum” phase similar to one which began in 1645 and which is referred to as the “Little Ice Age”.

The Maunder Minimum, named after solar astronomer Edward Maunder, lasted for a brutal 70 years and was so cold the Thames froze over.

A slightly less intense ice age-like period called the Dalton Minimum — after British Meteorologist John Dalton — arrived decades later and lasted from about 1790 to 1830.

“If history is any guide, it is safe to say that weak solar activity for a prolonged period of time can have a cooling impact on global temperatures in the troposphere which is the bottommost layer of Earth’s atmosphere — and where we all live,” Mr Dorian says.

Mr Dorian’s findings back research by professor Valentina Zharkova of Northumbria University, who warned that a predicted sharp decline in solar activity between 2020 and 2050 was a sign another ice age was coming.

“I am absolutely confident in our research,” Prof Zharkova said.

“It has good mathematical background and reliable data, which has been handled correctly. In fact, our results can be repeated by any researchers with the similar data available in many solar observatories, so they can derive their own evidence of upcoming Maunder Minimum in solar magnetic field and activity.”

A graph showing the top ‘sunspotless’ days since 1849. The peach columns show when relatively brief solar minimums have occurred. In contrast, the ‘Little Ice Age’ of the 17th century coincided with a 70-year solar minimum.

A graph showing the top ‘sunspotless’ days since 1849. The peach columns show when relatively brief solar minimums have occurred. In contrast, the ‘Little Ice Age’ of the 17th century coincided with a 70-year solar minimum.Source:Supplied

And there are other consequences of a sun without spots. Not least for astronauts who face the risk of having their DNA “shattered” by cosmic rays, whose potency surges during periods of solar weakness.

According to Mr Dorian, cosmic rays surge into the inner solar system “with relative ease” during periods of solar minimum.

“Solar wind decreases and sun’s magnetic field weakens during solar minimums making it easier for cosmic rays to reach the Earth,” he explains.

“This is a more dangerous time for astronauts as the increase in potent cosmic rays can easily shatter a strand of human DNA. Also, during years of lower sunspot number, the sun’s extreme ultraviolet radiation (EUV) drops and the Earth’s upper atmosphere cools and contracts.

“With sharply lower aerodynamic drag, satellites have less trouble staying in orbit — a good thing. On the other hand, space junk tends to accumulate, making the space around Earth a more dangerous place for astronauts.”

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General Off Topic Discussion / Re: Goodbye to a great friend
« on: June 27, 2016, 10:27:46 PM »
Yes, they are but I never got the happy response when calling my son bad names in a loving tone of voice. :) I wish you a speedy and fruitful search for the next member of the family.

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General Off Topic Discussion / Re: Goodbye to a great friend
« on: June 27, 2016, 03:17:38 AM »
I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I know how devastating this is for you guys.

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I can not believe after the vote according to google the top search was what is the EU. Or others saying they voted to exit but didn't think their vote would matter, my God how stupid have we become.

Exactly.

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I think they will bounce back quicker than anticipated but stronger. They were always "set apart" from Europe, despite the Chunnel. There's a difference between being friends and being "one of them", which they found out after partnering with the EU. I'm looking to see if Germany will be next.

Two tweets that I saw yesterday. The first is Seth McFarland (who I can't stand):

Brexit just took us one step away from the United Federation Of Planets

And the other, another person who instantly made me angry until Twitter:

Britain's exit from Europe should leave Hillary Clinton shaking in her boots and Donald knows it!


And a great article by him:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3658568/No-wonder-Trump-looks-happy-Britain-s-exit-Europe-leave-Hillary-Clinton-shaking-boots-Donald-knows-it.html

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Politics / Re: And gun control is back on the table
« on: June 16, 2016, 01:16:02 PM »
It's election time, so go after guns. I'm amazed with all the bills that were already on their way through when this shooting took place.

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General Homesteading / Re: What did you do today?
« on: June 16, 2016, 09:21:48 AM »
I'm trying to get the rotor off without damaging it, but at this rate I'll come to the point where it's just time to get the Big Freaking Hammer and pounding the crap out of the rotor.

I don't mean to laugh but I am. Been there, done that, had the curse words echoing off all the houses on our street.

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Politics / Re: And gun control is back on the table
« on: June 16, 2016, 08:36:04 AM »
Yeah, this latest one sent me over the edge. I have (as those who are Facebook can attest ... hint, hint) been very non-confrontational on Facebook. That is, until now. I have many friends on there that are liberal (VERY liberal) but we have so much in common otherwise, I am willing to just keep scrolling (my rule is: you don't argue on my wall, I won't argue on yours). But someone I knew before I even met you went all anti-gun and I lost it. I hold so much in on there because of the friend policy I adopted a long time ago (including just about everyone to teach myself to not be so angry all the time). Just wait to see what lovely new laws will be implemented if Billary gets into the White House!

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General Off Topic Discussion / Re: Clean Up / "Junkin" Week 2016
« on: May 11, 2016, 04:41:04 PM »
Nice. And it has a knee lever, much prefer them to foot controls.

Yeah, if I can figure out how to mount the controls to the knee lever. I haven't played with it much but it seems like it's to tall for it. Then again, I haven't looked into it enough yet.

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General Off Topic Discussion / Re: Clean Up / "Junkin" Week 2016
« on: May 09, 2016, 01:26:15 PM »
Not junking week here but I just scored this from my neighbor.


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