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Thread: Trivial (or not so trivial) stuff that makes you happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    Did you look carefully? Possibly said pot of gold was not a pot filled with golden coins, but rather an empty pot made out of gold. Or a golden pot filled with golden coins, the proverbial jackpot of gold. So many questions, so few rainbows.
    I think it's a crock ...."


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    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Went to my mother's with the kids yesterday. The trip as a whole did not entirely make me happy (for one, we stopped at a friend's to pick up something she'd made for me, and my directions had one small error that sent me miles out of my way until I started over by ignoring that step), but watching Irene be so excited by the presents she was getting that her brain essentially froze was delightful. She had new books! But there were Duplo to play with! But there was more stuff to unwrap! She didn't get that much, but it was presents from my mom and both my sisters, and my kids are the only grandchildren in the family. To her, it seemed like a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    Completed the second stage today, together with the kids. A bit surprised to see we've already built 10 out of 12 bags while there's still a lot of stuff to make, but the upper stages are that much thinner that the parts count goes way down up there. Be well awake before attempting the second stage, as it contains some rather complex geometry on top. But the result is once again superb.

    Small tip if you find your J2 engines falling apart: you have to push the white rods all the way up into the orange "lamps".
    I found that if you remove the collar and balloons from the "floating" command module you can link the CM to the LEM and then place the two onto the SM. So you can display the craft as it moved through cislunar space. That configuration isn't shown in the instruction book (PDF link).
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    So what you're saying is that you need 4 of these sets to cover all display possibilities.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    To show all possible configurations in one diorama...yep!

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    A night in the bush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pzkpfw View Post
    A night in the bush.
    Looks lovely - and of course no snakes to worry about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    Looks lovely - and of course no snakes to worry about.
    You're not wrong. A few times I had to bush bash to get around choke points in the stream. Every time I grabbed a branch or root for support I was glad so few of our plants and animals want to harm us.
    Measure once, cut twice. Practice makes perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pzkpfw View Post
    You're not wrong. A few times I had to bush bash to get around choke points in the stream. Every time I grabbed a branch or root for support I was glad so few of our plants and animals want to harm us.
    Yes, it felt strange when we were there and wanted to push through waterside reeds etc. I had to keep reminding myself than no Tiger Snakes were hiding in the undergrowth. (And of course, that no Drop Bears were lurking in the tree branches.)

    But we did send you our possums to be a huge nuisance.

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    It's good that it's summer overthere. Just before hibernation, Drop Bears can have quite an impact on your trip.
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    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    It's good that it's summer overthere. Just before hibernation, Drop Bears can have quite an impact on your trip.
    Luckily they are are not native to Western Australia so I am safe from them at least.

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    I had to google Drop Bears.

    Reminded me of my work Xmas do at Wellington Zoo a few weeks ago. They have a whole "Our Neighbors" section; where one of these signs is from.
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    My cousin from Portland came up to see our new house yesterday. He's a year younger than me but not in good health so a friend brought him up. I was glad to see him and for him to see our place. We usually go down there at this time of year. Maybe we'll do so anyhow in a week or two.
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    It's good that it's summer overthere. Just before hibernation, Drop Bears can have quite an impact on your trip.
    They may be wishing for summer to be over; half the country seems to be on fire.
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    They may be wishing for summer to be over; half the country seems to be on fire.
    Yes the Eastern Seaboard is having a terrible fire season and it just seems to be getting worse. Luckily for us we have had a fairly quiet start in the West. We have only had a few large fires which have destroyed some property but not anything like what is currently happening along the coast of New South Wales & Victoria. When you see some of the photos they are really horrifying - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-...gency/11833912

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    Simon has decided to watch the Rose Parade with me this year.
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    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

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    My brother-in-law, who is a driver for the local volunteer ambulance squad, told me that they had zero emergency calls last night (New Year's Eve).
    I may have many faults, but being wrong ain't one of them. - Jimmy Hoffa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    They may be wishing for summer to be over; half the country seems to be on fire.
    The stress of that for week after week is really tough. And I understand it's still early in the season there.

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    A new doctor who episode and finally getting to the episode of the decade of the SGU, their year end episode.
    From the wilderness into the cosmos.
    You can not be afraid of the wind, Enterprise: Broken Bow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    My brother-in-law, who is a driver for the local volunteer ambulance squad, told me that they had zero emergency calls last night (New Year's Eve).
    At night the stars put on a show for free (Carole King)

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    Today (January 2) is Isaac Asimov's 100th birthday.

    At least officially, as he admitted the actual date is uncertain.

    A favorite author of many of us, I'd guess.
    Last edited by DonM435; 2020-Jan-02 at 03:25 PM. Reason: Typo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    … A favorite author of many of us, I'd guess.
    Eh, maybe.
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    From the wilderness into the cosmos.
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    102? I think it's 100. However, glad that you remembered him as well.

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    Oops, a bit tired and hyper at the moment.
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    I called attention to that anniversary on several boards and got little response. Maybe he's being forgotten.

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    Are you sure the boards are not full of bots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    Are you sure the boards are not full of bots.


    "IV. A robot may not allow its inspiration to fade from memory."

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    Went to see my niece play hockey and they won now their record is 8-3. Saw an old high school friend her daughter plays the same position as my niece just a different shift.
    From the wilderness into the cosmos.
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