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Random / Re: WTFAYLT
« on: Today at 02:52:53 PM »
Found this--a Norman's Rare Guitar video. He has a ton of great little videos, must be one amazing shop. Richie Sambora and Orianthi play about a zillion bucks worth of rare guitars. Looking at the price tags on them, most of them are 20K and up.


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General Discussion / Re: Day two Santa Cruz Paddle Fest.
« on: Today at 11:30:14 AM »
It really doesn't seem to bother them. Most of them are such low volume boards.

Mo Freitas could duck dive his board when paddling prone.

Mo can duck dive it paddling SUP. I saw him do it at a contest at Ho'okipa a few years ago. Kai does it too. Ridiculous.

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Downwind and Racing / Re: Kayadog rocks
« on: Today at 11:06:25 AM »
But we digress.

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Downwind and Racing / Re: Kayadog rocks
« on: Today at 11:04:16 AM »
Did you eat the food at the MACC? I got to spend the night in the bathroom after the Boz Scaggs concert, uncertain as to which direction was going to fire next.

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Downwind and Racing / Re: Kayadog rocks
« on: Today at 10:49:44 AM »
Huh? Wuz you too busy smoking crack?  I ride my V2 when I'm falling off my V1 too much--the V2 is wider and rolls the tail less than the V1 does. Surely you don't think I'm looking for an additional challenge when I switch out to the world's heaviest V2.  I'm pretty sure the nose has a lot LESS rocker, which is why you have to work at keeping it out of the swells in front of you. I agree though that having the steering wrong would make the V2 a much more challenging board than it should be. Steering the nose away from constant pearling is a critical V2 skill.

Are you perhaps thinking V3? Put that pipe down and go paddle.

Oh, wait, I see, you were trying to say that the V1 nose is sharper and has more rocker, but you screwed up reference by punctuating a compound sentence. Paddling won't help, but put down the pipe anyway.

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Random / Re: What a got damn shitshow. [warning politics]
« on: Today at 10:27:37 AM »
They are all hypocritical assholes. The surprising part to me is always how well the idiot show works. The media is praising Franken's insightful questions. Bunch of maroons. And yeah, absent some strange circumstance, Gorsuch will get in.

It will be interesting to see his first few decisions and see whether or not he can assume some kind of leadership role. I don't expect much drama, an originalist like him isn't likely to run around changing interpretations that have been in place for any length of time. The legal theory behind even controversial issues that have survived political storms is similar to evolution--the fact that a position survives is an indication that society supports it, even when there are vocal opponents. Higher court judges pay a lot more attention to the will of society than the whims.

There are lot of good books on the supreme court. I read quite a few of them during the Garland nonsense--and yes, Trump shouldn't have a nomination to play with, Garland was an excellent choice and should already be in place. And Starman, Garland is most definitely an originalist.  "The Nines" is excellent--it's simply a good read, Sandra Day Occonor's and Sonia Sotomayor's books are insightful and good. Five Chiefs was tough going for some reason, I don't remember what. And there's a book about the role of dissent that I liked--let me look: Dissent and the Supreme Court.  The first chapter is a particularly good explanation of how the court functions.


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Downwind and Racing / Re: Kayadog rocks
« on: Today at 10:07:27 AM »
Geez that's fast.

Cowboy, it's a good thing that Maliko is intimidating. On big days with a big north swell it terrifies almost everyone.

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Random / Re: What a got damn shitshow. [warning politics]
« on: Today at 09:56:16 AM »
I wasn't talking about the merits of the case, but the way Gorsuch handled the questioning. It would have been easy to deal with Franken's point. But Gorsuch looked flustered by a line of questioning that he must have encountered before, and he went all Washington Weasel "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" when asked direct questions about eg. if he'd have liked to be on the road with the guy. That part of Gorsuch's performance, at least, looked weak. These were not difficult questions but he flunked the opportunity to look like a plain-speaking normal individual rather than just another out-of-touch Stepford career-politician-cover-my-ass-at-all-costs type. And I thought you guys hated that type.

You are missing the point a bit. He is sitting to be a judge - not a politician (at least that is the hope, and on those grounds Gorsuch has been good). We want a judge who will adjudicate based on the law.  He is attempting to make the point that his personal opinion on the individual situation has no bearing on the case. Franken looked like a turd throughout the confirmation hearing, like he had no idea of what the SCOTUS function is.

Franken was making political points and ramping up the base.  He is well aware that Gorsuch is a smart guy and is not going to blunder on a litmus test question or partiality issue.  They weren't talking to each other at all.  Same room, two separate conversations.  They both look like they had an enjoyable time of it.  Gorsuch has been waiting to recite the words to get him through this since Law School.  Say those words and get the lifetime appointment.  Once on the bench I expect a Land's End version of Scalia.

Absolutely right.

It's a show. Gorsuch is a surprisingly good candidate, I expected something much more radical and stupid from Trump. Garland was an equally good nomination, and not much different in philosophy or background from Gorsuch. Either of them would/will be very much like Justice Scalia. Either of them would do the job properly and maintain separation and balance of power.

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Downwind and Racing / Re: What would you ask Michael Booth?
« on: Today at 09:44:00 AM »
No doubt of that UK. But they don't. I know for myself when I get into shape, lose some of the gut, go down a few pants sizes and start almost seeing my abs, my BMI either stays the same or goes up--so its individually useless. But as porky as I generally am, my doctors always comment that I'm the healthiest, fittest patient they have over 60.  I don't take that as any kind of compliment, I consider it a sad reality and a low bar.

In most of the general population studies I've scanned, the researchers are quick to defend BMI as a statistical tool. Studies of the same populations using more accurate and useful measures like fat percentage generally yield similar results, well within a standard deviation according to the usual defense. And as with other grossly outdated population measures--like the MMPI for personality testing, or Standford-Benet for IQ, the value of the measure is, in part, simply that it has been used for so long and therefore provides relatability without the potential inaccuracy or bias of conversion.

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Random / Re: What a got damn shitshow. [warning politics]
« on: Today at 01:25:14 AM »
Nothing complicated, just the function and purpose of the supreme court--to interpret and clarify legislation passed by congress and verify its constitutionality, and to adjudicate individual cases to reflect the gradual changes in the will of society. Gorsuch isn't a Washington Weasel, he's a judge in Colorado. What's at question is whether judges should be activist and bypass the lawmaking function that serves as one of our constitutional checks and balances and introduce uncertainty as to how judges uphold the law in the future, or whether they should feel free to interpret the law as they choose to. Franken bypassed the purpose and intent of Gorsuch's ruling and made it about emotion and an individual case. Lower court judges can afford to be reasonable and emotional, the higher courts need to worry more about precedence, the law as written, and constitutionality. Gorsuch decision was made in the court of appeals.

The little clip was the least of it. Franken made an ass of himself. Most of the media coverage is equally idiotic. He wasn't condemning the guy to freeze to death.

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General Discussion / Re: Our Australian Neighbours
« on: March 25, 2017, 08:35:04 PM »
Seems like a general problem. I still have an active account, and I can view anything on the site except the forums. Maybe they don't like us furriners anymore.

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General Discussion / Re: Day two Santa Cruz Paddle Fest.
« on: March 25, 2017, 08:14:03 PM »
Looks tasty but bumpy.

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Foil SUP / Re: Geezer Foil 2
« on: March 25, 2017, 05:32:02 PM »
I think it's strong enough. Now I'm waiting for the bits to do a front foil and some mast tracks. Ordered a bunch of Chinook 12". I should have just driven down to Cascade Locks and picked them up at the factory.





Rigid like a block of concrete. Might be a little overbuilt (ya think?!?). If it's too draggy I'll pull the vanes and sand it thinner.

Rod Parmenter came by the other day. He's been talking to some guy that's building a SUP foil he wants him to test. We're going to stick a couple of mast tracks in my L41 to test it with a flat base plate. I'm trying to talk them into a 2' mast. What's the thinking on minimum mast height?

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Downwind and Racing / Re: What would you ask Michael Booth?
« on: March 25, 2017, 03:51:33 PM »
It's functional as a measure of what a population is doing since it can be self-reported. All the more precise measures require either equipment people are unlikely to have access to or techniques that are too complex or error-prone.

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The Shape Shack / Re: How easy is it replace a handle?
« on: March 25, 2017, 03:47:58 PM »
Easy fix, though perhaps not pretty. If it's not leaking now there's no reason to let it go.

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