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General Discussion / Re: Politicians are getting crazy
« on: January 25, 2021, 10:20:34 PM »
If a politician isn't coming up with random unresearched, pointless, unenforcable, stupid laws then what are they there for? Cobblers cobble, surgeons surge, politicians dream up noisy stuff that gets them noticed.

I wanted to but everyone was saying the ocean was going to be a stew of dog shit, decomposed rats, and fertilizer. I was tempted, the ocean was empty, the surf looked nutty and the wind was nuking. I thought this is what we call "Tuesday" in Hood River. But no, I didn't go.

Gear Talk / Re: Apple iWatch with Dawn Patrol SURF TRACKING
« on: January 24, 2021, 05:21:39 PM »
I found that Dawn Patrol, with the iWatch were recording the same speeds on waves.  TRACE was recording @ 5 Hz where the iWatch is typically 1 Hz. (RIPCURL watches were recording speeds ~ 20% slower).   I have recorded 10,000+ waves between the TRACE and iWatch (now my second iWatch).

I'm not sure what you mean by recording at 5hz vs. 1hz. So you mean 5 position recordings per second?

Foil SUP / Re: Foilmount shims
« on: January 23, 2021, 08:32:52 AM »
Are the 3 shims identical?

And could I just order the shims and use longer standard bolts, 30 or 35 mm instead of 25 mm?

I like things as streamlined as possible (asap)

You could, but as DontSink pointed out, without the Wizard Hat pivoting design you'll be placing all the clamping load in the tracks on just the edge of the T-nuts. which makes it a lot easier to break out the tracks. The full kit of shims and bolts isn't expensive if you don't need the 15mm wrench it's 59 bucks. I bought the full kit which was kind of silly, but it includes both the long and short bolts and a decent ratcheting 15mm wrench for 69 bux. I don't know if the 59 buck setup includes both bolts lengths but I expect it does. But yes, you can buy just the shims for 34 bux.  The right bits cost a lot less than replacing tracks. 

Random / Re: Amanda Gorman--Holy shit
« on: January 23, 2021, 08:24:44 AM »
I don't read a lot of poetry, but I love striking poetic images in music. It's what makes me such a big Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan fan. I got the same feeling from this and watching her perform it made it more special.

But ultimately, reading it makes it powerful, especially as I chopped it into my own weird cadence of pieces.

I like to write, I work at it, I have no idea how someone does this, any more than I understand how Dylan came up with...

Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves
Let me forget about today until tomorrow

Or how Bruce wrote

Someone took a knife, baby, edgy and dull
Cut a six-inch valley through the middle of my skull
At night, I wake up with the sheets soaking wet
And a freight train runnin' through the middle of my head
Only you cool my desire
Ooh, I'm on fire

Those lyrics are permanently engraved in my head. Nothing that I've ever written remains there. How and why that happens is a mystery to me.

Foil SUP / Re: Lotta tech for eleven bux
« on: January 22, 2021, 08:58:08 PM »
Actually, I plan to do a very simple catamaran hull, a slightly larger version of the prototype here. If there's a simpler way to do an efficient and precise hull I don't know what it might be. The only problem with posting this here is that tech ingredients is the youtube version of crack cocaine. Stop yourself before you start building the desiccant based air conditioner. This guy makes me feel like a slacker.


Random / Amanda Gorman--Holy shit
« on: January 22, 2021, 07:48:58 PM »
If Biden picks his cabinet members like he picks his poet Laureate, the world will be a much better place. holy shit. this lady... This is a prayer I could go to sleep with. This is a skinny black girl I'd be happy to have as whatever she chooses to be. What it takes to form words into music like this happens once a generation if we are lucky.

When day comes, we ask ourselves where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry, a sea we must wade.
We’ve braved the belly of the beast.
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace,

"Okay, she could have stopped right there and everyone in the world that loves a great poem would have leapt to their feet. But she goes on, and tears our hearts from our chests. "

and the norms and notions of what “just” is isn’t always justice.
And yet, the dawn is ours before we knew it.
Somehow we do it.
Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken,
but simply unfinished.


We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one

And yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine,
but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect.
We are striving to forge our union with purpose.
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man.
And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.
We close the divide because we know, to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.

We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.
We seek harm to none and harmony for all.

Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
That even as we grieved, we grew.
That even as we hurt, we hoped.
That even as we tired, we tried.
That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious.

Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division.

Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one shall make them afraid.
If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in all the bridges we’ve made.
That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb, if only we dare.

It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit.
It’s the past we step into and how we repair it.
We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it.

Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
This effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
it can never be permanently defeated.
In this truth, in this faith, we trust,
for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.

This is the era of just redemption.
We feared it at its inception.
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour,
but within it, we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves.
So while once we asked, ‘How could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?’ now we assert, ‘How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?’

We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be:
A country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free.

We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation.
Our blunders become their burdens.
But one thing is certain:
If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change, our children’s birthright.

So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left.
With every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.

We will rise from the golden hills of the west.
We will rise from the wind-swept north-east where our forefathers first realized revolution.
We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states.
We will rise from the sun-baked south.
We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover.
In every known nook of our nation, in every corner called our country,
our people, diverse and beautiful, will emerge, battered and beautiful.
When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid.
The new dawn blooms as we free it.
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.

holy shit, that's amazing. She's incandescent. We are so fortunate.

This poem will be studied. This poem will birth a million more. I've read it twenty times tonight and it just gets more amazing. I hope we can live up to it.

Random / IMBW
« on: January 22, 2021, 04:17:09 PM »
I might be wrong (IMBW) is a critical element in my thinking. In fact, being wrong is the central tenet of my life. I've never minded making mistakes. Even when I was running companies, when employees fucked up I was generally thrilled about it, and when it was me I was eager to share it. One of the few good reasons to have a meeting--so you can dig all the lessons to be learned and alternatives to be explored out of the stuff that didn't work. There's very little to be learned from a straight-up success.

IMBW is a little more technical. I've been thinking about it a lot lately so I wrote a blog post about it. Not super long, but potentially super boring. https://www.ponostyle.com/thinking-critcally/

I had a 5'4" Sky Board which I sold pretty quickly. At my size it was a complete bitch to get up on, and the few times I managed to I was sweating gumdrops about falling on the far side of the river. I went to the extreme of making some training wheels for it (yeah. stupid) but they didn't help at all, the instability is in pitching forward, not simply the fact that it was at least 6 pounds of buoyancy shy of floating me. It's a startlingly heavy board for its size so that weight has to be subtracted from the 95L.  I figured net available buoyancy to be about 89 liters.

I loved the feel once I got up on it, but I only managed that a few times. Mostly I just flopped around until I got fed up and grabbed my 6'4" Flying Dutchman. 

The Shape Shack / Re: Board Thickness Effect
« on: January 22, 2021, 12:27:34 PM »
I think some shapers take advantage of thicker boards to fiddle with a different rocker on the rails than on the bottom. If you picture a stepped rail board where the top of the step moves from about the midpoint of thickness of the board to the top of the rail at the nose and perhaps the tail, you can see how it could have a tighter rocker on the rails than on the bottom. That takes some complex shaping, but it's what Bill Foote did (I think) on the Triton 10'4" board. It's hard to see it because the curves are a little eye-boggling, and it would take far more photographic skills than I have to get a representative picture, but that's what it looks like to me and could explain why the board turns like a 9 footer in hard turns but paddles and floats like a huge dock.

Foil SUP / Re: Helicoils...
« on: January 22, 2021, 12:09:34 PM »
I haven't found the helicoils in this kit to be a problem. the insertion tool is a simple one that is usually only applicable to small diameter inserts. Usually, the larger ones are inserted into a threaded female holder that compresses the coils a bit as they are wound into the holder. That makes the threads turn into the tapped hole being repaired a little easier and with less chance of cross-threading the insert. the problem with an internal-only winding tool is that the insert will have a lot of resistance when you run it in, and the slightly coarser surface of these cheap inserts makes the problem even worse. You don't want to use a lubricant to ease insertion because it will also make it easier for the insert to come back out. Using Locktite as a thread lube pretty much solves the problem, and the coarser surface of the cheap coils might even be a benefit once (if!) they are properly installed.

I wasn't paying attention yesterday and put a screw with slightly boogered threads into the repaired hole. Sometimes I find it hard to believe how dumb I can be, I literally just posted how that can be a big problem.

I cringed as soon as I felt it tighten up about two turns before it bottomed in the stabilizer. Stainless on stainless with messed up threads is about the same as welding the screw in place. I fully expected the threads to turn out when I had to use the impact driver to get the screw out, but they stayed in place, and a new screw with clean threads ran in and out without problems.

Foil SUP / Re: Foilmount shims
« on: January 22, 2021, 09:47:19 AM »
The shim set includes two additional longer bolts (4 standard, 2 long). In the picture the longer bolts are installed at the thick end of the shim (duh) and wind up with minimal protrusion. the long bolts look to be about 8-10 mm longer than the standard ones.

One thing I did that makes my hardware perhaps a little easier to use than the stock stuff is I added a heavier O-ring to the bolts. the purpose of the O-ring is to keep the bolt firmly in place in the track nut and keep it from dropping into the track which would make it difficult to get the cone nut engaged. The supplied O-ring is a little wimpy, I replaced it with one that's about twice as thick that I got at ACE hardware (probably not worth a special trip, but I was going there anyway).

I really like the shim design--very slick. They align to each other with two cast-in pegs that fit into corresponding divots. The peg on the bottom shim also slips into the tracks to align the shim. Tres slick.

Foil SUP / Re: Foilmount shims
« on: January 22, 2021, 07:08:08 AM »
Where do you get these shims and hardware? 

Ponobill, do you know how much lighter the carbon mast is?

No, I haven't weighed it, but it's not much lighter if it is at all.

Foil SUP / Re: Helicoils...
« on: January 21, 2021, 10:18:18 PM »
I don't like Helicoils to begin with, but I'm not about to pay $75 bucks for a single set of 6mm Timeserts when I already have all the sizes in my shop. Helicoils are always bitchy little things. I run the tap in and out multiple times to get a clean set of threads, and then lube the Helicoil with red Locktite--runs in easily, and then once the Locktite sets it won't back out if you happen to use a tight or slightly damaged bolt. I didn't bother knocking the tang out--that's always a little sketchy. For larger sizes, I just use needlenose pliers to break out the tang. In smaller sizes, I just count the number of threads and shorten the bolt to ensure it doesn't reach the tang. Five full turns of thread engagement are enough for the full strength of the threads, but in aluminum, I like 6 or 7.

Training, Diet, and Fitness / Re: At home training ap?
« on: January 21, 2021, 05:18:05 PM »
Joe's exercise looks great, but DON'T use bungees with hooks--neither metal nor plastic. In my zillion years of motorcycle riding, I have two acquaintances who lost an eye to a bungee hook, and I had a close call. If the thought of a bungee hook in the eye doesn't make you squirm in your seat you're a stronger soul than me.

I do a lot of exercises with rubber bands, but lately, I'm just paddling long distances once a day.

If you have the new apple watch the apple workout routines are good.

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