Minor success

By: ycd0108 , 5:28 PM GMT on January 27, 2012

I think I've figured out how to upload photos from the iPod. Now I will need to learn something about photography.
The new picture in my recent photos looked like the tree was on fire yesterday as I drove into the yard.
We had had cold/cool and light rain for the days before and the sun had been shining for an hour or so on this mossy tree. The smoke is not fire or steam. I assume the warm moss is simply expiring the excess moisture.
Sometimes I can get quite clear pictures with the iPod and the main thing for me is that it is with me most of the time.
My theory about learning just about any technique is:
"Just Shoot It!"
(Incidentally the above quote is printed large on the paper cups I use to mix epoxy.)

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11. ycd0108
7:29 PM GMT on January 29, 2012
Still Mornin' here Ylee.
The boat: Well we took two steps forward yesterday.
1) Found the cooling "Muffs" and moved the boat up to where I can run continuous cooling water.
2) Started and ran the engine for about 2 hours.
And one step back this morning.
1) Started without turning on the cooling and cooked the raw water impeller (that takes only a few seconds).
So one more task - renew the impeller.
Oh yeah, we also found the carburetor was hinky:
Bought it new from the local Merc. dealer and it's been nothing but trouble. When we reluctantly broke the factory seals we found the main valve seat had spun loose and caused the engine to flood. Linkage compared to the older carb. looks (and works) like it was bent out of recycled pop cans. I only paid about $600 CDN for it - I hate to imagine what a decent carb. would cost.
I appreciated your telling of 1986 event. I'm confident neither of us could say what happened the day before or the day after but these things pin themselves in our memory.
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10. Ylee
4:12 PM GMT on January 29, 2012
Mornin' ycd! Get any work done on the boat?

I was working at a construction site between Cocoa and Melbourne, Fl., when Challenger blew up. The main thing I remember about that morning was that it was about 25 degrees, and the site foreman told us it was too cold to work, so we went to a coworker's apartment(he moonlighted as a punk rocker; he had a lot of cool stuff, including a huge iguana)until it warmed up.

Usually when the shuttle took a northward turn at liftoff, if you were viewing the launch from the south at some point it would disappear in its' own contrail. This time was different, as it was an angry orange cloud with countless streamers coming from it. A minute or two later you could hear a a deep, low rumble; normally at that distance, you couldn't hear anything.

I went to my friends' van, where they had the radio on, and the station said the big tank had blown up. I hoped that somehow Challenger had separated with the tank and made it back to KSC, but no.

That day, there was no rush hour on A1A going home to my apartment in Cape Canaveral. The streets were almost empty, as if the very soul had been sucked out of the community. It was then I knew it was time to go back home to Kentucky.

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9. Patrap
6:33 PM GMT on January 28, 2012
Its a fine vid that shows the dilemma well.

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8. ycd0108
6:31 PM GMT on January 28, 2012
I liked that video!
Sent it on to the kids and even sent it to myself.
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7. Patrap
6:00 PM GMT on January 28, 2012
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6. ycd0108
5:29 PM GMT on January 28, 2012
Got to dump this link so I can move on:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/st ory/2012/01/27/pol-cp-radical-environmental-groups .html
Apparently an out of control mouth (and CPU) on a politician can have side effects. Where were the think tanks on some of these guys? Keeps the "Spin" nurses working at least.
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5. ycd0108
4:29 PM GMT on January 28, 2012
I remember where I was That Day, Pat:
The Owner we were building an huge lodge for called us to get down to the cabin "NOW!".
We hustled in to his TV room and watched in awe and horror.
January 28, 1986
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4. Patrap
5:07 AM GMT on January 28, 2012

Excerpt from President Ronald Reagan's speech to the Nation after The Challenger Loss.

We've grown used to wonders in this century. It's hard to dazzle us. But for twenty-five years the United States space program has been doing just that. We've grown used to the idea of space, and, perhaps we forget that we've only just begun. We're still pioneers. They, the members of the Challenger crew, were pioneers.

And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle's take-off. I know it's hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It's all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It's all part of taking a chance and expanding man's horizons. The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll continue to follow them.

I've always had great faith in and respect for our space program. And what happened today does nothing to diminish it. We don't hide our space program. We don't keep secrets and cover things up. We do it all up front and in public. That's the way freedom is, and we wouldn't change it for a minute.

We'll continue our quest in space. There will be more shuttle flights and more shuttle crews and, yes, more volunteers, more civilians, more teachers in space. Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journeys continue.

I want to add that I wish I could talk to every man and woman who works for NASA, or who worked on this mission and tell them: "Your dedication and professionalism have moved and impressed us for decades. And we know of your anguish. We share it."

There's a coincidence today. On this day three hundred and ninety years ago, the great explorer Sir Francis Drake died aboard ship off the coast of Panama. In his lifetime the great frontiers were the oceans, and a historian later said, "He lived by the sea, died on it, and was buried in it." Well, today, we can say of the Challenger crew: Their dedication was, like Drake's, complete.

The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."

Thank you.

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3. ycd0108
4:54 AM GMT on January 28, 2012
Every candle burns out.
Dat's me.
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2. ycd0108
1:21 AM GMT on January 28, 2012
Where did the time go?
Already 1700 hours here - guess I was kneeling again.
Got the cooling system topped up on the boat: last time we tried to run up the engine it air locked and started to overheat. I have a "Red Dot" heater coil under the helm and last time I did not bleed the air as I filled the coolant. Hopefully this time will be a bit smoother.
Finally got an usable setup for the oil pressure sensors: I wanted to add a guage at the engine which means you need two "tees" - low pressure alarm; sender to dash instruments and local guage. 'Course there is not much room for these just above the starter. The dip stick is right there as well. Done thang and I'm happy. Routed the electrical wiring somewhat more sensibly than we had done to test run the engine. Two happys.
Getting down to the point where I can actually "make a list" of things left to do. Mainly I have to pull the boat on the trailer up to where I can run the engine with the water input "muffs". If that checkout goes OK we are back in the Salt
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1. toddluck
5:57 PM GMT on January 27, 2012
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