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  1. Janus

    Random Photos

    Throughout Portland there are older streets which still have horse rings on the curb. As a part of something called "The Horse Project", people will attach toy horses to these and take a picture. We ran across this one on our neighborhood walk recently.
  2. Janus

    Home Repair & Maintenance Advice for Newbie?

    That's how I started. Dad would have me hold the board as he sawed it, have me fetch tools, etc. Over the years it evolved into our adding an addition onto our house and moving the Kitchen. Along the way I learned everything from pouring a foundation to wiring and plumbing.
  3. Janus

    How hot is it? - 2021

    We had another bout of flirting with 100 F temps just recently with nighttime temps only dropping to the 70s. Then last Friday, I woke up to a temp of 49 and it didn't even make it to 70 that day.
  4. Janus

    Space and time -- Is the term "light year" really correct?

    A light year is a unit of distance It is simply the distance one would travel in 365.25 days (a Julian year) if you were moving at c.
  5. Janus

    How hot is it? - 2021

    Unfortunately, I think that was the gist of it. That this is typically an extremely rare event that it likely to become less rare.
  6. Janus

    How hot is it? - 2021

    Luckily, we didn't have to go anywhere, and were able to stay inside with the AC on*. 115 is a bit warm for my blood. It's supposed to only reach 95 tomorrow and cool off to 69 tonight ( last night it only got down to 82). I heard somewhere that this is something like a once in a thousand...
  7. Janus

    Today I learned

    TIL how to convert a 3-D model into line-art in Blender in a few easy steps. Example: Start with a model, such as this one of a X-wing(shown here as a full render) Create a new "Grease pen" object. Apply the "line art" modifier to the Grease pen, assigning the model as the "source. Make a...
  8. Janus

    Today I learned

    Historically, the dime, or 10 cent coin, was made of Silver, while the 5 cent coin is made of Copper and Nickel. Coinage pretty much disappeared during the Civil War, and it wasn't until after it that the US started minting coins again, starting with Bronze 1 and 2 cent coins. They then...
  9. Janus

    Today I learned

    It's part of a pattern: 11 x 11 = 121 111 x 111 = 12321 1111 x 1111 = 1234321 etc.
  10. Janus

    Today I learned

    TIL what the original Apollo mission design concept from North American Aviation looked like: https://apollopreliminarydrawings.com/
  11. Janus

    Today I learned

    TIL how to simulate a chain-mail animation without crashing Blender. While Blender does have a pretty good physics simulator, and it is theoretically possible to do it with rigid body physics, doing so would take up vast amounts of computer resources to get any degree of accuracy (even doing...
  12. Janus

    Random Photos

    The earlier photo of the Volcano made me think of these: Mt Saint Helens, from Longview, WA. This is one of the later eruptions. The gray on the roofs is ash from an earlier one( The second eruption. The first main eruption occurred with Westerly prevailing winds, which carried the ash...
  13. Janus

    Got the new Microsoft Flight Sim for Christmas

    I'm using my 20 year old Sidewinder 2*. I've been flying different versions of MS flight simulator( including the Combat versions) for at least that long. ( I even had a software package which allowed you to build your own aircraft models to fly in FS5) . Way back in the day I did try to...
  14. Janus

    Got the new Microsoft Flight Sim for Christmas

    I just recently replaced my 7+ yr old computer with an HP OMEN. AMD Ryzen 3700xx 8 core processor with a Geforce RTX 2060 graphics card.
  15. Janus

    Got the new Microsoft Flight Sim for Christmas

    You can choose which airport to fly out of. There are 37,000 airports from around the world to choose from.
  16. Janus

    Got the new Microsoft Flight Sim for Christmas

    It was a gift from my daughter and her boyfriend. I had the older Flight Simulator X, and the timing of the release of this new version coincided with my getting a new computer. I'll have to say that I am impressed. Even though I'm not running the graphics at the full realism setting, I was...
  17. Janus

    Merry Christmas - 2020

    Considering how the year has gone so far, I wouldn't have been surprised if this guy had shown up last night.
  18. Janus

    Today I learned

    Language people, language* * ref.-Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  19. Janus

    Today I learned

    TIL*: How to use Blender to render "millions" of objects like in this render I did of piles and piles of bricks: This was just a test of the method, and could use some refinement particularly in the background and brick texturing. The basic method is this: Create a large number of...
  20. Janus

    Great Movies and Series [Not Sci-Fi]

    My wife and I love this one. ( though I think is is on Amazon Prime and not Netflix) Another series we enjoy is The Kominsky Method With Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin.(Netflix)
  21. Janus

    Random Photos

    Thanks. It was taken while we were on a "getaway" trip a couple of weeks ago. You rent a "tiny cabin" like this: Where you have no cell/wifi ( there is a land line for emergencies), and you can disconnect for a bit. I took it by laying my cell on the table and using the button on its...
  22. Janus

    Random Photos

    Night sky through trees near Mt. Adams, WA.
  23. Janus

    Today I learned

    a Butt-load of Beer would be worse, as there are two hogsheads to a Butt and a hogshead of beer is 64 gallons, vs. 63 gallons for wine. ( imagine the trips to the restroom!)
  24. Janus

    This forum is great for the learner. What's in it for the mentors?

    Me didn't never knows my grammar.
  25. Janus

    How Was Einstein Really As a Student

    Another misconception is that Einstein was "bad" at math. While he did skip math classes while at Zurich Polytechnic quite a bit, it wasn't due to any lack of ability, it was just that, in his opinion, it was waste of his time. At the time, he didn't think that higher math was needed to do...
  26. Janus

    This forum is great for the learner. What's in it for the mentors?

    Yeah, but that was more counterproductive than anything else, as you spent so much of your time standing in line for the Mentor's restroom. :nb)
  27. Janus

    This forum is great for the learner. What's in it for the mentors?

    Ditto. Nothing feels better when you see that light go on, and nothing is more frustrating when. dispite your best efforts, they stubbornly prefer to remain in the dark. Wait, you guys get cupcakes now? Back in my days as a mentor we only got day-old bran muffins. ?:)
  28. Janus

    Today I learned

    Like I said, I'm early in my learning phase. And it really isn't a structured course, but a little "hit and miss". I was actually very pleased with myself by the fact that when I saw the following example of the use of Mikä, without any translation given: "Mikä sinun lempiväri on?" "Minun...
  29. Janus

    Today I learned

    Bear with me. I've just delved into this in the last couple of weeks. I know my explanation of the difference was most likely incomplete. And if I make some errors in forming phrases it is due to my lack of experience with the language. While both of my parents did speak it, having...
  30. Janus

    Today I learned

    Today I learned the difference between Mitä and Mikä in Finnish. As of recent, I taken a new interest in learning the language of my ancestors. I grew up hearing it spoken on a fairly regular basis, but never really learned it other than a few scattered words. Mitä ( the ä is pronounced like...
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