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Old 05-15-20, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize
Black walnut? Used to be my fave hardwood, but ultimately black cherry won out. Not only (more) beautiful, imo, but nicer to work, as well. Around here we have tropical cedar, which is lovely to work, and not much else. A couple extremely dense woods, which don't float in water but can be worked for certain specialized applications. And a pine which is pitchy in the extreme. Oh and some mahogany, which I don't use much as it has less termite resistance than the cedar, and looks similar. Much heavier. The weight is a good way to tell them apart.
Yup, black walnut. I've never seen black cherry, not that I'm aware of, at least. I'll have to keep an eye out.

The dense stuff - are you talking about ipe/ironwood? It's becoming more popular for outdoor applications even way up here.
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Originally Posted by abshipp
On one of my main routes is a farm with about a dozen guinea fowl that wander all over the place. Last time I passed by they all ran across the road making a bunch of racket
There are guinea fowl on one of my routes, but they seem to be contained.
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In the vicinity of the guinea fowl, there are a couple of peacocks. I have not needed to dodge them.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
Another cool thing about robins is that they act as the neighborhood sentinels. Whenever I hear the robins chattering in a distinctive, agitated pattern I run and get my camera because I know a hawk is in the vicinity. The robins will actually perch near the intruder continuously chirping in an effort to drive him away. Whether they have nests nearby or not they just don't want a bird of prey hanging around their community.
A Cooper's hawk made a meal out of a robin outside my window recently.
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A group of my cycling friends are doing an informal group ride to Lancaster and back, it will be a century. I was invited too.

I told them no thanks.

I did NOT tell them I think it's foolish and premature to have a group ride like that. I believe there are going to be 6-8 riders. They claim they will be socially distancing but I expect that won't happen.

I am trying not to judge people, but it's hard not to when you see educated and intelligent people do things that are potentially dangerous.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize
Listed in C&V? How do the differ from road hubs?
Yes, I got that set of Pelissier hubs that were listed there.

Track hubs have the standard English freewheel threading for the cog on the drive side but have a smaller diameter left-hand threading for a lock ring to prevent the cog from unscrewing itself when you apply back pedal pressure to slow you down. I have seen that a lot of actual track riders don't bother with the lock ring since they don't need to brake hard with their legs on the track and the lock ring just adds time when they want to change cogs. I will use the lock ring since I ride this bike on the roads.

I've been running a standard freewheel hub with a track cog threaded on and it's been mostly fine, but I have unscrewed the cog once.

You can see the lockring threading on the right side of this picture (not the hubs I bought):



My incoming hubs are single-sided, they don't have the additional freewheel threading like the above hub does on the left side.

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Old 05-15-20, 07:23 AM
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Knife bar is ready for duty. With the finish, knives are staying put beautifully - no slipping, but they're not a bear to pull off, either.

(excuse the ****ty lighting in this corner of the kitchen)

Nice!

I "may" have that exact paring knife.
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Old 05-15-20, 07:27 AM
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Originally Posted by BillyD
Robins may be boringly common but the unique thing about them is their adaptability, which makes them more likely than others to build a nest near human activity, which in turn exposes you to their beautiful singing. A robin will sit and sing for no good reason, a repetitive but very pleasant song that I always enjoy.




Unlike almost every other passerine whom I couldn't give two craps about, robins are really cool birds.
As a child, there were several cedar trees right next to our front porch that a family of robins nested in over several years. My sister and I could lean out over the railing, part a few branches and there was the nest. Children are charmed by animals and many of us still are. Here is a link to a woman who befriended a goose and that goose's children and that interaction had a large effect on her.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
It's a sad, sad day in the BillyD household. My trusty, reliable and beloved Micronta analog multimeter has bit the dust, and I have only myself to blame for letting the batteries get too old, leak and corrode the terminals. Now, although I've cleaned off the terminals (mostly) and replaced the batteries it's giving me erratic readings. The legendary reliability is gone.

Services will be held soon as a worthy replacement arrives.
Oh boy.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
Nice!

I "may" have that exact paring knife.
The three knives on the right look like knives in Mrs. rjones28's collection.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
Nice!

I "may" have that exact paring knife.
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The three knives on the right look like knives in Mrs. rjones28's collection.
It's a Wusthof Classic from a set that we got as a wedding gift, many moons ago. Whenever I think about replacing it, I remember that I don't need a terribly sharp paring knife for coring strawberries or cutting plastic food packing. Essentially, all three of ze Germans on the right side are for I-wouldn't-want-to-ruin-a-really-cool-knife duty.
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What's with all this "bird" talk? Wake up people! Birds aren't real!!

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Originally Posted by BillyD
Unlike almost every other passerine whom I couldn't give two craps about, robins are really cool birds.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
Yup, black walnut. I've never seen black cherry, not that I'm aware of, at least. I'll have to keep an eye out.

The dense stuff - are you talking about ipe/ironwood? It's becoming more popular for outdoor applications even way up here.
I'll have to look up the scientific names for them. One is locally called chicosapote. It is a deep reddish-brown color. I made Mrs. Seeds butcher block counter top out if it. The other, I can't remember even the local name at the moment. Significantly heavier and much lighter in color. We were given an antique cabinet made out of it. I have a few pieces of each out in the woodshop, just because.
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It's easier doing it the reverse way.

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Originally Posted by abshipp
On one of my main routes is a farm with about a dozen guinea fowl that wander all over the place. Last time I passed by they all ran across the road making a bunch of racket
They can be really loud.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
It's easier doing it the reverse way.

https://twitter.com/nypost/status/1261298890596384770
Have you ever read "Flowers For Algernon"?
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Why did the turkeys cross the road?


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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Have you ever read "Flowers For Algernon"?
Wow, there's a blast from the past. I first read that short story in a magazine about '60 or '61 when I was a wee lad.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
There are guinea fowl on one of my routes, but they seem to be contained.
Most people around here let their birds drones wander freely.

Originally Posted by indyfabz
They can be really loud.
Indeed.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Have you ever read "Flowers For Algernon"?
Nope.

No change in mental performance observed yet.
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Wow, there's a blast from the past. I first read that short story in a magazine about '60 or '61 when I was a wee lad.
"Short story" had me scratching my head. Looked it up. It was, indeed, first published as a short story in a magazine. It was later expanded into a full novel. I read the latter during a bike tour maybe four or five years ago.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flowers_for_Algernon
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Have you ever read "Flowers For Algernon"?
I really loved that book in high school.

edit: Trainsnorter is correct, it was initially a short story and then a novel and they even made a movie.
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What's with all this "bird" talk? Wake up people! Birds aren't real!!

SA, is that you?
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