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by vikkyvik
Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Simone Biles Withdraws from Olympics
Replies: 37
Views: 1564

Re: Simone Biles Withdraws from Olympics

I just feel Simone Biles isn't going to do something like this unless something is really amiss. I actually think something deeper is going on. She isn't like Osaka IMO. Have any evidence for that? This is part of the reason mental health issues still have stigma. I believe this person, but not thi...

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by vikkyvik
Mon Jul 26, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Indians Change Their Name
Replies: 69
Views: 2628

Re: Cleveland Indians Change Their Name

Funny coincidence, I was at that game as well. Ah, so you can understand the pain of Hanley Ramirez throwing a stupid, errant throw to home plate that allowed the Angels to score and win. Have to agree, for a game that’s so statistics driven it’s a disadvantage for relief pitchers starting extra in...

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by vikkyvik
Mon Jul 26, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Indians Change Their Name
Replies: 69
Views: 2628

Re: Cleveland Indians Change Their Name

OPS superseded batting average in importance awhile ago. I agree that it's not a good change for the game overall. Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers is hitting .160 and still playing every day Back in the day that would get you sent to AAA no matter how well you covered ground in CF. His OPS is .556 (r...

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by vikkyvik
Thu Jul 22, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is a speeding ticket for going 8 MPH over harsh?
Replies: 72
Views: 2837

Re: Is a speeding ticket for going 8 MPH over harsh?

Interestingly enough, when I was passing through Memphis the speed limit was only 55 MPH but almost all off the traffic was moving at a speed near 80. More support for my experience: Speed Limit - Fast Lane Traffic Speed 55 - 80 65 - 80-85 75 - 80-85 80 - 80-85 I should have mentioned that I also s...

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by vikkyvik
Thu Jul 22, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rep. Greene Says She Would Kick Chinese Out Of US
Replies: 58
Views: 3431

Re: Rep. Greene Says She Would Kick Chinese Out Of US

Then we have different definitions of loyalty. Loyalty is more than belief or opinions, you demonstrate loyalty by what you do, not what you think. And get rid of those loyal to CCP by making it illegal to come work or study here and report back to CCP and the like. So you're saying that when I tra...

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by vikkyvik
Wed Jul 14, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is a speeding ticket for going 8 MPH over harsh?
Replies: 72
Views: 2837

Re: Is a speeding ticket for going 8 MPH over harsh?

Two days, doing 15-18mph over the limit on I-90 in Massachusetts, rolling along with most traffic, I was passed by a State Trooper, no lights, cruising, doing, at least, 90. I was given a warning a few years ago for 54 in a 40, very rural, empty road. 8 over is harsh. That's very typical in MA. Can...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Jul 13, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is a speeding ticket for going 8 MPH over harsh?
Replies: 72
Views: 2837

Re: Is a speeding ticket for going 8 MPH over harsh?

This happened on I-10 in rural Texas somewhere between El Paso & San Antonio. I was going 88 and the speed limit was 80. It was during the day, the weather was clear, and there was no construction around. I did not do anything to piss the cop off, and in fact the total dialogue was very minimal...

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by vikkyvik
Wed Jun 16, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida Governor -Moment of Silence in School for Prayer
Replies: 33
Views: 1245

Re: Florida Governor -Moment of Silence in School for Prayer

A moment of silence is not, a moment for prayer, maybe. Good luck with that argument, given what the governor himself stated: “The idea that you can just push God out of every institution and be successful, I’m sorry, our Founding Fathers did not believe that,” DeSantis said, shortly before signing...

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by vikkyvik
Wed May 05, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Non-Av Pic Thread - 2021
Replies: 14
Views: 2076

Re: Non-Av Pic Thread - 2021

Newark727 wrote:
Last week I went to a night photoshoot at the Southern California Railway Museum - never done anything like this before, but it was great fun.


Very cool, nice photos. I've never been to that museum before, will have to try and get there sometime.

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by vikkyvik
Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lawmaker in Louisiana Suggests Teaching Good of Slavery
Replies: 50
Views: 3726

Re: Lawmaker in Louisiana Suggests Teaching Good of Slavery

phatfarmlines wrote:
Good on his fellow GOP members to object. I'd like to see more of that coming from that party


I mean, yeah, good on them, I guess. But how low a bar can you set? "Slavery is bad". Yay for saying what anyone with half a brain would say.

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by vikkyvik
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: YouTube Video - Late Throttle Override. Any further information?
Replies: 26
Views: 3761

Re: YouTube Video - Late Throttle Override. Any further information?

I'm not sure the thrust lever change override really did much - looks and sounds like the airplane contacted the runway about a second later, just when you can hear the engines start spooling up.

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by vikkyvik
Thu Mar 18, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: 70-200MM Canon Lens Under $1000
Replies: 37
Views: 4893

Re: 70-200MM Canon Lens Under $1000

My only complaint is that when it came to birds, there were a lot of situations where the lens would focus on the wrong thing, or not focus on the birds face. Are you using multiple AF points? Try using a single AF point, and place it squarely on the area you want in focus. I am using the center po...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Mar 16, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do the carrier landing aircraft manage to descend during approach with such a big positive pitch angle
Replies: 33
Views: 3092

Re: How do the carrier landing aircraft manage to descend during approach with such a big positive pitch angle

Lift is reduced in a climb only assuming a constant AoA at the same speed. Unless you're just doing a very small climb, you'd point the nose up to increase AoA. Since AoA is increased, lift increases in your typical climb. More lift means more drag, which is offset by thrust. The engine is part of ...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: 70-200MM Canon Lens Under $1000
Replies: 37
Views: 4893

Re: 70-200MM Canon Lens Under $1000

speedbird52 wrote:
My only complaint is that when it came to birds, there were a lot of situations where the lens would focus on the wrong thing, or not focus on the birds face.


Are you using multiple AF points? Try using a single AF point, and place it squarely on the area you want in focus.

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by vikkyvik
Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do the carrier landing aircraft manage to descend during approach with such a big positive pitch angle
Replies: 33
Views: 3092

Re: How do the carrier landing aircraft manage to descend during approach with such a big positive pitch angle

Trimeresurus wrote:
Considering that they don't even flare at touchdown. How is it so that at that attitude and speed, the lift can't overcome the weight? And why doesn't that lead to a stall but to a controlled descent?


Simply put, because they are flying fairly slowly, in a high-drag configuration.

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by vikkyvik
Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: 70-200MM Canon Lens Under $1000
Replies: 37
Views: 4893

Re: 70-200MM Canon Lens Under $1000

How is the Gen 1 Canon 100-400L in comparison to the 70-200? I know it is slower, and the zoom is clunky, but considering I intend to do wildlife photography when not planespotting it would probably make sense for me to have the range available. Sample photos of the lens look pretty decent to me as...

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by vikkyvik
Mon Mar 08, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?
Replies: 36
Views: 2260

Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

Most of our house has pretty standard warm white - couldn't tell you the temperature, but probably 3000 - 4000K or thereabouts. Exception is the kitchen and bathroom, which both have recessed LED lights in the ceiling, and for which I purposely bought 6000 K (I think) lights. I love them, especially...

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by vikkyvik
Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oshkosh wins USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Contract
Replies: 37
Views: 2276

Re: Oshkosh wins USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Contract

36 replies and no one asked if the trucks will be pink?

Hmmm.

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by vikkyvik
Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tiger Woods seriously injured in car accident
Replies: 35
Views: 14108

Re: Tiger Woods seriously injured in car accident

Glancing at your phone while driving too fast on a unknown road it all you need. Glancing at your phone while driving the speed limit on a known road is all you need. I swear, based on what I've seen in the last 5-10 years, being on your phone while driving has to be 10 times more unsafe than drunk...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tiger Woods seriously injured in car accident
Replies: 35
Views: 14108

Re: Tiger Woods seriously injured in car accident

lightsaber wrote:
Where he crashed is local for myself. I will neither confirm nor deny it is a fun place to drive fast.


Was local for me too up until 4 years ago. I can confirm (or deny) that it is a fun place to drive fast (though some other roads around Palos Verdes are more fun than Hawthorne).

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by vikkyvik
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:05 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: 70-200MM Canon Lens Under $1000
Replies: 37
Views: 4893

Re: 70-200MM Canon Lens Under $1000

My local camera shop is quoting 800 dollars for a used Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L I would not pay $800 for a used EF 70-200 F/4L, unless it was the IS version. I bought my non-IS version for about $500 used. It's a fantastic lens; great quality through the range and extremely sharp, and just about the ...

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by vikkyvik
Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: King toppled from throne by gender-neutral card deck
Replies: 22
Views: 1927

Re: King toppled from throne by gender-neutral card deck

I guess I'll be the one person here saying "good for her". I mean, this doesn't affect my life in the slightest, so there's no reason to get upset over it. And frankly, while a set of playing cards is hardly a major factor, it is one of a million things that very subtly reinforces inequali...

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by vikkyvik
Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Presidential Age Limit in the USA
Replies: 57
Views: 3523

Re: Presidential Age Limit

I wholeheartedly agree with this, but mostly because the President (and the other members of the government) should be legislating for the future of the country and citizens. My opinion: at the start of your term, you should be between 35 (the current minimum age) and 55. I'm also in favor of age ra...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: White House Spox Says Trump “Most Masculine President Ever”
Replies: 31
Views: 1641

Re: White House Spox Says Trump “Most Masculine President Ever”

If by "most masculine" they mean "biggest @sshole", then it's certainly a possibility.

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by vikkyvik
Wed Dec 09, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Can we upload other photgrapher's photos?
Replies: 10
Views: 4815

Re: Can we upload other photgrapher's photos?

dgorun wrote:
, the Air Zaire is no longer on the site.


That's the opposite of what Paul said would happen in the other thread. Can you provide some clarity?

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by vikkyvik
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chuck Yeager: First pilot to fly supersonic dies aged 97
Replies: 24
Views: 2002

Re: General Chuck Yeager passes away at 97 years old

Sad day.

I hope his wife and his kids can come to some agreement over his estate, funeral arrangements, etc. (or maybe they already have). There was a lot of contentiousness there after they got married.

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by vikkyvik
Mon Nov 30, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: What can I do to become a better photographer?
Replies: 2
Views: 1903

Re: What can I do to become a better photographer?

I want to find my style as a photographer and be able to take good pictures. Besides the basic “practice everyday”— what other things should I be practicing and or researching ? What have you found useful in your journey? No need to pigeonhole yourself into a "style". Don't even worry abo...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Re-upload rejection - how to handle this
Replies: 5
Views: 3406

Re: Re-upload rejection - how to handle this

Hi Jalap ! You can always use the "Reupload" function which can be easily found in "Photo Corner" ---> "Accepted" ---> "Photo you want to switch"---> "Reupload" to replace the current ACCEPTED photo with another better one. Follow the instructions s...

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by vikkyvik
Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: RIP Alex Trebek
Replies: 12
Views: 1223

Re: RIP Alex Trebek

So sad.....

Not much else to say. Just very sad.

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by vikkyvik
Fri Oct 09, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Can we upload other photgrapher's photos?
Replies: 10
Views: 4815

Re: Can we upload other photgrapher's photos?

Can we lift photos from facebook and upload them under our name as long as we give credit in the remark field? My understanding is that you need either: 1.) to have permission from the photographer. or 2.) to be posting photos that you now own, like photos inherited from parents or whatever. I had ...

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by vikkyvik
Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: RIP Eddie Van Halen
Replies: 32
Views: 1489

Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

It's a pity that the world knows him best for a keyboard song (although that was his background). I don't think that's how the world knows him best. Especially since that song has a guitar solo in it, too. The name "Eddie Van Halen" and the word "guitar" are synonymous. Weirdest...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: RIP Eddie Van Halen
Replies: 32
Views: 1489

Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Well, it was bound to happen sooner rather than later, sadly.

I knew he had been having some health issues recently, stemming from cancer, but I had no idea he was in such bad shape.

Giant loss.

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by vikkyvik
Tue Oct 06, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 278
Views: 69563

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

Exposure-wise I think both are within tolerance, although the second is certainly in need of a saturation/contrast boost (and I'm surprised it wasn't rejected on that basis). This actually illustrates the kind of broader tolerance bracket I'd like to see, rather than the narrow, knife-edge kind we ...

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by vikkyvik
Wed Sep 30, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Star Wars episodes viewing order?
Replies: 43
Views: 3260

Re: Star Wars episodes viewing order?

8 is worth watching just for it's weirdness. Having just re-watched The Last Jedi , I guess my opinion stays the same. But I really don't find it a particularly good movie. I guess at some point I will have to watch The Rise of Skywalker just to see how they managed to close this clusterf*ck of a t...

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by vikkyvik
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No new iPhone ?
Replies: 57
Views: 2777

Re: No new iPhone ?

casinterest wrote:
The se Mark 2 as you pointed out is already available. What I think we are looking at is a smaller form factor for some folks.


I know, that's what I said. The SE Mark 2 isn't really a replacement for the old SE. But it is smaller than most new-generation phones.

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by vikkyvik
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No new iPhone ?
Replies: 57
Views: 2777

Re: No new iPhone ?

casinterest wrote:
You mean a 5s replacement? I think it is overrated.


He means an iPhone SE replacement - the SE succeeded the iPhone 5s back in 2016.

The new SE Mark 2 is larger....but still could be considered somewhat small, compared to iPhone 11.

I loved my old iPhone SE...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Home fitness recommendation
Replies: 13
Views: 799

Re: Home fitness recommendation

Peloton is the first thing that comes to mind and I've heard great things...but it's so expensive! NordicTrack and Echelon are cheaper alternatives but all the reviews I've found attempt to compare them and then just conclude by saying "pick the one you like best" rather than making an ac...

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by vikkyvik
Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Phone Call from a potential employer to reject a candidate?
Replies: 7
Views: 672

Re: Phone Call from a potential employer to reject a candidate?

For most jobs I haven't been offered, I have not received any sort of notice - no call, no email.

It used to irk me a bit, but doesn't bother me at all anymore. Just keep on applying...

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by vikkyvik
Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What are Your Favorite Albums?
Replies: 46
Views: 1970

Re: What are Your Favorite Albums?

I don't really have favorite albums/songs anymore, but here are some that I can listen to over and over: Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic (1975) Collective Soul - self-titled (1995) Covet - Effloresce (2018) Dream Theater - Awake (1994) Dream Theater - self-titled (2013) Goo Goo Dolls - A Boy Named Goo...

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by vikkyvik
Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Star Wars episodes viewing order?
Replies: 43
Views: 3260

Re: Star Wars episodes viewing order?

Eh...probably start with the original trilogy 4, 5, and 6. Maybe skip 1 entirely, then watch 2 and 3 on mute. No need to watch 7, since it's a repeat of 4. 8 is worth watching just for it's weirdness. I haven't seen 9, and don't know if I ever will. Finish with Rogue 1, so at least you end on a high...

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by vikkyvik
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Speed limit observance psychology
Replies: 42
Views: 1671

Re: Speed limit observance psychology

On the I-5 Northbound from Seattle towards the Canadian border: Stretches of alternating 60 mph and 70 mph limits. I note that doing 60 mph I am in the slowest quartile of traffic. However, doing 70 mph I am in the fastest quartile of traffic. Is 65 mph sort of a "sweet spot"? Both in MA ...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Aug 25, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Changing Screening Results
Replies: 3
Views: 5109

Re: Changing Screening Results

I can only see the thumbnail, so if you can post the full-size uploaded version it would be easier to comment.

With that said, the light doesn't look very good, so unless it's a rare photo, I wouldn't expect it to be accepted.

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by vikkyvik
Thu Aug 20, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane flies under Mackinac Bridge
Replies: 58
Views: 13353

Re: Plane flies under Mackinac Bridge

Interesting. When I took a helicopter tour of San Francisco, we flew under the Golden Gate bridge. Is that a special exception to the rule?

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by vikkyvik
Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Losing a four legged member of the family
Replies: 12
Views: 646

Re: Losing a four legged member of the family

So sorry for your loss. We had to do the same a couple weeks ago. Marshmallow was almost 16 years old, and she had been suffering from kidney disease for a year, plus being almost completely deaf, and likely having some dementia as well. She was my wife's dog, 3 years before we even met. So it was e...

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by vikkyvik
Mon Aug 10, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota Still Taking Place
Replies: 53
Views: 3360

Re: Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota Still Taking Place

johns624 wrote:
Just like any other large, disorganized group, you can't paint them with a broad brush.


You mean like saying 95% of them are wannabe fakers?

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by vikkyvik
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Non-Av Pic Thread - 2020
Replies: 32
Views: 3434

Re: Non-Av Pic Thread - 2020

sorry folks. didn't mean to spam this thread. Just cant remove duplicate posts somehow. Whoa man, you alright there? :biggrin: I did get pictures of it though but not nearly as good as what you got. What lens did you use for the Jupiter and Moon shots? For the wider comet shot showing part of the h...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Non-Av Pic Thread - 2020
Replies: 32
Views: 3434

Re: Non-Av Pic Thread - 2020

Let's see what I got.... Comet Neowise: https://photos.smugmug.com/Skyscapes/Comet-Neowise-July-2020/i-66PSt86/0/a6fa3e2d/XL/IMG_1368PS-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Skyscapes/Comet-Neowise-July-2020/i-LTVhDT6/0/cdc8a249/XL/IMG_1383PS-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Skyscapes/Comet-Neowise-Jul...

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by vikkyvik
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Shortest runway airports with regular A380 service
Replies: 27
Views: 5994

Re: Shortest runway airports with regular A380 service

Looking at the A380 technical data doc that I found here: https://www.airbus.com/content/dam/corporate-topics/publications/backgrounders/techdata/aircraft_characteristics/Airbus-Aircraft-AC-A380.pdf If I read it correctly, it looks like the max weight variant has an MTOW of 575000 kg (1,267,658 lbs)...

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by vikkyvik
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post-screening questions
Replies: 23
Views: 6108

Re: Post-screening questions

All 4 images look perfectly acceptable to me.

UA 777 just looks like a late afternoon sun giving the airplane a slight color cast.

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by vikkyvik
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Email Etiquette
Replies: 36
Views: 2053

Re: Email Etiquette

fr8mech wrote:Just something light to chew on.If we are going to comment on grammar checking, can we mention that a sentence shouldn’t end with a preposition? More importantly, it's not even a complete sentence. :biggrin: The obvious thing that bugs me, and just about everyone else I know, is the &...

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