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Old 05-09-2013, 11:48 PM   #3226
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2bold, hopefully if this link works:
https://maps.google.com.au/maps
you will be looking at the original home of your opal..
Chances are you are correct, but only about 95% of the world's opals come from Australia. We even get some from our states of Idaho and Nevada.
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:22 AM   #3227
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I'd love to see the opal mines in Austrailia. Maybe someday. I've heard that "Coober Pedy" translates to "white man down a hole" I should have done that on the way to or from McMurdo in "91. It all boils down to time and money. I'd rather see Austrailia on a bike anyway, now that I have some ADV friends.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:26 AM   #3228
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EG helped me put our balcony together (finally!):

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At night:



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Old 05-15-2013, 08:50 AM   #3229
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:10 AM   #3230
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I made these Mermite Panniers.



I made the kids too -
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:10 AM   #3231
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:57 PM   #3232
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I couldn't find a citrus zester in any local store, so I made one:



If you want to see the process, there are lots more pictures and a how-to of sorts here: http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/inde...c,12356.0.html
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:59 PM   #3233
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I made these Mermite Panniers.



I made the kids too -
Good lookin' kids, Leigh! Don't let your ex see that picture! It may wind up as evidence in a custody battle!
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:23 PM   #3234
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Windspeeds were only one part of it. There were 4 anemometers and one directional anemometer to measure windspeeds at 5 different levels. The inside stub on each level was to attach a thermocouple to measure temperatures. The middle stub is for attaching rubber hoses too.

Inside the white box is a campbell scientific datalogger, a crap load of flowmeters, a battery, and an air pump. All of the hoses hanging out the bottom of the box are supposed to be attached to some sort of vacuum box, with special bags for holding air samples.

The whole contraption was used to take air sample profiles downwind from pig farms. I built another one very similar to this but with only one arm for sampling air upwind from the pig farms. Never got to see it in action, but I herd that it worked out great for them. Wonder where it is today, 15 years later. Probably some scrap yard.
Hmmm . . . that makes our Wyoming method of measuring air downwind from pig farms seems absolutely quaint.

In Wyoming, we use a crude device called a scentometer. It consists of a plastic box with a couple compartments and various orifices, designed to allow the operator to breathe charcoal-filtered air for a few minutes (through a couple ports stuck up the user's nose). After thus clearing the operator's olfactory senses of the pig stink in the air, he draws a charge of stinky air into the box, so that the stinky air is diluted with seven parts of filtered air. If the operator can then detect any odor of pig stink at a downwind area along a public road or a neighbor's land, the pig farm is in violation of the state's odor standard.

Believe it or not, they actually test potential operators to make sure their noses are not over or under-sensitive before they are allowed to operate the scentometer. I once sat at a hearing where one of the guys who would have acted as the judge in an enforcement case referred to the scentometer, after an explanation of its function, as a "black box of witchcraft." I was the lawyer who would have been bringing such an enforcement case. Given the attitude of the "judge" I never bothered to bring a case. Oddly, it was these "judges" who had adopted the standard in the first place that relies on the black box of witchcraft to determine odor violations.

Here's an entertaining image of an operator with a scentometer stuck up his nose:

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Old 05-18-2013, 12:58 PM   #3235
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EG helped me put our balcony together (finally!):

PLANTS!



At night:



Baby spinach



Baby green onions



Baby regular onion



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Old 05-18-2013, 08:01 PM   #3236
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Don't ask me why. I just did, okay!?











Not done, still need to pick up some big hose clamps instead of the zip ties and need to clean up the rats nest of wiring inside the bucket. Wish I had a bigger headlight to throw on it. I'll probably re-make the brackets and pull the headlight back about an inch too.
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Old 05-19-2013, 02:18 PM   #3237
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Old 05-30-2013, 12:17 AM   #3238
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I have always wanted to try making a knife handle. I ordered a Buck Paradigm recently, and while I love the knife, the aesthetics left something to be desired. I bummed a piece of bubinga (sanded to 320, treated with a thinned cherry stain, and 3 coats of bees wax) and polished a few bits (sanded to 1000 and polished). Now every time I pull it out of my pocket, it's something I'm proud to carry; it makes me feel classy

While this was a much more arguous and painstaking process than I had imagined (probably because it's an assisted-opening knife, with little springs and such that must be taken into account when making scales), this is a hobby I could definitely get into... already searching for fixed blade blanks (if anyone knows where to get some good blanks, please let me know!)

As Buck sells it...



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Old 05-30-2013, 07:57 AM   #3239
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Very Nice. You SHOULD be proud of it. Looks great.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:02 AM   #3240
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I can see the Buck Knives factory from my house.

Very nice improvements, BTW!
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