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How I love to live in the counrtyside.
05-13-2016, 12:20 PM
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RE: How I love to live in the counrtyside.
(05-12-2016 08:43 PM)Neonzapper Wrote:  Switching subjects for a second...

... how long since someone last mentioned Danica?

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05-13-2016, 02:42 PM
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Danica!

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05-31-2016, 05:45 PM (This post was last modified: 05-31-2016 05:47 PM by drmarkf.)
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RE: How I love to live in the counrtyside.
Meanwhile, back in May 1648...

We went with friends at the weekend to a recreation by the British Civil War Society on the original field of the Battle of St Fagans, May 1648, which is the largest battle (to date) fought on Welsh soil.

This was the last knockings of the English Civil War, where Parliamentarian forces engaged Welsh rebels, who included a sizeable number of turncoats from the (English) New Model Army. The iron discipline and superior training of Cromwell's men under Colonel Horton defeated the more numerous but partially untrained rebels, and Wales was recaptured.

It was fascinating to watch the pikemen and musketeers wheeling and volleying in formation as horsemen rode between: narrow your eyes and the confusion of the battle became obvious as the field became enveloped in smoke.

Those Parliamentarian cannon were SERIOUSLY loud, and you felt each report in your stomach.

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They also re-created The New Model Army camp: I spent many nights under canvas as a boy scout with much worse food...

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05-31-2016, 06:47 PM
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Excellent photography as always Dr. Mark! I apologize if you know this guy, but I couldn't help myself...

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05-31-2016, 06:59 PM
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That took me a full 2 minutes to see what you did there.

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06-01-2016, 12:54 PM
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RE: How I love to live in the counrtyside.
Love it.

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06-04-2016, 12:57 PM
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I own a Hybrid. I recycle weekly. I enjoy Formula E. And, I'm having Elon's solar panels installed as I post. I feel like huggin' a tree!!!

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06-04-2016, 04:09 PM
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You are fantastic, explain the random model S in the last picture.

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06-04-2016, 06:31 PM (This post was last modified: 06-04-2016 06:35 PM by Neonzapper.)
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RE: How I love to live in the counrtyside.
(06-04-2016 04:09 PM)Yaaay Wrote:  You are fantastic, explain the random model S in the last picture.
Ha! Well, I've counted 5 Tesla owners on my street so I couldn't resist getting a photo of my house from that particular angle.

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06-04-2016, 06:38 PM
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Is this installation subsided by a kind of feed in tariff? Would be interested to know the detail. We can get this here where basically the govenrment subsidise the watts you put back into the system, supposedly to offset the cost of the cells but as the cells are rocketing down in price so too is the tariff.

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06-05-2016, 12:21 AM (This post was last modified: 06-05-2016 12:25 AM by leonbray.)
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RE: How I love to live in the counrtyside.
I have a 6kva system on the shed roof. When the subsidies started you used to get 44c per kilowatt hour for the excess that you generated. It is now 10c per kilowatt hour. (BTW I couldn't get the 44c payment because no company could install the panels on my shed that is 20m from the house and my house gets too much shade. Funny how that changed when the subsidies stopped and their installation work started to dry up)

The cost of electricity has risen 50% to offset all the subsidies from the initial offering. The government tells us that they don't set the electricity tariff but, as the biggest shareholder in the generator and the distributor, they can provide guidelines for the dividend they expect to earn - nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

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06-05-2016, 05:06 AM
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What is your "normal" price per KWH and standing charge?

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06-05-2016, 05:23 AM
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Standing charge $1.42 per day
Peak Tariff - kWh $0.24
Off peak - kWh $0.138
plus 10% GST
Solar feed in tariff -$0.10

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06-05-2016, 05:49 PM
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RE: How I love to live in the counrtyside.
I will be sharing my data shortly.

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06-06-2016, 07:36 PM
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RE: How I love to live in the counrtyside.
I've been in the countryside and found there a man starting his tractor by using the steering wheel, having first used a blow torch to warm his engine.
Said engine is neither compression nor spark ignition and the common starting procedure is to start it running backwards and then reverse the rotation.

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06-07-2016, 04:28 AM
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot-bulb_engine

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06-07-2016, 08:02 AM
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seems like a totally sensible system; i can't believe it didn't catch on.
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06-07-2016, 10:09 AM (This post was last modified: 06-07-2016 10:16 AM by chemics.)
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RE: How I love to live in the counrtyside.
(06-06-2016 07:36 PM)Cé hé sin Wrote:  I've been in the countryside and found there a man starting his tractor by using the steering wheel, having first used a blow torch to warm his engine.
Said engine is neither compression nor spark ignition and the common starting procedure is to start it running backwards and then reverse the rotation.

I was getting a sense of déjà Vu with this tractor. It's not the first one of these you've seen. Post #8697 in this thread had another one.

What an odd thing for me to remember when my memory is usually terrible!

(06-07-2016 08:02 AM)frankdouglason Wrote:  seems like a totally sensible system; i can't believe it didn't catch on.

I think it did catch on, but was surpassed by newer technology. The Wikipedia article even mentions there is some interest in using it in developing nations today due to it's simplicity of operation and the potential to use locally produced fuel.
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06-07-2016, 07:04 PM
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(06-07-2016 10:09 AM)chemics Wrote:  
(06-06-2016 07:36 PM)Cé hé sin Wrote:  I've been in the countryside and found there a man starting his tractor by using the steering wheel, having first used a blow torch to warm his engine.
Said engine is neither compression nor spark ignition and the common starting procedure is to start it running backwards and then reverse the rotation.

I was getting a sense of déjà Vu with this tractor. It's not the first one of these you've seen. Post #8697 in this thread had another one.

You'd tend to remember a guy using the steering wheel to start!
There was another tractor started by putting a burning piece of paper into the engine using a special plug.
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06-07-2016, 11:25 PM
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What an odd and fascinating tractor!

From Wiki: "It is an engine in which fuel is ignited by being brought into contact with a red-hot metal surface inside a bulb." Let me go on record with Tech Tim to say I listened and that is conduction. Smile

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06-08-2016, 01:45 PM
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(06-07-2016 04:28 AM)Yaaay Wrote:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot-bulb_engine

We take away from this that the diesel engine should be the Akroyd Stuart engine. Who'd have thought?
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06-24-2016, 01:26 PM
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I know we try to keep the forum politics free, but I can't resist sharing this Smile
http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-...are-dumber

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06-24-2016, 04:03 PM
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(06-24-2016 01:26 PM)Miguel Wrote:  I know we try to keep the forum politics free, but I can't resist sharing this Smile
http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-...are-dumber

I love it.

We're having a US holiday this September and I'm looking forward to appreciating the political shenanigans first hand.

Maybe 'looking forward to' is the wrong phrase, but you know what I mean.

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06-24-2016, 04:21 PM
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I am saying nothing.

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06-24-2016, 05:27 PM (This post was last modified: 06-24-2016 05:34 PM by Miguel.)
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(06-24-2016 04:21 PM)Yaaay Wrote:  I am saying nothing.
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I guess its as good a time as any to share this.




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