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Old 02-11-2011, 04:16 PM   #4471
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coco: "I'll see if I can get you a link to a site which shows where the ISS is going over."
That was going to be my next question. Would viewing be better in the daytime or at night? If that's a stupid question just forget I asked it.

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coco: "I just ran across a very neat link which shows what the guys in the International Space Station are seeing."
Great, that is pretty amazing!

Not to change the subject but there is also a website I discovered during the BP oil spill in our Gulf of Mexico that tracks all the ships at sea. It gives you the name of the vessel, it coordinates, and even shows you its bow-orientation. Neat stuff.

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Bud, viewing is best either early in the morning or early evening. As long as the ISS is in sunlight, it will be reflecting light back to earth. The reflection of this sunlight is what you see. As soon as the ISS goes behind earth, it instantly disappears to our eyes.

You could probably find a site which will tell you when the ISS will be visible from Nebraska. Just search for ISS visible from Nebraska, something like that, and you should get several hits.

When the ISS is going anywhere near overhead, you can usually see it on two consecutive passes about an hour and a half apart.
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Bud...and anyone else who is interested I guess...you can find out when the ISS will be visible from Hastings, Nebraska (or whatever location you wish) by clicking on "Observation" next to the home link. Then center your town on the crosshairs on the Google map, click on change location.

You will then be shown the times over the next ten days when the ISS will be visible from where you are. This will happen 8 times at Hastings, the best one being the last on the list.

Look for the longest transit time and the biggest magnitude number. This number will be shown as a negative. For example a magnitude -3.2 will be brighter than magnitude -2.5.
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Bud...and anyone else who is interested I guess...you can find out when the ISS will be visible from Hastings, Nebraska (or whatever location you wish) by clicking on "Observation" next to the home link. Then center your town on the crosshairs on the Google map, click on change location.

You will then be shown the times over the next ten days when the ISS will be visible from where you are. This will happen 8 times at Hastings, the best one being the last on the list.

Look for the longest transit time and the biggest magnitude number. This number will be shown as a negative. For example a magnitude -3.2 will be brighter than magnitude -2.5.
Thanks Keith, I have that site bookmarked and will be watching to see the ISS.
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Well now...3,000 posts for the Bud man!

Bud, the real question here is "Did you get her phone number?"
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Well now...3,000 posts for the Bud man!
Must say something about my ability to use my spare time productively. Oh well...it keeps me out of the saloons.

I'll tell you another thing that is sad.
I have become a loyal customer at my local McDonald's Restaurant. I'm there every morning at the same time for breakfast before I go to work. The sad thing is that more than a year ago I hit on what I think is a tasty breakfast sandwich so that's what I order day after day after day after day.......

In fact I get a kick out of going in there and all the cashiers just begin to enter my order in their machine with out me saying a single word. When other customers are present it's kind of funny to watch their reaction when I don't open my mouth and my order comes up immediately. I know when the total displays something other than $4.87 that they have made a mistake.

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My wife was there the whole time! So...no!
Hey a guy can dream can't he?
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How do I cut an oval in 18" x 18" travertine tile?
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The best person I know of to answer your question posted right before you did...and that would be Bud Cline. He's our tile guru par excellence.

Do you wish to make an oval from the tile? Or do you wish to remove an oval from inside the tile?

The first would be relatively easy. I would draw the oval, or ellipse shape on a piece of thin cardboard, and transfer that to the tile. Then I would cut as much tile off on the tile saw as possible, by making repeated cuts around the outside of the oval. Then I would grind the remaining segments off with a diamond blade on a hand held grinder.

Having said all that, I really don't know if travertine would lend itself to such treatment. It might be OK with the filled and polished travertine, but I must defer to Bud's immense experience for the final word.

Sorry I cannot help you more.
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We're supposed to be in the banana belt here...uh huh. This is part of yesterday's snowfall.
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Sorry about the table Jim. Not much we could do about the very late snow.
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The day before the snow, I had Japanese Iris' out in the garden.
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Not much done inside the house for some time now...me and the cold weather don't get along too well.

However, I have tried to make inroads with the hand rail for the top stairs.

As you can see, the posts are curved. These are cut out of solid lumber, whereas the posts for the lower stairs are all laminated. It takes far longer to make laminated posts, but the advantage is that they all come out the same shape as long as they are glued on the same mold. Very few people will get to use the top stairs, so I wasn't quite as concerned with them.
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What you don't see in the above photo is the trouble I had trying to get the top of these posts to come into some sort of reasonable line.

I tried clamping long wood strips, but regardless of how thin I made the strips, they all broke due to the severe twist. In the pic above, there are individual pieces of wood between each of the posts. The line was less than perfect.

As it sits now - and not shown in the photo - I have recessed a 3/8" round steel rod into the centre of the top of each post. Then added a couple of flooring screws on both sides of the rod to prevent the rod from moving.

This has turned out to be extremely strong, and now I am in the process of adding a cedar handrail.

This will be done with pieces between each post, very similar to the method used on the stairs going up from the hot tub deck outside.
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Some things a guy just can't get out of his blood, so there's no sense in fighting it I say. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right?

When we get off the rock here, I figured I would be needing to build another car. And so when the chance came up for me to grab one of the two cars I would build, naturally I took it.

This one is a '35 Chevy 2 door standard sedan, 18,436 original miles with original everything. It was found in a barn in Saskatchewan about a year ago, where it had been since 1960. The mice have devoured every shred of upholstery, luckily they don't much care for eating steel!

The nice shiny blue car is what you can turn these old girls into...so hopefully I will be able to do it justice when the time comes.
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