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    Re: Single Travel

    Other than urban trails and parks, crime is rare. A couple of pot operations have been busted in brushy areas, but that's a miniscule number overall. You're more likely to have one next door...
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    Re: Soap stone darkroom sink?

    Birch has gotten expensive but has that two-toned tan look if cabinetry is in mind. Most maple is now Russian and more consistently blonde. My habit of just going straight to overkill recommendation...
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz is a seaside resort town backed by hills of brush and redwood groves with an exceptionally dense mtn lion population. These cats frequently wander into residential areas and Stanford...
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    Re: Soap stone darkroom sink?

    I'll have to study up on that Rakka product, John. The newer marine products were sold by another dealer across the Bay who was really more of an ally rather than a competitor; we sent customers to...
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    Re: Soap stone darkroom sink?

    Once one adds up the cost of real marine plywood and epoxy, the alternate methods get very tempting. I just don't like in-place fiberglassing due to health risks. Your flooring installer was correct,...
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Oh my! I've never had a monkey. But when I was little, before our own house was built, we lived in a tiny house atop a hill in a very small town.There was no such thing as pre-school or kindergarten....
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    Re: Soap stone darkroom sink?

    Five years is a quite small track record, and let me explain something else you haven't factored in. It depends on a several of things, John. Having the right quality plywood, and sealing the...
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    What a wonderful experience, Bob! I once worked for a fellow who kept two fully toothed, fully-clawed mtn lions in his house, lounging on his sofa. He said he didn't like the way they looked at him,...
  9. Re: Pentax Digital Spot Meter (Zone VI Holster)

    I'd surmise that those marks were made with a cattle branding iron, and that the holsters were intended for quick-draw light reading contests between cameramen on Western movie sets.
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    Re: Soap stone darkroom sink?

    Yeah, wet saws. Well, for thick soapstone slabs, those are similar to a huge radial arm saw on an overhead rail. Damn fools would attach water hoses to ordinary Skilsaws and routers then hire some...
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Mtn lions are extremely curious much like other cats, which means that they can deliberately stalk people for this benign reason alone. But then if something happens to trigger a different instinct,...
  12. Re: My Method of Making Bellows Compensation Tables, including a math utility

    I did the miniature metric tape rule route for awhile, then permanently converted to the little 2-pc plastic Calumet magnification scale.
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    Re: Soap stone darkroom sink?

    I'm very familiar with marine epoxy. I sold more Smith epoxy than the plant store itself did. Drove right past the West System plant yesterday. Then there's Abatron. I'm not familiar with Rakka. Low...
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Well, there's a protest going on right now about putting down that offender cat yesterday (euthanized under sedation - not shot). It seems to have been a runt having trouble competing for normal...
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    Re: Soap stone darkroom sink?

    Be aware of a couple things if you need to resize a soapstone top. You need a special kind of distinctly expensive diamond blade because, ironically, being so soft and retaining heat so well,...
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    Re: Giving up the view camera---am I nuts?

    I don't care what Avedon did or didn't do because I dislike his pretentious style of work. A significant strategy of his was simply to wear down his sitters until they were outright exhausted, and...
  17. Re: Pentax Digital Spot Meter (Zone VI Holster)

    My leather holster was never used. I think something a little bigger with a cover would be better; but I just carry my meter inside whatever pack or general bag I'm using at the time. No sense...
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    Re: Soap stone darkroom sink?

    I got Formica countertops for free. But I know how to make my own too. There are chemical-resistant grades of these materials, even static-resistant if you want that.
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    It's all over now. They caught the suspect cat and it was a DNA match, so they put it down; a very small one, around 60 lb. The little girl is doing fine.
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    Re: Paint for darkroom sink

    My sink is about 10ft by 3 ft, made of heat-welded 1/4" polypropylene sheeting, so essentially zero maintenance ever except for a bit of amidol etc stain sponging-off about once a year.
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Well, I had my own beans to fry, so to speak, so never got involved hypothesizing about relatively advanced American cultures. I was a lot more interested in things many thousands of years before....
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Thanks for sharing that. Eastern, SW, and NW tribes were very different than our inland California situation, which was nearly apolitical, with almost every little village its own entity, and the...
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    Re: Soap stone darkroom sink?

    I doubt that any modern chem lab orders it. Certainly not around here in the very heart of pharmaceutical and biotech R&D. I sold fabrication equip to their shops, hospitals and govt labs too, and...
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    Re: Soap stone darkroom sink?

    Soapstone is quite soft, that's why it was the choice material for bowls and amulets among Calif. Indians. It's appeal in a kitchen is that it retains heat remarkably well. I simply cannot imagine...
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Goats. Oh my! Mtn lions never bothered cattle or sheep whatsoever, and my place was right across the road from a huge sheepherder's plot, back when they were still herded up to the high country every...
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Good question, John. Although the native peoples were obviously very acquainted with mtn lions, they were such secretive animals that they never seem to have factored much into the legends or rituals...
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    Re: Effective Drypacks

    Hope you don't mind a massive utility bill if dehumidifiers are running full time.
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    Re: Glue For Bellows

    Trichloro has been banned from use for a long time. It killed just too many people. No joke. I don't know how anyone is acquiring it unless from a chem supply house. It was sold as movie film...
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    Re: Effective Drypacks

    Get a machinery cover. These need to breathe. You apparently realize that. Underneath you can put a little portable desiccant container like Dri-Out. Some of these have built-in fans; but the powder...
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Most actual fatalities in North America have occurred on Vancouver Island, BC along a major trail. But even there, the statistical odds of an interaction with a cat are very very low. Two joggers...
  31. Re: "By Request of Mark Osterman in Memorium of Ron Mowrey"

    Oh no. I had many conversations with him over the years. He had a very interesting career and a lot of knowlege, and active right to the end, it seems.
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Everyone was infuriated when that cat was unnecessarily shot. Now they're routinely tranquilizer darted, radio-collared, and relocated to remoter areas. One was even captured napping on someone's...
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    When hiking on brushy trails in lion habitat it's a good idea to keep small children or conspicuously weak elderly people nearby; but getting paranoid about this topic is absurd. They were all...
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    It was on the news again just a few minutes ago. The little girl is OK. The lion hasn't been caught. If they do tree one with hounds, they'll use a DNA test to see if it's the culprit or not. All...
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    They're everywhere around here. It's a rare treat to see one, but wildlife night cameras routinely spot em. There have been 18 documented mtn lion attacks in Calif. in the last hundred years, with...
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    Re: Alignment workflow (architechture)

    A lot depends on whether you're working commercially representing an architect or builder, or doing personal work. I violate all kinds of rules with the latter, but not with the former unless they...
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    Re: Nikkor Q 300mm f9

    View cameras lenses are easy to shade. Just depends on the condition and asking price; lots of M 300's come up for sale, not many Q's. Sometimes I prefer the slightly lower contrast of a...
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    Re: Single Travel

    Cartel pot operations are actually prolific in the lower brushy areas of Sequoia NP and adjacent Natl Forest land, and have been found even in Yosemite NP. They're rife in the Shasta area. But these...
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    Re: Nikkor Q 300mm f9

    The Q was the single-coated predecessor to the final multi-coated M. I've never tried it because I have the M.
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    Re: Alignment workflow (architechture)

    Never assume a building (even new) is level, square, or plumb; many are not. Never assume film is resting square and truly flat in your holder; it probably isn't. Never assume little toy levels are...
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