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RE: Philly to Niagara - routes?

Tore my truck apart and 2 hrs latter told me to enjoy the falls. I'm glad I was nice, it might have been 6hrs if I would have came with the coach. Glad when we got back to the good ol USA. Pleased to know that our border services are doing their job! ;)
Orion 08/15/16 12:27pm Roads and Routes
RE: 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower Twice as Impressive This Year

I estimate the rate to have been about twice the normal.
Orion 08/12/16 01:08pm Around the Campfire
RE: 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower Twice as Impressive This Year

We're camping on the beach, with a perfect view to the north east. In fact, Perseus rises right above our campfire. Plus it's going to be clear, and I have a new bottle of Oakheart Rum!
Orion 08/11/16 11:14am Around the Campfire
RE: Anyone do any Ancestry.com DNA tests?-RESULTS IN!

A friend of mine traces his background to Ireland, but also found out that in 1588 a non Irish ancestor of his, got to Ireland ? How did he get to Ireland. He was a Spaniard, part of the Spanish Armada and in 1588 the ship he was on, shipwrecked off the coast of Ireland during a storm. He made it ashore, married an Irish lass, stayed in Ireland and his Spanish genes were passed on over the generations to the present day. So along with all those Irish DNA...he also has a bit of Spanish DNA. I'm not sure about Scotland, but I know that in the other two Celtic countries, Ireland & Wales, a significant percentage of the population is shorter, darker and swarthy. In Ireland they are called 'Black Irish' and in certain parts of Wales, 'Valley People'. A couple of good examples would be Catherine Zeta Jones and Tom Jones, more so in his younger days. Back in Victorian times, it was commonly believed that this entire segment of the population originated this way, the offspring of randy Spanish shipwrecked sailors from the Armada! It is now recognised that there simply would not have been enough sailors to explain all of this trait and that this group was a pre Celtic wave of immigration from Spain & Portugal.
Orion 08/07/16 10:09am Around the Campfire
RE: Probably not worth mentioning...

Yes, we were there a few years ago. Or I should say, really close to it as now it's a PAID attraction and you have to PAY to go and see a marking on a rock! I can't imagine paying to see that! On edit, it's about 40' from the actual point. Google Map
Orion 07/22/16 11:01am Around the Campfire
RE: Woman and Tattoos

A few small tattoos on your forearms aren't too bad, but when you have them everywhere IMHO, it looks ridiculous. A few pieces of art on the walls of your house look good. If all the walls are completely covered though, it just looks silly! My Dad had a few done when he was in the Army. He started off in China in the 30s when it was being invaded by the Japanese. He had one done on his upper arm of a severed Japanese soldier's head with a dagger stuck in the top of the head and showing down below, coming out of the neck. He had never had a problem with this until my parents moved to Canada and he had his first full examination by their new doctor, Dr. Takahashi!!! :)
Orion 07/20/16 09:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: Unbelievable...

Why isn't dental and vision included in 'Medical Healthcare' coverage. Just as a matter of interest, they are not covered in BC either and I assume none of the other Canadian provinces or territories.
Orion 07/20/16 05:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: Headed for Bella Coola

This guy really enjoyed the trip. I didn't know though that part of The Hill was single lane! THE HILL
Orion 07/16/16 10:18am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: What does the future hold??

You mean the small low bowl in the bathroom that all British tourists use to wash their socks in?
Orion 07/11/16 01:05pm Around the Campfire
RE: Searching for extraterrestial life.......

"I think if ET wanted make contact. He would by now". Yes, this is what they call the 'Fermi Paradox'
Orion 07/02/16 03:53pm Around the Campfire
RE: singing at soccer games

Wouldn't call the All Blacks a football team if I were you. Just the most successful rugby team on the planet. When & where I grew up, the Welsh Valleys, 50s & 60s, the word 'Football' meant Rugby!
Orion 07/01/16 04:08pm Around the Campfire
RE: Searching for extraterrestial life.......

What it doesn't show is if any other IL is still alive. Well it sort of does, the final 'L' shows 'L = the length of time for which such civilizations release detectable signals into space'. As for the cost, most of the SETI research is 'piggy backed ' off regular astronomical observations.
Orion 06/29/16 08:53pm Around the Campfire
RE: Searching for extraterrestial life.......

What it doesn't show is if any other IL is still alive. Well it sort of does, the final 'L' shows 'L = the length of time for which such civilizations release detectable signals into space'. As for the cost, most of the SETI research is 'piggy backed ' off regular astronomical observations.
Orion 06/29/16 08:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: Searching for extraterrestial life.......

As far as the 'Big Bang' goes, then yes, that is what the evidence shows. By measuring how far the galaxies are apart and how fast all of them are moving apart, it can be calculated that thirteen and a half billion years ago, everything was in one place. It's not quite as simple as that though as all this matter didn't 'explode' out into empty space, there was no space! The 'Singularity' which is what they call the particle that started it all, also contained space and that expanded outwards along with all the matter. This is why when you ask where was this singularity that started it all, the answer is 'everywhere'!
Orion 06/28/16 11:00am Around the Campfire
RE: Searching for extraterrestial life.......

The Drake Equation has value, not to calculate any figure, as most of the factors are guesses, but to show what factors are involved in the calculation. It shows for example that even if life could last for three billion years on a planet, intelligent life for two million years, then a civilisation capable of transmitting its prescience might appear right at the end of this period, and then of course, how long will that civilisation last? This cuts down the number drastically as there could be a VERY narrow window during which a civilisation could be transmitting.
Orion 06/28/16 10:49am Around the Campfire
RE: Searching for extraterrestial life.......

My view is not that dissimilar from yours, except I don't think the universe is teeming with life. As you say, we should of picked up their radar, etc., I would think. I agree, and of course, 'teeming' is a relative term! Earlier on, they used the Drake Equation to calculate the number of intelligent civilisations possible at the present and always got numbers like 1-3. I always thought that this was a useless exercise. as the real purpose was to show the factors involved . Now though, when they do those calculations they get higher numbers.
Orion 06/27/16 10:01pm Around the Campfire
RE: Searching for extraterrestial life.......

I've never been a believer in ET life. I know the theories, lots of universes/planets out there....more than mathematically possible. I'll believe it when I see it. Les, I'm curious, what do you base this on? Lack of evidence? Also, do you mean intelligent life, or any form of life? Or is this "I just don't believe it" with no actual reason? For myself, I don't have a 'belief' either way, I 'think' that the Universe is teeming with life, but am puzzled why there is no evidence, as many of those civilisations should be way ahead of us. We should have picked up their radars, or even the gamma radiation from the warp drive of the daily shuttle from Tau Ceti to Epsilon Eridani! :)
Orion 06/27/16 09:25am Around the Campfire
RE: Searching for extraterrestial life.......

Contact will never be made.........any intelligent life form will just bypass us. If by 'contact' you mean a visit from an ET, then yes, you are possibly correct. However, SETI is just concerned with detecting evidence of extra terrestrial life.
Orion 06/26/16 05:21pm Around the Campfire
RE: Searching for extraterrestial life.......

With a few exceptions, radio waves are not transmitted into space by radio telescopes, but are received by them. As already explained, 'radio' waves are just one part of the electromagnetic spectrum, and these receivers can pick up all kinds of frequencies. Much of the ET searching is done at the 21cm level as this is a common frequency throughout the universe, the frequency of hydrogen. What is puzzling is that apart from two puzzling incidents, nothing has been detected. With all the recent exoplanet discoveries, the number of civilisations, according to the 'Drake Equation has greatly increased. However, if that be the case, where are they?
Orion 06/26/16 12:18pm Around the Campfire
RE: Canadian Banks - Changing American to Canadian $

You see this, and similar questions all the time, on here and other forums. So many Americans will come to Canada with apparently piles of US cash wanting to exchange it for Canadian. I have often wondered why? Is it that: a) We don't have ATMs here- Yes we do, probably the same as in the US but we have a more linked in system. b) If I take money out of an ATM in Canada from my account in the US, it will be in US dollars as that's what's in my account. (!!!) - No, except a few ATMs in larger cities, all our ATMs dispense Canadian Dollars. c) If I tap in to withdraw $100, do I get $100 Canadian and $100 comes out of my account in the US- No , the exchange amount will come out of your account. This amount will be the SELLING rate for Canadian Dollars at your bank, as your bank is actually selling you Canadian dollars, PLUS a foreign exchange fee of 2-3%, previously only c/c did this, now many debit cards are too. d) If I put in $100 to withdraw at an ATM in Canada, does $100 come out of my account but the machine will give me the exchange of, say, $132.17 Canadian? - No see c) above.
Orion 06/26/16 10:22am Around the Campfire
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