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Gary Ray R
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I am science geek, and Engineer. I write posts about all types of Science, I love Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering and the sea. I am a man of odd enthusiasms. I also post some of my photographs. *EDIT* I don't post as much as I used too, but there are dozens and dozens of older science posts on my stream. I will post more.
I am science geek, and Engineer. I write posts about all types of Science, I love Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering and the sea. I am a man of odd enthusiasms. I also post some of my photographs. *EDIT* I don't post as much as I used too, but there are dozens and dozens of older science posts on my stream. I will post more.

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Gary Ray R commented on a post on Blogger.
Damn, Charles you are hitting on all cylinders.
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Gary Ray R commented on a post on Blogger.
Another good set, Charles. I like the surfaces and angles, of course that B/W image of you is terrific.
Thanks
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Gary Ray R commented on a post on Blogger.
Another nice set Charles.
Thanks.
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Gary Ray R commented on a post on Blogger.
Interesting series of images, you got the eye my friend.
And your image for April should go in your show.
Thanks for sharing Charles.
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Gary Ray R commented on a post on Blogger.
You are looking fine, Charles. And your work is as always, interesting and delightful to the eye.
I have kept up with the Cyclone Debbie mess so been reading a lot about Australia, and finding exotic places on Google maps. The Whitsunday Coast is an amazingly beautiful place, hope it recovers fast.
And you are still in the Melbourne area?
Stay well my friend.
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Gary Ray R commented on a post on Blogger.
Lookin' good Mr. Charles Strebor. I've been banging out some of my own photography and trying not to think about politics. Hope life is good for you my friend.
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I want one of these Mobility Scooters

My knee surgery is complete, I am learning how to walk again, and could use a mobility scooter.    Like this one.

It is just a bit faster than the electric ones you see, this one can do a quarter mile and get to almost 108 miles per hour. (173 Kilometers/hour)  

Alas, I don't think my doc and PT will go for it.  And it really is a souped up go-cart with a motorcycle engine and a scooter frame, so I think Medicare might not pay for it.  Also kinda hard to use indoors.  But a man can dream.

According to Guinness World Record rules, to qualify the vehicle has to be based on a commercially available mobility aid and, from the outside, must look like a traditional motorscooter. So Anderson took a racing go-kart chassis, and re-designed it to fit the dimensions of a Days Strider mobility scooter. He then equipped it with the engine from a Suzuki 600 cc Bandit and replaced the 8-mph (13-km/h)-rated tires with racing wheels and tires from the go-kart.

Souped-up mobility scooter rockets into the record books at 107 mph
http://www.gizmag.com/mobility-scooter-record/41749/
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Finally the Weather Shifts to Winter Rain in California

My favorite weather scientist +Daniel Swain has written a new blog post about the weather in California.  The short version, "Rainy Season is finally here in CA, some drought relief in sight"

Daniel states in his newest blog report:
There is very strong multi-model support for an extended period (of at least 3 weeks, starting on Sunday) of greatly enhanced storminess and widespread precipitation throughout California.
That is science speak for "It's gonna rain a lot for a while in CA." 

The large-scale atmospheric shift I’ve been referencing in nearly every blog post from the past 6 months has finally materialized, and will make itself known in California as early as this weekend.

This is the classic El Niño pattern that I have discussed in previous posts, with a powerful Pacific jet aimed either directly at or south of California.

The jet stream is dipping down enough for it to bring a long line of storms to California. That jet stream is shown below.

The area along of just north of the jet stream is a favorable position for storm development and intensification. Usually, California is located near the regional minimum of jet stream strength as it veers northward, but the imminent pattern shift will create a situation in which storms are much more likely to maintain their open-ocean strength or even strengthen as the approach California from the west. There is very strong multi-model support for an extended period (of at least 3 weeks, starting on Sunday) of greatly enhanced storminess and widespread precipitation throughout California.

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WeatherWest is read by many top climate scientists and weather experts, check out the extensive comments on this blog to get even more detail.  (for you real weather nerds)

Stay dry my California friends, have you cleaned out your gutters?

WeatherWest.com.
Parade of East Pacific storms to affect all of California as subtropical jet strengthens
http://www.weatherwest.com/archives/3754
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To all my dear friends here on Google Plus I wish a very 
Happy New Year!

So far the year is not too bad.  

The picture is of a Bird of Paradise in our yard, and I wanted to share it.
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End of the Year Round Up

I have been bit busy with the holidays and our house remodel.  Thought I should check in with some pictures.  

There is a before and after of the solarium, and another before and after of the shower.  

I also included a picture of a Santa Sculpture that we have as part of our weird Santa collection, +Chad Haney should like this.   We call this Santa the 2nd Amendments Santa, he has his hunting rifle and a grim determined look. 

The last is a picture of an American Bushtit (no, not that kind, pervertシ) in our hedge.  They are tiny little birds and difficult to get a picture of as they are skittish and fast.  This is for a nature photo challenge that +Nikki C asked me to do months ago.  I think this is the number 4 of "nature" found in our yard.  Plus Nikki just posted that nice picture of an English Robin and she inspired me. 
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