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Old Feb 1 2018, 10:46 AM   #4521
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I'm too lazy to look it up this morning; is it true that cyclones revolve the opposite direction from hurricanes?

I know water really doesn't revolve the opposite direction going down the drain, so inquiring minds want to know.

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Old Feb 2 2018, 07:18 AM   #4522
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No, a cyclone is a hurricane in the Pacific Ocean. We just had one combined with supermoon king tides with some dramatic results.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/101...ged-west-coast
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Old Feb 2 2018, 08:39 AM   #4523
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Interesting week!

Started off with 13 hours in A & E at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, suspected heart condition. They dischared me at 1am Tuesday morning with no way to get home (19 miles) so I found a late night eatery and got a kebab, then ate it in the university library (open 24/7). Spent the rest of the night on a computer doing what I had planned on doing 12 hours earlier.

Spent much of the rest of the week ferrying my 9 month's pregnant grandaughter to and from the maternity hospital for various appointments/false alarms.
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Old Feb 2 2018, 09:20 AM   #4524
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Yikes! Glad you got away with just a scare. Fingers crossed for everything going well for your granddaughter. Is the baby your first great-grandchild?
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Old Feb 2 2018, 11:54 AM   #4525
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Yikes! Glad you got away with just a scare. Fingers crossed for everything going well for your granddaughter. Is the baby your first great-grandchild?
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Thought I was seeing things, Double Vision! Hoping everything works out well, Good Heart, Healthy Little Critter ( New Baby ) And a long time to enjoy Both.
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Old Feb 3 2018, 01:30 PM   #4527
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It's the first definite g-g-child. There's a possible great-grandaughter born a year ago, but the paternity (grandson) is disputed.

Spent today patrolling canal banks looking for otter poo. (Taking part in an otter survey)
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Old Feb 4 2018, 07:13 AM   #4530
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Hope you'll have further difficulties or troubles, Peter, and be able to search for otter poo for many a year to come, if you were so inclined.
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Old Feb 4 2018, 10:53 PM   #4531
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Yep, Really, he could have spent the day watching " The Jeffersons " reruns all Day, or just about any other TV show you can think of.
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(Psst! Don't possess a tele.)
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I don't know; I still can't think of too many worse ways to spend a day than searching for poop. (Root canal or other painful dental procedures does come to mind, however.)

Still, I did mean it as a joke. But I think you knew that.
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Kibby has been in Staunton Va for the last almost 2 weeks. She has 2 LARPers arguing over who gets her to live with. The plan is to switch place every week. Someone is taking her job hunting. She's coming home for about a week, then moving up there.

I am happy for her, and have told her so, but sad at the same time, wich I have not told her.
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Yeah, I knew that, And while looking for Poop all day may Stink, ( pun intended ) Watching the Stinky Crap on TV Stinks worse. At least being outside and helping to keep track of a perhaps, endangered species by searching for what it left behind, is helpful. And P'ter as for not owning a Tele, Good for you, Makes for nice quiet reading!
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I'm with P'ter - I'd rather spend the day on the canal bank. Though I'd probably get distracted from the task of the day by looking at all the plants and trying to see how many of them I was familiar with from here.

I spent the afternoon at Weta Studios Park Street Post Production, looking at how they make prosthetics, models and suchlike - got to handle real chain-mail (VERY heavy) and a dwarven sword (a metre long but light because it's made of aluminium) Cameras are a no-no unfortunately - our guide spent some time explaining to us that the artefacts that we were looking at still belong to the people who commissioned them and we really do not want to take on Warner Brothers on copyright issues.

It was quite an object-lesson in why there isn't a Pern movie too - It would have to be a block-buster to justify the cost of making the dragons - and you can't recycle them from one film to another because of copyright reasons. So the same studio made Avatar and The Hobbit, but the whole process has to start off at the beginning with 500 or more drawings, different sizes of models and parts of models, animatronics, then Weta Digital gets involved, then there the actors, even for what's going to be an animated movie like Tintin. Weta Digital invented the programs that made an actor into Gollum and 150 actors into entire armies and they're used all over the world now.

I asked about training, and they prefer to do their own. They look for creativity, commitment, the ability to think outside the box, to work in a team and to work under pressure rather than fancy qualifications. It might be different in Weta Digital, our guide was a model-maker.
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That must have been a great visit, Vyon. I've seen several good documentairies on Weta and what is involved in making a movie but to visit and handle things, even without being allowed to make pictures, must have been amazing.
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Old Feb 9 2018, 11:27 PM   #4538
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Touring a Studio would be fantastic! The things they can do today are great. The special effects in movies today really bring the fantasy to life. I hope i can get a chance one day. Lucky you, Vyon! Still hoping for a PERN Movie in my lifetime!
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Oh wow, lucky you! I love the LotR movies, especially the extended editions. The stuff they made for the movies is amazing and I really enjoy the making of documentaries as well.
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It's the live aspect of the tour that makes it so fantastic I think. Our guide was one of the model makers and he told us what it was like working with the different people and how some of the costumes were made. For the Scale of Our War - WW1 exhibition at our National Museum, the figures are 2.8 times human size, so they had to find a sewing machine and thread that was 2.8 times normal size to make their clothes. https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=th...w=1346&bih=607 The people depicted in this exhibition have warts, moles and individually planted arm-hair, all 2.8 times human size. Photographs are allowed there, but difficult to take because of the way the exhibition is set up and lighted. Part of the ethics of the Weta group of companies is for it to stay in Wellington and so the city is bristling with Weta projects.
Having done the Park Road tour I now want to do the Weta Cave tour, but it's more expensive.
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Have had trouble logging in lately. get the message that web site could not be found or having trouble connecting to the site.
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The house of the owner is being renovated. The MoM server resides there so we could experience difficulties now and then as maybe power goes off and other things. We'll just have to bear with it and it will soon be over.
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Thanks for letting us know, Hans. Cheryl hasn't been here for a while, but with a house renovation and kids etc., I don't blame her.
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Kibby has flown the coop. She now lives in Staunton Va
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Whoa, how time flies. I hope she'll be happy there.
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