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We went for a little drive not too far from home and ended up  wandering down some new roads for us. We found this castle.
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There were many great views of the mountain.
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A few years ago I was operating a D8T dozer on a job, mostly pushing out fill from a half dozen haul trucks. They have abysmal forward visibility, and I took a few pictures for a safety presentation on why you don't cross in front of the larger dozers.
My diesel beetle in front:
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My normal field of view as seated
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Now leaning hard each way

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[Image: IMG-20160826-170905.jpg]

In that last picture, you see the barest sliver of the back hatch. That's it. A person in front of the dozer is a dead person.
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(03-28-2021, 07:53 AM)skyking Wrote: A few years ago I was operating a D8T dozer on a job, mostly pushing out fill from a half dozen haul trucks. They have abysmal forward visibility, and I took a few pictures for a safety presentation on why you don't cross in front of the larger dozers.
My diesel beetle in front:
[Image: IMG-20160826-171039.jpg]
[Image: IMG-20160826-170833.jpg]
My normal field of view as seated
[Image: IMG-20160826-170901.jpg]

Now leaning hard each way

[Image: IMG-20160826-170910.jpg]

[Image: IMG-20160826-170905.jpg]

In that last picture, you see the barest sliver of the back hatch. That's it. A person in front of the dozer is a dead person.

Just a few  days ago a dump truck clipped a mini Cooper on the expressway in Toronto and it got stuck on the front of the truck sideways, it drove for 700 metres before it finally stopped,  but only because another person in another car flagged him down, otherwise he probably would have kept going. 

Everyone at work was saying "How could he not know that he hit a car?"

Well those pictures are the answer.



https://driving.ca/mini/auto-news/news/w...wn-highway
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(03-28-2021, 07:53 AM)skyking Wrote: ... A person in front of the dozer is a dead person ...

"Mr. Dent," he said.
"Hello?  Yes?" said Arthur.
"Some factual information for you.  Have you any idea how much damage that bulldozer would suffer if I just let it roll straight over you?"
"How much?" said Arthur.
"None at all," said Mr. Prosser ...

(from Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy")
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Lovely images mate, especially this one...

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You were lucky enough to capture some lenticular (lens-shaped) clouds,
which have often been reported as "flying saucers", particularly around
sunrise or sunset.

And re your second post...

A mechanic performing maintenance on a Komatsu (Haulpak) truck ran over his own
Toyota ute at Rio Tinto's Brockman 4 iron ore mine near Tom Price in WA's Pilbara.

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The truck had been retrofitted with technology allowing it to operate autonomously
within a geofenced zone. However, at the time of the incident, in the early hours of
November 2019, it was in manual mode and outside the autonomous zone.

And the heavily modified ute...

[Image: hapless-australian-drives-loaded-mining-...ckup_3.jpg]

The sand flags certainly served their purpose.....  or not.      Big Grin
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Oh, that's "heavily modified", all right!
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Imagine parking your car near Salisbury Plain when the track toads come out to play.
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(03-28-2021, 01:01 PM)SYZ Wrote: Lovely images mate, especially this one...

[Image: PXL-20210327-203643970-1.jpg]

You were lucky enough to capture some lenticular (lens-shaped) clouds,
which have often been reported as "flying saucers", particularly around
sunrise or sunset.

And re your second post...

A mechanic performing maintenance on a Komatsu (Haulpak) truck ran over his own
Toyota ute at Rio Tinto's Brockman 4 iron ore mine near Tom Price in WA's Pilbara.

[Image: 5a5a8c191237bbca87417d47a170df76?impolic...height=485]

The truck had been retrofitted with technology allowing it to operate autonomously
within a geofenced zone. However, at the time of the incident, in the early hours of
November 2019, it was in manual mode and outside the autonomous zone.

And the heavily modified ute...

[Image: hapless-australian-drives-loaded-mining-...ckup_3.jpg]

The sand flags certainly served their purpose.....  or not.      Big Grin

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(03-28-2021, 08:23 AM)Unsapien Wrote:
(03-28-2021, 07:53 AM)skyking Wrote: A few years ago I was operating a D8T dozer on a job, mostly pushing out fill from a half dozen haul trucks. They have abysmal forward visibility, and I took a few pictures for a safety presentation on why you don't cross in front of the larger dozers.
My diesel beetle in front:
[Image: IMG-20160826-171039.jpg]
[Image: IMG-20160826-170833.jpg]
My normal field of view as seated
[Image: IMG-20160826-170901.jpg]

Now leaning hard each way

[Image: IMG-20160826-170910.jpg]

[Image: IMG-20160826-170905.jpg]

In that last picture, you see the barest sliver of the back hatch. That's it. A person in front of the dozer is a dead person.

Just a few  days ago a dump truck clipped a mini Cooper on the expressway in Toronto and it got stuck on the front of the truck sideways, it drove for 700 metres before it finally stopped,  but only because another person in another car flagged him down, otherwise he probably would have kept going. 

Everyone at work was saying "How could he not know that he hit a car?"

Well those pictures are the answer.



https://driving.ca/mini/auto-news/news/w...wn-highway

That whole article is infuriating to me. "Raging " from the title onward.
You do know how that all started? My money was the cooper cut insanely close to the truck to begin with, as the truck driver was checking his mirror and then the cooper had to tap brakes. That's how he got where he got undiscovered by the driver. People do this to me all the time, cut tight in front of me because they are in such a goddamn hurry they can't just wait 0.9 seconds to take that exit behind me like a sane person.
The truck driver got all the tickets and I just don't buy it. In this state, there are at least laws for cutting out my safety space. I need a damn dash cam!
/rant off
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(03-28-2021, 05:08 PM)skyking Wrote:
(03-28-2021, 08:23 AM)Unsapien Wrote:
(03-28-2021, 07:53 AM)skyking Wrote: A few years ago I was operating a D8T dozer on a job, mostly pushing out fill from a half dozen haul trucks. They have abysmal forward visibility, and I took a few pictures for a safety presentation on why you don't cross in front of the larger dozers.
My diesel beetle in front:
[Image: IMG-20160826-171039.jpg]
[Image: IMG-20160826-170833.jpg]
My normal field of view as seated
[Image: IMG-20160826-170901.jpg]

Now leaning hard each way

[Image: IMG-20160826-170910.jpg]

[Image: IMG-20160826-170905.jpg]

In that last picture, you see the barest sliver of the back hatch. That's it. A person in front of the dozer is a dead person.

Just a few  days ago a dump truck clipped a mini Cooper on the expressway in Toronto and it got stuck on the front of the truck sideways, it drove for 700 metres before it finally stopped,  but only because another person in another car flagged him down, otherwise he probably would have kept going. 

Everyone at work was saying "How could he not know that he hit a car?"

Well those pictures are the answer.



https://driving.ca/mini/auto-news/news/w...wn-highway

That whole article is infuriating to me. "Raging " from the title onward.
You do know how that all started? My money was the cooper cut insanely close to the truck to begin with, as the truck driver was checking his mirror and then the cooper had to tap brakes. That's how he got where he got undiscovered by the driver.  People do this to me all the time, cut tight in front of me because they are in such a goddamn hurry they can't just wait 0.9 seconds to take that exit behind me like a sane person.
The truck driver got all the tickets and I just don't buy it. In this state, there are at least laws for cutting out my safety space. I need a damn dash cam!
/rant off

I'd likely call it "failure to yield right of way" on the mini driver. Though I will admit that the truck driver should have could(?) have felt more sluggish acceleration? Those things have tons of torque, though.
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Quote:You were lucky enough to capture some lenticular (lens-shaped) clouds,
which have often been reported as "flying saucers", particularly around
sunrise or sunset.
LOL, that's not luck, we call that picture "Tuesday" or "Sunday" around here Big Grin
What looks like a stationary cloud is really more interesting. They only form when winds aloft are greater than 50 knots above the mountain and humidity is right. As the air is lifted over the mountain, it is both cooled and at a lower pressure. This reduces the dewpoint and what was not visible becomes visible. It is forming and disappearing the whole time.
When the winds are strong enough a mountain wave forms downwind for many miles, and the lenticulars will adorn those waves too.
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Here is a big one at ~30,000 MSL

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What do those clouds mean to me as a pilot?
Stay the fuck out of downwind of the mountain! Big Grin
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The first "official" UFO sighting was near Mt. Rainier, where the pilot reported the objects were moving like "saucers skipped on the water." This was NOT a description of the objects, but newsmen do get lazy.
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My wife started kicking me out of the house on the weekends now that it's getting warmer, to go for walks. Which is a good thing so I went of a 2 hour walk around Dow's lake (an artificial lake connected to the Rideau canal system) it'll be really pretty in a few weeks.

This is me finding my favourite tree to smoke some weed as a reward after my walk.

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This is my view. It's Dow's Lake looking back towards my home, one of the apartment buildings in the distance on the left most part of the picture. Lake doesn't look like much right now but they'll soon be filling it again after draining it for the winter. I'll take another one in about a month it'll look great.

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It's nice to see the trees starting to come back to life again

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(Yesterday, 08:10 AM)Unsapien Wrote: This is me finding my favourite tree to smoke some weed as a reward after my walk.

Wait, you're NOT all fuzzy and cottony and knitted?!  hobo (BTW, what *is* in your avatar. Reminds me of a Soviet cartoon character, called Cheburashka, that was friends with a crocodile)

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Here are some flower photos I took recently (sorry for the instagram link, too lazy to go to postimages; I really need a phone with a better camera though  Girl_yes2 ).







I'm SO glad things are finally starting to bloom - I love biking and scanning the sides of the roads for wildflowers to photograph  girl blushing The one in the picture is a tiny, tiny thing, the size of my fingernails (and I don't have manicure ;-))
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Unsapien's avatar looks to be an NVA soldier. Of course I'm seeing a lot of things that aren't there right now.
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Good to see you @Unsapien
Good to see you stoned Big Grin
We took a long weekend camping on the Olympic peninsula.
First night was Fort Worden.
Standing on Battery Kinzie looking west out the strait of Juan de Fuca.
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Inside that semicircle was a disappearing gun mount with a 12" gun.
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Next two nights camping at Dosewallips State Park

Eagle's nest on the river.
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Took a drive to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

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This one is for @Thumpalumpacus
Massive Oshkosh snow blower

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(11 hours ago)skyking Wrote: First night was Fort Warden.
Standing on the Kinzie battery looking west out the strait of Juan de Fuca.
[Image: PXL-20210409-000123462.jpg]

Inside that semicircle was a disappearing gun mount with a 12" gun.

About six years ago, I flew back to SoCal for my son's graduation, and during my stay met up with a friend at the Korean Peace Park in Long Beach. It's built atop an Army Coast Defense battery site, much like what you've pictured. The guns were removed, but one could tour the casemate and some supporting tunnels and outlier nests.

Disappearing guns, for those who don't know, were coastal artillery which used the recoil of the gun to lower the emplacement down below the concrete emplacement for reloading. They lowered after each shot to reload in the relative safety behind concrete fortification, to pop up again. The 12" guns could shoot about 25,000 yards, and were supported at the site we toured by machine-gun and smaller (75mm) cannon free-standing emplacements.
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(10 hours ago)Thumpalumpacus Wrote:
(11 hours ago)skyking Wrote: First night was Fort Warden.
Standing on the Kinzie battery looking west out the strait of Juan de Fuca.
[Image: PXL-20210409-000123462.jpg]

Inside that semicircle was a disappearing gun mount with a 12" gun.

About six years ago, I flew back to SoCal for my son's graduation, and during my stay met up with a friend at the Korean Peace Park in Long Beach. It's built atop an Army Coast Defense battery site, much like what you've pictured. The guns were removed, but one could tour the casemate and some supporting tunnels and outlier nests.

Disappearing guns, for those who don't know, were coastal artillery which used the recoil of the gun to lower the emplacement down below the concrete emplacement for reloading. They lowered after each shot to reload in the relative safety behind concrete fortification, to pop up again. The 12" guns could shoot about 25,000 yards, and were supported at the site we toured by machine-gun and smaller (75mm) cannon free-standing emplacements.
Battery Kinzie was supported by Battery Thomas Vicars with twin balanced 5" guns. It was active from 1902 to 1918, when the guns were shipped to Europe.
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Each of the 12" Kinzie guns had a crew of 51!
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The guns are gone, and it is calm and peaceful now.
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(9 hours ago)skyking Wrote: Each of the 12" Kinzie guns had a crew of 51!
[Image: kinzieHpic.gif]

In this pic of yours, one can see the hydraulic recoil mechanism, at the rear of the gun, that retracted it automatically after each shot.
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For those of you interested: James Eades built the first disappearing gun carriages for the Union ironclads operating on the Ohio and Mississippi. When the gun was fired the recoil took it below decks. The gun crew could then load it safely and use the stored energy of the recoil to bring it back into battery (firing position).
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