Posts by Heero Yuy

    Perfect barbecue weather so I've cleaned down the grill and de-frosted the sausages, French bread, brioche rolls and some chilli beef 1/4lb burgers. Beer ( Stella ) is chilling in the fridge, garlic butter and coleslaw made up.

    We don't have beans in the full but good dry cure smoked back bacon ( No white muck ), eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, Scottish* black pudding and hash browns figure.

    * Stornoway is the best, prefer the oats and barley. The seasoning and the invisible fat.

    Lidl do a really nice one.

    I disagree that its a load of hot air Heero

    You're free to do so. If no prosecution results then no offence has been committed no matter how loud the howls of the witch hunt press with the BBC in the vanguard are. I'll admit it was a spectacular misjudgement of presentation.

    Bear in mind that Kier Starmer has had similar misjudgements over his minions such as Stephen Kinnock got a promotion. Tahir Ali NO Action. Kevan Jones NO ACTION yet he gets a free pass from the press.

    Is that litter all scattered on the ground in the first pic or chalk rocks.

    Bits of chalk I'm happy to say. The soil is very thin on the tops of the downs. Didn't seem to be any litter about. I'm so glad that the South Downs are now a National Park and have the protection needed.

    Coming back my sister suggested going down a different path from the one we came up as it was steep. This other path became so frigging steep I had to come down backwards hanging onto tufts of grass. Must have been a good 60-70 degrees. If you slipped it was a fast slide to the bottom. At least there were "steps" but they had chalky gravel on them.

    With only 10 or so spaces in the car park this is never going to get crowded. Neither of us had been up there so a novel experience for us both. Definitely a place to visit again.

    I almost dare not ask but as a regular student of your cookery skills I wonder what you do for a picnic?

    Actually quite plebby: Big wholemeal bap with Stilton, spring onion lettuce and mayo. Snack size pork and pickle pies and some baby plum tomatoes. My sister bought some sandwiches with her fillings and some fruit. Plain water for us both.

    Negative, negative, negative. You'll actually post a positive news story one of these days.

    He's our own version of CF's Mr K. ^^

    The launch of track and trace is good news, and hopefully will allow things to get back to normal a lot quicker.

    Indeed. Anything that gets the pubs open sooner has my vote. Really missing a cool drawn pint in a beer garden in the sun.

    Met up with my sister this morning at 11 and we climbed the (very) steep path up Malling Down. The views were majestic: All the way from the sea at Newhaven to the North downs scarp near Guildford and across the Weald.



    The next one is where we found a bit of shelter from the light breeze and ate our picnic lunches.


    All taken northwards across the weald.

    Really nice to see her in person and also when we got back down to the car park to load her repaired vac into her car. A very pleasant few hours in the beautiful countryside of Sussex.:)

    Why would power grids be affected by it Heero?

    Solar events such as CME's have the power to take down power grids even with the Earths magnetic field at full strength. A reduced field which would be more easily stressed by such an event makes them more vulnerable.

    Power grids are like giant antennas, when a pulse of charged particles from the sun ( CME ) "twangs" the magnetoshpere huge voltages and currents are generated which overload transformers and flash over insulators.

    When the ejection is directed towards Earth and reaches it as an interplanetary CME (ICME), the shock wave of traveling mass causes a geomagnetic storm that may disrupt Earth's magnetosphere, compressing it on the day side and extending the night-side magnetic tail. When the magnetosphere reconnects on the nightside, it releases power on the order of terawatt scale, which is directed back toward Earth's upper atmosphere.

    Solar energetic particles can cause particularly strong aurorae in large regions around Earth's magnetic poles. These are also known as the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) in the northern hemisphere, and the Southern Lights (aurora australis) in the southern hemisphere. Coronal mass ejections, along with solar flares of other origin, can disrupt radio transmissions and cause damage to satellites and electrical transmission line facilities, resulting in potentially massive and long-lasting power outages.[11][12]

    Energetic protons released by a CME can cause an increase in the number of free electrons in the ionosphere, especially in the high-latitude polar regions. The increase in free electrons can enhance radio wave absorption, especially within the D-region of the ionosphere, leading to Polar Cap Absorption (PCA) events.

    CME: Coronal Mass Ejection

    Now that the nagging breeze we had all holiday weekend has fallen light I've got the BBQ out from the garage and cleaned the rust of the grill. Burgers and sausages defrosting as are the brioche buns and french baguette for making cheat garlic bread.

    Going to be a nice lazy afternoon with plenty of cool beers.:)

    Had to fix the main desktop PC this morning. Yesterday it spontaneously re-booted and then fell flat on its face during POST. Tried several re-boots and got loads of wierd POST errors. Would't POST at all this morning.

    Last time I had these sort of problems was adding a new HDD and it turned out to be the PSU so out out it came. Yes! Bulging capacitors low in value. Replaced 3. Two were on the 5V SB supply.

    Explains the subtle odour that I was getting recently while using that machine: Capacitor "juice"

    Put it back together and everythings running fine. One quirk was that the year had got set back to 2019. That makes for wierd errors when trying to access web sites. I've left the cover off for the moment, don't want to tempt fate.

    The magnetic poles have swapped over many times. It was the patterns of magnetism in the rocks around the mid-ocean ridges that first were shown to have recorded past swaps and that magnetic compasses had pointed South as many times as North

    The issue for us humans is if the field becomes seriously reduced then cosmic rays and solar events will not be deflected by the magnetosphere and satellites could be damaged as well as the power grids.

    How that will affect other creatures such as homing pigeons that use the filed to navigate can only be speculated upon.

    I see this morning that a number of members at CF are getting the same error messages. Seems to be due to incorrect reporting of CF being unsafe. Paul M has taken some action to mitigate this.

    I don't run much on the laptop as it's not a crucial tool for my work and if it had to be wiped and reinstalled wouldn't be much of an issue, but the main system has a whole battery of defences and the firewall is handled by the router.