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Feb 17, 2024 16:50:20   #
My assessment would be "how far do I think I can walk carrying a kayak in that river?"
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Feb 17, 2024 16:48:01   #
There was a time in my life, something over 50 years ago, when I didn't care one way or the other. However, my young wife said the correct way was the "Pass" example, and having no preference, we settled on the "Pass" setup.

At age 40 I was diagnosed with arthritis in both hands, and after it has advanced for more than 35 years since, I have learned that the "Pass" configuration is truly better.
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Feb 17, 2024 16:32:58   #
An interesting subject, very well photographed.

That next to last image should be titled "Bankruptcy starter kit."
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Jan 18, 2024 20:50:49   #
I had cataract surgery on both eyes a couple of years ago - amazing how much brighter the world was after surgery. And white houses turned out to be white and not a dull yellow.

That first shot is a classic - it would be a good wallhanger.

The Gasson Hall shot is very good, except that the vertical lines aren't truly vertical. A bit of rotation and a small crop after straightening would make it even better.
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Jan 2, 2024 14:17:24   #
The English drink warm beer because they have Lucas refrigerators.

Lucas - Prince of Darkness!
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Dec 30, 2023 19:11:10   #
Nice work. Your photos bring back some personal memories.

When I was growing up in Manchester (1950s), Hildene was still a private residence. Peggy Beckwith was the last surviving direct descendant of Abraham Lincoln, and she took care of the place mostly by herself. It was common to see her in a plaid flannel shirt and jeans out mowing the considerable front lawn. She arranged for it to be taken care of by allowing visitors, funding the cost of maintenance. She was well liked around town.
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Dec 13, 2023 21:04:04   #
You do have a talent for touching some significant memories.

I haven't seen a Mini Moke in 50 years. My parents had one when they lived on Water Isle in St Thomas USVI. It's a small island very close to the airport end of St Thomas, and all of the residents (not that many) drove the "Water Island Cadillac" except one, a retired doctor who drove a Jeep. Seriously good memories.

I wonder how many of those Singers are still around.
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Dec 8, 2023 23:29:38   #
You didn't need to tell us you love the critters - it's quite evident in your photos.

I love the little one in the third picture - truly a forlorn look.

I love to watch the ravens in the wind. I mean real wind, like 70+ mph all day. Small birds and surface critters like chipmunks will be nowhere to be found, but the ravens will fly and maneuver like it's a day at the beach.
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Nov 21, 2023 23:52:04   #
Gotta say, that TR-3 is beautiful. Shows why British Racing Green was so popular.

The TC is equally good. Love those suicide doors!

I have long thought that the Humber Super Snipe had the most distinctive name in the automobile world.

Don't recall if I've already said this, but it bears repeating if I have. A long time ago, a mentor told me that an effective photo elicits an emotional response in the viewer. A quick review of the replies to your 4 posts of these cars is a very fine example that illustrates that point.
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Nov 13, 2023 22:19:04   #
A very comfortable ride down memory lane - thanks for the images. Love that TR-3, even if it isn't red like mine was.

Sometimes I wonder if MG offered the A in any other color besides Old English White.
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Nov 12, 2023 15:39:03   #
This is the gist of AI. A computer is a truly dumb device - it doesn't know how to do anything except execute instructions given to it by a human programmer. Because of this, AI software will only be as good as the quality of the programming (i.e., limited to human "perfection"). And it will only be as mistake-free as the programmers can make it. That's why I see AI implemented by businesses as the ultimate demise of AI - companies that sell AI-based products will encounter bad decisions made by their AI products as the programming encounters situations no one anticipated, or the decisionmaking logic neglected troublesome unintended consequences. Companies will find themselves liable for the damages caused, and that will be the reason businesses will back away from AI.

We already have computer controlled passenger aircraft, and the inabilities of the computer programming has been responsible for a few crashes and some near misses. When AI is used to fully control automobiles, a high percentage of the mistakes the AI will make will kill people. Manufacturers won't endure that for too long.
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Nov 12, 2023 15:25:38   #
Lucas electricals were legendary - they almost put Jaguar and Rover out of business. I had a friend in the 1970s who had an MGB as his fun car, and on the family station wagon he had two bumper stickers. One had the Lucas logo and "Lucas - Prince of Darkness." The other said "The English drink warm beer because they have Lucas refrigerators."

English vehicles don't leak oil. They mark their territory.

The Singer owned by a neighbor in the 1950s and 60s had that MGTC look, but it had a bench seat. The only British sports car I ever saw with a bench like that.

I liked those SU side draft carbs. Had 'em on my TR-3, Datsun 1600, and Triumph Spitfire. I got to be good at adjusting them to get balance and proper fuel mixture, enough so that others in the car club would come over to my house to have me adjust theirs. Those were fun times - my hands were still able to do the work back then.

I really do enjoy seeing good photos of such cars.
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Nov 11, 2023 20:14:59   #
Yeah, I've never seen windows anything like those in an outbuilding. Plus it has a chimney, which tells me there's a fireplace. My WAG would be it began life as an outbuilding and has been renovated into a guest house.

Nice set of shots. Prosperous farmer.
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Nov 11, 2023 20:08:04   #
Nice shots, all of them.

I don't get to see a Singer very often - the last one I saw in person was around 1960. The one in your photo is bigger than the one owned by a neighbor in Vermont long ago. It had semaphore turn signals mounted behind the doors - very distinctive.

And as has already been said, a TR-3 would have been nice (my first car).
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Nov 9, 2023 19:15:16   #
What kind of advantages the hackers can make of AI software has yet to be demonstrated, but you can bet the farm that it's coming.

The death of AI as a business tool will be the liability companies have to shoulder when they let AI make decisions that are implemented without human intervention.

AI is littered with trap doors, but the business world seems to be so enamored of AI that it is ignoring the obvious traps right in front of them. Most be seem to only learn things the hard way. So, the hard way it will be.
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