Tam Deal

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On the subsidies, I am skeptical they are all that deep.  You can buy any number of LEDs off EBAY that come from China for pennies and are not taxed etc...  Everything that comes from China is subsidized, but not to profit US makers, or to the extent suggested.

If there are subsidies, load me up.  I will vote against them but if they exist I am available.

LEDs would be a lot more efficient if we had 12V in the walls, Increasingly every dang thing I buy needs some form of adapter to run off 110.
1 year ago
Speaking of 3 hours, at the Hospital we had the second at, the correct and planed program.  They kick you out 2.5 hours after the birth.  It was weird, she gave birth in a hospital in both the first and second instance.  We had the less expensive to the system midwife birth, but they kicked us out.  In the end it didn't mater.  It's no biggie when it goes well.  The second birth execution wise went well, just the condition the child emerged in was frightful.  The delivery was such my wife could walk away easily in two hours.

I'm not big on the whole blah blah around chidlbirth.  I wasn't planning to attend.  But as it turned out, I ended up drafted by circumstances the first and third time.  The second was boring and I went home for a while, and arrived back in time for the drama.  But the midwives made sure I didn't have a purpose, which was OK by me.

The doctor who saved daughter II life was male, and the fact he hadn't carried or delivered a child himself didn't seem to be the missing critical skillset when he bailed out the midwives and saved Gwyneth's life.  In Canada there are plenty of women doctors, he just happened to be a man, but none of that seemed to be the point at the time.  If a child dies because one makes a decision about appropriate procedures based on some superfluity like that... Well the good news is the person making the decisions won't pay for it.  It would be an ironic circumstance if the decision to avoid the key help was based on the fact that the doctor hadn't been involved in the task at hand, when the person making the decision has even a lot less experience than a doctor.  It is too bad there remains this tension.  It seemed perfectly functional that the people who know birthing assisted my wife, and that a doctor is only called when there is a need.  During the first birth the doctor left for at least an hour because he was closing on a new house.  They don't really need to be there most of the time.
1 year ago
We had three kids all were supposed to be with midwives.  First came unexpectedly while my wife was out hiking and I was at a conference.  I took my wife to the local hospital where she had a natural, but in the hospital birth, took about 3 hours.  At least one of the nurses had been a midwife, it was OK.  Second we made it to our local hospital where the midwives were in charge though we had a hospital room.  It took a little longer, maybe 6 hours, and when the baby was born it had complications, basically it was strangled in the cord, but it did not seem something the midwives were able to deal with, a mild sense of panic filled the room, and the doctor came and restored the child.  But it was for a moment quite scary.  That kid is currently leading her school and will go to university next year.  The third child came ten years later.  Wife said she wanted to lie down for a moment after doing the dishes.  Then she said things seemed to be happening.  So I called our midwife.  While I was on the phone there was a yelp from the bedroom.  I dropped the phone which landed in the garbage and I went to investigate.  Delivered the baby 10 minutes later.

I think you can overthink all this stuff.  It's fun to look back, but if it is as natural as all that then maybe some the seminarian, and talking, etc... is a little overwrought.  At it's best the pain and the effort are exaggerated.  When it goes wrong, visions of the perfect birthing moment, quickly resolve to a call for a doctor. 

Also, while all three births, for different reasons where memorable adventures, those circumstances aside, you get the baby.  The baby is what counts, all the other stuff is meaningless.
1 year ago
I am watching the downloads on my TV via my laptop.  Looks great to me.
2 years ago

Deb Rebel wrote:

Deb Rebel wrote:  I'm a top reviewer a few places because I'm not afraid to point out the good, the bad, the ugly, and the silly. In this case I would give the set an overall 5 of 5 rating, and a strong recommend that it's worth the money paid and then some.



Doubtless you know this Deb, but just in case someone else hasn't seen it, there is a thread specifically for reviews.  I haven't seen a frame yet, but will be on there as soon as I can.

2 years ago
I am downloading my videos now, many thanks to all who have worked to get us to this point!!!
2 years ago
What I am getting from what you are saying is not that you need higher res, you need less flicker.  In the case of dvd upscaling we have processes that are designed to simulate higher res through treating the image so that there is less white space, or more or less something.  There are ways of doing this to files also, and they may cause some further loss in resolution, but they do upscale the video.  The responses I have seen indicate they do not make video more watchable on large screens, but they might do something you need in your case.  Try a search for "upscaling video to lose flicker".
2 years ago
The content will be extraordinary for sure.  The time you are spending on the production value should ensure a great reception from the for entertainment viewers that generally dominate.  Arduous for sure, but it is wonderful that subject experts can go direct to viewer without need for some outsider as a mediator on content.
2 years ago
So is today the day to plug in the long extension cord and start downloading?
2 years ago
For small game, if there are enough around to see them, then they are plentiful enough to cull.  Best tool is an air rifle.  Humane, cheap, lowest destruction of meat.  I wouldn't snare a rabbit either, unless in a survival situation, and I doubt I would get much out of it in that case.
2 years ago