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Technical Support / Re: Interface/Browser issues
« on: November 19, 2017, 10:39:21 pm »
I was up late and had trouble about 1 am. Annoyingly the system kept showing up then collapsing after I tried to post comments. Certainly felt like there might be real trolls laughing at me! ;) :D

Dockside Cafe / Re: Signs of OW addiction ...
« on: November 19, 2017, 10:35:19 pm »
You find yourself saying Who rather than What ship.

Yes - I know that one too, Randi. Ships become people easily now. The number of ships named after people, especially in Whaling, helps :D :D :D

Dockside Cafe / Re: Dockside Gallery
« on: November 19, 2017, 12:24:47 am »
Haven't we all!   ;D ;D ;D

I'm with HelenJ and you, Michael!  I keep trying to stop annoying events like that happening, but they keep popping up!  ;D

Very fine picture and caption, hanibal :D

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat - 2017
« on: November 16, 2017, 09:42:23 pm »
may have inspired 19th-century tales of "sea serpents."

That is a very strange creature indeed. And the teeth are fearsome!  I'd believe in serpents of the deep if I saw it face-to-face :o

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat - 2017
« on: November 16, 2017, 09:37:16 pm »
The perfect cake for Joan - complete with a spinning penguin on top!

Ohhhhhh - thank you Thursday Next! What a marvellous cake - the floating spinning penguin is magical  :D :D :D

I posted it on PenguinWatch :)

Dockside Cafe / Re: Dockside Gallery
« on: November 12, 2017, 10:09:54 pm »
Efficacy of Bear Deterrent Spray in Alaska

Well I guess that, if nothing else, if you got a whiff of it yourself you'd be running away pretty fast, hopefully in the opposite direction to the bear.  ;D

Geographical Help / Re: Alaskan Place Names -- Discussion
« on: November 11, 2017, 11:15:53 pm »
Baylies 1887

July 2 1887 - Mentions Point Thompson. This is Cape Thompson in our Alaska reference section

Dockside Cafe / Re: Dockside Gallery
« on: November 11, 2017, 04:36:38 pm »
As long as you have a warm coat and a can of bear spray it's fine. Really. Trust me.  ;D ;D ;D

What's in bear spray and can you buy it at Woolworth's on the way out to the ice?  ;) ;D ;D

Old Weather and Zooniverse News / Re: Other Citizen Science Projects
« on: November 11, 2017, 03:59:42 pm »
What I meant was that I will sign up to advertise OW.
I don't need more projects either.

Thanks for the clarification. I was worried for a while there.

 ;D ;D ;D

I also noted on this page: :

Do you participate in more than one citizen science project? We?ll give you a free T-shirt if you let us pick your brain for 15 minutes! Email

We are partnering up with WHYY-a National Public Radio station-to help share stories about citizen science projects and people in PA, NJ and DE. If you have a story to share, let us know! Contact

If you?d like your citizen science project featured on SciStarter, email

So I'm emailing Carolyn to see what's doing :D

Old Weather and Zooniverse News / Re: Other Citizen Science Projects
« on: November 10, 2017, 11:54:50 pm »
 ;D ;D ;D

Dockside Cafe / Re: Inspirational/Good-feeling
« on: November 10, 2017, 11:54:04 pm »
What a heart warming and wonderful tale.  Just goes to show how important it is to support kids who are doing their best despite the miseries of life. :D :D :D

Old Weather and Zooniverse News / Re: Other Citizen Science Projects
« on: November 10, 2017, 11:42:38 pm »
I got this through my email account :D

Happy World Science Day!
SciStarter: Science we can do together:

Today, thousands of people around the world will celebrate World Science Day, presented by UNESCO. Here are six ways you can get involved.

Today's also a great day to create your personlized citizen science profile on SciStarter. If you've participated in citizen science, this is a convenient way to keep track of your contributions in a centralized location and find your next adventure. If you haven't yet had a chance to participate, your profile will help SciStarter match you with local projects and events aligned with your interests, skills, and location. 

Start by creating your citizen science profile, here. You can make it public or keep it private. Here's what my public profile looks like (don't worry if you haven't engaged in any projects or events yet...I literally do this for a living!):

Thank you for being a valued member of the SciStarter community. We are 40,000 strong now (!!) and, together, we are advancing scientific research through more than 2300 projects registered on SciStarter.

Darlene Cavalier
I found:
Season Spotter at No. 70
Floating Forests at No. 92 at No. 130 !!

Snapshot Serengeti at 136

Dockside Cafe / Re: Dockside Gallery
« on: October 29, 2017, 09:05:58 pm »
Yup!  Some things don't change ..... :D :D :D

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Dockside Cafe / Re: Worse things happen at sea
« on: October 24, 2017, 12:15:55 am »
Since we're already down here on the lower deck where there are few delicate sensibilities, I'll pass along a passage from one of my favorite sea-going authors, Capt. Jan de Hartog. From the chapter 'Hygene' in his book 'A Sailor's Life' (1955): "His cabin is as small as a compartment in a third-class sleeper; the wash basin, apart from being almost impossible to get at, is placed very high after long experience with lazy ship's officers who don't want to go to the toilet."

That's why I was Air Force and not Navy!!!   ;D ;D ;D

 ;D ;D ;D

The highest numbers of users that I saw at one go was 144.   It seems to have fallen into three types of reaction - it's blurry and small, it's addictive and relaxing, it's exciting. It's great to see a good reaction and I hope that some twitchers get really linked into it. :D

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