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  1. I found "forums" in the old unmoderated NewsGroups back in the '90s and was addicted. Since then I've administered two that are still running, been a senior moderator of an expat forum of over 300,000 members, a lot of them active, and been a member of many. I decided on a new user name here, I'm slowly retiring the old battle scarred original. Just out of curiosity did this place spin off directly from Bolt or come via Novanon or NeoVistas?
  2. Windhack00

    Hey ...

    Anybody there ?
  3. PixelZombie

    Hey!

    Hello! I come from the long lost Warez-BB, hope to find a new "home" here. Thanks!
  4. BECOME A KNIGHT Basic Training: CODE Enforcement SPAM Detection and Mitigation Defective Topic Disposal Covert Ops UNCLE MERLIN WANTS YOU! ANSWER THE CALL
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  6. We stand behind Ukraine in our free world. Well I do, I guess most of us here would say the same. I'm an atheist so I don't pray to god. I just pray to karma it goes well. We in the whole world do not need another war which will kill thousands of people, some of them civilians. We don't want to count the dead young men, leaving behind young families and parents because of this Russian Pride/acquisitive/ bully tactics. I hope the whole world can help to resolve this threat.
  7. I agree that you are making the wisest choice albeit a hard one to make. Our son who is 32yrs refuses to get vaxed. My wife and I are both vaxed and have told him until he gets vaxed he can't come into the house. This really sucks but we can sit outside but what about this winter? We are both in our 60s and I have chronic bronchitis among other issues. You have made the right choice, you can get another hair dresser but you only have one life.
  8. For me, this is a really interesting thread seeing peoples opinions/data. As l said before in this thread, whilst France may not have the the same amount of vacs as the UK, which is brilliant by the way, our strategy sort of towers above the UK (sorry) in what we have to do here, ie wearing of masks in all shops, on all transport etc.etc. But then hey, forget about all of these stats being quoted because come Monday, BOJO in his infinite wisdom has labelled it as "Freedom Day". I can see it all now........ Most masks being removed by a lot of people who are fed up with wearing them, and who have no concept of the damage they/this will cause. Don't really like the guy, as l think he's pretty useless overall, but Sadiq Khan (or as l call him Sadiq Khant) does at least have a point in ensuring that facemasks should be made compulsory on all of TFL! Give it two to three weeks after that day though, and then let's see what all your stats say. Hey, let's all go to Soccer Aid 2021 at the Etiad Stadium in Manchester, all are invited and no masks are required. Yep, right! Grrrrr, it just makes my blimmin' blood boil, but enough of me ranting on. Any thoughts? Kind regards
  9. hi,,, pegasss
  10. The talented 31year-old Mexican artist Carlos Alberto, based in Guadalajara, creates extraordinary anamorphic street art. He transforms dull spaces into surrealistic scenes that come to life at the right angle. The artist plays with shadows and perspective to create these colorful 3D optical illusions.
  11. Hi @DJGriff Welcome to the merlinwz site thanks
  12. Hello, Frank Dorchester, I'm back from an unfinishing on the very talking, I'm tell to discuss here. I love to post music and help out where I can and on that note I'll take leave and post some music to get me started.
  13. Kath

    Hi, new here

    New to Merlin or new to the scene? It matters not... welcome. Lots to enjoy here on every level.... just enjoy.
  14. Mika

    Hi !

    Greetings to all!
  15. Seems microsoft is intent on going to war with it's users again, a la win8 fiasco. Haven't got time for that nonsense...
  16. Merlin

    Hi all

    Welcome back, brother.
  17. The last thing Putin wants on his doorstep is a thriving democracy full of people who are free. All the other dictators & thugs are watching this very closely. If Putin is free to trample Ukraine how long do you think it will take China to stomp on Taiwan? Even though the focus right now is on Ukraine this is a situation with global consequences.
  18. Dvernb, you can't make good pea and ham soup without ham of some sort. I tend to treat it like pulled pork. You know... the new trend of shredding meat. I hate cubed ham in a soup, it's just not right... I like rustic, like granny used to make. That's how I've always done it, I guess I'm a granny now
  19. Almost two decades since Concorde retired, interest around supersonic travel has been picking up pace, and several super-fast planes are under development. Airlines seem interested: United has already committed itself to offering supersonic routes as early as 2029. But what about hypersonic travel, which happens at speeds of Mach 5 -- five times the speed of sound -- and above? That would get an aircraft from New York to London in just 90 minutes, compared to about three hours for Concorde, and between six to seven hours for a regular passenger jet. Is it even possible? Hermeus, an Atlanta-based startup whose goal is to develop hypersonic aircraft, believes so. It's already testing a new type of engine it says will eventually be capable of reaching Mach 5 (over 3,000 mph). The engine is designed for a small, unmanned hypersonic aircraft Hermeus is currently creating for the US Air Force, but scaled to a bigger size, it will be able to power a passenger plane. That passenger plane is a long way away -- Hermeus hopes to get it in the air for the first test flight before the decade is out, in 2029 -- but because its technology has to be built almost entirely from the ground up, the company is already planning it out. For a start, it will be much smaller than current airliners and even Concorde, which had a capacity of around 100 passengers. "To help us size the aircraft, we basically built a business model for an airline," says AJ Piplica, CEO of Hermeus. "We focused on the business class and first class travelers, and then played around with some parameters such as speed and operating costs. What came out of that was an aircraft with a 20-passenger cabin," he adds. That's not far from the capacity of a large business jet, which means there will be just one class. "We expect it to be profitable at today's business class prices," says Piplica, with the caveat that it's hard to gauge how much people will be prepared to pay to fly five times faster, because "you can't really answer that question until there's a product out there and you have the real data." Faster than ever The range of the plane will be about 4,000 nautical miles, enough for transatlantic routes such as New York to Paris, but not for transpacific routes like LA to Tokyo, which would require a stopover. Routes over land, such as New York to LA, are out of the question due to noise regulations: breaking the sound barrier comes with a loud boom, which usually must happen over water. To understand how daring the idea of a Mach 5 passenger plane is, it's useful to look at flight speed records. The fastest any aircraft with an engine has ever flown is Mach 9.6 (about 6,800 mph), a record set in 2004 by the NASA X-43A -- an unmanned aircraft measuring about 12 feet in length. Because that flight only lasted a few seconds, the record for the longest sustained flight above Mach 5 belongs to the Boeing X-51, another unmanned experimental aircraft, which in 2013 flew for over three minutes at Mach 5.1 (about 3,400 mph). Both aircraft had to be launched from altitude by a B-52 bomber, and then brought up to speed by a rocket, highlighting the intricacies of these type of high-speed flights. For aircraft with humans on board, the current absolute speed record is Mach 6.7 (4,520 mph), set in 1967 by the X-15. It was basically a rocket with a seat, designed to achieve the record, and also had to be launched from altitude by a B-52. For an air-breathing aircraft -- that is, powered by jet engines rather than a rocket -- capable of taking off and landing by itself, the speed record is "just" Mach 3.3 (about 2,200 mph), set by the SR-71 Blackbird, a military spy plane, in 1976. The top speed of Concorde, one of only two supersonic passenger planes to have flown commercially, was Mach 2.04 (1,350 mph). The proposed Hermeus passenger aircraft, therefore, would beat the current record for the fastest air-breathing plane by a large margin, and by flying for an extended time at Mach 5, it would outclass an achievement currently in the realm of unmanned experimental vehicles (of course, other aircraft might beat these records in the future before Hermeus does). 'Mature technologies' It's unsurprising, then, that the initial focus of the company is on the engine. Tests started in February 2020 for a new type of engine design, based on an existing model used in fighter aircraft and manufactured by General Electric. It will be a hybrid of two traditional technologies: a turbojet, which is similar to what airliners use, and a ramjet, a type of engine that only works at supersonic speeds and above. Initially, the engine will power Quarterhorse, the sleek hypersonic drone that Hermeus is developing through a $60 million partnership with the US Air Force. Interestingly, when designing a jet engine to go faster, parts are removed rather than added. In a turbojet, the air enters from the front and is first compressed (to increase its energy potential) by rotating blades, then mixed with fuel and ignited. The resulting hot gas is blasted out through the back of the engine, pushing the plane forward. Above Mach 3, however, there's no need to compress the air: It will compress itself upon entering the engine, simply by having to slow down so much. Therefore, for speeds above Mach 3 and up until Mach 6, an engine type called ramjet is often used -- so called because it literally rams into the air. It has no moving parts, unlike turbojets, but it doesn't work at all at speeds below Mach 3. Hermeus will use its hybrid engine in turbojet mode when taking off and landing, as well as at subsonic speeds. Then, the engine will gradually reconfigure itself into a ramjet mode as it reaches Mach 3 and until Mach 5. "The turbojet portion and the ramjet portion by themselves are mature technologies that we've been using for 50 years. The trick is to put them together, so we designed our own architecture around an off-the-shelf turbojet engine and then built out from there," says Piplica. SpaceX inspiration There's a whole host of problems that Hermeus isn't even working on at the moment, such as what type of sustainable fuel to use -- since consumption will be much higher than current jets -- and the extreme temperatures that the fuselage of a hypersonic plane must be able to withstand. The speed of Concorde, which traveled at less than half the projected speed of Hermeus, was limited precisely by temperature, with windows and other internal surfaces becoming warm to the touch by the end of a flight. The SR-71 Blackbird, on the other hand, had to be made of titanium, a rare metal that can withstand extreme heat, and the cockpit glass had to be made of quartz, with its exterior temperature reaching 600 F during a mission. In response to skepticism over Hermeus' chances of success and the need for potentially enormous amounts of funding, Piplica brings up an analogy with Elon Musk's SpaceX. "I think people asked the same questions about the new space industry in the early days of SpaceX," he says. "Folks looked at getting into orbit and said, this should be taking a billion dollars, but SpaceX did it for $90 million, with Falcon 1." Hermeus is planning to fund itself by developing various aircraft on the way to its passenger plane, similarly to SpaceX's development of its Falcon 1, Dragon, Falcon Heavy and Starship rockets, which ultimately serve a vision of interplanetary spaceflight while also generating revenue by working with NASA and commercial partners. "There's really nothing like Hermeus, although many similar projects have come and gone in the past," says Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst at Teal Group. "It never seems to work out. If they can magically create a hypersonic transport in the late 2030s, and the ticket price is in the business class range, then yes, that will be successful. But the odds of this happening are somewhere in the 1% range." If and when a hypersonic passenger plane will become a reality, what will it be like to fly on it? "It'll be pretty similar to Concorde," says Piplica. "You'll be accelerating for a longer period of time than you do on today's aircraft, where you feel pushed back in your seat for about 30 seconds to a minute or so. "That experience will last for maybe 10 to 12 minutes. But once you're up at Mach 5, at 100,000 feet or so, it'll be a really smooth ride. There's not a lot of air traffic up there, and the atmosphere is relatively benign." Original article with pics: https://www.msn.com/en-ca/lifestyle/travel/news/hermeus-hypersonic-aircraft-designed-to-fly-from-nyc-to-london-in-90-minutes/ar-AAPAMlw?li=AAggNb9
  20. annie

    HI!

    Just stepping behind the curtain to see whatup! Glad to be here. There is certainly a lot to check out.
  21. Delighted for you Kath. There will be no holding you back now.
  22. The story of how it went. if it happens to you, no need to worry, no pain, I didn't even take my coat off. It would have gone a little better with a helping hand afterwards because your vision is crap after that, then and I'm not too steady on my legs these days. I just about managed with my stick and slow slow progress to a taxi. -------------- I'm a bit scared, tomorrow I have to have laser surgery on my eye. The cataract op on my right eye developed scar tissue, so the op now is supposed to fix it. Trouble is, I have nobody with me to hold my hand and be there for me for this scary procedure. I've never been alone before for something like this, so it's a bit traumatic. I cant do anything about it. I'm strong, I can cope, because there is no choice... just do it... Later.. I wasn't expecting a buddy to come in with me, but to help me to be safe. I know what those drops do to your vision and I'm not steady on my legs like I used to be. It was a struggle, as expected... slowly, slowly, using a stick. Well, it was weird. Didn't feel a thing apart from the drops they put in to widen the pupil, they sting like hell. I heard the dull thud of the laser firing each time, so many thuds, it was a bit scary. When It was all done, I was blind in that eye for a few minutes, then as some sight started to come back it was all pretty colours... pinks and purples, very psychedelic for about 20 minutes. There was no pain, then or now, it's improved my vision a little, but not as much as I hoped, lets hope it gets better over time. Later. Wow Wow Wow..... I have my vision back it's taken almost 12 hours, it's taken all this time to settle down. There is no burred images now, all the edges of things are crisp and bright..... I'm so happy, I just want to squeeze something so hard. I never thought it would be this good again. I'm bursting with happiness.
  23. Goodluck dvernb, stay inside and if you have to go out watch for flying objects. I lived in the Philippines for a while and remember them vividly, they called them Typhoons there. Not really any fun at all.
  24. Hi xxbetsxx. Welcome to the community. Great to have you with us.
  25. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF4XOtaFp0k&ab_channel=SwollenPickles
  26. You made the right decision Kath even though I know it bums you out. Maybe he will change his mind in the future as least we can hope so. In the meantime I got a nice hat you can borrow
  27. Greetings. I am JohnLuna - a 65 year old retired IT person that loves old TV shows. I have some rare stuff from the early days of TV plus I'm looking to find some missing gems I can't seem to find anywhere like Modern Marvels, Intervention, MADTV, Lockup, Taboo, Scare Tactics, etc. I love to talk about old computers - C64, Apple, IMSAI, Altair, Amiga. I also collect manuals -have lots of old military stuff. Love to talk about electronics, JAVA, C++, COBOL, IBM, UNISYS, DEC, Cray, SUN, game mods, video production, etc. Retirement is FUN!
  28. eBook readers/tablets opened new worlds for me. Sure I miss the feel and smell of paper books but my reader has magazines, news papers, encyclopedias and hundreds (thousands?) of books. I'm 73 and in recovery from cancer so I doubt I'll live long enough to read them all but try I will!!!
  29. luckyjim

    Hi to all

    I was a WBB member for many years and was sad to see it go. I found this forum via twitter and look forward to using it for many years. I had a quick look round it looks great .
  30. In the window of a vintage shop in the Sydney suburb of Annandale, a sign expresses the frustration of many Australians with their country's pandemic strategy. "Dear Customers, We will be closed for the foreseeable future because Scott Morrison is a useless dickhead who only ordered enough vaccine to vaccinate 4% of the population 18 months into a pandemic," reads the sign, shared on Twitter, in reference to the Australian Prime Minister. Artist James Powditch put up the testy sign at the Roulette store and art studio he runs on Saturday, as the city of 5 million people, plus towns and cities in its surrounds, went into yet another hard lockdown, this time for two whole weeks. By Sunday, a cluster of coronavirus infections of the Delta variant that began in Sydney's Bondi neighborhood had grown to 110 cases. Australia was celebrated for its initial response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and for getting its economy more or less back on track long ago. But with that security has come complacency, particularly in the federal government, which failed to secure enough vaccine doses to prevent the regular "circuit breaker" lockdowns that come every time a handful of cases emerge, or even the longer restrictions that Sydney is experiencing now. Australia's borders, controlled by strict quarantine measures, have been all but shut for more than a year. Now Australians, who basked in their early successes, are wondering how much longer this can go on. "We can't leave the country, people can't come in, and we end up periodically in lockdowns, which cost a friggin' fortune," said Powditch. "People have been accepting that this is a diabolically difficult situation, but once we start watching the rest of the world open up, we're going to turn to anger over the way things like vaccines have been rolled out here." Already there are signs that Australians are getting weary of these sporadic disruptions to their lives. On Sunday, large crowds were seen on Bondi Beach, despite the stay-at-home orders. While outdoor exercise is allowed, images from Bondi showed people bathing in the winter sun and sitting on benches with drinks. A 48-hour lockdown was also imposed in parts of Australia's Northern Territory, including its capital, Darwin, after four Covid-19 cases were linked to a worker at a gold mine. He is believed to have become infected during an overnight stay at a quarantine hotel in Brisbane. Now painstaking efforts to trace all 900 workers who have left the mine for cities across Australia over recent days are under way, as the country relies heavily on a robust track-and-trace system to keep clusters contained. Vaccine hesitancy Australia has recorded just 910 deaths in its population of 25 million, one of the lowest per capita death tolls in the developed world, and cases have remained low as well. While it beat much of the world in getting its economy back up and running, its tourism sector has taken a massive hit, its universities are struggling without the fees international students usually bring and some Australians, who travel abroad in relatively high numbers, are starting to feel the itch to go on holidays overseas. Even New Zealand -- the only country with which Australians had an open travel corridor -- announced a three-day suspension of quarantine-free travel between the nations starting Saturday because of the outbreaks. Australia has fully vaccinated just over 4% of its population, compared with more than 46% in the US and 47% in the UK, according to Our World in Data. Its rates are more comparable with Indonesia and India, which, like much of the developing world, were left out of the agreements with pharmaceutical companies that secured hundreds of millions of vaccine doses for most of the rich world. Compounding the problem is hesitancy towards Covid-19 vaccines in Australia. One survey by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, with research firm Resolve Strategic, found 15% of adults surveyed were "not at all likely" and 14% were "not very likely" to take a vaccination in the months ahead. The survey was taken after an April ruling that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was linked to a very rare blood disorder side effect, involving blood clots. Australian officials have said they hope to reach herd immunity -- the point at which about 80% of the population is vaccinated -- before reopening its borders. Prime Minister Morrison earlier said that may not be until mid-2022. More recently, he was even unable to commit to a Christmas 2022 reopening. In a question to the Prime Minister, journalists on Channel 9's Today program on Thursday suggested that Morrison and his slow vaccine rollout were responsible for the ongoing lockdowns. Morrison replied by saying an increase in supply "will really kick in next month in July," and that 600,000 Pfizer doses were due in next week. "The challenge we've had, of course, has been with AstraZeneca. I mean, the medical advice has restricted its availability to those over 60, and prior to that over 50. Now, that was a big shock to the rollout and they are events outside of the government's control," he said, adding there were new supply arrangements with AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna. "So, we'll keep working towards that goal, by the end of the year, of offering that vaccine to everybody who would want one and there will be an escalating ramp-up as we move through the second half of the year," he said. Can't get in, can't get out The government has also been criticized for leaving about 36,000 Australians stranded overseas. Caps on arrivals to the country have made booking seats on flights difficult and expensive, and the cost of quarantine is in the thousands of dollars. It's the responsibility of the person arriving to foot the bill. It's just as hard for some living in Australia to get out. If someone from overseas has Australian citizenship or permanent residence, they need a government exemption to leave the country. The result is not just holidays lost, but lost time with family and friends. At the last census in 2016, around half the people living in Australia were either born abroad or had at least one parent born overseas. One Brisbane resident from Canada, who is working in a hospital in health care, is hoping a speedier vaccine program will mean fewer border controls and, hopefully, a trip back home. "I'm originally from Canada, and don't know when I will see my family again. Honestly, I think at least 2 years," the health care worker wrote in a message to CNN. "We're so frustrated! The vaccination process is ridiculous. I'm a health care worker in the top list of people and there was so much confusion. We were told to email and that we'd be contacted when our appointment was ... then we're told just to show up because that program was actually not recording anything," she said. "It's still only open to [people age] 50+ even though spreaders are averaging 20-30 years of age. We're sick of lockdowns, knowing the vaccine is out there." And for some residents with strong ties abroad, there are more serious implications to this global isolation. Katerina Vavrinec, a 34-year-old from the Czech Republic living in Sydney, said she has sought counseling for mental health issues arising from the separation from her friends and family, and the anxiety that has come with it. She hasn't been to her home city of Prague for three years. "Keeping borders shut is going to have a huge impact on people's mental health," she said, pointing to the high number of Australians with family ties overseas. "So this is going to have huge impact on the mental health of millions of people." Vavrinec is on maternity leave and due to return to work in just over a week, though she's not sure what that will look like in lockdown. But she's found a silver lining. "I'm actually quite happy that we're in lockdown because I've been quite frustrated with the indefinite border closures. So I'm hoping that the lockdown forces people to realize that completely isolating Australia from rest of the world is not going to get us out of this." https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/us/australia-covid-sydney-in-lockdown-national-borders-closed-and-hardly-anyone-vaccinated-how-long-can-the-country-go-on/ar-AALvKMj?li=AAggNb9
  31. One of my good friends who lived in Tennessee (USA) moved to OZ some years ago. He he seems to be settled there and happy with the Australian woman he married. He's put on a little weight,. Well fed and happy now, that's all you can hope for with friends
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  33. Kath

    Hi everyone!

    Welcome to Merlin A & E Wyandot, it's your happy accident day. But this one is about treats and nice things
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  39. I had my second Pfizer jab last week. Just a sore arm for a couple of days. Then I felt the need to take a nap in the afternoon the following day, but that's not unusual at my advanced age. I sleep a lot more, I like it
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