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  1. I'm with you on that one, Rusty.

    I'm with you on that one, Rusty.
  2. I was interested to hear Mike Cannon-Brookes...

    I was interested to hear Mike Cannon-Brookes (co-founder and co-CEO of the software company Atlassian) on ABC Nat Radio this morning give a tick to my thought bubble on an east-west interconnector.
    ...
  3. What I picked up on in particular was... ...

    What I picked up on in particular was...

    "Evergen has also secured agreements with several network operators to test the effectiveness of using distributed battery systems to manage demand and...
  4. Yes, Ross, I was aware of those details, but was...

    Yes, Ross, I was aware of those details, but was trying to avoid appearing to be party political. But, happy for you to have pointed out the facts.

    I thought a PM to PM comparison between those...
  5. Every high rise building also has the potential...

    Every high rise building also has the potential for micro-generation of power with 'pumped' hydro.


    One tank at top and one at bottom
    Turbine near bottom.
    Pump up water with:

    - wind...
  6. It is worth pointing out that Australia's...

    It is worth pointing out that Australia's infrastructure has been almost entirely built by governments:



    Roads
    Rail
    Ports
    Power
    Telecommunications
    Water
  7. My embolding above in quote from FF. That...

    My embolding above in quote from FF.


    That was my contribution and the primary reason for raising it is the offset that it could provide in sunlight hours between the east and west of our wide...
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    Yes, Bob, covered very well.

    Yes, Bob, covered very well.
  9. Micro generation

    Raising here a different perspective: Micro generation.

    Most of our discussion so far has been on the big picture; where will the base load come from to power Australia through the evenings when...
  10. Or on a remote island. Full steam ahead for...

    Or on a remote island.

    Full steam ahead for King Island wave power trial - Australian Renewable Energy Agency
  11. The most useful document on that is the...

    The most useful document on that is the International Geothermal Expert Group's Report to ARENA

    The one page of Key Findings summarises it quite well.

    Drilling multiple 4km deep wells at an...
  12. Excellent description of the scientific process,...

    Excellent description of the scientific process, Len.

    Living knee deep in scientists as I do in both my wife and my family, I know close up that the prize goes to the scientist who challenges the...
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    Indeed! Vertigo can be very similar to feeling...

    Indeed!

    Vertigo can be very similar to feeling sea sick....:U

    Wishing you both fair weather ahead.
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    Newbie question: I'm thinking I might need to...

    Newbie question: I'm thinking I might need to change my ducting layout later and would like to just push fit all of my fittings together so that I can reuse them if I do that. How critical is it that...
  15. Yes, but that doesn't address the issue of base...

    Yes, but that doesn't address the issue of base load that Paul has raised.

    Dispatchable electrons is the issue.

    With enough batteries and other storage, maybe, but the magnitude of those that...
  16. Looking at the AEMO/NEM maps I keep seeing how...

    Looking at the AEMO/NEM maps I keep seeing how critical the interconnector network is to the eastern states. The glaring gap is a connector between WA and SA.

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  17. Yes, please! Eleanor Roosevelt has been...

    Yes, please!

    Eleanor Roosevelt has been attributed with the saying, paraphrased as I couldn't find the original source:
    Good minds discuss ideas;
    Mediocre minds discuss past events;
    Limited...
  18. Yes, picked that up. This morning I'm pleased...

    Yes, picked that up.

    This morning I'm pleased to see that SA has the cheapest power again ($0.00) and that it is exporting to Vic, who in turn is exporting it, plus a bit, to Tassy. As usual, NSW...
  19. Thanks, Paul Not much sun here yet and no wind...

    Thanks, Paul

    Not much sun here yet and no wind this morning... SA is paying over $300 MW spot price.... Yikes!

    And, Tas has turned on the tap to keep the Vics going.

    Very interesting.
  20. Thank you for posting that Beardy. Interesting...

    Thank you for posting that Beardy.

    Interesting read.

    Terms:
    SSW - is a Sudden Stratospheric Warming over the poles.
    IOD - the Indian Ocean Dipolar
    SAM - the Southern Annular Mode
    BOM -...
  21. Thanks, Paul. I found that to be very...

    Thanks, Paul.

    I found that to be very informative.

    Can I presume that the two 'plateaux' of dispatchable power being generated by Tas that is well above their own demand is them turning on the...
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    Your FAQ would be invaluable, Bob. As a long...

    Your FAQ would be invaluable, Bob.

    As a long time user of these forums (just a year behind you Bob), my preference is to keep as much as possible within the same thread as defined by the thread...
  23. If that includes me, I'm sorry you feel that way...

    If that includes me, I'm sorry you feel that way Doug.

    I looked back at your original post and, on reflection, I don't think I took it out of context, but I won't quibble on that.

    If I express...
  24. Brett, et al. My observation (close up within...

    Brett, et al.

    My observation (close up within my own family) of those that are not convinced about climate change and its causes is more complex than that. Here are a few of those complexities.
    ...
  25. I'm not a metallurgist, so I have no insights...

    I'm not a metallurgist, so I have no insights into the veracity of the following report (that you are unlikely to have read about in the Murdoch press) from Germany on a steel furnace running on...
  26. One of the new technologies is based on hydrogen...

    One of the new technologies is based on hydrogen and it is already well developed as a technology.

    Having such abundant primary sources of green energy here hydrogen is likely to become our...
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    No additional adds for me with Chrome on win10 ...

    No additional adds for me with Chrome on win10

    Nor with Chrome on Android.

    I'm a tad above the 100+ posts category.
  28. Paul I stand corrected, I missed Millmerran...

    Paul

    I stand corrected, I missed Millmerran.

    I was referring to Bluewater in WA, the last coal fired power station to be commissioned here in Australia (2009).

    I was interested to read your...
  29. I have to respectfully disagree with you on all...

    I have to respectfully disagree with you on all three of those points, Beardy.



    Our share of CO2 missions may only be a relatively minor contribution to global emissions, but as a country we...
  30. Sorry, long post gain... I keep an eye on this...

    Sorry, long post gain...

    I keep an eye on this real time graph of generation and use of electricity in the National Energy Market (NEM).

    Nem Watch | RenewEconomy

    In the middle of a typical...
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    When turning was an aristocratic pastime

    So the Medici, et al, weren't only good at making money and accumulating power.

    These Bizarre Ivory Cups Were Carved by Princes | JSTOR Daily
  32. I did watch Q&A on Monday night and my impression...

    I did watch Q&A on Monday night and my impression was that the audience was 'stacked' with those that had been directly impacted by the fires. Typically Q&A selects its audience along political...
  33. Yes, Beardy, they have come to this position very...

    Yes, Beardy, they have come to this position very reluctantly. The US$90 billion loss in their fossil fuel portfolio last year has helped to budge them. Without this shift they would be holding...
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    Good news indeed, Bob. Getting a diagnosis...

    Good news indeed, Bob.

    Getting a diagnosis that you can be confident in does help lift the spirits. Reckon you will need that to get through the next 6 weeks.

    But at least you will know you are...
  35. I'm late coming to this discussion having just...

    I'm late coming to this discussion having just got back from interstate and before that being distracted by the bush fires here in the Adelaide Hills.

    On the MM CC Deniers, I have some in my...
  36. I don't know if we here in Australia have any...

    I don't know if we here in Australia have any control of any IR satellites, but I used this NASA site to monitor the recent fires here in the Adelaide Hills and on Kangaroo Island. It shows active...
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    All good advice above on setting up your bandsaw...

    All good advice above on setting up your bandsaw to cut a true circle.

    However, I gave up on bothering to do round blanks a long time ago.

    I straight cut small blanks on six sides.

    I...
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    Most Woodfast lathes have the year of manufacture...

    Most Woodfast lathes have the year of manufacture stamped into the end of the bed rail (tailstock end) from which you can then work out other details.
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    Yes, Leady was designed by Bruce Leadbetter (also...

    Yes, Leady was designed by Bruce Leadbetter (also written at times as Leadbeater and Leadbeatter).

    Bruce has gone now. He did have some spare parts and castings for his lathe but who knows where...
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    Kryn, you don't need a handle if you already have...

    Kryn, you don't need a handle if you already have a dremel-like tool. Just insert and use the bits without the tool power turned on and the bit will rotate when applied to the wood and do its thing. ...
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    Thanks for sharing Derek. While on chairs, my...

    Thanks for sharing Derek.

    While on chairs, my favourite exhibit is in the Design Museum of 'Danmark' in Copenhagen. It chronicles the history of the development of modern chair design with an...
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    Agreed, good to see a foot being given some...

    Agreed, good to see a foot being given some design consideration.
  43. Thread: lathe lighting ?

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    I've used the old Planet work lights in the past...

    I've used the old Planet work lights in the past (the springs eventually weaken and sag) and currently using an adjustable light like this one attached to the headstock so it moves with that. Works...
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    Apologies, Biggus... I was way off there!!!...

    Apologies, Biggus... I was way off there!!! Another senior moment :B... probably not helped by having had yet another long day and evening yesterday closely monitoring the nearby fires up here in the...
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    Not sure where you are on the Sunshine Coast, but...

    Not sure where you are on the Sunshine Coast, but the Blackall Range Woodworkers Guild up near Montville is a good club and has sessions on week days and on the weekend.
  46. Thread: lathe lighting ?

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    The proof is mounting to debunk that bit of...

    The proof is mounting to debunk that bit of hearsay... : ~}
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    Yes, the total if purchased new is about twice...

    Yes, the total if purchased new is about twice the asking price. That is about fair value, so not a rip-off or a bargain.

    Just looking at the photos, the lathe looks like it has been hardly used....
  48. Thread: lathe lighting ?

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    I've heard this said before, but does anyone have...

    I've heard this said before, but does anyone have any proof that magnets are an issue for the headstock bearings on woodturning lathes.

    Perhaps on metal lathes a magnetised bearing would attract...
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    A flexible ratchet spanner also works well with...

    A flexible ratchet spanner also works well with this. There isn't much pressure involved so an el cheapo one will do the job. They can be purchased individually on eBay for less than $10. Or at...
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    Still the same while logged in.

    Still the same while logged in.
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