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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1812487)
Posted 34 minutes ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Having just returned from a quick visit to the Isle of Wight, my soon to be temporary new home(don't ask)

I thought I would post a few pics I took on my regular daily walk.





Sea and sky, always look good in my opinion

The Isle of Wright, sitting right on the Solent gets a lot of shipping passing by heading to and from Southampton. Yesterday was the restored fishing smack Excelsior



This morning as I was catching an early ferry home, I went for an early walk and caught the first ferry arriving from the mainland under a pre-dawn sky.



I walked down to the old fort at the end of the road and rounding the corner saw a cloudy sunrise over Yarmouth, with the old fort pier in the foreground.




It was pretty spectacular, here a closer view.



You can't really see sunrises like that in Croydon, too built up.

Another thing I don't see on my walks around Croydon (even in the parks) are these.



I also found that rabbits are not the easiest to get good pictures of in the early morning light on a long zoom!! I took quite a few pics but these were the only two to come out.



I am hoping for enough free time to visit one or two of the other photogenic places on the Island. Time will tell.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1809916)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Liked the way the grass came out in this pic


That is neat. Remind me again what type of camera you used.


Almost all the shots I post here are from my Canon Ixus 265 HS

I have a belt pouch and it goes everywhere with me.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1809688)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Just a few from the park.

This one was a few days ago. The contractors who maintain the parks have struggled this year to keep the grass cut. My park especially has had all sorts of different attempts, finally the got the big guns out.

Liked the way the grass came out in this pic



The growth in the park has been amazing this year with just the right amount of sun and rain so everything went mad.

This is my favourite wall in the walled garden on the 1st of May




And today




And finally I was taking some pictures of our flowering tobacco plants when this chap came towards me.



Luckily I always carry a few peanuts, which he happily accepted.

4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1809680)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Another wildfire near the Cajon Pass



The train on the camera is stopped and one right near the fire has been abandoned.

This was about 20 mins later


5) Message boards : Politics : Hillary Clinton - the next president of America? (Message 1808952)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
A little reminder, please discuss the issues and leave the name calling and personal accusations out.

Thank you.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1808836)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Bernie, Ashland looks like a perfect model railway project. Thanks for the shots.


Yes it is isn't it.

However things do not always go to plan as far as passengers are concerned.

Here is a group waiting for the train (indicated by the white arrow)



However it is not the train they are expecting



Worse the train they are expecting is arriving but on the other track



Now much has been made of the length of freight trains in the US so I expect the passengers were a bit worried as to how to catch the train.

Well luckily it waited the whole 3 and a half minutes it took the freight to pass.

However the passengers had not worked out that they needed to be on the other side, so once the freight had passed, they all had to walk to the front of the train where to cross the track to board on the correct side.




That was perhaps a bit comical, this however was definitely a safety concern.



Passengers are crossing the track to board the next train.

However they seem to have left it a bit late!!



This lead the engineer/driver to agitatedly sound the horn and Ashland is a "quiet zone" no horns allowed.

He actually had to come to a stop short of the station to let the stragglers across.




I know Ashland is an "unattended"station but both of those incidents would likely involve the RAIB over here due to the potential for injury.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1808789)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
I look forward to seeing UP 4104 in steam again.

Here is a quick one whith some blue in it!!

Just gone through Folkston


The CSX Officers Car Special or OCS for short.

I assume the train CSX uses to impress potential customers!!

Powered by two F40PH's
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1808583)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
This is a "Grey American Amtrak trains" warning.

If you do not wish to view any of the above please browse to another page immediately


Thank you.


..............................................................................

As most of you know I am a bit of an Amtrak fanatic since finding a web can site that allowed me to watch the comings and goings of about 10 Amtrak trains a day.

I have happily been doing so since December 2014.

When in July this year the webcam site suffered a bad power failure while the owner was on a cruise, it meant no web cams for over a week.

This led me to look around and discovered a second site, this allowed me to see a further 8 Amtrak trains a day. I have posted pictures here from both sites.

There had been a rumour on the second site that they were about to have two more cams that would add even more Amtraks.

Well this week they arrived.

Just about here




Here is a town called Ashland in Virginia about 2 hours (by train) south of Washington and on what might be termed the "bottom of the North East Corridor". No Acelas or overhead wires here.

Courtesy of Virtual Railfan.com

This is looking north.



And this is south




Another American town built around the railroad, however this one still has a working Amtrak station that has 12 stopping services a day and as many through trains. The station is the building in the centre of the north view.

The trains of course are too long for the station and stop, well here.



Yes the train block the crossing, mostly it is only for a few minutes.

This was the 67 yesterday, Boston to Newport News

Most of the Florida services pass here even the Auto Train



So now I can see both, this is the 53 heading to Florida, it passes the other cam in the dark.

When the trains pass the south cam on the nearest track it's about as close as you can get without being there.



Specially if the light is right.



I have to admit to liking these cameras, it adds about 18-20 trains to my list, however it is impossible to see them all and still have a life!!

PS. The streetlight in the north cam view will be not be problem as this is a temporary spot for the cams, they will be moving to the next door building and going up a bit higher.
9) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1808460)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
The current ruling class needs to be broken up if we are save this country.


Ahh yes socialism's first move. Definitely left wing thinking
10) Message boards : Number crunching : Problem after updating windows: GPU missing on SoG applications (Message 1808089)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Thanks for the fast responses.

I'm pretty sure I have disabled the automatic driver update from Windows, but I'll check again.
Then I'll try to install from NVIDIA's site.


As I said, if you installed the anniversary update, it is a complete re-install of Windows 10 and it installs the Windows driver, which has no OpenCL.

I have just upgraded all 6 of my Win 10 machines and it happened each time.

When doing a major upgrade in Win 10 I always suspend BOINC and then after the upgrade check the BOINC log and you can see the error.
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Problem after updating windows: GPU missing on SoG applications (Message 1808086)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
If you did the "Anniversary Update" it installs the Windows drivers that do not have OpenCL

As Mike says just install the correct driver form the Nvidia website.

I had to do it to all 6 of my machines!!

PS Just seen Wiggos post, I had the driver update prevented, on all machines it was the upgrade to version 1607 that did it.

When I ran O&O shutup, driver updates were still prevented.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1808041)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Finally a Siemens Charger has made it to Chicago.

On the arriving 6 today IDTX 4604



Front


And the whole thing.



Not really a lot to see. Not sure where it is going, have to wait and see
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1807941)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Smoke in the sunrise. Fire seems to have died down a bit.

14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1807839)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Just noticed this on the Cajon Pass camera



Large fire to the south east (I think)
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1807838)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Looks like we have quite a few Setizens who have a good eye for a picture!!

A couple more from me

First "Towers and Trees"



Taken yesterday from the north end of my local park, the tower is called Altitude 25 It even has a wiki!!



This one is the Victorian water tower at the top of Park Hill and actually inside the park

A little info HERE

Finally I was standing in the old pavilion and just happened to notice the sun shining on several spiders webs in the old windows.

16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Two Accounts, But One Gets The Credit... (Message 1807833)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
The answer has not changed since you asked it before in 2015

http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=76643

There is, unfortunately, no way to merge two accounts with different e-mail addresses.

What you needed to do was attach your computer to SETI@Home with the new email address in 2004.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1807548)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
& possibly for extra safety, how about a DVD or Blu-ray disk?

Well I did at first consider DVD but it would require nearly 30 DVD's to store the 220GB the "My pictures" folder currently is ( there are also a few videos in there), and around 5 Blue Ray discs. I don't have and do not want a blue ray recorder.

So currently they are stored on my main machine, my server and a removable HDD. I will have to hope that is enough.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1807497)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
PS At the last count my "pictures" folder on my PC had over 42,000 pictures.


Bernie, Hope you have all those photos archived somewhere on or off-line. That would be a real tragedy to loose due to a hard drive failure.

Oh yes, I have them all backed up on my home server, plus I brought a USB HDD specifically to back them up. It is only connected when backing up, rest of the time it is off line. So they exist in three places.

Time to add a picture or two, perhaps, butterflies.

I volunteer for the local Community Garden project in my local park and walk there every day. A couple of weeks ago saw this butterfly on one of our posters.





A red admiral, also another one




A Comma, due to the white mark on the wing

I am actually off to work in the garden this morning so may post a few more pictures later.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1807495)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Well I don't hear a "shriek" at all, just what sounds like a rhythmic escape of steam.

Still my hearing is not what it used to be.

Just looked at another video by someone else taken on Sunday and 41312 is making the same "steam escape" noise between each two smokestack puffs.

I am guessing it is something with that particular type of loco.

Whilst 76017 only appears in the "run around" it does not appear to make the same sound. I do actually have two videos of 76017 both unfortunately out of focus and it does not make the same noise in either.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1807392)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
It's seems the weather is better now in England then it was when I was there about 40 years ago:)
Isle of Wight and Hurst Point.


Correcct!!

And as they say the weather is always better on the Isle of Wight!!


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