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Electrical engineering consultant specializing in microcontrollers and the circuitry around them. Master of engineering in EE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1980.

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comment What is this beetle? Found in heather in snowdonia
@JMu: Yes, but I don't agree that we need to be so anal. If we were swamped with such questions, maybe, but we're not, and some are interesting. I also think it's strange that Liam is trying to close his own question. I rather enjoyed reading it and the answers.
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comment What is this beetle? Found in heather in snowdonia
I don't think the occasional species identification question is off topic.
Oct
15
comment What fictitious wilderness animals are there as tourist attractions?
My personal favorite is the Jackalope that inhabits the dry areas of the western US. You run across them from Arizona to Montana.
Oct
15
comment What fictitious wilderness animals are there as tourist attractions?
Geesh guys, lighten up a little. I wouldn't say every myth or fictitious thing is OK here, but this one seems pretty harmless, and rather fun too.
Oct
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
8
answered Do mountains regularly (for a mountain) change height?
Sep
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awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
27
comment When should you carry a firearm when hiking/trekking?
The AT will be well known to anyone trying to hide illegal activity in the woods. You're simply not going to stumble on something like a marijuana farm on or near the AT.
Sep
27
answered When should you carry a firearm when hiking/trekking?
Sep
22
comment Is it possible to put a kayak in the water in Berlin and reach the Baltic via lakes and rivers?
The Havel and Oder rivers are linked by canal. Also I know that my grandparents did it regularly in a small boat in the 1920s and 1930s.
Sep
22
answered Scat Identification in Southern NH
Sep
21
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
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awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
18
comment Black bears and torch lights
@Russell: The numbers on predatory bears is higher than what I remember from a earlier study, but you still need to keep that in perspective. As the article says, there are millions of encounters between humans and bears, and only a very small fraction result in injury. Since 1960, the average has been one such death per year. Compare that to over 40 deaths per year in the US from getting hit by lightning.
Sep
18
answered Black bears and torch lights
Sep
12
awarded  Good Answer
Sep
8
comment How do I find north using a watch?
Another way to look at the halfway rule is that it compensates for the hour hand going around twice in a day, when the sun only goes around once in a day. Personally, I find it easier to think about the geometry than to try to remember rules of thumb.
Aug
27
comment What is this beetle? Found in heather in snowdonia
Ah, the rare Dimentium stupidus. It's legs contain a special chemical that makes you impotent and turns your mind to mush. They're harmless otherwise, just don't let one crawl on your bare skin.
Aug
26
comment Should I be worried about bears when sleeping in a hammock?
@Aravona: That's a electric fence!!? Wow, that's really overkill, and requires shlepping along a power source.
Aug
26
comment Should I be worried about bears when sleeping in a hammock?
Seems like ridiculous overkill. I also don't see how those three little white strings are going to slow down a bear that wants to get inside for some reason. The reason this may appear to work is that bears generally don't give a crap about you and your tent, whether surrounded by a few strings or not. This really looks like a gimmick to keep your money out of your wallet, not to keep bears out of your tent. It works because you believe it does.