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  1. That's it, exactly. They're an eerie phenomenon.
  2. I conceded that point but still believe that "dead spots" as they relate to working dogs are in most cases more aptly described as troublesome spots. As a tongue-in-cheek a side note, it's interesting that this is a discussion relating to the NF just as it was last year. Perhaps the more competitive one is the larger they become and the more frequently they occur.
  3. We had this discussion on another board after last year's finals. I tend to believe that "dead spots," while they may be physically possible, are more often what I would describe as "troublesome spots." That is, frustrated dogs, tough sheep, frustrated handlers whistling, and the like. In our previous conversation the esteemed Professor Torre submitted that: ************************************ CGT said: "In particular, I have one dog who seems to always find the dead spots and one who doesn't. How the heck does this happen? The dead spots seem to travel with this first dog from trial to trial and always appear right after the lift and generally continue until I've missed the fetch panels. Then the dog finally leaves the dead spot. Weird, eh? I'm not complaining though. Half the time the dog does better while in the dead spot than when it can hear and obey." ************************************ Charlie is of the mind that dead spots travel with the dog, while I think they more often are affected by the sheep: ************************************ GF Said: I suspect that dead spots do not travel with dogs at all, rather they travel with sheep. I think tough range ewes have bigger, stronger travelling dead spots than dog-broke sheep and that the spots are magnified on long drives. I also suspect that the more sheep lean into dogs, the more effective they become. I also think that the best dog/handler teams have an ability to render dead spots ineffective as they rarely seem to be affected. ************************************ Anyway, while they may be physically possible, more often than not I think it's a euphemism for "I can't believe my dog wouldn't listen to me." Glenn
  4. At that point we weren't talking about projectiles but about objects dropped toward the earth. Adding: Projectiles influenced solely by the earth's gravity, Like a ball bearing dropped from a hot air balloon. GF
  5. At that point we weren't talking about projectiles but about objects dropped toward the earth. GF
  6. No, it was theory. I argued to the esteemed Professor Torre that terminal velocity with regard to the Earth's gravity is actually a matter of constant deceleration given that as air pressure increases, so does drag, resulting in T.V. constantly changing. This question came about as a result of the Professor asking some arcane question about ballistics. Ultimately, he threw up his arms and agreed with me but that may have been solely because I had the beer. Glenn
  7. Hi Charlie. As you probably know I'm not Denise, But I'll take a stab at your questions and I'm sure if my facts or logic are incorrect will be gently corrected: "Unless I am going to breed my dogs, why should I register (with ABCA or anyone else)?" --------------------------- The only reason I've ever come up with is that there are certain prize monies contributed directly by the ABCA (aside from the grant to the USBCHA) at the NF that would be unavailable to an unregistered dog. So if my Kim would ever happen to place in those monies (work with me here and use your imagination...), we'd not get the check because she's unregistered. ********************************** ".....why do we have to be ABCA members to run in the Nationals? Is it because they give money to sponsor them?" --------------------------- I think that's the reason, but there may be more to it. Glenn "terminal velocity theorist" Firchow
  8. My esteemed Mr. Torre, Buddy brace as I know it is a "just for fun" event sometimes held after a trial and involves several dogs and handlers: One dog and handler do the outrun, then another dog and handler take over and do the fetch, another dog and handler do the drive..... and so-on. It's just something people do for fun on occasion and is more about the betting and laughter than about dog work. I think teams are usually drawn out of a hat and are competing for a jackpot or perhaps a cocktail. I think people often use their green dogs just to make things more interesting. Think of it as similar in spirit to a potato sack race at a company picnic. Your shootin' buddy, Glenn.
  9. No problems here recently using Wildblue and and the latest Firefox on a PC. I recall those issues in the past and always attributed them to the hosting server and not my connection, though.
  10. I guess I'm struggling with where this proposed bill could possibly be twisted to include livestock work. Definition of Baiting from Wikipedia: *************************** Bait or Baiting is the act to worry or torment a chained or confined animal by setting game dogs upon it for sport. The dogs attack with endeavour, bite and tear, with an objective to subdue the opposing animal by incapacitating or killing it. Baiting is a blood sport utilized for entertainment and gambling. It is illegal in most countries with laws being enforced with varying degrees of effort and enthusiasm. *************************** http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessi...dogs&sbid=lc07b
  11. I'm no attorney, nor do I live in NC, but doesn't this section indicate that that a complaint must be filed and verified and a judge grant an injunction before the "plaintiff" can take control of an animal? ******************************** "? 19A‑3. Preliminary injunction.injunction; care of animal pending hearing on the merits. (a) Upon the filing of a verified complaint in the district court in the county in which cruelty to an animal has allegedly occurred, the judge may, as a matter of discretion, issue a preliminary injunction in accordance with the procedures set forth in G.S. 1A‑1, Rule 65. Every such preliminary injunction, if the complainant plaintiff so requests, may give the complainant plaintiff the right to provide suitable care for the animal. If it appears on the face of the complaint that the condition giving rise to the cruel treatment of an animal requires the animal to be removed from its owner or other person who possesses it, then it shall be proper for the court in the preliminary injunction to allow the complainant plaintiff to take possession of the animal. animal as custodian. ***************************** http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2005/...ML/H2098v4.html
  12. True - this is the same for satellite TV, although we lose our TV signal long before we lose our WB signal. (Bill, I'll trade you a couple of days of connectivity for a couple of days of rain)
  13. I have never had Direcway but my Wildblue service has been almost perfect since I had it installed last August. I subscribe to the "select pak" and my speeds regularly exceed the advertised maximum by about 25%. The keys are to be sure you have a good install (it's more technical than Huges, I think) and that the beam you will be on is solid. They are putting a new bird up in the fourth quarter of this year which will more than double their capacity. There are some minor latency issues with any satellite connection, but unless you're doing VOIP or fancy gaming it quickly becomes a non-issue. The other thing to be aware of are the FAP limits placed on your connection. They've not been an issue for me (even remotely) but some people seem to like to whine after they have downloaded a bunch of full-length movies and then get fapped. The best place to read all the good and bad is at Copperhead's forum: http://www.wildblue.cc/wbforums/index.php You'll see more bad than good there, but that's the nature of forums - people tend to post when they have an issue. Glenn Firchow
  14. Actually, I don't think there's any copyright infringement going on here since the image is displayed directly from your site using your bandwidth. Your site has no protection from hotlinking and anyone with web access can see every one of your files - even those not displayed on your site - simply by going to http://homepage.ntlworld.com/nicholas.bate1 and can display files on your dime. If you disable hotlinking from your site these images will become unavailable.
  15. An opinion from which I will unlikely be swayed: Absolutely, positively, undeniably yes (and thank you for pointing it out). Glenn Firchow
  16. Honestly: I'd make the appointment tomorrow.
  17. I don't know, Mark. If we were selecting a team rationally I'd think those dogs would already be in high demand. But then, I'm also of the mind that trial performance isn't the be-all and end-all in breeding decisions, so my point of view runs contrary to most anyway. Glenn
  18. Posted on behalf of Jo Woodbury: ************************************ UPDATE - Powder Horn Classic, Buffalo, WY, June 1, 2, 3 and 4. Raymond Macpherson, Carlisle, England, was scheduled to judge our Open classes, but health issues will prevent Mr. Macpherson from doing so. He is scheduled for gall bladder surgery followed by heart valve surgery. He has a long road of recovery ahead of him. Keep him in your thoughts. Rob Lewis, Corvallis, OR, will take time away from his college math teaching to do our Open judging. Right now we have about 60 open dogs for each of the Open classes. Rob was worried we might have to contend with ?fog? given the time of year of our trial. We assured him, given our continued drought conditions, fog would be a welcomed weather condition. We still have room for Open and Nursery/Open Ranch entries. The Wyoming Stock Dog web site has a flyer and entry form - www.wyomingstockdog.com and our email is woodburyranch@wbacccess.net
  19. "Should I spell it out for you? In other words he is too polite to say what he really thinks." ******************************* I know I shouldn't go here, but I know Keith a little bit and didn't read that into the earlier comment at all. In-fact, I agree wholeheartedly. Take it at face value, I don't think there was an underlying meaning. Glenn Firchow
  20. Wrong. A Border Collie is a concept, not a breed. Here is an interesting article about "Alaskan Huskies" - a breed that exists only in concept. As you're reading it, replace the dogs and the work described with Border Collies and the work they do and perhaps you'll gain a greater understanding of why a registry or a look have nothing to do with the argument. The article is long, but it is a worthwhile read. http://www.cabelasiditarod.com/runyan_husky.html
  21. Funny. I question on a number of levels whether it would be advisable to try and strand an armed citizen participating in a legal activity.
  22. My guess is that the stand belongs to the landowner or a person who has permission. I seriously doubt someone would leave an expensive tree stand in a tree when she/he is done hunting illegaly. I hunt all of the time on lands that are clearly marked "no hunting", but I know the landowners so those signs don't pertain to me. ADDING: Unless that's your sign and your land.... In which case I guess you just got yourself a free tree stand!
  23. You're probably using Firefox (or maybe Opera) and he doesn't have his site configured correctly to work with the better browsers. Switch to IE and they will likely download for you.
  24. I apologize in advance if this sounds harsh, but I think the arguments posted against the regional system so-far fall into the **** happens category. They may be unfortunate circumstances, and may well keep some good dogs from running in the finals, but that happens in life all the time. Great athletes miss championship games due to family emergencies and some great baseball teams have failed to go to the World Series because of a single error in the ninth inning of the league championship. It's unfortunate, but that's just how it goes sometimes. We've all had unfortunate things happen to us or have made decisions that in hindsight had a negative impact on of our lives. But that's sort of what life is...... I'm confident that a regionals system will have it's drawbacks - no system can be perfect, especially in something as subjective and complicated as sheepdog trialing. It would be a bumpy ride for a number of years while we iron out the details. But as a member who lives in a region with few trials and great distances I'm in favor of exploring it deeply to determine if a more fair system can be developed. Glenn Firchow
  25. I second what Alaska said about the Panasonic cameras. They're fast, reliable, have 12x optical zoom, and Leica glass. They're a great value. The FZ3 is a 3mp camera while the 15/20 are 5mp which will give you more room to crop. I don't know anything about the new models. I believe the FZ10 is 4mp. All are 12x optical zoom, though. I have the old FZ2 which is just 2mp, but the camera exceeds my abilities by a long shot and I get some great shots. Don't get bogged down in thinking that more MP equals better photos - good glass, good zoom and fast focusing is more important. A DSLR would be great, but for the money I think the Panasonic cameras have them all beat.
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