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  1. Back in the 80s the NBS was at Marshall Space Flight Center where I was working at the time. Lockheed had a dive team there that did most of the work but they used to use certified divers from the rest of the work force there as safety divers. If you were on the list you might end up getting called once or twice a month to act as a safety diver. They even gave you hazardous duty pay for your time in the tank. I tried to get on as a safety diver after I got certified but there were too many people in line ahead of me and then the NBS was moved to JSFC. But a 'friend' of mine was on the list and every time that he dived in the NBS he'd call me up and say, "Hey, I dove in the tank today. They pay me extra for that, you know." Luke
  2. Tidings of great joy! There are five episodes of Sea Hunt on YouTube. They may have been there for a while but this is the first time that I've seen them. Here's the URL: http://www.youtube.com/show?p=mtCHYknqPxw There goes the next two and half hours. Luke
  3. I experienced shrinkage just looking at that picture. Luke
  4. Thanks for posting that Carol. That's good stuff. Luke
  5. So am I - especially the documentaries. I really liked Grizzly Man and Little Dieter Needs to Fly. And speaking of documentaries, I saw one a couple of weeks ago that I really liked, Deep Water, about the first solo around the world yacht race: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460766/ Luke
  6. Great stuff Ed. I love the blue ring shot. Luke
  7. Great stuff Stu. You and Jimbo have me ready to pack my bags for Puerto Galera. Luke
  8. I use Acronis too. And FWIW I was able to rebuild my drive from my nightly backups after I got a nasty Trojan last winter. Luke
  9. Thanks Marjo! That's all really helpful information. I was afraid it might be chancy to get a shot of a leatherback. But it sure sounds like there's plenty of other stuff to photograph in St. Croix while I'm waiting on the leatherbacks. Luke
  10. Isn't St. Croix also a nesting site for leatherback turtles? I've never seen one in the wild or otherwise. I've been thinking about a trip next year during nesting in hopes of getting a few leatherback shots. And St. Croix sounds like a good destination leatherbacks or not. Luke
  11. I agree with the other posters who've suggested adding a 'never flooded' category. And it would also be good to allow multiple housings. I've had several brands and the only one that has ever flooded was the Ikelite (extraordinarily dumb user error). The number of dives with or with out a flood would be good to know too. My Sea&Sea has never flooded but it only has 10 dives on it. On the other hand my old Subal N90 housing had well over a 100. The fact that I went over a 100 dives without shooting myself in the foot housing wise is proof of the old statement that it's better to be born lucky than smart. Luke
  12. Well, the answer is really it depends on what you're final output is going to be. My D200 makes nice 8x10 prints but if money were no object, I'd like to have a camera that could give me a 300 pixel per inch 16"x20" print with room to throw away about 10% of the frame so that I can have some freedom to crop. That would be: (16x300)x(20x300)x1.1 or 31.68MP And since the D200 is 10.0MP and the D300 is 12.3MP that means there is a 2.3 MP jump per generation. Which means that we need 8.426 generations and then we will get a 31.68MP camera with the D1142.6 (approximately). And at 2.5 years per generation it should be available sometime in early 2028 if current trends continue. The above also means that sometimes I get a little math happy and really just need to go take some pictures. Luke
  13. Very nice stuff. I love the shots of turtle hatchling on the surface. Luke
  14. Evidently the new ban doesn’t apply to monkeys: http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/08/07/ap3997349.html Money quote: During the flight, people around the man noticed that the marmoset, which normally lives in forests and eats fruit and insects, had emerged from underneath his hat, Russell said. "Other passengers asked the man if he knew he had a monkey on him," she said. Why do I only get on flights with screaming babies? Heck, I’d pay extra for seats on an airline they allowed monkeys in the cabin. Luke
  15. Nice shots. I've got green cold water close by too - a quarry. You're green cold water is much more interesting than my green cold water. I'm green with envy. Luke
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