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    A Meal in a Glass Uisge-beatha na h-Alba...

    A Meal in a Glass

    Uisge-beatha na h-Alba

    Ingredients: Scotch, any single malt will do.

    Accoutrements: One glass

    Step 1: Pour scotch into glass. You're Done!
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    Hallo agus Filte!
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    Is it really that hard to tell which post to...

    Is it really that hard to tell which post to shutdown from the sound alone? If so, then that may be a minor disadvantage of the Xstream in terms of DIR doubles diving. However, with a single cylinder...
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    As long as there is an OPV valve, an upstream...

    As long as there is an OPV valve, an upstream regulator will not fail closed. The latest version of the Xstream has an OPV integrated into the bottom of the first stage. That means if an HP failure...
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    It's a bit ironic Scubapro used the mythological...

    It's a bit ironic Scubapro used the mythological motif of Poseidon for their catalog...
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    Poseidon's newest revision of their Xstream first...

    Poseidon's newest revision of their Xstream first stage incorporates an OPV, so a proprietary hose is no longer necessary. Any standard LP hose can be used, e.g. a Miflex hose. The high pressure seat...
  7. Backplate/wing!!!

    Backplate/wing!!!
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    While some people may criticize you for 'drinking...

    While some people may criticize you for 'drinking the Kool-Aid', what these misguided people fail to understand is just how delicious the 'Kool-Aid' really is. If they'd only take a sip...
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    Hey Bill... I dive in the Hood Canal and off...

    Hey Bill...

    I dive in the Hood Canal and off the Oregon coast in a Pinnacle Aquatics Polar 7/5mm Merino Lined Semi-Dry wetsuit. I find it to be very warm and comfortable suit in our 47-53 F...
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    Yup, a backplate/wing is infinitely adjustable,...

    Yup, a backplate/wing is infinitely adjustable, so it is guaranteed to fit perfectly. How to set up a harness...
  11. W00T! It sounds like you've been converted! I've...

    W00T! It sounds like you've been converted! I've no doubt you'll just love the Halcyon rig. That's top notch gear.

    Welcome to the Dark Side...
  12. Well, if you really want to Do It Right...

    Well, if you really want to Do It Right, a backplate/wing is the only way to go. :smiley2:

    For some more information about the DIR community's equipment philosophy, this website does a good job...
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    ...sapiens...

    ...sapiens?
  14. Very wise. Ideally, you should try out every...

    Very wise. Ideally, you should try out every piece of gear before you buy it. Backplates/wings are suitable for any kind of diver and any kind of diving, but do your research, talk to manufacturers,...
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    Many museum's (including Evergreen Aviation &...

    Many museum's (including Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum) are vying to get Atlantis or Endeavour (maybe Enterprise as well) (Discovery is going to the Smithsonian). I think they are much too...
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    Does the Xstream Mk3 first stage incorporate the...

    Does the Xstream Mk3 first stage incorporate the new synthetic ruby spherical high pressure seat or the older stainless steel one? I've read that Poseidon uses the ruby sphere in the 100% O2...
  17. If you want a BC that will allow you to do...

    If you want a BC that will allow you to do technical diving as well as recreational diving, I strongly suggest you consider a backplate/wing. I did a ton of research before deciding on what sort of...
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    Rubbish. I bought a backplate/wing rig soon after...

    Rubbish. I bought a backplate/wing rig soon after getting certified and have found it superior in all ways to the vest-style stab jackets I've tried. Back inflates, be they wings or jackets, are in...
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    Congratulations on learning to dive and getting...

    Congratulations on learning to dive and getting certified in cold water! If you can dive in those cold Canadian waters, you can dive anywhere. I learned to dive in the Pacific Northwest...
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    The much ballyhooed 'face plant' phenomenon while...

    The much ballyhooed 'face plant' phenomenon while floating on the surface is something I've never experienced diving my backplate/wing. I do lean backward ever so slightly to get comfortable, but I'm...
  21. Plastic waste is a very large and complex...

    Plastic waste is a very large and complex problem. Recycling all types of plastics from disposable items is an ideal that few recyclers are willing to live up to. In theory, anything plastic can be...
  22. Wow...diploblastic...

    Wow...diploblastic with no central nervous system. Instead, a nerve 'net' governs its behaviour. Cnidocytes in its tentacles immobilizing prey, prey being conducted into its gastrovascular cavity for...
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    'Tis true, but as the old adage goes, "you get...

    'Tis true, but as the old adage goes, "you get what you pay for." If you've ever had the privilege of tasting artisan Belgian beer (e.g. a Trappist or a Lambic), then you've got a pretty good idea of...
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    That is an excellent idea. I wouldn't be...

    That is an excellent idea. I wouldn't be surprised if your modification found its way into XS Scuba's pockets as a new 'feature'.
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    He should shine his dive light into its eyes. As...

    He should shine his dive light into its eyes. As a deep water denizen, their eyes are very sensitive to light and so it might be possible to temporarily blind them. A few more inches of blade length...
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