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  1. Here's some information that might prove food for thought: The author is James Robb, MD UC San Diego Subject: What I am doing for the upcoming COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic Dear Colleagues, as some of you may recall, when I was a professor of pathology at the University of California San Diego, I was one of the first molecular virologists in the world to work on coronaviruses (the 1970s). I was the first to demonstrate the number of genes the virus contained. Since then, I have kept up with the coronavirus field and its multiple clinical transfers into the human population (e.g., SARS, MERS), from different animal sources. The current projections for its expansion in the US are only probable, due to continued insufficient worldwide data, but it is most likely to be widespread in the US by mid to late March and April. Here is what I have done and the precautions that I take and will take. These are the same precautions I currently use during our influenza seasons, except for the mask and gloves.: 1) NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc. 2) Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove. 3) Open doors with your closed fist or hip - do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors. 4) Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts. 5) Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been. 6) Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home's entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can't immediately wash your hands. 7) If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more! What I have stocked in preparation for the pandemic spread to the US: 1) Latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves for use when going shopping, using the gasoline pump, and all other outside activity when you come in contact with contaminated areas. Note: This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you! BUT all the surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about a week on average - everything that is associated with infected people will be contaminated and potentially infectious. The virus is on surfaces and you will not be infected unless your unprotected face is directly coughed or sneezed upon. This virus only has cell receptors for lung cells (it only infects your lungs) The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth. 2) Stock up now with disposable surgical masks and use them to prevent you from touching your nose and/or mouth (We touch our nose/mouth 90X/day without knowing it!). This is the only way this virus can infect you - it is lung-specific. The mask will not prevent the virus in a direct sneeze from getting into your nose or mouth - it is only to keep you from touching your nose or mouth. 3) Stock up now with hand sanitizers and latex/nitrile gloves (get the appropriate sizes for your family). The hand sanitizers must be alcohol-based and greater than 60% alcohol to be effective. 4) Stock up now with zinc lozenges. These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY "cold-like" symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx. Cold-Eeze lozenges is one brand available, but there are other brands available. I, as many others do, hope that this pandemic will be reasonably contained, BUT I personally do not think it will be. Humans have never seen this snake-associated virus before and have no internal defense against it. Tremendous worldwide efforts are being made to understand the molecular and clinical virology of this virus. Unbelievable molecular knowledge about the genomics, structure, and virulence of this virus has already been achieved. BUT, there will be NO drugs or vaccines available this year to protect us or limit the infection within us. Only symptomatic support is available. I hope these personal thoughts will be helpful during this potentially catastrophic pandemic. You are welcome to share this email. Good luck to all of us! Jim James Robb, MD FCAP
  2. very interested in your comment about the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania - is it correct that the museum has a 1934/1935 Riley Imp on display? And if so, what is the known history of this car?
  3. We're on cable. We've been satisfied at our connection speeds. Here's my latest test result (Ok, it is early in the morning and the kids are still asleep and not playing video games) 114.4 Mbps download 2.17 Mbps upload Latency: 12 ms Server: Sydney Your Internet speed is very fast Your Internet connection should be able to handle multiple devices streaming HD videos, video conferencing and gaming at the same time. We've had very few outages and Telstra's smart modem switches us to the cellular network automatically should our area go down (rare). Our area is being switched over to the NBN. I'll have to make the change. What has your experience been with speeds, reliability and service provider? Cost comparison?
  4. Thanks Justin, hope you are well and enjoying your toys!
  5. I did keep mine, 1984 guards red and the first Carrera delivered in Johannesburg. Still have it, and it still makes me smile. I paid around R70k at the time that there was reasonable parity between our A$ and the SA Rand. I think. I don't drive it enough, although I did drive it yesterday and yes, it made me smile and think "Why don't I get this out of the shed more often?" It is a bit of a wake up call when one buys a car brand new out of the box and owns it long enough that you can put historic plates on it.
  6. 914 in that colour will look awesome, great choice!
  7. So. I've gotta say this. All these photographs of lovely wimmin. With some cars. This is a family forum for gosh sake. It would be rather dull without this thread and the lovelies. My morning cuppa would not be the same. Keep up the good work, don't know where you find the images but so often, they make me smile. Like now.
  8. Since you've posted this, please stop for a second and salute a wonderful woman. Nicki passed away nearly 6 years ago, from Pancreatic Cancer. She was incredibly courageous, to the end. She was a special person, never complained when I drove too enthusiastically, even when I made her somewhat carsick - which is what was happening in the photograph which was taken making rather rapid progress along the Great Ocean Road while she was working with the navigation notes and the egg timer and calculating the variance between the Porsche speedo and reality. She was quiet, thoughtful and observant, considerate (Opposites attract). Somewhat shy. An amazing mother. She encouraged me to do things I certainly would not have done without her back up. Like, buy the 911 - and some other self indulgent purchases, and never expected something for herself because I'd bought something for myself. At the end of every trip, as we rolled into our driveway she would always quietly say "Thank you for bringing me home safely." I had a honeymoon that lasted nearly 40 years and I never failed to be proud of her. My life was richer because of her.
  9. Thank you, yes please. for easy contact pse sms or call zero 418 18 zero 418
  10. love the sound, Mike, but does it drone? NOISY is GOOD, but Drone does my head in!
  11. Nah mate, not a tribute to me but rather a tribute to a design that is so totally "wrong!" that it always remains interesting and engaging and a challenge to drive competitively. Always fun, and whenever I slide into the drivers seat, to this day, I get a silly smile. I did decide to trade it in on a 993, but when I went to Scuderia, cheque book in hand a year before the last 993 was delivered, I was told "Sorry, our entire allocation is sold." At the time I had started reading about a totally revolutionary sports car, one of which the motoring journos were saying "Every car manufacturer should buy one of these and force their chassis engineers to drive it every day." That car was the Series 1 Lotus Elise. I did the math. I could buy the Elise, keep the 911, and still be ahead in $$$$ terms. What would you do?
  12. Second engine build was by Michael Newton Automotive. On the subject of Turbo tie rods and tires, my car was delivered with 15" wheels. Changing to 16" also made a noticeable difference in steering response/handling. Over the years I've added all sorts of excellent go faster bits to the suspension and brakes but the two things that gave the most bang for buck and were the easiest to do were the tie rods and wheels/tires.
  13. Hi Peter, I've been watching your posts with interest and and enjoyment and compliment you for the stuff that you tackle yourself and for the detail that you provide. Sadly, I can't give you the same level of detail. You are quite right about the engine in my car, it is something quite special. As is the story behind it. I bought my car new, in 1984. And I still have that same 911. I'd always wanted a Porsche, had bought two 944's but was never happy with them but was too nervous to buy a 911. In those days, all one heard was that a 911 was the car to buy if you wished to depart the road going backwards. I was always an 'enthusiastic driver' and was nervous that I would be in over my depth. But I lusted after one, until my wife, fed up with me dreaming about it, said to me "Just do it!" So I did. I used my car as a daily driver for about 4 or 5 years, and then gradually did more and more track work and I'm sure it has more track/competitive miles than road miles. When Porsche Cars Australia organised a 4 day competitive event on the Great Ocean Road in which about 180 Porsches competed, I won it outright against modern/new cars even though mine was then about 28 years old. While these new Porsches had Haltech/Terratrips navigation aids and good gear, I stumped up for a $19.95 electronic egg timer and velcroed it onto the dash. Velcro strip is there to this day, the egg timer was an el cheapo that failed quite soon after. Clearly, winning was a tribute to my wife, who was an excellent navigator, and not much to do with my skill as a pilot. But my 911 was getting very tired. The motor had never been opened. That motor never failed, despite the constant pressure that I subjected it to. Eventually I decided to give it a big birthday. Remember, I'd owned the car since new, so was not concerned about cutting any corners. I did a lot of research and had an all out special motor built, - that motor was 3.4L with all the good fruit. I found out about Direct to Head throttle bodies, at that time a new development and ordered them from overseas. I believe that this was probably the first such engine in Oz. We used the original crank and rods but 3.4 hi comp pistons/barrels, sexy cam, twin spark, motec, the lot. It pulled like a train but from the get go the oil pressure was lower than my old motor had been prior to the rebuild. Go figure. Engine builder said "She's Good!" and I said "No, it is not!" Sadly after about a year I was proven right. When the engine let go it was rebuilt with milder cams, GT3 crank and rods (the old ones were ruined when the engine let go) and milder cams. This new engine is smooth like a turbine, has excellent oil pressure and is now 3.6L. It is not quite as exciting as the previous engine but is still running like a dream . . . . . I've looked thru the invoices to try to find out the cam series number for both engines but there's nothing in my files, I'm sorry to disappoint you on that score. You're welcome to inspect the car if you're in Sydney, or I can contact you if I'm in Armidale with it. I recently put the car on historic rego and am using it more for road trips. It is quite something to have owned a car for so long that having bought it new, you can put it on historic rego. It is a tribute to the 911 that I've never been bored by it.
  14. Not quite correct. This is a sensible mod that gives more accurate steering, better steering feel and does not change the ride at all.

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