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Old 06-23-2014, 04:11 PM   #136
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If you have a programmable lathe,... Get cutting, I guess
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:18 PM   #137
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the day before yesterday I learned that a woman invented Kevlar. Sadly, I learned from her Obit.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27951043
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:12 PM   #138
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TIL my fave comedian, Robin Williams, went to Detroit Cuntry Day School, a place we frequently drive past (and mock) on our way to Swim meets and water polo games in Birmingham MI
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:14 PM   #139
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(because there and no flaming cuntriside around there unless you count the wife murders......)
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Old 06-24-2014, 03:34 AM   #140
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I lolled in my quiet office... had to explain to two people why
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Old 06-25-2014, 02:51 PM   #141
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I learned four things today:

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And then I learned about the manchineel tree...

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Old 06-25-2014, 06:24 PM   #142
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Bat snob.

From WallyWorld:

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Just sayin'.
That seems a better price to me. I picked up a vintage Louisville Slugger at a thrift store for 7 bucks, the growth rings were tight. About 20 per inch. I'd be surprised if any modern bat was made from wood that good.

I'll look at wally world next time I'm in hell and see how a $30 bat compares. The $80 maple bat looked like shit to me.
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:56 AM   #143
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Today I learned that

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They must have sold that banana a lot.
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Old 06-30-2014, 04:02 PM   #144
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Today I learned a couple of things:

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Old 08-29-2014, 03:32 PM   #145
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Today I learned about Ulithi Atoll, during WWII. At one time, the largest naval facility in the world.

Some 'splaining, and good pics at the link.

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In March 1945, 15 battleships, 29 carriers, 23 cruisers, 106 destroyers, and a train of oilers and supply ships sailed from "a Pacific base." What was this base? The mightiest force of naval Power ever assembled must have required a tremendous supporting establishment. Ulithi, the biggest and most active naval base in the world was indeed tremendous but it was unknown. Few civilians had heard of it at all. By the time security released the name, the remarkable base of Ulithi was a ghost. The war had moved on to the Japanese homeland, and the press was not printing ancient history about Ulithi.
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:23 AM   #146
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Interesting perspectives

http://news.distractify.com/geek/tri...f-timeforever/
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Old 09-04-2014, 12:20 PM   #147
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Today I learned about the Duke Axial Engine, from Duke Engines, down New Zealand way.

It's pretty wild.

The engine is so smooth, they start it, run it, rev it, and turn it off, all with a coin standing on edge on top of the engine, per video at the link....

They've run it as high as 14:1 compression ratio on 91 octane gasoline. That would usually require a lot more octane.

I think those boys might be onto something.
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:46 AM   #148
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They've been around for about 20 years. No matter how good it is, without funding it will languish. True, the car makers and major builders of motors for boats, planes and farm equipment, have a big investment in tooling and their parts supply chain.

Car builders have made several shots to make big strides in the power to weight category. Mazda had developed a new generation Rotary that had reliable seals, ran smoothly with great power, unfortunately the emissions and mileage didn't cut it.
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:15 AM   #149
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unfortunately the emissions and mileage didn't cut it.
I had wondered what happened to the Mazda rotary engine.
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Old 09-07-2014, 03:10 PM   #150
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