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  1. 94469 Hard to recommend my Ithaca 22,...

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    Hard to recommend my Ithaca 22, trap-door single shot. But I was 5, Dad was kind of heavy on safety, so that's what I got. I did envy my older brother's gun, but I still have mine. Things...
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    Speaking of English, what happened with that fine...

    Speaking of English, what happened with that fine old English word "Cwen"? Sensible, pronounceable, but now I see it spelled "Queen". What's up with that?

    Entertaining thread could have died right...
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    Since I'm of six generations now in Texas, if...

    Since I'm of six generations now in Texas, if everyone who got here later just left, that'd be great.
    Having 12 generations on this continent since 1623, if everyone who got here later would just...
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    For no particular reason, posting this picture of...

    For no particular reason, posting this picture of the old Fellows plant; I happened to be driving by a couple of days ago.
    I read it once had 3000 people working there, when Springfield only had...
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    Tepco's own comments should be read

    When all this started, reactor #4 was cold and empty. Fuel was deep underwater in a cooling pond.
    Maybe it got cracked, or raided for water to cool other reactors.

    URGENT: Spraying boracic...
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    Venting of containment chamber is not piped away, why?

    On a practical matter, why are emergency overpressure vents not piped some safe distance away? At least the inevitable explosion shock would not be so hard on the containment.

    Overpressure from...
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    CNN just now, quoting Japan's Chief Cabinet...

    CNN just now, quoting Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary:
    Japan quake, tsunami death toll risesThis Just In - CNN.com Blogs


    Car safety improved by smashing actual models into a test wall that has...
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    My first thought has to be "that can't be...

    My first thought has to be "that can't be good...."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/photo/2011/03/12/PH2011031201874.jpg
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    This is a cool gadget. In an older interview, he...

    This is a cool gadget. In an older interview, he gave a demo by aiming it out of an office window at some unsuspecting pedestrian below. Said something like "This is God, and I know what you did". ...
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    Beam with a short throw of 1-5 feet? If you...

    Beam with a short throw of 1-5 feet?

    If you can make an RF beam stop after a few feet, you're the Jedi engineer that invented the light saber and Darth Vader is trying to hire you.

    Or someone...
  11. I was told years ago by a Mech Engr that you...

    I was told years ago by a Mech Engr that you could rebuild western civilization with a McMaster-Carr catalog. He gave me one, out of date but I couldn't disagree

    Their website is well done.


    ...
  12. Warren Buffet is known for watching that too. Not...

    Warren Buffet is known for watching that too. Not the richest guy on earth, but maybe #3 behind Gates and Mubarak and makes good bets most of the time.

    local news,
    BNSF Railway to spend $3.5...
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    What about moving a barn with one person, not...

    What about moving a barn with one person, not 344?

    Or building a full-weight replica of Stone Henge by a single person using only stone age technology. And no handles.

    Pyramids, Stonehenge,...
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    And you can get a new keyboard cheap at Fry's in...

    And you can get a new keyboard cheap at Fry's in Downer's Grove :D
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    I might have mentioned this. Many years ago, a...

    I might have mentioned this. Many years ago, a big UPS was put in to hold up minicomputers in a control system we were putting in. A friend notices the neutral wire was way smaller than the hot...
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    Yes indeed; drag your mpg into the dirt by...

    Yes indeed; drag your mpg into the dirt by running a monster alternator to electrocute water into H2 and O2 ...in a sealed container.

    Fuel and oxidant mixed in a container..I recall that is the...
  17. You want hot curls, mount a circular saw blade...

    You want hot curls, mount a circular saw blade (your least favorite one) backwards and use it to cut sheet metal roofing :D I did that one summer long ago, roofing a pole barn. Lord almighty, it...
  18. "ferrous cutting" circ saw blades from big box = cheap slitting saw ?

    I noticed a circular saw blade marked for cutting ferrous materials.
    Avanti 7 in. x 128 Tooth Ferrous-Metal Circular Saw Blade - A07128R at The Home Depot


    That does not seem reasonable, but if...
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    It does not count as a busted knuckle, but it's...

    It does not count as a busted knuckle, but it's within an inch or two.

    Broke my wrist in my twenties, and the doctor came in with the xray and said "wtf is that!?" (in so many words), pointing at...
  20. Thread: OT- Mercury

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    Methymercury it seems, wikipedia anyway. Waste...

    Methymercury it seems, wikipedia anyway. Waste byproduct from a chemical company for decades, but it was the big company in a company town, so it went on for a long time. Several thousands affected,...
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    No one has yet figured out how to build a true...

    No one has yet figured out how to build a true Stradivarius violin today. Even with actual examples to work from.

    Restoring contents of the Library of Alexandria would be priceless. But...
  22. Thread: OT- Mercury

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    Seems puzzling. Usually think of floating to mean...

    Seems puzzling. Usually think of floating to mean some object's weight is balanced by the weight of displaced fluid. But how can enough of 650 pounds of fluid be displaced to balance 21.5 tons? ...
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    http://www.planetware.com/i/photo/the-alamo-san-an...

    http://www.planetware.com/i/photo/the-alamo-san-antonio-tx104.jpg

    There was quite a lot of "metalwork" there, for a few days.
    And production, they built a nation, for a few years.

    Been there...
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    That is a rare artifact from the Area 51...

    That is a rare artifact from the Area 51 metrology laboratory used to precisely determine the weight of departed alien souls. The anchor through the base was an unfortunate accident when the USS...
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    All the best.... but I've been biting my...

    All the best....

    but I've been biting my tongue and no way am I going into this discussion, not with scar tissue that could dull carbide.
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