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Forum: Fauxtography 18 February 2010, 02:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 27,293
Posted By robertplattbell
Hunters FOR Health Care Reform!

You missed the point! You see these hunters were FOR health care reform with a "single payer" system!

But now that the bill has gotten bogged down with all the political compromises AND the...
Forum: Science 14 February 2010, 05:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 13,629
Posted By robertplattbell
Not very much capacity, then.

If that is the only cooling tower, then there is not too much capacity then. Definitely no snow!

I suspect that they cool the skyboxes first and then cool the rest of the place with what capacity...
Forum: Science 11 February 2010, 08:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 13,629
Posted By robertplattbell
Not Likely!

Actually, that is a cooling tower, not a "massive AC". Commercial air conditioning systems use huge water chillers that, well, chill water. This water is then fed to air handlers throughout the...
Forum: Business 10 February 2010, 09:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 29,268
Posted By robertplattbell
More than one inventor, more than one product.

I'll look for Patents on this, but I'd have to say the advice this fellow got from his lawyer was probably pretty good:

http://www.dynamicpatents.com/2009/02/did-the-snuggie-imitate-the-slanket/
...
Forum: Fauxtography 04 February 2010, 05:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 55,918
Posted By robertplattbell
Car Fell!

If you look closely, the car detaches from the ceiling halfway through. If had been going faster or turned sharper it might have worked.

I think in order to make this work, it is not just a...
Forum: Fauxtography 04 February 2010, 05:27 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 55,918
Posted By robertplattbell
You may be right

Now that I think of it, you may be right. The old "Hot Wheels" sets had a corkscrew loop track section that the cars could go around.

The centripetal acceleration of going through the corkscrew...
Forum: Business 04 February 2010, 05:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 25,595
Posted By robertplattbell
Infant Mortality

It would be very odd for a product to fail right out of warranty - at least statistically.

I used to do Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) for UTC back in the day, using the MIL-SPEC 217(d). ...
Forum: Business 04 February 2010, 04:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 42,752
Posted By robertplattbell
Multi-millionaires

I like that therm "Multi-millionaire" as it distinguishes us ordinary folks who work for a living, put 15% in their 401(k) and pay down their mortgages (and who can easily be single "millionaires")...
Forum: Fauxtography 03 February 2010, 03:29 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 55,918
Posted By robertplattbell
Fake Fake Fake

Come on, people, it's and ad! Do you think for a minute they'd attempt this when you can CGI it so much more easily?

In fact, in it impossible to do this stunt, period. Yes, you can run a car up...
Forum: Inboxer Rebellion 22 January 2010, 02:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 8,233
Posted By robertplattbell
Don't do it!

A few years back (and by that, I mean 20), a fellow decided to use his computer to auto-dial a televangelist on their 1-800 number. He was upset that his Mother had given away most of her money to...
Forum: Politics 22 January 2010, 04:46 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 87,568
Posted By robertplattbell
Just another attempt to get gullible people to buy GOLD

The Right-wing talkmeisters, including the odious Glenn Beck are touting Gold on the TeeVee as a good investment. Of course, when it all goes horribly wrong, they will call for a government bailout...
Forum: Fauxtography 21 January 2010, 02:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 21,610
Posted By robertplattbell
Not hard to fake these things.

I am not sure why we need to even go to great lengths to come up with possible causes - foil linings or whatever.

Wine is mostly water. Water in a microwave boils. Foil in a microwave might arc,...
Forum: History 17 January 2010, 03:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 46,841
Posted By robertplattbell
The "shame" of Cancer (back then).

The article makes sense taking into account the context of the period.

My parents' generation viewed cancer as some sort of personal failing. I think it was because there was little back then to...
Forum: Crime 14 January 2010, 03:59 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 50,819
Posted By robertplattbell
Abbie Hoffman?

I am surprised that Abbie Hoffman's Steal This Book didn't make the top ten. I mean, the title suggests itself. I guess he never had that much of a sustained following. :)

At the GMI library,...
Forum: Questionable Quotes 13 January 2010, 09:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 10,129
Posted By robertplattbell
An anachronism at the very least.

"The enormous increase in the use of electric wagons, trucks, and
pleasure cars, equipped with these batteries, clearly shows the trend of
the future."

Considering that the electric car predated...
Forum: Legal Affairs 13 January 2010, 09:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 54,951
Posted By robertplattbell
The ultimate BS detector

I detest being called "Esq." although I get a lot of junk mail addressed that way. I mean, any idiot can pass the bar. I'm certainly living proof of that.

It's not like we can save lives or...
Forum: Business 13 January 2010, 08:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,894
Posted By robertplattbell
Treasury Direct (www.treasurydirect.gov)

www.treasurydirect.gov is a government website that allows you to setup an account with the U.S. Treasury to buy debt instruments, including savings bonds. The bonds are "virtual" nowadays, although...
Forum: Automobiles 13 January 2010, 08:16 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 68,939
Posted By robertplattbell
Yes....and No...

Yes and No. It depends on outside humidity and the configuration of your car.

In humid climates, running the A/C on outside air will not defrost the car, as you are basically trying to de-humidify...
Forum: Automobiles 13 January 2010, 08:08 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 68,939
Posted By robertplattbell
On the contrary...

On the contrary, historically (e.g., Pre-1980), it was viewed as good for the engine to idle it until it was warm, as this got the oil warmed up and at the proper viscosity.

Some cars are still...
Forum: Automobiles 04 January 2010, 04:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 52,744
Posted By robertplattbell
Most are that way, although some of the newer...

Most are that way, although some of the newer senders are quite bizarre, including senders mounted outside the tank, etc. BMW uses a "dogbone" tank that sits over the driveshaft and has two senders...
Forum: Automobiles 03 January 2010, 07:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 52,744
Posted By robertplattbell
That's correct as well

For older diesel engines with engine driven injection pumps, running the tank dry was a bad idea as well, as running the pump (basically a hydraulic vane pump) dry was bad for it. It also took...
Forum: Automobiles 03 January 2010, 02:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 52,744
Posted By robertplattbell
Water Injection, etc.

You are correct that water won't "ruin" an engine, but can cause corrosion problems in older cars with steel fuel lines, steel gas tanks, etc. We're talking 1965, though. Today, many cars have...
Forum: Automobiles 03 January 2010, 02:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 52,744
Posted By robertplattbell
Some thoughts.

Several things:

1. Some older fuel senders used a float on an arm. Doing the geometry (of an arc) you'll see that the linear level changes non-linearly when transferred to a tangent arc. In the...
Forum: Automobiles 03 January 2010, 02:43 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 46,956
Posted By robertplattbell
Good Point!

I have been following the progress of my old employer, GM, in the Volt project, which is an interesting vehicle that has more in common with a diesel train engine than the Prius.

The Volt uses a...
Forum: Food 03 January 2010, 02:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 46,807
Posted By robertplattbell
Now be nice...

No one would every consider birthday candles edible food, except maybe Mork from Ork. Being absurdist or trying to be funny? ;)

When you place silver dragees in a Durkee's cake decorating display...
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