Thursday, June 21, 2007

My Dots for Thursday, June 21, 2007

A column by Ben Stein about diagnosing the American auto industry. I was having this argument with somebody a couple days ago. He was repeating the official line about how the Big Three are failing because of health and pension costs. Stein says that's a mound of b.s. Is it the price that keeps people from buying G.M./Ford/Chrysler? No, it's the quality of the cars.

Quoted: It’s not the workers’ fault, even though they will be blamed for it because they are the punching bag at this point. It’s management’s fault. Time to put the bean counters out to pasture and to install people who will design and make cars that dreams are made of. It’s not too late.

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Friday, June 8, 2007

My Dots for Friday, June 08, 2007

my grandpa used to talk about how, in the army during ww2, they ran out of fuel and got their vehicles to run on wood. i always wondered if this could possibly be true or if he was having 'creative' reminiscences...

Quoted: Construction of a Simplified Wood Gas Generator for Fueling Internal Combustion Engines in a Petroleum emergency

[tags: cars, history, technology]

we were musing about how silencers work.

Quoted: Most suppressors work by allowing the pressurized gases in the barrel to slowly expand before they exit the muzzle of the firearm, resulting in significantly less noise as the gases rush out slowly. The process is comparable to slowly opening a soda can and hearing a hissing sound rather than a "pop". Some suppressors are also structured like motorcycle mufflers for the sound waves to cancel as they reflect from the sides of the casing. Such suppressors are inherently more difficult to design and to manufacture since they require more precise cutting and assembly. For this reason, they are often bigger and are mounted on large-caliber rifles where the added sound suppression is needed most.

Quoted: Motion pictures have produced the common misconception that sound suppressors ("silencers") completely silence the weapon's sound, or reduce it to a quiet whistling sound, which is in most cases very far from the truth. In fact, the emergent noise can still be heard from a fairly great distance. The quiet whistling sound associated with silencers is more attributable to the noise made by air guns.

[tags: guns, wiki]

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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

My Dots for Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Quoted: Guard donkeys accompanying the herd...proved ineffective when dogs attacked....This year, llamas replaced the donkeys.

[tags: people, agriculture, animals]

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