Goings On

It’s been a while since I have posted an update on the happenings at work and in the Fab Shop. So why not today?

At work, I’ve put the finishing touches on a number of Flying Buttresses. This was one of “the small ones.”

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The fitters love me so much, they leave me big “gifts” in the assembly. The 1/4in gaps weren’t much of a problem. Not even the 3/8 gaps caused me to pause. But the angle gap there in the middle I could stick my thumb in.

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We also welded up some column caps/buckets. The box is 16″x12″x4″ and was to be completely welded, inside and out, as well as the top brackets, all the way around where they connect to the top of the box.

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Once you get the five welds inside done, and two on either of the outside welds, according to our infrared thermal scanner, you can fry an egg on it.

I am actually passing this box design onto the instructors at the school as a weld sequence test. Just put the tacked together box on the front desk and ask the students to list which welds they’d do first, second, etc.. Every one of the guys in Fab Shop I showed the picture and described the weld req’s to failed. I likely would have too had I not walked into the project after five were already done.

Btw, there were 60 some-odd of these we did over two days.

Speaking of the Fab Shop, I’ve been relatively busy. Shop goes from 1730 to 2130, but being a working guy, I am not always able to make it for the start time and I am definitely not able to stay until closing time if I want to get up for work at 0430. So I work from a little before 1745 to around 2000-2030 and call it good.

I made one of these for my sister

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And I’m making this for the guy who does my tattoo work.

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He wanted to be able to carry 500-800lbs off the back of his Jeep Wrangler. He’ll be able to tow another Wrangler with this, if the need arises.

Oh, and it does this too

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It’s currently about half painted. The muggy heat means hours of wait time while the paint dries.

Lastly, there was a regional Welding Rodeo in Western Washington a couple weeks back. Two teams of students from the school signed up, as did our Fabrication instructor and a couple of other teachers who work at the school.

For the Fabrication competition, you needed to incorporate “Fire and Ice” in your project. So the instructor team made a hoop and drilled a large number of holes on the top side of it with the idea of hooking it up to a propane cylinder.

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Much disappointment was had. Stupid government mandated internal valve regulators.

I suggested trying the MAPP gas cylinder. And after some fiddling about with fittings, much happiness arrived.

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That is with the valve only about opened to the 25% level and without adding oxygen. Which is good, because our Joan of Arc there was whining after about 10 seconds of stepping into the circle.

I’ll post some pics of the hitch carrier when the paint is done and see what other projects I walk into.

Laterz.

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His ideas stick

But somebody on the left has got to pretend to be worried about “the children”.

Self-proclaimed socialist and progressive favorite Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) laments the idea that Americans can choose between “23 underarm spray deodorants” as children go hungry under President Obama’s economy.

“You don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants when children are hungry in this country,” Sanders told John Harwood in an interview posted Tuesday.

I don’t know what he has against spray deoderants. Maybe he uses Secret?

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The Return of

Separate But Equal

Ethnic Minorities Deserve Safe Spaces Without White People

Last week The Ryersonian reported on an incident that involved two first-year journalism students who were turned away from an event organized by Racialized Students’ Collective because they are white. Since then there has been a lot of commentary on the piece and a lot of debate — a lot of the criticism is valid.

There are two sides to the story: 1) the media has a right to attend public events and report on matters that are in the public interest. The student media needs to cover initiatives that are happening on campus so that we draw attention to them and in turn create awareness (The Ryersonian reported that one student said he was covering the meeting for an assignment). 2) Marginalized groups have a right to claim spaces in the public realm where they can share stories about the discrimination they have faced without judgment and intrusion from anyone else.

I am a person of colour and a journalist and so there are two conflicting voices inside my head. But in this case one voice, that of a person of colour, is louder and my conscience does not allow me to be impartial. I have to take a side.

And if you were not a person of colour, you would immediately be labeled a racist and never be allowed to post at HuffPo, or anywhere else for that matter, again.

But Aeman Ansari is allowed to be a proponent of “separate but equal” accommodations, despite the disgusting nature of the idea.

And by “safe spaces”, she means places where no one will call her preferred shade of racists out on their behavior.

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The Empty Table

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What’s the Lead?

What’s the Lead…for a B-17 flying by your house a few hundred feet off the deck?

The Collings Foundation’s in town again (B-17, B-24, B-25, P-51) as they are every year, and geeking out like this is exactly why I bought a house in the glide path of the local airport.

    

Tomorrow at 0830, after ten years of looking and not doing, the wife and I will finally be strapping in for a ride in Witchcraft.

  

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Sorry folks

I got nuthin’.

Long day at work and then my hand therapist worked me over so hard I can barely type.

Have music instead.

Really starts going hot at the 11:30 mark.

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If

You see this meme and say “Yep”

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You might be happy to know that someone is at least attempting to do that

A faction of Republicans in the House of Representatives wants to stop poor people from buying junk food with food stamps.

Under proposed new legislation, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s 45 million enrollees would only be able to use their benefits for lean meat, poultry and food products approved under a separate federal nutrition program that supports nutrition for pregnant women, infants and children. Energy drinks would be out; Enfamil in.

“Over the years, the nutrition portion of food stamps has become obsolete,” Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.), who authored the legislation, said in a statement. “Today, beneficiaries can use taxpayer dollars to purchase nearly anything in the grocery store. Meanwhile, families barely living over the poverty threshold are pinching pennies and clipping coupons to make ends meet.”

Link goes to the HuffPo, where they are “outraged!!!”  that someone would try to limit the kind of freebies taxpayer monies pay for.

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I hadn’t thought of that

Randall Parker at Future Pundit has a very good point.

So good, in fact, that I’m going to have to agree with him.

We need to think about every move in the direction of Mars with one priority above all others: accumulation of technology and infrastructure that will create the conditions to allow permanent human habitation. A trip to Mars in the style of the Apollo Moon landings is not a step in the direction of permanent habitation. Rather it would be a huge waste of money that could have been spent laying the groundwork for permanent habitation.

So what do we need to do? Develop robots that can go to Mars ahead of us, work for many years unassisted, and build up infrastructure to support humans. Here’s the real kicker: we should not send our first humans to Mars until we’ve accumulated enough robots on Mars to justify a trip by robot repair techs and heavy equipment maintenance specialists. Yes, mechanics and repair techs should be the first humans to visit Mars.

Let the machines that aren’t so environmentally needy go first and set us up some living spaces and then go there when they need service or conditions are more likely for success.

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At least this guy

Was of the correct race to be shot by the police.

Kentucky Sheriff On Shooting In County “We Are Just Glad The Victim Is White… We Don’t Want Any Backlash”

The guy was a dirt bag and wholly deserved his fate. But try to imagine if the criminal wasn’t a white guy.

Three wrecked police cars, two officers of the law discharging their firearms in two different locations.

Al Sharpton would have been claiming that the officer and the deputies involved were hunting him down for doing nothing.

Here is the video of the entire press conference with an explanation of the facts.

And here is a post wherein the staff and editor are trying their damnedest to be offended at something else the Sheriff said, because they have to be victims of something I suppose.

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Bay Area Housing Market FTW!

…hey, she wouldn’t be advertising a mobile home for $325k unless that’s somebody’s bargain. 

  

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