And so it begins

Need a dozen of a specific nut or bolt?

How about a 12-point 28MM socket?

No need to take a trip to the local hardware store because you went there a month ago and bought yourself a 3-D printer.

The latest item to hit the shelves of Home Depot has the potential to solve one of biggest annoyances of do-it-yourself home repair: having to go to the hardware store in the first place.

Earlier this month, the world’s largest home improvement chain announced the start of a pilot program to sell MakerBots, described by the manufacturer as a type of professional-grade 3-D printing machine, in a dozen stores following a three-month period of online-only sales. The MakerBot printers, which range from a compact $1,375 model to a high-end $2,899 version, went on sale July 14 in Chicago and New York City-area stores, as well as Home Depot locations throughout California.

Here is MakerBot’s website. Do try not to drool.

Depending on how idiot-proof the software is, I can see myself getting one of these in a year or so.

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Stay Tuned

The newest hate on Israel is morphing as I write this

IDF Assault On Gaza: Driven By Israel’s Energy Needs?

The Israeli cabinet is concerned that if Palestinians develop their own gas resources, the resulting economic transformation could in turn fundamentally increase Palestinian clout.

Yes, you read that correctly.

The newest theory as to the reason Israel went into Gaza to kick ass is the natural gas resources off the coast of the Gaza strip and the Israeli government’s fears that if the Palis get control of them they will get more/better standing on the world stage.

Now, as the writer of this toxic shitbag of information notes, I too remember back to the mid-aughts and the fact of the discovery. I also remember representatives of Israel repeatedly publicly stating that the were worried that if the Pali government got control of the gas they’d sell it for money to buy more and better weapons to send into Israel.

But now, according to the Israel hating leftists, it’s just “clout” the government of Israel is worried about. I know I’m not the hippest of cats around, so I am wondering if there is some dictionary somewhere that I haven’t heard of where “clout” has been defined as meaning “indiscriminate rocket fire”?

Next week, these creeps will find a way to tie this into some Koch Brothers conspiracy.

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Quite the coincidence

Watch this video. You know what it is going to say, but watch it anyway.

I found this yesterday afternoon, about two hours before I was told that because of my student loans, I was not eligible to take a job via the WorkStudy program at school to supplement my income after my unemployment insurance runs out.

Background:
One of my instructors asked me if I would like to help out doing improvements to the welding shop over the Summer break, and then after class during Fall Quarter. It would be a maximum of 19 hours per week and pay $12hr before taxes. I jumped at the chance to be paid to weld and get a job reference from a highly respected welder. He said I had to sign up at the Admin bldg, so I went to do so.

I went there to fill out the paperwork and the person handling my paperwork noticed my FAFSA loan in the system. She told me to wait a minute and walked off. She came back and had new additional paperwork for me to fill out and for me to give to the instructor to fill out.

Essentially, I am not eligible to do the WorkStudy program and have to appeal via the department Dean and the school VP in charge of the Financial Aid office. The instructor has to write a letter stating why he wants me in the program. Either way, my FAFSA loan amount will be “adjusted” to compensate for the income I earn from the program.

So, either I don’t work and get all the loan money I want or I work and lose a significant amount of loan money because they believe I would then be able to pay for school myself. I am slightly torn: I want to work but I can’t do that and pay for school.

I will be awaiting the appeal, which will likely be decided in my favor, and then taking a look at the financial numbers that get put in front of me to see just how hard I have to punch myself in the balls if I take the job. I have a decently high pain threshold but I do have a limit.

I’m thinking I am going to get and keep a copy of my instructor’s letter to put in my resume file.

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In aviation news

Japan is not allowed an Air Force, per both the treaty they signed at the end of WWII and via their own constitution.

But an army of flying drones doesn’t count as an air force, does it?

How Japan Fell in Love With America’s Drones

The country has positioned itself as one of the unlikely players in the escalating global race for military drones, a move that’s controversial both at home and abroad. A veteran Japanese politician even warned that the country’s re-armament looked like “a kind of pre-war revival.” The United States has aided Tokyo in its efforts to re-arm, deploying two unarmed Global Hawk long-range surveillance drones in May to a base in Northern Japan, which infuriated both China and North Korea.

Japan is now in a position it hasn’t been in for nearly 70 years, when it gave up its right to engage in conflict outside its borders. The country is engaged in a bitter dispute with China over a set of islands that sit on resource-rich sea beds that each claims as its sovereign territory.

Japan is the third largest economy in the world, and the implications for both global peace and commerce could be widespread.

So maybe not an “army” of drones, but this wouldn’t be the first time quality was used to beat quantity.

Also, this is what can happen when you give a slightly insane (in a good way) machinist some 1200CC aircooled VW engines.

Much want.

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Now that’s tight

Mad felling skillz, yo.

Personally, I would have moved the mobile home instead of take that chance.

And Mr. Completely will enjoy the tunage.

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Quote Generator

I found this over at Kevin’s not-quite-closed-down blog by following the link. I could, quite possibly, have a Quote of the Day, every day, for a month from this post. And I’m not just counting the funny ones.

Do yourself a favor and read the whole thing.

Ten Reasons I Am No Longer a Leftist

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Boomershoot Buggy or All My Friends Have Diesels . . . Maybe I Should Too

I’d love to take this through downtown Ann Arbor and watch the all the Prius’s (Pria?) and Subies run for their lives.

(this sentiment was shamelessly shanghai’d from a comment in the linked article and relocated geographically to Michigan)

I might have to head out for Idaho a few days earlier, due to the max mph.

 

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As is usual

Yet another table spouted from my welder this weekend.

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(The usual “click to embiggen” nonsense here)

This table is all about wrenches. I found a bunch as an estate sale and scooped them all up and put a half-dozen or so of them in here. Anybody remember Montgomery Ward? There’s a wrench from one of their tool sets in there. There is also a threading die, a couple pieces of the ring around a flywheel and a well dressed tow hook. Usual planetary gear and transfer case chain surround.

The leg is a cam from a GM V6, along with 5 different gears from New Process transfer cases. The foot is a GM Vortec 5.7L V8 flexplate. All with two coats of clear for that “wet-look”. This one is available for purchase until further notice for the low-low price of $400 +shipping.

In other news, I got tired of running the Jeep’s battery down attempting to have music in the work area, so I pimped my welding table (the Jeep doesn’t have a battery problem, it has 700Watts worth of sound amplification).

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A $20 garage sale shelf-top stereo plus some shelving made from scrap steel. There is also now a power strip mounted to the other side of the table that can be used for easy access to juice for it, or an angle grinder, or a dremel, or whatever else I may need that runs on 110V.

Lastly, I am tempted to say some very cruel and unusual things about a certain brown shipping company. However, I will wait to see if they hold to their promise and report on the topic later.

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Personally

I have nothing against this form of punishment, provided it is carried out with due process as according to the American legal system.

Obviously, this wasn’t.

Philadelphia mosque leaders try to cut off man’s hand

Two men described as leaders of a Philadelphia mosque were accused of trying to cut off the hand of a suspected thief, whose wrist was sliced so deeply it required hospital treatment, police said on Friday.

The 46-year-old victim said two officials in the mosque accused him of stealing jars of money from the house of worship after morning prayers on Monday.

The officials, described in police reports as the mosque’s imam and amir, dragged the victim to the rear of the mosque, and attempted to chop off his hand with a machete, according to a police statement.

He sustained a severe laceration to his right wrist, and was transported to a nearby hospital by medics.

Officers served a search warrant on Thursday on the mosque, located in a house in the city’s Overbrook section, where they arrested Merv Mitchell, also known as Mabul Shoatz. They recovered a 2-foot-long machete from the scene.

The mosque’s imam, an unidentified 35-year-old male, has not yet been located, police said.

Nothing says “We were right to do this” like hiding from the police.

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Sunday Funnies

It never ceases to amaze me when Israel has to move ground forces into Pali-controlled areas, that the brightest minds the left has to offer run their mouth and sound rather similar to the white supremacists they supposedly dislike.

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And immigration

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And, well, everything

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