A test so easy

Even a progressive could pass it.

From CATO.

Seriously, someone who wouldn’t give individuals at least half of the powers of self-determination listed on this test is a totalitarian who should really seek therapy for their ambitions.

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Not Funny Sunday

Nothing caught my eye this week, so how about some general goings on news instead?

Spent Friday afternoon with my instructors and about 20 of my fellow students at Kvichak Marine Industries where they’re looking for a goodly number of welders who can work in aluminum to build items such as this.


I was astounded to see that only one other student besides myself brought their resume with them. Their lack of forethought should be to my benefit though. I’m hoping for a call in the next couple days and that I can schedule a test with them on Friday.

I took three of my fellow students up in the new ride, which has been named Grimm.


Hauling four full-sized adults in comfort across multiple urban environs test: Passed with flying colors.

Side note: This will be the license plate frame


Had a problem with my vertical GMAW (MIG) root passes not getting perfect fusion on my practice plates last week, so I switched techniques and will weld and bend more practice plates tomorrow and hope to test on that on Tuesday. If I get no call from Kvichak this week, I will hopefully test out on overhead MIG by Friday. If I do get a call, I’ll be spending a day and a half or so in an aluminum MIG booth for practice before their test.

That’s about it for me. Hope all is well with you all.

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It Pays To Be A Scofflaw in Cali

…at dinner this evening we learned that the State has placed an order for flyers announcing a mandatory 50% reduction in water usage, statewide, with the percentage reduction calculated in comparison to last year’s usage.

This is on an individual water-user basis to the tune of a $500 fine per citation, which normally would be ignored in our neck of the woods, but the State’s cleverly dragooned the local water districts into being unpaid enforcers, because if they don’t meet the target at the district level they’ll lose State funding.

Now, this is just what I was told, mind you.

Still and all, I’m chuckling because those of us who kept our lawns green all year, watered at night when the water cops sleep, and generally kept our water usage at normal levels are gonna be at quite the advantage over those suckers who ripped out their landscaping for that drought-tolerant cacti and pebbles motif last year.

It’s math, baby! I can drop my water use 50% and still take 40-minute showers every morning. I know people who are going to have issues flushing their toilets if this works out the way it was described to me tonight.

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The first of many: Updated

Well, it turns out that the source for this story is a a satire site that covers itself well and the story is a hoax.

The point still stands that SWATers deserve to be jailed for a good long time.


Hopefully anyway, because SWATing needs to stop.

What many teenagers these days are considering a harmless prank, has landed one online gamer in more trouble than he could have ever imagined. In a Louisiana courtroom today, 15-year-old Paul Horner broke down in tears after a judge found the young man guilty on two counts of domestic terrorism and was sentenced to twenty-five years to life in federal prison.

Horner is the first person in history to be charged with what is known as ‘swatting‘, a growing trend in which a person anonymously files a false police report, such as a murder or bomb threat, in hopes of provoking the police to raid an individual’s home or business. Prosecutors in the case proved that Horner called in multiple false threats against rival online gamers, resulting in SWAT team raids of their residence.

“Swatting” is a new fad among gamers targeting those who “livestream“, broadcasting themselves and their game play live over the Internet to fans and in-game rivals alike. If a gamer is able to ascertain the personal information of a rival, by locating their IP and residential address, they will call in a dangerous threat to law enforcement and watch as the “livestreamer’s” house is forcibly entered by police.

Let’s see if getting put in the pokey until you’re gray above the ears gets these asshole’s attention.

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Testing, Testing

They’re looking for volunteers for their social engineering experiment

Oregon to be first in nation to implement per-mole road tax

With EVs and other fuel-efficient vehicles saving consumers money at the pump, Oregon will be the first to issue a per-mile road tax to refill its coffers.

Automotive News reports the state will offer two options to its motorists: pay at the pump, or pay a 1.5-cent rate per mile traversed. The latter will be conducted through a device that plugs into a vehicle’s OBD port, then gathers mileage data to determine how much the motorist will pay in tax.

Right now, the program — set to begin July 1 — will be implemented by the Oregon DOT in partnership with Sanef ITS Technologies America and Intelligent Mechatronic Systems, the latter supplying the aforementioned OBD mileage reader.

Up to 5,000 volunteers will participate in the initial program, which will compare the tax paid at the pump to the miles driven. The results will be turned over to ODOT, which will then determine if a motorist is given a refund or an invoice based on said findings.

Oregon won’t be the only one to undergo a road tax program: over 10 other states are either in the process of passing legislation or conducting trials for such programs.

And because it is government, it will soon be both!

I suspect that people who are bad at math will make up over 50% of the test participants.

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This Must Be

How Europe has always seen America

A former Pennsylvania cop who retired after 25 years service to start an ammunition manufacturing and wholesale business has now developed vending machines that dispense ‘pretty much everything’ when it comes to bullets.

But while Sam Piccini, of Rochester, says that gun clubs from all over are ‘chomping at the bit’ for their pay-as-you-go dispensaries, complaints about the machines and their safety seem just as widespread.

Piccini has installed two at his local gun club, the Beaver Valley Rifle and Pistol Club, which, like many, refuses to sell ‘non-jacketed’ rounds of ammunition, making the machines popular among members.

It wasn’t this way. Until now. Glad we fixed that for them.

Non related photo:


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Sunday Funnies

Only had one good one this week, so there’s filler.


Members of the death cult get mad when you point out the amount of snow the majority of the U.S. is getting still. They yell “weather isn’t climate!!1!!1″ and then when they get back into their covens they talk about how warm the west coast is as being proof of their belief.

It was 65 degrees and pleasantly sunny in the PacNW today. Had the sunroof open and everything.

Moving on:




Have a good day.

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The Hands Have Eyes

Figured I’d let y’all know what I’m dealing with.


I have some strategically placed moleskin to try and keep the cast from rubbing the areas I need to move.

I was going to get it wrapped in red for that Hellboy look, but decided for the more practical black after Herr Doktor laid into me for getting the post surgery 3/4 cast/splint and wrapping dirty.

They steadfastly refused to wrap the top layer in kevlar even after I reminded them I play with fire every day.

I’m not sure who’s squeamish out there, so I’m putting the pic of what’s underneath the cast below the fold (it’s really not bad at all).

Continue reading

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I like the cut of this guy’s jib

He predicts Apple will buy Tesla in 18 months.

Most convincing for me was that a passenger in a self-driving car will be facing a giant windshield/screen on which to run apps. 

The Apple car as a vehicle for app purchases. (Ducks)

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Testing, Testing

I pulled the trigger on my SMAW stick/arc welding test on Thursday.

Now, because of the limited time left in the quarter due to my injury I decided on just going for the 3G (vertical) certification. I need to finally get my MIG cert after putting my TIG, Dual Shield and SMAW certs in front of it, and sometimes you need to admit that stupid happens and it can be costly. In this case, I paid full test price for the cert and only got half the certification. I have three weeks left in the quarter with which to try and pull off a vertical and 4G (overhead) cert in MIG, and I don’t know if I’m going to even be able to pull it off, but I have to try since that is where the work will likely lie around this area.

But anyway, let’s get to those pics! (click to embiggen, and all that)

The test is done on two pieces of 1″ thick, 6″ long, and 3.5″ wide mild carbon steel. There is a V-groove between the two pieces of 1″. Each piece is cut at a 22.5 degree bevel for a total of 45 degrees in the groove.They’re welded to a 1/4″ thick and 1″ wide backing strip. The length of the strip can vary, but must be at least 6′ long. You can also add wings at the ends of the plate to help with keeping a consistent bead end-to-end. As you’ll see, I took the strip and wings to ridiculous lengths, mostly because I’m a bit handicapped at this point and too much cutting of specialty pieces seemed a waste of time, so I went with bits of scrap I found.

I got the full-on nervous tension B.S. the morning of the test and forgot to get a picture of the empty groove on the test plate beforehand. But y’all have imaginations and can probably figure it out after seeing this one.


That’s about half way filled up. Already into three passes per level.

When your travel speed is perfect and your coverage is consistent, the slag cover tends to stay in one piece and will do this


One tap from the chipping hammer and the whole thing drops to the floor. There were 28 passes in this weld and at least 1/3 of them did this for me. A very good sign.

Here it is all filled in and cover passes put on.


And here it is cut into five pieces for the destructive testing.


The two in back will be tossed. The two in the middle will be ground smooth on the four long sides and then polished before being bent. If they’re successful, they’ll then be welded to the center piece at the bottom of the pic and stored for certification inspection.

As you can see from the piece on the upper right, one of my welds on the strong backs cracked under the distortion. My broken right hand TIG skills apparently aren’t the most structural. It doesn’t effect the test any, so when it went pop in the middle of pass 18 I didn’t freak out too much.

I also forgot to get a pic of the passing bends because we didn’t get to bend the coupons until 8pm that night and I was beat. I’ll post those on Monday.

So now I’m certified in GTAW (TIG), FCAW (Dual Shield), and SMAW (Stick/Arc) welding processes. One more and maybe I’ll actually feel like I know a little something about this welding thing.

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