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by TheKrikkitWars
Tue May 28, 2013 12:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineering)
Replies: 110
Views: 57110

Re: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineeri

My astra has developed a serious oil leak... over the weekend, it used a litre of oil in 300 miles and it seems to be getting worse. I've visually inspected it, and the block seems sound and is still clean (ruling out cracks in the head and block or a failed gasket). The leak seems to start about 2&...
by TheKrikkitWars
Sun May 26, 2013 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineering)
Replies: 110
Views: 57110

Re: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineeri

PhoenixEnigma wrote:I have to give credit to Toyota's engineers, too - so much easier to work on than my Grand Am was, and having a top-mounted oil filter is one of those small but brilliant things that makes you want to buy the designer a drink.


That's continuous improvement in action, Right There!
by TheKrikkitWars
Mon May 20, 2013 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineering)
Replies: 110
Views: 57110

Re: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineeri

And now I've got a Toolpost grinder with a motor that needs re-winding which will be "fun", but for £10...

I don't own a lathe, but the grinder is actually for a home built Profile Grinder, for making and sharpening spindle moulder knives and profiled irons for moulding planes.
by TheKrikkitWars
Sun May 19, 2013 10:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Length of undergraduate degrees - confused!
Replies: 31
Views: 12077

Re: Length of undergraduate degrees - confused!

I'm in 11th grade, hoping to study engineering at a high-ranked university. I've looked into a lot of options, and I'm getting sort of confused at the lengths of the programs. In Norway, where I'm from, it takes 3+2 years (3 for BEng + 2 for MEng), regardless of the quality of the uni. In the USA, ...
by TheKrikkitWars
Sat May 18, 2013 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineering)
Replies: 110
Views: 57110

Re: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineeri

Went to the Anglesey Festival of Transport and Machinery earlier... I got a couple of handy tools cheaply, was invited to join a local green woodworking club, spent some time shoveling coal for a stranger who was struggling to get his steam-roller into steam, and very nearly traded my car for a trac...
by TheKrikkitWars
Sat May 11, 2013 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AR School Cancels 6th Grade Grad Rather Than Not Pray
Replies: 55
Views: 11563

Re: AK School Cancels 6th Grade Grad Rather Than Not Pray

Gonna have to disagree with that. Every major sports event is started with the National Anthem, and it is expected that you remove your hat and stand during it, regardless of which sports team you're rooting for. Every school in the nation starts their morning with the Pledge of Allegiance as well....
by TheKrikkitWars
Sat May 11, 2013 10:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AR School Cancels 6th Grade Grad Rather Than Not Pray
Replies: 55
Views: 11563

Re: AK School Cancels 6th Grade Grad Rather Than Not Pray

I ask this because the forced Secular state in France scares me . And yes, forced secularism is indeed "rights getting taken away". Secularism is a right, and like all rights has to be protected. That protection includes enforcing it against those who would violate it. The constitution is...
by TheKrikkitWars
Fri May 10, 2013 9:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineering)
Replies: 110
Views: 57110

Re: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineeri

Hmm, this seems like the best place to ask. I'm thinking about doing some backyard aluminum casting. Other than standard mask/goggles/gloves/etc safety gear and a good cauldron, is there really anything else I need? I'll likely be doing sand casting, so not really a ton of gear needed for that end ...
by TheKrikkitWars
Wed May 08, 2013 12:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineering)
Replies: 110
Views: 57110

Re: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineeri

Pretty sure it was meant that a junkyard might be a source of functioning parts, not an entire "new" block. well, if the block is cracked and leaking, thats the part you need to replace. A Scrappie (aka junkyard) would be a cheap but unreliable source for a transplant engine... a proper d...
by TheKrikkitWars
Tue May 07, 2013 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineering)
Replies: 110
Views: 57110

Re: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineeri

grease has a tendency to stain your nail beds and stuff which is NOT attractive. Man, fuck that, my boyfriend doesn't like me for my beautiful nails (note: they are not beautiful, his *are*). When I was working in the sawmill i had to periodically go and work for the toolroom, fitters and occasiona...
by TheKrikkitWars
Sun May 05, 2013 12:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineering)
Replies: 110
Views: 57110

Re: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineeri

Also, *wow* cars have become fancy in the last decade... The first car I had was a top trim level Peugeot estate with electric everything, cruise control, climate control, and a 2.2L HDi Engine with a Stage 3 intercooler and ECU mods delivering 200bhp and 300ish lb/ft.... best of it is, I only foun...
by TheKrikkitWars
Sat May 04, 2013 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineering)
Replies: 110
Views: 57110

Re: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineeri

Edit: SPEAKING OF WHICH, I am buying my first car within the next three months. It is a 2006, maybe 2007 Honda Civic, I am buying it from my mom so that I can better commute to college. While I know much about how engines work and how to complete big repairs, I know fuckall about regular maintenanc...
by TheKrikkitWars
Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria may have crossed the chemical weapon 'red line'
Replies: 30
Views: 4807

Re: Syria may have crossed the chemical weapon 'red line'

I authored a paper on the mechanisms of action of chemical weapon antidotes a few years back and used to work with a woman who was using mustard gas as a precursor chemical on a daily basis... My professional opinion is that anyone who chooses to use chemical weapons on another human being deserves ...
by TheKrikkitWars
Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: The "Awesome Things You Have Made" Thread! NSF 56k
Replies: 54
Views: 57966

Re: The "Awesome Things You Have Made" Thread! NSF 56k

I build clipper ships! Takes about a year to do one. will post pics when i can. need to upload them on a site so i can post them here. That's awesome, boatbuilding is a bit of black art... I guess I have the woodworking skills to build a boat, but I have not the first clue where I'd start designing...
by TheKrikkitWars
Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nudity and Lighting Yourself on Fire
Replies: 94
Views: 26726

Re: Nudity and Lighting Yourself on Fire

Sounds like you plan to survive , though. Well between not being Tibetan, Czech, or a recently widowed Hindu; I've developed rather a taste for both not sustaining burns and remaining alive... Bite Me* :P *Unless you were waiting for me to char-broil first, in which case you can get in line with th...
by TheKrikkitWars
Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nudity and Lighting Yourself on Fire
Replies: 94
Views: 26726

Re: Nudity and Lighting Yourself on Fire

I've set myself on fire for various dares/bets/videos/photo's over the years, and using a sufficiently volatile fuel, on bare skin is pretty safe, you have to make sure you get put out before the layer of evaporating solvent (which protects you from burns) is deminished too much. Thick cotton or wov...
by TheKrikkitWars
Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas Fertilizer Plant Fire/Explosion
Replies: 61
Views: 7264

Re: Texas Fertilizer Plant Fire/Explosion

We have the opposite issue here, we have box lifting courses, H&S forms before any activity etc to stay technically compliant That's often more down to insurers than to the HSE themselves though, whilst they do have compliance and auditing requirements, those are often far less than the require...
by TheKrikkitWars
Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:59 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 155605

Re: Your Schedule

chem1190c wrote:edit: this of course ignores the blatant illogic of 'graduate fees' including a mandatory student activity fee, because of course Ph.D. students totally benefit from the existence of undergrad student organizations :roll:


You could go and participate in some of them, no?
by TheKrikkitWars
Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ph.D. prejudice?
Replies: 22
Views: 6686

Re: Ph.D. prejudice?

A few older people who be still out digging holes with shovels don't like being told what to do by those who never have-did to do that. I do hope you're not being derisive about them there... I say good on them, I've seen more stupid decisions, edicts and inefficient working practices come out of b...
by TheKrikkitWars
Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rock Climbing
Replies: 168
Views: 97281

Re: Rock Climbing

So my climbing partner and I got a little over-enthusiastic yesterday and came within a hair's breadth of either getting killed or becoming cragfast and having to call Mountain Rescue. Very scary learning experience: the ropes tangled up a real treat, I had to untie, solo up to the crux then place p...
by TheKrikkitWars
Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ph.D. prejudice?
Replies: 22
Views: 6686

Re: Ph.D. prejudice?

No, a lot of non-academic people from industry too; the people who are in chemistry (rather than engineering and timber, fields I have a background in) seem to think I need to decide if I want to take on a role controlling operations/commerce vs R&D/process control... the latter being fields whe...
by TheKrikkitWars
Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ph.D. prejudice?
Replies: 22
Views: 6686

Re: Ph.D. prejudice?

A frequently observed quirk in getting to know people is when the topic of our professions come up, people who abandoned or did poorly in academics tend to denigrate my pursuit as something impossible or incomprehensible or requiring too much effort or too esoteric for utility. Saying 'I'm in a gra...
by TheKrikkitWars
Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Someone did something on the internet (Adria Richards)
Replies: 202
Views: 25275

Re: Gender-charged Twitter Drama (Adria Richards)

J the Ninja wrote:-Making high school locker room jokes in any situation is fine; so long as you're taking proper care to share it only with your intended audience who will be amused and that it won't reach anyone who will be hurt/upset/angry


FTFY
by TheKrikkitWars
Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rock Climbing
Replies: 168
Views: 97281

Re: Rock Climbing

We've had an unexpected cold snap, so... more winter adventures. We went out for a bit of a walk up Moel Siabod ( Mo-El Sh-A-boD ) in the fresh snow, https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/429735_10152670846000611_66376490_n.jpg Then took a shortcut up an iced up drainge gulley and a...
by TheKrikkitWars
Sat Mar 16, 2013 2:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Protests in New York over teen shot by police
Replies: 9
Views: 1978

Re: Protests in New York over teen shot by police

Also interesting, this english Aljazeera article which highlights the dichotomy in how the event is being covered by different sources, including rival hasthags (#brooklynriot vs. #brooklynprotest), also notable for having actual pictures sourced from Twitter. The two different hashtags and the cov...
by TheKrikkitWars
Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Please Answer Entirely Honestly: World Domination
Replies: 48
Views: 8833

Re: Please Answer Entirely Honestly: World Domination

I have considered what I'd do if I was "in charge", predominantly of the UK (which technically doesn't fit the >100M people definition, but we are still an economic and nuclear power... so relatively worthy): Education Reform towards a more flexible paradigm, with more vocational options a...
by TheKrikkitWars
Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Taking on sidelines?
Replies: 6
Views: 3682

Re: Taking on sidelines?

Well, then the question becomes: were you hoping to get a job eventually where you could use what you learned during your studies? And if so, what exactly were you expecting to be doing? Whatever it is, padding out your resume (and your bibliography) that extra little bit could hardly hurt. Of cour...
by TheKrikkitWars
Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Taking on sidelines?
Replies: 6
Views: 3682

Re: Taking on sidelines?

I hope you're getting paid the going rate. There are many employers who will be quite happy to exploit cheap labor whenever they can, even if it is friends or relatives. Sometimes, especially if it is friends or relatives. I'm perfectly happy to work for less than the going rate, so long as I'm sti...
by TheKrikkitWars
Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Taking on sidelines?
Replies: 6
Views: 3682

Taking on sidelines?

Got offered some work this summer using skills from a former life (of sorts)... Rebuilding 3 massive glazed sliding doors, and making repairs and replacment external joinery on a large mixed purpose (residential/commercial) building. I'd be working for a friend (and overseen by an architect who's al...
by TheKrikkitWars
Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rock Climbing
Replies: 168
Views: 97281

Re: Rock Climbing

I went to see an old friend last weekend (she was having a party to celebrate her engagement) and after much merriment and some hushed discussion, agreed to start training to do a +6000M peak together in the alpine style* sometime in the next 4 years... We've not quite worked out which one we want t...
by TheKrikkitWars
Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rock Climbing
Replies: 168
Views: 97281

Re: Rock Climbing

5.9 is awfully high to start counting. The gyms I see usually start at 5.6, and it's not terribly difficult to find real routes that are easier (that one is 5.2). In which I reveal my stubborn preference for bouldering over roping of any sort. Tis the devils work I tell ye! More fool you if you let...
by TheKrikkitWars
Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rock Climbing
Replies: 168
Views: 97281

Re: Rock Climbing

I have a question for those of you hailing from north america; Is the YDS grading scheme used for both trad and sport climbing? If not, how do you grade sport climbs? I always kind of assumed that the "french" sport climbing grades were ubiquitous worldwide...
by TheKrikkitWars
Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rock Climbing
Replies: 168
Views: 97281

Re: Rock Climbing

Single farenhiet temps (+ ocassional significant wind chill) are the norm for winter in the UK Wat? This sounded weird as I thought that the UK was much more mild than that. I looked it up, and according to Wikipedia many of the places I checked (e.g. London) haven't even had a single-digit tempera...
by TheKrikkitWars
Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rock Climbing
Replies: 168
Views: 97281

Re: Rock Climbing

So are these primarily 'extreme hikes'? I've never done ice climbing. In fact, just saying those words made me cold and uncomfortable. Heck I live in Wisconsin and generally (don't mind or tolerate or like, depending on mood) somewhat colder weather (I start getting unhappy in single digits Fahrenh...
by TheKrikkitWars
Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rock Climbing
Replies: 168
Views: 97281

Re: Rock Climbing

Finally, these are my older axes THE MAN HAS RETIRED AXES... HOW CAN WE MERE MORTALS COMPETE? They're not worn out, i just wanted something a little easier to use; I've sold them on to a guy just starting out. The old adage is that a rock climber can be ome a winter climber in a season, but going t...
by TheKrikkitWars
Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rock Climbing
Replies: 168
Views: 97281

Re: Rock Climbing

Went indoor climbing for the first time in 4 years today, climbing juggy F4c and 5a quite easily, my grip strength is awful though, there were some v2 & v3 problems which are all crimps on face or slightly overhanging terrain couldn't even start them... I was required to borrow rock shoes at the...
by TheKrikkitWars
Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rock Climbing
Replies: 168
Views: 97281

Re: Rock Climbing

As an addendum, I was sorting my gear out, and had most of it laid out in my office, so I've photographed it and will try to explain it all... http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8233/8427527235_31e4e218c3_b.jpg Going from left to right, are my cold weather sallopettes, and my special six shirt, which for...
by TheKrikkitWars
Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rock Climbing
Replies: 168
Views: 97281

Re: Rock Climbing

It's a mix between pitched ice and mixed climbs and longer, more exposed mountaineering routes. There are a fair few good ridge routes, which would be a good hike with scrambling in summer, but become a moderately technical climb in winter, more akin to going fast and light on an easyish rock climb....
by TheKrikkitWars
Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rock Climbing
Replies: 168
Views: 97281

Re: Rock Climbing

I'm still here, Between bouts of frenetically checking the weather forecast. I'm kind of tempted to split off a more general "Let's go play in the mountains" thread as this seems to be quite focused on gym climbing; but i dunno if there's the interest to sustain it? Got out some more in th...
by TheKrikkitWars
Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rock Climbing
Replies: 168
Views: 97281

Re: Rock Climbing

HOLY FUCK THAT IS AMAZING. I don't know the terminology; were you roped in at all, or only to your buddy? Much ice axe action (that's like, numbers 4-6 on the 'tools used by badasses' list) Before you think it's too amazing, view this picture my partner forced me to pose for at the summit after we'...

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