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Re: New
« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2016, 06:45:19 PM »
Welcome to the forum Fireball!
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Re: New
« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2016, 11:23:31 PM »
Being a fan of Deep Purple your user name instantly triggered recollection of this track from the album of the same name.

 
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Re: New
« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2016, 08:23:53 AM »
Welcome to the forum Fireball!

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Re: New
« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2016, 08:25:18 AM »
Being a fan of Deep Purple your user name instantly triggered recollection of this track from the album of the same name.



Oh, hell yeah! I love Deep Purple. I bought that album new when it came out...yes, I'm that old!

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Re: New
« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2016, 05:22:05 PM »
Nice to meet you Fireball. My Dad and brother were mechanical engineers and I love watching documentaries about great civil engineering. My recent favourite was the series of four programmes about the Cross Rail Project, especially the part where the tunnel was being built just inches above a tube station and inches below an escalator. One of the engineers was sent to the tube station platform with a walkie-talkie to warn the others if tiles started falling off of the walls. It was also fascinating to see how existing buildings had their foundations protected. I have also enjoyed some of the bridge-building programmes too.

I too took a long time, (about 50 years) to get out from under the non-conformist yoke which was a shock to say the least. HAF was a very reassuring place after that and also a count of knowledge about everything from cookery to astronomy and all points in between.
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Re: New
« Reply #20 on: November 02, 2016, 06:38:58 PM »
Nice to meet you Fireball. My Dad and brother were mechanical engineers and I love watching documentaries about great civil engineering. My recent favourite was the series of four programmes about the Cross Rail Project, especially the part where the tunnel was being built just inches above a tube station and inches below an escalator. One of the engineers was sent to the tube station platform with a walkie-talkie to warn the others if tiles started falling off of the walls. It was also fascinating to see how existing buildings had their foundations protected. I have also enjoyed some of the bridge-building programmes too.

I too took a long time, (about 50 years) to get out from under the non-conformist yoke which was a shock to say the least. HAF was a very reassuring place after that and also a count of knowledge about everything from cookery to astronomy and all points in between.

Hi Essie Mae, pleased to meet you, too!

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Re: New
« Reply #21 on: November 04, 2016, 01:56:11 PM »
Welcome to the forum Fireball. 

We have some good fun here and only rarely do we have serious disputes. Not to say that we always agree but that we do like each other. We have members from all over the place......Australia, England, Norway, Russia, Cyprus, France, Brazil, Germany, etc.  That means that we can have the benefit of different cultural points of view as well as to learn about such remote stuff as the geology of Cyprus....... how to bake a kidney pie, and an ever expanding array of subjects.

We are, almost all of us, comfortable with our atheistic position and treat it as a matter of normal existence. Thus we rarely want or need to argue our position. We even have at least one Christian who is a respected and valuable member. He does not hassle us and we do not hassle him.  But woe to the religious troll who comes here to teach us about the ways of the lord and his commandments.  We have some  extraordinarily intellectual members capable of destroying just about anyone who challenges us but most of the time we will not even bother to argue our position with the occasional proselytizer.

I mess around with wood mostly building boats. I am a journeyman machinist and tool maker as well as a graduate mechanical engineer, now retired (and bored senseless). We will have some common interests, no doubt.


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Re: New
« Reply #22 on: November 04, 2016, 03:03:34 PM »
Hello Fireball! Welcome to the thingy.

I must admit, when I read your name, the first place my mind went was here    ;D


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Re: New
« Reply #23 on: November 04, 2016, 03:27:17 PM »
Welcome to the forum Fireball. 

We have some good fun here and only rarely do we have serious disputes. Not to say that we always agree but that we do like each other. We have members from all over the place......Australia, England, Norway, Russia, Cyprus, France, Brazil, Germany, etc.  That means that we can have the benefit of different cultural points of view as well as to learn about such remote stuff as the geology of Cyprus....... how to bake a kidney pie, and an ever expanding array of subjects.

We are, almost all of us, comfortable with our atheistic position and treat it as a matter of normal existence. Thus we rarely want or need to argue our position. We even have at least one Christian who is a respected and valuable member. He does not hassle us and we do not hassle him.  But woe to the religious troll who comes here to teach us about the ways of the lord and his commandments.  We have some  extraordinarily intellectual members capable of destroying just about anyone who challenges us but most of the time we will not even bother to argue our position with the occasional proselytizer.

I mess around with wood mostly building boats. I am a journeyman machinist and tool maker as well as a graduate mechanical engineer, now retired (and bored senseless). We will have some common interests, no doubt.

Thanks for the welcome! Also, I don't argue with theists, either. It's a total waste of time, IMO.
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Re: New
« Reply #24 on: November 04, 2016, 03:29:13 PM »
Hello Fireball! Welcome to the thingy.

I must admit, when I read your name, the first place my mind went was here    ;D


Thanks! I'll give it a listen shortly. One of my sons just came over; haven't seen him in awhile.

ETA- Got a chance to watch. OOOH La Laaaah! Loves me some dancing girls, and the flames add a nice dimension, since I have pyrophiliac (not to be confused with pyromaniac) tendencies.
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Re: New
« Reply #25 on: November 04, 2016, 03:49:35 PM »
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Then went to work as a mechanical guy who translated what the physicists wanted into something that the mechanical designers could use to make their dreams come true.

That sort of function formed a large slice of my last job Fireball. Had to design and make  tools, test rigs (up to £50 000 budget - but loads of smaller ones with no budget at all, got ace at using orthers' scrap and cast-offs), prototypes etc.

I had no mechanical training, all electronics, no experience of using lathes or mills - good thing I was practical and a quick learner!  Oh, add in a bit of chemistry,  hydraulics, pneumatics,  physics, data proceseing and presentation.  Loved that job for the sheer variety and all the problem solving.
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Re: New
« Reply #26 on: November 19, 2016, 09:12:13 PM »
Hey, not fair, I had exclusive use of Fireb... until now!

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Re: New
« Reply #27 on: November 22, 2016, 09:23:40 PM »
Thanks!

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Re: New
« Reply #28 on: November 23, 2016, 04:00:44 AM »
What do you mean, "atheists are not evil?!"  :rant1:

The Asmo shall have you know that He is, in fact, very evil. He is so evil that He is evil.  >:(

That out of the way, I do debate theists, but I must admit that debating people like the door-to-door Bible-thumpers has no real purpose outside my fascination with the ease with which someone like me manages to aggravate stupid and/or gullible people without even coming close to crossing any socially acceptable boundaries.

I stopped debating irrational people with the intent of changing their mind and/or pushing my own agenda years ago.
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Re: New
« Reply #29 on: November 24, 2016, 02:28:13 AM »
All true, O Grey One - but it's good fun, all the same. ;D