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Title: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 01, 2019, 09:49:47 PM
go on, reveal your real priorities.

(https://i.imgur.com/r1wwRKAl.jpg)

these are four pushrods, to fit any 650 cc triumph motorcycle engine made between 1956 and 1972. i blew up my motorcycle engine going too ast, and these are to replace the ones that went sinusoidal at 131 mph.

what did you last spend your money on?

Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on November 01, 2019, 11:47:37 PM
New dado blade set for my table saw. I had 14 drawers for a chest I'm building that needed a dado (slot) for the slides they will ride on. Table saw with a .08" kerf blade and not a flat topped tooth would mean I'd have to chisel and then sand the bottoms of the dado flat. BTDTGTTS and it's tedious. I returned the dado blade set I bought earlier in October because when I went to install it, it wouldn't turn as the diameter was too big and it hit the brake. Made all the dadoes and then the rabbets for the bottoms of the drawers to fit into. Drawers are glued up and I'm working up through the grits of sandpaper. Started with 120 grit, now working on 180. Last is 220 grit and then a spray of shellac.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: jumbojak on November 02, 2019, 02:27:31 AM
I'm currently awaiting an Italian made Proto ratchet. I have a fetish for 1/4" drive tools and like Proto  in general. You can email the piss out of a Proto wrench with a BFH and they never complain.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: No one on November 02, 2019, 05:12:10 AM
(https://render.fineartamerica.com/images/rendered/default/metal-print/7.125/10.000/break/images/artworkimages/medium/1/back-to-the-future-flux-capacitor-print-pete-baldwin.jpg)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Magdalena on November 02, 2019, 07:28:07 AM
(https://render.fineartamerica.com/images/rendered/default/metal-print/7.125/10.000/break/images/artworkimages/medium/1/back-to-the-future-flux-capacitor-print-pete-baldwin.jpg)
The Future Flux Capacitor!?
(https://thumbs.gfycat.com/OrganicEarlyGar-small.gif)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on November 02, 2019, 02:32:48 PM
Ha! A thread where I can expose just how much of an impulsive consumer I am! :P Love it! :grin:

Last things I bought (online) were a Stylus pen and a protective case for the still unboxed Nintendo New 3DS XL console I bought a long, long time ago.

(https://storemedia.nintendo.com/ui/images/devices/new3ds/parts-accessories/new3ds-stylus-black-640x480.png)

Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: jumbojak on November 02, 2019, 02:36:25 PM
It's the weekend. Just open the damn thing...
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on November 02, 2019, 02:40:32 PM
It's the weekend. Just open the damn thing...

:notsure:  :thinking:














Ok! :grin:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on November 02, 2019, 02:50:40 PM
(https://www.maginon.com/media/catalog/product/cache/3f034b42f19e0b74680cc9d099cc9bf8/m/a/maginon_spektiv_20-60x60_titelbild.jpg)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on November 02, 2019, 02:52:01 PM
(https://www.maginon.com/media/catalog/product/cache/3f034b42f19e0b74680cc9d099cc9bf8/m/a/maginon_spektiv_20-60x60_titelbild.jpg)

That looks like an awesome microscope-camera zoom hybrid.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 02, 2019, 03:06:48 PM
(https://render.fineartamerica.com/images/rendered/default/metal-print/7.125/10.000/break/images/artworkimages/medium/1/back-to-the-future-flux-capacitor-print-pete-baldwin.jpg)

does this have anything to do with tacos?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: No one on November 02, 2019, 03:38:33 PM
Yes, everything is related to tacos. Even the Flux Capacitor.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on November 02, 2019, 08:11:31 PM
It's the weekend. Just open the damn thing...

I opened the box. That wasn't too hard...Luckily no demons were summoned.  :whew:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 02, 2019, 09:05:39 PM
Ha! A thread where I can expose just how much of an impulsive consumer I am! :P Love it! :grin:

Last things I bought (online) were a Stylus pen

. . . what is a stylus pen?

not trying to look dumb, but i guess i am.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 02, 2019, 09:07:12 PM
(https://www.maginon.com/media/catalog/product/cache/3f034b42f19e0b74680cc9d099cc9bf8/m/a/maginon_spektiv_20-60x60_titelbild.jpg)

birdwatcher?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on November 02, 2019, 09:19:07 PM
(https://www.maginon.com/media/catalog/product/cache/3f034b42f19e0b74680cc9d099cc9bf8/m/a/maginon_spektiv_20-60x60_titelbild.jpg)

birdwatcher?

Not a 'twitcher' as such. More wildlife in general. In particular the squirrels and wild birds in my garden. It is as cheap as chips but adequate  for the amount of times I'll use it. If I take to it I may upgrade at some point.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on November 02, 2019, 09:55:22 PM
Ha! A thread where I can expose just how much of an impulsive consumer I am! :P Love it! :grin:

Last things I bought (online) were a Stylus pen

. . . what is a stylus pen?

not trying to look dumb, but i guess i am.

I'm not too sure what it is myself (it hasn't arrived yet so I haven't used it yet), but it looks like one of those digital pens people use for drawing on a tablet or smartphone screen. It's for a handheld game console so I'm assuming it's for interacting with the game.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 02, 2019, 10:27:50 PM

Not a 'twitcher' as such. More wildlife in general. In particular the squirrels and wild birds in my garden. It is as cheap as chips but adequate  for the amount of times I'll use it. If I take to it I may upgrade at some point.

what kinds of squirrels do you have?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 02, 2019, 10:30:52 PM
Quote from: xSilverPhinx

I'm not too sure what it is myself (it hasn't arrived yet so I haven't used it yet), but it looks like one of those digital pens people use for drawing on a tablet or smartphone screen. It's for a handheld game console so I'm assuming it's for interacting with the game.

never seen a digital pen either. i recall the old light pens we used to use on computer consoles before the mouse waz introduced, but thats getting way back.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Bluenose on November 03, 2019, 12:03:40 AM
The last thing I bought was breakfast, egg Benedict.  Delicious!
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on November 03, 2019, 12:38:55 AM
(https://www.maginon.com/media/catalog/product/cache/3f034b42f19e0b74680cc9d099cc9bf8/m/a/maginon_spektiv_20-60x60_titelbild.jpg)

birdwatcher?

We have one for the gun range. [ducks]
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 03, 2019, 12:46:06 AM
Pants. One pair of beige slacks, one pair of blue jeans.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Icarus on November 03, 2019, 02:10:43 AM
A battery for my Honda Element.  Turns out that the old battery was not the problem that I thought I had.  Exploring further I discovered that there is a 5 ampere drain in the system when the car is shut off.  Now I have to chase down the many circuits to isolate the problem.  Damned car has two separate fuse compartments. One of them is in a miserably inconvenient place. 

I will disconnect the ground terminal from the battery, install the ampmeter in series with the ground cable and the battery.  The meter will then indicate the leakage.  Pull the fuses one by one. When the the meter shows little or no leakage, I will have found the offending circuit.........that all depends on whether the leakage source is after the fuse in the circuit, not before it gets to the fuse bank.

The other Problem is that at this time I cannot see very well. I had some fairly extensive surgery on one of my eyelids ten days ago.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on November 03, 2019, 03:04:19 AM
A battery for my Honda Element.  Turns out that the old battery was not the problem that I thought I had.  Exploring further I discovered that there is a 5 ampere drain in the system when the car is shut off.  Now I have to chase down the many circuits to isolate the problem.  Damned car has two separate fuse compartments. One of them is in a miserably inconvenient place. 

I will disconnect the ground terminal from the battery, install the ampmeter in series with the ground cable and the battery.  The meter will then indicate the leakage.  Pull the fuses one by one. When the the meter shows little or no leakage, I will have found the offending circuit.........that all depends on whether the leakage source is after the fuse in the circuit, not before it gets to the fuse bank.

The other Problem is that at this time I cannot see very well. I had some fairly extensive surgery on one of my eyelids ten days ago.

My wife has a '15 Kia Soul. The battery died after two years. The car would have sat for a week until the dealer could get to it. I took the battery to a local parts store and had it tested. Dead as a door nail. I put a new battery in and discovered that there was a 6 Amp drain! Turns out that some of the electronics are still active after the vehicle is shut down. I went to the dealer and the service manager allowed me to place my inductive ammeter onto the main battery cable of several other Kia Souls, and they all showed significant current flow, one as high as 10 Amps, while it was just sitting. When they did the current drain test on my wife's car, they did it with a battery cable disconnected first. That places all the electronics in a state where they no longer draw a current. I was also told that the Kia Soul's batteries generally only last two years, by the service manager. Their electrical tech also informed me that the charging system doesn't immediately start in on charging the battery on start-up. Crazy shit, where I come from! So, once you pull a battery cable off the battery, you may have lost the utility of the test you want to perform...and it may well be that your vehicle is like my wife's and the battery is only going to last 2 years. Tech is supposed to make things better!
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Bluenose on November 03, 2019, 03:25:14 AM
A battery for my Honda Element.  Turns out that the old battery was not the problem that I thought I had.  Exploring further I discovered that there is a 5 ampere drain in the system when the car is shut off.  Now I have to chase down the many circuits to isolate the problem.  Damned car has two separate fuse compartments. One of them is in a miserably inconvenient place. 

I will disconnect the ground terminal from the battery, install the ampmeter in series with the ground cable and the battery.  The meter will then indicate the leakage.  Pull the fuses one by one. When the the meter shows little or no leakage, I will have found the offending circuit.........that all depends on whether the leakage source is after the fuse in the circuit, not before it gets to the fuse bank.

The other Problem is that at this time I cannot see very well. I had some fairly extensive surgery on one of my eyelids ten days ago.

My wife has a '15 Kia Soul. The battery died after two years. The car would have sat for a week until the dealer could get to it. I took the battery to a local parts store and had it tested. Dead as a door nail. I put a new battery in and discovered that there was a 6 Amp drain! Turns out that some of the electronics are still active after the vehicle is shut down. I went to the dealer and the service manager allowed me to place my inductive ammeter onto the main battery cable of several other Kia Souls, and they all showed significant current flow, one as high as 10 Amps, while it was just sitting. When they did the current drain test on my wife's car, they did it with a battery cable disconnected first. That places all the electronics in a state where they no longer draw a current. I was also told that the Kia Soul's batteries generally only last two years, by the service manager. Their electrical tech also informed me that the charging system doesn't immediately start in on charging the battery on start-up. Crazy shit, where I come from! So, once you pull a battery cable off the battery, you may have lost the utility of the test you want to perform...and it may well be that your vehicle is like my wife's and the battery is only going to last 2 years. Tech is supposed to make things better!

Geez!  What the hell is running that draws that sort of current when the car is shut down?  I can imagine a few milliamperes to keep memory settings in the radio etc, even a few for an engine disabling circuit etc, but Amps?  Who designs these systems, do they not have a brain?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: jumbojak on November 03, 2019, 04:04:23 AM
Security systems, nav, and the various ecu scattered about the vehicle all draw power with the key off. Volkswagens make a hell of a racket when various sensors are resetting themselves and most late model caddilacs need several hours before any parasitic draw tests can be performed.

Your best bet is a clamp meter or voltage drop testing across fuses, if your meter is sensitive enough. You also have to disable any door sensors while everything "powers down" to avoid starting the cycle all over again when you open the door to check fuses.

I've gotten very creative with bar clamps over the years...
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: joeactor on November 03, 2019, 04:15:43 AM
The last thing I bought (awaiting shipping) is a pair of Hoka One One shoes.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on November 03, 2019, 08:19:06 AM

Not a 'twitcher' as such. More wildlife in general. In particular the squirrels and wild birds in my garden. It is as cheap as chips but adequate  for the amount of times I'll use it. If I take to it I may upgrade at some point.

what kinds of squirrels do you have?

This one  :D

And at least one other. We are so bereft of wildlife in the UK that a squirrels are 'exotic'  :(

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img921/8072/MuE2M6.jpg)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on November 03, 2019, 08:25:50 AM
(https://www.maginon.com/media/catalog/product/cache/3f034b42f19e0b74680cc9d099cc9bf8/m/a/maginon_spektiv_20-60x60_titelbild.jpg)

birdwatcher?

We have one for the gun range. [ducks]

Well that's what it is, it's a 'spotting scope' for watching fall of shot. My 'bucket list' has 'Learn to shoot properly' on it. There is a shooting supplies shop a mile or so away so in the spring I'm going to find a course on small bore rifle and maybe shotgun. I doubt I'll ever buy a weapon as my wife would totally freak out.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Bad Penny II on November 03, 2019, 09:18:53 AM

Not a 'twitcher' as such. More wildlife in general. In particular the squirrels and wild birds in my garden. It is as cheap as chips but adequate  for the amount of times I'll use it. If I take to it I may upgrade at some point.

what kinds of squirrels do you have?

This one  :D

And at least one other. We are so bereft of wildlife in the UK that a squirrels are 'exotic'  :(

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img921/8072/MuE2M6.jpg)

Oh that's cool.
They don't have pouches do they? how bizarre.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on November 03, 2019, 09:35:11 AM

Not a 'twitcher' as such. More wildlife in general. In particular the squirrels and wild birds in my garden. It is as cheap as chips but adequate  for the amount of times I'll use it. If I take to it I may upgrade at some point.

what kinds of squirrels do you have?

This one  :D

And at least one other. We are so bereft of wildlife in the UK that a squirrels are 'exotic'  :(

{Image removed}

Oh that's cool.
They don't have pouches do they? how bizarre.

No they don't. I wish we had Quakkas though!!!

(https://www.traveller.com.au/content/dam/images/g/u/n/q/h/0/image.related.articleLeadwide.620x349.gunpvd.png/1488330286332.png)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 03, 2019, 10:17:27 AM

Not a 'twitcher' as such. More wildlife in general. In particular the squirrels and wild birds in my garden. It is as cheap as chips but adequate  for the amount of times I'll use it. If I take to it I may upgrade at some point.

what kinds of squirrels do you have?

This one  :D

And at least one other. We are so bereft of wildlife in the UK that a squirrels are 'exotic'  :(

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img921/8072/MuE2M6.jpg)

thats odd.

i would swear that thats a picture of a north american fox squirrel, sciurus niger. my son shoots these around the house for dinner.

an introduction, maybe?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on November 03, 2019, 10:57:58 AM
Yes. They arrived in the UK about 100 years ago and have pretty much taken over from the native Red Squirrel.

(https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/sites/default/files/styles/node_hero_default/public/2017-12/Red%20Squirrel%20%28c%29%20Mark%20Hamblin%202020VISION.jpg)

EDIT: I used to shoot the Grey Squirrels as a kid (know better now) as the local farmers would pay for their tails to keep the population down. My mum used to hate it when I got my dad to stop the car by road kill and cut the tail off. Not leaving good money by the road! Never eaten one though. Never felt it was worth the effort of preparing them.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 03, 2019, 01:31:58 PM
i live in temperate,  eastern deciduous woodland so we have a number of squirrels.

one ive never seen is the eastern flying squirrel. my wife has watched them at birdfeeders at night

(https://i.imgur.com/OaR26Zpl.jpg)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on November 03, 2019, 02:11:13 PM
Wow!
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on November 03, 2019, 02:37:39 PM
A battery for my Honda Element.  Turns out that the old battery was not the problem that I thought I had.  Exploring further I discovered that there is a 5 ampere drain in the system when the car is shut off.  Now I have to chase down the many circuits to isolate the problem.  Damned car has two separate fuse compartments. One of them is in a miserably inconvenient place. 

I will disconnect the ground terminal from the battery, install the ampmeter in series with the ground cable and the battery.  The meter will then indicate the leakage.  Pull the fuses one by one. When the the meter shows little or no leakage, I will have found the offending circuit.........that all depends on whether the leakage source is after the fuse in the circuit, not before it gets to the fuse bank.

The other Problem is that at this time I cannot see very well. I had some fairly extensive surgery on one of my eyelids ten days ago.

My wife has a '15 Kia Soul. The battery died after two years. The car would have sat for a week until the dealer could get to it. I took the battery to a local parts store and had it tested. Dead as a door nail. I put a new battery in and discovered that there was a 6 Amp drain! Turns out that some of the electronics are still active after the vehicle is shut down. I went to the dealer and the service manager allowed me to place my inductive ammeter onto the main battery cable of several other Kia Souls, and they all showed significant current flow, one as high as 10 Amps, while it was just sitting. When they did the current drain test on my wife's car, they did it with a battery cable disconnected first. That places all the electronics in a state where they no longer draw a current. I was also told that the Kia Soul's batteries generally only last two years, by the service manager. Their electrical tech also informed me that the charging system doesn't immediately start in on charging the battery on start-up. Crazy shit, where I come from! So, once you pull a battery cable off the battery, you may have lost the utility of the test you want to perform...and it may well be that your vehicle is like my wife's and the battery is only going to last 2 years. Tech is supposed to make things better!

Geez!  What the hell is running that draws that sort of current when the car is shut down?  I can imagine a few milliamperes to keep memory settings in the radio etc, even a few for an engine disabling circuit etc, but Amps?  Who designs these systems, do they not have a brain?

It's supposed to die off after a max of half an hour, but I agree, who the hell ever thought this stuff up?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on November 03, 2019, 02:40:03 PM
The last thing I bought (awaiting shipping) is a pair of Hoka One One shoes.

I recently found out about these and bought a pair. They are the only shoes I can wear that don't hurt my old arthritic feet. You're going to love them!  :smilenod:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on November 03, 2019, 02:45:16 PM
(https://www.maginon.com/media/catalog/product/cache/3f034b42f19e0b74680cc9d099cc9bf8/m/a/maginon_spektiv_20-60x60_titelbild.jpg)

birdwatcher?

We have one for the gun range. [ducks]

Well that's what it is, it's a 'spotting scope' for watching fall of shot. My 'bucket list' has 'Learn to shoot properly' on it. There is a shooting supplies shop a mile or so away so in the spring I'm going to find a course on small bore rifle and maybe shotgun. I doubt I'll ever buy a weapon as my wife would totally freak out.

I have a couple firearms. One is a .22 carbine. I am a certified firearms instructor for rifle and shotgun, training and certification gotten in '92 when my sons were in the Boy Scouts. I shoot 198+/200, which is called Distinguished Marksman. That's at the bench rest position, of course. I'm trying to drill down so that every round goes inside the 10 ring, but that has remained elusive. When I shoot, I can detect my pulse moving my point of aim slightly.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: joeactor on November 03, 2019, 03:25:28 PM
The last thing I bought (awaiting shipping) is a pair of Hoka One One shoes.

I recently found out about these and bought a pair. They are the only shoes I can wear that don't hurt my old arthritic feet. You're going to love them!  :smilenod:

Cool - thanks much!

My podiatrist suggested them. My feet are extremely flat, and may be headed for arthritis.

Also, she suggested SuperFeet Copper insoles for my other shoes. They're stiff, but with a layer of memory foam.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on November 03, 2019, 03:45:29 PM
... {image removed}

birdwatcher?

We have one for the gun range. [ducks]

Well that's what it is, it's a 'spotting scope' for watching fall of shot. My 'bucket list' has 'Learn to shoot properly' on it. There is a shooting supplies shop a mile or so away so in the spring I'm going to find a course on small bore rifle and maybe shotgun. I doubt I'll ever buy a weapon as my wife would totally freak out.

I have a couple firearms. One is a .22 carbine. I am a certified firearms instructor for rifle and shotgun, training and certification gotten in '92 when my sons were in the Boy Scouts. I shoot 198+/200, which is called Distinguished Marksman. That's at the bench rest position, of course. I'm trying to drill down so that every round goes inside the 10 ring, but that has remained elusive. When I shoot, I can detect my pulse moving my point of aim slightly.

I'm looking forward to some quality time with an expert.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Icarus on November 04, 2019, 01:54:32 AM
We used to have lots of those cute little flying squirrels in Florida.  The old time Floridians called them "shootyboos, and sometimes captured than for pets.  I suppose that they have become more scarce since so many damned Yankees decided to move here and fuck up the environment with what surely must be at least two cars for every person, thus overwhelming our previously adequate highways and bi ways, trashing our once pristine waterways, using up the potable water supply to grow their pristine lawns, over  fertilizing the lawns so that the runoff enters our beautiful lakes and encourages the growth of nasty algae,  and helping to fill the overburdened landfills with an indescribable array of burden.

If that is not enough, Nestle Corporation has installed huge facilities to produce bottled water, while depleting our limited supply of clean spring water.  Nestle uses millions of plastic bottles every day to additionally defile the territory that was once resembled Camelot.

If that is not enough the Trump has decided to shift his legal residence to Florida at Mar-A-Lago.  The sleazy bastard shifted his legal residence to Florida because we have no state income tax, and also because Florida is a crucial state for his re election......perish the thought.

I might consider moving to Billy Rubin's neck of the woods but I have a dislike of country and western music which i suspect is typical of the area.  I think that there are may be a lot of Jesus freak Trumpers there too.  Maybe I move to Fiji.  No wait, that is a tourist mecca.   Maybe OZ. Hey Bluenose , do you have room in Queensland or somewhere for a crotchety old American?

Whew! Pauses to take some deep breaths.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 04, 2019, 10:02:51 AM
theres less country western here than there is hardcore hillbilly. fiddles and banjoes. on weekends the radio plays barbershop quartets doing gospel.

but on the other hand, this is ground zero for the religious society of friends. im a quaker, and the society here is pretty different from the dominant culture, and has been for over two hundred years.

and i just bought a cup of coffee before i found out i waz laid off fir the day.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 09, 2019, 10:56:05 PM
camwheels!

i'm in search of perfect valve timing on my racing motorcycle. to change between what's available from what  the factory supplied, you have to buy old camwheels and look for the ones that were mis-machined from new. i want to move my cam timing two degrees, ant stck p[ieces only let me move 4.8 degrees at a time.

(https://i.imgur.com/I1PGjTWl.jpg)

these were cheap. every pair is a testament to an old triumph 650 that was ended it's life disassembled for parts, so that people like me can make other ones come back to life. i've alread got half a dozen but mnore is better.

i also bought a 13/16-inch spiral fluted straight reamer so i can remove a few ten-thousands of an inch from th ebore of the wheels. as original, they're pressed on and off, and by making them a slip fit i can save time fussing around. there's a big nut that holds them to a little woodruff ky, so they won't be coming loose.

(https://i.imgur.com/qw8wGNbl.jpg)

only takes a tun or two

(https://i.imgur.com/106vMVol.jpg)


the sixty year old manuals are full of beautiful hand-drawn art. don't do that anymore.

(https://www.happyatheistforum.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dansmc.com%2Fvalve_tri_timing.JPG&hash=b74da26dad68c33b4562ae9231c084f1f06f9781)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Icarus on November 10, 2019, 03:06:36 AM
BR, I am pretty sure that you can change the cam timing at least two degrees by adjusting the valve clearance a few thousandths. ....or you could offset the rocker arms a few thou....which of course changes the valve lift dimension.  Minute changes to the  rocker face to valve tip can also do some fun stuff.  Deepening the valve seat can also change the characteristics of valve timing for a given rocker and cam profile.

I will argue that two degrees of timing does not make a rats ass of difference except where your max torque figure occurs.

Are you aware of the fairly well established rule that max torque occurs when the intake port velocity is at or very near  240 feet per second?  That reality fucks up the beliefs of the home style tuners that want to "hog" out the intake ports.  I have often used epoxy to make the intake ports smaller or reshaped so that the velocities can be adjusted.  Velocities past the valve seat are part of the equation and affects the swirl pattern in the chamber and the efficiency of the burn process.  That you have to use twin plugs is not encouraging.  The piston domes affect the fuel air distribution pattern in the chamber. High domes interfere with fuel/air distribution.

The length of the intake passages including the carb throats are of substantial interest.  Are you using a calm air box to feed the carb inlets?  If not, there is a lot of turbulence at the carb horns or filters that you may or may not be using. The amount of heat that you can generate in the combustion chambers, thus out put energy,  are entirely dependent on the amount of oxygen that you can stuff into the combustion space.  If you are to try for a stoichometric ratio of somewhere near 14 to 1, then you gotta put a lot of air into the mix.

The Stoich ratio is in terms of pounds of fuel versus pounds of air.   Air intake potential is the defining characteristic. You can easily jet the carbs to any fuel delivery  level but not so easily the air level.  Be sure to maximize that area of endeavor.  If you are too successful you run the risk of ventilating the crankcase of that old Triumph.  The rods ain't indestructible. Please 'scuse me if these are not already part of your tuning regime.  I do not know how much of a techno freak that you are.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: hermes2015 on November 10, 2019, 03:31:10 AM
Isn't HAF marvellous? In which other atheist forum can one find advice on cam timing, questions of faith and reason, and personal fragrances on the same day?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 10, 2019, 08:38:14 AM
yo

dont forget expanding musical horizons too. i get in a rut that only other people jog me out of.

icarus, all that yousay is true. only some of it is under my control tho. the awful piston domes and combustion chambers were fixed by design in the 1930s-- old edward turner thought that 90 degree included valve angles were good enough for spitfires, so they were good enough for him.

the rocker boxes are bolt_on and the rocker arms are on a fixed shaft and not easily adjutable, and i dont want to deepen the valve seat because im trying to make up in compression what i know im losing in getting mixture over the piston crowns at overlap. tha twin plugs are just a band aid to compensate for the domes--my next fastest competitor runs lower compression and very tight quench clearances--0.032 or so-- and he runs single plugs.

but even he still has to lead the spark 39 degrees before top dead center, and im at only 30 and will be testing less. so what im doing seemz to work, and im faster than him.

and youre right about valve timing being forgiving. maybe. but i ran a cam timing that was way off from what everybody else waz using, and im two mph faster. so i dont want to change what appi ears to work.

i am absolutely not smart enough to do heads, so i send mine to a man in north carolina. the three fastest british 650s in north america all run heads by him. he fills up the intake flloors with epoxy, and lifts the roof, reshaping to a D cross section. he also uses oversize intake AND exhaust valves, which makes me scratch my head. but this motor is all-out top end, not a road racer. it doesnt matter how well it runs below 100 mph, so long as it gets up and over while theres still enough race track in front to hold it open.

no air box on this, by the way, and im violating the computer models by keeping the carbs as close to the head as i can. i have extensions for them still to test once the ignition timing is closer.  but im getting close to as fast as this machine is capable of ever running. changing the length of my exhaust pipes two inches either way costs me 4 mph.

and as you predixtwd, im running on the edge all the time. the reason the machine is still being tuned is that i already ventilated it this past july and it put me a year behind schedule

(https://i.imgur.com/Ot1tzzhl.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/LQRqsQBl.jpg?1)

see im derailing again
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on November 10, 2019, 09:03:24 AM
Isn't HAF marvellous? In which other atheist forum can one find advice on cam timing, questions of faith and reason, and personal fragrances on the same day?

It's wonderful because of it's members  :love: :hug2: :love:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: jumbojak on November 10, 2019, 12:47:52 PM
Ventilated it... I like that expression!
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on November 10, 2019, 03:36:34 PM
That blowed up real good!  ;D

I bought an ethernet cable to hard wire my wife's computer. We went to wires after one of my neighbors bragged he could crack any wifi encryption. Wires in the attic- crack that.  >:(  But we hadn't gotten wires to the one bedroom which is now her sewing room, so it was wifi- after that neighbor had moved, though. Her wifi is flaky, so up in the attic I go.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on November 10, 2019, 07:41:47 PM
Just went on a shopping spree with my mother (from 9:00 to almost 16:00 :whew:) and bought stuff to furnish the new place. Not too many things though, we spent a lot more time looking at stuff than buying things. 
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Icarus on November 11, 2019, 12:38:20 AM
I heartily agree with some of the above comments about our collective versatility. It is most pleasing and often informative to have so many different areas of expertise or, at the  least, some educational experiences. 

Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on November 11, 2019, 01:04:47 AM
Over the past week, I've been preparing myself for a control line overhaul on my boat.  Purchases include two double blocks for the continuous control line routing, junior ClamCleat with roller for the simplified boom-cleated outhaul, hook and block for a smoother cunningham, 10m each of red and orange 4mm Marlow Exel Control line for the continuous system (kicker and cunningham respectively), splicing needle for end-to-end splicing of continuous lines, needles for lock-stitching splices.
Drilled and filed a rectangular hole in my carbon boom today - nervous times, but looks good. Practiced seemless splicing of the line at home which I was fairly pleased with - now I have to repeat twice in-situ which isn't going to be as easy.

None of that will make me go any faster but it'll look nice and operate more efficiently.

Christmas shopping for the family also started.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on November 11, 2019, 01:19:27 AM
Sorry, forgot how to operate this forum. Nothing to see here...
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on November 11, 2019, 01:21:27 AM
Nope, still not worked it out...
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Icarus on November 11, 2019, 01:31:41 AM
Good decisions Silver. I knew that you are smarter than the average bear.

  There are some women who seem incapable of resisting some sort of thing that is bargain priced.  They buy those things when they actually need them like they need a paper ass. The merchandisers are fully aware of that and they exploit that human flaw without fail. . Checking out at the supermarket line we are besieged with racey magazines, chewing gum, and candies that are prime impulse buying items.

Credit cards are the embodiment of evil for the impulsive shopper.  A really smart deal is to lock the damned credit cards in a secure place in your basement or attic.  Shop with cash only.  The arithmetic is then pretty easy. One can count their cash balalnce in their purse and determine whether they can or should buy some item or other.

As an old time skinflint I have devised a system for determining whether I really want to buy a particular but non essential item.   

Example: the item is priced at 39 dollars. I will have to pay sales tax of $2.73 to complete the transaction. That comes to $41. 73 at the check out register.  Wait a damned minute.....I make ten dollars per hour in my job.  I have to pay about 17% income tax and my ten dollars becomes $8.30 of useable money.  The item at $41.73 means that I will have to work for ......41.73/8.30 = 5 hours to get that thing that I really do not need to ensure my survival.    Would I work for 5 hours just to get that thing?  Hell no!  I do not need it.  I won't work five hours to get it, and besides that baby needs a new pair of shoes. 
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 11, 2019, 06:38:29 AM
Over the past week, I've been preparing myself for a control line overhaul on my boat.  Purchases include two double blocks for the continuous control line routing, junior ClamCleat with roller for the simplified boom-cleated outhaul, hook and block for a smoother cunningham, 10m each of red and orange 4mm Marlow Exel Control line for the continuous system (kicker and cunningham respectively), splicing needle for end-to-end splicing of continuous lines, needles for lock-stitching splices.
Drilled and filed a rectangular hole in my carbon boom today - nervous times, but looks good. Practiced seemless splicing of the line at home which I was fairly pleased with - now I have to repeat twice in-situ which isn't going to be as easy.

None of that will make me go any faster but it'll look nice and operate more efficiently.

Christmas shopping for the family also started.

when you say "seamless splicing," is that we used to call a "long splice?"
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: hermes2015 on November 11, 2019, 07:02:24 AM
Just went on a shopping spree with my mother (from 9:00 to almost 16:00 :whew:) and bought stuff to furnish the new place. Not too many things though, we spent a lot more time looking at stuff than buying things.

That's good. Minimalism is good for the soul: I'd rather have one good piece in a space than a room full of fake crap.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on November 11, 2019, 10:32:50 AM
Over the past week, I've been preparing myself for a control line overhaul on my boat.  Purchases include two double blocks for the continuous control line routing, junior ClamCleat with roller for the simplified boom-cleated outhaul, hook and block for a smoother cunningham, 10m each of red and orange 4mm Marlow Exel Control line for the continuous system (kicker and cunningham respectively), splicing needle for end-to-end splicing of continuous lines, needles for lock-stitching splices.
Drilled and filed a rectangular hole in my carbon boom today - nervous times, but looks good. Practiced seemless splicing of the line at home which I was fairly pleased with - now I have to repeat twice in-situ which isn't going to be as easy.

None of that will make me go any faster but it'll look nice and operate more efficiently.

Christmas shopping for the family also started.

when you say "seamless splicing," is that we used to call a "long splice?"
Not sure, Billy. It's where you join the two ends of a line, end to end, forming a continuous uniform loop of line.

Nice pen!
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 11, 2019, 12:38:45 PM
thank you. i am informed that it is a ztylus, not a penm apparently it would assist in reducing typos but i am skeptical

i used to work geophysical boats back az a teenager and wove the retaining nets for the gun floats

the short zplice was when you unraveled a short section ofeach rope and wove them together. the long splice was when you unraveled perhaps three feet and cut the strands short a foot apart, 1, 2, 3. then you wound the strands for the ropes back together into the opposite piece so that you stretched the splice over all three feet, 1 with 3, 2 with 2, 3 with 1. it made a union that was no larger than the original line so that it would still reeve through a block and thats all i know about splicing

Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on November 11, 2019, 01:26:34 PM
Good decisions Silver. I knew that you are smarter than the average bear.

  There are some women who seem incapable of resisting some sort of thing that is bargain priced.  They buy those things when they actually need them like they need a paper ass. The merchandisers are fully aware of that and they exploit that human flaw without fail. . Checking out at the supermarket line we are besieged with racey magazines, chewing gum, and candies that are prime impulse buying items.

Credit cards are the embodiment of evil for the impulsive shopper.  A really smart deal is to lock the damned credit cards in a secure place in your basement or attic.  Shop with cash only.  The arithmetic is then pretty easy. One can count their cash balalnce in their purse and determine whether they can or should buy some item or other.

As an old time skinflint I have devised a system for determining whether I really want to buy a particular but non essential item.   

Example: the item is priced at 39 dollars. I will have to pay sales tax of $2.73 to complete the transaction. That comes to $41. 73 at the check out register.  Wait a damned minute.....I make ten dollars per hour in my job.  I have to pay about 17% income tax and my ten dollars becomes $8.30 of useable money.  The item at $41.73 means that I will have to work for ......41.73/8.30 = 5 hours to get that thing that I really do not need to ensure my survival.    Would I work for 5 hours just to get that thing?  Hell no!  I do not need it.  I won't work five hours to get it, and besides that baby needs a new pair of shoes.

Not smarter, just on a tight budget! :lol:

It's not just some women, some men as well, just mostly for different stuff I suppose. I know a few who can't resist buying a new car every year, or the 'next big thing' in the gadget industry...we all have the potential to be impulse buyers, and marketing people know how to exploit that tendency. Just look at supermarkets for instance. There's a logic behind the layout of a supermarket, organisation of shelves, even the type of music some of them play. As you mentioned, it's no accident they put certain items near the cashier or lining the queues.

I agree paying in cash when possible is way better than swiping a credit card, cash feels much more real in the sense that it's concrete hard-earned money you're handing over and not just some number popping up on a screen that you'll deal with when the bill comes. There must be a neurophysiological difference between these two actions too, I'd bet. :chin:

Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on November 11, 2019, 01:28:03 PM
Just went on a shopping spree with my mother (from 9:00 to almost 16:00 :whew:) and bought stuff to furnish the new place. Not too many things though, we spent a lot more time looking at stuff than buying things.

That's good. Minimalism is good for the soul: I'd rather have one good piece in a space than a room full of fake crap.

Me too.  :thumbsup: I like a clean space, and all my fake crap is hidden away in cupboards, closets, under the rug... :P
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on November 11, 2019, 02:32:39 PM
thank you. i am informed that it is a ztylus, not a penm apparently it would assist in reducing typos but i am skeptical

i used to work geophysical boats back az a teenager and wove the retaining nets for the gun floats

the short zplice was when you unraveled a short section ofeach rope and wove them together. the long splice was when you unraveled perhaps three feet and cut the strands short a foot apart, 1, 2, 3. then you wound the strands for the ropes back together into the opposite piece so that you stretched the splice over all three feet, 1 with 3, 2 with 2, 3 with 1. it made a union that was no larger than the original line so that it would still reeve through a block and thats all i know about splicing
Yeah, basically the same thing, but the make up of the line changes the way its spliced. With my stuff, the strength is in the casing and the core is just filler. With some brands it's the opposite way around and the splicing method is completely different. I'm enjoying learning this new skill.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 11, 2019, 02:44:20 PM
pictures please!

i have no idea how that is done.

your boat too
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on November 11, 2019, 08:46:31 PM
pictures please!

i have no idea how that is done.

your boat too
(https://i.imgur.com/Tm3ga4T.jpg)This is My Blaze, named after the Harkonnen home world.


(https://i.imgur.com/7dHGGrh.jpg)And here's me in it.


(https://i.imgur.com/zggOcjJ.jpg)And here's MiniSiz's Buzz


(https://i.imgur.com/ATPA4UK.jpg) and here's Minisiz in it, flying the kite and half on the trapeze.


And here's the video tutorial I used for the splice:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 11, 2019, 08:47:57 PM
shit thats a REAL boat

and that splicing is way more sophizticated than ordinary 3-way rope

and. . .  i thought tge harkonnens were from giedi prime

Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on November 11, 2019, 09:09:20 PM
She's a handful in a blow for sure, but a whoooooole lotta wet fun!

I'm pretty mediocre at it, in all honesty (mid table at club level). I've done a lot of sports in my time, but nothing I've done beats dinghy racing in a 20knot wind for grin-factor.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on November 11, 2019, 09:10:24 PM
shit thats a REAL boat

and that splicing is way more sophizticated than ordinary 3-way rope

and. . .  i thought tge harkonnens were from giedi prime
Correct. See name on the hull.

This is state-of-the-art ropemaking. High-functioning, top spec.
I have several different types of line on the Blaze, including Vectran D12 which is 15 times stronger than steel weight for weight (and REALLY easy to splice)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 11, 2019, 11:51:21 PM
yes. this is the old long splice

(https://www.happyatheistforum.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.props.eric-hart.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2010%2F08%2Fknots11.png&hash=bc833fea03452b6b8bbddec38c6909641aedd622)

very different from braided lines for sure

what determines what material/weave is used for what on your boat?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on November 12, 2019, 12:56:08 AM
yes. this is the old long splice

(https://www.happyatheistforum.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.props.eric-hart.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2010%2F08%2Fknots11.png&hash=bc833fea03452b6b8bbddec38c6909641aedd622)

very different from braided lines for sure

what determines what material/weave is used for what on your boat?
Ah, yeah, I've eye-spliced with that sort of line in the past, but never end to end. That must be satisfying.

All control lines are Marlow Excel 4mm. Lightweight inner core filler for bulking for better grip/holding.

Kicker is Vectran D12 on account of high loads. This could be as small as 3mm, but I use 4mm because it looks better. D12 used also for rear strop/traveller on account of high abrasion resistance. Also, 4mm for lower shrouds which I've eye-spliced in recently after my metal ones failed. The only issue is a lower UV resistance, but I don't mind the prospect of replacing every couple of years.
3mm D12 used for lashing mainsheet block around carbon boom to spread the load around it. Completely overkill but it looks awesome.
(https://i.imgur.com/GyonU87.jpg)
Main haliard is currently a Marlow d2 which is d12 with an outer polyester sheath for smooth running. This replaced my old 4mm 'English Braids' something-or-other.

There's also some nylon webbing around boom for kicker strop, and something cheap and cheerful lashing the trampolines to the racks.

Some 3mm something holding foot straps with 2mm dyneema core twine 'hold-up' ties.

And a crappy old bit of something else for the painter - keep meaning to change this for something more in keeping with the racing aesthetic.

Some 4mm bungee tie back for current control lines (soon to be replaced). Some 4mm bungee around mast to hold gathered haliard when on the water.

Same shit on rudder tie-down as on racks.

I think that's about it.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 12, 2019, 01:05:59 AM
now i have to study

how often can you take it out?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on November 12, 2019, 01:17:19 AM
now i have to study

how often can you take it out?

Study for what? Are you a sailor too? Details....

I have every Sunday earmarked for sailing throughout the year. Whether I get out or not depends on wind. I'll hit the water with anything between 6 and 30knots. Although anything past 25 and I'm struggling. My boat is built for higher winds so is really uncompetitive (with me in it) below about 15knots. Anything above that and there's nothing on my pond that'll catch it on a reach... assuming I stay upright.

There's Wednesday evening racing in the summer, too.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 12, 2019, 01:58:51 AM
no not a sailor just very interested in how those things work. i dont know how sailboats are rigged to pozition the parts so i have to look up your terminology.

i could never understand tacking until i took a toy car and fixed a vertical airfoil to it on a pivot. then i rotated the airfoil in front of a fan and eventually the car rolled into thecwind.

my experience on water is drillships and mudboats. sailing is totally different

Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: hermes2015 on November 12, 2019, 02:49:36 AM
Wow, this is all so impressive.

 :not worthy:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on November 12, 2019, 02:57:25 AM
That sailboat is way cool! I had considered learning sailing, (never learned how, having only worked in the engine room of a ship- no sails there!) but all my energy ended up spent on getting the kids food every day. Now that I'm retired and arthritic, I have to choose my energy expenditures carefully.

BoT, the last thing I bought was a wall plate that has a coaxial connector and a jack for the ethernet cable, in one piece! Saved me from punching another hole in the wall (after, of course, finding a stud, etc).
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Bad Penny II on November 12, 2019, 04:18:55 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/Tm3ga4T.jpg)This is My Blaze, named after the Harkonnen home world.

Very nice, real action people use unmotorised leisure vehicles.
You did know the Harkonnens were nice guys in the prequels?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on November 12, 2019, 07:37:38 AM
Very nice, real action people use unmotorised leisure vehicles.
You did know the Harkonnens were nice guys in the prequels?
Yeah, well, some of us are accidentally nice sometimes. I won't hold it against them.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on November 12, 2019, 08:02:14 AM
That sailboat is way cool! I had considered learning sailing, (never learned how, having only worked in the engine room of a ship- no sails there!) but all my energy ended up spent on getting the kids food every day. Now that I'm retired and arthritic, I have to choose my energy expenditures carefully.

BoT, the last thing I bought was a wall plate that has a coaxial connector and a jack for the ethernet cable, in one piece! Saved me from punching another hole in the wall (after, of course, finding a stud, etc).

There appear to be a lot of sea dogs on here. I'm guessing that's because of US national service in the most part??
My Dad (US) was an Air Force engineer.

I served my time at the sailing club servicing my kid's sailing needs. Now they're self-sufficient, it's time to catch up on my own fun.

Wouldn't you need to AVOID the stud?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on November 12, 2019, 09:05:46 AM
Wow, this is all so impressive.

 :not worthy:

Nah, easy to talk about something toyed with regularly and sound impressive.

What's your bag, Hermes? I bet you've got loads of interesting insight into young Asian men?! ;D
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: hermes2015 on November 12, 2019, 09:32:48 AM
Wow, this is all so impressive.

 :not worthy:

Nah, easy to talk about something toyed with regularly and sound impressive.

What's your bag, Hermes? I bet you've got loads of interesting insight into young Asian men?! ;D

I have a few bags, apart from my official profession of organic chemist, such as interior and furniture design, architecture, classical music, photography, sculpture, and other art-related stuff. Oh, and of course lots of Asian guys in my promiscuous youth, but I tend to keep most of those details to myself in this forum, to respect the sensibilities of you younger straight guys.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on November 12, 2019, 10:29:16 AM
Wow, this is all so impressive.

 :not worthy:

Nah, easy to talk about something toyed with regularly and sound impressive.

What's your bag, Hermes? I bet you've got loads of interesting insight into young Asian men?! ;D

I have a few bags, apart from my official profession of organic chemist, such as interior and furniture design, architecture, classical music, photography, sculpture, and other art-related stuff. Oh, and of course lots of Asian guys in my promiscuous youth, but I tend to keep most of those details to myself in this forum, to respect the sensibilities of you younger straight guys.

Hehe, I'm sure there're enough interested parties to make a thread of it!  ::) I'm not so squeamish!

We had a 'gay crush' thread a few years ago. Johnny Depp was mine, but he's a bit of a wally these days, so not so keen any more. Matt Damon is def in the mix. But I'd have had to have run out of a world of female lovelies before actually choosing a fella as a IRL sexual partner. Or maybe be really drunk ...or paid.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: hermes2015 on November 12, 2019, 10:40:46 AM
Wow, this is all so impressive.

 :not worthy:

Nah, easy to talk about something toyed with regularly and sound impressive.

What's your bag, Hermes? I bet you've got loads of interesting insight into young Asian men?! ;D

I have a few bags, apart from my official profession of organic chemist, such as interior and furniture design, architecture, classical music, photography, sculpture, and other art-related stuff. Oh, and of course lots of Asian guys in my promiscuous youth, but I tend to keep most of those details to myself in this forum, to respect the sensibilities of you younger straight guys.

Hehe, I'm sure there're enough interested parties to make a thread of it!  ::) I'm not so squeamish!

We had a 'gay crush' thread a few years ago. Johnny Depp was mine, but he's a bit of a wally these days, so not so keen any more. Matt Damon is def in the mix. But I'd have had to have run out of a world of female lovelies before actually choosing a fella as a IRL sexual partner. Or maybe be really drunk ...or paid.

I think it's well-known here that mine is the Taylor Lautner of a few years ago (not now). And Leonardo DiCaprio in his early twenties. You'd be surprised how many married men visit the bathhouses for a bit of fun at lunch time and before going home after work. They never really appealed to me, though.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on November 12, 2019, 12:08:08 PM
Wow, this is all so impressive.

 :not worthy:

Nah, easy to talk about something toyed with regularly and sound impressive.

What's your bag, Hermes? I bet you've got loads of interesting insight into young Asian men?! ;D

I have a few bags, apart from my official profession of organic chemist, such as interior and furniture design, architecture, classical music, photography, sculpture, and other art-related stuff. Oh, and of course lots of Asian guys in my promiscuous youth, but I tend to keep most of those details to myself in this forum, to respect the sensibilities of you younger straight guys.

Hehe, I'm sure there're enough interested parties to make a thread of it!  ::) I'm not so squeamish!

We had a 'gay crush' thread a few years ago. Johnny Depp was mine, but he's a bit of a wally these days, so not so keen any more. Matt Damon is def in the mix. But I'd have had to have run out of a world of female lovelies before actually choosing a fella as a IRL sexual partner. Or maybe be really drunk ...or paid.

As far as I recall you were drunk.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on November 12, 2019, 12:16:27 PM
Wow, this is all so impressive.

 :not worthy:

Nah, easy to talk about something toyed with regularly and sound impressive.

What's your bag, Hermes? I bet you've got loads of interesting insight into young Asian men?! ;D

I have a few bags, apart from my official profession of organic chemist, such as interior and furniture design, architecture, classical music, photography, sculpture, and other art-related stuff. Oh, and of course lots of Asian guys in my promiscuous youth, but I tend to keep most of those details to myself in this forum, to respect the sensibilities of you younger straight guys.

Hehe, I'm sure there're enough interested parties to make a thread of it!  ::) I'm not so squeamish!

We had a 'gay crush' thread a few years ago. Johnny Depp was mine, but he's a bit of a wally these days, so not so keen any more. Matt Damon is def in the mix. But I'd have had to have run out of a world of female lovelies before actually choosing a fella as a IRL sexual partner. Or maybe be really drunk ...or paid.

As far as I recall you were drunk.

 :o
(Not sure if that was with reference to my IRL story you remember me telling or a joke, but it works in any case. :lol:)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on November 12, 2019, 12:19:25 PM
Wow, this is all so impressive.

 :not worthy:

Nah, easy to talk about something toyed with regularly and sound impressive.

What's your bag, Hermes? I bet you've got loads of interesting insight into young Asian men?! ;D

I have a few bags, apart from my official profession of organic chemist, such as interior and furniture design, architecture, classical music, photography, sculpture, and other art-related stuff. Oh, and of course lots of Asian guys in my promiscuous youth, but I tend to keep most of those details to myself in this forum, to respect the sensibilities of you younger straight guys.

Hehe, I'm sure there're enough interested parties to make a thread of it!  ::) I'm not so squeamish!

We had a 'gay crush' thread a few years ago. Johnny Depp was mine, but he's a bit of a wally these days, so not so keen any more. Matt Damon is def in the mix. But I'd have had to have run out of a world of female lovelies before actually choosing a fella as a IRL sexual partner. Or maybe be really drunk ...or paid.

As far as I recall you were drunk.

 :o
(Not sure if that was with reference to my IRL story you remember me telling or a joke, but it works in any case. :lol:)

You were very drunk :)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on November 12, 2019, 12:26:58 PM
Wow, this is all so impressive.

 :not worthy:

Nah, easy to talk about something toyed with regularly and sound impressive.

What's your bag, Hermes? I bet you've got loads of interesting insight into young Asian men?! ;D

I have a few bags, apart from my official profession of organic chemist, such as interior and furniture design, architecture, classical music, photography, sculpture, and other art-related stuff. Oh, and of course lots of Asian guys in my promiscuous youth, but I tend to keep most of those details to myself in this forum, to respect the sensibilities of you younger straight guys.

Hehe, I'm sure there're enough interested parties to make a thread of it!  ::) I'm not so squeamish!

We had a 'gay crush' thread a few years ago. Johnny Depp was mine, but he's a bit of a wally these days, so not so keen any more. Matt Damon is def in the mix. But I'd have had to have run out of a world of female lovelies before actually choosing a fella as a IRL sexual partner. Or maybe be really drunk ...or paid.

As far as I recall you were drunk.

 :o
(Not sure if that was with reference to my IRL story you remember me telling or a joke, but it works in any case. :lol:)

You were very drunk :)

Oh, Man, did I do something gay when I was up north that I can't remember? Doesn't often happen that I can't remember when drinking. I do remember being a dick, of course, but not that... whatever 'that' was...
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: hermes2015 on November 12, 2019, 12:35:09 PM
Wow, this is all so impressive.

 :not worthy:

Nah, easy to talk about something toyed with regularly and sound impressive.

What's your bag, Hermes? I bet you've got loads of interesting insight into young Asian men?! ;D

I have a few bags, apart from my official profession of organic chemist, such as interior and furniture design, architecture, classical music, photography, sculpture, and other art-related stuff. Oh, and of course lots of Asian guys in my promiscuous youth, but I tend to keep most of those details to myself in this forum, to respect the sensibilities of you younger straight guys.

Hehe, I'm sure there're enough interested parties to make a thread of it!  ::) I'm not so squeamish!

We had a 'gay crush' thread a few years ago. Johnny Depp was mine, but he's a bit of a wally these days, so not so keen any more. Matt Damon is def in the mix. But I'd have had to have run out of a world of female lovelies before actually choosing a fella as a IRL sexual partner. Or maybe be really drunk ...or paid.

As far as I recall you were drunk.

You are such a naughty one!
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Davin on November 12, 2019, 02:09:26 PM
I bought some parts for my fridge because I need to fix it.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on November 12, 2019, 02:12:34 PM
That sailboat is way cool! I had considered learning sailing, (never learned how, having only worked in the engine room of a ship- no sails there!) but all my energy ended up spent on getting the kids food every day. Now that I'm retired and arthritic, I have to choose my energy expenditures carefully.

BoT, the last thing I bought was a wall plate that has a coaxial connector and a jack for the ethernet cable, in one piece! Saved me from punching another hole in the wall (after, of course, finding a stud, etc).

There appear to be a lot of sea dogs on here. I'm guessing that's because of US national service in the most part??
My Dad (US) was an Air Force engineer.

I served my time at the sailing club servicing my kid's sailing needs. Now they're self-sufficient, it's time to catch up on my own fun.

Wouldn't you need to AVOID the stud?

I would want to attach the box to the side of the stud for stability. Having it just in the drywall, where power cords are connected and disconnected will eventually break the drywall if I don't.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on November 12, 2019, 03:22:16 PM
Wow, this is all so impressive.

 :not worthy:

Nah, easy to talk about something toyed with regularly and sound impressive.

What's your bag, Hermes? I bet you've got loads of interesting insight into young Asian men?! ;D

I have a few bags, apart from my official profession of organic chemist, such as interior and furniture design, architecture, classical music, photography, sculpture, and other art-related stuff. Oh, and of course lots of Asian guys in my promiscuous youth, but I tend to keep most of those details to myself in this forum, to respect the sensibilities of you younger straight guys.

Hehe, I'm sure there're enough interested parties to make a thread of it!  ::) I'm not so squeamish!

We had a 'gay crush' thread a few years ago. Johnny Depp was mine, but he's a bit of a wally these days, so not so keen any more. Matt Damon is def in the mix. But I'd have had to have run out of a world of female lovelies before actually choosing a fella as a IRL sexual partner. Or maybe be really drunk ...or paid.

As far as I recall you were drunk.

 :o
(Not sure if that was with reference to my IRL story you remember me telling or a joke, but it works in any case. :lol:)

You were very drunk :)

Oh, Man, did I do something gay when I was up north that I can't remember? Doesn't often happen that I can't remember when drinking. I do remember being a dick, of course, but not that... whatever 'that' was...

No. I was just winding you up! :D
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on November 12, 2019, 03:35:05 PM
Wow, this is all so impressive.

 :not worthy:

Nah, easy to talk about something toyed with regularly and sound impressive.

What's your bag, Hermes? I bet you've got loads of interesting insight into young Asian men?! ;D

I have a few bags, apart from my official profession of organic chemist, such as interior and furniture design, architecture, classical music, photography, sculpture, and other art-related stuff. Oh, and of course lots of Asian guys in my promiscuous youth, but I tend to keep most of those details to myself in this forum, to respect the sensibilities of you younger straight guys.

Hehe, I'm sure there're enough interested parties to make a thread of it!  ::) I'm not so squeamish!

We had a 'gay crush' thread a few years ago. Johnny Depp was mine, but he's a bit of a wally these days, so not so keen any more. Matt Damon is def in the mix. But I'd have had to have run out of a world of female lovelies before actually choosing a fella as a IRL sexual partner. Or maybe be really drunk ...or paid.

As far as I recall you were drunk.

 :o
(Not sure if that was with reference to my IRL story you remember me telling or a joke, but it works in any case. :lol:)

You were very drunk :)

Oh, Man, did I do something gay when I was up north that I can't remember? Doesn't often happen that I can't remember when drinking. I do remember being a dick, of course, but not that... whatever 'that' was...

No. I was just winding you up! :D

Wanker!

I WAS particularly hammered that night.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on November 12, 2019, 03:37:57 PM
:rofl:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: hermes2015 on November 12, 2019, 04:42:16 PM
Let me illustrate what I meant about Taylor Lautner. I am so unbelievably shallow, and such a sucker for a pretty face, that my knees turn to water when I see this photo from a time when he was still cute.

(https://i.imgur.com/PQtbrX6.jpg)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on November 12, 2019, 09:00:57 PM
Let me illustrate what I meant about Taylor Lautner. I am so unbelievably shallow, and such a sucker for a pretty face, that my knees turn to water when I see this photo from a time when he was still cute.

(https://i.imgur.com/PQtbrX6.jpg)

I'm not even going to ask whether you're Team Jacob or Team Edward...

(Twilight reference....and no, I don't read the books or watch the movies!)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Icarus on November 13, 2019, 02:20:17 AM
Oh yeah Siz. There is definitely another sailor on this forum.  That would be me.  Even at my ancient age  I can still get my rocks off when sailing my little dinghy.

I have sailed competitively for many years (not anymore)  I have had a variety of hot rods and dog boats.  The list includes International 10 meter canoe, A- cat, Windmill, Thistle, Laser, Flying Dutchman, M20 scow, and some others that were less thrilling but less demanding. Have crewed on many a fast boat too.

I have always wondered whether the Aussie sailors, Kiwis too,  were crazy, what with the likes of the Aussie 18s and other suicidal machines.  We yanks do admire the Oz sailors for their skills, maniac dedication, and many developments............Brethwaite and all.  You have one of the most brilliant naval Architecture researchers right there at University of Adelaide.  His name is Leo Lazauskas.  I don't suppose that he is into such exotic go fast machines like the one you show in the pictures.

Title of this thread: What is the last thing you bought.........Hmmmmm, that beauty will have cost a prince's ransom at the very least. It is beautiful.  The height of the mast tells me that you had better be damned good at getting in and off the wire.

Here is a salute from afar.

Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: hermes2015 on November 13, 2019, 02:49:11 AM
Let me illustrate what I meant about Taylor Lautner. I am so unbelievably shallow, and such a sucker for a pretty face, that my knees turn to water when I see this photo from a time when he was still cute.

(https://i.imgur.com/PQtbrX6.jpg)

I'm not even going to ask whether you're Team Jacob or Team Edward...

(Twilight reference....and no, I don't read the books or watch the movies!)

No need to ask.

 :grin:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on November 13, 2019, 11:27:04 AM
Oh yeah Siz. There is definitely another sailor on this forum.  That would be me.  Even at my ancient age  I can still get my rocks off when sailing my little dinghy.

I have sailed competitively for many years (not anymore)  I have had a variety of hot rods and dog boats.  The list includes International 10 meter canoe, A- cat, Windmill, Thistle, Laser, Flying Dutchman, M20 scow, and some others that were less thrilling but less demanding. Have crewed on many a fast boat too.

I have always wondered whether the Aussie sailors, Kiwis too,  were crazy, what with the likes of the Aussie 18s and other suicidal machines.  We yanks do admire the Oz sailors for their skills, maniac dedication, and many developments............Brethwaite and all.  You have one of the most brilliant naval Architecture researchers right there at University of Adelaide.  His name is Leo Lazauskas.  I don't suppose that he is into such exotic go fast machines like the one you show in the pictures.

Title of this thread: What is the last thing you bought.........Hmmmmm, that beauty will have cost a prince's ransom at the very least. It is beautiful.  The height of the mast tells me that you had better be damned good at getting in and off the wire.

Here is a salute from afar.

Yeah, I was hoping you'd chime in, Iccy.

(Just a reminder, I'm in UK)

There's a nice array of vessels there.
Int'l Canoe - those things rock! I see them off the south coast (of England) whenever I'm down there sailing. They take quite a bit of handling, I'm told. They've got a history dating back to 19th Century and these days are full-on, carbon techno machines. They have a small self-tacking jib and a spinny within class rules.
A-Cats - nice!
Windmill - nah, you can keep that one.
Thistle - meh!
Laser - If my boat is out of action and I cant find a crew boat, this is what I'm in.
FD - Solid!
M20 - Meh!

The Blaze is a hiking boat, no trapeze. Concieved and built in the Topper stable (although now Hartleys (UK) hold the mould and license). 10.4sq.m sail, but there's also a 11.4m 'Halo' sail for it which I have, and a 9.4m 'Fire' sail which I don't have. I tried the Halo for several months and could never get the set-up right - I was faster with the 10.4m. My Halo is for sale, but it's telling that noone wants to buy it!
It's quite a small dinghy class, really, and not known much outside the UK.
For comparison, the handicaps are as follows:
Laser - 1099
Blaze - 1030
Int'l Canoe - 888 (very, very quick!)
Aero 9 (new Laser competitor) - 1014

Would love to hear about your fast boat experience... (Perhaps in another thread...?). My son is hoping to break in to Cat racing (Nacra 18) and ultimately fast ocean-going yachts. I'm too far gone for those kind of dreams...


Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Buddy on November 14, 2019, 05:05:38 PM
I bought a tiny desktop space heater to keep at work. Best 10 dollar purchase in a while
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 15, 2019, 12:00:08 AM
heater?

see therez a shopping list item we have in common

the lat3st beater car we bought turns out not to have a functioning heater core. leaks coolant everywhere. it had been bypassed but we bought it when the weather was warm and i didnt check.

so it is now equipped with a little dash-mounted 12 volt window defogger and a 12 volt heated lap blanket.

cant use em both at once

i suspect i will be the one assigned to it
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: jumbojak on November 15, 2019, 01:30:19 AM
Kickboxing shin guards. Handmade in Thailand.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Icarus on November 15, 2019, 04:06:29 AM
Siz, forgive me for placing you in the antipodes.  I still think that the Aussie sailors are maniacs. I admire many of them though. Not to question the skills of the Brit sailors of course.

I am pushing 90 so I do not sail hot rods anymore. I do still sail my little 16 foot home built sharpie. It is a capable little boat that will plane readily in a fair breeze. It is not even in the same world with the boat that you have shown.   I have built dozens of boats over the years. One of them was an Austrailis cat that was the designated boat of the IYRU A- class of the day.  That was a long time ago.

The M20 is not merely a "meh"  It can stay with and sometimes defeat an FD on a good day.  The Windmill was a "Meh" in terms of high performance. I sailed that one for a while because we had a large and very active fleet of them in my town. There used to be a lot of those in older times.  There were even fleets of them in Finland.  My teen aged daughter was my crew. She was a better tougher sailor than I was.

When daughter Terri went away to university I had no crew. OK dump the Windmill and get a single hander. It was a Laser.  I sailed competitively all over the southeast and I frequently ended up at or near the weather marks with a red haired teen age girl in her own laser. She and I were fierce opponents that always seemed to be on the same side of the course and close to one another. She had a potty mouth that she used frequently to question my ancestry.  When I had legal room at the mark she exercised her vocabulary quite eloquently.  Truth to tell, that kid was a better sailor than I could have hoped to be.  She went on to become an Olympic sailor which proved the point that she was a hell of a lot better than me.

Please pet that gorgeous boat that you have. It is a beauty.

My favorite all time boat was the IC. It was a Proctor of Brit design as you may know.  The class has changed into a much skinnier choice of boats and they are wickedly fast but a bear to keep upright, despite the hiking plank. Not many boats can plane to windward as the IC can and does at times.  I actually found that the hiking plank was faster in tack, and easier to use than the trapeze of the FD and cats. 

Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on November 15, 2019, 01:46:08 PM
Siz, forgive me for placing you in the antipodes.  I still think that the Aussie sailors are maniacs. I admire many of them though. Not to question the skills of the Brit sailors of course.

I am pushing 90 so I do not sail hot rods anymore. I do still sail my little 16 foot home built sharpie. It is a capable little boat that will plane readily in a fair breeze. It is not even in the same world with the boat that you have shown.   I have built dozens of boats over the years. One of them was an Austrailis cat that was the designated boat of the IYRU A- class of the day.  That was a long time ago.

The M20 is not merely a "meh"  It can stay with and sometimes defeat an FD on a good day.  The Windmill was a "Meh" in terms of high performance. I sailed that one for a while because we had a large and very active fleet of them in my town. There used to be a lot of those in older times.  There were even fleets of them in Finland.  My teen aged daughter was my crew. She was a better tougher sailor than I was.

When daughter Terri went away to university I had no crew. OK dump the Windmill and get a single hander. It was a Laser.  I sailed competitively all over the southeast and I frequently ended up at or near the weather marks with a red haired teen age girl in her own laser. She and I were fierce opponents that always seemed to be on the same side of the course and close to one another. She had a potty mouth that she used frequently to question my ancestry.  When I had legal room at the mark she exercised her vocabulary quite eloquently.  Truth to tell, that kid was a better sailor than I could have hoped to be.  She went on to become an Olympic sailor which proved the point that she was a hell of a lot better than me.

Please pet that gorgeous boat that you have. It is a beauty.

My favorite all time boat was the IC. It was a Proctor of Brit design as you may know.  The class has changed into a much skinnier choice of boats and they are wickedly fast but a bear to keep upright, despite the hiking plank. Not many boats can plane to windward as the IC can and does at times.  I actually found that the hiking plank was faster in tack, and easier to use than the trapeze of the FD and cats.

(https://media0.giphy.com/media/MUeQeEQaDCjE4/giphy.gif?cid=790b76112983d6369dcff8313851125bc9b834079cb2ecd8&rid=giphy.gif)

Much respect , Iccy. 90 and still sailing! I ache after every sail and I'm half your age. I tend not to sail for fun though, just overly competitive and push myself to breaking.
I have huge admiration for those who have the skills and patience for boat building. I served my time looking after wooden boats and am now an avowed GRP fan. Never again fibreglassing rotten hulls.

I googled again the M20 scow and paid more attention. I guess I did it a disservice previously. That must plane at the drop of a hat - such a shallow draft. Elegant-looking too, if not a speed-machine. Respectable enough, though, looking at the handicap numbers.

My son and daughter refuse to sail with me - mostly because I'm crap. And only partly because I'm a shouty sailor.

I get spanked on handicap regularly by kids on Toppers or Lasers. Our club is a centre of excellence for youth sailing and we have 15 or so kids in the national squad, zone squads and/or regional training groups - an outstanding achievement for a relatively small club on a 122acre puddle.

I think some people just have an innate sense for wind and feel for the boat.  I mostly rely on formulaic settings and hope I get a lucky gust.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Icarus on November 16, 2019, 02:37:40 AM
Siz I highly recommend a book that was done by one of your Brit sailors.  The title is: Wind and sailing Boats. By Alan Waites.  Waites was an enthusiastic sailor of small boats but his profession was Meteorologist.  He used his knowledge of weather to enhance his sailing ability.

Waites explains such stuff as the Buys-Ballots phenomena, he shows us how cloud trains give us some clues about where the wind will be in the next few minutes.  In the northern hemisphere, wind shifts tend to come from the right in which you will be able to head up if on starboard tack or fall off if on port. . A lull backs the direction and you will fall off.   I suspect that you already know how to read the water where dark areas have the most wind. In a small body of water these are the differences in being first or buried in the fleet at the windward mark. 

I do not know whether the Waite book is still in print but it is worth searching for if you have any ambition to be a more clever sailor. or to teach you kids how to be faster sailors. I have used his information in more than a few regattas.  One of my all time thrills was at the World chanpionship Windmill regatta way back in time.  I used an analysis of the cloud structure, at one of the  the starts, to go off on a flyer. I picked up favorable winds that the fleet of 70 odd boats had not accounted for.  An Olympic gold medalist,( The Dragon class) was the man to beat.  He picked up the favorable course nearly as soon as I had done.  We had a thrilling tacking duel that is still the highlight of my sailing career. In the end, He won and I had to settle for a close second. That was not a bad result in a fleet of that size and against a world class sailor.  Thank you Mr. Alan Waite.

Absorbing that book will not make you a champion sailor but it will surely give you an edge.  Meanwhile sharpen your skills at the stating line. Practice, practice, practice.................Keep on sailing.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on November 20, 2019, 09:08:38 PM
I bought a...microwave! Hardly exciting but useful.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: jumbojak on November 21, 2019, 12:06:52 AM
I got a new hammer. It's a 16oz curved claw, steel handled Estwing.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on November 21, 2019, 03:09:35 AM
Does it have that blue elastomeric covering on the handle? I have a 2 pound sledge made by Estwing that has that. Tough as...nails, but easy on the hands. I used it to drive a zillion 16d nails when I built an addition on my last house, because the 16 oz hammer I was using just wasn't getting the nails in fast enough. That was what really started me on the road to carpal tunnel syndrome. After experiencing the burning and numbness, I borrowed my BiL's pneumatic nailer to finish the framing. That was in '88- '89. I finally had surgery for the carpal tunnel problem in '17. I can be a dumbshit when it comes time for medical treatment. It comes from my upbringing, where I had to be way sick before my parents would consider taking me to a doctor.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: jumbojak on November 21, 2019, 03:17:19 AM
It is indeed the blue rubber handle. I'm not sure how I'll like it, I'ma fan of wood for handles. Driving nails with a two pound sledge sounds, fun. No, not really!
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on November 25, 2019, 07:52:29 PM
(https://icdn1.digitaltrends.com/image/super-mario-bros-3-db-title-card-720x720.png)

For a whopping US$2! :grin:

Talk about reliving the past. I used to play this game on my Nintendo NES when I was a kid. Good times.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: jumbojak on November 26, 2019, 12:40:21 AM
The tiny screen on the 3DS makes it difficult but it never was an easy game.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on November 26, 2019, 01:02:05 AM
The tiny screen on the 3DS makes it difficult but it never was an easy game.

I think the hardest part is getting used to the controls. You know when you have to glance at the buttons every now and then you're pretty much a noob.  ;D
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Michadoh on November 26, 2019, 01:46:52 AM
Just bought a vintage persian rugs (https://www.cyrusrugs.com/antique-rugs-minneapolis-mn) from our local store here in Minneapolis.

The first time I saw that kind of rug is on my cousin's house. It looks really great as it enlightens their room stylishly. The rug also made the floor really comfortable and suitable for the kids (I'm talking about their indoor activity).

Nothing more nothing less. It felt right when I bought it.

Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on November 26, 2019, 04:03:38 PM
An under water go-pro style camera for use in my pond.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: hermes2015 on December 16, 2019, 06:28:44 PM
Has anyone here had experience with Wolverine boots and shoes?  I didn't buy these; my ex bought me these boots and shoes this morning, both made by Wolverine.

(https://i.imgur.com/QI1Gc4L.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Y1NPfMr.jpg)

My usual shoes and boots have been Dr Martens for the last 40 years. The first thing I noticed about these was that they were very comfortable, unlike the Docs, that take about a month, sometimes longer, of pain to break in.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: jumbojak on December 16, 2019, 08:23:13 PM
I have a pair of Wolverine Wellington's and they are very comfortable. So comfortable that I didn't realize that they are steel toe until I had to appear in court and set off the metal detector... The toe box on Wolverine boots is fantastic.

I have experienced some partially separation of the sole right at the toe, but that is after two years of fairly hard use and abuse. Now my Wolverines are relegated to rough service. I have a pair of fancy looking boots by Ariat that are almost as comfortable in the toe but much nicer in the heel. They have that pop when your foot goes in and out. Better ankle support without any rubbing.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: No one on December 16, 2019, 08:45:01 PM
A file, I've been keeping the Earth round with it.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on December 16, 2019, 10:28:31 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/CcSwhSOl.jpg?1)

annealed tool steel bar, machined straight at 0.6875 inches, accurate to 0.001 inches.

it's for making sure the connecting rods on my racing motorcycle are straight. you lubricate the bar a bit and then slip it into the litle ends of the connecting rods, after the motor is together but without pistons. if it goes in both litle end bushes, the rods are straight.  if it doesn't, they're twisted or bent.

cheap tool to save problems later that could be easily corrected early.

if you drop it you're screwed
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: jumbojak on December 16, 2019, 10:34:20 PM
Why annealed? Wouldn't a hardened precision ground pin be better?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on December 16, 2019, 11:09:12 PM
i don't know. the steel can still be hardened, but i don't know if that would change the dimensionality.

might be simply that the guy that makes them wants to save his lathe bits, and since there's no hard use a softer rod will work as well as a hardened one. it's basically nothing more than a go-no-go gauge. it's convenient for me because i have three machines that will use it.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on December 17, 2019, 12:21:20 AM
Annealed and then turned and ground/polished to size. Depending on how it is hardened, a small warping could occur, which would be detrimental to its use. One could grind a hardened bar, but that would take more labor and use more of whatever the manufacturer would use for final sizing, in terms of materials.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: jumbojak on December 17, 2019, 12:28:28 AM
I guess cost would be the determining factor. I bet McMaster has exactly that pin in stock though... Hmm...
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on December 17, 2019, 01:17:14 AM
i get most of my stuff from online metals

https://www.onlinemetals.com/en/buy/alloy-steel/0-6875-alloy-steel-round-bar-4140-annealed-cold-finish/pid/15487

(https://i.imgur.com/NoFeixsl.png)

they sell the 0.6875, but it's rough stuff out of the racks. cheap, but nicked and rough-sawed, usually. this piece is bought a bit oversize, then trimmed down

i think it will work for me so long as i don't forget what it is and use it as a drift with a big hammer. i'm not very smart about remembering that stuff.


Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on December 23, 2019, 02:31:06 PM
A dead, featherless chicken.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on December 23, 2019, 03:23:55 PM
A nice leg of lamb for xmas dinner. Roasted on the rotisserie if the weather cooperates (it's currently raining), in the oven if it doesn't.  :let'seat:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: jumbojak on December 23, 2019, 03:32:22 PM
A dead, featherless chicken.

The last featherless chicken I bought was still alive. You got off easy.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on December 24, 2019, 01:21:23 AM
A dead, featherless chicken.

The last featherless chicken I bought was still alive. You got off easy.

 :o

I'm afraid to ask for details...
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: No one on December 24, 2019, 01:24:33 AM
Did you have to kill it yourself jak? Did you choke it?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on December 24, 2019, 01:50:19 AM
Did you have to kill it yourself jak? Did you choke it?

 :(
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Magdalena on December 24, 2019, 02:54:38 AM
Did you have to kill it yourself jak? Did you choke it?

 :(
I used to kill chickens when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I saw it as a basic survival skill. And you don't choke a chicken, you break the neck. If you choke it, it leaves bruises all over --not very attractive. I learned to clean the giblets and to not ruptured the gall bladder.
Ah...nice childhood memories.
 :tellmemore:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on December 24, 2019, 04:45:39 AM
Did you have to kill it yourself jak? Did you choke it?

 :(

:lol:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on December 24, 2019, 02:12:16 PM
Did you have to kill it yourself jak? Did you choke it?

 :(
I used to kill chickens when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I saw it as a basic survival skill. And you don't choke a chicken, you break the neck. If you choke it, it leaves bruises all over --not very attractive. I learned to clean the giblets and to not ruptured the gall bladder.
Ah...nice childhood memories.
 :tellmemore:

 :o
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on December 24, 2019, 02:13:02 PM
Did you have to kill it yourself jak? Did you choke it?

 :(

:lol:

 :'(

If I had to kill my own food I would become a vegetarian.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: jumbojak on December 24, 2019, 02:36:26 PM
Why is that? Does being a few steps removed really make that much difference?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on December 24, 2019, 02:45:01 PM
causing death is why i don't like eating meat.

i spent my earlier life causing vast amounts of death, and i don't want to do it anymore.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on December 24, 2019, 02:56:55 PM
Why is that? Does being a few steps removed really make that much difference?

I'm not sure. I just don't want to kill some types of animals myself (no problem killing vermin, mosquitos and roaches). But I like meat. I guess that makes me a bit of a hypocrite.

I can't even euthanize lab rats without feeling really bad about it, even though they die painlessly (anesthesia overdose). I generally ask someone else to do it. 
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on December 24, 2019, 03:07:00 PM
that's better than what i had.

we used one of those boxes with the hole you pushed the rat in. when he stuck his head out the hole you banged the guillotine blade down on him.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on December 24, 2019, 03:23:00 PM
that's better than what i had.

we used one of those boxes with the hole you pushed the rat in. when he stuck his head out the hole you slammed the guillotine blade down on him.

We also have a guillotine which we use to remove the head from the body after the animal has died or become unconscious (I collect brains of all rats I use for histological analysis). The one in our lab was used to sacrifice when ethics and lab animal treatment laws were laxer, but killing a rodent not under general anesthesia by chopping its head off these days is a crime that could result in labs getting shut down, so euthanasia is taken very seriously . Unless of course such a method is fully justified. People who perform biochemical analyses generally kill their animals in the way you described.

Using a guillotine is cheaper than buying loads of barbituates in the long run, so some people think these recent laws are a financial burden. But I think the guillotine is cruel. It would severely stress out both the rat and the person killing them.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Inertialmass on December 24, 2019, 06:48:00 PM
I spent a little over thirty years daily traipsing around woods in the northeast US.  Always a couple weeks after hunting season started I'd be finding deer carcasses laying frozen in the snow.  Usually it was obvious that a hunter's bullet/shell had not been immediately lethal.  Three or four of them I found had an arrow sticking out.  Who knows how long the poor little bastards ran around suffering immensely before dying.

Funny that we as a society worry worry nowadays over alleged suffering among lab mice and rats, but we're happy to send these drunk blind amateur killers out to trespass on others' lands.  And yet here I am being the hypocrite 'cause I'm glad for my car headlights, grill and radiator that somebody is keeping the deer population somewhat under control.

Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Magdalena on December 24, 2019, 07:14:27 PM
Did you have to kill it yourself jak? Did you choke it?

 :(
I used to kill chickens when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I saw it as a basic survival skill. And you don't choke a chicken, you break the neck. If you choke it, it leaves bruises all over --not very attractive. I learned to clean the giblets and to not ruptured the gall bladder.
Ah...nice childhood memories.
 :tellmemore:

 :o
Yeah, killing an animal is not something pleasurable, but man!...
(https://66.media.tumblr.com/b1c9f774b8406a4620554e16357a8c38/tumblr_mz3zydJIql1rdfgw4o1_500.gif)
Better than lettuce!
Somebody has to do it. :shrug:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on December 24, 2019, 07:34:03 PM
Did you have to kill it yourself jak? Did you choke it?

 :(
I used to kill chickens when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I saw it as a basic survival skill. And you don't choke a chicken, you break the neck. If you choke it, it leaves bruises all over --not very attractive. I learned to clean the giblets and to not ruptured the gall bladder.
Ah...nice childhood memories.
 :tellmemore:

 :o
Yeah, killing an animal is not something pleasurable, but man!...
(https://66.media.tumblr.com/b1c9f774b8406a4620554e16357a8c38/tumblr_mz3zydJIql1rdfgw4o1_500.gif)
Better than lettuce!
Somebody has to do it. :shrug:

Lettuce is what food eats. :smilenod:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Magdalena on December 24, 2019, 07:38:55 PM
Did you have to kill it yourself jak? Did you choke it?

 :(
I used to kill chickens when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I saw it as a basic survival skill. And you don't choke a chicken, you break the neck. If you choke it, it leaves bruises all over --not very attractive. I learned to clean the giblets and to not ruptured the gall bladder.
Ah...nice childhood memories.
 :tellmemore:

 :o
Yeah, killing an animal is not something pleasurable, but man!...
(https://66.media.tumblr.com/b1c9f774b8406a4620554e16357a8c38/tumblr_mz3zydJIql1rdfgw4o1_500.gif)
Better than lettuce!
Somebody has to do it. :shrug:

Lettuce is what food eats. :smilenod:
(https://media0.giphy.com/media/2h8BdeXxhGGB2/giphy.gif)
 :sidesmile:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on December 24, 2019, 07:58:18 PM
i lived at the tail end of my family's butchering history. when i was a kid we used to shoot calves and hogs in the barnyard and string them up behind a pickup. split em down the middle with a bone saw and get the brains out with a hatchet for my grandmother. we were past scalding the hogs by that time but the pulley was still hanging in the black walnut tree.

i remember collecting a big bucket of testicles when we cut the neighbor's pigs, but they didn't come to us. we kept the calf testicles. better fresh than frozen, but its been a very, very long time since i ate any. chickens went from scratching in the yard to frying in a pan in about one hour. we shot a lot of jackrabbits and cottontails, but used those for trotline bait to get catfish. don't know why we never ate the rabbits, as we already had them

around where i live now there's lots of whitetailed deer. i used to let people shoot them but got tired of the gunfire at night at the campfire parties. so now i just let my neighbor up the road cull them for me. my property has a natural funnel that sweeps deer from about 50 acres and runs them down a creek bottom ahead of a single beater. you can sit in a chair at  the end by the road and bang as many as you want as they come out of the brush.

but all that's wasted on me now. i'd rather eat a pan of collards and mushrooms.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: No one on December 24, 2019, 08:05:23 PM
While I do not advocate, condone or endorse the wanton uncalled for torture of any living creature, I have no qualms, nor do I feel any remorse about something having to die in order to sustain my existence. Life is brutal, life is cruel, and it is completely unforgiving. Nothing anywhere, gets out alive.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on December 24, 2019, 08:07:16 PM
lol

i think that's the longest post from you i've read since i've been here.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: No one on December 24, 2019, 08:13:54 PM
Merry Christmas.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on December 24, 2019, 08:23:42 PM
Better than lettuce!

Oh yeah. I've never seen anybody enthusiastically lick their fingers after eating a Caeser's Salad.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: No one on December 24, 2019, 08:25:25 PM
Not even Cornelia?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on December 24, 2019, 08:29:40 PM
Not even Cornelia?

Cornelia probably liked Caeser's corny jokes better. :grin:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Magdalena on December 24, 2019, 08:30:06 PM
Better than lettuce!

Oh yeah. I've never seen anybody enthusiastically lick their fingers after eating a Caeser's Salad.

 :lol
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on December 24, 2019, 08:37:07 PM
Funny that we as a society worry worry nowadays over alleged suffering among lab mice and rats, but we're happy to send these drunk blind amateur killers out to trespass on others' lands. 

Yes...don't mess with people's food and sport but science is totally unimportant.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on December 24, 2019, 08:41:47 PM
ceasar's salad is a meat salad. eggs and fish.

around here in the restaurants you can have chicken salad, beef salad, pork salad, or turkey salad.

if you want a salad without meat, you order a  green salad, which is a small saucer containing a cup of iceberg lettuce with some chopped carrots and two cherry tomatoes.

i remember in missouri once stopping at a highway restaurant. the waitress explained the day's special, which was meat, meat with meat, meat with a side of meat, or extra meat served with more meat.

i asked whether they had anything without meat and there was a long silent pause while people at adjoining tables turned around to stare at me.

they gave me an under-cooked baked potato and a small saucer containing a cup of iceberg lettuce with some chopped carrots and two cherry tomatoes.

Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on December 24, 2019, 08:50:51 PM
ceasar's salad is a meat salad. eggs and fish.

around here in the restaurants you can have chicken salad, beef salad, pork salad, or turkey salad.

if you want a salad without meat, you order a  green salad, which is a small saucer containing a cup of iceberg lettuce with some chopped carrots and two cherry tomatoes.

i remember in missouri once stopping at a highway restaurant. the waitress explained the day's special, which was meat, meat with meat, meat with a side of meat, or extra meat served with more meat.

i asked whether they had anything without meat and there was a long silent pause while people at adjoining tables turned around to stare at me.

they gave me an under-cooked baked potato and a small saucer containing a cup of iceberg lettuce with some chopped carrots and two cherry tomatoes.

Caesar's Salads around here only contain a trace of meat hiding among the greens. It's most unfortunate. The best thing there is the dressing.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on December 25, 2019, 09:26:41 AM
Better than lettuce!

Oh yeah. I've never seen anybody enthusiastically lick their fingers after eating a Caeser's Salad.

I would if I didn't use a knife and fork.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on December 25, 2019, 11:21:41 AM
Better than lettuce!

Oh yeah. I've never seen anybody enthusiastically lick their fingers after eating a Caeser's Salad.

I would if I didn't use a knife and fork.

Ha!  ;D

It's true, a Caesar's Salad is meant to be stabbed with kitchen utensils.  :sidesmile: 
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on December 25, 2019, 03:06:38 PM
Better than lettuce!

Oh yeah. I've never seen anybody enthusiastically lick their fingers after eating a Caeser's Salad.

I would if I didn't use a knife and fork.

Ha!  ;D

It's true, a Caesar's Salad is meant to be stabbed with kitchen utensils.  :sidesmile:

That would be called harvesting. :smilenod:

I bought my wife an xmas ornament. I was going to have it wrapped there at the mall kiosk, but those people were off somewhere in the back of the building instead off the counter, I guess. It just occurred to me- I could've pillaged the stuff sitting around on the  counter!  ::)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on December 26, 2019, 01:33:48 PM
The last thing I and my siblings bought was a Samsung smartwatch for my mother.

She seemed to be genuinely surprised when she unwrapped the present, and went on about how we didn't need to have bought it for her, how much did it cost etc, etc...

'Mom, I saw how you were eyeing that thing the last 8 times we went to the shopping mall!'

She was totally enamored.

'Yes I love the watch but you didn't need to!' she said as she tried it on and admired her wrist.

 :yes!:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Buddy on December 26, 2019, 08:26:26 PM
I just bought a wool/cashmere Burberry coat secondhand. Price was a bit steeper than what I normally spend, but it was gorgeous and so soft and warm.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on December 27, 2019, 06:25:01 PM
Two tickets to see Little Women.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on December 27, 2019, 10:07:14 PM
well, i lost my pocket knife. or one of the kids got it, along with the one i lost before. i used to buy expensive pocket knives and try to keep them. now i buy cheap ones and just get another when i lose it or break it. this chinese gerber is 20 bucks, and is sturdy enough to work for me most days. second one i've owned. the first one has been sharpened down to a toothpick

(https://i.imgur.com/JMePU8ul.jpg)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: jumbojak on December 28, 2019, 12:41:30 AM
A 35 pound kettlebell.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: No one on December 28, 2019, 01:32:56 AM
Hummus makin's.
Chicken Shawarma makin's.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Anne D. on December 28, 2019, 02:21:50 AM
I just bought a wool/cashmere Burberry coat secondhand. Price was a bit steeper than what I normally spend, but it was gorgeous and so soft and warm.

This sounds lovely.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Buddy on January 05, 2020, 05:48:19 PM
Between a gift card, sale, and credit card rewards I scored a 140 dollar Dr Martens boots for 50.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: No one on January 05, 2020, 08:39:00 PM
An official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on January 05, 2020, 09:09:57 PM
An official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.
A bit:
(https://media.giphy.com/media/fMpIliqJKRQFG/giphy.gif)

But mostly:
(https://media0.giphy.com/media/vcKEsYOdjoCeJRpn95/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on January 05, 2020, 11:08:31 PM
today, i just bought something for $19.20 from SF PARTY CENTE, according to my bank statement.

although i drove a truck all day and only used my card to buy coffee, twice.

tomorrow i'm gong to call my bank and see if they can explain how i did that.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: No one on January 05, 2020, 11:32:21 PM
Immaculate acquisition?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on January 06, 2020, 01:17:01 AM
Handles for a chest I'm building. Polished nickel. I may even have the chest built by the time the handles appear in my mail box. We'll see if they are really nickel. The other hardware I bought is. For the record, (reasonably) pure nickel is ferromagnetic and is readily picked up by a magnet. US coin nickels are a copper-nickel (75% Cu-25% Ni) alloy and are not ferromagnetic.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on January 06, 2020, 02:37:04 AM
today, i just bought something for $19.20 from SF PARTY CENTE, according to my bank statement.

although i drove a truck all day and only used my card to buy coffee, twice.

tomorrow i'm gong to call my bank and see if they can explain how i did that.

That is why I obsessively check my bank statement. Sometimes they conjure stuff up out of nothing, as if they suddenly decided to gift some establishment some of my money. ::)

My card was cloned once, though thankfully nothing in my bank account was taken (not that I had much anyway). They just used my account to transfer money between other accounts. I saw the transactions in the statement and blocked the card. Good thing such things are really easy these days...with the bank app you install on your phone there's no need to ring them up or actually go to the bank.   
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Buddy on January 06, 2020, 03:43:04 AM
today, i just bought something for $19.20 from SF PARTY CENTE, according to my bank statement.

although i drove a truck all day and only used my card to buy coffee, twice.

tomorrow i'm gong to call my bank and see if they can explain how i did that.

Once the charge posts to your account, you can dispute the transaction. I do at least fifteen a day at work. Also, using a credit card is more secure because if it gets compromised, then whoever did it has no access to your actual bank account.

At least, that’s how it works in the States.

Stuff like that is why I have text alerts any time any of my cards are used  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on January 06, 2020, 03:30:13 PM
We're fortunate that the Visa card we have has people who call when an odd transaction occurs. My wife got a call last year when we were out of town for the weekend. Someone had used her card number (typed it in on some system) but the card was not present. It was in Lodi, California. We've never been to Lodi, and were hundreds of miles away when that transaction occurred. They cancelled that card and sent her a new one to the hotel we were at by FEDEX. Whatever establishment took that number as good at the transaction is out that amount. IIRC, it was around $200.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on January 06, 2020, 03:34:27 PM
got it cleared up. a regular vendor hadbeen bought out and the bank designation had changed, but not the nameof the business.

i once had $400 charged to a vendorin singapore.

haventbee n to singaporesince lee kuan yew stepped off the communist tiger. that one was easy to fix.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Buddy on January 07, 2020, 10:50:35 PM
My purchases keep getting weirder. I bought a life sized chocolate penis in a nice Christmas box to be sent to my boss for our secret Santa.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: No one on January 07, 2020, 10:55:35 PM
Is it cream filled?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on January 07, 2020, 10:58:48 PM
My purchases keep getting weirder. I bought a life sized chocolate penis in a nice Christmas box to be sent to my boss for our secret Santa.

:lol I'm assuming it was an anonymous gift.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Buddy on January 07, 2020, 11:06:36 PM
My purchases keep getting weirder. I bought a life sized chocolate penis in a nice Christmas box to be sent to my boss for our secret Santa.

:lol I'm assuming it was an anonymous gift.

Yes and no. We all get together as a branch and give her a gift every year since she’s the best boss ever. We just decided that I would be the one to order it. We also got her a Starbucks gift card so it’s not all chocolate johnsons
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on January 08, 2020, 11:34:39 PM
a stinking 36-inch pipe wrench. humongously expensive.

(https://i.imgur.com/gy3wmGVl.jpg)

didn't want to buy this pig, but i cannot get the thermostatic fan clutch off the front of the motor in my daughters pickup. too manyy ears of west virginia rust have sealed it on. on a last ditch try, i bought this to hold the pulley in place while i heaved on the ancient wagon wrench i use to spin the clutch off.

didn't work, and now i have a scuffed up wrench that will not wear out before my grandkids are old. on the other hand, now i have something to use to get the ball hitches off the backs of the trucks, instead of an 18-inch wrench nd a five-foot piece of pipe.

so all is well i suppose.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Bad Penny II on January 09, 2020, 12:42:03 AM
SD, Micro SD cards and thumb drives have gotten a lost cheaper lately.
First I got about 5 USB2 16GB thumbs 'cause they were A$2 each.
Then I got a couple of 100MB/s micro SD cards with SD adaptors for about A$10
And then I got a couple of USB3 32GB thumbs
And then things got even cheaper and got a few more cards
and four or five really compact 64GB USB3 thumbs for A$5 each
I think I've got enough for now.
Do you think you may be displaying compulsive tendencies?
No and it's the free Ebay deliveries fault anyway.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on January 09, 2020, 01:06:30 AM
a stinking 36-inch pipe wrench. humongously expensive.

(https://i.imgur.com/gy3wmGVl.jpg)

didn't want to buy this pig, but i cannot get the thermostatic fan clutch off the front of the motor in my daughters pickup. too manyy ears of west virginia rust have sealed it on. on a last ditch try, i bought this to hold the pulley in place while i heaved on the ancient wagon wrench i use to spin the clutch off.

didn't work, and now i have a scuffed up wrench that will not wear out before my grandkids are old. on the other hand, now i have something to use to get the ball hitches off the backs of the trucks, instead of an 18-inch wrench nd a five-foot piece of pipe.

so all is well i suppose.

You can rent a wrench made specifically for fan clutches at many auto parts stores. Take the thing back and say it didn't work. That might work. The store my son works at (a LOWES) took back a crepe myrtle tree yesterday because, get this- "The leaves fell off". It's January, FFS, that's what leaves do!

I managed NOT to have to drive 74 miles round trip to get a 5/32" radius round over router bit to ease the edges of a chest I'm building. I cheated and adjusted a 5/32" radius Roman Ogee bit to do the deed. Saved $28 in tools, $10 in fuel and 2 hours of my life...which I then spent sanding for the finish. My favorite part of wood working- sanding. :rolleyes:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on January 09, 2020, 01:13:41 AM
SD, Micro SD cards and thumb drives have gotten a lost cheaper lately.
First I got about 5 USB2 16GB thumbs 'cause they were A$2 each.
Then I got a couple of 100MB/s micro SD cards with SD adaptors for about A$10
And then I got a couple of USB3 32GB thumbs
And then things got even cheaper and got a few more cards
and four or five really compact 64GB USB3 thumbs for A$5 each
I think I've got enough for now.
Do you think you may be displaying compulsive tendencies?
No and it's the free Ebay deliveries fault anyway.

I bought a thumb memory, must have been not long after they came out. I think it was a couple of gigs and I think paid $75 for it.  :-[ I also remember back in the mid-90s when there was a fire in Japan at a foundry that made RAM, and it went to $100 a Meg. One program a guy was working on was going to require another 50 Megs of RAM in order to run. He couldn't get the money out of our bean counters. Quelle surprise. He was fortunate that he got access to a mainframe to do the calculations.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on January 09, 2020, 01:30:26 AM

You can rent a wrench made specifically for fan clutches at many auto parts stores. Take the thing back and say it didn't work. That might work. The store my son works at (a LOWES) took back a crepe myrtle tree yesterday because, get this- "The leaves fell off". It's January, FFS, that's what leaves do!

i looked them over, but all the ones they had were shorter than the ones i already had that weren't long enough. i was looking for an ttachment for my air chisel, but all they had were stamped steel things with a square drive hole.

i'll look over the pipe wrench tomorrow.

i ended up bracing the bent fan and bending it back into shape. hate to do that, because the sucker spins at crankshaft rpm, but until i have an alternative its all i can come up with.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: jumbojak on January 09, 2020, 01:33:53 AM
a stinking 36-inch pipe wrench. humongously expensive.

(https://i.imgur.com/gy3wmGVl.jpg)

didn't want to buy this pig, but i cannot get the thermostatic fan clutch off the front of the motor in my daughters pickup. too manyy ears of west virginia rust have sealed it on. on a last ditch try, i bought this to hold the pulley in place while i heaved on the ancient wagon wrench i use to spin the clutch off.

didn't work, and now i have a scuffed up wrench that will not wear out before my grandkids are old. on the other hand, now i have something to use to get the ball hitches off the backs of the trucks, instead of an 18-inch wrench nd a five-foot piece of pipe.

so all is well i suppose.

They are humungously expensive, especially with aluminum handles. Why didn't you go for cast iron? If you ever put a cheater on that one you will bend it into a pretzel.

I keep pairs on hand from 8" to 24" with a single 36" remaining. We broke mate of the 36". That was a wild day.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on January 09, 2020, 02:08:05 AM
heavens i already have buyers remorse.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on January 14, 2020, 05:00:20 PM
but i took it back the next day and got my two hundred bucks refunded.

They are humungously expensive, especially with aluminum handles. Why didn't you go for cast iron? If you ever put a cheater on that one you will bend it into a pretzel.

I keep pairs on hand from 8" to 24" with a single 36" remaining. We broke mate of the 36". That was a wild day.

i didn't do cast iron because there weren't any of those for sale at the (expensive) industrial supply house that i try to keep in business. they were iron all the way up to the minimum size that would fit.

that place carries tools, fasteners, chemicals, and odds and ends that i otherwise would have to drive thirty or forty miles to find. for example, i recently needed to buy a 1.7-inch allen wrench to adjust the laser sights on a small pistol. they had a box of them. when i need a 3/4-inch 3/8-24 socket bolt, they have them. or 1/4-20 socket bolts in any length i need. i use a lot of them. or taper, bottoming, and plug taps. right there, even a number 2-56, which i needed a while back. ornamental iron and aluminum, so i don't have to mail order it. i bought a decent wright torquen wrench there a while back. first click-type i've ever had. used it once and wondered why i'd never bought one before. the only thing they don't have that would simplify my life are fasteners in CEI thread. but nobody does cycle thread anymore.

i'm willing to pay more for stuff in order to keep a local supplier profitable. but a two-hundred dollar pipe wrench i will never use crossed the line, even for me.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: jumbojak on January 14, 2020, 10:48:13 PM
That's really cool that you have a supplier like that. Especially if they're willing to do business with an individual. The best we can do is Grainger and you have to have an account to deal with them in person. They'll sell online, at their enormous markup, but in person they look at you like you have two heads and no ass.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on January 14, 2020, 10:58:56 PM
i've never had that problem with grainger, but i haven't dealt with them since i ran a beekeeping outfit. back then i was a bottomless pit for industrial supplies, and they just handed me whatever i needed.

the wheel and tire place was the same way. they had two or three 8-foot stacks of E-rated 16-inch off-road tires they kept for the local beekeepers and sheepherders, and i just bought what they had when i needed them. didn't even negotiate very long about  repairs for the trucks:

the head gasket gasket leaks on my one-ton. how soon can you fix it?

how many miles?

three hundred thousand.

<long silent pause>

okay, i'll buy a new engine. how soon can you fix it?

next week.

wrote a lot of very big checks to lots of people.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: No one on January 14, 2020, 11:26:03 PM
Let me guess, mine is in the mail?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on January 14, 2020, 11:37:32 PM
lol

you wish

get in line

Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Icarus on January 15, 2020, 05:56:36 AM
Bought  Sony wireless earphones. Makes TV watching much more pleasing because I can better understand what the hell the people on The TV are saying.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Bad Penny II on January 15, 2020, 10:09:08 AM
Bought  Sony wireless earphones. Makes TV watching much more pleasing because I can better understand what the hell the people on The TV are saying.

In my day people wouldn't get a job on the TV unless they had proper diction.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on January 22, 2020, 10:05:32 PM
Some safety shoes so I don't have to use the one's where I'm doing my wood working course.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: jumbojak on January 23, 2020, 12:06:21 AM
You have them for a course and don't want to use them for something else or you need them for the course and don't want to use the ones you already have?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on January 23, 2020, 11:16:53 AM
You have them for a course and don't want to use them for something else or you need them for the course and don't want to use the ones you already have?

I don't want to use the one's that already have and as I intend to use them for other courses and when I'm doing things myself it was time to invest in a pair. Plus a £10 of voucher from Screwfix dropped through my door on Saturday. So win-win :D
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on January 23, 2020, 04:23:26 PM
I forgot to take my safety shoes home when I retired, so I currently have none. Probably ought to get some, but the only shoes I can do any standing in are my Hoka One One shoes. My poor arthritic feet can't take anything else. The surgery I endured last May didn't help much for relief.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on January 23, 2020, 06:25:12 PM
I forgot to take my safety shoes home when I retired, so I currently have none. Probably ought to get some, but the only shoes I can do any standing in are my Hoka One One shoes. My poor arthritic feet can't take anything else. The surgery I endured last May didn't help much for relief.
I just bought some Hoka One as a help for my plantar fasciitis. At £170 ($220) a pair, they're the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. Hope they last, but so far so good after two months.
Gonna have to go and buy the trainer version now at £105. 🙄
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: jumbojak on January 23, 2020, 10:35:48 PM
I'm considering a pair of safety shoes as an alternative to my boots. I dearly love my Ariats but they are quite heavy. The pop when inserting or removing your foot is very satisfying.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on January 23, 2020, 11:17:28 PM
I forgot to take my safety shoes home when I retired, so I currently have none. Probably ought to get some, but the only shoes I can do any standing in are my Hoka One One shoes. My poor arthritic feet can't take anything else. The surgery I endured last May didn't help much for relief.
I just bought some Hoka One as a help for my plantar fasciitis. At £170 ($220) a pair, they're the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. Hope they last, but so far so good after two months.
Gonna have to go and buy the trainer version now at £105. 🙄

I'll have a look at the trainer version. I went to the client appreciation dinner that our money people throw for the "high rollers" :rolleyes: in jeans and my Hoka One One shoes.  ;D The guy who ran the whole show before is retired now, and he always shows up in jeans, I think I should be allowed.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Siz on January 24, 2020, 11:12:35 AM
I forgot to take my safety shoes home when I retired, so I currently have none. Probably ought to get some, but the only shoes I can do any standing in are my Hoka One One shoes. My poor arthritic feet can't take anything else. The surgery I endured last May didn't help much for relief.
I just bought some Hoka One as a help for my plantar fasciitis. At £170 ($220) a pair, they're the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. Hope they last, but so far so good after two months.
Gonna have to go and buy the trainer version now at £105. 🙄

I'll have a look at the trainer version. I went to the client appreciation dinner that our money people throw for the "high rollers" :rolleyes: in jeans and my Hoka One One shoes.  ;D The guy who ran the whole show before is retired now, and he always shows up in jeans, I think I should be allowed.

Reading further in to the Hoka running shoes (yeah, slow work day) - the ones my foot doctor recommended was the Hoka Clifton 6 (actually £120). I notice there is a Hoka Clifton 5 which are much cheaper (around £70). Further research tells me the 6 was upgraded for faster running (slightly firmer sole and flexier uppers). I won't be doing much fast stuff so I think I'd be happy sticking to the 5.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on January 24, 2020, 07:01:31 PM
Oh, yeah, I remember those. They were not recommended for me because I weigh 216 and would do in the soles too quickly. I need to lose some weight.  :(
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on January 24, 2020, 07:16:32 PM
Oh, yeah, I remember those. They were not recommended for me because I weigh 216 and would do in the soles too quickly. I need to lose some weight.  :(

Don't we all :(
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on January 24, 2020, 08:34:41 PM
a surefire way to lose weight is to buy a set of racing leathers that you cannot fit into until you return to the weight you had when you bought them.

my leathers were so expensive that i would rather cut off pieces of flesh with a knife than buy another pair.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on January 24, 2020, 08:49:44 PM
a surefire way to lose weight is to buy a set of racing leathers that you cannot fit into until you return to the weight you had when you bought them.

my leathers were so expensive that i would rather cut off pieces of flesh with a knife than buy another pair.

:rofl:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: joeactor on January 24, 2020, 09:46:11 PM
I tried two models of the Hoka One One. The design and stability of the soles were amazing... but the top didn't really fit my foot well. I've got wide, flat feet.

Went back to wearing Brooks Addiction 13/14 shoes with SuperFeet Bronze insoles. That's the best combo I've found.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on January 25, 2020, 02:12:51 AM
I had to go to size 13 because of my foot width. I can fit my foot into a size 10 shoe if they were made for ducks. I wear a 5E if I can find it.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on January 25, 2020, 10:21:46 AM
are you a swimmer?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on January 25, 2020, 04:16:18 PM
:lol: One would think so, but I don't like immersing myself in other's effluvia. I can swim to save my life, but that's about it. I'm going to have to start water-based exercises though, due to arthritis in my feet limiting my distance walking. I won't be putting my face in the water, in that case. Running is out of the question, too. I never liked the work "geriatric", but have come to terms with that, as the other choice isn't one I want to embrace quite yet.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Bad Penny II on January 26, 2020, 01:42:37 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/uCXDH6O.jpg)

What the fuck snipping tool, what are doing impinging in my picture?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on January 27, 2020, 02:12:13 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/uCXDH6O.jpg)

What the fuck snipping tool, what are doing impinging in my picture?

:lol:

There's a literary saying in Brazil written by a widely read Brazilian author (Machado de Assis) which goes something like, "To the loser, hate and compassion, to the victor, the potatoes!"
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Icarus on January 27, 2020, 02:59:07 AM
 Potatoes are good when you' re hungry......especially when garnished with sour cream and bacon bits.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on March 31, 2020, 11:00:57 PM
drove to the bakery supply in a little town above the ohio river and picked up 400 pounds of beet sugar.

i used to feed all my bees fructose syrup in the spring and when they were pollinating. if i bought 400 or 500 gallons at a time it was reasonably cheap, about a dollar a gallon, i think.

this 400 pounds will get mixed with 17 gallons of water to fill up a 55 gallon xrum. it will make a thick syrup that a small colony needs if they dont have drawn comb to strart out on
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: No one on April 01, 2020, 05:13:13 AM
Just got my anti-zombie apocalypse grenade launcher.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Randy on May 31, 2020, 01:47:42 AM
Pajamas! I didn't realize I was down to two pair until last week. So I bought two more.

It's kind of my wardrobe now.  :grin:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on May 31, 2020, 01:59:16 AM
racing boots, full-leather gauntlets, and a snell 2015 helmet for the number two son, so he has something to wear if we get to race in july.

he can fit into my leathers, so there's at least a grand i don't have to spend.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Magdalena on May 31, 2020, 02:24:47 AM
Oh, just the basic necessities:
Ramen and wine.
 :sad sigh:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on May 31, 2020, 03:08:33 AM
The wife bought house numbers and an unnecessary brace for the bottom of the new mailbox. We dug the hole and placed the box too close to the curb for her taste. So I drilled holes in the bottom of the mailbox and put a 1/4" thick plate of hot-rolled steel under it to keep the box from getting bent. It sits back a bit, and she has aesthetic issues with it, is all. At $15, I'm not going to complain. The house numbers, though, she wants cast iron with brass numbers. $70. Hey, it's only money.  ::)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on May 31, 2020, 09:34:46 AM
More woodworking bits and pieces :)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Icarus on May 31, 2020, 08:43:19 PM
A Heim joint with which to make a knife sharpener,
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on May 31, 2020, 11:27:30 PM
A Heim joint with which to make a knife sharpener,

That's a new one on me! Is it a swivel for different edge angles?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Icarus on June 02, 2020, 06:55:36 AM
Yes it is sort of swivel thingy.  It is often called "rod end". You have some of them on your car most likely.....Like on the pitman arm or tie rod or probably on a throttle linkage if your car is carbureted.

I will show a pic of the sharpener gadget when I get around to finishing the project.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: No one on June 02, 2020, 07:19:19 AM
(https://earthsky.org/upl/2014/07/Andromeda_Galaxy_with_h-alpha-300x197.jpg)

Just made my final payment.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Asmodean on June 02, 2020, 07:59:57 AM
For The Asmo: A new 4K monitor, which is twice as good as a 2K monitor and four times as good as a Full HD monitor.

At work: 10000€ worth of conference hardware
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on June 02, 2020, 02:40:22 PM
Yes it is sort of swivel thingy.  It is often called "rod end". You have some of them on your car most likely.....Like on the pitman arm or tie rod or probably on a throttle linkage if your car is carbureted.

I will show a pic of the sharpener gadget when I get around to finishing the project.

Oh, I know what a Heim joint is, I've just never seen one pressed into service as part of a knife sharpener.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tom62 on June 02, 2020, 03:43:39 PM
A 1TB SSD external hard disk. Making backups is so much faster now. Next thing on my list is a 24-27" monitor. Working from home on a small laptop screen is rather tiresome.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on June 13, 2020, 07:55:52 PM
My old earphones went out with a click click click rather than a bang (thankfully) so it was high time I bought another one. I decided to get a headset this time to better isolate the sound and get a better overall experience. ;D

Just to experiment, I upped the bass from 0 to 70% and listened to some of my favourite songs again.

Oh. My. God. Oh my god. I could feel my skull rattle and loved it! 

Who knew drums could be so lovely. :tellmemore: They're easily my favourite musical instrument now.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on June 14, 2020, 09:11:01 PM
My old earphones went out with a click click click rather than a bang (thankfully) so it was high time I bought another one. I decided to get a headset this time to better isolate the sound and get a better overall experience. ;D

Just to experiment, I upped the bass from 0 to 70% and listened to some of my favourite songs again.

Oh. My. God. Oh my god. I could feel my skull rattle and loved it! 

Who knew drums could be so lovely. :tellmemore: They're easily my favourite musical instrument now.

More than 24 hrs later and I'm still trippin' on bass music. I have a very long playlist. :grin:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on September 15, 2020, 09:14:56 PM
(https://static.carrefour.com.br/medias/sys_master/images/images/hda/h03/h00/h00/15728605986846.jpg)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: No one on September 15, 2020, 10:19:39 PM
2 tickets to paradise.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Icarus on September 16, 2020, 12:39:21 AM
Silver I also like drums when the sounds are rhythmic and structured. I admire Japanese Taiko drumming too.  Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich were accomplished  practitioners of the art when playing with big bands.

What annoys the hell out of me is the  senseless random beat boom box noise that occurs on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings and evenings.  A big, well attended,  church lies across the street from my house. It is a new age sort of  church with fundamentalist leanings. For some undisclosed reason there is a 20 to 30 minute session of god awful noise from  what must be a drummer high on meth or something.  The Sound pressure level must rival the noise from a Boeing 747.   The window rattling noise precedes the church sessions invariably.  If that is an integral  part of their ritual, then I am not sympathetic.

There are certain noises that I am hooked on....Like the exhaust note from a high revving engine such as Billy Rubins Triumph bike. There are some noisy and somewhat strident R. Korsakov music that I find thrilling........  But not every fucking Wednesday and Sunday.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Randy on September 16, 2020, 12:42:04 AM
(https://static.carrefour.com.br/medias/sys_master/images/images/hda/h03/h00/h00/15728605986846.jpg)
That's a nice screen!
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on September 16, 2020, 01:30:37 AM
(https://static.carrefour.com.br/medias/sys_master/images/images/hda/h03/h00/h00/15728605986846.jpg)
That's a nice screen!

I've been meaning to buy one for the past year :grin: It should arrive on Friday or Monday.  :)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on September 16, 2020, 01:47:47 AM
Silver I also like drums when the sounds are rhythmic and structured. I admire Japanese Taiko drumming too.  Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich were accomplished  practitioners of the art when playing with big bands.

What annoys the hell out of me is the  senseless random beat boom box noise that occurs on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings and evenings.  A big, well attended,  church lies across the street from my house. It is a new age sort of  church with fundamentalist leanings. For some undisclosed reason there is a 20 to 30 minute session of god awful noise from  what must be a drummer high on meth or something.  The Sound pressure level must rival the noise from a Boeing 747.   The window rattling noise precedes the church sessions invariably.  If that is an integral  part of their ritual, then I am not sympathetic.

There are certain noises that I am hooked on....Like the exhaust note from a high revving engine such as Billy Rubins Triumph bike. There are some noisy and somewhat strident R. Korsakov music that I find thrilling........  But not every fucking Wednesday and Sunday.

Ugh, church noises just don't do it for me, no matter what they sound like. Now bass, bone-rattling bass is another story. Nothing like a car next to you with powerful sub woofers pumping out high-quality sound to get your heart pounding really fast...  8)

If loud it can't be low-quality sound though. That's just wrong on so many levels. ::)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on September 16, 2020, 02:14:45 AM
Silver I also like drums when the sounds are rhythmic and structured. I admire Japanese Taiko drumming too.  Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich were accomplished  practitioners of the art when playing with big bands.

What annoys the hell out of me is the  senseless random beat boom box noise that occurs on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings and evenings.  A big, well attended,  church lies across the street from my house. It is a new age sort of  church with fundamentalist leanings. For some undisclosed reason there is a 20 to 30 minute session of god awful noise from  what must be a drummer high on meth or something.  The Sound pressure level must rival the noise from a Boeing 747.   The window rattling noise precedes the church sessions invariably.  If that is an integral  part of their ritual, then I am not sympathetic.

There are certain noises that I am hooked on....Like the exhaust note from a high revving engine such as Billy Rubins Triumph bike. There are some noisy and somewhat strident R. Korsakov music that I find thrilling........  But not every fucking Wednesday and Sunday.

lol

may i suggest simultaneous renditions of blitz-era air raid sirenz? az loud as the drums?

Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Icarus on September 18, 2020, 11:24:37 PM
Brilliant idea Billy.  The only thing is that I would swiftly be accosted by the noise police. It is OK for the church to make noise but not OK for an individual like me to create a cacophony. Our city does have a noise abatement ordinance but so far it does not seem to apply to church functions.

My Sound pressure level meter arrived today. It is a fun toy that will not change anything unless I want to get really political and create a lot of controversy at city commission meetings.  Fat chance!  The mayor of my town is a decent guy but unfortunately he is a member of that damned church.

I will begin to consider the air raid siren notion.... :cauldron:

Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on September 19, 2020, 12:21:05 AM
ah

how about this

record the drummer on sunday A. play back the drummer's performance on sunday B, just make sure its out of rhythm.

its not noise, its the drummer himself. if its loud enough it will interrupt his listeners concentration.

failing that just start throwing dead cats over the fence. roadkills are eazy to come by.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tom62 on September 19, 2020, 12:05:06 PM
Last thing that I bought is a 2TB WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD m.2 2280 of Western Digital to replace my 256GB SSD drive in my laptop.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Davin on September 21, 2020, 05:30:53 PM
My laptop died, so I had to buy a new one. I didn't have as much saved as I planned so it wasn't much of an upgrade.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on September 22, 2020, 01:26:55 AM
Last thing that I bought is a 2TB WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD m.2 2280 of Western Digital to replace my 256GB SSD drive in my laptop.

That's quite the upgrade, in terms of memory and speed! Fun fact- one of my sons bought a WD external storage drive many years ago. The plastic enclosure was full of vent holes, of course. But I noticed that some holes were round and some were slots. I realized that they had "encrypted" some words in Morse Code! One word was "quality", but by now I have forgotten the rest. I wonder how many people noticed that. It's kind of an odd thing to do.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tom62 on September 22, 2020, 04:22:20 AM
Last thing that I bought is a 2TB WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD m.2 2280 of Western Digital to replace my 256GB SSD drive in my laptop.

That's quite the upgrade, in terms of memory and speed! Fun fact- one of my sons bought a WD external storage drive many years ago. The plastic enclosure was full of vent holes, of course. But I noticed that some holes were round and some were slots. I realized that they had "encrypted" some words in Morse Code! One word was "quality", but by now I have forgotten the rest. I wonder how many people noticed that. It's kind of an odd thing to do.

These SSD drives get cheaper and better all the time. I'm even thinking about replacing the harddrive in my 10 years old IMac with one. The bootup time of that Mac is horrendous.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on September 22, 2020, 03:06:45 PM
i have a solid state drive on my laptop. boots in about 10 seconds, but space is limited.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on October 21, 2020, 09:10:27 PM
Along with my mother:

Spoiler: ShowHide
(https://revistacarro.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/fiat-strada-volcano-2021-2.jpg)

(https://revistacarro.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/fiat-strada-volcano-2021.jpg)

It seems we can't go into a car dealer without leaving without a brand new car. :popcorn:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on October 22, 2020, 01:11:00 AM
woo

very sexy
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Bluenose on October 22, 2020, 02:28:47 AM
I bought some dehydrated lime slices to use in my G&T.  Yum!
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: hermes2015 on October 22, 2020, 04:23:52 AM
Along with my mother:

Spoiler: ShowHide
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(https://revistacarro.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/fiat-strada-volcano-2021.jpg)

It seems we can't go into a car dealer without leaving without a brand new car. :popcorn:


Mazel tov! Are my priorities wrong not ask about the engine, but to notice that the red looks close to the PR254 (pigment red 254) I use a lot when I paint?
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Asmodean on October 22, 2020, 08:33:17 AM
Built me a new PC. Not the last thing I bought, technically, but the last sort-of major-ish investment. Now, I has LEDs in my fans like any self-respecting fourteen year old.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on October 22, 2020, 02:06:18 PM
Along with my mother:

Spoiler: ShowHide
(https://revistacarro.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/fiat-strada-volcano-2021-2.jpg)

(https://revistacarro.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/fiat-strada-volcano-2021.jpg)

It seems we can't go into a car dealer without leaving without a brand new car. :popcorn:


Mazel tov! Are my priorities wrong not ask about the engine, but to notice that the red looks close to the PR254 (pigment red 254) I use a lot when I paint?

I don't know about the engine, but I did notice the nice shade of red (whatever it's called :P )

All I know is I will be borrowing it on occasion.  ;D It belongs to my mother, I just helped a little with the down payment. I hope she'll remember that, heh!
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on October 22, 2020, 02:07:06 PM
Now, I has LEDs in my fans like any self-respecting fourteen year old.

:lol:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Bad Penny II on October 27, 2020, 08:47:28 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/NJhwqw7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/neo66rS.jpg)

I longer leaner better fitting boat with skeg instead of rudder, a bargain but waiting on a new hatch cover.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on October 27, 2020, 09:29:43 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/NJhwqw7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/neo66rS.jpg)

I longer leaner better fitting boat with skeg instead of rudder, a bargain but waiting on a new hatch cover.

You should make a neoprene one which fits over the dogs head!
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Bad Penny II on October 27, 2020, 10:02:51 AM

You should make a neoprene one which fits over the dogs head!

I should have got a dog life jacket, they've got a handle so you can grab 'em as they float past.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Icarus on October 27, 2020, 09:01:49 PM
Last thing I bought was a scam.  I succumbed to an ad for a computer clean up deal from Avast.  OK 20 dollars is alright if the cleaner upper does as promised.  After giving them my credit card information. I had to wait for an authorization number.  Soon, I learned that Avast uses an outfit called River Digital of Ireland Ltd. to process the transaction.  Two days later I found that River Digital had billed my credit card for $60 not $20.

After a bit of searching it became clear that River Digital does this stunt regularly.  Now I have to go through all sorts of aggravation to contact my credit card company to cancel the whole transaction. It turns out that the twenty dollar part only paid for a Driver update feature. Bullshit!  I can get the driver updates for free from sources such as Canon whose printer I am using.

Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on October 27, 2020, 11:49:29 PM
damn

i have avast too.

the thing that i have noticed most is that after buying an avast premium protection program, all i hear from them is promotions for things that they dont protect me from.

popups all the time about how im at risk from something or other.

what am i paying them for?

i may drop them after this story, icarus.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: hermes2015 on October 28, 2020, 02:46:02 AM
I use the free edition of Avast and I'm happy with it, so thanks for the warnings about upgrading to the paid version.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on October 28, 2020, 03:29:50 AM
I bought a replacement kitchen faucet for the rental house, but the plumbers who did the work before put in some odd length pipe nipples, and I was unable to install the new faucet without breaking into the outside stucco to change out the pipes.  :( I tried to find a similar faucet, but they went extinct in '09. Next, I'll make a "dry" run on replacing the innards of the valve on my home sink faucet, which one has to carefully position to stop from running. Then, I'll do the rental unit's faucet. It's a small drip (in both cases) at the moment. I seem to recall that plumbing was easier and lasted longer than what I'm seeing these days.  :???:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Icarus on October 28, 2020, 11:36:45 PM
Plumbing an old system is problematic.  Newer plumbing parts are too often inferior Chinese stuff.  Be that what it may,  there are some super good new materials and methods that make our lives easier.   

The hot ticket these days is to use piping called Pex.  It is some sort of plastic that withstands heat, cold, hell fire and hurricanes.  It has non threaded connections that do not fail, does not corrode, and moves water as well or better than the old time metal pipes.  We use cheap PVC, not the same as Pex,  for irrigation and other non critical applications.  Pex is a forever pipe......at least according to plumbers.

I got into this information recently when I wisely (and desperately) hired a plumber to install a new shower/tub valve.  It cost a damned fortune to do that but the result is gratifying.  That plumber used all sorts of new fangled materials. In the process I had to chop out a good sized chunk of wall board so that the old plumbing parts were accessable.........Then I had to reinvent myself to replace the sheetrock panel that had been removed. Not too difficult but messy.   

Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on October 29, 2020, 12:35:35 AM
Plumbing an old system is problematic.  Newer plumbing parts are too often inferior Chinese stuff.  Be that what it may,  there are some super good new materials and methods that make our lives easier.   

The hot ticket these days is to use piping called Pex.  It is some sort of plastic that withstands heat, cold, hell fire and hurricanes.  It has non threaded connections that do not fail, does not corrode, and moves water as well or better than the old time metal pipes.  We use cheap PVC, not the same as Pex,  for irrigation and other non critical applications.  Pex is a forever pipe......at least according to plumbers.

I got into this information recently when I wisely (and desperately) hired a plumber to install a new shower/tub valve.  It cost a damned fortune to do that but the result is gratifying.  That plumber used all sorts of new fangled materials. In the process I had to chop out a good sized chunk of wall board so that the old plumbing parts were accessable.........Then I had to reinvent myself to replace the sheetrock panel that had been removed. Not too difficult but messy.

What we're learning about PEX tubing-

1. Exposure to chlorine in the water, and to petroleum products causes it to deteriorate.
2. California has banned PEX because it leaches potentially carcinogenic chemicals into the drinking water.
3. It is not as leak-resistant as metal piping. When it leaks, the consumer eats the replacement cost.

I will never use anything but copper for any plumbing I ever install, and any plumber that ends up doing my plumbing because I no longer can will be using copper. Copper even has issues in some chemistries. I will not use galvanized pipe, either. I've seen that shit accumulate deposits inside until there was maybe a 1/8" "hole" for the water to get through.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on October 29, 2020, 07:13:29 AM

You should make a neoprene one which fits over the dogs head!

I should have got a dog life jacket, they've got a handle so you can grab 'em as they float past.

That's very sensible. And totally cute  :puppysnicker:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on October 29, 2020, 07:15:27 AM
Magnets and a book 'The little book of humanism'. They are not directly related.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Asmodean on October 29, 2020, 12:34:11 PM
I bought some unrelated magnets too, actually. For my Warhammer 40000 miniatures.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on October 29, 2020, 10:32:08 PM
left hand side cover for a 1963-1966 triumph bonneville, for the road race bike

in 1965 they used a smaller cover with flimsy mounts that break. they fixed it after a few years but my rear frame section takes the earlier one. this is what they look like and they're all broken

(https://www.britcycle.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/DSCF9010.jpg)

(https://www.britcycle.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/DSCF9021.jpg)

(https://www.britcycle.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/DSCF9015.jpg)

lol

the one i got was only broken in one place though, and wasn't split, so i'm ahead of father time so far

(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/KdYAAOSwrhBfYpb-/s-l1600.jpg)


Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on October 29, 2020, 11:32:16 PM
At least that one appears to be made of steel? One on my younger brothers had a Husqvarna and cracked a side case driving through a dry stream bed containing big rocks. He took the side case in to get it welded up, but the weldor only made bird shit and burn holes out of it, because it was an alloy. Not sure if it contained magnesium, but he's lucky it didn't...and then he wanted to charge my brother for the damage work. :lol: Yeah, not happening!
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on October 30, 2020, 12:42:04 AM
yes steel heavens i wouldnt try to weld aluminum

sometimes BSA used fibreglas triumph was too backwards

just one mounting ear broken off so ill make an angle out of something and either braze it or just silver solder it on

good to go then

until it breaks again. they always break
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on November 04, 2020, 12:23:04 AM
left hand side cover for a 1963-1966 triumph bonneville, for the road race bike

in 1965 they used a smaller cover with flimsy mounts that break. they fixed it after a few years but my rear frame section takes the earlier one. this is what they look like and they're all broken

(https://www.britcycle.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/DSCF9010.jpg)

(https://www.britcycle.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/DSCF9021.jpg)

(https://www.britcycle.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/DSCF9015.jpg)

lol

the one i got was only broken in one place though, and wasn't split, so i'm ahead of father time so far

(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/KdYAAOSwrhBfYpb-/s-l1600.jpg)

Hmm...I'm gonna pretend I know what those are for. :lol:
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 04, 2020, 02:00:54 AM
lol

im sorry. i forget not everybody has the same fixation. here is the morphology

older motorcycles have a standard set of what is called "tinware," the sheet mtal parts that include the front and rear mudguards, the tank, any headlight nacelle, and a left and right sidecover. sometimes the oil tank is exposed and the sidecover is deleted on that side.

the machine i am building looked like this when it was new, 55 years ago

(https://cdn1.mecum.com/auctions/lj0617/lj0617-283929/images/lj0617-283929_2.jpg?1494422766000)

the sid3cover is the blackpainted piece under the seat at about the halfway mark. it has holes for the electrical rotary switches and sometimes has a pocket behind to store the tools. it keeps rain off the batteryand other electrical devices. its an aesthetic thing, and is only required because the class it will be raced in requires stock components. when mine is done it will look like this

(https://i1.wp.com/megadeluxe.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/1967-BSA-04.jpg)

the fairing isnt allowed in all classes, so the sidecover has to be there

Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on November 04, 2020, 02:13:37 AM
God's dentures, that bike with the blue tank is beautiful!

One of my brother's friends had a Honda 305 Dream that has up for sale, but I couldn't afford the $200 for it, back about 1968. That thing was also beautiful!
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: hermes2015 on November 04, 2020, 03:47:29 AM
Hmm...I'm gonna pretend I know what those are for. :lol:

They're obviously ideas for my next sculpture.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 04, 2020, 03:58:17 AM
God's dentures, that bike with the blue tank is beautiful!

One of my brother's friends had a Honda 305 Dream that has up for sale, but I couldn't afford the $200 for it, back about 1968. That thing was also beautiful!

i loved the dreams. a very nice lady i knew owned one. inseperable memories
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on November 04, 2020, 04:08:32 AM
God's dentures, that bike with the blue tank is beautiful!

One of my brother's friends had a Honda 305 Dream that has up for sale, but I couldn't afford the $200 for it, back about 1968. That thing was also beautiful!

i loved the dreams. a very nice lady i knew owned one. inseperable memories

Ladies are shapely, and in a different category. But that bike was so nice, too. Id'v'e enjoyed having my girlfriend's breasts pressed into... Ahem. NVM.  :-[
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on November 12, 2020, 08:57:54 AM
There is a chap a couple of houses along from me who rides one in this condition but black. He's single and gay so has the time and money to spend on it :)

(https://cdn1.mecum.com/auctions/lj0617/lj0617-283929/images/lj0617-283929_2.jpg?1494422766000)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 12, 2020, 06:38:14 PM
why are some mechanical designs visually attractive and others fail to be?

i've never understood this.

hermes might have some insight.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: hermes2015 on November 13, 2020, 03:42:39 AM
why are some mechanical designs visually attractive and others fail to be?

i've never understood this.

hermes might have some insight.

I have many ideas on this, but as for insights, probably not many. One's aesthetic response to an object is very subjective, similar to one's response to a piece of music. Our responses are very much influenced, whether consciously or not, by the theories of the great designers and composers of the past. Of course, one can ask how we know who the great ones were, but for the typical lay person, it is very much personal taste. For what it's worth, my personal spiritual leaders are people like Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Charles Eames, Dieter Rams, Max Bill, Eileen Grey, and others. I suppose a common characteristic is an aesthetic of minimal surface adornment, fitness for purpose or functionality, and truthfulness to materials. On the surface their ideas seem to mean that if you concentrate on functionality, beauty will follow automatically, but I don't believe that is necessarily true.

Sorry for the ramble, but it is an endless discussion I've been involved in since my teens.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on November 13, 2020, 08:33:01 AM
3 band saw blades 1/8" 14tpi, 1/4" 10tpi and 3/8" 4tpi
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: hermes2015 on November 13, 2020, 09:45:14 AM
A 160 mm Knipex diagonal cutter, able to cut 2 mm piano wire, for the welded mesh I want to use in some sculpture experiments.

(https://i.imgur.com/ZimNKeX.jpg)

Wonderful German quality.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tank on November 13, 2020, 01:59:10 PM
Knipex are top quality kit.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tom62 on November 13, 2020, 04:46:13 PM
Lots of cat food.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Randy on November 13, 2020, 11:56:36 PM
Lots of cat food.
Either you have a lot of cats, one very large cat, or you are stocking up for the apocalypse. :)
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Icarus on November 14, 2020, 01:59:03 AM
New roof for my house..........Almost $14k.  May have to apply for food service charities.  My whole house and the property it sits on did not cost that much in the year that I indentured myself to the mortgage company.

The basic problem is that inflation has demolished my long term savings.  Way back in the day, I was well paid at the equivalent of six dollars per hour.  Modest savings from that six dollar base does not even come close to  translating to parity of the inflation rate.

I am trying not to be bitter about the inequity.  Today the minimum wage for many hamburger flippers is twice what I was paid to do do design work for projects such as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, The Pan AM building, Cuban crisis Bomb shelters, and a few other things  that seemed important at the time.

In no case am I disparaging hamburger flippers.  Most of them are good people who are trying to make a living.   
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: hermes2015 on November 14, 2020, 03:22:35 AM
Icarus, how many minutes did you have to work back then to buy a McDonald's hamburger? How long does today's hamburger flipper have to work to buy the same type of burger? That would make an interesting comparison.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Tom62 on November 14, 2020, 12:01:03 PM
Lots of cat food.
Either you have a lot of cats, one very large cat, or you are stocking up for the apocalypse. :)

Both. I have two big Maine Coon cats. I order a lot of cat food online, because I've got a better choice; the shop has lower prices and special offers/coupons; it is convenient because they deliver it to my door and they don't charge for transport if I order for more than 29 Euro.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on November 15, 2020, 04:08:42 AM
There is a chap a couple of houses along from me who rides one in this condition but black. He's single and gay so has the time and money to spend on it :)

(https://cdn1.mecum.com/auctions/lj0617/lj0617-283929/images/lj0617-283929_2.jpg?1494422766000)

:admire: That's one nice looking scoot!
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 15, 2020, 02:54:26 PM
New roof for my house..........Almost $14k.  May have to apply for food service charities.  My whole house and the property it sits on did not cost that much in the year that I indentured myself to the mortgage company.

The basic problem is that inflation has demolished my long term savings.  Way back in the day, I was well paid at the equivalent of six dollars per hour.  Modest savings from that six dollar base does not even come close to  translating to parity of the inflation rate.

I am trying not to be bitter about the inequity.  Today the minimum wage for many hamburger flippers is twice what I was paid to do do design work for projects such as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, The Pan AM building, Cuban crisis Bomb shelters, and a few other things  that seemed important at the time.

In no case am I disparaging hamburger flippers.  Most of them are good people who are trying to make a living.

my wife is clozi g manager at tbe local mcdonalds. tomorrow she haz a scheduled interview with the general manager to inform him how restaurant is being mismanaged

low wagez understaffing and lack of respect for workers is on the top of the list

btw minimum wagez flipping burgers mean you alzo need food stamps
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Icarus on November 16, 2020, 01:10:15 AM
Billy, and Mrs Billy, I am fully aware that the wage rate for McD's and other franchise businesses do not pay a livable wage.  My state (Florida) just voted a constitutional mandate that increased the pay scale to 10 dollars beginning next year. The wage rate is to increase one dollar per year until 15 dollars per hour  is reached in 2026.

That is a noble effort to allow the lesser of we mortals to  live a  marginally comfortable life.  Problem is that the cost of living will increase at least in proportion to the gain in income. 



Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 17, 2020, 02:40:44 AM
her mcdonalds franchise managers always used to announce that everybody would be getting raises . . .yippee!!

until everybody realized that th eraises were just mandated by minimum wage increases . . .

she had her interview. i have only a sketchy outline. will see what happened later
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Dark Lightning on November 17, 2020, 03:40:19 AM
her mcdonalds franchise managers always used to announce that everybody would be getting raises . . .yippee!!

until everybody realized that th eraises were just mandated by minimum wage increases . . .

she had her interview. i have only a sketchy outline. will see what happened later

Not long after I got out of the Navy, I worked at an auto parts store. My one raise was when minimum wage went up. I left there not much later for another job that paid a buck and a half more per hour. That was one cheapskate millionaire SOB. I guess that's how he got that way. He tried to guilt trip me when I quit for the other job. Didn't work.
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: billy rubin on November 17, 2020, 03:45:46 AM
jeff bezos is the richest man in the world and tries to cheapskate his employees for wages

someone erected a guillotine in front of his house during a protest

quite appropriate
Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Bad Penny II on November 17, 2020, 08:03:40 AM
The Aus rate:
Quote
The national minimum wage is currently $19.84 per hour or $753.80 per 38 hour week (before tax). Casual employees covered by the national minimum wage also get at least a 25% casual loading.

Exchange rate today AUD to USD is US $0.73 so minimum is equivalent of  about US $14.50 per hour if full time, add 25% if casual.  Four weeks holiday is also applicable for permanent employees.

Title: Re: what's the last thing you bought?
Post by: Bad Penny II on November 17, 2020, 11:31:27 AM
Last thing I bought was a scam.  I succumbed to an ad for a computer clean up deal from Avast.  OK 20 dollars is alright if the cleaner upper does as promised.  After giving them my credit card information. I had to wait for an authorization number.  Soon, I learned that Avast uses an outfit called River Digital of Ireland Ltd. to process the transaction.  Two days later I found that River Digital had billed my credit card for $60 not $20.

After a bit of searching it became clear that River Digital does this stunt regularly.  Now I have to go through all sorts of aggravation to contact my credit card company to cancel the whole transaction. It turns out that the twenty dollar part only paid for a Driver update feature. Bullshit!  I can get the driver updates for free from sources such as Canon whose printer I am using.

Free software should be free, ignore all pop up crap.
If you don't want Chrome watch for the pre ticked box.
I've used Avast Free for ages, there's crap they push like software updater, just ignore it.
There is always the built in windows anti malware, windows defender, It's probably sufficient.