Last Call: Squiggles Edition

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This reminds me that they’ve stopped teaching cursive writing in most schools these days and I think that’s a shame!
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41 responses to “Last Call: Squiggles Edition”

  1. 0A5599 Avatar
    0A5599

    Looks like they used some sort of white stuff on the ground to help reduce traction. I doubt that car has enough power to do that under natural conditions.

    1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
      dead_elvis, inc.

      It’s an experimental road surface, almost identical to white boards. Once they get all the details worked out, these guys will absolutely own a segment of the tire market.
      https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HG86B_5pMwk/TqjoVSkndcI/AAAAAAAAAK0/UW_CtubHTdU/s1600/ExpoDryEraseMarkers.jpg

  2. mdharrell Avatar

    The P, S, and surface wave arrivals all stand out well but it would have been nice to capture the third component of ground motion for this location, too.

    1. Alff Avatar
      Alff

      Most new drivers try this a few times but give it up when they discover it’s a hollow scene.

    2. Vairship Avatar
      Vairship

      Plus, you need multiple vehicles to accurately pinpoint the epicenter.

    3. Vairship Avatar
      Vairship

      Kudos for using a Vibe though…

  3. Batshitbox Avatar
    Batshitbox

    “What?! I was just following my GPS!”

  4. Lokki Avatar
    Lokki

    So today, the weather was nice enough to let me spend some time in the garage, playing. My old Alfa has a pair of FIAM air horns and they have been sounding kind of puny- in fact only one horn was tooting and that sounded like the Preacher’s mother forced to blow a New Year’s horn against her will.
    Naturally I assumed the compressor was shot and just bought a new set of FIAMs from Amazon for $30. I was shocked at the difference in quality between the old horns and the ones, although I guess I shouldn’t be. The old horns are Italian made,and metal. The new ones are Chinese not Italian and plastic. The new compressor is less than half the size of the old one and has a stamped steel casing rather than the lovely cast and machined casing of the old.
    After installing the new set up (which frankly, works great and sounds fine) I decided to play around with the old stuff. The compressor was beautiful and clean inside, and only required me to clean the contacts before it was spinning right over. The horns themselves were very interesting. An air horn it seems consists of a housing with a very thin circular piece of copper sheet in it. The housing has one hole on the horn side for the air to come in blow on the copper sheet, and a larger hole for the air to exit through the trumpet. That’s it. It turns out, after cleaning and disassembling everything that the difference between a working air horn and nuthin’ is that the trumpet, which is attached via threading to the casing was simply a few turns too loose.
    All this is the preview to the question, noting that no one can see the horns where they’re installed, should I go to the trouble of putting the old horns back in just because they’re way cool, or keep the new plastic ones tat work just fine in there? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/011e26c45197f61940aa1a5f4196349c4f2b8d8348ccfda4b22c5d5cdf30ce55.jpg

    1. 0A5599 Avatar
      0A5599

      Reinstall the Italian horns on the Alfa. It doesn’t matter whether anyone can see them; you know the difference. Find something else to do with the plastic ones.

      1. spotarama Avatar
        spotarama

        agree, connect the plastic ones to your doorbell

        1. Vairship Avatar
          Vairship

          Preferably aimed at the eardrums of the person ringing the bell…

    2. Alff Avatar
      Alff

      Wait to put them back in the next time something breaks. So maybe wait until Sunday.

    3. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
      dead_elvis, inc.

      If the compressor has the oomph to drive both sets, why not both?
      If there was a way to get big train horn volume out of something manageable for a motorcycle, I’d do it.

      1. Alcology Avatar
        Alcology

        Ever check out Wolo? They have some smaller horns with some big volume. Plus they’re pretty inexpensive.

        1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
          dead_elvis, inc.

          I have not, but I shall. Thanks for the suggestion.

    4. Alff Avatar
      Alff

      Yours is early 70’s, correct? The original horns in my ’84 are plastic.

        1. Sjalabais Avatar
          Sjalabais

          I can see the white BMWs in the background hushing and chuckling. They just don’t know better.

          1. Lokki Avatar
            Lokki

            Yeah, the BMWs were chuckling, but they damn well snapped to attention, saluted, and clicked their heels when I blew that air horn!

    5. Manxman Avatar

      That is a beautiful horn. If you don’t put them back in the Alfa you can put them in a display case and hang them on the wall as art.

  5. Maymar Avatar
    Maymar

    You can tell by the distinctive tracks, we’re following the allseasonus Toyotus. Scientists are baffled by this creature, as it neither hibernates, nor adapts to its surroundings.

  6. spotarama Avatar
    spotarama

    Tuesday post (just a couple of days late), went to our bike clubs monthly meeting last night (nothing too badass about us though, we’ve been known to drum members out of the club for not providing adequate cake like refreshments at a club meeting)
    so anyway, riding home to my far distant house in the hills, i’m heading up the nice winding road in the dark (hi beam on of course) doing about 50mph and I see a dark blur enter my vision from the right and feel something akin to a sledgehammer hit my right ankle, the bike gets shoved about a foot across the road but luckily I didn’t fall off
    it was a bloody kamikaze wombat…..
    for those not familiar with these servants of satan, imagine a Rottweiler with no neck, short stumpy legs and absolutely rock solid, no road sense (no other sorts either) and a perverse desire to run in front of moving vehicles
    the bike doesn’t appear to have sustained any damage but I will check in daylight when I get home tonight but my right leg from the knee down is alternating between cramping pains and a strange numbness. may have to have that looked at if it persists

    1. dr zero Avatar
      dr zero

      For our international readers: the symptom to watch out for is if you start to have square poo.

      View post on imgur.com

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        The wombat lives across the seas,
        Among the far Antipodes.
        He may exist on nuts and berries,
        Or then again, on missionaries;
        His distant habitat precludes
        Conclusive knowledge of his moods.
        But I would not engage the wombat
        In any form of mortal combat.
        Ogden Nash

    2. Lokki Avatar
      Lokki

      One of my favorite quotes of all time:
      “In the end, the wombat gets us all”

      1. outback_ute Avatar
        outback_ute

        What is that from?

    3. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      I know all about the animals of Australia, thanks to the children’s rhyming book Whoa, Joey! I can still recite most of it: “He tried to greet the lorikeet and landed on the dingo’s feet…”
      https://img0.etsystatic.com/043/0/8898036/il_570xN.603603116_3nqm.jpg

    4. Alff Avatar
      Alff

      I’ve never been to Australia but from what I gather, such events are commonplace. So much so that I imagine you guys have some colorful name for it. Like “Wombat Leg”.

  7. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
    dead_elvis, inc.

    Driver’s Ed in high schools isn’t too common these days, is it? It wasn’t mandatory like gym class, but it was probably the only other class that nearly every single student took when I was but a dewy, lithe young Elvis.
    I can’t remember the teacher’s real name, but I do remember his nickname – Fetushead. He was a big dude (assistant football coach, natch), but he had a freakishly large head. It was absolutely disproportionate, almost disturbingly so.

    1. Alff Avatar
      Alff

      No Driver’s Ed in my kids’ high school. No wood shop, no mechanical shop, no welding, no ceramics lab.

      1. Lokki Avatar
        Lokki

        Well, Reform Schools are like that…

        1. Alff Avatar
          Alff

          Reform school or no, kids should not have to choose a “vocational track” to be exposed to these skills.

          1. Lokki Avatar
            Lokki

            Actually, I completely agree. My first thought was that if we streamlined the school administration system, and looked at some public employee pension systems there would probably be plenty of money for these programs. However, since this isn’t a political site, I just went for the cheap joke

          2. Alff Avatar
            Alff

            It was a good joke. But it pisses me off how our definition of education has changed. It’s not just about our youth, it’s about what society values.

      2. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
        dead_elvis, inc.

        How about for you? (Also a 1980s high schooler, if I’ve been paying attention over the years.)

        1. Alff Avatar
          Alff

          We had all of the above and a few others in my public high school. The philosophy seemed much different then.

    2. Sjalabais Avatar
      Sjalabais

      A high school in “middle Norway”, not far off the honourable Mr. Nanoop, recently went to the media and said they had spots available for an education line that includes taking a driver’s license. In Norway, you are lucky if you manage to get your license for 3500$, and it’s basically open ended: If you’re not ready for the test, you need more hours.
      Naturally, that high school was overwhelmed by kids from all over the country asking about details. Just a tiny blip in the overall media noise that cars and driving may not be as irrelevant as some will have it.

    3. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
      Dean Bigglesworth

      I’ve only had one teacher with a nickname. We called him Ebola; can’ät remember why. I think the girls thought of that. Gym teacher.

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