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  1. vapor lock?

    Vapour lock is a heat induced issue with the fuel delivery system. Used to cause problems in our cars during the carburetor-era. The easy solution was to let the engine cool off. I flew a great many variants of the Piper PA-28 series a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away and I do not recall vapour lock ever being mentioned as something to look out for. Warriors used Lycoming carburetted engines (by recollection) running 100LL. Now, in all fairness, my experience with these aircraft was confined mostly to Ontario and Quebec with some forays into upstate New York. Ground temps could get well up into the 90's (real temperature measurement system). There were rumours of Lycoming and Piper trying to certify these engines on automotive fuel. If that ever happened, it was after my time with them. I suppose that ground handling on automotive gas at hot airports might cause vapour lock.
  2. Fan blade failure, 1 dead sadly.

    One item of note. Seen in all of the onboard pictures and videos - passengers with the oxy masks covering their mouths only. Looks like the majority.
  3. Surge protection

    How do you know that? Inquiring minds must know. Seems to me that the surge protection itself is an internal "failure".
  4. Transitioning to Electric Aircraft

    Press Reporters here are having a field day with the concept of electric vehicles. If you listen to the press hype, we'll all be (not) driving driverless electric cars within five years. The reporting is only going to get worse if the country legalizes pot. However they're not bright enough to extend the power requirement out to where the vehicle is parked. This is the old "last mile" conundrum. The Province I live in has almost limitless access to cheap, efficient hydroelectric power. We make so much of it that we supply most of the west coast. However, if I want to have a charging station installed in my 30 year old condo, I'm looking at prohibitive costs - if - I can convince the power company to even consider doing the installation. I imagine the same issue will arise when someone wants to charge up his/her Electro Piper out at the local flying field. My wife and I were in Paris a year or so ago. On our street there were four charging station (parking spaces) dedicated to charging electric vehicles. I didn't count them, but I'm willing to bet there were 100 cars parked on a regular basis on that street. It's hard enough to find a parking spot in a major downtown area. Can you imagine what it will be like if you can only use 4% of the available spots?
  5. Surge protection

    Any clue as to the source of the spike? Local T'Stm? Where I live in the PNW thunderbumpers are a rare and unusual thing. Still, every year we hear at least one. Toronto was a different world. You should see the CN Tower during a summer thunderstorm, especially at night. Gives a whole new meaning to "grounding". Still, great advice on the SP. We have them plugged in to all outlets that supply power to electronics. Haven't lost anything yet (knock on wood).
  6. Saint Patrick's Day

    I'll be working on a Black Bush in a few moments.
  7. Saint Patrick's Day

    Have a pleasant St. Patrick's day to all our Irish friends.
  8. Just found a funny one: https://v.redd.it/qph3vvkahbk01
  9. A lot of stuff being shipped over our roads and rails (not to mention in the holds of passenger jets) can be pretty devastating if something goes wrong. Burning a SRB in the middle of a farmer's field in Oklahoma might be spectacular and maybe hard on a crop but not really serious. Imagine, however, if that thing lit up inside the tunnel - write off one tunnel. It has happened many times with gasoline in tanker trucks. I recall one in Southern Ontario (Canada) a long time ago and a search of Google brings up quite a few others: See: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/30/us/30collapse.html http://articles.latimes.com/2011/dec/15/local/la-me-1215-freeway-closed-20111215 Closer to home there has been one Propane truck accident on the Malahat highway, north of Victoria, BC that shut down the highway for many days. It was pretty serious because that highway is the only (practical) north/south access on Vancouver Island. Another, a gasoline truck, shut the same highway down for several days in 2012. http://www.timescolonist.com/news/fuel-truck-crash-on-malahat-near-goldstream-risked-many-lives-court-told-1.23275 Sorry, a bit off-topic and not funny at all. Just seems to be a cruel joke that the necessity exists that these types of cargoes share our roads (especially under the control of people like the moron driving the fuel truck).
  10. US and Canadian standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That's an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used? Well, because that's the way they built them in England, and English engineers designed the first US railroads. Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the wagon tramways, and that's the gauge they used. So, why did 'they' use that gauge then? Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they had used for building wagons, which used that same wheel spacing. Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing? Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break more often on some of the old, long distance roads in England . You see, that's the spacing of the wheel ruts. So who built those old rutted roads? Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including England ) for their legions. Those roads have been used ever since. And what about the ruts in the roads? Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match or run the risk of destroying their wagon wheels. Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome , they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing. Therefore the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot. Bureaucracies live forever. So the next time you are handed a specification/procedure/process and wonder 'What horse's ass came up with this?', you may be exactly right. Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses. (Two horses' asses.) Now, the twist to the story: When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah . The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses' behinds. So, a major Space Shuttle design feature, of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system, was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse's ass. And you thought being a horse's ass wasn't important? Ancient horse's asses control almost everything and.... CURRENT Horses Asses are controlling everything else.
  11. A man and woman were married for many years. Whenever there was a confrontation, yelling could be heard deep into the night. The old man would shout, "When I die, I will dig my way up and out of the grave and come back and haunt you for the rest of your life!" Neighbors feared him. The old man liked the fact that he was feared. Then one evening, he died when he was 98. After the burial, her neighbors, concerned for her, asked, "Aren't you afraid that he may indeed be able to dig his way out of the grave and haunt you for the rest of your life?" The wife said, " Let him dig. I had him buried upside down...and I know he won't ask for directions."
  12. IRISH GHOST STORY This story happened a while ago in Dublin, and even though it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, it's true. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ John, a Dublin University student, was on the side of the road hitch-hiking on a very dark night and in the midst of a big storm. The night was rolling on and no car went by. The storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him. Suddenly, he saw a car slowly coming towards him and stopped. John, desperate for shelter and without thinking about it, got into the car and closed the door ... only to realise there was nobody behind the wheel and the engine wasn't running. The car started moving slowly. John looked at the road ahead and saw a curve approaching. Scared, he started to pray, begging for his life. Then, just before the car hit the curve, a hand appeared out of nowhere through the window, and turned the wheel. John, paralysed with terror, watched as the hand came through the window, but never touched or harmed him. Shortly thereafter, John saw the lights of a pub appear down the road, so, gathering strength, he jumped out of the car and ran to it... Wet and out of breath, he rushed inside and started telling everybody about the horrible experience he had just had. A silence enveloped the pub when everybody realised he was crying ... and wasn't drunk. Suddenly, the door opened, and two other people walked in from the dark and stormy night. They, like John, were also soaked and out of breath. Looking around, and seeing John Bradford sobbing at the bar, one said to the other... ‘Look Paddy .... there's that fooking idiot that got in the car while we were pushing it!'
  13. An Irishman goes into the confessional box after years of being away from the Church. He is amazed to find a fully equipped bar with Guinness on tap. On the other wall is a dazzling array of the finest cigars and chocolates. Then the priest comes in. Excitedly, the Irishman begins..."Father, forgive me, for it's been a very long time since I've been to confession, but I must first admit that the confessional box is much more inviting than it used to be." The priest replies, "Get out. You're on my side."
  14. You lot are slowing down - nothing since Feb 3! Here's a cute one: Test: Seven advantages of mother's milk Students in an advanced biology class were taking their mid-term exam. The last question was, 'Name seven advantages of mother's milk.' The question was worth 70 points or none at all. One student was hard put to think of seven advantages. He wrote: 1) It is perfect formula for the child. 2) It provides immunity against several diseases. 3) It is always the right temperature. 4) It is inexpensive. 5) It bonds the child to mother and vice versa. 6) It is always available as needed. And then the student was stuck. Finally, in desperation, just before the bell rang indicating the end of the test, he wrote: 7) It comes in two attractive containers and it's high enough off the ground that the cat can't get it
  15. Super Bowl Tickets A friend of mine has two tickets for the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, at the new U.S. Bank stadium on Sunday, February 4. They are box seats and he paid $3,500 per ticket, which includes the ride to and from the airport, lunch, dinner, a $400.00 bar tab and a pass to the winners locker room after the game. What he didn't realize, when he bought them last year, was that it's on the same day as his wedding. If you are interested, he is looking for someone to take his place. It's at St. Paul's Church at 3 p.m. Her name is Ashley. She's 5'4", about 115 pounds, a good cook, loves to fish and hunt and will clean your truck. She'll be the one in the white dress.
  16. monitor advice needed please

    Wow! Invest 3 grand and your ROI is $1/day. Lemme at it!
  17. What's with the "L" symbol on the right front? Over 'ere it means "Learner". Device could be a cyclone.
  18. monitor advice needed please

    Right! Sorry, as in all things internet, one link leads to another that leads to another - ad nauseum. Without trying to repeat the trail, the info I got "started" with that article. I probably wasted an hour yesterday chasing down that path. Probably googled "bitcoin mining" and/or cryptocurrency. One thing I did learn: don't give up your previous card. If anything should go wrong with that new GT1060, I'd be stranded without video output on that computer.
  19. monitor advice needed please

    See the link in @brett 's contribution just above. I looked it over and it's all clear as mud. Seems the video cards are used to solve some sort of mathematical query (puzzle, problem) where the solution earns you electronic money. Right up our alley, JA
  20. monitor advice needed please

    Thanks for that @brett, I confess to being highly confuzzled by the whole bitcoin thing. I'm definitely not interested in getting involved. I just got caught in the cracks by trying to buy a high-end video card at the wrong time. Who knows? Maybe next week (month?) that whole smoke and mirrors thing will crash and we'll be able to buy video cards for a song. Won't help me - I've already shelled out for one. Fingers crossed it's a good (as in quality build) one as I'll bet my warranty is useless. It's interesting that at least one of the sites selling powerful power supplies has a remark on their website - "one per family".
  21. monitor advice needed please

    OK. I bit the bullet. This better work because it's darned expensive. I bought a GeForce 1060 video card. The card is almost as big as the motherboard inside my computer. It definitely has more fans. In fact, the thing was so big that I had to find an old ATX box and swap out my motherboard. As an aside, it's really quite amazing that the form factors in these machines have stayed so consistent over a huge span of time, relative to the development cycle of the hardware. The ATX box that I found (for $5) still had a 1.44M floppy drive pair mounted. Haven't seen one of those in close to twenty years. It also had twenty years of dust-bunnies living in there. Solved that problem by dunking the whole thing in warm, soapy, water in the tub. Remember the wife is away. Mums the word! That started the cascade. The power supply in my previous machine wasn't up to the requirements so in went an 850W Gold power supply. I'm pretty sure they call it "Gold" because that's a reflection of the cost. The upside of this is that someone has finally figured out how to tame the wiring nightmare that is common with the old style power supply's (supplies??). Made by EVGA, nice piece of kit. All up and running today. Size DOES matter. Wow! So, now comes the reason why this post is where it is. **The MONITOR** I haven't pulled the trigger on this yet. I'm still staggering from the sticker shock of the GPU and the PS. Here's the plan: 32 inch, curved, Asus XG32VQ LED LCD VA, 2560 X 1440. Or a BenQ PD3200U PD Series, 32 inch, 4K, IPS, 3840 X 2160 monster. I'm leaning towards the BenQ, partly because I'm still messing about with CAD/CAM design work for 3D printing (hard to completely retire). I guess I'll go to the dark side and trade my Win7 Pro O/S for Win 10. Perish the thought! The guy in the computer store where I bought the GPU muttered something about dinosaurs. Oh yeah; I've ordered a TrackIR 5 (and a year's supply of Gravol). Obviously, I've decided to put VR on the back burner for a while. The video card an everything is VR ready, so it won't be a big deal to make the switch somewhere down the road. Before I go - an interesting side conversation came out of this. Evidently there's a serious shortage of large video cards in the computer market. Wouldn't you know it; I waffle for ages before making the decision to upgrade my video hardware and now I'm having problems buying it. This was explained to me by the computer store guy who was happily writing up the bill for full retail. The bitcoin market has something to do with this. I don't pretend to understand, but it appears that bitcoin trading is somehow tied to the amount of video processing that you can do. He was saying that they are building machines with multiple GPU's on board. That's all for now folks. Ref: https://www.asus.com/ca-en/ROG-Republic-Of-Gamers/ROG-STRIX-GTX1060-O6G-GAMING/ https://www.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=210-GQ-0850-V1 http://www.benq.ca/product/monitor/pd3200u/specifications/ https://www.staples.ca/en/asus-xg32vq-rog-strix-xg32vq-31-5-inch-led-lcd-va-curved-screen-gaming-monitor-2560-x-1440-4-ms/product_2846526_1-CA_1_20001
  22. new BIG wings.....

    Never mind the switches. It's the relationship of the windshield to the ground that scares me. That plane is so big that the mains are on the ground before the cockpit is below minimums Definitely an aircraft to be flown by the numbers. Have fun.
  23. Sensitive?? I must have added something wrong.
  24. From the Bagpiper Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life. As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country. As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play. The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man. And as I played "Amazing Grace", the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head was hung low, my heart was full. As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen anything like that before, and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years." Apparently, I'm still lost....it's a man thing. When you have stopped laughing be sure to forward this on to others who would enjoy a good story.
  25. Three rednecks were working up on a cell phone tower: Cooter, Ronnie and Donnie. As they start their descent, Cooter slips, falls off the tower and is killed instantly. As the ambulance takes the body away,Ronnie says, 'Well, damn, someone should go and tell his wife. Donnie says, 'OK, I'm pretty good at that sensitive stuff, I'll do it.' Two hours later, he comes back carrying a case of Budweiser. Ronnie says, 'Where did you get that beer, Donnie?' 'Cooter's wife gave it to me,' Ronnie replies. 'That's unbelievable, you told the lady her husband was dead and she gave you beer?' 'Well, not exactly', Donnie says. 'When she answered the door, I said to her, "you must be Cooter's widow." She said, 'You must be mistaken. I'm not a widow.' Then I said, 'I'll bet you a case of Budweiser you are.' Rednecks are good at sensitive stuff.