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I didn't know you could do *that* on a Gold Wing..

The scraping floorboards and whimpering tires only add to teh awsum..

I rode the Tail of the Dragon many years ago on a hot rodded RD350, I wouldn't have wanted to try and keep up with these guys.




How to hurt Rush, perspective from a radio insider.

Commenter Jager in post #97 lays it out..

http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/03/02/the-tale-of-the-tape/#comments

As a retired radio group VP with years of station management on my resume, here is a better suggestion. Go after the local advertisers on his show. There are very few local advertising availabilities on Rush’s show and they sell at a premium. Monitor the Rush station, make a list of the local advertisers and do the following:

1. Call the advertiser, be polite.
2. Write a letter to the advertiser, be polite.
3. Copy the station and the FCC with the advertiser letter.
4. Politely call the General Manager of the station,tell the GM what you are doing and why, tell them you have contacted the advertiser and copied the FCC.
5. If the local advertiser uses an agency, contact the agency, as well.Just ask the local business, if they use an agency.

It won’t take many letters and phone calls to get their attention and remind the station that the letters need to be placed in the station’s public file. (the public file is an FCC requirement)

Local stations don’t get many local avails in Rush’s show and many pay a huge fee to Premire to run the show.If they start losing business because of that asshole, they will raise hell with Premire.

If KFI in LA got a hundred letters with follow up phone calls it would get their attention very quickly. The key is to put on the pressure through the local advertisers.

Rush isn’t going anywhere, he isn’t going to apologize. The local station will blink and get very nervous, very quickly.

Naval Railgun prototype undergoes first tests...

http://www.gizmag.com/em-railgun-commences-firing/21644/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=e3ab4a473c-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

The electromagnetic (EM) railgun prototype launcher that was recently installed at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Dahlgren, Virginia, has commenced firing, kicking off a two-month-long series of full-energy tests. Predictably, the first full energy shots make for some pretty impressive video.

Following its delivery by BAE Systems on January 30, the first prototype demonstrator was installed and outfitted with a suite of sensors, high-speed cameras and measuring devices to allow for evaluation of the 32-megajoule weapon.

Following a series of low-energy test shots, evaluation of the launcher is now underway and will see tests conducted at 20 megajoules to 32 megajoules - one megajoule is equivalent to a 1-ton object being thrust at 100 mph (161 km/h). Test projectiles similar to those previously fired from NSWC Dahlgren's laboratory launcher will be fired at speeds of 4,500 to 5,600 mph (7,242 to 9,012 km/h) using electricity instead of chemical propellants.

The U.S. Navy hopes the evaluation will help it reach its near-term goal of a 20- to 32-megajoule weapon for surface ships capable of shooting a distance of 50 to 100 nautical miles (57 to 115 miles/93 to 185 km).




Evidently the Chardon OH shooter had a Facebook post up...

http://www.bellenews.com/2012/02/28/education/chardon-high-school-shooting-a-second-student-died-after-police-identified-tj-lane-as-the-shooter/

“In a time long since, a time of repent, The Renaissance. In a quaint lonely town, sits a man with a frown. No job. No family. No crown. His luck had run out. Lost and alone.
The streets were his home. His thoughts would solely consist of “why do we exist?” His only company to confide in was the vermin in the street. He longed for only one thing, the world to bow at his feet.
They too should feel his secret fear. The dismal drear. His pain had made him sincere.
He was better than the rest, all those ones he detests, within their castles, so vain. Selfish and conceited.
They couldn’t care less about the peasents they mistreated. They were in their own world, it was a joyous one too. That castle, she stood just to do all she could to keep the peasents at bay, not the enemy away.
They had no enemies in their filthy orgy. And in her, the castles every story, was just another chamber of Lucifer’s Laboratory. The world is a sandbox for all the wretched sinners.
They simply create what they want and make themselves the winners. But the true winner, he has nothing at all. Enduring the pain of waiting for that castle to fall. Through his good deeds, the rats and the fleas.
He will have for what he pleads, through the eradication of disease. So, to the castle he proceeds, like an ominous breeze through the trees. “Stay back!” The Guards screamed as they were thrown to their knees. “Oh God, have mercy, please!”
The castle, she gasped and then so imprisoned her breath, to the shallow confines of her fragile chest. I’m on the lamb but I ain’t no sheep. I am Death. And you have always been the sod. So repulsive and so odd.
You never even deserved the presence of God, and yet, I am here. Around your cradle I plod. Came on foot, without shod. How improper, how rude. However, they shall not mind the mud on my feet if there is blood on your sheet.
Now! Feel death, not just mocking you. Not just stalking you but inside of you. Wriggle and writhe. Feel smaller beneath my might. Seizure in the Pestilence that is my scythe. Die, all of you.”


Read more: http://www.bellenews.com/2012/02/28/education/chardon-high-school-shooting-a-second-student-died-after-police-identified-tj-lane-as-the-shooter/#ixzz1nhSKh0Yl

High performance TV antenna from one piece of wire..

I built this little antenna today, one piece of wire 60" long bent in five places and I was blown away by how well it works, I nearly doubled the number of channels I was picking up and got a second PBS station. I live in a fairly far suburb and most of my stations are at least 25 miles away over fairly hilly terrain with lots of trees.

There is a small group of hobbyists on the net using genetic algorithm antenna design software to come up with new TV antenna designs and this is one of their inventions, it's more or less omnidirectional so it wouldn't be suitable if you live in the boonies but for someone in a less remote area it can pull in a signal remarkably well for something so simple.

Keep in mind that this antenna, like any, is sensitive to position and having things, particularly metal, nearby, it will generally work better outdoors and up high than inside and down low. The nice thing about putting this outdoors is that it's basically invisible from more than about fifteen feet away and would be really hard for even the nosiest HOA to spot and complain about.

http://sites.google.com/site/maycreates/ota-setup/my-stealth-hawk





Frank Zappa on the Monkees.. No shit..

I happened to have local TV on a small window on my computer when the Monkees came on and I saw this..

I had no idea FZ was ever on the Monkees..

Helped some young friends of mine out with a car problem, saved them quite a bit of money.

A younger couple I know has two young kids with a third on the way, they're short on cash and their older Ford Aerostar minivan was feeling very unsafe to drive. I offered to help because I know neither of them has a clue about cars and I've been playing with them since I was tall enough to see over the fender into the engine compartment.

The little truck was pulling hard to the right when you were just driving down the road and pulled even worse when you put on the brakes, it was also making a loud noise that could have been any number of things, including a bad rear wheel bearing or perhaps brakes desperately needing attention. Another problem was that at about 40 mph the front wheels had a violent shimmy that made the steering wheel vibrate back and forth, the faster you went over 40 the worse the vibration, the wheel was moving several inches back and forth at 45, it felt like the front suspension and the steering were trashed and about to fall out from under the truck.

First thing I noticed is that all four tires were in really bad shape, they had been run underinflated for a long time (told you the couple was clueless about cars) and had a severe wear pattern that looked like this.. Tread in the middle and bald on either side.



Took the van up to the Hispanic tire store up the street where they sell remarkably good used tires for decent prices, got four Uniroyal tires that looked nearly new with lots of tread left for $175, including mounting and balancing..

Amazingly, the tires solved all the steering and vibration problems, it felt like a different truck to drive. However the grinding noise was even more apparent, it had actually gotten louder.

In the course of looking over the van after getting back from the tire store I happened to notice the the exhaust pipe had become bent to the point it was rubbing on the right rear tire and also the coil spring on the right rear suspension. I got a long cheater bar, stuck it in the exhaust pipe and bent the pipe back away from the tire and coil spring. Result, noise gone... The new tires had a lot more tread, particularly on the edges, than the old ones which was why the noise had gotten worse, there was more tire to rub on the pipe.

If this couple had taken their van to the average car repair shop they'd have been lucky to get out for $500 (money they really didn't have), instead we gave their transportation a new lease on life for well under $200. When I started I honestly thought the van was going to need front suspension work which could have been pricey. I've seen bad tires make a car drive poorly before but never to the extent this one was.

Ozzy wants you to enter CBS Cares sweepstakes for a chance at a free celebrity colonoscopy.

http://promotions.mardenkane.com/cbs/cbscares12/Index.cfm

This is an actual sweepstakes inspired by rock legend Ozzy Osbourne's secret fantasy. If you are the grand prize winner, we will fly you and a companion to New York for three nights in a suite at a luxury hotel with a view of Central Park. And then the main event - you will be driven to the Center for Advanced Digestive Care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center for a free colonoscopy!

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital - with which we have proudly teamed up for the sweepstakes - is a leader for the diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases. For information on NewYork-Presbyterian's range of specialists, programs and groundbreaking therapies, click here.

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne's participation in this project is especially meaningful - not only because they are major stars, but because Sharon fought a courageous and successful battle against colon cancer. For more information about her inspiring story and the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars Sinai Hospital in LA, click here.




Seriously? Him? ... Am I being punked?

Another bizarre politically themed painting from Jon McNaughton..

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