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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Halloo Teh Nation!

I know Paddy has a bon mot he uses for Thursdays, but -- in the words of Curly Howard -- “I try to think, but nothin’ happens!”

Coffee has failed me this morning.

JimCo’s keeping me hopping again this week. The opportunity’s wonderful, but many folks have unrealistic expectations, despite our best attempts to manage them. Oh well…definitely beats trolling for work.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

BBL.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Mac

Hi, Mac!

That would be the one. 🙂

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Mac

Your ability to make things to such fine tolerances -- which permit the the manufacture of other stuff to tight tolerances -- is sure more beneficial to civilization than putting dots on music paper. Or making radio ads for carpy teevee shows and films.

Or even correctly diagnose / solve roofing issues. 😉

I am truly in awe of people like you, Mac. Seriously.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Mac

“Just” blue collar work? Pffffft!

Perhaps I’m weird -- many people think so -- but I’m not so dismissive of folks like you, PMK & bro, my JimCo cow-workers, plumbers, HVAC techs, etc.

As Mike Rowe’s old show noted, it’s folks like the preceding who make civilization possible.

Some schmuck making radio ads or various instrumental hootling noises? Not so much.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Happy Larryville makes national news again!

[Warning -- Annoying autoplay video]

https://abcnews.go.com/US/police-search-man-broke-taco-bell-made-meal/story?id=68146174

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Mac

Heh.

Yup…it was on Christmas.

“¡Jo jo jo!”

But Larryville ain’t exactly “urban”. 😉

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

Customers with “unrealistic expectations”? In California?

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

Good morning Fatwa and GN!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Sven 2-0

Hi, Sven!

Hope you’re feeling better.

Customers with “unrealistic expectations”? In California?

Hard to believe, I know. 👿

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago

Sure Happy It’s Thursday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, Mac, and Sven!

“Unrealistic Expectations” -- sounds like a name for a cover band.

Mac -- I understand the machining aspects of what you were describing (not that I could make such a thing), but then you added hand lapping while maintaining dimensional and flatness tolerances.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

For metallurgical cross-sections of printed circuit boards, I used to use an inclined sanding station to wet-sand the samples. The station had four strips of sandpaper, running from 200 grit to 1200 grit. The next step was a horizontal disc polisher with a napped cloth and diamond paste, followed by 0.05 micron alumina suspension.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

Hi Everyone.

Mac: Nice to see you and hear about your engineering endeavors.

Fatwa: Did you see this:

https://tehsqueak.com/2020/01/08/wednesday-351/#comment-31935

It was some information for you not actually on the subject to which I was replying. Plus it was a daunting wall of text so you may have missed it.

But Harper and I wanted you to know about some software you might like and make use of.

ThePlagueFairy
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2 years ago

Hello, Friends,

I got to see some of Gentle Mac’s beautiful machine work when he came up to visit us in Portland several years ago. One of the more endearing things I’ve ever been privileged to watch was how Mac’s Little Mouse lifted each piece out of the case and gently patted it as she set it onto the table. Then she quietly beamed at him as he told us about them before she carefully wrapped each piece again before putting it away. She was so proud of his work and so smitten with the man. She’s a lovely woman and so in love…

It made me very happy.

ThePlagueFairy
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2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

Hah!
If so, that’s not the only reason. She took such pride in your work.

ThePlagueFairy
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2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

I’m sure you worked well together. I love doing projects with dv8, too.

ThePlagueFairy
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2 years ago

Meeting you two was a real highlight for us, Gentle friend.

ThePlagueFairy
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2 years ago

This has been an interesting thread today, gentlemen.

Gentle Mac, do you have a picture handy of that neat machine you made?

ThePlagueFairy
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2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

The robotic one

ThePlagueFairy
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2 years ago

The one I had pictured in my head was the first one but will you tell me about them, please? If you have the time. I lost my pictures and information about them on a hard drive death three years ago.

ThePlagueFairy
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2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

It’s such a beautiful piece of work! It would be amazing to be able to do work like this.

ThePlagueFairy
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2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

I remember this machine. And wasn’t there a …what….my memory is struggling with this but wasn’t there a reception held for the other machine? I know that sounds funny but…

ThePlagueFairy
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2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

Maybe I’m thinking of something Fujitsu put on when they got the machine? I remember the machine and nice flower arrangements.

Did one of the machines win an award? My memory is a mystery.

ThePlagueFairy
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2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

“I used a gas/oil strutt from a car hatchback as a return spring so you could release the handle and it did not slam to the top but was damped.”

Oh, that was clever.

ThePlagueFairy
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2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

That is pretty. Very elegant looking.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

Seeing some of your work in person is one of my fondest memories, Mac.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

Well. I’m going to try to sleep a little so I’ll be fresh for work tonight.

See ya later Gerbilators

ThePlagueFairy
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2 years ago

Thank you, again, my friend. I really enjoyed seeing these machines and remembering about them. You’ve had a fascinating career.

I’m ready for a nice nap now. Please give my warmest regards to Little Mouse.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Drive-by:

Goodness…I missed Harper again; DRAT! Y’all have been mighty chatty today.

dv8 --

I somehow missed that comment re MIDI Tapper yesterday; thanks so much for linking it today. Will check out when I’ve got a chance. (Still haven’t had time to finish your video from a couple of days ago, either.)

Glad tomorrow’s Friday…

*Poot!*

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

Hmmmm. Lots of interesting stuff to read here today…

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

From a news account of the Iranian shootdown that was really Trump’s fault: “The report from Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization said witnesses -- on the ground and among the crew of another flight in the vicinity -- reported seeing a fire while the Boeing 737-800 was still in the air, followed by an explosion when it slammed into a field near an amusement park.”

What I wonder is what kind of “amusement park” they could have in Iran? It must be one fun ride after another over there.