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  1. 58 minutes ago, Eyesa Horg said:

    Surprised that many don't interfere with air flow over the wing. Maybe why they use bi-planes.


    That's a good portion of the "Suspension of Disbelief" part.  :lol:


    (And don't even begin to ponder weight payload and center of gravity!)  ^_^   image.png.ba7338e47734529d1eb2b5108d4c7b1a.png


    [*ahem* - I had to look this up:  apparently the brassiere became popular during the 1930's. This film was made in 1933, apparently before the trend took hold.  :rolleyes:]





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  2. 1 hour ago, Forty Rod SASS 3935 said:

    Didn't think those old planes could handle that size payload, shifting back and forth, side to side.



    One is expected to engage in a bit of suspension of disbelief... and admire the girls more than the aeroplanes. ^_^  :blush:

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  3. The Former Missus Hardpan worked several years as an ER nurse, primarily on the "night shift" - for some reason, they didn't like calling it "graveyard shift" in the hospital.


    I lost count of the tales she'd bring home about non-helmeted "organ donor" motorcyclists.  I will never forget and still shudder at the memory of one morning having breakfast ready when she got home from work.  As we sat at the kitchen table enjoying the meal, I mentioned that she seemed to have spilled some scrambled eggs and salsa on her lab coat.  She glanced down then leapt to her feet and dashed from the kitchen, swearing as she ripped off the garment.


    She returned a few minutes later and apologized profusely - 'twasn't scrambled eggs.  :(

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  4. Just finished watching Flying Down to Rio, a 1933 film featuring Fred Astaire with Ginger Rogers (of course!).


    Included was an "Aerial Show," sort of a "Busbee Berkeley Takes to the Skies" kinda thing.  Primitive special effects, but enjoyable nonetheless!  ^_^




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  5. 12 hours ago, Sedalia Dave said:

    Don't assume that a .410 doesn't have recoil.  Those turkey loads are hot and many .410s are pretty light guns.






    I made the mistake of buying a .410 H&R "Youth Model" for Sassparilla Kid when he was... well... a kid.


    That thing was about the most brutal thing I've ever shot.  We quickly got rid of it (literally gave it away) and moved him on to a 20 gauge.  Years later, a really good friend gave the Kid a .410 Baikal double.  After having the truck springs replaced, it turned out to be an amazingly sweet shooter, and had a notable impact on the local dove population.

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  6. I'll reserve judgement or jubilation until I see it happen.  whistling


    Seems like we've seen this sort of "announcement" about every ten or fifteen years or so since the 1950's.  :rolleyes:








    In 1989, the scientific world was turned upside down when two researchers announced they had tamed the power of nuclear fusion in a simple electrolysis cell. The excitement quickly died when the scientific community came to a consensus that the findings weren’t real—“cold fusion” became a synonym for junk science. In the quarter-century since, a surprising number of researchers continue to report unexplainable excess heat effects in similar experiments, and several companies have announced plans to commercialize technologies, hoping to revolutionize the energy industry. Yet, no one has delivered on their promises. In the pages that follow, C&EN explores several possible conclusions: The claims are correct, but need more time to develop; those making the claims are committing an elaborate ruse; or it really is junk science that won’t go away.



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  7. 8 hours ago, DocWard said:


    NCAA. I'll take that over the NFL any day. Both sides get a chance, instead of like the NFL, where all too often a flip of the coin determines the winner in sudden death.


    Sudden Death in regular season only.  Effective this year, NFL overtime will no longer be sudden death with postseason games; both teams will be guaranteed a possession.  


    Evidently, this is the result of a bunch of fans being unhappy after Kansas City beat Buffalo in a playoff game last January.  KC won the toss, and scored with a single drive downfield.  Some folks were displeased that Buffalo never got to touch the ball during the OT period.   :mellow:

  8. When I was a young fella (about fifty years ago!), I took classes in FORTRAN, COBOL, and BASIC.  Anyone remember the Timex-Sinclair computer, with built-in BASIC?




    My first exposure to a “personal computer” was when I worked for a small bank in San Ramon.  The boss proudly brought in his new Osborne 1 ~ “It has the same floppy drives that IBM uses!”


    I first saw an actual IBM PC on a visit to Visa USA about 1982; the dual-floppy unit sat on a small table in its own room.  They were quite proud of that li’l beast.


    The boss then decided we needed a bunch of PC’s; he even splurged on one with a 5mb hard drive.  I’d stay after work and tinker with the things for hours; like Rip Snorter above, it put me well ahead of the other staffers.


    In early 1985 I took a job as a “Methods and Procedures Analyst” with a little company in San Francisco called Bank of America.  There we could order a new IBM PC with either a green or amber CRT monitor (users choice!) and an Epson dot matrix printer for $10 thousand; over $27 thousand in today’s bucks.  Yikes! 


    My own first computer was an IBM PC Jr.  I loved that thing!  I teamed it with an external second floppy drive, an RGB monitor. and a small dot matrix Epson, and upgraded the RAM from 64k to 640k by literally buying and installing a bag of chips and jumpers.  Two or three years later I sold it to a buddy and bought a “dead” AT clone.  Someone had tried to move it without “parking” the heads, resulting in a fatal head crash on the 10mb hard drive.  I installed a 20mb drive, and my old buddy Bill made the proclamation “You’ll NEVER fill that thing!”  Har!




    At this point I honestly don’t think I could remember how many of the little marvels I’ve owned.  Heck... my NOOK has a version of Microsoft Office installed.  And I’m quite frankly amazed (and dismayed) to see what the youngsters do with their telephones!


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  9. 2 hours ago, Warden Callaway said:

    My first tablet was a Big Chief.  


    Mine too.  Those things were great!  With paper so coarse it had wood chips in it.  I can still remember the fragrance, and then there was that HUGE soft core pencil, or a crayon.  :lol:


    89 1950's ideas | childhood memories, the good old days, 1950s


    And by sixth grade the infamous Pee Chee folders....





    Innocent times.  Sorta.  In-school smallpox vaccinations, hurt-like-hell polio shots, and A-bomb drills.  :wacko:


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  10. 7 minutes ago, Alpo said:

    Menudo - that's hot peppers and stomach lining stew, right?


    ... or as Half-Breed Pete calls it... "Gut Soup!"  :lol:


    He won't touch it.  "Can I have yours, Pete?"  ^_^


    It's actually quite good.  Supposedly eaten on Sunday morning for a Saturday night hangover ~ wouldn't know, myownself.  I just like it.  Or rather, used to; have to limit it now - too high carb content for my A1C.  :(

  11. Red and J-Bar's opinions have been my observation in these parts - in spades.  (It would be politically incorrect to mention that although this trait is not exclusive to any demographic group, it seems to be more prevalent in some.)


    When we moved to this area thirty years ago, I took our young Brittany to the vet for a checkup.  When we met, he was surprised and actually exclaimed "Oh, my!  A Brit!"


    I asked why he seemed surprised; he said "Well, I am!  I might see maybe one or two Brits a year - but I'll see than many or more pitbulls every day, usually in need of mending."







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