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Date: 2006/04/28 11:11:51, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
How could one tell if something was a parody of Carol?  I mean, honestly, I cant make any sense of what she says when I think it is her.

Date: 2006/04/28 12:04:55, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
I finally got around to reading Larry's blog.  What a fun mess.  JAD is a nasty old crank with nothing left to say other than the world passed him by.  His titanic jousts with DaveSnot are worth the price of admission.

Date: 2006/06/04 11:03:17, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Why Engineers?

Many of the leaders in the DI / Creationism movement apparently have engineering backgrounds.  Being an engineer myself this has puzzled me – but not surprised me.  I have met many co-workers that are strong YEC.  So why so many engineers?

The short answer – I don’t know.  I do have some thoughts, however.

1. Why not engineers?  Would it shock us to find other professions strongly leaning to YEC?  Engineers are, at best, applied scientists.  The vast majority of engineers do “run-and-gun engineering” – quick use of simplified rules to design or diagnose.  Most of us could not derive all of these rules from basic physics and some of the most common engineering errors are misapplication of these rules.  Misuse of statistics must be high on that list.  

2. The engineering personality.  Many engineers I know do not, to put it mildly, enjoy ambiguity.  No one really does, but we tolerate it less than many other professions.  So, tentative scientific results tend to have the smell of BS because our world has hard physical answers.  

3. The engineering education.  In the dim dark past, engineering was a five-year degree in many places.  Today, almost always a super-sized four-year program.  What left the building?  Most of the humanities, much to the relief of many engineering students, were eliminated.  I am the only engineer I know that took philosophy in college.  I don’t remember a thing, of course.

Now, this is painting with a very broad brush but I wanted to start this conversation somewhere.

Date: 2006/06/05 05:06:13, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Chris, I don't think you're far off on the "arrogant" comment.  It comes with the territory sometimes.  At one plant I worked in we had an engineering intern and his next semester he had the usual brutal schedule.  His girlfriend was an education major; her big class that next semester was going to be bulletin board art.  We had a lot of fun with that one.

I don't think engineers are particularly good at solving complex problems.  I was in a reliability group in a refinery and we did a lot of in-depth studies that came to this conclusion.  But, this was difficult for management to accept because they were engineers themselves and believed that they were good problem solvers - that's how they became managers.  It was a lot like YEC - the data did not support their position so they ignored the data.  We were not a popular group.

Date: 2006/06/05 11:38:57, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Another thing I have noticed in dealing with many YEC's is the staggering reliance on rules.  Or, rather, RULES.

There are many people that want a rule book for life.  If you're in this situation, look up rule book, do what it says.  What a nice fit for engineering.  Plug and chug. I would assume this appeals to military types too (AFDave).

Then there are the concept-based people.  Actions are driven by the underlying concepts and the tension between conflicting concepts.  Messy.

Date: 2006/06/08 17:58:04, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
I am married.  17 years now.  No children.  And not going to have any.

T-Daddy, you live with your girlfriend - I am unsure whether you have children with her.

Which one of us is upholding traditional marriage?

Date: 2006/06/10 14:57:05, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Flint, I see your point.  It could be more of a selection bias than anything.  Engineering is a safer field of study if one is already inclined to YEC.

It tends to agree with observing my fellow engineers over the years.

Date: 2006/11/10 17:44:39, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
After watching this discussion for several months I am starting to suspect that Dave is either:
- A truly superior troll
- Dave Springer (made a fortune in computers? Really)
- insane

The first two may be redundant.  Dave, I too am an engineer, but with an opposite path.  Raised in KC, now in Texas.  You have had your head handed to you completely in this thread.  With your display of logic, I am forced to revoke your engineering degree.  My apologies, but you forced my hand.

The Engineering Gods, as spoken through the Wayward

Date: 2006/12/21 19:43:58, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
I am the opposite of AFDave - started in KC, ended up in Texas.  Can claim Illinois, Indiana and two incredibly long years in West Virginia on the resume.

Date: 2006/12/22 18:25:01, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer

As I understand it, AFDave now lives near KC somewhere - maybe near Whiteman AFB?  Maybe in the limestone caves?

Lou FCD - Huntington, WV?  My two year sentence to WV was spent in Milton.  Huntington was OK for, as a co-worker once told, "a one horse town that shot the horse twenty years ago and was still in mourning."

Date: 2007/01/05 22:03:59, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Much of this reminds me of Paul Tillich or even Bishop Spong.  I think Scary is more in the Marcus Borg camp - which I think is a good place to be!  If you ever get a chance read Borg's "Reading the Bible Again for the First Time."  It's subtitle is "Taking the Bible Seriously but not Literally."

Borg's basic thesis is that man over the years has experienced the reality of God and man's sacred writings are a response to that experience.  They are true without necessarily being factual.

I don't know if I can buy that thesis completely, but it seems to cover some people's experiences of sacred or supernatural without making the religous writings (The Book) out to be more than they are.  Lenny makes a point that I have as well in the past - fundies now worship a Book.  For those of you that suffered through the AFDave thread, he once mentioned that the "Word" was done - there was no need anymore for personal experience of God.  We had it in the book.  Talk about a dead-end religon.

I still struggle myself with what is "real" and how we know what real is.  But I do know that religon as we have it today is about power, not faith.

Maybe I will end up like Martin Gardner - believing because it comforts me to do so.

Date: 2007/01/05 22:52:19, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Lenny, Borg is a Christian but discussed many other experiences and used God as a bit of a shorthand.  His point was that the Bible, etc. are very much human documents.

I can pretty much agree with your thoughts about the experience of awe or wonder and sometimes we screw up the view by running it through a lens of philosophy or metaphysics.  And I certainly agree that words are inadequate.  For example, have you seen the picture from Cassini with Saturn and its rings backlit by the Sun?  And there is a small bluish dot off to the left - Earth from a billion miles away.  I could write many words about that dicotomy - the massive planet with its stunning rings and little blue dot.  But the picture is a lot better.

Oh, and one other thing you have written elsewhere I  must agree with you on completely - this whole ID thing is about political power.

Date: 2007/01/31 20:34:44, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
GoP: what baseball board?  I frequent several, but baseballthinkfactory rules all.

I have always thought that analysis of baseball statistics would be an excellent lesson, for those so inclined, in data analysis and logical thinking.  If you can understand why Nolan Ryan was a good, but not necessarily great, pitcher then you can understand why ID has no logical basis.

My apologies to my European friends that might not get to experience baseball, the most sublime of all sports.  And don't even start about cricket.  Really.

Date: 2007/01/31 21:42:08, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Oh, you had to get me started...

Nolan Ryan was a very good pitcher for a long time. He excelled at throwing very hard and striking out many people.  But the primary job of a pitcher is not to strike out people, but to prevent runs from scoring.

If we were to use a measurement called ERA+, which is the ratio of the pitcher's ERA to the league ERA in which he pitched (100 being average - higher the better), we would find that Nolan does not do so well.

For his career, Mr. Ryan has an ERA+ of 112; he was 12% better than the league average in which he pitched.  That is not in the top 100 of all pitchers in history.  In fact the list I found says that number 100 scores an ERA+ of 121, so Mr. Ryan may not be in the top 200.

A few comparisons: Greg Maddux 136, Roger Clemens 144, Pedro Martinez 160.

Mr. Ryan's primary problem was that he walked a massive number of people.  He indeed has the record for both career strikeouts and career walks.  And he exceeds the number two man in walks allowed by 50%.  

He was a spectacular and unique pitcher, but not nearly as good as Clemens or Maddux or even a contemporary such as Steve Carlton.  But he was a great deal of fun to watch.

And the NBA comment is simply too silly to merit response.

Date: 2007/03/25 16:03:20, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
ID does feel like the walking dead right now, and the "Weekend at Bernie's" analogy seems the best fit.  Even if it was a bad movie.

But, the concept will stay with us.  Political power shifts and as long as there is a deep pool of people that are literalists the threat of something like ID will remain.

But, permit me a baseball analogy.  In the days before radar guns direct observation was the only way to judge the speed of a fastball.  Many people were quoted saying that someone threw harder than Walter Johnson.  Every new fire-baller was said to throw harder than Johnson.  Which made Johnson the standard.

First, there was creationism.  Then "scientific" creationism.  Then ID, which was really the same thing.  There will be something next and it will also try to be "Scientific."  Which makes the scientific method the standard for judging reality.  Which means ID, or the next iteration, will go down the same path and get the same results.  Nothing.

Date: 2007/04/08 21:26:27, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
I will attempt to help out Steve in his moments of inerbriation, although I have consumed most of an entire bottle of a very nice Italian red myself.  The ladder of evidence:

- Fact.  Defined.  Repeatable.
- Inference - data that can explain the facts
- Hypothesis - logical chain that may explain the facts
- Opinion - gut feel.  Expert opinion is the gut feel of an expert.
- Faith - someone else's opinion.
- Fantasy - well, you may add your favorite ID thought here.

Your job, as a scientist or investigator, is to move your understanding up the ladder of evidence.  Cause, effect, data, experiment; all are fair game in moving up the ladder.

Quick aside: brunettes rule.  Angelina Jolie, Cindy Crawford, Rachel Ray, Hurley, my wife.  Case closed!

Date: 2007/04/14 22:07:03, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer

Science is not a public debate.  Publish or perish.


Date: 2007/04/21 21:50:36, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
I actually started a topic here once asking why so many engineers were IDC.

I mainly read and learn.  Sometimes when I drink, I post something completely ignorant and you have all been kind enough to ignore those posts.  My thanks.

I love baseball and will use it for all sorts of forced analogies that confuse those from countries not blessed with the greatest of all games.

I am an engineer and I make a very good martini.  I also tend to write one sentence paragraphs just like Peter Gammons.  Except I use commas.  I also like one word sentences.  Sometimes.

Date: 2007/04/22 14:30:20, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
I grew up reading Asimov's excellent non-fiction essays.  My mother was a microbiologist and I used to help her set up sensitivities in the lab and she would explain how resistance came to be in bacteria.  I remember not being smart enough to NOT argue with the creationists in high school.  Since then I have realized that there is no point in arguing with them - they come not from a place of logic.

I don't recall exactly how I got here - I think it was through

I enjoy reading and learning here.  I will always stop and read a Zach posting.

Date: 2007/04/23 20:54:51, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
I have not tried the Balvenie port aged, but I have consumed a good amount of the double-wood, which was more in my price range.

I am sorry, but I found the Laphroaig to be hideous.  I mean, I drank the whole thing eventually, but no - not again.

And Bilpey, I can say where the Royals play because I WAS THERE.  Thank you, Ken Hamm...

Date: 2007/04/24 20:05:46, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
My apologies, but can we stop talking to / about / around ftk and get back to the scotch?  The doublewood is very fine and if you're paying $50, you're not shopping around.

On a related subject, I must say that Bombay Saphire gin is quite good, but only if it is not the primary ingredient.  Add half a shot to 1.5 shots of vodka (anything above de-greaser will work), at least act like you're adding vermouth* and you have a fantastic martini.  Do not shake, dammit; stir.

*Winston Churchill liked his dry  - why argue with a man like that?

Date: 2007/04/24 20:10:49, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
And FTK, let me add - I just don't care.

This hurts, but I agree with the Viking Socialist (Lenny) here:
1. Talk science
2. Quit whining
3. Go home

Pick one.

Date: 2007/04/24 20:26:09, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
I usually do add some vermouth - like you, not that much though.  I like the color that rosso vermouth adds.

I also like to add a little of the olive brine too, but I object to those that call this a "dirty" martini.  It is not dirty if you're doing it right.

I have noted that I like more intensely flavored things as I age.  More tannic wines; gin.  I guess I killed enough taste buds to appreciate a little more intensity.

blipey, are you the guy living near KC?

Date: 2007/04/24 20:40:20, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
I tried both shaken and stirred in one sitting.  The shaking seemed to bring out a little too much aroma from my gin.  And since I use the Saphire, which has a lot of nose to it, it seemed to peak early.

The stirring seemed to let the gin come out more later as the the drink warmed some.

Sometimes I think these details are more urban legend than reality.  But, I do think that wine temperature, particularly for picky wines like pino noir, really makes a difference.  But could I do a double blind test with the shaken  / stirred and really tell?  I'll let you know next week...

Date: 2007/05/22 20:57:41, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
I think we can all agree on one thing.  Whether we are liberals or conservatives, whether we are football fans or baseball fans, whether we listen to talk radio or NPR, whether we are men or we are Devo:

Hannity is a complete idiot.

Date: 2007/05/31 20:48:53, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
The post and the comments represent to me my simultaneous respect and contempt for Mr. Heddle's views.  

I respect that he calls them as he sees them - if ID was science, they would be doing ID science.  And no one is.  Or ever will.  Or ever intended to.  He notes correctly the tactics now employed by the tattered pathetic survivors of the ID-Armageddon.  UD now looks like some bad Mad Max vision of a post apocalyptic world.

But he irritates me with that "the moral code comes from a single source whether you acknowledge it or not" crap.  Yes, he admits that it is not testable, etc (see the comments) but then tosses out that extremely pissy"just-so stories" comment about evolution of ethics.

Tasks me at times, he does.

Date: 2007/06/01 16:01:41, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Oh, he can put the hammer to ID better than anyone.  They can't use the "athiest conspiracy" defense.  They can't use the "you don't know math" defense.  So they ban him because he's right. And that's, well, inconvenient.

Now, if he starts talking about we need to work on gloabl could get ugly.

Date: 2007/06/02 14:57:25, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Lenny, Wal-Mart and Dell both are seeing some serious issues right now and are no longer the killer machines they once were.  Microsoft seems more safe for the moment.  

I think the point was that, while large corporations do indeed tend to dominate, it's not the same large corporations that do so.  IBM was almost lost just a few years ago as Dell and Microsoft hammered them.  So, corporations are not static, nor is wealth.  They can arise and fall in rather short time periods.

I assume you will make the point that it does not matter - they are still corporations.  Fair enough.

I do have a question.  You have mentioned that we no longer need the "capital holders" so to speak - we have workers and professional management, etc.  OK, how do you "get rid" of the owners?  Seize their assets?  

I do much more prefer the model where ownership of a company is vested in the workers themselves and they hire the management.  I would think that these companies would have an advantage over time.

Date: 2007/06/08 21:32:32, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Sorry, but I hate Beaujolais with a passion.  Get a real red wine, dammit.  I take particular pleasure in decent cheap wine.  Zabaco Dancing Bull Zinfandel.  Hess Select Chardonay if you must have a white.  OK, actually I would go with the Chateau St. Michelle Riesling for a white.

Pinot Noir has become so overpriced now.  I used to get Saintsbury Carneros for a decent price, but it went over $25 a bottle last I saw it and it's not worth that.  I think the Australian Shiraz's (Penfold's is actually good for being really cheap) have taken that spot now in my portfolio.  OTOH, I have bought the French Rabbit Pinot in the little one liter container and I was pleasantly surprised.  But it is just a simple drinkable wine.

And I haven't had a bad Malbec yet.  Some can get a little chalky, but I don't mind that.  

Give me a good Zin and a decent Chicago style Canadian bacon pizza and I am a happy man.  Damn, now I'm hungry and need a drink.

Date: 2007/06/27 20:30:57, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Fish guy - I enjoyed your posts and hope to see you return.  

FTK: quit your whining.

Date: 2007/07/10 21:00:11, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Heddle likes NASCAR?  Well, I did have respect for him before that.

When I lived in West Virginia, I always thought NASCAR was a perfect analogy for life around me: a bunch of rednecks making a lot of noise while going around in a circle getting nowhere.

There are a plethora of fine posters here, but I always stop to read Zach's posts.  He is relentless.

Date: 2007/07/17 20:22:15, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Lenny - wait a minute: you like brunettes with smaller breasts?

You know, I can disagree with you on a lot of issues.  But you brew your own beer, hammer fundies and like brunettes with smaller breasts.

You sir, are a good man.

Date: 2007/10/10 19:22:37, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Louis - I think they are interesting questions.  

I am a "mild" theist and I would be disappointed if that belief (and it is only a belief) was wrong.  I find great wonder and beauty in the universe so it is not as if some great portion of my happiness is dependent on theism being true.  I must admit some fear of mortality - OK, a big fear of mortality  - so most of my disappointment would honestly be about my ending.

I have a much stronger feeling about evolution.  If it was somehow found to be incorrect I would be quite puzzled.  The evidence seems so strong and broad that the only way to overturn it would be spectacular new data and that would be exciting.  Puzzling that we did not see it sooner, but exciting.

However, if it ends up that the evidence was just some devious subterfuge by a deity then my disappointment would be more with that deity.

Date: 2007/12/05 20:57:31, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Now, now. Having lived in Missouri, Illinois, Texas and West Virginia I can say that, by far, the worst place to live is Oklahoma.

Or Wales.  I mean, isn't Louis Welsh?

Date: 2007/12/05 21:05:52, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
All of Huckabee's Chuck Norris mojo lost with one stupid comment.

Evolution is only what Chuck Norris allows to live...

Date: 2007/12/29 18:59:11, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
FTK - I am a theist, and I think ID is simply not science.  Neither does Heddle, who is quite the theist and physicist.

I am here to see why science is such a challenge to the faith of the religious crowd that they would go through such machinations to attempt to put their faith in the classroom.

I know you disagree with this comment, but again, all eveidence was presented to a Federal judge in a rural Penn. courtroom with all signs pointing to a win for ID. It was a brutal defeat for ID.

The ID proponents have not bothered to research and publish thier findings in a peer-reviewed journal.  And before you start the conspiracy comment, they stopped pubishing their own journal too.

ID supporters have done nothing to do science or act like they are doing science.  They have had ample opportunity to do so.

Date: 2008/01/03 19:13:35, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Oh, Annyday you should keep that anger.  I went to a company "charm school" (actually several times - something didn't stick) and we took those crappy personality tests with four letters.  Kiersey - Bates, I think.

Because, you know, there are only 16 personality types in the whole world.  

Makes horoscopes look scientific.

Date: 2008/01/23 20:07:32, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
My God, a sighting of another Royals fan.  I, in some sort of "Omega Man" scenario, thought I was the last one alive.  It is good to hear of another fellow sufferer.

And Kaufman is a wonderful stadium.  I enjoyed many wonderful nights in the right field general admission section.  So stop dogging it.  OK, the big scoreboard could go, but I like the fountains.

Date: 2008/01/25 16:48:33, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Borowski is toast.  Those DIPs / Component ERA's are just not that good for a reliever.  

I have been a sabre guy since 1984, when I read Bill James in college.  But, performance analysis must be married to good scouting to be effective.  The A's, I think, proved that in the less-than-stellar "Moneyball" draft.  

Well, actually their analysis was just bad.  High OBP, low slugging college players do not develop as well as higher slugging types.  But that's what their scouts told them too...

Date: 2008/01/25 21:18:10, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Swisher is clearly a good major leaguer and Teahen is well on his way

I am a Royals fan and I think Teahan will, most sadly, not be a quality outfielder.  Not enough power for the corner spots.

Swisher looks very good, I must admit.  Perhaps I am colored by their sheer number of first round picks.  Maybe it would have cost too much to take all "normal" first round picks.  Time will tell.

And thanks for Meche.  Really.

Date: 2008/01/27 12:15:28, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
The way to rebuild the Royals is definitely spending 12 million on average pitchers.

Meche has been above average so far.  I know, it's a long way from here to the end of that contract but as salaries rise the next five years average pitchers will be making A-Rod money.

The Royals need to start drafting college pitchers by the bucket.  The Gordon / Butler core will be pre-free agency for what, five more years.  They need some innings-eating low-upside college pitchers that can be ready in three years to make the charge at the playoffs.

And that's the frigging upside.  Yeah, it's good to be a Royals fan.

Date: 2008/02/10 17:39:45, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
The sad part about our decreasing engineering graduation numbers is that we are paying engineers very well due to that shortage.  My company offers bonuses to get an engineer to sign on.  

So, what's going on?  Why the shortage?

Date: 2008/06/05 19:23:52, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
FTK - I am mixed on this.  I am an engineer - mechanical with some exposure to aerospace.  I had no issues with math through school and enjoyed it, but still had some rough going in college with calculus, differential equations and that non-linear crap.  So, my first thought is that if math is not natural to him now, he may struggle in engineering school.

However, he may be just hitting his stride.  When I was in 8th grade I was placed in the "middle" section of math.  Just not quite good enough for gifted.  Then in high school I took all the math I could and then some.  And then did well on the SAT math, although I am the only engineer I know that did better on verbal than math.  

I loved model rockets at his age.  I bought the Estes rockets, painted them in fun colors and aimed them in many wrong directions.  Had a great time and it kept my interest in science and engineering going.  And my Mom was always the one to help me launch them.  With wikipedia he could learn all sorts of basic rocket equations and fun things like the Pheonix lander on Mars - I thought Viking was the coolest thing ever.

If he likes it and will work at it - he can do it.  Best of luck to him.

Date: 2008/10/06 19:44:32, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
The last three weeks for McCain / Palin has got this swing voter heading for Obama now.  The Palin Couric interview was simply a disaster.  She was incoherent at times - the SNL parody was almost too close to be funny.  Complaining that the interview was somehow "biased" simply ignores the low quality of her answers.  

But what has me angry now is the Roveian tactics.  The weekend "He associates with terrorists" comments are simply pitiful.

I liked McCain for his independence and I thought Palin was a high-upside choice.  But like a fine baseball prospect, she's got some holes in her swing.  It works in the minors, but the big league guys make you look bad.

McCain disappoints me.  But, I live in Texas so it's not like my vote counts.

Date: 2008/11/04 21:39:23, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
I told friends at work that if Obama won Penn by 8 points, then it was over.  He's leading by 17 right now - although the rural counties will move it closer.

Dole disappointed me more than almost any candidate I have ever followed.  She deserved to lose.  Badly.

Date: 2008/11/06 21:10:24, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Yes, the John McCain of 2000 would have made a better showing.  But that McCain got trashed by people like Limbaugh.

But really, even if John McCain of 2000 had run a perfect campaign in 2008, could he have won?  Bush poisoned those waters and then the financial / housing crisis sealed the deal.  I am sorry that McCain was the Bob Dole / Walter Mondale sacrifice - he deserved better.  

I think the 538 website did a great job showing the disparity in the ground game between the campaigns.  McCain never got the enthusiastic volunteer support that Obama did - maybe there is something to McCain's moderate stances not energizing the core enough.  Moderates must have great charisma to drive people to the enthusiasm needed for a campaign list Obama's.  John McCain is many things, but he is not charismatic.

Of course, this all really reminds me of a retirement party I once went where the retiree was a bit of an ass.  I, being more stupid than most, stood up and said, "I'm here for the same reason most of you are - to make sure this bastard actually leaves."  People laughed in that nervous way they do when they are not sure if you're really joking.  People stood in line on Tuesday just to make sure that SOB Bush actually left.

Date: 2008/12/25 13:28:14, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
TWH:  So, KF, what time is it?
KF:  Well, hammer, if I may call you that shortened version in order to decrease my post size which has been quite the topic of conversation lately between myself and the forces of darkness, in which I mean materialists, darwinists and others that do not share my complete world view, before I answer your question about the time let me give you some background.

Watches were first invented in the 14th century and mainly manufactured...
TWH: <Kills self>

Date: 2009/03/15 19:26:20, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Cry "Banned" and let slip the dogs of Tard.

Date: 2009/03/15 19:41:31, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
I could see no value in having Dave post here other than the fantastic short-lived flame war between Dave and every sentient being on this board.

Oh, it would be fun for a while as even people like me came out of their bunkers long enough to chuck an insult in Dave's direction.

Maybe let him post for one hour?

Date: 2009/05/03 20:07:01, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Wow.  I lived in Columbia, MO for five years and then moved to Florrisant, MO when I got my first real job.

Yes, it gets really dammed cold in Missouri.  

I live in Texas now and it gets really dammed hot here.  I think that anyplace you can afford to live, expect 6 months on some sort of crappy weather.

Date: 2009/05/20 21:06:19, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
The first quake shut down a couple of our pipelines due to pump vibration.  Even a couple of pumps that were not running at the time.  That's pretty impressive.  Nothing on the aftershock, though.

Date: 2009/05/21 20:41:17, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Depends on the pump.  Smaller ones have accelerometers (spelling - who knows?) mounted on the case that are usually integrated to give a velocity output. Inches per second being the most common.

The bigger pumps, like 5,000 HP, usually go with magnetic proximity probes that actually measure the shaft movement.  Usually in thousandths of an inch.

Any reading above the alarm limit is routed through the electronic controls for the circuit breaker, or a mechanical relay, and that throws the breaker.

Probably could a decent reading on quake magnitude from these if I could get the historical data...

I know, more than you ever wanted to know.  Earthquakes can be fun from about 2000 miles away.

Date: 2009/09/16 19:59:06, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
May I suggest that this thread become more of a Heddle / FL match?

For FL, this is a theological issue and most of us have no patience for that dancing on the end of the pin.

Dr. Heddle appears to be both able, and most shocking, actually interested in responding.

A mostly pointless aside: today I was in meeting with someone from my company's extensive trading division and she was mentioning difficulty with trading the possibility of creating even a temporary monopoly on a commodity with a large trade.  Another colleague said, "Like Frozen Concentrated Orange Juice?"

She did not get the reference.  Some of you will.  

My point: Jesus and Paul both most likely used referential comments that meant something to them and something very different 2,000 years later.  We probably don't get the joke.

Date: 2009/10/21 20:48:34, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Floyd, I have read every post on this thread.

You have made no headway in seeing the difference between "Required" and "Excluded."

You cannot distinguish between the Theory of Evolution, evolution as a concept and quotes from others (appeal to authority) about evolution.

You are times incoherent, yet strangely arrogant.  I must agree with Dr. Heddle, a quite devout Christian, that you make poor arguments and then get smug about them.  You have also shown dishonesty several times in blatant quote-mining.

You sir are either severely deluded or an idiot.  And I have not excluded the possibility that you are both.

Frankly you are making Christians look bad and being one myself, I wish you would stop.

Date: 2010/01/01 16:06:52, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Some shots near my house.  Flamingos - I thought they only came in the plastic variety.  Also, a spoonbill.

On flickr:My Webpage

Date: 2010/01/02 12:03:48, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
We live in Houston, so quite far south.  I moved here from the Midwest about 4 years ago.  We have funny water birds here but are severely lacking in the songbird department.

Date: 2010/01/02 14:41:29, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Good point: looking at the photos out the interwebs, it appears that I captured a nice flock of spoonbills.  I did not realize that flamingos were so rare in the US.  Thanks!

Date: 2010/02/08 20:45:04, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
I would assume that Lou's problem is the comment about choosing to "believe" evidence that suits our worldview.  Morton's Demon, I assume?

How can we ever learn anything if we only admit the evidence that fits what we already "know"?

Date: 2011/10/14 12:44:24, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
I just by the Apple store looking at the iPad.  I have a MacBook pro and just cannot justify giving more to the Empire so something that does what my laptop does.

Anyone have a good justification (i.e. wife-proof) to buy an iPad?

Date: 2012/10/12 14:44:17, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
There presently is a dearth of good art websites.  Red bubble used to be quite good, and may still be a good fit for 3D style art.  I personally think it was better a few years ago when it had a more robust abstract section.

Zazzle is not bad and he might even sell some of his designs as t-shirts or mugs.  

I have heard of Deviant Art but know very little about it.

Best of luck to him.

Date: 2012/11/25 11:40:08, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Gary, I do a lot of hydraulic modeling with a commercially available program (just to say - I am not a scientist).

When I do an analysis I always begin with comparing the model to existing reality.  I may need to adjust my model parameters, like perhaps ground temp, to make sure my model better matches actual flow conditions.

This is with a simple hydraulic model. Your model, from what I can gather, attempts to model much more than linear single phase flow.  Have you done any comparing to reality?  If so, please show that.  If not, why not and why would you think your model has value?

Date: 2012/12/06 20:56:10, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
This thread has made me so happy.  I was in sorrow, thinking that the rich veins of tard were played out; it was just winding down.  


But here it is - shiny again.  And just in time for Steve Story to be back.

Wait a minute...that can't be a coincidence...can it?[I][/I][I]

Date: 2013/02/02 16:52:08, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Gary's writing style reminded me of something, but I could not place it.  

Then is it me:
Church of the Sub Genius.

All jibber, all the time.

Date: 2013/02/02 16:53:04, Link
Author: The Wayward Hammer
Or in English, then it hit me.