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HGL  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 7, 2019

Serious question where in Seattle would you farm out brake work to without getting ripped of?

HGL  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 13, 2019

My casual observations in no real order.

They make actuators with a fluid that passively expands when it gets hot for greenhouse applications. Kind of pricey but really cool. Also think about the edges of the window, idk what yours look like are they channels or some other shape that will trap moisture and mold?

You will want an upper beam thats not in the sketch on the roof, that will prevent the panels from taking a bunch of shear load.

You are missing a window retention ledge i think, those windows will take a ton of load, you will want a strip of wood or something to distribute load into them.

You probably have too many windows, you don't need that many since at least 1 side will very little sun.

Figure out what the available angles are for metal roof brackets at the hardware stores. Use one of those if not using one already.

The center span will sag way too much. Youll want to put posts every 24" or closer. 4 post wont cut it with that long of a span.

I predict racism against Asian Americans is way too strong to overcome in this election cycle.

Sadly its still basically ok in American society to be racist against Asian Americans so its going to take a couple more decades to overcome.

If you're sintering it, it's got effectively none - you're fusing powder and the unfused powder goes back in the hopper.

That was the original thought... but turns out the powder thats was near the laser gets affected by the heat and if you pour it back in you get all sorts of additional material oddities in the next part. So you get get material properties for the first part but the scatter kills you on part #2.

Idk why you would make 3D printed heat sinks... probably because you have too much money but ok it works fine in any application where you dont need structural material properties. So if you want to turn a 10c heat sink into a $5 one you can or if you need some sort of fancy decorative shape for a trim price, great but the technology is decades out for practical and cost effective structural applications. You will see this stuff pop up here and there as peoples pet projects or to show how cutting edge some company is but its just not ready for prime time, and may never be.

I should caveat that all by saying that 3d printed parts like this should be great for fluid systems applications. Any time you need weird mixer geometries with internal cavities, probe holes, flow reducers and mixers 3D printed parts like this will work great.

All the properties of a casting, waste to usable material ratio of a hog-out and a part geometry so damn complex it can only be verified by proof testing. Whats not to love about this? If you think this is the future of manufacturing i have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

HGL  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 9, 2019

Start us off with a song from 2016 because its so much more relevant right now and its such a fantastic fit for this week in US politics.

Good news for states and pension funds. Actuarial payout expectations are going down.

HGL  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 28, 2018

You buy a house because you want to stay put and raise a kid. Or because you bought a du/tri/quad-plex and that makes financial sense. It is hugely isolating because houses are rarely located in central city hubs and services and so you end up living far away from everything.

Also probably why the strongest proponents of clamping down on Illegal immigration are legal Immigrants. When people from your ancestral region illegally move into the country without any regard for laws or legal processes it deligitimizes your perceived status in that country. It makes it harder for people who Immigrated legitimately to go about their daily business, without discrimination or prejudice. This is true if you are of a different skin color but also true even if you are say a Slav or other similar colored but slightly different complexion person.

Have you all heard of stuffing waffles? Its where you take the stuffing that you made for thanksgiving shove it into a waffle maker and make the best savory sausage waffle ever. Every year I make a whole casserole pan of stuffing just so that i can make waffles out of it later. Maybe upload some photos tomorrow.

Otherwise just the usual. Turkey, gravy, stuffing, taters, salad and pumpkin pie. It takes an awfully long time to get that all done from scratch as it is. Almost no pre made ingredients this year minus the stuffing bread. Stock, pie, gravy, all from scratch.

HGL  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The Great Black Friday Swindle

Retail weeks seem to be broken up into two categories, either you have volume weeks or margin weeks. Volume weeks are major holidays. If you buy you pants during any of the volume weeks they are always going to be 40% off maybe 50% but roughly the same amount. If you have a sudden emergency and buy them during a margin week, well fuck you pay the sticker price. The internet has kind of taken a bite out of that model but even a online company like Duluth will only price their underwear at the 15$ point a few times a year (vs 22 normal).

Black Friday, its basically the last volume shopping week of the year. The last round of major sales and following a huge drought from labor day all the way through the days before Thanksgiving. If you need to replace clothes, or a toaster or maybe buy more underwear anytime after labor day this week is your last good opportunity. Prices are going to be at one of the lower points of the year. There may be better sales later, but its not guaranteed and the high demand stuff will have run out probably till early Feb or for clothes till next season.

For the true bargain hunter its always a cat an mouse game between retailers and consumers. For a couple years consumers did great as the internet was becoming a thing and people were able to front run deals. Retailers wised up but people have gotten better at price comparison and coupon stacking as well. Tools like CamelCamel and websites like help you find a verify that you are getting a good deal easily. But even for a casual its a good time to stock up on Christmas gifts and replace items that are damaged and worn.

I'm sure a lot of people get carried away and buy shit they don't need, but with online shopping I've been able to mostly just buy things that I already needed and have just held out on buying. The black Friday Walmart riots make no sense in this day and age, I can get the same damn deal those people fought over delivered to my house without even putting pants on. Its gotta be something about the scarcity mentality that makes people go feral.

The presence of black Friday is probably another poverty trap for people on the margins. If you make good money you dont really care about waiting a month or two to spend it. You also probably also have enough extra pants and underwear to defer replacement. If you live pay check to paycheck you either get nailed by high prices or high credit card interest. Pick your poison. That's probably that biggest realy negative impact of the black friday model.

My tally so far:

1 Instant pot Ultra: 85$ (180)

1 Nintendo Switch $180 (300)

2 Switch games $90 (120)

1 Car Seat $120 (200)

1 Pack and play $25 (50)

1 Cast iron Crock pot for bread making 18 (Probably wouldn't have bought it otherwise)

In case you are wondering I missed the Duluth underwear deal they came down to about 12 bux a pair after coupon stack. I maybe Ill try to claim warranty on the existing pairs instead.

Still considering buying another couple pairs of darn toughs, and a replacement lined jacket.

Damage due to Instagram vs Damage due to climate change... yeah things are going to change not for the better. Thing is climate change is inevitable, its happening and it cant be stopped. We need to spend more money researching how best to mitigate the impacts and preserve as much biodiversity as possible not trying to prevent that which cannot be stopped.