Open Forum: November 30, 2019

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  1. Shy Ted

    Good guesses for David but according to the ABC it’s short for David Boon. Rhyming slang apparently.

  2. Mother Lode

    They (America) have stepped up repeatedly in unfavourable circumstances

  3. mh

    Yes, the stoning was cruel, admits the investigation chief

    So traditional aboriginal hunting practices are cruel. Ok, let’s ban them.

  4. Arky

    Companies which base manufacturing in China now are taking a huge risk.

    ..
    It isn’t stopping them.
    See the items I posted above from this year with two top Japanese CNC firms, Okuma and Fanuc announcing opening manufacturing in China.

  5. Mindfree

    Well, gathering from the scarcity of comments re: Tim Minchin’s “Upright” I take it no-one is watching it…a good result

  6. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Similarities:

    Nazi (national socialist) Germany had a one party socialist dictatorial government, so does China.

    Nazi’s thought in racial terms, thinking themselves superior to the Untermensch, so does (Han) China.

    Nazi’s allowed “private” enterprise to continue, albeit under their control, so does the Chinese Communist Party.

    nazis built crematoriums in their concentration camps. there are large scale crematoriums built at XJ.

    the nazis conducted medical experiments on living subjects. the chinese harvest organs on an industrial scale from living dissidents

  7. Arky

    That was a wonderful machine.
    It ran off floppy disk or punched paper tape.

  8. Mother Lode

    So traditional aboriginal hunting practices are cruel. Ok, let’s ban them.

    Surely they had technologically advanced abattoirs using finger-bone principles to humanely slaughter marsupials.

    I wish they would make up their minds if they were hunted-gatherers, or enlightened vegynses eating wombat shaped tofu.

  9. Mindfree

    Right Shy T…I mentioned at 6:58 earlier that the Sydney Moaning Horror and the Granuiad love it (of course because Minchin called G Pell a C**t so all the lefties suck it lovingly. However, I’m asking if anyone here has taken the time to watch

    PS loved your piss take of Fitzsimian’s rendition of Black Arse Emu

  10. max

    More than 50 companies reportedly pull production out of China due to trade war

    The pace of companies moving production out of China is accelerating as more than 50 multinationals from Apple to Nintendo to Dell are rushing to escape the punitive tariffs placed by the U.S., according to the Nikkei Asian review.

  11. mh

    60,000 years later, still dropping rocks on a wombat’s head.

  12. Nick
    #3253968, posted on December 6, 2019 at 7:10 pm
    How long before Qantas reverts to TAA? Trans Australia Airlines

    Very very good.
    Love your work!

  13. Nick

    Thanks Sal, I’m glad someone got it.

  14. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    when all you’ve got is rocks, everything start to look like a wombat head

  15. Top Ender

    The police shooting of a man displaying “irrational, intimidatory, violent and suicidal behaviour” was tragic — but officers acted in an “exemplary” manner, a coroner inquest has found.

    ABC link

  16. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    How long before Qantas reverts to TAA? Trans Australia Airlines.

    Wouldn’t “Queensland and Northern Territory Airline Services” be more correct?

  17. Arky

    We also operated Warner Swasey automatic lathes.
    Before computers these things did the same thing.
    You set up the machine by inserting different metal “dogs” in the drum of the machine and it would cycle through a sequence of operations. The chuck was opened or closed with a foot pedal.
    ..


  18. max

    All this for a vanity project. Now completed it is almost deserted of traffic as the Chinese government will not allow ordinary people to drive on it.

    China is running into problems with the world’s longest sea bridge, which cost $20 billion and is 20 times as long as the Golden Gate Bridge

    Lawmaker Fernando Cheung also expressed concern over the unknown death toll on the Chinese side of the project, stating: “the project is known as the ‘bridge of blood and tears’ and we are only talking about the Hong Kong side. We don’t even know what is happening in China. I suppose the situation could be 10 times worse than that in Hong Kong.” He said that the Hong Kong Government had a responsibility to consider worker safety on the Chinese side.

    In 2017, Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) arrested 21 employees (two senior executives, 14 laboratory technicians and five laboratory assistants) of Jacobs China Limited, a contractor of the Civil Engineering and Development Department for falsifying concrete test results, thus potentially risking the safety of the bridge for public use.[

  19. Arky

    Another old Warner Swasey:
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  20. Arky

    I made a lot of stuff on the old Ward capstans too. We made cruciforms for universal joints on these among many other things.
    Before automatic lathes there were capstans for big production runs:
    ..


  21. DrBeauGan

    That’s a very annoying video, Arky. You can’t hear what the bloke is saying because of the noise of the machine, and you can’t see what the machine is doing.

  22. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    China’s Genetic Research on Ethnic Minorities Sets Off Science Backlash
    Scientists are raising questions about the ethics of studies backed by Chinese surveillance agencies. Prestigious journals are taking action.

  23. Arky

    The Ward capstans had collet chucks.
    You would select the correct size collet from a big cupboard full of ’em.
    You could also change it out for a three jaw chuck or a four jaw.
    Inside the casing behind the chuck was the drive belt.
    They would start to slip and you would put some sticky black goo shit on it to help traction.

  24. DrBeauGan

    I remember seeing a BIG lathe once. A bloke rode with the cutting edge as it cut.

  25. Arky

    Well just for you Beaugan, here is a much later model Ward Capstan showing how the turret indexes
    Also shows a collet chuck:
    ..


  26. Geriatric Mayfly

    Wasn’t sure yesterday about that splenetic crow, Pamela Karlan, called in to assuage the biases of the truncated dwarf Nadler. Further reading confirms that a Lezzo she be. Not much choice for her really, as she appears less than perfectly formed. Was rumoured to be on the Hillbot’s short list for the Supreme Court. Wonder if any blokes would have come forward and done a Blasey-Ford during the confirmation.

  27. Top Ender

    gathering from the scarcity of comments re: Tim Minchin’s “Upright” I take it no-one is watching it

    The only thing I’d watch Tim Minchin in is a cage.

  28. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    My mistake.
    I thought the sewer scum had departed for the evening.
    Time to watch another movie while the rest of you marvel in the latest adventures of Maria’s panties.

  29. Leigh Lowe

    Wouldn’t “Queensland and Northern Territory Airline Services” be more correct?

    No.
    No it wouldn’t.
    It would be correct to say “Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service”.
    Aerial, not airlines or airline.
    And service (singular).

  30. “Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service”.

    We’re sorta getting away from the joke there.

  31. mh

    Tulsi Gabbard
    ‏@TulsiGabbard

    Rain, snow or sun … it’s always a good time for #yoga 🧘🏽‍♀️

    https://twitter.com/TulsiGabbard/status/1201904334365216769

  32. feelthebern

    The Han Chinese are a monoculture.

    So incredibly wrong.

  33. Leigh Lowe

    gathering from the scarcity of comments re: Tim Minchin’s “Upright” I take it no-one is watching it

    The only thing I’d watch Tim Minchin in is a cage.

    OK.
    I lost the toss and we watched the first episode.
    It is shit.
    Minchin plays a slightly eccentric but highly creative musician. At once part of the elite, but with the common touch.
    You know this when he plays a duet on the piano with a bikie on the back of a ute.
    As for the eccentricity … well, he’s got well coiffured crazy hair and a wide-eyed stare.
    Yep.
    It is shit.

  34. DrBeauGan

    Well just for you Beaugan, here is a much later model Ward Capstan showing how the turret indexes
    Also shows a collet chuck:

    Thank you, Arky. It’s a beautiful piece of machinery. I had to work with proper machines before I went up to university. I had to file a piece of steel to an inch cube. I was bloody useless at it. It taught me something about mechanical skills versus intellectual skills, and this led to a lifetime aversion for bullshit. Brute matter doesn’t allow you to get away with bullshit or fooling yourself. This is an important thing to find out.

  35. Leigh Lowe

    “Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service”.

    We’re sorta getting away from the joke there

    Yeah, sorry.
    Tried to out-pedant a pedant.
    But Trans Australia Airlines was a good get.

  36. Arky

    There used to be a factory in Huntingdale Vic that extruded aluminium.
    I made the die backers by hand using a bandsaw.
    Gone now.
    Probably packed up and sent to you know where:
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  37. Leigh Lowe

    There used to be a factory in Huntingdale Vic that extruded aluminium.
    I made the die backers by hand using a bandsaw.
    Gone now.
    Probably packed up and sent to you know where:

    I think I know the one.
    And, if I am right about the former General Manager it has probably gone to Malta.
    Say no more.

  38. Leigh Lowe

    What is a die backer?
    Extrusion dies or cold draw forming dies?

  39. Arky

    They could still be in Australia, just not Huntingdale LL.

  40. Arky

    What is a die backer?

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    Click on the video link and scroll through to 1:25 and the bloke has the die backer on the crane.
    It goes behind the die to support the pressure exerted by ramming aluminium through the die.
    About 40 cm thick big steel disc.

  41. Leigh Lowe

    It goes behind the die to support the pressure exerted by ramming aluminium through the die.
    About 40 cm thick big steel disc.

    Ah.
    Gotcha.
    I remember them being called pads I think.
    The cylinder of hot metal was the billet as I recall.
    I saw brass and copper being extruded once.
    Fugging hot!!!

  42. Leigh Lowe

    They could still be in Australia, just not Huntingdale 

    I doubt it.
    That process chews energy.
    You’d go broke by lunchtime in Australia.

  43. DrBeauGan

    There are wire drawing dies made with diamonds. I doubt if Lizzie would approve.

  44. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Dr BG I totally approve. Being able to draw fine wire has many industrial applications.

    I am not a diamond luddite.
    Just want to have my fair share for adornment. 🙂

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