Willys Jeep: Badger Engine and Steering Improvements (Pictorial)

February 23, 2015 1 comment
Parts is Parts!

Parts is Parts!

If you’ve been reading up on my work on the Jeeps so far, you’ll know that I love before/after pictures. It makes me all warm and goose-pimply when a lot of hard work can be seen at a glance. Sometimes, however, it also is just a reminder that some patience and hard work will actually pay off.

Today’s edition of before-and-after photos comes to you courtesy of nearly 3 years (almost exactly – the original photos were taken in March, 2012) of some of the most pedantic processes I’ve ever undertaken. But, assuming that I haven’t screwed anything up in doing what I did, I like the way the end result came out.  Read more…

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Willys Jeep: One Tough S.O.B. (Steering On Badger)

January 17, 2015 1 comment

Today was the first day in a long time that I’ve 1) been home and 2) the weather has been nice enough to actually get some work done on Honey Badger. Over the New Year break I had managed to get some new parts and tools to help get some work done on the civilian Jeep and I’ve been itching to make some progress.

Key phrase: “some.” Read more…

Rant on “Gurus” and “Experts”

December 18, 2014 20 comments

I gotta vent. I just gotta.

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I’ve long been annoyed as hell by those people who call themselves “experts” or “gurus” on any particular subject, simply because they have an obsession that they wish to rationalize. Among those I think have carved out their own special corner of hell:

  • Life Coaches
  • Motivational Speakers
  • Personal Shoppers
  • Change Agents
  • Feng Shui Experts
  • Thought Leaders
  • Social Media Gurus/Experts

All of these professions have one thing in common: they’re complete bullshit. Especially the last one. Read more…

Global Warming, Intelligent Design, and The Null Hypothesis

November 24, 2014 Leave a comment

You’re probably not going to read this. It’s long. It’s technical. People just don’t want to read long, technical material any more. There aren’t going to be any pretty pictures, and there will be a minimum of snark. What’s more, this is one of those posts that is going to upset a lot of people, both liberal and conservative alike. It’s also one of those that will likely cause the immediate reaction to be flat, bald-faced dismissal and angry rejection.

So why write it?

I write it for a couple of reasons. First, when it comes to rational debate on these subjects I see very few. If I want to throw my voice into the wind, I’m going to try to make sure it’s one of the reasonable, rational ones.

Second, I think that the bulk of people who wonder about controversial topics such as these actually do want to understand how to process facts and data. I think they don’t know how to evaluate evidence, and are stuck in a loop where the most intellectual arguments are “a whole bunch of smart people believe X” or, worse, “if you don’t believe X then you are too stupid to justify wasting oxygen.”

So, for this blog post, I’m going to explain why the approach to justifying Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) is exactly the same argumentative style as Intelligent Design (ID), and why they’re both wrong.

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Common Core Math: So Clever It’s Incorrect

November 20, 2014 2 comments

A few months back I came across an example of a Common Core math problem that really set me off. I mean, it actually offended me. This was the key question for a 6-year-old’s math exam:

The Offending Question

The Offending Question

 

(If you’ve never seen this problem before, feel free to try to work it out before reading the Answer after the “read more” link below.)

Recently I came across a year-old article in the Washington Post where the author linked back to the same test again, and the feelings of ire swelled within me again.

Why?

Because in addition to the convoluted, logical insanity,  it’s a math question that has the math wrong.

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Alcohol and the Tech Industry

October 30, 2014 Leave a comment

no-alcoholAn article on Alcohol and the Tech Industry, written by Kara Sowles, came through my twitter stream today, followed by a few enthusiastic virtual thumbs up. I’ve written before about the Tech industry and inappropriate behavior (often as a result of overindulgence of alcohol), and I don’t have any problems with the suggestions Ms. Sowles makes about how to improve the experience at a conference.

Having said that, I do think there was a bit of victimhood inherent in her article, and I found myself thinking that while her suggestions are spot-on, it came close to using guilt as a weapon to get what she wants.  Read more…

Willys Jeep: Porkchop’s Undercarriage Makeover

October 25, 2014 2 comments

Here in SillyCon Valley, a rainy day is a rare occurrence, so where I would normally be out working on Porkchop or Badger I needed to find alternate Jeep-related activities. Since I have left the blogging updates for too long, I decided to take the opportunity and try to catch up on some of the work I’ve been doing on Porkchop, and also update what I intend to do next.

When I reassembled the axles and frame for Badger, I put together a video of the process, and it seemed the people liked it. So, I’ve put together a short video (just under 3 minutes) to show some of the work that has been done for those who just want to get to the “good stuff.” If you’re curious about the rest of the story, read on below.

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