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  1. Thanks, Doc! Pacific Rim Cameo. GipsyDanger, Dec 7, 2013
    1. I thought so.. allaces14400, Dec 8, 2013
    2. oh, THAT sword?. tagcrea, Dec 16, 2013
  2. Doc's Advent, Day 6: The Monster, part 7.... Doc Nickel, Dec 7, 2013
  3. TWB 12/6/2013. Torinir, Dec 6, 2013
    1. Better than it could have been.. Attic Rat, Dec 6, 2013
    2. Aww.. Rocket T. Coyote, Dec 6, 2013
      1. Is he?. Bruce, Dec 7, 2013
    3. considering how bolts and springs were flying.... Irregular Logic, Dec 6, 2013
      1. Re: considering how bolts and springs were flying.... eighttailfox, Dec 6, 2013
  4. Doc's Advent, Day 5.... Doc Nickel, Dec 6, 2013
    1. You sound like me, sorta.... Vulpis, Dec 6, 2013
      1. Sometimes it's hard to enjoy a movie.... Attic Rat, Dec 6, 2013
        1. Re: Sometimes it's hard to enjoy a movie.... Shadowydreamer, Dec 6, 2013
          1. They are not catering to the common denominator.... eddi, Dec 8, 2013
  5. rereading whiteboard, 4 fingers looking wrong.. jerethdalion, Dec 5, 2013
  6. Doc, any pointers for this - Lathe in Anchorage. Pyfe, Dec 5, 2013
    1. Big things to check out.. MephitMark, Dec 6, 2013
    2. If the wife said OK then Hitch up the Dog Sled Team and Head to Anchorage! (N/T). Squirlly, Dec 6, 2013
    3. Okey-doke.... Doc Nickel, Dec 6, 2013
      1. Thanks. Pyfe, Dec 6, 2013
    4. I've a slightly older, but similar, Atlas. Ari, Dec 9, 2013
    5. went for 1701.00.....ouch..beyond my paycheck. Pyfe, Dec 16, 2013
  7. Doc's Advent, Day 4. Doc Nickel, Dec 5, 2013
    1. Shiny.... Anonymous ~Hero~, Dec 5, 2013
      1. One thing about Doc's projects.... eddi, Dec 5, 2013
        1. You said it! N/T. Snowtroll, Dec 6, 2013
    2. Don't blame me.... Snowtroll, Dec 6, 2013
    3. I'm just here to gaze in awe and wonder.. Attic Rat, Dec 6, 2013
    4. just say "I meant to do that!". M Squared, Dec 7, 2013
  8. TWB 2013/12/04. Shadowydreamer, Dec 4, 2013
    1. here's some ear bleach. swiftblade13, Dec 5, 2013
      1. Re: here's some ear bleach. Shadowydreamer, Dec 6, 2013
        1. Do both.. Nohbody, Dec 7, 2013
  9. Can i please get my volumizers Doc? they are done :). Jeff Pace, Dec 4, 2013
    1. Of course.... Doc Nickel, Dec 5, 2013
      1. Unfortunately not man options. Jeff Pace, Dec 5, 2013
      2. Thank you. Jeffrey Pace, Dec 5, 2013
  10. It's easy to Win, When you bring a Tornement Marker to the Woods.... Wolf, Dec 4, 2013
    1. Welcome to Bandit's world (n/t). Vulpis, Dec 4, 2013
    2. Just imagine if that guy ALSO has skill. Yochinaman, Dec 4, 2013
    3. try emr pump day.... steven morizio, Dec 4, 2013
    4. IMHO it's about $$. Hooka, Dec 4, 2013
    5. I aim *and* shoot fast. It's super effective.. sniper1rfa, Dec 5, 2013
    6. Easy solution. Robin Bobcat, Dec 5, 2013
    7. This sounds like a "you" problem, not a tournament marker problem.. nerobro, Dec 19, 2013
  11. Metal 3D Printing. John T, Dec 4, 2013
    1. 3-D MIG welder plans. eddi, Dec 4, 2013
    2. Look up direct laser metal sintering... nothing new<nt>. NZGene, Dec 4, 2013
      1. New, no. Cheaper, heck yes.. eddi, Dec 4, 2013
        1. Not just power cost. John T, Dec 5, 2013
    3. Reminds me of a Fronius part. ydna, Dec 5, 2013
  12. Doc's Advent Calendar, Day 3:. Doc Nickel, Dec 4, 2013
    1. Do?. Snowtroll, Dec 4, 2013
    2. Worked on the wife's Jeep. Renegade_Azzy, Dec 4, 2013
    3. Brought back from the dead an.... Johnny Logan, Dec 4, 2013
    4. Re: Doc's Advent Calendar, Day 3:. Shadowydreamer, Dec 4, 2013
      1. Acer Aspire One and Linux. Attic Rat, Dec 4, 2013
        1. Re: Acer Aspire One and Linux. Shadowydreamer, Dec 4, 2013
    5. Work and still more work.. MephitMark, Dec 5, 2013
  13. Doc's Advent Calendar, Days 1 and 2:. Doc Nickel, Dec 2, 2013
    1. Awesome memory. Jeff Pace, Dec 3, 2013
    2. Cool random trivia. OXX, Dec 3, 2013
    3. Was mine one that were shipped?. PyroFiend, Dec 3, 2013
    4. The patent in question. Namrepus221, Dec 3, 2013
      1. Clown Shoes Patent. NiteOwl in Phoenix, Dec 3, 2013
        1. Patents.... Doc Nickel, Dec 4, 2013
          1. I think the peg has something to do with it too. Namrepus221, Dec 8, 2013
    5. I remember that very image.. MephitMark, Dec 4, 2013
  14. Lathe for beginner?. Joni, Dec 2, 2013
    1. uses flat belts. Maker of Toys, Dec 2, 2013
      1. Already sold. Joni, Dec 2, 2013
      2. switching to serpentine belts ...... B, Dec 3, 2013
        1. only if. Maker of Toys, Dec 3, 2013
        2. Two words: Surface area. Irregular Logic, Dec 3, 2013
          1. Serp belts work well in practice. ferritecore, Dec 4, 2013
  15. The Seaview Defense. eddi, Dec 2, 2013
    1. it's older than that.. uglydwarf, Dec 3, 2013
      1. But it didn't work,. Retromash, Dec 3, 2013
        1. Actually, it did.... Doc Nickel, Dec 4, 2013
          1. Re: Actually, it did.... Retromash, Dec 4, 2013
            1. Youtube gots it.. MephitMark, Dec 5, 2013
              1. Thank you. eddi, Dec 5, 2013
          2. You and me both. Followed by the Voyage movie. n/t. eddi, Dec 4, 2013
  16. Hall Effect sensors and tach readouts?. Doc Nickel, Dec 2, 2013
    1. I've though about using a bicycle speedometer.... Someone, Dec 2, 2013
      1. Light sensor resistant to oily goop?. Salda007, Dec 2, 2013
    2. Hall Effect & ABS. Greebo, Dec 2, 2013
      1. Magnetoresistive sensors are used in ABS systems.. Anonymous Coward, Dec 2, 2013
    3. Should work just fine. Stu Friedberg, Dec 2, 2013
    4. sure, i've done that..... sniper1rfa, Dec 2, 2013
      1. forgot, the type of sensor you want is usually called a proximity sensor. -nt-. sniper1rfa, Dec 2, 2013
    5. photo tach?. Ken Newell, Dec 2, 2013
      1. Yes and no.... Doc Nickel, Dec 4, 2013
  17. paintball project (56K death). newmaticarsenal, Dec 1, 2013
    1. Enough tac-rails?. Anonymous ~Hero~, Dec 5, 2013
  18. advice full motion 70" flat screen mount. eisch, Dec 1, 2013
    1. can't go wrong with monoprice. Ken Newell, Dec 1, 2013
    2. Ditto for Monoprice. RayU, Dec 1, 2013
    3. Vogels.... Snowtroll, Dec 2, 2013
    4. Skip monoprice. Renegade_Azzy, Dec 2, 2013
    5. While on the subject of monitor mounts.... Vulpis, Dec 3, 2013
      1. Re: While on the subject of monitor mounts.... J.Cook, Dec 3, 2013
        1. Re: While on the subject of monitor mounts.... Vulpis, Dec 3, 2013
          1. Re: While on the subject of monitor mounts.... J.Cook, Dec 3, 2013
  19. A little help and advice.. Madcat, Dec 1, 2013
    1. ship power. swiftblade13, Dec 1, 2013
    2. faster than light without breaking Einstein...sort of. M Squared, Dec 1, 2013
    3. A few oldish tricks.... Deus Machina, Dec 1, 2013
    4. eh. fred, Dec 1, 2013
    5. Re: A little help and advice.. Waub, Dec 1, 2013
      1. Re: A little help and advice.. Vulpis, Dec 2, 2013
        1. It's good to have a vague idea on your end, though.. Deus Machina, Dec 2, 2013
      2. World Bible. Latrans, Dec 3, 2013
        1. Gravity drives are cool. Bruce, Dec 3, 2013
    6. Re: A little help and advice.. Vulpis, Dec 2, 2013
    7. What about all that inertia stuff?. THAT guy, Dec 2, 2013
      1. Thought that one through!. Tohri, Dec 2, 2013
      2. Re: What about all that inertia stuff?. Vulpis, Dec 3, 2013
      3. Conserve the energy!. THAT guy, Dec 3, 2013
    8. A few thoughts.... Salda007, Dec 3, 2013
      1. Re: A few thoughts.... Shadowydreamer, Dec 4, 2013
    9. Other points aside, something to consider.. MephitMark, Dec 4, 2013
      1. Poor example.... Salda007, Dec 4, 2013
        1. No insult taken.. MephitMark, Dec 5, 2013
          1. No, you have the idea all wrong...... Someone, Dec 5, 2013
            1. Hmmm, nope, still not extreme enough.. MephitMark, Dec 6, 2013
              1. I think I saw this movie.... Salda007, Dec 6, 2013
  20. Source for LP line 'tophats'. DeadlySickness, Nov 29, 2013
    1. Try Palmers. Shocker2k, Nov 29, 2013
      1. Excellent thanks alot! (nt). DeadlySickness, Nov 29, 2013
  21. someone again this year burnt there house down deep frying a turkey.. smorizio, Nov 28, 2013
    1. this supprises you?. joecrouse, Nov 29, 2013
    2. State farm ad from a while back. Robert L Martin, Nov 29, 2013
      1. Re: State farm ad from a while back. Vulpis, Dec 2, 2013
    3. FACE. PALM.. J.Cook, Nov 29, 2013
      1. Don't you know having the oil on fire gives the turkey a nice, smokey flavor? nt. Anonymous Coward, Nov 29, 2013
    4. Anyone try and infrared fryer yet?. Nate, Nov 29, 2013
      1. Re: Anyone try and infrared fryer yet?. Vulpis, Dec 2, 2013
    5. It's things like this that.... Attic Rat, Nov 29, 2013
      1. I blame the marketing more. hp_lovecraft, Dec 1, 2013
        1. Nobody wants to spend tons on the proper & safe gear. Bruce Bergman, Dec 3, 2013
    6. deep frying is for wimps!. Snowtroll, Dec 2, 2013
      1. But it gives a nasty aftertaste . . .. Webfoot Logger, Dec 3, 2013
        1. NOW you're being wimpy... N/T. Snowtroll, Dec 4, 2013
    7. Better videos to laugh at.. MephitMark, Dec 4, 2013
  22. Hey, I didn't know KC Trouble Free was still available.... Hans, Nov 28, 2013
    1. I turn you on to better products ....... B, Nov 28, 2013
    2. I have it in stock.... Doc Nickel, Nov 28, 2013
      1. 2x on KC. RobAGD, Nov 28, 2013
      2. Super Lube. Jeffrey Pace, Nov 29, 2013
  23. The Monster, part 6: Revenge of the Turkey. Doc Nickel, Nov 28, 2013
    1. Apron oiling system. Russ Kepler, Nov 28, 2013
      1. Oils n' oiling.... Doc Nickel, Nov 28, 2013
    2. so you infected me. M Squared, Dec 1, 2013
  24. I had to look that one up. Thank goodness for Wikipedia! n/t. Bugiroff, Nov 27, 2013
    1. Defenestration:. Bugiroff, Nov 27, 2013
      1. "Tales from the White Hart", by Arthur C. Clarke. a Danish Lurker, Nov 27, 2013
      2. Classic Czech political elimination technique, too. Stu Friedberg, Nov 30, 2013
      3. Re: Defenestration:. CF, Dec 1, 2013
        1. Re: Defenestration:. Vulpis, Dec 2, 2013
  25. The noogie of DOOM! Go Kasi. n/t. eddi, Nov 27, 2013
    1. Power-Boosted Noogies!. Rocket T. Coyote, Nov 27, 2013
  26. hey Doc!. PyroFiend, Nov 25, 2013
  27. TWB Oh come on do you really think we will go with that really happenig!?!. Donkey, Nov 25, 2013
    1. Re: TWB Oh come on do you really think we will go with that really happenig!?!. Tony Fox, Nov 25, 2013
      1. Re: TWB Oh come on do you really think we will go with that really happenig!?!. Vulpis, Nov 25, 2013
    2. Indeed! Not enough weapons deployed.... Ironbadger, Nov 25, 2013
      1. Wrong placement of the weapons, too.... Snowtroll, Nov 25, 2013
        1. but just imagine when a knee to the crotch would do! (nt). uglydwarf, Nov 25, 2013
          1. That hurts just thinking about it! nt. Donkey, Nov 27, 2013
          2. Re: but just imagine when a knee to the crotch would do! (nt). Shadowydreamer, Nov 27, 2013
      2. Where Have I Seen This?. Rocket T. Coyote, Nov 25, 2013
        1. I'm thinking Batman Beyond. Michael, Nov 26, 2013
    3. But what would have happened if she pushed the red button?. MephitMark, Nov 26, 2013
      1. That could have been bad.... Snowtroll, Nov 26, 2013
        1. All the parts flying around suggest the Mk5 is self-disassembling anyway n/t. eddi, Nov 26, 2013
  28. Minimalist grip frame to implant in wooden stock... (text). TheObservantWolf, Nov 25, 2013
  29. Wave solder machine is now pumping solder. Hans, Nov 24, 2013
    1. Working with a fountain of molten metal. Renegade_Azzy, Nov 24, 2013
      1. Remind me to not let you run a Linotype.. Bruce Bergman, Nov 24, 2013
        1. Id be up for it. Renegade_Azzy, Nov 25, 2013
      2. The first few times, yeah. Hans, Nov 25, 2013
        1. Re: The first few times, yeah. Anonymous Coward, Nov 25, 2013
    2. So... this is a long ways for someone not making boards.... nerobro, Nov 24, 2013
      1. I'm making a fair amount these days. Hans, Nov 25, 2013
    3. I was thinking of this project of yours just the other day. Ari, Nov 26, 2013
      1. What's the voltage range?. Bruce Bergman, Nov 28, 2013
        1. Each unit is 2500A. Ari, Nov 30, 2013
    4. Select Solder!. goldie, Nov 27, 2013
      1. We've got one at work too. Hans, Dec 1, 2013
  30. The Season of the Lathe. Doc Nickel, Nov 24, 2013
    1. Why do i feel a sudden urge to sing christmas songs?. FireFrenzy, Nov 24, 2013
    2. Not allowed? How long?. Anonymous Coward, Nov 24, 2013
    3. Surprised you haven't run those plates through the surface grinder yet. n/t. MarkF, Nov 25, 2013
    4. Re: The Season of the Lathe. Vulpis, Nov 25, 2013
  31. Continued comickry apologies.... Doc Nickel, Nov 22, 2013
    1. Overreliance on random acts of violence. Spike, Nov 22, 2013
      1. +1,600,000,000 (give or take a few dozen). FireFrenzy, Nov 24, 2013
    2. Comickry stuff... Chloe, Nov 22, 2013
    3. No need to apologize. Bj,,, Nov 22, 2013
    4. Thrown versus Fired. Jeff Pace, Nov 22, 2013
    5. Just remember what Napoleon says in Time Bandits.... fredb, Nov 22, 2013
    6. Slapstick comedy is what this strip is about.. Someone, Nov 22, 2013
    7. Not complaining.. joecrouse, Nov 22, 2013
    8. Anyone talented in Flash?. Arcticwlf, Nov 22, 2013
      1. I could do it if........... Another_Evil_Monkey, Nov 22, 2013
    9. Re: Continued comickry apologies.... digi_owl, Nov 22, 2013
    10. whatch out for those pesky lawn darts!!!!. steven morizio, Nov 22, 2013
    11. But Doc... Zayden, Nov 22, 2013
    12. One other ball. DragonholderX, Nov 22, 2013
    13. The good ones apologize the most for the littlest things.. Attic Rat, Nov 22, 2013
    14. Thank you for the Captain America Shoutout!. Algaean, Nov 22, 2013
    15. My only complaint has to be.... Skulderian, Nov 22, 2013
      1. I have to agree.... Urthdigger, Nov 23, 2013
    16. You've been providing us with plenty of awesome for years now. Ross_Varn, Nov 22, 2013
    17. I'm here late, but what they all said plus good wishes. n/t. eddi, Nov 22, 2013
    18. In this forum of all places.... MildBill, Nov 23, 2013
    19. Family stuff?. PyroFiend, Nov 23, 2013
  32. Can we fix this?. FireFrenzy, Nov 21, 2013
    1. Go between component leads on each side of gap. Bruce Bergman, Nov 21, 2013
    2. Well the local radioshack analog has the parts i need. FireFrenzy, Nov 21, 2013
      1. is the board silkscreened?. Maker of Toys, Nov 21, 2013
        1. also have you google the part number on the board??. steven morizio, Nov 21, 2013
          1. its a 20 buck cheap china special Amplifier.... FireFrenzy, Nov 21, 2013
        2. the orientation was printed on the board. FireFrenzy, Nov 21, 2013
    3. Repairing a circuit board trace. Irregular Logic, Nov 21, 2013
    4. NO WE CANT!. FireFrenzy, Nov 22, 2013
      1. Call it a Learning Opportunity?. Attic Rat, Nov 22, 2013
        1. Well i have good electronics store nearby. FireFrenzy, Nov 22, 2013
          1. what does the other side of the board look like?. uglydwarf, Nov 23, 2013
            1. Like this:. FireFrenzy, Nov 24, 2013
              1. Curses photbucket CURSES. FireFrenzy, Nov 24, 2013
              2. Amplifier chip is probably properly snookered. Bruce, Nov 24, 2013
                1. I have already canibalised the board for parts;). FireFrenzy, Nov 24, 2013
                2. Probably fine for a TA-2020. Hans, Nov 25, 2013
                  1. Re: Probably fine for a TA-2020. Vulpis, Nov 25, 2013
                    1. Looks to be much better actually.. Hans, Nov 25, 2013
                      1. Sound's good too,. FireFrenzy, Nov 26, 2013
              3. Re: Like this:. looks like one of the caps might be cooked., Nov 24, 2013
  33. OT Steam-powered V-Twin.... Snowtroll, Nov 21, 2013
    1. Gakken makes great models. Renegade_Azzy, Nov 21, 2013
  34. OT JCVD and Boring trucks.... Snowtroll, Nov 21, 2013
  35. Recommendations on an Electronic Marker. Michael, Nov 20, 2013
    1. with an electro theres a lot of them.. steven morizio, Nov 20, 2013
    2. Electros. OmniMech, Nov 21, 2013
    3. Electro. Spike, Nov 22, 2013
      1. This demands further research.. Michael, Nov 23, 2013
        1. Not the *only* one.... Salda007, Nov 24, 2013
  36. Fuzzy Yellow Chainsaw. Bob Cleveland, Nov 20, 2013
    1. Especially if she's the one that got the Mark-V running too.. Bruce Bergman, Nov 20, 2013
      1. I hope she knows that IS Jinx.. eddi, Nov 20, 2013
        1. response to Hope she knows that IS Jinx.. Bob Cleveland, Nov 23, 2013
      2. Thank God its not the Mark 42.. Spoon, Nov 21, 2013
  37. 3 cheers for the fuzzy yellow chainsaw. Another unforgettable Halloween n/t. eddi, Nov 20, 2013
  38. And there's Capt. America!. TM, Nov 20, 2013
    1. Doc and the 4th Wall. Arcticwlf, Nov 20, 2013
  39. A Serious Bearing. Nighthawke, Nov 20, 2013
    1. (Oh, and 56K warning!). Nighthawke, Nov 20, 2013
      1. (Oh, and you're supposed to say that on the original post... ;-). Bruce Bergman, Nov 20, 2013
        1. (scroll, scroll scroll) Ohh, that's bearing? (scroll scroll scroll). Nighthawke, Nov 20, 2013
    2. Right click>View Image nt. Help, Nov 20, 2013
      1. I've got a 21" screen and I needed to hit 'View' n/t. eddi, Nov 20, 2013
  40. Been out for a while, needing a new goggle system. Suggestions?. Ponytail, Nov 19, 2013
    1. I'm liking. Raphael, Nov 20, 2013
    2. E-Vent or E-Flex. Pump Scout, Nov 20, 2013
    3. VForce Grill. Spike, Nov 20, 2013
    4. Mask of choice. OmniMech, Nov 20, 2013
    5. Grills and i4's. Silcas, Nov 20, 2013
  41. [OT] If you plan to steal Diesel.... Snowtroll, Nov 19, 2013
    1. Google Translate link. Bruce, Nov 19, 2013
      1. That was a hoot [Warning -- Image]. Kymation, Nov 19, 2013
        1. You may just wanna.... Lee, Nov 20, 2013
          1. That secret is already out. Kymation, Nov 20, 2013
    2. Try Bable Fish,. MephitMark, Nov 20, 2013
  42. Bribes. Jeff Pace, Nov 18, 2013
    1. Re: Bribes. Shadowydreamer, Nov 18, 2013
      1. good point. Jeff Pace, Nov 19, 2013
    2. You might do better..... Renegade_Azzy, Nov 19, 2013
      1. Dew and MREs?. Jeff Pace, Nov 19, 2013
        1. MREs?. Snowtroll, Nov 20, 2013
          1. Awesome. Jeff Pace, Nov 20, 2013
          2. I have to share this recipe, then. jwhouk, Nov 20, 2013
            1. Everything on the menu in one piece, bleurgh. eddi, Nov 20, 2013
            2. NutraLoaf. kylekatern, Nov 21, 2013
  43. A reminder to my fellow space-heads here.... Salda007, Nov 18, 2013
    1. and, we're off!. Cyco-Dude, Nov 18, 2013
      1. news conference now?. Cyco-Dude, Nov 18, 2013
        1. lol or not.... Cyco-Dude, Nov 18, 2013
  44. From the standpoint of akido (I am only a 3rd qiu white belt). joecrouse, Nov 18, 2013
    1. I don't think.... jwhouk, Nov 18, 2013
      1. True and that lack of knowledge is why comic book fights. joecrouse, Nov 18, 2013
    2. oooor.... Shadowydreamer, Nov 18, 2013
      1. hey i just participate in the fights. joecrouse, Nov 19, 2013
    3. You're missing something. Bergman, Nov 19, 2013
      1. I allways thought it was close air support.... swiftblade13, Nov 19, 2013
  45. Nov. 18.... Snowtroll, Nov 18, 2013
    1. Power suit. lordlundar, Nov 18, 2013
    2. Anyone else thinking this?. Arcticwlf, Nov 18, 2013
      1. Right on the money! n/t. eddi, Nov 18, 2013
      2. Bzzzt., armor's different. Nighthawke, Nov 18, 2013
      3. I Knew She'd Do Something.... Rocket T. Coyote, Nov 19, 2013
        1. Powered Armor fixes all sorts of problems nt. fredb, Nov 19, 2013
      4. Re: Anyone else thinking this?. Vulpis, Nov 20, 2013
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