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general non-furry discussion / Re: The "Good News" thread.
« Last post by Varg the wanderer on Today at 04:31:59 pm »
We needed to weld stuff in the prototype shop. The factory tool room is busy, so I found and set up an old welder that was sitting in the corner. It took a lot of finagling, but eventually I got all the setting right and could make a decent weld. To paraphrase my boss:

"Wow, that thing actually works?!"
general non-furry discussion / Re: The "Good News" thread.
« Last post by Loc on Today at 11:51:48 am »
I spent my day at a local animal rescue centre, playing with a 7 year old female malamute named Kimba.

My friends are adopting a 7 year old male eurasier from there (a super-fluffy, medium-sized Spitz breed from Germany) called Kronus, and have their home visit to check their house is suitable on Thursday.
As with all new inventions the use of electronics should allow for
backups that can replace devices that provide what we need
to survive. Like water, waste removal, food, transportation,
and heating our. personal environments.

Currently we are not doing these things. So any disaster that
shuts down power and or communication will put our lives at risk.

It's a catch 22 because the electronics cut costs, but providing
backups would remove the cost savings. This would be an
deterrent to advances in electronics. So we have to decide if we
want to put those in the future at risk or not. Unfortunately it's
likely big business and the rich who will decide. As we know
their decisions follow the money, not our lives.

The immigration problem continues. Trump is trying to blame the
Democrats even though the GOP controls both houses of congress
and Trump is there to  sign any bill they may create. So Trump has
no legitimate excuse to blame the democrats. He  won't admit those
GOP who run congress won't agree to pass any bill he wants. It's
easier to just blame the democrats who won't help him.

The Trump administration is claiming the kids they are ripping from
their parents are being treated very well. They might be treated well
physically, but not mentally. Tiny kids are screaming and crying with
not even a offer of condolence by anyone. I don't know about anyone
else, but I can remember being that age. I would  have learned to hate
under these conditions. It's this time in ones life we learn how to care
and have sympathy for others.

All the Trump administration is doing is creating hundreds oif not thousands
of future people who will hate the united states. They may not even be able
to love anyone, much less care for others.  So if they come here as adults
they may be the criminals Trump claims all immigrants are.

We can lie to ourselves and say it's the parents fault. we can claim it's drug
dealers using kids to get across the boarder though this is extremeely rare.
Trumps lackies will use any excuse to support Trumps orders, no matter how
wrong or cruel they are.

Trump and his lackeys claim they are following the law, but it's nothing but
a policy created by the Trump administration. It has nothing to do with
a law. It's just Trump wanting to please the far right who voted for him.
There is no excuse to separated parents from their kids when they ask
for asylum in our country. Yet Trump wants it done.

Some may think they are supposed to respect the president, in the case
of Trump there is no cause for respect, much less the GOP.

You can find out more at the following links.

word games / Re: How will the person above you die?
« Last post by Firelight on June 17, 2018, 01:06:41 pm »
Being licked to death by my grandpa's pitbull  :D
general non-furry discussion / Re: The "Bad News" thread.
« Last post by Firelight on June 17, 2018, 12:45:39 pm »
Rockaway beach is not going to have their pirate festival this year, witch sucks! I go there every year just to see the festival.
convention talk / Re: Biggest Little Fur Con-BLFC-Reno, NV-May 10-13, 2018
« Last post by Firelight on June 17, 2018, 12:42:31 pm »
I'd love to go some day!
news forum / Re: Trump the GOP and Democrats. A new path or more of the same.
« Last post by Old Rabbit on June 17, 2018, 08:27:57 am »
After world war one many people felt they were disadvantaged by
minorities and immigrants. So fascism reared its ugly head.
America n the 1930's was filled with hardship for many people . High
unemployment fed fears that immigrants would take jobs. So when
Jewish children tried to escape fascism in Europe the US government
 sent them back to die in concentration camps. Now we are turning
people away who are only trying  escape being killed by gangs we
sent back to their country in the first place.
When world war 2 started the US government put Japanese Americans
in camps. Leaving their property unprotected. Even German Americans
were treated unfairly.

We are all immigrants or descendants of them in this country.  We should
feel shame when any one is treated like we are treating people trying to
escape tyranny  in their own country. Namely Latinos from Central and
south America.

The Supreme Court struck another blow to voting rights. They allowed Ohio
to remove people from the voting roles if they didn't vote for two years. This
puts a disadvantage agains the poor and minorities. 

You can find out more at the following links.

traditional and digital artwork / Re: Iara's Artwork
« Last post by Iara Warriorfeather on June 16, 2018, 07:42:18 pm »
Understood!  While I do not draw much,  when i do it is on paper with colored pencil and mechanical pencil.  I often draw on 12x9" paper and it doesn't fit my scanner.  So then I wind up photographing them with a DSLR and macro lens while trying to battle lighting and distortion.   I try to use sunlight when drawing and photographing.  (I used to be really into photography. ) The pencil in my hand and the marks on the page are relaxing at times.

Thanks for the info!

No worries, thank you for being curious about my process!  8)
general non-furry discussion / Re: The "Bad News" thread.
« Last post by Varg the wanderer on June 16, 2018, 05:17:25 pm »
Finally got around to changing the spark plugs on my truck. 50% is easy: you can get to it from the driver's side and don't have to remove anything else.

The 3 on the passenger side, though... I had to remove the engine cover, the intake duct, the throttle body, and the plenum (upper intake manifold). Every time you remove the plenum you need to replace the gaskets, so I planned ahead and purchased accordingly.

So I get everything apart and I notice that inside the plenum is coated in this filthy wet dirt. I look down into the lower manifold and it looks like the same, only with less dirt (yay! Dirt + precision machine parts = bad news). The grime smelt like gasoline, but the engine is intake injected, not straight into the cylinders, so I figured it might have gotten wet when I bled off the fuel pressure (to remove all the crap above).

I pull my spark plugs. They seem a little dirty, but they're also about 40,000 miles overdue. Then I pull two that are wet. That's never a good sign. They don't smell like gasoline, either. Also not a good sign. I check the intake gunk again. It doesn't smell like gasoline anymore. Uh-oh.

I find the PCV valve and hose, both with oil dripping out of them. The valve is bad, and I need to change the valve ASAP or it's going to cause much more expensive problems later. I try contacting all of my local friends to see if they can give me a ride in exchange for beer/pizza, but none of the ones in town reply. This means I have two options: walk to the parts store, or put the engine back together with the bad valve and replace it later. But to get to it I have to pull off everything I had to remove to get to the spark plugs. ...remember what I said about replacing the gaskets every time you remove the plenum? Not to mention after you have everything all the way back together you need to reprogram the accelerator/throttle system. I'd be doing that twice. Oh joy. but still put back together what little I can without installing the plenum.

I might be lazy when it comes to exercising for the sake of exercising, but I am not put off at the thought of walking 12 miles to get a car part I need. So I start looking at parts stores to see which one I need to start walking to. By this point the ones that have my part close before I can walk there and don't reopen until Monday after I start work in the AM. The bus doesn't run where I live, so I guess I'm walking to work Monday morning, and stopping by the parts place on the way back. Hurray.  :P >:(
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