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  1. lysleder added a post in a topic Trivia and/or Brain Teasers   

    True too!
    Did you look it up?
    It is true that "ekteskap" is a Norwegian word for marriage. It is used formally, in the third tense.  You will most often find it in documents and printed matter. In daily use, like when I told my parents Sophia and I was getting married I used the "gift" word which is the proper expression for such an event, and resulting civil status. Since the "poison" word is a noun and the "married" one is a verb, they are never unintentionally confused in use although they sound alike and are spelt alike. As I understand the emytology of the two they are believed to have a common root in the english word gift - as  in "present". Norwegian is a germanic language after all, and many words carry over or have similar meanings. So, originally or at least from very far back, the bride was considered a gift to the groom from her father, and the poison - as in those parts sometimes encountered as a venomous gift from a wasp or a viper . That "gift"description would in the language be applied to not only venom, but to any poisonous substance. 
    So there you are. We are both right. I was born and raised a Norwegian, and I lived there until I was 35 so I feel I have a fairly good grip on that tongue. If you have any further questions on the matter feel free to ask, and I will try to explain to my best ability.
  2. lysleder added a post in a topic What did you see on the road today?   

    I saw this one in my daughter's middle school parking lot at the know your school night.

  3. lysleder added a post in a topic A Philosophical Conversation   

    To me, the fool would be the one who DON'T learn from his own mistakes.
    Gee, I tell you - its a hard life.
  4. lysleder added a post in a topic Trivia and/or Brain Teasers   

    In the Norwegian language, the word for "marriage" is the same word as for "poison"..
  5. lysleder added a post in a topic Cannonball Run 2016 "The Aussieball" Official Build Thread   

    I believe it is for safety reasons. A roll cage can make the occupant space of a vehicle structurally stronger, but it also introduces hard surfaces to the space. There are laws in place describing just how soft a dash panel needs to be, and to just which degree any interior detail cannot be pointy or edgy. In racing classes where a roll cage is required, additional requirements usually (if not always) include a helmet, an approved racing seat and at least a four-point harness to keep the driver firmly planted where he belongs. And then padding of any member that comes within a set distance from the driver. 
    I think this law is to prevent your neighborhood hotshot kid from installing a roll cage while retaining the standard seat and three-point belt (which admittedly allows for quite a bit of slop when things get rough-and-tumble). They just don't want anybody to bang their heads on those steel pipes.
    I also think that this is a manifestation of a government overreaching and banning it outright, instead of allowing for a proper and safe installation. Then again, the cage is only safe if you can reliably can keep people away from it, and there might be some doubt of wether a driver on public roads is willing to buckle and tighten that cumbersome and uncomfortable harness that makes it difficult to reach the heater or radio knobs. The DOT (or similar body) would probably tell the kid that if he feels unsafe without the cage, he should adopt a more defensive driving style.  - THAT will not work for me. So I will declare to know better, and build my car with cage and racing seat..
  6. lysleder added a post in a topic Rat Packer vs. real drag car questions   

    I do not know much of anything when it comes to drag racing, but I seem to remember from another kit. I believe it was the MPC '53 Ford Flipnose pickup , but it could have been something else. This one also had a standalone radiator with no hoses, and the instruction sheet identified the part as "gas tank". I guess for a car doing part-time duty on the show circuit a radiator (which is designed to hold liquid), cold make a fancy gas tank.. Or maybe not. What do I know?
  7. lysleder added a post in a topic 1/24 london bus diorama   

    Whoa! Do you ever do any small projects?
    Check out this thread for british car kits. You will have to sort out the 1/24 ones, and then research which ones are easy to obtain. But at the very least it gives you an idea of what is out there.

    I just remembered, since this list was compiled, there has been an 1/24 Ford Escort mk I in rally trim released by Belkits. And the Esci Ford Transit van is announced to be reissued by Italeri.
  8. lysleder added a post in a topic A Philosophical Conversation   

    There was this talented Danish guy - Piet Hein (1905-1996) - who had such clarity of mind and command of the language that he was able to pin down his observations on life in just a few short lines. And in verse form to boot. Look up about his "grooks". I like them.
    LIVING IS...
    Living is
    a thing you do
    now or never --
    which do you?


    Those who always
    know what’s best
    a universal pest.
    When people always
    try to take
    the very smallest
    piece of cake
    how can it also
    always be
    that that's the one
    that's left for me?
    Whenever you're called on to make up your mind,
    and you're hampered by not having any,
    the best way to solve the dilemma, you'll find,
    is simply by spinning a penny.
    No -- not so that chance shall decide the affair
    while you're passively standing there moping;
    but the moment the penny is up in the air,
    you suddenly know what you're hoping.
  9. lysleder added a post in a topic A Philosophical Conversation   

    Oh, but there is no doubt what the most practical solution to this situation is. Both for you personally, and for society as a whole.
  10. lysleder added a post in a topic A Philosophical Conversation   

    Admittedly, and a rope is cheaper still and can be used multiple times. The question though is wether it is fundamentally right to kill them.
  11. lysleder added a post in a topic A Philosophical Conversation   

    This reminds of something I read in a book a long time ago.;
    Deserves death! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give that to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends. [The Lord of the Rings. The Two Towers. Book Four. I. The Taming of Sméagol. My emphasis.
    I never had Hitler or Saddam or anybody else cause me great personal loss or grief, but I can understand some might feel it necessary to have somebody killed. Philosophically though, it seems to me that neutralizing them should be sufficient. As in confining Napoleon to the island of St. Helena.
  12. lysleder added a post in a topic Cannonball Run 2016 "The Aussieball" Official Build Thread   

    It has been a little quiet around here lately. I have been working on my Skyline on and off, now and then and I'm getting concerned about the deadline. The thing is I haven't actually produced much in terms of progress other than, well -  got the interior kind of finished. And I built a huge honking secondary gas tank and stuck it in the rear seat space. My racer will have yet another huge tank in the trunk space, but nobody will ever see that one because the trunk is closed. 
    Now, here is the interior with the tank, carbon racing seat and radio delete right hand dash. I will leave it as is for now. It is good enough to be functional. If time allows before start, I might come back to add a handful of small details, like a donut dispenser or maybe a red bull barrel or other things that might come in handy.

  13. lysleder added a post in a topic Aoshima Pagani Huayra   

    Now, THAT is something I might consider spending $45 (or so) on!
  14. lysleder added a post in a topic What did you see on the road today?   

    No pics, but last night I saw a late model Mustang with a lit Dominos Pizza sign on the roof. I guess they want to make sure the pizza gets there before it gets cold..
  15. lysleder added a post in a topic Oops...self-driving cars perhaps not quite ready for prime time yet.   

    As far as I'm concerned, I would like to see the automatic transmission outlawed. Yes, it may be convenient but it also allows the driver to be less involved with the task at hand. Driving the car, that is.