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    Bill Engwer

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  1. Any tips for metallics?

    Sorry. Not true. SOME metallics will polish to a high gloss just fine, and you won't know which ones work until you try.
  2. What Irked You Today?

    Woke up with a kink in my upper back below the shoulder. All day, I'd forget about it until a particular movement would feel like getting stabbed with an ice pick. A long hot shower did no good, nor did a handful of aspirin. I know it'll probably go away, but it's currently a royal PITA (well, upper back actually). I was looking forward to some bench time this evening, but I don't feel like it now, as reaching and holding are uncomfortable. Maybe just to bed early for a change.
  3. ONCE UPON A TIME..... (game)

    again and again
  4. ONCE UPON A TIME..... (game)

    of the beginning
  5. ONCE UPON A TIME..... (game)

    back and forth
  6. ELECTRIC "Bellytank" LSR CAR...1902 !!!

    The real big deal-breaker is that by many metrics, for most accepted processes for fermenting, distilling and distributing corn-alcohol fuel, it takes more energy to make the stuff than you get back when you burn it in vehicle engines. (There's also the little problem that ethanol contains less energy than an equivalent volume...like a gallon...of gasoline, so vehicles not specifically optimized to work most efficiently on alcohol get reduced performance and worse fuel mileage...and there are unfortunate side effects that can damage older vehicles' fuel systems over time.) I worked with a pilot solar-distillery program back in the early 1980s that could have gone a long way towards turning the balance sheet from red to black. I ran my personal Triumph GT6 on solar-distilled ethanol for some time. There are also better feedstock-plants available for making ethanol that are NOT foodstuffs, grow fast, and are cheaper than corn. But as with most things humans are involved in today, there's FAR more hand wringing, posturing, politicizing, arguing, foot-dragging and finding reasons why NOT to do something than there is just getting down, getting dirty, and making the dammed tech work. NOTE: Last time I looked, Brazil was doing the best job of getting alcohol fuel from biomass: sugar cane.
  7. ONCE UPON A TIME..... (game)

    but Scottish eggs
  8. ONCE UPON A TIME..... (game)

    is never enough
  9. ONCE UPON A TIME..... (game)

    because toe fungus
  10. ONCE UPON A TIME..... (game)

    herring juice extract
  11. ONCE UPON A TIME..... (game)

    and gerbil hair
  12. ELECTRIC "Bellytank" LSR CAR...1902 !!!

    Exactly...and cheap. And I always think it's interesting and worthwhile to put this kind of stuff in historical perspective. Loads of folks think electric cars are something new, but the first production one was built in 1884, and electrics held the land speed record until around 1900. Lotsa folks think gasoline-ethanol blends are something recent too, but ol' Henry Ford was pushing the idea in the 1930s (in part to help depression-hammered farmers find a market for their corn).
  13. ELECTRIC "Bellytank" LSR CAR...1902 !!!

    Which is why I put "bellytank" in quotes. Still, the basic shape and layout predates real postwar bellytankers by 44 years.
  14. Drop toppin' a '49 Merc

    AMT '51 Chevy Bel Air comes with an up-top that's an excellent starting point. I just checked both kits. It'll work. Definitely. Well...depending on you.
  15. Stupid Is the New Smart

    Not only did humans never visit the moon (fake NASA everything) but the moon itself is fake...or flat...or something.