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  • lasermaster1977's Avatar
    Today, 17:06
    Thanks for all of your replies.
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  • mixedgas's Avatar
    Today, 15:17
    NO, I'm not the one who did this. Moral of the story. DON'T SCREW AROUND WHEN WORKING WITH CO2 lasers. Don't align at full power, either. Run System Checks daily and hourly. :mad: This is what happens when a mirror mount's orientation changes and you get a nearly resonant back reflection...
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  • Glrock's Avatar
    Today, 12:13
    Glrock started a thread ILDA Offline Contest in The Lounge
    Didn't see any threads around on this contest so I figured I'd throw one in here. Here's a brief summary: In response to the outbreak of COVID 19, ILDA has created a new temporary contest to give people something to work on. The contest consists of three 9-day periods where laserists can submit...
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  • Eidetic's Avatar
    Today, 06:33
    One in the southwest could be the Phoenix-Lem, or Phlem. Appropriate for the times.
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  • Bradfo69's Avatar
    Today, 04:12
    Shame they lost the venue. It was in San Antonio. I can actually say, "Been there, done that and yes... I actually DO have the t-shirt!" :) (And a lanyard!)
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  • Datsurb's Avatar
    Today, 01:35
    Hi Im trying to figure out how to make a Universe in Beyond, to fit my needs and setup. I find the documentation uncomplete when it comes to explaining this, and especially when it comes to what is supported in what version for Beyond. For the record - i have a license for Essentials. I I also...
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  • kecked's Avatar
    Yesterday, 18:36
    There can only be one.
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  • JohnYayas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 17:32
    That's pretty cool. Thanks for sharing. On the ET shop door on the Billy B, someone painted the Fantasia Mickey Mouse with the caption "Fission Magicians". I thought it was pretty cool. Eventually, we had to paint the door all gray, though. A sad day.
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  • JohnYayas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 13:35
    JohnYayas replied to a thread Positive Thinking in The Lounge
    The RockAuto engine I bought said "Name Brand" as the manufacturer. I wasn't sure what that meant but after digging around I found that they come from ATK/VEGE which is the same place that other places sell. There are only a couple large engine manufacturers. Anyway, RockAuto beat the prices...
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  • hitekvoop's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:47
    Been in Texas more than 10 years now. Have heard about the idea of TEXLEM, but never seen one actually go down.
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  • BazookaBo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:27
    Thank you :) Great info as usual :)
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  • buffo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:58
    So most of you know that I used to be a Nuc. A few years back, we hired another former Nuc to run our lab. Like me, he was a submariner, and he was also an MM/ELT. So naturally, anytime the two of us get together we immediately start geeking out about stupid shit and laughing at inside jokes. ...
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  • buffo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:22
    buffo replied to a thread Positive Thinking in The Lounge
    I like Rock Auto, but I've never ordered a crate motor from them. (Always Summit or Jegs) I'll keep them in mind though! Quieting a kit is always going to be hard. I've heard of people putting R-30 insulation in the walls of their practice shed and then installing drywall with anechoic...
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  • james's Avatar
    04-07-2020, 06:42
    james replied to a thread Positive Thinking in The Lounge
    WOW! You are a nerd! I remember learning how to play. My brother got a set when I was about 19. I had played tenor sax in school and had already gotten a good start on guitar, so I knew meter and rhythm pretty well. This might sound weird,, but I kept hitting the back of my left hand with my...
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  • JohnYayas's Avatar
    04-07-2020, 04:52
    JohnYayas replied to a thread Positive Thinking in The Lounge
    I got the engine from RockAuto because they were far cheaper than other places. It came in a plastic box and 6 months later I finally shipped back the old one. I just called them and said come get it. It was a really good customer experience. It came with a 3yr warranty. I bought a used...
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  • buffo's Avatar
    04-07-2020, 04:36
    Stories like this absolutely warm my heart. :o One caveat regarding lasers and cameras... (You're probably already aware of this, but it's something worth repeating.) Always keep in mind that the image sensor on a digital camera can be *more* sensitive to laser damage than the human eye...
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  • buffo's Avatar
    04-07-2020, 04:23
    buffo replied to a thread Positive Thinking in The Lounge
    I had no idea you could get a reman 4L for so cheap! Good to know. :) I looked into the "stroker" upgrade a while back and it was around 3 grand for a complete motor. (It turns the 4.0L into a 4.7L.) It only gives you another 15 HP or so, but the max torque goes up to 285. People who have...
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  • JohnYayas's Avatar
    04-07-2020, 01:33
    JohnYayas replied to a thread Positive Thinking in The Lounge
    I'm not taking any lessons but I have been watching a lot of YouTube videos and practicing everyday. My goal is to have fun playing along to music and so far I am. In Spaghetti I can make a playlist, control DMX lighting and lasers, and play video content. So, as a total nerd I am going to have...
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  • james's Avatar
    04-06-2020, 17:34
    james replied to a thread Positive Thinking in The Lounge
    How are you going about doing that? Are you talking lessons or just learning on your own? I used to be pretty damn good. But my right ankle got messed up and had to be fused. So I can't play the bass drum.
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  • JohnYayas's Avatar
    04-06-2020, 16:40
    JohnYayas replied to a thread Positive Thinking in The Lounge
    I bought a new remanufactured 4.0L for my 98 Wrangler TJ for around $1300. It has been working great. Put it in over a year ago. As for me, I have been learning to to play the drums since the beginning of the year.
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  • buffo's Avatar
    04-06-2020, 10:09
    buffo replied to a thread Positive Thinking in The Lounge
    So, depending on how long you want to keep it, and how badly you need a toy to play in the woods or the mud, you could always swap out the existing motor for a junkyard 4L. Find an old Grand that got totaled due to body damage and snatch the entire engine out... Probably won't cost you more than...
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  • buffo's Avatar
    04-06-2020, 10:01
    Completely agree, Dan. This is what I was referring to when speaking about the rude awakening that is still to come for some people. We absolutely *need* to get a handle on this thing before it overwhelms our medical facilities. 2% mortality sucks bad enough, but it could grow beyond 10% if the...
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  • buffo's Avatar
    04-06-2020, 09:54
    The German Laserfreak conference was first (and is still the biggest), so they belong at the top of any list. But regarding "LEMs" in particular, we have SELEM FLEM UKLEM (Both Surfleet and Show-LEM) NWLEM Caribb-LEM TEXLEM NELEM SoCAL-LEM
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  • rns0504's Avatar
    04-06-2020, 09:54
    rns0504 replied to a thread Positive Thinking in The Lounge
    Yeah, I wish i had the 4.0. All the other Jeeps I had were 4.0, parts are much cheaper and plentiful, simpler to work on, similar power, basically everything about it was better. I bought this from a buddy a few years ago, it was a good price, and I knew some of the history, and needed a woods...
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  • danielbriggs's Avatar
    04-06-2020, 09:49
    All good points Adam and I agree, However I'd just like to highlight (not to you): vaccine != cure As they are obviously meant as a preventative measure, and at time of writing there are current ~1.3M confirmed cases worldwide; that coupled to the current trends + "odds" make for some...
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  • buffo's Avatar
    04-06-2020, 09:45
    MRE... "Meal, Ready to Eat" Also known as "Three lies for the price of one!" :) Adam
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  • buffo's Avatar
    04-06-2020, 09:38
    buffo replied to a thread Positive Thinking in The Lounge
    It does my heart good to see a Jeep in it's natural environment... (Cue the David Attenborough voice-over!) That being said, the V8s that they put in the grand cherokees were never as good as the 4L straight 6. Sorry to hear you're having issues with it... There was a recall on the 4L that...
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  • buffo's Avatar
    04-06-2020, 09:30
    The problem I see over and over again is people not understanding exponential growth. Last week they were talking about how COVID-19 has killed more people than the 9/11 attacks. This was when we were at ~ 3000 deaths in the USA. But today we're over 10,000 deaths in the USA, and the curve keeps...
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  • rns0504's Avatar
    04-06-2020, 09:15
    rns0504 replied to a thread Positive Thinking in The Lounge
    Sold the Ranger for $800, double what I paid for it. Sold the Camaro as well, used those funds for the Toyota. Gave away the black jeep that was on blocks to someone willing to haul it away. Have one jeep left, 94 Grand Cherokee 5.2, as of this week has what I believe is an intermittent...
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  • buffo's Avatar
    04-06-2020, 08:58
    buffo replied to a thread Positive Thinking in The Lounge
    I'm less concerned about the Chevy and more worried that I don't see a jeep anywhere in these pictures. Although now that you mention it, what ever happened to the old beat-up Ranger? Adam
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