Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 05:31 am:
I remember that from the Model Garage feature in Popular Science. The dead car was where they couldn't get close enough for a conventional jump and they peeled the cables apart, hooked them in series and touched bumpers.
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 03:15 pm:
A buddy was canoeing in the Adirondacks and he was passed by a guy in a canoe with a ram air kite, just sitting back and getting towed along.
I've flown a 15 foot Rogallo kite that was actually my first hang glider, rigged for control line kite flying. The local Community College has a nice field with parking lot that attracts the kite nuts, and they had a fit when I showed up, hooked my kite to the hitch on my van, and flew just fine, even though I was sometimes 15-20 feet up holding the control "cross". ( full pitch and roll control ) Putting the helmet on before flight should have been a clue that I wasn't playing the same game.
I've flown the surf kites on the beach and jumped around for fun, but always thought that an activity for days I can't fly myself because of high winds. One of the local pilots carries his hang glider and sailboard on his car so if the winds get too high he can go board, and that always seemed like a good idea to me, except I'm mediocre, at best, on a sail board.
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 03:30 pm:
Personally, I don't buy Apple products, partly because of company policies, but mostly because they are stupid expensive, and deliberately so.
I freely admit that Apple has done great things with intuitive interfaces, and my Sister's decade old Mac-air-goddess-pro ( or whatever it is ) is still going strong.
But the cult of spending too much money on a trendy micro computer every time a new one comes out competes directly with my habit of building a new desktop computer every time a new resolution gets cheap enough, and I don't see where spending $800 on a phone that doesn't do anything I want it to better than the one I got for 96 cents makes sense to me.
I can see if I was making movies with my phone I could be talked into the best one for the purpose, but since I surf & read books and occasionally make phone calls, good enough is fine by me.
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 06:28 pm:
Visiting Maui once, I was at a popular windsurfing beach, and there was a guy learning to fly his kite board kite on the beach. He was hooked into the spreader bar and crashed the kite... On the road... Gift wrapped a passing car. He got one hell of an acceleration, but was mostly OK.
I've been looking at a bunch of info on the windsurfing foils. Damned if I can't get them out of my head. I may just have to convert one of my old boards and give it a try. Looks way cool, and extends the speed into the lower wind ranges that we get way too much of in the mid-west. One of the things that made me drop the sport.
Man I wish Mr Czysz had been able to manufacture production bikes. He had some awesome ideas. So unassuming and brilliant. Not just outside the box, but get rid of the box and replace it with something else entirely that cancels out the gyroscopic forces imposed by the box. Beautiful, functional, radical machines. Rest in peace, brother.
Sifo, make sure the foil board will work with local winds. I was psyched to get a Moth but local lake winds and my mass would leave me a small handful of days to make it work. The bigger foil boats might work, but for local sailing a Hobie cat is a better choice.
My current quest is a Grumman canoe with a cheater rowing rig, ( that moves the oarlocks with the pedals, and the seat stays still, banned for competition, but perfect for canoes ) and one of those modern floating ram air kites would be perfect for the fast run home after hammering the length of a Finger Lake upwind.
Posted on Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 09:04 pm:
I had a 73 Gremlin back in High School. Straight 6, 3 speed in the floor. My Dad had an AMX Javelin 401. My sister did the best thing she's ever done, she wrecked my Dad's car. I got the 401 for the Gremlin, with a M22 Muncie Rock Crusher 4 speed. Man alive that car was f a s t !
The aftermarket for Chevrolet small block clones & parts is massive. The LS series stuff is great, but can be pricy. Aftermarket engine management systems can run 5-8 thousand dollars. However for the money you have total control of transmission, injection, ignition and can squeeze huge power and racing shifting from a junkyard engine.
A recent "Engine Masters" show got 400 hp out of a rebuilt crate engine short block, like you get at Pep Boys with good aluminum heads, carb & intake. Decent but not spectacular. Cast piston and crank, but high end rings, since phase 2 was a blower....... they were going to go for destruction but after getting 650, then 731 hp, they let it live. ( supposed to be a "how much boost before it blows" test) Fun show, check it out on YouTube or their pay site. Roadkill, Hot Rod Garage, etc.
The blower was a belt drive centrifugal @ about $6 grand, but dang!
We live in a golden age of hot rod cars. Could you imagine a 2018 Demon ten years ago?