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About slammer

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  • Location Germany
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  1. Oooo! I‘ll bet that made you sweat.
  2. Even after all these years, I still...

    I don´t think you can say that the Sowiets copied the Concord, for one it was the first to fly. But when faced with a task, like in this case: "How to make a passengier aircraft that will fly faster than sound" you don´t have too many options. The Shape of the concord and the Tu144 and indeed the American Boeing 2707 is dictated by areodynamics and by the technology and requirements of the time. It´s the same with the space shuttle and the Sowiet "Buran" two totally different designs but both look very similar. And if you look at artwork for future designs for supersonic passengier aircraft then you get something that look like concord. Can´t build a better mousetrap.
  3. Even after all these years, I still...

    I´m not a airplane tech so I can´t tell a flush rivet from a pop rivet if it bit me in the ass. To me both planes look sexy, however the Tu144 manages to looks sexy but with abs and a slight mustache.
  4. How to stay friends with a friend

    I am actually friends with my ex wife and people are like: "How cute" and "Oh, that´s nice" when actually it´s not, you still get all the nagging and 20 year old arguments dragged up but non of the benefits.
  5. Even after all these years, I still...

    Always loved the Concord. In the air museum in Sinsheim you can see the Concord and the Tu144 aka. Concordski together and from being able to compare both at the same time it´s hard to tell who built the better plane. I also wonder where Concord and any potential successors would have been if the US had not been so jealous.
  6. Even after all these years, I still...

    If you read up on circular slide rules it will be clear. I find it fascinating on just how quickly digital technology made centuries old handwork obsolete overnight. In my own trade as a typesetter I started my apprentice with hot type, a method that Gutenberg would have understood, then went to phototype and I graduated as the first person on a mac based system, all in the course of three years.
  7. Even after all these years, I still...

    I still have my Aristo school Rechenschieber and I love to astonish the kids with it, I also have my fathers wooden slide rule from the fifties and somewhere in the boxes he left behind there is a Curta that I need to get my hands on as the rest of the step "family" have no idea what it is.
  8. Well at least you have things to talk about beside bikes.
  9. I had to google that, thing is you can´t use them for all stones.
  10. Berlin to get a Tesla Gigafactory

    He states that applies in "Most countries" I would say. "in some countries" for instance have a look at how Scargill ruined the unions by turning them into not much more than that of a band of thugs. Methinks that people have forgotten how much power the unions (at least in the 1970ties UK) held and without checks and balances in place unions can totally destroy a countries economy. It seems to me that Unions could be seen as inherantly communist at worst, socialist at best.
  11. German Citizenship by Descent--Question

    Oooo angular, probably a form of Frakur! Love to give it a try, perhaps you can take a good picture and post it, blur out the names if you can.
  12. Scammed on eBay

    Unlucky, sorry but we did our best.
  13. strange insects in our house, help!

    One of the oldest insects on Earth, 400 million years and counting.
  14. I was requested to pee through a coffee filter to find out what kind of stones I produce. Yes folks, not all stones are the same, some happy people have nice round stones that go through the tubes like well worn soap, some people get rocks and boulders and others get, like me, little pointy shurikens that make you piss blood and that agonize you with pain every mm of the way down. After my recent "rolling stone" incident I had a bad gout attack and according to the doctor it seems that due to great genetics (thanks dad) and kidneys that produce too much uric acid I am locked and loaded for stones and gout. It´s gonna be fun growing old.
  15. How much is enough for retirement?

    Shoot, how much for retirement? How long is a length of string? I know that I am going to be poor in my dotage, there was never enough to put away regardless on how much I tried to save. It just never happened