Sunday Rant – 0819


Joe’s Comment – I find myself lecturing my grandson about how things were when I was his age.  Sometime it is about things.  Sometime it is about being 7 years old.  Sometime it is about culture.  Sometime it is about relationships.  Sometime it is about family.  Sometime I tell him things were exactly the way they are now.


Getting Old(er)
Joe and I are in our 70th year.
Our bday is International Women’s Day.
We don’t know if that was a joke on doG’s part, a wistful wish our mother entertained, or some meaningless iteration of snake eyes in the crap game of life…..
A website we visit regularly is Mostly Cajun, All American and Opinionated, where we found these two lovely reflections on growing way past “middle age”.
The first is about exercise –

The second is a reminder of nine basic truths to keep in mind as you age –


Robert David Steele
Another interview about current events with this crazy badger.
Joe and I listen carefully.
Michelle Holiday (of Portfolio Wealth Global) came prepared for the interview.
Almost like she was given the questions to ask.
Joe says I’m getting paranoid.
A lot of truth we have heard and researched was discussed.
A whole lot more connecting of dots way out in the ether.
We have officially had our pants scared off.
Once again, we are reminded of Alex Jones.
Lots of loud.
Lots of conviction.
Joe says just how in hell can you verify what this man says?
I say only time will tell.
Joe also says Mr. Steele has some damn good ideas.
Judge for yourself:

Joe and I are tracking this very interesting and scary dude to see if his prognosis and conclusions are even in the same ball park as the rest of the pundits.
They might be on the grid iron punting long, or at the rink skating madly, while RDS knocks the stitching off the ball Mickey Mantle style.


David Jon Gilmour
Joe and I think this man has a very special gift; expressing himself musically.
We watched this video and learned an ocean about a man and his muse.
An old BBC 2 documentary (2015) about this incredible musician:


Being Black Bonkers
Joe ponders many things every single day.
Not a moment’s reprieve.
Some of that hard work, that mulling of ideas and concerns, that intense analysis to discern truth and fact, sifting wheat from chaff, that no holds barred thinking, brought Joe up against a politically correct no-no dead-end string of data.
Joe’s awkward question goes something like: are gay black “B film” (or worse) “actors” all low IQ idiots?
I cautioned Joe about (a) asking that question, and, (b) mentioning “Jussie Smollet” by name.  50% success.  Joe asked the question, didn’t name the mentally challenged.
Joe always damns the torpedoes.
I help out by fitting one (or more) of my feet in my mouth.
We are opposed on this issue.
I don’t give a damn what some idiot gay actor does with his spare time, no matter what shade skin.
Joe says fine Dave, but what if it intrudes on our life?  What if we have skin in the game?  (Not necessarily any particular shade or gender or quality of skin.  Just skin.  In the game.)  Free speech also includes responsibility for your words and actions, does it not?
As theoretical Libertarians, Joe and I reluctantly accept the “rule of law” as a foundation of civil society.  In a world of 8 billion souls, an attempt however frail and fleeting to bring order from chaos is a necessary endeavor.  Outside sane and stable humanity (yikes!) that is the job of law.
Enter some attention whore who can’t think past his her its they whomever’s immediate gratification, no matter the cost.  Akin to shouting fire! in a crowded public place, this light in his loafers narcissist crossed a legal line.  Already strained tensions stretch to breaking point.  What our gay protagonist did was wrong morally, ethically, and legally.
Fine Joe.  I get it.
What to do?
Scratch head.  Tap toe.  Cross arms.  Roll eyes.  Drum fingers on desk.

Coming up blank here, boss.
There is a solution to this dilemma and the good folks at Raconteur Report make the case –
The brilliance is unassailable.  If you pick the right state to prosecute, he might get the death penalty for trying to lynch himself!
Damn!  The infinite resource of the Internet finds a workable solution.
Joe is smiling his happy smile…..


Prager U
Dennis Prager is one of our heroes.
Over the years his simple message has multiplied to be the messages of a multitude of concerned conservative voices.
Marginalized by YoubeTube and other social media organizations, the voice of Prager U is still heard.  Short concise terse and focused, there are hundreds of these vignettes available if you search them out.
A few recent releases:

Here is an older, longer, more comprehensive analysis from Dennis Prager himself, describing the differences between “Left” and “Right”:

Prager U is a beacon for Joe and me.
The long and short of it is belief.
If evidence is lacking, a good dose of belief can go a long way.
Much like Yossarian (Catch-22, chapter 18) speaking of doG
What the hell are you getting so upset about?” he asked her bewilderedly in a tone of contrite amusement. “I thought you didn’t believe in God.”
“I don’t,” she sobbed, bursting violently into tears. “But the God I don’t believe in is a good God, a just God, a merciful God. He’s not the mean and stupid God you make Him out to be.”
Yossarian laughed and turned her arms loose. “Let’s have a little more religious freedom between us,” he proposed obligingly. “You don’t believe in the God you want to, and I won’t believe in the God I want to. Is that a deal?
Against all evidence, Joe insists in believing a virtuous moral people can govern themselves effectively and intelligently.
Joe and I both believe that the “common man” (and woman) will cypher a working theory given the facts of any issue.
I believe in being magnanimous when people behave positively.
We are an embodiment of Pollyanna and Mr. Magoo.


Joe’s Garage

United We Roll
The pipeline and oilfield supporters arrived in Ottawa.
The proclamation from Rebel Media honcho Ezra Levant insisted the Canadian Main Stream Media® wouldn’t cover the event honestly, so Rebel would.
Joe says I’ll be damned if Ezra ain’t right on about that.
We watched a short CBC report for less than 1 minute before the talking head(ette) inferred the participants of being “white nationalists”.
Here is David Menzies from Rebel Media at the Ottawa event.
The anti pipeline crowd was there.  Lots of bad language:

There is an “Indigenous Person” with a very big mouth and a very bad attitude.  There are many masked men who are completely at a loss for words if you take away the conjugation of “fuck”.  There are many mixed messages from the opposition to the United We Roll caravan.  What a cluster fuck.
Joe says these morons don’t know shit from shinola.
Take a look around your home.  Take a good look.  Here’s what you might see if you’re not living in a Yurt or goat skin tent –
– Do you have running water?  If you do, it is delivered by a pipe line.  Even if you have a well, there is a pipe from the well to the pipe distribution system in your home.
– Do you have indoor plumbing: a flushing toilet, sinks, showers and/or bath?  Your waste water is taken away via a pipe line.  If you are in a large city the sewage collection pipe lines are hundreds of miles in total.
– Do you heat with natural gas?  If so, the natural gas pipe line distribution is a marvel of technology, delivering clean, safe, and cheap energy.  All across the country.
Some day the facts of who(m) is benefiting from the obvious attempt to beggar Alberta will be known.
We would support that the people responsible be dragged into the public square to face the good people of Alberta and explain their position.
Joe will show up for that.

Trucking (Delivering Mother’s Milk to the World)
Joe and I took our Class 1 license (BC Canada) for driving heavy trucks in 2005.
We started driving heavy trucks in 2006.
Our longest employment was with a contractor (Rory) driving for Pacific Coast Express.
Our weekly trip on average was 6 days, from Coquitlam BC to Los Angeles CA, returning to Coquitlam BC and ending in Kamloops BC.   The average weekly mileage was 2,500 – 3,000 MILES.
We saw incredible sights.
Like going over the “Grape Vine” into the Los Angeles basin late at night on Sundays, the two outside (right) lanes heavy trucks only, nose to tail.  Thousands of them.
Like truck stops on I-5.  Truck stops so large 500 trucks can find a place to park.
Like idiot drivers surrounding you on all sides at all times of the day and night.
On those long hauls that go wonky, when the dispatcher goofs up, or the loading dock waiting messes up your schedule, or the truck shits the bed, or traffic / construction / accidents / weather / natural phenomenon stops the wheels from turning, you often make an executive decision: do I “modify” my log book, or do I lose my job?  Most drivers (we included) learn to juggle early in your driving “career”.
If pressed, Joe will tell you that if you didn’t grow it in your back yard and make it yourself, whatever material you have may have been in a ship, in a train, in an airplane.  For sure it was in a truck (or a pipeline – that’s another story).
Think about it.
In our small town of Vernon BC we are effected by the weather in the course of a year once or more on average.  Winter weather on the mountain highways that are east and west and south and north of our town sometimes shut the roads down for hours.  Once in a while, for days.
Joe and I have noticed some bare shelves in grocery stores when the later closures happen.
Joe will also tell you that like ranchers and farmers, the truck driver is among the most unappreciated class of citizens.  The hours are long.  The pay is inadequate.  The risk level is higher than average.
Glen Beck has facts and figures about the trucking industry in the U.S. of A. in this informative video:

Glen Beck mentioned the industry shortfall of drivers.  Here’s an actual trucker with some words of wisdom:

Joe and I don’t think AI (artificial intelligence) will ever eliminate truck drivers.  Joe’s favorite example is based on our own driving experience (thankfully we weren’t driving a heavy truck at the time).  Coming home from Calgary via Crow’s Nest Pass (highway 3) on a late spring day, the cool cloudy weather and bare road turned absolutely nasty near Salmo BC.  The snow came down in blinding flurries.  By the time we started up the infamous Salmo Pass, the snow was over a foot deep.  No center line.  No ditch demarcation.  Low visibility.  There were cars spun out all over the road.  There were transport trucks jack knifed blocking traffic.  Our vehicle was equipped with excellent winter tires, 4X4 capability and chains if required.  We were able to make the drive.  The pass was shut down for a day for snow clearing soon after.
Please tell Joe how an AI piloted vehicle could cope.  Take your time.  Think it through.  We’ll wait.

Opposed Piston Engine
One of the internal combustion engine designs Joe actually imagined all by his itty-bitty self is an opposed piston design.
No cylinder heads.
With a tricky drive train to connect the opposing crankshafts, the engine could be built to have a variable compression ratio.
This would allow a variety of fuel types.
Joe has been flipping this around in his noggin for decades.
Today he stumbled into a YoubeTube video about opposed piston engines.
Much to Joe’s chagrin, this design dates to the late 1890s.
Another field of study for decades of fun and learning.
Here is a video of a working Achates Power engine:

Nucleate Boiling
If you don’t love the scientific method™ you might be missing layers and layers and orders of magnitude of layers of interesting detail.
I thought I knew something about “boiling” – the state of liquid to gas transition.
Joe also had an idea of what was going on.
The 7.3L Navistar diesel engine used by Ford has a problem with cavitation.  Cylinder walls on this engine can be perforated because the physics of cavitation are so violent and destructive the cast iron of the cylinder is literally destroyed.
Joe and I were minding our own business when we stumbled over the topic of “Nucleate Boiling“.  A graph –

This means that there is a “sweet spot” for boiling.  Too much heat differential and the heat transfer is inefficient.  Nucleate boiling for me, baby!
Here is the graph for water –
Joe has noticed that the electric kettle we use shuts off exactly when the bubbles are roiling and violent.
Whomever designed the kettle and selected the thermistors to control the switch did their job well.  If you look inside the kettle, there is an array of thermistors at various heights in the chamber.
Very clever!
This allows the kettle to operate with less than a full measure of water.
In the 7.3L Navistar engine the correct coolant has an additive that suppresses cavitation.
The above general fluid graph and the water specific graphs are both typical curves at 1 atmosphere pressure.
The effect is magnified under pressure.
The bottom line is the pressure cap on your vehicle radiator or surge tank is very important.  Test it to make sure the release pressure is accurate.
End of lecture.

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Joe’s Comment – Some cartoons are an order of magnitude better than others.
Mick Stevens cracks me up.  Also, I’m going to be 70 this year.  The old guy in the cartoon looks like a miserable S.O.B., and you can’t even see him.
That, folks, is cartooning excellence.


Blazing Saddles
Joe and I think Blazing Saddles is the best all-around comedy of the 20th Century.
Not a romance-comedy, or a thriller comedy, or a mystery comedy (or is that comedy mystery?), not slap-stick comedy.
It is a no-holds-barred rumble, ridiculing every cliché, every stereotype, every racial identity, gender, intelligence, sexual orientation; a rowdy fast-paced laugh, a laugh at everything that people do or say or think.  A laugh that included everybody.
We thought highly of it.
The best test of a movie is to view it over time and against the backdrop of your own experience and maturity.
Joe and I have probably seen Blazing Saddles once a decade since it was released on February 7th, 1974.
After 45 years, we laugh harder and longer each viewing.
This is the best picture by Mel Brooks in our estimation.
The Silicon Graybeard has a worthy remembrance titled “Another Major Anniversary Slips By“, well worth the read.
It was a different time, with different politics, with a different culture.
If you have seen Blazing Saddles, you understand why it is called “the greatest movie that couldn’t be made today”.
Here’s a scene.  One of dozens that are priceless and verboten today:

Speaking of verboten, the following scene (circle the wagons) cracks us up.  One wagon circle.  Mel Brooks plays the indian chief and speaks to the blacks in Yiddish:

Translation of the Yiddish – Shvartses! (Blacks!) (To Indian raising tomahawk): No, no, zayt nisht meshuge! (Don’t be crazy!) (Raising arms to the heavens in stereotypical Indian pose): Loz im geyn! (Let him go!) Cop a walk, it’s alright. Abi gezint! (As long as you’re healthy!) Take off! (To other Indians): Hosti gezen in dayne lebn? (Have you ever seen such a thing?) They darker than us! Woof!


Robert David Steele
Joe and I stumbled into an interview with Robert David Steele.
Very startling.
Unlike most people you research on the Internet, we couldn’t find any nasty criticism or negative press about this man.
That is scary stuff.
He is a former CIA operative who doesn’t hold back.  At all.
Loud, brash, damn near shouting.
Reminds me of Alex Jones.
Makes Joe’s hair stand up on his neck.
Give a listen:

This dude is toxic.
Read the comments below the video and be afraid.  Be very afraid:


Joe and I misconstrued; we were vague in understanding.
We read further and inferred a meaning but it wasn’t nice (precise, accurate).
Then we looked it up: Dystopia {dis-toh-pee-uh} noun – a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.
Hmmmm…. that makes more gooder our comprehension.
The new, improved, socialist Venezuela comes to mind.  And Cuba.  And North Korea.  They all have an abundance of more than one of the qualifying terms in the definition.
Further examples, in various shades and degrees, most of Central Africa, the Middle East, large parts of China, and anyplace not blessed with high IQ averages (100 and above) combined with a version of “Capitalism” / “free trade” / personal property / liberty.
Those examples are the result of political decisions.
What about the causal studies?
Enter Dr. John B. Calhoun and his studies of mice; specifically mouse behaviour.  He created a mouse social experiment where the controlled living space of the original 8 mice (4 male, 4 female – no pervs or wackjobs) was supplied with unlimited food and water, a mouse perfect environment, and no predators to limit their population.  Dr. Calhoun then watched and reported.
Joe calls it “Mice on Welfare”.
Dr. Calhoun’s title for his research report was “Death Squared: The Explosive Growth and Demise of a Mouse Population“.
It is a study on population density.
His conclusion was that mice are mammalian creatures as are humans, so the human behaviour in similar circumstances may have parallels.
Good work, Dr. Calhoun.  The report is worthwhile reading.
Enter the commentary found at the website Wilder, Wealthy, and Wise – a quote from the linked article –
Dominant male mice had previously protected their harem of mice-ladies. But when there were 600 mice? It became difficult. The mice-ladies had to fend for themselves. The female mice became aggressive in self-defense. They became solitary, and lashed out at their own young, often injuring them. It was as if the higher population density was somehow more difficult to cope with without a male protecting them.”
Joe read the article and said “STOP THE CLOCK!!!”
Between strings of invective and bluer than sailor language, he made the comparison to large, progressive cities, welfare, single motherhood, drug use, welfare, abortion, welfare, modern feminism, and welfare.  And welfare too.
Insurance is arguably a wise expenditure in the hope you can mitigate unforeseen risk not otherwise accommodated.  Both the vendor and the purchaser of an insurance contract hope that (a.) the A
ctuarians know their craft inside out, and (b.) an unforeseen calamitous or catastrophic event does NOT occur to invoke the terms of the contract.
Joe and I consider this wise in business and in personal / family risk management.
However, welfare is NOT INSURANCE.
Welfare is poison.
The “r and K” reproductive strategies are polar opposites.  A short tutorial here.
Any cognizant person can make the leap.  This is applicable to humans, and we suspect as IQ rises so does “K” strategy.  Conversely, as IQ drops, “r” strategy is more prevalent.
Joe goes out on a limb and theorizes:  as welfare increases in a society, increases in lower IQ averages and “r” reproductive strategy will follow.
The Western world is in the throes of destroying itself from within.
Which begs the question: where will the high IQ people migrate to, and what will they leave behind.
This is John Galt (Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand).
As stated by Helmuth Nyborg, “Enjoy your civilized life….. as long as it lasts”.

All, however, is not lost.  The on-going philosophical battle of morality being inexorably connected to religion has great minds battling mightily with logical cascades, emotional appeals, theoretical gossamer-fine constructs, and every illogical fallacy possible woven through the argument.
The following video shows some of our species’ relatives displaying behaviour that incorporates the foundational concepts of morality:

The point is somewhere between coercion and liberty there is a place where conscious beings can be productive, free, and cooperative.
Where dystopia is minimized.
Where or where can it be?


Joe’s Garage

Zephyr 8
How about an unmanned spy plane that is solar powered and can stay aloft almost indefinitely, flying ABOVE the weather – as high as 70,000 feet –  that’s 13 ¼ miles or 21 kilometers – a pseudo satellite.
Sounds like a proposition, or a prospectus, or a proposal.
It was all of those.
Now it is a reality.
From the comments below the video –
Zephyr is a High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) UAS/UAV which runs on solar power. According to Airbus, the unmanned aircraft provides local satellite-like services, “it endures like a satellite, focuses like an aircraft and is cheaper than either of them


Ford Motor Company
It is no secret that Joe and I are Ford fans.
When people see the constantly changing but always close to 30 Fords in our yard, the comment usually reflects a concern for our sanity.
Joe says if your hobby is collecting diamond rings, or dollar bills, or postage stamps, or any other collection that does not threaten the well being of others, go right ahead and fill your boots.  Or gather your boots, if that’s what you like to do.
Leave us alone to our hobby.
Joe says his desire is to own one of every model of Ford ever made.  North American models.  Don’t want to seem too ambitious.
Henry Ford was a practical farm boy who hit the big time.  He had serious personal issues (such as antisemitism, admiration for Nazi accomplishments, hatred of labor unions) but the bottom line of his philosophy was to provide a product that is dependable and inexpensive, returning good value for your investment.
Joe and I have cursed Ford engineers for some of the novice / forced blunders they have made trying to dance to the tune of the accountants and marketing “geniuses” and government wackjobs demanding technology solutions years before the nuts and bolts of innovation are invented.
All considered, we think Ford has done a fine job over the years.
2018 seems to have been a year FoMoCo got it right.
They have announced profit figures and the profit sharing payout (an agreement between the UAW and Ford) for 2018 comes to $7,600 USD for every Ford employee, with some exceptions.  Read the article to learn the detail here.
Looks good for both Ford and the UAW.  And our shaky North American version of “Capitalism™”.
Joe and I have used Henry Ford quotes to make our point for years and years.
Here are two that seem apropos to the spirit of the moment –


USS Hornet
Joe and I found this article very interesting.
The pictures are fantastic.
USS Hornet was an aircraft carrier in the World War II Pacific Campaign.
The Hornet (CV-8) was crippled by Japanese dive and torpedo bombers in the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands and subsequently abandoned, and sunk by American torpedoes.
Paul Allen (Microsoft) and his team found the Hornet in late January.
What is unbelievable is the research and technology employed to find a ship 3 miles below the surface of the ocean.
An article here.
A video overview.  Lots more on YoubeTube and the Internet:

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Joe’s Comment – Belief is powerful juju.  I am a believer.  But not in Lemmings.  Reality check coming up!


China – 0, Japan – 1 (Won!)
Great news about rare earth minerals.
Rare earth metals and compounds are essential for modern technology.
Called “rare”, they are actually distributed widely, but high density concentrations, economically extractable, are few and far between.
China has been screwing the world because they have large, economically viable formations.  The Chinese have been holding the consumers of rare earths materials ransom for $$$, for leverage, for trade advantage, for whatever they can get away with to pursue their global long range plan – hardly “free trade” with no competition and a commie pinko state behind the curtain.
Enter competition!
The Japanese have found a huge deposit of rare earths on Minamitori Island, in concentrated, exploitable abundance.
An abundance that is estimated to exceed 700 years of demand.
This will break the Chinese blackmail cartel, and will decrease their economic benefit.  Long live an approximation of free trade!  Bravo J A Pan and Co.
A three-fer.  Here’s a picture of what $500 billion looks like –


Inside Europe (the latest Battle of Britain)
This documentary made Joe snore.
Joe doesn’t do politics with any finesse.
More like watching a pig sing opera.
I watched the entire muck-about, most of which was on David Cameron’s watch.
The layers and layers of political negotiations cannot be dismissed as meaningless: the estimated current population of the European Union is 550 million souls.  Their well-being lies in the balance.
Nevertheless, the behind the scenes story of the build-up to the Brexit referendum and the consequent political gyrations are what has led to today; 3 years after and no Brexit reality:


Stefan Molyneaux at EU Parliament
Another Canadian of note.
Joe and I have listened carefully to many interviews by Stefan Molyneaux.  We link to his work often.
This exposé of the unholy bond between the “tech giants” and various governments, the profane prejudiced politics of the “progressive” movement, and the potential misuse of the power of social media are all subject to Mr. Molyneaux’s criticism:


James Delingpole
Joe and I have frequented the website and read some articles by James Delingpole.  He is an English polemicist, with a libertarian conservative weltanshauung.
When Stefan Molyneaux journeyed to Brussels to speak at the EU parliament (above video) he had an opportunity to converse with Mr. Delingpole at length on Mr. Delingpole’s podcast.
Here is the interview in full:


One Sheesh Kaaba(b) Please!
We haven’t lost our mind about Islam lately.
Don’t think we haven’t meant to.
Used to be, we spent a lot of time ranting about “The Religion™ of Peace©”, quoting various and sundry facts, linking to honest and scientific research, generally doing our best to overcome our “prejudice” – that Islam is no friend of the West, of the rule of Law, or of the freedom and liberty of the individual.
It isn’t ’cause we’ve converted.
The truth is we haven’t taken the time to study the colossal mental illness of this “religion” for a variety of reasons; paramount the fact that we have a life.
Our interest, our incipient polymathic tendency, has not abated.
Rather, it is the fact of a day here in Vernon BC has only 24 hours.
The metric 36 hour day hasn’t been discovered (yet), although Joe and I sometimes use that particular Universe to catch up.
Our little pea brain can only grapple with so many big ideas at once.
Pity us!
While stumbling around the Internet, Joe and I found and watched this video by the “Apostate Prophet”, about the Kaaba.
You know, the big black not quite obelisk-ish building at the center of Islam (don’t you dare think 2001: A Space Odyssey – it ain’t no such thing).
This jives with Dr. Bill Warner‘s studies about Islam, the (so called) prophet Mohammad, and the civilization of the time.
Joe and I are inclined to believe that “the golden age of Islam” is a story about dung told by dung flingers.  If anything, they should be condemned for destroying the artifacts of those peoples they conquered.
Like modern times, if the golden age did anything, it brought together the better minds of those they defeated into the slave culture of Islam.  If there was anything “golden” (Dr. Warner says there was only flecks of gold!) we suspect it was the product of those captured souls.
Interesting presentation, and if true, Islam is more of a sham than even we thought:

Why trust Joe and I on this subject.
An eminent scholar, Dr. Tom Holland, Produced a BBC documentary titled “Islam: The Untold Story”.
He was promptly inundated with hate mail and death threats from the followers of Allah, and threatened by the establishment to mind his P’s and Q’s.
A telling quote from Dr. Holland – “Liberalism is essentially Christianity-lite, and you can include atheism and secularism in that bracket too—these are basically Christian heresies. The ethics involved are really New Testament ones,” and adding later, when asked about resistance to his views on Islam, that “when I write about Islam my anxiety, and the reason I always pull my punches, isn’t that I’m afraid I’ll be killed, it’s that I’m afraid to be drummed out of the liberal club.”
After watching the video below, judge for yourself if Tom Holland is a crackpot or a brave writer / researcher:


Link o’ the Week
Joe and I literally snort snot laughing at the Photo Shop handiwork of Earl of Taint.
The morphing of American and world political / cultural current events is unique on the Internet.
Some examples –

Much, much more at the link above.


Joe’s Garage

This Old Tony
Joe and I watch a lot of TOT.
The day to day life of a Vernonite requires the use of many modern devices and tools that we not only don’t appreciate, but most of us wouldn’t have a clue about how they work let alone how to make.
Enter Tony (this Old one).
Joe has rebuilt and/or reconditioned automatic transmissions, manual transmissions, differentials, engines, sub assemblies such as starter motors, instrument panels, and many other machine or tool devices.
All of the mentioned have gears: they employ gears internally or externally.
Gears / gear reduction are a commonplace method (along with pulleys) to multiply / divide torque or speed in machinery.
I have never wondered about how a gear is made.
Joe has.
Here’s This Old Tony to demonstrate building a simple (!!!) spur gear:

If this isn’t complex enough, there are more complicated gears such as helical cut and beveled spiral gears.
Technology is truly a miracle.

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