- Nov 8, 2019 at 5:52 pm #3617799
I made a wooden box and a wooden sailboat in high school wood shop. I think everyone had to take some “shop” classes. Girls took “home-ec”,
Yeah, I agree, too bad they’ve de-emphasized that
Good they don’t put boys in “shop” and girls in “home-ec”Nov 9, 2019 at 4:16 pm #3617909
Since this is the truck and school thread…plus more ;) I’ll keep updating school progress here.
Only 4 more weeks of this quarter. The Divine Comedy class is fascinating and the professor is great but I don’t like writing. I am doing it in Italian but that is not the problem; I just don’t like the process and it’s an area I am definitively lazy in.
The other class is Applied Linguistics and it’s made me realize I need to change my major. While it’s important material ( at this university it’s much more about sociology than linguistics) it does not get me excited; I enjoy theoretical linguistics more even though it is more challenging material.
I can’t wait till next quarter. I will be taking Semantics and Syntax; I took syntax 25 years ago and loved it and they are willing to give me credit for it but it was so long ago that classes that have that as a prerequisite would be very hard for me, plus since I loved it then I am hoping to enjoy it again now.
That’s it, two classes plus sections, but they both require quite a bit of work so I’ll be busy.
The truck…is waiting for some tricky welding on the cast iron transmission, since it does not have the bottom holes for the engine mounts. The cut and tapped pieces are ready to go on but my limited welding experience will not do with this tricky job. Hopefully sometime this weekend Chris will have time for that and then we’ll see if this whole ordeal even works 😬Nov 9, 2019 at 4:30 pm #3617914
But it’s a good busy, no?
I miss school. Wake up on a Saturday or Sunday extra early, make coffee, move out to my desk to read comments from peers/professors on my work, read some articles, and write for a few hours…I liked it. I’d do a PhD in a heartbeat if it wouldn’t cost me another $20,000+.
I still have a similar routine, but now that I’m not in school it’s far more isolating. I read alone, write alone, very little interaction with others (outside of my wife) regarding what I’m studying.Nov 9, 2019 at 4:34 pm #3617917
It is a good busy, yes, even though I am doing undergrad work ;) It’s re energized me.Nov 9, 2019 at 4:39 pm #3617919
It seems like it from what I know of you here. I think energized is a good word for it. I can study and read and write alone, but it’s not quite the same as being in school.Nov 9, 2019 at 5:36 pm #3617923
I think school progress is interesting, thanks
Syntax and semantics also has a software engineering meaning. I took this class at USC where we all wrote a compiler, a subset of the Pascal language. The Backus Nauer format of specifying the syntax of a computer language. It seemed amazing to me how when you see the details of how it works it’s all pretty simple and stupid, but when you look at it as a user, it seems smart.
Of course I’m a dinosaur, now-a-days the subject has moved on to areas beyond anything I did, AI and so forth.Nov 9, 2019 at 5:40 pm #3617924
I was more than ready to stop going to school and start working. Tired of being a poor college student. School classes tend to be artificial and simple. The real world is more interesting.
A lot of classes were real interesting though, over-all well worth doing.Nov 9, 2019 at 5:44 pm #3617925
“I was more than ready to stop going to school and start working. “
We’ve been doing that for decades. We can relate…Nov 9, 2019 at 5:51 pm #3617927
“School classes tend to be artificial and simple. The real world is more interesting.”
Ok boomer.Nov 9, 2019 at 5:53 pm #3617928
good one : )Nov 9, 2019 at 5:59 pm #3617929
; )Nov 15, 2019 at 4:04 pm #3618958
Well that transmission ran okish. Won’t quite engage into 4th and so pops out even though nothing looks worn. We’re going to look into why this is happening. Ugh. Well, I have other things that need my time but I just want to drive it.Nov 16, 2019 at 12:55 am #3619015
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
I had a similar problem with my short-wheel-base LandCruiser: it would go into Low Ratio (4WD) but pop straight back out under load.
Now, to put it into Low Ratio there is a push rod which causes a dog gear to engage (as well as change a ratio), and this push rod has to be held in place. There is a groove around the rod and a spring-loaded ball detent mechanism which pushes a ball into the groove. All very neat and effective.
However, it seems that there had been a batch of the transmissions made which had not been cleaned out properly after machining. There was swarf in the hole which housed the ball and spring, and it was jamming. None of the Toyota dealers had a clue, and neither did the local Toyota office. A new gearbox was suggested by one – replacing mine which had virtually no wear at all. Would cost a fortune.
But someone at the motorists association sent me to a 4WD specialist who had a good rep. 15 minutes on the hoist (at 7 am) had the plug out, the spring and ball out, the swarf cleaned out, the lot put back together … and that was 20+ years ago and it has never hiccuped since. Cost me $50? for the work. Mine was not the first one they had fixed. FYI.
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@hereLocale: Right there
I had a Chrysler 727 automatic in the Scout. Bell housing matches. Great transmission.Nov 21, 2019 at 4:23 pm #3619817
Haven’t had the time to figure this one out yet…Hopefully this weekend we’ll make some progress. School is getting more demanding here at the end of the quarter.Nov 21, 2019 at 4:27 pm #3619818
School…. I got to pick my classes for Winter quarter.
“Theories of Second Language Acquisition”
and the one I am excited about:
”Typology of Language”…
…”Introduces the branch of linguistics whose goal is to describe and explain the structural diversity of the world’s languages. Focuses on what is known about variation in particular domains (e.g., syllable structure, word order, evidentiality), and how it might be explained.”
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