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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-12-05 05:33
Subject: [links] Link salad stumbles to the end of the work week
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Tags:cool, food, language, links, personal, politics, publishing, science, writing
Wondermark on the writing process — Heh heh heh. And ow.

Nothing good comes from adverbsLanguage Log on usage. And if I'm not mistaken, the hat tip there is to our own andyhat.

Scrivener's Error on the recent publishing apocalypse

rosefox sends along recipes for apple pie with bacon lattice top and Bacon-Crumble Apple Pie — Mmm. :: wants ::

Ceramics That Won't Shatter — Some cool materials science stuff. And today's new word is "biomimetic".

madwriter with Things Our Ancestors Didn't Want To Talk About — An interesting meditation on the history of the history of race in Virginia.

?otD: Why do we park in the driveway and drive on the parkway?




12/05/08
Body movement: 85 minute suburban walk
This morning's weigh-in: 221.4
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

Originally published at jlake.com.

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User: dirkcjelli
Date: 2008-12-05 14:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
something else to consider about ceramics:

machining can be a pain.
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User: dirkcjelli
Date: 2008-12-05 14:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
-- and there is a big difference between "ceramics" and "ceramic/polymer composites"

In addition to its properties, the reason we use steel is... it is cheap.

Still, Boeing is doing some amazing things with composites these days. (Just don't ever ask me how much of a 787 is 'made of plastic' ;-) )
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Jay Lake: tech-turbine
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-12-05 14:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:tech-turbine
Would it be the case with ceramics that you'd attempt to cast everything as-needed, and by-pass machining altogether? I am woefully uninformed here.
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User: dirkcjelli
Date: 2008-12-05 15:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That is what you'd probably try to do as much as possible (heck, that is what they try to with metals most of the time, when they can.)

On the other hand, there are some things which still require machining. To fill properly, there are sprues and runners ('filling bits' and 'draining bits') which need to be removed afterwards, it is quite difficult to cast in threads, and to meet strict dimensional tolerances and/or surface finish requirements, often the surface has to be trimmed down a bit.
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Jay Lake: tech-turbine
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-12-05 15:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:tech-turbine
Thank you. That makes sense to me.
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Twilight: Tried
User: twilight2000
Date: 2008-12-05 14:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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Ceramics That Won't Shatter — Some cool materials science stuff. And today's new word is "biomimetic".

Biomimetic is only a new word to those of you who don't watch enough Star Trek :>
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-12-05 14:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Fascinating, Captain.

And speaking as someone who grew up without television, and abandoned it again as an adult at the age of 30, erm, no, I haven't watched all that much Star Trek. Portions of the original series, portions of STNG, and most of the first season of DS9. That's about it. And I gave up on the movies years ago.
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Twilight: Bright Outlook
User: twilight2000
Date: 2008-12-05 14:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Bright Outlook
Ah -- for many folks, DS9 was actually the most interesting and complex of the series' -- and where the reference to "biomimetic getl" comes from. As for the movies -- it seems that it's been very true for most people that the even numbers (2, 4, 6, & 8 particularly) are the preferred movies -- though some us rather like "2nd acts" with somewhat less action and somewhat more "story background". I will note, for general reference, that while *I* like #10, it's not a favorite of either fans or critics.

On the off hand chance that you're something of a rebel, I'd still watch movie #8 before #10 ;>.
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The Green Knight: Fern
User: green_knight
Date: 2008-12-05 14:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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Why do we park in the driveway and drive on the parkway?

I don't know. Why do you drive on the pavement? We walk on it. Why do we both table motions, and mean the opposite thing?
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sheelangig
User: sheelangig
Date: 2008-12-05 16:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
AotD: Because George Carlin is dead.

>sniff
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Jay Lake: sanguine-smokestack
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-12-05 16:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:sanguine-smokestack
Isn't that a Moody Blues song?
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AndyHat
User: andyhat
Date: 2008-12-06 18:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yep, that was me, disguised by my real name.
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