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1:54 AM
Goodnight all!
 
 
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5:17 AM
YES!! I'm "Generalist". 'Bout time this site got it's stuph together and recognisated my general overall isting. Only me and 18 others have thus far acheived ... this ... thing. I'm beaming with pride: I always thought my ist was pretty specific. Now I'm learnt otherways. Congrats also to those others who are most likely even better moreso isters than meself.
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6:45 AM
@SteveRacer I iz the most specific generalist around. I iz also the most generic specialist. Master of all Jacks, Jack of all masters.
 
 
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7:49 AM
Yay - Generalist is a good sign for a site
 
 
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1:06 PM
Fun titles. I changed mine on LinkedIn to "Pixel Pushet" in a futile attempt to stop recruiters from bugging me about web development jobs. Haven't done that in years.
"generalist" might be more rffective. Or less. Shrug.
@Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 every motor is an interference motor when a rod lets go.
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@Ceshion Smoothline's hard tops have gotten pretty good reviews. Styling is subjective, and I'm not sure if they fit the Sky or just the Solstice, but the quality is there. I'm CADing up a model for a hard top for my car, planning to CNC a plug for it in pieces, jigsaw style.
 
 
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5:18 PM
@DavidLively the only complaint I have about those is the giant divot in the top of them
they look great from the side but honestly that ruins it for me
I'd rather have a coupe top
 
 
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6:46 PM
@Ceshion, I see what you mean. Divot does kinda look like a butt.
This is what you need.
 
yes, definitely
 
Why even put the divot there tho? Oh well.
My favorite answer of the week...
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7:11 PM
Right? It'd be really nice if it was flat on top, but with the divot it just looks janky
like it's trying too hard to be retro on a car that isn't retro at all
 
@Ceshion, I saw a pic with the cloth-esque top, and the divot was more chiseled. It looked ok.
 
hmm
 
The smooth bumps are too SSR/Prowler for me...
 
also, I heard there were some race cars in the 60s and 70s that used rotors to generate downforce, I'm wondering if we'd be able to implement that better now, and I'm trying to work through the basic calculations for whether or not it'd be feasible but I'm having a little bit of trouble determining how to model what downforce would be necessary to counteract a variable size bump at various speeds
I need an engineer
 
The "LeMans" top has the better divot
@Ceshion My favorite were the cars that used fans to suck the car down to the ground.
 
7:16 PM
I saw a concept, and I wish I remembered the artist, that used a sort of turbine on each of the corners of the car such that downforce could be generated in a fully variable way, and I'm sort of leading up to figuring out if that could feasibly work
I saw about that too, that's a cool idea too but it doesn't allow for variances in each wheel, which I guess is what I'm trying to solve
and also ideally the ability to corner harder than a passive system
but in reality it'd probably be passive+active, not just one or the other, if it does work
basically their concept was a car that handles as well on the road, regardless of speed, as it does on a track
I think that's a little bit far but it might be /better/ at least?
 
Sounds interesting.
 
ideas like this are kind of a hobby of mine, like super high concept, probably won't work but just might sort of things, just going through and figuring out if they're more feasible than they look and worth actually prototyping
 
Jalopnik, but interesting...
 
the Chaparral was the one I was reading about that got me thinking about it in the first place :0
 
The last one on that list?
 
7:28 PM
that Scion is downright silly though
yeah!
 
High HP FWD cars do get silly. The drag cars look very silly with the big slicks up front.
 
7:42 PM
The Tumbler bat mobile had active aerodynamic bits.
Ferrari uses airfoils on the bottom of the car to increase downforce. Apparently a 430 generates > 1G at ~100MPH, so could technically drive on the ceiling. Skip all that tunnel traffic nicely. :)
 
I'm pretty sure the tumbler just beats the air into submission and makes it run the other way.
 
7:55 PM
@DavidLively I'm sort of thinking more in the terms of generating thrust than generating downforce per se, basically having the rotors mounted in the body, the idea being you can get better traction without having to make the suspension extremely low to the ground, thus making it streetable given ordinary roads aren't going to be kind to that nice shiny aero kit half an inch from the surface
that being the difference from other active downforce devices we've seen
 
You might like this, then
The model 2J “sucker car”
 
yeah! we were looking at those in brief earlier, it's sort of the same idea except I don't want to have the requirement of a decent seal with the ground
 
Just invert the aircraft. You’ll have as much downforce as you want!
Top Gun theme!
 
haaaaaaaa
 
Hmm.... sketches idea of upside down flying wing car
 
8:11 PM
With swept wings. The F14 was so cool given that it seems like crazy talk these days
 
I think what @Ceshion wants is an upside down quadrotor with wheels and an LS1.
 
@JPhi1618 you're basically not wrong
 
@BobCross F-14 was always one of my favorites. That and the F-16, because of Falcon 3.0
 
My solution would be supersonic....
 
I want a car you can drive throughout normal road speeds at the very least, that can turn all the way to lock without skidding
mostly just because
(so like, 25-95mph)
 
8:13 PM
You just need to bank into the turns. Pull back on the stick and try not to black out.
 
Ok, now it seems I was wrong. She wants a car with adjustable steering locks. That's much easier to solve.
 
hahaha
 
However, wouldn’t fly well at 25 mph. That’s more of what we would call a stall
 
Harrier pilots laugh at your "stall"...
 
they call it "hover"
 
8:15 PM
I call it very very loud
 
Pretty sweet jet until they bust out that silly landing gear.
 
harrier jet: "guys I think my ankle is broken"
 
Fairly slow. Not so good on the sneaky sneak either
In case it’s not clear, I’m also that kind of nerd.
 
I think I've seen you nerd about that before...
I want to take my girls to more air shows now that they are getting bigger. I used to LOVE them.
 
Ear protection for reals
They look funny with ball caps and great big cans on their ears. :-)
 
8:24 PM
Yea, the last one, the Blue Angels was the only thing super loud.
Most other planes were prop stunt planes. Far enough away to not be that loud.
 
Plus there’s a lady blue angel now!
 
I properly perpared them for the sneak pass...
 
What’s really fun is to be out away from the show where they form up for passes. That’s when you get to see some serious Gs
 
Yea, we actually left during their show cause the other kid was feeling bad. It was cool to watch them away from the main crowd.
 
*heart eyes
 
8:29 PM
@BobCross Thats cool. I had not seen that.
 
 
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9:41 PM
@BobCross - That story is from two years ago ... sure she's still there? Or maybe they have more by now, which would be awesome :o) Great story, any way you look at it!
 
I wonder how differently she reacts to the G forces. Women have a different center of gravity and other differences (muscle mass, fat %, etc...) . I wonder if she can handle more or less.
 
@JPhi1618 - Realize while she's still taking some G's, a C130 isn't going to attempt anything like an F18 would take. Also, I don't think there's any problem with it ... I'm sure the Shuttle crews experienced Gs in the realm of an F18 or greater, and there was more than one female on the shuttles.
 
@Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Shows how much I read... She's not an F-18 pilot?
I guess that would make most of the G force issues moot.
 
In this case, yes, but overall, I think it comes down to two things: 1) training; 2) fitness. I doubt much of it is split out female/male in these kinds of things.
 
I would imagine any one of us would have an extremely bad time with F18-level G forces
 
9:54 PM
Yea, those are the two most important. I just ask because those jets can outmaneuver what a human pilot can handle. We're at the edge of what anyone can handle, so I wonder if male/female makes any difference.
 
unless any of you guys are fighter pilots and I just don't happen to know :p
 
She could probably handle Gs a lot better than you or I could. Heck, I started blacking out on a local roller coaster here in VA a few years back. Take a look at the Intimidator 305 ... they had to slow it down because people (yah, me too) were blacking out on it.
 
@Ceshion I wanted to be when I was in school... Decided I wouldn't be a good fit for the military tho.
@Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Oh me too. I can see the white-out coming at the bottom of the big drops.
 
The top of that is 305' ... almost a straight drop off the top, then it comes out of it fast.
 
305 feet tall... Insane.
 
9:57 PM
You should try riding it, lol!
All I'm saying is, I bet she could take the G's ... unlike us, she's trained for it.
 
Totally want to! How far is that from DC?
 
She wouldn't be where she is today if she couldn't.
@JPhi1618 - It's off of exit 98 on I-95 ... I think it makes it about 86 miles (or so Google Maps says)
 
Cool. We will take a family vacation to DC in the (far) future.
 
I'm off of exit 136.
 
So, this is hard to read, but a military report from '86 says men and women handle G's the same.
 
10:14 PM
@JPhi1618 - tl dr; Doesn't surprise me.
 
10:48 PM
@DavidLively - What up?
 
@Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 waiting on a Minecraft update on the Xbox for the boys.
 
Is Ceshion a pilot??
 
Never really got into Minecraft
 
Just reading through the past few hours.
I'm not a huge fan of it either, but it keeps them quiet-ish.
 
10:50 PM
@DavidLively - I don't know if she does it in her spare time, but I don't think so. She writes code for a living.
 
Ah.
Okay, I misread. It happens.
Wound up not swapping the G35 heads. It works fine. Took it for a 30min test drive. No codes, no leaks, normal temp. Waiting for the other shoe.
Roller coaster looks fun.
 
11:49 PM
@Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 There are plenty
Don't stand between a lady Marine and her aircraft.
 
@BobCross - Of this I have NO doubt, lol.
Don't think I'd stand in the way of a Lady Marine pretty much anywhere, lol. They'd hurt me.
 
They're very nice. They all have the same name, though. It's weird. "Good morning, ma'am. Have a good evening, ma'am."
 

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