View Poll Results: when will we get to 4,000 posts?

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  • june 12

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  • june 20

    31 22.14%
  • july 1

    27 19.29%
  • july 12

    47 33.57%
  1. #27977
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    Good morning, Bret and everyone!
    [Avatar photo from a Florida training accident. Everyone walked away.]
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  2. #27978
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    'Afternoon Bret and everyone.. Been trying to get the Mrs and the brother outta the house for 2 hours now... I need a cattle prod

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    Good morning, Bret and everyone!
    [Avatar photo from a Florida training accident. Everyone walked away.]
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    'Morning Bret and everyone!

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    Mourning Bret & all. Happy Monday ? we'll see..y'all be safe out there !
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    Afternoon all Andy's back in school So wiped out I've slept the day away.
    If you help others then you are a Success

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    Hey, gang.

    Anyone ever try Arduino?

    Boy#2 built a robot kit at scout camp and neither of them have stopped yakking about robots and gadgets since.

    I bought a book and studied up a little on it. Seems fairly simple and pretty versatile.

    I think I'll pick up an Arduino Uno and a breadboard and see what sort of silliness we can get up to...
    That looks cool
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    Quote Originally Posted by fcs View Post
    That looks cool
    For now, we're contenting ourselves with playing with Lego Power Functions kits we've had around.

    I'm posing "engineering" challenges and they have to build a working model that meets my conditions. Then we talk about how and why it works, what can be made better and what happens if we change this or that component.

    Today's lesson was gear ratios and how they affect speed.

    I've done a little more research into Arduino and while it's really cool stuff and starts out simple, it gets REAL DEEP, REAL QUICK. I think it's a little over their heads at the moment and I don't want to overwhelm them nor do I want to do it all myself. That's kind of the point of "interactive time"

    Despite the price, I've seriously been considering a Lego Mindstorm kit for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    For now, we're contenting ourselves with playing with Lego Power Functions kits we've had around.

    I'm posing "engineering" challenges and they have to build a working model that meets my conditions. Then we talk about how and why it works, what can be made better and what happens if we change this or that component.

    Today's lesson was gear ratios and how they affect speed.

    I've done a little more research into Arduino and while it's really cool stuff and starts out simple, it gets REAL DEEP, REAL QUICK. I think it's a little over their heads at the moment and I don't want to overwhelm them nor do I want to do it all myself. That's kind of the point of "interactive time"

    Despite the price, I've seriously been considering a Lego Mindstorm kit for them.
    JP....YOU are the coolest Dad.....I wanna be a kid again. I got $hit from my ole man for 'wasting time' on my models and projects......."what the he11's the use of that anyway?"........thus I still work too much and try to measure up....???

    JP (and Bret), you have NO IDEA how that investment will pay off......Secure, confident, kind, gentle, productive and industry leaders along with community leaders......completely balanced young men BECAUSE they got the MOST VALUABLE thing ANY child craves and needs........your time......
    Way to go guys.....
    "The quality you deserve is not expensive---it's priceless"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Lockhart View Post
    JP....YOU are the coolest Dad.....I wanna be a kid again. I got $hit from my ole man for 'wasting time' on my models and projects......."what the he11's the use of that anyway?"........thus I still work too much and try to measure up....???

    JP (and Bret), you have NO IDEA how that investment will pay off......Secure, confident, kind, gentle, productive and industry leaders along with community leaders......completely balanced young men BECAUSE they got the MOST VALUABLE thing ANY child craves and needs........your time......
    Way to go guys.....
    Thanks, Doug.

    I have to confess... They've both got their "things" that annoy me that I consider "wastes" of time and money.

    The oldest goes in spells on these "fingerboards" http://www.simplifiedinternetdesign....ck_parts_2.jpg They're little skateboards about 3" long. Now, I'll help him assemble them, helped him build a ramp park for them and now, he's talking about building his own (layup lamination using wood veneer) and I'll help him with that, but when he wants to spend $25-30 bucks on a little tiny skateboard....

    The little one. Well, he's a certified and certifiable computer junkie. The current obsession is Minecraft. Some form of digital legos or something like that. They start jabbering about it and I want to scream "NOBODY CARES!!!!" We occasionally have to have "Minecraft free afternoons" or dad will have a meltdown.


    To the good, Sunday was a "minecraft free" afternoon. We took the bikes and went to the local bike trail. Rode almost 5 miles. It's a cool way to connect with the kids.

    Next time, we'll do the whole trail (10 miles). I'll park the truck at the end and have momma deliver us to the start line.

    I'm ALMOST done convincing Momma to ride. She's taken mine for a quick ride or two and hasn't fallen. She's talked to a few doctors who have confirmed the "low impact" that bicycling is. Now, I just gotta put one under her and get her worked up to keeping up with me. Course, I suppose that I could slow down for her, just a little...

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    Good morning, Bret and everyone!
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  12. #27988
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    mourning Bret & everyone. Hope all is well in y'all's neck of the woods. Looks like another hot day here in N. Tx.
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    information about Brian Pikarski

    Brian Pikarski was my younger brother, I'd be interested in anything you would care to tell me about Brian and his short life in the army at Ft Stewart Ga



    Quote Originally Posted by supertek65 View Post
    I do not even know if i have ever mentioned this on this site? but you are all friends
    lost ma dad in Nam.
    when i was 18 in the Army my very best friend PVT Brian Pikarski. was shot by a 50 cal in training and died in my arms, what was left of him!!!!!!!
    21 gun salute brings me to my knees every time
    listening to TAPS just about kills me


    maybe sarge can say hi to Brian??????

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