Sunday, May 19, 2013
Candice spent much of today pouring almost an entire bottle of Armor All onto the bench seat:
The next challenge will be reconnecting the fuel tank. While trying to do that today, the bell and spigot joint (which has given me trouble in the past) finally came apart. The replacement fuel sender has a female threaded connection made of brass that's soldered onto a steel sender unit. While trying to screw the male threaded connection on, the solder snapped and the end came off. Here's what it looked like before. Here's what it looks like for now:
Note the piece of brass sitting on the top of the hose clamps.
The solution I've come up with is to take a tubing cutter, slice the bell-end of the bell-and-spigot joint, take a piece of gasoline-rated hose and hose clamp it on with double clamps. This should work reliably, because (unlike more modern cars, which use a fuel pump in the tank that pushes fuel to the engine), Patches has a mechanical fuel pump connected off the engine that sucks fuel from the tank. If the connection starts to leak with Patches, air will enter the fuel line, the line will lose siphon and the engine will eventually stop. The implementation of the fix will have to wait until next weekend, though.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Dale R. Durran and Dargan M. W. Frierson
April 2013, page 74
The latent heat released when water condenses is an important driver of weather phenomena. And as a simple experiment shows, it also makes it tough to enjoy a frosty one in the summertime.
Incontrovertible proof that beer koozies keep your beer warm.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Photo is a recent ad I saw in Offshore Magazine.
Here's a few recent updates on Avondale's situation:
* Delivery of the USS Alaska. The second to last Navy ship Avondale is scheduled to deliver.
* Avondale eyes energy industry. See photo. Offshore Magazine is the offshore oil patch trade rag.
* And a pair of articles from the Lens: Shipyard Rally and Jindal-nomics.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
* The New White Flight (Related: Asians and college admissions)
* Harvard Losing Out to South Dakota in Graduate Pay- Bloomberg
* Pay teachers more, get better outcomes - LGM. A revolutionary idea... I like the idea that it's not the pay, per se, that gets the better outcomes; it's the idea that we're actually valuing our teachers and the pay is mostly a demonstration of society valuing its educators. More good thinking from LGM.
I'll end with a story. Pat Taylor pushed TOPS through the legislature after a big battle over cost (underwriting 100% of the cost for the first few years out of his own pocket). An anecdote:
Pat Taylor was heading downtown for something. His regular driver was running a little late. Pat asked what was up. The driver mentioned that he was studying for a final in a course at Delgado. Pat told him to turn the car around and head back home, Pat paid the driver for the full nights work, told him to go home and study, and Pat took a cab instead.
Pat really, really valued education for its own sake.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Why are you undercutting your best Op-Ed writer off just the assertion of a spokesperson that has a reason to lie? After closing NOAH and starting to close the Mandeville looney bin, shouldn't you, you know, do research? Maybe look it up for yourself first?
Saw this at the end of this James Gill Op-Ed about Nagin.