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Regarding the train thing, let's see how a written version comes out...

My job is increasingly about inventing new parts to make railcars roll more efficiently at higher speeds.
One of the big problems in railcar engineering (that is, the non-locomotive-driving kind of engineering) is called "truck hunting." A quick google brings up this video by one of my competitors:

So their 'solution' doesn't actually work, which is probably why the video is animated instead of live video. Basically nobody's solved the problem in a way that's more cost effective than just letting heavy freightcars tear up the tracks as they travel. But everybody's spending big R&D money trying.

Closer to my March 2018 experiences, a related thing that can contribute to hunting is called "truck warping." (Deep Dive) Basically what's going on is that nothing is really rigidly connected (it's all springs and gravity) between the wheels and the car structure, because physics. However, the Rube Goldberginess of it all is just too flexible, which leads to that wicked side-to-side shimmy (up to about half a Gee each way at 2 to 3 cycles per second, more than that and you get a derailment) as you approach 70 mph. So my latest invention addresses that, on paper.

To be sciencey about it, we ran the car through the same test twice, once with and once without my devices. The test is to pull the fully loaded 286,000 pound railcar around a sharp corner and then out on to a flat straight run while watching for the shimmy. Repeat that at each integer speed increment from 50 up to 70 mph. Then I literally had to crawl around under the beast (while stopped, of course, but still) in hard hat and orange vest, measuring stuff, turning bolts and such to get my parts in place and doing their thing, then run the speed ramps again. Long story short, I increased the hunting/shimmy threshold from about 66 mph to 69 mph. $100k spent, minimum, for use of the facility alone. Reasonably successful, not bad for a first try, still have a job, yay drew.
Should have worn work gloves, I think I finally got the last little steel splinter out of the skin of my palms this morning.


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Just got back from 4 days in Pueblo, CO, after 5 days there the week prior. Not a fan of the desert: my ancestors all hail from cold, damp places. Anyway, spent a fair amount of time literally under a train (banging on the wheels and suspension parts with hammers and such) and finally dragging that railcar around a test track at 60-70 mph. Railroad is a weird, regally inbred industry.

Boter wrote:

Song: Things Ain't Like They Used to Be
Artist: The Black Keys
Something: Since this turned into a list of sad songs that can lift you back up, here's mine. One of them anyway. I guess it's important to know that those down times are common among us all, right down to dwelling on them long after they should be over.


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Robert Heinlein's corpus is a mixed bag, and on a shelf near Ayn Rand in terms of some of their fanbase, but...

I cannot recommend, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, enough.
In which the moon was used as a penal colony, and has since become a source of farmed goods to the earth. Plot-wise, it tells of the activities and fate of several members of a political independence movement. Linked to the Wiki page for the more curious.


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Reminds me of a lot of stuff I've been meaning to get around to watching.


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Alex wrote:

And shit, this movie is meta. On several levels. I'm not really willing to type it all out (and if you didn't catch it...well, I'm not sure how you couldn't), bottom line really being "stop worshipping shit," which man, many many people need to hear that.


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Yoda can summon lightning from beyond the grave.
How did the Sith ever stand a chance?


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Re my previous final sentence: ;-)

If you think of your soundscape as The Score of your production, then you want it it make us feel tense when then characters are feeling tense. I'm sure you were going for that. Contrariwise: the score should calm us when the scene is calm, however your constant din of tones actually trains the listener to ignore and discount the noises so they bring less tension when you want it.


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Listened through once, MP3s played over my car's audio. My biggest gripe is that the cacophony of tones and alarms overpowers the voices pretty regularly. A bit of compression might have saved this for me, but it also seems odd from a cockpit-voice-recorder standpoint. It's like you've had it both ways: found footage and immersive audio.

Teague's performance rocked my world, further galvanizing my fandom. The Grim-Dreadnaught scene had me going misty, as well as Blue's big monologue. Banter and world building: all high marks; references and callbacks: ditto. One exception there: did "high-explosive solutions" get a rule of three? I only noticed it twice. Sobered by the Invid ref <hat tip>.

Tense scenes: I feel like the performances could have been more nuanced. Line readings are mostly good, but they show evidence of being, "readings," as opposed to delivery of memorized (or putatively extemporaneous) material. Again with the beeps and sweeps: there's a baseline of noises when the tension is off so I mostly tune them out to hear the words, so I didn't feel the pressure being applied by the sfx as acutely as you'd like.


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I keep relearning that my CS6 Encore will crash if I zoom the timeline in juuuust past the point of each frame being 10 pixels across on the time ruler. What a minefield if you want to be precise about editing a chapter point.


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http://www.geekexchange.com/news/the-fl … howrunner/

See what happens when you bump threads?

FotN is a largely forgotten cash-in after the ET craze in the mid-80's, I admit to having enjoyable memories of seeing this in theaters when I was 12-ish.

Would pair well with Explorers.


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Yiddish for the win.

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Wild Card is a 2015 American action thriller film directed by Simon West, and starring Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Milo Ventimiglia, Hope Davis, and Stanley Tucci. The film is based on the 1985 novel Heat by William Goldman, and is a remake of the 1986 adaptation that starred Burt Reynolds.[4] The film was released in the United States on January 30, 2015 in a limited release and through video on demand.
Wild Card was a "box office bomb", making only $6.7 million internationally against a $30 million budget.

I was originally just browsing in search of a film to help me develop my hooligan British accent, and would've passed on this if not for the spiritual 5th FIYH Goldman's name on it. This is apparently the second failed attempt at bringing this to the screen, both times as vanity projects produced by the lead actor. Burt Reynolds was the first to give it a go in "Heat"

Neither this nor the 1986 version focused (until the end) on the weak rich guy wanting to learn to be tough which was probably the nugget that Goldman was half-heartedly polishing in the novel.

The big sequence of Nick Wild's improbable run of luck at Blackjack, is followed predictably followed by the self-destructive total loss on the last hand. It's been done better in other films.

The fisticuffs are on-par, except so many frames are brutally excised from the film during the moments of contact that there must've been blood all over the editing suite.

Disappointingly, Tucci's blood pressure never rises above, "golfing for 9 holes," in any of his 3 short scenes.

On the upside, I've ceased to pronounce my 'atches, so mission accomplished.


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Good stuff. I continue to watch this thread... ;-)


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<sniffs, tastes>
That's a fucking "Milky Way."
Ya' limey fruits got your planets and galaxies all inside-out.


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Hello Michael, we look forward to your contributions.  wink

What kind of compositing are you into these days?


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Dorkman, Fuck Yeah!


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Yep, you're one of my favorite, "I know a guy who..." stories for that one! ;-)


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I remember doing the prison-establishing shots for that.
Where the hell's my money?


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Solid work.

Hey Teague, is the Radiopunk address accessible to members only?
Mind if I link Dale Daugherty to it?