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by FreeFlier
Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: The Cool Aunt 2021-01-18
Replies: 34
Views: 219

Re: The Cool Aunt 2021-01-18

There isn't actually a flame front as such in high explosives . . . there's a pressure wave that passes through the explosive, tipping it over the edge into detonation. This is why high explosives mush be initiated with a blasting cap, not a flame . . . most high explosives will simply burn if ignit...
by FreeFlier
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:41 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: The Cool Aunt 2021-01-18
Replies: 34
Views: 219

Re: The Cool Aunt 2021-01-18

BTW, acetylene gas becomes explosively unstable if pressurized beyond about 20 PSI . . . which is why it's stored by dissolving it into acetone in a porous matrix.

--FreeFlier
by FreeFlier
Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: The Cool Aunt 2021-01-18
Replies: 34
Views: 219

Re: The Cool Aunt 2021-01-18

I see I'm not the only one who gets "visits" when there is an unexplained explosion in the area. I didn't get a "visit" after West, there was already enough easily visible stupidity to absolve me of that one. But as crippled as I am now I don't get many visits unless the explosion is in a handicapp...
by FreeFlier
Thu Jan 21, 2021 1:42 am
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: The Cool Aunt 2021-01-18
Replies: 34
Views: 219

Re: The Cool Aunt 2021-01-18

There was a sugar company whose factory occupied two very large, tall buildings, each about aircraft hangar size, connected by an underground conveyor belt. The belt transported raw sugar from the processing building to the bagging building. Needless to say, there was sugar powder everywhere, and c...
by FreeFlier
Thu Jan 21, 2021 12:06 am
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: The Cool Aunt 2021-01-18
Replies: 34
Views: 219

Re: The Cool Aunt 2021-01-18

It actually doesn't make that much difference . . . AN is bad enough on its own. There have been enough large-scale disasters in the last hundred years to show that . . . Texas City, Brest, St Nazaire, Oppua, West (TX) . . . I don't count Halifax NS, Black Tom NJ, or Roseburg OR because conventional...
by FreeFlier
Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: The Cool Aunt 2021-01-18
Replies: 34
Views: 219

Re: The Cool Aunt 2021-01-18

Much blasting is done with ANFO, in large part because it's cheap, but in many cases ANFO is too slow or bulky, so other things are used instead. Dynamite has been a specialty explosive since about 1976 (when DuPont quit making it), and in most cases water gels are used instead, because they're much...
by FreeFlier
Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:53 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: Awesome Flex 2021-01-20
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: Awesome Flex 2021-01-20

Oh my!

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Poor Tina!

And is Dale oblivious, or just unlucky? Or Favored of the Strange Attractors?

The latter possibility is terrifying.

--FreeFlier
by FreeFlier
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: The Cool Aunt 2021-01-18
Replies: 34
Views: 219

Re: The Cool Aunt 2021-01-18

Experience is a lovely thing . . . it enables you to recognize a mistake when you're about to make it again. I've had an embarrassing number of issues with gasoline vapor . . . once with propane . . . acetylene . . . witness to a sawdust explosion . . . And while I haven't seen grain dust, sugar dus...
by FreeFlier
Mon Jan 18, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: The Cool Aunt 2021-01-18
Replies: 34
Views: 219

Re: The Cool Aunt 2021-01-18

Blowing stuff up is fabulous fun if Mythbusters has taught us anything. "When in doubt, C4" "There are few problems that can't be solved with the suitable application of high explosives." And "it's amazing how many things can be made to explode." Some of the idiot legislators in this state wrote a ...
by FreeFlier
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: Back On Topic 2021-01-11
Replies: 18
Views: 342

Re: Back On Topic 2021-01-11

Handwavium hyperborate works better. As long as you watch for the timeslip. Buy it from a reputable supplier. They refine it well enough to get the thiotimoline content down to under .001%, and timeslip isn't a problem. Buying it from eBay sellers of uncertain history... well, you may get it cheapl...
by FreeFlier
Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:15 am
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: Back On Topic 2021-01-11
Replies: 18
Views: 342

Re: Back On Topic 2021-01-11

Atomic wrote:
Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:17 pm
Typeminer wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:05 am
Not like the days when there was a Radioisotope Shack in every strip mall.
Indeed! It's gotten so much harder to find a good source of Aluminum16 for my Stirling Engine power supply.
Handwavium hyperborate works better.

As long as you watch for the timeslip.

--FreeFlier
by FreeFlier
Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:14 am
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: The Cool Aunt 2021-01-18
Replies: 34
Views: 219

Re: The Cool Aunt 2021-01-18

I noticed the choker right away.


Take note, this doesn't happen often.

--FreeFlier
by FreeFlier
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:20 am
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: More Stuff
Replies: 5809
Views: 1163737

Re: More Stuff

Freezing fog is the thick hoarfrost type. Freezing rain/drizzle leaves a coating of clear (usually) ice on everything, often knocking down trees and power lines from the weight as it builds up. I have seen freezing fog have either result . . . I think it's the temperature. I think that temperatures...
by FreeFlier
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:21 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: More Stuff
Replies: 5809
Views: 1163737

Re: More Stuff

I just learned that freezing fog is a thing, and we have it in Arkansas at the moment. What really sucks is that I have to be at work really early today. . . . Is this the kind that leaves a coating of ice on everything, or the kind that leaves a coating of hoarfrost on everything, so barbed wire f...
by FreeFlier
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: Under Wraps 2021-01-13
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Re: Under Wraps 2021-01-13

It could be worse . . . they could be hillbilly teenagers.

That would be the perfect storm.

--FreeFlier
by FreeFlier
Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: Why not 2021-01-12
Replies: 11
Views: 183

Re: Why not 2021-01-12

When you classify something, you need to be sure who already knows . . . if too many people know, classifying it is pointless.

--FreeFlier
by FreeFlier
Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:18 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: Back On Topic 2021-01-11
Replies: 18
Views: 342

Re: Back On Topic 2021-01-11

. . . I've had good results dealing with folks like Grainger and McMaster-Carr. if they stock it, the quality's going to be dependable. However, even with their fairly broad stock of spark-stuff, they don't always have dilithium crystals in the size you need. And they only stock the common radioiso...
by FreeFlier
Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Daily Wapsi Square Discussion
Topic: Back On Topic 2021-01-11
Replies: 18
Views: 342

Re: Back On Topic 2021-01-11

Scarlet is lucky she isn't classified . . . Perhaps classified at the legendary BBA ( B labbers B oiled A live) . . . or Eyes-Only/Destroy by Fire Before Reading . . . The next question is, did Bud recognize/understand that, or just preemptively classify it on the basis that if you don't understand ...
by FreeFlier
Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: More Stuff
Replies: 5809
Views: 1163737

Re: More Stuff

I should mention that the rat I shot was in a trap and cornered . . . I went and got the rifle and the ammo, shoved the barrel into his face, and pulled the trigger when he tried to bite the muzzle. Then I buried him in the yard. I've had good luck lately with a combination of TomCat (TM) Mouse Attr...
by FreeFlier
Sat Jan 09, 2021 2:26 am
Forum: The Main Pub Room
Topic: More Stuff
Replies: 5809
Views: 1163737

Re: More Stuff

I've done it . . . shot a rather large and aggressive rat with a .22 short from a rifle, because I wasn't going to get any closer to the little b______d than that.

SNAP!

Remove the ex-rat and clean up the minimal splatter.

--FreeFlier