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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by marclar, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. millball

    millball FEOA Donator

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    When you need a Phillips, you need a good one, but I use my combo wrenches every day.
    My favorite wrenches are a Palmera (Spain) metric set 6mm up to 40mm that I have had since 1975. Tough and strong, good as any Snap-On or Mac stuff.
    I'd reluctantly cheap on the screwdriver. I'm always looking to upgrade my tools.
    Rather have a used first quality item than an inferior new one.

    Charcoal or gas grill?
  2. kanak

    kanak FEOA Donator

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    millball: dunno if we're similar ages or such... but that answer was dead-center-mass. :thumbsup:

    Hand tools in the bay -- Snap-On screwdrivers, combo and other wrenches, sockets and rachets. There isn't enough credit given to tools from Europe, like the French FACOM (F1 teams use them cast in Ti) and German Gedore (seen these in some Ducati pits while I was racing -- beautiful stuff). Actually not much more than Snap-On charges... just the warranty is more difficult to claim on, obviously.

    As long as I can afford them, the cheapest screwdriver I'd use for daily wrenching is a vapor-blasted Snap-On Philips with anti-slip grips. Those are miraculously easy to use and survived my '90s junior tech years, no mean feat. :p But trying to wrench with cheap wrenches is not only frustrating but painful if you're really unlucky. :hurting:

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    I'd vote charcoal. Using a chimney coal starter with veg-oil-soaked newspaper is dead-easy, and the results on the grille much more satisfying than with gas. Gas is great for heating wrapped stuff and if you need to pound out 50 brats instantly... but given a bit more time will always grille with coals. Tastes better. :thumbsup:

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    Escort ASRs:

    Michelin

    or

    Bridgestone?
  3. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    What I find funny is consumers will pay $500 for a next gen console, when you could turn around and build a $500 PC that is light-years ahead (in terms of computing/display power) of that next gen console. I mean a 24 player laggy game with an Xbox, on Battle Field 3, is nothing to a lag free 64 player game PC gamers enjoy. In addition, for a console manufacturer to have the balls to force me to pay a networking fee, on top of the internet I already pay for, hell no. Ill bake my own damn cake and eat it too!

    I can buy a game on steam or origin(EA) for pennies, no networking fees, and have virtually unlimited potential in terms of gaming. PC all day everyday.

    I say Michelin

    Compound or Traditional bows?

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  4. kanak

    kanak FEOA Donator

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    I haven't owned a console since the original Nintendo for the same reason -- consoles are for those not invested enough in gaming tech to learn how to make a badass system for themselves, they want to buy their experience. What they don't know, is the rewards far outstrip the effort required. :rolleyes:

    However, I'm not a PC guy -- used to be a graphic artist in the early Y2Ks, so stayed Mac. As a result I'm not much of a gamer either... but don't deny which way I'd go if I did become one. :droid:

    Can't beat a recurve for lo-tech reliability... but I'd hunt compound and just carry some tools and spares. :thumbsup:

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    Choice of old-school pocket rockets:

    Mitsubishi Evo VI
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    or

    Eagle Talon TSi/Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX?
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  5. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    GSX, one of my favorite cars.

    2 door or 4 door?
  6. kanak

    kanak FEOA Donator

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    Shake, I'm old, man -- have finally come over to the 4-dr dark side. Actually, I won't buy new unless it has 5 doors. That bottle rockets like the Focus ST & Fiesta ST come only in a 5-dr is very encouraging... even the 2015 WRX is 4-dr-only now. Gonna miss the hatch, but I'll take it any day over a 2-dr, had a Paseo for over 16 yrs. Sooo over coupes. :stop:

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    If you could add one sano, bulletproof option to your DD like in GT5:

    Intercooled turbocharger
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    Full-competition suspension swap?
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  7. Cymmantix

    Cymmantix My old archenemy, RAKES!

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    Daily driver? Give me the turbo. God knows the roads suck around here enough with a stock suspension; can't imagine how they'd feel with a racing setup.

    Man-cave accoutrements: kegerator or pool table?
  8. Intuit

    Intuit FEOA Member

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    Oh that's easy for me. :) Pool table!

    Daily Driver....
    Manual Transmission: Turbo or SuperCharger ?
    Automatic Transmission: Turbo or SuperCharger ?
  9. kanak

    kanak FEOA Donator

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    IMO it depends less on the transmission and more on the engine. Unless of course we're talking about a weaksauce 4EAT... any auto trans with a negative margin of error below the max torque rating of your engine, is not gonna like being force-fed. :nailbiting: Both types of compressors do like automatic transmissions, however, since they can be programmed to shift instantly @WOT, which reduces blowoff and loss of power in a drag race. For a roadrace? Not so much -- useable response/power > max response/power.

    In my personal vehicle (after this one of course :rolleyes:)... manual with a turbocharger, sensibly-sized and giving near-instant response... not gibroni-boosted with a snail scroll poking out a cutout in the hood and retina-detaching / ditch-diving lag. Properly-matched intercooler size, compression ratio, rad and oil cooler, suspension and brake upgrades, etc. etc. etc. If it isn't a mint to buy, a variable-vane turbo would also be sweet, as it requires no wastegate and is much more efficient. :thumbsup:

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    Straight-line rocket speed with shamefully-inadequate steering, braking, or handling (any '60s-'70s matching-numbers musclecar, actually)

    or

    Pitiful power but rail-like handing, hand-of-God braking, and Miata-like steering (a 1st-gen MR2)?

    I have my preference. :D
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  10. Intuit

    Intuit FEOA Member

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    I've ridden in a 70's Monte Carlo converted into a strip-ripper and that is downright scary. Anything that doesn't brake like my (stop on the dime) 'scort scares me. Preference for small, quick and nimble most definitely. But in a straight-line racer, there's no substitute for an engine bay so large I could fit half my entire car in it.

    By the way there is a lot of torque-steer on the 'scort with power take-offs. (open differential) But it otherwise handles very well.

    Space Flight to the ISS & moon or Deep Sea Dives in a bubble submarine ?
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  11. Cymmantix

    Cymmantix My old archenemy, RAKES!

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    Space flight. That would be an ultimate experience for me - something I'd absolutely love to do, but know that realistically has no chance of happening.

    Vacation destinations: go abroad or stay in the States (or Canada, as the case may be)?
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    Intuit FEOA Member

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    Abroad. I'd like to experience different cultures. All we see on the news are the extremes of other cultures; creates a horrifically unbalanced view/opinion of other peoples & places. (by FOX standards this would be "fair & balanced" however) Work and financial obligations are the primary reasons I choose not to travel. Very few of the total people that travel abroad have extreme experiences to share; none of those I've known/met. (excluding some military veterans)

    Automatic or Manual transmission ? (yeah, lazy, I know ;)))
  13. kanak

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    Haha -- manual with bells on. I love that companies like Mazda and Lotus (and *gasp* Ford in the two STs) are still championing the virtue of three pedals + skill. Makes driving way more satisfying to heel-toe a series of perfect blipped downshifts (as it is on a motorcycle). As Jezza on TopGear is fond of saying, no flappy paddle gearboxes. Plus, lot harder to blow up a good MTX vs. the stock ATX for the same car. :thumbsup:

    And I've felt the BG-ness of my Escort carving turns... except have to say, corrected with stock alignment specs, a little of the magic is gone in favor of, well everything else except handling. :( Knowing what this car has required in maint/repair + difficulty (not to mention the cost/effort to get an MTX here), think I'll pass on more power and get a used Mitsu. :p Agree on the perceptions vs. reality of travelling abroad... but don't think Third World citizens won't target an American acting like an arsepimple, flashing cash and dissing locals (I did go to Rocky Point summers living in AZ). Hell I think First World countries are worse for that vs. 3Worlders... :shifty::shifty: . . .:cigar::yawn:

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    Best at making performance cars and performance car industry:

    Germany (home of the Nurburgring, Porsche, M-B, V-AG, BMW, the DTM race series, & some of the finest tuners and hi-po part manufacturers on earth)

    or

    UK (creator of sports cars, all the top-tier F1 teams, home of Noble, Lotus, Cosworth, Ariel, & where the world Fords are designed)?
  14. Cymmantix

    Cymmantix My old archenemy, RAKES!

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    I like the styling of UK cars better (Lotus, Aston Martin, and Jaguar models throughout history come to mind), but they're so damned unreliable. So I'll take Ze Germans with a slight edge over the Brits.

    Real books or Kindle (or whatever) e-books?
  15. kanak

    kanak FEOA Donator

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    I like real books, and the community sharing facilities for them... since my local town library shut down about a year ago, studying has been at Starbuck's -- not the most peaceful place to memorize mnemonics. :bookworm: Smell of old books, & studying at a nicely-furnished uni library, is a pleasure you can't have with a Kindle, as much as I love Amazon. :writing::bookworm::vulcan:

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    T-Day sides: sweet potato casserole or pumpkin pie?
  16. marclar

    marclar Moderator Staff Member

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    cant handle sweet potatoes. def pie.

    harbor freight or mac tools
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    MAC is a boutique outfit much as Snappie is, and they make some nice tools, quite a bit of which made it into my top box (well, back in the early Y2Ks, anyway). Harbor Freight is where you look for Chinese-made stuff way far off the quality mark from Snap-On or even Craftsman... but you don't care because it doesn't matter with a rubber mallet or steering wheel puller or set of chisels.

    I'd have to say Harbor Freight -- some of the stuff you find in there like slide hammers and metal engraving stamps and Chicago Pneumo tools (even dare I say, electronic calipers... though mine is a Mitutoyo), are pretty nice, but at fire sale prices, all-day-every-day. Kind of a toy store for stuff Snappie would charge 5x for, would sometimes just go to kill time browsing. :p

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    Tired of Xmas music already, so... jams to have in the race van on the way to the track? :woot:

    System Of A Down -- 'Vicinity of Obscenity':


    or

    Squarepusher -- 'Vic Acid' (Hard and Normal Mix):


    Have used both to psyche me up for the two laps it takes to get my Eyes back (where your reflexes need time to adapt to the higher speeds -- but for those first two laps it scares the shirt outta me, esp if I'm getting used to slicks at the same time). :wideyed::nailbiting: 'Vic Acid' is great right before a fast street ride as well. :astronaut::sneaky:
  18. Gamer92

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    Hard choice, I like a few System of a Down songs, but have never heard of the other group.


    Signing or screaming when it comes to music?
  19. Cymmantix

    Cymmantix My old archenemy, RAKES!

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    Singing. I used to be more into the heavy stuff - not so much anymore. I've come to appreciate musicianship a lot more over the years (having played with several bands in varying styles). To me, screaming does not require much of that.

    Hot or mild sauce?
  20. kanak

    kanak FEOA Donator

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    Used to love hot... since my pancreas blew a tire in May at 200 mph following that diet (Sriracha on everything, nine years sampling the caustic but heavenly wall-hole Mexican, Korean and Thai cuisine in Phoenix), I'll take spice that aids digestion/health that I can actually taste, rather than brute-force Scovilles and bro cred. :cry::stop:

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    Cold weather comfort food:

    Biscuits & gravy
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    or

    Beef stew?
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