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Archive for December, 2005

Who’s been reading?

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on December 31, 2005

It seems that someone out there from Grand Forks AFB has been checking this blog out, and they found it by doing a Yahoo search for “Dorri Williams”.

That’s me!

If you know me, drop me a line.

Oh and Happy New Year!

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The junkyard that time forgot

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on December 29, 2005


While traveling home after visiting relatives for Christmas, I ran across this gem of a junkyard.

It’s located in Boaz, Alabama. I stopped at a used car lot nearby and asked about it. I was told that it’s owned by an old man. He never seems to do anything with any of the cars, but they are all “for sale”. The problem is that the asking price for any of the cars is more than they are worth.

More pics here, here, here, and here.

I think I need to make friends with this old man. I wonder if he has any heirs?

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Merry Christmas

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on December 24, 2005


I sincerely hope everyone has a safe and happy Christmas holiday.

Blogging will (probably) resume Tuesday or Wednesday.

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Just how realistic is GT4?

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on December 22, 2005


For the three or four of you out there that don’t know what GT4 is, Gran Turismo 4 is the most recent installment of one of the most realistic racing games out there. Exclusively for the Playstation 2, GT4 has over 700 (!) cars to choose from, including classics.

I’ve read about how realistic the driving experience was, and some have gone through the trouble of comparing GT4’s Nurburgring to the real thing, but I wanted to do a little scientific testing of my own to see how it stacks up to reality.

So I saved up enough money (in the game) to buy a Delorean, took it to the track, got it up to 88 MPH, and. . .

Nothing.

Bumer. I guess it’s not that realistic after all.

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What Dorri wants for Christmas

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on December 20, 2005


Dorri finally decided what he wants for Christmas.

He was looking through his Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog and there it was – right in the middle – the M400 Skycar.

From the ad:

• The M400 Skycar is the world’s first personal vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, designed to elevate individual drivers above the headaches of commuting and the dangers of highway travel.
• In development since the 1960s, the Skycar has completed successful hovering flights, and its first manned, un-tethered flight is planned for Fall 2005.
• Developed by Moller International, the three-wheeled, folding-wing craft is designed to be as safe, affordable, and easy to use as an automobile.
• Travels at 350+ miles per hour and achieves an environmentally friendly 21 miles per gallon on alcohol, a cleaner fuel than gasoline.

According to the builder’s website, the Skycar will cost around $80,000 (about the cost of a luxury automobile) after it reaches mass production.

Unfortunately it isn’t being mass produced just yet, in fact there’s just the prototype for sale now. The pricefrom Neiman Marcus? 3.5 million dollars.

Dorri still wants it. And Dorri still doesn’t like it when people refer to themselves in the third person.

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What were they thinking?

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on December 19, 2005


Tonight I went with a friend (Stephen) to Easley, SC (motto: all our streetlights are yellow and we don’t know why) to pick up his new Scion xB. I noticed immediately upon entering town that all the streetlights were yellow (see motto). A few minutes later, one of the streetlights turned red. That’s when I noticed that that particular streetlight was actually a traffic light. Then I started cursing vehemently (i.e. with vehemen).

They were the exact same color.

I cannot come up with any possible reason for the city of Easley to intentionally make their streetlights the same color as a yellow traffic light.

Any ideas?

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Hello world!

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on December 19, 2005

Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

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Looking for a few good engineers?

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on December 19, 2005


Joe Sherlock knows where you can find them.

Time To Go: General Motors Corp. is suspending contributions to its 401(k) savings plan for salaried employees and paring back severance benefits as it prepares for more white-collar job cuts in the coming year. Ford suspended 401(k) matching contributions for employees in June. I bet that every young, talented employee from these two behemoths is actively looking for a job elsewhere. This will leave both companies staffed with no-talent deadwood. The death spiral is picking up velocity.

This only furthers the nail in GM’s (and Ford’s) coffin.

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Pop Quiz

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on December 17, 2005

  1. If, while driving, you approach a traffic light that is not operational (no lights lit) you should:

A. Continue driving as if the light were green.
B. Treat the traffic light as a four-way stop.
C. Slam on your brakes as hard as you can and slide off into the ditch.
D. Trade in your car on the largest SUV you can find so you don’t have to worry about it.

The correct answer is, of course, B.

If you answered A, you probably live in South Carolina.

As many of you may know, the Carolinas have recently been hit with a rather severe ice storm which has left many people without power. I was appalled by the number of drivers who blithely continued through signals without power, wholly oblivious to the fact that there were other drivers aproaching from the crossing street.

When researching this post I discovered the reason for the ignorance of SC’s driving population; nowhere in the SC Driver’s Manual is this subject addressed!

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How many cars do they think I can drive at once?

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on December 16, 2005


Why does it cost more to have liability insurance on two cars than it does to insure just one? I can’t wreck more than one car at a time.

It should cost the same to insure (liability and collision only) 37 (just an example) cars as it does to insure just one.

I understand that comprehensive coverage should be on a per-car basis. The risk of damage other than that caused by wrecking (tree falling on it, etc.) increases linearly with the number of cars covered.

Why do the insurance companies charge more for multiple cars?

Because they can.

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