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  1. Nabuquduriuzhur commented on Crumb about 15 hours ago

    If you are really tired coffee doesn’t help much. Only time I’ve ever regularly drunk coffee was during a training session in a humid, low-elevation area. (Being from the high desert, it’s a trial to go to near sea level and high humidity. Has always tired me out. The air pressure here is 12.7psi and the humidity is usually less than 20%.)

  2. Nabuquduriuzhur commented on Peanuts Begins about 15 hours ago

    She’s discovered mom’s diet pills (back then amphetamines were in diet pills)— look at the saucer eyes and aggression…

  3. Nabuquduriuzhur commented on Pickles about 15 hours ago

    Recycled ethanol mash.

  4. Nabuquduriuzhur commented on Nancy about 15 hours ago

    Had a cat that sounded like a fast-revving four cylinder engine missing a spark plug wire. Purr. Purr. Purr. (Silent) Purr. Purr. Purr. (Silent.) Purr. Purr. Purr. (Silent.)

  5. Nabuquduriuzhur commented on For Better or For Worse about 15 hours ago

    He became a dentist.

  6. Nabuquduriuzhur commented on Pearls Before Swine about 15 hours ago

    Pig takes up topiary…

  7. Nabuquduriuzhur commented on Peanuts about 15 hours ago

    An immunization had just taken place! “Take THAT, Germs!” he yelled as the shot was removed.

  8. Nabuquduriuzhur commented on Garfield about 15 hours ago


  9. Nabuquduriuzhur commented on Liberty Meadows about 15 hours ago

    Then the boat’s aft end sinks suddenly as Khan sits down in the boat. SPLOOOSH!

  10. Nabuquduriuzhur commented on Endtown about 17 hours ago

    Boeing hires more civil/structural engineers than aeronautical engineers. Designing wings, fuselages, etc.
    There’s a lot of overlap in the two main sections of the engineering disciplines (civil, mechanical, manufacturing/process, agricultural, etc..) All of us in the first group take physics, chemistry, strength of materials, statics, and dynamics. Then we specialize. While I specialized in public works, I found I had an aptitude for structural engineering (it was odd— I’d been struggling because I couldn’t visualize what was going on and then the light went on my junior year and it was easy to understand after that), and if the job market for engineering hadn’t destructed from the 80% cut in infrastructure in 1993, I might have gone into structures full time. As it was it was hard to keep working in the field at all during the mid 1990s with everyone laying off rather than hiring. Finally realized the trend was long-term and got new degrees, going into another field entirely (which is why I have bio, geo, and two engineering degrees).
    The second major group of engineering disciplines (electrical, electronic, computer software, computer hardware, etc.) have a similar basic set of coursework common to them, plus many courses specific to each discipline.
    Wally is likely a civil but may be structural specialization. Not only would he be able to design buildings, but since he’s taken basic mechanical engineering, he can design tools to some extent and we see him doing exactly that. One of the things that impressed me about Nethery’s depiction of wally with Wally’s impromptu catapult is that most people don’t realize that steel is elastic and would stretch under that kind of force, thus making such a catapult feasible.