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Old 11-16-2015, 07:12 PM   #1
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What Did You Learn Today?

I thought this might be an interesting topic, where we could share new skills we learned, or whatever. Maybe you learned about an animal or bug you didn't know existed. Maybe you learned about string theory or how the human heart works. Share what you've learned, and it could inspire the rest of us to expand our horizons!


Today, I learned the basics of how to facet stones. Here in Quartzsite, the Gem and Mineral club offers classes on lots of subjects, and today and tomorrow I'm taking the faceting class. It's been really interesting so far. I have the bottom of the stone (actually glass, HaHa!) cut and polished, and also the girdle finished. Tomorrow morning I will shape and polish the crown. Always wondered how it was done, and it's cool that I now know how to do it -- in a neophyte kind of way.

The faceting machine has settings (angle of cut, index wheel), and different grit size lap disks are used to shape, and then polish the material. It was a fun day.

What have you learned lately?
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:40 PM   #2
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Sorry to tell you Bill but I didn't learn a dam thing today. Let me know how your crown training goes tomorrow cause I'm in need of one and do I have a choice of colors? All kidding aside that sounds like fun and it's something I wouldn't mind doing. I don't even have a new beer to tell you about.
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Old 11-17-2015, 04:42 PM   #3
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I'm with traveler, NOT A THING. If you ask my wife, Kitty, she will tell you I'm not trainable. She has been trying for 45 years.
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I learned today that the vehicle that SWMBO drives stalls slightly at 41 to 43 MPH and the mechanics are sure that it is a cylinder coil. However, it isn't bad enough yet to trip a code by the CPU and turn on the check engine light. Six coils X $90 each. We wait until it gets bad enough to set the code as to which cylinder.

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I learned that I hate winter [again] and would much rather be playing with rocks in Arizona.
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:17 PM   #6
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I learned that I hate winter [again] and would much rather be playing with rocks in Arizona.
I didn't learn that today but I have to agree!

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I learned that when traveling for business in New Jersey, my choice of restaurants for dinner has not been up to par this trip. Last night, the chef could't cook a steak to the right temperature to save his life (ordered Med Rare, got Well Done. Twice.) tonight, another restaurant caught fire before I could finish my meal.
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Old 11-18-2015, 06:19 AM   #8
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My learning today was worked based. I learned how to configure a Linux server for use as an ADM server within our voice network.
Exciting huh?


On the home front, I searched and engineered a way to install an engine oil cooler on my truck, to include a real engine oil pressure gauge (the later Fords like to use a gauge that only indicates that you have pressure, but not how much) using a oil filter sandwich and fittings from my local HW store to tap the oil sensor to.


I try and enjoy learning something new each day.
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Today, I learned that my yard is a leaf MAGNET when the wind blows (and from any direction).
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Today, I learned that my yard is a leaf MAGNET when the wind blows (and from any direction).
And here I thought I was the only one that had that feature on there lawn. LOL
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I learned (this weekend) that you should close the vent covers of your TT prior to going home. Thankfully, they were still there and no other damage upon arrival, aside from a messy bathroom.
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My learning today was worked based. I learned how to configure a Linux server for use as an ADM server within our voice network.
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Well, for some of us yes, that would be exciting... I learned how to stretch some of our Linux clusters between two different locations - equally exciting I think....
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Learned a few songs for our country song repertoire. As an part time vocalist it is a never ending process. Practice to keep the voice strong and memory up to date and learning new songs is a constant otherwise things get boring.
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Learned a few songs for our country song repertoire. As an part time vocalist it is a never ending process. Practice to keep the voice strong and memory up to date and learning new songs is a constant otherwise things get boring.
Sounds interesting ALJO. I just bought a new/used 1983 Alvarez Yairi 6 string a couple of days ago, and it's great. I've been working a couple hours a day with the metronome to get my fingers back up to snuff so I feel comfortable playing in public again. It's been a while!
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Music Entertainment has always been a part of my life together with my DW. Exchanged the instruments for electronics in the mid 90's for our Gig's, but are ready to go back again to instruments. We are both vocalist (harmonic).
I love to play Guitar, Keyboard and Accordion. We (DW & I) visit about 7 to 8 Senior Care Homes a month to volunteer our time for an hour of entertainment each. We do this for the last 15 years.
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I learned my new phone (Samsung Galaxy S6) has features no human would ever really need in a phone, like a SpO2/heart rate sensor. I just wanted a phone that I didn't have to charge 3 times a day and have it randomly restart like my old one!
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I learned that the rumors were TRUE.. some truckers will play with your hitch overnight at truck stops.. When I left Beaver UT the trailer felt funny behind me.. I thought it was the wind.. but on close inspection of my hitch NO some one had pulled a lock pin and removed a rolled bar from my Hensley Hitch.. good thing I have spares..
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I learned that the rumors were TRUE.. some truckers will play with your hitch overnight at truck stops.. When I left Beaver UT the trailer felt funny behind me.. I thought it was the wind.. but on close inspection of my hitch NO some one had pulled a lock pin and removed a rolled bar from my Hensley Hitch.. good thing I have spares..
Now that's bad. Glad you got it before a catastrophe occurred.
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It has been 23 years since I have owned/ridden a dirt bike. Today I was reminded how much fun it is to take soil samples. LOL I broke a 24 year record today.
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I learned that the rumors were TRUE.. some truckers will play with your hitch overnight at truck stops.. When I left Beaver UT the trailer felt funny behind me.. I thought it was the wind.. but on close inspection of my hitch NO some one had pulled a lock pin and removed a rolled bar from my Hensley Hitch.. good thing I have spares..
I just learned from reading this to check the hitch every time you stop before you leave just in case.

And it reminds me when I had a boat at the ramp parking someone pulled the hitch pin on the trailer.
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