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Old 04-13-2011, 02:17 PM   #7541
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Yesterday when i was taking a deposit on my 93 Mustang, a hawk swept down and snatched some bird mid flight and like slammed him on the grass. The hawk then took one leg (?) off the bird and I seen the bird squirm and then the hawk replaced his foot and just sat there killing the lil bird. It was crazy. He flew off into the heavens.

I said to the dude buying my car, you are like the hawk in this deal.

It was awesome. I laughed (while crying inside)

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Old 04-13-2011, 02:21 PM   #7542
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Its called shipping AND handling.
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Damn. Kinda tempted to sell my car and buy this:

http://grm.racingjunk.com/category/2...azda-RX-7.html

Insurance and grenading rotaries will keep me from actually doing it, however.
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GM: Volt drivers getting 1,000 miles per tank.
http://dvice.com/archives/2011/04/gm-volt-drivers.php
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I've seen a hawk kill a random bird also. It's ******* EPIC!!!!!!!
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GM: Volt drivers getting 1,000 miles per tank.
http://dvice.com/archives/2011/04/gm-volt-drivers.php

do they have numbers on how much it costs to plug one in each day to acheive this number?

to be honest, I like the looks of them. interior needs less Hipster look to it.

but i mean, what are the total operating costs? 111mpg is awesome, but if it also costs an extra $20 a week in electric bills, then whats the point?
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:57 PM   #7547
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but i mean, what are the total operating costs? 111mpg is awesome, but if it also costs an extra $20 a week in electric bills, then whats the point?
I don't have exact data in front of me, but the breakdowns which I have seen in the past indicate that the net miles-per-dollar equivalent is extremely favorable when "fueling" the car with electricity from the wall vs. gasoline from the pump.

With regard to pure-EV cars you will sometimes see "MPG equivalent" numbers thrown around, which attempt to capture precisely this phenomenon- the operating cost of the vehicle in terms of dollars spent vs. miles traveled for electricity as compared to some assumed values of the cost of gasoline and the average gasoline MPG of a comparable ICE-equipped vehicle.

For instance, here is the EPA-approved window sticker for the Nissan Leaf:



Image source: http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/11...ent-of-99-mpg/


Basically, it is telling you that driving this car will cost you as much money (in miles-per-dollar spent on electricity) as it would to drive a gasoline-only car that returned 99 MPG.

It is based on the assumption that 33.7 kW/h of electricity is equal in driving range to one gallon of gasoline.



So, assuming that the Volt's electric-only efficiency is similar to that of the Leaf, I'd expect the operating cost to be comparable when operated in EV-only mode, and to scale upwards as gasoline use is added to the equation.
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:21 PM   #7548
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That would make sense and be easy, bitching on forums is more fun.
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Damn. Kinda tempted to sell my car and buy this:

http://grm.racingjunk.com/category/2...azda-RX-7.html

Insurance and grenading rotaries will keep me from actually doing it, however.
Theres gotta be something wrong with it at that price.
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Theres gotta be something wrong with it at that price.
Yes, the design of the engine.
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Yes, the design of the engine.
I laughed so hard I blew an apex seal!
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I laughed so hard I blew an apex seal!
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I laughed so hard I blew an apex seal!
You would have blown the apex seal anyway.
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Anyone here in the video editing scene have some really pretty scenes of ocean fly-overs they would love to give me? I need some clips for a funeral video I am making for a family friend that passed away.
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****** A, that's good stuff.
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I doubt that moving a few feet would do squat, or even a few hundred feet...

Death Ray = incoherent light
Laser = coherent light

Just sayin...

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I want to know if you can defeat the laser by moving forward a few feet.

Anybody see the Archimedes Death Ray episodes of Mythbusters?
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But it would absolutely matter for sabot rounds... And without the gyroscopic mounting/targeting, it wouldn't be off by 2 or 3 feet, it would be off by a great deal more, especially at the ranges an M1A1 can engage a target.

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I suppose anything is possible. I have no idea how accurate you can make that kind of system. I mean, with an M830A1 high-explosive shaped-charge munition, it probably doesn't matter if the round intercepts the target off-center by 2 or 3 feet. With a laser beam, it does.


Yes, it failed that time as well. But it was kind of interesting to see POTUS appearing on a network TV show. Has that ever happened before? Clinton wasn't yet in office when he appeared on the Arsenio Hall show.
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****** A, that's good stuff.
I was really excited for this album. They ditched the old singer (turd, according to interviews), got AJ back as the lead guitarist and started fre-fre-fresh. The song in the link is called "Complex Terms" and the rest of the album is just as good.
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Well, my first attempt at making cured pork was a failure. I was making some back bacon/ Canadian bacon, but it turned out a train wreck. Overcooked and over salted, a lot. I used 1/4 cup of salt (kosher and sea salt mixed), 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1 tbsp thyme, 1tbsp black pepper, and some bay leaves. That for a 4 pound chunk of meat sounds about right I thought. Guess not. I was supposed to remove with an internal temp of about 150, instead I forgot about checking it and pulled it out at nearly 200 center temp, so instead of 3 hours, I should have removed it at 2 hours maybe.
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