Episode-1827- Listener Calls for 7-14-16 — 6 Comments

  1. Jack, Great job with the song.
    Like its been said “The more it changes the more it is the same”
    I love my Marlin 357, you are spot on.
    Give a listen to Ball of Confusions (That’s What the World Is Today) by the Temptations

  2. Hey, Jack –
    A little feedback on the engineering/technical school call. I definitely agree that they’re both valuable paths that offer different but related opportunities.

    The distinction that I see in (the aerospace) industry is that with a technical background you will work with existing technologies, and with an engineering background you can develop new ones. Depending on someone’s interests and aptitudes, knowing that difference could help them choose which path to take. In reality, there are probably more jobs available for the former.

    They should also consider future learning/school opportunities that can come with each. I’m an engineer, and I chose my job in part because the company offers really generous education benefits. I’ve been earning a masters in robotics engineering part time at NO cost. It’s made me a better engineer now and it will open up all sorts of opportunities as we go into that automated future you’re always talking about. Hopefully I’ll be on the winning side of the robot revolution…

  3. I thought I’d chime in on my experience with technical/engineering schools. Agreed, they are both valuable paths.

    I showed an aptitude for the technical very young and was taking BASIC programming courses for elementary students at the community college at 9 or 10. In the 7th grade a retired TV repairman come to talk to us about summer classes he was offering for middle schoolers and I went. He taught VoTech classes for high schoolers. My high school academic teachers were bewildered why I would decline advanced courses so I could take his courses. He was like another grandfather to me. He pushed me to consider engineering school, but others he encouraged to technical schools.

    I went to engineering school and got a 4 year electrical engineering degree. After graduating, I was hired by an industrial automation and computer integrator and am still here over 20 years later. On day 1, I built my desk. Day 2 and 3, I built the computer I would use to learn AutoCAD. Then I was sent to the field to learn PLC programming from a former Russian missile engineer. I taught myself the newer programming languages.

    I’m thinking about what I do on a daily basis that I got from my degree.
    1. I learned concepts of CAD, but I had to relearn on AutoCAD
    2. I learned some more advanced concepts of programming but in no languages much in use today (8088 assembly and FORTRAN77)
    3. I learned some of the concepts in the physical world that I do use from statics and dynamics classes, heat transfer, chemistry, thermodynamics, etc.

    Frankly my electrical design skills I use today I learned from VoTech. Not much different. Engineering schools teach concepts, but using outdated technologies like FORTRAN77 in my day.

  4. We lived in the UK and had the “free” NHS (actually 10% tax on income). We were assigned a local Dr. who couldn’t speak English, he had to have an interpreter who was rarely in the office. His mis-treatment of my wifes early diabetes almost killed her. Luckily we were transferred to Hong Kong where they have EXCELLENT health care at reasonable prices. Her Doctor there was surprised she had survived the NHS treatment as it had driven her directly to Type-2 and insulin dependence. After 2 years we moved to New Zealand which had a single payer system at the time. It worked well for simple things like colds, flu, and broken bones. But after a year my wife had a heart attack. The emergency care system saved her life. After we got out of hospital we asked when we could have a follow-up with a cardiologist. The answer was, she is over 50, has Type-2 diabetes, and the only way we will let her see a cardiologist is when she has her next heart attack. So we decided to return to the US where you could get all the care you could afford. Thanks to an excellent plan by UHC , she survived another attack, tipple bypass, and 6 months fighting an internal infection picked up in the operation. Our out-of-pocket cost was $10,000. The ACA declared that plan a “Cadillac plan” and so my company dropped it rather than pay the 40% extra tax. Due to government meddling we dread another attack because our current plan will bankrupt us. But at least she is able to see a cardiologist.

  5. Jack,

    You are right on talks by about the ruger 77/357. I have one and it is one of the neatest rifles I own. Here are a few link to help you tune the rifle to its full potential.

    The stock triggers suck – here is the fix

    The stock is a little flimsy – here is the fix –

    The two piece bolt can be tightened up with these to improve accuracy –

    You should get one of these rifles, they are awesome!