zuma

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  1. Bloody hell of a storm!

    Got some major damage at home... shattered roof tiles and water leaks everywhere, shattered glass, and complete destruction of the garden (as if a shredder was ran through it, all mulch gone, retic displaced, etc)... car's a mess, dented shattered... thankfully we did not flood, and all the kids are alright... oh, and my cigars are fine!

  2. The URL still says TopTipper.com, so it's not really a redirect. I think the site is just being redesigned...with two weeks left in US football and without notice to the users! Just incredible.

    Earlier today, it seemed to be just like before the blackout, but when I tried to login it did not recognise my username and requested me to register again... bad sign :lol: !

  3. From a purely statistical perspective, buying a lottery ticket doesn't increase your chances of winning much more than if you had not bought one. So you're not much better of with a ticket than without one..

    Actually, in a purely statistical sense, buying a ticket does increase your chances... if you buy the minimum one entry set of numbers, your chances increase from zero probability to an infinitesimally small probability (an enormously large percentual shift in probability space). To some - like myself - it may even be seen as an extremely speculative derivatives position (such as land in Dubai) :thinking:

    To maximise the potential reward on my investment, I don't buy a ticket for any draw of less than 60 million (notice how the chances are the same but the potential reward could be at least 1400% more than in a typical weekend 4 million draw)... since we don't get many of those here in OZ, I don't spend more than 10 bucks a year in lotto... and I don't lose more than 10 bucks a year in such schemes.

    I have lost more money in the stock market - which I had invested using proper study, valuations and forward looking estimates seeking possibly a modest 20% increase per annum (there are no valuation methods that will allow you to read the stupidity of company directors' minds... anyone remembers Sons of Gwalia?).

  4. Well, it is really cool to see that more than one of us is doing it... :lol:B)

    Though I may not as be as successful at raising funds as your team, I am a registered Mo Bro growing an Alatriste-style moustache B)

    I'd post my link to my mospace, but it'd be inappropriate for me to hijack Mo Bro Ellie's thread (it is all going to the same cause). So..

    Dig Deep and donate to Ellie fellas!

  5. I'm an old Unix guy

    Now that's a real operating system to do real work :D ... Microsoft should adopt a variant of the old venerable Unix at the core level, just like the Apple guys have done with OSX; 'cause the higgledy-piggledy way Windoze system is shonkily integrated is the root of the problems. Most of us with a bit of programming background tend to figure out workarounds without even thinking about it......

  6. I am sure this will resonate with more than one of you...

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    Description of common tools.

    DRILL PRESS:

    A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock

    out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer

    across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully

    set in the corner where nothing could get to it.

    WIRE WHEEL:

    Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench

    with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses

    from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, 'Oh s h --'

    SKILL SAW:

    A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.

    ADJUSTABLE WRENCH:

    Used to start the process of rounding off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the

    creation of knuckle abrasions.

    PLIERS:

    Used to complete the process of rounding off bolt heads. Sometimes used in

    the creation of blood-blisters.

    BELT SANDER:

    An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into

    major refinishing jobs.

    HACKSAW:

    One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle.. It

    transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more

    you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.

    VISE-GRIPS:

    Generally used after pliers completely round off bolt heads. They can also

    be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.

    OXYACETYLENE TORCH:

    Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your shop on

    fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which

    you want to remove a bearing race.

    TABLE SAW:

    A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for

    testing wall integrity.

    HYDRAULIC JACK:

    A tool used for raising a car to change a flat tire that seldom fits under a

    car with a flat tire.

    HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK:

    Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your

    new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.

    BAND SAW:

    A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good

    aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can

    after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge.

    TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST:

    A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to

    disconnect.

    PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER:

    Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style

    paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be

    used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.

    STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER:

    A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted

    screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms.

    WIRE CUTTERS:

    Handy for cutting wires and zip ties. Can also be used to determine the

    presence of electricity.

    PRY BAR:

    A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed

    to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part.

    HOSE CUTTER:

    A tool used to make hoses too short.

    HAMMER:

    Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a

    kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object

    we are trying to hit.

    UTILITY KNIFE:

    Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered

    to your front door; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl

    records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and

    rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes and

    fingers, but only while in use.

    Son of a ***** TOOL:

    Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling 'Son

    of a *****' at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool

    that you will need.

  7. I have often wondered about the value of investing in cigars; that is, cigars intended to be sold to someone else later.

    Here, I speculate that some 10 years from today, I would probably decline to buy at perceived market value from a source other than a trustworthy purveyor, for I would be concerned with the provenance of the cigars, and with whether they have been kept in optimum storage conditions. But then I have no experience with such dealings, and the voices in my head are all of paranoid demons ("just because you're paranoid doen't mean they're not after you")... so, this leads me to question why would anyone want to pay me market value for a box of fancy sticks (without me having built a reputation in the business)?.

    To me the only way that I can see myself "investing" in cigars like the CGR would have to be as personal investment in future satisfaction... rather than monetary satisfaction. Oh, and if I had the dough I would be buying a box, and then I would be praying that no catastrophe comes to them :D

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