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by Uncle Fester
January 3rd, 2019, 9:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Uncle Fester
Replies: 3
Views: 537

Uncle Fester

I never thought I'd ever have to post something like this, but here goes: Saturday morning I had my left big toe lopped off. I had a long-term infection that spread to the bone. Bone was crumbling and it had to go. I was admitted Friday, toe came off Saturday, and I was home Monday. I'm feeling a bi...
by Uncle Fester
March 27th, 2016, 8:07 pm
Forum: Mission Possible B
Topic: Connecting two simple machines
Replies: 12
Views: 2784

Re: Connecting two simple machines

I originally didn't answer because your very-ong-winded argument, dome without reading the rules, impressed me more as flame bait than an honest question. But, after being reminded about a NATIONAL tournament where someone ran afoul of this exact situation, I decided to answer. Be forwarned; you won...
by Uncle Fester
March 21st, 2016, 9:57 pm
Forum: 2016 Invitationals, Regionals, and States
Topic: Indiana 2016
Replies: 36
Views: 7163

Re: Indiana 2016

Had a great time. Started out quite ill, but it settled down during the day. nothing $7,000 worth of medications won't heal. Made a few announcements during the day and backed up Kevin when a few parents got uppity. Some clown had the nerve to ask me if I knew anything about the event, and evreyone ...
by Uncle Fester
March 16th, 2016, 4:42 am
Forum: Mission Possible B
Topic: EVERYBODY!
Replies: 1
Views: 1080

EVERYBODY!

ALL of you. WHether you have your mission done or not. FIND A TUTORIAL ON SIMPLE MACHINES and study it. Univ. Arkansas has one that probably the best. More than half the questions here, and quite afew of the answers, are absolutely apalling. Read. Research. Draw force and motion diagrams. KNOW YOUR...
by Uncle Fester
March 16th, 2016, 4:37 am
Forum: Mission Possible B
Topic: Connecting two simple machines
Replies: 12
Views: 2784

Re: Connecting two simple machines

First part, non-simple machines linking simple machines, is good. Only issue is it's easy to iadvertantly use something that's actually a simple machine. Mousetrap explanation is wrong. Althoughh a mousetrap has three simple machines, it's one device (unless you happen to have BUILT the better mouse...
by Uncle Fester
March 16th, 2016, 4:25 am
Forum: 2016 Invitationals, Regionals, and States
Topic: Indiana 2016
Replies: 36
Views: 7163

Re: Indiana 2016

Surprise; I'm actually going to States this weekend, one last time. This is the fourth year in a row I'm retiring. Amtrakking to Renssealer tomorrow (Thursday), staying with friends and coming down Friday, working Mission one more time, and returning to Grand Rapids Saturday & Sunday. It's kind of c...
by Uncle Fester
February 26th, 2016, 6:11 pm
Forum: Mission Possible B
Topic: Inclined Plane question
Replies: 2
Views: 1209

Re: Inclined Plane question

Good question onyour part. Answer is "no." Nothing is pulling/pushing the mass on the ramp.
by Uncle Fester
February 18th, 2016, 11:01 pm
Forum: General Competition
Topic: A Small Rant
Replies: 21
Views: 3617

Re: A Small Rant

Old news; I encounter this stuff two or three times a year. S.O. is a person/partner event, but a team competition. The moment you metioned being bad in one event, it all fell into place. By moving othe students around, a coach can realize net improvement in abilities across the board. You can be th...
by Uncle Fester
February 12th, 2016, 5:51 pm
Forum: Mission Possible B
Topic: Wheel and Axle
Replies: 4
Views: 1652

Re: Wheel and Axle

Agreed. You're not using a wheel and axle; you happen to be using a friction-reducing device.

Dunno if you were planning on 'pointing' the ramp, but inclined plane WORK needs to go uphill.
by Uncle Fester
December 31st, 2015, 9:23 pm
Forum: Mission Possible B
Topic: Target Time
Replies: 6
Views: 1671

Re: Target Time

Oh, good, they fixed that hole. At nationals in 04 and 06, a few last-second (and I mean second) decosions had to be made.
by Uncle Fester
December 30th, 2015, 1:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: First Electric Detention story is out!
Replies: 0
Views: 1712

First Electric Detention story is out!

If management considers this gross commercialism they can delete it with no hard feelings from me, but after twenty+ years here, 3000+ Mission machines run dating back to when the AMish had an unfair technology advantage, and the fact that I make absolutely no money beyond the $15.00 I was paid for ...
by Uncle Fester
December 30th, 2015, 1:12 am
Forum: Mission Possible B
Topic: Target Time
Replies: 6
Views: 1671

Re: Target Time

Target Time is the desired time, not the maximum tine. At States and nationals, it's selected by the event sup, usually someone in love with large prime numbers (seriously). Maximum time is the absolute max time you're allowed to run before a "mercy rule" of sorts kicks in. Unfortunately, at this po...
by Uncle Fester
December 27th, 2015, 7:03 pm
Forum: Mission Possible B
Topic: Clearly Visible Mark
Replies: 1
Views: 984

Re: Clearly Visible Mark

Think of the nifty checkerboard patterns NASA puts on rickets to tell if they're spinning or not. mark whatever's turning, and mark it well enough so a judge can easily tell. If they can't tell, AND IT'S THEIR CALL, you haven't followed directions. Make the mark thin enough to be accurate (not a 320...
by Uncle Fester
December 27th, 2015, 6:53 pm
Forum: Mission Possible B
Topic: screw
Replies: 9
Views: 3109

Re: screw

Only if it acts like a screw. In other words, it turns, lifting (or allowing to drop) in a line parallel to the turning. If it acts like a rotary inclined plane, it's an inclined plane. Example: having an electric toy truck push a ball up a spiral ramp. I saw this once back when electricity was allo...
by Uncle Fester
December 19th, 2015, 11:36 am
Forum: Mission Possible B
Topic: screw
Replies: 9
Views: 3109

Re: screw

Let me ask you this-- How did Archimedes, DaVinci and Isaac Newton power screws? It's simpler than you think.

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