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Looking forward to this!
mhrackin   8/25/2014 10:43:45 AM
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As I have never been able to justify (to my employer) attending any EELive events,(and too frugal to pay my own way), I'm especially looking forward to meeting "the gang" in the flesh and exploring the wonders of Hamvention and the Dayton area "cultural" offerings (fermentation IS a culture).

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Aeroengineer   9/1/2014 6:11:17 PM
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I can say that I will be there, it is under an hour from my house.

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Re: Looking forward to this!
Max The Magnificent   9/2/2014 1:41:05 PM
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@Aeroengineer: I can say that I will be there, it is under an hour from my house.

Happy Dance! Will you be able to persuade your wife to come also?

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Aeroengineer   9/2/2014 3:39:01 PM
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I might be able to get her up there.  If there is chocolate involved, I think that it will be an easier sell.

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Re: Looking forward to this!
Max The Magnificent   9/2/2014 3:40:36 PM
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@Aeroengineer: If there is chocolate involved, I think that it will be an easier sell.

How about chocolate-covered bacon?

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Re: Looking forward to this!
Duane Benson   9/3/2014 12:59:38 AM
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Or bacon covered chocolate bacon

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Max The Magnificent   9/3/2014 11:56:54 AM
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@Duane: bacon covered chocolate bacon

Stop -- you're making me drool!

 

 

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Re: Looking forward to this!
Max The Magnificent   9/2/2014 3:41:35 PM
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@Aeroengineer: If there is chocolate involved, I think that it will be an easier sell.

I was just thinking, aren't you going to feel silly if everyone gives your wife a box of chocolates and she asks why and we say...

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Re: Looking forward to this!
Aeroengineer   9/2/2014 3:54:01 PM
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I am not sure it would matter to her.  Chocolate is chocolate, the reason she gets it is not near as important.

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Max The Magnificent   9/2/2014 4:05:01 PM
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@Aeroengineer: I am not sure it would matter to her.  Chocolate is chocolate...

With every post you make, the hole gets deeper .... can you hear me down there? LOL

On the other hand, I have agree with your wife -- chocolate is indeed chocolate -- speaking of which, I feel a little peckish...

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Re: Looking forward to this!
Aeroengineer   9/3/2014 10:42:48 AM
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I spoke to my wife on this topic last night, and she agreed with me.  She now expects all of you to bring her boxes of chocolates.  She prefers Belgian chocolate, but will consider all other variations except for white ;)

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Re: Looking forward to this!
Max The Magnificent   9/3/2014 11:57:53 AM
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@areoengineer: She now expects all of you to bring her boxes of chocolates.

A woman after my own heart ... but will she share?

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Aeroengineer   9/3/2014 12:08:20 PM
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If she likes you, then you have a chance.  Her liking you may depend on the quality of chocolate you bring ;)

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Re: Looking forward to this!
betajet   9/2/2014 6:47:35 PM
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As someone who was born addicted to chocolate, I would like to dispute the phrase "chocolate is chocolate".  For example, Hershey's is very different from Guittard, the Burlingame, California chocolate that See's uses.

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Re: Looking forward to this!
Max The Magnificent   9/3/2014 11:55:18 AM
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@betajet: I would like to dispute the phrase "chocolate is chocolate".

Fair point -- I must admit that some of the chocolate I've had around Europe has been at a completel;y different level to stuff like Hershy's

 

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Duane Benson   9/3/2014 1:50:35 PM
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"Hershey's is very different from..."

We have some gormet chocolate places around here that put most anything else to shame. I've also dabbled in hand making chocolates. It's actually quite the interesting process. There's a lot more to it than just melting stuff.

That being said, I still like the basic generic Hershey's bar.

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Hard to say no to that.
Duane Benson   8/25/2014 4:17:54 PM
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Well, it's almost a year from now, so I certainly couldn't claim a lack of advanced planning time. Throw in a couple of good museums, and maybe a side trip to visit relatives in Minnesota, and it sounds like a jolly good adventure to me.

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Re: Hard to say no to that.
mhrackin   8/25/2014 5:35:32 PM
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I can sympathize.  My usual vacation planning horizon is measured in weeks, driven by the need to book airline tickets at least 3 weeks out to get the best fares.  In this case, I'll be driving, so hotekls were the only issue for me. Once my buddy told me that it was almost too late to book rooms in Dayton, I hurried to do it last week!  Feels really strange planning this far ahead.....  BTW, what's your home base?  I think you mentioned once you were barely hanging onto the Left Coast to keep from falling into the Pacific.

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Re: Hard to say no to that.
Max The Magnificent   8/25/2014 5:52:02 PM
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@Dunae: Throw in a couple of good museums, and maybe a side trip to visit relatives in Minnesota...

But I don't have any relatives in Minnesota (sad face)

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Re: Hard to say no to that.
kfield   8/31/2014 10:54:26 AM
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@maxthemagnificent "But I don't have any relatives in Minnesota"

 

Too bad, because we are the cool people!

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Re: Hard to say no to that.
Max The Magnificent   9/2/2014 1:44:53 PM
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@kfield: Too bad, because we are the cool people!

I just found this Minnesota Nice webpage that's very interesting. It says:

The cultural characteristics of Minnesota nice include a polite friendliness, an aversion to confrontation, a tendency toward understatement, a disinclination to make a fuss or stand out, emotional restraint, and self-deprecation.

Are you sure you're from Minnesota? LOL

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Re: Hard to say no to that.
betajet   9/2/2014 3:04:37 PM
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My favorite example of Minnesotan understatement: "A lotta guys wouldn't weld so near that gas tank".

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Max The Magnificent   9/2/2014 3:17:13 PM
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@betajet: "A lotta guys wouldn't weld so near that gas tank".

Good one -- we English pride ourselves on our understatement -- and we'd certainly be proud of that one :-)

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sadly, no.....
David Ashton   8/25/2014 6:21:04 PM
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I might make the other side of the country, but not the other side of the world I'm afraid.  But I am still working on getting to EELive 2015.  As the Gilroy Garlic Festival will take place immediately after EELive I will be in 7th heaven.  Just be glad the garlic festival is not BEFORE EELive :-)

For other garlic lovers:

EELive 2015 - July 20,21 & 22

Gilroy Garlic Festival - July 24, 25 & 26

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Birdseye view of Hamfest
Susan Rambo   9/3/2014 12:13:55 PM
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Wow, Max. You sure went all out renting a plane to get that birdseye-view image. I hope that doesn't show up on my budget. Seriously, looks like a popular event, to say the least.

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Max The Magnificent   9/3/2014 12:30:27 PM
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@Susan: You sure went all out renting a plane to get that birdseye-view image

No expense spared (I charged it to your credit card LOL)

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This would be so cool..
jpjulian   9/7/2014 4:16:36 PM
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I'm hoping I will be able to be there.  I usually spend the weekend with my father.  He's the one who influenced my decision to get into engineering.  I hope I'll be able to go once again.  I might even be able to make time for ya'll :)

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Re: This would be so cool..
Max The Magnificent   9/8/2014 9:56:46 AM
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@jpjulain: I'm hoping I will be able to be there.  I usually spend the weekend with my father.  He's the one who influenced my decision to get into engineering.

I'll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt -- maybe I can persuade everyone else to wear Hawaiian shirts also -- the main thing is to stop me and say "Hi" if you see me ambling by.

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Re: This would be so cool..
mhrackin   9/8/2014 4:59:05 PM
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Max, you'll be happy to know that I already have ordered a new Hawaiian shirt (from Hawaii!) in preparation for the EET invasion of Dayton.  I'll likely pick another locally (perhaps a bit less subdued) than the one on order.

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Max The Magnificent   9/8/2014 5:04:05 PM
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@mhrackin: ...you'll be happy to know that I already have ordered a new Hawaiian shirt (from Hawaii!) in preparation for the EET invasion of Dayton.

Happy Dance -- no wall we have to do is persuade the others to join us -- we need a gang name -- how about "Max's Maurauders"?

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Re: This would be so cool..
mhrackin   9/8/2014 5:08:32 PM
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That would work, although it does sound a bit bloodthirsty!  It's better than my first thought, though: since our objective is going to an electronics flea market, " Max's Mangy Mutts".!

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Max The Magnificent   9/8/2014 5:15:45 PM
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@mhrackin: ...it does sound a bit bloodthirsty! 

I was thinking of the definition: Maurauder = "Someone who moves about in roving fashion looking for plunder" ... without any recourse to swords or axes or anything.

Re "Max's Mangy Mutts" -- you might have a good one there, although "Max the Magnificent and his Moth-Eaten Mob of Mangy Mutts" also has a rolling-off-the-tongue quality :-)

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Re: This would be so cool..
mhrackin   9/8/2014 5:20:14 PM
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That's an amazing example of extended alliteration!  I like it....

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Re: This would be so cool..
Max The Magnificent   9/8/2014 5:21:33 PM
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@mhrackin: That's an amazing example of extended alliteration!  I like it....

Wait till you see it on a T-Shirt LOL

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mhrackin   9/8/2014 5:23:01 PM
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But wouldn't that be coverd up by the Hawaiian shirt....????

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Max The Magnificent   9/8/2014 5:26:39 PM
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@mhrackin: But wouldn't that be coverd up by the Hawaiian shirt....

I was thinking that anyone who dosn;t come in a Hawaiian shirt has to wear one of these T-Shirts :-)

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Re: This would be so cool..
betajet   9/8/2014 5:56:23 PM
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I suggest a custom lei with "Max's Mangy Mutts" spelled out in Morse code using contrasting colors.  Since it's a ham fest some people will actually get the joke :-)

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Max The Magnificent   9/8/2014 6:06:19 PM
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@betajet: I suggest a custom lei with "Max's Mangy Mutts" spelled out in Morse code using contrasting colors.

You're in charge of making them -- 20 should do to start with LOL

I wish you could come with us -- but I know you have your hands full -- hopefully we'll see you at ESC Silicon Valley in the summer.

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Re: This would be so cool..
Wnderer   9/8/2014 7:27:41 PM
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Max's Mangy Mutts is so pedestrian. It should be something like the Mystic Order of D'Arsonval and the Quest for More Meters.

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Re: This would be so cool..
mhrackin   9/9/2014 9:11:42 AM
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SOME of us wear sizes smaller than XXXL, so it'd be really hard to fit and still be readable!

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Max The Magnificent   9/9/2014 10:12:51 AM
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@Mhrackin: SOME of us wear sizes smaller than XXXL, so it'd be really hard to fit and still be readable!

Each T-Shirt could come equipped with a set of reading glasses :-)

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Wnderer   9/9/2014 10:47:20 AM
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@mhrackin -- SOME of us wear sizes smaller than XXXL, so it'd be really hard to fit and still be readable!


You could use this as the symbol and circle it with the Morse Code for "The Ancient Order of d'Arsonval".

www.rfcafe.com/references/Electricity-Basic-Navy-Training-Courses/images/electricity-navy-basics-188.jpg

 

 

Maybe put it on buttons instead of t-shirts.

 

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Re: This would be so cool..
mhrackin   9/9/2014 11:26:58 AM
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I DO like the logo AND the button idea.  That would make it easier to have it visible on our Hawaiian shirts!  There is some sort of mystic significance in the similarity of the names D'Arsonval and D'Artagnan, so the "musketeers" connection is there!  You could easily prototype this on a color printer on label stock and stick it on a "recycled" badge!  Cheap and dirty is my motto....

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mhrackin   9/9/2014 11:28:47 AM
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...or (if they still make it) iron-on paper!  I still have a couple of sheets of this from some old HP "sampler" kits.

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Max The Magnificent   9/9/2014 10:11:43 AM
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@Wnderer: ...It should be something like the Mystic Order of D'Arsonval and the Quest for More Meters...

Not bad ... not bad ... but how about: "The Ancient Order of D'Arsonval and the Quest for Myriad Mystic Meters"?

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Wnderer   9/9/2014 10:40:44 AM
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@Max -- "The Ancient Order of D'Arsonval and the Quest for Myriad Mystic Meters"


That's good. I like it.

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Re: This would be so cool..
Max The Magnificent   9/9/2014 10:42:50 AM
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@Wnderer: That's good. I like it.

Did I already ask you if you are planning on joining us on this trip (only thrill seekers need apply)?

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Wnderer   9/9/2014 10:55:32 AM
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@Max -- Did I already ask you if you are planning on joining us on this trip (only thrill seekers need apply)?


I'm in the process of moving right now, so May seems a little far ahead to plan. But I'll keep it in mind.

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Max The Magnificent   9/9/2014 11:10:38 AM
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@Wnderer: ...May seems a little far ahead to plan...

My experiance is that if I blink it will already be in my rear-view temporal mirror :-)



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