Would it be a bad idea to ask my cousin to give me his electric guitar and amp for a temporary time?

Question by zokay: Would it be a bad idea to ask my cousin to give me his electric guitar and amp for a temporary time?
I mean, he doesn’t uses it because hes not home for 5 days and in those 2 days he plays keyboard mostly, he has like 5 amp’s. I mean he NEVER uses the guitar.
I just want it to train on because i love guitars, I have an acoustic with broken neck, my dad will not buy me a guitar, he says he has other things to pay first, and I understand that.

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Answer by Jeff
sure, the worst he can say is no. there’s never a bad time to take up an instrument! good luck.

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idea for model of transcontinental railroad?

Question by bubblebuddy: idea for model of transcontinental railroad?
need 1 for history fair project

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Answer by joeschmoe
You can always build a diorama of the Promontory Point Golden Spike Ceremony, with the two steam locomotives meeting cowcatcher-to-cowcatcher… Models of both of those engines are widely available in HO scale I believe.

Or, you can build a diorama with a cutaway view of the snow sheds Central Pacific had to build through the Sierra Nevadas..

Those are the obvious ideas. I’m sure others can come up with many more.

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model railroad idea: good or bad?

Question by Shadow: model railroad idea: good or bad?
im planning on building my own freelance fictional railway and city and I have created my own system of codes. I plan on having either 4 or 9 locomotives. here’s my idea:

each locomotive will be numbered in single digits and will have cars assigned just to that locomotive.


BR!, diesel, assigned to the main line with option of using branch line.
cars number 0001-0020

I’m using that, but i was wondering if any of you like that idea.
this is for model railroad only NOT reality.

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Answer by dieterzakas
It’s workable IF you’re talking about passenger cars ONLY.

However, it doesn’t work that way in real life, especially with freight cars.

There are many reasons why certain engines are assigned to specific lines, especially in the past. In the most common cases, lighter engines were assigned to branch lines because of the historically lighter rail in use.

Electric locomotives are a no-brainer.

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Mechanical engineers: would my idea improve your skills?

Question by Erik: Mechanical engineers: would my idea improve your skills?
Did you feel like you did not get adequate hands-on training in school or from employers?

I have an idea that might really help engineers get that. Please let me know how helpful it would be.

Implementing this idea would greatly enhance employers’ ability to find qualified engineering talent, and help the world economy in general, I hope.

My idea essentially is to create one of the conditions that exist in the American software industry: ease of market entry and innovation. Having low barriers to entry has worked reasonably well for the US in software. I’m guessing that it would also work well for small scale manufacturing.

My idea would reduce barriers to innovation and quality for companies.

We need a national program that walks mechanical and manufacturing engineering university graduates through design and manufacturing case studies, with hands-on experience with a variety of manufacturing processes.

I wish I could have participated in such a program when I graduated college. My mechanical engineering university education was much too theoretical. Frankly, my ability to do real-world design engineering is limited.

Undergraduate engineering degrees are professional degrees in reality, if not officially. Other professional schools (e.g. law, business) use case studies, but engineers are expected to function without the benefit of a similar collection of experience. This must change.

Unlike software engineering university programs, mechanical engineering curricula typically offer inadequate chances for hands-on learning. I’m guessing that’s due to the cost of equipment, energy, materials, and liability insurance.

There is a TV show on the Discovery Channel called How It’s Made. Have you seen it? If so, imagine actually visiting the factories they show, instead of watching it on TV. Imagine being coached and doing each step of the process, singlehandedly manufacturing the product as much as possible. That’s basically what I’m looking for, for the manufacturing part of the training anyway. A discussion of the history and evolution of that process would be a really helpful addition, to understand why the process is set up the way it is.

It seems unlikely that private enterprise factory owners would permit students to actually handle their equipment. They sometimes will allow factory tours, but that’s not enough. Also, I suspect that few, if any, universities could afford to maintain their own set of factories. If I’m right, then this makes it very difficult for people to get the broad experience that would make them highly effective innovators.

We need one separate educational organization, funded by the U.S. government. That organization should purchase appropriate factories or equipment, and move them to suitable locations. It then would take American graduates and students from any U.S. university, and let students visit the factories that interest them. Each student would be trained to do each step of the manufacturing process.

Beyond that, the ideal institution I’m envisioning would also have physical specimens of various devices or parts, some being exceptionally well designed and some having flawed design. Each item would be accompanied by discussion of its history and the decisions that led to the design.

Likewise, describing examples of exceptionally good and bad manufacturing processes would be very enlightening.

Where applicable, students should also see examples of finished products that are very easy to maintain, as well as some that are difficult to maintain.

I don’t believe anything like this exists. I’ve been searching, and I haven’t found anything remotely like it.

Would this really help?

Many thanks for any replies you give here.

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Answer by Jackson
A lot of large corporations have a similar type of Intern Programs to help introduce Juniors and Seniors in school to the various industries.
Many large corporation provide “recruitment” type of tours for juniors and seniors where take them through their operations to see what is done and how they do it.
I am all in favor of any on-the-job training. This is where the students actually learn operations.

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Playing tug creates problems, where do people get this idea?

Question by UHave2BeKiddingMe: Playing tug creates problems, where do people get this idea?
Where in the world do people get this idea?

This morning we had some “gems” of responses from someone who wanted to try to get their dog to play tug.

One response
“It creates problems in dog’s training.”
“That’s not a very nice game it will change your dog’s behavior! He will always bite and stuff and destroy things!”

Every top performance trainer I know and work with uses tug to build drive.

My agility instructor was so excited upon meeting what was my new puppy to see how strong his tug was at just 16 weeks and encouraged me to work and develop it stronger.

I wish my other two dogs would tug, it would really make a difference in our agility training.

Nearly every drug/bomb/search dog is trained with a tug and that is their reward for getting the job done.

Is this just some fallacy the younger generation has been taught and instead of research they just repeat?

For those who have trained dogs to performance titles do you encourage your dogs toy/tug drive?

For those that say its bad to encourage with your dog, where in the world did you get that information?
CHIX- I someone who does BOTH, patrol dogs and detection dogs and the tug is the preferable reward of choice because it allows a dog to express drive in a way that is very satisfying.

So although I did not say ALL detection dogs were trained that way, I said nearly all, that is those that are trained by people who know what they are doing.

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Answer by Cheesesticks
People get this idea from dingbat trainers at Petsmart! Anyone that knows anything about training a dog knows that prey drive is something you NEED to have in a dog in order to do more intense training. Dogs with a high prey drive excel at training and focus, and that’s why k-9 police dogs are often rewarded with a game of tug. The idea that tug will cause aggression in dogs comes from the all positive trainers. Many people associate prey drive in dogs as a bad thing or even aggression, because of this people assume you need to train it out of your dog.

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An idea on cutting heath care fraud?

Question by lt: An idea on cutting heath care fraud?
I was reading an article about Mystery Shopper on Wikipedia.org when i came across this:
“In June 2008, the The American Medical Association’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs released a recommendation on the use of “secret shopper patients” in the Medical / Healthcare. The Recommendation: “Physicians have an ethical responsibility to engage in activities that contribute to continual improvements in patient care. One method for promoting such quality improvement is through the use of secret shopper “patients” who have been appropriately trained to provide feedback about physician performance in the clinical setting.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery_shopper

Shouldn’t Obama health-care reform “strategy” include this “secret shopper patients”? i figured if the government use this to fight fraud it can create lots of jobs while improving the quality of health-care provided by doctors and hospitals, and such. Well i’m definitely not the first one who has this idea and sure there will be more coming.
and i’m not trying to be a smart a$ $ so please don’t criticize
** comments are welcome

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Answer by The Patriot
Such a system would be a good idea in part, but he is having enough trouble trying to get his reforms through as it is without using a snooping service!

I do not understand why so many Americans have fallen for lies about healthcare in the USA, abroad and also the planned reforms [1]. I mean, if the healthcare system in the USA is so good, why have no other nations taken it up? Could it be due to the following facts?
FACT – the USA spends more on healthcare PER PERSON than any other nation on the planet [2].
FACT – the US has higher death rates for kids under five than western European countries with universal health coverage [3].
Or if the US healthcare system is run so well, why not run the fire service like the healthcare system? [4]
Maybe that is because in the USA, insurance companies push up costs, buy politicians and refuse to pay claims that people pay for [5]. (Look up Wendell Potter on YouTube to hear more if the link below is too long.)
Obama wants to make insurance cheaper, stop insurance companies from refusing health coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, and make sure they pay out when they are meant to [6], a system similar to that which works in Taiwan [7]. He debated this before he was elected [8].
Is it right that a dead American four year old would have had a better chance of life if they were born in Canada, Cuba, Germany and so many other industrialised nations with universal healthcare?
If you think my arguments are wrong, e-mail me with proof. But if you can not, let Obama try to help America. If he fails, vote him out in 2012.

But back to your question, if he tried to expand this, then he would face even more problems trying to get his reforms through.

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I have a 1968 JC Penny”s electric train set Any Idea who the manufacturer was and where to get parts?

Question by Stephen M: I have a 1968 JC Penny”s electric train set Any Idea who the manufacturer was and where to get parts?

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Answer by grizzbr1
lol, sorry to laugh at you. I don’t think Alternative Fuel Vehicles was really intended to include electric train sets.

If you can find some markings it would help, like a serial number or something. I suggest asking someone who works at JCPenny if they have any records for that train set. If that doesn’t work I would suggest browsing the Net for a person or organization which deals in collectible and/or antique toys.

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Would it be a good idea to power electric trains the way the Finding Nemo ride is?

Question by water_skipper: Would it be a good idea to power electric trains the way the Finding Nemo ride is?
Would it be a good idea to power electric trains the way the Finding Nemo ride is? Instead of having unsightly and unreliable overhead powerlines (catenaries) and instead of having a dangerous their rail, couldn’t an electric train receive the electricity wirelessly from something hidden between the tracks out of sight and out of reach? It seems to me that if electric trains are going to be built in cities at ground level an alternative would be used by now.

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Answer by billrussell42
Any induction method like that wastes a lot of power, and the longer it is, the more power it wastes. That’s ok for an amusement park, but not for a 1000 mile length of track.

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