Cheap Plastic Crap

Cheap Plastic Crap

There's more than enough things that are obviously, from a fit, finish, design, etc. standpoint simply not built to last. These days, you'll often see them referred do as "cheap plastic crap from China", or something similar. Similarly, the lifespan of clothes washers and similar appliances these days are not what they used to be either, even in the more expensive brands. Even with more expensive brands where the fit and finish is good, it's usually cutting material amounts to save weight and costs resulting in components that fail after too many repeated stresses within normal operating tolerances (in other…

Read More

Kinda That Mood. Waves, Wrecks, and Warren Zevon.

Kinda That Mood. Waves, Wrecks, and Warren Zevon.

OK. So Eric Raymond posted on a document on rogue waves on youtube, then followed up with a posting at his blog referencing that documentary and the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. First, the BBC special. Being reporters I think they got some of the math terms wrong, but… there’s enough here to make you go hmmm…. Rogue waves are considered one of the possible reasons for the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald, said wreck the subject of the hit song “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” And since I was in that sort of ballad mood – one of my…

Read More