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November 28, 2006

H&I* Fires, 28 Nov 2006

Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. New, complete posts come in below this one. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite.

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Were-Kitten University? Hmmmmm..... Maybe that's the sort of edjumacation that Jon Carrey was referring to when he told students to "study hard and apply themselves." (via ALa) ~AFSis

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*blink* Doggone -- it worked!

Now all I have to do is figure out how to bargain my soul back from Meffi (Mephistopheles and I are on a first-name basis -- I married his sister) and get about three uninterrupted minutes to post the backlog I've got.

Meantime, I leave you with this thought: Ever notice things began to go to Helena Handbaskette since the Big Three stopped using mechanics to design cars and started hiring "automotive engineers"?

Not to belittle that worthy perfeshun er nuthin' -- but I would never have designed a car that required you to pull the engine just to get at the #6 spark plug during a tune-up. Or stuck the fuse box behind the AC ducting and abutting the steering column... -- BillT

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Anyone see any missing catchphrases? At a glance, it looks like a pretty good list to me! ~AFSis

*A term of art from the artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start exploding at any minute.

Not really relevant to today's operating environment, right? But, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".

Comments on H&I* Fires, 28 Nov 2006
fdcol63 briefed on November 28, 2006 09:41 AM

Dang, Were-Kitten. Columbia sounds like FUN! LOL

I think I wasted my money at the THEN "#1 Party School" at Florida State! LOL

Maggie briefed on November 28, 2006 10:10 AM

Oh, did I mention my new job as a visiting fellow at Columbia?

BillT briefed on November 28, 2006 10:31 AM

Huh? Didn't think you'd consider visiting fellows at Columbia to be *work*, PC...

jim b briefed on November 28, 2006 11:01 AM

I think auto design reached its pinnacle in 1957. That was the year for Ford that the engine design team decided to improve the ease of maintenance on the V-8 engine by repositioning the distributor from the back, to the front of the engine to make it more accessible.

It was the same year that the body design folks decided to make it easier to access the distributor on back of the V-8 engine by repositioning the hinges from the back of the hood to the front.

…..Which gave rebirth to the cya saying …. “Didn’t you get the memo?”

R Jewell briefed on November 28, 2006 11:16 AM

Helena Handbaskette..........wasn't she the one that did the memo saying you couldn't shinny up into the secondary hell hole and set the flight idle stop with the aircraft running?

No, wait.....she's my hearing aid lady.

Walter M. Clark briefed on November 28, 2006 03:35 PM


My theory is that some automobile design guy found out his wife was cheating on him with an auto mechanic. Since then "Job 1" has been to make life miserable for mechanics. Now if they'd only be as successful in producing vehicles that would actually perform as well as they do in the TV ads.

Cricket briefed on November 28, 2006 05:19 PM

Where is the battery on a Jag? And I don't mean the awssifers.