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Q³: I Have Friends


Yesterday I noticed a habit I apparently have, developed when I was a kid, that now seems to be the wrong routine. See, when I was growing up, our microwave always seemed to leave anything left in the middle of the plate cold. If you left something in long enough to warm the […]

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Q³: Loco Causa



Lately, the Atomic Toasters site has been inundated with spam comments, which we have perhaps mentioned. Because of such, I have been engaged in a Quixotic Quest of my own, an attempt to slowly rid us of this scourge. And I do mean rid, because although the spam almost entirely shows up as a ‘pending’ comment, which can either be approved, marked as spam, or deleted, there are additional steps to try to ensure it stays gone. It is just somewhat involved. See, in theory, if you mark something as spam, it helps refine the spam filter to prevent similar comments from making it through. At least I think, since this seems to work absolutely not at all. So the comment gets marked as spam, then I go through the spam tab, and click on the IP address for that comment. That filters the spam by only comments from that IP. Then you can block it, so they can’t spam from there anymore! Often, it is just a single comment from a single IP, but every now and again, jackpot!, ten or so spams from one IP! Those are fun. But, this means I have time to block something like 10 spammers a day, I mean, I have a day job. And if my math is semi-correct, an IP sequence that consists of 4 three digit groups (123.456.789.000), means that there are something like 20,922,789,888,000 different IPs out there, no small measure of which are probably available to a spammer…

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Q³: SFSIWI Edition



Welcome all to a special Quandary-Free Stuff mashup! While perusing the Craigslist yesterday, I came across what you see here (slightly less cropped of course). When I read the ad title, I did not expect to see this. And if I were to have see the picture without explanation I am pretty I would not have identified it successfully. We’ll see if I manage to acquire said item, because I certainly will try!

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Q³: Long Time No See



Here it is! Quixotic Quantum Quandary!! It has been awhile, but hopefully you all remember how to play–I show you some poorly framed images of some strange tech-ish piece, and you all identity it in the comments!

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Q³: For Sell



Yard sales are always entertaining for me, and better even are the ones that have some sort of random mystery object. This, well, these, thingys that you see hear, came from the yard sale I mentioned last Quandary time, nearly a month ago. I was too busy haggling over that possibly overpriced Q-Jet to ask what these are, but I did manage to snap a few pictures!

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Q³: Hold On!



Welcome once again to Quixotic Quantum Quandary!! Thanks to the mysterious nature of life itself, this feature has been missing (and surely missed, no doubt), but we are back! And mysterious as ever! And by that I do mean of course grainy and close cropped.

I had the experience recently of buying and old Q-Jet carb at a yard sale for $10. Was it, is it worth $10? I am not entirely sure, that seemed somewhat reasonable to me, and I did end up taking it home. I only bring this up because of the nature of the bargaining at said yard sale. There were several folks running the sale, it looked to be a family-got-together-and-cleaned-up-grandma’s-house sort of sale, and so I asked the group what they wanted for that old Q-Jet. Mostly I just got blank stares, so I had to clarify, ‘that old carburetor over there.’ The lady says I need to ask the men, the men say, what do you think it’s worth, or what would I pay, some such as that. So I say that I don’t know, $5 maybe? This resulted in scoffs and comments of it being worth at least $20-30, to which I was not too receptive, being that I don’t actually own a vehicle that could utilize said carb, and, well, I am sort of cheap. We came to an agreement, thanks to one of the fellows running the sale convincing the other guy that since I didn’t need it, and they really didn’t need it, how about $10? The high valuer didn’t ever seem really convinced, so, was this just a clever negotiating tactic, or what? Why ask me what I think it is worth, surely assuming I will lowball, then scoff at my response?! Just give me a starting point with which to begin the negotiations!

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Q³: Easy-Peasy


Turned out, last week I took it way too easy on you all! Despite the fact that I had never seen such a strobe before, there were indeed those among the readers here that were and are intimately familiar. The first one to throw out the right answer was Batshitbox, who got […]

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Q³: Level 72 User Input



What you see before you comes courtesy of our own B72! He was kind enough to not just send these images my way (there are more after the jump), but to send them again since the initial email got disappeared into internet spam filter nothingness. Thanks man! He declined to send any sort of expounding information along, so I am just as in the dark as you all. But I have faith that it won’t take you all long to solve this mystery!

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Q³: Sometimes Day


Some long while back, we had this mystery object that you see tossed out in the comments. No one seemed to know for sure, and regrettably it was long enough ago I haven’t found it again yet to see who added these pictures to the comments (if it was you let us know, I’ll give credit where credit is due!). Wherever they came from, it is indeed a strange object, so if you know what it is let us all in on the secret in the comments below! After the jump you’ll find a couple more images to try and help crack the code!

I am awarding win-acity for last time’s Quandary to B72, with the big proper name assist complete with imagery from mdharrell! Nice job guys! The prevailing theory on the facebook was that it was for bonding links of chain, by squenching them together and then welding them I believe was the idea. So fine job fellows!

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Q³: Is Something Happening This Evening?



I get the feeling that there is some sort of something going on this evening, but who knows. What I do know is that I have another mystery image to share, once again from the six degrees of facebook separation blacksmithing page. See if this one is any tougher than last week!

Congratulations go to ptschett, who was the first to confidently? identify a set of brake spring pliers for drum brakes (or breaks if you are a Craigslist frequenter). The comment of the bunch has to go to mdharrel, with his description of his own personal set of pliers. “Ah, but that’s not a photo of my pliers. Mine are missing most, but not all, of the recurved tip, which simultaneously makes me look like a grizzled veteran mechanic* and reintroduces the proper level of projectile-grade excitement. (*They were my grandfather’s. I suspect even he picked them up used.)”  Hit the jump to see the uncropped image of the pliers from last week, and if you know what you see above, share in the comments!

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