For Your Thoughts

X may now be the poster image for all things outdated but it had some distinct advantages over anything else present at the time. It was more comfortable and faster over the cobbled roads present at the time than the alternative because of the distinctive wheel. It was also lower in weight.
Then two new inventions came about and closed the chapter on X. They were the chain drive and the pneumatic tyre.
What is X?
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On NeoGAF¬†, Major Nelson called the C moniker disrespectful. “I don’t like it…it disrespects the teams that have put in thousands of hours (already) into the development of the product. Sure, it’s cheeky but I don’t care for it myself.”

“At first, I guess the thing that bugged me the most is I didn’t see it,” he said. “I’d been looking at the name for A B for months, and I wasn’t clever enough to merge them and come up with C.”

“But, you know, I think it’s going to stick. I think we can say we don’t like it as much as we want, but it’s a clever use of the name. Probably not the most flattering name, but I think it’s going to be there.”

Major Nelson works for Microsoft. What product is he talking about? What is the moniker?

Spaced Out

OK.

This is slightly more convoluted than usual. So instructions:

This one is a what you see is what you get kinda connect,but you have to be specific to the characters,not the actor playing the character. The connect has 5 parts(1,2,3,4,5).Each part may or may not have different parts(1a,1b,1c,2a,2b,2c and so on).If the same part has two pictures, then they point to the same thing.

Also all parts belonging to one question no.are connected. ūüėÄ

So you gotta get the answer for each part(a,b..),the connect for each question no.(1,2…) and the overall connect.

 1.a.

A3204386-949475

 

1.b.

K  K2

1.c.

CC2

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2.a.

p

2.b.

bb1

 

 

2.c.

885

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3.a.

n

3.b.

D

3.c.

h

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4.

v  v2

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5.

h1  h2

Hot Brakes?

Junior Johnson was a pioneer in his own right during his run in NASCAR. He discovered drafting as a strategy to reduce drag drastically, for one.
Another innovation was brought on by his friend in the aerospace industry, who wanted him to try out a new material. Amazed by its light weight and strength and because of the rules of NASCAR, he was using it in the late 60’s before anyone else.However NASCAR banned its use when they saw his brake discs glowing red from use, thinking it would cause a tire fire.
What material?

Even More Metallic People

The initial 1963 versions were made from ultra-fine 3-D knit iron alloy, powered by flat linear armature DC motors (rechargeable via any electrical outlet), short-wave radio (even a rotary phone was used once), collapsible roller skates. Most functions were controlled by miniature electronic switches mounted on the insides of various pieces; by pressing various combinations of them (using even the tongue), different systems were engaged.
The modern version is almost unrecognizable when compared to that.
Actually it looks almost exactly the same.
What is being talked about here?

More Heinlein?

Pretty obscure…….

This story tells about the journey of a mechanical genius from his self-imposed exile from the rest of humanity to a more normal life, conquering the disease myasthenia gravis as well as his own contempt for humans in general.

Being born a weakling, he¬†channeled¬†his intellect, and his family’s money, into the development of the device patented as ‚ÄúSynchronous Reduplicating Pantograph”. Wearing a glove and harness, he could control a much more powerful mechanical hand simply by moving his hand and fingers. In the story, these devices became popularly known as “Xs”. In reference to this story, the real-life remote manipulators that were later developed also came to be called Xs. Specifically; an “X” is a device which is controlled by moving a model of the device; usually a pair of robotic hands that are controlled by sensors in a pair of gloves.

No relations to that other X, though .What is X?

Keeping It Sharp

When the first atom was split during the early days of Manhattan project, the safety of all the people involved somehow rested on the shoulders of a professional woodsman. Specifically his axe. He was asked to swiftly cut a rope when hollered. To the other end of the rope was a cadmium strip with a lead weight attached at the bottom.

The woodsman was asked to cut the rope asap when he heard the word _____.Doing this would drop the cadmium strip in place (the core of the reactor), ready to absorb the neutrons, and putting the reactor in a safe condition.

When asked what he word meant, Fermi replied ______ ___ ____ ___ ___.

Although the methods have changed and it’s done electronically now, the term has stuck. Fill in the blanks.

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