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    Default A blast from the past....non bee.

    I know, I know, this doesn’t have anything to do with bees. But while cleaning out a closet today I ran across this old friend from another time. Anyone else ever have to use one of these? Better yet...does anyone else know what it is?
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    Default Re: A blast from the past....non bee.

    USED TO HAVE TO USE ONE.......icons ago

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slide_rule

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    Default Re: A blast from the past....non bee.

    Quote Originally Posted by irwin harlton View Post
    USED TO HAVE TO USE ONE.......icons ago
    Showing our age, aren't we?
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    Default Re: A blast from the past....non bee.

    o-ooo
    In Russia we called it "logarithmic scale". I have no idea how it's called in English. Yes, I spend a lot of time doing calculations with it. Sometime I missed old days (indicating that I am old), when life were simpler and one actually could disassemble and then assemble thing and it would work... In my "logarithmic scale" we also had a normal precise ruler - it was expected that one use it for technical drawings and "calculator" part is at hands if any quick calculations necessary. Sergey

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    Default Re: A blast from the past....non bee.

    I was able to learn beekeeping but not how to use a slide rule. More than a few buttons on a calculator is beyond me too. I have one in mycloset also, next to my dial phone, 8 track player, and reel to reel.

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    Slide rule. I have one or two - somewhere. -js

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    Default Re: A blast from the past....non bee.

    I had a circular slide rule in the 1970's and knew how to use it. I currently have a linear one like the one pictured above. Sometimes I threaten to teach the daughters how to use it.

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    I still have a circular one- built into a pocket protecter.
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    Default Re: A blast from the past....non bee.

    I still have my users manual, but have no idea where the slide rule is.

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    Default Re: A blast from the past....non bee.

    Quote Originally Posted by irwin harlton View Post
    USED TO HAVE TO USE ONE.......icons ago

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slide_rule
    icons ago? That some sort of inside joke?
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    I never had to use one...but I was fortunate to have learned machine shop practice with vernier calipers. If we keep this up, I'll have to post pics of my wire recorder: )

    Deknow

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    Default Re: A blast from the past....non bee.

    I was in the last class in my high school that learned how to use one of those- 1973 or 74, then our Scientific Calculations and Measurements class got TWO Texas Instruments TI-50 calculators. We thought we were pretty hot stuff...

    I really like the old K&E engineering slide rules. I can't remember whether you add or subtract a power of 10 when the slide goes left..

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    Quote Originally Posted by deknow View Post
    If we keep this up, I'll have to post pics of my wire recorder: )
    There are enough of us old geezers on this site that we can surely 'one up' a young fellow like you on ancient stuff.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
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    Default Re: A blast from the past....non bee.

    Quote Originally Posted by TooFarGone View Post
    I can't remember whether you add or subtract a power of 10 when the slide goes left..
    It was never a directional thing, the way I learned. If you only had a short series of steps you kept track in your head. If you had a large number of manipulations you kept track on paper.

    And three digits of accuracy! We put people into space with these things.

    Makes my brain hurt just remembering........
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
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    Default Re: A blast from the past....non bee.

    I once had an Irish beekeeper on the Irish Bee List tell me...

    He could sit by the fire and using his slide rule...show that 4 frame nucleus colonies couldn't possibly make the winter...

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    Default Re: A blast from the past....non bee.

    Slide rules were required for my college chemistry class...back in the late 60's. I try to blame the slide rule for flunking out but it was probably due to the alcohol instead; not the stuff used in chemistry class but the stuff used in rum glass. Interesting though, after four years in the Navy, and going back to college, I am now a Professor of Biology (33 years) at the same exact institution I flunked out of. Should I credit that to hand-held calculators?

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    Default Re: A blast from the past....non bee.

    Quote Originally Posted by beemilk View Post
    ... Should I credit that to hand-held calculators?
    More likely a finely adjusted tolerance for alcohol....after four years in the Navy.
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    Default Re: A blast from the past....non bee.

    Anyone know the fascinating story of log tables, a shipwreck, and honeybee comb cell geometry?
    Deknow

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    Default Re: A blast from the past....non bee.

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    I was able to learn beekeeping but not how to use a slide rule. More than a few buttons on a calculator is beyond me too. I have one in mycloset also, next to my dial phone, 8 track player, and reel to reel.
    Waaait just a minute. I'm still using the dial phone in my extracting room. I have tried several others there but the ole ringer on the dial phone is the only one I can hear with all the equipment running. It's right over there on the wall by the 8 track tapes.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: A blast from the past....non bee.

    Quote Originally Posted by deknow View Post
    Anyone know the fascinating story of log tables,
    Is it even legal to use the terms fascinating story and log tables in the same sentence?
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
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