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Offline arnoldb

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Hello from Namibia
« on: August 20, 2009, 04:08:27 PM »
Some members on MadModder who are also members of HMEM must be running away in terrified stampede now....  :lol:

For the rest of the members who have not yet thusly aborted, I'm Arnold, from Windhoek in Namibia.
I followed a link posted by a certain Mr. CC (I just know I'm going to get some  :wack: for that) - and, being an inquisitive sort 'o person, I had a look at the rest of the site, and very much like what I see, along guidelines I appreciate.

Some background on myself:
I'm a qualified electronics technician and started my career at the national power utility here in Namibia as just that. Over the years, my career permutated into my current day job officially titled "IT Administrator" where I do mostly software systems analysis and programming.  :scratch: - I know, but that's a long story....
To get away from the insanity described above, I do attempt some hobby engineering, and am pretty much a DIY type of person.  At least I know I am partially immune to one specific strain of  :proj: I noticed here:

Then a bug bit and I did this:


Both the above bad deeds were done in the last 1 1/2 months. The place the deeds were done looks like this (Yes - I know it needs tidying-up  :doh:)




Some other things I have done or are busy with include custom built electronic alarm systems for a local bank, software for the management of (and hardware data acquisition interfaces to it's metering systems) the Namibian power grid, replacing the engine in my 1983 Toyota Hilux pickup (as a result I have some Metric Fine thread cutting kit), renovating & re-tiling my kitchen (I like cooking as well - go figure), built a decent sized cage for Shrek (my parrot), and some other bits'n'bobs.

Now, If the above lot didn't scare you off and cause the administrators to permanently lock me out of this site, I just might be in the correct "mad" place  :nrocks:
 :beer: Arnold

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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2009, 04:24:07 PM »
Welcome to the collective as we like to call it.  :borg:

You'll fit right in. All our shops are messy. (I guess I should speak for my self) Just take a look at mine when you get a chance.

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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2009, 04:34:42 PM »
Arnold,

It is not what the shop looks like that matters, it is what comes out of it and your mind that does.

Nice work you have done there, and it does prove you are definitely not immune to  :proj:


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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2009, 04:39:28 PM »
As Bernd says, welcome to the collective :borg:

Scare us? Nah... we are suprised people come here!


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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2009, 05:04:20 PM »
Hi Arnold, welcome to the madhouse.

Looks like some nice machines you have there and more importantly a good looking couple of engines.

I liked the spokes..... :thumbup:

Settle in and have some fun....
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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2009, 05:09:45 PM »
Welcome aboard the cube  :borg: Arnold

From your posts on HMEN i know you'll fit right in here, were a help each other out her, so just sit back join in and have fun.

Cheers :beer:

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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2009, 05:10:34 PM »
Hi Arnold, welcome to the cube  :borg:


I think you'll fit in nicely here, we like to read about pretty much everything, but even more we like to "see" what you do/have-done, so keep posting pics and we'll all be happy  :thumbup:


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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2009, 05:57:09 PM »
Blimey Arnold, I thought you were simply just going to say "Hello"  .......... nice intro though  :clap:

but ........ I've learnt two things from your post, Namibia has eltrickery  :beer: ........... and you have an ML7  :bow: ........ next to my Boxford that's not a bad choice of lathe

Good to have you aboard Arnold  :thumbup:

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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2009, 06:02:07 PM »
What's the baked beans for...did you get hungry.... :lol:
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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2009, 06:09:26 PM »
What's the baked beans for... :lol: 

Beans ............ food ........... somebody put bread in the toaster quick ..........

..............  ................... oooops, sorry gang, since I quit smoking eating has become a hobby  ::)

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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2009, 09:01:26 PM »
Arnold, welcome to the ward errr collective, nice size shop/garage and equipment.  I don't see any mess, just some round tuits.  It can't be too bad because I see several unused flat surfaces.
The engines look rather nice :D.
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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2009, 09:02:19 PM »
Arnold :wave:

Welcome to MadModder. I can see you have us partially figured out so we won't have to tell you that  :mmr: or to be warry of catching  :proj:. Since you already know that  :worthless: I'll just have to say that I hope you enjoy your stay and we appreciate you showing us around your shop and telling us about yourself.

Cheers  :beer:

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Offline arnoldb

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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2009, 06:20:31 AM »
Thanks for the warm welcome Everyone   :beer:

Darren - the baked beans are for generating some compressed air to save "eltrickery" :lol: - then the can gets filled with water used to dunk hot bits of metal into; The steam that comes off then has a faint baked bean smell, to neutralise the compressed air smell  :lol:

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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2009, 06:22:19 AM »
Very good Arnold, I see you have re-cycling down to to a  "T"..... :lol:

You'll fit in here nicely..... :thumbup:

Just don't show us the process, I know we like pictures here...but.....
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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2009, 12:18:56 PM »
Very nice intro Arnold.......  :clap:

Welcome!  :thumbup:

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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2009, 03:05:02 AM »
Hi Arnold

Used to live in SA visited South West Africa a lot in school holls - havent been back since all the street names has been changed.

Nice space and workshop

Have a Windhoek LAGER for me too please

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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2009, 07:09:04 AM »
Thanks David D & Gerhard

Gerhard, only ONE Windhoek Lager  :scratch: - Shucks - can't do that to me mate - You should know they run around in cases   :lol:

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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2009, 09:03:34 AM »
As many as you like mate -I would sell my car for just 1 :clap:

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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #18 on: August 28, 2009, 07:38:17 PM »
As many as you like mate -I would sell my car for just 1 :clap:

Hmmmm - "Visa Moment"  :lol:
1 Case Windhoek Lager (or preferably Tafel Lager) - ~ 3 1/2 UK pounds
1 bottle Jeagermeisster - ~ 10 UK pounds
1 Braaivleis & Pap (BBQ with "polenta") with good friends under crystal clear starry skies here in Namibia - absolutely priceless.

I don't think I could EVER leave here - even if it is out in the styx and I can't get all the tools I want !

Ein prozit  :beer: , ein prozit  :beer: - wer gumiclich zein  :beer: .... (now where's that "singing smiley")
Next song:
Hard wie Kameldorn holtz ist unzer land....  (now where's that "singing smiley" - once again!!)

 :beer: - had a couple on you already, as well as the JM or two :D - eat your heart out, or come over for a visit!
Arnold

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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #19 on: August 29, 2009, 03:11:52 AM »
Not a lot of people on the blog would understand how hard a camelthorn tree or Namibia can be. :med:

My chances of visiting those parts again are very slim - :(

Good job making all the bits yourself rather than give up. :bow:
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Re: Hello from Namibia
« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2009, 07:43:20 PM »
Welcome Arnold
Wat a luvverly messy shop.
Would you like me to furnish my bank
details so you can deposit 25 million? :lol:
BR