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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Glock-it-to-me, Mar 9, 2010.
Fess up - who still has a slide rule tucked into the far reaches of their desk?
Got mine... and my dad's... tucked away in a drawer. His is nicer - rosewood and ivory - mine is plastic.
I learned to use it in high school, but only spent about half a semester of engineering school with the slip stick hanging from my belt. Fall of my Freshman year is when the HP35 came out, and my father sprung for one of those as an early Christmas gift that year.
Finished my Physics I final in record time that Fall... it was interesting being on the leading edge of the calculator revolution, and blasting by the kids who were still doing things the old fashioned way... then watching the exams change to put more emphasis on theory and less on calculation as a result of the change in technology.
I don't currently own one, but was trained (and somewhat proficient) with one back in the 60's. It was our only "calculator"! And some math classes banned them from the classroom, because it made math TOO EASY!
I probably wouldn't have a clue now, when it comes to calculating with it.
Not since High School. My baby sister tells her kids, "Your uncle used to have to use a slide rule to do his math homework."
I've got one on one of my watches and at least one in each of my helmet bags. An E6B is a slide rule, right?
I sort of collect them. Not formally, but if I come across one, I usually nab it.
I don't have one any more after far too many moves but I used one in chemistry class in high school (wouldn't let us use them in math) in the 1960s. I actually learned how to use one much earlier because my father was a civil engineer and used his daily. Of course as a kid I wanted to know what it was and how it worked.
In our Navy schools back in the early 70's, the new fangled electronic calculators weren't allowed. I've still got my yellow Pickett slide rule in the basement.
I went into Office Depot about 2 years ago looking for graph paper.
The 20-something guy who I asked about it didn't even know what it was.
I say, if we allow chil'runs to use electronic calculators, they have to do it in RPN.
Haven't used an E6B since I was a Private Pilot. How do you use one in a helicopter, you can't let go of anything.
Maybe you guys need to gather them all up and send them to the school that just fired all the teachers. The teachers said they didn't have the supplies they needed to make the kids proficient at math. Your donation is greatly appreciated.
M2 Carbine, OJ are both two of our elder statemen.
DeathRow hardly posts anymore...he is also a gentleman from times past.
Dragoon is probably the oldest living thing on earth...his birth certificate has on it just a date, which is actually "BC", but at the time nobody believed Jesus Christ would walk the earth some 1210 years later, and for those that believed, it seemed too far fetched that the world would be around in 12 centuries to see Jesus' birth...
...and here he still is today, some 3000 years later, still kicking *** and taking names. If memory serves me correct, he was the 1st copper to arrest the guy who invented the slide rule - but he let that one slide.
I've got my trusty old slipstick, a Faber-Castell 10-inch unit, on display at my desk. I started my undergraduate training at MIT before the invention of the calculator, so I got to be pretty proficient with that one. I also have a circular slide rule built into the bezel of my Pulsar aviator's wristwatch.
You gotta set the collective friction just right and you have a hand for just such occasions
Not in my desk, but I have 1 or 2 somewhere in the house.
My cup of coffee fits perfectly under the collective
I forgot, you jet guys have switch monkeys (second in command/ co-pilots, coffee makers) to do those sort of things.
Us poor fling wing guys have to do it all ourselves.
Guilty as charged!
Have my oldest brother's slide rule (i.e., hand me down). It was one of those aluminum ones with an almost DOT yellow paint job and nice, easy to read black markings and writing. (I think the USNavy had similar ones, but I'm not sure. )
I couldn't throw a rock and hit 50 yet, but I bet I could reach it in two with a 1 iron. (Riddle: How old am I?)