Rule of Thumb

10/26/18

SURVIVING A SKI

If you can’t see it, you can’t ski it. — Paul A. Delaney, meteorologist, Beltsville, Maryland

10/25/18

ARC WELDING

The length of your arc determines the quality of your weld. A good arc sounds like frying bacon. An arc …

10/24/18

CUTTING FIREWOOD

One person, working alone, can cut, haul, and stack about a cord of firewood a day. — John Fay, apple grower

10/23/18

THE STUDENT IS READY RULE

When you’re ready to do something about a problem, almost anything can help. When you’re not ready, no amount of …

10/21/18

SEWING

Never use a knot in hand sewing. — Anonymous

10/12/18

LOOKING FOR ENGINEERING CORRELATIONS

If you are trying to describe a phenomenon rigorously, correlate aggregate parameters in such a way that all the units …

10/11/18

BUYING A RECORD ALBUM

You’ll like an album if you like at least one-fourth of the songs on it. — Dennis Palaganas, Gainesville, Florida

10/10/18

SPOTTING A GOOD RESTAURANT

The flashier the sign, the worse the food. — John H. Beauvais, Cambridge, Massachusetts

10/9/18

PLAYING GOLF

All putts break toward the water because the slope of greens are contoured for drainage. — Donald B. Lilley, water tester, …

10/8/18

DESIGNING AN ELEVATOR

Traveling faster than ten miles per hour in an elevator will make your ears pop. — Scott Parker, data specialist, Beaumont, …

10/7/18

USING A CHAINSAW

Plan on spending half an hour of maintenance for each two hours of chainsaw use. — Rob Weinberg, Tassajara Zen Mountain …

10/6/18

SIZING UP A TEACHER

A teacher who complains that his or her students are all stupid is probably a poor teacher. — Bruce Reznick, associate …

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