The A-604 and the Recoil Flux Capacitor

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15 Responses to “The A-604 and the Recoil Flux Capacitor”

  1. gwax says:

    Similar devices date back at least as far as the 1940′s. Wikipedia has a discussion and history of these devices: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turboencabulator

  2. Anonymous says:

    And no mention of Back to the Future?

  3. ab3a says:

    Years ago, a friend showed me the Rockwell Automation riff on this theme called the Retro-Encabulator. I nearly suffocated from laughing so hard. I have no idea how the guy in the video was able to keep a straight face while saying this.

    And the sad thing is this: There are people to whom this sounds like so much of the gobbledygook they hear every day that they will fail to clue in to the joke.

    We call those people executive managers.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’ve never before seen the phrases “Chrysler”, “transaxle”, and “great piece of engineering” in the same sentence, much less the same context.

  5. ackpht says:

    Rules for presenting to management: a) decide on the one conclusion that you want them to reach, b) remove ALL information in your presentation that is not directly related to that conclusion (lest some manager in the room go off on a tangent and derail the entire presentation), c) state results in terms that will mean something to managers (money or time saved), and d) arrange the presentation so that the managers reach your desired conclusion without you actually stating it- because once they think it’s THEIR original idea, you couldn’t change their minds with a crowbar.

  6. Anonymous says:

    wow. that’s a lot of vocab.

  7. sic transit gloria C.F.A. says:

    I could tell this was BS because I know a lot of technical lingo and I just wasn’t recognizing any of the technobabble…but I wonder how many people with no technical background would be completely taken in?

    And yes, I can’t imagine how he kept a straight face either; I certainly couldn’t. Unless he’s an actor who had no clue, just reading the lines they gave him.

  8. hbl says:

    Oh, I’m sorry, sir. I’m anispeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused you such pericombobulation. I also offer the Engineer my most enthusiastic contrafribularities.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Here’s What I read. . . blah, blah, blah.. there’s actually such things a a Flux Capacitor, ZOMG!

    Great video and definitely worth watching the whole thing.

  10. Anonymous says:

    But what happens if I hit 88mph?

  11. Tweeker says:

    Its a riff on this Rockwell classic.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXJKdh1KZ0w

  12. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, these old Chrysler trannies are *notorious* for busted dingle arms, which will lead to lateral sinusidal sprunging every damned time.

  13. undergroundbastard says:

    And yet there’s no mention of the thrust-bearing sequencer, seen here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/undergroundbastard/1484919196/in/set-72157602265836475/

  14. Anonymous says:

    Someone should make one of these for every engineering field.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately automatic transmissions were the only thing the US auto industry was doing well during the 1980s. That’s about when I switched to Nissans and Toyotas, and now my cars last five times as long, get better mileage and need fewer repairs.

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