Saturday, May 26, 2007


This is a test of the emergency duck broadcasting service.
If you see an animated duck, blinking, then adding an animated .GIF file works. If all you see is a duck, doing nothing ..... then e-motion is sadly lacking.
Quack, Quack!

Graph Fight

Modern machining requires geometry & trigonometry & stuff. You may be familiar with graph paper and the X axis and the Y axis. To make parts, machinists have to know where the significant points are. Those points have to be calculated.
Above pictured (center) is the Rod's Duck Farm branding iron. To make the branding iron, a logo must be drawn. Then the significant points are calculated (ie., start and end point of line segments). Then a computerized router moves a cutting tool, according to the mathematically determined points.
The pencil is mightier than the sword .... that's why the core of the pencil is "graph-fight".
Quack, Quack!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Aluminum Duck

Once upon a time the earth was without form. The particular dirt was clay. Some folks formed the clay into ducks and fired the clay to create ceramic ducks. Others called the clay "bauxite".
They extracted aluminum from the clay and made pistons for diesel engines. Rod's Duck Farm realized the potential of used pistons from diesel engines. Using sand casting technology, these ducks are not wrought .... they are cast .... Oh, I don't know .... I guess they are made from clay. I guess that's right ... aluminum .... what's aluminum? refined clay ..... anyway, the earth was without form and then it became a duck. That's today's introducktion to metallurgy. Some day we may talk about ducktility. Ducktility is when you are tilling the soil and plow up a duck.
Quack, Quack!

Sunday, May 20, 2007


Brother-in-Law, Mack, said, "We're all in jail, on a work-release program. We get home and they don't even have to lock us up. They've got us trained to lock ourselves up for the night. We have to cook our own meals and take ourselves to work. That Government is pretty smart!!!"

Tool Boxes have locks. The locks sometimes have keys. The keys go on key rings, fastened to keyfobs. Naturally, the keys to a duck tool box have duck keyfobs. The left one has wiggly feet. The right one is a Ducks Unlimited keyfob.

The Beans & Rice (Wouldn't it be nice ... Beach Boys) tune has expanded a bit:

Wouldn't beans and rice be so much colder
If we didn't heat them up so long
And wouldn't beans & rice be good together
Even if we ate them all month long.

You know its gonna make it that much better
Beans and rice go really good together

To get to Stuttgart from Fayetteville, Arkansas ......
First you head toward Paris, then London, then Little Rock, and finally to Stuttgart where all the rice fields are. Stuttgart, Arkansas is where the international duck calling competition is held every Thanksgiving weekend.

Quack, Quack!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

There is a brass duck on the right side of the tool box. It serves as a hat rack, to hold the official Rod's Duck Farm engineering hat. Pat Adams came up with this duck. I never checked it for hidden cameras and microphones. The duck has built-in hooks that serve as key kolders.
There was a TV show with Jim Carey, years ago, called The Duck Factory. Some people call the Prairie Pothole Region of the Duckotas (Yankee & Confederate Duckota) the Duck Factory because a bunch of ducks get born there. They fly south. Because they are Yankee ducks, we shoot them - sometimes with guns, other times with cameras.
Ducks make a nice addition to any toolbox.
Quack, Quack!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Max Mallard

Max Mallard has a photo-cell enabling him to serve as a motion detector/greeter.
He has 10 tunes/sayings that he repeats at random.
Max Mallard is the duck version of Billy Bass.
He tells a joke:
"When does a duck get up? ...... at the Quack of Dawn"
Quack, Quack!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Flying South - Quack, Quack!

In Memory of the Southerners forced to seek political asylum in Brazil.
Also in Memory of the mile wide path, 100 miles long that General Sherman felt compelled to burn from Atlanta to the Atlantic Ocean.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Rod's Duck Farm Tool Box

Sung to the tune "Noel" is the machinist song .... "Two well, Too well, To well, Thieu L"
The Rod's Duck Farm Tool Box is American hand-made craftsmanship. And it has ducks all over it. There's even ducks in it.
The flying duck is flying the right way.
There was a place in Vietnam named Dak To but everybody called it Duck Toe.
The military induckted folks and then inducktrinated them. It was to protect the precepts of the Ducklaration of Independence. The goal was to become highly duckorated. For fun, people would duck into a bar in a place called down town. Other people would explore the flora and fauna. There was one kind of plant called an ambush. When you were in an ambush, they called you a sitting duck. When everything was properly organized, you had your ducks in a row. They didn't have Kentucky Chicken but you could get a duck sandwich at the restaurants and food stands. Sometimes the jeep would get mired in the mud. Then it would be sduck.
Quack, Quack!

Horology - Big Shot

Bill and Rita Megee also discovered the Big Shot Shells Duck Clock. It keeps good time and, of course has the duck flying off to the right. The folks who did my tombstone engraved the duck flying to the left but my clocks fly the right way.
The interest in horology grows. If I become a horologist, I won't be able to hire a secretary since secretaries are notorious for keeping the minutes. ..... no more dinner parties, everybody coming back for seconds ..... where would the time go?
Quack, Quack!

Whe sawed the duck?

This is a clock made with a scroll saw. Bill & Rita Megee discovered this time-piece. On the back is glued a penny ..... ensuring that the clock is always worth something and declaring, "In God We Trust." Notice the duck is flying to the right. It is important for ducks to fly the right way.
Sometimes I wonder if I should specialize is Duck clocks ..... ducks are such a broad field.