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Gear Talk With Chuck

Catalog Season

The holiday gift catalogs have started to arrive at my house. Over the years our gift list has been pared down, but we occasionally see something unique that is just

Gear Talk With Chuck

Moving the Goal Posts

[starbox] Our area has been “under construction,” or, more accurately — “re-construction” — for the past year or so. Every road in town has been ripped up; the old blacktop

Gear Talk With Chuck

History Lessons

[starbox] My trip to the AGMA Fall Technical Meeting was preceded by a one-day visit to the Gettysburg National Military Park. As a boy I loved Civil War history, and

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Preserving Gear History

  [starbox] One of the initiatives now in progress since the close of the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) 2014 Fall FTM was building a detailed timeline of the organization’s

Gear Talk With Chuck

Fall Technical Meeting Report

[starbox] Since 1980 the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) has hosted a Fall Technical Meeting (FTM), where the industry gathers to listen to papers presented by leading engineers and researchers.

Gear Talk With Chuck

Publish or Perish

[starbox] My very first posting in this space was a call for papers for the 2013 AGMA Fall Technical Meeting. I had just gotten home from Arlington, Virginia, where my

Gear Talk With Chuck

Not a Boys Club

[starbox] This is a belated post in support of the International Day of the Girl. Around the world girls have to risk abuse, sexual assault, and even death just to

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Bad Career Moves

[starbox] My e-mail correspondent was worried about making a bad career move. Since it is unlikely that people starting out in the gear trade today will work for one company

Gear Talk With Chuck

Spamsters be Damned — We’re Bloggin’ Here

 [starbox] The anticipated, two-way dialog for this blog has been hampered by persistent spammers trying to scam their way onto the contact list. We wish there were a way to

Gear Talk With Chuck

Adding it All Up

[starbox] So now you’ve seen my “20 Questions” method for employee performance reviews. I’ll make the spreadsheet available through this blog; please use responsibly and give proper credit. By “responsible”