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lazlo
01-05-2012, 09:18 PM
Are you part owner of Arc-Euro? :D

From this month's Model Engineer's Workshop:

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u15/rtgeorge_album/SirJohn.jpg

J. Randall
01-06-2012, 12:29 AM
I think he explained his involvement on those a few weeks ago on this forum.
James

Bruce Griffing
01-06-2012, 12:40 AM
Those blocks are just wrong. Everyone knows they should be in a 1:2:3 ratio. But it does make sense that they named them Stevenson blocks.

jugs
01-06-2012, 03:30 AM
Those blocks are just wrong. Everyone knows they should be in a 1:2:3 ratio. But it does make sense that they named them Stevenson blocks.

Where's the definitive ruling on this :confused:

Tel
01-06-2012, 03:38 AM
Why do I get this strange feeling of deja vu?

I've got both sets, btw - via the Aus 'group buy' - just waiting for a chance to use 'em!

Circlip
01-06-2012, 04:11 AM
Everyone knows they should be in a 1:2:3 ratio

Bit of clever British logic here, but does rely on "Maffs",

Put a 10 block on top of a 20 block = ??? Magical 1 2 3 ratio so you get 4 for free.

Regards Ian.

tumutbound
01-06-2012, 04:30 AM
Wish I'd known about an Oz group buy :mad:

Tel
01-06-2012, 06:17 AM
Wish I'd known about an Oz group buy :mad:

Sorry 'bout that Geoff - it was done over on HMEM

aboard_epsilon
01-06-2012, 08:36 AM
wonderiing if you put your name to enough things in your lifetime.
your name will become synonymous with improving something

Ste·ven·son (sthttp://img.tfd.com/hm/GIF/emacr.gifhttp://img.tfd.com/hm/GIF/prime.gifvhttp://img.tfd.com/hm/GIF/schwa.gifn-shttp://img.tfd.com/hm/GIF/schwa.gifn), http://inogolo.com/audio/Stevenson_1974.mp3
v. stevensoned, stevenized, stevened

v.tr.1. To raise to a more desirable or more excellent quality or condition; make better.
2. To increase the productivity or value of (land or property).
3. To put to good use; use profitably.


v.intr.1. To become better.
2. To make beneficial additions or changes



all the best..mark

davidwdyer
01-06-2012, 08:37 AM
John has already "fessed" in an earlier thread. But I still don't understand why he didn't send all the members of this forum a free set or two, since we obviously have contributed so much to him over the years.

Just near Christmas time too!

John Stevenson
01-06-2012, 10:24 AM
Sorry lads.
That cretin Ketan at ARC only ordered 300 of each set even though he's still got my quid he conned off me ages ago.

Now he's gone and sold out and is waiting for new stock to come in.

That pissed off about him using my name I have instigated legal proceedings to get my quid back. In the light of the heavy guns being levelled he capitulated and gave me my quid back.

It's for this reason i was missing over the new year as i used the quid to go to Paris.

All I can say is it was the waste of a quid.............

lynnl
01-06-2012, 01:02 PM
Obviously I've forgotten, if I ever knew ...what's so special about the 1:2:3 ratio, as it pertains to rectangular machinists' setup blocks?

What does 1:2:3 give you that 1:2:4 doesn't? Other than the obvious presence of "3", missing in the latter.. But then where's it written that "3" is going to be more convenient than, ...say 2.5?

Neither ratio fits old man Pythagoras' theorem, so I can't think of any trig magic it affords, like 6:8:10 does, e.g. laying out a foundation squarely.

Ah, so many questions, yet so little time... :)

lazlo
01-06-2012, 01:05 PM
That cretin Ketan at ARC only ordered 300 of each set even though he's still got my quid he conned off me ages ago.

That pissed off about him using my name I have instigated legal proceedings to get my quid back. In the light of the heavy guns being levelled he capitulated and gave me my quid back.

Chinese tool maker: "Damn, what do we do with all these Metric cut-offs?"

Lacky: "Well, we could drill holes in them and call them 1-2-3 blocks."

Chinese tool maker: "But they're not 1:2:3?"

Lacky: "Name them after that Stevenson guy who comes around once in awhile. He's popular in the model engineering crowd."

:D

small.planes
01-06-2012, 04:39 PM
:D :D

That's so close to what happened its funny

Dave

rohart
01-06-2012, 05:38 PM
Sounds like a bit of quid pro quo to me - as easy as one two four.

uncle pete
01-07-2012, 12:30 AM
Well you could look at this way, We now have a major celebrity as a member and he still considers us commoners worthy to kiss the ring. :D

But even better,These blocks have been redesigned from a mistaken redesign and now bolt togeather like they should have to begin with. So that's a major attaboy in my book. I'd still like some 1"x2"x3" for us old school imperial using redneck cousins.

I haven't Googled just what a "Quid" is worth in real money. But I'm sure I'd agree with a waste of it and adding Paris in the same sentance.

Pete

lakeside53
01-07-2012, 01:20 AM
Before we (NZ) changed to "decimal currancy", a Quid was a Pound or 20 shillings; a Guinea was 21 shillings (pound +shilling), but wasn't circulated as currency at that time - just a way of adding a little or keeping the number smaller ;)

Evan
01-07-2012, 01:36 AM
a Guinea was 21 shillings

That is what I was thinking of. Damned dying brain cells. The problem with forgetting things is that you have no idea what you forgot.

mike4
01-07-2012, 06:15 AM
That is what I was thinking of. Damned dying brain cells. The problem with forgetting things is that you have no idea what you forgot.
Evan , its called old timers something we all begin to do after a few years have passed by .
Michael

HSS
01-07-2012, 08:02 AM
Evan, some call it a senior moment, but I prefer to call it an intellectual interlude. :D And the older I get the more I, uh, where was I?

Pat

bob ward
01-07-2012, 11:01 AM
I've always been slightly gobsmacked that with the many thousands of sets of dodgy (won't take a 3/8" through bolt) 123 blocks that have been sold over recent years, no supplier, until Arc Euro's metric version, has seen a business opportunity in getting them made the way they should be.

How come not one of the big suppliers has taken the opportunity to go one better than their opposition? Very strange.

mochinist
01-07-2012, 11:07 AM
1-2-3 blocks are something I use weekly if not daily and I have never had the need to bolt any together.:confused: I've never actually bought a new set, all of mine are either homemade or bought second hand from someone retiring, leaving the trade etc. I'll have to look and see if a 3/8 bolt will slide thru the clear holes or not.

loose nut
01-07-2012, 11:28 AM
It's for this reason i was missing over the new year as i used the quid to go to Paris.


Boy John, I new the Euro was tanking but I didn't know that the exchange rate would let you get that much out of a pound.

chriskat
01-07-2012, 11:32 AM
More off topic rambling. What was a "farthing"?

I used to have a business acquaintance in the UK, Mike Cunningham was his name, who used to say:

"I remember when you could get a pint and a pork pie for a farthing."

When he wanted to comment on how old someone was.

Just wondering.

Jeff

aboard_epsilon
01-07-2012, 11:44 AM
pound before they made it into a coin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrQpe7q03vA

all the best.markj

jugs
01-07-2012, 12:21 PM
More off topic rambling. What was a "farthing"?

I used to have a business acquaintance in the UK, Mike Cunningham was his name, who used to say:

"I remember when you could get a pint and a pork pie for a farthing."

When he wanted to comment on how old someone was.

Just wondering.

Jeff

Here you go - http://lmgtfy.com/?q=farthing

Malc-Y
01-07-2012, 02:38 PM
More off topic rambling. What was a "farthing"?

I used to have a business acquaintance in the UK, Mike Cunningham was his name, who used to say:

"I remember when you could get a pint and a pork pie for a farthing."

When he wanted to comment on how old someone was.

Just wondering.

Jeff

A farthing is a quarter of an old pre-decimalisation penny, there were 240 pennies in a pound (£), therefore 960 farthings to a pound (£). They ceased to be in common use by the beginning of WW2. I still have one or two of them around somewhere, and I also have a half-farthing coin dated 1843.

I don't know the price of a pork pie but a pint (Imperial pint=20 fl/oz) of ale in my local pub now costs £3.10p, When I first started drinking (aged 16!) a pint was 1/3d, that is one shilling and three pence or 16 pints for a pound (£), now that's what I call inflation!

Malc. :cool:

SDL
01-08-2012, 12:04 PM
Looks like Sir John has been at it again?:D

http://www.arceurotrade.co.uk/Catalogue/Collets/ER-Collet-Fixtures

Steve Larner

DFMiller
01-08-2012, 12:10 PM
Hardige, Bridgeport, Southbend,
Now Stevenson's a household name
:D
About time to upgrade your signature line
Dave

lazlo
01-09-2012, 03:16 PM
Looks like Sir John has been at it again?:D

http://www.arceurotrade.co.uk/Catalogue/Collets/ER-Collet-Fixtures

OK, now I need to ask for the "other" thread where John was explaining how Arc Euro started naming all their tools after him?

DFMiller
01-10-2012, 01:46 AM
Lazlo,
Here it is. I started it a while ago and after some goading John told the story.
http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/showthread.php?t=51064&highlight=Stevenson
Dave