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  • Rich Carlstedt
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    Sorry Sir John, you are not Rich, I am !

    But maybe you can help me, I this idea to repair automobiles.
    We need to get drivers to have their wheels checked because the air gets tired.

    Rich ( in name only)

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  • darryl
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    What that pencil sharpener guy hasn't told you is that the lead he's using has been recycled from a nookleer reactor. Also the wood is specially harvested from the forests around chernobyl, and the paint comes from a factory in China. It's the only pencil you can buy that keeps your hand warm. Another bonus is that with a special phosphor coated paper, you can read your notes in the dark! Last but not least, the eraser nibs are specially formulated from ahcrapium, which is CLR encapsulated in microbubbles. No other material can make your mistakes disappear as quickly. At $17, plus shipping and handling of $55, it's a bargain.

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  • rohart
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    With fewer people knife sharpening their pencils, and presumably more using pencil sharpeners, the quality control of the wood hardness has gone down.

    Lately I find the difference between the hardness of the two halves of the pencil has increased. You slice away at the hard side, and when you move to the other side you take half the pencil off in one go.

    But those expensive pencils remind me. In Britain we have a satirical magazine called Private Eye - http://www.private-eye.co.uk/

    The link is for the previous edition. The current edition, the Christmas edition, the one that will come up next digitally (next week, maybe) always has a double page spread of ridiculous Christmas gift advertisements. This time there's the Drain-o-Hat that lets the rain water drain out of your trilby through a pipe down your back, and the Vindalometer, that lets you measure how hot your curry is before you eat it. Totally crazy.

    PS I suppose we're meant to parse the word artisanal with spaces before and after the 'is' bit ?

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  • lazlo
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    Originally posted by JCHannum
    Among others, the quote has been attributed to a distant relative of mine, David Hannum, who was exhibiting the original Cardiff Giant.
    Ah, that explains it Jim -- you're genetically sucker-resistant!

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  • JCHannum
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    Originally posted by Toolguy
    Supposedly that was P.T. Barnum of Barnum and Bailey Circus. W.C. Fields had many memorable sayings though.
    Among others, the quote has been attributed to a distant relative of mine, David Hannum, who was exhibiting the original Cardiff Giant.

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  • lynnl
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    Originally posted by John Stevenson
    [SIZE=6][COLOR=Blue]
    Now if I had done a 10 hour day for a month solid that would have netted me $35,700,000

    Now the big question ? Do I take a couple of days off ?

    No! Absolutely not. You can't afford to take a day off.
    Sorry John, but you're going to work yourself into an early grave, simply because you've come up with a TOO GOOD thing.

    Such a shame...

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  • madwilliamflint
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    $17 for a pencil that's sharp for about 2 minutes of use? If that? Sure, it's technically "not a joke" but wow, if someone really did that...

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  • oil mac
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    I have just broken the lead in my pencil.

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  • oldtiffie
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    Pencil

    OT: Another fine craftsman pursuing a lost art...?
    Originally posted by mickeyf
    http://www.artisanalpencilsharpening.com/index.html

    I suppose with the Internet you can succeed in any niche market. Even the nichiest.
    Only if you've got a pencil that is long enough with lead in it.

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  • John Stevenson
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    I'M RICH



    7,000 per hour @ $17 equals $119,000 per hour.

    Now if I had done a 10 hour day for a month solid that would have netted me $35,700,000

    Now the big question ? Do I take a couple of days off ?

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  • winchman
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    Having had the experience of trying to work with a dull pencil, I can easily see paying mucho for a perfectly sharpened one, but ONLY right when I needed it.

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  • gordsgarage
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    I wonder if he takes requests for specific angles? Some performance specs would be nice. Are there sharpening options to increase pencil tip life? How about if you want just pure performance?

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  • kyfho
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    While I am definitely one to appreciate the skills of fine, hand crafted work from a true artisan; since joining here, I have developed an equal appreciation for the dedication and precision of a talented machinist.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKL6elkbFy0

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  • v860rich
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    I was going to put up a link to my incanescent light bulb rebuilding service, but you guys will only make light of it.

    THANX RICH

    People say I'm getting crankier as I get older. That's not it. I just find I enjoy annoying people a lot more now. Especially younger people!!!

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  • gbritnell
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    If I didn't know better I would have thought it was April 1.
    gbritnell

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