That's when I was remanded to the Catholic Parochial Gulag back in the
50's and introduced to Sister Godzilla. Child care was based on sheer
terror back then. That's why I don't like folks who mistreat kids. When
I was six, I decided all adults were full of crap, the mistake I made
was letting the nuns know it. O_o
I met a cute little 4 year old girl one day and because I flirt with
gals of all ages, I asked her if she would marry me when I grow up.
The tyke looked me up and down and said "You're already grown up." to
which I replied, "You're the first girl who's ever said that to me." ^_^
No, not mine. When she was little I always asked her if she would marry
me when I grew up but she grew up to be a beautiful young woman who met
and married a handsome young man and they now have two little daughters.
The oldest is three and the youngest 7 months old. ^_^
That joke goes back at least as far as William S Gilbert. He was tall and
authoritative-looking. A man mistook him for one of those people who stand of
hotels, and asked him to "Call me a cab".
"Very well... You're a four-wheeler."
"You said to call you a cab -- and I couldn't very well call you hansom."
(punning on handsome)
Jeff Liebermann wrote on Fri, 01 Mar 2013 18:47:40 -0800:
Those were fantastic pictures. I always assumed it was mold, but, now,
I must rethink 'what' it is.
I don't remember trying acetone, but, my screwdrivers still have a
hint of the white stuff from years past, so I will try that to see.
Thank you very much for the wonderful experimental work. You're in
the top 1% of all people who THINK on this planet!
On Sun, 3 Mar 2013 17:07:26 +0000 (UTC), Al Schmidt
The microscope photos were awful, grainy, and somewhat otto focus but
sufficient to make a few observations:
<http://802.11junk.com/jeffl/pics/white-plastic-rot/ I left the microscope setup in my office and will try to take some
better pictures with better objective lenses and better lighting on
Monday night. Bottom lighting didn't work because the "plastic rot"
was too thick. It also wrecked the focus as my depth of field is very
limited at x100 and x400. Maybe lower power will help.
Ever wonder who makes the tool handles?
<http://www.alhandles.com Nothing on their site about the problem, or even what type of plastics
Typical acrylic extruded rods:
It's not mold. It looks, acts, burns, melts, and disolves like
acrylic plastic. It's translucent, not white. It doesn't grow, has
no structure, doesn't creat colonies, and doesn't produce spores.
Hold it. Don't try using acetone to clean your screwdriver. It will
attack and make a sticky mess of the good parts of the screwdriver
handle. Acetone will dissolve acrylic plastic which is what I guess
the handles are made from. Consult a chemical compatibilty chart for
plastics before using any solvents.
<http://www.tapplastics.com/uploads/pdf/acrylite_chem_resist.pdf For cleaning, use anything that will scrape the stuff off, such as a
knife blade, scouring pad, or sandpaper. Use a buffing wheel to
retore the shine.
Thanks again. I'll spare you my lecture on the topic. The simple
version is from Sherlock Holmes, where Watson "sees" but does not
"observe". Plastic rot is similar in that we "see" mold, but few have
the time, abilities, and equipment to test if it's really mold.
Jeff Liebermann email@example.com
150 Felker St #D http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
Or in other words, another failure of the proper application of
Occam's Razor. All things being equal, the simplest explanation is that
it is mold.
The failure is that accepting the simplest explanation "it is mold"
limits the search for "all things" and some important facts are missed.
I see this all too often in computers, where people without a clue, fix
a broken system by replacing parts randomly.
If there are 5 componens in a system, replacing any one of them has a chance
of fixing the system, possibly as much as 20% and then declaring themselves
Geoffrey S. Mendelson, N3OWJ/4X1GM/KBUH7245/KBUW5379
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