Geez you guys! I thought this woodworking thread was to learn "how" to build
a soapbox... not climb up on it!
And what's with all those book titles you bandy about?!? I don't think I've
seen any one of them on Oprah's book list!
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I'll assume that post is tongue-in-cheek.
Regardless, there's plenty of room for
all kinds of discussions on a WW forum.
One of the reasons I prefer USENET to
other forums is that it's not moderated
formally. Informally, it's very
moderated by all users.
By and large, the Wreck talks about
wood, tools, problems, safety and all
other "on topic" issues. Just like if
you're in a small shop and you talk out
a problem with the guy next to you.
What's the right blade for this cut,
what wood should I use here, etc.
After a bit, those same two guys gather
round the woodstove or water cooler for
a smoke and/or coffee and talk about
whatever they feel like, which may
include getting laid last nite, what a
genius/buffoon Bush is, or whether Bush
got laid last nite. On topic to a shop?
It's all part of the process.
I remember marveling back in the late 50s every time Frank mashed the
accelerator to the floorboard and the car zoomed to 30 mph! Me thinks my
set were original 1920-something prints. And, even though I knew at age
nine or ten that 30 mph really wasn't very fast at all, it never kept me
from finishing that particular book and starting the next one.
I think so. I also think Harry Potter is trash, but fun trash for
kids, and it has gotten millions who wouldn't otherwise pick up a book
involved in reading, at least for a start. And made its author a
billionairess (how's that for politically incorrect).
With all today's distractions, it's sometimes hard to get kids
interested in books, but without books, their lives are going to be a
lot less complete. Hell, even books by Ann Coulter have SOME value.
The current obsession with the Potter books is a bit disconcerting -
too much of anything isn't a good thing and can displace reality in
young minds; albeit temporarily. I understand their concern of the
unrealistic "magic" stuff, but a part of growing up is discarding the
trash yet keeping the skills developed. Hell, I spent my childhood
believing I was going to get off of this cinder one day.
Even hate laden, vituperative screeds make good kindling. ;-)
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