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The fun I had experienced in making things as a boy was magnified a hundredfold when I began making things as a man. There is in manufacturing a creative joy that only poets are supposed to know. Some day I'd like to show a poet how it feels to design and build a railroad locomotive. - Walter P. Chrysler, Life of An American Workman (1937)
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On Mon, 25 Apr 2005 19:31:20 GMT, "patrick conroy"

I like that. Thanks for sharing!
Aut inveniam viam aut faciam
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Here's another one I've always liked... he was writing about software development (teaching that is my job), but it applies just as much to woodworking (my sanity check): First is the sheer joy of making things. As the child delights in his mud pie, so the adult enjoys building things, especially things of his own design.
Second is the pleasure of making things that are useful to other people. Deep within, we want others to use our work and to find it helpful.
Third is the fascination of fashioning complex puzzle-like objects of interlocking moving parts and watching them work in subtle cycles, playing out the consequences of principles built in from the beginning.
Fourth is the joy of always learning. In one way or another the problem is ever new, and its solver learns something.
Fred Brooks on "Why Is Programming Fun?"
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Because it's on SWMBO's list. <G>
Max D.
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On Mon, 25 Apr 2005 19:31:20 GMT, "patrick conroy"

The joy that I have in walking down a wood row In a yard run by a man who knows trees and the cutting of them Who keeps his best stock in a private place And expects to be asked where it is
When I have in my mind a list Of pieces and parts that will go into my current paramour To make her legs slim and refined To give life to the curves that haunt my imagining
Some men say that what I do is naught but geometry Sad fools Best to leave them to their confines
I come upon a bole of Cherry Grown in the mountains of Pennsylvania For so long that saws can not slab it with a single cut A force of nature beyond the measure and manipulation of man
It is ruddy with its essence It is rough as the soil that it has sprung form It is as honest and true as any thing can be
It is perfect
When I am finished If I am true to my task I will have preserved its ruddiness I will have smoothed its roughness
I will have applied the art of man To the art of God
And it will be as honest and true As any man made thing can be
Amen
Tom Watson - WoodDorker tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (email) http://home.comcast.net/~tjwatson1/ (website)
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On Tue, 26 Apr 2005 20:31:23 -0400, the inscrutable Tom Watson

Good'un, Tawm. Now fix your typoes and grammar. ("came" vs. "come", "sprung from" vs. "sprung form")
LJ--Critic & WET At Large
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On Tue, 26 Apr 2005 18:03:40 -0700, The Clueless C-Less Larry Jaques

It's "typos".
Are you perhaps related to Dan Quayle?
"...the man ain't got no culture..."
(rob z.)
You will never understand poetry, nor high language, C-Less.
You've proven it over and over again.
BTW - I still love you for whom you are (now, isn't that damned awkward - the language, I mean?)
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On Tue, 26 Apr 2005 21:14:18 -0400, the inscrutable Tom Watson

No, you? He added an "e" to a singular where it didn't belong.
As Margaret Shertzer wrote in her book, The Elements of Grammar, "Most common nouns ending in "o" preceded by a consonant form their plurals by adding an "es" to the singular." typo, typoes.
Webster agreed in their New Collegiate dictionary with "The plural form of a noun ending in a consonant and "o" is -oes: hero, heroes."
P.S: You didn't address the grammar issue, "spring form", did you? I wonder why not. <tsk, tsk, tsk>

I freely admit that's true, but you ain't go no couth; goin' 'round spouting poetry in public and all. ;)

I prefer NOT to "understand" poetry, thanks. I preferred Blake's art. Now, a good limerick is another thing altogether. Gimme more!

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On Wed, 27 Apr 2005 05:10:20 -0700, Larry Jaques
A bunch of funny stuff.
You made me laugh out loud, C-Less.
Thanks.
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On Wed, 27 Apr 2005 05:10:20 -0700, Larry Jaques

OK - I had to run this morning and didn't have time to look up the reference until now:
Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition. 2000. p. 1549: "Typo" n., pl. "pos"...
Now pay up!
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On Wed, 27 Apr 2005 18:12:18 -0400, the inscrutable Tom Watson

Damn those revisionist historians! I'm still 2:1 on ya, so it's time for your crowbar, not mine.
Now pay up!
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On Wed, 27 Apr 2005 17:51:12 -0700, Larry Jaques

There's something about 'Murricans fighting over the English language that just makes me smile....
It's good to see you two haven't changed.
cheers,
Groggy [poo suit /on}
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Groggy wrote:

This coming from an Aussie?

Hee, hee. Same here.
Chuck Vance
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On Thu, 28 Apr 2005 07:58:38 -0500, the inscrutable Conan The

Yeah, cuz' we usually hassle him, the Poms, and the Canuckistanis over their misspellings of our language. <nomex=ON>
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On Thu, 28 Apr 2005 07:07:23 -0700, Larry Jaques

Well Larry, the beauty of "your language" is that (if you do manage to mispell a word) within a year it will appear in Websters.
For some reason you guys thought (it seems to be changing now) that it was easier to change the language than to properly educate your children. What does kind of statement do you think *that* made to the world? :-0
<GD&R and spraying poo suit with flame retardant>
Groggy
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Gack!!! I should have said:
What does^H^H^H^H kind of statement do you think *that* made to the world? :-0
Talk about a self defeating statement - sheesh!
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On Fri, 29 Apr 2005 00:56:08 GMT, the inscrutable Groggy

Oh, I thought you were just a product of the Aussie school system and felt that you were, no doubt, -rapidly- gaining on us. <nomex=ON>
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On Fri, 29 Apr 2005 00:53:12 GMT, the inscrutable Groggy

words I had trouble with as a kid are coming out misspelled in the new dictionaries. It's truly sick. "Truely" if you believe the newest one. It's an Anglo-Canucki plot, I tell ya!

It sucks to live in a revisionist society up here. How is it in a disarmed society down there?

None needed for this round.
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On Thu, 28 Apr 2005 07:58:38 -0500, Conan The Librarian

Hey! Why you, you, knuckle-dragger you. May all your blades go blunt and rusty Mr Vance!

Good to read you Chuck, I haven't dropped in for a while and it's a pleasure to see some old regulars rather than bovine minded kiddy trolls.
cheers,
Groggy
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Groggy wrote:

OK, that does it, kangaroo-breath. You can call me names, but when you mention blunt and rusty and my tools in the same sentence ...
You know, that previous sentence didn't come out quite like I expected.

You too, Greg. I usually just lurk these days, and watch for an interesting subject or a poster I enjoy reading. Between all the political bullcrap and the trolls (is alt.syntax.tactical still around?), there just hasn't been a whole lot worth reading these days.
Chuck Vance
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