On Tue, 1 Feb 2011 21:14:35 -0800, "Edward Hennessey"
_Fountainhead_ is on my reading list and on my bookshelf. Loved _Atlas
Shrugged_, to be sure.
Oh, I had responded only to "suture ants". Lessee, googling now...
Found this tasty tidbit:
The fact that the term "ant farm" is covered by a trademark received
notoriety when Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip,
used the phrase in one of his comic strips. Upon using the term "ant
farm", Adams subsequently received threatening letters from Uncle
Milton industries' attorneys, demanding a retraction for the
unauthorized use of the phrase "ant farm" in his comic strip.
In reaction to the legal threat, Adams satirized the incident in a
later comic strip. In that strip, Dilbert asked for a substitute for
the trademarked phrase "ant farm", looking for another word for "a
habitat for worthless and disgusting little creatures." To which the
character Dogbert replied "Law school."
Once D.C. gets their wall built...nah, karma might be worse.
OuchOuchOuchOuchOuch. Like, MegaDittoes, dude.
Who is John Galt?
To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.
-- J. K. Rowling
Wow. If you can put your ants in suits, you can put a man on Venus....
The thing is, they are honestly beautiful beyond the justice of
photography. And hard workers? They short hop all day long.
I shrug my shoulders a lot lately...must be that danged Atlas
vertebra kicking up again.
This was sent to me on Ayn Rand/Ann O'Connor recently:
I shrugged at that too. But you never know until you verify. If that's
askew, it would
be noteworthy. But off to the wheel.
Well, he and the others are digging themselves a very deep dirt nap if
isn't meat in this one. I don't know when it broke. An advanced search
with date restriction would tell. Given the obvious instinct of Rand
to vindicate her from a slur and their industrious abilities, a
equipped with factual citations should occur within a predictable time
I would be happy to boomerang that to my informant if he was pulling
on an empty barrel. He's not a knee jerk. If reasonable people can
anything, it is that history says the price of principle in crucial
quite often the principle of price. Either way, fair is fair, it would
be nice to
see where this goes to root.
Responsive to_content_in the URL above--Tweety tweets and owls are
You might enjoy a book I read moons ago "The Nobility of Failure:
Tragic Heroes in the
History of Japan". It's available; sincerity readable.
That's simply because the pharmaceutical crowd couldn't make any money on it
hence they don't pay the FDA to approve it.
It works well. Heals much faster than it would on it's own. Human saliva
works just about as well. Over the years, I have been cut up quite a lot at
work from sharp metal, stationary cutters, etc. Generally, I just wrap a rag
around it until it quits bleeding and continue on. I have, on occasion, been
cut near to the bone. In that case, a piece of gauze and some tape do the
While the gut is the largest immune organ in the body, the mouth is an
extension that is generally "cleaner" than the rest. There are plenty of
immune cells in saliva (especially if you have gingivitis). Some of these
immune cells, such as the PMN or neutrophils can generate nice amounts of
hydrogen peroxide (via myeloperoxidase), with which they can kill microbes.
Actually, the PMN pin the microbes against a wall, then secrete all kinds
of antimicrobial stuff into the hollow formed in that way (phagocytic
Letting a wound bleed a little is good too (lick it up so as not to waste
the good stuff!). Then apply pressure to give the platelets a chance to
stop bleeding and keep it that way for a clot to form. Keep the closing
wound moist with a cream (triple antibiotic is good) and don't wash the
good stuff away. If too big (judgement call) and certainly if it becomes
inflamed (red, swollen, hurting), get yourself to a doctor.
Reboot addendum. Don't get the hand in water for about
10 days or so. Other hand cleaners will work for the
area aside from the wound. Put a
plastic bag over your hand when you bathe or shower,
taping or rubber banding the bag closed at the wrist.
I would like to thank the group for a number of very good and some humerous
suggestions. I elected to heed some of the advice and moved up an
appointment that I had for this coming Friday to yesterday. After getting an
earfull of how I should have come in right away and upon a fast look, he was
pleasantly surprised at what he saw. I had picked up a number of items at a
local drug store on the way home, and redressed when I finally arrived home.
Fighting the urge to let my dog lick it clean :) I cleaned it myself,
removed some dead skin and other materials, I used some off the shelf
healing ointment (whose name excapes me at the moment) applied two butterfly
banages not to close the gap but to keep the sides from excess movement and
thus reopening, applied some gauze and taped. I have been changing this
dressing several times a day and as the doctor recommended, open it to the
air in the evening when there is little to no activity. It seems to be right
on track in the healing process as it seemed to have filled it in the depth
of the initial cut nearly 2/3 leaving a scant 1/8 inch deep. The doctor gave
me a script for some antibiotics, and there seems to be no swelling or
discoloration of the area, so I think I dodged a bullet.
Unfortunatly, it seems that life without the use of the thumb is nearly
impossible, but I did manage to get some glue-ups done on the legs of the
table (anyone every try and tighten a clamp using just the fingers?) and I
now have two of them done. I might actually have this done by the time the
wife gets back from Arizona visiting daughter. News of this event will have
to wait, as the last time she left I managed to nail my hand to a ceiling
joist while making a tray ceiling in the dining room during her last trip
but that is another story entirely.
Suffice to say, that I am on the mend and than everyone for their well
wishes and soon I hope to be more engaged in the shop and I have several
projects waiting to be completed and some more renovation projects that need
to be completed before her return.
Ahhhhh been there done that. Glad to see you are up to posting your
And thanks for pointing out that you are a safety instructor for this type
work, and that you are still clueless how this all happened.
It is extremely hard to understand how your knowledge of the tool and
knowledge of all the safety rules is not a guarantee to keep you safe.
Until it happens to you, you really have no idea how fast and unexpedily an
accident can happen.
It tool me 1 year to understand how I cut half my thumb off, I almost did
it again. That was 20 years ago after woodworking seriousely the previous
10 years. Adding one more safety rule to my list has kept me unharmed for
the last 20 however I know that later today I could loose a hand. It is
called an accident for a reason.
BTY, the size of the machine does not increase the likelyhood or severity of
the damage that can be done.
Thanks for sharing your story with us. Safety is certainly a consideration
that every woodworker must keep in mind at all times. I believe your
Powermatic 3000 is clearly too dangerous a tool for you to continue using.
Buy the sawstop as soon as possible. If you are within a few hundered miles
of Baltimore please email me and I will remove the PM3000 from your shop
at no cost within a few days.
There is always an easy solution to every human problem -- neat,
plausible, and wrong." (H L Mencken)
1) Guard, no guard?
2) You're the safety guy, but have you ever taken a class in
tablesaw safety? You're injury might serve as a warning to
the others in your shop.
3) Push sticks.
4) My friend, who is an excellent teacher/woodworker, would always
say in each of his classes every day - know the danger zones of
5) Healthy respect for your equipment, is a good thing! But it
should never stop you from using it.
Take care. I'd see a doctor myself for your finger, but that's up to
Your post grabbed my attention because parts of it remind me very much
of what I did about 10 years ago. Except the pain part. Mine hurt!
I was making a handful of small identical parts to use as spacers in a
project. These are the kind of small parts that can gather up beyond
the blade as you feed one after another through the saw. When I
finished, I turned the saw off, gathered the small parts and started
to walk away. For some reason, I looked back and saw one piece still
on the table just past the blade. I reached over to pick it up and
heard and felt "tink, tink, tink, tink." The blade was still spinning
and caught the pointer finger of my right hand, lacerating it to the
bone. My wound too took some time to start bleeding but when it did,
blood flowed freely. holding my finger tight, I managed to get into
the house and grabbed a towel from the front of the kitchen. By then,
my wife heard the commotion, and rushed to the kitchen to see an
already soaked red towel.
Long story short, it removed much of the end of the finger and nicked
the bone, requiring a round of antibiotics. I ran around with a
splint to protect my finger for a week or so; a constant reason to
have to explain my stupidity to every one who asked. That was ten
years ago and the finger still has a thick, callous-like scar that is
sensitive to cold. The thing that bugs me most about the incident was
what I did about a week prior to the accident. I actually had the
audacity to tell my wife "You know, I have been lucky. I have been
woodworking for more than 25 years and have not had an injury". On
thinking back this reflected a bit of arrogance that I paid for.
Since then I have developed a habit of looking directly at the blade,
or cutter head from the time the stock enters the cutting zone until
the blade STOP TURNING. Once the operation is finished, I do nothing
until that blade or cutter stops moving, Of course I have to look
down to turn off switches, etc, but my attention is on the blade until
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