i have more than one
can be almost anything in the shop
one of mine is a set of calipers from the 1800s with the fellas name
inscribed on them
there are others too
not to sit and ponder their significance but just a little attachment
to the past and all those things that were made using the tool
On Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 2:35:33 PM UTC-4, Electric Comet wrote:
I don't know if this counts, but we've been working on cleaning out
my dad's house getting it ready to be put on the market. Last weekend
I came across a ceramic ashtray with the USCG logo on it. I must
have given to someone in my family back in the mid-70's when I was in
I had pushed it aside on previous clean-out trips over the past year,
for some reason never throwing it out. No one I know needs an ashtray,
and I don't keep any USCG memorabilia lying around, but for some reason
this thing never got tossed.
This time I said to myself "You know, this would make a decent glue cup.
It's got "holders" to keep the brush from rolling away, it'll clean up
I brought it home and already used it twice this week. Seeing the logo
does bring back many memories.
On Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:02:26 -0500, Martin Eastburn wrote:
I've got several tools from the 19th century, but my favorite has to be a
Stanley double spokeshave from the 1890s. I still chuckle when I
remember the guy at Antiques Roadshow who was horrified that I was
actually *using* it :-).
When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and
carrying a cross.
On Monday, August 15, 2016 at 9:42:33 AM UTC-7, Electric Comet wrote:
Yeah, I have granddad's computer (analog, naturally) that won't ever get tossed.
I think, too, this is why New Coke didn't catch on.
Alas, there's no ancestral stock of Hires rootbeer, today when it's hot,
and vanilla icecream is available, and I'm feeling nostalgic...
Your granddad's "analog" computer? What? An abacus? Just how old ARE
New Coke tasting like shit may have had something to do with it as
+1 A Black Cow or Root Beer Float! Yum!
Anyone here NOT know what a Chocolate Ice Cream soda tastes like? How
to make one? How to enjoy that extra chocolate by having a little side
portion of seltzer to add after you've drain the good stuff from that
More and more when we happen to stop at an ice cream "parlor" or
"shoppe" we get the deer in the headlights look when we try an order an
ice cream soda. Amazingly, we stopped in at a Friendly's down in
Orlando a couple of years ago and there wasn't a soul in the place that
knew what we were talking about. To her credit, the manager came over
and I explained how to make a proper ice cream soda and she went back
and then served up two decent sodas. Best I've had in years has been at
the Sugar Bowl, an old time ice cream parlor on Scottsdale Blvd, in Old
Town Scottsdale, AZ complete with the little bottle of extra seltzer water.
I'm guessing he means a slide rule. My dad's second-eldest brother was an engineer, who
had no children of his own, and when my uncle passed, his Pickett Model 4 descended to me.
I use a slide rule in the workshop nearly every day: converting between decimal and fractional
inches, or between decimal inches and millimeters. And occasionally calculating angles.
I had an analog computer in the 70's. It is basically op-amps and
buffers and ramps and all sorts of analog stuff. It could calculate
some trig questions as it is into sine and cosine and tangent functions.
Remember the Big guns on the battleships are driven by a large analog
computer that computes all of the angles for a hit on target -
on-the-fly and was very good at the job. So much so, after they were
retrofitted with cruse missiles, the big guns kept the analog computer.
Just came along before digital computers.
I have a late 1950's digital game that plays NIM with a person and
always wins if started first and doesn't make a mistake. It is made
from about 1000 transistors and assorted logic gate resistors. Might be
the first digital /computer game ever built. My dad designed it, I
assembled it. Completed it after college and returning from overseas.
On 8/26/2016 10:50 PM, Doug Miller wrote:
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