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Swiss Army Knife

In Did You See This?, Tool Kit on November 24, 2015 at 10:20 am

  For 90% of the cutting I do a 1/4″ blade would suffice.
A good rule of thumb for knife use is to use the shortest blade that will get the job done- unless you have a small dick you don’t need to pull out a 6 1/2″ blade to cut the tape on a package.

After 50 years of pocket knife carrying I’ve learned

1- you will cut yourself

2- the less blade there is, the less damage done when you make a mistake.

Did this, this afternoon, cutting a cable tie and trying not to cut the cable it was holding.

Crowd Sourcing- I’m kind of enjoying Quora

In Did You See This?, Mobile Updates on November 23, 2015 at 9:53 am

  • Drink milk directly from the carton.
  • Buy a case of toilet paper and not worry about that for 2 years.
  • Buy a crock pot and learn to use it.
  • Open the medicine chest and stare in amazement at the open shelves.
  • Climb into the shower and luxuriate in how uncluttered it is.
  • Know how sharp the blade in your razor is going to be.
  • Clean fire arms at the kitchen table.
  • Store ammunition in the dining room buffet.
  • Find your clothes in the closet.
  • Store your bicycle in the living room.
  • Control the TV remote- traditionally you should also buy an oversized TV.
  • Sleep with the number of blankets that works for you.
  • Don’t eat Thanksgiving with your AHole in-laws.
  • Make a list of what you want in a relationship- you should already have the “what I won’t put up with” list complete.
  • Date or don’t date.

Look forward to when you are not doing about 1/2 of the items above- because you’re living with someone again.

Hand of a Superhero

In Did You See This? on February 17, 2015 at 12:26 pm


Jesus Weeps- If I can string a lacrosse stick, tie on a fishing lure, repair firearms and build the city of the future I can do this.

I don’t have a 3D printer but i could assemble, adjust or repair these.

“State-of-the-art prosthetic replacements are complicated medical devices, powered by batteries and electronic motors, and they can cost thousands of dollars. Even if children are able to manage the equipment, they grow too quickly to make the investment practical. So most do without, fighting to do with one hand what most of us do with two.

E-nable, an online volunteer organization, aims to change that. Founded in 2013 by Dr. Jon Schull, the group matches children like Dawson in need of prosthetic hands and fingers with volunteers able to make them on 3-D printers. Designs may be downloaded into the machines at no charge, and members who create new models share their software plans freely with others.

The materials for a 3-D-printed prosthetic hand can cost as little as $20 to $50, and some experts say they work just as well, if not better, than much costlier devices. Best of all, boys and girls usually love their D.I.Y. prognostics.”

Before I had children, actually maybe before i married,  I  built a prosthesis lab at HSS. When they moved into the new space they brought hundreds of child sized legs; i thought it was sort of morbid until it was explained that these were units kids had grown out of and were awaiting new users. It was sad.

A little later I did a major security upgrade at the UN where there were pictures of children, who’s appendages had been hacked off, from the Sierra Leone area with bush made prosthesis. I couldn’t get over a child with a piece of inner tube to which a serving spoon had been riveted.

A few years ago I was running a lacrosse clinic. I made a run to 7-11 for a smoke and a coffee and came charging back for the last age group of the day. Grab my stick, step out on the field and I’m inventorying the 1st graders for names on their helmets and equipment. I pause to ask one boy why he only had one glove on and he says “because I only have one hand” as he waves a rubber prosthetic at me…. It was gut wrenching.


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