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It's you eleventy first birthday!
Wnderer   5/29/2014 4:52:57 PM
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You definitely have to do something special. In base 7 it's your eleventy first birthday (49 + 7 + 1).

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Re: It's you eleventy first birthday!
Max The Magnificent   5/29/2014 5:00:03 PM
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@Wnderer: You definitely have to do something special. In base 7 it's your eleventy first birthday (49 + 7 + 1).


OMG your are right, 5710 = 1117 -- the main problem is that there's no way I could explain this to my wife LOL

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does it block rfid?
MS243   5/29/2014 4:59:58 PM
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does it block RFID so your cards don't get cloned?

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Re: does it block rfid?
Max The Magnificent   5/29/2014 5:03:32 PM
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@MS243: does it block RFID so your cards don't get cloned?

That's what it says on the site, although I'm not sure how they do it (I'll have to look inside more closely)

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MS243   5/29/2014 5:19:41 PM
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My RFID proof wallet stopped working -- the metalization on the fabric all wore off-- am thinking the best for that are the hard aluminum clamshell type cardholders -- or fall back on cash

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Re: does it block rfid?
Max The Magnificent   5/30/2014 9:00:42 AM
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@MS243: My RFID proof wallet stopped working...

How do you know?

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MS243   5/30/2014 3:33:08 PM
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-- Max RFID proof stopped working -- Now I can read the NFC cards with the NFC in my phone -- my passport holder which has much less wear still works though

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I know it's wrong, but...
Max The Magnificent   5/29/2014 5:02:28 PM
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I know it's wrong to focus on material "things" -- but there's a certain "something" about having something that is made well and engineered to last. Apart from anything else, how often does anyone come up to you and say "wow, that's a nice iPad case -- where did you get that?"


Or what about the time the airport security were convinced my belt contained contraband because it was the most robust belt they had ever seen (click here to see that blog

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Eleventy-one
David Ashton   5/29/2014 7:37:16 PM
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Eleventy-one has a nice ring to it.....most will have heard it in LOTR:

"Bilbo was going to be eleventy-one, 111, a rather curious number, and a respectable age for a hobbit, (the old Took, himself, had only reached 130)"

 

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Max The Magnificent   5/30/2014 9:01:48 AM
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@David: Eleventy-one has a nice ring to it...

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear...

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@#$%^& Cards
David Ashton   5/29/2014 7:41:27 PM
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Max, does it have enough card slots?   Here in Australia every second store gives you a loyalty card, every coffee shop gives you a "1 coffee free for N bought" card, and then there are medicare cards, bank cards, driving licence, etc.

The cards end up taking more space than the money......

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Max The Magnificent   5/30/2014 9:06:59 AM
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@David: Max, does it have enough card slots?   Here in Australia every second store gives you a loyalty card, every coffee shop gives you...

In addition to the driving license slot there are four card slots, each of which is supposed to hold 3 cards (at first 2 cards per slot is a bit tight, but the leather stretches to accomodate them over time.

I just keep my main cards in those slots. I use the inner pouch (which I think is supposed to be for change) to keep the ones I don't use often, like my health insurance and gift cards and suchlike.

I really like the fact that there's a big slot at the back for my checkbook and "ledger" -- plus another big slot in front of that for odd pieces of paper with notes and stuff.

I LOVE it!!!

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ASCII chart / S-100 bus
betajet   5/29/2014 8:42:27 PM
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For a couple of decades I carried around a handy little plastic card from Technical Design Labs, Inc with an ASCII chart on one side and the S-100 bus pinout on the other.  Very handy for establishing geek credentials :-)

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Re: ASCII chart / S-100 bus
Max The Magnificent   5/30/2014 9:08:44 AM
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@betajet: For a couple of decades I carried around...

And then you stopped? That's a bit "flighty" of you -- you youngsters, I don't know... LOL

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Re: ASCII chart / S-100 bus
Max The Magnificent   5/30/2014 9:09:52 AM
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@betajet: Very handy for establishing geek credentials :-)

Having met you, I don;t think you'd ever have a problem establishing your geek credentials :-)

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antedeluvian   5/30/2014 9:26:23 AM
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betajet

For a couple of decades I carried around a handy little plastic card from Technical Design Labs, Inc with an ASCII chart on one side and the S-100 bus pinout on the other.  Very handy for establishing geek credentials :-)

I carry around a credit card size magnifying glass with built in flashlight. Great fro ageing eyes and dim restaurant lighting.

Doesn't have the same cachet as the ASCII/S100 card, but it hasn't hurt my geek credentials.

 

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57 is so young
Colin Walls   5/30/2014 3:18:35 AM
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I, too, turned 57 this year.  I am so pleased that it's not a prime number - I hate those years.  This year I am taking my third short at being 19.

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Re: 57 is so young
Max The Magnificent   5/30/2014 9:16:47 AM
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@Colin: This year I am taking my third shot at being 19.

Well, that fits, because I'm well into my third childhood :-)

The scary thing is that in just 3 years we'll be hitting the "big 60" -- of course you'll be happy because that's about as far from being a prime number as you can get -- it's the first number that's divisible by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 -- plus it's divisible by 10, 12, 15, 20, & 30 -- the ancient Babalonians used a base-60 numbering system.

So, what interesting nuggets of trivia will we be able to associate with our 60th birthdays?

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Re: 57 is so young
mhrackin   5/30/2014 11:52:22 AM
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All of you relative "children"! A couple of months back I embarked upon my eighth deacde.  As a certified old f*rt, I can ask this question of Max: WHY are you still carrying (much less actually using) a CHECKBOOK?  My wife does because she flat-out refuses to even have an ATM card, and in fact prefers going to the bank to chat with the teller and cash a check.  I write checks only for tradesmen or craftpersons who don't take plastic, or those who charge a fee for credit cards.  Everything else is done by BillPay/EFT or credit card. 

Regarding "wallet-sitting": I do have certain pants (mostly jeans) that have back pockets placed exactly wrong so when seated (especially driving) to gave me a literal pain in the butt!  At my age, and having disposed of 75+ excess pounds a few years ago, there isn't adeqaute "natuural padding" to ensure comfort in that SITuation.  I do enjoy playing with age numbers; for example, I will in advance congratulate all of you Heinz-agers on your entrance to the "PRIME of life" in 2 more years.

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Re: 57 is so young
Max The Magnificent   5/30/2014 12:07:09 PM
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@mhrackin: I can ask this question of Max: WHY are you still carrying (much less actually using) a CHECKBOOK?

Well, number #1 is the fact that I don't trust online banking LOL

For my day-to-day expenses I put everything on my American Express card and then pay it off at the end of the month. For all my regular bills I prefer to write checks and have a paper record.

 

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wallet with bluetooth!
MWagner_MA   5/30/2014 7:16:29 AM
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That's what we need a wallet with Bluetooth - "everthing is better with Bluetooth".... sorry Max :-)  My wife has been bugging me to get a new one as mine is a bit "dog eared" and that phrase jumped into my head.. oh well.... gotta start work :-(

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Max The Magnificent   5/30/2014 9:11:58 AM
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@MWagner: My wife has been bugging me to get a new one as mine is a bit "dog eared"...

Point her at Saddleback and tell her she should get you one as a present -- they have smaller ones (and bigger ones) than the trifold one I got ... but I am a "happy camper" with mine.

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Check out the "Big Skinny"
kfield   5/30/2014 10:43:00 AM
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I just have to put a huge plug in here for the best wallet --ever!! It's called the "Big Skinny" and I love its small size The only downside is that my bills now get crumpled (like a guy's does when he shoves them in his pocket) but there is no turning back for me now!

 





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Re: Check out the "Big Skinny"
Max The Magnificent   5/30/2014 10:51:32 AM
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@kfield: I just have to put a huge plug in here for...

Not that I want another wallet (since I already have the best one in the whole wide world), but I just bounced over to their website at BigSkinny.net to see what was going on.

You have to admire their enthusiasm, plus the way they use every possible "hook" like "Our nylon flat wallets are completely vegan and vegetarian too!" and "Sitting on our small, thin, light wallets will prevent irritation to your sciatic nerve."

So if I evver get an urge to sit on a wallet, I certainly know where to go LOL

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kfield   5/30/2014 10:54:53 AM
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@Max The Magnificent I never realized how passionate people are about their brand of wallet, until I jumped on board the bandwagon!!!

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Re: Check out the "Big Skinny"
Max The Magnificent   5/30/2014 10:59:38 AM
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@kfield: I never realized how passionate people are about their brand of wallet...

I'm sorry? I was distracted... I was just oiling my new Saddleback Leather walet... You were saying?

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Re: Check out the "Big Skinny"
David Ashton   5/31/2014 6:03:48 AM
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@Karen - my wallet looks almost identical to the regular one shown above.  I probably have the same number of cards but I very rarely have 10 bills in it :-)  Thinks -  actually that should be :-(

So maybe I should get one of these - they are a lot cheaper than the saddleback ones......

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Re: Check out the "Big Skinny"
kfield   5/31/2014 2:13:07 PM
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@David I highly recommend the skinny. Though I've taken to carrying much less stuff altogether since I lost a wallet a few years ago. And gosh forbid if I use the word "billfold" and get branded as a dinosaur!

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David Ashton   5/31/2014 8:53:55 PM
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Hi Karen.  Wallet bloat is a real problem.   As above, the money is a minor issue (though Australian 50 cent pieces are both big and heavy and ought to be banned).  You have to carry your driver's licence and you really need to carry your bank cards lest you get caught short when you need to buy something.  Store (and especially Coffee)  loyalty cards are the killer.  Why stores can't work off your bank card I don't know - they are just as unique.  I went thru my wallet as well some time ago and chucked out all the cards I hadn't used in a while.  Of course I just happened to visit all those stores in the next week... :-)   And then there is a shop called Priceline which my wife loves.  I often buy her presents there, but I can't borrow her card because I lose out on the surprise, but I don't go oftern enough to warrant carrying a card....you can't win.

Most store cards here work on barcodes, so what I ought to do is copy all the barcodes onto a fanfold piece of paper which would take the space of only one or two plastic cards.   but that wouldn't work with Coffee cards which usually get a stamp or a hole punched in them when you buy.  Like I said, you can't win!

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betajet   5/31/2014 9:25:26 PM
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David said: Australian 50 cent pieces are both big and heavy and ought to be banned.

Oh, but your 5 cent coins are adorable!  Australian 5 cent coin

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David Ashton   5/31/2014 9:38:10 PM
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@Betajet... "Oh, but your 5 cent coins are adorable!"

Why, particularly?  The echidna (bit like a hedgehog) depicted on the 5c coin is very cute - my second favourite Aussie animal (next to the wombat which has only made brief appearances on some 50c coins!).  Australia some time ago stopped using 1c and 2c coins and the 5c is close to extinction I think.  But at least they are small.

Re the 50c.  This is the same size as the British 50p piece.  Years ago I was in Ghana and (being an ex-British colony) it had 50 pesewa pieces which were the same size, but worth almost nothing.  So I got my Taxi driver to save all his 50 pesewa pieces for me, and I'd give him notes for them.  When I got back to UK - with about 50 of them - I found they would work in chocolate and stamp machines with no problem.  They would not work in Tube (underground railway) ticket machines - probably the wrong weight or colour - Crusty probably had something to do with that :-)

 

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Re: Check out the "Big Skinny"
Max The Magnificent   6/2/2014 9:51:32 AM
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@David: ...they are a lot cheaper than the saddleback ones...

You get what you pay for -- my Saddleback wallet will last me the rest of my life -- plus it looks cool (and you can't put a price on "cool" :-)

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RFID Protection
Max The Magnificent   5/30/2014 12:10:30 PM
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Re the earlier question about RFID protection, I just heard back from the folks at Saddleback Leather (they really do have amazingly good support) who say:

The trifold wallet does have RFID protection in it. You won't be able to see it, but it's between the lining and the exterior leather. Your cards are totally protected when the wallet is folded (but will be vulnerable when it's open).

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docdivakar   5/30/2014 3:16:56 PM
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@Max: any idea how long the RFID in the wallet lasts? Considering its usage environment, the mechanical stress cycles it undergoes is probably one of the extremes...

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Max The Magnificent   5/30/2014 3:35:01 PM
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@docdivakar: ...any idea how long the RFID in the wallet lasts...

I have no idea, but I'm guessing a real long time -- it's sandwiched between the main leather and the lining -- the mechanical stress mainly affects the areas where you fold and unfold the wallet -- but the main areas where the cards are aren't folded/unfolded.

I just went to see if there's an RFID reader in the building -- I was thinking I could monitor it over the coming months and years -- but we don't have one, so I'll have to think of something else...

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Re: What's in Your Wallet?
docdivakar   5/30/2014 12:30:42 PM
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@Max The Magnificient: Your caption to one of the pics above, "Ah, that new leather smell...", I can dig that... But have you ever been by a leather-tanning factory? The stink is unbearable!

That apart, whether you use paper checks or AmEx, Google already knows about it and will most likely offer those as options when you sign up for Google Wallet!!

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Max The Magnificent   5/30/2014 1:01:32 PM
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@docdivakar: ...have you ever been by a leather-tanning factory? The stink is unbearable!

I daren't even think -- some of the things they used to use to tan leather (like brains) make my eyes water

 

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Wallet? Billfold??
David Ashton   5/31/2014 5:07:42 AM
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Max. something occurred to me (it happens very occasionally :-) - I thought they were called Billfolds in the States?  Or have I got it wrong?  Or is it your English heritage peeping out??  Or is a billfold, as Monty Python might say, something completely different?

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Re: Wallet? Billfold??
betajet   5/31/2014 9:35:01 AM
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The word billfold went out of fashion in the States long before I was born.  I always hear them called walletsBillfold now resides at the Old Words' Home where it has a room next to clutch referring to a small purse with no strap or handle.

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David Ashton   5/31/2014 8:40:15 PM
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@Betajet thanks for that....I wonder where I got it from then (I also was not born THAT long ago.... :-)    I have seen clutch used here- just in the past few days in fact - but then I have just read Bill Bryson's Down Under and one of the reasons he liked Australia was because it seemed to be permanently stuck in 1958.....

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antedeluvian   6/1/2014 8:30:05 AM
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David

Bill Bryson's Down Under

It was titled "In a Sunburned Country" in North America.


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David Ashton   6/1/2014 4:19:15 PM
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@Antedeluvian - I was aware of that, but not sure why, googling did not help.  Do you know why the name change?  (I can think of one reason but I'd probably best not expound on that in a family site like this.... :-)

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antedeluvian   6/1/2014 5:01:13 PM
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David

Do you know why the name change?  (I can think of one reason but I'd probably best not expound

Like you, I can only guess. It seems that the publishers must have decided that "down under" is an unknown expression in North America given that geographically it doesn't even approximate to actuality. They probably went with P.T. Barnum's maxim that no one ever went bankrupt underestimating the intelligence of the American population and dumbed the title down (although it was taken from a famous Austalian poem according to Wikipedia).

Having just alienated most of EE Times readers, I must add that I cannot think of one American who would not know where "Down Under" was especially one who would be erudite enough to be reading Bill Bryson.

Thinking about it, Oz should refer to the Britain as "Up Above", but that would imply certain airs and graces which I am sure wouldn't sit well with the Aussies.

 

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Re: Wallet? Billfold??
David Ashton   6/1/2014 6:15:29 PM
@Antedeluvian....I didn't know that "Down Under" was not used much in North America, so that probably explains it.  (although I would have thought that the Men at Work song would have changed that :-)   The "sunburnt country" reference is indeed from "My Country" by Dorothea Mackellar:

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me!

You can read the whole thing on her site here

> Thinking about it, Oz should refer to the Britain as "Up Above"

Nah. we just call them whingeing poms :-)

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Max The Magnificent   6/2/2014 9:59:04 AM
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@David: Nah. we just call them whingeing poms :-)

I've dispatched the butler to retrieve my angry trousers!

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David Ashton   6/2/2014 4:37:50 PM
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@Max, it's OK. like me you are a detribalised Pom, which cuts down on the propensity for being called a whingeing one....  :-)

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betajet   6/1/2014 6:35:35 PM
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The phrase "Down Under" describing Australia is well known in the USA, at least since Men at Work's song was released in 1982 in North America and became a hit.  So I'm with David in thinking it's probably Puritanical publishing practices, since "down under" can be naughty in the USA.

[edit: I wrote this before David's reply above.  "Great minds, etc."]

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Max The Magnificent   6/2/2014 10:00:19 AM
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@betajet: "Great minds, etc."

"Fools seldom, etc." :-)

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betajet   6/1/2014 7:12:55 PM
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re: In a Sunburned/Sunburnt Country

In the USA, sunburned means having a painful, red burn while suntanned means having been turned a healthy-looking brown.  My understanding is that the UK uses sunburned the way USA would use suntanned.  For example, when Ian Fleming describes James Bond as sunburned, the writer doesn't mean our hero is as red as a lobster.

So which meaning is implied by the poem and book title?


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David Ashton   6/1/2014 7:53:53 PM
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@Betajet....if you have ever seen outback Australia in the middle of a drought, Sunburnt is pretty close to the mark....

Re Sunburnt / Sunburned - Dictionary.com lists both, I guess it is a personal preference.  I'd go with Sunburned myself, but then you say "burnt offerings".....

I used to go to England sometimes and find all the green a bit nauseating.  I'd wake up in the plane on the way back and see brown Africa below and feel I was home.  So when Dorothea Mackellar says  "The wide brown land for me" it does strike a chord with me.  But Australia is perhaps a little tooo brown sometimes. 

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antedeluvian   6/2/2014 9:18:00 AM
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David

Re Sunburnt / Sunburned - Dictionary.com lists both, I guess it is a personal preference. 

I hope we get Max to weigh in on this. Today there seems to be no difference as part of the evolution of English. I have a recollection that the -ed ending is the imperfect tense and the -t is the perfect tense, but maybe I have an imperfect memory! Actually, there is no maybe about it.

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Max The Magnificent   6/2/2014 9:47:15 AM
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@antedeluvian: I hope we get Max to weigh in on this.

How could you stop me? As you know, I'm currently in the process of writing a book about grammar and punctuation -- I've just extracted a small nugget that covers this topic (click here). What we probably have with sunburnt vs sunburned is an irregular verb from the past evolving into a regular verb.

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David Ashton   6/2/2014 4:31:37 PM
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@Max Can't wait for the book.  Australia drives me (and I think would drive you) scatty with their misplaced (or missing) apostrophes and other grungy grammar.  

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Max The Magnificent   6/2/2014 4:38:12 PM
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@David: Can't wait for the book.  Australia drives me (and I think would drive you) scatty with their misplaced (or missing) apostrophes and other grungy grammar.

I've been thinking about it for ages now. I have copious notes of the things I want to discuss. The problem is finding the time. I Had a burst of energy after Christmas and whipped out the entire contents list and the first seven chapters in about 4 weeks ... but then I got side-tracked by this and that. I need to rouse myself to another thrust ... after I've had a beer :-)

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David Ashton   6/2/2014 4:50:55 PM
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@Max - "The problem is finding the time"

Those round tuits are getting harder and harder to find.  I suspect there is only a finite supply of them and the world's population keeps on growing, so they are spread thinneer and thinner....

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Re: Wallet? Billfold??
Max The Magnificent   6/2/2014 4:59:38 PM
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@David: Those round tuits are getting harder and harder to find.

I have a case of them here in mty office, but I don;t have the time to look for them.

Ah, the old jokes are the best.

Ernie Wise: "Have you got the scrolls?"

Eric Morecambe: "No, I always walk this way!"

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Crusty1   6/2/2014 3:20:35 AM
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@betajet: My understanding is that the UK uses?

Na. Atypical Essex girl will know the difference between Sunburned and Suntanned.

Sunburned is what you get on the Costa DaSol on a 14 day package flight for sun, sea and sangria and possibly a bun in the oven.

Suntanned is what she gets before going to the Costa DaSol, down the high street tanning shop, where she is either spray painted to a copper/carrot colour or takes leathal does of UV from the tanning beds.

Sunburned is red, red, red.

Suntanned is pink, pale brown, golden.

 

 

 

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Re: Wallet? Billfold??
Max The Magnificent   6/2/2014 9:49:38 AM
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@David: I thought they were called Billfolds in the States?

I've heard that term, but only in old films, I think everyone calls them wallets these days (they also have something called a "money clip" but I scoff at such devices (I never have any real money)

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Saddle leather treatment
zeeglen   5/31/2014 10:26:00 AM
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All this discussion about Saddleback Leather reminds me of a funny story that most engineers have probably heard already.  There are many variations of this on the net, but if you are not familiar with the 'llama dung' story a version can be seen here:

http://edn.com/electronics-blogs/voice-of-the-engineer/4375942/5-Engineers--What-s-your-favorite-joke-about-engineers-

Search the page for 'llama dung'.

 

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When my last wallet wore out
MeasurementBlues   6/3/2014 11:48:51 PM
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I had no choice but to take my vacation and Italy and get some real Italian leather wallet in Florence.



 

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Re: When my last wallet wore out
Max The Magnificent   6/16/2014 1:05:35 PM
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@MeasurementBlues: ...and get some real Italian leather wallet in Florence...

Ah -- couldn't afford real American workmanship, eh?

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Re: When my last wallet wore out
Measurement.Blues   6/16/2014 1:12:02 PM
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Don't you mean "What's a vacation?"

Max The Magnificent
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Re: When my last wallet wore out
Max The Magnificent   6/16/2014 1:17:16 PM
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@MeasurementBlues: Don't you mean "What's a vacation?"

I understand the concept -- I just never hear the word in conjunction with my name.

On the other hand, I hear it often in conjunction with your name LOL

Measurement.Blues
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Re: When my last wallet wore out
Measurement.Blues   6/16/2014 10:27:57 PM
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Don't you mean "What's a vacation?"

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