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Re: Some random thoughts...
mhrackin   9/22/2014 11:11:44 AM
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@max: of course! That is a sign of a brilliant mind.... or in some cases, misdiagnosed as ADD....

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Re: Some random thoughts...
Max The Magnificent   9/22/2014 11:11:22 AM
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@mhrackin: That train of thought delivered me to recall my high school days, in Spanish class with Miss Massoth...

This is a true story -- when I moved up to the middle/high school at age 11 -- it was an all-boys school and all of the teachers were men.

Students had to address teachers by saying "Master <name>"

It was unfortunate that the PE teacher's surname was Bates.

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Re: Some random thoughts...
Max The Magnificent   9/22/2014 11:08:37 AM
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@mhrackin: ...since so many of your blogs seem to be in a "stream of consciousness" style, I think you might appreciate the following...

I must admit that this is the way my mind works most of the time -- happily bouncing along from topic to topic...

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Some random thoughts...
mhrackin   9/22/2014 10:57:25 AM
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@max: since so many of your blogs seem to be in a "stream of consciousness" style, I think you might appreciate the following.

Yesterday, I was mowing the lawn of my half-vast estate (0.26  acre gross) with my trusty mower El Toro.  That train of thought delivered me to recall my high school days, in Spanish class with Miss Massoth (some of the less-charitable members of the class were wont to refer to her as "Miss Mammoth" as she was a bit chunky).   El Toro reminded me of the time we studied the traditions, rules and names of all the participants of the corrida.  I remembered fondly the special highly-adorned garb worn by the matador (which, BTW, literally means "killer"), called"el traje de luces" or en Ingles, "the suit of lights."  This inspired the idea of that is what your very next Neopixel project should be!  Imagine the impact if, at one of your talks, you would haveyour beautiful assistant (Gina the Gorgeous?) dim the lights as you activate your very own version of "traje de luces"! 

Just another random idea that could very well be a kickstarter project!  I bet you never dreamed you could become a trend-setting fashion designer.  Every "A-list" celeb would kill to be the first to wear one to, e.g., the Oscars.

@Garcia: please feel free to correct any errors, factual or grammatic, in the above, as "those days" ended well over 50 years ago, and I have forgotten much of the finer points of Spanish grammar and vocabulary.

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Possible new name for Max's minions?
mhrackin   9/18/2014 11:05:30 AM
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The subject of this particular blog reminded me of an old rock/folk supergroup.  How about "The Traveling Toolkit Toters"?

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Re: Go fishing
mhrackin   9/18/2014 9:42:33 AM
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I guess you have never been to Whole Foods, then.... they have raised the art of pricing "tasty" to an extreme!

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Re: Go fishing
Max The Magnificent   9/17/2014 1:47:51 PM
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@mhrackin: However, the Flukes are not so "tasty"...

You can't put a price on "tasty" :-)

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Re: Go fishing
mhrackin   9/17/2014 1:04:23 PM
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@max:  by the way, the original list price (rarely ever discounted, except for large quantity purchases) for these VOMs (to use the term in vogue then) was a whopping (in 1965 US $) $70, IIRC!  Gas prices were about 25.9¢/gallon (even Sunoco 260 was only $0.309) and starting annual salaries for fresh BSEEs was well under $10K. The current price is in the mid $300s.  So in "real" terms, they are a bargain today (although they are competing with, say, Fluke 87s that do a lot more with better accuracy and precision for the same price).  However, the Flukes are not so "tasty,"

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Re: Go fishing
mhrackin   9/12/2014 12:04:23 PM
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That's pretty much a given!  Either (260 or 630) would complement your panel meter collection and would be useful in the projects that you intend to build with them.

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Re: Go fishing
Max The Magnificent   9/12/2014 12:01:21 PM
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@mhrackin: Regarding "Now THIS is a MULTIMETER!"  It would have to be a Simpson 260...

Oooh -- I want a Homer Simpson 260!!!  I know they are available on eBay, but I'm a bit short of funds at the moment. Maybe we will see one on our road trip to Hamvention next May...

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