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Duane Benson
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Re: Technology that works
Duane Benson   12/6/2013 5:17:57 PM
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As it turns out, Fisher designed the pen with their own money, then sold it to NASA. The Russians ended up using them too.

Still a funy story though.

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Technology that works
BrainiacV   12/6/2013 3:41:47 PM
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I heard NASA spent big bucks to develop a pen that would work in zero gravity, resulting in the Fisher(?) pressurized ink pen.

The Russians used pencils.

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Re: Problems with pencils
antedeluvian   12/6/2013 2:05:37 PM
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Martin

It comes from erasing all those math problems when you realize you did them wrong.

Not just math. According to my mom, when I was 6 and learning to write I was entirely dissatisfied with my formation of a capital B. I erased it so often I wore through the page (which was a school book) and then sulked under the dining room table for an afternoon. My Bs are better (especially with a keyboard), but I often wish I could retreat to my happy place.

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Re: There's a pencil for that!
TonyTib   12/6/2013 2:04:43 PM
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OK, here's a question from my daughter's homework:

You buy a pack of 12 pencils at the store.  How much did you likely pay?

a)$2.25  b)$10.25  c)$0.10


Her first answer: b).  I'm sure the desired answer was a), but the last time I bought a dozen pencils from Staples, they cost ~$12 -- and they didn't even have erasers!  (OK, it was a graded set of Steadtler pencils from 6B to 4H, Made In Germany)

BTW, the super-cheap pencils aren't worth it; the wood is so crappy, every time I sharpen them it uses about half the pencil to get a good point.

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Off topic Intel Trivia
TonyTib   12/6/2013 1:56:47 PM
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Intel has had some really unusal products in their past that never took off, inclinding a intelligent display controller.  It displayed text only, but supported advanced features such as linked lists.  Unusual, but about as successful as Intel's first 32-bit CPU, the iAPX432.

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Re: Who needs a pencil for math, anyway?
MeasurementBlues   12/6/2013 1:44:51 PM
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@Max, I'll get back to you with a link when I post a review of the app. This one really needs video to see it work.

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Re: There's a pencil for that!
MeasurementBlues   12/6/2013 1:43:47 PM
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Pencils are easy to get at an office supply store such as Staples. Then even sell erasers and I just boght a pack of 3 for my daughter to use when she erases her math homework.

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Re: Who needs a pencil for math, anyway?
MeasurementBlues   12/6/2013 1:42:16 PM
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@antedeluvian, thanks for the tip on Math Input Panel. It could be useful when I need a nequation for an article.According to Microsoft's instructions, you type "amth Input Panel into the search and it will give find it for you.

I tried following the instructions but instead, Windows wanted to shut down. Fortunately, I could canel the process.

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There's a pencil for that!
TonyTib   12/6/2013 1:41:42 PM
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Pentel Twist-Erase III

These have huge erases; I just got one for my niece since she went through 10 erasers in two weeks on her Kuro Toga.  BTW, the Kuro Toga Roulette is the best mechanical pencil; it's metal, and rotates the lead every time you advance.  I have the gunmetal version; I only wish Uni would make it in 0.3mm.


BTW, there are still plenty of wood pencil fans around; Pencil Revolution is a good place to start.  And you can learn all kind of mechanical trivia at Dave's Mechanical Pencils.


Most of the time, I prefer using pens, but I've been using pencils more after I got my Roulette and a Pentel GraphGear 1000.  Another intesting option is Pilot's Frixion erasable pens; they actually work well, much better than the PaperMates of the late 1970's.

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Re: Another problem
MeasurementBlues   12/6/2013 1:37:08 PM
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@Max, the movie already came out. You missed it.

 

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