Sunday, 29 June 2014

Full-Grain Leather vs. Top-Grain Leather

The strongest and most durable part of the hide of an animal is just below the hair. The grain pattern in this part of the hide is very tight, and the leather made from here is called "full-grain" leather. Full-grain leather is the strongest and most durable leather. Additionally, since the grain is so tight, it resists moisture very well. Over time, full-grain leather will look nicer and nicer and develop a patina from being handled.

The next best—and second strongest—leather is called "top-grain" leather. Top grain leather is similar to full-grain leather, except that the top couple millimeters have been sanded and buffed to take away imperfections. With the top layer removed, the leather will have a more uniform finish, but it won't be as durable—and it will break down much faster. This is more of a "cookie cutter" leather that most leather wallets and handbags are made of, which lends to their generic appearance. Top-grain leather can be good leather, but its strength and durability is not even close to the strength of full-grain leather.

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Friday, 27 June 2014

Deaver on take or trash

He bent down and pocketed the man's phone and radio, after shutting them off, as well as his pistol, while I patted him down for other weapons.
Even though tactical ops aren't my specialty, I knew you never left weapons for the other side to pick up later.
Take or trash, the saying went.

From Edge, by Jeffery Deaver

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Before you criticize someone ...

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.

That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.

Jack Handey (American Comic Writer) 


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Weasel word

A weasel word (also, anonymous authority) is an informal term for equivocating words and phrases aimed at creating an impression that something specific and meaningful has been said, when in fact only a vague or ambiguous claim has been communicated.
For example, an advertisement may use a weasel phrase such as "up to 50% off on all products".
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“Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It’s what separates us from the animals … except the weasel. “
Homer Simpson

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Notoriety of note

The state of being famous or well known for some bad quality or deed:

of note
Important, of distinction, famous, as in I have nothing of note to report , or The speaker was a man of note .

Friday, 13 June 2014

Corte on trembling hand equilibrium

I doubted we'd find much about his immediate plans; he was too smart to leave obvious evidence but even a player as conscientious as he made mistakes sometimes.

Game theory takes this into account. In a "trembling hand equilibrium," a player can accidentally pick an unintended strategy--say, when you reach for a queen's bishop's pawn and accidentally move the knight's in error. If you release the piece, you've made the move, even if the consequences are the opposite of what you'd intended and are disastrous.

From Edge, by Jeffery Deaver

Thursday, 12 June 2014

World's first webcam - the Trojan Room coffee pot

The Trojan Room coffee pot was the inspiration for the world's first webcam. The coffee pot was located in the corridor just outside the so-called Trojan Room within the old Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge.

The webcam was created to help people working in other parts of the building avoid pointless trips to the coffee room by providing, on the user's desktop computer, a live 128×128 greyscale picture of the state of the coffee pot.


Monday, 9 June 2014

P is not for telephone

So here’s a handy guide to the single-letter abbreviations you can safely use for your English-language contact details.

T Telephone — the person’s phone number.

M Mobile — the person’s mobile phone number.

F Fax — the person’s fax number.

E Email — the person’s email address.

W Web — typically the general company website.

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Saturday, 7 June 2014

... Rides Again

Destry Rides Again (aka The Man from Montana) (1939) is a western starring Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart, and directed by George Marshall.

The Lone Ranger Rides Again is a 1939 American Republic serial. It was a sequel to Republic's 1938 serial The Lone Ranger, which had been highly ...

The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again starring Walter Brennan and Fred Astaire is a 1970 ABC Movie of the Week sequel to the Western comedy The Over-the-Hill

Steptoe and Son Ride Again is the 1973 sequel to the 1972 film Steptoe and Son . Again the film starred Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H. Corbett.

Herbie Rides Again is a 1974 comedy film. It is the sequel to The Love Bug, released six years earlier, and the second in a series of movies made by Walt ...

Zorro Rides Again (1937) is a 12-chapter Republic Pictures film serial. It was the eighth of the sixty-six Republic serials, the third with a western theme (a third of ...

Blackadder Rides Again is a 60 minute documentary produced by Tiger Aspect for the BBC and ...


Thursday, 5 June 2014

The handmaiden of Beelzebub

Some Criteria for Buying a Fountain Pen

So you have decided you want to buy a fountain pen because you are tired of ballpoint pens—the "handmaiden of Beelzebub," or other inferior products that put more strain on the environment because they need cartridges, etc.

What would be some of the criteria you should employ?

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Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Broker’s Elbow

Q: Why do my dress-shirt elbows keep ripping? I seem to have a problem of my shirt elbows failing on me just about every year to two years.

A: You are hereby diagnosed with “Broker’s Elbow“. The term allegedly comes from business men who spend a lot of time at their desks working the phones.

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