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Gerontius

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  • We are having mad-dogs-and-Englishmen weather here. My apologies to Noel Coward. It's too damn hot at midday!
    I saw this and thought of you...
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    maycontainthunder
    maycontainthunder
    Glad you liked it!
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    I did not realize that people could put images on profile posts though. The picture I've seen about a million times before elsewhere, but the profile post w images must be something new from the forum software update. Kind of neat.
    maycontainthunder
    maycontainthunder
    I see it as a useful way of mischief :innocent:. It would be hilarious if you were at a car show and did that with a typewriter. You could tell the kids that if a single mistake was made you have to change the settings spool (point to something that could be it)... there's a whole lot of mischief to be had with this idea!
    I forgot how much I enjoy working with linseed oil as a wood finish.
    Homulilly
    Homulilly
    Linseed oil is also in oil paint and can be used as an oil painting medium. Go linseed oil!
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    Oh cool, you use it too!
    I love natural materials for stuff. Your art is painting. My art is antiques restoration. Either way, it's just more fun when you use the good natural compounds for the job--and an oil that turns into plastic as it dries? It's neat.
    The people at my college might have the I.Q. of a turnip dropped on its head in its infancy.
    tree
    tree
    Individually? Or collectively?
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    @tree there are mostly individuals. I don't know, but I think the tiny, largely conservative colleges are kind of odd sometimes. They build a strange culture.
    I figure that all I want to be, is left alone.
    Aspychata
    Aspychata
    Silent Hill clannish feeling. Boy, l get that. Some small towns were great in Minnesota. Others were weird, teenagers disappeared just walking home.
    Happy Independence Day to other Americans out there-- and for whoever else wants to celebrate.
    Forest Cat
    Forest Cat
    Happy Independence Day Americans, watch out for falling fireworks.
    W
    Wolfnox
    Happy Independence Day. Be gentle. Sensitive wolf ears here. Lol.
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    @Wolfy Smurf I agree on the noise; I've also seen far too many acres of wildland set on fire by fireworks. Thankfully, it's raining tremendously outside! No fireworks here.
    Blacksmithing is not anything I'm good at, so I asked my brother to show me some basic forging. It's fun. Kind of like a cookout, but metal
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    If I had a shop like @Nitro I would be hard to pull away from the machinery. But all I needed was a small part for a repair, so I made the part--and watched my brother make some other stuff. Ran the belt-sander for a while, and used a torch to do the fitting of the new part. I liked it.
    Forest Cat
    Forest Cat
    Good blacksmiths earn good money these days I think, it's a very useful skill.
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    @Forest Cat this was a piece I needed for an antique 10 gauge shotgun from 1882. No parts are available secondhand--everything must be custom built and fitted. I am not good enough to get paid as a smith, but it sure saved me from having to find another smith & pay him!
    Don't let the door hit you where the Lord split you--
    tree
    tree
    Not a real efficient method, carbon paper...for Butt Copies.
    Mimeograph...IDK how that wd work...
    Plaster cast, though.
    Could do that and then have a mold for producing replicas...
    Lot of effort, compared with xeroxing....
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    Mimeograph? Oh no. Too many rollers and pinch points. The plaster cast has the added effect of being three-dimensional. Faux marble work was once a very popular way to decorate plasterwork--and the resulting copies are going to be 1:1 scale doorstops for the committed crack copier.
    Tom
    Tom
    There's a youtube video (security camera) of some big guy making sure the coast is clear and then sitting up on the copier to shoot the moon, and then breaking thru the glass or whatever it is. :D
    Nobody told me that kerosene lamps would be this hard to find parts for. I thought most burners were alike.
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    (That doesn't apply to the old "banquet lamps" which take a No. 3 burner. And I need a No. 3 burner, dual wicks with extinguisher lever, with 4" shade fitter for a glass ball shade. Might be an expensive way to build a "free" lamp.)
    oregano
    oregano
    Ebay? There's a lot of oddball stuff on Ebay. Buyer beware as always on Ebay, but it's worth checking out.
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    eBay is on my list but I think I am going to see if I can alter the lamp to carry an English Duplex burner. May need to solder a new collar on.
    The greatest argument against religion, by & large, is the behaviour of the religious.
    Darkkin
    Darkkin
    I have no issues with faith, only with those who seek to force their views on others.
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    @Darkkin I am a Catholic, and the only thing that keeps me one is that I believe the doctrine. Two years at a Catholic college, however, was more than enough. I shall not be returning, and will finish my degree with them online. It's not that they are religious--
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    --it is the tacit assumption that everyone else is, that stifles inquiry, and is the fastest way to make atheists in industrial quantity.
    Did you ever get to finishing that linux typewriter project?
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    - that sort of thing precludes getting something decent built.
    I did save the old '36 Woodstock off the desk and a couple decent portables, as well as a 1912 LC Smith desktop. But unfortunately I didn't get a chance to finish that.
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    I lost a good many typewriter parts in the move as well as the makings of 2 machines I was building. Had to save the 2 reed-organs, 4 crates irreplaceable books, and 2 19th-century shotguns out of my apartment as well as a rare collection of phonograph records. (I am good at digging in the trash.)
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    So the answer to your question is no.
    There is nowhere in the house to write quietly. Visiting family, tiny house, loud typewriter, desire to work at midnight, not happening.
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    I think I have ink in the car, and a pen in here, but pens are a good way to use up a lot of paper & make a big mess.
    phantom
    phantom
    I plan on getting some gear so i can go out and camp in peaceful place to get away from the noise and chaos at home. Not as a permanent solution of course, but it would help every ones in a while
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    It's surprisingly doable, @phantom--and it becomes addictive. Even at home I cannot stay put. I have to be making something, reading, or thinking. If I rest, I do that on its own time. Go camp, travel, do what you can to get away from the house.
    Looking forward to graduating college. Not sure what to do after but I really want to get done.
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    As far as a future, all I ask for is a quiet life where I can get away from the 21st century distraction culture.
    Ever think Idiocracy was a documentary? I do, every time I get out in urban sprawl.
    Callistemon
    Callistemon
    Yes, it was a documentary. From the future. ;)

    Which we are now rapidly becoming...
    Making plans--Nothing will stop me now, unless something big comes up.
    tree
    tree
    Made me think of the main character in a book by Gary Paulsen.
    "Come on, he thought, baring his teeth in the darkness—come on. Is that the best you can do—is that all you can hit me with—a moose and a tornado?" https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/hatchet/quotes/page/4/
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    @tree Gary Paulsen's absolutely amazing. I remember reading his book "Dogsong" and that was a very interesting one about the mental & emotional effort of driving a dogsled in the Arctic Circle. He's better than Jack London.
    Landlady's son attempted to break into my apartment & also vandalized my car. Damn this college & its idiotic culture. I'm out.
    Yeshuasdaughter
    cornman
    cornman
    what is wrong with people!? Can you press charges against this idiot child? justice should be served!!!
    Gerontius
    Gerontius
    Well, if he tries it again, he's a dead man, is all I can say. I'm going to be seeing about filing a complaint with the Police Department for one, and practicing up with a baseball bat at close range for two. He won't be doing this one again.
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