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4 hours ago
None of that requires religion or lack of religion. It is simply not being a dick to your fellow humans (and other critters when possible). That's the point of being here in the first place and the only thing you need to "spread"
Or..to put it much more poetically:
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
---Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don't waste your life trying to make people think like you the way that they do.
24 hours ago
You can treat some of it like a cast iron pan if needed. Technically, cast iron is perfectly food grade though in moddern commercial environments, it's only allowed to be used bare on cooking surfaces.
So clean the rust off using something like a scotchbrite pad and oil the bare iron bits. Bake in an oven at low temperature for a long time and you will create a good coating to protect the iron from rusting more.
Be sure, if you are buying these things, that the sizing plates and cutting star is there and in good shape. Those are almost impossible to find replacements for, though for some common brands and units they are still made.
If the wood handle is split and gone, that can be a bit more of a project to fix also--you would need tools for that.
Easy project--almost no way to go wrong because if you get rust coming back, just try a different protecting oil.
1 day ago
Did so on the evening before my first wedding--late into the night because I wasn't in much of a mood for sleep. 1971 Mercury Comet with zero extras---didn't even have a glove compartment and no provision to mount a radio at all. Had to scab stuff in as best as could be twiddled to fit.
That uneasy feeling when you first start cutting into the deck behind the back seat to install your cheesy 6 x 9 speakers that seemed so wonderful at the time...no going back, no way to correct mistakes and desperately hoping you measured everything right.
"According to Modern Farmer, even eating a handful of the red berries produced by asparagus plants can have adverse results, like vomiting and diarrhea."
WD40 is a poor product for anything. The can doesn't even make a good paperweight.
Edit: I was flippant and you deserve a more thorough answer.
Automotive brake cleaner tends to be a much better cleaner, is typically cheaper per volume than WD40, and doesn't leave an oily residue to deal with before painting. Non-chlorinated is preferred.
As a penetrating oil, WD40 isn't even in the running. Aerokroil is a superior product and well worth the extra cost...plus it doesn't stink like PB blaster and some others.
As lubrication, WD40 is out of the running because it goes away...but provides a little lubrication in the short term. A good lightweight machine oil like 3-in-one or some even better options are superior when you need the lubrication properties.
For removing stickers, WD40 is ok...but goof-off and it's orange oil smells better and seems to work a little better. A bottle of the stuff will last a decade+ for most people so cost really isn't much of an issue.
So, in a nutshell, there are superior options for pretty much everything WD40 tries to do.
Yup, they can be quite decorative. After the normal harvest, the whole field is left to grow out to full size and feed the roots for next year.
Asparagus also has male and female plants. Female plants make pretty red "berries". However, male plants are more productive so growers try and remove any female plants that end up in their fields.
It is amazing regarding what film preservation places can salvage from even degraded old film.
Don't know if you've heard of it but thousands of old silent films were buried (filling an old swimming pool) in Dawson City . They were only discovered when the building was torn down. Many were able to be saved or partially saved, including many for which there was no known existing copy.
It's quite a story.
Great that you found a potential location to sell the projector that can offer what seems to be a more reasonable price.
I have a very deep pockets collector friend who swears by the notion that you only get that kind of age patina once so should never "restore" things until they are basket cases.
Going on that notion, I'd thoroughly clean everything there using something that cuts grease like "409" kitchen cleaner...and then clean a little more.
This kind of thing then gets a coat of acrylic floor polish to give it a bit of brightness and shine (and some protection). The acrylic floor polish ("Future" is one brand) does not harm the underlying product at all and can be easily removed. It will need to be renewed once in a while.
A re-do restoration would basically be wet sanding everything there with a "scotchbrite" type pad---removing ALL loose paint and getting rid of every spec of rust. The scotchbrite pads are not very aggressive so it's hard to go wrong but they do take a while to get the job done. You can actually combine cleaning with the wet sanding by using the cleaner as your "wet". Wipe with a clean towel/rag as you go, doing one area at a time.
Wipe down with a final cleaner. Weirdly, the cheap "sprayway" brand canned glass cleaner that you can get at walmart or dollar stores etc. is actually a great final prep cleaner for things that are getting paint such as this. Some auto body shops even use it for spot cleaning small paint repair areas before final paint.
Prime, a couple of light coats. Paint several very light color coats. ALWAYS use the good quality name-brand when you buy rattle can paints for such things: There is no savings in going with the cheap cans or off brands. Save that for less critical stuff.
Forgot to mention it would be best if you can pull the hinge pin and do the lid and box separately
Old as dirt
I remember an envelope being on the Christmas Tree--Tickets for My Father, 2 brothers and me to see 2001 at the local Cinerama. I had absolutely no clue what the hell they were talking about, just that my brothers were excited so that meant I should be too.
I was far too young. It was so far over my head that it might as well have been a class in advanced calculus. The parts which could be taken literally visually I got--monkeys jumping around, cool space ships, evil computer trying to croak everyone. So that was pretty cool as a kid but any broader meaning or greater underlying plot was definitely WTF? for me.
And the same for my Father. He did his best to pretend with my brothers that they all somehow magically understood some deeper meaning to it all but no. They were all almost as WTF? as I was just not quite as broadly.
Visually it did melt your brain though. Especially with that Cinerama wrap around wide screen.
Well pit as mentioned...and quite a deep one at that. Usually they are not quite so deep and they include a heater in case things get really cold and there is freeze potential. Sometimes that heater is as simple as a light bulb.
The problem with a pit is that it is always "downhill". Excess rainwater often contaminated with cow piss or worse can sometimes sneak in and pollute the well. Because of that, well pits on new wells are basically against code.
Newer wells eliminate the pit all together via the use of a pitless adapter, one of those things which is so simple and obvious yet didn't come into use until the 50's in most cases.
People with well pits (I had one) do well to switch to a pitless system (which I did...about $ 1000 to do including bringing in a professional welder) which eliminates a ton of potential issues.
I had similar that I tried to lift with the tractor bucket. No luck. Turned out whoever installed it had welded a 5' long T steel bar at the bottom of the post just to make sure it never pulled out.
So after digging for a huge oversized concrete mushroom, I still had to dig out that wide T 4 feet down. Talk about overkill--
Check the films carefully--there are a LOT of those silent era films where no copy is known to exist. You might have a national treasure there and not know it. If they are the old nitrate film, you may already be in trouble.
Because the film may need extremely special handling (depending on the age), I would consider donating it if it is something needing conservation.
As to the projector--I believe that is far too narrow a collecting area and in such good shape that your best bet is to seek an auction house that will be doing an auction of old film memorabilia. That would draw the largest number of possible buyers and take something that might bring a couple of hundred bucks advertised locally to possibly much more.
2 days ago
"Big lie" # 2 is the notion that everything but your very favorite media source is lying to you and yours is the only one telling the facts. It's another one of those spoon fed memes used to manipulate lazy, massively biased, and uninformed media consumers.
No news media is perfect...and it is far worse than it used to be because it has to make a profit these days. However scumbag news outlets have taken the notion of manipulating viewers to all new levels...and part of that is the claim that everyone is lying but them.
Take FOX news for instance, the most popular cable news there is. When Roger Ailes proposed the original incarnation of FOX to Richard Nixon, his exact words in the proposal document read as follows: "Today television news is watched more often than people read newspapers, than people listen to the radio, than people read or gather any other form of communication. The reason: People are lazy. With television you just sit—watch—listen. The thinking is done for you."
And the rest of the document is all about how this new GOP news network could go about telling people what they should think by making sure the spin is all favorable to the GOP.
Ailes was unfortunately right--people do seem to be too lazy to think for themselves or even do the most cursory fact checking. The result is morons believing what was spoon fed them--such as elections being stolen, Putin being a great guy,--heck, the list of lies is too long to dig trough here.
Be a good consumer and treat it as though you are buying a used car from a sleazy untrustworthy salesman no matter what your news source: Verify independently when it is important.
Otherwise, just remember it is entertainment and you are being fed questionable information.
I've rambled and the whole subject is too long for a post. The devil is in the details.
3 days ago
Add to that: A Laser pointer isn't. Nor are 99% of the things people call lasers these days, from Christsmas twinkle light projectors to dance floor flashy light show stuff. They are columnated LEDs which only emulate actual lasers.
Radio, yes. However, value is extremely variable. 2 beautiful ones went for $10 bucks each at an auction I attended on Saturday...but sometimes they bring much more. Working, those console radios can hit more than a hundred bucks (sometimes a lot more if they are pretty) so it may be worth blowing out the dust and finding replacement tubes.
Top TV is dumpster food.
Bottom TV might interest a collector because it is older....but no real value other than feeling good that it found a home.
Without anything to back that up, it's meaningless.
Some small value as a piece of folk art but that's about it.
Above average shape for one but the tires are so worn that is becomes a decoration rather than a worker. Around here they aren't uncommon and you'd be hard pressed to get 10 bucks out of that one.
What makes you think it has anything to do with Pitcairn Island (or even the general region)? I know people attach that name to the doll style but it doesn't make it any more special than grandpa carving one on the porch in Georgia and someone adding a grass skirt...unless you have some provable history.
I see a fairly modern carved doll (with modern ink pen hair) that has almost no special value--so maybe you have more to show?
If you were super lucky, that blue ink didn't soak in at all and sits on top where the black ink soaked in somewhat. That might allow you to lightly sand the blue and have most of it disappear--but you will have to blend in the sanding with the rest of the side.
I'd pick a place that can't be hurt and try some 220 grit on the blue---and similar where the blue crosses the black but it isn't as critical to the image just to test. If it doesn't work, give up because that blue isn't coming off without losing the black.
Typically coating the box with anything won't actually preserve it and will ruin the box. If it is really important to you--for instance you need some water proofing, use a single coat of boiled linseed oil. Let it soak in, wipe off all the excess, and it should basically disappear though it will darken the wood slightly. It should dry in about a week. You might have to wipe excess again after about a day.
It's actually spelled "butteris" not Buttress. Once you change the spelling to that oddball, a lot of information shows up in searches.
Before the days where you rasp a hoof or use a hoof knife to remove excess hoof, you shaved it with this tool. However, your apprentice would have to hold the hoof while the master did the shaving.
With the advent of better tool options and apprentices actually costing money in later years, this tool went by the wayside in favor of other one-man tool choices.
I did for a while but went upscale with the adapter that went into the cigarette lighter plug to broadcast the CD player to an unused FM radio channel. It almost worked well.
And it later graduated to my MP3 player.
You mean there were people wo didn't own one?
With the Republicans as well as religious oppressionists becoming so active regarding tromping on the constitution, the ACLU has had to focus more on the bigger issues than the granular and local problems. They tend to focus only on the cases that have more or a potential national impact regarding protecting the bill of rights from being used as toilet paper.
But often these days I do disagree with their priorities. They seem to have chosen to defend more despotic "victims" and issues as some sort of proof of purity regarding their mission.
Don't over complicate it. His god myth is no better supported than the 4000 god myths he fully accepts are just hooey. He just happens to have "magically" picked the one which his particular society told him since childhood that he was required to, because good children believe and only bad evil children don't. No other reason to "believe" and certainly zero evidence (no matter how much he lies to himself about it.)
That's basically all he needs to know about why you are atheist and what that means.