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About LumpenDoodle2

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  • Birthday 07/20/1960

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    Making interesting stuff, out of canvas, leather, fabric. Vacuum forming, hot foil, bookbinding, woodwork, and old Singer sewing machines.

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    Western re-enactment
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  1. Now that looks like a very handy addition, and you’ve put a lot of thought into the design, as usual.
  2. I’m no great expert, but I cut 3.4mm (about 8-9oz?) leather all the time, and any choppy curves are usually caused by me stopping and starting a cut, rather than keeping the ‘flow’ going. That, and on the odd occasion, convincing myself I’m too busy trying to cut the leather, rather than be sensible and stop to sharpen the blade.
  3. My preferred way is to use a leather silver marker around the template, then with the template removed, follow the line with a round awl, then either use a round knife, or for lots of curves, I use a small Stanley knife. Doing it this way allows me to tweak patterns a little bit for a bit of personalisation for each item, but it also stops me getting into a bit of a rush,, and so not wander off the line. I also think that it’s important to make sure that whatever knife you choose, it fits comfortably in your hand. It’s way easier to follow the curves if you have full control of the knife, and it’s proper sharp. Stanley knife blades are disposable for a reason, and starting out with a few minutes stropping my round knife is quite relaxing.
  4. Never even noticed the date. my mind is obviously on higher things.
  5. Not to ruin this for anyone, but tippman boss machines hold their value well, so do a bit research first on google, and add some photos. cheers Maureen
  6. You just can’t trust those male order catalogues.
  7. I use a great big 2” thick slab of granite, on top of a very dense (and heavy) 1” thick anti vibration type rubber block. This all sits on a solid wooden bench, which sits on four offcuts of the rubber block. I’ve done the same with the bench I use for punching holes, and suchlike. All a bit of overkill, no doubt, but since I moved my workshop from a room with a concrete floor, to a room with a wooden floor, I became aware of the possibility of sound travelling through the floor. It makes not one jot of difference to the sound of mallet on stamp, but I feel happier about cutting out as much unnecessary noise as possible. The rest I can live with.
  8. I have one of those machines at the back of the shed somewhere. If I ever have some spare time, I plan to totally refurbish it, but like Constabulary, I found even the fine tooth feed wheel marked the leather too much to be any real use to me.
  9. Tim, please, you’re moving into scary territory now, and in public.
  10. What argument am I having with you. This has been a very polite discussion on my side, nit even a capital out of place. What on earth are you wittering about? What facebook, what “pretend its not real group”. I’m “purposefully self uneducated”? I genuinely have no idea what you are talking about, apart from the salt. But...... Really? Really? My goodness, you’re still sore because I pointed out to you that you had got the formula wrong on the salt solution, how many months ago? Even after your friend apparently tried to huckle me on other threads, you are still sore? Didn’t that make you even a bit cheery? It certainly made my pals giggle at the absurdity of it. I thought you wanted to be our friend, and hold a proper discussion. I even helped you with advise on how to improve your discussion skills, so that people might listen to your beliefs. My offer to coach you regarding how to have a kosher discussion without resorting to cut and paste, or links was quite genuine. Tim! Tim! Are you there! When you messaged me to discuss stuff either by message or on the threads, because I was polite, etc, I told you fine, I was happy to do so. But as you remember, I laid down ground rules, and as you can see, chucke has done exactly what I told you he would do, even though I was civil, upbeat, and helpful. Well Tim, you can’t say I didn’t try, can you. May our Lord and Lady bring peace to troubled minds.
  11. Why are you so insistent that I am ignorant of human nature, but you do not, in your own words, with your own ideas, answer me. Discussion isn’t a game of cut and paste, or adding links to save you thinking for yourself. It is not a replacement for ‘thinking’ for yourself, nor does it make me ‘ignorant of the human species’, after all, calling someone ignorant is hardly being civil, or pals, is it. Go on, give it a go, try to put a discussion together, and properly describe your ideas. I want you to do it without resorting to spending your days googling., cut and pasting, or linking. Discussion and communication is based on the skill of thinking for yourself, if it were otherwise, we could do it your way, and end up in the surreal position of us all just spending our days sending website links to our partners. Imagine start your day by turning to your beloved and cut and pasting “hello” onto your ipad, and sending that to her. Maybe instead of asking your wife what she would like you to cook for her tea, you could send a ramdon recipe link from the interweb, leaving the rest blank. “look, I’ve proved my point, my wife is hungry”, but you never put the thought into it, you put no inspiration in it. You would be yet again, an empty vessel, just googling stuff to justify your thoughts, rather than do it under your own steam. May our Lord and Lady give you the strength to understand, that it is the engagement, the swopping of ideas, the joy of working through each other’s ideas that is important. Not the constant banging of a big drum to drown out others views, just because you can. So go on, be a pal and think it out yourself, clearly, and simply, and without the attempts at “not a friend” swipes, aimed at me, or anyone else. And don’t forget, you believe that the internet algorithms are controlled by some unknown global power. So how can you rely on it with any links. Maybe PBS is playing a double bluff, and the algorithms are bringing it up to mess with your mind. Wooooooo...........
  12. As you claim we would probably be best buddies in real life, I know you won’t mind me making a few recommendations to you. Please divide your replies into paragraphs, as a constant stream of words makes it very difficult to follow your thought. Also, try cutting out the irrelevancies, such as ‘atheist’, ‘social control’, ‘global control’, etc, as all of these start to muddy your points. We agree on algorithms being the reason people only see the information on the internet they want to see, and turn what should be a wonderful access point to the World’s knowledge, into a Vanity Press for the unfortunate. At this point, we diverge, whereas you see them as proof that your enemies are trying to control you , I see them as a tool invented to try to help our search for knowledge. Sadly, since we know that humans basically flounder from one cack up to another, it has turned into a tool of confirmation. Since too many humans are too lazy to look outside the algorithm spoon feeding, this was inevitable. Strangely ,you and your besty both seem to blame everyone else of falling victim to this Vanity Press (including me), while quoting great big chunks of it yourselves. To move on, almost as annoying for the poor reader is the big chunks of bold highlighting of stuff in the sentence you are trying to read. I say this as a potential friend, as counter intuitively, it actually pulls the eye away from the points you are trying to make. Now, I know you’ll take my suggestions in the friendly way they are meant, as you are such polite boys, and always willing to keep an open mind. Also, I do not expect perfection from you, but clarity, and original thought will win you extra points. Any plagiarism, or copying each others work will be marked down. May I suggest a new default position to explain the life ills you keep finding on the internet? As an American General (whose name I cannot remember, and I have a life, so can’t be bothered to google) once said (I will paraphrase, see previous explanation) “Winning a battle consists of making less mistakes than the guy opposite”. In other words, most of the Worlds problems and woes are caused by stupidity, someone dropping/touching something they shouldn’t, or greed, but the vast majority of the time, stupidly or accident are the main protagonists. Greed just walks at the back, like a hungry vulture (I apologise to vultures for that analogy).
  13. Many thanks, I may have to do that, as these things have form for getting very silly, and very nasty, very quickly. Unfortunately, being a political animal, when I hear someone (metaphorically) kicking a dog to make it howl, I have difficulty walking by. But life is too short to get dragged into the same old, same old..... If only the temptation was taken away, she sighed.
  14. Your reply doesn’t actually apply to what I said, does it, you sort if go off at a tangent of content don’t you, and where did the atheist fall out the sky from? My report? And where does an atheist appear in my thread? These algorithms are not specific to any side, nor do they differentiate from person to person. They regurgitate articles which are self fulfilling to your beliefs or needs, whether the content is true or not. No one is exempt from them, and in this instance google is not your friend, it is an enabler, but completely unwitting in what it does. The responsibility is yours for believing only things that massage your insecurities and prejudices. They are the self fulfilling prophesy, you want your beliefs upheld and lo, the algorithms give the desperate the illusion they are right, and the proof is in front of the,. They have replaced the nasty gossipers who spread lies for the fun if it, but they do so the same way that you can kill someone with kindness. And there is no cunning plan, or evil plots to the algorithms, their humble little job is to find stuff on the interweb you might like to see. Sadly, if you are extreme right wing, (as an example), these little imps of satan will happily feed you a diet to bolster you beliefs. As is demonstrated by your answer regarding climate change and the diabolical plot via social control. Assuming someone believes that sort of thing is true , they then google that subject, all those little algorithms think “oooh, our master loves these subjects, let’s feed him more”, no clever, evil plot, just another human invention causing harm while trying to give us what we want. As humans, we are not clever enough to go all deep state and social control, without constantly cacking things up. The Vanity Press argument still stands, as the algorithms wouldn’t fling out that stuff, if someone wasn’t pushing out poorly researched “I see aliens” stuff, which the algorithms, in their helpfulness, then find for you. Catch 22.
  15. Plus 1 Maybe if you feel the need to have political posts, treat them like the adult section, then those who worry bones can just do their thing, well away from the leatherwork. Nothing worse than seeing another political post, then biting your tongue rather than waste time out of your life replying. It’s like having a wee nippy dug as your neighbour. You know you would never wish it any real harm, but by our Lord and Lady, it just doesn’t know when to stop.
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