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2012-12-31 12:20:51 PM
I can't have an electric pencil sharpener. I'll just end up with nubs and shavings.
 
2012-12-31 12:30:56 PM
Ha! Who uses pencil sharpeners anymore?
http://www.artisanalpencilsharpening.com/
 
2012-12-31 12:56:03 PM
Pencils are still used in many tests that students have to take. You can't fill in the circle using a pen or the reader will explode or something.

subby is either clueless or ignorant as to the ways of the world and will insist I remove myself from his/her lawn.
 
2012-12-31 01:05:00 PM

penthesilea: Ha! Who uses pencil sharpeners anymore?
http://www.artisanalpencilsharpening.com/


Came here for that, leaving satisfied.
 
2012-12-31 01:16:20 PM
FTFA: For those annoying amusement park or movie theater lines, Farooq proposes a chain of connected, moving chairs. You take a load off, enjoy the built-in entertainment system, and before long, it's your turn to get up and enjoy the ride or show.

How lazy have Americans gotten? Or this an effect of the "Browning of America" that we are losing the British ability to queue?
 
2012-12-31 01:18:31 PM
What's an "inventor"? Doesn't everyone need at least ten years of university just to boil water these days?
 
2012-12-31 01:18:58 PM
30 is a bit high for that age stereotype.
 
2012-12-31 01:19:59 PM
Meanwhile, everyone between 30 and 40 asks "who needs a sharpener for their pencil?"

static1.jetpens.com
 
2012-12-31 01:22:48 PM

penthesilea: http://www.artisanalpencilsharpening.com/


Please please please tell me that is a joke website...
 
2012-12-31 01:25:58 PM

penthesilea: Ha! Who uses pencil sharpeners anymore?
http://www.artisanalpencilsharpening.com/


That is farking brilliant.
 
2012-12-31 01:26:06 PM

Dinjiin: Meanwhile, everyone between 30 and 40 asks "who needs a sharpener for their pencil?"


The thing about those is that they suck for anything that pencils are best for, except playing D&D.
 
2012-12-31 01:30:17 PM

Gunny Walker: FTFA: For those annoying amusement park or movie theater lines, Farooq proposes a chain of connected, moving chairs. You take a load off, enjoy the built-in entertainment system, and before long, it's your turn to get up and enjoy the ride or show.

How lazy have Americans gotten? Or this an effect of the "Browning of America" that we are losing the British ability to queue?


This. In my personal experience, Hispanics (particularly Guatemalans for some reason having to due with their native culture), generally just shove to the front of the line. (To be fair, a lot of older people from Eastern Europe do the same.)
 
2012-12-31 01:30:24 PM

Dinjiin: Meanwhile, everyone between 30 and 40 asks "who needs a sharpener for their pencil?"

[static1.jetpens.com image 400x266]


And everybody older is smart enough to know that lead breaks, gets lost, and runs out. You look in your drawer, backpack, whatever and do a quick spot check. Having an actual pencil and a mechanical pencil side by side, you know the wooden pencil will work, the story of the mechanical pencil could be anything.

Sometimes low tech is the best tech, period.
 
2012-12-31 01:33:08 PM
Hey subby, I'm certain you can use it to sharpen your crayons after you've chewed the points off.
 
2012-12-31 01:41:15 PM
When I saw my students struggling with the regular pencil sharpener, I honestly knew that there must be an alternate approach they were all retards of the highest level

Seriously... who struggles with a pencil sharpener?
 
2012-12-31 01:42:32 PM

Mikey1969: Dinjiin: Meanwhile, everyone between 30 and 40 asks "who needs a sharpener for their pencil?"

[static1.jetpens.com image 400x266]

And everybody older is smart enough to know that lead breaks, gets lost, and runs out. You look in your drawer, backpack, whatever and do a quick spot check. Having an actual pencil and a mechanical pencil side by side, you know the wooden pencil will work, the story of the mechanical pencil could be anything.

Sometimes low tech is the best tech, period.


So my kids go through a lot of pencils. So the lil dinky manual sharpeners wernt doing it for us when you have to sharpen a pencil every 20 minutes. We tried modern autosharpeners but eXacto has a lock on the market and frankly they are made out of tissue and shiat. We went through 3 of the farking things in 2 months, absolutely worthless and there is no compitition for them so no reason for them to make a quality sharpener that last more then a few days. So we did what we always do in these situations, we go old. Bought a 1980's office grade pencil sharpener off ebay. Been 5 years, thing still sharpens in 5 seconds and tough as a rock.

/csof cool story old fart
 
2012-12-31 01:43:40 PM

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: This. In my personal experience, Hispanics (particularly Guatemalans for some reason having to due with their native culture), generally just shove to the front of the line. (To be fair, a lot of older people from Eastern Europe do the same.)


And many Americans(Often the kind who want to rely on racial stereotypes) don't know the difference between "to do with" and "due to". I also find that they don't know the difference between "queue" and "cue", there is about an 85% percent chance someone will think they are cool and stalk about "standing in a cue" or "cueing in line".

/So there's that...
 
2012-12-31 02:00:48 PM

penthesilea: Ha! Who uses pencil sharpeners anymore?
http://www.artisanalpencilsharpening.com/


Words... there are no words... they should have sent... a poet.
 
2012-12-31 02:01:52 PM

Mikey1969: And everybody older is smart enough to know that lead breaks, gets lost, and runs out.


I had problems with lead breaking when I used 0.5mm lead.  Switching to a pencil with 0.7mm lead solved it.  I believe there are also a few 0.9mm mechanical pencils out there, too.

As for the other issues, how does running out of lead differ from running out of pencil sticks?  Besides, most people I know who use mechanical pencils have lead refill packs squirreled all throughout their homes.  I have a desk drawer filled with about ten half-empty refill packs.
 
2012-12-31 02:08:35 PM
Heaven:
leadholder.com

Hell:
images.edumart.com
 
2012-12-31 02:15:21 PM
Bestest pencil ever:

 i470.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-31 02:16:42 PM

Dinjiin: As for the other issues, how does running out of lead differ from running out of pencil sticks?  Besides, most people I know who use mechanical pencils have lead refill packs squirreled all throughout their homes.  I have a desk drawer filled with about ten half-empty refill packs.


You missed the part about how a quick visual check shows you a pencil or a mechanical that can either be full or empty? Just a look in the bag/drawer/pencil holder/coffee cup shows you how much pencil you have. Not so with the mechanical. They're nice, but not the magic solution to all of mankind's problems that people want them to be.
 
2012-12-31 02:18:04 PM

orclover: Mikey1969: Dinjiin: Meanwhile, everyone between 30 and 40 asks "who needs a sharpener for their pencil?"

[static1.jetpens.com image 400x266]

And everybody older is smart enough to know that lead breaks, gets lost, and runs out. You look in your drawer, backpack, whatever and do a quick spot check. Having an actual pencil and a mechanical pencil side by side, you know the wooden pencil will work, the story of the mechanical pencil could be anything.

Sometimes low tech is the best tech, period.

So my kids go through a lot of pencils. So the lil dinky manual sharpeners wernt doing it for us when you have to sharpen a pencil every 20 minutes. We tried modern autosharpeners but eXacto has a lock on the market and frankly they are made out of tissue and shiat. We went through 3 of the farking things in 2 months, absolutely worthless and there is no compitition for them so no reason for them to make a quality sharpener that last more then a few days. So we did what we always do in these situations, we go old. Bought a 1980's office grade pencil sharpener off ebay. Been 5 years, thing still sharpens in 5 seconds and tough as a rock.

/csof cool story old fart


Yeah, those eXacto sharpeners really DO suck, I totally agree... I wouldn't even mind an old school cranking sharpener over the eXacto ones.
 
2012-12-31 02:22:31 PM

Gunny Walker: FTFA: For those annoying amusement park or movie theater lines, Farooq proposes a chain of connected, moving chairs. You take a load off, enjoy the built-in entertainment system, and before long, it's your turn to get up and enjoy the ride or show.

How lazy have Americans gotten? Or this an effect of the "Browning of America" that we are losing the British ability to queue?


Britain never succeeded in teaching any of their former subjects how to properly queue.
 
2012-12-31 02:25:04 PM

Honest Bender: When I saw my students struggling with the regular pencil sharpener, I honestly knew that there must be an alternate approach they were all retards of the highest level

Seriously... who struggles with a pencil sharpener?


Best way to waste time in elementary school, endlessly walk up to the front of class to laboriously sharpen your pencil.
 
2012-12-31 02:29:42 PM

Mikey1969: Just a look in the bag/drawer/pencil holder/coffee cup shows you how much pencil you have. Not so with the mechanical.


I never had this problem.  My mechanical pencil through high school was semi-transparent plastic, so in addition to the different rattles it made depending on how much lead remained, I could see how much remained.  And all of the refill kits were clear plastic with an opaque cap.  Always knew in advance when I needed to refill the pencil and when I needed more refill packs.
 
2012-12-31 02:42:20 PM

Porous Horace: Heaven:
[leadholder.com image 155x189]

Hell:
[images.edumart.com image 400x400]


The sand paper is used for sharpening charcoal pencils not regular number 2s, or any hard leaded pencil.
 
2012-12-31 03:37:12 PM

Dinjiin: Meanwhile, everyone between 30 and 40 asks "who needs a sharpener for their pencil?"

[static1.jetpens.com image 400x266]


I resisted mechanical pencils for the longest time but somewhere around calc ii I became fed up with sharpening my pencil every other step in a proof. I got a mechanical pencil that didn't come in a 10 pack and haven't looked back. It was worth it.

/Had a data structures professor comment on my preference for .3 mm, said he was a .5 person himself.
//It's funny the random topics that come up in conversation
 
2012-12-31 03:39:01 PM

Mikey1969: Just Another OC Homeless Guy: This. In my personal experience, Hispanics (particularly Guatemalans for some reason having to due with their native culture), generally just shove to the front of the line. (To be fair, a lot of older people from Eastern Europe do the same.)

And many Americans(Often the kind who want to rely on racial stereotypes) don't know the difference between "to do with" and "due to". I also find that they don't know the difference between "queue" and "cue", there is about an 85% percent chance someone will think they are cool and stalk about "standing in a cue" or "cueing in line".

/So there's that...


People sometimes just look stupid when they shake their index finger and try to lecture someone and then misspell simple words.

BTW, were you aware that the indigenous Indian culture in Guatemala simply never developed the concept of a queue? Found that out from an undocumented Guatemalan friend of mine, a pure Aguacateco Indian.

/So there's that...
 
2012-12-31 03:58:17 PM

Mikey1969: Just Another OC Homeless Guy: This. In my personal experience, Hispanics (particularly Guatemalans for some reason having to due with their native culture), generally just shove to the front of the line. (To be fair, a lot of older people from Eastern Europe do the same.)

And many Americans(Often the kind who want to rely on racial stereotypes) don't know the difference between "to do with" and "due to". I also find that they don't know the difference between "queue" and "cue", there is about an 85% percent chance someone will think they are cool and stalk about "standing in a cue" or "cueing in line".

/So there's that...


Considering the number of online where people confuse "there" "their" and "they're", your expectations might be too high.
 
2012-12-31 04:22:08 PM

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Mikey1969: Just Another OC Homeless Guy: This. In my personal experience, Hispanics (particularly Guatemalans for some reason having to due with their native culture), generally just shove to the front of the line. (To be fair, a lot of older people from Eastern Europe do the same.)

And many Americans(Often the kind who want to rely on racial stereotypes) don't know the difference between "to do with" and "due to". I also find that they don't know the difference between "queue" and "cue", there is about an 85% percent chance someone will think they are cool and stalk about "standing in a cue" or "cueing in line".

/So there's that...

People sometimes just look stupid when they shake their index finger and try to lecture someone and then misspell simple words.

BTW, were you aware that the indigenous Indian culture in Guatemala simply never developed the concept of a queue? Found that out from an undocumented Guatemalan friend of mine, a pure Aguacateco Indian.

/So there's that...


Yeah, because auto-correct using the wrong word is 100% EXACTLY like using the completely wrong version of another word. 100%,no question about it...

Now on to the Guatemala 'No standing in line' thing, I've always wondered at what point in the development of civilizations this occurred... It's a question that has fascinated me. Who really invented standing in line?
 
2012-12-31 04:29:47 PM

Fano: Honest Bender: When I saw my students struggling with the regular pencil sharpener, I honestly knew that there must be an alternate approach they were all retards of the highest level

Seriously... who struggles with a pencil sharpener?

Best way to waste time in elementary school, endlessly walk up to the front of class to laboriously sharpen your pencil.


And then the lead breaks and comes out in the sharpener so you can't get the pencil deep enough anymore. Being clever, you give the thing a whack to dislodge the lead, but the catch on the shavings container is the same one that was there in 1950 and it just gives up, hurling a full load of sawdust across the floor.
 
2012-12-31 04:36:45 PM
Can't get more efficient:
cdn.dickblick.com
 
2012-12-31 05:02:33 PM
I loved mechanical pencils. I could actually hold them without my hands getting greasy, which turned out to be some mild allergic reaction to cedar.

Now it's all typing. I have touch typing down to the point I wish I could play music at. If I could play notes without thinking about where they are on the keyboard like I can press letters I'd be a decent musician.
 
2012-12-31 05:05:01 PM
Paper Mate makes excellent disposable mechanical pencils. When you're out of lead, just twist the end. They're so much more easy to use than your typical mechanical pencils, and the lead never snaps. There's one small problem, though: the plastic they use is a little brittle, so I always end up snapping the clip off of them.
 
2012-12-31 05:19:54 PM

penthesilea: Ha! Who uses pencil sharpeners anymore?
http://www.artisanalpencilsharpening.com/


Crap, how have I never seen this?! Awesome.
 
2012-12-31 05:23:55 PM

Mikey1969: Just Another OC Homeless Guy: This. In my personal experience, Hispanics (particularly Guatemalans for some reason having to due with their native culture), generally just shove to the front of the line. (To be fair, a lot of older people from Eastern Europe do the same.)

And many Americans(Often the kind who want to rely on racial stereotypes) don't know the difference between "to do with" and "due to". I also find that they don't know the difference between "queue" and "cue", there is about an 85% percent chance someone will think they are cool and stalk about "standing in a cue" or "cueing in line".

/So there's that...


"Mind the gap"

"Suss it out"

Those wacky Brits.
 
2012-12-31 05:32:10 PM

Porous Horace: Heaven:
[leadholder.com image 155x189]

Hell:
[images.edumart.com image 400x400]


^That

/loves drafting
 
2012-12-31 05:32:23 PM

ferretman: Can't get more efficient:
[cdn.dickblick.com image 545x600]


Wow, this took me back to elementry school

And subby I do remember pencils, thank you very much.

/Age 27
 
2012-12-31 05:37:42 PM
I use a pencil every day (at work). And yes, I have a lawn.
 
2012-12-31 05:49:02 PM

Honest Bender: When I saw my students struggling with the regular pencil sharpener, I honestly knew that there must be an alternate approach they were all retards of the highest level

Seriously... who struggles with a pencil sharpener?


The pencil sharpener at my workplace, one of the crank kinds you commonly see in schools, tends to chew pencils instead of sharpening them. There's also the deal with the quality of pencil being sharpened. With our work sharpener a No. 2 Ticonderoga pencil will fare better than the ones from Staples. Perhaps that's what the author was referring to in part.
 
2012-12-31 05:50:54 PM
Everyone under 30 immediately asks "What's a pencil?"

Just tell them it was the alpha version of their Wacom stylus.


/everyone under thirty "works in media" right?
//not on the dole at all, heh: youtu.be/lVmmYMwFj1I
 
2012-12-31 05:54:22 PM
I hear he has a hell of a buggy whip idea on the drawing board.
 
2012-12-31 06:05:13 PM

Just Another OC Homeless Guy:
BTW, were you aware that the indigenous Indian culture in Guatemala simply never developed the concept of a queue? Found that out from an undocumented Guatemalan friend of mine, a pure Aguacateco Indian.

/So there's that...


I take that to mean that Guatemalans will never legally emigrate to the U.S. because they'll get the shiat kicked out of them by the immigrants who will.

/at least it explains the amassed crowds around the immigration office here
 
2012-12-31 06:56:00 PM

ferretman: Can't get more efficient:
[cdn.dickblick.com image 545x600]


Wanna bet?

i.stpost.com

//So efficient it can also be used to open packages. Two devices in one device!
 
2012-12-31 07:08:07 PM
How was this not picked up by pencil aficionado monthly?
 
2012-12-31 09:13:01 PM

Jim_Callahan: ferretman: Can't get more efficient:
[cdn.dickblick.com image 545x600]

Wanna bet?

[i.stpost.com image 850x850]

//So efficient it can also be used to open packages. Two devices in one device!


Well done.

//more of a Benchmade guy myself, but I get where you're coming from
 
2012-12-31 10:04:22 PM
Needs a very special kind of pencil:

24.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-12-31 10:25:48 PM

John Redcorn: Needs a very special kind of pencil:

[24.media.tumblr.com image 500x325]


nice reference
 
2012-12-31 10:41:51 PM
what's a good paying job? what's a mortgage? what's it like to have money in the bank?
 
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