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36877 clicks; posted to Main » on 18 Jul 2004 at 9:06 AM (13 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2004-07-18 05:58:43 AM  
Not to harsh any mellows here.. but diamonds have falsely inflated values due to the DeBeers corporation's tactics.

When the shiat gradually hits the fan, a lot of women are gonna stop putting out. (well, at least to their husbands)
2004-07-18 06:00:06 AM  
This is a really good idea if you want to get 5 billionths of a bj for your entire married life...

If the lady cares about getting a diamond, you probably shouldn't cheap out on her like this..
2004-07-18 09:10:44 AM  
If the lady really cares about getting a diamond, hell with it.
2004-07-18 09:11:05 AM  
Ooo... I would so be sleeping on the couch... in the back yard... of somebody else's house... in another part of the country... some other country... on another continent... under a lake... under rocks... not pretty rocks either... big rocks... with broken glass mixed in...
2004-07-18 09:11:34 AM  
"The ring was made from tungsten wire from light bulbs and the diamond, 0.01 millimetres in diameter, was from polishing powder, the officials said."

Um, it's not even a REAL diamond...well in the mined sense.
2004-07-18 09:12:56 AM  
oh yeah, THAT will get you laid.

2004-07-18 09:13:30 AM  
If she holds your gonads hostage over a cheaply produced but overly inflated rock, then buy her one and find someone else to shag.

She has her ring to keep her company.
2004-07-18 09:15:33 AM  
If the lady cares about getting a diamond, you probably shouldn't cheap out on her like this..

Ummm, this ring probably cost many times more than a diamond ring from your average high street retailer.
2004-07-18 09:16:16 AM  
So that ring is worth what $5? What a cheapskate...
2004-07-18 09:16:30 AM  
Finally, a diamond ring for the working stiff
2004-07-18 09:18:22 AM  
The article mentioned a picture. I want a picture!
2004-07-18 09:21:56 AM  
Great, another story with no photomicrographs.
2004-07-18 09:26:37 AM  
I'm guessing the ring is worth more than five dollars. Took gallium ion beams to make it. Photo of it won an award.
2004-07-18 09:30:23 AM  
If you look carefully, there *is* a picture at the bottom of the story. 1 pixel high.
2004-07-18 09:31:57 AM  
what Bufu (and others) said.
2004-07-18 09:34:25 AM  
Actually, my girlfriend would like this at least as much as a normal sized ring. But then she's a physicist.
2004-07-18 09:47:14 AM  
Diamonds.....that'll shut her up...
2004-07-18 09:54:01 AM  
"Honey, I love you so much, that if I could, I'd give you
an atom of carbon bonded to an atom of gold."

/chemists don't show up much in romance novels...
2004-07-18 10:00:16 AM  
That's scary. If they can use that technology to make micromachines, then they could make micro-nukes!
2004-07-18 10:01:49 AM  

This is a really good idea if you want to get 5 billionths of a bj for your entire married life...

I wish I would've known that the amount of bj is directly proportional to the carat size of the diamond when it came to marriage beforehand. So how many carats would it take for a daily supply?

/ummm... why you glaring at me like that honey?
2004-07-18 10:06:28 AM  
Ugh. The whole engagement ring culture makes me want to puke. Don't be such whores, ladies.
2004-07-18 10:12:02 AM  
I prefer rust.
2004-07-18 10:14:17 AM  
Didn't we all have this convesation last week?

/Don't got no diamond engagement ring, don't want no diamond engangement ring, thank you very much.

A gold wedding band is good enough for me.
2004-07-18 10:16:32 AM  
The article is a little light on details. How, exactly, did they use the gallium ion beams to construct the ring? Did they first the tungsten wire with diamond "powder" then use the ion beam to sculpt away the bits of wire until all that remained was a hoop with a bit of diamond dust on it?
2004-07-18 10:19:53 AM  
arcas, if you care about such things, then you already know the sad state of science writing in mainstream journalism.
2004-07-18 10:20:52 AM  
umm... i do wonder how many people actually RTFA before posting...
2004-07-18 10:21:17 AM  
8floz -

You do? *Whew*. On my paycheck, I might actually be able to afford that!

2004-07-18 10:32:35 AM  
A microscopic diamond to go with your fiance's microscopic penis?
2004-07-18 10:33:17 AM  
Good lord people .. does anyone else remember the other Diamond Flamewar?

Let me look it up... Here it is [DeBeers pleads guilty to price-fixing diamonds. Chicago football fans confused]
2004-07-18 10:34:39 AM  
As a guy, I would like my GF to propose to me, and give me a diamond ring I could show off to the guys (only reason to get one really). Then, and only then I may stick it into her, more than once a week.

/I'm sure all of you really care, about what I'd like.
2004-07-18 10:35:00 AM  
underdog - I do! Why must we have the same pointless flamewar 2 weeks in a row? It's not even about politics!
2004-07-18 10:40:08 AM  
Very cool.
2004-07-18 10:45:04 AM  
What kind of retarded media do we have that does an article and does not include a picture?

And you'd have to have a very large johnson to buy this one. The man that buys this does not own a porsche.
2004-07-18 10:46:45 AM  
"It was created by Yasushi Kuroda, an employee of the company's subsidiary Hitachi Science Systems, to illustrate that the company's equipment can be used to make micro-machines."

All of that work just for this?! They could do this back in the 80s!

[image from too old to be available]
2004-07-18 10:48:05 AM  
Ah, the Diamond Engagement Ring. The perfect chance to show your girl just how much you're willing to sacrifice in order to make her happy.

Let's see... I believe that just made Calvin's list of reasons not to get married at number 502.
2004-07-18 10:50:30 AM  
my wifes engagment ring is gonna be platnum with an emerald cuz gold is ugly and diamonds are other news, I will not be getting any after he is married.
2004-07-18 10:51:50 AM  
i slipped into third person near the end there =\
2004-07-18 10:53:33 AM  
Actually that ring cost many thousands of dinero to produce
2004-07-18 10:58:09 AM  
So what's deal with little, shiny, expensive rocks anyway? I've never understood this. When I get married, I want an engagement kitchen. Copper cookware is something I can get excited over!

/doesn't wear jewelry
2004-07-18 11:08:27 AM  
So what's deal with little, shiny, expensive rocks anyway?

I'm male and don't have a particular insight into female minds, so I can only report by observation.

On the day the girl receives the ring, it will signify that she is to be married. This is some sort of achievement. She will then show the ring to everyone, even strangers in some cases.

All of her friends and coworkers will stand and marvel at the ring, and gush all sorts of strangeness. At the same time, there seems to be some sort of rating of the ring, and therefore the solvency and dedication of the man it represents. Typically when the girl with the ring leaves the room, one or more of the women will comment on the size of the rock. If it is large, they will be impressed. If it is small, they will be dismissive and typically make jokes at both the ring-bearer and selected mate's expense.

I am forced to conclude that a woman would want the largest and shiniest rock in order to impress the other women.
2004-07-18 11:12:27 AM  
It was created by Yasushi Kuroda...

[image from too old to be available]
Distant relative?
2004-07-18 11:14:36 AM  
the only diamonds worth buying
2004-07-18 11:20:47 AM  
Heck, honey, have a million of them!
2004-07-18 11:21:03 AM  
"diamond rings and shiny things, is that what u do this shiat for?
is it passion or just fashion, either way im farkin bored."
2004-07-18 11:23:05 AM  
"Diamonds... She'll pretty much have to."

2004-07-18 11:26:13 AM  
"Cheapskate husbands-to-be..."

I immediately lost interest with the first word.
2004-07-18 11:26:25 AM  
So, it's smaller than most diamonds and it's not even real.

You're going to have to do better than that, I'm afraid.

/would prefer a ruby
2004-07-18 11:35:56 AM  
I settled on the Grand Canyon honeymoon instead of the diamond. I'm much more satisfied, and he still gets it whenever he wants it. Sometimes, even when he doesn't.
(btw, HE's my diamond...sappy)
2004-07-18 11:39:44 AM  
So is this what Asians do when they F-off at work?
2004-07-18 11:46:33 AM  
"Cheapskate husbands-to-be...".

Yes, I do know that journalists can barely even spell the word "science". But that's ridiculous. If they really believe that, they can buy me one o' them rings, and I'll buy them a steak. I think I'll get the best of the deal. (err, if I wanted such a thing).

Calvin Hobbes: right on target, as far as I can tell. Ditto goes for babies, baby photos, and (*shudder*) various pre-birth images. It's just insane.

Worse is having to pitch in $50 for "baby shower" gifts for a coworker who you know is going to be useless the last three months, take three months off, and be useless again (passing photos around, gushing, etc) for another six. Until it's time for the next one to pop out. Forcing you to do her work for her until she finally quits, having fleeced the company for two years of salary. Feh.
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