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    Propelling Pencil

    I've been using the same (plain stainless) Rotring 600 for over 20 years: My 5 year old dropped it on a tile floor the other week and bent the tip; I bent it back with pliers - it's still going strong. Recommended if you want totally bomb proof. Not...
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    Moving my money

    Option : buy gold (as a solid metal)? The governments are all printing money, so your savings could well be inflated away...
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    learning guitar

    Interesting. Just measured my guitar - the strings are a smidgeon under 4mm over the 12th fret, dropping to almost exactly 3mm over the 7th fret. Good enough? Question (and it's woodworking related!). Do I attempt to fit a strap button(?) myself, or take it to a music shop?
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    learning guitar

    I just got one of these for my birthday[1]: ... D=66459095 Thanks a lot for mentioning JamPlay - I'll give them a try too! Chiba [1] Yes, yes, big four oh, mid-life crisis kind of thing.
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    How deep is your snow ?

    Snow? I think I can still see a little snow on the mountains on the South Island, but here the bikinis were evident on the beach as I came home from work. Chiba... ...ex-Lancs ...ex-Japan in Wellington, by t'sea. :D
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    A Foolproof Best Friend Test

    That, and: Friends help you move. Your best friend helps you move... bodies. :twisted:
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    Home Inspection Nightmares

    Might be a repost, but what the heck! Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 :shock:
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    Follow the arrows..not a dovetail in sight

    I've got one of those, with black leather upholstery. Once I'd sat in it, I couldn't not take it home. It's a great chair. We've only just got Ikea out here. It's crucifying the low end Japanese stores and, to be honest, good riddance. They were selling lower quality stuff for three times the...
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    Regional Listings for users?

    As (I think) the only forum member in Japan, maybe we can have an "international" group? 8)
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    Jokes 2

    (Probably a repost, but what the heck) Explaining Men's Tools: DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, splattering it against that freshly-stained heirloom...
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    That's nothing. All of my Amazon US orders seem to come via Germany. :roll:
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    Wake up call....or what?

    Every societal structure in human history has collapsed eventually. Ours is the first truly global one, so we can probably expect the biggest readjustment yet. We'll probably survive as a species, although if we die out, then we die out. There's nothing special about humans - we're just an...
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    Jokes 2

    A man went to his appointment with the urologist. In the examining room he told the doctor, "Don't laugh!" "Of course I won't laugh," the doctor said. "I'm a professional. In more than twenty years I've never laughed at a patient." "Okay then," the man said, and proceeded to drop his trousers...
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    Why have I never thought of that before (off topic)

    More here: 8)
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    Rounding up/down figures

    Use it to your marketing advantage. Quote the detail figures exactly, add them all up exactly, then round down to the nearest five/tenner. 8)
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    Road Pricing

    You chaps have an easy life. If I drive to my mother-in-laws across town, which is 40km away, it costs me almost exactly 10 quid each way in tolls. :shock:
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    Workshop Build

    Sawmill Creek = :evil:
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    I know its childish but

    A very nice fountain pen. A couple of Moleskine notebooks. A diary. A box of Meltykiss. But... the best Xmas present was my younger son getting out of hospital a few days before. :D
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    PC network problem

    Japanese TV usually does an obsessively researched forecast, but I don't have a TV! If I spot the one for this year I'll PM you.
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    PC network problem

    The Buffalo 1TB box I have is about 400 quid new (I bought mine second hand off a friend). It has four disks, so in RAID 5 mode I get 750GB. The web based admin interface can be switched to English, which is worth looking out for if you do decide to buy anything electronic on your trip. It is...