How Pencils Are Made

Originally posted on Inspirational Geek:

I’ve looked at the seemingly simply pencil before, showing how complex each of the components that go into it really are.  But have you ever wondered how pencils are actually made?

I hadn’t, until this morning a tweet from Fi Scott caught my eye.

Anyone of a certain age will remember the brilliant programme Playdays that made daily stops along a bus route to different characters each week.  My favourite character was on Monday’s episode – the Why Bird.  So imagine my excitement when the tweet led to a video combining a childhood favourite with my modern day love for stationery!

Fascinating and educational!  Happy Friday!

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The Impact Of Smoking Marijuana Regularly On Your Lungs, According To Science – by Sam P.K. Collins Posted on January 22, 2015 at 1:42 pm Updated: January 22, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Originally posted on Just Sayin':

Evolving attitudes about marijuana among the majority of Americans, as well as decriminalization laws starting to sweep the nation, have done little to quell questions about the health effects of longtime use among medical professionals, lawmakers, and people on both sides of an ongoing debate about the plant.

Even with a dearth of research, the general consensus in past decades has been that smoking marijuana regularly poses significant health risks. A new study out of Emory University in Atlanta, however, could challenge what has become the fundamental argument for maintaining the plant’s designation as a Schedule 1 drug.

“Lifetime marijuana use up to 20 joint-years is not associated with adverse changes in spirometric (exhalation strength) measures of lung health,” the study, featured in the medical journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society, concluded.

In an effort to measure marijuana’s impact on lung function, researchers used data…

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Ever since I was a little kid, I always wanted a briefcase.  There was something cool and secret-agent-like about them.  A certain gentlemanly charm and sophistication.

Sadly, we don’t see many people using a briefcase any more, though they are still around.

I still don’t have one, but I’m thinking a nice good, professional briefcase is going to be my 2015 must have accessory.  The think is, when you search online or in stores for a briefcase, you get more of the modern soft skin satchel… which is not what I’m talking about… I’m talking old school, proper, 90’s lawyer show television briefcases… so, through some research I found some nice briefcase styles for you dapper fellows that may be interested in getting one too:


wpid-Louis-Vuitton-President-Classeur-Briefcase-Review-2015-2016-0As much as we would all love to own a Louis Vuitton, not all of us can afford it.  But…

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The First Photos of 2015.



I do wish we had a new home Mac that we could write and share more on our WordPress. The mobile and iPad version sucks. It’s more like a photo hub for now. We’ll figure something out…

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