Dragon Laffs #1736


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Good Morning Most Exalted Campers,

It’s Sunday…well for me.  For you, it’s Monday.  Doing that whole time-travel thing again.  And today is the last day you’re going to hear from me for a while.  Sorry.  You’re going to miss out on hearing from me for a whole 48 hours.  I am actually at work on base while you’re reading this.  Toiling away, nose to the grindstone, back to the wheel, gosh it sounds horrible already!  I need a break and it hasn’t even happened yet!

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Why would you put your nose to that?  And how in the world did that ever come to mean hard work?  Stupidity?  Torture?  But, putting your nose against that?  While it’s spinning?  Yeah, not so much.  Just like so many other sayings… and this from BookBrowse.com:

Meaning:

Apply yourself to your work with perseverance and diligence.

Background:

When sharpening blades, knife grinders tend to bend over the grindstone, or even like flat down with their faces near the grindstone in order to hold the blades against the stone.


The earliest known reference is in John Frith’s A mirrour or glasse to know thyselfe in 1532: “This Text holdeth their noses so hard to the grindstone, that it clean disfigureth their faces.”

Yeah … so now it makes perfect sense … not.  ANYWAY, like normal, we got set off on a tangent and wondered off into the weeds.  But then again, what else are you supposed to do while camping?  But now, let’s do some of that other stuff, shall we?

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I found this article from NPR very interesting…which, being from NPR was itself interesting…

As more people work from home, companies are ramping up the use of software to monitor what their employees do all day. This includes programs that download videos of employees’ screens while they work and enable a computer’s webcam to take a picture every 10 minutes. 

Click on the link to read the article … especially if you’re working from home right now.

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I got some more information on Diesel engines from Tom J.  Are you interested?  I am, so here it is.  Thanks Tom!

Some information about the Diesel Engine. I spent a lot of money to go to automotive school and it was a long time ago, but what I was taught matches what is below. The inventor, Rudolf Diesel died in the English Channel in 1913, long before World War Two.

Diesel Engine, type of internal-combustion engine in which heat caused by air compression ignites the fuel. At the instant fuel is injected into a diesel engine’s combustion chambers, the air inside is hot enough to ignite the fuel on contact. Diesel engines, therefore, do not need spark plugs, which are required to ignite the air-fuel mixture in gasoline engines. Diesel engines burn a petroleum product similar to kerosene, jet fuel, and home heating oil.

Diesel engines are more efficient and less expensive to operate than gasoline-powered engines, partly because diesel fuel costs less. Diesels consume less fuel and emit fewer waste products. A disadvantage of the diesel engine is the production of sooty, smelly smoke, but modern diesels generally run cleaner and with less odor than older models.

German engineer Rudolf Diesel invented the diesel engine in the 1890s. The engines initially used powdered coal for fuel. By 1897 Diesel had built a compression-ignition engine that ran on kerosene.

Diesel engines were more efficient than the steam engines of the 1800s and became popular. They were also big and heavy, suitable mostly for the shipping and railroad industries. They are still the engines of choice for heavy transportation and industry. Most modern buses, trucks, trains and ships are powered by diesels. These engines have become popular in some automobiles as well.

Which now makes sense why in my work diesel truck I have to let the glow plug warm up in cold weather before I can start it.  I did not know that.  Thanks for that little lesson on diesel engines.  I’ve never owned a diesel vehicle so really don’t know that much about them.  I know that aircraft engines are very similar but never having worked on that part of the aircraft have no experience with it.

Thanks again for the lesson, Tom.

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I don’t really think that is what your car is trying to tell you.

Other People: What did you learn from the quarantine of 2020?

Me: Bigfoot’s name is Darryl.

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Now let’s do a bunch of funny misspellings that people really ought to have known better about:

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Seems more embarrassing for you than me, but sure…now go change your shorts!

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This might make sense, sense it was probably forced upon them…

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I had a waitress who worked for me who asked me where the “Farmer John Cheese” was.  It took me a little while to figure out what it was she was asking for.

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Pass, thanks.  I prefer a bowl.

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Hard pass!  Not a part of the chicken I’m interested in.

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Okay, think about it for a minute.  It may seem a little harsh at first, but it is probably a great deterrent and is a good way to recoup some of the money lost to theft.

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Is this one of those hooked-on-phonics things?

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Another hard pass.

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Yeah, I got nothing.  I’m surprised it got printed, framed, shipped to the store, and put out on the floor for sale and nobody caught it.

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I’m thinking that the Learning Academy is teaching witchcraft.

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Hillbilly with a pickaxe

Hindsight

Hippies

Hit points

Hitchhiking

Hitler

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HMMMM

Hoarding

Hobbits

Hobby

holy carp

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I don’t know…I like bacon…and I like Jolly Ranchers … but, bacon flavored Jolly Ranchers?  I mean, I’d try them, come on!  They’re bacon flavored!  But still …

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The Logic is Inescapable

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The same exact struggle I have every single day.

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And with that picture left in your head for the rest of the day, I’ll leave you to it for today.  I’ll see you again probably again on Wednesday.  The key word there being probably.  I know today’s issue was filled primarily with memes, but I can only send you what I get.  Send me your jokes, your cartoons, stuff you want to share with the other campers that this goes out to every day … or as often as it goes out.  Just think, you got something you want to say, you send it to me and if I send it to them, you have a live audience. 

Send it to impishdragon@gmail.com

Cheers!

Impish Dragon

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2 Responses to Dragon Laffs #1736

  1. Bill says:

    Looking to the future. 2035 Headlines:

    – Castro finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be finally be imported legally but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.

    – Spotted Owl plague threatens western American crops and livestock.

    – Afghanistan still closed off, physicists estimate it will take at least 10 more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels.

    – George Z. Bush says he will run for President in 2036.

    – 35 year study: diet & exercise is the key to weight loss.

    – Nursing Home event: Bill Clinton denies allegations of affair with a candy machine.

    – Baby conceived naturally – scientists stumped.

    – Ozone created by electric cars now killing thousands in Los Angeles.

    – Average height of NBA players is 9 feet 7 inches.

    – Microsoft announces it has perfected its newest version of Windows so it crashes BEFORE installation is completed.

    – New California Law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, and baseball bats be registered by Jan 2036.

    Keep well, Stay safe.
    All the best.
    Bill

  2. Leah D says:

    I need to make a list: Before The Next Pandemic, or other World Shaking Event.
    On the top of the list: Learn how to do video conferencing.
    Not knowing is the same as not having insurance . . . you won’t get medical attention!

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