Random Thought Thread

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by Nathan the Machinist, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. MikeKu825

    MikeKu825 "The Enthusiast"

    905
    Aug 27, 2014
    I like the high five thing! Good times!
     
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  2. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Apologies for getting back to this late therefore leaving you sorta hanging!

    When you are posting and you see the grey bar option for font, size, emojis; the icon to the right side og=f the emoji which looks like a picture frame is where you insert your pictures (when you click on it a window opens up where you can insert the copied link of the image which you wish to post by pasting the photo link there). The second icon to the right of the emoji one which looks like a cut out of a film tape, is the URL link where you insert your media which you can copy for instance from YouTube. If you are on YT and you left click on any posted videos, you will see the option for copying that URL which you can then insert as instructed. The tricky part is that sometimes memes are considered images and not media and sometimes neither embedding methods work! By and large though, most stuff can be copied and then inserted on here :thumbsup:
     
  3. ExtraBaconPlease

    ExtraBaconPlease

    Mar 8, 2016
    I've found that om the new forum content you can just copy and paste video and GIF (not images) straight into the text box without doing the steps you listed to embed
     
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  4. adamlau

    adamlau

    Oct 13, 2002
    Sister went Wolf. Parents went Dacor. Forget Wolf. Going Dacor.
     
  5. MikeKu825

    MikeKu825 "The Enthusiast"

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    Aug 27, 2014
    I had a rant last week about this that was inspired by several auction posts. Obviously this isn't anything new, and certainly is not exclusive to CPK, but something about the whole practice just doesn't settle with me. I think this particular community inspires in me a certain sense of defensiveness that makes the act of flipping feel more personal. I want people who share my passion to have a chance to be able to experience it first hand.

    I'm in a budget bracket that allows me to partake in CPK, but if the going rate for a $250 knife is inflated to $400, I'd be priced out. The limited quantity produced creates a huge demand for the available supply, which makes inflation easy to accomplish, but I feel that the act of doing so creates a culture of greed. If Nathan and Jo make the choice to price a knife at $250, knowing full well that they could charge $400, the precedent has been set. Personal gain has been foregone for the sake of giving us all a chance to own a superior knife at a fantastic price. If we in-turn choose to take advantage of that for the sake of our own personal gain, then we are ignoring that sense of pride and integrity that they have instilled in their brand.

    Everyone is free to make their own choices, and in no way do I expect the vast majority of the population to understand. It's an "old world" point of view.

    I will admit, I am going to make it a personal mission to buy as many of Nathan's knives as possible so flippers don't get a chance to price the majority of us out of the ability to own these knives. I will help as many of you own these knives at the cost that CPK dictates as I can afford.

    I just had another rant.. totally didn't mean for that to happen. I need to take a fricken chill pill..

    Normally I would delete a post like this, but I'm gonna let it ride.
     
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  6. adamlau

    adamlau

    Oct 13, 2002
    Three cheers for Mikey :thumbsup:
     
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  7. ExtraBaconPlease

    ExtraBaconPlease

    Mar 8, 2016
    What do you mean by this? Are you saying younger folks don't understand or are greedy/will flip but older folks won't? Being greedy is not a new fad, it's been around longer than us..greed does not grow inside the mind of either the young or old, it doesn't discriminate. It is cultivated in the minds of the selfish which, in my opinion, see themselves as above everyone else. Greedy people come in all colours, shapes, sizes and ages :p

    That aside and more on flipping for a profit; the only way to combat this is for the maker to increase the price, they deserve the money anyway. The way I see it is that they are short changing themself, no matter their good intentions, people will take advantage of what they can. We may not like it but that's human nature and that is what got us to this crazy world we now live in...

    I've flipped a knife or two before but only if I genuinely needed the money (cough, who doesn't noawadays, cough). Does that make me greedy/whatever you wish to label me as? Maybe. I've also sold many knives at and under cost. Does that make me selfless/whatever you wish to label me as? Maybe! I think it all balances out in the end for the regular folk...

    I wish the ones that only buy knives to flip would take their "business sense" elsewhere from our community but the way it is now, there are no rules in place to stop them and me and you cannot do anything but complain so instead I just move on with my day.
     
  8. adamlau

    adamlau

    Oct 13, 2002
    Nothing interested me at Bed Bath & Beyond except the kitchen knife section. But when I took a closer look, I was left unimpressed....

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  9. adamlau

    adamlau

    Oct 13, 2002
    No, no, no. He means that he is rich and doesn't need to flip ;) . And you are poor so you need to flip :( . lol...I am fanning the flames here! Disregard!
     
  10. adamlau

    adamlau

    Oct 13, 2002
    Moving on to another random thought: I bought a bag of potato chips today. Preceded by a dinner of cheese pizza and fried potatoes. Must not give in to continued poor eating habits :mad: !
     
  11. MikeKu825

    MikeKu825 "The Enthusiast"

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    Aug 27, 2014
    By "old world" I didn't mean someone's personal age. I was referring to a time when people frequented a local hardware store instead of ordering on Amazon. Not holding a door open for someone would make those around you raise their eyebrow. Helping your neighbor was expected.

    Simply accepting that greed is okay because it is commonplace is not an acceptable answer for me. I also don't believe that it is human nature to take advantage of each other. I think we have allowed that mindset to become a part of our social norm. I blame the Kardashians.

    In a survival situation, things can change.. but I don't think this situation would apply. We have an opportunity to be generous and helpful toward those of us who share this interest. Why not?

    Viva la revolucion!!!!
     
  12. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    I don't see any potato annihilators there. I do however see some blade annihilators on that bottom shelf ;)
     
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  13. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    Canada has a governor general cuz we still chill with the Queen of England sometimes, and the GG is the official conduit or whatever. She incidentally is also an astronaut. Not the Queen, the GG. The Queen is a lizard person though, so probably at least from space even if she hasn't been there yet.

    Even though we're socialists up here, there's still a lot of golfing.
     
  14. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Luckily for me, I frequently suffer from agoraphobia which means I very rarely visit any big box stores. TBH, bright fluorescent lights bother me and mess up with my neurons and serotonin levels! The only warehouse type of store I visit frequently is Costco where I have my comfort zone because I am on a mission there like the pilot of a Stealth Bomber! I know what I need, I know where everything is and I just develop tunnel vision and go for it. Now once in a while, I get distracted by a very pretty lady here or there but who doesn't?. Well, I know who but this is a family show and that's beside the point. Plus, I am single and I can do whatever I want but now I'm digressing! Why am I rambling on? That photo Adam posted of BB&B must've set me off! I seldom browse and window shop at those bigger stores. The silver lining? It's been a great money saver :)
     
  15. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Bacon, you're one funny scallywag! I almost thought that you were related to Flipper the Dolphin!
     
  16. ExtraBaconPlease

    ExtraBaconPlease

    Mar 8, 2016
    Ah, I see. I know exactly what you meant now. Thanks for clearing that up.

    I don't accept that greed is OK because it is commonplace. I simply do not have the power to fix the greed we are talking about (flippers) so I move on with my life. In any case in which I could prevent or ask a person not to be greedy IRL, I do. I don't enjoy being around unpleasant people and if someone is being unpleasant, i'll ask them to stop. Greed as a mentality is definitely becoming more prominent today in society. I too blame the Kardashian's, among other things.

    Well, many reasons that we all will definitely not agree on but I do agree that if you have the means to be generous/kind/polite/anything positive to anyone, you should.
     
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  17. ExtraBaconPlease

    ExtraBaconPlease

    Mar 8, 2016
    Cheers, old dog! :D
     
  18. adamlau

    adamlau

    Oct 13, 2002
    Speaking from experience: Le Creuset non-stick is remarkably durable. It has fared far better than All-Clad non-stick in our kitchen over the past few years.
     
  19. abbydaddy

    abbydaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 14, 2014
    Actually, I do review knives on my blog. Though I have been slacking on my blogging lately. This is a good reminder to get back to it. :)
     
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  20. MikeKu825

    MikeKu825 "The Enthusiast"

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    Aug 27, 2014


    When I was in basic training there was this room that the drill sergeants would put our platoon in. It was basically a classroom with no furniture. They would tell us to go in there and sit on the floor and wait for further instruction. Talking was forbidden.. then forbidden again. After that, it was emphasized again that the only thing we had to do was sit there and shut the F up.

    Every time it was the same.. 5 minutes go by..first a whisper in the back. Then a murmur.. then "SHHHHHHHH!" from someone across the room. Then a reply "You SHHHHHHH!, Bitch!" Then all hell broke loose and the drill sergeants would suddenly appear and destroy us. Same thing.. every ..single.. time.

    I told another older gentleman who was in my platoon that the hardest thing to do during all of that is to stay quiet...and we did. We said nothing. We followed our instructions.

    It took over a month for everyone else to realize that the two of us were absolutely refusing to talk. We were told to shut up, and we did. Once people started realizing what we were doing, it caught on. Within a day or two, everyone was silent when we were in the room. The drill sergeants lost interest, and we moved on.

    Here's the point: We all have the power to produce change. Be the example, especially when it's the hardest thing to do. Don't expect a cookie, just do it because it's right. If we all make that hard choice to do the right thing, we can overcome anything. Don't underestimate your value.
     

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