RE: Lion's Share - the ultimate usage guide

Subject: RE: Lion's Share - the ultimate usage guide
From: Peter Gold <peter -at- highsoft -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 09:52:53 -0700


Although I have a bunch of deadlines - like, umm, I'm the only one on this list who has deadlines, right! - I can't resist rejoindering a little.

tack and tact: "tack" is commonly used to describe trying another approach in negotiations, not because it's an attempt to nail something together, but because it resembles sailing a boat obliquely towards a destination, rather than directly, in order to make best progress against oncoming winds.

the sticky-tape thing: "Gaffer" tape is a brand, created by Ross Lowell, a Hollywood film-lighting technician, a gaffer, around 1960. Gaffer tape was special - not just gray sticky stuff. Besides being much stronger than duct tape, its adhesive holds weighty things on walls without damaging paint or wallpaper, if they're in good condition and not gossamer-like. The idea was to be able to quickly create professional lighting in any location, such as a home, store, or office, without destroying it when the tape was removed. Lowell also created lightweight lighting equipment that was easily taped to walls, columns, etc. The tape and lights became a studio in a box, and this portability helped to change established practices in the film industry.

I hope it's not tacky of me to point out that the common bond between these two seemingly independent topics is that tape is tacky.

Regards,

Peter
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