RE: RE: old school

Subject: RE: RE: old school
From: John Hedtke <john -at- hedtke -dot- com>
To: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>,<techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 13:43:09 -0700

Actually, that reminds of something from my very early career, when
we actually had to evolve hands with fully opposable thumbs to hold
the pots of red ochre we used for painting the design documents on
the cave walls. Previously, we'd had to grip things in our teeth and
move our heads up and down, which didn't work as well on the fiddly
bits of the drawings.

The development of the flatter Cro-Magnon face and more tightly
meshing teeth? That was a design change our team suggested as a side
modification to make it easier to chew the sticks we used for brushes.


At 01:26 PM 5/19/2008, Al Geist wrote:
>John Hedtke wrote:
>
>"HA!! When I was contracting for Boeing, >>WE<< had to stomp out
>individual characters with our bare feet on huge fields of snow up to
>HERE so they could be read by passing planes on approach to
>Sea-Tac. The serifs were a real bitch to get ~just~ right. We had
>one case where the manual was almost done and an unseasonable warm
>spell caused melting and refreezing, turning the carefully stomped
>out Times-Roman characters into bad Old English. The whole project
>had to be scrapped."
>
>
>WOW..I thought I had it bad when we had to use our own blood to crank out
>procedures on "How to make Rams=-horn bows," and "Straightening arrows using
>only a fire and your teeth." I was anemic for most of my early writing
>career, or at least until they discovered chalk.
>
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Re: RE: old school: From: quills
Re: RE: old school: From: John Hedtke
RE: RE: old school: From: Al Geist

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