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Old Feb 27, 20, 11:58 am
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Whats with all these limited editions and airport duty free exclusive single malts ? Kind of hard to figure out what they are and where they fit in the stack from a pricing and taste perspective. Getting harder to just but a decent single malt at duty free that we know instead of some 'exclusive'
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Old Feb 27, 20, 12:27 pm
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punching tools for hard plastic

Anyone here know of any tools on the market that can punch 0.25" x 0.25" squares from hard plastic that is roughly 1/16" thick?
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Old Feb 27, 20, 12:38 pm
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Originally Posted by yyznomad View Post
Anyone here know of any tools on the market that can punch 0.25" x 0.25" squares from hard plastic that is roughly 1/16" thick?
An expired Kit Kat from AC 31?
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Old Feb 27, 20, 12:44 pm
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Originally Posted by yyznomad View Post
Anyone here know of any tools on the market that can punch 0.25" x 0.25" squares from hard plastic that is roughly 1/16" thick?
Lee Valley has something that's made for wood but might work.

Search for "Square Hole Punches" on their site.
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Old Feb 27, 20, 12:47 pm
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Originally Posted by vernonc View Post
Whats with all these limited editions and airport duty free exclusive single malts ? Kind of hard to figure out what they are and where they fit in the stack from a pricing and taste perspective. Getting harder to just but a decent single malt at duty free that we know instead of some 'exclusive'
It's "exclusive" so that you can't google the product to find out it is the same price at home.....
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Old Feb 27, 20, 1:02 pm
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Originally Posted by yyznomad View Post
Anyone here know of any tools on the market that can punch 0.25" x 0.25" squares from hard plastic that is roughly 1/16" thick?
Why is punching necessary? Punching is cheep if you already have the tool, or a machine shop, but otherwise get a jigsaw, or Dremel even
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Old Feb 27, 20, 6:44 pm
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Originally Posted by vernonc View Post
Whats with all these limited editions and airport duty free exclusive single malts ? Kind of hard to figure out what they are and where they fit in the stack from a pricing and taste perspective. Getting harder to just but a decent single malt at duty free that we know instead of some 'exclusive'
Some distilleries are especially bad for this, like Highland Park. Once upon a time it was just 12 year old, 18 year old and the occasional special bottling. Now there are 3 new no age statement travel exclusives every month.

I like how some distilleries have barely changed their lineup in my adult life - if it's not broken, don't fix it.
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Old Feb 28, 20, 9:04 am
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Originally Posted by eigenvector View Post
Some distilleries are especially bad for this, like Highland Park. Once upon a time it was just 12 year old, 18 year old and the occasional special bottling. Now there are 3 new no age statement travel exclusives every month.

I like how some distilleries have barely changed their lineup in my adult life - if it's not broken, don't fix it.
I get that some breweries do not want to show the age since they seem to be short on aged liquor - Macallan is one of the main ones. Kavalan is another. However the duty free exclusives make it hard to compare to anything else in market and thats likely the point. But I dont want to blindly buy something on which there is no price compare and more importantly no reviews.
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I received a moronic request at work today, which was accompanied by the entire email chain that originated it.

Someone in Paris HQ was asked to write a report about a topic they could easily have researched themselves, and indeed should be an expert on based on their job title.

They emailed every single regional health & safety manager in a global, 200k+ employee company asking each of them to write a report and submit it back to HQ.

Those regional managers then forwarded the request to every site manager, at least 3,000 individual people.

There are now 3,000 reports being submitted, largely by people who don't have the resources or knowledge to do so properly, because one person didn't put in the work.

Gotta love bureaucracy.
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As someone who works for a large company also based in Paris, I will resist making generalizations. But our company is also good at intricate bureaucracy. At least for some things.

My BS bucket ain't full yet but one day it may be time for start-up #3 .
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Old Feb 29, 20, 6:42 pm
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Originally Posted by eigenvector View Post
I received a moronic request at work today, which was accompanied by the entire email chain that originated it.

Someone in Paris HQ was asked to write a report about a topic they could easily have researched themselves, and indeed should be an expert on based on their job title.

They emailed every single regional health & safety manager in a global, 200k+ employee company asking each of them to write a report and submit it back to HQ.

Those regional managers then forwarded the request to every site manager, at least 3,000 individual people.

There are now 3,000 reports being submitted, largely by people who don't have the resources or knowledge to do so properly, because one person didn't put in the work.

Gotta love bureaucracy.
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Gotta love it when my daughter's flight takes off around the time it was supposed to land, and then we have to drive home in a snowstorm. 1:15 am is awfully late for this old man to get home.
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I'm not often in the office so the daily trivial things that happen don't tend to bother me. Lately I've been here more frequently and this morning I find myself very annoyed by one particular thing.

What is difficult about using a headset for your Skype call? Given the global nature of my company/business, we are all on calls all the time, but why on earth do I have to listen to 3 or 4 different calls from neighboring offices all at once?

As I said, trivial. But man it's grinding my gears today.
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Old Mar 3, 20, 9:32 am
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Originally Posted by WaytoomuchEurope View Post
I'm not often in the office so the daily trivial things that happen don't tend to bother me. Lately I've been here more frequently and this morning I find myself very annoyed by one particular thing.

What is difficult about using a headset for your Skype call? Given the global nature of my company/business, we are all on calls all the time, but why on earth do I have to listen to 3 or 4 different calls from neighboring offices all at once?

As I said, trivial. But man it's grinding my gears today.
one of my biggest pet peeves is people not using headphones. For calls, music, videos, etc.
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Old Mar 3, 20, 9:32 am
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Originally Posted by WaytoomuchEurope View Post
What is difficult about using a headset for your Skype call? Given the global nature of my company/business, we are all on calls all the time, but why on earth do I have to listen to 3 or 4 different calls from neighboring offices all at once?
Oh, itís got nothing to do with the difficulty of using a headset and everything to do with trying to sound important to those within earshot.
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