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Old 07-25-2008, 08:14 PM   #21
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We have that already.

Its called "outdoors".
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Old 07-25-2008, 08:18 PM   #22
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Andy Warhol proposed houses that were basically tiled rooms with center drains so you could just hose them down. Too "abattoir chic" for me.
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Works for me. Some plastic furniture and you're good to go.

I still like the old termite control commercial with the couple living in the concrete house with concrete furniture.
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Andy Warhol proposed houses that were basically tiled rooms with center drains so you could just house them down.
Sounds like paradise.

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Too "abattoir chic" for me.
The choice is between a dirty house and a clean one, or a paid cleaning staff.
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If they can put a man on the moon, why can't they keep spam out of all e-mail, throw the spammers in the slammer, and throw away the key?
Well, it's not a perfect solution, but one is dead: Colorado "Spam King" Dead in Apparent Murder/Suicide: Scientific American

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Why doesn't someone design and build a self-cleaning house?
They're working on it.

Wiki here: Lotus effect - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lead-off part of an article here: Lotus Leaf Inspires Waterproofing Scheme: Scientific American

Pretty interesting story on it in the latest Sci Am.
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I'm tired of telling people to call me first so I can turn on the fax machine, or else leaving the machine on to deafen and repulse regular callers.

And in the meantime, get off my lawn!
I recently had a fax provided by my employer that would monitor the line when the phone was answered. If the machine detected the fax tones, it would pick up and take the fax. If it didn't hear the fax tones, it would stop monitoring the line. It was one of those HP all-in-ones for home use, but it worked well enough.
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The choice is between a dirty house and a clean one, or a paid cleaning staff.
What's wrong with a dirty house?? Clean freaks are generally a depressing lot.
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New toaster idea: blowtorch.
Hmm, could wrap the bread in bacon, then torch it!
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lets-retire.. we had an HP all-in-one, too, but it didn't do that. I'm in the market for a laser all-in-one now.

Toaster: frankly I don't remember crumb problems with our toasters growing up. Maybe they were too cheap to have crumb trays. We would just unplug them, upend over the sink, and shake out the crumbs periodically.
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What's wrong with a dirty house?? Clean freaks are generally a depressing lot.
My vision seems to have become slightly worse during the past 20 years or so. This is a tremendous help in keeping my house "clean".

If I can't see the dirt, it's not there, right?
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I would have expected to get 40 or 50 e-mails announcing that fact...
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If we can put a man on the moon, why can they not invent a mutual fund that beats all other mutaul funds at least 70% of the time?

...Oh, they have?

Never mind.
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My vision seems to have become slightly worse during the past 20 years or so. This is a tremendous help in keeping my house "clean".

If I can't see the dirt, it's not there, right?
It also helps to use lower wattage lights.
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It also helps to use lower wattage lights.
I do that too! Odd how my house doesn't seem to get very dirty any more.
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If we can put a man on the moon, why can they not invent a mutual fund that beats all other mutaul funds at least 70% of the time?

...Oh, they have?

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Sure they have but it's closed to new investors.

This thread terrifies me. Both my Krups toaster and DeLonghi toaster oven have bit the dust in the last month. SO blames the cleaning lady but I know the truth, it's that old bugaboo, planned obsolescence. Time to pack up and hit the rails?

Sometime in the '80s I went to visit a friend in Madison, WI. Honestly we went to a movie in a place that could be hosed clean. Blue plastic chairs, awful. Does anyone know the place, it's at one of those east or west malls. Scary.
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My 30 year old toaster oven flamed out just last year. I blame crumbs (and maybe teenagers "toasting" hamburgers). Had to look in dozens of stores before I could find one where the "toast" setting wasn't a knob that ticked as the time runs down. What's up with that? Are they all made in the same factory with different nameplates on the outside? Finally found a dusty old box in a corner of a hardware store that had one where you push a button to toast and no tick tick tick timer. How can people live with that noise in their kitchen every time they make toast?
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We had to replace the element in a 20-30 y.o. electric oven. Maybe they are like light-bulb filaments and just crap out after extended use/abuse.

Here (with diagrams and photos -yay):
Link Courtesy Appliance411.com the Appliance Information Center
I didn't know these elements had wire inside. I guess I assumed the whole thing was resistance.
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....before I could find one where the "toast" setting wasn't a knob that ticked as the time runs down. What's up with that? ....
Yeah, mine ticked on (and ticked me off) even after it was unplugged for the last time. That DeLonghi lasted about four years whereas its (U.S. brand) predecessor lasted 20+. I've discovered you can toast bread in a frying pan! I've had it, I'm mad and I'm not going to take it anymore. Some stuff just doesn't need to be replaced.
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Ask and ye shall receive Weird America Weird America at Francis Gabe’s Self Cleaning House

As for the toaster criticism, you are being totally unfair. There is nothing wrong with toasters today, it's the crumby bread you use...
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Man, I thought I was a little weird when I wanted to chuck my toaster oven every 3-4 years and my coffee maker every 12-18 months. Although having disassembled a couple of year old coffee makers, that seems reasonable.

But now I know I'm weird. At least on the toaster oven...
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