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Re: Mystery Postal #OK2019A
Board: Postals
Reply to: #971273 by Oberon_Kenobi
Feb 10, 2019 11:56pm
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Clue 12: Book
Message Board appearance
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Feb 11, 2019 4:05am
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Hi Ryan,

When I am on the message board, I have a large field of white space on the right half of the screen. The message boxes only take up approximately 1/2 the computer screen (the left half). The top and bottom menus fill the screen appropriately and other pages seem to also be fine.

This in no way interferes with functioning, other than it is slightly disconcerting to look at.

Thanks

Mama Stork
Re: What did we miss ABCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #971039 by RDHG
Feb 11, 2019 5:23am
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No R? Where is R? We need to know what Is we missed! 🀣

Plus, R gets us closer to W. πŸ˜‰
Re: What did we miss ABCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #971317 by RDHG
Feb 11, 2019 5:46am
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Rebiccola is riveted by refined reproductions in rubber.
Re: Power Plant Challenge?
Board: State: Texas
Reply to: #971292 by Bandit Raccoon
Feb 11, 2019 5:57am
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I already have three out. I have a couple more in the works.
Re: Message Board appearance
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #971316 by Mama Stork
Feb 11, 2019 8:20am
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I've updated it so the posts are as wide as your entire page. =)

You might have to refresh your browser to get the changes, but they'll eventually be picked up regardless.

Happy trails!

-- Ryan
Re: Power Plant Challenge?
Board: State: Texas
Reply to: #971299 by BinoBoxer
Feb 11, 2019 8:36am
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I hadn't heard about this... must have missed it. Thanks for noting! I think I already have put more than 10 out since Nov 1, so I'll be happy to join up! :)
How long does it take you?
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Feb 11, 2019 9:55am
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I asked someone earlier, and I decided to ask the rest of you. About how long on average does it take you to carve one stamp? I know that some are more detailed than others or that some are larger than others. I am just wondering in general. πŸ™‚
Re: Is anyone having this problem?
Board: Postals
Reply to: #971271 by The Beach People
Feb 11, 2019 9:58am
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I haven't had problems (yet). I think from your post, you've gotten to the crux of the matter ~ disgruntled employee. He/she would probably complain about other things too.

Here is the link to the specifics: https://www.usps.com/ship/letters.htm
"Non-machineable items include lumpy or rigid envelopes, and those that have clasps, string, or buttons. Unusually shaped square or vertical envelopes will also cost more to send."

Now, I've always wondered - a lot of charities like to send appeals with coins (nickels, or other items) in their envelopes. Those seem pretty "lumpy" to me, but they seem to get processed fine.

And, what happens if you add that extra postage, and mail from a post box? How does the post office "know" to separate that rectangular envelope from all of the rest, so it won't jam the machines?


In any case, when I prepare a micro, I try to reduce the lumpiness by making the envelope thickness as uniform as possible, or making it a gradual increasing-decreasing thickness, so the envelope won't jam the machine. I secure the stamp so it doesn't slide around, and put the stamp in the middle, often surrounded by a few cut sheets of paper that folks use for logging in.
Re: How long does it take you?
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #971322 by RDHG
Feb 11, 2019 10:58am
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About an hour per square inch of rubber.
Re: What did we miss ABCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #971039 by RDHG
Feb 11, 2019 11:02am
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Super speedy pink stuff stylized signature stamps signifying symbolism and stoking seeker's stimulating searches.
Re: Welcome to the Current Big Update!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #971307 by Green Tortuga
Feb 11, 2019 11:04am
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Really random: Ryan - why is your Green Tortuga signature image upside down? Just curious if that is symbolic?
Re: How long does it take you?
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #971322 by RDHG
Feb 11, 2019 11:36am
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I would guess it's about a square inch an hour, but I can only carve for about 3 hours before I start making mistakes. I can lengthen that by another hour if I alternate complex tiny details areas with larger ones, or clean up along the edges of the stamp. It also varies a bit according to the hardness of the carving material. I tend to use harder material for the "best" stamps, and softer stuff for the smaller, simpler ones.
Re: Is anyone having this problem?
Board: Postals
Reply to: #971271 by The Beach People
Feb 11, 2019 12:18pm
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All of our clerks used to feel the envelopes when I would take them in and add postage for any bumps. Our new clerks don't do that. You might try putting it inside a greeting card or thin cardstock on each side of the stamp. They don't charge extra for bumpy greeting cards usually. I started using greeting card-sized envelopes and had no problem.
Re: Help with listing an event time
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #971304 by shooting starz
Feb 11, 2019 12:25pm
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What state etc. Is Your Event Scheduled for?
Re: What did we miss ABCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #971325 by Super Hedge Hoggie
Feb 11, 2019 12:27pm
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Travel to terrifically talented trimmers' tableaux
Re: Welcome to the Current Big Update!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #971326 by Super Hedge Hoggie
Feb 11, 2019 12:29pm
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It got stuck that way during his Australia trip.
Re: Pre-TALE gathering
Board: State: Texas
Reply to: #971231 by Wry Me
Feb 11, 2019 12:30pm
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Thanks for putting this together. Silver Eagle is on long vacation, but will sign up when gets home. See y'all soon!
Re: Is anyone having this problem?
Board: Postals
Reply to: #971328 by Topcollector
Feb 11, 2019 12:33pm
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On regular plbs, one of our nearby p.o.s had this ancient woman who would bark "What's in there?" Instead of the q's she is supposed to ask. Thankfully, she retired & replaced with a very friendly agent.
Re: How long does it take you?
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #971322 by RDHG
Feb 11, 2019 12:42pm
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I never carve anything all that elaborate, so something like a cartoon character, two inch by two inch size? Probably 20 mins at most.
Re: How long does it take you?
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #971322 by RDHG
Feb 11, 2019 12:55pm
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I consider myself fairly fast at carving. I think material and tools make for a huge difference in how long carving takes me. Oz and a miniaturized staedtler can take me upwards of 4 hours for a LTC sized stamp of average detail. Pink and a speedball #1 maybe 2 hours.
Re: How long does it take you?
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #971322 by RDHG
Feb 11, 2019 12:58pm
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I think that may be one of the things that changes with experience. When you're new at carving, the tendency is not to spend too long on a carve. Not because it's not worth it, but more because you're worried you're gonna mess it up. The idea of putting a couple of hours into a silly little piece of rubber only to accidentally hack a key piece out of it or turn a letter around backwards or some such just feels like it's not worth the risk.

As you gain experience and confidence, though, you are increasingly willing to tackle jobs that will take a lot of time to get right. The level of detail grows. Eventually you start looking for ideas for stamps that will take as *much* time as possible, because the time put into a carve shows.
Re: How long does it take you?
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #971322 by RDHG
Feb 11, 2019 1:58pm
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I agree with what others said. Mostly for me, carving is about focus and the question may be more about how long I can sustain that focus. The more detailed the carving, the more difficult and the longer I have to be focused. Generally, I can last about an hour. Sometimes I’ll put a stamp away overnight and work on it the next day in which case, it takes more time. So, for me, 1-2 hours for each LTC sized stamp.
Re: How long does it take you?
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #971322 by RDHG
Feb 11, 2019 4:13pm
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1-3 hours for each LTC sized stamp, depending on the complexity.
The craft tool fairy visited us today!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Feb 11, 2019 4:21pm
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And, in an un-solicited anonymous gesture of good will! LTC-ers are the best!

DZ
update weirdness?
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #971249 by Green Tortuga
Feb 11, 2019 4:26pm
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I tried selecting a time in a new event I wanted to list and it forced me to use military time for the start time, which then reverted to a 12-hour time. The end time was on a 12-hour, if I remember correctly. Then it didn't like the time I had, so I had to choose from the "closest" time, and it made me list it for 7 minutes after the hour & half hour, respectively. Wonder if anyone noticed.

I sure hope people don't arrive early. I need that 7 minutes to make a run on the dessert cart.
Re: Power Plant Challenge?
Board: State: Texas
Reply to: #971300 by Bandit Raccoon
Feb 11, 2019 4:33pm
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I saw this challenge and thought it would be fun. Just worried I won't be able to finish.
Re: Is anyone having this problem?
Board: Postals
Reply to: #971333 by J Walkers
Feb 11, 2019 4:46pm
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Just imagining all those possible shocking answers you could have given her.
Re: update weirdness?
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #971341 by Wry Me
Feb 11, 2019 5:21pm
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I don't really have much control over the time widget--I just tell the browser "get the start and end times" and leave it to the browser to do it.

But I took a look at it on my machine and I have to admit, it's actually really weird and I'm not sure why. The time was being auto set to the current time when you started created a box, but (with my browser) it seems to require that the seconds not change. If you started creating a listing at 11 seconds after the minute, it required you to use a time that was 11 seconds after the minute.

Presumably, your browser was doing the same thing--except it required a specific minute of the hour while my browser seemed to allow any minute of the hour.

But it's all really weird because there's nothing in the code that tells the browser it should restrict the times allowed at all, and I'm completely baffled why it would.

In the meantime, I did fix the problem where it was defaulting to the current time and now it defaults to the 10:00:00am start time and the 6:00:00pm end time which should help. On my browser, it just requires the seconds to be :00--but that's what most people probably want and use anyhow. If your browser is only allowing a time in half-hour increments, you can presumably change start times to something on the half hour or full hour which is probably sufficient for the vast majority of events.

I'll need to look into this more. Maybe I should just stop letting the browser ask for the time, but I do like offloading work to the browser when I can. You'd think browsers would work in an expected format!

-- Ryan
Re: How long does it take you?
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #971322 by RDHG
Feb 11, 2019 5:22pm
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Thank you for your input, Everyone. I carved my first stamp in a few years, and I felt like it took me a long time. Based on your feedback, maybe it did not take that long. However, it is much bigger than I planned. No worries. I simply need more practice. πŸ™‚