LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
Issue No. 294 - Friday, July 23, 2004
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Index to Today's Digest
01 NEW: pyrite, to cab or not to cab? that's the question!
02 RE: Buyer Beware
03 RE: spectrascope
Subject: pyrite, to cab or not to cab? that's the question!
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2004 16:33:35 -0400
Hello fellow rock fans,
I have a question about pyrite am hoping someone can answer. Can it
be cut and cabbed? Obviously the answer is yes, since it gets worked
when part of a matrix material, but what about making a purely pyrite
cab? I read earlier today that metal and pyrite struck together will make
sparks, so have been uncertain as to whether even sawing it was ok
or a no-no. Especially since my saw isn't terribly far away from an acetylene
tank! Likely I'm being overly wary, but figured it was worth asking.
Any thoughts/experiences on this? My thanks to any info. somebody can
share, Carol "cabette"
Subject: Caveat Emptor.
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2004 16:51:23 -0400
To: email@example.com (LapidaryArtsDigest)
From: "Jonathan L. Rolfe" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> I contacted the seller and got an email back ---
>saying it had been tested and was real turquoise without any copper in it.
*snort* Clouds without water.
turquoise, hydrous phosphate of aluminum and copper, Al2(OH)3PO4"H2O+Cu,
used as a gem. It occurs rarely in crystal form, but is usually
cryptocrystalline. Turquoise is opaque and has a waxy luster; the color
varies from greenish gray to sky-blue. The sky-blue varieties are the most
valued as gems, but because of their porosity they easily absorb dirt and
grease and change in color to an unattractive green
>The seller emailed me and said by posting his email without permission I had
>violated the Terms of Service on Ebay, AOL, and Bob's Rockshop.
Posting e-mail sent to you that resides on your machine is bad
manners. That's ALL it is, nothing more. One should not send an email
that they would not like to see on an advertising billboard on the
expressway, anyway. ( I do it all the time because I have no class and do
not much care !)
If anyone ever sent me an e-mail like that seller did, they would be in my
Mail Filters and general "Bozo Bin" till the next Ice Age.
Subject: Spectroscope light and focus
Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2004 15:06:31 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
From: Michael & Linda <email@example.com>
You are right I am having trouble focusing on the spectrum. I can capture
the visual but the lines of absorption are not very well defined. I have built
an ajustable stand with a webcam molunted on it and used a nine volt lamp
with a nine volt powed supply from an old portable phone. I am on Holiday,
and have been unable to work on the project other than to purchase a
better Webcam from Best Buy. Will try and post pictures to my website on
my return. Thanks for your input.
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Subject: FW: Fwd: Fw: Yes,I'm a Bad American
Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2004 06:34:13 -0400
From: "Frank lavin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
YES, I'M A BAD AMERICAN
by George Carlin
I Am Your Worst Nightmare. I am a BAD American. I am George Carlin.
I believe the money I make belongs to me and my family, not some mid level
governmental functionary be it Democratic or Republican!
I think owning a gun doesn't make you a killer, it makes you a smart
I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized, and does
not entitle you to anything.
I believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac, try to do it in English.
I think fireworks should be legal on the 4th of July.
I think that being a student doesn't give you any more enlightenment than
working at Blockbuster. In fact, if your parents are footing the bill to put
your pansy rear through 4 years plus of college, you haven't begun to be
I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her God when and where
they want to.
My heroes are John Wayne, Babe Ruth, Roy Rogers, and whoever canceled Jerry
I don't hate the rich. I don't pity the poor.
I know wrestling is fake and I don't waste my time arguing about it.
I've never owned a slave, or was a slave, I didn't wander forty years in
the desert after getting chased out of Egypt. I haven't burned any witches
or been persecuted by the Turks and neither have you! So, shut up
I want to know which church is it exactly where the Reverend Jesse Jackson
practices, where he gets his money, and why he is always part of the problem
and not the solution. Can I get an AMEN on that one?
I think the cops have every right to shoot your sorry rear if you're running
I also think they have the right to pull your rear over if you're breaking
the law, regardless of what color you are.
I think if you are too stupid to know how a ballot works, I don't want you
deciding who should be running the most powerful nation in the world for the
next four years.
I believe that it doesn't take a village to raise a child, it takes two
parents. If this makes me a BAD American, then yes, I'm a BAD American.
If you are a BAD American too, please forward this to everyone you know.
We need our country back!
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