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In Topic: Look Mark! My Sponge Holder Prototypes

27 August 2015 - 10:42 AM

I am working on my own version of this. Not for holding a sponge (I have a genuine Mark C. sponge holder in my kitchen) but for holding business cards in my booth. My first attempt had cutouts with right angles, and it warped pretty bad. My second attempt has shorter and thicker walls. After reading this thread, I just noticed that the cutouts on Mark's version are rounded, not right angles. If my second attempt warps, my third attempt will have rounded cutouts.

In Topic: Blog Advice?

27 August 2015 - 08:51 AM

My two cents ... I would publish the full posts on that opening page, rather than making visitors click once more to get a full post. I visited your site a few times before I clicked on one of your posts, because the first impression I got was "I don't time for an extra click right now, I'll have to come back later." At least publish the full post of the most recent post, then ask readers to click for the older posts.

Also, I would edit your photos more selectively, they seem a little repetitive. One or two photos per post will have the most impact.

In Topic: Liability Shift On Cc Coming Oct 1, 2015

17 August 2015 - 07:35 PM

I once took a card that was apparently stolen many years ago. This was back in the day of knucklebusters. I had to provide everything I knew about it to my credit card processor, but I did not have to forfeit the money. The credit card processors absorbed these losses. My understanding is that we merchants will become liable this fall, for any fraudulent transaction that was not read from a chip. My current processor (Intuit Gopayment) says that they will have chip readers for us in late-September or early-October. Looks like Square is still "working on it" too. I hope the new devices will be ready on time.

In Topic: Pie Dish Dilemna - Rough, Porous Clay

13 August 2015 - 10:14 AM

No argument with your post TJR. I agree that a groggy clay is more heat resistant than something very smooth. I guess I should have been clearer that the word I am objecting to is "porous." Grog does not make a claybody porous. A porous pot will retain moisture, and therefore make it less suitable for oven or microwave use. This is the part that makes me skeptical of the potter here. 

In Topic: Pie Dish Dilemna - Rough, Porous Clay

13 August 2015 - 08:32 AM

For any ceramic piece that is meant for functional use, nothing should be shedding from the pot. Also, the clay does not need to be rough and porous to work as bakeware, so that statement makes me skeptical too. The contact you made with her also raises red flags (she didn't seem to understand, and you haven't been able to reach her since), that sounds like a person who is communicating poorly on purpose. I would not continue to use the piece. I would also try to return it, if you think it will be worth the hassle.