Not many people…


English: W. Somerset Maugham British writer

English: W. Somerset Maugham British writer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not many people know how much bitterness, how much bargaining, how much intrigue goes into the awarding of a prize or the election of a candidate.

From the Preface of W. Somerset Maugham, A Writer’s Notebook

This is true regardless of profession, and it shows up even among Christian leaders. Perhaps no one is above campaigning on his own behalf for something he thinks he deserves from his constituency or the general public. This includes authors, public speakers, and university professors.

It is well that…


English: W. Somerset Maugham early in his career.

English: W. Somerset Maugham early in his career. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is well that a writer should think not only that the book he himself is writing is important, but that the books other people are writing are important too.

From the Preface to W. Somerset Maugham, A Writer’s Notebook

It Works for Me: Cleaning Drill Bits


If you’re looking for a way to clean those caked or otherwise dirty drill bits, here’s what I suggest:

Image.Goof Off the Miracle RemoverSquirt a small amount of Goof Off The Miracle Remover (available pretty much wherever hardware is sold, Home Depot included) on a small piece of cotton cloth or the corner of a cloth. Seize the drill bit on the friendly end (i.e., the shank) between thumb and index finger, and, with the bit pointed away from you, wrap the Goof Off soaked portion of the cloth around the base of the bit near your fingers. Applying only a little pressure with fingers on the bit, twist the bit counterclockwise and let the cloth thread itself up the bit to the end. You should see results immediately. Continue twisting in this fashion until you’re satisfied with the results.

Make sure you close the tip on the container of Goof Off before returning it to its storage place, where you’ll want to keep it handy for miscellaneous other tasks.

Note: Do not expect Goof Off to remove miracles.

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