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Old 10-13-2019, 08:48 PM
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We had a slide scanner at work used to make computer images of old projector slides. It used a pea-sized incandescent bulb to illuminate the slide for scanning.

Eventually the bulb burned out. It's then when we discovered it was soldered into place and could not be replaced. Instead of having to replace a 50-cent bulb, you had to replace the entire $100 device.
"If a person saying he was something was all there was to it, this country'd be full of rich men and good-looking women. Too bad it isn't that easy.... In short, when someone else says you're a writer, that's when you're a writer... not before."
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