cuda at arches.uga.edu
Tue Apr 8 14:29:50 EDT 1997
On Mon, 7 Apr 1997, Bob Steneck wrote:
> I'd like to support Shane Peterson's comments regarding the
> underwater writing cylinder (also called 'cuff'). It keeps both hands free
> for holding things, you can tape a template gridded with your data columns
> on it (clear acetate overhead sheet with clear contact paper over the
> carbon). Use black electrical tape to secure the template and to affix one
> or several sheets of mylar drafting paper over it. The cylinder (white PVC
> 4" dia, 18 CM long) should have three holes near one end through which
> surgical tubing is strung. this holds it on your wrist. Any pencil works
> (tether it to the cylinder) but plastic pencils with about 15 pointed nibs
> work best. You renew your point by plucking the last nib and shoving it to
> the bottom of the pencil.
On a nother note, does anyone know of a reliable source for these
excellent pencils? I have a couple, decorated with Smurfs or some similar
icon, but they seem to be hard to come by these days. My wife got me a
new one for Christmas, topped with a cute little plastic figure of a bear
(she found it for sale at the local library), but I would like to buy a
larger quantity of them and not worry about plastic bears being on the
loose at my study sites.
> In the no big deal department: I invented the writing cylinder in
> St. Croix in 1973... or at least I think I did - I never met anyone using
> them earlier. I brought it to the GBR in 1978. In 1982 Jim Porter and I
> collaborated on a project at which time that technology was transferred.
> What matters is that it works well and we need more folks taking data
Oops...sorry about the misattribution...and thanks for the wonderful
technology! So far I've been using my prof's old cuffs but I'm about to
bring another 18 cuffs/cylinders into the world for a project I've got
coming up, contributing to the quest for world domination of the exclusive
underwater scientific writing market by these handy devices.
(Writing Cylinder Evangelist)
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