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Emphatically alerts you that the stapler is running low of staples.
It seems that there is never a convenient time to run out
staples. And you don't know its going to happen until it
happens. Now admittedly there is already a pretty good
post on the Bakery by [Ling] which outlines various
methods which lets the user know that their stapler is
low. [linked]. The posted idea and subsequent
annos are mostly all pretty workable but are visual based
are missing a certain 'pizzaz' in my opinion. Hence the
Borrowing from the concept of tracer bullets, all that is
really needed is to coat the top of the 5th-from-last
with a coating of black powder as used in cap-guns. Now
there is no need to look for indicators on the stapler or,
even worse, hammer decisively down on a stapler only to
shoot a blank. Just use it as normal and when you're
getting down to the end you are clearly warned that
is running low. If you are hard of hearing or perhaps just
for the fun of it you can buy reloads with larger and
powder loads - maybe even a few harmless sparks and
sizzles can be thrown in for effect.
Staple empty indicator
Some prior halfbaked art on the topic. [AusCan531, May 21 2015]
load them here................................................u [xenzag, May 21 2015]
||Or you could have all the staples coated with black powder, except for the last five staples in the stapler.
||Or you could coat all the staples and use the impulse to drive
them into the paper, AHAHAHA, MUHWHAHAHAH ! YOu FOOLS !
WE'LL STAPLE YOU ALL ! ALL !
||This could be developed further. With enough black
powder and some suitable mechanism, the recoil
could be harnessed to create a semi-automatic
stapler capable of perhaps 20-50 staplings per
||So not merely an echo of Office Deep Throat?
||Suddenly some of the stapler arguments in Office Space become weaponized, although Office Deep Throat could be the wrong title.
||// it could replace the staple sound with a duck quack.
||You would need to use a different stapler when there are ducks nearby.
||Just don't use them on the ducks please...not good.
Otherwise a great idea.
||Black powder can't be ignited by impact. Cap gun caps
use mercury or silver fulminate, IIRC. Use one of those.
||I have noticed that some boxes of tissues have
colored tissues at the bottom. I conclude this is a
signal that you are running low. But not just the last
one - the last 10 or so. Probably a series of the final
staples should have a signifier as is proposed.