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Blog entry by stefang posted 01-31-2010 06:50 PM 1265 reads 7 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just thought you might be interested in seeing the inspiring little plaque I have hanging inside on my workshop door.


Here’s the translation with a small change to personalize it:

Theory is when one knows everything, but nothing comes out right”.

Experience is when everything comes out right, but no one knows why”.

In Mike’s shop theory and practice are united. Nothing comes out right and nobody knows why”.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 06:57 PM

Of Course. Help yourself.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 06:59 PM

Great Sign Mike I was guessing that’s what is said LOL Very true in my shop too.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 07:02 PM

a) I love it! Reminds me of Einstein’s quote: “In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.”

b) I dunno’, Mike. I’ve learned a LOT from your wisdom. Perhaps—like agriculture—you’re simply exporting your best wisdom, rather than using it locally ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 07:31 PM

That’s why I like to spend a lot of time planning…..i.e. theory, because when I go to make it, it never resembles what I planned, and if it works I don’t get the satisfaction of saying I was brilliant, because if it works its an accident. So I am only in my OCD nirvana while I am planning…...........

A corollary of this, something I coined many years ago, and then later have seen stated slightly differently:

Reality is highly overrated

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 01-31-2010 07:48 PM

Neil I’m probably more of a wise guy than a wise man, but I wish it were so and I thank you for the thought.

Both Jims I guess we remember our failures much better than our successes, and a good thing too as it prevents us from making the same mistakes twice. And why would we want to do that anyway when we have new failures to look forward to?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 01-31-2010 07:58 PM

NOTHING prevents us repeating mistakes Dammit!

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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#7 posted 01-31-2010 08:09 PM

as the chairman of the senile wood have said I have never make a mistake…..... what did you said

hey Mike nice shopsign
that ceeps one humble
enoff to bragg if it sudently
habens that the teory and
praxis get united by a
acsident :—)


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#8 posted 01-31-2010 08:46 PM

It’s funny because it’s true!

Thanks for sharing…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 01-31-2010 09:09 PM

Gerard, thanks for you comment. I had a really good laugh.

Steve I can’t speak for others, but it sure is true in my shop. I’m just lucky I don’t have to make a living at it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 01-31-2010 09:13 PM

I like it. I’, going to steal this for my own shop. Thanks

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#11 posted 01-31-2010 10:27 PM

I like that.

-- Joe

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#12 posted 01-31-2010 11:50 PM


Thanks for the chuckle today. It fits me too..


-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#13 posted 02-01-2010 01:34 AM

Finally, I know what the problem is:-)) Thanks Mike. :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 02-01-2010 03:12 AM

Good shop sign Mike, one I can relate to…..often.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#15 posted 02-01-2010 03:14 AM

Love it> Sounds like my shop too.

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