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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby somitomi » Sun May 12, 2019 5:42 pm UTC

Flumble wrote:I wouldn't be much more scared of a tripe trailer combo driving at >100 km/h than a single (heavily loaded) trailer. While a triple pendulum gets chaotic more easily, it takes some fascination and driving experience with cars to try drive such a death trap on the motorway.

While I wouldn't deny that these folks have a lot of driving experience, I don't think more driving experience would make someone more likely to do this. What it takes is a certain disregard for the highway code and safety in general.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Sableagle » Sun May 12, 2019 11:40 pm UTC

somitomi wrote:
Flumble wrote:I wouldn't be much more scared of a tripe trailer combo driving at >100 km/h than a single (heavily loaded) trailer. While a triple pendulum gets chaotic more easily, it takes some fascination and driving experience with cars to try drive such a death trap on the motorway.

While I wouldn't deny that these folks have a lot of driving experience, I don't think more driving experience would make someone more likely to do this. What it takes is a certain disregard for the highway code and safety in general.

More self-perceived and less actual driving experience, the Dunning-Krueger spike of on-road arrogance?
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby somitomi » Sat May 18, 2019 10:37 am UTC

somitomi wrote:This post will mention various forms of towing and combinations of those, so I'm inclined to introduce notation:
A.B A tows (trailer) B with a tow hitch
A-B A tows vehicle B with a rope or towpole
A[B] A carries B on top. If B is connected to something not on A, the symbol for this connection will precede the closing brackets, while the symbol for a connection to A will be after it.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby PAstrychef » Sat May 18, 2019 12:41 pm UTC

Is that also towing a trailer full of washing machines? The gas mileage must be horrible!
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby somitomi » Fri May 24, 2019 10:44 am UTC

PAstrychef wrote:Is that also towing a trailer full of washing machines? The gas mileage must be horrible!

I think they're pallet-sized plastic tanks like this one. They're probably mostly empty (the water in those tanks alone would weigh something like 20-30 metric tons), but it's a bit scary to think how this one would react to crosswind. The recent media attention means photos and videos of such things keep popping up, which is equal parts scary and amusing.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Sableagle » Fri May 24, 2019 7:18 pm UTC

"A 3t truck carrying a 1t car and towing a 0.5t trailer with 2 x 2 x 8 1t water tanks on it (see figure a) leaves Leeds at 8:30 am and travels south along the M1 at 60 mph. A 4t truck carrying a 1.5t truck carrying a 0.5t car and towing a 0.5t trailer that is carrying a 0.75t car and also towing a 0.5t trailer that is carrying a 0.3t garden shed (see figure b) leave the M25 at 9:15 am and travels north along the M1 at 50 mph. In contraflow at roadworks, one of the vehicles leaves its lane and collides with the other. Which component will fly furthest? Show your working."
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Flumble » Sun May 26, 2019 12:31 am UTC

Given all the extraneous info and lack of friction info, I'm going to say it's a trick question and it's the smoke from the aftermath that will fly furthest. (Or the news coverage, but that usually carries rather than flies far.)


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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Meticulac » Tue May 28, 2019 3:24 am UTC

It's almost surprising to me that consumer cooperatives aren't more of a thing in software and websites. See if you can crowdfund enough to cover two years of starting up, then focus on strategies that offer job security and promote user loyalty. I guess equity for ad-watching could be an awkward system to deal with if that's the business model you go for, especially when it means you're harvesting data specifically from your investors.

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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby SecondTalon » Tue May 28, 2019 3:45 pm UTC

Isn't that essentailly the current (so probably outdated since I'm not on the cutting edge) method, see also Snapchat/Instagram/etc that I quit using due to it?

That is - offer free service, operate at loss, build userbase. Once userbase is established and addicted, add in advertisements to pay for service and sell user data. You're now crowdfunding your service.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Quizatzhaderac » Tue May 28, 2019 7:06 pm UTC

Meticulac wrote:It's almost surprising to me that consumer cooperatives aren't more of a thing in software and websites. See if you can crowdfund enough to cover two years of starting up, then focus on strategies that offer job security and promote user loyalty. I guess equity for ad-watching could be an awkward system to deal with if that's the business model you go for, especially when it means you're harvesting data specifically from your investors.
I think there is no co-op software because open source is such a thing, so that's what people tend to do if they're not profit minded.

Although, I can see co-op being advantageous in some situations since it would allow core design to be done by a full time team.

Regarding advertising, I think one of the biggest failure of the internet so far is our inability to put a nickle into a website. If I want to read an article from a news source with professional reports and fact checking and all that, paying a nickle seems fine, but I might not want to commit to a subscription or trust you with my credit card info.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Sableagle » Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:50 pm UTC

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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Flumble » Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:13 pm UTC

You've had too many alcohols to put this in xkcdSW.

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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Sableagle » Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:42 pm UTC

Should have added another label: "number of bullets I own," right along that x-axis, because it is zero.
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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby Sableagle » Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:15 pm UTC

Green flu outbreak! The population is almost entirely divided into:
infected and thus homicidal and stupid;
those killed because they were infected;
those killed because they were thought to be infected;
those who killed themselves because they thought they were infected;
those two killed themselves because they thought the situation was hopeless;
those who died in RTAs trying to flee;
those two died in the rioting;
the crews of nuclear-powered submarines and carrier battle groups that were out at sea and remain unexposed;
tiny, remote communities that have so little contact with the rest of the world that they haven't been exposed either;
you guys. You're immune. Presumably, you're not the only ones, but you're the only ones in this neighbourhood.
Supplies are running low, and it's time to leave.
You've got two decisions to make. One's where you head. The other's which of the following indestructible magical items you take with you. For some reason, the magic just won't work for more than one item in any one person's possession, so it's just one each.

The 9mm pistol with a magazine that refills itself with live rounds every time you drop it from the gun.
The .338 LM rifle with a single round that refills itself every time you put the empty case back in your pocket.
The 20-gauge shotgun with an ammo saddle that refills itself every time you feed a round from it into the magazine.
The waterproof box of strike-anywhere matches that refills itself every time you close it.
The flask of fresh, hot, green tea that refills itself every time you screw the lid on.
The bottle of hand sanitiser that refills itself after every squeeze.
The Pez dispenser that refills itself after every click.

In L4D and L4D2, you all went with the pistol, in one calibre or another, but long term, on a trek from Pennsylvania to Yellowstone to live on geothermal power, with winter coming? That flask could save your lives every night for a month.
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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby Sableagle » Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:17 pm UTC

When you know you've blown someone's mind with science:
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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby SecondTalon » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:25 pm UTC

That's just bad logic.

Whether or not "Reality" is real or more like a game with set rules is irrelevant when you're beholden to those rules - if you believe everyone around you is a simulation, then if you delete some of the simulations with a firearm or whatever, other simulations are still going to come and get you, restrict your movement, and possibly kill you.

It's functionally identical to you murdering people, going to prison, and possibly getting the death penalty.

Whether or not you believe other people actually exist, it's still in your best interest to treat them as though they exist. Simulated emotions may not be real, but someone who is simulated to hate you is still going to not help you in the future.


*Edit* To answer your earlier question, the firearms are the most helpful in short term situations, but the flask is way overpowered for long term situations - you've got infinite potable drink that's basically water, an infinite heat source (albeit limited heat and quantity per dose) AND you can use it to water plants (at least ones that tend towards acidic soils).
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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby solune » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:30 pm UTC

Sableagle wrote:Green flu outbreak! [...]


That's an innovative thought experiment. I think I've discovered a new love for the 9 mm
* We don't think about handguns in the context of hunting, but I recon you can get pretty far with a bit of training
* You can probably use it to make fire. Either get sparks from the bullets, or at worse get gunpowder from unfired rounds.
* During the winter crossing to yellowstone you'll have a pretty good handwarmer.
* Casings! you can do so much with warm casings:
**make a bed (shaped to your body)
** pile them (with tree branches and other structural material) to isolate your hut
** smelt them for good quality steel
** I don't know if you can fire fast enough to heat a cave with the heat from the casings and the gun itself, but it's worth a try
* currently on my google search list: how much recoil can you get from a 9mm and can you propel a light car with it

In all of this analysis I'm assuming that the 9mm has the best rate of fire of the proposed firearms, as measured in pounds of gunpowder per minute.

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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby Sableagle » Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:09 pm UTC

I'm not sure about the car, but you can certainly propel a canoe with a handgun.

(Demolition Ranch has tested this because he's Demolition Ranch.)

According to https://load-data.nosler.com/load-data/ ... arabellum/ you can load with a 115 gr bullet and 4.5 to 8.5 gr of powder for muzzle velocities from 770 to 1198 fps. Going with the top velocity there, 6.6 gr of hot gas at 599 fps and 115 gr of bullet at 1198 fps is 141723.4 grain feet per second or 2799 gram metres per second per shot, which ought to propel 200 kg of people, kit and boat at 0.21 m/s with a 15-round magazine. Not zipping along, but moving.
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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby Quizatzhaderac » Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:28 pm UTC

Regarding the simulation question: The actual pragmatic impact is whether I should analyze events in terms of science or tropes.

In terms of science, I'd expect anything zombie like to kill each other, fail to feed themselves, fall to secondary infections, fall to forest fires, et cetra by the long term. I'd also expect bottle water to go bad and for freshwater to be hard for a survival newb to find/ prepare. As far as weapons, I'm in a red state.

In terms of tropes, the situation is clearly only going to be solved with violence. I'd take the rifle so I can snipe from outside sight range. For melee I'd try to find one of those anime katanas.
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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby Sableagle » Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:29 pm UTC

I had another thought about the tea flask today:

Freshly-made, hot tea is hot enough to distill ethanol. You can use that thing to make moonshine to power a motor.

You could also, at the same time, catch the steam from it in another condenser to get distilled water.

I'm not sure which is the more useful, given the quantities you could produce.
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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby Ranbot » Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:41 pm UTC

Sableagle wrote:I'm not sure about the car, but you can certainly propel a canoe with a handgun....propel 200 kg of people, kit and boat at 0.21 m/s with a 15-round magazine. Not zipping along, but moving.

I think I'll grab some flat debris to propel my apocalypse canoe (e.g. broken road sign, wooden board, metal siding/roof, shovel, broom, etc.). Besides, I wouldn't want to do anything that could risk dropping my magic gun in the water, or I'd really be "up a creek without a paddle." :wink:

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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby dzamie » Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:33 pm UTC

Did the thread title change?

I wonder how many times I've seen the same wild bird.

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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby poxic » Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:41 pm UTC

Local birds, almost certainly there have been multiple encounters with the same individual. Some of the ones with wider ranges maybe less so.

I have a sparrow or few living around our building's courtyard. They come to my patio to torment the cat while she's in her unescapable catio thingy. They also (wtf) come inside the kennel to pick the kernels off her catgrass when it goes to seed. (She managed to murderize one of them in the spring. I get nervous whenever I see another hanging around her patio kennel now.)

There are also several crows who know me as The One With Peanuts Sometimes. If I'm wandering around the neighbourhood when they're hungry, they'll do a flyby - swooshing past about two feet from my head, the cheeky bastages - then perch on a nearby stop sign or SUV. I usually put down a few peanuts for them when they do, so yeah I'm the dummy here. Point being, yes I've seen the same ones multiple times. Can't tell them apart for shit but they sure know me.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Flumble » Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:11 pm UTC

dzamie wrote:Did the thread title change?

Yes, it does that every once in a while. (Someone should probably update that list some Time.) It's been "fleeting thoughts" and "random natterings" in recent times, but if you wander through the pages you'll find cryptic titles like "unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices" or "Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue)".
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Quizatzhaderac wrote:In terms of tropes, the situation is clearly only going to be solved with violence. I'd take the rifle so I can snipe from outside sight range. For melee I'd try to find one of those anime katanas.

Now I wonder if there's a good/high budget zombie film where the zombies are proper dying zombies instead of mutes with bloodlust and a limp.

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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby addams » Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:23 pm UTC

poxic wrote:Local birds, almost certainly there have been multiple encounters with the same individual. Some of the ones with wider ranges maybe less so.

I have a sparrow or few living around our building's courtyard. They come to my patio to torment the cat while she's in her unescapable catio thingy. They also (wtf) come inside the kennel to pick the kernels off her catgrass when it goes to seed. (She managed to murderize one of them in the spring. I get nervous whenever I see another hanging around her patio kennel now.)

There are also several crows who know me as The One With Peanuts Sometimes. If I'm wandering around the neighbourhood when they're hungry, they'll do a flyby - swooshing past about two feet from my head, the cheeky bastages - then perch on a nearby stop sign or SUV. I usually put down a few peanuts for them when they do, so yeah I'm the dummy here. Point being, yes I've seen the same ones multiple times. Can't tell them apart for shit but they sure know me.
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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby Isaac Hill » Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:24 pm UTC

Once, I was sitting on the beach, idly picking up pebbles from the ground and tossing them. A nearby seagull would inspect every pebble to see if I'd just thrown him some food. Every pebble. Even though he could see me pick up the pebbles and could tell they weren't food.

Another time, I was walking into a store and saw a seagull fiddling with an empty McDonald's paper bag in the parking lot. Some of the the grease had been absorbed into the bag, so it smelled like food. The gull would flip the bag over a few times, stop for a moment as if considering his options, then flip the bag agin. He was still doing this when I left the store. The next time he paused, I picked up the bag and threw it in a trash can, so he'd stop torturing himself with false promises of food.

I did see a seagull come out on top, once. My parents were visiting, and we went to a place that sells seafood. There's no indoor seating, you sit on either the tables beside the place, or the benches across the street near the beach. My mom and I were on a bench. My dad was sitting on a stone wall separating the sidewalk from the beach. He put his scallops on the wall, on his right side, then turned to his left to get his drink. While his back was turned, a seagull creeped along atop the wall.

My mom and I were too far away, and too occupied with our own food, to intervene. We did warn my dad, but he didn't quite turn around fast enough, and the seagull made off with a scallop.

I don't know if any of these were the same seagull.
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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby poxic » Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:35 pm UTC

To be fair, evolution did not do a good job of teaching seagulls to tell food from things that smell like food but aren't food. Grease-soaked McDonald's bags are quite recent, geologically speaking.
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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby addams » Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:46 pm UTC

Isaac Hill wrote:My mom and I were too far away, and too occupied with our own food, to intervene. We did warn my dad, but he didn't quite turn around fast enough, and the seagull made off with a scallop.

I don't know if any of these were the same seagull.
He got off easy.
I was eating outdoors with a friend when a Seagull flew down, landed on her head, took the pizza and flew away.

She was left stunned with scratches on her head and no pizza.
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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby PAstrychef » Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:13 pm UTC

The skua at McMurdo Station, Antarctica are very aggressive and will dive bomb anyone carrying food outside. They especially seem attracted to blondes with French fries. The day we had steak and crab legs they tore open the bag of shells before I could get it into the trash box. Since they also steal penguin eggs and chicks it’s much safer to surrender the foods.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Angua » Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:38 pm UTC

Flumble wrote:
dzamie wrote:Did the thread title change?

Yes, it does that every once in a while. (Someone should probably update that list some Time.) It's been "fleeting thoughts" and "random natterings" in recent times, but if you wander through the pages you'll find cryptic titles like "unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices" or "Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue)".
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Actually, I'm just responsible for Fluff and Thoughts for Ships, I think. Most of them were before I became a mod.

I am not responsible for the current title, but we were definitely due a change. Especially as modmadness seems to have fallen out of fashion.
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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby addams » Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:05 pm UTC

PAstrychef wrote:The skua at McMurdo Station, Antarctica are very aggressive and will dive bomb anyone carrying food outside. They especially seem attracted to blondes with French fries. The day we had steak and crab legs they tore open the bag of shells before I could get it into the trash box. Since they also steal penguin eggs and chicks it’s much safer to surrender the foods.
Gee...Maybe, your surrender saved a penguin or three.
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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby somitomi » Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:22 am UTC

How come most post offices are closed on Sundays? Sure, I know there's no mail on Sunday (thanks for the reminder, Uncle Vernon), but a post office is way above "clothes shop", "gas station" or "furniture store" on the list of things I expect to be open on Sunday. Apparently I'm wrong, because Google finds no more than two open post offices in a city of nearly two million people. Still better than the Hungarian Post website, which takes its sweet time finding neither of them.

On an unrelated note, Presta tyre valves are bullshit. Listen, cyclist community, you can't possibly think a valve used on every motor vehicle is somehow unsuitable for bicycles. It is and you will thank me when you have no trouble inflating your tyres at any odd gas station without having to mess with a little valve adapter that turns out not to work.
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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby Quercus » Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:22 am UTC

somitomi wrote:On an unrelated note, Presta tyre valves are bullshit. Listen, cyclist community, you can't possibly think a valve used on every motor vehicle is somehow unsuitable for bicycles. It is and you will thank me when you have no trouble inflating your tyres at any odd gas station without having to mess with a little valve adapter that turns out not to work.


I might be wrong here but I thought that Presta valves were used because Schrader valves have a thicker valve stem and would require too large a hole in ultra-narrow road bike wheels. Mountain bikes, which have wider wheels, do typically use Schrader valves (at least here in the UK).

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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby somitomi » Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:40 am UTC

Quercus wrote:
somitomi wrote:On an unrelated note, Presta tyre valves are bullshit. Listen, cyclist community, you can't possibly think a valve used on every motor vehicle is somehow unsuitable for bicycles. It is and you will thank me when you have no trouble inflating your tyres at any odd gas station without having to mess with a little valve adapter that turns out not to work.


I might be wrong here but I thought that Presta valves were used because Schrader valves have a thicker valve stem and would require too large a hole in ultra-narrow road bike wheels. Mountain bikes, which have wider wheels, do typically use Schrader valves (at least here in the UK).

Yeah, I know that, I just wish my bike had wheels with Schrader valves. I kind of think using pneumatic tyres on ultra-narrow wheels is bullshit too, since they're pumped to such high pressure that you might as well have tyres filled with solid rubber or cork granules.
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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby PM 2Ring » Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:49 pm UTC

somitomi wrote:[...] I kind of think using pneumatic tyres on ultra-narrow wheels is bullshit too, since they're pumped to such high pressure that you might as well have tyres filled with solid rubber or cork granules.

That sounds like it could be a good thread on the Science forum. My guess is that even though high pressure air is very hard to compress it will still give you a smoother ride than solid rubber or cork granules. But I Might Be Totally Wrong. :D

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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby Sableagle » Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:51 pm UTC

There's also the question of component replacement.
If a pneumatic inner tube blows because it's been flexed over pebbles a lot and just can't take it any more, you have to take the tyre off the wheel rim, take the inner tube out, pu the new inner tube in, put the tyre back onto the wheel rim and inflate it.
If a spoke snaps because it's been stretched by road vibration a lot and just can't take it any more, you have to ..... yeah.
Which one can you do at the side of the road using only components that will fit in the side-pocket of a pair of cargo shorts?
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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby ucim » Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:55 pm UTC

I have ridden on both. There is still a world of difference between solid rubber bike tires and high pressure pneumatic ones. I thought I was so clever replacing my air tires with tires that will never go flat... I returned them within the week. Possibly if the axle had shock absorbers my reaction would be different, but this was an ordinary bike with ordinary wheels. (Note - not a super-slim tire either, just an ordinary 10-speed type wheel.)

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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby dzamie » Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:51 pm UTC

somitomi wrote:How come most post offices are closed on Sundays? Sure, I know there's no mail on Sunday (thanks for the reminder, Uncle Vernon), but a post office is way above "clothes shop", "gas station" or "furniture store" on the list of things I expect to be open on Sunday.

Dunno for certain, but I'd reckon it's a holdover from the days when people actually kept the sabbath, so all the Christians wouldn't work on that day. And rather than keeping a double-crew on the payload of Christians and, say, Jews, to cover each other's days of rest, post just doesn't happen on Sundays.
Though, with all the third-party "print stamps from home" type stuff these days, I can't think of much that you'd do at a post office that couldn't be done elsewhere or wouldn't be done elsewhen otherwise.

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Re: Passing Ponderments

Postby Flumble » Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:05 pm UTC

Angua wrote:I am not responsible for the current title, but we were definitely due a change. Especially as modmadness seems to have fallen out of fashion.

I wholly agree. :) (Also if you have a bout of inspiration, the dreams and TIL topics haven't had a title change either in 2 years.)

somitomi wrote:How come most post offices are closed on Sundays? Sure, I know there's no mail on Sunday (thanks for the reminder, Uncle Vernon), but a post office is way above "clothes shop", "gas station" or "furniture store" on the list of things I expect to be open on Sunday.

Are post offices a public or private sector thing? If it's a government thing it's only natural that they're closed on Sundays, and on Fridays after 15:00 and during every possible holiday. :mrgreen:

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Re: Hifaleetin' thoughts

Postby somitomi » Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:37 pm UTC

ucim wrote:I have ridden on both. There is still a world of difference between solid rubber bike tires and high pressure pneumatic ones. I thought I was so clever replacing my air tires with tires that will never go flat... I returned them within the week. Possibly if the axle had shock absorbers my reaction would be different, but this was an ordinary bike with ordinary wheels. (Note - not a super-slim tire either, just an ordinary 10-speed type wheel.)

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I'd imagine the difference bewteen a pneumatic and a solid tyre diminishes as the tyre gets thinner. Thinner bike tyres are usually inflated to higher pressure since there's less room for them to compress before the bump hits the rim. This sounds like something worth testing, anyone have some solid tyres I can borrow?
dzamie wrote:Though, with all the third-party "print stamps from home" type stuff these days, I can't think of much that you'd do at a post office that couldn't be done elsewhere or wouldn't be done elsewhen otherwise.

Paying utility bills. I think I've discussed so called "yellow checks" (they stopped being yellow a while ago, but the name's stuck) on this forum before, it's a kind of money transfer service provided by the Hungarian Post. It goes like this: company sends you this standardised form containing the amount they want you to pay and other necessary data, you go to a post office, pay the amount there, money gets transferred to the company's account, you receive slip certifying you paid your bills.
I should really switch to electronic billing, shouldn't I.
Flumble wrote:Are post offices a public or private sector thing? If it's a government thing it's only natural that they're closed on Sundays, and on Fridays after 15:00 and during every possible holiday.

Oh right, it's a state-owned company, what was I thinking...
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