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Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:28 am UTC
by SlyReaper
Today I learned what one of my uncles used to look like in the '70s. He looked like a hippy in aviator sunglasses.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:59 pm UTC
by Zarq
TIL IMDb finally has a mobile site. It was about time. Checking IMDb on my smartphone was always a pain in the ass.

Also, solved a Rubik's Cube for the first time without needing my cheat sheet. Hurrah!

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:33 pm UTC
by Cloud Walker
Levi wrote:
Cloud Walker wrote:YIL that a fair amount of sunglasses are bad for driving, blocking peripheral vision and the ability to check blind spots. $10 down the drain.

So, I gotta be wary of plastic view-blocking sunglasses, and I gotta avoid metal-framed sunglasses due to a nickel allergy. Then out of what's leftover (practically nil) I have to find something remotely like a style I would wear and not ridiculously expensive (>$20). This is frustrating.


What happens when you handle change? According to Wikipedia, nickels are 25% nickel. Is that enough for an allergic reaction? Sorry for being so off-topic, but I'm curious.


It takes prolonged contact, like from sunglasses, belt buckles, earrings, etc. I develop an ugly and itchy rash. Just recently found the cause of the rash on my nose between my eyes, and that's why I spend $10 on plastic sunglasses the other day.

I think I'll try that nail polish idea.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:20 pm UTC
by podbaydoor
Oregonaut wrote:I did it on a dare. The young lady mentioned that I was dressed like MJ, but that, due to overwhelming whiteness, I could not likely moonwalk for her. I immediately about-faced while walking by her side and started moonwalking down the hall. The person in the OR staging area saw me, gawked, tripped, and sent a tray of RME flying. Fortunately nothing sharp.

Oregonaut? Is it okay if I stalk you on the fora from now on?

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:24 pm UTC
by Oregonaut
Is it stalking if I know it is happening and approve its happening?

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:48 pm UTC
by podbaydoor
dictionary.com wrote:stalk 2 (stɔːk)

— vb
1. to follow or approach (game, prey, etc) stealthily and quietly
2. to pursue persistently and, sometimes, attack (a person with whom one is obsessed, often a celebrity)
3. to spread over (a place) in a menacing or grim manner: fever stalked the camp
4. ( intr ) to walk in a haughty, stiff, or threatening way: he stalked out in disgust
5. to search or draw (a piece of land) for prey

Erm...I guess not.

Oregonaut? Is it okay if I (digitally) follow you around with my eyes shining with puppy-like adoration?

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:32 pm UTC
by AJR
TIL: that fat-fingering the code on the burglar alarm key-pad is a Bad ThingTM. And that the people at the alarm monitoring company are rather good at dealing with people ringing them up in a combination of embarrassment, panic, and annoyedness about the very loud alarm that won't stop. Not my finest moment, that one... :oops:

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:35 pm UTC
by PhoenixEnigma
Can I join the Oregonaut Group of Respect and Enjoyment? You even add awesome to rants.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:57 am UTC
by kingofdreams
you should not smell what you floss

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:30 pm UTC
by Oregonaut
I can haz a fanclub? It canz be called OGRE?

<glee>

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:25 pm UTC
by PM 2Ring
Cloud Walker wrote:
Levi wrote:
Cloud Walker wrote:I gotta avoid metal-framed sunglasses due to a nickel allergy.


What happens when you handle change? According to Wikipedia, nickels are 25% nickel. Is that enough for an allergic reaction? Sorry for being so off-topic, but I'm curious.


It takes prolonged contact, like from sunglasses, belt buckles, earrings, etc. I develop an ugly and itchy rash. Just recently found the cause of the rash on my nose between my eyes, and that's why I spend $10 on plastic sunglasses the other day.

I think I'll try that nail polish idea.

The nail polish should work, at least until it wears off. Unless, of course, you're also allergic to something in the nail polish. :mrgreen:

IIRC, the nickel metal itself doesn't cause irritation, the culprit is water-soluble nickel compounds, especially nickel chloride, which forms when the salt in your sweat reacts with the metal. These compounds are usually a blue-green colour, similar to the cupric salts of copper that you see on old bronze statues & old copper coins. Maybe ask over in the Science forum if you want more details.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:53 pm UTC
by podbaydoor
Oregonaut wrote:I can haz a fanclub? It canz be called OGRE?

<glee>

Well, you've certainly made it onto podbaydoor's list of fora crushes. There are now three, including you...and the other two aren't active anymore. So you get a headband and everything.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:00 pm UTC
by Oregonaut
Yay headband!

I actually wear two armbands while I'm at work to keep my sleeves from interfering with my motion. So that'd be three bands I'd get to wear.

I wonder, if I put 鬼 on the headband, would people leave me alone about it?

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:52 pm UTC
by Kang
I wonder, if I put 鬼 on the headband, would people leave me alone about it?

My educated guess is: no.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:04 pm UTC
by podbaydoor
Only if you infused it with magic and it made sparkles every time you turned around.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:12 pm UTC
by SlyReaper
Today I learned that one of the things I'm helping to build is using two separate conventions for measuring altitude in various parts of the system. Oh dear.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:44 pm UTC
by Oregonaut
I'd rather infuse it with flames so that it glows bright green whenever someone irritates me.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:13 pm UTC
by PhoenixEnigma
SlyReaper wrote:Today I learned that one of the things I'm helping to build is using two separate conventions for measuring altitude in various parts of the system. Oh dear.

Oh, dear, indeed. Haven't we been here before?

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:15 pm UTC
by SlyReaper
Yes, that was indeed what I was thinking of.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:17 pm UTC
by Oregonaut
"Yeah, we think the system didn't recognize the ground-to-lander ratio correctly."

"Oh?"

"Well, the system was very clear in that it was supposed to deploy chutes at 1,500 yards."

"You mean metres."

"No, we programmed for yards...why?"

"Uh...yeah..."

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:34 pm UTC
by Whelan
I seem to recall some bridge-building project that was being done from both ends an meeting in the middle, one side took the height in feet, the other in metres. Hilarity all round.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:00 am UTC
by Magnanimous
Today I learned that you should always check to make sure your online purchases don't get processed twice by way of internets failure. Now it's past the return date, and I have to figure out what to do with twenty-two random books. (Also I should apologize to my mailman.)

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 3:06 am UTC
by 3fj
Hardware is exactly as difficult as it decides to be on the day. I just chose the right day.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 3:36 am UTC
by Levi
TIL: Make sure my laptop is actually off before switching out HDDs. Fortunately I didn't break anything, but I opened the lid, was presented with a login screen, and was very confused for a few seconds.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 11:26 am UTC
by Whelan
TIL: To fucking check the date of important things, otherwise one is liable to be a week late to a very important exam.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:20 pm UTC
by You, sir, name?
Whelan wrote:TIL: To fucking check the date of important things, otherwise one is liable to be a week late to a very important exam.


A couple of years ago, it was roughly 3 AM when I discovered I had an exam the following morning.

Yeah.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 12:45 am UTC
by Magnanimous
You, sir, name? wrote:
Whelan wrote:TIL: To fucking check the date of important things, otherwise one is liable to be a week late to a very important exam.


A couple of years ago, it was roughly 3 AM when I discovered I had an exam the following morning.

Yeah.
I can't take you, sir, name? seriously with that new avatar. Not that I could with the old one, but still.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 2:07 am UTC
by Midnight
I look exactly like my father did when he was my age. Like, whenever I go to the 70's in my time machine, people think I'm his twin.

also, I learned the secret to time travel (it's bacon)

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:35 am UTC
by tastelikecoke
TIL You sir name's avatar changed.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:43 am UTC
by Giant Speck
tastelikecoke wrote:TIL You sir name's avatar changed.

TIL tastelikecoke's avatar changed.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:20 am UTC
by SlyReaper
Midnight wrote:I look exactly like my father did when he was my age.


It's a depressing realisation isn't it. My response has been to shave my head and refrain from growing a beard so as to look as unalike as possible. However, I still have that distinctive frown-line that all men in my family have had for generations.

In fact, there are more ways than just appearance I'm turning into my dad. I ended up getting the same degree as him despite flogging myself trying to get a better grade, and after graduating, my first job is the same job he had after graduating. Not because I was trying to emulate my dad, just because that was the best job offer I had. If the trend continues, I will last another year and a half in my current job, then go work for a ship builders.

So yeah it's slightly depressing. It really does feel like I'm merely a product of genetics and have no free will to speak of.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 2:40 pm UTC
by tastelikecoke
Giant Speck wrote:
tastelikecoke wrote:TIL You sir name's avatar changed.

TIL tastelikecoke's avatar changed.

It changes depending on weather.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:47 pm UTC
by PM 2Ring
Midnight wrote:I look exactly like my father did when he was my age.
Many of my relatives used to tell me that I looked a lot like my dad; I guess I can see the similarity in old photos.

A few days ago I learned that one of my nieces looks remarkably like her maternal great grandmother - I saw an old photo of my grandma & thought it was my niece doing a retro pose.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:56 pm UTC
by Whelan
I am often told I look like my mother. Which would be less bad if I weren't a 17 year old male.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:11 pm UTC
by Oregonaut
TIL: I don't like being poked with someone's boob on the bus.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:27 pm UTC
by DecemberSoul
TIL: That David Attenborough's voiceover was replaced by Sigourney Weaver on the US showing of Plant Earth. Weird.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 5:04 pm UTC
by Whelan
So why the hell would anyone watch it?

In related news, I was watching him on Mammals the other day, and remarked he should mention the Long-beaked Echidna, Zaglossus attenboroughi, and then he did, not by name though, because it wasn't named after him until '98, before the show was made.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:15 am UTC
by supermario
TIL: binary search and selection sort. Yay intro CS class! :D

Unfortunately, I also learned (and have been learning) that self-study is quite inefficient unless you're motivated and have few distractions.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:42 am UTC
by SlyReaper
DecemberSoul wrote:TIL: That David Attenborough's voiceover was replaced by Sigourney Weaver on the US showing of Plant Earth. Weird.


What?

What?!

Why?

I mean I know they sometimes have to subtitle someone with a strong regional accent, but Attenborough is surely understandable by leftpondians?

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:11 pm UTC
by JayDee
I was reading about Australian documentaries years ago, and I remember they mentioned that as common practice, re-dubbing documentaries for the USA. Ever since, I've assumed they do that for all of them. Probably for reasons of economics.