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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:28 am UTC

Today I learned what one of my uncles used to look like in the '70s. He looked like a hippy in aviator sunglasses.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zarq » Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:59 pm UTC

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!
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Cloud Walker » Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:33 pm UTC

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.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby podbaydoor » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:20 pm UTC

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?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Oregonaut » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:24 pm UTC

Is it stalking if I know it is happening and approve its happening?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby podbaydoor » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:48 pm UTC

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?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby AJR » Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:32 pm UTC

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:

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby PhoenixEnigma » Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:35 pm UTC

Can I join the Oregonaut Group of Respect and Enjoyment? You even add awesome to rants.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby kingofdreams » Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:57 am UTC

you should not smell what you floss
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Oregonaut » Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:30 pm UTC

I can haz a fanclub? It canz be called OGRE?

<glee>
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby PM 2Ring » Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:25 pm UTC

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.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby podbaydoor » Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:53 pm UTC

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.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Oregonaut » Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:00 pm UTC

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?
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Mumpy wrote:And to this day, librarians revile Oregonaut as the Antichrist.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Kang » Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:52 pm UTC

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

My educated guess is: no.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby podbaydoor » Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:04 pm UTC

Only if you infused it with magic and it made sparkles every time you turned around.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:12 pm UTC

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.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Oregonaut » Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:44 pm UTC

I'd rather infuse it with flames so that it glows bright green whenever someone irritates me.
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Mumpy wrote:And to this day, librarians revile Oregonaut as the Antichrist.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby PhoenixEnigma » Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:13 pm UTC

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?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:15 pm UTC

Yes, that was indeed what I was thinking of.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Oregonaut » Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:17 pm UTC

"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..."
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Whelan » Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:34 pm UTC

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.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Magnanimous » Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:00 am UTC

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.)

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby 3fj » Sat Aug 21, 2010 3:06 am UTC

Hardware is exactly as difficult as it decides to be on the day. I just chose the right day.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Levi » Sat Aug 21, 2010 3:36 am UTC

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.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Whelan » Sat Aug 21, 2010 11:26 am UTC

TIL: To fucking check the date of important things, otherwise one is liable to be a week late to a very important exam.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby You, sir, name? » Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:20 pm UTC

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.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Magnanimous » Sun Aug 22, 2010 12:45 am UTC

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.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Midnight » Sun Aug 22, 2010 2:07 am UTC

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)
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby tastelikecoke » Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:35 am UTC

TIL You sir name's avatar changed.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Giant Speck » Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:43 am UTC

tastelikecoke wrote:TIL You sir name's avatar changed.

TIL tastelikecoke's avatar changed.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:20 am UTC

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.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby tastelikecoke » Sun Aug 22, 2010 2:40 pm UTC

Giant Speck wrote:
tastelikecoke wrote:TIL You sir name's avatar changed.

TIL tastelikecoke's avatar changed.

It changes depending on weather.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby PM 2Ring » Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:47 pm UTC

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.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Whelan » Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:56 pm UTC

I am often told I look like my mother. Which would be less bad if I weren't a 17 year old male.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Oregonaut » Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:11 pm UTC

TIL: I don't like being poked with someone's boob on the bus.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby DecemberSoul » Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:27 pm UTC

TIL: That David Attenborough's voiceover was replaced by Sigourney Weaver on the US showing of Plant Earth. Weird.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Whelan » Mon Aug 23, 2010 5:04 pm UTC

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.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby supermario » Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:15 am UTC

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.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:42 am UTC

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?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby JayDee » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:11 pm UTC

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.
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