Author Topic: what I have learned today.  (Read 656432 times)

Kim

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #6275 on: 25 July, 2022, 08:25:42 pm »
Try putting your glasses on, you idiot, then you won’t need to spend 10 minutes wondering why a USB-C plug won’t fit in a Micro USB socket.

This reminds me of a thing I learned last week:

If you're groping around blindly at the back of a Babbage-engine, a USB-C plug will, apparently, fit in a USB-A socket.  With *hilarious* consequences.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #6276 on: 26 July, 2022, 11:54:38 am »
That a "cyclorameur" is a thing: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/284889092332

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #6277 on: 26 July, 2022, 12:01:54 pm »
Not knowing the French for rowing, I would just have assumed that was a cyclorama. But no.
Riding a bike through a city is like navigating the collective neural pathways of a vast global mind.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #6278 on: 29 July, 2022, 12:15:15 pm »
That Reach plc owns the Express and Star families. I was only aware of the local titles. Also that they regard print titles as still being their "cash engine".
Riding a bike through a city is like navigating the collective neural pathways of a vast global mind.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #6279 on: 29 July, 2022, 12:34:56 pm »
From a local chap on Next Door.

Just found out Richmond Park has more trees older than 500 years than the whole of France and Germany combined (oak being the majority).
Rust never sleeps

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #6280 on: 29 July, 2022, 01:06:58 pm »
Why computer people get excited by the Eurovision Song Contest:
https://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=55443#more-55443
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Mr Larrington

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #6281 on: 29 July, 2022, 01:32:01 pm »
That link appears to be about the Euphemism Song Contest.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #6282 on: 29 July, 2022, 02:21:31 pm »
That link appears to be about the Euphemism Song Contest.
;D :D ;D
Riding a bike through a city is like navigating the collective neural pathways of a vast global mind.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #6283 on: 01 August, 2022, 10:18:27 am »
That Annemiek Van Vleuten is from Vleuten.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #6284 on: 01 August, 2022, 12:08:58 pm »
That Postman Pat's black-and-white mog, Jess, is a male cat.

Kim

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #6285 on: 02 August, 2022, 10:42:49 pm »
That various unremarkable kitchen items appear interesting colours when the kitchen lighting goes to purple alert.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #6286 on: 06 August, 2022, 08:49:03 pm »
The origin of “to wait one’s turn” dates from waiting to have your grain milled.
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Basil

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #6287 on: 06 August, 2022, 08:56:54 pm »
What is?

the kitchen lighting goes to purple alert.
???
Admission.  I'm actually not that fussed about cake.

Kim

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #6288 on: 06 August, 2022, 10:52:42 pm »
What is?

the kitchen lighting goes to purple alert.
???

In a vague attempt to make the kitchen more pleasant, I have augmented the landlord-issue central pendant that casts a shadow on whatever you're doing with:

- A smart bulb in a basic ES lamp holder screwed to a Mk 1 Useful Bit Of Wood™ from ye shedde.  This is plonked on top of the fridge, pointing upwards into the gloomy corner.

- Some of that 12V LED strip stuff, stuck to the underside of the cupboards above the useful bit of work surface.  Driven by a Chinesium LED strip controller.

Both of these are running Tasmota[1], with some rules that turn them on automagically when there's someone in the room in hours of gloom.  So far, so sensible.

But since they're both capable of full RGBW colour-mixing[2], I've added assorted rules to change their colour to something garish and primary to indicate things-the-alerting-system-is-trying-to-draw-barakta's-attention-to.  Doorbell, fire alarm, phone ringing, that sort of thing.  Purple Alert was a late addition for barakta's hip surgery last year, which is triggered by one of those hospital nursey-call-button thingers, with a view to me getting some decent sleep in the proper bed upstairs while she was living in the dining room.  I've never actually seen it happen from the kitchen (I copy&pasted the colour rules from the landing light) before, until testing something last week.


[1] Internet-of shit devices without the internet, basically.
[2] Without changing the bulb, like they have to do in Starbug.

Beardy

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #6289 on: 07 August, 2022, 08:11:44 am »
That pulling a hard vacuum is both incredibly difficult and thus extremely expensive. When you get towards extremely low vacuum values you enter the realms of probability as you try to capture the remaining molecules. You need at least four different types of pump as you go through the various stages and the outputs of the later pumps need to be connected to the inputs of the previous pumps because of the pressure gradient. It’s an unbelievably complex and fascinating subject.

Oh, and the seemingly arbitrary hight where space officially starts is called the Karmen line, and isn’t quite as arbitrarily selected as its height would suggest (100k). More science.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #6290 on: 08 August, 2022, 09:04:41 am »
some rules that turn them on automagically when there's someone in the room in hours of gloom. 
When there's someone in the room
In the hours of gloom
Boris Johnson in the fridge
Will meet his doom




sorry
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #6291 on: 11 August, 2022, 08:53:20 pm »
That 30% of WW2 dead were Chinese, in fighting Japan. On a side note “Inside Japan’s War” on PBS is fascinating.
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meddyg

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #6292 on: 11 August, 2022, 10:56:06 pm »
The origin of “to wait one’s turn” dates from waiting to have your grain milled.

cf. Welsh expression 'Y cyntaf i'r felin caiff falu'
first to the mill gets ground/milled first

(approx 'early bird catches the worm.')