Yet Another Cycling Forum

Off Topic => The Pub => Topic started by: Basil on November 25, 2008, 09:44:11 pm

Title: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on November 25, 2008, 09:44:11 pm
I'm sure that even old buggers like me still learn on a daily basis.

There are things that you experience for the first time. (Yes, even at my age) There are experiences that occur that make you think.  There's stuff you read.  There's stuff you hear.  There's stuff you learn each day.

What did you learn today?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on November 25, 2008, 09:44:31 pm
My first example is sports related.  (Sorry)

I read today that JPR Williams never, ever lost to England.  He won 12 times!

JPR Williams 12 – England 0

Gosh.  I remember from my youth that he was great, but I never knew he was that great.

What did you learn today?


Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 25, 2008, 09:56:47 pm
That you have to be careful when you're reticulating your silver pendant in your jewellery class or you can melt a hole right through it and have to do some careful adapting of the design to disguise the fact you just melted a fuckoff big hole through the pendant you've spent weeks working on.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: alan on November 25, 2008, 10:26:45 pm
I re-learned an old lesson.
Where business is concerned,trust no-one.My faith in human nature has taken yet another hit >:(
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: toekneep on November 26, 2008, 07:01:28 am
I re-learned an old lesson.
Where business is concerned,trust no-one.My faith in human nature has taken yet another hit >:(

You be Tom Price from Survivors and ICMFP  ;D

Sorry you got let down my friend, don't give up on all of us.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: alan on November 26, 2008, 09:05:39 am
don't give up on all of us.

No,I'll not do that.
This place & its inhabitants go a long way to restoring my faith in human nature.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Tom M on November 26, 2008, 09:57:40 am
I've learnt that the general addage about Estate Agents is true. Being a newcomer to the house selling/buying business I was prepared to give the benefit of the doubt a little. I mean, they do get a bad press, but they can't all be bad can they?

The addage has been proved correct. Bunch of (insert NWS expletive of choice)!

Wise old sage's no doubt many are, please carry on with your pitifull head shaking at my innocence.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ABlipInContinuity on November 26, 2008, 10:06:40 am
I've just learned about the word 'reticulate'

Thanks Kirst

That you have to be careful when you're reticulating your silver pendant in your jewellery class or you can melt a hole right through it and have to do some careful adapting of the design to disguise the fact you just melted a fuckoff big hole through the pendant you've spent weeks working on.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on November 27, 2008, 11:32:19 am
I've just heard the phrase déja-moo.

It is that inescapable feeling that you have heard this bull before..

..d
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on November 27, 2008, 11:36:56 am
That could be very very useful.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Charlotte on November 27, 2008, 12:13:49 pm
I've learned the difference between "buck" and "boost" (in the context of LED driver circuits).

I've also learned that joining candlepowerforums is a bad idea if you're into shiny, flashy things...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: LE on November 27, 2008, 12:19:00 pm
I've learned lots about log linear analysis and that Principal Components Analysis is just as much fun as Factor Analsis - Whoot Whoot to nonparametric data.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on November 27, 2008, 01:11:18 pm
I've just heard the phrase déja-moo.

It is that inescapable feeling that you have heard this bull before..

..d

Excellent.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 27, 2008, 01:47:25 pm
I've learned that people talking about generating "a fifth-order polynomial from a set of some 5000 data points which look random but aren't" and "non-linear regression" might as well be speaking Aramaic.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: RichForrest on November 27, 2008, 01:54:57 pm
I've just heard the phrase déja-moo.

It is that inescapable feeling that you have heard this bull before..

..d

Hasn't someone had that as a sig' on here for months?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on November 27, 2008, 02:13:32 pm
I've just heard the phrase déja-moo.

It is that inescapable feeling that you have heard this bull before..

..d

Hasn't someone had that as a sig' on here for months?

I'm not sure if you are serious or joking..

or suffering an attack of deja-moo..

..d
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Robbo5 on November 27, 2008, 03:04:38 pm
I've learned that fine-grained oak barrels are more porous than coarse-grained oak barrels.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: LE on November 27, 2008, 03:35:22 pm
Leopard don't change their spots
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: LE on November 28, 2008, 11:51:32 am
That accountants, financial advisors and CEO of Charities who pay themselves massive fat salaries and self promotoe off the back of the charity are the scum of the earth
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Salvatore on November 28, 2008, 02:28:36 pm
That the German phrase 'jemandem unter die Arme greifen'  (literally to grasp someone under the arms) means 'to help'.
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Post by: Jaded on November 28, 2008, 02:46:18 pm
That it is nice to give your fee to a deserving charity.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: LE on November 28, 2008, 02:57:56 pm
That above has made me smile. it is nice that there are giving people in the world :)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: MSeries on November 28, 2008, 03:08:37 pm
That Yorkshire people are not as tight as the legend has it. ;) Someone sent me some pedals, FOC. Thank you, you know who you are.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 28, 2008, 03:46:15 pm
That Yorkshire people are not as tight as the legend has it. ;) Someone sent me some pedals, FOC. Thank you, you know who you are.

That's two people who have had pedals off Yorkshire types recently.  Must be catching ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: alan on November 28, 2008, 03:50:15 pm
A whole pair of pedals out of Yorkshire :o
Who got the opposite hand thread pedal
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on November 28, 2008, 03:52:05 pm
I feel I ought to point out that, despite being the most vociferous Tyke on the board, and, despite being reasonably generous for a chap of my origin, I had no part in either of these instances of kind munificence in the pedal department.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on November 28, 2008, 05:33:38 pm
I've just learnt, from Wiki, that 'LOL' is internetspeak stands for 'Laughing Out Loud'.  Is this right ? It doesn't seem to fit with the way I've seen some folk using it.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: gordon taylor on November 28, 2008, 06:48:43 pm
I've learned that if I eat less for a week, I lose weight. I thought my gargantuan mass was all down to my "metabolism" until today.  ::-)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: PaulF on November 30, 2008, 04:58:02 pm
Four year old boys' ears are wired in such a way that they are physically unable to hear the words "Don't jump in the mud" ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Clare on December 10, 2008, 04:59:25 pm
In Japan there is no Mrs Christmas  :o.


Who looks after the elves and gets the fat bearded one out on his sleigh in time?

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: hairyhippy on December 10, 2008, 05:38:40 pm
I have mainly been learning knitting and welding.

The two should not be confused.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: numbnuts on December 10, 2008, 06:07:40 pm
That bin men are arsehole drivers
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on December 10, 2008, 07:52:48 pm
I have mainly been learning knitting and welding.

The two should not be confused.

Tho some framebuilders may have done so...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: nicknack on December 10, 2008, 11:34:23 pm
That if you prepare a seminar on a subject you know quite a lot about you end up waffling for far too long while the rest of the class acquire a glazed look.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: PaulF on January 13, 2009, 12:48:53 pm
That the magnet in a crackberry case is 100% effective way of erasing credit card style hotel room keys.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on November 15, 2009, 10:49:18 pm
Gosh, for all of my life I thought that a Blue Moon was a second full moon in a calendar month.

Mr. Wowbagger's thread has taught me something today.

Edit:
Hmm, after re-reading article on Wikipedia I'm now totally confused.
There appear to be two definitions.  Seasonal and Calendar.

The more modern Calendar interpretation (two in any month) would now appear to be the one in accepted modern usage. 

Hmm, happy to go with the flow.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: hellymedic on November 16, 2009, 03:45:53 am
Many facts about an erstwhile maths teacher, whose Memorial Service I attended today.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tonycollinet on November 16, 2009, 09:06:36 pm
I've learned the difference between "buck" and "boost" (in the context of LED driver circuits).

I've also learned that joining candlepowerforums is a bad idea if you're into shiny, flashy things...

Oh yes  ;D. You want to avoid boost converters though if you can - they are much less efficient.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tonycollinet on November 16, 2009, 09:13:11 pm
I learned today that if you put wet cycling shoes (and I mean really really sodden dripping as wet as conceivably wet as can be wet) in the air stream coming out of a dehumidifier, they are bone dry after about 8 hours.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tonycollinet on November 16, 2009, 09:16:15 pm
I've also learned that if you give stuff away on freecycle, people think it is perfectly OK to arrange a time to collect - and then not bother to show. And not bother to phone or email to let me know. Twice. By two different people.
 >:(

I'm gonna take it to the tip - they can sod off.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jonno on November 18, 2009, 02:48:42 pm
Trust is everything in business! Tust me!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jonno on November 18, 2009, 02:55:17 pm
I've learned that if I eat less for a week, I lose weight. I thought my gargantuan mass was all down to my "metabolism" until today.  ::-)

You probably know that lossing weight is alot harder than putting it on.

I'm 'proof in the pudding' that the right diet and exercise helps.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: jogler on November 18, 2009, 03:22:00 pm
Trust is everything in business! Tust me!

£ in business is more than everthing,it's the only thing
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: JStone on November 18, 2009, 04:58:05 pm
Just because a job run over a VPN connection works when tested in the office does not guarantee that it will work on the same laptop when working from home the next day   >:(
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Wowbagger on January 31, 2010, 01:13:37 am
I learned that Honoré de Balzac had a great deal in common with that other famous Frenchman, M. le Maire de Mortagne-au-Perche.
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Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: geraldc on January 31, 2010, 01:53:31 am
Yakult has more sugar by volume than Coca Cola.
So that explains 1 or 2 of the grams I put on over Xmas, now to find out what caused the rest of the 2kg gain.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 01, 2010, 02:53:44 pm
Oi!  I'm not dead!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: hellymedic on February 01, 2010, 03:11:05 pm
Yakult has more sugar by volume than Coca Cola.

Tomato ketchup has more than either. The total sugar in a squidge of tomato ketchup is not that much though, a small pot of Yakult might contain 20g sugar but it's dead easy to drink 50g sugar in Coke (if you can stomach the stuff at all).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Regulator on February 01, 2010, 03:15:48 pm
Oi!  I'm not dead!

Are you sure?

You could be an Audax Zombie (an increasingly common sight on the highways and byways of this sceptred isle).

Do you have the sudden urge to dismember people (either with or without a SHOVEL) and eat their BRANES?

Do you find yourself eating everything in sight?

Do you smell somewhat foetid, as though something had crawled into your shorts and died?

If so, you may in fact be an audax zombie...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Greenbank on February 01, 2010, 03:43:59 pm
Just because a job run over a VPN connection works when tested in the office does not guarantee that it will work on the same laptop when working from home the next day   >:(

A trip with said laptop to a cafe/pub/coffee-shop with wireless network can help test that out. "It's work, honest boss!"

Having signed up for BT Fon (as I have BT Broadband) means I get free access to BT Openzone which has free wireless in loads of places (such as Cafe Nero) as well as the wireless networks of other residential users who have subscribed to BT Fon.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on February 02, 2010, 07:25:38 am
That USAF/RAF pilots are now flying bombing missions in Afghanistan/Pakistan without leaving the safety of their 'office'...BBC News - How unmanned drones are changing modern warfare (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8488269.stm)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 02, 2010, 03:33:28 pm
Oi!  I'm not dead!

Are you sure?

Actually, I went for a blood pressure check yesterday and it seems that I very probably am.  If I suddenly turn into a heap of steaming offal, it's just my cardio-vascular system going into meltdown...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on February 02, 2010, 03:43:58 pm
On the grounds that a cardio-vascular system is probably easier to fix than an immune system, wanna swap? You know what they say: a change is as good as a rest. You'll get an interesting new set of symptoms, but at least you won't have to worry about high blood pressure.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Salvatore on November 09, 2010, 10:36:14 am
That Beeswing in Dumfriesshire is named after a racehorse.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ian H on November 09, 2010, 10:43:30 am
That Beeswing in Dumfriesshire is named after a racehorse.

And the racehorse is named after?
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Post by: Nuncio on November 09, 2010, 01:42:56 pm
That's what he's going to learn tomorrow.  You can overdo it you know.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on November 10, 2010, 12:45:14 pm
STONITH means Shoot The Other Node In The Head.....

Does what it says on the tin, really :)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: CAMRAMan on November 10, 2010, 01:45:40 pm
I learned that Merrydown Vintage Cider, a staple of my youth, is now being sold in 750ml bottles instead of one litre bottles. No doubt this is justified by way of either making it the same size as wine bottles, or to satisfy, ostensibly, the nanny state. Did this reduction in size accompany a reduction in price? Did it bollocks.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Wombat on November 11, 2010, 08:04:39 am
That our executive director is a bigger knob than I thought... yesterday I got a very formal letter, on two sheets of fancy paper, in an envelope marked confidential, to tell me that things were worse here than expected, and there could be more redundancies than originally expected.   Very nice of you to tell me this, but I'm already being made redundant, you brainless twat!   What friggin' difference is it going to make to me?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 09, 2011, 06:39:06 pm
Devout Muslims must have their toilets facing away from Mecca.

When you're doing a bathroom adaptation which involves repositioning the toilet and access to the soil stack is limited, this requirement can make it quite complicated.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on May 09, 2011, 06:43:53 pm
That's a euphemism for Saniflo (http://www.diyfaq.org.uk/humour.html), isn't it?   :hand:
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 09, 2011, 06:47:07 pm
I'm very much hoping not.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Feline on May 09, 2011, 06:48:10 pm
Devout Muslims must have their toilets facing away from Mecca.

When you're doing a bathroom adaptation which involves repositioning the toilet and access to the soil stack is limited, this requirement can make it quite complicated.

It caused all kinds of problems in the toilets on a long haul Royal Brunei flight to Australia I was once on too! They kept pausing the movie to show a map of the plane with an arrow to show which direction Mecca was in too  :o

(it was for other reasons also probably the worst flight of my life because there was no alcohol on the plane, even the wine we pinched from firsdt class was alcohol free  :sick: )
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: andrewc on May 09, 2011, 08:19:08 pm
Who Lise Meitner (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lise_Meitner) and Emmy Noether (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmy_noether) were.

 http://xkcd.com/ (http://xkcd.com/)  who says cartoons are not educational ?

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pedaldog on May 09, 2011, 08:39:01 pm
Devout Muslims must have their toilets facing away from Mecca.

Doesn't that mean that they're pointing their Arses towards Mecca?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 10, 2011, 11:04:20 am
(it was for other reasons also probably the worst flight of my life because there was no alcohol on the plane, even the wine we pinched from firsdt class was alcohol free  :sick: )

Dr Larrington once flew from Tokyo to London on PIA, via Beijing and Karachi.  She and her friend solved the problem of no boozahol with a couple of two litre bottles1 of tonic water, only one of which contained that described by the label :thumbsup:

1 - This was about 1980, when no-one was trying to blow up aeroplanes with Lucozade Sport.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 10, 2011, 09:28:57 pm
How to do very basic and a bit blotchy cobalt blue enamel on silver.  :D
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Post by: Kim on May 11, 2011, 02:07:49 pm
That rhubarb isn't green.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on May 23, 2011, 12:30:28 pm
Courtesy of the Today programme, I learned there's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There%27s_No_One_as_Irish_as_Barack_O%27Bama)!
 
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Post by: tiermat on October 03, 2011, 01:40:39 pm
You can't use Centrelock rotors instead of 6 bolt ones when using Avid BB7 roads, as the caliper catches the rotor arms :(  An expensive mistake that, thinkl I will take it back and see if I can get a refund.
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Post by: clarion on October 03, 2011, 02:27:24 pm
Oh bugger.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on November 09, 2011, 06:58:52 am
The poppies sold in Scotland are different to the one sold in E&W.  The Scottish poppies have 4 petals and no leaf. 
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: PaulF on November 09, 2011, 07:38:24 am
And Canadian poppies don't have a stem!
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Post by: haliaetos on November 09, 2011, 07:57:57 pm
The poppies sold in Scotland are different to the one sold in E&W.  The Scottish poppies have 4 petals and no leaf.

Makes it easier for schoolkids to make poppy darts. Well, it did back when I were a lad, when the stems were metal! Not very respectful, granted, but at least they received more donations than they would have done otherwise.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 09, 2011, 08:03:33 pm
I learned that the joists in a building don't necessarily all run the same way, not even in the same room, and how to get a reasonable estimate of the gradient of an external path by looking at the bellcast.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Quisling on November 10, 2011, 09:01:37 am
That it is quite possible to loose over 1/4 stone in 24 hours through ones bottom alone and that it's possible to have evil shivers and sweats without apparently running an abnormal temperature

Yes, the plague is in town chez Quisling  :sick:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on November 16, 2011, 11:57:36 am
When trimmed a beard with a hair trimmer and a 3mm guard, DO NOT have eyes open.....
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Post by: woollypigs on November 16, 2011, 12:01:54 pm
That it is quite possible to loose over 1/4 stone in 24 hours through ones bottom alone and that it's possible to have evil shivers and sweats without apparently running an abnormal temperature

Yes, the plague is in town chez Quisling  :sick:
Did you eat at the same Indian as me ? One second frozen to the bone, couldn't get warm at all, fell asleep, woke up in a "swimming pool", it all stopped after a trip to the loo.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on November 27, 2011, 03:10:20 pm
That those keyed ring things that sit between a bar-end shifter and the bar plug bit are chiral.  The difference is subtle, and easily missed if you're sitting in a pile of bar-end shifter parts.
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Post by: Jurek on November 27, 2011, 03:17:28 pm
A new word.

Chiral.

And having investigated its meaning, I'll be looking for the first opportunity to use it.
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Post by: David Martin on November 27, 2011, 08:02:51 pm
Laevo or dextro rotary?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 27, 2011, 09:11:45 pm
Technically, not today.  Since it was actually Friday evening that I learned that a tandem fits in my living room.  Just.


Dangerous knowledge that, potentially...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Butterfly on November 27, 2011, 10:43:29 pm
Technically, not today.  Since it was actually Friday evening that I learned that a tandem fits in my living room.  Just.


Dangerous knowledge that, potentially...
I have a 20 inch wheeled tandem that is petite and bijoux (or petit and bijou, I don't know :-[). I could bring it for a trial at some point. :) It isn't very good at optical illusions but there aren't any near the den, are there?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 27, 2011, 10:57:41 pm
Right now I am learning about a woman called Jean Jenkins, who travelled around the world in the 1960s and 70s (back when the world was young  :) ) recording music and establishing the field of ethno-musicology. Right now it's 1974 and she's meeting Haile Selassie and trying to blag funding off him. It's rather fascinating. She seems to have worn lots of girdles!

She recorded world music before World Music, as they've just said.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: αdαmsκι on November 29, 2011, 08:47:21 pm
Chiral.

And having investigated its meaning, I'll be looking for the first opportunity to use it.

A level chemistry tomorrow Thursday?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jurek on November 29, 2011, 08:53:18 pm
Chiral.

And having investigated its meaning, I'll be looking for the first opportunity to use it.

A level chemistry tomorrow Thursday?

Day after, I reckon  ;).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fboab on November 30, 2011, 06:15:13 pm
Today I have mostly been accompanying No1Son to the Grove of Academe at UEA (Norwich).

I learned, that in the 20 years since I went University:

1 A*AA and he gets £1k off fees as a scholarship
2 Keep up this unemployment and he gets maximum grant and a bursary.
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Post by: PeteB99 on December 05, 2011, 10:22:53 pm
The word Seedie is a term for ex slaves employed by the Royal Navy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Post by: Arch on December 05, 2011, 10:44:18 pm
Technically, not today.  Since it was actually Friday evening that I learned that a tandem fits in my living room.  Just.


Dangerous knowledge that, potentially...
I have a 20 inch wheeled tandem that is petite and bijoux (or petit and bijou, I don't know :-[). I could bring it for a trial at some point. :) It isn't very good at optical illusions but there aren't any near the den, are there?

Petit et bijou, I think,  un velo being masculine and singular. (I think. A good tip I was given for trying to be confident in limited French was not to get hung up about the le and la stuff and just have a go...)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on December 05, 2011, 11:13:01 pm
(I think. A good tip I was given for trying to be confident in limited French was not to get hung up about the le and la stuff and just have a go...)
And don't. try. to. pronounce. every. word. because. it. doesn't. sound. right. You have to cultivate the right sense of flow, rhythm and mumble when speaking and let the reader's ears fill in the missing bits.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 06, 2011, 08:17:16 am
If you put some olbas oil on a tissue and put it inside your pillowcase to keep you able to breathe during the night, there is a good chance that you will end up lying on it and wake up in the night thinking half your face is on fire.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on December 06, 2011, 09:43:51 am
Tip: Put the olbas oil on the underside of your pillow.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 06, 2011, 11:23:37 am
Then how am I supposed to inhale it? Will it make its way through the pillow? Will that mean my pillow stinks forevermore?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: CAMRAMan on December 06, 2011, 11:32:23 am
Everything that ever comes into contact with Olbas Oil will reek of it for evermore.

My late, old Gran, bless her, used to daub it in bucketfuls on and around her person & it's the smell I associate with her memory.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on December 06, 2011, 02:03:53 pm
...whereas if you squirt xylometazoline up your nose, it'll taste nasty for 10 minutes, you'll be able to breathe all night, and nothing will have to smell of anything.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on December 06, 2011, 05:59:59 pm
Kirst, the underside of the pillow gets warm enough to vaporise the olbas oil.  It does work (but your pillow might be minty for a while).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Arch on December 06, 2011, 09:00:13 pm
(I think. A good tip I was given for trying to be confident in limited French was not to get hung up about the le and la stuff and just have a go...)
And don't. try. to. pronounce. every. word. because. it. doesn't. sound. right. You have to cultivate the right sense of flow, rhythm and mumble when speaking and let the reader's ears fill in the missing bits.

Exactly. I remember I started to feel comfortable in France when I realised I was saying "Au'voir" instead of "Au Revoir". Not that I'm anything like fluent, but after a day or so over there I feel more courageous about trying. 
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on December 06, 2011, 09:29:15 pm
Richard Jefferies went to school in Sydenham and lived part of his life in Surbiton.  Not what you expect for Wiltshire's famous country-loving author.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 07, 2011, 12:58:48 pm
This could have been a rant (predictable stuff; doctors' reception, no appointment till 8 days' time, late evening hour for a 7 y.o., then waiting 20 minutes after appointed time to actually see doc) but instead I have learnt two good things about the NHS, which IME do not apply anywhere else: prescriptions are printed so you can actually read them and contain dosage info; and they are free for children!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: TheLurker on December 07, 2011, 01:44:17 pm
That I am prepared to abandon an  application or an otherwise OK(ish) job partly, possibly mainly, because the prospective employer hasn't got secure bike parking.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on December 18, 2011, 06:13:51 pm
That AAISP have a company bouncy castle.

Given that they already own an orc and a laser engraver, this doesn't really surprise me.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: andrew_s on December 18, 2011, 07:56:31 pm
Care to be a little less cryptic?
Bouncy castle and laser engraver are simple, but how does a subterranean humanoid normally found in the pages of LotR come in to things, and what's AAISP when it's at home?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Butterfly on December 18, 2011, 07:57:02 pm
That I can ride up a hill with an arrow, without getting off and walking any of it :D.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on December 18, 2011, 08:04:20 pm
how does a subterranean humanoid normally found in the pages of LotR come in to things

It stands guard in the conference room (http://revk.www.me.uk/2011/02/orctastic.html).


Quote
and what's AAISP when it's at home?

A purveyor of fine internet services (http://aaisp.net.uk/).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on December 22, 2011, 07:12:47 pm
That trikes go faster when the brakes aren't rubbing   :facepalm:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: PaulF on December 22, 2011, 08:21:30 pm
If you try to fit a new chain to a singlespeed bike in the dark you'll make it one link too short :facepalm:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on December 27, 2011, 10:48:41 pm
That Puffinus puffinus is not a Puffin. It is a Manx Sheerwater. A puffin is Fratercula arctica (Atlantic Puffin, there are two other Fratercula sp. puffins)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pingu on December 27, 2011, 10:56:32 pm
That Puffinus puffinus is not a Puffin. It is a Manx Sheerwater.

That was a question in my work's christmas quiz.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pedaldog on December 28, 2011, 03:01:09 pm
I have learned that slipping off the front of the saddle, emergrency stop for stoopind Ped', onto a frame that is bigger than what I should ride is painful for the Mangerines!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on December 28, 2011, 03:03:06 pm
But the good news is that the local choir are looking for Trebles. ;)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on December 28, 2011, 03:04:59 pm
I learned a new word today.

Mangerines

 ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: pcolbeck on December 28, 2011, 03:08:32 pm
You cant taste any Guinness in Guinness chocolate.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pedaldog on December 28, 2011, 03:09:26 pm
But the good news is that the local choir are looking for Trebles. ;)

I've only got the two of them I'm afraid.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: gordon taylor on December 28, 2011, 03:10:16 pm
I've learned that Britain is broken and we're witnessing the end of civilisation as we know it... according to the miserable, spittle-flecked git who was reading selected articles out of today's Telegraph to his silent wife. All whilst sitting in a posh Costa Cafe sipping skinny latte... in a lovely county town on a beautiful winter's day in one of the richest and healthiest countries on earth.

If he'd shouted "We're all doomed" at the end of one of his diatribes, I'd have laughed.

Poor man.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Arch on December 28, 2011, 04:16:20 pm
I've learned that Britain is broken and we're witnessing the end of civilisation as we know it... according to the miserable, spittle-flecked git who was reading selected articles out of today's Telegraph to his silent wife. All whilst sitting in a posh Costa Cafe sipping skinny latte... in a lovely county town on a beautiful winter's day in one of the richest and healthiest countries on earth.

If he'd shouted "We're all doomed" at the end of one of his diatribes, I'd have laughed.

Poor man.

Console yourself in the knowledge that when it all goes tits up, he'll probably not have a single useful survival skill, and his wife will go off with the very practical Polish plumber she's been sleeping with for years....

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 29, 2011, 01:29:10 am
Does anyone actually know a Polish plumber? I know Polish bakers, decorators, shopkeepers, electricians and, er, bods in the city, but even when I lived in Poland I never knew a plumber!

Anyways
But the good news is that the local choir are looking for Trebles. ;)

I've only got the two of them I'm afraid.
made me laugh ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: jogler on December 29, 2011, 09:16:04 am
Does anyone actually know a Polish plumber?

I know two Polish plumbers.Business & marriage partners.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Wowbagger on December 29, 2011, 09:25:19 am
All the Polish plumbers I know are far too busy screwing the wives of unsuspecting Daily Telegraph readers to actually get on with any plumbing.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 29, 2011, 01:05:54 pm
Sounds like they're doing a lot of plumbing!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on December 29, 2011, 02:00:06 pm
Does anyone actually know a Polish plumber?

I know two Polish plumbers.Business & marriage partners.

So your marriage partner is a Polish plumber? :o
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 29, 2011, 03:08:19 pm
I spent 4 hours today fitting the roller blind I bought from JLP online in the sale.
What I learned today is that roller blinds were invented by sadists, and, it's best to go and actually see how sheer these fabrics are before purchase.

*bashes head off desk*
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Arch on December 29, 2011, 03:18:05 pm
I have learnt the beginnings of how to use my new Dremel....  ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 29, 2011, 07:11:12 pm
I am absolutely hopeless at Khet (really not surprised). I think bobb should challenge Wowbagger to a game.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pedaldog on December 30, 2011, 05:10:49 pm
Edited to change as I got in a strop over being silly.

I learned that I shouldn't be so bloody touchy!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: jogler on December 30, 2011, 05:45:13 pm
IME face value judgements are rarely correct.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 30, 2011, 06:25:34 pm
That the Syriac Church is not monophysistic but miaphysistic.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on December 30, 2011, 08:40:54 pm
I learned the difference between a juvenile golden eagle and a red kite.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: hellymedic on December 31, 2011, 01:23:27 am
I learned that Lionel Bart died in the Hammersmith Hospital on 3 April 1999.
My grandmother died in the Hammersmith Hospital on 1 April 1999 and was buried on 4 April. They must have been in the same morgue together...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on February 17, 2012, 09:13:29 pm
I learned today that Kim has a homophobic phone! ::-)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on February 17, 2012, 09:19:27 pm
I learned today that Kim has a homophobic phone! ::-)

SwiftKey X for Android with the English (UK) dictionary, if you want to play along at home.  While it has no problem with swearing and arbitrary neologisms, it seems to have a specific blind spot for perfectly reasonable words pertaining to teh ghey.  Most odd...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on April 06, 2012, 11:42:45 pm
Thanks Kim.

More stuff learned today. (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=58421.msg1203684#msg1203684)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on August 20, 2012, 09:32:19 am
I doubt anyone will find this surprising, but cycling jerseys make very poor towels.

In spite of the recent references to H2GT2G here guess what I forgot to pack before cycling to work this morning?  :facepalm:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on August 20, 2012, 10:07:17 am
(Yesterday)

That when my HR hits 187- I don't go much further up hill without taking a breather :o
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 20, 2012, 11:12:48 am
Jessica Ennis is the same dress size as Victoria Beckham.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on August 20, 2012, 12:25:12 pm
Wot a fatty.  ;)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 20, 2012, 12:30:30 pm
It's a surprise, tbh. VB gets a lot of press for being 'anorexically thin', and JE is noted for being muscular.  She looks very pretty and girly in a dress tho'.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 21, 2012, 09:06:41 pm
The Madness farewell gigs in Finsbury Park in 1992 caused earth tremors reaching 5 on the Richter Scale.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: CommuteTooFar on August 22, 2012, 01:20:26 pm
I am not a unix programmer so today I discovered a memory leak in my program was caused by pthread_create. I now know I need to have a pthread_detach call so the system cleans it up after it finishes.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 22, 2012, 10:16:50 pm
That Mavic is an acronym of Manufacture d'Articles Vélocopediques Idoux et Chanel. I love the word vélocopedique, which I admit is a new one to me, and I'm going to start using it straight away (but in English).

YACF is the best source of velocipedic knowledge, inspiration, debate and entertainment that I know of.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on August 22, 2012, 10:40:45 pm
To never trust the rainfall radar.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on August 23, 2012, 09:54:47 am
That sometimes I don't give a flying wossname if the Faerie visits.

Got one whilst exploring a new route to work this morning.

The ride was nice. The visitation a mere interlude.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on September 05, 2012, 11:38:32 am
That riding a bike, fixed, with 4Kg of pork shoulder in a SQR slim is, errr, interesting....
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on September 05, 2012, 11:49:46 am
Last night-

When going commando after putting my shreddies in the washing machine, moar care is needed when undoing my fly :o :'(
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: jogler on September 05, 2012, 03:57:17 pm
There is a bloke living locally who restores Lambrettas.I know this 'cause as I passed his gaff I stopped to admire an immaculate 1972 "Special" in all white apart from the crash bars,back rest,mirrors etc etc.
He obviously clocked me & came out* so we chewed the fat a bit about Mods & Wiggo :thumbsup:
Took me right back to 1970 when we had a Lambretta SX225 with all the mirrors,crash bars etc etc.
Mods Ruke,O.K.. :thumbsup:
*I suspect he was making sure I was not going to nick it ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: jogler on September 06, 2012, 03:17:50 pm
Reaching to the downtube to change gear achieves very little on a bike with STI  ::-)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on September 06, 2012, 03:21:41 pm
Reaching to the downtube to change gear achieves very little on a bike with STI  ::-)

Exactly as effective as trying to change gear using non sti brake levers  ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: jogler on September 06, 2012, 03:28:37 pm
That's one of the reasons I like riding fixed....the brake levers only do braking & there is NO gear changing to be poncing about with.I'd like to be fit enough to use it exclusively.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: matthew on September 06, 2012, 07:07:52 pm
That either scottish audaxers are as tough as the girders in iron bru or there must be a lot of dns / dnf when the weather turns bad. 30 kms was enough this afternoon (with camping kit) let alone 200.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on September 06, 2012, 07:18:09 pm
Shamelessly cribbed from Radio 2 where some parents e-mailed to say there 3 year old could spin continuously on the spot for 30 seconds without any ill effects at all.

Sadly for their carpets and furniture she had exceeded this margin by some 5 seconds . . .  :sick:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on September 06, 2012, 07:42:14 pm
Fuzzy needs at least one more pair of undercrackers.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fboab on September 07, 2012, 03:47:10 pm
What a drott is. "A fraggle rock bulldozer"
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: PaulF on September 07, 2012, 04:59:58 pm
Some 'non-drowsy' Allergy relief pills aren't as non-drowsy as they could be.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on September 07, 2012, 05:04:24 pm
Some 'non-drowsy' Allergy relief pills aren't as non-drowsy as they could be.

Were you riding a bike at the time?   :hand:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on September 07, 2012, 05:17:08 pm
The term "Yellow Belly" is a local expression meaning someone form Lincolnshire.

It derives from the colour of the Lincolnshire regiment's uniform.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 10, 2012, 10:31:02 pm
I've found out why none of the books in the Moomin series seems to be the first. It's not because the first one, The Moomins and the Great Flood, Småtrollen och den stora översvämningen, was only translated into English in 2005, but because the English translation is only available in, bizarrely, Finland.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on September 13, 2012, 01:26:23 pm
The memory for the first usable programmable computer was sound waves travelling along a mercury column. They had calculated the speed of propagation and with a sender on one end linked to a receiver on the other they could store 1kb (1024 bits) at 1 MHz on a 5ft tube. I just have visions of the little pixies inside the computer [1] shouting "one", "zero" at each other very rapidly. Ingenious.

[1] The ones who stop the magic smoke from leaking out.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 30, 2012, 02:33:56 am
Russians now use the word фейл. That's feil, ie "fail" with a Russian accent.
Title: Re: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mr magnolia on October 30, 2012, 05:24:47 am
I've found out why none of the books in the Moomin series seems to be the first. It's not because the first one, The Moomins and the Great Flood, Småtrollen och den stora översvämningen, was only translated into English in 2005, but because the English translation is only available in, bizarrely, Finland.

Released in UK 01.11.12, according to Amazon.
We have a copy here, oddly. I wonder where it came from?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rogerzilla on October 30, 2012, 07:29:16 am
I found out that Australia has an enormous population of feral camels, left over from the building of the telegraph.    Sometimes Arab sheikhs come and grab a few because they are apparently more pure-bred than the Middle Eastern ones, having not mixed with any other camels in the last 150 years or so.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 30, 2012, 06:46:58 pm
Mobile phones work with technology originally developed for the pianola. Sort of.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on October 30, 2012, 08:35:43 pm
I learned that Claudia Winkleman is the daughter of Eve Pollard.  Obvious when you know, really.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Exit Stage Left on October 30, 2012, 08:37:49 pm
Mobile phones work with technology originally developed for the pianola. Sort of.

I thought it was down to Hedy Lammar.
http://www.hedylamarr.org/hedystory5.html
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 30, 2012, 10:27:11 pm
Exactly. She got it from the pianola.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 31, 2012, 12:48:37 pm
It's hard to get dressed while dancing in a Frankenstein stylee to the Monster Mash.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on November 26, 2012, 09:38:55 pm
That the search on YACF is bleedin' useless, but typing YACF followed by a vague approximation of what you think the thread was called into Google works wonderfully.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on December 01, 2012, 08:51:11 pm
Son informed me today the the word "Football" does not refer to the part of the anatomy that is used to control the ball.
He says that it means "Game of ball -played on foot" - as opposed to on horseback.

 
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on December 01, 2012, 10:29:49 pm
Son informed me today the the word "Football" does not refer to the part of the anatomy that is used to control the ball.
He says that it means "Game of ball -played on foot" - as opposed to on horseback.

Suddenly handball sounds like a much more entertaining game than I assumed...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on December 01, 2012, 10:33:40 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 04, 2012, 09:39:00 am
Sigurd, Viking King of Orkney, died in 892 while invading Scotland. He chopped off the Pictish king's head in battle and fastened it to the saddle of his horse - then cut his leg on its teeth, the wound turned septic and he died. Dead head bites king, that's better than Man bites dog!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: RJ on December 06, 2012, 09:41:40 am
Quote
the fine-scale structure of branching river networks is an organized signature of erosional mechanics, not a consequence of random topology.

Fractal-tastic!  Read it here:
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v492/n7427/full/nature11672.html?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20121206

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on December 17, 2012, 11:43:35 am
Wow.  The fuzz can make use of the buzz: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12/14/power_grid_audio_forensics/
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on January 01, 2013, 07:30:38 pm
Today, I learned that humans are the only animal on the planet that have a menopause.

Intrigued, I googled around to find that is not quite true.  Blue and Pilot whales also share this.
Still, only three species.

More googling.  It seems that the Grandmother is evolutionarily advantageous.

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on January 01, 2013, 07:34:02 pm
Today I discovered how cold flood water is.

How I did this is left to the imagination (but won't take much for those who have ever been on a ride with me!)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on January 06, 2013, 08:30:54 pm
Today I learned the following:

On 9th June 1947, it became legally impossible for Soviet labour camps to
1) access their bank accounts, or get money paid into them
2) get distributors of essential supplies to deliver to them.

This was because the secrecy rules changed. Their full addresses became secrets which they could not disclose.

Distributors of supplies already knew them, so could deliver goods that the labour camps ordered, but were no longer able to accept orders, because orders had to include the full address unless they were 'secret' orders, only military establishments could issue secret orders, & labour camps were not military establishments. The MVD had been transferred to the Ministry of Justice.

They could not access their bank accounts because they could not give Gosbank (the state bank) their full addresses. Gosbank already held the full address of every account holder, including labour camps. It was part of the identity of the account. Transactions could only be made if the correct identity was supplied. But because the address was now secret, neither the camps, nor entities seeking to transfer money to them, could supply it to Gosbank, even though Gosbank already knew it. It was therefore legally impossible for Gosbank to accept requests for payments into or from those accounts.

There was a way round the banking problem. Camps had an alternative identity. If Gosbank substituted this for the full address, all would be well. But it wasn't legally possible to give Gosbank the alternative identity in a form in which it could be matched to the information Gosbank already held.

For the next six years this caused immense problems, with illegal (& in theory punishable by severe penalties) unofficial arrangements having to be made simply to allow the GuLaG to work, & constant interruptions to supplies & payments as carefully & riskily negotiated arrangements broke down (I assume because one party retired, or died, or changed job, or got frightened) & had to be renegotiated.

All the transactions which were inhibited were official, authorised transactions between state agencies, which were necessary for them to make in order to fulfil their legal duty to abide by the plan.  :facepalm:

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ashaman42 on January 06, 2013, 10:01:23 pm
That is absolutely bonkers Bledlow, but entirely believable.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on January 06, 2013, 10:38:47 pm
Illustrated in the paper I read (by Professor Mark Harrison of Warwick University - I think the most recent freely downloadable pdf on his pages on the university website) by discussion of letters & memos between officials who were trying to resolve the impasse. Fascinating what people find in declassified Soviet archives. He notes that it seemed to be seen as less of a problem about the time that "Stalin was on his way to meet Marx".

The paper's about the transaction costs of secrecy.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: SandyV on January 07, 2013, 03:45:50 am
While canning of food was happening by the 1770s and was fairly widespread by the 1820s, the tin opener wasn't invented until the 1850s.  Before then, tins were opened using a hammer and chisel or other implement such as an axe!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on January 07, 2013, 07:27:09 am
Before then, tins were opened using a hammer and chisel or other implement such as an axe!
Been there.  Done that.
In the days before easy-pull can lids, a lost can opener when camping would mean that the next meal was conducted with extreme violence.  ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Arch on January 07, 2013, 09:46:25 am
While canning of food was happening by the 1770s and was fairly widespread by the 1820s, the tin opener wasn't invented until the 1850s.  Before then, tins were opened using a hammer and chisel or other implement such as an axe!

One of my favourite literary passages is the one in Three Men in a Boat where they are trying to open a tin of pineapple, having lost the tin opener. Especially when they get angry and beat it with the mast into a shape so grotesque they recoil in horror.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on January 07, 2013, 12:24:42 pm
In 1987, US navy pilot Lt (JG). Timothy Dorsey shot down a US air force reconnaissance aircraft in an exercise. Instead of simulating the firing of a missile, he fired a live missile. The subsequent investigation found that it was not accidental, but a deliberate act. When one missile failed to fire, he fired another one. Dorsey knew that his missiles were live. He claimed to have correctly obeyed the instruction to "fire" (meaning, in the context, simulate the firing of) a missile, despite being shocked at the instruction. He did not query it. He showed no regret, & claimed to have done nothing wrong.

The two crew members of the USAF aircraft ejected & survived, but the pilot has had to have seven operations for the back injuries he received from the ejection, & is in constant pain.

Lt Dorsey remained in the US navy, though he was barred from flying. He is now a captain in the US navy reserve. Last year he was put up for promotion to admiral by the US navy. This involved a hearing by a US senate committee. He sent a letter of apology to the injured officer after the hearing had been scheduled, after showing no remorse for the previous 25 years.

The US navy omitted to mention the incident in the nomination papers, although the US senate armed services committee expects nomination papers to include full information, including anything adverse.

Timothy Dorsey is the son of  James Dorsey, who at the time of the shooting down was a rear admiral & commander of the aircraft carrier USS America, & was promoted the following year to vice admiral.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pedaldog on January 11, 2013, 01:00:40 am
That there are a lot of slef righteous people that like to support those that never asked for support and when they can't do that they get down and dirty to the next Pathetic group they can find to slag off.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 11, 2013, 09:26:04 am
That a distraught elephant can make a noise like a small-block Chevy on the overrun.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: LEE on January 11, 2013, 09:32:57 am
That a distraught elephant can make a noise like a small-block Chevy on the overrun.

I thought you were still banned from Windsor Safari park (following your previous Elephant "incident")
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: LEE on January 11, 2013, 09:34:58 am
That no matter how hard you work, how dedicated you are to your job, your boss doesn't give two shits...

I've noticed over the last 10 years that being made redundant bears no relation to people's skill, work-effort or dedication.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: matthew on January 11, 2013, 09:40:19 am
That a distraught elephant can make a noise like a small-block Chevy on the overrun.

I thought you were still banned from Windsor Safari park (following your previous Elephant "incident")
The only Elephants to be found at Windsor Safari Park now will be made of Lego!!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: nicknack on January 11, 2013, 02:33:33 pm
That it's a bad idea to put the coffee in the Aeropress before attaching the bottom filter bit.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on January 11, 2013, 03:11:24 pm
Along similar lines to nicknack, it is not a good idea to sneeze whilst holding a freshly filled espresso basket.

Espresso grind coffee takes FOREVER to clean up :)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fboab on February 14, 2014, 09:10:53 am
According to that bastion of learning... the innocent drinks e-mail,

Spinster started off as a compliment, denoting competence at spinning, and therefore self sufficiency.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on February 14, 2014, 01:49:45 pm
According to that bastion of learning... the innocent drinks e-mail,

Spinster started off as a compliment, denoting competence at spinning, and therefore self sufficiency.

Interestingly, I learned the same thing recently after encountering such use in some historical fiction.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on February 18, 2014, 07:05:57 pm
"Gay Pete" in the pub isn't actually gay.  Whereas Pete is.  (I knew that bit)

Me:  "Pete, what's that bloke's name?"
Pete:  "That's Gay Pete.  Surely you know him?"
Me:  "Yes.  But he's not gay.
Pete:  "I know"
Me:  "So why do we call him Gay Pete?"
Pete:  "That's his name.  ::-) "
Me:  "OK  ??? "
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on February 18, 2014, 08:49:54 pm
Doesn't actually sound like you've learned anything... (Do we need a thread for that?)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on February 18, 2014, 09:03:29 pm
Well yes.  I learned that Gay Pete isn't gay.  I think that it's fair enough that I assumed he was
I also learned that anyone more than 15 years younger than me is determined to confuse the fuck out of me.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 18, 2014, 09:45:02 pm
Neil Sedaka wrote Love Will Keep Us Together (which was a hit for the Captain and Tenille).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on February 19, 2014, 11:41:39 am
Well yes.  I learned that Gay Pete isn't gay.  I think that it's fair enough that I assumed he was
I also learned that anyone more than 15 years younger than me is determined to confuse the fuck out of me.

When I worked on the sound for Billy Graham, some of the Christians were a bit concerned about a member of the sound crew called Gay Paul.  He was not gay, and worked for a Christian organisation.  However, there were gayers aplenty in our stage crew doing the load in :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 20, 2014, 09:01:32 pm
Well, there's the journalist Gay Search, who isn't AFAIK gay and neither is the Gay I remember from my mother's circle of friends decades ago.

In fact, is there anyone called Gay who is gay?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on February 20, 2014, 09:32:03 pm
No, Gay Search is not gay.  But nor, IIRC, is Gay Search the name she was born with.  Naturally, I can't find anything to back this up in the internet, but that's because nothing happened before about 1992/
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on February 20, 2014, 09:39:00 pm
No, Gay Search is not gay.  But nor, IIRC, is Gay Search the name she was born with.  Naturally, I can't find anything to back this up in the internet, but that's because nothing happened before about 1992/

For the pre-1992 internet you need to ask Veronica (who is also not gay)   ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 20, 2014, 09:44:51 pm
No, Gay Search is not gay.  But nor, IIRC, is Gay Search the name she was born with.  Naturally, I can't find anything to back this up in the internet, but that's because nothing happened before about 1992/

For the pre-1992 internet you need to ask Veronica (who is also not gay)   ;D
Too hard. Never got over Alison.


There's also Gay Talese, an American author who is male and not gay.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 20, 2014, 09:54:21 pm
And just in case you'd forgotten, I feel honoured to remind you of the 2012 Republican candidate Rick Sputorum and his campaign song, Gay Mon.
http://youtu.be/U7pv7sO5Gng
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: barakta on February 21, 2014, 12:28:16 am
One of my mum's friend's daughters is called Gay and I don't think it has an e on the end. She would have been born in about 1967 so will be in her late 40s now. 
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 03, 2014, 10:43:51 am
That Turkmenistan had hydroelectric power in 1910.
http://deser.pl/deser/51,111858,15534671.html?i=8
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on March 03, 2014, 12:52:39 pm
That Turkmenistan had hydroelectric power in 1910.
http://deser.pl/deser/51,111858,15534671.html?i=8

Phwor, look at the commutators on that!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 03, 2014, 01:49:50 pm
There's appreciation for you! They're Hungarian, just to add to your enjoyment.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rogerzilla on March 18, 2014, 08:51:25 pm
The Concorde in the so-bad-it's-good "Airport '79 - The Concorde" was the actual plane that crashed near Paris in July 2000.  So it crashed twice.  Sort of.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on March 28, 2014, 09:53:15 am
That the Dewey Decimal System has:
Quote
941 General history of Europe; British Isles
942 General history of Europe; England & Wales
but no "General History of Europe; Scotland"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Dewey_Decimal_classes#Class_900_.E2.80.93_History_.26_geography
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: pcolbeck on March 28, 2014, 10:06:05 am
That the Dewey Decimal System has:
Quote
941 General history of Europe; British Isles
942 General history of Europe; England & Wales
but no "General History of Europe; Scotland"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Dewey_Decimal_classes#Class_900_.E2.80.93_History_.26_geography

That's odd isn’t it.

I bet Alex Salmond claims this is a deliberate slight on Scotland by the English (even though Dewey Decimal is an American system)

Mind you the only country in Europe that gets a category all to itself is France.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on March 28, 2014, 11:59:41 am
After a discussion last night revolving around live music, and reading the OPG for "Car SOS", in which one of the presenters is described as "Musician and classic car expert", I looked up his Wikipedia entry.

Turns out he was a) the drummer in PWEI and b) the technical editor of "Practical Classics", both jobs he is no longer doing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuzz_Townshend
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Wombat on March 28, 2014, 01:06:43 pm
That Turkmenistan had hydroelectric power in 1910.
http://deser.pl/deser/51,111858,15534671.html?i=8

Phwor, look at the commutators on that!

It could only be you....   ::-) ::-)

p.s. that is a compliment, really!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: hulver on March 28, 2014, 02:25:23 pm
After a discussion last night revolving around live music, and reading the OPG for "Car SOS", in which one of the presenters is described as "Musician and classic car expert", I looked up his Wikipedia entry.

Turns out he was a) the drummer in PWEI and b) the technical editor of "Practical Classics", both jobs he is no longer doing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuzz_Townshend

(click to show/hide)

;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on April 02, 2014, 10:28:22 am
The SR-71 Blackbird was actually given the designation of RS-71, but a senator got it wrong when announcing the existence of said plane.  Rather than embarrass the politician, they spent $'000's changing all the paperwork from RS-71 to SR-71.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on April 02, 2014, 04:50:59 pm
Slightly OT since I didn't just learn it, but following on . . .

The F-35 Lightning II , AKA JSF, should have been the F-24 (the next unused designation in the series of US fighters), but the US undersecretary for defence confused the designation of its experimental precursor the X-35 (on a different series of numbers) with the production aircraft designations at a press conference in 2001.

This annoyed the manufacturers & the USAF, USN & USMC, which had all been assuming it would be called F-24 & had been using that term in internal documents. The office that assigns designations recommended that F-24 should be used. But to no avail: F-35 stuck, & was officially adopted.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 18, 2014, 08:05:59 pm
That in 1888, the county of Middlesex passed a byelaw that a cyclist approaching a horse-drawn vehicle should either dismount or "politely inquire of the driver if they might pass." London cyclists, beware!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on May 18, 2014, 08:08:38 pm
That an area of Huddersfield is called 'Tandem'
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Salvatore on May 18, 2014, 08:25:13 pm
That in 1888, the county of Middlesex passed a byelaw that a cyclist approaching a horse-drawn vehicle should either dismount or "politely inquire of the driver if they might pass." London cyclists, beware!

Coincidentally, 1888 was when the 26th Middlesex (Cyclist) Corps was founded. I wonder they observed the byelaw?


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2902/14028822959_a09b97f751.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/89773100@N02/14028822959/)
Morning Post 18th Feb 1888
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Diver300 on May 19, 2014, 07:36:21 pm
That Turkmenistan had hydroelectric power in 1910.
http://deser.pl/deser/51,111858,15534671.html?i=8

Phwor, look at the commutators on that!

I suspect they are slip rings not commutators [/belated pedantry]
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: barakta on May 19, 2014, 08:45:30 pm
Most people when applying for a job don't do basic "respond to the fucking job spec"... 50 down 20 to go in shortlisting...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 22, 2014, 12:58:59 pm
That the word "bugger" derives from "Bulgar". Apparently when the Manichaean sect of heretical Christians were exiled from the Euphrates by Emperor Alexis Comnene in the ninth century, they settled in Philippopolis, present day Plovdiv in Bulgaria. From here they spread west in the middle ages, establishing the Cathar stronghold in southern France, whose adherents were known to the French as 'Bougres'. One of their heretical tenets was an abhorrence of matter and a search for salvation through the eventual extinction of the human race. The English, in an English way, assumed that their rejection of procreation must lead them into sexual as well as religious heterodoxy.

Somebody had better tell the Wombles.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on May 22, 2014, 01:09:48 pm
Somebody had better tell the Wombles.

 :D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on May 22, 2014, 01:56:26 pm
...Apparently when the Manichaean sect of heretical Christians ....
Manichaeanism isn't specifically, or originally, Christian.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 22, 2014, 02:27:57 pm
No, but the "Bulgarian" variety was.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruth on May 25, 2014, 03:58:23 pm
That rosebay willowherb is in the same family as the fuschia.

I would never have guessed.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 30, 2014, 09:59:17 pm
If you're at a seminar thing held in a church with a sort of music booth with a drum kit in it, you're NOT ALLOWED to hide in the music booth and punctuate the Director's attempts at jokes during his presentation with a ba-ding-tish.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on May 31, 2014, 11:05:46 am
Oh.  Now that is a disappointment.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on May 31, 2014, 12:47:01 pm
That 'Wendy' of Peter Pan fame is buried not far from home, together with her father, upon whom Long John Silver is apparently based. May take a ride out there tomorrow.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 31, 2014, 12:49:22 pm
Oh.  Now that is a disappointment.
For him as much as me, I thought.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: pcolbeck on May 31, 2014, 03:44:54 pm
American Dad is based on the characters from Till Death Do Us Part - sort of (there were no aliens in Alf Garnets loft).

American Dad is based on All in the Family which is a very successful US remake of Till Death Do Us Part.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on May 31, 2014, 06:08:38 pm
Today I learned how to identify different species of bat from their droppings. Quite clever really. And got most of the test right afterwards.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 31, 2014, 07:38:15 pm
One of my mum's friend's daughters is called Gay and I don't think it has an e on the end. She would have been born in about 1967 so will be in her late 40s now.

I used to work with a Gay Anderson, of a similar vintage to myself.  Her motor-car carries the plate V3GAY.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: barakta on May 31, 2014, 09:07:46 pm
Well if you can't hide it, might as well flaunt it - or something ;)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 02, 2014, 09:21:43 am
This is in part a rant at myself, prompted by Mr Larrington's rant in the Rant Thread. But it's also a something I have learned. Lazy, ignorant, assuming git! If you've never come across a word before, look it up and find out rather than inventing something! Turns out "anbaric" is nothing to do with pressure at all.  :facepalm: In fact, it's rather more interesting. Indeed, it seems to have given birth to Natalia Kukulska! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalia_Kukulska)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 24, 2014, 10:09:46 am
That Struwwelpeter (if you haven't read it, the illustrations are the best thing) was written by Hoffmann! But not that Hoffmann...
(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02951/peter_2951929b.jpg)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rogerzilla on June 24, 2014, 07:49:19 pm
Joachim von Ribbentrop, the Nazi Foreign Minister, shagged Wallace Simpson.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on June 24, 2014, 08:12:10 pm
Joachim von Ribbentrop, the Nazi Foreign Minister, shagged Wallace Simpson.

Sauce Source? Forget I asked that, seems well documented via the webby.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on June 26, 2014, 05:39:03 pm
Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus's godmother
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on July 01, 2014, 12:52:13 pm
That 1/7 is Canadia day
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Efrogwr on July 04, 2014, 11:03:41 am
That surfing was introduced to the USA and the UK* by the same men; David Kawananakoa and Jonah Kuhio Kalaiana'ole.

* In Bridlington.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: jogler on July 04, 2014, 01:35:54 pm
Today I have learned that The Strawberry Farm Garden Centre in Bramshall regard the many & frequent cyclists whose custom they are favoured with as being amongst their best customers. 8)

'tis a pity then that this establishment has no bike parking facilties nor Sheffield stands or similar. :(

I have also learned that the kitchen goddess who used to bake all their home made pies & cakes etc has been re-engaged despite retiring a while ago.  :thumbsup:

Perhaps this should be in the GoodNewsBadNewsGoodNews thread?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on July 04, 2014, 01:40:22 pm
Never mind the bike parking, they need to do something about the hills between there and Tamworth ;)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: jogler on July 04, 2014, 01:45:02 pm
Those hills are there specificaly for audaxing purposes. :demon:

There are alternative almost-flat routes available. as my blind stoker will confirm :smug:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on July 04, 2014, 02:05:53 pm
Hmm, so a Larrington Manoeuvre is an option...   :demon:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruth on July 06, 2014, 11:28:31 am
Today I learned that the health messages at work are getting through.

I went for a walk in the Denes - little green areas around the beck in Darlington, each with their own name and character.  I'd not fancied it before, there have been a couple of health alerts at work - the usual open space nocturnal activities have led to an epidemic of syphilis and genital warts.  It didn't make me want to explore!

Today there were lots of condom wrappers.  Hooray!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on July 06, 2014, 10:25:31 pm
That MATE (and presumably contemporary versions of Gnome) have an options button in the keyboard settings that lets you reconfigure <Caps Lock> as something more useful / harmless, without having to know what a keycode is.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on July 06, 2014, 10:55:05 pm
That I worked with the Chuckle Brothers' brothers, the Patton Brothers.  I'd previously thought they were their uncles, but no - Jimmy & Brian Patton, sons of entertainer Gene Patton, are two of the three older brothers (the other is Colin) of Paul and Barry Elliot, sons of Jimmy Elliot, who was Gene Patton.  Obvs.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Speshact on July 06, 2014, 11:02:13 pm
There are 283 kms of bus lanes in London
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on July 06, 2014, 11:28:29 pm
How many are Bus only?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: billplumtree on July 09, 2014, 10:50:35 am
That one of my cow-orkers was involved in the construction of this last week (the bike, not the barn):

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZLRbOfq_Dq0/U7hdg6W_NQI/AAAAAAAAF7Q/JoyWSknRNzw/s800/P2500253.jpg) (https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/llNl-YhN00N5pWfN9yecy9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink)

Took an unspecified length of 4.5m white PVC sheeting, six thousand tent pegs (a bargain job lot from ebay), and a spotter on the opposite hillside to guide the placement after the initial stakeout (as it were).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on July 09, 2014, 12:50:46 pm
Took an unspecified length of 4.5m white PVC sheeting, six thousand tent pegs (a bargain job lot from ebay), and a spotter on the opposite hillside to guide the placement after the initial stakeout (as it were).

Not Anneka Rice, several tonnes of chalk and a vast supply of cub scouts?  Some people have no sense of tradition...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Exit Stage Left on July 09, 2014, 01:37:19 pm
That one of my cow-orkers was involved in the construction of this last week (the bike, not the barn):

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZLRbOfq_Dq0/U7hdg6W_NQI/AAAAAAAAF7Q/JoyWSknRNzw/s800/P2500253.jpg) (https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/llNl-YhN00N5pWfN9yecy9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink)

Took an unspecified length of 4.5m white PVC sheeting, six thousand tent pegs (a bargain job lot from ebay), and a spotter on the opposite hillside to guide the placement after the initial stakeout (as it were).

That's a classic 'Miner/Farmer Landscape' shot, with adits visible at the bottom of the limestone scarp. The construction of the barn from a mixture of limestone and gritstone suggests the use of mining spoil. I've learned today that the coming of the railway to Hawes in 1878 stimulated a boom in mining, quarrying and dairying.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on July 09, 2014, 02:19:25 pm
Nice to hear it is so easily removed.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: phantasmagoriana on July 09, 2014, 09:33:08 pm
How to do a wheelie. And an endo. I can only do tiny ones, though...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pingu on July 09, 2014, 10:03:07 pm
How to do a wheelie. And an endo. I can only do tiny ones, though...

I look forward to seeing you demonstrating them down Glenshee  :)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: nicknack on July 11, 2014, 01:30:13 pm
That a shared use pavement is not actually a pavement.

Marvellous, this place.  ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Efrogwr on July 11, 2014, 01:39:31 pm
That I worked with the Chuckle Brothers' brothers, the Patton Brothers.  I'd previously thought they were their uncles, but no - Jimmy & Brian Patton, sons of entertainer Gene Patton, are two of the three older brothers (the other is Colin) of Paul and Barry Elliot, sons of Jimmy Elliot, who was Gene Patton.  Obvs.

Surely this is a Claim to Fame? But convoluted, rather than tenuous.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Nuncio on July 11, 2014, 02:10:32 pm
I knew before that I have over twice the average number of testicles of humankind, and slightly more than the the average number of legs, but I've just learned that I have 0.4 feet more than the average London pigeon.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruth on July 11, 2014, 04:04:59 pm
How many legs and testicles have you actually got?   ???
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: matthew on July 11, 2014, 05:00:44 pm
assume 50:50 split male: female

then the average would be one, however with testicular cancer not all men have 2 so the average will be just under 1.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Nuncio on July 11, 2014, 10:04:27 pm
I'm relying on women, Hitler and Lance Armstrong. Can someone in London do a quick check on the ave 1.6 feet per pigeon for me - I'm not sure I trust those QI people.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on July 11, 2014, 10:49:18 pm
assume 50:50 split male: female

then the average would be one, however with testicular cancer not all men have 2 so the average will be just under 1.
Yebbut there are slightly more males than females worldwide.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on July 15, 2014, 03:32:48 pm
I knew before that I have over twice the average number of testicles of humankind, and slightly more than the the average number of legs, but I've just learned that I have 0.4 feet more than the average London pigeon.

4.8" more of what?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 20, 2014, 02:46:36 pm
If someone says their daughter's name is Petra, don't say "oh, like the Blue Peter dog?"
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on July 20, 2014, 03:52:11 pm
I also learned once that comparing said daughter to a 'rose-red city, half as old as time' is unpopular.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on July 20, 2014, 04:30:25 pm
That my wife has had a crowned front tooth since 1966. Or rather had one until this morning, when it fell out on her daily run.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 21, 2014, 10:11:12 am
If someone says their daughter's name is Petra, don't say "oh, like the Blue Peter dog?"
You're on rocky ground with that.
I also learned once that comparing said daughter to a 'rose-red city, half as old as time' is unpopular.
Did you get a stony stare?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 21, 2014, 10:12:46 am
Actually, I think the rose-red city response is rather a nice one.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rogerzilla on July 27, 2014, 08:22:03 pm
The sardonic voiceovers on Jack FM are by Paul Darrow, who played Avon in Blake's 7.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on July 30, 2014, 08:58:58 pm
That more than half of the moon rocks brought back to earth have been nicked.

From the Wikipedia page "Stolen and missing Moon rocks"

Quote
Of the 270 Apollo 11 Moon Rocks and Apollo 17 Goodwill Moon Rocks that were given to the nations of the world by the Nixon Administration approximately 180 are currently unaccounted for.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Morrisette on July 31, 2014, 12:42:19 pm
Oh, go on then - that a Mileage Run is a thing. A pointless round trip on a plane to maintain your status card.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 31, 2014, 07:33:36 pm
That Nigeria has introduced a biometric ID system for banking. Initially ATMs and PoS, but “The vision is that this will go beyond the banks." Exactly what data it uses and whether it leaves non-Nigerians unable to use ATMs etc in the country is not mentioned.
http://www.premiumtimesng.com/business/149188-nigeria-central-bank-mandate-biometric-data-identification-bank-customers.html#sthash.xHsCnK3I.dpbs
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 01, 2014, 01:25:47 am
That Romanian trains are "even worse than Virgin".
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 05, 2014, 11:56:37 am
That Davina McCall's mother's maiden name is Florence Kock.  Fnarr and, moreover, fnarr.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 06, 2014, 02:04:10 pm
I've learnt something relevant to cycling.  :o Potentially at least. And all thanks to NeilV, occasionally otp. The Ape Index. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ape_index) Measurments, quite possibly inaccurate, show I am rather strongly negative ape, at 0.85 or -25cm. It is left to the reader to determine whether this means I have evolved beyond the ape, possibly as a result of interference on Earth by the Fast Radio Burst Beings, or whether I am simply a T-Rex with blunt teeth.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 06, 2014, 02:17:08 pm
1.076.  This is why I can do a hand-assisted trackstand on a Kingcycle.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 08, 2014, 06:15:05 pm
Got it wrong. That was just my arms, I'd forgotten the small matter of shoulders. At least, I think you're meant to included shoulders! Which brings the correct figure up to 0.91. Still negative, but more of an allosaurus than the old T. rex.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on August 10, 2014, 04:25:43 pm
1.023
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: phantasmagoriana on August 12, 2014, 10:58:08 pm
Doing a Google image search for Pompino is not a good idea. I'd forgotten the Italian meaning. :facepalm:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Gattopardo on August 12, 2014, 11:50:23 pm
Doing a Google image search for Pompino is not a good idea. I'd forgotten the Italian meaning. :facepalm:

That is why i had one :-*
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Guy on August 15, 2014, 11:43:50 am
While re-reading "Moving Pictures" I learned (or, rather, re-learned cos I must have learned it before but gorfotten it) that the Trollish equivalent of having "other fish to fry" translates as having "other maddened Grizzly Bears to stun"

I like dat so much I've started using it in conversation
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 15, 2014, 07:18:02 pm
The BEAR is now well and truly Maddened...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on August 17, 2014, 07:50:51 pm
That Mae West was born 121 years ago.  Blimey.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 17, 2014, 08:20:15 pm
That the plastic from which the 2007 PBP bidons are made smells pretty 'orrible before cleaning with dilute bleach and stink-the-kitchen-out rank when rinsed with boiling water :sick:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on August 17, 2014, 10:36:11 pm
That " Of course I don't want ice.  Are you fucking mad?" is not seen as an acceptable response to a query re my request for a large lafroaig.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on August 17, 2014, 10:40:02 pm
That " Of course I don't want ice.  Are you fucking mad?" is not seen as an acceptable response to a query re my request for a large lafroaig.

Related:  "That depends on whether you keep your lemonade in a lukewarm bottle under the bar." tends to result in mildly offended confusion when given in answer to the same question.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: TheLurker on August 21, 2014, 07:12:17 pm
My rucksack,  two laptops, 2 power bricks, sandwiches and the other niff, naff and trivia required for a day in the office weigh one eighth of what I do; or, if you prefer, about the same as a v. light top end road bike. 

That is my current excuse for my lack of speed.  It has absolutely _nothing_ to do with advancing years and a hefty reduction in mileage of late.  Oh dear me no.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on August 24, 2014, 09:35:49 pm
In 1923 my grandmother forged her father's signature on the application forms for grammar school (to which he didn't want her to go). When she won a bursary he was not really able to keep his social status and deny her the place so she went.

When she wanted to do science for her matriculation she was told that was only available for boys. She didn't take no for an answer and persuaded them to let her do it. She then worked in a dairy where she helped develop the TT test for milk quality.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pedaldog on August 24, 2014, 10:00:04 pm
That my mirror makes me look Fat.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on August 26, 2014, 03:01:06 pm
Windows 2008 search can be used a bit like google, in that you can type contents:<search term> and it will look through text files in the folder you are in.

Pretty neat, but not as much use as grep/awk/sed and regex.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on August 30, 2014, 07:25:08 pm
In Oxford there is a bell which has been ringing continuously since 1840. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_Electric_Bell)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 31, 2014, 12:57:18 am
How to run my iPod from the Mudstang's steering wheel controls :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Clare on August 31, 2014, 04:58:47 pm
These trousers are useless as a defence against nettles.

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Tim Hall on August 31, 2014, 09:03:03 pm
How to run my iPod from the Mudstang's steering wheel controls :thumbsup:

More impressive would be the other way around.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fboab on September 01, 2014, 07:33:53 pm
My employer takes you to the doctor when you get grey shiny and make whimpering noises at work.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 01, 2014, 07:45:31 pm
My employer takes you to the doctor when you get grey shiny and make whimpering noises at work.
Oh dear, hope you're OK?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: barakta on September 01, 2014, 08:39:04 pm
Erk, Hope you're OK now and they worked out what it was which made you go nasty colours.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on September 02, 2014, 02:19:50 pm
GWS whatever it is, boab.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on September 02, 2014, 02:59:32 pm
Hope all is ok and GWS.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: red marley on September 03, 2014, 05:50:43 pm
The little yellow circles on £5, £10 and £20 notes (and possibly a £50, but I don't have access to any) have some little yellow circles on them grouped into cross shapes.

The mere presence of these circles prevents colour photocopiers from reproducing the image that contains them.

Trufax.

Really. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EURion_constellation)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 04, 2014, 01:46:43 am
I have learned of the existence of the Springville Flume.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 05, 2014, 06:31:44 am
I have learned that if you "accidentally" spill shower gel into a jacuzzi the resultant foam can be sculpted into an accurate scale model of Canyonlands National Park :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pingu on September 07, 2014, 11:14:47 am
You are Richard Dreyfuss AICMFP.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: nikki on September 07, 2014, 04:36:10 pm
Why I've been finding so many dead wasps in my bedroom over the last few months.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on September 07, 2014, 05:23:30 pm
Why I've been finding so many dead wasps in my bedroom over the last few months.

Is this yours?
http://metro.co.uk/2014/08/27/enormous-wasp-nest-takes-over-bedroom-after-homeowner-forgets-to-shut-the-window-4847499/
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: nikki on September 07, 2014, 11:56:49 pm
Eek!  I really hope not!

 ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on September 07, 2014, 11:58:42 pm
Just make sure you always check your pants...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 18, 2014, 07:15:23 am
That the fictional Oxfod college St. Scholastica's is named not as part of some elaborate literary-academic punnage by Val McDermid but rather after a real saint.  FSVO "real", obv.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on September 18, 2014, 11:07:55 am
That Christ's Hospital, despite having one of the most awful school uniforms ever conceived, does specify Doc Martens as part of it.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on September 18, 2014, 12:56:17 pm
That if you take a strong magnet to a stainless steel sink, it does exactly what it should and is only attracted to the bends.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 18, 2014, 03:17:18 pm
That the "scorching plains of New Mexico™" are anything but this morning >:(
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 01, 2014, 03:52:22 pm
Dante Gabriel Rossetti was obsessed with wombats :o
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Wascally Weasel on October 01, 2014, 04:57:46 pm
Dante Gabriel Rossetti was obsessed with wombats :o

Isn't everyone?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 01, 2014, 05:23:40 pm
Dante Gabriel Rossetti was obsessed with wombats :o

Isn't everyone?

Yes.  Yes.  Yes, they are (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DATATRIEVE).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Juan Martín on October 10, 2014, 01:09:48 pm
Prince Peter Kropotkin; notable anarchist type, spent nearly 20 years living in Bromley. And I thought that Camille Pissarro painting in Sydenham was weird.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 10, 2014, 01:16:46 pm
Prince Peter Kropotkin; notable anarchist type, spent nearly 20 years living in Bromley. And I thought that Camille Pissarro painting in Sydenham was weird.

No stranger than Ho Chi Minh having worked on the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Juan Martín on October 10, 2014, 01:57:11 pm
I like the ferry bit and Newhaven. But for me, finding a bloke from French Indo China in France is less strange. However, if you can find a credilble wombat connection I could probably be swayed. (Nips off to google Ho Chi Minh and wombats)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 10, 2014, 07:29:02 pm
I have learned that there are some total gitwank parents out there.  How else can one explain the presence of drivers in the Ginetta Juniors championship with first names like Lando, Senna and Flashman?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on October 10, 2014, 10:58:55 pm
Is that learning to unicycle is a bastard on the shins :o

I am trying to perfect the mount. The method I am attemting involves standing behind my steed, saddle in close proximity to crutch, unicycle at a 45o angle anead, pedals parallel to the ground, put foot on rear pedal and push down- the unicycle moves backwards under you. I am not always sucessful in getting my other leg out of the way as the unicycle moves back, resulting in a sudden pedal/ shin interface.

No pain no gain apparently :'(
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pingu on October 10, 2014, 11:22:42 pm
From another thread I learnt the word foulard.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Dibdib on October 10, 2014, 11:35:07 pm
Is that learning to unicycle is a bastard on the shins :o

I am trying to perfect the mount. The method I am attemting involves standing behind my steed, saddle in close proximity to crutch, unicycle at a 45o angle anead, pedals parallel to the ground, put foot on rear pedal and push down- the unicycle moves backwards under you. I am not always sucessful in getting my other leg out of the way as the unicycle moves back, resulting in a sudden pedal/ shin interface.

No pain no gain apparently :'(

The way I learnt was to stand with arse on saddle and non-dominant foot on the pedal, full extension, with the unicycle at an angle in front of you. Then launch forward from your dominant leg, foot on the pedal, and start pedalling to keep the unicycle under you.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on October 10, 2014, 11:50:21 pm
Is that learning to unicycle is a bastard on the shins :o

I am trying to perfect the mount. The method I am attemting involves standing behind my steed, saddle in close proximity to crutch, unicycle at a 45o angle anead, pedals parallel to the ground, put foot on rear pedal and push down- the unicycle moves backwards under you. I am not always sucessful in getting my other leg out of the way as the unicycle moves back, resulting in a sudden pedal/ shin interface.

No pain no gain apparently :'(

The way I learnt was to stand with arse on saddle and non-dominant foot on the pedal, full extension, with the unicycle at an angle in front of you. Then launch forward from your dominant leg, foot on the pedal, and start pedalling to keep the unicycle under you.

I'll give that a go next week :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on October 11, 2014, 02:34:29 am
In the meantime, football shin pads sound like a good idea :)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on October 11, 2014, 06:24:05 am
You're doing better than me with the unicycle. I learned to ride one by starting with both feet on the pedals and holding onto a wall or suchlike, as a first step. I've never learnt how to start from flat ground...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: SteveC on October 11, 2014, 02:54:31 pm
Saw a street theatre artist once who only had the one 'trick'.
Get out of a straight jacket while on a giraffe unicycle.
He did need help getting onto the unicycle, though!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: andrewc on October 11, 2014, 06:58:19 pm
That microwaving shaving soap is a very bad idea........ :facepalm:

My plastic tub of Proraso was now holding a piece of soap shaped like a polo mint, all around the edges & none in the middle.   I decided to heat it up in the hope that it would melt & then cool into a nice flat puck.

A couple of minutes in the microwave on medium, covered by a paper towel.    The haze in the kitchen alerted me first... luckily the towel took most of the splatter!

I've now got a microwave that smells of menthol & eucalyptus  ::-)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: woollypigs on October 11, 2014, 07:00:06 pm
That will be a funny flavouring to your Saturday night TV dinner :)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Wowbagger on October 11, 2014, 08:26:25 pm
I didn't get where I am today by putting shaving soap in the microwave...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: nicknack on October 12, 2014, 12:32:53 pm
That Handsel Day is the first Monday of the year.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on October 16, 2014, 12:50:42 pm
That Great Confucius, he say "Wise man never use hand with cuts and scrapes to stir rock salt in spreader"

'kin ouch :o
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on October 24, 2014, 02:55:49 pm
That I and my crewmate built what may be the longest bench in the UK- 100 feet of plastic bench made from 120,000 recycled bottles.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 24, 2014, 09:41:10 pm
That bioscope is the South African word for cinema.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: phantasmagoriana on October 24, 2014, 10:00:40 pm
How to deep fry both cheese and chocolate. :D (Not at the same time, though that could be interesting too.)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on October 24, 2014, 10:28:32 pm
How to deep fry both cheese and chocolate. :D (Not at the same time, though that could be interesting too.)

Sounds like you're going native...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: phantasmagoriana on October 24, 2014, 10:34:58 pm
I've still not developed a taste for Irn-Bru. ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: andrewc on October 24, 2014, 10:43:39 pm
Next...... the deep fried marshmallow....... :D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 25, 2014, 09:17:59 am
That bioscope is the South African word for cinema.

BRITAIN used to have bioscopes too.  Spike Milligan mentions one in one of his volumes of war memoirs.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on October 25, 2014, 02:32:04 pm
That our new neighbours constant rowing, shouting, screaming, threats of physical violence is only interrupted by sleep and meals. Am seriously contemplating arson . . .

 . . . or moving.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Peter on October 25, 2014, 03:09:21 pm
Or you could eat or sleep more - maybe I've got the wrong house?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on October 25, 2014, 03:12:43 pm
Or you could eat or sleep more - maybe I've got the wrong house?

Careful, you. I've got your bike and haven't done the bill - YET!  ;D

BTW Today I haz learned that old skool Deore cantis are an absolute bastard to set up . . .  >:(
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Peter on October 28, 2014, 12:12:00 am
Ha!

Is that the set I left with you?  I'm open to suggestions.....
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 28, 2014, 02:21:53 am
That if you subject the word "ebola" to the ROT13 treatment you get "robyn".

And vice-versa, obv.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on October 28, 2014, 10:30:17 am
I have a new work laptop.

It is a IBMLenovo Thinkpad T440p.

There is no buttons next to the trackpad.

The trackpad is actually the left/right mouse buttons, i.e. the whole pad moves up and down!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: hulver on October 28, 2014, 10:46:34 am
I have a new work laptop.

It is a IBMLenovo Thinkpad T440p.

There is no buttons next to the trackpad.

The trackpad is actually the left/right mouse buttons, i.e. the whole pad moves up and down!

Urgh, I have one like that (an Asus, only the bottom part of the trackpad moves). It's like they thought "How can we make this harder to use". Horrible.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 28, 2014, 11:21:47 am
+1.  I keep hitting the wrong bit and now use a trackball all the time, not just when on holibobs.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pingu on October 29, 2014, 10:41:29 pm
I have a new work laptop.

It is a IBMLenovo Thinkpad T440p.

There is no buttons next to the trackpad.

The trackpad is actually the left/right mouse buttons, i.e. the whole pad moves up and down!

Our Thinkpad does that, but it also has buttons above the trackpad. I find myself switching between them without any apparent consitency.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on October 30, 2014, 08:49:11 am
I have a new work laptop.

It is a IBMLenovo Thinkpad T440p.

There is no buttons next to the trackpad.

The trackpad is actually the left/right mouse buttons, i.e. the whole pad moves up and down!

Our Thinkpad does that, but it also has buttons above the trackpad. I find myself switching between them without any apparent consitency.

TBH, it being a new job, having to take a load of stuff in and try and work out just what on earth I am supposed to be doing, I didn't actually notice!  Strangely, the little red nipple still lives on, not that I think anyone uses it as the natural place for the base of your thumb to rest, whilst using it, is on the trackpad!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ian on October 30, 2014, 09:34:00 am
I have a new work laptop.

It is a IBMLenovo Thinkpad T440p.

There is no buttons next to the trackpad.

The trackpad is actually the left/right mouse buttons, i.e. the whole pad moves up and down!

Our Thinkpad does that, but it also has buttons above the trackpad. I find myself switching between them without any apparent consitency.

Other than Apple trackpads, they're universally suckier than a grumpy black hole. My Dell has a trackpad so ludicrously over-sensitive that it can detect a ghost farting next door sending the cursor scurrying to the edge of a screen. The only way to type with it active is with ballerina hands, your wrists painfully angled so your palms come nowhere near the damn thing. Ah, turn it down in the settings, you say. You can. Despite an entire slider, it has two modes. Hypersensitive and insensitive. In the latter mode, it just shrugs nonchalantly every time you try to use it. What's that, you want me to move the cursor... As a back-up it has a nipple-thing. I thought that kind of shit was embedded in temporal concrete and disposed of back in the 1980s. Trust me, if you used the kind of force that kind of nipple requires on a real nipple, you'd have some explaining to do.

Both options conspire to make you turn them off and get a mouse (in my case they've provided a home for the old Mighty Mouse, a nice mouse, but another venture into bad nippledom). Computer designers, just stop with the nipples, OK?

The Macbook trackpad on the other hand is a thing of swipy beauty. Mine does one tap for left click, two for left.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 30, 2014, 11:49:48 am
The only time my former The Boss a.k.a. the Hairless Scotsman ever made me laugh was when he said that his baby daughter enjoyed snacking on nipples, including the one on his laptop.

Sometimes the fondleslab behaves similarly, in that you can whack a link half a dozen times before it deigns to respond while at other times even heaving a great sigh at for e.g. some particular piece of Super-Twattery can bring up the "Report to Moderator" wossname.  And Wikinaccurate always wants links to be tapped twice, except when it doesn't.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on October 30, 2014, 06:23:09 pm
There is such a thing as a Gin Pennant!  :D

(http://www.flagz.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Gin-Pennant-Flag.jpg)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on November 02, 2014, 07:17:27 pm
The first recorded demonstration of wireless telegraphy was in Dundee in the 1830's.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: LEE on November 02, 2014, 07:21:16 pm
That our new neighbours constant rowing, shouting, screaming, threats of physical violence is only interrupted by sleep and meals. Am seriously contemplating arson . . .

 . . . or moving.

That Torslanda lives next door to Sir Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on November 02, 2014, 10:51:37 pm
That glasses cleaning wipes from Lidl melt microsoft mouse wheels.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pingu on November 02, 2014, 11:19:25 pm
There is such a thing as a Gin Pennant!  :D

(http://www.flagz.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Gin-Pennant-Flag.jpg)

Well, duh  ::-)  ;D

And that pennant is way to fancy  :P

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3713/12701332264_2ab4370712_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/kmnDzj)
gin_pennant (https://flic.kr/p/kmnDzj) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/people/36539950@N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: PaulF on November 03, 2014, 05:45:45 am
The Tutti Pole is a real place
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 03, 2014, 09:29:47 am
The Tutti Pole is a real place

Was this every in doubt ???  Unlike Rosie's...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Vince on November 03, 2014, 11:15:31 am
There is such a thing as a Gin Pennant!  :D

(http://www.flagz.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Gin-Pennant-Flag.jpg)

Well, duh  ::-)  ;D

And that pennant is way to fancy  :P

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3713/12701332264_2ab4370712_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/kmnDzj)
gin_pennant (https://flic.kr/p/kmnDzj) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/people/36539950@N00/), on Flickr

They're not uncommon - I have one of these.
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3869/14531404389_26808c9918_h.jpg)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on November 03, 2014, 02:07:04 pm
That our new neighbours constant rowing, shouting, screaming, threats of physical violence is only interrupted by sleep and meals. Am seriously contemplating arson . . .

 . . . or moving.

That Torslanda lives next door to Sir Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent.

If only . . . Stella Street is a haven of peace and harmony by comparison!

And now it's not just threats. I think they're knocking lumps out of each other.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on November 03, 2014, 04:26:25 pm
There is such a thing as a Gin Pennant!  :D

(http://www.flagz.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Gin-Pennant-Flag.jpg)

Well, duh  ::-)  ;D

And that pennant is way to fancy  :P

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3713/12701332264_2ab4370712_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/kmnDzj)
gin_pennant (https://flic.kr/p/kmnDzj) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/people/36539950@N00/), on Flickr

They're not uncommon - I have one of these.
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3869/14531404389_26808c9918_h.jpg)

I may need to fly one of those next time I do the DunRun.   ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 07, 2014, 10:38:49 pm
I have learned that "numbawan pikinini blong Missis Kwin" is Tok Pisin for "Prince Charles".
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on November 10, 2014, 09:27:27 pm
Today I learned that antibiotic resistance is not new, and that the death of a formerly homeless orphan as a soldier in WWI is giving new insights into treatments today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-fbd9JpiMs&feature=share is the video - very strange to have my world and that of those I never knew but whom I remember at this time brought into such close juxtaposition.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on November 11, 2014, 02:07:01 pm
I have learned that "numbawan pikinini blong Missis Kwin" is Tok Pisin for "Prince Charles".

I always thought that was Phil the Greek . . .
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 11, 2014, 02:56:00 pm
I have learned that "numbawan pikinini blong Missis Kwin" is Tok Pisin for "Prince Charles".

I always thought that was Phil the Greek . . .

Him "longpela blong Missis Kwin"
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on November 11, 2014, 08:13:56 pm
12) Romanian officers below a certain rank were forbidden to wear eye shadow

This proscription was among the first orders they received at the outset of the war, so one would assume the practice was common.  Senior officers clearly continued to enjoy the privilege – sky blue or lilac lids worn with a monocle, perhaps. 
Historian Norman Stone describes the Romanian army as being particularly reluctant to adopt more practical uniforms suited to trench warfare, preferring to remain “smartly turned out, powdered and painted”.

From: http://www.historyextra.com/feature/first-world-war/15-things-you-didn%E2%80%99t-know-about-fashion-first-world-war?utm_source=Facebook%20referral&utm_medium=Facebook.com&utm_campaign=Bitly
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on November 14, 2014, 03:37:18 pm
A new word or acronym. FUFO. Which means to throw a spanner in the works such that folk only discover after you have left the building, typically last thing on a Friday and relating to things that will happen on Monday.
Earlier today I thought I'd been FUFO'd but fortunately the student who brought me the news was mistaken.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on November 14, 2014, 03:43:06 pm
Yep, FUFOmails are pretty common.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Chris S on November 14, 2014, 03:47:35 pm
Today, I learned what a Butt Wink is, and why you shouldn't do it.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on November 15, 2014, 10:37:56 am
I have learned that "numbawan pikinini blong Missis Kwin" is Tok Pisin for "Prince Charles".

I always thought that was Phil the Greek . . .

Him "longpela blong Missis Kwin"

Something else I have learned, thank you.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pingu on November 18, 2014, 06:50:59 pm
Seals shagging penguins (http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141117-why-seals-have-sex-with-penguins) (with video).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 21, 2014, 09:19:58 am
That some cancer cells can be killed by injecting them with 'muted' herpes virus, and that this works not by the direct action of the virus on the cells but by triggering an immune response, meaning it is effective even against those tumours not injected. Or so they claim.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 22, 2014, 07:08:25 pm
What caberboard is.

I'd never heard of it until ten minutes ago.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on November 22, 2014, 11:43:29 pm
OK, who else just googled it?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on November 22, 2014, 11:52:57 pm
OK, who else just googled it?

I was going to, but I decided it probably wasn't going to be a sheet material produced through some improbable ballistic process involving burly men in kilts, and that life would generally be more satisfying if I were to maintain that illusion.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: billplumtree on November 26, 2014, 05:55:55 pm
That Tromsø is pronounced Troms-er, and not Troms-oh.  As in, "Donald, where's yer Tromsøs?"
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Efrogwr on November 26, 2014, 08:04:12 pm
OK, who else just googled it?


I did. I knew what it is; I didn't know what it's called.


Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 26, 2014, 08:18:40 pm
That no matter how much Anbaric String there is in that Cotswold Outdoor carrier bag over there --->, you still haven't got the right bit.

Bah!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Wombat on November 27, 2014, 08:14:43 am
Related to Mr L's.  That no matter how cleverly you arrange your multiple channelled super anbaric noise making machinery on its clever new wall brackets, the most sticky outy connector will always be sticky outy right where the bloody bracket sticks out.  Home cinema amp being rearranged in newly decorated living room, and the bloody optical connection where the Sonos thingy connects is right by the bracket.  Grrr...  I now regret buying a fairly fancy optical connector that loooks more like the flex for an electric iron, all braided and red/black striped, and about 10mm diameter.  ho hum, at least I can make lots of lovely sounds again...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Guy on November 27, 2014, 08:30:44 am
When Francis Drake went on his round the world cruise he took a copy of "Foxe's Book of Martyrs" with him, and during the dull parts of the cruise he whiled away the time by colouring in the pictures.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 27, 2014, 11:06:24 am
S/PDIF cables, a.k.a. The One Which Always Falls Out.  Though loudsqueaker cables are also prone to this; I had cause to investigate the lack of sound on one in the Grand Bedchamber yesterday and found a squeaker conductor to have come out of the squeaker in spite of said squeaker not having moved for a decade ???

Plus HD TV is still not working properly chiz.  And the AV receiver isn't receiving everything it should be either but that's probably for CTRL-ALT-DEL (or avforums).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on November 27, 2014, 11:10:22 am
Polterzeitgheist obv.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 27, 2014, 08:45:35 pm
The beginning of S Express is actually a Rose Royce sample. Can't believe I'd never realised. Thank you, TOTP1979.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on November 28, 2014, 01:42:32 pm
The Israeli firm Babylon Ltd, formerly a specialist in translations & translation software, has lost 95% of its value in the last year, & is pretty much going down the tubes.  :thumbsup:

I'm pleased by this because Babylon transmuted from a legitimate firm with decent software (particularly good for Arabic, apparently) into a malware pusher, making its money from advertising, which it pushed via a toolbar which hijacks browsers & tries to hide itself so that you can't uninstall it, & which it got onto computers by paying download sites to inconspicuously bundle it with legitimate software.

Eventually, Microsoft started limiting it on IE, & Google blocked it, & set Chrome to block it. Hence the crash of the company. Hooray!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 28, 2014, 08:04:56 pm
Just how overstated the feeding guidelines are on cat food. Felix is 70-75kcal per 100g pouch, Kitekat is about 80kcal per 100g, and Whiskas is 80-85kcal per 100g. Given that my fatty 7kg cat needs 200-220kcal per day to get him down safely to 6kg, the 3-4 pouches per day for a 4kg cat are excessive.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: billplumtree on November 28, 2014, 08:29:35 pm
That this  (https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-DDeRzSSuTeg/VHjZIcOwegI/AAAAAAAAHLU/016-zohg5iI/s56/symbol_small.jpg)  is the weather symbol for, "Well, it would be sunny if the sun actually rose above the horizon, but it doesn't at this time of year so it won't be".
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ian on November 28, 2014, 08:48:44 pm
Just how overstated the feeding guidelines are on cat food. Felix is 70-75kcal per 100g pouch, Kitekat is about 80kcal per 100g, and Whiskas is 80-85kcal per 100g. Given that my fatty 7kg cat needs 200-220kcal per day to get him down safely to 6kg, the 3-4 pouches per day for a 4kg cat are excessive.

Blimey, both my cats added up only make 7kg. One is teeny though, and weighs in at 3kg. Of which 2 kg is fearsome claw. She doesn't have teeth though or she'd weigh more. They only get one sachet of food a day and the exceedingly expensive crunchy stuff (it'd be cheaper to hire Heston to cook unicorns I'm sure).

Anyway Bad Cat got told off by the vet (fortunately the über-stern German locum was off terrorising some other branch) for biting at her stitches. I fear there might have been some implicit criticism of her human staff for removing the collar of shame. She has compliancy issues
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 28, 2014, 09:44:26 pm
Pete was neutered late so he grew quite big, and he had free access to dry food for the first few months I had him but didn't learn to self-regulate and totally stuffed himself. I think it's an ex-stray thing. So he's on two wet pouches and 10g diet biscuits a day until he's 6kg.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on November 28, 2014, 09:49:14 pm
That this  (https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-DDeRzSSuTeg/VHjZIcOwegI/AAAAAAAAHLU/016-zohg5iI/s56/symbol_small.jpg)  is the weather symbol for, "Well, it would be sunny if the sun actually rose above the horizon, but it doesn't at this time of year so it won't be".

I always found that one quite amusing.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ian on November 30, 2014, 01:24:09 pm
According to the leaflet my wife has helpfully left on the kitchen counter, if I hear gunfire I should run or hide (it wasn't clear how I'd know which to do, that's an opportunity for a flowchart missed), and when I've finished doing that, I should tell someone. Presumably not everyone notices the outbreak of hostilities. They should get themselves on Twitter. That kind of shit is bound to get retweeted.

Well, it's useful to know. In the event of being caught up in a terror attack my plan had been to build a papier-mâché decoy tank. Terrorists are scared of tanks. And griffins, though making a griffin is more challenging, especially under pressure. I now realise that my decoy tank strategy is misguided and I'd be better either running or hiding. I could run with a bathtub over my head which covers both bases.

Thanks Government!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 30, 2014, 01:55:28 pm
Just how overstated the feeding guidelines are on cat food. Felix is 70-75kcal per 100g pouch, Kitekat is about 80kcal per 100g, and Whiskas is 80-85kcal per 100g. Given that my fatty 7kg cat needs 200-220kcal per day to get him down safely to 6kg, the 3-4 pouches per day for a 4kg cat are excessive.

I spent yesterday morning researching which is the best quality food for the kittens and found some interesting articles about the pet food industry and the crap the put in it, and how the manufacturers are prone to exaggerating the food required so they sell more. Some of the stuff I've been reading suggests that the premium food contain more meat and less grain based carbs which might be either less calorie or better calories. This site is quite interesting http://www.justanswer.com/cat-health/2dmhh-female-cat-weighed-3-6-kilos-10-mths-old-spaying.html

I'm hoping that our 2 will self regulate on dry food eventually, but not yet apparently....

When I feed next door's cat he only gets 2 pouches a day but how much of that gets eaten by other cats I dunno.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ian on November 30, 2014, 02:12:51 pm
Our cats seem to self-regulate on dry food (I think it's Hills, whatever the most expensive is) – they don't come running when we put it down but will diligently munch through it. They are more enthusiastic about soft food. They were brought up on dry food (probably, they're rescue kitties), we only started giving them soft food when little cat had all teeth pulled out and we weren't sure she'd manage the hard sufficiently (and at 3 kg she doesn't need to lose weight). Surprisingly she seems to manage fine with her gums and palate but they get a pouch of soft stuff a day as a treat.

Bad cat managed to escape today by getting her paw behind the out-locked flap and pulling it inwards. Fiend. She did a good job of removing her own stitches earlier too. We're going to get stern looks from the vet. It's probably a good job we don't have kids, we'd be terrible parents, the ones that make the teachers sigh.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on December 04, 2014, 03:05:39 pm
That, unlikely as it is, the word sacro-iliac appears in the lyrics of The Message by Grandmaster Flash.

Yes, expert spotters, I am listening to RadMac on R6M.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 04, 2014, 03:39:46 pm
That Mogwai really don't like being referred to as "Post-Rock".  Sorry, chaps, but if GY!BE and their like are Post-Rock then you are too.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 04, 2014, 04:27:34 pm
Just how overstated the feeding guidelines are on cat food. Felix is 70-75kcal per 100g pouch, Kitekat is about 80kcal per 100g, and Whiskas is 80-85kcal per 100g. Given that my fatty 7kg cat needs 200-220kcal per day to get him down safely to 6kg, the 3-4 pouches per day for a 4kg cat are excessive.

I spent yesterday morning researching which is the best quality food for the kittens and found some interesting articles about the pet food industry and the crap the put in it, and how the manufacturers are prone to exaggerating the food required so they sell more. Some of the stuff I've been reading suggests that the premium food contain more meat and less grain based carbs which might be either less calorie or better calories. This site is quite interesting http://www.justanswer.com/cat-health/2dmhh-female-cat-weighed-3-6-kilos-10-mths-old-spaying.html

I'm hoping that our 2 will self regulate on dry food eventually, but not yet apparently....

When I feed next door's cat he only gets 2 pouches a day but how much of that gets eaten by other cats I dunno.
A friend of mine feeds her dog and cat stuff that's just ground up muscle and organ meat. I can't remember the name of the place she gets it from. It's only slightly more expensive than pouches of cat food. If I had a bigger freezer, I'd get it for him.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on December 04, 2014, 05:53:51 pm
apparently the Smithsonian agreed to never recognise any other potential first flight pioneer in exchange for the Wright's plane. Dundee claims an early flying pioneer, possibly the first in UK, maybe the world.

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/history-2.1462/is-history-right-or-was-dundee-s-preston-watson-the-first-to-make-a-powered-flight-1.718839
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ian on December 04, 2014, 07:17:57 pm
...
A friend of mine feeds her dog and cat stuff that's just ground up muscle and organ meat. I can't remember the name of the place she gets it from. It's only slightly more expensive than pouches of cat food. If I had a bigger freezer, I'd get it for him.

Mine eats poppadoms. I have no idea what she does with the rest of the takeaway.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 04, 2014, 07:22:58 pm
ian, you are clearly giving your cat too much pocket money.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on December 04, 2014, 07:33:29 pm
When Dafydd was a ickle kitting, I put the remains of my fish and chips down on the kitchen floor.  We once had a cat that used to eat chips and I thought I'd see if Daf was interested.  When I returned later I found he'd not only ignored the chips, but seemed to have not touched the remaining fish either.  He had, however, sucked up every last trace of curry sauce.
A true Brummie cat.  :smug:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on December 04, 2014, 07:39:35 pm
Mine eats poppadoms. I have no idea what she does with the rest of the takeaway.

A friend's cat once hilariously made off with a poppadom.  By the time we realised, she'd licked it until it was floppy.  Actually eating it either didn't occur to her, or was hampered by lack of teeth.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 04, 2014, 09:36:14 pm
http://www.naturalinstinct.com/ was the one.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 06, 2014, 10:54:32 am
That when Margaret put a card and an envelope on my desk and said "that's Jenny's collection," and I put in an amount of money reflecting that Jenny has been my manager for years, and wrote in the card "thank you for all your support over the years, enjoy your retirement," it wasn't Jenny the manager retiring after 40 years' card, it was Jenny the OT who's leaving after 6 months' card.  ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on December 07, 2014, 12:26:36 am
Ok, not strictly today but I have learned that there is another person with my RL name.

Who runs a bike shop.*

In Minneapolis, Minnesota.

IIRC it's called John's Bikes.

Spooky.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on December 07, 2014, 09:25:13 pm
apparently the Smithsonian agreed to never recognise any other potential first flight pioneer in exchange for the Wright's plane. Dundee claims an early flying pioneer, possibly the first in UK, maybe the world.

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/history-2.1462/is-history-right-or-was-dundee-s-preston-watson-the-first-to-make-a-powered-flight-1.718839
Loadsa people flew before the Wrights 'first' flight, including both of the Wrights (gliding). Some of 'em even did so (briefly) in powered craft. The Wrights' claim depends on a few qualification to 'first flight', e.g. powered, controlled, took off under own power. It seems pretty certain that their 'first' flight was closer to achieving all of those at once than any previous flight, but it was just one step among many.

To me, their achievements were significant, but I'm not sure that they made any net contribution to aviation. Their insane patent war* held back the progress of aviation in the USA**, & the world was filled with experimenters & theoreticians at the time. It was going to happen, & soon, whether the Wrights existed or not.


*They claimed that any kind of control mechanism which changed the shape of a wing, whether by warping, ailerons, or any other means, was covered by their patent. Patently ridiculous, since wing-warping & ailerons had been in the literature for decades, had been used on experimental gliders, & there was even a prior patent (British, expired) for ailerons.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on December 07, 2014, 10:28:39 pm
Supposed to have been a bloke in west Wales (Saundersfoot) who flew years before anyone else.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Dibdib on December 07, 2014, 11:37:14 pm
Today I learned that Go Outdoors sell a fatbike (http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/coyote-fatman-fat-bike-white-p328480). 's only £350 as well. Steel frame and forks, cheap seven speed Shimano(ish) drivetrain, cable discs, presumably less-than-great wheels.

In unrelated news I'm hiding my credit card.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on December 08, 2014, 12:00:09 am
Supposed to have been a bloke in west Wales (Saundersfoot) who flew years before anyone else.

A bloke in Chard, Somerset.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on December 08, 2014, 12:20:47 am
Or a bloke from Brazil - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Santos-Dumont
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 08, 2014, 11:50:05 am
Or a monk in Malmesbury.
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Post by: Basil on December 08, 2014, 11:52:08 am
Or a monk in Malmesbury.

Or a greek bloke by the name of Icarus.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on December 08, 2014, 12:50:21 pm
Or a bloke from Brazil - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Santos-Dumont
I disagree on this one.  Even in the article you link to, it says he didn't start on heavier than air flight until 1905.  LTA flight goes back to Montgolfier, though dirigibles were refined by S-D.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on December 08, 2014, 01:08:25 pm
Not today, but recently: The prototype Bristol Type 142 airliner, which was subsequently adapted to become the Blenheim bomber, was called 'Britain First'. :o
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on December 08, 2014, 01:16:43 pm
Or a greek bloke by the name of Icarus.

That one was a myth, warning of the dangers of relying on adhesives.  Or perhaps that lusers don't follow instructions, depending on how much sympathy you feel for Daedalus...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 08, 2014, 01:24:24 pm
I thought it was suggesting a way to get rid of your pesky teenage offspring.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jurek on December 08, 2014, 01:46:23 pm
Or a bloke from Brazil - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Santos-Dumont
His integrity as a pioneer flyer is somewhat questionable.
There were two instances of his dirigible being found to be irrepairably damaged moments before he was due to give a demonstration flight in the States.
Sabotage was suspected, but not proven.
A similar incident occurred when he was was about to give a demonstration flight in the grounds of The Crystal Palace, Sydenham.
On being accused of causing the damage himself, he took himself off, back to France, in a huff - an early type of aircraft propelled by fuel made of horse manure and discarded tram tickets.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Wascally Weasel on December 08, 2014, 02:35:59 pm
apparently the Smithsonian agreed to never recognise any other potential first flight pioneer in exchange for the Wright's plane. Dundee claims an early flying pioneer, possibly the first in UK, maybe the world.

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/history-2.1462/is-history-right-or-was-dundee-s-preston-watson-the-first-to-make-a-powered-flight-1.718839
Loadsa people flew before the Wrights 'first' flight, including both of the Wrights (gliding). Some of 'em even did so (briefly) in powered craft. The Wrights' claim depends on a few qualification to 'first flight', e.g. powered, controlled, took off under own power. It seems pretty certain that their 'first' flight was closer to achieving all of those at once than any previous flight, but it was just one step among many.

To me, their achievements were significant, but I'm not sure that they made any net contribution to aviation. Their insane patent war* held back the progress of aviation in the USA**, & the world was filled with experimenters & theoreticians at the time. It was going to happen, & soon, whether the Wrights existed or not.


*They claimed that any kind of control mechanism which changed the shape of a wing, whether by warping, ailerons, or any other means, was covered by their patent. Patently ridiculous, since wing-warping & ailerons had been in the literature for decades, had been used on experimental gliders, & there was even a prior patent (British, expired) for ailerons.

In one of my varied ‘book jacket’* of careers I used to work at the Science Museum in London and part of my job was to do guided tours of some of the galleries, including the flight gallery, in which there is a replica of the Wright Flyer – but the Science Museum actually used to have the original aircraft on display.

At first the Smithsonian did not recognise the Wright brothers as having made the first powered flight.  So much so that the Wrights donated the Wright Flyer to the Science Museum in the UK instead, where it remained until 1945.  The agreement the Smithsonian made referenced in the article occured in 1939 if I remember right, after the Smithsonian contracted to agree the Wright Brother’s claim in order to receive the Flyer.

The outbreak of war prevented the safe transport of the Flyer back to the US and the Science Museum made a full scale replica before giving it to the Smithsonian in 1945 after the end of WWII.


*Two more jobs and I’ll have that long list of varied jobs that lots of authors seem to have.  I’ve driven a train, worked in a chocolate factory and been Maureen Lipmann’s paperboy amongst other things.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 08, 2014, 03:03:19 pm
...chicken-shed cleaner, bodyguard, Dr Who scriptwriter...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Efrogwr on December 08, 2014, 03:56:51 pm
Or a bloke from Brazil - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Santos-Dumont
His integrity as a pioneer flyer is somewhat questionable.
There were two instances of his dirigible being found to be irrepairably damaged moments before he was due to give a demonstration flight in the States.
Sabotage was suspected, but not proven.
A similar incident occurred when he was was about to give a demonstration flight in the grounds of The Crystal Palace, Sydenham.
On being accused of causing the damage himself, he took himself off, back to France, in a huff - an early type of aircraft propelled by fuel made of horse manure and discarded tram tickets.


If he'd waited for sixty seconds, but failed to cheer up, he'd have left in a minute and huff. 


Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Wascally Weasel on December 08, 2014, 04:33:57 pm
...chicken-shed cleaner, bodyguard, Dr Who scriptwriter...

Is that you or Douglas Adams?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: PeteB99 on December 08, 2014, 08:22:21 pm
Packet Rice and Rice in a packet aren't the same thing.

Local Sainsburys has reshuffled so when I walked up to where the kilo bags of basmati used to be they were gone. The sign over the next aisle promised Packet Rice but only had Noodles and boil in the bag rice.

I found the Basmati under the sign for speciality sauces?

The signs have been shuffled along with the shelves so it must be deliberate
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jakob W on December 08, 2014, 11:24:14 pm
apparently the Smithsonian agreed to never recognise any other potential first flight pioneer in exchange for the Wright's plane. Dundee claims an early flying pioneer, possibly the first in UK, maybe the world.

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/history-2.1462/is-history-right-or-was-dundee-s-preston-watson-the-first-to-make-a-powered-flight-1.718839
Loadsa people flew before the Wrights 'first' flight, including both of the Wrights (gliding). Some of 'em even did so (briefly) in powered craft. The Wrights' claim depends on a few qualification to 'first flight', e.g. powered, controlled, took off under own power. It seems pretty certain that their 'first' flight was closer to achieving all of those at once than any previous flight, but it was just one step among many.

The 1903 flights had catapult-assisted launches, so the under own power qualification is contestable. The qualifications I'd use are that they had the first powered, controlled, sustained heavier-than-air flight. Under those conditions, I don't think the Wrights' primacy will ever be revised - all of the other claims that pop up are based on dubious evidence, usually hearsay from years after the fact.

I'm more sympathetic wrt their long-term influence, even if it was in many ways indirect; after their European tour in 1908, where they literally flew rings around the local competition, it was clear that controllability was more important than most of the Europeans had realised (this is the Gibbs-Smith 'chauffeurs' vs 'airmen' distinction). Their demonstrations also spurred the Europeans to develop their own designs, having seen how much further advanced the Wrights were.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jakob W on December 08, 2014, 11:36:07 pm
Not today, but recently: The prototype Bristol Type 142 airliner, which was subsequently adapted to become the Blenheim bomber, was called 'Britain First'. :o

And was given that name by the owner of the Daily Mail; just one of the many right-wing (if not crypto-fascist) enthusiasts for aviation in the 1930s*

*eg Lady Houston, who famously (for certain spoddy values of famous) funded the British 1931 Schneider Trophy team of Supermarine and Rolls-Royce that won it outright, mainly because she wanted to embarrass Ramsey MacDonald's national government.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 09, 2014, 08:13:36 pm
*Two more jobs and I’ll have that long list of varied jobs that lots of authors seem to have.  I’ve driven a train, worked in a chocolate factory and been Maureen Lipmann’s paperboy amongst other things.
For some reason, that gives me a vision of a Wascally Weasel leaping from the cab of a moving tube train, climbing up a ventilation shaft and delivering a box of Milk Tray to Maureen Lipmann.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 10, 2014, 04:53:12 pm
The bass drone on A Silver Mt. Zion's "Broken Chords Can Sing A Little" sounds exactly like the builders' genny/compressor/Diesel Annoyance.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 11, 2014, 04:46:21 pm
That a haversack differs from a knapsack in having only one shoulder strap.

More entertainingly, that if you spill a metric sploshful of water on your gas hob, so that if fills up the well over the gas spout thing under the burner, then when you turn the gas on, it makes a rather nice gurgling sound.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: a lower gear on December 11, 2014, 10:02:47 pm
That dutifully reading the entirety of the Lift the Lid thread "BHIT are back" was possibly not the most enriching hour and a half of my day.... but I'm up to date, so my OCD demon is satiated.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: nikki on December 14, 2014, 09:29:30 am
Why the UK tax year starts on the 6th of April:
http://www.taxadvisorypartnership.com/tax-compliance/why-does-the-uk-tax-year-start-on-6-april-each-year/
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 17, 2014, 10:58:17 am
That Michelle Obama volunteers to staff phones for the Norad santa tracking event, and has done since 2009.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NORAD_Tracks_Santa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NORAD_Tracks_Santa)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on December 18, 2014, 04:55:56 pm
That icing sugar on the trackpad of your laptop makes navigation almost impossible until it's gone damp and very sticky - which then necessitates cleaning said trackpad so fuck knows what I've clicked on in the last 15 minutes . . .
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on December 19, 2014, 02:13:29 pm
That generally intelligent folk (teachers and the like so degreed up) can be as thick as two short planks.

A notice board, 10mm thick was on the corridor wall. A couple of classes had done a display about Mt Vesuvius. This display included 4 papier mache and plaster of paris volcanoes which were constructed on a square cardboard base, complete with crepe paper eruptions. The volcanoes were too heavy to be mounted on the board with staples, pins or tape. Some bright spark fixed each volcano to the board with a 2" nail in each corner of the base.......

Nails discovered when trying to take the board down to move it.

 ::-)   
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: a lower gear on December 19, 2014, 05:57:41 pm
Which reminds me of the old Chinese* proverb "To man with hammer, everything look like nail".

[Point to ponder: why are old proverbs always said to be Chinese?]
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on December 19, 2014, 09:39:54 pm
Because. Wisdom.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jurek on December 19, 2014, 09:42:41 pm
P38 car body filler is your frend.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on January 19, 2015, 06:52:24 pm
That Lycra for camels exists

https://twitter.com/RDRonaldauthor/status/557146477517348864?s=09
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on January 19, 2015, 08:22:03 pm
That Lycra for camels exists

https://twitter.com/RDRonaldauthor/status/557146477517348864?s=09

I predict the next post will contain a cameltoe reference...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Deano on February 08, 2015, 10:47:09 pm
Black Sabbath was the last band to play Darlington Civic Theatre - they created such mayhem that no other band has been booked since.

Some guy told me this at a gig, so it must be true.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Oaky on February 09, 2015, 03:24:35 am
I went to a pantomime at the Darlington Civic Theatre over Christmas, featuring the chuckle brothers.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: jsabine on February 09, 2015, 09:11:21 am
I went to a pantomime at the Darlington Civic Theatre over Christmas, featuring the chuckle brothers.

Oxymoron, no?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on February 09, 2015, 09:55:34 am
That the first programmable computer was build in Germany and ran in 1941. (Konrad Zuse) Predating Turing et al by a good few years. It was built using relays so was very slow compared to the later fully electronic versions.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Vince on February 09, 2015, 10:00:19 am
I worked with a couple of Hungarians who had previously been working on Russian USSR ICBM launchers. Their targeting computers were based on relays as they aren't effected by EMP.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Tim Hall on February 09, 2015, 02:05:48 pm
I worked with a couple of Hungarians who had previously been working on Russian USSR ICBM launchers. Their targeting computers were based on relays as they aren't effected by EMP.

Years ago the was a TV documentary about how behind the technology curve the USSR was. They cited the case of a MiG something or other that defected/got forced down and how it was jammed full of teeny thermionic valves. Hah, they said, those pesky Soviets and their old technology.

Fast forward a few months and there was another documentary about how the EMP from a nuclear strike will banjax the whole of Western technology.  They then roll out the same story about the defecting MiG, but this time change the ending to show how dastardly clever those pesky Soviets were with their clever EMP-defying technology.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on February 09, 2015, 02:29:47 pm
MiG-25 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoyan-Gurevich_MiG-25#Western_intelligence_and_the_MiG-25).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Vince on February 09, 2015, 05:05:33 pm
Apparently the relays weren't that reliable, because they were explaining the difficulties of doing the calculation manually, including allowing for the target moving between launch and arrival.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Deano on February 09, 2015, 08:36:24 pm
I went to a pantomime at the Darlington Civic Theatre over Christmas, featuring the chuckle brothers.

Oxymoron, no?

Oh, no it isn't!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: spesh on February 16, 2015, 10:27:39 pm
Quote
On April, 1970, the Grumman Aerospace Corporation—manufacturers of the Lunar Module—sent a $312,421.24 bill to North American Rockwell—who made the service module that malfunctioned in the Apollo 13 mission—for towing services.

 ;D

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/the-only-fun-fact-about-apollo-13s-dramatic-failure-is-1686124526
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: spesh on February 16, 2015, 10:41:26 pm
MiG-25 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoyan-Gurevich_MiG-25#Western_intelligence_and_the_MiG-25).

Balenko's MiG-25 wasn't the only Soviet plane that the West got to have a very good look at:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4477th_Test_and_Evaluation_Squadron
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on February 18, 2015, 10:11:21 pm
Peter Dean, who played Pete Beale in Eastenders, is not dead after all.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on February 18, 2015, 10:12:46 pm
Whereas poor Tony Hart has died again
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on March 14, 2015, 09:55:25 pm
The origin of the Alabama Song (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alabama_Song).  Until this evening, I only knew cover by The Doors.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on March 15, 2015, 09:58:51 am
You amaze me, Andrij.  I thought you would have been sure to know.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 27, 2015, 07:16:09 am
If you're lying on your back in bed, and there is a cat standing on your chest demanding attention, turf him off before you start to stroke him otherwise you'll get cat drool in your mouth.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Feline on March 27, 2015, 10:51:52 am
If you're lying on your back in bed, and there is a cat standing on your chest demanding attention, turf him off before you start to stroke him otherwise you'll get cat drool in your mouth.

I had an unpleasant awakening this morning when my cat actually licked my tongue while I was asleep with my mouth slightly open  :-[
I am not quite sure what I have learned from this.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on March 27, 2015, 12:07:26 pm
Keep cats out of the bedroom?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Feline on March 27, 2015, 12:48:44 pm
Keep cats out of the bedroom?

Not if you expect to have any carpet left outside the bedroom door by the morning  ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ian on March 30, 2015, 11:22:53 am
Keep cats out of the bedroom?

If I slept in a bank vault they'd blow the bloody doors off. There's no keeping them out. Bad Cat's latest morning thing is waiting for my wife to leave and then coming in and punching me on the shoulder while miaowing loudly. This is to get me to extend my arm so she can monorail and rest her chin on my hand. She wasn't giving my arm back this morning, instead as I tried to pull my hand free she simply clamped her jaws around it and refused to let go.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 30, 2015, 11:42:10 am
Keep cats out of the bedroom?

Not if you expect to have any carpet left outside the bedroom door by the morning  ;D
I don't have carpet. But I do have a cat who can open all the doors in the flat, and if I lock the bedroom door he either hurls himself against the door, yowling furiously, or he sits at the door crying piteously. He's generally very little trouble in the bedroom at night   
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pingu on March 30, 2015, 02:03:29 pm
If you're lying on your back in bed, and there is a cat standing on your chest demanding attention, turf him off before you start to stroke him otherwise you'll get cat drool in your mouth.

I had an unpleasant awakening this morning when my cat actually licked my tongue while I was asleep with my mouth slightly open  :-[
I am not quite sure what I have learned from this.

Saturday and Sunday morning I got a lick on the nose from Pumpkin  ???
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on March 31, 2015, 10:12:50 pm
The nut securing an oven fan is reversed thread. It would have been useful knowing that a little earlier.

Also my cake recipe is currently making it's presence felt by rising aout of the tin and oozing across the kitchen floor. I think it may be starting to become sentient.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Tim Hall on March 31, 2015, 10:21:42 pm
The nut securing an oven fan is reversed thread. It would have been useful knowing that a little earlier.

Neff?

I discovered that once.  Why don't they just make the fan spin the other way, if the problem is of an unscrewy nature?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on March 31, 2015, 10:23:53 pm
The nut securing an oven fan is reversed thread. It would have been useful knowing that a little earlier.

Neff?

I discovered that once.  Why don't they just make the fan spin the other way, if the problem is of an unscrewy nature?

Because the food would get colder, obviously.

I think it's a good rule of thumb to suspect any fan of having a widdershins thread until proven otherwise.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on March 31, 2015, 11:24:03 pm
I had got the other one off turnwise with some effort so presumed the replacement would be the same. It did seem quite tough so I probably did trash the thread in the process.

Anyhow, I baked a cake for the final winter track meet tomorrow. My estimates (9x12" pan being 3x the batch needed for a 7.5" round tin) whilst mathematically correct appeared to have ignored depth. It took some time to clean up the overspill, and the cake is a bit uneven, having been cooked in the top oven (no fan) whilst waiting for the insulator pad that I didn't know I needed till removing the old fan and having it crumble to pieces on me.

£75 in parts and delivery to repair the oven.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 02, 2015, 01:08:52 pm
Mordor Central has a bigger, slightly uglier, sibling and their name is New York Penn.

Honestly,  I felt right at home ;-)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on April 02, 2015, 01:10:40 pm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania_Station_%28New_York_City%29

Wow, it really is.  Hints of the old Manchester Piccadilly (Platforms 13/14) there too.  There should be a law against 60s rebuilds of perfectly good stations.  Probably a bit late, thobut.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: PaulF on April 02, 2015, 01:23:37 pm
Mordor Central has a bigger, slightly uglier, sibling and their name is New York Penn.

Honestly,  I felt right at home ;-)

Grand Central is far nicer, but probably doesn't have trains going where you want to go...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on April 02, 2015, 01:25:15 pm
Mordor Central has a bigger, slightly uglier, sibling and their name is New York Penn.

Honestly,  I felt right at home ;-)

Grand Central is far nicer, but probably doesn't have trains going where you want to go...

The Moor Street Effect™
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: The Seldom Killer on April 02, 2015, 01:35:51 pm
The last time I visited New Street Station I felt as if I was in some kind of John Malkovitch as the bad guy future dystopiann corporate institution. Alas a burly but short-arsed lunatic in tight black didn't come in to liberate our moral freedoms with the assistance of romantic interest and a quirky and/or diverse friend.

New Street definitely needs some liberation of moral freedoms, preferably with extreme prejudice.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: hellymedic on April 02, 2015, 01:40:49 pm
Nuking Mordor Central from orbit seems somewhat impractical and might create much collateral damage.
It might be the only way...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: The Seldom Killer on April 02, 2015, 01:56:03 pm
I think the risk of creating a sentient, glowing Bull Ring is too high. Perhaps just using a SOL Cannon and accepting some secondary localised devastation is the way foward.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on April 02, 2015, 01:59:59 pm
Alternatively, they could bury it inside an enormous reinforced concrete sarcophagus.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: davelodwig on April 02, 2015, 02:00:29 pm
Nuking Mordor Central from orbit seems somewhat impractical and might create much collateral damage.
It might be the only way...

Please don't as horrible as it is I need it to get home this evening.

Just some sort of device to stop people with suitcases bigger than my last car would be a start.

D.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 02, 2015, 02:08:53 pm
Alternatively, they could bury it inside an enormous reinforced concrete sarcophagus.
Surely that's what they did when they built it?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ian on April 02, 2015, 03:01:19 pm
Mordor Central has a bigger, slightly uglier, sibling and their name is New York Penn.

Honestly,  I felt right at home ;-)

The benefit of Penn Station is that it's NYC outside. But yes, it's a station modelled on the British 1960s train station experience. Though with more net curtains for some reason. I regularly travel between Philadelphia and NYC on the train, so that's my NYC arrival experience (30th St Station in Philadelphia is far nicer, if a bit neglected over the years). It's quite odd taking the Amtrak down south, through the grand stations of Philadelphia and Union Station in Washington DC, and then suddenly to get off you pretty much have to jump into a ditch by the side of the train.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fboab on April 14, 2015, 09:47:56 am
A little of B.R.Ambedkar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._R._Ambedkar) (who I had never heard of), thanks to Google Doodle.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 15, 2015, 11:05:21 am
He was a remarkable man. It's interesting to contrast him with the Dalit woman currently (or very recently) leading Uttar Pradesh (I've forgotten her name for a minute - but her main contribution to UP and Dalits seems to be putting up statues of herself).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on April 15, 2015, 11:16:14 pm
That if a company that has supplied some equipment forgets to pack some fixings, then says on being notified "We'll overnight them to you so they will be with you tomorrow", don't plan your tomorrow around the missing bits actually arriving in time to be useful that day ::-)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ashaman42 on April 15, 2015, 11:36:25 pm
I started learning how to weld and didn't set myself on fire at any point. Yay.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on April 15, 2015, 11:40:46 pm
I started learning how to weld and didn't set myself on fire at any point. Yay.
Cool (or not). Gas, arc, MIG, TIG?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ashaman42 on April 15, 2015, 11:52:20 pm
First week of a six week taster course.

Did a little bit of MIG, seven of us each did three lines of weld along a little sheet of metal and then half of us (not me yet) did an external corner weld on two sheets that had been tacked into place by the instructor. Then we ran out of time so the rest of us will have a go at that next week.

Ultimately we will all have a little go at MIG, TIG, arc and gas.

I was the opposite of everyone else in that I was running too close to the work rather than too far away. I was also moving along the weld a bit too fast but part of that was being watched by a bunch of people. Once we've had a go at everything we'll be able to separate to different sections rather than all standing around watching the one person welding which should help.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on April 16, 2015, 10:06:48 am
That if a company that has supplied some equipment forgets to pack some fixings, then says on being notified "We'll overnight them to you so they will be with you tomorrow", don't plan your tomorrow around the missing bits actually arriving in time to be useful that day ::-)

Today I have learned that, if you were waiting for something yesterday, it is worth asking the contractors working near the entrance if they have taken a delivery for you whilst they were causing access problems.

As I cycled in this morning, the contractor boss fella said "I've got a parcel that was delivered yesterday morning".

 ::-)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on April 16, 2015, 04:12:12 pm
Today I have not necessarily learnt, but by doing the sums I have realised that I can save myself a) nearly £200 and b) the hassle of trying to sell a unused set of STIs and caliper brakes.  This I can achieve by buying the parts of a groupset, from Merlin, that I want instead of taking the easy path and buying a whole groupset and then buying the brakes (R685s).

I now have to i) decide what wheels to get and ii) what frame to hang it all off (the only thing I do know is that it WILL be baked soot and will have clearence for 35mm (preferably 40mm) tyres)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 20, 2015, 09:18:41 am
That my immediate neighbours, the friendly couple who never seem to do anything, are multimillionaires through some patent sold to Apple. That a little further down the street is a man convicted of manslaughter (recently released) and the woman opposite us once danced with Stevie Nicks.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 20, 2015, 03:15:04 pm
Another thing I have learned today: when you see a BSO with one brake disconnected, it's not necessarily a sign of (simply) bad maintenance. Sometimes, it's a consequence of the bike being stolen. People tend to put locks around the top of the seat post, thief comes along with hammer and chisel and in smashing the lock, severs the brake cable or the caliper as well.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jurek on April 20, 2015, 07:49:05 pm
I should know better than to get involved in a 30 min + conversation with BT, over a mistake they made, and have apologised for.
You'd think that asking for an email or a letter confirming that the conversation took place was a reasonable request. Wouldn't you?

Communications company. Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on April 20, 2015, 07:57:49 pm
That Asok from Dilbert is officially gay.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jakob W on April 21, 2015, 06:56:02 pm
The meaning of the word rhaphanidosis.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on April 21, 2015, 07:06:34 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on April 21, 2015, 07:09:10 pm
That Rapidfire shifters can make a reasonable abode for 8-legged beasties.

That my heart rate can still skyrocket in . . . well . . . a heartbeat.

That I should exercise a little more caution when stripping a bike that has been in a shed for a while.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on April 21, 2015, 08:32:16 pm
That single-speed/fixed has its merits after all.   ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 21, 2015, 10:54:02 pm
Mordor Central has a bigger, slightly uglier, sibling and their name is New York Penn.

Honestly,  I felt right at home ;-)

The benefit of Penn Station is that it's NYC outside. But yes, it's a station modelled on the British 1960s train station experience. Though with more net curtains for some reason. I regularly travel between Philadelphia and NYC on the train, so that's my NYC arrival experience (30th St Station in Philadelphia is far nicer, if a bit neglected over the years). It's quite odd taking the Amtrak down south, through the grand stations of Philadelphia and Union Station in Washington DC, and then suddenly to get off you pretty much have to jump into a ditch by the side of the train.

NYC didn't really flick my bic, so to speak, so Penn didn't get a second visit I'm afraid - not even the draw of going to visit Grand Central could encourage me back into the city without a responsible adult to supervise me with two chiddlers in tow (and a very shonky ankle which made yomping around a tad challenging).

Hoboken (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoboken_Terminal), on the other hand, is now my most favourite station in the world.  So far, anyway.  And even though we accidentally bought the wrong tickets for our journey there via Secaucus a very nice NJ Transit lady took pity on us and let us through the barriers and also recommended going to The Bakery despite the hype, which meant we did indeed brave the queue before going back to Montclair, and it was worth the mere 20 minute wait.  Plus also Hoboken has several particularly fine New Jersey play parks (we now consider ourselves quite expert on the play parks of NJ, y'know), an extremely splendid small-but-perfectly-formed Historical Museum.

We also had fun with perspective.

(https://scontent-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/15584_10153145173561839_7300684612824100886_n.jpg?oh=07abd48f10e3b29d175dba3adee75458&oe=5597D05E]https://scontent-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/15584_10153145173561839_7300684612824100886_n.jpg?oh=07abd48f10e3b29d175dba3adee75458&oe=5597D05E)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10421343_10153110243341839_4332543762074890449_n.jpg?oh=ea4da623088c17beb8b5b76d6782179f&oe=559B45D4&__gda__=1440634753_92f23f8c7aecca309093eae133ef0b2f)
(I'm only just starting to catch up on all the forum stuff from when we were away!)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on April 21, 2015, 11:12:21 pm
There is a very interesting private hostel near Basil's place in Wales.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on April 22, 2015, 07:16:47 am
There is a very interesting private hostel near Basil's place in Wales.

Is there?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Blazer on April 22, 2015, 10:35:29 am
I like swimming  :), grew up in Devon and loved swimming in the sea.

I've learnt today that this doesn't mean I like swimming lengths in the public baths...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on April 22, 2015, 12:40:23 pm
There is a very interesting private hostel near Basil's place in Wales.

Is there?

Nanty Pobty at Coed Y Bryn SA44 SLQ . Seems to be an interesting place,  reasonably priced, and possible venue? Access may be an issue.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on April 22, 2015, 11:27:47 pm
Rehearsal tonight. After running through what we needed to go through, L decided we should try a new song (old words, new tune). As ever there is no melody so I have learned to pick it up and fill in on the fly. Just for once I grabbed the phone and placed it on the monitor to record L, and hopefully me in balance (no point having it right by the sax as it would be washed out).

When I play I have no real idea what I sound like. It is a bit like not knowing how your own voice sounds.

Actually not bad - much better than I thought. I'm sure the professional musicians here would cringe, and of course I hear the fluffed bits and the bits that I know don't quite fit or where the fill missed the chord change, but overall quite pleased, especially for a 'improvise along to this that you have only heard once before - it might be in D' (it was in G).


Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: JennyB on April 23, 2015, 04:26:53 pm
Possibly not very practical, but cool; it's easy to make a bike trackstand on it's own by letting its rear wheel roll back against a wall or other support.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 24, 2015, 10:20:48 am
Australian rules football is not a variety of rugby. I always thought it was.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on April 24, 2015, 11:09:54 am
Australian rules football is not a variety of rugby. I always thought it was.

I always thought it derived from that other popular playground activity: The bundle[1]?


[1] Or in northern: "pile-on"
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 24, 2015, 11:14:11 am
Australian rules football is not a variety of rugby. I always thought it was.

I always thought it derived from that other popular playground activity: The bundle[1]?


[1] Or in northern: "pile-on"
Another thing Kim will have learned today: pile-on is not only northern. That was the term used in Gloucestershire.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on April 24, 2015, 11:16:00 am
Another thing Kim will have learned today: pile-on is not only northern. That was the term used in Gloucestershire.

Cheese-rollers are northern by default :)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 24, 2015, 11:21:19 am
Hmmm. Go say that in Cheltenham.

It's surprising the variety in terms used for kids' games considering my son's school is only 30-odd miles from where I was (in fact, I've been meaning to start a thread on that for a while). For instance, what we called Freeo (how do you spell that?) he and his friends call Forty-forty In. Of course, the variety could be as much due to decades as miles.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on April 24, 2015, 12:46:43 pm
<Warning, this might only make sense to those that have spent time in Sheffield>

Not today, but on Tuesday I learnt that the SatNav in my car seems to have a liking for the Hallamshire Hospital.

Leaving DL7, set satnav destination as S3.

Set it to Fastest route.

Takes you down the A61 into Sheffield, right past said hospital.

So far, so logical.

However, ignore it's pleas and begs and go over the Tinsley Viaduct instead, coming off at the Parkway junction, the logical way to S3 is to go left at the end of the Parkway (heading past the station to Ring Road South) but, no, the SatNav decides you REALLY want to go around the North and past the Hospital.

On the return leg, set it to DL7 and fastest, again, and it thinks that sitting in car park that is the ring road approaching Upper Hannover Street is faster than just going to the Parkway, just so you can go past the hospital, again.

I now have done the trip enough to ignore the satnav* or not even use it.

*It is useful to leave it on, even if you know where you are going as it tailors the traffic alerts to your route.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 24, 2015, 03:29:11 pm
Why is the post code for Sheffield DL? I can't think of a place it might refer to.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on April 24, 2015, 03:35:47 pm
Why is the post code for Sheffield DL? I can't think of a place it might refer to.

NO, DL7 is home, deepest, darkest North Yorkshire (DL is actually Darlington, which is confusing, slightly, as Darlo is in County Durham....)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: De Sisti on April 24, 2015, 07:29:43 pm
Hmmm. Go say that in Cheltenham.

It's surprising the variety in terms used for kids' games..
We had one in my primary school (Princess Road Junior, M/cr) called "sciss-bag-brick" (aka, scissors-bag-brick).
I've heard it down here referred to as "rock-paper-stone".
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 24, 2015, 07:55:36 pm
Rock-paper-stone? That's just wrong! Silly wrong! FTR it was scissors-paper-stone when I was little.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: TheLurker on April 24, 2015, 08:52:44 pm
They demolished Linlithgow, Pentland & Midlothian Halls at Riccarton a couple of years ago.  Which, for no good or sensible reason, saddens me a little.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on April 24, 2015, 10:53:42 pm
That I am considered to be totally wrong by some staff at the school. The other day there was an all staff meeting in the hall. Towards the end of the arrival phase, one of the staff snuck in at the back, trying to hide a small box of caeks. They failed to hide them from me. Of the 157 people in the hall, for a while only two people knew of the presence of the caeks- the barer and me. The others didn't understand how I could detect caek from the other side of a very well populated hall.

They failed to grasp the significace of the fact that I had spent 6 years in the army, 26 and a bit years in the police and that I was a practicing cyclist. "Hmmmm, strong the caek radar in this one is"
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Vince on April 27, 2015, 02:03:41 pm
1. That when planning a journey between two London railway stations, it is best to look at the booking rather than rely on one's memory for the starting/ending location.
2. When you have given up on the GPS and are using The ForceTM, try not to let a small sporting event cause a disruption in The Force
3. When planning a journey via GPS in a region not previously explored, ensure that the mapping for said region is actually installed on the GPS.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on April 28, 2015, 12:02:19 am
1) That a 24" cast iron pipe might well act as a very nice waveguide for Wifi signals from a wifi enabled camera
2) that I'm not sure if it will or not
3) that I really don't know enough hardcore Electrical Engineering and Physics to be sure.
4) that I will have to wait for the weekend to find out and it will bug me all week.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 29, 2015, 06:53:37 pm
That Don Nix wrote blues/rock standard "Going Down" after falling out of a window :o
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: billplumtree on May 08, 2015, 07:54:01 pm
That the voice introducing the instruments on Tubular Bells (you know, that bit) is Vivian Stanshall's.  One of those things that's obvious when you know it.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on May 09, 2015, 08:34:02 pm
That about 28% of UK government debt, or about £400 million, is owed by the government to itself. But it's still counted as debt.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on May 13, 2015, 10:08:54 am
That you can buy second hand bridges.. http://www.bridgesforsale.co.uk/
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Vince on May 13, 2015, 10:41:44 am
I wonder how many times a day someone tries to list London or Tower bridge?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on May 13, 2015, 11:08:56 am
That very recently-roasted coffee does better in a moka pot than coffee roasted a week ago. Bugger.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on May 13, 2015, 12:55:32 pm
http://www.sunnyskyz.com/inspirational-videos.php?vidid=2365%2FTHIS-Is-What-That-Extra-Shoelace-Hole-Is-For-
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 15, 2015, 10:40:30 am
That there are up to 12 levels of underground city beneath Moscow.
http://spirit-of-moscow.com/The%20Diggers.shtml

Some of is undoubtedly true — even obvious — such as people living in underground railway tunnels, some of it seems quite plausible, like underground military installations, but the subterranean monks do seem a bit far-fetched.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on May 15, 2015, 11:35:46 am
From Before Arnold Bros?

(http://www.lspace.org/ftp/images/bookcovers/uk/diggers-1.jpg)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 15, 2015, 11:44:16 am
More like a rather shadowy Russian group of urban explorers. In fact, they're digging as we speak - down to 15 levels and an 18th-century mass suicide pool now!
http://kikistrikeny.blogspot.co.uk/2008/06/moscows-diggers-of-underground-planet.html
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on May 15, 2015, 08:45:52 pm
That there is such a thing as a 'mushy pea fritter' - might just be a Brizzle thing - and now of course I HAVE TO TRY ONE!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: interzen on May 15, 2015, 09:00:59 pm
That the voice introducing the instruments on Tubular Bells (you know, that bit) is Vivian Stanshall's.  One of those things that's obvious when you know it.
Pretty sure he's credited on the album sleeve as "Master of Ceremonies".
Alan Rickman fills in on Tubular Bells II due to Viv being indisposed on account of being dead.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 17, 2015, 11:19:00 am
That Lothar Malskat was a real person, that Hansi Knoteck only died two years ago (at the age of 99) and that there really was a film called The Merry Petrol Station.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: TheLurker on May 22, 2015, 07:50:52 pm
Deal has a cycle repair shop.  It's been trading since 1978.  It's only taken me 27 or so years to find it.  Mind you MrsLurker is a local and she didn't know about it.

Details if you're interested: http://www.curwenscyclerepairs.co.uk/

Had a natter with Mr. Curwen, seems like a decent chap. Frame resprays done as well, but you might want to wait a bit tho' as his preferred sprayer has just retired and he's currently got a couple of frames with a company in Sandwich (not Lock's - someone on the trading estate) to see if they're up to snuff.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 29, 2015, 01:33:29 pm
That digital music sales overtook CDs last year. I assumed that had happened at least five years ago.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on May 29, 2015, 01:39:13 pm
That CDs aren't digital music, apparently...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 29, 2015, 01:42:36 pm
! :o ! ;) ! ::-) ! :thumbsup: !
It's not even sales, TBF, it's income.
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After more than a decade of decline, worldwide CD income was finally surpassed by digital music revenues last year.
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/may/28/how-the-compact-disc-lost-its-shine

In the context, it's clear. CDs are tangible.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on May 29, 2015, 01:55:13 pm
In the context, it's clear. CDs are tangible.

Not even that:  CDs are read-only, non-volatile and the data is uncompressed and unencrypted.  Those are all pretty desirable features when paying $evilco for some music, even if you're just going to rip it and stick it in a box as a backup.  That you get cover artwork is a fringe benefit, cancelled out by the low storage density.

But the way people listen to music changed.  You don't really have a record collection any more, you just summon up a track from the cloud as the whim dictates.  Be it through iTunes, Spotify or Youtube.

Remember when software came with real paper manuals, and the first thing it told you to do was to make a working copy of the disks?  It's going the way of that...


Also: Brothers in Arms is 30?  Now I feel old...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 29, 2015, 06:51:48 pm
I noticed in another thread the Knopfler brothers were at the same school as someone on this forum. I think it might have been fboab. Maybe.

Anyways, cover artwork? No, that was on vinyl.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Tim Hall on May 30, 2015, 05:58:52 pm
Following on from the link (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=38032.msg1868334#msg1868334) Kim posted in the Best Videos thread, today I have been mostly learning what sweded (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Sweded) means.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on May 31, 2015, 01:47:16 pm
That I should have changed my back DR cable housing before riding. :(
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Biggsy on May 31, 2015, 07:16:03 pm
You're not allowed to post a book to Ireland without a licence from the ROI Minister of Justice, and you're not allowed to post any printed matter to France and Japan, full stop.  According to the Royal Fail.  ...Well, you can post them, but the items aren't supposed to be accepted by the receiving countries' postal services.

...To list just a couple of examples of the many ordinary items in Prohibited lists.

http://www.royalmail.com/personal/international-delivery/country-guides
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on June 01, 2015, 12:10:00 am
How on earth did the Entente Cordiale happen?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mark on June 01, 2015, 01:57:56 am
I've sent quite a few books and calendars to Ireland over the years, Christmas presents to a sister there. I think it was pretty obvious what was in the various packages, especially when they came from Amazon.com.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 01, 2015, 09:39:21 am
How on earth did the Entente Cordiale happen?
It started with a lime, then some fizzy water and sugar. The entente was only added later.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: TheLurker on June 01, 2015, 07:50:34 pm
How on earth did the Entente Cordiale happen?

V. Late 19th Cent. 
France.  Ey Rosbifs, les Allemands zey look a bit dangereux. We make, how you say, "alliance", non?
Britain.  Oh I say, that's rather a top hole idea,  err, oui  c'est une bonne idee.  This Dreadnought arms race's gettin' a bit pricey eh wot!?

And yah boo sucks to Sellars & Yeatman.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: asterix on June 01, 2015, 08:04:52 pm
You're not allowed to post a book to Ireland without a licence from the ROI Minister of Justice, and you're not allowed to post any printed matter to France and Japan, full stop.  According to the Royal Fail.  ...Well, you can post them, but the items aren't supposed to be accepted by the receiving countries' postal services.

...To list just a couple of examples of the many ordinary items in Prohibited lists.

http://www.royalmail.com/personal/international-delivery/country-guides

What? I am expecting 2 books from the UK and received another about a week ago.  Don't tell anyone...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Biggsy on June 01, 2015, 08:25:13 pm
I didn't say the bonkers rules were enforced.  I'm glad to learn they aren't!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on June 01, 2015, 08:55:41 pm
I have learned more about grid systems and projections than I really wanted to, but I now appear to be able to extract data from OSM and calculate areas etc from it (field sizes mostly for an ecologist colleague) with minimal fuss.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Tim Hall on June 02, 2015, 11:25:39 am
That Nigel Molesworh hav a page on Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/pub/nigel-molesworth-obe/35/474/253)

Current role is Special Legal adviser to the IOC

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Making shure committee members get their fair share of perks eg limos, slap-up meals and vintage wine gums
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fboab on June 19, 2015, 03:10:02 pm
I noticed in another thread the Knopfler brothers were at the same school as someone on this forum. I think it might have been fboab. Maybe.
Their uncle lived in the house which had a garage opposite ours on the back lane.

Our head of sixth gave an annual assembly pep-talk in September (FACT verified by older sister, who got it twice, I got expelled so only got it once) where he retold the tale that he'd told M Knopfler to stop messing on that gee-tar and focus on his studies. He told us to love what you do and do it as well as you can. I have it on fairly good authority that this was subsequently updated to include reference to one A Shearer (year below me- some dorky fussballing sporty type) who was told to follow his dream.

This belongs in another thread, doesn't it?

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 19, 2015, 03:45:23 pm
Probably the one about ridiculous management phrases.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on June 19, 2015, 08:37:04 pm
How All 50 States Got Their Names (http://mentalfloss.com/article/31100/how-all-50-states-got-their-names)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 19, 2015, 09:08:36 pm
How All 50 States Got Their Names (http://mentalfloss.com/article/31100/how-all-50-states-got-their-names)
California is a mythical island. I think we'd all suspected this!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on June 19, 2015, 09:39:20 pm
I did learn summat today. But I've forgotten what it was.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on June 19, 2015, 09:51:27 pm
Fuck me!  La lodger has a trumpet! 
She's been here nearly two years and we never knew.  Seems she thought I would not be happy about it  ???
I've informed her that she has just gone to the top of the house cool table.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on June 20, 2015, 02:22:15 pm
Nipping round roundabout sharpish, learned that BB on new bike is 2.5 cm lower than on Audax bike.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on June 24, 2015, 08:13:25 am
After a conversation with TLD, I learnt that I have something in common with:
Dwight Eisenhower
Shannon Doherty
Dynamo
Anastasia
and Mike McCready.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rafletcher on June 24, 2015, 09:29:46 am
That the reason women's stage races have short(er) stages is because the UCI mandate that race distances can only be a maximum average of 100km per day in a stage race and the longest stage can not exceed 130km. The Ladies Tour of Holland one year was actually downgraded a category by the UCI when they broke this rule.

Also that Sweetspot, the organisers of the Aviva Women's Tour of Britain applied to the UCI for special dispensation. For the first time ever there were two 140km stages back to back in the middle of the 5 day race and an average distance per stage of 120km.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fboab on June 24, 2015, 05:04:06 pm
The difference between F/UTP and UTP Cat5e cables.

(Clue: Not just £2.79+VAT)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on June 27, 2015, 12:16:03 pm
The difference between F/UTP and UTP Cat5e cables.

(Clue: Not just £2.79+VAT)

If it is any help I have c 300m of Cat 5e cable to give away.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 27, 2015, 12:33:12 pm
If I still had the l33t 5k1llz required to put connectors on the stuff...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on June 27, 2015, 03:55:04 pm
If I still had the l33t 5k1llz required to put connectors on the stuff...

If you need some made up do shout, I have all the gubbins. It is wire not flex, but still works with RJ45 on the end.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 28, 2015, 02:56:02 pm
The deed is done now, and the Great Escalier at Larrington Towers is increasingly resembling the interior of a slightly down-at-heel spaceship or a U-boat being rebuilt while on patrol.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on June 28, 2015, 03:30:18 pm
That creating what is best called a 'utilitarian finish' on a Land Rover may be achieved with a high-density roller.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fboab on June 28, 2015, 04:06:05 pm
The difference between F/UTP and UTP Cat5e cables.

(Clue: Not just £2.79+VAT)

If it is any help I have c 300m of Cat 5e cable to give away.
Er, no.
I need around 2,000 x 10m grey with RJ45 both ends pa... If (as I suspect) the F is over-specification from engineering that's a worthwhile cost saving.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on June 29, 2015, 07:51:44 am
That a laissez faire attitude to the accuracy of one's watch is fine when the bicycle is ones preferred mode of transport, less so for the good old chemin de fer.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Salvatore on July 01, 2015, 06:02:49 pm
That in 1896 the average wage of a Manchester bricklayer was 10d a day. 
And the sentence for a Manchester thief  convicted of pickpocketing £36 at a football match* was 7 years imprisonment.

*Gainsborough Trinity v Newton Heath.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on July 01, 2015, 06:07:35 pm
That in 1896 the average wage of a Manchester bricklayer was 10d a day. 
And the sentence for a Manchester thief  convicted of pickpocketing £36 at a football match* was 7 years imprisonment.

*Gainsborough Trinity v Newton Heath.

http://www.measuringworth.com/

In 2011, the relative worth of £36 0s 0d from 1896 is:

£3,420.00   using the retail price index
£3,630.00   using the GDP deflator
£13,700.00   using the average earnings
£23,300.00   using the per capita GDP
£37,200.00   using the share of GDP

I learned today that if you are expecting an email from a Russian source, you really need to check your spam box
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on July 01, 2015, 09:00:44 pm
...
I learned today that if you are expecting an email from a Russian source, you really need to check your spam box

Who was it this time?  Svetlana?  Natalia?  Olga?  ;)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on July 01, 2015, 10:18:30 pm
Thing I learned on Sunday, but forgot about until another thread reminded me:  How difficult it is to get a heavily loaded bike moving up a steep hill with flat pedals.  If you haven't attempted it since before you discovered foot retention, it's surprising.

Obviously if you're a regular user of flats in all conditions, then it's just normal and ordinary and just part of the way bikes work, but I only usually use them for short trips without much in the way of  a) hills  or  b) stuff,  so the bike's up to speed by the time the starting foot reaches BDC.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 01, 2015, 11:36:51 pm
That in 1896 the average wage of a Manchester bricklayer was 10d a day. 
And the sentence for a Manchester thief  convicted of pickpocketing £36 at a football match* was 7 years imprisonment.

*Gainsborough Trinity v Newton Heath.

http://www.measuringworth.com/

In 2011, the relative worth of £36 0s 0d from 1896 is:

£3,420.00   using the retail price index
£3,630.00   using the GDP deflator
£13,700.00   using the average earnings
£23,300.00   using the per capita GDP
£37,200.00   using the share of GDP

And compared with the price of the "average house"?

</Daily Mail>
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 03, 2015, 01:38:09 pm
If I had gone to bed at a reasonable hour last night instead of staying up to watch the last 2/3 of The Fugitive on ITV4, even though I have already seen it loads of times and own the DVD, I would not be so tired today.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on July 03, 2015, 02:04:11 pm
SE London has some waterways and off-road routes worth exploring.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 04, 2015, 09:24:27 pm
That in various Italian kingdoms in the 1840s the very word "railway" was banned, due to fears it would cause moral corruption of society and political revolution.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jakob W on July 06, 2015, 03:11:57 pm
Nautical terminology distinguishes between collisions (two moving objects into one another) and allisions (moving object into stationary object).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on July 06, 2015, 03:14:41 pm
I have learned that freshly baked bread out the oven has less calories than normal bread, because it evaporates.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: billplumtree on July 06, 2015, 08:47:29 pm
That all the bridges on the Lancaster canal are individually numbered, with lovely cast iron number plates affixed.  All 200 or so of 'em.  To a geek with OCD and a camera this represents a challenge, an opportunity, and an enormous time-sink.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: CrinklyLion on July 06, 2015, 08:52:19 pm
That all the bridges on the Lancaster canal are individually numbered, with lovely cast iron number plates affixed.  All 200 or so of 'em.  To a geek with OCD and a camera this represents a challenge, an opportunity, and an enormous time-sink.

*strongly approves of this learning*
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on July 06, 2015, 08:55:34 pm
^^^ Wot 'er sed ^^^
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Deano on July 06, 2015, 09:22:32 pm
Bill, have you spotted this guy's flickr feed?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/suspensionstayed/sets/

I love the wee digital display he carries.

https://flic.kr/p/pefrJx
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: billplumtree on July 06, 2015, 09:23:49 pm
*strongly approves of this learning*

Mmm.  Well, I could go as far down as the Lune Aqueduct (#107), I s'pose.  But I'm not going south of the River Lune, not at this time, not for anyone guv.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: billplumtree on July 06, 2015, 09:27:10 pm
Bill, have you spotted this guy's flickr feed?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/suspensionstayed/sets/

Wow.  I'm out-geeked, out-bridged and, er, over here.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: billplumtree on July 06, 2015, 09:37:25 pm
Mind, I bet he hasn't got a dewatered canal bridge (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=48852.msg1887139#msg1887139)  :P
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on July 06, 2015, 09:43:25 pm
Bill, as far as I am aware, all bridges on all the canals in the Birmingham network have number plates on them as you describe.  Does this suggest that all the bridges on the whole national  network are similarly numbered?
I think you may have a bit of a job on, matey.   :)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on July 06, 2015, 09:46:04 pm
Bill, as far as I am aware, all bridges on all the canals in the Birmingham network have number plates on them as you describe.

A lot of them certainly do.  Which raises the question: Why haven't they been nicked for scrap?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on July 06, 2015, 10:19:15 pm
Cos the pikeys can't get a flatbed tranny down a towpath . . . ?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on July 06, 2015, 10:24:42 pm
BTW the bridges on the Macclesfield Canal are similarly numbered. As are the ones on the Middlewood Way, a disused railway which follows a lower contour but a similar line.

The bridges from Marple on the canal rise in number as you approach Macc, the ones on the track decrease in the same direction.

Confused? you will be . . .
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on July 06, 2015, 10:28:18 pm
Cos the pikeys can't get a flatbed tranny down a towpath . . . ?

Pity.  They could have nicked the anti-cycling barriers while they were at it.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Deano on July 06, 2015, 10:31:49 pm
Cos the pikeys can't get a flatbed tranny down a towpath . . . ?

Pity.  They could have nicked the anti-cycling barriers while they were at it.

That's what happens to them around Darlo ;D

I assume this is the cause of their disappearance, rather than the council having seen the light, cos if that was the case, they'd all be gone. It's also worth noting that the terrible motorbikes are usually being pushed by lads who move over for cyclists and pedestrians, so it hardly feels like a harbinger of social breakdown.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pingu on July 06, 2015, 10:48:12 pm
Nautical terminology distinguishes between collisions (two moving objects into one another) and allisions (moving object into stationary object).

What about 'In collision with'?  :demon:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 07, 2015, 10:04:55 am
Bill, as far as I am aware, all bridges on all the canals in the Birmingham network have number plates on them as you describe.  Does this suggest that all the bridges on the whole national  network are similarly numbered?

They are indeed; 'tis common among canalistas to refer to locations on the system by bridge number.  What happens when one is removed or a new one built is another matter entirely.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: cycleman on July 07, 2015, 06:54:59 pm
The bridge or lift has the same number with A after it . :)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: geraldc on July 10, 2015, 05:10:56 pm
I was reading about the arrest of the American spokesman for Subway sandwiches for child porn offenses. They raided his house with dogs who were trained to sniff out Micro SD cards. I wasn't aware they smelt. I wonder if they have dogs who are trained for different media cards eg compact flash or SD cards.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: SteveC on July 10, 2015, 05:27:15 pm
The bridge or lift has the same number with A after it . :)
I've seen bridges with number then 'E' after them when there's been a lot of development since the canal was built. Motorway bridges over canals don't get 'canal bridge' numbers and nor (as far as I can remember) do railway ones. I presume it's to do with who is responsible for the maintenance and so on.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on July 10, 2015, 05:33:57 pm
Fascinating.  It does appear to be a thing.  Assuming it's not all smoke and mirrors, you have to wonder what the dogs are sniffing out that discriminates solid-state storage from any other electronic device.  Possibly that something's been recently handled by a human, rather than a scent from the device itself?

Of course anyone who collects child porn (or equivalently incriminating data) and doesn't have the sense to encrypt the crap out of it deserves a double sentence on the grounds of stupidity.  Have any more sensible criminals been successfully prosecuted for refusing to reveal an encryption key yet?  That's where it really gets interesting.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 10, 2015, 07:57:34 pm
Could be a specific combination of plastics and metals.


Meanwhile, what I found out today is that the site in Bristol currently known as the Bearpit did once feature a real live bear on display. With its fur shaved, clothed, and a huckster passing it off as "an Ethiopian savage". But that has nothing to do with the present name.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: jsabine on July 11, 2015, 12:22:03 am
Have any more sensible criminals been successfully prosecuted for refusing to reveal an encryption key yet?  That's where it really gets interesting.

Presumably you don't refuse to reveal the key. Either you're really stressed by all these horrid questions and you can't remember it, or there's some clever kind of two-level encryption where you can give them a key that just shows lots of lovely spreadsheets, then deny everything else.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ian on July 13, 2015, 10:29:56 am
Sniffer dog detection is another of those somewhat dubious things, since detection is only partly the dog's olfactory ability, but more the handler's interpretation, plus the dogs react to cues – subconscious or otherwise – from their handler. So if they think you look sketchy as you malinger by your badly hidden p0rn stash, the dog may be pleased to oblige its alpha human buddy's gaze at that box by duly sniffing it out. I'm unconvinced that a sniffer dog can genuinely find an SD-card, sounds more like a bit of a wriggle to fit within terms of the search warrant.

Most people don't understand encryption. I wonder what happens too, if it's all encrypted, Apple for instance have Filevault on by default. I might be wrong, but the latest iteration must be pretty tough to crack if you don't pony up the key. Not sure if Microsoft do something similar, but setting up encrypted partitions and storage isn't super-complicated. But given the (non-child) p0rn I've seen smeared across nearly all the computers I've been asked fix over the years, curating that collection hasn't been high on the owners' agenda.

Edit: sniffer bees are a thing, though. Sort of.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: geraldc on July 15, 2015, 02:53:35 pm
It's easy to draw a horse. Just draw a unicorn, and then remove the horn
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on July 15, 2015, 04:28:19 pm
The bridge or lift has the same number with A after it . :)
I've seen bridges with number then 'E' after them when there's been a lot of development since the canal was built. Motorway bridges over canals don't get 'canal bridge' numbers and nor (as far as I can remember) do railway ones. I presume it's to do with who is responsible for the maintenance and so on.
Motorway and railway bridges will have their own numbering system, so I suppose that's to avoid confusion.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: philip on July 15, 2015, 07:17:37 pm
Have any more sensible criminals been successfully prosecuted for refusing to reveal an encryption key yet?  That's where it really gets interesting.
It has certainly happened in the UK under RIPA for which section 49 covers court orders to decrypt. Look at the encryption section in the OSC annual reports: https://osc.independent.gov.uk/about-us/annual-reports-2/
2014-15: 3 convictions
2013-14: 2 convictions
2012-13: 3 convictions

Edit:
A better reference: https://wiki.openrightsgroup.org/wiki/Regulation_of_Investigatory_Powers_Act_2000/Part_III
Section 49 is the notice to decrypt, section 53 is failure to comply.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Katie on July 15, 2015, 09:46:49 pm
The line in hairdye instructions about unused mixture exploding is not in fact just there to make you buy more instead of using up leftovers.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on July 15, 2015, 10:10:04 pm
The line in hairdye instructions about unused mixture exploding is not in fact just there to make you buy more instead of using up leftovers.
What did you blow up? :D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on July 15, 2015, 10:37:21 pm
That sufficiently long hair is a successful substitute for reading the instructions.   :o
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jaded on July 15, 2015, 11:41:20 pm
That Joe Root was pipped to a sports prize by a girl.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Katie on July 16, 2015, 09:19:45 am
The line in hairdye instructions about unused mixture exploding is not in fact just there to make you buy more instead of using up leftovers.
What did you blow up? :D

Just the hairdye, but it was really messy ;(
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 16, 2015, 01:41:22 pm
That sufficiently long hair is a successful substitute for reading the instructions.   :o

(Runs fingers through flowing tresses, make Jennifer Aniston head-toss gesture)

Pray explain.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on July 16, 2015, 01:50:50 pm
I'm going with using up all the hair dye in one go so not having explosive residuals to go boom.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on July 16, 2015, 02:15:33 pm
Indeed.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rafletcher on July 16, 2015, 02:22:11 pm
Bill, as far as I am aware, all bridges on all the canals in the Birmingham network have number plates on them as you describe.  Does this suggest that all the bridges on the whole national  network are similarly numbered?
I think you may have a bit of a job on, matey.   :)

I though ALL canal bridges were numbered? Those on the Aylesbury arm of the Grand Union certainly are (I think ours in No. 8)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on July 16, 2015, 09:58:55 pm
That the stained glass windows at my church depict The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.

They're really beautiful but illuminated only on summer evenings, due to their orientation.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on July 16, 2015, 10:11:41 pm
So now buying more than one pack of hair colourant could be regarded as evidence of radicalisation.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on July 16, 2015, 11:04:10 pm
So now buying more than one pack of hair colourant could be regarded as evidence of radicalisation.

Wasn't it always?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 16, 2015, 11:10:52 pm
Probably.
Quote from: someone German
A feminist is a woman with red hair.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on July 16, 2015, 11:23:15 pm
I thought that Horse and Hound was a made-up publication from a Hugh Grant film, but thanks to P&OBI it turns out that it's a) real  b) has a website that  c) is alarmingly like a parallel universe version of road.cc.  I also note that hounds are seriously under-represented.

It's got a forum and everything.  Horsey tips involving Sudocrem, and I expect there's an "Achey Bollock Saddle Advice" thread in there somewhere.  At this point I'd only be mildly surprised if there's a "What stirrups for PBP?" one, too.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Katie on July 16, 2015, 11:24:58 pm
Probably.
Quote from: someone German
A feminist is a woman with red hair.

Guilty as charged.

And indeed, my exact problem. Hair too long for one box of dye, but not long enough to warrant using all of the second box…
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: jsabine on July 16, 2015, 11:33:15 pm
Probably.
Quote from: someone German
A feminist is a woman with red hair.

That reminds me of yesterday's Graun piece on Sarah Maple (http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/jul/14/sarah-maple-feminist-artist-photography), illustrated with, inter alia, her painting The Opposite to a Feminist is an Arsehole.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on July 16, 2015, 11:34:07 pm
And indeed, my exact problem. Hair too long for one box of dye, but not long enough to warrant using all of the second box…

The Die Hard 3 solution would surely be not to mix up all of the second box...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Katie on July 16, 2015, 11:36:19 pm
And indeed, my exact problem. Hair too long for one box of dye, but not long enough to warrant using all of the second box…

The Die Hard 3 solution would surely be not to mix up all of the second box...

Yeah, that's exactly what I tried yesterday ;) turns out I'm not very good at estimating "about half the tube of colour" …
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 16, 2015, 11:52:39 pm
Probably.
Quote from: someone German
A feminist is a woman with red hair.

Guilty as charged.

And indeed, my exact problem. Hair too long for one box of dye, but not long enough to warrant using all of the second box…
The weird thing about that, which I've heard from several Germans (male and female, albeit last century), is that it wasn't "feminists like to dye their hair red" or "having red hair is often a sign of being a feminist" it was given as an actual definition. Maybe just a language thing though.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 16, 2015, 11:58:16 pm
Anyway, today I learned about the bizarre behaviour of Pope Boniface VI (pope for fifteen days in 896) in relation to his predecessor, Formosus. You'd better look it up for yourself, it's too weird.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jakob W on July 17, 2015, 04:15:53 pm
The Cadaver Synod? Wasn't that Boniface's successor?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: andrewc on July 17, 2015, 06:48:19 pm
That an old electric toothbrush head smeared in liquid soap is just the ticket for cleaning out all the crud that gets stuck between the links of a metal watch bracelet.

And that you should always check _which_ head is on your electric toothbrush before cleaning your teeth........  :sick:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on July 19, 2015, 09:35:00 pm
That there is a lot more gravel on my back garden than I thought (16 rubble sacks has hardly made a dent), and that the ground underneath is bumpy, full of building rubble and made of heavy clay.

Tempted to put it all back.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 20, 2015, 11:37:28 am
...before you get to the bodies.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on July 20, 2015, 03:01:51 pm
That there is a lot more gravel on my back garden than I thought (16 rubble sacks has hardly made a dent), and that the ground underneath is bumpy, full of building rubble and made of heavy clay.

Tempted to put it all back.

That'll be the reason for the gravel, then.

It does look a bit shit Marcus, don't put it back.  Stay with your vision!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on July 20, 2015, 03:20:01 pm
Just add some NCN signs...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on July 20, 2015, 04:23:43 pm
Put the gravel back, smooth it over then organize a tanker load of bonding agent and pour it in till just below the surface of the gravel. Bonding agent bonds, gravel stays put, Robert is your parents brother.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on July 20, 2015, 04:32:49 pm
If it helps, I'll make a call to your local old bill saying there is a body buried 6ft down.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on July 20, 2015, 05:49:43 pm
If it helps, I'll make a call to your local old bill saying there is a body buried 6ft down.

An old man lived alone. His only son was in prison, and he didn't know anyone who would spade up his potato garden, so he wrote to his son about it.
"For heaven's sake, don't dig up that garden," his son wrote back. "That's where I buried the guns!"
The next day, a dozen police officers, who had intercepted the letter, arrived and dug up the entire garden, but didn't find any guns.
Confused, the man wrote to his son telling him what happened and asking him what to do next.
"Plant your potatoes," his son wrote.

;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: red marley on July 20, 2015, 08:38:59 pm
Through my annual visit to ITV4 thanks to the TdF, I learn that The Sweeney is really rather shite. A carnival of bad acting and cut price fisticuffs. And can the young inspector Morse do anything other than scowl?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on July 20, 2015, 10:01:10 pm
That there is a lot more gravel on my back garden than I thought (16 rubble sacks has hardly made a dent), and that the ground underneath is bumpy, full of building rubble and made of heavy clay.

Tempted to put it all back.

That'll be the reason for the gravel, then.

It does look a bit shit Marcus, don't put it back.  Stay with your vision!

A few more bags filled before the rain, most of the path is up now. Found a completely intact 3x2' paving slab under the path for no apparent reason. Wonder what's hiding underneath.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on July 20, 2015, 10:13:44 pm
That there is a lot more gravel on my back garden than I thought (16 rubble sacks has hardly made a dent), and that the ground underneath is bumpy, full of building rubble and made of heavy clay.

Tempted to put it all back.

That'll be the reason for the gravel, then.

It does look a bit shit Marcus, don't put it back.  Stay with your vision!

A few more bags filled before the rain, most of the path is up now. Found a completely intact 3x2' paving slab under the path for no apparent reason. Wonder what's hiding underneath.

The bodies.  And the guns.

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 20, 2015, 10:27:29 pm
That there is a lot more gravel on my back garden than I thought (16 rubble sacks has hardly made a dent), and that the ground underneath is bumpy, full of building rubble and made of heavy clay.

Tempted to put it all back.

That'll be the reason for the gravel, then.

It does look a bit shit Marcus, don't put it back.  Stay with your vision!

A few more bags filled before the rain, most of the path is up now. Found a completely intact 3x2' paving slab under the path for no apparent reason. Wonder what's hiding underneath.

The bodies.  And the guns.



Reading this is bringing back memories of moving to Furrybootoon as a child. We ended up in a University house, previous occupants a sociology lecturer and his 'bidey-in'. Interior decor appeared to be distemper and stolen institutional shades of gloss paint (on the walls), green, mustard etc.
Both gardens were like a jungle and in 1 was a coal shed-cum shed with a greenhouse built on the end made entirely from old windows.
On the floor, a giant wooden door, looking for all the world like a trap door. I was convinced there would be a cavity underneath and the sociology lecture's ex-wife, or buried treasure, or something.
Sadly, there was only concrete. I was so disappointed. Still, there was all manner of random shit in that shed, kept me amused for months....
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 20, 2015, 10:44:13 pm
That there is a lot more gravel on my back garden than I thought (16 rubble sacks has hardly made a dent), and that the ground underneath is bumpy, full of building rubble and made of heavy clay.

Tempted to put it all back.

That'll be the reason for the gravel, then.

It does look a bit shit Marcus, don't put it back.  Stay with your vision!

A few more bags filled before the rain, most of the path is up now. Found a completely intact 3x2' paving slab under the path for no apparent reason. Wonder what's hiding underneath.
A secret bunker, already filled with every bike you've ever dreamed of.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Tim Hall on July 21, 2015, 12:04:27 am
That there is a lot more gravel on my back garden than I thought (16 rubble sacks has hardly made a dent), and that the ground underneath is bumpy, full of building rubble and made of heavy clay.

Tempted to put it all back.

That'll be the reason for the gravel, then.

It does look a bit shit Marcus, don't put it back.  Stay with your vision!

A few more bags filled before the rain, most of the path is up now. Found a completely intact 3x2' paving slab under the path for no apparent reason. Wonder what's hiding underneath.
Elephants.  Elephants all the way down.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on July 21, 2015, 07:23:01 am
Evander Duck is not a relative of Huey, Dewey and Louie.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/af/Louie_Dewey_and_Huey.png/220px-Louie_Dewey_and_Huey.png)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 22, 2015, 10:50:21 am
That if you took the symbol used by the Polish air force until 1993, when they reversed it, and flew it at sea, it would mean "You are standing into danger".
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on July 25, 2015, 05:40:35 pm
Well, not learned, as I don't believe it to be true.

I've just read on twitter that adding "The" to the names of major roads is a Birmingham thing.
The Pershore Road and The Bristol Road are examples near me.
But surely other towns do this too don't they?  Whoever speaks of "Edgware Road"?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 25, 2015, 06:55:25 pm
Well, not learned, as I don't believe it to be true.

I've just read on twitter that adding "The" to the names of major roads is a Birmingham thing.
The Pershore Road and The Bristol Road are examples near me.
But surely other towns do this too don't they?  Whoever speaks of "Edgware Road"?

I'd always heard it was a Londonton thing.  Roads are "the", everything else is not, hence "the Mile End Road" or "the Leyton High Road" but "Oxford Street" and "Northumberland Avenue".
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 25, 2015, 07:31:16 pm
That spending a few hours walking a few miles around a completely flat town is more tiring than 13 hours riding 200km over 2,000m of ascent. Perhaps it's down to the rain.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: jsabine on July 26, 2015, 01:43:06 am
Well, not learned, as I don't believe it to be true.

I've just read on twitter that adding "The" to the names of major roads is a Birmingham thing.
The Pershore Road and The Bristol Road are examples near me.
But surely other towns do this too don't they?  Whoever speaks of "Edgware Road"?

I'd always heard it was a Londonton thing.  Roads are "the", everything else is not, hence "the Mile End Road" or "the Leyton High Road" but "Oxford Street" and "Northumberland Avenue".

I always thought it was a courier thing - The TCR (which incidentally is the only road in the West End), The Beak, The Dean etc etc
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ian on July 26, 2015, 12:41:00 pm
It's always been The Old Kent Road, and The Edgeware Road. Seems to apply to roads that go to places (like Old Kent, no one bothers with New Kent), though is random in application.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 26, 2015, 12:42:57 pm
Well, that's the general distinction. The London Road is the road going to London, whereas London Road is just a name.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 26, 2015, 01:04:09 pm
It's always been The Old Kent Road, and The Edgeware Road. Seems to apply to roads that go to places (like Old Kent, no one bothers with New Kent), though is random in application.

The Caledonian Road doesn't go to Scotland...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ian on July 26, 2015, 01:04:30 pm
Yeahbut, where's Old Kent. Logic seems to think it's New Cross. In which case where the hell is Old Cross.

I've just broke my theory by remembering that we used to live 'off the Askew Road' in W12 and I don't think there's an Askew to go to.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 26, 2015, 03:27:55 pm
Presumably the Old Kent Road was just the Kent Road until they built the new one.  Just be grateful that the Rochester Way Relief Road isn't the Even More Channelling The Zeitgeist Kent Road.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: TheLurker on July 26, 2015, 03:46:41 pm
Through my annual visit to ITV4 thanks to the TdF, I learn that The Sweeney is really rather shite. A carnival of bad acting and cut price fisticuffs.
Harumph!  For (some of) us wrinklies an hour of The Sweeney followed by an hour of TdF is as close to televisual perfection as it is possible to get.  I just wish the bloody continuity announcer wouldn't talk over the end credits drowning out the lovely melancholy arrangement of the theme tune.

Quote
And can the young inspector Morse do anything other than scowl?
He can also do wry smiles / grimaces. :)

Anyway, I learnt today that whilst not, for my money, as good as Humph., Jack Dee makes an acceptable host for ISIHAC.  I shall have to discard my mourning weeds and resume listening on a regular basis.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 26, 2015, 06:36:49 pm
That new cables was not the cure for the shite shifting of my rear cassette, and neither was cleaning all the goo that I didn't get out properly when I last cleaned the bike . :(
Things to try next: hanger, followed by new cassette.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 26, 2015, 08:48:55 pm
Check the jockey wheels too.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on July 27, 2015, 02:41:42 pm
Not to symlink /bin/bash to a partition that needs a working shell in order to be mounted.  (DAHIKT)   :facepalm:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on August 01, 2015, 05:05:50 pm
Cows like dandelion leaves - a lot. Give them a handful & they'll gobble it down then follow you along a fence hoping for more.

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 01, 2015, 10:06:29 pm
Check the jockey wheels too.
I put the new cassette on and it still didn't work.  :facepalm:

Then I RTFM and stuck it on the 4th smallest sprocket, adjusted the placement of the jockey wheel and all was well. Oh well, it was probably getting on for time for a new cassette anyway.

The moral of the story, sometimes you should read the manual instead of relying on the Park Tools website....
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on August 04, 2015, 07:40:10 pm
That King sized beds are not just 6" wider than doubles, but also 3" longer.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on August 04, 2015, 07:53:41 pm
That King sized beds are not just 6" wider than doubles, but also 3" longer.

Duvet/sheets too small?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on August 04, 2015, 08:00:01 pm
Looking at replacements for my current '5 legged bed'* , so reading the Sleep Council's 'Bed Buyer's Guide' - http://www.sleepcouncil.org.uk/pdf-downloads/bed_buyers_guide.pdf


*I added a leg on one side as a 'temporary' repair after smashing through the main beam when falling over and kneeing it a while ago
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 05, 2015, 12:43:53 pm
That King sized beds are not just 6" wider than doubles, but also 3" longer.

Moreover, Queen sized beds are sized for Brenda at her current height rather than that she had at the time of the accession.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on August 05, 2015, 12:57:47 pm
When I literally made the bed (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=1241.msg1440312#msg1440312) back in 2013, it was to take a Euro Kingsize mattress (which provided optimal width while maintaining a length that would fit the room).  It turned out that if you want such a thing in the UK, your choice is restricted to Ikea divans, or hideous leather bachelor-beds.  Hence all the woodwork.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on August 06, 2015, 11:06:06 pm
There used to be a rail bridge across the Severn Estuary which was destroyed when two fuel barges collided with it in 1960.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: barakta on August 06, 2015, 11:30:44 pm
What one of my friends might look like in 20 years time having seen his doppelgänger on an online documentary.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pingu on August 07, 2015, 09:34:20 am
More proof that time travellers are among us.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on August 07, 2015, 01:39:33 pm
That a smidgen is a genuine measurement!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: phantasmagoriana on August 07, 2015, 03:21:51 pm
That Shimano 11-speed cassettes have many separate sprockety and spacery bits that like to fly in many different directions. At least it makes it easy to clean. :-\
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 07, 2015, 08:20:51 pm
People are very amused by the sight of a cat out for a walk with his owner, without a lead or harness.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: cycleman on August 08, 2015, 08:54:36 am
Mine follows me as far as the end of the estate when I am on the wheelchair ☺ .
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ian on August 08, 2015, 11:31:58 am
Bad Cat will follow me to the swimming pool. OK as far as the 100 steep steps up the hill at which point she stops and gives me the 'Srsly?' look.

Edit: Oh yeah, I forget, and then I have to carry a loudly miaowing cat back down the hill to the house, which I am sure makes it look like I'm kidnapping her.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 08, 2015, 12:43:51 pm
Taking Pete for a walk is like going with a toddler. It can take over an hour to do 200 yards because we have to stop and sniff or inspect every doorway, every cat flap, every car wheel, every car underside, every puddle, every tree... And we have to sit down and refuse to move every time we hear a car.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Peter on August 08, 2015, 05:53:05 pm
I think Pete may be humouring you: why do you need to do all this sniffing?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on August 08, 2015, 09:14:15 pm
Not today, but this week, I discovered the traumatic fact that, as a child, I preferred Bridlington to Scarborough.

I am considering therapy.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Peter on August 14, 2015, 08:35:20 pm
That a 32mm Park headset spanner can be used to tighten up a bath tap.  Never used it on a headset so don't know if it's any good for that.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: billplumtree on August 15, 2015, 07:47:36 pm
That there is such a thing as a satirical chess magazine
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Clare on August 15, 2015, 07:53:55 pm
That one-coat radiator paint is the worst 'paint' I have ever applied and it does not do what it says on the tin.

Next time I'm using spray paint and hang the expense.

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on August 15, 2015, 08:23:26 pm
Use rad enamel.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Clare on August 15, 2015, 09:55:26 pm
Apparently I am.

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on August 15, 2015, 10:04:51 pm
Sigh...... ::-)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on August 16, 2015, 03:17:03 pm
Not today, but yesterday, I have learnt that my condition also can cause me to suffer from Iritis!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uveitis
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: TheLurker on August 18, 2015, 08:17:21 pm
DotBike closed down over a year ago.  Bugger.   

Bit slow on the uptake here, but I only ever bought stuff from them over the counter so didn't get the closing down e-mail.  This is jolly annoying as I'd planned to cycle over on Friday afternoon and buy some glare shields for my Ixon IQs (cardboard doesn't work too well in the wet).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on August 18, 2015, 10:50:57 pm
That every time the heating system is drained down, the boiler has an expensive hissy fit.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: numbnuts on August 19, 2015, 09:11:18 am
That the song Turn turn turn  was from the book of Ecclesiastes I didn't know that         
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 19, 2015, 11:16:57 am
There used to be a rail bridge across the Severn Estuary which was destroyed when two fuel barges collided with it in 1960.
You can still see the remains of it alongside the Sharpness Canal and at very low water levels even the tops of the piers in the river bed are just about visible. There is a theory that the piers were damaged from an earlier collision and that, rather than the fire, is what really brought it down.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on August 19, 2015, 11:22:08 am
That the song Turn turn turn  was from the book of Ecclesiastes I didn't know that       

Today I have learned numbnuts has not seen Footloose (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087277/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_68) (relevant quote (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087277/quotes?item=qt0949053)).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on August 21, 2015, 05:00:04 pm
The meaning of the term 'cuckoo smurfing'
http://news.stv.tv/tayside/1327099-muhammed-hameed-saleem-shikari-and-shahid-aslam-guilty-of-cash-scam/
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 22, 2015, 01:13:11 am
That if I turn off the Bluetooth squeaker in the bathroom the Babbage-Engine will revert to sending sound to the amplifier.  I hereby apologise to the neighbours for the full-throttle burst of moody riffmeister Ritchie Blackmore just now.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Peter on August 22, 2015, 01:16:06 am
No problem.  I thought it was the pub.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 25, 2015, 09:54:41 pm
That buckwheat is related to sorrel.

That the British Empire started on 20 May 1497 in Bristol docks, according to at least one person's reckoning.

And,  sticking with the transatlantic link but more surprisingly, that Bristol is just like New York. So says Huey Morgan of Fun Lovin Criminals:
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What do you think of Bristol?

I have a love for the people of Bristol who I met through FLC and they have shown me real, ‘frontline’ Bristol and I see more and more similarities with New York there than any other UK city. It’s a port city, so is NYC; we see things for what they really are, and I love me some of that. Big yourself up, Bristol!

But it is true that buckwheat is related to sorrel!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on August 26, 2015, 10:29:19 pm
There are some really good local small companies!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on August 27, 2015, 01:32:03 pm
That Google maps streetview now marks places you can see inside with an amber blob. Some fun places, like the Hackney Empire (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.54557,-0.0557986,3a,75y,351.13h,100.55t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sXDRGMiyJm9bl0el4SbjtLA!2e0!3e2!7i13312!8i6656) and odd, like Attic Self Storage (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.5344636,-0.0224501,3a,75y,316.35h,61.62t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s254oAQxr9a4AAAAGOptQkQ!2e0!3e2!7i13312!8i6656). I have a new conference call time wasting tool.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on August 27, 2015, 03:13:32 pm
That Google maps streetview now marks places you can see inside with an amber blob. Some fun places, like the Hackney Empire (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.54557,-0.0557986,3a,75y,351.13h,100.55t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sXDRGMiyJm9bl0el4SbjtLA!2e0!3e2!7i13312!8i6656) and odd, like Attic Self Storage (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.5344636,-0.0224501,3a,75y,316.35h,61.62t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s254oAQxr9a4AAAAGOptQkQ!2e0!3e2!7i13312!8i6656). I have a new conference call time wasting tool.

And this is where we have small group tutorials with the students. It even has Narwhals. (check the hooves on those..)
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Darcy+thompson+museum/@56.4577774,-2.9785829,3a,75y,328.33h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sfAVQ-Uk3PbgfHGKcDc-rMg!2e0!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xc411526445296b79?sa=X&ved=0CHsQoB8wDGoVChMI6dWG_bjJxwIVxD4UCh3i-gig
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on August 28, 2015, 06:15:26 pm
That whereas everyone else has an "Unexpected item in the bagging area", Morrison's have a " Surprising item on the scale".
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on August 30, 2015, 07:51:34 pm
Isn't that indecent exposure?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rogerzilla on September 07, 2015, 09:00:35 pm
Rudest plant name ever: https://www.burncoose.co.uk/site/plants.cfm?pl_id=3813&fromplants=pl%5Fid%3D3811
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: spesh on September 07, 2015, 09:09:51 pm
Rudest plant name ever: https://www.burncoose.co.uk/site/plants.cfm?pl_id=3813&fromplants=pl%5Fid%3D3811

I see that and raise you: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phallus_impudicus

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Botanist John Gerard called it the "pricke mushroom" or "fungus virilis penis effigie" in his General Historie of Plants of 1597, and John Parkinson referred to it as "Hollanders workingtoole" or "phallus hollandicus" in his Theatrum botanicum of 1640.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fboab on September 07, 2015, 09:37:33 pm
Back in the SFW world, not me, but No1Daughter just found out that St Pancras is not, in fact, St Pancreas.
 ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ashaman42 on September 12, 2015, 05:11:15 pm
Back in the SFW world, not me, but No1Daughter just found out that St Pancras is not, in fact, St Pancreas.
 ;D

Huh, well whadya know. I have also learnt a thing  :facepalm:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: JonBuoy on September 12, 2015, 05:24:02 pm
When my GPS shows that I am slap bang on the purple line of my pre-planned route but I still can't see the trail that I am supposed to be following then the word 'tunnel' should occur to me before I start cursing Mr Garmin.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 13, 2015, 01:54:45 am
That opening a bottle of Fizzy Pop in 30+ degree heat and a mile above sea level is best not done when driving at 70 mph :-\
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on September 14, 2015, 08:43:50 am
That opening a bottle of Fizzy Pop in 30+ degree heat and a mile above sea level is best not done when driving at 70 mph :-\

TPIUWOV ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on September 14, 2015, 09:24:51 am
That opening a bottle of Fizzy Pop in 30+ degree heat and a mile above sea level is best not done when driving at 70 mph :-\

So, not content with turning a Mustang into a Mudstang, you're doing a number on the interior . . . ?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on September 14, 2015, 09:39:49 am
That opening a bottle of Fizzy Pop in 30+ degree heat and a mile above sea level is best not done when driving at 70 mph :-\

About 10 years ago, on holiday in Austria, I discovered that opening a bottle of pop that had sat on the balcony all night leads to a frozen fountain of pop everywhere!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Diver300 on September 14, 2015, 11:01:35 pm
That opening a bottle of Fizzy Pop in 30+ degree heat and a mile above sea level is best not done when driving at 70 mph :-\
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ySt9SeZl9s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ySt9SeZl9s)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 15, 2015, 05:16:29 am
That opening a bottle of Fizzy Pop in 30+ degree heat and a mile above sea level is best not done when driving at 70 mph :-\

So, not content with turning a Mustang into a Mudstang, you're doing a number on the interior . . . ?

Fortunately I had the roof down so was able to hold it at arm's length and spray ID-51 with it instead of myself, the door trims, the headlining, ect. ect.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Legs on September 15, 2015, 12:53:39 pm
That opening a bottle of Fizzy Pop in 30+ degree heat and a mile above sea level is best not done when driving at 70 mph :-\

TPIUWOV ;D

I Googled that and Google thought I was looking of TPOWIS (The Power of Women in Spandex)...  ;D

Still haven't worked it out - care to elaborate?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: spesh on September 15, 2015, 12:57:07 pm
That opening a bottle of Fizzy Pop in 30+ degree heat and a mile above sea level is best not done when driving at 70 mph :-\

TPIUWOV ;D

I Googled that and Google thought I was looking of TPOWIS (The Power of Women in Spandex)...  ;D

Still haven't worked it out - care to elaborate?

This Post Is Useless WithOut Video?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on September 15, 2015, 01:38:48 pm
That opening a bottle of Fizzy Pop in 30+ degree heat and a mile above sea level is best not done when driving at 70 mph :-\

TPIUWOV ;D

I Googled that and Google thought I was looking of TPOWIS (The Power of Women in Spandex)...  ;D

Still haven't worked it out - care to elaborate?

This Post Is Useless WithOut Video?

Wot Spesh said.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Legs on September 15, 2015, 02:26:10 pm
Yebbut TPOWIS is  :thumbsup:  So, indirectly, thanks! (only joking, I haven't looked... no, honest...!)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Wombat on September 16, 2015, 09:09:55 pm
That headphones really can get down to 16Hz and below.  Just treated myself to a pair of sennheiser hd380pro, and testing that fact out.  Mrs W asked why that was so important,  so I pointed out that a 32ft organ pipe is 16Hz, and I'm currently proving the point with Daniel Roth on the organ of St  Sulpice.   I think my head is about to dissolve. That is gooooood. They also seem to work well with Gilbert Rowland punishing a harpsichord with the creations of Antonio Soler.  A good purchase,  methinks.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on September 16, 2015, 11:05:50 pm
Cor!  I thought my late, lamented[1] HD25SPs were good, bottoming out at about 25Hz or something.

(TBH, it's the top end I really noticed.  Or did, back in the days when my hearing[2] went higher than about 15kHz.)


[1] Replaced with the now legendary Bose QC15.  Because noise cancellation makes for a better listening experience for 95% of the time I'm using headphones than good sound reproduction.
[2] Audiologically fine.  Because audiologists don't believe there's anything important above above 6kHz.  Don't let an audiologist fettle your bike, especially if it has disc brakes.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pedal Castro on September 17, 2015, 06:11:01 am
That headphones really can get down to 16Hz and below.  Just treated myself to a pair of sennheiser hd380pro, and testing that fact out.  Mrs W asked why that was so important,  so I pointed out that a 32ft organ pipe is 16Hz, and I'm currently proving the point with Daniel Roth on the organ of St  Sulpice.   I think my head is about to dissolve. That is gooooood. They also seem to work well with Gilbert Rowland punishing a harpsichord with the creations of Antonio Soler.  A good purchase,  methinks.

Interesting, I thought that 20Hz was the lower limit of human hearing and anything below that would be heard as separate sounds. I can remember doing an experiment in my early teaching days which supported this figure. Is the sound from a 32' organ pipe a discernible pulsing sound?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Wombat on September 17, 2015, 08:31:21 am
Oh, yes, very definitely so.  Sort of farting, pulsing, or in the case of St Sulpice, if you are there in person, a bit like thinking someone has rested the end of a pneumatic drill on your chest and pulled the trigger.  16Hz is a bit odd, but apparently an organ in Sydney has 64ft pipes. What the hell that sounds like I cannot grasp. 8Hz, obviously, but presumably like 16 but half the speed.  i struggle to grasp how we can "hear" the individual pulses, but my knowledge of audio physics is lacking.

I was amused by ther specs of some of these heaphones, top end went up to 32KHz on some of them.  A bit of an academic pint as I won't be lending them to a bat, they're too big, for a start.

I flinched at the harpsichord bits, Gilbert Rowland can be a vicious harsichord thrasher, but the hardness of the attack really came through on these 'phones.  It says they are rated for 108dB.... Hmm, not sure of the wisdom of that.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on September 17, 2015, 12:54:51 pm
Oh, yes, very definitely so.  Sort of farting, pulsing, or in the case of St Sulpice, if you are there in person, a bit like thinking someone has rested the end of a pneumatic drill on your chest and pulled the trigger.  16Hz is a bit odd, but apparently an organ in Sydney has 64ft pipes. What the hell that sounds like I cannot grasp. 8Hz, obviously, but presumably like 16 but half the speed.  i struggle to grasp how we can "hear" the individual pulses, but my knowledge of audio physics is lacking.

You seem to get to the point where the cochlea doesn't respond, but you can still feel it through your skin / hairs.  Obviously with headphones that's limited to the ears, while the effect tends to work better on the rest of the body.


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I was amused by ther specs of some of these heaphones, top end went up to 32KHz on some of them.  A bit of an academic pint as I won't be lending them to a bat, they're too big, for a start.

I think that's mostly about achieving a decently linear response, rather than it being useful range.  Nyquist limits you to 22kHz on most commercial recordings, anyway.  That said, on a good day in my yoof I could hear 25kHz.

I suppose 32kHz is ideal if you want to play high-sample-rate binaural wildlife recordings to your cat...


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It says they are rated for 108dB.... Hmm, not sure of the wisdom of that.

The HD25 can do 114dB (when driven by a sufficiently decent amplifier; the impedance mismatch makes them feeble when fed by the average portable device).  That's loud enough for barakta to hear properly - along with anyone else in the room.

It seems to be a desirable feature amongst certain types of electronic musician, who need monitoring that's audible over the ear-damagingly loud sound they're making.   :hand:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Morat on September 18, 2015, 12:58:23 pm
I learnt today that when VMWare syncs time between the host and a Virtual machine, it jumps the clock forward if the VM clock is slow but if the VM Clock is fast is RUNS TIME MORE SLOWLY  in the VM until the clocks agree. How cool is that?
It also makes VMWare even more of a spoiler for Inception than ever.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on September 18, 2015, 01:17:09 pm
It also makes VMWare even more of a spoiler for Inception than ever.

 ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on September 21, 2015, 09:43:22 pm
That Pete Conrad and Al Bean were stark bollock naked when they jettisoned the LEM from the command module while in Lunar orbit.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 22, 2015, 07:02:16 am
That Oregon does not have sales tax, so the price on the label on the shelf is the actual price you actually pay.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on September 23, 2015, 11:24:28 pm
That Owayo shirts say wash at 30oC on the label. Washing my YACF jerseys at 40oC for the last few years doesn't seem to have damaged them :-\
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on September 24, 2015, 12:03:16 am
That Owayo shirts say wash at 30oC on the label. Washing my YACF jerseys at 40oC for the last few years doesn't seem to have damaged them :-\

They're pleasingly resilient, as long as you don't shoulder-barge too many canal bridges in them.   :thumbsup:

I can't help wondering what the accuracy of the average washing machine's temperature control is anyway.  But not to the point of getting covered in irritant bodging a DS18B20 past the seal.  The cynic in me would guess that they run cool in order to fudge the energy consumption rating...   ;)


(I generally work on the principle that if it can't go in the 40C synthetics wash with everything else, then it's far too much effort.)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on September 24, 2015, 12:31:31 am
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The cynic in me would guess that they run cool in order to fudge the energy consumption rating...

I didn't think VW made washing machines**





**Mind you, that was before I looked at an Up!  :demon:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 01, 2015, 12:03:06 pm
That Owayo shirts say wash at 30oC on the label. Washing my YACF jerseys at 40oC for the last few years doesn't seem to have damaged them :-\

They're pleasingly resilient, as long as you don't shoulder-barge too many canal bridges in them.   :thumbsup:

I can't help wondering what the accuracy of the average washing machine's temperature control is anyway.  But not to the point of getting covered in irritant bodging a DS18B20 past the seal.  The cynic in me would guess that they run cool in order to fudge the energy consumption rating...   ;)


(I generally work on the principle that if it can't go in the 40C synthetics wash with everything else, then it's far too much effort.)
The complete cynic in you would suspect they run cool when they detect a test cycle to reduce energy consumption, hot when they detect a test cycle for washing efficiency and about right in normal use.  :demon:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on October 01, 2015, 12:19:21 pm
That Owayo shirts say wash at 30oC on the label. Washing my YACF jerseys at 40oC for the last few years doesn't seem to have damaged them :-\

They're pleasingly resilient, as long as you don't shoulder-barge too many canal bridges in them.   :thumbsup:

I can't help wondering what the accuracy of the average washing machine's temperature control is anyway.  But not to the point of getting covered in irritant bodging a DS18B20 past the seal.  The cynic in me would guess that they run cool in order to fudge the energy consumption rating...   ;)


(I generally work on the principle that if it can't go in the 40C synthetics wash with everything else, then it's far too much effort.)
The complete cynic in you would suspect they run cool when they detect a test cycle to reduce energy consumption, hot when they detect a test cycle for washing efficiency and about right in normal use.  :demon:

Not much scope for detecting the test conditions, though.

I could imagine running by the book for the first n washes, then upping the power or water consumption to do a better job...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Clare on October 01, 2015, 10:12:00 pm
That Harry Gration still talks to the nation.

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Raj on October 01, 2015, 10:19:27 pm
Tonight, I have learnt that 'Mosaic' from Nobby's Brewery of Northampton is a mighty fine real ale .........  8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Raj on October 01, 2015, 11:09:44 pm
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The cynic in me would guess that they run cool in order to fudge the energy consumption rating...

I didn't think VW made washing machines**

**Mind you, that was before I looked at an Up!  :demon:

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: PeteB99 on October 02, 2015, 01:46:59 pm
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The cynic in me would guess that they run cool in order to fudge the energy consumption rating...

I didn't think VW made washing machines**





**Mind you, that was before I looked at an Up!  :demon:

It's a little known fact that the beetle was initially designed as the peoples washing machine. It was only when they couldn't fix the vibration problems that made it wander round the floor that they thought about repurposing it.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Wombat on October 02, 2015, 04:32:53 pm
A joke only ruined by the fact that of its various faults, vibration is not one of them.  The engines will sit untethered on a pallet and run, and not wander off or shake anything to bits.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on October 03, 2015, 07:45:14 pm
That Owayo shirts say wash at 30oC on the label. Washing my YACF jerseys at 40oC for the last few years doesn't seem to have damaged them :-\

They're pleasingly resilient, as long as you don't shoulder-barge too many canal bridges in them.   :thumbsup:
I can vouch for that, except for the barge bridge barging bit
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I can't help wondering what the accuracy of the average washing machine's temperature control is anyway.  But not to the point of getting covered in irritant bodging a DS18B20 past the seal.  The cynic in me would guess that they run cool in order to fudge the energy consumption rating...   ;)
I would have thought a Kim solution would have been a waterproofed minion skeleton (kinder egg insert) containing battery, wireless module and temperature sensor) would have been more appropriate bodgery (corrected back from the autocorrupt's badger)
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(I generally work on the principle that if it can't go in the 40C synthetics wash with everything else, then it's far too much effort.)

That is my mother's rule. If it can't go in XXX wash then you are doing it yourself. I have followed that line too.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on October 06, 2015, 11:15:59 am
That there appears to be a British Standard for just about anything:

http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/inthroughtheoutfield/2011/12/british-standard-for-a-cup-of-tea-bs-6008-revisited.html
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on October 06, 2015, 12:33:04 pm
I thought the only 'standard' applied to tea was 'NATO'.

Milk & 2 sugars . . .
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 06, 2015, 04:14:23 pm
There is an ISO Standard (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3103).

(Has a nice cup of tea and a sit down)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: spesh on October 06, 2015, 04:19:32 pm
1) That my Berghaus coat needs re-proofing.

2) That the weather gods truly believe that timing is the essence of comedy.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jakob W on October 07, 2015, 03:37:50 pm
There is an ISO Standard (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3103).

(Has a nice cup of tea and a sit down)

It's just the BS with a new cover page thobut.

(If anyone is really interested I have it as a PDF kicking around somewhere...)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on October 07, 2015, 08:01:49 pm
There is an ISO Standard (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3103).

(Has a nice cup of tea and a sit down)

It is a standard for brewing tea for tasting and blending. Not for making and serving.

It's just the BS with a new cover page thobut.

(If anyone is really interested I have it as a PDF kicking around somewhere...)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on October 10, 2015, 06:50:41 pm
The Ukrainian word for otter (Lutra lutra) is видра [vydra].

As otters rarely come up in conversation, no surprise it's taken so long to encounter the word.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 12, 2015, 08:19:10 pm
When my mum's sisters Dorothy and Margaret were supposed to be babysitting their sister Freda, Dorothy didn't want to, so she tied Freda to a post on a building site and went for a swim.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 13, 2015, 06:07:54 pm
The Ukrainian word for otter (Lutra lutra) is видра [vydra].

As otters rarely come up in conversation, no surprise it's taken so long to encounter the word.
I would have known that.  :) I can't think when I might have had a conversation about wydra but I certainly have done at some time.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 13, 2015, 07:04:46 pm
The origin of the phrase or saying "to have no truck with".  Nothing to do with lorries.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 14, 2015, 10:38:45 am
That on top of Solsbury Hill (the one Peter Gabriel sang about) there is an arboretum planted by suffragettes in the 1920s.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: De Sisti on October 16, 2015, 07:31:17 pm
People on forums don't like it (get annoyed, angry, sarcastic) when others disagree with them.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: billplumtree on October 17, 2015, 09:20:54 am
Oh, you think so, do you?  Absolute rubbish, you nob-head.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 17, 2015, 09:57:15 am
Just the sort of ill-informed bollocks we've come to expect from that Plumtree character ;)

It is, as any fule kno, knobhead.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on October 17, 2015, 10:01:39 am
People on forums don't like it (get annoyed, angry, sarcastic) when others disagree with them.

No they don't!   >:(
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on October 18, 2015, 05:37:35 am
Oh! Yes they do!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on October 18, 2015, 03:34:03 pm
He's behind you!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on October 18, 2015, 04:24:32 pm
This isn't argument, its simply contradiction.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on October 18, 2015, 05:03:19 pm
No it isn't!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on October 18, 2015, 05:05:20 pm
O yes it is!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: billplumtree on October 18, 2015, 05:10:05 pm
People on forums don't like it (get annoyed, angry, sarcastic) when others disagree with them.

Now look what you've started...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fboab on October 18, 2015, 07:11:44 pm
Back on topic, you (not me, you blokes) can make your beards grow faster by thinking about sex more.

This is because thinking about sex raises your testosterone levels, apparently.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on October 18, 2015, 07:14:14 pm
This is because thinking about sex raises your testosterone levels, apparently.

I always thought it was the other way round...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: DDCyclist on October 19, 2015, 11:04:57 am
I've just found this thread so I'll play a little catchup.

Friday: That if you buy a used bike you should check everything thoroughly after you've got it home. Even if everything you do check is ok, there will be a problem with anything you don't check.

I didn't check the back tyre thoroughly enough on my new-to-me MTB because I was going to strip and re-grease the hub, and tighten a few spokes, after getting a freewheel remover and nipple wrench. Turns out the side-walls were too far gone (great tread though). Bought a few parts including a puncture repair kit (knowing that if I already had one the rubber solution would have dried up while languishing in a garden shed for years). Walked home. :(

There was a seriously muddy stretch on the shortest route home. Learned that flat tyres fill up with mud and water. Cleaning that out can wash/brush away evidence of what caused the puncture making it difficult to find the damage to the tyre. :facepalm:

Saturday: Relearned how to fix a punctured inner tube. Also learned that rubber solution doesn't always dry up while languishing in a garden shed for years. Now have (hopefully) far too many patches. :-\

Sunday: Learned about a bike parts/tools supplier who seems to have everything at a reasonable price. Cheaper than Hal****'s, and certainly cheaper than the dealers around me who seem to think that cycling is a rich man's game and no-one could possibly be capable of maintaining their own bike (or want to, for that matter). Parts and tools ordered. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 19, 2015, 11:23:32 am
Good things to learn, Dangerous Disastrous Cyclist!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: asterix on October 19, 2015, 02:18:32 pm
Kate Winslet (my favourite actress) has said she doesn't use social meeja. Not because of any moral high ground you understand but simply because "when it comes to using gadgets [she] breaks things without even looking at them".  (She will play Joanna Hoffman, Apple's former international head of marketing, in the forthcoming film about Steve Jobs)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: DDCyclist on October 19, 2015, 04:59:11 pm
Good things to learn, Dangerous Disastrous Cyclist!  :thumbsup:

Who? Me?

Seriously, most of my pre-puncture ride was on a trailway so not particularly dangerous. Scared the living daylights out of the couple I was riding past (and their dog) when it popped, though.  :demon:;D

As I intended to change the knobbly MTB tyres for something more suitable when they wore out I hoped to get a couple of months (at least) out of the ones that were on the bike when I bought it for the princely sum of £20. Frame's straight, bearings are all good, front wheel runs true, back wheel has a little wiggle which I'll deal with soon. Just needs a little work to turn it into a respectable, simple,  basic bike with very little to go wrong. Money well spent to acquire a bike that, when fettled, will be far more reliable than any BSO from the likes of Hal****s or Argos.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Thing2 on October 22, 2015, 08:59:19 pm
That you really should always check to make sure nothing has fallen into your top loading washing machine before loading it.
Also, what happens when you wash your clothes with a copy of the yellow pages........
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fboab on October 22, 2015, 09:38:45 pm
O.
Pictures?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Chris S on October 22, 2015, 09:40:00 pm
O.
Pictures?

My guess. It'll be yellow(ish).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on October 22, 2015, 09:51:16 pm
And a bit pulpy...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on October 22, 2015, 10:04:16 pm
I wouldn't have thought there was enough paper in a modern Yellow Pages to cause more pulp than the average train ticket...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on October 22, 2015, 10:14:34 pm
I wouldn't have thought there was enough paper in a modern Yellow Pages to cause more pulp than the average train ticket...

Or a tenner.  :(  Bugger!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Thing2 on October 22, 2015, 10:45:05 pm
I wouldn't have thought there was enough paper in a modern Yellow Pages to cause more pulp than the average train ticket...
While not being as thick as the ones I remember as a child, the local one here in silicon valley is still nearly an inch thick. *Everything* was grey. I almost threw out a sock as it looked just like a lump of wet paper.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 28, 2015, 12:13:24 pm
That one of my neighbours has the wonderful name Sascha and a surname ending in -aa. And that when Royal Mail employ new posties (I think he's a temp covering for hols – our normal postie is ace and a cyclist!) they don't necessarily read the envelopes (first he delivered ours with the neighbour's, then came back with something else for us, at which point I intercepted him and gave him Mr Sascha's post).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on October 28, 2015, 01:25:45 pm
Today I have learned that the disc coming loose on an 8in grinder (a cheap one without any motor braking) is Very Scary.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Wombat on October 28, 2015, 01:53:51 pm
Bet your heart rate was a trifle elevated till it stopped!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on October 28, 2015, 02:05:12 pm
YES <cough> yes. Sorry for the squeek.

It was an excellent quality, quite heavy, diamond disc in at the time.

That period before it came to rest (with at least another 1/4 turn on the boss) allowed for a fairly extended amount of introspection and speculation. I used to think that the rotation kept it done up, apparently not.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: DDCyclist on October 28, 2015, 02:08:34 pm
Have you used it since?  :o

I learned that I must have worn my old cycling gloves with grubby mitts before I lost them in the deepest, darkest recesses of 'stuff that might be useful one day'.

Arrived at my destination with filthy hands.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on October 28, 2015, 05:08:44 pm
A disc cut is nasty, usually requiring that material also be removed from around the cut for healing to take place.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on October 28, 2015, 05:36:53 pm
By my calculation, the edge of a 230mm disc running at 6000rpm is moving at a velocity of 72m per second. Wow.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pedaldog on October 28, 2015, 09:26:29 pm
I only just figured out that the "Nes" in "Nescafe" is Nestle!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on October 29, 2015, 10:28:39 am
<Zarniwoop> 'DO try and keep up!' </Zarniwoop>
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: asterix on October 29, 2015, 10:29:16 am
Google are using balloons to bring the internet to millions.  They will be kept aloft by hot air from social media.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 29, 2015, 01:18:24 pm
That Kerguelen Island was discovered two hundred years to the day before the Greasy Truckers Party at the Roundhouse.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on October 31, 2015, 12:19:16 am
Today I discovered that HMS Unicorn, the frigate built for the Napoleonic wars but never fitted with masts or sailed, and for a while the oldest floating ship in the Royal Navy, is also the only sailing ship to have taken the surrender of a submarine in war time. Despite the Unicorn never leaving the dockside, a german U-boat, U2326 made port in Dundee and formally surrendered to the officer in charge. The frigate was named the HMS Cressy at the time.

The U-boat was then handed over to the French, but sank whilst crossing the Bay of Biscay with the loss of all hands.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 03, 2015, 09:09:02 pm
Today I have discovered Arvo Pärt.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: andrewc on November 03, 2015, 09:56:52 pm
Today I have discovered Arvo Pärt.

You lucky chap.  Such lovely music to encounter for the first time. :thumbsup:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZe3mXlnfNc
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Post by: Canardly on November 03, 2015, 10:56:29 pm
That is gorgeous.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 04, 2015, 12:59:16 am
Today I have discovered Arvo Pärt.

And claimed it for the Empire?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: asterix on November 04, 2015, 03:12:30 pm
 CO2 bike tyre inflation cartridges are banned from passenger jets.

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Peter on November 04, 2015, 03:16:06 pm
Today I have discovered Arvo Pärt.

You lucky chap.  Such lovely music to encounter for the first time. :thumbsup:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZe3mXlnfNc

Try the Advent O Antiphons - it will soon be the season!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on November 04, 2015, 04:38:17 pm
Tribology is the science and engineering of interacting surfaces in relative motion. It includes the study and application of the principles of friction, lubrication and wear.

Who knew, eh? Probably a few on here ;)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 04, 2015, 05:21:19 pm
(Sings)
When two tribologists go to war
One is all that you can score.

I thang yew!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: billplumtree on November 04, 2015, 08:06:10 pm
(Clouts Mr L round the lug)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Steph on November 05, 2015, 08:01:33 am
 :sick:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34721419
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on November 05, 2015, 09:08:18 am
My work has a Stargate! :D

(unfortunately not that sort of stargate)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on November 05, 2015, 03:38:57 pm
Shame.  Dialling up P3W-451 would be a great way to dispose of unclear waste.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Katie on November 05, 2015, 04:27:08 pm
If you spread a pancake half with Nutella and half with peanut butter, and then fold it along the line between the two, roll it up and eat it, it's tastes like what I imagine being in heaven feels like.

I love my job.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on November 05, 2015, 04:28:43 pm
If you spread a pancake half with Nutella and half with peanut butter, and then fold it along the line between the two, roll it up and eat it, it's tastes like what I imagine being in heaven feels like.

I love my job.

I soooooooo shouldn't have read that just before riding home in the pissing rain ::-)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Katie on November 05, 2015, 04:29:48 pm
If you spread a pancake half with Nutella and half with peanut butter, and then fold it along the line between the two, roll it up and eat it, it's tastes like what I imagine being in heaven feels like.

I love my job.

I soooooooo shouldn't have read that just before riding home in the pissing rain ::-)
I also don't have to ride anywhere until tomorrow, when it might have stopped raining.

Really love my job.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on November 05, 2015, 04:32:18 pm
If you spread a pancake half with Nutella and half with peanut butter, and then fold it along the line between the two, roll it up and eat it, it's tastes like what I imagine being in heaven feels like.

I love my job.

I soooooooo shouldn't have read that just before riding home in the pissing rain ::-)
I also don't have to ride anywhere until tomorrow, when it might have stopped raining.

Really love my job.

You can go right off people.

 ;)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 05, 2015, 04:34:53 pm
Does this mean you are an Official Pancake Tester? *rewrites CV: ...extensive pancake experience, MSc Pancakeology,... *
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Katie on November 05, 2015, 04:35:01 pm
If you spread a pancake half with Nutella and half with peanut butter, and then fold it along the line between the two, roll it up and eat it, it's tastes like what I imagine being in heaven feels like.

I love my job.

I soooooooo shouldn't have read that just before riding home in the pissing rain ::-)
I also don't have to ride anywhere until tomorrow, when it might have stopped raining.

Really love my job.

You can go right off people.

 ;)

You don't want to do that, I make really good pancakes.

:D

Does this mean you are an Official Pancake Tester? *rewrites CV: ...extensive pancake experience, MSc Pancakeology,... *

Oh I wish. Nope, just making pancakes for someone else and getting to nom the leftovers. :)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: geraldc on November 06, 2015, 01:47:52 pm
There is a time capsule at the base of Cleopatra's needle

"On erection of the obelisk in 1878, a time capsule was concealed in the front part of the pedestal, containing : a set of 12 photographs of the best-looking English women of the day, a box of hairpins, a box of cigars, several tobacco pipes, a set of imperial weights, a baby's bottle, some children's toys, a shilling razor, a hydraulic jack and some samples of the cable used in the erection, a 3' bronze model of the monument, a complete set of contemporary British coins, a rupee, a portrait of Queen Victoria, a written history of the transport of the monument, plans on vellum, a translation of the inscriptions, copies of the Bible in several languages, a copy of John 3:16 in 215 languages,[6] a copy of Whitaker's Almanack, a Bradshaw Railway Guide, a map of London and copies of 10 daily newspapers."

I'm fascinated by the first item listed.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on November 06, 2015, 01:56:13 pm
I'm fairly sure that's Victorian for 'pr0n'
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 06, 2015, 04:11:41 pm
I'm fairly sure that's Victorian for 'pr0n'

Probably showing their ankles, the brass huskies brazen hussies!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 07, 2015, 09:42:09 pm
That before ladybirds were called ladybirds, they were called ladycows. And that the 'lady' comes from a connection between the seven spots and the Seven Pains of Our Lady. In some languages they have names like 'Mary's beetle'.

I suppose this means that just as they are not birds or cows (nor true bugs, it turns out) the ones with different numbers of spots aren't really ladies!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: PeteB99 on November 08, 2015, 11:43:56 am
That before ladybirds were called ladybirds, they were called ladycows. And that the 'lady' comes from a connection between the seven spots and the Seven Pains of Our Lady. In some languages they have names like 'Mary's beetle'.

I suppose this means that just as they are not birds or cows (nor true bugs, it turns out) the ones with different numbers of spots aren't really ladies!

In Norfolk they're called Bishy Barnabys after a local Bishop who had red and black vestments

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: matthew on November 08, 2015, 08:45:16 pm
Today I have learnt the difference between "Reveille" and American military morning bugle call and "Rouse" the British military morning bugle call, sometimes called Reveille. Fortunately Rouse is much easier to play and I found out for I played Last Post and "Reveille".
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: geraldc on November 10, 2015, 04:35:36 pm
From last night's pub quiz.

Which colour smartie has a different flavoured chocolate from all the others?

(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jakob W on November 10, 2015, 06:53:57 pm
IIRC it's because the orange ones are made with orange chocolate rather than because of any property of the shell.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Katie on November 10, 2015, 07:22:15 pm
If your AeroPress hasn't formed a proper seal when you turn it upside down, things get messy.

By things, I mean a large quantity of kitchen, the crotch of your jeans, the insides of the closed kitchen cupboards…
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 10, 2015, 08:46:05 pm
If you spread a pancake half with Nutella and half with peanut butter, and then fold it along the line between the two, roll it up and eat it, it's tastes like what I imagine being in heaven feels like.

I love my job.

Oh yum, that sounds almost as good as the chocolate and chestnut puree pancake I buy in Val d'Isere :P :P
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jurek on November 10, 2015, 09:00:14 pm
If you spread a pancake half with Nutella and half with peanut butter, and then fold it along the line between the two, roll it up and eat it, it's tastes like what I imagine being in heaven feels like.

I love my job.

Oh yum, that sounds almost as good as the chocolate and chestnut puree pancake I buy in Val d'Isere :P :P
First World Problem Thread is
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Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on November 10, 2015, 09:12:03 pm
That Robert Orben exists

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/r/robert_orben.html
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on November 11, 2015, 08:46:12 am
Gotham, the village in Notts, is directly linked to Gotham City, of Batman fame.  This is due to it's reputation, in the Middle Ages, of being a village of lunatics.
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Post by: Legs on November 11, 2015, 12:42:44 pm
Gotham, the village in Notts, is directly linked to Gotham City, of Batman fame.  This is due to it's reputation, in the Middle Ages, of being a village of lunatics.
...but of course it's not pronounced the same (Goat'em)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on November 11, 2015, 12:47:19 pm
Oddly every time I've been through Gotham I've seen someone on an electric bike.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 11, 2015, 01:13:33 pm
Gotham, the village in Notts, is directly linked to Gotham City, of Batman fame.  This is due to it's reputation, in the Middle Ages, of being a village of lunatics.

That has triggered a memory of a tale in one of my early reading books of the people of Gotham, Notts, pretending to be mad in order to make the lackeys of The Man go away and leave them in peace.  It was probably an allegorical reference1 to the Vietnam Police Action.  Man.

1: Lie.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 11, 2015, 09:55:41 pm
I was on a personal safety course yesterday, and the facilitator guy told us that the thing about knowledge is, if you're in the know, you've got the edge.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Tim Hall on November 11, 2015, 10:25:27 pm
I was on a personal safety course yesterday, and the facilitator guy told us that the thing about knowledge is, if you're in the know, you've got the edge.
Was he from Unthinkable Solutions? Or maybe he was played by Ricky Gervais. Either way, did you manage not to laugh?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: jsabine on November 11, 2015, 10:39:21 pm
I was on a personal safety course yesterday, and the facilitator guy told us that the thing about knowledge is, if you're in the know, you've got the edge.
Was he from Unthinkable Solutions? Or maybe he was played by Ricky Gervais. Either way, did you manage not to laugh?

Please tell me that someone managed to respond with a straight face and tell him they'd always thought that if they were in the know, they were on a ledge.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on November 12, 2015, 07:01:09 am
That the Chief Design Officer at Apple comes from Chingford and went to Newcastle Poly

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/11988396/Jony-Ive-interview-The-story-of-the-Apple-Pencil.html
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 12, 2015, 03:35:32 pm
That Maria Curie, Maria Goeppert-Mayer, Irene Joliot-Curie and Ada Yonath never actually existed. In fact, old Skłodowska-Curie was doubly nonexistent. Or so a local 'news' site would have me believe.
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Dorothy Hodgkin, Chancellor of the University of Bristol (1971 to 1988), was the first British woman to win the Nobel Prize for science. She remains the only woman to have received this award.
Oh, and that there is a "Nobel Prize for Science".  ::-)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on November 12, 2015, 03:37:58 pm
I was on a personal safety course yesterday, and the facilitator guy told us that the thing about knowledge is, if you're in the know, you've got the edge.
Was he from Unthinkable Solutions? Or maybe he was played by Ricky Gervais. Either way, did you manage not to laugh?

Please tell me that someone managed to respond with a straight face and tell him they'd always thought that if they were in the know, they were on a ledge.

That was my comment on FB. 
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on November 12, 2015, 05:58:33 pm
More confirmed than learned, to be honest:  I posses too much crappe. 

I've tossed out loads of stuff recently.  Even once I shift all the boxen of stuff I'm storing for a friend who had to suddenly return to Singapore (not ideal in a one bedroom flat) there are still too many TPoC.
Apologies for drifting into Grumble/FWP territory.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on November 12, 2015, 06:08:19 pm
That if you divide a mass of Ura stuff into spheres of diameter 'x', or cubes of side 'x', the pile of stuff you have has the same total surface area.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on November 12, 2015, 06:35:00 pm
That my mate Ian has had a hair transplant, and that's why he has such great hair.

Could've knocked me down with a feather!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Legs on November 13, 2015, 09:18:20 am
That if you divide a mass of Ura stuff into spheres of diameter 'x', or cubes of side 'x', the pile of stuff you have has the same total surface area.
Yep, 6V/x
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrew on November 13, 2015, 11:51:54 am
That Adam Purple was quite an incredible chap. An unsung inspiration.

thevillager.com/2015/09/15/adam-purple-legendary-gardener-84-is-dead-was-biking-across-williamsburg-bridge/ (http://thevillager.com/2015/09/15/adam-purple-legendary-gardener-84-is-dead-was-biking-across-williamsburg-bridge/)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on November 13, 2015, 07:58:41 pm
Two curious discoveries today: The Williams sisters are vegan, and that Darth Vader had an affair with John Peel's mum.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: andrewc on November 14, 2015, 11:08:08 am
That shaving with a straight razor is something that will require a lot of practice!    Not as smooth a result as my usual DE razor and a few nicks  :o

Keep watching the videos ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IGMcZjTWOw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IGMcZjTWOw)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on November 16, 2015, 11:05:05 am
That shaving with a straight razor is something that will require a lot of practice!    Not as smooth a result as my usual DE razor and a few nicks  :o

Keep watching the videos ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IGMcZjTWOw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IGMcZjTWOw)

I could have told you that...... sage advice from a bloke who has bled buckets for the cause of straight razor use.
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Post by: rogerzilla on November 17, 2015, 08:01:32 pm
Transplant corneas are very readily available in the USA but are in short supply in the UK.  Why is that? I asked my opthalmologist.  Without a second's hesitation, he replied, "Gunshot wounds".  Apparently it's true, and the tissue is usually very high quality because these are mostly younger people who could aim a firearm (although not quite well enough, it seems).  He says that the current ban on importing donor corneas from abroad is likely to be relaxed so we can start getting some of the beneficial by-products of their stupid gun laws.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 18, 2015, 09:08:00 am
Similarly, I've heard that certain transplant organs have become scarcer in UK due to falling road deaths.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on November 20, 2015, 09:43:25 pm
Not sure if I've learned this or not, as Wikipedia has no mention of it.
Bloke in the pub tonight works on Estates at BU.  He reckons that Old Joe used to double as a water tower.  Many years ago, obv.  But he told me that the old tank was only taken out a few years ago.  It had to be cut up to get it out.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: jsabine on November 20, 2015, 11:46:34 pm
Not sure if I've learned this or not, as Wikipedia has no mention of it.
Bloke in the pub tonight works on Estates at BU.  He reckons that Old Joe used to double as a water tower.  Many years ago, obv.  But he told me that the old tank was only taken out a few years ago.  It had to be cut up to get it out.

UoB page (http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/alumni/Currentstudents/OldJoeNewFriends.aspx) reckons he's wrong - but only WRT to the 'used to.'

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He’s not just a pretty face - Old Joe is also a water tower and services the University!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on November 25, 2015, 09:20:58 am
"Fiesta Island Fun"  (http://www.ride-fit.com/Shopping/Ride-Fit-Fiesta-Island-Fun.html)is all about cycling, who would have guessed?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 25, 2015, 10:27:35 am
"Fiesta Island Fun"  (http://www.ride-fit.com/Shopping/Ride-Fit-Fiesta-Island-Fun.html)is all about cycling, who would have guessed?

I would, coz some of my USAnian mates do TTs at Fiesta Island ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 26, 2015, 02:06:56 am
That the aeroplane used in Mad Max 3 was an actual proper aeroplane (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transavia_PL-12_Airtruk) and not something knocked up in a film company Sheds by some Outback grease monkey :o
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on November 26, 2015, 11:04:30 am
Oh that!  Have you seen what it's based on (Bennett Airtruck)?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 26, 2015, 05:35:59 pm
Oh that!  Have you seen what it's based on (Bennett Airtruck)?

By the miracle of Wikinaccurate, yes.  Is there something in the water Down There?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on November 28, 2015, 12:43:30 am
I suppose this is something I ought to have known.  But I didn't.

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=94483.msg1951425#msg1951425

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on November 28, 2015, 11:07:27 am
I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that there are at least 95,000 topics and over 1.95 million posts on YACF...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 10, 2015, 07:31:20 pm
That the "Susie" referred to in the lyrics of Van Def Graaf Generator's Refugees is actress Susan Penhaligon
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on December 10, 2015, 07:53:01 pm
This evening I learned what barn doors are (in relation to lighting).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on December 10, 2015, 08:24:03 pm
This evening I learned what barn doors are (in relation to lighting).

Next lesson:  Tophats and Gobos.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on December 11, 2015, 03:32:07 pm
This evening I learned what barn doors are (in relation to lighting).

Next lesson:  Tophats and Gobos.

Ahem. Ahem. I suspect Andrij would rather be booked into the redhead session.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rogerzilla on December 11, 2015, 09:34:02 pm
The cryptic lyrics to the Happy Mondays song "Russell" are actually, verbatim,  the back cover blurb of Russell Grant's book "Sun Signs".  Except that Shaun Ryder replaces "What Makes the Sign Tick" with "What Makes The Twat Tick"  ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on December 13, 2015, 06:45:28 pm
London noses (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Noses)!!!  I've lived in this city 16 years and have only just learned about these. 

I must now find them all.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jurek on December 14, 2015, 11:38:03 am
London noses (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Noses)!!!  I've lived in this city 16 years and have only just learned about these. 

I must now find them all.
The tutor on my Art Foundation course used to make plaster of Paris noses. But his name was Ben.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Guy on December 14, 2015, 12:50:06 pm
Trinity House, the lighthouse people, received their first charter from Henry VIII in 1514.

The first Highway Act was intended to improve the state of England's roads and was passed in 1555. It didn't make any difference to the state of the roads, it just shifted responsibility for their upkeep from Manorial officials* to the Parochial Surveyors of Highways**.



*who weren't doing their job

**who didn't do theirs, either
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on December 14, 2015, 02:48:15 pm
This evening I learned what barn doors are (in relation to lighting).

Next lesson:  Tophats and Gobos.

That might be awkward, as a TV lighting gobo is a different beast from a theatre one.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 15, 2015, 05:00:39 pm
I done learned that the Nazis were extracting oil from shale in Estonia during WW2.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on December 17, 2015, 12:32:21 am
That Japan is the only 'developed' country in the world where the law insists that married couples must have the same surname.  The law does not stipulate which partner makes the change.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 17, 2015, 01:10:47 am
I done learned that the Nazis were extracting oil from shale in Estonia during WW2.
Oil was being extracted from shale in the late 19th century, though maybe not in Estonia.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: PaulF on December 17, 2015, 04:39:42 pm
Wahoo! My preferred exercise logging software comes up with the announcement "your heart is about to explode" if my heart rate exceeds a certain level.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: offcumden on December 17, 2015, 09:30:56 pm
Wahoo! My preferred exercise logging software comes up with the announcement "your heart is about to explode" if my heart rate exceeds a certain level.

How can you be sure it isn't?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 24, 2015, 01:37:10 pm
That "the other Somerset Monument" and the ponds called Duchesses Pond, both in the grounds of Stoke Park, were moved to their present positions to make way for the M32.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Tim Hall on December 25, 2015, 10:30:04 am
Ben Goldacre (the Bad Science bloke) is the  daughter of seventies pop star Noosha Fox.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Diver300 on December 25, 2015, 11:04:34 am
Ben Goldacre (the Bad Science bloke) is the  daughter of seventies pop star Noosha Fox.
It would be less surprising, but still interesting, to hear that Ben is Noosha's son.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Tim Hall on December 25, 2015, 11:12:07 am
Ben Goldacre (the Bad Science bloke) is the  daughter of seventies pop star Noosha Fox.
It would be less surprising, but still interesting, to hear that Ben is Noosha's son.
Ah. Really bad science, obvs.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 25, 2015, 11:43:44 am
That Sir Richard Turnbull, penultimate BRITISH High Commissioner of Aden, told Denis Healey that the final relics of the BRITISH Empire would be the game of Association Football and the phrase or saying "Fuck Off!"

Needless to say, this has brightened up an otherwise rather dull morning.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 03, 2016, 09:53:29 am
A couple of days ago, in fact, I learned from my nephew, who was doing some work experience jaunt on Bloodhound which somehow included a visit to Downing Street, that there is a Tracey Emin in the hall of Number Ten. It's a neon sign that says More Passion. I'm not sure if it was a purchase by Cameron himself but they bought the original and found it was too big to fit in so they asked her to make a smaller one. They got More Passion and asked for less.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 03, 2016, 10:21:45 am
A bit like "Fun-Size" Mars Bars then.  What's fun about less chocolate?

Yesterday I learned that not only is Alison Steadman's character in Abigail's Party not Abigail but also that Abigail doesn't appear in it at all.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: TheLurker on January 03, 2016, 11:04:55 am
I done learned that the Nazis were extracting oil from shale in Estonia during WW2.
Oil was being extracted from shale in the late 19th century, though maybe not in Estonia.
In the UK. Midlothian and West Lothian and possibly other parts into the early years of the C20.  We used to have huuge pink shale bings*, which one was completely forbidden to play on *ahem*, but they've all gone in the last 20 or 30 years.

Google +"Paraffin Young" if you're bored.

*Slag heap.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 03, 2016, 11:21:08 am
In the UK. Midlothian and West Lothian and possibly other parts into the early years of the C20.  We used to have huuge pink shale bings*, which one was completely forbidden to play on *ahem*, but they've all gone in the last 20 or 30 years.

Gideon flogged them to the Godless Communist HordesTM Of Peking.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on January 03, 2016, 12:30:08 pm
we've been fracking on and offshore UK for donkeys years.  Most of the wandering public would be unaware of the oilfield onshore in the forest  just outside Bournemouth/Swanage and on Furzey Island in Poole Harbour, which has the longest extended reach well in the UK.

I have learned that the coefficient of friction of that red anti slip paint on cycle lanes is lower than I thought, particularly in the wet when unloading the rear of a disc-braked recumbent as you come in a bit to fast to a halt and sit up.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: De Sisti on January 03, 2016, 12:33:17 pm
Transplant corneas are very readily available in the USA but are in short supply in the UK.  Why is that? I asked my opthalmologist.  Without a second's hesitation, he replied, "Gunshot wounds". 
What, gunshot wounds are good for corneas?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on January 03, 2016, 12:45:07 pm
Transplant corneas are very readily available in the USA but are in short supply in the UK.  Why is that? I asked my opthalmologist.  Without a second's hesitation, he replied, "Gunshot wounds". 
What, gunshot wounds are good for corneas?

They're good for killing healthy young people in a way that leaves most of the spare parts intact.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on January 03, 2016, 01:00:49 pm
Transplant corneas are very readily available in the USA but are in short supply in the UK.  Why is that? I asked my opthalmologist.  Without a second's hesitation, he replied, "Gunshot wounds". 
What, gunshot wounds are good for corneas?

They're good for killing healthy young people in a way that leaves most of the spare parts intact.

Everything of mine is up for grabs when I no longer want it.  Not sure the pancreas will have any takers though.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 03, 2016, 02:37:58 pm
we've been fracking on and offshore UK for donkeys years.  Most of the wandering public would be unaware of the oilfield onshore in the forest  just outside Bournemouth/Swanage and on Furzey Island in Poole Harbour, which has the longest extended reach well in the UK.

The company I used to work for thirty years ago did a bunch of consultancy work on the Wych Farm oil wossname down that way.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on January 03, 2016, 03:58:38 pm
Transplant corneas are very readily available in the USA but are in short supply in the UK.  Why is that? I asked my opthalmologist.  Without a second's hesitation, he replied, "Gunshot wounds". 
What, gunshot wounds are good for corneas?

They're good for killing healthy young people in a way that leaves most of the spare parts intact.

Everything of mine is up for grabs when I no longer want it.  Not sure the pancreas will have any takers though.
Ditto.  But I don't think anything will be suitable for donation because steroids.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on January 03, 2016, 04:09:23 pm
we've been fracking on and offshore UK for donkeys years.  Most of the wandering public would be unaware of the oilfield onshore in the forest  just outside Bournemouth/Swanage and on Furzey Island in Poole Harbour, which has the longest extended reach well in the UK.

The company I used to work for thirty years ago did a bunch of consultancy work on the Wych Farm oil wossname down that way.

That's the one, Ive done a bit down there myself as a consultant, looking at how well they manage their risks from an environmental management and performance standpoint.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 08, 2016, 03:03:23 pm
Two hardbacked diaries and a ball of babybel wax makes a barely adequate game of office tennis.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on January 08, 2016, 04:22:44 pm
That Tunnock's Tea Cakes are being boycotted by some Scottish Nationalists.

More for me then  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on January 08, 2016, 11:49:36 pm
Oi! there's a queue here . . .
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 11, 2016, 04:43:48 pm
That the Uriah Heep song July Morning sparked a protest movement in Bulgaria which became a festival tradition. People go to the beach, party and watch the sun rise on 1st July, while listening to vaguely obscure 1970s British rock.

https://youtu.be/l685JEwFPb4

Edit: "Vaguely obscure 1970s rock". I've never knowingly listened to Uriah Heep before learning this factoid but now, thanks to the wonders of electrons, I discover I'm actually familiar with a few of their tracks. Possibly they were in the ether when I was very small indeed, far more likely they were sufficiently non-obscure to last well into the next decade. They seem to have a heavy-folk tinge, a bit like Led Zep; quite appropriate for what seems, from the description I've read, to be a rather post-hippy freedom-comes-from-the-West* morphing into disillusionment-and-hedonism beach party thingy.

*Shame they're facing the rising sun!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on January 11, 2016, 04:50:22 pm
Two hardbacked diaries and a ball of babybel wax makes a barely adequate game of office tennis.

We once unscrewed the knobs off a ballaceous coat stand and another off the top of a kettle then played pétanque up & down the office corridor.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 11, 2016, 06:49:10 pm
Only yesterday I was redigitising my cassette copy of "The Best Of Uriah Heep".  Music to climb ladders to ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on January 11, 2016, 10:55:34 pm
Two hardbacked diaries and a ball of babybel wax makes a barely adequate game of office tennis.

We once unscrewed the knobs off a ballaceous coat stand and another off the top of a kettle then played pétanque up & down the office corridor.

My night shifts in the control room were often passed by joining two Silverstone size Scalextric sets together to mak a BFO track and racing the cars round. I nearly decapitated (or took the nose off) a card playing radio operator one night when taking the banked bend at the Aylesbury desk end of the room a tad too fast.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on January 12, 2016, 12:54:37 am
Points for style but why am I not surprised . . . ?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on January 12, 2016, 07:54:38 am
Two hardbacked diaries and a ball of babybel wax makes a barely adequate game of office tennis.

We once unscrewed the knobs off a ballaceous coat stand and another off the top of a kettle then played pétanque up & down the office corridor.

My night shifts in the control room were often passed by joining two Silverstone size Scalextric sets together to mak a BFO track and racing the cars round. I nearly decapitated (or took the nose off) a card playing radio operator one night when taking the banked bend at the Aylesbury desk end of the room a tad too fast.

I've ordered pizzas to the gatehouse at midnight when comissioning before now.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on January 12, 2016, 09:32:09 am
Two hardbacked diaries and a ball of babybel wax makes a barely adequate game of office tennis.

We once unscrewed the knobs off a ballaceous coat stand and another off the top of a kettle then played pétanque up & down the office corridor.

My night shifts in the control room were often passed by joining two Silverstone size Scalextric sets together to mak a BFO track and racing the cars round. I nearly decapitated (or took the nose off) a card playing radio operator one night when taking the banked bend at the Aylesbury desk end of the room a tad too fast.

I've ordered pizzas to the gatehouse at midnight when comissioning before now.

We used to play curling in the back of the kitchen at KFC on slow night shifts using wheeled mop buckets.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Vince on January 12, 2016, 10:39:09 am
... that my mother designed and wove fabrics for the 1951 Festival of Britain.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: DDCyclist on January 12, 2016, 11:08:17 am
That all tools have a built in cloaking device that activates as soon as you put the tool down.

Now ... where did I leave that screwdriver I was using 5 minutes ago?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on January 12, 2016, 02:16:00 pm
Average freedom to wormhole time in the shop is around 5 seconds . . .

Sorry, what were we talking about?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on January 12, 2016, 02:25:43 pm
I like to keep a barakta on hand while fettling.  Not only is she a source of inspiration for dubious bodges that just might work, not to mention skilled at holding things still in awkward positions while I do terrifying things close to her hands with some combination of  a) heat  b) electricity  c) sharp implements  d) a lump hammer  or e) adhesives, but she also has a superhuman ability to provide the correct answer to rhetorical "Where did the fucking screwdriver go?" type questions.   :thumbsup:

I attribute this to a fundamental, yet unresearched, difference in cognitive style - she has the 'finding things' gene, where I rely on 'remembering where I saw them' (a strategy that works well until dealing with people who like to tidy things up, or objects prone to macroscopic quantum effects like recently-used screwdrivers).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on January 12, 2016, 02:36:35 pm
'A' Barakta. Hmm. Do you have more than one? Are they available for hire?

I have a part-time fettling bod for the shop but he's at least as useless as me and has been known to lose entire bicycles!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Tim Hall on January 12, 2016, 03:29:51 pm
On a semi serious note, having an extensive history of putting tools down and losing the bloody things, I now say out loud where I put things as I do it.  Seems to help in relocating them.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 12, 2016, 03:32:40 pm
It's the clinkbuggers I lose. You know, the little pieces not quite as bouncy as pingfuckits but which have a habit of going off in completely unpredictable directions when gravity gets to work on them. Brake washers, for instance.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on January 12, 2016, 07:21:24 pm
Thing is, the textbook answer to  "Where did the fucking screwdriver go?" is "You're sitting on it".  I'm old and wise enough that that's the first place I check.  But the tools have got sneakier.

Nuts and washers are skilled at hiding in plain sight, aided by the pattern in the carpet.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Efrogwr on January 12, 2016, 07:45:04 pm
That "tripette" a word I use to refer to an outing of less than a couple of days was first used by Julian and Sandy.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 12, 2016, 09:54:58 pm
You all need a shadow tool box and a Park magnetic parts bowl.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on January 12, 2016, 09:57:18 pm
And a sufficiently large shedde to keep it in.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on January 12, 2016, 10:01:32 pm
You all need a shadow tool box and a Park magnetic parts bowl.

Have both. Doesn't help  . . .
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on January 12, 2016, 10:50:47 pm
Today I have learned that "yclept" is a real word (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=95194.msg1972935#msg1972935), and not ROT13 for something, as I'd previously assumed.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jurek on January 12, 2016, 10:55:21 pm
Today I have learned that "yclept" is a real word (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=95194.msg1972935#msg1972935), and not ROT13 for something, as I'd previously assumed.
It is.

I am looking for the opportunity to insert it into a method statement or risk assessment.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on January 12, 2016, 11:20:37 pm
That "tripette" a word I use to refer to an outing of less than a couple of days was first used by Julian and Sandy.

Oooo! In'n 'e BOLD!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Gattopardo on January 13, 2016, 01:07:30 am
'A' Barakta. Hmm. Do you have more than one? Are they available for hire?

I have a part-time fettling bod for the shop but he's at least as useless as me and has been known to lose entire bicycles!

I forgot I owned a car.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Gattopardo on January 13, 2016, 01:15:12 am
Today I discovered I have a propensity for threatening behavior when people keep touching me and we asked more than four times to stop touching me that I can make people afraid.

I'm not a nice person, because I can not deal with a situation without resorting to violence and showing a side of me that makes loved ones feel afraid of me.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on January 13, 2016, 06:53:53 am
I still can't find the stapler that I "tidied" before Christmas.

Good job I have no paper-joining emergencies, and a back up supply of paper clips.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: DDCyclist on January 13, 2016, 07:10:23 am
It'll be with my (still missing) screwdriver.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 13, 2016, 10:50:53 am
Today I have learned that "yclept" is a real word (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=95194.msg1972935#msg1972935), and not ROT13 for something, as I'd previously assumed.
Aaaaaaah, don't know exactly what ROT13 is but now I want a roti. And we do have some dal...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fboab on January 13, 2016, 01:50:20 pm
Back on topic, what ROT-13 is, and that Caesar used it.

Dunno which Caesar, mind. Back to Google...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on January 13, 2016, 02:14:29 pm
Yup.  Simple Ceaser cypher.  Used as a functional equivalent of the [spoiler] tag in text-only media, and to obfuscate names of people/organisations/things you want to post defamatory rants about, so they don't come up on search engines.

Certain newsgroups use it excessively for comic effect, as a sort of swear filter for terms they find offensive.  So as we might talk of the "p*nct*r* fairy", denizens of ye shedde might say "have to ohl an arj one", or monks of the scary devil monastery might talk about supporting Hohagh[1] Linux.  The net effect of this is that you end up learning them as words in their own right, as it's less jbex than reaching for the ROT13 button to decode them...


[1] The official Linux Distribution of the Klingon Empire.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on January 13, 2016, 02:23:57 pm
That "tripette" a word I use to refer to an outing of less than a couple of days was first used by Julian and Sandy.
In conjunction with the adjective 'bijou', no doubt.  This is a construction I use in all sorts of wildly inappropriate scenarios.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Tim Hall on January 13, 2016, 03:39:42 pm
Yup.  Simple Ceaser cypher.  Used as a functional equivalent of the [spoiler] tag in text-only media, and to obfuscate names of people/organisations/things you want to post defamatory rants about, so they don't come up on search engines.

Certain newsgroups use it excessively for comic effect, as a sort of swear filter for terms they find offensive.  So as we might talk of the "p*nct*r* fairy", denizens of ye shedde might say "have to ohl an arj one", or monks of the scary devil monastery might talk about supporting Hohagh[1] Linux.  The net effect of this is that you end up learning them as words in their own right, as it's less jbex than reaching for the ROT13 button to decode them...


[1] The official Linux Distribution of the Klingon Empire.
Although I've never visited the Scary Devil Monastery and ain't been in ye shedde for ages, I translated hohagh in my head. Should I be proud or slightly worried?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: barakta on January 13, 2016, 05:00:50 pm
Today I discovered I have a propensity for threatening behavior when people keep touching me and we asked more than four times to stop touching me that I can make people afraid.

I'm not a nice person, because I can not deal with a situation without resorting to violence and showing a side of me that makes loved ones feel afraid of me.

I think when you have used your words and told people to stop touching you once nevermind more than one that escalating to violence is understandable and not unreasonable. I don't think this is a pathological problem or anything which makes you a bad person.  Repeated unwanted touching is not nice!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Efrogwr on January 13, 2016, 05:17:44 pm
That "tripette" a word I use to refer to an outing of less than a couple of days was first used by Julian and Sandy.

Oooo! In'n 'e BOLD!

Not ony that, but I have ridden on the Ball's Pond Road...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Efrogwr on January 13, 2016, 05:21:32 pm
That "tripette" a word I use to refer to an outing of less than a couple of days was first used by Julian and Sandy.
In conjunction with the adjective 'bijou', no doubt.  This is a construction I use in all sorts of wildly inappropriate scenarios.

Not so far, but I will start to use it for outings of less than a day.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on January 17, 2016, 03:39:57 pm
That the bull emblem that the rest of Europe has come to see as representing Spain was originally an advertisement for Sherry. Worse than that, though is that it has now been appropriated by the  Spanish far right.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on January 17, 2016, 06:01:34 pm
That the bull emblem that the rest of Europe has come to see as representing Spain was originally an advertisement for Sherry. Worse than that, though is that it has now been appropriated by the  Spanish far right.

I learned that before I stuck a burro Catalan on the back of the motor, finding out its significance seemed like a good idea. (ans: not a lot, but if you guys are going to have a silly bull without much real history, we'll have a donkey)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: billplumtree on January 23, 2016, 06:52:34 pm
That the actor who was Potsie off of Happy Days is a second cousin of Dr Henry Heimlich, he of the manoeuvre.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on January 23, 2016, 11:19:36 pm
That the walrus is Paul.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 23, 2016, 11:22:05 pm
That the walrus is Paul.

And he's [not] dead.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rafletcher on January 25, 2016, 01:58:41 pm
What some of the meanings of "knapdarloch" are  ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on January 25, 2016, 02:14:30 pm
That there were, in fact, eight spin offs from Happy Days, and that it was itself a spin off show.

To list:

Love, American Style
begat
Happy Days
begat
Mork & Mindy
Mork & Mindy (animated series)
Laverne & Shirley
Laverne & Shirley In The Army (animated series)
Joanie Loves Chachi
Out Of The Blue
Blansky's Beauties
The Fonz & The Happy Days Gang (animated series)

I wonder if this is a record.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on January 26, 2016, 12:53:15 pm
"No. A record is a round thing with a hole in the middle . . ."

Copyright Minn Diffgain.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 08, 2016, 10:14:52 am
The crest on Kenyan passports contains a white cockerel holding an axe, and the images on the passport pages are of African wildlife but no zebras.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 08, 2016, 10:26:03 am
Well of course no zebras: that'd be like a random bar code in the middle of your passport!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 08, 2016, 12:18:58 pm
Well of course no zebras: that'd be like a random bar code in the middle of your passport!

SPLORT!!!1!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 10, 2016, 11:09:18 pm
That the first interracial screen kiss was not Star Trek nor that 1960s hospital thing, it was a film called Java Head (http://www.bristol247.com/channel/news-comment/features/bristicles/the-definitive-list-of-movies-made-in-bristol) way back in 1934!
Quote
It's been claimed that the mildly racy Java Head made history with the first inter-racial kiss ever shown on screen.
Maybe!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 11, 2016, 10:02:18 am
Plusnet's on hold music is Joe Cocker, Pulp, Human League, Kaiser Chiefs, ABC...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 11, 2016, 11:22:08 am
Plusnet's on hold music is Joe Cocker, Pulp, Human League, Kaiser Chiefs, ABC...
Robert Palmer, Heaven 17...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Guy on February 11, 2016, 11:35:59 am
Plusnet's on hold music is Joe Cocker, Pulp, Human League, Kaiser Chiefs, ABC...
Robert Palmer, Heaven 17...

It's enough to make you chuck your router in the bin and go and be a spoon-whittler in the woods!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: MagnusOpus on February 11, 2016, 11:56:29 am
Plusnet's on hold music is Joe Cocker, Pulp, Human League, Kaiser Chiefs, ABC...
Robert Palmer, Heaven 17...

no Arctic Monkeys? def lepard? and how did they forget cud?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 11, 2016, 12:46:48 pm
Plusnet's on hold music is Joe Cocker, Pulp, Human League, Kaiser Chiefs, ABC...
Robert Palmer, Heaven 17...

no Arctic Monkeys? def lepard? and how did they forget cud?
I hung up after 25 minutes, so I might have missed some.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Tim Hall on February 11, 2016, 12:54:23 pm
Plusnet's on hold music is Joe Cocker, Pulp, Human League, Kaiser Chiefs, ABC...
Robert Palmer, Heaven 17...

no Arctic Monkeys? def lepard? and how did they forget cud?
I hung up after 25 minutes, so I might have missed some.

Go for the talk on line to one of our agents option.  It works much better (for me) than all that hold music.  Of course your work arrangements might preclude this.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on February 11, 2016, 01:29:34 pm
Now I'm wondering what AAISP's hold music is...

ETA: I've just asked on IRC and it appears their policy is to have someone answer the phone.  Spoilsports.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Dibdib on February 11, 2016, 01:31:22 pm
Now I'm wondering what AAISP's hold music is...

ETA: I've just asked on IRC and it appears their policy is to have someone answer the phone.  Spoilsports.

This is pretty much the only reason I bank with First Direct. No hold music, no automated menus, just a nice person in Scotland (or sometimes the North East, I think they have two call centres now) who usually answers the phone after two or three rings.

(to clarify - I don't have a problem with overseas call centres per se, but call quality seems to be inversely proportional to how far away they've outsourced the operations.)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on February 11, 2016, 01:35:59 pm
I wonder what an xkcd://806-compliant bank would be like...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 11, 2016, 09:26:31 pm
Plusnet's on hold music is Joe Cocker, Pulp, Human League, Kaiser Chiefs, ABC...
Robert Palmer, Heaven 17...

no Arctic Monkeys? def lepard? and how did they forget cud?
I hung up after 25 minutes, so I might have missed some.

Go for the talk on line to one of our agents option.  It works much better (for me) than all that hold music.  Of course your work arrangements might preclude this.
I did that on Tuesday and they told me to phone customer services to pay for p&p for a new router...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on February 12, 2016, 08:26:51 pm
That Z-axis conductive tape (http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/Electronics_NA/Electronics/Products/Electronics_Product_Catalog/~/3M-Electrically-Conductive-Adhesive-Transfer-Tape-9703) is a thing.

(Double sided tape that conducts electricity upwards but not sideways.)

It's clearly witchcraft, but witchcraft that's going to come in handy at some point.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on February 16, 2016, 06:45:08 pm
I have discovered empirically that old school downtube levers will not shift the full range of an 11 speed cassette.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on February 18, 2016, 12:20:50 pm
Prompted by the need for a new Club Card I was browsing the Tesco Site of Doom...

I have over £90 of unused vouchers.

There is a link to exchange vouchers for travel and entertainment.

For Eurotunnel the exchange rate is tripled.

Our Easter holiday just got a whole lot cheaper. Result!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fboab on February 19, 2016, 01:44:56 pm
^I knew that already, witness all those French trips in 2015!

Today I learned that Mr Smith has never heard of the Lambton Worm.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Wobbly John on February 19, 2016, 02:28:18 pm
I've been babysitting the grandsons for a couple of afternoons. If I hadn't watched some childrens television with them, I'd never have realised that Fatima Whitbred was still doing so much Telly work (http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/andys-prehistoric-adventures)...  :o

 ::-)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Legs on February 19, 2016, 02:30:47 pm
Nor had I.  Thanks, fboab.

Today I learnt the correct spelling of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poka-yoke (http://"poka-yoke").  A bit disappointing that it's not "pokey-yolky" or similar.  It's one of those concepts that you keep noticing examples of:  "Aha!  Poka-yoke!"
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: numbnuts on February 19, 2016, 04:07:18 pm
That my cars fucked
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on February 19, 2016, 04:11:27 pm
That they renovated my old school.  It's now a restaurant.  They're doing afternoon teas.

I'll have to say that again, because I don't think I believe it.  They're doing afternoon teas at my old school.

http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/acklam-hall-restoration-complete-take-10905068

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 19, 2016, 04:22:30 pm
I hope the afternoon teas are served at original school desks complete with schoolkid graffiti: Ruthie sat here, I hate history, Dave Z. has warts...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 19, 2016, 06:24:09 pm
Today I learned that Mr Smith has never heard of the Lambton Worm.

 :o. Is such ignorance even possible?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on February 19, 2016, 10:19:29 pm
Yes, indeed. I haven't either . . .
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: spesh on February 20, 2016, 12:25:48 am
Here you go, courtesy of the Book of Wiki:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambton_Worm
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Peter on February 20, 2016, 12:47:14 am
That they renovated my old school.  It's now a restaurant.  They're doing afternoon teas.

I'll have to say that again, because I don't think I believe it.  They're doing afternoon teas at my old school.

http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/acklam-hall-restoration-complete-take-10905068

Ruthie, I think one of my many brothers taught there, certainly in Acklam.  He taught Chris Rea English (yes, I know).  Does that compute?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on February 20, 2016, 07:31:54 am
D'you know, it does ring a bell.  I think he might have left before my time, but he was still remembered, I think.  I left school in 1984 but went to the adjacent sixth form college till 1986.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Vince on February 20, 2016, 09:40:31 am
That in addition to the one in South Gloucestershire, there is a Pennsylvania in Devon. Both were named after the US state.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ian on February 20, 2016, 12:44:44 pm
Belmont (the bit south of Sutton) used to be called California (named after the pub, which I was assumed named after the state). I didn't learn that today though.

I've never heard of a Lambton Worm either. As I'm espousing my ignorance, I don't actually know what Mornington Crescent is either and I've deliberately avoided finding out. Something to do with the radiogram. Yes, yes, I know it's a Tube station.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Butterfly on February 20, 2016, 05:19:11 pm
Belmont (the bit south of Sutton) used to be called California (named after the pub, which I was assumed named after the state). I didn't learn that today though.

I've never heard of a Lambton Worm either. As I'm espousing my ignorance, I don't actually know what Mornington Crescent is either and I've deliberately avoided finding out. Something to do with the radiogram. Yes, yes, I know it's a Tube station.

The rumour is that the California pub was owned by someone who made their fortune in the gold rush.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 20, 2016, 05:22:23 pm
That a glebe is a bit of land used to provide an income for the clergy.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on February 20, 2016, 05:40:05 pm
I have learned that mounting a folding bike forgetting that the seat post is not extended leads to an unexpected sensation.

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on February 20, 2016, 08:31:02 pm
Ifor the Cheese gave me a bag of blue cheese core plugs in the pub tonight.
I assumed that these were test plugs or something, but no.  It seems they take the core out before cutting.  That way they can get a nice crisp cut wedge.  Without the core plug removed the wedge point would crumble.

Anyway.  Free cheese.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on February 21, 2016, 08:44:50 am
Noms!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on February 21, 2016, 04:47:46 pm
Here you go, courtesy of the Book of Wiki:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambton_Worm

Haven't read the wiki, but wasn't it in the Lair of the White Worm (book being better than the poorly made, but amusing Hugh Grant movie)

Today I learned that Audaxes in Essex in February can be a bit breezy.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 21, 2016, 05:37:16 pm
That in addition to the one in South Gloucestershire, there is a Pennsylvania in Devon. Both were named after the US state.
Were they? I always thought the one in Gloucestershire – I didn't know there was one in Devon – was named after the Penn Family, one of who (William?) later went on to found the US state; ie the village and the state were named independently but after the same person or family. But it sounds like you actually know what you're talking about!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Vince on February 21, 2016, 06:50:20 pm
I couldn't believe that the one horse petrol station village on the A46 could have given rise to a whole US state and it turns out it didn't.
It was the Quakers in the case of both UK Pennsylvanias.

Courtesy of Wikinaccurate.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on February 21, 2016, 08:56:39 pm
That in addition to the one in South Gloucestershire, there is a Pennsylvania in Devon. Both were named after the US state.
There is one just outside Bath as well, on the road to the M4
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on February 21, 2016, 09:26:11 pm
How to reboot barakta's desk.   :facepalm:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 21, 2016, 11:10:38 pm
That in addition to the one in South Gloucestershire, there is a Pennsylvania in Devon. Both were named after the US state.
There is one just outside Bath as well, on the road to the M4
I presume that's the S. Glos one that Vince is talking about.
Yes, the Penns were defo Quakers.

Mind you, talking about the A46 not that far from Bath, I always confuse Dunkirk and Petty France. Can never remember which is the place and which the hotel (there are – or used to be – two hotels there. I'm pretty sure the one on the right as you head north used to be the Petty France. Or was it the one on the other side? Or was Petty France strictly speaking a separate hamlet?)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: cycleman on February 22, 2016, 08:33:29 am
How to reboot barakta's desk.   :facepalm:

What. You kicked it   :o ☺
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on February 22, 2016, 11:45:09 am
How to reboot barakta's desk.   :facepalm:

What. You kicked it   :o ☺

It goes up and down, so she can vary her posture.  For barakta-friendliness, this is motorised, rather than the usual hand-cranked arrangement, and it's a legal requirement to hum the Thunderbirds theme when it's in action.  She was demonstrating this to nikki OTP, when it got to the bottom of the range of travel and stubbornly refused to move again (which, with hindsight, I realise is preferable to it getting stuck at the top - about head height).

Turns out there's a procedure for calibrating what position the motor controller thinks it's in.  Invoking that brought it back to life.  And yes, I did try thumping it first (and more scientifically, checking the continuity on the switch, which is a known failure point).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on February 22, 2016, 12:59:26 pm
That Saladin was a Kurd.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Vince on February 22, 2016, 01:26:03 pm
That in addition to the one in South Gloucestershire, there is a Pennsylvania in Devon. Both were named after the US state.
There is one just outside Bath as well, on the road to the M4
I presume that's the S. Glos one that Vince is talking about.
Yes, the Penns were defo Quakers.

Mind you, talking about the A46 not that far from Bath, I always confuse Dunkirk and Petty France. Can never remember which is the place and which the hotel (there are – or used to be – two hotels there. I'm pretty sure the one on the right as you head north used to be the Petty France. Or was it the one on the other side? Or was Petty France strictly speaking a separate hamlet?)
They are separate hamlets. Petty France is first as you head North on the A46, then Dunkirk is on the junction with A433 to Tetbury.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Tim Hall on February 22, 2016, 03:54:25 pm
How to reboot barakta's desk.   :facepalm:

What. You kicked it   :o ☺

It goes up and down, so she can vary her posture.  For barakta-friendliness, this is motorised, rather than the usual hand-cranked arrangement, and it's a legal requirement to hum the Thunderbirds theme when it's in action. 
When a stair lift was first installed for my mum, a norty boy (1), who should know better, downloaded onto his phone, and then played, the Thunderbirds theme as she made her inaugural descent.



(1) Me.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on February 22, 2016, 05:16:17 pm
How to reboot barakta's desk.   :facepalm:

What. You kicked it   :o ☺

It goes up and down, so she can vary her posture.  For barakta-friendliness, this is motorised, rather than the usual hand-cranked arrangement, and it's a legal requirement to hum the Thunderbirds theme when it's in action. 
When a stair lift was first installed for my mum, a norty boy (1), who should know better, downloaded onto his phone, and then played, the Thunderbirds theme as she made her inaugural descent.



(1) Me.

I will now have that in mind every time I play with my own sit/stand desk (also motorised)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on February 22, 2016, 05:17:32 pm
That in addition to the one in South Gloucestershire, there is a Pennsylvania in Devon. Both were named after the US state.
There is one just outside Bath as well, on the road to the M4
I presume that's the S. Glos one that Vince is talking about.
Yes, the Penns were defo Quakers.

Mind you, talking about the A46 not that far from Bath, I always confuse Dunkirk and Petty France. Can never remember which is the place and which the hotel (there are – or used to be – two hotels there. I'm pretty sure the one on the right as you head north used to be the Petty France. Or was it the one on the other side? Or was Petty France strictly speaking a separate hamlet?)

I remember Petty France well, passing there in my Uni days.

There is a Dunkirk around the corner from me as well in rural Cambs.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Steph on February 23, 2016, 03:45:45 am
There is a Dunkirk in Kent, and in County Durham near Washington there are New York, Quebec and Philadelphia.

Anyway, what a name for a beasty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screaming_hairy_armadillo
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 23, 2016, 10:01:38 am
The best New-World-in-the-Old-Continent placename I've ever seen was by the side of the S7 expressway somewhere between Warsaw and Olsztyn in northern Poland, where a huge, handcarved sign proudly proclaimed AMERYKA by two dilapidated wooden shacks. Pitifully inspiring.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Guy on February 23, 2016, 10:42:40 am
I was transported to Botany Bay. (My Dad had to see someone in Enfield so we put my bike in the car. I got dropped off in Botany Bay and rode home, about 60 miles avoiding major roads.)

I've also ridden through Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Gibraltar, all without leaving England.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Vince on February 23, 2016, 11:17:53 am
Alt Graphic.

On the UK international keyboard alt gr 4 is € for instance.   alt gr 2 on a Swedish keyboard should be the @ symbol.   Perhaps the keyboard is not Swedish?

This. Thanks PB.
€€€€€€€€€€€€€
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on February 23, 2016, 11:39:48 am
Also a New York in Rotherham, and a Rhodesia and a Wales not far away
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on February 23, 2016, 12:23:34 pm
The value of a sharp knife.

Whilst preparing my very tasty lunch of assorted veggies sauted in copious olive oil with a nice tofu sausage thrown in, I managed to remove a chunk of the end of my thumb.  ::-)

It was surprisingy less bleedy and ouchie than I expected, glad I keep the knives sharp.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Wombat on February 23, 2016, 01:10:33 pm
Also a New York in Rotherham, and a Rhodesia and a Wales not far away

and a Palestine in Hampshire, and an Alamein not far away.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on February 23, 2016, 01:28:44 pm
also a few Hollands or New Hollands around in the flatlands of East Anglia, Linclolnshire, East Yorks
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 23, 2016, 02:25:02 pm
There's also a New York near Coningsby, Lincs, and I think there's a Californi near there too.  By way of contrast, in Montana it is possible to drive from Chester to Inverness in under ten minutes.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on February 23, 2016, 02:30:26 pm
I live in California.

One of the neighbouring villages has a The Americas

Lots of ex-WWII USAF/USAAC airbases in these parts
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Tim Hall on February 23, 2016, 02:34:33 pm
also a few Hollands or New Hollands around in the flatlands of East Anglia, Linclolnshire, East Yorks

New Hollands are often found on farms.
(http://agriculture.newholland.com/uk/en/Gallery/Gallery_Images/Golden_Jubilee/Lavoro_9257.jpg)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on February 23, 2016, 02:52:39 pm
That DuraAce 11spd bar end shifters come with left and right specific spacers. And that it is important not to mix them up. Because when, inadvertently or inattentively, you do (hypothetically speaking) and realise your mistake, you might then find that the ratchety bit on the RH shifter might detach itself from the lever leaving you with a useless pile of bits.*

Hmm... That would be an expensive mistake to make, wouldn't it?



*Might have helped if they'd come with instructions but that's the penalty of buying stuff that's not boxed.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on February 23, 2016, 05:22:37 pm
Are the several place name posters above aware of this thread?
https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=16657.0
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on February 23, 2016, 05:46:46 pm
I am now.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 23, 2016, 05:49:02 pm
I have learned that if you plug your keyboard into one of the USB ports on your monitor it stops working when the monitor goes to sleep so you can't prod the space bar to wake the minotaur up again :facepalm:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on February 23, 2016, 05:55:46 pm
I have learned that if you plug your keyboard into one of the USB ports on your monitor it stops working when the monitor goes to sleep so you can't prod the space bar to wake the minotaur up again :facepalm:

 ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 23, 2016, 10:00:41 pm
I learned that my Abus cable lock weighs exactly 500g according to the greengrocer's scales. (Now I have to decide whether that's really too heavy to lug up the Gospel Pass... I thought it was nearer a kilo.)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: woollypigs on February 23, 2016, 10:11:50 pm
Well I went up it fully loaded so you will be fine :)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Polar Bear on February 23, 2016, 10:14:19 pm
I learned that my Abus cable lock weighs exactly 500g according to the greengrocer's scales. (Now I have to decide whether that's really too heavy to lug up the Gospel Pass... I thought it was nearer a kilo.)

When touring I take a New York Kryptonite which I believe weights more than half a kilo.   If I can lug that around you should be just fine, especially given that you are younger, significantly lighter and much much fitter than me.     
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 23, 2016, 10:20:01 pm
I don't think either of those muches is justified, and certainly not both! Sure, if it was a tour or even just a ride with no time limit there'd be no question but it's an audax, so 150km in 10 hours; last weekend 160 took me 12  :( But hey, it's only a bike ride, when all's said and done, and the most important thing is to a) have fun b) get back safe and sound c) not miss the last train home!

(The amazing thing is how little some people take on these rides – and how much others lug around.)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Legs on February 26, 2016, 09:52:57 am
The torturous exercises known as burpees are named after the splendidly-yclept Dr Royal H. Burpee.  ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: spesh on February 27, 2016, 12:05:36 am
That it's a good idea to check that the turntable in the microwave is properly seated on the gubbins that make it turn before pressing "start".

The lid of my veg steamer now looks rather... different.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Vince on March 03, 2016, 02:11:57 pm
... that some disc platters have a very similar property to glass when you hit them with a hammer. Ain't nobody reading those ones again, that's for sure!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 03, 2016, 02:17:36 pm
That <organisation> is not the same as <organization> and remarkably hard to spot when checking xml for syntax errors.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 03, 2016, 03:45:23 pm
That <organisation> is not the same as <organization> and remarkably hard to spot when checking xml for syntax errors.

Got the same thing with .el6 and .e16 yesterday, made the more difficult by the font in question.  What do you mean with your talk of _nameless.e16 I yelled as the program crashed for the seventh time >:(
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on March 03, 2016, 07:10:26 pm
... that some disc platters have a very similar property to glass when you hit them with a hammer. Ain't nobody reading those ones again, that's for sure!

Probably because they are! Glass, that is.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on March 03, 2016, 07:54:08 pm
Dschinghis Khan (https://youtu.be/_eV3dt1yebk?list=RDp2bvPzvFlP8) were still at it in 2005.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jakob W on March 03, 2016, 09:18:26 pm
That the frame of the land-speed-record-breaking (~630 mph) Thrust 2 car was made from Reynolds 531.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: barakta on March 03, 2016, 09:21:52 pm
There's an accessible formats association which publishes standards for large print, braille, audio and other formats.  http://www.ukaaf.org/
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on March 04, 2016, 07:05:54 pm
How to read the Christmas tree gauge thingy on the Nissan Leaf's instrument panel.  More Christmas tree = more eco, apparently.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Polar Bear on March 04, 2016, 07:25:05 pm
There's an accessible formats association which publishes standards for large print, braille, audio and other formats.  http://www.ukaaf.org/

Gosh.  How useful.

Thankyou.   :-*
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: barakta on March 04, 2016, 09:21:37 pm
I know, such interesting stuff one finds out years after one ought to have known of it!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on March 06, 2016, 04:05:15 pm
All related to Dubai, from whence Miss Ham has just returned

Alcohol is forbidden, so nobody ever gets tested for drink driving
Alcohol is forbidden but there is no wetter dry place on earth
Alcohol is forbidden, so if you have an account with an Arab bank, you can't use it to buy alcohol in bars, it will be refused by the machine (some bars show alcohol as other things to work around that
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on March 06, 2016, 04:26:17 pm
French cavalry once captured a Dutch fleet (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capture_of_the_Dutch_fleet_at_Den_Helder).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on March 06, 2016, 04:31:20 pm
That I really shouldn't visit Steamer Trading Company so close to pay day (as in after) as "accidents" happen. I seem to be the owner of a set of Global knives...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mark on March 06, 2016, 05:34:19 pm
That riding a 650cc motorcycle in traffic is quite different from riding a 250cc Honda around a parking lot/car park under the supervision of an instructor. Actually, just getting on the bigger bike is a bit more daunting, and maneuvering the extra mass out of the parking spot was a little nerve wracking.

Good fun, though, and I will be back out on the new moto this afternoon.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 07, 2016, 07:42:51 pm
That the house next door to the one in Hieronymous Bosch grew up fell down last week.  And that you can buy Hieronymous Bosch socks :o
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 08, 2016, 06:56:52 pm
The significance of the Freemans catalogue in the Undertones' Male Model. It's not just about clothes (they also got one of their first guitars from it).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on March 13, 2016, 10:38:35 pm
Zipf's law (https://youtu.be/fCn8zs912OE)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: red marley on March 14, 2016, 07:41:51 pm
While I knew about Zipf's law, that presentation is brilliant and well worth a watch. And what I learned today from it was the term Hapax legomenon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hapax_legomenon) (a Googlewhack in any given corpus of words).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on March 14, 2016, 08:34:14 pm
Ah, we all dance to the piper's tune.  :-D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on March 15, 2016, 10:02:34 pm
That there's a territorial dispute between Canada and Denmark that's been going on since the early 80s.  It sounds suspiciously like the underlying reason may be byte overflow, and they're pretty good natured about it.  I draw the forum's attention to the name of the Canadian military exercise that hotted up the situation in 2004.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Island
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 18, 2016, 09:42:34 am
That Italian vehicle number plates were sold to motor-ists via the War Wounded Association, or at least they were circa 1960.  Credit due to Ham for the appropriate edition of The Observer's Book Of Automobiles (foreword by S. Moss, O.B.E.).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jurek on March 23, 2016, 05:08:58 pm
That self-amalgamating tape self-amalgamates immediately, on introduction to its other half.
There is no honeymoon period.
You need it get it right the first time.
Or start the job again, using new tape.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on March 23, 2016, 05:39:19 pm
That self-amalgamating tape self-amalgamates immediately, on introduction to its other half.

Unless there's water involved, of course.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jurek on March 23, 2016, 06:26:13 pm
That self-amalgamating tape self-amalgamates immediately, on introduction to its other half.

Unless there's water involved, of course.

Indeed.
I don't think I've ever used it in the water-torn environment for which it was intended.
It is far more useful for Other Things.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 30, 2016, 10:08:27 am
That shoes thrown over telephone wires are not just an urban sport but signify gang territory. Apparently.
http://www.bristol247.com/channel/news-comment/features/investigations/will-it-ever-end-bristol
(http://b247cdn.co.uk/img/shoes-on-a-wire-1458748181.jpg)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 30, 2016, 10:53:42 am
It used to be common outside the pikey-infested hellhole that is the second nearest pub to Larrington Towers but I think in that case was more due to the pikeys' idea of a joke.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on April 01, 2016, 12:37:13 pm
[yesterday]

The SETI Institute organises weekly lectures, which it makes available via its website (http://www.seti.org/talks) (scroll down for Lectures archive) and its YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/setiinstitute).

If anyone needs me, I'll be busy geeking out on astronomy...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on April 01, 2016, 01:42:29 pm
That self-amalgamating tape self-amalgamates immediately, on introduction to its other half.

Unless there's water involved, of course.
There's always water involved IME :(

But I did like to have a roll of 'Smalgy' handy. :)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on April 18, 2016, 12:59:22 pm
That Archbishop Desmond Tutu is an oblate of the Order of Julian of Norwich.

Well I never did.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: billplumtree on April 18, 2016, 01:16:51 pm
That oblate has another meaning, apart from squashed at the poles as in oblate spheroid.

Confused me for a minute, that did.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: PaulF on April 18, 2016, 01:19:49 pm
Byrd's "Diliges Dominum" is a musical palindrome
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on April 18, 2016, 02:45:06 pm
That Archbishop Desmond Tutu is an oblate of the Order of Julian of Norwich.

Well I never did.

Julian's from Norwich!!!!!!????????  :o  :o  :o  :o
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jurek on April 24, 2016, 04:53:19 pm
Angle grinder.
Outdoors.
Rain.
Don't.
Just don't.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Tim Hall on April 24, 2016, 06:32:49 pm
Angle grinder.
Outdoors.
Rain.
Don't.
Just don't.

Oops. RCD?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on April 24, 2016, 06:36:23 pm
110v? Any hair left?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jurek on April 25, 2016, 09:52:24 am
Angle grinder.
Outdoors.
Rain.
Don't.
Just don't.

Oops. RCD?

RCD is why I am here today ;)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on April 25, 2016, 11:59:59 am
RCD is why I am here today ;)

I heartily endorse this product/service.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rogerzilla on April 25, 2016, 02:22:51 pm
I was saved by a MCB once (not its primary purpose, but it did the job) when I drilled through a stupidly-routed cable.  The drill bit must have bridged the wires; it certainly tripped instantly.  Mind you, with a double-insulated drill, I probably wouldn't have been shocked unless for some reason I'd grabbed the chuck.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Feanor on April 25, 2016, 05:52:13 pm
At my former work, we had a non-rcd incident many years ago...

An offshore cabin was in the yard, for maintenance.
It was hooked up to a 3-phase electrical supply with a Commando-type plug, from a 64A supply.
It only used 2 of the phases, to feed a single-phase transformer.
This was working fine.

The person who wired up the plug had wired the 3rd phase to the earth pin.
The entire cabin was floating at 240v above ground potential, on a 64A breaker.

This went un-noticed until someone had at it with an earthed drill.
As soon as the bit got through the paint, there was an almighty BANG.


Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: PaulF on April 26, 2016, 02:44:34 pm
There is such a thing as a "Solar Powered Meerkat"

Our office manager has just bought one as a present for a friend
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on April 26, 2016, 02:59:19 pm
You can make your own ricotta. Thinking about trying it.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Chris S on April 26, 2016, 03:02:45 pm
My van is rubbish on snowy roads  >:(.

Probably doesn't help that it's rear-wheel drive and usually empty. And it's automatic.

Downhill wasn't much better. I had to use the kerb as a brake  ::-).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 29, 2016, 10:13:40 am
The word vaticinate.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on April 29, 2016, 10:18:26 am
That makes two of us, now.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 29, 2016, 10:32:34 am
I knew that would happen.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on April 29, 2016, 10:34:18 am
HFH

Why was I expecting that?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Guy on April 29, 2016, 10:47:27 am
That the word Vaticinate doesn't appear in the 2001 edition of the Collins Concise Dictionary

 (I didn't know what it meant, either. Thanks Webster's on-line, you've been most helpful)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Vince on April 29, 2016, 04:24:16 pm
Microsoft doesn't follow standards
Microsoft use outdated standards for ID3 tags in MP3 files, thus rendering all the useful information on the music library redundant
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Feanor on April 29, 2016, 07:43:29 pm
Way back perhaps xp days, when windows explorer stopped being just a sensible file manager and started groping inside files in order to make thumbnail previews, it was much worse.

If it found exif tags in images it didn't understand, it deleted them!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on April 29, 2016, 10:32:11 pm
There is a place named after some of my in-laws -
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/75/Onomichi_Panorama.jpg/1284px-Onomichi_Panorama.jpg)
http://wikitravel.org/en/Onomichi (http://wikitravel.org/en/Onomichi)
OK, maybe the name started with the place.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on April 29, 2016, 11:28:35 pm
Way back perhaps xp days, when windows explorer stopped being just a sensible file manager and started groping inside files in order to make thumbnail previews, it was much worse.

If it found exif tags in images it didn't understand, it deleted them!


Microsoft's approach to respecting the data integrity of it's clients is questionable to say the least.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 30, 2016, 05:24:55 am
Microsoft's approach to respecting the data integrity of it's clients is questionable to say the least.

I'm picturing an animated paper clip popping up, asking "did you means its or it's" and then ignoring what you tell it :demon:

Any typos in this post are, needless to say, entirely the fault of iOS.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rogerzilla on April 30, 2016, 03:46:50 pm
To be fair to old Clippy, if you typed "fuck off!" he did take the hint and ask if you wanted to close the Office Assistant.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on May 06, 2016, 12:42:16 pm
That R will do maths in roman numerals.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: PeteB99 on May 09, 2016, 11:18:53 am
That there is a plan to "turn off" Niagra falls for maintenance.

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/niagara-falls/niagara-falls-is-going-to-go-dry-x2013-again-20160123 (http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/niagara-falls/niagara-falls-is-going-to-go-dry-x2013-again-20160123)

It was done before in 1969 apparently.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on May 09, 2016, 11:45:16 am
Some fellow oh Twitter wrote that Garibaldi (presumably the bickies, not the bloke) was invented in 1849, but the current version dates from 1951. Gene Hunt take note.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ian on May 09, 2016, 09:40:49 pm
The other day (before it got warm enough to denecessitate knee high footwear) I discovered a woman can get stuck in her boot when the zipper gets caught up in the material inside. It then takes some explaining why you're dragging her around the living room floor by her heel while she loudly urges you to pull harder, it's nearly out. I suppose it was mildly better than trying to wriggle my hand inside. Which came next.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on May 10, 2016, 03:14:34 pm
That the Minister of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany is called Johanna Wanka.

She'll be giving a speech at a conference in Japan next week, & I'm tidying up the MC's script.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on May 10, 2016, 03:28:50 pm
^^^I once stayed overnight in a German forest hut called the Wankhutte.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ian on May 11, 2016, 04:18:26 pm
A Bulgarian Lev comprises 100 Stotinki.

You can't say Stotinki without feeling happy. Try it.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on May 11, 2016, 10:56:03 pm
I have a 5000 lev note from the 1990s, before the 1000:1 upgrade which put the lev on par with the deutschmark - not long before it was abolished. None of this stotinki nonsense then!

Unfortunately that note wasn't worth 5000 new lev when I went there at the beginning of this millennium.  :( But it was possible to use stotinki.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on May 12, 2016, 09:52:04 am
There were stotinki in 1983 ...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on May 12, 2016, 09:59:12 am
Stotinki sounds like a portmanteau'd malodorous infant.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 12, 2016, 10:13:49 am
There were stotinki in 1983 ...

I remember reading of the then-current stotinki circa 1978.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Legs on May 12, 2016, 04:04:00 pm
That Alison Moyet's nickname Alf pre-dates the US sitcom of the same name.  For years I've been labouring under the misapprehension that it was because of her startling physical resemblance to the Alien Life Form.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: asterix on May 12, 2016, 06:42:53 pm
That it was Hugh Bonneville.  I didn't need to know that.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ian on May 12, 2016, 07:21:57 pm
I have a 5000 lev note from the 1990s, before the 1000:1 upgrade which put the lev on par with the deutschmark - not long before it was abolished. None of this stotinki nonsense then!

Unfortunately that note wasn't worth 5000 new lev when I went there at the beginning of this millennium.  :( But it was possible to use stotinki.

I stayed at the Hotel Balkan in the Largo. Splendidly overwrought edifice of socialist classicism. They don't make them like that any more.

Stotinki. Saying it still makes me happy.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on May 12, 2016, 08:13:57 pm
Taking advantage of my present work lull (which has already stopped) I did a virtual commute (https://ridewithgps.com/trips/8925150) this morning; I learnt lots.

First, there was a good reason I normally avoid the Chigwell area around school run time. at least 16 reasons ackcherly (do the math)

Next, I find that Epping is actually higher than Toot Hill, who knew? (courtesy of putting it on the GPS rather than just riding)

I also discovered that it was more pleasant attending a business conference call looking at this
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-DHFa19sjpfs/VzRa7rmWoYI/AAAAAAAA3PU/DNeBKXX8jochq4TvX2CfsCkOUJQBP4EkgCCo/s640/IMG_20160512_090414.jpg)

rather than a computer monitor

On top of that I learned that it would be a good move to go with the suggestion that you just suspend your lost credit card rather than cancel it straight off, because after doing the cancelling thing, the caff who you had already phoned to ask if they had it may call you back to say that they have.....

I must be very clever now.


Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Si S on May 13, 2016, 07:45:19 am
I've learnt that contaminating the seat clamp bolt with carbon assembly paste and taking the FIBR approach is going to lead to a problem when you want to undo it.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 13, 2016, 10:05:29 am
That the band Storyville, as recommended by Large Scotsman, guitar-slinger and all round Top Chap Stevie Nimmo, is what Stevie Ray Vaughan's rhythm section did after someone put SRV on the wrong helichopter.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 17, 2016, 02:19:31 pm
That the Brandenburg concertos were written as an audition piece. He didn't get the job. I don't know who did.

(Further to stotinki: it's hundredths. Sto = hundred. Presumably lev has some other origin than lion, cos hundredths of a lion would take us back to Cecil and the dentist.)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on May 17, 2016, 02:41:51 pm
That PC Hipsta is now Gas Safe registered and has just serviced our boiler.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 17, 2016, 04:15:00 pm
That PC Hipsta is now Gas Safe registered and has just serviced our boiler.
I want to say "we need photos" but that's rather rude towards Gas Man Hipsta so we'll just take the info instead.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: pcolbeck on May 17, 2016, 05:13:19 pm
That the Brandenburg concertos were written as an audition piece. He didn't get the job. I don't know who did.

Imagine that. "Hmm that Bach chap was pretty good but I'm seeing a couple of other composers next week and I think one of those will be better". Major recruitment fail !
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on May 18, 2016, 12:22:49 am
(Further to stotinki: it's hundredths. Sto = hundred.
Da, stotinki is just cents in Slav.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: pcolbeck on May 19, 2016, 11:48:14 am
Planting potatoes is very labour and machine intensive.

The two fields opposite my house (about 25 acres in total) have been wheat or rape for years but this year its potatoes.
A couple of weeks ago they were ploughed then this week two tractors turned up and harrowed them then ridged them.
Today eleven tractors and a front loader arrived !
The fields have been de-stoned and potatoes planted its a major operation. I counted five de-stoners working at once !
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Thing2 on May 19, 2016, 09:19:30 pm
The washing machine at the house we rent is old enough to drink alcohol, here in California. No wonder it's getting a little temperamental!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on May 19, 2016, 10:27:12 pm
Potatoes are interesting. Organic potatoes can have more pesticides and fungicides added than many other crops.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on May 20, 2016, 07:52:05 am
The ones in our cupboard look like baby triffids just now.  Maybe they're a bit too organic.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 20, 2016, 12:48:05 pm
Is there a measurable difference between the natural curiosity of organic spuds and the regular sort?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on May 20, 2016, 12:52:39 pm
Is there a measurable difference between the natural curiosity of organic spuds and the regular sort?

I hope so; the whole plan hinges on it.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Polar Bear on May 20, 2016, 01:06:26 pm
Why sometimes there are bins overturned in the street and the refuse appears to have been rummaged through.

It's what identity thieves do apparently.

Advice is to put bins out on the morning of collection.

I found this out whilst attending an interview under caution with a client this morning.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 20, 2016, 01:29:35 pm
Why sometimes there are bins overturned in the street and the refuse appears to have been rummaged through.

It's what identity thieves do apparently.

Are you sure there isn't a nest of journalists in the area?  Advanced bin-rummaging is one of the requirements for promotion1 from Dirty Lying Journalist Scum to Filthy Lying Journalist Scum.

1: According to my chum Samfast, last heard of reducing the already ankle-high standards of journalism in Captain Cook's Mistake.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on May 20, 2016, 07:44:20 pm
Steve Mason's playing at the Bluedot festival.

Excellent.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on May 20, 2016, 08:54:00 pm
IRTA "Baudot festival", which was an interesting mental image.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rogerzilla on May 20, 2016, 09:10:10 pm
Railway semaphore signals have a "U" section for rigidity and are absolutely huge close-up.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 20, 2016, 09:27:48 pm
That having telescopic forks doesn't necessarily mean you can ride up a kerb. Ouch.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rogerzilla on May 20, 2016, 09:29:55 pm
Must have been a big kerb; quite coincidentally, I was doing that on Miss Z the younger's new bike this evening to show what the forks could do!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 20, 2016, 09:34:20 pm
No, more a stupidly shallow angle of approach.  :-[
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on May 20, 2016, 10:31:58 pm
Why sometimes there are bins overturned in the street and the refuse appears to have been rummaged through.

It's what identity thieves do apparently.
Mrs B rips names & addresses off anything that goes into the bins. They go in the fireplace.  ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on May 21, 2016, 11:57:03 pm
But a spoonful of nesquik does.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on May 22, 2016, 06:39:08 pm
so does lashings of double cream, nuts and sunflower seeds, topped with home made berry compote

On the other hand, my personal learning over the last three days - a rear mech is not just a rear mech, at least not past 10sp.  Gone are the days of cross compatibility.  Lots of swearing ensued
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rafletcher on May 23, 2016, 10:08:50 am
That UK Power Networks have my mobile number. Because I got a text 10 minutes after the start of a power cut telling me there was a local problem, and offering text updates if I replied in the affirmative. I did, and I got them. I was quite impressed.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rogerzilla on May 24, 2016, 07:41:31 pm
Jane from Rod, Jane and Freddy used to be married to Rod but is now with Freddy.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on May 25, 2016, 08:32:21 am
Jane from Rod, Jane and Freddy used to be married to Rod but is now with Freddy.

Is that the recent celebrity threesome injunction ménage e tois?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Guy on May 25, 2016, 02:42:46 pm
Jane from Rod, Jane and Freddy used to be married to Rod but is now with Freddy.

Is that the recent celebrity threesome injunction ménage e tois?

Nah. That was Bungle, George and Zippy
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ian on May 25, 2016, 02:52:50 pm
Didn't there used to be an unpopular beat combo called Bungle's Furry Knob?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 25, 2016, 04:24:45 pm
Cider-fuelled idiot beat combo Metal Duck did a song called Rod, Jane And Freddy's Total Noise Annihilation.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Chris S on May 25, 2016, 06:20:53 pm
What I have learned today: Don't eat anything fboab's chopped on a chopping board, but definitely get her to do any grating  :facepalm:.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 25, 2016, 07:27:40 pm
What I have learned today: Don't eat anything fboab's chopped on a chopping board, but definitely get her to do any grating  :facepalm:.

You making pink macaroni cheese?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Legs on May 25, 2016, 07:35:17 pm
Roy Wood's given name is Ulysses Adrian Wood.  Too cool.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: orraloon on May 25, 2016, 08:38:54 pm
Roy Wood's given name is Ulysses Adrian Wood.  Too cool.

Erm, too cool to be true.  (Urban) myth alert.  You might want to check his Wikipedia page.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Legs on May 26, 2016, 09:33:24 am
Everything I know is wrong.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on May 26, 2016, 11:57:24 am
That the father of the actress Miranda Hart was the last man off HMS Coventry when it was sunk by the Fuerza Aérea Argentina in 1982 - by choice.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Guy on May 26, 2016, 02:31:57 pm
My Granddad joined the Royal Field Artillery in Feb 1914 and was discharged in Sep 1920. I knew he was a "front-line gunner" but I didn't know the dates.

(no, I'm not busy this afternoon)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on May 26, 2016, 10:49:39 pm
My Granddad joined the Royal Field Artillery in Feb 1914 and was discharged in Sep 1920. I knew he was a "front-line gunner" but I didn't know the dates.

(no, I'm not busy this afternoon)

Surely discharged must be the wrong word for a fusilier? A bit like 'fired'
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on May 26, 2016, 11:12:45 pm
My Granddad joined the Royal Field Artillery in Feb 1914 and was discharged in Sep 1920. I knew he was a "front-line gunner" but I didn't know the dates.

(no, I'm not busy this afternoon)

Surely discharged must be the wrong word for a fusilier? A bit like 'fired'

Did they have difficulty replacing him with someone of similar calibre?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on May 27, 2016, 08:40:26 am
My Granddad joined the Royal Field Artillery in Feb 1914 and was discharged in Sep 1920. I knew he was a "front-line gunner" but I didn't know the dates.

(no, I'm not busy this afternoon)

Surely discharged must be the wrong word for a fusilier? A bit like 'fired'

Did they have difficulty replacing him with someone of similar calibre?

This is like shooting fish in a barrel
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on May 28, 2016, 01:17:44 am
My Granddad joined the Royal Field Artillery in Feb 1914 and was discharged in Sep 1920. I knew he was a "front-line gunner" but I didn't know the dates.

(no, I'm not busy this afternoon)

Coinkidink. So was mine. Heavy artillery at the Somme, they had a direct hit (or a premature detonation) and a burial party came around to fill in the crater. Someone threw a shovel of earth on him and he groaned. If he hadn't I wouldn't be here.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on May 28, 2016, 01:22:37 am
How the sun moves round the sky, particularly with regard to seasons and different latitudes (and indeed hemispheres).

I've understood the principles since I was a kid, but you don't really get a proper feel for these things until you build one yourself.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on May 28, 2016, 10:46:13 am
^^^ The first graphics progs I wrote in C were orreries, on a 256-color VGA screen.  Even did a 3D one.  Trouble was that the screen's vertical res was only around 2/3 of the horizontal so everything was egg-shaped unless corrected.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on May 31, 2016, 08:02:27 pm
That Herr von Trapp in The Sound of Music was a submarine commander for the Austro-Hungarian navy in WW1, sinking the French armoured cruiser Leon Gambetta with the loss of 648 of her 785 crew, & his first wife was a granddaughter & heiress of Robert Whitehead, an Englishman who invented & built the first effective self-propelled naval torpedoes (including the type used by von Trapp) in Fiume (now Rijeka) in what was then Austria but now Croatia, for the Austro-Hungarian navy.

I'd heard of Whitehead, largely because his works in Fiume became Italian after WW1, & the business still exists in Italy (Whitehead Sistemi Subacquei, subsumed into a division of Finmeccanica-Leonardo last year) & still builds torpedoes, used by the Italian & many other navies. I had no idea of the Whitehead-von Trapp connection, or that von Trapp had been a submarine commander.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Tim Hall on June 01, 2016, 12:21:57 am
Whitehead is buried in Worth churchyard, a couple of miles from where I am right now. He owned what was then called Paddockhurst and is now Worth Abbey.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ian on June 01, 2016, 02:51:14 am
That eating an industrial-sized portion of chickpea and lentil curry on the eve of a long-haul flight is about as good an idea as it sounds.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on June 01, 2016, 01:37:20 pm
That there are black USAians who having lived here for a while, say such things as "I forgot I was black" when they go home, because they find that far less attention is paid to ancestral continent here than over there.

Things commented on include that the police respond to them better here, & that they don't feel out of place when there are no or very few other black people around, because non-black people aren't  reacting differently to them than the others present.

Oh, & black American women say that they find they have more choice of men here. One suggested it might be because the US stereotype of the angry black single mother doesn't exist here, so really just another aspect of the same thing.

"Weren’t tense and hostile the way that some American police officers are when I approach" - black US former airman.
"I don’t remember being followed around by store security"
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on June 01, 2016, 01:41:45 pm
That eating an industrial-sized portion of chickpea and lentil curry on the eve of a long-haul flight is about as good an idea as it sounds.

In James Dickey's book "To the White Sea" he mentions the USN's habit of feeding its aviators on beans before flights in unpressurized planes; and unconventional uses for the flare chute.

My own alimentary mishap, never to be forgotten, involved lobster mayonnaise with a pint of Guinness and a very rough crossing of the Irish Sea.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rogerzilla on June 02, 2016, 04:43:31 pm
that Nikon ED lenses are hyperopic.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Si S on June 03, 2016, 02:37:31 pm
That there is a passenger ferry across the Manchester Ship Canal at Thelwall that takes bikes. Looks like fun.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Si S on June 03, 2016, 03:21:17 pm
And there's another at Davyhulme that's just been upgraded to take bikes, I foresee a double ferry loop
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rogerzilla on June 03, 2016, 09:36:30 pm
That nothing rhymes with orange (OK, you knew that one), angel, silver, bulb or month.  Or pint.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rogerzilla on June 03, 2016, 09:37:01 pm
And don't say "quicksilver", that's cheating.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on June 03, 2016, 11:29:50 pm
Depends if you go literal, or take poetic license
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on June 04, 2016, 11:45:53 am
That a honey bee, in its whole life's work, makes a third of a teaspoon of honey.

Wow.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on June 04, 2016, 12:19:16 pm
That a honey bee, in its whole life's work, makes a third of a teaspoon of honey.

obxkcd:  https://what-if.xkcd.com/144/

As a function of body mass, that's surprisingly similar.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 04, 2016, 12:48:28 pm
The obvious next question is how long it would take a hive of honey bees to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool with honey.

Isn't it?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on June 04, 2016, 08:27:20 pm
That these fine objects, known as spudgers (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Metal-Spudger-Pry-Repair-Opening-Tool-for-Apple-iPhone-iPad-iPod-Macbook-/251470857338?hash=item3a8cd4c47a:g:k08AAOxydgZTHGfX) could have a better  name, viz: The Ultimate Tool for Persuading Recalcitrant Pistachios to Yield Their Bounty. May not be as easily tripped off the tongue, but I think it is prettier.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on June 05, 2016, 10:53:03 am
That there is a passenger ferry across the Manchester Ship Canal at Thelwall that takes bikes. Looks like fun.

Last time I was there it was a gnarly old bloke with a rowing boat. Er, thanks but no thanks . . .
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on June 05, 2016, 10:58:09 am
That there is a passenger ferry across the Manchester Ship Canal at Thelwall that takes bikes. Looks like fun.

Last time I was there it was a gnarly old bloke with a rowing boat. Er, thanks but no thanks . . .

"What's the French for have you ever lost one?" :)
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Post by: Canardly on June 05, 2016, 11:13:01 am
There is a free ferry at Flixton but not a clue  as to what it comprises.
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Post by: Torslanda on June 05, 2016, 12:31:27 pm
That there is a passenger ferry across the Manchester Ship Canal at Thelwall that takes bikes. Looks like fun.

Last time I was there it was a gnarly old bloke with a rowing boat. Er, thanks but no thanks . . .

"What's the French for have you ever lost one?" :)

Going there for my birthday . . .  ;D  ;D  ;D
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Post by: Nuncio on June 06, 2016, 02:11:19 pm
You probably all know this already (and I think I may have previously known it but forgotten it) but Nottingham was originally known as 'Snottingham' -'the homestead of Snot's tribe'.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 06, 2016, 02:27:52 pm
That the "Meadows" referred to in L'Anse aux Meadows - the Viking settlement in Newfoundland - refers not to fields but to jellyfish, called by ye Frenchies "Méduses".
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Post by: T42 on June 06, 2016, 03:06:02 pm
You probably all know this already (and I think I may have previously known it but forgotten it) but Nottingham was originally known as 'Snottingham' -'the homestead of Snot's tribe'.

There's a sign outside Karlsruhe that announces "KARLSRUHE - Partnerstadt mit NANCY NOTTINGHAM".  Maybe they know more about Snot than they're telling.
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Post by: Andrij on June 06, 2016, 03:57:30 pm
You probably all know this already (and I think I may have previously known it but forgotten it) but Nottingham was originally known as 'Snottingham' -'the homestead of Snot's tribe'.

The initial S was dropped by the Normans.  You can see why the people of Scunthorpe were glad the Normans didn't get further north.  ;)
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Post by: Bledlow on June 07, 2016, 03:52:25 pm
That the "Meadows" referred to in L'Anse aux Meadows - the Viking settlement in Newfoundland - refers not to fields but to jellyfish, called by ye Frenchies "Méduses".
I didn't know that! And I've wondered for many years how the place got a mixed French/English name.

Jellyfish Bight - much more sensible!
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 07, 2016, 04:09:08 pm
Jellyfish Blight might me be even more sensible!
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Post by: Jakob W on June 07, 2016, 05:44:16 pm
(Off the back of a discussion of super-twat Noel Edmonds): the existence of the Cancer Act 1939, and its provisions as regards advertising.
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Post by: Bledlow on June 08, 2016, 10:51:17 am
Chris Boardman & Daniel Craig were in the same year at the same secondary school.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 08, 2016, 12:33:28 pm
Chris Boardman & Daniel Craig were in the same year at the same secondary school.

Chis Boardman to be the next Bond James Bond  :thumbsup:
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Post by: matthew on June 08, 2016, 01:29:29 pm
Do Jag or Aston Martin make a bike for Q to build a rocket launcher into?
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 08, 2016, 01:43:43 pm
Back in his professional days Boardman had a Lotus Elise with a custom-made bike rack, but a Lotus wouldn't work for Bond James Bond, because he can't chase the Fiendish Hordes of $ENEMY if he's perched on the armco waiting for a breakdown truck :demon:
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Post by: Torslanda on June 08, 2016, 08:55:40 pm
Via faceache. Today 31 years ago, 'Brothers in Arms' first entered the US album chart.


I. Feel. Old.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 09, 2016, 08:53:29 am
I have learned how to make custom trailers in Euro Truck Simulator 2 and as a result it is now possible to haul a cargo of Bobb's Hair across the entire EU.

valuable: true
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Post by: T42 on June 09, 2016, 09:46:22 am
Via faceache. Today 31 years ago, 'Brothers in Arms' first entered the US album chart.


I. Feel. Old.

I feel older - I had to look it up.
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Post by: ElyDave on June 09, 2016, 07:56:49 pm
Via faceache. Today 31 years ago, 'Brothers in Arms' first entered the US album chart.


I. Feel. Old.

I feel older - I had to look it up.

I don't feel quite so old. I was 12 when it came out.  Still one of my favourite albums though, along with most of the rest of their stuff and the Moody Blues - I blame my dad.
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Post by: T42 on June 10, 2016, 07:20:29 am
Pablo Escobar's gang used to spend $2500 a month on rubber bands to wrap round bundles of banknotes.
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Post by: Basil on June 13, 2016, 08:37:38 pm
That The Old Kent Road is the only monopoly board property, including the stations, that is sarf of the river.

Probably well known by those in that London, but new to me.
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Post by: Jurek on June 13, 2016, 08:43:12 pm
That The Old Kent Road is the only monopoly board property, including the stations, that is sarf of the river.

Probably well known by those in that London, but new to me.
You should visit more often  ;)
It's an awesome city.
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Post by: ElyDave on June 14, 2016, 09:38:24 am
that dropping a wheel on your head hurts.

Not sure if it was the skewer or cassette that caught me, but it's bloody sore.
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Post by: T42 on June 14, 2016, 11:03:59 am
That putti are cherubs entire, and not those disembodied wingëd kiddie-heads you see dotted about in Renaissance paintings.

So the question remains, what do you call the flying noggins?
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Post by: Torslanda on June 14, 2016, 11:42:02 am
Noggin the Nog - obvs...
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Post by: Tim Hall on June 14, 2016, 11:44:58 am
that dropping a wheel on your head hurts.

Not sure if it was the skewer or cassette that caught me, but it's bloody sore.


Was this some radical attempt at solving your dropout width problem?  Bash the wheel until it's narrower?  (Hope you aren't too badly damaged)
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Post by: Torslanda on June 14, 2016, 11:47:50 am
Meanwhile in other news.

Dahon Jetstream P8 comes with a parallelogram linkage Kinetics front suspension fork. When the linkages wear there is a deal of slop in the front fork akin to a loose headset bearing.

No repair parts are available. You can replace THE FORK*. End of . . .






*Something close to £200. Can't see THE PUNTER going for it, somehow.

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Post by: Kim on June 14, 2016, 08:36:56 pm
Not to accidentally stick your boob in a tub of minty arse lard.
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Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on June 14, 2016, 08:39:33 pm
But doing it deliberately is just fine...
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Post by: Kim on June 14, 2016, 08:40:33 pm
YKINMKBYKIOK, as they say on the internet.

(The lid had fallen down the back of the bathroom shelves, for those wondering...)
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Post by: ElyDave on June 14, 2016, 09:07:13 pm
YKINMKBYKIOK, as they say on the internet.

(The lid had fallen down the back of the bathroom shelves, for those wondering...)

I wasn't wondering where the lid was, just how your boob managed to get there. ;)
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Post by: Ruthie on June 14, 2016, 09:19:37 pm
The teeny tiny area of Darlo where I live produces more sets of twins than the nearest large city  :o
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Post by: Kim on June 14, 2016, 10:28:54 pm
YKINMKBYKIOK, as they say on the internet.

(The lid had fallen down the back of the bathroom shelves, for those wondering...)

I wasn't wondering where the lid was, just how your boob managed to get there. ;)

Fortunately, it was barakta's.   :D
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Post by: Pedaldog on June 14, 2016, 11:47:06 pm
YKINMKBYKIOK, as they say on the internet.

(The lid had fallen down the back of the bathroom shelves, for those wondering...)

I wasn't wondering where the lid was, just how your boob managed to get there. ;)

Fortunately, it was barakta's.   :D

wasn't she using said boob herself?
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Post by: Wombat on June 15, 2016, 08:24:53 am
Meanwhile in other news.

Dahon Jetstream P8 comes with a parallelogram linkage Kinetics front suspension fork. When the linkages wear there is a deal of slop in the front fork akin to a loose headset bearing.

No repair parts are available. You can replace THE FORK*. End of . . .

I've got one of those.  the rubber boot on the fork disintegrated after about 2 years, so I asked them to supply a new boot, and some clues as to disassembly.  Their answer was to supply a complete new fork, gratis.  Sadly, yes, they did want the old one back....  and yes, the rubber boot on that one fell apart after a couple of years.  I must work out how to sort it, as currently its just got plenty of grease on  the shaft to protect from muck and rusting. 

Come to think of it, you are probably referring to the later type, mine is more of a sort of leading link one, with effectively two forks, I always thought the later one seemed more sensible, although it drastically altered the whole geometry of the bike.  Mine is late 2004 vintage.

Methinks an engineering solution involving machine tools and new bushes may be your only answer, but it'll cost as much as a new fork!






*Something close to £200. Can't see THE PUNTER going for it, somehow.
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Post by: T42 on June 15, 2016, 09:02:10 am
Noggin the Nog - obvs...

Nah. Graculus was the flying one, Noggin just sailed.
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Post by: Basil on June 15, 2016, 09:04:04 am
Wasn't that Draculus?
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Post by: T42 on June 15, 2016, 10:24:15 am
The famous umpyre or the first-class bat?
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Post by: fboab on June 15, 2016, 12:49:35 pm
Today I have learnt that no, you should not directly substitute cayenne pepper for paprika on your melted cheese
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Post by: T42 on June 15, 2016, 01:19:45 pm
Whoosh!!!!
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Post by: Torslanda on June 15, 2016, 01:47:20 pm
Today I have learnt that no, you should not directly substitute cayenne pepper for paprika on your melted cheese

FUUUHHHHAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWKKKK! My guess is you won't be doing that again anytime soon.  :thumbsup:

BTW you owe me a laptop. Unless you know someone who can get tomato soup out of a keyboard . . .
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Post by: Torslanda on June 15, 2016, 01:51:12 pm

I've got one of those.  the rubber boot on the fork disintegrated after about 2 years, so I asked them to supply a new boot, and some clues as to disassembly.  Their answer was to supply a complete new fork, gratis.  Sadly, yes, they did want the old one back....  and yes, the rubber boot on that one fell apart after a couple of years.  I must work out how to sort it, as currently its just got plenty of grease on  the shaft to protect from muck and rusting. 

Come to think of it, you are probably referring to the later type, mine is more of a sort of leading link one, with effectively two forks, I always thought the later one seemed more sensible, although it drastically altered the whole geometry of the bike.  Mine is late 2004 vintage.

Methinks an engineering solution involving machine tools and new bushes may be your only answer, but it'll cost as much as a new fork!



I was thinking along the same lines but machine time costs. LOTS.
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Post by: T42 on June 22, 2016, 12:59:44 pm
One of Donald Trump's early inspirations was Roy Cohn.
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Post by: Legs on June 22, 2016, 01:50:06 pm
One of Donald Trump's early inspirations was Roy Cohn.
The others were Juan Peron, Toscanini and Dacron.
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Post by: Ham on June 22, 2016, 01:52:42 pm
You left one out
(click to show/hide)
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Post by: De Sisti on June 22, 2016, 01:57:36 pm
All the preparation for a (music) practical exam can't prepare you for momentary brain-fade. :-[
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Post by: Kim on June 22, 2016, 02:16:33 pm
That daft Sunday trading laws don't apply in Scotland.
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Post by: Bledlow on June 22, 2016, 11:55:32 pm
Balanchine was Georgian - Balanchivadze.

And Bakst was originally Rosenberg, but changed his name because being too obviously Jewish was bad for business in Russia.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 23, 2016, 09:37:04 am
That flat-bar grips which fasten with ickle boltets are much easier to fit than the slide-on ones.
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Post by: T42 on June 23, 2016, 09:41:44 am
^^^ "Slide" being a dirty lie.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 23, 2016, 09:42:32 am
Oh, slide is not the lie; it's on that's the lie. They slide off very well!
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Post by: T42 on June 23, 2016, 09:57:26 am
I once used chalk to lube them. That worked, but of course, they went right on sliding once on.
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Post by: fboab on June 23, 2016, 02:35:36 pm
Comoros. Where, what, and what they produce
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Post by: Kim on June 23, 2016, 02:36:29 pm
Eggs, in paper bags?
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 23, 2016, 02:52:59 pm
Comoros. Where, what, and what they produce
Just another name for a shag, isn't it. Where and what are negotiable between participants, they produce shaglets.

Oh, that's cormorants. Okay.
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Post by: T42 on June 23, 2016, 02:56:01 pm
Comoros. Where, what, and what they produce

Islands, aren't they? Dunno what they produce - fish and pirates?
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Post by: fboab on June 23, 2016, 06:14:00 pm
Ylang-ylang
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 23, 2016, 06:50:22 pm
That "Ylang-ylang" is an "essential oil" and not, as I had previously thought, something unpleasant from the writings of L P Hovercraft.
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Post by: T42 on June 24, 2016, 09:44:11 am
Much the same, aren't they?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: PeteB99 on June 24, 2016, 01:28:07 pm
That the Italian Flag and ROI flags are different colours. Seems the red bit on the Irish flag is actually orange.

#colourblind
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Post by: Bledlow on June 24, 2016, 01:40:54 pm
Irish flag colours = Indian flag colours.
Italian flag colours = Hungary, Bulgaria, Uruguay, Mexico - except I think some of greens are a bit darker.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 24, 2016, 01:53:49 pm
Well very nearly. The Indian flag also has dark blue on it.
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Post by: billplumtree on June 24, 2016, 01:58:58 pm
The origin of the phrase, Ship of Fools.  I had a vague idea of its meaning, but was inspired to find out more when it sprang to mind as I listened to Cameron's resignation speech about needing a new captain to steer us in this new direction.

Well, well, well.  It comes from Plato's Republic, where he argues that

Quote from: https://philosophynow.org/issues/101/The_Ship_of_Fools
it is not guaranteed, in fact is unlikely, that those best equipped to rule will get a chance to manage public affairs. Instead the loudest voices will dominate, irrational, ill-motivated decisions will be made and the complex arena of politics which is in need of careful ordering and management will turn into a crazy circus.

The allegory goes

Quote from: Wikipedia
Imagine then a fleet or a ship in which there is a captain who is taller and stronger than any of the crew, but he is a little deaf and has a similar infirmity in sight, and his knowledge of navigation is not much better. The sailors are quarrelling with one another about the steering - every one is of opinion that he has a right to steer, though he has never learned the art of navigation and cannot tell who taught him or when he learned, and will further assert that it cannot be taught, and they are ready to cut in pieces any one who says the contrary.

They throng about the captain, begging and praying him to commit the helm to them; and if at any time they do not prevail, but others are preferred to them, they kill the others or throw them overboard, and having first chained up the noble captain's senses with drink or some narcotic drug, they mutiny and take possession of the ship and make free with the stores; thus, eating and drinking, they proceed on their voyage in such a manner as might be expected of them.

Hmm.
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Post by: PeteB99 on June 24, 2016, 02:08:36 pm
Irish flag colours = Indian flag colours.
Italian flag colours = Hungary, Bulgaria, Uruguay, Mexico - except I think some of greens are a bit darker.

Most of them the stripes go different ways or are different widths or have some kind of emblem on them.

I only found out the Irish and Italian flags weren't identical when discussing the other nights football match with a colleague.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 24, 2016, 02:08:47 pm
Loving your under-avatar line, billplumtree.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: billplumtree on June 24, 2016, 02:14:21 pm
Loving your under-avatar line, billplumtree.  :thumbsup:

I have Ruthie to thank for that one  ::-)
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Post by: Bledlow on June 24, 2016, 02:30:50 pm
Irish flag colours = Indian flag colours.
Italian flag colours = Hungary, Bulgaria, Uruguay, Mexico - except I think some of greens are a bit darker.

Most of them the stripes go different ways or are different widths or have some kind of emblem on them.

I only found out the Irish and Italian flags weren't identical when discussing the other nights football match with a colleague.
I don't think that any flags of proper countries (I don't count Monaco) are identical.
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Post by: T42 on June 24, 2016, 02:32:50 pm
The origin of the phrase, Ship of Fools.  I had a vague idea of its meaning, but was inspired to find out more when it sprang to mind as I listened to Cameron's resignation speech about needing a new captain to steer us in this new direction...

I didn't know it either but I was certainly thinking it this morning.

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Post by: Dibdib on June 24, 2016, 02:53:57 pm
I'm entitled to Irish citizenship if I want it, and it's only a couple of hundred quid. I might take them up on it...
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Post by: Kim on June 24, 2016, 03:15:11 pm
I'm entitled to Irish citizenship if I want it, and it's only a couple of hundred quid. I might take them up on it...

*peers*

Interesting.  I might be, if I could somehow acquire a whole load of paperwork I don't have access to.  Hopefully it won't come to that.
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Post by: Vince on June 24, 2016, 03:23:44 pm
That the Italian Flag and ROI flags are different colours. Seems the red bit on the Irish flag is actually orange.

#colourblind

One time I was wondering through Rome and thought I had found the Irish embassy...
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Post by: Dibdib on June 24, 2016, 03:34:01 pm
Interesting.  I might be, if I could somehow acquire a whole load of paperwork I don't have access to.  Hopefully it won't come to that.

I think either my mum or my aunt will have the documents I'd need, possibly my uncle as a last resort. I hope it doesn't come to it either, but if nothing else travelling to Europe from the UK might end up being easier with an EU rather than UK passport.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 24, 2016, 03:37:21 pm
Loving your under-avatar line, billplumtree.  :thumbsup:

I have Ruthie to thank for that one  ::-)
Stands to reason. I'll bet she was the one who persuaded you into that arduous and deeply unrewarding of the extremely unpicturesque islands too...
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Post by: ElyDave on June 24, 2016, 11:29:19 pm
Only one flag has just one colour, an only one flag is not rectangular.
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Post by: Tim Hall on June 24, 2016, 11:37:11 pm
Libya? Switzerland?
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Post by: hatler on June 24, 2016, 11:38:00 pm
Libya and Nepal I think.
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Post by: ElyDave on June 24, 2016, 11:44:07 pm
Libya and Nepal I think.

Bingo
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Post by: Tim Hall on June 24, 2016, 11:52:21 pm
Arse. Falls for "square is a rectangle " move.
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Post by: PaulF on June 25, 2016, 12:07:10 am
But that's the old Libyan flag, post Gadaffi it's a bit different https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Libya



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Post by: ElyDave on June 25, 2016, 07:35:08 am
But that's the old Libyan flag, post Gadaffi it's a bit different https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Libya

shhhh, don't tell 'em
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Post by: T42 on June 25, 2016, 08:18:09 am
All the blether about the Irish flag had me looking it up to see if what I knew from my youth still accorded with the latest official history.  This bit on Wiki strikes me as about as reliable as a USSR school atlas :

Quote
Occasionally, differing shades of yellow, instead of orange, are seen at civilian functions. However the Department of the Taoiseach state that this is a misrepresentation which "should be actively discouraged", and that worn-out flags should be replaced. In songs and poems, the colours are sometimes enumerated as "green, white and gold", using poetic licence. Variants of different guises are utilised to include -for example, various emblems of Ireland, such as the presidential harp, the four provinces or county arms.

When I was a child I never heard it described as anything other than green, white and gold, and the idea that the flag of a nation which had spent years and lives trying to throw off union with GB should enshrine in its flag the colour of its greatest antagonist in doing so is about as daft as the idea that the Orange Order still stands for religious freedom.

As the line used to go: "Yes, Mr. Paisley, we know the grass is green, the daisies are white and the dandelions are golden but there's not a fucking thing we can do about it."
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Post by: Andrij on June 25, 2016, 09:48:05 am
[insert Ian Paisley "no pot pourri" joke]
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 25, 2016, 09:48:29 am
Or green, black and blue? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_dress_(viral_phenomenon))
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 25, 2016, 10:35:55 am
No one outside Northern Ireland thinks of orange as a British colour though. Or fruit.
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Post by: tiermat on June 25, 2016, 04:00:31 pm
The difference between an artists proof and a limited edition.

This came about from ordering a limited edition bronze and being supplied with an artists proof. No I am not going to tell the gallery of their mistake...
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 26, 2016, 12:23:57 pm
That Art Tripp III, aka Ed Marimba, formerly of Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, is now a chiropractor.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ian H on June 26, 2016, 01:14:23 pm
...is now a chiropractor.

Why does that word always summon the mental image of something that is a cross between a dinosaur and a helicopter?
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Post by: T42 on June 26, 2016, 01:47:30 pm
A hotel where I once spent a couple of months hosted a chiropractors' conference one weekend. The place stank of sweat and chalk the whole time.
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Post by: Ruthie on June 26, 2016, 05:09:08 pm
I found the cycle path to the five pound note bridge :)  First railway bridge in the world, apparently.  It's right near my house, only lived here for two years  ;D
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 27, 2016, 09:04:16 am
Five pound note bridge? Deserves more than just a photo! What is it? How come the name?
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 27, 2016, 09:29:11 am
Seems the Skerne bridge on the Stockton-Darlington Railway was featured on the back of the 1990-2003 fiver along with George Stephenson.
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Post by: Ruthie on June 27, 2016, 02:40:51 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/staticarchive/b12f197b01c40dda801a5c0919ee26a8562b2c13.jpg

It was a rather splendid bridge, used for the first steam railway.  It's still rather splendid but hidden behind a lot of gas pipes and litter.  I'll go down another time if you like and get a photo?
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Post by: T42 on June 27, 2016, 03:29:00 pm
The word mokita comes from New Guinea and means "a truth everyone knows but nobody mentions".

It's also a brand of espresso machine, which is how I found out.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 27, 2016, 03:36:56 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/staticarchive/b12f197b01c40dda801a5c0919ee26a8562b2c13.jpg

It was a rather splendid bridge, used for the first steam railway.  It's still rather splendid but hidden behind a lot of gas pipes and litter.  I'll go down another time if you like and get a photo?
Photo, ride report, map, etc etc. And a five pound note!  :D
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Post by: rogerzilla on June 27, 2016, 07:28:44 pm
Alexander "Boris" Johnson's other middle name is de Pfeffel  ;D
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Post by: Ruthie on June 29, 2016, 08:15:35 am
That there's a thing called Gregg shorthand.  My friend does it.  It is the best thing I have ever seen.  I wish I could do it.

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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 29, 2016, 08:39:53 am
Not to be confused with Greggs shorthand:

ps: pies
pts: pasties
ha: myocardial infarction
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Post by: Wombat on June 29, 2016, 08:42:41 am
POTD!
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Post by: T42 on June 29, 2016, 08:44:47 am
BTDT. :(
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Post by: Polar Bear on June 29, 2016, 10:54:37 am
Alexander "Boris" Johnson's other middle name is de Pfeffel  ;D

Is that pronounced 'piffle' perchance?
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 29, 2016, 11:05:35 am
Alexander "Boris" Johnson's other middle name is de Pfeffel  ;D

Is that pronounced 'piffle' perchance?
:D
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on June 29, 2016, 12:07:53 pm
Alexander "Boris" Johnson's other middle name is de Pfeffel  ;D

Is that pronounced 'piffle' perchance?

Nope.

In that upper crust English way that Featherstone-Hough is pronounced Fanshaw, Alexander 'Boris' de Pfeffel Johnson is pronounced Boris The Fuckwit Johnson.

HTH.
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Post by: Bledlow on July 01, 2016, 10:46:06 am
Olivia de Havilland ain't dead yet.
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Post by: Legs on July 01, 2016, 01:17:00 pm
Nope, and neither is Herman Wouk.
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Post by: rafletcher on July 01, 2016, 03:02:48 pm
Nope, and neither is Herman Wouk.

Crikey! I can barely remember reading The Winds of War.

Edit: I think I'll have to re-read some of his stuff.
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Post by: T42 on July 03, 2016, 08:59:56 am
The missus is reading a bio of Jane Austen and wherein it is noted that at around the turn of the 19th century £100/year would allow a young couple to own a comfortable fully-staffed house, to entertain as often as they desired and to keep a carriage and pair.

Our weekly grocery bill is about twice that.
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Post by: Jurek on July 04, 2016, 10:52:53 am
Not sure whether this should go in here or in 'I am such a feckin' div' thread?
So, here goes.....
I've always found the eazy-wheels on the Brompton a bit of a disappointment, especially their claim to making the bike easy to wheel around when it is folded.
I've always found them a bit crap in that respect.
But then, that is because I was folding the bike and pushing it around using the seat post.
 :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:
I now know that you're supposed to drop the seat post, and unfold the 'bars and pull it around with them.
I'll be clock-watching the rest of today 'cos I can't wait to get home and try this. :D
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Post by: ian on July 04, 2016, 12:11:34 pm
I didn't know that either, one of my several endearing disappointments about my Brompton was that they couldn't – on a thousand quid bike – get three little wheels to work. Are those the crappy default wheels or the special ones? All the crappy ones do is snap at my heels when I pedal.

I saw an epically shiny brand-new Brommie at the station the other day. One of the clear one (lacquered I guess). He looks at my dirt-smeared one and edges away like it might be contagious. I look up the cloudy sky threatening rain. It ain't going to stay like that, buddy. Anyway, they seem to have improved the little wheels somewhat.
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Post by: Kim on July 04, 2016, 01:48:10 pm
Also note that the bottom of the seatpost has a rubber ferrule that serves as a parking brake for the folded bike - to roll on all four easy wheels you should raise the saddle slightly above its natural resting position and re-clamp it.

If you're in the habit of lifting the folded package by the back edge of the saddle and rolling on the front two easy wheels alone you don't have to do this.  I find that gives the best directional control, but how practical it is will depend on your height.
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Post by: Jurek on July 04, 2016, 04:19:23 pm
I didn't know that either, one of my several endearing disappointments about my Brompton was that they couldn't – on a thousand quid bike – get three little wheels to work. Are those the crappy default wheels or the special ones? All the crappy ones do is snap at my heels when I pedal.

I saw an epically shiny brand-new Brommie at the station the other day. One of the clear one (lacquered I guess). He looks at my dirt-smeared one and edges away like it might be contagious. I look up the cloudy sky threatening rain. It ain't going to stay like that, buddy. Anyway, they seem to have improved the little wheels somewhat.
I'm not sure that its supposed to roll with the default wheels.
I found out today that the upgrade eazy-wheels (slightly larger Ø) allow you to pull the bike by the bars - the third wheel doesn't come into it.

@Kim - I'm rackless - so only have three wheels to contend with.

ETA: This evening I am delighted! :D
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Post by: ian on July 05, 2016, 09:22:10 am
The default wheels are pointless. They don't even roll over the flattest ground. But they do catch your heels. I should have bashed that other Brommie owner over the head and stole his shiny new one.
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Post by: Jurek on July 05, 2016, 09:40:45 am
I'm advised that if you reverse them, so that the conical bits point outwards, they're less likely to catch your heels.
If you want proper roll, a pair of eazy wheels is around £12.00 from £vans - given that their real cost is probably 25% of that, I don't know why they don't fit them as standard to, as you say, a thousand pound bike, and be done with it. Those default wheels do little other than let down an otherwise great (never thought I'd find myself saying that about a Brompton) bike.
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Post by: Bledlow on July 05, 2016, 10:58:27 am
The father of Linus(x) Torvalds is a member of the European Parliament.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on July 05, 2016, 11:13:49 am
That Nico Hülkenberg has an umlaut.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 05, 2016, 04:49:04 pm
That the Juno satellite aka the Jupiter probe, has three lego figurines on board.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on July 05, 2016, 05:26:50 pm
Made of titanium I believe.
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Post by: Kim on July 05, 2016, 05:44:38 pm
I'm advised that if you reverse them, so that the conical bits point outwards, they're less likely to catch your heels.
If you want proper roll, a pair of eazy wheels is around £12.00 from £vans - given that their real cost is probably 25% of that, I don't know why they don't fit them as standard to, as you say, a thousand pound bike, and be done with it. Those default wheels do little other than let down an otherwise great (never thought I'd find myself saying that about a Brompton) bike.

They've done away with the crap default wheels on this year's models.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jurek on July 05, 2016, 06:52:30 pm
I'm advised that if you reverse them, so that the conical bits point outwards, they're less likely to catch your heels.
If you want proper roll, a pair of eazy wheels is around £12.00 from £vans - given that their real cost is probably 25% of that, I don't know why they don't fit them as standard to, as you say, a thousand pound bike, and be done with it. Those default wheels do little other than let down an otherwise great (never thought I'd find myself saying that about a Brompton) bike.

They've done away with the crap default wheels on this year's models.
Someone, on Planet Brompton, has woken up.
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Post by: Andrij on July 05, 2016, 07:24:22 pm
I'm advised that if you reverse them, so that the conical bits point outwards, they're less likely to catch your heels.

 :thumbsup:  Thank you!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jurek on July 06, 2016, 07:04:52 am
I'm advised that if you reverse them, so that the conical bits point outwards, they're less likely to catch your heels.

 :thumbsup:  Thank you!
Is that on Sophie?
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Post by: Andrij on July 06, 2016, 07:48:16 am
Yes. 
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Post by: ian on July 06, 2016, 07:57:22 am
You know a girl with wheels? Holy Chorlton!

I think I shall have to try changing or inverting my crappy wheels. And yes, the shiny new Brompton had thinner, more practical wheels. Frankly, the entire thing was too shiny to contemplate riding. I have never seen a bike that clean.
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Post by: pcolbeck on July 07, 2016, 08:05:38 am
That gears have been developed by evolution as well as by humanity.

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/functioning-mechanical-gears-seen-in-nature-for-the-first-time

Cool.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on July 07, 2016, 08:06:37 am
That TV's Mark Kermode plays double bass in a skiffle band.
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Post by: Jaded on July 07, 2016, 08:34:59 am
Ha! I found that out on Tuesday  :smug:
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Post by: Tim Hall on July 07, 2016, 11:33:14 am
That TV's Mark Kermode plays double bass in a skiffle band.
Didn't he do that years ago? They were the house band on a chat show hosted by loveable cockney, Danny Baker.
The something Rattlers IIRC.

Edit. Railtown Bottlers.
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Post by: Basil on July 07, 2016, 12:16:35 pm
That hanging heavy doors on your own is bloody awkward.   Not helped by having to wield a screwdriver in my right hand.  I am not at all dexterous.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 07, 2016, 12:20:43 pm
There's always been something sinister about you, Basil.
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Post by: T42 on July 07, 2016, 01:08:03 pm
Use two-part hinges with pintels instead of butt hinges, then you can screw both halves on separately and then lift the door on.  You get the barrel of the hinge sticking out a bit further than with butt hinges, but it's a hell of a lot easier and you can remove the door easily if you need to.  Our front door is solid oak and uses them, as do most European wooden doors that I've seen.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on July 07, 2016, 01:58:05 pm
Use two-part hinges with pintels instead of butt hinges, then you can screw both halves on separately and then lift the door on.  You get the barrel of the hinge sticking out a bit further than with butt hinges, but it's a hell of a lot easier and you can remove the door easily if you need to.  Our front door is solid oak and uses them, as do most European wooden doors that I've seen.

That is probably why the vote was for Out.
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Post by: Efrogwr on July 07, 2016, 11:46:37 pm
There's a German language Death in Paradise page on Facebook.
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Post by: Kim on July 08, 2016, 01:22:56 pm
That putting a Garmin PE Watch Thingy through the washing machine is a great way to boost the day's step count.   :-[
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Post by: Pickled Onion on July 10, 2016, 01:28:46 pm
That you can freeze hummus, but you can't freeze taramasalata.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on July 10, 2016, 02:52:28 pm
That Martin Scorses used rotoscoping to removed a large blob of cocaine from Neil Young's nostril in The Last Waltz.
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Post by: T42 on July 10, 2016, 05:06:26 pm
Use two-part hinges with pintels instead of butt hinges, then you can screw both halves on separately and then lift the door on.  You get the barrel of the hinge sticking out a bit further than with butt hinges, but it's a hell of a lot easier and you can remove the door easily if you need to.  Our front door is solid oak and uses them, as do most European wooden doors that I've seen.

That is probably why the vote was for Out.

Right enough, even UK windows open outwards. Must have had a referendum 'way back when.
Title: Re: what I have learned today . . .
Post by: Torslanda on July 10, 2016, 09:32:45 pm
 . . . that the Yanks DO have a sense of humour.

In October 1965, to signify the dropping of the 6 millionth pound of ordnance on Vietnam a Douglas A-1 Skyraider carried a special one time addition. A toilet (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_A-1_Skyraider#/media/File:A-1H_VA-25_CVA-41bomb.jpg)
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Post by: Mr Larrington on July 13, 2016, 12:19:32 pm
That Trio's Da Da Da has, worldwide, outsold Do They Know It's Christmas?, which I find immensely pleasing.
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Post by: Bledlow on July 13, 2016, 01:58:44 pm
That since 11th May, only one member of Trio is still alive.
http://www.stephan-remmler.de/ (http://www.stephan-remmler.de/)
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Post by: T42 on July 14, 2016, 09:34:03 am
A set of guitar picks - generally about a dozen in assorted widths from 0.46 to 2 mm - makes a nifty set of feeler gauges for measuring the height of the action.
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Post by: Andrij on July 14, 2016, 10:45:09 pm
Lithic mulch (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00813138).
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Post by: T42 on July 15, 2016, 11:01:42 am
Good name for a moneylender or a Puritan patriarch.
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Post by: Guy on July 15, 2016, 11:27:46 am
That the Tour de France is a bi-athlon
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Post by: Bledlow on July 15, 2016, 11:32:24 am
Lithic mulch (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00813138).
They did that on Easter Island after they used up all the trees & a lot of the soil washed into the sea.
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Post by: Legs on July 15, 2016, 12:13:12 pm
That the Tour de France is a bi-athlon
I think and hope you mean duathlon.
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Post by: Bledlow on July 15, 2016, 12:37:59 pm
Well, perhaps participants are now licenced to shoot spectators who block their way.
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Post by: Polar Bear on July 15, 2016, 02:29:27 pm
That Shimano 10 speed rear mtb mechs do not work with road shifters.   Pre 10 speed the rear mechs were compatible across road and mtb with only the front mechs being incompatible. 
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Post by: hatler on July 15, 2016, 02:45:47 pm
I suspect that that little bit of knowledge took a frustrating amount of time to discover ...
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Post by: barakta on July 15, 2016, 08:03:17 pm
Parma violet cheese exists http://shop.lovehearts.com/parma-violet-cheese  :sick:
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Post by: Polar Bear on July 15, 2016, 09:29:51 pm
I suspect that that little bit of knowledge took a frustrating amount of time to discover ...

No.  I read it in an old Chris Juden CTC article.
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Post by: ElyDave on July 15, 2016, 09:58:28 pm
That i know more about the UK offshore medical requirements for a T1D than the occupational physicians who are supposed to give me the tick in the box
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Post by: Torslanda on July 16, 2016, 08:59:58 am
That Shimano 10 speed rear mtb mechs do not work with road shifters.   Pre 10 speed the rear mechs were compatible across road and mtb with only the front mechs being incompatible.

Beware the Shimano DynaSys. It only works as a set. Not only is it different from 'old Shimano ' but also incompatible with SRAM. All the road groups now use Shimano's cable pull ratio for 11speed, too. So not only is it as ugly as fcuk, none of the older groups will function with it. A crash that breaks an STi now means a frustrating search for NOS bits or a new groupset.

Way to go Big S. NOT!
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Post by: Efrogwr on July 16, 2016, 08:41:29 pm
Parma violet cheese exists http://shop.lovehearts.com/parma-violet-cheese  :sick:


That should be a crime.
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Post by: Efrogwr on July 16, 2016, 08:44:58 pm
Years ago I joked that it would be possible to join together a load of sewer pipes, half fill them with mud, and charge people for an imitation caving "experience". Today, i learned that iit is possible to buy artificial caves...
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 16, 2016, 08:46:04 pm
That i know more about the UK offshore medical requirements for a T1D than the occupational physicians who are supposed to give me the tick in the box

Figures. Last 2 offshore medicals I had they told me I should fail due to poor eyesight sans-lunettes but they passed me anyway.
(Admittedly the last doctor made me walk along a corridor and up some stairs first. )
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Post by: Mr Larrington on July 16, 2016, 10:08:59 pm
Good thing it was you and not Mariah Carey (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpopfeatures/11231787/The-most-outrageous-celebrity-diva-demands.html), Mrs P.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 17, 2016, 05:23:36 pm
I am delighted to say that I am not Mariah Carey. She's completely stark raving bonkers!
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Post by: Kim on July 17, 2016, 05:28:44 pm
Plus we'd have two Mariah Careys (Mariahs Carey?) and no Mrs Pingu, which is clearly suboptimal.  If nothing else, the world doesn't need that much warbling.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 18, 2016, 07:20:00 pm
That police using body-worn cameras have to tell you if they're turning the camera on. I'd assumed they were just on all the time in order to record things that might happen, not just things already happening.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 22, 2016, 06:33:27 pm
That video cassette recorders are still in production – until the end of next month. And that Betamax tapes only went out of production earlier this year! What's more, apparently 58% of USA households still have a VCR (but do they use it?). My flabber is well and truly ghasted.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on July 22, 2016, 06:36:01 pm
We've still got a VCR.  It's sitting in the rack not doing anything other than filling a hole to keep the hot and cold side air from mixing.  As far as I know it still works.  Not that I've got anything that'll display a PAL video signal, unless you count an oscilloscope (which isn't a very exciting way to watch videos) or an MPEG2 encoder card that struggles to stay locked to  VHS output.

Are Betamax and Betacam tapes different?  Wait, it's Sony, of course they are.  The latter would have an excuse for hanging around this long...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 22, 2016, 06:39:00 pm
Only on Wednesday I plugged the VHS machine into the new distascope at Fort Larrington. I've still got one plugged in too though I can't remember the last time it was switched on.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 22, 2016, 06:52:43 pm
I don't even have any audiotapes left. Or if I do, I don't know where they are or what's on them.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on July 22, 2016, 08:41:07 pm
I've got an unopened 5-pack of C90s over there ^^^^!
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Post by: ElyDave on July 22, 2016, 08:56:19 pm
I have plenty of audiotapes, literally Discover'd a new lease of life for them when I found that as well as a 6-CD changer, my Disco-2 has a cassette machine.

VHS was ditched years ago, finally upgraded to Blurry Blue Ray this year and got rid of the final CRT
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Post by: T42 on July 23, 2016, 04:15:38 pm
Jimmy Cagney once played Nick Bottom the weaver in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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Post by: Andrij on July 23, 2016, 05:34:52 pm
'Footpath' often really does mean footpath.

Who am I kidding?  This isn't the first time I've 'learned' this lesson, and I'm sure I'll learn it many times more.  ::-)
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Post by: rogerzilla on July 23, 2016, 05:42:10 pm
According to Wikipedia, sticking a finger up your arse cures hiccups.  Does anyone care to try it and report back?
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Post by: Andrij on July 23, 2016, 05:46:42 pm
According to Wikipedia, sticking a finger up your arse cures hiccups.  Does anyone care to try it and report back?

Aren't there easier ways to startle someone?
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Post by: Basil on July 23, 2016, 06:17:31 pm
According to Wikipedia, sticking a finger up your arse cures hiccups.  Does anyone care to try it and report back?

Aren't there easier ways to startle someone?

 ;D
Andrij.  I've just lost an entire swig of my ale.  Git.   ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 23, 2016, 06:22:35 pm
According to Wikipedia, sticking a finger up your arse cures hiccups.  Does anyone care to try it and report back?

Aren't there easier ways to startle someone?

 ;D
Andrij.  I've just lost an entire swig of my ale.  Git.   ;D

And I have just had to turn myself back the opposite of inside-out after an incident involving Brown Drink, a fondleslab and Andrij's soaring heights of gittery ;D
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Post by: Andrij on July 23, 2016, 06:29:42 pm
(http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb289/albinmn/Bowing.gif)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on July 23, 2016, 08:32:08 pm
That the lady opposite us is not Welsh (he is), she is from Birmingham.  Perry Barr to be exact.  35 years ago, mind.
No. That's not true.  I found that out last week, not today.
What I learned today was that the lady 4 doors down on our side also originates from Brum.
 Guess which part.

 Yes. Perry Barr.

Also that they were both unaware of this.

Llandysul Brum club?  No, sorry.  We're from Sarf brum, dontcha know?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pedaldog on July 24, 2016, 12:50:42 am
According to Wikipedia, sticking a finger up your arse cures hiccups.  Does anyone care to try it and report back?

No way am I sticking my finger up your arse. Keep asking though, somebody might?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on July 24, 2016, 08:02:58 am
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e5/Bishops_Finger.JPG/800px-Bishops_Finger.JPG)

One of these, maybe?
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 24, 2016, 08:25:43 pm
That plastics trauma does not necessarily mean a nightmare caused by watching Spitting Image.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on July 24, 2016, 08:43:20 pm
That a really inexpensive wire saw gives me a neat solution for cutting an awkwardly placed waste pipe in situ.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Vince on July 24, 2016, 09:44:59 pm
That an air powered pop riveter is the coolest tool evah!
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Post by: T42 on July 25, 2016, 08:08:40 am
Bolivian players of Pokémon Go are being enticed into uncleared minefields.
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Post by: Andrij on July 25, 2016, 08:36:58 am
There are minefields in Bolivia.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on July 25, 2016, 08:47:51 am
See H&F post re fatigue/brain death.  Bosnia.
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Post by: woollypigs on July 25, 2016, 09:23:38 am
There are minefields in Bolivia.
And between Chile and Peru too, which got flooded which washed them out on the roads doing a storm in 2012.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: pcolbeck on July 25, 2016, 09:37:04 am
"Cool Running" the film about a Jamaican bob-sleigh team was released as "Rasta Rocket" in France.
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Post by: ElyDave on July 25, 2016, 09:38:54 am
This

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/27/worlds-most-dangerous-school-run-chinese-children-800m-cliff (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/27/worlds-most-dangerous-school-run-chinese-children-800m-cliff)
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Post by: Bledlow on July 25, 2016, 11:50:17 am
Ethnic minority (like just over half the population of Liangshan prefecture) & probably low priority for the local Han authorities.
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Post by: Ruthie on July 25, 2016, 12:27:44 pm
Do they get to miss PE at school?  They don't really need it, do they?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on July 25, 2016, 08:29:28 pm
That the river Teifi formed one of Britain's Retreat To And Defend lines in the second world war. 
I always wondered at the pill box which still exists.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Paul on July 25, 2016, 09:20:24 pm
That the lady opposite us is not Welsh (he is), she is from Birmingham.  Perry Barr to be exact.  35 years ago, mind.
No. That's not true.  I found that out last week, not today.
What I learned today was that the lady 4 doors down on our side also originates from Brum.
Guess which part.

Yes. Perry Barr.
35 years ago I was 16 and desperate to leave Perry Barr.

Wales would have done, but I was determined to go to more exotic climes.

I'm in Derby now...

If you get the chance have a sneaky peek in her shed in case she has an incongruous red racing bike (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=95664.msg2002389#msg2002389) in there. The timing is about right, though I admit that moving to Wales after a single like theft is less likely than fencing it as quickly as possible. Even with a red bike. Still, you could pump her for information?

I know, I know, you're probably trying to settle in and make friends.

Maybe you could do it subtly? I'll leave it with you. I'll give you till the weekend before I alert the fuzz.

 ;)

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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 26, 2016, 09:28:41 am
That the river Teifi formed one of Britain's Retreat To And Defend lines in the second world war. 
I always wondered at the pill box which still exists.
I sometimes wonder how they decided where to put those pill boxes. They don't always seem to be in particularly strategic or defensible places. For instance, there's a line of them along the Fosse Way just north of Malmesbury, at which point it's just a gravel byway, and others on the Frome south of Bath, which is a small river with little villages. I guess there might have been important structures though and also it's a matter of chance which ones have survived.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on July 26, 2016, 09:55:02 am
Heh.  We live in the middle of the Maginot Line.  In a local fort there's a map of the area showing the guns' arcs of fire and the lines of the German advance, right through the spots that weren't covered.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 27, 2016, 06:48:05 pm
Staying with forts, on 2 September 1645 Oliver Cromwell very nearly died at the end of my street. Admittedly it was the other end and, okay, there wasn't actually a street then – and of course he didn't actually die – but a shot "passed within two handbreadths" of him during an attack on a fort that was there at the time.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on July 27, 2016, 09:54:15 pm
According to Wikipedia, sticking a finger up your arse cures hiccups.  Does anyone care to try it and report back?

Perhaps something a bit simpler? (http://www.mentalfloss.com/uk/health/44937/how-to-cure-your-hiccups-in-15-seconds-or-less)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on July 28, 2016, 07:19:09 am
That the river Teifi formed one of Britain's Retreat To And Defend lines in the second world war. 
I always wondered at the pill box which still exists.
I sometimes wonder how they decided where to put those pill boxes. They don't always seem to be in particularly strategic or defensible places. For instance, there's a line of them along the Fosse Way just north of Malmesbury, at which point it's just a gravel byway, and others on the Frome south of Bath, which is a small river with little villages. I guess there might have been important structures though and also it's a matter of chance which ones have survived.

Bath was home to the Admiralty wasn't it? Other government depts removed from London?

Plenty round here along the line of the Cam and out on the road to Peterborough. Looking at them the only reason I can think of them still being here is because getting rid of that munch reinforced concrete would require an assault gun or a log of explosives.

I assume we were just a delaying line for an invasion from the east
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Post by: T42 on July 28, 2016, 05:03:02 pm
Hobgoblin stocks shruti boxes.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 28, 2016, 06:11:17 pm
That the river Teifi formed one of Britain's Retreat To And Defend lines in the second world war. 
I always wondered at the pill box which still exists.
I sometimes wonder how they decided where to put those pill boxes. They don't always seem to be in particularly strategic or defensible places. For instance, there's a line of them along the Fosse Way just north of Malmesbury, at which point it's just a gravel byway, and others on the Frome south of Bath, which is a small river with little villages. I guess there might have been important structures though and also it's a matter of chance which ones have survived.

Bath was home to the Admiralty wasn't it? Other government depts removed from London?

Plenty round here along the line of the Cam and out on the road to Peterborough. Looking at them the only reason I can think of them still being here is because getting rid of that munch reinforced concrete would require an assault gun or a log of explosives.

I assume we were just a delaying line for an invasion from the east
The Admiralty was in the Empire Hotel opposite Parade Gardens but I don't know about other depts. I'd presume they all had further fall back locations in the event of an invasion though there must have been a point beyond which the practical options were reduced to Dublin or New York! 
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Vince on August 03, 2016, 01:55:17 pm
That Witham is pronounced Wit-ham.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on August 03, 2016, 02:16:14 pm
That Witham is pronounced Wit-ham.

I find that a bit of a joke
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 03, 2016, 06:18:35 pm
That Witham is pronounced Wit-ham.

Unless it's the river that flows through Lincoln...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: asterix on August 04, 2016, 12:25:42 pm
That the Dutch for cellar isn't keller.
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Post by: Jakob W on August 04, 2016, 09:08:54 pm
Kelder, isn't it? (Alternately, 'The Dutch don't have a word for it because all their cellars would be underwater'?)

[ETA: silence, puny autocorrect! (correct term added)]
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pingu on August 04, 2016, 09:13:44 pm
I've been to enough good Belgian bars to know that  :P
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on August 04, 2016, 09:36:57 pm
That the river Teifi formed one of Britain's Retreat To And Defend lines in the second world war. 
I always wondered at the pill box which still exists.
I sometimes wonder how they decided where to put those pill boxes. They don't always seem to be in particularly strategic or defensible places. For instance, there's a line of them along the Fosse Way just north of Malmesbury, at which point it's just a gravel byway, and others on the Frome south of Bath, which is a small river with little villages. I guess there might have been important structures though and also it's a matter of chance which ones have survived.
They were planned & built in a great hurry when many other things also needed the attention of the people who knew most about defensive lines, & mistakes were made. I recall reading about complaints at the time that many pillboxes were badly built & worse sited.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on August 05, 2016, 04:32:11 pm
Actually a thing I learned last week, but it's an important thing that bears repeating:

Children don't wake up to the sound of smoke alarms.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110311121842.htm
https://www.strath.ac.uk/press/newsreleases/2013/headline_728294_en.html

There's some evidence that a recording of a parent's voice is more effective (but far from reliable).  No idea about low-frequency alarms, flashing lights or vibrators, which are the off-the-shelf (if expensive) alternatives.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: TimC on August 06, 2016, 02:10:51 pm
That the Iron Maiden stage crew stay in my local before and after every tour because the warehouse they use is close by, and that we have a number of friends in common!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 06, 2016, 02:23:11 pm
Actually a thing I learned last week, but it's an important thing that bears repeating:

Children don't wake up to the sound of smoke alarms.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110311121842.htm
https://www.strath.ac.uk/press/newsreleases/2013/headline_728294_en.html

There's some evidence that a recording of a parent's voice is more effective (but far from reliable).  No idea about low-frequency alarms, flashing lights or vibrators, which are the off-the-shelf (if expensive) alternatives.
I didn't know that but it does seem to me that smoke alarms are less loud than burglar alarms (both seem equally liable to false triggerings). Why did they stop the test at 30 seconds in the Australian research? That's not how smoke alarms actually behave. And do they wake up adults? Because surely any parent's initial reaction to a fire in the night is going to be to get the kids out?*

*After the bikes, obvs.**
**Ob cycling content.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on August 06, 2016, 03:21:12 pm
Burglar alarms are outside though, smoke alarms are in the room with you - or at least an adjacent one.

I can imagine plenty of situations where adults might expect to rely on older children waking to smoke alarms - adults with hearing or mobility impairments, for example.  It also seems likely that residential institutions would have fire procedures that begin with "when you hear the alarm..." rather than designated adults waking all the children manually.


Anyway, this was brought to light by a friend of a friend with a faulty smoke alarm outside the kids' bedroom wondering why they hadn't woken up in the time it took to kill it...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 06, 2016, 04:12:17 pm
I think most burglar alarms have sounders inside and outside. I hadn't thought of the other points you raise though. And thankfully it was "it" that was killed in your friends' case.  :o
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: yellowsubmarine on August 07, 2016, 04:55:00 am
do not go to bed at 9.. you´ll wake up 5 in the morning and cant sleep anymore :o
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on August 07, 2016, 08:08:21 am
If I could get 8 hours' uninterrupted sleep I'd be delighted no matter when I awoke. One or two piddle pauses and the fabrikratten heading off to Germany at 4 am, that's what I get.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on August 07, 2016, 05:09:18 pm
There's a single Kakapo parrot on mainland New Zealand, he's only 19 and he could live to be a hundred.  World's loneliest parrot  :'(  He goes out every night calling for a mate.  Aw  :(
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 07, 2016, 05:22:45 pm
You'd think that they might employ the local freelance kakapo tracker and the local freelance kakapo tracker's kakapo tracking dog to round up the unhappy example of the world's fattest and least able to fly parrot and haul him off to one of the islands with lady parrots.  On it.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on August 07, 2016, 05:24:23 pm
That would be the kind thing to do, wouldn't it? 
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 07, 2016, 05:37:55 pm
I love kakapo <3
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Post by: Torslanda on August 07, 2016, 06:02:10 pm
The explanation above notwithstanding I still wouldn't admit to that.  :o

Especially on the internet . . .  :hand:
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 07, 2016, 08:28:41 pm
Penguins, parrots?  Nah, it'd never work ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Vince on August 07, 2016, 09:00:48 pm
That 'Shed of the Year' is a thing.

I'm not impressed with the entrants in this edition - Not one Seekrit Bunkah to be seen.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on August 08, 2016, 01:12:57 pm
That Millenarianism has absolutely nothing to do with hats. Made a podcast make a whole lot more sense once I found that out!
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Post by: Paul on August 08, 2016, 01:29:38 pm
That an Osnabruck mile is the distance a man (I think it's specifically a man) can walk in 2 hours.

That must make designing maps, speedometers and arranging meetings a nightmare.
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Post by: Bledlow on August 08, 2016, 02:53:08 pm
When I was young I & a friend got a lift from someone in Sweden who didn't speak English. :o Well, that was long ago & he was old.  He carefully explained in simple words that even my limited understanding of Swedish was enough for (my companion knew even less, but she was much better in German than I was, which came in handy in the BRD & DDR) that he was turning off in two miles, which made us wonder why he'd bothered picking us up.

By the time he stopped at his turn-off, a lot more than 3.218 km down the road, we were wondering whether he'd tried to make it easy for us but didn't know old English measurements, or whether Swedish miles were different.

The latter. They're 10 km.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on August 08, 2016, 03:22:35 pm
That Millenarianism has absolutely nothing to do with hats. Made a podcast make a whole lot more sense once I found that out!

Reminds me of a translation I did for a French exam at school, all about this bloke who, on the first day of his retirement, opened a cupboard at home to disclose a rack full of cans of peaches. He selected a couple, then went and sat on the river bank and cast with a can into the river. At that point I realised that "canne à pêche" meant fishing-rod.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on August 09, 2016, 02:52:04 pm
It appears that Custard Filled Speed Bumps (TMThe Half-Bakery, c 1990 (http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/Custard-Filled_20Speed_20Bumps) - the 2001 date is from the Great Rebuilding, not the original) are now a real thing!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxpvwKiOpag

Yay!
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Post by: Andrij on August 09, 2016, 08:40:51 pm
The Secrets of the Wood Wide Web (http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-secrets-of-the-wood-wide-web)*

* Not a steam-punk internet.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on August 09, 2016, 09:10:38 pm
And another thing!  I'll have to forget something to make room...

The Ukrainian word for watermelon - кавун [kavun] - is a borrowing of the Turkish word for muskmelon (Cucumis melo) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muskmelon): kavun.
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Post by: meddyg on August 10, 2016, 09:08:46 pm
I thought it was bound to be 'Arbus'
which is it in Russian арбус
(pace Soviet realist novelist Alexei Arbusov which promoted sixth form sniggering).

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on August 10, 2016, 09:25:25 pm
Ukrainian has the word гарбуз [harbuz], which mean pumpkin.  I assume same original source word, but I don't know what it is.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on August 10, 2016, 09:26:12 pm
That among other things, Alfred Nobel invented several bicycle designs
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Post by: Jurek on August 10, 2016, 09:28:57 pm
That among other things, Alfred Nobel invented several bicycle designs
As well as dynamite and intumescent paint.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on August 10, 2016, 09:30:04 pm
That among other things, Alfred Nobel invented several bicycle designs
As well as dynamite and intumescent paint.

I learned a new word.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 10, 2016, 09:30:24 pm
Arbuz, which is watermelon in Polish too, is originally from Persian via Turkish, I think.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jurek on August 10, 2016, 09:33:24 pm
That among other things, Alfred Nobel invented several bicycle designs
As well as dynamite and intumescent paint.

I learned a new word.
It should serve you well.
Feel free to come back and ask for another  :P
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on August 10, 2016, 10:17:48 pm
That among other things, Alfred Nobel invented several bicycle designs
As well as dynamite and intumescent paint.

I learned a new word.
It should serve you well.
Feel free to come back and ask for another  :P

I googled it too.  Must confess, I was a bit disappointed.   :-\
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Post by: ElyDave on August 11, 2016, 06:30:29 am
That among other things, Alfred Nobel invented several bicycle designs
As well as dynamite and intumescent paint.

I learned a new word.
It should serve you well.
Feel free to come back and ask for another  :P

I googled it too.  Must confess, I was a bit disappointed.   :-\

I didn't mention the dynamite, gelignite, smokeless gunpowder as I thought everyone knew them.

He also pioneered the use of aluminium after the Paris world fair, designing and building his own motor yacht.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: CAMRAMan on August 11, 2016, 09:10:43 am
Arbuz, which is watermelon in Polish too, is originally from Persian via Turkish, I think.
Paradicsom, which is Hungarian for tomato, and means fruit of paradise, is from a similar source, I think.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on August 11, 2016, 01:48:52 pm
As we're on fruit, did you know the apple can be traced back to Kazakhstan, something they are very proud of apparently.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on August 12, 2016, 09:27:33 pm
You can't get an erection in space.
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Post by: Basil on August 12, 2016, 09:34:47 pm
You can't get an erection in space.

Really?  Why?
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Post by: Ruthie on August 12, 2016, 09:42:00 pm
I'm not sure.  I'm guessing the changed fluid dynamics make it impossible.  When you're weightless there are significant fluid shifts and you carry more fluid in your upper body, and therefore possibly less in your lower body.

My son asked Cdr Chris Hadfield about masturbating in zero-G, and he said it's almost impossible to get an erection.  This should also be in the tenuous claims to fame thread, I reckon.
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Post by: Ruthie on August 12, 2016, 09:45:43 pm
And a quick google says I'm right - it's the altered body fluid dynamics.


It's fascinating stuff.

AC Clarke wrote about intimacy in space, and suggested that falling asleep in one another's arms would actually be possible in space, since you wouldn't get a dead arm.  But it seems penetrative acts would be difficult or impossible.  You'd just have to do it orally - and talk about it.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Feanor on August 12, 2016, 09:56:31 pm
You can't get an erection in space.

I expect that's not true.
If the normal blood flow and pressure through my body required to keep me alive still works, then I can't see why other functions of blood pressure would not also continue to work.

All you lose is gravity, and the loss of h-rho-g hydrostatic head.
But if you are on Earth, lying flat on a bed, the h term in the equation becomes zero, and so g becomes irrelevant.
The pump ( heart )  still provides sufficient head for the purpose.

Now, if you were thrown out indo deep space ( perhaps after listening to Vogon poetry ), the pressure differential may indeed enhance your erection as in the manner of the manhood-enhancing vacuum pumps offered on the Internet (or is that just my Internet? ).

Anyways, enough of this...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Tim Hall on August 12, 2016, 10:04:16 pm
I'm not sure.  I'm guessing the changed fluid dynamics make it impossible.  When you're weightless there are significant fluid shifts and you carry more fluid in your upper body, and therefore possibly less in your lower body.

My son asked Cdr Chris Hadfield about masturbating in zero-G, and he said it's almost impossible to get an erection.  This should also be in the tenuous claims to fame thread, I reckon.
Weightless globules drifting around. Eew.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on August 12, 2016, 10:09:09 pm
You can't get an erection in space.
All you lose is gravity, and the loss of h-rho-g hydrostatic head.
But if you are on Earth, lying flat on a bed, the h term in the equation becomes zero, and so g becomes irrelevant.
The pump ( heart )  still provides sufficient head for the purpose.

There's probably more to it than that, as erections work just fine while lying in bed...
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Post by: Feanor on August 12, 2016, 10:11:35 pm
Yes, that's what I was saying.

G is irrelevant.
The hydrostatic head provided by h-rho-g is irrelevant, as demonstrated by lying in bed.

All that counts is the differential provided by the pump ( heart ).



Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on August 12, 2016, 10:11:58 pm
You can't get an erection in space.

I expect that's not true.
If the normal blood flow and pressure through my body required to keep me alive still works, then I can't see why other functions of blood pressure would not also continue to work.

All you lose is gravity, and the loss of h-rho-g hydrostatic head.
But if you are on Earth, lying flat on a bed, the h term in the equation becomes zero, and so g becomes irrelevant.
The pump ( heart )  still provides sufficient head for the purpose.

Now, if you were thrown out indo deep space ( perhaps after listening to Vogon poetry ), the pressure differential may indeed enhance your erection as in the manner of the manhood-enhancing vacuum pumps offered on the Internet (or is that just my Internet? ).

Anyways, enough of this...

Your blood pressure is much lower in zero-g.  That's one factor.  And the flow of blood and other fluids is significantly altered.  Think about it:  at 1G your heart needs to work against gravity to perfuse your brain.  It doesn't need to work nearly so hard in zero G.  During the first few days in space astronauts get facial and eye oedema, as the fluid pumping systems (you have more than one, and they interact) adapt to zero G.  All sorts of other stuff happens too that I can't remember.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 12, 2016, 10:16:54 pm
But but but... if it's impossible to get an erection in space then the only way all those sci-fi characters can procreate on their space ships floating through deep intergalactic space is by using sperm banks collected on various planets. Or are Vogons, Vulcans and Velogalacticas evolutionarily adapted to deep space zero-g sex?
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Post by: Ruthie on August 12, 2016, 10:20:38 pm
Maybe they freeze gametes ready for colonising the new planets?
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 12, 2016, 10:27:46 pm
Gametes? Wot, like pheasants and partridges?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on August 12, 2016, 10:28:24 pm
Gametes? Wot, like pheasants and partridges?

Yeah, them. 
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Feanor on August 12, 2016, 10:32:20 pm
You can't get an erection in space.

I expect that's not true.
If the normal blood flow and pressure through my body required to keep me alive still works, then I can't see why other functions of blood pressure would not also continue to work.

All you lose is gravity, and the loss of h-rho-g hydrostatic head.
But if you are on Earth, lying flat on a bed, the h term in the equation becomes zero, and so g becomes irrelevant.
The pump ( heart )  still provides sufficient head for the purpose.

Now, if you were thrown out indo deep space ( perhaps after listening to Vogon poetry ), the pressure differential may indeed enhance your erection as in the manner of the manhood-enhancing vacuum pumps offered on the Internet (or is that just my Internet? ).

Anyways, enough of this...

Your blood pressure is much lower in zero-g.  That's one factor.  And the flow of blood and other fluids is significantly altered.  Think about it:  at 1G your heart needs to work against gravity to perfuse your brain.  It doesn't need to work nearly so hard in zero G.  During the first few days in space astronauts get facial and eye oedema, as the fluid pumping systems (you have more than one, and they interact) adapt to zero G.  All sorts of other stuff happens too that I can't remember.

No, I don't agree.
( My background is in an industry where we design hydraulic systems to work on the surface and also and extreme depths of 20k psi, so there may indeed be differences I have not appreciated. )

At 1G whilst standing up, you have a closed circuit of fluid going up one way from the pump, down to the bottom, and then back up to the pump.
A loop of fluid in this system is entirely in equilibrium.
The hydrostatic head on the down leg exactly equals the hydrostatic head on the up leg.
So H-rho-g on one side of the system equals h-rho-g on the other,

The pump really does not have to work too hard: it does not need to work against gravity; because gravity both helps and hinders in equal measure. It helps by providing a down-force on one side of the pump, and hinders on the up-ward suction side of the pump.

So lying down on the job makes no difference.
And for the same reason, I think zero G is the same.

Someone should tweet that astronaut chap who was in the space thing and ask him.



Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on August 12, 2016, 10:40:33 pm
You can't get an erection in space.

I expect that's not true.
If the normal blood flow and pressure through my body required to keep me alive still works, then I can't see why other functions of blood pressure would not also continue to work.

All you lose is gravity, and the loss of h-rho-g hydrostatic head.
But if you are on Earth, lying flat on a bed, the h term in the equation becomes zero, and so g becomes irrelevant.
The pump ( heart )  still provides sufficient head for the purpose.

Now, if you were thrown out indo deep space ( perhaps after listening to Vogon poetry ), the pressure differential may indeed enhance your erection as in the manner of the manhood-enhancing vacuum pumps offered on the Internet (or is that just my Internet? ).

Anyways, enough of this...

Your blood pressure is much lower in zero-g.  That's one factor.  And the flow of blood and other fluids is significantly altered.  Think about it:  at 1G your heart needs to work against gravity to perfuse your brain.  It doesn't need to work nearly so hard in zero G.  During the first few days in space astronauts get facial and eye oedema, as the fluid pumping systems (you have more than one, and they interact) adapt to zero G.  All sorts of other stuff happens too that I can't remember.

No, I don't agree.
( My background is in an industry where we design hydraulic systems to work on the surface and also and extreme depths of 20k psi, so there may indeed be differences I have not appreciated. )

At 1G whilst standing up, you have a closed circuit of fluid going up one way from the pump, down to the bottom, and then back up to the pump.
A loop of fluid in this system is entirely in equilibrium.
The hydrostatic head on the down leg exactly equals the hydrostatic head on the up leg.
So H-rho-g on one side of the system equals h-rho-g on the other,

The pump really does not have to work too hard: it does not need to work against gravity; because gravity both helps and hinders in equal measure. It helps by providing a down-force on one side of the pump, and hinders on the up-ward suction side of the pump.

So lying down on the job makes no difference.
And for the same reason, I think zero G is the same.

Someone should tweet that astronaut chap who was in the space thing and ask him.

Err they did.  My son.  He asked Chris Hadfield.  Who said you can't get an erection in space.

The 'loop'  you described isn't really a closed circuit.  There are compensatory feedback mechanisms all the way round working in combination.  Relatively small episodes of vascular damage (say, in diabetics) can cause a failure of the erectile mechanism, whilst still allowing for the maintenance of blood pressure and brain function.  Another factor is the influence of baroreceptors - their function changes massively in space, to the extent that people tend to faint when they get back to Earth.

 http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/cciss_feature.html
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on August 12, 2016, 10:44:58 pm
You can disagree all you like but the spaceman said it can't happen. So it don't happen.

I wouldn't disagree with him. He spent however long in space. Not theorising.*

Do turkey basters work in zero g?



*Bit of a bastard if your fantasies as a teenager were based on Barbarella...

Edit. X posted
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Feanor on August 12, 2016, 10:45:08 pm
OK, fine, I accept the evidence.
I can believe there are biological factors which make it different from a mechanical hydraulic system.
I never had to add blue pills to the mechanical hydraulic systems...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on August 12, 2016, 10:47:40 pm
Not even Fernox?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on August 12, 2016, 10:57:19 pm
OK, fine, I accept the evidence.
I can believe there are biological factors which make it different from a mechanical hydraulic system.
I never had to add blue pills to the mechanical hydraulic systems...

There's some interesting research for when humans have to colonise space...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on August 12, 2016, 11:04:47 pm
Are there hydraulic systems in which the flow away from the pump is active due to mechanically active vessels, but the flow back to the pump is a system of one-way valves through passive vessels?  Where the tubes expand and contract under chemical influences and peripheral systems can shut down altogether?  And in which the different areas of the same system operate at vastly different pressures from each other, and at different times? 

It would be interesting to know which mechanical systems are analagous to the human body, and how their feedback mechanisms regulate.

When you think about it, the times of highest demand and fluid through-put are likely to be when the body is vertical - flying or fighting.  But the system also needs to function when the body is horizontal or even inverted for short periods, as when you get your foot stuck in a tree and then fall, hanging upside down.  Although you probably can't do that for long.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Vince on August 13, 2016, 10:57:02 am
May be there is a simpler reason... finding the necessary privacy on a space station.  ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 14, 2016, 07:19:37 pm
That there is no such thing as The Baptist Church. Each Baptist church is completely autonomous and governed by its congregation.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Paul on August 14, 2016, 10:09:11 pm
Autonomous of what?

God?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 14, 2016, 10:31:18 pm
Of everything apart from God, presumably! They have absolutely no hierarchy, all decisions are taken by the congregation, who also appoint their own minister, and there is no linkage other than two basic tenets – believers' baptism and congregational decision making – or coordination between churches. A decision taken by Xville Baptists might be totally contradicted by the decisions of Baptist Church of Yton. Autonomous in that sense. So I learned today from an ex-baptist.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Paul on August 14, 2016, 10:33:23 pm
Splitters?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ben T on August 15, 2016, 09:59:51 pm
Would the reverse be true? i.e. if you went to a planet with high gravity, would it be the equivalent of having a f-off overdose of Viagra?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on August 15, 2016, 10:07:55 pm
Would the reverse be true? i.e. if you went to a planet with high gravity, would it be the equivalent of having a f-off overdose of Viagra?

It's hard to say, isn't it?  But we evolved to function optimally in 1G, so chances are there'd be problems.  If your willie was double the weight, would it need twice as much blood in it to get it off the ground, as it were?  If so, it would be even heavier ...  hmm ...

Or you could lie face-down with your willie hanging down, and see if gravity did the work for you?
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 15, 2016, 10:14:40 pm
Is this why they call it the G-spot?
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 17, 2016, 02:27:05 pm
Stepson was considering getting artificial turf for the lawn outside his new house, because "its just the same as a real lawn" (yes, he's that sort of person). I suddenly wondered how you prevented wind-blown soil from building up and plants taking root in it.

Vacuuming, apparently. You go out each weekend and vacuum your lawn.
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Post by: Canardly on August 17, 2016, 03:03:36 pm
I have seen Flemish women folk washing and vacuuming street paving in years gone by. They do like a good scrub over there.
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Post by: Efrogwr on August 17, 2016, 05:05:41 pm
That Rain-X smells like grappa.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 17, 2016, 05:51:36 pm
Stepson was considering getting artificial turf for the lawn outside his new house, because "its just the same as a real lawn" (yes, he's that sort of person). I suddenly wondered how you prevented wind-blown soil from building up and plants taking root in it.

Vacuuming, apparently. You go out each weekend and vacuum your lawn.
Reality overtakes the surreal in a new way each day.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 17, 2016, 06:34:06 pm
That the iconic piano intro to "Free Bird" was written by Lynyrd Skynryd roadie Billy Powell, who was invited to join the band forthwith when Ronnie van Zandt heard him mucking about on a piano.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on August 17, 2016, 10:18:47 pm
Since it was disbanded in the 4th century, there have been over half a dozen attempts at reëstablishing the Sanhedrin, most recently in 2004 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_attempt_to_revive_the_Sanhedrin).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on August 18, 2016, 12:48:55 pm
That in 1994 a large quantity (about 1000 tons) of fuel oil was extracted from the wreck of the German heavy cruiser Blücher, sunk by Norwegian coastal defences on 9th April 1940 - and sold. The reason for extracting it was because it was leaking out & polluting the area, but it was sold to defray costs, after being cleaned.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on August 18, 2016, 05:45:44 pm
Robert Browning used the word "twats" in his drama "Pippa Passes". He thought it was an article of clothing for nuns.

Then, owls and bats, cowls and twats,
Monks and nuns, in a cloister's moods,
Adjourn to the oak-stump pantry !
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on August 18, 2016, 08:12:19 pm
That people actually ride Pederson bicycles, saw one by the Bastille today

Also that Parisians seem to have a thing for front racks on bikes of any kind
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on August 21, 2016, 07:36:37 am
The pressed steel car wheel was invented by a bloke called Sankey, whose previous experience was in making tea trays.
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Post by: Torslanda on August 24, 2016, 01:46:29 pm
There is such a thing as an 'isosceles trapezium'.
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Post by: Torslanda on August 24, 2016, 02:15:35 pm
Also that the most bombed real estate on the planet is Laos. SITRO 2,000,000 tons of ordnace dropped on the poor buggers during the Vietnam war

and

according to official estimates it may well be 700 years before the French Zone Rouge (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_rouge)* is finally cleared of all unexploded munitions. I wonder if they have taken account of lunch breaks...?





*Originally designated as "Completely devastated. Damage to properties: 100%. Damage to Agriculture: 100%. Impossible to clean. Human life impossible"
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 24, 2016, 02:19:27 pm
Disappointed that the See also (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_rouge#See_also) of that article doesn't mention Edmonton.
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Post by: T42 on August 24, 2016, 04:50:08 pm
Good place to put Pokémon Go whatsits.
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Post by: fboab on August 25, 2016, 05:08:03 pm
This exists (http://www.taylorsbutchers.com/pies.html)

If I still had a waistline, it would now have disappeared.
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Post by: TheLurker on August 25, 2016, 05:44:43 pm
This exists (http://www.taylorsbutchers.com/pies.html)

If I still had a waistline, it would now have disappeared.
I think we have a new home page for YACF.
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Post by: Canardly on August 25, 2016, 09:06:46 pm
This exists (http://www.taylorsbutchers.com/pies.html)

If I still had a waistline, it would now have disappeared.
I think we have a new home page for YACF.

FBOAB you are a norty gurl.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Andrij on August 25, 2016, 09:12:40 pm
It's not just cities which can be twinned - toilets can be twinned as well (http://www.toilettwinning.org/). (SFW)
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Post by: David Martin on August 25, 2016, 09:25:19 pm
It's not just cities which can be twinned - toilets can be twinned as well (http://www.toilettwinning.org/). (SFW)

Yes they can and it is a good thing too.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 26, 2016, 07:01:04 am
This exists (http://www.taylorsbutchers.com/pies.html)

If I still had a waistline, it would now have disappeared.

Nah, what you need is a Lochinver pie.... http://www.piesbypost.co.uk/catalog.html
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Post by: David Martin on August 26, 2016, 09:58:38 am
In Dundee there is always (as in 24 hours ) the options of a Clarks Bakery pie. It has been said that the recipes were discovered in the manuscripts of the great piemaker CMOT Dibbler, and that the concept of 23 types of pie (including chicken tikka, cheesy mac and steak pie with haggis ) are an abomination. But at 2am and pissed, with the choice of 23 pies or a helicopter burger, life does start to look made of gravy.
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Post by: Kim on August 26, 2016, 10:03:40 am
IRTA helicobacter burger.  Same general principle, I suppose.
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Post by: Salvatore on August 27, 2016, 10:01:05 am
That Kirkenes, in northern Norway near the border with Russia, where I spent a day of my hols this year,is further east than Istanbul, and yet is in the same time zone as Galicia in western Spain.
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Post by: T42 on August 27, 2016, 11:00:29 am
The speed cameras on French autoroutes are installed and run by private companies rather than the police. This came to light a while back when Electricité de France cut off power to a series of them because the company hadn't paid the bill.
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Post by: ElyDave on August 27, 2016, 06:27:31 pm
There is such a thing as an 'isosceles trapezium'.

wot's that, all four sides different lengths?
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Post by: Bledlow on August 27, 2016, 10:02:11 pm
That Kirkenes, in northern Norway near the border with Russia, where I spent a day of my hols this year,is further east than Istanbul, and yet is in the same time zone as Galicia in western Spain.
Spain is in the wrong time zone. It's arguable that so is France.
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Post by: T42 on August 28, 2016, 08:33:09 am
^^^Given that time zones are administrative constructs, there's no reliable definition of "wrong".
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Post by: jsabine on August 28, 2016, 09:16:38 am
No, but there is a reliable definition of 'doesn't bear any sensible relationship to sun time.'
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Post by: ElyDave on August 28, 2016, 06:02:16 pm
That feet first is definitely the way forward.

After 200km on an upright I have sore hands, a sore neck and a sore arse.  No more than 100km on one of those things for me in future.
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Post by: Bledlow on August 28, 2016, 11:12:52 pm
One of my stepfather's uncles was a sergeant pilot in WW2, & was killed when his Hurricane was shot down on 23-11-1941, in Libya. He's buried there. He was 24.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on September 02, 2016, 12:16:52 am
The recent presidential election in Gabon resulted in a narrow win for incumbent Ali Bongo over challenger Jean Ping :D
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Post by: Nuncio on September 06, 2016, 12:32:48 pm
Not surprised. A Bongo is very nearly an anagram of Gabon.

I have learned today that Jean Ping is the son of Cheng Zhiping and, as a young boy, was referred to as 'Son of Ping' by his fellow Gabonese villagers.

I have also learned (it's been a busy day) that the phrase 'Stiff upper lip' originates from the United States.

Time for a rest.

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Post by: clarion on September 06, 2016, 12:48:30 pm
Well, I am surprised, since President of the Magic Circle and legendary illusions creator Ali Bongo died in 2009.
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Post by: billplumtree on September 06, 2016, 01:17:17 pm
See?  Magic, innit
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Post by: Mr Larrington on September 06, 2016, 03:27:09 pm
Well, I am surprised, since President of the Magic Circle and legendary illusions creator Ali Bongo died in 2009.

As a result of The Curse of Half Man Half Biscuit.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 14, 2016, 09:45:14 am
That the Hutus and Tutsis of Rwanda are not competing tribes but different castes of the one Banyarwanda people. Tutsis are the aristocratic cattle-owning caste, Hutus the farmers and there is also a very small labourer and servant caste, Twa.
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Post by: ian on September 14, 2016, 10:19:14 am
That the Hutus and Tutsis of Rwanda are not competing tribes but different castes of the one Banyarwanda people. Tutsis are the aristocratic cattle-owning caste, Hutus the farmers and there is also a very small labourer and servant caste, Twa.

Blame the Belgians, they decided they needed to put Hutu or Tutsi on the identity cards they issued, so duly did so thus conveniently stratifying Rwandan society. We know how that panned out.

Kigali is probably the tidiest African capital I've been to.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 14, 2016, 10:27:05 am
Belgian stirring of the conflict pot goes back to the 50s according to what I've read, when they switched from using the Tutsis as their channels of power to the Hutus, because the better educated Tutsis were getting too uppity and demanding independence. Mitterand is also to blame, indirectly, for the 1994 massacre by sending paras to repel the 1990 invasion in the name of Francophonie. A conflict going back to Fashoda. Apparently.
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Post by: ianrauk on September 14, 2016, 11:14:15 am

Vacuuming, apparently. You go out each weekend and vacuum your lawn.

My aged MIL replaced a patch of grass in her back garden with fake grass. It looks surprisingly real and she does actually hoover it.
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Post by: barakta on September 14, 2016, 12:10:45 pm
Friends of mine got that fake grass and have been delighted with it, think they wash it once a yr (or pay a person to come and do it) and otherwise it needs no maintenance.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on September 14, 2016, 12:42:06 pm
Belgian stirring of the conflict pot goes back to the 50s according to what I've read, when they switched from using the Tutsis as their channels of power to the Hutus, because the better educated Tutsis were getting too uppity and demanding independence. Mitterand is also to blame, indirectly, for the 1994 massacre by sending paras to repel the 1990 invasion in the name of Francophonie. A conflict going back to Fashoda. Apparently.
The IMF is more to blame.
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Post by: Bledlow on September 14, 2016, 01:35:48 pm
That the Hutus and Tutsis of Rwanda are not competing tribes but different castes of the one Banyarwanda people. Tutsis are the aristocratic cattle-owning caste, Hutus the farmers and there is also a very small labourer and servant caste, Twa.
Banyarwanda just means 'people of Rwanda'. It's a name derived from the state, not an ethnic label. Like Canadian or American. More or less the same language (called Kirundi instead of Kinyarwanda) & same three castes are found in Burundi, but the people there aren't Banyarwanda, because they don't live in Rwanda. Note that both states long predated European colonisation.

Unfortunately for the idea of them being purely castes, it's usually possible to identify which group a person belongs to from physical characteristics, & the fact that historically, most Tutsi weren't aristocratic (only members of specific aristocratic lineages), but were still Tutsi. The 'castes of one people' idea seems to be another over-simplification by outsiders, like the colonial rigid racial classification but in reverse.

The Twa are generally thought to have been there first, living as hunter-gatherers, then Bantu-speakers arrived between 1000 & 1500 years ago. According to local oral histories, the Tutsi arrived maybe 5-600 years ago & adopted the Bantu language of the Hutu, leading Tutsi families establishing themselves as a ruling caste. It's all a bit confused by intermarriage & groups & individuals managing to switch status.
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Post by: Bledlow on September 14, 2016, 01:59:09 pm
Belgian stirring of the conflict pot goes back to the 50s according to what I've read, when they switched from using the Tutsis as their channels of power to the Hutus, because the better educated Tutsis were getting too uppity and demanding independence. Mitterand is also to blame, indirectly, for the 1994 massacre by sending paras to repel the 1990 invasion in the name of Francophonie. A conflict going back to Fashoda. Apparently.
The IMF is more to blame.
It began before the IMF existed. Dammit, why this knee-jerk rejection of analysis? Allocate blame to the usual suspects, then look for evidence.  :facepalm:

Same with the Belgian pot-stirring. That began sort of accidentally, from the Belgians imposing their own over-simplified interpretation of society on their colonies, while thinking that what they were doing was describing reality. And it was mixed up with actions taken by Rwandan kings, such as taking Hutu chiefs (yes, there were such) into the small aristocratic elite around the royal family when, with Belgian help, they integrated Hutu-run districts which had previously been outside their control into the kingdom. Some locals seem to have found the Belgian tidy-mindedness & resultant simple classification a useful tool to help along an already begun (in the 19th century, before the Germans arrived, let alone the Belgians) process of strengthening & making more rigid a division that was previously rather flexible.

The more I read about it (& I've been reading about the histories of Rwanda & Burundi since my attention was drawn to them by the 1972 Burundi massacres), the more complicated I find it is.

The 1972 massacres were far from the first, by the way.

Next, why Tamerlane's conquests were caused by the IMF.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on September 14, 2016, 03:15:09 pm
Belgian stirring of the conflict pot goes back to the 50s according to what I've read, when they switched from using the Tutsis as their channels of power to the Hutus, because the better educated Tutsis were getting too uppity and demanding independence. Mitterand is also to blame, indirectly, for the 1994 massacre by sending paras to repel the 1990 invasion in the name of Francophonie. A conflict going back to Fashoda. Apparently.
The IMF is more to blame.
It began before the IMF existed. Dammit, why this knee-jerk rejection of analysis? Allocate blame to the usual suspects, then look for evidence.  :facepalm:

No kneejerk.  This is the result of a great deal of research.  Yes, there were conflicts there, and a divide.  But the difference between Rwanda & Burundi, which meant one descended into brutal civil war, and, despite violence, the other did not, was very much the use of Structural Adjustment Programmes as an act of war.

Fwiw, I am usually the one calling the cause earlier - for example, the cause of the First World War has nothing to do with defending British freedom, or student revolutionaries in Sarajevo.  It most clearly dates back to the Scramble for Africa, and the Berlin Conference of 1884-5.
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Post by: ElyDave on September 14, 2016, 03:25:26 pm
Belgian stirring of the conflict pot goes back to the 50s according to what I've read, when they switched from using the Tutsis as their channels of power to the Hutus, because the better educated Tutsis were getting too uppity and demanding independence. Mitterand is also to blame, indirectly, for the 1994 massacre by sending paras to repel the 1990 invasion in the name of Francophonie. A conflict going back to Fashoda. Apparently.
The IMF is more to blame.
It began before the IMF existed. Dammit, why this knee-jerk rejection of analysis? Allocate blame to the usual suspects, then look for evidence.  :facepalm:

No kneejerk.  This is the result of a great deal of research.  Yes, there were conflicts there, and a divide.  But the difference between Rwanda & Burundi, which meant one descended into brutal civil war, and, despite violence, the other did not, was very much the use of Structural Adjustment Programmes as an act of war.

Fwiw, I am usually the one calling the cause earlier - for example, the cause of the First World War has nothing to do with defending British freedom, or student revolutionaries in Sarajevo.  It most clearly dates back to the Scramble for Africa, and the Berlin Conference of 1884-5.

Of course it doesn't have anything to do with defending freedom or Sarajevo - that was just an excuse to start it.  It was entirely about control of trade, with the British still based on a seagoing empire and seeing Germany partly as a threat to that power and to our trade with Europe, much the same as today.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 14, 2016, 09:01:46 pm
The first massacre mentioned by Kapuściński is 1959. As for Banyarwanda meaning 'people of Rwanda', that's pretty evident from the word. Whether it derives from the name of the state or the state from it is a bit like asking whether France came from French or vice versa.

How reliable Kapuściński is, I don't know, but he's interesting. You can read it on this slightly dodgy site (ignore the Russian adverts!), starting near the bottom of p34.
http://mreadz.com/read-265722/p34
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Post by: Bledlow on September 15, 2016, 12:29:28 pm
Belgian stirring of the conflict pot goes back to the 50s according to what I've read, when they switched from using the Tutsis as their channels of power to the Hutus, because the better educated Tutsis were getting too uppity and demanding independence. Mitterand is also to blame, indirectly, for the 1994 massacre by sending paras to repel the 1990 invasion in the name of Francophonie. A conflict going back to Fashoda. Apparently.
The IMF is more to blame.
It began before the IMF existed. Dammit, why this knee-jerk rejection of analysis? Allocate blame to the usual suspects, then look for evidence.  :facepalm:

No kneejerk.  This is the result of a great deal of research.  Yes, there were conflicts there, and a divide.  But the difference between Rwanda & Burundi, which meant one descended into brutal civil war, and, despite violence, the other did not, was very much the use of Structural Adjustment Programmes as an act of war.
Burundi didn't descend into brutal civil war? In which universe? A few hundred thousand dead (again) is just 'violence'.

Of course, the attempt to exterminate the Tutsi population of Rwanda had nothing to do with a small Hutu clique exploiting tensions to try to destroy the internal power base of the mostly expatriate Tutsi army which invaded from Uganda, but was everything to do with an IMF 'act of war'. And the structural adjustment explains why Rwanda descended further into horror even than Burundi. Never heard of the IMF structural adjustment programmes in Burundi, have you, or you'd know that both Rwanda & Burundi had more or less simultaneous programmes in the early 1990s?

Now do you see what I mean? In the selected sources you rely on, the fact that Rwanda had a structural adjustment programme just before the genocide is obviously the cause of the genocide. Since Burundi didn't have an equally* ghastly episode, then clearly it didn't have a structural adjustment programme.  :facepalm: Rwandan politics, such as the existence of a large & organised (with the co-operation of a neighbouring state) expatriate population dating back to inter-ethnic conflict over 30 years earlier, don't count. Nor do the ambitions of the leaders of neighbouring states. The poor natives are helpless puppets dancing on the strings pulled by white people, & incapable of having their own motivations, or acting on their own initiative.

*Unutterably horrible, but much less intense.
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Post by: David Martin on September 20, 2016, 05:04:13 pm
The person who is the most cited author on Google Scholar with an H-Index of 333..

https://scholar.google.nl/citations?user=qGuYgMsAAAAJ&hl=en
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Post by: Basil on September 20, 2016, 07:11:36 pm
 ;D
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Post by: lou boutin on September 20, 2016, 07:33:10 pm
 ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: barakta on September 20, 2016, 08:03:25 pm
 :D
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Post by: ElyDave on September 20, 2016, 08:19:36 pm
 :thumbsup:
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Post by: Wombat on September 21, 2016, 08:26:42 am
That there is logic to my casual referring to our no2 cat as "coarsefur cat".  I measured one of his hairs from the middle of his back, and it was 0.1mm diameter.  I later grabbed one from Baggins' (AKA silkyfur cat) back and it was 0.06mm diameter.  So it wasn't just my imagination, and the fact that Alfie is a scruffy git.  In contrast one of Mrs W's hairs was 0.04mm.

Really changes my life, that  ;D
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Post by: Tim Hall on September 21, 2016, 09:07:47 am
That there is logic to my casual referring to our no2 cat as "coarsefur cat".  I measured one of his hairs from the middle of his back, and it was 0.1mm diameter.  I later grabbed one from Baggins' (AKA silkyfur cat) back and it was 0.06mm diameter.  So it wasn't just my imagination, and the fact that Alfie is a scruffy git.  In contrast one of Mrs W's hairs was 0.04mm.

Really changes my life, that  ;D

I needed to read that twice. At first I thought "my casual" was a fancy modern way of referring to your paramour.  What Mrs W might say about that I really don't know.
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Post by: Wombat on September 21, 2016, 09:20:43 am
Yes, sloppy writing, there... I have enough trouble with Mrs W and my female colleagues, but to think I was getting over amorous with the cat, well :facepalm:
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Post by: T42 on September 21, 2016, 09:35:47 am
From my doc, that the WHO have just revised their recommended upper figure for HbA1c from 6 to 7%.  This after years of beating me morally about the head for not managing to get it under 6%.

This, too, after I read last week that there is a higher incidence of cardiovascular events* among diabetics who strive to get their HbA1c under 7% than among those who remain a bit over.

Personal observation: fasting blood glucose < 120** => I feel like shit.  130 < FBG < 140 => I feel fine.

*event: medical euphemism for one's personal WW2, Hiroshima, 1970 World Cup, etc.
** conversion factor is 18.
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Post by: ElyDave on September 21, 2016, 10:13:38 am
From my doc, that the WHO have just revised their recommended upper figure for HbA1c from 6 to 7%.  This after years of beating me morally about the head for not managing to get it under 6%.

This, too, after I read last week that there is a higher incidence of cardiovascular events* among diabetics who strive to get their HbA1c under 7% than among those who remain a bit over.

Personal observation: fasting blood glucose < 120** => I feel like shit.  130 < FBG < 140 => I feel fine.

*event: medical euphemism for one's personal WW2, Hiroshima, 1970 World Cup, etc.
** conversion factor is 18.

Personally I've heard a lot said that the reason for upping the target is due to a dismal failure to achieve the 6% target.  The implication of actually getting to 6% which may reduce the risk of other complications, is that much greater access is needed to testing equipment and strips for T2s like yourself to allow better self management, along with the appropriate education for all of us.  But nobody wants to pay for it.

As for me, HbA1C has always been in the mid to low 40's mmol/mol (<6% in old money) and I've never been given any caution about cardio risk, just the potential for hypos
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Post by: T42 on September 24, 2016, 02:16:29 pm
Central Marseille has been invaded by bed-bugs, to the extent that residents are having to burn their bedding, carpets and furniture - and even, in at least one case, demolish hearth and chimney-breast because the buggers take refuge therein.

Travel tip: hotels in Marseille are really cheap right now.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on September 24, 2016, 02:18:57 pm
That the man who invented Time Zones was born in Kirkcaldy.
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Post by: TheLurker on September 24, 2016, 05:45:33 pm
Herne Bay has a cycling policeman.  Observed on Sea Esplanade yesterday and  today. Mid to late afternoon.
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Post by: Bledlow on September 24, 2016, 10:47:05 pm
Sandra Kuntz-Ficker is a Mexican professor of economic history.
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Post by: fboab on September 27, 2016, 08:56:53 pm
Natural Hero Hot Ginger Muscle Rub is no longer available.
Anywhere.


ETA: Voluntary Liquidation Dec 2014.

/wonders if I can get the R&D at work to match it...
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Post by: David Martin on September 29, 2016, 08:04:48 pm
When you receive a positive compliment, the body releases Oxytocin, which makes you feel good for 5 mins. WHen you receive a negative comment, the body releases cortisol, which lasts about an hour. So every negative compliment should be countered by 12 positive ones. I told my boss.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 29, 2016, 10:38:58 pm
 :thumbsup:
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Post by: lou boutin on September 29, 2016, 11:09:15 pm
 :thumbsup:
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Post by: Basil on September 29, 2016, 11:12:37 pm
 :thumbsup:
That's the 3rd one.  We need nine more, peeps.
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Post by: Kim on September 29, 2016, 11:17:43 pm
 :thumbsup:
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Post by: Torslanda on September 29, 2016, 11:31:11 pm
 :thumbsup:
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Post by: Ashaman42 on September 30, 2016, 05:59:12 am
 
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on September 30, 2016, 08:22:19 am
 :thumbsup:
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Post by: Ruthie on September 30, 2016, 08:25:35 am
 :thumbsup:
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Post by: T42 on September 30, 2016, 08:41:51 am
 :thumbsup:
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Post by: Legs on September 30, 2016, 08:43:11 am
 :thumbsup:
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 30, 2016, 09:29:29 am
 :thumbsup: ;D :thumbsup: Well done!


(is anyone counting? :D)
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Post by: Ham on September 30, 2016, 09:56:36 am
Nein
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on September 30, 2016, 10:16:09 am
Zen
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 30, 2016, 10:17:27 am
Mu
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Post by: barakta on September 30, 2016, 11:42:49 am
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rogerzilla on September 30, 2016, 02:58:58 pm
Wonder Woman is on the other bus (http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37518991/comic-book-writer-says-wonder-woman-is-queer)
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Post by: Mr Larrington on September 30, 2016, 03:06:52 pm
Wonder Woman is on the other bus (http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37518991/comic-book-writer-says-wonder-woman-is-queer)

So who's going to be the first to go to Themyscrira and yell "Your all gay"?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on September 30, 2016, 03:20:41 pm
Wonder Woman is on the other bus (http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37518991/comic-book-writer-says-wonder-woman-is-queer)

I'm surprised that was even a question...

(Not a fan of bus metaphors for bisexuality.  It's just not cricket.)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on October 01, 2016, 04:58:24 pm
Hard to keep up with sexual metaphors when you're not immersed in the language.  A few years back I engendered on-line merriment by referring to our store-room as the office glory hole.

Meanwhile, what I have learnt today is that the real palaeolithic diet, as opposed to the Paleo diet, included wheat. Shove that up yr glory hole, faddists.
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Post by: Kim on October 01, 2016, 05:38:01 pm
Hard to keep up with sexual metaphors when you're not immersed in the language.

Yeah, but this is YACF.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 01, 2016, 06:41:39 pm
Hard to keep up with sexual metaphors when you're not immersed in the language.  A few years back I engendered on-line merriment by referring to our store-room as the office glory hole.

If you've got one of these

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8313/29573504415_9247220b26_o.jpg)

in yr office I'm glad I never worked there ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on October 01, 2016, 11:39:46 pm
Please stop showing that. It makes me shudder, & not in a nice way.
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Post by: ElyDave on October 02, 2016, 08:17:18 am
I like that photo, the perfect calm of the lake, uniformity of the torus and a hint of what lies beneath

We need a house poet for photos like that.
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Post by: rogerzilla on October 02, 2016, 10:43:22 am
The video is even scarier.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on October 02, 2016, 10:51:31 am
I like that photo, the perfect calm of the lake, uniformity of the torus and a hint of what lies beneath

We need a house poet for photos like that.

Me!  Me!

There was a big hole in da water
That frightened the fisherman's daughter
She fell off the front
Her face took the brunt
And she knew then she shouldn't have oughter

Do I win?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 02, 2016, 02:50:46 pm
Being an uneducated oaf I had assumed, based entirely on listening to the Pink Floyd track of the same name, that Cymbeline was a woman.  Today I have found that this is not, in fact, the case.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on October 02, 2016, 02:54:51 pm
Hard to keep up with sexual metaphors when you're not immersed in the language.  A few years back I engendered on-line merriment by referring to our store-room as the office glory hole.

If you've got one of these

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8313/29573504415_9247220b26_o.jpg)

in yr office I'm glad I never worked there ;D

Now I'm jealous.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 03, 2016, 12:57:14 pm
That Euler's Seven Bridges of Konigsberg (https://nrich.maths.org/2484) problem does have a solution; you just have to transfer it to the 43 bridges of Bristol! Apparently this is not cheating, because
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Then, just three years ago, German mathematician Dr Thila Gross, who teaches at the University of Bristol, noticed there were many similarities between Königsberg and Bristol. The cities are a similar size, the same distance from the sea and had the same number of islands. However, there was one catch, Bristol had 43 bridges instead of seven.
So he went on to devise a solution.
Quote
“It's not easy - the fact that is is possible in Bristol is fairly unique,” said Gross. “Although in Bristol many things are possible which are not possible elsewhere.”
Like bumping into the Teutonic Knights on Wine Street?
http://www.bristol247.com/channel/news-comment/features/investigations/the-bristol-bridges-walk-challenge
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Post by: Deano on October 03, 2016, 01:35:19 pm
Behold! National Grid Watch:

http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/
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Post by: Kim on October 03, 2016, 01:57:40 pm
There's a top-level domain for "People named Kim"
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Post by: David Martin on October 04, 2016, 11:00:03 pm
That Euler's Seven Bridges of Konigsberg (https://nrich.maths.org/2484) problem does have a solution; you just have to transfer it to the 43 bridges of Bristol! Apparently this is not cheating, because
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Then, just three years ago, German mathematician Dr Thila Gross, who teaches at the University of Bristol, noticed there were many similarities between Königsberg and Bristol. The cities are a similar size, the same distance from the sea and had the same number of islands. However, there was one catch, Bristol had 43 bridges instead of seven.
So he went on to devise a solution.
Quote
“It's not easy - the fact that is is possible in Bristol is fairly unique,” said Gross. “Although in Bristol many things are possible which are not possible elsewhere.”
Like bumping into the Teutonic Knights on Wine Street?
http://www.bristol247.com/channel/news-comment/features/investigations/the-bristol-bridges-walk-challenge
It is not a direct transfer because there are an odd number of bridges which do not connect two nodes but effectively just connect their ends. Topologically many of the bridges are not crossing an otherwise uncrossable river.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on October 05, 2016, 07:23:53 am
There's a top-level domain for "People named Kim"

I heard that the displaced immigrants from Le Jungle are having a whip-round to buy that particular instance new baubles.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 05, 2016, 01:58:28 pm
There's a top-level domain for "People named Kim"

I heard that the displaced immigrants from Le Jungle are having a whip-round to buy that particular instance new baubles.
Spiritual discovery or people's democracy? Cannons by old forts?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: lou boutin on October 06, 2016, 05:32:14 pm
I'm a complete dv. Despite my gut telling me not to, I ordered a (cheap) bracelet off the internet.  It was a teal heart with 'survivor' on it - teal relates to gynae cancers  - I liked the look of it and thought I'd treat myself. The company is fraudulent and is playing in the vulnerability of cancer survivors. I'm very annoyed with myself for not doing my research thoroughly enough.
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Post by: Basil on October 06, 2016, 06:38:28 pm
That there was a murder in the house two doors down a couple of years ago.  Seems she killed her partner.  Don't know what happened to her.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on October 06, 2016, 10:00:48 pm
Caecilius est in domus. Domus electronic est.

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/house-caecilius-iucundus-pompeii-04248.html
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Guy on October 07, 2016, 09:02:06 am
A peak-time return ticket from Huntingdon to central That London costs more than half of the price of a return flight from Luton to Glasgow
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 07, 2016, 12:34:15 pm
That every six months Kindles re-index their contents which can lead to an inability to search books, a prematurely flat battery and, in all probability, a loss of memory when it comes to speaking to the Devil's Radio.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on October 07, 2016, 01:35:24 pm
That the word collimate originated as a misreading of the Latin collineare, meaning to bring into a straight line.  I must write to the Daily Mail about that.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on October 07, 2016, 02:48:02 pm
Caecilius est in domus. Domus electronic est.

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/house-caecilius-iucundus-pompeii-04248.html
Ooooh, did you have those Latin books?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: hatler on October 07, 2016, 03:19:39 pm
I did. Caecilius est pater.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on October 07, 2016, 07:33:16 pm
That a rubber hammer is still a hammer. Also that if your thumb is in the way (and you are slightly distracted) hitting your thumb with the hammer results in dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, etc. etc.

Five hours later it still hurts like fuck. I can still move it but won't be fitting any tyres this weekend if I can help it.
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Post by: hatler on October 07, 2016, 07:49:13 pm
Sorry. I hope you don't mind. I had to laugh at that. It sounds like quite a whack.
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Post by: ElyDave on October 07, 2016, 09:26:57 pm
I'm cringing at the thought, but also slightly chucking.

Ouch
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mcshroom on October 08, 2016, 10:13:36 am
That there's a bunkhouse (http://'http://www.horseandgroomcourt.co.uk/index.php') in Egremont. I've lived here for 7.5 years, at one point only about 200m from it and had no idea it was there. :-[
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Post by: David Martin on October 08, 2016, 01:26:50 pm
Caecilius est in domus. Domus electronic est.

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/house-caecilius-iucundus-pompeii-04248.html
Ooooh, did you have those Latin books?
Oh yes. Latin was the one O'Level I failed due to thinking that memorising set texts was not proper learning so I treated them as unseen.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pickled Onion on October 09, 2016, 11:39:54 am
The person who is the most cited author on Google Scholar with an H-Index of 333..

https://scholar.google.nl/citations?user=qGuYgMsAAAAJ&hl=en

All those papers, but not a single one as First Named Author.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Efrogwr on October 09, 2016, 07:03:01 pm
That today is National Fungus Day.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on October 09, 2016, 11:20:03 pm
Does Fungus know this?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 09, 2016, 11:34:11 pm
That "quax: (v)" means to do one's shopping by public transport, on foot or by bike.
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Post by: Bledlow on October 09, 2016, 11:39:29 pm
That there is a brewery in the West Bank making beer according to the Rheinheitsgebot. And it has the only female brewer in Palestine.

http://taybehbeer.com/activity/drink/ (http://taybehbeer.com/activity/drink/)

There's an outlet in Shibuya, so maybe I can try some next time I visit Tokyo.
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Post by: Feanor on October 11, 2016, 10:34:05 am
I have come across a headset design I've never seen before.
( The bike is a Canyon. )
There's nothing inside the steerer at all!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVHiQSnrq0o

A couple of observations:
1) The tiny screw which expands the doofer doesn't have any kind of locking mechanism on it.
2) The bike in question has a bunch of spacers on top of the stem ( he's not cut the steerer down because he wants to sell the bike on ).  Then, there's just a decorative push-on top cap.   This means the spacers above the stem are not under any pre-load compression at all, in fact they are quite loose and rattly.


Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 11, 2016, 12:56:05 pm
I did. Caecilius est pater.
Flavia puella est. Marcus sub arbore sedet.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 11, 2016, 01:13:05 pm
I did. Caecilius est pater.
Flavia puella est. Marcus sub arbore sedet.

Caesar adsum iam forte.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on October 11, 2016, 01:15:46 pm
I did. Caecilius est pater.
Flavia puella est. Marcus sub arbore sedet.

Carpe clunem.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Tim Hall on October 11, 2016, 02:02:23 pm
I did. Caecilius est pater.
Flavia puella est. Marcus sub arbore sedet.

Caesar adsum iam forte.
Brutus aderat
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 11, 2016, 03:04:31 pm
I did. Caecilius est pater.
Flavia puella est. Marcus sub arbore sedet.

Caesar adsum iam forte.
Brutus aderat
Caesar sic in omnibus.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on October 11, 2016, 03:08:28 pm
I did. Caecilius est pater.
Flavia puella est. Marcus sub arbore sedet.

Caesar adsum iam forte.
Brutus aderat
Caesar sic in omnibus.

I have a clean up kit for that.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on October 11, 2016, 04:06:08 pm
I did. Caecilius est pater.
Flavia puella est. Marcus sub arbore sedet.

Caesar adsum iam forte.
Brutus aderat
Caesar sic in omnibus.
Brutus sic inat
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: TheLurker on October 11, 2016, 07:26:21 pm
Stale buns to many of you I daresay, but I've been on me hols for a fortnight.

Bernie Sanders  (yes the famous, or is that notorious? usanian leftwing firebrand* politician) has a brother, Larry. 

Larry is a member of the Green Party and is moreover intent on becoming the new MP for Witney.

Larry Sanders (https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/sep/23/bernie-sanders-larry-sanders-brother-to-fight-david-camerons-old-seat-for-greens)

*Or, depending on your point of view, the only sane usanian politico in existence.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: clarion on October 12, 2016, 12:41:28 pm
Is he still played by Garry Shandling?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: asterix on October 12, 2016, 06:30:42 pm
Cat litter contains elevated levels of thorium-232.

also..

Thorium-232 is now classified as carcinogenic.
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Post by: Pingu on October 12, 2016, 06:51:07 pm
Cat litter contains elevated levels of thorium-232.

also..

Thorium-232 is now classified as carcinogenic.

What sort of cat litter? Before or after use?
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Post by: rogerzilla on October 12, 2016, 08:17:34 pm
I, for one, welcome our new mutant kitty overlords.
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Post by: Torslanda on October 12, 2016, 08:44:58 pm
They might find your lack of hake disturbing! *

Not 100% about litter being radioactive but it certainly smells like that's what the cats are leaving in the tray . . .












*IGMC
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Post by: Bledlow on October 12, 2016, 09:47:46 pm
Thanks to Svante Pääbo, I now know that very roughly half the Neanderthal genome has so far been found to be still floating around - in us. And the more people are tested, the more is found.

My mind is boggled.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: hatler on October 12, 2016, 09:58:38 pm
Uuurgghh rurrrgh.  Nggghhh ?
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Post by: jsabine on October 12, 2016, 10:26:27 pm
Uuuurrrrrggggh nnnnrrrrggggh!

Oh, sorry. The Archers thread is thataway >>>>
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Post by: Basil on October 12, 2016, 10:29:42 pm
Thanks to Svante Pääbo, I now know that very roughly half the Neanderthal genome has so far been found to be still floating around - in us. And the more people are tested, the more is found.

My mind is boggled.

A fascinating program.   Amazing  that new hominids are being identified even when they have  left no physical trace.  Only residual non-modern human DNA still surviving in isolated clusters.
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Post by: Bledlow on October 12, 2016, 10:54:54 pm
Yeah. Impressive enough that a test to see whether a bone was us or Neanderthal could find a completely unexpected new type of human, so we now know of a type of human which was definitely distinct, but which we know nothing about the appearance of, it being known only from a couple of teeth & a bone or two. And then the 'no physical trace' ones - wow!

The discussion of Neanderthal populations & genetic diversity or lack of was also fascinating. What did they think they were? Cheetahs?

A proper Horizon. I liked it a lot. Now I have some reading to do.
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Post by: David Martin on October 12, 2016, 11:00:42 pm
Damn - missed it. I'm good friends with Janet Kelso, one of the bioinformatics group leaders in Pääbo's department. Have to get it on iPlayer.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on October 12, 2016, 11:03:22 pm
That it's 50 years since the Aberfan disaster.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on October 12, 2016, 11:04:13 pm
Damn - missed it. I'm good friends with Janet Kelso, one of the bioinformatics group leaders in Pääbo's department. Have to get it on iPlayer.
She's in it.
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Post by: Paul on October 13, 2016, 12:54:24 pm
That it's 50 years since the Aberfan disaster.

I only caught the last 3 minutes of the programme last night (The Young Wives' Club) but I was in tears at the final scene. I found it on +1 and recorded it. I'll watch when I'm feeling strong.
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Post by: Kim on October 13, 2016, 12:56:15 pm
That it's 50 years since the Aberfan disaster.

I wonder how many people of my age or younger have even heard of it?

I only became aware when it came up in a Geography lesson at GCSE.  It must be prehistoric for the younger generations.  I suppose the same can probably be said for coal mining.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Wombat on October 13, 2016, 01:04:44 pm
I was 14, and remember arriving at my grandmother's house and finding her in tears, in a terrible state, being quite reasonably upset by what had happened to all those unsuspecting children.  From what I gathered at the time (I've not remotely studied the subject) it was another corporate carelessness job, leavened with a lack of knowledge about watercourses or something.

Whatever, it should be a lesson for the future.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on October 13, 2016, 03:50:54 pm
A Welsh university lecturer with a bent for process safety.  One of those sad case studies that every chemical engineer should learn about.

Along with
Bhopal
Alexander Keilland
Piper Alpha
Seveso
Texas City
Feyzin
Deepwater Horizon
... (unfortunately we keep repeating these)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on October 13, 2016, 04:01:01 pm
Reviewing engineering failures is part of the first year of engineering courses in Oz. I hadn't come across Aberfan before now, not unexpectedly. Also not too surprising that it made a big impression in the UK.
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Post by: hatler on October 13, 2016, 04:02:03 pm
Flixborough too.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on October 13, 2016, 04:10:53 pm
Alexander Kielland was an interesting case. My father lost a number of friends that day. It certainly had an impact on testing and certification.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Legs on October 13, 2016, 04:56:45 pm
Ronan Point (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronan_Point) is one of the big ones for us structural engineers.
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Post by: T42 on October 13, 2016, 05:08:31 pm
I remember that. Quite a kerfuffle it caused.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on October 13, 2016, 05:23:53 pm
That it's 50 years since the Aberfan disaster.

I only caught the last 3 minutes of the programme last night (The Young Wives' Club) but I was in tears at the final scene. I found it on +1 and recorded it. I'll watch when I'm feeling strong.

The thing that struck me was the stoicism demonstrated by the residents and rescue workers. One guy was asked a question by a young reporter and replied his mother was 'probably in there' before going back to digging. Another man interviewed said he was looking for his son, his daughter had already been found safe.

Difficult to watch, can only thank the stars and hope to never have that experience.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on October 13, 2016, 06:30:56 pm
That is a day I will never forget. I was delivering morning newspapers carrying the Aberfan headlines and came across a BISF (British Iron and Steel) house roaring in flame and watched the asbestos roof explode. (Occupant had been smoking in bed). I was 13.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: matthew on October 13, 2016, 11:10:38 pm
Reviewing engineering failures is part of the first year of engineering courses in Oz. I hadn't come across Aberfan before now, not unexpectedly. Also not too surprising that it made a big impression in the UK.

I had the same in 2000 as part of the first year of my chem eng course, 'what happens if we make a mistake'. Buildings blown out, Piper Alpha, Bhopal etc. were all part of it.

Texas City was while I was post grad as was Bunsfield.

They were all examples of doing things without full thought or full quality control during construction. Most of the fatalities at Texas City would have been avoided by following protocol and telling next door what you were about to do, the meeting would have been held elsewhere. Though the route cause of the incident is more involved the consequences would have been much reduced.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jakob W on October 14, 2016, 08:48:04 am
Adding to the list: DH Comet, Liberty ship hull failures. We had examples brought up through the various modules on my aero eng degree, but I always thought a second- or final-year seminar course on engineering failures would be a useful introduction to engineering practice; get given a classic case study to read up on and discuss every week.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: hatler on October 14, 2016, 08:50:30 am
The shuttle's tiles ?  One of our Uni lecturers was involved with sticking them on, or perhaps was consulted when they had failed to stick on.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Quisling on October 14, 2016, 09:26:28 am
A Welsh university lecturer with a bent for process safety.  One of those sad case studies that every chemical engineer should learn about.

Along with
Bhopal
Alexander Keilland
Piper Alpha
Seveso
Texas City
Feyzin
Deepwater Horizon
... (unfortunately we keep repeating these)

Seveso was so important that there's an entire EU Directive named after it.  "The Directive is widely considered as a benchmark for industrial accident policy and has been a role model for legislation in many countries world-wide."[http://ec.europa.eu/environment/seveso/index.htm]
The production director of the Seveso chemical plant was subsequently shot and killed by a terrorist organisation.  This incident led to much of our current understanding of the dangers of dioxins.

Back OT, I learned about the structure of the foot in a dissection programme on BBC4 last night.  Gross, but fascinating.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on October 14, 2016, 09:49:36 am
Reviewing engineering failures is part of the first year of engineering courses in Oz. I hadn't come across Aberfan before now, not unexpectedly. Also not too surprising that it made a big impression in the UK.

Similar in development to the Shenzen landslide last December.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Shenzhen_landslide
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 14, 2016, 10:45:51 am
That cardinals over 80 do not have the right to vote for the next pope. At present only 111 of the 211 cardinals are entitled to take part in a conclave, which means if Francis were to die right now, they'd have to do something special: they need a minimum of 121 voters to choose a pope.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 14, 2016, 10:52:52 am
That cardinals over 80 do not have the right to vote for the next pope. At present only 111 of the 211 cardinals are entitled to take part in a conclave, which means if Francis were to die right now, they'd have to do something special: they need a minimum of 121 voters to choose a pope.

God will provide ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on October 14, 2016, 03:30:18 pm
The not-yet-declared new king of Thailand used to have a poodle called Fufu (or Foo Foo - 1997-2015). It is said to have been made an Air Chief Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force, at his instigation, & often attended official occasions where it was treated as a guest, e.g. seated at table alongside humans. It featured prominently in a low-resolution video (probably shot from a phone) of its 2007 birthday party, in which the then crown princess fed it birthday cake while wearing only a g-string (the princess, not the poodle).

Ah, the lives of royalty!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on October 14, 2016, 06:21:10 pm
Alexander Kielland was an interesting case. My father lost a number of friends that day. It certainly had an impact on testing and certification.

They have a piece of the leg in the oil museum in Scavenger, quite sobering to see such thick steel twisted like rubber.

The Buchan, is a sister vessel, still in use as a floating production platform, but with severe restrictions on wave height before they need to downman. They will have to cease operations next year as they will not pass the latest safety case regulations.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Efrogwr on October 15, 2016, 06:28:10 pm
The not-yet-declared new king of Thailand used to have a poodle called Fufu (or Foo Foo - 1997-2015). It is said to have been made an Air Chief Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force, at his instigation, & often attended official occasions where it was treated as a guest, e.g. seated at table alongside humans. It featured prominently in a low-resolution video (probably shot from a phone) of its 2007 birthday party, in which the then crown princess fed it birthday cake while wearing only a g-string (the princess, not the poodle).

Ah, the lives of royalty!


King Walter?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: hatler on October 20, 2016, 11:53:22 am
It's best not to honk out of the saddle when towing a Bike Hod.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Legs on October 20, 2016, 04:29:40 pm
That Ben, the fillum with the twee Michael Jackson theme song, is actually a horror movie.  :o
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on October 20, 2016, 07:08:27 pm
Isn't that anything with Michael Jackson?  ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 20, 2016, 07:09:45 pm
Is it the one where his nose falls off?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on October 21, 2016, 09:52:20 pm
There is a ship called Dongbang Giant . . . Yes, really!
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:674576/mmsi:441941000/imo:9379923/vessel:DONGBANG_GIANT_NO_5 (http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:674576/mmsi:441941000/imo:9379923/vessel:DONGBANG_GIANT_NO_5)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: CAMRAMan on October 23, 2016, 05:37:13 pm
Many others here may already know it, but I found out today that Schwalbe means swallow. The bird, that is...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: cycleman on October 23, 2016, 06:24:34 pm
Won't you choke if you swallow a bird   ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on October 23, 2016, 06:48:49 pm
Won't you choke if you swallow a bird   ;D

to catch a spider?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: cycleman on October 23, 2016, 07:15:18 pm
To catch a fly  ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on October 23, 2016, 08:59:02 pm
But I don't know why you'd swallow a fly . . .
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on October 23, 2016, 09:16:09 pm
That the Lodges in East Anglia (primarily Breckland) e.g. Red Lodge, were fortified Rabbit warren keepers houses.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Feanor on October 23, 2016, 09:25:18 pm
But I don't know why you'd swallow a fly . . .

Perhaps you'll die.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pingu on October 24, 2016, 12:14:27 am
The USA has a Guano Islands Act.



















No shit!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on November 05, 2016, 12:52:46 pm
In 1872 or thereabouts the archives of the Confederacy were sold to the government of Mexico for $75,000.

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9C07E0DC1E38EF34BC4851DFB1668389669FDE

Not the charging Pickett, he was a general.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on November 05, 2016, 01:19:17 pm
The 'Mr Benjamin' & 'J P Benjamin' mentioned was a minister of the Confederate government who illustrated the peculiarities of Confederate prejudices. AFAIK Judah Benjamin wasn't handicapped much, if at all, by his religion or ethnicity.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on November 07, 2016, 09:20:28 pm
That duct tape is otherwise known as 'Havana chrome'.  ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on November 07, 2016, 10:28:14 pm
That duct tape is otherwise known as 'Havana chrome'.  ;D

Yes.  I started to watch Rich Hall, but as I fell asleep, I decided it wasn't really grabbing me and so returned to R4.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on November 08, 2016, 07:38:09 am
That a quarter of USAnians believe that the sun goes round the Earth.  This is new to me: I thought it was a third.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Salvatore on November 08, 2016, 07:44:07 am
Many others here may already know it, but I found out today that Schwalbe means swallow. The bird, that is...

It's also a dive in football.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rafletcher on November 15, 2016, 09:10:13 am
That one can pay in cheques to my bank account (in this case HSBC) at the Post Office. Which is handy as I have a rebate cheque  ::-) from HMRC (who I pay electronically...)  and my local HSBC branch, 2 doors from the PO, has closed recently.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Polar Bear on November 15, 2016, 09:16:02 am
How to isolate and remove a radiator.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Pingu on November 16, 2016, 09:54:07 am
That duct tape is otherwise known as 'Havana chrome'.  ;D

In a song by Jim White it's Alabama chrome.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rafletcher on November 17, 2016, 11:05:33 am
That having the cracked fireback in our fireplace replaced will mean the installer confirming we have a CO alarm, as it is now required by law. 
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: jsabine on November 17, 2016, 11:30:08 pm
Fiver on Amazon (https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/sv3/iMusi-Carbon-Monoxide-Detector-Poisoning-Warning-Detection/B01IOJYM66/). I'm sure you'll cope ...

In truth, we should probably acquire one.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on November 18, 2016, 02:01:33 pm
That when repairing a puncture or replacing a tyre in the cold, inflating to max pressure should be avoided if the storage space for the bike at work is a warm room.

I have a brace of CHP engineers in my plant room who nearly had a heart attack :-[
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 18, 2016, 06:31:55 pm
Is that some sort of belated exchange program with the California Highway Patrol?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: matthew on November 18, 2016, 07:03:59 pm
Combined Heat and Power, so basically a boiler that is producing steam for electrisity and using the low grade heat from the back end to heat the school.

I wouldn't have thought the temp difference was more than 30 deg K or about 11% and I wouldn't have thought a 10psi increase would cause a rim failure.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on November 18, 2016, 07:12:15 pm
Combined Heat and Power, so basically a boiler that is producing steam for electrisity and using the low grade heat from the back end to heat the school.

Bonus points for large installations with a conspicuous lack of black start capability...


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I wouldn't have thought the temp difference was more than 30 deg K or about 11% and I wouldn't have thought a 10psi increase would cause a rim failure.

Enough to tip it over the edge if something's about to go kaboom anyway, thobut.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mark on November 18, 2016, 07:21:56 pm
If the rim is scored (like from a sharp stone embedded in the brake pad) it will fail pretty easily. Also, cheap rims that don't have a hook to hold the tire bead in place will fail at about the tire's  recommended maximum pressure. The flange of the rim flexes just enough to let the tire bead slide off the rim and the tube blows.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: JonBuoy on November 18, 2016, 07:32:56 pm
The gritty stuff in Swarfega Orange hand cleaner is cornmeal not polymer microbeads.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Andrij on November 18, 2016, 09:27:31 pm
I can track-stand.

But I put my skill in the same category as moms lifting cars off of trapped children - something that only happens in the heat of the moment and cannot be repeated on demand.

After the peds saw sense and cleared the path, I almost fell over when I realised what I was doing.  Thankfully forward motion won out over sideways.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 19, 2016, 12:55:35 pm
That Val McDermid based the character of Jacko Vance on Jimmy Savile, and was surprised that so few people seemed to notice.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on November 19, 2016, 05:31:25 pm
Our CHP is a Mercedes V8 marine diesel converted to run on natural gas. The unit was having a topped rebuild (cylinder heads off, pistons and liners out etc). Pistons are about 6" diameter.

The rim was fine. I think I may have been a bit careless in fully seating the bead of the tyre but it remained in place for an 8 mile commute.......
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Wombat on November 19, 2016, 06:20:33 pm
We have little ones with Sachs motorcycle engines in them (Senertec), at 3 of our sheltered blocks.  At the last place, we had a Wartsila ship engine powered one, that is bigger than my house.  Admittedly, that heated a bit more than one building!
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on November 20, 2016, 09:02:22 pm
Today I learned that dolphins are jungle animals. Cool.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 20, 2016, 09:16:25 pm
It seems to me that most dinosaurs were actually burrowing creatures.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Canardly on November 21, 2016, 10:24:47 am
That trying to shove a lithium 2032 into a 2025 orifice doesn't work, Doh!  :facepalm:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on November 21, 2016, 01:19:10 pm
It will be 0.7mm too thick.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on November 21, 2016, 04:54:08 pm
That the US constitution still permits slavery, as part of punishment for crime.  The measure was included as an exemption to the general ban on slavery, so as to cover forced labour in prisons.

In the recent election, Colorado had a question on their ballot papers as to whether a similar exemption should be removed from the state constitution, but it was so confusingly worded that the majority would appear to have mistakenly voted to keep it.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: TheLurker on November 21, 2016, 07:19:53 pm
When Donald Trump's grandfather, Friedrich, returned to Bavaria as an old man, having previously trotted off to USAnia as a young man, he was turfed out in short order, by royal decree, for not having done mandatory military service and dodging emigration paperwork.   Oh and he (it is alleged) ran a brothel in one of the gold rush areas in USAnia.

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on November 21, 2016, 08:05:42 pm
More 'what I have relearned today' . . .

The reason I stopped using an electric razor <mumble> years ago. The skin around my collar line looks like someone took a belt sander to it.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on November 21, 2016, 10:59:37 pm
That when repairing a puncture or replacing a tyre in the cold, inflating to max pressure should be avoided if the storage space for the bike at work is a warm room.

I have a brace of CHP engineers in my plant room who nearly had a heart attack :-[

That's the funniest thing I've read in days.

Go on, do another one ;D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: tiermat on November 22, 2016, 09:44:42 am
More 'what I have relearned today' . . .

The reason I stopped using an electric razor <mumble> years ago. The skin around my collar line looks like someone took a belt sander to it.

You are not the only one to suffer with that, despite the time savings that can be had from using an electric, I haven't used one for *mumblemumble* years
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on November 22, 2016, 09:51:54 am
45 years for me.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: rafletcher on November 22, 2016, 11:35:06 am
Never in my case, and I'm not convinced they save much if any time anyway.  Maybe I'm just a sloppy shaver.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on November 22, 2016, 12:08:22 pm
beard for me
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 22, 2016, 12:53:22 pm
More 'what I have relearned today' . . .

The reason I stopped using an electric razor <mumble> years ago. The skin around my collar line looks like someone took a belt sander to it.

You are not the only one to suffer with that, despite the time savings that can be had from using an electric, I haven't used one for *mumblemumble* years

But if and when you have grandchildren, it is a law that you have to pretend to shave them by rubbing the other side of the activated electric razor over their faces, causing squeals and giggles.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Bledlow on November 22, 2016, 01:11:31 pm
When Donald Trump's grandfather, Friedrich, returned to Bavaria as an old man, having previously trotted off to USAnia as a young man, he was turfed out in short order, by royal decree, for not having done mandatory military service and dodging emigration paperwork.   Oh and he (it is alleged) ran a brothel in one of the gold rush areas in USAnia.
Friedrich Trump was 35 when he returned to Germany, supposedly because his wife (who he'd met & married the previous time he'd been back) was homesick. So, not quite an old man. His home town is in the Pfalz, which was part of of the Kingdom of Bavaria, but not in Bavaria proper, or the modern German state.

And it wasn't a royal decree as in an order made personally by the king or even that the king knew of, but an order issued by officials in the Ministry of the Interior, which like all such paperwork at the time was in the king's name.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Legs on November 24, 2016, 08:43:47 am
 :sick: after eating blueberries is the most astonishing red colour.  DAMHIKT.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on November 24, 2016, 09:37:42 am
That the human body reflects FM signals better than it transmits them.  My FM radio/clock is tuned at last.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: barakta on November 24, 2016, 10:36:08 am
There's a very popular "radio aid" system (extra gadget for deaf ppl to add to hearing aids to aid hearing - often used in situations with big rooms or lots of people and therefore background noise) which doesn't work if there are people between the speaker and deaf person cos human bodies block the signal  :facepalm:

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: TheLurker on November 24, 2016, 05:47:01 pm
When Donald Trump's grandfather, Friedrich, returned to Bavaria as an old man, having previously trotted off to USAnia as a young man, he was turfed out in short order, by royal decree, for not having done mandatory military service and dodging emigration paperwork.   Oh and he (it is alleged) ran a brothel in one of the gold rush areas in USAnia.
Friedrich Trump was 35 when he returned to Germany, supposedly because his wife (who he'd met & married the previous time he'd been back) was homesick. So, not quite an old man. His home town is in the Pfalz, which was part of of the Kingdom of Bavaria, but not in Bavaria proper, or the modern German state.

And it wasn't a royal decree as in an order made personally by the king or even that the king knew of, but an order issued by officials in the Ministry of the Interior, which like all such paperwork at the time was in the king's name.
Aww spoilsport.  None of that unimportant detail made it into the article I read.  Anyway, what have facts and accuracy got to do with anything when it comes to Agent^wPresident-Elect Orange?  :)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on November 26, 2016, 05:03:58 pm
I has learned how easy and effective it is to cut wire ( actually stainless steel) rope with a cold chisel. Wrap with tape to keep the ends tidy, place on an anvil (a lump of 1" plate in my case)  and whop.  Reckon it has application to bikey things, too, only not straightforward to get the end somewhere whopable.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on November 27, 2016, 03:52:55 pm
That in 1959 the tobacco industry was aware that smoking delivered polonium-210 and lead-210 to the lungs, but refused to remove them because doing so would make nicotine-delivery less efficient. Clicky (http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2012/05/24/tobacco-firms-have-failed-to-act-on-radioactivity-in-cigarettes-heres-why/)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on November 30, 2016, 09:31:55 pm
And on a related note, tonight I discovered that my mother's first job was as an assistant in the MRC unit in Gower Street, transcribing data and plotting graphs for Sir Richard Doll in his ground breaking study on smoking. She worked there for two weeks and was paid £4 10' per week.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 02, 2016, 11:30:39 am
Gene Rodenberry was led into writing Star Trek after co-piloting a passenger aircraft that crashed into the desert

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/plane (http://theoatmeal.com/comics/plane)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on December 02, 2016, 01:10:23 pm
The Emerald Ash Borer eats its way under the bark of ash-trees and kills them. Europe is on its line of march:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_ash_borer
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Legs on December 08, 2016, 09:56:56 am
Not all AA batteries are the same size :demon:.  We've got a baby monitor that recharges its batteries when sitting on its base, so I can quite understand if non-rechargeables were minutely bigger than rechargeables (THAT would be a clever bit of poka-yoke (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poka-yoke)) to safeguard against putting the wrong type in, but even the new rechargeable ones I've bought won't fit...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on December 08, 2016, 12:59:58 pm
Rechargables are marketed by their capacity, so it's common for manufacturers to take liberties with the tolerances to squeeze a few more mAh in.  On the other hand there seems to be some sort of gentlemen's agreement between manufacturers never to mention the actual capacity of primary cells, so they tend to stick to the official physical spec for those.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on December 15, 2016, 09:24:41 am
Today I have learned something of the private lives of fairies. They are very sociable creatures, apparently.

Since December 1 I have had a Christmas tree on my bike, and in residence atop the said tree is Cheery, a fairy (first cousin of Cheery Littlebottom, Dwarf). She has been throwing parties and inviting her friends every day. Apparently the Puncture Fairy could only make it three times.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Wombat on December 15, 2016, 02:13:58 pm
And on a related note, tonight I discovered that my mother's first job was as an assistant in the MRC unit in Gower Street, transcribing data and plotting graphs for Sir Richard Doll in his ground breaking study on smoking. She worked there for two weeks and was paid £4 10' per week.

She wasn't also there when he was working with Mr Peto on their stuff on effects of asbestos, was she?  That was a brilliant work, and has had considerable influence on part of my career (and on a court case relating to the death of a friend).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on December 15, 2016, 03:53:01 pm
No. I think it was a two week summer job.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Torslanda on December 15, 2016, 07:43:22 pm
That Shimano Alfine lubricating oil must be the most expensive I have ever come across.

A small bottle sufficient for a hub service is over a tenner. That makes it over £200 per litre...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 16, 2016, 12:44:04 pm
Not all AA batteries are the same size :demon:.  We've got a baby monitor that recharges its batteries when sitting on its base, so I can quite understand if non-rechargeables were minutely bigger than rechargeables (THAT would be a clever bit of poka-yoke (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poka-yoke)) to safeguard against putting the wrong type in, but even the new rechargeable ones I've bought won't fit...
I've noticed Vapex are a bit bigger than Duracell rechargeables.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on December 23, 2016, 10:57:36 pm
That the tune originally written for 'While shepherds watched their flocks' was later taken up for a popular song regarding someone dying in Yorkshire and being eaten by waterfowl.

Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on December 23, 2016, 10:59:59 pm
That the tune originally written for 'While shepherds watched their flocks' was later taken up for a popular song regarding someone dying in Yorkshire and being eaten by waterfowl.

This was referred to by that Kate Rusby in York on Sunday night  8)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: David Martin on December 23, 2016, 11:11:53 pm
bar t'at
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on December 24, 2016, 08:05:08 am
Alehouse decoration or Jewish festival?

Baht'at and nowt to do wi' sock-washers.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ruthie on December 24, 2016, 09:06:30 am
bar t'at

Aye, and wi'out 'tshoes wi' ribbons on.

She was lovely  :D
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on December 26, 2016, 02:55:20 pm
That our post-office has been closed for the last month because somebody nicked the 30 metres of copper cable connecting it to the outside world.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Phil W on December 26, 2016, 03:08:04 pm
That it takes 8 days for a caterpillar to  transform  into a butterfly.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 27, 2016, 09:07:00 pm
That the Pyongyang metro is so obviously based on Moscow's even the trains are the same colours.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Ham on January 01, 2017, 07:06:42 pm
Inspired by driving back yesterday through c 900Km of freezing fog (a fun activity I can recommend to those of masochistic tendency) I now know what freezing fog is.

On the road, I was befuddled by the contradictory information lodged in my brain: Water freezes at 0o and fog is water vapour. How, I asked myself could water vapour stay watery at -6o?

It turns out that water needs something to freeze on, in the absence of which it remains liquid. Thus, providing a wondrous show of rime on the roadside vegetation, and depositing thick ice layer onto any car surface it could.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Jakob W on January 02, 2017, 09:46:56 pm
Cool. So is every snowflake formed around a speck of airborne dust, or is the inside of the cloud cold enough to cause spontaneous formation of ice crystals?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mark on January 02, 2017, 10:14:16 pm
Wikipedia tells us that each flake forms around a particle, unless the temperature is below -35C. Excellent article, actually.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowflake
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: hatler on January 03, 2017, 03:36:34 pm
Inspired by driving back yesterday through c 900Km of freezing fog (a fun activity I can recommend to those of masochistic tendency) I now know what freezing fog is.

On the road, I was befuddled by the contradictory information lodged in my brain: Water freezes at 0o and fog is water vapour. How, I asked myself could water vapour stay watery at -6o?

It turns out that water needs something to freeze on, in the absence of which it remains liquid. Thus, providing a wondrous show of rime on the roadside vegetation, and depositing thick ice layer onto any car surface it could.
One of my runs to the Alps (in December '88) was in a 6 pot Landy that had no heater matrix fitted. I had freezing fog from somewhere just a bit South of Calais for hours and the rime accumulation on the front of the vehicle was something to behold.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 05, 2017, 12:45:45 pm
Mount Athos is the spiritual capital of the Orthodox Christian world

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Women are not allowed within 500 metres of the shore, and even female animals are prohibited from walking on Mount Athos. This is because the Virgin Mary is said to have visited the peninsula and prayed to have it as her own.

So, Virgin Mary, a woman, prayed to have the peninsula as her own and now woman are not allowed within 500m of the place by the very church that venerates her?

Irony, much?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on January 05, 2017, 01:49:28 pm
Warning: Danger of Parthenogenesis Beyond This Point.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: hatler on January 05, 2017, 02:29:39 pm
Mount Athos is the spiritual capital of the Orthodox Christian world

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Women are not allowed within 500 metres of the shore, and even female animals are prohibited from walking on Mount Athos. This is because the Virgin Mary is said to have visited the peninsula and prayed to have it as her own.

So, Virgin Mary, a woman, prayed to have the peninsula as her own and now woman are not allowed within 500m of the place by the very church that venerates her?

Irony, much?

If you haven't already read From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/From_the_Holy_Mountain), I highly recommend it if your interest in the Orthodox church has been recently piqued.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: hatler on January 05, 2017, 02:32:21 pm
Ooo yes, and also Patrick Leigh Fermor's posthumously edited and published The Broken Road. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Broken_Road_(Leigh_Fermor_book))
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 05, 2017, 02:49:51 pm
Mount Athos is the spiritual capital of the Orthodox Christian world

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Women are not allowed within 500 metres of the shore, and even female animals are prohibited from walking on Mount Athos. This is because the Virgin Mary is said to have visited the peninsula and prayed to have it as her own.

So, Virgin Mary, a woman, prayed to have the peninsula as her own and now woman are not allowed within 500m of the place by the very church that venerates her?

Irony, much?

If you haven't already read From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/From_the_Holy_Mountain), I highly recommend it if your interest in the Orthodox church has been recently piqued.
er, my disgust in their hypocrisy was recently tweaked.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 05, 2017, 02:50:15 pm
Or anything else by Patrick Leigh Fermor, but not necessarily to learn about Orthodox Christianity (though that certainly gets a mention in Between the Woods and the Water, along with Greek Catholicism).
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: hatler on January 05, 2017, 02:55:58 pm
Mount Athos is the spiritual capital of the Orthodox Christian world

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Women are not allowed within 500 metres of the shore, and even female animals are prohibited from walking on Mount Athos. This is because the Virgin Mary is said to have visited the peninsula and prayed to have it as her own.

So, Virgin Mary, a woman, prayed to have the peninsula as her own and now woman are not allowed within 500m of the place by the very church that venerates her?

Irony, much?

If you haven't already read From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/From_the_Holy_Mountain), I highly recommend it if your interest in the Orthodox church has been recently piqued.
er, my disgust in their hypocrisy was recently tweaked.
:-)
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: fd3 on January 06, 2017, 09:09:41 pm
Teaching astrophysics for the first time today, found out about the history of astrometry and how the radius of the earth was determined by looking down wells.  Pretty cool ... but then you have to recalibrate for my interpretation of cool.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Basil on January 06, 2017, 09:52:52 pm
Your interpretation of cool sits well with me.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: hatler on January 06, 2017, 10:10:59 pm
That was a Greek chap wasn't it ?   About 2500 years ago ?
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: T42 on January 09, 2017, 01:49:45 pm
Eratosthenes? Prime fella.

Anyway, wot I lurnt today was that pre- and maybe post-WW2 French bistros had a supply of writing-paper for the use of their clients. Simone de Beauvoir used to repair to the local bistro every time she wanted to write a letter, and mentions a barman telling someone "no, I can't give you writing-paper unless you order something".  People used to sit there writing all day, drinking coffee, eating lunch, dinner etc.  Nice work if you can get it.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Kim on January 09, 2017, 02:14:38 pm
Anyway, wot I lurnt today was that pre- and maybe post-WW2 French bistros had a supply of writing-paper for the use of their clients. Simone de Beauvoir used to repair to the local bistro every time she wanted to write a letter, and mentions a barman telling someone "no, I can't give you writing-paper unless you order something".  People used to sit there writing all day, drinking coffee, eating lunch, dinner etc.  Nice work if you can get it.

Thereby conclusively answering the question of what people used to do before they invented WiFi...
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: ElyDave on January 09, 2017, 04:21:36 pm
Inspired by driving back yesterday through c 900Km of freezing fog (a fun activity I can recommend to those of masochistic tendency) I now know what freezing fog is.

On the road, I was befuddled by the contradictory information lodged in my brain: Water freezes at 0o and fog is water vapour. How, I asked myself could water vapour stay watery at -6o?

It turns out that water needs something to freeze on, in the absence of which it remains liquid. Thus, providing a wondrous show of rime on the roadside vegetation, and depositing thick ice layer onto any car surface it could.

Bubbles are the same, they need soemthing to nucleate on, typically the microscopic imperfections and impurities on the surface of the glass.

Not sure where you are but a few years ago round here we had freezing fog for days in a row.  Just going out to empty the bins you'd end up with frost on your jumper.
Title: Re: what I have learned today.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 09, 2017, 06:19:58 pm
Anyway, wot I lurnt today was that pre- and maybe post-WW2 French bistros had a supply of writing-paper for the use of their clients. Simone de Beauvoir used to repair to the local bistro every time she wanted to write a letter, and mentions a barman telling someone "no, I can't give you writing-paper unless you order something".  People used to sit there writing all day, drinking coffee, eating lunch, dinner etc.  Nice work if you can get it.

Thereby conclusively answering the question of w