Author Topic: You know you're middle aged when  (Read 83922 times)

Kim

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #700 on: April 27, 2018, 05:05:05 pm »
I'm still annoyed that my grandfather's slide rule (which he gave me when I didn't really know enough maths to use it properly) wasn't amongst the things I liberated from my parents' house.  He had one of those Sinclair calculators too, but I suspect that got binned after he died, because nobody had really cottoned onto the idea of Sir Clive's creations ever being collectable classics.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #701 on: April 27, 2018, 05:09:09 pm »
I have my father's 5-figure logarithm book somewhere.
And I'm sufficiently old that, in the sixth form I was more accurate and faster than the calculators then available.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #702 on: April 27, 2018, 05:21:06 pm »
I'm still annoyed that my grandfather's slide rule (which he gave me when I didn't really know enough maths to use it properly) wasn't amongst the things I liberated from my parents' house.  He had one of those Sinclair calculators too, but I suspect that got binned after he died, because nobody had really cottoned onto the idea of Sir Clive's creations ever being collectable classics.
If you'd just like a slide rule, I might be able to bring one to Long Itch. If you want one with memories, then obviously I can't.
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Kim

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #703 on: April 27, 2018, 05:59:58 pm »
Thanks, but it's mostly the memories.  It's a bit late to turn up to a maths exam with one for comedy value, which is the main application I can think of for one.
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tiermat

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #704 on: April 27, 2018, 06:02:27 pm »
... The people you went to school with start dying, of natural causes...

First one that I am aware of, today.
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ElyDave

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #705 on: April 27, 2018, 07:47:58 pm »
I still have my circular slide rule from when I was learning to fly light aircraft.
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Phil W

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #706 on: April 27, 2018, 07:51:40 pm »
I have my father's 5-figure logarithm book somewhere.
And I'm sufficiently old that, in the sixth form I was more accurate and faster than the calculators then available.

Did both my O level and A level maths exams with log books.  I forgot my calculator both times.

Torslanda

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #707 on: April 27, 2018, 08:51:44 pm »
... The people you went to school with start dying, of natural causes...

First one that I am aware of, today.

Yeah, that's happened a few times (but then I am <mumble> years older) and it sucks.

Sympathies. I would offer to make you a coffee but you're waaaayyyy better at it than I am...
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Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

tiermat

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #708 on: April 28, 2018, 07:32:44 am »
... The people you went to school with start dying, of natural causes...

First one that I am aware of, today.

Yeah, that's happened a few times (but then I am <mumble> years older) and it sucks.

Sympathies. I would offer to make you a coffee but you're waaaayyyy better at it than I am...

Thanks, T.

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Torslanda

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #709 on: April 28, 2018, 09:27:25 am »
As much as the level crossing 6 years ago?  ;D  :demon:

SIX YEARS! We're way overdue another silly bike adventure . . .
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Giraffe

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #710 on: April 28, 2018, 09:32:52 am »
I have my father's 5-figure logarithm book somewhere.
And I'm sufficiently old that, in the sixth form I was more accurate and faster than the calculators then available.
I have an old logarithm/trig. function book (that I can't find atm), a slide rule that I used at work in the mid-60s and also a 120-year calendar that ran out 2 years ago! It was published in '57.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #711 on: April 28, 2018, 10:10:08 am »
Surely that was a 60 year calendar then?
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TheLurker

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #712 on: April 28, 2018, 10:27:15 am »
From The Lurker Archive, second shelf from the top, left hand bookcase, just above all the programming and algorithm reference books.  The 1941 reprint of the 1930 edition.  It still impresses me that in the middle of a war that it was possible to print books on decent quality paper.  I have a 1979/80 paperback edition of 4 figure log tables and the paper in that started disintegrating 10 or more years ago.

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #713 on: April 28, 2018, 01:36:47 pm »
Impressive; most of the wartime books I've got are printed to 'war standard', which meant cheap paper and bindings. Most of them have held up OK, mind - better than most of the 50s/60s paperbacks I've got (though obviously paperbacks are more fragile).

Giraffe

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #714 on: April 29, 2018, 08:03:40 am »
Surely that was a 60 year calendar then?
It's from an insurance company, so it could be for start/finish dates of policies - some of those are 60-years+.
2x4: thick plank; 4x4: 2 of 'em.

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #715 on: May 06, 2018, 09:31:59 pm »
You local heritage railway is running trains of your childhood, not steam


arabella

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #716 on: May 07, 2018, 08:37:11 pm »
... with doors that you can open from the inside
iirc a slidey thing so not accidentally openable when crowded
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #717 on: May 07, 2018, 09:08:26 pm »
Nah.  mllePB is a professional train spotter.  That is, she gets paid for doing things railways related.  She was just out looking for rolling stock for the project that she's working on at the moment.   :demon:  :D   

hellymedic

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #718 on: May 07, 2018, 09:19:30 pm »
.. former schoolmate posts a profile picture on Facebook and looks like a witch.
You come to the realisation that you probably also look like a witch!

T42

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #719 on: May 08, 2018, 08:47:07 am »
There's a boggart in our bathroom mirror.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #720 on: May 08, 2018, 04:56:26 pm »
You local heritage railway is running trains of your childhood, not steam



I know distance lends enchantment and all that, but that is a rather handsome livery.

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #721 on: May 08, 2018, 09:56:27 pm »
Nah - that's just the colour of a vehicle that's lovingly hand-washed prior to day's outing, rather than the original 1970s grime colour.

ian

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #722 on: May 16, 2018, 09:21:49 am »
I flew back from Berlin yesterday and the as usual, and while the pilot fidgeted in the cockpit (presumably trying to find the switch that turns the foglights off) the first officer was charged with the usual say goodbye to the deplaning passengers duty. No issues with that, but I swear she didn't look old enough to have passed her driving test.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #723 on: May 16, 2018, 09:46:52 am »
I flew back from Berlin yesterday and the as usual, and while the pilot fidgeted in the cockpit (presumably trying to find the switch that turns the foglights off) the first officer was charged with the usual say goodbye to the deplaning passengers duty. No issues with that, but I swear she didn't look old enough to have passed her driving test.

Regrettably, even in 2018, female commercial pilots seem to be in the minority although I gather numbers are increasing  :thumbsup:  I was getting off a plane sometime ago, when female pilots really were rare and a female pilot was doing goodbye duty.  A bloke in front of me couldn't help himself, "Nice parking love!"   ::-)  was offered as he went through the door.  To her credit she just smiled.

ian

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #724 on: May 16, 2018, 09:52:40 am »
I suspect there's some rule about punching passengers no matter how well deserved that punch might be.
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