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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:05 pm UTC

Deva wrote:Learned about World Wide Association of Specialty Programs. Shudders. Readjusted breathing afterwards.

Yes.
Did you read the book, 'Holes'.
It may have been made into a movie.

Those places are/were Real!

Those stories dove-tail into the stories of the for-profit U.S. Prison System.
And; Those are Really, Really scary stories. (ahhh!)

I'm working on readjusting my breathing.
True Story:
Spoiler:
On two different days in the same week I had two different (what looked like) Police Sirs pull me over.
After they hassled me a while and looked at my paperwork, they each said the exact same words.

The words were;
And; The Next Time We Arrest You!
We Are Going To LOSE Your PaperWork!


The first Time, it just kind'a ruined my day.
The second Time frightened me.

Like, out of body disassociation, blood running cold, shaking and too weak to walk frightened.
I was very frightened; Deva; People go into those places, ....
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Deva » Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:36 am UTC

Never read it. Picked up basic information through osmosis, however. Published it during late elementary school. Probably featured it heavily during Book Fairs.

Nods. Sees their parallels. Declines to read those stories. Partook too much last time. (Still perused general overviews.)
Spoiler:
Sounds scary. Cannot understand their thought processes.

Escaped that fate, fortunately. Do not dwell on where you are not too long.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Flumble » Tue Jul 26, 2016 3:24 pm UTC

TIL this is the PM who now leads the UK.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Carlington » Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:33 am UTC

TIL that a set of headphones with an inline mic, with judicious use of blutack, can serve as a passable, if lo-fi, microphone (and maybe also pick-up, I haven't tried an amp yet) for an acoustic guitar.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Rosielukas » Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:58 am UTC

The human race will not stop until they have made an acronym for every common phrase. Will they triumph? Let’s watch and learn.

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Re: Today I Learned

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Rosielukas wrote:The HRWNS until they have MAA for every CP. WTT? LW&L.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Sableagle » Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:08 am UTC

TIL that my stomach hurts. Maybe if I lie down again at just the right angle I'll ..... get a headache?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby eSOANEM » Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:58 am UTC

It's because the imbalance of the humours flows from your stomach to head.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Sableagle » Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:36 am UTC

I'll try to remember to have my mouth open next time and let them out.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Sableagle » Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:39 pm UTC

He graduated and found a job as an application developer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Are they still the medical insurance cover provider with the worst reputation for refusing to cover anything?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:09 am UTC

Flumble wrote:TIL this is the PM who now leads the UK.

That is very entertaining.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Deva » Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:38 pm UTC

Learned a new stereotype. Singles out odd characteristics.
Changes its form depending on the observer.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Sat Aug 13, 2016 7:09 pm UTC

Deva wrote:Learned a new stereotype. Singles out odd characteristics.

Please, explain.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

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Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
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They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Deva » Sat Aug 13, 2016 8:16 pm UTC

Will use a fictitious stereotype. Selects families loving potato salad. Tries to approach it from both directions. Asks "What food do families like?" and "Who likes potato salad?". Fails to answer both confidently. Conforms to the "correct" answer by near random chance. Wonders how others link them and agree so easily.

Edit2: Rewrote it. Improved somewhat. Feels imperfect still. Might have been clearer with Rorschachs instead. Stems from being unperceptive, probably.
Edit3: Intended to cut words. Revised it again.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Sableagle » Mon Aug 15, 2016 4:06 pm UTC

TIL that it's Flying Ant Day. The place is crawling with workers seeking crashed drones from other colonies.

This week I also learned that, whatever species this is, I have one:

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Mean-lookin' thing, masquerading as a buttercup?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Mon Aug 15, 2016 4:55 pm UTC

Sableagle wrote:TIL that it's Flying Ant Day. The place is crawling with workers seeking crashed drones from other colonies.

This week I also learned that, whatever species this is, I have one:

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Mean-lookin' thing, masquerading as a buttercup?

Is it a baby blackberry?
It has thorns.

My first thought:
It has thorns.
I did not plant it.
Therefore; Kill them all and let God sort it out in his garden.
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Some of us see The Gutter.
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They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Sableagle » Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:52 pm UTC

Nah. I have a lot of brambles. The leaves don't look like that, they have thorns under them and the thorns on the stems are a pretty pink, have longer bases and appear futher apart than that. Also, bramble stems are angular in cross-section. That stem's round.

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It's not berberis. Berberis spines come in threes and those aren't berberis leaves.

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It's no rose.

The leaves look a little like creeping buttercup:

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... but buttercups don't eat cats. That looks like it might eat cats.

It's not pyracantha. Too thorny, and wrong leaves.

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I just found out that the pretty purple strangers who showed up near the compost heap this year are aquilegia, but I still don't know what that little bundle of trouble is.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Sableagle » Wed Aug 17, 2016 3:43 pm UTC

TIL that lights 1 and 2 do come on bright enough to be useful but it takes a while, light 3 is out and light 4 flickers at a rather unpleasant frequency, that the beams didn't need re-aligning, just ridding of stray scrap material, that there was a lot of stray matter around and that the end of June next year isn't far enough away for supermarkets to be willing to accept stock with that "best before" date, so nearly 10 tonnes of jam roly poly is going to be converted to methane instead of sold in the shops or given to charities or whatever else one would do with nearly 10 tonnes of perfectly good jam roly poly.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Sableagle » Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:38 pm UTC

Oh, yeah, and also that the new Poison Ivy DVDs' cover art looks like Ariel in a green Jessica Rabbit costume.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Sableagle » Thu Aug 18, 2016 4:49 pm UTC

TIL that Robert Redford is looking good for an 80-year-old.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:16 am UTC

Sableagle wrote:TIL that it's Flying Ant Day. The place is crawling with workers seeking crashed drones from other colonies.

This week I also learned that, whatever species this is, I have one:

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Mean-lookin' thing, masquerading as a buttercup?

It haunts me.
What is that?

I think I have seen one, somewhere.
I can not remember where it was.

Might it grow up to be 2 meters tall with large pretty white flowers?

What were the roots like?
Did you kill that thing?
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Some of us see The Gutter.
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Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:06 pm UTC

Today I learned:
My peach tree is a nectarine tree.

Peach are fuzzy.
Nectarine are bald.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zohar » Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:29 pm UTC

Both are delicious, though! It sounds like your tree gives fruit - have you tried any?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Sableagle » Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:58 pm UTC

Oh, Willie McBride, it was all done in vain.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby PM 2Ring » Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:32 pm UTC

addams wrote:Today I learned:
My peach tree is a nectarine tree.

Peach are fuzzy.
Nectarine are bald.

They are the same species, fuzziness is controlled by a single allele (gene) which can signify either the fuzzy or the non-fuzzy type. The fuzzy type is dominant, so if the DNA of the tree has a pair of genes for non-fuzziness then you get nectarines, otherwise you get peaches. See indelG: Peach vs Nectarine for the technical details.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Sableagle » Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:52 pm UTC

Therefore your peach tree is a peach tree, but it's a mutant!
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:27 am UTC

PM 2Ring wrote:
addams wrote:Today I learned:
My peach tree is a nectarine tree.

Peach are fuzzy.
Nectarine are bald.

They are the same species, fuzziness is controlled by a single allele (gene) which can signify either the fuzzy or the non-fuzzy type. The fuzzy type is dominant, so if the DNA of the tree has a pair of genes for non-fuzziness then you get nectarines, otherwise you get peaches. See indelG: Peach vs Nectarine for the technical details.

Oh! Thank you.
That explains it.

I was sure I had planted Peach seeds.
But, The fruit is nectarine not peach.

Now, I know the answer to 'Why?'.
I assumed it was a case of 'misremembering'.

Zohar wrote:Both are delicious, though! It sounds like your tree gives fruit - have you tried any?

Yes.
They are nice.

They are sweet and still a little green.
Almost every one has a little split in it.

I was told, splits are caused from uneven watering practices.
I know, I am guilty of uneven watering practices. (don't care)

The Raccoons and Birds are competing with me for the fruit.
I can tell how tall the Raccoons are. Why don't they climb?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Sableagle » Fri Aug 26, 2016 4:01 pm UTC

I have learned why some manufacturers individually wrap their teabags.

It's not to make them look good in hotel breakfast buffet displays.

It's not to keep them clean in hotel breakfast buffet displays.

It's not to keep them fresh.

It's not to stop the smell getting into other products.

It's not to stop the smell attracting flies or mice.

It's because they really, really hate The One-Armed Man and want him to suffer.

By the way, I've hurt my shoulder.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Coyne » Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:36 pm UTC

Sableagle wrote:By the way, I've hurt my shoulder.


Condolences. Heal quick: you'll need that arm (and, evidently, a crowbar) to open tea bags.

(Sometime in the future, aliens will find us all dead with unopenable packages--and broken scissors--nearby. The aliens will find the contents of the packages are still "edible"--that is, if the aliens can find a way to open one.)
In all fairness...

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Sableagle » Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:13 am UTC

There used to be a trick, probably banned now, of trying to light a match.

All you have to do is open the matchbox, take out two matches, close the matchbox, stand one match in the end of the drawer, strike the other match, use it to light the standing one and then blow it out without blowing out the standing one.

The tricky bit is that you have to do it one-handed without putting anything down or leaning anything against anything else.

I did manage it, but that was right-handed and it's my right shoulder that's hurt.

.....

Today I learned that my nearly-two-year-old "Iran pictures" thread on a forum that's been "mostly dead" for years has hit 1,001 views.

The matching thread on the travel company's forum has had 1,270 views, so that "mostly dead" forum is still seeing a lot of traffic from somewhere.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Angua » Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:43 pm UTC

This is a thing

So morbidly beautiful.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zohar » Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:04 am UTC

I was there. I felt... physically sick. I mean, I was independently sick, but the place was... not easy for me to be in. I would have preferred not to go.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Sableagle » Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:32 pm UTC

TIL that I hadn't poured any water in.

Specifically, I half-filled the kettle and switched it on, chose a tea, got a teabag out, put it in a cup, waited for the kettle to boil, put a bowl over the cup to keep the heat in while it brewed, checked email, made a post, went back to the kitchen, took the bowl off the cup and learned that I hadn't poured any water in.

I guess it's time to update my will. :shock:
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:30 am UTC

oh, Poor Sableagle.
Inquiring mind want to know.
Did you ever get a cup of tea?

Are the stenotypes of the stoic, ritual bound Englishmen true?
Is an injury that keeps an Englishman away from a cup of tea serious?
Are you able to up-date your will using your left hand and a computer?

How?
oh, How did you damage your shoulder?
Have you been to have medical imagery?
Were you attacked by a giant LadyBird Beetle?

Is it a good story?
Will we cry with you?
Will we laugh?


Maybe,today I learned something.
I had a new thing explained to me, today.

I was told that when shopping On-Line the price
will change dependent upon data mined by an algorithm.

The algorithm looks at the kind of computer being used to browse.
It looks at the Postal Code where the computer is located.

And; it looks at the amount of time browsing any one item.
Then the price of the product changes to reflect that data.

The man that explained says he uses one computer to Shop.
Then he uses a different computer, at a different local to Buy.

I saw, with my own eyes, prices changing as I clicked.
I do not know if what he says is true. Who does? You?
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Some of us see The Gutter.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Sableagle » Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:32 pm UTC

I did get tea, and I have more tea now.

I suspect my shoulder was hurt during efforts to clear ice.

I do have an insect bite of some sort, but it is more recent and on an elbow.

Today, I learned that plate tectonics are a lie, dinosaurs used artificial light and dinosaurs lived in great cities at the locations of present-day Riyadh, Doha, Kuwait, Cairo, Luxor, Alexandria, Tel Aviv, Tehran, Mosul and ... Athens, maybe? Bari, Taranto and Lecce?

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See? There's a photograph!
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:05 am UTC

Angua wrote:This is a thing

So morbidly beautiful.

Zohar wrote:I was there. I felt... physically sick. I mean, I was independently sick, but the place was... not easy for me to be in. I would have preferred not to go.
Yes.
I also have been to the ossuary.
That place touches most people that see it.

I saw the skull of a child with erupting premolars labeled, "Soldier".
I told the docent, "This must be labeled wrong."

The docent explained 'child soldiers' to me.
I was saddened for myself and my fellow man.


Sableagle wrote:I suspect my shoulder was hurt during efforts to clear ice.
I don't understand.
I'd like more details.

I can understand a Canadian hurting himself clearing ice in January.
An Englishman hurting himself clearing ice in August, does not compute.

oh, dear; Is that sarcasm?
I am not good at sarcasm.

I did get tea, and I have more tea now.

Good. You Post like a man that needs tea.

I do have an insect bite of some sort, but it is more recent and on an elbow.

oops. I've lost the U-Tube clip of the LadyBird Beetle chewing on your finger.

Today, I learned that plate tectonics are a lie.

I agree, plate tectonics are taught wrong.
I disagree about What is wrong with the way it is taught.

Today I learned the deer are not impressed with a beaded curtain across the greenhouse door.
The deer are bold. They ate my Hosta and my Easter Lilies! I must find another way. (DANG!)
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We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
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Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Flumble » Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:21 am UTC

Today I learned that the Books forum and especially the Comics subforum are incredibly dead. I'd liked to gush over Tamen De Gushi over there and discuss various other webcomics, but it seems no one else would visit that subforum before 2017.

Does FaiD have active (web)comic talk? If so, I might have to sell my soul and join in.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Angua » Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:35 am UTC

We've certainly got active comic talk at the moment. It would be a 'you don't know until you post' thing though.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SecondTalon » Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:37 am UTC

Yeah, but it's a general superhero comic discussion in FaiD. Not sure if that counts.
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