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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:52 pm UTC
by Sableagle
TIL that I'm taking the receptionist out on a date tomorrow. I walked into the office and two people glanced at me and stopped talking. Half an hour later I asked one of them what they'd been talking about, and he told me they'd been talking about my date with her tomorrow evening. He also said they'd asked her about it and she'd said it was the first she'd heard of it. So far, nobody's told us where I promised to take her, so I have to hope I'll hear that rumour tomorrow, and that I have something suitable to wear.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:22 pm UTC
by Zohar
I'm not sure 10,000 people learned that today, but congrats?

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
by flicky1991
Zohar wrote:I'm not sure 10,000 people learned that today
This is the Today I Learned thread, just renamed... It doesn't have to be a thing everyone knows and often isn't.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
by Zohar
Yeah I know, it was a play on the name of the thread (which traditionally has referred to general knowledge stuff people have learned).

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:39 pm UTC
by flicky1991
Sorry, I read your post as dismissive when I guess you were making a joke. :oops:

TIL I still have a long way to go when it comes to reading comprehension.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:01 pm UTC
by Sableagle
If more people worked in the rumour mill, it's possible 10,000 other people would have "known" it before I heard about it ...

... and thank you. I shall let you know how the date is rumoured to have gone.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:09 pm UTC
by pkcommando
I already knew about it, but if you're gonna have that attitude I'm not telling you where you're supposed to be taking her. I'll let you figure it out for yourself, but I will tell you to wear a tuxedo and bring 2 cans of silly string and a single rain poncho with the Albanian flag.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:44 pm UTC
by poxic
You forgot the pineapple. (Warning: get a small one.)

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:37 am UTC
by addams
Today I learned...
Or; It finely sunk in:

The Polar Vortex has become unstable;
ok..I knew that.

The Jet Stream is dipping farther down to the mid latitudes.
The Jet Stream is bringing COLD air. That's the Weird part.

Because the Arctic is gettin warmer,
I am getting spells of Cold Weather.

There are smarty pants that can explain it.
They can't explain it to my garden plants.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:28 am UTC
by ucim
This is why it's now called "global climate change" instead of "global warming". A few degrees in air temperature doesn't mean much; after all, temperature can vary a hundred degrees every year. But the disruption of the pattern of global temperatures is what destroys ecosystems.
Spoiler:
I once had an apartment where the location of the thermostat induced a reverse effect, where raising the thermostat setting lowered the temperature in my room.
Jose

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:42 am UTC
by addams
ucim wrote:
Spoiler:
I once had an apartment where the location of the thermostat induced a reverse effect, where raising the thermostat setting lowered the temperature in my room.
Jose
Well...That's Weird.
But, but, but The Wide Pacific Ocean is supposed to keep our climate Mild as a Kitten.

But; That stupid Jet Stream is getting all Loopy.
Our Winter Climate and our Summer Climate were only 5 degrees different.
That was one of the things I liked most about living on the water's edge.

Now! 101 F. in the Summer and Winter water phase shifting to a solid!
That's, just, Not Normal! Waa!!
I want Warm. Not Hot; Warm.

What are we getting?
A Loopy Jet Stream.

It's, kind of, fun.
Knowing that the Jet Stream is pulling that cold air down here.
What a powerful force the Jet Stream is. Awe inspiring, to me.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:21 am UTC
by The Advent
addams wrote:There are smarty pants that can explain it.
They can't explain it to my garden plants.
addams wrote:Our Winter Climate and our Summer Climate were only 5 degrees different.
That was one of the things I liked most about living on the water's edge.

Now! 101 F. in the Summer and Winter water phase shifting to a solid!

The water protected your plants and now it betrays them.
What a terrible lesson for the poor garden plants to learn, that the very elements themselves can be at one instant harboring, the next overwhelming. If only you could explain their new seasons to them, and teach them how to tell time.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
by addams
They don't respond on Human Time Scales.
I trundle down and wrap my little citrus in a blanket.

It's Time to unwrap her for her daily dose of Light from her Star.
She might be a he....

There are three Trees in one pot, living as one Tree.
They may all be he's or she's. They all need light.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:55 am UTC
by Flumble
addams wrote:They may all be he's or she's.

There's a whole world of plant sexes, so, even assuming they're cis-gendered, chances are your plants are neither/both he's nor she's. :)


Next week is going to be so cold in the Netherlands that we'll have natural ice on which we can go skating. It's a pity global climate change is mostly warming over here. On a small scale, that is. Or perhaps even narrowing, since the past couple of winters have been warm and the summers have been cool and rainy, except for the few bursts of heat before summer and at the end of summer. :?

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:03 pm UTC
by addams
Flumble wrote:Next week is going to be so cold in the Netherlands that we'll have natural ice on which we can go skating. It's a pity global climate change is mostly warming over here. On a small scale, that is. Or perhaps even narrowing, since the past couple of winters have been warm and the summers have been cool and rainy, except for the few bursts of heat before summer and at the end of summer. :?
Thank You for the article.
Plants are interesting.

Did we discuss the breaking up of the Arctic Vortex?
Because the Far North is warming so fast the Jet Stream has become Loopy.

Yep. Loopy. That's the word meteorologists are using.
Those Jet Stream Loops bring Cold Air farther South.

Dang! Poor simple me.
I was looking forward to some warm winters.

well...Before moving inland away from the water.
It seems, it is Not to be.

The planet is going to use the Jet Stream to distribute what the Arctic thinks is Warm Air.
I don't think it is Warm. Anything that will phase shift water to a solid is too darned Cold!

(Shrug) The Dutch, in old paintings, seemed to enjoy ice skating.
Will you enjoy it? Be safe out there Flumble. Ice is treacherous.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:51 pm UTC
by pogrmman
addams wrote:
Flumble wrote:Next week is going to be so cold in the Netherlands that we'll have natural ice on which we can go skating. It's a pity global climate change is mostly warming over here. On a small scale, that is. Or perhaps even narrowing, since the past couple of winters have been warm and the summers have been cool and rainy, except for the few bursts of heat before summer and at the end of summer. :?
Thank You for the article.
Plants are interesting.

Did we discuss the breaking up of the Arctic Vortex?
Because the Far North is warming so fast the Jet Stream has become Loopy.

Yep. Loopy. That's the word meteorologists are using.
Those Jet Stream Loops bring Cold Air farther South.

Dang! Poor simple me.
I was looking forward to some warm winters.

well...Before moving inland away from the water.
It seems, it is Not to be.

The planet is going to use the Jet Stream to distribute what the Arctic thinks is Warm Air.
I don't think it is Warm. Anything that will phase shift water to a solid is too darned Cold!


I do think that some of the extra variability from the jet stream looping is really worrying. While the eastern US has always had pretty variable winter weather (it’s been below 0 pretty much all the way down to the gulf coast!), it even seems to me as if it has been getting even more so in my short life. I mean, when I was younger, I seem to remember mostly chilly weather (60s day, 40s night) interspersed with the occasional freeze at night during the winter. Now, it seems like most years, we alternate between fairly warm (70s day, 50s night) and really cold (30s day, 20s night) instead.

Even anecdotally from people who’ve lived where I go to school at for a while say that the snow used to stick in the winters, but now it randomly melts a lot more.

What really worries be is beyond the human impacts, it could devastate ecosystems. I mean, plants go dormant in my home area, but it’s not super deep. Having a lack of chilly periods before freezes seems like it could be bad for both the native and cultivated plants in the area.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:14 am UTC
by addams
pogrmman wrote:I do think that some of the extra variability from the jet stream looping is really worrying. While the eastern US has always had pretty variable winter weather (it’s been below 0 pretty much all the way down to the gulf coast!), it even seems to me as if it has been getting even more so in my short life. I mean, when I was younger, I seem to remember mostly chilly weather (60s day, 40s night) interspersed with the occasional freeze at night during the winter. Now, it seems like most years, we alternate between fairly warm (70s day, 50s night) and really cold (30s day, 20s night) instead.

Even anecdotally from people who’ve lived where I go to school at for a while say that the snow used to stick in the winters, but now it randomly melts a lot more.

What really worries be is beyond the human impacts, it could devastate ecosystems. I mean, plants go dormant in my home area, but it’s not super deep. Having a lack of chilly periods before freezes seems like it could be bad for both the native and cultivated plants in the area.
Yes. Our Plants do respond slowly to change.
But; They will respond.

I read a book about Trees, once upon a Time, long ago.
It explained, the Trees were out running an Ice Age.

In Europe the mountains run East and West.
The Trees ran into the Mountains and died.

In North America the Mountains run North and South.
The Trees were able to out run the Ice Age and live.

The specific Trees are Anthocyanin producers.
That explains Why the Eastern part of the US has Trees with such beautiful Red colors.
Of course, people have planted Anthocyanin producers in Europe. There is That.

Plants can't move as fast as our climate is changing.
So; During Cold Snaps we must Cover or Move them.

Oh! Oh! The internet has confirmed what Flumble wrote.
It is going to be COLD in England and Western Europe.

The BBC has a video clip that makes me laugh.
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43167583

The English can explain anything with a Cup of Tea!

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:08 pm UTC
by Sableagle
Indeed. Forecast for York: https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/g ... alwx_10day

Wednesday currently shows high of 31°, low of 25°, which is either "staying below freezing for 24 hours" in Fahrenheit for whatever reason anybody ever uses Fahrenheit or "It is June and you are in Vietnam" in Celsius.

The "feels like" line goes above the line at 32° at 9am next Sunday. The birds are going to mob me when I put out their suet sprinkles.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:29 pm UTC
by Mutex
Today I learned the average humidity for England is basically in the 70-90% range unless you're right next to the coast. I looked it up to put the current 54% into context, because I was wondering why we're having issues with static electricity, sinus issues and dry lips. Presumably the humidity dropped due to prolonged cold weather freezing the moisture out of the air (or just the fact the wind we're getting now is coming from Russia and so was already dry, maybe both).

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:20 pm UTC
by Quercus
Mutex wrote:Today I learned the average humidity for England is basically in the 70-90% range unless you're right next to the coast. I looked it up to put the current 54% into context, because I was wondering why we're having issues with static electricity, sinus issues and dry lips. Presumably the humidity dropped due to prolonged cold weather freezing the moisture out of the air (or just the fact the wind we're getting now is coming from Russia and so was already dry, maybe both).

My hands are in shocking condition, despite frequent hand cream application. Super dry. Doesn't help that I insist on going without gloves so I can take photos of the snow.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:22 pm UTC
by HES
Mutex wrote:I was wondering why we're having issues with static electricity

Oh! I got a static shock from someone earlier which hasn't happened in ages, but that puts some context to it.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:24 pm UTC
by Quercus
I should probably put off cleaning the dust out of my PC...

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:07 pm UTC
by emceng
Mutex wrote:Today I learned the average humidity for England is basically in the 70-90% range unless you're right next to the coast. I looked it up to put the current 54% into context, because I was wondering why we're having issues with static electricity, sinus issues and dry lips. Presumably the humidity dropped due to prolonged cold weather freezing the moisture out of the air (or just the fact the wind we're getting now is coming from Russia and so was already dry, maybe both).


Oh wow. So you really don't experience static electricity at all. There are days here where the humidity is in the single digits. Looks like four days so far this year were under 10%.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:33 pm UTC
by Mutex
emceng wrote:
Mutex wrote:Today I learned the average humidity for England is basically in the 70-90% range unless you're right next to the coast. I looked it up to put the current 54% into context, because I was wondering why we're having issues with static electricity, sinus issues and dry lips. Presumably the humidity dropped due to prolonged cold weather freezing the moisture out of the air (or just the fact the wind we're getting now is coming from Russia and so was already dry, maybe both).


Oh wow. So you really don't experience static electricity at all. There are days here where the humidity is in the single digits. Looks like four days so far this year were under 10%.

Yeah static shocks are rare, and usually due to particularly static-y carpet or footwear or something.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:09 pm UTC
by ObsessoMom
From addams's link:

Image

Umm...yellow snow means something different on this side of the pond.

To be on the safe side, don't eat any.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:21 pm UTC
by Sableagle
Snow! In England! In February! So much for global warming. :roll:

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
by Angua
I have literally spent the last 4-5 months getting static shocks at random times.

The fact that I'm jumpy and yelp every single time doesn't help matters.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:01 am UTC
by pogrmman
Sableagle wrote:Snow! In England! In February! So much for global warming. :roll:

:roll:

There was snow 3 times this winter at my home, and it was measurable once! That’s like a twice per decade event. :roll:

But up here, where I’m at school, snow has been distinctly lacking. The average year has something like 10-15 days with over 1” of snowfall, and we haven’t had more than 7 days like that for any of he past 5 or so winters...

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:22 am UTC
by addams
Some one has been quick to remind us it is Climate Change.
With the Loopy Jet Stream, all we can count on is More Warmer Water.

Like the cold rain driven by wind OutSide my nest.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:49 pm UTC
by Flumble
Well well well, the 4 days of natural ice have been fun. :D (and maybe, just maybe, there's enough ice left tomorrow to make it 5 days)

I believe I have to go to a more northern country if I am to skate for longer (on long stretches of ice, not indoors of course). Internet Stockholm claims to have lots of ice. :)

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:30 am UTC
by Coyne
For years I have hung my glasses on the lamp above my bed, by half-folding them and hooking them over the arm that holds the lamp. I know it is not the best, but it was safe and convenient and a reliable place to find them when I was looking for them. Today as I was lying on the bed, I swing my arm above my head, tangled it in the glasses frame, and yanked the glasses off of the lamp arm.

In the process I also managed to remove one lens from the titanium frames, as if were shot from a bow. I had a very interesting time finding the lens.

Who knew?

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:12 pm UTC
by addams
(tee-hee)
Where is U-Tube when ya' need it.
I'd like to see the instant replay.

edit: Today I Learned, The Chinese Space Station is coming down.
The Chinese have No Control of this piece of Space Junk.

It is coming down over SouthWest Europe.
And; It weights Two Hundred and Fifty Pounds (114 Kg).

Is that 250 Lb (114 Kg) before burning in reentry or after?
If that thing hits a populated area it might leave a mark.

It would knock the your lens out of their frames; I'm Sure!
https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/ ... exoplanet/

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:08 am UTC
by ColletArrow
Interesting. Apparently A) we have no idea where it will re-enter, B) most of it will probably burn up anyway and C) people are unnecessarily scared about it: https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/11/17100434/china-falling-space-station-tiangong-1-risk-assessment. Even if that article goes on a tangent about human rationality, it's still quite interesting.

On the other hand; Whilst researching a post for the "Spatial Orientation" thread (yes, I try to research information before I post so it's at least partially correct), I ended up in a rabbitgooglehole about the word "orient". I knew something of the derivation of this word, from Jay Foreman's video on the Hereford Mappa Mundi (which I almost went to see on Saturday, but didn't due to poor planning).
Essentially, it turns out it's from the Latin "oriri", to rise. "orient" was hence used to describe rising, and since the sun does so in the east, the east became "orient" too. Subsequently, the eastern countries became the "orient" or "oriental". Continuing, the Hereford Mappa Mundi ["tablecloth of the world"] is "orientated" with East at the top, rather than the now-conventional North. Ultimately, "orientation" was derived, meaning to locate something.

I think.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:59 am UTC
by addams
Thank you, ColletArrow.
That is a fun link.

The weight of the thing was miss reported by a large chunk in my link.
(or; Maybe in your link (shrug))

oh,,,yep.
I know that, for a while, Asian people hated being called Oriental,
because it means Of The East.

I don't understand Why that is offensive.
I washed that word from my vocabulary.

Well,... where people are concerned.
Spoiler:
Good Grief!
There are a lot of 'kinds' of Asian.

With practice a person can learn to tell one from another at a glance.
I have had people get very...upset that I could not see the difference.

It has Everything to do with practice.
A Japanese person and a Vietnamese person look a lot alike when they are swimming in a Sea of Germans.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
by SuicideJunkie
addams wrote:Today I learned...
Or; It finely sunk in:

The Polar Vortex has become unstable;
ok..I knew that.

The Jet Stream is dipping farther down to the mid latitudes.
The Jet Stream is bringing COLD air. That's the Weird part.

Because the Arctic is gettin warmer,
I am getting spells of Cold Weather.

There are smarty pants that can explain it.
They can't explain it to my garden plants.
I'm a bit late, but at the time, I thought this kind of thing was somewhat self-explanatory.

Like opening the freezer door;
Your feet get a chilly draft...
And then your ice cream melts.
Your house warms up on average,
And your bills are huge next month.
...
Everything is uncool about that situation.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:54 am UTC
by addams
tee-hee)
You made a pun.

The Time Thread Loves Puns.
If you consistently good, you can go there and be sawed into Pun Pieces.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:51 pm UTC
by Sableagle
A few years ago, if I was nominally paid £400 a week, the government would have taken £80 of that, leaving £320.

As of a year or two ago, if I was nominally paid £400, £4 of that went into a pension scheme, the company paid another £4 into the pension scheme and the government took £79.20 of the rest, leaving £316.80.

This year, if I am nominally paid £400, £12 of that went into a pension scheme, the company pays another £8 into the pension scheme and the government takes £77.60 of the rest, leaving £310.40.

Next year, if I am nominally paid £400, £20 of that went into a pension scheme, the company pays another £12 into the pension scheme and the government takes £76 of the rest, leaving £304.

The idea is that the £8 last year, £20 this year and £32 next year grow in value and can be used to buy a weekly income from some company willing to bet that I'm not going to live very long. Odds that I find out later that I've invested £8000 and it's now worth £7000, while some bank exec takes early retirement on £500,000 a year, or the whole fund disappears and the fund manager is found floating face-down in the Channel?

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Part 2 spoilered for the sensitive. Warning: culinary blasphemy.
Spoiler:
Also recently learned: this monstrosity

Image

... has been joined in their line-up by this one.

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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:38 pm UTC
by SecondTalon
Re:Your Spoiled Bit.

That is horrible and terrifying and should not exist and I want them.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:41 pm UTC
by Giant Speck
Yes, these are terrible. Give them all to me so that I may dispose of them properly in my food hole.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:34 am UTC
by pkcommando
Giant Speck wrote:Yes, these are terrible. Give them all to me so that I may dispose of them properly in my food hole.

We couldn't ask you to make that big of a sacrifice alone.