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Re: Learning has occured
« Reply #50 on: 04 Nov 2013, 21:06 »

Today I learned that my fiances family and my own have "known" each other for the last 500 years. We lived in the same areas in Europe, traveled to America at the same time on the same ship, served side by side in multiple wars and even died together. Yet we are the first in our family's long history to get married.
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Re: Learning has occured
« Reply #51 on: 04 Nov 2013, 21:34 »

you can also get optical discs in different shapes



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Re: Learning has occured
« Reply #52 on: 04 Nov 2013, 21:36 »

And here I thought the GameCube manual's warning about non circular disks was just making sure they had their bases covered...
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« Reply #53 on: 05 Nov 2013, 04:36 »

That disc size is pretty standard. I remember my first experience with one of them was a couple years before the gamecube came out, I think. Got a computer game on that size disc from some fast food kid's meal when the first x men movie came out which would have made me about six. Now I see them from time to time as driver discs.

I remember that once I got a driver installation disk with a new set of speakers was that size. And then years ago I got a Treasure Planet game as a happy meal toy in that size.
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Re: Learning has occured
« Reply #54 on: 05 Nov 2013, 06:26 »

Today I learned that my fiances family and my own have "known" each other for the last 500 years. We lived in the same areas in Europe, traveled to America at the same time on the same ship, served side by side in multiple wars and even died together. Yet we are the first in our family's long history to get married.

This is beyond cool. How did you figure it out?
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Re: Learning has occured
« Reply #55 on: 05 Nov 2013, 10:46 »

Today I learned that my fiances family and my own have "known" each other for the last 500 years. We lived in the same areas in Europe, traveled to America at the same time on the same ship, served side by side in multiple wars and even died together. Yet we are the first in our family's long history to get married.

This is beyond cool. How did you figure it out?
I did research in genealogy for both sides. Then went through different resources for side info.
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Re: Learning has occured
« Reply #56 on: 05 Nov 2013, 11:56 »

I got a small CD from some clothing store or other, I was part of their girls' club or something. I can't actually remember except that the CD was really small.
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Re: Learning has occured
« Reply #57 on: 05 Nov 2013, 11:59 »

you can also get optical discs in different shapes



I can think of no possible reason for the one that reads "USB Stick" to do so. I mean, it's not like thumbdrives need drivers or anything, right? Isn't that the whole point of em?
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« Reply #58 on: 05 Nov 2013, 12:13 »

I can think of no possible reason for the one that reads "USB Stick" to do so. I mean, it's not like thumbdrives need drivers or anything, right? Isn't that the whole point of em?

Windows 98 had no built-in USB support, so until recently some USB sticks were still sold with a driver floppy or CD.
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« Reply #59 on: 05 Nov 2013, 18:24 »

you can also get optical discs in different shapes

Notice that they are (mostly) symmetric (the parthenon thingy is stretching it a bit) and the cutout parts are fairly large...

Penn State's mascot is the Nittany Lion, a breed of mountain lion native to the area (Mount Nitanny is visible from the stadium).  One of the logos they use is the lion's pawprint, which has 5 toes (the only remaining specimen, which died in 1903 and was stuffed had 6 toes on the front paws, not an unusual mutation in cats, leaving a 5-toed footprint)



Imagine if you will, back in the late 90's, when the admissions department put admissions info (a video tour, application forms, etc) on CD-ROMs and had them shaped like the lion's paw.  It was a good bit rounder than the above image, but the small notches cut out between the toes left it a bit asymmetric, and because they were small, the eddy currents cause it to howl like a siren when the disc spun up...

Our branch campus alone got 3000 of the discs.  System wide?  Probably 100,000 or more.  Every one of them completely useless, unless the users and their neighbors were all stone deaf. 

Learning had occurred! 

Of course, they could have just asked someone...
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Re: Learning has occured
« Reply #60 on: 27 Nov 2013, 11:13 »

The Origin of the Days of the Week:
 
Modern: - Comes From:
Monday - Manisdagr, Mani, the Norse Moon Goddess
 Tuesday - Tyrsdagr, Tyr, Norse war god, god of Justice
 Wendeday - Wodinsdagr - Odin All Father
 Thursday - Thorsdagr - Thor. You know who he is. At least the marvel variant.
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Sunday - Sunnasdagr Sunna is the Norse sun goddess.
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« Reply #61 on: 27 Nov 2013, 14:40 »

The other day I learnt that if someone has a tooth knocked out you should put it in a glass of milk because the calcium helps keep it alive.

A friend had an incident with some stairs at a party and thanks to someone else's quick thinking the dentist was able to put his tooth back.
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« Reply #62 on: 28 Nov 2013, 14:31 »

put it in a glass of coke and watch it dissolve over the course of a week!
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Re: Learning has occured
« Reply #63 on: 28 Dec 2013, 21:37 »

The barrels in which wines are aged matter so much and in such concrete and sciency ways, I had no idea

Things like the pore-size of the oak

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Re: Learning has occured
« Reply #64 on: 28 Dec 2013, 23:12 »

There are several competing explanations I hadn't known about for why there are more allergies and auto-immune diseases than there used to be. The one I had known about, the hygiene hypothesis, actually has some animal studies and potential mechanisms behind it.
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Re: Learning has occured
« Reply #65 on: 28 Dec 2013, 23:27 »

The barrels in which wines are aged matter so much and in such concrete and sciency ways, I had no idea

Things like the pore-size of the oak

whoa

Wine Chemist is an actual no shit career field.
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« Reply #66 on: 29 Dec 2013, 08:59 »

put it in a glass of coke and watch it dissolve over the course of a week!
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« Reply #67 on: 29 Dec 2013, 19:08 »

"Resile" is a real word.
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« Reply #68 on: 30 Dec 2013, 07:45 »

Wine Chemist is an actual no shit career field.

If I hadn't gone into medicine some sort of food chemistry would probably have been near the top of the list of dream careers :)
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« Reply #69 on: 05 Jan 2014, 23:48 »

So "phronesis", roughly translated, means "practical wisdom":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phronesis
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Re: Learning has occured
« Reply #70 on: 06 Jan 2014, 12:33 »

LEARNED:
Virginia is full of wuss-empowering morons.
Schools to be closed in NoVA due to the THREAT of extreme cold temps.

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« Reply #71 on: 06 Jan 2014, 12:45 »

I don't know what the weather is like in Virginia but it's not wussy to decide not to force people to go out in life-threatening weather. Teachers often commute for an hour or more; in bad weather they have to set off even earlier. If the district waits until the weather is really bad, people will already have set out and will be in danger trying to get home again.
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« Reply #72 on: 06 Jan 2014, 18:06 »

I don't know what the weather is like in Virginia but it's not wussy to decide not to force people to go out in life-threatening weather. Teachers often commute for an hour or more; in bad weather they have to set off even earlier. If the district waits until the weather is really bad, people will already have set out and will be in danger trying to get home again.

Is it only the low temperatures or did the NoVa area get hit with rain or snow or icy conditions? Lowe temperatures alone shouldn't cancel school unless it's deadly lows like in the plains states...
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« Reply #73 on: 07 Jan 2014, 00:33 »

It's -7 F outside right now.  Roughly -22 C.  I'm an hour north of NoVA.  Our schools didn't close for tomorrow until earlier this evening! 


Unfortunately, my dogs still want to go outside for a walk.  While I'm tempting to tell them to just hold it, I don't think that'll work out too well. 
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« Reply #74 on: 07 Jan 2014, 08:27 »

My car said it was 2 F when I left for work at 7am. Several counties in the area closed school, but where I live (Montgomery) did not. I do not envy the kids at the bus stop who I passed on my way. Now (11:30am) in NoVa it's a bit warmer, up to 11/feels like -6. At home it's 7/feels like -13.

I don't know how to function in this kind of weather, I can't even imagine -50 like I keep hearing about in the Midwest.
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« Reply #75 on: 07 Jan 2014, 09:16 »

Bain, all you have to do is stay inside and drink a few warm beverages.

This is some miserable bullshit though. Apparently every U.S. state but Hawai'i is experiencing sub-freezing temps. Even MEXICO is sub freezing. That shit's fucked up.


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« Reply #76 on: 07 Jan 2014, 09:23 »

Gotta say though, I wish I could be all "sorry man, can't come to work tomorrow because of the Polar Vortex". It just sounds so cool. So much better than my lame "I might be late today because the trains are crap and I can't cycle because of the mud".
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« Reply #77 on: 07 Jan 2014, 12:25 »

I'm selling beer to people who came out in single digit weather specifically to buy beer. 

I can just see it now - sitting at home, looking at the last few cans, looking at the weather, then deciding "Nope - not gonna be able to make 'em last!" 
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« Reply #78 on: 07 Jan 2014, 13:21 »

Winds from the east, not so bad in the single digits.
Winds from the south? BLEEPING BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP!!!!! Coastal city + winds out of the south + 20 minute wait for bus = unhappy person. It's not the temperature that are bad, but this wind is a killer.
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« Reply #79 on: 07 Jan 2014, 21:05 »

Today I found out why, if you aim a non-contact thermometer at an incandescent light bulb, it reports the globe temperature and not the filament temperature.
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« Reply #80 on: 07 Jan 2014, 21:29 »

I don't know what the weather is like in Virginia but it's not wussy to decide not to force people to go out in life-threatening weather. Teachers often commute for an hour or more; in bad weather they have to set off even earlier. If the district waits until the weather is really bad, people will already have set out and will be in danger trying to get home again.

Is it only the low temperatures or did the NoVa area get hit with rain or snow or icy conditions? Lowe temperatures alone shouldn't cancel school unless it's deadly lows like in the plains states...

There were some deadly wind chills, not to mention school buses aren't exactly well-heated most of the time.

I don't know about NoVa, but the mountains of Virginia got slammed with snow as well.
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Re: Learning has occured
« Reply #81 on: 09 Jan 2014, 17:13 »

Yesterday I found out that garlic mouthwash is a thing and that there's a good reason for it.
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« Reply #82 on: 09 Jan 2014, 17:19 »

Yesterday I found out that garlic mouthwash is a thing and that there's a good reason for it.

To ward off vampires?
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« Reply #83 on: 10 Jan 2014, 03:05 »

It has antibiotic properties. 


Also repels fleas...
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« Reply #84 on: 10 Jan 2014, 10:02 »

Is it for humans or pets?
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« Reply #85 on: 10 Jan 2014, 10:10 »

I learned you can stump a phone pollster by being concerned about an issue that wasn't normally what people are concerned about and being inoffensive, polite, and thinking before giving answers- the guy had never encountered a person like that before  :-D
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« Reply #86 on: 10 Jan 2014, 10:23 »

I've only ever been called by a phone pollster once, and it was early on a Saturday morning. What I told the pollster may be a big reason for why I was never called again.
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« Reply #87 on: 10 Jan 2014, 14:49 »

For humans. It fights decay bacteria.
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« Reply #88 on: 10 Jan 2014, 15:39 »

For humans. It fights decay bacteria.

As long as it doesn't have the garlic smell, it's not so bad of an idea...but if it still has it then you need mouthwash to cover up the smell of the mouthwash  :-o
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« Reply #90 on: 12 Jan 2014, 14:58 »

The geographical center of North America is Rugby, North Dakota.
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« Reply #91 on: 12 Jan 2014, 18:39 »

Rugby seems a little far north for the dead center...
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« Reply #92 on: 12 Jan 2014, 18:54 »

Rugby seems a little far north for the dead center...



The geographic center of the Lower 48 is near Lebanon, Kansas.
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« Reply #93 on: 12 Jan 2014, 19:05 »

I have the oddest urge to go to Deadhorse, Alaska.
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« Reply #94 on: 12 Jan 2014, 19:06 »

I have the oddest urge to go to Deadhorse, Alaska.

Just don't beat anyone there.
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« Reply #95 on: 12 Jan 2014, 19:55 »

one of tese years i'll take na allaskan vacation.
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« Reply #96 on: 12 Jan 2014, 20:14 »

I've been twice, it's lovely in the summer.
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« Reply #97 on: 12 Jan 2014, 21:00 »

Rugby seems a little far north for the dead center...

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« Reply #98 on: 12 Jan 2014, 21:26 »

No it isn't.
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« Reply #99 on: 13 Jan 2014, 02:32 »

I think Unalaska sounds more interesting
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