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The Final Dakar
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Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Congrats on the promotion.
Ha!

I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Apr 26, 2015, 09:45 PM
 
Another good, space-related one from a reddit TIL.

Today I learned when weightless, without sufficient airflow, you'll form a bubble of CO2 around your head and suffocate.

The thread also discussed "fecal popcorn", so I guess this is a two-fer.

Why they don't call it "poopcorn" is a mystery to me.
     
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I learned that people at my local Walmart sell tamales and puppies from the back of their cars and trucks.
I went back to the same Walmart today, and in addition to the tamale people, a lady holding a red, 1-gallon gasoline can approached me and asked if I was interested in some real pearls. Not sure if the gasoline was related to the pearls; she may have just been holding it for some odd reason.
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Aug 11, 2015, 06:57 PM
 
Today I learned Finnish news is available in Finnish, Swedish, Sami (for the Laplanders), Russian, English, and Latin.
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Aug 16, 2015, 01:28 PM
 
Today I learned these are crack pipes.

     
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What gumble means.
     
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which is?
     
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Aug 17, 2015, 07:06 PM
 
Ewwwww.....

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Oh. I see.
     
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Aug 17, 2015, 09:56 PM
 
The ones here are panties in a glass tube, so I guess you get a crack pipe w/ free underwear.
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What Saddlebacking means.
     
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I see that saddlebacking results in santorum, which is what you gumble.
     
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Aug 18, 2015, 10:16 PM
 
I had no idea what "Saddlebacking" was.
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Today I learned mattyb has a new friend.
     
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Aug 19, 2015, 12:01 AM
 
Her dad is a Baptist minister?
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Aug 19, 2015, 01:33 AM
 
Today, I learned what is a substitute rover. It is a sub teacher who goes around various classes and teaches 1-2 classes before moving onto a different classroom. Used when teachers are only out for 1-2 periods due to some sort of meeting.
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"Mrs. Fritter has a meeting exaltation seventh period, so you'll need to cover detention cheer."
     
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There really are modern day prophets.

A comic predicted Apple inventing Microsoft's Surface three years ago | The Verge



Pretty damned eerie, really.
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Sep 14, 2015, 12:45 PM
 
That thing is all over the net recently. It's not even particularly accurate - Apple had a keyboard dock for the first iPad, and many third parties had keyboard cases long before the Surface - but there are always fans for that sort of thing.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Originally Posted by P View Post
That thing is all over the net recently. It's not even particularly accurate - Apple had a keyboard dock for the first iPad, and many third parties had keyboard cases long before the Surface - but there are always fans for that sort of thing.
My kneejerk reaction was the same thing, to pick it apart, (the part where people praise the additions as inventions seems off), but the general idea – that Apple will release something that already exists and laud itself as being revolutionary, is fairly spot on.
     
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Sep 14, 2015, 04:27 PM
 
Originally Posted by Cap'n Tightpants View Post
There really are modern day prophets.

A comic predicted Apple inventing Microsoft's Surface three years ago | The Verge



Pretty damned eerie, really.
Eerie, yes. Apple is usually brilliant at re-inventing the wheel - perfecting it. More importantly, Microsoft sucks.
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Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
My kneejerk reaction was the same thing, to pick it apart, (the part where people praise the additions as inventions seems off), but the general idea – that Apple will release something that already exists and laud itself as being revolutionary, is fairly spot on.
They didn't call this revolutionary, did they? I did watch the stream this time (first time in years, and I was mostly playing with my iPad anyway), but I don't think that they made this out as the Second Coming the way they did with say Force Touch when they launched that.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Today I learned people hunt manatees by corking their nostrils.
     
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Sep 15, 2015, 09:00 AM
 
Today I learned the subway car I ride in nearly every day is 50 years old.
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Does it look 50, or has it gotten refitted?
     
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Originally Posted by subego View Post
Does it look 50, or has it gotten refitted?
No, it looks 50. It has AC and heat though. And digital indicator. Same old seats (molded fiberglass) The R32 :

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Sep 22, 2015, 07:15 AM
 
That Pablo Escobar spent $2500 per month on rubber bands.

Pablo Escobar's absurd wealth - Business Insider

Wikipedia says $1000 per week https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Escobar
     
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Interesting one.
     
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Oct 21, 2015, 11:18 PM
 
They could, if they make the overage all-electric. Not seeing that happening.
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Oct 22, 2015, 12:28 PM
 
BMW already gets flack for using speakers to make engine fake noise. I can't imagine what would happen to Ferrari.
     
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Oct 22, 2015, 12:56 PM
 
There would be hangings in Maranello.
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Oct 24, 2015, 12:21 PM
 
I do a lot of sub teaching. I have learned the difference between 6-7th graders between the bad schools and the good schools.

The students in the good schools wear children clothes and don't grease their hair. The students in the bad schools wear adult clothes and grease their hair.
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Oct 24, 2015, 01:04 PM
 
I call shenanigans. You learned this on a Saturday?

     
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Today I learned if you carry firearms in your luggage, not only can you seal your luggage up with whatever badass, non-TSA approved lock you want, you're required to do so by law.

People do this to stop the TSA stealing their shit.
     
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Today I learned if you carry firearms in your luggage, not only can you seal your luggage up with whatever badass, non-TSA approved lock you want, you're required to do so by law.

People do this to stop the TSA stealing their shit.
Yes, it's a pretty cool loophole.
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Nov 4, 2015, 03:33 PM
 
This is why many photographers will carry a starter pistol or flare gun in their luggage - securely locked up and much more care taken.
     
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Nov 4, 2015, 03:37 PM
 
I wonder if live ammo will do.

Right now, my standard procedure for photography equipment is to FedEx it.
     
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Nov 4, 2015, 08:31 PM
 
You have to declare that the firearm is there before hand, and (as far as I know) you watch the (more senior) TSA guy inspect that it's properly secured in your bag. You can travel with ammunition, as well, but it has to be in original retail packaging, not loaded in magazines.

I'd FedEx anything that wasn't carry on-eligible other than firearms, and I certainly wouldn't travel with an extensive arsenal - it gets you talked about.

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You can travel with ammunition, as well
I didn't know passenger airlines accepted ORM-D in checked luggage.
     
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Originally Posted by iMOTOR View Post
I didn't know passenger airlines accepted ORM-D in checked luggage.
There's a limit to how much you can take with you, and as far as I can tell, it doesn't qualify as ORM-D because of that limit.

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Nov 7, 2015, 09:42 PM
 
Today I learned how to shoot an arrow using a recurve bow today. Evidentially, I shoot right-handed, but I think I am actually left-handed. Going to eventually buy a bow that fits both hands.
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Today I learned how to shoot an arrow using a recurve bow today. Evidentially, I shoot right-handed, but I think I am actually left-handed. Going to eventually buy a bow that fits both hands.
Please don't do this:

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Please don't do this:
OK, I'm no master archer but I've done a bit. You need to be a special level of stupid to accomplish this.
     
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OK, I'm no master archer but I've done a bit. You need to be a special level of stupid to accomplish this.
That was my thought, but it seems that "special" is an increasing trait in our society...

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Today I learned that the iPad pro is not for me. I purchased the 128 GB model this morning and found it to be too big. The speakers are nice and it is fast, but it isn't for me. I returned it to the Apple Store where I got it from and went online to Appleinsider (Adorama) and bought a nice MacBook Air 13" with 8GB of ram for $4 less than my iPad pro (with promo code and no tax state).

The MacBook Air could do a lot more than the iPad pro and I "need" it for when I do my business travels (need Java and the ability to upload files and zip and rar stuff).
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Please don't do this:
Reminds me that I forgot to go to the local Bass Pro Shop to check out their recurve bows.
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Today I learned that the iPad pro is not for me. I purchased the 128 GB model this morning and found it to be too big. The speakers are nice and it is fast, but it isn't for me. I returned it to the Apple Store where I got it from and went online to Appleinsider and bought a nice MacBook Air 13" with 8GB of ram for $4 less than my iPad pro (with promo code and no tax state).

The MacBook Air could do a lot more than the iPad pro and I "need" it for when I do my business travels (need Java and the ability to upload files and zip and rar stuff).
Yeah, it's just a bigger Hearthstone machine.
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Originally Posted by mindwaves View Post
Today I learned that the iPad pro is not for me. I purchased the 128 GB model this morning and found it to be too big. The speakers are nice and it is fast, but it isn't for me. I returned it to the Apple Store where I got it from and went online to Appleinsider (Adorama) and bought a nice MacBook Air 13" with 8GB of ram for $4 less than my iPad pro (with promo code and no tax state).

The MacBook Air could do a lot more than the iPad pro and I "need" it for when I do my business travels (need Java and the ability to upload files and zip and rar stuff).
Same here. My iPad 2 was aging and when I compared the cost of a replacement iPad to a MacBook Air, the iPad didn't make sense. I picked up a 2013 11" Air for $520 and it's awesome. The only reason I've touched my iPad in the last four months is to watch locally-cached videos on Amazon Prime, a feature they only offer on mobile devices.
     
 
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