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Yes. Yes it does. It’s also spooky quiet. The... 1,955 Views / 140 Replies  
Yes. Yes it does. It’s also spooky quiet. The placement of the engines and design of the tail directs both exhaust heat signature and noise up and behind. If you hear the thing, it’s because it’s...
Posted by ghporter, on Yesterday at 02:55 PM, in MacNN Lounge
In the movies, you only see the take the director... 25,845 Views / 203 Replies  
In the movies, you only see the take the director likes. How many “dork” takes wind up on the cutting room floor? Probably tons of ‘em.
Posted by ghporter, on Yesterday at 02:53 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Here’s what happened (Friday evening, about 8:20... 406,299 Views / 1,038 Replies  
Here’s what happened (Friday evening, about 8:20 PM): I was stopped at a stop sign, looking both ways before proceeding. Suddenly there was a huge noise and I was on the other side of the...
Posted by ghporter, on Yesterday at 02:52 PM, in MacNN Lounge
We had water falling from the sky yesterday. ... 324,681 Views / 506 Replies  
We had water falling from the sky yesterday. What the heck is that stuff?

Yeah, the system that had been parked over much of Texas moved off and a tropical system brought in rain. Quite a bit of...
Posted by ghporter, on Yesterday at 10:16 AM, in MacNN Lounge
And again, Baldwin being a non-gun person, he... 25,845 Views / 203 Replies  
And again, Baldwin being a non-gun person, he didn't have to "pull" the trigger if he already had his finger on it when the hammer was pulled back. It's another issue with not having a qualified,...
Posted by ghporter, on Yesterday at 10:13 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Auto insurance claims, and rental car offices,... 406,299 Views / 1,038 Replies  
Auto insurance claims, and rental car offices, are “weekday only” things. Dang it.

I got rear-ended on Friday evening, filed my claim online once I got home, but NOTHING could move forward until...
Posted by ghporter, on Yesterday at 10:01 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Belt feed is very complicated; you either have to... 1,955 Views / 140 Replies  
Belt feed is very complicated; you either have to shove a round into the chamber from the belt (the less complex option, but still fiddly) or you have to pull it out of the belt and then shove it...
Posted by ghporter, on Yesterday at 09:53 AM, in MacNN Lounge
That’s true. With a longer barrel you have more... 1,955 Views / 140 Replies  
That’s true. With a longer barrel you have more “barrel time,” which equates to more time to burn more propellant and thus theoretically increase velocity.

However, that may not be necessarily...
Posted by ghporter, on Aug 10, 2022 at 05:03 PM, in MacNN Lounge
In the real world, barrel length is only partly... 1,955 Views / 140 Replies  
In the real world, barrel length is only partly responsible for the maximum amount of energy imparted on a bullet. If the propellant is fully burned while the bullet is in a short barrel, it...
Posted by ghporter, on Aug 10, 2022 at 02:52 PM, in MacNN Lounge
This is one of the few times I think having... 457,746 Views / 1,000 Replies  
This is one of the few times I think having Boeing move to Chicago is “good.” They have the majority of their corporate management there, and should be able to get their 777 experts on hand to...
Posted by ghporter, on Aug 7, 2022 at 06:39 PM, in MacNN Lounge
OK, LOTS of stuff to rag on. The guy with... 457,746 Views / 1,000 Replies  
OK, LOTS of stuff to rag on.

The guy with the “wig-wag” flashlights? Either he wigged out, or was completely incompetent - if he was present at all. Update: It looks like this was on a taxiway...
Posted by ghporter, on Aug 7, 2022 at 03:03 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Huzzah!!! 561 Views / 4 Replies  
Huzzah!!!
Posted by ghporter, on Aug 7, 2022 at 02:47 PM, in Applications
Yep, it’s that way. Mostly in the Air Force it... 1,955 Views / 140 Replies  
Yep, it’s that way. Mostly in the Air Force it was because “standard manning” was below 80% of authorized positions. There was always stuff that needed doing, and only so much of it could be...
Posted by ghporter, on Aug 6, 2022 at 06:51 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Several reasons. My "regular" job was not taking... 1,955 Views / 140 Replies  
Several reasons. My "regular" job was not taking up all of my duty time. Even when you're a Senior NCO, if you're not busy, somebody will find something for you to do. Usually not something fun,...
Posted by ghporter, on Aug 6, 2022 at 04:06 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Messages - Spammers Tricks and More, A Rant 561 Views / 4 Replies  
It seems that MacOS (11.6.2) Messages doesn't have the option to block senders, which IS present on both iOS and iPadOS (15.6 in both cases).

So when my wife said "Why should I care if Disney...
Posted by ghporter, on Aug 6, 2022 at 03:43 PM, in Applications
From actual personal experience, it is easiest to... 1,955 Views / 140 Replies  
From actual personal experience, it is easiest to tolerate high Gs - and do anything active - in a seated, reclined position. Every Mercury/Gemini/Apollo/Shuttle launch was accomplished with crew...
Posted by ghporter, on Aug 5, 2022 at 05:02 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Regular is $3.31⁹ at my favorite grocery/gas... 6,937 Views / 117 Replies  
Regular is $3.31⁹ at my favorite grocery/gas station. Gas Buddy says it’s as low as $3.24⁹ in the local area, but that’s at a non-chain convenience store. I’ll stick with a known-good store and...
Posted by ghporter, on Aug 5, 2022 at 04:39 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Last night I upgraded to iPadOS 15.6, and... 1,743 Views / 4 Replies  
Last night I upgraded to iPadOS 15.6, and magically, my Mail issue disappeared. I open Mail, and BANG, everything is there right away.

I honestly don’t care what the problem had been. I’m just...
Posted by ghporter, on Aug 4, 2022 at 08:41 AM, in iOS Apps
I though it was “Facebook by Meta,” but that... 406,299 Views / 1,038 Replies  
I though it was “Facebook by Meta,” but that might just be a sound bite I heard.
Posted by ghporter, on Aug 3, 2022 at 10:20 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Until recently, air flow in a motorcycle helmet... 1,955 Views / 140 Replies  
Until recently, air flow in a motorcycle helmet with the visor closed was close to nonexistent. Modern helmets have better ventilation, and some even have fans - for both air flow and cooling. Dang...
Posted by ghporter, on Aug 3, 2022 at 10:19 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Mornings call for hot coffee, for me, anyway. One... 121,640 Views / 333 Replies  
Mornings call for hot coffee, for me, anyway. One cup (12oz) with half and half. After that, I’m fine. I can’t do sweet coffee. A touch of sweet is ok now and then, but if my coffee is going to be...
Posted by ghporter, on Aug 3, 2022 at 10:12 AM, in MacNN Lounge
“Force fields” solve all sorts of technical... 1,955 Views / 140 Replies  
“Force fields” solve all sorts of technical issues, don’t they?

Yes, force fields hold in the air on the shuttle bay, so there’s no need for fancy stuff like air seals adn such.

A side...
Posted by ghporter, on Aug 2, 2022 at 02:31 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Current space suits’ zippers do NOT seal the... 1,955 Views / 140 Replies  
Current space suits’ zippers do NOT seal the suit. They provide a surface for the seals to press against, and the pressure inside does the work. Yes, if you open the zipper when in vacuum, bad...
Posted by ghporter, on Aug 1, 2022 at 03:38 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Nichelle Nichols was SO MUCH more than “just” Lt.... 545 Views / 2 Replies  
Nichelle Nichols was SO MUCH more than “just” Lt. Uhura. She was a Broadway singer, dancer, actor. She had more acting chops in her little finger than your typical TV series cast member has in...
Posted by ghporter, on Jul 31, 2022 at 09:55 PM, in MacNN Lounge
One BIG quibble that even Arthur C. Clarke... 1,955 Views / 140 Replies  
One BIG quibble that even Arthur C. Clarke brought up in 2001: a Space Odyssey was when Bowman takes a big, deep breath before blowing the hatch on the pod and blowing himself into the emergency...
Posted by ghporter, on Jul 30, 2022 at 09:59 AM, in MacNN Lounge
H-E-B, my local grocery chain, has regular for... 6,937 Views / 117 Replies  
H-E-B, my local grocery chain, has regular for $3.38⁹. Good thing too, since this week and next we’ve had to do a lot of driving.
Posted by ghporter, on Jul 29, 2022 at 02:50 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Yes, “part of training.” But more than that. ... 457,746 Views / 1,000 Replies  
Yes, “part of training.” But more than that. This type of activity requires an amazing amount of concentration, and tons of practice so the person knows exactly where they - and all of their parts...
Posted by ghporter, on Jul 28, 2022 at 10:12 AM, in MacNN Lounge
For a while, I’d slam some Pedialite after... 16,379 Views / 97 Replies  
For a while, I’d slam some Pedialite after particularly heavy duty shifts at the hospital. Not from marketing, but from “Hey Glenn, you look gassed - try some Pedialite and you’ll feel better.” And...
Posted by ghporter, on Jul 24, 2022 at 04:36 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Chocolate milk in coffee isn't necessarily... 121,640 Views / 333 Replies  
Chocolate milk in coffee isn't necessarily horrible. But it's better if you put in chocolate syrup (we like Hershey's Special Dark syrup) and mix it in well before adding any dairy/pseudo dairy...
Posted by ghporter, on Jul 22, 2022 at 08:28 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I haven’t seen the newest movie, but I’m... 3,018 Views / 32 Replies  
I haven’t seen the newest movie, but I’m encouraged by what I’ve heard.

I read the original novel a very long time ago. I had high hopes about the Lynch film. It wasn’t “the book,” but it was an...
Posted by ghporter, on Jul 22, 2022 at 01:16 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Good observations of mundane things over a... 1,384 Views / 30 Replies  
Good observations of mundane things over a lifetime tend to build the pattern library with plenty of prototypes. This enables the “that’s a blue Mustang convertible” match to be fairly accurate. ...
Posted by ghporter, on Jul 17, 2022 at 02:25 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I’d go with “an explanation we tell ourselves”... 1,384 Views / 30 Replies  
I’d go with “an explanation we tell ourselves” rather than “a lie.” Lie implies intent to falsify, while in reality we have to interpret what our senses feed to our mind to the best of our ability....
Posted by ghporter, on Jul 16, 2022 at 02:02 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Lam, if you could DO those hours, even with a... 503,888 Views / 1,622 Replies  
Lam, if you could DO those hours, even with a desk job, you had recovered.

And you (and family) are empirical proof that “I had already so I’m safe” is a flat out lie.
Posted by ghporter, on Jul 15, 2022 at 05:55 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Attributed to Albert Einstein: “Time is so... 1,384 Views / 30 Replies  
Attributed to Albert Einstein:
“Time is so everything doesn’t happen at once.”

Cognitively, since we experience a cause -> effect “reality”, we depend on a mechanism that provides the duration...
Posted by ghporter, on Jul 15, 2022 at 05:52 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Here in San Antonio, our risk level is... 503,888 Views / 1,622 Replies  
Here in San Antonio, our risk level is characterized as “moderate and worsening.” As of yesterday afternoon, there are 336 people hospitalized with COVID, 58 in ICU and 19 (almost 1/3 of the ICU...
Posted by ghporter, on Jul 14, 2022 at 12:40 PM, in Political/War Lounge
At the end, they’re each giving the other a “this... 457,746 Views / 1,000 Replies  
At the end, they’re each giving the other a “this was your fault, jerk” look. Of course the yellow cat managed to pick up some seaweed/gunk at the same time, so I think the dark cat won on points.
Posted by ghporter, on Jul 14, 2022 at 12:29 PM, in MacNN Lounge
It depends almost entirely on context. A... 1,384 Views / 30 Replies  
It depends almost entirely on context. A riveting conversation can capture so much focus that almost anything else disappears.

And as a Michiganian, I am well aware how Euchre can fade into the...
Posted by ghporter, on Jul 13, 2022 at 03:35 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Attention and memory are interrelated. You must... 1,384 Views / 30 Replies  
Attention and memory are interrelated. You must “attend” to something - focus on it to some extent - to be able to remember details. It takes “mental horsepower” to pay attention to details, and...
Posted by ghporter, on Jul 13, 2022 at 10:52 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Wow. WOW. WOW!!!! 800 Views / 15 Replies  
Wow. WOW. WOW!!!!
Posted by ghporter, on Jul 12, 2022 at 02:54 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Me too. The totally blasé “ride operator,” in... 457,746 Views / 1,000 Replies  
Me too. The totally blasé “ride operator,” in particular, gives it a little more credence.
Posted by ghporter, on Jul 5, 2022 at 02:55 PM, in MacNN Lounge
The “Walmart Neighborhood Market” a couple of... 6,937 Views / 117 Replies  
The “Walmart Neighborhood Market” a couple of blocks from my house is selling regular for $4.05⁹ today, and my regular source, an H-E-B grocery about 3 miles away is selling for $4.11⁹. I’m kinda...
Posted by ghporter, on Jul 5, 2022 at 02:54 PM, in MacNN Lounge
No, it really doesn’t look real. But it does... 457,746 Views / 1,000 Replies  
No, it really doesn’t look real. But it does look hysterical.
Posted by ghporter, on Jul 4, 2022 at 09:05 AM, in MacNN Lounge
On Tuesday, I filled up at $4.23 with regular. ... 6,937 Views / 117 Replies  
On Tuesday, I filled up at $4.23 with regular. Today the price is $4.17. I like this trend.

(Darn! I can’t find a way to do superscripts on my iPad…)
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 30, 2022 at 07:47 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Absolutely. Plus it needs to be uncomfortable. ... 2,737 Views / 64 Replies  
Absolutely. Plus it needs to be uncomfortable. Not just uncomfortably expensive, but it should also cause one to have to go out of their way, wait in long lines, etc.

Just before the pandemic...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 30, 2022 at 07:44 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Maybe it depends on the channel the item comes... 1,039 Views / 9 Replies  
Maybe it depends on the channel the item comes through. That Dell reseller (Discount Electronics in Austin; they’ve been around for close to 40 years) calls all of their machines “refurbished.” And...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 29, 2022 at 08:47 PM, in MacNN Lounge
It’s like air for most people, except when their... 2,737 Views / 64 Replies  
It’s like air for most people, except when their gas gauge says “empty”.

Unfortunately, our whole nation is now built around driving your happy hiney all over the place.

In LA, it’s almost...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 29, 2022 at 08:42 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Life Alert’s biggest asset is its PR. It isn’t... 1,995 Views / 17 Replies  
Life Alert’s biggest asset is its PR. It isn’t very useful if the person falls and the darn thing that was hanging around their neck winds up UNDER them. Happens all the time. They’re also...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 29, 2022 at 07:19 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
To me, “refurbished” usually means that someone... 1,039 Views / 9 Replies  
To me, “refurbished” usually means that someone has gone over the item with a fine toothed comb, and done anything necessary to return it to as close to factory new as possible. Often this is simply...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 29, 2022 at 11:34 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I can’t speak to the cellular version, but I can... 1,995 Views / 17 Replies  
I can’t speak to the cellular version, but I can do a full-on multi-mile workout and leave my phone behind. On the other hand, for a non-cellular watch, ALL calling functions, including SOS and fall...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 29, 2022 at 11:09 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
I've recently noticed a new, small truck, the... 2,737 Views / 64 Replies  
I've recently noticed a new, small truck, the Hundai Santa Cruz. It's a 4-door, short-bed, unibody vehicle. Hundai calls it a "sport adventure vehicle". It reminds me a lot of the Outback pickup...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 28, 2022 at 03:56 PM, in MacNN Lounge
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