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Re: They walk among us
« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2019, 06:21:34 AM »
In a few years will any of the kids know what 1/2 past 6 or 1/4 to 8 will mean.
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« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2019, 07:29:54 AM »
They already don't know what 2 bits, 4 bits, & 6 bits are.
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« Reply #22 on: June 30, 2019, 08:21:14 AM »
But they know there's 8 bits in a byte.  :D
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« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2019, 09:01:46 AM »
When I was in my early 20's, I asked my neighbor friend (who had just turned 17) why she didn't have her drivers license.  She told me that no one wanted to teach her to drive.  She was a high honors student, and very bright, so I thought how bad could it be?

We went for a ride with her driving, and me directing our course.  She was doing great, and following every command, until we were getting close to our return.  At a very busy intersection, I reminded her to use her left turn signal, and she replied, "It's okay, I don't need to, I know where I'm going now." 
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« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2019, 09:18:24 AM »
I've got one. This one's embarrassing cause it's my daughter, and I expect better of her... We were driving over a dam, and this was the conversation. Paraphrased, but more or less accurate(D=daughter, M=me)...

D: How do they get the water back to the other side?
M: ?? What do you mean?
D: The water goes out over there(pointing), how do they get it back to the other side?
M: Are you screwing with me?!(A more colorful term was used  :^P  )
D: Sheepish look...
M: The water comes down the river, gets blocked, and is released to the other side. What, did you think it was a big ornamental pond or something?! Pumped back to the other side after release?!?!

I couldn't believe it. I was waiting for the punchline that never came  :^S

On that subject; there *are* dams that work like that. I only read on it quickly, and have been meaning to research it further. An impoundment gets used as a "battery" to store water as backup for a "clean" power system. Can't remember exactly, but probably solar or wind. The water gets pumped back up after use. The obvious problem, is in a perfect system you'll use as much energy getting the water up as you gained bringing it down. Since no system is perfect, you'll use more power. How does that work? Perhaps they generate excess power most of the time, and the water is for emergency use only? Dunno. I think of that every so often. Maybe I'll look it up today.

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Here it is...

This Pumped Storage Power Plant Is A Giant Battery - GE Reports

They kind of gloss over that it's 80% efficient, but I'm assuming that most times the power generated by clean methods exceeds demand.

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« Reply #25 on: June 30, 2019, 10:06:01 AM »
lxskllr, you don't need to go far to see a huge "pumped storage" facility. Muddy Run in Lancaster Co, PA has a large facility where water is pumped up the hill during periods of low electric demand and then used to generate during periods of high demand. Not sure about now but it was once the largest facility of its kind in the world.
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« Reply #26 on: June 30, 2019, 10:15:35 AM »
I /may/ have driven over that last trip to AK saw shop heading back to the office. I was following gps, so I wasn't super aware of where I was. It was a huge earthen dam, and the downstream side seemed to fall away forever. I kind of wish I stopped for a closer look, but I wanted to get back to the office. I'll be exploring that area more once decent weather gets here. Lots of interesting things to see. I might even pull out my old canoe, and checkout the rocky area below Holtwood dam. That looks really interesting from the road  :^)

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« Reply #27 on: June 30, 2019, 10:33:26 AM »
I find it funny, the few folks here with electric cars that think the electricity just comes out of the wall.  They do not want to believe that the electricity was made with natural gas or coal.  any time you change energy states there is waste in the form of heat, light, noise.  we are getting lots of wind turbines now.  when we would travel, we used to tell the kids we wish they would turn the fans off, cause it is making it kind of windy.  My dad would have us put our hands on the glass in the car when I was young, as we passed by radio towers, and asked if we felt a pain when they all lined up... a window pane.  Kids are on there phones and disengaged any more.  I am sure she knows a few things the other kids don't since her dad is a pain and points them out to her! :) :) :)  @lxskllr 
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« Reply #28 on: June 30, 2019, 11:09:18 AM »
The 17 year old that came to work for me for a whole 5 hours last week - of which only 2 were actual work - did not know how to use a tape measure.   :o
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« Reply #29 on: June 30, 2019, 11:59:48 AM »
He had probably never seen one used. I once walked into a service garage (anybody remember those?) and asked the kid for a left handed crescent wrench. He pawed through the tool box pulled out a wrench and said" This is the only kind.. " then the light came on. I quickly left. :D
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« Reply #30 on: June 30, 2019, 12:49:18 PM »
SAE or metric crescent wrench?

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« Reply #31 on: June 30, 2019, 01:31:20 PM »
most are metric as they are all made in other countries!!!   :D :D :D
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« Reply #32 on: June 30, 2019, 04:52:43 PM »
While on the subject of adjustable crescent wrenches......they make a crescent wrench with reversible pipe wrench jaw thats also a passthrough ratchet in standard/metric/universal
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« Reply #33 on: June 30, 2019, 08:09:32 PM »
Conversation in 1990 between two guys i worked with at a door factory, both were in their 60s. Ralph whips out his tape measure and asks junior " is this still 5/8 s ". Junior replies " no ralph, they changed that while you were on vacation "  !!!!!!!!
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« Reply #34 on: July 03, 2019, 05:36:06 AM »
I gave up asking for 3/8 of a # of cold cuts at the deli counter.Even after giving them the decimal equivalent i'd get a puzzled look.I suppose i'm being cruel.
I thought I'd simplify the process and just ask for 6 slices...well that backfired.I got 6 slices at #2 cut which weighed about 3/4 of a #.
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« Reply #35 on: July 03, 2019, 07:34:28 AM »
I order of a pound here and get a third of a pound.  She said that it was the same thing because her scale said .34 pound.  ::)  I order either a half or a whole pound.  smiley_dizzy
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« Reply #36 on: July 03, 2019, 08:14:25 AM »
CArefdul MM. if you order 1/2 pound, you might get .05 or 5 pounds, or, by the preceeding logic, you might get .12 pounds. Hard to say. Why must you be so difficult? :D :D :D ;D ;D :D
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« Reply #37 on: July 03, 2019, 09:26:29 AM »
They know half a pound so maybe they ain't stoopid, just ignorant.  :-X
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« Reply #38 on: July 03, 2019, 09:50:55 AM »
When I was in college, we would go through a lot of cheap lunch meat so if we told the worker behind the counter we needed 2 lbs and she went over she would try to throw away the extra slice and be worried that we would be upset if it wasn't perfect, not us. She said there was a guy who came in every other day and ordered 1/3 of a lb of ham and if it wasn't perfect he would throw a fit. Being the nerd that I am, I told her to tell him that her scale doesn't measure that accurate in decimals... 0.333333333333333333333333333...... I kid you not, I saw my comment fly over her head and hit the back wall :D

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« Reply #39 on: July 03, 2019, 11:42:29 AM »
The college cafeteria had a cashier that only knew how to make change for a five, some students learned to take advantage by giving her a deuce. She didn't last long.
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