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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3225 on: June 13, 2018, 08:57:12 am »
The list of errors goes on and on.

If that was one of us, we would have been in jail that night and still be in jail today. After we got thumped on be the local police.

The sad part is, none of this is terribly surprising. Stupidity and ineptitude is pervasive in society today.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3226 on: June 13, 2018, 02:35:19 pm »
So in this insane world where it seems everyone is tripping over his / her feet to hurt, insult or molest someone else, let us look toward that kindly, gentle animal species that has real manners for a better example: yep, Kodiak bears, the largest carnivore in the western hemisphere and possibly, the world. Let us take a very quick look at how they interact with another mammal during a casual interaction:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6Xo21L0ybE

OK, as I watch the video I counted:

0 Shootings
0 Incidents of rage, (road or other)
0 Incidents of group or 'pack' behavior

Perhaps we can learn something from our furry 'friends'. Remember, humans are the ONLY mammals that kills for sport.....

Oh yeah, and  :rotflmao:  'cause the video is funny!

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3227 on: June 13, 2018, 07:58:44 pm »
Why am I thinking that the interaction would have been much different had the people approached bear to "get a closer look"?
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3228 on: June 14, 2018, 03:06:13 pm »
Charles Proteus Steinmetz (born Karl August Rudolph Steinmetz, 1865 in Prussia).

He was many things: a truly gifted genius, a man suffering from dwarfism (he stood just 4 feet tall), hunchback, and hip dysplasia, an odd man who lived an unusual but apparently successful life and lifestyle, and one of the inventor / engineer greats of the early period of the use of electricity. He was called the "Wizard" of Schenectady for his ground-breaking work at GE, was quite famous as a brilliant and able inventor and problem- solver, and knew and was friendly with many of 'the greats' of that era including T.A. Edison and Henry Ford. He is probably best known today as the man who conjured up Steinmetz's formula, still used everyday to deal with magnetic hysteresis losses, as well as the 'operators' he came up with so that calculus is not needed to deal with simple AC circuits and instead they can be treated as the far simpler DC circuits. It has been speculated many times that the reason Thomas Edison was so opposed to AC current was that he did not have the education or mathematical abilities to do even simple calculations on AC circuits; Steinmetz generated his 'operators' to allow Edison to work with AC as easily as he could deal with DC current. They are still in widespread, common use today because even if one can do the actual integration, it is far, far easier to just use Steinmetz's 'operators' and skip all the tedious mathematics.

As the story goes:  During the construction of the Ford Rouge River plant (by far the largest manufacturing plant in the world when completed in 1928; it measured 1 1/2 miles wide and 1 mile long), the engineers could not get the huge generator to work correctly. This is supposedly how it was solved:

(quote taken directly from Smithsonian.com' website)

"Ford, whose electrical engineers couldn’t solve some problems they were having with a gigantic generator, called Steinmetz in to the plant. Upon arriving, Steinmetz rejected all assistance and asked only for a notebook, pencil and cot. According to Scott, Steinmetz listened to the generator and scribbled computations on the notepad for two straight days and nights. On the second night, he asked for a ladder, climbed up the generator and made a chalk mark on its side. Then he told Ford’s skeptical engineers to remove a plate at the mark and replace sixteen windings from the field coil. They did, and the generator performed to perfection.

Henry Ford was thrilled until he got an invoice from General Electric in the amount of $10,000. Ford acknowledged Steinmetz’s success but balked at the figure. He asked for an itemized bill.

Steinmetz, Scott wrote, responded personally to Ford’s request with the following:

Making chalk mark on generator $1.

Knowing where to make mark $9,999.

Ford paid the bill."

One of my favorite stories. I really do not know or even care if it is actually true, it is still a great story about a fascinating person IMO.

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3229 on: June 18, 2018, 06:23:18 pm »
The 'cylinder' wars between Chevrolet and Chrysler go back almost to the beginning of production automobiles in the US.

By the 1920's, both of those companies, as well as most auto companies in total, were making four- cylinder cars (luxury and limited production vehicles excepted). Ford's Model T, made from 1909 until 1927, was by far the most produced car in the world, and would remain so until the 1980's when the Volkswagen Beetle finally surpassed it in production numbers. Still, by the end of the run, the T was badly dated and sales were dwindling, so Henry Ford decided to bring out the next model, a particular favorite of his and actually called "Henry's Lady", the Model A. This new and very popular model was introduced in 1928 and was expected to have a long run, as the Model T did but everything changed when Chevrolet came out with the in-line six and the advertising slogan 'a six for the price of a four', and that was the first year that Chevrolet ever out- sold Ford (1929). As the story goes, an enraged Henry Fork remarked 'If it is cylinders they want, it is cylinders they will get!' and immediately began work on what we know today as the Ford Flathead V-8 that would go on to power Ford autos for decades. Of course Chevrolet responded much, much later, in 1955, with their own V-8, the 265 cu. in. 'small block', which was again a modern engine with overhead valves. In fact, most people will say that this was Chevrolet's first V-8 but that is not the case.....

Chevrolet actually introduced a V-8 in 1917 to compete with the other, higher- end manufacturers of the day. In fact, this engine, in the 'Model D', was actually very advanced and unlike the 1933 Ford V-8, it had overhead valves, a direct drive rotary distributor and several other futuristic facets. By all accounts, it was a very good design, very robust and reliable and was basically well ahead of its time. Unfortunately, it was also expensive and the bottom line was that people simply would not pay Cadillac, Pierce- Arrow, Packard, et al. prices for the pedestrian moniker 'Chevrolet'. So the original Chevrolet quietly died a quick death after only two years. Today they are rare and extremely sought- after collector cars.

So the "brand new for Chevrolet" V-8 of 1955 was actually almost 40 years later than Chevrolet's real 'first' V-8.

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3230 on: June 19, 2018, 10:55:07 am »
And now for an excellent story about a very good LEO doing his job.

http://time.com/5315805/indiana-state-trooper-pulled-over-slow-driver-left-lane/

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana State Police trooper who tweeted a photo of a vehicle he stopped for driving too slowly in the left lane says he’s overwhelmed by the widespread praise he’s receiving online.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles stopped the driver Saturday on Interstate 65 about 35 miles south of Indianapolis after about 20 vehicles had slowed behind her. Wheeles says she was traveling under the 70 mph speed limit. Indiana law requires drivers to move to the right lane to allow faster traffic to pass. 

The post has been retweeted by IndyCar driver Graham Rahal, who said, “This guy is my hero,” and Fox NFL announcer and Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman. Others suggested he win a Nobel Prize or asked him to relocate to their states.



"I stopped this vehicle today for a left lane violation on I-65.  The driver had approximately 20 cars slowed behind her because she would not move back to the right lane.

Again...if there are vehicles behind you, you must move to the right lane to allow them to pass."

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3231 on: June 19, 2018, 12:15:26 pm »
Yeah, I saw that story. Brought a tear to my eye, it did.

I saw something absolutely amazing in Wyokodatana (one of those big, western states) on my ride to the other coast in '11. There is miles and miles of nothing but prairie with a ribbon that in Interstate I-90 running through the middle of it. Seriously, on a small rise, I think you can see for 30, 40 miles in either direction. Anyway, riding along a few MPH above the speed limit, I came upon a car and a truck driving much slower..... but RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER! I got behind the person in the left lane, waited a bit and then flashed my brights at the driver. After a few flashes, he / she sped up and started to pull ahead but only did so until about 10 feet in front of the truck in the right lane, and then settled back down to the original cruising speed. Still not able to get by them (only a 2- lane highway), I finally had to resort to more drastic passing measures. I did not and still do not believe they were acting maliciously and it was simply ignorance, and idiocy causing this.

And then some time later, I saw the exact same thing happen a few more times! The very definition of F.U.B.A.R. in my opinion.

Brian

And now for an excellent story about a very good LEO doing his job.

http://time.com/5315805/indiana-state-trooper-pulled-over-slow-driver-left-lane/

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana State Police trooper who tweeted a photo of a vehicle he stopped for driving too slowly in the left lane says he’s overwhelmed by the widespread praise he’s receiving online.

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3232 on: June 19, 2018, 01:02:59 pm »
 :goodpost: Gives me hope for mankind!

And now for an excellent story about a very good LEO doing his job.

http://time.com/5315805/indiana-state-trooper-pulled-over-slow-driver-left-lane/

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana State Police trooper who tweeted a photo of a vehicle he stopped for driving too slowly in the left lane says he’s overwhelmed by the widespread praise he’s receiving online.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles stopped the driver Saturday on Interstate 65 about 35 miles south of Indianapolis after about 20 vehicles had slowed behind her. Wheeles says she was traveling under the 70 mph speed limit. Indiana law requires drivers to move to the right lane to allow faster traffic to pass. 

The post has been retweeted by IndyCar driver Graham Rahal, who said, “This guy is my hero,” and Fox NFL announcer and Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman. Others suggested he win a Nobel Prize or asked him to relocate to their states.



"I stopped this vehicle today for a left lane violation on I-65.  The driver had approximately 20 cars slowed behind her because she would not move back to the right lane.

Again...if there are vehicles behind you, you must move to the right lane to allow them to pass."

https://twitter.com/ISPVersailles/status/1008056619622690817?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3233 on: June 19, 2018, 01:09:41 pm »
Years ago, my brother got a velocity award and instead of accepting the award he choose to attend a safety driving class (an option in the state of TX if your record is otherwise clean). This was before the online classes and had to be attended in person. The class was taught by a LEO and one of the students bragged how they loved to find someone going slow in the right land and cruise along side in the left lane to slow everyone down. This a$$hole actually thought he was doing the world a favor. The instructor told the a$$hole that what he was doing was illegal and that if he ever caught him doing that he would be getting another citation.

Yeah, I saw that story. Brought a tear to my eye, it did.

I saw something absolutely amazing in Wyokodatana (one of those big, western states) on my ride to the other coast in '11. There is miles and miles of nothing but prairie with a ribbon that in Interstate I-90 running through the middle of it. Seriously, on a small rise, I think you can see for 30, 40 miles in either direction. Anyway, riding along a few MPH above the speed limit, I came upon a car and a truck driving much slower..... but RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER! I got behind the person in the left lane, waited a bit and then flashed my brights at the driver. After a few flashes, he / she sped up and started to pull ahead but only did so until about 10 feet in front of the truck in the right lane, and then settled back down to the original cruising speed. Still not able to get by them (only a 2- lane highway), I finally had to resort to more drastic passing measures. I did not and still do not believe they were acting maliciously and it was simply ignorance, and idiocy causing this.

And then some time later, I saw the exact same thing happen a few more times! The very definition of F.U.B.A.R. in my opinion.

Brian

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3234 on: June 19, 2018, 02:20:11 pm »
And now, as a comparison to stupid people, please permit me to introduce some smart kittens :-)



A couple of days past 5 weeks old and they know exactly how to 'chow down'. Lots' o' purrin' going on in that lap (and yep, there are several Easy Boys! jokes in there but the kittens are far too young for that kind of 'R' rated material).

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3235 on: June 19, 2018, 02:25:55 pm »
And now for something on the lighter side.

https://nypost.com/2018/06/19/man-crushed-to-death-by-moms-coffin-during-funeral/

I am actually surprised there was an accident during that..... affair. Everything looks pretty safe and robust, from the bamboo ladders with the rope fastenings, right on through the careful, coordinated effort by people wearing the proper attire, especially footwear, and working in a carefully orchestrated, safe manner.

Yeah I know it is a tragedy but seriously, how can anyone look at that video and not think "Really?..... REALLY?".... at what point did any of that seem like a good idea?

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3236 on: June 19, 2018, 06:48:33 pm »
Good argument for cremation.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3237 on: June 19, 2018, 07:50:05 pm »
Good argument for cremation.

There are a lot of good arguments for cremation.... like

1) Lower cost
2) No space
3) More logical
4) Less work
5) Easier planning
6) More environmental friendly
7) Less conceited
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3238 on: June 21, 2018, 07:07:32 am »
8)  Can stay at home and keep an eye on things
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3239 on: June 21, 2018, 08:47:02 am »
There are a lot of good arguments for cremation.... like

1) Lower cost
2) No space
3) More logical
4) Less work
5) Easier planning
6) More environmental friendly
7) Less conceited

 
8)  Can stay at home and keep an eye on things
...and up close at that.  8)

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