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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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