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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #570 on: March 15, 2012, 01:59:44 pm »
The word sabot is French in origin and refers to a small wooden shoe, typically worn by peasants (not pheasants which normally do not wear shoes). As the story goes, this is the root for the word sabotage, meaning to jam up 'the works' (a machine) by sticking a shoe in there.

Now if that really was the case, don't you think the facility manager (whatever they were called back in 18th century France) would just look around the broken machine for the worker standing there with only one show?

Brian

They could have planed ahead and brought in an extra shoe? Maybe even found a shoe on the side of the road on the way into work? You know how you always see one shoe on the side of the road, never two, just the one.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #571 on: March 15, 2012, 02:49:24 pm »
The word sabot is French in origin and refers to a small wooden shoe, typically worn by peasants (not pheasants which normally do not wear shoes). As the story goes, this is the root for the word sabotage, meaning to jam up 'the works' (a machine) by sticking a shoe in there.

Now if that really was the case, don't you think the facility manager (whatever they were called back in 18th century France) would just look around the broken machine for the worker standing there with only one show?

Brian
Good thing you didn't call it a "Clog", it could easily be mistaken for COG, creating an even bigger divide ;D

I prefer the Weapon version of sabot, I hat new shoes, much less a piece of wood carved out to fit my foot ;)

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #572 on: March 15, 2012, 03:04:31 pm »
Now that you mention it, I HAVE noticed that (one shoe on the side of the road). Plus, factories are almost always located on the sides of roads. Add to that the fact that when you see people walking, they too are almost always on the side of the road! It is becoming clear now, the whole thing is a gigantic French conspiracy! An evil plot to build factories and then have them all clogged with.... well, clogs! The root of the conspiracy is the wide spread use of roads.

Speaking of things French: I always liked the story about Napoleon wanting large shade trees lining all the avenues of France so his Grand Armee did not have to march in the hot sun. The response was something like- but General, it will take 20 years to grow trees that large. To which Napoleon responded: Yes, yes, that is why we must start right away!

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They could have planed ahead and brought in an extra shoe? Maybe even found a shoe on the side of the road on the way into work? You know how you always see one shoe on the side of the road, never two, just the one.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #573 on: March 15, 2012, 07:09:29 pm »
Got a flyer at work that a local university is looking for papers on "Statistics is Sports".  I developed a hypothesis about Runs vs. Hits vs. Errors (that's baseball) a few years ago.  Might be the time to dust it off and think it through a little more.


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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #574 on: March 15, 2012, 09:04:24 pm »
Now that you mention it, I HAVE noticed that (one shoe on the side of the road). Plus, factories are almost always located on the sides of roads. Add to that the fact that when you see people walking, they too are almost always on the side of the road! It is becoming clear now, the whole thing is a gigantic French conspiracy! An evil plot to build factories and then have them all clogged with.... well, clogs! The root of the conspiracy is the wide spread use of roads.

Speaking of things French: I always liked the story about Napoleon wanting large shade trees lining all the avenues of France so his Grand Armee did not have to march in the hot sun. The response was something like- but General, it will take 20 years to grow trees that large. To which Napoleon responded: Yes, yes, that is why we must start right away!

Brian

Doesn't take them long to produce white flags though =)
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #575 on: March 15, 2012, 09:06:32 pm »
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #576 on: March 16, 2012, 05:01:20 am »
Got a flyer at work that a local university is looking for papers on "Statistics is Sports".  I developed a hypothesis about Runs vs. Hits vs. Errors (that's baseball) a few years ago.  Might be the time to dust it off and think it through a little more.

How about the Cliff Notes version right quick?
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #577 on: March 16, 2012, 06:15:02 pm »
How about the Cliff Notes version right quick?

When I look at the baseball box scores it seems as if the winning team always has at least half as many runs as it does the sum of its hits and the opponents errors and the losing team always has less than half as many runs as the sum of its hits and the opponents errors.  So if a team is not producing a run for every two hits, it's not going to win the ballgame.  Bases on balls give a team the opportunity to add to its run total without affecting its number of hits and double plays take away a hit without producing a run.  There's also a pitcher giving up no hits early in the game but losing game because the opponent scores on a 3 run homer after a couple of walks.

If I can find game numbers, I want to use statistics to see if the hypotheses hold and I can predict winners and losers of ball games.


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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #578 on: March 17, 2012, 07:56:57 pm »
Picked up new vanity, toilet, fixtures, paint, etc  from Lowes (Teressa remodeling my 2nd bathroom as I type), Ordered a Westshore Pizza, great Saturday night indeed. Although I may owe her a dinner next weekend.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #579 on: March 18, 2012, 07:21:34 am »
That's funny Steve! I picked up a new toilet from Lowes yesterday too. The Superflush 3000! I'm kidding, it's not called that but I made my wife LOL when I said it.

This toilet can flush 24 golf balls at once! 

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Gotta install it today.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #580 on: March 18, 2012, 07:59:41 am »
That's funny Steve! I picked up a new toilet from Lowes yesterday too. The Superflush 3000! I'm kidding, it's not called that but I made my wife LOL when I said it.

This toilet can flush 24 golf balls at once! 

Toilet Flushing Demo: Champion 4 Right Height Elongated Toilet - Golf balls, cat litter, and more

Gotta install it today.

But, could it flush a Chuck Norris sized log? ::)

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #581 on: March 18, 2012, 08:15:32 am »
But, could it flush a Chuck Norris sized log? ::)

No way! You know the Redwood forests right? Nuf said.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #582 on: March 18, 2012, 12:21:58 pm »
But, could it flush a Chuck Norris sized log? ::)

Chuck Norris doesn't flush.  He scares the sh!t out of it.


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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #583 on: March 18, 2012, 12:23:44 pm »
When I look at the baseball box scores it seems as if the winning team always has at least half as many runs as it does the sum of its hits and the opponents errors and the losing team always has less than half as many runs as the sum of its hits and the opponents errors.  So if a team is not producing a run for every two hits, it's not going to win the ballgame.  Bases on balls give a team the opportunity to add to its run total without affecting its number of hits and double plays take away a hit without producing a run.  There's also a pitcher giving up no hits early in the game but losing game because the opponent scores on a 3 run homer after a couple of walks.

If I can find game numbers, I want to use statistics to see if the hypotheses hold and I can predict winners and losers of ball games.

Did the research.  No one has done a paper on this.  Found the data set free on the web.  This week I'll write the abstract and submit.


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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #584 on: March 19, 2012, 04:37:50 am »
Did the research.  No one has done a paper on this.  Found the data set free on the web.  This week I'll write the abstract and submit.

Good luck Jim.
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