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Post by landrew » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:26 pm

Annoying commercials get people's attention, but not as well as good commercials. People who set out to make annoying commercials have got the concept wrong. When bad publicity lands in your lap, it can sometimes be turned around skillfully into a positive thing, but there's nothing good about bad publicity in the first place.
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Post by TJrandom » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:30 pm

scrmbldggs wrote:Strange. Plz, bee careful, TJ.
Thanks - will do. That was my last box of the evening too, so if I had ignored the smell and gone in for the night, the barn might easily have gone up in smoke. Bike, tools, bee gear, and of course reputation... then a couple of months of police investigation and suspicion.

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Post by Gord » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:50 pm

Major Malfunction wrote:Yeah, don't trust Silicon Sally (that's what I call her).

She tried to drive me off a cliff!

In a new town, look at a 2D paper map, need to go there from here, plug it in the navcomp, OK, looks good. Chart.

Took me on the most roundabout way ever, and failed to notify me of the sheer drop from one section of the same road name to the other.

Seriously, you could BASE jump off this cliff, and land on the same street.

The only thing that stopped me were a few logs at the end of the road, and blue sky beyond.

That's when I said, "Show me that map again..."

It was a really nice view over Townsville, tho'.
I remember a long time ago, someone in Norway asked for the route to the next town over. Instead of showing him the road that would take him directly there, it gave him a route southward, across the sea to Denmark, down through France, through the Chunnel to England, up to Scotland, ferried back across to Norway, then south to his requested destination.

(I can't find it online anymore, alas, or I'd have posted a link to it.)
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Post by TJrandom » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:58 pm

It`s all about your settings... shortest, use expressways, cheapest, etc. My auto Navi system has a `crow line`, letting me see if it is taking me in the right direction. I routinely take side streets when I see a shorter route and it immediately adjusts to recompute the continuation. That is... if GPS hasn`t gone haywire on me.

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TJrandom wrote:It`s all about your settings... shortest, use expressways, cheapest, etc. My auto Navi system has a `crow line`, letting me see if it is taking me in the right direction. I routinely take side streets when I see a shorter route and it immediately adjusts to recompute the continuation. That is... if GPS hasn`t gone haywire on me.
When I set my Garmin to "fastest time" it takes me miles out of my way towards the nearest freeway. When I set it to "shortest distance" it takes me through someone's cow pasture and then it wants me to ford a river.
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Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:29 pm

landrew wrote:
TJrandom wrote:It`s all about your settings... shortest, use expressways, cheapest, etc. My auto Navi system has a `crow line`, letting me see if it is taking me in the right direction. I routinely take side streets when I see a shorter route and it immediately adjusts to recompute the continuation. That is... if GPS hasn`t gone haywire on me.
When I set my Garmin to "fastest time" it takes me miles out of my way towards the nearest freeway. When I set it to "shortest distance" it takes me through someone's cow pasture and then it wants me to ford a river.
Don't have a setting for "fastest non-stupid route, you {!#%@} piece of {!#%@}"?
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Post by Gord » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:00 pm

My friend's GPS used to take him past the turn-off ramp on highways before telling him to turn, thereby causing him to turn around and try again. And all along the way while he was doing that it would be saying, "recalculating...recalculating". I used to laugh and laugh and laugh....
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Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
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TJrandom wrote:It`s all about your settings... shortest, use expressways, cheapest, etc. My auto Navi system has a `crow line`, letting me see if it is taking me in the right direction. I routinely take side streets when I see a shorter route and it immediately adjusts to recompute the continuation. That is... if GPS hasn`t gone haywire on me.
When I set my Garmin to "fastest time" it takes me miles out of my way towards the nearest freeway. When I set it to "shortest distance" it takes me through someone's cow pasture and then it wants me to ford a river.
Don't have a setting for "fastest non-stupid route, you {!#%@} piece of {!#%@}"?
I tried that with the old one, but somebody had run over it before I could go back and pick it up.
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Post by TJrandom » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:10 pm

I sometimes talk to mine too - usually when it keeps trying to make me turn around to take a route I have already rejected.

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Post by TJrandom » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:15 pm

Have you ever noticed that errant drivers all have the same name? Well, maybe one of two names? ... Moron, and {!#%@} Moron.

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Post by bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:16 pm

One of my few "near death" experiences in the AF occurred when I had "almost" fallen asleep on the relief bunk to nap before the rest of the mission and I felt the plane make a sharp turn to the right. We were in the middle of the Atlantic going from USA to UK and I have never made any turns on that leg......so I got up and went back to the cabin to find out what was up. Everyone in the cockpit was as happy as clams. I said "Whats Up?" and got 3 blank stares coming back at me.

I looked at the flight instrument: dead on course/center line. so I said: "Why are we flying South?" Co-Pilot said because that was the course the Instruments said to fly. Navigator had just turned {!#%@} Red. Yes....very embarrassing situations, like trying to kill your whole crew, does turn your {!#%@} red. Navigator said he had programmed the computer for the next leg of the trip and had not realized he put it on display rather than in memory......AND he didn't notice the Co Pilot had turned the A/C.

All happened so fast...no one even noticed we were 3 minutes late to destination. I never liked sleeping on the airplane after that. the upshot? I told the copilot that knowing where he was and where he was going was always important. the Navigator was a Light Colonel to my New Captain...….so I just stared at him until he looked at a chart.

Reminds me though since I'm in a talkative mood, the Nav (different guy, same position...and still a Colonel===they were old and just about to transition to only computers) tried to steer us into the Mountains that surround La Paz Bolivia. On takeoff, he skipped over marker 4 and put in marker 5 by mistake, thick thumbs, or whatever was the cause. Once again...………...knowing where I was and where I wanted to go saved the day when my needle made a hard right.....I did not. Another mistake quickly remedied.....but with all the earmarks for disaster. At night, no light. Buddy died in the same location....but he dug in while landing. "Flying is not inherently dangerous, it is just very unforgiving of mistakes...……………"
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Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:20 pm

We call the GPS lady "Sarah" after the AI in the Sheriff's house in "Eureka."
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Post by TJrandom » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:11 am

Back to my kaiju... this morning I looked at my sawdust pile - it had been raining throughout the night, and there were two black eyes popping up thru the pile. The rain caused the monster to shrink and die. That was a close call, and to think that I had been following this obviously dangerous practice for the past 20+ years.

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TJrandom wrote:Back to my kaiju... this morning I looked at my sawdust pile - it had been raining throughout the night, and there were two black eyes popping up thru the pile. The rain caused the monster to shrink and die. That was a close call, and to think that I had been following this obviously dangerous practice for the past 20+ years.
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Post by TJrandom » Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:48 am

Had to look that one up... :?

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TJrandom wrote:Had to look that one up... :?
You're a good ways from Mt. Aso anyway.
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Post by Austin Harper » Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:58 pm

I wish GPS systems had a "least complicated" option. If I'm trying to get directions to a new place in a city I'm familiar with or if I'm just trying to figure out how to avoid traffic on my commute home I might want fastest but if I'm trying to navigate in a new city and there's a complicated route that takes 23 minutes or a simple route that takes 25, I'd rather spend the extra 2 minutes to not risk missing turns.
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Post by scrmbldggs » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:02 pm

Ah, the environmentally friendly fuel-saving option. (Also does wonders to mental health. :-P)
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Austin Harper wrote:I wish GPS systems had a "least complicated" option. If I'm trying to get directions to a new place in a city I'm familiar with or if I'm just trying to figure out how to avoid traffic on my commute home I might want fastest but if I'm trying to navigate in a new city and there's a complicated route that takes 23 minutes or a simple route that takes 25, I'd rather spend the extra 2 minutes to not risk missing turns.
That's when you get a tame local to help you out.

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Post by landrew » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:38 pm

When you are traveling happily to your destination, Garmin thinks it's a good idea to annoy you with "turn" instructions every few minutes. Like they are in hopes of wearing down your resistance, so that you'll eventually give in and take the freeway.
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landrew wrote:When you are traveling happily to your destination, Garmin thinks it's a good idea to annoy you with "turn" instructions every few minutes. Like they are in hopes of wearing down your resistance, so that you'll eventually give in and take the freeway bus.

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:lol:
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Bus, that big box thing with a guy who knows the roads around here up front.

Actually, when I transfered to a new station I'd ride all the bus routes at least once. The buses go where people want to go. And not having to drive meant I could scope out the area.
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Gawdzilla Sama wrote:Bus, that big box thing with a guy who knows the roads around here up front.

Actually, when I transfered to a new station I'd ride all the bus routes at least once. The buses go where people want to go. And not having to drive meant I could scope out the area.
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landrew wrote:
Gawdzilla Sama wrote:Bus, that big box thing with a guy who knows the roads around here up front.

Actually, when I transfered to a new station I'd ride all the bus routes at least once. The buses go where people want to go. And not having to drive meant I could scope out the area.
Nothing like spending a few hours experiencing the smell of vomit.
I've never been on a bus that had sanitation problems.
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Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
landrew wrote:
Gawdzilla Sama wrote:Bus, that big box thing with a guy who knows the roads around here up front.

Actually, when I transfered to a new station I'd ride all the bus routes at least once. The buses go where people want to go. And not having to drive meant I could scope out the area.
Nothing like spending a few hours experiencing the smell of vomit.
I've never been on a bus that had sanitation problems.
I have, twice. Only once was it my fault.
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Post by Gord » Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:54 am

People be crazy.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/frederict ... -1.4049107
Fredericton man charged with 4 counts of first-degree murder in shootings
Nobody knows why he did it.

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/11/us/p ... index.html
Richard Russell ... stole a passenger plane Friday from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and was killed when he crashed 25 miles away.
He went on a joy ride, then flew it into the ground -- but not before attempting a barrel roll.

Has someone set the bar so high that everybody's gotta be REALLY {!#%@}' NUTS these days?

Thanks, Trump.
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Gawdzilla Sama wrote:Actually, when I transfered to a new station I'd ride all the bus routes at least once. The buses go where people want to go. And not having to drive meant I could scope out the area.
I love public transport as you can look out the window.

And this is where Amanda and I won the "tech-idiots of the year" contest. We bought ticket for the trams in Budapest which came printed on hard paper. When we got on the tram there was a box next to the driver with a picture of a ticket. So I carefully placed the ticket on the picture waiting for it to scan the ticket. Nothing happened and people started laughing . I then carefully inserted the ticket in the slot at the top. Nothing happened and people laughed again. Then a little old lady grabbed my ticket, shoved it in the slot and pulled a big lever above the box which punched two holes in the ticket.
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Post by Poodle » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:50 am

Budapest is full of little old ladies. I love the place. We had a regular taxi driver last time we were there to take us to the not-so obvious places. I remember him pointing to a fairly typical concrete cube of a modernish building and saying "KGB - Ha ha ha".

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Post by Major Malfunction » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:20 am

Ah, the olden days when we had tram conductors... If you didn't have a ticket, they'd just sell you one. They were usually very outgoing kinds of people and would chat with anyone, crack jokes, help tourists, old folk, mothers with prams, point-out landmarks, espouse local history, sing, kick drunk idiots off at the next stop...

They made every tram ride an experience.

Now we've got an impersonal electronic system that doesn't even pay for itself, and our lives are all the poorer.
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Post by TJrandom » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:38 am

Sooo - how often were you kicked off? :lol:

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Post by Major Malfunction » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:47 am

NEVER! I can hold my liquor.

Well, actually, I have been kicked out of a few pubs. But it wasn't really kicked out, more like politely advised it's probably time for me to go home.
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Major Malfunction wrote:NEVER! I can hold my liquor.

Well, actually, I have been kicked out of a few pubs. But it wasn't really kicked out, more like politely advised it's probably time for me to go home.
Last time I was drunk in public it took seven Shore Patrol to get me in the paddy wagon.
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Post by scrmbldggs » Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:27 pm

I once started projectile vomiting in a pub and then my legs gave out. Friends had to lift/carry me to a car and take me home. But I wasn't even drunk, the beer I never finished was still standing on the table. I had caught some virus that decided to make itself known just then. Still, very embarrassing. :blush:
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Post by Major Malfunction » Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:52 pm

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Major Malfunction wrote:NEVER! I can hold my liquor.
Last time I was drunk in public it took seven Shore Patrol to get me in the paddy wagon.
Like I said. :P

In more detail...

One, I fell asleep in the stairwell. It was a long day.

Another, I was designated driver for a bunch of chicks that wanted to go to a lesbian bar, and a butch wanted to fight me, just because I was sitting at the bar and had the wrong genitals.

Then, at a seedy strip joint, playing pool against a 6'6" skinhead with barbed wire tattoed around his neck. He was standing over me say he's going to slit my throat, mate. I put all my balls away, left the black, put my cue on the table, and went to watch the next show. The bouncer tapped me on the shoulder and said they're waiting for you out the front, and took me out the back.

The last, I had a date at a live blues/rock pub. She turned out to be a vegetarian and non-dancer. What's that? So I told her to bugger off and started chatting up a midget. She was standing next to me at the bar. Just trying to be friendly. Not my fault I had to crouch down to hear WTF she was saying over the band. Apparently it was {!#%@} off, she was a regular, and the bouncers escorted me to the door. But they let me finish my drink and we had a conversation. Bit of a misunderstanding, but best I move along.
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Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:28 pm

Major Malfunction wrote:
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Major Malfunction wrote:NEVER! I can hold my liquor.
Last time I was drunk in public it took seven Shore Patrol to get me in the paddy wagon.
Like I said. :P
Hold my liquor and watch this!
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Post by Major Malfunction » Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:39 pm

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Re: What's Grinding Your Gears Today?

Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:23 pm

I was asked not to come back to 'Fight the Bouncer' night at a lez club in San Diego. I was spoiling her mojo.
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Re: What's Grinding Your Gears Today?

Post by Major Malfunction » Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:14 pm

IKR? I've been to a bunch of gay bars and been made to feel nothing but welcome. I've had my arse felt, but that's par for the course.
None of them wanted to kill me.

Not helping the angry lesbian stereotype.

Another place I used to regular was a bikie bar. Full of people that kinda look like you. I rode a Japanese bike, but they knew me and my mates were good blokes. We had lots of conversations. They probably also liked our girlfriends, since they were the youngest and prettiest things in the room.
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Re: What's Grinding Your Gears Today?

Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:22 pm

When I got the butt grope I'd tell the lady I was with "There's one for you." She liked to fight. Would have been MMA today, back then she was just a scrapper.
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