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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vohu Manah » Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:38 am UTC

Today I learned that bright orange carpet is hideous and disturbing, especially when combined with old lady and paper.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby darkspork » Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:44 am UTC

Today I learned that, although some of my best essays were written at around 3AM the night before, the same does not apply to code.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby lulzfish » Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:14 am UTC

Today I Learned that Qt, despite all its wonderfulness, does not have an API for "Download this URL to this file on the hard disk and tell me when you're done".

This is quite surprising, since Qt has a lot of other nice stuff.
I ended up using GStreamer's souphttpsrc and filesink, and it was way easier than screwing around with Qt's networking classes.
My other options were to call wget or get libcurl involved, but those seemed like a lot of effort, and using GStreamer now will make it simpler when I add video transcoding to this application.

I almost want to try switching to GTK, since they have GStreamer, and clearly must be awesome. But the object orientation is still really weird, and I'm afraid I'll end up typing at least twice as much code as I have now.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby H2SO4 » Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:31 am UTC

TIL that this forum substitutes the terms for a possessive in conjunction with the common term for the menstrual cycle with "Shark Week", and I find this funny.

Example: I'm on Shark Week. I'm on my peri0d.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Kain » Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:50 pm UTC

Today I Learned that intentionally trying to reset your sleep schedule by not sleeping one day and then going to bed early the next really, really, really doesn't work, and has a high chance of backfiring. (Consider that I just woke up, and I am on Eastern Time). Hopefully that class wasn't too important.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby You, sir, name? » Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:12 pm UTC

Kain wrote:Today I Learned that intentionally trying to reset your sleep schedule by not sleeping one day and then going to bed early the next really, really, really doesn't work, and has a high chance of backfiring. (Consider that I just woke up, and I am on Eastern Time). Hopefully that class wasn't too important.


Huh. It usually works reasonably well for me. The key is to get to bed -really- early. Like 6-7 PM or something. That way you either wake up ridiculously early (like 4 or 5 AM) which is fine, since it allows you to be extra tired the next night; or you get 11 or 12 hours of sleep and get up at your regular morning hours. It is possible to oversleep ridiculously long when you do this (I think my personal record is like 15 hours or something), so a heavy duty alarm clock far away from the bed is a must.

Though you have a pretty high chance of falling off the wagon after a couple of days with this method unless you are really disciplined about continuing to actually get up early. Gradually stepping back through getting up earlier and earlier, and using the sleep deprivation to fall asleep earlier has a higher rate of long-term success, but then you shuffle around like the walking dead for a week as you do it.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Whelan » Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:48 pm UTC

aging.child wrote:
Whelan wrote:
aging.child wrote:Today I learned that I am too small to give blood :(

Too small how? age or weight because I'm both too young and too light.

I just turned 17, so I'm old enough (where I live) to give blood without my parent's permission. But I'm 115 lbs, and even though the form says you need to be over 110, I would need to be either 115 lbs and taller, or the same height and a lot heaver (I'm 5'2"). But seeing that link over there, I should think I'd like to keep more than 85% of my blood inside my body at all times.

Oh well. I'll just donate food or something...


I'm 17 in a fortnight, and was going to give blood, but they want you to be more than 50kg, which I'm just shy of, like, 2kg shy.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby darkspork » Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:55 pm UTC

Today I learned that my twelve year old copy of Pokemon Blue, despite several seemingly obvious reasons for it not to, still works fine and has its save file intact. I think I know what I'll be doing this weekend.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Force42 » Sun Nov 22, 2009 3:29 am UTC

Today I bought my first tie and learned how to tie it.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Kain » Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:58 am UTC

Today I learned that if I just go and tell people that yes, I do indeed hear just about every conversation they have in my proximity, even when I am in the next room and not obviously paying attention, they are usually not as annoyed/mad/disturbed by that as I would assume some people might be. So long as they realize I wouldn't go relaying said conversations on to the subject matter, for instance.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Sun Nov 22, 2009 10:43 am UTC

Really? Because a while back a couple of friends got mad at me many times for hearing things they said when they were like a foot away and talking at a normal volume. How can I not hear you?! Yeah, they were idiots...
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Kain » Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:57 pm UTC

e^iπ+1=0 wrote:Really? Because a while back a couple of friends got mad at me many times for hearing things they said when they were like a foot away and talking at a normal volume. How can I not hear you?! Yeah, they were idiots...


Yeah, see, this is how I assumed most people would act, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that not everyone is like that.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Teapot » Sun Nov 22, 2009 8:26 pm UTC

Today I re-learned that I suck at wrapping presents. I feel really sorry for the person who gets my secret santa present...
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Alpha Omicron » Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:44 am UTC

If you delete four edges from a tesseract you can embed it in the plane.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby H2SO4 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:29 am UTC

Alpha Omicron wrote:If you delete four edges from a tesseract you can embed it in the plane.

Spoiler:
Enough is enough! I have had it with these mother-f**king tesseracts on this mother-f**king plane! Everybody strap in. We're about to open some f**king worm-holes.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vieto » Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:39 am UTC

H2SO4 wrote:
Alpha Omicron wrote:If you delete four edges from a tesseract you can embed it in the plane.

Spoiler:
Enough is enough! I have had it with these mother-f**king tesseracts on this mother-f**king plane! Everybody strap in. We're about to open some f**king worm-holes.

don't you mean snake-holes?

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Wolf » Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:51 am UTC

Vieto wrote:don't you mean snake-holes?

*awkward mental images GO*
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vohu Manah » Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:01 am UTC

Today I learned the worst rock name ever; Shist. It...sparkles.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Pansori » Tue Nov 24, 2009 6:11 am UTC

Well this may sound silly, but today I learned that the opposite of noble is ignoble... I thought it sounded like a neat word, though I am easily amused. :)

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby H2SO4 » Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:35 pm UTC

TIL democracy::democratic as anarchy::anarchical. It sounds so weird to me, I thought I was making a word up.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Rakysh » Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:56 pm UTC

Isn't it anarchic? Iunno...

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby H2SO4 » Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:42 pm UTC

Rakysh wrote:Isn't it anarchic? Iunno...

It's technically both, but "anarchical" still sounds too funny to be a word.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Rakysh » Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:58 pm UTC

It is indeed a silly word; democratical also silly and, I suppose, by that system also a word. I like that word. I think I shall use it.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby H2SO4 » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:32 am UTC

Rakysh wrote:It is indeed a silly word; democratical also silly and, I suppose, by that system also a word. I like that word. I think I shall use it.

Unfortunately, "democratical" isn't. Well, not according to Merriam-Webster. I think it only applies to systems of government that contain the suffix "-archy", so "monarchical" would be. Or... "oligarchical". There's a word for you.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vieto » Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:20 am UTC

democharchy...

which should be another way of saying a republic turned into a monarchy.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Spade » Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:35 am UTC

Today I learned that I had a pack of sour skittles in my backpack. Then I ate them and it was a good day.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Gears » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:19 am UTC

Hairy stank tunnels are the plant kingdom's version of a big butt and a smile.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby rubber314chicken » Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:15 am UTC

Spade wrote:Today I learned that I had a pack of sour skittles in my backpack. Then I ate them and it was a good day.


I saw the avatar and I thought it was me.

TIL when I've gotta drive 100+ for school stuff, my mom considers that a social activity (aka not to/from school) and I have to pay for that gas. And the gas my sister wastes (stupid lead foot) because she "needs to pick up some people from the high school then take them to their house to baby sit" which is a 3 mile trip, yet somehow she goes through a gallon and a half and 15 miles......
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby PhoenixEnigma » Thu Nov 26, 2009 3:26 am UTC

TIL that the Dutch education system is a lot more complicated than the Canadian one, and is very highly rated.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vieto » Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:21 am UTC

TIL Bananas are CLONES!!!

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby apeman5291 » Thu Nov 26, 2009 5:14 am UTC

Force42 wrote:Today I bought my first tie and learned how to tie it.

Welcome to the civilized world. :D
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Skythe » Thu Nov 26, 2009 6:12 am UTC

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Teapot » Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:25 pm UTC

Today I learned our grill is crap. It took me 25 minutes to make cheese on toast... Or at least, half melted cheese on warm bread.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Impulse97 » Fri Nov 27, 2009 3:41 am UTC

Today I learned that I talk about stuff way to long...or post for that matter. :oops: :oops:
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vieto » Fri Nov 27, 2009 4:54 am UTC

today, I learned figured out how to pronounce ichthyoacanthotoxism.

Its a mouthful.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby MooglesLord » Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:59 am UTC

Today I learned that being up at 3:30 to get ready to work at Wal-Mart on Black friday, REALLY REALLY BLOWS.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Dromtry » Fri Nov 27, 2009 7:43 pm UTC

People don't remember the things that I say that crack them up at 1AM. :(
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Sun Nov 29, 2009 11:47 am UTC

Today I learned that Australian money is made of plastic.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vohu Manah » Mon Nov 30, 2009 4:36 am UTC

Today I Learned that Jones Soda is good, and that they make a turkey flavor.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vieto » Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:12 am UTC

today I think I learned that open-ended personal assignments for English are easier to do if you don't feel any stress than if you are superstressed.

that, and remixed Dawkins doesn't sound half bad.


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