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Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:43 am UTC
by Xeio
Shivahn wrote:There are one or fewer people in the US with my name. Whoo!
What you don't realize is this is a clever threat in disquise. Run! :shock:

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:18 am UTC
by Kirby


My mind just exploded. Even moreso than the brains of those poor fellows in Saving Private Ryan. Movies on YouTube?

Thank you for those links, by the way.

EDIT: There's also a link up at the top that directs you to bunch of movies on YouTube. You can even search for free ones! The free one are, of course, only the movies that nobody wants to watch*

*Prove me wrong, I dare you. No, really. I wouldn't mind watching some more good movies on YouTube.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:51 pm UTC
by Aiea
Kirby wrote:


My mind just exploded. Even moreso than the brains of those poor fellows in Saving Private Ryan. Movies on YouTube?

Thank you for those links, by the way.

EDIT: There's also a link up at the top that directs you to bunch of movies on YouTube. You can even search for free ones! The free one are, of course, only the movies that nobody wants to watch*

*Prove me wrong, I dare you. No, really. I wouldn't mind watching some more good movies on YouTube.


I watched some of those free movies on youtube... Of course it was at work when I didn't have access to any other movies... I think I watched "The Kid", "Heidi", "Jungle Book", and "Little Princess". I enjoyed them.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 3:59 pm UTC
by Shivahn
Xeio wrote:
Shivahn wrote:There are one or fewer people in the US with my name. Whoo!
What you don't realize is this is a clever threat in disquise. Run! :shock:

Oh god you're right!

*hides*

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:20 pm UTC
by SurgicalSteel
Kirby wrote:*Prove me wrong, I dare you. No, really. I wouldn't mind watching some more good movies on YouTube.
The Thing (10 minutes at a time)

There are more than a few of those around youtube. Usually lowish quality, and uploaded in ten minutes chunks so the movie is divided into between 9 and 12 parts, but they're free and a great way to watch stuff at work in the background. Someone (3rdRockFan or something like that) also has about 4 complete seasons of Third Rock From the Sun.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:49 pm UTC
by Kang
Well, I think what the point was, is that there are actually full movies in one video officially there.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:44 pm UTC
by Magnanimous
You can also watch seasons 1-7 of Scrubs on YouTube. :P Apparently seasons 8 and 9 aren't up because of "copyright issues"... My guess is that ABC is still making money from broadcasting them or something, and they don't want to release them.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 4:58 am UTC
by e^iπ+1=0
It should also be noted that seasons 8 and 9 don't count because the damn series should have ended after 7. Also, NBC fucked with the episode order for some reason; it should have ended with My Dumb Luck.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 7:27 am UTC
by GenericPseudonym
That website says there's 1 or fewer of me, but I know there's at least two. (Me, and some guy in New York who I found the Facebook page of.)
edit: It's probably just because of the rarity of our last name (23,000th-ish), but all my siblings and parents are "1 or fewer".

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:19 am UTC
by Zarq
e^iπ+1=0 wrote:It should also be noted that seasons 8 and 9 don't count because the damn series should have ended after 7. Also, NBC fucked with the episode order for some reason; it should have ended with My Dumb Luck.


How bad are the last two seasons? Are they "Friends should never have gone to 10 seasons" bad (which I don't think is that bad) or "Why the fuck did they make a 4th season of Coupling without Jeff?" bad (which was horrible) ?

I'm watching Scrubs atm and wondering at what season I should stop.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:00 am UTC
by Cathy
Zarq wrote:"Friends should never have gone to 10 seasons" bad (which I don't think is that bad)

I didn't think season 10 was bad at all, but working through the abject idiocy of Ross in season 9 was what killed me.

... Anyway.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:03 am UTC
by Zarq
Cathy wrote:abject idiocy of Ross in season 9


It's been a while since I saw it. What things are you talking about?

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:09 am UTC
by Cathy
Zarq wrote:
Cathy wrote:abject idiocy of Ross in season 9


It's been a while since I saw it. What things are you talking about?

Like, all of it. He just drove me crazy as a character. More of a moron about women/life than is comprehendible. I wanted to tear his throat out. Of course, I'm in the middle of Battlestar Galactica right now and I want to tear out a LOT of character's throats out.

TIL that when confronted with a character I absolutely can't stand I become verbally abusive towards my laptop screen. Wow. Not sure whether to be concerned or to see it as a good way to vent.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:28 pm UTC
by e^iπ+1=0
Zarq wrote:
e^iπ+1=0 wrote:It should also be noted that seasons 8 and 9 don't count because the damn series should have ended after 7. Also, NBC fucked with the episode order for some reason; it should have ended with My Dumb Luck.


How bad are the last two seasons? Are they "Friends should never have gone to 10 seasons" bad (which I don't think is that bad) or "Why the fuck did they make a 4th season of Coupling without Jeff?" bad (which was horrible) ?

I'm watching Scrubs atm and wondering at what season I should stop.

Looking back at synopses of season 8 episodes, most of it actually wasn't terrible. I just think it was dragged on unnecessarily, and that season 7 ended really well (or would have, in the right order). Also, there are lots of new characters, pretty much none of which I particularly connected with (but YMMV). I didn't even bother watching most of season 9 because they switched the focus of the show such that it was significantly more about the new characters.

So I think you can probably give season 8 a chance, and then if you get through it and like the new characters proceed to season 9. But I suppose it depends on whether or not it'll ruin the series for you or whatever. If you can just ignore it if you dislike it, then go for it; else, I'd say probably don't.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:44 pm UTC
by PAstrychef
They cloak that there are only 116 people in the US with my last name. I probably know 25% of them. It would be interesting to meet the others. My dad didn't talk to much of his family after the 1950s.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 5:16 pm UTC
by Mazer1010
How to use the programming language Racket (it's really cool)

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 7:31 pm UTC
by Magnanimous
I really liked season 8, but it definitely had a different feel from the past seasons... If they had done season 7 right and had a satisfying ending, that would've been fine with me.

That said, season 9 is fanfiction and nothing more.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:55 pm UTC
by Zarq
TIL a second is called a second because it is the result of the second division of an hour by 60.

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Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:58 am UTC
by SurgicalSteel
Try this: a minute is 1/60th of something (as in minute of arc, minute of hour). A second is the second minute of an hour.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:54 am UTC
by Magnanimous
Zarq wrote:TIL a second is called a second because it is the result of the second division of an hour by 60.

What. How have I never known this?

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:45 am UTC
by SecondTalon
SurgicalSteel wrote:Try this: a minute is 1/60th of something (as in minute of arc, minute of hour). A second is the second minute of an hour.

Yowza bagowza.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:21 am UTC
by ExplodingHat
SurgicalSteel wrote:Try this: a minute is 1/60th of something (as in minute of arc, minute of hour). A second is the second minute of an hour.
So would the electricity in my walls oscillate every 'third' then?

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:15 pm UTC
by emceng
Yesterday I learned why I am not close with people at work. We were in the lunch room and the conversation was pretty much 30 minutes of bitching about and gossiping about other coworkers. That's not something I do, or really want to do.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:06 pm UTC
by You, sir, name?
SurgicalSteel wrote:Try this: a minute is 1/60th of something (as in minute of arc, minute of hour). A second is the second minute of an hour.


Relevant wiki article

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:08 pm UTC
by JBJ
emceng wrote:Yesterday I learned why I am not close with people at work. We were in the lunch room and the conversation was pretty much 30 minutes of bitching about and gossiping about other coworkers. That's not something I do, or really want to do.

Doesn't that ^ count as bitching about coworkers though?

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:55 am UTC
by Arisu
JBJ wrote:Doesn't that ^ count as bitching about coworkers though?


And complaining about people complaining means you are complaining too (something people never fail to "humourously" point out),
a lot depends on how often you do it, and where.
In my opinion anyway.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 5:23 pm UTC
by Jumble
TIL: the words to Ernie (the fastest milkmn in the west). No, really...

He said 'do you want it pasteurized, cause pasteurized is best?', she said 'Ernie I'll be happy if it comes up to me chest'....

OK, as you were.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:14 pm UTC
by PictureSarah
There are 741 people in the U.S. that have my first and last name. There are 3 people that have my husband's.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:55 pm UTC
by felltir
Trigger warning:

Spoiler:
And he pulled the fastest milk-cart in the west.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:05 pm UTC
by AJR
The names site says that there are only 180 people in the US with my surname, and "1 or fewer" people in the US with my name (they say "We have information on both names, but chances are low that someone has this combination of names.") Also, the are apparently over 1300 people in the UK with my surname, which make me wonder: how common is it for an English surname to be significantly more common in the UK than the US?

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:20 am UTC
by farnsworth
TIL whiteboard markers work (and erase from) my television screen. I can now draw clown hats and mustaches with wild abandon.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:59 am UTC
by SurgicalSteel
CRT and LCD computer monitors too. Though you want to erase those quickly since the heat from the screen can sometimes kind of bake the ink to the screen, making it harder to remove.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:23 pm UTC
by emceng
TIL: Wikiquote is pretty much crap. I searched for a movie, didn't find the quote I want. So clicked on the link to a popular entertainer who has made more than two dozen movies. His entry had maybe 40 words on it, and two links to wikipedia. No links to the movies he has been in.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:17 pm UTC
by emceng
JBJ wrote:
emceng wrote:Yesterday I learned why I am not close with people at work. We were in the lunch room and the conversation was pretty much 30 minutes of bitching about and gossiping about other coworkers. That's not something I do, or really want to do.

Doesn't that ^ count as bitching about coworkers though?


Yes, but it isn't the same. Here I am generically bitching about people no one here knows. I am not undermining anyone's authority, causing enmity amoung co-workers, or insulting people you know.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:42 am UTC
by Kang
felltir wrote:Trigger warning:

Spoiler:
And he pulled the fastest milk-cart in the west.

I see what you did there. Very nice.

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:36 am UTC
by Felstaff
Til tits! On YouTube!

(NSFW - Tits. And guns. And lots of things associated with this lethal concoction of breasts and blunderbusses). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlqxMNdST1g

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:02 pm UTC
by Steax
TIL: Google image search by image can be awesome.

My new hobby: throwing people's avatar at Google image search and seeing what it says.

For example, ameretrifle's avatar returns...

zombietrex.png
I... I knew it!


(I hope that's okay with you, ameretrifle.)

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:57 am UTC
by ameretrifle
Ha ha ha what a strange ACTIVATE PROTOCOL CHI-576-ALPHA!! MOVE, MOVE, MOVE!!

...Nice knowing you, respiratory mammals. The whole warm, moving blood thing was weird, but I kinda liked you anyway. I have no doubt you will adjust to your new overlords. In fact, we expect a significant number of you to welcome us as liberators.

/obligatory dino joke

(if i change my avatar now, i swear it's just because i've been meaning to for months and it's seasonal avatar time. really! :D)

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:06 am UTC
by The Scyphozoa
*Easonal

Re: Today I Learned

Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:46 am UTC
by Anachrome
TIL that goodliness is a word. This makes me happy.

It also prompted the thought: what units would goodliness be measured in?