A Conversation for Ask h2g2

What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 221

Array

My bestest friend was a whiz with a 3d printer. He made me a beautiful lightsaber, and a golden snitch for my wife.

Before he passed, I had the idea I'd ask him to make me TWO models of the sundiver - Disaster Area's stuntship - put them on stands side by side, and paint one up so you could tell what it is (like in the photo), and just spray the other in Black 3.0 or Mousablack or one of those other super-matt-black paints. I think that would make an excellent geeky mantlepiece thing.

Still think it would.

https://sketchfab.com/3d-models/the-sun-diver-disaster-areas-black-stuntship-91b1f05b2d6a4b5aaa1ef3ef58615b66


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 222

Baron Grim

What an awesome idea. I love the design. I wonder how much of the detail might disappear when painted?

I'd love to own a 3D printer, but I just don't have any real use for one. But if I did, I'd definitely print one of these myself. smiley - towel


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 223

Array

"I wonder how much of the detail might disappear when painted? "

The trick with painting something like that is that you don't generally just paint it a solid colour then leave it. Really good modelmakers will do washes and highlights and distressing and all sorts of stuff that takes AGES but makes the textures and detail pop out.

And then next to it you'd have something EXACTLY the same shape and size that looks like a hole in space, because by design ALL of the detail would disappear.


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 224

Baron Grim

Hmm... I'm starting to wonder about my ability to read and comprehend. You clearly explained that and yet my brain missed the concept.

I'm finding I do this more often, lately. Is it that I'm just skimming over things? Or does it have something to do with my vision? My vision is now limited to a fairly narrow range from my right eye only, I can see from my nose to not quite straight ahead. I wonder if a right/left brain thing is going on.

But most likely, I'm just skimming.


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 225

Teasswill

If you think you really are missing chunks of text, worth putting a marker on the side you usually miss & concentrate on reaching the marker before going on to the next line. Or sometimes people find it easier to turn the text so it fits into the area of sight.
I do realise that's not always feasible with screen text, but I believe there are ways of turning screen text into a scrolling option.


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 226

Baron Grim

"There's always money in the banana stand."

When I was a kid in the '70s, it was common knowledge that there was a way to get stoned on dried banana peels (and nutmeg and grape vine).

While I never personally tested this claim (well, ok, I did try the grape vine thing) I wasn't overly surprised today when I learned it was a hoax.

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/smoking-banana-peels-1960s-donovan-mellow-yellow-hoax


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 227

Baron Grim

What we think of as a microwave oven was invented to more humanely warm up (and reanimate) frozen hamsters. smiley - hamstersmiley - hamster

Seriously!

http://youtu.be/2tdiKTSdE9Y


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 228

Baron Grim

Heh, today I learned what a "pibgorn" actually is. For several years I've been reading an online comic strip called Pibgorn. It's by the creator of 9 Chickweed Lane. Pibgorn, in the comic, is a fiery redheaded... fairy? Pixie? Imp? I haven't read them all from the beginning (here: http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2002/03/11?ct=v&cti=2082951 ) yet. I thought it was a rather unpleasant name for a sexy little creature like Pib.

Well, the author, wisely, turns off all comments on his strips. So I thought maybe there might be a subreddit for the comic. That led me to /r/Pibgorn "A community for the Welsh Hornpipe.
Here's an example.
http://youtu.be/KrGdsU9FZEg

Interesting. Horn in this usage means a literal cow horn as can be seen here: http://youtu.be/La5V6YtuP2E


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 229

Baron Grim

Today I Learned, the names for the Arctic and Antarctica mean "Bears" and "No bears".
It has something to do with the constellations Ursa Major & Minor. In Greek Arktos means bear.

http://www.worldatlas.com/articles/what-are-the-origins-of-the-names-arctic-and-antarctica.html


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 230

Caiman raptor elk - Escaping the Array

The thought of going to Antarctica is unbearable.


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 231

Bluebottle

During the Second World War Britain's armed forces bought, by tonnage, more tea than explosives.

Make smiley - tea not war smiley - peacesign

<BB<


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 232

Baron Grim

smiley - smileysmiley - tea


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 233

Baron Grim

This is a good one. smiley - ufo


Today I learned that "weather balloon" found near Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 wasn't simply a "weather" balloon.

OK, it wasn't a flying saucer, it actually was a weather balloon, but it did much more than simply monitoring weather, it also carried very specialized equipment that allowed it to maintain a certain altitude so that it could monitor a region of the atmosphere where sound waves could travel long distances. It was designed to listen for Soviet nuclear weapons testing.

http://youtu.be/xlozhChleso


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 234

You can call me TC

I notice that the "today I learned" and the "today I forgot" threads have both just been posted on. I can't help but think that, as our mental "hard drives" fill up, each of us should be posting equal amounts on each thread. For every new fact you learn, surely you forget another, to make room for it.

But then, if you have forgotten something, how would you know to post it?

Catch 22?


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 235

Caiman raptor elk - Escaping the Array


Maybe it should be "Today I temporarily forgot" and include things like:

To pick up my kids from school.
To put on pants.
My wedding anniversary.

Apparently those are all things that get you into trouble.


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 236

Baron Grim

I think those fall more under the category of "TIFU". smiley - laugh


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 237

Caiman raptor elk - Escaping the Array


You are absolutely right. Those are the things that will haunt you for years to come.


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