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WTF is wrong with you?

Discussion in 'Society and Culture' started by Susan Addams, Dec 21, 2017.

  1. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    I'm a fairly light sleeper and if it rang in the middle of the night, it would wake me up. Same with the dings and beeps when emails or texts arrived.
  2. Susan Addams

    Susan Addams Left Coast Fiscal Conservative

    DND turns off all that stuff.

    Anyway it makes no diff where you charge your phone. Downstairs works fine for me and I have no need of the DND feature because the sound just doesn't reach to my bedroom.
  3. MemphisMark

    MemphisMark Old school Conservative

    I used to keep an 8" floppy around for people who wanted to "borrow" one of my 5-1/4's.

    There are two reasons why the later, smaller floppies held more than the older, bigger floppies.

    One is we were able to get the tracks closer together (on the media and the head control), the second is the law of thermodynamics. As the temperature changed on the 8" and 5-14" disks, they would expand and contract. This could (and did) cause the tracks to be far enough off as to be unreadable. Smaller disks expand and contract less because they are smaller. Coupled with putting tracks closer together, the 3.5" could hold 800k SS/1.6MB DS and the 5-1/4" could (initially) only do 143k. The original 3.5" disks could only hold 400k. They were able to get high density 5-1/4" disks up to 1.2MB, however by that time the convenience of the shirt pocket sized 3.5" had rendered them obsolete.

    You might want to read the Heechee Saga by Pohl. In that story we found an alien space station in a polar orbit around our Sun. The station had "prayer fans" all over the place. It turns out they were our version of thumb drives and never recognized the devices for reading them and put the two together.

    Arthur C. Clarke, who also came up with the concept of geosynchronous satellites.
  4. Susan Addams

    Susan Addams Left Coast Fiscal Conservative

    Listen, buster, you are not the first man to tell me that story! :p

    Too late, I already read it. I enjoyed it. Try reading Pohl's "Plague of Pythons" if you can find a copy. It was a very intriguing novel about people who invented a technology where they could take over anybody's body remotely, and do anything they wanted.

    Or try Eric Frank Maine's "Timeliner" where the main character died in a scientific experiment and appeared in the body of a man living in the future, with new problems. But each time the MC died he went further in the future and appeared in a new life. Find the book and read it and discover the mind blowing conclusion, his fatal attractor: Lydia, his wife who was having an affair with his scientific collaborator in the experiment.

    I did tell you that I have a degree in English Lit, didn't I? (And Psych.) You don't get the degree in Lit unless you are a book worm. In earlier years I used to read all night in bed, mostly SF and Mickey Spillaine. My favorite though was the Travis McGee novels by John D. MacDonald. I liked mystery more than I liked SF. That was before I discovered beds are for more than sleeping and reading. ;) Um, TV anybody? ;)

    Did you ever read Larry Niven's Ringworld series? I think I read all of Heinlein except that last one his dreadful wife published posthumously. Do you agree that Heinlein sort of freaked out at a point when he wrote his last books? I forget which one I realized this. But even then his books were entertaining.

    You should try Western fiction. I read every last book Louis L'Amour wrote. One of his final books "Haunted Mesa" broke with his tradition and moved into the present day, and was one of his best. Also do not miss Tony Hillermann's books about a Navajo police chief, again in modern times.

    One thing, SciFi is dead. They call it just plain science now. Wanna read a novel about people living in a space station? Yawn. That's fact now, not fiction. The new SF is called urban fantasy. If I pass on the IT, pass on the Psych, I'm gonna write an urban fantasy novel. UF is like ordinary fantasy (or medieval fantasy like LOTR or GOT) except in urban fantasy you got cars, computers, Internet, and also you got magic, werewolves, witches and other supernaturals. UF is superior to SF in that your universe has to be self-consistent as usual, but you get to invent your own laws of magic which are more flexible than being stuck with the laws of physics in the universe God gave us.

    I've been meaning to compile a list of leading urban fantasy works, for my friends who are interested in starting to read a new genre: UF. UF is the new SF. SF is now called science.

    Also too late. I read Clarke too. I'm pretty sure I read everything he wrote. The best one he wrote that was made into a movie was "2001: A Space Odyssey." The sequel sucked: 2010.

    I agree that it is ironic for a fiction author to spot the obvious fact that the farther out a satellite's orbit the slower the revolution. LEO satellites like spy satellites have orbital periods of a few or several hours. Farther out satellites like our moon have an orbital period of a month. It stands to reason that at some distance (22,300 miles IIRC) a satellite would have a period of 24 hours. Yet it took a writer to spot the obvious. I bet Clarke was a scientist turned author. I never read his biography.
  5. dsl987

    dsl987 Member

    Arthur C Clarke, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, loved those guys.
    Does anyone remember Jerry? Sadly he passed away this September. I loved his column in Byte magazine called Chaos Manor. He was also involved in aerospace where he worked on project Thor.

    Jerry Pournelle - Wikipedia

    RIP Jerry - you are missed.
  6. MemphisMark

    MemphisMark Old school Conservative

    I had a 1/4-credit class in HS, "Individualized Reading" where you had to read about 10 books over the year and give an oral report on each to get an A. I had that A before Christmas. I might have had it before Thanksgiving.

    Yes, I read Ringworld several times. Interesting, not quite in my favorites.

    It turns out Clarke didn't come up with the idea for geostationary satellites, however he did develop the concept of using satellites in that orbit for communications relays.

    Heinlien's posthumous book, For Us, The Living, was actually his first book that was never published because it "was too outside of the societal norms" or something like that.

    Asimov has published works in every category of the Dewey Decimal system. His only entry in the 100's was a forward for The Humanist Way. He has at least one book in every other category.

    Okay, favorite books:
    Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton. The 1969 movie was way better than the 2008 with Benjamin Bratt
    The Well World series by Jack Chalker
    This Perfect Day by Ira Levin
    Venus Equilateral by George Smith. I love the part when they created a replicator and held the data for the things made from it on 78 RPM records!
    The Bolo series by Keith Laumer
    2061 by Clarke. Heywood Floyd makes it to Haley's Comet!
  7. Susan Addams

    Susan Addams Left Coast Fiscal Conservative

    I always heard Clarke got credit for the concept of the geosynchronous satellite, or have heard it for years.

    I could go on and on with SF. I read SF novels when the other kids were reading comic books. Then I moved on to mystery, then fantasy, and now urban fantasy.
  8. Susan Addams

    Susan Addams Left Coast Fiscal Conservative

    I was just reading topics because nobody is posting anything.

    Mark I got a good idea! Retire! ...... You can thank me later.
  9. MemphisMark

    MemphisMark Old school Conservative

    No can do. I'll be working up until Noon on the day they bury me.
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  10. Susan Addams

    Susan Addams Left Coast Fiscal Conservative

    Well Mark, put me down for a noon date that day. I can help make sure you're late to your own funeral! ;)
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    Allene Registered User

  12. MemphisMark

    MemphisMark Old school Conservative

    Sorry to bust your bubble, but 15 minutes early is 15 minutes late. The only time I am late is when someone else is transporting me. I'm usually early enough that I'm helping to set up the folding chairs before hand.
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  13. Susan Addams

    Susan Addams Left Coast Fiscal Conservative

    Nobody can burst my bubble. Only I have the ability to control my bubble and to burst it when I choose.

    Dream on Mark.
  14. cdw

    cdw Ahhhh...the good life.

    I don't shut my phone off. No reason why I should. Hell, it's like ...back in the old days, when you had a wall phone...couldn't shut that off either. I don't turn mine off because I manage 38 homes. If there's an emergency I need to know about it and handle it if I'm able to at that point. I don't get many disturbing calls/texts that late at night although who knows...after that 12 pack of Miller Light I may just have slept through it! :rofl:
  15. cmhbob

    cmhbob Did...did I do that? Staff Member

    Years ago I worked funeral escorts in Central Ohio. Rode a motorcycle along with the funeral procession to help them through intersections, onto freeways and such. That including running a procession for Catholic funerals from the FH to the church, and then on to the cemetery. We're lined up and ready to go with this one lady to the church, and I'm looking at my watch, and realizing we're going to be late. I ask the funeral director about it, and she said, "Yes we are. It's in the pre-arrangements. She wanted to be late to her own funeral."
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