Judging by the amount of differing versions of the ‘Proper planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part’ that I have seen at various businesses, I am going to go out on a limb and guess that my experience last week is not all that unusual. Project at work, possible problems come up, the solution is ‘Don’t worry about that, it won’t matter,’ ‘Don’t worry about that, it won’t matter,’ until the last minute comes, and then it’s, ‘Hey, why didn’t you take care of this!?’ This is when I find it pays to be nice to the people around you, that way when you need someone you interact with infrequently to help you out with something it would have been much easier to get them to do when you first brought it up, versus at the last minute, they will be inclined to put in a little friendly extra effort. Unless you are in the mafia, and then you grease their palms instead. But I digress.
Hit the jump in case you missed out on the answer last week! mr_mountaineer and jalopjackie didn’t miss out on it, and OA5599 in fact hit on the exact model pictured! Hopefully not on a reverse image search, although it would have been a good week for it, since when I saw these the other day, I wasn’t able to snap a picture, so I had to rely on the interwebs. But it isn’t so important how you come to the truth, but that fact that you get to the truth. Nice job!
Continue reading Q³: Grease the Skids
Probably this happens at lots of different workplaces, but here where I work, the busy times sort of come in spurts. Sometimes it is a long stretch of being really busy, followed by a nice lull. Here lately, despite hitting a lull that most people are trying to embrace, we have a few management types that feel the need to fill that down time with needless work, just so we look busy. The worst is a new guy, who missed most of the busy time, and now is really really wanting to look busy so he can get his name out there. There are quite a few of us lowly peons that find this to be ridiculous, and want the guy to just calm down; soon enough we will all have plenty of legitimate work, but then the question arises, how exactly do you get that message across to one of your bosses in a nice way? So instead we grumble and tolerate – not exactly my favorite way to spend a day.
But enough whining about me! Let’s get on to something really interesting, looking at an oddball tech item, and seeing just how fast you fine commenters can positively identify it! And before I obliquely discuss this particular item, and then give a shout out to our winner from 2 weeks ago, let me apologize to Mr. Batshitbox for not getting this posted last week and distracting him from the political discussion that almost ensued. Sorry, man! I will say this, by way of a clue for this week, if you go back and read that post, and the ensuing discussion by Mr. Box and Mr. ZomBee, you will have found a nice little clue in the subject matter. Now hit the jump to see the answer to our previous Quandary!
Continue reading Q³: Boiling Point
It is fascinating to me how sometimes a particular item of technology goes from being completely ubiquitous to completely vanishing in a short period of time. Other times, a technology just sort of hangs around, unchanging. I suppose if you could figure out which way something was going to go, either evolutionary swing, or consistence persistence, you could probably make some good stock market bets. Take, for example, a television remote control. They have worked the same basic way for years, and you still have to point the thing at the sensor or they don’t do anything. Or perhaps a computer keyboard, if you can find enough adaptors your newest keyboard probably isn’t any functionally different than one from 20 years ago. So if you know what the Quandary item is for this week, let us know in the comments!
The winner last week, from the top rope, with a smash, Slow_Joe_Crow! Maybe it was the lifestyle fad comment, maybe Mr. Crow loves workout shakes, whatever it is, very nicely done! Hit the jump to see an image of the whole spring-ball, just to satisfy your curiosity!
Continue reading Q³: Too Easy
There is a line in the film The Big Lebowski, spoken by the great Sam Elliot, that “Some days you get the bear, and some days, the bear, well, he gets you.” Also, it sounds a little more like he is saying bar than bear, but he’s a cowboy. That line happens to be probably my most favorite in a movie full of great ones, just because I happen to really appreciate the sentiment of that saying. There are just times when it is one of those days, and the great part is, well, soon enough it will be over and done, and it will be a new day, a new bear. This week just so happens that the bear got me, a couple of different times, and I will admit to looking forward to this weekend much more than I have in a good while, just because it means the week is over and done.
That also means that it is time to look at a mysterious object! See if the bear of a Quandary stumps you! I will say, this particular item might be slightly a stretch as being a piece of technology, it is something I see all over the place at work, and might just be part of some lifestyle fad. So you be the judge, solve the mystery! Hit the jump for one more image, plus a look at the answer from last week!
Continue reading Q³: The Bear
Last week, it seems that I might have thrown a bit of a red herring with my storytelling, and I have to say, Mr. Batshitbox did a very nice job of matching the mystery up with the yarn I was spinning. And as a matter of fact, the image is spun sideways, and that is a salty body of water, although not exactly a beach. However, that wasn’t the item in question. But I award you the Golden E for effort!
Our big winner was none other than Mr. texlenin! His keen eye detected that it is, in fact an image of one of many junctions on a piece of scaffolding! Nicely done!!
If you know this week’s answer, let it be known in the comments! And hit the jump to see a slightly better picture of last week’s Quandary!
Continue reading Q³: Fishing
One of the things that we would do whenever we went to visit my grandfather when I was growing up would be to go with him to the weekly livestock auction in his small East Texas town. These sorts of auctions occur across the states, and likely in many other places as well, at least during the summer months, and mostly consist of beef going to market, to become delicious steaks and hamburgers for us all to enjoy. When I tagged along at the age of 8 or 9, we would sit very still and quiet in the actual auction hall to watch the show. Naturally, still and quiet for an 8 year old isn’t always just real still, sometimes you get a little fidgety. But what would petrify you in a hurry would be when the auctioneer suddenly pointed directly at you and started speed mumbling, then pointing away, then right back at you! Instantly you would freeze, not wanting to be inadvertently buying 20 head of cattle at whatever a pound.
Knowing what I do now, so mostly, not being a kid anymore, I realize that there was some crusty old guy behind me bidding during those moments of fear and stillness, and any cow auctioneer worth his salt would never sell anything to an 8 year old, but I certainly believed back then that any flip of the hand would result in an instant purchase! You can place your bid on today’s Quandary in the form of a correct answer to the mystery down in the comments, and be sure to hit the jump to see the answer to last week!
Continue reading Q³: Going Once…
I don’t really know if this sort of thing is particular to the job that I have now, or if it is common anywhere, but whenever the work load drops off, the work load always promptly increases in undesirable ways. That probably doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but I will try to explain better. See, if we aren’t busy, then no one is busy, up and down the line. So what do the guys in charge do? They get bored and wander around, looking at stuff, and coming up with good ideas. If they are bored, well, everybody else must be bored too, so let’s come up with a bunch of great good ideas to keep busy! Problem is, busy work good ideas aren’t really ever great ideas, are they?
A much better way to keep your mind occupied is to take a gander at today’s Quixotic Quantum Quandary! See if you know what this particular piece of technology might be, and let us all in on the answer in the comments! Last week’s quandary stumped the crowd; hit the jump to see the whole enchilada and be enlightened!
Continue reading Q³: Random Task
The other day at work, I walked by a sort of mechanical section in the building, and there were some pipes making like a running water sound, and then there was some other pipe or some something making this like squeaking/chirping sound, and it totally sounded like a creek with frogs in the summertime. It was pretty interesting how a couple of sounds could trigger a summertime memory. Maybe a little cue in the picture you see above can jog your memory a little, and help you solve today’s Quandary! And hit the jump to see last week’s!
Continue reading Q³: Headliners
[A note from your friendly, neighborhood doppelgänger: we now return to your regularly scheduled weekend programming, with my apologies for last weekend!]
I try to use weird items that I actually have as much as I can for Quixotic Quantum Quandary, and while I will admit to owning some items that I think might even be just a little too out there for proper riddle solving to be likely, this image is something that I don’t actually have. I saw it at a museum a while back, and I would jump at the chance to acquire one, although I have no idea how I would move it or what I would do with. It would just be impressive! So study intently, and let us know in the comments what you think, no, what you know, it is. And hit the jump for the previous puzzle’s answer!
Continue reading Q³: If He Were an Ice Cream Flavor
A couple of week ago I noticed something that I found amusing, and I think we need to come up with a name for it. I will describe the situation, which I would say is sort of a reverse anachronism or something, but it needs its own term! I saw a guy who needed a part for a component on a piece of equipment that probably dates from the 1960s, and he wasn’t having any luck describing that component over the phone. So he took a picture of said antiquated piece of equipment with his super fancy cell phone to go and show the other guy he was working with. I don’t know what you would call this sort of melding of the old and the new, but if there isn’t a word for it we should make one up!
Last week was a swing and a miss on my account, with getting a mysterious object up for your perusal. So here we are back again this week! Take a gander at this old tech object and let us all know in the comments what it is! And be sure to hit up the jump to see another look at it, as well as the answer from two weeks ago, which cruisintime nailed promptly. Nice job!
Continue reading Q³: A Cut Above the Rest