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
Last week when I was writing up the question of the high beam floor switches, it occurred to me that there was another hi-beam innovation that seems to have gone away in modern times. I once got a pretty good deal on a car out of the Auto Trader, a 1970 Lincoln Continental, [...]
A guy at work subscribes to a news magazine called The Week, and he brings them in sometimes and leaves them around, in you know, reading spaces. So on occasion when I have spare reading time at work, I’ll look through them if there is nothing better. I happened upon a fairly interesting [...]
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
There used to be this old joke I liked, you ask someone “Did you hear that the state is changing the law and making car companies move the dimmer switch from a column lever back to being a floor switch?” Invariably, your mark will say no, and then: “Yeah, because too many Aggies [...]
This morning while perusing the digital headlines, I noticed one that seemed interesting, “Fourth ATV mission ends in fireball over Pacific Ocean”, on the website Spaceflight Now. Forth time ending in a fireball? What is this ATV mission? So I clicked through and read what I am sure some of you spaceheads already know, the ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) is a European logistics supply carrier to the International Space Station, that at the end of its mission life, after being filled with what I am sure is gross space station waste, is sent on a controlled burn up re-entry. So the mission was supposed to end in a fireball, as it turns out. What does all this have to with free stuff on the internet? Not much really, just exploding space poop is pretty cool! Although, if you could salvage a piece of the spacecraft, and then you wanted to give it away, I bet you would have some takers. Maybe don’t mention the space poop piece…
The big winner from two weeks ago was mr_mountaineer, who found not only one of my favorite thing ever–toy cars!–but also the prize winning post, free jars of cannedchicken fat!
Continue reading Sometimes Free Stuff Isn’t Worth It
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
I will readily admit that there are some weeks when I have come across some sort of remembered technology item that I thi9nk would be great for this little feature–and then there are weeks like this one, in which I have vapor lock of the brain and a hard time thinking of much of [...]
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