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    Oh, a final, unrelated note: as of 17:30 this past Tuesday, when I walked out of work... I'm retired. It's very strange, still on and off thinking about work, and then realize I don't need to (well, other than the...
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    The thing is, Pence has *no* base, other than extreme funnymentalist evangelical self-proclaimed "Christians". All of the top tier of Dems running beat Trumpolini. Pence, between his weird version of Christianity, and his support of the Orange One, would go...
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    Yes. The doc who first suggested, in the press, that he might be breaking down is now saying that events have proved him right. And he can't just do it - trying to change the Constitution is a HUGE deal....
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    Excerpt: COPENHAGEN (The Borowitz Report)—After rebuffing Donald J. Trump’s hypothetical proposal to purchase Greenland, the government of Denmark has announced that it would be interested in buying the United States instead. --- https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/denmark-offers-to-buy-us Please! Please! Then you'd have to rename...
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    Oh, I see - they've started acting like US drivers. Once in a while, as the merge lane is going away, I've been known to move just enough into it to prevent that queue-jumping shit. Have I mentioned what my...
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    Sorry, never worked at a startup. I'd guess the number of startups...
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    *shakes head* Great, what we in model railroading call things like On3 (running std. std. gauge railcars on 3' tracks). On the other hand, to the best of my knowledge, they don't just shove 'em on in the US -...
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    You'd drive me crazy, and make me angry, not passing. I'm explicitly doing my best to make room for you, and most folks will go over the double yellow, if they can do it safely. As I said, there's an...
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    Appreciated your explanation to others how and why Westinghouse first got rich - it's Westinghouse safety air brakes that he invented for the railroads. Before then, brakes were utterly dangerous, with brakemen having to turn wheels from the tops of...
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    Over on fark, I became aware that a bunch of people have webcams pointed at their favorite bridges. There's a *lot* of videos of idiot truck drivers ignoring the max height of the bridge... and wedging the truck, or ripping...
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    You're late to the game. About 10 years ago or so, truckers started screaming that the railroads were taking their freight.... Heh, heh....
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    10% raise? Huh? Sorry, I've *never* seen that in a long career. I don't think I've ever seen even 4%. Real raise? Get a new job....
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    *shrug* I want them to pass. If they can't, without going fully into the oncoming lane, they shouldn't be behind a wheel. But about close... yeah, back around '76, I was riding my bike to work over a bridge. What...
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    Hydrodynamic? Trains? Nope, it's called "dynamic braking", or regenerative braking, and it feeds a charge back into the loco's batteries (they *are* hybrids, er, diesel-electric.......
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    (g) Read a story back when I lived in Texas, about a Ranger driving 53.5. line of cars behind, somebody passed him at 55... and he stopped the guy, and told him he wondered if anyone would pass, and would...
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    I will BURY those, those OBSCENE UNDERGARMENTS!!!...
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    I get *really* aggravated when some fool who has no business behind a wheel either sits on my shoulder, or has to cross a double yellow line to take the entire oncoming lane.... and this is when, if possible, I'm...
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    Love to, but Oz is out. I'm not one of those with $1m in retirement.... We'd love to make Ireland and the UK someday, while we're both still mobile....
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    Same in the US. They can't effectively check your speed within 10%, so it's not worth it to them. Except around cities, where the speed limit is 55mph, and *everyone* except the should-not-be-driving-theres is doing 65-70, I normally do speed...
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    Don't talk to me about heat and humidity. Ellen and I were at the Philly Folk Festival this past weekend (not being willing to spend an order of magnitude more to do Dublin), and it was 90+,90+ all three days....
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    Cruise control, ABSOLUTELY. We go up to Baltimore at least once a month for BSFS. .75 hr on I-95 each way, plus 15 or so more in Baltimore. Go out of town, mostly to cons, yearly. Cost of train (what,...
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    Before I start on cmts, Discon III, Worldcon 2021, Washington, DC. Let's see, get the contracts, organize committees (I'm going for half of con suite), organize people, shove the GOP out the door (damn, can't work on that as a...
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    Moderators, please do send him my real email....
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    Hey, if you're still driving into the DC area, let me know, and we can have dinner or something. Any chance of you making Capclave (capclave.org)? And I will have a lot more free time. Ok, folks, this is as...
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    Yer alla buncha wimps. In my day, when we played D&D, the DM spent weeks designing a dungeon, and when they opened it for play, someone was designated as mapper, and had physical graph paper and pencils... And yeah, I...
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    I have three simple answers. 1. You have the nuclear rocket engine at a distance from the habitat - a long way back, or off to the side (gee, who would have designed something like that, Mr. Roddenberry?) 2. Use...
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    100% of the time, I LOOK AT THE MAP(S) before I ever get on the road. That way, when something goes wrong, I have ideas on how to go around them... like the time the Tomtom was insisting I got...
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    Right, I read about that. Some needs to hit people over the head with a cluex4, or maybe a cluex12, "Just because you can does NOT MEAN YOU SHOULD", and explain to them in four letter words of one syllable...
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    Damn. Back in the early/mid-nineties, I had a net-friend on usenet who said they were going to number my rants... then they never did. Would have been useful. Javascript. I don't know how many websites I've been to that YOU...
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    Ah, yes, "please make U-turn..." In Bethesda, I occasionally need to go across to Arlington, VA, when I was first seeing my now-ex, and wanted to take the shorter, non-DC-Beltway route. This is '10 - '12. The directions at one...
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