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Re: OT: Unproductivity and thumb twiddling

Toby Inkster wrote

A bold challenge!  If I had one, I would!

Don't be silly.  We used wax cylinders then.

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Re: OT: Unproductivity and thumb twiddling

Toby Inkster wrote:

> Question 1. If a gramophone is moving with its normal angular velocity
> and measures 12 inches across, what is the linear velocity of a point on
> its edge, measured in Scottish inches per EastEnders theme tune?

Assuming a 78 rpm record, every minute there are 78 revolutions, so a
point on the outside of the record travels

78 * circumference = 78 * pi * 12"
~ 2941"
~ 2925 scotsinches

2925 scotsinches per minute is 48.75 scotsinches per second.

The EastEnders theme tune (EETT) seems to be 27 seconds long, so the
angular velocity is:

48.75 scotsinches/s * 27 s/EETT = 1316.25 scotsinches/EETT

which is quite fast really.

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Re: OT: Unproductivity and thumb twiddling

Toby Inkster wrote

velocity
on

A scotsinch is the length of a haggis' willy, measured on Burns Night.
Not a lot of people know that.

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Re: OT: Unproductivity and thumb twiddling

Toby Inkster usenet200504@tobyinkster.co.uk wrote in

My physics is university level up to the second year of possibly the
world's best undergraduate course after MIT. We also didn't cover
electrocution. However it's not the voltage or the current that counts,
it's the energy transfer that does you in. Minimal current or potential is
not a problem, after that it's numbers and you need an electrical engineer
not a physicist (we try not to do numbers). The best bet is to assume that
the default condition of electricity is potentially dangerous, and to
develop a propensity for using off switches and finding fuse boxes.

IC taught us to be very careful with electricity. I assume in order that
we'd all live long enough to die of cancer because they didn't teach us to

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and all we end up getting is spin

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"It's the volts that jolts, but the mills that kills!"  :)

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On Mon, 25 Apr 2005 23:06:53 +0100, Fat Sam

> Toby Inkster wrote:
>> Fat Sam wrote:
>>
>>> You could run a live high voltage cable right alongside your
>>> BlueYonder cable.....That way, if anyone does try to cut through it,
>>> chances are
>>> that they'll get a lot more than they bargained for....About 240volts
>>> more.....
>>   240 V is hardly what I'd call "high voltage". It's only slightly above
>> mains voltage. You really want at least 400 V as a deterrant.
>>
> Aaah, I reveal my ignorance about matters of physics and
> elextrikkity....I've had a bolt of 240volts up my arm and it hurt me
> enough to ensure I never forget it....I dread to think what 400volts
> must feel like....

Man, you just gotta feel that buzz :)

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Re: OT: Unproductivity and thumb twiddling

Dylan Parry wrote:
> Hi folks,
>
> Imagine the scene, you're sitting at your desk working away, and
> suddenly you can't visit any sites any more. Strangely, Usenet still
> works okay though. :s So you ring the BT service status line to see
> what's up, and a voice says "we are aware of some problems blah blah
> blah". "Dammit," you think.
>
> What is a person to do when they can't work without a connection to the
> outside world? I've already exhausted the sitting and waiting technique :(

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Saint Firk wrote:
> Dylan Parry wrote:
>
>> Hi folks,
>>
>> Imagine the scene, you're sitting at your desk working away, and
>> suddenly you can't visit any sites any more. Strangely, Usenet still
>> works okay though. :s So you ring the BT service status line to see
>> what's up, and a voice says "we are aware of some problems blah blah
>> blah". "Dammit," you think.
>>
>> What is a person to do when they can't work without a connection to
>> the outside world? I've already exhausted the sitting and waiting
>> technique :(
>
>
> gan for a pint, laddy!

That's the best advice anyone has given in this thread so far....

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Fat Sam wrote:

Almost certainly would have got me the sack though ;)

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Dylan Parry wrote

What are you doing these days, employment-wise?

Are you working for the government/local government full time, or
contracted to them?

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Re: OT: Unproductivity and thumb twiddling

Charles Sweeney wrote:
> Dylan Parry wrote
>
>
>>Almost certainly would have got me the sack though ;)
>
>
> What are you doing these days, employment-wise?
>
> Are you working for the government/local government full time, or
> contracted to them?

Never ever ever work for local government, that is my advicec I'm going to
dispense for the rest of my life!

Saint. Firk, Special Needs Education Transport.

Read as: Saint. Firk, stuck in an office, never seen a the kid, or the parents.
Just a big pile of papers from Social Services, how very human and personal of
them.

Protective Services and Emergency Planning was good though. If you're a geek
like me... who's into underground bunkers and coldwar hangups :) :)

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Saint Firk wrote

> Never ever ever work for local government, that is my advicec I'm
> going to dispense for the rest of my life!

You're not wrong!

I was a Civil Servant for two years, and I worked for local government
for one day I think.  Was also contracted to the NHS for three years.

Don't get me started on them!  Suffice to say, they don't need to make a
profit.

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Charles Sweeney wrote:

> Saint Firk wrote
>
>> Never ever ever work for local government, that is my advicec I'm
>> going to dispense for the rest of my life!
>
> You're not wrong!
>
> I was a Civil Servant for two years, and I worked for local government
> for one day I think.  Was also contracted to the NHS for three years.
>
> Don't get me started on them!  Suffice to say, they don't need to make a
> profit.

Local government - that's like the city council isn't it? One of the
best times working I had with the Rotterdam city council. The
atmosphere is just completely different than in a profit making
business office. Much more relaxed :-)

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Re: Unproductivity and thumb twiddling

> Charles Sweeney wrote:
>
>> Saint Firk wrote
>>
>>> Never ever ever work for local government, that is my advicec I'm
>>> going to dispense for the rest of my life!
>>
>> You're not wrong!
>>
>> I was a Civil Servant for two years, and I worked for local government
>> for one day I think.  Was also contracted to the NHS for three years.
>>
>> Don't get me started on them!  Suffice to say, they don't need to make a
>> profit.
>
> Local government - that's like the city council isn't it? One of the
> best times working I had with the Rotterdam city council. The
> atmosphere is just completely different than in a profit making
> business office. Much more relaxed :-)

yep - and it's the taxes of those profit making employees that pay for
that relaxed atmosphere.

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William Tasso wrote:

>
>> Charles Sweeney wrote:
>>
>>> Saint Firk wrote
>>>
>>>> Never ever ever work for local government, that is my advicec I'm
>>>> going to dispense for the rest of my life!
>>>
>>> You're not wrong!
>>>
>>> I was a Civil Servant for two years, and I worked for local government
>>> for one day I think.  Was also contracted to the NHS for three years.
>>>
>>> Don't get me started on them!  Suffice to say, they don't need to make a
>>> profit.
>>
>> Local government - that's like the city council isn't it? One of the
>> best times working I had with the Rotterdam city council. The
>> atmosphere is just completely different than in a profit making
>> business office. Much more relaxed :-)
>
> yep - and it's the taxes of those profit making employees that pay for
> that relaxed atmosphere.

relaxed atmosphere != slow working

I've been in profit making offices with a relaxed atmosphere too - the
difference has nothing to do with the amount of work done per day.

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Sonhos vem. Sonhos vão. O resto é imperfeito.
- Renato Russo -

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Els wrote:
> William Tasso wrote:
>
>
>>
>>
>>>Charles Sweeney wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>>Saint Firk wrote
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>Never ever ever work for local government, that is my advicec I'm
>>>>>going to dispense for the rest of my life!
>>>>
>>>>You're not wrong!
>>>>
>>>>I was a Civil Servant for two years, and I worked for local government
>>>>for one day I think.  Was also contracted to the NHS for three years.
>>>>
>>>>Don't get me started on them!  Suffice to say, they don't need to make a
>>>>profit.
>>>
>>>Local government - that's like the city council isn't it? One of the
>>>best times working I had with the Rotterdam city council. The
>>>atmosphere is just completely different than in a profit making
>>>business office. Much more relaxed :-)
>>
>>yep - and it's the taxes of those profit making employees that pay for
>>that relaxed atmosphere.
>
>
> relaxed atmosphere != slow working
>
> I've been in profit making offices with a relaxed atmosphere too - the
> difference has nothing to do with the amount of work done per day.

Give me a mug of coffee, push me in a cloak room with adobe, and my minidisc
player.

Ciao.............. and a few hours later, some work :)

Stick me in an office full of people and I want to camp out on a church roof
with a 303 rifle.

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Saint Firk wrote

LOL!!

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On Tue, 26 Apr 2005 23:34:09 +0100, Charles Sweeney

yep <g> I've also worked in places that bring out my creative side

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William Tasso wrote:

Just bung them a sherbet fountain in the post. They'll close County Hall for at
least a day :)

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Charles Sweeney wrote:

I'm working as a web programmer for a cartography company.

Contracted to them. Although I also do stuff for other, non-government,
clients. We've got quite a few contracts in the pipeline at the moment;
in fact I'm off to London for a few business meetings tomorrow[1].

Which reminds me... I've got a PITA client coming in later to discuss
why deciding that the original, signed-off design for a site cannot be
changed right at the end of the project without me either a) charging
more, b) kicking his arse, c) both.

____
[1] I'd ask if anyone fancies meeting up for a drink, but I won't have
time tomorrow :( Too many meetings, too little time.

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