I suppose every household has a few phrases of its own. A few nights ago, that one was used. We tend to have a frozen pizza around for those times when there isn’t anything else ready and going out for something isn’t desirable or workable. It wasn’t such a critical time, but it was time to “rotate the emergency pizza.” Actually, it was past time, but not badly so. I think the plan is now that we will be sure to use up the emergency pizza each season so it never gets that old.
One of the good things about having replaced the quite old dishwasher, besides the new one being so quiet one has to double check it is really going, is a timer. It can be set to start immediately, or up to 23 hours from “now.” This allows one to set things up so the dishes get washed, but not until after a shower or such. And it leads to the sentence informing of the setting being set: “The dishwasher is armed.”
Jay spent some time in the IBM mainframe world and where many use “boot” he uses “IPL.” That’s (IBM anyway) mainframe for Initial Program Load. Thus occassionally I’ll hear about him “IPL-ing the $X” to get whatever $X is started.
And then sometimes there are translations that don’t make sense, except they do. Voltage has been compared to hydraulic pressure. Once upon a time, I was looking after a small injection molder and the parts were just starting to be a bit off. Pa instructed, “Turn up the voltage.” which didn’t make sense as there was no voltage control. He corrected himself – and then sort of corrected the correction, while I was reaching for and turning up the pressure control.
Another time he was sketching out some diagram of a transistor circuit and somewhere mentioned the “grid” which I took to mean the base. That is what he meant, and he caught that too. For those unfamiliar, vacuum tubes have cathode-grid(s)-anode (or plate) and transistors (that are not field effect…) have emitter-base-collector. They are not exactly equivalent, but the comparison is there. In both cases it was interesting as we understood each other despite the use of the wrong word though roughly the right concept.
The query, “Split one?” referred to a can of Coke. That was back when I still drank soda-pop on a regular basis. It’s been a while. Nowadays it’s a very rare thing for me.
While “the cat came back” for one night, maybe two, that was all. And a while later it came to light that the fellow was in jail again. This time for charges that were confirmed and he’s gonna be there a while. That using a name not his own thing? To the police? Bad idea, that. Good riddance!
An article about some of the (not all fun) silliness at this year’s Penguicon:
Note the first image and the last line. Most amusing, really.
If you read the addendum to There Will Be A Slight(ly Infinite) Delay you might have wondered if the party of (un)interest showed up on Thursday. Amazingly, that Thursday he did. He was there, did fairly decent work, and claimed that everything was due to someone’s claim he had something on him, which he did not.
As he didn’t have the twitchiness of meth and actually showed up, I could believe he was clean of that. The rest didn’t really add up. If nothing was on him or his stuff, why hold him for several days with the charges as indicated? And then there was the matter that after that night he once again was as reliable as he had been earlier, which is to say “not at all” as he simply stopped showing up – again.
The fellow is listed on the schedule for this week, but interestingly whoever typed up the dailies (daily schedule summary for quick reference) left him off. Just as well, so far he’s not appeared since last week – which made Saturday night Far Too Interesting. I was on a bit of holiday over the weekend so I did not find out until Sunday night. I was scheduled off Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights. Things were so backed up I wound up punching in for a few hours Sunday night (my holiday, dagnabbit!) to relieve at least some of the pressure.
Next week’s schedule is very sparse, but at least this joker isn’t on it. It might be the first honest schedule in several weeks – one which everyone listed on it is likely to show up. We were hoping last week’s schedule was finally honest, too, so… not placing any bets.
On Monday, July 24 I went to get my driving license renewed. This was late, as any notice of need to renew would have arrived in April and if it did, I managed to misplace and forget it. Until I looked at the license I was carrying and went “Oh crap.” Fortunately for me Minnesota has a generous grace period about this sort of thing and there was no added fee, test requirement, nor even a lecture about it.
One of the advantages of a small semi-rural town is that there is not the (stereo)typical press of the Big City. Thus when I went to the License Bureau there was no line. I explained what I came for and that I knew I was late, and was handed a form to fill out. When I’d finished filling it out, there was a bit of a line, but that dissipated quickly, and after dealing with payment things proceeded. Eye test. Photograph. The longest time was either filling out the form or waiting for change. After all that, I was handed the old license (with VOID punched out of the side) and a receipt. “You’ll get the new licence in the mail in a week or two.” Naturally, I planned on two.
The new license arrived in the mail on the 31st: Only one week from the start of things. There were notices (and a newspaper article) about computer system upgrades going on so some things simply could not be done just then. Perhaps the simple license renewal was faster as there was much less “in the way” from that. Whatever the reason, not arguing. Though I do get a bit concerned when government does things efficiently. At least I’m done for another few years.