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    But the proposed strategy reminds me of my uncle, who was in the hospital and had a habit of walking up and down the hallway to turn down the volume of his neighbours' TV using his remote which apparently worked on all the sets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post


    But the proposed strategy reminds me of my uncle, who was in the hospital and had a habit of walking up and down the hallway to turn down the volume of his neighbours' TV using his remote which apparently worked on all the sets.
    You couldn't do that in the hospitals I've been in; the remote is part of the call system and attached to the bed. Though the DVD players on the TVs in the NICU didn't have that, which is probably why, when Sandy was there, there was only one DVD remote left for the whole ward.

    My car is still not working. Meanwhile, Graham's "I'm taking the end of October off" did not include today, so I've had to reschedule an appointment with my dentist and Sandy's parent-teacher conference.
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    I have successfully used a "Remote TV" app on my telephone to control the TV set in the doctor's waiting room. (I just had to specify the TV manufacturer.) When I was the only one there, I should add.
    I wouldn't try it in a restaurant or a bar, as it might start a fight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    You couldn't do that in the hospitals I've been in; the remote is part of the call system and attached to the bed. Though the DVD players on the TVs in the NICU didn't have that, which is probably why, when Sandy was there, there was only one DVD remote left for the whole ward.
    Depends on the hospital (or other facility), and which part of it, I expect. When I was in Harborview, pretty much everything was different between the ICU and the regular orthopedic ward. Including the channel lineup on the TV. The ward had actual flat-screen TV's which even in 2012 looked outdated, and which offered about 30 channels, including many duplicates. And my remote did NOT affect the roommate's TV, which he left on all night. I couldn't hear it, that was in a pillow speaker but as it was right next to mine. The light bothered me. They gave me a sleep mask. I still use those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    There is a difference between what a red light means to an astronomer and what it means to the general public.
    My neighbor has red, white and blue lights in that order on the front side of the house. Unfortunately, when they shut off the lights, the blue and the white are controlled by one switch and the red light is controlled by another. They apparently forget and have the red light on all night long, just below the master bedroom window. It drives my wife nuts, but makes me laugh.
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    This house we are renting has too many light switches. At the front door there are two sets of two switches about 3 feet apart. They control the front exterior light, the living room light, the hall light and the closet light. When using the switches, you can't see that you turned on the living room light from that position and the same goes for the hall light. It took us a month to realize there was a light in the closet because not only is there a door, it's behind you when facing the switch.

    In the hall, there is a panel of 4 switches which turn on the garage exterior lights, the garage interior lights, the basement light and the hall light. Since the other set of switches also controls the hall light, my wife and I have fought over control of the hall light by accident.

    There is a third set of 4 switches in the kitchen, which control the two kitchen lights, one of which is bright enough to illuminate the hallway, the living room lights and the dining room light.

    One night I though it would be funny to ask all three of my kids to turn off the hall light by text message. All three of them started in different rooms and went nuts turning lights on and off all over the house. I was amused until I realized this nearly gave my wife a stroke because she though the children were being idiots. The jig was up when all three kids said, "BUT DAD SAID..."

    Yeah, I almost died. She almost killed me with a pillow in my sleep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    This house we are renting has too many light switches. At the front door there are two sets of two switches about 3 feet apart. They control the front exterior light, the living room light, the hall light and the closet light. When using the switches, you can't see that you turned on the living room light from that position and the same goes for the hall light. It took us a month to realize there was a light in the closet because not only is there a door, it's behind you when facing the switch.

    In the hall, there is a panel of 4 switches which turn on the garage exterior lights, the garage interior lights, the basement light and the hall light. Since the other set of switches also controls the hall light, my wife and I have fought over control of the hall light by accident.

    There is a third set of 4 switches in the kitchen, which control the two kitchen lights, one of which is bright enough to illuminate the hallway, the living room lights and the dining room light.

    One night I though it would be funny to ask all three of my kids to turn off the hall light by text message. All three of them started in different rooms and went nuts turning lights on and off all over the house. I was amused until I realized this nearly gave my wife a stroke because she though the children were being idiots. The jig was up when all three kids said, "BUT DAD SAID..."

    Yeah, I almost died. She almost killed me with a pillow in my sleep.
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    I just watched this video about times Doctor Who was almost cancelled.
    They misuse the word "disinterested". Twice.
    The word they wanted was "uninterested", which means "not interested."
    "Disinterested" means "impartial".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I just watched this video about times Doctor Who was almost cancelled.
    They misuse the word "disinterested". Twice.
    The word they wanted was "uninterested", which means "not interested."
    "Disinterested" means "impartial".
    Well the second definition of disinterested means as you heard it. Merriam Webster offers this:

    In today's usage, disinterested most often means "not biased," whereas uninterested simply means "not interested." Interestingly, when these words were first introduced their meanings were the reverse, with disinterested originally meaning "lacking interest," and uninterested meaning "unbiased."
    Was the video produced in Great Britain? I believe the second definition is still used there. (I expect British English speakers will soon be along to set us straight. ). I know in the Master and Commander novels O’Brian uses “disinterested “ to mean indifferent.

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    The OED shows uninterested being used to mean "impartial" up to the late eighteenth century, and then switching to mean "indifferent". Whereas it shows that people have been using disinterested in both senses ever since the seventeenth century.
    Burchfield points out that no-one seems to have bothered about the two meanings of disinterested until somewhere around 1970, at which point the usage police seem to have suddenly decided that the "indifferent" usage of disinterested was just plain wrong, for no obvious reason.

    In the UK the usage split on disinterested is about 50:50, but apparently its "misuse" is the second most common cause of complaint to the BBC from the self-appointed usage police. (First place, of course, goes to the mysterious and fatuous notion that we should never ever use hopefully as a sentence adverb.)

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    Sandy woke up at three something this morning with a toothache. We turned out to have neither ibuprofen nor acetaminophen for kids, so I went out to the store to get some. Someone was practically tailgating me for a couple of miles, despite the fact that I was technically speeding.
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