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    Not the greatest start to the year I nearly tripped over the cat going down the stairs with dishes in one hand and my cell phone acting like a flash light in the other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    Not the greatest start to the year I nearly tripped over the cat going down the stairs with dishes in one hand and my cell phone acting like a flash light in the other.
    That's a very talented cat (but they have paws, not hands).
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    Right now kind feel like I am in holding pattern, you know when I lane flies around an airport, for a long time. At times there seems like there is great opportunity coming up and then it seems like something comes up and delays it because of either my schedule or someones elses. I have been plying the same game for years but it starting to get corrupted. And there seems to be, either my own doubts or someone trying to tell me that there is no such opportunity. Right now I have several half written essays for my blog that I don't seem to get any hits but I think I am getting comments on the entries, or maybe I have gone past the loony point of no return. I need a change soon.
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    That I need sleep, I wish we could go a day or so without it. And that certain news last night destructed me from doing work last night. Can't talk about here very political.
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    I just heard a news reader on a major TV network say "This is unchartered territory." Sheesh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I just heard a news reader on a major TV network say "This is unchartered territory." Sheesh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I just heard a news reader on a major TV network say "This is unchartered territory." Sheesh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I just heard a news reader on a major TV network say "This is unchartered territory." Sheesh.
    Did we start to take over a new planet while I was asleep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    certain news last night destructed me
    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I just heard a news reader on a major TV network say "This is unchartered territory." Sheesh.
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    There was a charter, but it got destructed.

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    Well it destruct my train of thought.
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    There is fully cooked turkey in the fridge and can't touch into later today when we will have a family dinner.

    And the only I can think to reset my biological clock is to stay up until after the dinner. May be I will finally get some work done.
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    We love where we live, awesome view and all that, but there's one thing about it I could do without: The wind. It blows. And there are trees along all the roads among the power lines, so we get outages.
    A couple of days ago, we had a one-second outage. Just long enough to upset the digital clock in the guest room, turn off the Keurig machine, and interrupt a recording on the DVR. Yesterday morning I finally got around to resetting the clock. So last night we had it out for a couple of hours and I have to do it all over again.
    On the plus side, we knew about the problem and got a propane-fueled generator for the new house. A few weeks ago we had circuits added to it so it powers the little wiring panel containing the signal booster for the cable system; and the office where the modem/router is. So we could watch TV and surf with the power out!
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    Advertising that plays fast & loose with the term “BOGO” ( Buy one get one).

    It used to mean buy one and get a second for free. Then I saw it in reference to “buy one get one for half off”. Today I received an email for a “BOGO Sale” on ink cartridges, where you get the second one for 30% off.

    I guess “ Fifteen percent off all I’ll cartridges” didn’t sound too appealing.


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    To be fair, "Buy one, get one 30% off" and "15% off each" are not the same thing, either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    Advertising that plays fast & loose with the term “BOGO” ( Buy one get one).

    It used to mean buy one and get a second for free. Then I saw it in reference to “buy one get one for half off”. Today I received an email for a “BOGO Sale” on ink cartridges, where you get the second one for 30% off.

    I guess “ Fifteen percent off all I’ll cartridges” didn’t sound too appealing.


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    That bothers me too, and yes, the practice of being vague about what you are getting for the second one seems to be getting worse.

    I guess every store constantly has a "BOGO" sales if you take it literally - Buy One, Get One. You could also say BTGT - Buy Two, Get Two. Etc.
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    I mentally translate many of those offers to "BOGOHO" or "BOGOWD" depending on the deal.

    What still irritates me...even after living here for more than 20 years...is the advertisement of "free shipping" in e-mail flyers when it doesn't apply to everyone. I get it. Shipping to places like Alaska can be more expensive and you don't want to eat that cost. I'm used to seeing that dreaded asterisk*. But why rub my nose in it? In my own darned inbox? I mean, come on, you've got so much information about your customers and so much invested in e-marketing software, you can't tailor your communications to suit the customer more than that? Phhhhht. Amateurs.

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    I just saw (ok, a couple of hours ago) a readerboard in front of a store saying "BUY TWO PAN TIES, GET THREE FREE".

    Pan ties? What the heck are pan ties?

    Oh. It was place that sells lingerie and they hadn't spaced the letters very well.

    Other stuff that bugs me: Why is that word plural?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Other stuff that bugs me: Why is that word plural?
    It's called a plurale tantum - words that exist only in the plural. Many pluralia tantum apply to objects that consist of a symmetrical pairing that we might describe as "a pair of...": panties, pants, trousers, scissors, spectacles, etc. Stephen Pinker used pluralia tantum to deduced various things about how our brains handle language, in his book Words And Rules.

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    Relatedly, it bugs me immensely when people say things like “a bread” (when they mean “a loaf of bread”), “a corn” (not “an ear of corn”), and worst of all, “a ice” (not “a piece of ice”)
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    Relatedly, it bugs me immensely when people say things like “a bread” (when they mean “a loaf of bread”), “a corn” (not “an ear of corn”), and worst of all, “a ice” (not “a piece of ice”)
    Wouldn't that be "an ice"? :-)


    (The one I hate that's slightly similar, is people saying "a learning curve", where some adjective (e.g. "steep") is needed.)
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    "I'm on a learning curve" has the advantage of at least making sense - even though it's just a wordy way of saying "I'm learning", it implies that there is some skill/knowledge involved that needs some experience to master.
    "Steep learning curve" makes no sense the way it's commonly used, and I'd be very happy to never hear it again - it's another example of an idiom stealing a specialist term of art and getting it entirely wrong, by forming an analogy with something completely different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pzkpfw View Post
    Wouldn't that be "an ice"? :-)
    Yes, it bugs me to see “a ice” because it’s wrong in both ways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    "I'm on a learning curve" has the advantage of at least making sense - even though it's just a wordy way of saying "I'm learning", it implies that there is some skill/knowledge involved that needs some experience to master.
    "Steep learning curve" makes no sense the way it's commonly used, and I'd be very happy to never hear it again - it's another example of an idiom stealing a specialist term of art and getting it entirely wrong, by forming an analogy with something completely different.
    I think that a "learning curve" refers to how much knowledge you get from a given amount of time invested in learning, so I think actually that a "steep learning curve" would be good because it would mean that you could get a lot out of just a little investment of time.

    But with regard to the original point, so responding to pzkpfw rather than you, there are other times where I think we use words without the logical adjective. Like, "I'm sorry, but that's going to take time." Unless you are talking about a photon accelerating to the speed of light, everything takes time. Presumably they mean, "a lot of time."

    And another thing that doesn't bug me but is a bit weird in the same way, if you overanalyze it, is when people say "wait a second" or "wait a minute" and they mean exactly the same thing, which is neither a second nor a minute. Sometimes the thing that the person asked you to wait a "second" for actually takes an hour...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    I think that a "learning curve" refers to how much knowledge you get from a given amount of time invested in learning, so I think actually that a "steep learning curve" would be good because it would mean that you could get a lot out of just a little investment of time.
    I think it refers to how much time/effort you have to spend in order to learn a given amount of knowledge, which is why it being steep is a bad thing.

    More accurately, I always assumed it meant that you can start out learning the basics with minimal effort, but as you advance it takes more effort to learn more - otherwise it's not a curve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanF View Post
    I think it refers to how much time/effort you have to spend in order to learn a given amount of knowledge, which is why it being steep is a bad thing.

    More accurately, I always assumed it meant that you can start out learning the basics with minimal effort, but as you advance it takes more effort to learn more - otherwise it's not a curve.
    On the first point, actually from Wikipedia:

    The expression steep learning curve is used with opposite meanings. Most sources, including the Oxford English Dictionary, the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, define a learning curve as the rate at which skill is acquired, so a steep increase would mean a quick increment of skill.[5][23] However, the term is often used in common English with the meaning of a difficult initial learning process.[6][23]
    So it is not really clear exactly what is meant by "learning curve" in the first place. I was using the general dictionary definition.

    On the second point, that's interesting, but actually a curve doesn't have to be curved. There are different definitions, and one of them is "a line defined by an equation so that the coordinates of its points are functions of a single independent variable or parameter". So for example, the "total revenue curve" is a straight line.
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    A learning curve is plot of learning versus experience (so time/effort can be taken as surrogates for the X axis). It rises to a plateau, because experience (usually) eventually results in expertise and then little or no subsequent learning. That gives it a sort of exponential wash-in shape, hence "curve".
    A steep learning curve rises quickly to the plateau - learning is rapid, and expertise is acquired after only a little experience. A shallow learning curve rises slowly - expertise is hard-won, requiring a lot of experience at the task.

    But it's been adopted idiomatically to mean the reverse of what the curve actually implies - the underlying feeling seems to be that if it feels like slogging uphill to acquire expertise, then it's "steep going". But that corresponds to the shallow version of the curve.

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    Waking up at one thirty in the morning and no cable or internet, it was back on by 3 am.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    Waking up at one thirty in the morning and no cable or internet, it was back on by 3 am.
    It happened again, there is a big snow storm in NS don't see how it could effect things we haven't gotten much snow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    Waking up at one thirty in the morning and no cable or internet, it was back on by 3 am.
    I just want to know why you were checking cable and internet at 1:30 or 3:00AM. At that hour, all I care about is getting my bladder emptied and going back to sleep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I just want to know why you were checking cable and internet at 1:30 or 3:00AM. At that hour, all I care about is getting my bladder emptied and going back to sleep.
    It's an insomnia thing. Can't sleep => Expose self to bright screen light, social interactions and news streams => Can't sleep. Repeat.

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