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Whether a holiday for you or not, you still get the gift of trivia for December 25th:

  • 800 – The coronation of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor, the first to hold the title, in Rome.

  • 1758 – Halley's Comet was sighted by Johann Georg Palitzsch, confirming Edmund Halley's prediction of its passage. This was the first passage of a comet predicted ahead of time.

  • 1809 – Dr. Ephraim McDowell performed the first ovariotomy at his home on Jane Todd Crawford, removing a 22-pound tumor. She recovered without complication and lived another 32 years.

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Merry Christmas, everyone! 

If today is just another day for you, I hope it's a good one.

Today will be just another day for me, everyone else has to work at least a few hours today, but we'll be home together by 6 in the evening, so it's all good. My younger son is coming down here to visit for a few days on Sunday, so we'll probably celebrate Christmas either Sunday or Monday. Having spent so much time in the military, holidays are flexible as to when they get celebrated; being together is the important part. ::):

 

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Ugh. I keep forgetting to keep up with this thread. I've actually been busy lately. For a wonder.

I made the mistake of going to a Powell's Books location yesterday morning. You see, my work gave my a bonus in cash and I figured I'd use it on books. I picked up a few things that I'd had my eye on for a while, like another Cyberpunk 2020 core book (mine is old and was bought used maybe 20 years ago?) and the 2nd Edition of FrostGrave. I spent maybe 15 minutes looking around and checking to see if there was anything else that I wanted. I then spent over half an hour in line. Of course, I got stuck behind a guy who kept looking at stuff, with a couple in front of him that were doing the same, making me want to scream. Like, I've been avoiding crowds for a while now and with the latest developments in terms of the pandemic, I wanted to get in and get out. It was draining.

But, I got what I wanted and I'm happy with that.

I hope those of you who celebrate the holiday today have a good one. I think I need to recharge my batteries still. :ph34r:

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Presents have been opened (yeah, family listened to me!! :winkthumbs:). Daughter's enthusiasm for a Pokemon Celebration box was overbearing, son's was expected. That kid doesn't get excited for anything anymore. Day is done as far as I'm concerned.

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Merry Christmas, everyone!

 

Mrs. Strawhat and I have exchanged our gifts and opened some from out of town.  We'll exchange with the kids and grandkids in a few hours.  I picked up some pans for Pa Strawhat earlier this month, and counted those as his gift since he wouldn't give me any other ideas for gifts.  That's pretty much standard.

 

I hope you all have a great day (whether or not it's a holiday for you).

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On 12/23/2021 at 12:59 PM, kristof65 said:

SUCCESS!!!!!!!!

I've been chasing a bug in the code of one of our pieces of equipment for a couple years now where it will give back change to people who aren't owed any change.  It's really intermittent, so the big challenge has been trying to figure out how to make it happen. Yesterday, a very nice lady from Ontario provided the missing piece of the puzzle.  Today I was able to set up my test set equipment to the same configuration as hers, and duplicate the problem. Now that I can reliably reproduce it, the engineer should be able to fix it pretty quickly. 

The kicker in this is that the other customers who have been reporting this problem have all been a**h***s about it.  The lady I talked to yesterday said it was the first time she had seen it, and she was obviously concerned about giving money away, but she was very nice about it, and gave me a complete rundown of the conditions under which it had occurred rather than ranting it about and demanding I fix it, while giving no helpful information. 

I can now reliably reproduce it, but more than that, I now fully understand why it was so intermittent - it requires very specific set of circumstances and conditions. 

 

On 12/23/2021 at 1:44 PM, Green Eyed Monsty said:

Sounds like you have earned an extra pre-Christmas Atta Boy.

How much difference in solving a problem a cool head and an analytical mind can make.

Kudos.

GEM

 

 

You really should send Nice-Lady-From-Ontario a Christmas Card or a spare router or a certificate for 3 months of tech support or something…

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48 minutes ago, Arkady said:

If you have relatives who like to lecture you about reusing the wrapping paper, you might need one of these...

 

Do these hypothetical relatives lecture in favor of reusing wrapping paper (save the trees!!) or are they opposed to the concept? (fresh paper only!!)

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Found an old Scottish version of the Twelve Days of Christmas called the Thirteen Days of Yule (spoilered because it's loooonnng!). Thank goodness for copy/paste.

 

Spoiler

The King sent his Lady on the first Yule day,
A papingoe*, aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away.

 

The King sent his lady on the second Yule day,
Three partridges and a papingoe, aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away.

 

The King sent his lady on the third Yule day,
Three plovers*, three partridges and a papingoe, aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away.

 

The King sent his lady on the fourth Yule day,
A goose that was grey,
Three plovers, three partridges and a papingoe, aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away.

 

The King sent his lady on the fifth Yule day,
Three starlings, a goose that was grey,
Three plovers, three partridges and a papingoe, aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away.

 

The King sent his lady on the sixth Yule day,
Three goldspinks*, three starlings, a goose that was grey,
Three plovers, three partridges and a papingoe, aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away.

 

The King sent his lady on the seventh Yule day,
A bull that was brown,
Three goldspinks, three starlings, a goose that was grey,
Three plovers, three partridges and a papingoe, aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away.

 

The King sent his lady on the eighth Yule day,
Three ducks a-merry laying, a bull that was brown,
Three goldspinks, three starlings, a goose that was grey,
Three plovers, three partridges and a papingoe, aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away.

 

The King sent his lady on the ninth Yule day,
Three swans a-merry swimming, three ducks a-merry laying,
A bull that was brown,
Three goldspinks, three starlings, a goose that was grey,
Three plovers, three partridges and a papingoe, aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away.

 

The King sent his lady on the tenth Yule day,
An Arabian baboon,
Three swans a-merry swimming, three ducks a-merry laying,
A bull that was brown,
Three goldspinks, three starlings, a goose that was grey,
Three plovers, three partridges and a papingoe, aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away.

 

The King sent his lady on the eleventh Yule day,
Three hinds a-merry hunting, an Arabian baboon,
Three swans a-merry swimming, three ducks a-merry laying,
A bull that was brown,
Three goldspinks, three starlings, a goose that was grey,
Three plovers, three partridges and a papingoe, aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away.

 

The King sent his lady on the twelfth Yule day,
Three maids a-merry dancing, three hinds a-merry hunting,
An Arabian baboon,
Three swans a-merry swimming, three ducks a-merry laying,
A bull that was brown,
Three goldspinks, three starlings, a goose that was grey,
Three plovers, three partridges and a papingoe, aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away.

 

The King sent his lady on the thirteenth Yule day,
Three stalks o merry corn, three maids a-merry dancing,
Three hinds a-merry hunting, an Arabian baboon,
Three swans a-merry swimming, three ducks a-merry laying,
A bull that was brown,
Three goldspinks, three starlings, a goose that was grey,
Three plovers, three partridges and a papingoe, aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away.

 

* Papingoe is a parrot, a plover is a type of bird and a goldspink is the European goldfinch.

 

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