Today I learned...

superdave1984

Repeat Offender
Joined
Aug 14, 2007
Messages
7,921
Likes
3,438
Today I learned that something I found to be true of my commute when I lived in Knoxville also applies to my commute now. A 2 minute difference in what time I leave home can translate to a 10-15 minute addition to my commute time. Leaving just a couple minutes before I normally do, or want to really, can make a huge difference.
There is no solution to the afternoon trudge though unless I want to risk unemployment.
 

LouderVol

Last of XVI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Joined
May 19, 2014
Messages
35,682
Likes
24,893
Today I learned that something I found to be true of my commute when I lived in Knoxville also applies to my commute now. A 2 minute difference in what time I leave home can translate to a 10-15 minute addition to my commute time. Leaving just a couple minutes before I normally do, or want to really, can make a huge difference.
There is no solution to the afternoon trudge though unless I want to risk unemployment.
Depending on your home situation you may just try leaving work later. My dad goes to the gym. Before I took the train I would walk the city, go to the park. Maybe bring dinner. Get together with some friends.

Even though I may have gotten home later than sitting in traffic I was in a much much better mood for not sitting in traffic whatever the reason.
 

volfanbill

Student at Souce GIF Mining Academy
Joined
Sep 6, 2006
Messages
35,543
Likes
15,957
Today I learned the importance of those goofy looking gel padded half gloves for cycling... fortunately I learned it while wearing them. Couldn’t clip out of my pedals in time and down I went. Slightly scraped knee, but my hands (which took the brunt of the fall) are perfectly fine. Whew.
 

volsknx

The only people who dislike winners are losers!
Joined
Jan 28, 2021
Messages
134
Likes
129
That instead of an actual big bang, the Universe may have been created by being the "other side" of a black hole!
 

burntorangeVOLffle

Nerd from before it was cool
Joined
Jul 22, 2008
Messages
14,003
Likes
6,567
Today I learned you can set the back of the iPhone to launch an action by double or triple tapping.

Settings>Accessibility>Touch>Back Tap

Pick from the list of presets or use the shortcut app to create a custom action.

I set my dbl tap to launch the Control Center and trpl tap to turn on the flash light (with shortcut app).
 

GAVol

Super Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Oct 24, 2003
Messages
105,442
Likes
42,775
Today I learned you can set the back of the iPhone to launch an action by double or triple tapping.

Settings>Accessibility>Touch>Back Tap

Pick from the list of presets or use the shortcut app to create a custom action.

I set my dbl tap to launch the Control Center and trpl tap to turn on the flash light (with shortcut app).
Very cool. Thanks
 

mad4vols

Arsenal FC, Detroit Lions
Joined
Aug 10, 2006
Messages
12,574
Likes
15,484
Can someone tell me with ceiling fans, are they universal as far as one direction for when you want it to be cooler and the other direction during the winter months? And which is which?
 

McDad

I can't brain today; I has the dumb.
Joined
Jan 3, 2011
Messages
37,222
Likes
58,050
Can someone tell me with ceiling fans, are they universal as far as one direction for when you want it to be cooler and the other direction during the winter months? And which is which?
This question has been a point of contention in the McDad household, or was for years until we decided to drop it. I tried to find resources to explain changing the fan direction in summer and winter. The only thing I could figure out is essentially you don't want the moved air hitting your skin during cold months because it makes you feel cooler. But you do want it hitting your skin in summer for the same reason. So, we "pull" the air towards the ceiling in the winter and "push" the air towards the floor in summer.

We've simply decided to turn ours off and on when needed.
 

VolNExile

Easily amused
Joined
May 12, 2011
Messages
15,872
Likes
24,849
This question has been a point of contention in the McDad household, or was for years until we decided to drop it. I tried to find resources to explain changing the fan direction in summer and winter. The only thing I could figure out is essentially you don't want the moved air hitting your skin during cold months because it makes you feel cooler. But you do want it hitting your skin in summer for the same reason. So, we "pull" the air towards the ceiling in the winter and "push" the air towards the floor in summer.

We've simply decided to turn ours off and on when needed.
And *supposedly* the reverse fan direction in winter pulls cool air upward, where it mixes with warm air at the ceiling (where it does no good) and then pushes the warmed air down the walls to the frozen inhabitants. Supposedly.
 

burntorangeVOLffle

Nerd from before it was cool
Joined
Jul 22, 2008
Messages
14,003
Likes
6,567
the bands on windsocks have a purpose

Saw a similar chart yesterday about school busses. The black lines on the side indicate the floor, the seat level, and the top of the seat. They are reinforced areas and help fire fighters know where to cut open the side if need be.
 

LouderVol

Last of XVI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Joined
May 19, 2014
Messages
35,682
Likes
24,893
And *supposedly* the reverse fan direction in winter pulls cool air upward, where it mixes with warm air at the ceiling (where it does no good) and then pushes the warmed air down the walls to the frozen inhabitants. Supposedly.
It's not supposedly. The issue is typically, based on room geometry, the mixed air can only fall outside the positive upwards pressure the fan creates. So you will warm the outside of the room. Most functions happen towards the center. By the time the air hits you it has mixed, and moves slower than sitting under a fan in a cooling condition so people dont notice the movement and dont feel warmed. Even if they are.
 

LouderVol

Last of XVI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Joined
May 19, 2014
Messages
35,682
Likes
24,893
Can someone tell me with ceiling fans, are they universal as far as one direction for when you want it to be cooler and the other direction during the winter months? And which is which?
Depends on the tilt/design of the blades. Clockwise cant always be warm or cool.

Switching the direction the blades rotates should always flip the cooling/heating. But again there are exceptions, some fans just move air out the sides rather than up or down.
 
Likes: mad4vols

Tin Man

Dirt's Childhood Playmate
Joined
Mar 9, 2015
Messages
24,000
Likes
15,975
If your vents are near the floor (heating is a priority in the winter - hot air rises), pulling the air up is useful even in summer - whenever you’re “conditioning” the air. During those months when you’re just circulating the air you have, pushing air down upon you is preferable. Thus, reversible ceiling fans.
 

VolNExile

Easily amused
Joined
May 12, 2011
Messages
15,872
Likes
24,849
It's not supposedly. The issue is typically, based on room geometry, the mixed air can only fall outside the positive upwards pressure the fan creates. So you will warm the outside of the room. Most functions happen towards the center. By the time the air hits you it has mixed, and moves slower than sitting under a fan in a cooling condition so people dont notice the movement and dont feel warmed. Even if they are.
Right. I should have written that *supposedly* you will feel warmer.
 
Likes: LouderVol

mad4vols

Arsenal FC, Detroit Lions
Joined
Aug 10, 2006
Messages
12,574
Likes
15,484
It's not supposedly. The issue is typically, based on room geometry, the mixed air can only fall outside the positive upwards pressure the fan creates. So you will warm the outside of the room. Most functions happen towards the center. By the time the air hits you it has mixed, and moves slower than sitting under a fan in a cooling condition so people dont notice the movement and dont feel warmed. Even if they are.
 

VN Store


Sponsors
 

Top