Never have understood the extreme hate for comic sans…. granted I’d never use it in a professional context but it does show up on my personal website and I’ve used it on other occasions, where appropriate. But then it’s only one of the two fonts I routinely use, the other being arial. There is a third font, but it’s a specialty font and I only used it on a single website I’m admin on.
Always good advice but you can’t always unplug first. When I was a maintainer on flight simulators we pretty much always had to troubleshoot circuits under load, or at least under power.
Case in point…. one night I was doing some paperwork in the office while my young airman was troubleshooting an issue using an oscilloscope. Now keep in mind, this was an older, analog, computer with a gazillion tubes in it. Anyway, I’m poking away at the paperwork when I hear a loud KAPOW. I jump up and run out into the bay expecting to have to shut the sim down and start CPR. As I come around the corner, there is my guy, sitting back against the wall, with a smoking scope probe in his hands.
He had tried to attach the probe to a pin on a tube and managed to ground 300VDC plate voltage to the chassis. It blew a hole in the chassis next to the tube socket and utterly destroyed the end of the scope probe while knocking my guy away.
Happily, he was fine, just a bit out of breath from being blown back to the wall. And even the scope and the sim were fine (except for that hole in the chassis). We replaced the tube, which later tested ok on the bench, and we went back to work.
That would be why you also make sure a practice pad is included when you buy the snare drum 8^)
But I’ll certainly admit that doesn’t help with all the percussion instruments. Most don’t have quieter alternatives, but then not all drummers continue on to become a percussionist.
I only barely qualified myself. I did play most of the percussion instruments to some degree or another (even piano), though mostly poorly (by my own judgement)… the snare was definitely my best, I could almost make it sing. But then I also really loved playing tympani (kettle drums), what fun they could be, especially with three at a time and more than three notes to work 8^)
Not a problem…. when it gets too noisy you just switch to the practice pad.
Of course, a percussionist plays more than just a snare drum and some of those instruments don’t come with a quieter alternative 8^)
When I was transferred to DC in late ‘86 I found myself billeted in the barracks at Ft Myer for a few months. When I opened my locker for the first time I found a ’one way’ road sign tucked away against the back wall. I’m pretty sure I still have that sign. I haven’t seen it since the last move, but it’s probably here somewhere.
I guess since I don’t have any kids (that I know of) this means I’ll never be great… oh well 8^/
I don’t recall when or where I heard it… but I heard something similar. Women tend to handle directions relative to local landmarks and men tend to handle directions relative to compass points.
However… thanks to a fair number of years doing search and rescue work I’m convinced there are a LOT of folks of both genders that ain’t got a clue how to navigate off the street they live on. 8^)
Actually…. I did that a fair bit myself. Not that this works for everyone but my trick was to:
1. actually pay attention in class
2. take really good notes during class
3. do the homework assigned
The good note taking was the really critical bit as that is what stuffed the info into my head where I needed it when I took a test. If I didn’t take good notes in class then studying before a test didn’t greatly improve my grade on the test.
It’s called density altitude…. or pressure altitude corrected for temperature and humidity. See https://www.weather.gov/epz/wxcalc_densityaltitude.
It can make for a huge difference in aircraft performance. For example, my airplane (a PA28-140/160) will climb more or less easily to about 12,500 ft during the winter but during the summer I can have trouble getting to 11,000 ft, let alone staying there.
That may not sound like much, but flying around the Colorado Rockies it can be the difference between clearing the pass or flying into the terrain (a real bad end to a flight).
And some runways are just too short for a safe take off with a heavy and/or under powered aircraft when it gets warmer. A fact that some pilots learn the hard way every summer in the high country.
I’ve always referred to the free stuff at conventions as ‘gimmees’.
One place I worked there was one individual in particular who only went to a convention to collect that stuff. She had absolutely no interest in learning anything. She’d come back with large bags of convention crap.
I tried to be a bit more selective in the gimmees I brought back, only grabbing stuff I felt was actually, mostly, useful. Though I did get a pencil once that had erasers at both ends, so some stuff was only sorta useful. But then I also made an effort to learn things that might be useful back in the office… actually paying attention to the demos, attending training seminars and collecting brochures on interesting tech and such.