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^ Try a scooter! Not one like the fat folks at the local Walmart, I mean like a Honda, Yamaha, Kymco...even a cheap China one. Easy to maneuver, easy to ride, no swinging a leg up and over, and FUN! (and usually relatively cheap)

I was thinking an old Trail 90 or something.

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Kinda more of a "first world problems" than a proper rant, but ...

We have a full sized fridge and two dorm sized fridges where we stock a variety of adult beverages, pops, and mixers.  Some of the product has been getting old due to Covid and my wife being vulnerable, which prevents us from having folks over.  So, what's the problem?  Some of the stuff aging out is not just stuff that we don't prefer but is ok, instead some is stuff we affirmatively dislike.  Sweet alco-pops, diet beer, and weird fruit concoctions need to be drank or it's alcohol abuse.   :D  At least the mango-beer tasted skunky enough that the one I cracked and it's four remaining friends could go down the drain in good conscience.

We picked these up after seeing what folks drank at their own homes, and we wouldn't want to just gift them because that would imply that we only bought it for them.  We did, but we don't want any guest to feel obligated to have a particular beverage because they believe we bought it just for them.  Good hosts don't want their guests to feel that way.

Oh well, it's getting near the end and will soon we'll be back to drinking what we like.
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Citrus, mango, and other flavored beers are not something I've ever liked. A good stout is where it's at.

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Citrus, mango, and other flavored beers are not something I've ever liked. A good stout is where it's at.

My wife and I both like pale ales year around, and stouts or porters in the colder months.  My wife also likes lagers and pilsners (but not diet beers).  I also like IPAs and APAs.  The only flavored beer I like is a traditional summer shandy, but I can take it or leave it.

Just to show my age, I believe that adults drink beer, ride motorcycles or do other things in real life, and get the job done, while "children" drink alcho-pops, play computer games, and whine.  Maybe it's not showing my age because I know a lot of people my age who fit into the latter category (minus the computer games).
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Re: The Rant thread, what pisses you off?
« Reply #4804 on: July 21, 2020, 01:11:25 PM »
Why can't (or won't) app makers write instructions or user guides?!?!?
My GPS (Garmin DriveSmart 55) screen color / brightness got a bit flakey.   A couple times I couldn't adjust the brightness.   A couple times when I did adjust brightness, it only changed on about 3/4 of the screen and changed most of the colors.  So I did a warranty claim (via online chat).  They'll replace it.  But I have to send it back and they have to "process" it before they send a replacement...
So I'm using my old cell phone for navigation.   It doesn't have a sim card, so no data other than WiFi at home. 
There are LOTS of gps / nav apps out there...  but the only way to evaluate them is to install and use a bit.
But even that is excruciating because there are NO instructions or user guides!!!
Kurviger has a LOT of documentation on their website, but...  it says WHAT the app can do but NOT HOW to do any of it!!
Navmii sounds good on the Playstore description, but I can't even figure out how to find gas stations, and there is a fuel icon when I bring up 'search'.  And that's w/ WiFi connected.
CoPilot won't even let me log-in w/ WiFi data.  I created an account on my computer.
For just riding, I like HereWeGo.  It shows my direction., speed and the speed limit (of most roads).   It does find gas / fuel, even w/o data.
« Last Edit: July 21, 2020, 01:23:22 PM by HipGnosis »
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I like maps.me.  You have to download region maps ahead of time, but it works off phone GPS and does not require WiFi or data plan.  Although it will link with a data plan to provide more features.  It will calculate a route. It will find listed gas stations, rest stops, restaurants and hotels.  It will also plot walking routes.  Provides spoken directions as well as on screen.  Plus you can download waypoints from a Google Maps. 

I do not like it as much as a full fledged GPS, but it’s good for short trips or in a pinch. 
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My Android Auto, combined with google maps works fine most of the time. We always keep a paper map along too for back up
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I've been told Scenic on iPhones is one of the best. Calimoto on android has good reviews.
I've given up on maps.me
I use waze or google maps for local routing. Nothing beats a true motorcycle GPS for long runs except maybe real paper maps.

ps I get your rant about poor instructions.
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I'll tell you what pisses me off, that new Tom Hanks movie "Greyhound" is only available on AppleTV.  I really want to watch that as my grandfather was a Merchant Sailor who wound up getting his ship sank and spent time as a "guest" in Germany.
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I'll tell you what pisses me off, that new Tom Hanks movie "Greyhound" is only available on AppleTV.  I really want to watch that as my grandfather was a Merchant Sailor who wound up getting his ship sank and spent time as a "guest" in Germany.
We can buy individual songs now, w/o having to buy albums.  Next, videos w/o buying specific hardware or subscription!!!
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Just tried to read an article on motorcyclist magazines website. Full page video ads. Never again.
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Right now, my lab classes this Fall are all scheduled to be "blended," which means on-campus lab and everything else online.  I just received word from my Dean and the new Provost MIGHT convert all of our lab classes to being fully online this Fall.  We decision MIGHT happen next week.  I've worked for two f-ing weeks to get my classes prepped to for a blended model, and now I MIGHT have to start nearly all over again. Class starts on the 24th.  It's a lot of GD work to prep the websites for a fully online class, and this doubles my workload in terms of writing online labs.

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Replace engineer with teacher and politician with administrator. 

A man in a hot air balloon realised he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below.
He descended a bit more and shouted, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would
meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The woman below replied, "You're in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the
ground. You're between 59 and 60 degrees north latitude and between 107 and 108 degrees west longitude."

"You must be an engineer," said the balloonist.

"I am," replied the woman, "How did you know?"

 "Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct, but I've no idea
what to make of your information, and the fact is I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much
help at all. If anything, you've delayed my trip."
 
The woman below responded, "You must be a politician"
"I am," replied the balloonist, "but how did you know?"
 
"Well," said the woman, "you don't know where you are or where you're going. You have risen
to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise, which you've no idea
how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in
exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it's my fault."
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So freakin livid...  more at myself for being this stupid but still plenty mad at some jackhole somewhere.  In 2016 we went out west. On the way back pulling a nasty hill with the camper, the truck overheats. My first time. We are sitting at a pull off just noodling through what that means and what to do. The fan clutch had locked so truck sounded like a jet engine at speed. Pretty uncomfortable for the not particularly mechanically inclined. Hoped it was normal cuz it was the Rockies. Anyway, we made it to a dealership and dude explained that we weren’t in any real danger. He added some coolant but told us that would probably change nothing.  Over the last 4 years, there have only been a couple of occasions where the truck has overheated all of which involved leaving the truck running with the dog inside and the air on. When I say overheat, I mean the light on the dash comes on. Not the kind where stuff explodes. Since we have a trip coming up, we decided to just get a new fan clutch cut it’s an easy job.

In watching the how to videos, I see some guys talking about replacing the mechanical fan with a bigger electrical fan etc....  these guys kept talking about unplugging the electrical fan. I go look under the hood and see the female end of said plug just hanging there.  I poke around and find the other end just freakin sitting there.  Rage!!!!!  We have a lifetime warranty so at some point before our 2016 trip we took the truck in for a pinhole in a radiator hose. Apparently some monkey simply didn’t plug the fan back in when he finished the job. Come to think of it, one of the 2 bolts holding the shroud in place was missing too.

I never thought to look for that.
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I never thought to look for that.

Of course not.  You expected the job to be done properly. 
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I am going to kill the next person who says "I invested in"...

You didn't invest in it. You fecking bought it.
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I never thought to look for that.
A young and foolish me bought the wifey a used FORD Mustang (first ever Blue Oval) for her work commute.
The previous owner didn’t reveal that the 289 tended to overheat.
I went through the process, first replacing the thermostat...no that weren’t it...
Next, a thorough flush-and-fill...no, twi.
Upper hose replaced...no.
Lower hose...no.
I was then resigned to order a new radiator, when I realized, upon sad scrutiny, that some ham-handed, shade-tree wrench monkey had installed the rad fan backwards.
I never thought to look for that...
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I am going to kill the next person who says "I invested in"...

You didn't invest in it. You fecking bought it.

 ;D  I trust you're excluding stocks and bonds.

On a similar note, "The more you buy, the more you save" is also annoying.
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Phone apps; garbage software by idiots for idjuts. 

Need some routine blood testing.  Lab recommends using their app to make appointment because app allows you to see the results on your phone when discussing them with doctor.  No paper involved. OK, makes sense, so I install it.  Make the appointment on the app.  Get confirmation. All good. 

Test is scheduled for tomorrow.  I checked app for confirmation today.   Get a secure message that my test results are available.  But They didn’t draw the blood yet.  Open the test results.  They are from 2016.  WTF?

I try to check my appointment on the app.   Not visible.  I call the office to see if my appointment is still scheduled.  They cannot see tomorrow’s appointments.  So I ask the receptionist/tech how I can check if my appointment is still valid.  Not possible? No idea! Maybe you should call customer service.

I put her on speakerphone and ask her to repeat message so my wife can understand.

Then I say “Sounds like it would just be easier for me to go to your (competitor’s name)”.

That achieved desired reaction.  “Just come in anytime sir.  Confirm your name, etc.  No appointment needed.  We will take care of you etc.”.  I make sure to write down her name in case I do contact customer service tomorrow.   

POS apps.

I know, not to worry, they’ll fix it on the next version.

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Yesterday I read an article that teaches one to be careful what one says.  It touches on politics, but my intent here is not to get political.

The reporter interviewed Trump supporters and asked them to say why they like Trump.  One of the people interviewed was a guy who said that he hadn't been able to get a good job until Trump restricted the H1b visa program, which is the immigration fast lane for smart people.

I wonder if the interviewee has realized the implication of what he said.  Because I took it to mean that he wasn't smart enough to get a good job until employers had no choice but to hire him.  It really doesn't make this guy look good.
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Yesterday I read an article that teaches one to be careful what one says.  It touches on politics, but my intent here is not to get political.

The reporter interviewed Trump supporters and asked them to say why they like Trump.  One of the people interviewed was a guy who said that he hadn't been able to get a good job until Trump restricted the H1b visa program, which is the immigration fast lane for smart people.

I wonder if the interviewee has realized the implication of what he said.  Because I took it to mean that he wasn't smart enough to get a good job until employers had no choice but to hire him.  It really doesn't make this guy look good.

H1B abuses are well documented. IBM left local (qualified) tech people hanging in the wind and filled all their positions there with H1B x 3 so that they could rotate in different "teams" as they H1Bs expired and they had to leave the country for x months before returning. IBM kept them at "company housing" out-of-country where they could stay on tap and rotate back in.  IBM's claim was that there weren't any qualified people in the US (much less that region only). The claims were debunked by existing employees (whom I knew). It was a bean counter move with the risk of fines weighed against the lower cost of foreign nationals.

It was a physical shell game not unlike moving phone support off shore.

https://money.cnn.com/2018/02/23/technology/h1b-visa-abuse/index.html

https://qz.com/india/1268241/h-1b-visa-abuse-a-california-company-promised-its-foreign-workers-8000-and-paid-them-800/

Another win for the current administration.

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Yesterday I read an article that teaches one to be careful what one says.  It touches on politics, but my intent here is not to get political.

The reporter interviewed Trump supporters and asked them to say why they like Trump.  One of the people interviewed was a guy who said that he hadn't been able to get a good job until Trump restricted the H1b visa program, which is the immigration fast lane for smart people.

I wonder if the interviewee has realized the implication of what he said.  Because I took it to mean that he wasn't smart enough to get a good job until employers had no choice but to hire him.  It really doesn't make this guy look good.

H1B abuses are well documented. IBM left local (qualified) tech people hanging in the wind and filled all their positions there with H1B x 3 so that they could rotate in different "teams" as they H1Bs expired and they had to leave the country for x months before returning. IBM kept them at "company housing" out-of-country where they could stay on tap and rotate back in.  IBM's claim was that there weren't any qualified people in the US (much less that region only). The claims were debunked by existing employees (whom I knew). It was a bean counter move with the risk of fines weighed against the lower cost of foreign nationals.

It was a physical shell game not unlike moving phone support off shore.

https://money.cnn.com/2018/02/23/technology/h1b-visa-abuse/index.html

https://qz.com/india/1268241/h-1b-visa-abuse-a-california-company-promised-its-foreign-workers-8000-and-paid-them-800/

Another win for the current administration.

I'm sure that the H1b program has been abused at times.  Everything is subject to abuse, the extent of which can be debated like hunting or motorcycle riding.  I worked with two H1b workers and both were legitimate hires. Everyone else in those departments were US born citizens.  It's difficult to accept that all the employers were abusing the program unless this person lived in a true one-horse town.  So my personal experience is limited, but points to the program itself being useful.
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Idiot, self centered driver(s)
I met today's participant while riding on residential streets (taking the shorter route).
Cars parked on both sides of the street.   Two moving cars would NOT be able to pass ea other between the parked cars.
I'm on the road, between the cars as TI (todays idiot) approaches the section of road with cars parked on both sides.   Instead of waiting for me to ride thru, TI just drives on..  practically in the center of the road...
As TI and I get closer to each other, TI slows down.  I thought he was going to ease over... but...   
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WRT: Idiot drivers.

In this town, in recent years, they've got a whole new behaviour.  You approaching each other, their lane is either blocked or partially obstructed (car, bus, pedestrian whatever). They will not stop and wait until it is safe to continue. They will swerve into your lane and expected you to yield to them.

The. Fuck ?!

It gets worse, if you don't yield to them they will flip shit on you for being an inconsiderate driver.

The. Fuck?!

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Been seeing this here too. Seems people can't wait 5 seconds to stay in their blocked lane to allow me (as often as not in an open lane) to pass the constricted area.

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