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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2985 on: October 05, 2013, 10:08:20 AM »
Not tech, but sort of related:

My father keeps threatening to solve the drought problems in other parts of the country by driving around with his lawn mower and thinking about mowing other people's lawns.  Every time he goes to mow, it pours.  A couple days ago he got about 5 minutes of mowing in before the rain started.  We got 8 inches of rain that day.
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2986 on: October 05, 2013, 10:39:32 AM »
Not tech, but sort of related:

My father keeps threatening to solve the drought problems in other parts of the country by driving around with his lawn mower and thinking about mowing other people's lawns.  Every time he goes to mow, it pours.  A couple days ago he got about 5 minutes of mowing in before the rain started.  We got 8 inches of rain that day.

For several years, I could do that by washing our cars (had to do both) by hand.  A trip to a car wash didn't do the trick.

Sadly, my power no longer works.  I wonder where it went...
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2987 on: October 05, 2013, 10:48:18 AM »
When I did tech support, the conversations always went like this:

Me: So what were you doing right before it happened?
User:  Nothing!
Me:  *sigh* So after you did nothing, what did you do?
DH does the much more irritating "What did you do to it?" as if I was using the monitor as a basketball backboard or pounding on the keyboard with my fists.

I'm afraid I get a little snappish at that, because my usual answer is "I doubleclicked on the icon to open (program.)"
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2988 on: October 05, 2013, 11:01:37 AM »
Not tech, but sort of related:

My father keeps threatening to solve the drought problems in other parts of the country by driving around with his lawn mower and thinking about mowing other people's lawns.  Every time he goes to mow, it pours.  A couple days ago he got about 5 minutes of mowing in before the rain started.  We got 8 inches of rain that day.

For several years, I could do that by washing our cars (had to do both) by hand.  A trip to a car wash didn't do the trick.

Sadly, my power no longer works.  I wonder where it went...

Obviously it transferred to my father and his lawn mower.  ;)
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2989 on: October 06, 2013, 12:51:28 AM »
I was just at the grocery store. It has one of those cards you get for free and will give you a sale price if there is one. A woman ahead of me had just gotten her receipt and was double-checking it. She said "no; this isn't right. The 'thanks for shopping with us name' isn't mine. You typed in my telephone number [they can look up your card number with a phone number] wrong and now I 'm not getting the sale prices."

The cashier apologized but said that returning it and reringing the purchases won't make discounts suddenly appear. She disagreed.

He called the manager at her request.

I am sad I had to leave before the resolution. Honestly anyone with a card gets the same sale prices as any other random person with a card.
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2990 on: October 06, 2013, 12:59:31 AM »
Actually, if it was a store where she could and did have electronic coupons attached to her account, she could indeed be missing discounts. Although I would hope the cashier would be aware of that possibility.
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2991 on: October 06, 2013, 03:56:39 AM »
Actually, if it was a store where she could and did have electronic coupons attached to her account, she could indeed be missing discounts. Although I would hope the cashier would be aware of that possibility.

The store doesn't have those so no. The only thing she could have done is added to her total of gallons of milk bought (if you buy X number you get 1 free) but her bag was too small and light to hold even a half-gallon.
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2992 on: October 06, 2013, 01:48:23 PM »
A perfect storm of Special Snowflake and Not Harry Potter - ness appeared when I worked on Friday:

So, one of our auditoriums was on the fritz, and a movie could not be shown. This news was very disappointing to most people, but they understood that sometimes things like that happen, and there's nothing we can do until a technician gets here to fix it.

But, not this woman. She proceeded to scream to everyone that "OH MY DIETY, THIS MOVIE ISN'T PLAYING!" How dare we have technical difficulties when she was on such a tight schedule? The GM offered her the same deal as everyone else - free tickets to literally any other non - 3D movie we had playing. But no! Her movie was not playing! This totally messed up her whole schedule!

Lady, we can't do anything about it. We really don't want this to happen; we promise. Losing money is not something we want to do, because we're a business - we're here to make money. But really, none of us were clairvoyant enough to know that the busiest woman in the entire world wanted to see a movie that's been out for at least 2 weeks right this very minute! *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk*
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2993 on: October 06, 2013, 04:24:02 PM »
DH trained as an electrician in his late teens. I joke that he must have got some kind of zap that gave him a superpower that makes things work when he touches them. Seriously, the number is times people have tried and tried to get stuff working to no avail - TV, calculator, computer, kitchen scale - then he comes and does the exact same thing and it works is amazing.

I suggested a high-vis cape for his superhero costume, but he said it would have to be a vest - a cape wouldn't pass safety standards.

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2994 on: October 07, 2013, 11:30:41 AM »
Sadly, my power no longer works.  I wonder where it went...

Sorry, that is our fault. Everytime we sit down to watch Mrs Doubtfire the power goes off. (It is now on our DO NOT WATCH list)

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2995 on: October 07, 2013, 02:23:29 PM »
Sadly, my power no longer works.  I wonder where it went...

Sorry, that is our fault. Everytime we sit down to watch Mrs Doubtfire the power goes off. (It is now on our DO NOT WATCH list)

My power to make it rain by washing cars...granted, Houston, Texas is supposed to get more rain than San Angelo, Texas - but we moved here and washing the car is no longer a rain dance....
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2996 on: October 07, 2013, 04:29:37 PM »
Sadly, my power no longer works.  I wonder where it went...

Sorry, that is our fault. Everytime we sit down to watch Mrs Doubtfire the power goes off. (It is now on our DO NOT WATCH list)

My power to make it rain by washing cars...granted, Houston, Texas is supposed to get more rain than San Angelo, Texas - but we moved here and washing the car is no longer a rain dance....

All I have to do is THINK about washing my car and it rains. 
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« Reply #2997 on: October 07, 2013, 09:04:25 PM »
I just had a meeting with my adviser (grad school) about a paper I'm writing. The process is that I write, he reads it and makes corrections/comments, I revise based on his comments, and repeat ad nauseum. The majority of his comments improve the paper IMO, but it's a very frustrating process on both sides. The "Harry Potter" part? He thinks my writing is improving, but not as fast as he would like, so we end up discussing this every single time he hands back a draft, and he asks me how I think we could speed up this process. *headdesk* Well, not wasting time rehashing the same discussion over and over might be a start. Trust me, Professor, if I knew how to accelerate this process and get the paper written to your standards within the first draft or two, I would have done it by now. I want to be done with this hellish process as much as you do! Possibly more! I'm already trying everything I know.

He also wants a quick turn-around on revisions and for me to take more time to think about the structure, etc. Faster turn-around or me taking more time to think about X--please pick one, because I can't do both. He wonders why I didn't do Y in the draft, when Y is something we discussed after the draft was written and in his hands. Sorry Prof, no time machine. And finally, as soon as I learn one of his "rules" for writing and get in the habit of implementing it, he promptly decides it's time to throw in a random exception.   :P I pare down my writing to a concise, factual, "dry" style in response to his comments, then get slammed for being too dry and boring and needing to keep the readers interested, next he's again extolling the virtues of a dry writing style.  :(

Some days, I really wish I could just say "Hey, we've discussed all this a hundred times already. The hundred-and-first time isn't going to trigger a magical epiphany on my part. Will you please just go away so I can get started on the revisions and possibly learn something from them?" But that would probably land me in the student Darwinism thread, so I'll just keep nodding and mm-hmming until he's done and I can do the ding-dangity revisions.

It's not just me, BTW. All of his students go through this process, and they never learn the writing "fast enough." And although I'm sure it's hard to believe, I actually do like my adviser when we're not in the middle of the morass of writing. He's a genuinely nice guy, just with an habit of flogging a dead horse until I want to bury the thing, encase it in concrete, and build a few pyramids on top so he'll let the it drop already.

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2998 on: October 07, 2013, 10:46:05 PM »
DH trained as an electrician in his late teens. I joke that he must have got some kind of zap that gave him a superpower that makes things work when he touches them. Seriously, the number is times people have tried and tried to get stuff working to no avail - TV, calculator, computer, kitchen scale - then he comes and does the exact same thing and it works is amazing.

I suggested a high-vis cape for his superhero costume, but he said it would have to be a vest - a cape wouldn't pass safety standards.

No capes!

DH will appreciate that - will have to watch more for more superhero costume design tips!

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2999 on: October 09, 2013, 08:29:04 PM »
Not tech, but sort of related:

My father keeps threatening to solve the drought problems in other parts of the country by driving around with his lawn mower and thinking about mowing other people's lawns.  Every time he goes to mow, it pours.  A couple days ago he got about 5 minutes of mowing in before the rain started.  We got 8 inches of rain that day.

For several years, I could do that by washing our cars (had to do both) by hand.  A trip to a car wash didn't do the trick.

Sadly, my power no longer works.  I wonder where it went...

Obviously it transferred to my father and his lawn mower.  ;)

I have also appropriated this power for my lawn mower.  I can't tell you how many supposed-to-be-sunny weekend mornings have started with my alarm going off so that I could get up to mow the lawn while it was still cool outside, and then ended when I rolled back over and went to sleep because it was pouring outside.