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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6915 on: February 17, 2013, 07:15:52 PM »
First gear has a lot of "power"; it is quite like doing a squat in weight lifting an is the initial push off you need to get momentum. Then you shift to second to keep going; once you get the car going it doesn't take as much to keep it going. You shift to third and that's where it becomes more like jogging than doing a squat, so on an so forth. For hills, think of down shifting going up a hill as needing to dig in to get up the hill. For going down hill, thinking of down shifting as deliberately slowing yourself without full on digging in your heals to keep yourself from gaining so much speed you any stop yourself, trip, and fall.
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« Reply #6916 on: February 17, 2013, 09:51:18 PM »
Stupid question: Why does "Dear Prudence" make every fourth post a video? The few videos I watched seemed to follow a consistent formula. 1) The letter to Prudence was read as a voice-over over an artist's interpretation of the situation. 2) Prudence sat at her desk looking straight into the camera and (slowly and clearly) read out her reply.

Is there supposed to be some benefit to the video format over text? Is Prudie trying to draw in the youngsters who are too "hip" to read text-based advice columns? Is she trying to fulfill a dream of being a TV star? Is it a clever ploy to keep people from noticing that every fourth post answers only one letter, instead of multiple letters in the text columns? Is she trying to make us better appreciate the text-based form of her witty remarks by demonstrating how painfully stilted and scripted they sound in video?  >:D

I just can't figure out what the appeal of turning a text-based advice column into a video is supposed to be.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6917 on: February 17, 2013, 09:56:35 PM »
When it comes to blogs, news sites, and such, I automatically skip over any video that would work just fine as text.
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« Reply #6918 on: February 18, 2013, 10:56:04 AM »
When it comes to blogs, news sites, and such, I automatically skip over any video that would work just fine as text.

I do, too. I read so much faster than narrators talk, usually, and I like to skim over parts I'm not interested in.
 
Those lists of Top Ten......., like ways we unknowingly throw away money, cities with high crime, etc. that appear in the headlines of Home Page for Yahoo! and Comcast are never turned on if a slide show or video. I would rarely check out an online advice video.

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« Reply #6919 on: February 18, 2013, 11:44:14 AM »
Slartibartfast wrote:

"But still: which direction is which?  Do I shift to a smaller number going up a hill, or down?  How do I know when I should shift it?  Where does the normal "D" fit in?"

Many others have covered what to do when, but I always found the explanation of the mechanics to give me the most information.  In a vehicle with an automatic transmission, D means normal drive, which will use all of the available gears.  The 3, 2 and 1 indicate that you're restricting the gearbox to just that top gear, so choosing 3 will allow it to use first, second and third gear but it won't shift into the top gear.  Lower gears mean lower ratio, and that means more power to turn the wheels but a lower limit on how fast they'll turn (at a given engine speed).  So, shifting down forces the car to go slower in general unless you step on the gas pedal.  That means that going down a long hill, you don't have to use your brake because the engine will top out and keep the car from going faster (as long as you don't accelerate).  In bad weather, it keeps the car from going too fast and gives a more constant pressure on the drive train which can help with traction.

So to answer your question, when you need more control, you downshift.  Normally when using an automatic transmission, you should never need to downshift for power unless you're towing something pretty heavy since the transmission will downshift when you need it and unless the vehicle is heavily loaded or climbing a very steep grade it'll be able to shift smoothly.  Given that, you'd want to downshift on long downhills so that you don't have to ride your brakes, and you'd consider downshifting in snowy weather if you find that you're having trouble handling in normal drive.  How far down is a matter of feel and the particular vehicle, so you'd have to try it out, starting with the highest number below "D" that you have and working downward.  Most cars will be almost inoperably slow in 1 so you'll probably never use that but again, it's a matter of experience and preference.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6920 on: February 18, 2013, 11:57:57 AM »
When it comes to blogs, news sites, and such, I automatically skip over any video that would work just fine as text.

I do, too. I read so much faster than narrators talk, usually, and I like to skim over parts I'm not interested in.
 
Those lists of Top Ten......., like ways we unknowingly throw away money, cities with high crime, etc. that appear in the headlines of Home Page for Yahoo! and Comcast are never turned on if a slide show or video. I would rarely check out an online advice video.

Slide shows... ugh.  A pox on their creator!
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« Reply #6921 on: February 18, 2013, 02:25:09 PM »
Is it normal to wake up quite disoriented in the morning?

Some days I wake up and have no idea what day it is. I have to think about it for a few seconds.

Yesterday--Sunday--I woke up to DH's alarm going off and began getting everyone up and ready as though it were Monday. I was picking out what shoes DS should wear that day before my brain said "Wait a minute, are we really sure it's Monday?" DH's alarm doesn't normally go off on Sundays, so I guess the alarm gave my brain the Monday cue.

Occasionally I will wake up in the night and think it's morning and time to get up. Again, I feel uncomfortably disoriented when this happens.
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« Reply #6922 on: February 18, 2013, 02:42:36 PM »
Re: cakeberet

Yes, it's fairly common.  I've heard that the disorentation date/time/surroundings happens when you are woken in the middle of your sleep cycle.

I once had a cw call me in a panic because she thought she was going to be late for 8am...we had a laugh when I told her it was still the night before...she had dosed off on her sofa.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6923 on: February 18, 2013, 02:46:32 PM »
I've had it happen to me, too, occasionally.  Often when I haven't slept well the night before so I think there is something to Dazi's sleep cycle theory.  If I get to sleep normally and don't wake during the night, I generally wake just before my alarm goes off.  When I don't, the alarm wakes me and sometimes I have to figure out what day it is.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6924 on: February 18, 2013, 04:08:15 PM »
Monday is garbage pickup day around here.  M had to work all weekend, so it threw me off, and I panicked when I realized it was Monday.

Then I mentally slapped myself upside the head when I remembered that today was President's Day.
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« Reply #6925 on: February 18, 2013, 04:18:13 PM »
What might cause our billing information for automatic payments to revert to old accounts? Several months ago, our credit card was compromised. We had to cancel that card, get a new one issued, and remember to change all of our automatic billings that were associated with the old card. We have a lot of auto pays set up, so it took about a month to verify all affected accounts had been updated. In the last month, however, two of our accounts (cell phone and natural gas) have reported billing problems, due to invalid payment option selected. Both of these accounts, which have been billed properly since the CC change show our only billing info as the old card. How does that happen?

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« Reply #6926 on: February 18, 2013, 04:49:14 PM »
I would assume a problem with the company doing the billing.

Typically when an ACH payment is set up, the computers set for billing on the business day before the day they're set to pull the payment.  So, if your payment is set to pull on a Tuesday, then everything is set to  pull by business cut-off on Monday.  If the payment is set to pull on Monday, however, everything is set to go by business cut-off Friday, since Sat. and Sunday are non-business days.  If a payment is made before that cut-off, then the system recognizes that the bill has been paid and doesn't pull a payment.

So, lets say that these two companies had traditional ACH payments set up.  When you called to update the information, they did not de-link the old ACH, just set up another type of electronic payment.  For the first couple of payments, the new payment works just fine because it's pulled before that cut-off, or they set up a one time transfer and it pulled early enough to stop the ACH.  Then one cycle the second payment type is either set to pull too late, or was a one time transfer, so the ACH tries to pull.  Of course the payment can't be completed because the old information is no longer valid.  In my time with MajorBank, I've seen customers go years with an alternative payment type pulling just fine, and then suddenly the ACH, that's been there the entire time, tries to pull.

(And if that was way too confusing, please let me know, because I'm typing and playing kid referee at the same time and probably didn't do a great job of explaining).
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6927 on: February 19, 2013, 06:01:29 PM »
How do I cut down on the amount of dust in my house? It seems like I'm dusting every two days and that there's an inch of dust every time. Are there any little tricks I can use?

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« Reply #6928 on: February 19, 2013, 06:19:59 PM »
If you have a forced air furnace, make sure you have a filter in it and change it regularly.  That helps a lot.

Shaving the dogs might help, too.   ;D
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6929 on: February 19, 2013, 06:23:09 PM »
If you have a forced air furnace, make sure you have a filter in it and change it regularly.  That helps a lot.

Shaving the dogs might help, too.   ;D

LOL! I know they're the source of it, but they're the kind you're not supposed to shave. It doesn't help that we don't currently have anything that would pass as grass.
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