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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7635 on: May 15, 2013, 10:53:47 AM »
When I cook with my toaster oven, am I suppose to leave the door slighly ajar?  Either when it is heating up or cooking?  Seems to me my mother used to but I'm not sure.

That seems like a good way to make it much less effective.

That is our only oven-like device right now (long story). We have cooked everything from holiday dinners, rotisserie chickens, to brownies in it, and any chance you give the heat to escape, it will. We have to add about 5 min cooking time for every time the door is opened, it seems.

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« Reply #7636 on: May 15, 2013, 11:13:36 AM »
Thanks!  It didn't make sense to me to leave the door open but as I said, I had a vague memory.  I looked in the manual that came with it and it didn't say one way or the other.  I figured my question fit into the topic of this thread perfectly.  :)

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« Reply #7637 on: May 15, 2013, 11:49:42 AM »
I'm wondering if your Mom did that as a way to control the heat.  Older toaster ovens didn't have the most reliable thermostats so she may have found that hers was more of an off or completely on appliance.

So no, you shouldn't need to leave the door ajar.
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« Reply #7638 on: May 15, 2013, 12:02:00 PM »
When I cook with my toaster oven, am I suppose to leave the door slighly ajar?  Either when it is heating up or cooking?  Seems to me my mother used to but I'm not sure.

Was she broiling?  I know in my mother's electric oven, she would leave the door ajar to keep the top heating element hot. If she closed the door, the heating element would turn off and then start roasting her food versus heating it. I think some electric ovens still have this process and the manuals recommend keeping the door ajar when broiling. My convection oven is different. If I set it to broil, it leaves the top element on the entire time unless I open the oven and then it cuts it off.

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« Reply #7639 on: May 15, 2013, 12:15:48 PM »
I'm just glad I'm not the only one that only has a countertop oven.   ;D
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« Reply #7640 on: May 15, 2013, 12:28:27 PM »
When I cook with my toaster oven, am I suppose to leave the door slighly ajar?  Either when it is heating up or cooking?  Seems to me my mother used to but I'm not sure.

Was she broiling?  I know in my mother's electric oven, she would leave the door ajar to keep the top heating element hot. If she closed the door, the heating element would turn off and then start roasting her food versus heating it. I think some electric ovens still have this process and the manuals recommend keeping the door ajar when broiling. My convection oven is different. If I set it to broil, it leaves the top element on the entire time unless I open the oven and then it cuts it off.

You know, I bet this was it.  Thanks!

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« Reply #7641 on: May 15, 2013, 12:28:45 PM »
I'm just glad I'm not the only one that only has a countertop oven.   ;D
I use mine a lot, especially in the summer.  Why heat up the big oven to bake 6 cookies* or a couple of potatoes?

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« Reply #7642 on: May 15, 2013, 12:56:11 PM »
Does anyone know where I can buy baby onesies in red and black? A friend of mine and his wife are expecting. I would prefer to spend less than $8 each on them.

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« Reply #7643 on: May 15, 2013, 01:56:13 PM »
For anyone knowledgable about sailing:
Would it be possible/plausible for someone to sail this ship* single-handedly? I would think it would take more than one person to sail something that size, but my only sailing experience is a teeny-tiny boat at summer camp, so I don't know. I'd think you'd need at least one person to deal with any adjustments to the sails while another handled the steering...

Anyway, the ship is Captain Hook's from the show Once Upon a Time. At some points during the show, the ship's manned by a crew of pirates. But at other times, Hook's on his own and still using his ship as transportation, so in-show he can obviously sail it without help (and literally single-handed  >:D). Now I'm curious whether that's plausible or if I ought to chalk it up to magic. (Of course if it is plausible, then it raises the question of what the crew did when they were sailing around between acts of piracy?)

Magic, or some hidden, motor-driven winches taking care of most of the lines.  You'd probably be able to sail that one with four people, or possibly three, but any kind of maneuver (i.e. tacking) would have everyone as busy as a one-armed paper hanger.

For those of you who care, the positions would be:
 Helmsman, doing the obvious
 Mizzen braces: Responsible for turning the square sale on the reward (aft) mast. This really should be two people, one on the port side and one on starboard but one person can do it if they run.
 Main braces: Same job on the main mast.
 Fore stays'l: You can't really see it in the picture but it's a triangular sail between the main mast and the bow. There may be more than one sail there, it's hard to tell from the picture.

Tacking:
1. Helmsman turns the helm away from the wind ("helm's alee")
2. As the boat's bow comes across the wind, the person on the fore stays'l moves the sail from one side to the other ("passing the heads'ls"); in a heavy wind this can be very dangerous as the tack of the stays'l will flap and it usually has an iron fitting on it. Called, frequently a "widowmaker."
3. Once the heads'ls have been passed and the bow continues across, the the people manning the braces let loose the weather side and haul away on the lee side. If there's only one person on each mast, they have to let loose the one side, run across and start hauling; once it's hauled over, secure that side and then run back and secure the other one.
4. The helmsman brings the helm back amidships.

To do this with three people would mean that the helmsman would have to handle the mizzen braces which is possible but difficult.

Failing to do this within a limited amount of time, you could end up "in irons," with the ship's bow pointed into the wind and no way to do anything except get out the small boat and push the nose around.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7644 on: May 15, 2013, 06:12:14 PM »
Does anyone know where I can buy baby onesies in red and black? A friend of mine and his wife are expecting. I would prefer to spend less than $8 each on them.

The only onesies in colours other than pastels that I've been able to get for BabyDrifter are ones I've dyed myself. Though there are some online stores that might help, I'm sure I've seen some darker colours on so e of the baby clothes sites linked through Offbeat Mama and Offbeat Families. I'm on my iPad or I'd send a link!
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7645 on: May 15, 2013, 07:37:11 PM »
For anyone knowledgable about sailing:
Would it be possible/plausible for someone to sail this ship* single-handedly? I would think it would take more than one person to sail something that size, but my only sailing experience is a teeny-tiny boat at summer camp, so I don't know. I'd think you'd need at least one person to deal with any adjustments to the sails while another handled the steering...

Anyway, the ship is Captain Hook's from the show Once Upon a Time. At some points during the show, the ship's manned by a crew of pirates. But at other times, Hook's on his own and still using his ship as transportation, so in-show he can obviously sail it without help (and literally single-handed  >:D). Now I'm curious whether that's plausible or if I ought to chalk it up to magic. (Of course if it is plausible, then it raises the question of what the crew did when they were sailing around between acts of piracy?)

Magic, or some hidden, motor-driven winches taking care of most of the lines.  You'd probably be able to sail that one with four people, or possibly three, but any kind of maneuver (i.e. tacking) would have everyone as busy as a one-armed paper hanger.

For those of you who care, the positions would be:
 Helmsman, doing the obvious
 Mizzen braces: Responsible for turning the square sale on the reward (aft) mast. This really should be two people, one on the port side and one on starboard but one person can do it if they run.
 Main braces: Same job on the main mast.
 Fore stays'l: You can't really see it in the picture but it's a triangular sail between the main mast and the bow. There may be more than one sail there, it's hard to tell from the picture.

Tacking:
1. Helmsman turns the helm away from the wind ("helm's alee")
2. As the boat's bow comes across the wind, the person on the fore stays'l moves the sail from one side to the other ("passing the heads'ls"); in a heavy wind this can be very dangerous as the tack of the stays'l will flap and it usually has an iron fitting on it. Called, frequently a "widowmaker."
3. Once the heads'ls have been passed and the bow continues across, the the people manning the braces let loose the weather side and haul away on the lee side. If there's only one person on each mast, they have to let loose the one side, run across and start hauling; once it's hauled over, secure that side and then run back and secure the other one.
4. The helmsman brings the helm back amidships.

To do this with three people would mean that the helmsman would have to handle the mizzen braces which is possible but difficult.

Failing to do this within a limited amount of time, you could end up "in irons," with the ship's bow pointed into the wind and no way to do anything except get out the small boat and push the nose around.

Wow! Thanks for the detailed explanation!  ;D One more question: is there a specific name for that type of ship? When I first started wondering about this, I realized I had no idea what to even start searching for if I wanted information about what was involved in operating sailing a ship like that.

It's so nice having this thread for odd/bizarre questions! When I originally commented to my roommate that I didn't think one person would be able to sail that ship alone, her response was "On this show, that's what's bothering you?"  ??? But yes, dang it, I wanted to know!  ;D

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7646 on: May 15, 2013, 07:56:41 PM »
When you are in a shoe store where you are allowed to try shoes on yourself, that is, able to take the shoes out of the box, remove the stuffing/cardboard that is in the shoe, remove the little plastic sticks that are in the shoes, etc., what do you do with that trash?  Once the shoe is tried and you decide NOT to buy it, do you stick all that stuff back into the box/shoe or just...leave it on the bench?  Which is more polite, etc.?
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7647 on: May 15, 2013, 08:15:10 PM »
When you are in a shoe store where you are allowed to try shoes on yourself, that is, able to take the shoes out of the box, remove the stuffing/cardboard that is in the shoe, remove the little plastic sticks that are in the shoes, etc., what do you do with that trash?  Once the shoe is tried and you decide NOT to buy it, do you stick all that stuff back into the box/shoe or just...leave it on the bench?  Which is more polite, etc.?

I try (to the best of my ability) to pack it up back the same way it was when I found the shoes.

Please don't leave the stuff on the bench.

Maybe ask a sales person?

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« Reply #7648 on: May 15, 2013, 08:24:04 PM »
When you are in a shoe store where you are allowed to try shoes on yourself, that is, able to take the shoes out of the box, remove the stuffing/cardboard that is in the shoe, remove the little plastic sticks that are in the shoes, etc., what do you do with that trash?  Once the shoe is tried and you decide NOT to buy it, do you stick all that stuff back into the box/shoe or just...leave it on the bench?  Which is more polite, etc.?

I have always gone by the assumption you lave things the way you found them. Its not too difficult to pay a bit of attention to how the shoe is stuffed and then re-stuff it and put back in the box, and back on the shelf in the same spot you found it. Its certainly not "trash" - its to keep the shape of the shoe.

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« Reply #7649 on: May 15, 2013, 08:51:22 PM »
Wow! Thanks for the detailed explanation!  ;D One more question: is there a specific name for that type of ship? When I first started wondering about this, I realized I had no idea what to even start searching for if I wanted information about what was involved in operating sailing a ship like that.

It's so nice having this thread for odd/bizarre questions! When I originally commented to my roommate that I didn't think one person would be able to sail that ship alone, her response was "On this show, that's what's bothering you?"  ??? But yes, dang it, I wanted to know!  ;D

It's sort-of a brig. Here's a piece on various sail plans.

As you may be able to tell from the link in my signature, one of my hobbies is crewing on a a tall ship. I sail mostly on brigantines or hermaphrodite brigs (sounds naughty, doesn't it?) In fact, if you go to that page, the picture is of the Exy Johnson; I sail on her and her twin, the Irving Johnson.
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