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    Lots of things, but this one stands out. The Marrow's Ginger Stout Cake
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    Hospital costs....

    WTF? Done.
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    Seasickness Remedies

    I really only need it offshore, so planning ahead is easy.
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    Seasickness Remedies

    Scopolamine patches do it for me.
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    Hospital costs....

    Can I upvote this again?
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    it explains a lot... robocalls

    As I've mentioned before, things are about to get a lot better. Between the FCC, the Internet Engineering Taskforce, the telecom industry group ATIS, bi-partisan legislation in the Senate and the carriers, all the pieces are falling into place for mandatory call authentication. This means that customers can tell their carrier to not bother them with unauthenticated calls, and helps civil and criminal law enforcement to crack down on the perps. I'm forecasting that by the end of the year, we'll be getting a lot fewer robocalls.
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    Teenagers try to Dial Rotary Phone

    Old telecom guy here... not bragging to say that I've forgotten more about the topic of POTS (industry lingo for Plain Ol' Telephone Service) than any normal person would ever have reason to know. I'm tempted to geek out here, especially since some of what's been said "needs context". But rather than bore you, I'll relay a story. I used to work with a guy who got out of the Army in the late '60s, and right into a management-track job with Mama Bell -- New York Tel., to be precise. He used to tell about his first actual assignment. There was an obviously mentally ill woman who every day walked the same path around lower Manhattan. Every time she came to a pay phone (and there were lots of them back then) she'd stop, scream gibberish at it, pop the dial off with the tip of her umbrella, put it in her bag and move on to the next phone. Ray's job was to follow her at a discreet distance with a bag of brand-new Western Electric dials and pop on onto each phone she hit. This went on for months. His bosses figured that the vandalism wasn't worth bothering the police with, since Western Electric was making a small profit on each of those dials, and the expense was on the rate base.
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    Rudolph is Racist and Santa is a Bigot?

    Cecily Strong and Jimmy Fallon
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    Rudolph is Racist and Santa is a Bigot?

    The long explanation: I think shes' definitely into him but afraid of the walk of shame.
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    Electrical cost/consumption question, home use.

    Everyone does. Well, not quite everyone, but enough to have had consequences for the grid. Back in 2012, John McDonald, "father of the smart grid", liked to tell a story about SDG&E. Voltage was maintained in the distribution system by electro-mechanical tap changers in distribution transformers, which adjusted tap ratios around a setpoint. At the time, 35% of roofs in San Diego (undoubtedly much higher now) had photovoltaics. When the fog lifted in the morning, there was a significant voltage ramp-up, which had to be cancelled by the tap changers. Every time a few clouds passed, there would be a significant drop, followed by a spike, for the tap changers to respond to. Tap changers that were designed to last for decades wore out in months. SDG&E ended up having to install solid state tap changers at great expense to the ratepayers.
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    It's Chili time!

    Cooks Illustrated. Chunks of beef, rather than ground, homemade chili powder. Secret ingredients: corn meal, molasses, cocoa powder, beer for deglazing the meat skillet. They claim it’s the best. I won’t argue that.
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    Exploding houses in Andover Mass
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    Civil kindness.

    And those of us who have occasional lapses and feel awful about it afterwards.
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    Happy International Yoga Day

    Not for me. Messed up my shoulder in a skiing accident. Downward dog would hurt, and not in a good way. Bummer.
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    When did No. 6 get banned, and why?

    There was a varient of that which was even worse.