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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Baldrick, 9 September 2018.

  1. As I was just saying in another thread, I don't know what a noun or a verb is and everybody else seems to know. When it crops up in conversation I nod along knowingly without have a clue :rofl:

    And a Bitcoin. What the hell is a Bitcoin? I've never found one but apparently people get rich messing with them :confused:

    So is there something that everybody else seems to know that you don't and you've never wanted to look like a Tit and ask? :D

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  2. fincon

    fincon PV Sprtr

    A while back, on a blog I ran, I did this regularly: asked people to teach me something from their own speciality, their job, something that’s obvious to them but other people might not know. It was always worth doing.

    And David Baddiel and Radio 4 think it’s a good idea as well. Baddiel realised he didn’t know ‘obvious’ stuff like ‘how does electricity work?’ And what is bitcoin? How is TV broadcast? What is the IMF? Or Cloud Computing? Great series: David Baddiel Tries To Understand...
     
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  3. fincon

    fincon PV Sprtr

    OK, so as a former accountant, financial director, and now a writer: ask away if you want to know anything that you think you should know but don’t think you do...
     
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  4. Before my recent holiday I was trying on a shirt and I said "ooo I quite like this, I think I'll buy it"
    I was told "No you can't buy that"
    "Why? I like it. It suits me"
    "Because the buttons are on the left........ It's a blouse"

    Really? Who knew? :rofl:

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  5. I'd quite like to listen to that actually. Do you know if there's a podcast I could download?

    By the way I don't know how TV is broadcast either. Is it done the same now it's digital? Pure witchcraft if you ask me.

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  6. fincon

    fincon PV Sprtr

    Yep, it’s available as a podcast from the usual places. This is the link for iTunes podcast, but obviously there are other places...

    Oh, yeah, when I was an FD? I worked for a tv company, so I can confirm that it’s witchcraft. :)

    (If you do want to know, happy to say, but as I say, there’s a Baddiel episode about it)
     
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  7. How do you record music onto a piece of plastic (talking LP's here) and putting a needle on it and spinning it reproduces the music? Pure witchcraft!

    Ok I'm not doing anymore as I realise how stoopid I'm making myself appear :rofl:

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  8. I have an android device :rofl:
    Or I should say I have a device that uses the Android Operating System :D

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  9. fincon

    fincon PV Sprtr

    Not at all... the groove on an album isn’t smooth; there are loads of teeny tiny bumps in it, scored into the master it by a needle vibrating to the original sound; the vibrations cause the minor peaks and troughs. A stylus on a player tracks the bumps as it travels through them, and a neat bit of reverse trickery produces the original sound.
     
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  10. fincon

    fincon PV Sprtr

    Your podcast app should have it. Just search for ‘David Baddiel Tries To Understand’. Let me know if you can’t find it, and I’ll find a link for you.
     
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  11. Just found and I'm downloading the 16 episodes now. Thanks (y)

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  12. You see I understand the principle, I just don't see how it is possible (bear in mind this is coming from an engineer/electrian) :rofl:

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  13. Lips_Pearls

    Lips_Pearls Admin PV Sprtr

    Winner winner. Love this....:tiphat:
     
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  14. fincon

    fincon PV Sprtr

    This should help :)

     
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  15. I once watched an episode of QI where Stephen Fry claimed that Aviation Engineers don't actually know how aeroplanes stay in the air :eek::eek::eek:

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  16. Lips_Pearls

    Lips_Pearls Admin PV Sprtr

    I love how records work and how they made it work. Superb.
     
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  17. I still don't understand how vibration turns to sound. Where is the sound bit produced? :rofl:
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  18. Therapon

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    It cause the surrounding medium to move, think placing your mobile on vibrate and place it on a table. It makes as sound.
     
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  19. I once got my hubby an MP3 player...he asked me if HMV sold mp3's
    bless him he's a vinyl guy x
     
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  20. So I'm assuming the sound is produced at the speaker (logical thinking I know :D). And are we saying that vibrations from the vinyl (kinetic energy), turn into electrical energy to pull in the L & R coils at such incredible speeds which in turn send like an infinite electrical Morse code effect to the speakers which cause the cone(?) to vibrate at different frequencies and speeds which causes air vibrations to turn into infinite possibilities of different sounds? :confused:
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  21. You can't blame him. If things had proper names instead of Mp3, Mp4, GIF, Jpeg, ithumb, we might all have a chance at understanding :)

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  22. Therapon

    Therapon Admin Sprtr

    Yes, in simple terms the disc grooves contain the data, that is converted to an electic impulse by the pickup (needle), passed via the amplifier to the coils which in turn vibrate the speaker cones. When you speak you do sonething very similar, brain has the data, vocal cords vibrate in your larynx so you can speak. The difference is records play a set recording, your brain and mouth, if anything like mine, have a tendancy to really screw things up.
     
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  23. Oh yes it all makes sense now thanks :)
    I must admit I tried to pre-record some data to autopsy "Yes dear", "I'll do it now dear", "How much do you need love?"
    I think I was betrayed by my eyes rolling :whistle::D

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  24. @fincon I have listened to 13 out of the 16 Baddiel podcasts you recommended. They've been very good. Really enjoyed them.
    I shall give you a counter recommendation of the "No Such Thing As A Fish" podcast. Download one have a listen, see what you think.
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  25. fincon

    fincon PV Sprtr

    Thank you for the recommendation, but I’m already a listener. I think it’s v good; not quite as good as they think it is, but still very good.

    I’ve half a dozen weekly podcasts I listen to, four daily ones (that I end up listening to about half the ones I download) and the irregular ones I listen to whenever they release a new one.
     
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