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# 243745 29-Dec-2018 17:59
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So my sister in law said quite a while back that I needed oven mitts.
I personally did not see the problem with using the tea towels, BUT finally decided to fix her perceived problem.
(BEST part is she has seen this photo and she has no idea that although oven mitts, they are SPOCK oven mitts.)

 

 

I'm calling it job done, and she agreed.


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  # 2151973 29-Dec-2018 18:35
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I suppose asking where you got them proves I'm a geek too?




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  # 2152026 29-Dec-2018 22:15
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I almost gave in to temptation this morning and explained the truth when my MiL started whittering on that windmills usually had water wheels to provide the power.

 

In the end I decided discretion was the better part of valour, beat a tactical retreat to my study and picked up my book.






 
 
 
 


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  # 2152061 30-Dec-2018 07:27
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I mentioned the command line.

 

Generally I try to downplay my geekiness, specifically to avoid the non-geek asking me questions. At least when it comes to phones, I can currently claim I'm a Windows Phone user, and have no knowledge of how to fix their iPhone or Android device.


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  # 2152084 30-Dec-2018 09:17
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Geektastic:

I almost gave in to temptation this morning and explained the truth when my MiL started whittering on that windmills usually had water wheels to provide the power.


In the end I decided discretion was the better part of valour, beat a tactical retreat to my study and picked up my book.

she’s more correct than you. Wind mills may involve water for pumping or a grind stone ... wind turbines on the either hand ...

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  # 2152092 30-Dec-2018 09:44
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Windmills all over Holland were used to pump water, which would have involved a form of water wheel. A lot of land was reclaimed that way before steam came along.

 

 





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  # 2152101 30-Dec-2018 09:58
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I fix their gadgets and make them work and they go "wow you made it work". There's no point going one step further and show them tricks because they look at you and say "why do I need to do that".





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  # 2152153 30-Dec-2018 11:01
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Batman:

 

I fix their gadgets and make them work and they go "wow you made it work". There's no point going one step further and show them tricks because they look at you and say "why do I need to do that".

 

Well said. Could not have put it better.

 

I'm the $Apple$ geek of the family, except for my brother who insists on using WinDoz and a 15yr old flip phone. My problem being is repeatedly showing the Apple family users the same thing each time I visit (IT visit they call it). e.g. how to add a contact, how to file an email, how to change font size, how to book mark, how to use Amazon Kindle '1click'. It doesn't help that my sister still insists you have to hammer an iPhone or iPad touch screen. Or not going back to the home screen after making a phone call and placing the phone in her bag whilst still touching the call screen and making another call from her bag (hilarious). Or her husband insisting he didn't delete that App (how did that get in the Bin?)

 

Oh well at least I get a couple of Appleton rums, a lamb roast, a good red, then a nice liqueur - you gotta laugh.





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  # 2152154 30-Dec-2018 11:03
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Showing an iPhone user the new(ish) method of moving the cursor in a line of type by holding a finger on the space bar is usually a welcome revelation (yes, it was probably available within Android devices for aaaaages).




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  # 2152191 30-Dec-2018 11:54
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I can't decide if I am a geek or not. I certainly used to be one, but that was a long time ago. I may be too old, and too out of touch, to claim the title now.

 

Yet I seem to keep doing geeky things for other old people, like showing them how they can watch free films with streaming. (I hasten to add that I only use legal sources, nothing pirated, though sometimes with the aid of a VPN.)

 

I have also removed browser hijackers and other unwanted additions, and shown someone how to do backups with Macrium Reflect. Does that make me a geek?

 

I know a lot more than people who don't know anything, but I don't know much compared to those who do. Times have passed me by. Maybe I am a retired Geek, or a Geek Emeritus. That sounds nice. Maybe I will add it to my signature.

 

 

 

 





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  # 2152201 30-Dec-2018 12:42
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I think geekiness is measured on a log scale. Most of my/our friends know FA about what they regard as technical or geek stuff (phones, TV’s, HT, computers etc) and I know quite a bit about some of that and less on other parts. However I know enough for them to think I’m some sort of expert and they ask for my advice.

Then I come on here and see guys talking about genuine tech stuff - about much of which I have no clue - and those guys are the experts. Unlike many here, I have never worked in IT or anything similar.

So exactly as @Rikkitic said above, I think you only need to know perhaps a little more than someone else for you to appear head and shoulders above them.

I always thought playing squash was like that too. One player who’s only a grade or two better than the other can run their opponent ragged.

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  # 2152208 30-Dec-2018 13:01
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MadEngineer:
Geektastic:

 

I almost gave in to temptation this morning and explained the truth when my MiL started whittering on that windmills usually had water wheels to provide the power.

 

 

 

In the end I decided discretion was the better part of valour, beat a tactical retreat to my study and picked up my book.

 

she’s more correct than you. Wind mills may involve water for pumping or a grind stone ... wind turbines on the either hand ...

 

 

 

No she isn't. A windmill is driven by sails. A watermill is driven by water. A windmill grinds wheat etc using two millstones. There is no water in a windmill except in the miller's tea.






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  # 2152210 30-Dec-2018 13:05
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Geektastic:

MadEngineer:
Geektastic:


I almost gave in to temptation this morning and explained the truth when my MiL started whittering on that windmills usually had water wheels to provide the power.


 


In the end I decided discretion was the better part of valour, beat a tactical retreat to my study and picked up my book.


she’s more correct than you. Wind mills may involve water for pumping or a grind stone ... wind turbines on the either hand ...


 


No she isn't. A windmill is driven by sails. A watermill is driven by water. A windmill grinds wheat etc using two millstones. There is no water in a windmill except in the miller's tea.



???. What is commonly called a windmill is historically used in Holland for pumping water from behind dykes - not for grinding grain.

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  # 2152220 30-Dec-2018 13:31
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Explaining that if your Ipad, phone, laptop, or anything else is doing a big update just leave it alone & let it do its thing.


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  # 2152223 30-Dec-2018 13:37
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eracode:
Geektastic:

 

MadEngineer:
Geektastic:

 

I almost gave in to temptation this morning and explained the truth when my MiL started whittering on that windmills usually had water wheels to provide the power.

 

In the end I decided discretion was the better part of valour, beat a tactical retreat to my study and picked up my book.

 

she’s more correct than you. Wind mills may involve water for pumping or a grind stone ... wind turbines on the either hand ...

 

No she isn't. A windmill is driven by sails. A watermill is driven by water. A windmill grinds wheat etc using two millstones. There is no water in a windmill except in the miller's tea.

 



???. What is commonly called a windmill is historically used in Holland for pumping water from behind dykes - not for grinding grain.

 

 

 

Both meanings are correct with varying degrees of precision which indicate the degree of Geekiness.

 

GEEK! The primary meaning of "windmill" matches the construction "wind" + "mill".

 

Not GEEK enough! The secondary meanings of "windmill" include the more general terms for similar structures. At an extreme, we now have buildings that have the classic appearance of a windmill but without any moving vanes or sails.

 

Oxford Dictionary

 

1. A building with sails or vanes that turn in the wind and generate power to grind corn into flour.

 

1.1 A structure using wind to generate electricity or draw water.

 

1.2 A toy consisting of a stick with curved vanes attached that turn in the wind.

 


 

As you can see above in 1.1., any broad definition of a windmill could include a wind turbine, which is why it is conventional to specify the type of windmill if it is not for milling cereal.

 

The same sort of etymology applies in other European languages.

 

Online Etymology Dictionary

 

c. 1300, from wind (n.1) + mill (n.). Similar formation in German Windmühle, Dutch windmolen, French moulin à vent.

 

And the Netherlands were no different: windmills were first used for milling cereals and only later, in the 15th century, used for pumping water.

 

The Dutch Windmill

 

 

Windmills are said to have existed in Holland from about 1200. The first record we have of drainage mills dates from 1414 (Reijerwaard). Before those days, windmills are mentioned, but these must have been corn mills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  # 2152229 30-Dec-2018 13:47
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OT but last year went up to the top inside a very large old windmill in Holland when it was running flat out in a stiff breeze. This was an experience I will never forget - staggeringly immense sense of power and the shaking movement of the building itself and the noise of the wooden machinery. Magnificent.

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