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On 1/1/2024 at 12:48 PM, InsaneMultitasker said:

Our grocery store had fresh rhubarb available from somewhere (southern hemisphere?)  - the store helper was not too helpful in that regard - so I extended my 2023 indulgences for one more day to bake a rhubarb pie.  
 

For me, a rhubarb pie should not be adulterated by any other fruit, such as strawberry.  And it will be consumed alone and/or with some vanilla ice cream.  🙂  I can’t grow rhubarb in TX like I did in WI, so this is a fun treat to start the year. 
 

 

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When we moved to our current place the former "garden" (weed patch) had an eight-foot tall rhubarb plant growing in it.  That thing was spooky, and hard to kill!

Had I known, I'd given it to you guys, but all of you seem to be in the South and I'm near the Canadian border.

K-R.

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19 hours ago, jrhodes said:

I love rhubarb, especially on pancakes!

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Rhubarb pancake syrup:

8 cups chopped rhubarb
3 cups water
2 cups sugar

Start by adding the rhubarb and water to a pot and simmer. Use a fork to mash the rhubarb as it softens.
Strain it with a sieve and return the rhubarb water back to the pot.
Add the sugar, heating until it dissolves.
Let the syrup cool completely before pouring it into jars or bottles for storing.

this sounds yummy ;)   My mom used to can rhubarb jam but she turned her attention to making grape jelly the past few years. 

I am sure the change has nothing to do with the fact that her backyard pergola was taken over by grape vines :D

 

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7 hours ago, Kchula-Rrit said:

How about a light-emitting EPROM?  If you plug a 2716 in backwards, you get a neat little yellow-white pilot light.

Unfortunately, the pilot light permanently "deprograms" the 2716.  8-[

K-R.

I made one of those once! :)

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15 hours ago, InsaneMultitasker said:

this sounds yummy ;)   My mom used to can rhubarb jam but she turned her attention to making grape jelly the past few years. 

I am sure the change has nothing to do with the fact that her backyard pergola was taken over by grape vines :D

 

Only a small step away from a Chateau InsaneMultitasker bottle of wine... Catchy name if you ask me...

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Today I made the leap to 1GB symmetrical fiber internet in a bid to cut my internet/cable cost in half and get better speeds.  I opted for the supplied router equipment and access points, and will look into my own solution as time permits.  The installation and first month are free, which is great because during the installation, the attic stair broke and I cracked a portion of the adjacent ceiling when I stepped on what I thought was floorboard and almost went through the ceiling between two joists. Sigh.  Hopefully, I'll come out ahead after the repairs.  This is why I try not to tempt fate by changing things that are (mostly) working :)

 

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On 1/16/2024 at 2:19 PM, arcadeshopper said:

I made a light emitting 486/dx2/66 once..  not keyed..  weeeeeeeeee  POP

It doesn't count if the light was caused by combustion! Otherwise I've made a light emitting transformer ;)

 

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I blew up an electrolytic cap for the first time. 4700 uF! Past me had soldered it backwards.  


Everything else checked out ok.  I was about to measure voltage again when PFFT. 

 

Underneath the big cap were some helpful + - markings for next time. 
 

 

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53 minutes ago, FarmerPotato said:

Underneath the big cap were some helpful + - markings for next time.

Therein lies the problem: there markings were under the capacitor.  Good thing you have to remove this one.

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6 hours ago, FarmerPotato said:

I blew up an electrolytic cap for the first time. 4700 uF! Past me had soldered it backwards.  


Everything else checked out ok.  I was about to measure voltage again when PFFT. 

 

Underneath the big cap were some helpful + - markings for next time. 

This reminded me of a much younger time when I had taken apart some old dead boards from a washing machine or something, and it had neon lamps on it. I wanted to see them light up, and knowing nothing, I thought I remembered they ran directly on 110 AC. Hooked one up, and it not only exploded, but flew across the room like a rocket. ;)

 

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I need to stress that it is actually the stress on the word that makes the difference.

 

'umfahren (stress on um) means "run over"

um'fahren (stress on fahren) means "drive around"

 

To make things a bit more challenging, the first word's prefix is separable, while the second one is inseparable:

 

Ich fahre den Busch um = I run over the bush.

Ich umfahre den Busch = I drive around the bush.

 

Perfect tense:

 

Ich habe den Busch umgefahren = I have run over the bush.

Ich habe den Busch umfahren = I have driven around the bush.

 

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There is a second well-known example with "übersetzen" (translate) and "übersetzen" (to ferry across a river), also with stress on the 2nd and 1st syllable, respectively.

 

(Guess I'll leave it with that ... One point, though: In everyday language, you meet the finite forms more often than the infinitive, and as you see, the finite forms tell you unambiguously which version is meant; there is rarely a chance that you mix them up.)

 

 

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Mark Twain travelled a lot and even learned German. His speech "Die schreckliche Deutsche Sprache", given in German, is brilliant. There is a translation "The Awful German Language" and I found a side-by-side of both versions: https://www.reclam.de/data/media/978-3-15-019493-5.pdf

 

You lack the subtleness of the German examples if you don't know German yourself, but is still funny and gives you an impression on the difficulties. I have the highest respect for people mastering German as a foreign language.

 

But it's not only German that can drive you mad...

 

Counselor Deanna Troi: But you spell knife with a 'k'.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I spell knife with an 'n'. But then I never could spell.

 

 

 

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21 minutes ago, TheBF said:

Well..

 

The English opposite of Sanction, a threatened penalty for disobeying a law or rule is:

 

Sanction, official permission or approval for an action.

 

😕

Yes, but one is a verb and the other is a noun, which you determine via context.

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