Friday Night Open Thread

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Turn in your Victory of the Week!

Well we’ve arrived mostly intact at another weekend. Yes Arrowhead Guys, that means it is indeed Friday Night! If you have a Victory of the Week, post it below. Otherwise do what you do and skip directly to the comments and talk about whatever your little hearts desire.

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BleedingRedAndGold

3rd shift, usual place

Sudden
Sudden

At the airport. Flight in the gate next to my outbound to Vegas is heading to KC. Tempted to transfer my destination.

sydenham
sydenham

VOTW: Sitting with my sister watching her daughter cross the stage at uni graduation, yay for my niece!

TNCHIEFS
TNCHIEFS

So I’m late to the show. My VOTW? I guess I could say I hit my monthly quota this week. But really I feel like l’m getting my life back. Long story after a 26 year marriage and company meltdown, all at the same time. 2012 the Chiefs, Andy Reid and me suffered great loss. We’re all coming back, together.

Leaf
Leaf

Spent the whole day in the ER with my son today. Brother-in-law’s dogs went ape shit on him for literally no reason. Luckily there was no serious damage, but he’s going to have some wicked scars on his leg.

workingmansdead

Oh man, that’s scary. What kind of dogs?

pompano
pompano

Bad dogs?
j/k that is scary as hell.

Leaf
Leaf

They’ve never bothered us before, but I’ve heard they can be snippy with people they aren’t comfortable with. This is the first time I think they’ve flat out attacked someone as far as I know

Leaf
Leaf

Blue heelers. Yeah it was pretty scary to watch. He was just playing with his cousin, want even paying attention to the dogs and then they flipped out and started chasing him. They jump on him causing him to lose his footing and then one of them latched on to his leg and tried to drag him. It reminded me of when you see a police dog take out a criminal. No idea for sure what set them off, but we think they might have a secret stash in that part of the yard and he just got to close.

WaywerdSon
WaywerdSon

usually pretty mellow dogs, at least the ones I have ever been around. Something must have spooked them

sydenham
sydenham

Hope your son is doing okay.

BleedingRedAndGold

So Soler got himself tossed arguing with the Ump, and while normally I’d sneer at a player doing that, I don’t blame him a bit. Ump’s been calling them extremely inconsistently, and the one that got him tossed was a called strike inches below his knees. Ain’t just the Royals, either, he’s just as bad for the Twins. Balls inside the digital zone, strikes outside, so IMO the ump made himself look like an egotistical boob who tossed Soler to prove his authori-tah rather than to admit he’s been a fuck-up.

BleedingRedAndGold

Keller’s been looking sharp, at least. Scoreless through six, and with an 80 pitch count, looks good for 7. Ump’s still a buffoon, though.

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed

VOTW is right now. Waiting in line to get in to Paul McCartney. A dream of mine to be able to take my dad to a bucket list concert for us.

BleedingRedAndGold

Victory indeed, then.

Tony Sommer

I discovered my new dream car. I mentioned before that I’m going to buy a Camaro as my next car, but I’d really like like an electric car. The problem is that there really isn’t an electric sports car, which is what I really want.

That is, until I discovered this.

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The new Tesla Roadster, which is coming out in 2020. When it becomes available it’ll be the fastest street legal car available, capable of going 0-60 in 1.9 seconds.

The one hair in the soup is that it’ll retail at $200k, so I might need to ask to borrow some money from you guys. Also since it’s electric I may need to hire this guy to ride with me to get the full effect.

Mattl
Mattl

Cool-looking car. Zero-to-60 in under two seconds is just crazy! My next car purchase (planned for 2021) is a Porsche 718 Cayman in silver. Just beautiful.

Tony Sommer

I saw some comments online saying the old guys who buy it need to be careful or else the g forces will make them pass out.

Mattl
Mattl

Holy cow, that’s crazy!

Tony Sommer

To be clear, it was a joke comment on the internet. But it’d be funny (and scary) if that actually happened to somebody.

Mattl
Mattl

I wonder what the g-force is for that kind of acceleration? IIRC, don’t the fighter jets that take off from aircraft carriers go from 0-100+ in a second or so?

Tony Sommer

I ran the numbers and got about 14 m/s2 (if it was a constant acceleration). Gravity is right around 10 m/s, so full acceleration would be roughly 40% faster than falling out of an airplane (ignoring air resistance).

Mattl
Mattl

So 0-60 in 1.9 seconds would have to generate some force too, right? Maybe not enough to be a serious health risk, but still….

Tony Sommer

Gravity is a force. Put another way 14 m/a is roughly 1.4 g’s. One g is 9.8 m/s, so you can round it to 10.

Mattl
Mattl

It’s a force? So…..Yoda was just using gravity the whole time. What a fraud!

Tony Sommer

Force is mass times acceleration, so anything that makes you accelerate is a force. Whether it’s a car or gravity. That’s actually what the “g” stands for, gravity.

Mattl
Mattl

Oh, I know. I just thought I was being funny. Clearly, I wasn’t!

pompano
pompano

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Nasrani
Nasrani

They have to. Those flight decks are so short…

They don’t call that a “catapult” for nothing.

Nasrani
Nasrani

Buying/maintaining a Tesla is a financial goal of mine. I’d like to put down as much as possible toward one so that I have to borrow less – and thus have less to pay back. Unfortunately I’m way south of $200k so that’s a pipe dream.

workingmansdead

Yeah, 200 is awfully steep

Leaf
Leaf

For a tesla, that’s about what I’d expect for a sports car. They do nothing cheap.

Tony Sommer

EV’s are a bit more expensive than their ICE counterparts. So a $150k ICE sports car would be $200k EV. Makes sense.

Tony Sommer

This will be the most expensive model. A new Model 3 starts at $35k, which is still a lot, but is obviously much more affordable and actually has better performance than my beloved Camaro (it just doesn’t look as cool).

Nasrani
Nasrani

I think I’m going to wait a while and let more “electric car recharge stations” pop up across the country. I’d hate to be driving across the sticks of eastern Colorado/western Kansas at night and suddenly run out of juice.

Tony Sommer

There’s actually a lot more than you think.

https://www.tesla.com/supercharger

Plus the Model 3 has 300 miles of range, so unless you’re regularly going on long road trips you should be fine.

Why am I suddenly turning into a Tesla salesman?

Mattl
Mattl

I’ve seen more and more Teslas on the road here in PA over the last year. Sharp-looking cars, but I don’t know what their reliability is at this point.

Tony Sommer

My understanding is that electric cars in general are more reliable and take less maintenance. They just have fewer moving parts that can break.

My big two problems are if I wanted to go on a road trip (as Nasrani said) I’d have to spend a lot more time at the charging station than I would getting gas (although I so rarely go on long road trips that it’s not a serious concern for me).

My other big issue is their control screen. Maybe it’s because I haven’t used it, but it seems like it’s gone a little too far. Literally everything goes through that screen, even adjusting the direction of the air vents. Plus without tactile buttons it’s harder to do simple stuff (like adjusting the AC).

Mattl
Mattl

Yep, that all makes perfect sense. I think I’m in the “wait and see” category. Give these things another ten years to get the bugs worked out, and let competition make them more user-friendly, get longer charging life, etc.

BleedingRedAndGold

And shorter charge times, as well.

Tony Sommer

Bingo, which is part of the reason I’m happy to get a Camaro now and get my EV later.

BleedingRedAndGold

Acceleration like that makes me wonder if there are any “real” drag racing events for electric cars. Wouldn’t be surprised if the NHRA disallows them as having an unfair advantage or something. Electric motors have advantages over IC engines, at this point in technology.

Tony Sommer

Electric engines are really better than gas ones in every single way, it’s just that gas is a more convenient fuel source depending on your lifestyle.

BleedingRedAndGold

Yep, the sticking point has always been the batteries, primarily the weight and the charge. I wonder at times what would happen in the battery field if as much money was invested in them via pro racing, a la NASCAR and NHRA and their IC advances.

WaywerdSon
WaywerdSon

Tesla will be belly up long before the first production model ever rolls

http://fortune.com/2019/05/20/tesla-stock-drop-code-red/

BleedingRedAndGold

Possible VOTW: Spent a few hours working on a piece about Mahomes that should be interesting. Stayed at the research a bit too long, so I stepped away to clear my head, but I do hope to finish it tonight. Dual inspirations to that, the first being some fool running his mouth on twitter yesterday. The second was Mitko mentioning he was working on a surprise piece, which is what got me thinking about writing up an article in answer to said fool.

But even if I don’t finish it tonight and never dig up his reply to send it at him, I think it’s a good piece on its own merits, so I fully intend to finish it before Monday. We’ll see if I can beat that deadline, I guess.

Nasrani
Nasrani

I’m sure it will be an interesting read. Looking forward to it!

BleedingRedAndGold

I appreciate your faith in me, and I’ll have to keep it in mind. Generally speaking, even when they’re finished, my articles don’t look much better than average – and that’s on a good day. But this one’s something I seldom do, as it’s much more concerned with NFL stats and conventional comparisons. Granted, it’ll still have my own take on it, but it shouldn’t be as far out in left field as I usually come from. Might even be close enough to to call it “I don’t know”.

Nasrani
Nasrani

VOTW: Remember about a month ago I said I got a job? Turned out that wasn’t entirely accurate… well, not immediately accurate. But they finally reached out to me again, and I set up a time to go meet with them – next Monday early in the morning. So that’s a step in the right direction!

BleedingRedAndGold

Nasrani
Nasrani

Just in time, too; my old job (such that it is) is ending on the 21st, so this is perfect timing.

pompano
pompano

Just curious, did you accept a job offer last month but nothing had been signed?

Nasrani
Nasrani

I guess so, in a manner of speaking. A friend of mine from my graduate student program reached out to me because she thought I would be good at teaching summer school at an academy her brother-in-law helps run. Before Memorial Day weekend a man from there asked me to send my resume/CV to him, which I did, and then never heard anything back from them… until today.

pompano
pompano

Asking for CV does not equate job offer, but the calll in probably does.
sweet (unless it was the head of groundgskeeping that called you 🙂 )

Nasrani
Nasrani

That’s true, it doesn’t. But it was definitely good to hear back from them. I guess they got busy with the end of school rush.

I’m one of those people who, after I’ve done my part, almost never follows up. I’ve read mixed things about following up with employers; you don’t want to do it too much, since that makes one sound desperate, and an employer doesn’t want to hire someone who’s desperate. It doesn’t help that “too much” is a relative term: me asking “Did you get my CV?” once (which, to me, is perfectly reasonable) may be considered haranguing to an employer.

Although thanks to being on these boards, I’ve learned that a one-time follow-up never hurts.

Mattl
Mattl

Well, for what it’s worth, I’ve found that when we worry about doing “too much,” it’s usually just an excuse to to justify to ourselves that we should do nothing. The reality is, it never hurts to follow up, as long as the follow-up is courteous and professional.

Nasrani
Nasrani

That’s been the prevailing wisdom I’ve gotten from here, and I’m indebted to all of you for it.