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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2850 on: October 22, 2020, 08:12:45 PM »

The cigarette lighter in many cars is limited to 15 AMPs. Use more and the fuse will blow. If you tie your inverter directly to the battery, you can get up to (in theory) the alternator's output and still not kill the battery. The alternator in my small SUV is 95 amps.



Ah that's the part I was missing

Safety hint:   Make sure you have a fuse in there somewhere...

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2851 on: October 23, 2020, 01:08:30 AM »

The cigarette lighter in many cars is limited to 15 AMPs. Use more and the fuse will blow. If you tie your inverter directly to the battery, you can get up to (in theory) the alternator's output and still not kill the battery. The alternator in my small SUV is 95 amps.



Ah that's the part I was missing

Safety hint:   Make sure you have a fuse in there somewhere...

Not sure if I have a fuse.  Can someone please verify?


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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2852 on: October 23, 2020, 10:26:42 AM »
Actually with one of those I'm pretty sure your Delorean can power several neighborhoods all at once... A fuse would be quite wise. ;)

Nearest nuclear power plant to my town = ~3.5 Delorean time machine outputs.

I wonder what the duty cycle is on a Doc Brown time machine reactor?


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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2853 on: October 23, 2020, 12:02:51 PM »
A coworker has a 1.5 hr (one way) commute to work.  He normally drives a full size modified GMC truck, but sometimes he drives his Mini Cooper.  Today he bought his wife a 2019 Camaro and had it delivered to work.  He is going to drive it home today to surprise her.  I have an idea of his salary, and it's less than six figures.  No idea if his wife works.   I'd hate to see his fuel and insurance costs.
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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2854 on: October 24, 2020, 12:31:30 PM »
A coworker has a 1.5 hr (one way) commute to work.  He normally drives a full size modified GMC truck, but sometimes he drives his Mini Cooper.  Today he bought his wife a 2019 Camaro and had it delivered to work.  He is going to drive it home today to surprise her.  I have an idea of his salary, and it's less than six figures.  No idea if his wife works.   I'd hate to see his fuel and insurance costs.

His commute will be faster since he now has a car with a V-8 that can hit 150. Obviously a mustachian decision ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2855 on: October 24, 2020, 08:26:29 PM »
Heard this from one of my former co-workers who was expressing money woes, "but every time I see the shiny rims on my car, it makes me happy."

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« Reply #2856 on: October 25, 2020, 02:06:17 AM »
Heard this from one of my former co-workers who was expressing money woes, "but every time I see the shiny rims on my car, it makes me happy."
That's good. Sell the car, keep the rims, hang them in your living room and be ultra happy.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2857 on: October 25, 2020, 04:51:34 AM »
Actually with one of those I'm pretty sure your Delorean can power several neighborhoods all at once... A fuse would be quite wise. ;)

Nearest nuclear power plant to my town = ~3.5 Delorean time machine outputs.

I wonder what the duty cycle is on a Doc Brown time machine reactor?

This used to be a simple job to replace a flux capacitor when O'reilly had them in stock.  Haven't seen them for a while.  Must be a shortage of some key component during COVID :)

https://www.oreillyauto.com/flux-500.html

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2858 on: October 26, 2020, 02:19:02 AM »
Actually with one of those I'm pretty sure your Delorean can power several neighborhoods all at once... A fuse would be quite wise. ;)

Nearest nuclear power plant to my town = ~3.5 Delorean time machine outputs.

I wonder what the duty cycle is on a Doc Brown time machine reactor?

This used to be a simple job to replace a flux capacitor when O'reilly had them in stock.  Haven't seen them for a while.  Must be a shortage of some key component during COVID :)

https://www.oreillyauto.com/flux-500.html

That one seems overkill for my needs anyway.  I only need 1.21 GW

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2859 on: October 27, 2020, 08:05:31 AM »
I'll bet the range on a Tesla EV would be better with a flux capacitor on board...

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2860 on: October 27, 2020, 08:48:38 AM »
That one seems overkill for my needs anyway.  I only need 1.21 GW

All you need to do is weld 269 Long-Range Model 3's together and you'd have enough energy for a full minute of time travel.

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« Reply #2861 on: October 27, 2020, 12:05:05 PM »
That one seems overkill for my needs anyway.  I only need 1.21 GW

All you need to do is weld 269 Long-Range Model 3's together and you'd have enough energy for a full minute of time travel.
How unmustachian!
Use BYD cars, they only cost half of Teslas models.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2862 on: October 27, 2020, 01:26:11 PM »
I know what the research says, but I just don't have that pain when spending cash that everyone always talks about.  I suspect that it's because I had my first bank account/checkbook/debit card before I had my first job.  Therefore, when I did start working the money in my account was mine that I'd worked for (and prior to that it was my allowance that had to be stretched out).  If I had cash, it was because of xmas/birthday gifts.  So cash has always felt like extra money to me.  Plus cash just disappears at my house.

Husband and I have the same experience. Credit card spending can be tracked very easily online, and any impulse to spend is checked by the knowledge that weíre going to have to account for it later when we 1) update Quicken and 2) pay our bills. Cash, on the other hand, tends to get frittered away, with little record of it. Yes, we could go all Gail Vaz-Oxlade and write every penny down. Realistically, Iíve known my husband for almost 2 decades and I know that isnít going to happen.

I have to Google how the cash looks, when I sometimes get it when I sell something to someone with a foreign background. The last time that happened was more than two years ago and I still have a small bill left. It is a pain in the ass to find somewhere to spend it. Many places donít accept cash. While credit card and digital  spending can be easily tracked and categorized.

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« Reply #2863 on: October 28, 2020, 02:35:22 PM »
Seriously - businesses where you live don't accept cash?

I bought ~$10 worth of gasoline once. The clerk was not amused. I was relieved to be rid of all the coins.

This was years before I ever saw a coin machine in a grocery store.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2864 on: October 28, 2020, 08:11:05 PM »

The cigarette lighter in many cars is limited to 15 AMPs. Use more and the fuse will blow. If you tie your inverter directly to the battery, you can get up to (in theory) the alternator's output and still not kill the battery. The alternator in my small SUV is 95 amps.



Ah that's the part I was missing

15 amps is a ton, most households circuits are 15 amps

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2865 on: October 28, 2020, 09:25:11 PM »

The cigarette lighter in many cars is limited to 15 AMPs. Use more and the fuse will blow. If you tie your inverter directly to the battery, you can get up to (in theory) the alternator's output and still not kill the battery. The alternator in my small SUV is 95 amps.



Ah that's the part I was missing

15 amps is a ton, most households circuits are 15 amps

Very different voltages though

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2866 on: October 29, 2020, 05:38:38 AM »

The cigarette lighter in many cars is limited to 15 AMPs. Use more and the fuse will blow. If you tie your inverter directly to the battery, you can get up to (in theory) the alternator's output and still not kill the battery. The alternator in my small SUV is 95 amps.



Ah that's the part I was missing

15 amps is a ton, most households circuits are 15 amps

Very different voltages though

Ah, true

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2867 on: October 29, 2020, 08:59:59 AM »
Seriously - businesses where you live don't accept cash?

I bought ~$10 worth of gasoline once. The clerk was not amused. I was relieved to be rid of all the coins.

This was years before I ever saw a coin machine in a grocery store.

Welcome to Sweden!

Yes, there are restaurants and shops that donít accept cash. Most of the public transportation companies also refuse cash. Here you canít buy a ticket on the buses and on trams you can only buy with a card from a machine. Or through an app. Imagine the hassle I had when I once forgot to charge the batteries on my phone to get a ticket, before I remembered that I could by a ticket with a card on the fram. The airport bus is cash free, which frustrates tourists.  Many banks are also cash free. For parking you need a card in most of the places, I think, or in some places you pay by text message or through an app.

About 2-3 years ago they made a change of the coins and maybe bills also. That resulted in long lines at the food stores as people took their coins for shopping to get rid of them before they turned invalid. I used all my coins during a month or two, when I went to the grocery store close to me for minor purchases, but they had to put a limit on the amount of coins.
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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2868 on: October 29, 2020, 11:06:24 AM »
Seriously - businesses where you live don't accept cash?

I bought ~$10 worth of gasoline once. The clerk was not amused. I was relieved to be rid of all the coins.

This was years before I ever saw a coin machine in a grocery store.

Welcome to Sweden!

Yes, there are restaurants and shops that donít accept cash.

But to be fair, most shops and restaurants still take cash in Sweden, even if some have a problem with giving change for a big bill for a small purchase. Public transportation and parking is best done using smartphone apps and vending machine-type deals (including self checkout stores) mostly take card payments. 

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2869 on: October 29, 2020, 06:05:33 PM »
We took our old Swedish cash with us on trip there last summer only to find that it had ďexpiredĒ. That is so strange. In the US, you could spend cash or coin from 100 years ago and it would still be valid. Of course, itís probably worth far more than its face value as a collectorís item, so spending it wouldnít make much sense, but you could.

That said, we didnít need cash anywhere in Sweden. Card was so much easier. We eventually got some cash in Finland for use at a street fair.  We were able to use it up, but other than that street fair, we probably could have done the whole trip without cash.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2870 on: October 29, 2020, 11:51:28 PM »
We took our old Swedish cash with us on trip there last summer only to find that it had ďexpiredĒ. That is so strange. In the US, you could spend cash or coin from 100 years ago and it would still be valid. Of course, itís probably worth far more than its face value as a collectorís item, so spending it wouldnít make much sense, but you could.

That said, we didnít need cash anywhere in Sweden. Card was so much easier. We eventually got some cash in Finland for use at a street fair.  We were able to use it up, but other than that street fair, we probably could have done the whole trip without cash.

You can get back the value of the expired cash from the central bank minus a fee. If they accept your excuse for having old cash. The change is made to make it more difficult to forge money.

Actually, here you can basically pay with card or digitally through an app even  at the street fairs. Finland is not quite as cashbased yet but I am basically never using cash in Finland. The sellers have realized that they have to have options as people donít have cash. I read last week that the sellers of the magazine for homeless also accept digital payments through an app. They had to make the change because the main response from people were that they donít have cash.

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« Reply #2871 on: October 30, 2020, 12:09:47 AM »
I know what the research says, but I just don't have that pain when spending cash that everyone always talks about.  I suspect that it's because I had my first bank account/checkbook/debit card before I had my first job.  Therefore, when I did start working the money in my account was mine that I'd worked for (and prior to that it was my allowance that had to be stretched out).  If I had cash, it was because of xmas/birthday gifts.  So cash has always felt like extra money to me.  Plus cash just disappears at my house.


Today's work event is that my team lead just announced the impending birth of his first child.  This from the man who has just recently stated that he wasn't having kids.  I was kind of amused by the number of people talking about how he's never going to get to retire now.  And based on what I know of him, they might be right (he's mentioned student loans, credit cards, and a mortgage).  This is going to be quite the shock to him and his wife.

Thinking back this might be why Iím good with imaginary cash.  My allowance as a little kids was kept track of on the family calculator.   I think that way my mom knew where I was spending my money.  If I wanted a Barbie, my mom would let me know if I had enough allowance to buy something.  If I wanted cash to ride my bike to the local confidence store to buy candy, she gave it to me but subtracted it from the calendar.   (Said store was not easy to get to so such rides were planned in advance.)
Quite understandable that there weren't a lot of confidence stores around ;-)

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2872 on: October 30, 2020, 08:14:16 AM »
I know what the research says, but I just don't have that pain when spending cash that everyone always talks about.  I suspect that it's because I had my first bank account/checkbook/debit card before I had my first job.  Therefore, when I did start working the money in my account was mine that I'd worked for (and prior to that it was my allowance that had to be stretched out).  If I had cash, it was because of xmas/birthday gifts.  So cash has always felt like extra money to me.  Plus cash just disappears at my house.


Today's work event is that my team lead just announced the impending birth of his first child.  This from the man who has just recently stated that he wasn't having kids.  I was kind of amused by the number of people talking about how he's never going to get to retire now.  And based on what I know of him, they might be right (he's mentioned student loans, credit cards, and a mortgage).  This is going to be quite the shock to him and his wife.

Thinking back this might be why Iím good with imaginary cash.  My allowance as a little kids was kept track of on the family calculator.   I think that way my mom knew where I was spending my money.  If I wanted a Barbie, my mom would let me know if I had enough allowance to buy something.  If I wanted cash to ride my bike to the local confidence store to buy candy, she gave it to me but subtracted it from the calendar.   (Said store was not easy to get to so such rides were planned in advance.)
Quite understandable that there weren't a lot of confidence stores around ;-)
Yes, and back in my day, most of them only sold men's goods.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2873 on: October 30, 2020, 08:45:18 AM »
We took our old Swedish cash with us on trip there last summer only to find that it had ďexpiredĒ. That is so strange. In the US, you could spend cash or coin from 100 years ago and it would still be valid. Of course, itís probably worth far more than its face value as a collectorís item, so spending it wouldnít make much sense, but you could.

That said, we didnít need cash anywhere in Sweden. Card was so much easier. We eventually got some cash in Finland for use at a street fair.  We were able to use it up, but other than that street fair, we probably could have done the whole trip without cash.

You can get back the value of the expired cash from the central bank minus a fee. If they accept your excuse for having old cash. The change is made to make it more difficult to forge money.

Actually, here you can basically pay with card or digitally through an app even  at the street fairs. Finland is not quite as cashbased yet but I am basically never using cash in Finland. The sellers have realized that they have to have options as people donít have cash. I read last week that the sellers of the magazine for homeless also accept digital payments through an app. They had to make the change because the main response from people were that they donít have cash.

With my luck I'd probably run out of data on my PAYGO phone and be stuck... ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #2874 on: Today at 12:20:17 PM »
Heard this from one of my former co-workers who was expressing money woes, "but every time I see the shiny rims on my car, it makes me happy."
That's good. Sell the car, keep the rims, hang them in your living room and be ultra happy.

Nah, just tell them to move to this place so they can see their car. . .
https://www.mvrdv.nl/projects/223/sky-vault-penthouse

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« Reply #2875 on: Today at 12:28:02 PM »
As always city life is better when a person is rich... ;)

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« Reply #2876 on: Today at 12:53:17 PM »
Me: "Would you ever consider moving back home eventually or you think you will stay in the states?"
Coworker: "I'll probably stay in the states, but who knows what will happen 30 years from now when I retire"
Me: "......Yeah..... a lot can change in 30 years."

Meanwhile waiting 6 years feels like an eternity. How people even think about retiring in 30+ years is beyond me.