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2012-12-20 10:02:37 AM  
I always thought airlines viewed passengers as potatos with wallets.
 
2012-12-20 10:31:44 AM  
Sweet
 
2012-12-20 10:46:55 AM  
"The team determined that sacks of potatoes were ideal stand-ins for passengers, given their similar physical interactions with electronic signal properties," Tischler explains.
 
<shrug>  Makes sense to me.
 
2012-12-20 12:17:01 PM  
"No potatoes were harmed during the course of the research, although they've probably since been eaten." Haha.
 
2012-12-20 12:19:33 PM  

the airplane manufacturer has been using in its research project - a project it calls SPUDS (Synthetic Personnel Using Dielectric Substitution).


*snicker*
 
2012-12-20 12:19:55 PM  

simplicimus: I always thought airlines viewed passengers as potatos with wallets.


Pah, that's an insult to the potatoes.

Although in that concept I suppose the phrase is "I can count to passenger"?

Either way is still smarter than the TSA.
 
2012-12-20 12:20:10 PM  
I'm glad to see that Torg has reached to some kind of project mgmt status.
 
2012-12-20 12:21:30 PM  
i.chzbgr.com
 
2012-12-20 12:22:45 PM  
fc06.deviantart.net
 
2012-12-20 12:23:09 PM  
Another groundbreaking innovation from Aperture!
 
2012-12-20 12:23:11 PM  
I can't say I agree with the open security model. I make sure to keep my pierogi-to-pierogi network latke'd down.
 
2012-12-20 12:23:50 PM  
i171.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-20 12:24:17 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-20 12:24:25 PM  
Those poor Irishmen! What will they eat now?
 
2012-12-20 12:24:31 PM  
Signal's fried.
 
2012-12-20 12:25:40 PM  

Sybarite: Sweet

 
i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-12-20 12:25:49 PM  
No potatoes were harmed

Exit Survey

Thank you for participating in our test.

Was the testing experience pleasant?
Did you suffer any discomfort during the testing procedure, or while you were being taped to the seat?
Did the microwaves cook you comfortably?
 
2012-12-20 12:26:21 PM  
I wonder if this research also will lead to more creative ways to cram in additional passengers in economy... maybe via potato sack seating
 
2012-12-20 12:28:28 PM  
I was told there would be no math.
 
2012-12-20 12:28:36 PM  

Sybarite: Sweet


More like, earthy.
 
2012-12-20 12:30:58 PM  

detritus: Those poor Irishmen! What will they eat now?


Worry not, they will sail to more fertile lands.
 
2012-12-20 12:31:11 PM  
Well, they've surely got the problem whipped. I'm sure they put on their jackets and scalloped on home happy after chipping in together to get finished.
 
2012-12-20 12:32:35 PM  
But, CSI always uses hog carcasses to replicate humans. Think of all the cooked pork we missed.
 
2012-12-20 12:35:50 PM  
Still sounds half-baked to me.
 
2012-12-20 12:37:43 PM  

cherryl taggart: But, CSI always uses hog carcasses to replicate humans. Think of all the cooked pork we missed.


I think this test was more about how people's EMFs interfere with the wireless signals, rather than how our meat is ballistically similar to Wilbur's.
 
Maybe they should shoot the potatoes at pig carcasses, though - just to be sure.
 
2012-12-20 12:45:07 PM  
people are known as stray capacitance to ground
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-12-20 12:45:52 PM  
When I worked in the 802.11 field one of my colleagues obsessively referred to people as "bags of water." It's a cute metaphor the first time you hear it, and reasonably accurate when talking about signal propagation, but he was in love with that phrase and couldn't get enough of it.  Luckily I'm not the kind to snap and go on a workplace shooting rampage. And I didn't know which car was his so I couldn't cut the brake line.
 
2012-12-20 12:49:52 PM  

ZAZ


And I didn't know which car was his so I couldn't cut the brake line.


What the hell is wrong with you??

Start at one end of the parking lot. Cut the lines of the car in the first spot. Continue each day to cut the lines of whoever is parked in that spot. When the colleague stops showing up for work, stop cutting brake lines.
 
2012-12-20 12:54:09 PM  
I was expecting a funny story about trolling wi-fi thieves.
 
2012-12-20 12:54:53 PM  
And here I thought it was going to be a story about my phone carrier.

(Promised speed: "Blazing!" Actual speed: "Potato.")
 
2012-12-20 12:56:10 PM  

ZAZ: When I worked in the 802.11 field one of my colleagues obsessively referred to people as "bags of water." It's a cute metaphor the first time you hear it, and reasonably accurate when talking about signal propagation, but he was in love with that phrase and couldn't get enough of it.  Luckily I'm not the kind to snap and go on a workplace shooting rampage. And I didn't know which car was his so I couldn't cut the brake line.


Query: Why bags of water and not bags of meat?
Silly Humans.
 
2012-12-20 12:59:28 PM  
He was a young pilot
Just out on his second flight
And he was carrying the next day tasty snack
for everyone in that coal scarred city
where children played without dispair
in back yard slag plies and everyone manage to eat each day
just about 20,000 pounds of potato.

He missed a gauge that he should have seen
saying 'pressure's gone switch to 2' my friend
He was thinking, perhaps about the warm breath woman
who was waiting at the airport there.
He started down his two mile glide,
a left hand turn that wound him down to the runway.
He was pushing on through the thinning clouds that ran him down to the runway
Just a few more miles to go
and he go home and have her ease his long cramped flying day away
and the smell of 20000 pounds of potatoes
Yes, the smell of 20000 pounds of potatoes.

He was picking up speed as the airport spread it's twinkling lights before him.
But he paid no heed as the shivering thoughts of the nights
delights went through him.
He hit the flaps but there was no sound
They didn't deploy to slow him down
He said "Christ".
It was funny how he named the only man who could save him now.
He was trapped inside a dead-end power glide,
riding on his fear-hunched back
was every one of those smelly brown spuds
I'm telling you 20000 pounds of potatoes.
Yes, there were 20000 pounds of potatoes.

He barely made the sweeping curve that led into final approach.
And he missed the thankful Southwest flight at ninety degrees out.
And he said "God, make it a dream!"
as he flew his last flight down.
And he said "God, make it a dream!"
as he flew his last flight down.
And he sideswiped nineteen neat parked planes,
clipped off thirteen jet way ramps,
hit the terminal, bruised an AP,
and Blue-Crossed seven people.
it was then he lost his head,
not to mention an arm or two before he stopped.
And he slid for four hundred yards
along the runway that leads into Scranton International.
All those twenty thousand pounds of potatoes.

You know the man who told me about it on the plane,
as it flew us out Scranton, Pennsylvania,
he shrugged his shoulders, he shook his head,
and he said (and this is exactly what he said)
"Boy that sure must've been something.
Just imagine twenty thousand pounds of potatoes.
Yes, there were twenty thousand pounds of mashed potatoes.
Of potatoes. Just potatoes. Twenty thousand pounds.
of potatoes. not no pilot now. Just potatoes!"

From Greatest Stories Live: Ending #2:

A woman walks into her room where her child lies sleeping,
and when she sees his eyes are closed,
she sits there, silently weeping,
and though she lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania
She never ever eats french fries
Not one of twenty thousand pounds .... of potatoes
 
2012-12-20 01:03:19 PM  
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I think I had the seat beside this guy last time I flew WestJet
 
2012-12-20 01:06:44 PM  
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This looks like every airline passenger I ever had to sit next to. Twenty years ago, they would be chain smoking and telling me how they got rich on a MLM. Then, they'd pass out and the top sacks would fall over on my shoulder.
Oh and they would have claimed the communal armrest for the entire flight.
 
2012-12-20 01:09:28 PM  
GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve

I had to to do the Harry Chapin song. "Someone will do the Harry Chapin song and they'd only do a chunk of it. Maybe just the intro." Let's see if I can butcher the entire song. Then, I'll do the passenger sitting next to me joke.

Well played, sir. Well played.
 
2012-12-20 01:12:25 PM  
Please remain seated with your seats and tray tables in an upright and locked position until you hear the "ding!" that indicates that the captain has determined that the fries are done.
 
2012-12-20 01:14:46 PM  
And the airlines also like potatoes because they don't whine like the regular meatbag flyers when they ring them up for extra baggage fees.
 
2012-12-20 01:16:10 PM  

tgambitg: ZAZ: When I worked in the 802.11 field one of my colleagues obsessively referred to people as "bags of water." It's a cute metaphor the first time you hear it, and reasonably accurate when talking about signal propagation, but he was in love with that phrase and couldn't get enough of it.  Luckily I'm not the kind to snap and go on a workplace shooting rampage. And I didn't know which car was his so I couldn't cut the brake line.

Query: Why bags of water and not bags of meat?
Silly Humans.


Water interferes with a signal.
 
2012-12-20 01:17:47 PM  
But what if you're on a plane that isn't full of democrats?

images.politico.com
 
2012-12-20 01:24:34 PM  
So, how are you holding up?
 
2012-12-20 01:30:38 PM  

ZAZ: When I worked in the 802.11 field one of my colleagues obsessively referred to people as "bags of water." It's a cute metaphor the first time you hear it, and reasonably accurate when talking about signal propagation, but he was in love with that phrase and couldn't get enough of it.  Luckily I'm not the kind to snap and go on a workplace shooting rampage. And I didn't know which car was his so I couldn't cut the brake line.


Did your coworker look like this?
startrekreview.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-12-20 01:49:57 PM  

davidphogan: tgambitg: ZAZ: When I worked in the 802.11 field one of my colleagues obsessively referred to people as "bags of water." It's a cute metaphor the first time you hear it, and reasonably accurate when talking about signal propagation, but he was in love with that phrase and couldn't get enough of it.  Luckily I'm not the kind to snap and go on a workplace shooting rampage. And I didn't know which car was his so I couldn't cut the brake line.

Query: Why bags of water and not bags of meat?
Silly Humans.

Water interferes with a signal.


And isn't tissue (and, therefore, meat) something like 60% water?
 
So, he's not entirely wrong.  Just annoyingly fixated.
 
/Often has to put his hand within 3" of his iPod to get my iTrip FM transmitter to work without static in the car
 
2012-12-20 02:17:12 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve

I had to to do the Harry Chapin song. "Someone will do the Harry Chapin song and they'd only do a chunk of it. Maybe just the intro." Let's see if I can butcher the entire song. Then, I'll do the passenger sitting next to me joke.

Well played, sir. Well played.


I came here on a mission. As I was posting I glanced up "heh, 10,000 lbs of bananas, I'll have to read that one later". I feel a sense of pride mixed with guilt in beating you to the punch on the follow up. Keep on overly-long gagging.
www.nypost.com
/kinda feel bad for him
//kinda feel bad for the plane
///bad feelings for all!
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-12-20 02:20:02 PM  
GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve

Does that guy have an armrest in his rectum?
 
2012-12-20 02:26:12 PM  

ZAZ: When I worked in the 802.11 field one of my colleagues obsessively referred to people as "bags of water." It's a cute metaphor the first time you hear it, and reasonably accurate when talking about signal propagation, but he was in love with that phrase and couldn't get enough of it.  Luckily I'm not the kind to snap and go on a workplace shooting rampage. And I didn't know which car was his so I couldn't cut the brake line.


Ugly bags of water
 
2012-12-20 02:35:40 PM  

GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: Harry Freakstorm: GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve

 
I had to to do the Harry Chapin song. "Someone will do the Harry Chapin song and they'd only do a chunk of it. Maybe just the intro." Let's see if I can butcher the entire song. Then, I'll do the passenger sitting next to me joke.
 
Well played, sir. Well played.
 
I came here on a mission. As I was posting I glanced up "heh, 10,000 lbs of bananas, I'll have to read that one later". I feel a sense of pride mixed with guilt in beating you to the punch on the follow up. Keep on overly-long gagging.
[www.nypost.com image 300x300]
/kinda feel bad for him
//kinda feel bad for the plane
///bad feelings for all!

 
i50.tinypic.com
 
2012-12-20 02:58:30 PM  

ZAZ: GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve

Does that guy have an armrest in his rectum?


They ran out of belt extensions. An internal anchor just seemed like the safest thing.
 
2012-12-20 03:18:49 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: davidphogan: tgambitg: ZAZ: When I worked in the 802.11 field one of my colleagues obsessively referred to people as "bags of water." It's a cute metaphor the first time you hear it, and reasonably accurate when talking about signal propagation, but he was in love with that phrase and couldn't get enough of it.  Luckily I'm not the kind to snap and go on a workplace shooting rampage. And I didn't know which car was his so I couldn't cut the brake line.

Query: Why bags of water and not bags of meat?
Silly Humans.

Water interferes with a signal.

And isn't tissue (and, therefore, meat) something like 60% water?

So, he's not entirely wrong.  Just annoyingly fixated.

/Often has to put his hand within 3" of his iPod to get my iTrip FM transmitter to work without static in the car


I know that... but... I was trying for a joke that you guys apparently missed....

Analysis: Sometimes meatbags don't get jokes without enough reference.

www.swtorstrategies.com
 
2012-12-20 09:40:35 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [i50.tinypic.com image 368x368]


That made me laugh much harder than it should have.
 
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