Archive for the ‘Idle Curiosities’ Category

How does the Supreme Court Decision that the ObamaCare mandate is a tax jibe with the Origination Clause?

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

I got to wondering how the supreme could could say that the individual mandate is a tax when the bill originated in the senate but the constitution says that all revenue raising bills must start in the house.

All I could was this article which claims a bill of the same name started in the House but had all the text cleared out for the Senate version so it technically started in the House.

Does the iphone alarm still make noise when the phone is set to silent?

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Indeed it does. I just tested it. Even though the phone is silent when a call comes in, your morning alarm will sound off just fine. (Disclaimer at least for me, don’t miss a NYC marathon to oversleeping on my advice!)

iPhone GSM Buzz Question

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Why does my iPhone make GSM buzz in my speakers when it receives an email even though it is connected via WiFi?

My working theory is that when the phone is in standby (i.e., not being actively used) it turns off its WiFi connection (maybe to save power?) and gets any updated things via GSM.

What does the Phrase Picking up nickels in front of a steamroller Mean?

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

It just means doing something that has a small upside, and a very high downside e.g., getting run over by a steamroller.

I don’t know where the phrase comes from though, bonus points if you find out and post in the comments.

What is the Name for those Wavy Arm Dolls They have at Sales

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

What is the official term for these guys?

The kind people at Reddit suggest either Wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tubeman or Air Dancers