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abachler
05-06-2009, 04:32 PM
I was out driving the rig today when I looked over and noticed the young gal in the car next to me was... engaging in self fulfillment. So I waved to her, and she waved back, and proceeded to stay right beside me for 5 lights while continuing...

Oh yeah, i think being a trucker is going to be awesome :)

happyclown
05-07-2009, 01:40 AM
Good to see the job comes with nice "perks". :D

hk_mp5kpdw
05-07-2009, 05:51 AM
Make sure you don't cause an accident.

whiteflags
05-07-2009, 08:11 AM
I always used to make truckers blow their horn on the highway, and was met with moderate success.

abachler
05-07-2009, 07:08 PM
Make sure you don't cause an accident.

If you knew the level of training truckers go through, you would understand why 78% of all accidents involving a truck are the fault of the non-truck driver. It's amazing the stupid crap that 4-wheeler (what we call civilian cars/trucks) drivers do. Apparently they can't read a sign painted on the back of a truck in 2 foot letters that says 'Student Driver' so they pull in front of a vehicle literally so close you cant see the top of their car over the hood. 80,000 lbs will just roll over the top of a car like it wasnt even there, and your family won't get any insurance because there are 5 witnesses in the truck that will testify you did some ignorant ......... We saw it happen the other day, an SUV ran a red light right in front of a rig, it took the DOT 2 hours to cut the woman's remains from the wreck. It completely obliterated the SUV. Her family could also get the bill for whatever her insurance doesnt cover in replacing the truck.

Yarin
05-08-2009, 06:49 PM
I gotta ask... Why is a Senior Engineer, and Mensa, taking up truck driving? Are there no other, higher paying, less mundane, jobs available for someone of your apparent skill?

MK27
05-08-2009, 08:13 PM
I gotta ask... Why is a Senior Engineer, and Mensa, taking up truck driving? Are there no other, higher paying, less mundane, jobs available for someone of your apparent skill?
Hey silly -- it will still say "Senior Engineer" on his cap, and the truck can be called ="M E N S A"=.

zacs7
05-08-2009, 08:41 PM
> I gotta ask... Why is a Senior Engineer
Yes but "Senior Engineer" in what? :). You could call yourself a Senior Engineer of truck repairs.

Though I doubt he is ;)

ಠ_ಠ
05-08-2009, 08:52 PM
I gotta ask... Why is a Senior Engineer, and Mensa, taking up truck driving? Are there no other, higher paying, less mundane, jobs available for someone of your apparent skill?

He is a Senior Engineer, life member of Mensa, and a programmer.
Can you honestly expect him not to be completely insane?

MK27
05-08-2009, 10:11 PM
> I gotta ask... Why is a Senior Engineer
Yes but "Senior Engineer" in what? :). You could call yourself a Senior Engineer of truck repairs.

Though I doubt he is ;)

The thing to be is probably: Senior Engineer of Mensa.

whiteflags
05-08-2009, 10:39 PM
>Can you honestly expect him not to be completely insane?
That doesn't mean quite what you intended.

So what though. You could say that about anything really... but doing what you want as long as it doesn't involve deliberately ........ing someone over is called freedom.

abachler
05-09-2009, 05:35 PM
I gotta ask... Why is a Senior Engineer, and Mensa, taking up truck driving? Are there no other, higher paying, less mundane, jobs available for someone of your apparent skill?

I need experience driving a truck if I am going to develop an AI that can drive one. It will also come in handy for road testing it. And why shouldnt I get paid while gaining said experience, especially since I will need experience the the real world situations the AI will encounter, beyond what could realistically be gained by simply interviewing a trucker. It's easier to take a programmer and teach them to be a trucker than to take a trucker and teach then to be a programmer, not that truckers are less intelligent, just that the training to be a programmer takes longer.

indigo0086
05-09-2009, 07:33 PM
Was anyone prepared for that answer?

dra
05-10-2009, 04:47 PM
Nope, but I've gotta say, that's some dedication!

ಠ_ಠ
05-10-2009, 11:30 PM
Nope, but I've gotta say, that's some dedication!

wait 'til he needs to teach his AI homosexuality

MK27
05-11-2009, 07:24 AM
wait 'til he needs to teach his AI homosexuality

Just another entry in the much beloved hardcore "Gay Roboteamsters" series...

indigo0086
05-11-2009, 08:30 AM
wait 'til he needs to teach his AI homosexuality

Is that a Mortal Kombat finishing move?

abachler
05-11-2009, 11:49 AM
wait 'til he needs to teach his AI homosexuality
Ignorant little troll.

ಠ_ಠ
05-12-2009, 10:13 PM
Ignorant little troll.

you already did?

brewbuck
05-12-2009, 11:37 PM
I gotta ask... Why is a Senior Engineer, and Mensa, taking up truck driving? Are there no other, higher paying, less mundane, jobs available for someone of your apparent skill?

It's weird, but I also considered trucking back when I graduated high school. It seemed like an easy job, would give me the chance to see some scenery, and the pay is actually not bad at all.

I ended up deciding against it when I got accepted to a fairly good school, and also because of the stories I'd heard about the long hours of sitting physically destroying people's backs and legs, thrombosis/embolism, etc.

I've driven a 3,500 (or was it 35,000?) gallon tanker truck (in the middle of a 40 acre private property). Tons of fun.

abachler
05-13-2009, 03:40 PM
the days of the old back breakers are gone, they have comfy padded seats with air bags supporting them that you can adjust to just your preference, so a pot hole covered highway feels as smooth as silk. We watched oen fo the other students while drivign and his seat literally moved up and down 6 inches in responce to bumps, yet when you are driving it doesnt feel like you are moving at all. The seats in trucks make the ones in a cadillac look like some old broke ass lawn chair. Plus you have room for a fridge, microwave, bunk beds, TV stereo, all the conforts of home.

Aparavoid
05-13-2009, 05:19 PM
the days of the old back breakers are gone, they have comfy padded seats with air bags supporting them that you can adjust to just your preference, so a pot hole covered highway feels as smooth as silk.

Probably why it doesn't seem to phase a truck driver when they run over another car.

ಠ_ಠ
05-13-2009, 05:21 PM
the days of the old back breakers are gone, they have comfy padded seats with air bags supporting them that you can adjust to just your preference, so a pot hole covered highway feels as smooth as silk. We watched oen fo the other students while drivign and his seat literally moved up and down 6 inches in responce to bumps, yet when you are driving it doesnt feel like you are moving at all. The seats in trucks make the ones in a cadillac look like some old broke ass lawn chair. Plus you have room for a fridge, microwave, bunk beds, TV stereo, all the conforts of home.

except a bathroom

MK27
05-13-2009, 09:12 PM
the days of the old back breakers are gone, they have comfy padded seats with air bags supporting them that you can adjust to just your preference, so a pot hole covered highway feels as smooth as silk.

I just got a nice plaid "donut" style cushion from a surgical supply store, of the sort recommended for hemmorrhoids and pregnant women. I'm really appreciating it, alot. Altho I'm nowhere near giving birth.


Plus you have room for a fridge, microwave, bunk beds, TV stereo, all the conforts of home.

In order to afford my current "learning programming" lifestyle, I am living in a very small single room. Like, I could sit on the bed and put my feet up on the stove. Except I got a bunkbed and took out the bottom bunk so I could put a small table with a computer there. I can sit in my (plaid cushioned) chair under the bunk with my head just clear. The bottom of the bunk is actually steel bars, which makes it the best place for "tipping" like, ever. I also got some christmas lights and this great set of shelves made of old skateboards to hold a ridiculous portion of the Queen's Central Library computer section. Basically it would have been a great bedroom in my parents house as a teenager, except now they are old and so am I. I'm really worried about the whole situation, Men*.

Anyway, good luck and hard truckin', abachler.

*Fortunately I can hear the surf 300' away and my landlady is insane, deaf, and confined to a wheelchair. Plus it looks like a real treehouse fort from the outside.