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by Painboy
Today, 13:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I just don't get it
Replies: 2819
Views: 90222

Re: I just don't get it

Part of the problem with that kind of schtick is how much is edited out. Many of those interviews likely lasted far longer but it all gets cut down to a few minutes of stuff. So the person interviewed might actually have acquitted themselves well for the most part but they edit it down to the "funny...
by Painboy
Yesterday, 16:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1323
Views: 43436

Re: Inequality

It was my understanding that farming was just a trade off versus hunter gathering. Reliable (relatively) food source and no need to be nomadic but less nutritious. So while they may not have had as good health they had the advantage stability and defense. It's also likely early on that both were hap...
by Painboy
Yesterday, 14:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: 400 ppm
Replies: 272
Views: 7782

Re: 400 ppm

Double super secret truth - people don't want to do anything about it unless costs are invisible to them. Not the great majority of the the left wing even. Try to propose a tax to say double the price of carbon based fuels. Q1: Do our people have to pay it? A: Yes that's how it works. Q2: do we get...
by Painboy
14 Aug 2018, 20:28
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Trump's Bogus Argument to Deny Green Cards and Citizenship to Immigrants who Play by the Rules
Replies: 22
Views: 308

Re: Trump's Bogus Argument to Deny Green Cards and Citizenship to Immigrants who Play by the Rules

Yeah this one bothers me a lot. Aside from the mess this is going to drop into people's lap I have a couple of adoptive* brothers who are from Ghana and I wonder how this is going to play out. One of them had to do the fake marriage thing just to stay in the country despite having spent his entire h...
by Painboy
13 Aug 2018, 17:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1323
Views: 43436

Re: Inequality

Ellie wrote:
13 Aug 2018, 17:22
Quoth my friend (the initial poster of the topic), "Research done by socialist societies such as Denmark have found a 6 hour work day is just as productive if not more than an 8 hour one."
I have a funny feeling that they still would want to be paid as if they worked 8 hours of work.
by Painboy
12 Aug 2018, 00:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Towing the Lion
Replies: 1863
Views: 106317

Re: Towing the Lion

Ellie wrote:
11 Aug 2018, 22:49
"He seems to show up whenever you post publicly where you are going. Not cool at all. Way too much on the creepy stocker side for me."
He might want to stay away from Walmart then.
by Painboy
11 Aug 2018, 23:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5696
Views: 133042

Re: Orange is the new President

If Trump's way of doing things gets normalized--and I'm not just talking about the tweets, nor about Russia, I'm talking about governance via golfing buddy and Emoluments Clause violations--we're one step farther down the road to monarchy. I doubt that any President will become King For Life, but w...
by Painboy
10 Aug 2018, 23:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5696
Views: 133042

Re: Orange is the new President

Some procedures are consistently used to obtain mostly good outcomes, and then we can accept the bad as the price of the good. Some are consistently used or abused to get bad outcomes and then we can see that something is broken and ask how to fix it. Cops consistently get away with murder and that...
by Painboy
10 Aug 2018, 19:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5696
Views: 133042

Re: Orange is the new President

What’s funny is I used to be like a jazz musician with corporate process. I knew the rules well enough to be able to break them intelligently. The I got put I charge of a product dev tea. That has all the organization of a startup and all of the speed of a big corporate IT shop. Man do I appreciate...
by Painboy
09 Aug 2018, 19:59
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3032
Views: 123598

Re: What are you reading?

Jennifer wrote:
09 Aug 2018, 14:27
Also: I wonder if George R. R. Martin read "Swan Song" back in the day? One of the book's sub-sections is named "A Daughter of Ice and Fire."
Maybe but my suspicion would be that he got it from the Frost poem "Fire and Ice" it being about the end of the world and all.
by Painboy
09 Aug 2018, 16:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5696
Views: 133042

Re: Orange is the new President

Influencial people influence things. How they effect that influence is really the only variable. It's obviously a little weird the way it's being handled but then Trump has his own bizarre way of doing things. But having "influence" is not the same thing as having actual "power," and Truump's blurr...
by Painboy
09 Aug 2018, 13:15
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 5582
Views: 224111

Re: Light laffs

dbcooper wrote:
09 Aug 2018, 09:52
Love it. It almost writes itself.
by Painboy
09 Aug 2018, 13:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5696
Views: 133042

Re: Orange is the new President

This is the worst Marvel crossover event ever. https://www.propublica.org/article/ike-perlmutter-bruce-moskowitz-marc-sherman-shadow-rulers-of-the-va I hate the way that article is written. Everything is written in this shady conspiracy tone when most of this is banal government sausage making. Als...
by Painboy
08 Aug 2018, 20:15
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: To DVDs and Beyond: The Netflix Thread
Replies: 31
Views: 1713

Re: To DVDs and Beyond: The Netflix Thread

I...what? It's a picture of an apparently-nude woman who looks to be standing comfortably and undistressed in some tall grass. The lighting is vaguely spooky or mysterious. That combined with the wolf/dog image makes me think "spooky woods, magic afoot, maybe the wolf is the woman, or vice versa, d...
by Painboy
08 Aug 2018, 14:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5696
Views: 133042

Re: Orange is the new President

This is the worst Marvel crossover event ever. https://www.propublica.org/article/ike-perlmutter-bruce-moskowitz-marc-sherman-shadow-rulers-of-the-va I hate the way that article is written. Everything is written in this shady conspiracy tone when most of this is banal government sausage making. Als...
by Painboy
03 Aug 2018, 12:58
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 863
Views: 58813

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

Highway wrote:
03 Aug 2018, 12:27
Yeah, "steampunk" has zilch to do with 70s-80s punk. Of course, I mostly just think it's tacking on brass-rimmed goggles and clockwork to things that don't have them.
Yeah as I understand it the term was originally a very tongue-in-cheek joke on the term cyberpunk.
by Painboy
01 Aug 2018, 16:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11875
Views: 671840

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

None of what you're saying has anything to do with people making an aesthetic judgement based on only a single criteria though. The problem with the line of criticism in the article and what Thoreau spoke of is that the opinion is actually a moral judgement and not an aesthetic one. It's like sayin...
by Painboy
01 Aug 2018, 13:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11875
Views: 671840

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

None of what you're saying has anything to do with people making an aesthetic judgement based on only a single criteria though. The problem with the line of criticism in the article and what Thoreau spoke of is that the opinion is actually a moral judgement and not an aesthetic one. It's like sayin...
by Painboy
31 Jul 2018, 22:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11875
Views: 671840

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

There are narrow windows and wide windows. A mono-interested aesthetic is an unsophisticated one. There are things you don't like until you think about them. There are things you don't like after you think about them but they made you think about a lot of stuff. There are things where there is only...
by Painboy
30 Jul 2018, 16:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11875
Views: 671840

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

thoreau wrote:
30 Jul 2018, 14:12
I like this take on "necessary" art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/08/maga ... ssary.html
Yeah that was a good article. I would also say it applies to necessary's close cousin "relevant."
by Painboy
30 Jul 2018, 12:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6540
Views: 198409

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/7xq4zz/massachusetts-senate-passes-resolution-to-do-in-depth-study-on-right-to-repair On July 25, the Massachusetts Senate approved a Resolution that would create a special commission that would research the feasibility of forcing device manufacturers to t...
by Painboy
30 Jul 2018, 10:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6540
Views: 198409

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/7xq4zz/massachusetts-senate-passes-resolution-to-do-in-depth-study-on-right-to-repair On July 25, the Massachusetts Senate approved a Resolution that would create a special commission that would research the feasibility of forcing device manufacturers to tr...
by Painboy
27 Jul 2018, 23:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 3933
Views: 130615

Re: When journalism goes bad

Well this is a big sack of dumb. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/07/24/across-globe-taxes-corporations-plummet/?utm_term=.9ae083c63af8 “Corporate taxes are going to die in 10 to 20 years at this rate,” Ludvig Wier, an economist at the University of Copenhagen and a co-author of the stud...
by Painboy
26 Jul 2018, 14:02
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1604
Views: 52066

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

But a non-trivial fraction of really expensive stuff either starts as an emergency or something close to it. How much comparison shopping will a person do when the family doc says "This is urgent, go see a specialist ASAP, and this good one that I know is available tomorrow"? I will also add that g...
by Painboy
22 Jul 2018, 00:07
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: This Life is Absurd
Replies: 117
Views: 6507

Re: This Life is Absurd

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