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by D.A. Ridgely
Today, 17:10
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3556
Views: 262951

Re: Twitter!

Tom Bombadil was an essential bridge between The Hobbit and LotR, as the characters went from the child-like wonder of the Hobbit to the dark and high-stakes conflict of LotR. Just as The Scouring of the Shire was essential for the characters' homecoming. If Peter Jackson had done things right, he ...
by D.A. Ridgely
Today, 16:58
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Warren's Novelty Thread
Replies: 4
Views: 825

Re: Warren's Novelty Thread

[Groucho] You're writing a roman à clef? Am I in it? Answer the second question first. If the answer is no, forget the whole thing. [/Groucho]
by D.A. Ridgely
Yesterday, 22:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Revealed preferences time
Replies: 48
Views: 726

Re: Revealed preferences time

Would I take a 1 in 100,000 risk of dying in return for $100k? Probably not because $100k wouldn't affect my life all that much. Ooh, does that mean being down $100k wouldn't affect your life that much, either? I can give you my Venmo info if you want to find out for sure ... :lol: :lol: Marginal u...
by D.A. Ridgely
Yesterday, 19:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Revealed preferences time
Replies: 48
Views: 726

Re: Revealed preferences time

A problem that only affects one in a hundred thousand people isn't a real problem. The fuck it isn't By Google-Fu, it's roughly the same level of risk as being struck by lightning and twice as likely as dying in an airplane crash. I don't usually stand outside during thunderstorms, though I certain...
by D.A. Ridgely
Yesterday, 10:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Revealed preferences time
Replies: 48
Views: 726

Re: Revealed preferences time

Warren wrote:
Yesterday, 10:55
The way it's being rushed to market, I wouldn't be surprised if it's another Thalidomide situation.
If I give birth to babies with vaccine induced defects, so be it.
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Aug 2020, 23:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If you leave
Replies: 23
Views: 589

Re: If you leave

Yeah I think we want different things. I *want* to make a reasonable effort to go native, so I view a substantial U.S.-expat community to be a negative (plus lots of Americans means paying American prices). I don't necessarily want to be the *only* one but I want to be novel enough that locals will...
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Aug 2020, 18:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Revealed preferences time
Replies: 48
Views: 726

Re: Revealed preferences time

Relatively few people are gonna get to be vaccinated within the first thirty days anyway, probably. Not counting, assuming they want to be vaccinated, politicians and their families, the wealthy and their families, celebrities and their families and, oh yeah, maybe first responders (but not their f...
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Aug 2020, 17:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If you leave
Replies: 23
Views: 589

Re: If you leave

Costa Rica *is* pricey by Latin American standards, but you get a stable government and it has lots of gringos because gringos are welcome (well, so far). I consider that a feature, not a bug. A large Anglophone expat community means it's much more likely there will be markets catering to Anglo tast...
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Aug 2020, 14:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 726
Views: 66876

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

There is no movement. Based on what I've seen of its doings over the years, I'd cross the street to keep from encountering well over half of the membership of the LP. Someone should start a new libertarian party called something entirely meaningless and screen membership to weed out the obvious loons.
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Aug 2020, 14:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread
Replies: 408
Views: 52945

Re: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread

Do we have any reason to believe his former deputy wasn't a protege?
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Aug 2020, 14:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Revealed preferences time
Replies: 48
Views: 726

Re: Revealed preferences time

Day 1. If you can't trust Big Pharma, who can you trust?
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Aug 2020, 12:09
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1329
Views: 111925

Re: Star Trek Wankery

Saw the first episode of the "Lower Decks" cartoon. The idea has great potential, but so far it doesn't look like they'll live up to any of it. As Jeff said, "It's like they can't decide whether they want to be Rick and Morty or Futurama." I have next to zero interest in animated shows of that sort...
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Aug 2020, 12:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If you leave
Replies: 23
Views: 589

Re: If you leave

Saint Kitts and Nevis is having a citizenship sale until the end of the year. If you buy property, it's a pretty good deal. We're considering it. I like Costa Rica and Portugal, too. Luckily, language isn't much of a problem pretty much anywhere now for English speakers. For that matter, though we'd...
by D.A. Ridgely
07 Aug 2020, 15:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 4452
Views: 244457

Re: When journalism goes bad

theological issues inherent in assuming a practicing Catholic is "with God". Look, Jesus was Cath. I mean, he was raised by Jose and Maria. Jesus was a nice Jewish boy whose mother probably wished he'd gone into the Scribe or Pharisee business. FWIW, I think it's legitimate for one politician to cl...
by D.A. Ridgely
06 Aug 2020, 17:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Winnie the Pooh and Silk Road 2: The China Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 2479

Re: Winnie the Pooh and Silk Road 2: The China Thread

Well, the state already decides what we can and cannot do on the internet, which is why the deep web was created, but there will always be an arms race of sort in democratic nations between the state and its citizens. What no one so far has explained to me is why I should be more or even as concerne...
by D.A. Ridgely
05 Aug 2020, 21:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Speaking in tongues (the "learning languages" thread)
Replies: 249
Views: 32712

Re: Speaking in tongues (the "learning languages" thread)

I don't know about Latin, but life is too short to learn French reflexive verbs.
by D.A. Ridgely
03 Aug 2020, 17:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The past is a foreign country...
Replies: 121
Views: 16158

Re: The past is a foreign country...

I suspect we've done this before, but I was thinking earlier today about anachronistic phrases still in common English usage, e.g, roll down the car window or dial the phone. Did we make a list of these sorts of phrases somewhere?
by D.A. Ridgely
02 Aug 2020, 15:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Damn database problems
Replies: 448
Views: 113366

Re: Damn database problems

Any suggestions on how to get Tapatalk to believe this forum actually exists and that I'm a member of it?
by D.A. Ridgely
01 Aug 2020, 23:58
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: This is the thread for people who died, died.
Replies: 2686
Views: 198884

Re: This is the thread for people who died, died.

Wilford Brimley, who I am shocked to learn both wasn't already dead and was only 85. Okay, so 85's not young, but I thought that guy was in his 80s twenty years ago.
by D.A. Ridgely
01 Aug 2020, 20:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The past is a foreign country...
Replies: 121
Views: 16158

Re: The past is a foreign country...

Jadagul wrote:
01 Aug 2020, 19:59
Wood pulp process paper apparently only became common starting around 1840, so that makes sense.
Excelsior!
by D.A. Ridgely
31 Jul 2020, 19:34
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Home $weet Home
Replies: 2220
Views: 168207

Re: Home $weet Home

Ha! We just ordered a new oven for our rental house and, dammit, it's nicer than the one we have at home. Because we unfortunately have other priorities that have driven our housing decision, we've been stuck in houses without gas ranges for decades now and it sucks. I don't really give a shit about...
by D.A. Ridgely
31 Jul 2020, 14:11
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: This is the thread for people who died, died.
Replies: 2686
Views: 198884

Re: This is the thread for people who died, died.

v1.bjsyMTA5NjE7ajsxODQ5NzsxMjAwOzM2MDA7MjcwMA.jpeg Alan Parker. Midnight Express, The Wall, Mississippi Burning, Angel Heart, Fame... impressive body of work. Just a few weeks ago we took a look at the movie his obituaries all have in their headlines: Bugsy Malone. Only made it about 15 minutes. Ho...
by D.A. Ridgely
30 Jul 2020, 23:26
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you drinking?
Replies: 565
Views: 138203

Re: What are you drinking?

I struggle with remembering that the current closing time for liquor stores in my state is six. So, tonight is a Guinness night until I can pick up a good whiskey for sipping over the weekend tomorrow. Just wanted to say hello. Poke around, follow a few threads (probably best to only read the last ...
by D.A. Ridgely
30 Jul 2020, 21:37
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3556
Views: 262951

Re: Twitter!

I suggest mining for candidates in Wodehouse stories.