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by D.A. Ridgely
Yesterday, 20:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1872
Views: 82647

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

I think the doc compensation problem is the biggest problem, followed by nobody actually wanting to pay for it, followed by people being happy with employer plans and the choices therein. People have expectations that emerge from their experiences. Large sudden expectation gaps on “what is your lif...
by D.A. Ridgely
Yesterday, 19:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Dancing With the Dems
Replies: 378
Views: 14507

Re: Dancing With the Dems

Number 6 wrote:
Yesterday, 17:26

*Baroque music is gorgeous. Fight me.
Baroque music generally doesn't move me emotionally. It's fine with me if other people like it. Take that!
by D.A. Ridgely
Yesterday, 18:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1872
Views: 82647

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

I'm not especially worried about the prospect of a shortage of doctors. The supply of qualified prospective medical students is far greater than the 'demand'; physicians have done a much better job of arbitrarily keeping their numbers well below what they'd be in some sort of market equilibrium and ...
by D.A. Ridgely
Yesterday, 11:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Dancing With the Dems
Replies: 378
Views: 14507

Re: Dancing With the Dems

I'll give voice to the Problem That Dare Not Speak It's Name and just say that America is probably not ready for a homosexual president. Even if that were not so, Buttigieg is too young and doesn't have the enthusiastic support of African Americans. Yes, at one level, being the chief executive of a ...
by D.A. Ridgely
17 Nov 2019, 14:13
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2825
Views: 183013

Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Basically, all Tom Clancy novels are even more puerile than Ian Fleming novels but with the added attraction of Army Field Manuals reprinted verbatim for filler.
by D.A. Ridgely
16 Nov 2019, 23:37
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: cars and how they get that way
Replies: 1408
Views: 63773

Re: cars and how they get that way

I got to drive a friend's Miata today. Holy shit was that thing fun. Definitely not big enough for someone my height and with my leg length, but that just added to the experience. I'm barely short enough, but you should try one after it's been supercharged. (No, mine hasn't yet, but I've driven one...
by D.A. Ridgely
16 Nov 2019, 23:31
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Music for the Masses
Replies: 1286
Views: 110429

Re: Music for the Masses

There are several musical instruments I do not like under any circumstances. Don't bother asking me why, I just don't. Tubas, trombones, pipe organs and bagpipes all make the list. Yes, even during or maybe especially during funerals in the last case. There are probably others; I just can't think o...
by D.A. Ridgely
16 Nov 2019, 23:29
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: 2015: SEC football is the only real football.
Replies: 109
Views: 8036

Re: 2015: SEC football is the only real football.

Andrew wrote:
16 Nov 2019, 21:58
I watched the Auburn-Georgia game today, and both teams had at least 5 offensive players and several defensive players who were 6'2" to 6'4" and 330 pounds. Where are the breeding tanks for these mutants?
I'm sure they're all academic all-stars, too.
by D.A. Ridgely
16 Nov 2019, 15:36
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Antivaxxers
Replies: 192
Views: 16596

Re: Antivaxxers

Strong proponent of vaccination though I am, I don't believe infants under the age of 15 months can receive chicken pox vaccinations and that best practices are keeping infants away from possibly infected people. Bear in mind that we didn't even have a chicken pox vaccine until fairly recently. My ...
by D.A. Ridgely
16 Nov 2019, 12:57
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Music for the Masses
Replies: 1286
Views: 110429

Re: Music for the Masses

Don't like guitars in jazz :shock: Dude. What sins are you punishing yourself for? Team DAR. Don't get me wrong. Back in the 80s when Sandy was at USC* in the music program, I managed to get to see a lot of great performers who'd come through. I've seen some good guitarists, including once when Buc...
by D.A. Ridgely
15 Nov 2019, 19:32
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2997
Views: 164549

Re: Twitter!

Meh. YA fiction is, by my reckoning, still a fairly recent phenomenon and, as such, will just have to struggle for acceptance as genre fiction like every other genre fiction category has. Heinlein wrote explicitly juvenile fiction for years along with his novels and stories written for, let's face i...
by D.A. Ridgely
15 Nov 2019, 02:31
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2997
Views: 164549

Re: Twitter!

So, jumping into the actual topic, so far we've established that Eric is a terrible, terrible person, that there's a recent college grad somewhere in northern flyover territory who suggested (correctly) that YA novels are "okay for girls" or some such, that pre-op Anthony Weiner then complained (can...
by D.A. Ridgely
15 Nov 2019, 00:00
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2997
Views: 164549

Re: Twitter!

I don't think DAR was saying the authors were suffering. I read him as making almost the opposite point; it's pretty plausible that they're millionaires, because after inflation "millionaire" means "pretty successful", not "fabulously wealthy." It puts you just barely shy of the top ten percent. No...
by D.A. Ridgely
14 Nov 2019, 23:49
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2997
Views: 164549

Re: Twitter!

Hugh Akston wrote:
14 Nov 2019, 23:26

That South Dakota college student should stop punching down on those poor best-selling authors who can't even afford a decent penthouse overlooking Central Park.
Damn straight. First think he should do is get the hell out of South Dakota.
by D.A. Ridgely
14 Nov 2019, 22:14
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2997
Views: 164549

Re: Twitter!

I wish people would stop pretending that having a million dollars worth of assets makes one rich. Not even close. Damn, though, I'd like to be that class of poor! Yeah, well, I'm not saying people in "that class of poor" are eating much cat food, but they're not driving Lamborghinis and eating at d...
by D.A. Ridgely
14 Nov 2019, 20:57
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2997
Views: 164549

Re: Twitter!

So what's the business about the committee? A point of fact, given the Vast Power of Teh Authorz via Twitterz is an issue: Millionaire best-selling novelist Sarah Dessen Millionaire best-selling novelist Jodi Picoult Are either of these women actually millionaires? (The "best-selling" seems to be t...
by D.A. Ridgely
14 Nov 2019, 17:56
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2997
Views: 164549

Re: Twitter!

Wait! What? Anthony Weiner had a sex-change operation and is now writing novels?
by D.A. Ridgely
13 Nov 2019, 22:21
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 5852
Views: 293985

Re: Light laffs

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by D.A. Ridgely
13 Nov 2019, 14:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Antivaxxers
Replies: 192
Views: 16596

Re: Antivaxxers

Strong proponent of vaccination though I am, I don't believe infants under the age of 15 months can receive chicken pox vaccinations and that best practices are keeping infants away from possibly infected people. Bear in mind that we didn't even have a chicken pox vaccine until fairly recently. My w...
by D.A. Ridgely
12 Nov 2019, 15:26
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Music for the Masses
Replies: 1286
Views: 110429

Re: Music for the Masses

I like good jazz piano, e.g., Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, and I like most classical piano though I'd have to say that I prefer strings for chamber music. I don't much care for guitars in jazz or for too much brass of any sort in rock. I don't like the accordion unless it's Weird Al or I'm sitting i...
by D.A. Ridgely
09 Nov 2019, 16:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)
Replies: 242
Views: 7547

Re: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)

Shem wrote:
09 Nov 2019, 15:31
dead_elvis wrote:
09 Nov 2019, 13:36
dhex wrote:
09 Nov 2019, 12:49
Is Bolton gonna stick the knife in or is this more wapo fever dreams?
His schtick of “I know something but I’m not telling” comes across like he’s trolling both sides just to be a dick to everybody.
He's got a book deal.
And his mustache has the movie rights.
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Nov 2019, 13:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12316
Views: 789422

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

The Prado in Madrid may have the highest percentage of works of art I've felt seeing in person was vastly more impressive. Their collection of Bosch, El Greco, Rubens, Titian and Diego Velázquez are all exquisite. That said, where one grew up and how much one was exposed to art gallery masterpieces ...
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Nov 2019, 12:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come
Replies: 827
Views: 54348

Re: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come

Montreal is definitely the most English-speaking part of Quebec. Because it has a major English-speaking university, hosts an international jazz and international comedy festival and because, truth be told, Francophone Quebecois don't hate English speakers, they hate English speaking Canadians. But...
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Nov 2019, 02:17
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Dreams (not those crushed by the weight of unfulfilled life)
Replies: 567
Views: 63729

Re: Dreams (not those crushed by the weight of unfulfilled life)

Ceteris Paribus I think I'd rather talk to Eliot Gould. After all he was in the Long Goodbye and Capricorn One and Ocean's Eleven , and he never ate a dog. Probably. Eh? You must be thinking of Henry Silva. Eliot Gould was in M*A*S*H and Bob & Carol and Ted & Alice . Gould was in the remake of Ocea...