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by D.A. Ridgely
Yesterday, 13:10
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Thar's Silicon In Them Thar Hills - Westworld w/ spoilers
Replies: 14
Views: 303

Re: Thar's Silicon In Them Thar Hills - Westworld w/ spoilers

Ford rewrote their programming to make a coup happen. They aren't truly acting on free will. Presumably he also deleted fireblank.exe from the relevant directory. I think that's ambiguous in the case of Dolores, Maise and Bernard. They are far and away the most self-aware an I haven't seen any clea...
by D.A. Ridgely
20 May 2018, 22:21
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Worth a Thousand Lulz
Replies: 785
Views: 45913

Re: Worth a Thousand Lulz

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by D.A. Ridgely
20 May 2018, 15:54
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: To Infinity War and Beyond: the MCU Thread with Spoilers
Replies: 286
Views: 10939

Re: To Infinity War and Beyond: the MCU Thread with Spoilers

It took me a while to realize why I liked the first Deadpool movie better than Deadpool 2. The humor, starting with the credits, was fresh in the first movie and came as a welcome surprise to most movie fare. The second one was probably as well written, directed, etc., but it no longer surprised. Th...
by D.A. Ridgely
19 May 2018, 17:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5065
Views: 106826

Re: Orange is the new President

There's no little irony in the possibility that package delivery may end up being the service that saves an organization with a statutory monopoly on first class mail. (What actually constitutes "first class mail" is, by the way, an excellent example of the inanity of law.)
by D.A. Ridgely
19 May 2018, 17:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I just don't get it
Replies: 2763
Views: 79114

Re: I just don't get it

In absolute numbers, I suspect there are more wackaloon Americans than Brits when it comes to the Royals.
by D.A. Ridgely
18 May 2018, 10:24
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Thar's Silicon In Them Thar Hills - Westworld w/ spoilers
Replies: 14
Views: 303

Re: Thar's Silicon In Them Thar Hills - Westworld w/ spoilers

I'm just getting to the last episode of season 1. Am I supposed to have any idea what's going on yet in the Dolores storyline? Because I really, really don't. :lol: I don't recall how much of Dolores' story/stories were revealed by the end of Season One. Superficially, there was the dance hall girl...
by D.A. Ridgely
15 May 2018, 16:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5065
Views: 106826

Re: Orange is the new President

Jennifer wrote:
15 May 2018, 00:17
If my husband were Donald Trump, I'd rather spend a week in a military hospital than go straight home. Even if I were only being treated for a hangnail.
Walter Reed NMMC is to military hospitals what the Vatican is to roadside chapels.
by D.A. Ridgely
15 May 2018, 14:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11765
Views: 647179

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

JD wrote:
15 May 2018, 12:26
SCIENCE HAS CONCLUSIVELY PROVEN THAT TWO SPACES AFTER A PERIOD ARE SUPERIOR TO ONE. The wretched one-spacers will be ground into the dust and the two-spacers shall inherit the earth as God himself intended!
Hear! Hear!
by D.A. Ridgely
12 May 2018, 14:38
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: cars and how they get that way
Replies: 1297
Views: 42641

Re: cars and how they get that way

The reason is that the public is not buying cars. They buy trucks and little trucklets that have horrible space utilization. I'm not sure what you mean by a trucklet, but my son's CR-V is very practical for his particular needs and is a comfortable ride for four adults. Texans drive trucks because,...
by D.A. Ridgely
06 May 2018, 20:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Gentry from the block
Replies: 50
Views: 1737

Re: Gentry from the block

Houston's no-zoning is somewhat exaggerated; it does have things like parking minima and building setback requirements. It would be very illegal to build Manhattan-style there. But Houston is also a weird comparison because land isn't as scarce there as it is in much of the coast, and also it just ...
by D.A. Ridgely
05 May 2018, 14:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Gentry from the block
Replies: 50
Views: 1737

Re: Gentry from the block

Well, the height restrictions in D.C. are federal and limit building heights to 130 ft or the width of the adjacent street or avenue plus 20 feet. There are additional height restrictions relating to Reagan National Airport and the only way to change those would be to shut down the airport, somethi...
by D.A. Ridgely
05 May 2018, 14:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Gentry from the block
Replies: 50
Views: 1737

Re: Gentry from the block

Well, the height restrictions in D.C. are federal and limit building heights to 130 ft or the width of the adjacent street or avenue plus 20 feet. There are additional height restrictions relating to Reagan National Airport and the only way to change those would be to shut down the airport, somethin...
by D.A. Ridgely
04 May 2018, 18:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Gentry from the block
Replies: 50
Views: 1737

Re: Gentry from the block

That's the answer! Ghettoland! A Dollar Store gift shop, ATM's disguised as Title Loan stores, everything at bodega prices except free parking with a 50/50 chance of GTA.
by D.A. Ridgely
03 May 2018, 18:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9209
Views: 311138

Re: Petty annoyances

Kolohe wrote:
01 May 2018, 13:22
I thought he was going to England, not Italy?
Last I checked, England uses 220v / 50Hz current same as Continental Europe. The plugs may still be shaped differently, which is why most decent converters come with multiple plugs.

ETA: Oh, "When in Rome..." I get the joke now. Hilarious.
by D.A. Ridgely
01 May 2018, 13:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9209
Views: 311138

Re: Petty annoyances

I was in Irving TX when it happened. The city is going full bore on highway construction as if the Roman Army needed it all finished by next week so they could invade somewhere. So Irving is pretty much unchanged from 1994? Except there's more of it. Re: US v European electrical issues, better safe...
by D.A. Ridgely
30 Apr 2018, 13:46
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Women in Music
Replies: 75
Views: 1552

Re: Women in Music

BTW, when the topic of female jazz instrumentalists comes up the first one that comes to my mind is Candy Dulfer , but I admit she's also the only one. Then again, I spend very little time and attention on jazz. Alice Coltrane and Mary Lou Williams are the only two that spring to mind. It may be ev...
by D.A. Ridgely
30 Apr 2018, 13:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9209
Views: 311138

Re: Petty annoyances

About twenty miles away from home this morning I start to hear a scrapping or grinding sound from the undercarriage of the car. So I call AAA and they send out a guy with a flatbed tow truck and he finds a piece of re-bar wedged in not far from the radiator. Car seems okay when I back it out of the...
by D.A. Ridgely
29 Apr 2018, 19:06
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Video Games!
Replies: 2548
Views: 121249

Re: Video Games!

The fourth installment of the The Room series of games is out. They're all single player adventure/puzzle/escape games, but they stand out from the crowd for their beautiful graphics and clever, convoluted puzzles. Great time wasters on a flight, etc.
by D.A. Ridgely
29 Apr 2018, 15:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9209
Views: 311138

Re: Petty annoyances

About twenty miles away from home this morning I start to hear a scrapping or grinding sound from the undercarriage of the car. So I call AAA and they send out a guy with a flatbed tow truck and he finds a piece of re-bar wedged in not far from the radiator. Car seems okay when I back it out of the ...
by D.A. Ridgely
29 Apr 2018, 01:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5065
Views: 106826

Re: Orange is the new President

If Trump's erratic and unpredictable bellicosity was a factor in what turns out to be the end of the Korean War and a rapprochement that improves the lives of North Koreans, then I tip my hat to the man. After all, bear in mind that at this point Trump couldn't possible deserve the Nobel Peace Prize...
by D.A. Ridgely
28 Apr 2018, 22:24
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: To Infinity War and Beyond: the MCU Thread with Spoilers
Replies: 286
Views: 10939

Re: To Infinity War and Beyond: the MCU Thread with Spoilers

It was considerably better than I expected. And, yes, Thanos was a far better than average Marvel villain. But galactic overpopulation? Really? Why not just name him Malthusos?
by D.A. Ridgely
28 Apr 2018, 00:33
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2541
Views: 122962

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

There's a new Netflix documentary about Rachel Dolezal which, oddly enough, isn't in Black & White.
by D.A. Ridgely
24 Apr 2018, 16:08
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Women in Music
Replies: 75
Views: 1552

Re: Women in Music

but even when rock was at its zenith in popularity, it was the rare girl who wanted to be in a rock band, doubtlessly because those were rampantly more sexist times, but also because the motivation wasn't there. Singers, yeah. Drummers and guitarists, etc.? Not anywhere nearly as much. That said, I...
by D.A. Ridgely
24 Apr 2018, 15:15
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Women in Music
Replies: 75
Views: 1552

Re: Women in Music

Again, I urge you not overlook sex and concentrate on gender. Yeah, all the working musicians you know have some passion for it, probably to their economic detriment, though I can't say I've ever looked at a drummer and thought "now there's a promising prospect to become a CPA." I can tell you what ...