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by Jadagul
Yesterday, 17:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Fragments of an avotoast anthropology
Replies: 425
Views: 23888

Re: Fragments of an avotoast anthropology

How many "red metros" with populations of say 500k+ are there? Red versus blue tracks population density pretty closely. So on some level there aren't really any red metros. Red states are states where the metro areas are overwhelmed by the low-population areas. The usual question is how big the ci...
by Jadagul
16 Sep 2019, 20:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Our Friends, The House of Saud
Replies: 236
Views: 15553

Re: Our Friends, The House of Saud

Warren wrote:
16 Sep 2019, 19:49
JESUS FUCKING CHRIST.
No, they're just posing like him.
by Jadagul
16 Sep 2019, 17:32
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Sheer WTFery of Epstein
Replies: 131
Views: 3595

Re: The Sheer WTFery of Epstein

One of my Tumblr friends was like, "Stallman is old and says dumb things and has no idea how he comes across, and needs to shut up. And yet that Medium piece makes you sympathetic to Stallman."
by Jadagul
13 Sep 2019, 15:52
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 7929
Views: 309119

Re: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"

This land's not your land
This land is my land
It's not a you land
It's just an I land
by Jadagul
09 Sep 2019, 21:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Phrases of Irredeemable Stupifaction and Awfulness
Replies: 58
Views: 1418

Re: Phrases of Irredeemable Stupifaction and Awfulness

Most pedophiles probably aren't child molesters and most child molesters probably aren't pedophiles. (And I have _immense_ sympathy for all the pedophiles who never act on their desires, because that is not a great hand to be dealt.) I knew a person in exactly that situation. He knew he had the urg...
by Jadagul
09 Sep 2019, 20:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Phrases of Irredeemable Stupifaction and Awfulness
Replies: 58
Views: 1418

Re: Phrases of Irredeemable Stupifaction and Awfulness

Or because they target children because the children are there and vulnerable, not because they have a preferential attraction to them. Most pedophiles probably aren't child molesters and most child molesters probably aren't pedophiles. (And I have _immense_ sympathy for all the pedophiles who never...
by Jadagul
06 Sep 2019, 20:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Money for Nothing: the Universal Basic Income
Replies: 644
Views: 18420

Re: Money for Nothing: the Universal Basic Income

So using some simple numbers let's say everyone gets $10,000 a year for UBI. A fast food place offers an additional $5000 a year to work there. If a non-citizen wants to work there they're not getting the other $10,000 a citizen gets and the company isn't going to make that up. What am I missing he...
by Jadagul
06 Sep 2019, 20:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Money for Nothing: the Universal Basic Income
Replies: 644
Views: 18420

Re: Money for Nothing: the Universal Basic Income

So using some simple numbers let's say everyone gets $10,000 a year for UBI. A fast food place offers an additional $5000 a year to work there. If a non-citizen wants to work there they're not getting the other $10,000 a citizen gets and the company isn't going to make that up. What am I missing he...
by Jadagul
06 Sep 2019, 04:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6999
Views: 263790

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

BTW, I only read the first four and a half books. I dropped the fifth book when I realized I was further into the book than the entire first book was long, and Harry wasn't even back from summer vacation yet. IMO, at a certain point Rowling's editors kind of stopped doing their job. OTOH, Rowling i...
by Jadagul
04 Sep 2019, 06:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6999
Views: 263790

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Ron is explicitly stated to be the social glue that holds the trio together. It's true that he doesn't seem very good at it on camera, but that's the point of the book seven sequence where he's gone. But I agree he doesn't seem very nice in a lot of cases. Rowling is...not a very nice person. One of...
by Jadagul
03 Sep 2019, 23:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6999
Views: 263790

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Oh I definitely categorize people into houses mentally Like, I love him, but dubs is a Hufflepuff... Of course, one problem with it not all hanging together is that Rowling gets a bunch of the characters' houses wrong. Like wtf is Hermione doing anywhere other than Ravenclaw? The fanon houses are v...
by Jadagul
03 Sep 2019, 22:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6999
Views: 263790

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Oh I definitely categorize people into houses mentally Like, I love him, but dubs is a Hufflepuff... Of course, one problem with it not all hanging together is that Rowling gets a bunch of the characters' houses wrong. Like wtf is Hermione doing anywhere other than Ravenclaw? The fanon houses are v...
by Jadagul
03 Sep 2019, 20:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6999
Views: 263790

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Like, I really enjoyed the books. They were fun. And they've engendered a ton of really great fanfic. (I'm gonna recommend The Dogfather and Hermione Granger's Hogwarts Crammer for Delinquents on the Run if you're into that sort of thing.) But they do't actually hang together and I don't want to cat...
by Jadagul
03 Sep 2019, 19:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6999
Views: 263790

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Crazy Catholics have managed to catch up with crazy Protestants from over a decade ago. I noticed that. It just seemed strange to me that anyone was paying attention to Harry Potter anymore. They're still making books and movies about it. I keep meaning to look into it because every other geek I en...
by Jadagul
29 Aug 2019, 23:15
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread
Replies: 863
Views: 51341

Re: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread

"The atmosphere is thin, so it will be hard to engage in powered flight, so we should do lighter-than-air flight" cuts in the opposite direction from "The atmosphere is thin, so it will be hard to engage in lighter-than-air flight, so we should do powered flight."
by Jadagul
29 Aug 2019, 18:09
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread
Replies: 863
Views: 51341

Re: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread

If you're familiar with Robot Chicken, just imagine the nerd who exclaims "SO COOL!"; that's basically me right now: NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars. It'll be the first aircraft to fly on another planet That said, I'm almost surprised they didn't opt for some kind of lighter-than-air vehicle, ...
by Jadagul
28 Aug 2019, 17:42
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The "Historically Rich" game
Replies: 87
Views: 2372

Re: The "Historically Rich" game

Hell, I'm pretty sure dryer lint would be really useful for making paper, too.
by Jadagul
28 Aug 2019, 16:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 557
Views: 34371

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

Well yes, but the big industrial policy for China and India has been allowing international investment flowing to labor at efficient cost/productivity. Also, leaving HK alone for the most part. So, the story is at a minimum complicated until someone wants to attribute some Bernie type policy for th...
by Jadagul
25 Aug 2019, 20:46
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Home $weet Home
Replies: 2104
Views: 108433

Re: Home $weet Home

I'm slowly building a habit of actually cleaning shit and it's being really nice.
by Jadagul
22 Aug 2019, 21:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Words I Happen to Dislike
Replies: 529
Views: 27176

Re: Words I Happen to Dislike

I've only seen "stan" as positive.

I also thought (and a few friends I asked agreed with me) that it was just a shortening of "stand behind" or "stand up for".
by Jadagul
21 Aug 2019, 18:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: What time do you normally go to bed?
Replies: 22
Views: 353

Re: What time do you normally go to bed?

I can go to bed before midnight. I'm generally pretty sleepy around like 9 PM, especially if I've been pushing myself. But according to my body, this is a nap. I will wake up before 2 AM, ready to go, and get super tired again around 7 or 8 AM.
by Jadagul
21 Aug 2019, 00:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 995
Views: 62143

Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

My tumblr friends call this "distributed hypocrisy."

It is somewhat related to motte-and-bailey stuff, though.
by Jadagul
20 Aug 2019, 22:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: What time do you normally go to bed?
Replies: 22
Views: 353

Re: What time do you normally go to bed?

I said 1 am to 4 am, but that's not really accurate because I'm up past five on a regular basis.
by Jadagul
18 Aug 2019, 21:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 4145
Views: 173150

Re: When journalism goes bad

I will admit that I haven’t read anything from the NYT 1619 Project, but I am interested. The weird thing is how many people whose job it is to read and critique these sorts of things have the vapors about it and haven’t read a single word of it. Like criticism of it would be understandable if you ...
by Jadagul
14 Aug 2019, 05:50
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2740
Views: 145590

Re: Twitter!

I remember reading an analysis that that graph is not quite accurate, so it's probably only like 40-50% who average less than a drink a week. (The graph maker did some imputation from two incommensurable sets of statistics--something like drawing the low end of the table from self-report, and attrib...