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by JD
21 Jun 2019, 10:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 927
Views: 48301

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

So am I the only person who doesn't quite see what the big deal is in this story? Protestors attempt to disrupt an event, and one of them gets frogmarched out by a minister. Everybody's going, "Ooh, he overreacted!" but if the cops or other security had been handling it, they probably would have do...
by JD
20 Jun 2019, 13:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Market Failure!
Replies: 2379
Views: 168127

Re: Market Failure!

The GE lightbulbs one reminds me a little of how Samsung recently reminded its customers to scan their smart TVs for malware, and then were all "uh, not that you should be worried about our smart TVs getting malware or anything".
by JD
20 Jun 2019, 13:21
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: tio's neato nature thread
Replies: 1136
Views: 68065

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Back in the late 1980s, an Inuit hunter killed three whales off the coast of Greenland. He was familiar with hunting narwhals and belugas, but the three he killed that day weren't quite like either. He kept one of the skulls. Fast forward some years, a scientist heard about the odd skull and asked t...
by JD
19 Jun 2019, 17:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1767
Views: 66920

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

I think that risk aversion, fear of variance, comfort with status quo collectively determine the paths of modern civilizations. I think this effect becomes dominant very soon after "i'm not worried about starving to death", and I think it portends the end of growth. It's one of my theories that peo...
by JD
19 Jun 2019, 11:09
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4273
Views: 182562

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

The last name "Buttigieg" is of Maltese origin, and comes from the Arabic "Abu d-dajāj", meaning "chicken owner".
by JD
13 Jun 2019, 15:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6781
Views: 242484

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Here's a completely incoherent bit of nonsense that was published in the Opinion section of the NY Times. The author starts by positing that we're going to have a post-scarcity economy in the future, then says that the only reason we have scarcity is capitalism, then says that the obvious way forwar...
by JD
07 Jun 2019, 13:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 305
Views: 5916

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

This seemed relevant: https://www.businessinsider.com/google-youtube-san-francisco-pride-ban-2019-6 tl;dr Some people want to ban Google from San Francisco's Pride Parade because YouTube didn't come down hard enough on a commentator who made racist and homophobic slurs against a journalist. This is ...
by JD
07 Jun 2019, 12:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 305
Views: 5916

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

Here is something similar , but how people actually die vs. how deaths are reported. That is an interesting discussion. I think it's wrongheaded because by the same logic, if you were to judge what people did by what was in the news, you would think the world was filled with senior management and n...
by JD
06 Jun 2019, 12:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9656
Views: 393591

Re: Petty annoyances

One of my Amazon orders has not arrived because the USPS is claiming that they could not access our building, period. This strikes me as highly unlikely. That will randomly happen to some of my Amazon orders with USPS or UPS, and it makes no sense, because I get something from Amazon about twice a ...
by JD
06 Jun 2019, 10:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9656
Views: 393591

Re: Petty annoyances

One of my Amazon orders has not arrived because the USPS is claiming that they could not access our building, period. This strikes me as highly unlikely.
by JD
02 Jun 2019, 19:22
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What's New at the Bijou?
Replies: 1095
Views: 69345

Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Saw John Wick 3: Parabellum today. It's OK. The directing is good, the acting is as good as you can expect, the fight choreography is good. The writing is about what you would expect for a John Wick film, and it's actually not bad when we get some real plot in the movie. The editing...I would like t...
by JD
29 May 2019, 17:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Masculinity, so fragile
Replies: 686
Views: 31869

Re: Masculinity, so fragile

Jennifer wrote:
29 May 2019, 16:53
Christopher "Crying Nazi" Cantwell, ranting about Pete Buttigieg (whom Cantwell makes a point of calling "Booty Judge")
Although that's actually not that far from the correct pronunciation, oddly enough:

by JD
29 May 2019, 16:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6781
Views: 242484

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Fuuuck. That is just some nightmarish stuff. And I'm sure all of the loyal servants of the State went home and slept peacefully, of course.
by JD
29 May 2019, 14:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6781
Views: 242484

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

The diversity kool-aid is amazing. You can claim that any and all great things will happen if you just take what you are doing and add diversity. Because women and minorities are so different from white and Asian men that they will completely modify the entire incentive structure rather than compet...
by JD
29 May 2019, 13:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 804
Views: 36267

Re: Putin on the Writs

Donations from $5,000,001 to $10,000,000 Nationale Postcode Loterij That just sounds like they got an email saying "DEAR CLINTON FOUNDATION, Congratulations! We happily announce to you the draw of the Nationale Postcode Loterij Sweepstake International programs held on the 27th of March, 2004 in th...
by JD
28 May 2019, 20:56
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Make School Hard Again
Replies: 40
Views: 1231

Re: Make School Hard Again

I was once asked what my GPA was at a job interview. But I think it was just the once. I had the same experience. And the interviewer seemed horrified and disbelieving that I didn't know it offhand, and in the post-interview conversation, the recruiter basically asked me if I were hiding something....
by JD
23 May 2019, 13:07
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 995
Views: 74466

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

My beef with the Dark Forest theory is that it presumes that advanced aliens have stuck to radio technology. We've likely only been able to detect and distinguish alien radio waves for less than 4 decades. Which means we could only detect aliens 40 light years away and that also assumes they haven'...
by JD
23 May 2019, 12:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12127
Views: 733161

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

An interesting exploration of why milk comes in plastic bags in many countries, but not in the US: https://thetakeout.com/why-does-canadian-milk-come-in-plastic-bags-1798259823 And as a bonus, it includes a useful talking point the next time somebody goes all ARGLE BLARGLE UNFETTERED NO-RULES CAPITA...
by JD
23 May 2019, 12:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 927
Views: 48301

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

On a related note, if you are a big international company, you should probably know better than to have two products whose names differ only by one letter, an R or an L. Yes, it's a stereotype, but it's also true.
by JD
22 May 2019, 20:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The "I'm a bad person for laughing at this" thread
Replies: 10
Views: 352

Re: The "I'm a bad person for laughing at this" thread

Yeah, pretty much what Highway said. Were they backed up? Yeah, maybe. Were they backed up in a useful way? Quite possibly not.
by JD
18 May 2019, 12:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: A thread for mocking politicians
Replies: 1119
Views: 69591

Re: A thread for mocking politicians

Bernie Sanders' big idea is to ban for-profit charter schools: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2019/05/17/bernie-sanders-ban-forprofit-charter-schools/3709607002/ Not-for-profit charter schools will apparently still be allowed to exist...under a set of conditions that basicall...
by JD
18 May 2019, 12:43
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Massive brawn to go with our massive brains
Replies: 480
Views: 27100

Re: Massive brawn to go with our massive brains

I have been doing these pushups when I go to the gym. (/brag Just don't ask me how many times a week I go...) Hopefully image loads for other people.

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by JD
17 May 2019, 15:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9656
Views: 393591

Re: Petty annoyances

When you order something from a company about 15 miles from where you live and it takes a tour of the whole region before it gets to you. I live in Brooklyn. I ordered something online, and was pleasantly surprised to see it was coming from Oakland, NJ, which is about 15 miles northwest of the city...
by JD
17 May 2019, 13:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1465
Views: 58180

Re: Inequality

Is it just me or is the whole "ha ha but not really" guillotine meme catching on lately? I wonder if any of these same people were upset about Sarah Palin's "crosshairs" ad. But the underlying stupidity of the cartoon is the idea that our problems are due to a specific identifiable group of Bad Guy...