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by JD
17 Jan 2020, 16:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Dancing With the Dems
Replies: 591
Views: 25429

Re: Dancing With the Dems

I also oppose it because I think that people who have committed heinous crimes should die in prison. I think that is how we give them the maximum, maximum punishment that we can: keep them in prison for all of their days. This is also really weird because if she prefers life imprisonment over the d...
by JD
17 Jan 2020, 14:24
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Portable Techno-Capitalism
Replies: 578
Views: 38248

Re: Portable Techno-Capitalism

After a year of giving 4 brands a try, I'm done with bluetooth earbuds. They are worse in every way. They range from profoundly to somewhat uncomfortable. The mechanisms for keeping them in ears fall off. They are too heavy. The sound is worse. The cost is higher. The $20 Sony wired in ear buds sou...
by JD
17 Jan 2020, 14:13
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3165
Views: 185564

Re: Twitter!

You have to click through to see the first tweet in the thread but I think you basically get the idea Spoons and ditch digging for all! Yeah, when the guy said "Watch as two engineers put hundreds of thousands of people out of work worldwide!" my thought was, "So are you against mechanical elevator...
by JD
16 Jan 2020, 12:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Setec Astronomy
Replies: 1440
Views: 77692

Re: Setec Astronomy

Aussie ex-pat will ‘never return’ after digital strip search reveals sex tapes Callan said he’d been selected for a random bag check. He handed over his bags and answered a few questions when a female customs officer appeared and took his phone and told him to”surrender any digital devices and to w...
by JD
15 Jan 2020, 10:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Dancing With the Dems
Replies: 591
Views: 25429

Re: Dancing With the Dems

Mike Bloomberg's official Twitter account began posting increasingly bizarre stuff, and nobody is quite sure why. Some kind of weird effort to be funny or edgy? Who knows? https://twitter.com/Mike2020/status/1217260948651724805 https://twitter.com/Mike2020/status/1217278758941601792 https://twitter...
by JD
14 Jan 2020, 18:00
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4387
Views: 221508

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

A calque is when a term from one language is adopted into another by translating the individual words, like "marche aux puces" -> "flea market", or "skyscraper" -> "rascacielos". But something I was not familiar with is phono-semantic matching , in which both the term's meaning and its phonology fro...
by JD
14 Jan 2020, 14:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8859
Views: 342170

Re: Observations of the Random sort

The Burj Khalifa is so tall that sunset is several minutes later on the higher floors than it is at ground level. This has caused clerics to recommend that people living on higher floors wait several extra minutes before breaking their fast on Ramadan. (Also, suck on that, flat earthers.)
by JD
14 Jan 2020, 12:08
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2891
Views: 195221

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

Watched the first episode of Stephen King's The Outsider. While it is apparently not considered to be one of his best novels, so far I'm enjoying the TV series. So far it's mysterious without being all "vampires!" or "ancient space turtles!" (which could change, of course), and people act like peopl...
by JD
14 Jan 2020, 10:47
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Portable Techno-Capitalism
Replies: 578
Views: 38248

Re: Portable Techno-Capitalism

Aren't power outlets regulated? They are, I think, although standards actually solidified through industry agreements and market forces. Despite Hubbell's objections, other manufacturers adopted the Hubbell pattern (omitting Hubbell's detents as these did not affect interchangeability) and by 1915 ...
by JD
14 Jan 2020, 08:47
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Portable Techno-Capitalism
Replies: 578
Views: 38248

Re: Portable Techno-Capitalism

European regulators want to order all phones to have the same charging port, because that's the kind of pressing human rights issue we form a government to deal with. soooooooo alt-history where this is implemented before USB-C and see what a shitshow mandating micro-USB would be once the Europeans...
by JD
13 Jan 2020, 17:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12387
Views: 812473

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

An unexpectedly interesting piece about how the bagel bakers' union confronted the mob: https://www.grubstreet.com/2020/01/bagel-mafia-wars-local-338-union.html The union was extremely insular, extremely well-organized, and extremely resistant to change, which helped them stand up to the Mafia, but ...
by JD
13 Jan 2020, 12:42
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: I don't wanna see that!!!!
Replies: 2585
Views: 119024

Re: I don't wanna see that!!!!

Last night I was talking to a friend who'd seen Cats, and she (like pretty much everybody else on the planet) described it as horrendously bad, in a "how did anyone ever think this was going to watchable" way. Not quite "uncensored cut of Eyes Wide Shut", but just absolutely everything about it bein...
by JD
12 Jan 2020, 09:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12387
Views: 812473

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

www.monoclemadnessshop.com
Warren's favorite internet shopping site, I assume.
by JD
12 Jan 2020, 09:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Nippon
Replies: 197
Views: 17565

Re: Nippon

McDonald's Japan, failing to run anything by a native English speaker, has introduced a dessert they're calling the "adult cream pie". The commercial features two women, one asking if it's as delicious as it sounds and the other promising her how much she will enjoy eating it.
by JD
10 Jan 2020, 12:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9875
Views: 471371

Re: Petty annoyances

Microwaved leftovers, and when you end up with ice crystals about 1mm away from another part of your food that is as hot as the surface of the sun.
by JD
10 Jan 2020, 10:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12387
Views: 812473

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

A firefighter's approach to drop bars and breaching doors reinforced with them: https://ironsandladders.com/tag/drop-bars/
by JD
10 Jan 2020, 10:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Dancing With the Dems
Replies: 591
Views: 25429

Re: Dancing With the Dems

Mo wrote:
10 Jan 2020, 09:37
I am loathe to say that he would get destroyed. Last person that I thought would get destroyed is residing in 1600 Pennsylvania right now.
I can't argue with that. I was wrong the last time too.
by JD
10 Jan 2020, 07:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Dancing With the Dems
Replies: 591
Views: 25429

Re: Dancing With the Dems

I'm hearing noises that it might actually end up being Sanders. This may be partly my own biases, but I feel like Sanders would get destroyed in the general election.
by JD
09 Jan 2020, 14:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40799

Re: Iran (so far away)

Speaking of Iran and culture, I ran across this story: In 2018, a Chinese musician visiting Iran was involuntarily en-hijab-ed during a performance. Iran is one of the only countries in the world that enforced the hijab on non-Muslims and non-citizens. For an interesting historical comparison, On 8 ...
by JD
09 Jan 2020, 12:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 7103
Views: 290466

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

California's response to high medical costs is to go into state-run businesses: SACRAMENTO — California would become the first state to sell its own brand of generic prescription drugs in an effort to drive down rising healthcare costs under a proposal Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to unveil in his ...
by JD
09 Jan 2020, 10:44
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: On the modern electric guitar
Replies: 290
Views: 39275

Re: On the modern electric guitar

Tried a Fender Precision Lyte bass at a used-gear store the other day and really liked it, except for the finish, which was a kind of muddy "amber-burst" with no flame. P/J pickups, J-style neck (or even thinner, maybe), and a body like a slightly reduced P body. I might go for it except for the co...
by JD
08 Jan 2020, 17:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The F Word
Replies: 788
Views: 37550

Re: The F Word

So Virginia might actually ratify the ERA. This is setting off a huge kerfuffle, because there's been all kinds of weirdness around the ratification of the amendment. Four states ratified the amendment, then subsequently rescinded their ratification. In one case the governor vetoed the rescission o...
by JD
08 Jan 2020, 12:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Does Elon's Musk stink?
Replies: 361
Views: 33391

Re: Does Elon's Musk stink?

I was reading a bit about Starlink (SpaceX's satellite internet service) and ran across this: ... internal documents leaked in February 2017 indicated that SpaceX expected more than US$30 billion in revenue by 2025 from its satellite constellation... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starlink_(satellite...
by JD
08 Jan 2020, 12:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9875
Views: 471371

Re: Petty annoyances

Warren wrote:
07 Jan 2020, 22:29
They're on Craigslist, yeah
I had never heard this one before! Thank you for posting it.