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by JD
Yesterday, 14:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Groping Resistance - Pfft.
Replies: 1061
Views: 32709

Re: Groping Resistance - Pfft.

Here's an infuriating story about TSA getting all "respect muh authority" on a guy: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story ... ate-219347
by JD
Yesterday, 13:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I just don't get it
Replies: 2815
Views: 89956

Re: I just don't get it

So am I the only person in the world who finds Sacha Baron Cohen's shtick repetitive, stupid, and neither funny nor enlightening? I feel like it, sometimes.
by JD
11 Aug 2018, 17:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Speaking in tongues (the "learning languages" thread)
Replies: 139
Views: 11050

Re: Speaking in tongues (the "learning languages" thread)

So far I can say that Korean is definitely tougher than Spanish or French. I haven't really gotten into much of the grammar, but the phonology is just very different from English. The romanization is kind of iffy because of that. Something written like "jjeu" ends up being pronounced more like "dzuh...
by JD
09 Aug 2018, 14:12
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 7721
Views: 253429

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

Last night I watched Lady Street Fighter , not to be confused with Sister Street Fighter the kung fu movie. All I can say is that if you love terrible B movies, you have to hunt down LSF ( now available on Blu-ray, no really ). It is howlingly incoherent and nonsensical, like Red Zone Cuba/Night Tra...
by JD
08 Aug 2018, 13:57
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 863
Views: 58766

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

I can only see the lede of this article because the rest is hidden behind a subscription paywall, but: "Sound waves are a form of antigravity because they have negative mass.": I'd love to read more about that, because technically speaking, soundwaves are not so much a thing as they are a property ...
by JD
08 Aug 2018, 13:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Towing the Lion
Replies: 1861
Views: 106087

Re: Towing the Lion

Towing el león : "Bendo una guitara agustica" (rough translation: "I am saling an agoustic gitar") See, stuff like this is why I raise an eyebrow when speakers of other languages insist that their language and orthography are completely rational. The only word this person got right was "una". (It sh...
by JD
07 Aug 2018, 13:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6540
Views: 198031

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

I don't know where to put this story, but it's infuriating. And nothing really new, unfortunately.
Captive Audience: How Companies Make Millions Charging Prisoners to Send An Email
by JD
06 Aug 2018, 13:13
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 863
Views: 58766

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

On a somewhat related note, a friend and I were talking about batteries and energy density this weekend, noting that the energy density of batteries is quite low compared to, say, gasoline. A gasoline-powered cell phone would be hilariously awesome, and it made me think that a great dieselpunk proje...
by JD
06 Aug 2018, 12:59
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 863
Views: 58766

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

Heck, depending on your budget and taste for labor, you can get a real pressure gauge for about $10, relic it with some paint, and gimmick it so the needle is stuck wherever you want it to be.
by JD
06 Aug 2018, 12:52
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What's New at the Bijou?
Replies: 1064
Views: 59308

Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Saw Blindspotting yesterday. It's really damn good, and one of those films that makes you uncomfortable watching it because you constantly have the feeling that something terrible is about to happen. But it also balances that with some really funny parts ("In my defense, who knew hipsters were that ...
by JD
02 Aug 2018, 13:46
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2108
Views: 82816

Re: Twitter!

There's a case to be made that if employment was completely decoupled from health care, both businesses and employees (and potential businesses and potential employees) would be a lot better off. This has been one of my main points for a long time. Over the last century or so, the federal governmen...
by JD
02 Aug 2018, 13:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Money for Nothing: the Universal Basic Income
Replies: 527
Views: 9052

Re: Money for Nothing: the Universal Basic Income

Ontario has scrapped its experimental UBI program. Not a lot of details, just
MacLeod said program was "not doing what it's intended to do and it's quite expensive." She did not elaborate further.
by JD
31 Jul 2018, 14:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9325
Views: 330344

Re: Petty annoyances

I have had to increase the text size on my cell phone. THERE, ARE YOU HAPPY NOW, AGING? I HAVE A LARGE-PRINT CELLPHONE NOW. PLEASED WITH YOURSELF, AGING?
by JD
31 Jul 2018, 10:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9325
Views: 330344

Re: Petty annoyances

People who create flashcard decks for words in gendered languages and don't bother to indicate the gender of the word. It would help not to say things like "I would like to eat the Pope", you know?
by JD
30 Jul 2018, 15:59
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Fly the Friendly Skies...
Replies: 295
Views: 19293

Re: Fly the Friendly Skies...

The TSA has launched a program called "Quiet Skies", which tracks specific air travelers because...well, I'm not sure why, actually. The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is facing criticism for secretly tracking Americans on flights, US media report. The "Quiet Skies" programme repor...
by JD
30 Jul 2018, 15:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 3933
Views: 130195

Re: When journalism goes bad

"Hello, Mr. George Foreman, Mr. George Foreman, Mr. George Foreman, Mr. George Foreman, Mr. George Foreman, Mr. George Foreman, and Ms. Georgette Foreman."
by JD
30 Jul 2018, 12:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11874
Views: 671237

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

On the topic of involved crime stories: Back in the 1990s, the McDonalds' Monopoly game was virtually impossible to win, because the management of the prize-marketing firm was systematically rigging the game by removing the high-value pieces and selling them to acquaintances . The story might have g...
by JD
27 Jul 2018, 17:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5687
Views: 132310

Re: Orange is the new President

No wonder he likes Kim Jong Un so much; they think the same way about autarky. Actually, even North Korea seems to recognize the importance of trade these days, come to think of it, which puts us one down on them...
by JD
27 Jul 2018, 15:13
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2108
Views: 82816

Re: Twitter!

I usually hate Twitter, but the GermanQuatsch one is pretty cool; it's all about German idioms and wordplay. ("Quatsch" means "nonsense", BTW)
by JD
27 Jul 2018, 14:46
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Good Cover Versions
Replies: 158
Views: 12543

Re: Good Cover Versions

Nice. Eddie Hazel was definitely one of the greats.
by JD
27 Jul 2018, 12:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 884
Views: 34328

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

dhex wrote:
27 Jul 2018, 10:47
How are the brit press covering trump? I'm hoping for snide dickery.
Isn't that how the British press covers everything all the time?
by JD
26 Jul 2018, 16:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1604
Views: 51732

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

In a way, medical costs are like the Uber economy: Because your choices are often limited at the time, you have little opportunity to negotiate. The one advantage insurers ought to have - ability to average demand over many individual purchases - doesn't seem to work in the US. In countries with si...
by JD
26 Jul 2018, 14:45
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: cars and how they get that way
Replies: 1340
Views: 45627

Re: cars and how they get that way

In particular I live at the border of civilization where country drivers need to do impossible things like getting up to highway speed before merging from an on ramp. Ugh. We have a few on-ramps here in NYC where the signage idiotically insists you come to a full stop right before entering the high...
by JD
26 Jul 2018, 14:15
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 3933
Views: 130195

Re: When journalism goes bad

I've never seen a fireball quite as intense as the one Warren describes, but I have seen one or two - not just the usual "a short, quick line of light", but something with actual apparent diameter to it. Interesting factoid: Several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude occur in the Earth’s atmosph...