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by JD
Yesterday, 18:34
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3086
Views: 171523

Re: Twitter!

I think I saw a grocery divider in the new Wonder Woman trailer. Man that took me back. What do you do, just stand there until the person before you is fully checked out? Self-check son For some reason we have those around here for hardware stores but not supermarkets. I'm not a big fan of them any...
by JD
Yesterday, 11:49
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Favorite and/or most hated Christmas movie and song
Replies: 38
Views: 1535

Re: Favorite and/or most hated Christmas movie and song

the sentimentalist in me never ceases to be moved by It's A Wonderful Life I know I've mentioned before that Pottersville seems to have a much more active economy and downtown area than Bedford Falls does. I like Scrooged , and A Christmas Carol in general, and I like watching Love Actually in a ve...
by JD
Yesterday, 11:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Masculinity, so fragile
Replies: 772
Views: 46892

Re: Masculinity, so fragile

Jennifer wrote:
Yesterday, 09:46
People in prison for looking at sexy pictures cannot be free either, I'm thinking.
"We had to enslave the people in order to free them!"
by JD
Yesterday, 10:29
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2828
Views: 185921

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

Tried watching the first episode of Reprisal . The best way I can describe it is that it's like someone said, "Hey, what if Robert Rodriguez directed a mashup of Sons of Anarchy and Mad Men ?" but didn't really have any idea how to write it very well. It looks good and it's mildly entertaining, but ...
by JD
Yesterday, 09:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1898
Views: 85091

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

A report from the socialist hellhole that is Finland. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/07/opinion/sunday/finland-socialism-capitalism.html You know, both socialism and its opponents have done great violence to language. The socialists point to something they like and call it "socialism", and the ant...
by JD
07 Dec 2019, 14:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7177
Views: 294206

Re: Orange is the new President

This gallup poll makes me think trump might win pretty hard. https://news.gallup.com/poll/1675/Most-Important-Problem.aspx?g_source=link_newsv9&g_campaign=item_262439&g_medium=copy Top mention for Most Important Problem goes to "The Government / Poor Leadership", which you can take as a strong neve...
by JD
06 Dec 2019, 13:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I just don't get it
Replies: 3012
Views: 125715

Re: I just don't get it

What is so offensive about the Peloton bike ad? It's an ad about attractive, comfortable people buying an expensive piece of exercise equipment. Is this something new? As far as I can tell it's mostly EVERYTHING MUST BE OUTRAGE ALL THE TIME OR IT'S NOT WORTH MENTIONING. Man buys exercise equipment ...
by JD
05 Dec 2019, 19:25
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 5868
Views: 298648

Re: Light laffs

Had a feeling Ellie would get a laugh out of this.
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by JD
05 Dec 2019, 16:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12326
Views: 796150

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

A fascinating and sad story of just how screwed up the criminal justice system is, especially in New Orleans.
https://magazine.atavist.com/your-honor ... hole-story
by JD
05 Dec 2019, 13:36
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread
Replies: 889
Views: 55745

Re: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread

Biologist manages to reproduce results that had been published in a paper 100 years ago and subsequently dismissed, showing that even single-celled organisms display more complex behavior than usually thought: https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/single-celled-organism-appears-to-make-decision...
by JD
04 Dec 2019, 19:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1898
Views: 85091

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

(moving this stuff to here) The long trend, completely toxic in my view, is to try to sweep more and more things under insurance so people don't have to have any savings. To be fair, though: given the ridiculous (and often arbitrary) sums of money people get charged for healthcare, "savings" is usel...
by JD
04 Dec 2019, 13:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12326
Views: 796150

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

A paper on the history of Blue Cross/Blue Shield and health coverage in general in the US: https://advocacy.consumerreports.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/yourhealthdollar.org_blue-cross-history-compilation.pdf No author is listed, unfortunately. The filename implies something about "yourhealthdolla...
by JD
04 Dec 2019, 11:06
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Food
Replies: 4886
Views: 264235

Re: Food

JasonL wrote:
04 Dec 2019, 09:50
green parts of scallions are in general the same as parsley
Sorry, can you explain that a little more fully? In my experience, green scallions are not much like parsley at all, but maybe I'm misinterpreting you.
by JD
04 Dec 2019, 10:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come
Replies: 845
Views: 56558

Re: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come

This is horrifying and jaw-dropping: A New Yorker who gained US citizenship as a child is suddenly facing deportation, along with several green card-holding members of his family, after apparent targeting by the Trump administration in what the family believes is a clear case of anti-Muslim bias. No...
by JD
03 Dec 2019, 14:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Dancing With the Dems
Replies: 484
Views: 17224

Re: Dancing With the Dems

Not sure what logic "her turn" applies to Warren. Their turn applies to Biden and Bernie, but with the exception of HRC last year, Dems don't do their turn for non-winning VP candidates the same way Republicans consistently have (Trump being the notable exception). Maybe not VP candidates per se, b...
by JD
03 Dec 2019, 11:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1898
Views: 85091

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

@tcburkejr: "If you don’t think the VA is actively underfunded in order to show that single payer healthcare wouldn’t work in this country I have a bridge to sell you" I ... don't think that? -Ellie It's like the Snidely Whiplash view of politics: if something is bad, it must be because someone is ...
by JD
03 Dec 2019, 10:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Antivaxxers
Replies: 197
Views: 17247

Re: Antivaxxers

Samoan Government To Close Its Offices Amid Measles Crisis That Has Left 53 Dead

But hey, at least they didn't suffer any side effects of vaccines. (Apparently two infants died last year because of improperly prepared vaccines, so vaccinations rates crashed. Now 53 people are dead instead.)
by JD
03 Dec 2019, 08:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Dancing With the Dems
Replies: 484
Views: 17224

Re: Dancing With the Dems

Not sure what logic "her turn" applies to Warren. Their turn applies to Biden and Bernie, but with the exception of HRC last year, Dems don't do their turn for non-winning VP candidates the same way Republicans consistently have (Trump being the notable exception). Maybe not VP candidates per se, b...
by JD
02 Dec 2019, 14:42
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The Lust to Acquire
Replies: 1484
Views: 91165

Re: The Lust to Acquire

Not one, but two cool and moderately uncommon Fender basses have shown up on the local Craigslist for really good prices, like 2/3 of what they normally go for. Of course I have no real justification for either one.
by JD
02 Dec 2019, 10:12
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2828
Views: 185921

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

Episode 6 of Watchmen ("This Extraordinary Being") was pretty damn good, though, as it finally does begin to explain some stuff (partly through a bit of a ridiculous mechanism, but oh well) in a really powerful way.
by JD
02 Dec 2019, 10:03
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 5868
Views: 298648

Re: Light laffs

by JD
27 Nov 2019, 13:38
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3086
Views: 171523

Re: Twitter!

One way to think about this is lets say it's not one pill that nullifies consciousness in toto all at once, but a series of switches that can be engaged in sequence that remove elements of consciousness. Say the first one deactivates awareness of pain only. You put your hand on the stove and it reg...
by JD
27 Nov 2019, 12:36
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3086
Views: 171523

Re: Twitter!

I think there's definitely a difference between memories and experiences: if I remember my grandmother's face, no photons that bounced off her face are currently impacting my retinas, causing signals to flow through my optic nerve and into my visual cortex etc. But once the experience is in your me...
by JD
27 Nov 2019, 11:45
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3086
Views: 171523

Re: Twitter!

As far as what you're saying here--there definitely seems to me to be a difference between memories and experiences as they happen, for example, in real life you can have a false memory of something that you didn't experience, even though you think you remember yourself experiencing it. That is not...
by JD
27 Nov 2019, 11:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the GOP? (post-Trump edition)
Replies: 176
Views: 12078

Re: Whither the GOP? (post-Trump edition)

Warren wrote:
27 Nov 2019, 11:22
Pham Nuwen wrote:
27 Nov 2019, 11:18
Nolan chart? *googles* oh.
I'm not going to ask you for your decoder ring at this time. But consider yourself on probation.
Ha - I was going to make almost exactly the same comment.