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by JD
07 Dec 2018, 14:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 4004
Views: 138962

Re: When journalism goes bad

Rarely has there been a better example of Betteridge's Law: Does Trump Even Understand How Tariffs Work?
by JD
07 Dec 2018, 14:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11965
Views: 694666

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

John Dingell has some plans on "how to save government": https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/12/john-dingell-how-restore-faith-government/577222/ (spoiler: "saving government" looks remarkably like the lefty shortlist of demands) It's interesting mostly because of who the author is (Dinge...
by JD
07 Dec 2018, 14:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Vote or Die
Replies: 205
Views: 4086

Re: Vote or Die

In looking at Arizona election results, I noticed a distinct lack of libertarian candidates. Turns out that wasn't a fluke, per Warren Meyer: Well, it turns out that the Arizona state legislature changed the rules for third parties explicitly to get the libertarian party off the ballot and prevent ...
by JD
07 Dec 2018, 11:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Op-ediots
Replies: 491
Views: 17302

Re: Op-ediots

My favorite joke about a Soviet leader is that a guy stood up in Red Square and shouted "Kruschev is an idiot!" He was given a twenty year sentence: Five for illegal protests and fifteen for revealing state secrets. So these three guys in the gulag are talking, and one of them says, "I stole from m...
by JD
06 Dec 2018, 17:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11965
Views: 694666

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

The Baby Name Voyager: http://www.babynamewizard.com/voyager It's kind of amazing how faddish many, many names have been. Howard? Huge about a hundred years ago, almost nothing now. Courtney? Massive in the 1980s and 1990s, pretty much nonexistent otherwise. Elaine? Big in the 1920s-40s, then fades ...
by JD
05 Dec 2018, 10:18
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Worthwhile Image Finds
Replies: 200
Views: 10900

Re: Worthwhile Image Finds

What really makes it is the name of the image.

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by JD
04 Dec 2018, 15:47
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: On the modern electric guitar
Replies: 245
Views: 26005

Re: On the modern electric guitar

After reading about neck dive on the Thunderbird and how people dealt with it, I modified my doublecut guitar by moving the strap button to the neck plate. Boom, instant neck dive fix. Wish I'd thought of that earlier. Also, I replaced the barely-adjustable "lightning bolt" wraparound bridge on it w...
by JD
03 Dec 2018, 16:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 655
Views: 24755

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

Is there a more successful snake oil out there than emergen-c? $10 for thirty packets of vitamin c and sugar. That has to be killer profit margin. Shit. I can get 500 five-hundred milligram vitamin C pills and five kilos of sugar for that at the Great Satan Store Walmart. I noticed that at Rite-Aid...
by JD
03 Dec 2018, 13:29
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Heroes and zeroes of the animal kingdom
Replies: 332
Views: 22052

Re: Heroes and zeroes of the animal kingdom

Keas, the alpine parrots of New Zealand, are smart and inquisitive, and like to play with new things. Unfortunately those new things can include traffic cones, which is kind of bad both for traffic and keas. FuA5tO_c7s4 So people set up jungle gyms to encourage the keas to play there, instead of pla...
by JD
30 Nov 2018, 13:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11965
Views: 694666

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Chinese economists sound more on the ball than most American economists do:
by JD
30 Nov 2018, 12:36
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9376
Views: 348038

Re: Petty annoyances

I ordered a guitar part online. It took about two days to get from Massachusetts to Brooklyn, and then it spent about three days in the hands of the USPS in Brooklyn...and then the USPS, as near as I can tell, just left it on the doorstep, so it has been marked as "delivered" but of course it is now...
by JD
29 Nov 2018, 13:24
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Heroes and zeroes of the animal kingdom
Replies: 332
Views: 22052

Re: Heroes and zeroes of the animal kingdom

Could also go under Lite Laffs, but works here too. Must be watched with the sound on. That flat-faced gray cat in the cover photo is actually kind of terrifying in slow motion.

by JD
28 Nov 2018, 12:39
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: This is the thread for people who died, died.
Replies: 2285
Views: 108352

Re: This is the thread for people who died, died.

Painboy wrote:
25 Nov 2018, 22:32
Hugh Akston wrote:
25 Nov 2018, 00:39
Ricky Jay
I had no idea he was a magician too. Only really knew him for all the Mamet stuff he was in.
That's kind of funny - I really only knew him through his magic (and magic-related stuff, like his books) and was only secondarily aware of him in any other field.
by JD
27 Nov 2018, 15:48
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Thanksgiving: the most delicious time of the year
Replies: 132
Views: 3221

Re: Thanksgiving: the most delicious time of the year

So (slightly late to the party), we had six people for dinner, and two more came for dessert afterwards, and we had Hors d'oeuvres/Appetizer course: assorted pickles, including pickled carrots that I made myself pimiento cheese in celery some venison sausage that my mom brought baked brie and cranbe...
by JD
16 Nov 2018, 13:10
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Food
Replies: 4613
Views: 199230

Re: Food

I think I hold chopsticks the "right" way, but I learned so early I don't really think about it, and now that I have to think about it, I'm having a centipede problem where nothing seems right.
by JD
15 Nov 2018, 14:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How's the weather? v. 1.1
Replies: 3349
Views: 138641

Re: How's the weather? v. 1.1

I confess that I pooh-poohed the warnings of snow, but it is coming down pretty heavily out there. It might even stick.
by JD
15 Nov 2018, 14:08
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 5644
Views: 235443

Re: Light laffs

Best graffiti ever:
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by JD
14 Nov 2018, 16:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 206
Views: 7976

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

It's not really accurate to call Beto's run a failure. Sure, he lost , but he didn't fail . He did better in Texas than any Democrat has done in decades, and he helped lead a massive shift in favor of Democrats in smaller and more local races. A close loss in a red state is a good credential, not a...
by JD
14 Nov 2018, 15:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 206
Views: 7976

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

I really don't get the calls for Beto to run for President. It seems like such an example of "failing upwards", and (yet another) example of Blues failing to understand that what you need in the general election is not someone who appeals to you, but someone who appeals to people who aren't you.
by JD
14 Nov 2018, 12:29
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Portable Techno-Capitalism
Replies: 531
Views: 26694

Re: Portable Techno-Capitalism

My wife finally twigged to the fact that when the cell phone company says "Only $37.50/mo for 24 months!", they're still charging you $900 and is now less excited about getting a new phone. In all seriousness, doesn't it seem like the companies used to cut you big deals when you signed a contract, b...
by JD
14 Nov 2018, 11:03
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The Lust to Acquire
Replies: 1448
Views: 72476

Re: The Lust to Acquire

Going for the Thunderbird neckdive? ;) Yeah, it's true that that is one of the first things that comes up when you read about Thunderbirds. OTOH, it seems that Epiphone has recently relocated the strap button to one of the recommended locations , so that may be somewhat fixed. Given than 99.9% of m...
by JD
14 Nov 2018, 09:39
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The Lust to Acquire
Replies: 1448
Views: 72476

Re: The Lust to Acquire

An Epiphone Thunderbird bass showed up and got me thinking. Of course by the time I realized it was a really good price and I was interested, somebody else had been quicker on the uptake.
by JD
12 Nov 2018, 10:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Masculinity, so fragile
Replies: 591
Views: 21220

Re: Masculinity, so fragile

They make vows to be ambitious and competent as an eagle, smart and kind as a dolphin and persistent and down-to-earth as a horse. Dolphins are super-rapey, FYI. Also not totally sold on the ambition of eagles, although "The Eagle of Competence" does sound like a gold-colored plastic trophy you wou...
by JD
12 Nov 2018, 10:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8839
Views: 280480

Re: Observations of the Random sort

Reading remarks by some Blues online, I remain fascinated by how presidential responsibility for things like the economy works. Don't you know that the President is solely, 100% responsible for the state of the economy? That means that if the economy is good, the President is smart and well-intenti...