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by JD
Yesterday, 17:02
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: On the modern electric guitar
Replies: 310
Views: 46369

Re: On the modern electric guitar

After 30 years of playing guitar, I have finally gotten an acoustic guitar (acoustic-electric, so it still technically fits in with the thread title). I think I've secretly wanted one of these ever since I saw a brief mention of them in Denyer's Guitar Handbook many years ago. It was in very rough s...
by JD
Yesterday, 12:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The real criminal is the judge
Replies: 61
Views: 8555

Re: The real criminal is the judge

Okay, but a teenager on probation. Was her PO probably overzealous? Almost certainly. But in context this isn't about just any kid not doing her homework. Yeah, my feeling is that the headline is misleading; a more accurate one would be "teenager on probation gets sent to jail for violating terms o...
by JD
Yesterday, 08:51
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Food
Replies: 4997
Views: 312226

Re: Food

I'm going to have to ask my inlaws about peanut soup. Over here, I made sorbet for the first time, from strawberries. I think it came out pretty well. Of course my mom was all "strawberry isn't my favorite flavor" and my wife was all "this is too sweet", but it is literally strawberries with added s...
by JD
14 Jul 2020, 10:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 7375
Views: 332407

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Aresen wrote:
13 Jul 2020, 19:11
Can we at least agree that boiled hot dogs are an abomination?
Oh, is this going to be the new mayo? Look, I agree that grilled hot dogs are really nice. But I also think there's nothing wrong with a boiled dog.
by JD
13 Jul 2020, 10:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Enemy of My Enemy
Replies: 582
Views: 35150

Re: The Enemy of My Enemy

OTOH, I can just imagine leftists' reaction to a system in which Joe Schmoe is caught making a racist rant or whatever, and then basically nothing can happen to him due to his guaranteed employment.
by JD
10 Jul 2020, 09:26
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4461
Views: 252190

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

I was going through some questionnaires at 23andme, and one of them was "do you have an os trigonum?" and of course I said "WTF is that" so I had to go look it up. The os trigonum is an accessory bone, a third bone in the ankle, which most people do not have. Its presence is genetically determined. ...
by JD
09 Jul 2020, 23:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The past is a foreign country...
Replies: 104
Views: 11462

Re: The past is a foreign country...

In old black-and-white 50s game shows, there were worse problems: anything too bright or shiny (including sparking diamond/rhinestone jewelry; the super-shiny bits of highly polished metal items such as the horns various musicians might play on stage; sometimes even a man's shining bald head) would...
by JD
09 Jul 2020, 13:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Does Elon's Musk stink?
Replies: 377
Views: 41015

Re: Does Elon's Musk stink?

Elon Musk says that Tesla is very close to level 5 autonomous driving technology. So far they don't seem to have fixed "do not drive straight into an immovable object", which seems like it would be a prerequisite.
by JD
08 Jul 2020, 15:30
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you drinking?
Replies: 556
Views: 130514

Re: What are you drinking?

A while back someone gave me a bottle of "Mr. Black" coffee liqueur, and I hadn't really been able to find anything to do with it. It's described by the makers as "a bittersweet blend of top-grade Arabica coffees and Australian wheat vodka", and it really doesn't taste like anything except coffee wi...
by JD
08 Jul 2020, 14:42
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread
Replies: 913
Views: 67022

Re: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread

DNA study has proven conclusively that there was contact between Polynesian and South American peoples , something that had long been suspected because of the existence of the sweet potato and similar names for it in both places. Scientists said on Wednesday an examination of DNA from 807 people - ...
by JD
07 Jul 2020, 13:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Winnie the Pooh and Silk Road 2: The China Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 1257

Re: Winnie the Pooh and Silk Road 2: The China Thread

China Uses Android Malware To Spy On Ethnic Minorities Worldwide, New Research Says Adblocker wall, but I assume this is in addition to their most famous malware, TikTok? Yeah, this is about them using a ton of malware that's mostly specifically targeted at Uighurs. Here's the heart of the matter: ...
by JD
05 Jul 2020, 09:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12427
Views: 871916

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

On why the Second Avenue subway was so expensive and why NYC will probably never build another subway line: https://nypost.com/2020/07/04/why-new-y ... y-station/
by JD
02 Jul 2020, 11:09
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread
Replies: 913
Views: 67022

Re: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread

SpaceX has launched a GPS III satellite , which is pretty cool. This bit made me twitchy, though: GPS III, Lockheed Martin explains, will make GPS three times more accurate. Gene McCall, former chair of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, wrote in National Defense Magazine in April that this s...
by JD
01 Jul 2020, 07:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9992
Views: 534900

Re: Petty annoyances

I feel like this is new behavior, but I'm not sure. In MacOS Mail, if you do a search, the list of emails gets filtered as you type - you don't even have to hit enter. That's OK, but if you then decide you want to do a new search, as soon as you start typing, your old list of results immediately dis...
by JD
29 Jun 2020, 12:16
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Small joys and random good things
Replies: 106
Views: 27151

Re: Small joys and random good things

I just got a message on 23andme from someone who's a distant genetic relative, mentioning her grandmother's name, and wondering how we might be related. I went to pull some family records out of my bookshelf, and damned if the grandmother's name wasn't on the cover of the first book I pulled down.
by JD
29 Jun 2020, 10:50
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3196
Views: 208302

Re: What are you reading?

Just finished Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha; it's (unfortunately) even more relevant than when I first saw it, since it's largely about flimsily-justified killings, police, and revenge, but since it was inspired by the Latasha Harlins and Rodney King cases, how could it not be? Now I'm onto Brend...
by JD
25 Jun 2020, 20:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1339
Views: 47187

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

But it appears (just from casual observation/chats with Brits, esp. when I was writing for the British blog), at least a parliamentary system appears less likely to calcify into a de facto two-party system, the way America has? As I have quipped before, the weaknesses of America's presidential syst...
by JD
25 Jun 2020, 15:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12427
Views: 871916

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

"The day a Native American tribe drove the KKK out of town"

In Robeson County, North Carolina, in 1958 the KKK thought they could terrorize the Lumbee tribe, but they ran into stiff opposition from the people they'd hoped to terrorize and no support from the authorities.
by JD
25 Jun 2020, 09:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread
Replies: 403
Views: 48273

Re: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread

There's a lot of discussion about the (horrifyingly high) incarceration rate of the US, but I got curious about what it looked like in other countries. And interestingly enough, the UK and Canada show some of the same pattern. http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN04334/assets/fa2...
by JD
23 Jun 2020, 17:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12427
Views: 871916

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

New analysis of the 1979 Vela incident says that it was certainly a nuclear explosion, and almost certainly an Israeli one, and that this was intentionally obscured by US authorities to avoid political embarrassment and difficult conversations:
https://getpocket.com/explore/item/blast-from-the-past
by JD
22 Jun 2020, 13:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12427
Views: 871916

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

An article from the Atlantic in 1966 about race relations in the North , mainly from the perspective of poor White folks. It's interesting to see what's changed (I think even poor White folk might be slightly more circumspect in their views when talking to a reporter now) and what hasn't (poor Whit...
by JD
22 Jun 2020, 13:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8976
Views: 389791

Re: Observations of the Random sort

That reminds me, I've been watching some YouTube videos about DAWs and recording lately, and some of them are created by Brits who pronounce "garage band" as "garridge band", which sounds even weirder to me than just pronouncing "garage" as "garridge" does.
by JD
19 Jun 2020, 13:46
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4461
Views: 252190

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Sharecropping as a feature of the South is partly due to the Civil War and the destruction of the economy. After the war, plantation owners still owned their land but had virtually no cash and could no longer command slave labor; freedmen had their labor to sell but nothing else. The freedmen couldn...