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by JD
Yesterday, 20:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I just don't get it
Replies: 3058
Views: 165151

Re: I just don't get it

he thought he'd be purposefully hiking all over creation but didn't realize humans can walk a lot further in a day than dogs can. Humans are rare among animals in being very good at long-distance travel. There are some other animals that do it, to be sure, but humans are rare in being able to keep ...
by JD
Yesterday, 17:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 10072
Views: 587276

Re: Petty annoyances

And this reminds me of something connector-related but less annoying: with the Mac Mini, Steve Jobs' hatred of visible cables, ports, buttons, and pretty much anything visibly functional finally reached its apotheosis, and every single port was on the back. So I just turned my Mini around to sit bac...
by JD
Yesterday, 16:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 10072
Views: 587276

Re: Petty annoyances

HDMI is a lot better than some of the previously ubiquitous video connectors, but it's still really annoying that's it's asymmetrical, but not in a way that you can easily feel or see at an 88-degree angle in the dark behind a television.
by JD
Yesterday, 10:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I just don't get it
Replies: 3058
Views: 165151

Re: I just don't get it

I don't get people who choose to move into a van-down-by-the-river with their dog(s). I am informed that some homeless or semi-homeless people who have dogs do so because it makes it harder for the cops to fuck with them: the cops can't just arrest them without also calling animal control, waiting ...
by JD
18 Sep 2020, 18:24
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Small joys and random good things
Replies: 116
Views: 37123

Re: Small joys and random good things

Oooh, sounds pretty! Can you post a photo of it? When I can't go secondhand-treasure hunting myself, I still get a vicarious thrill from seeing other peoples' scores. This is not a great photo, and a lot of the purple in it comes from light reflecting off a purple curtain, but it gives you some ide...
by JD
18 Sep 2020, 11:58
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Small joys and random good things
Replies: 116
Views: 37123

Re: Small joys and random good things

I have this old brass floor lamp that I found on the street back when I was in college; I think it dates to the first decade of the 1900s. I fixed it up and I've been using it since then, but of course the original shade was long gone, so I've just been using whatever shade seemed decent at the time...
by JD
18 Sep 2020, 09:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 962
Views: 78814

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

Well, most of them may not really believe much of Qanon. Kinda like people dropped Birtherism pretty hard after Obama was out of office, at least in my neck of the woods. It's something to profess in order to signal, like the idea that Harris was a progressive prosecutor. This is pretty much my fee...
by JD
17 Sep 2020, 16:43
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Small joys and random good things
Replies: 116
Views: 37123

Re: Small joys and random good things

I went out for lunch today, and I was sort of debating getting tacos, or pizza, or going to the supermarket to get something packaged, but I eventually decided to go to the pizza place, and they were giving away free zeppole!
by JD
17 Sep 2020, 11:59
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 6039
Views: 385837

Re: Light laffs

by JD
17 Sep 2020, 11:57
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8120
Views: 404414

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

Watched Time Trap last night; it's a 2017 indie film and the conceit is basically "what if time travel was, basically, a place, not a machine?" - in this case, a cave system where time moves differently than it does everywhere else. It's a B movie, but it's a pretty well-done B movie.
by JD
14 Sep 2020, 16:21
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Heroes and zeroes of the animal kingdom
Replies: 421
Views: 56672

Re: Heroes and zeroes of the animal kingdom

I was reminded yesterday by Facebook that it had been just about a year since we had Marty the possum living on the windowsill...and then last night a squirrel started building a nest on the windowsill again. THE CIIIIIIRCLE OF LIIIIIFE.... Also, the other day I was heading to the local Lowes, which...
by JD
11 Sep 2020, 10:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 962
Views: 78814

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

I'll vote for somebody, I guess, but I don't expect it to make much difference. People here keep telling me I have to vote, it makes so much difference, like my vote is singlehandedly going to swing New York State, which hasn't gone Republican since 1984.
by JD
10 Sep 2020, 09:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 9116
Views: 431353

Re: Observations of the Random sort

I recall reading Michael Phelps has unusually large hands and feet for a person his size, which help to paddle/propel him through the water more quickly than an identical person with "normal" size appendages IIRC he also has some kind of mutation that causes his muscles to generate much less lactic...
by JD
10 Sep 2020, 08:57
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Portable Techno-Capitalism
Replies: 602
Views: 52021

Re: Portable Techno-Capitalism

Today we are trying to switch my wife's work phone over to Google Fi. "Nightmarish" is too strong a word, but it is proving to be a royal pain. That’s surprising. For me, the switch (from Verizon) was painless. We were switching from Verizon too. We did finally get the phone switched over successfu...
by JD
09 Sep 2020, 14:19
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Portable Techno-Capitalism
Replies: 602
Views: 52021

Re: Portable Techno-Capitalism

Today we are trying to switch my wife's work phone over to Google Fi. "Nightmarish" is too strong a word, but it is proving to be a royal pain.
by JD
08 Sep 2020, 15:58
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Shamelessly Currying Favor with Ellie
Replies: 4078
Views: 323929

Re: Shamelessly Currying Favor with Ellie

This guy lives at the local Home Depot. The first time I saw him, I thought, "That's weird, a cat wandering around in here," but it has since become apparent that he more or less officially lives there. Despite his grouchy appearance, he has an excellent personality for a business cat, since he does...
by JD
07 Sep 2020, 18:57
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Small joys and random good things
Replies: 116
Views: 37123

Re: Small joys and random good things

I bought an electronic drum kit! The same model that my band's drummer has, and speaks well of, came up for sale near me for a good price, so I jumped on it, because hey, why not learn all the things during COVID times? First discovery: playing drums is actually really hard. I may have to stop makin...
by JD
07 Sep 2020, 18:51
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3199
Views: 228266

Re: What are you reading?

Would you believe that I had actually never read I, Robot before? But I found a copy on the street, so I'm reading it now. I'm about 3/4 of the way through and Will Smith still hasn't come in, though.
by JD
07 Sep 2020, 11:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Market Failure!
Replies: 2515
Views: 250958

Re: Market Failure!

Eh, not really much of a dick move, IMO. As DAR says, they probably have a contingency for that, and it's not like you're stealing them.
by JD
05 Sep 2020, 12:09
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 6039
Views: 385837

Re: Light laffs

But then the movie would have been shorter...
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by JD
04 Sep 2020, 23:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: msinaisuhtlaM
Replies: 193
Views: 20101

Re: msinaisuhtlaM

I wonder if it's also tied to a general lengthening of childhood. People used to leave childhood and schooling, and enter the workforce, much earlier than they do now. Here's a diagram showing average age at first marriage; it hit a low around 1955 after what seemed to be a long-term trend, and has ...
by JD
04 Sep 2020, 10:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 7399
Views: 382517

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

It's just "ne" in Japanese or "eto ... ne". It's a particle meaning something like "right?" but it's used a lot like "umm" in sentences. Also "ano", I think. ("ano" literally just meaning something like "that", as in "that person, that thing, etc", but you sometimes hear it where an English speaker...
by JD
01 Sep 2020, 14:36
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Conspiracy and Kooky thinking
Replies: 107
Views: 5504

Re: Conspiracy and Kooky thinking

Excuse YOU, I attend an Episcopal church in an upper-class neighborhood. We don't use WAFERS. We use a locally-baked loaf of gluten-free bread. (Yes, really, though actually it started mostly because we had a priest with such a severe wheat allergy she couldn't even touch the wafers to distribute t...
by JD
01 Sep 2020, 12:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the GOP? (post-Trump edition)
Replies: 437
Views: 44465

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

Not sure if this was posted here, but it's a pretty interesting examination of why there seem to be so few moderate Republicans: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-there-are-so-few-moderate-republicans-left/ It's not perfect: it suffers a bit from the booga-booga-libertarians! thing without ev...
by JD
01 Sep 2020, 12:30
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 3093
Views: 259026

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

The third episode of Lovecraft Country was probably the best one yet, IMO. Yes, it's kind of traditional haunted-house stuff, but it works really well with the theme of the show. AND they actually start hinting at how the things introduced in the first two episodes will influence the rest of the sea...