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by JD
Yesterday, 16:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6681
Views: 221792

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

(actually, I think they overstating the exposure to the public. But they did screw up totally with the workers that were tasked to 'clean that mess up') Using standards set by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Stephenson calculated that children could have been exposed to doses of radiation abo...
by JD
Yesterday, 14:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6681
Views: 221792

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Whatever you did wrong at work today, you can take some comfort in the fact that it probably wasn't "expose thousands of unwitting people to dangerous levels of radiation"... The National Park Service was storing three buckets full of highly radioactive uranium in the visitor area of its Grand Canyo...
by JD
08 Feb 2019, 10:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2024 for AOC
Replies: 168
Views: 3334

Re: Calling 2024 for AOC

This is my favorite hand-waving justification: This does not require “new taxes” or “more debt” while inflation is nonexistent. And since (a) well over $5 trillion in tax cut and war expenditures in recent years have not triggered inflation... I...what? Seriously? I'm really trying to figure out wh...
by JD
08 Feb 2019, 08:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Money for Nothing: the Universal Basic Income
Replies: 529
Views: 12744

Re: Money for Nothing: the Universal Basic Income

So far Finland's experiment shows that recipients' (self-reported) health and happiness is better, but their work habits are unimproved: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-finland-basic-income/finlands-basic-income-trial-boosts-happiness-but-not-employment-idUSKCN1PX0NM I'm not sure that this experi...
by JD
07 Feb 2019, 10:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2024 for AOC
Replies: 168
Views: 3334

Re: Calling 2024 for AOC

Interestingly, during the primary (the only race that mattered, since the general election was guaranteed to go to the Blue) AOC did best in whiter, gentrified neighborhoods, and Crowley did best in poorer, non-white neighborhoods. https://theintercept.com/2018/07/01/ocasio-cortez-data-suggests-tha...
by JD
06 Feb 2019, 08:11
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Music for the Masses
Replies: 1164
Views: 83739

Re: Music for the Masses

(moving this post since we're really just onto music now) Also, regarding another one of my old stripper-routine songs from the Elm Street 4 soundtrack (Therapist by Vigil) -- I discovered via Google the other day that it was nominated for a Razzie award, for worst original song on a movie soundtrac...
by JD
05 Feb 2019, 17:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Silicon Valley Disrupts Its Own Ass
Replies: 171
Views: 9089

Re: Silicon Valley Disrupts Its Own Ass

“In an effort to prevent and disrupt offline harm, we do not allow organizations or individuals that proclaim a violent mission or engage in violence to have a presence on Facebook,” says the company’s statement on why Facebook banned the four groups. “This includes terrorist activity, organized ha...
by JD
05 Feb 2019, 12:51
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4243
Views: 168705

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

For centuries, European artists sometimes put pseudo-Arabic script in their artwork, because it signified the exotic Middle East, and some Europeans mistakenly thought it was the writing in common use during the Biblical era.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudo-Kufic
by JD
05 Feb 2019, 09:59
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Kulturkampf? In my NFL? It's more likely than you think. Football 2018
Replies: 116
Views: 4729

Re: Kulturkampf? In my NFL? It's more likely than you think. Football 2018

Some New Orleans fans have been pointing this out: the Saints had a 13-3 season, and got robbed their chance to be in the Super Bowl. And what happened? The lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever, way below the over/under... with a final score of 13-3! Clearly a New Orleans voodoo curse at work!
by JD
05 Feb 2019, 09:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11977
Views: 708718

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

This is a very interesting article on the spread of Amanita phalloides, the death cap mushroom: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/02/deadly-mushroom-arrives-canada/581602/ It seems that humans have unwittingly helped them spread across the world, as with so many other species. Apparen...
by JD
04 Feb 2019, 16:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Antivaxxers
Replies: 39
Views: 734

Re: Antivaxxers

Vaccine-hesitant parents frequently say they worry about putting something foreign into their children’s bodies, so young and pure. They talk about not wanting to put something unnatural into their pure children’s bodies. They worry that vaccines may contain “poisons” and “toxins” and “contaminants...
by JD
04 Feb 2019, 11:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9497
Views: 363178

Re: Petty annoyances

Very geeky petty annoyance: I'm running into a lot of online services at work that offer some desirable functionality but are also missing some really useful things, and when you mention this to them, their response is, "You can do that through our API!" Yes, I could, but it's a little bit like rent...
by JD
01 Feb 2019, 20:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9497
Views: 363178

Re: Petty annoyances

The keyboard on my laptop is starting to flake out a bit, so that various keys sometimes don't register when you hit them. This makes typing in passwords REALLY REALLY hard.
by JD
01 Feb 2019, 15:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Towing the Lion
Replies: 1919
Views: 118498

Re: Towing the Lion

His use of equity isn't just cromulent, it's in full compliance with accepted usage of the word. The primary meaning of equity is fairness/justness, as in the opposite of inequity. It also means ownership stake, but I think that's a derived meaning. Hm. OK, I withdraw my complaint. I still think th...
by JD
01 Feb 2019, 13:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Geology Bleg
Replies: 13
Views: 295

Re: Geology Bleg

In a way, the YECs help me appreciate why good philosophy of science has value. Yeah, but that's also precisely why arguing with them from a science-and-reason-based angle doesn't work. You're arguing that the infield fly rule says they can't do that, while they're busy hitting the ball with a croq...
by JD
31 Jan 2019, 12:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Towing the Lion
Replies: 1919
Views: 118498

Re: Towing the Lion

"Equity is having all students regardless of your zip code having access to Computer Science Classes."
(https://tw itter.com/khwtekgirl/status/1090981638165708800)

No, equity would be having all of your students own Comp Sci classes regardless of their zip code.
by JD
30 Jan 2019, 16:53
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2260
Views: 100599

Re: Twitter!

I finally decided to give this Twitter thing a try.

Within ten minutes I got "Your account has been locked. What happened?
Your account appears to have exhibited unusual behavior that violates the Twitter Rules."
All I did was follow a few accounts and click around a bit.
by JD
30 Jan 2019, 15:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Groping Resistance - Pfft.
Replies: 1079
Views: 39077

Re: Groping Resistance - Pfft.

The inescapable conclusion of which is that America is a stupid country that doesn't know what the word emergency means. And/or the lesson is that once you say "Hey, saying the magic word 'emergency' lets you do things you wouldn't be able to do otherwise, at no real cost", you tend to keep doing it.
by JD
29 Jan 2019, 14:16
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Music for the Masses
Replies: 1164
Views: 83739

Re: Music for the Masses

Baby Woodrose is kind of like if Dave Wyndorf got locked in a room with a bottle of ether (i.e., Dave Wyndorf) and a stack of Amy Winehouse records.

by JD
29 Jan 2019, 14:04
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: On the modern electric guitar
Replies: 250
Views: 28110

Re: On the modern electric guitar

I had some store credit at a shop, so I used it to pick up an EHX Screaming Bird treble booster. Unfortunately I am not really liking it all that much. The common complaint is true: it doesn't seem like so much of a treble booster as a bass cutter. That said, a) I can see how it could actually help ...
by JD
29 Jan 2019, 13:59
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: On the modern electric guitar
Replies: 250
Views: 28110

Re: On the modern electric guitar

I said screw it and went to the local shop and bought this . It was a little more than I wanted to spend, but this way I avoided dealing with weirdos on craigslist, pawn shops, or Guitar Center. Jaguar body + full scale + PJ pickups = take my money. Nice! I've got the short scale version of that, n...
by JD
23 Jan 2019, 18:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Words I Happen to Dislike
Replies: 475
Views: 19562

Re: Words I Happen to Dislike

Not one word, but a phrase: "baby bump". What are we, five years old? It's perfectly descriptive and unambiguous. What's the alternative? Not talking like a cover of Cosmopolitan or Us Weekly . And the word/phrase you would use in its place would be...? I guess "belly", which strikes me as a perfec...
by JD
23 Jan 2019, 17:15
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Words I Happen to Dislike
Replies: 475
Views: 19562

Re: Words I Happen to Dislike

Warren wrote:
23 Jan 2019, 14:53
JD wrote:
23 Jan 2019, 12:39
Not one word, but a phrase: "baby bump". What are we, five years old?
It's perfectly descriptive and unambiguous. What's the alternative?
Not talking like a cover of Cosmopolitan or Us Weekly.
by JD
23 Jan 2019, 12:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: A thread for mocking politicians
Replies: 1032
Views: 56925

Re: A thread for mocking politicians

Bill De Blasio, the man who thinks that all real estate should be under the control of the government , is now furiously trying to spin a lengthy outage of heat and hot water in NYCHA buildings on the coldest day of the year. His talking points basically boil down to "we fixed it in only nine hours ...