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by JD
04 Apr 2020, 16:05
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: On the modern electric guitar
Replies: 304
Views: 42157

Re: On the modern electric guitar

...and now when I go to put the electronics in the body I learn that there are two common sizes of potentiometer bushings: 3/8" (which is about 9.5mm) and 8mm. And this bass body, being made in Japan, of course used the smaller type, and the high-quality pots I bought of course have the larger type....
by JD
03 Apr 2020, 09:55
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 5937
Views: 325328

Re: Light laffs

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by JD
02 Apr 2020, 16:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 808
Views: 14056

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

Duterte is approaching COVID-19 exactly the way you would expect: by threatening to kill people. Later that night, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took to the airwaves with a chilling warning for his citizens: Defy the lockdown orders again and the police will shoot you dead. "I will not hesita...
by JD
02 Apr 2020, 15:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 808
Views: 14056

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

Now San Francisco has banned reusable bags. No idea whether disposable bags are still banned, leading to a situation in which every kind of bag is banned.
by JD
02 Apr 2020, 15:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 808
Views: 14056

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

From what I've read, getting a sourdough starter actually started is much more difficult than it sounds. I also have a vague memory of reading about 1800s life, IIRC for early white people in California, and people took their sourdough starters with them and were downright protective of them. A whi...
by JD
02 Apr 2020, 11:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Towing the Lion
Replies: 1989
Views: 159318

Re: Towing the Lion

From a company "playoff" for "Best TV shows": "Runners Up: 24, Better Caul Saul, Grace & Frankie, The Good Wife"
by JD
01 Apr 2020, 18:30
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: On the modern electric guitar
Replies: 304
Views: 42157

Re: On the modern electric guitar

Petty annoyance, guitar edition. So I bought this Fender Jazz Bass Special, and because I didn't like the EMG pickups in it, I bought a used P/J set of Seymour Duncan "Basslines". I have even seen these in the Duff McKagan signature model, so I figured, great, they're a reasonably legitimate choice....
by JD
01 Apr 2020, 09:06
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: ATOMIC FRUITBAT SIGNAL
Replies: 9
Views: 1221

Re: ATOMIC FRUITBAT SIGNAL

This is your beat hero. Quit goldbricking and go irradiate the bad guys. "The widescale use of self-checkout machines in our state's grocery stores is part of a deliberate corporate strategy that relies on automation to reduce labor costs and eliminate jobs," Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlin...
by JD
31 Mar 2020, 12:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 173
Views: 1894

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Vinalhaven is the kind of place where they speak a hyper local dialect that makes it hard to order breakfast if you grew up anywhere on the mainland. It's basically the island from 'Storm of the Century'. Oddly enough, I was aware of Vinalhaven only because as a kid I read John Bellairs' book The S...
by JD
31 Mar 2020, 11:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 173
Views: 1894

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Why don't Canadians know what a meter is? WAIT Nevermind that. When did Canadians become giants that play with six and a half foot long hockey sticks :o An ice hockey stick is a piece of equipment used in ice hockey to shoot, pass, and carry the puck across the ice. Ice hockey sticks are approximat...
by JD
31 Mar 2020, 08:07
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Food
Replies: 4975
Views: 289908

Re: Food

For a snack, we've been making roasted chickpeas. Kind of reminiscent of peanuts when you do them that way. Put the right spices on them and they're great.
by JD
30 Mar 2020, 14:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 173
Views: 1894

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Mainiacs don't fuck around. A group of armed vigilantes cut down a tree and dragged it across a man’s driveway in Maine to force him to quarantine in his home amid fears he could be infected with the coronavirus, officials said. A man residing on Cripple Creek Road in Vinalhaven, an island off the ...
by JD
30 Mar 2020, 12:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 808
Views: 14056

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

dbcooper wrote:
29 Mar 2020, 17:05
I had a strong feeling there was a little more to it than that, and there was:
The government agreed to cancel the contract.
i.e., the feds could have held their feet to the fire, but decided to give up on it for some reason.
by JD
27 Mar 2020, 17:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 808
Views: 14056

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

Or right click the link and select 'view in Incognito mode' or 'privacy mode' - something like that depending on your choice of browser. That prevents the browser from reporting back any previous cookies so WaPo's "You can read X free articles.." counter never increments. A number of sites are impl...
by JD
27 Mar 2020, 14:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 808
Views: 14056

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

What is going to happen/is happening in Africa? I can't really find any news, even on international services like the BBC and Al Jazeera... I don't know how accurate/up to date this is, but there's some good country-by-country info at https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries "cases per ...
by JD
27 Mar 2020, 11:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 808
Views: 14056

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

That will never happen. The FDA has pinned its reputation on the refusal to approve thalidomide in the 1960s, when other countries (including Germany and Canada) approved it. They are going to wear that as armor against outside approval until the heat death of the universe. Plus you will never lose...
by JD
26 Mar 2020, 16:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7530
Views: 355397

Re: Orange is the new President

Unfortunately I think whenever there's a crisis, people tend to flock to the alpha monkey.
by JD
25 Mar 2020, 21:39
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Joys in the time of Quarantine
Replies: 30
Views: 488

Re: Joys in the time of Quarantine

This is pretty smart: the owner of a pinball arcade started renting out his machines for people to keep at home for a month.

https://www.wweek.com/culture/2020/03/2 ... over-town/
by JD
25 Mar 2020, 16:27
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4407
Views: 232001

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Today I learned about the Anti-Rent War of 1839 - 1845 in upstate New York . tl;dr version: Much of New York state was still under the patroon system created by the Dutch, in which landlords owned vast quasi-feudal estates. Stephen Van Rensselaer III had been a lenient and benevolent landlord, but a...
by JD
25 Mar 2020, 11:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 808
Views: 14056

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

Those were kind of my thoughts too. You can say "nobody has to pay rent!" and I guess you can say "and landlords don't have to pay property tax!" but what about costs that don't go away, like maintenance? In the case of banks, if they're not collecting stuff, what about paying their expenses?
by JD
24 Mar 2020, 11:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 808
Views: 14056

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

To be fair, Zoom is super awkward about making your video and audio mute if you aren't used to the interface. I can't for the life of me understand why muting audio at startup or "press spacebar to talk" is not the default, except for "because people are stupid and this would cause eight million bu...
by JD
23 Mar 2020, 14:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9912
Views: 493932

Re: Petty annoyances

Our Fire TV stick refuses to finish booting. It just stays at the "fireTV stick" logo screen forever. The logo animation does continue, so it's not 100% frozen, but it never progresses past that point. None of the troubleshooting tips have helped. "Just let it run and it will eventually finish" - we...
by JD
23 Mar 2020, 10:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 808
Views: 14056

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

Best of luck, Mo. Here's hoping it's one of the mild cases.
by JD
23 Mar 2020, 09:55
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Joys in the time of Quarantine
Replies: 30
Views: 488

Re: Joys in the time of Quarantine

Warren wrote:
23 Mar 2020, 09:25
Seriously, I'm not joking in the least. Well, a little bit. But seriously, learn how to use a fucking screwdriver
I don't think I have one of those. I have a bunch of flathead and Phillips-head screwdrivers, and even a Yankee screwdriver with interchangeable bits, but that's all.
by JD
23 Mar 2020, 08:57
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Joys in the time of Quarantine
Replies: 30
Views: 488

Re: Joys in the time of Quarantine

We'd been thinking about classes as well, cooking mostly. We were actually supposed to take a pasta-making class in person last weekend, but obviously that didn't happen, so we were thinking about doing it online instead. Can't remember the company we have an account with at the moment, but I'll pos...