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by JD
21 Sep 2018, 08:15
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: On the modern electric guitar
Replies: 242
Views: 24270

Re: On the modern electric guitar

A coworker lent me his Hotone Purple Wind . Maybe I'm getting spoiled and snobbish, because while it is reasonably impressive for something the size of a pedal that costs $100 (it has an effects loop, which many amps costing three times as much don't!), it's still kind of toylike and the sound is ra...
by JD
21 Sep 2018, 08:10
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Guns and Whatnot.
Replies: 379
Views: 19528

Re: Guns and Whatnot.

a 3D-printed handgun made of plastic, the same material used in Lego blocks I hope they meant that it's the exact same type of plastic used in Legos. Because otherwise that's needless sensationalizing. This was written by a journalist. "plastic, the same material used in Lego blocks" is about the h...
by JD
20 Sep 2018, 17:40
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Guns and Whatnot.
Replies: 379
Views: 19528

Re: Guns and Whatnot.

dhex wrote:
20 Sep 2018, 08:10
how fucking stupid do you have to be to do 3d printed guns AND underage hookers?
That I could actually believe, though. Some people are just that arrogant.
by JD
20 Sep 2018, 17:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come
Replies: 288
Views: 13265

Re: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come

Walls are so great that Trump told the Spanish foreign minister to build one in the Sahara. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/20/politics/trump-spain-sahara-wall-intl/index.html Never mind that (1) the Sahara is big, (2) Spain doesn't control any of it, aside from a few coastal enclaves Technically those...
by JD
20 Sep 2018, 16:05
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 5612
Views: 226742

Re: Light laffs

"Well, blowing it up would probably be a bad idea...let's just put it in the dumpster."

by JD
20 Sep 2018, 14:52
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread
Replies: 766
Views: 47753

Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

MDMA appears to affect octopuses similarly to how it affects humans . This is pretty amazing considering that they're not even in the same phylum as humans, we last shared a common ancestor about 800 million years ago (they are no more closely related to us than an earthworm or a butterfly is), and...
by JD
20 Sep 2018, 14:08
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4209
Views: 152415

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Daniel Defoe (the author of Robinson Crusoe) was once sentenced to the pillory for his political activities; however, he was popular enough with the crowd that instead of throwing manure and eggs and dead animals at him, they threw flowers. He also wrote this, which is still sadly applicable here an...
by JD
20 Sep 2018, 13:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1341
Views: 44705

Re: Inequality

Also, I don't think anybody with a net worth of a billion actually got that way because they decided to pay themselves a billion dollars.
by JD
20 Sep 2018, 13:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9347
Views: 334600

Re: Petty annoyances

JD wrote:
20 Jun 2018, 10:37
Google News' "Technology" section is now about 45% videogame stuff and 45% cellphone stuff.
I would like to revise my opinion. It's about 48% each.
by JD
20 Sep 2018, 11:09
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2184
Views: 86407

Re: Twitter!

When I was at the laundromat this morning, they had Univision on the TV, and one of the news graphics that came up said "How to explain homosexuality to your children", with a picture of Bert and Ernie. But the whole "Bert and Ernie are gay" thing bothers me not because of the gayness but because......
by JD
20 Sep 2018, 08:07
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Guns and Whatnot.
Replies: 379
Views: 19528

Re: Guns and Whatnot.

I'm not usually that much of a conspiracy theorist, but this makes me go hmmm... Owner of 3D gun printing company accused of sexual assault of a child The creator of the world's first fully printed 3D gun has been charged with sexual assault on a child in Texas, the Austin Police Department said Wed...
by JD
19 Sep 2018, 17:34
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: On the modern electric guitar
Replies: 242
Views: 24270

Re: On the modern electric guitar

Yeah, my experience with Marshalls is that you should never cheap out with them. Their high-end stuff is great; their cheap stuff is garbage.
by JD
19 Sep 2018, 16:58
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: On the modern electric guitar
Replies: 242
Views: 24270

Re: On the modern electric guitar

It has only taken me 25 or so years of playing the guitar to realize that you could put a boost pedal in the effects loop. I've been struggling for a few years to get an effective boost while soloing. I've tried different pedals and different amp settings, but the main problem is that I like a crunc...
by JD
19 Sep 2018, 14:40
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 7731
Views: 256436

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

Last night I watched the 1971 Lake of Dracula . The interesting thing about LoD is that it's essentially a Western-style vampire story, but made and set in Japan. It has a lot of 1970s horror movie cheesiness, but it's actually not bad. Still, I would probably only recommend it to real vampire-movie...
by JD
19 Sep 2018, 12:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11915
Views: 677207

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

But the idea that politeness and civility is owed to anyone in a position of power is one of the great gotchas of liberal thought. I'll read the piece later, but I wonder what the author's opinion was of the people who didn't show politeness and civility to Obama when he was president. Yeah, I had ...
by JD
19 Sep 2018, 12:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11915
Views: 677207

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

This is a kind-of-interesting piece about refusing to debate far-right figures: https://longreads.com/2018/09/18/no-i-will-not-debate-you/ It makes some decent arguments about what should be done about people who are acting in bad faith in a liberal society; it also could have been boiled down into ...
by JD
14 Sep 2018, 17:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Techno-Bleg Thread
Replies: 2930
Views: 127919

Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

This is a rather technical web/SEO question, so you may want to skip it if you're not into that sort of thing. Someone at my organization wants to make a bunch of changes to robots.txt. When I asked why, he said that they wanted disallow the crawling of old (that is, years old) content so that searc...
by JD
14 Sep 2018, 12:47
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread
Replies: 766
Views: 47753

Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

The Northern mole vole, Ellobius talpinus , has X and Y chromosomes , and the chromosomes determine sex, as in humans. But its relative the Transcaucasian mole vole , E. lutescens , has no Y chromosome at all, and both sexes have XO chromosomes. And in the Zaisan mole vole , E. tancrei , both sexes...
by JD
14 Sep 2018, 12:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5823
Views: 138909

Re: Orange is the new President

This is just...highly embarrassing. https://i0.wp.com/diplopundit.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/DOS2.png?w=526&ssl=1 Diplopundit has also collected some of the best responses , like The very nature of diplomacy makes it relatively uncool. There’s a reason that James Dean didn’t star in ‘Rebel with...
by JD
12 Sep 2018, 10:44
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Our National Pastime
Replies: 263
Views: 18571

Re: Our National Pastime

Mo wrote:
11 Sep 2018, 09:50
I agree. I think a 20% increase in playing field dimensions would do a lot of good in most sports. Unsure if needed as much in the NFL.
Except soccer, where they should probably shrink the field 20%.
by JD
11 Sep 2018, 17:46
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: cars and how they get that way
Replies: 1366
Views: 46604

Re: cars and how they get that way

You drive a Smart? Zipcar rentals? Car2Go. Zipcar actually doesn't do Smarts, at least around here. I'm not crazy about the Smart cars (I like that the tiny size lets you park them almost anywhere; I hate that the tiny size means they're almost useless for any kind of cargo at all) or certain aspec...
by JD
11 Sep 2018, 16:41
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: cars and how they get that way
Replies: 1366
Views: 46604

Re: cars and how they get that way

If the reflection made it look like it was smiling instead of frowning, and the eye lids weren't so droopy, everyone would love it. Hm, maybe. People did seem to like the Waymo Firefly for being cute, although some Real Car Guys did find it depressing . Personally I found the idea of riding in some...
by JD
11 Sep 2018, 15:16
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: H. sapiens floridensis - A thread for Florida Man
Replies: 21
Views: 563

Re: H. sapiens floridensis - A thread for Florida Man

My sixteen-year-old son recently shared a fun little activity with me... every time you read a "Florida man" headline, don't look at the picture, and mentally read them as all being about the same person: "Florida-Man", a would-be superhero with terrible decision-making skills. He may have gotten t...