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by JD
09 Dec 2017, 15:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: JOYOUS SOLSTICE
Replies: 217
Views: 11786

Re: JOYOUS SOLSTICE

Very nice. I can't see furniture like that without thinking that Bob of Bob's Discount Furniture should be sitting on it, though. (That may not mean anything to people not from the Northeast.)
by JD
08 Dec 2017, 17:22
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you drinking?
Replies: 464
Views: 64825

Re: What are you drinking?

The Queen of England is officially classified as a "binge drinker". "According to Margaret Rhodes, the Queen's cousin, HM's alcohol intake never varies. She takes a gin and Dubonnet before lunch, with a slice of lemon and a lot of ice. She will take wine with lunch and a dry Martini and a glass of ...
by JD
07 Dec 2017, 18:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Private Money!
Replies: 619
Views: 30022

Re: Private Money!

Damn. A Slovenian cryptocurrency broker has lost about $77 million in a hack. The article lists a number of other incidents where cryptocurrencies have been stolen or rendered unusable. I can understand the appeal, though...who wants to mope around with ransomware and maybe collect a few tens of tho...
by JD
07 Dec 2017, 17:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: No touching! - sexual impropriety thread
Replies: 350
Views: 5077

Re: No touching! - sexual impropriety thread

JasonL wrote:
07 Dec 2017, 14:19
It is pretty great. Had to look up bobcat reference tho
I didn't even know there was a reference...
by JD
07 Dec 2017, 15:28
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 2930
Views: 111207

Re: What are you reading?

A few days back I saw the Drunk History episode that included the Shakespeare Riots , which was related to the Five Points neighborhood, and further reading about that led me to a mention of an 1854 book called Hot Corn: Life Scenes in New York Illustrated , which was apparently a huge best-seller w...
by JD
07 Dec 2017, 13:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: No touching! - sexual impropriety thread
Replies: 350
Views: 5077

Re: No touching! - sexual impropriety thread

I never liked the guy but he was probably better than most. ...and the winner of the 2017 Damning With Faint Praise Olympics is pistoffnick, for his characterization of Al Franken as "probably better than most Senators". Mo: I fucking love that six-step process. I almost never post political stuff ...
by JD
07 Dec 2017, 11:54
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: the list of those things which are not food
Replies: 832
Views: 30133

Re: the list of those things which are not food

There's a bag of snacks - Good Natured "Veg-ables!" - for sale in the office pantry that says in prominent words "spinach, carrots & tomatoes." But if you examine the bag closely, the small print in front actually says "Includes several nutrients extracted from wholesome vegetables like" . I wasn't ...
by JD
07 Dec 2017, 11:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6165
Views: 166339

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

In all fairness, it does sound like a lot of these delis are the kind that basically sell beer and not much else. But still, criticizing the businesses and their bulletproof barriers is attacking the symptom, not the disease.
by JD
07 Dec 2017, 11:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Surprise! It's Government's Good Side
Replies: 877
Views: 46795

Re: Surprise! It's Government's Good Side

While I have no trouble believing that the cops in Canada are generally better than cops in the US, I also have no trouble believing that there's plenty of racism and abuse too: While Aboriginal people make up about 4% of the Canadian population, as of February 2013, 23.2% of the federal inmate popu...
by JD
07 Dec 2017, 11:21
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Art and art-like things
Replies: 32
Views: 1312

Re: Art and art-like things

nicole wrote:
07 Dec 2017, 11:13
I mf love Balthus
Nicole, please report to the indoctrination camp for re-education in goodthink...
by JD
07 Dec 2017, 11:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6165
Views: 166339

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Philadelphia decides to deal with undesirable businesses by... forbidding them to put up any kind of barrier, like bulletproof glass, between the cashier and customer . It looks pretty explicitly political: Supreme Dow, founder and executive director of the Black Writers Museum, said a barrier windo...
by JD
07 Dec 2017, 08:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11547
Views: 615879

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

An alternate juror explains the Steinle/Zarate trial and why the jury found Zarate not guilty: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/12/06/kate-steinle-murder-trial-jury-didnt-botch-216016 Perhaps the most significant part: The involuntary manslaughter charge that the jury was read included t...
by JD
06 Dec 2017, 18:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 8975
Views: 289044

Re: Petty annoyances

In a similar vein, Outlook on my work computer suddenly started refusing to open except in "safe mode".
As the famous haiku goes,
Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.
by JD
06 Dec 2017, 18:43
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Art and art-like things
Replies: 32
Views: 1312

Re: Art and art-like things

Woman starts petition to pester the Metropolitan Museum of Art about displaying a Balthus painting of a young girl, Thérèse Dreaming , because it "romanticizes the sexualization of a child". Take note, she very explicitly says "I am not asking for this painting to be censored, destroyed, or never s...
by JD
06 Dec 2017, 17:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Marriage is Totally Gay
Replies: 1094
Views: 35844

Re: Marriage is Totally Gay

dhex wrote:
22 Sep 2017, 08:25
Solitudinarian wrote:
22 Sep 2017, 02:51
Mo wrote:
21 Sep 2017, 22:58
Shiner is superior to Yeungling and is the best regional beer at the price point.
I say this with all the sympathy I can muster: you have lost your damn mind.
absolutely.

Team Mo. Seriously, Yeungling? You're going to wave that flag?
by JD
05 Dec 2017, 11:27
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Food
Replies: 4217
Views: 162491

Re: Food

My office has a pantry, and I was looking through the (admittedly not excellent) selection of breakfast cereals to see if any of them was much healthier than the others. I was surprised to find that Froot Loops actually has less sugar and more fiber than most of them. (OK, not less sugar than Specia...
by JD
05 Dec 2017, 11:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11547
Views: 615879

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

The Economist again, exploring how and why Berlin is profoundly dysfunctional. For example, four years after a traffic light was destroyed in an accident, the city was still using a temporary replacement and refused to give any timetable for when a permanent replacement would be built; the new airp...
by JD
04 Dec 2017, 13:31
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2329
Views: 107760

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

Woohoo, Drunk History is coming back in 2018.
by JD
01 Dec 2017, 17:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: No touching! - sexual impropriety thread
Replies: 350
Views: 5077

Re: No touching! - sexual impropriety thread

That's a weird piece. She writes about how she basically does believe in due process as "a legal term that doesn’t usually apply to private employment" but then she repeatedly uses the phrase in ways that don't have anything to do with that. It gives us yet another reason to hate America's Coloring ...
by JD
01 Dec 2017, 17:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Net Neutrality
Replies: 210
Views: 9697

Re: Net Neutrality

To me the biggest irritation about the whole thing is that absolutely everybody is freaking the fuck out about it and it is virtually impossible to find reasoned, factual discussion. It's all "this will destroy the internet" and "if you're not angry you're not paying attention" etc. I guess the fact...
by JD
01 Dec 2017, 15:08
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 3961
Views: 129922

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

A nocturnal is/was a device used to tell time at night before the spread of portable clocks: it's basically a kind of mechanical calculator, which you use by setting the time of year and then sighting Polaris and a reference star through the device. https://thonyc.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/senor.j...
by JD
01 Dec 2017, 12:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8389
Views: 231540

Re: Observations of the Random sort

Remember those two Border Patrol officers who were attacked by rock-wielding illegal immigrants? It looks like they may actually have been struck by a tractor-trailer, and the whole "rock-wielding attackers" was nothing more than a baseless rumor that people started repeating: https://www.cbsnews.co...
by JD
01 Dec 2017, 11:36
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 7494
Views: 222056

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

dbcooper wrote:
30 Nov 2017, 20:14
I would kill any of you before I'd watch an Aki Kaurismäki movie.
Just out of curiosity, have you seen any of them? I've never seen any, but The Man Without a Past got excellent reviews.
by JD
01 Dec 2017, 11:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Not-So- and All-Too-Real World of North Korea
Replies: 302
Views: 13624

Re: The Not-So- and All-Too-Real World of North Korea

Other news stories are saying he had the vials of atropine, but no syringe or auto-injector, so he would have had no way to use it.