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by JD
08 Feb 2018, 14:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8714
Views: 246294

Re: Observations of the Random sort

A LOTTERY winner who hit a jackpot of almost £1million shot himself dead after losing his lucky tickets. Jirawut Pongphan invited friends and family to his house for a drink to celebrate, only to wake up the next day and find his tickets gone, leaving him unable to claim his £950,000 winnings. ... ...
by JD
05 Feb 2018, 21:23
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Familiar spirits
Replies: 32
Views: 916

Re: Familiar spirits

One of our cats jumped up on the kitchen counter today and knocked a half-full can of rather liquid-y cat food to the floor, then didn't even bother eating it off the floor. Probably just enjoyed causing a mess.
by JD
02 Feb 2018, 22:18
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 1645
Views: 58502

Re: Twitter!

the innominate one wrote:
31 Jan 2018, 08:08
Shut the fuck up, Tomi. You're way out of your element.
Well, as dumb as the "slavery" comment was, there is a faint glimmer of truth in there. This was, in fact, the logo of the Alabama Democratic party until 1966:

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by JD
02 Feb 2018, 13:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9084
Views: 296189

Re: Petty annoyances

I see that Wikipedia has started having internal links provide a brief pop-up when you hover over them. I guess that's a way of keeping people from opening 20 zillion Wikipedia tabs, but it's kind of annoying, because it can happen by accident.
by JD
02 Feb 2018, 11:02
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Future Will Despise Us Brutal Bastards
Replies: 277
Views: 9170

Re: The Future Will Despise Us Brutal Bastards

I think some people are confusing "not bathing daily" with "not bathing ever again". Most of the time, every other day is perfectly fine for me, unless I was getting particularly sweaty or dirty.
by JD
31 Jan 2018, 14:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6204
Views: 171050

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

A California lawmaker proposes making it illegal for restaurants to give you a drinking straw unless you specifically request one, with a $1000 fine and jail time attached. When people called him on it, he started backpedaling, saying "I’d like to clarify that #AB1884 (Straws Upon Request) is (a) N...
by JD
27 Jan 2018, 20:11
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Grammar Nazi test
Replies: 17
Views: 342

Re: Grammar Nazi test

You took 17 tries to complete the quiz.

Over all, you did better than 89 percent of Times readers. The median score on this quiz is 25.
Ha HA!
by JD
27 Jan 2018, 10:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 3775
Views: 110570

Re: When journalism goes bad

My take on Trump's first year as an African-American mom and veteran


You know, Trump is a lot of things, but it really surprises me to hear that he spent the last year as an African-American mom and veteran. Who knew the man had such range?
by JD
22 Jan 2018, 14:58
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: I may want to see that?
Replies: 1579
Views: 76663

Re: I may want to see that?

A Wrinkle In Time - the trailer looks beautiful, and that's the problem. Everything I remember from the book is that the characters and the setting are not gorgeous. From what I remember (it's been a long time), Meg is an extremely awkward teenager, Calvin is gangly and dirt-poor, the Murrys' house...
by JD
11 Jan 2018, 22:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Towing the Lion
Replies: 1757
Views: 89117

Re: Towing the Lion

Warren wrote:
11 Jan 2018, 19:38
I've had good slaw many times. Further there are slaw variations that render the form exquisite.
Granted, 98.2% of served slaw is garbage. With gloppy mayonnaise being the primary culprit.
It's Sturgeon's Law for cole slaw. (Sturgeon's Slaw?)
by JD
11 Jan 2018, 20:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 4715
Views: 85822

Re: Orange is the new President

I would hypothesize that the median African immigrant to the US is more educated and harder-working than the median Norwegian immigrant. There's a fair amount of evidence showing that Black African immigrants to the US are more successful than native-born Black Americans. There are a lot of factors...
by JD
11 Jan 2018, 14:05
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Spearfishing With Luke: The Last Jedi thread with spoilers!
Replies: 68
Views: 1423

Re: Spearfishing With Luke: The Last Jedi thread with spoilers!

Finally saw it last night. Overall I liked it; it might well have been the strongest of the movies outside the original trilogy. The plot was reasonably decent, the acting was pretty good, and the movie looked damn good. It did kind of seem like all of the previous SW movies had been chopped up into...
by JD
08 Jan 2018, 14:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11651
Views: 629151

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

A look at a 1968 book written by experts in their fields that tried to predict the world of 2018: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-1968-book-that-tried-to-predict-the-world-of-2018 tl;dr: The usual howlers ("the suppression of lightning by the late 1980s"!) but also some prescient ...
by JD
08 Jan 2018, 12:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11651
Views: 629151

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Fascinating piece about how three different Mexican cities are dealing with crime, corruption, and drug gangs by basically saying "'Legitimate' Mexican federal government, get the fuck out of the way."
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/07/worl ... ption.html
by JD
08 Jan 2018, 12:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11651
Views: 629151

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

I have to wonder about the original poster. I mean, there are very few crops that grow to fruition in less than 24 hours, so I'm not sure what good starting your Purge garden would do...
by JD
08 Jan 2018, 12:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Maximum feels about the minimum wage
Replies: 28
Views: 562

Re: Maximum feels about the minimum wage

Or the business might increase what it charges to cover the increased costs. Assuming price elasticity of demand is not a thing, yes. For a lot of small businesses it's a very real thing. The government can order them to pay another 15% in labor costs or whatever, but the businesses can't just orde...
by JD
08 Jan 2018, 12:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Maximum feels about the minimum wage
Replies: 28
Views: 562

Re: Maximum feels about the minimum wage

Twitterface McDumbass there honestly seems to think that everyone who is paying workers $12/hr or whatever is just rolling around in a big pile of money thanks to their exploitation of the proletariat. What she misses is that some jobs just don't add that much value. If your job adds $15/hr of value...
by JD
06 Jan 2018, 10:42
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4036
Views: 134153

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

LBJ once stripped completely in the middle of a press conference on Air Force One, finishing it in the nude, waving a towel for emphasis. Every time I hear about Trump's bizarre behavior, I recall that we've had a lot of weird presidents.
by JD
06 Jan 2018, 10:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How's the weather? v. 1.1
Replies: 3109
Views: 116345

Re: How's the weather? v. 1.1

Safe, yes. Warm, not so much. The night was actually slightly warmer than expected, but we're talking about the difference between 1 degree and 7 degrees or so. Being out this morning was fine if you were dressed heavily enough for it, but there's no question that "dangerously cold" is a thing.
by JD
05 Jan 2018, 14:34
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Music for the Masses
Replies: 1073
Views: 66059

Re: Music for the Masses

I am deliriously happy because I just rediscovered a really obscure band that I liked from the late 80s/early 90s; I had one or two cassettes by them back in college, but at some point I lost it, and I was never able to find their stuff again, or even any reference to it. Even Spotify has absolutely...
by JD
04 Jan 2018, 16:45
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4036
Views: 134153

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Various things I ran across while reading about undersea cables. Murphy's Law in action: The first undersea telegraph cable consisted of seven copper wires, each weighing 26 kg/km (107 pounds per nautical mile), covered with three coats of gutta-percha, weighing 64 kg/km (261 pounds per nautical mil...
by JD
04 Jan 2018, 13:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6204
Views: 171050

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

In a speech to journalists on Wednesday, Macron said he planned to introduce new legislation to strictly regulate fake news online during political campaigns. His proposal included a number of measures, most drastically “an emergency legal action” that could enable the government to either scrap “f...
by JD
04 Jan 2018, 13:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Market Failure!
Replies: 2126
Views: 118007

Re: Market Failure!

For my nephew's birthday, my wife and I got him this robot advertised on Amazon. It got good reviews (something like 4.5 stars) so we thought we were pretty safe. The box was the first hint that all was not well. The box said something like "Programmable robot / destination rebort". Well, OK, Engris...
by JD
04 Jan 2018, 11:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 3775
Views: 110570

Re: When journalism goes bad

https://www.sciencealert.com/single-metalens-brings-all-rainbow-colours-into-single-point-focus A brand new type of lens called a metalens has just passed a major hurdle. A metalens is a flat surface that use nanostructures to focus light, and it could change optics forever by replacing the traditio...