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by JD
16 Nov 2018, 13:10
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Food
Replies: 4598
Views: 194964

Re: Food

I think I hold chopsticks the "right" way, but I learned so early I don't really think about it, and now that I have to think about it, I'm having a centipede problem where nothing seems right.
by JD
15 Nov 2018, 14:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How's the weather? v. 1.1
Replies: 3349
Views: 135415

Re: How's the weather? v. 1.1

I confess that I pooh-poohed the warnings of snow, but it is coming down pretty heavily out there. It might even stick.
by JD
15 Nov 2018, 14:08
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 5640
Views: 230909

Re: Light laffs

Best graffiti ever:
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by JD
14 Nov 2018, 16:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 206
Views: 7365

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

It's not really accurate to call Beto's run a failure. Sure, he lost , but he didn't fail . He did better in Texas than any Democrat has done in decades, and he helped lead a massive shift in favor of Democrats in smaller and more local races. A close loss in a red state is a good credential, not a...
by JD
14 Nov 2018, 15:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 206
Views: 7365

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

I really don't get the calls for Beto to run for President. It seems like such an example of "failing upwards", and (yet another) example of Blues failing to understand that what you need in the general election is not someone who appeals to you, but someone who appeals to people who aren't you.
by JD
14 Nov 2018, 12:29
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Portable Techno-Capitalism
Replies: 531
Views: 25773

Re: Portable Techno-Capitalism

My wife finally twigged to the fact that when the cell phone company says "Only $37.50/mo for 24 months!", they're still charging you $900 and is now less excited about getting a new phone. In all seriousness, doesn't it seem like the companies used to cut you big deals when you signed a contract, b...
by JD
14 Nov 2018, 11:03
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The Lust to Acquire
Replies: 1442
Views: 70853

Re: The Lust to Acquire

Going for the Thunderbird neckdive? ;) Yeah, it's true that that is one of the first things that comes up when you read about Thunderbirds. OTOH, it seems that Epiphone has recently relocated the strap button to one of the recommended locations , so that may be somewhat fixed. Given than 99.9% of m...
by JD
14 Nov 2018, 09:39
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The Lust to Acquire
Replies: 1442
Views: 70853

Re: The Lust to Acquire

An Epiphone Thunderbird bass showed up and got me thinking. Of course by the time I realized it was a really good price and I was interested, somebody else had been quicker on the uptake.
by JD
12 Nov 2018, 10:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Masculinity, so fragile
Replies: 591
Views: 19773

Re: Masculinity, so fragile

They make vows to be ambitious and competent as an eagle, smart and kind as a dolphin and persistent and down-to-earth as a horse. Dolphins are super-rapey, FYI. Also not totally sold on the ambition of eagles, although "The Eagle of Competence" does sound like a gold-colored plastic trophy you wou...
by JD
12 Nov 2018, 10:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8827
Views: 274503

Re: Observations of the Random sort

Reading remarks by some Blues online, I remain fascinated by how presidential responsibility for things like the economy works. Don't you know that the President is solely, 100% responsible for the state of the economy? That means that if the economy is good, the President is smart and well-intenti...
by JD
09 Nov 2018, 14:56
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Home $weet Home
Replies: 1862
Views: 70969

Re: Home $weet Home

Not to mention the likelihood that sometime in the past 80 years, the dead body, dog piss, something, FUBAR'd the floors. They put that carpet down for a reason. Sometimes people are just dumb, though. I can't tell you how often I've seen woodwork or glass panes just sloppily painted over. They may...
by JD
09 Nov 2018, 14:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6598
Views: 206639

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

At first I felt bad for this guy, and I still kind of do, because dying of rabies is supposed to be way up there on the "not fun" list. But then I came to this part: "He would just catch [bats], put them outside," Sedgwick said. "I know that my mom has always thought that bats were really cute, so ...
by JD
09 Nov 2018, 14:04
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Familiar spirits
Replies: 105
Views: 4117

Re: Familiar spirits

Really sorry to hear it, Sol. It seems like that's what gets a lot of cats in the end. It sounds like she had a good life and you took care of her the best you could.
by JD
09 Nov 2018, 13:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Speaking in tongues (the "learning languages" thread)
Replies: 158
Views: 12142

Re: Speaking in tongues (the "learning languages" thread)

Also, counting and dates seems nice and simple so far. January is literally "one-month", February is "two-month", and so on, and something like "April 5th" is literally just "four-month five-day"; a number like "43" is just "four tens three". Did I say it was nice and simple? I was wrong. Korean ha...
by JD
09 Nov 2018, 13:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6598
Views: 206639

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Technology solves a lot of problems, but it doesn't solve problems of human behavior, power and the abuse thereof, short-sightedness, etc. He says we were "naive", but a) I don't think I ever heard somebody say "Technology will solve every problem of human behavior!" and b) if they said that, they ...
by JD
09 Nov 2018, 12:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6598
Views: 206639

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

After he was asked by the New York Times whether he felt 'like Silicon Valley has retained that idealism that struck you when you arrived here,' (Google CEO Sundar) Pichai responded: 'There's still that optimism, but it is tempered by a sense of deliberation. 'Things have changed quite a bit. We de...
by JD
09 Nov 2018, 08:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: A thread for mocking politicians
Replies: 988
Views: 51307

Re: A thread for mocking politicians

I gotta come down on the side of "asinine and obtuse", whether she was trying to be funny or not. She's not wrong that it is difficult to move to a new high-cost-of-living city when your job doesn't start for a while. She seems to be implying, though, that this is something special about her or some...
by JD
08 Nov 2018, 15:23
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: On the modern electric guitar
Replies: 243
Views: 24980

Re: On the modern electric guitar

Fulfilling my search for a simple boost pedal to use in the effects loop, I picked up an Earthquaker Devices Arrows . It's got one knob, which is exactly what I wanted: basically a big "more" knob. I got it for stupidly cheap, since it was at an EQD promotional event (a friend of mine works for them...
by JD
08 Nov 2018, 08:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Techno-Bleg Thread
Replies: 2947
Views: 130524

Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

The AC adapter for one of my monitors looks to have died. I chatted with the company that made it and they offered to send me a new one but with a $30 shipping fee. I found an AC adapter on amazon for $12 that appears to have all the same specs and connections type. The only difference is that it d...
by JD
08 Nov 2018, 06:43
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Shamelessly Currying Favor with Ellie
Replies: 3877
Views: 223278

Re: Shamelessly Currying Favor with Ellie

Fury being a lap cat.
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by JD
07 Nov 2018, 12:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Vote or Die
Replies: 202
Views: 3167

Re: Vote or Die

I voted for a Libertarian where there was one on the ballot, and generally left things blank otherwise. I voted for one Reform Party candidate because I knew there was no way in hell he was going to win, and I would like to help keep third parties on the ballot. On our ballot measures, which I voted...
by JD
07 Nov 2018, 10:43
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Fast as Lightnin' - boxing / mma / martial arts stuffs
Replies: 20
Views: 773

Re: Fast as Lightnin' - boxing / mma / martial arts stuffs

So now it's looking like Tenshin Nasukawa vs Floyd Mayweather . I've seen some footage of Nasukawa, and he's really impressive, but I'm still not convinced of his ability to win, not if this is another straight-up boxing match. Nasukawa is young and fast, and it's been another year-plus on Mayweathe...
by JD
07 Nov 2018, 10:24
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Home $weet Home
Replies: 1862
Views: 70969

Re: Home $weet Home

Also, it just seems like a tiny house is that much less stuff to clean. I mean, if you can stand in one spot and touch every surface, how hard could the cleaning be?