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by JD
Today, 11:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I just don't get it
Replies: 2820
Views: 90236

Re: I just don't get it

There were actually some funny bits in Bruno, but most of them were not of the "put strangers in a bizarre situation" shtick. I did laugh when he snapped at the cop, "What does it look like, Paul Blart?" But the "gay lovers chained up in a hotel room" bit with the hotel manager just did not work , b...
by JD
Today, 10:15
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11875
Views: 671849

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

An interesting article about a serial killer in China active from 1988 to 2002. Not surprisingly, closed societies deal worse with the existence of serial killers, from refusing to admit that they even have them, to refusing to discuss them externally because it would besmirch the country's reputat...
by JD
Today, 08:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1324
Views: 43448

Re: Inequality

I'm saying hunter-gatherers were too foolish to invent modern medicine and birth control Actually the birth control thing might not be totally correct. There is some evidence that h/g peoples had various ways - some conscious and intentional, some not - of controlling their population. Later age of...
by JD
Yesterday, 17:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 158
Views: 6507

Re: The Abortion Thread

Wow. Every time I think cartoonish villains are, well, cartoonish, life presents some counter-evidence...
by JD
Yesterday, 13:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: 400 ppm
Replies: 272
Views: 7782

Re: 400 ppm

One of the authors of "Hothouse Earth" has basically stated that we need to go full-on command economy in order to prevent global warming: [The] obvious thing we have to do is to get greenhouse gas emissions down as fast as we can. That means that has to be the primary target of policy and economic...
by JD
Yesterday, 13:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1324
Views: 43448

Re: Inequality

One theory that has come up is that people began farming in places where there was a reliable resource surrounded by (at least relatively) inhospitable areas - e.g., the Nile, Tigris and Euphrates, Indus, and Yellow River valleys. Those encouraged people to remain in place and not go roaming off, bu...
by JD
14 Aug 2018, 16:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Cooling down: a more palatable thread?
Replies: 37
Views: 493

Re: Cooling down: a more palatable thread?

Oddly enough, just today the head of the department here mentioned that he is directly related to the Zalatimos who supposedly make the best mutabak in the world.
by JD
14 Aug 2018, 16:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 530
Views: 18379

Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

And what's up with the bizarre "in my voice" and "through my name" phrasings he uses? Is the guy actually fucking insane, or is this just another case of "how stupid people think smart people talk"?
by JD
14 Aug 2018, 14:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Towing the Lion
Replies: 1863
Views: 106323

Re: Towing the Lion

At the end of a recipe blog post: "Bon Apetite!" This reminds me of the famous (possibly apocryphal) story that Novell got its name by the founder saying, "Hey, what's French for new ?" and his wife saying, "Uh, novell , I think." (It's not; it's nouveau or nouvelle , but apparently nobody bothered...
by JD
13 Aug 2018, 14:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Groping Resistance - Pfft.
Replies: 1061
Views: 32773

Re: Groping Resistance - Pfft.

Here's an infuriating story about TSA getting all "respect muh authority" on a guy: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story ... ate-219347
by JD
13 Aug 2018, 13:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I just don't get it
Replies: 2820
Views: 90236

Re: I just don't get it

So am I the only person in the world who finds Sacha Baron Cohen's shtick repetitive, stupid, and neither funny nor enlightening? I feel like it, sometimes.
by JD
11 Aug 2018, 17:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Speaking in tongues (the "learning languages" thread)
Replies: 139
Views: 11091

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

So far I can say that Korean is definitely tougher than Spanish or French. I haven't really gotten into much of the grammar, but the phonology is just very different from English. The romanization is kind of iffy because of that. Something written like "jjeu" ends up being pronounced more like "dzuh...
by JD
09 Aug 2018, 14:12
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 7721
Views: 253917

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

Last night I watched Lady Street Fighter , not to be confused with Sister Street Fighter the kung fu movie. All I can say is that if you love terrible B movies, you have to hunt down LSF ( now available on Blu-ray, no really ). It is howlingly incoherent and nonsensical, like Red Zone Cuba/Night Tra...
by JD
08 Aug 2018, 13:57
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 866
Views: 58837

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

I can only see the lede of this article because the rest is hidden behind a subscription paywall, but: "Sound waves are a form of antigravity because they have negative mass.": I'd love to read more about that, because technically speaking, soundwaves are not so much a thing as they are a property ...
by JD
08 Aug 2018, 13:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Towing the Lion
Replies: 1863
Views: 106323

Re: Towing the Lion

Towing el león : "Bendo una guitara agustica" (rough translation: "I am saling an agoustic gitar") See, stuff like this is why I raise an eyebrow when speakers of other languages insist that their language and orthography are completely rational. The only word this person got right was "una". (It sh...
by JD
07 Aug 2018, 13:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6540
Views: 198417

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

I don't know where to put this story, but it's infuriating. And nothing really new, unfortunately.
Captive Audience: How Companies Make Millions Charging Prisoners to Send An Email
by JD
06 Aug 2018, 13:13
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 866
Views: 58837

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

On a somewhat related note, a friend and I were talking about batteries and energy density this weekend, noting that the energy density of batteries is quite low compared to, say, gasoline. A gasoline-powered cell phone would be hilariously awesome, and it made me think that a great dieselpunk proje...
by JD
06 Aug 2018, 12:59
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 866
Views: 58837

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

Heck, depending on your budget and taste for labor, you can get a real pressure gauge for about $10, relic it with some paint, and gimmick it so the needle is stuck wherever you want it to be.
by JD
06 Aug 2018, 12:52
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What's New at the Bijou?
Replies: 1064
Views: 59387

Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Saw Blindspotting yesterday. It's really damn good, and one of those films that makes you uncomfortable watching it because you constantly have the feeling that something terrible is about to happen. But it also balances that with some really funny parts ("In my defense, who knew hipsters were that ...
by JD
02 Aug 2018, 13:46
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2108
Views: 83074

Re: Twitter!

There's a case to be made that if employment was completely decoupled from health care, both businesses and employees (and potential businesses and potential employees) would be a lot better off. This has been one of my main points for a long time. Over the last century or so, the federal governmen...
by JD
02 Aug 2018, 13:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Money for Nothing: the Universal Basic Income
Replies: 527
Views: 9100

Re: Money for Nothing: the Universal Basic Income

Ontario has scrapped its experimental UBI program. Not a lot of details, just
MacLeod said program was "not doing what it's intended to do and it's quite expensive." She did not elaborate further.
by JD
31 Jul 2018, 14:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9325
Views: 330895

Re: Petty annoyances

I have had to increase the text size on my cell phone. THERE, ARE YOU HAPPY NOW, AGING? I HAVE A LARGE-PRINT CELLPHONE NOW. PLEASED WITH YOURSELF, AGING?
by JD
31 Jul 2018, 10:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9325
Views: 330895

Re: Petty annoyances

People who create flashcard decks for words in gendered languages and don't bother to indicate the gender of the word. It would help not to say things like "I would like to eat the Pope", you know?
by JD
30 Jul 2018, 15:59
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Fly the Friendly Skies...
Replies: 295
Views: 19628

Re: Fly the Friendly Skies...

The TSA has launched a program called "Quiet Skies", which tracks specific air travelers because...well, I'm not sure why, actually. The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is facing criticism for secretly tracking Americans on flights, US media report. The "Quiet Skies" programme repor...
by JD
30 Jul 2018, 15:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 3933
Views: 130634

Re: When journalism goes bad

"Hello, Mr. George Foreman, Mr. George Foreman, Mr. George Foreman, Mr. George Foreman, Mr. George Foreman, Mr. George Foreman, and Ms. Georgette Foreman."