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by JD
11 Jan 2018, 22:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Towing the Lion
Replies: 1727
Views: 87532

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: 4584
Views: 80233

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: 59
Views: 1094

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: 11621
Views: 625040

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: 11621
Views: 625040

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: 11621
Views: 625040

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: 488

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: 488

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: 4012
Views: 132360

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: 3083
Views: 114624

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: 1065
Views: 65105

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: 4012
Views: 132360

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: 6185
Views: 169232

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: 116657

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: 3690
Views: 107823

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...
by JD
03 Jan 2018, 15:50
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2379
Views: 110985

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

Watched the first two episodes of Black Mirror . I thought the first was pretty 'eh'; it read way too much like your standard police/military/intelligence thriller, and the "message" left me shrugging. But the second one was a really good riff on consumerism, celebrity culture, and the rat race. Yo...
by JD
03 Jan 2018, 14:17
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2379
Views: 110985

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

Watched the first two episodes of Black Mirror. I thought the first was pretty 'eh'; it read way too much like your standard police/military/intelligence thriller, and the "message" left me shrugging. But the second one was a really good riff on consumerism, celebrity culture, and the rat race.
by JD
03 Jan 2018, 12:54
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you drinking?
Replies: 476
Views: 66470

Re: What are you drinking?

Nothing, actually, as we are embarking upon a "dry January".
by JD
02 Jan 2018, 14:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 3690
Views: 107823

Re: When journalism goes bad

Alcohol is packed with "empty" calories - those with almost no nutritional value that can make us fat and don't fill us up.
(http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42539839)

Calories with no nutritional value? That's a neat trick.
by JD
31 Dec 2017, 10:12
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Prank SWAT Call May Have Led to Wichita Police Killing a Random Man on His Own Doorstep
Replies: 37
Views: 707

Re: Prank SWAT Call May Have Led to Wichita Police Killing a Random Man on His Own Doorstep

IANAL, but isn't it a general principle of the law that you are responsible for the consequences of your actions? That is, even if X didn't know Y or intend for him to be killed, if X's actions caused the death of Y, then X is legally responsible for that.
by JD
30 Dec 2017, 18:44
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4012
Views: 132360

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

If you're familiar with "Abdul Abulbul Amir" it's probably the only place you have ever heard the word "Kalmuck". A Kalmyk is a member of the Kalmykian ethnolinguistic group; they live in Kalmykia, which is on the western shore of the Caspian, kind of between the Black and Caspian Seas, south of Mos...
by JD
22 Dec 2017, 18:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 3690
Views: 107823

Re: When journalism goes bad

The thing that surprised me the most was seeing snack vending machines on the subway platforms. The New York City Council would absolutely shit themselves if someone suggested that here. It's not like the newsstands in the subway stations are full of healthy snacks. No, true, but the city seems to ...
by JD
22 Dec 2017, 13:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9054
Views: 293699

Re: Petty annoyances

My health insurance provider's website SUUUUUUUCKS - or maybe I should say "websiteS", since they keep redirecting you to different ones. "Go to www.insuranceprovideronline.com for services! Then log in with your insuranceprovideronline account - well, actually you have to log in with your HealthNet...
by JD
22 Dec 2017, 12:34
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: cars and how they get that way
Replies: 1250
Views: 39016

Re: cars and how they get that way

A skeptical look at the progress towards autonomous vehicles: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/12/ ... rless-cars