Pick Your Poisson

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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Hugh Akston » 19 Mar 2012, 23:26

So I just read Hitchen's 2006 VF piece about Kony, and I have to wonder (apparently part two in a series) whether he ever covered an actual story, or just wrote stories about himself covering stories. Also the religion angle seems...not irrelevant to the story, but probably not as relevant to the story as Hitch seems to imply.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 20 Mar 2012, 20:58

I'd have gone with Brownian Sightings for a new title.

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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by the innominate one » 24 Mar 2012, 13:03

That's good, too.

Every time I see the thread for video games, I think of Lana Del Rey. Then, it's off to my bunk.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Mo » 25 Mar 2012, 00:40

If you're a swarthy, out of shape dude wearing a Spain t-shirt in a Brooks Brothers in CT, their first assumption is that you're a retired soccer player.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Kolohe » 27 Mar 2012, 11:26

The Arlington County Courthouse issues Marriage Licenses and Concealed Carry Permits out of the same office.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by thoreau » 27 Mar 2012, 11:28

Kolohe wrote:The Arlington County Courthouse issues Marriage Licenses and Concealed Carry Permits out of the same office.
Which are you in the market for?

Aldo, there's a tasteless comment to be made about that juxtaposition.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Kolohe » 27 Mar 2012, 11:42

thoreau wrote:
Kolohe wrote:The Arlington County Courthouse issues Marriage Licenses and Concealed Carry Permits out of the same office.
Which are you in the market for?

Aldo, there's a tasteless comment to be made about that juxtaposition.
It's just down the hall from the wills and estates section.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Highway » 27 Mar 2012, 18:58

Local Qdoba restaurant has had the World's Least Effective Help Wanted poster up for 6 months, probably due to their conditions on the poster:

"Help Wanted: Weekend Staff, must be able to work every Saturday and Sunday, NO EXCEPTIONS"
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Eric the .5b » 27 Mar 2012, 19:38

Kolohe wrote:
thoreau wrote:
Kolohe wrote:The Arlington County Courthouse issues Marriage Licenses and Concealed Carry Permits out of the same office.
Which are you in the market for?

Aldo, there's a tasteless comment to be made about that juxtaposition.
It's just down the hall from the wills and estates section.
And the gun shop with the single-bullet discount?
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by the innominate one » 27 Mar 2012, 21:52

Good times protesting at an atheist rally (no, it's not the Westboro Baptist Church).
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by thoreau » 30 Mar 2012, 00:11

Before I swim laps I get on the scale in just my swim trunks. It comes out pretty close to 212 pounds.

I swim for 45 minutes. I spend 5 minutes in the jacuzzi. I shower. Wrapped in a towel, I step on the scale. It comes out pretty close to 210.

I'd love to conclude that I worked out so hard that I lost 2 pounds, except that this also happened on Tuesday, so I gained back those 2 pounds over Wednesday.

And, no, I did not go to the bathroom between visits to the scale.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Jadagul » 30 Mar 2012, 01:18

Thoreau: you're losing water weight. Sweat, both during the workout and the jacuzzi, most likely.

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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by the innominate one » 01 Apr 2012, 12:07

I kind of hope this isn't an April Fools' joke by Google, though I strongly suspect it is.



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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Kolohe » 01 Apr 2012, 12:14

the innominate one wrote:I kind of hope this isn't an April Fools' joke by Google, though I strongly suspect it is.

I liked that better than Google Maps for NES. (though 'blow on the cartridge' has been the single funniest line today.)
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Kolohe » 01 Apr 2012, 15:55

The drying staff at one of the local carwashes was entirely female on this shift.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Hugh Akston » 01 Apr 2012, 16:01

Kolohe wrote:The drying staff at one of the local carwashes was entirely female on this shift.
D...did they run of clean rags and the only cloth they had left to dry the cars were their cutoff t-shirts?
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Timothy » 01 Apr 2012, 16:02

Gmail Tap is definitely a joke. The engineer listed as Todd Smith is LL Cool J - real name James Todd Smith.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Warren » 01 Apr 2012, 16:13

Timothy wrote:Gmail Tap is definitely a joke. The engineer listed as Todd Smith is LL Cool J - real name James Todd Smith.
Or you might have noticed any of a dozen other anvils falling on your head.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Eric the .5b » 01 Apr 2012, 16:23

Timothy wrote:Gmail Tap is definitely a joke. The engineer listed as Todd Smith is LL Cool J - real name James Todd Smith.
That was a fantastic kicker, yes.

The obvious bit was having two buttons. A real Morse code app would only need one. I'd actually looked for such an app out of curiosity, as people skilled with morse can do so freaking fast, but there's nothing that work as a general keyboard replacement like, say, SlideIt. Worse COMMA standard Morse code doesn't actually support a lot of characters that come up STOP Though, I suppose if anyone built such an app, they'd probably support one of the extensions that do.

(SlideIt is nice, but requires care. When I lock up the office and text in that it's all locked up, alarms turned on, etc., the phrase "sensors armed" keeps getting interpreted as "senators armed".)

I'd be tempted to explore some sort of mini-keyboard interface for smart phones that used a few buttons, but I'm not much of a human factors designer, and I fear that the best-case result would be recreating Palm's Graffiti - a brilliant interface that would be quickly left in the dust as the hardware capabilities evolved.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Kolohe » 01 Apr 2012, 17:46

Hugh Akston wrote:
Kolohe wrote:The drying staff at one of the local carwashes was entirely female on this shift.
D...did they run of clean rags and the only cloth they had left to dry the cars were their cutoff t-shirts?
They were all warmly dressed middle aged hispanic women (NTTAWWT)
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Jake » 02 Apr 2012, 14:25

I kinda want a Morse-to-text app now.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by the innominate one » 02 Apr 2012, 16:45

Jake wrote:I kinda want a Morse-to-text app now.
Same here, that's why I hoped it wasn't an April Fools' joke.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by JasonL » 02 Apr 2012, 17:11

It would be cool if it were integrated into the flashlight and camera functions so we could tap text each other with light signals.

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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by the innominate one » 02 Apr 2012, 17:14

That would be cool. My flashlight has SOS in Morse code programmed in.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Stevo Darkly » 03 Apr 2012, 00:53

Kolohe wrote:
Hugh Akston wrote:
Kolohe wrote:The drying staff at one of the local carwashes was entirely female on this shift.
D...did they run of clean rags and the only cloth they had left to dry the cars were their cutoff t-shirts?
They were all warmly dressed middle aged hispanic women (NTTAWWT)
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