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by JD
12 Apr 2021, 20:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: 400 ppm
Replies: 348
Views: 35777

Re: 400 ppm

France bans domestic flights if you could just take a train instead. As usual, the greenies utterly dismiss any possibility of using market forces to get what they want, preferring to just ban stuff, even though the French government's own transport minister seems to be claiming that the ban wasn't...
by JD
12 Apr 2021, 16:30
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Worth a Thousand Lulz
Replies: 868
Views: 101508

Re: Worth a Thousand Lulz

Holy shit you guys. ChristianChihuahuaThinBlueLineFlag.jpg Not, as near as I can tell, even a joke. https://flagwix.com/products/chihuahua-police-dog-thin-blue-line-christian-cross-flag-trl288f6/?attribute_pa_size=garden-flag-11-5-x-17-5&gclid=Cj0KCQjw38-DBhDpARIsADJ3kjmR-Ov1bCwrHAXEqsE5qHsAwuZhavz...
by JD
12 Apr 2021, 15:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: 400 ppm
Replies: 348
Views: 35777

Re: 400 ppm

France bans domestic flights if you could just take a train instead. As usual, the greenies utterly dismiss any possibility of using market forces to get what they want, preferring to just ban stuff, even though the French government's own transport minister seems to be claiming that the ban wasn't...
by JD
12 Apr 2021, 12:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Quotable quotes
Replies: 1562
Views: 142087

Re: Quotable quotes

Sima Qian writes: King Wei of Chu, having heard of the ability of Chuang Chau, sent messengers with large gifts to bring him to his court, and promising also that he would make him his chief minister. Chuang-Tze, however, only laughed and said to them, "A thousand ounces of silver are a great gain t...
by JD
12 Apr 2021, 11:58
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread
Replies: 951
Views: 96472

Re: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread

No. It points to taste receptor molecules being sensitive to the frequency at which the molecules attaching to them vibrate. Bonds in heavy water vibrate at a different frequency than regular water because the deuterium is heavier and moves more slowly. I defer to your knowledge, Dr. T; chemistry w...
by JD
12 Apr 2021, 10:58
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread
Replies: 951
Views: 96472

Re: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread

Humans can taste the difference between normal water and heavy water: https://www.sciencealert.com/there-s-on ... ts-confirm

This points towards "nuclear quantum effects in chemical systems", which is pretty wild-sounding.
by JD
12 Apr 2021, 10:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Towing the Lion
Replies: 2097
Views: 233841

Re: Towing the Lion

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Really, it just bugs me because I deal with a lot of English learners who struggle greatly with forming questions in English (which is not an easy matter) and this kind of thing does not help.
by JD
11 Apr 2021, 17:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Speaking in tongues (the "learning languages" thread)
Replies: 332
Views: 61031

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

[Mo|Do]jito, for one, welcomes our new Chinese overlords. Also now they can terrify MAGAs. https://twitter.com/normative/status/1293198558041079808 Speaking of this, I learned today that there is a Chinese phrase that translates to "I've eaten more salt than you've eaten rice." It is basically the ...
by JD
11 Apr 2021, 14:04
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4533
Views: 324839

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Across Europe, people have found numerous bronze dodecahedrons among Roman artifacts . The objects themselves are odd enough: bronze dodecahedrons, ranging from about the size of a golf ball to about the size of a baseball, hollow, with a small knob at each apex. Each face of the dodecahedron has a ...
by JD
11 Apr 2021, 10:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 10177
Views: 712192

Re: Petty annoyances

Product manuals that don't match up with the actual product. I'm trying to use my Ninja Foodi TM to do pressure cooking. Firstly, it's hard to even be sure that it's the right manual; the manual says "Ninja Foodi OP300" but the actual cooker just says "Ninja" on it, you have to look really hard to f...
by JD
09 Apr 2021, 14:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1660
Views: 133781

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

Shem wrote: 08 Apr 2021, 21:48 I dunno, I kind of liked it. Never had sinuses so clean.
I don't know what to say to that, JadaPainShem.
by JD
08 Apr 2021, 15:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1660
Views: 133781

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

After having a covid-19 test, I'm more impressed by those sideshow performers who hammer a nail up their nose. I always knew it was possible, I just didn't realize how uncomfortable it was.
by JD
07 Apr 2021, 13:40
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8246
Views: 479842

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

a stoner comedy that doesn't usually succeed in being funny." Can confirm. I liked Dark Star, but it was a slow burn. Wife left early in the movie. I decided to finish for the sake of finishing but it kept getting better and better through the end. Yeah, I was surprised because I had read the synop...
by JD
07 Apr 2021, 12:48
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3222
Views: 271440

Re: What are you reading?

I started reading Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem last night. Really enjoying it. It's fascinating to read something by someone for whom the Cultural Revolution is part of their very real and recent history.
by JD
07 Apr 2021, 07:31
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8246
Views: 479842

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

Last night I watched Dark Star , John Carpenter's first film. It's not good , but it has occasional unexpected flashes of brilliance. The best way I can describe it is " Alien , but as a stoner comedy that doesn't usually succeed in being funny." The screenwriter was Dan O'Bannon, who went on to wri...
by JD
06 Apr 2021, 09:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 10177
Views: 712192

Re: Petty annoyances

It seems to be some kind of law of the universe that if I put on a clean pair of pants, I will spill something oily on it within the first half a day.
by JD
03 Apr 2021, 12:11
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Small joys and random good things
Replies: 139
Views: 65041

Re: Small joys and random good things

I have been jamming with a new bunch of guys, this time playing bass instead of guitar. It's a fun change of pace.
by JD
01 Apr 2021, 11:03
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1462
Views: 163674

Re: Star Trek Wankery

With some inventions, like the wheel and Archimedes' screw, what happened was "Someone discovered or invented this, and we the collective members of the human race never lost that knowledge, and even built upon it." But of course, there's also a lot of knowledge or discoveries that were lost -- I r...
by JD
31 Mar 2021, 12:05
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Good Cover Versions
Replies: 223
Views: 51610

Re: Good Cover Versions

I think this version of "Born to Be Wild" knocks the stuffing out of the original. Although honestly, I think almost any cover of BTBW somehow manages to be better than the original.

by JD
31 Mar 2021, 11:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 9384
Views: 533233

Re: Observations of the Random sort

Why does the new Android messages app give me the option to respond with emojis on my own messages? I mean, I guess once they had the "respond with emojis" functionality, it was more work to limit it to certain messages only, but it still seems weird. Like, what am I going to do, thumbs-up my own me...
by JD
31 Mar 2021, 11:22
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Small joys and random good things
Replies: 139
Views: 65041

Re: Small joys and random good things

Good for that guy and good for you. I've often wished we had a way to communicate with other drivers... I imagine a banner on the windshield with push button control for messages like: no brake lights/no head lights/ gas cover open, etc. I have imagined a big light-up signboard, but it would say ve...
by JD
30 Mar 2021, 10:33
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4533
Views: 324839

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

There was a popular early plastic called galalith (or erinoid or casolith or lactoloid in some countries) which is actually made from, essentially, curdled milk. It's easy to make, nontoxic, nonflammable, and biodegradable. Despite those seeming advantages, it has some severe disadvantages, as appar...
by JD
29 Mar 2021, 16:20
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 6232
Views: 470111

Re: Light laffs

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by JD
26 Mar 2021, 14:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 9384
Views: 533233

Re: Observations of the Random sort

dhex wrote: 26 Mar 2021, 08:16 It would s a testimony to trumps general awfulness that Biden's impression of late term Reagan at his press conference went unremarked in the msm.
I would swear that one of the NY tabloids had something about it on the front page, but I can't find it now, so maybe I imagined it.