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by JD
Yesterday, 21:46
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you drinking?
Replies: 580
Views: 188527

Re: What are you drinking?

I acquired that bottle of Future Gin, and finished it off the other night; it's a subtle one but damn is it nice. I've also acquired a bottle of Shot Tower (my wife was in the Baltimore area recently) which is very nice although rather more in the London Dry style than my usual taste - I'm such a Ne...
by JD
04 May 2021, 15:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 10192
Views: 716689

Re: Petty annoyances

We complained to the landlord about some damage to our tub, so he arranged for somebody to come reglaze it. They did, not surprisingly, a quick and sloppy job, because our landlord is a cheap bastard. I'm annoyed because now our place is stunk up with fumes and we can't use the tub for a day, for a ...
by JD
04 May 2021, 14:25
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4541
Views: 326070

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

You know how sometimes people say something like, "Instead of having a huge destructive war that kills a ton of people, why don't the two sides just each nominate champions to fight it out?" Something very similar to that actually happened: The Battle of the 300 Champions And I just learned of anot...
by JD
03 May 2021, 18:19
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Tiny Triumphs
Replies: 1102
Views: 118506

Re: Tiny Triumphs

I keep trying to make it into The Hall of the Mountain King but the third and fourth measures aren't quite right. Sure they are. It's a little weird because it involves an E sharp, which you don't see a lot, but it's right. Reading keys and such is really where my skills are weak, but now that I lo...
by JD
03 May 2021, 14:40
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread
Replies: 957
Views: 97065

Re: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread

The Parker Solar Probe is now the closest-ever human-made object to the sun, at about 0.07 AU. By way of comparison, even Mercury's perihelion is about 0.31 AU. I think I am so fond of the Parker Solar Probe partly because it reminds me of Ray Bradbury's story "The Golden Apples of the Sun" , about...
by JD
03 May 2021, 11:47
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Tiny Triumphs
Replies: 1102
Views: 118506

Re: Tiny Triumphs

https://twitter.com/PuccaNoodles/status/1185331322488643584 I have really never been able to sight read, despite nearly 10 years of public school music classes. ETA thankfully someone id’ed the tune in the replies I can barely read music, but I was actually able to figure out what it was! Well, fig...
by JD
29 Apr 2021, 16:55
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3904
Views: 382812

Re: Twitter!

https://twitter.com/DrilllKnight/status/1387200083083599877 My first thought was, "Given the underwhelming tepidness of what you people turn out to mean by ''abolish police', what silly minor shit do you think that would constitute, and how would it help you?" 99.9% of the time it means "Give me fr...
by JD
29 Apr 2021, 14:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I want to ride my bicycle! I want to ride my bike!
Replies: 379
Views: 26705

Re: I want to ride my bicycle! I want to ride my bike!

NYC continues with its SOP of banning anything that isn't basically a city-granted monopoly:
https://nypost.com/2021/04/28/nyc-hits- ... ist-order/
by JD
27 Apr 2021, 17:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 4604
Views: 327652

Re: When journalism goes bad

What would really help is if one of the Derek Chauvin clones still on the job were to beat the crap out of a white grandmother on video. You almost got your wish. US police officers are seen mocking a 73-year-old woman with dementia as they watch video of her shoulder going "pop" during her forcibl...
by JD
27 Apr 2021, 14:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1709
Views: 136121

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

Most graphs I've seen show covid cases in raw numbers, but it's really interesting to look at them as per capita numbers. India's current surge is horrifying, but we forget just how huge India is - in per capita numbers, France is doing worse than India, and Germany and Canada are pretty close. And ...
by JD
26 Apr 2021, 16:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Human Origins, Historical Oddities, Evolution Etc.
Replies: 31
Views: 469

Re: Human Origins, Historical Oddities, Evolution Etc.

To go back to the original post and the topic of "ancient tech", one of the things I studied in college was flint-knapping, as part of a "prehistoric technology" class. And one of the things that people have realized, in the process of rediscovering this technology, is just how much skill can be inv...
by JD
26 Apr 2021, 14:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 4604
Views: 327652

Re: When journalism goes bad

Let's see if I can sum this up briefly... "Actually showing disturbing footage of police killing PoC doesn't help us in our fight against racism; therefore, we should punish any media outlets that do it." https://www.v ox.com/first-person/22391964/george-floyd-derek-chauvin-adam-toledo-police-violence
by JD
26 Apr 2021, 14:31
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8276
Views: 482091

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

My wife Amanda and our friend Bart couldn't believe I'd never seen Borat , so we put it on the other night. By about 15 minutes in, they'd said, "I think I blocked this part out of my memory" about ten times. :lol: Did they make you sit through the whole thing? Actually, we got through maybe 25 min...
by JD
26 Apr 2021, 14:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Tell Me a Joke
Replies: 21
Views: 318

Re: Tell Me a Joke

And I'm reminded of this Soviet joke: An old veteran has been waiting on line for hours at the butcher shop, when the manager comes out and announces that the shop is completely out of meat. The old man gets very angry, and yells, "This is outrageous! I fought and bled for this country in the Great ...
by JD
26 Apr 2021, 14:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Tell Me a Joke
Replies: 21
Views: 318

Re: Tell Me a Joke

I have a bunch of Norski jokes, although most of them are really more along the lines of shaggy dog stories, and you really have to tell them with the accent. For example... Sven, Ole, and Lars are at the diner one day, eating and reading the newspaper, when they notice that the Minnesota State Poli...
by JD
26 Apr 2021, 12:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 1101
Views: 115991

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Congratulations to Jeff! And it just occurred to me that today is my freedom day too!
by JD
26 Apr 2021, 12:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Tell Me a Joke
Replies: 21
Views: 318

Re: Tell Me a Joke

This one only really works out loud:

Why does a chicken coop have two doors?
Because if it had four doors, it would be a chicken sedan.
by JD
26 Apr 2021, 12:19
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8276
Views: 482091

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

My wife Amanda and our friend Bart couldn't believe I'd never seen Borat, so we put it on the other night. By about 15 minutes in, they'd said, "I think I blocked this part out of my memory" about ten times.
by JD
26 Apr 2021, 10:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Human Origins, Historical Oddities, Evolution Etc.
Replies: 31
Views: 469

Re: Human Origins, Historical Oddities, Evolution Etc.

In at least some cases, the tech doesn't go anywhere because it needs complementary tech to be useful. So like, the Greeks could make a steam engine. But they didn't have the metallurgy to make them at a useful scale. A lot of what Watt did wasn't "hey, we could use steam to move a piston", but sol...
by JD
22 Apr 2021, 20:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Surprise! It's Government's Good Side
Replies: 970
Views: 90439

Re: Surprise! It's Government's Good Side

NYC is actually building some useful new infrastructure. Here is where the final phase of a 50-year long journey to create a backup for the city’s water supply will soon break ground, with workers blasting out two enormous shafts, burrowing down more than 600 feet. The shafts will connect the surro...
by JD
22 Apr 2021, 12:22
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4541
Views: 326070

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

STS-27R , the third flight of the space shuttle Atlantis and only the second shuttle flight after the Challenger disaster, was almost a disaster of the kind that destroyed Columbia in STS-107. Atlantis' Thermal Protection System tiles sustained extensive damage during the flight. Ablative insulatin...
by JD
21 Apr 2021, 13:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Money for Nothing: the Universal Basic Income
Replies: 746
Views: 49876

Re: Money for Nothing: the Universal Basic Income

The universality requirement means low incomes are receiving transfers but not most people. The effect for middle incomes of universal healthcare for example is to convert discretionary income into a healthcare benefit, not for rich people to pay for your healthcare. I think people perceive UBI bei...
by JD
20 Apr 2021, 15:36
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1709
Views: 136121

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

Jennifer wrote: 20 Apr 2021, 14:00 Bat scratch fever.
Zing!
by JD
20 Apr 2021, 13:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Money for Nothing: the Universal Basic Income
Replies: 746
Views: 49876

Re: Money for Nothing: the Universal Basic Income

The article notes that Garcetti is a member of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income , so I went and looked at their web site. They do address two very important questions: A guaranteed income is meant to supplement, rather than replace, the existing social safety net and How would we pay for a guaranteed ...