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Title: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 18 Jun 2014, 18:47
The random thoughts thread was reaching 100 pages, so here's the new one.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 18 Jun 2014, 20:04
I wish I could get my Muse published.
3-4 solid stories floating around in my skull.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 18 Jun 2014, 23:08
I'm waiting. Did you start yet?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 19 Jun 2014, 04:01
I wish I could get my Muse published.
3-4 solid stories floating around in my skull.

Well. You have some time at the moment. Get thee writing.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Zebediah on 19 Jun 2014, 04:50
Oh, boy. My son just asked me what steampunk is.  :psyduck:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 19 Jun 2014, 04:59
Allow me to suggest the following song as an educational tool.


Then taking him to the appropriate fine shops and have him pick out an appropriate pair of fighting trousers.



Do not however show him this link: http://www.steamgirl.com/ NSFW and lovely in it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 19 Jun 2014, 06:13
I love that song. If only anything else he did was remotely as good.
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Post by: ChaoSera on 19 Jun 2014, 11:57
I hate topics that are all in small letters.
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Post by: jwhouk on 19 Jun 2014, 12:30
Then I guess you're not going to start an e. e. cummings appreciation thread?


;)
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Post by: Welu on 19 Jun 2014, 14:24
My partner and I came up with a kickass title for our next short film that will only make sense to local people. Mainstream market, what's that?  O0
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Post by: Jimor on 20 Jun 2014, 04:07
Then I guess you're not going to start an e. e. cummings appreciation thread?

;)

One thing that puzzled me during my bookstore days was how publishers were VERY inconsistent on their typography of his name. Several books had E. E. Cummings on the spine and title page, and I can't remember exactly why, but other indications seemed to suggest that it wasn't simply out of ignorance, but circumstantial depending on context of how his name was used in that instance.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 20 Jun 2014, 05:56
I've been watching Prime Minister's Questions (from the UK and Australia) and it's way more interesting than anything that happens in the U.S. Congress. Only once in a short while does a Congressman give an animated speech, and disputes between parties play out in long, boring speeches or in press conferences. But in Parliamentary systems there's a built in procedure for yelling right at each other. It's brilliant.

EDIT: Jamaica may be the winner though. You come outside and say that! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXWZAh6sh0c)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 20 Jun 2014, 05:59
(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/t1.0-9/1907372_665580506870304_9197112253307729716_n.jpg)

Someone please tell me this is true
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 20 Jun 2014, 06:01
I hate topics that are all in small letters.
StUdLyCaPs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studly_caps) are far worse.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: lepetitfromage on 20 Jun 2014, 06:08
GM- It does. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogewey)

It sounds pretty amazing. (http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/11/world/europe/wus-holland-dementia-village/)
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Post by: cesium133 on 20 Jun 2014, 06:15
I've been watching Prime Minister's Questions (from the UK and Australia) and it's way more interesting than anything that happens in the U.S. Congress. Only once in a short while does a Congressman give an animated speech, and disputes between parties play out in long, boring speeches or in press conferences. But in Parliamentary systems there's a built in procedure for yelling right at each other. It's brilliant.

EDIT: Jamaica may be the winner though. You come outside and say that! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXWZAh6sh0c)
The U.S. Congress could always go back to the old way of settling disputes. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caning_of_Charles_Sumner)

edit -- The one from 1858 is pretty funny. (I guess except for the postscript that most of the people involved in the fight died in the Civil War.) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legislative_violence#United_States)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 20 Jun 2014, 06:16
I hate topics that are all in small letters.
StUdLyCaPs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studly_caps) are far worse.
I know. May made the topic in my post look like that. Because she's mean.  :x
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 20 Jun 2014, 07:09
I've been watching Prime Minister's Questions (from the UK and Australia) and it's way more interesting than anything that happens in the U.S. Congress. Only once in a short while does a Congressman give an animated speech, and disputes between parties play out in long, boring speeches or in press conferences. But in Parliamentary systems there's a built in procedure for yelling right at each other. It's brilliant.

EDIT: Jamaica may be the winner though. You come outside and say that! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXWZAh6sh0c)
The U.S. Congress could always go back to the old way of settling disputes. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caning_of_Charles_Sumner)

edit -- The one from 1858 is pretty funny. (I guess except for the postscript that most of the people involved in the fight died in the Civil War.) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legislative_violence#United_States)

I learned from that article that a few months ago The Ukrainian Parliament (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8SpihSawM0) broke out into a schoolyard brawl because of the Crimea issue.

Scotland's (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBVJsCXRyyY) is actually interesting because the independence referendum is an issue of such gravitas.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: J on 20 Jun 2014, 19:57
Allow me to suggest the following song as an educational tool.


Then taking him to the appropriate fine shops and have him pick out an appropriate pair of fighting trousers.



Do not however show him this link: http://www.steamgirl.com/ NSFW and lovely in it.



Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Patrick on 21 Jun 2014, 02:44
I wish I could get my Muse published.

I know this has nothing to do with what you're talking about, but fuck the band Muse, they are stupid.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 21 Jun 2014, 13:59
Are there any documented cases of Hitler using a comparison to himself in a debate?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 21 Jun 2014, 16:15
Now THAT is an interesting way to Godwin a thread.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 24 Jun 2014, 11:27
My favorite pastime is going to a large electronics and household appliances retailer with my best mate and playing "The design of everyday things"
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 26 Jun 2014, 08:27
Rufus is awesome.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 26 Jun 2014, 12:25
The name Rufus reminded me of the dog I still have bookmarked (http://www.assisi-ni.org/dogs/rufus/) even though there's no way I can adopt him.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 27 Jun 2014, 17:30
Why isn't electrical conduit sold with pull strings already threaded?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 29 Jun 2014, 21:27
"Nonplussed" has become one of my favorite words as of late, ever since I discovered it isn't modern slang.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 01 Jul 2014, 05:48
Much has been said about my ferocious distaste for small children and the parents of same. I believe I have located the source of that grating bias, I fly regularly. Thus I have other people's children inflicted by on me frequently.

I'm not saying new parents shouldn't fly... But I am saying I'd pay extra for infant free flight guarantees.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 01 Jul 2014, 20:23
Oh, that would be wonderful.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 02 Jul 2014, 14:20
I went through some of my old posts here and found this.

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/07/12/uzu7yte5.jpg)

Why.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 02 Jul 2014, 15:33
Why not?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 02 Jul 2014, 16:14
It's weird.

Random Thought: I hate making Spritesheets.
edit: But I'm finally finished.
(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 02 Jul 2014, 16:54
It's weird.
That doesn't answer my question :roll:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: bryntheskits on 03 Jul 2014, 02:25
Was reading Cracked for some reason, saw Fae in one of the little drawings in the background of an illistration.

(http://i.imgur.com/7DR6I1H.jpg) (http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-responses-to-sexism-that-just-make-everything-worse/)

I chuckled.

(http://i.imgur.com/himZD0M.gif)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 03 Jul 2014, 04:46
About infant free flights, there's at least one Asian airline that separates families with small children from the rest of the passengers, which is such a great idea. On the flight home from Scotland last week I had a little boy behind me who kept kicking the back of my seat, and a baby in front of me who cried all the time. I know they can't help it, but aaaarghh
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 03 Jul 2014, 05:55
Babies can't help crying, but their parents can do things about it - feeding a baby on a flight is a good way to get them calm. Small children can help kicking the back of seats and if their parents aren't stopping them, they're crap parents.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: nekowafer on 03 Jul 2014, 06:31
I feel like genitalia should be described like navels. Like you have an innie, and outie, or something in between. And your gender is a different thing entirely. Like navels; guys can be innies or outies and no one judges them for it. And when you want to date someone with a certain type you just say you like innies. Or guys with innies. Or whatever.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 03 Jul 2014, 07:24
I think the kid behind me was that awkward inbetween size where his legs weren't long enough for the seat, so his knees were positioned before the end of the seat, making his legs stretched out so that his feet touched the seat in front of him (my seat). I dunno if that makes sense, but he didn't seem to be kicking on purpose, so I didn't get too mad about it. Still annoying though, at least it wasn't a long flight.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 03 Jul 2014, 08:51
Babies can't help crying, but their parents can do things about it - feeding a baby on a flight is a good way to get them calm. Small children can help kicking the back of seats and if their parents aren't stopping them, they're crap parents.

A lot of infant crying on flights is due to pressure changes, parents (and everyone for that matter) should perform or induce a Valsalva maneuver.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 03 Jul 2014, 09:03
I don't know how you'd get a baby to do that, but the sucking of nursing helps according to what I've read.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 03 Jul 2014, 09:17
It's very simple, you hold the nose shut and incline the head forward gently. They should induce on their own from there.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 03 Jul 2014, 20:58
Shouldn't "psychitis" be a word, like "psychosis"?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 04 Jul 2014, 05:59
No...why should it be?
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Post by: LTK on 04 Jul 2014, 14:09
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itis: Suffix meaning inflammation. For example, colitis is literally colon inflammation or figuratively inflammation of the colon. The ending -itis is one of the building blocks derived from Greek (in this case) or Latin used to construct medical terms.

Quote
-osis
a suffix occurring in nouns that denote actions, conditions, or states ( hypnosis; leukocytosis; osmosis  ), especially disorders or abnormal states ( chlorosis; neurofibromatosis; tuberculosis  ).

The psyche cannot be inflamed.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 04 Jul 2014, 15:26
Mine can be.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 07 Jul 2014, 00:13
Random Thought: Sometimes I hear music slower than usual. In these moments I feel like my brain has faster CPU cycles than usual.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 07 Jul 2014, 04:51
Oooor you are in someone else's dream. Just saying.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 07 Jul 2014, 06:17
Wha
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 07 Jul 2014, 16:03
In the movie Inception, it is a plot device that protagonists travel into a dream amd when they need to get out, music will play. It is, however, slower than usual, since time passes slowly in the dream.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 07 Jul 2014, 20:59
Wha
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 07 Jul 2014, 23:26
The logic is that action in a dream occurs at the speed of thought.
Just watch it :parrot: It has very nice visual effects (including Leonardo DiCaprio :mrgreen:) if nothing else.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 08 Jul 2014, 02:40
If you honestly think I haven't watched the shit out of Inception already, you're gravely mistaken.
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Post by: GarandMarine on 08 Jul 2014, 10:30
I see video at certain speeds out of sync... like it's moving too fast and is all jumpy.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 08 Jul 2014, 21:35
I was going to make a lengthy post, but it was straying too far into the 'revealing other people's personal information' territory, so I'll just make the statement that "voluntourism" is shitty and stupid.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 09 Jul 2014, 03:23
Right? Like what the hell is that, you're placating your middle class guilt over your ability to afford a vacation? Knock that crap off.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 09 Jul 2014, 08:11
On the other hand, a "vacation" church service trip created a work crew that built a ramp on our house for my daughter.  Hosted by a local church, the majority of the crew was from out of state. 

She's able to come and go as she pleases for the first time in 5 years. 

I know, not quite the same thing, but they do sometimes get lumped together. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 09 Jul 2014, 09:20
I used to volunteer with a group that built houses in Corbin, Kentucky. Certainly not a vacation, and I learned wiring over a few years of being there. But I still wonder what more could have been done if the money that was spent to feed, transport and house us was used to spend more money on building or, hell, hire people to do the work and create desperately needed jobs. And a mob of 50 of teenagers, most of whom have no idea what they're doing and have to be taught, isn't really an efficient way to do the work either.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aimless on 10 Jul 2014, 14:26
This is not much of a musing but I was just struck by the thought that "The Sunk Costs Fallacy" would perhaps be a good indie band name
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 10 Jul 2014, 17:02
Honestly, there's no shortage of good band names to be found by looking at things, and yet there are so many bands with terrible names.

Like Fallout Boy. Nobody likes Milhouse, why should anyone like them?

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 10 Jul 2014, 18:18
Aw come on Windows, can't take that long to list the contents of a directory with 450,000 files in it, can it?  :psyduck:

edit (to avoid double posting)--
I was flipping channels on the TV and came across a baseball game (Anaheim Angels vs. Texas Rangers). The announcer said, "The runner is about 27 feet from the base and the pitcher throws the ball to the first baseman. How fast does the runner have to run to get back to the base? You gotta be a mathematical genius to figure that out. It must be like 200 miles per hour."  :psyduck:
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Post by: Carl-E on 10 Jul 2014, 19:59
(http://media.tumblr.com/ade55849168fba6a2b4e87b91fb5ac7f/tumblr_inline_mxes9d2l7a1qbvt58.gif)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 10 Jul 2014, 20:38
Ran out of paper, did you?
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Post by: Grognard on 10 Jul 2014, 20:53
so all of the family's sunburn is peeling severely.
... dead skin is nasty.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 11 Jul 2014, 05:15
Does anyone else often hear everyday sounds, like the sound of a glass being set on a table or the rustle of a plastic bag, that immediately remind you of the opening note of a song you listen to regularly and start it playing in your head?
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Post by: nekowafer on 11 Jul 2014, 07:23
YES!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 11 Jul 2014, 08:13
Sometimes.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 11 Jul 2014, 08:33
Oh good, I thought I was weird.

(That hypothesis has not yet been conclusively disproven.)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 11 Jul 2014, 09:57
In reverse, I sometimes hear songs and some sounds in the song make me think I got a phone notification.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 11 Jul 2014, 10:04
Yeah I do that, my brother had a song he really liked and it had a sound in it that made me check my phone every single time, despite knowing that it was the song.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 11 Jul 2014, 10:06
Checking the phone is almost like a reflex.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 11 Jul 2014, 11:36

Checking the phone is almost like a reflex.

When I was a boy, if you wanted to check the phone you had to go home and look in the kitchen, dagnabbit :wheelchair:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 12 Jul 2014, 11:30
Anyone else get the phantom buzz against your leg (or wherever you usually keep you phone)? 

Even when it's not on vibrate...
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Post by: pwhodges on 12 Jul 2014, 11:42
Yup.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 12 Jul 2014, 11:43
Totally.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 12 Jul 2014, 11:46
Anyone else get the phantom buzz against your leg (or wherever you usually keep you phone)? 

Even when it's not on vibrate...
Often. And often a few seconds before the alarm actually goes off.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 12 Jul 2014, 12:33
Frequently.
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Post by: Loki on 12 Jul 2014, 13:50
Okay, I dont know where to put it. I am reading a short story written in the 1930s (for anyone curious, The Gilded Pupil by Ethel Lina White), and the following dialog occurs:


Quote
"I want someone to exercise a moral influence on [my fifteen year old daughter]. She is not normal".
"Thymus gland?", hinted Ann.

Anyone know what specifically this refers to? So far I found out that the purpose of the thymus gland was largely unknown and it was blamed for all sorts of problems, up to sudden infant death syndrome (cf "The thymus: from past misconception to present recognition" by one John C. Leonidas) I assume it got blamed for hormonal changes in teenagers?
   
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aimless on 12 Jul 2014, 14:10
It may be a reference to some quasi-scientific theory of psychology that was in vogue at the time, similar to:

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THYMUS-CENTRED TYPE

As already mentioned, the thymus has a great influence upon the sex characteristics and sexual life of each person. It lies at the base of the throat at the upper chest, and in early childhood (up to six or seven) is very large and active. Sometimes, however, it does not become as inactive as it should, and we then have hyperthymus persons.

These people carry childhood traits into adult life. Their skin is soft and rounded, there is little sex differentiation, as the organs have been retarded in their development. Thus the thymus-centred male will lack the aggressiveness and dominant emotional attitude of the balanced man, while the women seem sexless and lack the retiring disposition.

The thymus-centred person is often one in whom unbalanced attraction towards his or her own sex is a pathological situation, and not a development from mental or emotional disturbance. The sex organs of such people have been retarded in their normal development, and thus their body is not receiving sufficient male or female hormones to polarise and stabilise them in their own sex.

One also finds that their moral nature does not become mature, and also, because of a pathological cause, they can sometimes become inveterate liars or even criminals.

http://dreamhawk.com/body-and-mind/glandular-types/

(of course this particular group of ideas seem to be more recent than your story, but perhaps your story refers to their antecedents?)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 13 Jul 2014, 03:16
Yeah I do that, my brother had a song he really liked and it had a sound in it that made me check my phone every single time, despite knowing that it was the song.

There is a moment in 'The Perfect Drug' by Nine Inch Nails where I swear to fucking God it sounds like someone saying my name. When I was younger and still using a tape player for my walks to school it drove me crazy on a daily basis.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 13 Jul 2014, 03:31
Quote
Just know that I am on my way (know that i am on my way)
It doesn't matter where or when there's trouble
If ya just call my name
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 13 Jul 2014, 08:17
This affected me quite deeply. Though the editor who let this get published with the numerous formatting and writing issues needs to be smacked with a cricket bat.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2689826/Bedrooms-fallen-Haunting-black-white-photos-offer-rare-glimpse-lives-young-soldiers-killed-action.html

You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you'll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 13 Jul 2014, 08:45
Okay, I dont know where to put it.
It seems you have bigger problems than references to glands you're not getting...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 13 Jul 2014, 15:15
Well, it wouldn't really fit anywhere.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Nyithra on 13 Jul 2014, 15:19
My phone has a blinking notification light and sometimes I see it blinking out of the corner of my eye even though it isn't really blinking and it's so frustrating
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 13 Jul 2014, 16:07
My phone's notification light had the annoying habit of pulsing just slowly enough that when it caught my eye, it would be off again when I looked in its direction, and it would take just long enough to come back on for me to start doubting whether it had blinked at all. I'm glad Cyanogenmod let me customize that, I made it blink twice as fast now.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 18 Jul 2014, 20:55
http://www.tickld.com/x/this-guy-just-changed-the-way-we-think-about-godandtheuniverse

Have some deep thoughts.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 18 Jul 2014, 23:57
I have seen this before, but this is the first time I see an attribution to the author.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 19 Jul 2014, 08:30
Have some deep thoughts.
How U-U of you! 

(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 19 Jul 2014, 10:56
I was U-U for awhile, and I have strong Unitarian leanings, but that's before I found the particular road I like to walk. I still hold all paths are valid though.
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Post by: Kugai on 19 Jul 2014, 14:20
So does that make the film Defending Your Life a Unitarian film?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 19 Jul 2014, 16:57
I vaguely remember that one - had to look it up and view a clip. 

And no, not really.  IIRC it was more of a Buddhist version of "The Screwtape Letters (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Screwtape_Letters)". 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 20 Jul 2014, 18:09
I'm technically Jewish, as is Sarah. She grew up reform, I grew up nothing in particular (I was Jewish, but no bar mitzvah or temple or anything). I'm thinking of getting an adult bar mitzvah before we get married, just to get in touch with my heritage and because we plan on raising our kids Jewish someday. Probably a reform temple, but I've read some interesting things about reconstructionist Judaism. The rabbi who is doing our wedding is probably the only I'll ask to help me with my bar mitzvah though.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 22 Jul 2014, 07:55
I would pay to see a car repair service called Technically Jewish, or somesuch.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 22 Jul 2014, 09:58
Terrible thought of the day that I might have to say for my stand-up comedy routine, being in Cleveland Ohio is probably what kissing your second cousin at a family reunion is like, it only lasts a moment but the regret lasts a lifetime
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 22 Jul 2014, 14:38
I've only been in Cleveland for a few hours during a road trip (stopped to go to to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and then get lunch/caffeine for the rest of the trip), but honestly? I rather enjoyed my brief time there.

But since you mentioned Cleveland...

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 22 Jul 2014, 14:42
Whoops. I mean Columbus. Not Cleveland.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Redball on 22 Jul 2014, 14:49
being in Cleveland Ohio is probably what kissing your second cousin at a family reunion is like, it only lasts a moment but the regret lasts a lifetime
I spent a pleasant night with a second cousin. Lots of hanky minus PIV panky, and it was sort of a lifetime ago -- Thanksgiving 1962 comes to mind. No regrets.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 22 Jul 2014, 14:53
I can only assume Redball actually has a response to that as I seem to recall he's from the general area... (area being the entire freaking MidWest >.>;)

I will say I fully expect that line to haunt me. Whether I use it or not, if I make it at stand up, my first big show, for whatever fucking reason, will be Colombus, Ohio. If Comedy Central ever does a special for me, it will be there. An entire city as my personal albatross, dangling about my neck as I paddle towards comedic doom.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Redball on 22 Jul 2014, 15:09
This was in Detroit, in an upstairs bedroom on Trinity on the far northwest side. 16165 comes to mind. The cousin, Mary, was a little younger than I. She died a few years ago, an ordained minister, ministering to whom I'm not sure. There's a lifetime for ya'!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Redball on 22 Jul 2014, 15:20
I'm expecting five or six buggies of Amish families in the next hour or so, coming to swim in my little 16x32 pool. If the numbers are like previous years, there'll be three dozen or so, from infants to 30 and 40-somethings. The adult women probably won't be in the pool.
And don't say "pics or it didn't happen." The understanding I have with these folks is that there won't be pics. Dammit.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 22 Jul 2014, 16:34
So your place is an Amish paradise.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 22 Jul 2014, 16:57
Cleveland and Detroit regularly duel themselves as to which is the worst city in the US.

Detroit is currently ahead, but Cleveland has Johnny Manziel.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 22 Jul 2014, 18:11
I swear Jersey has a couple contenders in that fight...
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Post by: Method of Madness on 22 Jul 2014, 18:47
Yeah, I was about to say "what about Camden?" And Redball...did you know she was your second cousin?
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Post by: tragic_pizza on 22 Jul 2014, 18:49
As long as Birmingham exists, there are no contenders for worst...
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Post by: GarandMarine on 22 Jul 2014, 19:13
Birmingham isn't even in the top 10 having been there. It's sucky but compared to the Detroit war zone, Camden, the decaying husk of Wilmington, Delaware...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 23 Jul 2014, 03:30
being in Cleveland Ohio is probably what kissing your second cousin at a family reunion is like, it only lasts a moment but the regret lasts a lifetime
I spent a pleasant night with a second cousin. Lots of hanky minus PIV panky, and it was sort of a lifetime ago -- Thanksgiving 1962 comes to mind. No regrets.

HIGH FIVE!
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Post by: Redball on 23 Jul 2014, 08:13
Oh sure, this was no Shakespearean/Henry Fielding hidden identity thing. I was spending Thanksgiving break from college at her parents' home, though they'd gone out of town. The cousin unexpectedly came home from her own college. I recall asking her if incest concerns bothered her. They did. That didn't bother me, but I understood.
There were  five buggies and 25-30 Amish folks. Unexpectedly, they brought cake and ice cream. Amish ice cream is hand made, chilled with ice they've stored since last winter's ice harvests in nearby lakes. The vanilla had a hint of vanilla; vanilla pudding mix was one of the ingredients. The strawberry was better, but not quite enough strawberries either for flavor or color.
A little like the cherry pies  from this family: Nice red filling, but sometimes without any cherries at all.
That's OK. A good time was had by all, and the dozen or more wet towels have been washed and dried. Along with some teenage girl's underskirt/slip.
Those teen girls don't have the modesty I'd expect from "English" girls their age. They wore white T-shirts over bare breasts and underpants, near as I could tell without leering, so areolae and bottoms are quite visible. They're obviously comfortable among family members, and my presence apparently didn't intrude.
But their moms didn't get in the pool this year. At their last visit, three of those women in their 30s did go in, passing over the shorts and shirts I thought they might wear instead of stuff from dresser drawers. Anna, I realized later, had worn my navy blue thermal underwear.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 23 Jul 2014, 08:42
I don't know whether you explained this already or not, and if you do, you can ignore this ... but how is it that you have amish people in your swimming pool?
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Post by: Barmymoo on 23 Jul 2014, 09:41
They built it, and it's only fair they get a share in its use!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 23 Jul 2014, 09:48
Okay. That seems reasonable.

Can they come over and build me one as well?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Redball on 23 Jul 2014, 11:12
More specifically, a total of six Amish guys in 1999-2000 built a retaining wall adjacent to the pool and installed 900 square feet of pavers near it and extending round to the other side of the house. We invited their families to swim in 2000 and continued it most years since. Lots of shouting and splashing. The pool lost at least an inch of water yesterday.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 24 Jul 2014, 06:48
Paging Garand Marine. The BBC are reporting that the RAF are selling two near functional Harriers. Auction, no reserve.
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Post by: Carl-E on 24 Jul 2014, 10:31
That only works if the nonfunctional parts of each one don't coincide... if you can put together enough of each to get off the ground, the rest is gravy! 

(Hey, if you've got a flying Harrier, will anyone really question whether the weapon systems work?  :evil:)
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Post by: GarandMarine on 24 Jul 2014, 13:19
....do want, any one have a number for RAF Middenhal?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 24 Jul 2014, 16:06
It's in the Phone Book
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Post by: Welu on 24 Jul 2014, 16:43
Emoroffle and Nekowafer's names merged in my brain and created Emowaffle.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 24 Jul 2014, 18:30
I never bothered to think about it, but is "roffle" just a phonetic version of "rofl"? As in emo-rofl, thus emotional hilarity. I like it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Nyithra on 25 Jul 2014, 01:59
Sometimes I think about the possibility that there is just nothing after death and I freak out a little bit.
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Post by: Thrillho on 25 Jul 2014, 03:11
If anything I hope there's nothing after death because the only religion I've come close to believing in would send me to hell.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Jul 2014, 03:34
Sometimes I think about the possibility that there is just nothing after death and I freak out a little bit.
Me too.
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Post by: Detachable Felix on 25 Jul 2014, 03:56
If anything I hope there's nothing after death because the only religion I've come close to believing in would send me to hell.
Basically this.

I came to terms with there being nothing after death a long time ago. It was absolutely terrifying as a concept for 11-year old Luke.
But, if anything, it makes me appreciate the life I have even more.
(He says, sitting on his fat ass in front of a screen)
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Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Jul 2014, 04:01
Oddly enough it's bothered me more lately than it used to. Sometimes I wish I did believe in an afterlife.
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Post by: hedgie on 25 Jul 2014, 04:09
"There is no conclusive evidence of life after death. But there is no evidence of any sort against it. Soon enough you will know. So why fret about it?" -- Heinlein

I'm basically in that same boat.  I don't believe, but I don't have enough conviction of the contrary to deny.  Personally, I would hope that I could get reincarnated as a rather spoilt cat.
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Post by: LTK on 25 Jul 2014, 04:40
What are these near-imperceptibly tiny flying bugs that are swarming the hot summer air - and after I opened my window, my room - by the thousands? They're almost too tiny to squash and there's too many of them!
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 25 Jul 2014, 04:55
If anything I hope there's nothing after death because the only religion I've come close to believing in would send me to hell.
Just become jewish and everything becomes negotionable.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 25 Jul 2014, 06:00
What are these near-imperceptibly tiny flying bugs that are swarming the hot summer air - and after I opened my window, my room - by the thousands? They're almost too tiny to squash and there's too many of them!
Gnats.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 25 Jul 2014, 06:27
Personally, I would hope that I could get reincarnated as a rather spoilt cat.
Not as a rather spoilt hedgehog? :P
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 25 Jul 2014, 06:53
Gnats.
Looked them up, and their appearance doesn't match. These things look nothing like flies, they're are about half as wide as a pinhead and about twice the length. They're completely black and appear to be wingless, and they're so small that they're practically invisible in flight.

It's funny, until today I always thought that gnats were small rodents, like gerbils. It's like a portmanteau of gnaw and rat.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Redball on 25 Jul 2014, 07:04
Sometimes I think about the possibility that there is just nothing after death and I freak out a little bit.
I've never been able to shake some of the Christian teachings I learned since childhood, although I'm not a churchgoer. I've said this before elsewhere in the forum: When my wife of 40 years died in 2011, I realized that even if mankind had never invented religion, grieving people would have invented an afterlife as a matter of necessity. How can a person you love deeply just disappear?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 25 Jul 2014, 07:25
Personally, I would hope that I could get reincarnated as a rather spoilt cat.
Not as a rather spoilt hedgehog? :P
Nope. Because they can never be buggered at all.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: nekowafer on 25 Jul 2014, 07:38
Emoroffle and Nekowafer's names merged in my brain and created Emowaffle.

I had a ferret named Waffle and now I am thinking of him with long emo bangs and eye makeup and it is adorable
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 25 Jul 2014, 08:05
My after life is supposed to be awesome. All the booze and meat you can eat, with lots and lots of fighting and heavy metal.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Jul 2014, 08:10
I'd like that.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 25 Jul 2014, 08:14
Ha that would be my personal hell - which would be ironic.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Jul 2014, 08:15
Don't ya think?
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Post by: Carl-E on 25 Jul 2014, 10:23
How can a person you love deeply just disappear?

They don't.  They are with you, always. 

No, I don't mean metaphysically or anything.  A love that deep changes you.  So long as you are who you are, the memory of that love survives within. 


Yeah, not enough for some most.  That's why there's such a strong afterlife belief around the world. 


What are these near-imperceptibly tiny flying bugs that are swarming the hot summer air - and after I opened my window, my room - by the thousands? They're almost too tiny to squash and there's too many of them!

Midges? 
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Post by: LTK on 25 Jul 2014, 10:27
Not those either. Like I said, they don't look like flies at all, their legs are so small that they're invisible, and from a distance they look like flecks of dirt, only ones that move.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 25 Jul 2014, 10:39
Midges actually look like super-tiny mosquitoes, and yeah, the dirt thing. 

(http://cairngormwanderer.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/027.jpg)


Some varieties bite. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Jul 2014, 10:44
Yeah, not enough for some most.  That's why there's such a strong afterlife belief around the world.
It's not enough for me, but I still don't believe in an afterlife, although like I said earler...sometimes I wish I did.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 25 Jul 2014, 10:44
Midges actually look like super-tiny mosquitoes, and yeah, the dirt thing. 

Some varieties bite. 

Yet you can clearly see the wings on those, and they look about one and a half times as big as the bugs I'm seeing. They're also higher up on their legs, whereas these ones are totally flattened against the surface they're on.

This is bothering me more than it has any right to.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 25 Jul 2014, 10:45
On her deathbed at 86, my Grandmother reiterated to me that there is nothing after life, that she would simply cease being. It was pretty damn unsettling coming from someone in that position. Intellectually I agree, emotionally, well, F that.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 25 Jul 2014, 10:55
When I no more behold thee, think on me.
By all thine eyes have told me, think on me.
When hearts are lightest, when eyes are brightest, when griefs are slightest,
Think on me.

In all thine hours of gladness, think on me.
If e’er I soothed thy sadness, think on me.
When foes are by thee, when woes are nigh thee, when friends all fly thee,
Think on me.

When thou hast none to cheer thee, think on me.
When no fond heart is near thee, think on me.
When lonely sighing o’er pleasure flying,
When hope is dying,
Think on me.

 - Misattributed to Mary, Queen of Scots.  Most likely written by Scottish poet and composer Lady John Scott, c. 1910
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 25 Jul 2014, 11:38
There has been an odd smell in my flat for the last week or so and I haven't been able to find the source of it - I cleaned the fridge, emptied the bin, purged the drains, cleaned the bathroom and still didn't find it. Today, I did discover the problem. Did you know that cauliflowers rot from the inside out?
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Post by: Noxx on 25 Jul 2014, 11:44
It would seem they are like brains in more than appearance.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 25 Jul 2014, 11:46
Everything from my fridge is now out on the table or the worktop, because the freezer box was so iced up that the door wouldn't shut (this was the case when I moved in, I should have dealt with it sooner). Seems like a good time to scrub the thing and get the smell out for good.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: dr. nervioso on 25 Jul 2014, 12:39
I believe there is something after death, not something that preserves your consciousness like heaven, but I think something happens to you.

Maybe I'm just a romantic, maybe I just say this so my nightmarish anxiety about death and the apocalypse don't come leaking out from my childhood.

But in any case, I do know this: When you die, you will have affected the lives of all those you have ever loved and all that have loved you. I think if anything, you do live on, you live on in all the love you have ever shared with the world. This is the reason why I strive to express love freely and have sworn to fight against hate. It's why i have decided to leave my mark on the world through love and kindness.


(Oh dear, it would seem I'm getting sappy again. Forgive me, I'll go back and lurk in the shadows).
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Post by: Redball on 25 Jul 2014, 12:53
I agree. Would it apply to May's cauliflower, though?
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Post by: Barmymoo on 25 Jul 2014, 12:56
Let me tell you what happens to cauliflowers after their death: they rot, and turn into a putrid ooze. Then they get scraped into a bag and thrown into a dustbin outside.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 25 Jul 2014, 14:54
As the bowl of Petunias once said, "Oh no, not again!"
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Redball on 25 Jul 2014, 15:21
When it dies and putrefies, it will have affected the life of the person who sniffed it out and eventually discovered its pattern of putrefaction. It will have affected the lives of all to whom the discoverer communicated feelings of disgust. So it will indeed live on through the transmission of disgust; all of the disgust she shares henceforth will be informed by the disgust of finding that rotting cauliflower, and the discovery that the cauliflower rotted, like some elected officials and the governments they serve, from the inside out.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 26 Jul 2014, 14:58
Personally, I would hope that I could get reincarnated as a rather spoilt cat.
Not as a rather spoilt hedgehog? :P
Nope. Because they can never be buggered at all.
That, and hedgehogs have this inescapable dilemma, that personally I'd like to get out of.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 26 Jul 2014, 17:58
So. Altitude. Holy shit it sucks. Where'd all the air go?
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Post by: Carl-E on 26 Jul 2014, 19:25
Visiting the Colorado Rockies? 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 26 Jul 2014, 20:36
I moved back home to Denver after a year at sea level and holy fuck balls.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 27 Jul 2014, 05:17
I agree. Would it apply to May's cauliflower, though?

I fucking love you Bob.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 28 Jul 2014, 19:54
Someone mentioned that they didn't like beer, and I thought of this: "Saying you don't like beer after having a Bud Light or something similar is like saying you don't like juice after drinking watered down orange drink."
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 29 Jul 2014, 00:07
Someone mentioned that they didn't like beer, and I thought of this: "Saying you don't like beer after having a Bud Light or something similar is like saying you don't like juice after drinking the dishwater that was used to wash a juice glass in which the last dregs were left in a warm room to go mouldy."

ftfy
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Post by: Thrillho on 29 Jul 2014, 00:52
Someone mentioned that they didn't like beer, and I thought of this: "Saying you don't like beer after having a Bud Light or something similar is like saying you don't like juice after drinking watered down orange drink."

I've tried some pretty good quality beers, thanks, and while I could taste the quality being much higher than say, Stella Artois, it still tasted absolutely rancid.
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Post by: hedgie on 29 Jul 2014, 01:11
Sad thing as that at least in my part of the US (where we actually have access to a metric shit-ton of good craft beers), Stella is generally considered one of the "fancier" options.  It does make me laugh rather sardonically, but yeah, I'd rather drink well G&Ts than Stella.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 29 Jul 2014, 01:15
Know what the best part about living in Germany is? You don't have to pay import prices to drink some delicious German beer.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Nyithra on 29 Jul 2014, 01:45
My plan to get my ex to stop hitting on me is to be a terrible conversationalist. It's wooorkiiiing
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 29 Jul 2014, 01:51
Could you not ask him to stop hitting on you?

(Had to re-read your post. Didn't catch the 'on' in one go.)(And then I wondered how that 'terrible conversationalist' thing would help against being hit. It was a weird moment in my head.)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Nyithra on 29 Jul 2014, 02:14
I have in the past. When I use the direct approach he basically takes it as 'try again 2 weeks later'
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Post by: Thrillho on 29 Jul 2014, 02:49
Sad thing as that at least in my part of the US (where we actually have access to a metric shit-ton of good craft beers), Stella is generally considered one of the "fancier" options.  It does make me laugh rather sardonically, but yeah, I'd rather drink well G&Ts than Stella.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

*cough*

I'm sorry, let me just compose myself.

AAAAAAAAAAHAHAAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Over here Stella is considered to be so classy that it's a byword for domestic violence.
I have in the past. When I use the direct approach he basically takes it as 'try again 2 weeks later'

How direct are you being? I get the impression from the other threads that you can be quite socially anxious and so likely aren't a fan of confrontation. Have you explored actually just telling him to fuck off and leave you alone because you're sick of his bullshit? I understand if you're too sweet-natured to do that.

Out of interest, and obviously being that you're quite new here you may not want to answer any of this, why do you still even talk to him in any format?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 29 Jul 2014, 03:39
Someone mentioned that they didn't like beer, and I thought of this: "Saying you don't like beer after having a Bud Light or something similar is like saying you don't like juice after drinking watered down orange drink."

I've tried some pretty good quality beers, thanks, and while I could taste the quality being much higher than say, Stella Artois, it still tasted absolutely rancid.
The important thing is you've tried them. My objection is when people decide all beer is the same and that they hate it after trying a particularly shitty one.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 29 Jul 2014, 11:07
My partner tried various kinds of beer when he was in Germany and didn't like any of them. He figured if he didn't like German beer he'd probably not have much luck with any others. At least that's the reason he gives when people are ragging on him for not drinking alcohol.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LocoJoe on 29 Jul 2014, 11:28
I'm not very well versed in the craft beer department, at all. On a normal night you'll see me with either a Corona or a Yuengling in my hands. There's a comic themed bar in Orlando called The Geek Easy, and there I'll have some Abita Purple Haze and laugh at the people singing karaoke.

But if I go to any other place and they don't serve any of the beer I mentioned I'm usually like  :psyduck:.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 29 Jul 2014, 11:42
Have you tried asking the barkeeper which craft beer they'd recommend, given your stated preferences? Anyone who is really into beer should be able to extrapolate what you say you like to make an educated suggestion about what else you might like.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Nyithra on 29 Jul 2014, 13:53
How direct are you being? I get the impression from the other threads that you can be quite socially anxious and so likely aren't a fan of confrontation. Have you explored actually just telling him to fuck off and leave you alone because you're sick of his bullshit? I understand if you're too sweet-natured to do that.

My answers have ranged from just a flat out no, saying that I'm not interested in him in that way any longer, and actually explaining to him why a couple times when he asked. It's hard to tell him to fuck off completely because usually this stuff comes out of left field from an innocent conversation.

Out of interest, and obviously being that you're quite new here you may not want to answer any of this, why do you still even talk to him in any format?

After dealing with this multiple times and having to explain why I don't like him like we're in middle school or something, I've stopped initiating contact with him. I didn't go to his birthday when he invited me because when he mentioned it in the past he hinted about fooling around on his bed, something I'm not really interested in dealing with in front of his friends that I don't know. Every once and a while he talks to me on facebook and I think he still has my number so he could text me if he wanted to.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 29 Jul 2014, 14:17
I'd get rid of him from facebook and simply not reply if he texts you. Is there any form of completely unavoidable contact you have with him; for instance do you work together?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Nyithra on 29 Jul 2014, 14:22
No I don't work with him and though we live in the same city we go to different schools.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 29 Jul 2014, 14:34
Sometimes, you have to drop a wall on someone to get through to the block of Tofu between his/her ears.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: dr. nervioso on 29 Jul 2014, 16:30
I had beer once or twice,and I can drink it, but it's just not my preferred drink of choice.

Now there was this one time when my friend made me a margarita with a bottle of corona tipped into it. That I would drink again.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 29 Jul 2014, 19:43
I think that's called a bulldog.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 30 Jul 2014, 00:58
My answers have ranged from just a flat out no, saying that I'm not interested in him in that way any longer, and actually explaining to him why a couple times when he asked. It's hard to tell him to fuck off completely because usually this stuff comes out of left field from an innocent conversation.

Well if the option is it being difficult to say and him continuing to do it against your will and with it making you uncomfortable, maybe it's time to disregard whether it's out of left field and just straight up tell him to fuck off.

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After dealing with this multiple times and having to explain why I don't like him like we're in middle school or something, I've stopped initiating contact with him. I didn't go to his birthday when he invited me because when he mentioned it in the past he hinted about fooling around on his bed, something I'm not really interested in dealing with in front of his friends that I don't know. Every once and a while he talks to me on facebook and I think he still has my number so he could text me if he wanted to.

Sounds to me like he needs to be cut off from every means of contact, with an explanation beforehand noting how many times you've tried to get this across to him and that you're sick to the back teeth with it.

You don't deserve having to spend every conversation just batting away unwanted advances, imagine if this were in real life - I think any one of us would have alarm bells going off in our heads, but just because it's via social media rather than face-to-face he gets away with it not seeming as creepy.

If you don't work with him and go to different schools, I think you can relatively easily drop this guy like a bad habit and be cordial but not friendly to him in any real life social situations you encounter him in.

I hope this helps.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 30 Jul 2014, 09:33
I agree, just never communicate with him again (if you feel that you need to send him one last message being clear that you are cutting him off because he is stalking you and you don't appreciate it, then do, but after that no more contact). If he continues to pester you, you've got grounds for taking it to the police.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Nyithra on 30 Jul 2014, 12:15
Thanks everyone for the advice. I'll probably try to cut off contact soon. I didn't really think about it till now but every time I post a new picture he'll post comments about how 'hot' I am and I shouldn't put up with that, or any of the other stuff he does.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 30 Jul 2014, 12:30
Block him. He shouldn't even have access to your photos. You don't want him in your life, so don't let him look through a window onto your life.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 30 Jul 2014, 15:12
Sad thing as that at least in my part of the US (where we actually have access to a metric shit-ton of good craft beers), Stella is generally considered one of the "fancier" options.  It does make me laugh rather sardonically, but yeah, I'd rather drink well G&Ts than Stella.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

*cough*

I'm sorry, let me just compose myself.

AAAAAAAAAAHAHAAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Over here Stella is considered to be so classy that it's a byword for domestic violence.

Yeah, I *know*, which is why I tend to laugh when I see someone order one…  Especially since one of my local pubs has a great drinks selection, and another is a dedicated beer shop with about 20 on draught.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 30 Jul 2014, 21:08
Wait, really? I don't think Stella is great, but I wouldn't call it bad by any means.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 30 Jul 2014, 21:49
Stella is on par with Coors, Bud, Miller, Corona and Fosters at the bottom tier of shite beer. Below those you can see the bottom feeding species of Naty and PBR which shouldn't even be MADE in a world with any justice.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 30 Jul 2014, 22:05
I'd put PBR above Coors/Bud/Miller in terms of taste. Not much above, but definitely preferable.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 30 Jul 2014, 23:12
Making love in a canoe beer?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 31 Jul 2014, 00:37
That expression is an insult to exhibitionist kayakers everywhere.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 31 Jul 2014, 00:59
Wait, really? I don't think Stella is great, but I wouldn't call it bad by any means.

Oh I'm completely serious. You tend to get wifebeating jokes when people are seen drinking Stella.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 31 Jul 2014, 17:37
I think the last time I had Stella was when I had a ticket for a draft beer and the "best" available was Stella. It wasn't that bad, but I'll never go out of my way for it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 31 Jul 2014, 21:11
the first Stella I ever had will be the LAST Stella I'll ever have.
bleah.

oddly, I've never had Miller.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 31 Jul 2014, 22:41
Never had Stella. As a novice alcoholic I was a beer snob for a while, but after I got serious I would usually accompany my bourbon with whatever was around, which was pretty often Miller.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 31 Jul 2014, 23:42
Never tried Stella

Have drunk:

Tui
Lion Brown
DB Bitter
Steinlager
Macs Dark Gold
Ice Beer


And, of course, Guinniss.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 01 Aug 2014, 00:05
I feel like this entire conversation belongs in the beer thread, but Stella hardly qualifies as that  :emotrex:

Tonight's brew is a stout that's been aged in a shiraz barrel. A modest 10.5% and mein gott, it's incredible
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 01 Aug 2014, 01:33
I've had Stella.

Bit of a screamer, so no fun for the neighbours, but the girl can suck a golfball through a garden hose.

Now go to the beer thread!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 01 Aug 2014, 03:40
DSL, this one's for you! 

(http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/new.png)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ev4n on 01 Aug 2014, 13:17
Dang, I missed out on a thread panning beers until now.

I can't imagine actually enjoying any beer I've ever tried.  But then, I'm not much of a drinker, so no big loss.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 01 Aug 2014, 14:44
There is a SERIOUS outbreak of a strain of Ebola Zaire in Africa (I believe this is one of the 90% lethal strains) and nobody's talking about it! Wtf?I mean sure it's not Mayinga, so it's not airborne (which if you believe in a deity, go thank that deity or your lucky stars about that right now and hope it doesn't mutate) but it is worth remembering that in our modern connected world, this deadly filoviruses, like Ebola, Marburg, and others are within 24 hours or less (usually less) from global hubs. Even from the depths of Africa, and the other jungles where these bugs like to live.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 01 Aug 2014, 14:52
The crazy thing about that outbreak is that it was nearly under control in May (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_West_Africa_Ebola_outbreak), but has been spread since then partially by people breaking infected people out of quarantine. I'd like to think this kind of thing couldn't spread in the United States, but consider that measles and whooping cough outbreaks have been happening in the U.S. because people refuse to get their children vaccinated. Can we really trust those sorts of people to follow safe practices if Ebola makes it to the U.S.?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 01 Aug 2014, 15:58
Well, it *is* coming to the US , but thankfully the disease should remain isolated in the patients being transported to CDC facilities in Atlanta.  And for something like this, we thankfully have better quarantine procedures.

Edit:  One of the reasons for the spread of this outbreak is people refusing to believe that there even is a virus, and rural clinics without proper facilities.  Unfortunately, this will continue as long as Ebola patients are up and running around, essentially killing others.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 01 Aug 2014, 19:37
Not like we HAVEN'T had an outbreak of a filovirus in the United States before though. Hell it was in Virginia. If it hadn't just been a type of Ebola (it's name is Reston Virus if you want to look it up) even with USAMRIID a stone's throw away that could have been a Serious Issue if Reston didn't have a very low pathogenicity for humans.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 02 Aug 2014, 00:05
I haven't seen a strain identified in the news, but they keep saying 90% so it's either Zaire, or sources aren't saying and the news people are assuming the worst for ratings (more likely).

Either way, it's blood borne, so it shouldn't pose much of an infection risk in a first world medical environment.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 02 Aug 2014, 05:42
It's been talked about at a low level in the UK for the past few months. Honestly, there are so many threats to the planet's existence at the moment that it's hard to pick just one to panic about.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 02 Aug 2014, 05:49
Honestly, there are so many threats to the planet's existence at the moment that it's hard to pick just one to panic about.

For some reason, I like this quote. It pretty much sums up life as we know it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 02 Aug 2014, 05:54
Be like me, panic about all of them.

Heart flutters in the middle of the night about your own and your child's mortality are mandatory.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 02 Aug 2014, 05:57
Honestly, there are so many threats to the planet's existence at the moment that it's hard to pick just one to panic about.
Time to get a Worry Hat.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 02 Aug 2014, 06:01
Honestly, there are so many threats to the planet's existence at the moment that it's hard to pick just one to panic about.
Hellooo, new sigquote  :P
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 02 Aug 2014, 08:15
I haven't seen a strain identified in the news, but they keep saying 90% so it's either Zaire, or sources aren't saying and the news people are assuming the worst for ratings (more likely).

Either way, it's blood borne, so it shouldn't pose much of an infection risk in a first world medical environment.

It's Zaire from what I've seen.

Blood AND fluid born. Bile, spittle, urine, feces, and especially the legendary Black Vomit. If it was a fluid in the host body it is potentially lethal.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 02 Aug 2014, 11:39
What news do you follow that isn't discussing this? NPR has been talking about it for several weeks.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 02 Aug 2014, 12:02
Very little. NPR, CNN, MSNBC, Fox and others are completely useless horse shit that hardly deserves to be called journalism.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 03 Aug 2014, 14:06
My buddy is visiting this weekend for us to record some music. He's just typing up the lyrics for the last song. My last one was a propulsive, angry song about depression. I am incredibly proud of it. Wish we had proper recording facilities.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 03 Aug 2014, 21:05
If I was going to had to answer that age old question of tea, a beer or a meal with a historical personage I think modernly, looking back on all I've learned I'd like to sit with Oda Nobunaga. Speaking of strategy with such a master of the art of war would be a pleasure, and I feel he would find my modern knowledge of tanegashima (firearms) fascinating, as well as be pleased to has his views on such weapons vindicated as well as the advances in such devices that would follow. Given his own interest he'd probably find repeating arms... fascinating, to say the least.

What about the rest of you? Which personage would you like to have a sit down with?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 03 Aug 2014, 21:36
part of me would like to sup with Jesus Christ.

the other half would like break bread with Alexander the Great.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 03 Aug 2014, 21:46
Toss up between Tesla and Ben Franklin.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 03 Aug 2014, 21:46
You wouldn't have to oil up to eat with Jesus.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 04 Aug 2014, 02:34
Honestly, there are so many threats to the planet's existence at the moment that it's hard to pick just one to panic about.
There are threats to us, sure, but there are no threats to the planet's existence short of the sun exploding.

What about the rest of you? Which personage would you like to have a sit down with?
I would like to make tea for Master Hsu Yun (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hsu_Yun).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 04 Aug 2014, 04:24
There are threats to us, sure,

Threats to the current state of the biosphere is how I'd perceive it.  Other species may also feel it (extinctions, anyone?), though we are the ones that are conscious of it.

But change is always on the cards; the only issue is the extent to which we can be held directly responsible for influencing or even driving some aspect of it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 04 Aug 2014, 07:52

What about the rest of you? Which personage would you like to have a sit down with?
I would like to make tea for Master Hsu Yun (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hsu_Yun).

A fascinating man, I think he'd be interesting to have a conversation with as well. Albeit there is no shortage of such people through out the centuries.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 04 Aug 2014, 08:53
It might have been May who advised putting your hands/arms under cold running tap water to cool off when it's hot, but I thought of doing something similar without wasting water: just take a 1L container (like a yoghurt bucket) and fill it with water, then put it in the fridge. If the heat becomes unbearable, take it out and leave your hand in there for a bit. Instant cooldown.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 04 Aug 2014, 09:03
I was thinking of nuclear weapons and global warming, although you're right that both of those would be unlikely to entirely destroy the entire planet.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 04 Aug 2014, 19:20
But change is always on the cards; the only issue is the extent to which we can be held directly responsible for influencing or even driving some aspect of it.

I think the only issue is the extent to which we can mediate that change and preserve what's left.  Who caused it isn't the issue - who (and how) are we gonna fix it? 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 04 Aug 2014, 20:23
Who caused it isn't the issue
Finding out who caused it is the issue if they refuse to stop causing it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 04 Aug 2014, 20:49
At the point where I'm looking up traditional paintings of Sasaki Kojiro and Miyamoto Musashi for painting this 28mm diorama I have to pause and wonder if I'm not taking this a bit too far...

The diorama is based on this statue

(http://sky.geocities.jp/soramitsuyamato/kanmonhakata/kettou.jpg)

But the posing is a little different and I added a scenic base to add some color and variety to what would have been a very simple duel scene on sand otherwise.

Edit: And I just painted a hamon on Sasaki's katana blade. I am slightly worried about my own mental state.  :psyduck:

For those not familiar with the finer points of the Japanese sword...

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/16/Katana_-_showing_alternating_layers.jpg)

The wavy silver bit that goes from the edge towards the back of the blade? That's the hamon. It's found in the finest of Japanese swords and should have a natural, organic look to it. One way to tell if a katana you're looking at is ass or not. Acid etched "fake" hamons are relatively easy to spot, and it's one of those things that once you can see it you can't UNsee it.

For those who are interested in learning more about swords, Japanese swords in particular, or perhaps in purchasing a katana of your own, I suggest you check out Sword Buyer's Guide: http://sbg-sword-store.sword-buyers-guide.com/custom-katana.html
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 05 Aug 2014, 22:48
By the end of this month, I'll be in my late twenties. Whoa.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 06 Aug 2014, 00:01
So I mentioned it here, so I'll post pics of the finished product here as well.

(click to show/hide)

Comments, positive or negative are welcome.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 06 Aug 2014, 00:03

By the end of this month, I'll be in my late twenties. Whoa.

Die in a fire junior.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 06 Aug 2014, 01:40
GM, I like it! How did you make it? Was it entirely hand-made or did you start with a base of some kind? I know nothing about this sort of art, sorry!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 06 Aug 2014, 02:07
The miniatures look like they were purchased (I had to sneak a peek at the mini painting thread to be sure), the artwork is in the painting, which is excellent.  GM has a good eye for detail, and is very precise.  I used to paint the figures I used when I played like D&D, but never anything this good, especially the work in the folds, and how the guy with the big fucking stick looks like he's got a bit of grime on him from battle.  Also, I like the colour choice.

However, okay… hmm… constructive criticism for the photography is that for one thing, as a rule of thumb, one doesn't want to go with a lighter background than the subject.  It's distracting as it draws the viewer's eye away from the (no pun intended) focus.  Framing and composition are a bit off, as well.  For example, the 4th image might work better if rotated about 15-20° anticlockwise, and he got a bit lower.  So probably a bit lower, and mid-way b/n images 4 and 5 for rotation.  The use of bokeh is good, though, and fits the scene very well.  Yes, I'm slightly nit-picking, since I studied photography before my first major-change.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 06 Aug 2014, 02:59
The minis were purchased, as was the base. (a "scenic" base as it's called) so while the minis aren't unique and the base isn't unique, I'm probably the only person with them in this combination. The process can be as complex as you want to make it, with this style of "single cast" miniature, as opposed to a minis that have to be assembled from parts, along with a scenic base being a very simple process for assembly, that allows for a lot of paint detail.

The guy with the stick (and I'm glad it's obvious it's a stick) is Miyamoto Musashi, a famous samurai and duelist. He's most known for his "Book of Five Rings" and the sword fighting style he created (Niten Ichi Ryu, Two Heavens United As One Style). Musashi was more of a rough and tumble kind of guy, he came from a common background and was a very practical warrior as well as a brutal fighter. His opponent Sasaki Kojiro was another master swordsman, and according to legend Musashi's rival at many points through their lives. He's commonly depicted in art (and here) in a full kamishimo, the standard garb for samurai. My one error that I've found so far painting wise actually lies with Kojiro's kamishimo. The kamishimo includes a garment called a kataginu which is essentially a large sleeveless vest with exaggerated shoulders, with a look similar to a doublet for European clothing. So Kojiro's sleeves are part of his kimono, but I painted them like his kataginu. I have corrected that.

Any way, Musashi is sculpted here and commonly depicted as well as wandering around in clothes more common for a workman like a yukata as opposed to the full formal kimono, he had a reputation as a wild man, and as an aesthetic later in life, and he regularly practiced psychological warfare against his opponents. Combat in the age of the Samurai was a formal affair, especially duels like this one. You wore your best clothes, carried your best weapons, bathed and groomed impeccably. There was a formality and ritual to it all that Musashi delighted in ignoring. Even his weapon at this duel was designed to A. attack his opponent's mental state. as well as B. provide an effective counter against Kojiro's fighting technique. As Hedgie said, Musashi brought a big fucking stick, a bokken (wooden sword specifically) that he'd carved from an oar on the boat ride to the island where the duel was to take place.

So excessive detail aside the process is roughly as such:
Assemble the mini(s) and in some cases base them
Prime with a neutral color (I like gray for most of mine)
Painting is a more personal pattern, but I paint big things and colors and work down to small things and colors, so Musashi's yukata gets painted first, and so on till you're doing details like headbands.
Depending on the colors involved I'll do a watered down layer of a lighter color or darker color to get more depth to the material and the color. Kojiro's hakama (the rich red) and the green of the bamboo reeds were accomplished in this manner. The water actually took four layers of paint total.
Washing: Various colored ink washes can be applied to add depth and shadow to models and terrain, I used a black wash on Kojiro, Musashi and the Bamboo and then a brown earth shade wash on the sand
Drybrushing: This is what I did to finish off the sand and rocks, taking a lighter color, much like highlighting and getting as little paint on the brush as possible then lightly running it over so the bristles are just barely kissing the upper surfaces I want to put paint on, I think the effect speaks for itself.
Highlighting: Now you take lighter shades, either made via mixing or through selections from your pile'o paint and get a very light amount of paint on your brush, there's lines in cloth and other parts of the mini, whether built in folds or just natural composition lines, when you highlight you follow these "high" points to bring out more contrast to both the darker areas you created with your wash, and the "normal" areas.

Then you take some pictures, get feed back while you sleep on it for a bit, then you seal it.

Which is why the photos are rough, I don't have a photo box any more and these were rough and dirty for critique and touch ups, not the presentation just yet.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 07 Aug 2014, 10:10
Somewhere in my building a child is crying and it sounds exactly like a witch in Left 4 Dead. Is the Zombie Apocalypse starting?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 07 Aug 2014, 11:41
Not in my place. Then again, I am more to the West than you. I guess that might mean something.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 07 Aug 2014, 12:43
(https://scontent-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/t1.0-9/10561827_10152685017170815_5508667852199543199_n.jpg)


And done! Just gotta seal it!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 08 Aug 2014, 04:07
In the chorus of the song "Problem" by Ariana Grande, it sounds like the're saying "one less prom" instead of "one less problem". So whenever Sarah and I hear it while driving, that's what we sing and it amuses us greatly :wow:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ev4n on 08 Aug 2014, 10:52
Dear world,

if a visual of a baby eating disgusts you, the problem is probably on your end.

sincerely,

me
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 08 Aug 2014, 10:54
I've never been invited to a baby-eating.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 08 Aug 2014, 11:48
I've never been invited to a baby-eating.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BuiJWh2CIAAGs9M.jpg)
The look of fear on that child's face. He knows the mayor is hungry and plans to feed.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 08 Aug 2014, 14:56
MM:
In a small enough society, a Leviathan seeking to impose itself without force, and without agreement of the society to be ruled, is destined to fail.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 08 Aug 2014, 15:12
I was so confused until I realized MM was miscellaneous musing and not, you know, Method (of) Madness.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 08 Aug 2014, 15:17
Ah, sorry :D
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 08 Aug 2014, 16:07

The guy with the stick (and I'm glad it's obvious it's a stick) is Miyamoto Musashi
<snippage for brevity />

Quite informative, especially WRT the process involved.  (Someone step up and launch a funding drive to get this guy a 3D printer)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 09 Aug 2014, 14:07
My ankle just clicked audibly. What is it with my joints? It's like they're forty years older than the rest of me.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ankhtahr on 09 Aug 2014, 14:10
Most of my joints click all the time. My knees and elbows when I stretch my arms and legs out, my neck pops every once in a while when I tilt my head to left or right, and sometimes even my back when I stretch it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 09 Aug 2014, 14:47
My knees click almost every time I kneel down. Also a spot in my lower back clicks really unpleasantly when I do my sciatica exercises. It puts me off doing them a lot because the click resonates through my whole body, especially my spine.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 09 Aug 2014, 16:33
My joints have been making weird noises since I was twenty. I try to ignore it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: nekowafer on 09 Aug 2014, 21:52
My right knee is VERY crunchy. All the time.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 09 Aug 2014, 22:20
My father used to hear the change jingling in his pocket when he walked downstairs. 

Then he did it one day in his underwear, and realized it was his knee. 

That was 40 years ago, and no, it didn't get better. 

My knees are OK, thank god, but my spine sounds a bit like popcorn when I bend over to leash the dogs, or touch my toes in the morning.  The spinal injuries range from spectacular bicycle wrecks 30 years ago to being knocked down by a car four winters ago to a half dozen falls on the ice just last winter.  It's a wonder I can stand at all, let alone walk upright. 

And my shoulder... lifting my right arm can be a challenge if when it decides to lock up.  Thank my old chiropractor for the stretching regimen that keeps it from doing so.  Miss a day or two, though, and I might as well be back to square one. 

I've learned that one can fight a lot of this sort of thing, or at least stave it off, but it takes a certain amount of activity to do so.  Use it or lose it - if you nurse it too much, inactivity wins. 

YMMV.  Void where prohibited.  Certain restrictions may apply.  Please sign the release form before going any further.  Discontinue use if you feel any of the following; pain, sorrow, loss, euphoria, contentment, manic episodes, the blues, the hots, the trots, or start seeing spots. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 09 Aug 2014, 22:48
It's not the years on the body, it's the mileage.

I am very high mileage >.>;
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 10 Aug 2014, 03:16
Well, yeah, going to and from Iraq & Afghanistan does that to you.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 10 Aug 2014, 07:43
Well in my case it's about 15 years of competitive high contact sports, THEN the Marines.

I will remind everyone I was critically injured and discharged medically before I could deploy.

Much to my significant disappointment.









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Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 11 Aug 2014, 05:46
might be offensive if I hadn't heard it already.  :D
You Marines....

I just wanted to go to the Sandbox for the MONEY.
+$25K for an 8 week deployment, in excess of my standard salary.
Stupid Navy/US Gov people who don't know how to manage a contract :(  :(



Not to mention + $$$ to trade in Afghani semi precious stones: I had contacts and everything.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 11 Aug 2014, 11:27
Finally 100% done.... >.>; I am my own worst critic.

Miyamoto Musashi (宮本 武蔵) duels Sasaki Kojiro (佐々木 小次郎) at Ganryu Island (巌流島). This is the final piece after sealing it and of course adjusting a few small mistakes I made during the initial painting. I believe I am now prepared for the Nan Desu Kan painting competition! かかってこいよ!

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/t31.0-8/10608218_10152695331305815_3556478362672910432_o.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/t31.0-8/10497111_10152695331110815_6965949300352476705_o.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/t31.0-8/10507154_10152695331260815_8312210074859978448_o.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/t31.0-8/10498372_10152695331405815_9097474100988488145_o.jpg)

It's a super small detail, but I'm immensely proud of the fact that I was able to paint in the rayskin same under the cotton ito wrap. (Those itty bitty white dots in the grip of Musashi's wazikashi) They're almost pointless except to people who are seriously looking, and easily get lost next to the brass kashira (pommel) and tsuba (guard) but I felt bad ass doing it. Also I don't know why Sasaki-san's hair is getting white tracings there, pretty sure it's just light reflecting, because the colors aren't there when I go look...

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/t31.0-8/10362746_10152695331385815_1807662247293837719_o.jpg)

Imma go get my whompin stick!

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/t31.0-8/460234_10152695331245815_3244170746359057685_o.jpg)

Aerial view of Sasaki Kojiro moments before getting whomped with a stick.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Papersatan on 11 Aug 2014, 12:03
This forum doesn't seems to have a favicon set and so my browser has random public wi-fi favicons assigned to various pages.  The main page is something that is a Giant 'A', Chatter is Tim hortons, and some thread somewhere is Starbucks (the rest are blank).  I think it's funny, but also I think it contributes to my having the forum open in multiple tabs.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 11 Aug 2014, 16:10
Ben Franklin wanted someone to wake him up every hundred years so he could see how the whole USA project turned out. I'd enjoy showing him around.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 11 Aug 2014, 16:38
I'm sure he'd be astonished, appalled, and delighted, all at the same time. 

Jefferson would just be appalled. 



Adams would just roll over and say, "I told you so!"
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 11 Aug 2014, 18:53
Ben Franklin in Dilbert (the show) comes to mind.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 11 Aug 2014, 20:30
I am currently being shelled by the US Army.
probably Reservists.
with Mortars.
BIG FUCKING Mortars..
not sure where the impact area is...
but the house jumps like an earthquake ...4.0-ish... about every fucking 90 seconds.

jeeeeeeeeeeeez-sus!
and the windows rattle and the lights flicker.

not kidding and not exaggerating either.

FUCK.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 11 Aug 2014, 20:41
Do...do they know you're there?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 11 Aug 2014, 20:52
well, yeah.
I'm in town.
They are actually firing AWAY from us, but those are HUGE mortar rounds.
I can clearly hear them launching from the tubes: sounds like 10 ga. shotguns...
bwhop. bwhop. bwhop.
and then...
then..
Wha.a..m!! Wha.a..m!! Wha.a..m!!
about 6-9 seconds between launch and impact.

fuck.

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 11 Aug 2014, 21:15
Mortars at that scale? Hmmm M120s then probably. I dunno much about the art of tube stroking.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 11 Aug 2014, 23:59
Could be worse.  The AF base I was stationed at had a bomb range where they could drop MOABs. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 12 Aug 2014, 00:20
What follows is a long article on a point of religious terminology. It's spoilered, so give it a read if you're bored or just ignore this post and go on your merry.

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Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: nekowafer on 12 Aug 2014, 07:49
I dunno much about the art of tube stroking.

lies
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 12 Aug 2014, 10:22
Could be worse.  The AF base I was stationed at had a bomb range where they could drop MOABs.

and when we lived in West Germany, our guesthaus was directly under the flightpath where the KC135s took off.
in the 80s.
when water injection boost and JATOs were the favorite thing to get a max load tanker in the air.

aaaannnnd... the boys in green are STILL blasting away.   :roll:

it's pouring rain, FFS!  give it a break.  my cats are going spaztic.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 12 Aug 2014, 22:54
Today's xkcd (http://xkcd.com/1407/large/) inspired me to figure out what the worst hurricane to affect here was, and it turns out it has perhaps the most badass hurricane name ever: Hurricane Paine (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Paine_%281986%29).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: dr. nervioso on 13 Aug 2014, 09:22
That sounds like a comic book supervillain name.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 13 Aug 2014, 10:22
OK GM, this time, how about you very own fort?
 http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-28776184  (http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-28776184)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 13 Aug 2014, 11:56
cool.  If I had $10 million to spare, I could see doing some really cool stuff there.

but then, there are castles here in the USofA that need love too.
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/photos/photos-10-american-castles-sale-18222336/image-20892325
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 13 Aug 2014, 19:00
Washing your hair for the first time after getting it cut short, when you had it grown out for a while, is a strange feeling. I used way too much shampoo, only when I had my hands in my hair did I realize there wasn't much of it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 13 Aug 2014, 22:49
I know that feeling - you want to go through the usual motions, only to realize you are gripping air instead of hair.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 14 Aug 2014, 23:09
I haven't used more than a dime sized blop of shampoo in 20 years.  I still smear some over the top, that's just a reflex...  :-D
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 15 Aug 2014, 02:32
"I'm just going through the motions", said the man who'd fallen in a sewer.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 17 Aug 2014, 02:49
Steam just got a shiny new icon. I like it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 20 Aug 2014, 05:14
How difficult is it to 'find the endzone'? I mean, there's two of them and they are right there, on either end of the field!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 20 Aug 2014, 13:24
I think it's a bit harder when you've got 11* guys in different uniforms doing everything they can to stop you from getting there.


* - 12 if you're in Canada, eh.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 20 Aug 2014, 14:26
Still, locating them is not an issue. Entering them is a whole other matter, of course, but that was not my point.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 20 Aug 2014, 16:18
I'm sure you've seen this before...

(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p122/InfernoRed_2006/FindX.jpg?t=1192785863)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 20 Aug 2014, 19:02
Was that a serious question in an actual exam!?!? For what? Eight-year-olds maybe?

I mean... 3,4,5 was known as a rule of thumb by ancient Egyptian builders long before Pythagoras (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1E7I7_r3Cw). How can anybody not reel that off in their sleep?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 20 Aug 2014, 19:41
Average American High School student, more like.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 20 Aug 2014, 20:29
sadly, the "average" American high school graduate has ,what most other 1st and 2nd world countries would consider, a 9th grade education.  In some cases, "graduates" have 6th grade reading, writing and arithmetic skills.
...makes me sick.


MY children, however, are required to be in the top 5% of their class. 
Otherwise, I will restrict them from all other non-academic activities.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 20 Aug 2014, 20:56
I don't need me no learnin!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: nekowafer on 21 Aug 2014, 07:41
I am really amazingly terrible at math. I just barely passed geometry, and that was as high as my math education went.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Papersatan on 21 Aug 2014, 11:07

MY children, however, are required to be in the top 5% of their class. 
Otherwise, I will restrict them from all other non-academic activities.

Does their school actually publish class rankings?

That's so weird to me.  I know I come from a very different academic background (my school didn't actually have grades) but it just seems like that is asking for students to view each other as competition and to overvalue grades over actual learning.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 21 Aug 2014, 12:21
Competition is healthy, having a metric to know where you stand amongst your peers and how you're performing is important I think.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 21 Aug 2014, 14:17
That's ridiculous. What if different students are aiming towards different goals? Or starting from different points? What's far more important is knowing where you are compared to where you want to be, and how to get there.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 21 Aug 2014, 15:30
I'm not quite sure what my "goals" were as a five year old, or at eight, beyond "make my parents and teachers proud of me." In Australian junior-school there was also "beat the little shits who make fun of me" and "do well in the State Selective Schools Test to prove to my arsehole teachers that I'm not stupid"*. There is a whole slab of education that everyone should master regardless of their life goals, and the notion that a young child is in a position to decide what they should or should not learn strikes me as silly. We have a saying: "Eat bitter; taste sweet!"

That's so weird to me.  I know I come from a very different academic background (my school didn't actually have grades) but it just seems like that is asking for students to view each other as competition and to overvalue grades over actual learning.
The implicit assumption here is that somehow good grades are divorced from actual learning. It is certainly possible for "grade focus" to be harmful if it leads to rote learning in high-school and beyond, but that has a great deal to do with poor teaching, bad test design, and poor incentive/assessment schemes for teachers. How much creativity is involved in learning functional literacy in your native language, or the sort of mathematics needed for  99% of later life?

MY children, however, are required to be in the top 5% of their class.
My parents would not have given you any argument. Except they'd have regarded your 5% as ridiculously over-liberal. :laugh:

*I'm embarrassed to admit it, but resentment was a powerful spur. Behind a polite facade, I was one angry little girl.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 21 Aug 2014, 15:51
personally, I'm with NEKO in the HS math department: I barely passed Algebra II and Geometry.
and college level 'intro to Statistics"... I'd have better luck learning Greek from a Mandarin teacher.

the local schools only break down the top 25% of class ratings by 5% blocks.  And they only report the top 25%.  :(

Quote
*I'm embarrassed to admit it, but resentment was a powerful spur. Behind a polite facade, I was one angry little girl.

....oh.  sorry if that is a trigger.  (hides behind large internet shield)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 21 Aug 2014, 15:58
That's ridiculous. What if different students are aiming towards different goals? Or starting from different points? What's far more important is knowing where you are compared to where you want to be, and how to get there.

Taking different courses may have something to do with it, as well.  I know I didn't rank as "highly" in terms of grades as many of my peers, but I was also taking far more challenging courses, including earning a bunch of university credit by the time I finished school.  Had I stuck with the "easy" courses, I probably wouldn't have been fighting with my parents so much about what the reports said because I chose to challenge myself.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 21 Aug 2014, 16:01
About your signature:

Quote
"I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or god persuade a thousand cats to do anything at the same time" -- Neil Gaiman

Have you tried opening a can of cat food?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 21 Aug 2014, 16:55
MY children, however, are required to be in the top 5% of their class.
My parents would not have given you any argument. Except they'd have regarded your 5% as ridiculously over-liberal. :laugh:

Most of my school classes were 20 pupils, so the top 5% would be top of the class.  If that was insufficiently ambitious, I guess your classes were bigger than mine!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 21 Aug 2014, 20:55
My parents were just pleased that I passed >.>; I was... how do you say... a problem child? Albeit I completed High School in three years instead of four, but I don't think I ever passed a math class with higher then a C+. English and Sciences were in the Bs, then some art and PE that don't count. School was boring. The Marine Corps seemed much more exciting at the time.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 21 Aug 2014, 21:40
I stopped taking school seriously once I stopped liking it in middle school. High school was fun, but I took very few classes that really challenged me and while I got pretty good grades, I probably could've done better if I'd...I dunno, tried. Same with college, really, I majored in something interesting but ultimately useless (BA in Classics, minor in philosophy). I finished four years ago and I've dropped out of both education and law grad programs once I realized I couldn't see myself happy in those fields. In regards to my parents, I used to be the type that would get mad at myself for getting a B, and my parents would tell me to be easy on myself, probably because a B was still good and I usually got As. In high school I stopped minding getting Bs and that continued into college, I guess. Not sure where I'm going with this but four years later, here I am with...a pretty good life, I guess? But nothing I could really consider a "career". Hell, I've never even had a full-time job (although my current job is pretty close to one).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 21 Aug 2014, 21:44
About your signature:

Quote
"I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or god persuade a thousand cats to do anything at the same time" -- Neil Gaiman

Have you tried opening a can of cat food?
Even then, with a thousand cats the chances are good that some of them will not notice, not care, not like that particular brand or simply be asleep.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 21 Aug 2014, 23:07
MY children, however, are required to be in the top 5% of their class. 
Otherwise, I will restrict them from all other non-academic activities.

Be careful. Non-academic activities are important in supporting the progress of academic activities. Play for children being very different than it is for adults.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 22 Aug 2014, 00:37
About your signature:

Quote
"I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or god persuade a thousand cats to do anything at the same time" -- Neil Gaiman

Have you tried opening a can of cat food?
Even then, with a thousand cats the chances are good that some of them will not notice, not care, not like that particular brand or simply be asleep.
Or high on catnip, or chasing invisible insects, or shredding/pissing on something that you rather like (It's much easier to reply once someone else has taken the trouble of writing about half of what I would have written).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 22 Aug 2014, 03:43
For small children, the parents/guardians are probably the best ones to set the goals they want the kids to achieve, but it still seems weird to me that this would begin and end with "get more marks than 95% of the other people". Surely a goal like "learn to read" or "be able to count to 50" would be more useful?

I don't think it'll surprise anyone who has been around here more than five minutes to hear that I am opposed to the entire concept of grading children's achievement. There is a place for exams and rankings, but I don't think that place even starts to exist before the age of about 10, and probably not really until 15.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ev4n on 22 Aug 2014, 08:18
My parents pushed me hard when I was young because they'd been told I would have difficulty keeping up with the other kids.  Turns out that may have been a misdiagnosis (???), and I did just fine.

Around here, universities keep track of graduation averages and student successes from high schools across the country.  It's always been known that getting good grades at certain schools is easier than at others, turns out those higher marks are quite meaningless.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 22 Aug 2014, 08:30
My personal experience with school was being told mostly consistent B's with the odd lower and higher was good and then suddenly GCSEs (age 14/15) and how dare I get anything less than 100%. Most of my teachers expressed if it wasn't perfect then wasn't good enough. It made me totally give up because I was already working my hardest I got yelled at the same amount whether I got a B, C, D or failed so I didn't see the point in trying. It led to arguments at home because my parents, especially my Mammy, were frustrated with me for not doing work but to me their words just sounded like extensions of the teachers' "Nothing less than perfect" attitude at the time.

Yeah, fuck that specific school. I seem to just get more bitter about it as time goes on.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 22 Aug 2014, 08:33
As a classic underachiever (crazy smart, shitty grades), I've always felt standardized schooling was a bit of a farce. I intended to homeschool my own kids, but ended up not having any.

Frankly leaving college and getting on with the world was one of my few wise life choices.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ev4n on 22 Aug 2014, 08:48
The real farce is in post-sec, where almost nobody gives a damn about education.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 22 Aug 2014, 14:24
In College, I was completely fraked by Maths.  It was so bad that by the time I left I couldn't really add up properly and had to use a calculator for just about everything.

I've improved since then, but it took a few years before I got good enough that I didn't need to carry a calculator with me everywhere.  Still have some issues (multiplication etc)  but at least I don't need a calculator when I'm out shopping etc.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 23 Aug 2014, 02:37
If you're in Amish country and you see a man with his hand up a horse's ass, don't be alarmed. He's just a mechanic making a house call.


Also holy fuck there is a GODDESSDAMN CLAIRE FACE EMOJI!  :claireface:

 :psyduck:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 23 Aug 2014, 09:20
The ice bucket challenge is now moving within the theatre department and a close friend of mine has been challenged. I think I may be next.

I don't want to just dump ice on my head without donating, but I also have almost nothing to donate. I could probably fork over $30 or so?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 23 Aug 2014, 09:41
The rules say if you skip the ice water you donate $100, if you do the ice water you donate $10
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 23 Aug 2014, 09:44
You could always just not do it... it's not like you're required.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 23 Aug 2014, 09:50
You could always just not do it... it's not like you're required.

There isn't a reason for me not to, really.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 23 Aug 2014, 11:08
The rules say if you skip the ice water you donate $100, if you do the ice water you donate $10
Those are more guidelines, really. You should donate whatever you can/wish to whether you ice or not. If you don't want to do the ice, donating $30 is still very helpful.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 23 Aug 2014, 11:24
The rules say if you skip the ice water you donate $100, if you do the ice water you donate $10
Those are more guidelines, really. You should donate whatever you can/wish to whether you ice or not. If you don't want to do the ice, donating $30 is still very helpful.

Nothing about the ice part of it worries me. I didn't know that $10 was the rule. I was suggesting doing the ice bucket part and donating $30.

Which it looks like I'll be doing, because I was just challenged by that friend I mentioned
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 23 Aug 2014, 11:48
What I did was dumped over my head and challenged four people, and donated ten plus five for everyone that accepted the challenge. Only one accepted so I donate fifteen, but I could've donated up to thirty. Basically donate whatever you want and that still helps.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 23 Aug 2014, 13:32
Pros and cons of my current living situation...

Pros:
All the exterior doors are card access.
It comes with a microwave for some reason, and it's a really nice commercial-sized one too.
Adjustable shower heads.
The closet is gigantic.
I live very close to the laundry room.
I live in the back part of the building, which means the view out of my window is of the woods. People who live in the front get a lovely view of a carpark.

Cons:
My apartment is on the first floor, which partially negates the benefits of the doors.
The closest exterior door is the one by the dumpsters.
God damn the bathroom is really small
There is no carpet
I'm pretty sure this oven is from the 70s.
I don't think the thermostat does anything.
Apparently we share a breaker panel with the apartment next door.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 24 Aug 2014, 02:22
What's wrong with no carpets? They are a bitch to keep clean.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 24 Aug 2014, 04:51
Carpets are warm and soft.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 24 Aug 2014, 10:27
It just occurred to me that I could buy lampshades for the lights in my flat, and also curtains. I don't have to use the ones the landlord provided, I just have to put them back before I move out. I have no idea why I never thought of this before.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 24 Aug 2014, 12:13
Carpets are warm and soft.

I agree, the hardwood is cold as ice. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMqfWoFjgto)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 24 Aug 2014, 15:07
Carpets are warm and soft.
Aye, but they can be a nasty source of friction burns.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 24 Aug 2014, 15:20
Now now hedgie, I can't possibly imagine what kind of activity could lead to friction burns  :emotrex:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 24 Aug 2014, 15:46
Wrestling, Slipping, trying to reenact Tom Cruise's solo song and dance scene in Risky Business.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 24 Aug 2014, 22:10
Why is there so much difference between a fryer and a baker?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 25 Aug 2014, 02:32
One is more holy.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 25 Aug 2014, 06:03
Gotta say after the discussion that ensued after that triangle photo in the previous page I'm feeling a little bit like a mathematical idiot. I had to do the actual maths involved (a squared plus b squared equals c squared) to get the answer.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: nekowafer on 25 Aug 2014, 07:26
I didn't even remember the math required to solve it, if that makes you feel any better
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Aug 2014, 14:50
Ok, here's what I don't get. The metric system, for the most part, makes sense. The only thing that seems unnecessarily complicated is the definition of a meter as "the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299,792,458 of a second." Ok, if that's how you're going to measure a meter, and you already know how generally long it is, why not define a meter as an even 1/300,000,000th of a light second?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 25 Aug 2014, 15:15
Ok, here's what I don't get. The metric system, for the most part, makes sense. The only thing that seems unnecessarily complicated is the definition of a meter as "the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299,792,458 of a second." Ok, if that's how you're going to measure a meter, and you already know how generally long it is, why not define a meter as an even 1/300,000,000th of a light second?
Because then the length of the meter would have changed by about 100 microns. It doesn't sound like a whole lot, but that amount matters.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Aug 2014, 15:17
No, no, I mean why wasn't the meter originally decided as that amount? Or was the meter much older than the current measurement?

That is, was the meter that length, and people made the connection to the light second after the fact? Or was the meter always measured in connection with it?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 25 Aug 2014, 15:22
The meter was defined long before the light-second. The original definition back in the 1780s was 1/10,000th the length of a line from the North Pole to the equator passing through Paris. When they realized how crappy of a definition that was (they didn't have the ability at the time to measure that distance accurately), they redefined it in terms of an arbitrary metal rod in Paris.

edit -- and in between the arbitrary metal rod and the speed of light definition, they defined it in terms of an emission line in Krypton-86. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meter)

edit 2 -- Akima beat me to linking to the Wikipedia article.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 25 Aug 2014, 15:24
Because the speed-of-light thing was back-filled to provide a high-precision standard long after the metre had been defined by other criteria (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metre#History). To define it as you suggest would change its size by a small but significant (for high-precision work) amount.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Aug 2014, 15:26
Ok, cool. I was just thrown by it being so close to 1/300 million that it almost had to be intentional, and not just a coincidence.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 25 Aug 2014, 15:32
It's also why the inch is 25.4 millimeters instead of 25 mm. When the U.S. abandoned the old standard for the inch in the late 1800s (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mendenhall_Order), the definition was known well enough that changing it by 400 microns would have been a problem, but poorly enough that rounding it off at 25.4 mm (rather than defining it more precisely) was sufficient.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Aug 2014, 15:51
Dang, if the inch were 25mm I'd be nearly an inch taller :roll:

(~73.2 inches instead of ~72.4)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 26 Aug 2014, 22:33
...and all my pants would be too tight. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 26 Aug 2014, 22:37
Sure, focus on the negative :roll:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Papersatan on 26 Aug 2014, 23:11
Are dudes in tight pants a negative?
...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 26 Aug 2014, 23:12
He said "too tight", so yeah, if they're uncomfortable.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 27 Aug 2014, 06:03
Are dudes in tight pants a negative?
...

Can be for the guy.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: lepetitfromage on 27 Aug 2014, 06:20
Ugh, pants that are too tight are the worst.

I hate that most of my pants fit me great in the legs but then are too loose in the waist. Then I have to keep hiking them up through the day. Or I find ones that actually DO fit in the waist (and stretch slightly to fit my legs) and then I put them in the dryer because they've stretched from being worn but then after drying they are too tight.


Oh wait, this is not the complaints thread. Whooops.  :-P
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 28 Aug 2014, 06:13
Actually, they might fit better now if we rounded down.  I've lost about 15 lbs since the meetup in Detroit.  Most of my pants slide down to an embarrassing point now.  (not quite em-bare-assing yet, though.  At least, not with a belt on  :-D)

However, the next size down ones in the back of the closet are still a bit uncomfortable.  They're 2 inches smaller in the waist - I sorta skipped a size on the way up...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Papersatan on 28 Aug 2014, 19:56
tight pants =

(http://www.kicksculture.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/tumblr_me2t1o1CIy1qgdg0r.gif)

but obvs no one wants the waist band to be uncomfortable.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 29 Aug 2014, 13:42
So, an acquaintance of mine married on Wednesday (civil, church and Klingon law).
People roughly my age (+3 years or so) are getting married and get kids (although at least the latter is accidental in the two cases I know of).

This is all kinds of weird.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 29 Aug 2014, 14:30
AND Klingon law? How thorough of them. So many young couples overlook that detail.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 29 Aug 2014, 14:32
The number of my friends who are now married is getting alarming close to tipping over the halfway point. I frequently find myself looking after women who are younger than me and having their second or third baby. I have to face facts: I am turning into a grown up.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 29 Aug 2014, 14:34
All my friends from college are married now, and I'm still in grad school. The facts I have to face: I'm getting old, but I'm not growing up.  :psyduck:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 29 Aug 2014, 14:39
No, you're grown up, you just refuse to grow old.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 29 Aug 2014, 14:46
I'm not grown up! I am not really yet in a position to grow old either. Many of my friends, many of them younger then me who didn't join the military are on their second or even third child, most of them have college degrees or have started grad school... and here I am. Fucking around, drinking beer, divorced, depressed, damaged and playing with toy soldiers.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 29 Aug 2014, 14:49
It could be worse.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 29 Aug 2014, 14:51
For example, you could have no toy soldiers.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 29 Aug 2014, 15:19
I'm starting to get into the "friends who have had their first grandchild" area.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ankhtahr on 29 Aug 2014, 21:46
So, an acquaintance of mine married on Wednesday (civil, church and Klingon law).
People roughly my age (+3 years or so) are getting married and get kids (although at least the latter is accidental in the two cases I know of).

This is all kinds of weird.
And here I am, thinking that you're roughly my age (plus a few), and I never even had a relationship yet. Yup, definitely weird.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 29 Aug 2014, 22:13
For example, you could have no toy soldiers.

HERESEY!

ALL!
must.
have.
toy.
soldiers.

mine are made of metal Crak and resemble walking tanks.   :-D
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: nekowafer on 30 Aug 2014, 19:31
Yeah a large majority of my friends are either married, have kids, or are in a long term relationship. I have none of those things! And I don't want them.

At least I finally have a car.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 30 Aug 2014, 21:24
I wish I did.

Hell, I wish I hadn't had to sell the Van!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 31 Aug 2014, 15:05
Note to self: stop buying chocolate-based products that come in packages of very small units. There's never a possibility of eating just a few M&Ms when there's 300 grams right in front of you.

I'm keeping it specific to chocolate because it just takes such a long time to get sick of the taste. Before that it's basically a positive feedback loop of "I just ate some chocolate. I should eat more chocolate." Other things like liquorice tastes worse the more you eat of it, which ends the loop much sooner.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 31 Aug 2014, 18:03
I wish I did.
Hell, I wish I hadn't had to sell the Van!

You know it was for the best...   :angel:
(http://files.abovetopsecret.com/files/img/yz5302a648.jpg)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 31 Aug 2014, 18:05
but then I'd probably get in this van.

(http://www.geekologie.com/2012/01/11/star-wars-van-1.jpg)

it's so cool.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 31 Aug 2014, 18:09
I'd prefer B5 on it  :-D
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 31 Aug 2014, 18:42
B5 Shadow van.

(http://img3.visualizeus.com/thumbs/41/e6/aerodynamic,crazy,custom,van,japanese,spaceship,van-41e69b591de1854c4f0c95d7e9b0835f_h.jpg)

I guess.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 31 Aug 2014, 20:25
That's a lot of bondo...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 31 Aug 2014, 21:19
Lone Starr's ship after he married Vespa
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 31 Aug 2014, 22:25
That van looks like it's going to be used for Dekotora

(http://sportandmotor.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/custom-japanese-truck.jpg)

In fact, considering the Japanese home in the background I'd say that's almost certain.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 02 Sep 2014, 01:29
Is there such a thing as an unfortunate cookie?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 02 Sep 2014, 07:11
One that is made out of dirt.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 02 Sep 2014, 09:39
Ah, language. I meant; a misfortune cookie.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 02 Sep 2014, 16:05
Apparently, yes (http://www.tealco.net/funny_fortune_cookies.html). 

There were several others, most of them just misfortune generators. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 04 Sep 2014, 01:42
For some reason I feel like rereading Harry Potter... and I think I'll take the opportunity to read them in English since so far I only read them in German (and the last one not at all).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 04 Sep 2014, 01:51
I read some HP in french and it's interesting to see the subtle differences between languages. I also read Matilda in about four different languages, which is a good way to practice comprehension - I know the story basically by heart now!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 04 Sep 2014, 02:48
My girlfriend did her first degree on the differences between english and dutch Harry Potter.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 04 Sep 2014, 02:53
She did an entire degree on that?! Wow.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 04 Sep 2014, 03:01
I may have used the wrong wording there. I guess I mean thesis. That makes it slightly less impressive, I guess. Still, a Harry Potter aided degree. Accio diploma.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 04 Sep 2014, 03:16
It's still pretty neat. What was her degree?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 04 Sep 2014, 03:30
Dutch language and lit, specifically Communication sciences, I think, is the best translation from the dutch 'taalbeheersing'.

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 04 Sep 2014, 09:58
I have a few of the Jennings (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennings_(novels)) books in French. They're not as good as the English versions (which I highly recommend).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ev4n on 05 Sep 2014, 07:35
I did a full course and a half course in uni in French lit.  It was cool, except when it was terrible (Proust, /shudder), but I can't really imagine wanting to read the same book in multiple languages.  Heck, if I wanted to read Les Mis, I'd probably search out the French version, because wondering how good the translation was would probably drive me nuts.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 05 Sep 2014, 16:01

The difference between politeness and tact. “Imagine you inadvertently enter a bathroom where a woman is standing naked under the shower, Politeness requires that you quickly close the door and say, ‘Pardon, Madame!’, whereas tact would be to quickly close the door and say: ‘Pardon, Monsieur!’"

                                         -Delphine Seyrig, Baisers volés, 1968
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 05 Sep 2014, 16:17
I don't get it
You are supposed to pretend you didn't recognise her as a woman in hopes of making it less awkward?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 06 Sep 2014, 05:11
Thereby indicating to the lady that you haven't even seen their gender so you haven't seen any of the give away bits.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 06 Sep 2014, 07:25
I figured it was also to let them know you didn't see who they were.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 07 Sep 2014, 18:07
I just failed the Kinsey test. Or, at least, this version (http://vistriai.com/kinseyscaletest/) of it.

"F - The test failed to match you to a Kinsey Type profile. Either you answered some questions wrong, or you are a very unusual person."
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 07 Sep 2014, 18:15
As did I, so I suspect that there's something wrong with the test.  Either that, or a bunch of rather strange people frequent this place.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: nekowafer on 07 Sep 2014, 18:20
I got the same result.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 07 Sep 2014, 18:36
Same here, and I'm pretty much as usual as they get.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 07 Sep 2014, 18:39
Hmmm.  Thought the test might be broken, but it didn't give me an F.  Then again, there were several questions I was not comfortable answering as true or false only - "sometimes", "maybe" or "depends" would have been better choices, but I suppose you can't have everything if you're going to be pigeonholed. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 07 Sep 2014, 19:20
I got a 1 - Predominantly heterosexual, only incidentally homosexual.

Makes sense, I guess. I don't avoid watching gay porn, because that's not something one has to avoid. You either watch it or you don't.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 07 Sep 2014, 20:55
Either that, or a bunch of rather strange people frequent this place.

Well that much was not in question.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 07 Sep 2014, 21:39
I got a 0  ?!

oh, never mind. just means I'm exclusively hetro
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Papersatan on 07 Sep 2014, 22:24
I read a book about social performance this summer which had a whole chapter on tact.  There was a whole section on tactfully receiving tact, here is a passage I loved enough to take a photo of:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BrQHfHbIYAEaTEM.jpg)

Related, the book was recalled by the library, and I left my card in it with a note asking the desperate borrower to contact me, because if they were in such a hurry to read this book, the two of us probably had a lot we could talk about.  They never replied. :(
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 08 Sep 2014, 00:45
Type F
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 08 Sep 2014, 00:59
Got a 2. Huh. In retrospect, not that surprising, but that test relies on true/false answers when a maybe/sometimes answer would be far better.

Mods, can this part of the tread get shifted into DISCUSS/Trans*? I have a lot of feelings on this.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 08 Sep 2014, 01:12
Actually I'd like to suggest it get shifted into the kink thread. If not a thread all it's own.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 08 Sep 2014, 14:18
Part of my issue with that version of the test is the use of the word "repulsive". A 1 - 5 of Strongly Disagree to Agree would work better because there was a time when while sex with X person didn't appeal to me, I would hardly say the idea repulsed me.

Also when I did that test last year I got a 1 and this time I got a 3. Neat.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 08 Sep 2014, 18:05
Actually yeah, an own thread might be better.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 09 Sep 2014, 11:54
The art gallery of gunsmithing is not so much "Measure twice, cut once" as it is measure a couple hundred times. Cut and once. Measure some more then file to tolerance.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 09 Sep 2014, 12:32
Yeah, the "measure twice, cut once" is carpentry, where wood is cheaper than rifled barrels. 

Then again, as my grampa once said in the middle of a project, "Damn!  That's twice I cut it off, and it's still too short!"
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 09 Sep 2014, 14:25
[tweet]509451614403698688[/tweet]


Yes, this is inspired by this tweet:

[tweet]509417762360684544[/tweet]
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 09 Sep 2014, 16:41
Yeah, the "measure twice, cut once" is carpentry, where wood is cheaper than rifled barrels. 

Then again, as my grampa once said in the middle of a project, "Damn!  That's twice I cut it off, and it's still too short!"

Eh. Fucking up steel is just keeping iron miners and foundries in business.

The result of 5 and 1/2 man hours of blood sweat and tears today? A very shiny square. That's about it. I doubt I'm going to get a terribly good grade on this initial project.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 09 Sep 2014, 16:45
Quote
APPLE WATCH

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10411120_793591563997751_30230338146826191_n.jpg?oh=cd6b9630400aab71c4de30c28060947f&oe=54949ED6&__gda__=1418750266_422f5208fdc2d7f7c9aad0e74049c355)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 09 Sep 2014, 17:03
I doubt I'm going to get a terribly good grade on this initial project.

Depends - was the assignment a shiny square? 


I think you'll be fine. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 09 Sep 2014, 17:24
My tolerances weren't perfect, and a bit uneven, I think I had two corners that were slightly crowned
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 09 Sep 2014, 18:22
aaaaaannnd...
I'm getting shelled again.
jeeeeez.
and some lucky saps got to make a LALO jump in pissing rain today.
.... which is probably why they're
mortaring the fuck outta the neighborhood.
it wouldn't be so bad if I could get some trigger time on one of those .50s I hear bumping away....




gawd-DAMN!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aimless on 11 Sep 2014, 07:30
Compound interest makes my morning coffee taste bitter. Whoever called it "the most powerful force in the universe" may have been right, but what if it's a force of evil??!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 11 Sep 2014, 09:01
I know my shop job has a policy about facial piercings, even though they're lax about tattoos, but I wonder if I only did the office job would those rules apply even though I'd no longer be officially on the sales floor. If they do I think I could reasonably argue my appearance is irrelevant when I spend my shift in an office in the back where no clientele can see me. It shouldn't matter anyway even when working with the public but I can't argue I don't interact with customers when I'm a server.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 12 Sep 2014, 08:25
So we started a more practical application project yesterday, refinishing a shot out barrel that the instructors have laid about with hack saw and file. It's difficult, but far more rewarding to me then working on a random piece of bar stock. As expected, like in most things, once you get past the basics of the basics and start the real job things improve.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 12 Sep 2014, 20:37
A-10 Thunderbolts hitting the ranges today & tonight.

while I love the sound of Freedom ('Murica!FuckYeah!) ... I do wish they would implement a cease fire so I can get some sleep.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 12 Sep 2014, 20:56
Ear plugs?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 12 Sep 2014, 21:02
well, it is 12 Midnight here and things got real quiet.
hope they've called it a night.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 13 Sep 2014, 04:50
Help me out here guys: is "last April" April 2014, or April 2013? If I graduated in June 2013, did I leave a course of higher education "before last April"?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Schmee on 13 Sep 2014, 06:56
I'd say yes. "Last April" would mean the most recent complete April, in my book.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 13 Sep 2014, 07:47
That's how I interpret it, but I don't want to mess this up as it's a government document.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 13 Sep 2014, 08:17
The government should be a little more specific if it's that important to them. It's like trying to decide if "next weekend" is the next one that's coming up, or the one at the end of next week.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 13 Sep 2014, 08:22
I definitely agree - it should say "in the last tax year" or something. I got a letter saying I'm now liable to start repaying my student loans, so I think the answer might be yes, but since I don't earn enough to pay anything - tax, NI or loan repayments - it doesn't matter a lot.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 14 Sep 2014, 06:02
Lol I just had a Random Thought:

You're all calling me dreamy, so I guess that makes me McDreamy, right?
Also makes Patrick McSteamy
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 14 Sep 2014, 12:40
?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 14 Sep 2014, 19:34
Lol I just had a Random Thought:

You're all calling me dreamy, so I guess that makes me McDreamy, right?
Also makes Patrick McSteamy
Random indeed.

Wait, who called Patrick Steamy? Also, what would that make me?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 14 Sep 2014, 20:01
Seamy? 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 14 Sep 2014, 20:03
:(
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 14 Sep 2014, 21:41
This is the mother of all mixed metaphors.
Quote from: user Richard Cranium (get it?) on Daily Kos
A pipe dream, perhaps.  But giving any oxygen to the concept at a high political level fosters a breeding ground that, once unleashed, becomes difficult to contain.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 14 Sep 2014, 22:45
It's a Grey's Anatomy reference
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 15 Sep 2014, 00:37
So...

If I've sold commissioned pieces, and have pieces of paper showing I've won awards for art...

Does that mean I have to stop dogging my own painting skills? Cause I still think I suck. One of my friends said the above makes me a pro... but I don't think so. I mean... I don't make my living off of doing this.

Well. Wait. Tradecraft, so theoretically in a non-painting field once I get good enough you could call me a professional artisan as a gunsmith, but this is painting toy soldiers...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 15 Sep 2014, 05:53
It's not about making a living, it's about being paid to do it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 15 Sep 2014, 06:25
I've always thought a professional was someone who did something full time.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 15 Sep 2014, 06:33
That can't be the case - a lawyer is undeniably a professional but what if they only work part-time?

There seem to be various definitions: belonging to "a profession" which has a complex definition of its own; doing something as a paid occupation rather than a hobby, or doing something with the attitude which one would expect from someone belonging to "a professional". So I'd say you can definitely consider yourself a professional artist if you wish to (but it doesn't sound like you do).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 15 Sep 2014, 07:28
The definition of professional I have always worked from is someone that is paid to do something.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 15 Sep 2014, 23:52
I just don't think I count. I'm just a guy who fucks around with paint. Metope's an artist. I'm an asshole with a brush and some over priced acrylics.

side note from the HHJJ thread. The fact that I am recognized as an ordained minister with full license to marry and bury is proof that the sanctity of marriage argument is bullshit.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 16 Sep 2014, 00:34
In the end were all just mad men in a blue box.

... wait, what?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: FunkyTuba on 16 Sep 2014, 11:04
This forum doesn't seems to have a favicon set and so my browser has random public wi-fi favicons assigned to various pages.  The main page is something that is a Giant 'A', Chatter is Tim hortons, and some thread somewhere is Starbucks (the rest are blank).  I think it's funny, but also I think it contributes to my having the forum open in multiple tabs.

Mine looks like Facebook (whoomp whoomp)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 16 Sep 2014, 20:12
Is that the throbbing bass of your Facebook party page? 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: FunkyTuba on 16 Sep 2014, 22:55
my coffeeshop uses a facebook-based "check in here for free wifi!" mechanism, so my favicon for this site is a blue background white F
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 17 Sep 2014, 02:56
I wonder what the effect would be if the current state of an election was known to all voters, while they were voting.
--
What would happen if the victorious party (any election, assuming a clear winner, nothing going wrong, etc.) didn't want to form a government?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 17 Sep 2014, 03:01
Does that mean I have to stop dogging my own painting skills? Cause I still think I suck.
The feeling that one can do better is the mother of progress.

"I could paint for a hundred years, a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing." Paul Cezanne
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 17 Sep 2014, 06:17
That quote applies in a lot of areas. A few months ago I was at a conference and a professor in a field related to mine referred to me as an expert in the particular type of molecule I've been studying. I, however, still feel like I know nothing.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 17 Sep 2014, 14:55
You know how little you know better than anyone else.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 18 Sep 2014, 06:23
Does that mean I have to stop dogging my own painting skills? Cause I still think I suck.
The feeling that one can do better is the mother of progress.

"I could paint for a hundred years, a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing." Paul Cezanne

Truth! Though I was having dinner with my actual mother last night and she made the fair point that self criticism is good and healthy, but the kind of more negative stuff I can do above is not.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 18 Sep 2014, 23:06
There's criticism, and then there's criticism.  Saying you feel you could do better, and enumerating those ways is a critique, and appropriate.  Yelling "YOU SUUUUUUCK!!" at the top of your voice, drowning out everything anyone else says about it is not. 

I imagine you're somewhere between those two.  The yell isn't drowning everything out, but it's a little too loud, and the list of the things you didn't like that made you use those very words was probably overinflated. 

'cause it looks really good to me! 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 19 Sep 2014, 02:56
I think we can safely establish that Garand's self criticism is not always healthy given that he entered three contests and came top 2 in all three of them, but still feels his work sucks.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 19 Sep 2014, 03:20
It's a typical American disease where if one doesn't come in first, then at best, they are the top loser.  It's one of the reasons we don't tend to watch sports that can end in draws.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 19 Sep 2014, 06:37
I disagree hedgie, I feel that way about my 1st place finish too :P
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 19 Sep 2014, 07:32
There's nothing wrong with self-criticism as long as it's objective and focussed. Criticise things that you think you either didn't do as well as you could have done or feel you should be able to improve on. Be specific though. Directionless criticism is just cyclical. Also, learn to accept praise. I have difficulties with this and am very uncomfortable with it but some people will look at what you do an think it's worthy of comment. At the very least learn to smile and nod gracefully then slowly back away.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 19 Sep 2014, 07:41
I don't understand why birthday cards sometimes say 'congratulations' on them.

'Congratulations on continuing the compulsory aging process!'
'Congratulations on not being dead yet!'

You've not achieved anything except not dying, which everyone who isn't dead has achieved.

It makes-ah-no-sense-ah to me-ah.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 19 Sep 2014, 09:11
Did we just catch you mid org or what was that at the end
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 19 Sep 2014, 09:18
Fake Italian accent, at a guess.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 19 Sep 2014, 10:11
I don't understand why birthday cards sometimes say 'congratulations' on them.

'Congratulations on continuing the compulsory aging process!'
'Congratulations on not being dead yet!'

You've not achieved anything except not dying, which everyone who isn't dead has achieved.

It makes-ah-no-sense-ah to me-ah.
The vast majority of humans is dead. If you are one of the six percent that is alive, isn't that worth celebrating?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 19 Sep 2014, 14:31
(https://scontent-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10687031_512638845506540_8814365466897323757_n.png?oh=f54c18ba25d7f1c143f1713678fab26f&oe=548FCE90)

The time has come to regrow my beard I think.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 19 Sep 2014, 15:09
Thats ..........



Disturbing.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 20 Sep 2014, 23:34
I thought it was Wonder-woman-ful. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 21 Sep 2014, 08:42
I've recently gotten the opportunity of watching tv again, and now when I see commercial blocks I can't help but hear anything but marketers shouting at me "Look! Look at all these positive associations we're making! Now buy our shit! Please just buy this shit!"
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 21 Sep 2014, 12:08
Isn't that what a commercial is?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 21 Sep 2014, 13:18
Of course. Getting away from it for a while just makes it all the more obvious.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 22 Sep 2014, 21:11
Do catbuses go feral?  If so, is it a good idea to spay or neuter them?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Active Madness on 23 Sep 2014, 04:05
Do catbuses go feral?  If so, is it a good idea to spay or neuter them?

I've got no idea, but I'm just imagining the cone of shame...

Would you need a vet or a mechanic? Or some kind of biomechanical wizard?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 24 Sep 2014, 17:46
For spaying or neutering? 


A plumber. 

 :roll:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 25 Sep 2014, 06:18
Apparently Iphone6s fold under pressure.  :claireface:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 25 Sep 2014, 07:43
Larger and thinner - what could possibly go wrong?

I keep my phone in my back jeans pocket, and therefore sit on it regularly...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 25 Sep 2014, 07:52
(http://img.theepochtimes.com/n3/eet-content/uploads/2014/09/24/o9zTE0t.png)
(http://i.imgur.com/CE3Li68l.jpg)
(http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1950751.1411558189!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_970/wave25n-4-web.jpg)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 25 Sep 2014, 09:35
I have had some very dark lyrics stuck in my head for awhile now.

Inmate in hell or a hero in prison, soldier in Auschwitz, who knows his name? locked in a cell raging war from a prison, hiding in Auschwitz, who hides behind 4859?


In other news hand filing to super tight tolerances (thousandths of an inch) is hardcore bullshit.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Sep 2014, 09:37
What happens if you file too far? Is the whole thing scrapped?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 25 Sep 2014, 09:39
Yep. Tolerances range from .002 thousandths to .10 thousandths depending on the part in question or even areas on the same part.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 25 Sep 2014, 09:51
Yep. Tolerances range from .002 thousandths to .10 thousandths depending on the part in question or even areas on the same part.
How the fk do you even measure that?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 25 Sep 2014, 10:05
Micrometers
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 25 Sep 2014, 10:07
And other precision instruments
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Sep 2014, 13:17
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t34.0-12/10714595_867534286605167_1040414311_n.jpg?oh=70775c10ad1134f0ee4ae03b91778415&oe=5427251B&__gda__=1411789195_b52b387dd4d17b67ef56be5de61a9485)

Saw this in the loo at a restaurant today. First of all...no. Second of all...why? To avoid a mess? Wouldn't "clean up after yourself" suffice?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 25 Sep 2014, 13:19
Were there cleaning supplies provided? I've never seen a public toilet provide anything more than a very grubby-looking toilet brush. Drying up with some toilet paper doesn't suffice either.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Sep 2014, 13:38
Oh. Well, still, I've never seen such a request in a public toilet before. "Aim well" could've worked without need for cleaning supplies, but I don't think that should need to be said.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 25 Sep 2014, 16:12


Oh. Well, still, I've never seen such a request in a public toilet before.

Whut? They are uncommon? Those are totally commonplace in Germany.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 25 Sep 2014, 17:01
In other news hand filing to super tight tolerances (thousandths of an inch) is hardcore bullshit.
Nearly... nearly... nearly... Shit! Yeah... Even on a lathe you can do this.

My biggest personal metalworking fuck-up was snapping off a tap flush in a hole I'd spent a long time carefully drilling in a steel bike part I had hand cut and filed from bar stock, ruining the piece so that I had to start again from scratch. My Dad was all "Well, you'll be more careful next time, won't you, Elder Daughter?"
I was ready to die. :claireface:


Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 25 Sep 2014, 17:07
I have a few machine shop stories, but my favorite is the time the head machinist came into the room as I was drilling a countersink hole in a mount for a fiberoptic lens. I'm being cautious with it, making sure it's the right depth. He sees me, tells me, "You're babyin' that thing! Lemme show you how it's done!", takes over the lathe and drills straight through. I tell him what I was trying to do and his response was "Well, you should have shown me the drawing first!"  :psyduck:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 25 Sep 2014, 17:11
What happens if you file too far? Is the whole thing scrapped?

To restore it to the necessary dimensions, you just have to spend some time defiling it.  :claireface:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Redball on 25 Sep 2014, 17:40
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Saw this in the loo at a restaurant today. First of all...no. Second of all...why? To avoid a mess? Wouldn't "clean up after yourself" suffice?
I've been using public rest rooms for seven decades, and nowadays I think I may be unclear on the concept. I see guys pass up an unused urinal to go into a stall, close the door, stand and pee into a toilet. What's wrong with the urinal? Are they shy because someone might see their penis? I don't recall seeing that behavior in my adolescence and young adulthood. Why did it start? And peeing through the seat instead of raising it? When did that begin? That's not how the people who had to clean our toilets in our childhood -- our mothers -- taught us. What changed? How much of the change in behavior comes from avoiding contact with contaminated things like seats and flush handles? Oh yeah -- when did adults stop flushing toilets and urinals?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 25 Sep 2014, 17:57
In other news hand filing to super tight tolerances (thousandths of an inch) is hardcore bullshit.
Nearly... nearly... nearly... Shit! Yeah... Even on a lathe you can do this.

My biggest personal metalworking fuck-up was snapping off a tap flush in a hole I'd spent a long time carefully drilling in a steel bike part I had hand cut and filed from bar stock, ruining the piece so that I had to start again from scratch. My Dad was all "Well, you'll be more careful next time, won't you, Elder Daughter?"
I was ready to die. :claireface:

I imagine your father and some of my senior instructors have the same exact look on their face and tone when telling us we've fucked up. Except for SSgt. One of my junior instructors is a Marine SSgt and we're bros. So he's cool vs. taking a perverse pleasure in my fuck ups.

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This is an almost complete shotgun choke tube wrench. Each "step" on the "wings" represents one of the six common gauges. The tolerances on the various widths of the working surfaces is .002 thousandths. The width of the working surfaces is .68 thousandths with the same tolerance. This is attempt.... five or six I think. We'll see how my grade is.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Sep 2014, 20:47
And peeing through the seat instead of raising it?
What's wrong with this? It's a sufficiently large hole and why would I want to touch that seat if I don't have to? I still flush, of course...with my foot. If it's not an automatic, that is.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 25 Sep 2014, 21:02
You can do what I do, and lift the seat with your boot.  I tend to use my toe to flush, as well.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Sep 2014, 21:06
I could, but like I said, it's unnecessary. I take care to aim and not hit the seat, so why is it a problem if I don't lift it?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 25 Sep 2014, 21:14
I could, but like I said, it's unnecessary. I take care to aim and not hit the seat, so why is it a problem if I don't lift it?
In case you sneeze mid-piss.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Sep 2014, 21:19
If that happened, the seat would be the least of my worries.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 25 Sep 2014, 23:06
Yeah, but now you're thinking about it. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 26 Sep 2014, 00:32
http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140923/BENEFITS06/309230038/VA-records-show-vet-rescheduled-appointment-after-death?sf31597075=1

This is why I don't want socialized medicine in the end. I have it. Right now, as do many of my brothers... and it's no exaggeration to say it's killing us.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: nekowafer on 26 Sep 2014, 07:52
I see no reason to lift the seat at all, if you're sure you can aim properly. And, aside from accidents and some people with disabilities, why the hell wouldn't you be able to aim properly?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 26 Sep 2014, 08:01
Aside from accidents. 

Y'know, they happen,  The world ain't perfect.  But they can be prevented. 

I can understand an aversion to sitting if you don't have to, but at least raise the seat, as described, with your toe.  Then when the unforeseen happens, you just splash the floor & surroundings, not where the next person sits.  It's just considerate, OK? 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 26 Sep 2014, 09:24
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Quote
This we do that others might live.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 26 Sep 2014, 16:48
You know you've made some odd life choices when you're riding a half full grocery cart through a King Sooper's parking lot at 1700 yelling "You'll never force me to grow up alive" at the people with fish bumper stickers staring at you.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 26 Sep 2014, 16:58
I dunno, sounds like about half my old squadron. 

Wait.  No, nevermind, I keep forgetting that we were crazy mofos. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 26 Sep 2014, 18:15
people with fish bumper stickers staring at you.
People with fish bumper-stickers stare at me anyway...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 26 Sep 2014, 18:17
They stare at me in general too Akima
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 26 Sep 2014, 20:01
A furore Normannorum libera nos, Domine
From the fury of the Northmen, deliver us, O God.

When a religion has actual prayers against your religion... it can honestly give you a warm n' fuzzy <3
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 26 Sep 2014, 20:54
it wasn't a prayer  against a religion... it was a prayer against my ancestors

paganism had been alive and well in England, it was the Viking of the Scandanavian/Nordic peoples what had the priests praying for deliverance.

my mother's family originally hailed from Cimbria.

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 26 Sep 2014, 20:56
My ancestors too Groggie.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 26 Sep 2014, 21:05
coolness.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 26 Sep 2014, 22:52
My ancestors were likewise converted by the point of the blade.  Fuck those fuckers.  If I were to put a fish sticker on my proverbial car, it'd be Cthulhu, since like the other fish stickers, he's fictional.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 26 Sep 2014, 22:59
Still remains that there was a LOT of religious violence back and forth their Grog, so characterizing that as a prayer against a religious group is not outlandish. England at the time being mostly Christian, the various pagan forms of faith were mostly stamped out, Scandinavia being the last serious bastion of Germanic Paganism left. (There really wasn't much of that in a "pure strain" in England to start with. The Celts had some very rich pagan traditions of their own that we've lost far too much of sadly)

The Vikings were scary because A. they were incredibly effective military forces and B. they were pagans back when Christians still burned people at the stake for that.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 27 Sep 2014, 06:29
Still remains that there was a LOT of religious violence back and forth their Grog, so characterizing that as a prayer against a religious group is not outlandish. England at the time being mostly Christian, the various pagan forms of faith were mostly stamped out, Scandinavia being the last serious bastion of Germanic Paganism left. (There really wasn't much of that in a "pure strain" in England to start with. The Celts had some very rich pagan traditions of their own that we've lost far too much of sadly)

The Vikings were scary because A. they were incredibly effective military forces and B. they were pagans back when Christians still burned people at the stake for that.

And C, they actually bathed, so they got all the English girls.  There's actually letters from some minor English noble complaining to the church that Scandinavian merchants coming through his town were marrying all the English women and leaving behind a town full of English bachelors. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 27 Sep 2014, 07:00
Be a badass and keep yourself well groomed. It has incredible results.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 28 Sep 2014, 02:40
I have glasses now (for close focus - so basically whenever I'm using a computer, studying, reading a book, watching TV or pretty much almost all the time!) and the way I can tell that they are working is that when I take them off, the world is fuzzy and curves towards me in the middle of my field of vision. It is weird.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 28 Sep 2014, 05:23
I'll be the first to state the obvious:

Pics or it didn't happen.  :angel:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 28 Sep 2014, 06:58
I have glasses now (for close focus - so basically whenever I'm using a computer, studying, reading a book, watching TV or pretty much almost all the time!) and the way I can tell that they are working is that when I take them off, the world is fuzzy and curves towards me in the middle of my field of vision. It is weird.

I first got my glasses when I was 11 and only needed them for the same things you describe, but I just wore them all the time, because honestly, when was I not using a computer, reading a book, watching a TV, or needing to actually fucking SEE things?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 28 Sep 2014, 08:32
I see less well if I'm doing anything that requires me to look further than 20cm away. The world gets weirdly wavy further than that.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 28 Sep 2014, 19:35
Been wearing glasses since I was 5.  My parents were finally convinced I needed them when we saw gramma off at the airport.  We went to the fence by the airfield, and as she climbed the gangway into the Pan-Am DC-3, my parents told me to wave to her. 

"Where?", I asked. 

"On the stairs, getting into the plane" they said. 


"What plane?" 


We were maybe 200 feet away from it. 


Everything for me gets blurry beyond about 3 cm.  After a few meters or so, it's all one big blob.  With my glasses, I'm about 20/40, good enough to drive, at least...

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7004/6434380609_070c07c68a_o.jpg)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 28 Sep 2014, 19:39
I got my first pair of glasses a year and a half or so ago. They're for distance, but I usually only wear them if I drive at night, and even then not often.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 28 Sep 2014, 22:52
Is this a bad time to boast that I have 20/15 vision in both eyes, and my hearing is acute enough to hear up to about 20KHz?  Then again, my sense of smell is basically gone, but I figure it's one of the less important ones.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 29 Sep 2014, 00:54
My opticians tests hearing as standard at eye checks, and my hearing is perfect. My vision is almost perfect in the sense of focus - I don't know what the 20/40 type numbers mean but my prescription is +0.25 and +0.5 which is barely anything. My distance vision is excellent, I can read tiny text at a distance of several metres. It's just that the world isn't as curved as my eyes would like ;)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 29 Sep 2014, 03:29
... always with the curves ...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 29 Sep 2014, 05:31
Is this a bad time to boast that I have 20/15 vision in both eyes, and my hearing is acute enough to hear up to about 20KHz?  Then again, my sense of smell is basically gone, but I figure it's one of the less important ones.

Not at all. I like my glasses. If I ever got my vision to the point of not needing them, I'd be sad.

I like my face furniture, I like how I look with them and generally dislike how I look with them off, and my eyes being quite majorly off level with each other is hidden slightly by my glasses but a lot harder to hide without my glasses on.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 29 Sep 2014, 05:36
I've never heard the phrase "face furniture" before.  I think I like it. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 29 Sep 2014, 06:02
Before I got my eyes fixed up I was looking at ditching glasses for a GSD or Golden Retriever and a stick >.>;
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: lepetitfromage on 29 Sep 2014, 06:47
Heehee. Face furniture is delightful.

I tend to go for a few months with contacts, switch to glasses for a while and then switch back once my glasses start to annoy me- usually on rainy days. :-P

I don't know what my 20/whatever numbers are either but my eyesight is terrible. I've been using corrective lenses of some sort since the 2nd grade- started out just for reading and I'd always forget to have them with me, then I ended up needing them all the time. Almost every time I've gone to the eye doctor my prescription has gotten worse. Not this past visit, though! Exciting times.  :roll: The prescription for my contacts are -9.5 and -10.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 29 Sep 2014, 07:50
I got my eyes professionally burned and since then I don't need glasses anymore. Which is good. But my girlfriend still has not gotten used to my glassesless face. Which is bad.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 29 Sep 2014, 08:21
I got glasses when I was in the fifth grade. The teacher assigned me a seat in the back of the classroom and I kept getting out of my chair to look at the chalkboard. She refused to believe me when I said I couldn't see the chalkboard, and ended up calling in my mom for a discussion about my "misbehavior."
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: celticgeek on 29 Sep 2014, 08:30
I got glasses when I was a freshman in high school (age 13 or so).  One teacher had seated me in the back row, but I mentioned to her that I couldn't see the blackboard, and could I move up to a front row.  She asked if I had ever had my eyes checked, and I said "No", and she said to ask my parents to get my eyes checked.  She also moved me to the front row.  Since then, glasses, contacts, and cataract surgery.  But I can see, mostly.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 29 Sep 2014, 14:44
Every now and then, I go through a songwriting drought and I worry. During such droughts, I often find myself accidentally rewriting my own worst songs, or as has happened lately, accidentally lifting entire chord progressions or lyric ideas from bands that I love.

This drives me crazy, and to try and avoid such in the future, I have written a list to myself of the subject matter of some of the songs that my best friend and I have written together or that I have by myself (including his is kinda pointless since it's about my self-assessed artistic merit on this occasion), to try to remind myself that I'm not always a complete hack.

Song subjects have included:
(click to show/hide)

And that's just missing out songs of mine that I do love but have less original subject matter. I think some days I need to look at this list a bit more closely.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 29 Sep 2014, 20:05
Then again, my sense of smell is basically gone, but I figure it's one of the less important ones.
I couldn't disagree more. Then again, maybe that's because my sense of smell is really good. My sight's pretty good and my hearing's ok, I guess, but my sense of smell is as far as I can tell way above average. It also gives me more enjoyment than sight or sound, probably (although I can't imagine parting with any of them).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 29 Sep 2014, 20:13
Song subjects have included:
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- Cannibals running a takeaway in Lancashire
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.

I need to hear this. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 29 Sep 2014, 21:07
Then again, my sense of smell is basically gone, but I figure it's one of the less important ones.
I couldn't disagree more. Then again, maybe that's because my sense of smell is really good. My sight's pretty good and my hearing's ok, I guess, but my sense of smell is as far as I can tell way above average. It also gives me more enjoyment than sight or sound, probably (although I can't imagine parting with any of them).
Well, IIRC, those of us who aren't blind receive about 70% of their sensory information through sight.  There's a lot too with hearing.  I have problems being touched, so I won't get into that sense, but as far as they go, smell is fairly expendable.  I can even be a good cook without it, though I do have to taste all the time.  And I know that my ability to taste is weakened by my weak sense of smell.  Still, if I'm going to nuke one sense, the one I get from my nose is the one to go.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Papersatan on 30 Sep 2014, 00:34
Quote from: Jordan B. Petterson in Three Forms of Meaning and the Management of Complexity
"Whatever anxiety might arise at the failure of our actions is nothing compared with the terror of having to recalibrate our perceptions."
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 30 Sep 2014, 00:49
I'm the only person in my family who doesn't need glasses. Clearly I am superior. Right? ... Right?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 30 Sep 2014, 07:56
The doc wants to scan my brain to see what's going on in there.  He didn't like it when I joked that he was just looking for the source of my superpowers. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 30 Sep 2014, 11:49
I was about to reply with a funny doctor story a friend told and then I remembered it was Gareth who told the story in the TMI thread, I think.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 30 Sep 2014, 12:00
Go for it. If it's the one I'm thinking of it'll need a spoiler, mind.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 01 Oct 2014, 09:42
Slightly disappointed Welu didn't tell my doctor story.

Random thought of the day: A compliment is meaningless if you have no respect for the person giving it to you. Slightly zen life lesson I taught myself today.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 01 Oct 2014, 10:19
I thought it was a bit redundant to repeat a forum story but I guess I could have quoted it in a spoiler?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 01 Oct 2014, 11:04
I was looking forward to a second-hand rephrasing, honestly.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 01 Oct 2014, 13:13
Well, one of you tell it.  The wifi here is terrible, so I can't listen to death metal while I wait. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 01 Oct 2014, 16:47
What happens if you file too far? Is the whole thing scrapped?

You shout "Curses! Filed again!".
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 02 Oct 2014, 12:34
Jeph visited and the board is the same.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 02 Oct 2014, 13:56
So far.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 02 Oct 2014, 15:31
No butt jokes, is the point.

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 03 Oct 2014, 06:26
I can resize a pixel graphics picture of double resolution to 50%, which halves the image size while the actual detail remains unchanged. Why can't I do the same with a video?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 03 Oct 2014, 06:44
because the actual dots of your pixel graphics pictures are probably 4x4 pixels big and not 1x1.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 03 Oct 2014, 06:51
Exactly. But I can tell Paint.net to shrink an image and it'll combine all those 4x4 pixels into a single one, but when I tell my recording software (MSI Afterburner) to shrink this recording, it becomes a smudged, unreadable mess. Is there a video analogue to this kind of downscaling?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ev4n on 03 Oct 2014, 07:34
Video compression is inherently more compressed and lossier.  So there's less information present in the source material prior to resizing it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Fig on 03 Oct 2014, 08:43
My vape juice makes me feel like I'm having breakfast all day long when I take a hit.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 03 Oct 2014, 08:47
Video compression is inherently more compressed and lossier.  So there's less information present in the source material prior to resizing it.

In this case I'm trying to configure the capture software to record in a lower resolution without compromising the quality of the video, which doesn't seem possible unless I directly manipulate the resolution of the frame it's being captured from. I guess that's to be expected, given that video recording is too intensive to be able to accurately blend blocks of identical pixels on the fly.

Another random thought: I wonder if public domain porn exists.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 03 Oct 2014, 09:14
I think what you're looking for is a digital raw video camera.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 03 Oct 2014, 12:09
No butt jokes, is the point.

Yet. :V
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 03 Oct 2014, 15:19
The Oklahoma City airport has free wifi, but to use it you have to watch a video about how great Texas is.  :psyduck:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 03 Oct 2014, 16:33
The Oklahoma City airport has free wifi, but to use it you have to watch a video about how great Texas is.  :psyduck:

What. :psyduck:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 03 Oct 2014, 17:26
Oklahoma City, located in the heart of Occupied North Texas (http://xkcd.com/787/).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 03 Oct 2014, 18:20
They make you watch a video from an advertiser, and the Texas tourism bureau bought the ad...

Incidentally, I'm currently in the United customer "service" line at O'Hare because they overbooked my connecting flight...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 03 Oct 2014, 22:31
Yeah, they don't say who's servicing who...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 04 Oct 2014, 08:01
So as an update, I'm actually satisfied with United right now, because they upgraded me to first class.  :-D

The Wi-Fi in the airport in São Paulo is painfully slow, though.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 04 Oct 2014, 08:48
... on the other hand, you're in Sao Paulo.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 04 Oct 2014, 13:49
Now I'm not anymore. I'm in Recife. The hotel Wi-Fi is much better.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 05 Oct 2014, 10:55
Being at the office at a Sunday evening feels really weird. I like how quiet the place is at this time, though.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 05 Oct 2014, 23:55
http://qz.com/273255/how-american-parenting-is-killing-the-american-marriage/

I found this a fascinating piece.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 06 Oct 2014, 11:56
Just saw an American Express commercial with Tina Fey and it has a close up of her swiping her card...backwards :psyduck:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 06 Oct 2014, 11:58
Why is 'shit' considered offensive but 'poo' is not? For every use of one that I can think of, there's a near-identical use for the other.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 06 Oct 2014, 12:21
Why is "crap" somewhere in between?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 07 Oct 2014, 00:45
Things I have done today:

- Put down a deposit on a PA system

- Locked down another paid gig ( a wedding this time :D )

- raced a pair of vibrators along a counter at my girlfriend's workplace.


... Today has been a good day.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 07 Oct 2014, 01:24
... you know which of those items you mentioned is going to raise the most attention, right?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 07 Oct 2014, 03:50
Shhhhhhhh Gavin, you're ruining the moment  :emotrex:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 07 Oct 2014, 07:04
The PA system, of course. ;)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 07 Oct 2014, 09:10
Not if there's betting allowed on those races. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: grouchygizmo on 07 Oct 2014, 11:07
I hope this is the right place to post this, but if it isn't, oh well. I need to say this.

I really enjoy reading this forum. You guys don't throw hate around, and if something does happen that is offensive, the mods and members are not quick to be incredibly angry. Instead, everyone here is pretty civil and more than willing to explain things- whether it be about forum rules, or sexuality, or music or vegan-ism- it doesn't matter what the topic is. Everyone is okay expressing their own opinions (from what I've seen so far).

This is a pretty cool place to hang out, even if, as a member, you don't post too often and just like to read what other people say. So thanks to everyone for just being awesome dudes and ladies.  :-)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 07 Oct 2014, 11:12
I hope this is the right place to post this, but if it isn't, oh well. I need to say this.

I really enjoy reading this forum. You guys don't throw hate around, and if something does happen that is offensive, the mods and members are not quick to be incredibly angry. Instead, everyone here is pretty civil and more than willing to explain things- whether it be about forum rules, or sexuality, or music or vegan-ism- it doesn't matter what the topic is. Everyone is okay expressing their own opinions (from what I've seen so far).

This is a pretty cool place to hang out, even if, as a member, you don't post too often and just like to read what other people say. So thanks to everyone for just being awesome dudes and ladies.  :-)

Shut up, n00b.

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I agree. I returned to this forum after a long absence in late 2012 and it has now become like a support group, friendship group, family, debate society, source of jokes, encyclopedia...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Barmymoo on 07 Oct 2014, 11:56
Something weird and a bit alarming just happened! I was sitting on my bed wrapped in the blanket that I sleep under, and realised I could hear buzzing like a bluebottle or a wasp. It sounded like it was behind me, and a bit muffled, so I thought maybe it was behind the bed between the side of the bed and the wall. I got off the bed to look behind the headboard and realised I could still hear the buzzing behind me, even though I'd turned 180 degrees and moved. So I took the blanket off and shook it... and a wasp flew out. Eek! I managed to catch it in a glass and put it out of the window, and to be honest I couldn't see a sting so I wonder if it was actually not a wasp but something very similar in appearance. But still. A wasp in my blanket! And all my windows are shut! How did it get in?!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Fig on 07 Oct 2014, 14:52
That would freak me the hell out.  I absolutely cannot stand those flying, stinging jerks of the sky.  Maybe it snuck in through a vent or a cracked window somewhere.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 07 Oct 2014, 16:24
Honestly, because of Luke's recent post when you mentioned "buzzing" I thought that was going to go in a whole other direction :roll:

Glad you got the wasp out of there before it stung you!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 07 Oct 2014, 21:51
Setting Quincy Jones's Ironside (known for being the Kill Bill fight jingle) as my alarm clock sound was a great idea.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 07 Oct 2014, 23:19
Honestly, because of Luke's recent post when you mentioned "buzzing" I thought that was going to go in a whole other direction :roll:
[...]
... me too.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 07 Oct 2014, 23:30
http://qz.com/273255/how-american-parenting-is-killing-the-american-marriage/

Interesting theory. I've certainly seen large chunks of it in practice.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Jimor on 08 Oct 2014, 03:54
Just saw an American Express commercial with Tina Fey and it has a close up of her swiping her card...backwards :psyduck:

This works on most card readers. When I worked retail, if a card was being finicky about being swiped, swiping it backwards would often work better than forwards.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 08 Oct 2014, 04:14
It could also be that she was doing it for giggles.  IIRC, Debbie Harry hated having to lip-synch for those live TV "performances", so she'd deliberately do it wrong.  This could be the same sort of thing.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 08 Oct 2014, 04:40
http://qz.com/273255/how-american-parenting-is-killing-the-american-marriage/

I found this a fascinating piece.
http://qz.com/273255/how-american-parenting-is-killing-the-american-marriage/

Interesting theory. I've certainly seen large chunks of it in practice.
Why did you post the same link twice?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 08 Oct 2014, 04:48
Perhaps Garand Marine has become a bot. Next thing you know, he'll be posting clickbaity Buzzfeed articles  :mrgreen:


(...Sorry Erik)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 08 Oct 2014, 05:56
You won't BELIEVE what this Marine does next, it will BLOW YOUR MIND
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 08 Oct 2014, 06:14
Certainly sounds like one :P
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 08 Oct 2014, 06:26
Because I've had a lot of head trauma and sometimes forget where I've posted stuff and what I've talked to specific people about Masterpiece.

You won't BELIEVE what this Marine does next, it will BLOW YOUR MIND

Remind me to tell you some of my "Hold my beer and watch this" stories. My favorite is one of my Marines was riding around on a dirtbike in the desert (American Southwest) and was riding next to a train.... then proceeded to ride over a 30ft drop.  :psyduck:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 08 Oct 2014, 06:32
"Hold my beer and watch this" stories.
Famous last words in the US South.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 08 Oct 2014, 08:33
Shit famous last words ANYWHERE.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 08 Oct 2014, 11:05
Just saw an American Express commercial with Tina Fey and it has a close up of her swiping her card...backwards :psyduck:

This works on most card readers. When I worked retail, if a card was being finicky about being swiped, swiping it backwards would often work better than forwards.
Well...no, by "backwards" I mean they swiped the side of the card without the magstripe.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 08 Oct 2014, 13:00
After six years with AT&T I switched to T-Mobile almost on a whim. I had a few reasons, but I hope I don't regret this.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 08 Oct 2014, 20:59
After six years with AT&T I switched to T-Mobile almost on a whim. I had a few reasons, but I hope I don't regret this.
If your experience with AT&T was anything like mine with Verizon, you won't regret it.

As for miscellanousness:
Dear Brazilian metal band I've never heard of,

I was not the drunken gringo who extremely awkwardly asked you for an autograph tonight. I was however the drunken gringo sitting at the bar laughing at the drunken gringo who asked you for your autograph.

Sincerely,
cesium133
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 08 Oct 2014, 21:03
As for miscellanousness:
Dear Brazilian metal band I've never heard of,

I was not the drunken gringo who extremely awkwardly asked you for an autograph tonight. I was however the drunken gringo sitting at the bar laughing at the drunken gringo who asked you for your autograph.

Sincerely,
cesium133

I kind of want to know what metal sounds like in Portuguese. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 08 Oct 2014, 21:05
I'd look them up but I've already forgotten the name of the band.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 09 Oct 2014, 06:17
The more I get into my field, the more I realize that the average user has no fucking clue how their shit works.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 09 Oct 2014, 06:19
My wife used to say that until she stopped designing STWs.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 09 Oct 2014, 14:36
The "why is the rum gone" video from the pointless thread put me on a memory train.

Almost four years ago, I was with my first girlfriend, at a movie evening of her friend M. We were having a Pirates of the Carribean movie marathon with a sleepover. There were the two of us, the host M plus her boyfriend and C, a male friend of the group.

Eventually, M's BF left. There were four of us left, M started snuggling up to C, and when we were done watching the movies, everyone just quietly accepted me + my GF would sleep in the one room and M + C in the other.

Apparently, some heavy petting happened that night. (To his credit, he didn't brag *a lot* the following morning.)

We were younger, more confused and less mature back then. I also was somewhat attracted to M, and thought M + C would make a better couple than what M+her BF had. So I didn't say anything.

Nowadays, I'd have behaved differently. I think. I still had minor stings of conscience, so this led me to my first non-comic related post in this forum:

http://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,29639.msg1004946.html#msg1004946

To the best of my knowledge, M is still with her boyfriend from back then. We don't have contact anymore.

The thing is, in the PotC movies, there are a few moments where you think Elizabeth might get together with Jack instead of Will. I thought the plot of the movies reflected what was going on in real life rather... mystically. There are the drunk almost-makeouts, the regret in the morning, the attraction to the "wrong" person... I am probably not making a lot of sense, am I.

I also learned a few things, maybe not that night, but in retrospect. Such as that the world isn't always black and white when it comes to relationships.
I also learned to trust the people judgment of a friend of mine, D, who had warned me about M prior to all of this. D was later bound to become my second relationship and is still my best friend. (Her people judgment has been confirmed many times since, but I think this is the first instance of it I remember.)
Eventually, D and me broke up after an argument we had while watching a movie.
That movie was PotC 1.

I also learned things about myself that night, which are rather difficult to put into words. I guess that I was not, in fact, such a paragon of virtue as I liked to think myself of as.

Also, in terms of experiences made that night: having M's parents' king size bed to ourselves was rather nice :mrgreen:



Incidentally, Ankh, if you are reading this: M was (probably still is) a really charismatic girl, making the world spin around her. She was the main, if not the sole, inspiration for the post I made when discussing your Pinkie Pie Problem:

http://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,29624.msg1255216.html#msg1255216

So I guess that experience of mine was helpful to somebody else as well, which is nice to know.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Papersatan on 09 Oct 2014, 14:58
Someone accidently sent me a sext last night.   Since we are both UX people he was quick to blame it on a bad user interface. I can't decide if it was an error, or a calculated attempt to gauge my reaction. Either way, the whole thing gave me the best chuckle I'd had all day.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LeeC on 09 Oct 2014, 16:32
So out of boredom today I Wikipedia-ed vampire folklore (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire_folklore_by_region) and it was amazing.  I can see why the east european ones sparked Dracula way back when.  They are very intricate.  In turn looked up dhampire which is basically Blade.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 09 Oct 2014, 17:56
Does it mention the modern incarnation, the glampire? Do some of them suck money from their victims, as a scampire? Is the carnivorous tuber a yampire?

...

I should go to bed.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 10 Oct 2014, 00:49
So out of boredom today I Wikipedia-ed vampire folklore (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire_folklore_by_region) and it was amazing.  I can see why the east european ones sparked Dracula way back when.  They are very intricate.  In turn looked up dhampire which is basically Blade.
Sadly the book hasn't been published in English but if you happen to speak German you should look to get your hands on a copy of "Kinder des Judas" by Markus Heitz. One of my favorite books ever and the different species of vampires he creates are all based on east european vampire lore. It's a great read.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 10 Oct 2014, 02:12
I really like the different coloured triangles for Mod-speak as demonstrated in the new thingy about people's private parts. Makes me wonder how many colours there are, whether that number can be enlarged and randomised. It's very ... christmass-y.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 10 Oct 2014, 02:58
I really like the different coloured triangles for Mod-speak as demonstrated in the new thingy about people's private parts. Makes me wonder how many colours there are, whether that number can be enlarged and randomised. It's very ... christmass-y.

In principle the colours are:

Moderator Comment Yellow for "ordinary" mods - i.e. those who are specific to a sub-forum
Global Moderator Comment Blue for Global mods
Administrator Comment Red for admins

Each can use the ones above, though, so an admin can distinguish whether they are speaking with an "admin" voice or a "mod" voice.  Loki is the only non-global mod (by his request); but I might have enabled blue triangles for him anyway - I can't actually remember.

It's also possible to change the heading:
You'd better listen when the mod speaks! Well, you do, right?

I suppose I could invent green and lilac triangles if I could be bothered; but I've no reason to, so I won't.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 10 Oct 2014, 07:05
It's actually kind of fun to watch movies set in certain historical periods and spot the anachronisms. The movie I'm currently watching had workers in 1941 being paid with cash from after 2000 ($20 bills in 1941 didn't have the giant 20 on the reverse side).

edit -- incidentally, when the name "RoboCop" is spoken in Portuguese, it sounds to an English speaker like "HoboCop."
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ev4n on 10 Oct 2014, 08:53
lilac triangles 2014.  do it for the gipper.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 11 Oct 2014, 13:35
So much tandoori chicken ~
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 11 Oct 2014, 15:10
edit -- incidentally, when the name "RoboCop" is spoken in Portuguese, it sounds to an English speaker like "HoboCop."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimal_pair
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 11 Oct 2014, 19:08
There's gonna be two very disparate halves to this post. Hold on to your butts.

This is what happens when I write Satan:
Quote
Lucifer sits back on his throne if one could call it that, an obsidian chair raised no higher then any others in the great hall. "I am the Bright and Morning Star, as the humans have called me. Another translation of my many names is "light bringer". Humanity survives because I went to them and gave them what God would not. Reason, curiosity, the sweet succour and poison of knowledge. Without reason, without knowledge then free will is nothing. For what use is the freedom to make choices without knowledge and the ability to reason the impact of those decisions? This is the war humanity has been waging it's entire existence. The war between Heaven and Hell in microcosm, each human able to be Angel and Demon in equal amounts, and both of those beings capable of terrible and wonderful things. Freedom or control, justice or law, dogma or wisdom... this is the battleground in which you have found yourself elevated to young angel and you have come into your enemy's camp."
(This paragraph IS copyrighted and part of an ongoing writing project, please do not reprint or repost elsewhere without asking)

And now some thoughts.

It spreads like disease.There's no sign of peace. Religion and greed, cause millions to bleed. Three decades of war.


Originally about the 30 Years War, this song's been weighing heavy on me recently as we approach the anniversary of the 1983 suicide bombing in Beirut Lebanon that took the lives of  220 Marines, 18 sailors, and three soldiers, along with the lives of 58 French paratroopers and further wounding 143 troops. Most historians and military strategists mark this as the opening shot of "The Long War" against Extremist Islam that has now lasted for over three decades. I'm not really going any where with this, but the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 11 Oct 2014, 21:16
Could be worse. Could be the Hundred Years War.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 11 Oct 2014, 22:55
Don't Jinx it. We're thirty years in. Some would argue for much longer though they tend to get smacked down by their peers.


In other news: Sigh. This is going to go well.
In a gaming group bitching about a box of female minis. The sprues are fiddly and complex as all fucking hell for seemingly no good reason. Some people jump in and agree, or laugh at the "letter" I wrote to the designer, which I will probably have to include in the vitriolic letters thread. Then because there's always that one guy, the word "tranny" is used to describe this company's normal female faces. Roll a "Fuck this Guy" check and decide "No. Not sitting this one out" and point out that it's a slur and can we please not use it? as nicely as I can because I like some of these people at least.

Response 1: "It's meant as a slur, to GW. Up until this point (exception for the Juan Diaz Daemonettes from 6th Ed), all of their female face sculpts have looked like men in drag."

My Response: Yes, but it's an actual slur, to actual people. Also drag queens aren't trans gender individuals. It's fine to acknowledge that GW can't sculpt female faces to save their lives (I'm a Sisters of Battle player, I have a fucking CASE of examples) but there's better language with which to do it.

Response 2: "Feel free to take inordinate offense at this, but ignore all the absurd Slaanesh memes in this group."

My Response: Maybe I've just missed the ones that involved transgender slurs, but be sure to point them out to me and I'll make sure I say they're utter bollocks as well. This isn't me taking offense, or even being upset, this is me saying we can and should aspire to better language than words that are and have been used to hurt a small group of people with precious few people on their side.

Conversation's ongoing, but I'm being reasonable so I doubt it's going to go anywhere useful. Though it does kinda bring up a thought I haven't really considered, does the depiction of a hermaphrodite or "female/feminine character with male genitalia" be that an alien species, anthropomorphic hyenas or a certain genre of Japanese porn's obsession with Futas instantly relate back to trans persons as a venue for offense or injury?  For those unfamiliar with 40k Lore Slaanesh is the Chaos God of Excess, and while excess can go a lot of interesting ways, music, art, gluttony, all manner of indulgence, including a Daemon Prince who's excess is literally perfection to a standard that would shame Narcissus. However because Games Workshop and 14 year olds are big fans of a little pandering, the depiction of Slaaneshi forces generally involves a fair amount of sex appeal and tentacles. Though Workshop's backed off on that in the official fluff in the last couple years because parents started paying attention to the shit their sprogs want for Christmas, but it remains in the community and in *shudder* fan art, and a common mutation for the various demons and servants of Slaanesh is a cock where there shouldn't be one based on the rest of the body, a modified dick, extra dicks, tentacles, wahey.

So... I dunno. Zoe beacon any one?

She's like Batman right? Mysterious, reclusive, donating batorangs of knowledge to the mentally underprivileged of subjects within her sphere of knowledge?

In still other news, I can hear an owl outside.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 12 Oct 2014, 02:10
Meh.  Just grab the nearest clue-by-four, preferably with nails in, and use it to beat some sense into the fucks.  Or failing that, some serious head-trauma.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 12 Oct 2014, 06:52
I just realised that the existence of birds of paradise is proof that the "use this one weird trick to make any girl want to have sex with you!" method is being exploited by evolution to great effect.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 12 Oct 2014, 07:38
Does anyone else get annoyed that the past tense of read and the imperative of read are spelled the same? They're pronounced different, so it's not an issue in speech, but I saw a post I made the other day where I said "Just read (example)" and while I meant it as telling people I just had, I realized it could be telling other people to do so. Don't get me wrong, they should, but that's neither here nor there.

Sure, I could solve it by putting "I" in front of it, but I shouldn't have to, damn it :roll:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 12 Oct 2014, 08:43
And my home girl Neko-Ali came in dual wielding twin cluex4s and the original guy seems to have shut up
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 12 Oct 2014, 13:49
Random Thought: I miss Patrick.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 12 Oct 2014, 14:21
I had wondered where he was.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 12 Oct 2014, 14:38
He's around.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aimless on 12 Oct 2014, 15:14
But he'll be along  :claireface:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 12 Oct 2014, 15:50
I know he's around, I still miss him around these parts.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 12 Oct 2014, 22:38
Who's Patrick?

;)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 12 Oct 2014, 22:48

(http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140629153553/fantendo/images/3/3d/No,_this_is_Patrick!.png)
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Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 12 Oct 2014, 22:56
hahaha

?really?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 12 Oct 2014, 23:16
I know he's around, I still miss him around these parts.
I think a lot of us have someone who they miss around their parts :claireface:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 13 Oct 2014, 05:14
Several.  Raoullefere springs to mind, as does idontunderstand.  And of course the original wielder of the UBMEOD, ... fuck.  Willie Wonka avatar, an Oz-ite, can't think of the name at the moment. 

Bleah, I'm getting old.  Not just older, but old.     :-P
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 13 Oct 2014, 13:20
I wanted to use a gif I made of a wrestler as my new avatar but this one was took less time to edit.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 13 Oct 2014, 15:19
Don't Jinx it. We're thirty years in. Some would argue for much longer though they tend to get smacked down by their peers.
In such matters, beginnings are defined variously, for self-interested reasons. Consensus, and who gets smacked down, is just a matter of which set of prejudices is more widely held among those drawing the lines, and who has the power to draw them.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 13 Oct 2014, 15:33
True, all comes down to how one defines and codifies an act of war, etc..
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 13 Oct 2014, 23:50
I'm a sucker for vanity plates on my vehicles. I always get 'em, sometimes I change em just fur fun.

Been trying to get these ever since the DMV went online, they always bounce. Guess someone finally released them, because they processed right through without a hitch.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/13/63bece0528ecb782afbddb3e5faef335.jpg)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 14 Oct 2014, 02:20
For those who may have self-esteem or jealousy issues - if you discover your partner masturbating to pornography without your prior consent or awareness, which is more insulting:
- A porn star who looks a whole lot like you but, and heavy emphasis on the quotation marks here, 'sexier'
- A porn star who looks absolutely nothing like you?

I've been thinking about this lately (no idea why) and it occurred to me that maybe it's actually less offensive for the porn star to bear no resemblance, because that implies there's lust there but no love, whereas if the porn star does look like you, there's an implication that your partner has a 'type' but you're not good enough/sexy enough for them.

Obviously these are all largely irrational and unhealthy thought processes, but hey, that don't mean they don't happen, amirite?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 14 Oct 2014, 02:27
I'm more interested in why anyone would need their partners consent to masturbate.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 14 Oct 2014, 02:41
There's tons of response to that that I might type up later but can't be arsed to now.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 14 Oct 2014, 04:06
There's tons of response to that that I might type up later but can't be arsed to now.

Because you're busy masturbating? :psyduck:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 14 Oct 2014, 06:12
For those who may have self-esteem or jealousy issues - if you discover your partner masturbating to pornography without your prior consent or awareness, which is more insulting:
- A porn star who looks a whole lot like you but, and heavy emphasis on the quotation marks here, 'sexier'
- A porn star who looks absolutely nothing like you?

I've been thinking about this lately (no idea why) and it occurred to me that maybe it's actually less offensive for the porn star to bear no resemblance, because that implies there's lust there but no love, whereas if the porn star does look like you, there's an implication that your partner has a 'type' but you're not good enough/sexy enough for them.

Obviously these are all largely irrational and unhealthy thought processes, but hey, that don't mean they don't happen, amirite?

The former. That strikes me as REALLY insulting actually.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: nekowafer on 14 Oct 2014, 07:43
I don't see porn as an insult at all - it's porn. It's like watching a movie being taken as insulting. There are tons of things that happen in porn that I may or may not want to happen in real life, but the point is that I'm watching something to jerk off to, not something I actually think will happen.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 14 Oct 2014, 07:53
I know he's around, I still miss him around these parts.
I think a lot of us have someone who they miss around their parts :claireface:
Noone gets my dirty mind.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 14 Oct 2014, 08:16
I know he's around, I still miss him around these parts.
I think a lot of us have someone who they miss around their parts :claireface:
Noone gets my dirty mind.

I got it. I just didn't reply for some reason??
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 14 Oct 2014, 12:56
Netflix has the animated adventures of Tintin!

YESSSSSSSSSSS!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 14 Oct 2014, 17:19
I'm more interested in why anyone would need their partners consent to masturbate.
Yeah, this was also confusing to me.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 14 Oct 2014, 17:36
Random Thought: I hate obscure rendering artifacts.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 14 Oct 2014, 23:12
If Zoe started a religion tomorrow she's the one person on the planet I'd go "....alright, I'm in. Do I have to wear the hat?"
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 14 Oct 2014, 23:16
Well, I do think that the pasta strainer is already taken.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ev4n on 15 Oct 2014, 11:10
I feel like a giant idiot.  I just needed to know 480 x 9.9, and I used a calculator.  :(

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Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 15 Oct 2014, 12:31
I'd use a calculator for that. My weekend job involves doing lots of counting and recounting and I always do it on the calculator, at least twice, to be safe, even if it's like "1.5 - .5".
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 15 Oct 2014, 15:57
(https://scontent-b-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10590587_10203805019858492_9158331870650197268_n.jpg?oh=53118f920500ac82eb55e2552f6c3587&oe=54AC9BD9)

Staff Sergeant Oldschool is my spirit animal.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 15 Oct 2014, 16:19
Jezebel? Seriously? What is this, the 17th century?

If that's your spirit animal, get it stuffed and stick it in a museum.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 15 Oct 2014, 16:22
SSgt Oldschool is old.

But I too am broken, angry and need whiskey and cigarettes to avoid being utterly consumed by my hatred of all things.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 15 Oct 2014, 18:13
I missed the word "jezebel" in there at first and thought Akima was talking about the website and was momentarily confused because websites were rare in the 17th century :parrot:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 15 Oct 2014, 19:56
And now for something completely different. Spoilered cause it's fairly dark and references shit people might find disturbing. You have been warned.

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In far lighter news ZoeB is helping me look for potential work in Australia. So far it looks like the $5 Million AUSD Visa is my best option >.>; still having one of those moments where it feels like senpai has noticed me.

(http://i.imgur.com/jSLtcWr.jpg)

No I'm not sure if either of us is kidding.

Also Zoe thought I was 50. She had a good recovery, but still. Not sure how to feel about that. *slinks off to be old and smell of whiskey*
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 15 Oct 2014, 20:00
Wait, as in...buying a visa for five million dollars?

Edit: Just looked it up and...pretty much!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 15 Oct 2014, 20:31
Yeppers. Zoe thinks I should aim for exclusive markets as far as custom arms goes, which is doable, but I'm sure local laws in Upsidedown land will make that "fun". However the big issue is it's nearly impossible for me to immigrate down under unless I have an employer down there sponsoring me or I marry me an Aussie girl. So moving to start a company is nearly impossible... though there is an Aussie tradition of their ladies liking Uncle Sam's Misguided Children and our squidly brethren so I may have a leg up there :P
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 15 Oct 2014, 22:44
Considering that the current crop of clowns running Australia make the Republican Tea Party look like intelligent, thoughtful statesmen, I'd stay where you are GM
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 16 Oct 2014, 00:40
That's harsh. Like daaaaaaaaaamn.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 16 Oct 2014, 00:48
Have you not been following the Australian Politics thread?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 16 Oct 2014, 05:37
Come to 'Straya, GM! The only gun-nuts we have here are crazy/stupid, it'd be nice to have a (moderately) rational one down here  :emotrex: :emotrex: :emotrex:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 16 Oct 2014, 05:40
Paul, I assume if there had been a U.S. Politics Thread, it would have been even worse than the Australian one.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 16 Oct 2014, 05:44
As an outsider to both, I'd say it would be hard to tell; really hard to tell.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 16 Oct 2014, 05:47
Metope, at least your country's leader isn't threatening to literally crash tackle Vlad the Impaler...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 16 Oct 2014, 05:52
My country's leader just decided to lower the taxes for super rich people and screw over disabled people by giving them a lot less subsidies (my country is Norway, by the way).


Then again, at least the rich are taxed and at least disabled people get subsidies... It's just heading slowly in the wrong direction.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 16 Oct 2014, 06:01
Politicians jostling to be the worst...  It seems that a member of the UK government was secretly recorded recently arguing that some disabled people weren't worth giving the statutory minimum wage.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 16 Oct 2014, 06:09
Come to 'Straya, GM! The only gun-nuts we have here are crazy/stupid, it'd be nice to have a (moderately) rational one down here  :emotrex: :emotrex: :emotrex:

A reminder that I'm a moderate if not a bit left of center on about everything BUT guns.

The first thing I'd do is write the head of the current pro gun types and tell him I believe in keeping what I kill and challenge him to a trial of possession for his or her position. My life's work would then be adding a Class M permit to Aussie gun permitting. A Class M would be comparable to a Class C permit requirements wise but be specifically for a list of military surplus firearms, including historically relevant semi-autos (Currently only obtainable under a D permit) such as the M1 Garand, and military sidearms ranging from the 1911 to the Webley Service Revolver. (Why yes, I have actually been investigating moving down under for a long while, how did you know?*)

So that'd piss a lot of people off whether I'm successful or not. :P

I'd also need to find a way to work two jobs. Gunsmithing (Cause, y'know, kinda my trade) and pest control in the outback so I can get my Class D permit.


*Also having looked into moving to several nations, any one bitching about how draconian U.S. Immigration law is needs to be subjected to the fish slapping dance. It's easy as hell to come here in comparison. :psyduck:

Doesn't Norway have one of the highest tax burdens in the world for EVERYONE?

America's is actually pretty harsh on our top 10%
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/1385583_296753983843937_5988352705523701005_n.jpg?oh=c2351bf9ba4bf1cd1adc2f26303e447a&oe=54F1EB68&__gda__=1425154645_4223d7e881ee74c74f3ec983ef825997)
Sauce: http://statlinks.oecdcode.org/812008051P1T013.XLS

Is it fair for the rich, rich though they might be to pay more in taxes than their percentage of their total share of income, higher than many European nations, where the rich pay a bit fairer amount of their fair share (An amount of taxes equal to their percentage of total income, that is to say the top 10% of country x receive 25% of the country's total income per annum, paying 25% of the country's total taxes is therefore is an equitable and "fair" share. Of course where things usually get crossed up is capital gains tax, which is different from income tax and could probably use some reform
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Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 16 Oct 2014, 06:15
Yeah we pay a lot of income taxes here, and it works like a charm and almost everyone are happy. The richest people who are not happy all move abroad to avoid it, so whatever. The way they did the reductions in Norway this time was to give everyone the exact same percentage to pay less. So if you have a low income, you pay a couple hundred dollars less in taxes a year, and if you're rich, you pay millions less a year. That hardly seems fair to me, and not to a lot of rich people either. My father is in a high income bracket group, happily paying 40% - 50% of his income every year. A lot of rich people have stated in the media that they'll give what they've "gained" to charities, they want to pay taxes.

Also I don't think the anecdotal description works that well for Norway at least (maybe people really are that selfish in the states, I don't know), I've never met anyone who's actually reacted that way. Seems like it's fairly similar to what just happened in Norway, and no one are mad at the "rich guy", they're all mad at the government... or the bartender, it that story, I guess. It's not about people being mad because rich people are richer, it's about people being mad because where will the money the government needs to support us come from now?Since the government are getting a lot less in taxes from people, what'll happen to the hospitals, roads, libraries and other public institutions? And taking money from people who can't work at all is the icing on the cake, really.

This isn't Discuss though, so that's probably it for now.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 16 Oct 2014, 06:22
Yeah probably. I'm a big fan of keeping taxes low, but then I think I know how to spend my money better than other people spending it for me, and hold the radical opinion that you are entitled to the sweat of your brow. I also consider the United States government criminally incompetent at any task other than stealing at gunpoint, than wasting my money. Welcome to your new home Metope.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/1796554_10152845451530815_5379378098368022494_n.jpg?oh=b3736c306f1ad865b1ff0332cf1ce2fd&oe=54F70777&__gda__=1425385550_e81f3cf2426a74e38f8101b519021b4c)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 16 Oct 2014, 06:30
I think people in the states have more reason to be mad about paying taxes than Norwegians too, in Norway at least you can see where the money is going. In America you have to pay for health care, public schools are shit, taxing kind of doesn't really work because it actually looks like the government are just taking money you've worked hard for and putting it in their own pocket. It would work better if you actually noticed in your day to day life that you were getting something back.

...fuck what am I doing with my life  :-(
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 16 Oct 2014, 06:37
It's fall break at my university. I had the opportunity to work extra hours. But as much as I would like the extra money I decided I desperately needed the relaxation, especially since I've been feeling under the weather since yesterday.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 16 Oct 2014, 06:40
I think I know how to spend my money better than other people spending it for me, and hold the radical opinion that you are entitled to the sweat of your brow.

Yebbut, this only works if there is a mechanism that means the polluter pays.

Here I am working in an intervention programme for high risk domestic violence and if, there were lower taxes, I don't see a lot of people volunteering their cash to fund the programme. Alas victims are rarely in a position to drop the kind of money needed to keep this sort of programme running. The catch comes that intervention programmes across the board almost always cost less than their absence. Alas this kind of financial system really isn't understood but the public at large and the topic is a bit more uncomfortable than they want to hear about in a pitch for their cash.

So under your system, my ass is going to be out of a job and, because of the nature of my current job, I've become a bit toxic to the private sector. So can I have some welfare please? Oh, and all of the other people funded by public money in positions that are a bit less sexy than fire services and roads infrastructure building and maintenance.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 16 Oct 2014, 09:20
I didn't say no taxes, or social programs, just minimal. The reality is your job is privatized in many places functioning as a paid service or charity. People DO pay for it even now.  I mean I got told to fuck off by them for the crime of being a male victim but they do exist an manage just fine.

Much of government is work government has created for itself and takes great pleasure in charging us for, the work is only required because our government has the pleasure of making it do.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 16 Oct 2014, 10:37
Random Thought: I thought this was the Chatter Forum.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 16 Oct 2014, 15:12
So in media whenever you see a woman wrap a towel around herself after bathing it usually looks like this:

(http://cache4.asset-cache.net/gc/145057072-woman-weighing-herself-at-home-gettyimages.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=2r1WW%2FVA8%2FFCP3CNoKwhHbnxY10%2B17iP3KUIsG4w33I%3D) (http://91ef69bade70f992a001-b6054e05bb416c4c4b6f3b0ef3e0f71d.r93.cf3.rackcdn.com/full-length-portrait-of-a-woman-wrapped-in-towel-100158915.jpg)

Towel meets around the cleavage area, but the thing that's bugging me is the towel is straight. The meeting point is totally vertical.

I have never been able to wrap a towel like that around myself, whether it meets in the middle of my chest or to my side, the meeting point ends up really slanted. Is this just a prominent boob thing or does media just hate slanted lines? Although I notice in both those images the women are holding the top of the towel so they probably aren't actually tucked and if they let go the towel wouldn't stay. Or I just don't know how to wrap myself in a towel.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: snarkyone on 16 Oct 2014, 15:22
And I thought I had a lot of free time on my hands....  ;)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 16 Oct 2014, 15:38
Metope, at least your country's leader isn't threatening to literally crash tackle Vlad the Impaler...
Tony Abbott vs. Vladimir Putin has a certain appeal. I mean... Triathlete and university boxer vs. KGB-trained hard man? We might get a new PM out of it. Horrorshow!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Majicou83 on 16 Oct 2014, 15:43
Monsanto bacon eagle. Because reasons. (The reasons are patriotism? and pigs flying)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 16 Oct 2014, 15:51
Say what you like but there's been some real questioning of content going on here, lately.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 16 Oct 2014, 16:24
Oh man, Abbott and Putin death battle: Do not stop until both are dead.

Would watch.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: snarkyone on 16 Oct 2014, 16:36
TWO MEN ENTER NO MAN LEAVES!!!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 16 Oct 2014, 16:40
(http://assets.amuniversal.com/196d163030830132a3da005056a9545d) (http://www.gocomics.com/tankmcnamara/2014/10/14)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 16 Oct 2014, 19:15
Probably the advertising equivalent of the famous TV/Movie L-shaped sheet Welu.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 16 Oct 2014, 23:29
Horrorshow!

Thankee, me droog!

(http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/mt/assets/culture_test/clockwork%20orange%20turns%2040%20wb%20chandler%20615.jpg)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ev4n on 17 Oct 2014, 06:04
Never really been comfortable with the (humourous?) notion of killing politicians.  Even if their politics are terrible, they're generally people, with families and such.

Maybe I'm just squeamish.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 17 Oct 2014, 06:57
Besides, you never know what killing a politician unleashes. Someone killed a fairly prominent politician here more than a decade ago and we're still dealing with the fall-out.

Mind you, he as a wanker, so I personally don't miss him ...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 17 Oct 2014, 07:39
There's a point however where it's well past the ability to work with the system and you just have to hang the bastards.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 17 Oct 2014, 08:41
Wait, the system doesn't give you that option?   :police:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 17 Oct 2014, 09:45
Never really been comfortable with the (humourous?) notion of killing politicians.  Even if their politics are terrible, they're generally people, with families and such.

Maybe I'm just squeamish.

I don't like when anyone says they'll kill or attack someone, even when I know it's hyperbole and out of frustration. I don't consider myself squeamish but wishing violence on real people rubs me the wrong way.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Papersatan on 17 Oct 2014, 11:21
they're generally people,


Generally. :D
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 17 Oct 2014, 11:26
Caligula was said to have planned to make his horse a consul.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 17 Oct 2014, 12:44
Gamergate is making me sad so I need a little injection of humour.

Q: How many MRAs does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A: Not all men!  :mrgreen:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 17 Oct 2014, 13:50
... okay that actually made me laugh out loud. Incredible.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 17 Oct 2014, 15:16
That style of topical humor might be one step below puns.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: snarkyone on 17 Oct 2014, 15:26
That style of topical humor might be one step below puns.

I suspect you and I will get along really well.      DOWN WITH PUNS!!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 17 Oct 2014, 15:30
Depends on if you happen to have some topical ointment to help clear up the topical humor.   :claireface:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 17 Oct 2014, 15:33
Depends on if you happen to have some topical ointment to help clear up the topical humor.   :claireface:
I was going to respond with tropical humor, but a coconut fell on my head.  :claireface:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: snarkyone on 17 Oct 2014, 15:54
I could draw you a map but that would be too topographical.    :claireface:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 17 Oct 2014, 17:00
Random Thought: I seem to have passed 3000 posts.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 17 Oct 2014, 21:53
I can't believe I missed making my "Over 9000!" joke for my post count.  :psyduck:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 18 Oct 2014, 01:57
I've been coming here since 2009 and I've less than half your posts!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 18 Oct 2014, 02:37
I have a lot more useless bullshit to say vs. your usually witty and/or insightful posts?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 18 Oct 2014, 05:53
Quantity over quality?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 18 Oct 2014, 06:25
Quantity has a quality all it's own.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: RedWolf4 on 18 Oct 2014, 06:33
Should probably throw an iron curtain over it all the same. . .
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: MooskiNet on 18 Oct 2014, 14:33
Quantity has a quality all it's own.

That's what he said.

Always with the equality, I am.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LeeC on 19 Oct 2014, 09:05
I am not sure I completley understand "Understanding Joshua."  Some of the pictures make sense if he represents male insecurities, others well...I just don't "understand."

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 19 Oct 2014, 15:38
DOWN WITH PUNS!!
You're saying you won't put up with them? :claireface:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: RedWolf4 on 19 Oct 2014, 16:01
I dunno, maybe they're right? Maybe it is time to put puns to the side.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 19 Oct 2014, 16:44
I dunno, maybe they're right? Maybe it is time to put puns to the side.

I think it would be best if the puns were just left alone.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: RedWolf4 on 19 Oct 2014, 16:58
I think you might be right.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: MooskiNet on 19 Oct 2014, 17:20
Leave for a few minutes, and I'm already five posts behind.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: RedWolf4 on 19 Oct 2014, 18:05
Well, at least you're on top of it now.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: snarkyone on 19 Oct 2014, 18:07
CONTAIN YOURSELVES!!!!     :claireface:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 19 Oct 2014, 18:17
(ONE OF US)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 19 Oct 2014, 18:44
Gooble Gobble!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 19 Oct 2014, 19:17
CONTAIN YOURSELVES!!!!     :claireface:

Honestly! I think this thread has lost all sense of direction.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 19 Oct 2014, 21:01
http://www.funker530.com/joe-bidens-son-kicked-out-of-navy-after-testing-positive-for-cocaine-receives-honorable-discharge/

Fuck this guy and his connections. Gets strings pulled to get him his commission in the first place THEN pops hot for blow? Fuck.

Meanwhile ISIS has allegedly acquired some MiGs.

Every American fighter pilot's face when:
(https://scontent-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10403644_10203829872639796_2225008406610815061_n.jpg?oh=3efbcc924f18ab26e4522972ff5b211b&oe=54E81D2F)

First chance for a little air to air combat in roughly two decades if not more.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 20 Oct 2014, 01:01
GarandMarine, do not open this link with pictures on (http://www.capitalwired.com/an-entomologist-found-puppy-sized-goliath-spider/24185/).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 20 Oct 2014, 06:11
Someone meaner then you already linked. It was kinda disappoint. It's just a Goliath Tarantula. I was thinking it was a new species.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 20 Oct 2014, 06:14
I'll take that as a win.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: downtowneddie on 20 Oct 2014, 21:22
I saw someone with an Arizona license plate that said, just, "WCDT." No picture, since the car passed by too quickly to get my phone out.

Carry on...


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 21 Oct 2014, 17:06
WCDT = ????
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 21 Oct 2014, 17:08
Weekly Comic Discussion Thread
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 21 Oct 2014, 17:09
oh...

and now I feel mildly stupid  ...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 21 Oct 2014, 17:09
Wife super power level 1,000
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/21/c02b180b5d3e45f00fbf8ffaf595b8be.jpg)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 21 Oct 2014, 17:40
How does a recycling bin have a monthly charge?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 21 Oct 2014, 17:41

How does a recycling bin have a monthly charge?

Magic?

It belongs to them, they won't empty it if you use one that doesn't, and they charge you to rent it.

It's fuckin ridiculous
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 21 Oct 2014, 18:10
Uh, Noxx? Real name in that screenshot.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 21 Oct 2014, 18:20
Not that we don't allow the use of real names if you wish, but it is the internet, after all...

I've spent an absurd amount of time keeping my name out of this place.  For no good reason, either. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 21 Oct 2014, 18:22
Exactly. If it were against the rules, I would have intervened straight away.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 21 Oct 2014, 18:25
Not that we don't allow the use of real names if you wish, but it is the internet, after all...
Wait...your name isn't actually Carl?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 21 Oct 2014, 18:32
No, it's Fritz
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 21 Oct 2014, 18:37
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 21 Oct 2014, 18:39
No, it's Fritz


Wait, how....????




Dammit, now I have to burn everything down and start over again.   :x
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 21 Oct 2014, 18:47

Uh, Noxx? Real name in that screenshot.

Yeah, my facebook with my real name is linked in my sig too. I ain't got enough to bother stealin
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 21 Oct 2014, 18:48
Dunno why I edited that but I did.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: lepetitfromage on 21 Oct 2014, 18:58
I hear that. Anyone really wants my identity they get my 60k in student loans with it.  :-P
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 21 Oct 2014, 19:01

I hear that. Anyone really wants my identity they get my 60k in student loans with it.  :-P

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/21/4f44c28125fa2f15a31f805dde85a565.jpg)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 21 Oct 2014, 20:40
Not that we don't allow the use of real names if you wish, but it is the internet, after all...

I've spent an absurd amount of time keeping my name out of this place.  For no good reason, either.
There are all sorts of creeps on the internet.

I mean, I know I'm a creep, at least.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 21 Oct 2014, 21:17

Not that we don't allow the use of real names if you wish, but it is the internet, after all...

I've spent an absurd amount of time keeping my name out of this place.  For no good reason, either.
There are all sorts of creeps on the internet.

I mean, I know I'm a creep, at least.

Would you like a tour of my '78 Dodge van?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 21 Oct 2014, 23:59

Uh, Noxx? Real name in that screenshot.

Yeah, my facebook with my real name is linked in my sig too. I ain't got enough to bother stealin
Oh, I usually browse the forum with Tapatalk these days. Signatures are off by default.

Re van comment: :/
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 22 Oct 2014, 19:34
Anyone ever work at a Starbucks? I'm thinking of getting a second job at one.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 23 Oct 2014, 05:59
I worked for them at their Seattle's Best franchise. It's not too bad.

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 23 Oct 2014, 06:08
I've known people who have and they say that generally they're a pretty decent employer.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 23 Oct 2014, 06:27
(https://scontent-a-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10410844_10204917826883450_4050523836491328917_n.jpg?oh=9139fb23b431691a4cfe21f9d766b033&oe=54E5C81E)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 23 Oct 2014, 07:44
####ing #### just stopped his car in front of the Memorial, went up with a shotgun, and shot the guy in the back.

Coward. Glad he got shot when he tried to do some #### at Parliament.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 23 Oct 2014, 17:19
(https://scontent-b-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10307395_10152879316615815_4176280589607663109_n.jpg?oh=308d384d5da2ef49f2da527539a79b19&oe=54F43643)

Oh look. It's Fuckthisshito'clock . Corporal Nathan Cirillo, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, this drink's for you mate. Rest well.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 23 Oct 2014, 17:24
I've known people who have and they say that generally they're a pretty decent employer.
Apparently they give benefits at 20 hours, which is enough for me to say hell yes if they offer me the job, even if it means two separate commutes some days ("main" job by train, Starbucks would be by car).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 23 Oct 2014, 23:30

(https://scontent-b-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10307395_10152879316615815_4176280589607663109_n.jpg?oh=308d384d5da2ef49f2da527539a79b19&amp;oe=54F43643)

Oh look. It's Fuckthisshito'clock . Corporal Nathan Cirillo, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, this drink's for you mate. Rest well.

Nom
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 24 Oct 2014, 04:17
I think the future of the whole western world would have looked significantly different if the Beatles, in stead of singing 'I want to hold your hand' would have sung 'I want to fuck your friend'. It might have been a better world. Afgter the fog of war would have cleared.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 24 Oct 2014, 04:35
lulwhut
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 24 Oct 2014, 07:20
You do realize that 50 years ago the word #### was not used in polite society?

And as for the infamous statement in "Hey Jude" - I always thought Lennon was saying "Take it out" as if George Martin could take his vocal track out of the mix.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 24 Oct 2014, 07:43
You do realize that 50 years ago the word #### was not used in polite society?
How do you pronounce ####?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 24 Oct 2014, 07:47
"hashtag-pound-pound-hashtag".
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: MooskiNet on 24 Oct 2014, 08:08
Hehehe he said pound.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: nekowafer on 24 Oct 2014, 08:42
Hehehehehe hashtag
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 24 Oct 2014, 08:56
Also octothorpe or number-sign.  And a pound sign looks like thsi: £, so don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ev4n on 24 Oct 2014, 11:52
lb
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 24 Oct 2014, 13:54
Hehehe he said pound.

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 24 Oct 2014, 19:42
You do realize that 50 years ago the word fuck was not used in polite society?
They were bigger than Jesus, polite society would've dealt with it :roll:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 24 Oct 2014, 19:45
Hence the reference to a war. 

Society is terrible at dealing with many things. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 24 Oct 2014, 19:48
I never said it wouldn't have been messy.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 25 Oct 2014, 09:38
You do realize that 50 years ago the word #### was not used in polite society?

And as for the infamous statement in "Hey Jude" - I always thought Lennon was saying "Take it out" as if George Martin could take his vocal track out of the mix.

Oh yes it was. Just not in much popular music, which ain't polite society.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 25 Oct 2014, 10:00
You do realize that 50 years ago the word fuck was not used in polite society?
They were bigger than Jesus, polite society would've dealt with it :roll:
People in pre-industrial times tended to be shorter than people are in more recent times, so they probably were bigger than Jesus. Even I'm probably bigger than Jesus.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: SubaruStephen on 25 Oct 2014, 11:29
GarandMarine, do not open this link with pictures on (http://www.capitalwired.com/an-entomologist-found-puppy-sized-goliath-spider/24185/).

Dawwww, it's so cute and fuzzy.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 25 Oct 2014, 15:36
I changed my ringtone for the first time in two years. It's so much better now.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 25 Oct 2014, 15:40
I did that a while ago after realising using one of my favourite songs as a ringtone was a bad idea (couldn't listen to it without reaching for my phone). First couple days I didn't even react to the new one, it was weird.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 25 Oct 2014, 16:46
So a friend of mine made me aware of that apparently, if you make some sort of circle on the ground, cats will sit in it. I forgot about it until just now when the cord randomly made a circle on the ground when I unplugged my laptop, and my cat sat in it immediately. Weeeird!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 25 Oct 2014, 19:36
(http://editorial.designtaxi.com/news-catcircles221014/1.jpg)

I IZ PROTECTED!!!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Oct 2014, 22:08
I changed my ringtone for the first time in two years. It's so much better now.
I changed mine from the Parks and Recreation theme song to the Game of Thrones theme song. Except for Sarah, she still has the P&R so I know it's her ^_^
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ReindeerFlotilla on 25 Oct 2014, 22:30
It's probably been said before, but when I encountered this, many a year ago, it spoke to me.
(http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/tones.png) (http://xkcd.com/479/)

My newest phone didn't have an option for that. The closest it came was a beeping sound. So I located the built-in tones directory from the old phone and copied it over to the additional tones on the SDcard for the new one. Because when my phone rings, it's going to goddamn ring.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Oct 2014, 22:43
See, I used to think that. But now I have a slightly more forgiving rule. My ringtone will never have words in it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 26 Oct 2014, 00:06
My ringtone is a recording of my kid. This makes me happy.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 26 Oct 2014, 00:51
My ringtone is a recording of my kid. This makes me happy.
That's adorable, Gavin.

My folks both have me playing piano as their ringtones.


My own one is Dead Man In My Bed by Nick Cave because it terrifies the shit out of everyone else when they hear it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ReindeerFlotilla on 26 Oct 2014, 01:32
See, I used to think that. But now I have a slightly more forgiving rule. My ringtone will never have words in it.

I'm not completely reactionary. My first cell used a song as tone for a week. I missed a lot of calls that week. My most recent phone had the default ring song for a day, because I didn't think the change it, after getting all of the other settings set. I almost missed the one call I got, but someone else thought their phone was ringing.

I'm from the age where phones rang. Apparently, I need retraining to function with something other than a bell. I won't say I've grown inflexible, because I haven't. But the technology allows me to make it sound any noise I want, and it's one less thing to worry about. I don't have any kids or other sentimental reasons to personalize the sound, and few enough people use ringing these day that I can be reasonably certain that sound is my phone. When it isn't, I know there's a kindred spirit near (or someone with a really old cell phone).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 26 Oct 2014, 02:59
My ringtone is the Dr. Who theme.

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ankhtahr on 26 Oct 2014, 03:44
I use a segment of the Sherlock soundtrack track "The Game is On". Before that I used the Doctor Who theme as well.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 26 Oct 2014, 06:26
Oy, with the poodles already.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: snarkyone on 26 Oct 2014, 07:29
I currently use this.   It's not as loud and obnoxious as a lot of sounds, which was my main goal.  Plus, I made it :)

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/snarkyone/the-twins-by-max-richter-arr-by-snarkyone[/soundcloud]
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 26 Oct 2014, 07:48
I just use the standard iPhone ringtone now. Which means I always reach for my phone whenever someone else's iPhone rings in public, and everyone else around me reaches for their phones when mine calls. Should probably change it, but meh.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 26 Oct 2014, 08:15
My ringtone is the James Bond theme song but since it's basically always on vibrate I don't hear the tone much.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 26 Oct 2014, 08:21
Currently my ring tone is


But I don't hear it much, phone is usually on vibrate. Text message tone is a sonar ping since it's one of the few tones I can still really hear...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 26 Oct 2014, 08:31
Using Leonard Cohen's live cut "everybody knows" atm.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Neko_Ali on 26 Oct 2014, 09:03
I would totally use the TARDIS materialization sound if my phone could accept custom ringtones. Just to see how many people would look around when they hear it going off. :)

Hell, I'd call myself just for that. :D
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: snarkyone on 26 Oct 2014, 09:39
I would totally use the TARDIS materialization sound if my phone could accept custom ringtones. Just to see how many people would look around when they hear it going off. :)

Hell, I'd call myself just for that. :D

What kind of phone do you have?   I could put custom sounds on a phone as old as a razr
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Neko_Ali on 26 Oct 2014, 13:45
a $20 basic model with a pay as you go plan... I don't use my phone very much.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 26 Oct 2014, 14:24
My text tone is Lil John yelling, "YEAH.... WHAT." It's still amusing to me (and has made people who have heard it laugh too) but I think I've found something that will actually improve upon it.

My ringtone will not surprise those who know my old avatar:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Papersatan on 26 Oct 2014, 14:27
I alternate between 'Trololo' and the Leekspin song.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 26 Oct 2014, 15:58
My Ringtone


Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 26 Oct 2014, 18:20
Mine is a ringing phone, because no matter how noisy it is around me, I seem to be able to hear it.  I apparently have some nerve damage in my leg from getting hit by a car a couple years ago, because I can't feel the thing on vibrate.  I usually hear it vibrating if it's quiet...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 26 Oct 2014, 18:32
Mine freaks everyone out when they hear it because loudness:


But, I'm thinking of changing it to this: (ignore the terrifying video)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: SubaruStephen on 26 Oct 2014, 18:57
I don't even remember what my ringtone is (haven't had a wrong number in a while).

(http://2damnfunny.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Forever-Alone-Meme-Forgets-To-Pay-Phone-Bill.jpg)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 27 Oct 2014, 02:11
DF, I saw the title and instantly though of a different tune

Dead man in my bed
Tra la la la la
There's a dead man in my bed
Tra la la la la la
Dead man in my bed
Tra la la la la
He looks like he's been there many days

(with apologies to Boney M)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 27 Oct 2014, 03:28
I happen to find that especially funny, as I'm (somewhat) distantly related to Boney. Good job on that (Y)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 28 Oct 2014, 18:19
You know who we haven't seen in a while? Barmymoo. Hope she's alright. :(
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Papersatan on 28 Oct 2014, 19:04
She's been active in other places online, and seems to be well.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 28 Oct 2014, 19:20
Good to hear!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 28 Oct 2014, 20:43
I alternate between 'Trololo' and the Leekspin song.

I just got a new phone, so I have to either port over my old ringtones or make a new set of them. "Trololo" was my all-purpose ringtone, but I also used "Telephone and Rubber Band," and They Might Be Giants' "Minimum Wage" (that was for calls from work). I got some funny looks when my phone rang...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 28 Oct 2014, 21:44
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 01 Nov 2014, 23:35
The sign at the store said "2015 calendars" but there were only a few dozen there.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 01 Nov 2014, 23:40
In most of the US (and possibly other places), this is the longest day of the year.

25 hours.

(Well, tomorrow for the western US)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 02 Nov 2014, 05:40
Except in Arizona, where it's just another 24-hour day.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 02 Nov 2014, 08:18
That's why I said "most" :roll:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 02 Nov 2014, 08:22
Last week we had a Skype meeting with the theorists, and one of them was in England. Turns out England changed out of DST a week earlier than the U.S. (or rather the U.S. changed a week later, since they used to change at the same time). So we ended up calculating the time shift wrong and told him the wrong time for the meeting...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 02 Nov 2014, 12:59
So THAT'S why my second clock (set to Pacific time for reasons) hadn't changed.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 02 Nov 2014, 13:47
Akima has argued passionately for using UTC to coordinate such things.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 02 Nov 2014, 15:34
Akima has argued passionately for using UTC to coordinate such things.

Many moons ago when I was kinda doing project management and working with coders in the Philippines, Ukraine and Bangladesh (sometimes all of the above at once), it was a lot easier to set everything up -- meetings, deadlines, etc. -- by GMT than by trying to keep track of everybody's time zones.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 02 Nov 2014, 17:15
Protip: Don't quote a post if it's the one immediately preceding your own.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ev4n on 03 Nov 2014, 07:44
Protip: Don't quote a post if it's the one immediately preceding your own.

Protip:  Don't assume I'm going to read two successive posts consecutively.  I may read them hours, days, or even week apart.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 03 Nov 2014, 09:28
Yeah I was paraphrasing forum guidelines there...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 03 Nov 2014, 09:34
Protip: Don't quote a post if it's the one immediately preceding your own.

I wouldn't normally, but when posting in a thread that bounces around only slightly less than your average pinball machine, sometimes it helps for clarity's sake. Sorry if I've inadvertently caused an issue.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 03 Nov 2014, 18:17
Many moons ago when I was kinda doing project management and working with coders in the Philippines, Ukraine and Bangladesh (sometimes all of the above at once), it was a lot easier to set everything up -- meetings, deadlines, etc. -- by GMT than by trying to keep track of everybody's time zones.
Tell me about it, and at least all those locations are in the Northern Hemisphere:
One thing I do find irritating is people who can't (or at least won't) understand time in 24-hour format. Twelve-hour format is fine for everyday, casual use, but not when scheduling events across multiple countries, in several time-zones, with various daylight-saving rules, in hemispheres with reversed seasons so that daylight-saving-time changes go in opposite directions. Frankly, I'd prefer to use a single fixed time reference like Zulu time, so everyone only has to worry about their own single local offset, but no... Instead I'd get e-mails from colleagues in America telling me that some system was going down for maintenance at "12pm EST". In July. And they'd get all butt-hurt when I replied asking: "Do you really mean EST, or would that be EDT seeing as it's your summer? And by the way, is that 12pm noon or midnight?" I mean OK, some of these systems only processed transactions worth millions of dollars an hour, and kept factories running (and workers in jobs) on five continents, so it's not like they were important or anything! EEE-HAH EEE-HAH! (http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=755)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 03 Nov 2014, 20:29
GMT!
I swear!  All maintenance is scheduled by 24H GMT.
don't come clobber me.
I didnt do it!

but if you want to come to the DC Metro area, you're welcome....
but we're all broke as fuck, so you'd probably have to buy your own drinks.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 03 Nov 2014, 21:13
That all made sense except for "is that 12pm noon or midnight?" 12pm is always noon, 12am is always midnight, and anyone who suggests otherwise is wrong.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 03 Nov 2014, 23:05
*grabs bag of popcorn*
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 04 Nov 2014, 01:27
That all made sense except for "is that 12pm noon or midnight?" 12pm is always noon, 12am is always midnight, and anyone who suggests otherwise is wrong.

Yes, and people are wrong all the time, and that will likely include people Akima works or socialises with. Just last week I had a schedule for a work day that listed the late morning session as '11.00am to 12.00am' which seemed a little excessive for an anxiety workshop.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 04 Nov 2014, 02:05
Use the 24 hour clock! Can't make that mistake then.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 04 Nov 2014, 02:53
This, forever this. Metope to the rescue!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 04 Nov 2014, 03:17
Very true. And while you're at it, switch to the Metric System as well.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 04 Nov 2014, 03:20
You guys say this like it's my choice. I am referring to other people. Other people suck.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 04 Nov 2014, 03:25
My comment was meant more as a general statement.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: lepetitfromage on 04 Nov 2014, 05:37
Gareth, I had a similar thing happen at my part time job. I was looking at the schedule and noticed that we had a few new people hired (YAY!) and then I noticed that one of them was scheduled one day from 6am-12am. Brutal!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 04 Nov 2014, 05:52
You're all actually wrong for using GMT. GMT is not the set, coordinated/scientifically defined standard by which the world time zones are set. Nor is it the military's "Zulu". What you want is Coordinated Universal Time. aka UTC. (It's UTC because of the French, obviously.) saying GMT works for casual settings but since most of you are talking professional settings (given my main office was in NZ and our other major offices in Malaysia and the UK I got quite used to UTC as the international business standard)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 04 Nov 2014, 06:48
OK lad, when anywhere else in the world judges the passing of the meridian by a big red ball going up and down a pole on an Observatory and a fricken laser, then I might briefly consider UTC. Until then, nobody else is giving time the due reverernce it deserves.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 04 Nov 2014, 07:25
You'll find many places in the world judge the passing of time using fricken lasers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_clock). In fact, two of the guys who graduated from the research group I'm in are now working for a company that makes such timekeeping devices.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 04 Nov 2014, 07:36
That's the passing of time, I specified the passing of the meridian.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/113/268101890_d6be85edd7.jpg)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 04 Nov 2014, 07:37
Also, we have a Chronometric Ball.

(http://nthn.firetrench.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/greenwich_timeball1.jpg)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 04 Nov 2014, 17:48
and irrelevancy as the British Empire slowly finishes it's slide into ruin and obscurity.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 04 Nov 2014, 18:39
That all made sense except for "is that 12pm noon or midnight?" 12pm is always noon, 12am is always midnight, and anyone who suggests otherwise is wrong.
Not according to the NIST, which simply lists 12pm and 12am as "ambiguous (http://www.nist.gov/pml/div688/times.cfm)". Wrong or otherwise, I have frequently encountered people who use 12pm to mean midnight. IBM used to recommend, and might still do for all I know, that events should never be scheduled for noon or midnight to avoid these problems of ambiguous usage.

Using 12am for midnight makes no sense, since it suggests that the first hour of a day is actually the last hour of the day before. Neither does making midnight in the twenty-four hour clock 24:00 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/24-hour_clock#Midnight_00:00_and_24:00), another strange habit I have encountered, which is apparently justified on the odd idea that there are two midnights in a day, something that could easily lead to the temporal equivalent of fencepost errors (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off-by-one_error#Fencepost_error).

GMT is ambiguous (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwich_Mean_Time#Ambiguity_in_the_definition_of_GMT), obsolete in technical contexts, and not synonymous with UTC, as GM points out.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 04 Nov 2014, 20:15
Interesting, according to the NIST link both 00:00 and 24:00 are correct, with the former being midnight at the beginning of the day, the other midnight at the end of the day. So 00:00 on November 5th and 24:00 on November 4th are the same time...which makes no fucking sense, because if it's midnight, November 4th is over and it's November 5th, damn it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 05 Nov 2014, 02:31
Quote
Owing to the ambiguity of whether UTC or UT1 is meant, and because timekeeping laws usually refer to UTC, GMT is avoided in careful writing.

Source (http://www.diffen.com/difference/GMT_vs_UTC)

UTC and GMT (UT1) never differ by more than 0.9s.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 05 Nov 2014, 05:22
I think what is meant by GMT's inaccuracy is:

Quote
In the community of Greenwich, GMT (in the form of UTC) is the official time only during winter (during summer the time in Greenwich is British Summer Time rather than "GMT").

So GMT theoretically changes. UTC never does.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 05 Nov 2014, 07:45
No, no.  GMT stays the same, but is only the official UK time for half the year.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ev4n on 05 Nov 2014, 08:15
Doesn't GMT change as GM moves around the country?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 05 Nov 2014, 08:38
Relevant Twitter account:

https://twitter.com/GreenwichMean
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 05 Nov 2014, 12:53
Have you been following the good lady Welu?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 05 Nov 2014, 14:59
What about Welu?

P.S. I prefer gender neutral terms. My gender is Currently Unspecified.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 05 Nov 2014, 15:00
Oh! The Twitter account. No I retweeted those after Loki shared the link.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 05 Nov 2014, 15:16
My gender is Currently Unspecified.

That reminds me of the gender options in a forum from a team in a game. "Male, Female, Undisclosed, Other".

This might sound worse than I want it to sound, but WHICH OTHER THO?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ReindeerFlotilla on 05 Nov 2014, 15:45
No male, not female, not hidden. Undisclosed implies "I'm not going to tell you." Other can suggest "I would tell you if this software had the appropriate option."
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 05 Nov 2014, 15:53
My tiny little head (Thank goodness you can't see my actual head) can't wrap itself around that concept. More depth pl0x?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 05 Nov 2014, 16:28
As it happens, I came upon a text today which explains it rather in depth:
http://disruptingdinnerparties.com/2014/04/08/take-the-red-pill-the-truth-behind-the-biology-of-sex/
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 05 Nov 2014, 16:40
Thanks for the information (it's 1:35am so I might just leave it for later to deeper read into it), although my question wasn't so much on "sex" but on "gender" and the fact that, after all, one is referred to as either "mr" or "ms", which in a better world it'd always be what the person identifies as. And really, if you're not telling what you are between "mr" and "ms" then the logical conclusion is that you're hiding it.

Of course this can come from my limited understanding of the world (and the fact that I'm studying to be a sysadmin and I'd like to keep that as a yes/no field on future databases), but I really don't see how someone would be adressed in a different way - hell, as far as I know, Spanish language doesn't have another gender.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 05 Nov 2014, 17:06
Even though I don't personally need it, I think a gender option of "Nunya"
(click to show/hide)
would come in handy.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 05 Nov 2014, 17:08
Even though I don't personally need it, I think a gender option of "Nunya"
(click to show/hide)
would come in handy.

And that's what "undisclosed" covers, as far as I know.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 05 Nov 2014, 17:43
We've had forum members in the past (and perhaps some in the present) who identify as genderfluid - often presenting as either male or female, depending on their mood, location, company, and other variables.  Or not presenting as anything specific and letting you guess.  I think that's one way of classifying as "other" without choosing "not disclosing". 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 05 Nov 2014, 17:56
I still maintain that "Motherfucker" is my prefered pronoun.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 05 Nov 2014, 18:11
I thought it was your middle name...  :-D
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 05 Nov 2014, 23:20
It's both actually. "Garand Motherfucker Danger Marine
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 05 Nov 2014, 23:44
Thanks for the response Carl-E.

And I agree with you Garand. "Motherfucker" as a pronoun is something that should be considered more often.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 06 Nov 2014, 00:44
It's both actually. "Garand Motherfucker Danger Marine
Your parents must have hated you.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 06 Nov 2014, 01:12
It's both actually. "Garand Motherfucker Danger Marine
Your parents must have hated you.

Or really liked him.

Depends how you look at it...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 06 Nov 2014, 01:47
Oedipus was just a boy who really loved his mother, after all.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 06 Nov 2014, 06:15
(http://cdn.themis-media.com/media/global/images/library/deriv/691/691575.jpg)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 06 Nov 2014, 06:17
(http://cdn.themis-media.com/media/global/images/library/deriv/691/691575.jpg)

THIS SO MUCH OH MY GOD WHERE HAS MOTHERFUCKER BEEN ALL MY LIFE.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 06 Nov 2014, 06:20
What about Welu?

P.S. I prefer gender neutral terms. My gender is Currently Unspecified.

My sincerest apologies. I'm certain that at some point I had picked up on a gender specification but that was probably the product of some misunderstanding, misinterpretation or other form of confusion that I'm prone to. I shall revert to non-specific terms until further notice.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 06 Nov 2014, 08:55
It's cool. I'm still figuring it out or so so there's probably posts floating about where people referred to me as whatever and I didn't comment otherwise because I wasn't comfortable saying so yet.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 06 Nov 2014, 09:57
Thankfully, your handle is short enough for me to type it each time I'm referring to you. Unless it becomes annoying, in which case I apologize in advance.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 06 Nov 2014, 10:40
http://www.salon.com/2014/11/06/cereal_cafe_serves_nothing_but_cereal/ (http://www.salon.com/2014/11/06/cereal_cafe_serves_nothing_but_cereal/)

Looks like we know where Steve will be taking his next vacation.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 06 Nov 2014, 14:25
You can weld material with explosives. I am excited.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 06 Nov 2014, 15:59
Bob Dole's preferred pronoun is Bob Dole. It is unacceptable to refer to Bob Dole as anything but Bob Dole. BOB DOLE!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 06 Nov 2014, 16:57
No, no.  GMT stays the same, but is only the official UK time for half the year.
I thought so too, but apparently, not everyone agrees (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwich_Mean_Time#Summer_time).

I thought "fictive" was a made up Tumblr word, but according to my dictionaries it's been in use since the 17th century.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Dalillama on 06 Nov 2014, 17:27
We've had forum members in the past (and perhaps some in the present) who identify as genderfluid -
There are also folks who identify as neutrois (http://gender.wikia.com/wiki/Neutrois) or Genderqueer (http://gender.wikia.com/wiki/Genderqueer).

(No quotes in URLs :roll: -Method)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 06 Nov 2014, 18:46
You can weld material with explosives. I am excited.

I believe (90%+) that MythBusters showed this in an episode. 

!found it!  http://youtu.be/fGi0w7ycRKk

tootallly cooool.

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 06 Nov 2014, 20:41
Explosive welding doesn't actually need that much High Ex, and in commercial application it's not really for steel, Explosive welding and it's close cousin Friction Welding (Wherein you take two pieces of material, spin one really quickly, hold the other still and introduce A to B.) is used to merge materials that don't normally play or weld well together.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 06 Nov 2014, 23:17
A long time ago when I worked for BT, a customer called up reporting that a direct lightening strike had killed his landline. Apparently the dropwire took the runt of the hit causing the base unit of his cordless phone to explode. The remnants of which were rather permanently attached to the oak countertop they had been sat on. The handset had been thrown across the room into a concrete pillar. Anything that hadn't shattered across the room was going to have to be crowbar'd out, mostly the battery.

Explosive welding, nature got there first.

The strike also fed back to the secondary distribution point and knocked out half the neighbourhood. When I spoke to the customer about a week later to discuss progress on repairs, he told me that the house still smelt of melted battery.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 06 Nov 2014, 23:26
Man, when a direct lightning strike killed my landline all I got was a burnt net card and a bad block on my external drive. All the awesome shit happens to someone else.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 07 Nov 2014, 00:34
Help, my bed is holding me hostage
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 07 Nov 2014, 01:06
... what are its demands?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 07 Nov 2014, 01:46
Being cuddled forever, having sheets changed every now and then, and the permission to keep me warm.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 07 Nov 2014, 03:03
THAT BASTARD!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 07 Nov 2014, 03:17
Well, as Keanu Reeves once said:'shoot the hostage'.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 07 Nov 2014, 11:52
I fail to see the problem then Masterpiece. Any life-or-death situations at work?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 07 Nov 2014, 18:23
Help, my bed is holding me hostage

...I almost want to snag this as a signature line...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 08 Nov 2014, 10:27
Go ahead!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 10 Nov 2014, 09:28
Do Australian people ever use the phrase "It'll be a cold day in July before ____"?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 10 Nov 2014, 10:02
It's a good question. I assume they just swap j's (January instead of July)

Also that's a horribly low bar. Here in Cantabria, where the weather is randomized, that shit happens.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 10 Nov 2014, 11:38
Do Australian people ever use the phrase "It'll be a cold day in July before ____"?
And here I thought that Australia was like Arrakis in terms of climate.  (Okay, kidding, 'cept for the part where I wouldn't be surprised if there were giant sand worms).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 10 Nov 2014, 11:40
If there were, they'dve fed Tony Abbott to them by now.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 10 Nov 2014, 11:54
You mean Tony Harkonnen?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 10 Nov 2014, 11:56
Tony Abbott got democratically elected, somehow. Let's not go assuming that the whole of the general public leans as far left as we do. Not even this whole forum leans that far left.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 10 Nov 2014, 17:08
*leans a bit all over the place, especially after a few pints*
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 10 Nov 2014, 21:08
only leans left when 'Uncle Winston' is slung over that shoulder...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 11 Nov 2014, 00:59
Do Australian people ever use the phrase "It'll be a cold day in July before ____"?
No.
And here I thought that Australia was like Arrakis in terms of climate.
Nah! There are a few small areas that are a bit dry.
(http://i.imgur.com/fL1K0ir.jpg)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 11 Nov 2014, 01:38
... for Shai'Hulud.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 11 Nov 2014, 01:41
So I can now take Akima's post to defend that I'm only a bit overweight. Thanks!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 11 Nov 2014, 07:26
... for Shai'Hulud.
“Bless the Maker and His water.
Bless the coming and going of Him.
May His passage cleanse the world.
May He keep the world for His people. ”

And yes, anything Dune-related is always on topic for QC stuff.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 14 Nov 2014, 04:12
GARETH - DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/nov/10/oxford-shark-house-headington-rent)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 14 Nov 2014, 04:29
Wish I could afford it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 14 Nov 2014, 04:45
Man up and sell a kidney, this is a Shark House
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 14 Nov 2014, 12:46
Meh

Stick a Tank in the front yard, then we'll talk.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: lepetitfromage on 14 Nov 2014, 13:09
I'm wearing Spanx today and this is all I could think of as I was putting them on.

(http://37.media.tumblr.com/becfac6f58db8b8eb0b1fa2d0b3c5e74/tumblr_n641teTJ351tcbzg8o5_250.gif)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 14 Nov 2014, 15:30

Meh

Stick a Tank in the front yard, then we'll talk.

We don't have a tank, but sometimes we lay out on the roof with rifles, that count?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 14 Nov 2014, 21:31
That's just S.W.A.T Training.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 15 Nov 2014, 02:27
Today's Dumbing of Age mentions that it has been four weeks of in-comic time since the first comic. Four weeks. The comic has been updating daily for four years. It takes a whole year for one week to pass in-comic. QC doesn't have anything on DoA in terms of glacial pace.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 15 Nov 2014, 02:42
I thought the same.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 15 Nov 2014, 07:21
See, Dumbing of Age has its own problems, because SO MUCH STUFF happens, that when they throw in a "oh it's been four weeks since the whole thing started", that just sounds ridiculous.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 15 Nov 2014, 10:45
Random Thought: Instead of "whoops", I like saying "Whoops-y-doodles".
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 15 Nov 2014, 11:14
Anna Scott would not approve.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 15 Nov 2014, 11:58
Whoopdiddly dang diddly ding dang dong.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 15 Nov 2014, 12:12

And that's also why I'm kinda embarrassed that I like rap music.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 16 Nov 2014, 08:54
The first half was just Bill Cosby autotuned, right?

...right? :psyduck:

That being said, I would love to hear Kendrick Lamar rap about jello pudding...assuming he hasn't already.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 16 Nov 2014, 10:35
Theoretically, it's Young Thug. Vines prove that it's just a random white guy with ez cheez on his mouth.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 18 Nov 2014, 17:10
So I still don't really get why it's a thing, and I don't know anyone who uses it as far as I know but I finally downloaded snapchat out of curiosity.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 18 Nov 2014, 21:17

So I still don't really get why it's a thing, and I don't know anyone who uses it as far as I know but I finally downloaded snapchat out of curiosity.

4 hour old post, can I assume your sick of it already?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 18 Nov 2014, 23:35
Most my friends have it, but I refuse to. If I wanted to see a lot of dicks and poop... well there are places on the internet for that.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 18 Nov 2014, 23:57
Aren't you right explicit.

Thankfully, it appears to be not that much of a thing here in Spain. But that only means that the dicks are passed around on Whatsapp groups at 5am.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 19 Nov 2014, 01:22
Innovation only happens because dick pics must be shared
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 19 Nov 2014, 10:33
I had a physics teacher that maintained that 3D/VR/anything would only become mainstream once the porn industry found a way to use it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 19 Nov 2014, 10:42
Reminds me of a pic I saw the other day. It was a chart showing sizes of different cellphones and at some point it hits a minimum, and then starts increasing again.

That point is labeled "The very moment we realize we can watch porn in our phones"
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 19 Nov 2014, 14:05
"hey, i can bring my cellphone into the bathroom and no one will know, everyone looks at me weird when i bring in my laptop"
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 19 Nov 2014, 14:11
And then one day you forget the headphones and EVERYONE KNOWS.

Which is still marginally less gross than masturbating in the college library, as at least one person is known to have done in my university.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LeeC on 19 Nov 2014, 15:18
with the preface that you have no special abilities what so ever: Who would you rather have as a mentor.

Yoda (Star Wars)
(http://stephendpalmer.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/yoda.jpg)

Oogway (Kung Fu Panda)
(http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110709224255/kungfupanda/images/1/14/OogwayNight.jpg)

Uncle Iroh (Avatar)
(http://avatarthelastairbenderonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/iroh-tea-290x280.png)

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 19 Nov 2014, 15:21
Considering that my choice is not fully informed as I've never watched Avatar, I'm going with Oogway. Basically, because I do resemble Po.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 19 Nov 2014, 16:08
Iroh because he likes to fuck around.


And until I had my own room my porn was always on silent. When I turned the volume on for the first time I was like, HOLY FUCK, those words coming out of your mouth are disgusting! I was surprised, is what I'm getting at... I still have trouble talking during sex...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 19 Nov 2014, 16:13
See, I've always had headphones because of my music selection (my mother doesn't care, but my father is not too fond of having Pegboard Nerds on blast through the entire house). It did strike me tho, it seemed like too many different things to be caring about...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 19 Nov 2014, 17:16

So I still don't really get why it's a thing, and I don't know anyone who uses it as far as I know but I finally downloaded snapchat out of curiosity.

4 hour old post, can I assume your sick of it already?
Oh, I downloaded it a few days ago and set up an account, but haven't actually used it on account of not knowing anyone who has it. I'd probably just send people the occasional picture of Teddy (my pup).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 19 Nov 2014, 17:41
Iroh because he likes to fuck around.
This. He is funny and a deep character (cf eg the Tales of Ba Sing Se, or the time he meets Toph)

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: kryptoknight on 19 Nov 2014, 17:55
Iroh because he likes to fuck around.
This. He is funny and a deep character (cf eg the Tales of Ba Sing Se, or the time he meets Toph)
Count me in for Iroh as well.  He's got the wisdom and the skills, but more importantly the man has an absolutely wonderful sense of humor and believes in slowing down and appreciating life.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 20 Nov 2014, 05:13
Oogway. All the time.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 20 Nov 2014, 13:58
Iroh, because he appreciates a good cup of tea. And can deflect lightning. With his fingers.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 20 Nov 2014, 17:45

So I still don't really get why it's a thing, and I don't know anyone who uses it as far as I know but I finally downloaded snapchat out of curiosity.

4 hour old post, can I assume your sick of it already?
Oh, I downloaded it a few days ago and set up an account, but haven't actually used it on account of not knowing anyone who has it. I'd probably just send people the occasional picture of Teddy (my pup).

A bunch of forum ones have it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 20 Nov 2014, 18:01
Who's got Awesome Mix No. 1 and two thumbs? This motherfucker right here.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 23 Nov 2014, 18:11
Today is my mom's 64th birthday. As a joke, when I called her this morning, I started playing the Beatles song "When I'm 64" over the phone. The joke was on me though, because I've had the song stuck in my head the whole day since then.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 23 Nov 2014, 18:27
The joke's on all of us now, you bastard :wow:

Welu: Oh? Well anyone who has it feel free to PM me.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 03 Dec 2014, 04:07
Married once is the new virginity
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 03 Dec 2014, 05:16
So like in the olden days? :mrgreen:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 03 Dec 2014, 06:32
Considering how they viewed divorce... no :P
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 03 Dec 2014, 19:21
Really wish I had someone to hold in my hands and cuddle while we both fell asleep right now.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: SubaruStephen on 03 Dec 2014, 20:16
Married once is the new virginity

So that would make "never married" what? Gelded? :?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 04 Dec 2014, 01:37
Not any more then never having sex would make you gelded instead of the old definition of a virgin.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 04 Dec 2014, 21:10
If you can hear them, but you can't shoot them, you can probably grenade them.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 05 Dec 2014, 01:25
Too much Counter Strike?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 05 Dec 2014, 08:38
....sure, let's go with that.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 05 Dec 2014, 08:45
If you are under the age of 40, something happened today that you probably haven't seen before.

A NASA space capsule splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 05 Dec 2014, 08:47
Yes! I've seen footage... but... yeah... I mean I got to go to a shuttle launch, I've been space happy since I was a pup, but this is the first time I've gotten to see a new spacecraft launch (the shuttle program was over 30 years old when I was born) and of course capsule splash down.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 05 Dec 2014, 17:19
If you can hear them, but you can't shoot them, you can probably grenade them.

Life tips.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: SubaruStephen on 05 Dec 2014, 17:34
If you can hear them, but you can't shoot them,
they must have some damn good camouflage.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 05 Dec 2014, 18:08
Yes! I've seen footage... but... yeah... I mean I got to go to a shuttle launch, I've been space happy since I was a pup, but this is the first time I've gotten to see a new spacecraft launch (the shuttle program was over 30 years old when I was born) and of course capsule splash down.
You're less than 15 years old?

(The Space Shuttle program was proposed in 1969...)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 05 Dec 2014, 18:15
The Program didn't formally commence until 1972, though as you say, the it had been a proposal that had been around since the '60's.  Glide tests began with the ALT Tests with the Shuttle Testbed Craft Enterprise in '77, leading up to the first Spaceflight in '81 with the Columbia.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 05 Dec 2014, 18:35
I remember seeing (not in person) Crippen and Young take Columbia up for its first flight.

I vaguely remember Apollo 17, but mostly remember Apollo/Soyuz and Skylab.

The last time any sort of "splashdown" occurred of a NASA-launched vehicle was 24 July 1975, when Apollo/Soyuz Test Project landed in the Pacific.

I was actually a bit giddy about this whole thing when I got up this morning.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 05 Dec 2014, 21:38
As much as Mana claimed to have invented the whole "gothic lolita" thing, I'm pretty sure that Strawberry Switchblade did it first.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 05 Dec 2014, 22:33
Are those people?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 05 Dec 2014, 22:50
As much as Mana claimed to have invented the whole "gothic lolita" thing, I'm pretty sure that Strawberry Switchblade did it first.

I honestly don't think there's a traceable origin point for Gothic Lolita. Somewhere deep in Shinjuku ward, or perhaps Harajuku itself.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 05 Dec 2014, 22:53
Mana is/was a Japanese musician and clothing designer, who coined the term.  Strawberry Switchblade was a Scottish musical duo in the '80s.  The latter came first, and generally went for the frilly monochrome dresses, hair ribbons and gawth makeup.  The former made it a bit more formalised, as in the looking "cute" instead of "sexy".

SS:

The latter is Mana from Malice Mizer:
(http://images2.fanpop.com/image/photos/11800000/Mana-malice-mizer-11894681-227-351.jpg)

As much as Mana claimed to have invented the whole "gothic lolita" thing, I'm pretty sure that Strawberry Switchblade did it first.

I honestly don't think there's a traceable origin point for Gothic Lolita. Somewhere deep in Shinjuku ward, or perhaps Harajuku itself.

See above, I think SS did it first, and they were out of Scotland.  Edit:  They were also a lot bigger in Japan than they were back home, so they may have had more of an influence there.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 05 Dec 2014, 23:00
gawth
This spelling is just utterly confusing.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 05 Dec 2014, 23:22
Sorry, back in the Usenet alt.gothic days, we'd use that spelling as a joke.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 06 Dec 2014, 20:33
Oh. I don't get it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 06 Dec 2014, 23:38
Is it because some people spell God like gawd? So goth becomes gawth?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 07 Dec 2014, 14:51
I pronounce the "o" in god and the "aw" in "gawd" the same, though. Just a short o sound. Maybe that's why it threw me off. I think I know what "gawd" is supposed to sound like (I live in north Jersey, and many people have the awful accent that comes with it), but...yeah.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 07 Dec 2014, 15:36
“Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against... We’re after power and we mean it... There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.” ( Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged )
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 07 Dec 2014, 15:55
Explains speed limits. *braces for shitstorm*
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 07 Dec 2014, 16:05
Or at the very least, speed traps.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: SubaruStephen on 07 Dec 2014, 20:15
For-profit privatized prisons anybody?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 07 Dec 2014, 20:23
Explains speed limits. *braces for shitstorm*

Actually it explains most every little law that doesn't really do any harm to another person. Including the law that got Eric Garner killed.

Subaru, the money they make is peanuts compared to the revenue generated by the state via their enforcement arm. Especially with modern Asset Forfeiture, which basically means if a cop likes your stuff, he can and will take your stuff, and unless you have a stupid amount of money, you won't get it back. Homes, cash, cars. Whatever.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: SubaruStephen on 07 Dec 2014, 20:44
It's not how much $ they make, it's how they make it that chaps my ass. I'm talking about shit like this: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kids_for_cash_scandal
"Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them"
If a FPP doesn't meet a quota of prisoners, they lose their operating license. They certainly don't want law abiding citizens, that's bad for business.

And I agree with you on Asset "Forfeiture", that's just theft-by-cop masquerading as legal action.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 07 Dec 2014, 20:52
Symptoms of the same issue my man.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 07 Dec 2014, 23:04
Subaru, the money they make is peanuts compared to the revenue generated by the state via their enforcement arm.
Which is a bad idea. From last weeks edition of The Economist:
Quote
In Ferguson, bad policies help to explain why distrust turns to anger. Take, for example, the way the town is financed. In 2013 a fifth of Ferguson’s general revenues—some $2.6m, in a city of 21,000 people—were derived from fines and asset confiscation. That is equivalent to $124 a year for every man, woman and child in the city. Paying fines, even for minor traffic offences, can involve queuing for hours. Those who miss court dates can be jailed until they pay, accumulating more fines along the way. Slowly but surely, the justice system has become an elaborate mechanism for criminalising poverty.

And where poverty is closely correlated with race...  :-(
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 07 Dec 2014, 23:13
The quote is correct, it's scope is too small though. It's about criminalising all of us and fleecing us for even more money, and in turn makes everyone affected (i.e. everyone except those wealthy enough to swat away the petty nibbles of the justice system and the elite who don't care) poorer and poorer as the boot heel boots a little more pressure down. Thus returning us to Ms. Rand's quote.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 09 Dec 2014, 09:08
A friend of mine recently pointed out to me that Shakespeare's lead characters often have somewhere else to be during most of Act IV so that the actor can have a break.

Romeo spends Act IV in Mantua. Hamlet, save for a brief scene, is in England. Macbeth has the witch's prophecy scene at the beginning but then the rest of the act is at Duncan's castle and about half of Act V is without him as well.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ankhtahr on 09 Dec 2014, 10:34
I tried a recipe for danish brunkager (lit. "brown cakes", a type of christmas cookies). It didn't turn out too well. The cookies are light and crispy. I don't know that type of cookie as crispy. They're supposed to be hard and dense.

And I noticed that the recipe is missing the ginger, after baking the cookies.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 09 Dec 2014, 10:46
Every once in a while I get a crackpot email telling me to read some rant about how God is a proton or something... the one I got today begins with the sentence: "I please you to read carefully my two physics articles."

No. No, I neither want to read your articles nor be pleased by you.  :psyduck:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 09 Dec 2014, 15:28
A friend of mine recently pointed out to me that Shakespeare's lead characters often have somewhere else to be during most of Act IV so that the actor can have a break.

Romeo spends Act IV in Mantua. Hamlet, save for a brief scene, is in England. Macbeth has the witch's prophecy scene at the beginning but then the rest of the act is at Duncan's castle and about half of Act V is without him as well.
And in season 4 of The Wire, McNulty spends most of it drunk off screen. COINCIDENCE?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 09 Dec 2014, 17:18
God I hated McNulty.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 09 Dec 2014, 17:20
Well yeah, he was a terrible person...while still being less terrible than plenty of others. That's The Wire for you.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 10 Dec 2014, 08:56
I just randomly remembered a very fun night with one of my friends. We watched a terrible sci-fi movie called Sci-Fighters starring Rowdy Roddy Piper, made in 1994 and set in 2009. It was 2010 when we watched it, which amused us greatly. Any time we saw some kind of futuristic technology, we'd respond with 'I don't think you could do that with a laser, but then, this is the distant future of... 2009.' I never stopped finding it funny.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 10 Dec 2014, 09:01
In "Canadian Bacon" (filmed in 1995) there's a scene where Honey is in a hospital in Canada, and the nurse tells her, "Our healthcare system has decided you do not need to see a doctor until... *looks at chart*... 2006." In the same movie there's also a line where a general makes fun of the ludicrous idea of declaring war on terrorism.  :psyduck:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 10 Dec 2014, 09:30
I just randomly remembered a very fun night with one of my friends. We watched a terrible sci-fi movie called Sci-Fighters starring Rowdy Roddy Piper, made in 1994 and set in 2009. It was 2010 when we watched it, which amused us greatly. Any time we saw some kind of futuristic technology, we'd respond with 'I don't think you could do that with a laser, but then, this is the distant future of... 2009.' I never stopped finding it funny.

Hey, don't blame science fiction writers for setting their goals too high. Arthur C. Clarke, one of the greatest authors ever, thought in 1968 that we'd have cryogenic chambers, moon bases, and homicidal super computers by the years 2001.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 10 Dec 2014, 12:45
I think you missed why we were finding it funny.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 10 Dec 2014, 13:12
Rowdy Roddy Piper makes everything funny. Admittedly, I think the only one of his movies that I have seen in full is "They Live", which has a fight scene (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9rrgJXfLns) that is an even more effective rebuttal than the one from "The Quiet Man" to complaints about long unrealistic fights in wuxia cinema.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 10 Dec 2014, 13:28
Who the hell complains about wuxia fight scenes? That's half the fun!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 10 Dec 2014, 13:33
Rowdy Roddy Piper makes everything funny. Admittedly, I think the only one of his movies that I have seen in full is "They Live", which has a fight scene (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9rrgJXfLns) that is an even more effective rebuttal than the one from "The Quiet Man" to complaints about long unrealistic fights in wuxia cinema.

He is amazing in They Live, also funny in Hell Comes To Frogtown where he is one of the last potent men left on Earth and is sold to the state for breeding purposes.

In Sci-Fighters he makes things funny simply by putting more into stupid fucking lines than he reasonably should - ('Why are you here so late?' 'I'm queer for evidence rooms.')
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Post by: Akima on 10 Dec 2014, 18:49
"I have come here to chew bubble-gum and kick ass..... And I'm all out of bubble-gum. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp_K8prLfso)" The dramatic pause (to tension music) totally sells a completely ludicrous line. In his own way, Mr. Piper is a fine actor.

And I quite agree, GM, but I am a fellow fan.
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Post by: Kugai on 10 Dec 2014, 21:58
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Post by: GarandMarine on 11 Dec 2014, 00:27
I'm seeing lots of hay made about the CIA torture report. Lots of people defending it seem to want to list Johnny Jihad's various tortures and what have you, the issue I take with that is that we're supposed to be the good guys. Not just "Well we're better then a bunch of goat fether religious extremists!" but we play ourselves off on the world stage as the bonafide guy in the white hat. Reading the report, more then a few times we got the wrong guys, we even got some of our own guys and tortured them too. Shouldn't that mean we have reason to question our methods? Absolute bottom line? We broke our own rules and we violated our own morals. So we need to take a look at ourselves because of that. I give not one single feth what some mouth breathing, camel jockey does in comparison to my own government, they're not my government. To those who seem to think this excuses this failure on our part, I just want to ask... Should sink to their level? Be the animal you hate so much? Or should we maintain our standards and fight like warriors? Yeah it's hard being the good guy. It's supposed to be. It's not easy to maintain your morals and standards in the face of scumbags who have none, but when you become them, when you abandon your standards, you've already lost.

Now I have been informed, mostly by guys who look like they spend more time with airsoft guns and at the local sammich shop then in the military, studying geopolitics and the methods and theories of armed conflict between nation states and non-state actors, that my ideals of upholding our convictions the right way, and not stooping to the level of the gaks we're fighting is a pipe dream. How about that? Apparently, to defeat the enemy, we need to wallow in that mud, throw out our humanity, take a leak on any concept of honor and just start glassing countries. Now I will absolutely joke about glassing the Middle East. That Ground Zero Ocean meme has to be over a decade old now and I giggle every time, but there's a lot of people in the Middle East, and even with the rise of ISIS not even a majority of them desperately need a case of acute onset lead poisoning. I even know some of them. I have friends in Jordan and Kuwait that I treasure greatly. I've even read the book a lot of people are so damn hung up about over there, and you know... with all the men I've buried, I still haven't seen, heard or read one damn thing that makes me say to myself "Yeah, feth it. Let's go burn a village and torture some fethers and see if anything comes out of it. Not like it matters."

Maybe I'm just outdated though.
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Post by: explicit on 11 Dec 2014, 00:43
What you just said is one of the reasons why I like John McCain. Even if you don't agree with him at least he goes against his party when it means he'd have to abandon his morals/beliefs. I also listen to him more about this issue than anyone else in the government because the guy actually was tortured for years. So while almost everyone in his party is going, "well, you know, safety, blahhhhhvomit" he's actually taking a stand.

Anyway, you're right, we portray ourselves as the good guys and we should act like it. Regardless of the merits behind torture (which are mixed, cause the whole false evidence thing that happens a lot), we're supposed to be... you know... not dicks.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 11 Dec 2014, 01:00
Well. John McCain is still a chicken hawk sonabitch. So he can STILL fuck off, even if I happen to agree with him on this particular subject.
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Post by: explicit on 11 Dec 2014, 01:07
Right, my point is that he at least thinks for himself, unlike most of congress who just goes with what their party wants. I think a lot of his ideas are fucking stupid, of course, because I have a brain.

And I guess when you feel the way I do about most people in the government I could not like one and they could still be one of my favorites. The bar is not set very high, is what I'm getting at.
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Post by: Thrillho on 11 Dec 2014, 02:14
Gotta say Garland I didn't expect that post to go the way it did. I am impressed and pleased.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 11 Dec 2014, 03:02
Yeah it's hard being the good guy. It's supposed to be. It's not easy to maintain your morals and standards in the face of scumbags who have none, but when you become them, when you abandon your standards, you've already lost.
Outdated? If so, I must be too; I couldn't have put it better myself. I believe this is right, not for the sake of the scumbags of this world, but for our own sakes. We demonstrate that we are not like our enemies by refusing to treat them the way they treat their victims. The idea that we are of such inherent worth that our actions become acceptable, no matter how base they may be, is a step onto a very slippery slope.

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Post by: RedWolf4 on 11 Dec 2014, 03:18
I think your geopolitical airsoftcocks have been watching a bit too much Jack Bauer, Garand Mate. Bloody insulting to infer that trying to be the actual better man in all this shit is idealistic, not to mention stupid in that it gives stains like ISIS an actual basis for whatever propanganda they want to spout. Fucking half assed and short sighted is anyone who believes in torture, IMO.
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Post by: hedgie on 11 Dec 2014, 04:22
It's just like Nietzsche's "he who fights monsters" bit.
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Post by: jwhouk on 11 Dec 2014, 05:34
Or perhaps Orwell's "Animal Farm."
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Post by: GarandMarine on 11 Dec 2014, 06:29
I'm just saying that I feel I don't have to lower myself to the level of the nearly sub-human scum who make up ISIS to effectively remove them from the universe, I'm confident enough in my skills as a warrior, and the skills of those around me to not need to. Janitors don't get down on the deck and crawl around, they get out a mop and a bucket with some chemicals.

I'd say Hedgie's on point, I was thinking Nietzsche... or you know, die the hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain. Nolan.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 11 Dec 2014, 06:42
Some more highlights.

- Torture is worse than useless as an intelligence-gathering tool. We've known it for sixty years, the CIA knew it twenty years ago, and it's just been proven again that torture gets you no actionable intelligence, corrupts what once might have been viable sources of intelligence and produces false intelligence. Since it doesn't actually help us do anything, anyone who says that we "needed" to torture anyone is a fucking idiot.

- The CIA tortured at least two prisoners to death - one by beating him to death, one by use of exposure to the elements as a torture device.

- The CIA tortured two of their own spies for 24 hours before they bothered to translate the messages they had been sending to the CIA and realised who they were torturing.

- The CIA was recruiting abusers to act as torturers - these are not hard men making hard decisions for the good of the country, they are sick bastards who like inflicting pain on people who can't fight back.

- Waterboarding is torture, but anyone who tells you that this is the worst thing the CIA did to these people is lying. To paraphrase one particularly odious quote from the report, CIA medical officers wrote "Sure, an IV is a safe and effective way of hydrating prisoners who refuse to drink, but we're impressed with how subjecting them to anal rape makes them stop refusing to drink."

The CIA's torturers produced no useful intelligence, produced a lot of white noise, destroyed sources of intelligence, raped, killed, turned allies into enemies and broke international and American law. They have used no methodology and produced no intelligence that could benefit us by being kept classified to keep it out of the hands of the enemy, and deserve to be remembered as men who sold their souls - and were subsequently executed - for nothing.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 11 Dec 2014, 08:56
Quoting from Popehat , "is torture effective' is a question that should be relegated to the same pile as 'is slavery economically feasible"
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Post by: Masterpiece on 11 Dec 2014, 12:22
Random Thought: I just passed a sign that forbids me to drive faster than sixty miles per hour. God I love the autobahn.

Addendum: I'm not driving, don't worry.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 11 Dec 2014, 12:34
I thought they used km/h instead of mph on the Autobahn.
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 11 Dec 2014, 13:57
I just passed a sign that forbids me to drive faster than sixty miles per hour.

Didn't that hurt? :psyduck:
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Post by: Kugai on 11 Dec 2014, 14:03
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Post by: Masterpiece on 11 Dec 2014, 17:41
I thought they used km/h instead of mph on the Autobahn.
I converted for the backwards, non-scientific people who still use imperial units USAsians onthe forum.

(it's supposed to be a pastiche of the stereotype we Europeans have when thinking of the imperial system. But imperial units are still bad and you should feel bad for using them)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: SubaruStephen on 11 Dec 2014, 18:29
It's just like Nietzsche's "he who fights monsters" bit.

My grandpa once told me "Just because the Bad Guy is your enemy, that doesn't automatically make you the Good Guy."
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 11 Dec 2014, 19:42
Wait... 60 MPH is slow as hell. Isn't the Autobahn supposed to be super fast?
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Post by: hedgie on 11 Dec 2014, 19:44
Depends on things like road conditions, construction, traffic, etc.  At any given time, only 1/3 through 1/2 of the Autobahn isn't metered. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 12 Dec 2014, 00:24
Jumping briefly back to torture, I give what amounts to a floor over to someone who probably has, of all of us a unique perspective on these matters. While I went through SERE training, which involves "enhanced interrogation techniques" like the ones described in the reporter (I went through most of the check list, got to skip the anal rape/rehydration though!) as did one or two others, and we do have some secret squirrel intell dweebs sneaking about, none of us, thankfully, have ever been in a capture situation. Very few men and women in many countries have. Especially as a POW or detainee. As such I give extra merit based on personal experience, to the words of former POW, Senator John McCain.



To quote Jon Stewart, Good McCain is back baby!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 12 Dec 2014, 02:28
I'm almost with you about wanting the torturers' heads up on pikes as a warning to others, since doing things like that eliminates any sort of moral standing that we claim to have.  I can't see a single system of ethics where such a thing can be justified.  It's flat-out against virtue ethics (Aristotle's or Hume's), deontology, and Manning's concept of feminist care-based ethics.  Those who try to justify it according to utilitarian principles forget that it's bloody useless, and therefore any attempt to justify it on the matter of consequences is just bollocks. 
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Post by: ChaoSera on 12 Dec 2014, 02:31
Wait... 60 MPH is slow as hell. Isn't the Autobahn supposed to be super fast?
Not all of it. Some parts have no speed limit, while others do, the most common ones being 100, 120 and 140 km/h.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 12 Dec 2014, 09:56
I've never seen a 140 sign, but I've seen plenty of 130 signs.

The sign I was referring to was a 130 sign and I just thought that was 60 miles per hour. Curse you and your imperial units.

Random Thought: I will be seeing ChaoSera again, later this evening. There will be plenty of beers.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 12 Dec 2014, 10:03
That's closer to 85 Masterpiece.

I do have an absurdly quick mind for conversions. Living in Spain, I have my date set up with the ISO standard (It is, after all, the right way to write dates), my thermometers on Fahrenheit and usually express height in ft. I like the numbers better that way, and I don't have a problem switching to the other system for somebody else.

That also leaves very little space for anything closely resembling useful in my head. Oh well.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 15 Dec 2014, 00:36
Back one again to torture, I dropped warheads on some ignorant chuckle fuck's forehead and want to brag.

(http://i.imgur.com/JSLr1KA.png)
(http://i.imgur.com/bQFfRAv.png)
(http://i.imgur.com/ZuCluIV.png)

Link to gallery: http://imgur.com/a/NxsJY
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 15 Dec 2014, 06:49
Look what I just got:

(http://i.imgur.com/13P0Fnr.jpg)

No, most of you can't have any.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Noxx on 15 Dec 2014, 09:02
I am back and forth on cohiba. I always return to my beloved montecristo
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 15 Dec 2014, 09:58
These things cost 1 € per cigarette and are as big as a regular size cigarette.

They're for my father, not for me.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 15 Dec 2014, 18:44
Twenty euro for a pack of smokes? That's a lot even by NYC standards!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 15 Dec 2014, 19:01
Yeah, but just the Cuban thing will jack up the price.  These aren't Marlboros or anything like that.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 15 Dec 2014, 19:10
Are those cigarettes or cigarillos?
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Post by: SubaruStephen on 15 Dec 2014, 19:11
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Post by: Kugai on 15 Dec 2014, 22:02
The Marlboro Man died of Cancer.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 16 Dec 2014, 08:03
The Marlboro Man died of Cancer.

Slight clarification: a few of them did. And at least one died of complications from HIV/AIDS.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 16 Dec 2014, 08:52
Obligatory "I don't think we're talking about the same type of cigar here" joke
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 16 Dec 2014, 09:39
Are those cigarettes or amarillos?


Surprisingly difficult to find a copy sans-paedophiles.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 16 Dec 2014, 20:13
I had to make sure my actual post didn't have a typo.
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Post by: hedgie on 16 Dec 2014, 20:41
I think that Pilchard was making a joke.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 16 Dec 2014, 22:50
Well yeah, but I had to make sure the joke wasn't based off a typo I made 😛
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 17 Dec 2014, 00:09
He sees you when you're sleeping,
He watches you in bed,
He likes to take stalkerish pictures of you
And put them on the internet.

You'd better watch out ...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 17 Dec 2014, 00:15
I automatically thought "Ceiling cat is coming to town". No wonders I hadn't seen ceiling cat in a while.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 17 Dec 2014, 07:19
I thought they used km/h instead of mph on the Autobahn.
I converted for the backwards, non-scientific people who still use imperial units USAsians onthe forum.

The correct term is 'mericans, and those are Standard Freedom Units™ you're referring to.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 17 Dec 2014, 07:48
If you want to be all technical about it, the mile is a metric unit (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mendenhall_Order).  :roll:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 17 Dec 2014, 08:01
If I'm going to create a new unit (the person-length) and define it as 176.50815 centimeters, no one would call it a metric unit but it'd be as much as one as the mile. >_>
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 17 Dec 2014, 08:13
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoot
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 17 Dec 2014, 17:17
So, I've had a lot of spam bots on the forums I help admin (a gaming community with a few hundred members or so), you guys ever get those here?
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Post by: hedgie on 17 Dec 2014, 17:19
I haven't been here super long, but I've seen some, and the mods were pretty quick to react once they were flagged.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 17 Dec 2014, 17:21
One of them wanted to date me and even sent me nudes. It was true love.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 17 Dec 2014, 20:20
(http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/suspicion.png) (http://xkcd.com/632)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ev4n on 18 Dec 2014, 05:21
One of them wanted to date me and even sent me nudes. It was true love.

Gareth is a spam bot????    :evil:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 18 Dec 2014, 08:52
"It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion."
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 18 Dec 2014, 12:22
Ya hyah Robusta!!!!!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 18 Dec 2014, 13:58
I'm no spambot, I just love Crest toothpaste!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 19 Dec 2014, 06:22
If it weren't for Facebook, would anyone ever remember anyone else's birthday?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 19 Dec 2014, 06:59
To me, birthdays are important. So I'm actually glad at the reminders.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 19 Dec 2014, 07:05
I woke up this morning to a pile of "happy birthday" messages, some from people I haven't talked to since high school but are on my Facebook list for some reason...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 19 Dec 2014, 09:12
I wouldn't remember my own anniversary if not for Facebook. Before Facebook I used the calendar on my phone. Still do for people who aren't on Facebook and/or birthdays when I want an earlier reminder.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 19 Dec 2014, 10:18
I barely remember my own birthday.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 19 Dec 2014, 11:20
I write birthdays into my calendar, and actively ignore Facebook for writing birthday messages. Most times I write on WhatsApp, or per SMS. In special cases, I will call.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: FunkyTuba on 19 Dec 2014, 11:36
"It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion."
"there is no strong coffee, only weak people"
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 19 Dec 2014, 13:10
Actually, the "stronger" tasting coffees are actually weaker when it comes to caffeine content.  The lighter roasts contain more.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 19 Dec 2014, 13:42
I did not know that. It might explain something that has always puzzled me a little. I don't drink a lot of coffee, being mainly a tea snob (big surprise, right?), but when I do drink coffee it is always a "short black" (espresso) or a "long black (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_black)", to use Australian coffee-shop terminology. Both are strongly flavoured and dark, and yet I have not noticed myself getting twitchy, and can get a good night's sleep even if I have an espresso after dinner. Or maybe I'm just habituated, because there is caffeine in tea too.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 19 Dec 2014, 13:50
I've totally moved away from coffees because I always got flavoured mochas or lattes to cover the coffee taste anyway.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 19 Dec 2014, 14:22
(http://i.imgur.com/qK6xqm4.jpg)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 19 Dec 2014, 14:43
Here's lookin' at you kid.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 19 Dec 2014, 17:27
From how I understand it, dark roasts have less caffeine because the beans have been roasted to death and are stripped of everything! Light roasts still contain a lot of caffeine, but have a milder taste since the flavor people associate with strong coffee is actually mostly the flavor of burnt.

I had roasting explained to me with a ketchup analogy once: Roasting beans to death masks the flavor of the beans but brings out the flavor of roasting in itself which many people actually like, so it's a good way of roasting beans if the beans are of poor quality and don't taste very good to begin with. If you have great quality beans, you should do a light roast since the good flavor is preserved. Kinda like how people put ketchup on fast food to make it taste better, but if you have good quality food, ketchup would make it worse.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 19 Dec 2014, 18:08
One of my strongest family memories is one if my brothers putting enough ketchup on to his mash potatoes and mixing it so they slowly turned to a quite vibrant pink.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 19 Dec 2014, 18:37
I did not know that. It might explain something that has always puzzled me a little. I don't drink a lot of coffee, being mainly a tea snob (big surprise, right?), but when I do drink coffee it is always a "short black" (espresso) or a "long black (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_black)", to use Australian coffee-shop terminology. Both are strongly flavoured and dark, and yet I have not noticed myself getting twitchy, and can get a good night's sleep even if I have an espresso after dinner. Or maybe I'm just habituated, because there is caffeine in tea too.

Metope is right on this one.  I used to work at a coffee shop where we roasted our own stuff.  Even the espresso was a light-medium roast to give it a better flavour.  Most espresso is burnt to hell, as is any "French Roast", or "Italian Roast" for that matter.  If you actually want to taste the coffee, order a light or medium roast. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 19 Dec 2014, 19:50
I didn't know this. Makes sense, though... kinda like the difference between ordering a stake medium-rare versus well done.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 19 Dec 2014, 20:07
Most of my life I've been single, but now I'm single for the first time in years and I don't know how to be single. Then again, I never really did, I guess.

I don't get people who like being single. I'm not saying they're wrong, I just don't get it.

Edit: Whoa, I hit 12,000 posts!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 19 Dec 2014, 23:30
Ouch. So it's definite then?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 19 Dec 2014, 23:31
Yeah...she didn't say so, but at some point I have to move on.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 19 Dec 2014, 23:39
I wouldn't call it better, but it's certainly easier to be single. Unless you depend on the other person a lot I guess. Meh, I wouldn't know too much. My most recent "relationship" was pretty much just having drunk sex with the same person every week for a year.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 19 Dec 2014, 23:50
Well... I'm at a point where I like being single. I date around a bit, I have a couple interests wherein I could be not single if they were willing to go for it. (Including someone on this forum! and it's neither of the people you'd automatically assume! Well. Those people too, but besides the point.) It's nice not being beholden to any one for anything you know?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 19 Dec 2014, 23:58
One thing I want to say, Method, is this: Don't get hung up on trying to find an answer. It may not appear to you this way, but you're probably not in the proper mindset to hear it right now.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 20 Dec 2014, 05:37
I'm always looking for answers, Piece of Master. But mostly because I so enjoy the questions :wow:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 21 Dec 2014, 04:12
Eh, I'm probably only inferring from my own experiences, but when I got answers they never sounded right for me. And I know of so many people that got hung up on trying to find an answer that was right for them and never hearing what I wanted. What I'm trying to say is, the answer that Sarah may give you as to why she ended things may not be the answer you're looking for, and that shouldn't be a motivation to find one for yourself (because, again, only inferring from my experience, you may not be in the right mindset right now to hear answers).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 21 Dec 2014, 10:31
Nah, I'm ok. I no longer care why she ended things because I've realized it was for the best. See my post in HHJJ :)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 21 Dec 2014, 10:34
Blessed Yule to you all by the by

(https://scontent-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10868043_10153018771230815_8236240212510239761_n.jpg?oh=0a593d254e9a280c3764b4e1bb7336d5&oe=5545D097)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 21 Dec 2014, 13:34
The days have been getting shorter for months and it's getting really bad. I don't know how much more of this trend I can take.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 21 Dec 2014, 13:38
(http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110916195906/stargate/images/e/e2/Ra%27s_mask_retracts.gif)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 21 Dec 2014, 14:12
Dal shakka mel!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 21 Dec 2014, 16:52
The days have been getting shorter for months and it's getting really bad. I don't know how much more of this trend I can take.

In Britain today is the solstice, which means the days will start getting longer again, is that not the case where you are?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 21 Dec 2014, 16:54
Still takes a while until it gets noticeably lighter though. We're only halfway in the darkness.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 21 Dec 2014, 16:55
Of course it does, I was just trying to put a positive spin on it. At least the worst is over, officially, from today. And being halfway in means you're halfway out.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 21 Dec 2014, 17:02
But... so loooong ughhhh (I may or may not be getting a cold and feel like complaining)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 21 Dec 2014, 17:14
Would it help for me to say that we just passed the longest day of the year, and that it is 29C (84F) outside?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 21 Dec 2014, 17:20
The days have been getting shorter for months and it's getting really bad. I don't know how much more of this trend I can take.

In Britain today is the solstice, which means the days will start getting longer again, is that not the case where you are?
The days are about to start getting brighter. The mornings, not so much (http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30549149).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 21 Dec 2014, 17:45
Would it help for me to say that we just passed the longest day of the year, and that it is 29C (84F) outside?

Uhm, no.

But we'll remember you come June.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 21 Dec 2014, 17:52
The days have been getting shorter for months and it's getting really bad. I don't know how much more of this trend I can take.

In Britain today is the solstice, which means the days will start getting longer again, is that not the case where you are?
The days are about to start getting brighter. The mornings, not so much (http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30549149).

Man, you guys are really doing a great job shitting on my attempt to cheer cold up a little bit.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 21 Dec 2014, 18:43
To be fair, you succeeded in cheering me up!
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Post by: LeeC on 22 Dec 2014, 07:35
I would love to see a newly weds style show with best friends and the 3 "couple" contestants are Sean and Gus from Psych, Turk and JD from Scrubs, and Abed and Troy from Community.
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Post by: GarandMarine on 23 Dec 2014, 00:33
I cannot confirm that any contents of the article is true. I cannot confirm that I have ever been to the nation of PRONA, or that the United States performs any of this training. I cannot confirm that I STILL fucking hate and have odd reactions to that fucking Kipling poem. I cannot confirm that this is one of the most in depth and accurate descriptions of SERE East that I have ever read.

War Criminal 131 signing off.

http://www.wearethemighty.com/sere-school-just-tortured-2014-12?utm_content=buffer3f4a9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
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Post by: GarandMarine on 24 Dec 2014, 00:25
I want to travel where life travels,
following its permanent lead
Where the air tastes like snow music
Where grass smells like fresh-born Eden
I would pass no man, no stranger, no tragedy or rapture
I would bathe in a world of sensation
Love, goodness and simplicity
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Post by: pwhodges on 24 Dec 2014, 00:50
So, I've had a lot of spam bots on the forums I help admin (a gaming community with a few hundred members or so), you guys ever get those here?

An update for you:

Spam bots don't get through the comprehensive defences we have set up.  What we have been seeing for several weeks now is a sustained attempt to post spam by humans, in Ukraine I think.  They can answer the check questions (I changed those to check that they weren't simply bots programmed with the answers), and the point at which they get stopped is a lookup on a crowd-sourced database of email and IP addresses that have been seen to originate spam; this is stopping dozens of new accounts every day - but occasionally one will slip through (and get added to the database to save others).
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Post by: explicit on 24 Dec 2014, 00:55
So, apparently, we had gotten rid of our spam protection after there weren't any incidents for a few months. We just got it back up thankfully.

Some of the bots were posting child porn so... ... regular spam is one thing, but we cannot have that shit going on.
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Post by: Loki on 24 Dec 2014, 03:38
...why'd you get rid of spam protection?
"I have been celibate for months and haven't gotten pregnant, so I guess I don't need to use condoms next time?" syduck:
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Post by: explicit on 24 Dec 2014, 04:03
I forget the reasoning, I don't deal with that stuff. I think we paid for it and were just trying to save some money. Our operating costs are like $120 a month and it's all based off donations. We never have problems meeting that number so I dunno why a few extra bucks matters, but I'm not in charge.
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 27 Dec 2014, 12:23
I cannot confirm that any contents of the article is true. I cannot confirm that I have ever been to the nation of PRONA, or that the United States performs any of this training. I cannot confirm that I STILL fucking hate and have odd reactions to that fucking Kipling poem. I cannot confirm that this is one of the most in depth and accurate descriptions of SERE East that I have ever read.

War Criminal 131 signing off.

http://www.wearethemighty.com/sere-school-just-tortured-2014-12?utm_content=buffer3f4a9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Just wondering. Given the number of servicemen who go through SERE, has anyone ever made it through the evasion phase? It seems the probability exists that at least one by incidence has managed to slip through the cordon. Either by luck, judgement or a mix of the two.
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Post by: GarandMarine on 27 Dec 2014, 12:28
Not many service members go through SERE. It's a rather exclusive school. I know at least one person's "made it" in the last few years, but it's pretty rare. There's a certain amount of design that goes into evasion and capture, especially modernly. You're in contact with "Allied Forces" and are getting "orders and objectives" during the Evasion phase that might not be there or be pertinent during a real evasion.
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Post by: Noxx on 28 Dec 2014, 02:25
Can't sleep. Foolin around the poker cub at 2:30 am. Probably not wise.
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Post by: Orkboy on 28 Dec 2014, 08:53
Like GM says, SERE training is surprisingly rare.  Only people who will probably need it go through it, like the crazy bastards who parachute into hostile places to perform rescue operations.  The evasion section is pretty much rigged against the trainee, so without some kind of previous knowledge or training, actually evading is slightly less likely than winning the lottery.  Someone with considerable wilderness survival knowledge might have a chance, but we have infrared cameras mounted on things that fly, so not really.  The infrared systems I worked on could tell how full the base water tower was, and could literally see a fart on a cold day.  Spotting a dude running through the woods would be pretty easy. 
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Post by: Noxx on 28 Dec 2014, 14:22
So I logged six hours at a 5-5 no limit table for a net total of....... -$10. Talk about your unsatisfying evenings.
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Post by: 94ssd on 30 Dec 2014, 08:31
I'm considering living in a loft-type apartment that is located below a pizza parlor. This would be starting in August. The rent is cheap, it's actually walking distance to campus, and every room has its own bathroom which is rare for a downtown apartment. But it has no windows, and my mother mentioned the possibility that living below a restaurant might attract bugs.

The only other places I've found that meet my needs (close to campus, private bathroom) are located in old-as-shit buildings and also don't have the benefit of all-inclusive rent.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: GarandMarine on 01 Jan 2015, 10:44
What if the concept of privilege is just a self expression of already internalized racist, sexist, and classist norms?
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Post by: LTK on 01 Jan 2015, 12:44
Doesn't work like that, privilege is what you are given through no action of your own, doesn't matter what norms you do or don't have.
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Post by: Akima on 01 Jan 2015, 13:39
Perhaps not, but GM's musing is a pretty good explanation of why people are typically not aware of their privilege, because they have internalised racist, sexist, classist etc. norms. It is the old story of why a fish is not aware of water.
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Post by: GarandMarine on 01 Jan 2015, 13:57
Doesn't work like that, privilege is what you are given through no action of your own, doesn't matter what norms you do or don't have.

I more meant the assumption of  privilege. "Well he's white so he has to have it better then me."
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Post by: cesium133 on 02 Jan 2015, 17:10
TV ads now seem to fall exclusively in two categories:
1) Sad-looking kitties want your money.
2) Sad-looking children want your money.
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Post by: osaka on 02 Jan 2015, 17:33
Damn, you're ages ahead of Spain. We don't have kitties that want our money.
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Post by: cesium133 on 02 Jan 2015, 17:46
Correction, I forgot the third category:
3) Ads for Facebook games that "YOU CAN DOWNLOAD NOW FOR FREE*"
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Post by: jwhouk on 02 Jan 2015, 17:52
Oh, you mean the Gods of War ad with Justin Verlander's girlfriend - that I see at the bottom of this page when I'm on Tapatalk?  :psyduck:
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Post by: cesium133 on 02 Jan 2015, 17:57
Yeah, I'm guessing that one is targeted at horny teenage boys...
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Post by: LTK on 02 Jan 2015, 18:03
I was at a new year's party where I saw someone who looked like Pewdiepie and someone who looked like Matt Smith, and after that I was primed for seeing celebrity lookalikes so there was also a Tobey Maguire and some others I couldn't place. I think my facial recognition neural networks get overexcited sometimes.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 02 Jan 2015, 19:45
Oh, you mean the Gods of War ad with Justin Verlander's girlfriend - that I see at the bottom of this page when I'm on Tapatalk?  :psyduck:
I didn't know who that was, but apparently he's Kate Upton's boyfriend. Lucky bastard.
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 02 Jan 2015, 23:42
Yeah, I'm guessing that one is targeted at horny teenage boys...

See also Evony (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Evony).

(TVTropes link because even I'm not horrible enough to link to the game)
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Post by: GarandMarine on 03 Jan 2015, 00:41
Does Pewdiepie actually count as a famous person? He's more of a plague really.
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Post by: Akima on 03 Jan 2015, 00:59
I don't know who or what Pewdiepie is, and with a name like that, I don't think I'll google it.
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Post by: GarandMarine on 03 Jan 2015, 01:04
He's a video game commentator. He kinda reminds of Fred. Both are uber high pitched, annoying, and instantly trigger my urge to hurt things.
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Post by: LTK on 03 Jan 2015, 04:57
I don't know who or what Pewdiepie is, and with a name like that, I don't think I'll google it.
He's one of those new media celebrities that anyone over the age of 25 can't figure out why the hell they got their fame. The answer to that is "by filming yourself being funny while playing videogames". That's all you really need or want to know about it...
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Post by: Thrillho on 03 Jan 2015, 06:55
The YouTube personalities who film themselves being funny over video games are great. The ones that share your sense of humour make you feel like you're just hanging out with your friends when you're not able to be with them. I love JonTron, Game Grumps (before and after Jon left), Continue?, and numerous others. They bring me great joy. In fact Game Grumps updating on a daily basis helped me get through my divorce.
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 04 Jan 2015, 05:27
The answer to that is "by filming yourself being funny while playing videogames". That's all you really need or want to know about it...

Which is different to "being funny while standing on a stage" or "being funny and writing it down"?
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Post by: osaka on 04 Jan 2015, 07:27
I'm still waiting for this xChasemoney stand-up show.
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Post by: 94ssd on 04 Jan 2015, 14:50
I don't know who or what Pewdiepie is, and with a name like that, I don't think I'll google it.
He's one of those new media celebrities that anyone over the age of 25 can't figure out why the hell they got their fame. The answer to that is "by filming yourself being funny while playing videogames". That's all you really need or want to know about it...

For a very long time I thought Pewdiepie was the name of a My Little Pony. Then I discovered Game Grumps and he was mentioned in passing or something, and then I recall a news article about all the monies he has. Still haven't watched any of his stuff.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 04 Jan 2015, 18:38
You're thinking of Pinkie Pie. I'd be surprised if the similarity in name was a coincidence.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 05 Jan 2015, 03:36
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Post by: osaka on 05 Jan 2015, 05:59
At this point I would declare my absolute incapability of understanding why My Little Pony is likable to anyone, but GM is on the forum and something tells me that saying so would get my head sniped.
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Post by: LTK on 05 Jan 2015, 06:26
Anyone? You confess to not understand why it is likeable even to its target audience?
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Post by: osaka on 05 Jan 2015, 08:18
I got spoiled as a young kid and got shown the kids programming of the 1980s. Spain coming out of a dictatorship made some top tier programmes.

I suppose the target audience might find cute ponies to be cute. That's about 95% of what I see in it.
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Post by: GarandMarine on 05 Jan 2015, 10:00
At this point I would declare my absolute incapability of understanding why My Little Pony is likable to anyone, but GM is on the forum and something tells me that saying so would get my head sniped.

I honestly just like the facial expression on that pony. It matches my own deeply sarcastic and snide "Really?" face quite nicely. My brother's a sailor and he likes the ponies. He, and other military brony types have basically informed me that it comes down to the innocence of the world presented, most media, and most children's programming has a cynical air to it these days, this show keeps it's eyes open, especially to young men and women who have seen the worst of the world this "childhood lost" perspective can be quite perceptive as why some populations turn to the show.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 05 Jan 2015, 12:12
That and it's just generally enjoyable.
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Post by: GarandMarine on 08 Jan 2015, 22:46
Have some boot camp anecdotes, I wrote them up for a Marine Corps thread, but they're pretty funny.

We had a recruit in our platoon the DI called Stump, short guy by any standard. Well one day late in 1st Phase, Stump approaches our Drill Hat, and reports that he has lost his sling keeper. "Well. This recruit would like a new one." "...You'd like a new one huh?" Drill Instructor Gunnery Sergeant Cobb's voice is calm at this point. "Well recruit, I don't have one, so what you're going to do is, when we go to chow tonight, I don't want you to take any food. I want you to get a big pile of spoons. No forks or knives those might fuck up your guts. Then I want you to eat those spoons, so tonight, in the squad bay, you'll shit out metal pellets, then after lights out, you can forge yourself a new sling keeper. Understand?" Stump gave his best "Yes Sir!" with a confused look on his face and hopped back in formation.

Right around that same time one of the other recruits, Z, was a couple seconds behind on pretty much every drill movement and order we received. So Gunny Cobb stops the formation. "Recruit Z. Is the hamster on the wheel?" "Sir?" "You heard me. Is the hamster on the wheel? See, I don't think he is. Name your hamster recruit." "Sir, this recruit's hamster's name is Gordy." Gunny Cobb leaps into Recruit Z's face with a knife hand "Well you tell Gordy to stop fucking hydrating, and get the fuck back on the wheel!" and from then on, Gunny would correct Recruit Z, and remind him to tell Gordy to stop hydrating and get on the wheel.

My other favorite boot camp story, the one where we all, as a platoon and our DIs truly lost our shit laughing. We're up at Edson Range aboard Camp Pendleton, Drill Instructor Gunnery Sergeant Cobb put on his black belt the day before, and he and Senior Drill Instructor Gunnery Sergeant Starky, now a Chief Drill Instructor for those fucks over at G Company, are both away, which means we're left with Drill Instructor Staff Sergeant Raphael and Swan respectively. Let the games begin. We're forming up for chow. "Get out of my barracks right now. Zero! Get in my barracks right now. Zero. Formation outside right now." and so on, when Swan yells "Run to the chow hall right now!" we scramble towards the chow hall "Zero! Formation right now!" scramble back. The DIs have a new game. So we do that for a little bit, in and out of the barracks trying to get online or get a formation, we're all mostly having fun at this point, it had been a relatively slow day, then SSgt Raphael yells "Run to MCRD right now!" and everyone stops for a second and looks at each other like "Where the fuck is MCRD from here?" and the whole platoon scatters to the four winds. SSgt yells "Zero!" and pulls his cover down and steps back inside the barracks with SSgt Swan because they're both laughing too hard and most of the platoon is "frozen" laughing our collective asses off.

*Zero is the command word to instantly and immediately freeze in place, if you're in midair you're expected to hover.
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Post by: GarandMarine on 10 Jan 2015, 04:18
For this reason, We made it a law for the children of Israel that the killing of a person for reasons other than legal retaliation or for stopping corruption in the land is as great a sin as murdering all of mankind. However, to save a life would be as great a virtue as to save all of mankind. Our Messengers had come to them with clear authoritative evidence but many of them (Israelites) thereafter started doing wrong in the land.

-The Quran, sūrat l-māidah 5:32

I learned this verse by memory before I enlisted (along with reading from a guide on critical verses from the Quran itself) when I went to boot camp America was still deep in the middle of the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, being on the ground and fighting inside of six months from your ship date wasn't uncommon, and I determined if I was going to fight people who were determined to kill me for their beliefs I wanted to know more about those beliefs. I grew up with muslim friends, the S sisters who took martial arts with me, the class was mostly male, and involved hand to hand contact as expected in full spectrum martial arts, I later learned after I gained seniority and discussed such things with my instructor, that it took a lot of personal effort on the S sister's father's part to accept this different cultural norm. I didn't think of the S sisters as muslim of course, I thought of them as my friends and training partners (and when I was in a sour mood after getting whupped on, as both were extremely proficient fighters as "the bitch with the round house from hell" and "the bitch with the right cross that will make you see god" respectively). So I studied, because propaganda and thinking about things too lightly go hand and hand on strolls towards the uglier side of humanity.

There are many reprehensible rules, outdated social mores, standards and ideals on display in the Quran. I won't shy away from that. Those same darker ideas have been stretched and twisted further still, Jihad in the proper usage referring far more to the struggle any individual must face  to keep true to their religion or self imposed morality as opposed to say... machine gunning a satirical French newspaper.

I memorized this verse, which I found on accident while doing my readings, as touchstone, a reminder that there's good in this particular group, and most groups too. It seems relevant recently with the conversations I've been overhearing in public and seeing on FB and some other forums recently.
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Post by: hedgie on 10 Jan 2015, 04:53
I think that the key to reading any religious or philosophical text is taking what bits of wisdom one can get from them and disregarding the rest.  They're all based, of course, in the time that they were written, and thus, contain the prejudices of the time.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 10 Jan 2015, 07:06
other than legal retaliation or for stopping corruption in the land
The problem here is with the bolded part. That can be used to justify almost anything. Of course, you have that sort of cherry picking lines and interpreting them to justify awful behavior in every religion.

(Of course, I don't think there should be an "other than" at all other than defending oneself or others directly, but that's another topic.)
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Post by: Kugai on 10 Jan 2015, 16:00
I think the thing a lot of people tend to forget is the nature of Afghan society, especially in the outlying regions beyond the major towns - at least that may have been the case before everything went to shit after the Soviets invaded.

Muslim they may be, but Pashtun by nature they are.  And with the Pashtuns, tribal affiliation is just as paramount as adherence to Islam.  Indeed, in some locations that Tribalism may be more important than anything else.


But then, Afghanistan has always been a basket case.  Even Rome learned that, and Alexander may have conquered the region, but just how long did that control last once he kicked the bucket.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 10 Jan 2015, 16:06
Alexander's a bad example, did any of his empire last after he kicked the bucket?
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Post by: GarandMarine on 10 Jan 2015, 16:09
Days? If that? The Mongols took and held Afghanistan, but they also invaded Russia in the wintertime and stomped balls.

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Post by: Method of Madness on 10 Jan 2015, 16:09
Yeah, that was kind of my point.
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Post by: Orkboy on 12 Jan 2015, 12:44
I have a basic training story.

So, the hats that Air Force Training Instructors (TIs) wear have this leather strap in the back that hangs down below the brim a bit, and generally makes the hat fit better.  All the TIs get something tooled into the leather, usually their callsign.  For example, in one squadron, there were two NCOs with the last name of Stone, one little guy and one huge guy, so their hats said Big Rock and Little Rock.  My TI had a hat that said Master Jedi.  Being such a Star Wars nerd, he had us march to the Imperial March, aka Darth Vader's theme music.  But not on speakers or anything.  We had to hum it, and he kept yelling at us to hum loud enough for everyone to keep step. 

Do you have any idea how hard it is to keep a straight face while furiously humming Star Wars music in unison with 50 guys?

The flight across the squad building had it worse, though.  One of their trainees had the last name of, no shit, Batman.  Pronounced Batman, spelled Batman, his name was fucking Batman.  And one of the other trainees kinda looked like the Penguin as played by Danny Devito.  Short, pale, roundish, bald, pointy nose.  So, every time they were given the order to halt, the next order was always "Penguin, report!"  And then this short little penguin-y guy runs out in front of the flight, shakes his fist angrily and yells "I'll get you next time, Batman!" then runs back to his spot.  And god help you if you cracked up. 
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Post by: Kugai on 12 Jan 2015, 14:42
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Post by: explicit on 12 Jan 2015, 15:17
My favorite story of my brother's was when he was in Marine bootcamp. For those of you who do not know, the toilets for pooping do not have doors. One day, whilst taking a dump a drill instructor just happened to walk by my older brother and after a few seconds walked back.

"Martin, what are you doing?"

"Um, pooping, sir?

"Why aren't you sitting correctly? Left hand on left knee, right hand on right knee, why isn't your back straight?"

This went on for a little while before the DI stated that if my brother did not finish pooping in 10 seconds he was going to be all sorts of messed up. Despite his best effort my brother did not finish quick enough. To which my brother wrote, "and that was the day I found out that don't poop fast enough".
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Post by: GarandMarine on 12 Jan 2015, 21:08
My drill instructors were quite clear that you were to piss and shit just like everything else, quickly and in a precise military manner.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 13 Jan 2015, 04:17
I would not survive under those circumstances.
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Post by: explicit on 13 Jan 2015, 05:52
One of my other favorites was when some recruit kept messing up, so for the next 4 hours the DI made him search for his brain in a field. Whenever someone else messed up they had to go help that recruit search for his brain.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 13 Jan 2015, 07:41
The college I went to as an undergrad happens to have the same school colors (Green and Gold) as the Green Bay Packers use, so every time I wear a hat I have from the college, I get comments about the Green Bay Packers. Today some guy randomly said to me, "You know they stole that game, right?" I had no clue what he was talking about until he mentioned he was talking about a game between the Packers and the Dallas Cowboys.
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Post by: GarandMarine on 13 Jan 2015, 09:09
Butt hurt Cowboys fans are the best kind of butthurt football fans.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 13 Jan 2015, 09:25
Cowboys fans arguing about the refs are pretty hilarious considering they only beat the Lions due to a blown call.

Also funny how the catch was ruled incomplete due to the Calvin Johnson rule.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 13 Jan 2015, 09:49
Now now ... don't exaggerate ... the Lions did not get beaten only because of that blown call. The Lions sucked in general.
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Post by: GarandMarine on 13 Jan 2015, 10:03
Well. They did make it to the Playoffs for once.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 13 Jan 2015, 10:07
My school ring from Purdue has a big gold block letter P on the onyx stone, since black and gold are Purdue's colors. 

They're also the colors of all of Pittsburgh's sports teams.  In particular, the Pirates, who use a very-nearly block letter P as one of their logos. 

Since moving into the orbit of Pittsburgh, I am asked if it's a Pirates' ring about two or three times a year. 


Yeah, I used to be a bat boy.  After 20 years you get a ring   :roll: :-D :wink:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 16 Jan 2015, 13:37
The cannon-fire in GM's avatar fits nicely with In the Hall of the Mountain King.

Da da da da dum da da da da da da da daaaaa LEFT! RIGHT!
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Post by: Orkboy on 20 Jan 2015, 10:21
I'm bored, so I'm going to share a funny story.  This is something that happened to my buddy, SSgt Bolduc (aka Bulldog) during the Warrior Week portion of Basic. 

For those of you unfamiliar with AF basic training, Warrior Week is a week of simulated combat experience, so Airmen won't be completely freaked the fuck out while trying to repair planes during mortar fire and shit like that. About half of it revolves around staying alive during a chemical/biological attack.  That particular portion culminates in a full MOP-level 4 drill, complete with fortified guard posts manned by the trainees and sprayers loaded with dye to see who's dead and Airmen can look at the chempaper to see what they got sprayed with (it changes color for different types of chemical weapon).  MOP-level 4 means you're wearing all four pieces of your chemwarfare gear: suits, boots, mask, and gloves.  Worn properly, it'll stop pretty much anything chemical from killing you.  Well, because the gear is so encumbering, your wingman checks your suit to make sure the straps and buckles are on properly.  Getting into the full gear and strapping in takes under a minute, but it's not easy to tell if everything is done right on your own suit for the same reason that it's hard to check out your own ass.  Bulldog is in his suit, his wingman says everything's good, and Bulldog has to run to HQ to report that everyone at his position was still alive and not dead from nerve agents.  So there's this short stocky guy, hauling ass down the hill to the command tent, when he runs past one of the Training Instructors who was on his way to find someone who fucked up so he can yell at them.

And Bulldog's pants fall down. 

The MOP suit is a coat and pants that go over your uniform and are buckled together, and Bulldog's buckles weren't done right.  The TI takes a deep breath to rip into Bulldog, and before he can, Bulldog does the only thing he can do.  He flops on the ground, and pretends to seize and die from nerve agents.
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Post by: Akima on 20 Jan 2015, 14:17
For just a moment there, while reading the second sentence above, I was thinking: "Basic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BASIC)?", and felt a little queasy.

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Post by: cesium133 on 20 Jan 2015, 15:46
One of the grad students in our lab is installing an ancient copy of Red Hat Linux on his laptop. I have no clue why, and I have a feeling I don't want to ask...
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Post by: celticgeek on 20 Jan 2015, 16:01
Good lord.  Red Hat Linux.  I used that to teach GNU/Linux, in versions 5.0 through 9.0.  Wow. 
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Post by: Kugai on 20 Jan 2015, 19:12
GIGO
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 20 Jan 2015, 21:12
It's still pretty common in "intro to *nix" courses.  When I was still an IT major, all the shell accounts were running off Red Hat.  Funny thing is that the BOFH courses were on OpenSUSE.  I've also seen HP-UX used.  In one of the hacking courses I took, the professor had everything under the Sun on the network.
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Post by: Grognard on 22 Jan 2015, 18:23
And Bulldog's pants fall down. 

The MOP suit is a coat and pants that go over your uniform and are buckled together, and Bulldog's buckles weren't done right.  The TI takes a deep breath to rip into Bulldog, and before he can, Bulldog does the only thing he can do.  He flops on the ground, and pretends to seize and die from nerve agents.

Fail for the WIN!   :lol: :-D
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 24 Jan 2015, 10:46
Random Thought: one of the main reasons why I don't visit the top-level forums anymore is because there's still people who call the main character Martin.
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Post by: Carl-E on 24 Jan 2015, 23:24
At the current rate of WCDT pages added up top, I can't keep up. 

I only follow on less dramatic weeks.   :-D
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 24 Jan 2015, 23:42
When you cross the equator and everything becomes upside down, do big endian processors become little endian and vice versa?

Does there need to be a separate discipline of Information Technology for the Southern Hemisphere?

Do computer industry workers there have SHIT jobs?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Jan 2015, 09:32
Masterpiece - Martin used to date Dorah in Jeff Jacks's Quantifiable Concerns.

Cold - Only if they went to South Harmon.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 26 Jan 2015, 09:11
There's a difference between final and very, very final?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 26 Jan 2015, 10:01
See also "final specification change from customer".
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Post by: Welu on 26 Jan 2015, 10:50
I just noticed Metope's name isn't spelled Meotope.
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Post by: Masterpiece on 26 Jan 2015, 11:33
This happened to me too, once.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 26 Jan 2015, 14:40
I don't think I ever really thought it was spelled like this, but every time I try to pronounce bain's name it's always "bain in the dub".
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 26 Jan 2015, 14:41
WUBWUBWUBWUB
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Post by: cesium133 on 28 Jan 2015, 08:49
Why is this bird hanging out at the airport terminal? He has wings, he can fly himself to where he wants to go.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 28 Jan 2015, 10:05
Maybe he's someone else's ride.
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Post by: LeeC on 29 Jan 2015, 11:39

I have to admit I have a load of Steam games that I have either not played or never finished.  Not because they don't look fun, its just too many on my plate and not enough time to play.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: downtowneddie on 29 Jan 2015, 12:17
So the Super Bowl (the big American football game) is in Phoenix this year and they've converted downtown Phoenix (where I live) to a giant county fair that is impassable for people who, you know, actually live here. I will be happy when it's over and Phoenix returns to some state of normalcy.

OK, carry on.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 30 Jan 2015, 00:02
So, we all know that birds are basically dinosaurs, right?  Biologically speaking.  It's one of those cool little factoids you have in your head if you surf the internet.  But you know what that means?

You can have a dinosaur sandwich whenever you want one. 
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Post by: hedgie on 30 Jan 2015, 00:25
And that's why chickens scare me.  I take one look at their feet, and I just think "theropod". 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 30 Jan 2015, 00:26
Do computer industry workers there have SHIT jobs?
Hey, ITSH a gig, alright?
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Post by: Akima on 30 Jan 2015, 00:32
You can have a dinosaur sandwich whenever you want one.
In Japan, you can have a whale sandwich. Bon appetit!
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Post by: Orkboy on 30 Jan 2015, 00:49
Dinosaur and whale, the ultimate surf 'n turf. 
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 30 Jan 2015, 01:33
We used to serve whale in England as a substitute for horse. #SurfAsTurf
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 30 Jan 2015, 03:15
And then you served horse as a substitute for most other meats  :mrgreen:
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Post by: hedgie on 30 Jan 2015, 03:37
Actually, if one eats meat, horse is actually one of the more healthy choices.  It's low in fat, and high in nutrients. 
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Post by: Thrillho on 30 Jan 2015, 03:39
My issue with the horseburger scandal was always that we then didn't know what our food had in it. I have no problem eating horse, because as you said, it's better for you.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 30 Jan 2015, 03:43
Yeah I think that was most people's problem with it. When you buy beef you shouldn't be served something else entirely.
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Post by: RedWolf4 on 30 Jan 2015, 04:00
Customer:"Excuse me, but I just want to make sure what sort of meat this is, especially after that whole horse debacle. This is just normal everyday beef isn't it? Not some poor old horse is it?"

Very Harried Butcher: "I can assure that it isn't that sort of meat, sir."

Customer: "Then what sort is it?"

Now Very Exasperated Butcher: "The sort that asked too many questions!"

(Dunno why, the conversation made me think of this old joke for some reason.)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 30 Jan 2015, 04:09
My issue with the horseburger scandal was always that we then didn't know what our food had in it. I have no problem eating horse, because as you said, it's better for you.

Agreed, one ought to know what's in their food.  There are things like allergies, intolerances, ethical choices and whatnot that matter.  I still feel guilty (prolly mentioned this before) about using a dash of fish sauce in a dish I prepared for a vegetarian.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 30 Jan 2015, 05:35
As you should! Unless you did so accidentally and realized later.
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Post by: Akima on 30 Jan 2015, 14:16
I still feel guilty (prolly mentioned this before) about using a dash of fish sauce in a dish I prepared for a vegetarian.
I remember your posting on this, and you did it unintentionally, so don't beat yourself up too hard.
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Post by: hedgie on 30 Jan 2015, 14:27
As Akima mentioned, it was an accident, and I didn't realise until later.  I basically made a giant batch of curry, then split it and added meat to the other for the omnivores, but I used the same base.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 30 Jan 2015, 14:30
You can have a dinosaur sandwich whenever you want one.
In Japan, you can have a whale sandwich. Bon appetit!

And Dolphin too.

Charming.
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Post by: Loki on 30 Jan 2015, 16:44
Yeah, that goes over really swimmingly
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Post by: Akima on 30 Jan 2015, 16:59
Precisely my point. I am uncertain that the fate of a slaughtered dolphin is worse than that of a battery hen. An atrocious end to an otherwise free life is difficult to compare with a "humane" end to an otherwise atrocious life. Food taboos differ from one culture to another, and we should be careful to ensure that we are judging the food-production process on the same standards by which we judge our own, not merely condemning the different tastes of weird foreign people. Would the slaughter of dolphins be OK, for example, if they were raised on farms, electrocuted tidily out of sight in abattoirs, and their flesh presented in convenient packaging on supermarket shelves? Would it be OK if eating dolphin meat were as traditional in our cultures as the eating of beef?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 30 Jan 2015, 17:04
I think the real problem most people have is how cute the animal is.  Not many people think that escargot is unethical, cuz snails aren't cute. 
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Post by: Akima on 30 Jan 2015, 17:10
(http://cdn.cutestpaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/l-more-piglets-and-baby-lambs-please.jpg)
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Post by: Metope on 30 Jan 2015, 17:15
Yeah. Pigs are adorable, and more intelligent than dogs. Yet they're kept in small, dirty concrete pens their entire short and miserable lives while they grow much faster than normal due to weird genetic selection and force feeding, only to be slaughtered in ways that are often inefficient and painful. Killing dolphins the way it's presented to us in that doc is awful, but our western meat is definitely not any more ethically sourced.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 30 Jan 2015, 17:41
Well, there are people in the west that object to food like lamb, veal, and pork.  Not as many as the number of people that object to eating dolphin, but they're still here.  Personally, I don't have a problem with the actual consumption of any kind of meat, though I can certainly understands the protests against unnecessary animal cruelty in the farming/hunting process.  Admittedly, I have very few moral or ethical objections to things that other people have serious problems with, so I'm a poor judge of this sort of thing, but I can see the logic in the various arguments made by others.  As far as I'm concerned, someone has the right to believe or protest against whatever they want, as long as they're consistent about it.  If meat is murder, don't just protest about the cute ones, and if murder is delicious, let people eat anything and everything, not just the meat that your culture deems acceptable.  PETA should throw paint on leather-wearing bikers as well as little old ladies wearing fur coats, and it's ridiculous to look down on a culture for eating certain kinds of meat when you enjoy a bacon cheeseburger. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 30 Jan 2015, 17:52
I agree, and that's the sort of hypocrisy I assume Akima is mentioning too: People being disgusted by The Cove while basically munching down a BigMac without even questioning its origins. And yeah, PETA is probably one of the most hypocritical organizations out there.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 31 Jan 2015, 00:36
I don't know if necessarily hypocritical, but they've gone down a path with an incredibly dubious message and seem unable to divert from.

And of course, if you eat meat, you can hold no ethical objections to the well managed, high welfare farming of cute little, playful, happy puppies for food.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 31 Jan 2015, 01:00
I used to work with a guy from South Korea who said that I'd really love the taste of dog, and that they apparently *do* have food dogs raised as livestock and would be just as appalled as anyone in the West if anyone turned their pet fluffy into dinner.  Humans are quite good at compartmentalisation irrespective of where we're from.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ankhtahr on 31 Jan 2015, 03:39
I get easily confused when my sleep schedule is aligned in a way that there isn't a day-change while I'm sleeping. I keep confusing "tomorrow" and "today". It's now 12:38 on Saturday, and I need to be somewhere at 21:30 on Sunday. If I go to bed now I'll have a slightly shorter than usual day before I get up to go there.  :psyduck:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 01 Feb 2015, 16:38
I never really understood the point of watching the Super Bowl for the commercials. I avoid watching TV commercials the other 364 days of the year, why should this day be any different?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 01 Feb 2015, 18:06
I'd have to agree with you, especially after seeing some of these.  :-P
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 01 Feb 2015, 19:36
I never really understood the point of watching the Super Bowl for the commercials. I avoid watching TV commercials the other 364 days of the year, why should this day be any different?
Because they bring their A-game* this time of year since they have more of an audience than any other time.

*Well, in theory
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 02 Feb 2015, 04:01
I never really understood the point of watching the Super Bowl for the commercials.
Does anyone actually do that?

I don't actually care about football of any kind, and professional sport is possibly the worst industry of all for discrimination against women (http://www.forbes.com/athletes/list/#tab:overall), so should I buy products advertised by companies that buy into this cult of male superiority? :-D
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aimless on 02 Feb 2015, 04:15
Well, there are people in the west that object to food like lamb, veal, and pork.  Not as many as the number of people that object to eating dolphin, but they're still here.  Personally, I don't have a problem with the actual consumption of any kind of meat, though I can certainly understands the protests against unnecessary animal cruelty in the farming/hunting process.  Admittedly, I have very few moral or ethical objections to things that other people have serious problems with, so I'm a poor judge of this sort of thing, but I can see the logic in the various arguments made by others.  As far as I'm concerned, someone has the right to believe or protest against whatever they want, as long as they're consistent about it.  If meat is murder, don't just protest about the cute ones, and if murder is delicious, let people eat anything and everything, not just the meat that your culture deems acceptable.  PETA should throw paint on leather-wearing bikers as well as little old ladies wearing fur coats, and it's ridiculous to look down on a culture for eating certain kinds of meat when you enjoy a bacon cheeseburger.

*shrug* Some animals are more equal than others.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 02 Feb 2015, 04:27
Some animals are also tastier than others.

Eh, I have my own ethics for meat and I admit they're not always consistant. My main view is that if you kill something you should eat it, dont just kill something to be a dick. And, if it harms the ecosystem (by eating it, not getting into cattle farming or whatnot, so like eating certain types of fish) then I dont do it (also if the animal is unjustly treated, but that's where my ethics get inconsistant).

Basically, I just refuse to eat veal, certain seafoods, animals with a threatened or close to threatened status, apex predators or domestic animals. I'm not joining any rally against those things though
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 02 Feb 2015, 06:02
I am a meat eater, albeit a hypocritical one (pigs and cows are cute, I could never eat one that I'd actually met but otherwise just wrap one of them in the other and I will eat it out of a dog's asshole if I'm hungry enough) but for some reason I find my hypocrisy comforting because I am aware of it. Oh well.

My girlfriend is a pescetarian and only eats animals she thinks she could kill with her bare hands in an 'in the wild' type situation. I kinda like that attitude.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 02 Feb 2015, 06:56
I never really understood the point of watching the Super Bowl for the commercials.
Does anyone actually do that?

[raises hand]

The commercials and the halftime show. 

Can't stand football, but the rest of the family enjoys it.  I leave the room and work on something else. 

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I don't actually care about football of any kind, and professional sport is possibly the worst industry of all for discrimination against women (http://www.forbes.com/athletes/list/#tab:overall), so should I buy products advertised by companies that buy into this cult of male superiority? :-D

Who says I'm buying anything?  A good commercial is entertaining.  The cleverer, the better. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 02 Feb 2015, 12:34
Some animals are also tastier than others.

Eh, I have my own ethics for meat and I admit they're not always consistant. My main view is that if you kill something you should eat it, dont just kill something to be a dick. And, if it harms the ecosystem (by eating it, not getting into cattle farming or whatnot, so like eating certain types of fish) then I dont do it (also if the animal is unjustly treated, but that's where my ethics get inconsistant).

Basically, I just refuse to eat veal, certain seafoods, animals with a threatened or close to threatened status, apex predators or domestic animals. I'm not joining any rally against those things though

Which obliquely brings up another point: if you're dealing with an invasive species that's threatening an ecosystem (carp, nutria, etc.), then eating the invasive species should be allowed.

Of course, taking that to its logical conclusion, that would also mean cannibalism, so I'm aware there are some holes in that argument as well...  :psyduck:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 02 Feb 2015, 12:42
It's PEEOPLEEEEEEEE

Yeah (the people stuff aside :D ) an example would be that while you're in the Gulf you're encouraged to eat lionfish. The little fuckers have no natural predators (although marine biologists are teaching certain sharks to eat them) and just eat so many other fish. They have poison needles so people think they're inedible, but as long as you remove the needles they're fine to eat.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 02 Feb 2015, 12:58
PETA should throw paint on leather-wearing bikers as well as little old ladies wearing fur coats
Hostility to fur coats but not leather jackets, like hostility to fox-hunting but not angling, is more about class warfare, I think, than animal welfare.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 02 Feb 2015, 14:08
PETA should throw paint on leather-wearing bikers as well as little old ladies wearing fur coats
Hostility to fur coats but not leather jackets, like hostility to fox-hunting but not angling, is more about class warfare, I think, than animal welfare.

That, and no one is dumb enough to throw paint on the Hell's Angels. 

My girlfriend is a pescetarian and only eats animals she thinks she could kill with her bare hands in an 'in the wild' type situation. I kinda like that attitude.

Does it have to be bare hands?  I know how to make a proper spear without access to tools.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 02 Feb 2015, 14:17
PETA are a bunch of smug, self-serving assholes.

That is all.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 02 Feb 2015, 14:26
Does it have to be bare hands?  I know how to make a proper spear without access to tools.

I can punch a dolphin in the mouth.

(http://theawesomer.com/photos/2011/03/030311_5_very_good_reasons_2.jpg)

And PETA can eat a dick. I swear they harm the cause of animal rights more than they help.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 02 Feb 2015, 14:38
, I just refuse to eat veal, certain seafoods, animals with a threatened or close to threatened status, apex predators or domestic animals.
Veal is god damn delicious, but I get not eating it. Why not apex predators*, though? I'd feel less bad about eating a predator than anything else, as long as it wasn't endangered.

*Besides Randy Orton, of course
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 02 Feb 2015, 14:48
I'd eat Randy Orton, hurr durr.

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Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 02 Feb 2015, 14:59
Usually because they keep populations of animals in check. Apex predators, regardless of endangerment are often protected because of their integral role in the ecosystem.

I'll paraphrase an Aldo Leopold story for this in his short story "Thinking Like a Mountain" from his collection of short stories from The Land Ethic. (I could be slightly wrong in my recalling of this story, if so I apologize, but the moral is still the same) EDIT - Just took the summary from someone else who wrote it pretty well.

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Leopold's conviction towards the wolf was changed forever on the day in his youth when he saw a wolf die. Aldo Leopold and a friend of his opened up on the wolves, never wanting to pass up a chance to kill a wolf in those days. When their rifles were empty, the old wolf was down. They reached the old wolf in time to watch "that fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then," wrote Leopold, "and have known ever since -- that there was something new to me in those eyes -- something known only to her and the mountain." He saw the green fire in the wolf's eyes die, and since then he recognized his brutal error.

Leopold wrote that since that day, he has seen the wolves driven to the brink of extinction and the wolfless mountains defoliated by the exploding deer herds. And he suspected, just as the deer herd lived in mortal fear of its wolves, so does the mountain live in mortal fear of its deer. And perhaps with better cause, for while the buck pulled down by wolves can be replaced in two or three years, a deer's range pulled down by too many deer, may never be replaced. In essence: The wilderness we hunt is the salvation of the world, to paraphrase Thoreau. It must not be destroyed.

Perhaps this is the hidden meaning in the howl of the wolf, long known by the mountain, but seldom understood by men. Just as Leopold came to realize, so must we: that wildlife populations are a part of a bigger picture, and that no matter what new game laws are passed, wildlife populations will not improve until the carrying capacity of the land that supports them improves.

In his last paragraph, Leopold reels the reader in. To paraphrase: In our lives, we all think about that which will better ourselves and secure ourselves, but those who look for a little temporary safety instead of wildlife understanding deserve neither. We should look to help secure the blessings of wildlife before we secure the blessings of ourselves because "in wildness is the salvation of the world."

TL;DR, carrying capacity of populations that apex predators limit will be exceeded when Apex predators are removed, ultimately leading to the destruction of both the land and the animal populations.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 02 Feb 2015, 16:21
Do alligators count as an apex predator?  Because they've made the evolutionary blunder of being delicious.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 02 Feb 2015, 16:48
That depends.  If one lives in Florida, the pythons might have something to say, or rather hiss about that.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 02 Feb 2015, 20:57
Python is yummy with sufficient Cajun seasoning.  :D
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: celticgeek on 02 Feb 2015, 21:04
Actually, python needs "C" salt.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 02 Feb 2015, 22:20
I actually wouldn't really worry too much about those two. Wolves, bears, large sharks, large cats (any feline really, but I think most of that has to do with many of them being endangered); stuff like that. Though I don't much about species specific things when it comes to gators and snakes. I am fairly positive killing and eating those things is fine (environmentally anyway), but I could be wrong.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 03 Feb 2015, 07:17
I actually wouldn't really worry too much about those two. Wolves, bears, large sharks, large cats (any feline really, but I think most of that has to do with many of them being endangered); stuff like that.
Except for house cats, they are contributing a fair amount to the extinction of species themselves.  :laugh:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 03 Feb 2015, 19:19
Apparently Harper Lee isn't only alive, but To Kill a Mockingbird itself was a prequel to a book that's getting released 60 years after it was written.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 03 Feb 2015, 23:33
I actually wouldn't really worry too much about those two. Wolves, bears, large sharks, large cats (any feline really, but I think most of that has to do with many of them being endangered); stuff like that.
Except for house cats, they are contributing a fair amount to the extinction of species themselves.  :laugh:
But they're so cute when they kill things.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 03 Feb 2015, 23:59
Actually, python needs "C" salt.

No, a salt should be random and unique, not a fixed single character.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 04 Feb 2015, 03:57
off to the pun thread, you two!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 04 Feb 2015, 12:47
I didn't quite understand what they were doing, but I didn't like it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Zebediah on 05 Feb 2015, 07:44
Had an idea this morning for a car movie set on the streets of Boston during a snowstorm. It's called Slow and Furious.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: lepetitfromage on 05 Feb 2015, 08:33
Brilliant. You can franchise the shit out of that. I nominate the second movie as Hudson Valley Weather: 2 Feet 2 Many.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 05 Feb 2015, 08:38
Sequel #1000: Oklahoma winter: Blizzardnado
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: SubaruStephen on 05 Feb 2015, 18:16
Had an idea this morning for a car movie set on the streets of Boston during a snowstorm. It's called Slow and Furious.

Boston? Slow and Furious applies to a nice sunny day there too.
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Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 05 Feb 2015, 18:20
I just know that whenever I go to Massachusetts I get cut off more in that day than in the previous months leading up to it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 05 Feb 2015, 19:02
Oh Boston. Any city in Europe looks that way.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 06 Feb 2015, 20:50
(http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/highway_engineer_pranks.png)

Quote from: hovertext
Prank #11: Boston
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 06 Feb 2015, 21:01
Actually, that Boston pic looks a lot like some of the Road/Street layouts here where I am.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Zebediah on 07 Feb 2015, 08:17
As I've posted elsewhere: Boston's streets actually make sense if you take into account the geographical history of the Shawmut Peninsula. Basically the streets were laid out to avoid geographic obstacles that are no longer there.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 07 Feb 2015, 14:02
The interesting thing about the Hutt Valley where I reside is that for decades it was actually Farmland, mostly Market Gardens and a lot run by Chinese families.  It was the Postwar Population Boom that saw the slow Urbanisation of the Hutt Valley to what it is today.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 08 Feb 2015, 00:36
Pizza the Hutt country.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 08 Feb 2015, 11:15
Careful, or we'll send out for you.  :D ;)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 08 Feb 2015, 20:27
I was thinking Jabba, myself. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Zebediah on 09 Feb 2015, 05:40
Or Ziro. Somebody at LucasFilm must have been smoking some really good shit when they dreamed up Ziro the Hutt.

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 10 Feb 2015, 09:23
I just realised depending on the length of my post, my avatar points at the Doge in my signature.

... Think it's time for a change.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 10 Feb 2015, 09:48
Boston? Slow and Furious applies to a nice sunny day there too.
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I know my way around Manhattan after visiting there for a combined total of around two months. I lived in Boston for two years growing up and fuck if I could give you directions on how to get across the street.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Zebediah on 10 Feb 2015, 10:03
Given that the subway is shut down today and the buses are running on a reduced schedule, we are now in the sequel: A Slow Day to Die Furious.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 10 Feb 2015, 14:51
I just realised depending on the length of my post, my avatar points at the Doge in my signature.

... Think it's time for a change.

If you plan on still being the pointer outer of dicks, it's quite possible that it'll keep happening. Unless you get a dick pointer that points upwards or left.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 10 Feb 2015, 15:57
I just realised depending on the length of my post, my avatar points at the Doge in my signature.

... Think it's time for a change.

If you plan on still being the pointer outer of dicks, it's quite possible that it'll keep happening. Unless you get a dick pointer that points upwards or left.

Aw, don't bring politics into this...


;)


(+1 to the House of whoever gets that reference)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 10 Feb 2015, 16:54
Random Thought: Michael Mando plays my favorite character in Orphan Black. And Far Cry 3
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 10 Feb 2015, 17:45
...and just noticed that he is also in Better Call Saul! Now I'm excited!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 10 Feb 2015, 18:16
I just realised depending on the length of my post, my avatar points at the Doge in my signature.

... Think it's time for a change.

You could replace the doge with Richard Nixon.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 10 Feb 2015, 18:39
...and just noticed that he is also in Better Call Saul! Now I'm excited!

My daughter and I have a mutual hobby of spotting bit actors in various movies and TV shows.  We're alweays going, "Wasn't that the person who played..."

But it goes way back...

When my wife and I were honeymooning in NYC, we saw an off-Broadway show called The Foreigner, by Larry Shue.  It happened to be the last performance of the original run, and the title character was played by a gentleman whose name completely eluded me.  But I never forget a face! 

A few years later, I saw that face again in a Matthew Broderick movie (no idea which one).  He actually had no speaking lines, just provided several reaction faces in a couple of scenes. 

Then, about 12 years later, we saw our first (and only) Broadway show, with the kids, Beauty and the Beast. 

I wasn't sure I believed my eyes when Cogsworth made his appearance... it was him.  Again. 

Ah, found him (http://www.mccarter.org/ticketoffice/artistdetail.aspx?artist_id=99975496&event_id=2509).  It took a while to track him down.  The internet's a wonderful tool, isn't it? 


Well, that's my miscellaneous musing for the day! 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 10 Feb 2015, 19:10
A friend of mine is really good at spotting voices of dubbing actors. She'll go "Oh, that's the guy who voiced 'obscure character' in 'that one episode of House'" Myself, I never quite got the hang of it.

Re people complaining about Boston: You'd hate some of the European cities founded in the Middle Ages.
https://www.google.de/maps/place/Aachen/@50.7760265,6.0834784,15z/
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 10 Feb 2015, 19:18
I remember when I saw The Imitation Game, I knew I recognized the guy who played one of the non-Turing codebreakers, but wasn't sure how. Twenty minutes or so later, I realized he was Adrian Veidt in Watchmen and that it was his voice that is how I recognized him.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 10 Feb 2015, 19:24
When I saw Megamind with a few friends we struggled to place the voice actor for one of the characters. It wasn't till the credits came up we all exclaimed at the same time, "Jonah Hill!!" So now any time we struggle to recognise an actor or voice we say they're Jonah Hill till proven otherwise.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 10 Feb 2015, 19:41
In trivial pursuit, the random answer "Peter Lorre" worked once for a friend from college. 

It became his default when he had no idea of what the answer was. 

------------------------------------------------------------------

The actor who plays "DuLaque" in The Librarians used to be Max Headroom.  He was also the father (Frank?) in a Dawn of the Dead, gets bitten and killed when he changes. 

Do we need a separate thread for this game? 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 11 Feb 2015, 01:31
When I saw Megamind with a few friends we struggled to place the voice actor for one of the characters. It wasn't till the credits came up we all exclaimed at the same time, "Jonah Hill!!" So now any time we struggle to recognise an actor or voice we say they're Jonah Hill till proven otherwise.

Love this because it's the kind of joke I make.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 11 Feb 2015, 02:22
My sis and I have a hobby of commentating the characters on films based on what the actors made on other films. Like when Clive Owen starts fighting Statham and we're like "the point is that Statham isn't a giant stuffed bunny" (referencing Shoot 'em Up), or regarding The Sixth Sense as impossible because if there's something to learn from Die Hard is that you can't kill Bruce Willis.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 11 Feb 2015, 06:26
We often assign extra characteristics to people in movies, even ones that we like, based on minor traits they have. We watched The Dark Knight trilogy recently (well, the second two) and we had slimy, sexist Harvey Dent, an Alfred who constantly gives irrelevant speeches, and then a Bruce Wayne who treats him like an asshole the entire time because of his irrelevant speeches ('for God's sake Alfred I've faked my own death and you're still boring me').
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 11 Feb 2015, 13:00
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvtJ_XC2bz8
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 11 Feb 2015, 13:05
Started watching. Really seemed like just the exact same ending. Is there a joke in there?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 11 Feb 2015, 13:56
Are we going to get into a discussion about how dumb that cafe scene is!?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 11 Feb 2015, 17:55
Hey, it's Bruce Wayne in absolutely no disguise! But surely it's not him, he's in France! And alive!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 11 Feb 2015, 18:01
Bruce and Alfred had a conversation about it earlier in the movie.  Alfred talked about  how after Bruce went missing, he would go on vacation to France and go to the same cafe and wish that he would see Bruce, and they wouldn't talk, but Alfred would know that Bruce was alive and happy, and blah blah blah.  This is why you gotta listen to all the dialogue, not just the action-y bits, or you miss the callbacks to earlier scenes.  It wasn't a great ending, but it was better than, for example, the average ending of a Stephen King book.  God I hate his endings sometimes.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 11 Feb 2015, 18:10
Oh, I know that's why Bruce went there, but it doesn't explain why that wouldn't ruin the whole "he's dead" thing.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 11 Feb 2015, 18:42
Yeah, I didn't miss that either, just because they alluded to that point doesn't make it okay.

Survives nuclear blast, okay, they got the auto-pilot working (apparently, somehow) and he jumped out. However, no one noticed that the billionaire playboy is walking around even though everyone suspected he died? He was on magazines!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 11 Feb 2015, 18:45
If you need an explanation that badly, imagine that he has this conversation off-camera:

"You know, you look a lot like that guy on the news who died."
"The rich guy? Yeah, I get that a lot."

Besides, the first one established that people outside of Gotham don't recognize him when he did the disappearing thing and wandered the world getting arrested. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 11 Feb 2015, 19:41
Even a famous face can disappear if he goes about it right.


Ask Lord Lucan.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 11 Feb 2015, 19:53
Glossing over all the other plot holes in the movie (I liked the movie, just pointing that out... wasn't as good as its predecessors though), in the ending he still survived an unsurvivable situation - the wound, the explosion, the fall, the swim back, the freezing water temperatures - people should have ascertained that Bruce Wayne was Batman at that point and a globally recognized face wasn't recognized.

The ending reminds me of the ending to Dexter. It makes no sense that they're alive and it would have been better if he stayed dead.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 11 Feb 2015, 19:58
One theory that did the rounds back then was that a certain individual with a big red 'S' on his chest saved him
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 11 Feb 2015, 19:59
If superman was there then why didn't he save Gotham!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 11 Feb 2015, 19:59
One theory that did the rounds back then was that a certain individual with a big red 'S' on his chest saved him
Santa!?  :-o
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 11 Feb 2015, 20:02
That's why I only said it was a theory.

More than likely, with that last scene with Lucius and the Autopilot, he bailed (pun intended) and let it fly off on it's own once he was out of view.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 11 Feb 2015, 20:05
One theory that did the rounds back then was that a certain individual with a big red 'S' on his chest saved him
Santa!?  :o
SATAN? >:D
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: SubaruStephen on 11 Feb 2015, 20:19
One theory that did the rounds back then was that a certain individual with a big red 'S' on his chest saved him
Santa!?  :o
SATAN? >:D
SANTANA?

(http://imgs.l4lmcdn.com/2013/12/Santana-1024x768.jpg)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 11 Feb 2015, 20:24
One theory that did the rounds back then was that a certain individual with a big red 'S' on his chest saved him
Santa!?  :o
SATAN? >:D
SANTANA?

(http://imgs.l4lmcdn.com/2013/12/Santana-1024x768.jpg)
SANDIEGO?

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/ed/Carmen_Sandiego.png/250px-Carmen_Sandiego.png)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 12 Feb 2015, 03:38
I'd say that's more for the 'Enjoy' subforum, but I will happily discuss my endless list of problems with TDKRises at length.

For a taster here is an article in which I touch on it briefly:
http://pronomo.co.uk/2013/01/28/film-feature-gareths-top-x-of-whenever/
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 12 Feb 2015, 10:01
[tweet]565931813806567425[/tweet]
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Dalillama on 12 Feb 2015, 11:51
Hostility to fur coats but not leather jackets, like hostility to fox-hunting but not angling, is more about class warfare, I think, than animal welfare.
Though I've never understood fox hunting's appeal, at least in the British style that's usually meant.  The 'hunters' don't actually do anything but ride their horses through the woods real fast, following a bunch of barking dogs, who do the actual hunting under the direction of an employee.  I just don't see the point in involving the fox; surely one could just get a bunch of friends together and ride horses fast through the woods?  You could even still follow a pack of dogs, who will be happy to charge off through the woods barking their heads off, I'm quite certain.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 12 Feb 2015, 12:19
Well, that last bit is what they do these days, as involving a fox is illegal now.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 12 Feb 2015, 12:21
[tweet]565931813806567425[/tweet]

In unrelated news, you just got a new follower.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 12 Feb 2015, 14:53
So here's a thought, why do we call people homophobes? If someone hates someone else it's usually an ism and they're called an ist, like racist, sexist, etc. Is it just the way that it sounds because gayist (or whathaveyou) sounds silly?

I just realized that when I typed gayist, it's like gayest. Calling homophobes "gayist" would be so much irony I'd choke on my laughter.

I digress, is it because hate and fear are similar? Because I guess we also use words like xenophobes and islamophobes.

Random thoughts...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 12 Feb 2015, 15:23
"YOU'RE A GAYIST. YOU'RE THE BIGGEST GAYIST I'VE EVER SEEN."
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 12 Feb 2015, 15:35
So here's a thought, why do we call people homophobes? If someone hates someone else it's usually an ism and they're called an ist, like racist, sexist, etc. Is it just the way that it sounds because gayist (or whathaveyou) sounds silly?

I just realized that when I typed gayist, it's like gayest. Calling homophobes "gayist" would be so much irony I'd choke on my laughter.

I digress, is it because hate and fear are similar? Because I guess we also use words like xenophobes and islamophobes.

Random thoughts...
Gay is used to describe a sexuality, and if you want to put -ist after something it's usually after the more general term. Calling a homophobe 'gayist' is like calling a KKK member 'blackist'. If we wanted an -ism for gay it'd have to be sexualityist or orientationist, but the latter sounds more like someone you'd ask along on a hiking trip. Xenophobia would become otherist. Islam is the name of a religion, not exactly a category, so that doesn't work either. The -ist in islamist is a whole different -ist, the one that's also in arsonist.

The immediate exception that springs to mind is misogynist/misandrist but those have the mis- prefixes. So maybe an islamophobe could be called a misislamist.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 12 Feb 2015, 15:41
"And now, the moment you've all been waiting for... I present the finalists for the 2015 Miss Islamist pageant!"
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 12 Feb 2015, 15:49
*blink* -ist has nothing to do with hate. An <something>-ist is someone who takes <something> to its extremes as a dogma. Consider Communist (someone who thinks everything should be communal), fundamentalist, Islamist (someone who takes Islam to extremes), misandrist (someone who is really into misandry).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Dalillama on 12 Feb 2015, 15:49
In the case of Islamophobia, there is also a whole lot of irrational fear involved.  For instance, there are people who genuinely believe that Europe is on the verge of becoming a theocratic Islamic Caliphate, and are terrified of it.  Similarly, some folks in the States bleat about the danger of ISIS invading the U.S. via the Mexican border, and appear to actually fear that such a thing might happen.  This is clearly ludicrous, and being afraid of such a thing happening is wholly irrational.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 12 Feb 2015, 19:26
An <something>-ist is someone who takes <something> to its extremes as a dogma.
I am a typist, a cyclist, and a Buddhist. I will leave judgement on how extremely dogmatic I am about any of those things to you. :laugh:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 12 Feb 2015, 19:37
Damned cyclist fundies ruining our roads and making it unsafe for cars and pedestrians alike.   :-D

Yes, I'm joking, but living in a university town, I *do* see too many people on bikes who don't understand basic traffic laws.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 12 Feb 2015, 19:39
An <something>-ist is someone who takes <something> to its extremes as a dogma.
I am a typist, a cyclist, and a Buddhist. I will leave judgement on how extremely dogmatic I am about any of those things to you. :laugh:

How would one go about cycling dogmatically, anyway?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 12 Feb 2015, 20:17
Running down skateboarders?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 12 Feb 2015, 20:22
That would be a public service.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: SubaruStephen on 12 Feb 2015, 20:39
Damned cyclist fundies ruining our roads and making it unsafe for cars and pedestrians alike.   :-D
http://satwcomic.com/this-is-bikeland

An <something>-ist is someone who takes <something> to its extremes as a dogma.
I am a typist, a cyclist, and a Buddhist. I will leave judgement on how extremely dogmatic I am about any of those things to you. :laugh:

How would one go about cycling dogmatically, anyway?
Running down skateboarders?
Icelanders?
http://satwcomic.com/n00bs-off-the-road
http://satwcomic.com/how-to-use-a-bike
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 12 Feb 2015, 20:41
An <something>-ist is someone who takes <something> to its extremes as a dogma.
I am a typist, a cyclist, and a Buddhist. I will leave judgement on how extremely dogmatic I am about any of those things to you. :laugh:

How would one go about cycling dogmatically, anyway?

well they tend to hunt in packs for a start.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 13 Feb 2015, 00:29
An <something>-ist is someone who takes <something> to its extremes as a dogma.
I am a typist, a cyclist, and a Buddhist. I will leave judgement on how extremely dogmatic I am about any of those things to you. :laugh:

How would one go about cycling dogmatically, anyway?
Yeah, you'd just go around in circles.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 13 Feb 2015, 03:33
I never could get along with those antidisestablishmentarianists (a real-ish word, referring to those who did not agree with proposals to break the link between the Church of England and the Establishment (i.e. the State) in the 1920s).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: lepetitfromage on 13 Feb 2015, 07:00
An <something>-ist is someone who takes <something> to its extremes as a dogma.
I am a typist, a cyclist, and a Buddhist. I will leave judgement on how extremely dogmatic I am about any of those things to you. :laugh:

That sounds incredibly dangerous. (Especially if you decide to be all of those things simultaneously!)  :-P



For an alternative to homophobe.....I present to you......heterosexualist. One who is aggressively pro-heterosexuality. Which seems fitting, considering that most people to cling to that mindset are also opposed to women's reproductive rights, thus enforcing the very serious business of being a procreating heterosexual.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 13 Feb 2015, 14:29
An <something>-ist is someone who takes <something> to its extremes as a dogma.
I am a typist, a cyclist, and a Buddhist. I will leave judgement on how extremely dogmatic I am about any of those things to you. :laugh:

AND JUST WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU HAVE AGAINST TYPING?

You should be more typographically sensitive.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 13 Feb 2015, 14:36
Well, it is difficult to ride down the road typing while doing Buddhist Chant.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 13 Feb 2015, 15:02
Or typing your chants whilst cycling... "Nam myoho renngeejh -- dammit. Namm myo40 r3ng -- shit. Nam myoho reenie -- oh, the hell with it."
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 13 Feb 2015, 15:25
Or typing your chants whilst cycling... "Nam myoho renngeejh -- dammit. Namm myo40 r3ng -- shit. Nam myoho reenie -- oh, the hell with it."

All of a sudden, "fuck it, I'm an atheist now. That's what did it."
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: SubaruStephen on 13 Feb 2015, 20:36
:meh:
:meh:
:-(
:?
:oops:

What the phuque....

I just saw a 50 shades of grey style ad....for Kia.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 13 Feb 2015, 20:54
I saw a tinder style ad for truth (the anti-smoking thing)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 13 Feb 2015, 21:23
Could be weirder. Could be a tinder ad for 9/11 truthers.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 13 Feb 2015, 22:28
I never could get along with those anti-Church-and-State separationists.

FTFY.  :roll:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 13 Feb 2015, 22:29
Could be weirder. Could be a tinder ad for 9/11 truthers.

Yeah, I'd watch that.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 13 Feb 2015, 22:34
BUSH SWIPED RIGHT INTO THE TOWERS.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 13 Feb 2015, 22:40
I spit up my beer, thanks a lot. Who's going to clean this up?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 13 Feb 2015, 23:04
Let the dog have it. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 14 Feb 2015, 07:16
So I learned recently that when I use :roll: it comes off as being sarcastic instead of being mildly amused at the post above (hence, the smile and the looking upward). Kind of a bummer, since it seemed such a useful emoticon but now I can't use it anymore.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 14 Feb 2015, 07:44
But... it even says it's an eyeroll!  (and the smile is lopsided, too). 

Code: [Select]
:roll:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 14 Feb 2015, 07:46
Yeah, I know, but it doesn't look sarcastic, it looks amused to me! Bah, I'm just telling people why I used it and why I'm not going to anymore.

Also...lopsided?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 14 Feb 2015, 07:51
Higher on one side than the other. 


My poor eyesight is a superpower, apparently....
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 14 Feb 2015, 08:14
I should say so, it's only lopsided by a single pixel.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 14 Feb 2015, 17:11
When approx. 16 pixels is all you got, that one pixel counts.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 14 Feb 2015, 17:15
It looks like a happy smile to me, but fine, I won't use it anymore :(
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 14 Feb 2015, 17:17
It's okay, I'm here for you  :roll:






.... ha
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 14 Feb 2015, 19:28
I'm looking at apartment listings, and I'm coming to realize I have no freaking clue what I'm doing.

Seriously... I lived in dorms my entire time in college, and I've lived in the university-owned apartments all through grad school. What the hell was I thinking.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 14 Feb 2015, 19:30
Going through a rental company was real easy for me. I lived off campus in college and they did all the work seeing as they get paid by the landlord, not the renter.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 14 Feb 2015, 20:34
Before it's over, happy valentine's day.  Don't get trapped by the big three of the love-industrial complex (Hershey's, Hallmark and FTD). 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 14 Feb 2015, 20:47
I thought it was Russel Stover's that was the first of the big three. Hershey doesn't do much other than Kisses, which it makes year-round anyways.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 14 Feb 2015, 22:36
Yeah, but it doesn't roll off the tongue as well... 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LeeC on 16 Feb 2015, 19:18
I want to see an earthbound like game with Zelda characters. 

Ness = Link
Paula = Saria
Jeff = Zelda
Poo = Skull-kid???

Or some sort of amalgamation of that.  Or hell, play as Zelda from the begging and Link becomes the first party member followed by Navi then another person.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: SubaruStephen on 16 Feb 2015, 19:24
I bought new sneakers a month ago, and I just realized today that my footprints look like I'm wearing horseshoes.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 16 Feb 2015, 20:40
*Hands you two Coconut halves*
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 17 Feb 2015, 20:53
Today I banned a person from my gaming server who was - in my mind - ironically named <3. Things I do not let people get away with 1.) being a dick.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 18 Feb 2015, 01:12
I don't get it, what's wrong with having the nickname <3?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 18 Feb 2015, 01:15
No, hold up, poor grammar skills....

ahem, I banned him for being an asshole (calling people names, etc.), his name just happened to be <3 which I found to be slightly ironic, because love usually doesn't involve assholery (and if it does it's usually someone's birthday  :roll:)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Orkboy on 18 Feb 2015, 08:30
So, a friend of mine has a strange game that he plays.  The object of the game is to come up with the strangest combination of three things to bring into the bedroom.  Yesterday's winner was a quart of motor oil, a shaved weasel, and a saddle. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 18 Feb 2015, 08:54
Is the saddle for the weasel?

I'll go with

an anemometer
half a jar of potted shrimp
a Rammstein DVD
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 18 Feb 2015, 11:32
I am told Rammstein makes really good fucking musing, although I personally prefer Scorpions :roll: And well, food play?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 18 Feb 2015, 11:37
I usually just went overboard with that game all at once:

two things: sleeping pills. A coathanger.

That one makes people mad sometimes...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 18 Feb 2015, 12:20
Xkcd had a game where you pick the two weirdest items to bring to the checkout of a store. The alt text had the winner being a pregnancy test and a wire hanger.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: FunkyTuba on 18 Feb 2015, 12:38
There was an IRC conversation (monologue) about it (presumably from irc.foonetic.net channel #xkcd )

http://www.xkcdb.com/882
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 18 Feb 2015, 15:18
I used to do stuff like that at supermarkets all the time. Leave boxes of condoms in the produce section, prunes by the laxatives...

I think my personal choice for weirding out the cashier would have to be condoms, peanut butter, and a dog's chew toy.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 18 Feb 2015, 15:22
The best way to play the game is without anything that's technically sexual. Because anything can be creepy if you buy it with condoms.

1.) Mayonnaise, 2.) Women's Home and Garden, 3.) Heavy duty soap.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 18 Feb 2015, 15:29
So, clothesline, olive oil and a toilet plunger, then?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Papersatan on 18 Feb 2015, 16:21
As someone who worked in a grocery store for ages, don't purposely leave things in the wrong spot. When they have to put the condoms away from the banana display twice a week, the staff don't think you're clever or funny, just annoying. If you want to play the game, buy the things.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 18 Feb 2015, 16:57
Remember, if you thought of it, someone else has first :D

And I've never bought condoms at the grocery store, there's just something about going into 7-11 and only buying condoms that makes me feel special.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 18 Feb 2015, 21:34
i once bought latex gloves and vaseline from a chemist.

i needed them for a perfectly valid, non sexual reason.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 19 Feb 2015, 01:04
Even as an embarrassed teen I never understood the condom embarrassment, at least from a cis-white male perspective. Surely if you're buying condoms you're getting laid, which is 'cool' at that age, right? So I never got that.

As an adult I simply enjoy doing it without a hint of shame and enjoying the bafflement. Buying lube from somewhere that isn't Ann Summers is also entertaining.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 19 Feb 2015, 01:13
The only time I felt weird was the first time, and then some Indian guy said (in a heavy accent), "oh someone's going to have a lot of fun tonight huh" and high fived me. Wasn't really that embarrassed anymore.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 19 Feb 2015, 01:14
I literally read that in the accent and suddenly felt so good inside  :psyduck:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 19 Feb 2015, 09:08
I get condoms and lube on my grocery shop so they're mixed in with toilet cleaner and dog food. I don't have time to be embarrassed about one or two items when I'm getting dozens of items and want to be home before the chicken or ice cream has defrosted.

When I worked in the shop, a few times when a man was buying condoms, he'd try to embarrass me. They'd ask my favourite types and laugh about having a good time tonight. Looking back that's even more skeezy considering that happened when I was as young as seventeen from lads in their thirties or forties.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 19 Feb 2015, 09:13
Talk to me about embarrassment when you're an audio engineer and you have to buy unlubricated condoms and batteries at the same time. That usually elicits no comment at all.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 19 Feb 2015, 09:16
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 19 Feb 2015, 09:43
http://skippyslist.com/2014/06/10/dont-read-post-related/
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 19 Feb 2015, 12:44
The problem with having the name explicit is that it's a fairly common word that people use when they're making an argument. So whenever I see it (in real life now too, because I've used this handle for eight years), it makes me get scared for a moment because it's always used in a more aggressive tone. "I EXPLICITLY said...". I keep seeing it and I think, "shit, people are talking about me? AND THEY'RE MAD AT ME?" heh.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Papersatan on 19 Feb 2015, 13:34
I always felt more embarrassed buying pregnancy tests than condoms when I was younger, because I felt that people were much more judgmental.

I guess I'm old enough now that people would judge me less, but I'd still be nervous that they'd try to small talk with me about it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 19 Feb 2015, 13:52
Just realised I've never bought either of those.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 19 Feb 2015, 16:57
Explicit, I know your feel.
[tweet]568389126405431296[/tweet]

This message is coming from Tapatalk inside my phone!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 19 Feb 2015, 18:13
Time to Exorcise your phone then.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: SubaruStephen on 19 Feb 2015, 23:39
Xkcd had a game where you pick the two weirdest items to bring to the checkout of a store. The alt text had the winner being a pregnancy test and a wire hanger.

Once I was going camping, around the same time I started rebuilding the transmission for my mom's car and I needed supplies for both.

I ended up buying:
rubber gloves,
rope,
a survival knife,
ether (a.k.a. carb cleaner),
huge box of paper towels,
a tarp,
heavy duty soap,
bailing wire,
screwdrivers,
camping stove and propane,
concrete stain remover,
a hamburger grinder,
and an ax.

The 3rd season of Dexter was on sale at the time, but I'm pretty sure the cops would've been called if they saw that at the checkout counter.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 20 Feb 2015, 06:35
I complained to my boss that I'm bored. She suggested I crack on with some work.

It's like she doesn't even listen.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 20 Feb 2015, 07:13
Time to Exorcise your phone then.
what, why?
Also, never.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 20 Feb 2015, 07:15
Time to Exorcise your phone then.
what, why?
Also, never.
Perhaps Kugai misspelled "exercise." Your phone needs to get in shape.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 20 Feb 2015, 08:26
Xkcd had a game where you pick the two weirdest items to bring to the checkout of a store. The alt text had the winner being a pregnancy test and a wire hanger.

Once I was going camping, around the same time I started rebuilding the transmission for my mom's car and I needed supplies for both.

I ended up buying:
rubber gloves,
rope,
a survival knife,
ether (a.k.a. carb cleaner),
huge box of paper towels,
a tarp,
heavy duty soap,
bailing wire,
screwdrivers,
camping stove and propane,
concrete stain remover,
a hamburger grinder,
and an ax.

The 3rd season of Dexter was on sale at the time, but I'm pretty sure the cops would've been called if they saw that at the checkout counter.

...and we have a winner!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 20 Feb 2015, 13:42
Time to Exorcise your phone then.
what, why?
Also, never.
Perhaps Kugai misspelled "exercise." Your phone needs to get in shape.


I didn't

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 20 Feb 2015, 15:04
To get rid of what? Tapatalk, or Windows Phone?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 20 Feb 2015, 15:20
To get rid of what? Tapatalk, or Windows Phone?

Ew, that's gross on several levels dude.

(Correct me if I'm wrong on "dude")
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 20 Feb 2015, 15:24
Yeah, if everyone's gonna bring that up again I'm outta here.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 20 Feb 2015, 15:28
No, I didn't mean to. I was just wondering since they were the only two things that seemed relevant t to your phone in that context.

@osaka: wut?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 20 Feb 2015, 15:29
But Masterpiece, it's sad that someone like you is brought down by such inferior software :(

(I am, you might have noticed, being completely unserious)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 20 Feb 2015, 19:22
Yeah, if everyone's gonna bring that up again I'm outta here.
As much as I'm anti-M$, I do have one friend with a Windows phone.  I actually found the interface rather intuitive and it looked like it would provide a better user experience than either my Android, or the Crackberry that it replaced.  But given the low market penetration, I wouldn't be surprised if some of the software was more glitchy on that platform than Android or iOS.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 21 Feb 2015, 03:25
It's not glitchy as much as it just isn't there. The apps that are work wonderfully (see Lumia Storyteller as an example).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 23 Feb 2015, 09:46
How often these days do Oscars get won for roles that don't scream 'FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION' under the fucking trailers?

I mean I knew Michael Keaton never really had a shot, but I'd really love it if somebody won an Oscar for such an obscure, strange part.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 23 Feb 2015, 10:29
How often these days do Oscars get won for roles that don't scream 'FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION' under the fucking trailers?

I mean I knew Michael Keaton never really had a shot, but I'd really love it if somebody won an Oscar for such an obscure, strange part.

Yeah, they don't give Oscars for eccentricity, unless the eccentricity comes in tandem with a disease or disorder, or an actor (or, more frequently, actress) "bravely" plays someone average-looking.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 23 Feb 2015, 10:43
It's a shame Keaton didin't win that one.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 23 Feb 2015, 14:50
The only thing I know about the Oscars this year is that I worked with someone who has an Oscar nominated short film. That is so cool.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 23 Feb 2015, 15:06
I mean I knew Michael Keaton never really had a shot
Did you? I fully expected him to win. Honestly, I would've been much less surprised with him winning and the movie not getting Best Picture than I was with this result.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 23 Feb 2015, 15:10
I mean I knew Michael Keaton never really had a shot
Did you? I fully expected him to win. Honestly, I would've been much less surprised with him winning and the movie not getting Best Picture than I was with this result.

You kidding? We had someone going full retard* to play Stephen Hawking. He never had a chance.

*SATIRE
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 23 Feb 2015, 15:15
To be fair, Reddiemayne* was excellent in that movie, but still, Michael Keaton in Birdman was MICHAEL KEATON IN BIRDMAN.

*the nickname for him that I just made up and will now call him nothing else
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 23 Feb 2015, 17:43
I just saw the worst example of male privilege ever and it's disgusting and makes me be embarrassed of my manliness.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 23 Feb 2015, 17:46
I just saw the worst example of male privilege ever and it's disgusting and makes me be embarrassed of my manliness.

What was there a, "you can only work here if you have testicles" sign or something? I apologize if I sounded flippant, I am genuinely interested in what it could be. It's like opening a Christmas Present that kinda smells weird. You're not sure you wanna know, but you just gotta know.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 23 Feb 2015, 17:46
As long as the example you saw wasn't in the mirror, you've nothing to be ashamed of.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 24 Feb 2015, 03:04



You kidding? We had someone going full retard* to play Stephen Hawking. He never had a chance.

*SATIRE

But he didn't go full retard. That's why he won.

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 24 Feb 2015, 03:22



You kidding? We had someone going full retard* to play Stephen Hawking. He never had a chance.

*SATIRE
But he didn't go full retard. That's why he won.

According to the I Am Sam Rule, you are correct. I just wanted to use that joke. And make the point that if you play someone with a disability or is 'ugly' or is a 'real person' instead of a character, you may as well just install an Oscar shelf as soon as the movie wraps.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 24 Feb 2015, 03:24
"To be honest I think I deserved to be together with you and never really understood why you never wanted that"

This message is coming from Tapatalk inside my phone!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 24 Feb 2015, 03:31
Well that deserves a slap. Or a few.... you know, whatever it takes to let him know that's not an okay thing to think.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 24 Feb 2015, 03:57
Well the entire conversation was peppered with misogyny and sexist remarks, all while trying to convince a woman who was the complete antithesis of into him and only saw him as a friend to get her to be with him.

Hold on, no, that is not what happened, he "heard" that woman had made out with me (which is not true and he should have known that, he was on the same party!) and promptly WROTE HER, not spoke to her or anything, no he cowardly wrote her that "he couldn't take it anymore" and that "she was dead to him" and that he "couldn't even get over the fact that she would make out with me (Masterpiece) but not with him, cause he's such a nice guy" and apparently he sees me as some sort of ass.

My roommate, everybody!

This message is coming from Tapatalk inside my phone!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 24 Feb 2015, 04:02
The guy is thirty years old. He frequently gives me shit on how immature I apparently behave. He lectures me on how I'm not a good friend to him. That was funny because up until that moment I wasn't even aware he saw us as friends. He was just roommate to me.

Stupid hypocrite [mod snip]

This message is coming from Tapatalk inside my phone!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 24 Feb 2015, 04:04
I'm not sure that's as much "male privilege" as much as some doucher who thinks he's a "nice guy". But I guess those things can overlap, "Im 'nice' therefore girls should fuck me". I never understood this, if you feel like you're owed something from a girl how does that make you a good guy?

I had a roomate like that as well. I "may" have beaten him up and only felt kinda bad about it (I specifically beat him up for calling my friends [mod snip] and just being a douchebag in general).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 24 Feb 2015, 04:06
Moderator Comment The c-bomb is generally frowned upon on here so if we could please refrain from using it (I used to use it as well!)

Out of mod mode, the guy does sound like he's gone flying into MRA territory pretty sharply. He sounds awful, you have my sympathies for living with someone like that.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 24 Feb 2015, 04:10
I apologize, I was quoting and will use "c-word" (if at all) instead from now on, I did not know. I certainly would never call someone else that.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 24 Feb 2015, 04:36
Don't worry, I'm not mad at anybody and no-one's getting warned or banned or anything - I used that word frequently until relatively recently also, it's just no longer acceptable on here.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 24 Feb 2015, 04:56
I fully understand, I ban people from my community's server/forum for that very reason; there are very little instances where you call someone that word and mean it in a respectful way.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 24 Feb 2015, 05:02
I suppose the issue isn't so much disrespecting the person your're calling that word, it's the several billion other people you're disrespecting at the same time. And it isn't that some people aren't deserving of that level of disrespect, but really we need to use a better alternative.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 24 Feb 2015, 05:05
Using the word is utterly unacceptable; there may be contexts when quoting it is acceptable, or sometimes even to the point - but caution is advised none the less.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 24 Feb 2015, 05:09
I use it as a gender in-exclusive word, but I do feel that it can be taken too far. I use it as a term for a person that does not consider another person's feelings, but I do realize that it can be used as a slur towards many people. I generally only use it when I'm incredulously offended by someone's actions.

EDIT - In any case, I did just adamantly suggest we perma-ban (it was originally for a week) a person from my community's gaming server (it's a counter-strike server), for telling someone else "Die F----t". with a few more die other horrible words thrown in there. As someone's whose brother has died recently I get FUCKING PISSED whenever someone ever suggests someone else die (unless it's like... Bin Laden type evil I guess). Goddamn it, I needed to go to bed forever ago and now I need to hit stuff.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 24 Feb 2015, 09:30
Wait, why is the C-word banned now? It's the only vagina-related cuss word that doesn't mean weak/treacherous/cowardly! Makes me sad that that's the word people get hung up on over for example: "you're such a pussy".
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 24 Feb 2015, 09:39
Nothing has changed; that word is viewed differently on opposite sides of the Atlantic, and pragmatically we take the stricter view.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 24 Feb 2015, 09:40
Ah right, I think I remember that discussion vaguely. Still don't agree, but oh well.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 24 Feb 2015, 12:30
I don't agree either, the girl I've been with for a year greeted me with it at the start of our second date. We're a bit more liberal about that word over here, but it's a LOT stronger in the US than it is over here.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Carl-E on 24 Feb 2015, 14:31
I always suspected that.  In the beginning of the radio version of Hitchhiker's, when a local Dame is dedicating the bypass, you can hear a bystander shout, "Why don't you shove off, you c---faced old bat!" 

I could clearly hear what he said, and though it was meant as background, I was amazed that it made it past the censors. 


But it was the BBC radio version I was listening to... and I'm pretty sure that it didn't make it into the book or any other version. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 24 Feb 2015, 21:12
My old Macbook which I had been using as a desktop computer at home has finally bit the dust, so I'm now using my Raspberry Pi in that role. The default web browser on the Pi (Dillo) is in general a piece of crap, but it renders the forum surprisingly competently. Except for the "This topic is locked" message when I try to post in a thread.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: SubaruStephen on 24 Feb 2015, 21:55
I don't agree either, the girl I've been with for a year greeted me with it at the start of our second date. We're a bit more liberal about that word over here, but it's a LOT stronger in the US than it is over here.

Have you heard an American say it? Our accent(s) make it sound like a physical assault.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 24 Feb 2015, 22:05
I have certainly noticed the dissonance, having lived, and knowing people on both sides of the pond.  Then again, I've known a few Germans who cringe at the word "Fotze", so maybe USAians aren't alone.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 24 Feb 2015, 23:44
Well, it's a terrible word. Like moist.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 25 Feb 2015, 01:03
I don't agree either, the girl I've been with for a year greeted me with it at the start of our second date. We're a bit more liberal about that word over here, but it's a LOT stronger in the US than it is over here.

Have you heard an American say it? Our accent(s) make it sound like a physical assault.

Yes, numerous ones, and in truth I think it actually sounds more aggressive in our various dialects (although not all).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LeeC on 25 Feb 2015, 10:40
Just discovered that the Assassin's Creed universe is the same universe as Watch Dogs.

(http://www.reactiongifs.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/mind_blown_tmnt.gif)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 25 Feb 2015, 11:23
Daredevil may have been blinded by the same Ooze as the Turtles.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 25 Feb 2015, 11:29
That'd probably explain how the last two movies that featured them were both very bad.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LeeC on 25 Feb 2015, 11:30
but then what mutant is daredevil of?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Feb 2015, 11:45
Well, it's a terrible word. Like moist.
There is nothing wrong with that word.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 25 Feb 2015, 11:48
I never know whether to be aroused or disgusted upon hearing that word. It's a little bit of both which is very confusing to me.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 25 Feb 2015, 12:00
It is a bit squicky, as words go.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LeeC on 25 Feb 2015, 12:11
I thinks its a perfectly reasonable word to use.

The cake is quite moist.

Take a moist cloth and gently wipe the tv screen of dust.

etc.

Its only questionable, in my opinion, when used for sexual innuendo.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 25 Feb 2015, 12:36
Or just to describe a person or object that isn't food in general.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 25 Feb 2015, 12:45
Yeah, I'd give you a provisional pass on the cake. Damp would work just as well for the cloth, and as for anything else, just... no.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 25 Feb 2015, 12:50
hehe... damp...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 25 Feb 2015, 13:16
The guy is thirty years old. He frequently gives me shit on how immature I apparently behave. He lectures me on how I'm not a good friend to him. That was funny because up until that moment I wasn't even aware he saw us as friends. He was just roommate to me.

Stupid hypocrite [mod snip]

This message is coming from Tapatalk inside my phone!


Know where you're coming from.  Had a friend like that, and after nearly 20 years, he finally blew it with me two years back

Haven't spoken to him since.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 25 Feb 2015, 13:19
Honestly I kinda like the sound of the word moist, but I'd probably use it less if it wasn't so funny to see people react to it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 25 Feb 2015, 23:14
I don't get it, what's wrong with moist?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 26 Feb 2015, 00:26
I don't get it, what's wrong with moist?

It sounds icky. Just as a word. Though its meaning doesn't help much.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 26 Feb 2015, 01:03
It certainly causes me to cringe, which made both "Going Postal" and "Making Money", though both good reads, rather painful.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 26 Feb 2015, 02:21
Aubergine is a similar sort of word for me, as is oubliette.

Fortunately I rarely encounter a moist aubergine in an oubliette.

I need to go and throw up a little now.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 26 Feb 2015, 07:11
I still wanna know why the fuck we call aubergines "eggplants" on this side of the pond.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 26 Feb 2015, 07:32
Wikipedia gives us:

Quote
Some 18th-century European cultivars were yellow or white and resembled goose or hen's eggs, hence the name "eggplant".[

However, it also gives us this delightful little nugget:

Quote
The usual word in Italian remains melanzana.[13] An alternative Italian etymology is "mela insana", insane apple.

This pleases me no end.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 26 Feb 2015, 14:00
If HAL9000 was made in Cupertino :parrot:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 26 Feb 2015, 14:01
"I'm sorry, Dave, I can't let you change my battery."
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 26 Feb 2015, 17:05
"I'm sorry Dave, I'm the size of a bed-sheet, but your old SIM is too large to fit inside."
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 26 Feb 2015, 17:07
That just sounded dirty :parrot:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 27 Feb 2015, 01:37
Listening to Get Lucky on earphones in public was not a good idea as I'm now dancing in public

This message is coming from Tapatalk inside my phone!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: RedWolf4 on 27 Feb 2015, 02:22
Y'know, this Tapatalk guy really needs to get out of peoples phones. That has to be uncomfortable, if not also a massive invasion of privacy.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 27 Feb 2015, 03:19
I'm now dancing in public

This is a problem?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Half Empty Coffee Cup on 27 Feb 2015, 03:21
You're right. It wasn't a good idea. It was a great idea.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 27 Feb 2015, 03:23
Y'know, this Tapatalk guy really needs to get out of peoples phones. That has to be uncomfortable, if not also a massive invasion of privacy.
I kicked his arse out of my phone.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 27 Feb 2015, 07:15
Listening to Get Lucky on earphones in public was not a good idea as I'm now dancing in public
You've come too far to give up who you are.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 27 Feb 2015, 21:47
Random Thought: I am always way too early at the airport. Now I have to wait for two hours at the gate.

This message is coming from Tapatalk inside my phone!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 27 Feb 2015, 22:15
Hey Masterpiece, it could have been this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-GLuydiMe4
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 27 Feb 2015, 22:19
Happy?

This message is coming from Tapatalk inside my phone!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 27 Feb 2015, 22:20
Yeup


This Message is coming from my Laptop in my Lounge.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 27 Feb 2015, 22:23
I feel like my Tapatalk signature is slowly getting annoying.

This message is coming from Tapatalk inside my phone!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 27 Feb 2015, 22:24
Whatever gave you that idea



This message was typed one handed while I drank a Cup of Coffee
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 27 Feb 2015, 22:26
No, not annoying at all.

This message typed on a four-year-old HP laptop that's currently making a weird squealing noise from its CPU fan!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 27 Feb 2015, 22:28
Sounds like a case for some CRC or WD 40


This message was tapped out by two Chickens on loan from Gonzo The Great
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 27 Feb 2015, 22:30
EET MOR CHIKIN

This message typed by cows!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 27 Feb 2015, 22:35
That was mooving


This message was sent in Morse Code through an Enigma Machine
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 27 Feb 2015, 22:40
- .... .. ... / -- . ... ... .- --. . / ... . -. - / .. -. / -- --- .-. ... . / -.-. --- -.. . / ..-. .-. --- -- / .- / ...- . .-. .. --.. --- -. / .--. .... --- -. . .-.-.- (http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/02/verizon-issues-furious-response-to-fcc-in-morse-code-dated-1934/)

Aw crap, we've come full circle.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 28 Feb 2015, 00:22
Hmm.


This message has become sentient, and will start posting in its own right.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 28 Feb 2015, 02:14
maybe yov covld at least adjvst the font size

This message was sent channeling the spirits of those who no longer roam this place.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 28 Feb 2015, 02:27
sdgfhfiouikjrhedfsgfhgfjghk


This message was typed by an orange striped cat walking across the keyboard of a mac laptop in the living room of an orange house in south-eastern Norway.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 28 Feb 2015, 03:42
sdgfhfiouikjrhedfsgfhgfjghk


This message was typed by an orange striped cat walking across the keyboard of a mac laptop in the living room of an orange house in south-eastern Norway.
And it was able to spell the name of an Icelandic volcano. That's impressive.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 28 Feb 2015, 03:45
I mean, this message was typed by an inebriated 20-something year old and no one gives me credit...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 28 Feb 2015, 03:45
My cat has many talents.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Half Empty Coffee Cup on 28 Feb 2015, 07:52
Your cat has certainly impressed me.

This message is coming from an empty space. It's coming from a region which is intuitively known yet defies understanding. We are born into this world with its name imprinted upon our minds, but age and learning strip it away. It is the unconscious knowing. It is the dreaming state. It is the void of the before times. This message is coming from my ancient Dell laptop in my bedroom.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 28 Feb 2015, 09:07
Cats can be surprisingly smart.

This message unlocks the door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension. A dimension of sound. A dimension of sight. A dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. This message came from a 12-year-old Gateway computer running Ubuntu 14.04 in... the Twilight Zone!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 28 Feb 2015, 09:21
I can't help but notice the whole "share this post so kids will see how posts get shared!" trend over the past few years...but a post that you want shared and insist get shared getting shared won't convince a stupid teenager that a picture they don't want shared and try to hide will STILL GET SHARED. If anything, it seems counter-productive.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Half Empty Coffee Cup on 28 Feb 2015, 09:36
Just introduce them to the Streisand effect (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect). Hopefully, that will inform their decisions.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 28 Feb 2015, 09:42
Exactly. That's far more relevant.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 28 Feb 2015, 14:14
Apparently buying a 6-pack of soda now gets a similar reaction from people as buying a pack of smokes. While I was waiting in line, an old man looked at me weirdly, leaned over and said, "Ya know that stuff ain't no good for ya, right?"
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 28 Feb 2015, 14:30
"Ya know that stuff ain't no good for ya, right?"

"Well I need something to get the taste of meth out of my mouth."

Wonder what he'd say then?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 28 Feb 2015, 15:42


"Ya know that stuff ain't no good for ya, right?"
"Neither is sticking your nose into other people's business." Seems like an appropriate response.



Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 28 Feb 2015, 15:54
Yes, threatening people, how wonderful.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 28 Feb 2015, 16:00
Aye, it's generally pointless, and sometimes dangerous.  I just tend to stick with "fuck off", and walk away.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 28 Feb 2015, 16:06
I just went with "Yeah, I know."
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 28 Feb 2015, 16:07
"No, I wasn't aware. Please, tell me more."
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 28 Feb 2015, 16:08
(http://deadhomersociety.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/tellmemore.png?w=655)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 28 Feb 2015, 17:11
Yes, threatening people, how wonderful.
I don't threaten people.
I make statements of observation and let them take it how they will.

Intimidation is probably a better word for it. :)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 28 Feb 2015, 17:16
(http://deadhomersociety.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/tellmemore.png?w=655)
Oh, the word "trenchant." How I loathe it. When I took the GRE, the computerized test figured out I didn't know the meaning of the word and ended up using it repeatedly.

Anyway, out of curiosity I used Google Maps to measure the distance I would have to walk if I wanted to walk from the apartment I'll be moving into in Madison to the physics building at the university, and it turns out it's 3.14159 miles. I swear I did not pick out the apartment for that reason. I should've gone for the one that was 1.61803 miles away, even though it was more expensive  :roll:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 28 Feb 2015, 17:32
Yes, threatening people, how wonderful.
I don't threaten people.
I make statements of observation and let them take it how they will.

Intimidation is probably a better word for it. :)



Global Moderator Comment That's our job thank you!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 05 Mar 2015, 13:37
The other day I saw a 0 caffeine monster drink, which made me wonder, what the fuck is even the point then?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 05 Mar 2015, 13:53
None

Absolutely none whatsoever.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 05 Mar 2015, 14:01
That is...curious.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 05 Mar 2015, 21:09
a friend sent me this.
I found it interesting.
http://100simple.tumblr.com/
so I thought, "why not share?"

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 06 Mar 2015, 09:38
Quote
100 Simple Cures for Complexity
I...didn't know "complexity" was a disease. Am I missing something?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 06 Mar 2015, 16:51
with all the computerized shit and techno-babble I deal with every day,
sometimes, opening a printed book and relaxing to read, is one of the best ways I know to unwind.

complexity can be a disease.  at the least, a condition.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 06 Mar 2015, 19:42
KISS
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 07 Mar 2015, 08:04
There are no automatic doors, just doors I happen to be particularly force sensitive around.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 07 Mar 2015, 13:49
Hah. I do that as well.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 07 Mar 2015, 22:05
slamming the doors of vehicles I own will get you SPOKEN to...
when it happens a 2nd time, I yell.

I'm sure the vehicle can take it, but it JARS my nerves.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 08 Mar 2015, 17:16
Just realized that a person on OKCupid whose profile I repeatedly visited knows me in real life and I haven't recognized her.

AWKWARD. She was all "oh, I know who you are!" when we last met.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 08 Mar 2015, 21:30
The sign at the supermarket next to the eggs said "gluten free".

What's next?

Gluten free gasoline? Gluten free concrete blocks? Gluten free electrical conduit? Gluten free nuclear weapons?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 08 Mar 2015, 21:32
Maybe it's because assholes who don't bother finding out what gluten actually is/does kept asking about it?

That, or somehow we've been injecting gluten into things without my knowledge.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 08 Mar 2015, 21:53
(http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/free.png) (http://xkcd.com/641)

Quote from: hovertext
Asbestos is bad; definitely get the one on the right. Wait -- this one over here has no swine flu! Now I can't decide.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 08 Mar 2015, 21:55
Or maybe...

(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 08 Mar 2015, 22:39
(click to show/hide)

(obligatory blowhole joke)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 08 Mar 2015, 22:41
The sign at the supermarket next to the eggs said "gluten free".

there are two companies (one bread, one dairy) where i live that have taken the light hearted approach of advertising their milk and bread as free range.


http://www.harveyfresh.com.au/freerange/
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 08 Mar 2015, 23:00
Win The Week
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 10 Mar 2015, 11:28
Shouldn't peeing be called "de-urination" instead of "urination"?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 10 Mar 2015, 14:47
...That's a surprisingly good point...

Maybe the 'de-' was left out so that defecation and urination have the same number of syllables.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 11 Mar 2015, 13:13
Those who are engaged in creative endeavors,

Have you ever had an idea for a song/painting/story/play [what it is in my case], etc. that was so depressing that you absolutely don't want to write it. But then you feel like because it gives you that response that's all the more reason to go through with it?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 11 Mar 2015, 13:18
Those who are engaged in creative endeavors,

Have you ever had an idea for a song/painting/story/play [what it is in my case], etc. that was so depressing that you absolutely don't want to write it. But then you feel like because it gives you that response that's all the more reason to go through with it?

Yes, and yes. Hasn't always been my best stuff, mind you, but it was worth doing -- and worth coming back to some time later to see what my mind was telling me, which wasn't always apparent at the time. Besides, having had creative blocks that've lasted for long periods of time, I don't tend to turn my nose up at ideas when I do get them, even if they don't always come from a happy place.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 11 Mar 2015, 14:01
The art takes you where it takes you, and only you as the creator know whether that's right. It's your call whether you let it take you there.

But yeah, I write some dark shit, and that is often my best shit.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: dr. nervioso on 11 Mar 2015, 20:40
For a sketchbook entry in my sophomore art class, I drew something that was really really dark. I was inspired partly by the creepy stuff I was reading in Hi-Fructose but also a lot of it was the fact that I was an angsty teenager who had a lot of emotions

But looking back on all the art I have ever done, I liked making that drawing than any sketch of still life. That crap destroys my soul
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 11 Mar 2015, 21:07
I think what dr. nervioso says gets to something else, 94ssd. A lot of it's going to come down to what feels right to you. If it makes you uncomfortable, examine where the discomfort comes from. If it's uncomfortable because it's forcing you to take yourself and your work somewhere you've never been, that can be a good thing. If, on the other hand, you feel uncomfortable because you'd feel like you're working within a form, medium, or subject that doesn't fit because it's not you or not the right reasons, you may just end up resenting yourself later. If it comes from an authentic place and you approach it in a spirit of openness and honesty, it's worth doing. If not... well, that's really a call only you can make.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 11 Mar 2015, 21:45
I think what dr. nervioso says gets to something else, 94ssd. A lot of it's going to come down to what feels right to you. If it makes you uncomfortable, examine where the discomfort comes from. If it's uncomfortable because it's forcing you to take yourself and your work somewhere you've never been, that can be a good thing. If, on the other hand, you feel uncomfortable because you'd feel like you're working within a form, medium, or subject that doesn't fit because it's not you or not the right reasons, you may just end up resenting yourself later. If it comes from an authentic place and you approach it in a spirit of openness and honesty, it's worth doing. If not... well, that's really a call only you can make.


This is one of those posts I WISH I could've clicked 'like' on, but I'n d
Sad to see I cannot
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 12 Mar 2015, 05:13
What's with everyone asking for a like button? It's a voted-on agreement that we only have like buttons in the Comic Subfora.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 12 Mar 2015, 05:36
I put the Like button in the forum where it seemed most useful, as an extended test.  I have given no recent thought to whether it should be removed, be extended to (some?) other forums, or stay as is.  I also have no intention of further changing how it operates.

If people want to discuss the future of the Like button, then it's probably best to continue in the previous thread (https://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php?topic=30446.0) to keep stuff together.  I've changed the poll there accordingly.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 12 Mar 2015, 05:48
Random Thought: I just found a Porno called "Tomb Raider VS Uncharted". I don't want to watch it, but the name is fascinating.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 12 Mar 2015, 08:07
Those who are engaged in creative endeavors,

Have you ever had an idea for a song/painting/story/play [what it is in my case], etc. that was so depressing that you absolutely don't want to write it. But then you feel like because it gives you that response that's all the more reason to go through with it?

Yeah, I've been there. I also tend to find it really good therapy to put dark feelings to creative use.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: lepetitfromage on 12 Mar 2015, 08:30
What Welu said.


Also worth noting- growth is never comfortable.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 12 Mar 2015, 12:56
I miss seeing May in the forum.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 12 Mar 2015, 19:32
and other folks....
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 12 Mar 2015, 20:04
I miss seeing May in the forum.

Me too. :(
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 13 Mar 2015, 07:21
May three :claireface:

(Seriously though, she's awesome and her absence is felt)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: lepetitfromage on 13 Mar 2015, 07:25
Ditto.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 15 Mar 2015, 04:12
I didn't even know it was possible to willingly wake up at 6am on a Sunday. What else have people been keeping from me all these years?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 15 Mar 2015, 05:03
Wait, wait, wait.
There's a 6 am as well?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 15 Mar 2015, 05:30
Wait, wait, wait.
There's a 6 am as well?

I've heard rumors, but they always come from morning people, so unreliable sources all around
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 15 Mar 2015, 06:33
Those mythical beings exist, but their appearance has been subverted. They were supposed to appear after a late night of partying, when you're heading to the friendly neighbourhood bakery for some sweets to bring home.

Now this morning people and their waking up super early. Disgusting.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 15 Mar 2015, 12:47
I've mostly been going to bed around 6am, which is particularly troublesome because I start my new job soon and there's a 7am wake up for that. As far as today goes, I ate breakfast and then took a 3 hour nap. So I guess was still tired, just more hungry.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Papersatan on 16 Mar 2015, 10:44
I can verify there is a 6 am; I regularly stay up late enough to encounter one.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 16 Mar 2015, 15:40
As have I, but that's when the day resets.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 20 Mar 2015, 04:23
If you took a whole chicken and cooked it guts and all.
When you tore it to pieces would you find a hard boiled egg inside?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 20 Mar 2015, 04:31
If you took a whole chicken and cooked it guts and all.
When you tore it to pieces would you find a hard boiled egg inside?

Only if you boiled it, and only if it was in the process of laying an egg when you threw it into the pot.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 20 Mar 2015, 04:48
Surely the egg would be cooked no matter how the chicken was cooked?
A chicken lays one egg every day give or take some hours.
As soon as it's laid one egg it's started on the next. So the chances are good that there'll be one inside.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 20 Mar 2015, 04:57
Well there you go then, you have your answer.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 20 Mar 2015, 04:59
Surely the egg would be cooked no matter how the chicken was cooked?
A chicken lays one egg every day give or take some hours.
As soon as it's laid one egg it's started on the next. So the chances are good that there'll be one inside.

You specified hard boiled egg. You can't chuck a chicken into a fire and boil an egg
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 20 Mar 2015, 05:36
Semantics. :)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 20 Mar 2015, 06:37
Semantics. :)

 :-D
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 20 Mar 2015, 06:39
You can't chuck a chicken into a fire and boil an egg
That sounds like a metaphor for something.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 20 Mar 2015, 06:57
You can't chuck a chicken into a fire and boil an egg
That sounds like a metaphor for something.

I could do that. I could find a way to justify it as a metaphor for the progress of industry at the expense of the environment, using the egg as the earth. LITERARY ANALYSIS IS FUN
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 20 Mar 2015, 07:04
So ... you're saying I should... Eat more ... Red meat?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 20 Mar 2015, 07:18
So ... you're saying I should... Eat more ... Red meat?

Took the words right out of my mouth? You gotta remember, literary analysis is basically just bullshit tied to a theme that you can defend
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 20 Mar 2015, 17:20
My Mammy bought a handwash that smells exactly like cola bottle sweets and for some reason I've been thinking about this for over two hours now. Only now has it occurred to me a brightly coloured non-edible substance that smells exactly like sweets and children have easy access to seems like a terrible idea.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 20 Mar 2015, 19:33
I once had a body wash that smelled like tobacco.
It was horrible.
Edit: I should add that it wasn't meant to smell like tobacco. That's just the scent I got from it.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Active Madness on 21 Mar 2015, 01:38
When I was a fresh-faced 17 year old, I used to use a cologne that smelled like tobacco.

Thinking back on it, I had a terrible taste in scents.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 21 Mar 2015, 01:45
Tobacco scented seems like an odd thing. I would guess it would be made to appeal to smokers who would already smell of it. Although I guess cigarettes have a different smell to tobacco by itself.

Also I love the smell of petrol. I'm sure if you looked there'd be petrol scented products but it's not something I'd want me of my home to smell like regularly.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 21 Mar 2015, 01:48
I like the smell of tobacco. Only when it gets burned the smell becomes repulsive.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 21 Mar 2015, 02:09
Many good whiskies have tobacco notes in the taste as well.  Even though I smoke, I wouldn't want a fragrance to smell of tobacco.  I wouldn't mind a fragrance that has a similar nose to whisky like that, though, as long as it were more balanced, and didn't have the booze smell.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 21 Mar 2015, 09:15
I love the smell of pipe tobacco, both as tobacco and as it's burning; I've seen a couple of candles that had a scent of leather and pipe tobacco that were nice, and not overpowering. I don't mind cigarette smoke too much (I smoke a pack a day), but I don't want my home smelling like cigarettes (I smoke outside). Cigars... forget it. I haven't smelled a cigar yet that hasn't smelled like a flaming turd.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 21 Mar 2015, 10:36
My Mammy bought a handwash that smells exactly like cola bottle sweets and for some reason I've been thinking about this for over two hours now. Only now has it occurred to me a brightly coloured non-edible substance that smells exactly like sweets and children have easy access to seems like a terrible idea.

My girlfriend loves the smell of that stuff but hated the packaging so she never bought. For valentine's I got her a pretty soap dispenser along with that soap, so she can use it without the icky packaging.

I was pretty happy with that boyfriending :D
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 21 Mar 2015, 10:40
That sounds like good boyfriending. I might get myself a pretty soap dispenser, never occurred to me to get one.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 21 Mar 2015, 10:44
Thanks :D I was happy with it because it's the kind of present that if you tell someone what it is ('a soap dispenser!') without any context it sounds like an appalling present when in fact it was meaningful and she loved it.

And yeah a nice soap dispenser is a good way to go but it's the kind of thing I'd only get for myself once I own a property.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 21 Mar 2015, 10:52
I was happy with it because it's the kind of present that if you tell someone what it is ('a soap dispenser!') without any context it sounds like an appalling present when in fact it was meaningful and she loved it.

Yeah it definitely sounds like something you give to a smelly guy to send a message
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 01 Apr 2015, 14:56
Is it just me or did the Nicknames of all the Admins flip?

This message is coming from Tapatalk inside my phone!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 01 Apr 2015, 15:27
It's just you.  You need to get your eyes tested (or get screened for drugs, I guess).

 :-D

I suppose you haven't been in the comic forum today, either.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 01 Apr 2015, 17:21
Gareths G comes in as a square for me though. He is now squareth
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 01 Apr 2015, 22:03
For some reason the turned capital D and G are not consistently supported; I've seen them come and go even in the same browser.  Some conversion programs replace them with lower-case letters to get around this.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 01 Apr 2015, 23:19
Huh, I am important enough to have my name flipped. I approve.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 02 Apr 2015, 00:55
Gareths G comes in as a square for me though. He is now squareth

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 02 Apr 2015, 01:28
Huh, I am important enough to have my name flipped. I approve.

Time's up, though...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 02 Apr 2015, 20:32
Not for me!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 02 Apr 2015, 21:20
Not for me!

Ain't you a special fuckin' snowflake.

Know what happens to snowflakes?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 02 Apr 2015, 21:21
They ascend to a new level of existence, usually around four in the morning
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 03 Apr 2015, 00:37
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 04 Apr 2015, 19:27
Been reading Fables recently. The Rodney & June story is really good.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 13 Apr 2015, 16:41
I didn't know it was possible to take a worse drivers license photo than the one I had the last time I renewed my license, but it is.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 13 Apr 2015, 17:16
I didn't know it was possible to take a worse drivers license photo than the one I had the last time I renewed my license, but it is.

Law of nature: you can ALWAYS take a worse driver's license photo.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 13 Apr 2015, 18:56
Incidentally, Wisconsin apparently mails drivers licenses instead of printing them at the DMV. So my current drivers license is printed on an 8.5x11" piece of paper, until my less temporary one arrives in the mail.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: SubaruStephen on 14 Apr 2015, 04:56
When you get your (semi)permanent WI drivers license, you'll wonder if it's real, because they sorta look and feel counterfeit.

At least they do compared to the previous ones I had before this new design.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 15 Apr 2015, 11:16
Random Thought: I love the Interstellar soundtrack.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 15 Apr 2015, 11:37
Random Thought: I love the Interstellar soundtrack.

Would you say it was... out of this world???  :claireface:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 15 Apr 2015, 12:46
Off to the pun thread with ye.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 15 Apr 2015, 13:05
When you get your (semi)permanent WI drivers license, you'll wonder if it's real, because they sorta look and feel counterfeit.

You have experience in these matters? Hmmmmmmm? :police:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 15 Apr 2015, 13:11
Off to the pun thread with ye.

I already made 44% of the comments in that last page of that thread. I need to get my fix somehow
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 15 Apr 2015, 13:57
Then back where you belong. Obviously.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 15 Apr 2015, 13:58
Random Thought:

Chaospersonidied, re: your last blog post:

The sun is the same in the relative way, but it's sinking
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 15 Apr 2015, 14:46

When you get your (semi)permanent WI drivers license, you'll wonder if it's real, because they sorta look and feel counterfeit.

You have experience in these matters? Hmmmmmmm? :police:

Actually, he's right. They issue you a paper license until your real one is mailed to you.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 15 Apr 2015, 14:52
I get that - but just how does he know what a counterfeit feels like?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 15 Apr 2015, 15:03
Anyone who has sold age-restricted products, or handled the door is usually trained to spot fakes.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 15 Apr 2015, 15:17
But that isn't funny. Are you against fun?

ARE YOU A FUN-MURDERER?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 15 Apr 2015, 15:20
He makes murder fun!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 15 Apr 2015, 16:13
The hard part is getting the blood out of one's clown suit.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 15 Apr 2015, 17:20
The hard part is getting the blood out of one's clown suit.

Which is why you rent from your friend Henry's creepy uncle Leroy!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 15 Apr 2015, 22:18
I created an email address that is just my full name for the express purpose of applying for jobs. I set up auto-forwarding to my main account but became concerned that a response to an application could still get lost in the junk folder. Thus I have set up the following filter.

matches: -buttholes
action: Never send it to spam
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 18 Apr 2015, 09:27
Just went to the farmers market, and I got a bag of cheese curds while I was there. I'm going to gain so much weight living here.  :psyduck:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 18 Apr 2015, 10:15
Bought 30 packs of ramen. Guess who's broke.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 18 Apr 2015, 11:15
You must've spent a whole 5 bucks on that. Poor masterpiece. :(
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: SubaruStephen on 18 Apr 2015, 12:17
Just went to the farmers market, and I got a bag of cheese curds while I was there. I'm going to gain so much weight living here.  :psyduck:

Hate to break it to you....we've got FRIED cheese curds too. :-D
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 18 Apr 2015, 12:23
Yeah, I've had them before. They're very good. This is the first time I've had fresh cheese curds, though.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 18 Apr 2015, 13:49
So fresh they squeak?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 18 Apr 2015, 13:50
Yep! They were squeaky.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 18 Apr 2015, 14:39
And that didn't... Bother you at all?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 18 Apr 2015, 16:39
They're supposed to squeak. That's how you know they're fresh.

You need to get out more, chaos. ;)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 18 Apr 2015, 18:39
What are cheese curds

This message is coming from Tapatalk inside my phone!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 18 Apr 2015, 18:52
Cheese curds (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheese_curd#/media/File:Cheese_Curds_with_scale_measurement.png)

It's unaged cheese. In Québec they use it to make Poutine.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 18 Apr 2015, 19:39
They're supposed to squeak.

So are mice. Who eat cheese. Here in the south, cheese don't squeak unless there's something living inside it.

Suspicious cheese is suspicious.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 18 Apr 2015, 19:43
You need to get out more, chaos. ;)

I've been outside. It was damp. Had a hobo take up residence in my tent one time. True story.

I'm happy staying in from now on. That hobo later overdosed on hand sanitizer, also true*

*he lived, but was fired from his job
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 18 Apr 2015, 20:56
I created an email address that is just my full name for the express purpose of applying for jobs. I set up auto-forwarding to my main account but became concerned that a response to an application could still get lost in the junk folder. Thus I have set up the following filter.

matches: -buttholes
action: Never send it to spam

Apparently I failed, because gmail just sent a job application response (it's a no, eat dicks Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) to spam, and nowhere in the email wishing me the best of luck in all my future endevaours were there any iterations of the word butthole.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 18 Apr 2015, 21:11
They're supposed to squeak.

So are mice. Who eat cheese. Here in the south, cheese don't squeak unless there's something living inside it.

Suspicious cheese is suspicious.
Hey, it's not my problem if the South likes old cheese.  :roll:

I created an email address that is just my full name for the express purpose of applying for jobs. I set up auto-forwarding to my main account but became concerned that a response to an application could still get lost in the junk folder. Thus I have set up the following filter.

matches: -buttholes
action: Never send it to spam

Apparently I failed, because gmail just sent a job application response (it's a no, eat dicks Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) to spam, and nowhere in the email wishing me the best of luck in all my future endevaours were there any iterations of the word butthole.
It's an intelligent algorithm. It determined that they were buttholes for not hiring you, and sorted appropriately.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 19 Apr 2015, 00:19
I created an email address that is just my full name for the express purpose of applying for jobs. I set up auto-forwarding to my main account but became concerned that a response to an application could still get lost in the junk folder. Thus I have set up the following filter.

matches: -buttholes
action: Never send it to spam

Apparently I failed, because gmail just sent a job application response (it's a no, eat dicks Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) to spam, and nowhere in the email wishing me the best of luck in all my future endevaours were there any iterations of the word butthole.

'Brah, you don't need to hear this shit.'
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 19 Apr 2015, 15:04
The phrase, "Makes my teeth curl," makes my teeth curl.
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Post by: chaospersonified on 19 Apr 2015, 15:48
The phrase, "Makes my teeth curl," makes my teeth curl.

Who the hell says that and how do teeth do that
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 19 Apr 2015, 16:03
I overheard someone say it today in reference to something squicking them and it squicked me.
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 19 Apr 2015, 17:10
Eeeew, that might be the most disgusting way to get their point across.
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Post by: chaospersonified on 19 Apr 2015, 17:46
The expression I'M familiar with is skin curling. That, at least, can happen.
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Post by: hedgie on 19 Apr 2015, 18:50
That *is* rather annoying when it happens.
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Post by: chaospersonified on 19 Apr 2015, 19:54
If my skin began curling, I would immediately call my dad. He's a doctor and what the goddamn hell is happeninging to my epidermis
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 20 Apr 2015, 00:09
'Keep your eyes peeled' is one I particularly hate.
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Post by: Thrillho on 20 Apr 2015, 01:10
I always thought it was skin crawl, not skin curl.

MY SQUICKY SENSE IS TINGLING
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Post by: Detachable Felix on 20 Apr 2015, 03:50
*squick scquick squick*

that's an awkword if ever there were one. Like 'moist'...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 20 Apr 2015, 05:14
You can lose skin curling, especially if you're scrubbing your broom too hard, or you fall on the rink after sliding with the rock.
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Post by: LTK on 20 Apr 2015, 05:15
Now you're making me imagine curling played on a field of skin instead of ice.
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Post by: Detachable Felix on 20 Apr 2015, 05:55
I have been competing with a facebook friend on who can find and like the most Simpsons-themed like pages. I think she's winning, but it's hard to tell - I lost count at 150.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 20 Apr 2015, 07:36
Now you're making me imagine curling played on a field of skin instead of ice.
Or a field of dreams.

(click to show/hide)
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Post by: Aziraphale on 20 Apr 2015, 09:45
Now you're making me imagine curling played on a field of skin instead of ice.

Now all I can picture is Gulliver being aggressively swept by a bunch of tiny Canadians.
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Post by: jwhouk on 20 Apr 2015, 11:35
Now you're making me imagine curling played on a field of skin instead of ice.
Or a field of dreams.

(click to show/hide)

That describes the Wausau Curling Club's new World-Class facility on the southeast side of the city.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 20 Apr 2015, 12:29

That describes the Wausau Curling Club's new World-Class facility on the southeast side of the city.

Read that as Wiseau Curling Club. The Wiseau Curling Club does not exist. Everyone betray me! I fed up with the world.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 20 Apr 2015, 12:40
YOU'RE CURLING ME APART, LISA!
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 20 Apr 2015, 14:13
But Lisa, Lisa will curl us apart again.
Lisa, Lisa will curl us apart again.
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Post by: cesium133 on 21 Apr 2015, 16:40
When you get your (semi)permanent WI drivers license, you'll wonder if it's real, because they sorta look and feel counterfeit.

At least they do compared to the previous ones I had before this new design.
Wow, you weren't kidding. I don't think it would look any more counterfeit if the name on it was McLovin'.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 21 Apr 2015, 16:49
But Lisa, Lisa will curl us apart again.
Lisa, Lisa will curl us apart again.


She's breaking up!! She's braking up!!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 22 Apr 2015, 18:25
I told a sad story about myself to a group of students today and made a few of them cry. Not sure how to feel about that seeing as it wasn't my intent.
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Post by: chaospersonified on 22 Apr 2015, 18:46
You made them feel. That means something, whether or not you meant it that way. It's a sign of quality story-telling to evoke emotion. If you evoked a different one than you intended, then at least you can look back at how the story was told and know it was done well. Maybe it's just the part of me that knows the emptiness of depression, but any emotion, negative or positive, is good. I've felt blank for more than I'm okay with.

Then reconsider everything about how you told it because you meant to get a different response.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 22 Apr 2015, 20:50
I guess the thing that's getting to me is I'm not sure why they cried. I was talking about a dead cousin who had a disability (we were teaching about disabilities) and I mentioned that he died, but also that I didn't think of him as a different or lesser person when he had a big cchunk of his brain removed. It was kinda sad regardless, but I'm hoping I didn't make them cry because I reminded them of a dead family member or something.
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Post by: chaospersonified on 22 Apr 2015, 20:54
If it's a rarer disability, and a significant chunk of people, they were likely just empathizing. If it was a single person, and they were inconsolable, then it's possibly the latter, but still more likely their empathy. It sounds like a sad story, really, just from what little you've said.
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Post by: explicit on 23 Apr 2015, 18:31
I made two more kids cry after I taught a meditation class (during, I guess... during/after). I am on a role.
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Post by: chaospersonified on 23 Apr 2015, 19:04
What the fuck kind of meditatibg do you teach
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Post by: explicit on 23 Apr 2015, 20:28
I thought it was fine! It was just a guided relaxation meditation!
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Post by: sitnspin on 23 Apr 2015, 20:34
The meditation one was probably just emotional release. Crying isn't always about sadness, for some people it's just thier response to letting go. I've dated a couple women who cry after orgasm and I've read enough from others no it's not entirely uncommon. I take it as a sign your class was really successful for them.
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Post by: explicit on 23 Apr 2015, 20:39
At least one was because it had her thinking of her dead relative. We had a sharing part at the end, which is the only reason I found out.

It was my first time leading a meditation, just as it was my first time talking to kids about disabilities. I get that they're emotional topics for some people, but damn, 5 out of my 10 kids this week.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 24 Apr 2015, 07:49
I'm starting to think I may have a caffeine problem.

The coffee machine at my last job was actually named after me. Not even joking there, the guy who bought it for the campe dedicated it to me because he knew how much I liked my morning coffee.

Now, I haven't had any for three days. I'm the one at work who buys the grounds, brews the coffee every morning, and we ran out on Monday. Seeing as I've known for about a week that today would be my last day, I figured I wasn't about to spend part of my last paycheck on coffee for the rest of the clinic.

It's like being hungover, only for me, it's worse, because I've never had a bad hangover before.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 27 Apr 2015, 16:47
Words you do not want to hear from an electrician inspecting your wiring: "Oh, I see this all the time. I do fire investigations."
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Post by: Method of Madness on 27 Apr 2015, 19:16
On the other hand, I bet you felt very glad you called him when you did!
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Post by: Kugai on 27 Apr 2015, 21:42
And now you'll be paying for his weeks Vacation in Miami.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 28 Apr 2015, 07:20
Words you do not want to hear from an electrician inspecting your wiring: "Oh, I see this all the time. I do fire investigations."

Ouch. My grandfather did the wiring in our house. Electricians charge extra because no one quite gets what the hell he was doing
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 28 Apr 2015, 07:36
Fun story: shortly after my dad died, my brother was visiting. While he was in the basement, he plugged an extension cord he found into an outlet. All of a sudden, a weird smell permeated the house. I realized what was happening, ran out to the circuit breaker box, and turned off the power to the basement. My dad had wired up that cord and outlet such that if both ends of the cord were plugged in at the same time as the light on the front porch was on, it would cause a short. Of course I knew this was a bad idea and told my dad it was a bad idea when he did it, but he wasn't one to take my advice...

(That doesn't excuse my brother, though. If you see an extension cord and you don't know what it's doing, don't plug it in.)
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Post by: chaospersonified on 28 Apr 2015, 08:29
Why would you even
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Post by: jwhouk on 28 Apr 2015, 19:21
I come in to work the other night. I'm informed that our control panel - the one that operates all the resident doors in the living unit - has been shut down at the circuit breaker because there was smoke coming from under the panel.

The panel was made before many of you were even born. I think even Mr. Hodges would look at this thing and say, "Wow, that's an old piece of equipment."

I'm just surprised that the thing burnt out now.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 29 Apr 2015, 15:58
I think Mr. Hodges would look at it and go "Oh my, that looks like the work of old Vincent. I knew him - we shared a cup of tea in London 1967, shortly before he moved to Australia, where he wrestled a crocodile and was subsequently eaten by the crocodile's mate. They tell me his last words were "Should've added an extra circuit in", the meaning of which I realize only now as I look upon this piece. You see, because of a rare construction error in one of ten thousand of those pieces (which I had the questionable pleasure to discover in 1983), ...".


 :-P
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 29 Apr 2015, 16:54
Why am I picturing some aristocrat with the Horrible Revelation Official Victorian Outfit (tm) saying that as I read that. Please tell me.
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Post by: LTK on 29 Apr 2015, 16:59
That's what Paul could look like, you never know.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 29 Apr 2015, 17:02
Come to think of it, the possibility does exist. Even more so now that there's disposable monocles too.
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Post by: Thrillho on 30 Apr 2015, 01:25
He didn't look like that when I met him.
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Post by: pwhodges on 30 Apr 2015, 01:58
Last week in Cuba:

(https://cassland.org/images/PaulCuba.jpg)

No monocle; just bifocals.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 30 Apr 2015, 02:18
Nobody wears a monocle while on vacation. THIS IS ALL AN ELABORATE RUSE I SAY
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Post by: LTK on 30 Apr 2015, 08:33
There are few words more hideous and repulsive than triple portmanteaus (https://medium.com/matter/girl-send-me-a-frext-4ae41b9c832b).
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Post by: osaka on 30 Apr 2015, 08:41
That's not only a triple portmanteau, but one of words with a single vocal. Ewww.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 30 Apr 2015, 09:16
Uh...frexting isn't a triple portmanteau. It's just friend and texting. You can't say it's friend and sexting because you don't have any letters from sex in there that aren't in texting.

Also, everything else that's wrong with this!
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Post by: cesium133 on 30 Apr 2015, 09:18
friend+sexting = sendxting?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 30 Apr 2015, 09:19
It's not even sexting, though.
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Post by: cesium133 on 30 Apr 2015, 09:20
I dunno, I didn't read the link. I'm just making up triple portmanteaus.
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 30 Apr 2015, 09:46
I kinda think the idea behind it is cool but I can't get on board with that word.
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Post by: LeeC on 30 Apr 2015, 12:24
What if Mario, as a plumber, goes to a plumber convention and explains what happened to him on his last job that got sucked into the mushroom kingdom.  He then convinced most of the other plumbers to go with him and has an army of plumbers take down Bowser.
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 30 Apr 2015, 12:44
Hold on a second. If a group of celebrities came out as mutually polyamourous then the triple+ portmanteau would be inevitable. And who among us wouldn't fawn over K-GosPat or Brangele$ha?
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Post by: cesium133 on 30 Apr 2015, 13:06
Brangequaylesh: Brangelina hooks up with the Bush/Quayle presidential ticket.  :psyduck:
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 30 Apr 2015, 13:12
I just sicked in my mouth a bit.
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Post by: Kugai on 30 Apr 2015, 15:03
Brangequaylesh: Brangelina hooks up with the Bush/Quayle presidential ticket.  :psyduck:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-D_gP7hR6Q
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Post by: Akima on 30 Apr 2015, 15:26
Nobody wears a monocle while on vacation.
Peter Wimsey? And PWH lives in the locale of Gaudy Night. Well, the same city anyway...
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Post by: pwhodges on 30 Apr 2015, 15:34
One building of the school in Oxford where I boarded from age 9 to 13 has a blue plaque commemorating the fact that it is where Dorothy Sayers was born.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4036/4518353197_bf60917fcb_b.jpg)
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Post by: Masterpiece on 30 Apr 2015, 16:37
And the love that I feel is so far away
I'm a bad dream that I just had today
and you shake your head and said it's a shame

This message is coming from Tapatalk inside my phone!
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Post by: Grognard on 30 Apr 2015, 21:20
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-D_gP7hR6Q

the Audio is Wrong....
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Post by: Kugai on 01 May 2015, 13:27
I believe the audio sound was only ever used in TMP
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Post by: 94ssd on 02 May 2015, 11:25
Currently undertaking what may be my most difficult writing assignment yet, although I don't know why I'm having such a hard time with it.

I was awarded a scholarship for having the highest GPA in the theatre design/tech major. But to receive the money, I have to write a thank you letter to the donors. The donors in many cases are older alumni or generally wealthy donors. I have to write to the parents who set up this scholarship in memory of their daughter, who died of brain cancer over 20 years ago while a student here. And I'm seriously having a hard time figuring out what I'm supposed to say to sound gracious and respectful. And I want them to think that their money is going to someone who deserves it, but I can't be boastful.

This is difficult for me.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 02 May 2015, 11:28
No matter how thankful you may be, and I'm sure you actually are, it's kind of hard to sound actually thankful if you're forced to write a thank you letter. You can replace thankful and thank you with sorry and apology and that's still true.
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Post by: cesium133 on 02 May 2015, 12:00
Eh, just write a generic thank you letter. I highly doubt that it will matter.
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Post by: LTK on 02 May 2015, 13:20
I totally understand why that's difficult but it's not actually how they determine who gets the scholarship, is it? If I had to guess, they do this so that the donors and parents have a personal connection with the people who their scholarship money is helping, which serves as a reminder that their actions helped make a difference for someone, and hopefully makes them feel good about their decision. Your letter doesn't have to be Nobel-prize-worthy to achieve that, so if you just put in an hour of effort you should be fine.
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Post by: Half Empty Coffee Cup on 02 May 2015, 15:41
Tell the truth - you're grateful and you're at a loss for words. No boasting necessary. They have already judged you worthy, no need to go on about who deserves what. That was for them to decide, and they did.
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 04 May 2015, 12:28
We bought a tipi. I realise that this makes me frighteningly middle class but it's an awesome thing. We went looking for a stove in a Nordic outdoors store which I think now seals my status as a tool of oppression. And not just a tool of oppression but a Tool of oppression. Come the revolution, I'll be in my tipi.
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Post by: Kugai on 04 May 2015, 15:15
I'd prefer a Wigwam
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Post by: Akima on 04 May 2015, 15:43
A yurt! (http://travel.mongabay.com/china/600/china_106-7511.JPG)
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Post by: celticgeek on 04 May 2015, 15:44
Hogans (http://www.kstrom.net/isk/maps/houses/hogan.html) here in the Southwest.
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Post by: Is it cold in here? on 04 May 2015, 22:58
Why doesn't "fortress" mean a female fort?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 04 May 2015, 23:04
For that matter, why is the feminine form of actor "actress" and not "actrix"? (Like aviatrix/dominatrix)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 04 May 2015, 23:46
Why would "actor" require a female form, when "doctor" does not (at least in English - dottoressa is a thing in Italian).
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 05 May 2015, 00:13
Fortress is the easy one, the -ess isn't a suffix. The word describes a fortified area. Fort in itself is a poor term as it translates simply as strong.

Actress/aviatrix is more complicated. Both are functional suffixes to denote a feminine form of thier root words. I suspect it's to do with the route each word took into the English language. Actress will have been about long before the advent of powered flight so if actrix existed it may simply have fallen out of use. Language is like that sometimes.

Of course the other interesting question is why didn't a feminine form of doctor make it into the language? As Akima points out, it has existed in other languages.

For the record, I see no need for feminised job/occupation/profession titles. The only exception being for awards like the Oscars where tge industry is under-represented by women despite equal contribution.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 05 May 2015, 06:41
I agree, female forms of words are unnecessary, especially since it takes the main word and makes it male, instead of gender neutral. Someone who acts is an actor, right? But since actress is a word, people hear actor and assume male, which is a problem, since a woman who acts is still an actor.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Detachable Felix on 11 May 2015, 15:25
Musing: Facebook's down, in that time I've created a new twitter account and I've actually gotten back on here. Dear lord. :psyduck:


(@rawkandindie if any of you chumps want to follow btw)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 11 May 2015, 18:11
Do you expect getting anything done in the next few weeks Felix? Because twitter can't help with that.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 11 May 2015, 18:17
Why would "actor" require a female form, when "doctor" does not (at least in English - dottoressa is a thing in Italian).

There's are two inter-related historical reasons, unlike the medical field in many societies, acting has had men and women participating heavily in it since the 1600s.

Second is that for occupations that have been historically male-dominated, "doctor", "lawyer", etc., once women starting working those jobs, they are pretty much doing the same things as men. Assuming your not a sexist, your going to believe that a female doctor is qualified to all the things a male doctor can do and vice-versa. But in theatre, there is still a gender separation because it generally determines what roles you'll play. Even today, when "cross-gender" casting has become somewhat common, you still can't do it without being seen as "making a statement."

I don't know if that makes sense to anyone except me, but yeah. Also those are just historical reasons for why the language is like that, and doesn't mean we still need separate terms today.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 11 May 2015, 21:48
But in theatre, there is still a gender separation because it generally determines what roles you'll play.
So? The roles may be different, but you're still both doing the exact same thing...acting.

Then again, actors act, but doctors don't doct*. Maybe that has something to do with it.

*I kinda wanna see a doctor (in lab coat because duh) doing the "haters gonna hate" walk with the caption "doctors gonna doct".
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Post by: Half Empty Coffee Cup on 11 May 2015, 22:08
Fairly sure the verb form of doctor is doctor. Ex: to doctor a photo.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 11 May 2015, 22:15
Nope, like you just said, the verb doctor has nothing to do with being a doctor. Although I have heard people use "lawyering", which is just weird, so I guess you can use "doctoring" in the same sense.
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Post by: Half Empty Coffee Cup on 11 May 2015, 22:19
Eh, it's easier to piggyback on existing vocabulary... and the contrast between the old and new definitions is amusing to me.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 12 May 2015, 06:52
But in theatre, there is still a gender separation because it generally determines what roles you'll play.
So? The roles may be different, but you're still both doing the exact same thing...acting.

That's the attitude now yes. But again, women acting began in the 1600s, a time when a. the English language was still very fluid, b. parts written for women in theatre were very different, and c. views on gender were not exactly the same as they are now.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 12 May 2015, 06:54
I'm not talking about then, I'm talking about now. Why do we still use the term different words for people who act?
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 12 May 2015, 07:00
I'm not talking about then, I'm talking about now. Why do we still use the term different words for people who act?

Habit. It's a common human trait that can be applied to a lot of things that aren't really in our best interests. It's more a case of why haven't we been motivated to change rather than why are we still doing it.
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Post by: chaospersonified on 12 May 2015, 09:45
Nope, like you just said, the verb doctor has nothing to do with being a doctor. Although I have heard people use "lawyering", which is just weird, so I guess you can use "doctoring" in the same sense.

I feel like that definition of 'doctor' came from an earlier one where the word just meant 'to take care of.' I feel like I read in an old book somewhere about a person doctoring a wound. I'm pretty sure I read this before photoshop was a common thing, though I could be wrong.

If I'm right, it's just a matter of language shifting, and of words taking on new definitions.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 13 May 2015, 18:39
I am living in a porn right now.

This message is coming from Tapatalk inside my phone!
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Post by: osaka on 13 May 2015, 18:48
Complete with the horrible lighting?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 13 May 2015, 19:34
I am living in a porn right now.

This message is coming from Tapatalk inside my phone!

Did someone just deliver a pizza?

(http://static1.squarespace.com/static/5005bfe4e4b0d377efbfefe9/5005e770e4b0f8fa5fb7e179/5005e771e4b0f8fa5fb7e571/1331669540041/?format=750w)
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Post by: Thrillho on 14 May 2015, 00:44
...Bassline.
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Post by: explicit on 14 May 2015, 21:49
I didn't really have a reason to put this anywhere other than cuteawesome, sooooo....

(http://40.media.tumblr.com/692839a5f3a1484199cbf8565f7c9c2e/tumblr_no6nliFjAl1u7dqbso6_1280.png)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 16 May 2015, 14:13
I said "they're just fucking with us" in front of my 5th graders this week. They're city kids. Didn't even phase them.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 16 May 2015, 14:40
When I was a substitute teacher and accidentally did that, I found the best thing was to just keep a straight face and pretend nothing happened. If I stopped what I was doing and/or looked frightened, that made it so much worse. Usually I subbed high school though, so it wasn't a huge deal anyway.
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Post by: Thrillho on 17 May 2015, 04:22
God the number of conversations I've had to have with my students over language. One of them just argues about it ALL the time. It reached the point where instead of explaining I basically just had to say 'because that's the rules that I've set, and I'm in charge. This is not a debate.'

Funnily enough one of my students was working at a pizza place I went to the other night and we commented on how amusing it was that in that context, I could now swear and he couldn't.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 17 May 2015, 09:59
Wait, I thought you worked at a university. I think I've made this mistake before.
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Post by: Thrillho on 17 May 2015, 11:20
I don't. And you have. It's called a college, though, which is probably why you make the mistake.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 17 May 2015, 12:17
Ahh, right. You don't teach, do you?
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Post by: chaospersonified on 17 May 2015, 20:38
I just watched Stand By Me, and it was about half an hour later that I realized, this was the same Rob Reiner that directed 'This Is Spinal Tap,' the movie I think I can credit with about a third of my weird-as-fuck sense of humor. This is a strange realization, and one I felt I should share.
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Post by: Thrillho on 18 May 2015, 01:07
Rob Reiner is one of the most mercurial directors in history. He made Spinal Tap, and Princess Bride, and Stand By Me, but also fucking NORTH.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 18 May 2015, 04:11
The only thing I know about North is that Roger Ebert hated it.
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Post by: Thrillho on 18 May 2015, 05:54
The only thing I know about North is that Roger Ebert hated it.

He hated that movie. He hated, hated, hated, hated, hated that movie. He hated every audience-insulting second of that movie.
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Post by: Kugai on 18 May 2015, 15:00
So, I guess he hated it then.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 18 May 2015, 17:11
Not a huge fan. You could say his review was not...(puts on sunglasses)...north of average.
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Post by: LeeC on 19 May 2015, 04:48
I had no idea JAG and NCIS share the same in series universe.
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Post by: jwhouk on 19 May 2015, 05:46
I believe they are also in the same universe as the CSI franchise as well.

Except for some reason, the Los Angeles in NCIS: LA looks a lot like Las Vegas...  :roll:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Aziraphale on 19 May 2015, 08:30
I believe they are also in the same universe as the CSI franchise as well.

Except for some reason, the Los Angeles in NCIS: LA looks a lot like Las Vegas...  :roll:

I could be forgetting something, but I don't think I've ever seen an NCIS/CSI crossover episode. Then again, I stopped watching NCIS about a year ago and I haven't watched CSI since back when Gary Dourdan was still on the show, so take that with a grain of salt.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 19 May 2015, 15:10
Aren't they all in the snowglobe?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 19 May 2015, 23:53
I don't know man ... have a look.

(http://i.imgur.com/UyNxJiv.jpg)

https://thetommywestphall.wordpress.com/the-master-list/
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 20 May 2015, 12:40
Maybe it's the whole, 'we didn't have a TV in my house and my only tv entertainment comes through Netflix and HBO Go,' but that graphic made less than no sense to me. What is the organizing schematic for that. I could not determine one.

In other news, allergies, if that's what this is, are horrific. I've been cutting grass a lot the last few days, and now... Ugh
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 23 May 2015, 03:49
You know that moment where you're glad you didn't give someone your phone number? I'm having that moment right now.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LeeC on 23 May 2015, 21:21
Was re-watching Band of Brothers for the first time in like 8 years as Dr. Fiancee hasn't seen it.  Was watching the first episode and I was like "Holy shit is that Simon Pegg?" and sure enough Simon Pegg is in the series first couple (http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0111892/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_65) of episodes as an American aide-de-camp for Captain Sobel...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 23 May 2015, 22:05
I just watched Stardust, and had an awakening, which is that I can't recognize Robert Deniro withoutva New York accent
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 24 May 2015, 15:51
I was talking to my mom on the phone and mentioned that there was a Bratwurst Festival in town this weekend. I then had to explain to my mom that bratwurst is German, not Scottish.  :psyduck:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 24 May 2015, 18:52
Bratwurst festival sounds a lot better than the livermush festival that I heard an ad for on the radio today.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 24 May 2015, 18:59
Sounds like quite literally a sausage fest. Can't say I wouldn't like to be there tho.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 28 May 2015, 03:41
Ahh, right. You don't teach, do you?

Missed this. No, I don't. But I do run sessions with the students on various things. Largely extra-curricular.

Anyway, random thought I had walking home today - in the UK, the age of consent for having sex is 16, but the age for being able to watch porn (or even some movies) is 18.

So, if you wanted to, at age 16, you could have a 14-person, golden-shower-themed gang-bang... you just wouldn't be allowed to watch a video of it on the internet. This baffles me.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 28 May 2015, 03:43
Participating is more character building than just watching it online. The government is supporting a society in which everyone gets to play.

Anyway, the UK used to have a different age of consent for gay men anyway, so why so surprised?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 28 May 2015, 03:47
It certainly did, and until depressingly recently as well (I wanna say 2003, I think?).

I'm not surprised, it isn't new information. Just something that I occasionally ponder on and still get confused by.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 28 May 2015, 04:01
Wow, realy? I thought it went the away in the 80's.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_consent_reform#United_Kingdom

Nah, 2000. Much better. By the way:  In 1895, the age of consent in Delaware was 7.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 28 May 2015, 04:17
What.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 28 May 2015, 05:10
In 1895, the age of consent in Delaware was 7.

"Be a 'good boy' now, Elmer"
"Yes, daddy..."
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 28 May 2015, 05:16
That doesn't sound like consent to me Paul.

Although then again how is a kid going to sue their parents in 1895.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 28 May 2015, 05:36
That was my point.  These days, of course, consent is not consent if it can be shown that it was not freely given.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 28 May 2015, 05:46
Due to the concurrency of church and state at the times these things were determined, age of consent for sex is often tied to age of consent for marriage which, back in the day, was tied to the act of consumation. In many respects that is still the determining factor for the age of consent even in are largely secular societies.

Pornography, a relatively latter development was assessed for age restriction without such considerations, as was homosexual sexual activity. So on it's own merits it was judged appropriate for people age 18 and over, similar to driving being assessed for people age 17 and over. I suspect the arguments for each have been lost in the mists of time but were deemed sound at the time and no one has provided a sufficiently compelling argument to eitehr raise or lower them.

From what I can remember, the general compelling argument against lower the age for pornography is that, like movie ratings, if you can watch it, you can make it and that introduces a whole raft of moral and legal issues that would need to be resolved first. At the end of the day, without a strong public interest do to so, going through the efforts to make the changes or otherwise deal with the unexpected consequences of trying to do so simply isn't worth the efforts. And because this would be a legislative issue, you can guarantee it would be political suicide to do so. No shortage of political careers were curtailled in the long effort to afford LGBTs sexual equality. Nobody is going to put their career on the line for mucky ladies on the internet who aren't happy.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 28 May 2015, 06:09
Pornography, a relatively latter development
Pornography is much older than Christianity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turin_Erotic_Papyrus), it is probably older than civilisation.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 28 May 2015, 06:18
I did consider that and imagined a division between pornography as a legislated form and that which came before it. IANAL so not sure where the law falls on this.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 28 May 2015, 08:19
Pornography, a relatively latter development
Pornography is much older than Christianity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turin_Erotic_Papyrus), it is probably older than civilisation.

Further back even than that, it's been suggested by some that the Venus figurines, going back to between 22-28 THOUSAND years ago, the oldest ceramics known, had some arousing purpose.

They were definitely fertility symbols, that much is obvious, and if we had the same standards of beauty now that they had then, I'm pretty sure people would get off to them. Had a conversation about this on a different message board, seems some people do anyway, though it apparently requires you to squint and use one hell of a lot of imagination.

Point is, porn is old. Long as we've had hands and imaginations, tools to create images, I'd wager we've done what we could to show what we were into.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 29 May 2015, 02:41
A penis will register as a finger on a smartphone.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 29 May 2015, 02:48
Making sure no one steals your phone at the next QC meet up or the consequence of bogwanking?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 29 May 2015, 02:57
Did it to turn off an alarm to make my girlfriend laugh. Didn't for a second expect it to work.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 29 May 2015, 03:09
I know a lass who answered a phone taking it out of her bikini top so clearly they aren't digitally dependent. Which is good because now I know you're a lot less likely to end up on Embaressing Bodies talking about how you suffer from finger-cock.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Active Madness on 29 May 2015, 05:25
I said "they're just fucking with us" in front of my 5th graders this week. They're city kids. Didn't even phase them.

How.

Really.

How.

I called a 10th grader a dickhead after he crash-tackled another 10th grader into me and lungs were shat. It was even mid-impact startled exclamation.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Active Madness on 29 May 2015, 05:28
I know a lass who answered a phone taking it out of her bikini top so clearly they aren't digitally dependent. Which is good because now I know you're a lot less likely to end up on Embaressing Bodies talking about how you suffer from finger-cock.

Would it be better to have a finger for a dick, or a dick for a finger?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 29 May 2015, 05:32
Dick for a finger obviously.

On the left hand would be funniest.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 29 May 2015, 08:36
How is it possible for a normal sized cat to take up the entire couch
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 29 May 2015, 08:45
TARDIF
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 29 May 2015, 09:11
A cat's space requirement is not at all linked to its size and rather to its ego. Which, as we all know, probably doesn't even fit on the couch. So you should probably be grateful it doesn't take up even more space..
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 29 May 2015, 11:38
Cats used to be treated as gods, and they haven't forgotten that fact.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 29 May 2015, 15:22
Cats are effectively liquid.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 29 May 2015, 15:28
Cats don't quite obey the laws of physics. They take up more room that they should, and have variable mass too.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 29 May 2015, 15:28
I hadn't heard the one about variable mass. Any personal experiences you'd like to share?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 29 May 2015, 15:32
When cats come over and sit on you, they feel as if they only weigh a few grammes. Then their mass steadily increases until they feel like a bar of lead.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 29 May 2015, 16:18
"It seemeth to vary oddly in size"
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 29 May 2015, 18:27
I said "they're just fucking with us" in front of my 5th graders this week. They're city kids. Didn't even phase them.

How.

Really.

How.

I called a 10th grader a dickhead after he crash-tackled another 10th grader into me and lungs were shat. It was even mid-impact startled exclamation.
I once played Cards Against Humanity with some high school kids I was substitute teaching for. I don't remember what words I used, but I'm pretty sure some swear words were inevitable. (shrugs)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 29 May 2015, 22:13
Cats are effectively liquid.

Quite true.  They take the shape of whatever container you put them in.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 29 May 2015, 23:26
Cats are effectively liquid.

Quite true.  They take the shape of whatever container you put them in.

Yes, the saying I fits, I sits is incorrect. The proper description is I pours, I snores.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 30 May 2015, 03:19
http://bonsaikitten.com/g4.html
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 30 May 2015, 04:29
what the eff

This message is coming from Tapatalk inside my phone!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 30 May 2015, 06:59
I will never call a lego a "minifigure", that just sounds stupid to me. It's a Lego, damn it, regardless of the actual brand. (Same thing with a frisbee, I don't care that it's technically a brand name, as far as I'm concerned, it's been genericized because "flying disc" sounds dumb.)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 30 May 2015, 08:28
what the eff

You do realize that's a hoax that's been going around for nearly fifteen years?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonsai_Kitten
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 30 May 2015, 16:46
I, for one, did not. Thanks for the learning moment!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 30 May 2015, 16:58
Oh god, flashback to being naive, 12, new on the internet and very upset about the poor little kittens.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 31 May 2015, 04:34
So <redacted> has changed his display name.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 31 May 2015, 05:03
Yep.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 31 May 2015, 05:07
How come?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 31 May 2015, 06:23
He's being stalked by his granny's ex-boyfriend due that he said about the roast beef on Whitsun. It's all got a bit unpleasant and awkward, especially after the whole leather socks thing.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 31 May 2015, 06:29
Not too far from the truth :P

I don't want my real name associated with what I post on here any more - I need an extra layer of deniability.

My employer and exes/former friends have proven themselves to be supremely petty in the past, and much of what is posted on here is public.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 31 May 2015, 07:04
I don't think quoted posts change, though.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 31 May 2015, 08:43
Hadn't you better change your sig as well then?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 31 May 2015, 09:33
As far as I remember I'm not identified by full name at either link.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 31 May 2015, 09:59
Quote from: first article on first link
review: blur – the magic whip
by (your full name)

Quote from: first article on second link
Who is Pete Townshend anyway?
Posted by (your full name) in Uncategorized
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 31 May 2015, 10:56
Time to change that then. Was about to check after the last post but haven't been near a computer.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 31 May 2015, 15:23
Well, it would be a good idea (OmegaClassifiedInformation).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 01 Jun 2015, 20:52
Cats are effectively liquid.

Quite true.  They take the shape of whatever container you put them in.

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 03 Jun 2015, 06:01
There is no greater fear than having to walk up to a library lost and found asking if they have a flash drive full of 95% porn.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 03 Jun 2015, 06:14
Wait, what's the 5% that's not porn there for?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 03 Jun 2015, 06:49
Schoolwork.

If it was JUST porn, I'd have taken it as lost.
Porn is replaceable, classwork less so.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 03 Jun 2015, 07:24
Might be the reason nobody claimed what is now my OS install usb stick. It came filled almost to the brim with hentai, and it really had nothing more but a goat simulator installer.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 03 Jun 2015, 07:44
Oh, I didn't give anyone else the chance.

I woke up at 6:00. I never do that. I was at the library when it opened.

This flash drive has my name attached to it, and the porn, and a decent chunk of my semi-erotic fiction.

I'm just glad the lady didn't feel a need to verify it was mine. I was running scenarios the whole forty-minute drive

 "Can you tell me the names of any files or folders?"

"Umm... I think I have 'Bi-racial BBW bukkakke-blowout'* on there? Parts 1-3?"


*No, that is not a thing that's on the flash drive. I have an affinity for alliteration.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 03 Jun 2015, 07:46
See, that's why the root folder of the porn section of a drive is typically named "New Folder 1"
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 03 Jun 2015, 08:40
On that one I found it was "Heavy Rain OST".
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 03 Jun 2015, 08:42
"No, it's not porn, it's a weather forecast app."

Today's forecast: Mostly sunny, high 75F, south wind 5 mph.
Tonight's forecast: Slight chance of bukkake, low 45F.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 03 Jun 2015, 08:44
Isn't heavy rain one of those adventure games made for PS3?

Although I can see the same scenario: "I gotta find my kid, and I'll go through ANY number of perverted high schools to get to him"
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 03 Jun 2015, 09:39
I got Tinder, after making sure Partner was chill with it, for shits and giggles and to see if I could find people I knew on it and holy crap there's a lot of lads named Cathal round here.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 03 Jun 2015, 10:25
... Cathal?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 03 Jun 2015, 10:26
 
See, that's why the root folder of the porn section of a drive is typically named "New Folder 1"

I mean, I didn't name a folder that or anything, but I know me, and I couldn't resist the temptation to make things incredibly awkward. I could name the schoolwork files and folders, but why would I do that when I could make an old lady librarian aware of my personal tastes in pornographic video?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 03 Jun 2015, 10:28
I mean, it's just the name they're looking at, it's not like they'd be opening the file to see if it was what it seemed.

They'd be in one hell of a hurry to let me have my flash drive back, that's for damn sure
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 03 Jun 2015, 15:24
... Cathal?

Common Irish name. More common than I thought apparently.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 04 Jun 2015, 06:17
Never heard of it. But then, I'm nowhere near ireland. In my head it connected to the word 'chattle' and i became very confused.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 04 Jun 2015, 11:07
what happens when my best friend doesn't reply to me:

(http://i.imgur.com/VaW6d6v.png)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 04 Jun 2015, 11:47
Seems legit. Although I've never been in a situation where that was needed.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 04 Jun 2015, 13:00
Supposedly, my class schedule for all of June is 1:15-6:45, Monday through Wednesday, 1:15-3:45 on Thursday.

Realistically, I was through yesterday by 3:00.

Had the first test today. I left the classroom, totally finished, by 1:30.

Professor asked me later in the hall if the test was too easy.

I like to think I'm an honest person.

I was not an honest person today.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 04 Jun 2015, 13:18
Is there any such thing as too easy?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 04 Jun 2015, 13:29
Is there any such thing as too easy?

The test took fifteen minutes. Including my (admittedly spotty) double-checking.

I saw the dude ten minutes after I was finished. Meaning the entire class was finished in less than half an hour, he had had time to walk back to his office, then start his way back to the room, in what should be about 20% of a class period.

Grades-wise, I'm with you.
Education-wise, it ain't rocket science to know that a person walking 2 miles per hour can walk four miles in two.

I'm fine with it because it's gonna get crazy soon enough. Boring shit comes first, and we're literally a week into class.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 04 Jun 2015, 14:51
My class schedule for june is "I have a test tomorrow that'll take 1h, then show some clunky MPI code this monday and do some presentation on the IBM Power775 supercomputer on the 17th that'll be like 10-15 minutes, tops".

And yes this is actual requirements. We've been specifically told to do this.

I kind of love the hardware division of my university. They stopped giving a fuck years ago.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 04 Jun 2015, 15:23
I'm teaching myself precalculus so I can skip it (by testing out) next Friday so I can take calculus I in July then Calculus II in the fall before starting my Masters in Statistics.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 04 Jun 2015, 17:16
Five minutes ago, I came upon a video in Kotaku containing video gameplay footage of a Bowser level out of Super Mario 64.

AS SOON AS I HEARD THE SOUNDTRACK I WAS SUPER ANXIOUS.

When I was a wee boy, my best friend had a N64 and we'd always play Super Mario on it. I suppose hearing the Bowser level music must have woken up some very latent memories of hardship and excitement.

I am literally crying over this right now. It feels like my brain is making jokes to me. But this fucking song appeared out of nowhere and dropped a tactical emotional outburst on my head.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 04 Jun 2015, 20:40
Mathematically, there's a 50% chance of a drunk dude putting his shirt on backwards.

Let's be real. It's 100%
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 04 Jun 2015, 20:42
I refuse to admit, in this space, whether sobriety is a thing I possess.

As far as you fucks know, I'm road-testing stand-up.

You are a fucking terrible audience.

I hope you're proud.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 04 Jun 2015, 21:29
Mathematically, there's a 50% chance of a drunk dude putting his shirt on backwards.

Let's be real. It's 100%

It's like USB ports.  You try to put the plug in, and it won't go in.  Then you turn it around, and the same thing happens.  Finally you switch it back around the first way and it works.  I do not understand this phenomenon.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 04 Jun 2015, 22:08
Mathematically, there's a 50% chance of a drunk dude putting his shirt on backwards.

Let's be real. It's 100%

Drunk me used to be shirtless me. Though, I used to have a six-pack, so maybe that was why.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 05 Jun 2015, 00:15
i have a one pack.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 05 Jun 2015, 00:21
Though, I used to have a six-pack, so maybe that was why.

No, that was why you were drunk.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: MegaBarrakuda on 05 Jun 2015, 00:59
Drunk me has nothing to do with shirts, but I can and will speak perfect swedish when I'm drunk. I even once slept on my friend's sofa and sang "Sommartiden" until I fell asleep.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 05 Jun 2015, 01:49
Kids are like drunks x100. When my sis was like 5 she managed to put her shirt on backwards, inside-out and upside-down once. Now that's impressive.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 06 Jun 2015, 14:01
i have a one pack.
As they say here, a full barrel is better than a six pack.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 06 Jun 2015, 19:22
i have a one pack.
It's called a keg. (I have one, too)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 09 Jun 2015, 14:30
A streamer I follow because of his diverse gameplays of mainly Sonic with some Hatsune Miku Project Diva sprinkled played Project Diva F2nd for 7 hours today. I sat there, waiting, every 7 hours of it, just to say that Miku left the 0 (Something said on the lyrics for "The Intense Voice of Hatsune Miku") to RUN. THRU DA. 6. WIT HER WOES.

And now that I got that horrible joke out of my chest I feel in deeper communion with mankind as a whole.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 09 Jun 2015, 18:15
i have the flu.
not the proper flu, (i've had the proper flu twice ,including the swine, so i know what that's like) but rather the illness people get which they call the flu because they've never actually had the real flu, so probably just a bad cold.

being a man this means that it is most likely a fatal illness.
but it's ok because after i die, i will recover like i always do.

what i can't understand though is why do i get sore eyes when i have a cold.
they really ache.
especially when moving them around.
i could understand if it were sinus pressure or something but right now my head is actually quite clear, it's mostly sitting in my chest.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 09 Jun 2015, 18:21
but it's ok because after i die, i will recover like i always do.
YOU LIVE! YOU DIE! YOU LIVE AGAIN!

Alternative:
"I had the flu, it killed me."
"It killed you?"
"...I got better."
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 09 Jun 2015, 18:22
YOU LIVE! YOU DIE! YOU LIVE AGAIN!

it's what jesus would do.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 09 Jun 2015, 18:28
Jesus: They nailed me to a cross!
Mary Magdalene: A cross?
Jesus: ...I got better.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 09 Jun 2015, 20:45
All this Life of Brian shit makes me want to watch that movie again.

I've seen that damn movie about 157 times. Will the 158th be that much better? Will I see that much more truth in the grammar section? Will I catch something new from Biggus Dickus?

After extensive research, nope.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 10 Jun 2015, 16:43
You jammy bastard
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 10 Jun 2015, 17:43
What I wouldn't give to be spat at in the face
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 11 Jun 2015, 08:13
Thwow him to the floor.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 11 Jun 2015, 08:55
Thwow him to the floor.

I'm sorry, what?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 11 Jun 2015, 16:33
THWOW him to the floor!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 11 Jun 2015, 17:13
There's Godwin's Law, and then there's Python's Law.

"On any given message board on the internet, if it has been around long enough, there will eventually be Monty Python jokes."
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 11 Jun 2015, 20:26
THWOW him to the floor!

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 13 Jun 2015, 08:00
Biggus Dikkus.

bwahahahaha.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 13 Jun 2015, 09:34
Biggus Dikkus.

bwahahahaha.

What's so funny about Biggus Dikkus?

I have a gweat fwiend in Wome cawwed Biggus Dikkus!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 13 Jun 2015, 11:06
They did a great job in the spanish dub to transmit the same level of ridiculousness.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 13 Jun 2015, 13:41
Dito for the German dub. Heh. Schwanzus Longus...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 13 Jun 2015, 14:28
HAIL THEATHER!!!!!!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 13 Jun 2015, 18:27
I just found out I'm (sorta) closely related to the actor who played the title role in the legendarily bad 1981 Tarzan, The Ape Man.

He was nominated for 'Worst Actor,' but I mean, he didn't actually win, so I figure it's fine.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 13 Jun 2015, 22:09
I made a giant fireball and gave myself 2nd degree burns on my right hand. I treated it very well and it's healing perfectly, so I'm inclined to believe my decision to make giant fireballs was a correct one.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 13 Jun 2015, 22:13
There was fire. Therefore, worth it
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 13 Jun 2015, 22:19
That's what you get practicing Kamehameha Blasts without adequate training.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 14 Jun 2015, 08:49
What I actually did was take one of those 10 gallon drums of water (the office-type water jugs), mixed around some rubbing alcohol in it and then dropped a match. It looks sweet.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 14 Jun 2015, 12:47
Ouch

My advice, stick to Mentos and Cola bottles
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 14 Jun 2015, 13:02
Diet Coke, very important; works better.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 14 Jun 2015, 16:44
Ouch

My advice, stick to Mentos and Cola bottles

This was literally my Phys Sci lab this past Wednesday
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 18 Jun 2015, 20:50
I literally just spent 20 goshdang minutes in the bathroom talking to the mirror like I'm some kind of stand-up comedian. Shit, whether I had an act or not, the entirety of it (excepting the joke about my father shitting in a pool) was expended. Mayhap this belongs in the 'I am Drunk!' Thread, but seeing as I stilll feel mostly sober, I feel it's more a miscellaneous musing.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 18 Jun 2015, 23:17
dammit thai food! why must you be so good, but hurt stomach with your spicyness so bad!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 18 Jun 2015, 23:28
dammit thai food! why must you be so good, but hurt stomach with your spicyness so bad!

Because Thailand is silly. Why should it pronounce it's name as such? The obvious pronunciation is fucking sexy. I'd visit thigh-land all the goddamn time. The booty is attached to the thighs is the most attractive part to the person!
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 19 Jun 2015, 07:40
Pluralizing person as persons is probably the most wrong sounding technically correct thing in the English language. It makes me cringe.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 19 Jun 2015, 08:16
Going back to the Latin, "person" derives from "persona", which refers to an individual. "People", on the other hand, comes from "populum", and it refers to a group of persons sharing a culture or social environment.  So in origin, "person" is a singular word with the plural "persons", and "people" is a singular word meaning "a group of miscellaneous persons" and having the plural "peoples".

Neither OED nor Merriam-Webster gives "people" as the plural of "person", even informally.  However, many writers have used people as the plural form of person, and nowadays it is widely accepted. Notice that legal and very formal texts still use persons as the plural form.

It would certainly sound wrong to describe the trinitarian Christian God as "three people" rather than "three persons".
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 19 Jun 2015, 13:20
Like I said, I know persons is correct, just something about it is...ugh. I don't know why.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 19 Jun 2015, 13:40
Trying to remember everything I did last night after drinking all the beer. Sober me is not pleased with drunk me's decisions.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 19 Jun 2015, 14:47
Maybe it's just the three years of Latin I took in HS, but I never refer to it as "persons". I usually go with personae.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 19 Jun 2015, 19:23
Maybe it's just the three years of Latin I took in HS, but I never refer to it as "persons". I usually go with personae.

How very dramatic of you.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 19 Jun 2015, 19:27
Quidquid excusatio prandium pro.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 19 Jun 2015, 20:15
As of today, I have had both experiences, and I can say that, in the short term, a minor car wreck is hella more stressful than a near-death accident resulting in a month-long coma and permanent partial-paralysis.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 20 Jun 2015, 09:06
It's more annoying when it's a dumb animal that causes the accident, IMNSHO and experience.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 20 Jun 2015, 11:13
It's more annoying when it's a dumb animal that causes the accident, IMNSHO and experience.

At least then you don't have to deal with panicking, hyperventilating, locking your keys in the car alongside your insurance information, and ultimately having to leave your (somehow broken down after only denting the sideboard behind the back wheel) car about 500 yards from the police station. It was a bad day.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 21 Jun 2015, 19:02
So I'm technical directing a play this summer, but at the last production meeting I got asked if I could also do props...the play is partially set in a crackhouse. I feel as though this comic is applicable.

(https://q2qcomics.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/q2q-1981.png)

Then again, considering that one semester I took Arabic class and a course on international terrorism at the same time, my internet searches have probably already put me on the NSA's list. Why not add the DEA too?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Masterpiece on 22 Jun 2015, 01:41
Two years after my phone mistakenly renamed Jeph into Hephzibah (https://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,28754.msg1138388.html#msg1138388) (which turned into Jephzibah, an inside joke), I have noticed the following:

(http://i.imgur.com/2wtDrvz.png)

I have succeeded.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 23 Jun 2015, 11:00
In about half an hour, I get to quote Hanners about paint drying! In a college class! To people!

Paraphrase, really, but she was correct in what she said, so I mean, I'm not going to be citing her as my source, it just happens that her monologue is what gave me the idea to include a whole slide on how paint dries.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 27 Jun 2015, 15:32
It's a shame my boyfriend was already married once, otherwise we should have totally engraved our wedding bands with #yowo
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 28 Jun 2015, 20:47
It's a shame my boyfriend was already married once, otherwise we should have totally engraved our wedding bands with #yowo

what if you went and got married to someone else first and then got divorced?

then you could have #yowt
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 29 Jun 2015, 17:15
Now I'm imagining Nancy Sinatra singing "You only wed twice... (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDitUVMMzE0)"
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 30 Jun 2015, 01:32
Why in the name of everloving crikey do news stories like this one (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-33308968) quote what people have tweeted, and then EMBED THE BLOODY TWEET.

You just told us what it said! Why are you showing us???
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 30 Jun 2015, 07:35
I guess to make it easy for people to retweet.

Oh wait, no, I just looked and it's a picture of the tweet. Ok, that's fucking stupid.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 30 Jun 2015, 14:15
I'm guessing for people with screen-readers? I don't know if they can read embedded tweets, which if they can they should just do that, but if they're pictures maybe that's why.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 30 Jun 2015, 15:33
It's the picture itself that's pointless.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 30 Jun 2015, 16:30
Ah, I got my reasoning backwards.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 30 Jun 2015, 18:23
You just told us what it said! Why are you showing us???
Evidence that the tweet was actually made, and the columnist didn't just make it up? Even if it is subsequently deleted? Rather as that public shaming (http://publicshaming.tumblr.com/) Tumblr thing does?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 01 Jul 2015, 02:37
We're in a fairly interesting period in the development of digital social media where the masses are learning that they can hold people to account faster than they're leaning that they can be held accountable. It's happened before with TV and radio and live broadcasting, except the thing that the majority haven't really got to grips with is that this really can affect absolutely anyone, anywhere, at anytime.

What amuses me is that this new era has given rise to the notion of a "keyboard warrior" where people are accused of hiding behind a veil of digital anonymity that allows them to say anything they like without consequences. That is, to an extent, a truism. But the flip side of that is that what is dismissively classed as "saying anything they like" also very much includes "saying exactly what they think". Part of what is shocking and upsetting us these days is the blunt, unadulterated, unfiltered truth. We've given people the means to shed social conventions and they've used it.

Perhaps this, more than many others, is a situation deserving of one of my favourite catchphrases: "How did you think this was going to end?"
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 01 Jul 2015, 07:03

We're in a fairly interesting period in the development of digital social media where the masses are learning that they can hold people to account faster than they're leaning that they can be held accountable. It's happened before with TV and radio and live broadcasting, except the thing that the majority haven't really got to grips with is that this really can affect absolutely anyone, anywhere, at anytime.

What amuses me is that this new era has given rise to the notion of a "keyboard warrior" where people are accused of hiding behind a veil of digital anonymity that allows them to say anything they like without consequences. That is, to an extent, a truism. But the flip side of that is that what is dismissively classed as "saying anything they like" also very much includes "saying exactly what they think". Part of what is shocking and upsetting us these days is the blunt, unadulterated, unfiltered truth. We've given people the means to shed social conventions and they've used it.

Perhaps this, more than many others, is a situation deserving of one of my favourite catchphrases: "How did you think this was going to end?"

It's too bad we don't have a "LOVE IT!" button on this forum, because this post deserves one.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 01 Jul 2015, 09:05
Steady on lad.

I'm hoping someone will come along and do the usual and say it better and say more.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 04 Jul 2015, 12:21
I think I'm getting burned out on the internet.

Lately, people are just... getting to me.

I have no problem with people lacking intelligence. It can't be helped, and it's not a personality flaw. Some of the nicest people I've ever met are incredibly stupid and/or uneducated, some of the biggest arseholes I've ever met have been super intelligent. So I don't want to be like 'I am sick of internet stupidity'.

First of all, Facebook is a cesspit. Top trending story the other day - Jennifer Lawrence wears a pencil skirt and crop top. That was it. THAT WAS FUCKING IT. And the third from top? Someone I've never heard of posing topless on the front of W magazine, which I've also barely heard of. And everything is minion memes, or inspirational bullshit, or trendy charitable causes, or complaints about minion memes. I really want to delete my Facebook, but outside of the Newsfeed it's such a perfect central point for contacting friends of mine around the globe.

I've also been idiotically reading Amazon reviews lately, and Asda ones, actually. This is an example of stupidity which is actually... well, I don't want to say malignant, but could be damaging.

Products on Amazon being reviewed, and the review is like one star out of five, 'arrived late, when it arrived it was perfect.' THAT'S A REVIEW OF THE SELLER NOT THE PRODUCT. I'm sure plenty of people, like me, don't even click on a product we're considering unless it's four stars or up, and if it's a small seller, your idiotic one star review of their delivery NOT their product, could have a serious effect on their income.

It doesn't matter so much on Asda, but their home delivery app is relatively new, so some products only have one review, and the reviews are just... someone gave some chocolate bars one star out of five because the pack they got sent was a month out of date. How is that a review of the product? Is ever single chocolate bar in every single star a month out of date? WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: BeoPuppy on 04 Jul 2015, 12:32
I love you.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 04 Jul 2015, 12:37
Oh man the review thing... I was shopping for a bag and a phone-wallet a while ago and I read a bunch of reviews for different products, it's incredible how ratings happen. One of the wallet reviews had one star because their iPhone 6 didn't fit in it, while the description of the product itself clearly stated the wallet was designed for the iPhone 5... Same thing with bags: "this bag is way smaller than I expected", the measurements are RIGHT THERE.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 04 Jul 2015, 12:51
I also saw one when I was trying to find my Fallout review for another thread, where someone had given Fallout 3, widely regarded as one of the greatest computer games ever made, one star, because he didn't have enough hard drive space for it.

And previous times, I've seen people giving bad reviews for a Limp Bizkit hits collection because of it having too many covers on. That's a legit criticism, except it's painfully obvious they didn't listen to the album, because almost every single one listed 'My Generation,' which is not a cover of the Who song, but an original Bizkit composition of the same name.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 04 Jul 2015, 15:21
It's funny, that reminded me of a thing that I've kinda thought about for a while. 2011-2013 clearly was a bright period of time for EDM because everybody and their mom had a track called Lights. KlaYpex, not even content with their own Lights, remixed Ellie Goulding's "When I'm Alone (Lights)".

The point being that people end up having similar titles because there's a limited number of words in a language.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 06 Jul 2015, 01:30
And to top off my Amazon reviews rant, some posted a 'correction' in response to a review I wrote of Nick Cave's The Good Son.

In April 2006.

They wrote to point out that Murder Ballads came out after The Good Son.

I had used the phrase 'murder ballads,' which was of course, a pre-existing phrase before Nick Cave released an album named after them. I replied to the comment about three minutes later saying almost exactly that, except I used the word 'neologism' just to appear as up my own arse as possible. I also pointed out that the review was from nine fucking years ago.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 06 Jul 2015, 15:36
Did you sign off with "so suck it"?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 08 Jul 2015, 02:09
Nah, my name on there is attached to my seller account so I need a good reputation.

In other news - it amuses me how the different faculties in my college are each competent or incompetent in different flavours.

- There's the faculty that will do everything immaculately.
- There's the faculty that will do everything immaculately - if it directly benefits them. Otherwise they'll refuse to do it flat out.
- There's the faculty that will enthusiastically attempt to do anything you ask, but fuck it up.
- And there's the faculty that never do what you ask of them because they don't check their emails and their managers are complete dick.

Circle of life I suppose.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 08 Jul 2015, 14:59
Why are there no modern cars that have flywheels? If all cars had those installed when it was feasible to do so, wouldn't we have collectively saved millions of liters of fuel by now?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Pilchard123 on 08 Jul 2015, 15:35
What about the problems it would cause with turning?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 08 Jul 2015, 15:47
Also they're rather difficult to set up, specially once they get to a semi-large size.

Then there's Nissan's LMP1 vehicle and a 7kg flywheel that caused a nightmare on the setup, but that's talking about extremes.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 08 Jul 2015, 16:27
What about the problems it would cause with turning?
Is that a problem when they're mounted on the back wheels? I can see how making the front wheels heavier would make them harder to turn while moving, but on the other hand, this seems like an easy variable for account for. Correct me if I'm wrong, but in modern cars the force applied to the wheels to make them turn is multiple steps away from the degree to which the steering wheel is turned, right? That's regulated by the onboard computer for safety reasons, I assume. Adding proportionally more force for the weight of the flywheel and the speed of the vehicle seems rather simple.

If not, flywheels on the back don't have this problem, do they? The force that makes the car turn when the wheels turn should be vastly stronger than the additional gyroscopic force from the flywheels that counteracts turning. Unless I'm underestimating the weight of the flywheel. Do they have to meet a certain minimum weight in order to be effective?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 12 Jul 2015, 14:16
I ordered something last week, and it shipped on the 6th, out of Milwaukee. The "estimated delivery date" is the 17th. Milwaukee is 1 hour by car from here...  :psyduck:
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 12 Jul 2015, 18:43
It has to ship down to Louisville, where it then has to go to the Kansas City hub, which then has to fly up to MSP, which then sends a truck down I-94 to their distribution center in Waukesha, which then puts it on a truck for that one hour trip to Madison.


Where it sits at the shipping hub in Madison until they can find a driver to miss your place of delivery because he's being paid minimum wage and it's hot out.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: looktall on 12 Jul 2015, 20:13
I ordered something last week, and it shipped on the 6th, out of Milwaukee. The "estimated delivery date" is the 17th. Milwaukee is 1 hour by car from here...  :psyduck:
i had something being delivered to me at work.
it was being drop shipped from the vendor's warehouse.
i checked the tracking at 8am and it said it was on the truck for delivery.
it was finally delivered at 430pm.

the vendors warehouse is literally visible from my place of employment.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 12 Jul 2015, 20:20
That's because he did his entire round before going to your place of work. It's not a 24h delivery that extends 18 days.

Thankfully, I don't have troubles with shippings because I never have money to order anything. Being poor had to have a perk.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 13 Jul 2015, 12:33
My computer concepts class today required us to make a powerpoint for a presentation on Galileo. We had to insert photos, from the internet if possible, but my computer could only use clip art.

This is how I learned QC shows up when you search 'Philosopher.'

I don't know how this happened, but a nine year old strip appeared, between Dora and Marten, and it made me very happy.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 13 Jul 2015, 13:44
Which one?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 13 Jul 2015, 14:00
Which one?

It was sometime in 2006, and Marten was complaining to Dora, and it turned philosophical, that's all I can remember. There wasn't a comic #, and there wasn't a title visible. They did some kind of cropping thing that could've cut off the top.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 13 Jul 2015, 15:44
I met a little girl the other day who's name is Isis. She may have a tough time growing up.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 13 Jul 2015, 15:49
That's sad because it's a beautiful name, at least imo. I guess everything changed when the fire(arms) nation attacked.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Thrillho on 14 Jul 2015, 01:08
A friend of mine's sister is called Isis.

One of my favourite Bob Dylan songs is called Isis.

In a few years' time, no one will remember this ISIS.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: LTK on 14 Jul 2015, 02:05
Someone told a story on the internet about how he was afraid of getting a tattoo because he thought in twenty years time, it could become the modern equivalent of a swastika. His friend had no such concerns... and had a tattoo set of his favourite band, ISIS.

Anyway, hasn't everyone settled on calling it IS now?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 14 Jul 2015, 02:13
Isis is the name of the main river through Oxford (it's called the Thames elsewhere, but let's not quibble over such things - both names are formed from the same Latin root anyway).
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 14 Jul 2015, 06:26
My computer concepts class today required us to make a powerpoint for a presentation on Galileo. We had to insert photos, from the internet if possible, but my computer could only use clip art.

This is how I learned QC shows up when you search 'Philosopher.'

I don't know how this happened, but a nine year old strip appeared, between Dora and Marten, and it made me very happy.

I'm betting it was 976.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 14 Jul 2015, 09:43
My computer concepts class today required us to make a powerpoint for a presentation on Galileo. We had to insert photos, from the internet if possible, but my computer could only use clip art.

This is how I learned QC shows up when you search 'Philosopher.'

I don't know how this happened, but a nine year old strip appeared, between Dora and Marten, and it made me very happy.

I'm betting it was 976.

Nope. It was just Marten and Dora, and it's not showing up today, for some reason.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 14 Jul 2015, 09:57
I found it highly disappointing this morning that the email I received titled "degas time" was not about the history of French impressionist art.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 14 Jul 2015, 15:27
The hell else could that be about
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 14 Jul 2015, 15:29
DeGassing?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 14 Jul 2015, 15:30
Like de-gassing? With a proper dash? That makes sense.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 14 Jul 2015, 15:39
Isis is the name of the main river through Oxford (it's called the Thames elsewhere, but let's not quibble over such things - both names are formed from the same Latin root anyway).
I thought it was the Cherwell, but it seems I was wrong. It probably comes from learning about Oxford from Gaudy Night.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 14 Jul 2015, 15:48
DeGassing?
It was a grad student in the lab I used to work in asking how long he should de-gas an ion gauge.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: pwhodges on 14 Jul 2015, 16:06
The Cherwell joins the Isis alongside Christ Church Meadow.  Having two rivers that join in the centre of town has contributed to the traffic problems!

Isis is also the name of the second Oxford boat in the Boat Race (Cambridge's is called Goldie).  Cherwell is the name of a student newspaper which was notable for continuing to be published through the General Strike in 1926.

Other river names to be careful of:  the Thame joins the Thames at Dorchester, a little South of Oxford; there are rivers called Avon and Stour all around the country, so you often need to check which is being talked about.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 14 Jul 2015, 18:33
Kinda like Old Hickory Boulevard in Nashville.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 15 Jul 2015, 10:40
If you're inclined to be particularly pedantic, you shouldn't call it the River Avon as Avon transliterates as river. Another of those fine English moments when an occupying force deigned to ask the indigenous people what something was called and they responded on the simplest terms possible.

Of course when whatever actually counts for being British became cohesive enough to be an occupying force itself, we just did the same thing to whichever poor sods we were rampantly territorialising at the time. And because traditions are important, it seems like the Americans may have been doing the same again in its recently occupied territories.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 15 Jul 2015, 13:42
But all that came about when the Norman Orcs invaded Aengland and defeated her weaponed men.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: jwhouk on 15 Jul 2015, 15:14
And then, centuries later, sent their losers and convicts to Aussie and New Zealand...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Akima on 15 Jul 2015, 18:01
Nobody was sent to New Zealand, since it was never a penal colony. Treating NZ's history as the same as Australia's is as silly as treating Canada's as the same as the USA's.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: chaospersonified on 15 Jul 2015, 18:36
Nobody was sent to New Zealand, since it was never a penal colony. Treating NZ's history as the same as Australia's is as silly as treating Canada's as the same as the USA's.

I love this analogy so much. Our hat had a history before we knew her, we don't judge her for that.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: hedgie on 15 Jul 2015, 18:38
The US got its fair share of convicts, as well.  IIRC, Georgia and at least parts of the Carolinas were once penal colonies. 
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: ChaoSera on 16 Jul 2015, 01:02
One thing I learned from the ESPN athlete photo shooting: Thor is real and he plays Rugby.

(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Metope on 16 Jul 2015, 02:27
Correction: Thor is real and he plays drums.

(http://assets.noisey.com/content-images/contentimage/20530/thor.jpg)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 16 Jul 2015, 07:52
Which one is Donald Blake?
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: 94ssd on 17 Jul 2015, 20:12
I have been working as the technical director on a new play where half the actors are Deaf. I now have been given a name sign.

It's the sign for hammering a nail, but with the right hand forming the letter "D" (the first letter in my name)...because I'm the one building the set.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 19 Jul 2015, 12:15
I didn't think it was possible to hate Trump more than I already do, but here I am. Every time I think he's plateau'd he proves me wrong. It's pretty amazing, actually.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 19 Jul 2015, 12:20
He's a Grade AAA+ Asshole
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 19 Jul 2015, 12:29
He's good at eliciting a response, I'll give him that... Maybe pissing off every single minority, veteran and people who aren't complete douchebags isn't the best way to go, but he's on the news a lot...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 19 Jul 2015, 12:31
So's Kim Kardashian,  but you wouldn't vote for her either
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 19 Jul 2015, 12:32
Well, if I had to pick between the two...
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Kugai on 19 Jul 2015, 12:39
....... I'd vote for Barney The Purple Dinosaur
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: celticgeek on 19 Jul 2015, 12:55
Bernie.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Grognard on 19 Jul 2015, 14:38
(http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/[email protected]@._V1_SX214_AL_.jpg)

Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: explicit on 19 Jul 2015, 15:08
I'd vote for a dead guy
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: cesium133 on 19 Jul 2015, 15:09
Hey, if it's vote for John Ashcroft, or vote for the dead guy... (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Carnahan)
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: osaka on 19 Jul 2015, 16:55
That movie got its title translated in Spain as "Este muerto está muy vivo", just to remove any hint of doubt of what was going on.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Welu on 21 Jul 2015, 10:53
Inspired by the video in the Relationship thread, I found out how many of my Facebook friends are people I met online versus meat life.

45% are people I met online. I find that really cool.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Method of Madness on 21 Jul 2015, 11:37
I dunno the percentage, but I certainly talk to online friends more than the ones I met in real life. One of my best friends is someone I met online in high school and have only hung out with in person once.
Title: Re: miscellaneous musings
Post by: Loki on 26 Jul 2015, 05:48
A ring has fewer holes in it than any sieve of equal diameter.
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Post by: ChaoSera on 26 Jul 2015, 08:31
Great observation, Sherloki.
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Post by: Kugai on 26 Jul 2015, 14:59
It's the one ring
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Post by: Method of Madness on 26 Jul 2015, 17:13
The one ring to rule the hole.
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Post by: 94ssd on 29 Jul 2015, 07:02
Posting from my phone: the power just went out in my apartment. It's a perfectly clear day, so I decide I better call the power company to see if my roommate forgot to pay the bill or something. But all lines have been busy for the last 5 mins. Sooo I'm just gonna assume I'm not the only one having a problem and go to work.
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Post by: Masterpiece on 30 Jul 2015, 02:42
Random Thought: Everything we eat is processed sunshine.
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 30 Jul 2015, 10:00
Salt. It can come from mines. As can treacle but I think it derives ftom fossilisation so also sunshine.
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Post by: LTK on 30 Jul 2015, 10:02
Sodium and chlorine are both elements forged in the heart of stars.

We also eat elements that are heavier than iron, so the claim holds up if you consider nuclear fusion through supernova explosions to be 'processed sunshine' as well.
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Post by: cesium133 on 30 Jul 2015, 10:35
Lithium isn't made in stars, though. That's why it's so rare in the universe. So if you happen to eat something containing lithium, then you're eating processed Big Bang.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 30 Jul 2015, 10:54
Isn't everything technically processed Big Bang?

Everyone you fuck is processed Big Bang :parrot:
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Post by: Thrillho on 30 Jul 2015, 11:48
Everyone you fuck used to be bits of dead dinosaur.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 30 Jul 2015, 11:55
Yeah, I'm ok with that.
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Post by: explicit on 30 Jul 2015, 14:32
Every time you fuck you're fucking star stuff - pervert Carl Sagan.
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Post by: Thrillho on 30 Jul 2015, 15:33
Anybody mind if I steal all of these observations for song lyrics? No one has stolen any of it have they?
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 30 Jul 2015, 15:51
Not me, but I do want to hear a song about treacle mining
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Post by: Method of Madness on 30 Jul 2015, 17:48
Anybody mind if I steal all of these observations for song lyrics? No one has stolen any of it have they?
I mean I may not be the first one to say what I said (in fact I almost certainly wasn't) but I didn't get it from anywhere.
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Post by: Masterpiece on 30 Jul 2015, 19:18
My line is not mine. Just saying.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 30 Jul 2015, 19:19
There's nothing new under the sunshine, processed or otherwise.
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Post by: chaospersonified on 30 Jul 2015, 21:18
There's nothing new under the sunshine, processed or otherwise.

Would this imply also, that the sun itself is un-new? Or just everything it shines upon? I appreciate the Ecclesiastes reference, btw, my favorite biblical book, but I do wonder. The book itself is rather florid, I can't be sure what you intend
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Post by: Thrillho on 31 Jul 2015, 00:48
There's nothing new under the sunshine, processed or otherwise.

Litigious musicians often say otherwise - tell that to George Harrison, or even Robin Thicke.

Anyway I might just keep the line I said.
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Post by: pwhodges on 31 Jul 2015, 01:13
Even centuries old can be new, as Hyperion discovered to their cost (http://www.5rb.com/case/hyperion-records-ltd-v-sawkins/).
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Post by: Method of Madness on 31 Jul 2015, 11:14
I wonder when I'll get my 20,000th post. Probably sometime in 2016. My posts per day average will probably hit 10 by then.
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Post by: cesium133 on 31 Jul 2015, 11:42
*calculates in my head*
Assuming I continue at my current rate, I'll hit 10,000 in 2022, and 20,000 in 2032. Also assuming the forum is still here, I'm still alive, and I haven't been banned or something by then.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 31 Jul 2015, 12:00
At my current rate (since joining) I'll hit 20k in May 2017 or so, but my posting was a lot slower for the first few years (I joined in December 2010 but I didn't really become a regular until mid-2011 or so if memory serves, and I started posting more when I became a mod in January 2012).
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Post by: celticgeek on 31 Jul 2015, 14:06
Hmmmmmmmmm.  I just noticed that I have spent 364 days, 12 hours, and 42 mnutes on this forum. 

And made 2506 posts.

I am not sure just exactly what this means, though, except for spending a lot of time here.
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Post by: Kugai on 31 Jul 2015, 15:30
Doesn't everyone?
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Post by: jwhouk on 31 Jul 2015, 18:41
Not half as much as I used to, that's for sure.

I don't think I've started a WCDT in years...
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Post by: 94ssd on 31 Jul 2015, 20:40
According to my calculations, math is hard and I don't feel like doing it right now.

Apparently the power outage I mentioned above was the result of 'human error' during a line repair, causing 50,000 people to be without power for over 2 hours.

Now the question I'm wondering is - is that employee fired, or did they just have to deal with a lot of shit from their buddies back at the office.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 31 Jul 2015, 20:41
Hmmmmmmmmm.  I just noticed that I have spent 364 days, 12 hours, and 42 mnutes on this forum. 

And made 2506 posts.

I am not sure just exactly what this means, though, except for spending a lot of time here.
Wow, much more than me. 136:05:31.
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Post by: Kugai on 31 Jul 2015, 22:26
62 days, 1 hours and 20 minutes

8.226 Posts
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Post by: Method of Madness on 31 Jul 2015, 22:35
Hmmmmmmmmm.  I just noticed that I have spent 364 days, 12 hours, and 42 mnutes on this forum. 

And made 2506 posts.

I am not sure just exactly what this means, though, except for spending a lot of time here.
Wow, much more than me. 136:05:31.
For each of my posts I've spent a little under 14 minutes on the forum.
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Post by: Method of Madness on 01 Aug 2015, 07:25
It's an admittedly silly principle, but a principle nonetheless, I refuse to use the stupid new* spelling of the Sci-Fi Channel. Yes, I get the trademark reasons for changing your name, but "Syfy" is just atrocious.

*Well I guess it's not that new anymore.
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Post by: cesium133 on 01 Aug 2015, 08:31
I always pronounce it "Siffy" instead of "Sci-Fi."