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Re: miscellaneous musings
« Reply #2700 on: 16 Dec 2016, 16:33 »

Of course. Buses are way faster than casinos.
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« Reply #2701 on: 04 Feb 2017, 20:34 »

"The question you must ask yourself is this: will the good you do the other man by helping him overcome his problem - whatever that may be - gout, let's say - will the help you do to the other man in overcoming his gout exceed the harm, exhaustion and general sense of distaste that you incur to yourself in helping him? I know it doesn't sound very noble, Harry, but then neither does damaging yourself for the sake of others, as you will then require fixing, and others will be damaged in the attempt, and so it goes on and on and on, and frankly everyone ends up a worse mess than they were to begin with." A pause while he considered his own world view, before adding, "Besides, gout? Are you really going to help someone get through gout?"

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« Reply #2702 on: 13 Feb 2017, 13:31 »

Someone asked me for directions at a stoplight today. I can't remember the last time that happened.

I also knew the answer, so that was good!
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« Reply #2703 on: 13 Feb 2017, 14:20 »

Why do neighbors that come home at 02:00 in the AM insist on talking loudly and banging about when the door they're going in through is THE WIDTH OF A FOUR DOOR SALOON CAR from my fraking bedroom?!!!
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« Reply #2704 on: 18 Feb 2017, 15:30 »

I'm assuming most people here don't follow the NBA, but this it's currently all star weekend. Normally, this whole weekend is about sports. This year, all-star point guard Kyrie Irving has dominated press coverage due to his ardent support of the flat earth theory.

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« Reply #2705 on: 21 Mar 2017, 14:31 »

I'm starting to think that my best chance of being able to work without distractions is to have music playing, not because that by itself helps me focus - it doesn't - but because it displaces the infinite number of distractions generated by my own brain by one single distraction that's easier to ignore. The internet really fucked me up.
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Re: miscellaneous musings
« Reply #2706 on: 21 Mar 2017, 18:20 »

My job has reached a point of automation and I find I almost need to make doing the job a background process otherwise I can't focus on it, as odd as that is phrased. It's like when I enter my password or similar things. At this point I don't remember the actual code, I just muscle memory the action and if I try to think about it, my brain short circuits. Except it's my entire freaking work shift.

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« Reply #2707 on: 21 Mar 2017, 19:19 »

At this point I don't remember the actual code, I just muscle memory the action and if I try to think about it, my brain short circuits. Except it's my entire freaking work shift.


Just to clarify: You're actually coding on autopilot? Respect!
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« Reply #2708 on: 21 Mar 2017, 19:46 »

I wish. Just was using code to mean password in that context. My job has nothing to do with coding.

Although if you mash the keyboard on http://www.hackertyper.com it can feel like autopilot.

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« Reply #2709 on: 22 Mar 2017, 15:40 »

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« Reply #2710 on: 22 Mar 2017, 17:27 »

I wish. Just was using code to mean password in that context. My job has nothing to do with coding.

Although if you mash the keyboard on http://www.hackertyper.com it can feel like autopilot.
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« Reply #2711 on: 05 Apr 2017, 08:00 »

Is there a word or phrase to perfectly encapsulate the feeling of being scared of something while also being intensely interested in it? For example being too scared to watch a horror movie but filled with utter curiosity that you feel you should watch it.
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« Reply #2712 on: 05 Apr 2017, 09:04 »

Is there a word or phrase to perfectly encapsulate the feeling of being scared of something while also being intensely interested in it? For example being too scared to watch a horror movie but filled with utter curiosity that you feel you should watch it.
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Morbid curiosity? Fatal attraction?
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« Reply #2713 on: 05 Apr 2017, 09:28 »

Is there a word or phrase to perfectly encapsulate the feeling of being scared of something while also being intensely interested in it? For example being too scared to watch a horror movie but filled with utter curiosity that you feel you should watch it.
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Probably 'anxious' is the best fit if you're looking for a single word?
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« Reply #2714 on: 11 Apr 2017, 02:36 »

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« Reply #2715 on: 11 Apr 2017, 13:18 »

Why does the QC comic page invite me to date Russian women?

I think there's a thread for telling Jeph about dodgy ads somewhere around, and he'd likely pick it up if you emailed him.
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« Reply #2716 on: 11 Apr 2017, 13:21 »

Why does the QC comic page invite me to date Russian women?



Octobriana curious: What wrong with Russian women, paschalusta?

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« Reply #2717 on: 28 Apr 2017, 10:57 »

In space-faring scifi universes like Star War, Wh40k, and etc do you suppose they sing space versions of sea shanties while working?
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« Reply #2718 on: 28 Apr 2017, 10:59 »

"We're whalers on the moon, we carry a harpoon. But there aren't no whales so we tell tall tales and sing a whalers' tune."
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« Reply #2719 on: 29 Apr 2017, 00:46 »

We cannot be forgetting:

Let the sweet fresh breezes heal me
As they rove around the girth
Of our lovely mother planet
Of the cool, green hills of Earth.

We burn on the plains of Venus
Scalded by her acid breath
Hellish are the sulf'rous mountains
Nowhere safe from crushing death.

We've tried each spinning space mote
And reckoned its true worth:
Take us back again to the homes of men
On the cool, green hills of Earth.

The arching sky is calling
Spacemen back to their trade.
ALL HANDS! STAND BY! FREE FALLING!
And the lights below us fade.

Out ride the sons of Terra,
Far drives the thundering jet,
Up leaps a race of Earthmen,
Out, far, and onward yet ---

We pray for one last landing
On the globe that gave us birth;
Let us rest our eyes on the fleecy skies
And the cool, green hills of Earth.

--Robert A Heinlein (adjusted for modern science with regard to Venus).
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« Reply #2720 on: 09 May 2017, 17:04 »

A woman is giving birth to twins around midday on a boat that is traveling east. The first baby is born west of the International Date Line. The second baby is born a few minutes later on the other side. Which one is the older twin?
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« Reply #2721 on: 09 May 2017, 17:08 »

The first baby, obviously. Our arbitrary delineations of geography do little to change the flow of time. Did you maybe mean to ask which one has their birthday first?
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« Reply #2722 on: 09 May 2017, 18:53 »

I meant no such thing. The second baby would have the earlier birthday, and the first baby would have been alive longer, I just wanted to see how people answered.
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« Reply #2723 on: 12 May 2017, 11:26 »

I have a wisdom tooth coming through. I'm 31. Is this supposed to happen this late on?
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« Reply #2724 on: 13 May 2017, 22:40 »

It happened to me. Ended up getting it taken out. So from your anecdote and mine, I'll say yes, it can. :)
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« Reply #2725 on: 15 May 2017, 06:51 »

Don't feel weird about it; most people don't get wisdom until later in life.

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« Reply #2726 on: 15 May 2017, 09:32 »

My mum and brother didn't have new ones coming in but wisdom teeth caused on and off issues into their early 30s. I seem to be heading that way too and it makes me feel miserable sometimes because my dentist is reluctant to surgically remove them. I understand why it's risky but it help when it's hurting at the moment.

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« Reply #2727 on: 15 May 2017, 12:05 »

My father had his lower wisdom teeth come through in his early twenties and his upper teeth come through in his early forties. I remember going to hospital to visit him after he had them taken out under general anaesthetic.
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« Reply #2728 on: 15 May 2017, 12:07 »

I have a wisdom tooth coming through. I'm 31. Is this supposed to happen this late on?

Happened to me, too.
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« Reply #2729 on: 18 May 2017, 09:56 »

I want an inverse musical kitchen timer, not one that rings when the time is up, but one that picks a song (or multiple, the last one preferably with a punchy ending) with a length equal to the time it takes to boil an egg, bake a pizza, stew a stew etc. so you know that it's done by the time it stops playing.
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« Reply #2730 on: 18 May 2017, 10:18 »

I want an inverse musical kitchen timer, not one that rings when the time is up, but one that picks a song (or multiple, the last one preferably with a punchy ending) with a length equal to the time it takes to boil an egg, bake a pizza, stew a stew etc. so you know that it's done by the time it stops playing.

"Hey, how long is it going to take to cook that pizza?"
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« Reply #2731 on: 18 May 2017, 14:54 »

Many was the time, when I worked in radio, that I'd start the playout theme on pre-fade at the right time to end the program - so that it could be faded up when the program was ready for it.  The same technique could be used if you know when you want your food to be ready...
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« Reply #2732 on: 18 May 2017, 15:56 »

Now, I have no idea what that means, so is that because I never worked in radio, or because I never listen to radio, or both?
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« Reply #2733 on: 18 May 2017, 16:18 »

If you're listening to a talk programme, the announcer will finish talking some random number of seconds before the programme was due to end (at the top of the hour, for example). They will want to fill those leftover seconds with music, because silence on radio is one of the deadly sins.

Let's say you've got 27 seconds to fill. The naive way to fill that sound would be to somehow magically find a song that is precisely that many seconds long to fill the gap. Probably, even if you were that good, no such song would exist. Or alternatively, you would cue the song 27 seconds before its end.

The way it is actually done is that they pick the song they want to use to play out the programme. Let's say it's precisely three minutes long. They cue the start of the song three minutes before the end of the programme. It's playing, but not audible to the listener. As the announcer is finishing, the producer will fade up the song (at whatever point it happens to be at) and the song will finish at exactly the right time. It's one of those 'magic of radio' things that I happen to quite like.

PW is suggesting you could pull a similar trick with your (e.g. 4 minute boiled) egg. Find a nice long song, let's say it's 5:30 long. Put it on 5:30 before you want your egg to be ready. Then put the egg on 4 minutes before the song finishes. When the song finishes, your egg is ready.
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« Reply #2734 on: 19 May 2017, 11:48 »

That seems like a lot more hassle than simply setting a timer.
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« Reply #2735 on: 20 May 2017, 07:53 »

It reminds me of the movie Hudson Hawk.

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« Reply #2736 on: 19 Jun 2017, 19:09 »

Saw a post of various Disney ladies made into mermaids and seeing Tiana as a mermaid made me wonder, what would constantly being submerged in sea water do to afro textured hair? I guess what would it do to all kinds of hair really but that's the texture with which I'm least familiar. Would it be healthy or not for hair? It wouldn't be getting wet and fully dried very often so I don't think dry damage and tangling would be too bad. Or would the salt be damaging and add texture and frizz? Is greasy/oily hair and skin an issue underwater?

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« Reply #2737 on: 19 Jun 2017, 19:29 »

Saw a post of various Disney ladies made into mermaids and seeing Tiana as a mermaid made me wonder, what would constantly being submerged in sea water do to afro textured hair? I guess what would it do to all kinds of hair really but that's the texture with which I'm least familiar. Would it be healthy or not for hair? It wouldn't be getting wet and fully dried very often so I don't think dry damage and tangling would be too bad. Or would the salt be damaging and add texture and frizz? Is greasy/oily hair and skin an issue underwater?

Considering Disney had Ariel's hair the same in the sea and on land, I'm going to go with the age old universal answer of ...its magic.
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« Reply #2738 on: 20 Jun 2017, 04:56 »

Made me think of this:


Honestly though, I think if you watch people swim underwater their hair would act as it would if on a mermaid.  Ariel's hair underwater seemed a bit bigger and would float around a bit until it settles down after moving around, as apposed to when she was above water (both before and after becoming human).  Not unlike how people with long fine hair might be underwater.





Then again they are just drawing and do not always conform to real life physics and proportion. So, as The Evil Dog said, "its magic."
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« Reply #2739 on: 20 Jun 2017, 07:49 »

Legit, friends, the facetious response of "It's magic" has irked me. While I mentioned Disney, I think my questions were clearly structured to indicate what would in reality happen to hair long term in sea water. I know the circumstances are fantastical. I didn't ask what would happen to Tiana's hair or even mermaid hair. I wasn't really expecting any answer though, I guess, but also not a dismissive one.

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« Reply #2740 on: 20 Jun 2017, 08:14 »

Legit, friends, the facetious response of "It's magic" has irked me. While I mentioned Disney, I think my questions were clearly structured to indicate what would in reality happen to hair long term in sea water. I know the circumstances are fantastical. I didn't ask what would happen to Tiana's hair or even mermaid hair. I wasn't really expecting any answer though, I guess, but also not a dismissive one.

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« Reply #2741 on: 20 Jun 2017, 08:20 »

Legit, friends, the facetious response of "It's magic" has irked me. While I mentioned Disney, I think my questions were clearly structured to indicate what would in reality happen to hair long term in sea water. I know the circumstances are fantastical. I didn't ask what would happen to Tiana's hair or even mermaid hair. I wasn't really expecting any answer though, I guess, but also not a dismissive one.

Despite how I might act on here, I wasn't actually being facetious, but I am truly sorry you felt that way.

I was thinking more that perhaps of all the Disney princess films, it is perhaps one of the most magically heavy of the Disney Canon. You have a young woman who is the daughter of the king of the sea, himself in possession of a frighteningly powerful artefact. Then there is also the fact that they are merpeople, human looking merpeople at that, as opposed to the almost whale-like design that have cropped up over the last couple of years. There's a certain degree of implied magical nature in them even if it never outright shows up.

And if that was the case, perhaps its just a subconscious thought for them to keep their hair like that.

So with regards to your original question, I imagine that if Tiana was a mermaid, her hair would act in much the same manner in water as it does in air.
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« Reply #2742 on: 20 Jun 2017, 09:51 »

My comment was not meant to be dismissive. If it came off that way I do apologize.

I was going for the Disney mermaid in a literal sense. As for actual hair I think it would break up over time or be impossible to manage underwater for an extended period of time.   Wiry hair when submerges, even for a long period of time is no different than hair of other kinds.  If we are talking a theoretical real life mermaid then I would think that the hair would be unaffected by the salt water as they have adapted or even evolved to have hair that would resist any degradation in seawater.  If we distance ourselves from the romanticized look of a mermaid I would think that a real life mermaid may be more fishy and not have hair, or at least hair as we know it.  Perhaps something more akin to a sea anemone's follicle/tendril. I digress, but if it was a mermaid with hair like Tiana's I imagine it wouldn't be too different than her land counterpart. 

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« Reply #2743 on: 20 Jun 2017, 11:01 »

Apologies appreciated. Sorry if I came across as overly serious. This is meant to be a light thread and thanks for expanding on your posts. :)

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« Reply #2744 on: 20 Jun 2017, 11:31 »

Okay group hug then.
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« Reply #2747 on: 22 Jun 2017, 15:44 »

You should burn for that. Like, lava enema burn for that.

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« Reply #2748 on: 22 Jun 2017, 17:17 »

I view the whole minions phenomenon with that level of bewilderment reserved for those viewing a wildly popular fad that has completely passed them by.

Speaking of which, yesterday I overcame my severe allergic reaction to the modern superhero film fad for just long enough to watch The Dark Knight (yes, I know).

I can understand why people raved about Heath Ledger now. If not for his performance, I would most likely have stopped watching the film before it was halfway over. It just felt like a mediocre film saved only by his fascinatingly chaotic Joker.

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« Reply #2749 on: 22 Jun 2017, 19:13 »

Sod 'Popular Culture' and the crap around it.  I watch Movies (or TV Shows) because I like the movie (or the show), not because it's 'Cool' or 'New' or whatever populist phrase may float your boat at the time.

Hate stupid, brain dead  'Reality TV' shows.    Rather watch paint dry than  watch crap like Survivor:Whatever or The Greatest Race or shit like that.

if I say I Don't like someptin', then I don't like it    A few round here are well aware of my opinion on Paul Verhoven and his butchery of Heinlein - and the cringe worthy franchise he spawned and what I'd like to see happen to him over it.

And don't get me started on Paramount/CBS and their assholery over Star Trek and the whole frakin' Axanar mess!!!!!


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