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by Jennifer
10 minutes ago
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Infrastructure
Replies: 620
Views: 35842

Re: Infrastructure

Regarding large-scale infrastructure projects today: I could definitely see a case for bringing high-speed internet to the entire country, equivalent to the old rural electrification scheme. The internet today is arguably as much a necessary utility as electricity -- at least in the sense that no bu...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 17:28
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The "Historically Rich" game
Replies: 100
Views: 4326

Re: The "Historically Rich" game

Supply can be low and demand for that specific thing can be low at the same time, resulting in low price. A key feature of this is that some key set of features is unique and not seen as substitute-able be people who like the good. So if there's a box and it's storage only, the universe of goods th...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 14:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: 400 ppm
Replies: 338
Views: 21269

Re: 400 ppm

I can kind of get that about specialized items costing more, but then the author says that the higher investment is a worthy tradeoff for lower long-term operating costs...so is there just not sufficient incentive? Is the upfront cost too high? I don't know specifics about the NYC developer's marke...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 13:40
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The "Historically Rich" game
Replies: 100
Views: 4326

Re: The "Historically Rich" game

Stuff from the 70s is way more likely to be a mass produced gewgaw, Sure, but that's true of anything you might buy in a retail store now. But I still find it odd that -- again, talking exclusively about non-electronics, or things which will NOT become obsolete (or simply be replaced by something b...
by Jennifer
25 Jan 2020, 15:13
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The "Historically Rich" game
Replies: 100
Views: 4326

Re: The "Historically Rich" game

Related musing: In a thrift store, I found and bought an old jewelry box made by the "Tilso" company in Japan. What initially caught my eye was the dark mother-of-pearl inlay framing the top of the box; mine looks like this only with a different broad-strokes Japanese landscape painted on it. Also m...
by Jennifer
24 Jan 2020, 21:47
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: This is the thread for people who died, died.
Replies: 2514
Views: 157171

Re: This is the thread for people who died, died.

Oh, man, this is sad: reading about Jim Lehrer reminded me of a cute story I saw a long time ago, during the Bush administration: there was this little toddler kid whose favorite TV show was NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, to the point where he wanted THAT to be the theme for his birthday party. His mothe...
by Jennifer
24 Jan 2020, 16:53
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3191
Views: 187589

Re: Twitter!

I don't know many specific stories about ancestors, but I know some broad details, and also one odd statistical anomaly: my mother is the younger of only two children in her family, separated by a 24-year age difference. Her sister/my aunt was an obstetric nurse, who assisted in my mother's birth an...
by Jennifer
24 Jan 2020, 16:26
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8048
Views: 339315

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

I don't mind muted or otherwise unnatural color schemes in some contexts (especially fantasy or sci-fi; there's perfectly good reasons colors would look different in Magicland, Alien Planet, and various post-apocalyptic Earths), but I'm getting tired of filtered color in all movies, all the time. Ev...
by Jennifer
24 Jan 2020, 15:15
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Thumb a Hundred Bucks: The Cashless Economy Thread
Replies: 84
Views: 2980

Re: Thumb a Hundred Bucks: The Cashless Economy Thread

The story doesn't say if businesses are (for example) allowed to set maximum limits to cash, though? Like, I'm pretty sure private businesses (rather than government offices) are allowed to set limits like "We won't accept more than 50 cents in pennies," and refuse to do business with me if I walk i...
by Jennifer
23 Jan 2020, 15:15
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?
Replies: 219
Views: 13847

Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

I co-sign everything Hugh said.
by Jennifer
22 Jan 2020, 18:33
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4389
Views: 222388

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Slightly disappointing bit of linguistic trivia: in British English, the word "bedsit" refers to a living arrangement which an American would call "SRO/single-room occupancy" or "room in a boardinghouse" (if not for the fact that "snob zoning" laws have basically outlawed such affordable accommodati...
by Jennifer
22 Jan 2020, 16:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 424
Views: 33532

Re: The Abortion Thread

Dispatch from Captain Obvious: "Women denied abortions live in financial distress years later, study finds" The financial cards are stacked against women who want but are denied an abortion, as they and their children are more likely to spend years living in poverty than those able to end their preg...
by Jennifer
22 Jan 2020, 14:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How's the weather? v. 1.1
Replies: 3480
Views: 191979

Re: How's the weather? v. 1.1

Sunny and crisp right now (48 degrees, winds ENE at 5 mph, 22 percent humidity per weather dot com) -- which of course inspires a "special weather statement" warning of fire danger because of such "low" humidity for four consecutive hours. I seriously wonder if there's something about the local flor...
by Jennifer
22 Jan 2020, 14:09
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Food
Replies: 4952
Views: 277427

Re: Food

I redid that apple-bacon bake with more apples and bacon than the first time. I made it with "jazz" apples (the only variety available in that store which were listed as being "good for baking") -- whoa, jazz apples are really tasty. (After putting the chopped-up bits of raw apple on the bottom of t...
by Jennifer
21 Jan 2020, 22:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How's the weather? v. 1.1
Replies: 3480
Views: 191979

Re: How's the weather? v. 1.1

Today was the day I officially lost my northerner's acclimation to the cold. Sunny, 40 degrees, light wind, I went out warmly dressed and felt perfectly comfortable -- except after awhile, my earlobes and the tip of my nose got a bit of that coldness-sting I haven't felt since I lived up north (and ...
by Jennifer
20 Jan 2020, 17:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7280
Views: 320488

Re: Orange is the new President

I look forward to the, “You can’t take down Confederate monuments, that’s rewriting history,” getting wind of this and showing the appropriate outrage. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/national-archives-exhibit-blurs-images-critical-of-president-trump/2020/01/17/71d8e80c-37e3-11ea-9541-91073034...
by Jennifer
20 Jan 2020, 15:40
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8048
Views: 339315

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

Thinking more about "Downsizing" (as opposed to, like, diverting my mental or physical energies toward ANYTHING with even the SLIGHTEST potential to actually improve my real-life situation): even under ideal circumstances and with advanced technology, I don't see how five-inch humans could possibly ...
by Jennifer
19 Jan 2020, 17:52
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8048
Views: 339315

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

I'm just trying to figure out this whole exchange-rate thing, even if you ignore the movie being wildly inconsistent with it. Sure, the bulk costs of materials would be tiny for an action figure-scaled McMansion, but it'll still take labor to put it together. Maybe the walls are modular components ...
by Jennifer
18 Jan 2020, 18:45
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8048
Views: 339315

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

I saw "Downsizing," which at first sounded like it would be an intriguing bit of sociological science fiction: environmental idealists invent a safe (but irreversible) way to shrink humans down to an adult height of only five inches, which of course means they consume far less energy and resources, ...
by Jennifer
18 Jan 2020, 15:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Natural Environment
Replies: 61
Views: 3882

Re: The Natural Environment

I'm really curious about things like -- okay, the monadnock at Stone Mountain is obviously going to be bare granite for a loooong time, because it is hundreds of feet higher than the surrounding forest. But at Panola, I was looking at a flat sloping bare-granite plain lower than the forested spot wh...
by Jennifer
17 Jan 2020, 23:43
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8048
Views: 339315

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

That really reminds me, in reverse, of the Exit to Eden adaptation. The book by Anne Rice (which I admit I haven't read) involves a guy who goes to a BDSM resort and his resulting relationship with the dominatrix who runs it. The director grafted on a (very vaguely ) comedic plot involving a pair o...
by Jennifer
17 Jan 2020, 22:48
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8048
Views: 339315

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

I saw old live-action Flintstones movie starring John Goodman, and it was disappointing but in the exact opposite way I expected: you'd think a live-action cartoon, especially one drawn as deliberately crude as the Flintstones, would have a hard time recreating the visuals, but coming up with a sui...
by Jennifer
17 Jan 2020, 06:05
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8048
Views: 339315

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

I saw old live-action Flintstones movie starring John Goodman, and it was disappointing but in the exact opposite way I expected: you'd think a live-action cartoon, especially one drawn as deliberately crude as the Flintstones, would have a hard time recreating the visuals, but coming up with a suit...
by Jennifer
16 Jan 2020, 18:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Natural Environment
Replies: 61
Views: 3882

Re: The Natural Environment

Reviving an ancient thread rather than start a new one (because I am a thrifty sort): a couple months ago I was watching a geology documentary about sinkholes and the landscapes where they are prone to form (including lots of horrifying footage of homes vanishing into holes in Florida). The document...
by Jennifer
14 Jan 2020, 18:51
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3191
Views: 187589

Re: Twitter!

[Sigh] Point the first: when I, personally, "seek out art" -- whether that means "buying something decorative for my home" or "deciding what movie or show to watch" or "which book to read" or anything else, my goal is not to "promote diversity" (that's something I do in other contexts); it's to find...