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by JD
Today, 12:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Infrastructure
Replies: 620
Views: 35846

Re: Infrastructure

I think that there is a major difference, in that the connected world we have now makes it much easier to predict usage, and therefore return on investment. There's a reason things like high speed rail haven't been built in the US: nobody thinks it's worth doing with their own money on the line. An...
by JD
Today, 10:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Infrastructure
Replies: 620
Views: 35846

Re: Infrastructure

NPR examines the Erie Canal as a model for infrastructure projects, and compares it to recent ones. The Erie Canal was an immediate success. It unleashed a flood of resources from the West, dramatically increasing the variety of products and slashing consumer prices. New York manufacturers got incr...
by JD
Yesterday, 12:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: 400 ppm
Replies: 338
Views: 21269

Re: 400 ppm

New York City's Climate Mobilization Act requires buildings to be substantially more energy-efficient : The Climate Mobilization Act, which passed last spring, makes sustainability a major priority for New York’s built environment, targeting buildings that are among the biggest contributors to the ...
by JD
Yesterday, 11:12
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Food
Replies: 4952
Views: 277427

Re: Food

The other night we wanted to have some cannellini beans with dinner, so my wife grabbed a can from the pantry and handed it to me, and I opened it and started to drain it...and we realized it was chickpeas, not cannellini. But we weren't about to waste them, and when life hands you chickpeas, you ma...
by JD
24 Jan 2020, 17:21
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3191
Views: 187592

Re: Twitter!

Oh yeah, and on my mother's side, the family has been in America for about 300 years, and we even have documentation that the family manumitted its last slave. (I mean, that also means "my family owned slaves", which is not super-cool, but...)
by JD
24 Jan 2020, 16:15
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Guns and Whatnot.
Replies: 484
Views: 37517

Re: Guns and Whatnot.

You can see him pull the magazine out of the gun. That action in itself never ever constitutes clearing the weapon because the topmost round in the magazine after you fire is lifted from the magazine and put into the chamber which is where bullets are lined up with the barrel and ready to fire. Wel...
by JD
24 Jan 2020, 16:12
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 ...
by JD
24 Jan 2020, 14:06
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

NYC bans cashless retail businesses The bill imposes civil penalties: $1,000 for the first violation, and $1,500 for additional violations. Businesses that have a way to convert cash into cards -- say, laundromats -- are exempt, but they must not impose a fee for the cards or require a minimum depo...
by JD
23 Jan 2020, 15:52
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 5892
Views: 310203

Re: Light laffs

by JD
23 Jan 2020, 15:51
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Shamelessly Currying Favor with Ellie
Replies: 4004
Views: 276575

Re: Shamelessly Currying Favor with Ellie

Not sure why this is sideways, but it's still cute.
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by JD
23 Jan 2020, 14:42
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3191
Views: 187592

Re: Twitter!

dead_elvis wrote:
23 Jan 2020, 12:53
Got the fuck out of Germany before the 20th century.
One of my ancestors deserted from the Czar's army, escaped across Russia by hopping trains and traveling in the dead of night, and got the fuck out of Russia and out of Europe entirely.
by JD
22 Jan 2020, 12:04
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Portable Techno-Capitalism
Replies: 586
Views: 38503

Re: Portable Techno-Capitalism

Today Google Calendar on my phone decided that it was going to speak Spanish. "Hoy no hay eventos." The weird thing is that that's the only thing it says in Spanish; it still says "Wednesday January 22".
by JD
22 Jan 2020, 11:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Setec Astronomy
Replies: 1463
Views: 78227

Re: Setec Astronomy

Dang. Just another reminder that a) if you are a high-profile kind of person, there is a target on you at all times b) OpSec is really hard. Seriously, I would have expected Bezos' phone to be locked down like Fort Knox, but who knows. https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/31/18289296/jeff-bezos-gavin-de-...
by JD
22 Jan 2020, 10:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: News that could have been in the Onion
Replies: 386
Views: 39397

Re: News that could have been in the Onion

A group of 'furries' stopped a domestic violence assault and helped police make the arrest

Complete with picture of fursuiters piling on the arrestee. (BTW, kudos to CNN for going with the straight-up headline and not some cutesy clickbait garbage)
by JD
22 Jan 2020, 09:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8872
Views: 343617

Re: Observations of the Random sort

Mamie van Doren is still alive and well. She's one of those people who I just sort of thought had died a while back, for no particular reason.
by JD
21 Jan 2020, 17:20
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: H. sapiens floridensis - A thread for Florida Man
Replies: 47
Views: 4543

Re: H. sapiens floridensis - A thread for Florida Man

OK, not Florida man exactly, but certainly an "only in Florida" warning from the National Weather Service:

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https://twit ter.com/NWSMiami/status/1219691736412246016
by JD
21 Jan 2020, 16:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 4206
Views: 194188

Re: When journalism goes bad

I have been informed that the knitting community is all up in arms about this article, at least partly because the headline says "crochet" but the woman in the picture is knitting.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriafo ... t-tampons/
by JD
21 Jan 2020, 13:53
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Food
Replies: 4952
Views: 277427

Re: Food

Even if that's pork, it looks overdone.
by JD
21 Jan 2020, 11:59
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4389
Views: 222388

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

There once was a powerful country that built a 1000-mile barrier to try and prevent smuggling, and it didn't work, as people found holes in it, or climbed over it, or just threw things over it. The country was Great Britain, and the barrier was to prevent the smuggling of salt from one side of India...
by JD
21 Jan 2020, 11:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: A thread for mocking politicians
Replies: 1144
Views: 84725

Re: A thread for mocking politicians

Donald Trump or leftist NYC politician? (to immigrants) Go back to ______, you go back to ______. ... (to constituents) ______ belongs to the people that was here and made ______ what it is. You were here before ______. You were here before others came and decided they wanted to be part of this ___...
by JD
21 Jan 2020, 11:14
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8048
Views: 339320

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

Finally got around to watching The Irishman . I thought it was good but not great. The CGI de-aging was pretty good - certainly better than anything we could have done until very recently - but not perfect. One of my gripes was about the occasional text that would pop up under a minor character, say...
by JD
17 Jan 2020, 16:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Dancing With the Dems
Replies: 591
Views: 26077

Re: Dancing With the Dems

I also oppose it because I think that people who have committed heinous crimes should die in prison. I think that is how we give them the maximum, maximum punishment that we can: keep them in prison for all of their days. This is also really weird because if she prefers life imprisonment over the d...
by JD
17 Jan 2020, 14:24
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Portable Techno-Capitalism
Replies: 586
Views: 38503

Re: Portable Techno-Capitalism

After a year of giving 4 brands a try, I'm done with bluetooth earbuds. They are worse in every way. They range from profoundly to somewhat uncomfortable. The mechanisms for keeping them in ears fall off. They are too heavy. The sound is worse. The cost is higher. The $20 Sony wired in ear buds sou...
by JD
17 Jan 2020, 14:13
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3191
Views: 187592

Re: Twitter!

You have to click through to see the first tweet in the thread but I think you basically get the idea Spoons and ditch digging for all! Yeah, when the guy said "Watch as two engineers put hundreds of thousands of people out of work worldwide!" my thought was, "So are you against mechanical elevator...