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by JD
06 Aug 2020, 15:08
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Small joys and random good things
Replies: 108
Views: 31259

Re: Small joys and random good things

I almost forgot! After all the headache with the building where my wife has her shop (new, invasive tenants with poorly-thought-out business plan), she found a new space and the old landlord agreed to let her out of the lease! And the new space is bigger, cheaper, in a better neighborhood, and close...
by JD
06 Aug 2020, 14:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 763
Views: 38216

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Efforts on getting people to wear masks during the 1918 pandemic: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/03/us/m ... -1918.html

tl;dr: it was exactly the same as now, with a lot of people not wearing them out of laziness, people claiming they didn't actually work, there were anti-mask movements, etc.
by JD
06 Aug 2020, 13:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7777
Views: 437420

Re: Orange is the new President

thoreau wrote:
06 Aug 2020, 12:25
Aresen wrote:
06 Aug 2020, 11:11
I believe if Trump fell on the floor, started foaming at the mouth, and chewing the carpet, his followers would explain the carpet needed to be chewed.
It wasn't tying the room together.
"Obama shamefully failed to chew this carpet for eight years! AND WHERE WAS HILLARY?"
by JD
05 Aug 2020, 11:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Techno-Bleg Thread
Replies: 3059
Views: 178280

Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

I can watch HD video without any issues on my 2012 Mac Mini.
by JD
04 Aug 2020, 18:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 4452
Views: 240692

Re: When journalism goes bad

Agree with the above. My mother was a deist - she believed there was something but did not belong to any religious group, per se. (She did attend the Unitarian Church, but that was mainly because they were socially liberal the way she was.) My father was an atheist, but attended the Unitarian Churc...
by JD
04 Aug 2020, 14:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12433
Views: 889203

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

The Gallery of Soviet Control Panels: http://blog.presentandcorrect.com/27986-2
by JD
04 Aug 2020, 13:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The past is a foreign country...
Replies: 121
Views: 14660

Re: The past is a foreign country...

The 4-F thing is of some personal interest to me because my father washed out of basic very early on, and I don't know why; he never talked about it, and his discharge papers only listed the most general category of "unsuited for military service". I think there must have been a lot of shame involve...
by JD
04 Aug 2020, 09:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Speaking in tongues (the "learning languages" thread)
Replies: 247
Views: 29420

Re: Speaking in tongues (the "learning languages" thread)

There's a store near me that has a sign in the window that says you must be wearing a mask and "hand gloves" to enter. I was mildly amused and curious, but I didn't think about it too much until I saw another store, in another part of town, with a sign using the same wording. Now I'm wondering if it...
by JD
04 Aug 2020, 07:59
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Food
Replies: 5006
Views: 323514

Re: Food

Today's lunch: tasty tacos made from pig parts, namely oreja and buche . (And one tinga , too.) Taco trucks on every corner: yes please. Only if the food truck markup goes away. Every food truck around here has about a 50% additional markup for what you'd get from a brick and mortar restaurant (if ...
by JD
03 Aug 2020, 15:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The past is a foreign country...
Replies: 121
Views: 14660

Re: The past is a foreign country...

I followed a chain of links and ended up finding this rather interesting thesis about the men who were rejected as "4-F" by the draft in WWII; https://twu-ir.tdl.org/bitstream/handle/11274/325/2013SmithTiffanyOCR.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y It's too broad-ranging for a real tl;dr, but it covers a lot...
by JD
03 Aug 2020, 15:23
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Food
Replies: 5006
Views: 323514

Re: Food

Today's lunch: tasty tacos made from pig parts, namely oreja and buche. (And one tinga, too.)
Taco trucks on every corner: yes please.
by JD
31 Jul 2020, 11:48
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you drinking?
Replies: 565
Views: 136652

Re: What are you drinking?

Oh, and I've been making jalapeño margaritas too. Honestly, margaritas are so damn simple to make I have no idea why anyone would ever buy a mix, or why commercial ones tend to be sugary crap, except that I guess it's even cheaper and faster, and Americans tend to like sugary crap. ZingZang margari...
by JD
29 Jul 2020, 13:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Oh, Canada
Replies: 78
Views: 9657

Re: Oh, Canada

Today I ran across a mention of a site called "Bargainmoose". I immediately said to myself, "That's Canadian, isn't it?" It is.
by JD
28 Jul 2020, 18:08
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4474
Views: 262186

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

The world's very first author who we know by name was Enheduanna, a daughter* of Sargon of Akkad and a high priestess and important figure in her own right.

* apparently it is not 100% clear whether she was his actual daughter or whether that was more of a metaphorical term
by JD
28 Jul 2020, 16:48
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Podcasts - Watcha listening to?
Replies: 640
Views: 77180

Re: Podcasts - Watcha listening to?

I have decided that I'm just not a podcast person. Science Vs is OK, though. Their content has been 100% coronavirus-related ever since January, though, which means I'm not listening to any new episodes.
by JD
28 Jul 2020, 13:30
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: cars and how they get that way
Replies: 1439
Views: 82370

Re: cars and how they get that way

Not cars exactly, but close enough: Revel has temporarily shut down their scooter-share system in NYC after a series of fatal crashes. OK, whatever, but this is just fucking stupid: Mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking during his daily City Hall press briefing Tuesday, called Revel’s decision to shut down...
by JD
27 Jul 2020, 15:26
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread
Replies: 916
Views: 70265

Re: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread

New progress on ornithopters. (Not human-carrying size, sorry Dune fans.)

Growing radishes ON THE MOON! OK, not really on the moon, but experiments suggest that they might grow just fine in lunar regolith.
by JD
27 Jul 2020, 09:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1424
Views: 59523

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

This is the scary stat that I haven't seen anybody talking about much: India's new case rate not only isn't leveling off, it's still accelerating.

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by JD
27 Jul 2020, 08:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 10056
Views: 552885

Re: Petty annoyances

dhex wrote:
27 Jul 2020, 08:11
jersey city is pretty upscale these days.
Not much soul, though. Everything's getting replaced with brand-new high-rise condos, but none of it feels like a neighborhood.
by JD
26 Jul 2020, 19:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 10056
Views: 552885

Re: Petty annoyances

My package that had been "in transit" for over a week with no further updates suddenly arrived, so that's something. From what I can tell, USPS package delivery is just massively fucked up everywhere right now.
by JD
26 Jul 2020, 19:38
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Portable Techno-Capitalism
Replies: 599
Views: 46644

Re: Portable Techno-Capitalism

Anybody tried out Google Fi? I'm vaguely considering it but it's hard to compare pricing apples to apples.
by JD
24 Jul 2020, 21:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona Capitalism
Replies: 21
Views: 629

Re: Corona Capitalism

We got another Misfits delivery today. I like it but they're going to have to make some adjustments. For example, it is of no use to send me one sweet potato about the size of a duck's egg.
by JD
24 Jul 2020, 21:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Speaking in tongues (the "learning languages" thread)
Replies: 247
Views: 29420

Re: Speaking in tongues (the "learning languages" thread)

There's a video I came across recently (which I can't find now) where a bunch of Spanish speakers from various countries were asked to mimic the accent from other countries, and when the others mimicked a Mexican accent, (several different times), the actual Mexican guy went 'ok, why does everyone ...
by JD
24 Jul 2020, 21:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Speaking in tongues (the "learning languages" thread)
Replies: 247
Views: 29420

Re: Speaking in tongues (the "learning languages" thread)

It's really high pitched here (and not great audio quality) but the opening few sentences does have her saying playa in a way that I find it hard to confuse with plata. Fwiw. Oddly enough, while I did distinctly hear her say "playa" at first, I started to kind of zone out, and then I thought I did ...
by JD
24 Jul 2020, 21:12
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4474
Views: 262186

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Hail is a well-known phenomenon, but there's a less-well-understood phenomenon of ice falling from the sky, called a megacryometeor , in which large chunks of ice fall from a clear sky. Structural and chemical analysis shows them to be composed of atmospheric water and to apparently have a means of ...