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by JD
Yesterday, 15:13
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Food
Replies: 5089
Views: 401258

Re: Food

Jeff had already talked about wanting to visit that particular farmer's market again because they sell some other things we like and can't find anywhere else; when we go, I definitely intend to check their spice selection again and see if they have other cayenne variants with different HU numbers. ...
by JD
Yesterday, 12:30
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4525
Views: 322955

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

People might find this interesting; it's a tool that lets you pick chords and then tell you which ones tend to come next (in the pop ouvre, mostly) and shows you which songs match the progression you've put together. https://www.hooktheory.com/trends For example, songs that go from Em to C include "...
by JD
27 Feb 2021, 14:44
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4525
Views: 322955

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

once you've decided your song is in the key of D, it would be damned near impossible to write it without those four chords or at least the three major chords. (Okay, maybe I-V if you're punk.) "One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz." -- Lou Reed There are ac...
by JD
26 Feb 2021, 11:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 1051
Views: 112915

Re: Random covid-19 observations

While I was looking for something completely unrelated, I found the January 1919 edition of Telephone Engineer monthly, and this notice was printed near the front:
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by JD
24 Feb 2021, 17:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1563
Views: 130819

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

The NYer also published this a while back: The Plague Year which deals more with the political aspects of things in the US. There's a lot in there about how the Feds basically took an adversarial stance with the states, which led to some pretty crazy things, up to and including using the state Natio...
by JD
24 Feb 2021, 11:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1563
Views: 130819

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

Without looking into your article, every country on earth has reported 15 to 30 percent more deaths than the year before. They do actually get into that: What to do when you can’t take coroners’ reports at face value, assuming that you even have a coroner’s report? Public-health experts have a sayi...
by JD
24 Feb 2021, 10:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1563
Views: 130819

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

An interesting look into why Covid-19 has hit richer countries in the "global north" harder than poorer countries in the "global south": https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/03/01/why-does-the-pandemic-seem-to-be-hitting-some-countries-harder-than-others Possible explanations include the age stru...
by JD
22 Feb 2021, 12:08
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Small joys and random good things
Replies: 133
Views: 61672

Re: Small joys and random good things

We sold one of the extra Singer Featherweight sewing machines we had! Almost $400, and it sold in less than 48 hours after we put it up. Not too bad for a well-loved 1955 machine with a busted-up case.

(We have another 1955 for sale too. My grandmother's 1939 is staying with us, though.)
by JD
20 Feb 2021, 12:17
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Shamelessly Currying Favor with Ellie
Replies: 4136
Views: 374592

Re: Shamelessly Currying Favor with Ellie

Sorry, Ellie (the URL is also one of the best parts of this story) This funky little robot’s name is Nicobo, and it was created by Panasonic for companionship. It’s loosely catlike; it farts. It cannot do more than wiggle its head and its tail and blink its unnervingly digital eyes. It can sort of ...
by JD
18 Feb 2021, 15:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 9333
Views: 529469

Re: Observations of the Random sort

The next time somebody whines at you about how much more enlightened Europeans are France, cradle of the Concorde, the face transplant, and the first isolation of HIV, is more wary of vaccines and the economic value of science than more than 140 other countries, according to a global survey of publi...
by JD
18 Feb 2021, 13:01
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 6186
Views: 466272

Re: Light laffs

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This makes the problem so much clearer - I am Lawful Good and my wife is True Neutral.
by JD
18 Feb 2021, 12:42
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Shamelessly Currying Favor with Ellie
Replies: 4136
Views: 374592

Re: Shamelessly Currying Favor with Ellie

Tablets from a Mesopotamian first grade class. It's also funny to think that somebody's discarded homework ended up as part of the archeological records to be discovered thousands of years later. "OK, class, assignments are due today. Belteshazzar, where is your homework?" "I lost it...TO HISTORY"
by JD
15 Feb 2021, 09:50
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The Well-Dressed Man
Replies: 1596
Views: 107557

Re: The Well-Dressed Man

So, the German muckity-mucks wore steampunk helmets. Interesting. Pickelhaube is the term you want to Google here. They ranged from fairly simple 'army helmet with a spike' to seriously Flash-Gordon-looking things. Fun fact: the US Army dress uniform in the late 1900s included a pickelhaube, as doe...
by JD
12 Feb 2021, 10:14
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Tiny Triumphs
Replies: 1087
Views: 116824

Re: Tiny Triumphs

Congratulations on becoming part of the capitalist ruling class!
by JD
11 Feb 2021, 14:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 1051
Views: 112915

Re: Random covid-19 observations

The rent/eviction moratorium wouldn't bother me so much if it were also accompanied by (for example) a "tax on rental properties and income" -- the landlord can't kick you out during this emergency, but neither does the landlord owe property or income tax on anything related to your rental. But of ...
by JD
11 Feb 2021, 13:32
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 1051
Views: 112915

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Any time somebody starts talking about cancelling rent and like landlords are all just rolling in cash all the time, you can point them at this article . The problems aren't entirely COVID-related, either. Redhead operates a family real estate firm with her sister that owns four, four-story walk-ups...
by JD
11 Feb 2021, 13:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 4548
Views: 322972

Re: When journalism goes bad

So that was actually seen by an editor before it went out? An editor actually saw that and said, "Yup, looks good"?
by JD
10 Feb 2021, 16:14
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 3180
Views: 306158

Re: It's not the size of the screen...

The more of The Stand I watch, the more it does feel like watching the Cliffs Notes of something longer. I still like it, but it starts to feel really rushed.
by JD
10 Feb 2021, 15:49
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 6186
Views: 466272

Re: Light laffs

Actually this one might be even better:
by JD
10 Feb 2021, 15:45
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 6186
Views: 466272

Re: Light laffs

by JD
08 Feb 2021, 10:57
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: cars and how they get that way
Replies: 1449
Views: 110068

Re: cars and how they get that way

I found my new car.

https://www.craigslist.org/about/best/s ... 23593.html

(The only part I take issue with is "I built the car to look like VW delivered it this way", to which I would say, "No." But honestly, I don't even care.)
by JD
05 Feb 2021, 14:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The real criminal is the judge
Replies: 64
Views: 14995

Re: The real criminal is the judge

At the very least could the judge be more dignified than this? I mean, if he committed murder, or an enormous heist, I could understand, but going down for keying somebody's car is just kind of pathetic.

New York judge resigns after keying town official’s car