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  1. if you go back and look though, its a fairly tight close up where he rotates both sides in pretty unforgiving light. 

    eight places to spot even the slightest deviation from the grainy texture of the brushed finish, and there isnt one (that i can see). 



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  2. one of the saddest things i ever saw was a busload of gerries pulling up and being corralled into a dank backwater RSL in SA.  a procession of brittle bodies and walking frames shuffling along as the nice men helped them across the car park to the entrance, all of them eyes front and hardly talking.

    when i got inside, it was a chamber of horrors.  everyone had found their stations.  they were all sat, eyes transfixed on their machines, fidgeting with the black cups they'd been issued (it was coins back then).  every gaunt face an ashen canvas reflecting back, one the one hand, a lively lurid dance of multicoloured hues as digitised sounds of youthful frivolity and fun exploded everywhere like fireworks, on the other, an expressionless mask betraying lonely agonised numbness and the slow, silent, march of impending death.  

    hey, maybe this was their passion?  maybe they looked forward to it every waking minute?  maybe it was the one exciting actitivity left in their lives?  given the hard realities of old age and the lamentable conditions of many nursing homes, that seems plausible.  and who am i to judge?  

    but i couldnt help feeling the whole thing was, in a word, undignified.   actually, it was less a feeling than a bad taste thats never left me.

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  3. yeah, gonna need something more scientific!

    i guess if the rivets were the same material (bronze?) the crystals might fuse together across the seam under the heat/pressure ????  🤷‍♂️


  4. so yeah, after finishing ep 2 of The Antikythera Mechanism its already clear that this series is maybe the ne plus ultra of YT content.  stuff like this is the ultimate validation of the platform. 

    question, around 6:50, HTF did he manage to sand back those rivets to the level of invisibility?  fake news!

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  5. he's so celebrated i tried really tried to get into Cloud Street Cloudstreet.  just couldnt do it.

    as for paper books / tablets, how do people get comfortable? 

    these days it seems no matter where i sit, recline, or lie i am not happy for long.  its like a restless night in bed where any position feels okay for a few minutes before it starts pissing you off.

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  6. 2 hours ago, Cybes said:

    Mm. With similar odds, people die falling out of bed in the morning. Does that mean you never get up?

    hmm...but not doing something essential because something detrimental might happen is very different to doing something non-essential because something beneficial might happen.  would you pay the price of a lottery ticket to avoid bed sores?  the cost-to-benefit ratios dont compare.

    here's my attempt:

    some people never learn that the house always wins -- even though they keep paying for lessons

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  7. 4 hours ago, Cybes said:

    Just a few facts: [video]

    all fairly reasonable and accurate.  i do wonder who this kind of thing actually reaches though.  the effort is commendable.

    note to stephen: best to avoid tracking voice-overs while on the shitter with your iphone

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  8. well, i looked it the etymology once and via something like middle english and/or french and a silent 'l' or somesuch there is a very strong case for their way being the most "authentic". 

    still sucks though, even if i am the type to argue with cafe staff over my insistence there's a hard 'c' in bruschetta.

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  9. On 06/01/2019 at 9:38 PM, Rybags said:

    Next best thing though is you can generate your own custom keyword to override the default https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-search-from-address-bar

    custom search presets are cool. but i bet it cant do what i most want —

    a way to filter out americans from specific video results :)  goddamnit! every time i hear a yank say "solder" a part of me dies.  i'm never prepared for it.  i never adapt to it.  i just want to smash things. they need their lips soddered shut!

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  10. 19 minutes ago, Cybes said:

    /raises hand

    I admit, I'm a paranoid.  I have next to no faith in internet security in general, and the ability of my bank (credit union) in particular.  I have a separate debit card which I charge at the bank, not by 'net - it has zero credit.  That one gets used for whatever needs paying online.  If it get compromised (probably by the website being hacked), the most I can lose is whatever change was left over from the last transaction.  My actual account never gets exposed.

    i'm about as paranoid as anyone, but even i trust security tokens.  ie.  two-factor with the aid of an air gapped physical device as opposed to the SMS code variety, which is orders of magnitude less secure.

  11. fair enough. 

    if anything though, my own squeamishness over the utter finality of such a decision makes me no less compelled to make light of it! 

    i wish you the best of luck. i do not envy any adult wanting/needing to seriously consider it AT ALL.

  12. speaking of DIY body modification.  this one time, during a particularly bad bout of foreskin envy, i tried fashioning for myself a replacement of sorts out of the skin from a hock — ie. the lower part (distal, for those in the know) of a pigs leg often used in pea soup.  i opted for un-smoked, because i am not a fucking idiot.  but to anyone reading this and thinking hey thats a great idea, i say think again.  no, seriously.  do not try this.  at the very least, check with your Rabbi first.  it didnt work well at all.  i know they say its only a bad craftsman that blames his tools, and maybe thats also true of amateur surgeons, but i can tell you, in retrospect, knitting needles = bad choice. in my defence, it was all i had available.  the crippling pain wasnt even the worst of it:  in the end, the tissue rejected me.

    oh well, ...it seemed like a good idea at the time.

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  13. 7 hours ago, fliptopia said:

    I'm curious about what it would be like to be circumcised. I've thought about getting it done as an adult but it feels like it would be uncomfortable to do it now. I'm sure I'd get used to it.

    this reminds me of the movie, Hannibal, which i hated but for one singular moment that cracked me up.  Gary Oldman's horribly disfigured character is recalling the story of how after some playful canoodling together Dr Lecter handed him a piece of broken mirror and suggested he try peeling his face off and feeding it to the dogs.  after a pause, he adds, "...It seemed like a good idea at the time."

    i doubt youre as impressionable as that poor guy, but since i am unsure if its wise to make a similar suggestion re your old fella, i will opt to hedge my bets, as should you.  okay, so, you know how sometimes a man will shave off only half of his beard and moustache?  like, one side fully hairy and one side clean shaven?  well, why dont you take a piece of broken mirror and ... :D


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  14. 7 hours ago, AccessDenied said:

    Why is it that for cultural mental shifts about women it's taken so long, but FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) it's been accepted as bad pretty quickly. 

    well, i'd guess the primary reason is a clear consensus that it has always had less than zero medical benefit, which precludes the specious arguments that perpetuate male circumcision.

    and, it depends which cultural group is having the discussion... 

    the estimated number of living females who've undergone FGM is 200,000,000. 

    in other words, around 5%.

    yes, 1 out of 20 😶

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  15. On 1/9/2019 at 4:06 PM, Chaos.Lady said:

    There are VERY valid reasons.  My sister had constant UTI's for years before her husband was circumcised (as an adult).  He had UTIs and multiple infections in very sensitive places. She didn't want her son to go through what he did, especially if he chose to stay on the land as an adult.

    It was an informed, medically relevant decision.  Which is very valid.

    i am wary of arguing this point not only because its close to you personally but also because i am sure i dont have all the information (and that may even be somewhat true for you).  i can only respond in a generic way.

    but that disclaimer aside, i really have to insist that the picture you paint still sounds exactly like adults weighing the lifelong disfigurement of a baby against their own transient inconvenience.  

    as for the father's issues, i confess to having some difficulty believing there werent alternate actions that could have been taken — from prevention, to early intervention, to better maintenance, all with varying (albeit diminishing) degrees of feasibility.  more to the point, though, there were many choices along the way, choices that he made for himself with the prerogative of an adult's volition, before he opted for the last resort - invasive, irreparably destructive, surgery.  

    for this baby, though, no such choices.  instead, its straight to the last resort for him, 'just in case'.  just in case not doing it will be less convenient, and more "risky".   

    but FUD propped up by medical factors of tangential relevance is still FUD.   circumcision lowers your risk factor for some things whilst raising the certainty that you will be robbed of a feature of anatomy that is your natural birthright to 100%.  an enforced birth defect right here and now wagered against a litany of future maybes.   the two dont even compare.   

    the child has some of his mother's DNA for one.  he is biologically different.  he hopefully has a long lifetime ahead of him that may involve vastly different life circumstances.  what of undertaking better precautions, or changing jobs, or moving house, or dare i say it, not having the baby at all if they couldnt see their way past hacking chunks off it fresh from the birth canal?  

    its a flippant excuse made palatable by a show of beard-stroking concern.  and why are equivocations like this so easy? because of the backdrop — an epidemic of passive tolerance for this act of irreversible violence to newborns.   and despite your personal preference against circumcision, i am resolutely focusing on this because it is precisely what needs to change: barely critical acceptance that violating the sanctity of a baby's body in this way is even a matter of preference when its not absolutely 100% medically necessary.

    circumcision is a drastic thing.  the fact its so hard for so most of us to relate to it this way is testament to how hard it is to tear ourselves away from the grip of long established norms.  this is a blindness, a cognitive dissonance that has befallen generations of otherwise morally upright, smart, and sensible people.  monkeying around with baby genitals is something human beings do, isnt it?  its kind of normal, right?  its always been an option on the menu, hasnt it?  its so deeply rooted in Judeo-Christian tradition that too many of us fail to see it for what it is.  this needs to change.  there needs to be push back.

    but thats herd animals for you.  when it comes to smoking or drinking during pregnancy we went from ubiquitous ignorance, to 'you probably shouldn't do that, but it's your choice', to 'don't fucking do it' — in the last 50 years or so.  that shit will get you ostracised from your circle of friends now, and rightly so.  evidently we still have a way to go as far as ringbarking defenceless baby's dicks on a whim goes.  incredibly, thats less of a faux pas.

    p.s. since i am going pretty hard on this, i just want to clarify that ive never ostracised my parents over this and of course make no serious suggestion that you should do anything of the sort to members of your family either.  this is just an impassioned appeal for you to consider recalibrating your idea of what constitutes a "justified" circumcision.


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  16. 22 hours ago, NZT48 said:

    Why do we need special laws for terrorism? I don't see why a terrorist killing ten people is any worse than any other mass murderer killing ten people. Are we now judging murder by how much of an emotion it creates? It seems to me terrorism is wrongly used as an excuse to further the authoritarian police state agenda. What do you think?

    youre conflating two different things.

    authoritarian feature creep is one thing, whilst the need to have specific legislative responses to specific crimes is quite another.

    one thing thats apparent right away is that terrorism entails a component of extortion.  usually not the financial kind, but however you term this component, its clear that the motive for terrorism often includes mass murder and/or the threat of it as a means to an end, rather than it being an end in itself, hence the nature of the crime is very different.   and that is just one additional aspect which doesnt begin to cover the full scope of transgressions.

    it is unreasonable to view the Crimes Act is a fully complete recipe book from which an appropriate response can be cooked up from 3 count of this, 2 counts of that, and so on.   thats why it has been amended over time. 

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  17. fuck yeah! 

    i didnt even know about ep 4.  i will definitely have to play this, but i am more excited by the fact it exists.    

    as much as i played the original to death, the last time i revisited it there were whole areas i had forgotten so completely it felt new enough to me again anyway.

    "requires players own the original 1993 registered version of DOOM® in order to play" DAFUQ?

  18. a vanishingly small number of genuine medical exceptions aside, if the "solution" to a problem is mutilating a newborn human child, then something is very, very, wrong.  

    species dont evolve "optional extras".  the level of ignorance/stupidity necessary to believe otherwise, astounds, revolts, and angers me to my core.   i would add, '— especially with regard to specific features of the very organs of reproduction, whose natural functioning is so entwined with lifelong sexual and emotional health' ... but i shouldnt need to.  cutting a piece off a baby (human or animal) you dont absolutely need to, is in and of itself deplorable.

    i have not, and will never, forgive my parents for the deliberate act of permanent disfigurement i suffered without the chance to withdraw my consent.  the only small consolation i have is that they grew up in more retarded times.   

    i won't countenance wiggle room on this issue.  i have zero tolerance for handwringing notions of tacit permissability for 'some peoples' choices.  in short, i categorically reject moral relativist arguments for child abuse.  

    today, 'hygiene reasons' typically translates to it being more convenient than taking a handful of minutes out of each day to clean the boy thoroughly and teach him well.   convenience is not a medical reason nor anything approaching a moral justification for the mutilation of a child.

    egregious, selfish, pig ignorant, and cruel.   

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  19. 18 hours ago, Sir_Substance said:

    That's where we disagree, I don't see that practical need. Self-driving cars are going to push out human drivers, so it doesn't matter if the human drivers feel the traffic is going "too slow". Insurance companies won't want to cover humans who might run red lights at 100km/h when they could cover robots that never do, and so increasing insurance costs will marginalise humans. On top of that, the ability to time-share a car between 3+ people and have it autonomously route between them will rapidly speed the adoption of self-driving cars once they become available, with one obvious result:

    Self-driving cars will form "scar tissue" around human drivers on main roads to prevent them from messing with the traffic flow. When you drive in a traditional car, you'll get gently and tactfully boxed in by the three nearest self-driving cars, they will watch your movements and indicators and move with you to let you get where you indicate you want to go, but they will body-block you from running a red light at 100km/h or even getting to 100km/h, so that other cars can be more certain of your behavior. And yeah, that means those self-driving cars are going to force you to drive at 15km/h if they're not sure you can drive faster without causing an accident.


    well there is nothing wrong with taking an idealistic long view.  necessity is the mother of invention after all, and i trust the inevitability of ever more refined technological solutions.  which is why i said "it may take these cars becoming mainstream" in my original post. see stadl's post for a different but complimentary take.

    the disconnect here, is whether or not we focus on the difficult realities of the protracted interim, already in full swing.