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4 minutes ago, Nich... said:
31 minutes ago, eveln said:

If you tell me there's nothing wrong with people walking around with their daks around their thighs and their boxers or briefs riding higher on the bum I will never ever ask you for fashion advice on anything !

It's rare that people ever ask me for fashion advice, anyway ?

I'm happy for people to do whatever they're most comfortable with, but it doesn't mean there's nothing wrong (or right) with that, depending on context.

it's just stupid. The wearer of the daks precariously hanging off the lower hip/thigh cannot walk easily or run should it be necessary. God forbid the wearer tries to pocket a wallet or phone, the daks would hit the ground quicksmart.
There's no defensive benefit either. The person will lose any contest due to the hindrance of these daks. Stupid.

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2 minutes ago, eveln said:

it's just stupid. The wearer of the daks precariously hanging off the lower hip/thigh cannot walk easily or run should it be necessary. God forbid the wearer tries to pocket a wallet or phone, the daks would hit the ground quicksmart.
There's no defensive benefit either. The person will lose any contest due to the hindrance of these daks. Stupid.

Kind of like wearing a skirt with typically sized women's pockets?  Yeah.  But I don't think they're generally worn for their survival benefits.

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4 minutes ago, Nich... said:
8 minutes ago, eveln said:

it's just stupid. The wearer of the daks precariously hanging off the lower hip/thigh cannot walk easily or run should it be necessary. God forbid the wearer tries to pocket a wallet or phone, the daks would hit the ground quicksmart.
There's no defensive benefit either. The person will lose any contest due to the hindrance of these daks. Stupid.

Kind of like wearing a skirt with typically sized women's pockets? 

That's what bags are for.

4 minutes ago, Nich... said:

Yeah.   But I don't think they're generally worn for their survival benefits.

It's a fashion style for dudes trying to be cool /tough in line with their peers . I reckon fashion is always about survival  ... I wonder about the motives of the person/s responsible for the low hung daks

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Hmmm... seems MS is ditching their EdgeHTML rendering engine future Edge releases will be based on Chromium - that'll mean 4 major browsers based on it - Chrome, Opera, Edge, Vivaldi.

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Makes you feel bad for Opera - they'll have a more secure and more mature product, and still have less market share because MS will have the corporate market (assuming they haven't lost those customers to Chrome, anyway)

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I'm not a fan of either though generally use Chrome under Android.  In Windows I've found Vivaldi to be the most livable browser using their engine, AFAIK it's the only one on the market that does vertical tabs without need for modding or an extension.

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10 hours ago, chrisg said:

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Odd,  still have all my wisdom teeth, a few others have been removed over the years, some for no bloody reason. In the U'K. when I was a kid a school dentist used to come around, paid by the government, they were paid more for extractions so needless to say a lot of teeth that were perfectly ok were pulled, including a couple of mine.

I do have a couple of bits of me missing, not that you would know unless we were VERY intimate but still have my appendix and tonsils although one of my daughters nearly had a burst appendix when she was 14, emergency removal.

The human body can be somewhat capricious, I blame the designer, never finished the job properly  ?

Cheers

 

 

 

 

I had side-impacting wisdom teeth which were interfering with the next tooth. And three were damaged anyway ...

7 hours ago, Rybags said:

Hmmm... seems MS is ditching their EdgeHTML rendering engine future Edge releases will be based on Chromium - that'll mean 4 major browsers based on it - Chrome, Opera, Edge, Vivaldi.

So it means any major bugs in Chromium will filter down to all major browsers except Firefox ... which isn't ideal.

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Here's me looking at Android phones to buy and ... most of them have copied that stupid looking iPhone notch! Except the Samsungs.

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48 minutes ago, Jeruselem said:

Here's me looking at Android phones to buy and ... most of them have copied that stupid looking iPhone notch! Except the Samsungs.

Pixel3 still has no notch, tho' it also still has larger than necessary top/bottom bezels.
 

1 hour ago, Jeruselem said:

So it means any major bugs in Chromium will filter down to all major browsers except Firefox ... which isn't ideal.

Depends which forks they run, and who patches what, really.  But given they almost all run it now and Google throws devtime at it, it's unlikely to have that many bugs and if it does, in IE6 style, they become the new standard and are just worked around.

 

4 hours ago, TheManFromPOST said:

and it does have a name

and this was given to me by someone who is sympathetic to the LGBTQ community

'Genderfuck'

Could  be, but doesn't have to be, genderfucking.

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1 hour ago, Nich... said:

Pixel3 still has no notch, tho' it also still has larger than necessary top/bottom bezels.

Pixel 3 XL has a notch but not the Pixel 3 ... but those are out of my intended pricing

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I was super excited this morning.  Nokia's 8 Sirocco is on clearance ATM with JB for ~$560, and I thought they also had the Pixel 2 down for a similar pricepoint.  But it was the Pixel 1. 

Mid-priced phones that have reliable update support seem a little hard to find, these days.  6.1 was definitely a little too low-end, even picking it up for ~$325 mid-year.  I don't trust the Oppos and etc to push out 9.0 and later updates (tho' the same can be said for Samsung and anything under their flagship line)

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get a sony and let adrianDC's enthusiasm for them over at xda keep you up to date - lineage is lovely

 

i'm running an ancient xperia sp with pie quite happily

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As luck would have it my 2016 LG K10 (DSY) is the only variant of the line that doesn't have an OEM unlock, root method or any custom Roms produced for it.

Though I run the Square EFT system and it complains if you have Dev mode turned on, so really doesn't matter much.

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cabin fever.

really enjoying the rain and the deeper sleep due to temp. drop ... but need to get out now for a bit.

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Probably a wall of text coming. I'm kind of approaching the end of my PhD. I tell ya, every one of my insecurities has been brought to the fore in this process. 

Social insecurity, because I've moved to another city where I had no family or friends. To upheave things a little more, my girlfriend still lives overseas, so we've mostly been apart since the beginning of 2016. 

I've had a bunch of folks, cycling buddies, who I started training and racing with a few months after I moved here. In the beginning it was a really small, tight knit bunch, and very different from your regular-up-themselves cycling wankers. They were inclusive and easy to be around, which was very appealing to me. I don't handle big group dynamics very well. As the group grew however, and keeps growing, little sub groups are forming, and I don't like that much. I began to notice exclusivity among folks, and whether I'm on the inside or outside of that doesn't really matter, because I hate seeing it happen, and having my own fears tapped by it. I pulled back from it all a while ago and just rode by myself, tried to reconfigure my expectations, and have just started engaging with them again in small doses. I've gotta get my social needs met elsewhere though.

Intellectual insecurity is a thing too, because I'm not really a trained researcher, but rather, a musician who does research. Being in that position has some significant advantages, though. I've basically invented an analytic framework from scratch. It's innovative, and no one has done anything like what I have before. I presented at an overseas symposium in July, and my talk generated a lot of questions and interest. It even got to the point where listeners were questioning and arguing with each other, which was great. Nobody asked me a question that really dug at the core of what I'm doing though, so it's reassuring that no one is approaching this topic like I am, but at the same time, it's a bit lonely out here. 

Creative insecurity, I suppose you might call it. Doing music is a stupid career choice at the best of times, but doing traditional music of another culture has gotta be dumb. I'm hopelessly intrigued by it and infatuated with it, absolutely compelled to do it, but this kind of desire is not easy. People frequently ask me, "But what are you going to do with it?" Anyone who asks that question could never do it, but it's so profound to me that there wasn't really a choice. 

Since 2009, I've had one job for two years, which paid me over $1000 a day, and I only worked two days a month. I've been on scholarships the rest of the time, which is fucking amazing, and I'm full of gratitude to the universe for that. My current scholarship runs out in less than a month, so I've gotta work while I finish my thesis.

Though I have a few nice things, I don't have much money, but I was thinking the other day that even if I had more money, it would not fundamentally change the way I go about my current pursuits - I'd still be doing the same things. I guess that means I'm doing what I want already. Not being in a sharehouse would certainly be nice. Apart from that, all I'd really do with more money is engage in better quality distractions.

One major distraction has been cycling, and I am as fit as a motherfucker at the moment. Recently did vo2max and lactate threshold tests in a lab, and got pretty decent scores. Out of the last six races I've been in, I came first in three, and third in two. Later this week I'll be racing in a national race. Amateur, but it's still national level, and it's a chance to maybe pull on a national jersey. My role will basically be the shielded sprinter, kept fresh for delivery to the line by two other team mates. Very much looking forward to that.

Fuck mate, cycling is the only thing that provides simple enjoyment at the moment. 

I've bitten off a big chunk of life and I'm chewing like a bastard. I'm not tired of life, but tired from it. Been running over threshold for too long. Gotta get this thesis done. That's what's on my mind. 

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On 12/29/2018 at 3:01 PM, Nich... said:

I was super excited this morning.  Nokia's 8 Sirocco is on clearance ATM with JB for ~$560, and I thought they also had the Pixel 2 down for a similar pricepoint.  But it was the Pixel 1. 

Mid-priced phones that have reliable update support seem a little hard to find, these days.  6.1 was definitely a little too low-end, even picking it up for ~$325 mid-year.  I don't trust the Oppos and etc to push out 9.0 and later updates (tho' the same can be said for Samsung and anything under their flagship line)

I got the Nokia 7 Plus. I thought about the 8 but I like having lots of battery life. But the 7 plus seems to have dropped too since I got mine. I think it was the first non Google phone to get the pie update with the Android one program.

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1 minute ago, fliptopia said:

I got the Nokia 7 Plus. I thought about the 8 but I like having lots of battery life. But the 7 plus seems to have dropped too since I got mine. I think it was the first non Google phone to get the pie update with the Android one program.

If the price on the 8s came down slightly more, it'd look like good value. As it is, not all the features are better than the (cheaper) 7+. At basically $600, the 8s feels too close in price to the pixel2 (which is still too expensive given the 3 is now out).

Did some phone shopping/research with my partner on the weekend and they kept flipflopping between the 8s and the 7+ or maybe nothing and just keeping their 6.1.  I think the 6.1 is not bad for a small budget phone, and it got Pie last month (I think), but I'm not much a fan of the LCD screen and she's not a fan of how slow it can feel, and the 7+ and 8s both fix elements of that but not really both (for what I'd consider decent value, anyway).

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Speed and screen wise I've found the 7 plus to be quite good. But then I like my colours a little muted compared to the Samsung in-your-face vibrancy. But each to their own. There are plenty of good options in the mid-range these days.

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I've gotten really used to an OLED screen for the blacker blacks, rather than the more vibrant colours.  The LCD never feels as dark, and it means you can't really have the screen set to be always on and act as a watch/clock, because it has to power the whole screen vs a few hundred pixels.

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hey komuso

 

i salute your purity, and i feel the approach / avoidance conflict that nearing the end of a thesis must bring, although i never did one myself

money is useful, but it complicates your life in numerous ways that are hard to reconcile

 

presently i am both a bit tired from life, and a bit tired of it, mainly due to my inability to tolerate being outside for long - all the things that kept me in relatively good shape are now alien to me, and "training" indoors is not even vaguely appealing

consequently i feel old for the first time ever, and that's appalling, even if it is somewhat realistic for my years and recent ill health

 

from my own perspective, not living with a girlfriend (indeed, living a great distance apart) is one of the best ways to have a really good relationship - it allows you to avoid the mundane experience of cohabitation, and spend ages in delicious anticipation of the next time you can be together; the reality of constant company can be the magic for some people perhaps, but i'm selfishly content with my own company unless some social event spontaneously happens around me, and then i'm quite at home too, but i rarely seek out people to be with just to avoid solitude

 

most of my socialising i get from work, where the clientele are like my extended family... a tribe of humans whom i collectively watch over like some benevolent shaman with scientific training, but in truth a lot of what i do is just respect and appreciation of people's own situation, where the medicine is only a small part of the management, and the empathy is the most helpful component

 

if music is to you like "fixing people" is to me, you really don't have a choice in the matter - it's what you do, it's a major (if not the major) piece that defines your existence

and if your research is compelling, and stimulating, good luck

 

lots of people never get that kind of satisfaction from an academic pursuit; achievements are just scenery on the journey, not the reason you travel, but the view is beautiful anyway if you appreciate it

 

and now, back to the thesis - that's enough distraction for the moment

 

 

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I'd be happy to read more about your thesis, current music playing, and your new analytical framework, one day, komuso

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This might or might not end well - Windows 10 1809 has been generally available for 13 days and I just changed my MBP settings to the targetted channel to receive it.  Though I imagine the general pleblic will receive it in the next month or 2 anyhow.

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