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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Extremely Ready for Hillary on: October 31, 2014, 01:27:42 pm
Reminds me of this.


Anyway, this is all very disturbing.  All of it.

2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Election Night - Drink of Choice? on: October 31, 2014, 01:18:27 pm
Just the usual.  It'll be a Tuesday night so I'll have red wine.  At least initially, although I may have a snifter or two of fermented beverage just before lights out. 

I feel like it's all pretty predictable here.  Wolf wins, the incumbent US and state rep and state senator wins, etc.  Hardly fodder for a drinking game. 

The only interesting races are about 20 house seats maybe 8 senate seats.  None of them are mine.  In fact, none of them are even near here. I guess we could make it a game of those 8 senate seats.  Tequila shots for every GOP victory and Vodka shots for every Democrat.  Something like that.   Some of them are many time zones west of here, though.  Not sure I want to stay up so late.
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: AT&T Girl vs. Wendy's Girl on: October 30, 2014, 07:47:35 pm
Flo is definitely hot.

Moreover, she's hip.  She has inspired halloween costumes, dolls, and cartoon characters.  In fact, I noticed Flo costumes for $22.95 in the seasonal Halloween Store at Park City Mall.  I wouldn't be surprised if, while we're walking about the neighborhood tomorrow, accepting tooth-rotting treats from total strangers which may or may not be laced with poisons and biowarfare agents, we run into a few young, buxom lasses adorned in the white smock of the Progressive Northern Insurance Company of Cleveland, Ohio (better known as Progressive.com)

4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Teaching elections for a living on: October 30, 2014, 11:18:49 am
my main job as an inspector

5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you like to eat while reading Update? on: October 30, 2014, 11:09:20 am

Well, I'm trying to be more respectable.  No coffee after 12:00 and no filing cabinet before 4:00.  It's that awkward, in-between period just now.  Believe it or not, I'm actually drinking bottled water at the moment.

6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you like to eat while reading Update? on: October 30, 2014, 10:42:03 am
I'm actually eating a banana and drinking a cup of coffee while I'm posting this.

Voted sometimes.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: AT&T Girl vs. Wendy's Girl on: October 30, 2014, 10:07:59 am
haha.  Do you keep a box of tissues and a large bottle of lotion by the TV, and time your viewing so that you're ready when your favorite commercial comes on?

It's alright.  When I was your age I was really into the chicks on the Weather Channel.

Anyway, I think I'll vote for the AT&T girl, although to be fair in the photo she is strapped up and angled in such a way as to optimize her attributes.

8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: AT&T Girl vs. Wendy's Girl on: October 30, 2014, 09:51:53 am
AT&T Girl vs. Wendy's Girl

Man, you really need to get out more.  Maybe Dad will splurge and hook you up with a working lady.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 30, 2014, 09:48:02 am
Kohl's shoes are the worst.  They break apart within a year.  Nordstrom's has good shoes.  I bought my last pair of dress shoes there, but it's sort of expensive for every-day shoes.  I get my every-day shoes now at TJ Maxx.  The pair I'm wearing at the moment is Nunn Bush Jefferson, with Comfort Gel support (depicted below).  $24.99 at TJ Maxx.  Of course, TJ Maxx is touch and go.  They rotate stock and I can't always find what I want.  They almost never have a selection of little boys' shoes. 

When my son was really small Kohl's was okay, because he would always outgrow things before they fell apart.  Now he can wear something for more than one season, and so we go to places like JCPenney's and Boscov's.  Macy's has good stuff too, but it tends to be more expensive.

10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 30, 2014, 09:30:06 am
Kohl's isn't for fats? I thought that's what they catered to?

No, they cater to cheap.  We used to buy stuff at Kohl's because it's so inexpensive, thinking we were getting a really good deal, but their stuff falls apart too easily.  Even Walmart stuff is better made than Kohl's.  We don't shop at Kohl's anymore.
11  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? on: October 30, 2014, 09:24:19 am
Crime and Punishment.  I'm about 3/4 finished.  Don't tell me how it ends.

I was actually inspired by Senator bore:


Well, I was inspired to pick up Brothers Karamazov, but at the library all the copies of that book were really fat and really old but right next to them was Crime and Punishment.  The book was shaped better.  Tall, and therefore thinner, with newer binding.  The Idiot was there too, but I have already read that.  I'll probably read Brothers Karamazov when I can find a more aesthetically pleasing edition.  So far, every Russian book I've ever read was very depressing--we have discussed Anna Karenina and War & Peace elsewhere.  Not as depressing as Dickens, but depressing nonetheless.

Anyway, Sonya's father has just been laid to rest.  I think I'm about to find out whether Raskolnikov has given himself away to the cops.  I imagine he has, although I'm not entirely sure what will happen to his sister and his mother.

12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: how often do you get together with extended family on: October 29, 2014, 07:16:16 pm
None of the options really fit, though I voted for the third option. 

"Never" would be a more accurate option, or "once in a great many years," although I'd change that if I could.  My parents are dead and my wife's parents live ten thousand miles away.  Also, she has one sister who lives at least a thousand miles away and I have one sister who lives at least a thousand miles away.  Each of them has only one son so that my son only has two cousins.  Certainly I'd like to see them all more frequently than I do, and I'd like for my son to get to know his cousins.  He's met each of them but it has been so long that he probably doesn't even remember them.  I'd also like to see my cousins and my surviving uncles and aunts as well, but they all live very far away.  You really should have an option that says "not as often as I'd like to."
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is it right? on: October 29, 2014, 03:16:30 pm
It works for me, although I'd say, "their boss' reactions"

Some writers recommend adding an apostrophe+s for possessives, others recommend only the apostrophe.  Some recommend the apostrophe+s for the unvoiced sibilant and only the apostrophe for the voiced sibilant.  (e.g., Chambers' car and Hess's Law)  I tend to use only the apostrophe in all cases, although whichever you choose you should be consistent throughout your manuscript.  You could also avoid the problems by saying "reactions of the boss"

There are problems in that sentence, however, unrelated to the bit in red.  The antecedents are all over the place and not clearly defined.  It might cause confusion.  I would not consider that to be A+ writing. 
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama Vs. Reagan! on: October 29, 2014, 01:38:18 pm
Remember when swine flu was going to wipe out America?

I remember being detained in Tokyo and again in Shanghai during that episode.  All flights originating from the US or Mexico were treated with caution.  One a flight I took, and all passengers were subjected to interviews and infrared body scans by folks dressed to avoid all human contact.  We sat on the plane for almost two hours at Narita airport before they let us off.  Later, in China, I was required to wear a mask if I went outside my rooms for the first four days of my visit.  It was a condition of my remaining in the country.  I felt silly with the thing on. 

The authorities in the densely populated countries in the world were swift and decisive, but I don't ever remember the US authorities over-reacting.  I don't think we're over-reacting to Ebola either. 

To the OP, such articles are always fashionable.  This is one.  It's silly.  Reagan is Reagan, and Obama is Obama.  Also, HIV and Ebola are different beasts.  The comparison isn't necessary, but it's the sort of thing we expect.  Remember when Saddam was the next Hitler?  Remember the polls on this very forum asking whether he'd be remembered so infamously?  Ten years on we still don't have a Godwin's Rule for the Baath party, do we?  Of course we don't.  People are always looking for historical parallels because it feeds the sensationalism.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 28, 2014, 08:16:22 pm
It is amazing how all of these forces align to leave you no other alternative but to watch sports, engage in idle chit chat and eat cheeseburgers.  We'll get to the bottom of this conspiracy someday, in the meantime I can only offer you my thoughts and prayers.

You're such a sweetheart.  If I had a dad like you when I was growing up, I probably wouldn't be such an asshole today.  Then again, I might have ended up a total weenie.

16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of BRTD on: October 28, 2014, 07:38:50 pm
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: If you were going to a Halloween costume party.......... on: October 27, 2014, 08:04:16 pm
Software pirate one year.  

Regular pirate one year.

Bill Clinton one year.  (he was the President of the US, long before you were born, in case you were wondering)

Vampire one year.

This year I think I'm going to try to do Pancho Villa.  I have a sombrero, and I can do a brunette mustache if I snip a bit of my wife's hair.  (I cut my hair recently enough so that the blonde is short and can be covered by the hat.)  And I'll wear sunglasses.  I also have a big ole burlap pancho that I bought in Guatemala.  It's very colorful.  I don't have any cowboy boots but I have some Doc Marten's that will pass, and a white Mandarin-style collar dress shirt some old faded blue jeans.  I'll get a six of Dos Equis or Tecate and come in drinking one, so I think I can pull it off.  
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris for Midwest Senate - Concession Speech. on: October 27, 2014, 06:53:12 pm

Stay classy, Cris.  It was my pleasure to support you and I wish you the best in your future elections.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: oh boy on: October 27, 2014, 06:48:39 pm
Post missing from voting thread

answers wanted


I deleted my own post in the MW governor's thread.

It was pretty weird and fucked up.  Of course, FitzGerald is a schmuck, but I think that those going after him are bigger schmucks, so by comparison FitzGerald doesn't look so bad.  It's sort of like Clinton versus the GOP congress in '98.  You were probably in diapers at the time, but let me tell you that they were all assholes.  Clinton was a major asshole, but the guys going after him were even bigger assholes, so in the end Clinton came off smelling like a rose.  (or perhaps like a cigar, which in those days was about as near to a rose as we could get.)  
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: MW Governor FitzGerald Refuses to State How Old the Earth Is on: October 27, 2014, 11:55:11 am
I think 4.6 billion years is a good estimate.

I think 4.5 billion years is a better estimate, if you're going to use radiometric dating.  Actually, the oldest Earth rocks are only about 3.96 billion years, and the stuff that's over 4 billion years are meteors and other extra-terrestrial.  These trends come and go.  Lord Kelvin calculated a date based on cooling through conduction and radiation and decided the earth was 30 million years old based on the laws of thermodynamics.  Later Rutherford decided, based on isotopic dating, that it was maybe 500 billion years.  We're up to 4 billion now.  (4.5 billion?  Can we honestly claim two significant figures?!)

But why quibble over such things?  It all seems pretty far removed from the cost of a loaf of bread or a gallon of fuel.  Certainly the governor has more pressing issues to occupy his time.

21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: MW Governor FitzGerald Refuses to State How Old the Earth Is on: October 26, 2014, 05:39:34 pm
MW Governor FitzGerald Refuses to State How Old the Earth Is

Good for him.  Anybody who tells you that he was there at the beginning is either a liar or a god, and since gods only exist in the minds of people, that pretty much narrows it down.

FitzGerald doesn't say how old it is because he doesn't know how old it is.  Neither do I.
22  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: craziest drummer ever? on: October 25, 2014, 01:10:21 pm
other:  Animal, the drummer from Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem.
23  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: If you weren't wearing X, bad thing Y wouldn't have happened to you on: October 24, 2014, 02:01:41 pm
Its not just soldiers that shouldn't be walking around in active duty wear. Government supervisors even say that Government officials, especially higher-ranking ones and those with clearances, shouldn't wear their badges in public, even when they are walking to work.

Different issue entirely.  When I was a post-doctoral research fellow for the US department of energy, I was expressly forbidden, contractually, to display my ID badge in public.  I usually cycled to work and I tended to wear it under my shirt till I got to the gate then I'd whip it out.  Clearance badges remain property of the US government and the government has a stake in keeping them out of sight in public.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2014 Selfie Creepfest/Post a picture of yourself thread on: October 24, 2014, 01:57:17 pm
Too new and too loose.

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25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: LUMINE EATS DEAD BABIES on: October 24, 2014, 11:20:25 am

Perhaps, but he doesn't eat live ones.  Let's not lose perspective here.
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