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by ivnja
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Logging into this forum using Python
Replies: 2
Views: 693

Re: Logging into this forum using Python

Thanks - that makes sense, and I think I see the path forward.
by ivnja
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Logging into this forum using Python
Replies: 2
Views: 693

Logging into this forum using Python

Hi all. After several years of not doing much coding, I'm trying to write a short program in Python where the first step is logging into this forum. I know my way around Python in general reasonably well, but have never tried writing code to post anything (such as login data) vs scraping info (gener...
by ivnja
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8251
Views: 1123286

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Hugs gratefully accepted. I don't know if the teen years thing is common. She was a schoolteacher for a few years after college (and still sort of remembers that, when prompted), but then raised five children and didn't go back to outside employment, so being at work wasn't a big part of her life. S...
by ivnja
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8251
Views: 1123286

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

I'm kind of terrified of Alzheimer's. Both my grandmothers developed it. It took my dad's mom about 10 years after diagnosis earlier this decade, and now I'm experiencing it much more intimately with my mom's mom, who was diagnosed somewhere around the time my other grandmother passed and eventually...
by ivnja
Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: 3 letters in a word
Replies: 1785
Views: 237477

Re: 3 letters in a word

After three days all I could think of was Charybdis from Greek mythology, so I did turn to a scrabble dictionary - I would never have gotten that substance (or any of its associated adjectives, etc).
by ivnja
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: 3 letters in a word
Replies: 1785
Views: 237477

Re: 3 letters in a word

Wow, five-year necro.

Ciao - loaner word, but common enough to not trigger spellcheck.

xur
by ivnja
Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 167
Views: 25100

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Charles Manson, at 83.

(Good riddance)
by ivnja
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform
Replies: 76
Views: 3767

Re: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform

I feel like worrying about the details of how to fund this hypothetical app is putting the cart way before the horse in a thought experiment about how to design something that will facilitate rational conversation with others of differing views. I like Pfhorrest's idea of rating [posts/comments/inte...
by ivnja
Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 167
Views: 25100

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Roy Halladay, retired future hall of fame baseball pitcher and all-around good person, has died at age 40 in a single-plane crash off the coast of Florida. He was the pilot and sole occupant of the aircraft.
by ivnja
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4002
Views: 258577

Re: Trump presidency

Is there actually a current person called Pocahontas, or is this some form of racial epithet? According to the independent it's a racist slur against Elizabeth Warren, who has (possibly rather distant) Native American heritage. Apparently calling her Pocohontas is a recurring thing for Trump. It's ...
by ivnja
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 123
Views: 14655

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

The problem I see with allowing even a small majority to cause secession is that you can thus override legitimate protections the people who don't want to secede have. Using Texas again, its constitution actually forbids same sex marriage/unions. Its since been overruled at a federal level. But if ...
by ivnja
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 123
Views: 14655

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

A point I never really understood about these separation movements, is what you do about things like Federal laws or a Constitution? Once you're your own country you presumably will need to create a bunch of laws that were prior handled by your former federal government. But I never see any indicat...
by ivnja
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8251
Views: 1123286

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Not sure about the "champ" thing, in the US I heard a cis woman being called champ (for not complaining about an unavoidable unpleasant situation ... kind of fits with dentistry) Outside of the context of referring to someone who is actually the reigning champion of something significant*...
by ivnja
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3220
Views: 385500

Re: The Darker Side of the News

ucim wrote:texting is m*stard

Is this OTT slang for something?
by ivnja
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 398
Views: 16802

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

Specifically, as a member of the State University System of Florida, it is itself a state entity and as such is not allowed to discriminate against speech except in very limited circumstances (which is how they prevented Spencer from coming directly after Charlottesville).
by ivnja
Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 398
Views: 16802

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

This fits in here, I think:

Florida governor Rick Scott declares state of emergency ahead of Richard Spencer speech at UF Gainesville. The university doesn't want him there and its president has said that he should be shunned, but they can't legally prevent him from speaking.

Edit: it's -> its
by ivnja
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 177
Views: 30906

Re: News in brief

the second-largest referendum victory in state history the referendum only passed 52-48 Has Maine had, like, two referendums in its history? That's pretty disingenuous reporting to write it that way. It could be by raw voter numbers. Without tracking down their sources I don't know. I'm pretty conf...
by ivnja
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14129
Views: 1975380

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

anti-white nationalist rally I've never been satisfied with the way the English language handles prefixes before phrases. "White nationalist" is, despite being two words, a single inseparable thing. Is an anti-white nationalist rally a rally against white nationalists, or a rally put on b...
by ivnja
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 177
Views: 30906

Re: News in brief

The way our state constitution is written ("something something something plurality of the votes cast"), RCV technically doesn't fly for the races for the governorship or either house of the state legislature, I believe. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court made an advisory ruling about that b...
by ivnja
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4002
Views: 258577

Re: Trump presidency

From the "oh, what a surprise" files, Trump proves once again that he's a stupid, hypocritical bastard, this time about respecting the flag and the military.
by ivnja
Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Help with some friends trying to join the site (no reply to their signups)
Replies: 25
Views: 3846

Re: Help with some friends trying to join the site (no reply to their signups)

SecondTalon wrote:I can be reached by my profile, technically.

How? I just logged out to check, and as far as I could tell any actions involving your profile (including just viewing it) required logging back in.
by ivnja
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4002
Views: 258577

Re: Trump presidency

In UK gov we regard Tillerson and Mattis as a ‘sanity shield’, filtering the worst of the stupidity shitstorm coming from the manchild before it does serious damage. So does the Chairman of the Senate Commitfee on Foreign Relations (Sen. Corker, R-TN). I hadnt watched Sarah Huckabee Sanders actuall...
by ivnja
Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Help with some friends trying to join the site (no reply to their signups)
Replies: 25
Views: 3846

Re: Help with some friends trying to join the site (no reply to their signups)

I've noticed that Amrock has been our latest new member for quite a while now (Sept. 1) - bumping this thread in case there's another backlog of sign ups without friends on the inside to ask for them.
by ivnja
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 167
Views: 25100

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

So, the news agencies have retracted their Tom Petty obits - or, to adapt the old Mark Twain (mis)quote, reports of his death have been at least a little bit exaggerated. I'm still braced for the worst, but I hope he pulls through.
by ivnja
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 167
Views: 25100

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

There have been a couple big names over the past week or so, Monty Hall (96) for one, but seeing Tom Petty go really feels weird. Only 66.
by ivnja
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3220
Views: 385500

Re: The Darker Side of the News

CorruptUser wrote:Deadliest mass shooting in US history. Wonderful way to wake up in the morning, that </snark>.

I woke up to 20+ dead / 100+ wounded, and Now I go on break at work to see 50+/400+. Having some trouble wrapping my mind around it.
by ivnja
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2096
Views: 278164

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

I just saw that Rose Leslie and Kit Harington have gotten engaged. I haven't read the books or watched the show, but I've picked up bits of the plot and characters through pop-cultural osmosis. So correct me if I've got this wrong, but when I saw the news I couldn't help but think...lucky bastard.
by ivnja
Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How would you change the U.S. tax system?
Replies: 197
Views: 18330

Re: How would you change the U.S. tax system?

How do you add attachments to a post? With the Attachments tab directly below the "Post a reply" box* that you type your post into. Hitting Place Inline, which shows up after you've uploaded the attachment, will let you put images in the body of your post (like the graphs in my previous p...
by ivnja
Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 398
Views: 16802

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

This is why the US' constitutional fetishism is so dangerous. ...but the point of free speech isn't free speech. It's limiting the powers of government over its subjects. Letting government decide what you can and cannot say is a very dangerous direction to go in. If you decide to go in that direct...
by ivnja
Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 398
Views: 16802

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

The constitution absolutely is and should be mutable but the US school system gives people an almost idolatrist view of it that is profoundly dangerous One thing to remember when talking about education in the US is that "the US school system" is a misnomer. Each state sets its own standa...
by ivnja
Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4002
Views: 258577

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, our (Maine) governor is on the cases of both Sen. King (independent but caucuses with Democrats, basically a certain no vote) and potential swing vote Collins (who, last I heard, was leaning no) to vote yes, saying that Maine was going to get something like 44% more federal money out of this d...
by ivnja
Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 80
Views: 15196

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

Yeah, the Sky train and everything behind it is definitely a steep disadvantage for any other GC rider to overcome if they want to win a major tour that Sky is genuinely contesting. The team leader still has to be a pretty special rider to consistently finish it off, but you're right that Sky does h...
by ivnja
Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 80
Views: 15196

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

I just saw video of this amazingly unlucky crash one of the riders from the AG2R developmental squad Chambéry CF had in the Tour de Moselle a little over a week ago. Hit a bump on a raised pedestrian crossing during an ITT and his aero bars popped off. His front tire also popped as he skidded, altho...
by ivnja
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8251
Views: 1123286

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Ginger wrote:It's taken several months. If I can't get things straightened around with my current doctor in the next month or two I'm looking for a new hormones doctor.

Yeah, it's sounded from your last couple posts like your current endocrinologist is at best not on the same page with you.
by ivnja
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4002
Views: 258577

Re: Trump presidency

New York Times: Trump Confirms Support for Law to Protect ‘Dreamers’ That headline only tells part of the story (the article itself is better), but Trump had a working dinner at the White House last night with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and apparently the two sides have c...
by ivnja
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition
Replies: 177
Views: 10570

Re: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition

gmalivuk wrote:Also points for being from Michigan

This part I'm so definitely for. Students shouldn't get beaten out for their own state universities by academically equivalent out-of-staters, even if it does get the school more tuition money.
by ivnja
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition
Replies: 177
Views: 10570

Re: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition

Are legacy admissions a thing at public universities? I don't recall whether there was a question about that on the application for the state university I graduated from. From a legal/"should the schools be compelled to stop" standpoint, I support private colleges and universities being al...
by ivnja
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How would you change the U.S. tax system?
Replies: 197
Views: 18330

Re: How would you change the U.S. tax system?

I don't have a function, but I do have a pretty(?) chart and the spreadsheet I used to create it to illustrate the current state of affairs for federal income tax rates in the US*. I used the tax bracket data I found here , specifically the rates for single filing: 2017 Brackets.PNG In the attached ...
by ivnja
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89818
Views: 6726611

Re: Thoughts for ships

That idea with the ties is so wonderful, and I love this part: It was acknowledgment of the fact that Jesse had absolutely loved Christmas, and that Christmas isn't going to be the same without Jesse's enthusiastic celebration of it...but now his friends will be taking up that mantle. The two most r...

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