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by Habanero
Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Holy Turbo Snow . . .
Replies: 40
Views: 3518

Re: Holy Turbo Snow . . .

Around here, the word "snow" means that highways 50 and 80 will be gridlocked heading up to the ski slopes. Damn you SF bay road clutter!
by Habanero
Sat Mar 08, 2008 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: favorite smell
Replies: 94
Views: 9549

Re: favorite smell

Garlic. Roasted garlic. No contest.

No potential meal item in the world cannot be made ready to love when one adds enough garlic and butter. Ask the French forum members about Escargot. The translation does not sound appealing, but the result is worth savoring.
by Habanero
Fri Feb 22, 2008 3:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why do you never hear of Evil/Mad Engineers
Replies: 42
Views: 6657

Re: Why do you never hear of Evil/Mad Engineers

Scientists develop the theories and engineers craft the techniques. It is the technician that I worry about. Those scary techies steal ideas and morph them into risky practice thingies.
by Habanero
Wed Feb 20, 2008 3:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Bill Gates lecture at UW
Replies: 4
Views: 577

Re: Bill Gates lecture at UW

Rippy wrote:Oh, and one other thing: do I bring tomatoes?
More importantly, do you have an opportunity to ask questions? If so, what would you want to ask him?
by Habanero
Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Age
Replies: 958
Views: 216014

Re: Age

SecondTalon wrote:It's only the top if you're old, so... there's that.
First, I want to say that it took me a long time to get here. Second, I want to note that I dislike the idea of getting older much less than the alternative.
by Habanero
Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Claytronics: Very cool idea
Replies: 0
Views: 501

Claytronics: Very cool idea

The folks over at Carnegie Melon University are working up a pretty cool robotics technology. I know that this could go in hardware, news, or coding, but I'm less interested in how to develop the idea and more interested in the potential uses. The concept is called "claytronics" . It strik...
by Habanero
Sat Feb 16, 2008 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Movin' To New England/Hey US accents differ
Replies: 68
Views: 7090

Re: Movin' To New England

I have spent a fair amount of time visiting Rhode Island. Providence is a fun town. You'll enjoy it. The winter is a little harsher than SF, but then the summer is warmer. It takes some, but it gives some back. Biking is common, boating is like a religion, and history is everywhere you look. As you ...
by Habanero
Wed Feb 13, 2008 6:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Rigid work schedules
Replies: 33
Views: 2602

Re: Rigid work schedules

My company has "flex time". This means that I can start the work day anytime I want before 8:00am, and end it any time after 5:00pm. So uh. You can either work exactly 8 to 5 and take an hour lunch every day, you can work overtime, or you can sort of wander off discreetly between 8am and ...
by Habanero
Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Rigid work schedules
Replies: 33
Views: 2602

Re: Rigid work schedules

My company has "flex time". This means that I can start the work day anytime I want before 8:00am, and end it any time after 5:00pm. Truth be told, I have a lot of schedule flexibility because I am measured on the delivery of my projects. There are many managers that are uncomfortable with...
by Habanero
Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Found your own commune!
Replies: 60
Views: 4978

Re: Found your own commune!

Found it? I didn't realize that I had misplaced it.
by Habanero
Sun Feb 10, 2008 1:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can I get a translation?
Replies: 7
Views: 2181

Re: Can I get a translation?

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words words.
words words words.
words words words words!
words words words, words words words words.

--somebody--
by Habanero
Sat Feb 09, 2008 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 762600

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

I'm chuckling over the recent beer commercial that says you can talk to the animals. What you get is a rude squirrel and a dog that can only bark "sausages, sausages, sausage..." Pity the advertised brand doesn't actually taste like beer. It tastes more like... Well, it doesn't actually ta...
by Habanero
Fri Feb 08, 2008 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: But I don't wanna be eaten by dinosaurs
Replies: 51
Views: 4859

Re: But I don't wanna be eaten by dinosaurs

I don't know about your premise that vegetarians taste better. Porcine mammals are omnivorous and they are might tasty. In addition, how far do you want to take the lion analogy? The female lions tend to be the hunters. The males generally lie about and scavenge.
by Habanero
Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 762600

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

I seem to recall they use those to hold themselves to where they are, and to draw in water. While vacationing in Costa Rica I did see a walking palm. The plant used it's root system to move slowly toward sunlight. Other than that one odd example, tree roots act as an anchor and a nutrient source. I...
by Habanero
Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 762600

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

Foot pads draw toxins out of the body? Just like a tree? Reflexology? Contains ions? "Wow, that's all I can say, wow" (that was the only part of the advertisement that made sense to me).
by Habanero
Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 762600

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

The douchebaggery that both irritates me and makes me sad at the same time is the bit about, "Need cash? Get it now with no credit check because we trust you." The fine print pops across the screen buried in a large paragraph of text saying, 99.9% APR, typical loan repayment on $2500 is ~$...
by Habanero
Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 762600

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

I was wrong! It doesn't sound like Phillip Glass at all. More along the lines of Schoenberg, Bartok, or perhaps Stravinski. Maybe it was the choice of tempo?
by Habanero
Sun Feb 03, 2008 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 762600

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

The score makes perfect sense in any of a wide range of alternate realities. It might sound a little like a Jack Benny playing solo violin to a composition by Phillip Glass on psychoactive drugs.
by Habanero
Sun Feb 03, 2008 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9396925

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Clearly Steven Colbert (cable TV faux news comedian) has never listened to Victor Wooten or Jaco Pastorius.
by Habanero
Sun Feb 03, 2008 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9396925

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Zohar wrote:I have proof that my brain exists!
Perhaps, but do you know where you last left it? Can you find it when you need it?
by Habanero
Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 762600

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

Odd bit, I keep reading the subject to include the word debauchery to which I would have a much livelier answer. Sorry I missed the exchange discussing "why cleaning products target women" and am responding so late. The ad would have to go something like this: Hi, Billy May Popiel here for...
by Habanero
Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9396925

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Cheese wrote:I miss tractor...
If you spend more time at the rifle range, your aim will improve.
by Habanero
Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Wondering how to get a career in IT/Networking
Replies: 15
Views: 2477

Re: Wondering how to get a career in IT/Networking

I've been in IT for over 20 years now including network architecture and design for large, well known companies. My vote is, run away. It used to be fun, back when it was all new. Now, the industry has changed. To senior management, IT staff members are essentially fungible. The perception is that y...
by Habanero
Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 762600

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

Heard this one the other day. I'm still wrapping my head around it. It was an advertisement for a "paranormal reality show". Paranormal reality? That reminds me of my second marriage.
by Habanero
Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Beliefs That You Cannot Prove
Replies: 123
Views: 9642

Re: Beliefs That You Cannot Prove

I believe that my perception of reality == reality, with the exception of the psyche which is entirely fictitious.
by Habanero
Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9396925

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

zingmaster wrote:I wish I could actually understand Chinese.
Simply insert a babel fish into your ear. You should be able to find one on Magrathea.
by Habanero
Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Dance or Martial Arts?
Replies: 85
Views: 8296

Re: Dance or Martial Arts?

If you go for martial arts, you are most likely to end up in a room with 80%+ guys. If you take dance, you are likely to end up in a room with 80%+ [girls/women + not straight guys]. You'll have your pick of dance partners.

Dance = Win
by Habanero
Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Laws of A/V Cabling
Replies: 23
Views: 3346

Re: The Laws of A/V Cabling

saxmaniac1987 wrote:Well trained cable is beautiful to work with.
I've tried everything I can think of. Kodály, Orff, Steiner-Waldorf, Montessori, and others to no avail.Those darned cables remain unruly.
by Habanero
Thu Jan 24, 2008 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What you don't understand
Replies: 240
Views: 21714

Re: What you don't understand

Imagine a person with complete innocence. Children are not innocent, they are naive. From the moment of birth they are cunningly manipulative. Out of the womb they recognize that if they cry, whimper, or otherwise make disturbing noises, someone will come and do something for them. The only thing i...
by Habanero
Thu Jan 24, 2008 4:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Laws of A/V Cabling
Replies: 23
Views: 3346

Re: The Laws of A/V Cabling

That sounds pretty thorough. The only thing that I might add is that this complexity increases when setting up A/V equipment for a large trade show or convention. It doesn't change the process, it just adds some complexity. A. You must source them locally because you need the stuff RIGHT NOW! B. Eve...
by Habanero
Thu Jan 24, 2008 4:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9396925

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Meditation: The trick is to quit thinking without falling asleep.
by Habanero
Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: High School Reunion
Replies: 41
Views: 3050

Re: High School Reunion

Here's a thought for you. I don't know what your budget looks like, and this only works if you actually live in a different part of the country, but... Hire two high priced call girls for the evening and have them both drool over you for an hour or so. Rent a limo for your arrival and departure. Aft...
by Habanero
Wed Jan 23, 2008 4:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ascii art
Replies: 12
Views: 5151

Re: Ascii art

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by Habanero
Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Five weeks in Wisconsin as an exchange student
Replies: 160
Views: 11167

Re: Five weeks in Wisconsin as an exchange student

Incidentally, I'd never use the word silverware or flatware (I say cutlery), but that might just be an American English/English English thing. In the US, cutlery tends to refer specifically to chef's knives and such. everyone, wherever you may be, is going to give you bags of leeway as a foreigner ...
by Habanero
Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Five weeks in Wisconsin as an exchange student
Replies: 160
Views: 11167

Re: Five weeks in Wisconsin as an exchange student

don't blurt out and compare your own family to them. If you say "who wants to go for a walk?" and when no one says they want to, don't say "my own family always goes for a walk after dinner. It helps us connect and helps us exercise" or something similar. Your host family might ...
by Habanero
Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Five weeks in Wisconsin as an exchange student
Replies: 160
Views: 11167

Re: Five weeks in Wisconsin as an exchange student

About 15 years ago I hosted an exchange student for several weeks. She was so shy, and reserved, that she would hide away in her room. We had to practically drag her out to go do things. My biggest advice is to get out there to discover the area and the people. Be bold. You will find people quite to...
by Habanero
Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Dear people of Earth,
Replies: 121
Views: 9691

Re: Dear people of Earth,

Why can I never find my copy of Mark Twain's, "Letters from Earth" when I need it?
by Habanero
Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ostriches are the new Raptor
Replies: 131
Views: 9732

Re: Ostriches are the new Raptor

It's a good thing that pterodactyls are extinct. That would be bad. Very, very, bad.
by Habanero
Sun Jan 20, 2008 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9396925

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

it's not fair that all those star trek and star wars fans have all those conventions and stuff and people that like hitchhikers guide have nothing... well yes, there is towel day and all that... but no great organization, and no recognition... if you walk around in that star trek uniform people wil...
by Habanero
Sun Jan 20, 2008 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9396925

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

xndrew wrote:FT: Permanence is a lie.
Permanence is transient.

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