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Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Postby quetzal1234 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:03 am UTC

polynesian island hoppers. That's how most of polynesia was settled. IRC, they had canoes with sails. Could be wrong though.
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Postby The Cat » Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:09 am UTC

The Polynesians were/are some for the greatest mariners in history. I believe their of Asian descent. As the Eskimos crossed the land bridge, they ventured across oceans. Their navigation consisted of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polynesian_navigation. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/po ... ators.html

Edit: No, you're right. I believe the bamboo charts are called rebbelib. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_I ... tick_chart

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Postby UniqueScreenname » Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:56 am UTC

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Zarq wrote:I don't know the area, but isn't ~460 a month a bit expensive for those conditions? It's essentially a large hotel room. A shoddy one, because any decent hotel has a shower.

I think that would be expensive for that thing anywhere. What really got me is the "You must be out every day at your job and not at home"...so I can enter while you're gone and steal your stuff.

I don't know, it would be considered a steal compared to some of the rental units around here. Probably less drafty, too, though access to public transit likely isn't as good.

But you're in Canada. Isn't actually about the same?
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Postby PhoenixEnigma » Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:04 am UTC

Not really, the Canadian and US dollars have been bouncing around parity for quite a while now
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Postby UniqueScreenname » Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:10 am UTC

Huh. I'm not surprised I was wrong being that my only source for that belief was the different prices on book covers.
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Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Postby poxic » Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:20 am UTC

That's been a point of (polite) outrage in Canada for a while now. Book publishers came up with all sorts of lame ass-excuses that were alibis for "we exploit Canucks for a lot of cash by autopricing books 40% higher for them".

Some started putting only one price on their books. I think some have switched back to autoscrew. :x
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Postby The Cat » Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:52 am UTC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfCGkrieKZI

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Postby Hawknc » Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:09 am UTC

poxic wrote:That's been a point of (polite) outrage in Canada for a while now. Book publishers came up with all sorts of lame ass-excuses that were alibis for "we exploit Canucks for a lot of cash by autopricing books 40% higher for them".

Some started putting only one price on their books. I think some have switched back to autoscrew. :x

We call it the Australia tax here. There's not really any justification for a Steam game costing twice as much in Australia as it does in the US, especially when both of them are in USD.

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Postby New User » Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:40 am UTC

Importing fees.

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Postby yurell » Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:47 am UTC

I was under the impression that our free trade agreement with the US prevented tarrifs etc. on objects that are so cheap.
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Postby Hawknc » Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:49 am UTC

Government-imposed tariffs, yes. Blatant profiteering by publishers, no.

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Postby Thesh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:54 am UTC

And yet when I suggest that the US annex Australia, you are all against it (despite the US being the greatest country in the world, if only because I was born here).George Bernard Shaw > ALl
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Postby Ivora » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:58 am UTC

The Cat wrote:The Polynesians were/are some for the greatest mariners in history. I believe their of Asian descent. As the Eskimos crossed the land bridge, they ventured across oceans. Their navigation consisted of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polynesian_navigation. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/po ... ators.html

Edit: No, you're right. I believe the bamboo charts are called rebbelib. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_I ... tick_chart

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umm wow....... and it was done like thousands of years ago too! :shock:

people are like the bed bugs of earth... they're everywhere.

that Polynesian triangle sure is massive.... mostly water too! i wonder how many people got lost at sea and died trying to find land... :(

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Postby Angua » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:30 am UTC

I got some amazon gift certificates for Christmas - does anyone know if I can use them in bits, or if I have to use the full amount in one single order?
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Postby UniqueScreenname » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:34 am UTC

Crumbly little bits and pieces.
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Postby Angua » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:36 am UTC

So, does amazon just remember that you have the certificate then?

Now that I've just realised that you can only buy kindle books in bits and pieces, this is the only logical way for this to work...
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Postby Giant Speck » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:40 am UTC

Angua wrote:I got some amazon gift certificates for Christmas - does anyone know if I can use them in bits, or if I have to use the full amount in one single order?

Here's what Amazon's Gift Card page says:

Amazon.com Gift Cards are redeemable toward millions of items at Amazon.com, have no fees, and never, ever expire. Amazon.com Gift Cards can be purchased in almost any amount, from $0.15 to $2,000. Your recipient can spend their gift card right away or deposit it into their Amazon account and wait for that sale of a lifetime. Any gift card balance left over will stay in their account for future use.
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Postby Angua » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:42 am UTC

Cool - thanks :) I guess I didn't search around enough when I was looking.
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Postby The Cat » Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:32 pm UTC

people are like the bed bugs of earth... they're everywhere.

that Polynesian triangle sure is massive.... mostly water too! i wonder how many people got lost at sea and died trying to find land... :(


I'm sorry if you're having bed bug problems. I've heard they're real nasty buggers.

Species disperse to avoid competing for the same resources. The Irish came because of famine, the pilgrims for freedom. I'm sure many died, just as certainly as populations will contract. From Gilgamesh to Moses, dispersal has been woven into the fabric of our History. Sometimes it's the destination, not the journey. :)

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Postby You, sir, name? » Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:22 pm UTC

The Cat wrote:The Irish came because of famine, the pilgrims for freedom.


The pilgrims came for oppression, which they were unable to exert back in England.
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Postby The Cat » Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:35 pm UTC

I originally put religious freedom. Don't wanna spark some nonsense. Bottom line is, people fight or move for a better quality of life. Middle class has tasted a little cake, and they think it tastes like shit. Rats stashing their cheese. I think it's time to clean house.

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Postby SlyReaper » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:26 pm UTC

Screech: google image search used to allow searches for images in a specific size. I could specify, for example, that I want an image that's exactly 5040x1050 pixels, and it would return only images of that exact size. Does anyone know how to do that now? The only options that seem to be available now are "above a certain number of megapixels" and "panoramic" aspect ratio.
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Postby pseudoidiot » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:31 pm UTC

Above the image results I have a "Search Tools" box, which brings up some options below that. then there's an "Any size" drop-down menu. One of the options is "Exactly..." which appears to do what you're talking about.
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Postby SlyReaper » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:43 pm UTC

Ah got it, thanks.
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Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Postby poxic » Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:57 am UTC

What if Dr. Seuss wrote The Call of Cthulhu? (warning: io9)

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Postby boXd » Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:12 pm UTC

poxic wrote:(warning: io9)


Is there something about io9 I should know?

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Postby Giant Speck » Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:28 pm UTC

boXd wrote:
poxic wrote:(warning: io9)


Is there something about io9 I should know?

The only thing I can think of is that it's owned by Gawker Media.
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Postby roband » Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:25 pm UTC

Cor the forum ain't 'alf slow over the holiday period.


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Postby roband » Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:53 pm UTC

I had an ALF annual when I was younger, I had no idea what is was. Then I found out he was a racist :(

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Postby The Cat » Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:14 pm UTC

ALF annual


Oh, you had a comic book (had to Google it). Cheers! Well, life is like a box of chocolates. Try not to leave em in the sun or burn em in the freezer. This is to say nothing about some of the nasty fillings. It's my opinion that you get a much better quality of chocolate that way.
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Postby boXd » Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:57 pm UTC

I HAVE 21 NEW BOOKS! FEAR ME, WORLD! :) :D :mrgreen:

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Postby Zarq » Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:09 pm UTC

Which ones?
You rang?

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Postby boXd » Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:27 pm UTC

Zarq wrote:Which ones?


Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition (E Regis)
The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty (D Ariely)
The Elements (T Gray)
Predictably Irrational (D Ariely)
The Moral Animal (R Wright)
QED (RP Feynman)
Thinking and Deciding (J Baron)
I Am A Strange Loop (DR Hofstadter)
The Upside of Irrationality (D Ariely)
Thinking, Fast and Slow (D Kahneman)
Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (S Russell, P Norvig - this one's for college, too)
Contact (C Sagan)
Cosmos (C Sagan)
A Fire Upon the Deep (V Vinge)
Rainbows End (V Vinge)
Foundation (I Asimov)
Foundation and Empire (I Asimov)
Second Foundation (I Asimov)
Ender's Game (OS Card)
Godel, Escher, Bach (DR Hofstadter)

Huh, it appears I bought 'only' 20 books. Oh well.

EDIT: 'O Scott'? What the hell was I thinking? It's OS Card, of course.
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Postby Yakk » Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:40 pm UTC

boXd wrote:QED (RP Feynman)
Always a good read.
Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (S Russell, P Norvig - this one's for college, too)
It has some good quotes. The edition I read was mostly a survey. I like the quote about pricing human life.
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Rainbows End (V Vinge)
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Postby The Scyphozoa » Sat Dec 29, 2012 5:32 pm UTC

Toxic? What do you mean?
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Postby poxic » Sat Dec 29, 2012 7:40 pm UTC

Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition (E Regis) -- This one is fun. Good for telling people the funny bits.
I Am A Strange Loop (DR Hofstadter) -- HOLY CRAP my favourite DRH so far.
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Postby SlyReaper » Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:59 pm UTC

Yakk wrote:
Foundation (I Asimov)
Foundation and Empire (I Asimov)
Second Foundation (I Asimov)
Good old Asimov.

How silly will I look if I confess I also enjoyed Foundation's Edge?
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Postby boXd » Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:31 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:
Yakk wrote:
Foundation (I Asimov)
Foundation and Empire (I Asimov)
Second Foundation (I Asimov)
Good old Asimov.

How silly will I look if I confess I also enjoyed Foundation's Edge?


Not silly at all, I guess? I've already read the prequels and the first two in that list, and just got started on Second Foundation - is Foundation's Edge very different?

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Postby roband » Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:58 pm UTC

How heavy is Asimov? From what I know about the content, it's the sort of thing I'd enjoy - but it depends how it's presented.


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