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Re: Random natterings

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Re: Random natterings

Postby Apparently Anonymous » Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:38 am UTC

Ahhhhh apparently there's been some trouble with my insurance (it may have run out halfway through my course of therapy without me knowing) and now I am freaking out :( I really hope they don't think it's fraud and/or will make me pay a zillion dollars, but I'm kind of scared they might...

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Re: Random natterings

Postby Jumble » Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:53 pm UTC

The UK's new Foreign Secretary, ladies and gentlemen....
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Re: Random natterings

Postby flicky1991 » Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:03 pm UTC

Yep. I can hardly believe it.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:05 pm UTC

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(That's a 10 year old Japanese child and they're playing touch rugby.)
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Re: Random natterings

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Apparently Anonymous wrote:Ahhhhh apparently there's been some trouble with my insurance (it may have run out halfway through my course of therapy without me knowing) and now I am freaking out :( I really hope they don't think it's fraud and/or will make me pay a zillion dollars, but I'm kind of scared they might...

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Re: Random natterings

Postby keozen » Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:16 am UTC

With Borris as Foreign Sec all bets are off for any other appointments. I half expect "A Rock with a face drawn on in Sharpie" to be made Minister for the Environment & Climate change at this point.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Magnanimous » Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:02 am UTC

e^iπ+1=0 wrote:(That's a 10 year old Japanese child and they're playing touch rugby.)

Oh my god, thank you for reminding me of this.

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Re: Random natterings

Postby You, sir, name? » Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:43 am UTC

That is one poorly fitting shirt he's wearing in the rugby picture.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby keozen » Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:50 am UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:That is one poorly fitting shirt he's wearing in the rugby picture.

I don't think he owns a single piece of well fitted clothing.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Felstaff » Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:38 am UTC

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I have no idea how I ended up there (and I failed to get the software to work on my school's crumbling RM Nimbus 286), but it started out with me reading the back cover of my copy of Resident Evil for the PlayStation, and noticing it had Capcom's World Wide Web address on it. I think it was just a corporate site at the time, so there was nothing to do (and no secret Resident Evil guide, which I was hoping for, as I was completely stuck at the time), so I guess I just ended up "surfing" the "net" until I stumbled upon it, probably due to a flashing webring gif.

I remember this was being very close to the summer holidays, so would have been mid-July. Perhaps July 18, meaning that today would be my 20th anniversary of being on The Internet (I'm not including sporadically using--and being confused by--the B.B.S. text-based stuff that I used to get bored with round Simon and Oliver's house; they thought it was magical - downloading pirated 880KiB game files to write onto floppy disks whilst their mum shouted at them 'cause she needed the phone. I, however, didn't have the foggiest what was going on: I merely appreciated the fact I could play James Pond 2: Codename Robocod, which would've cost roughly seven months' pocket money, had I attempted to buy it myself).

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Re: Random natterings

Postby Zohar » Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:55 pm UTC

We started watching Stranger Things this weekend (it's OK so far), it's a Netflix horror-sci-fi sort of show set in the 80s. Last week I played Firewatch, also set in the 80s. And it made me think - lots of movies are made in "present day", some movies are set in the future, distant past, or imaginary setting. But I'm wondering how many movies choose to put their settings in the past, let's say, 50 years of their making. In the case of all the 80s stuff right now, I imagine a lot of it has to do with relatively modern settings where problems can't be easily solved by the use of cell phones. But the trend isn't only do these days - Back to the Future and Grease were set in the 80s, too.

I would be interested in seeing a chart that shows these sorts of decisions - how long ago is a movie set, for various years and the relatively well-known movies that came out in those years.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby doogly » Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:06 pm UTC

You may be interested in https://xkcd.com/1491/
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Re: Random natterings

Postby You, sir, name? » Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:10 pm UTC

Eighties aesthetics have been pretty fashionable for a while now. As an example, you have films like Drive whch is oddly anachronistic, it appears to be set in the present, but it looks like it's from the 1980s.

It's also pretty prevalent in gaming, and we've seen quite a lot of different takes in recent years: Far Cry: Blood Dragon, Alien: Isolation*, Hotline Miami, etc.

* ok, this is more like 1979, but you get my point.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Zohar » Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:35 pm UTC

doogly wrote:You may be interested in https://xkcd.com/1491/

Yeah figured there was probably a comic about this already.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby eran_rathan » Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:40 am UTC

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Re: Random natterings

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Randall, not Marilyn.
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Re: Random natterings

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Seriously?
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Postby Ubik » Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:30 am UTC

Who is this Randall Monroe, and what is their relation to Randall Munroe's webcomic?

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Postby Link » Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:14 am UTC

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Re: Random natterings

Postby bentheimmigrant » Tue Jul 19, 2016 11:32 am UTC

keozen wrote:
You, sir, name? wrote:That is one poorly fitting shirt he's wearing in the rugby picture.

I don't think he owns a single piece of well fitted clothing.

Class signaling. You can use it to tell old money from new...
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Re: Random natterings

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Jul 19, 2016 2:01 pm UTC

Thesh wrote:Seriously?

Always.
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Re: Random natterings

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You, sir, name? wrote:That is one poorly fitting shirt he's wearing in the rugby picture.

I don't think he owns a single piece of well fitted clothing.

Class signaling. You can use it to tell old money from new...


I don't understand which class he's supposed to signal. While old money may be a bit reluctant to show off their wealth, I don't think it's very common to dress like a used car salesman.
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Postby mathmannix » Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:08 pm UTC

Jumble wrote:The UK's new Foreign Secretary, ladies and gentlemen....

You guys should make him the Prime Minister. I always liked how David Cameron has royal ancestry, and this Johnson fellow is descended from George II.
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Postby bentheimmigrant » Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:33 pm UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:
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You, sir, name? wrote:That is one poorly fitting shirt he's wearing in the rugby picture.

I don't think he owns a single piece of well fitted clothing.

Class signaling. You can use it to tell old money from new...


I don't understand which class he's supposed to signal. While old money may be a bit reluctant to show off their wealth, I don't think it's very common to dress like a used car salesman.

It's the bumbling but lovable landed gentry look. Unable to choose clothes or present himself properly, he endears himself to you enough that, while you may oppose hereditary titles or the ancient hoarding of land etc., you certainly wouldn't want to take his away.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby HES » Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:20 am UTC

mathmannix wrote:You guys should make him the Prime Minister.

We almost did, until one of his classmates stabbed him in the back.
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Postby keozen » Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:20 am UTC

Nor will you consider for even a second that he's actually a very clever and dangerous person with policies you'd run a mile from because AWW look at the idiot with a mop for hair.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby ObsessoMom » Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:41 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:Back to the Future and Grease were set in the 80s, too.


Huh? Grease came out in 1978, and the film is set in the 1958-1959 school year. Methinks you're misremembering.

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Re: Random natterings

Postby Zohar » Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:10 pm UTC

Sorry, I meant they were both movies that came out around the 80s and were set in the 50s.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby You, sir, name? » Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:14 pm UTC

Why do lemons exist? I mean, take limes for example. They're a lot like lemons, except tastier. Lemons just seem like a dumb thing in comparison.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby pseudoidiot » Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:38 pm UTC

Lemons > limes.

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Re: Random natterings

Postby You, sir, name? » Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:58 pm UTC

Bring it! My grudge against lemons may derive from the fact that it's the only citrus fruit that does not fit my Unified Citrus Theory, that states that there is only one citrus fruit, and its different colors and sizes can be explained by the relativistic effects and distance in hidden dimensions
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Zohar » Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:17 pm UTC

Limes are great, lemons are great, it all depends on the circumstances.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Flumble » Thu Jul 21, 2016 12:13 am UTC

I was going to advocate that you should call them "citrons" (and rename the current citron to something even more bitter/sour), but it turns out a lot of languages call them lemons.

In any case, lemons are the real deal. If you want the taste of lime, just add some sugar or sweet fruit.

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Re: Random natterings

Postby poxic » Thu Jul 21, 2016 12:21 am UTC

One more vote for "context matters". I do not want lime meringue pie, and I do not want a lemon margarita.

(Not that it matters much personally, being yep allergic to both. Ffs.)
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Thesh » Thu Jul 21, 2016 1:29 am UTC

Lime in a Long Island Iced tea would just be stupid as well.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby ucim » Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:32 am UTC

Just a note - there are things in the Dominican Republic (and presumably other Caribbean islands which are called lemons, but are green, much sweeter than (US) lemons, and are in most ways more like limes. There are limes down there too - but they are not the same.

So, maybe your relativistic theory is correct; it just needs a correction for the difference in gravity from being closer to the equator.

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Re: Random natterings

Postby pseudoidiot » Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:14 am UTC

poxic wrote:One more vote for "context matters". I do not want lime meringue pie, and I do not want a lemon margarita.
I would totally drink a lemon margarita, that sounds delicious.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby speising » Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:14 am UTC

ucim wrote:Just a note - there are things in the Dominican Republic (and presumably other Caribbean islands which are called lemons, but are green, much sweeter than (US) lemons, and are in most ways more like limes. There are limes down there too - but they are not the same.

So, maybe your relativistic theory is correct; it just needs a correction for the difference in gravity from being closer to the equator.

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