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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Pfhorrest » Tue Aug 25, 2015 5:40 am UTC

Congrats Decker!

Something very similar happened to me in late 2011, and it turned out to be the best thing to ever happen to my career. And you sound like you're doing even better from it than I did.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Whizbang » Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:35 pm UTC

Something similar happened to me almost 10 years ago. I got laid off (company merger) and got a (small) lay off compensation. I was in a new job for more money within two weeks. The compensation (which is, I believe, intended to help you during period between jobs) turned into just play money.

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Decker » Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:46 pm UTC

Seems like even the most talented people have survived a lay-off or two.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby speising » Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:51 pm UTC

A frind of mine was recently laid off, found another job he didn't like, and managed to get rehired a month later by his former company, for more money, and a more interesting job. Plus he got to keep his compensation, the lucky bastard.

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Pfhorrest » Thu Aug 27, 2015 11:13 pm UTC

there was a problem with the credit card machine at lunch today right as i got up to pay, and i didn't have enough cash on hand to pay for the food they'd already made for me, but a nice man behind me in line who I let go ahead (he was paying with cash) gave me $5 in case the credit machine couldn't get working. One little tiny bit of hope in humanity restored. (I ended up not needing it because they got the machine working, so dude just basically gave me a $5 for letting him ahead in line one space).
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Artemisia » Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:16 pm UTC

Decker wrote:I was laid off from my job recently. Nothing to do with performance. They just didn't get the money they budgeted for.

About a month after that, I landed a new job with 70% higher pay, much, much better benefits, and doing work for a good cause. Layoff turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

With any luck, I start next week.

I'm very thankful that there were people in my old office lining up to give me good reviews. Everyone said how sorry they were to see me go and that they would rehire me "in a heartbeat".

That is awesome, congratz!

as a recruiter speaking, I can assure you being laid off happens to the best of people. It certainly doesn't have to be the end of your career, as long as you make sure not to sound bitter when you're interviewed for a new job!
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Pfhorrest » Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:50 pm UTC

I got my new carpet installed hurray! The interior of my place finally looks like I pictured it when I moved in here over two years ago.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Whizbang » Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:53 pm UTC

Does the carpet match the drapes?

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Postby Pfhorrest » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:25 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:Does the carpet match the drapes?

If different but complementary colors count as "matching", yes.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Flumble » Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:37 pm UTC

I just tested it in the browser:
<"the carpet".match("the drapes")
>null

There you have it, irrefutable proof that the carpet does not match the drapes.
Oh right, it's Javascript...

<String.prototype.match = function() {return "yes"}
<"the carpet".match("the drapes")
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Giant Speck » Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:02 am UTC

I really wish at least one room in my house had carpet. Maybe the bedroom.

I've got a ton of rugs around my apartment. Kmart here in Hawaii sells some decent 5 x 7 carpet remnant rugs for only $29.
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Postby Pfhorrest » Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:48 am UTC

I feel ya. My place was entirely floored with this terrible self-adhesive vinyl tile that was peeling up at the corners of every other tile and it's been driving me nuts for years. I showed my neighbor the new carpet last night and he was just floored (no pun intended), saying that it looks like a completely different place. I'm so happy with it.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Whizbang » Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:21 pm UTC

Awesomeness:

I am currently working from home, sitting poolside, drinking an ice-cold hard apple cider.

Things could be awesomer, but as far as work goes this is pretty awesomeful.

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Postby Pfhorrest » Wed Sep 02, 2015 5:09 pm UTC

Awesome :) Sounds like my job, except instead of a real house with a pool it's a tiny trailer on the edge of town, but that's not the job's fault.

At least it's a newly-carpeted tiny trailer on the edge of town.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Giant Speck » Wed Sep 02, 2015 5:39 pm UTC

My apartment has a combination of hardwood (living room, master bedroom), laminate designed to look like wood (second bedroom), and travertine tile (kitchen, bathrooms). It's nice, but I'm always afraid I'm going to seriously scratch the hardwood and lose my $2000 security deposit when I finally move out.
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Postby Zohar » Wed Sep 02, 2015 5:56 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:I am currently working from home, sitting poolside, drinking an ice-cold hard apple cider.

I'm basically the same. Except I'm at the office, it's overlooking a parking lot, and I'm drinking filtered tap water.
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Postby Fractal_Tangent » Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:32 pm UTC

I am at my very first conference as a PhD student. Excitement.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby ObsessoMom » Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:49 pm UTC

Sometimes the simplest ideas really bowl me over. I love this:

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/09/nameless-paints/

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Zohar » Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:53 pm UTC

Pretty cool. I bet that would be great for children. I think it's hard to get the color ratios well (i.e. realizing that "a little yellow and lots of blue" is a deeper green than "lots of yellow and a little blue"), so your color palette is essentially limited to 3 basic ones, 3 basic color combos, black and white, but for most children that would be enough I suppose, unless they're going to really delve into art. And if you make the primary color tubes larger, you could encourage kids to experiment with more combinations.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Pfhorrest » Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:00 pm UTC

argh but why red-yellow-blue, jesus christ almighty can we please kill that broken backward model already?
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby roband » Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:01 pm UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:argh but why red-yellow-blue, jesus christ almighty can we please kill that broken backward model already?

Why? What's the preferred one?

They are primary colours for a reason, no?

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Postby Pfhorrest » Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:22 pm UTC

No, they are not the primary colors in any way.

There are no actual universal physical primary colors, as color is just a spectrum; it's all relative to the physical system interacting with the light and how it samples it. In the case of the physical systems known as humans, we detect color in three channels, that respond primarily to red, green, and blue frequencies light. So those are the most elementary kind of primaries you can use, and why all electronic displays are made up of red, green, and blue pixels (and use an RGB color model to achieve other colors): with those three colors added together, you can produce combinations of light that will look like any color perceptible to humans, so they're called the additive primaries.

When you're applying paints or dyes to a white surface, you're subtracting colors from the reflected light to get the light that humans see when looking at the pigmented surface, so you want your primary dyes or paints each to absorb one of those primary colors, rather than reflect them; and a pigment that absorbs only red looks cyan, one that absorbs only green looks magenta, and one that absorbs only blue looks yellow, so cyan, magenta, and yellow are the subtractive primaries. However for messy practical reasons it's hard to perfectly mix a true black out of them, so they're usually supplemented with a pre-mixed pure black, indicated K, to give the CMYK model used by most printers, commercial paint manufacturers, etc.

Humans actually perceive color in a complicated opponent process that compares, on the one hand, how much blue is coming in vs not-blue (i.e. the red-yellow-green part of the spectrum), and secondly, how much red is there vs green in that red-yellow-green part, with the net result that we perceive yellow and blue as opposites (as they are, in the RGB model that follows how our eyes work), but we also perceive red and green as opposites (even though, as far as our eyes are concerned, they're not; when your red cones get fatigued, you see cyan instead, and when your green cones get fatigued, you see magenta). So you could also say that red, yellow, green, and blue are all primary colors in a perceptual sense. (Some proprietary spot-color books like Pantone organize their colors this way).

For paints like these -- which are really cool mind you, I love the idea -- they should be using cyan instead of blue, and magenta instead of red, to really teach how the colors mix properly. It does look like they use a rosey (closer-to-magenta) red and an azure (closer-to-cyan) blue, but they're still clearly going for the red-yellow-blue concept, which is just broken on any model. If you want perceptual primaries, then RYB is still missing green. If you want additive primaries, then RYB has yellow instead of green. But if you want subtractive primaries, which you really should for paint, then RYB has two out of three colors wrong; it should by MYC (or CMY as it's usually written) instead.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby roband » Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:33 pm UTC

I agree that their red is verging on pink-ish. Thanks for the detailed write up. I learned something and I appreciate it.

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Postby Quercus » Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:54 pm UTC

Ninja'd - Pfhorrest is saying the same stuff I'm saying, but somewhat more clearly and completely that I am.

roband wrote:They are primary colours for a reason, no?

Yes, and that reason is mainly a misunderstanding of colour theory from back before we understood the biology of vision as well as we do today (and yes, colour theory is mainly to do with biology - photoreception and neural processing of that information, and comparatively little to do with physics).

The primary colours of light are red, green and blue; because those are the peak sensitivities of human cone photoreceptors (at least in people with typical trichromatic vision i.e. people without colourblindness). This leads naturally to the secondary colours of yellow, cyan and magenta, formed by 50/50 mixes of red+green, blue+green and red+blue respectively. These secondary colours are capable of producing the widest range of hues when used in pigments, because each of them absorbs a single primary colour and nothing else, which is useful as pigments gain their hue by absorbing only certain colours of light. An ideal yellow pigment absorbs blue, cyan absorbs red and magenta absorbs green. Thus by mixing these colours in appropriate ratios any combination of absorptions of primary colours, and therefore any hue, can (theoretically) be achieved. Using any other set of colours as your base pigments inevitably reduces the breadth of the gamut one can achieve.

Retaining red-yellow-blue as the primary colours for art is IMO a terrible bit of anachronism that harms artists' perceptions of their media and the world around them. There's a reason photographers use RGB and CMYK exclusively (well, and HSB, but that's just a translation to cylindrical rather than Cartesian coordinates).

OT rant about music theory:
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There's a similar streak of anachronism and even pseudoscience in music theory (particularly badly taught music theory, which is what I got exposed to). For example anyone who doesn't mention that equal temperament (modern piano tuning) is a messy compromise between the ideal ratios of different musical keys, made so that pieces of music in any key, or multiple keys, can be played without retuning the instrument (a requirement for modern "chromatic" music) is not doing their job properly. Not being told this is one of the reasons I never grokked music theory at school - the maths would never add up, which is not unexpected, as the (ratio based) maths doesn't really add up, and isn't meant to, on an instrument tuned in equal temperament.

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby speising » Mon Sep 28, 2015 10:05 pm UTC

the linked article wrote:... that replace more familiar color names […] with visual depictions of the primary colors magenta, yellow, and cyan mixed inside.

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Postby Quercus » Mon Sep 28, 2015 10:12 pm UTC

speising wrote:
the linked article wrote:... that replace more familiar color names […] with visual depictions of the primary colors magenta, yellow, and cyan mixed inside.


Ah, I did not notice this.

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Postby addams » Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:25 am UTC

ObsessoMom wrote:Sometimes the simplest ideas really bowl me over. I love this:

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/09/nameless-paints/

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby ObsessoMom » Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:09 pm UTC

Subtractive color mixing and additive color mixing are two different kinds of fun. Still fun, though, I think.

Speaking of taking one color of light and transforming it into a different color of light...here's a biofluorescent turtle:

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/09/g ... ea-turtle/

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Postby Giant Speck » Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:31 pm UTC

I've raised enough for this year's Tour de Cure that I didn't have to self-finance my fundraising efforts again! This is also the first time in maybe three years that I've had the opportunity to raise my fundraising goal a month before the event. :D
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Postby addams » Sun Oct 04, 2015 4:30 am UTC

Good on ya' Speck!
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Postby Giant Speck » Sun Nov 01, 2015 7:59 am UTC

$500 raised for the Tour de Cure! I can now choose a new jersey as my thank you gift. :D
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Postby Link » Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:32 am UTC

Giant Speck wrote:$500 raised for the Tour de Cure! I can now choose a new jersey as my thank you gift. :D
Man, I know the US economy isn't that booming any more, but giving away New Jersey sounds a bit extreme! Oh, wait, a new jersey. Never mind.

But yeah, that's awesome! Go you!

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Postby Link » Sat Dec 12, 2015 11:45 pm UTC

I have a second-hand phone (so no warranty) of which the earpiece speaker appeared to be dead. Just now, I thought I'd have a go at disassembling it, so I can order a replacement speaker (they're around $1.30 on eBay) if I feel it's easy enough to replace. Well, turns out I don't even have to order a replacement: the act of disassembling and reassembling the phone magically fixed it!

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Postby ObsessoMom » Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:54 pm UTC

I thought we'd missed it, but we didn't! Yay! So my daughter and I will be going to the Posada sin fronteras / Posada without Borders this Saturday. ¡Padrísimo!

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Pretty sure we saw the Northern lights in the daytime!!!!!

Either that or there are weird green clouds in Norway.
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Postby existentialpanda » Sat Dec 19, 2015 3:15 am UTC

I attempted to make cookies and it turned into cake.

Gonna try the cookies again, but it's a darn good cake considering I didn't intend to make one.

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Postby podbaydoor » Sat Dec 19, 2015 4:11 pm UTC

That made me giggle. Did you accidentally turn the cookie dough into batter, or what?
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Postby Pfhorrest » Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:45 pm UTC

MOM FOUND A PLACE TO LIVE THAT OFFERS FOOD AND MEDICAL SERVICES AND IS FULLY COVERED BY HER SSI.

AND WORK IS NO LONGER MOVING TO ANOTHER STATE AND POSSIBLY COSTING ME MY JOB.

IT'S A SOLSTICE MIRACLE!
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby existentialpanda » Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:00 pm UTC

podbaydoor wrote:That made me giggle. Did you accidentally turn the cookie dough into batter, or what?


Pretty much - too much fluid made it too runny to hold its shape on a cookie sheet so I decided to bake it in a pan and see what happened. And then cake happened.

Second attempt at the cookies came out great though :D


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