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December 01, 2017

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Spiny Norman

Cats don't need to be quite as massive and/or dense as a black hole to be as destructive as one.

At least it seems that way.

Black Ball

Milo is in Australia taking aim at all and sundry.
http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/current-affairs/controversial-rightwing-speaker-milo-yiannopoulos-lands-in-sydney-with-a-bang/news-story/4e1e861c30954eed558445a84542bdd4

Darleen

I'm working on some book covers - authors want vintage look -- and in my research, I stumbled across these.

::::swoon::::

Fay

Aldi wins the Christmas ad competition. Peas down.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJGpOYKXcSE

Hal

a second-language difficulty ranking,

Given that the west coast of Scotland and the outer isles, and Wales, are both listed as "unclassified", I'm wondering if that means being so far off the scale of difficulty as not being capable of bothering, or, otherwise, an F.S.I. puzzled statement of Oh, isn't just everyone already fluent in both Scots Gaelic and Welsh?

Oh, and being category zero, Irish is apparently now a dialect of English.

Sam

a lesson in the importance of tilting your head,

Even now I know what it is I still keep seeing a melting dog.

David

Morning, all.

Cats don't need to be quite as massive and/or dense as a black hole to be as destructive as one.

Yes, as countless furnishings attest. But if you could compress your cat to a trillionth the size of an atomic nucleus, or alternatively, if you could cover your cat in an enormous pile of other cats reaching beyond the Sun, then, as they say, shit would get real.

Mags

Once in a lifetime...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSuregWhlWk

sk60

"Icon Film secured nine samples that purported to be genuine yeti artifacts, and Lindqvist gathered 15 samples from known bear populations. By sequencing mitochondria from all these sources, she and her fellow researchers were able to determine that all but one of the yeti artifacts actually came from local bears. That last sample was from a dog."

https://www.popsci.com/yeti-myth-himalayan-brown-bear

sH2

'Private jet of note'.

http://twistedsifter.com/2017/11/inside-worlds-only-private-787-dreamliner/

Pogonip

It's kind of sad when a legend turns out to be a dog (literally).

Charlie Suet

a second-language difficulty ranking

Interesting. Not sure I would have ranked German as more difficult than Danish

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Virtue signal brighter than the sun.

R. Sherman

a second-language difficulty ranking

From my own experience, studying German made Dutch, Danish and Norwegian fairly intelligible for me, at least as far as reading is concerned. Listening comprehension takes awhile longer.

David

Virtue signal brighter than the sun.

It’s the remarkable inability to hear their own words as a sane person might. Still, they reveal themselves, however obliviously, and perhaps we should thank them for that.

Turk Turkleton

Who's up for some modern art?

David

Virtue signal brighter than the sun.

I think that one deserves a post of its own.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Speaking of learning new languages, words for today:

Thinspo and thinspiration, the former being short for the latter, meaning something that inspires one to be thin or not "curvy".
The latter of course describes the individual in Turks post (whose whole, ahem, body of work may be admired here probably NSFW even if it is "art").

Proana, pro anorexia or other eating disorder to maintain thinness.

All of the above are bad because being thin is a form of violence against "curvy" wxymn.

Meanwhile, how to raise a Woke™ infant.

Captain Nemo

Plastic surgery of note:

https://mobile.twitter.com/_AYR_/status/936067505163993088

David

Plastic surgery of note:

I suspect there’s some analogy to be drawn between the demented plastic surgery and the virtue signalling upthread. Some commonality.

Jonathan

Plastic surgery of note:

Here's some more.

(Don't read before a meal.)

Sort-Of-Mad Max

Okay, this is probably just a coincidence, but creepy all the same.

I clicked on the home maintenance horrors link, and scrolled through all of the folk-engineering examples.

Brought to you by 'The Family Handyman' magazine. Which I have never heard of before today.

And then I dropped down to open my email window, in which reposed a message from 'The Family Handyman' magazine inviting me to subscribe.

How do it know?

WTP

I suspect there’s some analogy to be drawn between the demented plastic surgery and the virtue signalling upthread. Some commonality.

I was telling my wife just the other day, one nice thing about people who have terrible plastic surgery is it distracts you from focusing too much on the stupid they are spouting. I have been trying to find the good things in life.

David

How do it know?

Magnets.

Ben

Plastic surgery of note

I find that incredibly depressing - she was quite attractive in the before photo and has transformed herself into the Crypt-Keeper

Fred the Fourth

Darleen's swoon-inducing link
makes me feel young again...

Whereas today's woke authors have problems:
https://www.bustle.com/p/how-ya-twitter-is-trying-to-dismantle-white-supremacy-one-book-at-a-time-76946

(when I originally saw that, it was followed by a wonderful comments thread in which various authors abused other authors. but now I cannot see that thread for some reason. Sad.)

Sam Duncan

“Given that the west coast of Scotland and the outer isles, and Wales, are both listed as "unclassified", I'm wondering if that means being so far off the scale of difficulty as not being capable of bothering, or, otherwise, an F.S.I. puzzled statement of Oh, isn't just everyone already fluent in both Scots Gaelic and Welsh?”

It means the US Government has no need for Gaelic, Welsh, or Irish speakers. This is my shocked face.

I'm amused by the comment thread over there disputing the conclusions of an Institute with over 70 years' experience.

“Plastic surgery of note”

Holy crap, they've actually managed to drop a real human being into the uncanny valley. Maybe if we all do that, we can meet the robots halfway. Seems only fair.

champ

Who's up for some modern art?

I think Laura Aguilar and Caleb Luna would make a fine couple...

Darleen

David Ruben interviews Lindsey Shepherd.

David

I think the ladies here should clear this one up once and for all.

Darleen

He's right. The Romance genre is lady porn.

If you've watched the 2nd season of Stranger Things, there is a scene in one of the later episodes where mom Karen Wheeler has retreated to a bubble bath, lights down, surrounded by lit candles and reading a 'bodice ripper'.

Yep, that's a stereotype for a reason.

David

Yep, that’s a stereotype for a reason.

It’s a wonder the species has survived all those female complications.

Spiny Norman

Yep, that's a stereotype for a reason.

It also wasn't men buying thousands and thousands of copies of 50 Shades of Grey, either... which dovetails nicely into what Peterson said at the beginning: "dangerous men who are civilized." The shrieking harpies trying to shout him down made me laugh out loud.

Darleen

80% of buyers of 50 shades were women.

I will confess, I didn't read it. I downloaded a sample on my Kindle and was appalled by the bad writing. I just couldn't suspend disbelief.

I had the same reaction to the Twilight series (sparkle Vampires!) ... got about 4 chapters in on the first book and almost threw it into the fireplace.

#3 daughter loved 'em.

And Peterson is spot on about "dangerous men who are civilized", because while I can't most of the Romance genre, this is my fave movie.

Ben

From the video comments:

A billionaire vampire-werewolf pirate surgeon. You would be drowning in pussy.

I LOL'd.

Yes, yes, off to the Scold-O-Mat I go.

Darleen

Um... I believe the comment gremlin ate one of mine!

David

Um... I believe the comment gremlin ate one of mine!

I posted my comment in the wrong thread, realised a minute later and then moved it here, by which time you’d replied, so I moved that too.

Multiple tabs, glass of wine, long story.

David

Oh, and I’ve just freed the comment that was hijacked by the spam filter. Which, on reflection, is the one you must’ve been talking about.

More wine, I think.

David

because while I can't most of the Romance genre, this is my fave movie.

Heh. I was watching that with the in-laws a couple of weeks ago. I started watching it ironically, almost under protest, and at some point I realised that I'd surrendered to it and wanted to see it to the end.

Darleen

More wine, I think

Fabulous suggestion ... [going to pour some fine Merlot]

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

I think Laura Aguilar and Caleb Luna would make a fine couple...

No, those two would be a quartet at a minimum.

I will now report for self-denunciation.

Daniel Ream

80% of buyers of 50 shades were women. I will confess, I didn't read it. I downloaded a sample on my Kindle and was appalled by the bad writing. I just couldn't suspend disbelief.I had the same reaction to the Twilight series (sparkle Vampires!)

Hardly surprising; 50 Shades of Grey began as Twilight fanfic. Which is ironic seeing as how Twilight is itself a shameless bowdlerized version of Laurell K. Hamilton's werewolf porn -er, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series.

What I find so bemusing about Dr. Petersen is that he's become a massive Internet celebrity for simply stating basic truths everyone knew a generation ago. Of course what women want is alpha males. Millions of comic books were sold on this basis.

Also, Ottawa Public Library. Ottawa is the capital of Canada and is largely a government town; like D.C., it leans reliably Big Government Loony Left. It's hardly surprising there were harpies in attendance.

bgates

A billionaire vampire-werewolf pirate surgeon. You would be drowning in pussy.

That's as may be, but I'm not flying my private jet back & forth from the Horn of Africa every waning gibbous moon to some medical school with night classes.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

@ bgates

Not to worry, if you are in HOA, a diploma from Name on Request Matchbook Cover School by Mail will likely suffice to be able to hang up your shingle, but if you decide to do it the traditional way, once classes start you are in little fear of seeing daylight.

Jonathan

Doggie goes for a swim:

http://twitter.com/LaurenRoseUltra/status/935938820238905344

Sam Duncan

Darleen: to be fair, I had much the same reaction to Lord of the Rings.

“A billionaire vampire-werewolf pirate surgeon. You would be drowning in pussy.”

Hmm. Mental note: idea for novel...

“What I find so bemusing about Dr. Petersen is that he's become a massive Internet celebrity for simply stating basic truths everyone knew a generation ago. Of course what women want is alpha males. Millions of comic books were sold on this basis.”

I have a bit of a problem with the over-neat “alpha”, “beta” classification (hey, libertarian individualist...), but yes. It's not rocket surgery.

In fact, now that I think about it, it's the terminology that's the problem. For centuries, nobody disputed - even thought to dispute - that, in general, women want “manly” men, and men want “womanly” women. Of course they bloody do. But now that you're no longer “allowed” to say that, we have to resort to pseudo-scientific anthropological gobbledegook.

Jeff Guinn
80% of buyers of 50 shades were women.

I will confess, I didn't read it. I downloaded a sample on my Kindle and was appalled by the bad writing. I just couldn't suspend disbelief.

My wife loudly professed to reading and hating every word.

I made it through 12 pages.

I'm sure a Feminist Grievance Studies Scholar can explain that to me.

Jonathan

Print your own house:

http://twitter.com/factflex/status/922599606718025729

Alex deWinter

Number-crunching turns creepy. Fascinating, but creepy.

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