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February 22, 2019

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Pogonip

I can’t see the cobalt tarantula.

I want a refund.

pst314

I can see the cobalt tarantula.
I want a refund.

Steve E

... snake removal.

Something about culturally appropriated hair?

Sam Duncan

“Thug life.”

Now watch as the Japanese turn it into a sport.

“Some very Guardian thinking.”

We are all guilty!

“To prove their mousy worth, they’ll overthrow the Earth.”

That would have been right up the Animaniacs team's alley. As it pretty much is mine, in fact.

404 of note. And a rational contrarian speaks.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Today's contender for the most idiotic thing ever written:

WTP

And finally, via Damian, I’m not entirely sure what the protocol here is.

My wife claims that back in the 70’s she visited a friend’s house in Huston and this was the toilet arrangement in the master bathroom.

Steve E

this was the toilet arrangement in the master bathroom.

Could one of them been a bidet? A rare appliance in North America in the 70s.

WTP

Nope. Not a bidet. That’s what I asked. The father was a professor and the mother was an artist of some sort. It was Texas. They were Jewish. Not that those last two things mean anything, the first two however...

Pogonip

Does anyone have a stamp or two to spend on some fun for Mr. Joe Cuba, who’s turning 100 next Friday?

https://www.balloon-juice.com/2019/02/21/get-them-birthday-cards-ready/#comment-7200522

Angus

I would assume that the protocol involves no eye contact...

David

Morning, all.

David

Fashion matters.

Via Obnoxio.

Hal

Morning, all.

'k, fine then.

Rafi

Some very Guardian thinking.

Trust the Groan to use words like 'benign' and 'uncontroversial' in a post about jihadis who behead infidels.

David

Trust the Groan to use words like ‘benign’ and ‘uncontroversial’ in a post about jihadis who behead infidels.

It is a little jarring, given the context. Oh, and then we get the words “damning indictment” - not with regard to the aforementioned beheaders and assorted Muhammadan sociopaths, but instead deployed to disdain those of us who’d rather not play host and subsidiser to our sworn, self-declared enemies. Those who would see us either subjugated or exterminated.

As so often, the Guardian reads as an exercise in moral inversion, a guidebook to cultural self-destruction.

David

My wife claims that back in the 70’s she visited a friend’s house in Huston and this was the toilet arrangement in the master bathroom.

So we’re agreed, then - your wife will never be allowed to remodel your own bathroom without constant supervision. It’s best to nip these things in the bud.

David

That would have been right up the Animaniacs team’s alley. As it pretty much is mine, in fact.

It’s the bartenders’ spoken interlude that takes it over the edge.

David
Many are reporting that the update caused the motor to stop working or that their smartphones are not syncing with their left or right shoe.

Twenty-first century woes.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Twenty-first century woes.

You beat me to it, the story over at The Verge even has a video of the things in action - a bargain at $350 a pop. Good news for Apple fanbois though...

The sneakers’ Android app apparently isn’t very good even when it is working. Users say that the app isn’t as built out as the iOS version and is missing features like the ability to set different tightness presets.

Sure, these are great for solving the unsolvable problem of how to tie one's shoes, and all is well and good until someone hacks you shoes and gets them so tight you can't get them off, circulation is cut off, and your feet have to be amputated. The shoe hacker menace is understated.

Meanwhile a commenter fears the next looming "smart" gadget catastrophe:

Had a similar frustrating experience when an update to the Charmin app caused it to stop pairing with my toilet paper.
Connor

tightness presets

Band name.

WTP

OK, I got a rant. When did this shiite start? After I went to bed last night?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Before_Present?wprov=sfti1

Do I now have to subtract 1950 from every BCE (another term I kinda bristled at but wth) date?

Pogonip

Monkee Peter Tork has died at 77:

https://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/2019/02/peter-tork-rip.html?m=1

WTP

So we’re agreed, then - your wife will never be allowed to remodel your own bathroom without constant supervision. It’s best to nip these things in the bud.

Oh, she herself would never go for that. She needs to focus on the business at hand. No distractions. Not even busy wallpaper.

David

Not even busy wallpaper.

Heh. It’s best to go with something understated and minimal. And easy to hose down.

David

The tolerant left, part 4,898.

Darleen

Why college students go socialist.

Darleen

It’s the bartenders’ spoken interlude that takes it over the edge.

The bartenders are Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen - the voice actors of Pinky and the Brain. :)

David

Why college students go socialist.

It’s funny just how often socialism resembles doing a runner from the restaurant before the bill comes.

CayleyGraph
I am a female boulder opal miner in outback Queensland.
How can he tell which boulders are female?
David

How can he tell which boulders are female?

I’ll get your coat.

[ Fetches coat. ]
[ Throws coat into street. ]
[ Sets coat on fire. ]
[ Drives over burning coat, repeatedly. ]

Inaba

Hey David!

Long time reader here. I've set up a little initiative I think you might be interested in, given the usual topics on this blog.

I've created a nonprofit website to spread the word about web feeds and RSS, a difficult-to-censor technology that helps people keep up to date with their favourite things on the internet. Add feeds to a reader of your choice, and you get a one-stop-shop of all the latest content from the sites you like. Part of the site has feed starter packs themed by topic, and since I like your site I've put you in as one of the starter pack items.

I've set up a special splash page for conservatives here, separate from the main site:
https://www.youneedfeeds.com/conservative-lockdown

and the main site is here at
https://www.youneedfeeds.com/

The site as a whole is meant to take someone from zero-to-comfortable, showing them the basic concept of feeds, options for feed readers, and some great content to start off with. Alternatively, there's also instructions for getting feeds from almost any major site.

I hope the more people that get to know about web feeds, the more difficult it will be for big tech (esp. Facebook and Twitter) to clamp down on ideas from anyone not left-of-centre.

Tom

How can he tell which boulders are female?

They're generally the ones wearing a chiffon mu-mu and a feather boa.

What?

David

Part of the site has feed starter packs themed by topic, and since I like your site I’ve put you in as one of the starter pack items.

Thanks, Inaba.

David

What?

That’s your car outside, isn’t it?

[ Summons tow truck. ]

Sam Duncan

“The bartenders are Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen - the voice actors of Pinky and the Brain. :)”

I thought they sounded too good to be impressions.

https://www.youneedfeeds.com/”

I was about to mention YouTube's little-known RSS facility but, checking the site, I see you're way ahead of me. Good work. If I was remotely organized, I might have done something similar myself.

jabrwok

How can he tell which boulders are female?

Lots of cleavage.

David

Lots of cleavage.

[ Sprays Jabrwok with hamster urine. ]
[ Fetches bag of weasels. ]

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I hope the more people that get to know about web feeds, the more difficult it will be for big tech (esp. Facebook and Twitter) to clamp down on ideas from anyone not left-of-centre.

So that explains the links to right leaning sites like Reueters, CNN, TMZ, Vox, NYT Review of Books, Guardian Books, Tumblr, New Scientist, Scientific American, and Slate.

I have a better idea, avoid the garbage like Farcebook and Twitter, and go VFR direct to sites you trust over which they have no control.

Inaba

Farnsworth, I had to include *some* links I didn't particularly like myself in order to not just exclude 50% possible takeup of the technology.
It's why most of the politics stuff is in the general "Fightbox" pack, rather than just a list of all the sites I would prefer people read.
It's also why the conservative-leaning splash page doesn't appear in the general navigation - you'll have to be linked to it from an outside source.

My personal subscription list doesn't look like the list of items in all those packs, though there is a significant overlap in some areas. (I get David's blog via the feed, all the podcasts listed there, most of the Gaming Greatness category, Volokh and AoS from the Fightbox...)

The whole point behind web feeds is that it's inherently neutral tech - turning off a section of the populace from even trying it defeats my aim of loosening the grip of FB/Twitter etc.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The whole point behind web feeds is that it's inherently neutral tech...

Farcebook, Twitter, et al., have no "grip" on what web sites I, or anyone else, chose to visit, and, frankly, and those who continue to use Farcebook and Twitter, knowing their proclivities, deserve what they get. Having a web feed to pump info from sites one already visits is a solution in search of a problem, but good luck with your windmill.

Pogonip

The female boulders are the ones complaining that the desert is chilly.

(I’m a female boulder too, but not completely. When seated in the path of Arctic winds howling out of a typical office a/c, I am pretty comfortable in a 3-season jacket, but no matter how many blankets I pile on, my knees stay cold.)

I am released from Office Purgatory into Retirement Heaven this spring. Whee!

Pogonip

I’ve never used Twitter and only used Farcebook once for ten minutes (to get an extra 40 points in a video game I was playing, after which I deleted the account). How do they control your Internet surfing?

Sam

How do they control your Internet surfing?

Seems obviously silly, but anecdotally I've noticed rightwinger normies of a certain age complain an AWFUL lot about the negative coverage Trump gets on CNN/ABC/NBC etc. I chide them not out of spite, but to show that changing the channel or - gasp - turning off the television are legitimate alternatives if one finds their slant offensive. Not in an airport, mind, but you catch my meaning.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

How do they control your Internet surfing?

They don't and (so far) can't. I have no doubt that there are people who get all their "news" and info from Farcebook and Twitter (there is a name for these people, it stats with "i" and ends with "diots"), and were they to set up a feed, it would merely echo what they are already being fed, so a separate feed for the pap would be an exercise in futility.

Squires

Lots of cleavage.

And the constant knapping.

Chester Draws
OK, I got a rant. When did this shiite start? After I went to bed last night?

You appear to believe it started when you first noticed it. That particular issue with human thinking has a name: the recency illusion.

It serves a purpose in a set of fields. Graphs are much easier to label when they don't have axes going forwards in one half and backwards in the other, for example.

Governor Squid

(there is a name for these people, it stats with "i" and ends with "diots")

In my experience, it starts with "M", and ends with "other." Her Web experience is limited to FB and T, since that's where the pictures of her grandkids and her sisters' grandkids are shared, and that was the only reason she and Dad got Internet service at their house in the first place. And since FB and T have spent tens of millions of dollars insisting that they're giving her the very best news feeds in the business*, she's convinced that she's well-informed. It's hard to shake her convictions when the news she gets in those places is reinforced any time she catches a glimpse of the newspaper or television.

I doubt that an RSS feed is something I'll be able to wedge into her Web habits, but I applaud efforts to give people access to feeds that aren't pretending to be fair and balanced and complete, while keeping a thumb on the scale the whole time. I'll be my mother's age before too long (assuming I'm not shot by a jealous lover in the meantime), and it might be helpful to have a newsfeed that doesn't require a lot of care and feeding in my dotage. If I set it up now, I might have a chance.


* Please pardon the diversion, but I flashed back to something Philip Greenspun wrote 20-some years ago:

If you have a huge advertising and PR budget then you can control your public image very effectively in a literate world. Ford Motor Company has enough money to remind you 2,000 times a year that Quality is Job One; unless your friend was roasted in a Pinto gas tank explosion, you probably will eventually come to agree.
Even if I were a good boy and called Mom every day, I still wouldn't be able to overcome the dozens of impressions she gets from the FaceBorg every day.

WTP

OK, I gotta do this about once every few months or so and it pains me to no end to do so but the hyperventilating from the right over FB (but not Twitter, different animal) is way overblown. Yes Zuckerberg is a leftist douche. But so is damn near every internet soyboy billionaire. If you want to get pure about not letting your money go to these tools, well there's a lot of them out there. And many are buried so deep in the cyber world you will never ferret all of them out. So if you are doing virtually anything, internet or otherwise, you are putting money into their pockets. If your concern is that they are watching what you do, well again, don't use credit cards, don't own a cell phone, don't drive a car, don't don't don't don't...don't post here because there's no way to guarantee that every single browser is not reporting what you do back to some nefarious database. Sure, the more tech savvy can track such things and send up alarms about certain browsers. But the traffic still gets out on the internet at some point. Nothing is really safe outside of your own air-gapped computer when you get right down to it.

But most of all, if your problem with FB is that they ban conservative voices or that idiots argue politics and give their idiot opinions there and their idiocy bothers you, don't be friends with such people. I have many conservative friends on FB. I only discuss politics or controversial issues on THEIR pages. And only if their pages are closed to their friends. Nothing controversial goes on a post with that little world icon unless it is non-controversial or very, very solidly based in objective fact. I have my feeds closed only to my friends and everything locked down as much as possible. I get plenty of conservative info without it blowing up in my domain of friends unless I let myself go there. Which I hardly ever do. I stick to family stuff, funny (mostly non-political) memes, banter/trash talk with college and high school buddies/sweeties, etc. I do have a young first cousin twice removed who has been banned for illegitimate reasons but I think most of that comes from some of her younger friends reporting on her. And she does post a good bit of pro-Trump political stuff (along with a good bit of animal-rights stuff...though she's no vegan). And most other stuff from more liberal friends I scroll right past or put them on 30 day hide or, if leftist politics is all that they can yammer about...well they mostly dump me first anyway because of something I said in meat space.

Now Twitter on the other hand is a political cesspool. I only read other links to that crap and I refuse to get an account. Probably because I don't have a desire to spew my thoughts (ok, this place and similar aside but such is a much more limited domain) into the ether. Plus if I got an account and got banned I would be less free to see that crap that I don't really want to see anyway.

Boatswain's Mate

How can he tell which boulders are female?

They're the ones with all the cats.

They're the ones with the bad day-glo purple hair and crappy "Riot Grrl" tats.

Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week. Don't forget to tip your server.

Rowdy

Sam, if we did that we'd hardly watch any TV at all

Darleen

It's come to this.

WTP

It's come to this.

Anyone here with advanced physics knowledge? I’m curious if it’s possible for irony to fold in on itself to such a degree that it takes the rest of the universe with it down a wormhole of...oh fuck it. Gimme another gin and vodka martini. I’m toast anyway. Are those pickled eggs psilocybic?

Pogonip

I have a copy of “The Dancing Wu Li Masters” but haven’t worked my way down the pile to it yet. Seems to be about physics.

Hal

How can he tell which boulders are female?

Oh, dear. Such complications, it's quite simple, really.

The female boulders are the ones wearing the over the shoulder boulder holders.

Pogonip

😄👏😄

Where’s Oik been lately? Or did I miss him?

[+]

[ Sprays Jabrwok with hamster urine. ]
[ Fetches bag of weasels. ]

LOL. Didn't see that coming.

David

Didn’t see that coming.

The jokes were so bad I’ve had to embrace experimental solutions.

Daniel Ream

How can he tell which boulders are female?

You have to lift them up.

I've created a nonprofit website to spread the word about web feeds and RSS

Party like it's 1999.

David

You have to lift them up.

I see I’m going to need more hamster urine.

Inaba

It's not so much "Facebook and Twitter have made a great firewall of China". It's more so that for the majority of people on the English-language internet, FB/Twitter/Reddit are THE site they visit to get a one-stop-shop for "what's on".
So if a site, or person, or organisation is restricted through a major big tech portal, they'll get choked off from the wider net unless they have people who have a habit of going there directly from a bookmark etc.

Many people don't realise that an option to get a customised slice of the net through a feed reader even *exists*.
Treating those people to say they "deserve it" seems massively unfair.

It's not about me or people like me - I know how to get around big tech's efforts. It's the general public that just needs the information that an alternative is there.
Aiming the site at the general public is why I avoid using RSS/ATOM/OPML acronyms instead of the general term "web feeds", it's why the site is more neutral politically than I'd like, it's included a load of illustrative stock photos etc when text would have gotten the info across to a dedicated reader...

Governor Squid, the way to hook her would be to sign her up with a free Feedly account or similar from https://www.youneedfeeds.com/web-based, and populate it with a few things she can't easily get on Facebook.
Does she like crosswords? Get her a feed with a new crossword every day, for free.
https://www.puzzlerscave.com/rss/rss.php
Does she like cute animal stories and pictures? Hook her up with a daily feed.
https://www.reddit.com/r/aww/top/.rss
etc etc
Then get the feeds of one national and one local news source of your choice, and show her it as a whole package.
If she's attached to Facebook as a news source, show her something like the story about FB experimenting on feeding people sad stories to make them unhappy, just to see if they could.

David

Stunning and brave.

Pogonip

I’m so impressed I may look to see why the doings of Miley Cyrus should be of interest to anyone besides Miley.

Burnsie

Had Miley said that while posing naked for the camera in a provocative manner, it would've been saucy good fun.

She's slipping. No one wants a serious Miley.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, in other news of other people selling monorails, have you consulted your plant consultant ?

Nick Cutsumpas calls himself a “plant daddy.”...His skills are in high demand. Many millennials, members of the generation born between 1980 and roughly 2000 who have a reputation for being commitment-averse, are opting to raise houseplants. Critics have gone as far as to say they’re forgoing traditional milestones like marriage and children to curate photogenic green spaces in their homes.

"Curate", right. Of course these ninnies also need "...online classes for newbies like “Watering 101” and “How to Pick a Planter” online for $10." I suppose those are difficult tasks for people who need the internet to tie their shoes, not that their thinking isn't deranged or anything.

“People are buying plants now because it fills a void in their lives,”...“If plants are characters in my life, then how would they live? They would be big, they would wear the coolest clothes, they would dress in the best pots, they would go play basketball,” the 23-year-old, who formally trained as a landscape architect at Cornell, tells The Post.

OK, yes it is.

Lest you think this Cutsumpas lad who fancies himself a farmer is alone...

The idea for The Sill’s Plant Parenthood Club ($39/year) came from demand from Blank’s customers for advice on care. They even call their leafy dependents “plant babies.”

“It’s in lieu of actual babies,” she says. “It’s like, ‘Oh my god, I could never have an actual baby, but I can have a plant, and that could be my baby.’ ”

If a plant is "filling a void in your life", and even a cat or dog is too much work, you probably need to find an ice floe and just drift off to sea.

Final grade for plant consultant to millenials: A+ for separating them from their money, D for having a useful occupation, these people are not exactly agricultural extension agents.

Pogonip

I think I’ve found my pot of gold. Been growing houseplants for 30 years of apt. living.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

I like RSS. I listen to the international broadcasters that, a generation ago, would have been on short-wave radio, and being able to download the MP3 files through my RSS reader (well, actually Thunderbird now that I'm on Linux) is nice and convenient.

I don't want to be locked into a bloated app for each different broadcaster. If a broadcaster only wants to offer streaming, I'd prefer to listen through the browser instead of an app.

WTP

Yes. “House plants”. That’s what they’re growing. Yep yep yep.

WTP

That particular issue with human thinking has a name: the recency illusion.

It serves a purpose in a set of fields. Graphs are much easier to label when they don't have axes going forwards in one half and backwards in the other, for example.

Yeah. I get the purpose possibly for scientific purposes, though still seems rather spurious. I encountered this on a Wiki page on the history of Wales (thanks Tim Newman). On a colloquial sense, it’s unnecessary, misleading, and confusing. And given that they are moving “Year Zero” to just 1950, and given the stadard deviation on carbon dating, surely saying “years ago” instead of BP will rid you of the icky Christianity while still communicating the general idea.

pst314

I have a copy of “The Dancing Wu Li Masters” but haven’t worked my way down the pile to it yet. Seems to be about physics.

As I recall the book was very New Age and Wikipedia says that the author is not a scientist of any sort but rather a "spiritual teacher"--read New Age oddball.

Fred Z

http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/2019/02/plumber-of-year-awards.html

David

plumber of the year awards

It’s hard to pick a winner, but I’m going with this.

For the more-than-adequate ventilation.

Inaba

David, does that even *have* dividers between stalls?

Jonathan

Take That Universe!

Darleen

Tiny glimmer of light.

Pogonip

When I wanted to grow houseplants, I got a book out of the library & did what it said to do. That was the old-fashioned, inefficient way.

In defense of the brown-thumbed, I do think it’s harder to keep plants alive now that potting soil—oops, growth medium—is loaded with fertilizer. Tends to burn the roots when you repot. Mine usually survive but take a long time to recover.

David

does that even *have* dividers between stalls?

I’m assuming they’re as abbreviated as the doors. Which must be handy if you want to share toffees, or your phone number.

Darleen

I got a book out of the library & did what it said to do.

That. Plus I'm blessed to have an actual nursery close to home, a family run place since the early 1970s, where the guys that started still work and are happy to answer all plant questions regardless of how amateur.

A co-worker gave my husband some cuttings of a "sure fire" house plant. Didn't know the name and the cuttings just stayed the same - not growing but not dying either - for months. We finally took a pic to our nursery and they id'd it right away and gave us care & feeding instructions.

Those few clippings have taken over a corner of the living room!

Hal

Meanwhile, in other news of other people selling monorails, have you consulted your plant consultant ?

Well, I can keep that in mind if I ever need to build a factory, that is a good idea.

Oh. Foliage adviser.

Ten

As I recall the book was very New Age and Wikipedia says that the author is not a scientist of any sort but rather a "spiritual teacher"--read New Age oddball.

Hey, he's probably not off stereotyping on a blog somewhere.

Pogonip

Z. Zamifolia is a nice plant. I haven’t seen one in years; for some reason they’re not sld around here any more.

You also can’t get piggyback plants around here anymore.

Pogonip

What houseplants grow in cloudy old England?

Darleen

for some reason they’re not sld around here any more.

I don't usually see them in the garden centers of places like Home Depot or Lowes, just small nurseries. However, the plants seem ubiquitous (along with cornstalk plants) as greenery in business building lobbies or mall plantings. Snag a leaf if you spot one, you can propagate a plant from it.

Rowdy

It's not usually cloudy inside our houses, Pogo!

jabrwok

What houseplants grow in cloudy old England?

Mushrooms?

Pogonip

But you have to have light, which generally comes in through windows from outside, to keep plants alive. Although sansevieria will grow happily, if very slowly, under light conditions generally thought suitable only for mushrooms.

Pogonip

Darleen, for years, literally, you couldn’t buy spider plants around here. Finally they showed up at a local grocery chain for $25/per. I quietly pulled off a dangling baby from one that had plenty. ☺️ No alarms went off but the plant has never bloomed.

dicentra

I read The Dancing Wu Li Masters in the early 1980s. It's indeed a new-agey way of looking at quantum mechanics, seeing wave/particle duality as a metaphor for something or other, etc.

Wu Li looks at wave/particle duality and concludes that the act of observation changes the nature of the thing, and then extrapolates it into a supremely anthropocentric worldview about the world not really existing until we look at it.

Which, tommyrot. "Wave" and "particle" are paradigms that we humans impose on electromagnetism because we've seen waves and particles and know how to set up tests for them. In all likelihood, electromagnetism is neither wave nor particle but something we don't know how to perceive correctly because we can't perceive four spatial dimensions (or however many there are).

Same with other apparent weirdness in physics such as dark matter and energy. There is probably neither matter nor energy involved: those are just the paradigms we know and so we posit them. It wouldn't surprise me if there were something more like a hidden topology in a spatial dimension that we can't perceive that accounts for the phenomena.

Ten

Quantum mechanics doesn't deal substantially in formal electromagnetism, Dicentra, but in far deeper states and probabilities. Given the assumption needed to call Dancing 'tommyrot' we'll have to know much more than we currently do, even nearly 40 years on.

If, as you say, it's all interpretation, then any plausible logical thread - which in the context eastern mysticism certainly constitutes - surpasses materialism and a good chunk of early quantum physics with it.

Since the book far more of its logic has been paralleled than dismissed. The LRC put the Higgs Boson delicately between proving the two universal models and was promptly and quietly shuffled to become the big bang disprover. (The BB naturally violates its own fundamental laws, but that's another subject, although as a model it's in more jeopardy than it's been. The Higgs did little of anything, as it turns out.)

The Western quantum reductionism that the mystic somehow intuited wouldn't answer much actually hasn't, even to the point of it not just more or less abandoning the hopelessly mystical quantum universe - complex to the west - but to asking if we even know the question to which the Universe is the answer.

Dancing was prescient. Why wouldn't it be; the creator tends to play exceptionally elaborate chess. It turns out that the physics at that deep a level today have in the abstract more in resonance with it than not.

https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/a-different-kind-of-theory-of-everything

As the world becomes the west and the west flames out much will be challenged, not least our worn out assumptions about how things work, how, or especially, why.

Ten

Oh, and tommyrot: Mashing quantum physics together with postmodernism as if they shared anything at all.

http://steve-patterson.com/quantum-physics-abuse-reason/

Well, no. Postmodernism is bullshit. That it's used to abuse physics in order to escape a finite material reality and its consequences is irrelevant. A distinction some fail to make...

Darleen

I'm thinking this latest smacks too much of jealousy in the fact Ms. Penny strikes out on both counts.

Pogonip

40 years on? I’m even further behind on my reading than I thought.

Pogonip

WEALTHY GEEK: Hmmm. I can buy a brainy lady, or a 22-year-old 6-foot 100-pound-weight blonde supermodel. Wow... Tough choice...

Yeah, sure it is, Laurie.

She’s sure not going to qualify in the brains department.

You show me a man who buys a smart lady instead of a blonde supermodel and I’ll show you a man from Mars.

Now, if the geek’s wealthy enough to afford both, he will marry the smart lady in hopes his kids will also be smart, and keep the supermodel on the side.

Pogonip

The reason I said “hundred-pound-weight” is I didn’t want the men to think supermodels were going for £100 and possibly injure a henchlesbian in the stampede to the door.

Darleen

Pogonip,

I'm vacillate between amusement and annoyance that Penny seems convinced that a man doesn't marry because of love, but out of a dark, nefarious motive of oppression!.

Pogonip

Well, I’m not sure that love is the main motivation of guys who buy trophy wives, but certainly oppression isn’t either.

pst314

David, does that even *have* dividers between stalls?

"The men can encourage each other."
--loony general in a season 3 episode of M*A*S*H*

Steve E

...possibly injure a henchlesbian in the stampede to the door.

I had to put change in the meter, I swear to god.

Pogonip

She’s heard THAT excuse before.

Smithers! Release the pickled “eggs”!

Chester Draws

surely saying “years ago” instead of BP will rid you of the icky Christianity while still communicating the general idea.

Not really, because you have to check the date of the publication in that case. It's one of those things that was a good idea at the time, but has dated badly as we move away from 1950. Now it's inertia that keeps it in place.

The Art world has similar problems. It stopped "Modern Art" at 1980, and anything after was "Contemporary". Now we have "Post-Contemporary", which is a logical nonsense. Heaven knows what will follow.

I don't think BP ever had anything to do with Christianity, to be honest. I'd be surprised if you could find evidence it did.

Whereas CE/BCE was clearly always to remove the Christianity from a dating system. I'd like to see your justification for demanding that the majority of non-Christian peoples should use AD/BC because you find removing it "icky" though. I read quite a lot on Islamic History, and to use AD dating for them is odd. Would you read a book on European history written by a Moslem with AH dates?

Gary

I'm thinking this latest smacks too much of jealousy in the fact Ms. Penny strikes out on both counts.

It's a having-it-all fantasy. Cinderella, BA, MBA, outwits her eyecandy competitors to win Mr Big, the corporate prince who earns so much that she can escape the two-salary harness her friends are stuck in who married the dweeby guy in the next cubicle.

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