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The Sound Of Shoehorning

Do You See Clown-Self?

This just in. Clown-self pronouns:

In this situation, I would make sure that I exclusively use clown pronouns to talk about Cypress, so Cypress knows that I see clownself for who clown is.

Please update your files and lifestyles accordingly.

If you would like Maybe Burke, above, to provide “personal growth trainings” – say, regarding how you may speak when transgender people both are and aren’t present - by all means, knock yourself out.

Apparently, we non-transgender people, almost the entire human race, are supposed to embrace the prefix cis and use it continually, habitually, in order to suggest that being transgender is in no way atypical, niche, or anomalous. And to erase distinctions between, say, actual women and trans women, i.e., men with mental health problems. And this is said by someone bedevilled by urges to control what others may say, even in private, and even to control what they may think. Which itself is rather noteworthy. One might say anomalous.*

Also, open thread. Share ye links and bicker. *Added via the comments. 

Comments

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I guess you have to assume one is trans and handicapped really to hit every box. Also no "plus sized", still A for effort.

pst314

[ From kitchen, muttering, a clattering of pans. ]

I'd like to suggest a new graphic for the masthead, to replace the long-gone "human fools" panel:

...possibly in combination with a pictorial reminder of the Correction Booth.

Steve E

Be interesting to see how Coker's Dunlops and XAS compare to the originals if they came in a size I could use.

I guess it'll depend on how they're going about it. Did they buy the old molds and equipment? Or are they reverse engineering them? I would hope it's the former. That looks like what they've done with the Firestone Wide Ovals. But there would have been a lot more Firestone factory equipment available than for Michelin. All our XAS stock came from Europe if I recall correctly. They manufactured the XWW in Canada and the US, I'm not sure if they were ever manufacturing the XAS or ZX in the States.

Those sidewall separations were very common when the other manufacturers shifted their manufacturing to radials. Continental was horrible for that issue. Firestone was the absolute worse. For years Michelin made the best radial tire on the market. BFGoodrich made a halfway decent product for the money. It wasn't until Bridgestone hit the market that there was any real competition from a quality and treadware perspective.

One of my responsibilities at the tire shop was processing the paperwork and marking up the tires for warranty adjustment. A close second to sidewall and tread separations amongst North American tires was the dreaded twisted belt. You'd be amazed at shapes the steel could get twisted into.

pst314

"...but every one of them got a bubble in the sidewall sooner or later..."

That reminds me of a "could have been killed" story: It was about 1967 and the family was driving to California for summer vacation. We were tooling along the interstate at about 75 mph when we noticed a rapid vibrating noise coming from the rear. Pulled over. Looked under the car. There was a large bubble in the inside sidewall of the right rear tire, which we had heard rubbing against the wheel well. If it had blown before it started to rub God only knows what the accident would have been like.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Did they buy the old molds and equipment?

Yep, bought up the originals and got the manufacturing rights from the companies - free advertising, I guess - and make them with new compounds.

Michelin now owns BF Goodrich and some of the latter are as good as the former.

Steve E

If it had blown before it started to rub God only knows what the accident would have been like.

Something similar happened to me on a family trip in the early 70s. We were doing a cross Canada trip and were in the rocky mountains pulling a hardtop tent trailer when one of the tires blew. We weren't doing 75 but the roadway was scary. My dad got us pulled over pretty quickly. The rim was damaged, but the wheel was okay and the axle was fine. Dad always traveled with two mounted spares for the trailer. The mountain view was breathtaking while I changed the tire. Dad set up down the road to divert traffic away from us.

Steve E

Michelin now owns BF Goodrich and some of the latter are as good as the former.

Yes Michelin still sells at a premium price but they don't own quality like they once did. For a time, the place I worked was the number one seller in Canada for Michelin and BFG. I outfitted my first car with first generation Radial T/As--BR50x13 on the rear and BR70x13 on the front. Jacked up the leaf springs on the back and load levellers in the front springs to manage the height difference because of the different tire profile. I couldn't go bigger in the rear without majorly reengineering the wheel wells. It was a 68 Toyota Corolla 1100, cherry red, and looked bad ass for as long as I could keep the paint on it and the rust at bay.

ComputerLabRat

The reality is, there’s no ethical consumption under capitalism.

Regarding that particular great chunk of wisdom from this clown dude, unless he is offering his "personal growth trainings" for free, he's engaging in some of that there evil capitalism. Although since his reality seems to be clownworld reality, I guess he can square that circle just fine.

Daniel Ream

they mostly only knew (and were only interested in) some narrow, fashionably political topic such as nontraditional gender roles in the poetry of blahblahblah.

The hot take last year before I finally bailed out of all the social media groups was that melanomorpha meant the ancient Greeks were ethnically sub-Saharan African.

Moderator: melanomorpha proves that there were significant numbers of African origin Greeks during the Bronze Age that have been whitewashed from history because of systemic racism among historians
Me: 'golden-haired Achilles'
Moderator: you're blocked

Could be Cokers, they make radials with period correct bias
the British Leyland dealer had two MGBs in to swap out the Dunlop tires, one was getting ZX tires and the other was getting XAS
I first had the Dunlop Sport Aquajets

This is how you people feel when I post about gaming, isn't it.

pst314

were in the rocky mountains pulling a hardtop tent trailer when one of the tires blew.

In the mountains: yikes! Good on your well prepared Dad, though.

ComputerLabRat

In the mountains: yikes! Good on your well prepared Dad, though.

I second that. I wonder if that level of preparedness and skill is still as common as it once was.

Steve E

I wonder if that level of preparedness and skill is still as common as it once was.

I romantically remember it like this.

Steve E

Moderator: melanomorpha proves that there were significant numbers of African origin Greeks during the Bronze Age that have been whitewashed from history because of systemic racism among historians.

We wuz kangz.

I remember reading somewhere, and I paraphrase, an actual African telling an african-american, "We sold your loser ass into slavery."

This is how you people feel when I post about gaming, isn't it.

YES!!! Though kudos for self-awareness.

pst314

Me: 'golden-haired Achilles'
Moderator: you're blocked

And to make things more depressing, the moderator might have been a tenured professor.

ComputerLabRat

I romantically remember it like this.

Haha! That brings back memories. When I was a kid, twice a year, in our driveway, I had to help my dad change the tires (winter/summer tire swap), and the lug nuts always went in the hub cap. Woe unto the clumsy kid who dropped the hubcap.

sonny wayz

"We actually sold a ton of 10 inch XAS for Minis."

There wasn't really a lot of choice, though, was there?

"This is how you people feel when I post about gaming, isn't it."

Umm...

Daniel Ream

the moderator might have been a tenured professor

Grad student in this case, specifically. What annoys me is just the naked dishonesty of it all. It's like a shit test; while the thesis that Archaic Age Greece might have had enough interaction with sub-Saharan Africa to have significant colonies is an interesting one and not necessarily dismissable out of hand, but the notion that all black figure pottery represents blacks and that therefore a large proportion of Archaic Greeks were black is just nonsense.

(After black figure pottery, the Archaic Greeks moved on to red figure pottery. Were they suddenly colonized by Amerindians who killed all the black people?)

Steve E

There wasn't really a lot of choice, though, was there?

Not really, but they were more likely to run Dunlops where I lived. The XAS was an expensive upgrade. We didn't sell Dunlop (we could order them but at full cost), but a lot of Mini drivers only bought from the dealership that sold them the car.

asiaseen

really to hit every box

Note the birth date on the digital v-cert of the vaxed person - 1975...

As noted in the comments, a 45-yr old on a date with a 15-yr old.

dcardno

I decide, not you, what my place is in your life.

No, sorry, but dead wrong. If (for some reason) you wanted to have a central place in my life, and I decided otherwise... well, you would be somewhere outside, no matter your desires. On the other hand, if you wish to have nothing to do with me, but I am obsessed with you (don't worry, it won't happen) - well, you occupy a big piece of my life whether you wish it, or not.

Jim Whyte

Steve E:

Would I be right in imagining the Nurburgring was Snake Rd or the Mountain Brow?

sonny wayz

"...more likely to run Dunlops where I lived. The XAS was an expensive upgrade."

Dave's place: Come for the snark, stay for the truly obscure trivia.

"I'm shocked, shocked to find out there is off-topic conversation going on in here!"

Daniel Ream

stay for the truly obscure trivia

I know the next time Forza Horizon makes me race in a goddamn 1965 Mini for the lulz I'll be better prepared.

Steve E

Would I be right in imagining the Nurburgring was Snake Rd or the Mountain Brow?

Jim, both of those would be worthy of the name, but I was living in Mississauga at the time and was referring to certain stretches of Mississauga Road. A high school friend died horribly on that stretch. It became known as Dead Dan's Curve.

Other drives worthy of the name are the stretch of Appleby line going up the escarpment near Rattlesnake Point and King Rd from Waterdown down to the North Service Road.

sonny wayz

"I know the next time Forza Horizon makes me race in a goddamn 1965 Mini for the lulz I'll be better prepared."

I think this qualifies as Peak Intersectionality. The Rapture begins in 5, 4, 3,

Daniel Ream

Other drives worthy of the name are the stretch of Appleby line going up the escarpment near Rattlesnake Point and King Rd from Waterdown down to the North Service Road

Both lovely drives when the fall colours are turning and a white-knuckle nightmare at 9 pm on a winter's night.

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