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Oct 18, 2017, 07:54 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Today I learned China suddenly has 20,000,000 extra women.

They had been previously hidden from the government due to China's draconian family planning policy.
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Speaking of this topic I highly recommend this Netflix Original ....



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Aaron Spelling ABC movie of the week rom 1971, nine years before the “One Child Policy”
     
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Oct 18, 2017, 08:40 PM
 
^^^

Definitely a variation on the theme!

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Oct 18, 2017, 08:43 PM
 
Except no Soylent.
     
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Oct 27, 2017, 11:59 AM
 
Something about app development
     
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Nov 25, 2017, 10:16 AM
 
Today I Learned Art Spiegelman, of Maus fame, was a creator of the Garbage Pail Kids.

Which I guess kinda makes sense. I can’t help but feel they got away from him.


I was more from the Wacky Packages generation.
     
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Nov 25, 2017, 11:14 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Today I Learned Art Spiegelman, of Maus fame, was a creator of the Garbage Pail Kids.

Which I guess kinda makes sense. I can’t help but feel they got away from him.


I was more from the Wacky Packages generation.
ah, the elusive 1st generation sticker!
     
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Nov 25, 2017, 12:14 PM
 
I had close to a full set, but a “friend” stole a bunch of the rare ones.

**** you, J.J.
     
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Nov 27, 2017, 04:48 PM
 
Wolverine found Jesus?
     
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Nov 28, 2017, 02:28 PM
 
Wasn’t there a bit in one of the movies where Wolverine talks about feeling abandoned by god?
     
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Nov 28, 2017, 02:31 PM
 
Why is Wolverine wearing a Belgian flag?
     
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Nov 28, 2017, 03:36 PM
 
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Wasn’t there a bit in one of the movies where Wolverine talks about feeling abandoned by god?
In the show clip he asks Kurt where was God when they did this to me (claws extend)
     
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Nov 28, 2017, 04:10 PM
 
I watched it.

I couldn’t help but feel I had seen a very similar conversation in one of the movies.
     
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Feb 21, 2018, 01:13 PM
 
Today I Learned there’s nothing stopping me from going “**** the spoon” while driving, and drinking my Wendy’s chili.
     
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Feb 26, 2018, 12:35 AM
 
Today I Learned the breakdown for sending a 7.8 ounce bottle of hair gel into space is,

$4,383.68 on the Shuttle
$1,602.30 on the Soyuz
$427.10 on a Falcon 9

Gawd, the Shuttle was a piece of shit.
     
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Feb 26, 2018, 01:37 AM
 
Reuse was recognized as a means to reduce launch costs, long before SpaceX. The Shuttle achieved reuse, but turning it around was so expensive, it never achieved lower launch costs. Replacement models were proposed (like VentureStar), but they either had astronomical development costs, or failed to address the operating costs problem.

It didn't help that the traditional big aerospace companies had little motivation to cut costs. Like military suppliers, they were used to large government contracts covering everything. Including any cost overruns. Without a gov contract, they rarely developed anything with their own money. I'm angry with them - they squandered decades of space development. They were comfortable with the expensive contracts, and didn't rock the boat. So we've all been getting old waiting for them to do something.

With SpaceX giving real competition today, those same companies are scrambling to not go bankrupt. Couldn't happen to a nicer group of chair sitters.
     
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Feb 26, 2018, 03:11 AM
 
Reuse can cut costs, but when one has to knock 2/3rds off the top just to be competitive with Soviet hot garbage, maybe we weren’t quite ready for it yet.
     
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Feb 26, 2018, 03:15 AM
 
The main point of this though, is it’ll be because of Elon Musk we’ll get to have hair products in space.






Though, to be honest, I kinda dig big, 80s space hair.
     
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Feb 26, 2018, 10:06 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Today I Learned the breakdown for sending a 7.8 ounce bottle of hair gel into space is,

$4,383.68 on the Shuttle
$1,602.30 on the Soyuz
$427.10 on a Falcon 9

Gawd, the Shuttle was a piece of shit.
The Shuttle never achieved the flight volume needed to bring down costs.
     
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Feb 26, 2018, 02:35 PM
 
It was never going to. The entire program was an exercise in begging the question.

The need for that volume didn’t exist. The argument was this was due to cost. Lower the cost, the volume increases.

Great, except if I can’t increase the volume without lowering the cost, the cost never lowers because the entire ****ing premise is I can’t lower costs without increasing volume.
     
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Feb 26, 2018, 03:07 PM
 
Well, the whole turnaround cost was rather higher than expected. The idea was to have a regular service, almost like a space truck service, with a quick check and refurb of the necessary bits after each mission, and off she goes.

And they'd got into a pretty good groove.

Right up to Challenger.
     
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Feb 26, 2018, 04:41 PM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
The idea was to have a regular service, almost like a space truck service, with a quick check and refurb of the necessary bits after each mission, and off she goes.
Yeah. I got that memo.

Near the end, the launch cost to put a kilo in orbit on the Shuttle was an appalling $18,000.

At the same time, shit we designed in the 60s was doing it for $5,000.

Even if three-quarters of the Shuttle launch cost could get chopped off with volume, it’s still only barely competitive. Now let’s address all the loss we had to eat to get there, and the part where the fleet itself costs an extra 10 billion dollars.
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Feb 26, 2018, 06:34 PM
 
Cold War math.
     
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Feb 28, 2018, 08:41 PM
 
That Garfunkel is the tall one.
     
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That Garfunkel is the tall one.
No John’s the tall one.
Garfunkel is the cat
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Mar 1, 2018, 12:44 PM
 
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No John’s the tall one.
Garfunkel is the cat
He never met a lasagna he didn't like.
     
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Mar 1, 2018, 12:45 PM
 
But he really hated being president.
     
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Mar 1, 2018, 05:04 PM
 
That's what Simon says!
     
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Mar 3, 2018, 06:33 AM
 
Curse you Red Baron!
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Mar 3, 2018, 01:32 PM
 
Originally Posted by Doc HM View Post
No John’s the tall one.
Garfunkel is the cat
Odie was much more fun to draw.
     
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Mar 3, 2018, 02:25 PM
 
If Nermal was the cute one... which one was the walrus?
     
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Lenin.
     
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Lenin.
Nah, Stalin.

Lenin was that guy from the Monkees who did „Imagine“.
     
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Nah, Stalin.

Lenin was that guy from the Monkees who did „Imagine“.
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Should have known better.
     
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Mar 4, 2018, 02:52 PM
 
So, we’re all familiar with spelling a word and then saying the word, like in a spelling bee.

“D-O-G, dog.”

Let’s say it’s a one letter word, like “a” or “I”. In that format it would be...

“A, a.”

Sorta isn’t clear what’s going on there. Today I learned the “proper” way to cope is to add per se.

“A, per se a.”


Okay, that’s mildly interesting, but here’s where it gets mind blowing.


Originally, the ampersand (&), didn’t have a name. It was just called “and”.

Also, for whatever reason, it would be put at the end of the alphabet. Like it was a 27th letter.

“X Y Z &”

If you try and say that, it’s weird.

“X, Y, Z, and And.”

So they used the proper fix. They added per se.

“X, Y, Z, and per se And.”

“And per se and.”

“Andperseand.”

Today I learned where the word “ampersand” comes from.
     
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Mar 4, 2018, 03:23 PM
 
Ha, that’s awesome

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Mar 7, 2018, 06:34 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
.....

“Andperseand.”

Today I learned where the word “ampersand” comes from.
1. That's mind-blowing.
2. That's the best post you've ever...posted.
     
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Mar 14, 2018, 01:21 PM
 
TIL of the "Steel Man" argument technique.

The traditional "Straw Man" fallacy is where you present a weak, probably inaccurate, and likely misrepresented form of your opponent's argument, then attack that argument.

The "Steel Man" technique is where, before sharing your view, you present the best, most robust form of your opponent's argument. This demonstrates to your opponent that you thoroughly understand his or her point of view. This forces you to take on your opponent's perspective and understand his or her way of thinking. This builds rapport between you and your opponent, because you've demonstrated that you've done a good job of listening to and understanding your opponent's beliefs.

Taken to the extreme, a "Steel Man" debate would require that each participant reiterate their opponent's views to their opponent's satisfaction before continuing with their own response.

I'm probably more guilty than most of taking pithy potshots at viewpoints I don't appreciate, so I find this concept challenging and intriguing. Can you imagine a Steel-Man-Only PWL?
     
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Oct 10, 2018, 04:01 AM
 
Today I learned Nikki Haley is Indian.

I had always figured Greek/Italian/Mediterranean.

It’s fairly obvious in this picture.

     
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Nov 8, 2018, 10:51 PM
 
Today I learned a reason it’s difficult to breed pandas in captivity is being around humans turns them into reverse furries.
     
 
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