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May 5, 2019, 08:24 AM
 
or takeout containers, that'll be big. We have compostable containers at work now, for most things like sandwiches they are fine.
     
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May 5, 2019, 02:57 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I’d appreciate the sentiment more if that name didn’t suck.
I have to agree about the clumsy name. For most of us in the US, “Native Americans Day” might work well. Unfortunately, the first indigenous peoples Columbus and his bunch encountered were living on one of the Eastern Caribbean islands, probably one of Bahamas’ Plana Cays. Here “Native American” wouldn’t mean exactly the same thing that most ‘Mericans think of.

On the other hand, the idea of the “Indiginous Peoples Day” lends itself beyond merely noting that Columbus’ group found inhabited lands (that were anything but India, which he said he was going to find). It helps point out the fact that there are cultures and societies that European adventurers destroyed. And it can be extended to increase awareness of how badly we handled the expansion of the United States westward.

But as far as a catchy title goes, the name still sucks.

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May 5, 2019, 03:40 PM
 
When I wrote that I was thinking “Native Peoples’ Day”, but I’m not liking that as much now.
     
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May 5, 2019, 04:41 PM
 
First Nations, but that also does not include eskimos/caribbean peoples.
     
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May 5, 2019, 05:44 PM
 
The underlying problem is horse trading holidays as atonement for genocide is bullshit.
     
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May 5, 2019, 06:33 PM
 
I kind of feel sorry for the people in India when people say Indians and refer to Native Americans instead.
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Originally Posted by mindwaves View Post
I kind of feel sorry for the people in India when people say Indians and refer to Native Americans instead.
Well, until they can ride horses and are proficient with bow, arrow and tomahawks, I have no pity.

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In the UK, aren’t Indians called Asians?
     
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May 5, 2019, 11:34 PM
 
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In the UK, aren’t Indians called Asians?
No, they are called Pakis. Duh.

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Yes, and:

Maine Becomes 1st State To Ban Single-Use Foam Containers
In other words, no more "hot coffee into a styrofoam cup which you then crinkle and discard into the trash once it's empty"
Honest question: How does the man on street in the US feel about this? Because we made this change in Sweden some time back in the late eighties (though it was more local regulations than a national law, IIRC) and most of Europe have done the same by now. I always wondered why the US never did this, if it was something that you just couldn't legislate on and get re-elected or what. Because it's not like it's a new idea.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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May 6, 2019, 09:51 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
The underlying problem is horse trading holidays as atonement for genocide is bullshit.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Sorry_Day
     
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May 6, 2019, 10:59 AM
 
Originally Posted by P View Post
Honest question: How does the man on street in the US feel about this? Because we made this change in Sweden some time back in the late eighties (though it was more local regulations than a national law, IIRC) and most of Europe have done the same by now. I always wondered why the US never did this, if it was something that you just couldn't legislate on and get re-elected or what. Because it's not like it's a new idea.
Hard to answer this. My best guess follows. More progressive demographics (typically younger) are for "cleaning up" the planet by investing long-term in more biodegradable/environmentally products, even though many of these require energy from the planet due to recycling. They're in it also for the "self-care revolution," as many of them are also turning to plants and natural medicines, e.g., essential oils. Whereas more traditional/rural demographics just use whatever is available, and create their own crafts. They do not care to spend significant amounts of money, time, or thought into new investments that had to be manufactured and made for them. Instead, they work with their hands (e.g., fix an old fan instead of buying a new one, buying local instead of buying wholesale even if it's 50% cheaper), because they see that as more environmentally responsible than buying something new that took a lot more energy (in the physics sense) to create. The demographic distribution between these two can be at one pole in one corner of the state and yet be at the opposite pole in the opposite corner of the same state. It can also vary town to town.
     
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May 6, 2019, 11:05 AM
 
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That’s the right idea.
     
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May 7, 2019, 07:38 PM
 
According to NASA-supported research, some time into the future, comets will kill us all.
     
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When that happens, it’s really going to suck if we don’t figure out some way to warm up a planet.
     
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When that happens, it’s really going to suck if we don’t figure out some way to warm up a planet.


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Jun 19, 2019, 01:48 PM
 
Today I learned the Star Trek people wanted Jerry Lewis and not Joe Piscopo for that awful episode where Data learns about “comedy”.
     
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Jun 20, 2019, 04:12 PM
 
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According to NASA-supported research, some time into the future, comets will kill us all.
Unrelated: what a horrid UI that site has. A permanent, unclosable, autoplay video that takes up 1/3 of the screen? Why not!
     
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Jun 21, 2019, 04:46 AM
 
Wasn't there a woman who got in a fight with an airline over her emotional support duck? Or Peacock or Swan or something.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Jun 21, 2019, 08:02 AM
 
Well not a swan, but here's what I found:

Peacock - Squirrel - some other animals
     
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Originally Posted by And.reg View Post
Well not a swan, but here's what I found:

Peacock - Squirrel - some other animals
I believe this sort of thing is directly mentioned in the book of Revelations as one of the signs that its the end of days and the apocalypse is approaching,
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Jun 22, 2019, 01:00 PM
 
lol people's jobs are hard enough, imagine a librarian getting asked, "Can I bring in my emotional support parakeet? I'll keep her on a leash"
     
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Jun 22, 2019, 02:37 PM
 
Found another use for an emotional support duck, you may start laughing at the end of the video:

     
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Jun 25, 2019, 03:36 PM
 
Apparently there is such a thing as Wi-Fi connected vacuum cleaners.

What use would the Wi-Fi serve in a vacuum cleaner?
     
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Jun 25, 2019, 03:55 PM
 
Remote control. Lets you chase the cat.
     
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Jun 25, 2019, 05:47 PM
 
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Apparently there is such a thing as Wi-Fi connected vacuum cleaners.

What use would the Wi-Fi serve in a vacuum cleaner?
We have a Bluetooth-connected lawnmower. There was one with a 4G connection, but we figured that it wasn’t worth the money.

(The point is to program it when it should be active. Being able to program it with my iPad from the couch is a heck of a lot better than walking out there and pushing buttons to move a cursor around on a screen that is maybe 1” by 3”. With the 4G thing, you could conceivably do that from work or something. I think it also gets a weather update from the manufacturer, to tell it when the grass has likely grown more than usual because of the weather, and it should schedule a few extra sessions)
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Jun 25, 2019, 07:41 PM
 
I think a minicopter is better for chasing cats than a vacuum. Mine all scatter when the vacuum turns on - anywhere in the house. But something that flies around and makes a little noise is a different matter.

Now if I can manage to equip one with a laser pointer that I can separately control...

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Jun 26, 2019, 03:21 AM
 
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We have a Bluetooth-connected lawnmower. There was one with a 4G connection, but we figured that it wasn’t worth the money.

(The point is to program it when it should be active. Being able to program it with my iPad from the couch is a heck of a lot better than walking out there and pushing buttons to move a cursor around on a screen that is maybe 1” by 3”.
I really don’t get this. The Roomba (non-WiFi) has a button for day, one for hour, and one for minutes. Setting the times takes under a minute. And there is no reason at all to change these times, ever, unless you start working shifts or something.

While it lodges itself somewhere under a couch every once in a while and runs out of battery and forgets what time it is, it has never forgotten its programming.

It has a little remote, too.

Adding WiFi seems like total overkill, adding cost and vulnerabilities to something that works.
     
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Jun 26, 2019, 01:59 PM
 
There is a DAC in the lightning connector of my EarPods. I bought a dongle for the Sennheiser HD 202’s I bought at the sodality rummage sale, $1. The package said listen to 24 bit music, so I did some searching and found a tear down of the lightning EarPods.

https://appleinsider.com/articles/16...r-for-iphone-7
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Jun 27, 2019, 06:18 PM
 
So, Today I learned something about Domino's pizza that convinced me the apocalypse is coming.

After I placed my online order for two pep. pizzas one thin crust one regular crust, Domino's calls me, to tell me six words that I never would have expected from a place like Domino's:

 
     
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Jun 27, 2019, 06:30 PM
 
Did someone say pizza! I was up in Dovah last week but they were closed

     
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Today I learned herders use fainting goats as a sacrifice to predators, which gives the rest of the herd time to escape.
     
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Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
I really don’t get this. The Roomba (non-WiFi) has a button for day, one for hour, and one for minutes. Setting the times takes under a minute. And there is no reason at all to change these times, ever, unless you start working shifts or something.

While it lodges itself somewhere under a couch every once in a while and runs out of battery and forgets what time it is, it has never forgotten its programming.

It has a little remote, too.

Adding WiFi seems like total overkill, adding cost and vulnerabilities to something that works.
I suspect that adding Bluetooth to it is cheaper than a decent display.

The lawnmower needs to be reprogrammed a little more often than a vacuum cleaner, however - grass growth depends on the weather.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Jul 5, 2019, 12:38 PM
 
Today I learned that you dastardly yanks managed to take control of the US's airports from our plucky British soldiers in the War of Independence.

Very forward thinking. I imagine the Brits were like "what are these places even FOR. You have them"
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Today I learned that you dastardly yanks managed to take control of the US's airports from our plucky British soldiers in the War of Independence.

Very forward thinking. I imagine the Brits were like "what are these places even FOR. You have them"
Airports you say? I bet they must be for cleaning and sharpening the air. And they've been at it for two hundred years which must be why the US has the cleanest, sharpest air in the world. All makes perfect sense now...

I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Today I learned farmers use golf balls as decoy eggs to plug up the snakes who eat them.
     
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Today I learned farmers use golf balls as decoy eggs to plug up the snakes who eat them.
I'd never heard of that. Makes sense.
     
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Jul 17, 2019, 08:14 PM
 
Today I learned...

A lot of AppleID settings can only be accessed via iCloud.com.

...Apple doesn’t allow you to access iCloud.com on iOS devices. WTF?
     
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Jul 30, 2019, 07:39 PM
 
Whales can "eat" sea lions. Should be picture of the year.

https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-49161923
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Today, I learned that the best way to free myself from a toxic relationship is to simply let go and love myself more.
     
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Today I learned that the late 1960s one hit wonder "Lily the Pink" by the Scaffold was actually based on a traditional US folk song called "The Ballad of Lydia Pinkham" which (ribaldly) lampooned the supposed benefits of Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, a late 19th century universal panacea.

So there.
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I also learned the etymology of the (awful) beef based drink/foodstuff/gloop Bovril. (A sort of shit Marmite for US readers)

"The first part of the product's name comes from Latin bovīnus, meaning "ox".[3] Johnston took the -vril suffix from Edward Bulwer-Lytton's then-popular novel, The Coming Race (1870), whose plot revolves around a superior race of people, the Vril-ya, who derive their powers from an electromagnetic substance named "Vril". Therefore, Bovril indicates great strength obtained from an ox.[4]"
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