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by ivnja
Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 132
Views: 15054

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

But considering that NBC couldn't even manage to turn off the control room mics, perhaps I am not appreciating the difficulty of only turning on one candidate's mic at a time. Andrew Yang is claiming that his mic was cut for part of the debate, and video clips of him trying to interject without any...
by ivnja
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 132
Views: 15054

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

The first Democratic primary debate (parts 1 and 2) is in the books. I didn't go into last night with strong feelings about any of the candidates, and honestly my biggest impression coming out of two nights of this is that the massive "debate" format does a huge disservice to the whole fie...
by ivnja
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 339
Views: 115235

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president (deposed after a 1 year in a military coup), dead at age 67 after fainting in court while on trial for espionage . NYTimes is reporting that he died in the courtroom, citing Egyptian television, while Al Jazeera is reporting that he was s...
by ivnja
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't "rightism" a thing?
Replies: 24
Views: 2451

Re: Why isn't "rightism" a thing?

"Democrat" isn't at all a slur in itself - members of the Democratic Party call themselves Democrats - but the pointed use of "Democrat (n) Party" instead of the proper "Democratic (adj) Party," which is its official name, is intended as a deliberate slight to emphasiz...
by ivnja
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't "rightism" a thing?
Replies: 24
Views: 2451

Re: Why isn't "rightism" a thing?

I am still interested in why 'democratic' is ok but 'democrat' is a slur though. That still puzzles my foreigner mind. "Democrat" isn't at all a slur in itself - members of the Democratic Party call themselves Democrats - but the pointed use of "Democrat (n) Party" instead of th...
by ivnja
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't "rightism" a thing?
Replies: 24
Views: 2451

Re: Why isn't "rightism" a thing?

it occurs to me also that “liberal” and “progressive” just sound like good things from the name, and maybe right-wingers who think the left is anti-liberty and not actually for true progress don’t want to concede the left’s self-labels. see also the “democrat” party vs democratic party, another rig...
by ivnja
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9561
Views: 1179011

Re: What are you listening to?

Schooner Fare, a folk trio (now duo, after the passing of the third member 15 years ago) from Maine known particularly for doing maritime and Irish folk songs. Traditional Irish folk: Twa Recruiting Sergeants Roddy McCorley Maritime: Portland Town (especially fun for me because I grew up on this bay...
by ivnja
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1475693

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Some nice news: Police Commissioner Apologizes for Officers’ Actions in Stonewall Rebellion It's NYTimes and thus paywalled, so here's the text: New York’s police commissioner, James P. O’Neill, apologized on Thursday on behalf of the Police Department for officers’ actions during the Stonewall riot...
by ivnja
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6978
Views: 1139816

Re: Police misbehavior thread

In the US policeman, sheriffs, FBI agents, firefighters et cetra are civilians (non-military) and are not under a legal obligation to do their jobs; at any time they may say "I quit" and walk away. If they suddenly decide not to do important parts of their duty, the worst that can happen ...
by ivnja
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [USA - DC] AGU 2018 Fall Meeting
Replies: 0
Views: 3280

[USA - DC] AGU 2018 Fall Meeting

Will any geoscientists in the house be in Washington, DC this coming week (2018/12/9-15) for the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting?
by ivnja
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 892692

Re: Trump presidency

Justice Kennedy officially announces his retirement effective July 31st. Trump apparently plans to submit a nominee by then. Given it's an election year, I think he should have to wait til after the election for the nominee to even be considered. /snark "This is the most important Supreme Cour...
by ivnja
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 401777

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Digital License Plates Roll Out In California California is testing new digital license plates on vehicles — opening up new possibilities and raising new privacy concerns. The digital plates use the same technology behind Amazon's Kindle e-book reader to display large letters and numbers, as any ot...
by ivnja
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 25369

Re: Census Dickery

(Though I could see making an argument about diplomats — who aren’t fully subject to US jurisdiction). It's always been my understanding that this, specifically, is what the exception was meant to cover. Of course, intention doesn't always mean much in the face of attempts to fit the wording the do...
by ivnja
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 17081

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

...freedom of speech will be magically preserved in this hypothetical prison (even when it clearly isn't that protected in any real-world prison)? Cutting of all communication with the outside world is a form of psychological torture. Prisons also have the right to talk to a lawyer. So are you goin...
by ivnja
Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Teachers? (advice needed)
Replies: 8
Views: 4526

Re: Teachers? (advice needed)

On the issue of pay, this NPR article came out today.
by ivnja
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1475693

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

I got "Sir"ed today in the drive through (the ordering intercom part). Then when I pulled up and the window opened, I was told that the pickup that had been in front of me had paid for my bagel. Went from pretty deflated to feeling fuzzy inside. It almost immediately occurred to me, though...
by ivnja
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Teachers? (advice needed)
Replies: 8
Views: 4526

Re: Teachers? (advice needed)

I have an unfortunate feeling that it isn't going to be as lucrative even as your current gig, and will come with its own set of challenges and frustrations. Former Landlady/Housemate is a middle school science teacher in Our Town, and she puts in a lot of time and emotional labor for her kids. I've...
by ivnja
Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 339
Views: 115235

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Roger Bannister, first to run a timed sub-4 minute mile, has died at 88.
by ivnja
Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 15090

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

(What's the word for people who live in Maine?) Mainers, although I don't think there's technically an official demonym. I know a few who like to call themselves Mainiacs. And then there's the ultra-special breed, the Maineiacs, who you'll find screaming abuse at opposing goaltenders from the stude...
by ivnja
Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 15090

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

J%r wrote:Did the image change? Somehow I only see the top rectangle.
Godsguy wrote:I was so confused for a while - looks like the image didn't get loaded correctly.

It changed while I was making my post, but it's back to normal now.
by ivnja
Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 15090

1953: "The History of Unicode"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/the_history_of_unicode.png Title text: 2048: "Great news for Maine—we're once again an independent state!!! Thanks, @unicode, for ruling in our favor and sending troops to end New Hampshire's annexation." ^ the forum won't allow the three emojis at the end of ...
by ivnja
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 11178

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

Sarah women and girls have a sixty percent rate of chicken pox. One of my favorite names too? Oh, the terrible fates of being a Sarah lady with chicken pox in our cruel, mess up world.... </3 :( To be clear, it's not like Sarahs are getting chickenpox at a 60% rate *now*. The vaccine's effectivenes...
by ivnja
Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 11178

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

The arrow definitely doesn't point to '95, but I think the trend line does start to move at the right place, and the change in the late '80s or '90 is still explained by the 1995 introduction of the vaccine because the illness doesn't hit at birth, but at some later point in childhood. I'm 30 this y...
by ivnja
Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 11178

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

For my own ease of viewing, I've made the arrow of time in the graphs point to the right, so that the trend lines flow in the (again, to me) more intuitive direction:

chicken_pox_and_name_statistics.png
by ivnja
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 24652

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

the second failures: Maths and sciences often use their own terminology, which can be varied and complicated, requiring a layperson to NEED A F BOMBING dictionary or sciences/maths books just to understand what the phrases used are saying? For better or worse, all the terminology exists because the...
by ivnja
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Porn, Ethical Porn, Use of Likenesses in Porn. (blown away from News & Articles)
Replies: 72
Views: 10167

Re: Porn, Ethical Porn, Use of Likenesses in Porn.

Okay... I am fighting the tempting to quit my Own thread forever and ever... 'cause you MEN are not listening. I am SO happy you said this. I have held the opinion that sexism against men is a real problem. [...] At the very least, you've given me an example. Saying, "I've talked to a bigot ag...
by ivnja
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What do you want to know about a comic con?
Replies: 46
Views: 22177

Re: What do you want to know about a comic con?

Merci
by ivnja
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What do you want to know about a comic con?
Replies: 46
Views: 22177

Re: What do you want to know about a comic con?

Ginger wrote:trannies

Wince :?
by ivnja
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 892692

Re: Trump presidency

I know I'm kinda late to the party, but to me the concept that a business - an economic entity that involves people but is not human - can have a religous belief (and be protected in that belief) is mind boggling, bordering on absurd. Along these lines, (even?) as someone who leans libertarian, I'v...
by ivnja
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Actual Drnukenness!
Replies: 1358
Views: 342626

Re: Actual Drnukenness!

The store has these tiny, hard alcohol bottles, for a dollar, and I keep seeing them and thinking that seems like a responsible amount. but it's actually kind of difficult to estimate the amount of drunkenness of ... 100 ml (two, tiny, plastic bottels) In New England, we call those nips. A standard...
by ivnja
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 14583

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

hailspork wrote:I would[...]for just me.
Steve_The_Beard wrote:Shapes please :-)

chridd's post above is probably a better way of doing it, in that the two main parties are visible without having to zoom in, but here's a shapes-based version. Clinton voters lean left, Trump lean right. Best viewed at close to full-size.
Spoiler:
Election_map_OBG.png
by ivnja
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 14583

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

If that's still not working for some folks, I can try to put one together with shapes. Thank you, I do appreciate your effort :-) However, even though I don't consider myself to be "severely" colour-blind, it didn't actually help me. Shapes please :-) Okeydoke, I'll see what I can do tomo...
by ivnja
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 14583

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

Quick touch-up in Paint using the color palette here (namely, nos. 11, 6, and 14) to hopefully allow the colors to stand out slightly more:
2016_election_map.png


If that's still not working for some folks, I can try to put one together with shapes.
by ivnja
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1747508

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

They broke the pattern with the 'don't smoke with oxygen' bullet :/

Can I put my oxygen tank in a bonfire?
by ivnja
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Logging into this forum using Python
Replies: 2
Views: 5648

Re: Logging into this forum using Python

Thanks - that makes sense, and I think I see the path forward.
by ivnja
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Logging into this forum using Python
Replies: 2
Views: 5648

Logging into this forum using Python

Hi all. After several years of not doing much coding, I'm trying to write a short program in Python where the first step is logging into this forum. I know my way around Python in general reasonably well, but have never tried writing code to post anything (such as login data) vs scraping info (gener...
by ivnja
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1475693

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Hugs gratefully accepted. I don't know if the teen years thing is common. She was a schoolteacher for a few years after college (and still sort of remembers that, when prompted), but then raised five children and didn't go back to outside employment, so being at work wasn't a big part of her life. S...
by ivnja
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1475693

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

I'm kind of terrified of Alzheimer's. Both my grandmothers developed it. It took my dad's mom about 10 years after diagnosis earlier this decade, and now I'm experiencing it much more intimately with my mom's mom, who was diagnosed somewhere around the time my other grandmother passed and eventually...
by ivnja
Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: 3 letters in a word
Replies: 1795
Views: 281289

Re: 3 letters in a word

After three days all I could think of was Charybdis from Greek mythology, so I did turn to a scrabble dictionary - I would never have gotten that substance (or any of its associated adjectives, etc).
by ivnja
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: 3 letters in a word
Replies: 1795
Views: 281289

Re: 3 letters in a word

Wow, five-year necro.

Ciao - loaner word, but common enough to not trigger spellcheck.

xur

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