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Re: Random natterings

Postby Zohar » Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:24 pm UTC

Household fires can be really terrifying... We had one in the building I used to live in. It was pretty small, but still very distressing.
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Postby You, sir, name? » Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:30 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:Household fires can be really terrifying... We had one in the building I used to live in. It was pretty small, but still very distressing.


Fires escalate quickly nowadays. It's mostly a materials thing.

A senile neighbor a few floors downstairs started a fire a few years ago. They put it out before it got serious, but still, that shit got out of hand quickly. They had to ozone-treat the stairwell for what felt like forever :-/

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Re: Random natterings

Postby poxic » Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:03 pm UTC

It's sort of why humans do it.

(Or so I hear.)
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Postby Sombrero Cat » Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:10 pm UTC

They are suppressing the vote here. The paper listed early voting starting on the 19-20th. Then, when I called, they said it was starting on Thur. the 27th. When I went down there, there was a sign on the door stating that voting starts on Fri the 28th. Went down there 10:00 Am, line was around the building. waited an hour plus to vote. They're making it extremely hard for a working man or woman to vote. Also noticed that it stated voting must start at 6:30 - 7:30 A.M??? They didn't open till 9:00. 10:00 tomorrow (Sat), Ends on the 5th, closed Sun. Their hours favor the large white retired population who can afford to spend hours waiting in line on any given day, not the people who serve them. Nearest other early voting location is a 70-80 mile trip. This combined with the relentless barrage of logic fallacies I've had to endure made me vote a straight democrat ticket for the first time in my life. It is a sad place indeed, as I try to make my decision based on the character of the individual. I really hope The Clinton campaign gets people to the polls, or I'm afraid they could steal this election. A false sense of inevitability, based on polls, might lead the suppressed and 18-25 yr. old voter not to show up. Instill the sense of urgency! Get some voter parties going! whatever, finish strong! Been driving all over this state, Rebel Flag Clan rallies are getting organized. Big white buildings with 20 big confederate flags, and Trump banners. Easiest match up y'all could've had. Dude knows how to rig slot machines! Better burn the rats out of the field! Had to buy a windows 10 USB to get my computer working again. Recovery was shut down, my computer was a slave.

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Postby Sableagle » Sun Oct 30, 2016 3:42 pm UTC

Today I walked between a children's playground where parents and grandparents were closely observing their little children at play on one side and a somewhat busy and pretty much unsupervised road on the other, with a cemetery beyond it. Moving objects, fast-moving objects, no-longer-moving objects. "We're all just one speeding idiot away from the graveyard."
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Postby FierceContinent » Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:53 pm UTC

There is some poetry to that, i suppose
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Postby Zohar » Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:12 pm UTC

Reminds me of my hometown where there's a large medical clinic next to a retirement home next to a cemetery.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Flumble » Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:09 pm UTC

There are so many positive and negative sides to having those three tucked together that I can't tell if it's a good, neutral or bad setup.

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Postby You, sir, name? » Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:04 pm UTC

The related content-suggestion type of functionality seems to frequently have the flaw that if you use it too often, you end up in a local minimum that is nearly impossible to escape from, basically rendering said functionality uselessly suggesting the same content.

I'm looking at you Spotify and YouTube :roll:

I wish there was a reset button for my suggestions. I don't even like the songs I keep getting...
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Postby Deva » Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:14 pm UTC

Does clearing Youtube's Watch and Search Histories not work?
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Re: Random natterings

Postby addams » Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:49 pm UTC

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So I've just finished work. It's been a hectic all-hands-on-deck Friday, and crucial people had gone down the pub. I told my team to down tools, go join their colleagues for a tipple, and resume on Monday. I logged off, and went outside in my garden to get a moment's meditation and peace. As I stood in the garden, I closed my eyes, and concentrated on all the sounds I usually tune out; the traffic from the road behind me, an aeroplane coming in to land, my neighbours' loud Korean chit-chat (there's, like, 12 of 'em living there so it's pretty raucous), and then I hear the classic sound of a fire alarm going off. Now, people in my neighbourhood don't appear to like cleaning their ovens or grills, as I hear fire alarms going off several times a day, usually around breakfast and dinner time: being a council-dominated area, all the alarms are standard regulation ones, and they all sound alike. Pip-pip-pip-pip. There's usually a lot of crashing activity as people open their windows, slam their doors and then I see the inevitable 'waft manoeuvre' as curtains and blinds are flapped to get the smoke out. Usually it's the same culprits. Just clean your damn oven or toaster! The effort you save with 10 minutes of scrubbing outweighs your thrice-daily wafting ritual!

Only this time, the alarm came from a slightly different direction than usual. Then I looked up and saw the smoke pouring out a second-floor apartment. Oh, shit, someone's house is on fire! It's in a block of flats down a cul-de-sac in view of my garden. I see the cloud-grey smoke licking the outside wall, I see neighbours all coming out of their houses to bang on the front door and kitchen window, which looks out into the street, and I hear the standard sarf-lundun accent screech over the cacophony: "nah, she ain't in! Silly cah. Where'za fackin faiah brigayd?" Sirens, blue lights, screeching tyres. The works. One guy's trying to rip open a window, but has no luck. Five burly firefighters rush up the steps to the second floor. Without a moment's hesitation, one launches a hand-held battering ram at the window. A thundercrack, followed by the pleasant tinkling of glass. The window frame is ripped right out, and cast unceremoniously aside. One faiahfighter leaps in through the new opening with the acrobatic ability of a 100m-hurdler, right into the smoke, which is being backlit by the unseen fire. The door flies open, and thick curls of grey roll out. In dash five firefighters. Lights go on upstairs, windows open. One shouts out "clear!" No-one's at home; that's a relief. "She's only gone aht n left 'er fackin oven on," a commentator hypothesises to other onlookers. I watch and film, but it's the gloaming and the picture's fuzzier than hand-held concert footage. I cease filming and watch the events unfold. Things calm, the smoke clears, no need for 'the big hose'; it looks like it was sorted with a garden-hose.

I come inside, feeling not as meditative and peaceful as I'd intended when I first walked outside. The alarms continue to ring. Pip-pip-pip-pip.

Such a scary story.
I fear house fires.

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Re: Random natterings

Postby ucim » Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:00 am UTC

addams wrote:My sister sat set? her apartment on fire with crystal decorations in direct sunlight.
Wow. Yeah, in theory you can start a fire with a magnifying glass; in practice everything has to be just right, which is uncommon at random. There is a building somewhere (I don't feel like googling right now) whose side is all glass (windows) and concave, and at the right time of day, it concentrates the sun's rays on the street. Cars parked there have been melted. Architecture fail. (Or architecture win, depending on which side you're on. :) )

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Re: Random natterings

Postby Deva » Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:39 am UTC

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Re: Random natterings

Postby Flumble » Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:52 am UTC

Speak of the devil: I woke up to the fire alarm just now. Of course it was a false alarm, but it was too damn early, too damn loud and it took too damn long for anyone to turn it off. :o (and I took too damn long to get outside, which I blame on the ubiquity of false positives... and my pseudo-knowledge that no smell means a safe passage through at least* one of the escape routes)

So yeah, I'm awake now. The fire alarm does its job well —I mean, the alarming part; the detecting part can improve on its false positives.

*of course there is only one designated route at any point in a building with a good building plan —which of course no one follows because it means going outside into the cold for most people and there's no indication of (fire) hazard—, but I have alternatives in case one of the passages is blocked.

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Re: Random natterings

Postby HES » Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:00 am UTC

Deva wrote:Does clearing Youtube's Watch and Search Histories not work?

It certainly does
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Felstaff » Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:44 am UTC

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There is a building somewhere (I don't feel like googling right now) whose side is all glass (windows) and concave, and at the right time of day, it concentrates the sun's rays on the street. Cars parked there have been melted. Architecture fail. (Or architecture win, depending on which side you're on. :) )

Here's the story. I walk past it on most days. People tentatively move towards where the refracted light is concentrated, look up, squint, and walk away with their hands over their eyes, as if surprised that concentrated sunlight can hurt. Someone left a rusty old bike chained up nearby, I guess to see if the tyres would melt or something, but the wheels had been stolen long before the bike was removed. I have no sympathy that the wing mirrors on a Jaguar melted.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby HES » Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:11 am UTC

I believe they have applied a coating to the windows so the effect isn't so pronounced anymore. I also have a feeling this wasn't the first time that architect made this particular mistake?

ETA: I can't decide if car melting windows are better or worse than the falling windows over by Blackfriars
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Postby eSOANEM » Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:35 am UTC

Felstaff wrote:
ucim wrote:
There is a building somewhere (I don't feel like googling right now) whose side is all glass (windows) and concave, and at the right time of day, it concentrates the sun's rays on the street. Cars parked there have been melted. Architecture fail. (Or architecture win, depending on which side you're on. :) )

Here's the story. I walk past it on most days. People tentatively move towards where the refracted light is concentrated, look up, squint, and walk away with their hands over their eyes, as if surprised that concentrated sunlight can hurt. Someone left a rusty old bike chained up nearby, I guess to see if the tyres would melt or something, but the wheels had been stolen long before the bike was removed. I have no sympathy that the wing mirrors on a Jaguar melted.


The best but about the story is it wasn't even the first time the architect had done this. There was a similar thing by him in the UAE and somehow they still got the job.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby HES » Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:40 am UTC

The sun doesn't shine in England, duh.
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Postby Angua » Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:33 pm UTC

HES wrote:The sun doesn't shine in England, duh.

Certainly not today.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Zohar » Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:02 pm UTC

It never sets on the English empire though.
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Postby Liri » Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:13 pm UTC

I was coming home from work a couple weeks ago and heard a Twee twee twee twee alarm in the distance. As I got closer, my stomach started to sink when I realized where it was coming from. I dashed inside the screen porch, my annoyed cat avoiding the racket inside, and got inside the house. No sight nor smell of smoke! Spooky!
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Postby Drumheller769 » Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:22 pm UTC

Dust and spiders can set off smoke alarms.
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Postby HES » Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:27 pm UTC

I know people don't like spiders, but isn't burning the house down a little bit of an overreaction? :wink:
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Postby Zohar » Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:44 pm UTC

It's the only way to be sure.
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Postby Whizbang » Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:54 pm UTC

A nail gun may also be necessary.
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Postby Sableagle » Tue Nov 01, 2016 4:50 pm UTC

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A .22-powered nailgun? Against THAT? I'd think a 12-gauge skeet load would be a better choice.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Felstaff » Tue Nov 01, 2016 5:46 pm UTC

The key is to let the tank draw the aggro.

And in this case, by 'tank', I mean 'tank'.
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Postby Drumheller769 » Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:16 pm UTC

But it would crawl into the tank air vents, then where would we be...yea. A spider driving a tank.
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Postby Sableagle » Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:37 pm UTC

Drumheller769 wrote:A spider driving a tank.
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Postby Magnanimous » Wed Nov 02, 2016 4:04 am UTC

Well then you'll need to get cats to get rid of the missiles, and then dogs to get rid of the cats, and then...

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Postby Thesh » Wed Nov 02, 2016 4:33 am UTC

When I'm President in 2020 or 2024, I'm going to order a study creepiness of animals. We will have one database containing detailed 3d renderings generated by what are basically anatomical blueprints. Artists create these blueprints first by creating a detailed 3d rendering, and then detailing all of the components of the visible anatomy, with each component having all sorts of constraints. People are shown these creatures, and different measures of stress, brain patterns, and questions will be asked to generate various metrics of stress which get input into genetic algorithms that take the blueprints, match them, and start creating creepier and creepier creatures, until we are no longer able to measure further creepiness.

The database will become public domain, and every five year old with access to a 3D printer can make creepy models to give to teachers, parents, friends. Soon, the world will become completely desensitized to the creepiness of things like snakes and spiders, and we will be able to live in harmony with nature.
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Postby FierceContinent » Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:37 pm UTC

Thesh wrote:When I'm President in 2020 or 2024, I'm going to order a study creepiness of animals. We will have one database containing detailed 3d renderings generated by what are basically anatomical blueprints. Artists create these blueprints first by creating a detailed 3d rendering, and then detailing all of the components of the visible anatomy, with each component having all sorts of constraints. People are shown these creatures, and different measures of stress, brain patterns, and questions will be asked to generate various metrics of stress which get input into genetic algorithms that take the blueprints, match them, and start creating creepier and creepier creatures, until we are no longer able to measure further creepiness.

The database will become public domain, and every five year old with access to a 3D printer can make creepy models to give to teachers, parents, friends. Soon, the world will become completely desensitized to the creepiness of things like snakes and spiders, and we will be able to live in harmony with nature.

Is something like this up somewhere already?
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Postby New User » Wed Nov 02, 2016 1:18 pm UTC

You don't even need to be president to do something like that. Make you dream come true!

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Postby Whizbang » Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:34 pm UTC

FierceContinent wrote:
Thesh wrote:When I'm President in 2020 or 2024, I'm going to order a study creepiness of animals. We will have one database containing detailed 3d renderings generated by what are basically anatomical blueprints. Artists create these blueprints first by creating a detailed 3d rendering, and then detailing all of the components of the visible anatomy, with each component having all sorts of constraints. People are shown these creatures, and different measures of stress, brain patterns, and questions will be asked to generate various metrics of stress which get input into genetic algorithms that take the blueprints, match them, and start creating creepier and creepier creatures, until we are no longer able to measure further creepiness.

The database will become public domain, and every five year old with access to a 3D printer can make creepy models to give to teachers, parents, friends. Soon, the world will become completely desensitized to the creepiness of things like snakes and spiders, and we will be able to live in harmony with nature.

Is something like this up somewhere already?


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Postby Sableagle » Wed Nov 02, 2016 6:10 pm UTC

There used to be a program called "biomorph" that started with a dot and created symmetrical Rorschach blots based on it, then based on whichever one the user selected, then based on whichever second-generation blob the user selected and so on. Given suitable picking and a bit of luck, it could make scary monsters, faces, butterflies or whatever else you fancied.
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Postby Thesh » Wed Nov 02, 2016 6:22 pm UTC

New User wrote:You don't even need to be president to do something like that. Make you dream come true!


No, but the easiest way to get funding for a project is to become President of the United States, and I decided I want to take the easy route.
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Postby ucim » Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:02 am UTC

Thesh wrote:the easiest way to get funding for a project is to become President of the United States, and I decided I want to take the easy route.
Not at all. Although perhaps the easiest way to get funding is to already be POTUS, getting there is decidedly not easy. And not comfortable either. Be careful what you wish for.

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Re: Random natterings

Postby Carlington » Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:11 am UTC

Call it a weapon of psychological warfare, take it to the DoD, problem solved.
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