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Re: Random natterings

Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:26 pm UTC
by LaserGuy
Kewangji wrote:
Deva wrote:
Glorifies other sports players too, though. Expects baseball, hockey, and/or soccer to qualify. Why are cheerleaders absent in those? (Apparently added cheerleaders (or something similar) to certain hockey teams, admittedly.) Brings cheerleaders to male and female basketball games too.


I expect it has to do with how prominent the sport is in college sports, and especially how prominent it was when colleges were introducing cheerleading. Except for hockey. I think the cheerleaders would just get cold if they had to cheer on ice.


Hockey has cheerleaders. They don't usually go on the ice, except maybe a number during the intermissions. I was at a hockey game a few weeks ago, and the cheerleaders were in the stands with the crowd, would give a cheer during an stoppage in play, then move to the next section.

Re: Random natterings

Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:13 pm UTC
by Deva
Found this humorous.
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Never would have noticed this pattern.

Re: Random natterings

Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:50 pm UTC
by Liri
Deva wrote:Found this humorous.
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Never would have noticed this pattern.

Heh, my coworker was just talking about that yesterday.

Re: Random natterings

Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:35 pm UTC
by somitomi
Deva wrote:Found this humorous.
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Never would have noticed this pattern.

Way too hilarious for me not to laugh at this again. Brilliant.

Re: Random natterings

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:00 am UTC
by Angua
Can I be excited about the Batgirl move that's just been announced?

I mean, I know it's DCEU (we need a fingernail biting smiley) but it's also being directed by Joss Whedon?

Re: Random natterings

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:02 pm UTC
by Zohar
Ehhh? I love Whedon but his treatment of Black Widow in Age of Ultron was really bad.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:11 am UTC
by SecondTalon
So I start listening to the latest Cracked podcast (latest as of this post, the first April one of 2017) and it's about life in small town America. John Cheese is talking about how his town was so small he had been inside every public building and several private ones, how directions are given by references to people'a houses because everyone knows where everyone lives and so on, how it was a One Industry Town.... and then Jack, the host, asks him how many people were in his hometown.

And he throws out 30,000-40,000.

......

Which is 6-7 times larger than the town I grew up in.

Fuckin' City folk, even taking jobs from us Small Town people.


At any rate, feel free to listen to it because I know, like, 800 people who sound just like John.


... and now they're explaining points and I only now realize that nonrural people wouldn't know what that is. I'm 37. I r dum.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:17 pm UTC
by pseudoidiot
30-40k? WTF

John Cheese is usually pretty on point with things, but I call shenanigans on him having been in every public building in a town that size. Or the whole giving directions by proximity to specific people's houses.

I grew up in a town of about 6k. Everyone most certainly did not know everyone. Maybe most people knew most people. But that's about as far as it went. We gave directions like normal people: partly by street name, partly with random landmarks

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:27 pm UTC
by New User
Maybe he misspoke and meant 3,000 to 4,000? Still, I live in a town of about 6,000 and it's quite larger than what was described. When I was a boy my family visited my father's aunt and uncle in Jetersville, Virginia, and we used to joke about the population being 13; 14 on weekends. As far as we could tell, the town had one street and about five or six houses. Wikipedia doesn't give many details, but on google maps it looks quite small, maybe three streets instead of one.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:42 pm UTC
by eSOANEM
Yeah, I think he must have been off by an order of magnitude or something.

I was born in a town of 95k but moved to a town of 14k at age 10 or so and now I'm living in a city of 130k since going to uni.

I don't think I'd have had anywhere near that experience had I spent my entire childhood in any of these towns but I could see it just about happening in a town a quarter of the size of my hometown (the 14k one)

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:30 pm UTC
by eran_rathan
huh. That's 10x the size of the town I grew up in (population-wise at least, size wise it is the same as the country of Liechtenstein). I'd say that growing up I knew 90% of the people in town and had been in the houses of probably half of those I knew, mostly because my mom was pretty active in small-town politics (i.e. the library, town selectmen, and the school board).

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:37 pm UTC
by Liri
My mom's hometown was less than a thousand when she was born, and is only three and a half thousand now, 60 years later. Total area = 1.7 square miles. Most of my mom's family lives out in the country now, to get away from the metropolis that is that town.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:15 pm UTC
by SecondTalon
pseudoidiot wrote:30-40k? WTF

John Cheese is usually pretty on point with things, but I call shenanigans on him having been in every public building in a town that size. Or the whole giving directions by proximity to specific people's houses.

I grew up in a town of about 6k. Everyone most certainly did not know everyone. Maybe most people knew most people. But that's about as far as it went. We gave directions like normal people: partly by street name, partly with random landmarks

Right? Similar town size as you (7,500 to 5,500 in a 20 year span, county size mostly unchanged), and while I know I've been in a lot of the buildings, I've certainly not been in all of them.

Of course, I guess if I was making it a point to do so, I could quite easily. Just seems like a bullshit-y "fact".

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:24 pm UTC
by pseudoidiot
SecondTalon wrote:
pseudoidiot wrote:30-40k? WTF

John Cheese is usually pretty on point with things, but I call shenanigans on him having been in every public building in a town that size. Or the whole giving directions by proximity to specific people's houses.

I grew up in a town of about 6k. Everyone most certainly did not know everyone. Maybe most people knew most people. But that's about as far as it went. We gave directions like normal people: partly by street name, partly with random landmarks

Right? Similar town size as you (7,500 to 5,500 in a 20 year span, county size mostly unchanged), and while I know I've been in a lot of the buildings, I've certainly not been in all of them.

Of course, I guess if I was making it a point to do so, I could quite easily. Just seems like a bullshit-y "fact".
I was also sort of wondering if he meant "public" as far as things like public services like a library, court house, etc. And not, like, every single business that's open to the public.

Either way, I'm thinking the other people are right, maybe he misspoke and meant 3-4k. Because that sounds pretty reasonable for what he's describing.

I know I've seen/heard him describe growing up in a small area before and it always seemed like he meant something more about the size of where I grew up. Though I don't know how specific he's ever been before.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:42 pm UTC
by WibblyWobbly
This is very much John Cheese speculation based in part on facts and partly on things I think I remember, so I'm spoilering it in case you want to skip:

Spoiler:
John Cheese is from southern Illinois, which is the region where I grew up. There aren't a lot of towns in that region with populations over 30k, and most of those are in the St. Louis metro area (the Metro East), which (IIRC) is not the side John was on - I tend to remember he was from the southeastern side of the state. I want to say he was - or is now living in - Newton, IL (also says so on what would appear to be his LinkedIn page), which is a town of about 3k; on David Wong's page on Wikipedia, it says they went to high school together in Lawrenceville, which is a town of just under 5k a little southeast of Newton, near the Indiana border. Based on that, yeah, he meant 3-4k, because only one of the counties in that part of the state has a population over 30k. Very possible that he's visited all of the public buildings in those towns.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:54 pm UTC
by SecondTalon
Shit, my bad. Billy was the one from the 30k town (in Tennesee). John was on the shitty connection.

So, my bad. I blame that on having never heard either one of them, hearing the intro while dealing with other things and assuming John and Jack were in the same space.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:03 pm UTC
by Liri
I've been reading "John Cleese" this whole time.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:21 pm UTC
by eran_rathan
Liri wrote:I've been reading "John Cleese" this whole time.


what the...

*goes back and checks*

damn, I had no idea that wasn't who we were talking about.

Ah well, carry on.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:51 pm UTC
by Magnanimous
Yes, the famous Illinoisan who was in Monty Python.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:46 pm UTC
by SecondTalon
Who recently wrote of his still living mother and how she's fleecing welfare.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:30 am UTC
by eSOANEM
I made the same mistake. I have never heard of John Cheese before

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:13 pm UTC
by SecondTalon
He's one of the better known Cracked writers.

Here's a thing that he did recently that got popular and then was immediately forgotten because it's the Internet.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:16 pm UTC
by eran_rathan
Magnanimous wrote:Yes, the famous Illinoisan who was in Monty Python.


And now I want a Midwestern version of Monty Python, with ridiculous Minnesotan accents.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:40 pm UTC
by Felstaff
No-one expects the pan-Algonquin tradition.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:57 pm UTC
by Angua
The person in the flat next to mine appears to have bought a drum set. Every day for the last 2 weeks there has been a period of drumming.

God, I hope this house goes through. I'm so glad that it's detached.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 4:57 pm UTC
by ivnja
Angua wrote:The person in the flat next to mine appears to have bought a drum set. Every day for the last 2 weeks there has been a period of drumming.

Perhaps you can get one of these? And an elliptical reflector dish, of course.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:25 pm UTC
by Angua
Oh me yarm that is the worst.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:23 am UTC
by Felstaff
I like my otamatone.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:03 pm UTC
by eran_rathan
I cannot stop laughing, those are amazing. Why have I never heard of these things before?!

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:09 pm UTC
by somitomi
Why did I have to hear about them?

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:05 pm UTC
by Giant Speck
I'll take twenty.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:13 pm UTC
by TimelordSimone
I've been learning origami and I finally made some things using nice paper. I'm pretty pleased!
:D
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
by Fractal_Tangent
Is that a dragon?!?!

Edit: AND A SLOTH?!

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
by Angua
That's a pretty cute menagerie.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:08 pm UTC
by TimelordSimone
Thank you! :)
Would you believe the dragon was easier than the sloth? It's intricate, but all the folds are actually pretty simple. The sloth was a nightmare, my first attempt managed to split completely in half.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:13 pm UTC
by pseudoidiot
TimelordSimone wrote:The sloth was a nightmare, my first attempt managed to split completely in half.
Poor sloth :(

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:53 pm UTC
by TimelordSimone
rip
(get it)

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:52 am UTC
by Fractal_Tangent
These are so lovely, I would like to be able to do this.

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:21 pm UTC
by Whizbang
I can't find step by step instructions for the standing dragon with legs. I can't watch the youtube videos here at work either. Do you have a link to instructions?

Re: Thoughts for ships

Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:30 pm UTC
by TimelordSimone
Whizbang wrote:I can't find step by step instructions for the standing dragon with legs. I can't watch the youtube videos here at work either. Do you have a link to instructions?

I used a youtube video but it's one of the better ones (it includes diagrams as well) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUsxMXwCW8A
I mostly used videos. step by step instructions were difficult to find? and when I did find them they often didn't explain slightly awkward bits very well.