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Andrew C (✔)
It doesn't really make sense for a centaur to have two rib cages.
And two stomachs but (apparently) only one brain. - John (bird whisperer)
And six appendages. - Jennifer Dittrich from iPhone
I don't think you can really make sense of the actions of mad geneticists who create bizarre human-animal hybrids ;) - Victor Ganata
But there is a set of genes you could manipulate that would cause that sort of reduplication to give you two thoraces and an extra set of limbs #NotMedicalAdvice - Victor Ganata
@John:a cow has four stomachs, though. @Jennifer: the arms have hands with opposable thumbs, markedly different from the horse-derived limbs. - Andrew C (✔)
Yes, but that still adds up to six. It's part of why dragons are a bit WTF as well. - Jennifer Dittrich
Six limbs in mammals is not entirely unheard of, although certainly not normal - Victor Ganata
The six limbs are probably easier to gengineer than the double thoraces. Although the redundant set of lungs would probably provide a selective advantage, assuming they're functional. - Victor Ganata
I bet the human-sized neck/throat limits how much air can be exchanged though. - Andrew C (✔)
Help, I'm being cyberbullied! - Andrew C (✔)
People have obviously thought about this a great deal. - John (bird whisperer)
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6 Reasons Grim Fandango Still Holds Up As One of the Greatest Games Ever - Topless Robot - Unofficial Sponsor of Your Inner Childishness -
6 Reasons Grim Fandango Still Holds Up As One of the Greatest Games Ever - Topless Robot - Unofficial Sponsor of Your Inner Childishness
6 Reasons Grim Fandango Still Holds Up As One of the Greatest Games Ever - Topless Robot - Unofficial Sponsor of Your Inner Childishness
"First, a bit of information for those who don't know much about the game. Grim Fandango is a graphic adventure game that involves the story of Manny Calavera, a reaper/travel agent for the Department of Death in the Mexican lore-inspired Land of the Dead, tasked with reaping souls and selling them high-quality travel packages to make their four-year journey of the soul to the Ninth Underworld as smooth as possible. Unfortunately, Manny's current clients have been of rather low quality, leading to a massive sales slump for him. When his boss tells him he needs a premium sale by the end of the day or he's fired, Manny takes things into his own hands and grabs his rival's commission, a saintly soul known as Mercedes "Meche" Colomar. Mysteriously, though, Manny finds that the lovely lady doesn't qualify for any notable packages despite being wholly deserving of one, and after Meche leaves out of embarrassment and Manny gets in hot water, he and his new friend/driver Glottis set out on a journey to find her." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
Unexplained phenomena Part V: woke up this morning to find a large puddle in the middle of the room downstairs. It wasn't next to a wall and the ceiling above it wasn't wet. It was enough water to completely saturate two bath towels.
I guess the exorcism—I mean, the blessing—done by a priest in 2013 didn't take. - Victor Ganata
What's under the floor? - bentley
Maybe that unicorn that jizzed glitter all over my living room curtain, 2 years ago, made its way to your home and pissed on your floor. - April Russo
There isn't a fridge in that area is there? - Arlan K.
Nope. The puddle was under the couch and a side table. And both are kind of in the middle of the room, not touching any walls. - Victor Ganata
It sounds like you're going to have to outfit your home with cameras, hygrometers, thermometers, etc. in the name of science. - Spidra Webster
Ok, that's freaky. - Arlan K.
The onion is getting revenge. - Anika
A spontaneous rain cloud in your living room! (also, obligatory Superintendant Chalmers quote: "The Aurora Borealis? At this time of year? At this time of day? In this part of the country? Localized entirely within your kitchen?" - Andrew C (✔)
Plot twist: it's not water. - Steele Lawman
When we encounter something like that in our line of work the water is usually coming from elsewhere but running to a 'low spot'. Or you could go with the localized auroa thing ... I like that better anyway :-) Good luck! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Andrew C (✔)
RT @maggieserota: A dude is gonna explain something! Hooray!
RT @maggieserota: A dude is gonna explain something! Hooray!
To be fair, he seems to have genuinely apologized: "I'm just sick over what I said in haste earlier. I apologize unreservedly and hope to be a better, wiser person going forward." and "You know you ended up on the wrong side of the conversation when bigoted dicks show up to defend you. I never want to be there again." - Andrew C (✔)
Oh good...because that was the most obvious setup for a mansplaining I've seen. - C to the A to the J..Hey!
Also to be fair, he says he's "as feminist as the next guy," and the next guy is often a total douchebag. - Steele Lawman
Andrew C (✔)
In comments, replying to someone saying that Kimball grew up wealthy in NYC, rather than being born and bred Vermont: "It's kind of fascinating how many layers of performance are going on when Chris Kimball puts on a gigantic foam lobster costume over his science apron over his folksy bowtie over his italian-made menswear." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The Pursuit of Beauty - Solving an Unsolvable Math Problem - The New Yorker -
"From Amie I first heard about Yitang Zhang, a solitary, part-time calculus teacher at the University of New Hampshire who received several prizes, including a MacArthur award in September, for solving a problem that had been open for more than a hundred and fifty years." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
When did "lead" become the past tense of "lead"? We have had "led" for quite a while now. Please use it. Also "breathes" are not the sames as "breaths". #several recent books
How do you feel about "people" and "peoples"? I hate "peoples." - Brian Johns
Can we fix past vs present tense of "to read" then? - Andrew C (✔)
Brian - "peoples" has a completely different context than "people", really. I'm not sure how "proper" it is, though. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Well the book I am currently reading got "led" wrong but did get "breaths" right.I'm tired of proofreading instead of enjoying a book. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I guess some writers are suffering from a case of "lead poisoning". - April Russo
Andrew C (✔)
There are "fatherlands" and "motherlands", so why not "unclelands" or "auntlands"?
Or sonlands or daughterlands - John (bird whisperer)
fratecuginoland - Lorenzo R v rs
According to the ngram viewer, there are such things as "daughterlands" — colonies, I'm guessing? - Victor Ganata
inlawslands - ((°} from Android
No one would ever visit Inlawsland. - Mary Carmen from iPhone
Most people wouldn't even visit grandparentsland. - Andrew C (✔)
assoretalands - Erwin Schrödinger from Flucso
Cool auntlands. - joey
Andrew C (✔)
Tyrese, Green Lantern, and a Brief History of Thirsty Actors « -
Tyrese, Green Lantern, and a Brief History of Thirsty Actors «
"It seems logical for him to go after the part, until you realize that actors typically pay people 10 percent of their wages so that they don’t have to lobby studios and production companies for work on their own. Agents and managers exist specifically to keep actors from doing what Tyrese is doing right now, but he’s not the first thespian to go rogue and attempt to secure employment through the power of persistence." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
I'd need to be at least three times more whimsical to approach being a manic pixie dream boy.
Can you shred on a uke, bruh? - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Also, many points to Pete for his replies here: - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Sure, someone else may have invented soup, but who invented paying $9 for a cup of soup?
Starbucks. - Joe
I was thinking more "food trucks." - Jennifer Dittrich
Hah! Good point. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
"Bone broth" has to be the most amazing rich person co-opting of peasant food yet.
I should go now... - MoTO: #TeamMarina
One of the funnier comments I saw on one of the articles (NY Times?) was from some older person -- I'm really glad your generation has finally discovered soup. Great job, kids. - Jennifer Dittrich
Sure, someone else may have invented soup, but who invented paying $9 for a cup of soup? - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Indisputable proof that prosecutors and politicians are penalized when they hold police accountable -
"In Albuquerque and Minneapolis, officers are letting local prosecutors and politicians alike know that holding them accountable, in any shape, form, or fashion, will come with very real consequences and repercussions from the police." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
All The Feelings It Is Possible To Feel, Indexed -
"Hungry because you’ve been eating nonstop all day and you’ve finally gone from painfully full to just regular full and that’s what feels like hunger now" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
How To Tell If You Are In A Soft Science Fiction Novel -
How To Tell If You Are In A Soft Science Fiction Novel
"Racism no longer exists now that all of humanity has banded together to speak English, vote democratically, adhere to 20th-century American social standards, and battle alien intruders in a thinly veiled metaphor for anti-immigration sentiment." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"There are Core people and there are Rim people. Core people wear silver, gender-neutral clothing and love fascism and artificial light. Rim people wear floor-length WWII-era trench coats and love modified libertarianism. These are the only two kinds of people. Plus there’s one ocean planet full of mermaids." - Andrew C (✔)
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I am so SICK of jeans + sweater for Winter! It's really aggravating me that I can't wear dresses. I love Winter but it's not dress-friendly.
Back in the Old Days we couldn't wear pants (and certainly not jeans!) to work or school. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Shoulda applied for that California job! - Andrew C (✔)
Despite me loving the cast, I'm cautious cause a good cast, whatever gender, isn't enough to save shitty franchise scripts. #Ghostbusters
Same. I worry a lot more about the writing than the cast, which is full of great comedy talent (much like the last one.) - Jennifer Dittrich
No trust in Dippold? - Andrew C (✔)
No. There isn't a story that is desperate to be told. It's a reboot or rehash driven by studios. Unless you are a big time writer or director with freedom, you're a studio monkey with a typewriter - Johnny from iPhone
I can think of some premises that would be really interesting. I hope the story is worthy of the talent. - Heather
I'm not all that enthused about the cast, myself. I love the idea of the Ghostbusters being women, but I find one or more of the chosen cast members to be extremely annoying. Granted, I might have felt the same way about Bill Murray before he was in the original if I hadn't been so young when it came out. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Of course, part of the strength of the original was in the rest of the cast - without Rick Moranis, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and William Atherton, it wouldn't have been nearly as good. Part of Ramis' genius was in letting people who /weren't/ the actual Ghostbusters carry large parts of the story. - Jennifer Dittrich
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'@midnight' Is Holding an Internet Casting Call for Guest Panelists | Splitsider -
"If you've always dreamed of being a contestant on @midnight, today is your lucky day. The show recently announced an internet casting call called #PointsMe, in which @midnight fans can try out to appear on the show via Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr posts using the #PointsMe hashtag." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
I kinda want to do this, kinda don't. I don't think my stuff is necessarily up to snuff, but then I take a random dip into the #pointsme hashtag on Twitter and a lot of it is terrible. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Punch-Drunk Jonathan Chait Takes On the Entire Internet -
Punch-Drunk Jonathan Chait Takes On the Entire Internet
"So, here is sad white man Jonathan Chait's essay about the difficulty of being a white man in the second age of "political correctness." In a neat bit of editorial trolling, New York teased the column with following question: "Can a white, liberal man critique a culture of political correctness?"" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The answer, as anyone with internet access or a television or the ability to see a newsrack could tell you, is a resounding /yes, they can and pretty much constantly do/. But the second half of the question, and the real point of the column, was left unwritten: Can a straight, white man do this /without having to deal with people criticizing him for doing so/? The answer, in 2015, is no, and that is what has Chait's dander up." - Andrew C (✔)
"Following his faux apologia for his support for the Iraq War, Chait, sounding personally wounded, bemoaned those who told people like him to "shut up and go away." His philosophical position is that it is undemocratic—dangerously undemocratic, in fact—to tell Jonathan Chait to "shut up and go away." It might be rude, and personally hurtful to Jonathan Chait, to tell him to shut up and... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"That Chait, in 2015, is still praising Clinton's "Sister Souljah moment" as a heroic victory in the war against political correctness is telling. What was that moment but the drawing of a party line against expression deemed offensive? Bill Clinton attacked Souljah for her speech. He performed outrage for the sake of identity politics. The attack on a rapper most Americans had no... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
RT @adactio: Follows link to read an article: 1. Muscle memory dismisses pop-up overlay. 2. Muscle memory dismisses cookie y/n. 3. Read article.
I read a lot fewer UK (EU?) websites, so I don't see that second step nearly as often. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Home Ec classes should be mandatory, and their curriculum should be at least 40% lifehacks.
Agreed. In my high school they kind of were. We had a choice of cooking, sewing, car repair, woodworking, silversmilthing (what I did) and accounting. Accounting was moved over to the 'business electives' with dictation, typing and computer science. Local schools just hold 'workshops' once a year or something. - Anika
Sure, but imagine high schoolers who know how to organize stuff with ice cube trays, or wrap up earphone cords without tangling. - Andrew C (✔)
I often wished that they'd called "Home Ec" something like "Life Skills" instead, and included things like keyboarding, how to change a flat and basic home repair. A lot of the Home Ec course at my high school was either outdated, or aimed at a smaller subset of students. Not everyone needed to know how to use a sewing machine, but everyone would've benefitted from learning how to sew a button, or repair small tears. - Jennifer Dittrich
To be fair, I know my school called it something different when I went there, but the subject matter was about the same as it had been for a long time. - Jennifer Dittrich
Andrew C (✔)
RT @anildash: Google is leveraging its YouTube dominance to force artists into streaming on its upcoming service.
RT @anildash: Google is leveraging its YouTube dominance to force artists into streaming on its upcoming service.
"It's another bait-and-switch: "We had been paying you for your work for years, under these terms. But now we have altered the agreement. Pray we do not alter it further." This sounds like Google using the same strategy they used with Google Plus: instead of creating a new service and letting it compete on its own merits, they're going to artificially prop it up by giving people no choice but to sign up for it. Except in this case the people being strong-armed are the copyright holders instead of the end users. (So far, that is! Wait for it.)" - Andrew C (✔)
and in comments: "I guess I don't even begin to understand how the complete catalog clause is supposed to work in an industry that's shell companies all the way down. Sure, this new song isn't on Youtube, but it was released by Specific Song Releases LLC, and _that_ contract is between Google and Other Stuff Enterprises, Inc. It would never work." - Andrew C (✔)
..because evil pays better.... - WarLord
Andrew C (✔)
I wonder how many "Wu-Tang" hyphenated couples there are. If either half was my last name, that'd be 45% of the reason to marry someone…
Imagine, the bridal processional set to Method Man & Mary J Blige's "I'll Be There For You / You're All I Need". - Andrew C (✔)
How L.A. Became A Powerhouse for Chinese Food | First We Feast -
How L.A. Became A Powerhouse for Chinese Food | First We Feast
"Now, New Yorkers think they know the real thing when it comes to Chinese food. It has been a topic of hot debate. A lot of folks like to cite Flushing, where there are some legitimate regional specialists. But when it comes to quality, it is Los Angeles that reigns supreme—yes, better than Flushing and Vancouver." - rönin from Bookmarklet
I don't think you'll meet any Chinese who will say Flushing has the best Chinese food in the US. It probably has the largest concentration of decent places in the NY area but there's no way it can compare to what's available on the West Coast. - rönin
I am still reluctant to even agree that LA beats Vancouver. <grump> - Andrew C (✔)
I've had some really good Chinese food in Monterey Park. The thing about LA is the trends change so fast. One place could be hot but then 6 months later, another place would become the place to eat at. - Rodfather
Andrew C (✔)
The Leather Golf Hat Guy -
The Leather Golf Hat Guy
"There is no article of male clothing more maligned in contemporary online culture than the fedora. Once the favored hat of gangsters and sexy archaeologists, around 2011 the fedora came to be internet shorthand for a Certain Kind of Dude: a basement-dwelling, Cheeto-eater who loathes his contemporaries and seeks refuge in TV and video games. A guy who believes in the friend-zone, Richard Dawkins, and sexualizing young cartoon characters. A jerk, but a specific kind of jerk. However, I’ve noticed that recently the fedora has been used as a net term for all kinds of creeps. This is unfair to the fedora, which isn’t THAT bad a hat objectively and shouldn’t have to shoulder that burden. For the sake of the fedora’s reputation and expanding our own misandrist vocabulary, I present to you the Leather Golf Hat. " - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The Fedora’s personality comes from the media he consumes. The Leather Golf Hat’s personality comes from the things he buys." - Andrew C (✔)
"The Leather Golf Hat took two months of swing dancing lessons and has been milking it for eight years." - Andrew C (✔)
"The Leather Golf Hat almost certainly majored in Gender Studies and did not notice how often he interrupted his female professors. " - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
New Forecast Predicts Up To THREE FEET Of Snow In Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens: Gothamist -
New Forecast Predicts Up To THREE FEET Of Snow In Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens: Gothamist
"The National Weather Service has just increased expected snowfall to 24-36" for Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. (The NWS forecast model still predicts 18-24" in Manhattan and Staten Island.) The official record was set in 2006, when 26.9 inches were registered in Central Park." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Fixating on the total snowfall amount is a bit silly. Sustained winds of 20-30 mph with gusts to 45-50 mph will move that snow around and create drifts several feet high. The wind, the snow and the cold weather—tonight's low will be around 20 with wind chills in the single digits—will make any sort of outside activity tonight and tomorrow extremely hazardous. " - Andrew C (✔)
Plus the long-term forecast has the temperature not getting above freezing again until Friday and then the bottom dropping out. - John (bird whisperer)
Andrew C (✔)
High-Frequency Traders Need a Speed Limit - Bloomberg View -
"In today's electronic financial markets, a single investor can execute more than 10,000 trades a second, meaning that more than 1,000 trades can happen in the blink of an eye. Electronic trading firms are willing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to shave off even millionths of a second. This raises an important question for human welfare: If real economic activity depends on people doing things, and people can't possibly think or react this fast, who benefits from all the speed?" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Some earlier research has suggested that batch auctions might eliminate the fleeting arbitrage opportunities that drive the current arms race in trading speed. Now, two researchers -- Austin Gerig of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Daniel Fricke of Oxford University -- have shown in a detailed analysis of batch execution that the optimal time period between trades... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"A speed limit on trading would probably be bad news for companies currently profiting from the technology-fueled microsecond scrum over information. But markets are supposed to serve investors and the companies they support, not financial intermediaries." - Andrew C (✔)
Yeah, the status quo is insanity. - Stephen Mack
A fraction of a penny per share fee should clean that right up, and yet not really affect actual human traders at all. - Brian Johns
Andrew C (✔)
Star Wars - If Obi Wan hadn't been a complete dick.
""Your fathers lightsaber. This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or as random as a blaster." Obi Wan sighed. "With it he killed an awful lot of people. All bad guys," he said swiftly, "not little kids or anything."" - Andrew C (✔)
""The Force?" Obi Wan smirked. Fuck, the kid really was dumb as a rock. Didn't he know anything except how to fly a speeder? At least he wouldn't have to do that awkward conversation about the midichlorians, bad as the stinking birds and bees, that one. "Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together and absolutely without the aid of little bugs crawling around inside you I might add."" - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Japanese craftsman creates perfect sci-fi ship replicas using just paper -
Japanese craftsman creates perfect sci-fi ship replicas using just paper
Japanese craftsman creates perfect sci-fi ship replicas using just paper
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"This is one of the most amazing craftsmen I have ever seen. He doesn't only make the exterior of his sci-fi ships using just paper but also the guts! The level of detail is amazing--some look like perfect resin models but it's only paper. Behold the X-Wing, TIE Interceptor, Viper Mk2, 2001's Orion and many more!" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Sharp Football Analysis: The New England Patriots Prevention of Fumbles is Nearly Impossible -
Sharp Football Analysis: The New England Patriots Prevention of Fumbles is Nearly Impossible
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"I looked at the last 5 years of data (since 2010) and examined TOTAL FUMBLES in all games (as well as fumbles/game) but more importantly, TOTAL OFFENSIVE PLAYS RUN. Thus, we can to determine average PLAYS per FUMBLE, a much more valuable statistic. The results are displayed in the chart below. Keep in mind, this is for all games since 2010, regardless of indoors, outdoors, weather, site, etc. EVERYTHING." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Ironically, as my study yesterday showed, the Patriots performance in wet weather home games mysteriously turned ridiculous starting in 2007. In 2006, they went 0-2. From 2007 onward, they went 14-1. The next obvious question becomes, where were the Patriots in this statistic pre-2007? Take a look:" - Andrew C (✔)
"As you can see, the Patriots won their Super Bowls having a below average rate of fumbles lost given today's average of 105 plays/game. But in 2007, something happened to propel them to a much better rate (you'll remember, that just so happened to be the same year they went 16-0 in the regular season). But even looking at these numbers, its clear how insane the 187 number is: they are... more... - Andrew C (✔)
This also puts me in mind of , with its anecdote about Red Auerbach's advice on how to win: cheat. - Andrew C (✔)
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