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wasoxygen  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 8, 2018

Imgur is blocked! What’s that in the picture?

Quatrarius  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·  

a cute little yellow mini cooper with a white roof and mirrors

steve  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·  

cute....

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ugh.

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oh well... I am the guy who owns two of the three "cute cars"... all I need now is a VW bug and I've got the cuteness trifecta locked.

Quatrarius  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·  

cute is good

mini coopers run the line between "ugly as sin" and "cute as a cute thing" and the yellow makes it cute

you will never be called an asshole if you roll down the street in a mini cooper

at least not by women, generally speaking

kleinbl00  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Fuck 'em chicks dig cute cars.

I drove a Dodge Stealth for 15 years and succeeded in impressing an entire generation of teenage boys. buy a Porsche convertible? All of a sudden post-menopausal women start chatting you up.

You know what this is?

That's womanbane.

OftenBen  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    womanbane.

Which funnily enough is exactly like porn. I can't define it, but I know it when I see it.

flagamuffin  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·  

steve you knew it was a cute car when you bought it

it's bright yellow.

if it was in a movie it would be played by a talking sunflower

OftenBen  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Totalitarianism is a bitch and a half.

b_b  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·  
steve  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·  

that is a BAD MAMMAJAMMA.

I love Volvos.

wasoxygen  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 8, 2018

It’s five o’clock somewhere…

Car rental in Turkey is always an adventure, and always works out somehow. In Izmir we once got a Tofaş Şahin, like the antiquated taxis then in service, and discovered it had one-candlepower headlights. We had leftover fuel before returning it, and stopped by an uncle’s mechanic shop, where he alternated pulls on a siphon hose and cigarette trying to harvest the last few liters.

This year we aimed higher, reserving a Nissan Qashqai or similar. On arrival in Marmaris, we were offered a free upgrade as the Nissan was still out. The whole rental car industry seems like a scam, but I’ve learned to just roll along with it and hope for the best. We ended up enjoying a nice ride on the switchback road out of the valley.

We took a rest stop on the side of the D525 facing Bafa Gölü. It was a feast for the senses, all five of them. The visual splendor of the lake was cancelled by the roar of tour buses flying past two meters behind us. The vaguely pleasant campsite aroma of the wood-fired samovar was offset by the universal barely-comfortable plastic chairs. The tiebreaker was the food, and our sense of taste was delighted by the otlu peynir gözleme (cheese crepes) made before our eyes. The only way we could get it fresher would be to sit closer to the fire.

The roadside rest stop was mobile, unpacked from a van. A family of four provided service, the matriarch cooking and managing the cash in a hip bag, a man and woman doing cooking and bussing, and a young girl greeting and fetching tea. Produce, olive oil and honey were displayed for sale, but the main attractions were the view and the breeze.

Well-fed and rested, we proceeded toward Izmir, crossing through the gorgeous and fertile Büyük Menderes River valley. The ancient river gives us the word meander, a reminder to take our time and enjoy the stops along the way.

flagamuffin  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·  

the rental i ended up stuck with in maui is a 2011 nissan sentra. you know how i know that? because their entire fleet is 2011 nissan sentras.

meanwhile, just out of reach on turo, the fiat 500 (steve if you really want a cute vehicle...) whose owner won't deliver to the airport, even for a fee. how does anyone get to maui except the god damn airport?

goobster  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·  

There is so much awesome in this post! I don't even know where to start...

Just ... keeping doing what you are doing. It's wonderful.

wasoxygen  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Spotting CNN on a TV Aboard Air Force One, Trump Rages Against Reality

Meanwhile at the Trump® International Hotel Washington, D.C....

wasoxygen  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 18, 2018

When the weather is nice, Cars & Coffee followed by a run is the best way to start a weekend.

I used to lug the camera over there and take pictures.

https://sites.google.com/site/wasoxygen/carsandcoffee

wasoxygen  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 18, 2018

Traffic slowed suddenly on Walker Road at 7:50 a.m. on the way to Cars & Coffee. At that time on a Saturday, most of the vehicles on that road are interesting, the serious go-getters leaving the show to attend to business, late-sleeping slackers like me driving north to check out the cars before enjoying the day, in my case with a run in Great Falls Park.

The cause of the slowdown was soon apparent. A McLaren was wedged against a tree, a man sitting nearby with blood on his face. Police were waving traffic past, and I was too worried about rear-ending the Shelby Mustang ahead to get a good look at the scene.

An ambulance went by as I continued on my way, driving more carefully than usual on the beautiful winding road. I sent my photo to the car guy at work, and he mentioned "250+" as the value and pointed out the paper tags.

At the show, the sound of sirens was constant but most people didn't seem to know what was going on. A police helicopter circled overhead, then landed in an open field behind Katie's while we admired exotics.

I didn't expect the police would medevac the driver, but sure enough the ambulance arrived and they loaded the guy on. Everyone livestreamed as the chopper took off.

I talked to an EMT in the line for coffee. He said that the McLaren driver had been forced off the road by someone who crossed the center line, then he fishtailed and hit the tree. Social media would report that the driver broke his arm, "doesn't remember anything" but is "in good spirits."

The show went on. It was a pretty good turnout, with more Alfas than usual and some kid-pleasing time machines.

FCPD put out a finger-wagging tweet, pointing out that the $300,000 car had been purchased the day before and crashed "because of speed." The papers picked it up and manufactured a story out of the tweet, making every word into a sentence. Jalopnik made a better effort including a police photo from another angle.

Be safe out there.

ButterflyEffect  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Being "in good spirits" after wrecking a McLaren...that's something I refuse to believe. Is Katie's a regular stop for you? It seems very cool!

wasoxygen  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·  

When the weather is nice, Cars & Coffee followed by a run is the best way to start a weekend.

I used to lug the camera over there and take pictures.

https://sites.google.com/site/wasoxygen/carsandcoffee

wasoxygen  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Tiny Animals Use Springs

Which is bigger, mRNA or the protein it codes for?

    Figure 1: The relative sizes of a globular protein and the mRNA that codes for it. The myoglobin protein is drawn to scale next to the mRNA transcript that leads to it. The coding sequence of an mRNA alone is about an order of magnitude heavier by mass than the protein. The myoglobin protein is in blue, the 5’ cap and 3’ polyA tail are in purple, the 5’ and 3’ untranslated regions (UTRs) are in yellow and the coding sequence is in orange. Illustration by David Goodsell.
wasoxygen  ·  51 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Running the 2018 Charlevoix Marathon

Maybe you could get thenewgreen to join you in Detroit. Not many races requre travel documents to run across the border.

    If for any reason (for example, emergency, carrying a backpack) you are asked by CBP to identify yourself when crossing the border, you will be expected to present proper identification (WHTI compliant document). CBP actions may delay your re-entry into the U.S. Please note: it is not the intention of CBP to actively or randomly pull runners out of the race to review their documentation.

    Please note, the Ambassador Bridge Company and Detroit Windsor Tunnel LLC policy is to prohibit liquids. Runners are discouraged from carrying items on these portions of the course as they may be asked to either inspect or drop them. However, at the end of the day it is up to the runner’s discretion.

ButterflyEffect  ·  51 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Did you see the runner who was recently detained for crossing the US-Canada border without ID?

wasoxygen  ·  52 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Running the 2018 Charlevoix Marathon

First finish is always a PR, congratulations! What was your longest distance in training?

Getting one done means you can skip the pre-race jitters next time and start off rested. Finishing without swearing you’ll never do it again is also a promising sign. When’s the next one?

SeanBot  ·  52 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks! My longest distance was 18 miles which I did 13 days prior to the race on a Sunday. The Sunday before that I did 15, and then the Sunday before that I did 13.9. Besides those runs I was just doing anywhere from 5-10 miles for training and pushing myself as hard as I could each run.

    When's the next one?

I think I'm going to do the Detroit half marathon (maybe full) in October and then I'm debating where to do my next full sometime next year. Definitely want to travel, I'm considering Jackson Hole Marathon next year.

wasoxygen  ·  51 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Maybe you could get thenewgreen to join you in Detroit. Not many races requre travel documents to run across the border.

    If for any reason (for example, emergency, carrying a backpack) you are asked by CBP to identify yourself when crossing the border, you will be expected to present proper identification (WHTI compliant document). CBP actions may delay your re-entry into the U.S. Please note: it is not the intention of CBP to actively or randomly pull runners out of the race to review their documentation.

    Please note, the Ambassador Bridge Company and Detroit Windsor Tunnel LLC policy is to prohibit liquids. Runners are discouraged from carrying items on these portions of the course as they may be asked to either inspect or drop them. However, at the end of the day it is up to the runner’s discretion.

ButterflyEffect  ·  51 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Did you see the runner who was recently detained for crossing the US-Canada border without ID?

wasoxygen  ·  56 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: BITCOIN IS LITERALLY DESTROYING AMERICA

First hit for "three functions of money" was at cliffsnotes.com, why not?

    Medium of exchange. Without money, all transactions would have to be conducted by barter ... in a barter system, exchange can take place only if there is a double coincidence of wants between two transacting parties.

    Store of value. money must hold its value over time ... Money may not even be the best store of value because it depreciates with inflation. However, money is more liquid than most other stores of value because as a medium of exchange, it is readily accepted everywhere. Furthermore, money is an easily transported store of value that is available in a number of convenient denominations.

    Unit of account. Knowing the value or price of a good, in terms of money, enables both the supplier and the purchaser of the good to make decisions about how much of the good to supply and how much of the good to purchase.

wasoxygen  ·  65 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Course of Empire: Thomas Cole - 1833-36

    The first image in the series depicted the dawn. Here, in the last painting, is a weak sun. Cole put everything he had learned in Italy into this picture, most tangibly a melancholic sense that human beings and their works are ultimately at the mercy of both their own vanity and the ravages of time. But while he meant his cycle to be a warning to a young country growing in confidence and ambition, many of those who came to view it when first exhibited in New York City in 1836 saw something quite different. For them, the rise and fall of a great classical civilisation represented the probable fates of the European countries from which America had freed itself; America, on the other hand, was a new kind of society in which, so they believed, the catastrophe unfolding over “The Course of Empire” could never happen.

The 19th-century painter with a warning for America

Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire now at the National Gallery in London.

wasoxygen  ·  68 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 2018 Seattle Rock 'N' Roll Marathon

It was looking close at the half, but you delivered quite the kick in the final miles. I don’t think I’ve ever finished a long race and wanted to do it again, not for at least a week anyway. Congratulations on a great run!

wasoxygen  ·  73 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In Narrow Decision, Supreme Court Sides With Baker Who Turned Away Gay Couple

Religion does not confer immunity; human sacrifice is still frowned upon.

In my view, questions of religious expression or freedom of speech are distractions. The only amendment relevant to the discussion is the 13th.

Party A wishes to have Party B perform an act that Party B is not willing to perform. That is the definition of coercion. There are reasons for which coercion is justified; to settle this case we have to decide if to get a wedding cake is one of those reasons. (Or, more grandly: to induce people to perform gestures consistent with mainstream values when they do not hold them, or else fabricate socially acceptable excuses, where concerns of reputation and future profits are not sufficient inducement.)

wasoxygen  ·  73 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In Narrow Decision, Supreme Court Sides With Baker Who Turned Away Gay Couple

    You’re the baker. A customer, age 60+, comes in and tells you he wants a wedding cake. His bride is age 14, legal age to marry in your jurisdiction.

    You, a decent atheist, find the union unconscionable and do not want to be associated with it in any way. You would not sell this guy a bagel, you do not even want him in your store.

    Are you still on the fence over whether SCOTUS should justify coercing you with threats of fines, arrest, or imprisonment if you choose to decline this man’s business?

WanderingEng  ·  73 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've read and re-read this post. It's causing me a certain amount of cognitive dissonance.

ixnar  ·  72 days ago  ·  link  ·  

But what if by baking the cake five innocent people are killed? The baker is also an evil demon and the customer is the owner of an arms manufacturing company that sells tanks to child soldiers.

blackbootz  ·  73 days ago  ·  link  ·  

This is... interesting. On the one hand, the role/religion inversion is useful in freeing up the observer from tribal-line identities (liberals automatically siding with the gay couple, conservatives with the baker).

On the other, a union between two consenting adults is in utterly unlike socially-sanctioned pedophilia.

I'm not sure how I feel. But there is a constitutional right to the free exercise of religion, whether I like it or not.

wasoxygen  ·  73 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Religion does not confer immunity; human sacrifice is still frowned upon.

In my view, questions of religious expression or freedom of speech are distractions. The only amendment relevant to the discussion is the 13th.

Party A wishes to have Party B perform an act that Party B is not willing to perform. That is the definition of coercion. There are reasons for which coercion is justified; to settle this case we have to decide if to get a wedding cake is one of those reasons. (Or, more grandly: to induce people to perform gestures consistent with mainstream values when they do not hold them, or else fabricate socially acceptable excuses, where concerns of reputation and future profits are not sufficient inducement.)

bfv  ·  73 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's as appropriate for someone on a civil rights commission to be hostile towards conservative Christianity as it is for an ER doctor to be disgusted with the NRA. The first solves problems the second creates.

flagamuffin  ·  73 days ago  ·  link  ·  

if only, but it was a procedural decision not a substantive one so this analogy, while perhaps apt at changing an opinion here or there, was not in the minds of the justices (or at least not all seven). definitely not kagan of course

HGL  ·  73 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Winner winner chicken dinner. Perfect analogy because the 60+ y/o man is also a protected class.

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