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I've heard that the pointy tips on the bottom of removable headrests are made with very hard points, designed to easily break windows in an emergency.

Could be a false rumor though, I'll try and find a source link in a minute when I'm able.

Edit: Apperently it wasn't a design intention but it is effective

What does everyone think of rumors that messenger targets advertisements based on private conversations?

Facebook denies it but there's a lot of anecdotes (my own included) and experiments on YouTube that say otherwise

ffatty  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 6, 2019

Update: 2 feet of snow fell last night to this morning. I knew it was going to be a long, wet day. But I'm so happy to be free, the snow can't put a damper on my cheerfulness.

I told my girlfriend not to pick me up because the roads are way dangerous. Was reading about a 15 car pileup on the freeway involving an ambulance.

Got released around 10am, should be home around 4pm! It's 3pm now and I'm close to my last train stop.

Royal pain in the ass carrying all this stuff - all the necessities I needed for the last 2.5 weeks minus clothes because you wear the scrubs they give you.

I'm thinking of writing a short article to share my experience as a human lab rat for experimental drugs. Where's a good place to host it?

ffatty  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 6, 2019

I fucking love love <3

ffatty  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 6, 2019

I've been in a clinical study for 16 days now and I'm finally being released!

The study was to determine the recreational potential of a new drug they want to use to treat ADHD. I participated because I was compensated very nicely.

The drug was compared to amphetamine and placebo in a double-blind experiment with myself and a few dozen other subjects.

They already have determined that the drug is effective, they are now only trying to determine the recreational potential. So they do actually give us recreational-sized doses.

We dosed every other day with not much happening in the 'washout days' (days between).

They have wifi for the subjects and you can bring your phone, laptop, books, etc. to extertain yourself. You wear scrubs the whole time and are only known to the staff by your initials as to not inadvertently release any medical information. There are no visitors. Your food intake and general behavior is also pretty closely monitored.

The typical dosing day consisted of measuring of vitals and taking small blood samples every 30 minutes most of the day and recording any side effects, but most importantly taking tests about how 'fun' the drug is or how 'high' we felt at that specific moment.

Typical 'washout days' where we did not dose consisted of one measuring of vitals in the morning and then pretty much free time all day. For me it was lots of video games and reading.

I also discovered Hubski and hope to spend more time here! I do like the design and philosophy and thought put into it.

I missed my girlfriend and the comfort of my own bed, and the freedom of being able to eat and sleep when I want. I value little freedoms and kind of go crazy in here, I definitely would not do well in any kind of incarceration.

But tonight I will be sleeping in my own bed at last.

What a brave pup

I certainly wasn't condoning nationalization. Just a bit of the protectionism from foreign corporations.

Most all industries should indeed be left alone.

Wow, 400 BC.

While I don't know if I necessarily subscribe to it, I've always liked and sometimes regurgitated the theory that not only has alcohol always been deeply engrained in all human civilization, large scale agriculture and thus all of civilization itself actually began to appease the lust for fermentation!

ffatty  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Superb Owl Sunday III

Never been a fan of the 'suberb owl' pun. While amusing the first time, I always found it overused and tiring.

However I'm even less a fan of the actual superbowl.

Good read, pretty accurate and insightful.

However I don't agree with the author claiming a mistake was that the 'foreign companies who knew what they were doing' were 'forced out'.

It's not the worst idea for your people to keep powerful foreign interests out of your oil reserves - the mistake was taking it a step further and nationalizing the industry into a corrupt and incompetent government.

ffatty  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 30, 2019

I'm new here but I read that Pubski is the place to be! I'll see you guys in the next one!

ffatty  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The lost art of memorization

Graduated high school in '13, and the only thing I ever memorized like that was the preamble in early elementary school, and the pledge of allegiance of course. Although I can still recite them to this day, I never understood the purpose beyond patriotic indoctrination.

As for memorizing things the author describes, I imagine there are good intentions but I still have my doubts.

I think there's a difference between casually recalling something (as the author says, 'misplacing my phone'), and consciously memorizing something (i.e. memorizing literature).

I think long-form memorization just for memorization own sake is kind of a waste of valuable school time, when students could instead be taught various critical thinking skills.

Unless practicing forced memorization actually improves casual recall? According to the article, it seems the only advantage is reciting poetry as a cute parlor trick, and more appreciation and understanding of literature - of which there are much more effective and multipurposed ways of instilling.

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