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ffatty  ·  515 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How Do I Escape a Submerged Car? (In Case You Were Wondering)

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


ffatty  ·  515 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cal Newport on Why We'll Look Back at Our Smartphones Like Cigarettes

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  ·  515 days ago  ·  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  ·  515 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 6, 2019

I fucking love love <3

ffatty  ·  516 days ago  ·  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.

ffatty  ·  518 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Controversial Puppy Bowl Star Shits During National Anthem

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.

ffatty  ·  518 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Early pint: evidence of 'first British beer' found in Cambridgeshire

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  ·  518 days ago  ·  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  ·  518 days ago  ·  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  ·  518 days ago  ·  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.

ffatty  ·  518 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What do you think about this kind of service?

Is this a temp agency?

I've used temp agencies a few times and always gotten the most dismal, mindless jobs from them. Always repetitive manual labor and the agency takes something like a 10% cut of your pay.

However I've gotten a recommendation for something around here that is similar but for a specific field (IT field), and apparently it's much less demeaning and more respectable. Like a skill-specific employment agency.

ffatty  ·  518 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Attack of the Fanatical Centrists

Some interesting and valid points are made, especially in regards to Healthcare.

I would also agree with the article that the extreme right is far more powerful than any extreme left.

However I don't think what we need is more extreme partisanship.

The author claims that the reality of American politics is extremism and we should just accept that. They say would-be centrists 'retreat into a fantasy world', whereas I would argue that extreme ideologies on both the left and right are far more idealistic and delusional.

If you want to push politics to the left, the answer is not to be more extreme - the answer is to be a more reasonable leftist that appeals to more voters.

ffatty  ·  518 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cal Newport on Why We'll Look Back at Our Smartphones Like Cigarettes

Does anyone else communicate with EVERYBODY on Facebook Messenger?

My parents, my coworkers, my girlfriend, even my drug dealer - I don't really have anyone's phone number. And I don't think I'm unique in that way.

I don't have the Facebook app on my phone, for around 2 years now I haven't posted or viewed my feed.

I do concede I'm still addicted to other aspects of my phone, it's just Facebook that I always found especially distasteful.

However I consider Messenger as an unavoidable necessity for my generation.

ffatty  ·  519 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Roger Stone has been indicted and arrested

Watched Get Me Roger Stone yesterday, it is very well done! Seemed unbiased and really focuses on the person, and often features the man himself giving his thoughts.

It's a real cynical peek at modern politics.

Worth adding is that it was produced before he was indicted in the current political drama, but still fairly recently.

ffatty  ·  519 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Addicts Next Door

Who the hell thinks we shouldn't give overdose patients naloxone/Narcan? Kind of infuriating, like what is the reasoning in that?

What about a diabetic that needs insulin or glucose? Maybe we should let them die too because they didn't properly manage their disease that day?