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kleinbl00  ·  5 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dark Sky acquired by Apple and will shutdown Android / Web access

We've been using weawow.

Some of its sources are... questionable. I'm hopeful that Wunderground will cease to suck at some point because it used to be great and then the Weather Channel decided to use a framework that allows them to do effectively nothing.

Realistically speaking? This is good news because forever Apple was using Accuweather, who are literally satan. They have been actively and aggressively lobbying to shut down the national weather service for like 20 fuckin' years.

https://qz.com/1341347/michael-lewis-audiobook-the-coming-storm-is-public-weather-data-at-risk-of-privatization/

kleinbl00  ·  5 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: It's the International Trans Day of Visibility. I'm Trans. Ask Me Questions?

...so in my head I was going "I thought it was a dude with the MR2s and the shop and the chickens I swear I saw a beard"

...but that's not really an easy discussion to broach

...So I guess as someone who has known and interacted with you since before you were thinking about transitioning

...how exactly would you be most comfortable with me regarding you? Regarding our past interactions? One thing about 'sp00ns' transition is I kinda felt like we were part of it which gave me, at least, an angle to approach her. One thing about Quats' transition is she was pretty much "I'm a girl now!" which was the anchor my daughter's friend used. But you've taken on a new identity, which I respect and understand, and our interactions are psuedonymous, so there's a level of filter there anyway, but which also kind of leaves me not quite sure how to not be awkward.

Curious as to your thoughts.

kleinbl00  ·  13 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Estimates Show Wuhan Death Toll Far Higher Than Official Figure

kleinbl00  ·  13 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Estimates Show Wuhan Death Toll Far Higher Than Official Figure

I had to look it up to make sure it wasn't an Anthony Burgess word.

kleinbl00  ·  14 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This Is Not the Apocalypse You Were Looking For

Right - because authors never write "here's what it looks like when the world ends" they write "here's what it looks like when a more attractive future unfolds." "Attractive" is usually some form of empowerment of the underdog involving epic triumph that would not be possible under normal circumstances.

This is not because they're stupid. This because people want escapist fantasy and they'd love to imagine a future in which they take every driver clogging the expressway, every sarariman clogging the elevator, every chav on the tube and murder them violently with a claw hammer. We'd much rather be Mad Max running around with a chainsaw and a supercharged Chevy Nova than Jason Robards picking over the remains of his porch while he dies of radiation poisoning.

People cosplay Mad Max because it's fun. People advise against watching Threads because it is grindingly, hopelessly accurate down to the statistics typed as scene breaks.

Here's Mad Max.

Here's Threads.

100%.

Yeah people made mad fun of 'em for incorporating organ harvesting into their Shen Yun stuff

And then the UN came out and said "well, there's more organs than listed donors so..."

One of the most ironic things about all this coronavirus stuff is everyone is taking Chinese facts and statistics as gospel fucking truth when just three months ago we all knew 95% of it was purest bullshit.

kleinbl00  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Your minority car preference.

Happy and packing a gun turret! More vehicles need fording planes.

I really want to start callilng this the pangolin flu just to give the little dudes some notoriety.

Epoch Times is a Falun Gong website. The Falun Gong will do whatever they can to hasten the downfall of China which...

China was executing Falun Gong and harvesting their organs years before they decided to butcher Uyghurs. So I mean they have a point.

kleinbl00  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Gem Fatale: the frenzied hustle of the jewelry business

The only reason I know of this movie is everyone who sells watches, cuts gemstones or appraises jewelry I know hates it.

kleinbl00  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Shad. The revolution

LOL I'm sorry.

We'd see 'em coming out of Ft. Lewis covered in venetian blinds and go "that's not the sort of institutionalized improvisation you like to see."

I sincerely hope they aren't the "do not aim as illustrated in this picture" edition?

kleinbl00  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: DOOM: Behind the Music

Bitch I've mixed Parliament twice

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I built this room and decided I should attempt to appreciate the work I did.

I will bet there's a healthy secondary market in aeron chairs wherever you are. Check craigslist.

Imagine if a Saturn station wagon had 55 parts, none of which were in motion with any regularity. How long would they last? And how much of an aftermarket would there be in keeping them functional, especially if Saturn freely sold replacement parts to anyone who wanted them?

The part that wears out is the pellicle. Used to be you could buy the fabric and redo it but now you just buy replacement seat pans.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I built this room and decided I should attempt to appreciate the work I did.

When this thread was new, the answer was "Sit4Less" which then became "Sit4life" which has since gone under. Here's the thing, though: the parts are readily available. The repairs are eminently accomplishable. The hardest thing you can do is replace the hydraulic ram, which I've done, which involves a big badass pair of vice grips and a hammer.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Your minority car preference.

CARS MY WIFE REFUSES TO ENTERTAIN MY PURCHASE OF

1971 Steyr-Puch Pinzgauer 710m

Air cooled. Portal axles. Horrifically unsafe. Pretty much the universal military utility vehicle the world 'round. Won't top 55mph. Would probably be a rippin' electrical conversion. Would still be horrifically unsafe.

Daimler Ferret

Makes the Pinzgauer look like a Honda Prelude

GAZ BRDM-1

Makes the Ferret look like a Honda Prelude

I window shop Mortar Investments way too much.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Your minority car preference.

AMC Eagle: 1979-1987

Subaru DL: 1971-1994, 4x4 from 1974

We, too, tried very hard to wrap our heads around the AMC Eagle because, like you said, it's a 4x4. With a V8. Also, it amazingly had independent front suspension, a novelty that the American 4x4 magazines actively pooh-poohed until GM started putting it on the Blazette (S-10 Blazer and Jimmy) in '89. Unfortunately it was basically a bad imitation of what Subaru was doing excessively well.

    The AMC Eagle was the first production car to use a full time four wheel drive system.

Right... Subaru had a legit transfer case. With compound low.

    Other four-wheel-drive automobile-type vehicles – the Subaru DL/GL (1972 for the Japanese domestic market and two years later in the U.S.[17][18]), and much later the Toyota Tercel SR5 Wagon (1983) - only had part-time four-wheel-drive systems that could not be engaged on dry pavement.

...because why would you do that? The American transfer case that provided full time 4x4 was the NP203. It weighed about 300 lbs and stuck down about seven inches. I had one so I used it but boy howdy is it a piece of shit.

    The Eagle was also years ahead of Subaru's simplistic, part-time front-drive/4WD system, due to Roy Lunn's creativity and Jeep's experience producing 4WD vehicles.

This is why DLs are still on the road while Eagles are a memory.

    Another feature was the Eagle's independent front suspension, accomplished by mounting the front differential to the engine block with universal joints and half shafts to drive the front wheels.

Holy mother of God

I have a friend whose family owned three Wagoneers. He's a big AMC booster. He is also wrong. They were a company that saw the future coming and doubled down on the past. That said, I appreciate what they tried to do and you can't easily transition from a 304cc V8 designed in the late '50s to a water-cooled 1600cc boxer motor.

But the fact of the matter is, the AMC Eagle is what an American company saw as the future when Subaru had been doing this for four years

And Audi was about to do this

And if they had paid more attention to what people were buying, rather than what they could sell, they might have had a contender.

I would have slagged less hard if I, too, didn't fight the urge to believe that the AMC Eagle is cool. Here's a consolation video.

kleinbl00  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Bridgewater has just bet a billion and a half on a March recession.

Not sure. The play made 'em $4B - and Dalio has been doing this long, tedious, "I'm a terrible writer" song'n'dance for like five months now.

Case in point.