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kleinbl00  ·  10 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Democratic Debate Recap: A Spotty First Debate For Mike Bloomberg : NPR

Could be entertaining. IRC seems to choke out with more than like 4 people though...

kleinbl00  ·  10 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Democratic Debate Recap: A Spotty First Debate For Mike Bloomberg : NPR

There is no reason to presume that the electorate wants a moderate.

kleinbl00  ·  11 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Democratic Debate Recap: A Spotty First Debate For Mike Bloomberg : NPR

Drew Magary mostly snarks about sports on Twitter, now that Deadspin is dead. His other contributions to culture include snarking about the Williams Sonoma catalog.

He is most decidedly not writing for the general public.

kleinbl00  ·  20 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What are the best and the worst ever Beatles Songs?

Agreed on Tomorrow Never Knows. My least favorite Beatles song is probably "Do You Want to Know a Secret."

kleinbl00  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 19, 2020

My daughter has expanded her cinematic horizons beyond four Miyazaki films. Due to her current reading material, Harry Potter has become fascinating. Thus there is a lot of effort to internalize the mechanics of Harry Potter, why things are the way they are, the reasons for stuff happening, etc.

Yesterday my daughter asked me if my parents were like the Dursleys and if her aunt was like Dudley.

I deflected and said that the Dursleys were actively mean to Harry Potter, while my parents weren't actively mean to me and that yeah, things weren't great but my parents did the best they could. I talked to my wife about it later; she argued that from all my stories, my parents were the Dursleys and she thought I was giving them entirely too much credit. While there's no obvious substance abuse problem amongst the Dursleys she figured that yeah, actually, they were a pretty apt model for a 7-year-old to incorporate into her cosmology.

We're at a ski lodge in Alaska. there was supposed to be a conference tomorrow through Sunday. it got cancelled last Monday so we said "screw it" and are spending a week at a ski lodge. I texted my physical therapist "I want you to imagine the hilarity of my physique attempting downhill skiing" and she texted back "I know I shouldn't, but I can't stop laughing." Every atrophied muscle I've neglected for 45 years because of my fucked up gait forms the basis of "skiing." It could be worse - I've been doing yoga for two years and physical therapy for like a year and a half - but when "slowing down" and "stopping" require you to point your toes inward, and the rest angle between your feet is 50 degrees, there's some contortion necessary in order to reach normal human baseline. Even when I'm doing my best "I'm twisting my leg so that my toes are forward" walk I'm still duck-footed a good 20 degrees.

So I'm processing some resentment right now. My leg has always pointed that way and nobody ever did a thing about it. I didn't so much as get a checkup from 4 to 12 or so. They pulled me aside for scoliosis screening in 5th grade and sent a note home informing my parents that I desperately needed a workup and nothing ever happened. But then, as my wife pointed out, they dealt with my 2nd grade trichotillomania by threatening to murder me if I ever pulled my hair again so my untreated 50 degree leg is par for the course.

But then, my wife also pointed out that statistically I should be dead. I should have a substance abuse disorder and a criminal record at minimum. Every now and then I'm reminded that I'm a survivor, I've exceeded beyond the wildest expectations of everyone except myself and that I should maybe beat myself up less.

I'ma call my insurance and say "my leg is bent fifty fucking degrees and it's time to fix it. What order to I need to tick the boxes to make you fuckers pay for it." 'cuz I can tell skiing would be fun if I had the kinematics for it, I'll be better able to run if I can bump out of "halfway between broken and fixed" and fucking hell I shouldn't feel goddamn guilty for going on a vacation 'cuz this is my fourth in twenty fucking years NORMAL PEOPLE DO THIS SHIT.

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Showerthought: Being a Republican today is punk as fuck

I think that is argument you need to make, not a flippant comment you can assert to be true.

I have never seen a "giant meteor 2020" sticker share a bumper with anything MAGA.

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: HSBC to cut 35,000 jobs worldwide

Republican dogma doesn't know what to do with a zero interest rate world. It's not a "pile money on rich people" problem, it's a "we've made lending so inexpensive that retail banking is a loss leader while your exotic financial instruments division plays the ponies" problem.

We're at the point where the folx that do boring, dependable things with money are getting laid off to satisfy the bloodlust of shareholders who only want short term yield and appreciation.

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: HSBC to cut 35,000 jobs worldwide

Naah d00d he's talking Laffer curve not fairness in lending and the Laffer curve has always been bullshit.

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Showerthought: Being a Republican today is punk as fuck

    A total rejection of the standard idolatry, and replacing the accepted idols with degenerate failures.

When your "degenerate failures" have the power to throw military parades for themselves, they're not exactly degenerate failures.

Nihilism is not totalitarianism and never will be.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Coronavirus Infection Found After Cruise Ship Passengers Disperse

That's okay we broke quarantine for fourteen cases on the Diamond Princess.

China has 780 million people under travel restriction. Double the population of the US is currently being told to limit non-essential travel.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: “I was just shaking”—new documents reveal details of fatal Tesla crash

Again, agreed 100%. There was a time when companies could work together to come up with something like MIDI. Now? Now we've got everyone fighting tooth and claw for "open" formats like Microsoft's DocX and Apple's H.264.

kleinbl00  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Huge companies are a problem. So are tiny ones.

    This creates a race to the bottom, in which smaller companies are permitted to exploit workers, defile the environment, and violate all sorts of other minimum standards, all in the name of allowing them to preserve some meager amount of remaining market share.

[citation needed]

Small businesses are no more exempt from laws than big businesses are. Yeah - it's harder to unionize when there are only a handful of employees but the Teamsters will flip a grocery store with 10 employees. And the cutoff in my state for employer contributions to paid family leave is fifty.

    As Bruenig details (along with Atkinson and Lind) federal laws that forbid discriminating against workers based on race, gender, religion, or disability only apply to businesses with 15 or more workers; for laws against age discrimination, it's 20 or more workers.

This is due to the enforcement overhead of small companies, as well as the acknowledgement that you cannot establish a pattern with so few examples. State laws are a whole 'nuther matter. I was at a firm that was successfully sued for age discrimination with 12 employees.

    The federal minimum wage exempts employers with gross annual revenue under $500,000, as well as employers that don't do business in multiple states.

$500k in gross revenue is pretty easy to hit. That's $10k a week. If you're in the business of $10 margaritas, that's less than 150 margaritas a day. Assume you sell meals for an average of $25 a meal. You serve 56 people a day and you're at half a million in gross revenue.

    This makes no sense.

It makes total sense. There's a cost to enforcement and the fines for violating these laws are small enough that unless there's real money behind it, going after a million tiny companies that are going to be dead in three years anyway is utterly pointless. Nearly all businesses at the scale discussed are sole proprietorships, the rest have an employee or two. Separating out "workplace discrimination" from "personality dispute" is pretty tough when there's only two people on the payroll.

    There is a common narrative that small companies are the engine of job creation in the economy, but this is also wrong: More or less by definition, small businesses fail as often as they start, and that ongoing churn of failure destroys roughly as many jobs as small business startups create.

Right so let's stack the deck even higher. Missed in this whole discussion is the resources a large company has to bring to bear against labor lawsuits, vs. the startup where the founder hasn't taken a salary in 18 months.

    As for the pro-bigness left, they're right that one way to deal with this problem is to rebuild workers' coordination power (through rebuilt unions and new labor law and sectoral bargaining and such) until they are big enough to counteract the power of big firms.

Jeff found one article from Jacobin (Jacobin!) arguing that it's easier to unionize a big shop than a small one. That's his "pro business left." Monopolies are derided across the political spectrum. Frickin' Tucker Carlson has come out against monopolies. Marco Rubio has come out against monopolies. This is a settled discussion.

    Life under the giant nation-bestriding private goliaths of modern American capitalism may be an alienating and anti-democratic mess, but there's no intrinsic guarantee life would improve under giant nation-bestriding socialist institutions.

How did we jump from "enforce the federal minimum wage" to "USSR" in one easy step?

This is a "teach the controversy" take on anti-monopoly legislation every bit as dumb as intelligent design vs. evolution.

kleinbl00  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: “I was just shaking”—new documents reveal details of fatal Tesla crash

And I am in 100% agreement. But if Elon can make you think that the last 10% doesn't matter, he doesn't have to do it.

I personally don't think it will work until the cars are all operating on the same networked system. If there's nothing but GoogleCars on the road, Google won't run into itself. Start mixing Google and Uber and Ford? Yeah, if they're all using the same benchmarked software and they're all networked, maybe. Add humans? Or ripoff Chinese autonomy conversions? It'll never get there.

kleinbl00  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: U.N. warns that runaway inequality is destabilizing the world’s democracies

brought to you by Jeff Bezos

kleinbl00  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: “I was just shaking”—new documents reveal details of fatal Tesla crash

There's like 370,000 Teslas on the road. There have been six self-driving fatalities. Compare and contrast: There were 350 737MAX in the sky and two of them crashed. Tesla is a thousand times safer than Boeing!

We're bad at assessing the risk of systems we don't understand. It's in Elon's best interest to make that risk acceptable to you and in his worst interest to accept your irrational, fear-based assessment of the situation because if he's gotta make a car that chooses correctly 99.99999% of the time instead of 99% of the time he's gonna spend between now and forever chasing asymptotes and OBVIOUSLY that's bad for progress, bad for humanity, bad for traffic, bad for shareholders, bad for Grimes, bad for space exploration etc etc etc.

Autonomous cars have a different understanding of the road than we do. When you consider traffic to be a system of independent vehicles sharing a basis of understanding, the parameter mismatch becomes obvious.

I have never seen an Atari Lynx outside of a Sears Wishbook. Nintendo? Obviously. Sega? Equally so. The Turbographix 16 was even well-regarded at the time, and when the Atari Jaguar came out it was generally regarded as too little too late and wasn't that a shame because the graphics were pretty dope. But I don't recall any awareness whatsoever around the Lynx.

kleinbl00  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v2.5 - February 14, 2020

Ouch. Yeah, I'm not sure I'd take that on casually.

kleinbl00  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v2.5 - February 14, 2020

Clayton Boyer has made dozens of wooden clock plans. They're pretty cool. I toy with the idea of something like that sometimes but the problem is? I hate woodworking. I hate bandsaws.

You could probably get it working no problem. The great thing about timekeepers is the wheels (gears) are ratio-based. Doesn't matter how the teeth are cut; if one of them has 60 and the other has 30, you will have a 2:1 speed reduction. You could probably stuff the teeth with candle wax, rotate it a bit, and see where the high spots are and file them without taking the thing apart.

This guy is an instagram friend of mine. Florian Schlumpf is not but I still dig his shit. I've been told, however, that this stuff is pure womanbane. Most clocks are.

The thing everyone misses in these discussions is that they're always California. Sure, they pay lip service to "international phenomenon, with supporters in dozens of housing-burdened regions including Seattle; Boulder, Colo.; Boston; Austin, Texas; London and Vancouver" but the drama is always California.

Fully 20 percent of the senior housing built last year in the United States is within a two mile radius of where I type this. My neighborhood is getting about 2200 units added. Meanwhile the tract where CompUSA died? Where Hooters couldn't make it? Where the Lost Chevy's of Angkor Wat gets strangled by ivy? They're putting in 2,000 apartments and 170,000 square feet of retail and light office and 5,000 parking spots. They're also widening the road, re-timing the lights, buttressing public transit and extending light rail to within walking distance of it. The 10-year-plan includes condemning, razing and redeveloping several hundred acres for higher density and better foot travel with an entirely new urban core. Barely a peep. Renters worrying they'll be priced out of their homes But you know what? Two thousand apartments.

And it's just sort of happening because there's a coordination between localities, cities, counties and the state to provide the infrastructure. Compare and contrast: four exits up there's an endless traffic jam extending into the hills where they've been clearcutting new single family homes for $700k each. Out there where no coordination is necessary? No coordination happens. And certainly: there's lots of bitching about traffic but it's hollow 'cuz the only reason it's there is they moved. Their lack of carpooling is the issue. Their assumption of a commute that is highly traffic-dependent is the core of the problem.

Compare and contrast with California. California politics is positively feudal. Cities hate each other. The state hates cities. Neighborhoods argue about boundaries. And the whole thing, really, started as a land scam and continues as a land scam. The fuel of the California economy is buy low, sell high. Those guys in Lafayette don't want 315 apartments because they know 310 of those people won't ride BART, they'll drive, which will clog the streets, which will bring their property values down, and someone's getting rich other than them. "Someone other than me is getting rich" is the source of pretty much every conflict in California's history.

It's fucking stupid: we built this system where a man's house is his castle, 100% of any familial wealth is tied up in real estate, and then we think people will roll the fuck over when any development is perceived as a threat to that wealth.

no wonder California is the worst of it.

kleinbl00  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v2.5 - February 14, 2020

buying felt is a different animal than making felt.