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General Discussion / Re: Mad Max [spoilers lurk here]
« on: May 18, 2015, 12:12:16 AM »
It might as well have been called "Charlize Theron's Character" for all the screen time Max actually got

but I enjoyed it none-the-less.

In the first action sequence I sorta spaced out, and I was worried I was gonna be bored the whole time (long action sequences tend to have this effect on me--sfr: The Matrix 2, etc). But actually the action was pretty fucking solid. Lots of style, not too sappy, absurd but not hokey--I dig it.

Re: the blood thing: they mentioned over and over that he's a universal donor--that's not even a movie magic thing; I'm a universal donor. You just have to have type O- blood.

Spamalot / Re: someone died today
« on: May 16, 2015, 10:20:59 PM »
Black dude. Pretty sure you don't actually care.


The Ray Charles pic and 'bbq' didn't tip you off?

General Discussion / Re: David Lynch quits 'Twin Peaks'
« on: May 16, 2015, 01:20:56 AM »

Yeah that's pretty much how I meant it but yrmv

I always wanted a genesis when I was a kid because it seemed like they always had the more totally radical versions of any game that came out for both systems (only example that jumps to mind right now is that in the Aladdin game on genesis you got a sword and on SNES you didn't), but then I realized later that SNES was in fact way better all around

same with the disneys. Disney Land's Indiana Jones attraction was an actual ride, Disney World's was just some stage show. I always assumed Disney Land was way cooler but later I realized it was a small, sorry imitation of the real deal

Take from that what you will

Disney Land is the Sega Genesis to Disney World's SNES

Spamalot / Re: I want to become extremely frugal
« on: May 15, 2015, 12:14:28 PM »
Cold brew is where it's at for the best flavor and high caffeine

Disney World is the truth

Thought prefecture was going to mean dormitory or some shit and you could take pictures of it from your window.

A State away? Pussy.
It's like a 2 hour drive

Well, it's probably safer to be a little closer to the reactor and land-bound than a little farther but downstream on the same coast (I'll be north of the reactor, so no chance I'm drinking bad water, at least). Also the percentage of elderly is still less than Florida's

See title. The prefecture (analogous to a US state, or very large county) is Yamagata

But, to be fair, between the two prefectures, the straddle the entire island from coast to coast. So I could be on the west coast (while Fukushima is on the east coast) and that would probably be the safest place possible. At minimum, I'd be about 2 hours away from the reactor in the center of the big island.

I think they picked the prefecture on the basis of its similarity to Florida (humid and full of old people), which is a truly comically horrible misplaced kindness.

It does seem super rural, though, so I'm actually pretty into that. And it looks pretty in pictures.

General Discussion / Re: Comments for RL Pic Posts - 2015 Thread
« on: May 14, 2015, 02:09:28 PM »
I also came to say how much we look alike. I always thought I'd be disappointed in your pic if you ever posted one on the sole basis that you would not be Bill Murray with a mustache, but this is definitely the next best thing

San I *am* somewhat disappointed in your picture since you aren't Special Agent Dale Cooper drinking a cup of coffee, but you and your cute lady pal look like you're straight out of a Disney cartoon, so good job anyway.

i dunno what materials solar really uses but im betting it isnt an infinite resource either.

until we work out an energy system from the smell of our own farts we're really just shifting the chairs on the titanic.

Solar energy essentially harnesses kinetic energy from outside our localized system from a source that humans could never exhaust no matter how hard we tried and has a remaining useful life of ~5 Billion years.  For all intents and purposes solar is an infinite energy source.  Materials used in the various farming methods of the infinite source are not consumed.

It is an energy system from the Sun's farts.

Without knowing the specifics I think that's not guaranteed. For instance, if the type of glass needed to make the panels were rare and non-renewable and the lifespan of the panels finite, then, unless we came up with some other way to harness solar energy, it would still be a finite resource for all intents and purposes here on earth. We can't exhaust the sun directly, but we could exhaust our ability to harness it with high efficiency.

I'm not saying that's the reality of the situation, I'm just saying that our inability to burn out the sun is not sufficient evidence by itself to say that solar is inexhaustible.

Of course we could resolve the question very easily if I weren't too lazy to research the scarcity and renewability of solar panel raw materiel and the longevity of panels, but, here we are.

Separately, not combined. And "religiously unaffiliated" includes but is not limited to atheists and agnostics (who, together, comprise only 31% of the figure.

Not Now
Acts of Faith
Christianity faces sharp decline as Americans are becoming even less affiliated with religion
By Sarah Pulliam Bailey May 12 at 12:20 AM

The Memorial Peace Cross is a well-known landmark in Bladensburg, Md. (Mark Gail for The Washington Post)

Christianity is on the decline in America, not just among younger generations or in certain regions of the country but across race, gender, education and geographic barriers. The percentage of adults who describe themselves as Christians dropped by nearly eight percentage points in just seven years to about 71 percent, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.

“It’s remarkably widespread,” said Alan Cooperman, director of religion research for the Pew Research Center. “The country is becoming less religious as a whole, and it’s happening across the board.”

At the same time, the share of those who are not affiliated with a religion has jumped from 16 percent to about 23 percent in the same time period. The trend follows a pattern found earlier in the American Religious Identification Survey, which found that in 1990, 86 percent of American adults identified as Christians, compared with 76 percent in 2008.

Here are three key takeaways from Pew’s new survey.

1. Millennials are growing even less affiliated with religion as they get older

The older generation of millennials (those who were born from 1981 to 1989) are becoming even less affiliated with religion than they were about a decade ago, the survey suggests. In 2007, when the Pew Research Center did their last Religious Landscape Survey and these adults were just entering adulthood, 25 percent of them did not affiliate with a religion, but this grew to 34 percent in the latest survey.

The trends among the aging millennials is especially significant, said Greg Smith, associate director of research at the Pew Research Center. In 2010, 13 percent of baby boomers were religiously unaffiliated as they were entering retirement, the same percentage in 1972.

“Some have asked, ‘Might they become more religiously affiliated as they get older?’ There’s nothing in this data to suggest that’s what’s happening,” he said. Millennials get married later than older generations, but they are not necessarily more likely to become religiously affiliated, he said.

2. There are more religiously unaffiliated Americans than Catholic Americans or mainline Protestant Americans

The numbers of Catholics and Protestants have each shrunk between three and five percentage points since 2007. The evangelical share of the American population has dropped by one percentage point since 2007.

There are more religiously unaffiliated Americans (23 percent) than Catholics (21 percent) and mainline Protestants (15 percent). “That’s a striking and important note,” Smith said.

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The groups experience their losses through what’s called “religious switching,” when someone switches from one faith to another. Thirteen percent of Americans were raised Catholic but are no longer Catholic, compared with just 2 percent of Americans who are converts to Catholicism.

“That means that there are more than six former Catholics for every convert to Catholicism,” Smith said. “There’s no other group in the survey that has that ratio of loss due to religious switching.”

There are 3 million fewer Catholics today than there were in 2007. While the percentage of Catholics in the United States has remained relatively steady, Smith said we might be observing the beginning of the decline of the Catholic share of the population.

Pew estimates there are about 5 million fewer mainline Protestants than there were in 2007. About 10 percent of the U.S. population say they were raised in the mainline Protestant tradition, while 6 percent have converted to mainline Protestantism.

Evangelical Protestants have experienced less decline, due to their net positive retention rate. For every person who has left evangelical Protestantism after growing up, 1.2 have switched to join an evangelical denomination.

3. Those who are unaffiliated are becoming more secular

The “nones,” or religiously unaffiliated, include atheists, agnostics and those who say they believe in “nothing in particular.” Of those who are unaffiliated, 31 percent describe themselves as atheists or agnostics, up six points from 2007.

“What we’re seeing now is that the share of people who say religion is important to them is declining,” Smith said. “The religiously unaffiliated are not just growing, but as they grow, they are becoming more secular.”

And people in older generations are increasingly disavowing organized religion. Among baby boomers, 17 percent identify as a religious “none,” up from 14 percent in 2007.

“There’s a continuing religious disaffiliation among older cohorts. That is really striking,” Smith said. “I continue to be struck by the pace at which the unaffiliated are growing.”

White Americans (24 percent) are more likely to say they have no religion, compared with 20 percent of Hispanic Americans and 18 percent of black Americans. The retention rates of the “nones” who say they were raised as religiously affiliated has grown by seven points since 2007 to 53 percent.

The Pew survey was conducted between June and September of 2014.

General Discussion / Re: Game of Thrones S5 (spoilers)
« on: May 12, 2015, 02:00:27 PM »
Also yeah I disliked that Barriston died. I feel like they did it just to keep up the *ANYONE CAN DIE ANY MINUTE* schtick, but, while I liked his character, I feel like he wasn't (yet) significant enough (echoing San here) to be worth killing (or to be worth having at all if they were going to just kill him off already).

General Discussion / Re: Game of Thrones S5 (spoilers)
« on: May 12, 2015, 01:58:22 PM »
It seems like it may be a good thing, from the sound of it, the way they're moving away from the books. The big, drastic departures make me a bit wary, though--even as a non-fan. I've consistently heard that there are boring parts of the last several books, but also that it's still overall pretty awesome. Watching the show, I don't know what's canon and what's not as I'm watching, but now every time something happens, I say to myself "this seems maybe promising(?) but is it actually gonna go anywhere or is this a random writer's brain-child that's just going to fizzle out or not make sense ultimately?

General Discussion / Re: Etok down
« on: May 11, 2015, 12:24:05 PM »
I ate jellyfish yesterday at a chinese restaurant.

it tasted exactly like you'd expect it to

Spamalot / Re: the expansion of the universe
« on: May 10, 2015, 06:35:02 PM »
It's pretty broadly conjectured that what we experience as the arrow of time is just entropy playing out

of course entropy's kinda weird to think about without a concrete meaning of time

eventually if you don't pin something down as the standard against which you're gonna measure other quantities you just start defining things in a circle

but anyway Vlaara your idea's not too far off the beaten track on this one

Spamalot / Re: a pluckin at me g'tar
« on: May 10, 2015, 04:31:12 PM »
It's f#ag#c#be relative to the capo

Spamalot / Re: a pluckin at me g'tar
« on: May 10, 2015, 03:15:15 PM »
My voice has been fucked up for a while--I dunno whther I blew it out shouting drunkenly at a coheed show or if it's just from when I was really sick a while back--so I don't play as much lately because it's frustrating not being able to sing like I used to.

Still working on this Andy Mckee cover (I know no one here liked this track anyway but blow me). Still sounds like shit compared to the actual track even when I'm not butchering it like I am at the end of this video, but I'll get there.

Pretty much same boat as you though grand--rimarily memorized tabs. Some knowledge of music theory but not internalized enough to apply it on the fly

Spamalot / Re: For those of you with fear of heights
« on: May 09, 2015, 06:07:40 PM »

that made my hands clam up so bad I almost dropped my phone

Spamalot / Re: the expansion of the universe
« on: May 09, 2015, 11:03:36 AM »
singularities are mathematically problematic but mostly i just feel this ambiguity as a fundamental force

has anyone ever posited that a fundamental force is ambiguous


'cause feyman a bitch

Bite your tongue

Spamalot / Re: birthday present to myself
« on: May 09, 2015, 11:00:52 AM »
how do you bend wood

Soak it and lean on it

General Discussion / Re: universal to open a nintendo theme park
« on: May 09, 2015, 12:09:40 AM »
yeah even ten years ago would've been a lot more awesome, but this is still pretty rad+I can't wait to see it

Spamalot / Re: birthday present to myself
« on: May 08, 2015, 11:59:49 PM »

Finally done done done. Can't believe how fucking long it took

thing rides a lot smoother all in one piece and with masonite on it

that's awesome

you'd have to be pretty good not to lose a board in the drink once every twenty minutes, though

I guess if you can afford to own such a thing you can afford to have a couple dozen spare

Pwall confirmed affordable for environmentally-conscious trust fund babies and ppl with $20,000 of spare change laying around.

Most people can't afford to build a pool but lots of houses still have them. I don't imagine this is something that--in the near future,anyway--is gonna be a realistic end-user purchase, but it could make sense for investors planning to flip/rent houses and buildings

General Discussion / Re: Resistance documentary
« on: May 07, 2015, 12:40:10 PM »
I remember that story

I didn't think it was at all expensive.   I don't know how much the panels would cost to gather enough energy for a house, but the $3500 for the battery would be paid off in 12-30 months, depending on the size of the  house.    I don't recall any mention of how long they'll last, but so long as it is 10+ years, there would be cost savings.

Yeah, I've been too lazy to poke around and see about the expected lifespan of these batteries (which is to say nothing of the lifespan of solar panels*) but that seems like the number one possible drawback here

*I remember reading once that there isn't enough of the right kind of sand in the world to produce the amount of solar panels needed to power the world, or that most solar panels don't last long enough to offset the energy of producing and distributing themeselves something like that. But I have no idea how accurate that is.

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