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Spamalot / Re: birthday present to myself
« on: April 07, 2015, 04:11:08 PM »
Ageless really ruined the whole theme of the birthday present I was going to send him. Thanks alot :(


« on: April 07, 2015, 03:50:43 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Hospitals are a fucking scam
« on: April 07, 2015, 12:47:18 PM »
The total opacity of the cost of medical care is definitely worse than the high costs

I'm used to not being able to afford things but at least in most other realms I can at least make an informed decision that that's the case instead of having surprise crippling debt. Having to do risk analysis (ok not getting this treated could result in something between a sniffle and brain death but getting it treated will cost somewhere between $50 and $20000000) is bad enough when you don't know the distribution of health outcomes *without* the added headache of not knowing the distribution of the financial outcomes.

General Discussion / Re: David Lynch quits 'Twin Peaks'
« on: April 07, 2015, 12:05:55 PM »
I might actually rewatch it soon to see if it still holds up. Probably doesn't. Early 90's TV wasn't very good.

that red room tho

I watched it again within the last six months and still loved it. At times (esp during the second season) it rides the soap opera parody thing a little bit too hard (they obv had no idea where to go with the plot after ABC forced them to reveal the killer halfway into the season) but that they leaned into it so hard makes all the standard 90s TV tropes it does fall prey to a little easier to stomach, imo. And even at its corniest it's still got style coming out of its eyeballs.

It might not hold up if you watched it when you were rly young because you would've had a very different idea about it then, I suppose.

But there's a definite, noticeable difference in the quality of the episodes that Lynch directed (every episode with the black lodge, for instance)--all those too-corny episodes were written and directed by other people; pretty much everything good about the show was entirely Lynch.

It's like Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland writing Rick and Morty--Lynch comes up with all the crazy shit and Mark Frost is just there mostly to make sure that people can make some semblance of sense out of it when it's all put together

Spamalot / Re: birthday present to myself
« on: April 06, 2015, 09:40:22 PM »
I've never been hurtprone, just sickly. /me knocks on wood

I fly out at the beginning of August and yes you should come visit me

I dunno where they're gonna put me yet tho

General Discussion / Re: Hospitals are a fucking scam
« on: April 06, 2015, 09:37:23 PM »
This is pretty much how I feel about hospitals, yogr. Even now that I have Oregon heath care, in the back of my mind visiting a doctor is precisely equivalent to lighting a random amount of money on fire without knowing how much ahead of time. Oregon's obamacare is supposed to be especially good, and I haven't tried it out yet so maybe it is, bit I can't and will probably never shake that association

General Discussion / Re: David Lynch quits 'Twin Peaks'
« on: April 06, 2015, 09:31:27 PM »
No Twin Peaks w/o Lynch. I'd rather they just didn't make it. /Maybe/ if he writes but doesn't direct it coild fly but it'll still be a letdown; he didn't direct many episodes of the show but he did direct all the best ones.

This is dumb on his part, though (unless he's expecting a fan outcry followed by capitulation from Showtime, maybe)--if they won't give him enough money he should crowdsource. The fan base is surely rabid enough to raise whatever he's expecting.

Spamalot / Re: birthday present to myself
« on: April 06, 2015, 09:25:17 PM »
Need more flat
it does need more flat. In my mind 33" was a lot lower to the ground. I made the transition parabolic to give myself a little more room in the middle and b/c parabolic is a better shape for big pipes but now it's just suicidally steep for the recovery time. Fortunately the flat is a separate piece and won't be hard to expand

Also Lux
Nah bro that was his ex^6's little dog that he shared some mutual living time with.

Also Aro

Looks good tho, AD.  I love constructing things.  Haven't touched a skateboard in years, though.

Thanks, so do I, but I don't get to do it very often. I haven't skated regularly in a good while either--figured this was a good excuse to build something and would save me having to bust my ass in front of little kids at a skate park

Spamalot / Re: TV - Monthly what are you blah blah blah
« on: April 06, 2015, 09:19:42 PM »


General Discussion / Re: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
« on: April 06, 2015, 03:25:09 PM »
mainly by pandering to the lowest common denominator and always presenting topics that are perfectly in line with liberal values

The lowest common denominator doesn't have liberal values


Spamalot / birthday present to myself
« on: April 06, 2015, 01:17:17 PM »

almost done but bending the plywood (I got 1/2" instead of 1/4" because it was a quarter of the price) is a bitch

Spamalot / Re: Going Clear - scientology
« on: April 06, 2015, 12:46:05 PM »
Documentary was surprisingly boring. Guess they had to reign it in to make sure lawsuits stayed at a minimum.

I wonder if the church will ever flat-out collapse, or if there'll be a schism/reformation down the road

Spamalot / Re: For those of you with fear of heights
« on: April 05, 2015, 02:46:50 PM »
5:00: Nopenopenope

echoing what others said: tower video made me a lot more queasy, just by the nature of the video. This is clearly way more dangerous and impressive--in the sense that it requires a lot of skill, anyway--I agree with others in that I find it hard to decide whether this is actually "impressive" or just idiotic. I mean I'm sure many of the people who climb this with ropes do so without ever actually fucking up and being saved by the ropes. So the real feat here is being willing to take the risk, which seems more hubristic/suicidal than admirable

On the other hand I'm pretty sure I'd piss myself by the 90 foot mark with ropes *on* so I'm probably not qualified to comment

Spamalot / Re: got an old hard drive workign again
« on: April 05, 2015, 02:32:54 PM »
You guys don't religiously copy all ur old data to every new compy??

I've never bought a new box prior to the demise of the previous box

General Discussion / Re: Good Interview with Bernie Sanders
« on: April 04, 2015, 08:22:30 PM »
not real impressed w/ his chicken to be honest
yeah but the potatoes are p good

Spamalot / Re: got an old hard drive workign again
« on: April 04, 2015, 08:09:51 PM »
wish i could get all of my old HDs back

Spamalot / Re: camping this weekend
« on: April 04, 2015, 08:09:04 PM »
Ibwas supposwd to go camping Friday night but the weather was total shit so we decided against it

General Discussion / Re: Take a trip back in time
« on: April 03, 2015, 02:44:07 AM »
god it's like i remember each one of those ads


You're a real big idiot to keep up with traditional European anarchism in the face of Wahhabism.
can you elaborate on that

are you saying that wahhabism is the proof that traditional European anarchism is a failed ideology or do you just mean that anarchism isn't the solution to wahhabism

General Discussion / Re: Hai :)
« on: March 31, 2015, 01:49:05 PM »
once again ponder how this TzT thing became such a "thing" and actually endured all this time


It was because of me

Spamalot / Re: hey ageless remember that post you made
« on: March 31, 2015, 01:22:11 PM »
Thanks m8  :smitten: Do you mean this one?

also what KB said -- most of this stuff isn't that obscure.

There are many layers to musical pretension and many of you are at layers very near the top (with the top being least pretentious (which, here I'm using synonymously with having obscure {which, here, I'm using synonymously with not being on billboard charts} taste in music]). I'd say that the span of all the regular music posters on TZT doesn't exceed the top third or so of that spectrum. In the music enthusiast world, I'd estimate that the majority of people are at least as pretentious relative to the most pretentious  of us (and would roll their eyes at our music tastes) as the most pretentious of us is relative to the least pretentious of you who only listen casually.

me too, Vlaara. I don't usually nest like that by accident but I do have a tendency to write huge block paragraphs that are at least 30% composed of asides (not unlike this one) and--not infrequently--interjections demarcated by what I like to call poor man's M-dashes

General Discussion / Re: Finnland to stop teaching individual subjects
« on: March 31, 2015, 11:36:47 AM »
I think the idea is that Hegel used an attack that inflicted confusion on Russell so that he used his own attack on himself afterward

c'mon guys I didn't even play pokemonj

General Discussion / Re: Finnland to stop teaching individual subjects
« on: March 31, 2015, 01:29:58 AM »
I think Russell was though

edit: yep, it's "Russell's Paradox"

Spamalot / Re: TZT is slain
« on: March 31, 2015, 01:24:36 AM »
I dunno if I've ever had miracle whip but if I have I didn't notice the difference.

But just so we're absolutely clear, you're not saying that real mayonnaise is not a condiment right

General Discussion / Re: Finnland to stop teaching individual subjects
« on: March 30, 2015, 04:05:16 PM »

Spamalot / Re: TZT is slain
« on: March 30, 2015, 02:10:40 PM »
are you saying that mayo is not a condiment or just miracle whip?

General Discussion / Re: Hai :)
« on: March 30, 2015, 01:34:44 PM »
Yeah I still have that AFK problem, though now it's at least more legitimate.  Gotz a life and two kiddos that demand.  I HAVE, however, taken to playing mages.  This way nobody is counting on me for heals.  I always hated being a heals anyways, the friend of mine that got me playing was like 'roll a cleric, they always are needed'.  Had I listened to my heart I would have known that my path was along the 'blow shit up' lines.

So awkward question - Ardun died?  I saw the RIP or was that more of a jest?

I ask because Truff mentioned the druids.  Pyrek/Ryan did die a few years ago.  Very, very sad.

Ardun died awhile ago. I want to say like 10+ years. Def before the days of social media and we all had each other on facebook. It might even have been like 2003 or something when we were still on ezboard. Genetic heart condition is all we got from people who knew him. Was pretty sad but also an argument he was a party boy(trust fund, cocaine, etc).

We're getting older. 95% of us are now over ~30. I'm not looking forward to the day we get posts about us dying on here. =(

It was 2006.,15773.0.html

I didn't know the guy but christ, 22 years old. I was younger than that in 2006 so it didn't seem as crazy to me then as it does now.

General Discussion / Colorblindness correcting sunglasses
« on: March 30, 2015, 12:42:59 AM »

It's easy to take the little things for granted. Like seeing certain colors, for instance.

After watching Valspar's "Color for the Colorblind," you might just look at the world through new eyes.

The video was made in partnership with EnChroma, a company that makes glasses that "enable colorblind people to see color for the first time in their lives," co-founder Donald McPherson says in the video. The camera follows around various colorblind people as they interact with several brightly-colored art installations while wearing EnChroma's glasses.

The impact is nothing short of what you'd expect.

"I've never been able to see this one," says a woman named Atlee, pointing at a swatch of pink paint on the wall. "I just want to cry a little bit. I never realized how much I was affected by the fact that I can't see the world ... the way that other people see the world."

"For a second I felt kind of sad, like, 'Wow I've been missing out, how vibrant everything has been,'" she explained in another video, "and then I thought how cool it is I get the opportunity to see the world in a completely different way, and it's special to me."

One man named Andrew looks at art his son drew him, then stares at the sunset and asks with an incredulous smile, "So is that what you guys see every day?"

McPherson told The Huffington Post that the glasses, which range in price from $325 to $450, address red-green colorblindness, the most common form.
(Story continues below) venice

Left: Venice seen by someone with colorblindness. Right: Venice seen by a colorblind person while wearing the EnChroma glasses.

Left: A landscape seen by someone with colorblindness. Right: The same landscape seen by a colorblind person wearing EnChroma glasses.

"The effect of correcting color blindness can be profound," McPherson told The Huffington Post in an email, describing how people react when they first wear the glasses. "The first experience is typically either one of quiet contemplation or excitement."

"Later on, many users report finally ‘getting’ sunsets, and describe them to us in exacting detail," he continued. "We also hear a lot of reports of appreciating the natural world, seeing the true colors of plants and flowers, realizing that trees have many shades of leaves, and being able to see the difference between flowers, fruit and foliage."

The company is beginning to focus on helping kids, a particularly in-need population because so much information in schools is shared visually. According to McPherson, only 11 states test kids in schools for color blindness. With the wrong diagnosis, he said, colorblind kids are often inadvertently labeled as having a learning disability.

There's a video in the link of several peoples' first experience wearing the glasses.

Pretty cool. I wonder what exactly the difference is that the glasses make. I never realized that color-blindness was based in the eye--I assume that the problem is a lack of certain receptors and that the glasses must filter light in such a way that the available receptors can make some sort of distinction, but I wonder to what extent it's the same distinction that a fully-functional eye makes. Obviously every little bit counts regardless (as evidenced by the wearers' reactions) though.

It also just occurred to me to wonder; if some subset of people with greater color-spectrum-distinguishing ability than normal, how long would it take the rest of us to notice?

Spamalot / Re: The Rock as Bambi
« on: March 29, 2015, 02:02:52 PM »
the butterfly landing on his nose was pretty lol

General Discussion / Night vision in a bottle
« on: March 28, 2015, 11:55:21 PM »

A group of biohackers say they’ve figured out a way to inject our eyeballs with night vision, or low-light vision anyway. The procedure has allowed one superhuman to temporarily see over 50 meters (164 feet) in the dark, Mic reports.

The team from California-based Science for the Masses (SfM) utilized a compound called Chlorin e6 (or Ce6), which is found in some deep-sea fish. It’s also occasionally used to treat night blindness and even cancer. Previous studies have injected the chemical as a photosensitizer into animal models. “After doing the research, you have to take the next step,” says Jeffrey Tibbetts, SfM's medical officer. So SfM’s biochem researcher Gabriel Licina agreed to become a human lab rat.

First, Licina’s eyes were flushed clean and his eyelids were stretched out with a speculum (no blinking!). Then Tibbetts used a pipette to drop 50 microliters of a blackish solution—Ce6 mixed with saline, insulin, and dimethlysulfoxide (DMSO)—into his eyes. Specifically, he was aiming for the conjunctival sac, which should help carry the compound to the light-sensing retina. DMSO increased the permeability of the cells for better absorption. "To me, it was a quick, greenish-black blur across my vision, and then it dissolved into my eyes," Licina tells Mic. He then put protective lenses in his eyes to block out some light; sunglasses helped too.

After two hours, the team tested Licinia's newfound superpower in a dark field. At first, Licina was able to see hand-sized shapes about 10 meters (33 feet) away. In time, he was able to recognize symbols (like numbers and letters) as well as objects moving against different backgrounds at longer distances.

In one test, he had to indicate where people were located in a grove of trees 50 meters away using a laser pointer. He got it right every time, even when the subjects were standing up against a tree or shrub. The four people in the control group were successful about a third of the time.

By the next morning, his eyesight seemed to have returned to normal. So far, there have been no noticeable effects. The full report about their experiment is available online.

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