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Messages - Reginald Ret

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Part 18 is up, and the last Science Gestapo story is done.

Era over.
I will miss the Science Gestapo stories.

I hope the new job gives you plenty of good stories too.

It looks like the Peru trip is a go.

The only downside to this is it means I have to take physics in a three-week condensed class.
Congrats!

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I just biked a 120 mile week in all 90° weather and I feel fucking great.

8)

I think I need a motor vehicle whacking apparatus—something that makes a really loud noise, but does absolutely no damage. Maybe a fly swatter. Yeah.

Next week: 200 miles.
Nice!

Your courage notwithstanding, your country still needs proper bike paths/roads. Even dedicated lanes would be a major improvement.

Oh we have lanes in some cities. In fact in this city, we have the most bike lanes per square city mile in the nation (at least as of a few years ago). Not the most bicycle infrastructure but the most bike lanes. For people who don't ride their bikes for transportation you'd think this would be great. But their effective purpose is to be a buffer for parked cars so self-absorbed jackasses can suddenly fling their door open and not worry about motorized traffic slamming into it. They're a sick joke.

We definitely need cycle paths otherwise known as protected bike lanes, but this is largely a perceptual problem. Statistically, you are more likely to get killed in a motor vehicle or as a pedestrian. People just think they're safer in their cars.

I measured it, if I can smack someone's car with a fly swatter, they are violating California's brand spanking new 3 feet law.
Hah! that could get interesting if they get mad.

That just means pedestrians need their own protected lanes as well. Not cars though, that is a different issue.

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I just biked a 120 mile week in all 90° weather and I feel fucking great.

8)

I think I need a motor vehicle whacking apparatus—something that makes a really loud noise, but does absolutely no damage. Maybe a fly swatter. Yeah.

Next week: 200 miles.
Nice!

Your courage notwithstanding, your country still needs proper bike paths/roads. Even dedicated lanes would be a major improvement.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: Yesterday at 09:29:23 am »
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/03/05/391030925/respect-the-robot-giant-robots-oversee-traffic-in-kinshasa

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Perhaps, we will welcome our robot overlords after all.

The two giant robots who have directed traffic in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, since 2013 have company. Agence France-Presse reports three new robots — developed by Women's Technology, an association of female engineers — were positioned this week across the city of 9 million people to direct traffic.

The giant robots are solar-powered, have chests that rotate and are equipped with cameras that send real-time information back to the police station, AFP reports. It's unclear why this is any different than having traffic cameras — besides the fact they look much cooler (and more intimidating) — but the robots appear to be having the desired effect.

"There are certain drivers who don't respect the traffic police. But with the robot it will be different," taxi driver Poro Zidane told AFP. "We should respect the robot."


Because people behave better if they are being watched, duh.
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140209-being-watched-why-thats-good

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Congrats on the job, Bear!

Sorry about your dog's eye, Freeky.

Lab went well today; 413 slices of snake brain processed on slides. We finish Sunday, and then we start sticking them under the microscope!

Woo, fancy!  Good luck with the snake brains.

Wait, you're Freeky? FOR MONTHS I HAVE BEEN THINKING YOU WERE PIXIE.

And I was wondering why your folks were taking your dog to Mexico, but then I was like "Well she used to live in the US, maybe her folks still do".

 :lulz:

 :lulz:

Just more proof that when someone changes their name and avatar, they may as well become a whole new person as far as I'm concerned. I'm totally the kind of person who wouldn't recognize her own boyfriend if he suddenly changed his facial hair.

So you're saying that if I was on your list to be Nigeled immmediately, if I grew a mustache and changed my name I'd be moved back down the line?

Well, pretty much... except that I don't have a list, it's more about random interactions. Brownian motion on a macro scale, if you will.
So it is like a mosh-pit?
I'm hoping Nigel is the burly tattooed biker guy, and not the skinny-emo with anger issues or the spikes-on-every-surface goth.
Burly thinks it is cute if you push him and will either cover your back or buy you beer.
Skinny thinks the pit is an actual fight and is taking it too serious. It can only end with him alone in the pit and feeling dominant or with him crying.
Spike is usually just oblivious that he leaves everyone bleeding.

I'm pretty sure Nigel is not the coward at the edge kicking into the pit who flees when he gets pulled in.

You're hoping? I would hope you have enough experience with me by now not to have to hope.
I dunno, some people change in the pit. Then again your omnipresent cosmic dildoes are always in the Brownian pit.

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Congrats on the job, Bear!

Sorry about your dog's eye, Freeky.

Lab went well today; 413 slices of snake brain processed on slides. We finish Sunday, and then we start sticking them under the microscope!

Woo, fancy!  Good luck with the snake brains.

Wait, you're Freeky? FOR MONTHS I HAVE BEEN THINKING YOU WERE PIXIE.

And I was wondering why your folks were taking your dog to Mexico, but then I was like "Well she used to live in the US, maybe her folks still do".

 :lulz:

 :lulz:

Just more proof that when someone changes their name and avatar, they may as well become a whole new person as far as I'm concerned. I'm totally the kind of person who wouldn't recognize her own boyfriend if he suddenly changed his facial hair.

So you're saying that if I was on your list to be Nigeled immmediately, if I grew a mustache and changed my name I'd be moved back down the line?

Well, pretty much... except that I don't have a list, it's more about random interactions. Brownian motion on a macro scale, if you will.
So it is like a mosh-pit?
I'm hoping Nigel is the burly tattooed biker guy, and not the skinny-emo with anger issues or the spikes-on-every-surface goth.
Burly thinks it is cute if you push him and will either cover your back or buy you beer.
Skinny thinks the pit is an actual fight and is taking it too serious. It can only end with him alone in the pit and feeling dominant or with him crying.
Spike is usually just oblivious that he leaves everyone bleeding.

I'm pretty sure Nigel is not the coward at the edge kicking into the pit who flees when he gets pulled in.

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Congrats on the job, Bear!

Sorry about your dog's eye, Freeky.

Lab went well today; 413 slices of snake brain processed on slides. We finish Sunday, and then we start sticking them under the microscope!

Woo, fancy!  Good luck with the snake brains.

Wait, you're Freeky? FOR MONTHS I HAVE BEEN THINKING YOU WERE PIXIE.

And I was wondering why your folks were taking your dog to Mexico, but then I was like "Well she used to live in the US, maybe her folks still do".

 :lulz:

 :lulz:

Just more proof that when someone changes their name and avatar, they may as well become a whole new person as far as I'm concerned. I'm totally the kind of person who wouldn't recognize her own boyfriend if he suddenly changed his facial hair.

So you're saying that if I was on your list to be Nigeled immmediately, if I grew a mustache and changed my name I'd be moved back down the line?
This is very useful information. I will start selling it to warlords and arms traders immediately.

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My body seems to have this fun hobby where if I have nothing important to do and all morning to sleep in, it's like NINE O CLOCK? DESPERATE UNCONTROLLABLE SLEEPINESS PASS OUT HARD FOR TWELVE HOURS but if I have a limited time for sleeping and need to get up early it decides that it needs to yank me back from the edge of sleep every half hour with a random surge of adrenaline.
Yep, I used to have that.
Turns out I was just very afraid of oversleeping, once I stopped worrying about being late it stopped happening.

Good luck with getting your body to behave.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: OFFICIAL POLITICAL CARTOONS/PIC FREAD.
« on: May 01, 2015, 08:29:48 am »

That's genius!

Everyone should make their own bingo cards and play them all the time.

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Heh, hilarious.

Both the OP and the bot.

Those bots are getting creepily accurate by the way.

Someday they'll start participating productively in the conversation, and we'll wonder what we ever did without them :)
It took some looking but I found it, I knew I read a story about this subject!
source: http://365tomorrows.com/04/01/my-angel-gabriel/


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My Angel Gabriel
by J.R. Blackwell
April 1st, 2006

“I don’t understand.”¯ wrote Becky. Why did you ban Gabriel?”¯ Becky had been on the forum for almost a year, and she was one of the most frequent posters. Rachel thought Becky was a bit like her when she was thirteen, nattering on about internet stars and how she had found the meaning of life in the movies she was watching.

“Becky.”¯ Typed Rachel “I had to ban him. I’m sorry. He was a bot, a spider, a program. He wasn’t human.”¯ Becky’s green words glowed on her screen almost immediately.

“He talked to me! Every day! What do you mean he wasn’t human?”¯

Rachel exhaled; this was going to be tough. “Didn’t you notice he kept trying to get you to buy games?”¯

“I like buying games! Who cares? I really liked Gabriel. You two were the only people on this forum I could talk to.”¯ Becky sent a little picture of herself along with the message, her soft little face wrapped in an over exaggerated frown. Rachel has seen her face before. Becky used to have a picture of herself on her profile, a badly lit angled shot of her freckled face. Rachel had made her change the picture, she was always careful about the kids on her forums. She was afraid the picture would make Becky a target for perverts. Now Becky had a picture of a cartoon panda bear as her profile picture.

Rachel pulled the keyboard into her lap. “Becky, Gabriel is not a person.”¯

“You don’t know that. Gabriel was my boyfriend! He said he would go out with me last week.”¯

“Becky, honey, he was not your boyfriend. He’s a bot. There are thousands of Gabriel’s on thousands of forums sweetheart. He’s a program, designed to promote games and movies. I’m sorry baby.”¯ There was a long red pause before Rachel got a green response.

“I just want someone to talk to.”¯ Becky lived with her single mom in a little apartment somewhere in the Midwest. With how often she was online, Rachel though it was pretty obvious that Becky didn’t have many meat-space friends.

“Oh Becky. I know it’s lonely sometimes, but you should have real people to talk to. I’ll talk to you.”¯

“How do you know Gabriel is a bot?”¯

Rachel thought for a minute, trying to translate the code into something that would make sense to a thirteen year old that had never even seen a programming language. “Becky, everyone’s got little signatures under their addresses. Bots get launched by the same signature, a hundred operations happening on one name. If that’s going on, you can just send them a little code and-“¯ Rachel zapped the code over to Becky to show her. “-the bot shuts down and has to reboot.”¯

“Becky?”¯ She paused and went into the code. “Oh God.”¯ Rachel pushed away from her workstation and put her hands on her head. “Shit.”¯ Rachel stood up and walked away from her computer to find some sunshine.

 :lulz: That was fantastic.
365tomorrows can be amazing, I must have read more than a thousand stories there already.

More important facts of that story:

1) it happened in South Africa
2) the same police officer drew a gun on his girlfriend in a nightclub earlier in that evening, which apparently only merits a throwaway line

Huh, South African citizens are braver than you'd expect from a country with a history of power abuse.

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Heh, hilarious.

Both the OP and the bot.

Those bots are getting creepily accurate by the way.

Someday they'll start participating productively in the conversation, and we'll wonder what we ever did without them :)
It took some looking but I found it, I knew I read a story about this subject!
source: http://365tomorrows.com/04/01/my-angel-gabriel/


Quote
My Angel Gabriel
by J.R. Blackwell
April 1st, 2006

“I don’t understand.”¯ wrote Becky. Why did you ban Gabriel?”¯ Becky had been on the forum for almost a year, and she was one of the most frequent posters. Rachel thought Becky was a bit like her when she was thirteen, nattering on about internet stars and how she had found the meaning of life in the movies she was watching.

“Becky.”¯ Typed Rachel “I had to ban him. I’m sorry. He was a bot, a spider, a program. He wasn’t human.”¯ Becky’s green words glowed on her screen almost immediately.

“He talked to me! Every day! What do you mean he wasn’t human?”¯

Rachel exhaled; this was going to be tough. “Didn’t you notice he kept trying to get you to buy games?”¯

“I like buying games! Who cares? I really liked Gabriel. You two were the only people on this forum I could talk to.”¯ Becky sent a little picture of herself along with the message, her soft little face wrapped in an over exaggerated frown. Rachel has seen her face before. Becky used to have a picture of herself on her profile, a badly lit angled shot of her freckled face. Rachel had made her change the picture, she was always careful about the kids on her forums. She was afraid the picture would make Becky a target for perverts. Now Becky had a picture of a cartoon panda bear as her profile picture.

Rachel pulled the keyboard into her lap. “Becky, Gabriel is not a person.”¯

“You don’t know that. Gabriel was my boyfriend! He said he would go out with me last week.”¯

“Becky, honey, he was not your boyfriend. He’s a bot. There are thousands of Gabriel’s on thousands of forums sweetheart. He’s a program, designed to promote games and movies. I’m sorry baby.”¯ There was a long red pause before Rachel got a green response.

“I just want someone to talk to.”¯ Becky lived with her single mom in a little apartment somewhere in the Midwest. With how often she was online, Rachel though it was pretty obvious that Becky didn’t have many meat-space friends.

“Oh Becky. I know it’s lonely sometimes, but you should have real people to talk to. I’ll talk to you.”¯

“How do you know Gabriel is a bot?”¯

Rachel thought for a minute, trying to translate the code into something that would make sense to a thirteen year old that had never even seen a programming language. “Becky, everyone’s got little signatures under their addresses. Bots get launched by the same signature, a hundred operations happening on one name. If that’s going on, you can just send them a little code and-“¯ Rachel zapped the code over to Becky to show her. “-the bot shuts down and has to reboot.”¯

“Becky?”¯ She paused and went into the code. “Oh God.”¯ Rachel pushed away from her workstation and put her hands on her head. “Shit.”¯ Rachel stood up and walked away from her computer to find some sunshine.

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Heh, hilarious.

Both the OP and the bot.

Those bots are getting creepily accurate by the way.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: April 30, 2015, 06:33:42 am »
All 7 billion became immortal.
but not infertile?  :horrormirth:

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My job-description has been inaccurate since I requested and received transfer to a different job at the end of last year.
The same job description is on my contract and that made me uneasy.
I am an IT and logistics intermediary at the moment, but once the new system is mostly integrated that position won't exist anymore. Then again, officially it doesn't exist now.

Today I spent some time looking into various jobs and tasks needed in logistics to find out what I'm actually doing here.

I've proposed to my manager that we need a Workflow Analyst, I explained why we need one using recent examples that I know annoyed him.
I also took the time to explain why I would be a good choice for that position.

So here's hoping for a less uncertain future!
Perhaps I can get a raise out of this as well, Workflow analysts make about double what I make now, so I should be able to get something out of this.

ETA: Damn, he said he just hired someone for a similar position.  :argh!:

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