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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: April 15, 2022, 04:16:40 pm »
PLEASE tell me there's a budget line-item for cow-shrapnel-resistant kevlar vests. I need this joy. Lie if you must.

It's a little finer than "shrapnel".  It's more like a splash shield for your face and a big apron.

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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: April 15, 2022, 04:15:57 pm »
I did a double take when I got to "Bones", cant fault that knowledge of his process control though, takes someone who really loves their system to think of ways to improve them like

Well, it's not our system, we just get paid to make things more efficient.

It went really well, too.  We got a whole cow through the grinder in less than 5 minutes.
A whole cow, thats like 5-6 People a minute!

I keep telling them that, but they keep looking at me all sideways and pointing at the contract, which specifies "dead animals".  Humans ARE animals.

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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: April 15, 2022, 02:02:24 am »
Mother of God. A whole cow is a lot of bone, fat and cartilage. Is the machine okay after that?

It is.  There was more spray than anticipated.

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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: April 15, 2022, 12:53:28 am »
I did a double take when I got to "Bones", cant fault that knowledge of his process control though, takes someone who really loves their system to think of ways to improve them like

Well, it's not our system, we just get paid to make things more efficient.

It went really well, too.  We got a whole cow through the grinder in less than 5 minutes.

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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: April 15, 2022, 12:52:17 am »
*looks around*
No commentary on this? That must have been some pandemic.

It's more that PD is a combination scratchpad/museum now.  We have about 5 regular posters, by which I mean "posts once in a week."

Also, some folks aren't allowed to talk to me because you know.

Still?  :horrormirth:

And they have to ask permission to have a conversation with her.

 :lulz:

I have seen grown-ass adults actually submit to that.


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True, you're blind to the truth if you think you're invisible.

Or if you meant if it actually worked you'd be blind because the shadows are covering everything, erm, I could edit my post slightly so that *everything only means your whole body. You're projecting an image of blackness as what is communicated about your immediate area; you aren't telepathically transmitting everything you see.

It sounds more like everyone else will be invisible, if light can't bounce off of my retinas.

This sounds like a really miserable superpower.

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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: April 14, 2022, 04:42:50 am »
Phone just rang.

James:  "Hey, boss, I just figured out how to make the grinder chew things up 3 times as fast."

Me:  "It's 8:30 at night.  Tell me you're not at work."

James:  "No, it just came to me as I was taking a shit."

Me:  "That's where the best ideas come from.  What's your plan?"

James:  "I have a VFD left over from the other project, and I can set up a feedback loop where it starts out really slow so it doesn't clog, and then the increased amp draw ramps up the VFD so the bones don't jam the grinder.  We can literally grind as fast as we can jam things into the hopper."

Me:  "That is pretty good.  In fact, that is excellent.  I will drive down to Nogales tomorrow and we'll try it out."

*hangs up*

Jenn:  "What was that all about?"

Me:  "Doing science on things a full order of magnitude faster."

Jenn: "That's nice.  Would you like a chai?"

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Here's just a small sample of the really awesome power you'll get if you find the partially consumed yellow snowball necessary to join my ostrich cult:

How to turn invisible

It's pretty dark, not pitch black. You visualize pitch black shadows surrounding your body, you visualize them intently, and any time anyone shows up, you project the visualization into their psyche and you hold onto the projected image, keep projecting it. Make sure the shadows cover up -everything-.

If basic telepathy is real, you are now invisible. Unfortunately testing this ability is subjective as it is kind of dark, so people might not see you either way...

But if I'm invisible, I will also by definition be blind.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: April 14, 2022, 02:24:12 am »
Howl, you have to read this shit. I swear to god. The phrase "if my baby gets sick I will commit Zamboni Crimes" is in the opening fucking paragraph.

https://billshaner.substack.com/p/an-insane-person-for-an-insane-job

 :lulz:

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Apple Talk / Re: Seriously, NOW where is the Youtube thread?
« on: April 12, 2022, 04:17:30 am »
This attempted rocket(?) launch is one of the most glorious things I've ever seen.  It's worthy of John Clark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GkzxeDQRj0

Quote from one of the project's founders:  "You have to work hard, but you do not have to be very smart."

Quote from an industry professional: "When you decompose HNO3 with other things, you get nitric oxides in the cloud. This is Not Fun."

This was, in some ways, better than the Vanguard launch.

For one thing, in the Vanguard launch, NOBODY STOOD NEAR THE EXHAUST PLUME.

The fun stuff starts at 0:40

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK6a6Hkp94o

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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: April 12, 2022, 04:14:07 am »

This has sort of split me and my group off onto a tangent, and we have proven there was more information moved between government and NGO departments prior to email than there is today...When measured as "useful, actionable information."

How is that measured?  Does the reduction in information flow appear to be an artifact of technological change, cultural change, or some combination?

Entirely cultural, because...

(I'm quite cognizant that making it easier for people to ask questions results in a higher proportion of stupid questions.)
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This seems to be the prime mover.

Allowing dumb people to move information was never a good idea, and allowing them to do it easily and at will was really, really a bad plan.

I get about 87 emails a day.  Deciding which half dozen contain actual information takes a couple of hours out of my day, all told.  Now, in the old days, you could decide whether or not to read a memo based on who sent it to you.  You don't know if Barney in the next office wrote the email or if he's forwarding something from someone that matters.


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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: April 12, 2022, 04:10:09 am »
My poor laptop, now on its 3rd year of extreme use and abuse, is on its last legs. Ran a battery health check and the last time the battery reported it was at full charge, it was holding 19% of the rated amount when new. Believe me, I have noticed: it dies in under an hour (rated for 10 hours) and the battery heats up sufficient to cook your forearm while its plugged in. Honestly, given the size, price, power and brand new rated battery life, it's a wonder it lasted this long still mostly functioning. I got every cent worth out of it and then some, and it literally saved my life on multiple occasions.

The cost of replacing the battery is ehhh, around 150 USD, but it isn't a task for the faint-of-heart and if you fuck the ridiculously fragile-but-efficient cooling system while removing it to get to the battery, it's game over for the machine. Lift it the wrong way and you've already broken it. I've also been having increasingly distressing errors... Google throwing glitch-puke triangles up on results pages, random freezes and bluescreens, etc. It's just an old machine that was used daily from sun up till sundown, and it's time to shut it down for good here soon.

RIP.

I need to come up with ~1600 for a replacement. I'm not springing for an upgrade, just the same exact model is fine by me, it's just that computers that aren't Raspberry Pis are upsettingly expensive these days. So, uh, if anyone wants to kick in toward an unexpected expense, let me know.

I bought my piece of shit 7 years ago for $450, and it's still chugging along (it is also entirely full of angry Russians, but that's not an age or hardware issue).

What capabilities do you need that raise the price tag that high?

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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: April 11, 2022, 11:47:49 pm »
Somehow, I'm not surprised that this is how it is behind the scenes. It fits my image of the world. Also, it sorta explains why accelerationist weirdoes and fascists are everywhere.

There is a certain type of person that responds to challenges by trying to make things worse.

It's a form of cowardice.

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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: April 11, 2022, 10:38:40 pm »
*looks around*
No commentary on this? That must have been some pandemic.

It's more that PD is a combination scratchpad/museum now.  We have about 5 regular posters, by which I mean "posts once in a week."

Also, some folks aren't allowed to talk to me because you know.

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