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Apple Talk / Re: Seriously, NOW where is the Youtube thread?
« on: May 14, 2022, 04:24:21 am »
Have something angry and desperate. The post-hardcore flourishes with the moody rap section in the middle are something special.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an9iacKUxGk

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: May 06, 2022, 02:28:47 pm »
The going theory between me and my doctors is COVID psychosis and mirtazapine caused my mental breakdown from mid-February to late April. I hate everyone who doesn't mask at this point with a passion bordering on Biblical vengeance.

One thing I REALLY want to note about the RvW stuff is that they won't be after the gays next, they were already after us. Attacks on trans rights were first, then attacks on LGBT people at large (Don't Say Gay, etc), this is just the first one SCOTUS is helping to codify.

It's also The Case to overturn -- if they can attack the Right to Privacy underpinning it, then everything else falls like dominos because there's no rights violation anymore, practically all of the civil rights movements rely on Right to Privacy as a major argument. And ditching RtP is exactly what the draft does. The draft also throws out all non-originalist case law in the US, and I do mean /all/ -- it cites Matthew fucking Hale, the witch-burning, rape-promoting English magistrate from /17 fucking 36/, as its basis for flipping RvW, because US case law is "not steeped in deep historical precedent" -- slight paraphrase there. Wrong country, continent and period of time -- doesn't fucking matter. It's a pathway to "white male landowners," re-legalizing slavery, and more besides. (And if you think the court will stop at trying to fuck with amendments, there's no way that happens once this door is open, because it's already quite literally past the "throw out the whole of the law" stage with this draft.)

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Apple Talk / Re: Banned on FB again.
« on: April 27, 2022, 09:25:46 pm »
24 hours says to me that they thought "Well, he probably can't get them all."

Little do they know.

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Apple Talk / Re: Seriously, NOW where is the Youtube thread?
« on: April 27, 2022, 05:15:07 pm »
This band has consistently blown away my expectations. Just incredible, top notch nu metal. It sounds like the absolute best of 2002. I watch them like a hawk, that's how I know about this song so soon after it was posted.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRwlKdb93sM

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Or Kill Me / Re: Buttons
« on: April 27, 2022, 04:26:08 am »
I'm sorta like this too. And honestly? People like you and me...

They should be grateful you didn't burn their community to the ground. Longstanding member, you'd probably know all the right buttons to press to cause flamewars that would bring out the worst of everyone. You could probably set that place into a tailspin sufficient to fling half of them into legal trouble. Remember how Dipshit McGee said some weird shit about your kid that one time? And it's off to the races. And talking that way, ehh, I'd say they'd deserve it, really. Every single rotten one of them.

Burning them all down: that's what I'd do. Hell, it's what I've /done/, at least a couple times. They should be grateful you're willing to just let them stew in each other's miserable company instead. It's big of you, really.



That's not to say it doesn't suck to lose a community like that. Just ... It reminds me of me, and the one "bad" part of myself that, honestly, I have no intentions of excising. Talionic impulse is a real bear to deal with, and I like it that way. Very much.

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Apple Talk / Re: A thought experiment
« on: April 27, 2022, 02:25:16 am »
Yeah, but you're not in the rocket biz. The idea is to look for the characteristics you actually want, in an unexpected, time sensitive situation -- the Ignition! anecdote is just the example that came to mind. I don't have specific suggestions for your situation, they're going to be hugely dependent on your company, the position, the work being done, and the attitude required. But if you can find a way to get usable information on those necessary characteristics, that seems the most fair and safety-conscious approach.

Better than gambling with raw experience, too. Could be mister Twenty Years has never had something go catastrophically wrong, or dealt with a dickhanded moron fucking up everything they need to do, or whatever variety of exciting failure is relevant to you.

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Apple Talk / Re: A thought experiment
« on: April 27, 2022, 01:37:52 am »
If you can devise a way to test how the two will perform under pressure, that'd solve the problem of selection involving risk. It won't necessarily solve the problem of an all-white engineering staff, but at least you'll know it wasn't a decision made that has anything to do with race (which isn't BETTER, but does show you tried to avoid it at least). And it opens up tantalizing new possibilities, like "I wouldn't actually trust either of these guys near anything sharper than a butter knife".

I'm reminded of a bit from Ignition!, by John Clark. He'd invite new applicants into his office, then have an assistant set off a loud chemical reaction behind them while they were invited to look closely at something. If they jumped ten feet and knocked water on the cat, no good, cut 'em loose. If they managed to stay calm, they'd be a good fit for the rocket business. I don't know what work you're doing, but if you can find a way to make a similar test, to create sudden, job-relevant panic in a controlled environment, you're probably on track.

It's unorthodox, but it's the best answer I got.

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Apple Talk / Re: Introductions VIII: Some bad news for new folks
« on: April 20, 2022, 09:42:10 pm »
Every graveyard is a toilet if you're not a fucking coward

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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: April 15, 2022, 09:03:22 pm »
DAMN. We can't have nice things. Rowling is still drawing breath and the grinder won't murder a man who is calmly and innocently watching a cow slurped down its mechanical gullet from ten feet away. Fuck it all.

Weaponized Cowgrinder is my new brutal death metal band name anyway.

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Apple Talk / Re: Spagbook
« on: April 15, 2022, 05:32:38 am »
Well I have another bomb ass pair of photos of me

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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: April 15, 2022, 02:04:44 am »
PLEASE tell me there's a budget line-item for cow-shrapnel-resistant kevlar vests. I need this joy. Lie if you must.

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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: April 15, 2022, 01:32:37 am »
Mother of God. A whole cow is a lot of bone, fat and cartilage. Is the machine okay after that?

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Apple Talk / Re: Introductions VIII: Some bad news for new folks
« on: April 14, 2022, 09:56:51 pm »
I do! I don't know about anyone else. I do it out of spite.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: April 13, 2022, 09:12:36 pm »
It just keeps going. Thereís no pausing the joke for a sly wink, because itís entirely fucking serious. Thatís my favorite part.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: April 13, 2022, 05:34:00 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

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