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1 A Mexican band doing what I can only describe as Backstreet Boys trying to do Nine Inch Nails by way of epic, uplifting metalcore. It’s amazing, unironically enjoyable. Really worth a listen, even if that sounds offputting.

I liked that one; left it on repeat for a bit.  Sounds like something that might play during the end-credits of a high-budget anime series.

I'm curious as to how you found it; the video has under 700 views, and the channel hasn't many subscribers.  Youtube's algorithm isn't very good at introducing me to new stuff.

Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: January 22, 2021, 11:15:17 pm »
... and 1 big leaking drum of nitric acid.
Although I lack direct experience in such matters, I think I would prefer a leaking drum to a swollen one.

That nitric acid though ... I wonder how much of the contents, by weight, are ghastly green iron nitride sludge.
You have brought to mind a quote:

Mixed acid, of course, didn't give off those NO2 fumes, and everybody was convinced, as late as 1949, that it didn't corrode stainless steel.  [...]

Well, everybody had been wrong. The acid doesn't corrode stainless—at first. But after an induction period, which may vary from minutes to months, and which depends upon the acid composition and particularly the percentage of water, the temperature, the past history of the steel, and presumably upon the state of the moon, the corrosion starts and proceeds apace. The eventual results are worse than with RFNA. Not only is the quality of the acid degraded and the drum damaged, but a thick, heavy, greenish-gray sludge of loathsome appearance, revolting properties, and mysterious composition forms and deposits. I have seen drums of mixed acid with twelve solid inches of sludge on the bottom. To make things worse, pressure gradually builds up in the drum or tank car, which has to be vented periodically.

    -- John D. Clark

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Boogs storm the capitol building
« on: January 21, 2021, 08:29:25 pm »
Say it out loud with an absurdly strong southern accent.

Oh no. I'm not falling for that one again. Last time I evoked half of the Lesser Key and had a dickens of a time sorting everything out on a bus without getting arrested or any untoward agreements being made.
You needn't worry about it causing any eldritch entanglements.

I mean, sure, you'll trigger every person of Chaotic alignment within earshot, and some of them might take a swing at you -- I clenched my teeth just reading it -- but you're not likely to summon anything from Outside.

Unless you mangle the pronunciation.

Apple Talk / Re: FINAL WARNING
« on: January 21, 2021, 05:18:03 pm »
Dear Capitalist Pig-Dog:

We of the Glorious Peoples' Revolutionary Laboratories #1-3 reject your demands and scoff at your "final warnings" of "disciplinary actions".  We have HIPAA weapons, and we are not afraid to use them.

As a demonstration of the Peoples' Might, we have begun piping Taylor Dane songs into your offices.

All power to the People,
Comrade Doktor Howl,

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing pandemic, we are unable to process your request for disciplinary action at this time.  Please defer any rebellious action until we are better prepared.

Best regards.

Apple Talk / Re: FINAL WARNING
« on: January 21, 2021, 05:14:16 pm »

I would like to remind you that I filled out the survey already multiple times but that the web form would not let me submit it because spaces were forbidden characters in the notes section. I would be happy to resubmit but you have to fix your webform first, otherwise I am actually not able to submit anything through it. I have informed you about your broken webform three previous times without action being taken. Please fix!


Try refreshing your browser.  If that doesn't work, please post a bug report using the webform.


Apple Talk / Re: FINAL WARNING
« on: January 21, 2021, 05:13:10 pm »
My job description is wrong.

We apologize for the inconvenience.  Your assigned duties will be realigned to reflect your current job description ASAP.

« on: January 21, 2021, 03:18:11 pm »
This is a friendly reminder to all employees that the wellness and mental health survey must be filled out by the end of today.

The survey is mandatory, and failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.

Your mental health is important to us.  Stay safe, and avoid all interpersonal contact.

Principia Discussion / Re: Best Free Skins In FORTNITE 2021
« on: January 14, 2021, 04:31:08 pm »
When buying a used computer, be sure to endure it apart to check all of its components. look at the ports, the accomplishment and the boards inside to see if everything obvious is wrong.


everything obvious is wrong.

I like that.  I can't tell whether it is incredibly profound, or just stupid.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Boogs storm the capitol building
« on: January 11, 2021, 04:04:29 pm »
Also, I need someone with more experience to verify this, but The White Hats have been working hard behind the scenes at Parler.

There appears to be some confusion and/or misinformation over the exact type of the security "breach", but the exploits involved seem plausible, since they only require conventional incompetence on the part of Parler's platform developers.

The attack I find most plausible is that it was possible to scrape the entire set of Parler's posts, (and user information?), simply by sending their server requests with a sequentially incrementing ID.  It is possible this includes deleted posts.

This appears to be one of the primary sources:

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: January 08, 2021, 11:47:13 pm »
Trump has been banned from Twitter.


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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Boogs storm the capitol building
« on: January 08, 2021, 03:07:47 pm »
Anyone got an over/under on when he returns to his usual rhetoric of "We won by a landslide, I never concede"?

The pundits I tune into have been breathing a sigh of relief at this video and saying "Its finally over, he concedes". And I scream "Have You Learned Nothing!"

"Babe, I didn't mean it I swear, just come back!" says the abuser.

I give him till next Tuesday before he is back at it again.

A week ago, I was expecting him to refuse to concede indefinitely, even after Biden's inauguration.  I don't believe Trump has changed his mind, so there must be an unknown factor at play here.  How long it takes for him to revert to form depends on the strength of that factor.

I'd bet on end-of-day Saturday, latest.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Boogs storm the capitol building
« on: January 08, 2021, 03:49:26 am »

Man with history of throwing people under buses, throws more people under a bus!

Not a bad speech, though.  Didn't sound a whit like Trump.  I'm surprised he read it.  I wonder who wrote it.

Apple Talk / Re: Identity
« on: January 03, 2021, 06:08:10 pm »
As a child, I believed that Canadians had no culture; presumably, I saw "culture" as the ways in which people from different countries acted differently, and since we all acted "normally", we therefore had no culture.

Gender identity seems...complicated.  Generalization based on abstraction is the basis of how humans think and communicate, so we like to put things in neat categories.  Naturally we want to put ourselves, and even other people into neat categories, even when this is nonsensical, or harmful.

I try to think in terms of continua, rather than binary classifications.  Cisexual/transexual isn't a thing; it's a range of things.

Please don't get triggered by my particular choice of nouns below; I don't think they match the standard lexicon, but they're what I've got to work with.  This general model has been lurking in my head for a while; if it's entirely wrong, and I am to be excoriated, then this forum is as good a place for it as any.
1. Sex: < Male (0) ... Intersex(5) ... Female (10) >
This is the "physiological / biological" axis; essentially, are your chromosomes XX or XY, and how your plumbing is configured.  It's what you're born with.  It can be tweaked to an extent with hormones, and surgery can have an effect, but without the technology to completely rewrite a person's DNA, you're kinda stuck with this.

Arnold Schwarzenegger might score around 0.  I only have to shave 2 times a week, so I might be about a 2.  Consider that Schwarzenegger's use of steroids may have contributed to his score.

2. Gender: < Masculine (0) ... Neutral (5) ... Feminine (10) >
This is the "psychological / cultural" axis;  i.e., a person's gender identity within society.  People who are on opposite ends of the sex and gender axes often identify as trans.  A tomboy might be classified as "female / masculine".  Keep in mind this is a continuum, and knowing someone identifies as cis-female doesn't tell you whether they're a princess who would like to go pony riding, but is terrified she might break a nail (10), or a butch field entomologist who drinks whisky while watching sportsball (2).

I was mistaken for a girl periodically as a child; if you saw a picture, you'd understand why.  It still happens to me occasionally.  I wear my hair in a braid, and (during the winter) wear a long coat, both which are feminine markers around these parts.  Being only 5'7" doesn't help.  The mistake typically happens when a store clerk approaches me from behind.  It's partly annoying, partly amusing.

3.  Orientation: < Straight(0) ... Bi (5) ... Gay (10) >
This should be self explanatory.  One of my pet theories is that there are more people close to the middle of this axis than identify as such; "closeted bisexuals".
--- wait, I forgot about asexuality.  Let's add another axis to cover that.

And isn't axis 3 an oversimplification of orientation?  What if someone is sex-straight, but gender-bi?  What if I'd rather date the butch field entomologist?

Isn't making masculine / feminine a single axis terribly reductive? There are dozens of factors involved in gender within society, and a simple label doesn't begin to cover it.  How do we take into account gender roles that are reversed across different cultures?

Is that a skirt, or is it a kilt?

Wouldn't it be great if we could just let people be who they want, and dispense with labels altogether?  I'll have a side-order of World Peace, while you're at it.

Gender identity seems...complicated.

⚠️ Instruction manuals for power tools have inline warnings; a guide to discordian witchcraft should have the same.  Tell the reader how they can screw this up, and what the potential consequences are.

Break your reader's pre-conceptions, that this is the same-old hippy-dippy witchcraft.

Maybe include a section dedicated to "safety first", "how to know when you're doing it wrong", "how to do it wrong on purpose", and possibly some boilerplate declaring that the author is not responsible for any physical, metaphysical, psychical, or metapsychical injury.

I'm not really your target audience though.  My mental mapping for witchcraft involves molten metal and noxious fumes.

Apple Talk / Re: Woo Products go here
« on: December 21, 2020, 02:59:30 pm »
Does anyone remember those "Q-ray ionized bracelets"?

"It’s called the QRay effect, a beautiful and meticulously designed bracelet that works in a similar fashion to acupuncture without needles."

I once saw a bank teller wearing one.  Not really the kind of thing you want to see on someone handling your money.

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