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12:01 AM
> Man found the Archimedean point, but he used it against himself; it seems that he was permitted to find it only under this condition. (Franz Kafka)
 
 
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1:03 AM
German of the day: Christkind -- A fictional angel-like creature, typically thought of as an apparition of Baby Jesus, which traditionally takes the place of Santa Claus as a bringer of Christmas presents in the German-language area, particularly but not exclusively in Catholic regions.
 
1:27 AM
@CowperKettle Christkind was created by Luther so is more likely to be a tradition in Protestant regions than Catholic ones where Saints enjoy more popularity.
 
1:48 AM
Is santa claus a saint? I think not.
But he's a developed version of Saint Nick
so, maybe ?
 
@Criggie Sankt Nikolaus was a Saint. This is about Germany, not the US.
 
@jlliagre Kris Kringle was a short order cook.
He invented kringle-cut French fries
 
BOOOOOOOO!
 
Wasn't he deep fried and robotisiced then turned up in Futurama with the voice of John Goodman ?
Ho Ho Toe Missile !
 
@Mitch But Krispy Kreme gives you presents and you don't have to wait for Christmas to get them.
 
1:58 AM
@Criggie Iced robots?
 
Hey, what is this, the Teacher's Lounge? Look at all these mods in here.
 
gosh that's an anemic effort on the reindeer's galloping
 
Kringle (, ) is a Northern European pastry, a variety of pretzel. Pretzels were introduced by Roman Catholic monks in the 13th century in Denmark, and from there they spread throughout Scandinavia and evolved into several kinds of sweet, salty or filled pastries, all in the shape of kringle. In Danish and Norwegian, the word is kringle, plural kringler; Estonian: kringel, plural kringlid; Latvian: kliņģeris, plural kliņģeri; Swedish: kringla, plural kringlor; Finnish: rinkeli, plural rinkelit; German: Kringel and Icelandic: kringla. The word originates from the Old Norse kringla, meaning ring or...
Santa is shooting the Kringle Wikipedia page.
thus I stand my case.
 
2:15 AM
@Robusto In my home town there was a French pastry shop/cooking supply store called... 'La Belle Kuisine'
I don't think I ever went in.
 
What's the feminine counterpart to the word "bro"? "Sissy" maybe?
 
gurl, obviously
 
@DannyuNDos for the same register and who is calling who is say 'girl'
Sissy is what one guy to say derogatorily to another guy for doing something that is not manly, like being a coward or dancing well.
I did nknow one girl whose childhood nickname was Bubba (which is a common mangling of 'brother' for a name)
Yes, it was weird.
 
love how little-kid's mangling of names stick around for decades. My eldest is "dandel" instead of Daniel
 
because Sissy is the mangled form for 'sister'
 
2:24 AM
> Sissy Boy is famous for being the first Denim Brand in South Africa to perfect Snow Wash jeans and has been at the forefront of denim intelligence ever since.
 
@Criggie hmm
 
"denim intelligence" ? There's a.... malaphor ?
 
'snow' wash? Not 'stone' wash?
@Criggie nah that's the one thing that makes sense
 
I'm not sufficiently denim-intelligent to know the difference
No wait its "oxymoron"
when its quiet you can hear the relays clicking in my head, but I do get there eventually.
 
@Criggie I'm sure similar para-petroleum industrial chemicals and life trauma are used against the garments to convince them to look that way
You have to be rich to look that poor
 
2:27 AM
Mmmm trauma - its what we got !
 
@Criggie be thankful it is relays or cold vacuum tubes rather than locusts.
 
Mmmmm locusts - delicious baked in honey
 
That sounds will keep you up at night
@Criggie Kind of nutty.
 
@Mitch Ah, crinkle-cut. It took me a while to get the joke.
 
Maybe that's why people have tinitus ? Its the sound of the bugs ?
 
2:31 AM
@jlliagre it took me a few moments to realize that I had made an error, but I let it stand.
Also it was past the edit time
@Criggie OMG...one more thing to think about while trying to fall asleep
 
@Mitch Just pretend it was intentional.
 
I don't even know what krinkle-kut is. Is that like ridges?
@jlliagre everything I do is pretend.
 
@Mitch Des frites ondulées.
 
Being a commercial airline pilot? Fake it til you make it.
@jlliagre Pringles, my favorite, are -all- wave.
Also the most fun to eat, you just tip your head back and let them slip out of the tube into your mouth.
 
Yes, Pringles are addictive.
 
2:36 AM
Is any kind of potato involved in its production? Who cares! It's the best salt vector invented.
@jlliagre and then, after the canister is finished you can put the cap back on, stomp in the middle and make a loud popping noise
Awesome
I just saw a fox this afternoon
Not fleetingly as is usual, wondering did I really see that awesome tail?
 
@Mitch I seem to recall a radio show when I was a kid that would make random prank calls. One involved calling random diners in the South and urgently asking to speak with a customer named "Bubba" to see how long it'd take to find one.
 
He just hung out in broad daylight, moving slowly from one yard to the next.
I think he has found some eggs someone had thrown out and was transporting them?
 
Word of the day: Canadian tuxedo. "A denim jacket worn with a pair of jeans."
 
@alphabet yes. Some preconceived notions are based on facts
For example, everyone in Germany wears leather pants.
I mean that's an extreme hyperbolization.
Sure you can find a biker bar in any country where everyone is wearing some kind of leather.
 
@Mitch So that's who those guys in the Pride parade are--Germans.
 
2:47 AM
@alphabet Yes, exactly.
Germans are well known for their frugality and don't use any material at all the the seat area of their leather pants.
Which reminds me, don't leave your motorcycle parked in the hot sun.
 
You can read about it in my new article for HuffPo about how the leather community culturally appropriated the idea behind lederhosen
 
@alphabet I used to have that. Then one time I was at a night club and left the jean jacket on a chair, and when I came back the jacket was gone. It has been replaced with another jean jacket but of a different brand and style.
 
are you sure yoiu were at the same place ?
 
@alphabet I would have stopped my subscription to HuffPo years ago if I had had a subscription. But I would totally read that article.
 
@Mitch You never put on the same jean jacket twice.
 
2:56 AM
@Criggie There were a number of night clubs on the same stretch of the beach and we were hopping from one to the next, so it's a reasonable question to ask
But no it was at the same place.
@alphabet Apparently.
 
I should go to a nightclub sometime so I can say I did it once.
And then never again because it seems unpleasant.
 
@alphabet if you don't mind the deafening music, the loud obnoxious people, the sticky floor, and the blinding flashing lights, they're ok I guess.
Also watch your stuff
 
Also I don't like alcohol
I don't know what exactly you get out of it.
 
Oh. I hear that's one of the big draws of places like that
 
3:01 AM
@alphabet You should listen to more Ke$ha. She's very inspiring for the lifestyle
 
@Mitch Indeed. It mystifies me that anyone enjoys that experience.
I'd say guys go there to pick up women, but I suspect that the success rate is extremely low.
 
@alphabet if you go there with friends and expect to go home with someone you just met, and that's true for everyone in your group, and similarly for the other person, the transportation logistics is boggling.
So maybe it's ok that the success rate is low.
 
@alphabet I did it once, as a teenager. It was indeed unpleasant
 
...is the analysis of every nerd.
Cost-benefit analysis for the win
 
I can see how the classic "hot singles in your area" spam gets people who are lonely and desperate.
 
3:13 AM
@Criggie sticky floors amirite!
 
Probably right - it was too dark to see anything and pulling out a phone as a torch wasn't really a thing back then
it was just after the discovery of fire, so poor lighting is excusable IMO
 
Jeopardy! (Despite often having questions and answers with mistakes, and judges that are racist) Is a much more enjoyable 'party' night
 
3:28 AM
@Mitch The Internet seems much more efficient than a nightclub.
 
3:41 AM
Checks Internet. Oh. Oh my. Well then.
It appears I have received a message from someone whose profile is--and this is a direct quote--"I LOVE SAFE SEX AND THE POPPER" in all caps.
 
4:30 AM
:doubt:
I don't know what a popper is in this context and I am definitely not googling it while at work
 
4:47 AM
@XanderHenderson @M.A.R.@alphabet I think I got it. The concept was already clear to me but I was just confused with "last" word. I think he just means what matters is what is being displayed at the moment. The past frames and mismatches have already happened, but we are discussing the last (most recent) frame that is going to do mismatch and we will see it at the moment. Also, this last is not final as alphabet said. Last will always be the most recent frame, right? I think that's what it means.
 
@Vikas Yes.
 
Thanks!
 
 
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7:28 AM
I wonder if temperatures will keep increasing annually in India. If so, I assume most people would stay poor and it will be difficult to live in upcoming decades. Let alone becoming a developed country.
 
 
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8:31 AM
@Vikas Maybe the heat could be harnessed for energy?
Heat is energy, after all.
So much sun, so much heat.
 
9:09 AM
@CowperKettle Yeah but what would be do with heat if it becomes too hard to survive?
 
 
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10:17 AM
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10:57 AM
@Vikas I looked up the weather in Ellenabad - it's horrible! Plus 47C. I'm very sorry.
 
11:09 AM
In common usage, climate change describes global warming—the ongoing increase in global average temperature—and its effects on Earth's climate system. Climate change in a broader sense also includes previous long-term changes to Earth's climate. The current rise in global average temperature is primarily caused by humans burning fossil fuels since the Industrial Revolution. Fossil fuel use, deforestation, and some agricultural and industrial practices add to greenhouse gases. These gases absorb some of the heat that the Earth radiates after it warms from sunlight, warming the lower atmosphere....
 
11:20 AM
India is currently the hottest place on Earth.
 
11:35 AM
@CowperKettle I'm not sure if Google is accurate. MSN weather shows 44 C at same time.
@jlliagre I am not optimistic about future.
 
@jlliagre The only place on Earth where those pesky "hot singles in your area" ads are true
 
@jlliagre So eventually people will have to migrate here and there to further avoid the effect of climate change.
> The IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (2023) included projections that by 2100 global warming is very likely to reach 1.0-1.8 °C under a scenario with very low emissions of greenhouse gases, 2.1-3.5 °C under an intermediate emissions scenario, or 3.3-5.7 °C under a very high emissions scenario.[85] In the intermediate and high emission scenarios, the warming will continue past 2100.[86][87]
> Greater degrees of global warming increase the risk of passing through 'tipping points'—thresholds beyond which certain major impacts can no longer be avoided even if temperatures return to their previous state.
The reds are more likely to have tipping points? Or the yellow/orange ones?
 
 
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1:41 PM
Wordle 1,073 4/6

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2:20 PM
youtube.com/watch?v=ZoLhJAFVHH0#t=51s Or we can fuck all that _____ and play some Simpsons Hit and Run. (What's he saying there?)
 
@MichaelRybkin noise maybe?
 
@MichaelRybkin noise
 
Wordle 1,073 4/6

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Daily Octordle #854
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2:51 PM
#WhenTaken #90 (27.05.2024)

I scored 968/1000 🎉

1️⃣ 📍 9 km - 🗓️ 2 yrs - ⚡ 198 / 200
2️⃣ 📍 320.6 metres - 🗓️ 1 yrs - ⚡ 199 / 200
3️⃣ 📍 2 km - 🗓️ 3 yrs - ⚡ 197 / 200
4️⃣ 📍 538 km - 🗓️ 4 yrs - ⚡ 180 / 200
5️⃣ 📍 92 km - 🗓️ 1 yrs - ⚡ 194 / 200

https://whentaken.com
I recognized (2)---otherwise, I don't know how anyone would have any hope. Generic brick buildings are generic. :/
 
Red brick, blue brick, yellow brick.
 
Daily Sequence Octordle #854
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3:06 PM
So why are the primary colors RYB in print but RGB on the computer?
 
@Robusto CMYK
 
That's the four-color process for printing.
 
CMY are the primary colors in print.
 
I know. Cyan, Magenta, Yellow.
 
Why are you asking? Is there a pun or something I'm missing?
 
3:09 PM
I'm asking because Yellow != Green
 
Cyan != Blue and Magenta != Red.
 
I know that. But those are what correspond. Magenta + Yellow gets redder, etc.
 
One is additive, the other one subtractive.
 
Subtractive, but yeah.
 
Computer screens emit light, paper absorb light.
 
3:13 PM
Except In four-color process subtractive you always need K because subtraction does not a real black make.
 
Yes, it makes a brownish black.
 
Which those Venn diagrams gloss over.
But I know all this. What I'm asking is why additive and subtractive should have different colors.
 
@Robusto Because they do different things with the light. If you have a red and blue source of light, and shine them on a white piece of paper, the paper will reflect both colors, which combine additively to make magenta.
 
@Vikas Thank you.
@Robusto Thank you.
 
@Robusto RGB for efficiency because of the eye characteristics, CMY because they are "between" the other ones.
 
3:21 PM
If you have some pigment on the paper, the pigment will absorb part of what is shining on it. So a blue sheet of paper will only reflect blue light. If you shine a magenta light on it (red and blue), it will only reflect the blue. The blue pigment in the paper "subtracts" the red from the light.
 
In an idealized, perfect setting, magenta pigment absorbs green light; cyan pigment absorbs red light. Combining magenta and cyan creates a pigment which absorbs both green and red, leaving only blue.
 
3:43 PM
OK
Still, the 4-color process doesn't really do that. But I suppose computer screens don't really do that either. Both trick the eye with what are in effect Ben Day dots.
 
@jlliagre That's my point.
@CowperKettle Why does it have that bicycle seat on top? All it does is add to the drag coefficient.
 
4:01 PM
@Robusto For a passenger.
 
The guy had enough trouble getting started without any passenger. And the balance is awkward even with the operator sitting in the best-balance position.
> ... all because there was no driver on the top
 
4:40 PM
I wonder whether the writer is using vowel harmony: cursid to go with citee but cursed to go with feeld. It's hard to otherwise explain the back-to-back surface inconsistency.
Also: never relick.
 
Lollipops depend on relicking.
 
Only when the drapes are drawn shut.
That's the bern that meant a storehouse, not the one that meant a child. The Vulgate had horreum there.
The matter of the reliquary escapes me, however.
> Maledictus eris in civitate, maledictus in agro. Maledictum horreum tuum, et maledictae reliquiae tuae.
It was a day for cursing.
Newer translations have rather different things there than older ones. They must have reinterpreted the originals instead of just starting from the Latin.
Making those baskets and kneading bowls respectively.
Also, even block lettering works, not just the slithery kind.
@Robusto I think for the orthodox trinitarians at Crayola, cyan is blue, magenta red, and if not yellow then chartreuse green.
 
4:58 PM
@Robusto Yes, the center is perceived as white only if you move far enough away from the screen.
#WhenTaken #90 (27.05.2024)

I scored 880/1000 🎉

1️⃣ 📍 638.7 metres - 🗓️ 7 yrs - ⚡ 191 / 200
2️⃣ 📍 1088 km - 🗓️ 3 yrs - ⚡ 165 / 200
3️⃣ 📍 277.1 metres - 🗓️ 0 yrs - ⚡ 200 / 200
4️⃣ 📍 1266 km - 🗓️ 5 yrs - ⚡ 160 / 200
5️⃣ 📍 1154 km - 🗓️ 3 yrs - ⚡ 164 / 200

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#2: I recognized the kind of building it was but there is now way to guess its location.
#4: a railway platform is a railway platform. I don't know either how to identify its location. Not a single clue.
 
We so burn these color-names into the forebrains of our pre-kindergartners that they cannot ever free themselves of their nursery notions of colors or how to combine them, how to call them.
 
@jlliagre There is a very southwestern looking building in the background on the left. Pretty much narrows it down to northern NM.
 
For is not the sky blue?
 
Okay, that's tenuous.
 
5:05 PM
@jlliagre Well, you don't get flat roofs farther north or east, because the snow crushes and they don't give anywhere for the rain to go. So flat roofs are generally only in the American southwest. There is only one Amtrak line which goes through this region, from LA through NM, and on to Chicago.
I've been on that line from LA to Winslow---there are only a couple of stations, and that is none of them (at least, it doesn't look like any of them).
Passenger rail in the US really narrows things down. And I've spent a lot of time on trains in the West. :D
I suppose it could have been the more southern line, which goes to El Paso and then to the Carolinas. I've not been on that line.
 
5:41 PM
@tchrist The child is father to the man.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Look before you leap.
The early bird gets the worm.
The second mouse gets the cheese.
 
#WhenTaken #90 (27.05.2024)

I scored 910/1000 🎉

1️⃣ 📍 16.2 metres - 🗓️ 2 yrs - ⚡ 198 / 200
2️⃣ 📍 18 km - 🗓️ 1 yrs - ⚡ 198 / 200
3️⃣ 📍 1460 km - 🗓️ 0 yrs - ⚡ 161 / 200
4️⃣ 📍 1277 km - 🗓️ 4 yrs - ⚡ 160 / 200
5️⃣ 📍 4 km - 🗓️ 6 yrs - ⚡ 193 / 200

https://whentaken.com
 
@tchrist ^^^
 
@XanderHenderson All of the apartment buildings I lived in in Chicago had flat roofs. And we definitely had snow. Sometimes enough to warrant shoveling those roofs. On the other hand, while my own northern NM roof is flat, my neighbors usually have peaked roofs. So while your reasoning may have plausibility, I think it lacks provability.
 
@tchrist and this is just one section of them. To me cactus = desert. But this is along a south facing concrete wall so I suppose it collects and maintains heat.
These cacti are about to flower.
 
Mar 26 at 21:34, by Robusto
> The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
Stop plagiarizing my plagiarism.
 
5:49 PM
@Robusto Sincerity is the most flattering imitation.
 
@Robusto Apartment buildings are their own thing. But it isn't just the flat roof. Look a the entire gestalt of that buildings. It just looks like something that lives in the southwest.
 
@XanderHenderson Well, it could live anywhere, IMO. Stores and public buildings in the north seem to favor flat buildings as well.
 
As for provability, I took a guess based on the hints I saw. The guess turned out to be pretty good. *shrugs*
 
That's a fox, right?
 
Could be.
 
5:57 PM
Or is it a young coyote that's reddish?
If it is a fox, it's really gotta up it's tail game.
get a stylist to fluff it up.
It's too ... long and thin and narrow a head to be a coyote, right?
 
@Mitch That is my feeling.
 
Did he sell his tail hair?
He's transporting an egg that he found. That's why his snout looks a little funny.
 
But that photo is really too blurry to make a solid ID. It could be a fox, or a coyote, or a rather ragged looking feral dog.
 
@XanderHenderson He wasn't very skittish... I mean he was out during the day and could see me watching him.
 
@Mitch That doesn't necessarily mean anything. Urban coyotes and foxes can be fairly fearless.
 
6:02 PM
But he did run off when someone else came outside and said out loud 'OH MY GOD LOOK AT THAT'
@XanderHenderson The day time thing was weird.
@XanderHenderson phone cam. highest zoom. very amateur photographer.
 
Coyotes are generally diurnal. Same with feral dogs. I don't know about foxes.
 
@XanderHenderson I did not know that about coyotes. (I've only seen them at night (while driving around or on doorbell cams)
I'd figure feral dogs are day urinal.
 
@Mitch They tend to be most active an hour or two after sunrise, and right around dusk. But they are more active during the day than at night.
 
I've seen foxes during the day before, but not just hanging out like this one was. Usually they see you they run off.
@XanderHenderson There's a 'conservation' area nearby (= swamp/terminal water runoff that's undevelopable), where I assume any kind of animal comes from. Where all the prey hang out. So I figure all the predators are pretty knowledgable.
 
youtube.com/watch?v=pVh48usUP5k#t=3m30 run a whatis command on nano (why do you think he says "a whatis command" instead of "the whatis command"?)
 
6:15 PM
@MichaelRybkin Because he felt like it?
 
@Mitch Foxes have bushy tails, I thought.
And they're so sneaky you could have one living in your yard and never see it.
@MichaelRybkin Articles are difficult to explain to someone whose languages doesn't use them. But in this case "the nano command" is the subject of his discourse, while "a whatis command" is something brought in extraneously. Think of it as though "the nano command" is an object class, while "a whatis command" as an instance of the "the whatis command" class
 
@MichaelRybkin A classic case of type/token ambiguity. "Command" can refer to a single instance ("He ran an ls command, then he ran another ls command") or to a kind ("He ran the ls command, then he ran the ls command again")
 
5 mins ago, by Robusto
@MichaelRybkin Articles are difficult to explain to someone whose languages doesn't use them. But in this case "the nano command" is the subject of his discourse, while "a whatis command" is something brought in extraneously. Think of it as though "the nano command" is an object class, while "a whatis command" as an instance of the "the whatis command" class
 
@Robusto What you missed is the fact that here the word "command" has two different meanings; that's why "the whatis command" would also be correct here.
It doesn't have to do with whether the command has been mentioned previously in the discourse, in this case.
For the type, you'd use "the" regardless of discourse status. For the token, it actually is relevant ("He executed an mv command, and then he executed an rm command, and I think it was the mv command that broke the system.")
 
@alphabet Except he says "run a whatis command" so your point is extraneous to the concept of articles as akin to a discussion of object instance/object class.
In either case, my point was that you were making that analogy after I had made it. That's all, folks.
 
6:31 PM
@Robusto I wasn't making an analogy; "type" and "token" are technical terms in linguistics/philosophy.
 
@alphabet OK, your usage was less splendid than I thought.
 
Or rather, I was explaining it without an analogy.
 
OK, I don't mind if you cover yourself with that fig leaf.
 
But the reason people often say "the X command" (regardless of discourse informational status) is because its referent is the type, not the token. But when the reference is a token, then that status becomes relevant again.
 
Which explains little to nothing to an English Language Learner.
But you did make yourself sound erudite. I'll give you that.
 
6:38 PM
If you want help learning English, post a question on ELL. If you want correct and detailed explanations, ask a raccoon.
We need more human allies like this guy
 
@Robusto That's why all the questions and doubt.
It has the body habitus (general torso, head shape, leg length) and color of a red fox but without the bushy tail. But is out in the middle of the day. So maybe it's a feral dog of that shape. It'd be a weird shape for a coyote to be but maybe I just don't know.
 
We raccoons demand reparations. Specifically free food.
 
6:53 PM
Now can you explain the cacti in the Boston area for me? @tchrist already has but don't let that stop you.
 
@alphabet I want nothing from raccoons. And they don't even play the piano very well at all.
 
@alphabet If we're doing this as a metaphor, I think the raccoons don't think free food is the most practical way to go. I think Ta-nehisi Racoons wrote an essay recently about it... I can't remember what instead of reparations.
@Robusto Have you tried giving some of the more melodically inclined some lessons? I thought not.
 
@Mitch They don't speak English very well either, so no.
 
@Robusto Some very good piano players do not speak English very well. So that's not an excuse.
Music is the universal language.
Or is it mathematics?
In more nature news, it just turned from as sunny as a Memorial day could hope for into a rainstorm.
 
@Mitch But that's the language I would teach in. So it is an excuse explanation.
 
6:59 PM
Glad I didn't go out.
@Robusto I don't think you're trying hard enough. If you loved music as much as you say you do, then language wouldn't be the barrier you're letting it be.
 
Perfectly sunny and nice here. All the more reason to stay inside and talk shit on the Internet.
 
They have five perfectly good fingers.
Tell that to their mom.
@Robusto Exactly.
For me it is sour grapes.
For you it is an excess of luxury.
"yeah yeah I've been outside before, I get it all the time."
I mean you -do- have 'winter'.
Where it goes down to 50 at night.
 
@Mitch But I can ride my bike in winter. There as many days I can't ride in winter as there are days you can ride.
 
And I am totally empathetic to that that it is awful. You have to break out the sweater from deep inside the never-used clothes bin.
 
It's a hoodie, actually, but OK.
 
7:02 PM
@Robusto Oh?
That does sound OK.
Also a great place to work for dermatologists and sunscreen sales.
@Robusto In the past couple weeks it became nice enough here for long enough that I could safely put away my fall coat, Not to be seen again until October.
sigh
I really like that coat.
My winter coat, which of course I've hardly had good reason to use the past couple years is fine, just not one I enjoy being in. Kind of an operation to put on. By the time you finish buttoning all buttons and zipping all the zippers and making sure the glove and sleeve flanges merge to keep out the snow, you realize you forgot to pee.
Every time.
 
@XanderHenderson I finally found that building (seen from the other side). I agree it has a specific look, especially the spikes at each top corner. I'm not sure what they are.
 
@Mitch I forget to pee when I'm coding. Well not actually forget. Just too lost in the process to want to lose my train of thought. And then it becomes a race. Can I get through putting the puzzle together before I pee my pants?
 
@jlliagre They are a common bit of architecture in the area---probably some bit of Spanish missionary style.
 
7:19 PM
@jlliagre The spikes are seen on Spanish colonial missions, churches and cathedrals.
 
@Robusto As long as you remember eventually.
Or you could do the NASA thing and wear Depends.
Or a 'piddle' pack.
Coding is just like the Right Stuff
 
@Mitch I suppose. Many's the time I've sat there flapping my legs because I was just seconds away from a solution, only to get up abruptly and race to the bathroom.
 
@Mitch Why are you surprised that in a place where man has desecrated the earth by creating broken industrial urban wastelands devoid of nutrients and moisture and life, that the very plants which evolved to eke out their leafless existence in just such a place should have come to dominate your disasters?
 
@tchrist If it makes you feel any better, I just saw news about a new concrete production method that is zero-carbon.
 
Just stop laying concrete. Enough is enough.
 
7:27 PM
But forewarned, it was probably AI-generated news.
 
NYT SB accepts halal ... of course.
 
does it accept 'hallah'?
So you have to have some concrete (and steel) already. So, not from scratch.
 
@Mitch It accepts challah
 
@Robusto I accept challah.
Makes great French Toast.
 
@Mitch But will you work for challah?
 
7:31 PM
Depends on the work. And if I can take naps.
 
@Mitch I eat too much challah. Especially the kind with raisins.
 
And if there are non-Challah snacks available.
 
A whole loaf will be gone in two days at my house.
 
@Robusto Stop. It.
so hungry
 
Me too. Why do I do this to myself.
 
7:33 PM
@Robusto pfft. It lasts two days?
 
@Mitch Yes, with a supreme effort of will.
 
BBIASAIFMFF
(be back in a second after I feed my fat face)
Speaking of awesome bread...
I had Welsh Rabbit once (no rabbit of course). It's toast with a cheese sauce, which sounds pretty good as is, but maybe in want of some protein. But I had it at the place called the 'Texas-Wisconsin Border Cafe' (yes there's a story or two there, but it is not mine to tell).
My story is to tell you how awesome their Welsh Rabbit was. Beer in the cheese sauce, maybe bacon on the toast? I guess it could have been not so great, could have been made badly.
But it wasn't.
 
@Mitch I believe it's called "Welsh Rarebit" but pronounced like "rabbit" ...
 
May 23 at 1:15, by alphabet
@Robusto We can live inside a piano, which is frankly a much better use of the space.
 
7:50 PM
Spanish Word of the Day: zócalo The main plaza of a Mexican town or city. From the central square of Mexico City: "Plans were made to erect a column as a monument to independence, but only the base, or zócalo (meaning "plinth"), was built. The plinth was buried long ago, but the name has lived on. Many other Mexican towns and cities, such as Oaxaca, Mérida, and Guadalajara, have adopted the word zócalo to refer to their main plazas, but not all."
 
8:10 PM
@Robusto Sure.
@tchrist "Producing zero emissions cement is an absolute miracle, but we've also got to reduce the amount of cement and concrete we use," said Professor Julian Allwood, who led the research.
So people are aware.
I'm not sure how sincere that statement can be given that the point of the process is in order to make more concrete.
 
@Robusto Zócalo: socle.
 
8:31 PM
Interesting.
 
@Robusto Little socks.
 
9:10 PM
@Robusto I found that these spikes are called almenas (merlons).
 
9:56 PM
Nice
 
10:49 PM
Al + mena?
 
@Robusto it isn't hard to make...
Why not just do that?
Oh, shoot! I forgot to get yeast at the store!
Drat.
 
11:30 PM
@M.A.R. Yes, like with many Spanish words, the Arabic article al has been merged with the noun, here one of Latin origin: minae.
 

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