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by commodorejohn
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mechanical audio amplifiers
Replies: 30
Views: 7534

Re: Mechanical audio amplifiers

I'd say you probably want to look at old-school resonator guitars, but even that's not exactly the same thing (a resonant chamber doesn't add energy, AFAIK, it just focuses it in boosting certain frequencies while attenuating others.)
by commodorejohn
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Biweekly Song Contest (Submit Your Favorite Music)
Replies: 171
Views: 8586

Re: Biweekly Song Contest (Submit Your Favorite Music)

What the hey, I'll give it another go.
by commodorejohn
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Biweekly Song Contest (Submit Your Favorite Music)
Replies: 171
Views: 8586

Re: Biweekly Song Contest (Submit Your Favorite Music)

Thanks :) That was my bad, I misunderstood the rules and ended up missing the deadline.
by commodorejohn
Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Biweekly Song Contest (Submit Your Favorite Music)
Replies: 171
Views: 8586

Re: Biweekly Song Contest (Submit Your Favorite Music)

somitomi wrote:
SuperJedi224 wrote:"Siberian Khatru" by Yes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydAANC7sl0Y

Maybe it's just me, but this link gives me a "this video is unavailable" message.

Try this one? Or is this one of those regional-copyright things?
by commodorejohn
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Great Recommendation Thread (Movie, TV, Anime, Cartoon)
Replies: 317
Views: 179972

Re: The Great Recommendation Thread (Movie, TV, Anime, Cartoon)

If you like documentaries, get right the heck out to the theater as soon as possible and catch Apollo 11 while it's still on the big screen. It's breathtaking - and it's also impressive from a filmmaking perspective, being cut together so that it flows more like a narrative film than a conventional ...
by commodorejohn
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2670880

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

I could go out right now and drop about $500 on a halfway decent guitar and a modest solid-state amp (or, hell, like $150 for one of those godawful bottom-tier Squier "baby's first garage band" sets,) learn how to plunk out three chords, and start billing myself as a rock star ... but tha...
by commodorejohn
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2670880

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

That's...an odd assertion. I mean, I could go out right now and drop about $500 on a halfway decent guitar and a modest solid-state amp (or, hell, like $150 for one of those godawful bottom-tier Squier "baby's first garage band" sets,) learn how to plunk out three chords, and start billing...
by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4659
Views: 727551

Re: The Darker Side of the News

There is indeed a significant population who want the “outsiders” to leave, but the portion of them who would condone murder is usually small unless the society has been whipped into the kind of frenzy usually only seen in wars and civil wars. Even if that's true, you're missing the part where whip...
by commodorejohn
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Thomas Fire
Replies: 155
Views: 51891

Re: Thomas Fire

I mean, if you're going to have the government forcibly relocate anybody who lives in an area where major natural disasters can occur, you're basically going to end up cramming the entire country into Utah.

And we need Utah for datacenters, dammit!
by commodorejohn
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Thomas Fire
Replies: 155
Views: 51891

Re: Thomas Fire

If you want to know why people live somewhere, the answer is usually "that's where the jobs are," or optionally "that's as close to where the jobs are as possible while still being affordable."
by commodorejohn
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4659
Views: 727551

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Am I weird to wonder why the federal government would demand to take every single document related to the NC District 9 investigation, from the State Board of Elections? Burial at sea? I admit I'm not up on the process, but I don't think a subpoena for documents requires you to hand over all existi...
by commodorejohn
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Thomas Fire
Replies: 155
Views: 51891

Re: Thomas Fire

Life, uh, finds a way.
by commodorejohn
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4659
Views: 727551

Re: The Darker Side of the News

If (Climate_change_has_not_killed_us_first == True) { Cout << "What will future generations think "; Cout << "about what is happening now?"; } Just finished a c++ assignment. gd1.cpp:1:4: error: expected constructor, destructor, or type conversion before ‘(’ token If (Climate_ch...
by commodorejohn
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4659
Views: 727551

Re: The Darker Side of the News

TIL that minecraft's creator went full alt right, and that makes me sad. First it was dilbert, and now Minecraft. All my childhood influences are awful people. https://www.reddit.com/r/Gamingcirclejerk/comments/ayckt7/no_real_gamer_can_utter_the_words_nazis_are_bad/ On the brightside, Mojang preten...
by commodorejohn
Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2119: Video Orientation
Replies: 51
Views: 12029

Re: 2119: Video Orientation

I don't understand the reference to "Never trust anyone who talks to you from inside a circle.". It has immediately made me paranoid. It must be some cultural reference I don't understand. Please help me! Is it something to do with witchcraft? The Family Circus. PJ knows where the bodies ...
by commodorejohn
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment
Replies: 33
Views: 6382

Re: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment

It's something so self-evident What is self evident? The answer (to the "moral dilemma")? Or the specialness of this particular moral choice? If the former, I agree. It's why, given that the question was asked, that I brought up the latter. The former. Life is not a mathematical exercise....
by commodorejohn
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment
Replies: 33
Views: 6382

Re: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment

The playoff between a persons right to bodily autonomy, and their obligation to their childs health. How is this different between the playoff between any other right and obligation? What makes this particular one more interesting? Because having a child in the first place involves an obligation to...
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 402509

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Not really sure it matters. Advertisers are already messing with facial recognition; recognizing a logo isn't much different. It won't be long before just walking around in public with Nike shoes lets them know that you're a Nike customer, as well as where you are, what you do, and when you do it. ...
by commodorejohn
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 402509

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Shoes for industry, shoes for defense?
by commodorejohn
Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 402509

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Somehow, I missed that shoe theory. I don't think it actually applies to our world though. If I were to try to select an analog in our country, it would be a toss-up between payday loan stores and drug stores. Based on observed trends in runaway-but-unsustainable shop construction, I'd have to sugg...
by commodorejohn
Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: CSS Sins
Replies: 4
Views: 1860

Re: CSS Sins

I admire its...purity.
by commodorejohn
Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 402509

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Phones can be used with minimal dexterity and voice commands. The small numbers of special users is, once again, exactly why items like this get marketed to the rest of us. I disagree. To me it's like the (apocryphal) story of the US spending millions on developing a pen that can write in zero grav...
by commodorejohn
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2010795

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Yakk wrote:Why would commits take 5 minutes?!

Obviously, because you're in a hurry and would rather they take five seconds. This is the way of things.
by commodorejohn
Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4659
Views: 727551

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I think suppressing the use of the expression "Inshallah" is more about the erasure of a distinct ethnic identity than it is about promoting atheism. Probably true, although it can be two things - and given how much Xi Jinping's government is leaning into the Make Red China Great Again ph...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4659
Views: 727551

Re: The Darker Side of the News

China's Communist government isn't too keen on Christianity, either It seems they're equal opportunity then. Why isn't this in the news? Because China has way more financial pull than even the largest religious organizations. Plus, as Soupspoon says, in a way it's old news. The western world decide...
by commodorejohn
Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2010795

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Seems like the kind of thing that the #pragma directive exists for.
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: The Caves of Janxrathra
Replies: 8
Views: 3256

Re: The Caves of Janxrathra

So how it stands now is that the ZIP file has been extracted as-is to a directory on my storage partition, from which I've been trying to run the executable. (I tried moving it to a location in the WINE main path, but this didn't change anything.) I've tried launching it directly from the file manag...
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: The Caves of Janxrathra
Replies: 8
Views: 3256

Re: The Caves of Janxrathra

Intriguing description, and I'd love to give it a try, but when launched under WINE it complains that it can't open the equipment or monster files. Looking at the filenames, which exhibit a smattering of different approaches to capitalization, I suspect it's probably tripping up on case-sensitivity ...
by commodorejohn
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2010795

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Argh, why does C++ not zero out memory in edge cases? Just because my class/struct doesn't have an explicit constructor and is a local variable (of the main function for crying out loud) shouldn't be a reason to leave junk in there. Perhaps the most ridiculous part of this behaviour is that an init...
by commodorejohn
Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 7319

2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/feathered_dinosaur_venn_diagram.png Title text: My pet theory is that in real life, the kid at the beginning of Jurassic Park who made fun of the 'six-foot turkey' never got a talking-to from Dr. Grant, and grew up to produce several of the movie's sequels. This comic ne...
by commodorejohn
Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 174
Views: 40497

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

Ah, fair enough.
by commodorejohn
Sat Dec 22, 2018 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 174
Views: 40497

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

Unlike films, tv shows don't age well. I disagree - it's still a fine show. But yes, it is less commonly-known outside the UK, even more so now that it's been off the air for over fifty years (though the immensely-quotable opening exchange seems to have spread more pervasively than the show itself....
by commodorejohn
Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 232496

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Mint chocolate is given directly from the hand of God.

AngrySquirrel wrote:There is no reason why chocolate should be orange-flavored.

This, however, is entirely correct.
by commodorejohn
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2670880

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

There's a comedic heist film/road comedy just crying out to be made in that synopsis.
by commodorejohn
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans
Replies: 45
Views: 10685

Re: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans

Eebster the Great wrote:That said, there are cases of man-eating wolves repeatedly killing humans.

Man, killing someone is bad enough, but repeatedly killing them...!
by commodorejohn
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 339
Views: 115533

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

I mean, it says something that even throwing up on the prime minister of Japan seems dignified and presidential by current standards.
by commodorejohn
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 9731

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

Oh, that's easy. 1984 is tonally consistent throughout and its ending, as bleak as it is, is entirely in keeping with the rest of the book. Old Yeller on the other hand is a textbook example of juvenile fiction that reads perfectly normally for most of its length before suddenly going out of its way...
by commodorejohn
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4659
Views: 727551

Re: The Darker Side of the News

(Some might object that felons can't be any of the above. Easily overcome: "Pardon.") That'd actually be interesting (and by "interesting" I mean "horrifying") to test, considering that it was just established last year in the Arpaio case that a pardon does not invalid...
by commodorejohn
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 16949

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

The Lion King is no different from any other Disney princess movie, in terms of promoting the idea that it's no accident that some people are born into positions of power and privilege, and others are not. Counterpoints: Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. (Also, sorta-kinda The Sword in the Stone , ...

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