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Comment: Re:Waitasecondhere... (Score 1) 398

by BarbaraHudson (#49616365) Attached to: Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors

The original design was not faulty - it worked fine for years, until people's habits changed to carrying so much junk on their keychains. It would be the same as if people, instead of just hanging a pair of fuzzy dice from their interior rear-view mirror started hanging their purse or pack-sack from it and complaining that it broke off after a bump.

We have way too many common-sense fails nowadays, such as "This plastic bag is not a toy" and "Objects in mirror are closer than they seem" and "6PCS Precision screwdriver set not to be inserted into penis" and "Do not eat Ipod shuffle" (found on apple's website) and "Do not use for personal hygiene" (on Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Brush) and many many more.

Comment: Re:Article is total bilge water (Score 1) 161

by BarbaraHudson (#49616239) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

That would presume that every writer actually read Tolkien - a very dubious assumption, since (a) there were plenty of writers who wrote fantasy before Tolkien wrote LotR, and (b) that many modern writers would even bother reading it. I bought the series on sale because of the hype, and after 50 pages put it down because it sucks pretty much on the same level as C. S. Lewis.

Have I seen the movie? I walked into a relative's basement and after a minute I asked "What the heck is this anyway?" "Lord of the Rings." "No wonder it's so f-ed up. Bye!"

Tolkien was a poor second-rate wannabe of HG Wells and Jules Verne, or if you want to go back a few centuries, Johnathan Swift.

Comment: Re:Article is total bilge water (Score 1) 161

by BarbaraHudson (#49616119) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

Honestly though, you don't have to like Tolkien, but you also can't say anything about the modern fantasy genre without in some way referencing him ... wizards, elves, dwarves, hobbits, and dragons ... you either have these things in the idiom of Tolkien, or you consciously have them not in the idiom of Tolkien.

A pity that Tolkien didn't invent any of those - then his estate could sue the modern fantasy genre into non-existence, and nothing of value would be lost except Anne McCaffrey's works. :-)

Comment: First Among Equals (Score 2) 259

In a deliberative body that's chock-full of dumb sonsabitches, Louis Gohmert stands head and shoulders above them all.

Here's my favorite Louis Gohmert quote.

On gays in the military:

"I’ve had people say, ‘Hey, you know, there’s nothing wrong with gays in the military. Look at the Greeks. Well, you know, they did have people come along who they loved that was the same sex and would give them massages before they went into battle. But you know what, it’s a different kind of fighting, it’s a different kind of war and if you’re sitting around getting massages all day ready to go into a big, planned battle, then you’re not going to last very long. It’s guerrilla fighting. You are going to be ultimately vulnerable to terrorism and if that’s what you start doing in the military like the Greeks did as people have said, ‘Louie, you have got to understand, you don’t even know your history.’ Oh yes I do. I know exactly. It’s not a good idea."

Want another?

Regarding caribou and the oil pipeline:

"So when caribou want to go on a date, they invite each other to head over to the pipeline. ... So my real concern now is if oil stops running through the pipeline ... do we need a study to see how adversely the caribou would be affected if that warm oil ever quit flowing?"

Comment: Re:Plot Hole (Score 1) 161

by Your.Master (#49615081) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

The problem is that the supposed plot hole is pretty much just as nerdy. The story happened how it happened. Why didn't it happen differently? Because that's not how it was written.

If you're not satisfied with that answer -- and don't get me wrong; I think it's reasonable to want the plot fo hold up to light scrutiny -- then I don't need to be satisfied that your objection is a checkmate if I can think of a perfectly plausible rationale.

I don't know whether or not Tolkien thought the Eagles through before and it doesn't matter because it makes sense anyway. Contrast the Kessel run where, if it *were* on purpose, it was delivered in a deliberately obtuse manner.

One day people will read the history of World War II and say "That's stupid, they had airplanes. Why didn't they just fly over to Berlin and kill him?" You don't generally have to explain that flying deep into enemy territory on a focussed mission to a known well-defended location isn't easy.

Comment: Re:The 30 and 40-somethings wrote the code... (Score 1) 427

by PopeRatzo (#49614567) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

I remember my father having to get out the suitcase of a portable computer that work had assigned him, set it up on the dining room table, and dial-in to the mainframe to fix broken batch jobs on weekends occasionally.

I had one of these.

Still have it, out in the garage next to dried up paint cans and copies of Argosy magazine. And before you ask, no, "dried up paint can" is not a euphemism for my first wife's corpse.

Comment: Re:Dressed for success? (Score 3, Interesting) 56

Scotty wasn't just a red shirt - he was THE red shirt. The one that everyone who failed to live up to his level got offed / eaten alive / transporter accident / phasered one time too many / crushed by a rock ... and in the unreleased episodes, killed themselves when they thought their phaser was a blow drier, stepped into to turbo lift without checking to see if it was there, didn't realize that not all planets had earth-normal atmosphere, froze to death when they forgot the difference between 20C and 20K, at the food in the cafeteria ... (that will get you every time, no matter where you are in the universe).

No directory.