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Comment: Re:Here's to hoping they don't find oil (Score 1) 152

by Ol Biscuitbarrel (#49550773) Attached to: Yellowstone Supervolcano Even Bigger Than We Realized

I was surprised to learn that the Toba caldera was the most powerful volcanic outburst of the past 25 million years, packing more of a wallop than the Columbia River Basalt flows or any resurgent caldera, such as those associated with the Yellowstone hotspot. Seems like humans, acclimated to their native environment, are really resilient.

Comment: Re:Taking it further (Score 1) 57

by Ol Biscuitbarrel (#49158669) Attached to: Genetic Data Analysis Tools Reveal How US Pop Music Evolved

Someone once pointed out that a whole mess of hard rock tunes ultimately seemed to derive from La Bamba. You Really Got Me, Louie Louie, Blitzkrieg Bop, forget what else. Smells Like Teen Spirit of course was a takeoff on More Than A Feeling. You don't need an algorithm for this stuff. John Fogerty was famously sued by Credence's record label for ripping himself off - the ultimate in legal intervention in this instance - the case was dismissed. Haven't really heard of musical litigation since that happened in the late 80s.

I don't know what "artists" are ripping off any more; I can't remember a single chart topping melody from the last 15 years, it doesn't seem to be necessary anymore. I think the music serves other functions well now, i.e., inducing tweens to scream in delight, giving young men soundtracks for their strutting/posing, etc. Why burden it with actual tunes?

Comment: Re:An old fashioned jester. (Score 1) 277

by Ol Biscuitbarrel (#49030611) Attached to: Jon Stewart Leaving 'The Daily Show'

Somebody doing a good delivery is what is required. That is much easier to find than the creative idea behind the show.

Yes he is acting, but he's certainly not your average "news reader" reading everything from the autocue, it is HIS act, we have similar act here in Oz, but Stewart is the original and still the best.

Hey, don't sell yourself short, mate.

Comment: Re:Besides the blantant bloodshed... (Score 5, Insightful) 490

by Ol Biscuitbarrel (#48776117) Attached to: In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

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Comment: Re:Or, just read a book. (Score 1) 448

Let's not overlook Eddie Murphy's courageous journey in the other direction, White Like Me.

Years ago I heard about how a journalist actually followed up on Griffin and spoke with some of the people he lived among in his new racial identity; apparently the common reaction was to laugh uproariously behind his back at this crazy honky. Can't find anything about this now though. Maybe it's an urban legend?

A debugged program is one for which you have not yet found the conditions that make it fail. -- Jerry Ogdin