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Comment Awesome Japanese Artists (Score 1) 16

With so many great Japanese artists, in the drawing/painting arena, I am willing to bet something in the teachings of writing Japanese Kanji is helpful when learning to draw. Be it attention to detail, hand eye coordination, patience, or some combination I don't know, but I see it time and time again. On topic, this guy was great, and I am sorry to see him go.

Comment Bad Government, Impossible long "O" Pronounciation (Score -1, Offtopic) 57

Just as frustrating as a corrupt government, is trying to pronounce the Australian long "O" vowel. I just watched The Babadook right after watching Crocodile Dundee, and it dawned on me how impossible it is to imitate that sound they make! According to this link, it has 4 vowel sounds in one.

It also has this weird tonal quality... like high to low to high again. Maybe my Vietnamese born friend could give it a shot with all their crazy tonal difficulties in their language. I mean, how else are these fellows so great at imitating Christopher Walken? Are these guys all Vietnamese in this Youtube?

Comment Re:You always wondered what dinosaurs taste like . (Score 1) 90

They don't taste like chicken... but some things taste more like chicken than other foods we are used to. For instance, alligator tastes nothing like chicken, but relatively speaking, it tastes WAY more like white meat chicken than beef. Frogs legs are in the same category for me. Squirrel I have only had once, and I didn't like it... but maybe it was similar to dark meat chicken, which I am not a huge fan of. Never tried the others on this short list.

Comment First you need a reason (Score 2) 626

Zamenhof's reasons for making Esperanto strike a chord with me. A quote of a quote, from wikipedia:

Esperanto was created in the late 1870s and early 1880s by L. L. Zamenhof, a Polish-Jewish ophthalmologist from Biaystok, then part of the Russian Empire. According to Zamenhof, he created the language to foster harmony between people from different countries. His feelings and the situation in Biaystok may be gleaned from an extract from his letter to Nikolai Borovko:[16]

        "The place where I was born and spent my childhood gave direction to all my future struggles. In Biaystok the inhabitants were divided into four distinct elements: Russians, Poles, Germans and Jews; each of these spoke their own language and looked on all the others as enemies. In such a town a sensitive nature feels more acutely than elsewhere the misery caused by language division and sees at every step that the diversity of languages is the first, or at least the most influential, basis for the separation of the human family into groups of enemies. I was brought up as an idealist; I was taught that all people were brothers, while outside in the street at every step I felt that there were no people, only Russians, Poles, Germans, Jews and so on. This was always a great torment to my infant mind, although many people may smile at such an 'anguish for the world' in a child. Since at that time I thought that 'grown-ups' were omnipotent, so I often said to myself that when I grew up I would certainly destroy this evil."
        —L. L. Zamenhof, in a letter to Nikolai Borovko, ca. 1895

Comment Re:Jack Horner's TEDx talk (Score 1) 68

Yeah, I don't trust Horner. He also said T.Rex was a scavenger, and that has been proven false:


He also wants a dino-chicken. Basically, I don't like Jack Horner a terrible amount. It seems to me he very much wants dinosaurs to be different than what other paleontologists find them to be. I guess he is good for stirring up publicity at least.

Comment Re:ugh....fluff (Score 1) 477

My 2 year old infiniti with auto-adjusting cruise control is awesome, but it cannot handle weather and other natural phenomena. Rain, even light rain, fog, a sunset directly in front of you, abnormal vehicles (trailers), etc. Auto-cruise just shuts down or you have to shut it down because sensors can't handle it. If sensors cannot handle a light rain today, they may never handle a hard rain. In some parts of the country, like where I live, we get hard rain very often. It would equate to being stuck at home or work for hour(s) past your schedule sometimes half of the days out of a month.

Comment Fuck "all wireless" (Score 1) 450

Less ports b/c use everything wirelessly? Wireless technologies are fine at home... terrible in the office. More terrible in remote offices. We are a windows shop, but I would allow a Mac here or there as a pet device for people who think they can support it on their own. So far, iphones and ipads are all that has worked well enough. Seems like that will contiue.

Comment My Infiniti's Awesome, not perfect, robo-cruise (Score 1) 362

It's a 2013 model and has a really incredible and awesome laser system for adjusting the cruise speed. I use it every single day in slow or fast traffic. But, it is not perfect. If I get behind trucks that tow a grid trailer (think, lawnmower trailer), then the system can't get a solid lock and speeds up/slows down continually. On occassion I've tried to set the lock when I was a little too close to a vehicle, and it acts like that vehicle is invisible and wouldn't slow down for it automatically. But 97% of the time it's good.

Comment Re:I'm dying of curiousity (Score 1) 188

Are they a shitty company now? My vote is, ever since EMC's CEO took over as VMware's CEO, they've been going downhill. Have you seen the travesty that is their web admin client that is now required? It's like go out of business bad interface for their paying customers? They are worried about lock in, money, cloud, and whatever is important to the money-loving decision makers at the top of their internal hierarchy right now. I'm worried and hope that they realize their problems. I also have some mid-level EMC products, and the amount of problems I've started having after the 1 year mark is terrible. Never will I buy another EMC branded product if I can help it. VMware started off great, and it's still better than other VM products, but for how long? I'm certainly not converting my non-VM environments over to VMware because of the amount they are pissing me off with their ridiculous web client/GUI.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead