It was on the news several times, it had full page ads in The Westword, ads on the radio, and posters all over town. Yet, you seem surprised to hear about this. Did you just get back from active duty or something? Or maybe you just don't get out enough to realize Denver is actually kind of a happenin' place.
Just for the record, this is not true.
There are plenty of people who "go hoboing", yet they still have a job and legal residence. The same way you might like to play with Legos and watch Big Bang Theory in your spare time, others prefer to hop on a train and take it somewhere.
It's essentially the same argument that Vincent Vega and Jules Winfield had. Vincent just didn't get it.
Seems better to stick with pineapple then.
Similarly, I also owe my career to the fact that PC games were an interest during my kidhood.
I found it funny that another post mentioned ROLM phones, as that the building I was first truly exposed. My step-dad worked there and I went with him on a Saturday. A co-worker of his kept a machine there that had some games on it (I recall King's Quest and Space Quest). So I got to keep myself busy for a little while.
It wasn't long after that I was asking my step-dad to go to work with him all the time. I wanted more. So I ended up with a second-hand PC that I would try and get games working on. Game manuals back then would have a single paragraph about DOS boot disks, TSRs, etc. I had not a clue what I was supposed to do to get the games working, but I eventually figured it out and the rest is history.
Regarding multiplayer, though, I'm surprised nobody has yet mentioned KALI. Once you downloaded the software, you got a trial or something (or it only ran for 30 minutes, I can't recall) and you could find multiplayer matches all over for tons of different games that had built-in IPX/SPX capability. To keep playing, you just had to send them a check for $20 and you were granted "Lifetime Access".
Farm aid regularly bails out large agricultural operations.
I often see people referencing farm subsidies, and I wonder if those people understand why those kinds of things might happen.
If you look at the relatively recent case when InBev bought Anheuser Busch, it might make more sense. You see, crops are not like other products. They are perishable and quite volatile depending on seasonal variances. Sometimes Mother Nature just declares an entire season's crop to be gone.
The folks with Budweiser knew this. Since farmers are often paycheck-to-paycheck, just like the rest of us (though checks come annually instead of weekly or monthly), anyone who's business relies on them must ensure that they are stable from year to year (despite Mother Nature or other factors). If Budweiser doesn't have hops, it doesn't have a product.
So every year that is a bumper year, they would purchase hops knowing that they might possibly need them the following year when the crop is destroyed. Budweiser kept a supply of hops on hand that was enough to function if farmers were unable to produce. This kept the farmers in business, even in those years they were unable to produce.
Once InBev showed up, they said screw all that. Why should we be buying hops when we have this huge warehouse full of them? So they didn't buy any hops that year and they simply used their stockpile. Not surprisingly, hops farmers quickly went out of business and it has trickled down to the shortage of hops still happening today (and why my favorite six packs are now $9-10 instead of $7-8.)
This should be a very clear lesson for those who's business relies on a crop. You are only as successful as the farmers who supply you.
Next time you're in Denver, beers are on me.
Sounds like your friend was one of the lucky ones.
Last time I got canned, I was told part of it was because of my "toxic attitude". A few days prior I had sent an email describing how to do something correctly (based on industry accepted practices) and had a conversation with the "Director" about some of the developers in India that were making a mess of several of my projects (he told me to send the email).
After they gave me my severance and I got home, I started to realize just how lucky I was. Thank god I don't work for that outfit anymore.
Consider Land Subsidence
We've seen in the past that pumping this water out lowers the ground level. No big surprise there (not now, at least). Try and work out what will happen if coastal/off-shore aquifers are pumped instead. One could suppose that some type of "ocean subsidence" might occur, so the ground level of the ocean floor will lower.
This might be a convenience when it comes rising sea levels, but you might also want to consider how the relationship between coastal and off-shore aquifers might change. With a lower ocean floor from subsidence, will coastal aquifers simply start "flowing downhill" to fill in off-shore aquifers, causing additional land subsidence? Will there be saline contamination between the two?
At one time, I'd wager someone penned the words, "I haven't read the paper discussing this, but since Antarctica is way at the bottom, I'm pretty sure it's melting ice has got nothing to do with the Gulf Stream way at the top."
...or do you just really enjoy the idea of overpopulation, and people killing each other for resources?
I get the impression that it is the same kind of "enjoyment" that Polynesians get from eating poi. That is, it's not really enjoyment at all, but rather something they are simply so accustomed to that there is comfort in "normalcy".
...because women would get hysterical...
I see what you did there.
...professors can be quite removed from that world
Or not. What if the engineers are students that are morally opposed to developing a weapon, but their professor is lying to them about its purpose? See: Professor Jerry Hathaway.
The good news is that technology built with the intention of killing people can be flipped around and used to, say, fill someone's house with popcorn.
I think what Orwell meant by "rough" is that these are men capable of following through. It's not that they were grizzled war veterans looking for someone to kill. Sure, at one time they *were* ordinary. The moment you put the uniform on and are given orders, you become rough despite what type of person you were or will be in the future.
...an excess of military capability and a very low risk of invasion.
I think the Soviets said the same thing prior to 1941.
I wonder if the Boeing effect might be at play here as well. We've seen, time and again, how off-shoring to China has killed the job market in small towns. With an employer as large as Boeing, I don't think Seattle would be immune to the same effects.