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Comment That sucks. (Score 2) 371

This would irk me so much. First i'd be pissed that the company was paying people to decorate the office. taking that money and just boosting the salaries of the engineers tends to make us happier. Second, i'd be insulted that they think i'm so shallow.

Finally, I'd be pissed at myself. Id suffer from cognitive dissonance knowing it was a cheap trick, but feeling giddy excitement with some pretty girl hanging around at my desk.

Comment Re:Why is this being discussed? (Score 1) 151

I love my neti pot! it makes me feel like i just experienced a huge surfing wipeout, but i never had to leave home!

They do a great job getting rid of nasal clogs without putting too much pressure on the inner ear. used appropriately, nasal irrigation is effective source

Comment Re:For starters... (Score 1) 842

yeah. i have a hard time imagining myself bored with notch's wealth as well. I think the difference between us (well myself) and notch is we have aspirations and interests in the world beyond work. I work to enable the life i want to live, but i have a hard time really enveloping myself in my work. There's all this stuff i want to do, and most of it involves going out in the world and hanging out with people and doing things. I work enough to afford living in the bay area and not being a bum, but i know if i had that wealth, it would take me a LONG time before i found myself feeling unfulfilled.

I get the impression that Notch liked sitting in his basement and making minecraft. That's not a condemnation. It worked out well for him financially. Right now, i think he feels pressure from society to go out and party and travel, and he honestly never wanted it.

Myself, i'm looking at cutting out of work early today to go surfing. I will reap no financial rewards from it, but i'll feel fulfilled by it.

Comment just wait till they get that cloaking device (Score 1) 236

I bet N. Korea will be the first country to permanently offset their phase. It'll be just like what happened to Geordi and Ensign Ro. Only it will be the whole country. Maybe someone will get out and explain how they can pass through walls, but don't fall through the floor.

Comment Re:not the only coutry (Score 4, Insightful) 236

ha! You just cleared up one of the great mysteries of my life! I remember sitting in paris watching the Eiffel tower begin twinkling at dusk. It was some ungodly late hour and I thought, "Man, how can it still be so light out? Paris must be way farther north than i originally thought."

mystery solved.

Comment it'll be bittersweet (Score 1) 904

There's a lot to like about EVs, If i owned a house and could get a charger, i'd consider a tesla, and if there were an electric jeep wrangler, i'd be all over that thing. massive torque and the ability to roll over indefinitely seems pretty darn cool to me. There's one thing i'd really miss though: Manual Transmission

After a decade of owning an xterra with automatic transmission, i bought a used 6 speed miata. shifting gears is just so much fun. yeah, it's more work, but there's something really rewarding about nailing the perfect down shift, powering out of a turn, and shifting back. it doesn't matter that a modern automatic could do it better than me. it doesn't matter that an electric roadster would perform better. There's just something about knowing I did it.

Comment Re:Pretty much (Score 1) 153

facebook also benefited from the smartphone revolution. myspace was built around laying out a clunky website. Facebook's status update centric design was a natural fit for the tiny screen. it was the right thing at the right time to form this symbiotic relationship. facebook was a must have for your phone, and you wanted a phone that could post your status to facebook.

In space, no one can hear you fart.