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Comment Re:I like the theater (Score 1) 337

You are part of a shrinking culture.

I always assumed such, but your comment prompted me to look it up - shockingly ticket sales are roughly the same as 20 years ago, gross revenue is double. I suppose population has increased which would indicate a declining share but I am very surprised. We have so many more avenues for entertainment now it is remarkable that watching film in theaters is holding up so well.

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 2) 482

You should read some history or foreign current affairs. Markets without food subsidies are chaotic with prices skyrocketing and plummeting based on crop yields. This drives farmers out of business and causes food to be unaffordable unpredictably.

There is a strong social benefit to giving farmers and consumers some price stability.

Comment I like the theater (Score 1) 337

I really enjoy the ritual of going to the theater. Something about the process of going somewhere specifically to see a film, participating in a large group of people lining up and filing in, then the lights lower and the film is going. Nothing can stop it, no pausing for a pee break or for some douche to explain the backstory or argue some fine point. I think I will always enjoy the whole inconvenient procedure.

There are also some special theaters, some of them are very elaborate architecturally. One theater plays an old wurlitzer before major screenings. The Alamo drafthouse shows fascinating footage before films and does a spectacular job curating special films and events.

There are times I just want to put on a low grade movie and not pay much attention to it, but if I'm in the mood for a special experience going out to the movies can really fit the bill.

Comment Re:Starbucks is down too (Score 2) 264

That is a common misconception. Anyone who has to pay for people to handle cash knows that it is not free. It depends on particulars of the business, but in general cash is somewhere between the cost of debit card and credit card fees. You can learn about it from this article [pdf warning]

Comment Re:Maximum yield (Score 1) 813

California seems to have the most uniformly good & adequate roads

Not anymore. When I grew up in the 70s and 80s California roads were the best. Decades of "starving the beast" have resulted in an apocalyptic hellscape. Estimates of annual car damage from bad roads exceed $2000 per vehicle. People routinely total their cars by hitting potholes of ludicrous size. It's embarrassing to drive up to a million dollar house on a beat-to-death road that is somewhat worse than a dirt road.

Comment Re:Samsung marketing is on fire (Score 1) 266

That is funny! I received the exact same response in northern coastal Norway when I would tell people I was visiting as a tourist. They would look at me pityingly and confusedly, search for the polite way to express it, and settle on "...Why?"

I've always lived in tourist destinations and never wondered why people visit. It was eye opening to imagine living somewhere where they never see tourists, to the point that seeing one is so unusual it must be commented upon.

Comment Re:About that "plastic bag filled with black powde (Score 1) 166

air pollution isn't necessarily toxic chemically. You could have a charcoal briquet, which is chemically fine and perfectly safe, but if you grind it up into nanoparticles and blast it into the air it will give people heart disease and cancer. Those dangerous microparticles that are the worst part of air pollution are fine if you get them out of the air. A bag of them or liquid slurry won't hurt anyone. I bet the stuff in China's air has some acids and metals in it that are not very friendly, but again get it out of the air and you have made it far safer.

Comment Re:Prime vs non-Prime (Score 1) 141

Same experience here. I joined prime last year when I moved and needed lots of items quickly and recently canceled. My post-prime shipping is markedly slower - the range of expected delivery is way longer and it nearly always falls at the tail end instead of the front end as it did in the past.

It has alienated me as a customer, I felt that they were attempting to manipulate me into re-priming so now I simply avoid doing business with them unless there is no alternative. Sometimes when I am forced to buy from amazon the price I find with shipping is cheaper than the Prime price, Lolzors!

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