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Comment Re:One of the points of having a survival bunker. (Score 1) 171

In an earlier post I wrote about building a bunker for a rich guy in the '80s. He couldn't build it in complete secrecy so tried to disguise it to the permit department as just a really big garage with a cool basement. I really liked the design process, scenarios, etc. I did have to draw the line when he told me that he expected me to break into city hall after final sign off and steal the blue prints that had been submitted.

Comment Re: sure! (Score 2) 171

I was a contractor in the '80s and I built a bunker for a client outside Atlanta. He was convinced that everything was going tits up shortly, either from economic collapse or Soviet desperation.

He had flown off carriers during the Vietnam war and had gone through nuclear training. His training had basically taught him that in at least a limited nuclear exchange, most of the stuff simply wouldn't go off. Nucs, at least then, were delicate things that were expected to often be shaken enough in the boost phase that many simply wouldn't work. It was a really fun exercise, to be honest. Studying how much concrete boils off from a particular size explosion, etc. This thing had decontamination showers, weapon lockers, a buried well head, steel shuttered loop holes for firing at mutants, a secret passage leading to a door hidden behind a bookcase, the works. Since he could pay for it from petty cash, it was no problem financially, just like the elite today.

Admit it, everyone here would do the same if they could. If for no other reason than the systems design exercise. Better keep it secret!

Comment Re:Yeah, no (Score 4, Interesting) 273

And I would give the room more emphasis. I spent a lot of time building out my listening room. I have decent but fairly modest equipment but a kick ass room acoustically. I've been to friends homes with $40,000 worth of two channel stereo equipment in a living room and it was largely wasted. The sad fact is that it's usually way easier to spend money on equipment than to build out a room. I was very fortunate in that I was building a new house so I could design a space. Very few people have that luxury.

Comment Re:Completely wrong.... (Score 2) 618

Part of the reason we pay taxes is because they are good for the economy, as they keep money flowing in the economy and increases employment in the public sector thus increasing consumption by the working class

Yes, thats why I break a random window in the city every day. It keeps the money flowing and therefore increases employment and consumption.

Ah, the Zorg strategy!

That's why Detroit is the ultimate national model for the Democrat party.

Comment Re:Pattern Recognition (Score 4, Interesting) 58

In the real world, no studio will ever make much use of this. My oldest son is a trailer editor in Hollywood and he has great stories about the process.

The studios subcontract trailers out to the trailer houses, usually multiple ones for each film. Then they micromanage the crap out of the process at each house. Then they sometimes take all the trailers and re cut in house to come with a Frankentrailer that some committee agrees on. That's often the best case scenario.

My son has been made to make up dialog that's not in the movie at all before. The talent couldn't be gotten to record something so he was instructed to create a line from phonemes cut and pasted into a file. I kid you not. Sometimes a studio will bring in the dailies and have him start picking stuff knowing that the actual film might not even have the scenes after the final edit.

And then there is the fact that many trailers of different length and content are made for different markets and media.

Comment Re:Why do people still go there? (Score 1) 348

As a middle aged U.S. white guy, I've had the same treatment going into Canada with my family before 9/11. Stern looks and questions about my job in the U.S., family, etc. All this and we had documentation of the return flight and hotel reservations for the weekend stay. I can't believe they thought we were trying to sneak in as immigrants or something.

Comment Re:What have we become? (Score 1) 446

We must ban all people from meeting in groups without authorized monitoring... they could be plotting evil....

This pretty much describes Singapore. Any thing that *might* be a meeting has to have a permit. Then the not-so-secret police will be present. The Singaporeans I know just shrug and say "Don't make trouble and you're OK and this stops problems before they can happen"

Not beating up on Singapore, which is a really nice place to visit as a tourist. Just pointing out that a well educated advanced economy allows this sort of thing with hardly a ripple. This could be the U.S. soon.

By the way, next time an anti 2nd amendment moron points to Singapore as an example of sane gun policy, remind them that there literally no real freedoms enshrined in the Singapore constitution. The police can inspect your home at any time without a warrant, stop and check bags at any time, etc. Nice place to visit, but I don't want the U.S. to become Singapore.

Comment Re:Yes, because it would be (Score 1) 213

COMPLETELY impossible to unscrew the smart thermostat from the wall, unwire it, and (temporarily) install a traditional non-networked thermostat so you could operate your heat (or AC) while you contact the vendor or manufacturer of the smart thermostat for help.

Yes, it can be. I have a 10 year old system with a thermostat that talks to the controller via some fucking proprietary scheme over cat-5 that simply can't be replaced with a simple switch. It isn't IP addressable, so no problem there, (although, that might be preferable now that I think about it) but when it goes tits up, I'm in a world of hurt. Or around $700 of hurt at current Ebay prices.

So, no, sometimes you can't just wire in a cheap replacement.

Comment Re:Or... (Score 2) 184

It's all bullshit pseudo science. That's what I concluded from years of following discussions, and I never even tried to start any fad diet.

This stuff isn't magic or unknown. Long established science.

Hormones, hormones, hormones. "Nutritionists" claim all sorts of crap but endocrinologists, at least the good ones, know that there is a vast amount of actual science on mammalian metabolism. A good book

To say "Calories = calories" is flat wrong. Attention! Automobile analogy coming: Your car will run differently on gasoline vs diesel vs nitro-methane. No one with an I.Q. in the upper two digits or better would claim that they all have the same effect on a car engine for a given number of calories. Our bodies are the same.

The hormonal effect of the *type* of calories makes a huge difference.

Comment Re:Even if you disagree with the judge . . . (Score 1) 150

I'm ordained clergy. If someone told me in a counseling session that he was going to commit robbery or murder, I have no obligation to report it to anyone and am in fact directed not to. We are not law enforcement.

Where I live in the U.S., the only things required by law to report are child and dependent adult abuse.

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