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« Reply #3060 on: May 30, 2017, 10:00:10 PM »

Here's something that I am much too late in life to actually find out. But I tell you in case you are younger than I and you haven't yet learned it from someone else.

Fruit pie is to be eaten very cold.

It becomes a cooling fruit smoothie. With a crusty moist crust.

I can't write, I gotta get back to my pie, before it gets warm.

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« Reply #3061 on: June 28, 2017, 12:38:53 AM »

WHITE ELEPHANT!

1st of all, Phew! I'm glad that first 59 is over!

White Elephant!
 
Think about it WIKI ARTICLE
Quote from:  Linked, aforementioned, Wiki article
A white elephant is a possession which its owner cannot dispose of and whose cost, particularly that of maintenance, is out of proportion to its usefulness. The term derives from the story that the kings of Siam, now Thailand, were accustomed to make a present of one of these animals to courtiers who had rendered themselves obnoxious, in order to ruin the recipient by the cost of its maintenance.

How is that different for the situation the Republican Party finds itself in right now? They have a "White Elephant" White people with white hair and flags of White blue and red. They come to define any cracker joke you care to go toe to toe with Jeff Foxworthy (Gotta give Rednecks this, they are willing to laugh at them selves. They'll laugh at the meanest joke a city feller ever said about a redneck, if it's funny! I don't know of anybody else that can do that like they do.) White Sheet Republicans! Pure White Republicans. White makes might and might makes right, that's why The Right is White! THAT White Elephant!

If you were a Republican because you wanted lower taxes, Well fuck you, you don't matter anymore! What matters is that America gets it RIGHT this time! We don't care about your taxes. We don't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of anyway! What do we care about taxes? We got new "priororities" now. Law and Order! Make these people pull their goddamned pants up! (Does that still happen? I don't think I see it like I used to. I kinda thought that old man got on American Idol and his song went around (if not viral) about pull your damned pants up! And after that it seemed less and less like it didn't look stupid. And less like you didn't look stupid walking abound with your pants around your knees. Hey, it was a funny look and it did make the guy walking around look mean, He had to look mean, it was part of the look.

You had to be bent in such a way as you were fighting gravity with every step. and you had to maintain this look of menace so that the other person wouldn't look down and see how ridiculous you looked! Your face better say "Go ahead, motherfucker! Laugh! That's what I want you to do!")

Yeah, the Republican have themselves one gigantic case of the White Elephantism. The gift that keeps on taking.
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« Reply #3062 on: July 05, 2017, 01:44:44 PM »

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Hey, there isn't a tech thread here, and I'm going to be writing about "Creativity" so...

I just (a few weeks ago) got the Galaxy S8+ (don't get me started on pricing plans in the cell space anymore.) and it is a Thumbs UP machine!

I use my phone for most things that aren't a phone. I do speak on the phone but... I was speaking to my OB (older brother) who is not a gadgeteer such as I. But we were talking about pictures, and how I had discovered the Panorama feature of my old fone. It's very cool, you might have it on your phone (my old one is a galaxy S4) and giving him the old  "Ya gotta slow down and smell the roses, you haveta get the pictures of the dandelions when they've gone to seed, because a wind is gonna come and that picture will be gone for a year!"

So he's all "Ya huh... I agree, but I never have my camera when I see the shot."

"Dude. You have two sons who are Doctors. They have two wives that are Doctors. Do you really think they don't have a drawer filled with last years' iPhones (the nephs are Apple Fanboys)?" Tell one of them that you want one. Then load it up with every song you have on every CD you have. Then just carry it with you and there is the best camera you have ever owned. EASY!"

I also went into how he could use the wifi to make and get phone calls, and then there is the internet so you can order the weathertech liners for your new van and and and and... Then I remembered that his internet came through his cell phone (he lives remotely). But still. They are incredible computers.

So the Samsung... The camera has features which I don't see advertised. All are good, some aren't as good as I would have hoped (If I knew they were there and looked forward to them.)

Setting for the camera include:
1. Auto which is standard sort of. It can focus on objects mere inches away (I don't know the specs exactly) and can zoom up to 8X. At 8X it's a little hard to hold the damned thing still. The problem with the bastard is that it is too big for a light touch and too feature packed for the ham handed. That was a nice way to put it. Flash on, flash off High Density color saturation all sorts of focus aids. Great,what you'd expect. That you can't complain about it.

2. Pro. No Idea wTF is going on with Pro. There's stuff there that I haven't come around to yet. But I will tell you  that you can "change the ISO" Which I think is as if you are changing the film speed (if High school photo club doesn't fail me now) Shutter speed, there are filters (like when we used to smear Vaseline on the lens to hide the wrinkles .) Auto Focus on off (leaving you with manual focus) White Balance adjustment, and something else that I don't know what it is.

3. Selective Focus. From the moment I saw that guy invented the adjustable focus (after the fact) camera I wanted one. This phone has one (sort of) You have something in the very near fore ground and take the pic. You can then decide if you like the foreground crisp and the distance blurred, or vice versa or if you want the whole thing in focus.

Whereas the Square camera thing worked on some mathematical formula. You could move the focus to almost any place in the field and adjust the Depth accordingly. I think this is more a case of the camera just takes two pictures and lets you combine them if you want. Cool (I see limited use for this, but I'll see if it is more impressive with landscape scenery type shots.

4./5. Slo mo and Hyperlapse. I haven't used these yet. I only guess that Hyperlapse is analogous (digitally) to Time Lapse.

I'm having too much fun with "still" photography. I'm playing with space, I'll get to time "later?"

6. Food. NFI! Although I made some awesome Scones and then some even awesummer Sausage and Peppers both of which deserved a photo. I suppose that this setting is for those people who do Yelp reviews. I've been out with folks who photograph their dinners... weird.

7. Virtual Shot. This is my favorite now. You focus on the subject and then you move the camera around the subject.
When viewed, the camera centers the subject half way between where you started and you stopped. You tilt the camera to the left, the image "spins" right. tilt right the image spins left. So you're taking a shot of a mug (a mug shot... Actually, that's pretty funny. ) and you can see it from every direction as if you are spinning it in your hand. (it was my first shot with it and, while it is not perfect, it's pretty damned good!)

The Mug Shot is a perfect use here. "Stand in the center of the circle. click whirr... now there is a single shot that can show you the perp from every direction. Here's his face front, here's the tat on his neck over his right shoulder!

I did get some shots of the dog and while he's a good boy he does move his head, NO PROBLEM!

Granted, it's essentially like taking a vine, a five second video that you watch by moving the screen. But I think it is much more.

Keep in mind that Samsung and Android and Google are ALL IN on VR goggles. This camera move is going to look sweet when I watch it in the VR.

Little daughter was up when I discovered this trick. I said to her (she is looking for her mark) to focus in on VR. If you are going to be a YouTube sensation, don't go 2D. That territory is already claimed. Go VR because the tech is just waiting for the content. (BTW Samsung also will sell you a 3600 camera that is absolutely for VR (although they don't stress that in their video Video from the S8 ad site
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« Reply #3063 on: August 08, 2017, 04:33:33 PM »

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The date was August 19, 2019!

I swear to you, that's the date! Look it up, I was watching the VeRsion of the concert. The 50th anniversary. I had the Occulus that came with my cell phone. My cell phone, I was watching the VR of the concert on my cell phone.

No man! I wasn't in jail. my cell phone! I have an old one, a Galaxy s8, the plus. And I have the goggles, I was watching... YES! I was watching the movie on my goggles. Is was just like I was there again! Those VR goggles are wild. You turn your head and it's just like you're looking back into the crowd. It was really cool, I could even recognize people. I don't know where the camera was during the concert. but I turned around and there was this girl, and she's just grooving to the sounds. then I turned and there was this guy and he was freaking out. You could see the guys in while coats running towards him.

What the hell is your problem, man? Yes, a cell phone and goggles. I got mine when the government was subsidizing the hell out of them. Some people said it was because the population was ODing on bad news, so they were selling these things for like, nothing. After the Booker amendment passed and herb became legal in '18 nationwide. pfft take a hit and put on the goggles it is like a mini vacation.

Booker, Cory Booker, the black dude from Jersey, the Senator? You don't know him? Ran into the burning house to save that kid? Obama was president. Obama... you never heard of Obama? First Black President, man where have you been!?

Nixon? Jesus...

Don't you guys get internet? Internet... you know... www... dot com. BEE dooo beeeee Didididididididididid arrrrrrrggggg You've got mail! Innernet!

Where the hell am I anyway? Bon Secuors? Where? Port Jervis? You mean like Pennsylvania, New York border?

What? No.  Yeah, I know what day it is, August 19th 2019. The President? Donald J Trump. Last I looked. I'm 72. Divorced twice, widowed once I have 5 kids, 3 step kids. 7 grandchildren. I retired. Computer programming specialist, project director.
Why are you asking me these questions?

Did I ever take LSD? I used to, way back in college. I stopped after Woodstock. I was one of those guys who took the brow..nnnnnnnn... I took the brown acid.

It was no big deal. I remember watching the guys in white coats, and I remember seeing people freaking out and I remember seeing people carrying people and thinking "they'll wake up tomorrow and they won't remember a thing."

So how did I get to Bon Secours? When did I get here? I missed the end of the concert? How long have I been here? A DAY!? A DAY! It's tomorrow? Only just tomorrow?

"Why is this guy here, this is Craig House."

"He's some rich kid. He had some of that Brown acid at Woodstock and thought he'd lived for 50 years since last week. His father told us to bring him here."

"So he had a bad trip, so what?"

"That's the thing, he can't decide if he's sad that none of the stuff in those fifty years happened or if he's happy that now he can warn the world of what's coming."


{Best I can do on short notice. I wonder, what if you woke up tomorrow and found out the last 50 years were because you took the brown @ Woodstock. What would you think?}
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« Reply #3064 on: August 09, 2017, 11:11:09 AM »

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I gotta say, myself apparently, that one worked. It can take a little polish, but for a dash off it worked. I think the, "Bob Newhart, one side of the phone conversation," technique let dialog define the action well.

Over 60 views. Somebody must have liked it.   
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« Reply #3065 on: September 15, 2017, 05:21:09 PM »

#1 for the "In Yur Dreams" file.

You know, I think you brought up a good point in the discussion of Columbus.

I don't know how one could come to a conclusion in either case. But;

Are we worse off today than we were 500 years ago?

Not an argument. I don't know if I have run across someone who is willing to make a compelling case for life PreColumbus.

I tried once to make the argument with what was his name, Cooper? (Bartender, can I get a Whiskey Assist, please? Thank you.) He dismissed me out of hand and I have to admit. It's hard to argue against today. It's already "Futurer" than most anything they promised that also I believed and thought I might want it.  Who the hell wants to travel with Jetpacks? The amount of gear you have to wear to endure the elements... It's a stupid idea anyway.

But part of me sure does want to wish it was about 200 years before Columbus. And that's the thing.

Without a connection having been made. The "Americas" would look and act pretty much the same as they had for a thousand years before (hundreds, anyway).

I hope you'll join and have a conversation, one that doesn't involve fighting.

Be the change you want to see.
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« Reply #3066 on: September 16, 2017, 03:15:53 PM »

If I'm to make a case for the world being better off today than it was 500 years ago. I'm first going to have to explain what I consider to be "better," and that involves explaining where I see the world going.

I, personally, am a fan of the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, in that he talks around a world that is fully utilized to maintain a population that is tens or more billions of people. I will say that he doesn't seem to mention "wildlife." In that Utopian future (as opposed to the dystopian future that is the grist of the SF mill) peoples live together and apart. For example, if your ethnicity has a natural tendency to be miners, then that's where your ethnicity lives and works (Mining and underground farming, if I recall /understand correctly) But it is a "One World Government" one that both has strict rules and stays out of the way of "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."

I'm an optimist who believes the human race has tens of millions of years of existence left on the plane.

I'm a gnostic (an agnostic gnostic,) but I firmly do believe in the continuation of the "living spirit" for some, if not many if not all beings- I don't much think that it is a matter of all) and I believe that evolution is a function of the gnosis of life itself. I believe that humans are within a set of inevitabilities given the goal of the gnosis of life itself. That goal being the continuation of life itself. Which involves turning those parts of the Earth that are not currently imbued with the "life" to become part of the biosphere. I feel that humans are the best creature Gnosis ever came up with for achieving that goal. Not that we were designed, but that's what I mean about a "set of inevitabilities" We could have been other wise, but whatever we became it would still serve the same purpose.

We'll let that go, for now, but if you have questions, I'm glad to ponder them.

So I believe we are in an inexorable march towards that global infestation of the human creature. One that controls its factors, weather, night and day, transport, food and shelter. Some of which we are getting handles on. We can drive in one hour, the distance it used to take a week to walk. Took 10 hours to ride on a horse. We can fly. WE CAN FLY! We can fly from one coast to the other in a matter of hours. From continent to continent in hours. And we DO (which in itself is a newness to the world versus 100 years ago.) We have grabbed many of the very diseases that nearly killed us (exaggeration) by the scruffs of their necks and we even use some of them for the heck of it (Botox for what? Wrinkles!? We take a deadly poison and control its powers.) Small Pox? Done. "We" figured out how to take nitrogen out of the air and feed it to the plants. Plants use the nitrogen and the minerals in the soil to make plant matter, living plant matter, at a greater rate than nature could do it without our intervention.

We're vexed by weather, but it is probably not that far into the future that we figure out how to grab the hurricane by the scruff and use it to generate free electricity (thus grabbing the excess energy that we have been causing the Earth to trap due to our greenhouse gasses, and recycling it.) We certainly have a better look at the problem and a better understanding of how it works than we had 20, 50, 100, ever before, years ago.

(I have to get back to work, now.) But if I see that as the direction we're going. I can't think that progress has been a net bad thing. (But I'm interested to hear)
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« Reply #3067 on: September 19, 2017, 07:26:35 PM »

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accelerando

Ever read this, or anything else by Stross?  One of the most interesting writers about the technological Singularity, IMO


And I want to go back and read his first published novel, which features cellphones falling from the sky on a 19th century civilization - that scenario and, the Steampunk elements, intrigue me.....

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singularity_Sky

What I'm getting at is that I believe it's good to use literature to ask how much technology we want and at what point do we just let go and let it leap forward into a transhuman future.

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« Reply #3068 on: Today at 02:36:03 PM »

I had never heard of Stross.

The book(s?) do sound involved. A tad derivative, but so what?

It's not the direction I think the human race takes (bionics, so to speak) but I don't particularly see a problem with it either. (Actually, I see lots of problems with it. Mostly having to do with individuals as opposed to the species.)

One of the things I picked up from the chapter by chapter is the (again) dystopian fatalism that expects the only path forward is through a devastation. For myself, I refuse to accept this inevitability, to the point where I will refuse to suspend disbelief to get there.

Pops to mind that I used to work with a woman who was very convinced of the danger of letting evil into her life.

Remember the card trick site? Here's one that approximates it. I tried to show her that and she was very insistent that it was evidence of the evil one.

OK.

She was, otherwise, a very competent person with an advanced position in a powerful company (one that had no shortage of smart people to fill the position.)

I'm sort of like that with dystopia. Call my optimism a symptom of my pessimism, whatevs, I'm OK with that. Nothing I haven't told myself.

However, there is a beyond and I think that is the hook that writers want to set. To get the readers to believe that they too would be a survivor. That they too would be residents of the Shire, even as they live in Mordor. In Star Wars, I think the one thing that cooled me to the franchise more than anything was the Midichlorian count routine that came late to the series, in the first episode.

Wait, what? Midichlorians? You mean I can't be a Jedi if I wasn't born with enough rouge rogue #1 in my blood?

I guess it made sense, but.

In it's own way, this is reflective of the question about 500 years ago.

I'm sure I mentioned Carlos Casteneda, and there are any number of Nostrdami and Edgar Cayces not to mention OT propheseers  for us all to wonder what we have lost to the ages by having developed and tamed electricity unleashed on the populations.

Would we be in a better psychic zone if we all were still living by the Indigian codes? Would we be cosmically better off if Abel had just clod cocked Cain when he had the chance (Wherein Cain symbolizes the agricultural path, and Abel represents the hunter gatherer)?

Was the matriarchal paradigm ultimately superior?

Maybe. Maybe not. (I was looking for a discussion on it, but I guess it wasn't to be).

The thing about the singularity (which BTW seems to be the wrong word in that it would seem that the process would be gradual. When I think of Singularity, I think of the Big Bang, a singular event that identified an after, usually a before as well, except for that one time... time one)  is that it is likely to follow the same issue as we have had since the beginning which is that the software is always waiting for the hardware to catch up. And there my be a divergence of those who wish to remain "pure." Most often would be those that want the good stuff from the tech with none of the ad stuff, like learning curves (first thing to invent is the auto update function so the new part comes with complete knowledge of how best to utilize it. Best if that update is done in the memory versus the "prefrontal cortex" * in that then it is instantly an "instinctual reflex")

* I said Prefrontal cortex, but IDK, I'm assuming that is where learning and thought happen, but it was generic usage of the phrase.

Anyway, interesting story. I may look at it some more. But first, Your thoughts?
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