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Re: Inspirations

Postby rath358 » Mon May 04, 2015 4:54 pm UTC

elminster wrote:I always thought it would be cool if you had a entire knife made out of a monocrystalline piece of an ultra hard material. E.g. Tungsten Carbide
It's stupidly impractical since it would be cheaper to hire a chef to use a regular one than it would be to make/buy a knife like that (I'd imagine in the 10+ figure range simply because research, custom equipment, etc required). On top of that, repairing chips would be next to impossible. Still cool though.

They make ceramic knives for average consumer use. Wikipedia says they usually use Zirconium Dioxide.

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Re: Inspirations

Postby Deva » Mon May 04, 2015 5:22 pm UTC

Fractal_Tangent wrote:AMERICAN PEOPLE: YOU KNOW THE STORY OF A GIRL SONG, RIGHT?

Knew the opening line. Probably heard it through commercials and movies. (Applies to most popular songs.)
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon May 04, 2015 6:32 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:Didn't she cry a river and drown the whole world?

She looks so sad in photographs.

But I absolutely lover her when she smiles.

ONLY WHEN SHE SMILES.

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Re: Inspirations

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Mon May 04, 2015 6:39 pm UTC

Fractal_Tangent wrote:AMERICAN PEOPLE: YOU KNOW THE STORY OF A GIRL SONG, RIGHT?

I went and looked it up, but despite living in California most of my life, it doesn't sound overly familiar.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby SecondTalon » Mon May 04, 2015 6:44 pm UTC

Until I looked it up today, I thought it was an Everclear song.

...

In fairness, I never was an Everclear fan, nor did I listen to that song of my own choosing, just as whatever background noises it happened to be.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby FierceContinent » Mon May 04, 2015 7:00 pm UTC

Is it true that it helps the economy when you buy stuff from smaller companies?
Buying a brand of cola other than Coca cola, going to a family owned restaurant instead of Mcdonalds, buying off a guy on e-bay instead of buying from amazon?
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Thesh » Mon May 04, 2015 7:22 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Until I looked it up today, I thought it was an Everclear song.

...

In fairness, I never was an Everclear fan, nor did I listen to that song of my own choosing, just as whatever background noises it happened to be.


Once I got past listening to whatever my parents had (which included Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, so not crap), I got into Bush and Korn, then listened to everclear and green day for a bit, before moving on to Tool, Primus, Suicidal Tendencies, Anthrax, and Slayer, so by the time the story of the girl song came out I was sick of it the second time I heard it and I probably heard it fifty quntillion times by the time I graduated from High School in 2001.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Fractal_Tangent » Mon May 04, 2015 9:28 pm UTC

I'm not saying I liked it. I want to punch the people who made it forever. It was just stapled into my consciousness in the same way that Ironic song was (no, I'm not going to debate whether or not it was actually Ironic, I'm pretty sure that there were some instances of dramatic irony in there). And Queen. I just thought that *everyone* knew these songs and it turns out that it's an American thing.

Like I didn't know that '5,6,7,8' song by Steps. BRITISH PEOPLE, AMIRITE?

Now I've been living in the UK longer than I have been in the US. Wooo dual nationality.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Thesh » Mon May 04, 2015 9:34 pm UTC

Fractal_Tangent wrote:Like I didn't know that '5,6,7,8' song by Steps. BRITISH PEOPLE, AMIRITE?

Oh dear god, that's terrible. Now the NSA will have it on record for the end of time that I spent several seconds listening to that song.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Angua » Mon May 04, 2015 9:44 pm UTC

I'd never heard of the steps song until I came to uni . there's even a dance!

Edit: same for that Saturday night song.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby doogly » Mon May 04, 2015 10:20 pm UTC

Thesh wrote:
Fractal_Tangent wrote:Like I didn't know that '5,6,7,8' song by Steps. BRITISH PEOPLE, AMIRITE?

Oh dear god, that's terrible. Now the NSA will have it on record for the end of time that I spent several seconds listening to that song.

I should not have interrupted Wu Tang for this. I apologize deeply.

It's like, what if Captain Jack or Aqua weren't fresh? It would be this.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Magnanimous » Mon May 04, 2015 10:29 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:But I absolutely lover her when she smiles.

ONLY WHEN SHE SMILES.
The song doesn't say "only". Smiling could be sufficient but not necessary.

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Re: Inspirations

Postby Dthen » Mon May 04, 2015 11:29 pm UTC

Fractal_Tangent wrote:Like I didn't know that '5,6,7,8' song by Steps. BRITISH PEOPLE, AMIRITE?


Oh, yeah, everyone knows that song.

Edit: Now I have to listen to it.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Tue May 05, 2015 4:16 am UTC

Magnanimous wrote:
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:But I absolutely lover her when she smiles.

ONLY WHEN SHE SMILES.
The song doesn't say "only". Smiling could be sufficient but not necessary.

Thank you, Ted, that was the joke.

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Re: Inspirations

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Tue May 05, 2015 5:12 am UTC

Fractal_Tangent wrote:Like I didn't know that '5,6,7,8' song by Steps. BRITISH PEOPLE, AMIRITE?

That one I actually do know. Though I guess I'm not sure if I knew it before coming here. *shrugs*
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Carlington » Tue May 05, 2015 5:22 am UTC

We got both of those songs here. I knew both of those songs just from the mention. I don't know that I want to post about that fact too much.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Fractal_Tangent » Tue May 05, 2015 9:07 am UTC

It's probably just personal experience messing with my perceptions of what I think is common cultural knowledge. Also
Angua wrote:I'd never heard of the steps song until I came to uni . there's even a dance!

Edit: same for that Saturday night song.

I love the Saturday night song. It was played at my 15th(?) birthday party. Any songs with pre-determined dances I'm into. That way nobody has to see me dance by myself (though the Cha Cha Slide showed everyone that I didn't know left from right).
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Re: Inspirations

Postby ahammel » Tue May 05, 2015 2:23 pm UTC

Saturday night's all right for fighting?
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Angua » Tue May 05, 2015 2:25 pm UTC

Saturday night and I like the way you move. [something soemthing something] baby. it's party time [something something something]

I'm not great with music.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Thesh » Tue May 05, 2015 2:34 pm UTC

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Re: Inspirations

Postby K-R » Tue May 05, 2015 4:35 pm UTC

I remember when I was at school one class we had to do a PowerPoint presentation of photos from a school event, and Absolutely was one of the three background music files provided. Along with Black Betty (presumably the Spiderbait version) and something else I don't remember. Precisely none of which were even remotely thematically appropriate.

The first line of Absolutely stuck out enough that I remembered it the second in came up in this thread, but 5 6 7 8 didn't ring a bell until I looked it up just now. No idea where I heard it, though.


ETA:
Angua wrote:Saturday night and I like the way you move. [something soemthing something] baby. it's party time [something something something]

I'm not great with music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DNQRtmIMxk


And then I saw that this was next in the YouTube queue. Thanks for getting that stuck in my head.

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Re: Inspirations

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Tue May 05, 2015 5:56 pm UTC

K-R wrote: Along with Black Betty (presumably the Spiderbait version)

You're fuckin' awesome...

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Re: Inspirations

Postby Fractal_Tangent » Tue May 05, 2015 6:15 pm UTC

K-R wrote:I remember when I was at school one class we had to do a PowerPoint presentation of photos from a school event, and Absolutely was one of the three background music files provided. Along with Black Betty (presumably the Spiderbait version) and something else I don't remember. Precisely none of which were even remotely thematically appropriate.

The first line of Absolutely stuck out enough that I remembered it the second in came up in this thread, but 5 6 7 8 didn't ring a bell until I looked it up just now. No idea where I heard it, though.


ETA:
Angua wrote:Saturday night and I like the way you move. [something soemthing something] baby. it's party time [something something something]

I'm not great with music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DNQRtmIMxk


And then I saw that this was next in the YouTube queue. Thanks for getting that stuck in my head.


& I clicked on the freakin' link like a chump. Also, Black Betty by Spiderbait. So fuckin' good. The link that queued for me was this.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby K-R » Tue May 05, 2015 6:29 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
K-R wrote: Along with Black Betty (presumably the Spiderbait version)

You're fuckin' awesome...

I don't get it.

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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Tue May 05, 2015 6:33 pm UTC

K-R wrote:
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
K-R wrote: Along with Black Betty (presumably the Spiderbait version)

You're fuckin' awesome...

I don't get it.

Awww. Not a fan?

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Re: Inspirations

Postby K-R » Tue May 05, 2015 6:59 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
K-R wrote:
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
K-R wrote: Along with Black Betty (presumably the Spiderbait version)

You're fuckin' awesome...

I don't get it.

Awww. Not a fan?
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Tue May 05, 2015 8:27 pm UTC

o.O

Australian bands aren't available in Australia?

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Re: Inspirations

Postby TaintedDeity » Tue May 05, 2015 9:03 pm UTC

That's usually how it works. I presume the logic is if you're in australia you can and should be paying for it through the usual channels. If you;re outside australia you can't or shouldn;t be expected to pay for it.

Happens the same with some clips on youtube from BBC shows while watching in the UK.
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Postby Fractal_Tangent » Tue May 05, 2015 9:42 pm UTC

TaintedDeity wrote:That's usually how it works. I presume the logic is if you're in australia you can and should be paying for it through the usual channels. If you;re outside australia you can't or shouldn;t be expected to pay for it.

Happens the same with some clips on youtube from BBC shows while watching in the UK.

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Re: Inspirations

Postby TaintedDeity » Wed May 06, 2015 3:49 am UTC

I haven't used an actual TV for TV things since I came to uni, I don't think.
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Postby Fractal_Tangent » Wed May 06, 2015 7:49 am UTC

We watch BBC breakfast because it does trains and it's nice to get the news in the morning. We've also got a chrome cast thing which is pretty cool. Lets you use your telly as a projector or something. I'm not entirely sure how it works. Probably magic.
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Re: Inspirations

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Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
K-R wrote:Along with Black Betty (presumably the Spiderbait version)

You're fuckin' awesome...

I want a pony.

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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed May 06, 2015 9:41 am UTC

That video is unavailable in my country. :shock:

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Re: Inspirations

Postby doogly » Wed May 06, 2015 1:05 pm UTC

K-R wrote: Black Betty (presumably the Spiderbait version)

Nobody should have to settle for less than Leadbelly.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Quercus » Thu May 07, 2015 11:50 am UTC

I'm going a little bit crazy from not being able to get out rock climbing or sailing due to my thesis. In order to compensate (and not get too rusty) my washing line setups are involving increasingly elaborate knotwork. Today my washing line included: two different types of trucker's hitch, a clove hitch, a round turn and two half hitches, a munter mule, a directional 8 and an alpine butterfly :D

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Postby Jumble » Sat May 09, 2015 8:37 am UTC

Fractal_Tangent wrote:We watch BBC breakfast because it does trains and it's nice to get the news in the morning. We've also got a chrome cast thing which is pretty cool. Lets you use your telly as a projector or something. I'm not entirely sure how it works. Probably magic.

I always watch BBC news in the hotel when I'm on overseas duty, which means I've found I can't watch BBC breakfast when I'm back. It makes me feel homesick even though I'm home. Funnily enough I don't really get homesick when I'm away. Thank the gods for the Today programme....
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Re: Inspirations

Postby tms » Sat May 09, 2015 11:44 am UTC

Sort of a busy day but got distracted by escape sequences. Which turned my attention to teletype, then Morse code and how to replace Morse with something else in a bind. Escapist sequence.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby SurgicalSteel » Sun May 10, 2015 1:32 am UTC

My neighbor has this mysterious mold and fungus growing out of her kitchen wall. It's seriously weird, two contractors and an insurance inspector have been to her house and they've cut a huge hole in the wall, and they can't figure out where the hell it's coming from. So I'm doing what any normal, well-adjusted adult would do: re-reading this http://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comment ... is_series/
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Anchorman screams that he's seen a monster (mayday)
There's blood stains on his shirt (mayday)
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Re: Inspirations

Postby bachaddict » Sun May 10, 2015 8:54 am UTC

FierceContinent wrote:Is it true that it helps the economy when you buy stuff from smaller companies?
Buying a brand of cola other than Coca cola, going to a family owned restaurant instead of Mcdonalds, buying off a guy on e-bay instead of buying from amazon?

Your purchase is a larger percentage of a small company's income than a large one's.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby FierceContinent » Sun May 10, 2015 2:21 pm UTC

bachaddict wrote:
FierceContinent wrote:Is it true that it helps the economy when you buy stuff from smaller companies?
Buying a brand of cola other than Coca cola, going to a family owned restaurant instead of Mcdonalds, buying off a guy on e-bay instead of buying from amazon?

Your purchase is a larger percentage of a small company's income than a large one's.

So it's more likely to help keep a company in the black?
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