In case you ever need to connect your TV to a water hose, #3Dprinting has got you covered

rant on covid and some on the fediverse 

To all the "friends" who deny and mock physical distancing and masks...

As a parent of an 18-year-old son who went through it, diagnosed with "acute pulmonary failure" after bilateral pneumonia caused by it, and was w/ him the entire time wearing a mask & trying to keep distant so as not to get infected as well, I sincerely hope you never have to go through this w/ yourself or a loved one due to your ignorance & hubris. Keep saying it's not about health.

Then there was that time, six years ago, when my one-year-old daughter and I wore matching outfits...

Playing a chill-out/lounge CD here at work, and can't help thinking this synthesizer & saxophone tune sounds like the soundtrack to a bad 1980s lesbian porn scene...

My favourite movie of all time is Fritz Lang's 1928 masterpiece, Metropolis. I learned today that Heinrich George,the actor who played the Foreman (my favourite character), starved to death in a NKVD prison camp after WWII, imprisoned as a Nazi collaborator (propaganda films) despite being a lifelong member of the Communist Party of Germany.

Myself, holding a violin while talking on the phone. 

Yours truly, when I first started on the Help Desk and IT support. Yes, I know I'm holding the violin wrong (I don't play).

The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.
-- Antonio Gramsci

Hi. If you're gonna fucking tell somebody to google (or duckduckgo or whatever) something when they ask for help, just shut the fuck up. Most people know perfectly well how to search for shit, and if they're not finding things, they'll turn to the people instead of the shitty search engines. You're insulting their intelligence, and you're making them feel shitty about needing help. Everybody starts somewhere. If you've got the knowledge, share it! Help others! Quit putting them down!

It takes time to register on forums, it takes time to post the question, it takes time to figure out how to explain the problem. And if they're going through that process, there's a good fucking chance that they've already exhausted their search options, and are probably frustrated.

So just don't. You're being an asshole and nobody whatsoever ever appreciates being told "here let me google that for you" or "go google it" or any of that. If you have the knowledge, share it. Otherwise, shut. The. Fuck. Up.

I'm just getting into the first edition of TSR's Metamorphosis Alpha. I wish I'd gotten into it sooner - like the mid-80s, when I first bought the AD&D module Expedition to the Barrier Peaks. Had I known it was a tie-in to Metamorphosis Alpha...

AC: How do you know that is what we meant?
Me: Because this is the comments section, and most of you here are bottom feeders.

Dang, I just discovered the existence of Digital Dungeon, a VTT-like app for the Amiga circa 1993. It's too bad my Amiga and table-top RPG hobbies hadn't intersected back then.

Teacher taught this and it blows my mind: γγƒŽδΈ€ ("ku no ichi") is a word for "female ninja" because the kanji for woman, ε₯³ (onna), is made up of

- hiragana く ku,
- katakana γƒŽ no, and
- kanji δΈ€ (ichi).

Anyone who loves puns and wordplay and wants to experience them in another whole dimension, via writing, needs to study a Sinitic language (one of the Chineses, Japanese, Korean, etc.). So much fun.

I used to love playing the football management game Bygfoot on Linux, does a similar open-source management sim exist for hockey?

Please remember that the coronavirus has not gone away just because people are bored with it now

food opinion 

I hate tomatos. they are soo gross!

If debates about food were framed in the same terms as discussions around technology:

"All these cooking nerds keep writing cook books that are too technical and require you to learn about ingredients and technique. Personally, I cook and eat decent stuff but I also know about "average people". They only eat frozen microwave pizza and order from huge fast-food chains. The foodies should adapt everything they do to appeal to people like that."

An annual (digital) subscription to Wallpaper* magazine is about $130 USD through Zinio. An annual print subscription is $140 USD through the magazine's distributor.

Personally, I'd rather have the physical artefact and read it long after the digital media service (or device, for that matter) is dead.

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