Damian

Damian

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    Sorry, that's Sold American. It's something that rewards listening to, if you can tolerate the country music from that era (which it parodies). Most of the songs contain Jewish references along with other jokes, some of which are real gems,...
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    Friedman is an interesting character. I read his detective novels back when they came out, and got the album on the strength of that (Sol American is the title, but it's the first one from back in the early 70s)....
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    I thought punk came in in the '80s, during Raygun Punk rock is a 70s phenomenon and started in at least 3 places independently (Brisbane, New York City, and London) and burst into the spotlight in roughly 1976. People refer...
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    Similarly, it's the beginning of the era where black clothes were routinely "blued" to keep their blackness, lest they brown with age. And really rich black fabrics were still premium, so going brown is more or less going downmarket. OTOH...
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    the quaint possibility of an "All Men Are Created Equal" Party pushing for suffrage, unionizing former slaves, and unionizing immigrant Chinese and Hispanic along with whites, so that no one can be exploited by industrialists paying bottom level wages The...
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    Under the same general heading of "patterns in nature", something fractals are typically invoked in relation to, thereby a sort of superset, I'll leave this here without further comment (because speculating content that hasn't been written yet and committing that...
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    Ooh, yes the Eden-Monaro forests, with the Harris-Daishowa pulp mill. I didn't participate in the actions there, but knew a few people who did. I recall the popular charge was "intimidation", and 3 friends of mine were arrested for walking...
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    I would have written something covering this, but you've saved me the trouble. I think it's actually an interesting reductio ad absurdum for the "the extremes of both sides are interchangeable" argument, because it shows why that is a superficial...
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    Wow, there are just so many things going wrong in that video :)...
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    I enjoyed DLD, read it (mostly) in one sitting the week it came out, looking forward to QoN. Having followed discussion and updates here all through the time it was written I'm not surprised by the content of the crib...
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    This correlation isn't informative, obviously, because you're tracking the label, not the underlying politics. And I guess this comment sort of answers a question I had in my head, but hadn't asked yet, about why you assigned the name "Whig"...
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    In Communist Russia they'd have been Party members. Absolutely, and this is the bit that makes it really confusing for some people who see the "right-wing" thing as really attached to some intrinsic singular meaning, unfortunately. Altemeyer himself has discussed...
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    The most hilarious example I can remember was hearing Depardieu’s voice... Funny, an example I had in my head was Depardieu in Cyrano, and the line "...et c'est ... Mon panache!". And wondering how awful a dubbed version would be,...
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    Are you sure Netflix doesn't have the subbed version hidden? Well I'll be... yes it does, and I've just demonstrated it to my wife, so we'll be watching that later. Much obliged! So the move into the interwebs does bring...
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    Tangential to the spread of Englishes subtread, my wife and I are trying to watch a Finnish series called Bordertown on Netflix. Unfortunately, I guess inevitably being Netflix, it's dubbed with American accents. The translation is so-so and the dubbing...
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    I think that usage around the word "poll" isn't really that different. Poll, vote, election, plebiscite, referendum... I could easily be mistaken, but my impression is that these mean roughly the same thing across all the Englishes. "Pants", however......
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    On Greg's other remarks, I found this: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2012/11/12/164984367/salman-rushdie-john-le-carre-end-literary-feud Taking Cornwell's remarks in total, and in context, I think he has a point: it's essentially one that a lot of people make when the context shifts to thing they care about....
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    Problem is, my wife far prefers cilantro to coriander... Sure, but Paws was right the first time too. It isn't that (outside the USA) we don't distinguish between ground dried coriander seeds and fresh coriander leaves and stems, it's just...
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    I recently read all the Smiley books, most of them for the first time (I'd read Tinker Tailor as a standalone several years ago but didn't really remember it that well). Of the series, I think I liked Honourable Schoolboy...
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    It's not hard at all to imagine the SA as Smiley. Interesting thought, but I'm not entirely sure I follow. Do you mean the way that at the beginning of The Honourable Schoolboy not only is Smiley restoring an organisation...
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    The FIRST RULE is, of course, "Never point a gun at anything you don't intend to shoot at". Which creates a lot of interesting horse and cart order issues with police cultures where pointing guns is commonplace....
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    A fair way past 400, here's an article about a serious sail transport project in the works: https://splash247.com/longchamp-commits-to-greener-transatlantic-shipping-with-neoline/ It's been an attractor here before, as it relates to several topics notably including supply chain in a post carbon world....
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    I also mentioned this: https://www.ikea.com/au/en/p/omtaenksam-shoehorn-anthracite-50385222/ Seriously folks, don't sharpen your shoe horns. Blade injuries to the heel can turn septic really easily before you notice......
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    Two and Half Men Gah, you're probably right. I had in my head it was from somewhere and that's probably it. Still, I obviously need to mark humour better. :)...
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    You know they're trying to eliminate feral cats in Aus and NZ, right? Oh absolutely. But cats are legal in Qld (we try to encourage cat owners to keep them indoors or at least enclosed, some people even comply) and...
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    NO USE AT ALL Which is why I like "Hey Siri, release the ferrets!*" so much better. That I suppose weasels would work just as well. Or snakes. *May require an Apple Homekit compatible ferret cage....
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    Some helpful information here: https://www.ncis.org.au/publications/ncis-fact-sheets/animal-related-deaths-2/ Most animal related deaths in Australia from 2010 to 2017 involved falling from a horse. I was sure it would be cows!...
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    That's hilarious. I actually have a normal-size Opinel craft knife like the one in the video. It came free with re-subscription to an Oz woodworking magazine I get, has their branding burnt into the handle. I missed my opportunity to...
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    When we were burgled we got the alarm and a small, not very noisy dog. But ultimately with the dog living indoors the alarm system was left off more times than not. Ultimately we kept the now defunct alarm beacon...
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