TheOctonaut

@TheOctonaut@mander.xyz

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TheOctonaut ,

Do you understand the difference between blowing up ancient statues with dynamite, and throwing some chalk on stones that have been in place since the 1950s?

TheOctonaut ,

The stones of Stonehenge have been there for millennia, yes, but they are only in their modern configuration since the 1950s, as a best guess reconstruction of something that had been lost long ago.

stonehenge

The Bamyan statues were much younger, but were largely intact as they had been for 1,400 years. And, y'know, got blown up rather than doused with a bit of colour (which frankly was probably a better recreation of what happened at the real Stonehenge than the LARPing the faux druids do).

Prosecutors say Alec Baldwin was ‘engaged in horseplay’ with gun before fatal shooting ( www.theguardian.com )

Fewer than three weeks before actor Alec Baldwin is due to go on trial in Santa Fe, New Mexico, prosecutors have said that he “engaged in horseplay with the revolver”, including firing a blank round at a crew member on the set of Rust before the tragic accident occurred....

TheOctonaut ,

He was a producer but that's a meaningless title handed out to anyone who will front a little money or indeed sometimes just give some advice.

TheOctonaut ,

Wouldn't the live round have shot someone no matter what? The point of a blank round is so you can aim a gun at someone and not kill them.

TheOctonaut ,

Can I ask what the point of this screed was? I'm aware blanks are dangerous. That's irrelevant. There was a real bullet in the chamber. At some point, even if it was a blank, it would have been pointed at someone and the trigger pulled.

The point appears to be "check the damn weapon", which of course you could have said without 'educating' me, and wouldn't have been undercut with going on endlessly about wadding.

That point is a terrible one because the armourer is the expert, and is the one who should be signing the gun off as safe every time it is opened, not an actor who neither is required to have qualifications nor skills in clearing a gun as safe. If an actor interferes with the weapon, the armourer has to check it again.

TheOctonaut ,

Yes you understand anarchists now.

Of course anarchists will then reinvent the state to explain how they'd prevent this happening. But like, it's not called the state, so it's better.

TheOctonaut ,

What on earth are you talking about? What start button is in the middle?

TheOctonaut ,

I can smell it. I can smell now the difference between Nintendo booklets and Sega booklets and PC booklets (Christ, trying to type in the Age of Empires 2 cd key).

I have 1000 games on Steam, and I know a lot of them come with some sort of PDF, and I'm not saying things aren't better, but I can miss that one aspect of the first half hour of experiencing a new game being reading, touching, smelling its lore and artwork.

TheOctonaut ,

DV

What do you do with all the time you save making titles useless?

TheOctonaut ,

Tide goes in, tide goes out. I can't explain that.

TheOctonaut ,

One that works in a walk in freezer?

TheOctonaut ,

WiFi works poorly behind insulation.

Cameras don't do great covered in frost.

TheOctonaut ,

Walk in freezers are usually aimed at -18C, but that isn't the main problem with trying to get a WiFi camera to work behind several inches of insulation.

TheOctonaut ,

These people are presumably paid to go into the freezer. If they weren't going into the freezer that would be a problem. It's going into the freezer and doing whip-its is the problem.

I was going to say then that you'd need to prove the person was actually doing whip-its and not their job, but I'm guessing this is America and it's not actually required to have a reason to euthanise underperforming employees.

TheOctonaut ,

They might be cheaper, but then you have to either have a cable coming in the door of the freezer, or drill a hole in your $10k freezer's wall.

In my country you'd definitely need to have video footage to accuse someone of abusing aerosols at work, but yes in some less civilised places a general pattern might be enough to accuse someone and hope they weren't just going in there to do their job.

TheOctonaut ,

What? My friend do you think that the problem here is they are actually whipping cream? This is what you need to "do" whip-its:

https://mander.xyz/pictrs/image/ac1e702c-de7b-44a9-a332-0b6ad8052092.jpeg

TheOctonaut ,

It goes further than that. If you're away from home and in a place where halal is not available, or you are a guest in someone's home and it was not reasonable for you to bring your own food, then eating anything is halal. And even without these things, there is ritual cleansing.

Intent matters.

Like there was an intense controversy in Malaysia a few years ago where a traveling "show" called "I Want To Touch A Dog" allowed Malay Muslims to come, touch a cute dog, and then quickly perform 7 ritual cleansing steps. The argument centred on the intent - driving to a place to touch a dog shows an intent to break the rule, and might even invalidate the cleansing.

All mumbo jumbo of course but it's interesting at least.

TheOctonaut ,

scorpion, a type of insect

Nope.

Scorpions are arachnids.

TheOctonaut ,

https://sales.jetbrains.com/hc/en-gb/articles/207240845-What-is-a-perpetual-fallback-license

You're both half right.

You get the version at the time of your subscription (plus bugfixes). Then after 12 consecutive months of members you get the next version perpetually (plus bugfixes).

So it's 1.0 when you subscribe, you get that perpetually.

It's 1.0.1 in your third month, you get that perpetually.

It's 1.1 in your sixth month. You do not get that perpetually.

It's 1.0.2 in your seventh month. You get that perpetually.

It's 1.1.1 in your eighth month. You do not get that perpetually.

It's 1.2 in your tenth month. You do not get that perpetually.

It's 1.2 still in your twelfth month. You now get that perpetually.

It's 1.2.1 in your thirteenth month. You get that perpetually.

It's 2.0 on your fourteenth month. You do not get that perpetually.

You unsubscibe but retain a perpetual version licence.

  • You started with 1.0
  • You ended with 1.2.1
  • You have to roll back from 2.0 to 1.2.1

Rokeby Venus ( lemmy.world )

The Rokeby Venus is a painting by Diego Velázquez which was completed between 1647 and 1651. It depicts the Roman goddess Venus in a sensual pose, lying on a bed and looking into a mirror held by her son Cupid. The painting is the only surviving female nude by Velázquez. Since 1906 it has been in the National Gallery in...

TheOctonaut ,

First of all, through the goddess all things are possible, so jot that down.

TheOctonaut ,

Because by that criteria every web page that's ever had a comment box is "social media".

Social media to me is, as the guy said, defined by the fact that you're following a person/persona, not a topic.

This site and other sites like it are link aggregators. If you wanted to, you could use and contribute to a link aggregator without ever writing or indeed reading a comment.

TheOctonaut ,

They share them as a once off. Very occasionally you'll get the "Update: MIL stole our baby" posts, but mostly it doesn't matter (and shouldn't matter) who is posting the content. In social media, who is posting matters.

You have the oddities on Reddit occasion like that terrible poet and the comic lady that has her OF simps brigade her posts, but just look at how utterly useless and rejected all of Reddit's attempts to turn it into social media are: follows, journals, chat - features of genuine social media but done poorly and with the wrong audience who distinctly Don't want to follow personalities.

TheOctonaut ,

Again, it's not about links or about comments. It's about the focus of the content. My friend, I have been shitposting on the Internet quite likely longer than you've been alive, so no, I'm not ignoring the content. And I was on Facebook for the best part of a decade so no, no shame there either.

But Usenet isn't social media. Forums aren't social media. Comment boxes aren't social media. The term came about when people started friending and following and tagging each other and generally caring who the other person is - without which all of these previous examoles are just more chatrooms and forums. If Social Media is literally just communicating in any way on the Internet, then the term is useless.

TheOctonaut ,

Good boy Woody. Now, get the other invasive species.

TheOctonaut ,

Nope. There are modern humans (homo sapiens) and archaic humans (extinct homo species).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaic_humans

TheOctonaut ,

Fun fact! While there is a meteorological standard, in day to day usage the seasons are culturally defined.

In Ireland for example, it's been summer since May 1st.

https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2022/0428/1046589-bealtaine-summer-ireland/

Other places also define seasons differently or indeed have completely different seasons, eg the wet season, hot season, cool season in Thailand.

TheOctonaut ,

Pinkertons today is a brand name purchased by a Swedish security firm. It has nothing to do with the previous Pinkertons and (fellow) D&D nerds circlejerking that the guys from Red Dead Redemption had come to (literally ask to) retrieve stolen property without involving the law was very embarrassing.

TheOctonaut ,

Just so we're clear, your argument is that this Swedish firm have the same name as 19th century American "mercs" therefore modern day slavery is real?

TheOctonaut ,

I don't think you're getting me.

The Swedish company is one you are probably familiar with - Securitas. Its quite literally not the same power structure, and completely different shit. They aren't hunting outlaws. They arent union-busting. They are people you send to someones house when you dont want to involve the police. They didn't intimidate the guy - he him himself described the interaction as "very nice, very apologetic". Remind me again how interactions with American police usually go?

https://www.dicebreaker.com/categories/trading-card-game/news/magic-the-gathering-aftermath-youtube-prompts-pinkerton-investigation

And no, they definitely had a case. The guy obtained unreleased cards (ie stolen) "from an acquaintance" and then refused all attempts to contact him by WotC. Do you think WotC should have sent police to his door? Would that have been a better loom for them?

TheOctonaut ,

OK good.

To the rest of the anti-protest though: why are people responding to a protest about Israel fighting Palestine by wearing American flag overalls and singing Star Spangled Banner?

TheOctonaut ,

Why do people believe this shit? Like the Internet was around. You can go see me arguing with people calling my Nokia NGage a taco and me defending having to hold it weird if I get to play Tomb Raider on my phone, on forums, right now. Oh and the kids all hold their phones that way now and yes it looks stupid but they just remastered Tomb Raider for mobile so who cares.

TheOctonaut ,

Inaction isn't action

Unless you're dead, choosing not to vote is an action. Don't deny your own agency.

TheOctonaut ,

She's like 7 years old and roughly that size too.

@fbi deal with this guy

TheOctonaut ,

It's a joke my friend. The FBI don't actually have a lemmy server

TheOctonaut ,

We were also in the middle of the Irish War of Independence, that feels like important context.

TheOctonaut ,

Because the British people that vote, vote primarily for parties that are seeking to destroy the NHS, because they've been trained to believe it exists entirely to employ and treat Them. The Others. Their Kind. You know The Ones.

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