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Flint1979

I never realized that when you are in Downtown Detroit you are 610 miles due west of Downtown Boston.


SkyPesos

Why do so many metro areas have a city named "Lebanon" in an edge of their metro area? So far, I can think of Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Nashville and St Louis, and there's most likely even more.

snowc

Why does tripadvisor make me :rofl:?! :ded:
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renegade

- Am I the only one who believes emojis are contributing to the dumbing-down of America? 
Don’t ask me how I know.  Just understand that I do.

Scott5114

Quote from: renegade on November 05, 2021, 01:44:00 PM
- Am I the only one who believes emojis are contributing to the dumbing-down of America? 

Only as much as hieroglyphs contributed to the dumbing-down of Egypt. Or as much as any other Unicode code block does (I've got my eyes on you, "Spacing Modifier Letters"). I think it's really dumb when consumer items are festooned with them in the attempt to make them seem "cool"–"You know what kids like? Texting! If we put emoji on it, they'll buy it"–so if anything, emoji are contributing to the dumbing-down of corporate nitwits.

Emoji aren't even American–they were invented by Japanese phone makers (which makes sense, as entering Japanese text on a phone has always been cumbersome, so they were searching for shortcuts to make it quicker to communicate ideas).
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formulanone

Quote from: Scott5114 on November 05, 2021, 02:14:42 PM
Quote from: renegade on November 05, 2021, 01:44:00 PM
- Am I the only one who believes emojis are contributing to the dumbing-down of America? 

Only as much as hieroglyphs contributed to the dumbing-down of Egypt. Or as much as any other Unicode code block does (I've got my eyes on you, "Spacing Modifier Letters"). I think it's really dumb when consumer items are festooned with them in the attempt to make them seem "cool"–"You know what kids like? Texting! If we put emoji on it, they'll buy it"–so if anything, emoji are contributing to the dumbing-down of corporate nitwits.

Emoji aren't even American–they were invented by Japanese phone makers (which makes sense, as entering Japanese text on a phone has always been cumbersome, so they were searching for shortcuts to make it quicker to communicate ideas).

On one hand, emoji makes it easier to communicate those feelings; on the flip side, it also can also trivialize them.

Are you crying uncontrollably due to the inexorable chasm of existence and being, did they discontinue your favorite limited-edition soft drink, or did you just see a cute puppy?

It's a push.

TheHighwayMan3561

#956
Quote from: renegade on November 05, 2021, 01:44:00 PM
- Am I the only one who believes emojis are contributing to the dumbing-down of America? 

No, but the obsession with "mic drops" and other "owned" moments over actual conversation and debate is, even if those things can be enjoyable on the rare occasions they're actually done right.
self-certified as the dumbest person on this board for 5 years running

renegade

Quote from: TheHighwayMan394 on November 06, 2021, 11:20:07 AM
Quote from: renegade on November 05, 2021, 01:44:00 PM
- Am I the only one who believes emojis are contributing to the dumbing-down of America? 

No, but the obsession with "mic drops" and other "owned" moments over actual conversation and debate is, even if those things can be enjoyable on the rare occasions they're actually done right.
There's a fine line between "actually done right" and "over-use."
Don’t ask me how I know.  Just understand that I do.

kurumi

A good pizza is defined by what you don't put on it.

The idea that a "combo" pizza is ideal, because it has something for everyone, is flawed -- otherwise pizza places would sell only combos, basking in pure efficiency while the happiness of all pizza eaters is automatically maximized.

The Andreotti-Frankel theorem puts the ideal number of toppings on a pizza rounds as 3, because you can't meaningfully have 2.71828182845 toppings, even though would be the true maximum. Fractal toppings has seen some research but not yet meaningful results.

For the same reason that an orchestra doesn't have everyone soloing at once, you need negative spaces, structure, a narrative. Only then does the idea pizza emerge.
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Scott5114

Quote from: kurumi on November 07, 2021, 02:25:59 PM
Only then does the idea pizza emerge.

Hello, Pizza Hut? Can I get a large pan pizza, half relativity, half Overton window? Thanks.
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Dirt Roads

Quote from: kurumi on November 07, 2021, 02:25:59 PM
A good pizza is defined by what you don't put on it.

The idea that a "combo" pizza is ideal, because it has something for everyone, is flawed -- otherwise pizza places would sell only combos, basking in pure efficiency while the happiness of all pizza eaters is automatically maximized.

The Andreotti-Frankel theorem puts the ideal number of toppings on a pizza rounds as 3, because you can't meaningfully have 2.71828182845 toppings, even though would be the true maximum. Fractal toppings has seen some research but not yet meaningful results.

For the same reason that an orchestra doesn't have everyone soloing at once, you need negative spaces, structure, a narrative. Only then does the idea pizza emerge.

I do agree, but I did find several exceptions:  Vincent's Pizza Park in the Pittsburgh area does a great job with an everything pizza on a large pie, particularly if you let them put everything on it.  Also, once upon a time there was a pizza joint in downtown Herndon, Virginia that was almost as good (but they are gone now).  At one time they offered to ship a "fresh-made pizza" anywhere in the world.  Our company president at that time was originally from Pittsburgh and almost agreed to let me order one shipped to an overseas project.  No big deal, since he would always try to schedule a trip to Vincent's whenever we both happened to be in The 'Burgh at the same time.

kurumi

Quote from: Scott5114 on November 07, 2021, 02:34:43 PM
Quote from: kurumi on November 07, 2021, 02:25:59 PM
Only then does the idea pizza emerge.

Hello, Pizza Hut? Can I get a large pan pizza, half relativity, half Overton window? Thanks.

Each time I order an Overton, the toppings are even further to the █████ side :-)
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kkt

Quote from: Scott5114 on November 07, 2021, 02:34:43 PM
Quote from: kurumi on November 07, 2021, 02:25:59 PM
Only then does the idea pizza emerge.

Hello, Pizza Hut? Can I get a large pan pizza, half relativity, half Overton window? Thanks.

:-D

zachary_amaryllis

Quote from: kurumi on November 07, 2021, 02:25:59 PM
A good pizza is defined by what you don't put on it.

The idea that a "combo" pizza is ideal, because it has something for everyone, is flawed -- otherwise pizza places would sell only combos, basking in pure efficiency while the happiness of all pizza eaters is automatically maximized.

The Andreotti-Frankel theorem puts the ideal number of toppings on a pizza rounds as 3, because you can't meaningfully have 2.71828182845 toppings, even though would be the true maximum. Fractal toppings has seen some research but not yet meaningful results.

For the same reason that an orchestra doesn't have everyone soloing at once, you need negative spaces, structure, a narrative. Only then does the idea pizza emerge.

that is the most beautiful description of what i deliver around town all night.
clinched:
I-64, I-80, I-76 (west), *64s in hampton roads, 225,270,180 (co, wy)

Mr_Northside

Quote from: Dirt Roads on November 07, 2021, 02:44:44 PM
I do agree, but I did find several exceptions:  Vincent's Pizza Park in the Pittsburgh area does a great job with an everything pizza on a large pie, particularly if you let them put everything on it.  Also, once upon a time there was a pizza joint in downtown Herndon, Virginia that was almost as good (but they are gone now).  At one time they offered to ship a "fresh-made pizza" anywhere in the world.  Our company president at that time was originally from Pittsburgh and almost agreed to let me order one shipped to an overseas project.  No big deal, since he would always try to schedule a trip to Vincent's whenever we both happened to be in The 'Burgh at the same time.

Man.... you can feel the arteries clogging when you're eating a Vinnie pie.
I don't have opinions anymore. All I know is that no one is better than anyone else, and everyone is the best at everything

zachary_amaryllis

apparently my check engine light was telling me something real.

turned out i had bad motor mounts.

it was telling me literally, check that the engine is still in the car.

could you see it? 'hello, i've just experienced a very sudden loss of power, and something came flying out of the hood..'
clinched:
I-64, I-80, I-76 (west), *64s in hampton roads, 225,270,180 (co, wy)

snowc

Quote from: Mr_Northside on November 08, 2021, 02:40:04 PM
Quote from: Dirt Roads on November 07, 2021, 02:44:44 PM
I do agree, but I did find several exceptions:  Vincent's Pizza Park in the Pittsburgh area does a great job with an everything pizza on a large pie, particularly if you let them put everything on it.  Also, once upon a time there was a pizza joint in downtown Herndon, Virginia that was almost as good (but they are gone now).  At one time they offered to ship a "fresh-made pizza" anywhere in the world.  Our company president at that time was originally from Pittsburgh and almost agreed to let me order one shipped to an overseas project.  No big deal, since he would always try to schedule a trip to Vincent's whenever we both happened to be in The 'Burgh at the same time.

Man.... you can feel the arteries clogging when you're eating a Vinnie pie.
I used to hate pizza having sauce. Now I dont!  :)
southeastern road geek since 2001.
here's my clinched counties https://mob-rule.com/user/snowc
and my clinched roads https://travelmapping.net/user/?units=miles&u=snowc
i'm on kartaview as well https://kartaview.org/user/computer-geek
wikipedia too https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:BryceM2001

hotdogPi

Silver quarters: for when you want to give a tip to a server directly but that location pools tips

(no, I haven't actually done this)
Clinched

Traveled, plus
US 13, 44, 50
MA 22, 35, 40, 107, 109, 126, 141, 159
NH 27, 111A(E); CA 133; NY 366; GA 42, 140; FL A1A, 7; CT 32; VT 2A, 5A; PA 3, 51, 60, QC 162, 165, 263; 🇬🇧A100, A3211, A3213, A3215, A4222; 🇫🇷95 D316

Lowest untraveled: 25 (expected 36 on June 28)

TheHighwayMan3561

Quote from: 1 on November 17, 2021, 04:17:14 PM
Silver quarters: for when you want to give a tip to a server directly but that location pools tips

(no, I haven't actually done this)

I don't think you should do this. The tip pooling thing is often an employer requirement and the server can get in deep trouble or ultimately be fired for not putting their tips in the pool, and if other employees start suspecting someone is withholding their tips it can lead to a messy situation.
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Scott5114

Also you would be surprised how many people don't know how to tell what a quarter is made of, or how many even check.

We pooled our tips at the casino, but if someone left a tip of something interesting like a silver quarter or red seal bill we could swap that out with one from our drawer, then swap it again later with one from our wallet. That way the 25¢ still ended up in the tip pool, and the silver quarter ended up going to whoever wanted it. Win-win, considering that if the silver quarter went in the tip pool it'd just be deposited.
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snowc

Oh deer.
The whole North Pole is trying to reel from another car crash!  :ded: :poke: :pan:
Gotta go to Tarheel Collison tomorrow to get a quote for it.  :ded:Poor car.  :rolleyes:
southeastern road geek since 2001.
here's my clinched counties https://mob-rule.com/user/snowc
and my clinched roads https://travelmapping.net/user/?units=miles&u=snowc
i'm on kartaview as well https://kartaview.org/user/computer-geek
wikipedia too https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:BryceM2001

renegade

Quote from: snowc on November 17, 2021, 06:59:45 PM
Oh deer.
The whole North Pole is trying to reel from another car crash!  :ded: :poke: :pan:
Gotta go to Tarheel Collison tomorrow to get a quote for it.  :ded:Poor car.  :rolleyes:
Wish I knew what any of that means.
Don’t ask me how I know.  Just understand that I do.

Max Rockatansky

Quote from: renegade on November 17, 2021, 07:28:56 PM
Quote from: snowc on November 17, 2021, 06:59:45 PM
Oh deer.
The whole North Pole is trying to reel from another car crash!  :ded: :poke: :pan:
Gotta go to Tarheel Collison tomorrow to get a quote for it.  :ded:Poor car.  :rolleyes:
Wish I knew what any of that means.

My take:

-  The poster got excited about seeing a deer somewhere.
-  The entirety of the North Pole and Santa's Workshop is suffering from a general malaise in life.  Hence the struggle to find any joy in a car crash.
-  Somehow this involves the futile attempts of a body shop in North Carolina to save Christmas. 

snowc

Quote from: renegade on November 17, 2021, 07:28:56 PM
Quote from: snowc on November 17, 2021, 06:59:45 PM
Oh deer.
The whole North Pole is trying to reel from another car crash!  :ded: :poke: :pan:
Gotta go to Tarheel Collison tomorrow to get a quote for it.  :ded:Poor car.  :rolleyes:
Wish I knew what any of that means.
My father got into a SERIOUS car crash. It caused a total loss and needs to be repaired.  :pan: :-(
southeastern road geek since 2001.
here's my clinched counties https://mob-rule.com/user/snowc
and my clinched roads https://travelmapping.net/user/?units=miles&u=snowc
i'm on kartaview as well https://kartaview.org/user/computer-geek
wikipedia too https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:BryceM2001

snowc

Quote from: Max Rockatansky on November 17, 2021, 07:36:59 PM
Quote from: renegade on November 17, 2021, 07:28:56 PM
Quote from: snowc on November 17, 2021, 06:59:45 PM
Oh deer.
The whole North Pole is trying to reel from another car crash!  :ded: :poke: :pan:
Gotta go to Tarheel Collison tomorrow to get a quote for it.  :ded:Poor car.  :rolleyes:
Wish I knew what any of that means.

My take:

-  The poster got excited about seeing a deer somewhere.
-  The entirety of the North Pole and Santa's Workshop is suffering from a general malaise in life.  Hence the struggle to find any joy in a car crash.
-  Somehow this involves the futile attempts of a body shop in North Carolina to save Christmas.
See above post for explanation. Pictures available upon request.
Whole front fender is damaged. The tire is off and the mirror is NOT working.  :no:
southeastern road geek since 2001.
here's my clinched counties https://mob-rule.com/user/snowc
and my clinched roads https://travelmapping.net/user/?units=miles&u=snowc
i'm on kartaview as well https://kartaview.org/user/computer-geek
wikipedia too https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:BryceM2001



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