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Fun / Re: Video Game Thread
« on: Today at 06:05:59 AM »

San Andreas is still one of my top 3 video games of all time.  Love that game.  It would make bonkers cash if they did a sequel game to it.

Fun / Re: Video Game Thread
« on: July 19, 2018, 01:41:44 PM »
I'm looking forward to when Cyberpunk 2077 comes out and after seeing that a black man is one of the creators I have even more anticipation....

Politics / Calif. Supreme Court Blocks State Split
« on: July 19, 2018, 09:32:49 AM »
So, what side of this are you on?  As a former Californian, I will always have a soft spot for the state and feel that they should go ahead and let the people decide if they want to split the state up or not.

Entertainment / Re: Throwback Thursday
« on: July 19, 2018, 06:19:32 AM »
Takin it down south this Thursday...

Technology and Science / Re: The Technologies Of Abundance
« on: July 17, 2018, 08:52:47 AM »
Lab Grown Meat huh?  On the face of it I don't see why not, but I'll tell'ya in all honestly that it's going to take me a good minute to get comfortable with the phrase like it would be for a Churken dinner...the lab name if someone came up with a laboratory genetically engineered hybrid of a chicken and a turkey.

Chances are they will just call it meat.  As the dude in the video mentions, naming is crucial to adoption.

Technology and Science / Re: Countdown To Mars Colony
« on: July 16, 2018, 12:03:25 PM »
Commercialization of space as noted by me is a key part of moving forward with space travel.  As I have pointed out, without a commercial rationalization there is little chance we will make it to Mars.  The following video gives some background on current efforts to commercialize space, emphasizing low earth orbit ventures.

You know me, I'm the pragmatist. All about feasibility, practicality, and the visualizing of unintended consequences. So, with that said. Here is my question.

Would you feel the same if a Chinese businessman colonized mars and claimed it as his own and forbid any others to land without his permission and/or payment to his corporation?

Welcome to planet "Confucius". Owned and operated by Hong Chang Chen.

A Chinese businessman would be violating the 'Outer Space Treaty' I am sure if he tried to claim the entire planet.  Though I am sure that eventually once space travel becomes a lot easier that treaty will be revisited in the future but for now, it is I believe illegal for anyone to claim an entire celestial body as their own.

Technology and Science / Re: Countdown To Mars Colony
« on: July 16, 2018, 07:49:25 AM »
Commercialization of space as noted by me is a key part of moving forward with space travel.  As I have pointed out, without a commercial rationalization there is little chance we will make it to Mars.  The following video gives some background on current efforts to commercialize space, emphasizing low earth orbit ventures.


Learning to fly an airplane was always one of my goals on my bucket list but my eyesight is too poor for flying unfortunately.


Couldn't resist, Biggie.  Tag me back first thing tomorrow morning.   :D

Beware of Biggs ability to Echolocate. He may come gunning for ya.

It's all good.  I stopped effing with WG ever since he showed me what he does with the bodies. 

This dude:

Would be PROUD.  And a touch envious....


The New Skill: Smuggling Techniques.

When: Sometime back in the summer of 2011, or so.

The Circumstances: Biggie and JP were on the verge of pulling some hella big time DECADES in the in the joint behind their slipshod techniques and operations if they didn't wise the fuck up on acquiring and moving product with a taste more discretion and stealth.  I just incorporated things I had learned over time and simply added a new twist to several old smuggling principles, that's all.  We made a fortune.  Biggie fucked his up on pussy, partyin' up, that fleet of Ferrari's he bought for hoze in a tristate area, etc.  Then blew the rest building expensive condos in Key West, Florida...and then...Hurricane Harvey showed up...two-days before his insurance-riders were do to kick-in for sale and human habitation.

JP's story is much simpler.  Mrs. Public aka "D" took-off with every dime with Bow-Legged Lou from Full Force to God knows where and ain't been seen or heard of since.

Oh, that's right.  The Procedure: Carrier-Pigeons.  Yep.  No shit.  Who tracks homing-pigeons?  Nobody.  Planes, yep.  Birds?  Nope.  Took SHITLOADS of them 24/7/365, but Hell.  Three vials at a time adds the fuck up.  "Puro" and then cut like a'muthafucka.  It worked, and we dodged getting popped.

Id say that is more of an innovation than skill and you forgot the investments I made into Bitcoin with part of my cut.  And I still have the pigeons.   Added some trained dolphins to the mix.  They can hold more.

Being the Spherical One, already loaded with a vast number of skills, I can't think of one new skill I've learned so far this Century. Most of the new thangs I learn this days are themselves related to the vast number of things I already know something about. All I can think of are skills I wish I had learned but never did, like flying an airplane or something like that.

If something comes to mind, or if I learn to fly a plane, I'll remember this thread and get back atcha.

Learning to fly an airplane was always one of my goals on my bucket list but my eyesight is too poor for flying unfortunately.  That and scuba diving.  Maybe I can still learn to scuba dive, don't think you need good eyesight for that.

At work a couple of year's back, one of the vascular surgeons that was going into semi-retirement at the time, demonstrated to a couple of non-medical staff members,(myself included) how to properly to I.D the type, clean,  properly suture and bandage various types of common wounds to others, and in more dire situations on how to do so to yourself. Quite the eye opening experience.

Cool.  So for you it has been two years.  And you said it was because someone decided to show people at your job.  How long has it been since you sought out a new skill?

General Discussion / When Was The Last Time You Learned A New Skill?
« on: July 13, 2018, 12:09:51 PM »
So in about a week or so, a co-worker is going to show me how to make a fire using nothing but a couple sticks.  This grew out of a discussion about the educational system and how we are made to learn things like French (which I personally have never used) but are not required to learn stuff that would actually help a person survive.  At any rate, that discussion ended up with me deciding to learn how to make a fire with sticks.  My other co-worker said I would always be useful once I can make a fire with nothing but a couple sticks. 


It occurred to me that I could not remember the last time I had learned a genuine brand new skill.  I learn new INFORMATION all the time.  But a new skill?  Cannot recall.  Made me wonder if I am the only one and if not, when did we stop acquiring new skills?  Why did we?  At any rate, after I learn to make fire, I have determined to challenge myself to learning at least one new skill a year minimum. 


When was the last time you learned a new skill?

And by NEW - that means completely unrelated to a skill you already have.

What's the BFD?  ALL artists ripoff other artists.  Nobody holds a patent on music/musical styles/whatever.  Get real...or read and bone up.  Anybody holla and get mad at Michael Jackson for ripping off the moon walk?  If ripped off is ripped off period, then his estate owes either Bill Bailey's or Bill Robinson's some hella chedda.   He even had'ta pay Manu Dibango around Christ knows how much $$$$$$$ for stealing his riff on Soul Makossa that appeared on the LARGEST SELLING ALBUM OF far.  You know...."Mamacoomamacoosow...mamacoomamacoosow".  Bet'cha Manu was happy as Hell.  Good fuckin' grief.

Just listen to the first few bars...

If anyone buys that, you have a problem to solve.  Ripping off other blacks is OK.  But war's declared because Koreans do it...and not in lyric terms...but musical genre/style.  Not a fuckin' soul owns the exclusive rights on styles.  Give me a muthafuckin' break. 

I'm with you on this one and I will add one more comment.  Since we are American, I'd say 75% of what we do as a culture is something that was appropriated from another culture.  If you cook, chances are you are taking something from someone elses culture, if you speak, pretty damn sure some of the words you are using are derived from different cultures, if you wear clothes, chances again that those clothes bear an influence from some other culture than your own and the list goes on.  Why is music a special case for some folks I dunno.  At the end of the day, especially in this case, everyone knows who originated that style.  And btw its GOSPEL - I'm not religious but if I was or claimning to be I think I'd be happy to see people spreading the good word regardless of culture.

Technology and Science / Re: Gun Control Is Now A Moot Point
« on: July 12, 2018, 02:24:35 PM »
But who can afford their own milling machines? I don't get it. Printed guns aren't much of a threat because of the non-metal-alloy material they are printed from can't withstand the explosive power of gunpowder blast. Soon as word got around that "blaster boy" was building his own guns and had a milling machine a search warrant would be issued and he would be arrest for operating a manufacturing business without a license or the necessary permits unique for gun manufacture.

The 'Ghost Gunner' mill goes for $1675.  That is pretty affordable.  3D printers aren't super expensive either.  And you can 3D print with metal these days I believe. 

Technology and Science / Re: Countdown To Mars Colony
« on: July 12, 2018, 02:13:05 PM »
My fear is that if space becomes commercialized it will be of no benefit to the masses.

My other fear is looking up in the night sky and seeing a for rent sign emblazoned across a great swath of the moon, like a cartoon image --ACME Space 4 Rent!--. Rich folk only.

I would feel more comfortable if we all, as tax payers, were still vested in these continued explorations since it was our tax dollars which originally  paid for all of the research these new explorers are now using to build their commercial success, with no direct beneficial shares going to the public who paid out the ass.

I believe commercialization is the only way we will see a benefit honestly.  One of the good things about greed is that it is one hell of a motivating factor without which many of the modern conveniances we enjoy would not exist.  Government is a pretty fickle shepherd whose main interest is in sustaining its own existence and if along the way some of what it does benefits the masses - cool.  But the moment the masses lose interest, budgets begin to dry up. 

It isn't until someone sees a way to make money that major sustained effort is put into things.  Personally I take the long view when it comes to space exploration.  We live in a galaxy of near unlimited resources,  Just one asteroid for example could be wirth TRILLIONS to the company who first begins mining one. 

The long view however isn't about that company making is about how the will steadily bring down the costs of entry to space for everyone.  What this means long term is that certain material resources will become pretty cheap and abundant, many of which are required for our technological future.

As for thr ACME sign on the moon - I'd buy a plot.  I'm sure someone will eventually figure out how real estate will work on an interplanetary level.

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