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Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: May 20, 2019, 03:23:51 AM »
Shock Waves Echo Across World After Catastrophic Polling Blunder Fails To Spot Drumpf Forces “Miracle Win” In Australia

Can confirm.

I would say that if you picked a random person on the street and asked them if they thought the govt would be reelected, they'd have said no. Been a lot of infighting in that government for years now to the point that they looked unelectable, but I guess the opposition were even more so.

It's probably a good thing when the Chinese were agitating for a change of government:

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: May 20, 2019, 03:15:08 AM »

Random Topics / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: May 20, 2019, 03:10:15 AM »
and now its over..

(and that's a good thing)

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: May 19, 2019, 05:46:56 AM »
I don't think Morrissey sees himself as either of those things. Certainly not upper-class. That's not a dig at him either.

Song and artist unrelated

The situation just looks worse and worse for Boeing:

Boeing admits flaws in 737 MAX simulator software after crashes
Boeing has acknowledged it had to correct flaws in its 737 MAX flight simulator software used to train pilots, after two deadly crashes involving the aircraft that killed 346 people within six months.

The US-based aerospace company said its simulators were incapable of replicating certain flight conditions that contributed to the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March, or the Lion Air accident off Indonesia last October.

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: May 19, 2019, 04:31:08 AM »
In the interests of equality, the way Brits pronounce "yoghurt" is absolutely awful. I think it's particularly grating when it comes from someone with the more upper class/educated accents.

Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: May 19, 2019, 02:41:51 AM »
Australia had their election yesterday, and to everyone's surprise Labor lost instead of winning by a landslide. There have been parallels drawn between their leader Bill Shorten and Hillary Clinton, a lot of tears and anger from anyone left of centre, and people blaming Queensland in particular for the loss - describing them as backwards inbreds/hillbillies/and the 'deep south of the north'.

The result and aftermath is much more amusing than expected despite it being a godawful few months of campaigning, legalised spam (phone, mail, etc) on behalf of the parties, and a senate ballot paper longer than 1m.

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: May 19, 2019, 02:19:08 AM »
It's funny, it seems like the rest of the world knows all about the savory/salty/sweet magic that happens when you reduce milk with sugar.  From Russia to Argentina they are happily bubbling away their cans of sweetened condensed milk to make the stuff.  The latest taste fad here is salted caramel which ticks two of the boxes but when you know what they're aiming at, it's just insipid.

I think you guys call it toffee but yours is pretty sweet stuff, but it is on the spectrum -- we like to taste the farmyard in all its goaty goodness.  It would probably help if you thought of the brown cheese as savory, sliceable toffee.

What is the deal with how Americans pronounce caramel incorrectly?

Song unrelated

Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: May 18, 2019, 08:50:49 AM »
Bring back Jim Webb

Random Topics / Re: Celebrity Deaths
« on: May 16, 2019, 10:00:39 AM »
Drained that baby!

Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke was previously the world record holder for the fastest drinking of a yard of beer, when he downed a sconce pot in eleven seconds

Random Topics / Re: Celebrity Deaths
« on: May 16, 2019, 05:45:56 AM »
Ex PM Bob Hawke

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: May 15, 2019, 11:12:37 PM »
9th anniversary of Dio's death. Radio station here has been playing a few Rainbow albums to mark it.

Random Topics / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: May 15, 2019, 01:57:25 AM »


It always amazes me how they're aware of where each element of what they write or draw is. Bearing in mind they're working in three dimensions.

You have to have a mental map of your position and surroundings, or as in this case they have to be picturing a giant penis.

Navy Recordings of Viral Sky Penis Incident Show Pilot Worried 'Balls Are Going to Be a Little Lopsided' 

    Even before drafting the shaft, the lieutenants knew it could cause a stir. “Dude, that would be so funny,” the pilot reportedly said to his partner. “Airliner’s[sic] coming back on their way into Seattle, just this big fucking giant penis. We could almost draw a vein in the middle of it too.”

The report lay’s out the creative struggle of making a sky penis, according to the Navy Times:

“Balls are going to be a little lopsided,” the pilot advised.

“Balls are complete,” he reported moments later. “I just gotta navigate a little bit over here for the shaft.”

“Which way is the shaft going?” the EWO asked.

“The shaft will go to the left,” the pilot answered.

“It’s gonna be a wide shaft,” the EWO noted.

“I don’t wanna make it just like 3 balls,” the pilot said.

“Let’s do it,” the EWO said. “Oh, the head of that penis is going to be thick.”

 “Soon after, I realized the extent of our actions,” the pilot reportedly wrote later. “That the contrails were remaining longer than predicted.”

The pilot then tried to scrub what he had done. “I flew one pass over it essentially trying to scribble it out with my contrails. That pass was ineffective,” he reportedly wrote.

Random Topics / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: May 13, 2019, 11:29:05 AM »
I've never seen an episode of GOT.  I have no idea what it's even about.  When the series is entirely finished, I'll check it out. 

I no longer am willing to be strung along season by season, episode by episode, waiting for these shows to squeeze out an episode.  It's excruciating.  I'm glad I'll get to binge watch this one (if I like it). 

The Sopranos made people wait forever (up to two years?) for new seasons to air.  Better Call Saul is taking a similar approach.  Glad I got into The Sopranos after it was finished.  I made a mistake being impatient to see BCS.  Now I'm right there with all of the other rubes awaiting season 5.  I didn't follow my own rule with BCS.  Ugh.

Try being a long time watcher of The Venture Bros - been airing since 03/04, with a gap of 2-3 years between every season.

Random Topics / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: May 13, 2019, 01:38:05 AM »

You missed the best known example of shooting down a military a/c to kill a high value target:

And the one that kicked off the Rwandan genocide:

I watched the new Avengers and it was enjoyable enough, but this video makes a salient point:

Random Topics / Re: Random stupid things on your mind. Post them.
« on: May 05, 2019, 09:52:15 PM »
Speaking of terrible British dishes, mushy peas are a blight on the world and do not go with fish and chips.

I am guessing it is salt mixed with whatever makes chicken-in-a-biscuit crackers taste like chicken soup.  That would be really good; I always wondered what wizardry was responsible.
There's not really any standard recipe, but from a quick google search you get these two brands listing their ingredients:
-Mitani Chicken Salt contains sea salt blended with garlic, onion and natural herbs & spices and is suitable for vegetarians. It’s also gluten free and contains no added MSG.
-Masterfoods Chicken Salt: Salt 75%, Chicken Flavour 10%, Paprika, Onion, Food Acid (Citric), Garlic, Rice Flour, Pepper, Celery Seed.

There's plenty of life left in the Airbus A380

I'll just mention one thing that wasn't brought up in the article: there isn't likely any future for the A380 as a cargo aircraft like there has been for the 747 due to the basic design of the aircraft being incompatible and inefficient for wholly freight usage.

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: May 05, 2019, 09:21:32 AM »

Random Topics / Re: Random stupid things on your mind. Post them.
« on: May 05, 2019, 09:19:42 AM »
It means your dish does not meet the minimum standard of indulgence to qualify as fair food, I'm afraid -- the cheese and ranch dressing are a desperate bid for edibility.  Plus, people would line up thinking it's seafood.

It is normally sold from fish and chip shops and often goes in family packs etc alongside seafood, but calling them 'scallops' is a regional thing (they're called potato cakes in my region). What is actually served on them instead of sauces is chicken salt, which is not really a thing outside Australia and hasn't been stolen from us yet - despite being very good with a range of foods including fries.

I have not seen it remarked upon elsewhere, but it seems to me that Americans' relationship with the potato is not unlike that of certain areas of Germany with the turnip:  unadorned it is famine-fodder, and its various disguises are viewed with suspicion.  I will not eat steak fries, for example; they are rarely cooked in the fat of the steak as the name implies and are a sneaky way to get you to ingest large chunks of tuber.  Calling them "fries" does not make them a treat.

You will see people dating Germany's turnip-horror to the deprivations of the world wars, but it goes back centuries.  As Variation 30 of the Goldbergs Bach set what must have been a popular song of the time which is usually translated as "Cabbage and turnips drove me away from home/Had my mother cooked more meat/I would have stayed around" or something like that.  Though in typical American fashion, instead of using potato-eating for class warfare (see Dr. Johnson's famous entry for "oats") we come up with all kinds of preparations to market the potato as delicious:  crinkle, curly, waffle, tots...

The idea of Australians lining up for fried potato slices (though I suppose they "queue") is sort of quaint.  Protein builds the muscle, sugar (especially alcohol) propels the spirit, and fats (I think, at least) fire the brain, but I think there is something about a diet of complex carbohydrates that renders a population docile and biddable and thus un-American.  The Romans knew this (bread and circuses) and it was the potato that pacified Ireland.  Besides, your modern russet is now a monstrous brick of tasteless starch with the skin the only redeeming flavor.  You may sneer at American indulgence but I will not touch a russet unless it has been liberally anointed with the fats of at least two different beasts.

Those small, new potatoes are a different matter altogether, though; just butter and lots of salt.

potato philosophy and theory

Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: May 04, 2019, 11:58:52 AM »
Interesting piece from 1941:

Kind, good, happy, gentlemanly, secure people never go Nazi. They may be the gentle philosopher whose name is in the Blue Book, or Bill from City College to whom democracy gave a chance to design airplanes—you’ll never make Nazis out of them. But the frustrated and humiliated intellectual, the rich and scared speculator, the spoiled son, the labor tyrant, the fellow who has achieved success by smelling out the wind of success—they would all go Nazi in a crisis.

Believe me, nice people don’t go Nazi. Their race, color, creed, or social condition is not the criterion. It is something in them.

Those who haven’t anything in them to tell them what they like and what they don’t-whether it is breeding, or happiness, or wisdom, or a code, however old-fashioned or however modern, go Nazi

Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: April 30, 2019, 03:07:56 AM »

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: April 29, 2019, 11:47:20 AM »

Random Topics / Re: Random stupid things on your mind. Post them.
« on: April 29, 2019, 01:41:10 AM »
Damn it America - that is not what they're called or how they're eaten.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 28, 2019, 12:18:59 AM »
Spector, in blog posts and on social media, has made plain her political leanings.

"This must be the first day of our revolution to take back our beloved country from hatred, racism, and intolerance," the curator wrote on Instagram a day after Trump's election in 2016. Her post was accompanied by a Robert Mapplethorpe photo of a frayed American flag. "Don't mourn, organize," she wrote.

In August, as Cattelan's "America" was approaching its final weeks on display at the museum, Spector wrote on the Guggenheim blog that Trump had "resonated so loudly" during the sculpture's time at the museum. She described his term as having been "marked by scandal and defined by the deliberate rollback of countless civil liberties, in addition to climate-change denial that puts our planet in peril."

A month later, the curator crafted her response to the White House's request for van Gogh's "Landscape With Snow." She explained that the painting — "prohibited from travel except for the rarest of occasions" — was on its way to be exhibited at the Guggenheim's museum in Bilbao, Spain, and then would return to New York "for the foreseeable future."

"Fortuitously," Spector wrote, Cattelan's "America" was available after having been "installed in one of our public restrooms for all to use in a wonderful act of generosity."
She included with the email a photograph of the toilet "for your reference." "We are sorry not to be able to accommodate your original request," the curator concluded, "but remain hopeful that this special offer may be of interest."

I don't think I can roll my eyes any harder without going blind.

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