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karmajay wrote:
MaxShrek wrote:

I know causality violations are bullsh*t, but..
If you travel back in time, and you use the same trajectory to return to your native time but your math is off a little for the ETA, couldn't you going forward in time crash into yourself that is travelling backwards through time?

So, wouldn't you have to actually arrive immediately after you first went back in time so the space was empty? How much of a delay would that be? A second? BUT, wouldn't that space have actually moved since the whole universe is moving? MATH THAT!

I'm not into mathing, I gave it up for Lent.

Hey, as anyone here bought a custom clock from an online retailer?

I have a design I've made from scratch and I was looking at a company called Zazzle because they seem to fit the bill. But I've never heard of them and I don't completely trust random online reviews.

Any advice or recommendations?

The extent of my experience with Zazzle is that I bought a calendar from them almost ten years ago. For what it's worth, it was printed well and on fairly substantial paper stock.

Has anybody heard a kid's story called Gorgles? A kid finds a turtle with a human head named Gorgles, and she brings it home. The guy kind tells the story to music, and sings part of it. Probably 1970s or 1980s.

Shouldn't Bill Clinton's memoir be called "Citizen Came?"

What is a good calorie counting app these days? Looking for iOS and I am ok paying for something that is good.

LeapingGnome wrote:

What is a good calorie counting app these days? Looking for iOS and I am ok paying for something that is good.

I use MyFitnessPal on my Samsung and love it. Best one I've used.

https://www.myfitnesspal.com/mobile/...

On her last work trip, my wife brought a 20oz bottle of water on an airplane (bought on the happy-side of security to not get the security theater troup upset). She did not end up opening it on the plane but brought it home with her.

Now, the bottle is impossible to open. Like, pulling Excalibur from the stone, lifting Mjölnir, or opening this bottle level difficult.

Why?

LeapingGnome wrote:

What is a good calorie counting app these days? Looking for iOS and I am ok paying for something that is good.

I settled on Calory for iOS. Nice UI. Pretty good database. Great widgets and Watch app too. It offers a lifetime purchase too so there’s no monthly sub.

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

On her last work trip, my wife brought a 20oz bottle of water on an airplane (bought on the happy-side of security to not get the security theater troup upset). She did not end up opening it on the plane but brought it home with her.

Now, the bottle is impossible to open. Like, pulling Excalibur from the stone, lifting Mjölnir, or opening this bottle level difficult.

Why?

Just a guess… cabin pressure is less than air pressure at sea level, so the bottle compressed once your wife took it off the plane. Now the cap is squeezed on. See if poking a hole in the neck of the bottle allows the pressure to equalize, allowing you to uncap it.

Or, it could be the bottle was filled in an area of higher pressure than your home, and the lid is jammed on by the pressure inside the bottle. Does the plastic bottle feel like it's under pressure from inside? Kind of puffed out and rigid to the touch?

She probably superglued the lid onto the bottle just to mess with you. Occam's razor.

if a skeleton can talk, can the same skeleton fart? Sure they have nothing to hold the gas in but they don't have lungs to hold air but can still talk.

I get that they are animated by magic so the magic is allowing them to talk. So couldn't the magic also allow them to fart. Magic farts.

I've look through DnD books, Pathfinder books, and the internet and haven't found this important issue addressed.

Spooky Tooty Skeletons, seep stench from their behind

You know how people say that certain places reek of death? Skeleton farts.

Zombies almost certainly fart if they're getting brains to eat and still have a butt hole. Skeletons seems like a no.

Is this like a flip of the Cats butt hole controversy? Should we digitally add butt holes to skeletons in our movies?

fangblackbone wrote:

Should we digitally add butt holes to skeletons in our movies?

Yes.

As a wise man once said: If skellingtons don't need lips to talk, they certainly don't need an asshole to fart.

Jonman wrote:

As a wise man once said: If skellingtons don't need lips to talk, they certainly don't need an asshole to fart.

Mark it down. Jonman was employee of the day on April 22nd, 2024.

I know *I* can rest easy now.

Spoiler:

No sarcasm. That was WAY too funny to just hit the like button.

My son gave me a hand-me-done Quest 2.

Is there anything I can do with it without giving Meta any money? I played the Beat Saber demo so far. Can I sideload Steam VR or other games? I’m pretty sure my PC is too old and janky to run VR games via a USB C cable.

PaladinTom wrote:

My son gave me a hand-me-done Quest 2.

Is there anything I can do with it without giving Meta any money? I played the Beat Saber demo so far. Can I sideload Steam VR or other games? I’m pretty sure my PC is too old and janky to run VR games via a USB C cable.

No, you can't sideload PC games, but there is the SideQuest store that lets you sideload demos and other homebrew. You can install Steam Link and the Xbox app from the Meta store to stream from those sources wirelessly in-headset, and use the video player to watch properly prepared 3D movies if you have those files around.

Don't forget that PC VR had minimum requirements established back in 2016. Anything faster than a GTX970 should still be able to pull off titles like Half-Life Alyx without too much trouble, and quite likely stream those wirelessly to the headset as well.

I remember reading about old Afghanistan poetry from the 1800s, and one poem that stood out was the narrator saying something like "if you're stationed at the Khyber Pass, might as well put a bullet in your head." I'm not sure if he served or was simply writing about it. I don't really remember if it was a poet or somebody who wrote prose, but I remember him speaking of the bullet to the head being preferable to serving in Afghanistan.

That's Rudyard Kipling, the last verse of his "The Young Soldier", June 28 1890.

When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.
Go, go, go like a soldier,
Go, go, go like a soldier,
Go, go, go like a soldier,
So-oldier of the Queen!

Also reminds me of "Suicide in the Trenches" by Siegfried Sassoon:

I knew a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.

In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
He put a bullet through his brain.
No one spoke of him again.

You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you'll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.

Not a subtle poem, but made a big impression on me when I was middle-school age, and I still know it by heart. That final line would be an excellent title for a movie or a novel.

Kipling is it.

Pudding's suggestion is an interesting one I've never read.

I need a new $200 Android smartphone. Something the size of my old Galaxy A5. I want to install new apps and Slack but my old phone just isn't being compatible with the new hotness. Does such a $200 Android exist?

Strangeblades wrote:

I need a new $200 Android smartphone. Something the size of my old Galaxy A5. I want to install new apps and Slack but my old phone just isn't being compatible with the new hotness. Does such a $200 Android exist?

You're going to want a Motorola, probably. Those are generally the best bang-for-your-buck phones at the budget level. The Moto G and the Moto G Play are around the $200 price point.

Yeah looks like Pixel 6a (2 years old) is down to $300. The 8a is coming next month so the 7a should drop soon, but it's still $499 retail. Can probably get a deal or trade-in to get it cheaper.

I wish I wasn't such a spoiled high-end-tech baby. The amount of value you get from a "low end" smartphone really is insane.

Even if you like iPhones, how many iPhone users really need much more than an iPhone SE?