Random thing you love right now that doesn't deserve its own thread

I bought a pair of pants in January of 2020. They were a nice fit at the time. Now I need a belt, otherwise the risk of them falling off is pretty high.

The Youtube algorithm actually did something good. It started recommending highlights from Guy Montgomery's Guy Mont-Spelling Bee. I was aware of Guy from podcasts and Taskmaster NZ but had not heard of this.

It started as a Zoom thing in 2020 (including an episode with Paul F Tompkins and Ayo Edebiri) and got picked up for New Zealand TV. It's just a spelling bee but the contestants are comedians and the moderator (Guy) is openly antagonizing the contestants.

I've even learn a few things from it. Like how 'aren't' and 'aunt' are considered homophones in New Zealand and that almost every New Zealander says 'R' like a pirate.

The Zoom episodes are available on Guy's Youtube channel and the TV episodes are findable through other means.

iaintgotnopants wrote:

I've even learn a few things from it. Like how 'aren't' and 'aunt' are considered homophones in New Zealand and that almost every New Zealander says 'R' like a pirate.

They're also homophones in British English, but only for certain regional accents.

My SE England accent pronounces them identically, but someone from the North might not.

Related, years ago I had a long drunken conversation with two Scottish friends, one from Edinburgh, the other from Aberdeen, about whether paws, pause and pores were all homophones or not. None of us agreed.

Isn't that Scotland in a nutshell, though?

They're homophones if your accent is strong enough when saying "aren't" up here too. I've never pronounced aunt as "ant", but generally do get enough of the R in aren't to make them different enough that they're distinct.

Robear wrote:

Isn't that Scotland in a nutshell, though?

Can confirm.

They're homophones in certain parts of Appalachia (and/or The Andy Griffith Show), assuming you count "ain't" as a form of "aren't."

Just had my best night of sleep in weeks. Not sure why. I feel great today, I guess that's what matters.

Gosh, Resident Evil 4 Remake; how is it SO good?

Just landed in Madrid and am loving Spain already

Paleocon wrote:

Just landed in Madrid and am loving Spain already

Are you planning on visiting Toledo while you're in Madrid? If you have time, it is absolutely worth it!

Gaudi’s various buildings in Barcelona are worth seeing if you’re headed that way.

Thought I'd share a bit of jank code/design that I found. Can't share the code itself but here's the high level.

This is all for a loading spinner that you would see on any web page.

Take a blank space, turn it into a square by adding borders. Make half the borders invisible. Turn the half square into a half circle by rounding. Duplicate the new half circle and rotate it so its a full circle again. Copy it again but smaller, twice. To get a full circle with two inner rings. Rotate the half circles slightly so there is a gap. Then have it spin but slightly off center. Then make the inner most circle backwards for no reason.

Like below but with two inner rings.

IMAGE(https://ceblog.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/spinner-css3-animations.jpg)

It's brilliantly complicated bit of html to solve a super simple problem. It's great.

Reminds me of an exercise from a CAD class where sparse measurements were given and we were supposed to create the part in 3d from that drawing. There were areas that were rounded with no radius. So instead of using a cylinder, we used a cube and rounded the corners on two sides to make a half cylinder. We basically had to get the size but puzzling out other measurements that we could subtract from the total to get the diameter and then fillet until the fillets intersect.

It was a bit more complicated but this gives the vibe:
IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/bVh5qDs.jpg)

Can't you easily derive the radius from (M1 - (M2 + M3)) / 2? I do like your solution though.

There was more to it of course. But to your point, most cad programs draw circles or ellipses from a midpoint. So you would have to take the extra steps of drawing a construction line, and using its midpoint to construct a circle. you could also draw a 3 point arc but that too is more work than selecting the points and beveling them until they can't bevel anymore.

A lot of cad programs have a workflow where the drawing has minimal measurements or even just 1 and then control the rest of the drawing with constraints (parallel, 90 degrees, equal length, tangent). That way when you have locked down the drawing with enough constraints, you can simply adjust the drawing to your hearts content by changing one measurement and watching the drawing automatically adjust to match.

For any puzzler or especially jigsaw fans, it was a ton of fun. Maybe it was more like a Rube Goldberg puzzle.

I started a new No Man's Sky game this morning, and the second planet I landed on was a "paradise world." (The initial planet is always inhospitable AFAIK.)

Curiously, this "paradise" world has occasional firestorms that raise the ambient temperature to over 95C (~200F).

Toasty.

Great place to farm star bulbs!

I've run into a Paradise world like that, but in the first big remodel the devs did, it just became more of an ordinary world. My other Paradise world is still a Paradise, though.

Inktober and my friends in the Weekly Drawing Prompt Thread. I’m learning to draw on the iPad and Inktober has given me a drawing a day to practice on but more than that, the experience has kick started my general creativity. I’m feeling fulfilled by what I’ve accomplished and enthused to tackle other projects I’ve let languish.

The Spigen DuraPro Flex Ultra band for the Apple Watch Ultra 2 (link is the Amazon page I bought it from, I didn't bother digging up a non-store link).

I like it a lot more than the similar Apple Trail Loop band. The hinge makes it nicer to adjust the fit. I didn't expect to go with a velcro band at all for my watch, but I was perpetually frustrated with the non-velcro ones I tried, constantly feeling like I needed a tightness that was in-between two notch points. So the Trail Loop was my choice of the default Apple bands, but the Spigen wins out. I flipped the band compared to how it is in the pictures, though, so that the hinge is on the end above the watch face, instead of beneath it.

Ha! This week's guest on the Off Menu podcast is Garth Marenghi! Just to be clear, not Matthew Holness, but Garth "I know authors who use subtext, and they're all cowards" Marenghi. https://shows.acast.com/offmenu/epis...

EDIT: I think maybe people aren't familiar with it. In the early noughties, there was a C4 comedy programme about a hack horror writer called Garth Marenghi who made a terrible horror series set in the 80s called Darkplace. So there's 2 levels to it - the real comedic actors (Matthew Holness, Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry and Alice Lowe) playing fake authors / money people / actors (Garth Marenghi, Dead Lerner, Todd Rivers and Madeline Wool ) playing fake hospital staff (Rick Dagless, Thornton Reed, Lucien Sanchez and Liz Asher). It has clips from the awful show and interviews with the fake cast.

Way late to the party here… but mashed avocado on wheat toast with a fried egg on top and finished with some coarse salt and fresh ground pepper is my new favorite breakfast.

Such a simple thing to make with an enormous happy endorphin payoff.

You left out the Spam.

PaladinTom wrote:

Way late to the party here… but mashed avocado on wheat toast with a fried egg on top and finished with some coarse salt and fresh ground pepper is my new favorite breakfast.

Such a simple thing to make with an enormous happy endorphin payoff.

I have avocados and eggs. I shall try this!

Darkplace is amazing...

Higgledy wrote:
PaladinTom wrote:

Way late to the party here… but mashed avocado on wheat toast with a fried egg on top and finished with some coarse salt and fresh ground pepper is my new favorite breakfast.

Such a simple thing to make with an enormous happy endorphin payoff.

I have avocados and eggs. I shall try this!

What about Spam? You need the Spam!

DudleySmith wrote:

Ha! This week's guest on the Off Menu podcast is Garth Marenghi! Just to be clear, not Matthew Holness, but Garth "I know authors who use subtext, and they're all cowards" Marenghi. https://shows.acast.com/offmenu/epis...

EDIT: I think maybe people aren't familiar with it. In the early noughties, there was a C4 comedy programme about a hack horror writer called Garth Marenghi who made a terrible horror series set in the 80s called Darkplace. So there's 2 levels to it - the real comedic actors (Matthew Holness, Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry and Alice Lowe) playing fake authors / money people / actors (Garth Marenghi, Dead Lerner, Todd Rivers and Madeline Wool ) playing fake hospital staff (Rick Dagless, Thornton Reed, Lucien Sanchez and Liz Asher). It has clips from the awful show and interviews with the fake cast.

It's available on Amazon Prime Video in the US for anybody that's interested. There's only six episodes and they're pretty short.

BadKen wrote:
Higgledy wrote:
PaladinTom wrote:

Way late to the party here… but mashed avocado on wheat toast with a fried egg on top and finished with some coarse salt and fresh ground pepper is my new favorite breakfast.

Such a simple thing to make with an enormous happy endorphin payoff.

I have avocados and eggs. I shall try this!

What about Spam? You need the Spam!

I don’t like Spam!

Sorry, spam's off.