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

I just had a short but wonderful holiday meeting up with Australian friends (some of whom were taken to Australia from Ireland as children.) We went to a local pub one night for a meal and, just as we were getting ready to leave, Mick gave me a quick tour of the pub.

He told me that, when he first frequented Johnny Murphy’s, the area marked in green was a residential home. The area in blue was the post office and the orange area was a small bar that only served bottled beer. People entering the corner of the building were either going to post a letter, etc or were heading through for a drink.

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I am really loving my public library again today.

I was feeling an itch to buy/play Like a Dragon Infinite Wealth but I know, just know it is a itch and I won't really want to stick with it. I looked and low and behold, my library has it. I am able to check it out and I play it for seven days - by which time I bet my desire will have faded and I can save $40.

Interesting thread on bogus locations found in maps:

https://www.threads.net/@mikeachim/p...

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(I wish there was a threadreaderapp for Threads)

This is similar to fact books and almanacs back in the day. They would insert fake facts to prove if someone copied their work. Which is exactly what happened to Trivial Pursuit. The author of one the books the game creators sourced a lot of questions from sued, pointing to one of the items he made up as proof they stole his work, but ultimately lost.

Also seems eerily similar to all of the counterfactual "facts" in AI Summaries foisted on us by Google Search.

Fred Saberhagen wrote a Berserker story "The Annihilation of Angkor Apeiron" about a traveling encyclopedia salesman who gets captured by a Berserker (AI warships devoted to ending all life) which is badly damaged and low on fuel. Rather than let his copy of the encyclopedia be destroyed, the salesman preserves it, letting it be captured by the Berserker, which heads off to the nearby planet Angkor Apeiron to kill the humans there and take their resources.

Later, the salesman is put on trial for collaborating with the Berserker, and that's when he reveals that Angkor Apeiron is not real. It's a fake outpost they added to the encyclopedia to catch copyright violations. The Berserker uses the last of its fuel to reach a vacant system where it can be easily killed.

I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords to Null Island!

Today is my 18th wedding anniversary. Wow, time flies!

farley3k wrote:

I am really loving my public library again today.

I was feeling an itch to buy/play Like a Dragon Infinite Wealth but I know, just know it is a itch and I won't really want to stick with it. I looked and low and behold, my library has it. I am able to check it out and I play it for seven days - by which time I bet my desire will have faded and I can save $40.

Hell yeah, socialist bookstores!

We cancelled Netflix and my wife found that our library membership comes with a kanopy app thing? Basically, streaming for libraries! Except instead of unlimited viewing, you get a set number of tix/mo that you use to watch stuff.

It's the library so there's lots of BBC stuff, classics, etc. But I don't care. It's f*cking free and my $$$ isn't going to support our corpo Shadowrun dystopian future.

How many viewing hours do the tickets translate into?

Our library got hit by a ransomware attack and has been down for anything digital for about 10 days, because people are horrible.

Robear wrote:

How many viewing hours do the tickets translate into?

It doesn't work like that. Think of the tickets as usable on a given product.

So, one movie. Or one season of a show. If you chose Godfather 1, you're going to get more viewing time for the ticket than if you chose Land Before Time.

I'm not watching 16 movies a month, so this will be more than enough. For our household.

Hmmm... Thanks!

Google has added a search parameter to disensh*ttify the results page!

Details:

https://tedium.co/2024/05/17/google-...

If you haven’t been watching this month, After Midnight has been utterly crushing it. Friday’s panel was a group of Taylor’s friends so you can imagine how crazy that got.

SO glad we get a second season!

I have been doing a lot of trail building and invasive species eradication for the state and county parks service lately and it got me thinking of getting back into mountain biking. At first I was shocked at how much bikes cost nowadays, but it appears that the post covid supply chain issues are now fully resolved and the covid era demand has cooled. Some manufacturers like Trek for instance still think the demand is there and are charging extortionary prices for brand loyalty, but I just managed to snag a Deore equipped full suspension Salsa Blackthorn for $1760 (MSRP $3500). That would be an asinine price even for a lightly used bike, but this is fully tagged, fresh out of the box and covered by warranty.

Now is definitely the time to buy a new bike.

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Hey... I got my first Trek during the Pandemic and damn, I love that bike. And it was just about $1000. Not full suspension but just what I needed and *very* high quality.

I should ride it more...

Just deleted my Threads account!

BadKen wrote:

If you haven’t been watching this month, After Midnight has been utterly crushing it. Friday’s panel was a group of Taylor’s friends so you can imagine how crazy that got.

SO glad we get a second season!

Absolutely! I am still catching up, but Tom Lennon and The Dean are national Treasures.

PaladinTom wrote:

Just deleted my Threads account!

If you don't mind me asking: why? Threads has been the only microblogging platform I can tolerate recently.

BadKen wrote:
PaladinTom wrote:

Just deleted my Threads account!

If you don't mind me asking: why? Threads has been the only microblogging platform I can tolerate recently.

First off, it's a Meta app - which I always felt gross about. But also, it's a Meta app, which means the UI/UX is hot garbage. You can't adjust the font size in the app, and if you change it via the iPhone settings, it just straight up crashes. Also, I do most of my browsing on the iPad and that's where the sh*tty UX really shines. You either have to run it in a browser where the performance is terrible, or use the blown up iPhone app. And again, because it's Meta, there will never be a proper iPad app. But the most egregious issue is that it forces you back to the 'For You' feed. Every. Single. Time.

But as far as content goes, the people I follow don't post very much (which is why they force you back to the algorithmic feed) and I just got tired of seeing the same repetitive nonsense over and over again. It's all stupid hot takes, bad attempts at dunks, and people just asking inane questions hoping to get engagement.

The really weird thing is that I guess I had tailored my feed enough that I wasn't seeing anything toxic per se. BUT, I was seeing tons of people complaining about the toxicity that I wasn't even seeing. I was getting second-hand toxicity!

For instance, just today I saw someone angrily ranting about why "we" (collectively) have forgiven Kevin Spacey and how dare we for doing so. (I didn't know "we" un-cancelled him?! I must have not gotten the memo!!!)

I also saw tons of people raging against the Star Wars haters (presumably the rage-bait YouTubers) that I thankfully NEVER encounter.

I saw another thread with tons of people arguing Farenheit vs Celsius... again. (To say nothing about the unavoidable Android vs Apple fanboys that spin up after an Apple event.)

And I don't even remember the subject from today, but almost daily I was seeing someone who is so cluelessly self-absorbed ranting about "why does anyone even like [super popular thing]?"

So again, I just got tired. It's just the same sh*t over and over again. I've seen this show before and I'd rather do something new than sit and mindlessly scroll through this mediocre re-run.

Well all that sucks. I guess I've been very lucky.

Meta would be enough for me to avoid it, but since there are not yet ads on the platform, I'm happy. As soon as ads appear, I'll probably bail.

One of my behavioral therapy clients (13-year-old male, low support needs autism) asked if I played any games lately. I told him I've been playing Earthbound. I was already launching into "it's an old game from back before you were born," but he just said, "Oh, I know that one! Ness and Lucas, right?"

Not sure whether this is a love or a loathe, or a bit of both.

We are coming up on the 1-year anniversary of my dad dying due to colon cancer.

Today, with the money he set aside for me, and following his wishes, I put a deposit on a trip to the south for the 4 of us.

Dreams Dominicus La Romana Resort & Spa

Taking his wishes, and dropping close to $20k for a 9-day all inclusive trip that will include a day on the ocean and a day in Santo Domingo.

Love you pa.

Y'all deserve it. Enjoy!

That’s lovely, even if bittersweet. The only thing my dad bequeathed me was a predisposition to coronary artery disease…

And that’s my two stents worth.

(Thanks to the fine cardiothoracic team at Tucson’s VA medical center!)

This is amazing.

https://www.threads.net/%40jessdiary...

There is a thing that my daughter does that I’ve begun to view as delightfully, in fact quite perfectly, subversive.
 
When someone touches her, she touches them back in exactly the same way. For instance, when a doctor or nurse comes into an exam room and mindlessly puts a hand on her arm while they’re talking, she puts her hand on their arm. Nearly to a person, they are taken aback. They almost always look down at their arm, shocked that she’d have the audacity to touch them.
 
She doesn’t move. Ultimately, they tend to smile, both bemused and amused by what they see as her boldness.
 
To be clear, there’s nothing remotely aggressive in her bearing. She’s simply mirroring what they’re doing. For her, it seems, it’s like participating in a handshake, or returning a friendly wave. It feels like a reciprocal activity, so it’s just what she does. And while she doesn’t appear to be doing it to make a point, she sure as hell does that too.
 
When we were at the bookstore yesterday, Brooke asked the clerk if she wanted to hear a knock-knock joke. She told her a joke and the clerk laughed, and then the older man behind us on line said that he had one for her. As he told it, he got closer to her. When she laughed, he put his hand on her shoulder.
 
While so many possible reactions flitted through my head at the speed of light and I sifted through them to decide what to do, my girl did what she does. She put *her* hand on *his* shoulder, in exactly the same way.
 
He looked down at her hand on his arm, clearly shocked and most certainly uncomfortable. “You’re touching me,” he said incredulously.
 
“Yup,” she said. “You’re touching me and I’m touching you.” There was not the slightest hint of irony (or hostility) in her voice. Just a calm statement of simple, obvious fact.
 
I was ready to intervene, verbally or otherwise, but it was clear that I didn’t need to. In one fell swoop, my kid had not told him but *shown* him how it felt to be touched without consent. To have someone assume the right, with no context whatsoever, to invade his personal space …
 
… To feel the effect of his own entitlement. Clearly, he didn’t like it.
 
He dropped his hand. She dropped hers. I finished paying and we headed out.
 
“It was fun doing knock-knock jokes with you!” she said happily. The clerk shouted, “You too!” And, funny, but the man didn’t say a word.

That's wonderful.

Yeah it's been a struggle to convince older family members to ask before hugging or kissing our kids. We've mostly got there after 5 year but have to do reminders with ones we don't see as much.

hbi2k wrote:

One of my behavioral therapy clients (13-year-old male, low support needs autism) asked if I played any games lately. I told him I've been playing Earthbound. I was already launching into "it's an old game from back before you were born," but he just said, "Oh, I know that one! Ness and Lucas, right?"

It definitely helps that those characters are in Smash.