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Tomash
Interesting things thread
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:11am
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To try and get some discussion going, I figured I'd start a thread for folks to post something(s) they've run into recently they thought was interesting because other folks might find them neat too.

In my case, I've been at a local conference for the last day or so. One of the more sharable interesting talks was about Helena, which is a system that will automatically generate a web scraping program from a user clicking around in a browser to demonstrate how to get one of the things they're trying to scrape. I was surprised this was a feasible thing, and I'm tempted to see how well it would scrape the Board

I also ran into a Wikipedia page on dry water, which has a cool name and also appears to be a good way to store certain explosives and maybe CO2.

- Tomash

    • Leftover Soup!Thoth, Sun Sep 23 6:01pm
      Tailsteak, creator of 1/0, has made another webcomic! It's called Leftover Soup , and you should totally read it. WARNING: Leftover Soup contains some adult content, frank discussions of sex, and an... more
      • More Stuff! Namely, AhrimanThoth, Mon Sep 24 5:36pm
        The Ahriman Trilogy is what I've been reading of late. I am halfway-ish to the end of the final book, and... jeez. Okay, for 40k fans, it is, IMHO, better than A Thousand Sons . That should be... more
        • I'll second this!Neshomeh, Mon Sep 24 6:22pm
          Also, there are lots of other characters who are morally ambiguous but very sympathetic and might make you cry, because this is 40k and we cannot have nice things, only varying degrees of tragedy.... more
          • Ooh, Ignis!Thoth, Mon Sep 24 7:14pm
            Yeah, he's great. So's... Oh man. Too many great castmembers to choose from. I can, however, point to the two quotes that, more than anything else, define the books. "We are falling, and light is but ... more
    • Human sexuality is always fascinating.Neshomeh, Fri Sep 21 12:12am
      I just finished reading a book called Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá that takes a fresh, challenging look at what they call the "standard narrative" of human sexual... more
        • Nope.Neshomeh, Fri Sep 21 9:16pm
          Some people seem to manage it, and that certainly makes things easier in our society. As with any consensual act between adults, if it works for you, that's cool. But for many, it doesn't, and there... more
          • ... seems dangerously close to Rousseau's 'noble savage.'
            • Also nope.Neshomeh, Sat Sep 22 11:28am
              They discuss Rosseau, and are very diligent about explaining that they aren't claiming anything of the sort. Egalitarian here means that sharing is mandatory and nobody is allowed a big head, on pain ... more
              • Ok, I have one more thought.61516, Sat Sep 22 7:59pm
                Whenever I hear about communal property in hunter-gatherer societies, I think about, say, skinning a deer, then getting up partway through to pee, leaving the one good flint knife behind, and then... more
                • You say that like it's a problem.Neshomeh, Sun Sep 23 11:03am
                  I question the assumptions inherent in this thought. First, you assume a concept of property. Suppose instead that there is no more concept of possessing a knife than there would be of possessing a... more
                  • Maybe I am the jerk in this scenario...61516, Sun Sep 23 11:45am
                    ... but that still supports my point. This system seems like it would lead to a lot of arguments about who needs what more, who last had certain things, and what people are allowed to do with what.... more
                    • True, no group gets along perfectly all the time.Neshomeh, Sun Sep 23 12:21pm
                      But in a small group where everyone knows everyone else (about 150 being the maximum number of relationships the average individual can keep track of), and can follow what's necessary from day to... more
                      • The takeaway message here...Huinesoron, Mon Sep 24 4:40am
                        ... is that humans in Luxury's native Shipverse are clearly descended from bonobos.* (*All right, 'the common ancestor of humans and bonobos split off from the chimpanzee lineage', nitpicker.) Which... more
                        • I'm trying to crack Andalites, actually.Neshomeh, Mon Sep 24 5:02pm
                          Because, y'know, I write one, and he's sort of maybe in the process of discovering his sexuality. Also there was that whole thing with him in the Badfic Game. And it's an interesting thought... more
                          • s. At least, by my reading. After the Ellimist has turned himself into an Andalite and married a female: Tree came to me and made the hand-words for "child." Which I read as Tree wanting to have a... more
                            • "Married" is interesting.Neshomeh, Tue Sep 25 10:32am
                              I went looking through Seerowpedia a bit last night, and it seems Aldrea "married" Dak Hamee, too. Sex at Dawn has a whole discussion about anthropologists confusingly using the word "marriage" to... more
                              • Went through the opening of Ellimist last night.doctorlit, Sat Sep 29 8:32am
                                No time to sit down and read it, but I didn't see any mention of him "marrying" Aguella. There is one sequence where they're flying together, and Aguella starts shedding "mones" (pheromones, I... more
                          • I mean, not to be crude, but...Scapegrace, Tue Sep 25 6:40am
                            Is "poke holes" really the phrasing you wanna use here?
                            • Scape!Neshomeh, Tue Sep 25 10:06am
                              Since you're here—not to nag, but did you get my e-mail a couple weeks ago? I sent it to h heath one nine nine two, at the hot address. Was that the right one? And... yes, I rather think it is. ... more
                          • ...*Jaw drops.*Thoth, Mon Sep 24 5:32pm
                            Uuhh... no, I don't know enough to have any criticisms... Just... kinda in awe of your total overanalysis here? Not SURPRISED, mind, because it's you, but in awe.
                      • I wonder what this would mean for me.61516, Sun Sep 23 1:25pm
                        Given that I'm attracted to strife like a neodymium magnet to a CD full of credit card data, I might have had to pull an Ítzi the iceman, and wander off into the mountains alone to hunt bears.... more
      • ;) (Anyway, how would you recommend picking up this book?)
      • Any particularly cool points in it you liked?Larfen J. Stocke, esq., Fri Sep 21 2:27am
        Highlights or such, ay? It does sound an interesting book, though. That kinda stuff is always super interesting.
        • It's hard to know where to begin!Neshomeh, Sun Sep 23 11:34am
          Learning a little about modern-day forager societies and other cultures with different sexual mores is pretty cool. Seems as though, when female sexuality is not restricted or controlled by the males ... more
    • Well...OpinionedAngel, Sat Sep 15 11:10am
      If you folks superheroes, I found this site fairly recently - http://textsfromsuperheroes.com It's basically text messages between comic book characters (and others) and is absolutely hilarious. Give ... more
    • Los Vigilantes Oscuros! Larfen J. Stocke, esq., Wed Sep 12 5:51am
      Or the Dark Watchers, who are a relatively obscure group of cryptids/folklore, contained within California - specifically the Santa Lucia Mountains. They're pretty spooky. Huge, featureless shadow... more
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