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Too poor to retire, too young to die
I feel so fucking lucky. I fell into a job about a year and a half ago that has a pension in addition to their 401k, which I am contributing to in a big way. Prior to that I had diddly and squat. I should be able to call it a good run at around 70 or so. Hopefully I have retained the long lived genes from my Dad's side of the family.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 7:08 PM on February 1, 2016
Is That Technology In Your Pocket?
Fun read, I love this sort or thing. The few things I carry in my pockets I use every day, and there is a sort of intimacy about them that I'd never considered before. The fussing over finding one that's comfortable and useful in all of the right ways. The devotion once just the right tool is found.
I share Sunburnt's fondness for the Skeletool. With nothing more than that and the bit extender and kit that I keep in a pouch on my belt, I've disassembled a dentists… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 8:54 PM on September 8, 2015
Travel the way your luggage does
The scale of that is staggering.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 9:03 PM on August 21, 2015
I found this in my pants.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 8:56 PM on July 29, 2015
John Denver, America's unofficial musical diplomat
Made a couple trips to Thailand back in the late 90's. This explains the popularity of Denver with Bangkok cabbies, which was quite puzzling to us at the time.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 9:54 AM on April 19, 2015
Art in your browser tabs
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 6:58 PM on April 3, 2015
Next up: More clones? Woodhouse's location? Still more Rush references?
For those playing catch-up, and having Netflix, the first five seasons are available there.
This is pretty much hitting all of my nerd buttons.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 7:52 PM on March 19, 2015
eriko: "Why don't they use LEDs or something?
They do, now, but you have to change them out for LEDs, and it's not like a house socket, you have to change the base to switch to LEDs, and there are a lot of older towers out there."
The cost to upgrade can be prohibitive as well. All of the LED systems I've installed required new controller systems and power/control cabling. When you add in that… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 7:40 PM on March 2, 2015
pjern: "Of course, I'd be the guy who'd climb all the way up there, and then drop the fucking light bulb."
That's why you always take two.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 7:41 PM on March 2, 2015
Seattle’s unbelievable transportation megaproject fustercluck
Seven or eight years ago I was driving on the viaduct when my Ma called me on the phone, (slightly panicked voice) "Whatever you do DON'T drive on the viaduct! You're not driving on it are you?" "Uh...no, of course not." She was a muckity muck at WSDOT and had become a bit alarmed at the content of the emails that engineering types had been sending around.
I'll miss it when it's gone, riding my motorcycle along the top deck at sunset on a warm summer… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 8:44 PM on December 16, 2014
Let's eat a Milky Way®
Thanks for not spoiling it rorgy, I laughed so hard I scared the cat off the couch. That's some good shit right there.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 7:27 AM on November 14, 2014
48 minues of 1978 radio
What, no KBilly?
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 3:48 PM on October 25, 2014
"My real-life shagging has not been self-conscious."
ropeladder: " When I go to a concert I object to people who spend the whole time filming for the same reason I go to a concert instead of watching a video of the event: because other people and their actions and reactions actively contribute to (or degrade) my experience."
That still feels like worrying about "other people doing it wrong" to me. Excluding folks that are actually blocking the view, my subjective experience is that I… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 10:46 AM on September 14, 2014
All of Minecraft: Pre 0.0.9a to 1.8
I finally picked it up a couple months back to play with my teen-aged nephews, and have been completely blown away by the limitless depths. Mod packs, adventure maps, complete the monument maps, world border maps, to say nothing of the brilliant vanilla game. For kids? Bah! I'm in my 40's and I'll be playing this for the rest of my life.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 4:19 PM on September 8, 2014
Oh, and I forgot to mention. Youtuber Zisteau is a few episodes into a lets play where he's starting with the initial alpha release and will be working his way through all the updates over the course of the series. Well worth following imo.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 4:22 PM on September 8, 2014
Where did you all meet? Juilliard?
I'm as big a fanboy as the next person when it comes to the Beasties, but that was painful to watch. Both the interview and the performance felt forced and awkward. (and ugh, the misogyny) What it really highlights for me is the distance traveled, as artists and as humans, over their careers.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 3:03 PM on September 6, 2014
Spiderdog, Spiderdog, does whatever Spiderdog does!
Sys Rq: "Well this is just flatly untrue.
It's non-consensual sadism committed by sociopathic narcissists."
So I'm a sociopathic narcissist for taking a picture of my junk with my buddies cell phone and setting it as his wallpaper when he, foolishly, leaves it unattended at the bar? Thanks for the diagnosis, I'll get right on setting up some counselling sessions, sure hope I don't need to be committed.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 4:37 PM on September 5, 2014
When suddenly and without warning, there was this
Good excuse to visit my uncle in Corvallis.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 10:39 AM on August 31, 2014
Grab some sushi when you visit Mars
Favorited for planning of motorcycle tour of Sweden/the solar system.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 6:09 PM on August 28, 2014
1135 Feet, Two Bananas: World's Scariest Selfie
The loops below them look like FM antenna elements. Climbing up through the full power RF field is not good for ones cancer risk outlook. While climbing and working on a tower 100' away from an active antenna we were required to wear RF detectors and protective suits. While on a tower with a reduced power antenna, we couldn't get closer than 20' without setting off the detectors. If that is an FM, these three are essentially sitting in a big RF oven.
I was told of a… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 6:44 PM on August 26, 2014
The incremental to surpass all incrementals
Oh man! Stockpiled a bunch of catnip, and assigned kittens appropriate gathering jobs, went for a nap, and came back to find I'd gotten the Winter is coming achievement. So sad.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 6:07 PM on August 26, 2014
Dave's definitely not here.
Unicorn on the cob: "Seriously, anyone know the pay/union dues/benefits for gigs like these?
And of course one guy is smoking."
Not sure for a unionized iron worker, which I would expect these guys are given that they're working on a building. Broadcast and cellular telecom tower hands can make as little as $10/hr for the same kind of work.
I was pretty fortunate with the outfits I worked… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 2:08 AM on August 13, 2014
N'thing FB Purity and AdBlock to get it to do what you want. I also avoid the default news feed like the plague and have the folks I'm interested in keeping up with in a custom list, which is pretty much the only page I check on other than a few group pages I'm a member of.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 1:27 AM on August 12, 2014
Catalogs of the Old Republic
Their Israeli Paratrooper briefcase served me well through college and beyond. Like zombiedance, their military surplus of the world vibe fit in well with my punk aesthetic. The sense of betrayal when they got bought out and watered down was strong.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 11:04 AM on August 8, 2014
Bad day? This may help.
"I saw this a few days ago, and ever since then I've been trying to figure out what the opening notes to the music are reminding me of. I think it might be the theme song to some Japanese or American cartoon show, where those opening notes accompany the name of the show or something. Argh!"
I was spinning my wheels trying to figure out where I'd heard this before and finally recalled that it's the theme music from "My Name is Nobody" Not sure if… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 11:58 AM on August 3, 2014
“Some people call it super gun. I’m OK with that,”
I thought the tricky bit of shooting down missiles with previous systems was hitting the, relatively, small and fast moving target. Has that been overcome?
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 5:45 PM on July 10, 2014
Scene from a bygone era
Oh god, Donny and the purple socks. My grade-school self was locked to the TV every week when they came on. My jr-high school self, was less impressed when we got to tour the Osmond studio at a summer theater camp, because by then I had moved on to Devo, The Ramones, etc. Donny regained his cool in my esteem with his dancing appearance in White and Nerdy.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 7:53 PM on June 20, 2014
Hey Mom, my song is in 'Orange is the New Black'
Oh man, this song has been my ringtone as long as I've had phones that I could make my own ringtone for. It's always been fun to get the raised eyebrow and knowing nod of recognition from complete strangers, perhaps sparking a bit of conversation. I suppose people are going to want to talk about OitNB now. I really don't want to have to change my ringtone.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 1:33 AM on June 20, 2014
THESE WORDS HOLD NO POWER OVER YOU
Here in Washington state we've got the Uncle Sam billboard along I-5 near Chehalis that regularly bears messages of right wing crankiness, which is always a high point of the long drive between Seattle and Portland. Being two sided, you get the pleasure of a different message coming and going (no cheating with the rear view mirror). Though the cleverness and clarity of intent significantly dropped off after the original sign came down and the new one went up, I… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 10:58 AM on June 17, 2014
The real angle grinder man
I about choked when I saw the hand drill mill setup, guy really knows his tools and how to get the most out of them. I'm really humbled considering the clunky bits and bobs I came up with when I had access to a full machine shop.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 7:03 PM on June 15, 2014
Patent Improved Widget Self-Snaffelizer
14, woulda had a couple more if I'd stuck with my first instinct.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 12:34 PM on June 12, 2014
"Already stoked and nothing is happnSHIP LASERS"
That was a lot of fun.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 9:35 PM on June 9, 2014
Oh man. Seems like there was a time in my youth when The Wiz was on some high numbered cable channel every other Sunday afternoon. The creepy bouncy subway creatures, bleahgh.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 12:52 PM on June 9, 2014
Rocky Mountain High
rtha: "What boo_radley said. This is a tu quoque fallacy.
Apologies for making my shorthand too short.
How's this, then: So what? So what if marijuana [product] doesn't come with dosage labeling on it? This is flung like a criticism but people who make it never establish that it needs one, and why, and what other similar substances do or don't have that labeling, and why. So okay, your bag of legal weed or your… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 6:08 PM on June 4, 2014
Disagree. Too much of the bud burns away as second hand smoke. The best investment is some sort of pipe or bong, preferably one with a glass bowl. And I've not smoked in a while, but in the past decade vaporizers seem to be all the rage; I wonder if they are more efficient than pipes."
Considerably more so in my experience. Also a much more pleasant experience, lacking the harshness of smoking.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 7:35 AM on June 6, 2014
Pleasurable Troublemaker: Don't worry, it's totally SFW
No big deal, I always grab the bike key first. Of course, my bike has a motor and makes vroom vroom noises, so it's really no contest.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 7:29 AM on June 6, 2014
Chinese Lianhuanhua: A Century of Pirated Movies
Kennedy Space Center? This is brilliant! I'd love to see a full translation.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 1:34 PM on May 27, 2014
The Most Beautiful Scary-Ass Beasts in the World
Whenever these come up I just can't resist the urge to look at all the pretty spiders, and then follow up reading about their fascinating behavior, and find out what it takes to care for them, and the handling, while slowly building up to a big ol' crawly skin NOPE! at the end.
I wonder if this is somehow related to the impulse of the perverse?
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 6:24 PM on May 24, 2014
The Humdinger - Extraordinary Quality
Really frustrated that I don't have a pencil nearby to sharpen and sniff.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 9:57 AM on April 28, 2014
It's because you either found Jesus or had a baby.
Fbpurity is a nice tool for controlling what shows up on your feed. It allows you to block all sorts of content, and can filter based on keywords.
The most useful strategy I've found for limiting the noise factor has bee to create a custom "inner circle" list of folks I'm really interested in following. Whenever FB is open, that's what I look at. I only check the main news feed once every other week or so, and then only briefly.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 9:32 AM on April 28, 2014
Photographs of some historical & archeological artifacts
ikahime: "Galileo's telescope gave me chills (in a good way). Thanks for the post!"
We got to see it in person at the Museo Galileo in Florence. Chilling in a different way, they also have his finger.
Really a cool museum to visit. It used to be the Museum of the History of Science, and had all kinds of interesting devices and displays from science history. One room had wax sculptures all along the upper walls… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 7:41 PM on April 27, 2014
Alien Found Buried in New Mexico Desert
No good can come of this, the dead should stay buried.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 1:07 PM on April 26, 2014
backseatpilot: "My basic workflow is intense frustration, followed by the pleasing feel of seeing an elegantly completed design/analysis... followed by despair after realizing that no one but me cares how cleverly I pulled everything off."
I care! I love examining and taking things apart to figure out how they work. Particularly clever designs to fit awkward spaces are a special joy.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 10:49 AM on April 23, 2014
15 famous landmarks, put into context
I think they got it backwards with the Santorini pictures. If anything it's more impressive when you realize it's perched on the inner rim of a giant volcanic caldera, nearly 1000 ft above the sea below.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 3:29 PM on April 19, 2014
"Be brave, but not too brave."
Cools stuff. I've always been super intrigued by cave exploration, and would love to do a multi-day spelunking trip. I just dunno if I could overcome my mild claustrophobia. The thought of crawling through a space too small to take a full breath makes me involuntarily take the deepest breath I can.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 8:34 PM on April 18, 2014
I FEEL SO ACCOMPLISHED
Ah, memories. All of the extra dollars spent on fancy FeCr tapes for my mixes that my cheapo knockoff walkman couldn't give a f**k about.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 11:31 AM on April 16, 2014
Gonzo ... Judas Iscariot
Some of this works nicely, Pepe's Dream, Simon Zealotes, and Herod's Song are all fun. But yeah, would enjoy it much more with some real punch from Kermit and Gonzo.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 10:40 AM on April 15, 2014
Six Scientists Show Six Super Surprises
rough ashlar: "
If one uses a 5KWh = 1 gal of gasoline rate for a calculation base, the big deal is sourcing the energy to the place where such batteries can get charged. For a 10 gal tank, that is 50KW over an hour. Rounding down, 100 amps at 480 volts. Now fill the batteries in 1/100th of an hour - 36 seconds and you need 10,000 amps at 480 volts.
Rule of thumb - the current capacity of copper is 4X the cross sectional area. Now add… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 11:04 AM on April 14, 2014