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1  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: FuckYou.gif on: Today at 02:19 am

This has got to be in here already but I am not looking so if you got a problem with this being in here twice, then I've got something to tell you:
2  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: nerds fucking suck on: October 30, 2014, 11:41 am
Every time I hear about Soylent I think of that biological paste shit from Quake.
I think of the Dilberito. Scott Adams, the creator of the comic strip Dilbert about 15 years ago decided that what the world needed was a vegan frozen burrito that would have a full 2000 Calories and all vitamins and minerals so that you could just eat that and be done eating for the day. He based this on his previous work as a Silicon Valley computer programmer and that was how he wished he'd been able to eat.

No combination of actual foods got the full vitamin and mineral load so he had to add a bunch of them to enrich it, which then made it taste funny and metallic so he had to add a ton of spices which gave it an extremely strong flavor but he could never hide the metallic aftertaste.

It also had the problem of it being so heavy in legumes and beans that people who ate it would get horrible gas that was so bad they'd actually have cramps from all of the gas it gave them.

On top of that, because it was intended to be a single daily meal in the burrito and it was all vegan, it didn't naturally have enough Calories in it so he had to add a bunch of vegetable oils as well. All the added oils meant it also acted as a stool softener and laxative, so you'd have horrible liquid diarrhea a few hours after eating it. This also created a problem, liquid diarrhea with extremely bad gas, meant you were constantly having to be careful whether you were about to fart or if it was the liquid shit the burrito gave you.

Scott Adams naturally blames its failure to succeed on the fact that a cabal of other frozen burrito manufacturers entered in secret deals with grocery stores and convenience stores where they'd hide the Dilberito behind more conventional frozen burritos on the shelves, and people would never find out about the glory of the Dilberito.
3  Forum / Sanctum Sanctorum / Re: Charts and Graphs thread on: October 27, 2014, 04:14 am


This is terrible. Not serving size, equal mass, or equal Calories. Presenting the information in this manner makes the at-a-glance information look like you should snack on almonds over broccoli.
4  Forum / Sanctum Sanctorum / Re: Charts and Graphs thread on: October 27, 2014, 03:58 am
5  Forum / Sanctum Sanctorum / Re: Charts and Graphs thread on: October 27, 2014, 03:58 am
3^22 is a pretty big number, to be fair.  Maybe there's something to this voter fraud thing after all ... heyy wait 2012^20 is a huuuuge number.  Oh yeah 1^21 is still just 1.  Never mind.

6  Forum / Science! and Sports / Re: Talk About The NFL-N-Stuff Here on: October 27, 2014, 03:11 am
7  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: THE PRESIDENT OF VICE on: October 26, 2014, 11:17 am
8  Forum / General Discussion / Re: this is me irl on: October 25, 2014, 08:23 pm

Missed connection: The Mall. Snips had his wrong on the side of the escalator, Illiterati held his hand and looked soulfully into his eyes.
9  Forum / Sanctum Sanctorum / Re: Charts and Graphs thread on: October 24, 2014, 03:42 pm

Source: http://www.charleshamiltonhouston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/FullReportVoterIDJune2014.pdf
10  Forum / Sanctum Sanctorum / Re: Charts and Graphs thread on: October 22, 2014, 07:45 pm
OK, I guess you guys don't know what productivity means or you're bad at reading graphs.

you could stand to be less of an asshole

You need to go for a walk or something and cool down.
11  Forum / Sanctum Sanctorum / Re: Charts and Graphs thread on: October 22, 2014, 01:44 am
OK, I guess you guys don't know what productivity means or you're bad at reading graphs.

Productivity - Labor productivity measures the amount of goods and services produced by one hour of labor. More specifically, labor productivity measures the amount of real GDP produced by an hour of labor. Growing labor productivity depends on three main factors: investment and saving in physical capital, new technology and human capital.

For example, suppose the real GDP of an economy is $10 trillion and the aggregate hours of labor in the country was 300 billion. The labor productivity would be $10 trillion divided by 300 billion, equaling about $33 per labor hour. Growth in this labor productivity number can usually be interpreted as improvements or rising standards of living in the country.
That's for all industries. If a retail clerk sells $100 worth of stuff in 1 hour, they had a productivity of $100. If a bartender sold $100 of beers in 1 hour, they had a productivity of $100. etc. It doesn't mean solely manufacturing jobs, which seems to be the confusion you guys have.

This data set here is normalized, whatever the productivity, hourly compensation, and hourly wage were in 1947 were set to 100 and then inflation-adjusted each year percent changes thereon. Until 1972, when a worker through improved techniques or fewer expenses or better automation, etc. increased productivity, things matched, 1% improvement in Productivity resulted in 1% improvement in compensation. In 1972, things stagnated, workers kept making more and more money through more sales, but their compensation flatlined. Starting in 1972, making 20% more for your company would average out making 0% more per year. And each year it gets worse, the companies continually make more money, but workers are not receiving more compensation.

The economic contribution that a worker makes for their company stopped being related to the pay the worker receives. If minimum wage labor economic contribution had kept up with productivity after 1972 as it has before then, the minimum wage fight wouldn't be over $10.10/hour, but over $25/hour. That's what companies could pay based on the contribution of a minimum wage worker. If that sounds like they would be losing money that's because it's more complicated than that, since that increased compensation would result in increased spending, resulting in being able to actually afford that. Furthermore right now healthcare programs, welfare programs, and food aid programs serve as a backdoor subsidy to those companies that pay such low wages for the economic contribution. That extra profit gets taxed and then spent on bringing minimum wage workers closer to a liveable standard.

The reason it hasn't kept pace is mostly due to globalization. IT workers have to compete not just with other American workers but people from Bangladesh who are willing to telecommute at odd hours for low pay for Americans but good for Bangladesh. It's the same across every field though, and it results in wealth concentrating to the richest people.
12  Forum / Sanctum Sanctorum / Re: Charts and Graphs thread on: October 20, 2014, 10:18 pm

Inflation-adjusted Productivity, Average Hourly Compensation, and Average Hourly Wage. Either we've been getting fucked over since the early 1970s or our grandparents were lazy fucks looking for a free handout.
13  Forum / Science! and Sports / Re: The NHL 2014-2015 Hockey Thread on: October 18, 2014, 10:32 pm
PK Subban's goal was really good. Calvin Pickard did alright in his first NHL start, only his second NHL game. Avs are still struggling turning their opportunities into goals.
14  Forum / Science! and Sports / Re: The NHL 2014-2015 Hockey Thread on: October 18, 2014, 05:58 pm
Both Avs goaltenders were injured. Varlamov is out for a week with a groin injury, Reto Berra went out 3 minutes into the last game with a neck injury, is day-to-day. Calvin Pickard, a 22 year old who is the AHL starter is currently the main goalie with Sami Aittokallio, the 22 year old AHL backup goalie is going to be the backup goalie until Berra or Varlamov get healthy. Avs don't play a possession game so the goaltender sees lots of shots, and that could mean a serious loss.
15  Forum / Science! and Sports / Re: The NHL 2014-2015 Hockey Thread on: October 16, 2014, 02:15 pm
I'm housesitting or my buddy and he has NHL Season Pass or whatever it's called, and it is so glorious getting to watch every Lightning game. Is this how life is for all you losers who do dumb things like supporting the home team? It's magical.
It's possible to watch every game if you have an internet connection anyhow.

This is a website that will play whatever sound plays when a team scores in their home arena.

Who do you think has the best and worst?
16  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Twitter on: October 13, 2014, 07:43 pm
It was an image that had been going around on the 10th, I didn't make it first, and it had been made fully anonymous by the time I saw it, so was unable to give credit anywhere. As such, I just made a joke about it in a tweet and called it good, without trying to fit in any disclaimer that I was not the originator.
17  Forum / General Discussion / Re: DOGSPOTTING!!! on: October 12, 2014, 07:07 pm
18  Forum / Sanctum Sanctorum / Re: Charts and Graphs thread on: October 11, 2014, 05:11 pm
More isochronic travel maps!

Travel time, 1881 from London.

Travel time, 1914 from London.
19  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Halloween will be on October 31st, 2014 on: October 11, 2014, 01:05 am
what an inspired turnout so far. congratulations to those who managed to stick around, and a tip of the hat to those who tried. already we've received hair-raising entries from diegoinglewood, 88fingerslouie, chronicles, truck thunders, steelfan714, diegoinlgewood, metsfan, fermun, and diegoinglewood, and now it's time to up the ante

of course, after getting off to such a great start some of you may be asking, "w-where else is th-th-there for this horror show to g g-g g-go?" well, today we will be profiling a truly unnerving figure.

yes, today we will be setting our gaze against horror that peers back from a visage unknowable. our humanity is lost somewhere in the silent creep of its contorted, lanky, strangely-attired form.

oh, yes. today, we will be talking about the Slender Man.

a being of once challenged origins, the Slender Man--or Slenderman--is now commonly agreed to have made his debut in a photoshop contest at somethingawful.com aimed at spreading fake supernatural images to paranormal-themed conspiracy sites. eric knudsen--or "victor surge" online--quickly gained attention in the thread when he entered two black and white photographs of an unplaceable phantom-like figure. breaking format with previous submissions, eric punctuated these images by pairing each with a quote from alleged witnesses.

"we didn't want to go, we didn't want to kill them, but its persistent silence and outstretched arms horrified and comforted us at the same time…"

— 1983, photographer unknown, presumed dead.

"one of two recovered photographs from the stirling city library blaze. notable for being taken the day which fourteen children vanished and for what is referred to as 'The Slender Man'. deformities cited as film defects by officials. fire at library occurred one week later. actual photograph confiscated as evidence."

— 1986, photographer: mary thomas, missing since june 13th, 1986.

the entry was a fast hit, but no one could have predicted how far the mythos would spread off-site. it soon evolved its own genres of fanfiction, fanart, cosplay, and video series, and over time found itself cannibalized in an evermore unstable metanarrative.

Slender Man's powers would become almost limitless --  from teleportation, to shapeshifting, to mind control, it seemed almost nothing was outside the realm of possibility to the authors inspired by his mystique. and of all his known attributes, perhaps the most longstanding and notorious was his lanky arms, said to wander and outstretch as he lured his prey closer, and disintegrate into a mass of inescapable tentacles as they came into range.

soon after his first appearance online, Slender Man became a topic of discussion on popular late night radio program coast to coast am with george noory.

more recently, there have been incidents of children attempting to commit murder on behalf of the entity.

eventually, Slender Man became a meme.

although the legend is now widely accepted to have begun on a comedy forum, many interested in the subject warn he could still, very well, be real.

for now, we don't know. if we're lucky, perhaps we never will

This was a very good post.
20  Forum / General Discussion / Re: DOGSPOTTING!!! on: October 10, 2014, 10:16 pm

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