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[#] Mon Nov 12 2018 14:37:37 EST from fleeb

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I should think, as you age, it winds up looking as bad as botox.

[#] Wed Nov 21 2018 12:45:04 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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The problem with botox is that people don't use enough of it. It's called botox because it contains a toxin produced by Clostridium Botilinum, the same bug known as botulism when it appears as food poisioning. So all you really need is a lot of botulism, the person gets really really sick, and they end up looking as bad as if they had received dental floss through the eyebrows.

Hmm. That was an incredibly long setup for not much of a joke. I need to work on this.

[#] Wed Nov 21 2018 13:43:41 EST from wizard of aahz

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Usually your delivery is pretty good. The tempo this time though...

[#] Sat Dec 15 2018 13:25:29 EST from zooer

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TIL...that Turkey Joints are an overly expensive confectionery item and not a horrific pickled poultry product.

https://www.turkeyjoints.com/product-p/tj.htm



[#] Wed Dec 26 2018 17:14:43 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Chocolate and hazelnuts? That doesn't sound ... all that unique.

[#] Sat Jan 05 2019 08:50:12 EST from arabella

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It's not, also it is what Squirrels eat in heaven



[#] Thu Aug 08 2019 14:55:03 EDT from zooer

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TIL... how missiles and rockets navigated before GPS systems.  



[#] Thu Aug 22 2019 17:30:32 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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TIL that "Item #4" is the name of a landscaping product. I had assumed that it was just carelessness on the part of my supplier's web site (as in, "we have gravel, sand, dirt, and Item #4") and there had previously been Items #1, #2, and #3 in the web template they used. But it seems that "Item #4" actually refers to a mixture of 4 size stones ranging from dust to 3/4" stone, intended to tightly pack to form a stable base for patios and walkways.

Those wacky landscapers!

[#] Fri Aug 23 2019 11:28:52 EDT from LoanShark

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TIL that you can terminate a FB friendship with a couple of anti-Semites (which was the right thing to do) and still feel bad the next day because, let's face it, I was drunk.

Really gave these two a good telling-off, though. Fricken Nazis.

Anybody got some more Jack Daniels? I'm really on a tear this week.

[#] Fri Aug 23 2019 11:43:26 EDT from darknetuser

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2019-08-23 11:28 from LoanShark

TIL that you can terminate a FB friendship with a couple of
anti-Semites (which was the right thing to do) and still feel bad the

next day because, let's face it, I was drunk.

Really gave these two a good telling-off, though. Fricken Nazis.

Anybody got some more Jack Daniels? I'm really on a tear this week.


Sorry to hear you are having a rotten week. I have some Quarter Horse bourbon somewhere at home, I wish I could send you some over telnet.
Yesterday I was sent a deb collector agent who wanted to collect a debt that was not mine. Turns out they gave him the wrong data hahahaha. I have also been clearing a lot of debt that was actually mine this week, so now I am poor :(
Anyway, if you want to preserve your sanity, you should consider to stay away from Facebook for a while. I was there and it never did any good to me. It looks like many big web services are like that these days. The fun is in small niche services were you can find people who shares your own sort of mandess.

[#] Fri Aug 23 2019 11:49:43 EDT from LoanShark

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Too much of my social life (climbing partners, event invites) emanates directly from Facebook. I would genuinely feel somewhat lost without it.

I definitely see the downsides, though, and I'm no fan of Fuckerberg nor am I fan of what social media, more broadly is doing to society.

To preserve my sanity I need less alcohol, but that's a different story.

CitaThreadDrift is going to take me from the downsides of social media to the even worse attributes of the latest attempts to "fix" the problem by revoking CDA section 230 whole hog. Repugnant. Follow https://twitter.com/ENBrown for the best takes on that.

[#] Fri Aug 23 2019 12:02:08 EDT from darknetuser

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It is true that many groups of friends will ostrazise you if you don't use their chosen comms platform. However, as I always say, if your friends are not going to be your friends if you don't register to Facebook, Discord or whatever the cool thing is this week, they are really shitty friends.

[#] Fri Aug 23 2019 12:12:32 EDT from LoanShark

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There's a (rock) climbing partners facebook group that's great for finding last minute partners. On those weekends where I actually feel like climbing (which are becoming fewer and fewer as I slide further into my 40s), it's a tool that I lean on pretty heavily.

I mean, I tend to maintain loose acquaintance-ships with a larger number of people than tight friendships with a few, in this regard. It's nice to be able to post "anybody up for Saturday?" and get a response from a rando (most of whom turn out to be decent people.)

It saves me the work of not being able to decide who to hit up. It saves me the work of not knowing where I stand with people. It's simpler and easier. But yeah, it's a little less "real" in some ways.

[#] Mon Aug 26 2019 02:16:23 EDT from wizard of aahz

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LS - I've got JD and other good things.. Come on over. We can get this figured out.

[#] Mon Aug 26 2019 12:45:17 EDT from LoanShark

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Sounds good. Not sure where you're located (in office-relative coordinate-space) these days, feel free to Mail>

[#] Mon Aug 26 2019 15:59:42 EDT from darknetuser

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You know, I thought Instant Messaging platforms had taken on that role.
At least nowadays people arround me is using Whatsapp and similar software to arrange meetings and for sorting out all those "is anybody free for...?" cases.

[#] Mon Aug 26 2019 17:42:46 EDT from LoanShark

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Oh, I'm on Whatsapp for something similar. But there is no such group that I know of for this particular community

[#] Mon Aug 26 2019 22:53:52 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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CitaThreadDrift is going to take me from the downsides of social media

to the even worse attributes of the latest attempts to "fix" the
problem by revoking CDA section 230 whole hog. Repugnant. Follow
https://twitter.com/ENBrown for the best takes on that.

oooooh, that's the whole "publisher vs. platform" thing, isn't it.

The big socials seem to want the best of both worlds. When they pick winners and losers using their "algorithms" they want to be a publisher. But when their necks are on the line because someone posted something illegal, they want to be a platform (or a common carrier). They can't be both.

[#] Tue Aug 27 2019 11:05:07 EDT from LoanShark

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Yes they can. That's the whole point of CDA 230. It provides blanket protection for internet companies.
This protection is critical for the continued survival of web publishers, platforms, whatever. Without it, internet companies would likely take down all posts as soon as there is a complaint, the effect would be completely chilling for free speech.

[#] Wed Aug 28 2019 09:07:44 EDT from darknetuser

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To be honest, many websites are already self-policing themselves so hard that you cannot be yourself online anymore, except on darknet services or niche services such as this one.
One thing I miss from the Usenet is that you could be an ass with your ass friends and nobody would complain unless you were actively disrupting the service. If you were too burdersome to read, people would just put you in their kill filters and move on.

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