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  1. #28651
    Oh and Ireland. Sorry Ireland, I just assumed it was the UK.
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    I've been playing since i was 7.

    Segovia, Pepe Romero and Pacu de Lucia are my favourites.
    Oh hey! I didn't know.

    I have 2 guitars, and the only one I've played in the past 10 years is my Classical Ovation.
    I play my bass more than either, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMojoMonkey View Post
    Oh hey! I didn't know.

    I have 2 guitars, and the only one I've played in the past 10 years is my Classical Ovation.
    I play my bass more than either, though.
    Well well.

    I have a Yamaha G-235S, which is the same one I've had for about 40 years. My parents paid $300 for it back then. Still works.

    http://yahoobuckaroo.blogspot.com/20...al-guitar.html

    Don't know much about guitars, to be honest. Is the Ovation good?
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    This is not my guitar, but it looks like mine, minus the decades of wear and tear.



    It's not the best, anymore. I'm guessing this was made in the early-mid 70's, based on looks. It was my dad's old guitar.
    It has pretty nasty cracking in the face plate behind the bridge, which has thrown the intonation off.

    I also dropped it on the headstock when I was like 17, and part of it chipped off, but I don't think that has affected the sound at all.

    In general, I love the sound of Ovations. If you have the chance to pick one up to play around with in a guitar store, definitely do it. Even if it's a steel string. They sound great. I've had a few experiences where I'm at an outdoor event and the tone of a guitar hits me before I see it, and I'm like... what is that guitar? It sounds great! Oh... it's an Ovation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poopadoop View Post
    Do you use the TAB thing where it tells you where to put which finger, or just try to copy what you're looking at/copy it by ear?
    Most of the songs I learn are simple enough to learn by ear. For chord melody arrangements I think Ted Greene notation is the most convenient.
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    Wuf, the movement is waiting for you to join!

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    On topic:

    On Survivor and Big Brother US only on one occasion each a contestant has tried to offer a split of their winnings as a bargaining tool. On both occasions these parts were not aired.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoccoBill View Post
    On topic:

    On Survivor and Big Brother US only on one occasion each a contestant has tried to offer a split of their winnings as a bargaining tool. On both occasions these parts were not aired.
    Interesting. I was wondering about that the other day.
    I've only ever watched Survivor, not Big Brother.

    Seems like if you can strike a deal with your alliance to split the winnings, that would promote a unity that would be hard to break. Doesn't even have to be an even split. The actual winner of the season can take a larger portion, but the others who remain loyal get a cut, too.
    It certainly makes sense to me, given the winner-take-all payout structure.


    Out of curiosity, do you know any more details about the Survivor deal? Like what season / who was involved / did any of them win / if so, did they actually go through with the deal?

    There are a couple pointed examples of people making big deals on Survivor, then not following through when it came time to pay up on the deal. Like a favor now for a favor later, and the later favor didn't happen because the person who received the first favor changed their mind after the fact in a way that would only be described as shitty if it wasn't a game based on lies and deception.
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    I read it on some article, or actually might have been a reddit post, can't find anything to verify it now. On Survivor Nicaragua a contestant apparently offered to pay off another player's mortgage for a vote, and on some other season someone may have offered to buy a motorcycle in return for something. That's all I can find now. Apparently all kinds of quid pro quos have been forbidden in the players' contracts at least since 2010. Makes sense that they'd be banned from doing that, it might kill the whole competition and just become a bidding war.
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    OK. That makes sense. I'd speculated that there may be something in the contract that says as much, but kinda dropped it because it would be about impossible to enforce. If players can ever get a chance to speak with each other off camera, then they could secretly make an agreement. The show could be over and the money split before the producers could find out about the agreement.


    I know there was one season back when the show awarded a car as a reward for one of the challenges. The guy who won the car offered it to another player in exchange for a very particular favor.
    If both of them were still in the game at final 4, AND IF the player who received the car won the immunity challenge at final 4, then he would give up his immunity to the guy who gave him the car.
    Then that seemingly unlikely event happened, and the guy who accepted the car did not give his immunity to the other guy.
    Ultimately, the guy who gave the car apologized for putting the other guy in such a difficult spot... class act, IMO.
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  11. #28661
    https://twitter.com/aybarlyy/status/1273725231140442113

    What's wrong with some people? You get to call them Fuck Boy all the time; it's a golden opportunity!
    I just think we should suspend judgment on Trump until we have all the facts through an inquiry
  12. #28662
    Phucking hell that's phunny.
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  13. #28663
    I couldn't stop myself...

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    Also the name Matthew Hubbard means bitch ass racist motherfucker
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    Excuse me, my name is Matthew and I take this as an insult, you're basically saying my name means "bitch ass". Please be more respectful.
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  14. #28664
    It's so dumb that the immediate reaction is to escalate the whole thing and make it out like it's a racist hate crime. It's not. It's stupid and insensitive but it's not like he's telling you you have to change your name or something bad will happen to you. It's just some ignorant guy being ignorant. I don't get why some people have to lose their shit over things like that. Get a fucking life.
    I just think we should suspend judgment on Trump until we have all the facts through an inquiry
  15. #28665
    This, on the other hand, is a racist douche being a racist douche. I'm glad he got the sack.

    https://twitter.com/t_fishhh/status/1273815213696057344

    The best part of this is how he tries to be all 'oops, sorry' about it afterwards, like pretending it was an accident. Haha dude there's no coming back from that.
    I just think we should suspend judgment on Trump until we have all the facts through an inquiry
  16. #28666
    Yeah I don't think that guy is racist, but it doesn't hurt to pull the girl to one side and quietly ask her "How do you pronounce your name?". She might appreciate the gesture enough to have a good laugh about how it sounds if mispronounced phonetically.

    That said, people are so fucking quick to be outraged, and it's cost this guy his job. The timing was awful.

    Fuck the second guy, he clearly deserves the sack.
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    Yeah I don't think that guy is racist, but it doesn't hurt to pull the girl to one side and quietly ask her "How do you pronounce your name?". She might appreciate the gesture enough to have a good laugh about how it sounds if mispronounced phonetically.

    That said, people are so fucking quick to be outraged, and it's cost this guy his job. The timing was awful.
    Yeah I mean the first email he is just asking her nicely to anglicize her name. Not something I would do but whatever.

    Then she gets all pissy and he seems to be decide 'well fuck you then' and doubles down, instead of just saying 'sorry I didn't mean to offend you Phuc Bui, it's all good.'
    I just think we should suspend judgment on Trump until we have all the facts through an inquiry
  18. #28668
    I did laugh at this "eat a dick" comment, highly insensitive but extremely amusing.

    In other news, #BritishLivesMatter is trending on Twitter because tons of people are triggered by the hashtag. It's hilarious. Lots and lots of people saying "why is #BritishLivesMatter trending?". Idiots.
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  19. #28669
    I'm currently buying Chris Lilley's back catalog, before he gets deleted from history.

    He got cancelled mostly for this...

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    IDK what they're going to do with all the trash, but getting it out of the ocean seems like a good first step.
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    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/t...box=1594551993

    If this is what I think it is, it's a story about a woman transitioning to a man, deciding she'd rather be a woman after all, then transitioning back.

    I have a few views on this:

    1. Lol. Typical woman can't make up her mind.

    2. If there isn't currently a Guinness record for higher number of transitions, I think there should be.

    3. In all seriousness, what are we meant to be sensitive to here? I mean, I feel sorry for the person who is that confused, but other than that, is there something I'm supposed to be doing to help? And also, is this a big issue, where someone is being discriminated against for being a back-and-forther? I don't get why this is presented as a touchy feely kind of story where we're meant to do some soul searching about society as opposed to a 'wtf is with this person' story.
    I just think we should suspend judgment on Trump until we have all the facts through an inquiry
  22. #28672
    Time lapse microphotography of a neuron growing dendrites.

    https://twitter.com/LecuitLab/status...91608563814401
    I just think we should suspend judgment on Trump until we have all the facts through an inquiry
  23. #28673
    idk what the fuck is going on with gender identity. Twitter is a cesspit for this kind of thing. JK Rowling says something along the lines of "I love trans people but the rights of women need to be protected" and the hate mob descend upon her as though she just killed a baby. People think this kind of thinking is literally dangerous because someone who feels upset about it might jump off a bridge. They use words like "torture", and call any woman that doesn't agree with their deluded views on gender identity a "TERF", which ironically means trans exclusive RADICAL feminist, as though JKR is the radical one.

    This is just like racism. If you don't agree completely with the "woke" crowd, you're a bigot.
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  24. #28674
    There's been something similar going on with Steven Pinker as well recently. Haven't delved into the details, but apparently he said something mildly wrong and now the mob is trying to get him fired from Harvard or MIT or wherever the fuck he is. It's just enough.
    I just think we should suspend judgment on Trump until we have all the facts through an inquiry
  25. #28675
    My biggest problem with this is although I'm very careful about what I say on social media, and I bite my tongue a lot, I can imagine someday being taken the wrong way and having the argggggh crowd get up in my face much easier than I can imagine seeing some flippant remark and feeling justified in using it to get someone sacked.
    I just think we should suspend judgment on Trump until we have all the facts through an inquiry
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    I just think we should suspend judgment on Trump until we have all the facts through an inquiry
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    Just let individuals set their own boundaries and respect those boundaries.
    There are struggles associated with every human life, and pretending that other people's struggles are the same as yours is almost uniformly incorrect.
    Educate yourself to what the reality behind any discrimination claims are and judge for yourself where you stand.
    Try not to be a jerk, but if you're a jerk, then apologize and be less of a jerk going forward.

    Ignore the idiots and white knight rage junkies and don't worry about their nonsense. Whether or not they're acting in earnest good faith is not a concern. Whether or not you act in earnest good faith is what matters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMojoMonkey View Post
    Just let individuals set their own boundaries and respect those boundaries.
    There are struggles associated with every human life, and pretending that other people's struggles are the same as yours is almost uniformly incorrect.
    Educate yourself to what the reality behind any discrimination claims are and judge for yourself where you stand.
    Try not to be a jerk, but if you're a jerk, then apologize and be less of a jerk going forward.

    Ignore the idiots and white knight rage junkies and don't worry about their nonsense. Whether or not they're acting in earnest good faith is not a concern. Whether or not you act in earnest good faith is what matters.
    Sounds good in principle, but in practice anyone in the public eye (even if they're only there because they've been put there by someone else with an iphone) has to walk on eggshells all the time for fear that someone is going to catch them slipping (or even not slipping) and make a federal case of if in front of the whole world.
    I just think we should suspend judgment on Trump until we have all the facts through an inquiry
  29. #28679
    This cancel culture bullshit doesn't inspire me much to find myself a job. On the contrary, it makes me quite happy I haven't got one. Try cancelling me, dickheads.

    This is quite serious though, this transgender thing. I mean they're talking about toilets right now, but what they really want is sport. When cismales can turn into women and compete with women in elite sports, then women's sport is dead. Little girls will have no incentive to take sport seriously, because they know they will be outcompeted by "women" who were born with dicks. And if we're going as far as to say that it's purely identity, then a man in a dress can claim to be a woman and shit all over their world records.

    And of course, it's very much a problem having a well hung "lady" sharing public showers with teenage girls. Why is the feelings of a trannie more important than the safety of women?

    Hounding people for these very understandable concerns does the opposite of help their cause. It makes people more anti-trans. What is happening is doing more harm than good for the rights of transgender people. There's a backlash, and anti-trans discrimination increases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poopadoop View Post
    3. In all seriousness, what are we meant to be sensitive to here? I mean, I feel sorry for the person who is that confused, but other than that, is there something I'm supposed to be doing to help? And also, is this a big issue, where someone is being discriminated against for being a back-and-forther? I don't get why this is presented as a touchy feely kind of story where we're meant to do some soul searching about society as opposed to a 'wtf is with this person' story.
    Contrapoints has a pretty insightful video about being a transgender lesbian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7WvHTl_Q7I

    tldw: She has had long periods where she wanted to fit the classic gender role as a woman and felt guilty for being a transgender lesbian. I can imagine that many feel they need to commit to the new gender, feel pressured into surgery, and end up regretting it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OngBonga View Post
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    Would it kill her to just not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OngBonga View Post
    This cancel culture bullshit doesn't inspire me much to find myself a job.
    Nothing inspires you to find a job lol.


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    what they really want is sport. When cismales can turn into women and compete with women in elite sports, then women's sport is dead.
    I forget his/her name but there was someone who did exactly that in MMA. There's videos of him/her kicking the shit out of women. Joe Rogan did a video basically saying 'this is bullshit' (ldo) some time ago. I think s/he has been banned now or something.



    Quote Originally Posted by OngBonga View Post
    And of course, it's very much a problem having a well hung "lady" sharing public showers with teenage girls. Why is the feelings of a trannie more important than the safety of women?
    They should be more worried about some of those female gym teachers really.


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    Hounding people for these very understandable concerns does the opposite of help their cause. It makes people more anti-trans. What is happening is doing more harm than good for the rights of transgender people. There's a backlash, and anti-trans discrimination increases.
    I mean I don't really care is the thing. It's not like I ever run into a tranny, and if I did I'd just be like 'sure, whatever.' I've had a couple pretty ambiguous students, maybe they were trannies, but it's not like I'm going to say anything rude to them. The whole thing is barely even on my radar until they start raging on social media 'cause someone accidentally called them 'her'. Then I think 'well, some of these are real tards.'
    I just think we should suspend judgment on Trump until we have all the facts through an inquiry
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    Quote Originally Posted by oskar View Post


    Would it kill her to just not?
    This is why people shouldn't post when they're drunk.
    I just think we should suspend judgment on Trump until we have all the facts through an inquiry
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    How the fuck was twitter mass hacked like that?

    For the uninitiated, what just happened should not be possible. It's absolute madness!

    This probably means CHANGE YOUR FUCKING TWITTER PASSWORD now. It had to have been a password database breach, there is just no other way unless they a) possess a quantum supercomputer or b) it's an inside job. Also, enable 2FA yesterday. Go.
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    The reason why you should change your TWITTER password (and everywhere else you might be using it, which if true, also indicates you're an internet sec dumb-ass and therefore prime hacking target) is that the way this hack happened, a large amount of other account passwords that were in use on twitter.com are now out in the wild. It really has to be a password database breach. Probably there were too busy smelling their own farts over at twitter to remember to practice proper back-end security hygiene.
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    I'm back to work, back in my office, doing physics again.

    Feels good to be out of the house. There are no faculty in the building, though. It's just me, a couple of staff in the physics office, and the machine shop guys downstairs, AFAICT. It's so quiet, and there's nothing to give me a sense of urgency or deadlines or accountability. Normally that's not an issue for me, as I'm mostly self-motivated and kinda resent being micromanaged. However, I'm finding it hard to get back into the mindset of "productive employee" so far.

    I know it will pass as I spend more time at work and get back into the pattern of spending my time constructively, but it's weird so far, is all. I daydream too much, and find myself avoiding actual work because, in part, I know that no one will bust me for it.

    It's nice to not be stressed out by a sudden change of my life's pace, but also kinda feels bad to not just naturally bounce back immediately.
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    I just think we should suspend judgment on Trump until we have all the facts through an inquiry

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