I have no idea why *this* is what I noticed from tonight's comic, but it's interesting that Sam's mental lightbulb:
* is a downlight (only emits light in the "down" direction, although sometimes that's actually a different angle)
* has an E27 base (which made me look up where QC is set: Northampton, MA) (mostly because I thought maybe Canada somehow, which has a lot of GU10 downlights)
(I suspect this was Jeph aiming for an LED bulb, which that probably is, being too blue for most halogens.)
Surprised at something, I just muttered "what the heckie". I blame @gdkar.
Do you or anyone you know want a 16-computer VGA + PS/2 KVM?
It's https://www.iogear.com/product/GCS1716/ , though I think I only have 12 sets of cables for some reason. I believe it works, but I haven't honestly tested it in many years.
Yours for the cost of shipping from the US midwest.
Reading things labeled as "takes" ("hot", "cold", or otherwise) often feels like "X take: [...]" could instead be read "fundamental attribution error: [...]".
Like, not *always*, but it often seems like a "this is how it seems to me, and I'm not that interested in what anyone else's experience is", and... I'm not a huge fan of that. (I'm very possibly interested in your opinion and experience! I just don't know that they're the only ones that are valid.)
The benefit of flagrantly "probably queer" hair on Amtrak was that on the first two trains, the person I'd identified as the most evidently queer on the train has at some point ended up taking a seat next to me.
(Which is cool, because I vaguely want to talk to those folks, but lack the guts to actually sit down next to them and start a conversation, and if half happens without my doing, that's nice.)
hair removal, robots
Why *don't* we have delta robots for electrolysis?
All the components exist individually, so you should be able to clamp down several square inches of skin to keep them from moving, have an operator okay each detected follicle, and let the robot do its thing, several at a time.
Would still take a few minutes per area, but that's loads faster than anything else.
(Sure, "let a robot stick electrified needles in me" is a high bar, but that much moreso than a human?)
I have been reliably informed that my map does indeed not contain *every* library in the appropriate regions, or even all the public ones. This complicates matters. 🤔
🎉 Inform 7 will be open-sourced* some time in 2019: http://emshort.com/narrascope/talk.html . Yay!
*: Artistic License 2.0 with Bison-style grant to clarify that compiled IF isn't under the same license.
phone calls, question
What do other people do for phone calls with people they don't know (generally businesses in my case)?
I mock up a script and little blanks to fill in with any questions I have in a text file, but I just realized that this is probably unusual, so now I'm curious about what other folks do.
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