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#1419022 What makes you laugh?

Posted by taion on 13 November 2017 - 06:14 PM

Cryptobolivars instead of Dunning-Krugerands?

#1417047 Taxonomy of Modern Restaurants

Posted by taion on 12 October 2017 - 11:56 PM

Maybe we should stop derailing the Boston thread, so here goes.


It seems like we're dealing with a number of categories of restaurants, and making generalizations based on those categories. Obviously, this taxonomy won't be definitive, but I think it'd be nice to lay it out explicitly:

  • San Pellegrino style restaurants: long tasting menus with small portions at very high prices, seldom found outside of top-tier dining areas
  • Fancy French food restaurants: dinosaurs, largely available anywhere, generally good execution, sometimes fossilized, bidet service
    • Subgenre: Like the above, but with '80s or '90s style "New" American food
  • NBC restaurants: the cool places we all like
    • Subgenre: Restaurants like this with heavy, unique regional influences
  • Local vernacular restaurants

Is this sort of the taxonomy we've been working with?

#1415443 New iPhones

Posted by taion on 14 September 2017 - 03:42 PM

I switched from Android to iOS and haven't really looked back.


iOS isn't perfect, and there are a few things that I miss, but overall even at the time of switch, iOS just consistently feels more responsive, fluid, &c. Also, iMessage and FaceTime are great, plus integration that just works with my Macs to let me do things like handle text messaging and phone calls on my computers.


A $200 premium over the 8+ doesn't seem ridiculous at all to get a comparable screen size in a much smaller body size.


To add nuance to Nathan's point on CPUs, where Apple has a huge lead in the mobile space right now is in single-threaded performance, which essentially bottlenecks responsiveness. The Qualcomm CPUs have been competitive (and sometimes ahead, at least on paper) on multi-threaded perf, but if you've ever extensively used both iOS and Android devices, the iOS devices consistently just feel more responsive.


In a vacuum, as a mobile OS, I think Android is better because of intents, cross-app integration, &c., but iPhones are just smoother in use, plus their suite of applications is really, reallyreally convenient in practice if you use a Mac.

#1414049 Today I played...

Posted by taion on 22 August 2017 - 11:55 PM

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: United

Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul

Dyke & the Blazers: "Funky Broadway" (part 1 and 2)

Sly & the Family Stone: "Dance to the Music", Stand!, "Hot Fun in the Summertime", "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)", "Everybody Is a Star", There's a Riot Goin' On

#1414025 Village Voice, print edition

Posted by taion on 22 August 2017 - 05:30 PM


#1413076 Ethical Question - Maternity Leave and Job Change

Posted by taion on 07 August 2017 - 02:29 AM

There is no inherent moral dimension here. It's only business.

#1412526 What are you watching?

Posted by taion on 31 July 2017 - 01:22 AM

I guess the point was more to portray the subjective experience than to allow the viewers to form a statistically unbiased estimate of the casualty rates at Dunkirk.

#1411283 Colette to Close in December

Posted by taion on 13 July 2017 - 04:37 AM

#1410331 Is "Appalachian cooking" the next food trend?

Posted by taion on 28 June 2017 - 08:58 PM

(Here at Mouthfuls, we demonstrate our commitment to sustainability by recycling our jokes.)


(Including this one.)

#1409950 History of Restaurants

Posted by taion on 22 June 2017 - 11:23 PM

Couldn't find an existing similar topic, but I found this capsule history of restaurants in France a charming read:



#1409696 The Angry Chef

Posted by taion on 19 June 2017 - 02:52 PM


Apparently he's made it his mission to dispel wellness-related bullshit. Good.

#1408318 Mekelburg's

Posted by taion on 24 May 2017 - 05:35 PM



Admins, are puns this bad reportable?

#1408251 Mekelburg's

Posted by taion on 23 May 2017 - 09:12 PM


#1407660 We add a 20% service charge ...

Posted by taion on 12 May 2017 - 12:08 AM

I tell them to add it to Wilfrid's tab.

#1406821 The English Language

Posted by taion on 25 April 2017 - 10:49 PM

I hate Cormac McCarthy's punctuation.