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#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.

#1405611 Bātard

Posted by taion on 11 April 2017 - 02:35 AM

I liked the cheese! I just imagined that a "selection of cheese from the cart" would have involved something getting wheeled over to my table.

#1403435 Tim Wendelboe

Posted by taion on 09 March 2017 - 01:01 AM

Have you seen this McDonald's ad? I sort of love it.

(I typoed that second sentence as "I sort of live it" at first. That is also a true statement.)

#1402643 Kenneth Arrow

Posted by taion on 22 February 2017 - 07:02 AM

In the most respectful way possible – his contributions were so fundamental that I'd thought he'd died before I was born or something.

#1402382 Norma McCorvey

Posted by taion on 18 February 2017 - 06:15 PM

Interesting individual.

#1400976 Annoyances

Posted by taion on 27 January 2017 - 09:36 PM

By contrast, the current subway map design doesn't give an immediate way to communicate something like the above visually, and it's not directly amenable to that sort of alteration, just because the visual spacing of the lines doesn't let you draw 3 lines for the IRT or 4 lines for the BMT.


Probably the MTA people could have come up with a solution, but it's not a bad thing that they reached for the solution they already had, especially given how iconic it has become!

#1400461 The Rise of Walled off Restaurants

Posted by taion on 22 January 2017 - 04:54 AM

Well it's a direct allusion to the linked article.

#1399934 Reasons To Be Cheerful

Posted by taion on 16 January 2017 - 10:21 PM

I'm super happy that The New Yorker ran a piece about the horrible cost of the Second Avenue Subway: http://www.newyorker...bway-went-wrong

#1399644 Golden Showers/Is Buzzfeed Journalism?

Posted by taion on 12 January 2017 - 08:03 AM

As usual, The Onion wins the new cycle: http://www.clickhole...nsible-buz-5318

#1399086 Problems with Popular Nonfiction

Posted by taion on 07 January 2017 - 02:18 AM

I think this is different because it is observable. I can introspect and say:

  • I read "The Great A.I. Awakening" in the NYT Magazine and thought it broadly constituted misinformation with respect to the mechanics and the significance of deep learning
  • I accept pieces I read in the NYT Magazine that cover areas where I have no special familiarity as being generally true

But this makes no sense unless I think the NYT Magazine is somehow especially bad at specifically at those things with which I'm familiar.


Or alternatively I think of the Gell-Mann amnesia thing more as an argument than an observation – namely that if you find the quality of pieces where you can independently verify said quality to be low, then you should not assume that pieces where you can't independently verify the quality generally have higher quality.

#1397250 Barcelona recommendations

Posted by taion on 10 December 2016 - 10:03 PM



#1395862 Are There Just Too Many Damn Chefs?

Posted by taion on 21 November 2016 - 06:46 PM



Probably I was replying more to Sneakeater's point on the Death Pool thread, since it seemed like you were trying to consolidate discussion here and stop a bunch of other threads from getting derailed.


To that point, I think there is a relationship between there being more chefs now and our having less to talk about, but I don't think it's the case that mid-level restaurants have gotten worse because there are more chefs. It's just that there are fewer novel points of discussion, given the saturation of the market.