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Happy birthday, Daniel-san!

Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 3,189
(blows party horn)
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  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 2,206
    (getting confused in the excitement and blowing a shofar at the walls of Jericho)
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 2,206
    What's everybody doing this weekend to celebrate Dan's birthday?
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,437
    (getting confused in the excitement and blowing a shofar at the walls of Jericho)
    Isn't that Ev's job?
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,437
    edited April 19
    What's everybody doing this weekend to celebrate Dan's birthday?
    To celebrate my birthday, you can either get drunk and/or have sex.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,437
    Anyway, thank you for the happy birthday wishes!
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,437
    I'm confused. Are you confused?
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  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,437
    If you can't impeach Trump, you can't impeach anyone.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 3,189
    There are really only two political groups in the US anymore, the one that wants to preserve and expand male, white, affluent, socially conservative hegemony and the one that wants to open things up to make room for other people.

    Or worse yet, there are the two hundred groups... the "preserve hegemony" group and one hundred ninety-nine groups disagreeing about what to do about them and never getting a fucking thing done.

    Trump's base doesn't care if he broke the law, they will never support the dismantling of their machine, especially not when it's rolling along so well.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,437
    More stupid shit that made me laugh:

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  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 3,189
    Easter at my mom's was a mixed bag. Nice seeing everyone, but also found out that basically everything we've given my mom for the last few years she either exchanges, gives away, or throws away. And it still doesn't sound like she's going to come for Xmas, despite this being Simon's eleventh one and her not having made it for one yet. Also fun when people talked Sunday about how they would take the family photos after we left.

    Cool cool cool.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 2,206
    Ooof. Sorry friend.

    My mom surprised me by telling me that she's coming to A____'s graduation instead of my brother's daughter (exact same graduation date).

    Which I think just means that her relationship with my brother is now even more broken than ours.
  • KimKim Posts: 582
    edited April 23
    I’m sorry Jeff. The music festival I was Volunteer Coordinator for was a roaring success even despite rain. It was the first year. I was a nervous, anxiety attack the week before and week of. I finally figured out the day before the festival why I was so nervous. You have to have faith that the volunteers you don’t know Show up and do the work. It’s not like a job where people are motivated by their paycheck or being fired. Anyway I survived and no more waking up to a panic attack and sleep!

    My Easter was breakfast with my mom and brother’s family. The festival was on Saturday and we had brunch at 11am so I was a zombie. My brother lives in South Bend and they had to get home because he is a sound man and the band he works for played a gig on Dyngus Day (today). Google it, it’s an interesting holiday. The whole town of South Bend and the school system get out of work and school. It’s a holiday there. Polish holiday.

    I just spent 4 hours personally thanking each volunteer that’s why I’m too lazy to google Dyngus Day.

    I didn’t see either of my sons. Matt was with his gf and Lucas stayed in Albuquerque. That’s spelled wrong but I’m too lazy.

    Adios I hope everyone has a fantabulous day tomorrow
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,437
    Which I think just means that her relationship with my brother is now even more broken than ours.
    Why is your relationship with your mom broken, if it's not too indiscreet?
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 2,206
    I was raised by my father, and had long stretches where she was living far away and I didn't see her much. So the childhood bonding thing was kinda weak.

    Then, I was self absorbed through my 20s and 30s.

    By the time I was old enough to consciously start to rebuild our relationship, she had become a Fox news person. It took me several years to train her not to bring her shit opinions at me. We have mostly arrived at that now. I road tripped with her to her mother's funeral two years ago and it was good for us. She only said stupid shit once or twice, which is great for her.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,437
    edited April 23
    Suckity. Mind atoms of the "Mom gets off her Fox news bubble and reconnects more meaningfully with her family before she dies" variety going your way.

    My relation with my mom was shit too, mostly because she was a barely literate Portuguese peasant, so her idea of discipline involved beating the shit out of me whenever she thought I was being disrespectful. That worked until I got too big to push around, then she just berated me and I ignored her. And then she died when I was in my mid twenties, so nothing got solved nor forgiven.


  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,437
    And now for something completely different...

    We've just finished the second season of a Netflix show called GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wresting).

    Quote: The series revolves around a fictionalization of the characters and gimmicks of the 1980s syndicated women's professional wrestling circuit, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (or GLOW) founded by David McLane.

    Check it out, I warmly recommend it.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,437
    Neural network generating technical death metal, via livestream 24/7 to infinity.

    Generating Albums with SampleRNN to Imitate Metal, Rock, and Punk Bands
    This early example of neural synthesis is a proof-of-concept for how machine learning can drive new types of music software. Creating music can be as simple as specifying a set of music influences on which a model trains. We demonstrate a method for generating albums that imitate bands in experimental music genres previously unrealized by traditional synthesis techniques (e.g. additive, subtractive, FM, granular, concatenative). Raw audio is generated autoregressively in the time-domain using an unconditional SampleRNN. We create six albums this way. Artwork and song titles are also generated using materials from the original artists' back catalog as training data. We try a fully-automated method and a human-curated method. We discuss its potential for machine-assisted production.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,437
    edited April 23
    Reminds me of this:
    And the Ministry had not only to supply the multifarious needs of the party, but also to repeat the whole operation at a lower level for the benefit of the proletariat. There was a whole chain of separate departments dealing with proletarian literature, music, drama, and entertainment generally. Here were produced rubbishy newspapers containing almost nothing except sport, crime and astrology, sensational five-cent novelettes, films oozing with sex, and sentimental songs which were composed entirely by mechanical means on a special kind of kaleidoscope known as a versificator. There was even a whole sub-section—Pornosec, it was called in Newspeak—engaged in producing the lowest kind of pornography, which was sent out in sealed packets and which no Party member, other than those who worked on it, was permitted to look at.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 2,206
    Ok, well this is some unfortunate timing with Dan's postings... but....

    A_____ will be studying music composition at Carnegie Mellon University in the Fall!!!
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,437
    Huzzah for A_____ !

    How are you guys paying for that?
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 2,206
    Massive loans that Elizabeth Warren will forgive. Feels like a solid plan.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 3,189
    Huzzah!
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 3,189
    I had a dream last night where I met Donald Trump and he flatly stated that it was important for him to win in 2020 so that he could finish the transition of the US to a Christian theocracy.

    I was worried no one would believe me because we weren't on camera, bit everyone believed me and it didn't change anything, which was worse.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 3,189
    I like how right wing pundits respond to "forgive student loan debt" by facetiously proposing even better ideas.

    "Well why don't we just write off credit card debt and mortgage debt, too?"

    NOW YOU'RE TALKING, CHIEF.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 2,206
    Just need to frame it as reparations for being fleeced for the past 40 years.
  • KimKim Posts: 582
    Congrats, Eric that is awesome. Pat posted a really good Grifters bootleg from 1997 on the Grifters page. It sounds amazing compared to other bootlegs
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,437
    edited April 24
    I like how right wing pundits respond to "forgive student loan debt" by facetiously proposing even better ideas.

    "Well why don't we just write off credit card debt and mortgage debt, too?"

    NOW YOU'RE TALKING, CHIEF.


    Dream on! They only want to give freebees to people who don't need them.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,437
    Congrats, Eric that is awesome. Pat posted a really good Grifters bootleg from 1997 on the Grifters page. It sounds amazing compared to other bootlegs
    1997? Would that be the Live in Halifax tape?
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,437
    I didn't have that bootleg. Thanks, Kim! Do you have the live at Halifax tape?
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