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Water Cooler / One year in San Francisco as a Software Engineer
« on: January 08, 2019, 03:57:47 PM »
I've become much less bitter about California.  I won't live there again.  I endured it for 2 years and 16 days, and that's enough for me.

This guy's story reminded me why I'll never go back.

It was fun because I could afford it and because I was part of the class that benefited from the system. I can’t help wondering though that the only reason Silicon Valley and the Bay Area has been so prosperous is because it’s in a country where generally people are comfortable with having so much wealth, while having so many people live under the poverty line.

I think the one thing that would help clear up a lot of the plastic is to start trash collection/ recycling systems in poor countries.  When I was in Peru, the river was "the thing that took the trash away." 

People dumped EVERYTHING (raw sewage included) into the river to get rid of it.

I think this will also be for people who love burgers but have heart disease and simply can't even indulge even in a "treat."  (My uncle is like this:  his doctor told him that he MUST be a vegan to prevent imminent death.  (I can see many Boomers in this same boat.)

But with Beyond burgers, they can get the satisfaction and don't feel left out when everyone wants some grease.

Beyond put a lot of work into the right "mouth feel" and "juicy-ness" so people would feel like they're eating real meat.  Hell, it even "bleeds." 

I think it's pretty awesome.

Water Cooler / Re: I quit watching TV 20+ years ago,
« on: January 05, 2019, 07:30:38 PM »
I haven't had cable since 1989 when I left for college.  If I do watch anything (rarely), I'll grab bittorrents.

In fact, I only watched Game of Thrones because Jason Duke's then girlfriend told me her step sister (cousin?) was the body double for naked Cersei walk.  (She did a great performance, BTW.)

Traffic / Re: Over 40 percent of activity on the internet is fake
« on: January 05, 2019, 07:28:02 PM »
I LOLed when I saw this report, as well as the report on Chris Hayes show on MSNBC.  I thought,"You're just now figuring this out?"

Traffic / Re: Google Moved $23 Billion To Bermuda Tax Haven In 2017
« on: January 05, 2019, 07:19:53 PM »
I would agree with that if we could count on our taxes being spent in moral ways.

*LOL!*  This is from one of my favorite movies ever:  Stranger Than Fiction

"Ana Pascal: Listen, I'm a big supporter of fixing potholes and erecting swing sets and building shelters. I am *more* than happy to pay those taxes. I'm just not such a big fan of the percentage that the government uses for national defense, corporate bailouts, and campaign discretionary funds. So, I didn't pay those taxes. I think I sent a letter to that effect with my return.
Harold Crick: Would it be the letter that begins Dear Imperialist Swine? "

Water Cooler / Re: I'm liking this Banksy person more and more.
« on: October 10, 2018, 10:16:38 PM »
I just wish that the entire painting woudl have shredded itself and fell to the floor in pieces.  That is the only thing to make it better.

Water Cooler / Re: Gonna have a breeze
« on: September 18, 2018, 01:21:19 PM »
RC:  where are you staying right now?

Water Cooler / Re: I am speaking Japanese
« on: September 14, 2018, 08:45:17 PM »
>My 18.y.o. daughter

WHOA WHOA WHOA!  Damn it's been a long time since I've talked to you.  She was 12 the last I recall....

>She then explained how her grandparents do know some Cantonese but they didn't pass it down.
After that, he said "So, your mom is basically white then?".  Anyway, if that was actually a date before that moment, it probably stopped being one after that.

I hope she punched him.  (Did you have to bail her out?  Be honest.) 

Water Cooler / Re: Gonna have a breeze
« on: September 14, 2018, 08:27:05 PM »
>Man, we sure don't build houses like we used to.

Or cars.  That Chevy didn't move an inch from where it was parked.

>I have ZERO apps

It's OK Mackin.  WE know you still use a land line and dial phone.  (We won't tell anyone either.)

Water Cooler / Re: Fire Again!!!
« on: July 25, 2018, 11:47:35 PM »
So glad to hear you are safe. What a nightmare.

Water Cooler / Re: Smoke Map of North America and the Atlantic
« on: July 25, 2018, 11:40:08 PM »
Hey Ergo, are you OK? Did you have to evacuate? Is your home near the flames?

Hardware & Technology / Re: Anyone here a HAM?
« on: July 23, 2018, 03:59:58 PM »
Little:  How did you not get into HAM when your dad was into it!  I've always thought HAM was neat and wanted to get into it but didn't know where/ how to get started.

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