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1  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: They won't be teasing/shoving Atlas any more on: November 17, 2017, 01:57:35 PM
Dangit! I had a 2 foot tall box that I could stand on during the robot apocalypse all ready got but I guess it is back to the drawing board.
2  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Et tu, Scoble? on: November 16, 2017, 05:35:21 PM
>>Scroll down to the pix

Hard to deny that one.

I suspect soon there will be some celebrity/politician who will get out ahead of the game and admit a past indiscretion before being called out. I think the reaction will be more positive that they were willing to admit their mistakes and be forthcoming about it. If that announcement is tied to a big donation to a women's charity of some sort all the better. It won't change that they screwed up but the public perception will be better. I think.
3  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: US: Percentage of total income spent on rent by city on: November 15, 2017, 01:18:00 PM
My in-laws are in Ohio just outside of Columbus. That right there is good enough reason to never set foot in that pit of rust, misery, and despair.
4  Why We Are Here / Marketing / Re: Alibaba smashes its Single’s Day record on: November 13, 2017, 01:53:23 AM
https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/11/jd-com-singles-day/

And the second biggest retailer kicked in another $19 billion.

Can't wait until we crack into the Asian market. NBA gear is huge over there.
5  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Self-driving bus starts first route in Germany on: November 09, 2017, 08:24:33 PM
https://thenextweb.com/tech/2017/11/09/las-vegas-self-driving-bus-needed-2-hours-prove-human-drivers-suck/

Love seeing the headlines making it look like the bus was at fault. But this is what we will see when any self driving vehicles get in a wreck.

If it was all self driving vehicles I don't think we would have a problem. But mixing smart cars with stupid humans is a recipe for disaster.
6  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: NFL to become NTFL on: November 08, 2017, 08:24:39 PM
Just saw this on Twitter:

NFL ratings through nine weeks is down 5.5% versus first 9 weeks of last year.

Perspective: Drop is in line with the rest of television.
7  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Ketones as a booster drink on: November 07, 2017, 03:37:30 PM
Was reading about that yesterday. $99 for 3 bottles??? They are really limiting their market to elite athletes with that pricing. If it can help a competitive marathoner shave a minute or two off their time it could be worth it at that price. And that is a big if.

8  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: 0/10 on the Snowflake Scale on: November 02, 2017, 06:23:36 PM
>>which would make meat super expensive

Most of the time I still eat standard grocery store/butcher shop meat. It is fine and does the job. But if I want a really good steak or high quality brisket or ribs there is definitely a taste and quality difference if you buy from a good source. Snake River Farms and Crowd Cow are two of my favorites. Every piece of meat I have had from Snake River Farms has been amazing. Yeah, you will spend a LOT more than you would at the grocery store but you can definitely taste the quality. A nice, prime ribeye will run $40 where they are only $11 at my local butcher.

But places like Snake River and Crowd Cow are definitely much more sustainable than the huge factory farms and I can see meat production shifting back toward smaller operations like that. Those places aren't quite to the level of butchering in the public square but they are much smaller and much more sustainable operations. Yeah, it will require people to eat less meat overall but the meat they do eat will be much higher quality.
9  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: 0/10 on the Snowflake Scale on: November 01, 2017, 07:14:05 PM
>>Fake meat and seafood

I tried one of the new fake burgers a while back just to see how it was. It looked a lot more like ground beef than the traditional veggie burgers, it was oddly juicy, and it had the texture that could somewhat remind you of ground beef. But it still tasted terrible until it was drowned in condiments and toppings. http://completecarnivore.com/beyond-meat-can-meatless-burger-actually-good/ is the review of it I wrote up.

That said it was much, much closer to real meat than most of the alternative burgers I have tasted.  I would never choose one in lieu of a real burger but if a vegan invited me over and this was what they served I could cover it in enough stuff to make it palatable.

I can see them doing a better job of replicating shrimp, fish, and other seafood than beef. Seems like the texture and flavor would be easier to replicate.
10  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Life choices and health on: October 31, 2017, 12:58:43 AM
>my lack of ability to help my dad

#metoo

My mom had breast cancer a few years back and has congestive heart failure now and my dad is dealing with Alzheimer's and dementia. Neither of them has ever been very healthy and they both drink more than they should. So hard to know how to help them.
11  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: 0/10 on the Snowflake Scale on: October 31, 2017, 12:48:49 AM
>>For both of them, time for the annual "hog killing" was ingrained in them as a big seasonal event even though they had lived in cities and towns for decades.

Growing up we had a small farm with a couple cows, a few pigs, chickens, rabbits, etc. I remember butchering day was one of my favorite days. My grandpa and a couple uncles would come over, we would kill the pigs and cows and hang them up from the barn, and go through the whole butchering process. We would of course chop the chickens heads off and pluck them. When we wanted rabbit for dinner we would go get one, snap its neck, skin and gut it, and it would be on the table an hour later.

I would love it if elementary schools had required field trips to farms for a butchering. Not of course the big factory farms but a small farm that does it "right". I think it would give everyone a better appreciation for their food.

And a dream of mine is to someday own a butcher shop/restaurant. I wouldn't necessarily want to raise or slaughter the animals (let the experts do that) but I would do all the breaking down of the animals and cooking. Probably about a 1% chance of that ever happening but it would be fun. 
12  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Bay Area hammered by loss of 4,700 jobs on: October 29, 2017, 02:28:59 AM
>>Google hiring/moving a lot of engineers to Boulder right now

We have a small office of developers and engineers in Boulder. About 35 people or so. But they are planning on ramping up to 60+ in the next few months. Much cheaper to hire someone there than the Bay Area. If you figure between the lower cost of living, cheaper office space, lower salaries, taxes, etc. I would guess you could probably save $50-100K per year per employee hiring in Boulder vs. Bay Area.
13  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Musk offers to rebuild Puerto Rico grid with solar and batteries on: October 26, 2017, 03:50:54 PM
https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/24/tesla-makes-quick-work-of-puerto-rico-hospital-solar-power-relief-project/

That was quick.
14  Why We Are Here / Traffic / Re: Biggest drop in Facebook organic reach we have ever seen on: October 25, 2017, 02:43:28 PM
>>Instagram

We are starting to see a bit of affiliate activity on IG. The main problem is you can't link from specific posts. There are some tools you can use to make the profile link more effective and we have a few affiliates with some big followings who drive some sales but it is still a very, very small piece of the pie.
15  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Pubcon, Vegas, 6-9 november 2017? on: October 25, 2017, 02:41:15 PM
Wow ok, maybe it's E3 I'm thinking of then.

Terrible date pick for AS.

They usually have AS sometime in January and those were the only dates Paris had open (or any other space large enough for them for that matter). There is usually a day overlap at the beginning or end of CES but this is the first time they have been at the same time.
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