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Tech Talk / Re: Self-Driving Cars
« Last post by phooey on Today at 12:33:39 PM »


An American Airlines co-pilot died during landing, and this is scary:

"Luckily for the passengers and crew aboard the American Airlines Boeing 737 flight, a safe landing was achieved by the able-bodied captain. CNN reports that Boeing 737 planes can be safely landed by a single crew member, although that circumstance is not ideal."

Its interesting what the article DOESN'T say.  It doesn't say, "Luckily the Boeing 737 can be safely landed on autopilot..."

Hmm, I guess you guys better still plan on waiting a while. 

 





https://www.yahoo.com/style/american-airlines-co-pilot-died-143945834.html
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Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #609
« Last post by 2397 on Today at 12:29:19 PM »
I can relate to that as well. I've been wondering if it's some kind of multitasking-derived syndrome. I struggle to do only one thing at a time, and am usually listening to something while working, if I don't have to interact with other human beings. Or I'll be looking for something to do while listening.
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General Discussion / Re: Vocal Fry
« Last post by Mr. Beagle on Today at 12:17:16 PM »
My older son, who is almost exactly the same age as Cara, has this fry, while his younger brother does not. Is there a culturally-timed event or trend here, similar to "Valley Girl" phrasing?
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Podcasts / Re: Which podcasts are we listening to?
« Last post by Boßel on Today at 12:15:29 PM »
Any good podcasts where it's just stand-up comedy?

nope.
most comedians use podcasts as a way to promote their shows. to just broadcast all their material for free wouldn't really be something that would appeal to most.

but you can always download Comedy Central's Half Hour which is the newer version of Comedy Central Presents

I think it would be a good thing for them to do. There are thousands of comedians, and maybe the podcast could spotlight 3 or 4 with 10 minute routines. That's a perfect way to promote themselves. Or maybe a 20 minute interview and a 10 min routine, so they're not giving away their entire act.

I'll check out Comedy Central's Half Hour.
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Religion / Philosophy Talk / Re: Secular Buddhism
« Last post by Mr. Beagle on Today at 12:09:30 PM »
Beyond the woo, my perception is that there is something real in the concepts of "mindfulness" and meditation, but this often gets lost in the religious language, either Buddhist or Catholic, to cite two examples.

I had some early religious experiences that pointed to those kinds of experiences, but then rejected them as illusory when my religious doubts reached their peak. Then, while living in England, I went through a very stressful time with my spouse away, and coincidentally found that a particular Chet Baker album, and later a particular Van Morrison album (Poetic Champions Compose) while trying to calm myself down through meditating evoked this "mystical" experience of calm bliss, shutting out all else.

My current position overall is that religious language itself is an evolutionary adaptation to real brain experiences, not necessarily "accurate" but nonetheless effective for some.
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General Discussion / Re: Vocal Fry
« Last post by Ah.hell on Today at 12:01:34 PM »
IIRC, neither is a particularly new thing nor much isolated to young women.
The research has shown that, while maybe not new, it is more prevalent.  And while it is not isolated to women, women are statistically much more likely to use this type of speech.  This is one reason why there is concern about the implications of speaking in this manner.  The negative implications hurt women more than men.
Now that you mention it, I think my memory is faulty on this score.  As I now remember it being mostly a way to artificially lower the register of your voice which only women really have an incentive to do.  As lower voices are taken more seriously. 
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The following is an anecdote:

I went to about a -5 at 12 or 13.  I'm currently at a -5.50 30+ years later.  Glasses haven't made my eyes worse.  My vision went from no noticeable problem to -5 in a year or two.  Hard to tell really. 

The science is pretty clear that spending a lot of time outside will prevent or slow myopia.  The competing theories were exposure to UV or focusing on things far away.  My understanding is that the evidence currently leans towards UV.  So, there is that. 
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General Discussion / Re: What's the proper etiquette here?
« Last post by Boßel on Today at 11:57:41 AM »
Assuming it's not a mystery pooper situation, then absolutely approach the shower pooper. I think you have the right to approach said pooper with a mob of pitchfork people.
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Millions of people go without glasses all the time. I've been without them for over a month at one point. My eyes didn't correct themselves.

That's kind of consistent with my experience too because I've never noticed any change in that short of time.  My eyes have been correcting themselves but at a slow rate.  Only 0.25 diopters per year which is really hard to notice until you get an exam.  One thing that is emphasized on this new site is that your eyes aren't likely to improve much if any if you don't challenge them by looking at things that are just slightly blurry and focus until they become clear.  One thing that will supposedly prevent improvement is if you just let your eyes get used to the blur. 
Also, the fastest they can improve is supposedly about 1 diopter per year which can seem really slow or really fast depending on your point of view I guess.  When people's eyes get worse it's usually over a long period of time as well.

One thing about the millions of people that that go without glasses all the time is that their eyes don't keep getting worse.  At least not on the scale of those of us who do a lot of up close stuff, reading, computer work, iphones, etc.  Just my own experience but people I know who work outside, if they wear glasses at all, their prescription is very weak, like 1 diopter or less.  Engineers I know usually wear at least 3 to even 6 or 8 diopters meaning they need glasses to read something right in front of their face.  I'm closer to the latter at about 3 diopters.


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General Discussion / Re: Vocal Fry
« Last post by NEKSkeptic on Today at 11:32:31 AM »
IIRC, neither is a particularly new thing nor much isolated to young women.
The research has shown that, while maybe not new, it is more prevalent.  And while it is not isolated to women, women are statistically much more likely to use this type of speech.  This is one reason why there is concern about the implications of speaking in this manner.  The negative implications hurt women more than men.
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