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Doubly annoying... First the vertical video, then that lady's incredibly irritating voice that just goes on non-stop through the whole thing.
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When I see clips like this, I hear the voice of my high school football coach saying, "KEEP PLAYING UNTIL YOU HEAR THE WHISTLE BLOW!"

His is one of a number of voices I hear. Perhaps I need to talk to someone about that.
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The interview is very long, simplistic, gets tedious, and goes nowhere... I'd rate it just so-so, okay to kill some time. That's a Stephen King original, all-right!

"I mean, The Tommyknockers is an awful book."
"I don't like Dreamcatcher very much." -Stephen King
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You do understand that sort of a thing is done for the technical research and for the bragging rights. Selling a limited series of cutting edge stuff in the early 90s gives us a lot of affordable stuff in 2010s.
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They aren't really 30K though, they only run 30K used now because they are a collector's item. Even the 12K is high, they ran around 10K when they were originally sold (a local audio shop had them as a centerpiece when I was a kid). Sennheiser designed them to be the most over the top, over-designed, cream of the crop headphone in the world, and released a limited number of units (not enough to make any real money off of). It was specifically to show the world what they are capable of. They are still considered by many to be the best headphones ever made (with some competition by Stax + third party amplifiers).

Bottom line, they're a showpiece, like a limited edition car. It's for the elite to buy, and the average consumer to oo and ah over what could be possible. They aren't scary, they are actually a really impressive and interesting piece of technology and design. Overpriced? absolutely, though not so much for this guy since he obviously got them at the low point before they became a hot item for 6K. If you ever get a chance to listen, do. I've only heard them very briefly once in a meetup environment, which was not the best, but no doubt they are incredible.

You know what's scarier to me? The amount of profit made off a pair of headphones like the Beats, all due to a name (and color options), and which are also overpriced if you know anything about headphone design. Sennheiser (and Shure, and AKG, and Beyerdynimic...) proved their worth via engineering, while Beats made a killing through marketing.
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As a kid, I used to tape a pot pipe to p/u truck dash console, run tube up my un-tucked shirt, down & out my long-sleeve arm-hole, into bottom of empty (but painted to look half full) McDonalds pop cup then up the straw. A traffic light sitting next to cop car I'd tap my cig ash out window, sip a DEEP toke of 'coke' and when I needed to exhale I'd puff ciggy 'n blow smoke. I LOVE fucking with authority...Thanks (Authoritarian) Mom&Dad !
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Are you insane? It's like saying that the descendants of black slaves now enjoy the benefits of the American life, so it's all good! The internment of Japanese Americans (I emphasize that these were citizens, many born in the U.S.A.) was an act unbecoming and unworthy of the ideals that we cherish in this country. Citizens of Italian and German descent were not put under official blanket suspicion or placed in camps en masse. Concerns over sleeper agents among Japanese Americans were clearly prompted as much by racism as military considerations. This last statement is in agreement with the official U.S. position on the internment, signed by President Reagan.
The internment also involved forfeiture of property, including valuable farmland and businesses on the West Coast. With few exceptions, in which friends and neighbors purchased property at auction and held it in trust against the return of their interned neighbors, property was transferred to others and never returned at the end of the internment. The unsafe, impoverished and harsh environment of the camps resulted in many deaths of innocent and loyal citizens. Many of the internees proved up their loyalty with their lives by fighting in the most decorated military unit deployed in the war: the 442nd Infantry Regiment. Even while their families languished unjustly in primitive and dangerous conditions in the mountains of California, the Japanese-American fighters of the 442nd advanced the cause of the nation that turned against them.
The infamous Executive Order 9066 should serve as a reminder to all that war hysteria will make monsters of us all. The shameful acts surrounding the internment must not be minimized.
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Neil Young will tell you that Jerry Garcia not only humbly took his place in American music, but that he did so with a vision and expertise that places him firmly in the genius level. And I will tell you that stopping to measure the genius of Axl Rose is like measuring the bounce of a flat tire.
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Tombstone pizzas are my favorite frozen pizzas, although DiGiorno are good if you like the thicker crust. Regardless of brand, all of them are better if you use the Presto Pizzazz pizza cooker. I have had one for about 10 years and I love it!
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That's an interesting point, but how about the counterpoint that nearly *all* medical expenses are just more expensive in the United States than the rest of the developed world? Childbirth is no exception.
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"80 weeks of unused vacation time", apparently she did do a lot of work, and foregone the vacation time during that period. The subject title and content is misleading. Most of it is probably attributed to older employment terms she was entitled to when she she started working for the city many years back.
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Sweden has the right idea when it comes to prison.

Since the purpose of prison is to keep criminals away from the general public only crimes that would make you a threat to society are punished by prison time.

For more crimes the prisoners are taught a skill, get a free education and live in a dorm like setting where they leave the prison to go to their daily job. They are monitored and have to check in when they get to work to make sure they didn't have time to stop off for a bank robbery or something..... and get this... they have to pay for their own food and lodging out of their wages.... so they are not drain on society.

But basically prisoners get a new lease on life, learn skills and how to be a productive member of society so when they get out they don't want to go back to a life of crime.

Violent criminals are put on a island where they pretty much govern themselves and grow their own food. Once a month their families can come out to visit them and have a BBQ. They have a pretty nice life and are kept away from the public (which is the reason for prison in the first place)

Now flip over to the US where we lock up people for just about any crime regardless if it makes you a threat to the public at large. So we have prisons full of non violent offenders locked up with violent scumbags (so we ensure that non violent criminals become violent and hostile). They don't really learn anything or do anything productive and are a drain on the taxpayers. Then they get out of jail and noone will hire them so they are forced back into a life of crime hence why we have a ridiculous failure rate when it comes to rehabilitating inmates.

We house non violent criminals at 30k each for years just to have them end up back in prison again and again. It is insanity.
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Interesting analysis but probably wrong. Movies are typically written by humanities grads, and they know more about storytelling than anything science-related. In a typical movie (or TV episode), they get the science wrong, they get psychology wrong, they get the technology wrong, they get "computer hacking" wrong, they perpetuate long-discredited pseudoscience and quackery, they usually make the scientist/engineer/mathematician to be less than honorable, and they have a very negative and ill-informed view of geek culture.

Even a supposedly "pro-science" show like CSI suffers from a lot of the problems I listed above. There is no grand conspiracy to attack engineers or scientists. It's that TV and movie writers don't know any better and they don't care. "The truth should never get in the way of a good story."
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The great thing about the final line of the article - ''It may be Disney,'' Runge explained. ''But it still smells 'pervert' to me.'' - is that the "pervert" in this case is Runge (and anyone else who believed that the vague things they were hearing were automatically smut, no questions asked.

I mean don't get me wrong, Disney does some questionable and awful things (changing Merida's look to something more sexualized in order to merchandise her as a princess, for example), but putting a microscope to each frame of a Disney film in order to find phantom boners says a lot more about the person holding the microscope.
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