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    well, I appreciate the advice.

    Yes, I happen to agree with you.

    It gets to be a multivariate computation — such as, working within a budget, as probably most households do, I have to compare against other purchases.

    I think I may end up returning them today for something I'm a little happier with.

    The "slate gray" (? I guess that's a color) doesn't really suit me for shorts.

    And also, I don't really like wearing shorts around town/work — strictly for at home, for me.

    No, I don't know why.

    It's complicated.

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    I don't think this merits a whole thread, but I was just remembering a short conversation IRL a while ago.

    This should probably be a poll or something, but unlike that other board, we're mostly (?) regular people here.

    So, QUESTION: how much do you actually use calculus (that's a broad term, but let's say from the basics through differential equations, and stop at analysis of C or R)?

    If you'd asked me before I was twenty-five or so, I'd have said, "Fuck you, nerd-head!" But as tools and techniques become more mainstreamed and require more mental computation (just like using a slide rule), I find optimization, and even household problems like electrical and plumbing issues, it's an indispensable tool.

    At least the basic concepts: many computations involving functions over R are tractable, and nobody does it by hand like in school.

    As an aside, I think high schools or whatever they're called in your countries should collapse trig/"pre-calc"/first-two-trimesters of Calc into a single year-long unit. None of it makes sense, at least for me, unless you see the big picture.

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    ALSO!!!!! Why are "people" calling various machine learning techniques, or minor fun toys like stuff in video games "Artificial Intelligence."

    These are tiny parts of the broader field.

    I'm going to shit the next time somebody says "AI" when they're talking about some toy cars or some fucktard robots.

    Fucking idiots.

    ETA OK, so the equivalent is like, somebody saying "biology" when what they mean is some tranny growing a dick out of their forehead. Modest gains in unimportant, but related areas.
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    QUESTION: I tend to, when I smile, involve the eyes in the whole thing.

    Not something I think about, but as one ex-girlfriend said, "You smile with your eyes!" (She wasn't trying to flatter me, probably, since we'd been together at least a few months).

    Oh, so my question is, how can one one actually (i) learn to "wink" with one eye (ii) is this just a salesman trick?

    I've only known one of my mother's cousins to be able to do this, and it's extremely effective.

    Don't want to sound like a dick, but it's pretty effective.

    Can't be done with the mirror, though.

    So, back to the question: has anyone here mastered the subtle wink of one eye?

    I think it's a very effective technique, but I only have two eye "shapes": viz., "paying close attention" and "scrutinizing."
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    I can wink with one eye, but I don't do it much. I don't think it really works that well anymore.

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    Lucille Bluth!

    No, I think the idea is it's not supposed to "work," it's just some kind of trick to play on other people.

    Generate empathy and such.

    Actually, QUESTION: Such tricks are pretty much the same as when we "mirror" others' behaviors or patterns of speech. Sort of let "them" suspect we're all on the same team. Yes?

    And adjunct question: meh, not really anything wrong with that.

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    UNRELATED QUESTION SIR!!!

    I've come to think that, even though I'm not in a leadership position now, the best way to get best results is look a person straight in the eye and give a firm handshake.

    Nothing more than that is needed, except a good sense of humor, and lead with a decent bit of camaraderie.

    ETA and the "edit" was for the "camaraderie" bit. Honesty. Seriously, they should teach this shit in schools and stuff.
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    Is there no more finger-banging Mary Jane Rottencrotch, through her purty pink panties?

    Is this true there is no more of that?

    That's really important to know.

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    Here's one: I've noticed over the past year or so that I don't strictly need to shave if I miss a day. I mean, I don't look like a street urchin if I decide not to shave after a 24-hour period.

    Of course, I do the clean-shaven thing, but what is that?

    Maybe poor lighting in my bathroom, but while I still get the Nixon look after more than, say, 36 hours without shaving.

    Low-"T"?

    And an unrelated observation, since working with my hands in rougher environments, my fingernails grow like crazy.

    I theorize that my musculature is sapping the facial-hair-growth energy and putting it into different anatomical places.

    However, I do not think hormones work like that. Or I suspect not.

    The follicles are still there and productive — I could certainly grow a beard (yet again) if I wanted to, based on observation of succession of days off (perhaps even a long weekend) but I prefer not to these days.

    Gradual decay of testosterone or other androgens? Perhaps.

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    What is the best (dark-chocolate/khaki)-colored (well, something like that) pair of pants with a few extra pockets that could double with a navy or black sportcoat, in addition to doing some light duty? I.e., that doesn't look like "army man/tough guy" cargo pants, but can still have at least one extra pocket?

    I've been scouring Amazon, but it's like drinking through a firehose.

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    Don't know, but check out Orvis. They often have pretty good manly stuff.

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    All right I will. I'm not looking for "manly" stuff, just a good pair of khakis. Surprisingly hard to find, when one doesn't have a personal shopper or just get lucky.

    Orvis...........what's that name........yeah, the guy in the pool hall from The Color of Money.

    Good name, I guess.

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    And, yes, the extra pocket is for some pages of printed music/text or a small metronome, or maybe a pipe in a small tobacco pouch.

    No, I'm not being coy about "tobacco pipe": that's really what it is and is used for. Normally that's a sportcoat's right-hand pocket, but sometimes you have to forgo that luxury.

    Because apparently people don't wear sportcoats regularly in NA unless they're fancy, because people are idiots.

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    Question: if one's employer screws up on recording hours worked (obviously, for hourly workers), one's (US) State Attorney General would probably be interested to know.

    Moreso if one's state AG is not Eliot Spitzer (God, I hated that guy when he was NYS AG, even before the whole scandal and stuff — he should never have been "promoted" or "elected" to governor).

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    Do you think that this girl I was somewhat interested in — mind you, just first as a friend. I'm not a complete sex fiend, although I do think she has the appropriate parts.

    Anyway.

    I wonder if she thinks that me picking up extra shifts that she works at (used to be my old shift), what, she thinks I'm stalking her or something?

    True, I like being around her, generally, but the same is true for a number of other people on that shift.

    Mainly, they needed extra help during that hour, so I volunteered to pick up an extra fifty bucks or whatever.

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    Quote Originally posted by Jizzelbin View post
    Do you think that this girl I was somewhat interested in — mind you, just first as a friend. I'm not a complete sex fiend, although I do think she has the appropriate parts.

    Anyway.

    I wonder if she thinks that me picking up extra shifts that she works at (used to be my old shift), what, she thinks I'm stalking her or something?

    True, I like being around her, generally, but the same is true for a number of other people on that shift.

    Mainly, they needed extra help during that hour, so I volunteered to pick up an extra fifty bucks or whatever.
    Not really enough information, but picking up overtime shouldn't be looked at as stalking.

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    Quote Originally posted by What Exit? View post
    Not really enough information, but picking up overtime shouldn't be looked at as stalking.
    I quite agree, good chap. I shall not lose my rag about it.

    However, I observe her cool behavior towards me during those several overtime periods, as it were, to be uncharacteristic, and, were I a man of suspicious nature, I should have taken the slightest bit of concern.

    That is well, good sir: your counsel is taken and I shall not concern myself with these peasant girls of poor breeding any longer.

    Good day.

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    I'm kind of confused about the pronuncation of an "r" in one particular Indian woman's name.

    Yeah, I know.

    She seems to insist on pronunciation of the "r" as more a tongue-flap.

    Yeah, I was obliged to learn the basics of the IPA and methods of teaching accents, in core UG classes, but also for teaching university/college students.

    So, obviously I learned how to do trilled "r"s.

    This woman is very friendly, and a good worker.

    I suspect that she thinks that substituting a "d" (dental?) sound for the "r" is good enough.

    Yes, she does have a dot on her forehead — clearly, that's part of her identity, but no, I don't know where she comes from.

    Question: I should probably just ask her, since we talk a lot during the day, but she seems of the attitude, "Well, I told you twice!" IME people get tired of talking about their ethnicities,

    OTOH, asking her if that's an "alveolar tongue flap" (no, I don't remember much beyond the phonetics I was told to repeat and draw on a chalkboard), (i) she doesn't know (ii) she doesn't dissociate her name from her culture.

    I don't know.

    [eta Yes, she's happier with pronounce like "pud-nee-ma" than "purr-neema" And no, I'm not trying to bang her. I just like to be a good neighbor, since we're going to be working together for a while.
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    Better Question:

    I think I've reverted to a middle-schooler.

    Once one has lured a woman into one's (admittedly awesome place with lots of musical instruments and CDs and LPs), the best way to get vertical is to say "Let's get more comfortable — just the tip, honey." Or, "sugar, let's just lie down and have a nap."

    Sexbot Old Man Version 2020.

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    QUESTION about tricking a "magician."

    Here's the problem: I can't remember if this person who claimed to be "into" magic at work is the person I despise, or just a harmless nerd.

    I don't have any skills at "magic" — even as a young kid I wasn't a very good card mechanic (not for want of trying ... and, yeah, I guess I was good at handling cards), except for some flourishes and a few passable tricks at dealing seconds or the usual false cuts and stuff.

    However, I do have some shaved "Svengali" decks and some variations.

    I'm sort of wondering if it wouldn't be kind of fun to do a cheap trick on this big shot.

    No, I don't have any skills as a card manipulator (except I can beat your ass at gin rummy, punk), but it is kind of fun using a shaved deck of cards of various kinds.

    Ethical?

    Or Fun?

    Neither?

    Or both?

    ETA And, no, don't even think about those little "peeking" tricks in gin rummy — I learned that before I could read music, and even then I knew it was a punk move. Flash that piece on the lane and me and Liam going to stick it up you ass! EETA However, reading how a person arranges his or her cards is valid. But I don't play gin rummy for money.
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    Heh. Here's a question that probably can't be answered, but I'm sure some of you have opinions or perhaps experience in these things. Which sharing would be of interest to me, and, one hopes, perhaps others.

    Since I'm doing a more "daylight" hour shift, and since I've managed to compensate for my mediocre eyesight without the use of glasses, I'm thinking about sniffing around a local pool "tournament league," which happens to be hosted at my regular after-work hang-out.

    It's still a bit much for me to go out in the evenings — the "bar scene" is not anymore for me. Yes, I was young once: I know all about it, but the constant shrieking and so forth are not so much for me.

    OTOH, every man should have a hobby. For me, playing/studying music and literature are more than hobbies — they aren't exactly fun, but pretty hard work.

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    Electronics question: I'm really peeved that, at times I cannot predict, my Android phone removes of its own accord the "silent" mode, and vibrates for some stupid crap.

    I'm very tempted to try to create a little manual jumper cable between the speaker and whatever part of whatever bus it connects to. Probably just go from the bus to ground some place on the housing. I guess.

    To be reasonably safe, I think a little resistor (of unknown R) would be needed.

    However, while I have a bunch of ceramic resistors with the traditional color codes (yes, I'd have to look up the codes to refresh my memory, but that's easy enough), they're comparatively huge.

    And there's the problem of easily connecting/disconnecting the jumper from ground to speaker: clearly, alligator clips aren't going to do it, nor is using a soldering pencil and that little siphon for removing solder.

    This is quite a little problem.

    Emphasis on little.
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