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Old 10-07-2018, 02:37 PM   #11 (permalink)
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People always envy what isn't theirs, even if it isn't any better.

In unrelated news, we somehow broke our toilet seat last week--the seat itself, not the plastic hardware! Apparently it is just particle board with a plastic coating. I asked my brother politely to replace it and he figured it out! All that I did was hand him a screwdriver!

I periodically mention people acting like there is something wrong with me doing my own repairs. Look at this madness: https://porch.com/project-cost/cost-...-a-toilet-seat

Apparently $133 is a reasonable price to have a professional do the job for you! If my brother can figure it out, there is hardly any excuse for the rest of us!

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Old 10-07-2018, 03:44 PM   #12 (permalink)
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In unrelated news, if you don't close both the seat and lid when you flush, an aerosol fecal plume arises from the center of the gyre.
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Good for your brother! Celebratory push-ups!
You would think they would design toilets to seal better. The only features that I saw were a nightlight (Great for emergencies) and anti-slam. Perhaps the sound of the toilet seat closing would disturb someone more than the flush, but none of those seemed to deserve my money.
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Good for your brother! Celebratory push-ups!
[citation needed]

That age-old debate (seat up/down)? Both wrong.
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I understand scarcity and rarity. Always wanted a Delorean, but then they are fairly terrible cars, so I never bought one. I'm more sympathetic towards car collectors because they can't be reproduced as easily as taking a flatbed scanner, creating a high quality digital reproduction, and then hitting print on a high quality printer.

Star Trek seemed to imply that once replicators could make anything abundant, humans would just automatically cooperate. As long as there is such a thing as an original Picasso, there will be envy.
With paintings, there's a textural aspect you don't appreciate until you see the original up-close.

That can't be reproduced by a scanner, although unless you're an expert, discerning between the strokes and style of a master and talented forger is very difficult.
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Sounds like a job for a generative adversarial neural network.
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Sounds like a job for a generative adversarial neural network.
Neural networks are already there.

https://www.iflscience.com/technolog...not-humanmade/

And this is more than just a little creepy:

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That is sooo tempting. I want to type something in but as soon as I do, do I still own the idea? I poked around for a terms of service or privacy policy and hit an expired security certificate. Apparently it runs on https://runwayapp.ai which is still in alpha, as they're signing up beta testers.

It sounds like the best thing since waving your hands in the air.

Maybe I'll try a nonsense phrase.

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