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  1. S John

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    I flew last week and it was fine. Flying again next week though and def worried about that round trip. Especially ‘cause last week was for work and next week is for fun. Would be just my luck if work trip was smooth sailin’ while fun trip takes a nosedive becuase of this dumb shit.
  2. S John

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    If anything at all is bi-partisan these days it’s probably not wanting to pay a state agency for the ability to look at porn. Even completely disregarding the $20 fee, nobody wants a record somewhere in a state bureau that they paid for the right to see tits, vaginas, dicks, balls, buttholes, and various interactions between them on the internet. It’s amazing. Taking an educated guess at her thought process based on the headshot that appears when googling her name, I can only surmise that Rep. Griffin believes that her constituents are god-fearing folks who wouldn’t ever look at porn and this tax will primarily hurt her opponents. A 2 for 1 deal - a border wall that perverted libtards will pay for. Bless her 84 yr old heart. This is a throwback to the old moral majority approach that cannot coexist with the Trump era. Not to mention I’ve seen no data suggesting that conservatives don’t like to rub one out from time to time.
  3. S John

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    100% the most anticipated part of school trips to DC.
  4. S John

    A question to capitalists; how much should we fear AI?

    Maybe if ID came in the form of some kind of implanted chip that prevented fraud/ underage people buying. I could see something like that being a thing down the road as humans grow more comfortable with technology. Most of us probably aren’t yet comfortable with that level of technological invasivenes. I know I’m not. Some might not be too far off though, there are a not insignificant amount of people out there already who might as well have their phones surgically attached.
  5. S John

    A question to capitalists; how much should we fear AI?

    I don’t really like the self checkout. I use them from time to time and find them straightforward and easy, but if I was ready to check out and there was an open lane to a self checkout next to an open lane with a human cashier, I would go to the human. And if you are ever buying alcohol you might as well go to the human because someone has to come and check ID if you try to buy beer or wine at the self checkout.
  6. Yea WVU is an ugly mess this year. It’s been bad. But a lot of it is youth and inexperience and having to fill the shoes of Carter and Miles at guard and Konate being out for the year. There are the seeds on this squad for a good team in the future but this is a down year anyway you slice it and a team that’ll be lucky to make the NIT. I was beginning to worry that it’d be worse than that though. A bad year once in a while is OK, but you don’t want it to be so bad that the developing talent you have loses faith and transfers. Feels like the big win today goes a long way toward keeping guys engaged for the future. Huge win for the emotional state of the team and hopefully we are turning the corner. Progress is all I’m really looking for out of this team at this point.
  7. 0-5 in conference, worst WVU team in years, beats Kansas. Makes sense. seriously needed that though, anything to hang onto to build a little confidence to finish out this shitty year on a positive note and, more importantly, get a little mojo for next year.
  8. S John

    Careerchat III

    @Triskele how long have you been looking? I was really feeling very similarly to the way you described (highly specialized degree, not getting many bites) but lately it’s been kind of a torrent. I got rejected or straight up ignored for a few jobs that I was clearly more than qualified for, but lately I’ve had to choose between a couple of options and it came all at once. It could just be that things take longer the more highly specialized you are. I also suspect that at some places the people who actually are sorting the resumes might not know wtf they are doing. Like they might be told to look for certain keywords and throw out anything that doesn’t have those specific things, a lot of places use a sorting algorithm as well. I guess it kind of highlights the importance of tailoring your resume for each job, but also I wouldn’t get discouraged I think it just takes more time when you get to a certain level of specialization.
  9. S John

    Careerchat III

    Anytime I do a phone interview I write down a bunch of things ahead of time to have in front of me to prevent drawing a blank. Usually just a page or two so I can easily find what I’m looking for quickly. But I’ll bullet out a couple answers for strengths and weaknesses type questions or just general things I want to remember to say that I can plug into any curveball questions. Since it’s over the phone they don’t have any idea that I’ve got notes in front of me.
  10. S John

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    I just hope the Dem nominee is on the youngish side of things. Looking forward to seeing a debate between someone in their prime and Donald ‘old man yells at cloud’ Trump. By the time we got to the General in ‘16 it was dueling geriatrics and I would like to see Trump juxtaposed with someone younger, maybe get a Kennedy/ Nixon effect.
  11. S John

    Small, unworthy things: part whatever

    That was the test! I don’t know if it is still this way, but in the much of the US you are allowed to drive at age 15 as long as there is an adult related to you in the car. So when you turn 16 and it’s time to take the real test to get your full license most kids have a decent amount of experience driving already. My dad taught me to drive, I just had to prove to someone with state credentials that I could do it.
  12. Lol I thought of that scene too as I was posting that.
  13. I wonder if that’s what Clemson requested. Maybe they voted on it or something. I wouldn’t rule that out. But otherwise it is definitely tacky, if only becuase it’s kind of lame to get served a mundane thing like a Big Mac at a once in a lifetime event like visiting the White House.
  14. S John

    Small, unworthy things: part whatever

    I failed the written part of my driver test the first time. For the driver portion, I lived in a pretty rural area growing up, and when it came time to do the driving part I had this good old boy instructor. He said, ‘you know where Big Island is?’ (It’s a town about 25 miles away from my high school with really curvy / twisty roads to get to it.) I said ‘yes’. He slumps down in the seat and says, ‘ok, drive there while I take a nap, you’ll wake me up if you’re taking the curves too fast.’ and he really did doze off for some of it! Not the whole time, but still. In hindsight, the freakin’ balls on that guy trusting an unknown 16 year-old to drive him around on some fairly challenging roads when he’s not paying attention. I passed the first time, but obviously my instructor was pretty laid back.
  15. S John

    Small, unworthy things: part whatever

    @Triskele My theory is that things like that are annoying mainly because of the cumulative effect of annoyances involved with living in a big city around a lot of other people all the time. Human beings in general, and I know I’m guilty of this sometimes too, often suffer from a terrible lack of self awareness in public. A lack awareness of other people’s time. And a lack of awareness that they take up physical space. It’s not that urban dwellers are the problem, people everywhere are like this. Its just that in urban environments, with so many people in close proximity, the unintentional oversights, the blatant selfishness, or even the just plain old fuck-ups by our fellow man tend to take a toll over the course of a given day or week. For example, if you live in a small town and you are next in line at the checkout and an old lady is paying by check and digging through her bag for individual coupons, that would be a slightly annoying thing, but it might be the only annoying procedural thing that happens all day, maybe even all week, so it kinda rolls off you without too much impact. She’s old, give her a break. But if you live in big city and stop at the store on your way home from work after someone 3 cars in front of you, who has already sat through 2 iterations of a traffic light, and for some unknown reason fails at their duty to FUCKING GO as soon as feasible and causes you to miss the light AGAIN (but of course they make it), then you can’t find parking becuase 3000 other motherfuckers need cilantro or something, and then you are roaming around in a crowded store and at least 3 or 4 different people decide to just stop in their tracks in the middle of the aisle causing you to have to contort your body to avoid collision, and then at the salad bar dumb shits are taking 6 or 7 stabs at the black beans when one or two is clearly enough if you aren’t a compete fucking dunce and lacking in motor skills, and THEN that old lady with the coupons happens, AND you’ve kinda had to pee this entire time - well that’s the stuff that snowballs and brings a generally friendly person to the brink of full blown misanthropy. This death by a thousand cuts kinda thing happens to me all the time. It’s usually not any individual thing that gets to me, it’s just the relentless wave of minor annoyances. I like people. I even love a lot of them. But there’s just SO MANY of us and I can’t handle us in large groups because it only takes one inconsiderate person to gum up the works and when there are a lot of people around there’s a ripple effect you wouldn’t get if life were lower density. Which is why I’m ready to retire to rural life as soon as is feasible.
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