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June 18 2017

fafnirscave
22:27
Why are Japanese car brands considered to be more reliable than any other nation’s, in the UK? Ben pas Ben Pas, Bit of a car nut. Answered Jun 3

Some excellent answers here. Let me add a little anecdote:

A group of students got to order 10.000 light bulbs from two manufacturers as part of a project. One was European, the other Japanese.

So they specified the type of bulb, wattage, socket and a failure rate of 0.1%

The European manufacturer sent a pallet containing the 10.000 bulbs as specified and based on their own statistical analysis, no more than 10 bulbs were expected to be defective.

The Japanese sent a pallet with 9990 bulbs, and on top of that as small box containg 10 bulbs. Those 10 were the broken ones. They could not understand why you would want ANY broken bulbs, but they are in the box if it makes you happy.

THAT is quality control. It’s not a matter of good enough, most of the time. It’s about 100% good EVERY time. This is done for individual parts, it’s done for assemblies and ultimately it’s the same for the entire car.

https://www.quora.com/Why-are-Japanese-car-brands-considered-to-be-more-reliable-than-any-other-nation%E2%80%99s-in-the-UK/answer/Ben-Pas
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May 17 2017

17:56
Introverts don’t get lonely if they don’t socialize with a lot of people, but we do get lonely if we don’t have intimate interactions on a regular basis.
Sophia Dembling, The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World  
(via fyp-psychology)
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May 02 2017

19:56
The last time I checked my textbooks, the specific therapy for malnutrition was food

Dr. Jack Geiger, quoted in Rebecca Onie’s Ted Talk  What if our healthcare system kept us healthy?

“In 1965 Dr. Geiger founded one of the first two community health centers in this country, in a brutally poor area in the Mississippi Delta. And so many of his patients came in presenting with malnutrition that be began prescribing food for them. And they would take these prescriptions to the local supermarket, which would fill them and then charge the pharmacy budget of the clinic. And when the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, D.C. – which was funding Geiger’s clinic – found out about this, they were furious. And they sent this bureaucrat down to tell Geiger that he was expected to use their dollars for medical care – to which Geiger famously and logically responded, “The last time I checked my textbooks, the specific therapy for malnutrition was food.“”

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April 29 2017

22:08

2007: “You are the product.”

2017: “You are the training data.”

Christ Albon on Twitter
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April 24 2017

fafnirscave
13:20

In the “Idiocracy” universe, the most popular movie in America, and the winner of eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, consists entirely of a man’s buttocks, passing gas intermittently for 90 minutes. Judge had made a 35-millimeter print of this movie-within-a-movie — just a few minutes of it — for a scene that takes place in a theater, and he wound up recruiting 250 of the “juvenile delinquents” to fill the seats. Judge figured he’d have to do a bit of directing to get the proper response from these extras — that context-free flatulence wouldn’t actually be that funny — but the kids surprised him. “They just start laughing,” he told me. “And they just keep laughing.”

He turned to his director of photography and wondered aloud why they were even bothering with “Idiocracy.” Couldn’t they just release this?

Mike Judge, the Bard of Suck - The New York Times
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April 23 2017

fafnirscave
20:57
For example, the British will say "have you had breakfast this morning," but Americans will often say "did you have breakfast this morning." There is no difference in grammar; the difference is in the fact that Americans often think of the morning as being past history, whereas the British tend to see breakfast as still being part of the day, at least for a longer time than Americans do. Both groups use the past simple to describe things that they perceive to be unconnected with the present, and both groups use the present perfect to describe things that they perceive to be connected with the present. The difference is in the perception, not the grammar.
The present perfect in American English (AE). | Antimoon Forum
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April 17 2017

fafnirscave
10:46
When you realize that no one really knows what they are doing and that everyone is doing the best they can according to their own level of consciousness, life gets a lot easier.
— Carl Sagan

March 25 2017

17:41
All right, obviously we all want to die. But we have to get through this.
— Cinder (trying to give a pep talk)

March 18 2017

16:52
I didn’t say I liked it. I said it fascinated me. There is a great difference.
Oscar Wilde, adapted from The Picture of Dorian Gray (via jaimelannister)
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February 28 2017

fafnirscave
22:22
Zum Abschluss eine gute Faustregel: Wenn Sie eine Methode für Ihr Kind in Erwägung ziehen, sollten Sie zuerst darüber nachdenken, ob Sie diese auch bei Ihren besten Freunden anwenden würden. Wenn die Antwort ein Nein ist, dann ist es wahrscheinlich auch eine schlechte Idee, diese Methode bei Ihrem Kind einzusetzen. Es sei denn, Sie gehören zu dem Teil der Erwachsenen, die noch nicht erkannt haben, dass Kinder echte Menschen sind.
— Jesper Juul. Auszeit ohne Wegsperren 
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February 25 2017

fafnirscave
00:05

Mal ehrlich, hört sich doch heute eh alles gleich an. Daher verwundert mich Folgendes nicht: Ein Streit um Urheberrechte hat einem bulgarischen Rundfunksender einen unverhofften Aufschwung bei den Hörerzahlen verschafft. Weil er sich weigert, die gestiegenen Urhebergebühren für zeitgenössische Musik zu zahlen, spielt der öffentlichen Sender BNR seit zwei Monaten nur noch Stücke, die mindestens 70 Jahre alt sind und bei denen das Urheberrecht abgelaufen ist. Das Ergebnis: Die Zuhörerschaft wuchs im Januar um 20 Prozent. BNR ist damit nun der drittmeistgehörte Sender im Land.


http://www.n-tv.de/der_tag/Popmusik-Bann-beschert-Radiosender-Zuhoerer-Boom-article19719370.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=ntvde
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February 24 2017

fafnirscave
22:27

Kann man bei uns von einer Demokratie sprechen, wenn die Medien in wenigen Händen sind? Pressefreiheit ist die Freiheit von 200 Familien, ihre Meinung zu sagen, meinte der frühere FAZ Herausgeber Paul Sehte. Heute sind das noch weniger: Springer, Bertelsmann, Holtzbrinck, Schaub und ein paar wenige mehr, die sich obendrein bestens mit den politischen Spitzen verstehen und darüber auch abstimmen können. Und die öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten werden von den rechtskonservativen Parteien CDU und CSU und der Wirtschaft zusammen mit den Vertretern der politischen Inhaltslosigkeit beherrscht. Von Pluralität und Liberalität kann man weder bei uns noch in den USA noch in Großbritannien noch in Frankreich sprechen. Nur der Schein ist etwas besser als in Ungarn und in Polen.

Das Ergebnis ist ein informationeller Einheitsbrei.

Man kann dies sehr gut am Beispiel der unreflektierten Bewunderung für die NATO und bei der selbstverständlichen Unterstützung für die neue Konfrontation zwischen West und Ost beobachten. Innerhalb kürzester Zeit ist die Einsicht der Altvorderen Willy Brandt, Helmut Schmidt, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Helmut Kohl und Egon Bahr begraben worden: Dass wir uns auch mit Russland verständigen wollen, dass Russland zu Europa gehört, dass die NATO eigentlich überflüssig ist, dass es besser ist, wenn sich auch die baltischen Staaten und Polen mit Russland verstehen, statt Panzer anrollen und Soldaten aufmarschieren zu lassen, ist innerhalb kürzester Zeit verflogen.

Das ist nur möglich, wenn es im eigentlichen inhaltlichen Sinne keine freie Presse gibt.

Zur Zeit finden großangelegte Verschiebungen des Meinungsbildes statt. Beispielhaft bei Anne Will. | NachDenkSeiten – Die kritische Website
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February 22 2017

fafnirscave
22:41
Intimacy is one of my most favorite reasons to be alive. And I don’t just mean the physical aspect it leads to. I mean the number of stories and jokes, and the level of honesty and compassion that lead to the point where I can trust you with my entire body. I’ve come to realize that I constantly hunger for spiritual intimacy – the kind where when I breathe you in, it sets my lungs on fire. The kind where you can look me in the eye and make me feel completely bare.

February 13 2017

fafnirscave
22:13

pyrrhiccomedy:

one of my favorite things is that there is surprisingly little scientific literature about the common house cat, because it turns out cats are the least cooperative research animals on the planet. They don’t care what you want them to do. food? you know what, we’ve decided we’re not even hungry right now. what is this, a maze? we’re gonna sit right here and lick ourselves for the next forty-five minutes, what are you gonna do about it.

it’s like, “okay science, we’ve done about 4000 tests to determine the intelligence and emotional perspicacity of domestic dogs, let’s do cats next”

“well sir, we’ve conducted a full battery of all the standard tests”

“glad to hear it science, what did you learn”

“sir our findings indicate that cats are dicks”

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fafnirscave
22:12

I always liken it to sports. The government should be a referee that keeps the game fair. They should create rules to ensure the games are close and that no team runs away with an unfair advantage.

Capitalism is a great system when it's working. But for it to work you must have competition and consumers must have power.

If you play a sport by letting the winning team make the rules after each game, of course they'll keep winning, and the whole thing becomes meaningless.

digital_end
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July 09 2015

fafnirscave
15:13
Sascha Lobo über "Bild": "Dieses Medium macht ohnehin die Gesellschaft aktiv schlechter und hasserfüllter. Und an der jahrelangen Anti-Griechenland-Hetzkampagne ist die neo-nationalistische Agenda zu erkennen: die absichtsvolle Produktion eines deutschen Wohlgefühls der Überlegenheit, ein Wir-gegen-die-Chauvinismus, wo stets mitschwingt: Wir sind einfach besser. Selbst als Atheist hoffe ich da, dass es doch einen Gott gäbe, einfach damit auch eine Hölle existiert für die Leute, die das verantworten."
http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/deutschlands-neo-nationalismus-lobo-kolumne-a-1042600.html
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July 08 2015

11:52
Overthinking is the biggest cause of our unhappiness. Keep yourself occupied. Keep your mind off things that don’t help you. Be optimistic.
— (via god-loves-u-sweetheart)

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fafnirscave
11:45

Big Pink Box said:

"I know, right? It’s essentially your basic Calvinist prosperity gospel bullshitl at work. So, the people with: material wealth, good health, stable employment, and other privileges have been favoured by god.
Comfort, health and financial fortune are seen as signs that any given person is being rewarded for being good. Poverty, sickness, and other forms of marginalisation or disprivilege are therefore signs of inherent moral failure.

Under this system, which combines a dollop of predestination with a gutful of superiority complex, the privileged feel thoroughly entitled to revel in their wealth and health, and have no incentive to assist oppressed people, because It’s the will of their god that those people suffer for their “sins”.

Its modern equivalent is the cascading puke rapids of ‘The Secret’ style laws of attraction. Ill? Poor? Oppressed? Your own fault for being such a Negative Nancy! Adherents spew crap about people bringing misfortune crashing down on themselves. They boast that their ~posirive attitude~ is the reason for their privileged status, pointing out that people in dire straits are always so negative, which is why misfortune kicks them while they’re down. Trying to point out that loss, pain, and death are the cause of ” negative vibes”, rather than the reverse, will typically result in a smug smile, and a lecture about how you’ve just proven their point. So gross.

Given the narratives like that,, it makes sense that certain people feel justified in maligning those of us who have no choice but to “do sick”. This is where the disgusting ‘Law of attraction’ sundae, with the Calvinist cherry on top, is rounded off with a helping of ‘Just World fallacy’ flakes. After all, if poverty or disability is our fault, because bad things only happen to bad people, then as long as they are “good”, they’ll be safe from harm. If illness, financial ruin, and other calamities are cast as evidence of moral failures, it’s that much easier to dehumanise the people affected by it, and to glibly shrug off the very real suffering as a result of” lifestyle choices”. You have to admit, sickness and disability are super glamorous lifestyles. Such decadence, such excitement!"

#716: Dating and Disclosure | Captain Awkward
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July 07 2015

fafnirscave
22:12

pyrrhiccomedy:

one of my favorite things is that there is surprisingly little scientific literature about the common house cat, because it turns out cats are the least cooperative research animals on the planet. They don’t care what you want them to do. food? you know what, we’ve decided we’re not even hungry right now. what is this, a maze? we’re gonna sit right here and lick ourselves for the next forty-five minutes, what are you gonna do about it.

it’s like, “okay science, we’ve done about 4000 tests to determine the intelligence and emotional perspicacity of domestic dogs, let’s do cats next”

“well sir, we’ve conducted a full battery of all the standard tests”

“glad to hear it science, what did you learn”

“sir our findings indicate that cats are dicks”

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fafnirscave
18:05

theubergrump:

I keep seeing stuff about Lord of the Flies going around

Obviously, the individual experiences of the people making the posts - re: teachers, lessons, the way they were forced to study the book - aren’t up for debate

but like, I feel that people might not have the whole story here and as someone who knows far too much about literature, I wanted to talk about it a little

Sir William Golding wrote Lord of the Flies in response to an earlier novel called The Coral Island. In The Coral Island, a small group of upper-class British boys from a boarding school get stranded on an island and have an absolutely wonderful time. They look back on it as a fond adventure, where they had a little vacation, invented things, and generally made their well-bred high society English parents proud.

Sir William Golding read that novel and was disgusted by the way that R. M. Ballantyne used the plot as a huge essay on the superior intellect and higher morality of English folk (read: white people). The boys in The Coral Island eventually have to seek the aid of Christian missionaries (who are there to convert the local Polynesian populace) to save them from the natives who are written as raping pillaging amoral cannibals.

Sir William Golding set out to write a more realistic novel, by the way, using the same names for his main characters as Ballantyne did (although Golding’s characters are slightly younger). So, all the posts about Lord of the Flies showing the “human condition” insofar as it pertains to young middle-class British boys who grew up in a boarding house in the middle of the Cold War are correct. But I get the feeling that most people don’t realize that was the point of the novel.

Lord of the Flies was meant as a huge “fuck you” to the ingrained belief that English people are the most noble and wise of all people and thus incapable of descending into savagery. I doubt it was ever meant to be a sweeping generalized metaphor for the universal savage nature of humanity, and shame on the teachers who force that interpretation on their students.

Green Sky Over Me
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