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Music, TV, Movies / Re: Film Genre Popularity over the
« Last post by airboy on Yesterday at 10:20:51 PM »
I think there is a systematic error in the data.  Disney animated movies are the modern "musical."  They have lots of songs tied to the story and are often centered around romantic themes.  But I'm doubting they are counted as musicals.

Also, the count does not seem to distinguish between wide releases and art house releases.  Look at the number of "documentaries."  The number of them that play outside of the largest cities which have art house film theaters is pretty nil.
General Discussion / Re: So I bought an ebike...
« Last post by MetalDog on Yesterday at 09:04:47 PM »
That hour long down time on the train is going to be key.  You should certainly take advantage of that.  I expect you will come to look forward to it.
Music, TV, Movies / Re: Film Genre Popularity over the
« Last post by MetalDog on Yesterday at 09:00:45 PM »
Awesome to see Fantasy/Sci-Fi have consistent, if unspectacular, numbers through the years.    Interesting to see Westerns and Musicals just drop off the table.  Changing tastes and the end of the studio systems, maybe? 
Music, TV, Movies / Film Genre Popularity over the
« Last post by airboy on Yesterday at 08:24:13 PM »
The methodology is discussed at the link below.  They used the Internet Movie Data Base
Tech Talk / Re: Nvidia has broken Shadowplay again (Jan 15 2019)
« Last post by JasonPratt on Yesterday at 07:15:39 PM »
Tonight I got to spend a few wonderful  :buck2: hours solving my problem.

Reinstall the drivers? Nope.

Clean reinstall the drivers? Nope.

Roll back the drivers? .......crap, not after the clean reinstall I can't, sigh! Should have done that the first thing and skipped the other attempts, just on general principle.

Manually found my way to Nvidia website, found my particular drivers -- which took a little work -- downloaded the wrong one at least twice.  :pullhair: But found the most recent previous one at last.

No guarantee that one would work of course, since I hadn't updated in several months -- Shadowplay might have been broken between then, although that seemed unlikely since Nvidia would be stormed by livid hackers if they released two or three broken iterations after as many weeks! But I couldn't be at all sure how far back to go safely.

Did the install, took long enough that I went off to watch Return of the King for a while. (After going downstairs for a snack.) No indication the thing wasn't just looping endlessly.

Ta-da, checked back in and it was installed. It wouldn't close and open GE Experience, but it was installed.  :P

Opened GE Experience more manually, checked my settings, all still there. Not sure whether to be relieved or worried about that!

But the final test: Shadowplay works again.

So! -- the mid-December drivers are safe, if anyone needs to know.  :nerd: <:-)
General Discussion / Re: So I bought an ebike...
« Last post by Toonces on Yesterday at 06:23:32 PM »
I haven't had a chance to bike to go surfing yet at lunch, but I hope to do that next week.  It's about 5 miles from my work to Mission Beach, my preferred surf spot near my work, which is nothing on the ebike.  I'm curious to see how that goes.
General Discussion / Re: So I bought an ebike...
« Last post by Toonces on Yesterday at 06:19:50 PM »
I should have just bailed on that post.  I got so tired of deleting and re-typing only to have it f up again.  Ah well, now we know that Kindle is worthless for posting on internet forums.

So like I tried to say last night, I managed to get the bike out on the road and do the whole bike-train-bike thing to work and back.  It was definitely a learning experience.  The bike ride to the depot here in town is short, about 9 minutes.  I'm the second stop southbound so there is plenty of room for the bike.  I chose to get off at the "safer" albiet farther stop in downtown San Diego.  It's just under 5 miles from the depot to work; I've got it down to 20 minutes now that I have the route down.  It's pretty straightforward, but not as easy as described.  The first part of the ride is along the harbor with a lot of tourist attractions and therefore people, so I have to slow down through there, especially on the way home.  Then the majority of the rest of the ride is along a dual-use sidewalk.  It's pretty wide, but there are a lot of joggers that have to be passed and dodged.  And, when I crank the pedal assist on I'm faster than normal bikes so I find myself needing to pass other cyclists which can be challenging.  Anyway, neither ride is particularly hard, but allowing a few minutes on either end means I'm spending about 40 minutes biking each way, with a 1-hour train ride in the middle each way.  Today I drove due to the weather and it was 1:05 door to door.  The drive is stressful, while the train is great because for an hour I can turn off my brain and read and/or listen to Howard.

So I'm faced with a longer, less stressful trip, or a stressful but shorter drive.  I'm not entirely sure which one I prefer.  I'm going to stick with the bike a while longer to have a better frame of reference- I'll bet it's a lot better when the weather is good- but I'm just not entirely sold that biking/train is the final solution.

On the first day, on the way home, I was riding the bike from work to the depot, and I was about 10 feet from the train ramp when I had my first fall.  I was turning left on the road across a couple of lanes of traffic and the railroad tracks to get onto the train ramp at the depot.  It was raining and I failed to account for the slickness of the tracks due to the rain.  As I was crossing the tracks, I think I tapped my brakes to slow down and caused my rear tire to lose grip, and I dropped onto my side as I tried to correct the skid.  Fortunately I was wearing jeans and a jacket, so while I banged my elbow pretty good, I didn't lose any skin.  Like I said, it was a bit of a learning experience.

So that's it for now.  The bike is super easy to ride.  I've been limiting the pedal assist to get a workout, but it would be just so easy to crank it up and do almost no work biking.  Again, it will be interesting to do this when the sun is out and it's a nice day; the weather has been really miserable here this week.

General Discussion / Re: So I bought an ebike...
« Last post by DoctorQuest on Yesterday at 12:47:23 PM »
Still here and alive. On kindlenso thisnwill be short.  Of wtf.

Day 3 to.borrow.  weather is bad.  Had first fall; good call on gloves.  Heavy rain tomorrow.ngut check.  Inshall prevail.  Jesus thisnisnworse than a drunk post.  F you kindle.


You in direct competition with my wife texting without glasses.
General Discussion / Re: So I bought an ebike...
« Last post by JasonPratt on Yesterday at 11:07:11 AM »
That was sig worthy...
General Discussion / US Aluminum Recycling
« Last post by airboy on Yesterday at 07:33:08 AM »
Aluminum made from recycled scrap made up the majority of aluminum used in the US for the first time in 2018.

This was driven by two things.  China first imposed much higher quality standards on imported recyclable material then followed by imposed a 50% tariff on US scrap aluminum.  A glut of recyclable aluminum in the US resulted.  .  The Trump Admin's tariffs on foreign aluminum also contributed.  Imports went down 20% and domestic production went up 20%.  US new aluminum production cannot keep up with demand - so recycling got a boost.

Much scrap aluminum in the USA comes from recycled cars and torn down buildings.  That aluminum is harder to process and commands a lower price than scrap from cans which is easy to process.  But I was unaware that scrapped cars were such a huge source of recycled aluminum.

I've always told my wife that if a bum won't pick it up that the recyclable material had no market value.  She would sometimes fume if I got busy and only recycled the drink cans.  I told her that the cans were the only thing profitable.

My parents recycled starting back in the 1960s.  Dad figured out that he could make a few bucks recycling the newspapers we subscribed to and he would pay less in trash costs (we had private garbage service because we did not live in a city).  Thus, we recycled.  He also had the home he built in the mid-1970s installed with a lot of florescent lighting because again, it saved him money.  As children of the depression, my family was all about the cash and not about the tree-hugging eco-loonism that started in the 1970s.
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