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Offline Cleburger

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« Reply #10140 on: August 29, 2017, 02:53:21 PM »
Too soon?

Navy destroyer collides with building in downtown Houston

https://www.duffelblog.com/2017/08/navy-destroyer-collides-with-building-in-downtown-houston/

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« Reply #10141 on: August 31, 2017, 03:54:52 PM »
Loving certain books can be bittersweet and frustrating. Caleb Carr invented this amazing late 19th century NYC universe in the Alienist (my favorite book) and Angel of Darkness (not as good but still highly enjoyable) - and that's it. He's written other books but there are no rumors of continuing this series, and don't get me started on that abomination of a televised series. The less said about that nonsense the better.

It is so frustrating falling in love with these characters, their quirks, the occassional cameo of real historical figures, and seeing a New York and culture in the midst of massive changes and reforms. And that is all we got; in a way I feel cheated despite the illogic.

Yeah, TV adaptations can be crappy - but TNT new series based on The Alienist might at least be worth checking out. I just saw the promo last night and I will at least take a look.
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« Reply #10142 on: August 31, 2017, 07:19:27 PM »

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« Reply #10143 on: August 31, 2017, 07:27:19 PM »

Also, this piece by former VP Wallace under FDR is a brilliant document:


Joseph Stalin's Mortimer Snerd?

(Clare Booth Luce with one of the greatest putdowns in American political history)

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« Reply #10144 on: September 01, 2017, 09:58:00 AM »
D@mn. I'm far from being PC but I couldn't find those memes funny at all. I can laugh at a lot of things but when folks lose everything they have for reasons completely out of their control and can't find their loved ones who are missing, I just can't see humor in anything related to that Not saying I'm offended, just surprised that I couldn't find it the slightest bit funny, even though it's clever.

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« Reply #10145 on: September 03, 2017, 10:38:56 PM »
Anybody know where there is a legit, old school dining car diner in Northeast Ohio? If not a dining car, just a good old school greasy spoon. I have a friend coming from Germany in a few weeks and Europeans are strangely fascinated by these things... Too many movies.

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« Reply #10146 on: September 04, 2017, 08:10:51 AM »
http://www.cleveland.com/cleveland-heights/index.ssf/2015/11/northeast_ohio_diners_independ.html

John's Diner in Lakewood (cash only!!) on Detroit near the west end of town.

Also, the Diner on 55th is not an authentic diner car, but definitely a classic looking diner. https://www.facebook.com/Dineron55th/ 
- From there, it's a short jaunt to Goldhorn for a good beer, too.

The Fourty-Niner on Broadway is one of those old school greasy spoons where you can picture the hard hatted steel workers stopping for breakfast on their way to the mill... https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bob-and-Sheris-49er-Restaurant/489575761059732

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And if they might be interested in a classic drive-in restaurant, there's Dog-n-Suds in Elyria (https://www.facebook.com/Ilenesdognsuds/) or Swenson's...
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« Reply #10147 on: September 04, 2017, 11:11:56 AM »
Those are perfect, thank you!!

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« Reply #10148 on: September 05, 2017, 02:04:02 PM »
http://www.10tv.com/article/you-could-be-eligible-900-receiving-robocalls

Check the link to see if you could be eligible for $300 per scam call (up to $900 total).

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« Reply #10149 on: September 07, 2017, 02:32:31 PM »
I need to do this whenever I ride the health line. All of the seats look and smell like they've been soaked with p!ss and malt liquor.

http://metro.co.uk/video/the-seats-london-underground-bacteria-1531893?ito=vjs-link
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« Reply #10150 on: September 07, 2017, 08:20:37 PM »
I have a theory that the more a website looks like its interface was last refreshed in 1998, the better the quality of the information on that website. Every hyper-detailed website related to specific, esoteric interests/hobbies (particularly transportation and roadfanning type stuff) looks impossibly old, and I've found it to be a pretty good sign of whether the information on the website is high-quality or not. It's not like these websites are necessarily "dead and forgotten" either; there's still some webmaster sitting around uploading photos of Dayton trolleybuses and highway bridges of Minnesota in 2017, but the look of the website itself never changes. Now I don't know if it's because these folks are more interested in just disseminating their information and don't really want to bother with updating the website or what, but I just think it's interesting. Obviously, it takes a lot of time to refresh the look of your site and I'm certainly not faulting any of these people for the looks of their sites, but it's just an interesting observation that these sites probably came online in the very early days of the internet and still stick around, virtually unchanged from the day they were launched. 
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« Reply #10151 on: September 07, 2017, 09:07:36 PM »
It's easier to screw up and create a difficult-to-use interface using today's tools. An old style nav on the top and/or side link structure is hard to screw up unless the creator's mind is screwed up. haha

For example, Tim Brown's and jmecklenborg's roadgeek sites are straight up 1998 and have lots of good shit. There is a NY-based roadgeek to remain nameless's site that I can't stand to navigate since it uses a somewhat modern design that is executed very poorly IMO simply because it can be. There's some decent content on there, but good luck finding it.
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« Reply #10152 on: September 07, 2017, 09:11:29 PM »
That's a pretty good theory. The reason I got interested in urban planning, transit, and other related topics is by reading various website like @jmecklenborg's http://cincinnati-transit.net/ and UrbanOhio. Since it required a bit of effort to publish a website 10+ years ago, it weeded out people who weren't willing to put in the work.

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« Reply #10153 on: September 12, 2017, 12:25:09 PM »
The three longest roads in the USA and four of the top six pass through Cuyahoga County.  The top three all pass through downtown Cleveland.


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« Reply #10154 on: September 12, 2017, 01:20:44 PM »

The three longest roads in the USA and four of the top six pass through Cuyahoga County.  The top three all pass through downtown Cleveland.






On a related note, my wife and I took a road trip via US42 a couple of weeks ago. We started at the corner of West 25th and Detroit Avenue and head south to its southern terminus in Louisville, Kentucky. Took about 11 hours (vs the 4+ hours on the way back via I71)

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« Reply #10155 on: September 12, 2017, 01:34:15 PM »
The three longest roads in the USA and four of the top six pass through Cuyahoga County.  The top three all pass through downtown Cleveland.

This is pretty obvious on a map of the US, but you can reach nearly every major metro in the country just by picking one of the interstates that passes through Ohio and riding it all the way to the end. The I-10, corridor and SoCal are the two major exceptions, and a few other random metros throughout the south and Plains states.

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« Reply #10156 on: September 12, 2017, 01:50:37 PM »

The three longest roads in the USA and four of the top six pass through Cuyahoga County.  The top three all pass through downtown Cleveland.






On a related note, my wife and I took a road trip via US42 a couple of weeks ago. We started at the corner of West 25th and Detroit Avenue and head south to its southern terminus in Louisville, Kentucky. Took about 11 hours (vs the 4+ hours on the way back via I71)

I've been tempted to do part of that (to West Jefferson where my dad lives) but maybe not with a six year old in the car asking "how much longer??!" every few minutes.

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« Reply #10157 on: September 15, 2017, 10:44:46 AM »
RIP Cassini.  Been a wild ride.

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« Reply #10158 on: September 15, 2017, 11:06:41 AM »
Jesus. Just heard a huge bang noise and knew it couldn't be anything good. I looked out my window at Cedar Rd and Cottage grove Av. and saw this. A truck slammed into an 18 wheeler at a red light right in front of my house in Cleveland Hts. I called 9/11 to let them know what happened, in case no one else had called them before. I was particularly concerned and felt compelled to call them after seeing that no one involved in the wreck actually got out of their car. The fire department came soon after and sprinkled some sort of powder around the truck. I don't know what that was about but I'm curious what the hell that was. They're currently huddled around the truck for some reason. I have a feeling that the guy in the truck didn't make it out alive  :cry: I hope everyone is okay.

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=n560k8&s=9#.Wbvs4YWcHug
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« Reply #10159 on: September 17, 2017, 12:54:40 PM »
I dunno, the NY Times liked it, sort of :| (although admittedly I didn't understand half of the review). Maybe it's payback to Jennifer Lawrence for her ridiculous comments about Trump and hurricanes the other week :wink:

‘Mother!’ Is the Worst Movie of the Year, Maybe Century
By Rex Reed • 09/15/17 3:00pm

http://observer.com/2017/09/darren-aronofsky-mother-worst-movie-of-the-year/

"This delusional freak show is two hours of pretentious twaddle that tackles religion, paranoia, lust, rebellion, and a thirst for blood in a circus of grotesque debauchery to prove that being a woman requires emotional sacrifice and physical agony at the cost of everything else in life, including life itself. That may or may not be what Aronofsky had in mind, but it comes as close to a logical interpretation as any of the other lunk-headed ideas I’ve read or heard. The reviews, in which a group of equally pretentious critics frustratingly search for a deeper meaning, are even nuttier than the film itself. Using descriptions like “hermeneutic structure,” “phantasmagoric fantasia,” “cinematic Rorsach test” and “extended scream of existential rage,” they sure know how to leave you laughing."

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« Reply #10160 on: September 17, 2017, 02:04:44 PM »
I went looking for the perfect "Mother" cover to follow-up that post. 

Instead, I found this guy covering "Little Whip", probably the third-tackiest Danzig song behind She Rides and the above-mentioned Mother.  The dude doesn't even bother to tune the guitar, plus he messes up a solid 6-7 times:

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« Reply #10161 on: September 24, 2017, 11:42:09 PM »


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In a statement, Matt Hancock, the minister of state for digital and culture, said the pornography block would be "fully in place" by April 2018. Today, parliament will appoint a regulator who will draw up guidelines as to how the legislation will be enforced.

http://www.wired.co.uk/article/porn-block-ban-in-the-uk-age-verifcation-law

This is hilarious. The UK currently has a serious issue with Muslim gang-rape culture (which commonly happens in broad daylight) and a government official by the name of 'Hancock' is concerned about banning porn from the internet.

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« Reply #10162 on: September 25, 2017, 02:49:38 PM »
I never understood why non-prescription drugs are called, "Over the counter." The good stuff at the pharmacy you need a prescription for, are over on the other side of the counter.
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« Reply #10163 on: September 25, 2017, 02:51:53 PM »
I never understood why non-prescription drugs are called, "Over the counter." The good stuff at the pharmacy you need a prescription for, are over on the other side of the counter.

They're over the counter from the pharmacist versus behind the counter.

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« Reply #10164 on: September 25, 2017, 03:03:15 PM »
Mind. Blown. Haha. :)

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« Reply #10165 on: September 25, 2017, 03:50:46 PM »
The term "over the counter" just refers to any thing that you buy "normally" without any special procedure. For example, stocks that are not listed on Nasdaq or NYSE and just bought/sold between individuals are referred to as Over-the-Counter (OTC) stocks.
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« Reply #10166 on: September 25, 2017, 05:44:38 PM »
Taestell, I'm going to start calling you Snopes because you have to ruin everything with your facts. I was just trying to be funny!

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« Reply #10167 on: September 26, 2017, 09:18:18 AM »
Good god was getting from La Guardia to midtown Manhattan awful. A city with under 9 million people, obviously a much larger region, and a half a trillion+ GDP -- and shuttles to the Roosevelt subway are the only way out??? Cab drivers must be eating well.

Also, seeing Manhattan was a shock for good reasons. Almost no panhandlers except for the occasional gutterpunk and homeless. No visible gangbangers or hoodrats from 79th down to Brooklyn past the bridge. No one screaming on cell phones or at their kids. Some but not too many obese/overweight people. Overall, no real tensions.

And the biggest change of all - there were so many Asian people. At times they seemed the plurality, and I'm not including Chinatown/Little Italy.

The subway was also a little underwhelming (every trip felt slow). And the garbage bags stacked in front of trendy and expensive stores was an amusing juxtaposition. Never take alleys for granted.

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« Reply #10168 on: September 26, 2017, 11:03:25 AM »
^ haha -- very good observations!

yeah for sure the lga traffic is bad, especially with the new construction. still my favorite area airport though, believe it or not.

i would adjust thoughts about a city under 9 million though, because its well, well over that, especially during the workday and with the undocumented and tourists and the like. for example, i know manhattan alone at least doubles its population for workday commuters.

yes, definately less annoying humanity stuff around manhattan these days like obvious gangbangers and the like as the city races toward being a disneyland for the rich. although more cell phone zombies though.

for sure more asians around manhattan lately too, for one thing i notice across the board they seem really enamored of the local colleges.

yep again i also agree that the subway system is certainly having its troubles lately. i work all over the city, so i know it too well unfortunately.

as for the trash, actually there are alleys and mid-building type trash alleys in the boroughs, but yeah lower manhattan struggles with that. its probably impossible, but someday it would be cool to have a system in downtown/midtown like they have on roosevelt island where trash is just vacuumed away:

https://www.wired.com/2010/08/trash-sucking-island/

^ hmm, now i wonder if they did something like that at the hudson yards developments?

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« Reply #10169 on: September 27, 2017, 11:15:16 AM »
I showed you guys a picture of the $1.3M mansion Kid Rock grew up in. When you get a chance, check out his latest video, "Podunk." He's going to make a great politician, the way he's mastered pandering to his audience. It's hysterical how white trash the video is. It literally has every white trash stereotype you could imagine. Pregnant women running around half naked, confederate flag shirts, ATVs, people jumping in pools of mud, fake pink flamingos in the yard, kids running around with no shirt or shoes, women shooting guns, people drinking beer, dead animals mounted to the wall, a guy cleaning his gun on his front porch and of course a holy bible.




It reminds me of this video.