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Ron Obvious

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Name: Ron
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Home country: Middle Earth
Current location: Seattle
Member since: Tue Dec 13, 2011, 11:37 PM
Number of posts: 6,261

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I got the nickname Ron Obvious because -- in addition to being a huge Python fan -- my name really is Ron and I used to start sentences with \"Obviously\" a lot. Obviously, that\'s no longer a problem.

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Julee Cruise: Falling (Twin Peaks)

Julee Cruise, singer and frequent David Lynch collaborator, dies aged 65

Julee Cruise, the singer whose ethereal music deepened the drama of David Lynch’s work, has died aged 65.

Her husband, Edward Grinnan, wrote on Facebook: “She left this realm on her own terms. No regrets. She is at peace … I played her [B-52’s song] Roam during her transition. Now she will roam forever. Rest in peace, my love.”

Cruise’s best-known song was Falling – its instrumental, written by Angelo Badalamenti, was used as the theme to Twin Peaks, Lynch’s iconic TV show that debuted in 1990. Lynch wrote lyrics for Cruise’s vocal version, which reached No 7 in the UK charts, was a hit across Europe, and topped the Australian singles chart. It was included on her debut album Floating Into the Night, released in 1989.


True facts about the uhm Platypus?

Or maybe not.

True Facts about the Giraffe.

I love this series.

Anybody use LineageOS on their Android phone?

I've been wanting to replace my old Cyanogenmod phone because of the t-mobile 3g phaseout, but I'm finding it all very confusing. I need an unlocked phone that I can put LineageOS (the successor to Cyanogenmod) on because I detest stock Android. It should be SIM and allow SD memory cards, but I don't care about cameras or graphic quality much. It should support Bluetooth and Wifi, but I assume most do these days. 4g LTE and up, obviously.

Can anyone recommend an (unlocked) model phone or suggest some resources? I installed the Cyanogenmod myself back in the day, so I know about rooting phones and I'm not afraid to risk bricking a phone.

However, I find most of what's written on lineageos.org to be word salad or walls of text, or at best muddled. I'm also having trouble searching Amazon for the model numbers given on lineageos.org as my searches usually return completely different phone models.

Sorry, I realise I'm not writing all that clearly myself right here, but I appreciate any suggestions. Thanks in advance.

Leaving Russia in Style...

The New Silent Majority: People Who Don't Tweet

In real life, most people are basically kind and internet social media are distorting that reality, making us all sound stupid and belligerent. I suspected as much, really.

The rising power and prominence of the nation's loudest, meanest voices obscures what most of us personally experience: Most people are sane and generous -- and too busy to tweet. It turns out, you're right. We dug into the data and found that, in fact, most Americans are friendly, donate time or money, and would help you shovel your snow. They are busy, normal and mostly silent. These aren't the people with big Twitter followings or cable-news contracts -- and they don't try to pick fights at school board meetings. So the people who get the clicks and the coverage distort our true reality.

Three stats we find reassuring:

1. 75% of people in the U.S. never tweet.
2. On an average weeknight in January, just 1% of U.S. adults watched primetime Fox News (2.2 million). 0.5% tuned into MSNBC (1.15 million).
3. Nearly three times more Americans (56%) donated to charities during the pandemic than typically give money to politicians and parties (21%).


Liverpool win the League Cup final as Kepa misses the crucial penalty!

What delicious irony this is: Kepa, the man who refused to come off for the penalties when Sari ordered him off a few years ago, was brought on this time for those penalties, but then the series goes all the way to the 22d penalty and he's the one who misses his!

Not a great game as such, and it's only the League Cup, but that was pretty amazing to watch all the same!

Liverpool 0 - Chelsea 0. Liverpool win 11-10 on penalties.

Ending 3G Service Sparks Fears of an 'Alarmaggedon'

AT&T's planned shutdown of its 3G network Tuesday has sparked fears that home security systems, medical alert monitors and a range of other devices will stop working. From a report:

Carriers have previously retired networks, but this transition is proving more complicated because the pandemic hindered companies that rely on 3G services from making upgrades. Plus, there are just more devices to manage. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon are all planning to shut down their 3G networks this year to support new 5G services. AT&T, which first announced plans to sunset its 3G network in 2019, says less than 1% of its mobile data traffic runs on that network. The company has offered customers free and discounted 4G LTE phones to help them upgrade, totaling about 2 million replacements. What to watch: AT&T says phone coverage will not be affected, but it's not just phones that use the company's 3G network.


Well, it had to happen one day. I've refused to update my (T-Mobile) phones after year after year of warnings about 3G shutdown. but I think it's real now. This also includes our home security system this time.

Bah! Fuck 5G. Who needs it? I've seen people watch HD video on their stupid little smartphones on 4G now. I can't see the point.
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