The Rant Thread

XzerothreeX

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Made Chili. Not paying enough attention apparently, probably because my son was telling me about his Minecraft game.

Used cinnamon instead of cumin.

It is the oddest tasting chili I have ever experienced.
Once did the same thing with hamburgers. Went for a touch of spice on the frying patties, sprinkled a bit of cinnamon instead. It wasn't entirely bad. I did again on purpose a few days later. Had to make sure I didn't like it
 

Fabian907

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I told my sister that I add butter on my steaks, I may be 17, I'm cooking early.

1 week later, she was cooking hamburger patties with butter and I looked at her as if she was stupid, she told me "You cook steak with butter" I told her that she just needs to put seasoning. and cook/grill it. I win. but the loss of good burger patties.
 

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I have my first mathematics exam in less than 5 hours and I can't help but feel down about everything that's going on.

I revisited a lot of old memories tonight to get my mind off the exam and the studying but I can't help but feel down and unfulfilled.

It's probably due to the lack of sleep.
 

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I get asked for advice all the time. No idea why. But here's one, "You're good at writing, how do you get that good?"

Read a lot. Write a lot. Repeat forever.

"That's so much work."

Everything takes work, if you're too lazy to do work then don't freaking ask.
:ROFLMAO:

Flip side, does anyone ever not have enough energy to do the real shit, but plenty of energy for just putzing around online or something stupid? Like the second I pick up my real estate book I'm snoring, but stay up 3 extra hours watching a documentary about minimalism?
 

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:ROFLMAO:

Flip side, does anyone ever not have enough energy to do the real shit, but plenty of energy for just putzing around online or something stupid? Like the second I pick up my real estate book I'm snoring, but stay up 3 extra hours watching a documentary about minimalism?
I am this way with writing for my game of late... my mind begins to wander after the first couple paragraphs and I get tired, but reading Japanese light novels? I will sit and read for days at a time before popping my head up and remembering where I am and what I was supposed to be doing.
 

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Because it's at least a mild rant . . .

Dear John Ringo:

The abbreviation for Lance Corporal is not, and never has been, "LCP."

You can not refer to a character as being a Sergeant and then, two sentences later, refer to the same character as being a Corporal.

A "Sierra" is what the Navy calls a sonar contact. It's really very simple: S > sonar > Sierra. Since you make it abundantly clear that the submarines in your tale have their ESM masts up and are using radar, any contact they find would be called a "Romeo," for radar. See how it works?

On a boat, if it's horizontal, it's a hatch. If it's vertical, it's a door. If it's vertical and watertight, it's a watertight door. If it's vertical and not watertight, it's a joiner door.

Speaking of which, boats don't have ceilings, they have overheads. Nor do they have floors, they have decks. They also have companionways and passages, not halls and corridors. Stairs, at least on military vessels, are called ladders, not, well, stairs.

The Chief of the Boat - the senior NCO on a sub - is a position found only on submarines (which are referred to as "boats," by the way, and never as ships) and the abbreviation is pronounced as "cob," not as C-O-B.

Similarly, a reverse-osmosis water purification unit would be referred to as a "row-poo" (ROWPU, get it?) and not as an R-O-W-P-U.

In short, if you're not going to be arsed to look up some very simple things, stop trying to sound "nautical."
 

XzerothreeX

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Because it's at least a mild rant . . .

Dear John Ringo:

The abbreviation for Lance Corporal is not, and never has been, "LCP."

You can not refer to a character as being a Sergeant and then, two sentences later, refer to the same character as being a Corporal.

A "Sierra" is what the Navy calls a sonar contact. It's really very simple: S > sonar > Sierra. Since you make it abundantly clear that the submarines in your tale have their ESM masts up and are using radar, any contact they find would be called a "Romeo," for radar. See how it works?

On a boat, if it's horizontal, it's a hatch. If it's vertical, it's a door. If it's vertical and watertight, it's a watertight door. If it's vertical and not watertight, it's a joiner door.

Speaking of which, boats don't have ceilings, they have overheads. Nor do they have floors, they have decks. They also have companionways and passages, not halls and corridors. Stairs, at least on military vessels, are called ladders, not, well, stairs.

The Chief of the Boat - the senior NCO on a sub - is a position found only on submarines (which are referred to as "boats," by the way, and never as ships) and the abbreviation is pronounced as "cob," not as C-O-B.

Similarly, a reverse-osmosis water purification unit would be referred to as a "row-poo" (ROWPU, get it?) and not as an R-O-W-P-U.

In short, if you're not going to be arsed to look up some very simple things, stop trying to sound "nautical."
Reading this, I could not help but think of Joe Pesci in Lethal Weapon 4.
 

odf14

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So, being somewhat bored, I've been rereading the Prelude to Dune trilogy. In the second book, The Machine Crusade, I came across this little gem. To give a brief synopsis, the human and "thinking machine" battle fleets are in the same orbit above the planet Ix, but moving in opposing directions so that they meet once every orbit. When the humans finally decide to mount a determined attack, rather than the two fleets exchanging potshots as they pass through each others' formations, the human commander orders his ships to accelerate to "ramming speed" in order to close the distance.

So, let's engage in a little thought experiment. Can anyone spot the flaw in that plan?

Oh, on a completely unrelated aside: Dear Flat Earthers. Parallel lines never meet, because they're parallel.
 

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So, being somewhat bored, I've been rereading the Prelude to Dune trilogy. In the second book, The Machine Crusade, I came across this little gem. To give a brief synopsis, the human and "thinking machine" battle fleets are in the same orbit above the planet Ix, but moving in opposing directions so that they meet once every orbit. When the humans finally decide to mount a determined attack, rather than the two fleets exchanging potshots as they pass through each others' formations, the human commander orders his ships to accelerate to "ramming speed" in order to close the distance.

So, let's engage in a little thought experiment. Can anyone spot the flaw in that plan?

Oh, on a completely unrelated aside: Dear Flat Earthers. Parallel lines never meet, because they're parallel.
They'd have less time to fire because they're moving faster, they'd just fly past and likely be in a higher orbit on the next pass meaning even less time to fire than the previous run. Kinda defeats the purpose of closing distance to attack, especially since it's a whole lot harder to slow down in space than it is on land, in water, or in air.
 

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They'd have less time to fire because they're moving faster, they'd just fly past and likely be in a higher orbit on the next pass meaning even less time to fire than the previous run. Kinda defeats the purpose of closing distance to attack, especially since it's a whole lot harder to slow down in space than it is on land, in water, or in air.
You're on the right track. The reaction time actually wouldn't be that much of a concern, but . . .

Orbital Mechanics 101. There are no straight lines in orbit - well, actually, there are no straight lines in space, since every path is curved to one extent or another. But if an object in a planetary orbit accelerates, it will move into a higher orbit, just as if it decelerates it will move into a lower orbit, nothing "most likely" about it. Accelerate enough, and the object in question will achieve escape velocity and go zipping off in whatever direction it happened to be pointing.

So, in this case, all the human fleet would have accomplished would be to move into a higher orbit than the robot fleet and, since the narrative states the humans continued to accelerate, flung themselves out into space. What would not have happened was the human fleet moving through the robot fleet and firing willy-nilly while both groups of ships shared the same orbit as the story says they did.

And therein lies my rant. It's called Science Fiction because it's supposed to, you know, pay attention to the science part as well as the fiction part. How objects behave in orbit is pretty much first-year physics, and one would think that two respected sci-fi authors would know better.
 

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Spent half the day going through all my passwords for various places and changing them all. My spam filter (through my website host) keeps catching one persistent little piss ant who reckons he knows one of them and has remote access to my (non-existent) webcam and reckons I've been downloading and viewing porn and all sorts of other nonsense, then trying to blackmail me into paying him in bitcoin to "make him go away."
The website he got the password from was compromised 3 years ago (Nexus Mods) but members were alerted and we all changed our passwords back then.
None of this moron's emails are getting to my accounts due to the spam software on the host side but he emails about a dozen times a day (I don't read them, only the 1) and I haven't figured how to bounce them back before they hit quarantine.
Sometimes I temporarily suspend the email address as it seems to be a magnet for all sorts of spam and junk and crap. The downside of having it one time unmasked on my website.
I need a beginner tutorial on how to set up a contact form instead, with captcha. I have a few tutorials but they're too hard for me.
I signed up to Google's captcha but that's as far as I got.

I checked my domain and 2 email addresses (one long deleted) were on some spam list out there.
The site was recommended through Malwarebytes and called haveibeenpwned.com It's quite handy 😊
 
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