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Cake day: June 17th, 2023

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  • This, but also applied to the event itself. We’d be better off without Trump and he certainly incites plenty of violence against his opponents, but I’m genuinely concerned about other implications. General security measures, inciting further violence to get even, or further violence to get ahead.

    I talked to a 75 year old Democrat about it. They were unphased. I was shocked, but they put it into context: they saw JFK, RFK, and MLK get assassinated. They saw Lee Harvey Oswald get shot to death on live TV. They saw the attempt on Reagan. Those events aren’t that long ago. Me? The worst I saw with a US president was someone threw a shoe at Bush. 9/11 was awful and Flight 93 was intended for the White House, but, with all its associated changes, traumas, and threats, that’s still a different class.

    Now for the Faux News style comment: what if this was planned? Did Trump order a fake hit and slap a blood packet on his ear? I don’t know, I’m just asking questions! Because what’s a better boost to a competition than a survival story?



  • That’s probably the same demographic that praises craft beer from brewery businesses, so I think the question should be taken back a step from DIYer to consumer. Here’s my interpretation from the US, matching the demo in question.

    I’d guess from an economic status, lower income doesn’t have the money to spend on craft beer and higher income would transition towards wines. Even though wine and beer can both be made in less than 2 months, beer typically doesn’t benefit from aging but wine typically does - meaning better wines incur higher overhead costs for storage for better wines.

    From an ethnic standpoint, I don’t think I can pin it on anything other than being the majority demographic of the English-speaking world (with your survey/groups possibly being US/Canada focused). Beer is certainly a global phenomenon, but keep in mind your sources will be based by language. However, Germany is the only country I can think of outside of North America where I’d expect diverse craft beer. Maybe their surrounding countries and England too. Everyone makes alcohol, but they may put more resources into wines and spirits instead. Ethnicity likely also ties into financial status on a global scale so once you account for language bias, you’ll lose countries that don’t have the national spending available for such craft beers.

    As for gender, I would put that down as a mix of beer being seen as manly - large quantity of liquid, not sweet, makes burps. Sweet and brightly-colored drinks make many men worried other men might think they’re gay (gods forbid you enjoy a tasty drink). So that gives straight men drinking beer and everyone else mixing it up.

    Where does that leave us? Straight white middle class men drink craft beer, which spills over into the homebrew English-speaking community demographic.











  • Wow, tough crowd. At no point did you say you were looking at typical diamonds but you’re still getting jumped. My interpretation is that you’re not interested in mined diamonds and are already aware of the massive ethical issues.

    I can’t tell you if she actually wants an expensive ring with a big rock, despite what that other comment assures you. That’s something you have to determine. My SO wanted something pretty and durable, not expensive. She meant it. She also picked a stone in her favorite color. I think it’s flanked by small diamonds for that sparkle but it was only $350 at a department store. I guess at this point I should mention why she did all the shopping and why I don’t really know: I proposed with a paper ring and quoted Taylor Swift in doing so. Rather than take a guess and potentially be way off from what she’s been looking at on her own, she was able to choose it herself. Some people may be upset that you didn’t do all the traditional work, but that’s between you and your SO and for you to determine acceptability. A woman with established desires (beyond price) in a ring has likely already done a ton of shopping.

    If she tends to be rough with her hands, diamonds are still the most durable stone available. It will take most stones a long time to be visibly scratched, but it happens - especially around sand. That also means if she loses jewelry, the ring may not be around long enough to matter.

    I wouldn’t recommend silver since it’s softer and tarnished a little faster than the other options.

    As far as cut, you’re really getting into an opinionated area. Some people like the traditional cartoon cut, some like an older oval, some a rectangle, etc. It depends on her style and how loud she wants her jewelry to be.

    It’s a very variable topic. The only thing I can say, and this applies to many things, is that when you get down to the final 5ish options, no one else will know what you chose between. You’ll forget too. They’ll probably all be nearly identical if you were to describe them on paper without a picture. There’s no such thing as perfect but you always come to simply accept something for being what it is. I went through this with dozens of paint chips when remodeling a house. Once the walls are painted, your guests will never know nor care how long you spent choosing between G305-03 and G306-03.


  • I beleive the more successful actors tend to have greater levels of empathy. Great actors are able to completely transform themselves into a character and present a believable portrayal. With this increased empathetic ability, they’re able to more closely understand what other people are going through. So when these people talk about the struggles of the gen pop, it’s a little more relatable than the average patent-funded CEO saying just work harder. Of course, the great actors are still living cushy lives because they can. But on a talk show interviewing people for their opinions, who else would people listen to? They have to have some level of fame or else viewers won’t watch. I think the real question is: why do opinionated talk shows actually get so much viewership? I think that’s it’s own deep dive into the human nature of being emotional creatures. And yes, even unemotional humans are functioning on an emotional level; zero is an intention level.

    I apply the same concept to musicians and even comedians. They’re successful when their art is well-received across multiple demographics. You could call them sellouts for making such content, but you could also say they’re good at finding content that resonates well with listeners. The acts that don’t adapt and run the same routine tend to fizzle out.

    That’s my 2 cents on why unqualified actors continually get so much airtime on social matters.