Spork Boards

Local Unmentionables: Notes on YOUR corner of the world

tomierna's Avatar Picture tomierna (Admin) – December 08, 2007 01:50AM Reply Quote
Hell, it was a popular icebreaker on the ancien boards ...

Get up close and personal with excruciating details of your quotidien

How's your dirty laundry?

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/08/2007 02:44AM by tomierna.

ARL (Moderator) – September 22, 2017 09:51PM Reply Quote
I think that's also the layout of the Brisbane Apple store.

I find you get staff milling around in little clumps and are fine with basic stuff (like "I'd like to buy X"), but with more specific questions (like "how do I use this AppleTV remote with my reduced hand function? Like seriously is it broken? Yes, I know I'm also broken but that's beside the point...") it's more shrugs and finger points to other staff scuttling about.

El Jeffe – September 23, 2017 11:39AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
I detest Apple layouts. Only made for the young, perfectly gifted people.
Too loud.
Cramped. Dangerously so at times.
Need more personal space for one-to-one, SEATED interactions.
Product vs learning vs one-on-one space heavily defined is needed.

ARL (Moderator) – September 25, 2017 12:05AM Reply Quote
26 degrees today. A nice typical September day.

The next few days after that are:




& 29...

Three weeks ago it was officially winter.

NOT normal, NOT happy!

I hereby withdraw my complaint.

Apparently 35 degrees in September is not, in fact "the new normal."

It's frikkin' 37 degrees!!

Forecast for this Thursday with a 35 degree chaser on Saturday...

El Jeffe – September 28, 2017 04:02AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
POTUS visit had traffic snarled like one never sees here. Cars were turning around on interstate and driving wrong way back to closest "ON"-ramp to get off.

ddt – September 28, 2017 07:50AM Reply Quote
You should have seen Shrub's SF security in SF not long after 9/11. Shut down corridors of the city itself.


El Jeffe – October 08, 2017 04:43AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Ton et al,
Saw this article and podcast mention just now.


What I'm curious about is where would NON USAmericans advocate that USAmericans move to/experience/live in, that you think would do the common (if there is one) USAmerican "good"? (and why...)

I have spent a LOT of time lately diving into YouTube looking at London's new architecture projects, like Apple's own Battersea/Nine Elms, by watching channels like B1M and such, and I sit here in Indiana thinking I desire to get a flat in London for a few months or longer and experience London, and England, and UK more than any short visit would allow me to do so.

Anyway, I'd love to hear pros and cons of where others, if they could pluck the average USJoe and plop them somewhere else, would suggest.(Not wanting this to go into devolved into DP.... )

ARL (Moderator) – October 08, 2017 05:50AM Reply Quote
Anywhere with compulsory voting, firearms regulations, and universal healthcare.

And live there long enough to realise it's not some nightmarish socialist dystopia.

dharlow – October 08, 2017 01:39PM Reply Quote
We have looked at NZ ourselves, family keeps us in California for now. One of our good friends just got back from Wellington and they were just amazed at the place. My wife's skills are quite in demand there so we could get a work visa for her at least.

John Willoughby – October 08, 2017 06:59PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
I think for the average Joe American, my recommendations would be: Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, the UK, any of the Scandinavian countries, maybe Argentina, in that order.

People watching their pennies may look at the expat colonies in Central and South America, but I would worry about the political stability in many of those countries. Americans are not well thought of in many of them.

Maybe South Korea or Japan for people willing to plunge into a very different linguistic and cultural environment. Singapore for people who might like Police State Disneyland.

My biases are for English-speaking languages, and (except the UK) the lack of ability/desire to police the world.

Culturally, Canada would be the most like home, and the history in the UK makes up for a lot of things that might otherwise rule it out for me.

Mokers (Moderator) – October 09, 2017 01:39PM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
The fires here are really bad today. Woke up to the whole neighborhood smelling like smoke and ash on the car (and still falling). Reminded me of living in LA.

ddt – October 09, 2017 03:39PM Reply Quote
I can still see the SF skyline from my place but I've seen it get worse through the day. The winds were really high all last night which I'm sure didn't help fight the fires.


Cloudscout – October 09, 2017 04:45PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
My cousin is in Minnesota right now but he flies back home to Napa tomorrow. I'm hoping everything is still there when he arrives.

John Willoughby – October 09, 2017 04:49PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Not great in LA, either, apparently.


"Mickey Goes To Hell"

ARL (Moderator) – October 10, 2017 03:09AM Reply Quote
Hang tight guys. Saw footage of a burnt down winery in Napa valley. Very sad :(

ddt – October 10, 2017 08:59AM Reply Quote
Napa and Sonoma get seen as playgrounds for the rich, and parts are, but that area has also taken on the thousands of middle-class families who have been priced out of areas closer to SF and south. Those are the thousands and thousands of households who have lost everything in two days.


ARL (Moderator) – October 10, 2017 09:23AM Reply Quote
I think one bit of the footage I saw was a restaurant I went to in Napa. At the risk of quoting Donald, sad.

ddt – October 10, 2017 09:27AM Reply Quote
It looks like a nuke went off, only the burned-out trees are upright. A lot of these people commute to SF for work (as I said, families priced out). About 10 confirmed dead, maybe 20,000 evacuated, no power for days now. Wineries gone, sure rich people blah blah, but also retirement homes totaled, trailer parks completely obliterated: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Fires-Napa-Santa-Rosa-Wine-Country-before-after-12265098.php#photo-14316354


Mokers (Moderator) – October 10, 2017 02:07PM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
The smoke and ash are still readily apparent in East Bay where I live and in downtown SF when I commuted in this morning.

there are also thousands of migrant workers that are affected as well. the official numbers likely don't capture the full impact in terms of people affected.

ddt – October 11, 2017 12:26AM Reply Quote

Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.

Click here to login