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Old 01-27-2018, 10:42 AM
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Old 02-01-2018, 07:14 PM
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For some reasons, I ended up rubbing my tongue over a thread on some other forum about lamp-phone atrocities just to see if it still hurt (it does), and here is a picture of one of the most offensive things have seen in all of my days:

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Swears for this post: Front bottom, lamp-phone, steampunk, upcycle.
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Old 02-02-2018, 05:04 PM
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It looks interesting and I can't decide if I should be offended or not as long as I don't know what that is. Lamp phone?
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Old 02-02-2018, 05:19 PM
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Who was lamp? :loseit:
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Old 02-02-2018, 06:10 PM
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It looks interesting and I can't decide if I should be offended or not as long as I don't know what that is. Lamp phone?
Oops, I just posted the thumbnail, I think. The larger picture is here:

The thread is a collection of pictures from ebay and etsy and stuff where people get their hands on old, often perfectly functional phones, and then drill a fucking hole right through the middle of them and put fittings in to make them into lamps. A lot of the phones are rare, and it's a phone collector forum, so it's particularly painful to the people on that forum.

Now, I am not really a phone collector, so I don't know the specifics of what that model of phone is, but it is a very old wooden wall phone that appears to have been largely intact* before some goober found it, drilled it all to fuck, and added a bunch of superfluous shit to it to make it look more steampunk. My guess is that the light works, because any fucking idiot can do that, but the coil, the dials, and the fucking SPIGOT on the side are all cosmetic. And if there were any doubt that the phone itself was destroyed in the process, look at the cord for the earpiece. It's a piece of rope.

The thing is, if you appreciate industrial design, you appreciate the function of things. That's the point. These people eliminate the function and turn them into far stupider and less usable machines, and this particular one adds a bunch of nonsensical cosmetic features that vaguely look like what a five year old might think a complicated machine would look like, and they add insult to injury by calling it upcycling.

Makes me want to go to their house and 'upcycle' their fucking comic books or something.

* And even when the internals aren't totally working, they're usually easy to fix, because old phones were leased to customers from the Bell System, so they were built to be sturdy and easy to repair.
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What the fuck? I found some other stories just now about this happening to other people too. It's looking like it's pretty common for AXS to take your money, at least temporarily, and then fail the transaction so you don't even get what you were trying to buy.
Hackers, that's my only explanation. I made a single $94.94 payment with an additional $100 toward principal to a creditor last month. It looked like it failed, I tried again twice. And my bank account got hit with all three. Fortunately, Kubota Credit cut me a check for the erroneous deposits a couple weeks after I called them about it.
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Old 02-04-2018, 03:56 PM
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I lean toward them just being straight up incompetent and evil. AXS was supposed to be a competitor to Ticketmaster that would solve the problem of scalping, but somehow this plan involves straight up selling tickets to scalpers (StubHub) and advertising the scalped tickets on their site.

Anyways, I apparently did get the tickets I wanted, but I haven't yet received the official confirmation from the site. It tells you right up front you don't get confirmation until the 5th, but you get a free CD with each ticket, and I already got the confirmation codes for those from a totally other company. I cannot imagine why they have that confirmation delay. They seem to have gotten it to that other company. What kind of sketchy shit is going on that they can't just send immediate order confirmation like every other online business in the world?

I just ordered some replacement keycaps for my keyboards from a site run by one guy in his spare time, and I got confirmation in like thirty seconds.

OH AND ALSO, I emailed customer support because I wanted to check to see if it showed the purchase there, but I couldn't log into my stupid account. It took a week for them to email me a generic form letter telling me where the Help section of their website is. You know, the Help section of their website where I submitted the question.

It's like they suck on purpose. Maybe the only reason they even exist is to make Ticketmaster look slightly less awful by comparison.

Anyway, I hate them, and it's ridiculous that this is such a huge problem. We should solve scalping by making it illegal, and solve the service fee problem by making it illegal for the sellers to add non-tax charges to advertised prices. Make it a crime to sell a ticket for a penny over the face value, and then the only thing ticketsellers have to do is conduct simple transactions.
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Old 02-04-2018, 05:46 PM
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I may have said this before, but probably not often enough.

Lisarea for president!
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I think I'm falling out of love with digital art. I'm starting to understand what the cult of artists and cameras and color spaces and displays is about. 21 years ago we got robbed, and the artists were the only ones who noticed.

Computers once had richer color than we get now. I remember. I'd put it down to nostalgia and younger eyes, until I noticed how badly my own art photograped; a little digging confirmed the moment computer monitors began to suck - 1996. That's when HP and Microsoft unified computer and HTDV color standards into one thing, sRGB. Adoption was fast and universal because nothing had to change - they just downrated everything to television color standards and called it a day.

So your computer, your scanner, even your cameras for the last 21 years have been designed to the vibrant and exacting color fidelity of a 1982 television broadcast. Fucking fuck.

It's only a little difference, right?



No, we got robbed. (False color on left, I can't show you the real color, but its not grey.)
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I finally figured out what I hate the most about AutoTune. There’s a lot to hate, which is why it took so long. It’s not that there are uncounted, heartbreakingly talented people out there who will never get recognition, while the fearful, risk-averse (or better, risk-terrified) reptiles keep grooming useful idiots to record utter dogshit that sells enough to keep their investments safe and secure. That’s been status quo for decades; before AutoTune they just used lower-tech methods to keep the industry packed to the gills with such lucrative dogshit.

So what is it? It’s the way AutoTune rubs our faces in it. As in, hah hah you stupid rubes, we can sell any turd we want and polish it up nice for you, and you'll eat it and come back for more.

And for those of you who might have talent but actually use this hideous shit on purpose, even to an exaggerated degree, because the electronic trill is a sound you want to cultivate: fuck you extra. Everyone’s assumption should be that you have no fucking talent whatsoever if you use this crap.

Yeah, yeah, welcome to 10 years ago. This one place I go for lunch plays this shit like it’s cutting edge, though.
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It takes a trained ear to hear if AutoTune is being used when it's not being a substitute for a vocal effect.
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Bort can tell by the pixels.
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I think I'm falling out of love with digital art. I'm starting to understand what the cult of artists and cameras and color spaces and displays is about. 21 years ago we got robbed, and the artists were the only ones who noticed.

Computers once had richer color than we get now. I remember. I'd put it down to nostalgia and younger eyes, until I noticed how badly my own art photograped; a little digging confirmed the moment computer monitors began to suck - 1996. That's when HP and Microsoft unified computer and HTDV color standards into one thing, sRGB. Adoption was fast and universal because nothing had to change - they just downrated everything to television color standards and called it a day.

So your computer, your scanner, even your cameras for the last 21 years have been designed to the vibrant and exacting color fidelity of a 1982 television broadcast. Fucking fuck.

It's only a little difference, right?



No, we got robbed. (False color on left, I can't show you the real color, but its not grey.)
This explains why my 15" Sony CRT from about... 1996 looks so lively.
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Yeah, yeah, welcome to 10 years ago. This one place I go for lunch plays this shit like it’s cutting edge, though.
I absolutely hate it and apart from a handful of songs about twenty years ago I had the impression that it was never a big deal in Europe and the US, but my girlfriend and her friends listen to this African pop music (stuff that's brand new) and every single fucking song uses that godawful Autotune trololo. When I complained after a while they didn't even understand what I was talking about.
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I like autotune when it's used as a deliberate electronic effect, at least some of the time. It's pretty hit-and-miss though, and a lot of people use it really lazily.
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Why do news sites here cover a whole page or more just with headlines about that stupid royal wedding nonsense? I don't live there, I don't give a shit about it and these clowns shouldn't even exist if the Brits had done what people did in civilized countries and chopped their goddamn heads off.
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Wait, are you implying Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg, and Lichtenstein aren't civilized? :freakout:
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If they have a king or something, they probably still burn witches. So yes.
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We did try chopping off our King's head back in 1649 and became a republic for a while. But we found the new system was no better so went back to being a monarchy eleven years later.

Maybe we should give it another try - but the danger is we might end up electing President Blair or some other horror.
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