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Ron Obvious

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Name: Ron
Gender: Male
Home country: Middle Earth
Current location: Seattle
Member since: Tue Dec 13, 2011, 11:37 PM
Number of posts: 5,323

About Me

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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Stalker Found Victim's Home By Looking At Reflection In Her Pupil From High-Res Photo

The link is to slashdot, but the original story is from boingboing. Like the slashdotters, I too, immediately thought of the movie Blade Runner. Well, here we are in 2019:

Last month a Japanese entertainer named Ena Matsuoka was attacked in front of her home in Tokyo. Her alleged attacker, an obsessed fan, was able to figure out where she lived by zooming in on a high resolution photo and identifying a bus stop reflected in her pupils. According to Asia One, the alleged attacker "even approximated the storey Matsuoka lived on based on the windows and the angle of the sunlight in her eyes."


https://tech.slashdot.org/story/19/10/11/2319251/stalker-found-victims-home-by-looking-at-reflection-in-her-pupil-from-high-res-photo

ETA: AFAIK, here is the original story link that boingboing links to: https://www.asiaone.com/asia/obsessed-fan-finds-japanese-idols-home-zooming-her-eyes

Misleading graphs

Hugh Laurie & Stephen Fry - Kicking Ass

From "a bit of Fry & Laurie"

Theme from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

I must've heard this when I watched the movie, but, possibly because the movie didn't do a thing for me, I don't remember it. However, I later heard it used on an episode of This American Life where they discussed the impact of murder on families and I was really moved by it for some reason. Funny how that works.

Mocking suspect's hairstyle could get you prosecuted, [UK] police warn

The picture shows Taylor with a large, bald forehead and two tufts of hair sticking up.



Twitter users joked: "His forehead is bigger than his future," and "that hairline goes further back than Woolworths".

Another quipped: "Looks like his hairline is on the run too."

[snip]

Many users seemed undeterred, however, with one adding: "He was last seen in town - police are combing the area," and another joking: "He's vanished into thin hair.


https://www.yahoo.com/news/mocking-suspects-hairstyle-could-prosecuted-130523435.html

Anyone else just feel the earthquake?

I happened to be up and it sounded and felt like a massive person/creature running on the roof, shaking the house. Not like any earthquake I ever experienced before. I'm actually relieved that it was an earthquake, as I'd just shut off the security system.

M 4.7 - 2km N of Three Lakes, Washington (2.51 AM local time)

https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/at00puiwq1/dyfi/intensity

I'm in Australia and I'm having computer problems

˙ǝɯıʇ ǝloɥʍ ǝɥʇ uʍop ǝpısdn doʇdɐl ʎɯ ƃuıploɥ ʞɔǝu ʎɯ uı ʞɔıɹɔ ɐ ɹǝɥʇɐɹ ƃuıʇʇǝƃ ɯ,ı ˙punoɹ, ʎɐʍ ʇɥƃıɹ ǝɥʇ ǝɹɐ sʇsod uʍo ʎɯ ʎluo ˙uʍop ǝpısdn sı qǝʍ ǝɥʇ uo ƃuıɥʇʎɹǝʌǝ ʇɐɥʇ sı ɐılɐɹʇsnɐ uı ƃuıǝq ʇnoqɐ ƃuıɥʇ pɹıǝʍ ʎluo ǝɥʇ

Come fly Yorkshire Airlines!

Looks a lot better than EasyJet or RyanAir to be honest...

The making of 10cc's "I'm not in love"

Always liked this song, though it's taken some years to re-appreciate it.

Fucking hell. What is the definition of an expiration date?

My wife was just refused to board her flight to the Netherlands to join me because her passport expiration date was too close. It doesn't expire until September, and the trip is for today until July 10th but apparently that's too close for someone!

We've already spent over $500 rescheduling the flight, making travel arrangements, etc. Why did nobody at any point in the proceedings when we booked this thing several months ago point this out?

What the hell is the definition of an expiration date if the real expiration date is hidden and before that? Just change the date to that point then!

This is so fucked up. I want to sue someone just to get the money back.Never mind the inconvenience. We've been travelling internationally for decades. How the Hell did this never come up before?

I'm so angry I could just spit fire.
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