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by marcel
Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What do you order at Subway?
Replies: 54
Views: 33888

Re: What do you order at Subway?

It's not even entirely the anatomical connotation, it's the non-specific way that it could refer to any sort of meat at all , and also is it cooked? It's not hot ... Why is it warm? Is it alive? Is it the warmth of decomposition? Is it cat? It is only non-specific because you are not Dutch (and don...
by marcel
Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The One True Pronunciation of ".GIF"
Replies: 93
Views: 65984

Re: The One True Pronunciation of ".GIF"

That said, H2G2 is a horrible abbreviation; hitchhiker is one word. This is absolutely true. I have enough problems with people incapable of writing the full name of a book, movie, tv-show, band, etc. anyway. If you do use an abbreviation, then at least use an one that makes sense so people have a ...
by marcel
Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What do you order at Subway?
Replies: 54
Views: 33888

Re: What do you order at Subway?

Bakemaster wrote:
marcel wrote:the warm meat

This may be the most disturbing way possible to describe a food product in English language.

:oops: Sometimes when trying to translate something in a different language, you forget the secondary meaning of words :D
by marcel
Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What do you order at Subway?
Replies: 54
Views: 33888

Re: What do you order at Subway?

I don't go to subway. At sandwich places I usualy order filet Americain (steak tartare for the non-Dutch) with some onion and sometimes an egg. I also sometimes order the warm meat (warm pork tenderloin for the non-Dutch) with peanut sauce. Apart from all the other problems usualy associated with ch...
by marcel
Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:35 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Homemade Ice Cream
Replies: 9
Views: 9095

Re: Homemade Ice Cream

I don't use any recipes, but here is what I usualy make with my ice cream machine: Half a melon (preferably hoeydew, galia if they are out of season. banana lemonjuice (to taste) sugar (to taste) a lot of mint (I have basic, swiss, strawberry in my garden, trying to find some chocolate mint) honeyle...
by marcel
Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal Election Cycle
Replies: 43
Views: 12550

Re: Ideal Election Cycle

In many countries, we have direct elections for the president. Basically, anyone can be a candidate, even without a party, and the one with the most votes becomes president. This is how it works in the US as well (sans electoral college, but that usually agrees with the popular vote so let's ignore...
by marcel
Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal Election Cycle
Replies: 43
Views: 12550

Re: Ideal Election Cycle

Many countries mix the two, with some seats reserved to vote by list, and the rest chosen the 'normal' way. Is there any reason why you call voting by area the normal way, except that it may be the system used in your country? If I should call one of these systems the 'normal' way, it would be voti...
by marcel
Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal Election Cycle
Replies: 43
Views: 12550

Re: Ideal Election Cycle

I don't know what an ideal election cycle would be, but in The Netherlands we haven't managed 4 years for more then a decade now. The last government that did manage 4 years did still fall 29 days before the elections.
by marcel
Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is adultery legal?
Replies: 52
Views: 22900

Re: Why is adultery legal?

If marriage wasn't regulated by the government, gays could start up their own church and get married there. This statement is not completely correct. Since marriages are not a religious thing perse, if there was no government regulated marriage, anybody could call themselves married and they would ...
by marcel
Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 920
Views: 214025

Re: Board games anyone?

How are you going to store the 100 some odd tiles in Eclipse? On that note I just picked up Eclipse and played my first game. Firstly it seems like a fantastic game with decent depths and not too big a "luck factor" in it. About storage though, the ship parts kill me. There has to be a mo...
by marcel
Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 696033

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

Refers to a Freakonomics article , most likely. LEVITT: For every mile walked drunk, turns out to be eight times more dangerous than the mile driven drunk. To put it simply, if you need to walk a mile from a party to your home, you’re eight times more likely to die doing that than if you jump behin...
by marcel
Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1066: "Laundry"
Replies: 50
Views: 15755

Re: 1066: "Laundry"

I just want to say that I have been out of the education system for manby years as well, but I line dry, which makes skipping the closet step just too easy, that drying rack is just made for storing clothes.
by marcel
Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: First XKCD comic strip that you saw
Replies: 39
Views: 13709

Re: First XKCD comic strip that you saw

I am not completely sure, but I believe it was this one:
http://xkcd.com/562/
by marcel
Thu May 24, 2012 2:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: general nooby questions
Replies: 125
Views: 16306

Re: general nooby questions

Zarq wrote:What is it lately with people asking what FaiD is, but not wanting to go there to find it out? You're like the second one in not even a month.

First, it would be helpfull if there was some explanation of what it is if you go there.
Second, it seems to take at least a week to get approved
by marcel
Tue May 22, 2012 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food that should exist
Replies: 6
Views: 3046

Re: Food that should exist

I thought you might have gotten the idea here
http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2012/05/cupcakewurst.html
by marcel
Sun May 20, 2012 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Traveling in Europe
Replies: 25
Views: 6535

Re: Traveling in Europe

I noticd that The netherlands hasn't really been discussed here yet. When visiting the Netherlands, Iw ould try to catch some of the essential thing that makes this country, and that is the water, and the waterworks we have. Half of the country was all swamps and lakes a few hundred years ago, and w...
by marcel
Sun May 20, 2012 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 920
Views: 214025

Re: Board games anyone?

Just did three games of wizwar... I am so fucking impressed. I feel that there's a mild balance issue in terms of some abilities doing too much damage, and only having two treasures means it *is* kind of a mad dash to just run treasures back, but we also played with four players. I absolutely want ...
by marcel
Fri May 18, 2012 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Could age restrictions for buying alchohol be lowered?.
Replies: 35
Views: 10532

Re: Could age restrictions for buying alchohol be lowered?.

a) Could we, like, not totally assume that everyone is from the US. At least mention that it's a US specific topic instead of just sort of saying "the rest of the world doesn't exist" b) Most of Europa have that, and generally it doesn't seem to course any problems that isn't also present...
by marcel
Fri May 18, 2012 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4471
Views: 801418

Re: Today I Made:

right now, I am making:
Pangasius with chard and tomatoes in a ginger-garlic marinade with spelt bulghur. Really curious how this will work out.
by marcel
Thu May 17, 2012 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0084: "National Language"
Replies: 56
Views: 45891

Re: "National Language" Discussion

Its surprising the number of United Statesians who can't speak any language (I am aware of the irony! It was intentional), they claim to be able to speak English but when us Brits try to point out that you have it all wrong you claim that we speak your language, hmm now if I recall you're descended...
by marcel
Thu May 10, 2012 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ever gotten a shock from mains electricity?
Replies: 47
Views: 17123

Re: Ever gotten a shock from mains electricity?

There have been a few times. I remember one as a kid, when working on the old tv my parents had given me. More memorable is the time I got shocke by a 380 installation. Since this was at work, I was wearing safety shoes, and the floor was isolated as well, so nowhere for the current to go. I don't r...
by marcel
Fri Apr 27, 2012 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: REBOOT: Youth Rights
Replies: 33
Views: 6471

Re: REBOOT: Youth Rights

so a 16 year old with a lot of common sense, a job of their own, paying their own taxes and decent general knowledge of how the world works could claim adulthood, voting rights, the right to sign contracts, the right to live as an independent adult, the right to join the army or get married etc if ...
by marcel
Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 920
Views: 214025

Re: Board games anyone?

For starters, the ship upgrades don't make a lot of sense; if you upgrade from the Marauder starting ship to the Marauding upgrade ship (Sloop to the Frigate, I believe?), you actually diminish your ability to successfully capture NPC merchants by one, while increasing your cargo carrying capacity ...
by marcel
Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1030: "Keyed"
Replies: 108
Views: 27871

Re: 1030: "Keyed"

This is the first comic which has made me wonder if Randall is a surrealist. I dont know if theres some US based reference here i've missed, but the comic just went straight over my head... It may be that you don't know what keying a car is, since this is mostly a US thing for as far as I know. key...
by marcel
Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 920
Views: 214025

Re: Board games anyone?

If you want to try a cooperative game, Forbidden Island works reasonably well with two people (although you may want to start the tide marker a bit higher). I will disagree with this one. Though Forbidden Island is a quick fun cooperative game, it is a bit too simple, and I mostly consider it a co-...
by marcel
Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 128825

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

The mercator is the best, for the simple reasons stated above, that it has the most practical purposes. I can tell you that the first picture in this comic is incorrect. I am very much into maps, and therefore my favourite map projection is the mercator. Anybody who is into maps for the reason of ac...
by marcel
Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 920
Views: 214025

Re: Board games anyone?

There's a full size expansion coming out in a couple months, Forbidden Alchemy, which should have lots of new things. How do you get your board game news? Do I just have to learn how to use BGG better? I guess you can get quite a lot from the news and press releases forums on BGG. If you are intere...
by marcel
Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 920
Views: 214025

Re: Board games anyone?

But the question is whether or not a lack of different threads on boardgames is cause of little discussions on boardgames here. As for small world, it is a very popular game, and I can see why people like it, For myself it never really hit my gamespot. I haven't played it more then 3 times, and I fe...
by marcel
Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What books would you like to see made into movies?
Replies: 97
Views: 75595

Re: What books would you like to see made into movies?

I was thinking that Shades of Grey would make an interesting movie. I would specifically love to see what a good cinematographer can do wih colour effects when making that movie.
by marcel
Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 920
Views: 214025

Re: Board games anyone?

For all the people posting in this thread. Considering the fact that, according to the subtitle, this board should be mostly about boardgames. Why are people putting all their remarks/questions about different games in one single thread. The people posting about the lesser variaties of games make a ...
by marcel
Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0957: "Development"
Replies: 87
Views: 21689

Re: 0957: "Development"

For what it's worth, I'm a lazy bum. When I don't get an XKCD comic, rather than googling it right away, I wait until that evening or the next day, and check the forums. (Usually, the answer's already in the forums when I look at XKCD initially, but since I do that right before work, I don't really...
by marcel
Tue Sep 27, 2011 1:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Topman pulls T-shirts with 'sexist and offensive' slogans
Replies: 66
Views: 9009

Re: Topman pulls T-shirts with 'sexist and offensive' slogan

I don't think the red shirt is sexist, nothing suggests that the message on it is directed at a woman rather than a generic person. Also, though this may be because I'm not a native speaker, I don't see "you provoked me" as being automatically referred to sex, it could simply mean "y...
by marcel
Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Reactions to your Job
Replies: 98
Views: 78854

Re: Reactions to your Job

When I worked with the circus, the standard reaction was: "As what? a clown?" or sometimes: "In the freakshow I bet." Nowadays, as a bridge operator, I mostly get people who are interested in what I do, though sometimes people complain about how ridiculous it is that bridges in m...
by marcel
Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Topman pulls T-shirts with 'sexist and offensive' slogans
Replies: 66
Views: 9009

Re: Topman pulls T-shirts with 'sexist and offensive' slogan

The one accusing people of fucking their dogs is quite offensive. The second one lists a number of excuses that can be used in hundreds of cases, most of them not very bad behaviour. To connect them to domestic violence or rape seems pretty far fetched to me. I never would have on seeing that t-shir...
by marcel
Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0953: "1 to 10"
Replies: 138
Views: 33607

Re: 0953: "1 to 10"

Here in the US, grade are generally converted from number to letter as follows: 96% to 100% - A+ 90% to 95% - A 86% to 89% - B+ 80% to 85% - B 76% to 79% - C+ 70% to 75% - C 65% to 69% - D 64% and below - F (Failing) Although this isn't standardized and some schools use slight variations on the act...
by marcel
Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0952: "Stud Finder"
Replies: 98
Views: 29945

Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

who uses a screw to hang a picture, and not a nail? and if he's using a screw, why not use plaster screws and forgo any need for a studfinder? i have full shelves held up by plaster screws alone, i'm sure they could hold a picture. Those people who like their pictures to hang and stay in the place ...
by marcel
Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help a student win five pounds!
Replies: 6
Views: 1606

Re: Help a student win five pounds!

Lukeje wrote:I'll just leave this here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Baptist_van_Helmont

I looked at that picture in the OP, had no idea who it was, but the first thing I thought was he looks Dutch. Brussels is close enough.
by marcel
Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 31915

Re: 0951: "Working"

I'd just like to point out that you Europeans are pretty much screwed. Here in Texas, we pay $3.449/g; which Wolfram and Google both tell me is .6599 Euros/liter. We maybe screwed in gas prices here, but that is compensated by travel distances and necesity of using a car. The average car user here ...
by marcel
Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use
Replies: 109
Views: 35235

Re: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use

Teaspoons in recipes are usually used for herbs and spices. Herbs and spices should never be blindly added by quantities from recipes, but always to taste. For this reason it is not very relevant which teaspoon is being used in a recipe.
by marcel
Fri Sep 09, 2011 5:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cats: Indoors or Out
Replies: 72
Views: 7520

Re: Cats: Indoors or Out

On another forum I have learned that a big part of the division is also geographical. In Europe the standard is for outdoor* cats, with some people having indoor cats. In (parts of) America the standard is indoor cats, with some people having outdoor cats. The division so big that shelters and vets ...

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