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by Quercus
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2388116

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

As for taxonomy, that's actually more of a map than actual science. It started as just a way for Linneus to group animals in much the same way a person might organize paints, and when paleontology and so forth came about it turned out that it was relatively accurate in terms of evolutionary history...
by Quercus
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 202
Views: 33799

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

If I am going to make a large meat pie, what kind of crust do I make / recipe suggestions? I have only ever done sweet pies before with a crumbly sweet butter crust type thing - butter, flour, bit of salt, sugar. (can you tell I dont know my pastries?) ...hot water crust, perhaps? seems like it wou...
by Quercus
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Gunnerkrigg Court
Replies: 158
Views: 53166

Re: Gunnerkrigg Court

I really need to get my comic reading systems sorted out again... it just hasn't been the same since the effective demise of RSS. I've missed nearly an entire chapter! Demise of RSS? I use feedly and my RSS feeds seem to all work fine. Okay, this is embarrassing. It turns out that the only thing wh...
by Quercus
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Gunnerkrigg Court
Replies: 158
Views: 53166

Re: Gunnerkrigg Court

I really need to get my comic reading systems sorted out again... it just hasn't been the same since the effective demise of RSS. I've missed nearly an entire chapter!
by Quercus
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 202
Views: 33799

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I've always thought kiwi fruit tastes similar to mustard but the opinion doesn't seem to be widely shared. Does anyone else get what I mean? What type of mustard are we talking? And which component of flavour? I can kind of see it if you're talking about the acid tang that some mustards have, but i...
by Quercus
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7976
Views: 612923

Re: Trump presidency

It's not really a dog whistle if the non-dogs are hearing it. The right hears it, believes it, sees it as a positive. The left hears it, believes it and rails against it. Much of the center either doesn't hear it or doesn't believe it, therefore ignores the right and ridicules the left as paranoid....
by Quercus
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7976
Views: 612923

Re: Trump presidency

This is quite accurate. With words like "nationalism" having connotations beyond the traditional meanings, this is a way for mainstream politicians to signal to certain groups that he/she supports those groups, but has to use language that appeals to a broader base. Moderate supporters ca...
by Quercus
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7976
Views: 612923

Re: Trump presidency

When not otherwise qualified (e.g. "white nationalism"), is "nationalism" really a taboo thing to associate with in America? "America first" seems like, if anything, the default position of most politicians, and one that's likely to play well with voters. Maybe we more...
by Quercus
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7976
Views: 612923

Re: Trump presidency

makes one wonder what they'd do with someone like me, who is an XXY male, if they are determining it by chromosomes (do they even check that at birth? Neither of my kids had it done, I'm certain). I really doubt they've thought about that at all. Science is not their strong suit. How? HOW does some...
by Quercus
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7976
Views: 612923

Re: Trump presidency

eran_rathan wrote:makes one wonder what they'd do with someone like me, who is an XXY male, if they are determining it by chromosomes (do they even check that at birth? Neither of my kids had it done, I'm certain).


I really doubt they've thought about that at all. Science is not their strong suit.
by Quercus
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7976
Views: 612923

Re: Trump presidency

Maybe it's also a way to out trans people so that the general public can harass them? Lots of schools have problems where they put them into special rooms that ostracize students rather than let them share lockers with people of the same gender. I mean, if that's discrimination now, it'll be discri...
by Quercus
Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7976
Views: 612923

Re: Trump presidency

Overton window thing, sure. I don't see how it'll heavily impact people. What sort of concrete impact are we proposing? It's primarily about denying transgender people access to protection under federal civil rights laws such as title IX. Article from the ACLU . Over the weekend, The New York Times...
by Quercus
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7976
Views: 612923

Re: Trump presidency

Trump endorses assault of US journalist.

Kinda concerning, given that encouraging literal attacks on the press is chapter 1 of "Instituting a Fascist Dictatorship, an Idiot's Guide"...
by Quercus
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7976
Views: 612923

Re: Trump presidency

This view is very deeply mired in specific cultural assumptions. In particular it assumes that a state of being disconnected from your land and its history is healthy and normal (note that I'm talking about land, not nations :- rocks and soil, rivers and mountains, forests and lakes); and that a st...
by Quercus
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7976
Views: 612923

Re: Trump presidency

What if the only place where I can be happy is my ancestral home? Then you need therapy; it's not the rules over housing that's the problem, it's you. This view is very deeply mired in specific cultural assumptions. In particular it assumes that a state of being disconnected from your land and its ...
by Quercus
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9890
Views: 1828431

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Is there any shell out there that supports selecting and copying text on the line? (with support for sensible keybindings like home to go to the start of a line, ctrl+shift+left to select the word to the left) Most of the time I'm working from within screen, so I can copy anything with ctrl+a,[ but...
by Quercus
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2388116

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

but attention seeking is basically essential to the medium. Good art that noone gets to see is of little value at the end of the day I disagree with this quite strongly. Unpublished and unpublicised art can nevertheless have a profound impact on the artist themselves. I think you are taking what I ...
by Quercus
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2388116

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

but attention seeking is basically essential to the medium. Good art that noone gets to see is of little value at the end of the day I disagree with this quite strongly. Unpublished and unpublicised art can nevertheless have a profound impact on the artist themselves. I have experienced this firsth...
by Quercus
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2388116

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

The core issue is I don't think there's any clean way to define 'art' at all. Art is basically anything that is engineered to make people think and feel, and the better the art, the more people it will cause to think and feel, and the more deeply they will do so. But obviously that's a totally subj...
by Quercus
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7976
Views: 612923

Re: Trump presidency

I just don't get why they're insisting on this guy . My guess is that part of it is probably norm-shifting. You push the outrageous candidate through, everyone reasonable gets all outraged, but then it goes through anyway and people get the subconscious message that a) they are powerless to change ...
by Quercus
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90052
Views: 8167427

Re: Thoughts for ships

https://youtu.be/3jstaBeXgAs?t=52 https://youtu.be/MK0SrxBC1xs?t=14 "There is not a motivation, apart from simple theft, that would necessitate developing the skills, which are not insignificant, required to do this." - someone who's never spent much time around gamers or security service...
by Quercus
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 15905

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

The actual phoneme sequences are almost entirely arbitrary. For me some words are definitely pretty, and some are ugly. Some words also sound consonent with their meanings, and others sound dissonant with them. I'm guessing that my various slight synaesthesias might have something to do with that. ...
by Quercus
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 15905

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

As we're discussing this, I thought I'd ask a question that's been bothering me for a while. What do y'all think of having and expressing aesthetic preferences in the use of language that are at odds with how usage patterns are evolving? One example would be "effect" as a verb as in "...
by Quercus
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4531
Views: 834372

Re: Today I Made:

Yesterday I made a semi-fancy breakfast. Toasted bread (from Alex's homemade sourdough), fried spinach and onions, sliced roasted beets, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, and some home fries. Turned out great, except the hollandaise split :( Still tasted good, just not very creamy. If that's semi-fa...
by Quercus
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 973401

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I dont think prisons in most states offer dentures. My guess is that it is part of the policy of trying to discourage homeless people from using the prisons for shelter/food/medical care. Maybe they should try, I dunno, providing homeless people with those things outside of prison, then there would...
by Quercus
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Music Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 15
Views: 11498

Re: Music Fleeting Thoughts

One problem with standard musical notation is that it bakes the structure of the major scale into the stave and note names themselves. This is an advantage while playing (mostly), but it's pretty hellish if you're trying to understand patterns in music, because you're working with a system that alre...
by Quercus
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 202
Views: 33799

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I've generally enjoyed TVP added into chilis or similar, but I have stopped knowing where to find any that isn't ordering it online. Out of curiosity, where do you get yours? (I know, different continent, unlikely to be actually useful to me, I'm just curious.) How does it compare to the various fo...
by Quercus
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 202
Views: 33799

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I've generally enjoyed TVP added into chilis or similar, but I have stopped knowing where to find any that isn't ordering it online. Out of curiosity, where do you get yours? (I know, different continent, unlikely to be actually useful to me, I'm just curious.) National health food chain in the UK ...
by Quercus
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 202
Views: 33799

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I eat a lot of textured vegetable protein these days - it's cheap, it's vegan and it keeps well. It seems to be almost universally hated though... Which I think it's almost entirely to do with the preparation instructions, which are basically "rehydrate with water, no need to brown". Yes, ...
by Quercus
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7976
Views: 612923

Re: Trump presidency

. I am not saying he did this as laying the groundwork for a political career. He did it to inflate his own ego and it just so happens that when he then went into politics this image served him well. I am also not saying that he is smart or skillful because he created this image. Anybody can inhere...
by Quercus
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts
Replies: 15
Views: 1843

Re: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts

Thanks for the suggestions everyone - I'll have to check those out! For me some of the ones I listen to: ⋅  99 percent invisible - fantastic design-themed podcast. So interesting, and Roman Mars' voice is just delicious. ⋅  No such thing as a fish - the QI researcher team made a ...
by Quercus
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8231
Views: 1319221

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Coming out has went spectacularly so far. Yay! That's really good to hear. Haven't come out to family yet, as my mom is currently my landlord, so I want to be in a more secure place housing-wise in case things go south. Sounds like a sensible call, though sucks not being able to be open about it (I...
by Quercus
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 15905

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

"Assuming the consequent" is a formal fallacy. It is a syllogism of the form "If A then B, B, therefore A" or "All A are B, P is B, therefore P is A." That's not what's going on in the informal fallacy of begging the question. When begging the question, you make an arg...
by Quercus
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1086
Views: 198427

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Anyhow. I wish brown sauce were a thing in the US, because if it's like Worcestershire sauce without actually *being* that, then maybe it is both vegetarian and actually interesting and worth putting on food. I see it in the international section of the grocery store quite often. Look for HP sauce....
by Quercus
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Reasons for opaque drinking glasses with dark colored interiors?
Replies: 7
Views: 1819

Re: Reasons for opaque drinking glasses with dark colored interiors?

EDIT: I mean it makes sense either way, but I was thinking more along the lines of coffee cup sort of situations. As someone who has done a lot of washing up by hand in a hard water area I can tell you one good reason for them - they save a lot of time which would otherwise be spent trying to scrub...
by Quercus
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 6930

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

This nomenclature should be extended even further. Planeplane: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fc/F-GSTB_-_2_Airbus_A.300B4-608ST_Beluga_Airbus_%288634655670%29.jpg It appears to be transporting nose sections, so that makes it a plane-nose-plane de-planing plane-noses through its p...
by Quercus
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 15905

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Are begging the question (in its sense as an informal fallacy) and circular reasoning identical? In particular, are there any forms of circular reasoning that don't take the form of premises (directly or indirectly) assuming the truth of the conclusions they are used to support? I feel like there mi...
by Quercus
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1086
Views: 198427

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Pfhorrest wrote:Also wtf is "brown sauce"?


Popular in the UK, ketchup adjacent in texture and use. Compared to ketchup has less tomato, more vinegar, addition of tamarind. Has a stronger, more acidic, less sweet flavour.
by Quercus
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90052
Views: 8167427

Re: Thoughts for ships

How about wrapping them around a tube (bit of sawn off broom handle maybe), with each end secured to the tube with a bit of tape. Depends how frequently you need to access them - could get wasteful of tape if it's frequent). I tend to just wrap wires as a freeform spool around my fingers then twist ...
by Quercus
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 202
Views: 33799

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I think I've reached the point in my cooking where, for most sorts of dish I can look at a recipe and say things like "that looks too sweet, I won't add as much sugar", or "that's going to be too thick, let's add more liquid". Basically I know enough about how food behaves that I...

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