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by Quercus
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 6530

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

Turns out that the minimum zoom level in Chrome is 25%... good to know
by Quercus
Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9527
Views: 897157

Re: What are you listening to?

by Quercus
Fri Mar 03, 2017 6:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13733
Views: 1693097

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

Yes, considering it was the result of a DNA test I was expecting the rest of it to be some other animal. Although I can't think of many animals cheaper than chicken. Um... Plants have as much DNA as animals*, and it's in the same place doing more or less the same things. *If not more - some plants ...
by Quercus
Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13733
Views: 1693097

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

Yes, considering it was the result of a DNA test I was expecting the rest of it to be some other animal. Although I can't think of many animals cheaper than chicken. Um... Plants have as much DNA as animals*, and it's in the same place doing more or less the same things. *If not more - some plants ...
by Quercus
Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8151
Views: 970051

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

, I ended up being temporarily on low-dose estrogen for 4 months (and spiro for the latter 2) about a year ago. In all honesty, it didn't really have a serious emotional effect for me. Thanks for this. That's a really useful perspective. I've been reading so many things on reddit saying "Oh me...
by Quercus
Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8151
Views: 970051

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Idk, it's not a thing that's majorly important to me, but is kind of like to have a better idea of what the options are. Yeah, me too... if anything I'd just like to try estrogen (+t blockers) to see what the mental/emotional effects are like for me... I'm not particularly worried either way about ...
by Quercus
Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1884
Views: 92070

Re: Trump presidency

Liri wrote:The rise of Facebook-based liberal "news" outlets like NowThis that dramatically oversimplify everything is distressing. All those videos with bolded words that make sure you see what the important information is.

Shades of Farenheit 451...
by Quercus
Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1884
Views: 92070

Re: Trump presidency

The Editor in chief of reuters told the staff how to treat reporting the US presidency So, in short, treat the US like any other hostile environment. Yep. I guess it's important to emphasise that the Trump White House is on the road to becoming a hostile environment for reporters though, because ot...
by Quercus
Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1884
Views: 92070

Re: Trump presidency

You make that assertion, but I don't know why. Absolutely everything we know about why Trump won was because of the Hillary stuff with the emails and the leaks, not because we offended too many racists and theocrats that had no intention of voting Democrat in the first place. Do you seriously belie...
by Quercus
Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1884
Views: 92070

Re: Trump presidency

How on earth could tens of millions of people with unique sets of concerns 'focus' as you demand even if they wanted to? While I agree that maybeagnostic's criticism is a tad ridiculous, due to the impossibility of satisfying it, it does raise an interesting question: How does the opposition to Tru...
by Quercus
Mon Jan 30, 2017 3:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1884
Views: 92070

Re: Trump presidency

Steve Bannon just replaced the fucking Chairman of the Joint Chiefs on the NSC principals committee. That is the true madness. I'm Dutch so I don't understand what that means. Could you explain what that comittee is? Steve Bannon is the Breitbart guy, isn't he? Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff...
by Quercus
Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1884
Views: 92070

Re: Trump presidency

From some cursory reading on Wikipedia the possible scope of executive orders supported by the Constitution in the US does seem somewhat more broad than orders in council supported by Royal Perogative (which is the UK equivalent). Though I'm not sure whether Trumps executive orders rested on the Cob...
by Quercus
Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1884
Views: 92070

Re: Trump presidency

Is that really so unusual? Parliamentary governments also make decrees (or whatever they are called in each country). It's usual to see a lot of decrees early on, before the lawmaking process has geared up to modify laws entirely. For some things, yes. The changes of funding to various departments,...
by Quercus
Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1884
Views: 92070

Re: Trump presidency

Question for people familiar with how the US government operates: is it normal for so much governing to be carried out by executive order? Trying to work out if that's something uniquely concerning about Trump, or just something surprising because of me being used to parliamentary democracy.
by Quercus
Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1099
Views: 80701

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I don't think for a moment that Parliament will refuse to trigger Article 50, but at least there will now be some oversight from the legislature on the terms and timing of said triggering, you know, the way a parliamentary democracy is meant to work, rather than this "executive directly interpr...
by Quercus
Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Joys of Good Cookware
Replies: 246
Views: 49174

Re: The Joys of Good Cookware

I have also heard amazing things about pressure cookers, especially recently the Instant Pot. I find myself slightly terrified about the possible dangers of them, though (I have seen pictures of ranges completely destroyed by pressure cooker explosions, lid embedded in the ceiling, etc.). How worth...
by Quercus
Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Joys of Good Cookware
Replies: 246
Views: 49174

Re: The Joys of Good Cookware

Three words. Pressure cooker risotto. Doing risotto in a pressure cooker turns it from half an hour of constant attention to 10 minutes set and forget. Got an instant pot for Christmas and risotto has already become my go-to "look how great these things are" showing off dish. Good recipe h...
by Quercus
Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 886
Views: 136402

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Sorry to jump in here where I don't really have an opinion on olive oil directly, but it appears to be one of those subtle bouquet kinda deals. Some people can notice very subtle differences in coffee blends. I cannot, probably because I don't have much experience with drinking coffee. It's all the...
by Quercus
Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 886
Views: 136402

Re: Controversial opinions about food

It works the other way round too - i don't like the higher grade stuff for cooking because the flavour is too strong I've heard the good stuff burns more easily. That's also true, but for anything that's getting hotter than e.g. sweating onions I prefer another oil anyway - the smoke point of any o...
by Quercus
Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 886
Views: 136402

Re: Controversial opinions about food

The single-origin, extra virgin stuff makes a difference when you aren't cooking with it. Drizzled on a Greek salad with huge slabs of feta, for instance. In places like Crete, they drink it straight, even. Agreed. I have a cheapo "cooking grade" and a higher grade olive oil for drizzling...
by Quercus
Sat Nov 19, 2016 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20849
Views: 2001276

Re: Post your boat race.

Was visible yesterday for me, but not today. Weird... edit: Oh, new version is visible... didn't turn the page before
by Quercus
Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13098
Views: 1069302

Re: Today I Learned

This weekend Sableagle learned that the first snow of the winter having already come and settled and taken over 24 hours to melt does not preclude ice-cream vans from attempting to do business in this town on Remembrance Sunday. Remembrance Sundae, maybe? I'd buy some - I'm one of those weirdos who...
by Quercus
Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 6846
Views: 429179

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

Yes, a copper spiral pendant I wear as a pantheist symbol.

Something made of (at least partly) lead?
by Quercus
Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4005
Views: 608842

Re: Today I Made:

Coconut curry ramen. The best bit was the mushrooms sautéed in toasted sesame oil, soy sauce and maple syrup. I've got to do that again!
by Quercus
Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8151
Views: 970051

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Oh, that really sucks. Lots of *hugs* if you want them. If you ever want someone to talk to feel free to PM me - I'm genderqueer and have a diagnosed anxiety disorder, so solidarity.
by Quercus
Tue Oct 25, 2016 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25330
Views: 1473501

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. A tank truck arrives and pumps your home full of chipotle tabasco sauce.

I wish the esc key on my keyboard would start working again.
by Quercus
Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 6846
Views: 429179

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

Does climbing chalk count? (magnesium rather than calcium carbonate), if so, probably yes, depending how quickly I can run to the cupboard in our bedroom that houses our climbing gear

A piece of sports equipment
by Quercus
Wed Oct 12, 2016 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89622
Views: 5426384

Re: Random natterings

by Quercus
Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1099
Views: 80701

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

When it came to all the comments on the BBC website, it was all people bitching about how they would walk down London and wouldn't understand what was said. Rivers of blood and dogwhistles galore. But while a lot of it was against the Polish and other Eastern Europeans, the bulk was against the Mus...
by Quercus
Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8151
Views: 970051

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Nowadays the diff between bi and pan seems to be more along the lines of bi = attracted to 2+ genders, but possibly in different ways and pan = attracted regardless of gender, i.e. to all genders in the same way. I was worried at first if continuing to use bi discriminates against nb people, but by...
by Quercus
Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4005
Views: 608842

Re: Today I Made:

I've been making a batch "hummus" about once a week lately. I say "hummus" and not hummus cause it ain't actually hummus. Well, I don't really know how to define hummus, but I'm fairly sure I'm cheating. Ingredients: Chickpeas Tahini Lime juice Chipotle Pepper/curry/cummin/papri...
by Quercus
Sun Sep 18, 2016 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4005
Views: 608842

Re: Today I Made:

On Friday i made a litre of sundried tomato hummus, a litre of spinach and lemon hummus and about 50 butternut squash felafel for a vegan potluck. My partner made vegan (and gluten free) chocolate and hazelnut cake.
by Quercus
Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89622
Views: 5426384

Re: Random natterings

[bibliography][/bibliography]
Magnanimous wrote:Keeping samples of the smallpox virus is the epidemiological equivalent of a hunter mounting the head of a moose they shot on their wall.


With extinct viruses these days you could probably just keep the sequence and synthesise them if they're ever needed.
by Quercus
Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28242
Views: 2217738

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

You can hope the university encrypts your old passwords with the current one, so they're not there in plain text all the time, while the server can check for similarities when you change your password. But who would ever write such an intricate and complex process? That's actually a possibility - I...
by Quercus
Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28242
Views: 2217738

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

and i'm sure they don't define "similar", leaving it to trial and error instead. Indeed. I tend to just generate random 8 character passwords with my password manager until one meets all the requirements, then try it. I've had a couple rejected, but it's still by far the quickest and leas...
by Quercus
Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28242
Views: 2217738

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

EA needs to get their game together Your password must be 8 - 16 characters, and include at least one lowercase letter, one uppercase letter, and a number As if the 16 character limit isn't worse enough, it also rejects the most basic non-alphanumeric characters. :shock: My university requires 8 ch...
by Quercus
Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Your video game ideas
Replies: 65
Views: 15325

Re: Your video game ideas

Koa wrote:Battle Psychologists.


I rather like the sound of a military role of Psychologist-at-arms (blatantly ripped off from the role of Programmer-at-arms that featured in Vernor Vinge's space opera A Fire Upon the Deep)
by Quercus
Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:12 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4005
Views: 608842

Re: Today I Made:

Dairy free raspberry breakfast shake. Handful frozen raspberries, one banana, dollop of soya yogurt, couple of spoonfuls of milled flaxseed (doing an experiment to see if upping my omega 3 intake improves my ADD symptoms), enough iced green tea to achieve a drinkable texture and blend. Really, reall...
by Quercus
Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:26 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25330
Views: 1473501

Quercus

Richard Boekend, your wish is granted.

I wish my Bluetooth headphones didn't need charging
by Quercus
Fri Jul 22, 2016 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89622
Views: 5426384

Re: Random natterings

Just a note - there are things in the Dominican Republic (and presumably other Caribbean islands which are called lemons, but are green, much sweeter than (US) lemons, and are in most ways more like limes. There are limes down there too - but they are not the same. So, maybe your relativistic theor...

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