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by pogrmman
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?
Replies: 29
Views: 1486

Re: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?

I do think it’s because dry ice is cheap and doesn’t leave any residue. It’s not like it sublimates all that fast — even a styrofoam cooler will keep it for a fair amount of time. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were cheaper than brine solutions — and even if it’s not, it’s much easier to use. There’s...
by pogrmman
Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 5186

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

Next is Texas. Lots of farmland but low production, at least by dollar value. Everywhere except that Northern square. What happened to Texas? I see a lot of orchards. Are they low value? The vast majority of agricultural land in Texas is just range for grazing. If you look at the acreage devoted to...
by pogrmman
Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 5186

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

All interesting points, but what caught my eye the most is that you seem to know a lot of nice parks. Perhaps you could offer suggestions for one of my future vacation spots? There’s lots of cool stuff out there — especially if you enjoy outdoorsy stuff like camping and hiking. Just in terms of Nat...
by pogrmman
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3625
Views: 227944

Re: Trump presidency

Sessions announced an expansion of religious objections . Basically, government employees don’t have to prove their objections and tells government agencies to do as much as they can to protect those objections. It also announces some weakening on the Johnson Amendment — so churches may soon be abl...
by pogrmman
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 108
Views: 13030

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

Meanwhile Sabadell, a major Catalan bank, is considering relocating in the event of a declaration on independence. It has called an extraordinary meeting of its board later on Thursday to discuss transferring its headquarters from Barcelona to another Spanish city. CaixaBank, another large Barcelon...
by pogrmman
Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 108
Views: 13030

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

Spain has suspended the Catalan Parliament. Frankly, I was pretty undecided on the issue, but the Spanish response to the whole thing hasn’t been great. I watched the king’s speech, and I didn’t like how much he focused on defending the law and the constitution. It’s ridiculous to me that he shamed...
by pogrmman
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 3376

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

Presumably it wouldn't be pills, just a box of loose powder. That’s not that bad. I once had a terrible headache on a road trip — the place where we stopped only had the painkiller (either aspirin or acetominophen) in powder form. It was an actual brand (I looked it up to be sure). I think it was B...
by pogrmman
Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Truck: Discovery
Replies: 39
Views: 1848

Re: Star Truck: Discovery

Sure Threshold on Voyager was bad but that Quark episode was way up there too. Or the one where the crew gets transported into a video game somehow by accident. Its pretty fair to say that all the Star Treks had their massive stinker episodes. I admit that it is way up there. I tend to like episode...
by pogrmman
Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Truck: Discovery
Replies: 39
Views: 1848

Re: Star Truck: Discovery

Apparently reviewers got access to the first three episodes so I got a bit of a spoiler about what's coming up in the next one before I started watching the show. The review gave me the impression that Burnham spends a while in prison then gets pulled onto a somewhat shady ship as unspecified lower...
by pogrmman
Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Truck: Discovery
Replies: 39
Views: 1848

Re: Star Truck: Discovery

Enterprise was also serialized, though not as much as DS9.

I’m excited to see the new series. I don’t have particularly high expectations, but it’ll be fun to see (this is coming from somebody who has seen the vast majority of every Star Trek series).
by pogrmman
Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 4509

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

If you think that diseases are the only thing we'd have to worry about from an alien invasion, well, I hope you're not in charge if it happens. I'm not sure what sequence of events would lead to exobiologists being the first scientists to be interviewed in relation to a potential alien invasion. If...
by pogrmman
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 851
Views: 188237

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Admittedly, I don’t remember spelling instruction at all. I just tuned it all out and did the tests when I got them. So I don’t know how it was taught. I’d definitely agree that because of the lack of an academy for English, there isn’t top down control to any significant degree. Yeah, there are way...
by pogrmman
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Direction for buttoning shirts?
Replies: 5
Views: 824

Re: Direction for buttoning shirts?

Depends. If it’s a shirt that needs to be buttoned all the way, top to bottom (obviously leaving the very top button (on the collar) either unbottoned entirely or for last if I have too wear a tie). If it’s like a Hawaiian shirt that only has buttons halfway, bottom to top.
by pogrmman
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 851
Views: 188237

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Separately, I should point out that spelling is not a major part of education anyway. Most kids do learn some vocab lists in school, but it's always a very minor part of English classes. Most vocabulary (and therefore spelling) comes from reading. Standardized tests do not test spelling, and assign...
by pogrmman
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 75
Views: 6900

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Not to mention oysters... I like oysters, but I do admit the texture is very, very reminiscent of snot. I have no idea who thought “that looks tasty!” They look like rocks with mucus inside — not the first thing I’d try and eat. I also wonder who decided to try eating a durian. I mean, here’s a big...
by pogrmman
Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 75
Views: 6900

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Huitlacoche? Some call it "Mexican truffles", others call it "corn smut". I’ve been meaning to try it for a while. I’ve had multiple opportunities, but the restaurants that have it usually also have other enticing options. And blue cheese is hardly weird among cheeses. Sometime,...
by pogrmman
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 75
Views: 6900

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

AS I sit here nibbling on some blue cheese, it’s makign me thing about the concept of it in general. It’s pretty odd. I mean, cheese is an odd concept in the first place. Let’s take some milk, and let it sit out, collect the solid bits, and let them sit out even more. For blue cheese, you do that, a...
by pogrmman
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5414
Views: 742999

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Speaking of which: Deaf Oklahoma man shot dead by police for refusing to comply with verbal commands, despite pleas from neighbors trying to explain his condition. I saw this too -- it's really disappointing :( It definitely shows the "shoot first, figure out what to say later" mentality.
by pogrmman
Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Goodbye Cassini
Replies: 4
Views: 882

Re: Goodbye Cassini

I'm expecting tomorrow's comic to be related to this, given previous comics on the fate of other interplanetary probes. I'm kind of (really) surprised that it wasn't. I got up about 40 minutes before the end of the mission to drink coffee and watch the livestream, and there was already a new comic ...
by pogrmman
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Goodbye Cassini
Replies: 4
Views: 882

Goodbye Cassini

So, as I'm sure you guys are probably aware of by now, the Cassini orbiter at Saturn is currently in the process of beginning its plunge into Saturn's atmosphere. As of around an hour ago, it was supposed to have taken its last ever picture. Cassini has been by favorite mission of NASA, between the ...
by pogrmman
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89782
Views: 6548638

Re: Thoughts for ships

I found the religious aspect of my grandmother's funeral deeply upsetting. I was religious and can make a very nice performance of respect generally, but if it's someone who is actually close to me that I am personally mourning, I am pretty liable to slap someone who is coming at me with "she'...
by pogrmman
Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89782
Views: 6548638

Re: Thoughts for ships

Funerals are very weird occasions - there's always this tension about feeling sad but also glad to see friends and family you haven't been in touch with in awhile. I also find religious ceremonies unnerving, especially at a funeral. For a wedding they can still be strange, but in a funeral there's ...
by pogrmman
Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 4433

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

A haze of thin overcast isn't a problem at all [...] Wait, overcast is a noun over there? It's not the most normal usage, but it isn't all that unusual. I've even seen some forecasts saying things like "then some overcast will push in later in the day". I've personally said stuff like &qu...
by pogrmman
Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 510
Views: 49756

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Thanks for the info -- it's pretty interesting.
I definitely am on the more typical American side pronouncing "h" in more words than not.
by pogrmman
Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 510
Views: 49756

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Does anybody know why some word-initial "h"s are silent (in English). Like "hour" and "heir". I presume it comes from French influence. The only reason I'm asking is because I recently heard somebody say "an historic", while pronouncing the "h" in hi...
by pogrmman
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1887: "Two Down, One to Go"
Replies: 20
Views: 2159

Re: 1887: "Two Down, One to Go"

I'm still just at 1/3. I tried seeing the aurora last night (during the geomagnetic storm), but was screwed over by clouds to the north and by the moon. At least my college is far enough north that I have a shot of seeing it during a storm. At home, it'd probably need to be a historic event for me t...
by pogrmman
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1885: "Ensemble Model"
Replies: 28
Views: 2511

Re: 1885: "Ensemble Model"

I guess Randall has been following Irma recently. I, personally, like seeing how the EPS differs from the operational Euro run. It's pretty neat how divergent they can sometimes be, but other times, it can be scary to see how consistent they can be with one another. I'm still stunned that our foreca...
by pogrmman
Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: American solar eclipse
Replies: 44
Views: 3159

Re: American solar eclipse

Since someone asked for photos... https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4343/36570163582_c2e33af356_c.jpg Timelapse of Totality 2017 by Amata Hinkle , on Flickr We had a few locations picked out for months, and then day of checked weather for best chance of fully clear skies. Worked out :) Near Spring Cit...
by pogrmman
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3137
Views: 368806

Re: The Darker Side of the News

so long as the final balance sheets allow enough flexibility to juggle it and still show that "$X raised for X, $X used for X" is true enough, in the long run… If some outgoing proportion (up to 100%!) of $X has to come from a prior float and thence the same amount of incoming $X goes int...
by pogrmman
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1610: "Fire Ants"
Replies: 36
Views: 8671

Re: 1610: "Fire Ants"

Yes, That's a Huge Floating Mass of Live Fire Ants in Texas: Floods make them more venomous and more aggressive. Fire ant rafts are pretty nifty. Aside from the fact that if you get in one, that's hundreds of stings. That's not fun. At all. Especially if the stings are under your waistband. And in ...
by pogrmman
Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 22
Views: 1362

Re: Use of mythological referents

I write educational content in science for ages middle-school and up. I was about to use the word "Sisyphean" in one post but then balked, wondering if people even recognize words derived from classic mythology anymore? You should use it. "Sisyphean" isn't all that unusual. It's...
by pogrmman
Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3625
Views: 227944

Re: Trump presidency

We rely on illegal immigration for much of our food. There's no way around that fact. It is indeed a complex issue. And, at least in Texas (where I'm from), there's additionally construction, landscaping, and most other outdoor, manual labor. Basically everything that not many people want to do. Re...
by pogrmman
Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3625
Views: 227944

Re: Trump presidency

it's that he's banking hard on the hope that keeping the anti-immigrant* bloc firmly behind him will be enough to offset the bleeding off of any current supporters who would feel like this is a bridge too far, so to speak. While I hope some of the other despicable shit Arpaio has done (like inhuman...
by pogrmman
Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3625
Views: 227944

Re: Trump presidency

He has pardoned Arpaio. At first, after hearing this, I didn't have much of an opinion on it. That's because I wasn't all that familiar with Arpaio. Now that I've read up on him, I'm disgusted that this guy was able to remain sheriff so long and was able to get a pardon. Absolutely everything about...
by pogrmman
Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: American solar eclipse
Replies: 44
Views: 3159

Re: American solar eclipse

Fortunately, my house is in the path of the 2024 eclipse. For everybody else, I suggest you make plans for that one if you can Hey, guys, it seems we're all invited to Pogr's house. Bring beer recently drained beer bottles! :lol: In all seriousness, I'm probably going to plan to be at Enchanted Roc...
by pogrmman
Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: American solar eclipse
Replies: 44
Views: 3159

Re: American solar eclipse

I got to see totality. It was really, really awesome. Unfortunately, no photos here with only my phone. We drove for 3 hours trying to find a spot without clouds and ended up on the side of a small dirt road with a few other cars. There wasn't a single cloud during totality. It was one of the few sp...
by pogrmman
Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1876: Eclipse Searches
Replies: 35
Views: 3539

Re: 1876: Eclipse Searches

Speaking of eclipse searches, this cracks me up: http://i.imgur.com/Pqt9wjS.jpg Look at how much it spikes right around the eclipse! The peak is at like 1:30 CDT -- which (at least where I was) was about 20 minutes after totality ended. Speaking of which, I was totally blown away by it. I managed to...
by pogrmman
Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 851
Views: 188237

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I don't think I have any words with a "subtle l" sound. And since measure mentioned caulk, I wonder how people here pronounce "solder." I always thought every American said /sɒdər/, but recently I've been hearing a lot of /soʊldər/. Do you think that's due to people who only kno...
by pogrmman
Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1876: Eclipse Searches
Replies: 35
Views: 3539

Re: 1876: Eclipse Searches

I live in a 10k pop town in MO that's apparently expecting 100k people to show up for the eclipse (my house is about 3 miles from the center line of the totality plane). Kindly stay home. It's supposed to rain anyway. I'm going to be somewhere in rural Missouri for the eclipse -- it just so happens...
by pogrmman
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 851
Views: 188237

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

How do you guys say words that end in -alk and -alm? I've always pronounced the l to some extent -- even in "talk". It's not super noticeable, but it is there. Despite having the caught/cot merger, "stock" and "stalk" are different for me. They've got the same vowel, bu...

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