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by pogrmman
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4201
Views: 600040

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I just came across this article about a massacre in Haiti. (Contains somewhat graphic images.) Apparently, it was either executed by corrupt police or by gangs dressed like police (or by ordinary, non-corrupt police). Regardless, it’s not good.
by pogrmman
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Two food combinations..
Replies: 14
Views: 7069

Re: Two food combinations..

...my ideal hamburger would have cheddar cheese, a roasted poblano (or green chile sauce, depending on if I’m fine with a mess), a fried egg, and avocado on top, but that’s not really an unusual combination (just a delicious one that you happen to never see). Not only does that burger sound goddamn...
by pogrmman
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2096: "Mattresses"
Replies: 35
Views: 2247

Re: 2096: "Mattresses"

A lot of podcasts are sponsored by mattress companies. I have no idea why. But there's a burgeoning industry of a whole bunch of different online-storefront mattress retailers, and they all advertise heavily on podcasts. Interesting. I don't listen to podcasts, but I still have a newspaper subscrip...
by pogrmman
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground
Replies: 21
Views: 759

Re: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground

Unlikely distant galaxies would be visible through a beginner's scope. You need 8-10" aperture to even start seeing distant galaxy cores as fuzzy points of light ... and that's only under good seeing conditions. I'd feel safe to say ALL those other points of light are foreground stars. There's...
by pogrmman
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6485
Views: 998445

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Those six states are (just about) the only ones with sheriffs being elected in 2019 . As far as I'm aware, they're elected everywhere with varying term lengths and election years, with a couple exceptions (the position doesn't exist in Alaska or Connecticut, while some large cities are merged with ...
by pogrmman
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Two food combinations..
Replies: 14
Views: 7069

Re: Two food combinations..

Savory oatmeal can be really good, too. I’ve made it with all sorts of stuff like cheese and garlic before. Sure, it’s usually sweet, but it’s good in other ways. (It’s still not as good as grits, though.) Also, to the person why said they had a fondness for chocolate with lenonade/orange juice, tha...
by pogrmman
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90079
Views: 8305675

Re: Thoughts for ships

I found out about a nifty kind of sundial called a bifilar sundial. I was able to put a small one together in maybe a half hour with only a ruler, compass (drawing kind), and scissors for tools. It works quite well! It’s accurate to better than 30 minutes* even with only a rough-ish guess as to wher...
by pogrmman
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 2187

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

Even small birds can be pretty fiesty and fearless. I’ve seen grackles steal a claw full of French fries from children sitting with their parents before. Lots of birds are crazy smart, too. Sure, the cardinal that’s has flown into my window probably 100 times a day for the past year isn’t all that b...
by pogrmman
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 305
Views: 77015

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

The oldest US World War II veteran and oldest man in the US, Richard Overton died yesterday at 112 years old. He had lived in the same house for like 70 years and was pretty locally famous. He was in the news earlier this year because he was the victim of identity theft and his family created a fund...
by pogrmman
Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4589
Views: 853080

Re: Today I Made:

I made sourdough pancakes for Christmas breakfast. They came out great — chewy, tangy, super filling and hearty. I haven’t made them for a while, but they’re one of my favorite things to cook.


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by pogrmman
Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8235
Views: 655320

Re: Trump presidency

While I’m sure everyone knows this, I’m putting it down for the future. The government is now in the midst of a partial shut down for the third time this year. Basically, Trump is not gonna sign any funding into law that doesn’t include funding for the wall, and Congress (especially the Senate) ain’...
by pogrmman
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4589
Views: 853080

Re: Today I Made:

A wonderful, but ugly sauce for some pasta. I started with a base of fresh jalapeño and garlic, cooked them in butter until tender, then added spicy sausage, milk (+ an egg yolk to thicken), Mexican oregano, a pinch of salt, and a splash of sherry vinegar to finish. It was great! Spicy, earthy, fres...
by pogrmman
Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 204335

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Since peanuts are legumes they cost a fraction of what it takes to grow pecans, which is why they are so much more prevalent. Of course. Then there’s also the fact that US pecan growers have created a market for themselves in China in the past decade: in 2005, less than 3% of the pecan crop was exp...
by pogrmman
Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8235
Views: 655320

Re: Trump presidency

I guess this is the right place to put this, but a Catholic diocese in South Texas is fighting against the border wall. Basically, the story is that CBP wants to temporarily control the land of the chapel that Mission, Texas is named for to survey. Supposedly, the first stage of wall construction wo...
by pogrmman
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 204335

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Peanuts are terrible — I really hate them. I don’t even know why — I’ve always been open to trying new foods and I love all sorts of funky stuff most people don’t. But something about the peanut taste just doesn’t jive with me. I hate anything with peanuts — peanut butter, peanut sauces (like in Tha...
by pogrmman
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4589
Views: 853080

Re: Today I Made:

Are those the seeds pogrmman? They look like little grains of some kind. Anyway, looks great, I'd love to try it. Yep. They are -- the wild chiles I used are really, really seedy. There's a ton of seeds in each one and not much flesh. It's still fermenting, but it's been more active than I expected...
by pogrmman
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2085: "arXiv"
Replies: 16
Views: 2558

Re: 2085: "arXiv"

That title text is on point. Is arXiv deliberately buried in search results somehow? I can't say it comes up very often when I go looking for papers. I do find stuff on scribd on occasion (and circumventing scribd's paywall is just a teensy bit inconvenient). I would suggest avoiding ResearchGate, ...
by pogrmman
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4589
Views: 853080

Re: Today I Made:

I just started my first lacto-fermented hot sauce today. It’s a wild pequin and Mexican oregano hot sauce. The ingredients are fresh wild chiles from my yard, dried Mexican oregano, and brine. Because they’re so small, instead of slicing them, I crushed the chiles with a fork. I’m just making a smal...
by pogrmman
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90079
Views: 8305675

Re: Thoughts for ships

But an organization built on some dude's words when those words were "Material possessions are a cancer to your soul, divest yourself of them to aid those without" that spends a shitload of cash on material goods? That's pretty fucked up. That’s the big part that irks me too. I went to re...
by pogrmman
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90079
Views: 8305675

Re: Thoughts for ships

I just went to my relatives’ church’s Christmas performance (they’re in the choir) and holy shit, Southern Baptists certainly know how to put on a show. I’m talking a 350 person choir, a full orchestra, a performance artist, a drumline, and a rock band with professional quality lighting and sound a...
by pogrmman
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90079
Views: 8305675

Re: Thoughts for ships

I just went to my relatives’ church’s Christmas performance (they’re in the choir) and holy shit, Southern Baptists certainly know how to put on a show. I’m talking a 350 person choir, a full orchestra, a performance artist, a drumline, and a rock band with professional quality lighting and sound an...
by pogrmman
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 2531

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

. The UK has a relatively nice, warm, comfortable climate year round. All that ocean water and wet air surrounding the UK is a like a massive heat sink, or insulation, which does a great job of moderating the climate against extreme high and low temperatures. Compare to Quebec City, Canada at 46 de...
by pogrmman
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 2531

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

Coming from someone near the southern end of the “middle latitudes” (30°N), winter is beautiful! But even when I’ve spent the winter at 41°N, I’ve noticed that winter can be bleak and the days seem awfully short. So you don’t have to be all that north to get bleakness in the winter — certainly not a...
by pogrmman
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does calibrating hygrometers with salt work?
Replies: 4
Views: 626

Re: How does calibrating hygrometers with salt work?

If you ever do it again, you should use way more salt than will dissolve in the water. Theoretically, if it’s more humid than what it’s “supposed” to be, there’ll be enough salt to saturate the “extra” water from the air. I did read one place saying the best way to do it is to make a cone of salt an...
by pogrmman
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does calibrating hygrometers with salt work?
Replies: 4
Views: 626

Re: How does calibrating hygrometers with salt work?

I think it has something so do with the salt changing the vapor pressure of the water. According to this, it seems like NaCl for whatever reason keeps the humidity about 75% no matter what the temperature. Other salts differ. I wonder if it’s because of the relatively temperature-insensitive solubil...
by pogrmman
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?
Replies: 17
Views: 1538

Re: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?

Why was Mad Cow such a big player in the news, anyway? It is an extraordinarily rare disease. I guess because it’s scary, incurable, known to transmit to people via food, known to have entered the human food supply, and it’s likely that at least few hundred people contracted it. Along with hundreds...
by pogrmman
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?
Replies: 17
Views: 1538

Re: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?

There is also a small but nonzero probability of prions arising spontaneously on a cow without infection, for instance due to a de novo mutation. Any real solution must focus on making the probability of infection lower, not making it zero. I only mention it because if BSE is able to persist in the...
by pogrmman
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?
Replies: 17
Views: 1538

Re: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?

Don't feed cows to other cows? I mean, the disease spreads because we're feeding animals tainted meat from other animals, seems to me if you only eat beef that is 100% grass fed*...there's no chance of infection, no? I know that some "grass fed beef" is actually just grass fed for the lat...
by pogrmman
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4201
Views: 600040

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I’m kinda surprised this isn’t here yet. So, for background, Russia fired upon and siezed 3 Ukrainian naval vessels sailing through the strait between Crimea and Russia. By treaty, this strait is shared between Russia and Ukraine, so the boats had a right to travel through. Since annexing Crimea, Ru...
by pogrmman
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 11013

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

They will work less for the same amount of money. Or they will work at more attractive times if it's work that does not go away by postponing it, and more people will find a job. What’s to say they will work less for the same amount of money? There’s lots and lots of hourly workers — what incentive...
by pogrmman
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 11013

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

They will work less for the same amount of money. Or they will work at more attractive times if it's work that does not go away by postponing it, and more people will find a job. What’s to say they will work less for the same amount of money? There’s lots and lots of hourly workers — what incen...
by pogrmman
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 11013

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

They will work less for the same amount of money. Or they will work at more attractive times if it's work that does not go away by postponing it, and more people will find a job. What’s to say they will work less for the same amount of money? There’s lots and lots of hourly workers — what incentive...
by pogrmman
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 11013

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

How does the US enforce secrecy for mail-in ballots? I don't think it's possible. Not a big deal so long as mail-ins are a small enough minority, but if we go 100% mail-in, the entire idea of secrecy can be tossed. I don’t know how other states do it, but in Texas, you place your ballot into a blan...
by pogrmman
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 11013

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

I do think that preserving vote secrecy is super important, but I’m also all for making voting more accessible. Ballot selfies go against the first, and banning them is totally reasonable. Because it undermines vote secrecy to a degree, I disagree with no-reason absentee ballots. I mean, sure, there...
by pogrmman
Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8235
Views: 655320

Re: Trump presidency

Welp. It's happening. Trump intends to end birthright citizenship . Luckily, he will be stopped by the supreme cour... oh. Until it hits the courts, it's just a trial balloon to see what they can get away with. Though I do wonder what a republican court will let them get away with. It'll take work ...
by pogrmman
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 27896

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

Did they close any polling station near you? That's often the case fir long lines. Thanks for voting. Don't forget to complain to the town if they make you wait too long. Nope, they didn’t. They even make it so anybody in the county can vote at any polling location in the county, which is nice. I t...
by pogrmman
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 27896

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

I’m kinda surprised — I’m standing in line to vote early right now, and the line is literally out the door! The wait is only ~30 minutes, but in every other election I’ve voted in, this polling place has no more than a 5 minute wait to vote (admittedly, I voted absentee in the 2016 general, so maybe...
by pogrmman
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 211
Views: 36901

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

dubsola wrote:
pogrmman wrote:It’s certainly better than Mediterranean oregano (which just makes everything taste like pizza).

How is that a problem for you? :D

It certainly tastes good, but it’s just a little one dimensional and can get kinda old eventually.
by pogrmman
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 12174

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Holy cow, I’d love to play this game (provided there was a variable timescale like KSP, of course). Someone oughtta work on this (I’d do it, but I have no time).
by pogrmman
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 211
Views: 36901

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Mexican oregano is quite possibly the best herb there is. It’s got a fantastically complex depth of flavor and adds a ton to many different foods. Plus, it’s pretty strong, so you don’t have to use too much to get good flavor in something. It’s certainly better than Mediterranean oregano (which just...

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