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by pogrmman
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 1291

Re: 2026: Heat Index

Even if dry heat feels more comfortable one should be careful though. You only feel cool because you evaporate efficiently so you tend to dehydrate ultra fast. On that run, for instance, I consumed a litre of ice water. Yeah, it’s stupid easy to dehydrate in the desert. Earlier this summer, I did s...
by pogrmman
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The (Sub)Urban Farmer
Replies: 22
Views: 1346

Re: The (Sub)Urban Farmer

Years ago, I dig up a small, wild prickly pear (the species is Opuntia engelmannii var. lindheimeri ) and transplanted it. It’s grown into a big sprawling plant, and I finally got around to trying it’s fruit today. It doesn’t have the same flavor as most of the prickly pears I’ve had before, but it’...
by pogrmman
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Underscores vs CamelCase
Replies: 107
Views: 58548

Re: Underscores vs CamelCase

I hate camelCase, but I will use whatever complies with the style of the codebase and language I’m working on. For python, for instance, I use UpperCamelCase for classes and underscore_case for methods, but nowhere do I use camelCase. The objectively superior one is clearly lispish-kebab-case though...
by pogrmman
Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6179
Views: 466395

Re: Trump presidency

The freedom caucus have introduced a resolution about the impeachment of Rod Rosenstein. I haven’t been following all this stuff much, but I know that this is a pretty big deal. If they get him removed, they can replace him with someone who’d fire Muller, which obviously isn’t good.
by pogrmman
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 167
Views: 20444

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

That all makes sense. I guess I’m just not a fan of less flavorful, “pure” foods — even if they’re more attractive to look at :p Give me all that highly spiced, delicious food, and I’ll be happy. Sure, it’s sometimes nice to appreciate a more delicate flavor, but it gets boring with out some excitem...
by pogrmman
Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 167
Views: 20444

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Why do some people prefer white meat chicken to dark meat chicken? I know a lot of people who do, but it’s always made very little sense to me. I’ve always found white meat to have a lot less flavor than dark meat and to be harder to cook well than dark meat. Is it just because people are adverse to...
by pogrmman
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 2525

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

Am I the only one who thinks that drill guy is the one in the wrong here? My experience as a software engineer has been seeing far too much time wasted building fancy tools and options that no one wants or needs. All he had to do was build a cannonball and he could have moved on to the next project...
by pogrmman
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89986
Views: 7671626

Re: Thoughts for ships

Here's my sketches from last night (I inverted the dumbbell nebula one because it looks like what you see then): Saturn: Saturn_71818.png Dumbbell Nebula: M27.png Regarding star parties, sometimes local or state parks put them on. If you have an astronomy club in your area, they probably run a coupl...
by pogrmman
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89986
Views: 7671626

Re: Thoughts for ships

Oh,...I am so impressed. And; Very interested. If you have Star Gazing Stories, I would like to read them. When Jupiter is too bright, do you use a filter? I have used my moon filter on occasion for Jupiter. Unfortunately I don’t have many stories — my current project is to sketch all the Messier o...
by pogrmman
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89986
Views: 7671626

Re: Thoughts for ships

Oh,...I am so impressed. And; Very interested. If you have Star Gazing Stories, I would like to read them. When Jupiter is too bright, do you use a filter? I have used my moon filter on occasion for Jupiter. Unfortunately I don’t have many stories — my current project is to sketch all the Messier o...
by pogrmman
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Worldwide CO2 shortage
Replies: 44
Views: 1916

Re: Worldwide CO2 shortage

CorruptUser wrote:Don't forget about the Guinness Book of World Records. Yes, same company, because they wanted something to solve classic bar arguments.

Much like Michelin stars for restaurants and the tire company are one and the same (get people to drive to restaurants, sell more tires).
by pogrmman
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89986
Views: 7671626

Re: Thoughts for ships

If your scope goes past 6000x you can see the stripes on Jupiter too. Uhh... do you mean 60x? I can see the stripes on Jupiter even with my longest eyepiece — which is 48x... Even with my shortest eyepiece and both my barlows, I could only get to like 1030x... (Heck, I’ve even seen the stripes thro...
by pogrmman
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89986
Views: 7671626

Re: Thoughts for ships

If your scope goes past 6000x you can see the stripes on Jupiter too. Uhh... do you mean 60x? I can see the stripes on Jupiter even with my longest eyepiece — which is 48x... Even with my shortest eyepiece and both my barlows, I could only get to like 1030x... (Heck, I’ve even seen the stripes thro...
by pogrmman
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Carnivorous Plants
Replies: 14
Views: 829

Re: Carnivorous Plants

My kitchen has big windows and two skylights and glass doors. It gets more light than any other room in the house. Do you have recommendations for where to obtain the plants? That sounds like it would be a great place for beginner Nepenthes. In addition to the ones I already mentioned N. ventricosa...
by pogrmman
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Carnivorous Plants
Replies: 14
Views: 829

Re: Carnivorous Plants

Now I think I need some kind of pitcher plant for my kitchen! For that, one of the beginner Nepenthes (like N. x ventrana or N. ‘Miranda’ ) is probably your best bet. Most of the other pitcher plants ( Sarracenia , Darlingtonia , Cephalotus , and Heliamphora ) require way more light than what you g...
by pogrmman
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Carnivorous Plants
Replies: 14
Views: 829

Re: Carnivorous Plants

I got a Venus fly trap when I was a kid. Instructions said to water it every two days and keep it in sunlight, so that's what I did. I caught a fly and fed it to the plant. Watched in amusement as the fly struggled and failed to escape. Buuut a few days later that leaf or whatever it's called turne...
by pogrmman
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6179
Views: 466395

Re: Trump presidency

Whoa. While I’ve, admittedly, given the guy the benefit of the doubt, the fact that there was an attack after that idiotic comment about finding missing Clinton emails seems suspicious to me. I haven’t really been following the news today, but I wonder how Fox et al. are covering this. Are they goin...
by pogrmman
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89986
Views: 7671626

Re: Thoughts for ships

Holy cow, the dust storm on Mars is impressive. Sure, it’s in it’s waning phase, but tonight was the first time in around two years I’ve observed our red neighbor. I could see some of Syrtis Major and Sinus Sabaeus/Sinus Meridani plus the north polar cap, but they were way, way less visible than in ...
by pogrmman
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 25
Views: 1993

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

For me the ultimate “wall art” would be a large leafcutter ant colony in a transparent setup. I could spend days watching them farm their fungus, judging by the few captive colonies I’ve observed.

It’d certainly be different. Sure, they’re living, but it is art in some sense of the word :p
by pogrmman
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Carnivorous Plants
Replies: 14
Views: 829

Re: Carnivorous Plants

Sundews are great. They’re the perfect carnivorous plant for beginners — they grow fast (for carnivores), many species are tolerant of a wide range of conditions, they’re pretty, they catch lots of bugs, they’re stupid easy to propagate... 100% honest questions here, as I'd love some sort of insect...
by pogrmman
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Carnivorous Plants
Replies: 14
Views: 829

Re: Carnivorous Plants

They can be a bit tricky to care for.

I do think a lot of people originally get interested in them in middle/elementary school. It just doesn’t stick for most. That’s when I got interested — I had to research the rainforest, and came across a picture of a Nepenthes. I’ve been hooked ever since.
by pogrmman
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Carnivorous Plants
Replies: 14
Views: 829

Re: Carnivorous Plants

Sundews are great. They’re the perfect carnivorous plant for beginners — they grow fast (for carnivores), many species are tolerant of a wide range of conditions, they’re pretty, they catch lots of bugs, they’re stupid easy to propagate, and, at least for the easier species, they flower profusely (a...
by pogrmman
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The (Sub)Urban Farmer
Replies: 22
Views: 1346

Re: The (Sub)Urban Farmer

Never mind about that — I was able to pick a wonderful, sweet, fantastic fig this morning. The netting plus waking up early helped. I think the rain this morning did too. You can see how big the thing was. There’s 2 or 3 more that’ll be ripe this week. 1BABEC99-C280-4494-90E2-CDCDF0161AA0.jpeg 3DC1E...
by pogrmman
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3987
Views: 511561

Re: The Darker Side of the News

That’s terrible. Maybe they’ll be able to do a more thorough investigation now that it’s a murder, though.
by pogrmman
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Carnivorous Plants
Replies: 14
Views: 829

Carnivorous Plants

So, I’ve grown carnivorous plants for a while now. In the next year, I’m going to pass two milestones that are hard to believe: over a decade in the hobby, and over half my life in the hobby (I know, I’m a young’n). I’ve accumulated a stupid amount of knowledge about them in that time. You could nam...
by pogrmman
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The (Sub)Urban Farmer
Replies: 22
Views: 1346

Re: The (Sub)Urban Farmer

Regarding suburban fruit, some of my figs are starting to ripen, and I’m wondering about keeping off birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other vermin. We’ve always had a couple large fig trees, but if they are a variety that colors up as they ripen, we are never able to harvest more than one or two frui...
by pogrmman
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3987
Views: 511561

Re: The Darker Side of the News

A chemical weapon being used against random citizens? I doubt it. They must have had something to make them targets. Maybe they weren’t targets of Russia, but were of somebody else, and that somebody else managed to obtain some.
by pogrmman
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The (Sub)Urban Farmer
Replies: 22
Views: 1346

Re: The (Sub)Urban Farmer

I know a lot of people grow ordinary strawberries as (fall-spring) annuals here. I’ll try the alpines in some shady spots — see if I get some to live/grow. I guess now is a good time tos tart the seeds, so I can set out plants in the fall! Despite our hot summers, are winters are a tad cold for most...
by pogrmman
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The (Sub)Urban Farmer
Replies: 22
Views: 1346

Re: The (Sub)Urban Farmer

I grow a lot of stuff in the suburbs, but mostly not edible. I usually grow hot peppers and a bunch of herbs, though. This year, I put a tea plant into the ground — it really hasn’t appreciated the heat, even though it’s in deep shade. I’m suprised it’s not balking at our chalky, alkaline soils thou...
by pogrmman
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Question I Stumbled Across
Replies: 1
Views: 1105

Question I Stumbled Across

So, I’m working through the SICP book (which is really good) to refresh my scheme knowledge. The math behind one of the exercises confused me though — while the math I have to do to solve the problem is pretty trivial (it took me <5 minutes), I’m really confused as to where this came from. It’s got ...
by pogrmman
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4389
Views: 781749

Re: Today I Made:

One of my favorite childhood dishes: “garlic noodles”. It’s a total comfort food for me, but it’s not much of a recipe. It’s simple to make: take a whole mess of garlic, cook it down in some salted butter until it’s soft. Add some garlic powder and pepper. Add any herbs you want, then add a whole bu...
by pogrmman
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1456237

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

They clearly followed the coastlines of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and that inlet at Seattle, rather than the Canadian border, but they didn't bother to follow sea-level up the river to Albany, so they've got a little pocket of leaving people alone in the NE that's shaded on my map. I thought the...
by pogrmman
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 255
Views: 91062

Re: Coffee

Huh, look at that - their top pick is the one that Thesh recommended. And it's the one that we're getting! It’s pretty well known that it’s probably the best electric grinder in that price range. You’ll probably be happy with it. My personal grinder is a hand grinder that’s a bit more than that, bu...
by pogrmman
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0225: "Open Source"
Replies: 71
Views: 24517

Re: 0225: "Open Source"

Ammako wrote:This is several years later, once again, but this comic is even funnier now, in hindsight.

Spoiler:
(Microsoft buying Github, for those not aware.)

Really?! I hope they don’t screw it up.
by pogrmman
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1456237

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

I’m barely outside the zone — about 190 mi from Mexico and 120 mi from the Gulf (well, a bay on the gulf). I’m still closer to both than any other US state. @sableeagle — for the gimp borders, it’s probably best to turn the border of the country into a path, then figure out how many pixels 100 mi is...
by pogrmman
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Cactus plant"
Replies: 18
Views: 2197

Re: "Cactus plant"

I would never, ever use “cactus plant”. Even as a count noun. Cactus/cacti is sufficient for everything. “Field of cacti”, “cactus fruit”, “some cacti”, “every cactus”, “fifteen cacti”, “one cactus”, etc. I do use “oak tree” sometimes — but not with modifiers like “red” or “live”. It really varies —...
by pogrmman
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1338: "Land Mammals"
Replies: 168
Views: 47692

Re: 1338: "Land Mammals"

Most of this comic is still correct 4years later --- only the subtitle is probably wrong: "Bacteria outweigh us thousands to one". There's just now a landmark study on biomass distribution (spoiler: It's mostly plants, and they're mostly on land; animals are mostly in the sea; and bacteri...
by pogrmman
Wed May 30, 2018 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"
Replies: 27
Views: 3698

Re: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/xkcd_phone_2000.png Alt-text: Our retina display features hundreds of pixels per inch in the central fovea region. Permenant , Randall? Seriously? It should be a permenant feature of the comic :p Admittedly, I was kinda expecting something different from this for comic 2...
by pogrmman
Mon May 28, 2018 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 8730

Re: 1986: "River Border"

A calzone might be a pie. I've decided that a calzone is most definitely a kind of savory pie (because if some thing calzone-shaped were stuffed with e.g. cherries or something, it would clearly just be a cherry or whatever pie), which seems to unambiguously make pizzas the open-faced equivalent of...
by pogrmman
Sat May 26, 2018 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3987
Views: 511561

Re: The Darker Side of the News

What happens when you combine an aging demographic with a country awash in guns? Crazy suicidal old people who can't tell friend from foe, and are heavily armed. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/25/health/elderly-guns-suicide-dementia.html The experts suggests a firearms trust, where you take them a...

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