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by Rackum
Fri Mar 11, 2011 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ID this machine?
Replies: 5
Views: 2412

Re: ID this machine?

I've always called that a cable crossover machine. Here's a good site for "animated" images of lots of different exercises (some which are done on a cable crossover machine some are not): TrainingStation.
by Rackum
Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Depleted Uranium
Replies: 53
Views: 9713

Re: Depleted Uranium

Basically, if it was a significant carcinogen it would have been reported. Even inhaling it has little cancer risk. Sure it's a heavy metal but it's no worse than lead or tungsten. The entirety of the DU concern is from the fear mongering of people who don't know the first thing about the substance...
by Rackum
Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Depleted Uranium
Replies: 53
Views: 9713

Re: Depleted Uranium

Don't be guilty of the same mistakes as him, please. Just because a 4-5 MeV alpha particle won't penetrate your skin (or a sheet of paper for that matter) doesn't mean that it's not damaging if dosed internally. Well, yeah, that's true - skin is in many ways built for keeping radiation out. But I w...
by Rackum
Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Depleted Uranium
Replies: 53
Views: 9713

Re: Depleted Uranium

A quick google search shows that it is 60% as radioactive as natural uranium What does this even mean? I can think of quite a few possible interpretations, with VERY different meanings. Also, you do realize that uranium isn't very radioactive, right? Natural Uranium is so weak the radiation can't e...
by Rackum
Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cocktails
Replies: 356
Views: 166144

Re: Cocktails

As far as obscure cocktails go, one of my favorite has to be the Stone Fence -- incredibly simple, yet quite delicious. The linked recipe leaves out the dash of bitters that I usually add, but that's not too big of a differentiation. Now that I think about it, it's not just one of my favorite "...
by Rackum
Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 450398

Re: WoWzers!

That is a good point since the lost income from not selling the mats is equivalent to spending the money buying the mats. From my own experience though, I levelled skinning/herbalism on my Warr and kinda forgot to sell a lot of the materials I collected and just had them banked. When the time came t...
by Rackum
Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 450398

Re: WoWzers!

The boat to Rutheran Village leaves from SW (Auberdine was destroyed, no boat there anymore). Then the boat over to the Draeni starting area leaves out of Rutheran Village. I'd seriously suggest levelling your Pally as Protection through the Looking For Group tool as a tank. Visit the Warcraft forum...
by Rackum
Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: MMMmmm... Meat-Water *drool*
Replies: 32
Views: 2841

Re: MMMmmm... Meat-Water *drool*

Angua wrote:I'm not really sure what to think.... Meat as a crisp flavour, yes, meat as a drink - slightly odd.

Strange but makes one hell of a Bloody Mary!
by Rackum
Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What makes a "good" MMO? Beating WoW at it's own game
Replies: 76
Views: 6197

Re: What makes a "good" MMO?

Something to do at max level. Ideally both PvE and PvP . Balanced in both. Multiple avenues for advancement at max level (eg Rep Grinds, Crafting, etc in addition to the core PvE and PvP mechanics). Varying difficulties available for PvE. Frequent content releases. Variety of mechanics. Class diffe...
by Rackum
Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chemistry of the One Ring
Replies: 16
Views: 4313

Re: Chemistry of the One Ring

Thermoluminescence is a known and commonly utilized (well, maybe not that commonly but whatever) phenomenon. It's how we determine radiation dose for rad workers ( thermoluminescent dosimetry ). I suppose that you could achieve a similar effect to the One Ring by inlaying the message in a thermolum...
by Rackum
Tue Jan 25, 2011 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Commission finds Israeli Flotilla raid legal
Replies: 152
Views: 12519

Re: Commission finds Israeli Flotilla raid legal

And Israel doesn't have a known pro-Israeli bias, no no. Forensic analysis demonstrates that two of the passengers killed on the top deck received wounds compatible with being shot at close range while lying on the ground: Furkan Doğan received a bullet in the face and İbrahim Bilgen received a fat...
by Rackum
Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Commission finds Israeli Flotilla raid legal
Replies: 152
Views: 12519

Re: Commission finds Israeli Flotilla raid legal

While putting personnel on the ship would have been relatively easy it probably doesn't rank as a high priority on their list given that they had no reason to expect a violent reception. Since they have fairly limited trained agents to deploy they have to use those agents where they expect the great...
by Rackum
Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Army's 'Spiritual Fitness' Test Angers Some Soldiers
Replies: 174
Views: 13575

Re: Army's 'Spiritual Fitness' Test Angers Some Soldiers

Psychiatrists are required to report findings that would lead to PRP disqualification while chaplains (who are not trained mental health professionals) have no such requirement. Also, Oregonaut wouldn't have been required to take this survey since it's Army only. I didn't have to take it either, jus...
by Rackum
Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 555
Views: 59760

Re: Firearms

The problem with having one purely for self defence, is that the person is likely not going to have much experience in it's use, and in the case where they will need to use it, they will be in a high stress situation, and may not follow all the right procedures for using the tool. I know when I'm u...
by Rackum
Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Army's 'Spiritual Fitness' Test Angers Some Soldiers
Replies: 174
Views: 13575

Re: Army's 'Spiritual Fitness' Test Angers Some Soldiers

After taking the test the only questions that I remember dealing with any type of spirituality were on the first of about 5 pages of questions and some of those were "greater purpose to my life" style which does smack of religiosity. But none actually referenced a higher power. In fact, th...
by Rackum
Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Army's 'Spiritual Fitness' Test Angers Some Soldiers
Replies: 174
Views: 13575

Re: Army's 'Spiritual Fitness' Test Angers Some Soldiers

Since I actually have access to AKO (Army Knowledge Online; the Army's online training center) I'll be taking this test as soon as I finish my PT test this morning. I'll report an assessment of the test once I'm done.
by Rackum
Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Army's 'Spiritual Fitness' Test Angers Some Soldiers
Replies: 174
Views: 13575

Re: Army's 'Spiritual Fitness' Test Angers Some Soldiers

The military is still pressuring soldiers to accept religion over irreligion, and that is sure as hell not a policy I want my federal government to be carrying out. Certain commanders may be overstepping their authority by pressuring some military personnel towards religion but let's not classify t...
by Rackum
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 555
Views: 59760

Re: Firearms

[No! Possession of handguns is not a right guaranteed by the Constitution. The Constitution guarantees the right for the people/People to bear arms. First point, when the constitution was written handguns didn't exist, I'm pretty sure. If you're sure of this then you are most assuredly wrong. Try a...
by Rackum
Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New edition of 'Huckleberry Finn' to lose the N-word
Replies: 131
Views: 12282

Re: New edition of 'Huckleberry Finn' to lose the N-word

Could someone please get the "minorities" passage from Fahrenheit 451? Because that has never been more important a message. I felt this tingling in my brain that I get when people talk about 451, and I had to run to this thread and point out what a hilarious reference that is in a thread...
by Rackum
Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New edition of 'Huckleberry Finn' to lose the N-word
Replies: 131
Views: 12282

Re: New edition of 'Huckleberry Finn' to lose the N-word

... And translating Shakespeare into modern English is a little bit like saying " John Coltrane's really hard to follow on Giant Steps, so we'll re-release it with someone else playing the same notes at half the speed ." The language is very much the point. And the same is true for Mark T...
by Rackum
Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Boycott Thor!
Replies: 129
Views: 10121

Re: Boycott Thor!

Kizor wrote:... He'd be as out of place as samurai in Sherwood Forest.

Best idea for a movie ever ... EVER!!!!!
by Rackum
Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Recreating fast food
Replies: 56
Views: 7016

Re: Recreating fast food

I think something like Subway would be a bit too easy. But trying to create a decent KFC home made substitute thing could be entertaining. I supported this endeavor up until this post. The home made version of what KFC attempts should never be called the substitute ... so long as we're talking abou...
by Rackum
Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Recreating fast food
Replies: 56
Views: 7016

Re: Recreating fast food

I think something like Subway would be a bit too easy. But trying to create a decent KFC home made substitute thing could be entertaining. I supported this endeavor up until this post. The home made version of what KFC attempts should never be called the substitute ... so long as we're talking abou...
by Rackum
Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pedophilia Guide Author Arrested; dispute over extradition
Replies: 44
Views: 6543

Re: Pedophilia Guide Author Arrested; dispute over extraditi

Uh. If the book is purely fiction and doesn't actually encourage child molestation, what exactly is the problem? His statement indicates an understanding that acting on his desires is wrong. It seems like everyone just thinks his book is really icky, which isn't actually a Constitutionally supporte...
by Rackum
Mon Dec 20, 2010 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Kilogram as a unit of weight
Replies: 51
Views: 4811

Re: Kilogram as a unit of weight

One liter of water weights 1kg (I think it's the oldest definition of the kg), yet I don't start measuring weight in liters. So 1L *weighs* 1kg, but a kg isn't a unit of weight? How's that work, exactly? As I said, I do not have any problem with people using kg as unit of weight under normal Earth ...
by Rackum
Mon Dec 20, 2010 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Liquor Thread
Replies: 1264
Views: 252347

Re: The Liquor Thread

A friend yesterday told me that no one actually liked gin, and would never enjoy drinking it straight. I instantly choose to prove him wrong by pouring a tanqueray 10 and did I ever enjoy that one! Gin is probably my straight up drink of choice. Has your friend ever had decent gin or just Mr. Bosto...
by Rackum
Fri Dec 17, 2010 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Terrible Diets Endorsed By Celebrities
Replies: 11
Views: 9372

Re: Terrible Diets Endorsed By Celebrities

Cabbage Soup Diet The idea is to lose weight quickly (and dangerously) by eating nothing but cabbage soup, and drinking nothing but water. The pseudoscience part is that proponents say that the cabbage itself "burns fat" i.e. the calorie content is so negligible, you use more energy diges...
by Rackum
Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: DADT Repeal Passes in the House
Replies: 152
Views: 11223

Re: DADT Repeal Passes in the House

What I love is that the military goes on to say "Please repeal it, so we can do this orderly. Because it will get repealed through the legal process and it'll go really bad for us if it does." And yet... Yeah, we want this to end through act of Congress so that the transition goes smoothl...
by Rackum
Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: DADT Repeal Passes in the House
Replies: 152
Views: 11223

Re: DADT Repeal Passes in the House

Because McCain is an old bigot. If that wasn't obvious by now, I don't really know what else to say. I guess I knew it was the case but it just pisses me off because of something that SummerGlau brings up ... He also claims to speak for the men and women in uniform when he says this is a bad thing....
by Rackum
Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: DADT Repeal Passes in the House
Replies: 152
Views: 11223

Re: DADT Repeal Passes in the House

McCain is pushing very hard to get the entire, 2000-page bill read before the Senate before it can be voted on. Which pretty much guarantees the bill will die before the next session takes effect. I'm confused as to why he's pushing so hard against allowing open serve when one of the biggest propon...
by Rackum
Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is it possible to translate nerve signals?
Replies: 13
Views: 2118

Re: Is it possible to translate nerve signals?

Basically yes, with a few caveats... For a while now there has been the technology to turn nerve impulses into signals that sensors can pick up and turn into motion for artificial limbs, but the technology is not advanced enough to be able to perform exactly like a hand would yet. For example, we h...
by Rackum
Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 323315

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

I had Old Chub on nitro the other night. It was amazing. That is all. Old Chub is delicious, but I prefer The Gubna and Dale's Pale. Of course, after just a few Gubnas I'm headed for the floor. **For those that are not aware: Old Chub (Scottish Ale), The Gubna (Imperial IPA) and Dale's Pale Ale (ta...
by Rackum
Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Does the human body run tests?
Replies: 35
Views: 3816

Re: Does the human body run tests?

the testing i ment kinda has to do with evolution, you know, like taking the best out of more choices and benefit from it.. but how exactly does the body know how to react to.. let's say a changing environment, and in addition to that, how does it run a "test" about if what its done to co...
by Rackum
Thu Dec 09, 2010 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Favorite Place to Get a Burger?
Replies: 139
Views: 69558

Re: Favorite Place to Get a Burger?

Billy Goat Tavern -- anytime I have to travel to Chicago I make sure to stop by the original location at least once during the trip. Although on my last trip I was a couple blocks from Navy Pier so I went to that one in addition to the original. EDIT: Also, there's a place in San Antonio, The Cove, ...
by Rackum
Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 49475

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

See the alternatives left to terrorists if bomb-sniffing dogs are used? Also, good grief Izawwlgood, how fast do you type? Your ninja skills are impressive! My only problem with detection dogs in airports, and it's a pretty important one that has been overlooked, is this: if I see a dog in an airpo...
by Rackum
Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA calls Astrobiology News Conference
Replies: 49
Views: 4998

Re: NASA calls Astrobiology News Conference

We seem to be discovering a wide variety of conditions that life could survive in, on other planets, now we just need to go and actually find it. (Or if they are barren of life, send them some of our own. :)) Buff up our bioengineering and build some micro-organisms that can survive in harsh enviro...
by Rackum
Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 49475

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

But what security threat are are the 'enhanced' (Where'd I put that mouthwash...) techniques supposed to protect against? No one denies they can detect things that existing security techniques cannot. But at what cost, in money, and in civil rights? What is the benefit? The seco...
by Rackum
Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 49475

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

Now, in America at least, bomb sniffing dogs in airports are limited almost exclusively to investigating checked luggage. Maybe people feel uneasy with a German Shepherd three feet away that can take your arm off, but that's not what they'd do anyway. Bomb sniffing dogs are most certainly not train...
by Rackum
Thu Dec 02, 2010 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man sues restaurant after eating entire artichoke
Replies: 80
Views: 7158

Re: Man sues restaurant after eating entire artichoke

I'm sure there'll be laughing and pointing on account of my naiveté now, but isn't it a lawyers job to warn his/her client when they have a laughably weak case, to save them the costs of wasting everyone's time? Kinda, but I guess it depends on how scrupulous the lawyer is and whether or not he's b...
by Rackum
Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 49475

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

To go back to your analogy, the point isn't to wildly beef up security at door number one, but to evenly increase it everywhere, and hope that because door number three is actually on the third floor and only opens if you've got explosives packed up your rectum, that you've at least discouraged or ...

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