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by UmbrageOfSnow
Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The temperature of the universe and dark matter
Replies: 16
Views: 1653

Re: The temperature of the universe and dark matter

Also Dark Matter != Dark Energy, a lot of the mass of the universe probably isn't from matter.
by UmbrageOfSnow
Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: High-Fructose Corn Syrup vs. Cane Sugar
Replies: 38
Views: 4452

Re: High-Fructose Corn Syrup vs. Cane Sugar

1. I am aware that fructose and sucrose are not the same, but sugars do generally enter into glycolysis through some set of alternate steps. They aren't the same thing, but I had not previously seen any proposed mechanism for why it would be linked to getting fat. Whether or not one existed, I was n...
by UmbrageOfSnow
Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Conservative Political Views
Replies: 45
Views: 6720

Re: Conservative Political Views

And just as strange as the tendency to lump all beliefs into a left-right spectrum is the tendency for candidates to pander squarely into this non-related set of positions. It sometimes seems you can't like the second amendment without being a religious nutjob, and you can't support gay marriage and...
by UmbrageOfSnow
Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: High-Fructose Corn Syrup vs. Cane Sugar
Replies: 38
Views: 4452

Re: High-Fructose Corn Syrup vs. Cane Sugar

Back on topic. I've seen other studies about HFCS, but most of them were stupid and pointless. Like finding that HFCS and a lack of exercise is bad, or finding that consuming HFCS is worse than not consuming HFCS. This is the first study that I've heard of that provides some decent evidence, but th...
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Nov 06, 2009 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cloning
Replies: 46
Views: 3765

Re: Cloning

Actually, that is sort of what I meant, I don't believe in souls either, but if they existed, they logically couldn't be exclusive to non-clones and I can't imagine arguing that clones somehow are exempt of human rights.
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Nov 06, 2009 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mathematics and Biology
Replies: 46
Views: 3923

Re: Mathematics and Biology

As to actin dynamics, heck of a lot more exciting if you've taken differential equations.

And I agree with the poster 2 above me.
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Nov 06, 2009 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cloning
Replies: 46
Views: 3765

Re: Cloning

Who claims clones don't have souls? And who (on these fora) would listen to that sort of person anyway?
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Nov 06, 2009 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mathematics and Biology
Replies: 46
Views: 3923

Re: Mathematics and Biology

In my experience most biology majors (although not most of the ones I respect) just memorize their way through all classes. This is more-or-less okay in organic chemistry, etc., but it means that you get NOTHING out of statistics classes. And this approach leads to a good number of PhDs too (once ag...
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1817
Views: 434777

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

I'm trying to read through all the Analog and Asimov's magazines from the past year in the hopes of having an informed opinion when it comes time to vote for best stories in January. Anyone else doing this?
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Lesser Know Stephen R. Donaldson works
Replies: 1
Views: 778

Lesser Know Stephen R. Donaldson works

Hi, I'd like to talk about some of Donaldson's stuff that is not The Gap or Thomas Covenant. Short stories in particular, do you have a favorite and why? I want to get a friend of mine into him, but I don't really like Lord Foul's Bane, and Gap didn't really get good until halfway through Forbidden ...
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time varying radioactive decay?
Replies: 14
Views: 3920

Re: Time varying radioactive decay?

So does anyone know for sure that NASA's probe data contradicted the radioactive decay time variation? Or has it not even been looked at?
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mathematics and Biology
Replies: 46
Views: 3923

Re: Mathematics and Biology

There are some good biologists who don't do math, but there are also a lot of bad biologists, just saying. I've seen a decent amount of shoddy experimental design and blindness to the whole "statistically significant" concept. And people that come ask me for help any time they need somethi...
by UmbrageOfSnow
Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time varying radioactive decay?
Replies: 14
Views: 3920

Re: Time varying radioactive decay?

Minerva wrote:It's New Scientist we're talking about. It's more and more tabloid crap these days.


I hadn't read anything out of New Scientist in at least a year, but if this is their standard, I'll take your word for it.
by UmbrageOfSnow
Wed Nov 04, 2009 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time varying radioactive decay?
Replies: 14
Views: 3920

Re: Time varying radioactive decay?

Apologies for the Thread-Necromancy, but I have been reading all this year's Analog magazines and came across an article on this . So I was wondering a couple of things from any of the physics people on these fora: 1. Is this pretty much the consensus view of Fischbach's work? 2. Do you agree with t...
by UmbrageOfSnow
Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Replies: 1
Views: 818

Re: Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog

I'll probably read this some day, but I just can't get past the fact that my MOTHER recommended it to me. It's almost like having your political candidate endorsed by Dick Cheney (I've avoided that so far, but I can imagine). Maybe when I head home for Christmas I'll give it a shot, who knows.
by UmbrageOfSnow
Mon May 18, 2009 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Suggestions for introductory book on physics?
Replies: 4
Views: 752

Re: Suggestions for introductory book on physics?

The Feynman Lectures on Physics, if you can find them. Try Amazon. Have more math than many physics books, but I really got A LOT more out of them, I took physics major level intro physics courses at university, and learned almost nothing, but the Feynman books, while a bit heavier reading than my a...
by UmbrageOfSnow
Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The Petersen Giraffe
Replies: 13
Views: 6508

The Petersen Giraffe

My google-fu is weak. In graph theory my professor showed me this awesome representation of the Petersen Graph that looked like a giraffe. I was giving a friend of mine a mini-lecture on how cool the Petersen graph was and wanted to show the giraffe-looking isomorphism of it; but I can't find it any...
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Burlington VT Randall Kite Flying 10/17/08 (and future?!)
Replies: 0
Views: 1438

Burlington VT Randall Kite Flying 10/17/08 (and future?!)

Or not... :(

Anyway, anyone in the Burlington area, feel free to post here I suppose, and if no one does, any mods want to delete it?
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2461544

Re: Post yo' fess - Sponsored by the NBA

tvtropes has been ruining my life for 6 hours now. facepalm.
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Political campaign mass e-mails (aka "Hate Barack Obama")
Replies: 20
Views: 1843

Re: Why I Hate Barack Obama

For the record, I gave Bill Richardson my spam email back during the primaries, as I was a huge fan of his, but didn't trust politicians to not spam; and I was pleasantly surprised. Begging email happened but was rare, and not enough to bother me at all. So, some democrats are better than others any...
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Linear algebra
Replies: 14
Views: 1899

Re: Linear algebra

Change of basis isn't tough, you'll be able to pick it up fine if you ever need it, and your book will definitely cover it. Eigen vectors/values are probably the most important thing to get out of lectures in that course, and row reduction, but that is more easily picked up on your own, having a tea...
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Oct 17, 2008 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25768
Views: 2075536

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, but now you live in Atlanta.

I wish I was nigh invulnerable.
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25768
Views: 2075536

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, but they all get corrupted by this thread.

I wish for a response?
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25768
Views: 2075536

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, but the bubbles are made of steel, so it doesn't cushion things, OR pop.

I wish I didn't procrastinate so much.
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7804798

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

That sounds awesome, what is it called in case I ever chose to visit the tropics where you live?
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7804798

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Hey, we had a tornado here a few years ago. Also cows, until recently, outnumbered people...
Maybe we should combine forces and attack Wisconsin.
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7804798

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

I may just have to declare dairy-jihad on your state and force your family-owned, vertically integrating respectable ice-cream brand to be bought out by aging hippies.
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1479679

Re: Today You Learned

Today I learned to recognize sarcasm. :roll:
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7804798

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Awww. I'm am in VT, the center of the ice cream universe, unless you like Hagen-Daas. I could ship you some, but it would melt.
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sad Dream
Replies: 11
Views: 1444

Re: Sad Dream

I've had some dreams like that before, not exactly the same, but fictional people telling me they don't love me or whatever and then waking up really depressed. As far as ascribing meanings to dreams goes, I think it just is tied to low self esteem and longing for someone for you to care about and w...
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: QWERTY versus Dvorak
Replies: 166
Views: 84756

Re: QWERTY versus Dvorak

I use Dvorak because it is just more logical. Seriously, that is the only motivation I have or need for it, but I do type a bit faster on it, for whatever reason you want to argue.

Also, it is much much easier to type on drunk...
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7804798

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Ben & Jerry's milkshakes may actually be worth their exorbitant pricetag. Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz is better mashed into little pieces with coffee and milk.
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: silly rabbit! Cereal is for Dinner!
Replies: 98
Views: 13779

Re: silly rabbit! Cereal is for Dinner!

My favorite cereals, by far, are those big, old fashioned shredded wheats (that are about 2 inches by 3 or 4 inches, I think, I'm bad with lengths), and then Crispex. I put some sugar on these, but I can't stand pre-sweetened cereal for some reason, except applejacks and Life, which I never buy. My ...
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2461544

Re: Post yo' fess - Sponsored by the NBA

So I have this friend, and currently the two most attractive females in my opinion are his girlfriend and his sister...

And his girlfriend wants me to be dating his sister (they are roommates).
by UmbrageOfSnow
Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Black Death != Bubonic Plague?
Replies: 27
Views: 4312

Re: The Black Death != Bubonic Plague?

Note: Conditions in rural India/China in 1890 were not much better than rural Europe in 1348, something to keep in mind. Also, the location of buboes, to me, seems a much weaker argument than the speed of transmission, geographic spread, and required incubation time as per modeling of population/spr...
by UmbrageOfSnow
Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Black Death != Bubonic Plague?
Replies: 27
Views: 4312

The Black Death != Bubonic Plague?

So, I'm currently taking a history class on the Black Death. Of course we discussed the debate over what the cause of the Black Death was, and arguments by the likes of Sam Cohn and others that it might have been something different than the Bubonic Plague (Yersinia pestis) which was the cause of th...
by UmbrageOfSnow
Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Noteworthy Achievements in the Field of Sandwich-making
Replies: 103
Views: 17064

Re: Noteworthy Achievements in the Field of Sandwich-making

So one of my friends and I came up with an amazing sandwich this summer while we had nothing in the house (random fridge raids are the mother of invention).

Avocado + Kippers + Balsamic vinegar + Tomato on garlic/onion or Jalapeño bagels.
by UmbrageOfSnow
Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Curious Local Flavours
Replies: 55
Views: 4932

Re: Curious Local Flavours

While people in other places put maple syrup on pancakes/waffles, I think that outside of New England/Quebec people don't realize that MAPLE MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER including anything with apples, squash/pumpkin, breads, oatmeal, and snow. Also, coffee milk seems to be a regional thing, but I'm not ...
by UmbrageOfSnow
Sun Aug 10, 2008 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14353
Views: 1243383

Re: Man Thread: A-Grade Barrel-Distilled Manliness

Hello all you manly men! In my summer hiatus from the fora, I have grown a beard, thought you all should know.

Also, I made homemade jam, but I've been eating it with cheddar cheese and bourbon. So that is still acceptable, right?
by UmbrageOfSnow
Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2461544

Re: Confessional Thread - Less messin', more fessin'

I knew I was going to be AWOL from the forums for a while due to moving and not having internet, but I stopped posting early because I wanted to leave my postcount at 314. Of course no one notices your postcount when not posting, so this whole post is basically a cry for attention. Also a microcosm ...

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