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by pogrmman
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Truck: Discovery
Replies: 81
Views: 11127

Re: Star Truck: Discovery

There's an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise that explained why klingons didn't have ridges in TOS and why they did in TNG and later (and did in the prequel enterprise as well). Synopsis is they created a virus to genetically modify their appearance to better infiltrate humanity and it became an inf...
by pogrmman
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 5607

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

In the United States, the average yearly apple consumption is about 17 pounds (7.7 kg) of fresh apples per capita. That’s way more than I thought it would be. That’s like 2 a month... I guess I might be biased because I don’t like apples very much and I don’t live in an apple growing region, but it...
by pogrmman
Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6583
Views: 506692

Re: Trump presidency

That article was a really good read. Theoretically sure, stopping people at the border makes sense. But the border isn't some magical line that we are going to line people up against. What will happen is the first 20, 50, or 100 miles north of the border is now being policed by the military. So you ...
by pogrmman
Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6583
Views: 506692

Re: Trump presidency

I mean this is a horrible waste of resources and time, but I find it funny the the national guard can't be used to prevent people from illegally crossing your borders. I mean isn't that inherently what a military is for? The place where the question comes from is is catching people who’ve come acro...
by pogrmman
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6583
Views: 506692

Re: Trump presidency

Apparently, National Guard troops will be sent to the border to help curb border crossings. It certainly seems to be stretching the truth when the Secretary of Homeland Security is saying “the threat is real”. Sure, there’s drugs crossing the border, but doesn’t homeland security deal with stuff lik...
by pogrmman
Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1483377

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

TIL that the automated system that calls me with flood warnings does actually call me with flood warnings. "Immediate action required," it said. I'm going to go and take a look. Did you get an actual call, or was it a message on a smartphone? I think we have both, but I’m only familiar wi...
by pogrmman
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1975: "Right Click"
Replies: 42
Views: 12805

Re: 1975: "Right Click"

Awesome! Another interactive one! I haven’t even scratched the surface, but you get a link to a YouTube video if you cast enhance ability as a Druid... I haven’t tried most of the spells. LOTS of links go to youtube videos. More than a few link to some channel that creates deliberately ugly charact...
by pogrmman
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1975: "Right Click"
Replies: 42
Views: 12805

Re: 1975: "Right Click"

Awesome! Another interactive one!

I haven’t even scratched the surface, but you get a link to a YouTube video if you cast enhance ability as a Druid... I haven’t tried most of the spells.
by pogrmman
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Great Recommendation Thread (Movie, TV, Anime, Cartoon)
Replies: 290
Views: 153592

Re: The Great Recommendation Thread (Movie, TV, Anime, Cartoon)

I just saw Jiro Dreams of Sushi and I really, really enjoyed it. It’s really well shot and is a fascinating documentary. I was familiar with it prior to seeing it, but it’s really worth seeing. Some of it cracks me up — like the fact that he’s been making sushi since he was 10 and his son, who’s nea...
by pogrmman
Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Truck: Discovery
Replies: 81
Views: 11127

Re: Star Truck: Discovery

So, I’ve finally gotten around to seeing this. I’ve seen the first half season so far, and I have to agree that it’s too fast paced. It feels more like a multi-part movie than a TV series. Aside from that, it’s been OK. I like the way they use sets and costumes reminiscent of Enterprise, but I don’t...
by pogrmman
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 9620

Re: Census Dickery

But illegal immigrants don't pay in to social security and medicare to begin with, at least not without committing identity theft. You can get a tax identification number regardless of your citizenship status (a few of my friends at school from other countries have these). Social Security estimates...
by pogrmman
Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4442
Views: 794107

Re: Today I Made:

I should make some more of it. It was really nice. I could probably harvest 2-3 pounds of tender young leaves and shoots just from plants within a 5 minute walk of my house. (It’d also be a pain in the ass, but it does taste pretty good.) If you get the opportunity to try it, I certainly would recom...
by pogrmman
Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What language should I learn?
Replies: 15
Views: 4841

Re: What language should I learn?

Most of what I want to do is math stuff that any language can handle, but I also want to experiment with AI. Does that effect what language I should use? Python is fantastic for AI use — there’s lots of libraries out there for it and at any level you want. You could use something like Theano or Ten...
by pogrmman
Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4442
Views: 794107

Re: Today I Made:

It’s not really food, but I made yaupon tea tonight. For those who don’t know, yaupon holly is a small evergreen tree that grows all over the south. It’s super common, and also the only plant native to the US with caffeine. Most recipes for this tea call for just knocking off as many leaves as you c...
by pogrmman
Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?
Replies: 21
Views: 4560

Re: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?

There is also the whole issue that the market isn’t necessarily entirely isolated from those “predicting” what will happen. If loads of people start predicting a downturn, then it wouldn’t be surprising to see investors/algorithms selling off stocks (thinking it’s as high as it’ll get), leading to a...
by pogrmman
Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4080
Views: 533738

Re: The Darker Side of the News

@pogrmman According to that article, the two new victims were "Anglo males". Not sure what the connection to the other victims is. Could be a second (or third!) bomber. Or maybe the victims have no connection and it's just a guy trying to make the world burn? In terms of "traditional...
by pogrmman
Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4080
Views: 533738

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I’m home for break, and I’m watching the news right now, and there was just a fourth bombing in Austin. This one was in the southwest part of the city. This is insane.
by pogrmman
Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1968: "Robot Future"
Replies: 31
Views: 4568

Re: 1968: "Robot Future"

gimmespamnow wrote:Shouldn't the "Now" be inside the left bracket?

Since this was 9 years ago: Image


Except those aren’t currently controlled by AI. They’re just like RC planes, but at a really, really long distance.
by pogrmman
Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4080
Views: 533738

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I thought this piece on the underwhelming response to the first bombing was interesting. What they say in there about how if the first one had gone off west of I35, there would’ve been a bigger response is most probably true. Fortunately, the police do have a theory, though it is a bit strange. Bec...
by pogrmman
Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Stephen Hawking has passed away.
Replies: 11
Views: 2962

Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Mutex wrote:He operated his voice-box using eye twitching I believe.


That’s what he did when I saw him give a presentation and answer questions.
by pogrmman
Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Delicious Martian Salt
Replies: 10
Views: 2468

Re: Delicious Martian Salt

Am I reading that graph correctly that there is somehow solid elemental chlorine in the Martian soil? How is that even a thing? It’s gotta be just chloride. Chlorine would probably sublimate, given the low atmospheric pressure. Not to mention reacting with everything else. Because only some mineral...
by pogrmman
Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4080
Views: 533738

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The first bomb is a bit north of what I would consider 'East Austin' it's at the very North border of the 78753 zip-code on property value map, and the median income map shows it as $60k-$75k. I’d also consider it to be further north than East Austin proper, but IDK enough about that part of the ci...
by pogrmman
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4080
Views: 533738

Re: The Darker Side of the News

East Austin is where black people had to move. It's being "gentrified," meaning existing single-storey houses are being replaced with multi-storey houses and prices are going through the roof, forcing black families out. First two bombings were on single-storey streets, and second one ver...
by pogrmman
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4080
Views: 533738

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I’m listening to the press briefing about the third bombing — the victim was an elderly Latina woman. Apparently, she’s stable but in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. Apparently, the bomb went off when she picked up the package. They’re saying people shouldn’t handle any suspicious...
by pogrmman
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4080
Views: 533738

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The perpetrator is likely smart enough to not do more package bombs, now that the police are looking for that. So... what's next? Years ago, someone slipped cyanide into aspirin bottles in stores, which is why they now come with the tamper seals, but it's not too hard to, idk, go into a walgreens a...
by pogrmman
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4080
Views: 533738

Re: The Darker Side of the News

It looks like there is a series of hate crimes underway in Austin. In the past 10 days there have been two package bombs that killed black people in East Austin. The postal service said that they didn’t deliver the packages, so they aren’t going through the mail. I’m particularly offended by this —...
by pogrmman
Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 13128

Re: Ideal immigration policy

Along the Mexican/US border, for instance, there are a number of immigrant communities by the name of colonias that have attracted some attention for not having all of the amenities a US town normally does(paved roads, utilities, etc). Essentially, what happens is that a farmer or landholder sells ...
by pogrmman
Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's your racial makeups and what did you learn?
Replies: 46
Views: 6724

Re: What's your racial makeups and what did you learn?

I kind of get why somebody would want to use those kits — it’s interesting to know about your ancestors. But they don’t do a particularly good job from what I’ve heard — there’s not really enough sampling from certain areas. Well, I guess I’ve gotta change my positions on those kits slightly. Becau...
by pogrmman
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 23494

Re: Black Panther

2. Medicine. Given this is the second outsider brought in for medical treatment, presumably the first on the order of the king and most certainly in the second case, maybe they were trying to keep shit quiet? Or am I just taking crazy pills here? You're certainly not taking crazy pills. My impr...
by pogrmman
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 9755

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

One of my pet peeves is that sometimes the navigation map on my phone will start with something like “head north”. If I’m using my phone to guide me in an unfamiliar city, often when it’s dark out, I have literally no sense of what way is north! (I’m fine with this if I’ve been in an area for a whil...
by pogrmman
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Get Out
Replies: 9
Views: 4174

Re: Get Out

I saw this last night, and I quite enjoyed it. I had literally no idea what the movie was about — only the recommendation of a friend of my family. I thought it was well done. The acting, music, and cinematography did a really good job of making the tension palpable. It was suprisingly funny too, fo...
by pogrmman
Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 179
Views: 22496

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Do you know if summer heat or a warm winter is more important for grapefruit? Also, I’ve been toying with the idea of growing some citrus. I’ve seen pictures of fruiting oranges, mandarins, and grapefruit in Charleston, SC (admittedly, done by a very skilled grower in a good microclimate) and they ...
by pogrmman
Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 179
Views: 22496

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Re: Grapefruit I love grapefruit, but really only the yellow or lightly pink varieties, not the dark red ones you see on the market here (California), which don't taste...grapefruity...enough in my opinion. Being a Texan, I’ve only ever had the red ones. As Central Texas is not a very good citrus g...
by pogrmman
Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 179
Views: 22496

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I’ve thought long and hard about this, but I’ve finally come to a conclusion: grapefruit are the best citrus. Other citrus are good and all (I mean, of the fruits you can find in any store, citrus is the best), but grapefruit comes out on top of the rest. For the sake of this discussion, I’m not con...
by pogrmman
Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6583
Views: 506692

Re: Trump presidency

Same tariff on German and Chinese steels? I've forgotten the numbers, but someone in construction told me once that if they use Chinese steel they pay 5% less per tonne and use 10% more metal to get the same strength, or whatever the numbers were. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RepARd6db7c Yep. It...
by pogrmman
Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6583
Views: 506692

Re: Trump presidency

On an unrelated note, I’m kind of shocked that nobody has posted about this yet. Trump has proposed a 25% tariff on steel and 10% tariff on aluminium . I’m not all that surprised given his anti-free trade stance, but seriously , that seems excessive. When I heard he wanted to do tariffs on metal imp...
by pogrmman
Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: State Rankings by US News & World Report
Replies: 8
Views: 3330

Re: State Rankings by US News & World Report

Some of their choices seem pretty arbitrary. Why is voter participation a factor in quality of the social environment? I mean, sure, if there’s active voter suppression, that should count against it, if there’s not, why should it count against the social environment? Not everybody likes or wants to ...
by pogrmman
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 5474

Re: 1962: “Generations”

As a young, entitled Millenial, whose sibling is in Generation (nail polish emoji (apparently unsupported by phpBB)), I enjoyed this one. I don’t necessarily agree with the classification of millenial as ending in 1999, just because I think that there is a difference between those who do remember 9/...
by pogrmman
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: PyPI [resolved]
Replies: 8
Views: 3263

Re: PyPI

... huh. That seems a bit weird. Is there a way to do things so that I don't have to have that line in my __init__.py, or even not have the __init__.py at all? I'm not entirely sure, but I was just going to come here to say that you need to import the functions you want to export in the package int...
by pogrmman
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Words of Radiance - Brandon Sanderson
Replies: 7
Views: 6847

Re: Words of Radiance - Brandon Sanderson

I got Oathbringer for Christmas, but
Spoiler:
the last few chapters felt kind of rushed to me. It also seemed like there was some sort of change in the way Shallan’s character was written that I didn’t really like (in those last few chapters).

Overall, I enjoyed it though. This series is good.

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