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by pogrmman
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The (Sub)Urban Farmer
Replies: 22
Views: 1728

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: 1728

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: 1317

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: 4438
Views: 792443

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: 1478682

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: 256
Views: 92223

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: 25322

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: 1478682

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: 20
Views: 3093

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: 48877

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: 4607

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: 9354

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: 4069
Views: 530805

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...
by pogrmman
Sat May 26, 2018 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 9354

Re: 1986: River Border

eviloatmeal wrote:I thought tacos were the hard-shelled ones.

Sacrilege. What are you, some kind of taco hater? There's tacos, then there's hard-shelled tacos. They're completely different foods!
by pogrmman
Sat May 26, 2018 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 7627

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

heuristically_alone wrote:I know Discord updated their policy because of the European Union thing. Is there anyone else that has?

You haven’t been getting multiple emails every day for the past ~2 weeks saying “We’ve updated our privacy policy.”?
You must be lucky. not use many sites.
by pogrmman
Thu May 24, 2018 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1997: "Business Update"
Replies: 21
Views: 3667

Re: 1997: Business Update

I’m happy that my birthyear comic is one of beret guy’s business strips. They always crack me up. I was particularly pleased by the biggest expense bit.
by pogrmman
Thu May 24, 2018 12:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7798132

Re: Thoughts for ships

Yey! Pogrmman is a Hero! You may be Running for Office, soon. If you are good enough to hang with US, you are better than some of those In Office. I’m just doing what I consider to be a responsibility. I know people who complain about the system, but they don’t vote . I’m incredibly lucky to live i...
by pogrmman
Wed May 23, 2018 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Truck: Discovery
Replies: 81
Views: 10909

Re: Star Truck: Discovery

Soupspoon - The Trouble with Tribbles is the TOS one. Trials and Tribblations is the DS9 one where Worf just says “We don’t talk about it with outsiders” Possibly the best DS9 episode. Sisko: ... operations officers wore red, command officers wore gold... Dax *in old TOS miniskirt*: and women wore ...
by pogrmman
Wed May 23, 2018 3:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7798132

Re: Thoughts for ships

We had our primary runoff election today. In my county, there was a whopping 8.52% voter turnout. That's pathetic. One of the races (a judicial election) decided the actual winner of the election, as she's facing no challenger in December. There was only 6.62% voter turnout for that election, and it...
by pogrmman
Wed May 23, 2018 2:31 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0157: "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"
Replies: 30
Views: 10451

Re: What-If 0157 "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"

Hooray! Another What-If! He didn’t answer the question though. I imagine the ballpark of how long to get to L1 is pretty close though. I imagine if you used something more efficient than pole climbing, you could cut down significantly on the time. Think like using pedaling or rowing. Heck, I think t...
by pogrmman
Mon May 21, 2018 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1817
Views: 434715

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

It's kind of fun if you're into the 80s references. The story isn't particularly believable and I found the characters very bland and mostly problematic stereotypes. It's kind of like a bad fanfic about the 80s. That’s definitely a fair characterization. When I first read it, I found it more enjoya...
by pogrmman
Mon May 21, 2018 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 9354

Re: 1986: River Border

*reads tooltip* What on earth does pie have to do with pizza? *thinks for a bit* Oh, right - Randall is American from New England , and for some reason they talk about "pizza pies". ftfy. I never heard a pizza called a pie growing up in the Midwest. Interesting, as an Old Worlder I assume...
by pogrmman
Mon May 21, 2018 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Internet -- sky or sewer?
Replies: 34
Views: 3224

Re: The Internet -- sky or sewer?

Just because of my age, I’ve mostly been in the more modern internet, but I caught the tail end of the smaller sites era. I think a lot of it has to do with size — too small, and it fizzles out and dies (like some listserves I’ve been on, some small forums, and other things) — too big, and it become...
by pogrmman
Tue May 15, 2018 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Extra ingredients, or help I have buttermilk.
Replies: 73
Views: 20425

Re: Extra ingredients, or help I have buttermilk.

I'll admit I don't love pumpkin pie. It's too... homogeneous for me. I bet it would work well with some roasted pine nuts or sunflower seeds sprinkled on top for crunchiness. Solid idea. Toasted. Pumpkin. Seeds! I second that idea. Or, just scratch the pie entirely and eat the pumpkin seeds (especi...
by pogrmman
Tue May 15, 2018 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4438
Views: 792443

Re: Today I Made:

I made cardamom bread today. It’s a family tradition to make it with thanksgiving dinner and Christmas dinner, but I decided it would be fun to make it now to share with my friends. It was my first time doing it, and I had to convert most of grandma’s volume measures to weight measures (I don’t have...
by pogrmman
Thu May 10, 2018 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lunch reciept Money Laundering?
Replies: 10
Views: 1829

Re: Lunch reciept Money Laundering?

You could use it to steal semi-covertly from the business. Say the customer payed $40 instead of $10, give the customer the appropriate $3.01 change, and pocket the other $30. Because the company thinks there was $33.01 due in change, they don’t ask about the missing $30 when they realize there’s mo...
by pogrmman
Thu May 10, 2018 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"
Replies: 30
Views: 3897

Re: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"

SuicideJunkie wrote:
cellocgw wrote:This whole chart is a masterful achievement - it trolls nearly everyone except the vi/vim/emacs guys.
That's because the problem is already solved. We have nano.


Ahh, yes. The compromise solution everybody agrees works, albeit mediocrely. :p
by pogrmman
Thu May 10, 2018 12:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6458
Views: 500881

Re: Trump presidency

A modicum of bipartisanship, in 2018? Who’da thunk it! While not related directly to Trump, I think most people would support this measure to somebody degree — regardless of party affiliation. Who doesn’t be want some legislation to get done on immigration? Even if they don’t get anything done, the...
by pogrmman
Mon May 07, 2018 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9071

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

I also hate driving. I still haven’t gotten my license (I’m 20) because my parents were willing to shuttle me around and I didn’t want to lug my brother everywhere. Then, with the fact that I get really freaked out going over 35 or so, and my easy distractibility makes me kind of dread it. In my sta...
by pogrmman
Mon May 07, 2018 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14779
Views: 2286432

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

I got 10/10 on the geography, but admittedly, I’ve spent enough time looking at maps that I could probably correctly place most countries on a world map (with the possible exceptions of East Africa and Central Asia). Re: meatballs It’s hilarious that there is “no apparent reason” for the announcemen...
by pogrmman
Sun May 06, 2018 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4069
Views: 530805

Re: The Darker Side of the News

That's neat that you used to live somewhere nearby. Kilauea is definitely the most active volcano in Hawaii (and probably the world), so things like this are only really an issue if you're on part of the island that is that volcano (most of the island is Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea). In other news, ther...
by pogrmman
Sun May 06, 2018 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1478682

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

I definitely don't mind your thoughts on my thoughts. It's interesting to get the perspective of somebody who has actually studied this stuff, as opposed to just having studied language. I definitely think mine is more source-oriented than target-oriented. I don't think the "pawn" tran...
by pogrmman
Sun May 06, 2018 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1478682

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Lehrer wrote that he did not know Russian. In the song he quotes two book reviews in Russian, the actual text of which bears no relation: the first phrase quotes Mussorgsky's Song of the Flea: "Once there was a king who had a pet flea." The second references a Russian joke: "Now I mu...
by pogrmman
Sat May 05, 2018 6:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4069
Views: 530805

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The eruption in the East Rift Zone of Kilauea has moved from Pu‘u ‘O‘o to the middle of a subdivision. That is, there are now volcanic vents that have opened in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa. From what I understand, this part of Hawaii is not affluent — the land around there is cheap (...
by pogrmman
Fri May 04, 2018 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quick Burning Paper
Replies: 47
Views: 4380

Re: Quick Burning Paper

C4 is reasonably stable (it can’t be detonated accidentally). Just carve whatever you want to be private into a block of it, and set it up to detonate if somebody comes a-snoopin. Urm... you do know how the Munroe effect , the principle behind a shaped charge, was discovered, right? The Munroe effe...
by pogrmman
Fri May 04, 2018 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quick Burning Paper
Replies: 47
Views: 4380

Re: Quick Burning Paper

Flash paper (nitrocellulose) burns cleanly without leaving behind traces of the text. I've seen it recommended for key storage that can be quickly destroyed if your door is busted down by government agents, to be used in combination with a hand cipher like Solitaire. Flash paper is the same things ...
by pogrmman
Thu May 03, 2018 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 20446

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

those drivers can't all be doing this out of necessity. Why not? Seriously - don't confuse incredulity with reason. It might be the case that some people choose to drive to (say) visit a friend, which is not something that's absolutely necessary. But I don't see how you can justify the statement th...
by pogrmman
Thu May 03, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Big Lebowski
Replies: 2
Views: 1109

The Big Lebowski

I know, I know, this isn’t a new movie. But, upon rewatching it again, I though it might be worth discussing here some. I’ve always enjoyed it, but it seems to get better upon rewatching. I’ve seen it maybe 5 times now, and I catch something new every time. This last time, Donny caught my attention ...
by pogrmman
Thu May 03, 2018 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quick Burning Paper
Replies: 47
Views: 4380

Re: Quick Burning Paper

If you really want to be secure, keep your special papers mixed in with papers of random stuff (say, a copy of war and peace). Then, use the frag grenade to incinerate and thoroughly mix your papers up with the random, unimportant stuff.
by pogrmman
Thu May 03, 2018 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 20446

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

I'd rather we dispensed with the half-measures, and taxed carbon until people had no choice but to take public transit. That'd save lives AND the environment. But if there isn't the political will for that, self-driving cars can provide a way to cater to people's indulgent desire to not have to sha...

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