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by almach
Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Orange is the New Black
Replies: 2
Views: 2804

Orange is the New Black

Season 3 went up on Netflix a couple days ago. What does everyone think? I liked some of the plot lines (like Suzanne's erotic fiction) but on the whole wasn't that impressed.
by almach
Wed Jun 10, 2015 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cravings!
Replies: 47
Views: 26937

Re: Cravings!

I have this sub that I get at Subway every time: 6" veggie sub on white bread, Swiss cheese, not toasted, with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, green pepper, light mayo, and sub sauce. I think people think I order this because I'm on a diet. At the moment that happens to be true, but even when...
by almach
Wed Jun 10, 2015 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13359
Views: 1368279

Re: Today I Learned

e^iπ+1=0 wrote:Of course there's a Latin word for a hill shaped like a breast.


The French are even more blatant and literally just name mountains "The Big Titties".
by almach
Wed Jun 10, 2015 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hippie doctors
Replies: 24
Views: 4200

Re: Hippie doctors

Go to the doctor and take the thyroid pills. Eat whatever diet you think is best but don't labour under the delusion that it will cure you. Taking pills for the rest of your life is really not so horrible a fate.
by almach
Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite dystopian novel?
Replies: 22
Views: 8636

Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

Am I gonna be run out of here with pitchforks if I say Atlas Shrugged?
by almach
Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27382
Views: 2824695

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Anyone here taken out their own IUD? Getting my last one taken out and my new one put in was so painful I puked. And that was when my GYN did it. But I'm thinking of a little DIY here for various reasons. Mostly cuz I probably have Grave's Disease and I think the IUD hormones contributed to the GD,...
by almach
Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hippie doctors
Replies: 24
Views: 4200

Re: Hippie doctors

Wow, scare quotes around "scientific" to describe modern medicine in MY xkcd forum? It's more likely than you think.... Medicine treats the symptoms, rather than the cause, of Graves' Disease because the cause is unknown. Furthermore, before you try to treat it with diet, you should go to ...
by almach
Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: best novels in public domain (internationally)?
Replies: 8
Views: 5342

Re: best novels in public domain (internationally)?

Project Gutenberg is your friend Top 25 downloads from their site (of free eBooks). Plenty of variety - Dickens, Conan Doyle, the brothers Grimm, Austen, Joyce, Wilde... I'm sure they've got all sorts of other titles, but these are the most downloaded and hence probably most widely-known. They go o...
by almach
Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A science toolkit for beginners
Replies: 16
Views: 10521

Re: A science toolkit for beginners

Wow, very high bar for scientific literacy. I think some people have tunnel vision about their own interests -- "gee, I think fluid dynamics is important, so why wouldn't the scientifically literate layman?" I'm also sensing some of the old superstition that micro is more scientific than m...
by almach
Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13359
Views: 1368279

Re: Today I Learned

From Foundation by Peter Ackroyd (a history of England):

The original name for Manchester was Mamucio, after the Latin word for a hill shaped like a breast; this was then misread as Mancunio, giving its name to the modern inhabitants of the city.
by almach
Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: best novels in public domain (internationally)?
Replies: 8
Views: 5342

Re: best novels in public domain (internationally)?

These aren't personal recommendations because I've never read any of them but, in addition to what's already been mentioned:

Dickens, Austen, Brontë sisters, Dostoevsky, Goethe, Sienkiewicz, Kafka, Christie (some of hers anyway), Elliot, Woolf, Remarque, Scott, Dumas, Hawthorne, Wilde, Hugo.
by almach
Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13359
Views: 1368279

Re: Today I Learned

Two more fun facts from Our Inner Fish : 1. Land and water animals have different kinds of odour receptors, because the chemical reactions involved are different. Ancient, jawless fish such as lampreys have smell genes that operate in both air and water, but the receptors diverged later in evolution...
by almach
Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1532: "New Horizons"
Replies: 23
Views: 5906

Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Pretty sure it's a reference to https://xkcd.com/809/ . Steve does seem to have a problem with math. Apparently Steve's been working for at least 70 years, so maybe we ought to cut the old-timer a little slack! I really thought this was going in a different direction. Did anybody else suspect that ...
by almach
Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]
Replies: 233
Views: 49078

Re: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]

What a second. You just said that morals change; which means that morality is relative, not absolute. That is a fairly big claim to make. You simple cannot casually drop something like that into a conversation. Moral relativism is a several thousand year old concept. Yes, you can casually drop that...
by almach
Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Are these banana myths true?
Replies: 24
Views: 4866

Re: Are these banana myths true?

It seems you're right. Banana skins are made up of plant cells. In each of those cells there is a vacuole, a little fluid-filled compartment that’s contained by a membrane. When a banana gets too cold, the membranes weaken and leak. Adel Kader, a professor emeritus in the Department of Plant Science...
by almach
Sun May 31, 2015 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Thread B
Replies: 227
Views: 11605

Re: Thread B

Neither confounding the Threads; nor dividing the Game. For there is one Post of the Thread A; another of the Thread B. But the Game of the Thread A, and of the Thread B, is all one; the Glory equal, the Majesty coeternal.
by almach
Sun May 31, 2015 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Thread A
Replies: 259
Views: 12774

Re: Thread A

Neither confounding the Threads; nor dividing the Game. For there is one Post of the Thread A; another of the Thread B. But the Game of the Thread A, and of the Thread B, is all one; the Glory equal, the Majesty coeternal.
by almach
Sun May 31, 2015 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: What is in Your Clipboard?
Replies: 3527
Views: 502289

Re: What is in Your Clipboard?

by almach
Sun May 31, 2015 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10891
Views: 2038980

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi all. I'm 24 years old and Canadian and I study cognitive science as an undergrad. I have a cat (pictured). That may be all there is to say about me. :)
by almach
Sun May 31, 2015 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Are these banana myths true?
Replies: 24
Views: 4866

Re: Are these banana myths true?

I did prove one thing about bananas through experimentation: if you enclose individual bananas in plastic wrap, they last over twice as long before going brown. They still get soft and maybe bruised in the centre, but somehow that's easier to deal with than a banana that resembles a ... black mushy...
by almach
Sun May 31, 2015 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Are these banana myths true?
Replies: 24
Views: 4866

Re: Are these banana myths true?

I cannot link to my sources because I'm under five posts, but a quick Google informed me that: 1. A BBC article on artificial flavourings claims that this is not true. It says that artificial banana flavour is developed from one chemical, isoamyl acetate, which has a distinctively banana-like smell/...
by almach
Sun May 31, 2015 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13359
Views: 1368279

Re: Today I Learned

TIL that an ectopic pregnancy doesn't always occur in the fallopian tubes. Sometimes it can happen elsewhere in the abdominal cavity, and in rare cases, fetuses have implanted on the outside of the uterus or intestines and developed to term. :shock: Source: Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin.
by almach
Sun May 31, 2015 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Best science blogs?
Replies: 1
Views: 1293

Best science blogs?

It's been a few years since I followed science online and I'd like to start reading some science blogs again. I'm mainly interested in cognitive science (neuroscience, psychology, AI, cognitive linguistics, philosophy of mind), biology and history/philosophy of science, although I'd like to read any...
by almach
Sun May 31, 2015 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nomenclature of chimeric antibodies
Replies: 2
Views: 1050

Re: Nomenclature of chimeric antibodies

Wiktionary (unfortunately can't link as this is my first post) suggests that it was chosen both for Greek "chi" and because the X represents the idea of "crossed/mixed cell lines".

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