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by pogrmman
Mon May 06, 2019 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4783
Views: 941606

Re: Today I Made:

Cardamom bread — it came out really good too. The shaping was a little messed when I rotated the loaves to compensate for the shitty dorm oven, but it still tasted great. D8B4D0C6-1AD7-46F7-B0E9-FD99CDB80555.jpeg It’s a family tradition for the holidays — I’ve never had a thanksgiving meal without i...
by pogrmman
Wed May 01, 2019 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 274
Views: 57869

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

If your college offers any kind of botany or agriculture or even biology classes where they do DNA stuff I bet you could get some grow space and extra credit! I do actually work in the greenhouse here, but it’s already pretty packed and they’d be hard pressed to give extra credit to a chem major fo...
by pogrmman
Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 274
Views: 57869

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I bet this would be a pretty easy undertaking in much of the California growing areas, as they don't receive freezing temps so often, and some hearty genes from more northerly climes could result in multi-year pepper and tomato plants, which could then be bred towards a plant structure which takes ...
by pogrmman
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 274
Views: 57869

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

The avocado and banana both took generations of work to become the fruits they are today. And the monoculture of bananas has led to possible extinction by a disease. Bananas are a very unusual case — although there’s literally not thousands of varieties, most originated as vegetative mutations. Thi...
by pogrmman
Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 274
Views: 57869

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

And all of those traits are the result of millennia of genetic modification. When planted with squash and beans it doesn’t ruin the soil the way it does when it’s monocropped. Nutritionally it isn’t bad, but it does need to be ground to make most nutrients accessible. To add onto this, I wouldn't p...
by pogrmman
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 274
Views: 57869

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

As I’m sitting eating a bowl of grits for lunch, I can’t help but marvel at what a wonderful food source corn is. If I were religious, I’d say it’s truly more of a “gift from god” than any other grain is. I mean, the grains themselves are large, the plant is fairly easy to grow, it’s fairly high yie...
by pogrmman
Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 478147

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

I’m about halfway through Nabokov’s autobiography Speak, Memory. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it so far — he had a very interesting life and as you might expect from a Nabokov book, the prose is pretty enjoyable reading, too.
by pogrmman
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4783
Views: 941606

Re: Today I Made:

Chili — I haven’t made some in a while (being at school and all). I was holding off on doing it due to lack of fresh chiles here, but I decided that idgaf and made some using dried chiles instead. It came out quite nice! I probably should’ve used more dried ones so I could cut back I chile powder us...
by pogrmman
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Data Standardization Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1266

Re: Data Standardization Question

Have a control group of climate sites in rural areas that shouldn't be affected by the effect you're testing for? The biggest reason I haven't done that is I have no need or want for additional data! The whole, clean dataset is already quite large (~2GB) and it's already made certain things sluggis...
by pogrmman
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Data Standardization Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1266

Data Standardization Question

Hi everyone. I’m doing a project on the urban heat island effect. To that end, I’ve got daily temperature data at different climate sites for the 100 largest metro areas from 1966-2015. I’m using census data to get the populations of each metro area during each decade. The thing is, there’s a very n...
by pogrmman
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Yaupon: From Bush to Drink
Replies: 7
Views: 2115

Re: Yaupon: From Bush to Drink

Wow, that's so amazing. Can you feel any caffeine effects? It’s hard to tell. I’ve never been all that sensitive to caffeine, and it takes like 4+ cups of coffee for me to notice it. I can sometimes notice it after one cup if I’m trying to, but not always. Because I was focused more on the flavor o...
by pogrmman
Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Yaupon: From Bush to Drink
Replies: 7
Views: 2115

Yaupon: From Bush to Drink

Yaupon holly ( Ilex vomitoria ) is a common evergreen shrub or small tree. In some areas, it’s extrodinarily common. I’d be underestimating if I said there were 1000 yaupon plants within a half mile of my house, and I’m in the suburbs. It’s a decent ornamental plant — it gets pretty berries, it’s pe...
by pogrmman
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9226459

Re: Thoughts for ships

For whatever reason, I got approached in the airport today by someone who only spoke Spanish and was looking for help finding her gate. I know more than enough Spanish to get by in such a situation and to make a little chit chat, and it was awesome having an opportunity to practice normal conversati...
by pogrmman
Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 7812

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

Oops. this went a tad off topic. Of course it did :p WRT spiny, nasty plants, acacia is pretty bad -- I've cleared out enough catclaw acacia to realize how nasty it is. Though I think cholla still gets the crown for worst spiny, nasty plant. The damn things break at the slightest touch, leaving a p...
by pogrmman
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 7812

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

Since when are plants "eldritch abominations"? Okay, I'll grant you kudzu. And oleanders. And pyracantha. And bougainvillea. (Do I even have to bring up kale and quinoa?) There’s plenty of abominable plants — like mycoheterotrophic ones that don’t photosynthesize and instead parasatize fu...
by pogrmman
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 7812

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

But how about light pollution for astronomy? LEDs and lasers tend to make pulses synchronized with rectified AC voltage; perhaps the 120 Hz (rectified 60 Hz) pulses from LED bulbs could be time gated and partially subtracted from the image made by a CCD imager, perhaps by diddling the bias voltages...
by pogrmman
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4632
Views: 724742

Re: The Darker Side of the News

A 16 year old girl managed to get an abortion at 6 weeks in Alabama (which sounds by all rights to be a logistical nightmare in itself). The man who got her pregnant is now suing the clinic and makers of the pill for allowing her to have an abortion, and using the 'personhood of the embryo' to do t...
by pogrmman
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 7812

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

I like this comic. It’s funny. But seriously, though. Light pollution is a huge issue. It impacts wildlife, human health, and is a waste of electricity (which uses, in most places, fossil fuels and water). And it stymies astronomical research. Plus, the unpolluted night sky is truly incredible, insp...
by pogrmman
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9226459

Re: Thoughts for ships

New World foods are the best. Squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, beans, peppers, tomatoes, and more! Not to mention other tasty stuff like chocolate, vanilla, papaya, passionfruit, guava, pineapple, avocado, pecans, and sunflower seeds. Although there’s not many domestic food animals from the N...
by pogrmman
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4783
Views: 941606

Re: Today I Made:

A damn tasty beef stew. Instead of a traditional mirepoix, I used one of my personal favorites: a flavor base of celery, fresh jalapeño, and garlic (in a 1:1:1 ratio). After sweating all that with thyme and olive oil, I added beef, tomato, and mushroom and used a red wine vinegar/water mix as the li...
by pogrmman
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9226459

Re: Thoughts for ships

This winter has been weird as hell (both back home and at school). At home, we had our first freeze in mid-November — which was actually before the 10% first frost date (so less than 10% of years since the late 1800s have had freezes that early). Then, we had a very mild winter — it’s not like it wa...
by pogrmman
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"
Replies: 45
Views: 8290

Re: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"

This is probably my biggest gap in my calculus instruction: when to actually use these techniques. In class you lean heavily on "we were just taught this technique, so we should probably use it". As my calculus teacher in high school told us, multiple times: “you can teach a monkey to dif...
by pogrmman
Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"
Replies: 45
Views: 8290

Re: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"

As my calculus teacher in high school told us, multiple times: “you can teach a monkey to differentiate, but integration is a skill”. I’ve always been kinda interested in how asymmetrical differentiation/antidifferentiation seems — it’s really neat. I mean, even for very, very complex functions like...
by pogrmman
Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3531340

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Wow, looking at these, it suddenly seems weird that most shoes aren't actually shaped like feet. Exactly. I’m gonna look into some minimalist shoes like that. I think a big reason why I have a hard time finding shoes that fit is I’ve spent tons of time barefoot or in sandals that don’t constrict my...
by pogrmman
Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Definitive rankings of -- french fries?
Replies: 15
Views: 5032

Re: Definitive rankings of -- french fries?

Am I the only one who likes In-n-out fries? Ok, I have a caveat though: They are only good if you have them super-fresh and hot. even 15 mins can mean the difference between tasty fries and terrible hot potato sticks. You’re right that they’re good when they’re fresh. I’ve never understood why peop...
by pogrmman
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3531340

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Shoes are literally the worst. I’ve never found a truly comfortable pair of shoes (not sandals). Literally every shoe I’ve tried on is way too fucking narrow in the toes. It’s not like I haven’t tried many shoes, either. Why the hell do they make shoes that way? At least on my feet, the toes are the...
by pogrmman
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 892027

Re: Trump presidency

Seems like the perfect moment for Congresspeople from both parties to band together to stop this madness. If they don't, Trump might as well start calling himself God-Emperor, because any semblance of democracy will be gone at that point. Republicans haven't found their spines in the last two years...
by pogrmman
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 11298

Re: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"

(FOO)ade: Carbonated clear¹ drink of FOO 'flavour' (¹ - but, except for FOO=="lemon" being totally untinted, coloured to match the FOO) Lemonade can also just be carbonated water with artificial sweetener - or at least it could a couple of decades ago - I've not bothered keeping track. Th...
by pogrmman
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: Re: 2107: "Launch risk"
Replies: 17
Views: 5825

Re: 2107: "Launch risk"

I'm interested in the choice of the rocket design. We know that Randall is knowledgable about rockets, so it's probably not random. As far as I know, it doesn't match any of the existing human-rated model or any that is in active development. Despite the three engines being drawn the same size, the...
by pogrmman
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2099: "Missal of Silos"
Replies: 26
Views: 6992

Re: 2099: "Missal of Silos"

I've used Google verbatim search as my default for years now because of Google's often overzealous fuzzy matching. It is especially annoying given the number of technologies and companies I have to search whose names are close misspellings of common words. It's really annoying that, by default, Goo...
by pogrmman
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4632
Views: 724742

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I just came across this article about a massacre in Haiti. (Contains somewhat graphic images.) Apparently, it was either executed by corrupt police or by gangs dressed like police (or by ordinary, non-corrupt police). Regardless, it’s not good.
by pogrmman
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Two food combinations..
Replies: 14
Views: 10014

Re: Two food combinations..

...my ideal hamburger would have cheddar cheese, a roasted poblano (or green chile sauce, depending on if I’m fine with a mess), a fried egg, and avocado on top, but that’s not really an unusual combination (just a delicious one that you happen to never see). Not only does that burger sound goddamn...
by pogrmman
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2096: "Mattresses"
Replies: 35
Views: 9132

Re: 2096: "Mattresses"

A lot of podcasts are sponsored by mattress companies. I have no idea why. But there's a burgeoning industry of a whole bunch of different online-storefront mattress retailers, and they all advertise heavily on podcasts. Interesting. I don't listen to podcasts, but I still have a newspaper subscrip...
by pogrmman
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground
Replies: 21
Views: 5475

Re: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground

Unlikely distant galaxies would be visible through a beginner's scope. You need 8-10" aperture to even start seeing distant galaxy cores as fuzzy points of light ... and that's only under good seeing conditions. I'd feel safe to say ALL those other points of light are foreground stars. There's...
by pogrmman
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6978
Views: 1139319

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Those six states are (just about) the only ones with sheriffs being elected in 2019 . As far as I'm aware, they're elected everywhere with varying term lengths and election years, with a couple exceptions (the position doesn't exist in Alaska or Connecticut, while some large cities are merged with ...
by pogrmman
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Two food combinations..
Replies: 14
Views: 10014

Re: Two food combinations..

Savory oatmeal can be really good, too. I’ve made it with all sorts of stuff like cheese and garlic before. Sure, it’s usually sweet, but it’s good in other ways. (It’s still not as good as grits, though.) Also, to the person why said they had a fondness for chocolate with lenonade/orange juice, tha...
by pogrmman
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9226459

Re: Thoughts for ships

I found out about a nifty kind of sundial called a bifilar sundial. I was able to put a small one together in maybe a half hour with only a ruler, compass (drawing kind), and scissors for tools. It works quite well! It’s accurate to better than 30 minutes* even with only a rough-ish guess as to wher...
by pogrmman
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 7284

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

Even small birds can be pretty fiesty and fearless. I’ve seen grackles steal a claw full of French fries from children sitting with their parents before. Lots of birds are crazy smart, too. Sure, the cardinal that’s has flown into my window probably 100 times a day for the past year isn’t all that b...
by pogrmman
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 339
Views: 114985

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

The oldest US World War II veteran and oldest man in the US, Richard Overton died yesterday at 112 years old. He had lived in the same house for like 70 years and was pretty locally famous. He was in the news earlier this year because he was the victim of identity theft and his family created a fund...
by pogrmman
Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4783
Views: 941606

Re: Today I Made:

I made sourdough pancakes for Christmas breakfast. They came out great — chewy, tangy, super filling and hearty. I haven’t made them for a while, but they’re one of my favorite things to cook.


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