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by pogrmman
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4679
Views: 884564

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: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90128
Views: 8709975

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: 3488

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: 3488

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: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28597
Views: 3351588

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: 2064

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: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28597
Views: 3351588

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: 8442
Views: 746762

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: 5465

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: 2664

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: 4238

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: 4414
Views: 647679

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: 7790

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: 5905

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: 2519

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: 6754
Views: 1052569

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: 7790

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: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90128
Views: 8709975

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: 5199

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: 321
Views: 90631

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: 4679
Views: 884564

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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by pogrmman
Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 746762

Re: Trump presidency

While I’m sure everyone knows this, I’m putting it down for the future. The government is now in the midst of a partial shut down for the third time this year. Basically, Trump is not gonna sign any funding into law that doesn’t include funding for the wall, and Congress (especially the Senate) ain’...
by pogrmman
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4679
Views: 884564

Re: Today I Made:

A wonderful, but ugly sauce for some pasta. I started with a base of fresh jalapeño and garlic, cooked them in butter until tender, then added spicy sausage, milk (+ an egg yolk to thicken), Mexican oregano, a pinch of salt, and a splash of sherry vinegar to finish. It was great! Spicy, earthy, fres...
by pogrmman
Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 212621

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Since peanuts are legumes they cost a fraction of what it takes to grow pecans, which is why they are so much more prevalent. Of course. Then there’s also the fact that US pecan growers have created a market for themselves in China in the past decade: in 2005, less than 3% of the pecan crop was exp...
by pogrmman
Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 746762

Re: Trump presidency

I guess this is the right place to put this, but a Catholic diocese in South Texas is fighting against the border wall. Basically, the story is that CBP wants to temporarily control the land of the chapel that Mission, Texas is named for to survey. Supposedly, the first stage of wall construction wo...
by pogrmman
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 212621

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Peanuts are terrible — I really hate them. I don’t even know why — I’ve always been open to trying new foods and I love all sorts of funky stuff most people don’t. But something about the peanut taste just doesn’t jive with me. I hate anything with peanuts — peanut butter, peanut sauces (like in Tha...
by pogrmman
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4679
Views: 884564

Re: Today I Made:

Are those the seeds pogrmman? They look like little grains of some kind. Anyway, looks great, I'd love to try it. Yep. They are -- the wild chiles I used are really, really seedy. There's a ton of seeds in each one and not much flesh. It's still fermenting, but it's been more active than I expected...
by pogrmman
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2085: "arXiv"
Replies: 16
Views: 4464

Re: 2085: "arXiv"

That title text is on point. Is arXiv deliberately buried in search results somehow? I can't say it comes up very often when I go looking for papers. I do find stuff on scribd on occasion (and circumventing scribd's paywall is just a teensy bit inconvenient). I would suggest avoiding ResearchGate, ...
by pogrmman
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4679
Views: 884564

Re: Today I Made:

I just started my first lacto-fermented hot sauce today. It’s a wild pequin and Mexican oregano hot sauce. The ingredients are fresh wild chiles from my yard, dried Mexican oregano, and brine. Because they’re so small, instead of slicing them, I crushed the chiles with a fork. I’m just making a smal...
by pogrmman
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90128
Views: 8709975

Re: Thoughts for ships

But an organization built on some dude's words when those words were "Material possessions are a cancer to your soul, divest yourself of them to aid those without" that spends a shitload of cash on material goods? That's pretty fucked up. That’s the big part that irks me too. I went to re...
by pogrmman
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90128
Views: 8709975

Re: Thoughts for ships

I just went to my relatives’ church’s Christmas performance (they’re in the choir) and holy shit, Southern Baptists certainly know how to put on a show. I’m talking a 350 person choir, a full orchestra, a performance artist, a drumline, and a rock band with professional quality lighting and sound a...
by pogrmman
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90128
Views: 8709975

Re: Thoughts for ships

I just went to my relatives’ church’s Christmas performance (they’re in the choir) and holy shit, Southern Baptists certainly know how to put on a show. I’m talking a 350 person choir, a full orchestra, a performance artist, a drumline, and a rock band with professional quality lighting and sound an...
by pogrmman
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 4486

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

. The UK has a relatively nice, warm, comfortable climate year round. All that ocean water and wet air surrounding the UK is a like a massive heat sink, or insulation, which does a great job of moderating the climate against extreme high and low temperatures. Compare to Quebec City, Canada at 46 de...
by pogrmman
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 4486

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

Coming from someone near the southern end of the “middle latitudes” (30°N), winter is beautiful! But even when I’ve spent the winter at 41°N, I’ve noticed that winter can be bleak and the days seem awfully short. So you don’t have to be all that north to get bleakness in the winter — certainly not a...
by pogrmman
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does calibrating hygrometers with salt work?
Replies: 4
Views: 1245

Re: How does calibrating hygrometers with salt work?

If you ever do it again, you should use way more salt than will dissolve in the water. Theoretically, if it’s more humid than what it’s “supposed” to be, there’ll be enough salt to saturate the “extra” water from the air. I did read one place saying the best way to do it is to make a cone of salt an...
by pogrmman
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does calibrating hygrometers with salt work?
Replies: 4
Views: 1245

Re: How does calibrating hygrometers with salt work?

I think it has something so do with the salt changing the vapor pressure of the water. According to this, it seems like NaCl for whatever reason keeps the humidity about 75% no matter what the temperature. Other salts differ. I wonder if it’s because of the relatively temperature-insensitive solubil...
by pogrmman
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?
Replies: 17
Views: 2569

Re: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?

Why was Mad Cow such a big player in the news, anyway? It is an extraordinarily rare disease. I guess because it’s scary, incurable, known to transmit to people via food, known to have entered the human food supply, and it’s likely that at least few hundred people contracted it. Along with hundreds...
by pogrmman
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?
Replies: 17
Views: 2569

Re: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?

There is also a small but nonzero probability of prions arising spontaneously on a cow without infection, for instance due to a de novo mutation. Any real solution must focus on making the probability of infection lower, not making it zero. I only mention it because if BSE is able to persist in the...
by pogrmman
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?
Replies: 17
Views: 2569

Re: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?

Don't feed cows to other cows? I mean, the disease spreads because we're feeding animals tainted meat from other animals, seems to me if you only eat beef that is 100% grass fed*...there's no chance of infection, no? I know that some "grass fed beef" is actually just grass fed for the lat...
by pogrmman
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4414
Views: 647679

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I’m kinda surprised this isn’t here yet. So, for background, Russia fired upon and siezed 3 Ukrainian naval vessels sailing through the strait between Crimea and Russia. By treaty, this strait is shared between Russia and Ukraine, so the boats had a right to travel through. Since annexing Crimea, Ru...

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