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by pogrmman
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does calibrating hygrometers with salt work?
Replies: 4
Views: 222

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: 222

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: 795

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: 795

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: 795

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: 4190
Views: 578114

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...
by pogrmman
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 6780

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

They will work less for the same amount of money. Or they will work at more attractive times if it's work that does not go away by postponing it, and more people will find a job. What’s to say they will work less for the same amount of money? There’s lots and lots of hourly workers — what incentive...
by pogrmman
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 6780

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

They will work less for the same amount of money. Or they will work at more attractive times if it's work that does not go away by postponing it, and more people will find a job. What’s to say they will work less for the same amount of money? There’s lots and lots of hourly workers — what incen...
by pogrmman
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 6780

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

They will work less for the same amount of money. Or they will work at more attractive times if it's work that does not go away by postponing it, and more people will find a job. What’s to say they will work less for the same amount of money? There’s lots and lots of hourly workers — what incentive...
by pogrmman
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 6780

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

How does the US enforce secrecy for mail-in ballots? I don't think it's possible. Not a big deal so long as mail-ins are a small enough minority, but if we go 100% mail-in, the entire idea of secrecy can be tossed. I don’t know how other states do it, but in Texas, you place your ballot into a blan...
by pogrmman
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 6780

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

I do think that preserving vote secrecy is super important, but I’m also all for making voting more accessible. Ballot selfies go against the first, and banning them is totally reasonable. Because it undermines vote secrecy to a degree, I disagree with no-reason absentee ballots. I mean, sure, there...
by pogrmman
Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 605172

Re: Trump presidency

Welp. It's happening. Trump intends to end birthright citizenship . Luckily, he will be stopped by the supreme cour... oh. Until it hits the courts, it's just a trial balloon to see what they can get away with. Though I do wonder what a republican court will let them get away with. It'll take work ...
by pogrmman
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 22032

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

Did they close any polling station near you? That's often the case fir long lines. Thanks for voting. Don't forget to complain to the town if they make you wait too long. Nope, they didn’t. They even make it so anybody in the county can vote at any polling location in the county, which is nice. I t...
by pogrmman
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 22032

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

I’m kinda surprised — I’m standing in line to vote early right now, and the line is literally out the door! The wait is only ~30 minutes, but in every other election I’ve voted in, this polling place has no more than a 5 minute wait to vote (admittedly, I voted absentee in the 2016 general, so maybe...
by pogrmman
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 202
Views: 33593

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

dubsola wrote:
pogrmman wrote:It’s certainly better than Mediterranean oregano (which just makes everything taste like pizza).

How is that a problem for you? :D

It certainly tastes good, but it’s just a little one dimensional and can get kinda old eventually.
by pogrmman
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 9749

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Holy cow, I’d love to play this game (provided there was a variable timescale like KSP, of course). Someone oughtta work on this (I’d do it, but I have no time).
by pogrmman
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 202
Views: 33593

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Mexican oregano is quite possibly the best herb there is. It’s got a fantastically complex depth of flavor and adds a ton to many different foods. Plus, it’s pretty strong, so you don’t have to use too much to get good flavor in something. It’s certainly better than Mediterranean oregano (which just...
by pogrmman
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: write a C++ please
Replies: 18
Views: 4157

Re: write a C++ please

I'll leave the transformation to C++ as an exercise for the reader. As a bonus, it works with any numbers , not just integers :p The code: (define a-c++ (lambda () (display "x: ") ((lambda (x) (display "y: ") ((lambda (y...
by pogrmman
Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 5218

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

There needs to be more regulations on spoofing numbers. Sure, there are legitimate uses (like a business with multiple phone lines), but literally 90% of my calls are local numbers being spoofed by spammers. Heck, I know spammers have spoofed my number before as I’ve gotten multiple calls back from ...
by pogrmman
Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is adult media inherently better than child media?
Replies: 55
Views: 3357

Re: Is adult media inherently better than child media?

There is also the matter of social stigma—many adults consider watching child-oriented media to be detrimental to an adult’s “macho” image. Which I think is absurd and stupid. There’s fantastic children’s media out there. I still think the first act of Wall-E is some of the best film out there. I d...
by pogrmman
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 6771

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

Seriously, though, I just looked it up. St Helier (Jersey, 49N) has the peak summer day of 16h14m (the remaining time being entirely twilight - civil, nautical and a full 4h15m of Astronomical Twilight) and a peak winter day of 8h12m (3h55m split evenly between the twilights, 11h53m of Night) givin...
by pogrmman
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 6771

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

This is how modern Jewish religious time works as well. It was critical to medieval monks (and for all I know, modern ones as well). Prayers are required at roman hours, which made clock inventions both critical (the monk's souls depended on time keeping) and difficult (because the length of time k...
by pogrmman
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 36
Views: 4458

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

Not the best picture but here you go. I have to say I'm surprised by the lack of overlap between these forums and cubers. Here's a review of a reasonable-quality magnetic cube - the 3x3 works better than you'd think. There's also a longer Mathologer vid that goes into more detail and has an intervi...
by pogrmman
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 22032

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

I’m watching the O Rourke/Cruz debate right now (because, you know, I’m in TX and am a voter) and Cruz is frankly pissing me off. He’s just basically ignored all the questions and all of O Rourke’s statements and returned to standard talking points. For instance, in the very first question about Dre...
by pogrmman
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 36
Views: 4458

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

I'm not sure whether a simple set of 27 cubes would work - a lot of the magic of a Rubik's Cube is in the action of scrambling it, which is lost if you have to be careful to keep it together and simulate the constraints the Rubik's Cube enforces automatically. On the other hand, if there's a way to...
by pogrmman
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:21 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1068
Views: 197575

Re: Controversial opinions about food

I always just assumed that Worcestershire was the name of a city in England. If it ends in -shire, it's a whole county, not a single city. X-shire usually contains a city called X, so Worcester is a city. The real question shouldn’t be about the geography, but instead about why it’s pronounced “woo...
by pogrmman
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 832624

Re: Today I Made:

I’ve been working on my sauce skills. Tonight was a shallot and basil custard sauce over pasta. It was really tasty — almost like something you’d have in a fancy resturant. It was rich, creamy, with a wonderfully complex (though not too intense) shallot flavor and a hint of basil. It was awesome wit...
by pogrmman
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 44
Views: 5449

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

I could concievably think of a scenario with a radioactive, biohazardous, liquid lasting medium, but the high voltage part is tricky to add in. Hmm...
by pogrmman
Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Stanley Kubrick: Because He is Awesome
Replies: 37
Views: 7258

Re: Stanley Kubrick: Because He is Awesome

Bringing this old thread back up, I just got back from seeing 2001 on the big screen. An imax screen, that is. It was a special re-release for the film’s 50th anniversary. While I’ve seen it loads of times before, it’s really something special on the big screen. I really enjoy so many things about i...
by pogrmman
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 832624

Re: Today I Made:

A balsamic hollandaise to go on top of my eggs. I’d only made hollandaise sauce once before, so it was kind of an experiment. I reduced balsamic vinegar plus some thyme and cayenne, then gently heated and added egg yolk, then emulsified in a whole mess of butter. It came together quite nicely! I don...
by pogrmman
Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 119
Views: 21575

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

Let's see -- I'm not actually sure how I aim. It has to do with the angle of my hand and knowing when to release, but I sort of do the proper adjustments automatically. I definitely have learned to "feel" when to release as mentioned earlier. Regarding velocity, it's not all that hard for ...
by pogrmman
Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 119
Views: 21575

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

I’m wondering a bit about the physics and biology of hand slings. Using them is one of my hobbies, and I’m always really impressed at how fast I can adapt to a different sling or a different style or different ammunition. From what physics knowledge I’ve got, it seems like you’d need quite accurate ...
by pogrmman
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 832624

Re: Today I Made:

I finally tried the jam today, and it came out really, really good. I think it’s way better than any commercial prickly pear jelly/jam I’ve had. The prickly pear flavor is very noticeable, and the lime juice I used to acidify works really well. Plus, it’s a lot less sweet (which I like). I’ve always...
by pogrmman
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2030: "Voting Software"
Replies: 45
Views: 8828

Re: 2030: "Voting Software"

They can't be trusted. Period. Anyone who tells you differently is lying, misled, or ignorant. Yeah. My precinct only uses electronic voting machines, and I can’t stand it. There’s no real way for me to be sure that my votes are being recorded appropriately or that they’re even counted. Oddly enoug...
by pogrmman
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 605172

Re: Trump presidency

Snopes take on it . Currently banned uses will remain banned, but new uses may be permitted. So you can't use asbestos to insulate your home or filter your cigarettes, but you might be able to use asbestos to, IDK, make coffee cups out of. Even still, I thought we’d already tried just about everyth...
by pogrmman
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 605172

Re: Trump presidency

Oh FFS. The EPA is reintroducing asbestos It's less like Trump doesn't care about the common man, so much as he actively hates the common man... Isn't the whole point of the EPA to protect people and the environment from shit like asbestos? I mean, it’s a known carcinogen . That’s been proven for d...
by pogrmman
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 832624

Re: Today I Made:

Jams and jellies, or confiture to be all frenchified about it, can be very easy to make. Get the Ball’s Blue Book of recipes and then follow the instructions for times and acid/sugar amounts. There’s a neat book called Small Batch Preserving which is good for people not looking to make 25 quarts of...
by pogrmman
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 832624

Re: Today I Made:

Prickly pear jam! I had a bunch of fruit on my plant, but they mostly got eaten, so I asked my neighbors for fruit. They were all fine with me taking them. Unfortunately, most of the spineless prickly pears grown as ornamentals here aren’t ripe yet — those fruit are mostly flesh with little seed. Bu...
by pogrmman
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 3463

Re: 2026: Heat Index

Even if dry heat feels more comfortable one should be careful though. You only feel cool because you evaporate efficiently so you tend to dehydrate ultra fast. On that run, for instance, I consumed a litre of ice water. Yeah, it’s stupid easy to dehydrate in the desert. Earlier this summer, I did s...
by pogrmman
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The (Sub)Urban Farmer
Replies: 22
Views: 2974

Re: The (Sub)Urban Farmer

Years ago, I dig up a small, wild prickly pear (the species is Opuntia engelmannii var. lindheimeri ) and transplanted it. It’s grown into a big sprawling plant, and I finally got around to trying it’s fruit today. It doesn’t have the same flavor as most of the prickly pears I’ve had before, but it’...

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