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by Laserdan
Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you vomit out your nose?
Replies: 68
Views: 31707

Re: Do you vomit out your nose?

It's really hard to make me puke, but if I do, it's projectile vomiting, and it always lands in the nose, too. Worst thing is when I try to push it out of my nose and there is some small piece of food that goes through the nose into my throat and I reflexively swallow it, I vomit again. Always the s...
by Laserdan
Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science is no longer science...
Replies: 91
Views: 12473

Re: Science is no longer science...

My final statement? I'd point out that the "scientific community" is subject to the same error the "religious community" is. "religion" is not a "method of seeking knowledge" it's a "collection of people seeking knowledge". Religion is a collection ...
by Laserdan
Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science is no longer science...
Replies: 91
Views: 12473

Re: Science is no longer science...

Well, what I actually mean is that the other side of potentially life-saving is that if not used, it is potentially deadly. The restriction that something that could potentially land in a child's body and be harmful needs to be kept away from adults, too, for that reason (meaning, not released, ever...
by Laserdan
Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science is no longer science...
Replies: 91
Views: 12473

Re: Science is no longer science...

The fact the drug wasn't licenced for use in children is irrelevant if the company knows that the protocol is that it will get prescribed to children anyway unless they warn otherwise. In that situation they had a duty to warn, and they didn't. At the very least it should be a massive civil payout....
by Laserdan
Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What world shattering disasters worry you?
Replies: 61
Views: 9106

Re: What world shattering disasters worry you?

Although, if the zombies are realistic, then just stay inside for a week until they rot away. You should be able to survive that long with your current supplies. If they're cinema zombies you could just abandon your current location for the wilderness. Personally I'm not frightened by any of those ...
by Laserdan
Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What world shattering disasters worry you?
Replies: 61
Views: 9106

Re: What world shattering disasters worry you?

My main issue with death in general is simply that I won't see the greatness to which humanity could ascend. If a global cataclysm like an astral event wipes out everyone, well, there probably won't be too much time to suffer. So naturally, I only fear disasters that could impact my quality of life ...
by Laserdan
Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Breaking Bard
Replies: 209
Views: 74626

Re: Breaking Bard

Well, methylamine is a precursor, as is pseudo(ephedrine). The BB makers take their information about the manufacturing process from the DEA, and they probably do know quite well how meth is produced. I remember them stating that you can't copy it because essential parts are missing, though no need ...
by Laserdan
Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals
Replies: 294
Views: 141326

Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

There's Iron Maiden's "Number of the Beast", which is metal, which is not bad but not at all my thing.

So I find this cover much better than the original (bite me Iron Maiden fans! :P )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwCijARRSE8
by Laserdan
Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Persona 3 (and FES)
Replies: 30
Views: 6975

Re: Persona 3 (and FES)

Great 175 hours I spent when I was sick for several weeks. If you like complicated systems to do stuff that becomes ultra cool, this is the game for you. The story is kinda emo anime style and not very good in my opinion. I find purely the mechanics appealing.
by Laserdan
Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is low crime due to high incarceration?
Replies: 63
Views: 33281

Re: Is low crime due to high incarceration?

I can't find the statistic I had just yesterday that shows how a while after the serious War on Drugs started under Nixon, incarceration rates for non-drug crimes dropped quite a bit while drug crime (usually simple possession, no violence) incarceration exploded. So if that statistic was good (I'm ...
by Laserdan
Mon Sep 03, 2012 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: So how hard is it to keep abs anyways?
Replies: 12
Views: 13076

Re: So how hard is it to keep abs anyways?

Were you careful to avoid other sources of sodium aside from just milk? (Apparently at the highest levels, certain brands of toothpaste are avoided due to their sodium content.) This seems like less of a concern if you don't eat toothpaste. Didn't see that post. They don't do it to get abs. In pre-...
by Laserdan
Mon Sep 03, 2012 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3030699

Re: Postify your facerity

felltir wrote:That is a turtle from Ghana, but your location says UK?


Works with people, even better with turtles. They don't need no stinkin' passports.
by Laserdan
Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to everyone?
Replies: 121
Views: 29912

Re: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to everyo

I think this advice is the wisest thing I ever learned: It's not as easy and simple as you think, and probably much more complicated than you could suspect. Treat it that way. Also this: Don't be a bitter anti-social asshole. It doesn't make me many friends, and it probably won't make you any either...
by Laserdan
Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is low crime due to high incarceration?
Replies: 63
Views: 33281

Re: Is low crime due to high incarceration?

Incarceration rates elsewhere are not as high as here yet crime is down there also, for instance Canada. Well, Canada does have a different culture, too. I don't know it but my conjecture is that Canada is kind of "the part of Europe attached to America". There isn't any obvious connectio...
by Laserdan
Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What sites do you go on when you're bored?
Replies: 107
Views: 112385

Re: What sites do you go on when you're bored?

Perry Bible Fellowship
by Laserdan
Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:35 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What Fun and Useful Programming Language Should I Learn?
Replies: 39
Views: 13750

Re: What Fun and Useful Programming Language Should I Learn?

webzter_again wrote:I'll second Clojure

if you want to stick around the .net space a bit, I'd also recommend Nemerle http://nemerle.org/About/ for funsies.


Why thank you sir for the link, didn't know it before. Looks like a great idea, and it has integration with VS (only 2008 so far, unfortunately).
by Laserdan
Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The worst film you've seen
Replies: 706
Views: 258782

Re: The worst film you've seen

Well, The Room isn't bad. It's social commentary on how superficial we all are and how we are all bad actors in hiding our emotions, so this movie basically goes one level deeper into reality itself. In all seriousness, read the wiki article about the movie. The dude may look strange and act strange...
by Laserdan
Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Silly PLC Programming: Ladder Logic + Whoopie Cushion
Replies: 1
Views: 2833

Re: Silly PLC Programming: Ladder Logic + Whoopie Cushion

Well I'm a developer working in development of automation systems (including PLCs). However, my expertise doesn't cover every PLC system out there, but if you have questions, feel free to ask. Something practical? Well yes. Whole plants (from energy over pharma to cement, oil and chemical plants). S...
by Laserdan
Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is low crime due to high incarceration?
Replies: 63
Views: 33281

Re: Is low crime due to high incarceration?

I would imagine that anyone who's very carefully engaged in long term planning and risk/reward evaluation would be steered away from a life of crime, yes. That, or he'd be very, very good at it, and in a subsector of it with high potential rewards and low risks, like white collar crime. If you're c...
by Laserdan
Wed Aug 29, 2012 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3030699

Re: Postify your facerity

http://www.alexjacque.com/images/web/waggle.gif Why yes I just do happened to have a slow eye waggle gif of myself sitting around... You look like the love child of Jared Leto, Sheldon Cooper and Freddie Prinze Jr. If I were a girl I'd totally date you! Ok I just said that to cover up the creepiness.
by Laserdan
Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is low crime due to high incarceration?
Replies: 63
Views: 33281

Re: Is low crime due to high incarceration?

Well how do incarceration rates for specific crime correlate with that specific crime (using suitable avaible data for that, which may be not that easy), simply because if I interpret the section in the same Wiki article the OP had his data from has a section about types of crimes that explicitly ta...
by Laserdan
Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The worst film you've seen
Replies: 706
Views: 258782

Re: The worst film you've seen

I've seen Shrooms recently. Horrible, horrible movie. The worst thing is that one of the protagonists senses the future, meaning we are treated to seeing every goddamn scene twice after about the 20 minute mark. And the first 20 minutes are completely pointless. Also, a multi-minute long still scene...
by Laserdan
Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread
Replies: 1141
Views: 197414

Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

I never realised that "boycott" was named after Charles Boycott. When I was 16, the word "laser" sounded strange to me, it didn't seem to have any etymological connection I could make out. Turns out, it's an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Car...
by Laserdan
Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1822
Views: 477705

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stu

I started reading Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. I mean.. dude.. How can a book be so fucking good and so frustrating at the same time? I feel the book actually speaks to me in a way because I can identify with Hal so much (somewhat intelligent, highly educated but kind of empty and lonely n...
by Laserdan
Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?
Replies: 287
Views: 35196

Re: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?

The hell? My point was the doing heroin is a spectacularly bad idea. You disagree with that? For what it's worth, there was a poster here a few years ago who was a 10+ year habitual heroine user, and claimed to suffer almost no ill affects from her addiction. The thrust that LaserDan seems to be ge...
by Laserdan
Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 371071

Re: Gun Control

But then we come to the point where yes, some drugs are certainly inherently bad for society. Not everything is pot and booze . I suspect this is an oversight, but booze surely is in a completely different category of dangerousness than pot. The cost for society is enormous (topped by tobacco, of c...
by Laserdan
Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?
Replies: 287
Views: 35196

Re: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?

Point being, if you'd sweep with such a general statement over groups that have more defenders than drug users (say, feminists - which I am, too, btw), you'd get a much harsher response. You attested millions of people worse decision-making than a rock, and even worse, you say you knew that! And yes...
by Laserdan
Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?
Replies: 287
Views: 35196

Re: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?

Not once, but I have a feeling I should stay away from heroin. That's a feeling that comes from having the decision making skills that god gave gravel. There are a myriad of ways into opiate dependence, and many of them haven't got anything to do with making a decision to use. Consider yourself luc...
by Laserdan
Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 371071

Re: Gun Control

But then we come to the point where yes, some drugs are certainly inherently bad for society. Not everything is pot and booze . I suspect this is an oversight, but booze surely is in a completely different category of dangerousness than pot. The cost for society is enormous (topped by tobacco, of c...
by Laserdan
Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 371071

Re: Gun Control

No, let's not legalize all drugs because most are inherently dangerous, this from someone who has consumed his fair share. I just don't believe in fairy tales like the idea that making drugs legal will make the world a better place and end crime. As a practical matter probably the best solution is ...
by Laserdan
Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 371071

Re: Gun Control

I'm not sure what to make of this discussion. If the idea is that drug interdiction causes drugs to become valuable enough to smuggle, well sure. So what? Legalizing drugs would probably make things better in the short term. But in the long term the forces that drive gangs would still be there. And...
by Laserdan
Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Doping in sports
Replies: 72
Views: 23570

Re: Doping in sports

Yes, it is clear that a rigorous evaluation is impossible. But blowfish could've at least checked out the most commonly used drugs for doping (androgens and anabolics, amphetamines, opiate-based pain killers, and maybe some kind of "misc drugs" like EPO that have effects which are not easi...
by Laserdan
Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Doping in sports
Replies: 72
Views: 23570

Re: Doping in sports

Since there's a lot of talk about drugs being no worse than the entry barriers/dangers/costs of an intense training schedule with a team of nutritionists, coaches, etc: How about an Amateur Olympics which returns to the original amateur spirit of the olympics, i.e. zero or minimum funding, therefor...
by Laserdan
Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Brogramming
Replies: 134
Views: 28353

Re: Brogramming

I shouldn't have taken the test - my BQ is 45, making me a Brogrammer. It tells me, however, to consume more Brotein, which I found ridiculously funny. I'd second that with the sexism. I'm a programmer in a team of 20 people, 4 of which are women, which is not much in absolute terms, however, it's a...
by Laserdan
Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: So how hard is it to keep abs anyways?
Replies: 12
Views: 13076

Re: So how hard is it to keep abs anyways?

Were you careful to avoid other sources of sodium aside from just milk? (Apparently at the highest levels, certain brands of toothpaste are avoided due to their sodium content.) Yes, I didn't salt any of my food and pretty much all of it was prepared freshly by me. However, as I said, it's anecdota...
by Laserdan
Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Doping in sports
Replies: 72
Views: 23570

Re: Doping in sports

how does one define drugs that are to be made illegal? Would Nicotine, and Caffeine be worthy to be made illegal? Would it be illegal to take 5-hour energy shots, or red bull before the sport? At least for a time (I didn't follow sports much the las t couple of years) Caffeine was either banned or ...
by Laserdan
Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: So how hard is it to keep abs anyways?
Replies: 12
Views: 13076

Re: So how hard is it to keep abs anyways?

(avoid Casein-containing stuff like milk) edification, please? What difference would that make? There is anecdotal evidence that Casein causes subcutaneous water retention, and it can make you bloated. The speculation is that higher sodium content with Casein is the culprit. I don't know of any sci...
by Laserdan
Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Breaking Bard
Replies: 209
Views: 74626

Re: Breaking Bard

Now even I have stopped feeling any sympathy for Walt, of which I had quite a lot up until the end of season four. When he embraced Skylar at the end of 5.1 and the sexual advances in 5.2 made me feel sick because you see the pure, unadulterated terror in Skylar. My own theory how Walt will end: Ei...
by Laserdan
Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Doping in sports
Replies: 72
Views: 23570

Re: Doping in sports

So we just shouldn't have rules, or what? How on earth did you get that from Laserdan's post? The point is that the reason no one has done it is that it's illegal . So, the fact that no one has done it does not show that there wouldn't be demand for it. Then, to ramify that argument, he made the po...
by Laserdan
Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: So how hard is it to keep abs anyways?
Replies: 12
Views: 13076

Re: So how hard is it to keep abs anyways?

If you want abs that are ripped and very visible even when not flexing, you're in for a lot of no-fun stuff. I kept it up for about 3 years and stopped then. Even a couple of days without iron-clad discipline (especially eating) can ruin it and you need a couple of days to go back. We're talking ~9%...

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