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by Blast
Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Celebrity Cooks that you Enjoy Copying
Replies: 19
Views: 3963

Re: Celebrity Cooks that you Enjoy Copying

Good call on Nigella..she's kind of the British version of Rachael Ray, but at the same time, she's passionate and charismatic, so I enjoy watching her. I've never actually tried any of her recipes though so I can't say she's a celebrity cook that I enjoy copying. When lamb is in season, I may give...
by Blast
Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Anonymity Lawsuit
Replies: 41
Views: 3759

Re: Google Anonymity Lawsuit

I'm not claiming they have to "solidly prove defamation", since that would be ridiculous. The only way you prove defamation is through a trial, and you can't have a trial without knowing the identity of the defendant! And unless we've seen Port's website we can't really judge whether she a...
by Blast
Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Anonymity Lawsuit
Replies: 41
Views: 3759

Re: Google Anonymity Lawsuit

Scientology; I already mentioned this one, but if they can go after anyone they want, and worry about proving whether it's ACTUALLY libel later on, is a very bad thing due to their "fair game" policy. This is the scariest one, in my opinion. The CoS would have to go before a court and sho...
by Blast
Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Kidnapped girl raped and kept in shed for 18 years
Replies: 56
Views: 7432

Re: Kidnapped girl raped and kept in shed for 18 years

Are you saying when I complete my deal with Mephisto to get the Penance Stare, I'm not allowed to use it? Cause damn, there's a big part of me that wants people like this to suffer through it at least once, not for retribution necessarily, but to make them understand what they put someone else thro...
by Blast
Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Songs in Code
Replies: 33
Views: 6254

Re: Songs in Code

Status getStatus() { if( Month(now()) < 11 ) return GONE; return BACK; } Not music per se, but spoken word: void playResidentEvil4() { World.setZombies(true); Zombies.setLocation(comingUp, NOW); shootEm(Zombies, INTHEHEAD); shootEm(Zombies); grab(Shotgun); assert(Shotgun.status() == LOADED); //we d...
by Blast
Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Americans eat too much sugar. What a surprise...
Replies: 35
Views: 4129

Re: American's eat too much sugar. What a surprise...

That we eat too much sugar is obvious. I think the article is an attempt to quantify that visually for people by breaking it down in teaspoons. Funny, because I just had a discussion at lunch what 4000mg of sodium in one of the menu items would look like. It's also not a bad thing that this is repea...
by Blast
Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Quantum Mechanics gets a bit stranger.
Replies: 34
Views: 4687

Re: Quantum Mechanics gets a bit stranger.

Well, it sounds like he's saying there's this class of reactions that decrease entropy, but don't leave any information that we can measure behind. I don't see how this is distinguishable from my own theory, which is that invisible pink unicorns go through time backwards eating all the entropy we cr...
by Blast
Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Anonymity Lawsuit
Replies: 41
Views: 3759

Re: Google Anonymity Lawsuit

1) I don't see how free and instantaneous are related to anonymous. 2) It's also much more effective at linking one interaction to another - I can search for your username and find out everything you've said on these boards with much less effort than a real world equivalent. With a subpoena for your...
by Blast
Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Quantum Mechanics gets a bit stranger.
Replies: 34
Views: 4687

Re: Quantum Mechanics gets a bit stranger.

Especially since "The mystery of the arrow of time" sounds more like a Harry Potter book written by the time cube guy than a scientific theory.
by Blast
Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Anonymity Lawsuit
Replies: 41
Views: 3759

Re: Google Anonymity Lawsuit

People talk about anonymity as if it were a fundamental property of the internet, but it's not. Anonymity is something you have to work to create, just like outside the internet. To be anonymous in meatspace means a disguise, altering your voice, calling from a pay phone or pre-paid cell, going out ...
by Blast
Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Anonymity Lawsuit
Replies: 41
Views: 3759

Re: Google Anonymity Lawsuit

That cracked article made me laugh out loud at work. That's always awkward. That's all hypothetical though, since the model in question dropped her defamation suit. Port was never out to get Cohen on this. She's going after Google. I know - the hypothetical part was the discussion of how Port would...
by Blast
Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Americans eat too much sugar. What a surprise...
Replies: 35
Views: 4129

Re: American's eat too much sugar. What a surprise...

Its useful to measure consumption of added sugar as a proxy for the unhealthiness of a diet because foods containing added sugars tend to be either unnecessary (e.g. soda, candy) or can be substituted for with the same food without added sugar (e.g. make your own hamburger or chicken stir fry instea...
by Blast
Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Anonymity Lawsuit
Replies: 41
Views: 3759

Re: Google Anonymity Lawsuit

I have a hard time believing that you could be successfully sued for complying with a subpoena, especially when there's no contract between her and Google to keep her identity a secret. I also think it's pretty easy to argue that it wasn't defamation, because defamation requires IIRC 3 things: sayin...
by Blast
Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas man gets 45 years for spreading aids
Replies: 64
Views: 7214

Re: Texas man gets 45 years for spreading aids

The question I find legally interesting is if we either cure AIDS or make it non-lethal (more akin to Herpes) somehow in the next few years, does his sentence get commuted? After all, the weapon in question would no longer be a deadly one. I can't think of another situation where the deadliness of t...
by Blast
Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Songs in Code
Replies: 33
Views: 6254

Re: Songs in Code

if(!self.emotions.contains('rage') || true) { self = rat; self.setLocation(cage); } if(girl.getRelationshipTo(self) == Relationship::THE_ONE) { assert( girl != self.getLover() ); assert( self.getRelationshipTo(girl) == Relationship::JUST_A_GIRL ); assert( !(girl.getChild().getParents().contains(sel...
by Blast
Fri Aug 21, 2009 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man goes from saving his wife to beating her to death
Replies: 14
Views: 1757

Re: Man goes from saving his wife to beating her to death

Andy Dufresne's prosecutors had motive, though. This says a) A screen was cut to make it look like an intruder did it (with the implication, I guess, that an intruder cutting through a screen and bludgeoning a woman to death without apparent robbery is unlikely). b) The murder weapon was found it th...
by Blast
Fri Aug 21, 2009 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cops Bust Guy Selling Oven Door Disguised as HDTV
Replies: 30
Views: 2833

Re: Cops Bust Guy Selling Oven Door Disguised as HDTV

Even assuming he got everything for free, he had to get an oven door, a bunch of official brand and store stickers, a remote (with a manual?! I haven't seen my remote's manual is years ), random cables, and had to place everything realistically and wrap the entire thing in plastic. $100 actually see...
by Blast
Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: True Blood
Replies: 145
Views: 17652

Re: True Blood

I have another question, regarding the first episode of this season and Bill: Bill said he had to feed on someone to get better after his sunburn (for lack of a better word). Do we ever find out who it was? I don't remember. I think not. Wasn't Sookie's pedophile uncle killed ri...
by Blast
Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Corny Chekhov's Gun uses
Replies: 34
Views: 5750

Re: Corny Chekhov's Gun uses

Any character shown carrying a thick metal object, or an object of religious significance (cross, book, etc.), underneath their shirt or jacket will at some point be shot in the chest, only to miraculously survive when the object stops the bullet. As a counter-example, I'm reading Hyperion, and the ...
by Blast
Tue Jul 07, 2009 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Php/mysql help -- many to many output
Replies: 5
Views: 1655

Re: Php/mysql help -- many to many output

If you want to return categories that have no matching books, you should do an inner join. Your example would possibly look something like $catbooks[$categoryid][$bookid][$language][$format] = "http://somewhere". This is basically a lookup table of urls for a given format of a given langua...
by Blast
Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The taco thread
Replies: 42
Views: 5722

Re: The taco thread

You can use this as a starting point, though basic pico is just tomato, onion, and chiles in whatever proportions you like. I usually leave out the cilantro and lime juice because I use them by themselves, and use more and hotter chiles, and salt.
by Blast
Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Shooting yourself in the foot: Part two
Replies: 50
Views: 5293

Re: Shooting yourself in the foot: Part two

Coldfusion! You write a program to build a new leg, but first you spend $7,500 for a program to turn your code into Java so it can do something. Your program works, but due to some confusion over class and instance methods you end up with 12 knees and no toes. On the plus side, your leg automaticall...
by Blast
Wed May 27, 2009 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The taco thread
Replies: 42
Views: 5722

Re: The taco thread

I second the hot dog in a tortilla. I used to eat those all the time as a kid. It's like a big pig in a blanket, though less buttery. For speedy and tasty home cooked dinners, not much can compete with black beans roughly mashed with some cumin and lime juice, fried corn tortillas, feta or goat chee...
by Blast
Tue May 19, 2009 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Missing Link Discovered?
Replies: 29
Views: 5312

Re: Missing Link Discovered?

Don't know about threads, but if you're interesting in reading of the dead tree variety I liked "The Panda's Thumb" by Stephen Jay Gould when I read it, which was many years ago. "The Blind Watchmaker" is supposed to be a good read about how the mechanics of evolution work.
by Blast
Tue May 19, 2009 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: More gun laws on the table
Replies: 23
Views: 2301

Re: More gun laws on the table

But there's no regulation that says grocery stores have to perform a background check and enforce an n day waiting period before selling you strawberries.
by Blast
Tue May 19, 2009 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Missing Link Discovered?
Replies: 29
Views: 5312

Re: Missing Link Discovered?

This had better be true, or the fallout from their massive, two years in the making media campaign will eclipse Piltdown man for biggest evolutionary-science-in-the-media facepalm ever. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/19/business/media/19fossil.html?_r=1&ref=business Maybe I'm just being negative...
by Blast
Mon May 18, 2009 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cute little munchkin for marriage equality draws ire.
Replies: 77
Views: 6408

Re: Cute little munchkin for marriage equality draws ire.

It'll never happen. Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity are already following this kid around in a van, splicing together footage of him playing with toy soldiers and talking about sharing to convince the world that really, this time, the socialist revolution is coming.
by Blast
Mon May 18, 2009 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: More gun laws on the table
Replies: 23
Views: 2301

Re: More gun laws on the table

The majority opinion in DC v Heller explicitly stated that, although the court was affirming the right of individuals to have guns, their ruling should not be interpreted to challenge prohibitions on gun ownership by e.g. felons or requirements for the commercial sale of guns. So it seems the only w...
by Blast
Mon May 18, 2009 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Worker fired for atheism, not legally discrimination (Texas)
Replies: 147
Views: 12086

Re: Worker fired for atheism, not legally discrimination (Texas)

Her employer's side: http://www.examiner.com/x-8948-Dallas-Atheism-Examiner~y2009m5d17-Religion-in-the-workplace-the-Christians-side-of-the-discrimination-story . Note: still from the Atheism Examiner. I asked if the orientation of the office meant he only treated certain people and he said, “No, I ...
by Blast
Mon May 18, 2009 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Worker fired for atheism, not legally discrimination (Texas)
Replies: 147
Views: 12086

Re: Worker fired for atheism, not legally discrimination (Texas)

I disagree. Allow me to provide you with an example provided to me by Thomas Sowell- in 1936, only 3 black PhD holders were employed by all of the white colleges throughout the US, while the number of black PhD chemists employed by private industry was over 300. And that's one field. The biggest pi...
by Blast
Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Videogames Not Responsible for Columbine
Replies: 38
Views: 4797

Re: Videogames Not Responsible for Columbine

People already predisposed to violence due to psychological, socioeconomic, or other factors may play violent video games more often.
by Blast
Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Videogames Not Responsible for Columbine
Replies: 38
Views: 4797

Re: Videogames Not Responsible for Columbine

I remember one study that divided children into two groups, had one group play a violent video game and the other play a non violent video game, and then measured the amount of aggressive behavior (if two children want to play with the same toy, how do they resolve that conflict, etc.) of one group ...
by Blast
Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: School strip search case to be heard by Supreme Ct April 21
Replies: 306
Views: 22152

Re: School strip search case to be heard by Supreme Ct April 21

In loco parentis is not carte blanche to do whatever the hell you want. Despite Ix's claims, the school cannot compel students to salute the flag or recite the pledge of allegiance. Frazier v. Alexandre The school can COMPEL you to recite the pledge. (As long as a school offers an opt out by the par...
by Blast
Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: School strip search case to be heard by Supreme Ct April 21
Replies: 306
Views: 22152

Re: School strip search case to be heard by Supreme Ct April 21

At what age, scenario, criteria, situation do babies go from unable to give consent to 'adults' and able to give consent? I think your use of the word consent is a little off. 'Consent' is typically used for situations like entering into a contract or relationship, not for deciding if it's okay for...
by Blast
Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: School strip search case to be heard by Supreme Ct April 21
Replies: 306
Views: 22152

Re: School strip search case to be heard by Supreme Ct April 21

Ixtellor, I don't understand why you object so strongly to the concept of children having rights. They may not have the full rights of adults, or some of their rights are temporarily held by parents or proxies acting as parents, but they do have rights. And before you launch into another rampage of ...
by Blast
Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: School strip search case to be heard by Supreme Ct April 21
Replies: 306
Views: 22152

Re: School strip search case to be heard by Supreme Ct April 21

Will you concede that many parents first reaction is that their child is innocent and they they lawyer up when confronted with information their child is in possession of drugs? Yes, but that has no bearing on the legitimacy of a strip search. Back to the point. Do you think schools strip searching...
by Blast
Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: School strip search case to be heard by Supreme Ct April 21
Replies: 306
Views: 22152

Re: School strip search case to be heard by Supreme Ct April 21

1) Sadly, even if the girl did have drugs and it was herion, you would still probably attack the school officials. Every single time I caught a student with drugs, and some of them are brazen about it and wear it like a badge of honor, the parents say it was planted or that they "were just hol...
by Blast
Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Economist: Legalization is the Least Bad Solution
Replies: 47
Views: 4510

Re: Economist: Legalization is the Least Bad Solution

So, at best, currently illegal drugs would become prescription drugs? I mean if Prozac is not over the counter I doubt heroin will be. Or are some people arguing for everything to be available to all? I never hear people make the distinction. The idea is that making drugs illegal creates a powerful...
by Blast
Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Economist: Legalization is the Least Bad Solution
Replies: 47
Views: 4510

Re: Economist: Legalization is the Least Bad Solution

The modern masses don't realize the primary reason certain drugs were banned in the first place was that the government at the time was very racist. Exactly my point. Pro legalization advocates have been yelling this from the rooftops but most people still aren't aware of it. This is an indication ...
by Blast
Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Economist: Legalization is the Least Bad Solution
Replies: 47
Views: 4510

Re: Economist: Legalization is the Least Bad Solution

I agree that legalization doesn't necessarily mean legalization of everything. I have to wonder if there would be a market (not including current addicts) for crack and meth in a society where cocaine, heroin, and marijuana are legal. I think meth got so popular because you could make it with legal ...

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