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by Quercus
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 179
Views: 22129

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I've generally enjoyed TVP added into chilis or similar, but I have stopped knowing where to find any that isn't ordering it online. Out of curiosity, where do you get yours? (I know, different continent, unlikely to be actually useful to me, I'm just curious.) National health food chain in the UK ...
by Quercus
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 179
Views: 22129

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I eat a lot of textured vegetable protein these days - it's cheap, it's vegan and it keeps well. It seems to be almost universally hated though... Which I think it's almost entirely to do with the preparation instructions, which are basically "rehydrate with water, no need to brown". Yes, ...
by Quercus
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6474
Views: 502783

Re: Trump presidency

. I am not saying he did this as laying the groundwork for a political career. He did it to inflate his own ego and it just so happens that when he then went into politics this image served him well. I am also not saying that he is smart or skillful because he created this image. Anybody can inhere...
by Quercus
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts
Replies: 9
Views: 273

Re: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts

Thanks for the suggestions everyone - I'll have to check those out! For me some of the ones I listen to: ⋅  99 percent invisible - fantastic design-themed podcast. So interesting, and Roman Mars' voice is just delicious. ⋅  No such thing as a fish - the QI researcher team made a ...
by Quercus
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8230
Views: 1270061

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Coming out has went spectacularly so far. Yay! That's really good to hear. Haven't come out to family yet, as my mom is currently my landlord, so I want to be in a more secure place housing-wise in case things go south. Sounds like a sensible call, though sucks not being able to be open about it (I...
by Quercus
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 118
Views: 4472

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

"Assuming the consequent" is a formal fallacy. It is a syllogism of the form "If A then B, B, therefore A" or "All A are B, P is B, therefore P is A." That's not what's going on in the informal fallacy of begging the question. When begging the question, you make an arg...
by Quercus
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1068
Views: 188527

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Anyhow. I wish brown sauce were a thing in the US, because if it's like Worcestershire sauce without actually *being* that, then maybe it is both vegetarian and actually interesting and worth putting on food. I see it in the international section of the grocery store quite often. Look for HP sauce....
by Quercus
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Reasons for opaque drinking glasses with dark colored interiors?
Replies: 7
Views: 470

Re: Reasons for opaque drinking glasses with dark colored interiors?

EDIT: I mean it makes sense either way, but I was thinking more along the lines of coffee cup sort of situations. As someone who has done a lot of washing up by hand in a hard water area I can tell you one good reason for them - they save a lot of time which would otherwise be spent trying to scrub...
by Quercus
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 44
Views: 2165

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

This nomenclature should be extended even further. Planeplane: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fc/F-GSTB_-_2_Airbus_A.300B4-608ST_Beluga_Airbus_%288634655670%29.jpg It appears to be transporting nose sections, so that makes it a plane-nose-plane de-planing plane-noses through its p...
by Quercus
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 118
Views: 4472

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Are begging the question (in its sense as an informal fallacy) and circular reasoning identical? In particular, are there any forms of circular reasoning that don't take the form of premises (directly or indirectly) assuming the truth of the conclusions they are used to support? I feel like there mi...
by Quercus
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1068
Views: 188527

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Pfhorrest wrote:Also wtf is "brown sauce"?


Popular in the UK, ketchup adjacent in texture and use. Compared to ketchup has less tomato, more vinegar, addition of tamarind. Has a stronger, more acidic, less sweet flavour.
by Quercus
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7811264

Re: Thoughts for ships

How about wrapping them around a tube (bit of sawn off broom handle maybe), with each end secured to the tube with a bit of tape. Depends how frequently you need to access them - could get wasteful of tape if it's frequent). I tend to just wrap wires as a freeform spool around my fingers then twist ...
by Quercus
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 179
Views: 22129

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I think I've reached the point in my cooking where, for most sorts of dish I can look at a recipe and say things like "that looks too sweet, I won't add as much sugar", or "that's going to be too thick, let's add more liquid". Basically I know enough about how food behaves that I...
by Quercus
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1068
Views: 188527

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Crisp fried vegetables or halumi then lemon juice is an excellent option, or nothing Fish: lemon juice and tartare Chips - Mayo, aoli Chicken wings - hot sauce That's a good list. I'd add tentsuyu dipping sauce to the options for fried (tempura) veggies, and also note that most places I'll get ketc...
by Quercus
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1068
Views: 188527

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Ranch dressing and buffalo sauce are terrible. The best thing on fried crisp food is lots of lemon juice. The best thing on fried crisp food is ketchup, brown sauce, mayo (fresh only, lemon and/or garlic acceptable!) or tartare sauce... Depending on what the fried thing is. Who the hell puts ranch ...
by Quercus
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4069
Views: 531673

Re: The Darker Side of the News

gd1 wrote:This can't be right, can it? Movie pass not allowing previously cancelled users to cancel again after re-enrolling them automatically.

EDIT: Fixed post to be more accurate.


That's when you give your credit card company a call and ask them to bar payments to MoviePass.
by Quercus
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6474
Views: 502783

Re: Trump presidency

*snip* My feeling is that it's less deliberate than this. Trump is *highly* insecure and narcissistic, and that makes him easily manipulated ( article as per sourcing rules in this thread). Putin is currently performing such manipulation. If he wasn't in such a damaging position I'd almost feel sor...
by Quercus
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6474
Views: 502783

Re: Trump presidency

I knew that was a thing, but if that quote (within the quote) is not out of the obvious context then it's like a baker saying that he's no longer going to use any kind of oven in the future. If the baker has decided they don't want to make bread any more, but for some reason can't shut up shop enti...
by Quercus
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6474
Views: 502783

Re: Trump presidency

LaserGuy wrote: Claims he "misspoke".


Better than claiming that his own interview in the Sun about the UK visit was "fake news". Link
by Quercus
Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6474
Views: 502783

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, you're right... Sorry I helped drag the thread off-topic a couple of times. In on topic news, the Queen may have just had a dig at Trump through the medium of brooches . Oh! My!! Three Times! No. Nothing The Queen wears is by coincidence. 1. A Personal Gift from Mr. and Mrs. Obama. 2. A token...
by Quercus
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6474
Views: 502783

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, you're right... Sorry I helped drag the thread off-topic a couple of times.

In on topic news, the Queen may have just had a dig at Trump through the medium of brooches.
by Quercus
Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6474
Views: 502783

Re: Trump presidency

But a majority didn't agree with it so much as viewed it as a 'necessary evil', and I'm fairly certain the slaves themselves didn't agree to it. However, if a majority did agree to it, then yeah, it'd be "right" just as the overwhelming majority of people are opposed to it today therefore...
by Quercus
Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4069
Views: 531673

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Anyways, he's also offering to fix the water in flint for anyone still stuck with crap water. The fact that his attempt to help some stranded children devolved into a twitter spat seems kinda minor in comparison to the good he does. I'm not going to deny that he does plenty of good stuff, but he's ...
by Quercus
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4069
Views: 531673

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Oh good, Musk has added "wild overreactions to imagined or minor slights" to "delusions of grandeur" and "insane pet projects." Two more and I've got a Supervillain Bingo! No, wait, there was that thing where he thinks that we're actually living in the Matrix because y...
by Quercus
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28487
Views: 3024815

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

In the UK the equivalent of the Hungarian csekk is called a "bank giro credit". You pay them at a bank rather than the post office (though, according to some brief googling the system used to be run by the post office). The only time I've every had to deal with them is for final utility bi...
by Quercus
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6474
Views: 502783

Re: Trump presidency

Mm, how does one assign moral worth, then? Is it equal on a per species basis, meaning all human lives are as nothing compared to the worth of the beetles and parasitic wasps? Or on a per mind basis, which would also reflect poorly on humanity? No, definitely not equal on a per-species basis, as yo...
by Quercus
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6474
Views: 502783

Re: Trump presidency

It's easier to discount the insect's individual moral worth. I think you will find that this is a point on which we differ, probably quite profoundly. There are a ton of insects, and they are generally not terribly sapient. I suspect most humans would not grant an insect a great deal of worth over ...
by Quercus
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6474
Views: 502783

Re: Trump presidency

i'd just like to interject that a vector can be converted to a scalar by calculating its length. you just need conversion factors for all dimensions. But by doing so you lose information, which I think is rather our point. Sure, you can convert all forms of value to dollars (in more or less sensibl...
by Quercus
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6474
Views: 502783

Re: Trump presidency

One problem I have with the "everything has a dollar value" model is that it breaks down when beings other than humans are regarded as having intrinsic moral worth. A lot of the examples of how to determine value come down to "work out what someone will pay to keep/obtain something&qu...
by Quercus
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28487
Views: 3024815

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

I remember a story (which I sincerely hope is apocryphal) about someone trying to cash a cheque written on the side of a live pig
by Quercus
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6474
Views: 502783

Re: Trump presidency

but many non-profit organizations exist to address some issue or problem, and while raising money is one useful tool for achieving that goal, it's not the only one, nor is it actually the reason the organization exists. To cement this with a real life example; I was the treasurer of a small charity...
by Quercus
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7811264

Re: Thoughts for ships

I've had companies which are something of an ordeal to call because something in their hold music sets off my sensory processing issues. I've not had any so bad that I am unable to stay on the line at all, but I imagine that some people with sensory issues would have that experience. I advocate sil...
by Quercus
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7811264

Re: Thoughts for ships

I've had companies which are something of an ordeal to call because something in their hold music sets off my sensory processing issues. I've not had any so bad that I am unable to stay on the line at all, but I imagine that some people with sensory issues would have that experience. I advocate sile...
by Quercus
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7811264

Re: Thoughts for ships

I actually work at a call center, where people are fairly happy to work and many have been here for years at a time. We're not a standard call center - we provide phone-based coaching to people who are trying to quit smoking, and the people working here feel a lot of satisfaction and being able to ...
by Quercus
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7811264

Re: Thoughts for ships

If they don't like it or feel management has made some poor decisions then they have the choice to find another profession. I would contend that very few people working in call centres have the choice to find another profession. If they did, many would have already done so. It's not renowned as...
by Quercus
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7811264

Re: Thoughts for ships

If elected Emperor of Earth, I vow to create the following law: Anyone who works for a call center, including all staff, managers, directors, and majority shareholders, must submit to a session at least once a year involving being locked into a secure soundproof room and being subjected to no less ...
by Quercus
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6474
Views: 502783

Re: Trump presidency

Also, as an aside, regardless of how effectively you think they do it our economic systems only ever value *human* quality of life. As someone who places great value in the more-than-human world such systems are resulting in what, to me, is a moral crime of unspeakable magnitude. This may go some w...
by Quercus
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6474
Views: 502783

Re: Trump presidency

All things, at some point, become an economic investment. The environment, human health, infrastructure. All of these have some financial value. The point is mostly to do those things when they are the best remaining economic investment, instead of putting off economic investments because "we ...
by Quercus
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6474
Views: 502783

Re: Trump presidency

That said, I think it is entirely excusable that morals in earlier times justified exploiting animals. If they had no better options, what else could they do? I agree, but I think it would have been even better to have recognised, explicitly, that this was a sub-optimal necessity forced by the lack...
by Quercus
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6474
Views: 502783

Re: Trump presidency

If the moral option, however, would not work(not merely is unpopular, but simply could not work), it's different, though. It's a sign that perhaps morals need to be re-examined. I disagree with this, quite strongly. I'm going to explain why in pseudo-algebra, because that makes the most sense to me...

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