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by Quercus
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 255
Views: 42745

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Sungura wrote:Order fish n chips in America you get british chips (aka fries). Otherwise, chips in america are crunchy (british crisp).


Do you get British chips (thick cut) or fries (thin cut)?
by Quercus
Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 255
Views: 42745

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

We also have a lot if asian chestnuts. They are an invasive species. Aha, I didn't know about Asian chestnuts, that's what I was missing And while the chestnut blight desimated the american chestnut, they do still exist and now that the blight long since swept through they are coming back. A friend...
by Quercus
Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 255
Views: 42745

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I can guess what “chestnut paste” is but no clue how to make that either. I dont even know where to buy chestnuts so i guess i have to wait for them to be in season here and grab them off the trails as I hike? It's a specifically French thing - you can find it in larger UK supermarkets if you're ov...
by Quercus
Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28597
Views: 3350205

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 th...
by Quercus
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90128
Views: 8706554

Re: Thoughts for ships

↶ TIL that that was a thing - it never happened in the UK AFAIK, because our sockets are just too damn big to fit into the back of a PSU Well, not a full wall socket, but a reversed C13 connector: this is one of the few pictures I was able to find . Ohhh! That socket is output (of course it is, the...
by Quercus
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90128
Views: 8706554

Re: Thoughts for ships

When and why did computers stop having that neat outlet on the PSU for the monitor? Almost every computer had it around the millenium, probably because it frees up a socket, so there must be some drawback that resulted in its disappearance but I'm not seeing it. TIL that that was a thing - it never...
by Quercus
Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 255
Views: 42745

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I want to try and cut back on my meat, egg and dairy consumption. What are some good things to easily just add to my diet with little effort while ensuring I meet my dietary requirements? Spaghetti and falafels or other vegan "meatball" is an obvious one. I was going to try making a vegan...
by Quercus
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1371
Views: 217734

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

At this point, the UK (and to some extent the EU) needs to figure out something stable, something that the middle section of the UK electorate genuinely likes. At this point, can that still be EU membership? From what I see there isn't much of a middle ground any more, certainly not one big enough ...
by Quercus
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13415
Views: 1645616

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Sableagle wrote:I don't know whether to be more afraid of the guy who strolled down to his punt with that over his shoulder or of the duck that made him think he needed it.


Um... That gun ain't for ducks. That gun's for flocks.
by Quercus
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90128
Views: 8706554

Re: Thoughts for ships

Totally judging you for only having one Adnams beer on that list (not really, it's just that I spent a lot of childhood summers in the town where Adnams is brewed, so it has a special place in my heart). Btw, I strongly recommend Mosaic pale ale if you're looking to expand your Adnams experience.
by Quercus
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28597
Views: 3350205

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

I spent an hour in an urgent care center with a deep concern that I had a periodontal abscess and all it turned out to be was some inflammation from a poorly-fit over-the-counter nightguard. I feel stupid now. I once went to the doctor very concerned that I had an unexplained lump in my foot. The d...
by Quercus
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 745799

Re: Trump presidency

Which is the greater evil; harm caused through malice or indifference? The one who harms through malice has twisted reasons, but the one who harms through indifference doesn't even need a reason... I would suggest that regarding a well-resourced organisation with a clear duty of care indifference i...
by Quercus
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 212547

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Saw a thing the other day where they made chocolate leave decoratios by painting one side a mint leaf with melted choc and left it to set, then peeled away the leaf. You could experiment with that or with dipping a whole leaf in choc? That's a great idea! My current level of togetherness is more &q...
by Quercus
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 212547

Re: Controversial opinions about food

poxic wrote:Good luck with it. In my experience actually eating fresh mint involves more chlorophyll taste than I'd prefer.

I already know that I love eating fresh mint leaves (to the point that I will graze upon friends' cocktail garnishes), so unless the chocolate makes that worse I think I'll be good.
by Quercus
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 212547

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Mint and chocolate is a dicey combination. Can be good, can be shite. The best mint choc I ever had was a high dollar choccie that was infused with the taste of a fresh mint leaf. I have no idea how they accomplished it but by George it was like eating a real green leaf alongside the chocolate. Cou...
by Quercus
Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 212547

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Zohar wrote:OK but we all agree chocolate mint is horrible, right?

Depends... After eights are awful abominations that need to be wiped from the face of the earth. Mint aero is quite nice though.
by Quercus
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28597
Views: 3350205

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

I spent an hour in an urgent care center with a deep concern that I had a periodontal abscess and all it turned out to be was some inflammation from a poorly-fit over-the-counter nightguard. I feel stupid now. I once went to the doctor very concerned that I had an unexplained lump in my foot. The d...
by Quercus
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15113
Views: 2530269

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

As for taxonomy, that's actually more of a map than actual science. It started as just a way for Linneus to group animals in much the same way a person might organize paints, and when paleontology and so forth came about it turned out that it was relatively accurate in terms of evolutionary history...
by Quercus
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 255
Views: 42745

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

If I am going to make a large meat pie, what kind of crust do I make / recipe suggestions? I have only ever done sweet pies before with a crumbly sweet butter crust type thing - butter, flour, bit of salt, sugar. (can you tell I dont know my pastries?) ...hot water crust, perhaps? seems like it wou...
by Quercus
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Gunnerkrigg Court
Replies: 158
Views: 57471

Re: Gunnerkrigg Court

I really need to get my comic reading systems sorted out again... it just hasn't been the same since the effective demise of RSS. I've missed nearly an entire chapter! Demise of RSS? I use feedly and my RSS feeds seem to all work fine. Okay, this is embarrassing. It turns out that the only thing wh...
by Quercus
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Gunnerkrigg Court
Replies: 158
Views: 57471

Re: Gunnerkrigg Court

I really need to get my comic reading systems sorted out again... it just hasn't been the same since the effective demise of RSS. I've missed nearly an entire chapter!
by Quercus
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 255
Views: 42745

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I've always thought kiwi fruit tastes similar to mustard but the opinion doesn't seem to be widely shared. Does anyone else get what I mean? What type of mustard are we talking? And which component of flavour? I can kind of see it if you're talking about the acid tang that some mustards have, but i...
by Quercus
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 745799

Re: Trump presidency

It's not really a dog whistle if the non-dogs are hearing it. The right hears it, believes it, sees it as a positive. The left hears it, believes it and rails against it. Much of the center either doesn't hear it or doesn't believe it, therefore ignores the right and ridicules the left as paranoid....
by Quercus
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 745799

Re: Trump presidency

This is quite accurate. With words like "nationalism" having connotations beyond the traditional meanings, this is a way for mainstream politicians to signal to certain groups that he/she supports those groups, but has to use language that appeals to a broader base. Moderate supporters ca...
by Quercus
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 745799

Re: Trump presidency

When not otherwise qualified (e.g. "white nationalism"), is "nationalism" really a taboo thing to associate with in America? "America first" seems like, if anything, the default position of most politicians, and one that's likely to play well with voters. Maybe we more...
by Quercus
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 745799

Re: Trump presidency

makes one wonder what they'd do with someone like me, who is an XXY male, if they are determining it by chromosomes (do they even check that at birth? Neither of my kids had it done, I'm certain). I really doubt they've thought about that at all. Science is not their strong suit. How? HOW does some...
by Quercus
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 745799

Re: Trump presidency

eran_rathan wrote:makes one wonder what they'd do with someone like me, who is an XXY male, if they are determining it by chromosomes (do they even check that at birth? Neither of my kids had it done, I'm certain).


I really doubt they've thought about that at all. Science is not their strong suit.
by Quercus
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 745799

Re: Trump presidency

Maybe it's also a way to out trans people so that the general public can harass them? Lots of schools have problems where they put them into special rooms that ostracize students rather than let them share lockers with people of the same gender. I mean, if that's discrimination now, it'll be discri...
by Quercus
Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 745799

Re: Trump presidency

Overton window thing, sure. I don't see how it'll heavily impact people. What sort of concrete impact are we proposing? It's primarily about denying transgender people access to protection under federal civil rights laws such as title IX. Article from the ACLU . Over the weekend, The New York Times...
by Quercus
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 745799

Re: Trump presidency

Trump endorses assault of US journalist.

Kinda concerning, given that encouraging literal attacks on the press is chapter 1 of "Instituting a Fascist Dictatorship, an Idiot's Guide"...
by Quercus
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 745799

Re: Trump presidency

This view is very deeply mired in specific cultural assumptions. In particular it assumes that a state of being disconnected from your land and its history is healthy and normal (note that I'm talking about land, not nations :- rocks and soil, rivers and mountains, forests and lakes); and that a st...
by Quercus
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 745799

Re: Trump presidency

What if the only place where I can be happy is my ancestral home? Then you need therapy; it's not the rules over housing that's the problem, it's you. This view is very deeply mired in specific cultural assumptions. In particular it assumes that a state of being disconnected from your land and its ...
by Quercus
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9944
Views: 1910459

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Is there any shell out there that supports selecting and copying text on the line? (with support for sensible keybindings like home to go to the start of a line, ctrl+shift+left to select the word to the left) Most of the time I'm working from within screen, so I can copy anything with ctrl+a,[ but...
by Quercus
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15113
Views: 2530269

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

but attention seeking is basically essential to the medium. Good art that noone gets to see is of little value at the end of the day I disagree with this quite strongly. Unpublished and unpublicised art can nevertheless have a profound impact on the artist themselves. I think you are taking what I ...
by Quercus
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15113
Views: 2530269

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

but attention seeking is basically essential to the medium. Good art that noone gets to see is of little value at the end of the day I disagree with this quite strongly. Unpublished and unpublicised art can nevertheless have a profound impact on the artist themselves. I have experienced this firsth...
by Quercus
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15113
Views: 2530269

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

The core issue is I don't think there's any clean way to define 'art' at all. Art is basically anything that is engineered to make people think and feel, and the better the art, the more people it will cause to think and feel, and the more deeply they will do so. But obviously that's a totally subj...
by Quercus
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 745799

Re: Trump presidency

I just don't get why they're insisting on this guy . My guess is that part of it is probably norm-shifting. You push the outrageous candidate through, everyone reasonable gets all outraged, but then it goes through anyway and people get the subconscious message that a) they are powerless to change ...
by Quercus
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90128
Views: 8706554

Re: Thoughts for ships

https://youtu.be/3jstaBeXgAs?t=52 https://youtu.be/MK0SrxBC1xs?t=14 "There is not a motivation, apart from simple theft, that would necessitate developing the skills, which are not insignificant, required to do this." - someone who's never spent much time around gamers or security service...
by Quercus
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 20009

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

The actual phoneme sequences are almost entirely arbitrary. For me some words are definitely pretty, and some are ugly. Some words also sound consonent with their meanings, and others sound dissonant with them. I'm guessing that my various slight synaesthesias might have something to do with that. ...
by Quercus
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 20009

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

As we're discussing this, I thought I'd ask a question that's been bothering me for a while. What do y'all think of having and expressing aesthetic preferences in the use of language that are at odds with how usage patterns are evolving? One example would be "effect" as a verb as in "...

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