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by pogrmman
Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Random natterings
Replies: 89482
Views: 4876540

Re: Random natterings

I went to the rodeo for the first time in like 8 years. My little cousins are in town, and we decided to do something "Texan" for them. It's so much fun -- they've got a carnival and the rodeo. It's all almost exactly like I remember it! Except for the fact that they now announce the event...
by pogrmman
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Great Recommendation Thread (Movie, TV, Anime, Cartoon)
Replies: 274
Views: 114843

Re: The Great Recommendation Thread (Movie, TV, Anime, Cartoon)

Zohar wrote:The new Planet Earth is good! We're enjoying that!


I've only seen two episodes, and I'm loving it as much as I love the original one!

The footage is awesome.
by pogrmman
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9563
Views: 1344671

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Actual coding question: I'm working with a class that wraps two dictionaries -- one that maps a unique value ("A") to a non-unique value ("b"), and one that maps that non-unique to a set containing all the unique values that are mapped to it. In other words, as one dictionary ma...
by pogrmman
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2459
Views: 252113

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Well, this is a new horror. People send strobing tweets to person with epilepsy, hoping to trigger seizures (and possibly death). Thankfully, the police have held the instigator. Why the hell would somebody do that? I'd like to believe that everybody is good inside, but stuff like this really, real...
by pogrmman
Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 100813

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

Necro-posting because now Randall has to hate Boston Public Schools: http://www.wbur.org/edify/2017/03/16/world-maps-boston-public-schools Social studies teachers in the second, seventh and 11th grades in Boston schools will now have Peters projection maps to use in their classrooms. The Peters pro...
by pogrmman
Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Who likes BREAD?
Replies: 169
Views: 53458

Re: Who likes BREAD?

On such short baking windows, I have a tendency to do enriched breads instead. Any lean doughs that are baked in less than 4 hours from flour hitting the water always seems bland to me, need some fat and sugar to round them out. My go-to is a vienna bread, which adds 4-5% fat/sugar and some milk so...
by pogrmman
Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 240
Views: 13959

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I use junk for just all sorts of random crap that may or may not be needed. Like "my room is full of junk right now" -- it's a basic word for things making stuff messy for me. Trash and garbage, on the other hand, I only use for things that actually need to be thrown out. I use them fairly...
by pogrmman
Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2459
Views: 252113

Re: The Darker Side of the News

A group that's been described as a 'Hate group' against women and lgbtiq is representing the US at the UN conference on women's rights. What the hell. They should be the last people going -- I know they are just there as advisors, but SERIOUSLY! People advocating against women's rights acting as ad...
by pogrmman
Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 32
Views: 1975

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

The strips about Beret Guy's business are my favourites. I'm a little surprised there have only been eight . I'm also a huge fan of his business strips. Even overall, I think he's my favorite character in the whole comic. I mean, everybody else is funny, but beret guy is just so bizarre -- it's hil...
by pogrmman
Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Who likes BREAD?
Replies: 169
Views: 53458

Re: Who likes BREAD?

Firm starters are the best! I find that I usually don't get a super sour result with them, but instead a nice, complex flavor. Also, I think they are easier to maintain. On another note, I'm a college student, and it turns out the dining hall won't be open for dinner (because of spring break), so I ...
by pogrmman
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Who likes BREAD?
Replies: 169
Views: 53458

Re: Who likes BREAD?

I'm of the mind that the location only matters a little, and that it's really in how you maintain the starter (what kind of flour, how often you feed it, what hydration, etc.). The concept of how starters change when they move is a very contentious subject. Shoot me a PM and I can answer any questi...
by pogrmman
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1583427

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

Oxford comma* settles dispute . *or lack of one. I've always argued the Oxford comma can reduce confusion for anyone who communicates, including your parents, Ronald Reagan and Koko the Gorilla. I've always preferred the Oxford comma. I'm glad to see the resolution of this case. The statute clearly...
by pogrmman
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 96
Views: 3096

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Popcorn on the 'bad' end of the scale? Outrage. Popcorn is delicious. Salt and butter are delicious. Popcorn is a vehicle. Recently discovered that Trader Joes sells a potato chip seasoned with salt, butter, and honey, and just that. It's like sweet popcorn without the nasty kernels. Sweet popcorn ...
by pogrmman
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 96
Views: 3096

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

I'm in shock. :shock: The rankings on each line are so clearly in reverse order from Empirically True Tastiness Ratings that I thought he was trolling us at first. I mean, citrus rules, y'all, and cotton candy, watermelon, artificial strawberry, and creamsicle all drool. (And not in a salivating-be...
by pogrmman
Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41014

Re: Trump presidency

Also, whatever happened about... Something else happened to distract everyone. Not just here, but in general. I mean, I haven't looked that hard, but it doesn't seem like I've seen any newer articles about it beyond the "this happened, administration denies knowing about it, paperw...
by pogrmman
Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41014

Re: Trump presidency

Also, whatever happened about... Something else happened to distract everyone. Not just here, but in general. I mean, I haven't looked that hard, but it doesn't seem like I've seen any newer articles about it beyond the "this happened, administration denies knowing about it, paperwork is filed...
by pogrmman
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41014

Re: Trump presidency

Well, that was... interesting to say the least. I don't check the forum for like two days, and there is a big flurry of activity that gets kind of uncivil to the point that the thread got locked. Anyway, back on topic. I do like Mattis as a security advisor. He seems level headed and civil from what...
by pogrmman
Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 96
Views: 3096

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

I'm reading this entire chart as having to do with "artificial flavors" of things like hard candy. Yes, no way popcorn by itself warrants that bad a rating. He must be referring to popcorn-flavoured jelly beans (which, really, shouldn't even be on this scale - look away from your monitor,...
by pogrmman
Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 96
Views: 3096

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

I have problems with this. First, licorice deserves a far higher placement, as does lemon, orange, coffee, and popcorn. White chocolatey is way too high, as is cotton candy.

Either way, I thought this comic was humorous and I enjoyed it.
by pogrmman
Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 3916
Views: 574331

Re: Today I Made:

Really yesterday, but chile garlic oregano cibatta. It was delicious -- I wish I'd added more chiles than I did. Because I'm in a small town in the Midwest, I didn't exactly have much of a selection there, so I went with dried New Mexico chiles (I rehydrated them). The crumb had this neat orange col...
by pogrmman
Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1808: "Hacking"
Replies: 32
Views: 2562

Re: 1808: "Hacking"

That would be a great switch to have -- what's the first thing most people do after compiling? Run the executable they just made. Why not make it easier? The switch is called && ./a.out and must be appended at the end of the command line. :roll: Of course I know that -- but it's still much,...
by pogrmman
Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets
Replies: 21
Views: 1764

Re: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets

Wikileaks has released a huge trove of documents apparently taken from the CIA documenting the agency's ability to hack into types of electronic equipment and services including various zero-day exploits to hack into Android and iOS phones, as well as PCs and other assorted hardware such as Samsung...
by pogrmman
Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1808: "Hacking"
Replies: 32
Views: 2562

Re: 1808: "Hacking"

Does gcc have any features that let you run arbitrary code? After all it's a compiler, not an interpreter. It really ought to have a switch to execute the output file automatically. Another thing it ought to have is a warning when you're about to overwrite the input source file with the output. Tha...
by pogrmman
Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1808: "Hacking"
Replies: 32
Views: 2562

Re: 1808: "Hacking"

itaibn wrote:Does gcc have any features that let you run arbitrary code? After all it's a compiler, not an interpreter.


Because it mentions gcc and bash in tandem, I was thinking something simple like:

Code: Select all

$ gcc code.c -o code
$ ./code


Not some way to get just gcc to execute code.
by pogrmman
Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 240
Views: 13959

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I have to force myself to use "thank you" instead of "thankyou". It just seems like it should be contracted. Not a portmanteau, so much as a monatomic run-on of some kind. But, especially as red squiggly underlines (or equivalent) highlight my error when I make it, I resist the ...
by pogrmman
Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:14 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logan
Replies: 38
Views: 1316

Re: Logan

I saw it tonight too. As somebody who had no background whatsoever on the story (like I haven't seen or read any of the X-men movies/comics or either Wolverine movie), I thought I wasn't going to be able to get much. I knew kind of (sort of) what the X-men were, but didn't know any specifics. I was ...
by pogrmman
Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Complexity of grammar
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Re: Complexity of grammar

I actually kind of like more heavily inflected languages (then again, why would I be taking Russian if I didn't?). I also agree that there isn't a good measure for "degree" of complexity of a language's grammar. Yeah, English grammar doesn't have nearly as many parts as other languages, bu...
by pogrmman
Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 3916
Views: 574331

Re: Today I Made:

Louisiana red beans and rice Shudder I love red beans and rice, only I don't think I'll be able to eat it any time soon. Last time I went backpacking (7 day trip last summer), I didn't have time to dehydrate my own food, so I bought some. A taste test at home suggested that I should bring the red b...
by pogrmman
Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5241
Views: 620065

Re: Police misbehavior thread

How can that be accidental? Seriously -- the excuse they have in the article seems weak, especially when mixed with all the rest of the stuff it says happened to the guy. The authorities have charged the police officers with assault and rape; The defendants' legal team are claiming the injuries wer...
by pogrmman
Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1725: "Linear Regression"
Replies: 27
Views: 4056

Re: 1725: "Linear Regression"

538 just tried to use this graph as a key argument for an article: https://espnfivethirtyeight.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/ades_chua.png I'm seeing a crossbow: http://i.imgur.com/YbX36j3.png I agree with you, but the article does mention that while this isn't a particularly strong correlation in fi...
by pogrmman
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41014

Re: Trump presidency

According to AP, Trump is asking for a $54B increase in the defense budget.

Sorry for linking to a tweet, but they haven't published an article yet on it.

The put out an article on it, so the link is updated.
by pogrmman
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 240
Views: 13959

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Why do we say "scuba" as /skubə/ "skooba" and not /skjubə/ "skyooba"? We say "Cuba" as /kjubə/. Hmm. Interesting question. At first I thought it might be because it's an acronym, but "CUNY" is /kjuni/. Then I thought it might be the "s", b...
by pogrmman
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145984

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Mega85 wrote:Do you pronounce "herbivore" with an initial /h/? I do, even though I don't use a /h/ in "herb".


Nope -- I also pronounce herb without it as well.
by pogrmman
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0446: "In Popular Culture"
Replies: 142
Views: 30018

Re: 0446: "In Popular Culture"

yosemitehalfdome wrote:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:%22In_popular_culture%22_content#In_popular_culture

My life is complete. Time to activate the implosion of the blogosphere.


Hurrah!

I like how this is literally the only thing in the whole section.
by pogrmman
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 27
Views: 3016

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

I've never liked the ?'s and !'s added to chess moves. They're just a subjective commentary on the game, and they can be wrong. Unless everyone runs them through Stockfish or something to somewhat qualify them before I see them. I've only done it in pretty obvious situations -- like the time my opp...
by pogrmman
Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Today I Learned
Replies: 13088
Views: 1000054

Re: Today I Learned

My little Peach Tree is Booming its little heart out. The flowers are a pretty pink and very delicate looking. What is surprising is these little blooms have survived a near constant pounding of rain And gale force winds. They look delicate; But, they are Tough little Peach Tree Blossoms. How will ...
by pogrmman
Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 27
Views: 3016

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

O-O ?!

I really liked this one. The title text is great (!)

It's been ages since I've played chess. I should get back into it.
by pogrmman
Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Who likes BREAD?
Replies: 169
Views: 53458

Re: Who likes BREAD?

I just picked up a loaf from the store. Are you saying you bought the flour itself and mixed multiple grains together to bake? Correct. I don't really buy bread very often anymore, cheaper to bake it myself, and I get exactly what I want! Good bread from a local bakery can be upwards of $5 a loaf, ...
by pogrmman
Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 4233

Re: 1799: Bad Map Projection: Time Zones

funky_nickie wrote:Looks like xkcd recognizes the annexation of Crimea, which makes me very, very sad. :(


I thought it was yellow at first!

Well, he's recognizing the de facto situation...
by pogrmman
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5241
Views: 620065

Re: Police misbehavior thread

LaserGuy wrote:Just going to leave this here.

French Police Sodomized Young Black Man By Accident: Investigators


How can that be accidental? Seriously -- the excuse they have in the article seems weak, especially when mixed with all the rest of the stuff it says happened to the guy.

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