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by PossibleSloth
Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Proper chemical safety
Replies: 25
Views: 2653

Re: Proper chemical safety

Be warned: regularly buying 50 gallon drums of KOH for home use might make people think you're a serial killer. If it gets in your eye again, I second what ++$_ said: water and plenty of it. As a matter of fact, that's what the MSDS says too Eye Contact: Immediately flush eyes with plenty of water f...
by PossibleSloth
Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP Protect Life Act...doesn't.
Replies: 548
Views: 49222

Re: GOP Protect Life Act...doesn't.

Just wanna point out that the names of bills are totally irrelevant. The act that created the interstate system was called the defense act. Sidebar here - it was called that because thats what it was. The interstate system was developed by the government specifically for the purpose of having a con...
by PossibleSloth
Fri Jan 28, 2011 12:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In Capitalist America, Facebook Uses You!
Replies: 65
Views: 7939

Re: In Capitalist America, Facebook Uses You!

I agreed to give Facebook my pictures, and don't particularly care what they do with them. But I do deny them my essence. Well played. In the name of Her Majesty and the 2nd Continental Congress, I salute you. Seriously, I haven't even logged into Facebook since they started the "like" cr...
by PossibleSloth
Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: "Bad Project" Gaga parody - thought you'd all like...
Replies: 4
Views: 951

Re: "Bad Project" Gaga parody - thought you'd all like...

That's awesome! I actually think I might have met some the people in the video. Science is such a small world...
by PossibleSloth
Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chilean miners & sunlight
Replies: 16
Views: 1713

Re: Chilean miners & sunlight

Couldn't it be some sort of muscle atrophy? If your pupils are constantly dilated, then it would seem possible for the muscles that resize the pupil would become "out of shape" so to speak. The pupilary reflex only accounts for a relatively small amount of light/dark adaptation. It's most...
by PossibleSloth
Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Hugh Laurie:A Real American Doctor FROM AMERICA (House M.D.)
Replies: 711
Views: 111145

Re: House M.D.

Mo0man wrote:
Spoiler:
Wilde is doing a movie, so she's not going to be back for a while at least. Depending on how well it does she might never be back

And what could be more important than a TRON sequel?
by PossibleSloth
Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Colbert-Hosted Tea Bag Rally! 30-10
Replies: 114
Views: 12848

Re: A Colbert-Hosted Tea Bag Rally?

What's wrong with reddit? What's good about reddit? (other than the aforementioned charity/truthynessification) How about you answer the question I asked you instead of being childish? maybe he prefers digg Actually, I dislike both, for the same reasons. Do you dislike them both because lots of oth...
by PossibleSloth
Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology Questions
Replies: 27
Views: 8024

Re: Biology Questions

LemonyCricket wrote:ALSO: Is methanol just methane with a hydroxyl group? Because that would totally blow my mind.
by PossibleSloth
Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: [School] Carbon Monoxide generation?
Replies: 9
Views: 2269

Re: [School] Carbon Monoxide generation?

You can suffocate a rat pretty easily using CO2 as well, plus you can buy tanks of it from any store that sells paintball gear. Or you can generate it in a chemical reaction by setting something on fire :P
by PossibleSloth
Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is there a single celled (or very low cell count) creature..
Replies: 16
Views: 2542

Re: Is there a single celled (or very low cell count) creatu

Coffee wrote:...try doing a google search for haploid animals?


Done and done.

I love the thought that male bees and wasps are basically extremely complex spermatozoa.
by PossibleSloth
Wed Jul 28, 2010 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The brain: How do you think it works?
Replies: 46
Views: 5600

Re: The brain: How do you think it works?

Obviously there's a tiny man/woman inside the brain that sees and hears through our senses and tells us what to do. That little person's brain is able to think because there's an even smaller...
by PossibleSloth
Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Emergency refrigeration?
Replies: 46
Views: 5234

Re: Emergency refridgeration?

A benchtop cooler might be the way to go. Of course, they're not cheap either.
by PossibleSloth
Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Toy Story 3! ^^;
Replies: 87
Views: 23815

Re: Toy Story 3! ^^;

I had forgotten how well-cast these movies are. Wallace Shawn as a T-Rex is awesome!

Also loved the Gypsy Kings cover of "You've got a friend in me" at the end.
by PossibleSloth
Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 153196

Re: public misconceptions

Don't touch that! It's sublimating!
by PossibleSloth
Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Find the paper with the coolest title.
Replies: 11
Views: 2656

Re: Find the paper with the coolest title.

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide: Its Effects on a Male Asiatic Elephant
This was published in SCIENCE! (albeit in 1962)
by PossibleSloth
Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:54 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: I need suggestions for a research project
Replies: 8
Views: 1259

Re: I need suggestions for a research project

hintss wrote:my mom says that back when she worked in a lab that handled plants, her team grafted tomatoes to potatoes, and both tasted terrible. try that...

One word: Tomacco.
by PossibleSloth
Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York State to ban SALT
Replies: 96
Views: 10585

Re: New York State to ban SALT

Vieto wrote:what? Big Brother has increased the salt rations to 0g?

As opposed to state-mandated dialysis 3 times a day. Those were some rough times...
by PossibleSloth
Sun May 30, 2010 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain explosion.
Replies: 3
Views: 760

Re: Brain explosion.

See also: Excitotoxicity. Basically, too much excitatory input can cause a massive influx of calcium into a neuron and kill it.
by PossibleSloth
Mon May 24, 2010 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: LOST
Replies: 454
Views: 38709

Re: LOST

Yeah, I totally got the impression that Darlton were talking to the audience through that Jack/Locke conversation. You might call it leaning on the fourth wall. Just like Miles explaining to Hurley how time travel works back in season 5. It was pretty obvious Hurley was speaking for confused forumi...
by PossibleSloth
Wed May 12, 2010 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Student Quotes
Replies: 870
Views: 224856

Re: Awesome Student Quotes

In high school English, we were going over vocabulary: Teacher: The next word is "Jeremiad"... Student: (interrupting) WAS A BULLFROG!!! Rest of Class: WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE! Never understood a single word he said... (and so on) By the time we stopped singing, two other teachers had le...
by PossibleSloth
Sat May 01, 2010 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Naturalness of homosexual behavior
Replies: 41
Views: 7633

Re: Naturalness of homosexual behavior

Surgery with a placebo pain reliever? I'm gonna call [citation needed] on that, since I doubt such a study would pass many ethics boards... For your information, there was an appendectomy performed on an non-sedated patient who was under hypnosis on an episode of scrubs , or were you just talking a...
by PossibleSloth
Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Hugh Laurie:A Real American Doctor FROM AMERICA (House M.D.)
Replies: 711
Views: 111145

Re: House M.D.

Did anyone else notice the framed picture of Stephen Colbert in House's office? Colbert has had a picture of "Dr. House" on a shelf on his set for years (next to his honorary doctorate of fine arts) and I like that House was returning the favor. I also recently found out that one of the mo...
by PossibleSloth
Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Right to die.
Replies: 187
Views: 31024

Re: Right to die.

As far as punishing people for preventing suicide I'll side with Le1bn1z. My logic is that:

A: A major depressive episode can be enough to drive a person to attempt suicide.
B: These episodes are usually temporary.
C: Suicide is not reversible.
by PossibleSloth
Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Are cancer cells edible?
Replies: 29
Views: 4901

Re: Are cancer cells edible?

If we could do something like that, though, it would be better to just grow it in a culture flask. Grow the meat without having to raise all that pesky animal with it's need for space and health and waste management and stuff. Not surprisingly, this is already being tried but is a long way from bei...
by PossibleSloth
Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why aren't we happy?
Replies: 108
Views: 18250

Re: Why aren't we happy?

I'd suggest that high rates of depression in industrialized society may be due in part to the strange wake/sleep cycles we often adopt. There is extensive research showing probable links between circadian rhythm disruption and mood disorders (see SAD ). For many people in industrialized nations, sta...
by PossibleSloth
Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are you entitled to your money?
Replies: 167
Views: 21397

Re: Are you entitled to your money?

But that is not what you wrote. Your statement was it came down to what someone was voluntarily willing to pay, and what someone thinks they're worth. In terms of the employer being unbiased, if I am paying someone, and view it as my money, I will want to keep as much money as possible - is this no...
by PossibleSloth
Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0719: "Brain Worms"
Replies: 140
Views: 29054

Re: "Brain Worms" Discussion

Does this mean other people have had the dream where they're chased around their front yard by flying, hostile laundry detergent? Cause it's nice to know I'm not the only one.

The teeth-falling-out dream I blame on two years of braces.
by PossibleSloth
Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York State to ban SALT
Replies: 96
Views: 10585

Re: New York State to ban SALT

The issue here is not the use of the substance as it is with trans fats, it's systemic overuse of the substance. Something which law can't really do anything about properly. I suppose you could tax the ever-loving hell out of it. I bet McDonald's would use less salt if it cost $80/lb. Either that o...
by PossibleSloth
Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas Conservatives Change Curriculum - Warp Innocent Minds
Replies: 97
Views: 8204

Re: Texas Conservatives Change Curriculum - Warp Innocent Mi

A good teacher won't teach exclusively out of the textbook anyways, so there's always that. I agree. I don't know what the current situation is, but when I took history as a kid, the focus was almost exclusively on western civilization. The best history teacher I ever had tossed the curriculum asid...
by PossibleSloth
Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas Conservatives Change Curriculum - Warp Innocent Minds
Replies: 97
Views: 8204

Re: Texas Conservatives Change Curriculum - Warp Innocent Mi

Mavis B. Knight, a Democrat from Dallas, introduced an amendment requiring that students study the reasons “the founding fathers protected religious freedom in America by barring the government from promoting or disfavoring any particular religion above all others.” ... After the vote, Ms. Knight s...
by PossibleSloth
Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wrong About Obama II
Replies: 47
Views: 5269

Re: Wrong About Obama II

Just one quick point: There are versions where everyone over a certain age, which I believe is around the age of 30, must be covered which I object to... You actually gave the reason for this: I have heard of people going to hospitals with life threating conditions and they received treatment for th...
by PossibleSloth
Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Britons weaponize Mozart in order to deter unruly youth
Replies: 64
Views: 7256

Re: Britons weaponize Mozart in order to deter unruly youth

This is just sad. I can't imagine this will help with classical music appreciation among children. I grew up (voluntarily) listening classical music and I still love it (I'm seeing Cosi Fan Tutte tonight :D )

I really hope British schoolkids start wearing cricket pads and bowler hats to school...
by PossibleSloth
Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology Questions
Replies: 27
Views: 8024

Re: Biology Questions

Agent_Irons wrote:Prokaryotes don't get as much love as eukaryotes because everything happens in one pocket, or on one membrane. Eukaryotes are more complex, I guess?

There's also an issue of bias, since the majority of biology textbooks are written by eukaryotes.
by PossibleSloth
Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: 1984ia DAWN of D2, with bonus lynch! [Replacements needed]
Replies: 358
Views: 36432

Re: 1984ia DAWN of D2, with bonus lynch! [Replacements needed]

I keep forgetting to post something here. I'm betting game_boy turns up as a prole (if he's a power role I'll be very disappointed).

I'm not inclined to read anything into the 11/30 != 1/3 debacle.

I'll try to do a re-read now that I'm done with my final.
by PossibleSloth
Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Legend of Mafia Manor: Newbie Round- Iz ded.
Replies: 321
Views: 40505

Re: The Legend of Mafia Manor: Newbie Round- Day 1

Good call Rhyme. I think picking targets first might be better.
by PossibleSloth
Wed Dec 16, 2009 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Legend of Mafia Manor: Newbie Round- Iz ded.
Replies: 321
Views: 40505

Re: The Legend of Mafia Manor: Newbie Round- Day 1

I agree we should use "town" and "anti-town" for results and if the cop gets more detailed info, they can translate it into "town" or "anti-town". I like dedalus' suggestions about the cop claiming, particularly the random # deciding whether to pick town or no...
by PossibleSloth
Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Depressed woman denied benefits because of facebook.
Replies: 66
Views: 6089

Re: Depressed woman denied benefits because of facebook.

Is there actually an imaging test that can accurately diagnose depression? PET scans of severely depressed patients aren't to the point where you can diagnose depression, but we do see drastic changes of neurotransmitter usage overtime as they get better, so it gives us insight into what works and ...
by PossibleSloth
Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Depressed woman denied benefits because of facebook.
Replies: 66
Views: 6089

Re: Depressed woman denied benefits because of facebook.

Is there actually an imaging test that can accurately diagnose depression?
by PossibleSloth
Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Depressed woman denied benefits because of facebook.
Replies: 66
Views: 6089

Re: Depressed woman denied benefits because of facebook.

As I understand it, it's not that the job itself is depressing; it's that when you're depressed it's hard to do work, which makes you fail at your job (no matter what job it is), which makes you feel bad, contributing to your depression. This this this. What many people still don't seem to understa...

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