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Comment: Re:Stone Age diet ? he wants to live all 20 years? (Score 3, Insightful) 439

by Quirkz (#48654817) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

Puberty starts 8-12 in modern humans.

Very modern humans with excellent nutrition. It can be delayed by poor nutrition. I'm pretty sure I've seen people talking about that number dipping lower in recent centuries. I suspect it was higher in neo/paleolithic ages, when the food supply was less consistent.

Comment: Re:So the question is... (Score 1) 99

by Quirkz (#48652863) Attached to: Birds Fled Area Before Tornadoes Appeared

The largest number of birds I've ever seen in flight came right before a massive blizzard. I was standing by a river and over it tens of thousands of ducks and geese were flying due south, away from the incoming snow. "Wow, that's ominous," I said, before going home and being trapped inside for several days by nearly three feet of snow.

Comment: Re:Wrong conclusion (Score 1) 269

by Quirkz (#48601161) Attached to: Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

What do you mean I don't own it? I can burn a CD and keep physical copies. Plus I can also get a new copy from Apple if I lose both the physical version and the digital version on my computer/iPod.

I've got a much better record buying from them than I did in previous years buying physical media that, once broken, borrowed, or lost, didn't have a replacement.

Comment: Re:It can be intentional (Score 2) 244

by Quirkz (#48574285) Attached to: Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Reminds me of the old quest catchphrase "Committed to Service Inaction" that you'd hear on TV commercials.

The next version of the commercial they changed the pacing so that it was "Commited to. Service. ... In. ... Action" in a really halting speech.

The next version of the commercial, they either dropped the phrase or changed it entirely. It just wasn't possible to say it clearly.

Comment: Re:Atari 2600 - Raiders of the Lost Ark (Score 1) 222

by Quirkz (#48573273) Attached to: Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

I tried playing that one without the benefit of a manual. I didn't even know what I was looking at, to know what things would kill you or were safe - I remember reloading and just walking around waiting to see if/when/how I died. I'm pretty sure I didn't know I needed to use a second joystick, so that may have made things much worse. In my memory it's the most frustrating Atari game I ever played, and this is coming from a guy who beat and replayed E.T.

Comment: Re:_this_ guy... (Score 1) 244

by Quirkz (#48573057) Attached to: Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

There's a sort of reverse Mondegreen at the end of Queen's "One Vision" where they sneak in some funny words that most people pass off as more normal words. After repeating the title phrase frequently in the song, at the very end they sneak in a "fried chicken!" It's easy to miss, and was put in as a joke. I cracked up a bunch of college friends by pointing it out to them. They had to listen to it half a dozen times to believe it was really in there.

Comment: Re:My Nephew And I (Score 1) 244

by Quirkz (#48573009) Attached to: Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Conversely as a kid I ended up singing "Robots in the skies" instead of "Robots in disguise" to the Transformers theme song. To be fair, many of them could fly.

Later in the same song where it says autobots "wage their battle" I was convinced it was "pledge their phantoms" which I guessed was some kind of swear on their souls sort of thing. Apparently I'm especially prone to these things, or was as a kid.

Comment: Re:critical development age!? (Score 1) 584

by Quirkz (#48522659) Attached to: Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

At 4 I wanted to be an artist, because art was the most fun thing I'd ever done. I didn't have access to a television, let alone a computer, and knew very little about science. I eventually got a degree in physics and now do IT related things. There's lots of time to come around.

Comment: Re:Dumb idea (Score 1) 186

by Quirkz (#48518585) Attached to: Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

Well, based on testing, at least 98% of people don't do that. Also, how likely are you, seriously, to stare at a picture of sardines when you don't like them? And even if you do it the first time, what are the odds you're going to keep that revulsion and outrage for subsequent viewings? Outside of the "pickles ruined my life"-style mental illness, I just don't see it happening.

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll invite himself over for dinner. - Calvin Keegan