My kingdom for mod points!
My kingdom for mod points!
I beg to differ. I have a sports car (an S2000) for real life driving, but I found that my proclivities for hooning were getting me in places where the law enforcement consequences would be very serious (see that speed limit? -- now double it -- that's where I used to push myself).
I picked up a copy of GTR-Evolution because of the various tracks and car selection, bought a good wheel, stick and pedals, picked up a couple extra 28in monitors for triple-headed goodness, and it's been pretty good. I found that I enjoy the 3rd person rally games -- Dirt3 is a real hoot. While I've not settled into it, I've been considering a move to iRacing, which is a lot more technically accurate when it comes to terrain and car adjustment.
So, I think that driving games can be very helpful in keeping me out of trouble and yet still very much into the technical driving mindset.
My LAN group is playing Borderlands2 (FPS) and StarCraft2 (RTS), occasionally Diablo3 (RPG).
At home, I tend to play Rise of Nations (Thrones & Patriots, an RTS) on the PC and augment that with Super Mario World 3D and Super Mario Brothers WiiU.
I still enjoy Wii Sports Resort, mainly for the bowling and archery and frisbee.
For mobile, it's Donkey Kong Country and Super Mario Brothers on the 3DSXL.
Lots of games, but nothing especially unusual.
I'm kind of excited about Titanfall (almost out) and this kickstarter game called "Reset" (by Theory Interactive) that I think is due out late this year.
What you have identified as "political correctness riding a democratic ass" is a lot older than you assume, but it is, in fact democratic... old school. It's old name, back in the times of the Greeks and the Romans, was "decorum". It means "fit" in latin, having the meaning of "suitable". It's part of good rhetoric, as a device that brings an audience closer to you by not being rude or offensive. To flip that around the other way, you can include (or show that you welcome) a person or group of people in your reasoning or community by choosing your words carefully.
I think you may be conflating decorum with inappropriate recognition for achievement, but the two are separate things. The former is meant to show or develop alignment with shared goals or interests, and the other is meant (with good intent, perhaps, though with questionable results) to boost self-esteem.
I choose to observe rules of decorum (the people around you actually decide what they are) because I want to work more effectively with people around me and to perhaps have an easier time convincing those people to do things that I see as beneficial. By not declaring that the people around me are my hated opposition or labeling them in ways that might confine their ways of thinking to those that oppose my views, I keep them open to my persuasion.
Since I share your goal of not perpetuating inappropriate recognition of achievement, I'm happy to let you know that I was utterly unconvinced by your point of view and there is little chance that you will ever persuade me. I encourage you to keep floundering away in your rhetoric until everyone around us is as convinced as I am.
Helium isn't extracted from natural gas, per se.
Helium comes out of the ground alongside the natural gas (mixed with it, at a low percentage), and is separated from it, where it can be captured in sufficient concentrations.
Technically, it's a leftover waste or by-product of the process, but not all helium is captured (it requires infrastructure to capture and transport it) and a lot of it is simply vented away. If I recall correctly, there's a fraction of a percent of helium in the output of almost all natural gas wells, but until you get somewhere around 1%, there is little incentive to create and maintain the support structure to capture and transport it.
Anyhow, my point is that you can't just take a bunch of natural gas and somehow squeeze or pull helium out of it. There is still a finite amount of helium in the planet no matter now much natural gas may be trapped in the crust of the planet.
To your point, we'll have to see what happens to prices as supplies dwindle. I'm not so optimistic that any reserves we have now will be sufficient to meet the demands of current industry or research. I am hoping that we can exercise alternative gases or cooling methods to reduce the amount of helium needed in the future.