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Comment Perfectly illustrates (Score 1) 94

Calling those bodies planets, and adding more as we find them, perfectly illustrates to people that science is not dogmatic, not immutable. As we learn, we adopt; and when necessary, we change. It's good that we all learned nine planets as children. What's maybe not so good was that we learned the universe is static...and of course it is not.

Comment Carnegie Airborne Observatory (Score 3, Interesting) 269

I met a grad student attending Stanford who was part of the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (https://cao.carnegiescience.edu/). She said they flew it over the Central and South America, and her job was counting trees and studying their migrations (if that's the right word). She thought it was a boring subject that few people found interesting, but I was fascinated.

It didn't hurt that she happened to be beautiful.

Comment Re:RIP Oliver Sacks (Score 5, Informative) 31

There is also a great RadioLab podcast about Dr. Sacks. He was a regular contributor to the show, and they offered a farewell remembrance of/to him this past spring. The remembrance is the last half of the podcast and starts at about 31:34 if you want to skip to that.


Your continued contributions to the world will be greatly missed by all who knew you, and those of us who had only heard you. Rest well, good sir.

Comment Re:Safest it's ever been (Score 1) 82

Agreed. While we have certainly improved ways to harm ourselves, the simple fact is that we've doubled the average life expectancy in the last 220 years. I think the question of whether or not the world is safer is self-evident. Even smart people can say something dumb every once in awhile. I do it all the time!

Comment In "oil" country no less! (Score 5, Insightful) 327

If I felt so inclined, I'm sure I could dig up post-upon-post from previous slashdot stories about how unlikely solar (and wind) power is to take off in any meaningful way, and how electric cars will never be a thing. We are just at the beginning, and the economic incentives took only a few year to become reality. I'm guessing that is due in no small part to subsidies paving the way for investment and growth that so many complained about. An industry, and really a way of life, is slowly being built from the ground-up. It's pretty exciting to watch!

Comment Re:This kind of stuff is Exhibit #1 (Score 4, Informative) 282

Let me FTFY: ...and the sort of thing that should have no place in a "free society".

Notice the quotes. A friend of mine spent a year in Canada consuming Canadian news. He said that the experience really opened his eyes to how much propaganda we (as U.S. citizens) are fed through our news outlets. I don't know if that's driven by government or quasi-government led efforts, or simply driven by economic realities of the news business. Either way, this is possibly further damning evidence (albeit anecdotal) giving rise to the notion that the US being a free society is a romanticized pipe dream. The Matrix has you.

Comment Designers ! Publishers (Score 5, Informative) 57

Internet crowdfunding has done the same thing for game designers that blogging platforms did for writers: turned them into publishers.

Perhaps, but most of the board game Kickstarters I see are from publishers; and often large ones at that. Most designers will tell you, if you are interested in being a board game designer, do not attempt to publish your game. The amount of work involved is all-consuming as publishers do far more than simple distribution. As a designer board game enthusiast, I listen to a fair amount of podcasts on the subject like The Dice Tower and The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast. Board Games Insider, however, is by the CEOs of Portal Games and Stronghold Games, and is all about the business of board games not the playing of them. It's a really interesting look behind the curtain and I highly recommend it.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 361

Selective breeding and hybridization I don't think are counted as "genetically modified".

Can someone with first-hand knowledge explain to me what the problem, or perceived problem, is with GMO's? It's tough to find this information on the net without feeling an agenda is being pushed. Is it religious nuts scared that science is playing god, or are there real concerns? I think I read at one point there was concern about GMOs causing super-bugs to arise, or a lack of genetic variety could cause an entire crop to wiped out. Are these the primary arguments against GMO's?

Comment Re: 5-year old video (Score 0) 224

Holy carp! That's the Columbia Pictures movie, essentially. I hope the creator is able to successfully sue Columbia. Unfortunately, he may only be able to sure for a percentage of profits. Through the magic of accounting, most movies are not "profitable" in order to avoid paying taxes on the hundreds of millions they earn.

Comment WotC Absent at Gen Con (Score 1) 210

This could potentially explain why WotC was absent at Gen Con 2015. They didn't have a booth in the exhibitor hall, and they didn't have a presence in the gaming hall. Baldman Games was left to run all of the D&D events, and they had to do it in Hall D. Paizo kicked WotC right out of the Sagamore Ballroom. It was a pretty terrible gaming experience, really, and that makes me a sad panda. It was loud and crowded. I had six games and all but one were with seven players. We were hearing from a lot of people that WotC didn't put any money into Gen Con this year, but I don't have any first-hand knowledge of that myself.

It's kind of crazy. A gaming convention that started in Lake Geneva by the guy who created D&D, and really built much of its success on D&D, had D&D's IP owner walk away from it.

Comment Re: I don't get it,... five a day? (Score 1) 397

Also, I cut those daily amounts in half and put each half in a Blender Bottle. I add water and shake them up; one for breakfast on the morning commute, and one at my desk for lunch. This also serves as my excuse for leaving work an hour early if I feel like it.

Like all Soylent, DIY or otherwise, they are better cold, but not at all bad room temp. The protein is unflavored Now Foods whey protein isolate and I liked that, but I've been experimenting with the flavored WPI from GNC. The cookies and cream was ok, but too much sugar. I'm recently on the vanilla and I like that much better from a flavor/nutritional standpoint, but I need to update the document to reflect that.

Comment Re: I don't get it,... five a day? (Score 1) 397

Recipe: https://docs.google.com/spread...

I realize after looking at it again (it's been awhile), that I was unintentionally a bit disingenuous about it being nutritionally complete. It's more so than most DIY...but not totally. I'm still trying to find a good source for Vitamin K and I'm a little short in iron, chloride, and carbs (I forgot about that). I do make that up those deficiencies by a sensible dinner, so please don't rely solely on my recipe for nutrition.

The bulk of the cost comes from the almond flour. I'm still trying to find a better source for that. The spreadsheet also contains links to information on how I calculated various aspects of the recipe.

Also, everybody's different so consult your doctor or have your blood work done before and after a trial run. This works well for me, but may not for you. That sounds like a legal disclaimer, but as a good netizen, I don't want anyone to get sick from something I posted on the web.

In Nature there are neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences. -- R.G. Ingersoll