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Comment Re:I have tried insects before (Score 1) 655

Japanese eat raw shrimp (amaebi). There is also lobster sashimi. I love them all. I also love raw oyster. I am pretty adventurous in terms of food. That is the reason I went to that event to try insects.

I get what you are saying. My point was that what people normally eat require only simple preparation (just cook it). That is why they are popular. With insects, they are like offal. They requires a lot more preparation or add lots of spices to make it tasty (liver pate, insect chtney). And some people still wouldn't eat offal.

Unfortunately, none of the insects I tried at insectarium in Montreal many years ago was good. But that doesn't mean there aren't preparation method out there that would one day turn insects into delicacy. But until then, if someone like me who is pretty daring with food don't find them tasty, it is much harder to promote insects to the general public.

Comment I have tried insects before (Score 4, Interesting) 655

I ate insects during a special event at Insectarium in Montreal. I have to say, people do not eat insect because it simply does not taste good.

There are three problem with insects. First is the exoskeleton. With shrimp and lobster. The shells can be easily removed. Not so with grasshopper. The stir fried grasshopper with heavy sauce can mask its insecty taste, but it still feel like eating little shrimps with shells on.

The second problem is the texture. Of the insects I had, none has the chewy texture people associate with "meat". Beef/pork/chicken, or shrimp/lobster/octopus, or fish, has chewy texture. With insects, it does not. For example, I tried silk worm. No exoskeleton. But when you bite into it, its body burst gooey stuff in your mouth.

Third is the taste. People naturally like cooked meat. Without any seasoning, most cooked meat and seafood taste great on their own. With insects, there's something about their taste that is off-putting to human and require proper seasoning to mask it.

Comment Three Wishes Story (Score 1) 86

Reminds me of the three wishes story from "Planescape Torment".

An elderly man was sitting alone on a dark path. He wasn't certain of which direction to go, and he'd forgotten both where he was traveling to and who he was. He'd sat down for a moment to rest his weary legs, and suddenly looked up to see an elderly woman before him. She grinned toothlessly and with a cackle, spoke: "Now your *third* wish. What will it be?"

"Third wish?" The man was baffled. "How can it be a third wish if I haven't had a first and second wish?"

"You've had two wishes already," the hag said, "but your second wish was for me to return everything to the way it was before you had made your first wish. That's why you remember nothing; because everything is the way it was before you made any wishes." She cackled at the poor man. "So it is that you have one wish left."

"All right," he said, "I don't believe this, but there's no harm in wishing. I wish to know who I am."

"Funny," said the old woman as she granted his wish and disappeared forever. "That was your first wish."

Comment People just don't line up in China, period! (Score 4, Interesting) 194

People just don't line up in China, period! This Apple store incident does not come as a surprise to me.

I visited Shanghai two years ago and was waiting at the subway stop. I was the first waiting in line to get into the subway car. When the subway arrived, people behind me just rushed in, instead of waiting for the passengers in the car to exit. Needless to say, I was the first in line, and ended up not getting into the subway car. And Shanghai is suppose to be the most civilized city in China!

By contrast, when I was in Taiwan the same month, I also took the subway in Taipei. Everyone lined up according to the direction. They waited politely for passengers to get off, and entered the car one by one. People also yield their seats to elders or pregnant moms.

Having people camp out at Apple Store may be a good idea in other countries, but not in China. In China, people just would not patiently wait in line. They would try to cut the line whenever they could. They would elbow you or shove you out just to advance their queue.

Comment Re:BASE16 (Score 1) 538

Sure. Please do the following calculation in your head (you can use your fingers too)

Let's say a bag of wood weighs 8 pound 9 ounces, and you want to buy 3 bags. What is the total weight in pound and ounces?
Versus, you have 8.9kg of wood, and you want to buy 3 bags, what is the total weight in kg?

I am sure you'd be able to multiply in BASE16 if you are trained for it, and memorize the BASE16 multiplication table when you were a kid. But for the rest of us, BASE10 is what we learned and used to.

Comment Wait till the religion fanatics hear this. (Score 5, Insightful) 183

Wait till the religious fanatics hear this. I have already heard claim from them years ago that radioactive decay is not constant, and that's why carbon dating can not be trusted. The fossils are not a few million years old. The Earth is only a few thousand years old.

I bet these religious fanatics will now site this article as their proof!

Comment People google because family doctor are useless (Score 3, Insightful) 368

Family doctors are pretty much useless. Why do I need to book for an appointment, wait like 30-40mins at the clinic even though I have an appointment, and only able to talk to the doctor for 5mins?

I went to do my annual check-up with the family doctor a year ago, and I complained to him about my day-time sleepiness. The doctor simply dismissed it as "bored at work". I basically had to google the symptom myself afterward to discover that I might have sleep-apnea, and then book another appointment to tell the family doctor to just give me a referral to see a sleep specialist to do more comprehensive test. Lord and behold, my self-diagnose was confirmed by the sleep lab, and I even knew that the treatment would be CPAP before the sleep doctor suggested it.

The point of the story is, yes, there will be paranoid people who suspect they are dying of rare diseases because of their headache and whine to their doctor all day. For most people, they are better off googling their own symptom first, get a general understanding of what could be the cause of it, so that you can better talk to your family doctor on what test to do and which specialist to see.

Hey, you don't go to see a car salesman before doing your homework, why go see your doctor without getting a better idea of your own health?

Comment No one said the RFID device has to be an ID (Score 1) 108

No one said the RFID device has to be an ID or carry any unique information. Cellphone is a bad idea because it is unique and can be traced/linked directly to you.

Couldn't RFID device be just a simple transponder on you so that the firefighters & rescue workers can quickly pinpoint how many people are still trapped in the building during fire or after an earthquake?

There is no invasion of privacy. It could just be a device that signals "hey, someone is still inside"


US Gamers Spend $3.8 Billion On MMOs Yearly 177

eldavojohn writes "A new report from Games Industry indicates that MMO gamers in the United States paid $3.8 billion to play last year, with an analysis of five European countries bringing the total close to $4.5 billion USD. In America, the report estimated that payments for boxed content and client downloads amounted to a measly $400 million, while the subscriptions came to $2.38 billion. Hopefully that will fund some developer budgets for bigger and better MMOs yet to come. The study also found that roughly a quarter of the US population plays some form of MMO. Surely MMOs are shaping up to be a juicy industry, and a market that can satisfy people of all walks of life."

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