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We are what grows on the petri dish that was left on the table.
We are the result of Fleming's messy laboratory.
Just remember: there are two things growing on this petri dish and we are not the mold, we are the staph bacteria.

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Fizzy Pickles. Not sure if they've been invented yet, but they will be.

Homemade lactic acid pickles are a bit fizzy during fermentation. I just ate one.
Would storing pickles in the freezer in a sealed container with some dry ice work as well with pickles as with grapes? I think pickles would be structurally sound enough, though they do lack the strong outer skin.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Schools now have M16s
« on: September 18, 2014, 10:58:03 pm »
I'm going to play devil's advocate here.

As someone who grew up in this school district, in the city that Florida lovingly refers to as "Detroit South," where the schools' police officers are ALREADY St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park/Clearwater/Largo/Dunedin/Tarpon Police or Pinellas County Sheriffs, it's not coming across as anything out of the ordinary other than that it has the school district's name on them, instead of the county or city's. I feel this is partially sensationalist journalism. Does a school district need M-16s? Well, it's hard to say. We had riots in 1996, I had to be wanded when I got off the bus to go to school. My high school was known for 2 things: its football team and its rapes. No, I'm not fucking joking, my parents were terrified I went there instead of trying to get into a magnet program. Fortunately, the jaw breaking incident I had in middle school kept boys more than 20ft away from me at all times.

I do not agree with the militarization of police forces, especially school police (MRAPs and grenade launchers? Really California?) but someone did raise a point: a pistol will do nothing in the event of a wackjob coming in with an AK-47.
At a range the length of a classroom, how is an M-16 better against an AK-47 than a pistol? The pistol is easier to conceal and has less weight so it is faster to aim.

On a less sane and more guncrazy note: I think an FN P90 would be better than either. It has the best of both worlds, almost as light as a pistol, more bullets than either and a great firerate plus the 5.7 ammo shoots through bulletproof vests without carrying on after the first body as far as 9mm bullets do.

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Nigel touched on a point that bears another look.

On one hand, the conditions that make up life as we know it (for the sake of brevity, we're not going to speculate about creatures that are other than carbon-based, or somehow exist in environments currently unfatyhomable) are extremely rare.  A brief look at what we can see of our galaxy seems to show that to be true.

On the other hand, you've got essentially an infinite universe.  Simple probability insists there should be life out there.

But Nigel has noted that there is a horizon.
Quote from: Your Mom
The laws of physics governing our Universe causes there to be areas that are unreachable for us. For our purposes, they don't exist.

"Infinite universe" though it may be, we'll never know about it.  Just on the other side of the horizon, there could be massive Star Trek and Firefly type civilizations that bounce from star to star.  Maybe there's a solar system where five planets, reachable by nothing more clever than an Apollo-type rocket, are habitible and serve as some galactic council.  We'll never know, and they'll never know about us. 

And when you start thinking probalilistically (is that even a word?), it's far more likely that there's unreachable life, rather than some sort of cataclysmic barrier to being an interstellar species.
Probabilistically is a word, yes. Also, it's a philosophy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Probabilism#Philosophy

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Discordian Recipes / Re: So you've had meatloaf...
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:02:18 pm »
Actually, is one of the best trolling words.

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"zomg u look like such a douchebag m8, douchebag, fat nerd tech, lame, go outside ur basement, i own a console and im a fucking stud"

Basically stuff like that.  Just surprising how much there is, given it's a damn cool piece of tech.

Anybody who gives a fuck about looking silly while playing a game doesn't deserve to have that much fun.
I love you.

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Having squeeing moments over new Navy uniforms in the house. I think it's more of a tailoring gasm than a promotion gasm. I'm all like, "DUDE, THE FITTING ON THIS IS AWESOME, HAVE YOU SEEN THIS CUT? I'm going to take measurements and see if I can draft off of this coat!"
:) That's cute.

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OK, so I have to ask this...am I the only person who was completely underwhelmed by Falskaar?

Yeah yeah yeah, new landmass, dungeons, questline, over 100 new NPCs, thousands of hours of work, blah blah blah.  I wont deny, the guy clearly put a lot of effort into it.

But the storyline is so lacking, even by Skyrim's dire standards.  The geography is clearly designed to add difficulty, rather than realism.  And it's nowhere near lore-friendly.  It's like your Skyrim character was dropped down into an alternate universe somewhere, which I find jarring as fuck.

I much prefer Wyrmstooth.  A few unfinished elements aside (those fucking ingots), you have a fun questline (recruiting the mercs is enjoyable), a fairly sensible if not spectacular plot, and it's much more lore-friendly.
I have not played it, but from what you are saying I won't even bother.
Skyrim is already immersion-deficient, it can't stand to lose more.

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House hunting over.

Now I just need to find out if the washer & drier I've had in storage since 2005 still work.

Wait... I missed something.  New house?  No more golf course shenanegins?
I too seem to have missed something.

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OK, my monitor probably wont be arriving for another week, give or take.  This is annoying as hell, but it does give me some time to consider what mods I want to include.  Since I'll be doing the video for you guys as much as my own entertainment, I thought I'd get some feedback.

Requiem, Frostfall, Interesting NPCs, Inconsequential NPCs, Immersive Patrols/Weapons/Armor, miniHUD, Requiem Plus, some lighting and texture mods....all of those seem pretty obvious.  But questions?

Realistic Needs and Diseases?  I've watched some videos, and it seems less annoying/time consuming than I initially thought.  But would you guys necessarily welcome the ever-potential possibility of my character starving to death and having to sleep every 18 hours or so?

Hunterborn?  It's mostly compatible, but as skinning takes time, it can interact badly with RnD and Frostfall (ie; you starve and freeze while prepping the carcass).  I could disable the time penalties and rely on it mostly as an alchemy overhaul....thoughts?

Hard Times?  The Azirok patch makes the economy of Skyrim even more brutal.  But since we're going to be playing a thief anyway, it doesn't seem like that is really an issue.  It just means stealing is even more worthwhile than before.

The Dragonborn patch?  Requiem doesn't officially cover the Dragonborn DLC...not yet anyway, and probably not until at least 2.0 (for reference, 1.8 is likely to be released in the next few days).  Also, some people have reported that the patch made by Azirok puts the difficulty level somewhere up in the "insane" region, and adds an entirely new plot to the DLC, revolving around the usage of cursed Daedric armour to defeat Miraak.  At the very least, it's a level 50+ area.

Character wise, I'm looking at specializing in stealth (obviously), somewhat into archery and one-handed, favouring archery more, pickpocket, lockpicking, light armour, alchemy and illusion.  Quest wise, I'll be looking at the Thieves Guild, the Mages Guild (for Illusion and access to their library), the Imperials for the Civil War and the Dawnguard for that DLC, along with random dungeon delving in search of riches.  Also no save-scumming on thievery, aside from actual quest jobs.  So if I get caught, I'll do the time.
Realistic Needs and Diseases sounds good.

Hunterborn is pointless without the time penalties, for me at least it was the time penalties that made it immersive.

Hard times sounds good, for the rest i have no opinion.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: September 07, 2014, 07:55:07 pm »
I may have said this before but both Sanderson and Miéville are great writers.

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Sounds about right.

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Well, this is new.  My uni finance department is refusing my payment.  Usually they have no problem taking vast amounts of money off me, whether I'm willing to give it to them or not.
What the hell?
Something very strange is going on, and strange situations make bureaucrats twitchy. You'd better get this sorted before they decide to blame it on you.

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