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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.

I think that's probably something to determine via trial and error, though I must say it does sound absolutely disgusting:lol:

Conceptuality is one thing, probability is another.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Ingress
« on: Yesterday at 11:48:18 pm »
Someone was complaining in my feed about people making "stupid" links that make it impossible to complete larger fields. I was like, :lol: yeah let everyone else put their game on hold so you can make some huge field that makes it impossible to complete smaller fields, sure.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Ingress
« on: Yesterday at 11:43:46 pm »

Today I fielded a bunch of the neighborhood, and I need to make one more link by the end of tonight to have pretty much the whole neighborhood fielded.

I ran into Pym in person, he looks like he's about 14.

From what I've seen in the more contentious neighborhoods, the push-pull is quite strong and you may think you have it sewed up only to have half your Portals taken in a concerted attack overnight.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Ingress
« on: Yesterday at 07:50:15 pm »
Woke up this morning, after making a field near my house, and they've cottoned on and made a bunch more fields.  :lol: I think they skipped the training and have just been bumbling around. I should probably talk to Pym, thats the person who owns most of the nearby portals.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: Yesterday at 07:48:37 pm »
So this is a thing:

Last month a judge ruled that religious pamphlets could be distributed in a school district in Orange County, Florida, according to Raw Story. In the wake of this ruling, the Satanic Temple is handing out its own religious literature to Orange County schools: “The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities.”

The judge ruled that if Christian materials — Bibles and other literature — were allowed to be disseminated, atheist literature should be allowed as well.

The Satanic Temple, which was able to petition for a goat-headed statue in Oklahoma, is responding to this ruling with kid-friendly literature of their own.

Satanic Temple spokesman, Lucien Greaves, explained to Raw Story:

“[The organization] would never seek to establish a precedent of disseminating our religious materials in public schools because we believe our constitutional values are better served by respecting a strong separation of Church and State.”

“However, if a public school board is going to allow religious pamphlets and full Bibles to be distributed to students — as is the case in Orange County, Florida — we think the responsible thing to do is to ensure that these students are given access to a variety of differing religious opinions, as opposed to standing idly by while one religious voice dominates the discourse and delivers propaganda to youth.”

Greaves also explains that it is a good opportunity for children to learn about, and be exposed to, other religions.

Satanists are having all the fun here. Someone bring them some real HOLY.

There's a group on Facebook looking to write Discordian children's stories, so who knows...

« on: Yesterday at 07:43:43 pm »
What Nigel is hinting at is Discordians are dirty hippies with no money, because they already spent it on pot, acid tabs and crappy music.  That's why they never raise any money.


But that makes so many assumptions that essentially rely on our planet being in some way unusual in our immediate neighborhood. There is exactly zero reason to assume that we are anything but average. If we assume that we are average, and that the curve is narrow, not having encountered any other spacefaring creatures is perfectly logical by Occams Razor, without adding any mysterious forces.

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.

This is a bit of a brain twister.

Suppose that 3% of the population has ADHD.

Suppose that of people with ADHD, 50% of them realize they have ADHD like symptoms and go to a psychiatrist to get checked out.

Suppose that of people without ADHD, 10% of them falsely believe they have ADHD and also go to a psychiatrist to get checked out.

The Conners Continuous Performance Test is a commonly used test that evaluates children for ADHD. It is found to have a sensitivity of 75% and a specificity of 73%. In theory our system is based on faith that a trained psychiatrist can do better than a neuropsychological test; in practice they probably do much worse. Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and say this is an excellent psychiatrist who outperforms the test handily and has both a sensitivity and specificity of 85%.

We can see that of every 100 people, 3 will have ADHD and 97 won’t. 1.5 true patients and 9.7 false patients will show up for psychiatric evaluation. The psychiatrist will diagnose 1.275 true patients and 1.455 false patients with the condition, and prescribes stimulants according to the diagnosis.

So we have three things that, surprisingly, all happen at once:

1. We have an excellent psychiatrist who outperforms the tests and is right 85% of the time.
2. The majority of people who are on Ritalin, shouldn’t be.
3. The majority of people who should be on Ritalin, aren’t.

Number two sounds a lot like what we mean by “overdiagnosis”, and number three sounds a lot like what we mean by “underdiagnosis”. So even with a pretty good psychiatrist acting honestly, we expect ADHD to be both overdiagnosed and underdiagnosed at the same time.

Sounds about right.

Or Kill Me / Re: NIGGERS!
« on: Yesterday at 06:04:10 pm »
I was having such a nice day. Then one word managed to bring it all crashing down around me. "Niggers." He uttered, somehow managing to condense all of his frustrations at life, the impotent rage that courses through him at all times into two syllables carefully constructed to shock and upset.

I hope that the fleeting rush gained by ruining the days of people foolhardy enough to open this thread has been worth debasing yourself. The hours of hand-scrubbing that must come after typing such a repugnant word are worth knowing that people all over the world are weeping into their keyboards, catatonic husks of stress and generational guilt.

Or maybe you just slammed your face into they keyboard and it's pure blind luck that you got anything coherent at all. Who knows.  :lol:

I think I like you.  :lol:

Let me take it a step further and propose that even if we did develop interstellar travel, it would be far more practical and economical, and probably have a better expectation of survival, to simply infect a big mass of frozen rocks with our DNA and jettison it out into space. I mean, if all that matters is perpetuating our DNA elsewhere in the Universe.

Just sayin'.

Sure, but that wouldn't really count in most people's minds, for exactly the reasons I gave in the OP. It isn't them experiencing it first-hand or second-hand, so it's unlikely to ever be a thing we do.

It's probably far more likely than actual interstellar travel, though. But if we get to that point... what, really, would even be the point? Why undertake something that is such a massive resource-drain using actual meat animals who will never experience the joys and rewards of finding new planets?

But here's another thought, which oddly you pooh-poohed the first time I mentioned it. Any solar systems with life-bearing planets that are near us enough to reach us within a time-span that might make it possible and/or worth their while from an ego-perspective are about the same age and stability as our own. That means that the geological processes of their planets have also recently chilled the fuck out enough (literally) to give the latest round of life forms a chance to maybe evolve high levels of intelligence complete with a sense of self. Now, lets look at a fairly simple rule in biology; if it can be shown that something is, the most likely condition is that that condition is what is most likely. In other words, the unlikely is unlikely. That means that by virtue of existing, life is likely, and that life as we know it, having been observed, is already more likely than life that is unlike anything we've ever seen. While we don't know, we can at least reasonably guess that we may, in fact, be fairly representative.

That's not a very sexy notion, though, so until/unless we actually meet spacefaring species, we will probably continue imagining them as unimaginably strange.

Just an aside, but the age of the universe in general does not promise a much-earlier earlier existence of solar systems with planets capable of sustaining life. The early Universe was probably a much more hostile place.

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