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If spicy foods preemptively spike my olfactory system, could prolonged use have an attenuating effect (entirely speculative)?

I know that we lose olfactory and flavor receptor cells over the course of our lifetimes, and it makes sense in terms of the general mechanics of neurophysiology that more action potentials lead to earlier neuron death.

But I suppose it also depends a lot on what you mean by "spike [your] olfactory system".

Oh, that's interesting. Would you care to briefly explain why/how that happens, on that neurophysiological level? Or possibly link to something else, if it's worth it to be more verbose? That changes the way I thought about those sorts of things.

These might be helpful:

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/861242-overview

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3916729/
Gonna check these out re:
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it makes sense in terms of the general mechanics of neurophysiology that more action potentials lead to earlier neuron death.
Cause that's not entirely intuitive, for some reason.

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Entirely unrelated, enjoying the new Michael Moore doc more than I thought I would.

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If spicy foods preemptively spike my olfactory system, could prolonged use have an attenuating effect (entirely speculative)?

From a physiological standpoint, my assumption would be that it depends on how spicy. From a neurological/mental standpoint, I don't think it would.
That latter point I was thinking of as some kind of Pavlovian inversion, like maybe it could work in both temporal directions.  Perhaps way too speculative.

[Ed.] Just though about the infection Candida?

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If spicy foods preemptively spike my olfactory system, could prolonged use have an attenuating effect (entirely speculative)?

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And this is where I mention there are contemporary reports of Knights Templar in Jerusalem defending Muslim pilgrims from more zealous Christians from Europe who tried to harass them.

This is where I start to photoshop a picture of Baphomet and the Eye of Providence saying to each other "You got Islamofascism in my Illuminati!!" ... "You got Illuminati in my Islamofascism!!".

But then I decide it's too much trouble, and I'm probably getting the joke wrong anyway.
The Devil meets Conjunctivitis in Big-Brother's Inquisition.

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http://www.ted.com/talks/blaise_aguera_y_arcas_how_computers_are_learning_to_be_creative#t-539223

So I watched a couple of youtube clips a while back, that explained what learning algorithms are up to well enough for my brain to take in but, for anyone who's still trying to wrap their heads around it, the first half of this ted talk does a pretty good job of summing it up.

Yea.  I liked this one.

W.X = y
W.X - y = 0

Very simple, though not always entirely obvious.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: June 30, 2016, 04:48:59 am »
Comedy Skit: Guy goes to buy some gadget at the Apple Store but is hampered by the fact that all of the "Geniuses" are profoundly mentally retarded
:lulz: I've been told personally experienced how (they form a circle, facing each other, and speak in tounges (Star Trek?)) its actually a hive mind that they share in common. :lulz:
Guy applies for a job at the Apple Store only to be hampered by the fact that the training materials make it look like a suicide cult (including a VHS tape of Steve Jobs doing the Heaven's Gate "humanity will be recycled"/"come with us" thing). When he quits, the entire (matching-Nike-wearing) current set of employees commit suicide in order to "take their souls with him". Twist: it works, and for the rest of his life, he is followed around by the ghosts of thirty Apple suicide cultists who *won't shut up*.

Holy shit, dude.   :lulz:  This is Barely Noticeable.
I have discovered that if there is a theme to my pitches in here, it is "annoying ghosts"
Apple cultists revealed as fragments first guys ego/identity unable to repair their own causal connection to a world in which Care has become synonymous with progress.

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Had a coworker argue with me to the end of the Earth, today, that programming, web development/design, and other obviously IT fields "aren't IT jobs" because they aren't in networking/communications. He had somehow come to the conclusion that his 2 years of college trumped the dictionary definition of the word.

I advised him that one didn't need a college education to read the dictionary. When he pulled up the definition in the dictionary, he decided to backpedal a little bit, dig his heels in, and attack straw man arguments that I never made. Of course, the definition proved me to be right. And on pointing that out, he began to screech, and accuse me of disrespecting him as a programmer.

He told me that it was offensive to tell programmers that their work was copied. How he got that out of "Programmers use systems that are already in place, like operating systems and programs, to create and develop more programs and systems, defining them as IT specialists," I have no idea. But it grabbed the attention of the nearest megalomaniac douchebag, who created a semantics argument so vague and confusing, that I simply had to put on my headphones and ignore them.

Am I just a lazy fuckwit who's been living under a rock all this time? Or is programming a fucking IT job?
I have no idea.  Try calling him a "script-kiddie" next time and see how he reacts.  Perhaps that's the designation he's resisting?

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Bring and Brag / Lost & Derailed Tracks
« on: June 27, 2016, 08:53:33 am »
Novel Archeological records and deliciously tragic dead-ends collide here indiscriminately.  They mate, inelegantly, like recent forensic data-recovery dumps and vulgar decollages of higly non-linear, experimental, detournement-like sonic excursions into sounds never seen.  And for good reason.

First, the last and most recent find:
tinyurl.com/solidstaterose

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It's really very unexpected.  The difference is in the projection, I think, going from something that is turning in the wrong direction, to one that is written in cursive (calligraphy, not snoorker to me).

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The M-16's calibre is the NATO standard, replacing the  7.62◊51mm standard from the 1950s because with improvements to weapon rates of fire, they were responsible for too much recoil and not taking advantage of the improved automatic rate of fire.

At the expense of killing-capacity/range:
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A U.S. Army study found that the 5.56 mm bullets fired from M-4s donít retain enough velocity at distances greater than 1,000 feet (300 meters) to kill an adversary. In hilly regions of Afghanistan, NATO and insurgent forces are often 2,000 to 2,500 feet (600-800 meters) apart.


An M4 is not an M16.  It has a shorter barrel.  Do I need to explain why that is important in a firearm?
You may gain some accuracy, however, the round being fired is still essentially the size of a .22.  What surprised me is how they explain most of the bullet's damage coming from how it "tumbles" through it's target.

Yes, the tumble is the gory bit.  But the longer barrel of the M16 also means more of the propellant burns, meaning the round goes a hell of a lot faster, which drastically increases the maximum range of the bullet AND increases the tumble effect (gruesomely known as "putting some English on it").

And the tumble can kind of suck, because I've had rounds hit twigs and go spinning off into the blue.  But when it hits a human, the tumble makes it follow the bones, so you hit the guy in the leg, and it maybe comes out of his head.

I get it.  So the round would still be accelerating as it passes through the barrel. 

Seconding TWJ, that is terribly gnarly expression.  :horrormirth:



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Bring and Brag / Re: Suu's Thread-Jack
« on: June 25, 2016, 01:03:20 am »
Wow.  That patterning is really dope.

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The M-16's calibre is the NATO standard, replacing the  7.62◊51mm standard from the 1950s because with improvements to weapon rates of fire, they were responsible for too much recoil and not taking advantage of the improved automatic rate of fire.

At the expense of killing-capacity/range:
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A U.S. Army study found that the 5.56 mm bullets fired from M-4s donít retain enough velocity at distances greater than 1,000 feet (300 meters) to kill an adversary. In hilly regions of Afghanistan, NATO and insurgent forces are often 2,000 to 2,500 feet (600-800 meters) apart.


An M4 is not an M16.  It has a shorter barrel.  Do I need to explain why that is important in a firearm?
You may gain some accuracy, however, the round being fired is still essentially the size of a .22.  What surprised me is how they explain most of the bullet's damage coming from how it "tumbles" through it's target.

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The M-16's calibre is the NATO standard, replacing the  7.62◊51mm standard from the 1950s because with improvements to weapon rates of fire, they were responsible for too much recoil and not taking advantage of the improved automatic rate of fire.

At the expense of killing-capacity/range:
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A U.S. Army study found that the 5.56 mm bullets fired from M-4s donít retain enough velocity at distances greater than 1,000 feet (300 meters) to kill an adversary. In hilly regions of Afghanistan, NATO and insurgent forces are often 2,000 to 2,500 feet (600-800 meters) apart.


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Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: June 24, 2016, 11:17:49 pm »
Headshots are for sidearms, occifer.

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I thought the whole point of the M16 was to be non-lethal:  shoot em in the legs so you also take out a few more, to care for the one that got shot.

 Oh yeah. Guns are totally non-fucking-lethal and designed to just maim the other side a bit.
  :ffs:
The logic was for Vietnam, against Guerilla warfare, two birds one stone.  I was surprised by how small the M16's calibre was, compared to say an AK.

 :um:

I am saving this entire conversation.  :lulz:
LuciferX: Master Tactician.

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