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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: August 03, 2018, 03:00:47 am »
I can't see a whole lot of practical value in colonizing Mars, or in interstellar travel.

But I think we should try, anyway.

Why?  Because space is awesome.  To hell with profitability, and screw common sense.  What with the imminent heat death of the universe, humanity is doomed anyway, so let's go as big as we can before it all turns to ash.

If anyone wants me, I'll be playing video games.

Discordian Recipes / Ginger Beef
« on: July 30, 2018, 02:10:36 am »

1 pound stir-fry grade beef, sliced thin, but not too thin.  (beef hip works well)
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 cups carrots, julienned
1/2 cup some kind of onion, chopped
3ish cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup vegetable oil (for cooking)
3 cups vegetable oil (for frying)


Coat the beef strips in the cornstarch.
Put 1/4 cup of oil in a pan, and cook the onions for a minute or two, until they're a bit translucent.
Add the carrots, and cook until they soften slightly (2-3 min)
Add the garlic and ginger, and stir.  Cook for another minute.
Add the soy sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil, and then the brown sugar, black pepper, and sesame seeds.  Stir it a bit, then turn the temperature down to a low simmer.  Don't worry about reducing the sauce, overcooking it just diminishes the flavour.

Put the 3 cups of oil in a deep pot, and heat the oil to 350-375F.  Put the beef into the oil, a few strips at a time.  Remove each piece just after it becomes slightly crispy; this will coincide with a reduction in the effervescence surrounding that piece of beef.  It depends on the size of the piece, but this shouldn't take more than three minutes.  You'll need to adjust the batch size and cooking heat in order to keep the oil temperature between 350 and 375F.

Combine the beef with the sauce, and consume according to the customs of your people.

Disclaimer:  I plagiarized this from some guy's web page.  By following this recipe instead of his, you're stealing his advertising dollars.  But, his recipe doesn't have anywhere near enough ginger, it's too salty, he doesn't really explain the frying process, and you have to wade through a thousand word essay.

As a relative n00b at cooking, here are some things that should be obvious, but weren't (to me):

Use a sharp knife to chop the onion.  A serrated knife probably isn't the best choice.
Wash your hands after working with the garlic.  Immediately.  You don't want to marinate your finger-meat.
Don't turn the heat on the frying oil up to maximum right away, it will get spattery.
Do the deep-frying in short sleeves.  If this results in flashes of pain, you're doing something wrong.

« on: July 29, 2018, 03:51:02 am »
See, even I'm not sure if they're anti-Trump protestors doing the Russia thing for the lulz, or they're actually pro-Trump supporters doing the Russia thing to Trigger Teh Libs.
Yes, it really has come to this.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: July 26, 2018, 03:00:11 am »
You were convicted in absentia.

You have already been sentenced.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: July 25, 2018, 11:28:36 pm »
My main issue was with powering 100 stories purely from solar.  Four stories worth seems more in the range of common sense.  It's not as if conventional agriculture has a 100x sunlight surplus.

A nuclear-powered arcology might be a good way to proceed if we ever need to colonize Antarctica...

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: July 25, 2018, 09:46:19 pm »
It should be a capital offense to own, operate, work at, or view from afar any farm that isn't a 100+ story self-sufficient solar-powered skyscraper using the latest in hydroponic technology.

Since solar power scales with area, and power usage scales with volume (proportional to the height of the skyscraper), this seems counter-intuitive.  What numbers are you using in your power budget that gets you to 100 stories?

I have a sizable vegetable garden, and rent out two quarters of land.  I'd rather not be killed over an engineering error.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: July 25, 2018, 07:22:28 pm »
I'm honestly okay with the idea of a military coup followed by a somewhat benevolent (or at least not openly hostile) dictatorship at this point. Surely one of our famous generals is up for it?
A benevolent* dictatorship is the best form of government.  Unfortunately, unless you're very lucky with the chain of succession, it can easily be followed by one of the worst forms of government.

*For my personal definition of 'benevolent', of course.  Your results may vary.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: July 25, 2018, 02:23:40 pm »
Since the tariffs don't apply to Brazil, they've been selling their soybeans to China at full price, while buying US soybeans for their own use at the tariff-induced discount.

One might argue that you're borrowing from China so that Brazil can sell them more soybeans.

This trade war does not appear to be well thought out.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: July 25, 2018, 12:17:14 am »
How can you tell if that ET story is real? St Andrews scientists revise the Rio Scale for alien encounters

Funny that they think they need a 0-10 scale for this.  A three point scale should be adequate.

1.  Sorry guys, false alarm.  Bob left his cellphone next to the downconverter again.
2.  We think we've got a local interferer or equipment malfunction, but we haven't found the cause yet.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: July 24, 2018, 10:11:25 pm »
Trump will rage, likely declare the election illegitimate, may refuse to stand down if he loses, will definitely direct the DOJ to go after the Democrats if he somehow still wins.
If someone starts a war or manufactures a significant external threat at around the same time, he would seem to have a path to declaring himself dictator-for-life.

(tbh, I'd think this would be the kind of stuff Discordians would get...)

Oh, I'm not a real Discordian.

Being jaded is the new tall bike.
Tall bikes weren't a thing around here, so I don't get the reference.

I posted in this thread because I was curious if there was actually any thought behind the OP, or if it was just inane babble.  If he was trying to say something profound, then I thought interpreting his absurdism literally might provoke an interesting reaction.

Because the phrase sounds like it is saying something
That answers all my questions. :roll:

What must one do, to please the goddess with her sexy but dangerous charms.
Why would you want to?  Drawing the attention of deities, fictional or otherwise, strikes me as a bad idea.

If you find yourself naked and alone, will the forest comfort you or will it fuck you up the ass?
That's a false bifurcation.  The forest is more likely going to trip you with roots and then drop caterpillars on you.  What are you doing out there, anyway?

These questions still bother me.
Why do they bother you?  Why these questions in particular?

Politics is for the weak-minded, science is for the lonely at heart, religion is for the lazy and philosophy is for those who can't get laid.
At least three of those claims are wrong.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: July 22, 2018, 04:06:09 am »
The addressing is not linear
You gave me a headache.

Do you do 1940's style nose-art?  I'm looking for something with a buxom Canadian brunette delivering a beat-down on a swastika-emblazoned Trump, with a caption that reads "There's no tariff on ass-kicking".

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