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1  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: nerds fucking suck on: July 27, 2015, 03:05 pm
4chan is still trying to trick everyone into believing they're feminists, still hilariously inept at it.
2  Forum / Linkies / Re: Our Favorite Tumblrs on: July 24, 2015, 01:15 pm

3  Forum / Science! and Sports / Re: Ask your dumb Science questions here, you idiot on: July 07, 2015, 10:48 pm
this belongs in the food forum
4  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Forum Hall of Fame on: June 29, 2015, 04:19 pm
What's the lamest, most embarrassing thing everyone's j/o'd to? You're going to have to work pretty hard to beat my postage stamp from Tanzania
That's an interesting and wordy euphemism for your penis.
5  Forum / General Discussion / Re: I'm thinking of getting a tattoo on: June 12, 2015, 05:26 pm
Get knuckle tattoos that say N I C ol  T I M E
6  Forum / Food / Re: What the hell do I do with all of this ______________? on: June 07, 2015, 01:51 pm
Honestly, I would just experiment with it. Feta has a nice saltiness to it, so try using a little here and there as a substitute for other salted ingredients in your cooking. That's pretty much how it's used in about 75% of the recipes at that link, anyway.
7  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: business_trip.png on: May 27, 2015, 12:28 pm
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqZcYPEszN8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqZcYPEszN8</a>
8  Forum / Linkies / Re: Long Reads- Journalism, Essays, Fiction on: May 22, 2015, 02:08 pm
A Plea for Culinary Modernism - by Rachel Laudan

The Luddites’ fable of disaster, of a fall from grace, smacks more of wishful thinking than of digging through archives. It gains credence not from scholarship but from evocative dichotomies: fresh and natural versus processed and preserved; local versus global; slow versus fast: artisanal and traditional versus urban and industrial; healthful versus contaminated and fatty. History shows, I believe, that the Luddites have things back to front.

That food should be fresh and natural has become an article of faith. It comes as something of a shock to realize that this is a latter-day creed. For our ancestors, natural was something quite nasty. Natural often tasted bad.

Fresh meat was rank and tough; fresh milk warm and unmistakably a bodily excretion; fresh fruits (dates and grapes being rare exceptions outside the tropics) were inedibly sour, fresh vegetables bitter. Even today, natural can be a shock when we actually encounter it. When Jacques Pepin offered free-­range chickens to friends, they found “the flesh tough and the flavor too strong,” prompting him to wonder whether they would really like things the way they naturally used to be. Natural was unreliable. Fresh fish began to stink. Fresh milk soured, eggs went rotten.

Everywhere seasons of plenty were followed by seasons of hunger when the days were short. The weather turned cold, or the rain did not fall. Hens stopped laying eggs, cows went dry, fruits and vegetables were not to be found, fish could not be caught in the stormy seas.

Natural was usually indigestible. Grains, which supplied from fifty to ninety percent of the calories in most societies have to be threshed, ground, and cooked to make them edible. Other plants, including the roots and fibers that were the life support of the societies that did not eat grains, are often downright poisonous. Without careful processing green potatoes, stinging taro, and cassava bitter with prussic acid are not just indigestible, but toxic.

Nor did our ancestors’ physiological theories dispose them to the natural. Until about two hundred years ago, from China to Europe, and in Mesoamerica, too, everyone believed that the fires in the belly cooked foodstuffs and turned them into nutrients. That was what digestion was. Cooking foods in effect pre-digested them and made them easier to assimilate. Given a choice, no one would burden the stomach with raw, unprocessed foods.

So to make food tasty, safe, digestible and healthy, our forebears bred, ground, soaked, leached, curdled, fermented, and cooked naturally occurring plants and animals until they were literally beaten into submission.

To lower toxin levels, they cooked plants, treated them with clay (the Kaopectate effect), leached them with water, acid fruits and vinegars, and alkaline lye. They intensively bred maize to the point that it could not reproduce without human help. They created sweet oranges and juicy apples and non-bitter legumes, happily abandoning their more natural but less tasty ancestors.

They built granaries for their grain, dried their meat and their fruit, salted and smoked their fish, curdled and fermented their dairy products, and cheerfully used whatever additives and preservatives they could — sugar, salt, oil, vinegar, lye — to make edible foodstuffs.
9  Forum / Games and Stuff With Wires / Re: DM Pickup Games on: May 19, 2015, 08:58 pm
Guns of Icarus, a team-based steampunky affair about shooting each other out of the sky in zeppelins, is on sale for 3,74€ or your regional equivalent. It looks really fun and 4-packs are 6,99€ (oryerrejonaekwvwllwl), anyone in?

I think this would be a cool pickup game for us to try. Looks to be like a mashup between TF2 and Artemis Bridge Simulator. Plus it's cheap!
10  Forum / Games and Stuff With Wires / Re: Great game deals on: May 18, 2015, 04:15 pm
Sounds good. I'm in.
11  Forum / Games and Stuff With Wires / Re: General Video Game Videos/Links on: May 10, 2015, 06:24 pm
12  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: nerds fucking suck on: May 08, 2015, 03:49 pm
Yeah you could beat him up just like Spiderman would totally beat up Batman
13  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: Roommate thread on: April 29, 2015, 04:46 pm
I live with my girlfriend, our roommate who is also our landlord, and his dog.

Here is a picture of the dog

14  Forum / Dumbtown / hey did you guys know that EFHRK is going to live with boron on: April 27, 2015, 02:14 pm
maybe he should start a thread about it
15  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: The "EFHRK and Snips are moving to LA to live with Boron" thread on: April 27, 2015, 01:42 pm
Bloody leftists are always like that
16  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Actual Horrible People (Fox News) on: April 23, 2015, 03:43 pm
Guys, all this fighting is taking us away from the real issue at hand, which is that Karl is rather confident of his gif-lip-reading abilities and I find that amusing


17  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Actual Horrible People (Fox News) on: April 22, 2015, 03:05 pm
Guys, all this fighting is taking us away from the real issue at hand, which is that Karl is rather confident of his gif-lip-reading abilities and I find that amusing
18  Forum / General Discussion / Re: this is me irl on: April 20, 2015, 04:15 pm

19  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Anonymous Facebook Status Thingies on: April 20, 2015, 01:34 am
A friend of my friend is an obnoxious hippie, it seems

I feel a little clarification is required in these heady and emotional times. I am not an anti-vaxxer; I am not a pro-vaxxer. I find these terms as childish and useful as pro-life/pro-choice or "with us or the terrorists".
Such polemical debates (not to mention ad hominem argument) I believe are easily shown serve to reduce complex phenomena in to self-affirming increasingly irresolvable dilemmas. Each side of the perceived divide is strengthened and blinded by framing the discussion in terms of a conflicting dichotomy.
Dilemma con not be resolved through conflict, for that leads to the shooting of abortion doctors, the burning of witches and heretics and the desecration of the good. Dilemma must be transcended through reframing (usually with technology or a shift in understanding and additional perspective.)
Again with the vaxx arguments, one side dismisses the oppositions arguments with cries of psuedo-science and the other discredits with claims of corporate corruption.
All statements are true in some sense, false in some sense and meaningless in another.
Claims that don't have polio now because of vaccination seems as outrageous to me as vaccines cause autism.
Both seem grown out of the manure of belief systems. There is so much conflicting data and allegations, studies, flawed studies, vested interest, politicising and dogmatic thinking who the fuck really knows?
Science does! comes the cry from many with with a blatant disregard for conformation bias, political manipulation or historical record and couldn't evaluate a peer reviewed journal if it bit them on the arse. Equally claiming to know what is best for "your" child because you are a parent doesn't inspire me with confidence in your ability to reason. Drug company CEOs can be parents as well.
Have I alienated everyone yet? That is not my intention. What is my intention? I dunno as this seems to be evolving into a ramble.
My own beliefs on vaccination are for the present and a highly summarised form that should in no way be interpreted as accurate are:
Some vaccines may have been very beneficial in reducing the suffering from epidemics.
Some vaccines may still be beneficial in reducing the suffering from epidemics.
Some vaccines have been shown to be harmful and have been removed from use.
All vaccination contains some degree risk.
Vaccination seems to be one way immunising against disease.
Blanket immunisation of a population with pharmaceutical products to "eradicate" diseases seem to be attractive to a certain way of viewing what is disease.
Recently our understanding of ecosystem health and disease has been greatly expanded, the effect of poverty and relative wealth have on the health of populations also.
Money influences many things.
The way to reduce disease (and pandemic) is to reduce poverty and relative wealth gaps and promote healthy environments.
People are more resilient to disease if they are well nourished and unstressed.
Viruses likewise flourish in relative poverty.
Maintaining healthy microbiota in your body and surrounds is probably the best thing you can do for your health.
The placebo effect may be more important than we realise.
And mostly I believe people should be allowed their last remaining sovereignty, that over their own body.
Nothing is as personal as one's own body. Nobody can know your sensations, your pains or truly your joys.
We are sovereigns of ourself if nothing else.
And if you disagree let your argument stand on it's merits I invite you please.
20  Forum / General Discussion / Re: It's been too long since we had some good forum drama on: April 13, 2015, 05:15 pm
Oh, well I'm out then. Have fun
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