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A friend called yesterday saying she bought herself one of these so I looked ...
- 2012-10-20T17:37:49+0000 - Updated: 2012-10-20T17:45:09+0000
A friend called yesterday saying she bought herself one of these so I looked it up. I actually like it as a tablet with phone function (not all that impractical if you use it with a bluetooth headset); it's about the right size for a book reader, a bit undersized for a PDF document reader, but I honestly can't even think about replacing my 4s with such a device because it's so damn impractical for me. I can't put it in my jeans, can't put it in my jacket, and I don't carry a bag with me so it would either be for home use or I'd have to change my habits, which I don't feel like doing just for the sake of it. Any disadvantage of 4s in screen size is more than compensated for by the sheer practicality of it.

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Remove Unity and we can talk about it.
- 2012-10-19T20:51:05+0000 - Updated: 2012-10-19T20:51:05+0000
Remove Unity and we can talk about it.

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No shit, Sherlock.<br>It&#39;s interesting how materialistic people condescen...
- 2012-10-16T16:29:20+0000 - Updated: 2012-10-16T16:33:04+0000
No shit, Sherlock.
It's interesting how materialistic people condescendingly dismiss the spiritual experiences of other people, but when it's them having the experience, they suddenly think it's the final proof. No, dumbass, the proof was there all along, we had it for millenia and it is you who had dismissed it. We knew; and no, you're not the first scientist with an authentic spiritual experience either, and you are not the first one with evidence that it doesn't originate from the brain. I actually demonstrated evidence of that to others by inducing strong spiritual experiences decades ago and people like you laughed and called it fake without even knowing what it is. Now it's your turn to know things for a fact and to have evidence, only to have others like you dismiss it out of hand.

Heaven Is Real: A Doctors Experience With the Afterlife

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If there indeed was such widespread use of performance enhancing substances a...
- 2012-10-11T05:21:04+0000 - Updated: 2012-10-11T05:54:11+0000
If there indeed was such widespread use of performance enhancing substances and methods, and they didn't manage to catch anyone, this means two things: first, the use of performance enhancing drugs was equalized across the participants and thus no unfair advantage was taken by a single participant, and second, they should ban the entire sport, not go after a single person. Hiding their own incompetence behind witch hunts of this kind is tragic, especially if we remember that they were never really subtle about the drug tests, they forced one cyclist to pee in a bottle in front of them at his father's funeral, for instance. If anything, I would say the drug testers are crossing the line, not the cyclists.

Evidence of Armstrong doping 'overwhelming,' agency says - CNN.com

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I have one lens that I use with my 5d and actually has worse flare than iPhon...
- 2012-10-11T09:26:13+0000 - Updated: 2012-10-11T09:26:13+0000
I have one lens that I use with my 5d and actually has worse flare than iPhone 5. Guess what, it's my most used landscape lens and works like this when used properly:

Consumer Reports: 'Purple haze' pics not unique to iPhone 5 - CNN.com

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Hipster is a person who bought the iPhone when nobody had them, and was smug ...
- 2012-10-11T07:27:59+0000 - Updated: 2012-10-11T07:28:42+0000
Hipster is a person who bought the iPhone when nobody had them, and was smug about it. When everybody else got them a hipster got an Android just to be different. When everybody gets Androids, he'll buy a Nokia. It will be the newest, coolest Nokia and only the most hip people will recognize it as the breakthrough that it is, unlike the sheep with their iPhones and Androids. :)
And hipsters, they are so unlike the others because they think different. In a totally uniform way.

Era hipstera

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- 2012-10-18T08:44:56+0000
I was thinking about this entire social phenomenon and what strikes me as the most relevant description is "posturing". It's all about pose and social impression, none of it is about substance. Hipsters don't use shitty cameras to take pictures because they know what they are doing, they do it because it's a very cheap way of posturing as an artist. They don't listen to garage music because they like it all that much, they listen to it in order to posture as different or creative. In a world of hipsters, a "creative" person is the one who postures as sufficiently eccentric. In my world, you are creative if you actually create stuff - books, articles, music, scientific papers, technological advances, IT products, better hammers, whatever. You are not creative if you dress in a certain way or use a certain kind of gadget. There are people who are more creative with pencil and paper than all the hipsters with their macs and iphones. So there is another word that qualifies them: "incompetent". Basically, they are average people who lack any significance and relevance in a world whose complexity exceeds their comprehension and capabilities. They have nothing real to offer, so they escape into irony, posturing and trash-anticulture.

I don&#39;t understand what the point of this article seems to be? I expected...
- 2012-10-10T05:47:46+0000 - Updated: 2012-10-10T05:47:46+0000
I don't understand what the point of this article seems to be? I expected something along the lines "my stupidphone's battery lasts a week, it is robust enough and cheap enough and I can do e-mail and browsing on my computer, thank you very much, and my car's navigation runs circle around the smartphones' half-assed maps", but this woman seems to explain how she is too stupid and clumsy to actually use anything more complex than a shoe. Why?

In defense of my stupidphone - CNN.com

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It is mushroom season and this year, like any other year, ignorant people wil...
- 2012-10-09T19:51:54+0000 - Updated: 2012-10-09T19:51:54+0000
It is mushroom season and this year, like any other year, ignorant people will get poisoned because they pick mushrooms without bothering to learn how to tell them apart. I'm not saying you shouldn't pick them, but do get a good book about them first and learn your stuff, because it's not hard at all. If you learn how to recognize the stuff you should avoid at all cost, you'll be fine.

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- 2012-10-09T20:27:24+0000 - Updated: 2012-10-11T08:41:19+0000
More about how not to get poisoned by mushrooms:

What you want to avoid at all cost are Amanita Phalloides, Amanita Virosa, Amanita Pantherina, Gyromitra esculenta, Cortinarius Orellanus (a.k.a. Dermocybe Orellana) and all members of the Agaricus family other than Agaricus Campestris. Also avoid stuff that is rotten, too small to recognize and, generally, doesn't belong to the "known to be edible and excellent" group.

Why to avoid the Agaricus family? Because they have many members, they are extremely similar, do not conform to simple rules and some very poisonous ones can only be told part from the good ones with a microscope. Just say no to that entire group. They are not likely to kill you but you are likely to be poisoned by one of those even if you are a very good mycologist.

Gyromitra esculenta is something of a death trap. It contains a toxin that will in most cases do nothing and in other cases will kill you at random. It's something of a mycological version of fugu fish. Stay away.

Dermocybe Orellana aka. Cortinarius Orellanus is the easiest to avoid as it doesn't resemble anything you'd really want to eat. It contains deadly amounts of muscarine, like the fly agaric.

Amanitas are very easy to recognize and stay away from and that's the first thing you should learn. The exception is Amanita Caesarea, which is excellent, doesn't contain toxins in any form, and cannot be confused with anything as long as you look for the yellow lamellae, stem and skirt. The egg is white and big parts of it are commonly found on the orange cap. 

Amanita Phalloides or death cap is the single greatest threat. The most important thing to know about it is that it looks morphologically almost identical to Amanita Caesarea, except in color and chemical composition. It has extremely similar shape, but is always white in the lamellae, stem, skirt and egg. The cap can be white, pale greenish-yellow, green in many shades, greenish-brown and brown. Some people think they are safe if they avoid green. No, they will be safe if they avoid Amanitas with white gills, stem and skirt. If you can't tell an Amanita from any other family of mushrooms, just stay away from all mushrooms with gills or you will die. Amanitas are extremely abundant, you can find them all over the place in the fall and you are sure to confuse them with something if you are ignorant, and then you die, or even more likely, you watch your children die because they have lower mass and it takes less mushroom to kill them. The toxins from Amanita Phalloides and Amanita Virosa, the two of the most deadly ones, cannot be neutralized in any way. They are resistent to cooking, drying or anything else for that matter. Worst of all, some animals like snails can eat them without harm, which can delude you into thinking you can do the same. 

So, the most important thing is to learn how to stay away from the stuff that kills you. The next thing is to recognize the stuff you actually want to eat.

My list is as follows:
Boletus Edulis/Aereus/Pinicola/Aestivalis/some other variety of the same thing with a different name
Boletus Appendiculatus, Boletus Regius
Scutiger Pes-caprae
every Morchella species, if I can find them
Amanita Caesarea
Agaricus Campestris
Macrolepiota Procera, Macrolepiota Rhacodes
Russula Virescens, Russula Cyanoxanta
Tuber Magnatum et al. (I actually found two, potato sized, 25yrs ago)
Craterellus cornucopioides
Clitocybe tabescens
Cantharellus cibarius
Leccinum  aurantiacum

So that's my "white list". It is rather short, considering how many species I know, but what they have in common is that they a) taste great and b) you cannot confuse them with poisonous stuff, if you're in your right mind. I've been doing that since I've been 7, I never ever had a case of mushroom poisoning, I've been picking mushrooms every year since, I'm 39+ now and obviously those rules work. :)
- 2012-10-09T20:46:32+0000
Oh, one more thing. These are mushrooms with a skirt:

This is a mushroom with a ring:

Miraculously, people manage to confuse those two, and they are not even similar. You see, the ring on the Lepiota can even be moved up/down on the stem. It doesn't even closely resemble a skirt. Here's another example of a skirt:

You see why I call it "skirt" and not "ring"? The term "ring" is deceptive as it is not a ring in any way. More girls with skirts:

You get the idea. Sometimes the skirt resembles a ring, sometimes it is torn, but after you learn to recognize the Amanita family, you get the hang of the details.
- 2012-10-09T21:51:20+0000
While I'm at it... 
Some people will consider mushrooms as a way to get stoned or as a way to kill themselves. As a way to get stoned, well, there's the psilocybe family which obviously contains psilocybin, they grow all over the place, but I have no idea how you would determine the correct dosage which is the difference between a) nothing b) being stoned c) being overdosed in a nightmare, d) being brain damaged and e) ending up dead. I would consider that to be a serious problem, especially since the dosage of active chemicals in mushrooms is known to vary with all sorts of factors including terrain and climate. 
The other one people use to get stoned is Amanita Muscaria. The problem is, its toxicity varies. Some Russians traditionally ate them with vodka to get stoned, then they picked our local Croatian variety and got seriously poisoned as the chemicals were more concentrated here. Again, being overdosed on something that fucks up both your brain and your heart at the same time would be a bad thing, so I would stay away from that one. 

As a way to commit suicide, mushrooms are right along peeling off your skin slowly with a knife, or setting yourself on fire and then slowly dying for weeks. I don't know a single species that would kill you quickly and painlessly; they all include delirium and agony, usually prolonged, as your organs fall apart or your nervous system disintegrates. So if you are considering both disemboweling yourself with a sword and eating a poisonous mushroom, I'd recommend disemboweling yourself with a sword. It's less painful, more dignified and less messy. Yes, I'm joking but you get the picture. Don't eat the poisonous mushrooms even if you want to die.

Well, the last time I checked, the humans weren&#39;t doing shit about astero...
- 2012-10-07T10:53:59+0000 - Updated: 2012-10-07T10:53:59+0000
Well, the last time I checked, the humans weren't doing shit about asteroids either. Too busy updating their status on facebook. If one of those things did strike Earth, NASA would probably find out about it by watching CNN.
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- 2012-10-18T01:37:26+0000
To use an argument like "animals are people" would require either lobotomy or some serious sci-fi level "uplift" technology being applied to animal first, raising them either to a human or a superhuman level of cognition :) Ok, half-ass joke aside..

Haven't you heard of a fascinating company called Planetary Resources? The shareholders are comprised of what are roughly said billionaires. IIRC, they announced several months ago that they have been developing asteroid mining enterprise for the past 3 years and intend to continue doing so for the unforeseeable future. I suspect that once they develop "stage one" of their project which consists of having a big number of supposedly cheap robotic telescopes scouting for near asteroid objects they might become the best awareness we have concerning nearby threatening asteroids, even though those are not mission's main targets..
- 2012-10-18T08:16:31+0000
Well, mining the asteroids might be an interesting idea since all the heavy metals in the Earth's crust actually come from asteroid bombardment after the crust had solidified, 4E9 yrs ago; everything that was here earlier sunk to the lower levels of the mantle or the core. So finding asteroids that are rich with gold or platinum-like metals is not all that impossible. Mining them, however, would pose several significant problems. For instance, how do you massively process ore in almost-zero gravity somewhere between Mars and Jupiter? And if you make a significant find, how do you drag it back to Earth? Also, if they find too much of the stuff, the prices might fall so much it might not be worth it. 

Have in mind that both ESA, NASA and the Russians so far failed to bring back a sample from Mars; that's how difficult it is. Bringing a kilo of anything here from the asteroid field is several orders of magnitude more difficult than mining it here.
- 2012-10-18T14:14:07+0000
Their hope is initially to go for a "lowest hanging fruit" - probably the whole reason for stage one of the mission is to scan for small numbers of asteroids which would show up in areas only in several multiples of Earth-Moon distance, i.e. closest possible asteroids - those we would classify as threatening.

What makes them fascinating in a certain sense, when I think about it, is exactly the size of the challenge, it even somehow reminds of the Apollo program for after 3 years of deliberation they didn't say they are giving up because of insurmountable difficulties but actually committed to go forward with this implying that they have probably various solid ideas of how to solve each of those big problems. They'll probably need to invent a lot :)

My wild guess is that it might ironically even come to be that their most significant challenge shows up as risk coming from sabotage from some Earth based miners.
- 2012-10-18T14:37:01+0000 - Updated: 2012-10-18T14:51:14+0000
Miners? No. Countries that keep most of their currency backing in form of precious metals? Maybe. However, the odds of success are the odds of reaching asteroids at all / identifying something valuable / bringing significant quantities to Earth / repeatedly / in amounts sufficient to cover the expenses and make a profit.
Long shot at best. 
However, having a monitoring grid in space would significantly help the odds of locating something big crashing the party, however the most dangerous asteroids are the ones with extremely eccentric orbits that come from the outer solar system (Oort cloud) or interstellar space. The nearby stuff is usually very predictable until its orbits are affected by some rare event.
So, as "something to do in space" exploring the asteroids is not bad. However, without the invention of really fast space travel I seriously doubt there will be much public interest in space. We simply know too much about our solar system without a realistic capability to actually go there and poke stuff.

Those cops are just idiots. &quot;Oh hey, there&#39;s a naked unarmed guy, ob...
- 2012-10-07T13:35:28+0000 - Updated: 2012-10-07T13:35:28+0000
Those cops are just idiots. "Oh hey, there's a naked unarmed guy, obviously on some mean shit, and he tells me he'll kick my butt. I have a) pepper spray b) taser and c) gun, hmmm, let's go for c) just to be safe because I'm a fat coward".


Campus officer kills naked freshman at University of South Alabama - CNN.com

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