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Dogen



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heretical Rants wrote:
Some small part of me is treating that as though it is an actual memory. I can't tell whether I imagined Today I gained an extra data point to support my hypothesis that my memory is incredibly fallible in weird ways that I'm not guaranteed to notice. At least it's good at pattern matching! ... probably.

Sadly, the brain didn't evolve to be a recording machine. More of a gist machine. Altering the things in it is pretty easy.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gist Machine is a hell of a band name.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They were the opener for that one concert where Qualia were no-shows
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Qualia may have been the would-be opening act, but I think that D-Dennett and the P-Zombie Apocalypse give a better performance.

I especially like their metal ballad, "There is a spoon."
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love Gist Machine but I can never remember the words to their songs.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you only remember the gist?
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

... about neurocysticercosis. Described by some authors in Epilepsy Currents thusly:
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Neurocysticercosis is acquired through consumption of food contaminated with feces of a T. solium tapeworm carrier (i.e., through fecalĖoral contract) (4,5,12). The life cycle of T. solium is shown in Fig. 1. Eggs of the tapeworm are shed in stool and contaminate food through poor hygiene. When these eggs are ingested and exposed to gastric acid in the human stomach, they lose their protective capsule and turn into larval cysts, called oncospheres. Oncospheres cross the gastrointestinal tract and migrate via the vascular system to the brain, muscle, eyes, and other structures. Once in the brain, the larval cysts (cysticerci) initially generate a minimal immune response and may remain in the brain as viable cysts for years.

When you treat the parasitic infection of the brain and the worms die they set off a larger immune response and calcify, which can cause a permanent seizure disorder.
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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Life lessons of the day:

* It's actually okay to fry things while naked so long as you don't use much oil
* Don't walk multiple miles in shorts when it is windy, snowing, and not July (or January, for you Argentinians out there) unless you have a grudge against the skin on the sides of your knees
* Don't overuse mnemonics, especially elaborate ones. It's a convoluted waste of mental effort and high turnover on individual atoms of information has better results anyway, assuming comprehension of the overarching concepts.



the first two items may not apply to pooh bears or yeti

the last item may not apply to people who learn differently to me
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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I learned how to cut the back of my hair so it's actually even. After much trial and error, I discovered all I need is string, a pair of scissors, a small mirror, and a large bathroom mirror.

Basically, wrap the string around your head, tie it in a bow so that it stays in place, lift the sides over your ears so the back doesn't fall down. Then hold up the small mirror to see the back of your head in the big mirror, and cut along the line.

This is going to save me oodles of money. Very Happy (Actually, I stopped going for haircuts, so this will save me from having to decide between a mullet and a buzz cut.)
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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2014 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can put metal in the microwave, provided it's got the right proportion of food to cover it.

My mind is blown. (And no, I didn't learn this by experimenting.)
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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2014 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well, yeah, that's how things like hot pockets work

certainly some configurations of metal will make arcs of electricity, catch fire, or bounce too much energy back to the magnetron, but you don't really have to worry about something minor like a staple in a teabag, and you certainly don't have to worry about racks, aluminium crust-crispers, or microwave oven walls that are specially designed for microwave use
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And metal skewers, apparently. I realized tea bag staples weren't a problem, but had no idea why.

Now I need to think of things to cook on metal. The world is much bigger now!
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't put metal in the science oven
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is an Ennis clone in Springfield.
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monkey Mcdermott wrote:
There is an Ennis clone in Springfield.

What?
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