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351  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The DonationCoder.com 30-Day Healthy Eating and Exercise Challenge! on: May 26, 2013, 08:41:50 PM
 Grin You may have something there, Allen.
Which is why I said adjust your exercise regimen accordingly.  No use drinking back what you just took off tongue
Back when I was a drinker (oh, so long ago...) I'd drink it whenever it was available, and that was often to my detriment, which is why I don't anymore.  
You natural moderation folks puzzle me so... huh
352  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The DonationCoder.com 30-Day Healthy Eating and Exercise Challenge! on: May 26, 2013, 03:48:37 PM
Most beers have calorie counts printed on the label AFAIK, but I'm not a drinker, so my knowledge is a bit limited.  After doing a little searching on the 'net, the highest calorie content I could find is 313 calories in Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot*, which doesn't seem like a horrible amount to me.  Most, or probably all, of that comes from carbohydrates in the brew, so your exercise should be tailored to burning off carbs.  Trouble is, beer also contains alcohol (duh), which is a depressant, so exercise will seem less appealing and probably feel more difficult after relaxing with a pint (or two).  
My recommendation?  I'm no exercise guru, but I'd say calculate how much you'll most likely be drinking and the calories thereof,  and adjust your exercise accordingly.  And for pete's sake don't drink any just before naps or bedtime.  That will prod your system to metabolize and store the carbohydrates (quick energy source) into fat (long-term energy source).

*Data from:
http://www.beer100.com/beercalories.htm
http://www.fitsugar.com/C...ies-Popular-Beers-1504697
353  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Cool visualization of dial-up modem sounds and what they mean on: May 25, 2013, 09:14:44 PM
Very cool and just a little bit nostalgic.
More info at the link

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If you ever connected to the Internet before the 2000s, you probably remember that it made a peculiar sound. But despite becoming so familiar, it remained a mystery for most of us. What do these sounds mean?

http://windytan.blogspot....d-of-dialup-pictured.html

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from random perusings of the web
354  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The DonationCoder.com 30-Day Healthy Eating and Exercise Challenge! on: May 25, 2013, 09:10:58 PM
Wellllll.... Nutritionally speaking, calories from fat, sugar, and protein are all processed differently by the body, so simply hitting an exercise/calorie balance doesn't cut along the same lines, depending on what you're eating.  Sugar + fat is a deadly combination in general, but a mostly-protein diet is only recommended for those wanting to build muscle.  As always, just take some common sense in what you eat and how much.  I mean, how many of us genuinely don't know that a bag of chips and a handful of cookies while watching a Star Trek marathon is NOT good for your body?
Really?  undecided
355  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Machine Is US on: May 22, 2013, 08:39:18 PM
Thought I'd resurrect this post with a relevant and very cool video about the incredible machines we are:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LczkikAgAVE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LczkikAgAVE</a>
356  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The DonationCoder.com 30-Day Healthy Eating and Exercise Challenge! on: May 22, 2013, 08:18:36 PM
your Point Motivator might be helpful too mouser:
http://www.donationcoder....PointMotivator/index.html
...

Ooh, yes, that would be an awesome tool for the more casual among us  embarassed 
Here's hoping it works in Wine...
357  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In support of the Internet Archive on: May 22, 2013, 08:13:46 PM
Great interview with Brewster Kahle and a look inside the archive building.  Pretty neat!  Thmbsup

http://vimeo.com/59207751
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358  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The DonationCoder.com 30-Day Healthy Eating and Exercise Challenge! on: May 22, 2013, 12:29:36 AM
For me, that means anything beyond collapsing on the couch after work.  tongue
I'll check in again Saturday... See ya then!
359  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The DonationCoder.com 30-Day Healthy Eating and Exercise Challenge! on: May 22, 2013, 12:23:27 AM
I'm in.
No problem with the healthy eating, my wife takes care of that, the problem is the exercise.  Wink

One question: What should be the minimum exercise, and how to measure it?  Time spent  at your target exercise heart rate, or number/amount of individual exercises (10 minutes bicycling, 50 push-ups, etc)?
360  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: May 21, 2013, 12:25:52 AM
Quote from: 40hz
remember an electric bass can be used for far more than slapping, popping, and speed riffs.

Indeed!  Mr. Lombardi's got a nice touch there.  
Love Eno's stuff, though I can never remember to actually go to it and listen, I just have remembrances of having heard the song and go "Aw yeah, that's awesome!".  Faves include "1/1" from Music for Airports (yeah, I know, it was more Wyatt and Davies than Eno, but it still rocks), "Sky-saw" from Another Green World, and the oft-overlooked collaboration with Robert Fripp "No Pussyfootin'".

This whole bass thing reminded me of something: In the early 90's of Seattle in the thick of the Grunge movement, there were many great artists and bands doing some great sonic experiments that would pop up, blow people away, and then fade into the static.
One of those great experiments was Sadhappy, featuring some things I never knew a bass guitar was capable of, and a good showcase of early work by certified saxophone nutcase Skerik:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOanXKI7OLc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOanXKI7OLc</a>
 Thmbsup
361  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Quick blog/site (for images) where I'm contactable *without having to join* on: May 20, 2013, 11:43:57 PM
Mebbe ask our dear leader very nicely for a bit of space at dcmembers.com?  smiley
362  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet Sales Tax Passed on: May 19, 2013, 07:08:23 PM
Quote from: app103
That would seriously complicate things, if a customer was the holder of an exemption certificate. Also, a re-pricing nightmare if the tax rate changes.

Not really, the price of the good and the tax rate would still be calculated separately with the sum as the final price at the point of sale, so all it would take is ringing it up as a "no tax" sale as usual.  All I'm asking is why can't they just price it with tax at the shelf?  
And I've seen plenty of re-pricing "nightmares" handled like butter when they want to.  How many times I've gone to the store and 5 out of the 10 items I need have changed prices by a few cents overnight...  Besides, according to Michael, the Europeans have already figured this out, why can't we?  undecided
363  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Gnome-Pie: a circular 'dock' type launcher for Linux on: May 19, 2013, 01:41:02 AM
I agree, i'm not into circular dock thingies, but the principal is sound; I mean Fitts' law works.  I can see this concept better suited to touch screens, and large ones.  Rectangular elements fit the bounded space of a phone, tablet, or under-21-inch monitor better IMO.  When technology finally ends up with entire surfaces (desks, windows, walls, etc.) being the interaction space, interfaces that utilize organic forms like circular menus and ZUIsw will make more sense.

In my humble opinion, that is.  Wink
364  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 19, 2013, 12:49:09 AM
Hey, it's not just mid-20th:

Seattle Times article: Dinner gets very local for squirrel-eating Seattleite
Best quote?  "It did not taste like chicken."  Grin

And she's also on Youtube:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s89TUfY5Ahw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s89TUfY5Ahw</a>

My wife said if the economy did not get better, she was going to buy a 22 caliber pellet gun and supplement our shopping with a little tree rat protein.  tongue
365  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet Sales Tax Passed on: May 17, 2013, 08:12:25 PM
Well, that's pretty much one of the big draws of internet sales, but I figure many folks have the attitude of "well, it was going to happen sooner or later" so those numbers are not surprising.  
I hate sales tax not because of taxes per se, but because I personally think it's idiotic that no-one has the fecking common decency to tell me how much a thingamabob is after taxes until it's already rung up and I've committed to purchasing the item.  Coming from Oregon to Washington, that was royal pain in the seat.  I mean, how forking hard would it be for merchants to just charge the price listed and figure the taxes afterwards?  Maybe even post how much it was before taxes in the small print or on the receipt, I wouldn't mind, and folks like me prolly wouldn't get so upset.  
Angry   Seems logical to ME anyways...
366  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Strange Pyramid on: May 17, 2013, 08:02:34 PM
Call me a skeptic, but all these missing details just screams "Hoax" or "Fake news" a la WWN.  It would be pretty cool to be proven wrong, though.

  Well, either way, I posted it because it was interesting, not because I believe it.....

Well, thank heaven for that, I was beginning to worry...  Wink
I have to admit, I also find it interesting to think "what if..." on things of this nature.  I used to be a regular listener to Coast to Coast while Art Bell was still the host, and enjoyed it immensely, though I had to constantly reset my BS meter for "stun".
 Grin
367  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Strange Pyramid on: May 16, 2013, 09:44:51 PM
Lower right hand corner of the video, at 0:29.
 
I did a brief search about this, and in all the stories I found there's a lot of vague references to "research teams", "scientists", pictures and video being shown at "a conference", etc.  Notice the lack of specifics there.  The names mentioned don't turn up anything significant either, except for this History Channel show about the discoverer:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_Ohu5PLKwM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_Ohu5PLKwM</a>

Call me a skeptic, but all these missing details just screams "Hoax" or "Fake news" a la WWN.  It would be pretty cool to be proven wrong, though.
368  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Strange Pyramid on: May 16, 2013, 12:22:36 AM
Aw jeez, it's the Weekly World News, the folks who brought us "Bat Boy" and "Aliens meeting with Bill Clinton".  undecided
369  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What does your avatar say about you? on: May 15, 2013, 07:38:38 PM
That I'm a freekin' toy robot, out for a stroll in the grass, what else?

I've wondered lately about changing it, though.  Maybe to keep with the robot theme, but with a beachy twist:

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BTW - Source for my avatar: http://www.flickr.com/pho...s/microcosmos/1265783338/
370  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet Sales Tax Passed on: May 15, 2013, 07:31:19 PM
Actually, according to Wikipediaw the original intent was to prohibit federal government from taxing products unique to a state or region and exported internationally.
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This provision was an important protection for the southern states secured during the Constitutional Convention. With the grant of absolute power over foreign commerce given to the federal government, the states whose economies relied chiefly on exports realized that any tax laid by the new central government upon a single item of export would apply very unevenly amongst all the states and favor states which did not export that good.
Think cotton from the southern states, or maple syrup from the northern ones.

Either way, in a perfect world (see wut i did thar?) it wouldn't matter two flips who consents, if it's unconstitutional, it either shouldn't happen or can be successfully challenged in court.  But then again, when was the last time we were residents in Perfect World?  undecided
371  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 'Home' and 'End' and 'FN'. on: May 15, 2013, 07:03:43 PM
The best solution I have personally come up with is to get a USB keypad, like so:

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Personally, I've considered getting one and scraping off the characters so I can re-map all the keys to make a poor man's MIDI controller.   Cool


Or, you can use something like StrokesPlus or Just Gestures to make mouse movements into shortcuts for 'Home' and 'End', or find some keys you don't use and re-map them with AutoHotkey.
372  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet Sales Tax Passed on: May 14, 2013, 08:56:55 PM
Does selling from one state to another count as an export?  Because if so, my son pointed out that this tax would be unconstitutional:

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Article I, Section 9, Clause 5:
No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.

373  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch - Aaawwweeesssooommmeee on: May 14, 2013, 02:25:09 AM
Very nice, Iain.  I found the Musical Illusions site interesting, though I thought a mention of Shepard Tonesw would have fit right in. I was especially interested in the Phantom Voice.  Though not what I expected, it reminded me very much of the song "Opus 4" by the Art of Noise

What I was expecting was that peculiar phenomenon whereby a subject will hear voices or music in white/pink noise,appearing just below the threshold of comprehension.  I personally find this especially noticeable when combined with a coherent sound (any regular tone or rhythm), first discovered out fishing with a friend; the sound of rushing water + the sound of my friend humming produced the illusion of voices, in fact a conversation between two parties, which would cease when my friend stopped humming.  Since then, I have heard it in the humming of a case fan, in the wind when a car passes by, etc.  I have also read somewhere that shamans of many cultures would produce this phenomenon by various means, most commonly the use of different types of rattles or objects shaken in a bowl.
More about that here (never mind the paranormal slant if it's not your thing, the description of the phenomenon is exactly as I have experienced):
http://atransc.org/research/voices_in_noise.htm

Try different windows startup sounds, the 98SE one is quite nice:
http://www.winhistory.de/.../winstart/winstart.htm.en
374  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Coffee/Caffeine Thread! on: May 06, 2013, 11:40:52 PM
App, those are awesome!  Kiss

I'm making this for breakfast tomorrow:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc2J_Ay8fCQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc2J_Ay8fCQ</a>

Great for when you run out of filters, and I hear you can add the shells as well to cut the cloudiness. :shrug:

375  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Coffee/Caffeine Thread! on: May 06, 2013, 08:49:22 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-ia13f72-4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-ia13f72-4</a>

 Thmbsup
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