Damian

Damian

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    Without addressing what you say directly, I recommend looking into the work of Terry Eagleton - a famous English Marxist literary theorist. One of his best known pieces in recent years is a literary criticism of one of Dawkins' more...
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    The issue with Greg is that outside his own direct experience he's completely lost, not a big deal in itself, I'm sure we're all there to some extent or other. But because of Greg's upbringing in the imperial centre, he's...
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    Over 15C, for me at least, is more in the category of "mildly alcoholic soup". Not that I'm averse to that as such, it just feels too much like a category error to think of it as beer. If it's...
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    I think someone should make The Huge Mølars of Horst Nordfink. If the British/Kenneth Branagh version of Wallander can be successful, that shows there's clearly a market for this sort of thing....
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    I think, to be fair, the transpondian milk needs to be heat treated given the hormone and mastitis thing (so at least the included pus is sterile). Of course it's possible to do some interesting and perhaps deeply regrettable things...
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    Maybe when (from their perspective) everything they've heard about the intellectual world has no obvious correspondence to anything they have encountered in their experiential world? Is it really so easy just to judge the individuals in that case? I've had...
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    You may power your electric vehicle with electric eels if, and only if, a) it is a hovercraft I will not buy this record, it is scratched....
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    On pedagogy again. I have long seen a distinction between subjects where it is customary to introduce students by tracing the history of the discipline, which comes built in with a sense that knowledge is evolving and constantly being improved...
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    I've noticed a pattern in this subthread about lies to children. While it's certainly an emergent one, it's not new, it's just that I am only really noticing it clearly enough to define and describe it. The pattern goes like...
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    it wasn't a good idea to do blood type testing and Punnet squares together Well the other high school genetics thing was the way brown-eye-dominant-blue-eye-recessive was taught as a single-gene trait for decades, although we know now that at least...
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    It occurred to me to talk about how we eat goats, so there's a set/superset factor at work that aggregates what what goats eat. But that doesn't really contradict the point. Of course fire and cooking make all the difference....
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    I think the pertinent expression is: it's all good fun till someone looses an eye? Seriously, getting sweet red cabbage and sauerkraut on the same plate is usually a result of plate swapping and "I'll eat your x if you...
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    It was a reminder that humans can eat just about anything and survive. We're really no good at carrion. I mean, we can eat a bit of it if it's fresh. But compared to wolves, for whom it just isn't...
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    Perhaps some mashed potatoes with your fried potatoes. Yes, absolutely! Also dumplings (knödel) and if possible side bread. All the carbs under liberty's masterful shadow!. The main trick to getting through (aka "demonstration eating") a course of schweinshaxe is to...
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    To go with sausage and sauerkraut: red cabbage. Slice it thin as though for coleslaw, poach it in apple cider vinegar with some caraway seeds and maybe brown sugar to taste. Include fried potato (clean and dice the potatoes, steam...
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    Of course, putting milk in Earl Grey automatically marks me as a barbarian... Milk in tea is fine, though it suits some teas and not others. On the other hand I've sort of come to think of bergamot in tea...
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    All I know here is that out of maybe 5 different vegetables you people all just refer to as "peppers", I can't really tell which ones you're talking about at any given time. I mean I think "bell peppers" are...
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    Well sure, but EC was talking about recursive data (and he's right that the simple case I mentioned is fine with regexes). My point was that loading a recursive parser unrolls those recursive structures and makes it very easy to...
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    in general, you need a recursive parser for recursive syntax Well with Perl, if HTML::TokeParser couldn't handle the task, then Parse::RecDescent certainly could. So often the easier one-off thing you're after is "the text in the fourth cell in the...
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    My main objection to an MX-5 is that there isn't room for two humans and a dog. My current solution for a zippy little car that meets my requirements is the Mazda 2, which also uses less petrol than a...
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    you positively should use such data if you can, simply so that the people who provided it should not have died for nothing and they are not made to have been purely wasted when at least some good can be...
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    Right verdict, but the message might get lost. IMHO the message is: all this use of lethal and just-dialled-back-from-lethal-a-little-bit force is really not on, and escalation is something the perp does, never an officer. Anyone who started out being an...
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    Dammit: "yaw independent of roll"... spotted it just after hitting "submit"....
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    Well it's just nice to be able to control yaw independent of pitch, even if you don't really "need" it. TBH hang gliding is something I'd love to do, but 1) I already have more things to do than I...
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    I note that you get comment 666 in this thread, which is nicely done. Yes, my Intel Mini was really to fit a similar need... though it maxes out at 64GB. I did install that myself, at 1/3 the Apple...
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    I can go first... I'm still kicking myself for buying what is probably one of the last Intel Mac Minis last year. Also, the last iPad mini was a bit disappointing... but I'm looking forward to seeing how interesting the...
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    20 years ago a TBM wouldn't even have looked at ignimbrite! I wonder when the breakthrough* was and specifically what it was. They started the first of these modern-era large tunnel projects in Brisbane in 2006 with Herrenknecht TBMs and...
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    Well digging up the lawn in pursuit of thermal efficiency is a pastime, surely. I was seriously planning on it not long ago and still might. Well I'm digging up the front garden anyway, so it would just fit in...
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    That's almost directly across the road from where I lived (with my mum in a basement flat of a similar 3-story terrace, with the owners living in the upper 2 stories) when I was a teenager going to SBHS. I...
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    I am not surprised that heating in Queensland isn't a problem :-) Of course :) But it's really about differentials. Getting to 20C inside when it's 45C outside is energetically similar to getting 20C inside when it's -5C outside. Sure...
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