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17 hours ago, NebulousMissy said:

 

Extremophile is defined by the ruling minority.

 

A sulfuric acid drenched lithotrophic (eats rocks) microbe living in the deep crust would consider us extremophiles because we're not just bathed in liquid fire but we breathe and use it. We have enzymes that keep us from burning alive, we eat chemicals we call 'antioxidants' to protect us from the very fuel we breathe. We set our food on fire inside special organelles (mitochondria) to drive little proteins that convert that fire into the chemical energy our cells use.

 

At least sulfate-reducing microbes (they 'breathe sulfur') can store their 'breaths' in their cells as little sulfur granules without it killing them. We can't even do that. Oxygen's too reactive. We have to keep inhaling all this enzyme-shredding, cell-popping, DNA-demolishing poison so we can use its fire. No wonder we live such short lives ::P:

 

Extremophiles are the norm on every planet. Every organism is living on the edge of destruction. We just don't notice it when it's us.

 

Okay, maybe I am in a mood this morning, but I love this as a piece of writing.

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So, yesterday I was doing a photo shoot for our marketing department. During the shoot, I had a bit of a problem where the computer wasn't responding and needed a reboot. One of the marketing folks, who I both like and respect otherwise, explained to me that it was probably because Mercury was in retrograde. :blink:

 

I never thought to see that in the wild. What's next? An actual, living Scientologist?

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3 minutes ago, Doug Sundseth said:

So, yesterday I was doing a photo shoot for our marketing department. During the shoot, I had a bit of a problem where the computer wasn't responding and needed a reboot. One of the marketing folks, who I both like and respect otherwise, explained to me that it was probably because Mercury was in retrograde. :blink:

 

I never thought to see that in the wild. What's next? An actual, living Scientologist?

One of our morning talk shows is always going on about Mercury in Retrograde, when weird technology things happen.  

It's a fun convenient hocus pocus that some people seem to be latching onto.  

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@Crowley - good news for you sir!

https://www.civilized.life/articles/want-to-live-longer-start-drinking-more-coffee/
Want To Live Longer? Start Drinking More Coffee
Civilized - 1d ago


It turns out that drinking up to three cups of coffee a day may not be bad for your health after all. It may even have some benefits - just don't pair it with smoking and a bad diet.

 

8 minutes ago, Doug Sundseth said:

So, yesterday I was doing a photo shoot for our marketing department. During the shoot, I had a bit of a problem where the computer wasn't responding and needed a reboot. One of the marketing folks, who I both like and respect otherwise, explained to me that it was probably because Mercury was in retrograde. :blink:

 

I never thought to see that in the wild. What's next? An actual, living Scientologist?

 

The questions is, is mercury actually in retrograde, or was he using it as a figure of speech. 

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3 minutes ago, Thes Hunter said:

The questions is, is mercury actually in retrograde, or was he using it as a figure of speech. 

 

I seldom keep track of when the black cat is in retrograde motion relative to the underside of the ladder with salt on its shoulder. I have people who do that for me.

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Just five more minutes, mommy...

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He is incorrect, mercury will be in retrograde from August 13th till September 5th.  

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Have blind boxes or packs ever been a good idea? 

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19 hours ago, NebulousMissy said:

 

Unfortunately there are atmospheric models that allow for oxygen without a living source. If you see a strong CO line along with the O2 line you're probably looking at inorganic oxygen.

 

The easiest way to confirm organic oxygen is to look for the big fat CH4 line next to the big fat O2 line. Both molecules react in a mutually destructive way so you'd need a constant source of each. Like microbes. Or cows. 

 

...or microbes living inside cows... :;):

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4 minutes ago, Loim said:

Have blind boxes or packs ever been a good idea? 

Depends on your point of view; the secondary market seems to like them.

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21 minutes ago, Doug Sundseth said:

So, yesterday I was doing a photo shoot for our marketing department. During the shoot, I had a bit of a problem where the computer wasn't responding and needed a reboot. One of the marketing folks, who I both like and respect otherwise, explained to me that it was probably because Mercury was in retrograde. :blink:

 

I never thought to see that in the wild. What's next? An actual, living Scientologist?

HOGWASH!

Everyone knows it's actually gremlins.

 

3 minutes ago, Loim said:

Have blind boxes or packs ever been a good idea? 

I never really thought so, but then I'm just some guy who's going to have to work until he dies (and possibly a little after), so what do I know? If I was smart, I'd have figured out some way to make obscene amounts of money for little effort by now...

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5 minutes ago, Loim said:

Have blind boxes or packs ever been a good idea? 

 

I like them quite a bit. They make getting common creatures very cheap. And I seldom want prepaints of marquee/rare figures.

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1 minute ago, Chaoswolf said:

HOGWASH!

Everyone knows it's actually gremlins.

 

I never really thought so, but then I'm just some guy who's going to have to work until he dies (and possibly a little after), so what do I know? If I was smart, I'd have figured out some way to make obscene amounts of money for little effort by now...

 

I find morals are what get in my way of making obscene money with little effort. 

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Darn pesky things.

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Morals... morals... aren't those a type of mushroom?

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