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Doug Sundseth

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  1. 1 hour ago, Kangaroorex said:

    Unfortunately, this one is unlike the SARS virus which we (as a race) were able to contain to one region and burn out, the Covid-19 is in the general public and will be with us for the rest of eternity.  I suppose we could get lucky and it could be a non-mutating form, but I'm not holding my breath.  I am hoping it stays rather innocuous and doesn't take a turn for the really nasty in the future.

     

    From my research, coronaviruses (including SARS, Covid-19, and the common cold) mutate slowly relative to their total genetic code because they're quite large as viruses go. So the typical mutations don't have much effect on the ability of your immune system to recognize and attack them.

     

    Which isn't to say that they won't mutate, just that they probably won't mutate quickly.

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  2. 12 minutes ago, TGP said:

     

    I hope you are correct. 

     

    But the vulnerability exists with every product, of any kind, anywhere, 24/7.

     

    That is why the gasoline ran out when people tried to evacuate Houston (as they’d been asked to do) 48 hours before a hurricane ploughed ashore. 

     

     

     

    And essentially everybody had a vehicle to evacuate in. Which is not the case in most of the world.

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  3. One that we eat regularly (including leftovers for me for lunch today):

     

    Slice spicy sausage (use more than one type for more complex flavor) to a thickness of about 1/4" - 1/2" (6mm - 12mm).

    Slice bell peppers (again, use more than one type if available) and onion into strips.

    Sautee in oil and seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic, ....) until the structure of the onion starts to break down.

     

    Eat.

     

    It's quick and really easy to make and very tasty.

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  4. 3 hours ago, Jasper_the_2nd said:

    Got ours this afternoon. Working from home starting tomorrow.  Wife suggested I pick up 24 2L bottles of diet cola on the way home to help me through.....

     

    How are you going to fill your swimming pool with only 48 liters of soda? I mean, that's probably not even enough to take a bath in.

     

    Geez.

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  5. 10 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

    Question for March 15th:

    Will you drink milk (be it of cow or soy or almond origin) after its expiration or "best by" date? How many days post-date are you willing to give it?

     

    Note that if you have a power outage or take too long on a warm day to get home, food can spoil before the date. Use-by dates are suggestions.They're also kept conservative both to reduce consumer complaints and to encourage early re-buys. For any sort of food, it's all about the smell, taste, and appearance, not the date on the label.

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  6. 28 minutes ago, Loth said:

    question about why decals need to go over gloss coat first, is that because of increased surface area for adhesion? And does that apply to custom decals as well?

     

    The issue is that with a matte surface under the decal you can get "silvering", which is microscopic bubbles of air trapped between the decal and the surface. The gloss coat is much smoother and allows you to get the clear part of the decal to disappear (usually with the addition of something like Micro Set and/or Micro Sol). Then you can matte/flat coat over the whole thing and the decal won't look any where near as much like a waterslide decal on the surface.

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  7. 1 hour ago, Marvin said:

    Welp, broke quarantine for a hamburger, nice knowing you all I guess :zombie:

     

    I hope it was worth it. Because White Castle would be a sad place to die for.

     

    :B):

     

    1 hour ago, TGP said:

    The difference is, as noted by @Green Eyed Monster, the use of cane sugar instead of/in place of that -+-vile-+- high-fructose-corn-syrup. 

     

    Sucrose (table sugar) is a disaccharide composed of 50% Glucose and 50% Fructose. Note that the disaccharide is broken down into its component monosaccharides almost immediately in the body. HFCS (a mix of monosaccharides) is composed of about 45% Glucose and 55% Fructose (proportions vary, but that's typical for the HFCS used in sodas). In blind taste tests, there has been a slight preference for sucrose over both HFCS and honey (which are chemically quite similar to each other*).

     

    There is a problem with people "extending" honey with HFCS, which can only be detected by very sophisticated testing.

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  8. Recommend that rather than using ice water to cool the mini you allow the mini to cool slowly. If you cool it quickly, just like if you cool metal or glass quickly, you can get internal stress build-up. By cooling slowly (annealing), you allow the stresses to relax, which can reduce the chance of reverting to the pre-boiled position.

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  9. 5 minutes ago, Evilhalfling said:

    Question for March 13th:

    How old were you when you started to enjoy/discover music (or dislike it, if you fall into that category)? Was there a band/musician that pushed you towards your musical preference/identity?

     

    No love for the Beetles? 

     

    For me, at least, the Beatles were ubiquitous (as were Sonny & Cher and many other popular groups) on radio, so while they helped form my taste, there wasn't really a time where they were revelatory. Though when I bought bought the so-called Red and Blue albums (in 1980 or so), I found it kind of amazing that all of those songs that I knew had been Beatles songs. ::D:

     

    5 minutes ago, Evilhalfling said:

    just to play the troll: my fav metal band is probably Baby Metal. 

     

    Not a huge fan of Baby Metal, though I do like their ... hmm ... genre-transgressing style. :poke:

     

    My taste in music is idiosyncratic. I've mentioned more than once that my on my album shelf, AC/DC sat right between Abba and Bach1. Today I find myself listening to a lot of a cappella2 pop, Taiko, and folk and less symphonic classical and metal.

     

    1 Classical albums are filed alphabetically by composer; contemporary albums by performer. It's not my fault, it's just the way it's done. :rolleyes:

    2 This seems to be the preferred musical spelling, though acapella and a capella are also used. Interestingly, all of those spellings have red squiggly lines, which speaks to the Philistinism3 of Google.

    3 "Philistinism", however, doesn't have a squiggly line.

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  10. 4 hours ago, Gadgetman! said:

    At the same time, the politicians are doing what they can to kill off the small farmers with those postcardlike farms. 

     

    To be fair, that doesn't really take much. Small farms are very inefficient producers of food and have a really hard time competing with more automated ag operations.

     

    FWIW, I have relatives whose small Norwegian farm (in Valdres) I visited when I was young. Very pretty; I wonder whether any of them are still there.

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  11. 4 minutes ago, ManvsMini said:

    Question for March 13th:

    How old were you when you started to enjoy/discover music (or dislike it, if you fall into that category)? Was there a band/musician that pushed you towards your musical preference/identity?

     

    We pretty much always had music. I remember when my dad bought a reel-to-reel tape player/recorder...with stereo! Stereo was amazing!*

     

    But I didn't start to care about music other than to listen to whatever was around until I went to college. At one point, I was convinced to go to a Styx concert (geez, for the price of a concert ticket I could buy an album; what's the point?**). But at the same time I was listening to Jean Michel Jarre (Oxygene), Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Kansas, .... Hard to say which of those was the most important to my musical taste.

     

    * Yup, uphill both ways, in the snow. ::D:

     

    ** Yes, concert tickets were very close in price to a vinyl album. And get off my lawn, you whippersnappers!

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