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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6330 on: December 19, 2012, 08:37:54 AM »
Thank you, RingTailedLemur,

That website looks as useful as Snopes.  I'll be looking at it often. 

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« Reply #6331 on: December 19, 2012, 08:45:38 AM »
Speaking of cats, why is it that they can ignore you all day long when you try to hug them or play, or God forbid, ask them to move so you don't trip over them, but when you sit down at the computer to do actual work, they decide that's the perfect time to come over and SIT ON YOUR KEYBOARD and be adorable and loving? Why? Why?!

I saw this on the internet and tried it with little hope, and have about a 50% success rate (so better than nothing): If you can clear a space on your desk area for a box, the cat will take over the box rather than your keyboard/working area. 
(My cat would go sit right in front of the the monitor, still not wanting to love on me, just wanting to sit where she is in the way, apparently.)

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« Reply #6332 on: December 19, 2012, 11:26:43 AM »
A question regarding the 'Mayan Calendar End of the World' idiocy.

Since this prediction was made, the Western calendar has changed several times.  How did people come up with the date December 21, 2012?

What will the excuse be when December 22 dawns?

As others have said, the long count calendar can, with some accuracy, be correlated with astronomical observances that can align it with the western calendar in its current state.

As for the excuses? I expect a major one will be that this is the start of a new era, not the end of the world, and why did we think they were saying the world would end? No, of course, that's not what they meant. Oh, look, a puppy!
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« Reply #6333 on: December 19, 2012, 11:32:59 AM »
A question regarding the 'Mayan Calendar End of the World' idiocy.

Since this prediction was made, the Western calendar has changed several times.  How did people come up with the date December 21, 2012?

What will the excuse be when December 22 dawns?

As others have said, the long count calendar can, with some accuracy, be correlated with astronomical observances that can align it with the western calendar in its current state.

As for the excuses? I expect a major one will be that this is the start of a new era, not the end of the world, and why did we think they were saying the world would end? No, of course, that's not what they meant. Oh, look, a puppy!

Of course, the people who have sold all their worldly possessions are going to feel *real* foolish on Saturday morning.
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« Reply #6334 on: December 19, 2012, 11:49:19 AM »
Traska AKA Diane wrote:

"Of course, the people who have sold all their worldly possessions are going to feel *real* foolish on Saturday morning."

Anyone who could rationalize selling all of their worldly possessions in anticipation of the end of times will be more than capable of rationalizing the action after the fact.

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« Reply #6335 on: December 19, 2012, 11:54:28 AM »
Speaking of cats, why is it that they can ignore you all day long when you try to hug them or play, or God forbid, ask them to move so you don't trip over them, but when you sit down at the computer to do actual work, they decide that's the perfect time to come over and SIT ON YOUR KEYBOARD and be adorable and loving? Why? Why?!

It's The Code of the Cat.   ;)

For the same reason that small children suddenly need your absolute, undivided attention as soon as you're on the phone. ::)
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« Reply #6336 on: December 19, 2012, 12:58:02 PM »
Off topic: A cute picture comparing the Mayan calendar with an Oreo cookie is making its way around. I bought a package of Oreos to eat on December 22 after Dec. 21 has been through all time zones.

That is awesome. If i liked Oreos i might steal the idea ... :) we could eat cookies together.
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« Reply #6337 on: December 19, 2012, 01:06:08 PM »
Off topic: A cute picture comparing the Mayan calendar with an Oreo cookie is making its way around. I bought a package of Oreos to eat on December 22 after Dec. 21 has been through all time zones.

That is awesome. If i liked Oreos i might steal the idea ... :) we could eat cookies together.

I don't like Oreos, but a girl's gotta do what she's gotta do.

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« Reply #6338 on: December 19, 2012, 01:19:41 PM »
I think the cat question is the same as where have all my bobby pins gone to?, without this (and lost socks, important papers that hide until you don't need them anymore and countless other things) the world wouldn't run anymore. Something about it being powered by small annoyance.

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« Reply #6339 on: December 19, 2012, 02:31:25 PM »
Traska AKA Diane wrote:

"Of course, the people who have sold all their worldly possessions are going to feel *real* foolish on Saturday morning."

Anyone who could rationalize selling all of their worldly possessions in anticipation of the end of times will be more than capable of rationalizing the action after the fact.

Virg

Wait, people are doing this? Is this a thing? That doesn't even make any sense. Even if the world *were* going to end, what good is a bunch of cash going to do you? Either you're dead or living in a post apocalyptic world where cash is worthless. Looking just at the miscellaneous rubbish on my desk I can't see a single thing that wouldn't be at least as useful as cash in a post apocalyptic world, with the possible exception of the usb Christmas lights. And if the world *doesn't* end (Spoiler alert: it's not going to) you're going to look extra stupid.

My brain hurts and I want to go back to bed.
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« Reply #6340 on: December 19, 2012, 02:40:03 PM »
I'm surprised it appears to have actually died down a little on my favorite boards, such as Bad Astronomy, instead of gearing up to a frenzy. I suspect that a lot of the past purveyors are hoping that people *will* forget on Saturday that they ever set a specific date.
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« Reply #6341 on: December 19, 2012, 02:43:24 PM »
We got a new microwave recently, and our popcorn making capacities have taken a major hit.

With the old microwave, nuking the popcorn on the default setting (which I'm assuming is high) for 3 minutes and 10 seconds gave us a perfect bag of popcorn.  Nothing burned, and very few unpopped kernels, maybe 4 or 5 per bag.

Now with the new microwave, 3:10 is almost on the edge of burning the corn, but about 1/3 of the kernels remain unpopped.  Increasing the time only burns the popcorn.

Will nuking it at a lower power setting but for more time make more of them pop?  Or not do anything at all?
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« Reply #6342 on: December 19, 2012, 02:44:42 PM »
We got a new microwave recently, and our popcorn making capacities have taken a major hit.

With the old microwave, nuking the popcorn on the default setting (which I'm assuming is high) for 3 minutes and 10 seconds gave us a perfect bag of popcorn.  Nothing burned, and very few unpopped kernels, maybe 4 or 5 per bag.

Now with the new microwave, 3:10 is almost on the edge of burning the corn, but about 1/3 of the kernels remain unpopped.  Increasing the time only burns the popcorn.

Will nuking it at a lower power setting but for more time make more of them pop?  Or not do anything at all?


Is there a popcorn button? Those frequently work well.

I'd say turn it down to 80% and see how it does. I know that when my microwave does the popcorn setting it turns it down, and that seems to work well.

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« Reply #6343 on: December 19, 2012, 03:00:59 PM »
Traska AKA Diane wrote:

"Of course, the people who have sold all their worldly possessions are going to feel *real* foolish on Saturday morning."

Anyone who could rationalize selling all of their worldly possessions in anticipation of the end of times will be more than capable of rationalizing the action after the fact.

Virg

Wait, people are doing this? Is this a thing? That doesn't even make any sense. Even if the world *were* going to end, what good is a bunch of cash going to do you? Either you're dead or living in a post apocalyptic world where cash is worthless. Looking just at the miscellaneous rubbish on my desk I can't see a single thing that wouldn't be at least as useful as cash in a post apocalyptic world, with the possible exception of the usb Christmas lights. And if the world *doesn't* end (Spoiler alert: it's not going to) you're going to look extra stupid.

My brain hurts and I want to go back to bed.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6344 on: December 19, 2012, 03:24:35 PM »
We got a new microwave recently, and our popcorn making capacities have taken a major hit.

With the old microwave, nuking the popcorn on the default setting (which I'm assuming is high) for 3 minutes and 10 seconds gave us a perfect bag of popcorn.  Nothing burned, and very few unpopped kernels, maybe 4 or 5 per bag.

Now with the new microwave, 3:10 is almost on the edge of burning the corn, but about 1/3 of the kernels remain unpopped.  Increasing the time only burns the popcorn.

Will nuking it at a lower power setting but for more time make more of them pop?  Or not do anything at all?


Is there a popcorn button? Those frequently work well.

I'd say turn it down to 80% and see how it does. I know that when my microwave does the popcorn setting it turns it down, and that seems to work well.
Yes, there is.  It nukes the popcorn for 2 minutes, and leaves over half of them unpopped.  And apparently the manufacturers KNOW that this is insufficient, because once you figure out how to nuke it properly (evidently by trial and error) you can reprogram the popcorn button to your desired power setting and cook time.

If we had room to keep one, I'd go to the thrift store and get one of the old-fashioned popcorn poppers.  :P
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