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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Or, just read a book. (427 comments)

Let's not overlook Eddie Murphy's courageous journey in the other direction, White Like Me.

Years ago I heard about how a journalist actually followed up on Griffin and spoke with some of the people he lived among in his new racial identity; apparently the common reaction was to laugh uproariously behind his back at this crazy honky. Can't find anything about this now though. Maybe it's an urban legend?

yesterday
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Telepresence Store Staffed Remotely Using Robots

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:So ... (51 comments)

They can't do stairs so they can't work to well as one.

Hi, Welcome to Beam! Can I help you find something? Or, perhaps...EXTERMINATE!

2 days ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Montana used to have no speed limit at all... (525 comments)

Out of interest, how well is the speed limit in somewhere like Montana policed? Do the cops actually pull people for doing 1mph over the current limit?

I tried to get an answer to that question and was met with the usual barrage of answers...it seems to be handled on a state-by-state basis but there isn't a resource I could find that laid things out in a simple manner. Here in Oregon I've always understood that there's a 7 MPH margin of error, from inaccuracies in both the radar units and cars' speedometers; not sure where I picked that up from though...don't think it was in the driver's handbook.

Anyway my SOP is to chance about 5 MPH over the posted limit; it's worked for me for 25 years, and I'm certainly going a heckuva lot slower than the army of maniacs out on the road. But then I don't do much in the way of traveling so perhaps there are states where the limits are enforced for real.

about two weeks ago
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Polyphonic Overtone Singing Explained Visually With Spectrograms

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Reminds me of Tuvan throat singing (51 comments)

Cowboy singer Arthur Miles cut a record in the 1930s using overtone singing. It seems to be something people inevitably develop from just messing around with the possibilities of the human voice.

about a month ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:second picture (188 comments)

The main thing that puzzled me were what look like numbers along the body of the solar panels on Rosetta - are those computer artifacts too?

about a month ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Almost nobody likes exercise for exercise sake (297 comments)

My problem is I find exercise boring. I never get the rush after exercise.

I have a SurfShelf attached to my Schwinn eliptical trainer, an HDMI monitor in front of it plugged into my laptop, a G700 mouse with the buttons mapped to various important functions, and a presentation clicker with Page Up and Page Down buttons strapped to one of the elliptical's handlebars, so I can navigate through web pages while I work out. Pretty much covers everything; I also installed a program called Click-N-Type which is a big improvement on the usual Windows onscreen keyboard, so I can even do a bit of typing away from the laptop. I find exercise of any kind brutally tedious. Don't really have an excuse for still being a bit overweight of course...but there are ways to make solo workouts less dull.

about a month ago
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6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Burned after abandoment? (109 comments)

Triumph: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.

FOR ME TO POOP ON!

about 2 months ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re: Run fast, for 2 fucking hours and over 26 mile (254 comments)

Bill died from cancer of the pancreas that spread to his liver, pancreatic cancer is strongly associated with smoking, true, but 80% of victims are above the age of 60, note: What Causes Pancreatic Cancer? Perhaps he just drew a bad set of cards, a bit of irony which would be very apropos.

His routine contrasting the fates of Fixx and Yul Brynner is, hands down, the funniest bit of stand up comedy I've ever heard.

about 2 months ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re: Run fast, for 2 fucking hours and over 26 mile (254 comments)

"Bill Hicks: Remember Jim Fix, that health-nut who died while jogging? Used to write BOOKS about joggingwhat do you jot down about jogging? “Left foot, right foot, hemorrhage."

about 2 months ago
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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re: Paint Drying (137 comments)

Andy Warhol already went down the road in the 60s with films such as the 8 hour long Empire, which consisted of a single shot of the Empire State Building. Neat, eh?

I see Warhol also threw together a flick with the alarming title Tub Girls. Although some of his films depicted graphic sexual acts this one apparently doesn't go further than showing one of his Superstars in the nude chatting with friends.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:OMFG, stupid (644 comments)

I suggest "Windows: Nemesis."

about 3 months ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Time for a new date (201 comments)

Actually the all time high of crude + condensate production was 77.25 million barrels per day, reached in February. The US is the nation showing most of the gains in production over the last 6 years, though: World Oil Production According to the EIA. If other nations could replicate the US experience with drilling for tight oil then perhaps we'd see enough substantial supply gains to bring down prices. The lack of sufficient added supply in the face of rising demand is why oil prices remain high.

about 3 months ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:In highschool (201 comments)

Brazil had that big string of sub-salt oil finds in the last decade, too - tens of billions of barrels ready for market, but the projects are still in the pipeline, and Brazillian production has actually declined in the interim. When they have everything up and running likely it will add to world supplies in a significant manner, but these megaprojects take a long time to fully complete - and their coastline is a much more hospitable environment to work in than the Arctic coast, and Brazil doesn't antagonize foreign companies in anything like the manner Russian firms do, either.

about 3 months ago
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Update: At Least 31 People Feared Dead After Japan Volcano Erupts

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:No doubt... (54 comments)

Have you ever driven up to Mt St Helens? There's nothing to loot except the Bigfoot museum.

about 3 months ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

Ol Biscuitbarrel Centurions (191 comments)

Read the headline and wondered if they weren't bouncing back via the lucrative "toaster" market. So say we all!

about 3 months ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Musk worship (260 comments)

I am not for the tax breaks but the state of Arizona should come out ahead even after them.

The factory will be in Nevada, you're getting your arid wastelands mixed up. Arizona = massive chasms/cacti, Nevada = slot machines/nuke tests.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:This is robusta coffee they're talking about (167 comments)

"Though widely known as Coffea robusta, the plant is scientifically identified as Coffea canephora, which has two main varieties, Robusta and Nganda."

about 3 months ago

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