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Time sucked into Netflix or similar, weekly:

blixel Binges (146 comments)

Most of the time I feel like my Netflix subscription is a waste of money, even at the lowest $ amount. I often go a month or more without using it. But every other month or so, I'll go on a Netflix binge and watch an entire TV series all at once.

about a month ago
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College Application Inflation — Marketing Meets Admissions

blixel Recommended viewing (256 comments)

"The business of higher education is booming. It's a $400 billion industry fueled by taxpayer money. But what are students getting out of the deal? Critics say a worthless degree and a mountain of debt. Investors insist they're innovators, widening access to education." Watch the video.

Has anyone had a chance to read this book? The Student Loan Scam: The Most Oppressive Debt in U.S. History-and How We Can Fight Back

more than 3 years ago
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I drink too much...

blixel Re:Mountain Dew (500 comments)

Yeah yeah ... I made a typo. I'm sure someone will point it out if I don't.

heroine = a woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for her brave deeds and noble qualities.

heroin = a white, crystalline, narcotic powder, C 21 H 23 NO 5 , derived from morphine, formerly used as an analgesic and sedative: manufacture and importation of heroin are now controlled by federal law in the U.S. because of the danger of addiction.

more than 3 years ago
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I drink too much...

blixel Mountain Dew (500 comments)

I've been truly addicted to Mountain Dew for over 20 years. (I'm 34 now.) Every pathetic attempt I've made to quit drinking it has quickly ended in total failure.

I do drink A LOT of water as well. In May of this year (2010), I was curious how much water I was drinking, so I kept track for 5 days. Over the 5 days that I kept track, I drank 756 ounces of water which was 5.9 gallons. It averages out to 151.2 ounces per day which is just shy of 1 1/4 gallons of water per day. And in addition to all that water, I averaged 3 1/2 cans of Mountain Dew a day.

However, due to the fact that I was consciously making a note of everything I was drinking, I'm pretty sure I drank less Mountain Dew than usual during those 5 days.

I seriously feel like a heroine addict or something. I want to stop drinking this crap ... I know it's bad for me and is going to kill me ... but I can't find anything to substitute the flavor/fizz.

Diet Mountain Dew is out of the question. I've tried it and it's disgusting. I do like Gatorade, but it has a lot of sugar in it also ... (which seems to defeat the purpose) ... but most of all, it doesn't have that burning/tingling FIZZ that a carbonated drink has. I've tried drinking cranberry juice ... I like that as well. And it has the advantage of being sugar free ... but I quickly get tired of the flavor and it has no fizz.

I seriously use to drink quite a bit of beer in the evening hours as a substitute for Mountain Dew. I love the various Ice brews because they SIZZLE in your mouth.

I mostly gave up beer in favor of red wine. But within the last year, I've cut out alcohol completely for health reasons. (I get frequent lung infections due to a genetic disorder. And alcohol weakens the immune system.)

But I will probably go to my deathbed sucking down the green heroine.

(And no, I'm not some 300+ lb American fatty. I'm 5'4" (162cm) tall and weigh just under 100 pounds (45kg).)

more than 3 years ago
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The Time Travel Paradoxes of Back To the Future

blixel Re:The one they always overlook (454 comments)

>>People who make time travel movies don't seem to realize that the earth moves around its axis and around the sun. The spot I'm standing on right now will be vaccum in just a few minutes.

>And the solar system moves [considerably more] [tranlationally and rotationally] in the galaxy. And our galaxy moves in space!!!

And the "fabric" of space is expanding!

Anyone else have anything to add?

more than 3 years ago
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Brooklyn Father And Son Launch Homemade Spacecraft

blixel Re:Two ideas for further work (243 comments)

Use the balloon to bring an ordinary Estes model rocket to 100,000+ feet and fire it.

Would an ordinary model rocket engine function at such high altitude? I don't know much about model rockets ... but I had a couple when I was a kid. I think model rocket engines require oxygen in order for the black powder to burn?

more than 3 years ago
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Could Anti-Texting Laws Make Roads More Dangerous?

blixel Re:Simple solution (709 comments)

"most conversation within a car don't cause anywhere near this level of distraction"

[citation needed]

Link

Link

Link

Google for more

more than 3 years ago
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Could Anti-Texting Laws Make Roads More Dangerous?

blixel Re:Simple solution (709 comments)

A Speech-to-text system in your car -- or built into your phone, that's the better solution...

Person says "lol, omfg. u r so right"

Speech-to-text system says "I'm sorry. I didn't understand that. Please say again."

Person says "L - O - L. O - M - F - G. You - are - so - right."

Speech-to-text system says "I think you said "Laura oh my friendly good."

Person interrupts saying "NO YOU STUPID FUCKING TEXT TO SPEECH FUCKER. I SAID LOL AS IN LAUGH OUT LOUD GOD DAMN YOU. OMFG STANDS FOR OH MY FUCKING GOD YOU FUCKING RETARDED PIECE OF MOTHER FUCKING SHIT!"

Speech-to-text says "You want to call your mother. Is that correct?"

more than 3 years ago
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Why NASA's New Video Game Misses the Point

blixel Re:I'd Love To Try It, But.... (205 comments)

You're not missing much. I played around with it 1 evening just long enough to figure out what there was to do, and how to do it. After about an hour, I had pretty much done all there was to do. The only way to get "good" at the demo is to do things in the most time efficient manner possible. In one game, some kid (well, I assume it was a kid) was going around undoing everything I was doing.

At any rate, if you go to youtube and watch some game play videos, I think it will show you what you're not missing.

Here's one for your convenience. (Note the guy narrating the video curses a couple of times at the beginning, so turn your speakers down if you're at work.)

more than 3 years ago
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Of these options, I'd call the place I live ...

blixel Bedroom community (515 comments)

The city I live in has a population of about 90,000 ... but it's just a gigantic sprawl of houses.

more than 3 years ago
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I last bought 3.5" floppy disks ...

blixel Re:More than 10 years ago? (505 comments)

What were you using instead of floppies? CDs? Kind of expensive and slow back then to burn 200KB of data to a 650MB disc.

I started using those Iomega 100MB discs in 1995. I thought it was an amazing piece of technology at the time. (I preferred those discs to CDR's for quite a while.)

Between the iomega discs, CDR's, an existing collection of 3.5" floppies, and network transfer/storage ... I had had my fill of floppies by the latter half of the 1990's.

I'm certain I haven't bought any new floppies within the last 10 years ... probably closer to 15.

more than 3 years ago
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Help Me Get My Math Back?

blixel ThatQuiz.org (467 comments)

I'm not sure to what extent this site would help:

www.ThatQuiz.org

But I like to go back there from time to time and run through various tests just for "the fun of it." I'm not only surprised by the simple things I've forgotten over the years, but I'm also surprised at some of the things I never use but still remember.

about 4 years ago
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# of wireless APs (w/ SSID shown) in range now:

blixel Re:Not a one (394 comments)

Their signals are still penetrating your space. So technically they are in range, but you have no way to detect them.

Detection ability non-existent, so number of AP's in range is unknown.

about 4 years ago
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How Do You Measure a Game's Worth?

blixel Great question... (188 comments)

I love this question as it is one I've thought about a few times. I'm not much of a gamer, so my "take" on this question is probably vastly different than a person who loves playing games. For the most part, I think games (especially video games) are an unproductive waste of time. Having said that, I understand that we all need some down time in order to enjoy life. While I prefer to spend my down time doing things that are every bit as unproductive as playing games, I do, nonetheless, play a game from time to time.

My favorite game of all time is Magic: The Gathering. I go through very long periods where I don't play at all (i.e. years), but I still have my card collection and I still get really addicted to it from time to time. I treat all my cards with care so that they will retain as much value as possible should I ever decide to sell my collection. (I keep all my cards in protective sleeves, and I store them away from sunlight.) The game can be very expensive over time because some rares (especially the newer mythic rares) can cost as much as a video game for 1 single card. On the other hand, you can get hours/weeks/months and even years of play out of a $9 pre-constructed deck.

For my time & money, there's no better game.

As far as electronic video games go ... I find it very difficult to get *any* value out of them at all. Video games bore me to tears. I would generally rather read a book, clean the house, surf the web, watch a movie, or do just about any other non-productive thing than play video games.

Having said that, there is one video game that comes to mind that I have gotten tremendous value out of. StarCraft. I bought the SC/Broodwar Battle Chest like 10+ years ago and I think I only paid $29 for it. But in the last 10 years, I have played that game off and on many, many times. In fact, about 2 months ago I got the urge to play it again ... so I got my discs out, installed it, patched it, and played several games for a period of about 5 days. It was great fun ... and I'm probably done with it for another year or two.

But the fact that this game from the late 90's is still working on modern hardware and modern operating systems is a true testament to the value that you can get from some games.

more than 4 years ago
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STS-129 Ascent Video Highlights

blixel SRB separation (117 comments)

I live in Central Florida so I've watched at least a dozen launches in the last 10 years. In watching this video, it appears as though the solid rocket booster separation happens after the shuttle has reached "black sky" ... in watching from the ground, I always assumed SRB separation was happening when the shuttle was still in blue skies ... or at least dark blue skies. 100,000 feet or something like that. Does anyone know the altitude that SRB separation occurs?

Awesome video.

more than 4 years ago
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A Look At the Lightweight Equinox Desktop Environment

blixel Re:seriously... (197 comments)

"...ended up switching to the English department, where being a sad, whiny little bitch gets you bonus points."

That part made me snicker a little.

"If someone could please tell me wtf was so funny about that, I'd be much obliged. None of it seemed particularly funny to me while living it."

That part made me fall out of my chair from laughing so hard.

more than 5 years ago

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