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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

demonlapin Re:your choice: science or superstition (232 comments)

Actually, it's pretty easy to avoid carbs. When eating in, don't buy them. When eating out, ask for broccoli or asparagus as your side.

2 days ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

demonlapin Re:Get thee to a Bagel Nosh (232 comments)

Actually, anyone who favors this would tell you the bagel was the worst thing to eat.

2 days ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

demonlapin Re: What about a low-food diet? (232 comments)

But none of that glucose has to come from your diet. The liver is a marvelously capable organ.

Been in ketosis for two and a half years. My mental function is far sharper in ketosis than out of it. This isn't the only way, but it's definitely not harmful.

2 days ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

demonlapin Re:Ability to respond != Ability to feel (105 comments)

Isoflurane doesn't have paralytic qualities. It stops you from moving by preventing neurons from firing (though we're not exactly sure how).

about a week ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

demonlapin Re:Paralyzed yet Fully Aware (105 comments)

Not really. Barring unusual circumstances, the mainstay of general anesthesia is a gas, and has been since the introduction of modern anesthesia in the 1800s. Paralytics, pain medications, and amnestic agents are all used, but they aren't the star of the show.

about a week ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

demonlapin Re:There is a difference ... (105 comments)

Chloroform was introduced into anesthesia after ether. It has a much more pleasant smell, but is also substantially more likely to depress cardiac function.

Americans tended to use ether (which is a very good, very cheap, and very safe anesthetic, as long as you don't mind that it's highly flammable, tends to form explosive peroxides when stored for too long, and takes forever to wake up from), while the British preferred chloroform. Because ether is so safe, anesthesia duties were often delegated to a nurse in the US. This is why the US has nurse anesthetists and the UK doesn't.

about a week ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

demonlapin Re:Paralyzed yet Fully Aware (105 comments)

The memory issues are mostly due to the amnestic effect of the benzodiazepine given as a sedative before you go to the OR. Isoflurane, OTOH, can actually produce a completely flat EEG. No spontaneous brain activity.

about a week ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

demonlapin Re:Paralyzed yet Fully Aware (105 comments)

Because hypoxia often produces convulsions, and that looks bad, even if the person is already unconscious. Also, it hasn't been vetted by the Supreme Court, meaning any state wishing to use it would potentially have to defend the decision all the way up to them.

FWIW, I'm an anesthesiologist, and if I need to check out early, that's how I'm going.

about a week ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

demonlapin Re:Paralyzed yet Fully Aware (105 comments)

Incorrect, actually. The three-drug protocol is sedative first, paralytic second, potassium chloride third.

about a week ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

demonlapin Re:How?? (105 comments)

Isoflurane isn't exactly groundbreaking technology. It's the oldest gas anesthetic still in common use in the US.

about a week ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

demonlapin Re:It's only worth it (237 comments)

I'm not stuck on anything. My commute is five minutes if all the lights are green and eight if they're all red.

about two weeks ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

demonlapin Re:should be banned or regulated (237 comments)

Uber Black (their standard service tier, not UberX, which is private people driving their own vehicles) is composed entirely of people who have commercial driver's licenses to operate car services/limos. I used them almost exclusively on a vacation in San Francisco and found them to be cleaner, more pleasant, more responsive, and not much more expensive than a cab. And all I had to do was tap a few spots on a smartphone instead of hanging out in a line at a taxi stand.

I also took a trip from SF up to Napa for some winery tours. I had an arranged car service for the day that was effectively indistinguishable from Uber when I was in the car, and yet he was also fully insured.

about two weeks ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

demonlapin Re:No. (237 comments)

Don't know about Lyft (never used them), but if you're not a cheap bastard you can use Uber's Taxi, Black, or SUV service to avoid this particular problem. I used the hell out of Uber on a vacation to SF and never once thought about UberX. Black cost maybe 10-15% more than a taxi and delivered a much better experience. Their flat-rate service to SFO in a livery car cost the same as the yellow taxi I took into town, and it was a hell of a lot more comfortable.

about two weeks ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

demonlapin Re:It's only worth it (237 comments)

So you spend money on a service that you don't require, that takes longer than the private transportation you already own, and you do it in all weather conditions? Do that in Houston in July or Minneapolis in February and tell me how you feel about it.

about two weeks ago
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Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

demonlapin Re:The true currency of politics is votes not mone (224 comments)

This is true, but the whole reason the NRA and AARP are effective is that they have large numbers of people who will actually show up and ruin political careers over one vote in Congress. You have to have enormous unanimity in your organization to make it work. What's the single "99%" issue that you think you can make millions of people take that kind of stand?

about two weeks ago
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Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

demonlapin Re: And you get to live in Florida!!! (161 comments)

I'm from Mississippi. I'm used to humidity. But I'd bail for CA in a second if I thought I could pull it off. I'd need about $5M to get an equivalent house, though.

about two weeks ago
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Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

demonlapin Re:Perhaps the answer is taxes (161 comments)

The problem isn't unions per se, it's Wagner Act unions. American labor law is awful.

about two weeks ago
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Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

demonlapin Re:And you get to live in Florida!!! (161 comments)

I'm with you on the "many other things", but the weather? Really? And no amount of money?

If I could make enough money to have my current lifestyle in coastal CA, I'd move tomorrow.

about two weeks ago
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Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

demonlapin Re:Our metrics indicate... (185 comments)

Yup.There's more to life than money... once you have enough money. Once you do, though, well... I could give up my substantial paid vacation (nine weeks starting next year) and lots of short days (like being told I can go home at 10 AM from a job that starts at 6:30) for about a 20% pay increase (after taxes). But I won't. Left my last job for awful hours. CxO's are welcome to the cash they get for spending their lives at the office.

about two weeks ago

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How I choose my /. friends, or, Why did this idiot pick me?

demonlapin demonlapin writes  |  more than 10 years ago I'm reading through /. and, on any occasion that a political topic comes up, befriending people who oppose leftism. Doesn't mean I think you're a True Conservative (because I'm certainly not); doesn't mean I necessarily agree with you. It just means I think you're part of a badly underrepresented community here on the Dot, and I'm doing my little part to band some of us together. Think of it as a sort of net-only ProtestWarrior.

Anyway, look through my list of friends, and I'll look through yours. I don't plan to make any further posts to the Journal, so this will always be the top post. I'll check it once a week or so for comments.

Update: Heavy preponderance of low UID's here. Could be an interesting research project for someone - differences in political opinions based on when you first went online.

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