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Preserving Memories of a Loved One?

wasmoke Re:A good idea (527 comments)

How do you live with yourself, man?

more than 4 years ago
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Kids Who Watch Popeye Cartoons Eat More Vegetables

wasmoke Re:Except... (119 comments)

Isn't spinach good for you because of it's other vitamins and minerals? I was always of the "old wives' tale" notion that dark leafy greens were just more healthful.

more than 4 years ago
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Gene Mutation Caused 2009 H1N1 Virus Spread

wasmoke Re:As a flu researcher... (158 comments)

Since you're a flu researcher... can you explain to me (layman's terms, please, I have only a basic grasp of proteins/amino acids/etc) why the flu was supposed to have been easier to catch for young adults, instead of the old and very young? I never heard why that was so.

more than 4 years ago
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How a Key Enzyme Repairs Sun-Damaged DNA

wasmoke However, (97 comments)

The ever present question remains: how long until we can see a viable product on the market?

more than 4 years ago
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WikiLeaks Publishes Afghan War Secrets

wasmoke Re:Oil... (966 comments)

Was that ever in any doubt?

more than 4 years ago
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Superheroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church

wasmoke Re:Jopsephus (631 comments)

If I was around I'd have written it at 14.

more than 4 years ago
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Superheroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church

wasmoke Re:Bogus claim (631 comments)

The writings of Josephus, for one. I trust scholars when they say it's for realsies. And I mean real scholars, not bible scholars who believe in magic.

more than 4 years ago
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Superheroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church

wasmoke Re:Bogus claim (631 comments)

I personally have no doubts that there was a Jewish middle eastern dude named Jesus of Nazareth that went around and taught some good things. It's all over history. Where the GP gets off thinking there was no "Jesus the man," I don't know.
HOWEVER....I just have a hard time believing all the myths, such as that he was the son of a God, even though I was raised on them. If you don't think the Koran is fiction, what are your thoughts on the Bhagavad Gita? Egyptian Old Kingdom pyramid texts or other books? The myriad other religious texts I haven't studied?
If none of these are fiction because of logical argument territory, how can you reconcile that?
To be clear, I'm not trying to troll; you seem like a more well rounded Christian than most I've talked to and I would like to hear your thoughts.

more than 4 years ago
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New Photos Show 'Devastating' Ice Loss On Everest

wasmoke Re:Easier for denialists (895 comments)

You left out the time factor here. Don't forget that for the last (what? 3000 years or so?) people have been farming A) rice, and B) cattle. Both of these are immense methane producers. Granted CH4 oxidizes fairly quickly in the atmosphere, but the fact remains that we have been pumping one of the worse greenhouse gases into the air for thousands of years.

more than 4 years ago
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Should Cities Install Moving Sidewalks?

wasmoke Re:escalators too (698 comments)

You seem to be confusing people being "more polite" with people being pansies. It seems to me that many are just afraid of any kind of social interaction. I really have no hesitation to just ask people if I can get by them, and in my (admittedly short) 20 years of experience I've never had a problem. Most of them were American, and most of them weren't morbidly obese. Not exactly sure where you hang out if that is the only interaction you've had with Americans.

more than 4 years ago
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Herschel Space Observatory Finds Precursors of Life In Orion

wasmoke Re:Reverse optical psychology (142 comments)

You seem to have the wrong idea about what has been found. They have not found *life* in space but organic molecules commonly referred to as the "building blocks of life." This really is not a new development- we've found I want to say 92 (don't quote me on that number) amino acids in the middle of chondritic meteorites. To get life you essentially need to stick a bunch of these precursors in a bag (we use lipids on Earth) and get them to metabolize and replicate.

more than 4 years ago
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Become Your Own Heir After Being Frozen

wasmoke Re:Cryo has got to be the most brilliant scam ever (375 comments)

Since it looks like the other comments haven't covered this and I can't stand for you to not understand this... "I reverse entropy every time I turn on my air conditioner." No, you don't. You are creating more heat outside your house than you are sucking out of the air inside your house. You are not magically making the universe colder by using an AC unit.

about 5 years ago
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The Mass Production of Living Tissue

wasmoke Re:Cannibalism (157 comments)

You do know what "discarded circumcisions" means, right?

about 5 years ago
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Toyota Develops New Flower Species To Reduce Pollution

wasmoke Re:Plants eventually die (211 comments)

Close. Most coal came from the Carboniferous period where there was an explosion of plants, many of them in boggy areas. When plants die in bogs they fall in the water and bacteria can NOT decompose them. This is why the carbon was sequestered and turned into coal.
Today, there is very little chance of this happening, especially at a plant in Japan. In all likelihood these flowers will decompose when they die and release all their nitrogen oxides back to the environment.

about 5 years ago
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All-You-Can-Eat College For $99-a-Month

wasmoke Re:It's more than courses. (272 comments)

Same with me. I grew up in backwater Alaska and have never met an important person in my life, and I'm currently at Cornell for engineering.

more than 5 years ago
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All-You-Can-Eat College For $99-a-Month

wasmoke Re:Community college, anyone? (272 comments)

Skating by with A's and a few hand picked B's is cakewalk for those who put in the effort to turn in papers and assignments and show up to tests.

Really? You think anyone can simply skate through college with A's and B's just by turning in papers and showing up to tests? For some of us that aren't gifted with an IQ of 140, it actually takes some work to learn linear algebra or basic electrical engineering principles, for instance. I attend a private university in the States and it's a metric fuck ton of work, in my opinion. I work hard for my B's.

more than 5 years ago
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Schooling, Homeschooling, and Now, "Unschooling"

wasmoke Re:So it's a fnacy nmae (1345 comments)

What a hideous colour khaki is! I'd hate to be a Delta.

more than 5 years ago
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Shaw Cable Again Blocks Firewire On Canadian Set-Top Boxes

wasmoke Re:It's like quitting smoking. (257 comments)

OK this is a really dumb question, but what's with the "This?" I've been seeing it a lot lately and just don't get it. I'm not trying to be a jackass or anything here, I really don't understand.

more than 5 years ago

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