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RT @jodyallen_sahm: Hooray for potatoes!
RT @jodyallen_sahm: Hooray for potatoes!
The potato is the pig of the vegetable kingdom! (Bacon, ham, pork chops, pork rinds, BBQ pulled pork...) - Andrew C (✔)
I could probably live on the coffee bean and potatoes. - Michael W. May
Me too, MWM (but I'm a native Idahoan, so a bit biased.) :) - Jenny H. from Android
And boiled potatoes! - Eivind
Andrew C (✔)
Google changed its mind about cracking down on NSFW blogs -
"The company essentially retracted the entire idea on its Blogger product forum early this morning, saying that rather than going after average users' NSFW content, it would instead focus on deleting commercial porn. The reversal follows a widespread backlash to the proposed requirement, which would have mandated that blogs featuring nudity or sexual content either remove the explicit material or set themselves to private. This would have left them accessible only through the manual sharing of blog post URLs. "Set to private and by 'invitation only', our websites will be all but destroyed," erotica writer and blogger Darren Grathy wrote in protesting the policy." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Other users pointed out that the new content policy, which would have allowed for certain blogs to remain open if they were deemed to be in the public interest, seemed entirely arbitrary." - Andrew C (✔)
Steven Perez
Taser International, the stun-gun maker emerging as a leading supplier of body cameras for police, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices, raising a host of conflict-of-interest questions. A review of records and interviews by The Associated Press show Taser is covering airfare and hotel... -
I missed something, why are body cameras bad? - Heather
While there are concerns, it is mostly the collusion aspect that's being questioned here. If there are several options, but the police only buy from the company who has been giving them lots of money, then there's no real competition in the marketplace. - Jennifer Dittrich
I think it's the potential for graft. And also, tasers are sometimes thought of as nonlethal when it would be more accurate to consider them "less lethal (than guns)". - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Yeah, it's not that body cameras are bad but that the cozy relationship sets up potential for graft, especially with little or no competition to control costs to taxpayers. - John (bird whisperer)
Basically similar to the situation in the defense industry. - John (bird whisperer)
Feds Admit Stingrays Can Disrupt Cell Service of Bystanders | WIRED -
Feds Admit Stingrays Can Disrupt Cell Service of Bystanders | WIRED
Was attracted to the article by the title. Unfortunately reality wasn't as interesting. =p - rønin
The marine life? The Schwinn bicycle? Something else? - Spidra Webster
Well I was hoping it really was about the marine animal. =) - rønin
apparently it's the slang term for their cell phone signal interceptor tech. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Nellie Oleson
I am still not at peace with JLo judging a singing contest. A dance contest, sure. That's her lane. Singing is not.
Yeah, but as a society, we let Paula Abdul get away with it, so... - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Do You Use Chopsticks Correctly? Are You Sure?
Do You Use Chopsticks Correctly? Are You Sure?
Yeah I don't use 'em correctly. All my movement is done using the thumb. I've seen the correct way many times printed on those paper slip covers for the disposable chopsticks but already too used to the way I hold 'em. As long as I can get the food from the bowl to my mouth. - rønin
I'm using them the "right" way - that's how I was taught when I was little. I figure, if you're able to use them to do what they're supposed to without dropping stuff or getting a hand cramp, you're probably doing it well enough. - Jennifer Dittrich
I can get food into mouth smoothly and easily, so that means I;m doing it right, maybe? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I'm thinking I'm just going to bring a forceps to the restaurant when I go... - Spidra Webster
Yes, but I think it wasn't till I was ten or so that it finally clicked for me. My nephews use training chopsticks with rigs that force proper grip. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Yeah we use those training chopsticks w/our kids too. Weren't any training chopsticks when I was a kid though. - rønin
Andrew C (✔)
RT @arusbridger: "My year ripping off other people's websites for @MailOnline "
RT @arusbridger: "My year ripping off other people's websites for @MailOnline "
"Yes, most outlets regularly aggregate other publications' work in the quest for readership and material, and yes, papers throughout history have strived for the grabbiest headlines facts will allow. But what does goes beyond anything practiced by anything else calling itself a newspaper. In a little more than a year of working in the Mail's New York newsroom, I saw basic journalism standards and ethics casually and routinely ignored. I saw other publications' work lifted wholesale. I watched editors at the most highly trafficked English-language online newspaper in the world publish information they knew to be inaccurate." - Andrew C (✔)
Jason Toney
RT @meganspecia: just some of the outrageous and disgusting emails sent between Ferguson PD and court officials (from DOJ report)
RT @meganspecia: just some of the outrageous and disgusting emails sent between Ferguson PD and court officials (from DOJ report)
That's awful. If the entire PD gets shut down, I'd cycnically assume more than a few of them will get hired by other St Louis area police forces, or possible slightly further away. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
The potatoes are actually confit'ed in duck fat... - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Someone who doesn't follow me retweeted a tweet I retweeted (so not a tweet I tweeted) so Idk why I'm getting this as a notification. WTF?!
Rockin' Robin? - Greg GuitarBuster
They still saw it through your feed somehow, probably by going to your feed directly in the app or the webpage. - Andrew C (✔)
But it's not valuable for me to know that if that's the case. Like why would that be something I need to know? I guess for brands it's important. Meh. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
LMRTT. - Joe
Steven Perez
Last year, Keurig Green Mountain pledged to create a fully recyclable version of its blockbuster product, the K-Cup, by 2020. Last month the company’s annual sustainability report reaffirmed that vow. It’s a point that Oxender has reiterated multiple times during damage control in the wake of #KillTheKCup. But promising only five more years with... -
We use reusables and these: I try to mostly use the regular brewer, but I fail most of the time. - Alix May
Yeah, the task they've set for themselves sounds very difficult. I think a ground-up redesign for sustainability would be a lot easier: have separate filters in a different chamber. The pod's main purpose is providing an airtight, dark container for the coffee grounds. A machine that just emptied a pod of grounds into a compostable paper filter would be more complicated but I feel like... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
For the interior design, you'll want a bank to look like a steakhouse with higher ceilings and more lighting. Less fancy waiters, though.
Oh, this reminds me. There was a brief point where TD Canada Trust loosened the dress code for tellers so far that tellers were dressed as casually as I was, and I work in videogames; I'm a huge slob. It was unsettling. - Andrew C (✔)
Which I guess reflects badly on me too (not how I dress, but that I don't like it when tellers dress as casually as I do). But anyways, I guess it was a widely unpopular move, because later they tightened it up a little. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
If they had just put a door into the TARDIS inside the TARDIS, it could have infinite space instead of just a lot of space. #PointsMe
They showed something like that in one 2005 episode. It was A Very Bad Thing. - Big Joe Silence from iPod
Andrew C (✔)
RT @brucebartlett: Study of "conservative wit." I have no idea what that is.
RT @brucebartlett: Study of "conservative wit."  I have no idea what that is.
"When we think about humor in America usually Benjamin Franklin’s witty common-sense or Mark Twain and the comical frontiersman first come to mind. " -- uhhhhhhhh... it is? - Andrew C (✔)
"Americans—particularly white men—seem to relate most to Franklin’s ‘Poor Richard’ persona, or the tall-tale-telling comical frontiersmen, such as Davy Crockett or Mike Fink. Those less Anglophone minded, might also think about African American humor or Jewish humor. " - Andrew C (✔)
"[Washington] Irving’s most famous short story about the twenty-year-long nap of Rip Van Winkle" - Yeeaaahhhh, somehow I doubt that's his most famous short story. - Jessie
Andrew C (✔)
Race To The NBA’s Bottom! — The Cauldron — Medium -
Race To The NBA’s Bottom! — The Cauldron — Medium
"Here’s how dedicated Hinkie is to creating a tanking environment: the team hired a mascot who hates the Sixers! Imagine the tanking brainpower needed to search for a bitter Knicks fan to don a Sixers dog costume." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal -
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
Frodo solves the ring problem in a novel and extremely gross way. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
So Yahoo Screen is available for the 360, but it is borderline unusable.
1. It's not even in the auto-fill in the 360 app store. Type 'y', and the ONLY thing that shows up is Youtube. You have to type "yahoo" and _manually_ search for it to install it. - Andrew C (✔)
2. Once installed, you go to run the app and /you can't even sign in to your Yahoo account/ on it. - Andrew C (✔)
3. Also, the new Community channel (for the show "Community", aka the big thing that massively raised awareness of Yahoo Screen in the first place) is not available on the 360 app. - Andrew C (✔)
4. Go to the "support" section and it tells you to visit a web site on your computer. Specifically, the exact website it tells you to visit is -- I am not making this up -- "". - Andrew C (✔)
5. I have been to the Yahoo Screen site several times and there is still no dedicated contact info; the best you can do is submit a help request via the generic Yahoo support section... which barely even acknowledges that Screen is a Yahoo product! - Andrew C (✔)
Sounds like a reluctant product. - Anika
Yeah, but yet they're spending millions on season six of Community... - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Andrew C (✔)
Does anyone here work at Yahoo? How can it be that Yahoo Screen's own help section makes no mention of what third party devices (ex: Roku, Apple TV, etc) can use it? Doesn't anyone care over there?
at some point they added this page: - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
I've been having decent luck with quick bean stews lately. Sauté aromatics (ex mirepoix, sofrito, etc), bloom spices, then add a can of beans plus some (not all) of the reserved can liquid, and some diced precooked meat.
One time with sofrito, chicken, black beans, and a bunch of cumin. Another time with sofrito again, curry powder, white beans, frozen chopped lemongrass, turkey thigh, and a bit of coconut milk too. - Andrew C (✔)
Mark H
25% of the people have a 4th cone and see colors as they are -
25% of the people have a 4th cone and see colors as they are
"The color nuances we see depend on the number and distribution of cones (=color receptors) in our eye. You can check this rainbow: how many color nuances do you count?" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"You see less than 20 color nuances: you are a dichromats, like dogs, which means you have 2 types of cones only. You are likely to wear black, beige, and blue. 25% of the population is dichromat." - Mark H
"You see between 20 and 32 color nuances: you are a trichromat, you have 3 types of cones (in the purple/blue, green and red area). You enjoy different colors as you can appreciate them. 50% of the population is trichromat." - Mark H
"You see between 33 and 39 colors: you are a tetrachromat, like bees, and have 4 types of cones (in the purple/blue, green, red plus yellow area). You are irritated by yellow, so this color will be nowhere to be found in your wardrobe. 25% of the population is tetrachromat." - Mark H
Tested; wife could see 24 colours, I could see 35. - Mark H
36 colours, and it's true. I HATE YELLOW! :D - Deli Bedri from iPhone
39, but I actually do like yellow (I just look terrible in most yellow/orange, so I don't wear it.) - Jennifer Dittrich
I will admit that the yellow band is the one where I see the least variance - I know there are probably additional different shades, but don't distinguish as many. The blues? All over that. - Jennifer Dittrich
Here is another similar test interesting to do and it tells you what range you have trouble with. A low score it good. I got a 4 and my poor range is in the greens which surprised me. I would have guessed the reds. - Shannon - GlassMistress
^ Eek Shannon, this one is hurting my head! - Marina's Godmother :-)
i saw 38. - grizabella
I bet everyone's 4chromat ^^ - Alice Cooper
Interesting but not true. 3 cone enough to count 16 millions (2^24) colours. - ParaBellum from Android
Most People have 4 cones. 1 for grey, 1 for blue, 1 for green and 1 for red. Some people's red and Green cones mixed, so they can not recognize red and green. - ParaBellum from Android
37. By the way yellow is my favourite colour:) - mina_sydney from iPhone
33. Not a fan of yellow for clothing, but I do have yellow items in my kitchen and a few other places. Orange, on the other hand...ew. ETA: viewed the spectrum again on my tablet & got 39. Hmm. - Corinne L
My understanding is that you see greys with rods, color with cones. (Interesting: Wikipedia's article doesn't include a mention of a fourth cone variety, and since Wikipedia's always right...) [36, for what it's worth, and my wife says I have lousy color discrimination. No yellow in my wardrobe; that's for flowers.] - Walt Crawford
36, though since we can infer where a different color would be I'm not sure how accurate that is. - Todd Hoff
I saw about 37 bands, but "Professor" Diana Derval is an expert in "neuromarketing", aka "marketing". It's worth nothing that even though it's a PNG, there's what looks like JPG compression artifacts which introduce additional, unintended colors about a pixel wide. </grump> - Andrew C (✔)
Then again, she may have uploaded it as a PNG and LinkedIn's crappy CMS auto-converted it to a JPG, since the filename is "png" but it's actually a JPG anyways. - Andrew C (✔)
36. And that yellow is awfully bright. - bentley
BTW, wikipedia says maybe 2-3% of the population are tetrachromats, not 25%. </continued-grump> - Andrew C (✔)
2%, 25%... close enough, right? :P - Jennifer Dittrich
I see about 34, and I hate yellow! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
38, but I love yellow. - Heather
I'm sorry but some of you have been had: - Stephen Mack from iPhone
"some of you have been had" -- I think you mean we've been neuromarketed. - Andrew C (✔)
I figure any of this stuff is likely to be in the same bucket with the "learn your Meyers-Briggs Horoscope in 4 questions" and "Your IQ: BEST TEST EVER" tests. - Jennifer Dittrich
39? I wear grey. It's soothing. - Meg VMeg
39 shades of grey? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Andrew, are you neuromarketing me right now? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Book me as a headlining speaker to find out! - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Jennifer+++ - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Hey man, don't harsh my superiority buzz. - Meg VMeg
Walt Crawford
Ya' gotta love a Web Test that claims to guess your level of education based on 20 questions...almost all of which would be easy on Are You Smarter Than A Third-Grader, much less PhD level.
Yeah, that was stupid. - bentley
It's almost as if it were ... "bait", if you will. To attract people to click on the link. We could call it "linky traps." - Andrew C (✔)
I wonder when I got a PhD. O.o - Heather
I have a BA (admittedly from UC Berkeley but I had mediocre grades) and got PhD. Make of that what you will. So far, all the commenters on one FB post have also gotten PhD. - Walt Crawford
I'm a high school dropout & also got PhD. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Starmama: Yeah, but you're one hell of a smart high school dropout. - Walt Crawford
Aw, thanks Walt :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Andrew C (✔)
Not that I've done the exhaustive research, but in the lore, not nearly enough vampires are staked by holy water icicles. Please fix.
Oooooh. Holy water icicles with sawdust in them. - Jennifer Dittrich
That poses an interesting related question: how much wood content is required in chipboard type products to qualify as a "wooden stake"? Surely at some point it's more binder/non-wood than wood. - Andrew C (✔)
Idea: an army of Slayers suffers a major defeat when their new stake supplier substitutes cheap plywood or chipboard stakes for their regular weapons. - Andrew C (✔)
Also, what is the minimum size for a stake? Could a toothpick suffice? It's wood, it's basically a miniature stake. If it pierces the vamp's heart, isn't that enough? - Andrew C (✔)
Pfft, hunters know you have to cut the head off. - Heather
Oh yeah, I always forget that one, or think that one's for werewolves. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
If I ever die, please have total strangers harass my friends for not grieving appropriately.
If? - Anika
I think Andrew just outed himself as a vampire. - Victor Ganata
Well, I mean, I guess my eventual death is inevitable, but I'm not planning on it. - Andrew C (✔)
Also, please, no wooden stakes. It's gauche. - Andrew C (✔)
Check, no stakes. *checks holy water stash* - MoTO Boychick Devil
Andrew C (✔)
Has anyone ever written a plausible theory for how all the animals on the Na'vi planet evolved the brain connection system?
Their evolution was influenced by Unexplainium. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Maybe the brain connection system is from an ancient common ancestor. - Heather
Of course there is a wiki about Avatar, and this reminded me -- I'd completely forgotten -- that the system even allowed Na'vi-to-plant mindmelds: - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
RT @robneyer: What the RT @Jayward7: ABSOLUTLEY INCREDIBLE photo of Green Woodpecker and Weasel. Apparently Woodpecker escaped.
RT @robneyer: What the RT @Jayward7: ABSOLUTLEY INCREDIBLE photo of Green Woodpecker and Weasel. Apparently Woodpecker escaped.
Just like in AVATAR! - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
A little-known Virginia law is letting citizens start their own police force, carry a badge and arrest people | National Post -
"Like more and more Virginians, Youlen gained his police powers using a little-known provision of state law that allows private citizens to petition the courts for the authority to carry a gun, display a badge and make arrests. The number of “special conservators of the peace” — or SCOPs, as they are known — has doubled in Virginia over the past decade to roughly 750, according to state records." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The trend has raised concerns in Virginia and elsewhere, because these armed officers often receive a small fraction of the training and oversight of their municipal counterparts. Arrests of private police officers and incidents involving SCOPs overstepping their authority have also raised concerns. The Virginia legislature approved a bill Friday increasing the training and regulation... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Report: Justice Department to Condemn Racially Biased Policing in Ferguson | Mother Jones -
"The US Department of Justice may have passed on filing federal charges against former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson after he shot and killed Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb last summer, but the department isn't letting the city's police force totally off the hook. According to the New York Times, the DOJ is about to release a report that accuses the Ferguson Police Department—and the city itself—of systemically mistreating the community's African American population with discriminatory traffic stops; disproportionate ticketing, arrests, and court fines; and physical abuse at the hands of police officers." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Geena Davis' Two Easy Steps to Make Hollywood Less Sexist (Guest Column) - Hollywood Reporter -
"The basics are that for every one female-speaking character in family-rated films (G, PG and PG-13), there are roughly three male characters; that crowd and group scenes in these films — live-action and animated — contain only 17 percent female characters; and that the ratio of male-female characters has been exactly the same since 1946." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"This being the case, we are in effect enculturating kids from the very beginning to see women and girls as not taking up half of the space. Couldn't it be that the percentage of women in leadership positions in many areas of society — Congress, law partners, Fortune 500 board members, military officers, tenured professors and many more — stall out at around 17 percent because that's the ratio we've come to see as the norm?" - Andrew C (✔)
"Step 2: When describing a crowd scene, write in the script, "A crowd gathers, which is half female." That may seem weird, but I promise you, somehow or other on the set that day the crowd will turn out to be 17 percent female otherwise. Maybe first ADs think women don't gather, I don't know." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
"[WHOOPS, FORGOT THE PUNCHLINE]" <- actual note in my drafts.
^ X___X - Andrew C (✔)
Brent Schaus
My meat thermometer (not a double-entendre)
It's been making ALL the difference with any meat that I cook: burgers, steaks, chops. I'm actually feeling confident enough to try it out with larger portions: roasts and such. It's totally a difference-maker. I had no idea. - Brent Schaus
They are the best! - Katy S
Can I suggest a probe thermometer for roasts? Instant-read is great, but a probe thermometer means you don't have to open the oven door, lose heat, etc. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew: for sure! Didn't know that was a thing. Thanks :) - Brent Schaus from iPhone
My probe thermometer completely changed my experience with roasts. - Katy S
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