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Phil Plait
A Navy Rear Admiral calls global warming “a nat’l security threat” while deniers still spew nonsense.
Had a young filmmaker (that will go unnamed) debate me on the “professional tv/film” use of #gopro since we are planning on using many of them … & my comments as... -
Sean McBride
Have scientists discovered proof our universe wasn't the first?
Stephen Mack
Why 10% of the Population Hates Cilantro and the Rest Doesn't Know Any Better [Blog post from "Reason I Am Here" by Nacho Caballero] -
Why 10% of the Population Hates Cilantro and the Rest Doesn't Know Any Better [Blog post from "Reason I Am Here" by Nacho Caballero]
Why 10% of the Population Hates Cilantro and the Rest Doesn't Know Any Better [Blog post from "Reason I Am Here" by Nacho Caballero]
From the September 2013 post: "Cilantro tastes like soap to approximately 10% of the people who have had their genotype analyzed by 23andMe. The currently accepted explanation is that those of us who passionately despise cilantro were born with a genetic variant known as a single-nucleotide polymorphism (or SNP, pronounced ‘snip’)." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
I'm assuming that must be true for ginger as well, since I used to have that problem with both (though ginger far worse - it still sometimes crops up when I eat something with a really intense fresh ginger taste.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Jennifer, I wonder if there's a similar genetic variant somewhere accounting for strong feelings against avocado. - Stephen Mack
Not just a SNP, but a missense mutation ;) #YourMutantSuperpower - Victor Ganata
I figure there are just some foods I won't like (lima beans, oh dear god no) and some that I learn to like (ginger and cilantro after repeated low-level exposure) and some that I just start liking out of nowhere (beets, black coffee.) - Jennifer Dittrich
10% of what population? It's a staple ingredient in Vietnamese, Thai, Cambodian, and Mexican dishes, amongst others. - Professor A.I.
That's an interesting question. The article cops out by just saying "10% of 23andMe customers" (a non-representative sample if ever there was one). This study from Cornell ( was looking at mostly those of European ancestry, but does have results from the subjects from other parts of the world, where it appears that in South Asia, the incidence is only 3.9% compared to 12.4% overall. - Stephen Mack
I'm Mexican and I hate cilantro. I always get mad at myself when I forget to omit it from pho. - Gabrielle from FFHound(roid)!
Gabrielle, per you're in an elite group of 8.7% of Latinos for whom cilantro tastes like soap. - Stephen Mack
Jennifer, are you a supertaster? - Stephen Mack
Nope. I just really don't like lima beans. There really aren't too many foods I dislike, or find too strong, honestly. - Jennifer Dittrich
Duck eggs? - Professor A.I.
My friend used to taste soap, but now she doesn't. - Meg VMeg
Stephen, I think soap would taste better. - Gabrielle
I only like coriander. - Akiva
I find that I like coriander and cilantro equally well. Indeed, I can't tell them apart. Wonder why that is? (No, I still don't use emoticons.) - Walt Crawford
I only like organized coriander. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I saw a similar new report on TV about broccoli. The scientists extracted some enzyme from it and had some kids taste it. Most didn't taste anything at all while one kid immediately made a face and yelled 'yuck!' It mentioned the DNA aspect but I clearly remember that little kid. :P - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Supertaster---> - Jenny H. from Android
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman, review: 'hugely likeable' - Telegraph -
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman, review: 'hugely likeable' - Telegraph
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman, review: 'hugely likeable' - Telegraph
"High-quality intellectual! Yes, I mean you! You are thinking: What is Rise & Fall of Great Powers? Is history book? No! Is book for give big muscles? No, no! (After read this book, you still contain only small muscles. Sorry.) It is NOVEL about entire of world in last quarter-century, from end of Cold War, to up and down of America power, to tech revolution of today. But mostly, is novel about my favourite person, Tooly Zylberberg, and secrets of her life. I am careful now - danger I say too much. I give only bit more: Tooly is bookseller in countryside of Wales. Always, she is reading. But one story she never understand: story of her past. When she is girl, strange items happen. She is taken away, around Asia, Europe, America, for many years with mystery persons. Why for? I cannot say on back of book! One of mystery persons is me, Humphrey, old man from Russia who cheats in Ping-Pong and eats avocados. There is Sarah, who drives us crazy, and not in good way. Also, there is Duncan... more... - Eivind from Bookmarklet
I loved it :) - Eivind from Android
Is now on my Amazon wishlist. :^) - Friar Will
Sounds interesting, it's on my Kindle-Fiction list. :) - CAJ hates pants
Hope you guys enjoy it :) - Eivind
Stephen Mack
Guess who I saw at the Los Gatos Farmers Market, working hard?
Thanks for the delicious berries, Rod! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Heh. Good to see you. - Rodfather from Android
Love your grins, guys! - Corinne L
so awesome!! - Tamara J. B.
DAD? - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Hah that's Trevor. - Rodfather from Android
You made Rod smile! <3 <3 <3 - Jenny H. from Android
Amit Patel
Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance | Business | The Guardian -
Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance | Business | The Guardian
"Wires allow agencies to listen to or record live conversations, in what privacy campaigners are calling a 'nightmare scenario'" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
4 EU countries prohibited or blocked publication of any aggregate interception data (Hungary, Romania, Malta and Ireland). In the same group as Qatar, S. Africa or Turkey..... - Nils Sandin
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
RT @illusionxs: A wolf made out of pipe cleaners. `
RT @illusionxs: A wolf made out of pipe cleaners. `
No way!!!!!!!! - Melly
It looks like a real wolf with weird floofy hair! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Isabelle's favorite gift in her care packages when she was at Girl Scout sleepaway camp
Isabelle's favorite gift in her care packages when she was at Girl Scout sleepaway camp
I dare say that if a retail store said it was "against their religious beliefs" to allow guns to be carried inside their store, the USA might drive off a cliff.
That would definitely be interesting. On a side note, I would love to see a high profile case of a non Christian plaintiff seeking their religious freedoms from something Christians hold dear...I wonder what would happen then? - Chris Topher
Like an Islamic business asking employees to wear headscarves? A riot. - Johnny from iPhone
Please. I don't see you guys posting at all about the subjugation and abuse of women across the Arab states under Shar'ia law. Yet as soon as a Christian company gets some leeway for their religious views in the States, Jericho's walls come tumbling down. Get a grip. Compare a woman not being able to get her birth control partially paid for by her insurance while still being able to... more... - Akiva
Not to mention in certain sectors women being forced to wear what is essentially armor which tells her that if she were to reveal any more skin, she would deserve to be raped. Get. A. Grip. - Akiva
I live in a western democracy so, naturally, I would speak of such things more often then others of which I'm not involved or can not speak of. You only see a slice of my online dealings and aren't party to all my charitable endeavours so step off. Also, my comments on the Hobby Lobby case have largely been about the larger implications then just the female employees of Hobby Lobby. I... more... - Johnny from iPhone
I like how you bring up larger implications but then suggest that we should ignore the larger injustices of the world within this context. It's also interesting that you want to discount my opinion because, it seems, my ignorance of your charitable endeavors. I'm not sure how those two things are connected but okay, I guess you somehow took it personally. I also live in a western... more... - Akiva
We started a conversation about relevant topics within the U.S. itself. Sharia law within Arab countries is an entirely different topic that was brought up out of nowhere in my opinion. While yes, what is going on in those countries is much, much worse as far as the treatment of women, it has nothing to do with the topic that Johnny brought up. If you would like to discuss those atrocities, then I would suggest starting your own topic instead of hijacking someone elses. - Chris Topher
RT @ChantelleMinta: Every country has an Independence Day except Britain because they're the ones everyone was seeking independence from😂😂
Steve C
As the internet is forever here's a portion of my eulogy yesterday so mom lives forever in another place.
For the benefit of those of you who did not grow up in our full house the first thing you might not know about Barbara is that she was wicked smart. A graduate of UC Davis, a voracious reader, first chair cello in her younger days, and the sole viewer of PBS's Masterpiece Theater. There was no newspaper editor who could get a mistake in grammar or punctuation past her red pen and the articles final resting place of shame on the kitchen refrigerator. - Steve C
But like all true superheroes she used her powers only for good channeling her talents to help the needy, the whiny, and the masses to be molded, aka her children. While being a supermom has come to be a trendy topic I would like to imagine that if a Tiger Mom walked up to our mom, Barbara would simply slap her across the face and turn and walk away shaking her head. Alas since no... more... - Steve C
There are no gang bangers, druggies, or arrests in the family. There is no one on the pole except Diana and her ballet barre. There is only a large collection of kind people plus me who is pretty. - Steve C
And we all got here because of mom. Because she was deathly allergic to nuts but made peanut butter sandwiches for everyone for 15 straight years. Because she was willing to drive from morning till night to get 9 kids through the infinite maze of school, band, and sports. Because she was not only at every baseball and soccer game but more than likely the team mom and scorekeeper.... more... - Steve C
When Genevieve passed away mom lost 1/9th of her heart, and she said I was the strong one. But she is the one who carried on caring for the eight of us. It is a shame to lose her when I am all of 2 weeks into this parenting thing but she gave all she was, and all she had to all of us, and that alone within me is worth more than the advice of a thousand tiger moms. - Steve C
Thanks. - Steve C
What an amazing lady, and a wonderful tribute. ((Hugs)) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Many *hugs*, Steve. That was a very loving tribute. - Anne Bouey
That's a wonderful tribute, hon - Soup in a TARDIS
What a beautiful and wonderful woman. I'm glad you got to have her for your mother. *hugs* - vicster: full-bodied
this bought tears to my eyes what a special lady and you were lucky to call her Mom. - MAMA VAL#GOSCARLETTGO
ps thank you for sharing her with us.<3 - MAMA VAL#GOSCARLETTGO
Thank you for sharing this. I cry for your earthly loss but full well know she left a wonderful living legacy in her children. - Janet from FFHound!
That was so beautiful. Thanks for letting us get a glimpse of what a wonderful lady she was. *hugs* - Tamara J. B.
Lovely Steve. Big hugs! - Shannon - GlassMistress
That was very well done. - Brian Johns
Touching, humorous, honest - an incredible eulogy. Thank you for sharing this. - Corinne L
Thanks peeps at the service I read some other siblings and nieces eulogies for her too. At the end the preacher called them "unique." Whenever I can make a preacher uncomfortable it's a good day. (no offense Will :)) - Steve C
Fantastic. What a great legacy she left. - Spidra Webster
Shannon - GlassMistress
Holy cow it worked!
That's unlike any cow I've seen. - Todd Hoff
Squee! - Lnorigb from FFHound!
That's 'cause it's a *holy* cow, Todd. - Betsy
^^snigger! Thanks everyone! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Love it! - Corinne L
:-) - Amit Patel
Ganesh is pleased. - David Lounsbury
squee! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
LB: Lyrical Jesse James
RT @facespics: There's a dog on this dog.
RT @facespics: There's a dog on this dog.
"Yo dog, I heard you like dogs, so I put a dog on your dog..." - Brian Johns
Amit Patel
What I learned during the Elkhorn Slough Safari boat ride:
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Brown pelicans like salt water; white pelicans are much larger and like fresh water. Brown pelican juveniles have brown heads; adults have white heads. - Amit Patel
Mark H
Twitter / misterbrilliant: This is the review that got me blacklisted by EA. Some shitbag executive wanted me fired. -
Twitter / misterbrilliant: This is the review that got me blacklisted by EA. Some shitbag executive wanted me fired.
Son is off to Boy Scout camp. Daughter will be leaving for Girl Scouts camp in a few hours. Sniff
Gilbert Harding
RT @Tim_Burgess: In honour of Dolly Parton playing today here's that amazing version of Jolene played at 33 & a third rather than 45
Stephan Planken
All the normal hotel noises and city noises make me realize how blessed I am living in the sticks. Who needs sleep anyway.
If I can stay awake and focus, it will be a good day. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
One can get addicted to "normal" noises. I know someone who claims to wake up every time a nightly passing train is not on schedule :) - Eivind from Android
My aunt and uncle used to live on a train line. The XPT went by in the middle of the night every night. When I stayed there, I always woke up. They never did. I guess the same goes for houses with chiming clocks? - Melly
I wake up from every loud vehicle, police sirens, slamming door, etc. I maybe had one hour in total. Unfortunately, I am staying there until I'm done, whenever that may be. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Purchase some earplugs at the drugstore. I'm never without mine. I definitely think it depends on what you're used to. When I was a kid I couldn't sleep well at my grandparents because it was *too* quiet. - Spidra Webster
I like a certain amount of "city noise", but I don't mind "country noise" either. Not sure what "hotel noise" is though. I probably wouldn't like it if it's elevators and ice machines. - Professor A.I.
Mineral fodder - We may think we are the first organisms to remake the planet, but life has been transforming the earth for aeons
"One could easily be forgiven for thinking that life bears little connection to rocks. From high-school science curricula to Wikipedia, the institutional separation of geology and biology seems as ingrained today as when the 18th-century Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus first distinguished animals, vegetables, and minerals. After all, what could be more different than a fragrant rose and a cold chunk of granite?" - Maitani
The 'Fabergé Fractals' that will blow your mind (apparently, in a truly fractal way) -
The 'Fabergé Fractals' that will blow your mind (apparently, in a truly fractal way)
The 'Fabergé Fractals' that will blow your mind (apparently, in a truly fractal way)
Amit Patel
I get lots of email intended for people who put in my email address instead of their own, but the one from the hotel that instructed me "please make sure you wash all the body paint off before jumping into bed!" was probably the most unusual.
Also made me realize I'm probably missing out on something wild & crazy! - Amit Patel
Excellent advice. - Todd Hoff
Write back and tell them it is all water base paint. - Janet from FFHound!
I think thats the best part, body paint+bed.. ?? What better way to have fun eh ?? - Peter Dawson
I get a lot of the same, but even more emails sent to me by mistake. If the email seems real and sincere, I'll usually respond to let the person know they rang the wrong email, but if they keep mailing me, I'll usually write back with something crazy. That always stops them. - Brian Fitzpatrick
I have a canned response in gmail that I send to people who send me non-automated misdirected email, but a large part of it is automated stuff :( - Amit Patel
I've come to really dislike many companies that don't require e-mail verification during account creation. - Stephen Mack
Even big companies like Facebook can get this wrong. I've gotten so many messages from Facebook the past few weeks, with no way to tell them to stop. - Amit Patel
Oh, fun, I get a second legal notice from a company I've never done business with. First time I tried explaining that their client gave them my email address instead of their own. They never replied. They sent me a more threatening letter this time. Fun! - Amit Patel
Fwd: YouTube Is About To Delete Independent Artists From Its Site - (via
Fwd: YouTube Is About To Delete Independent Artists From Its Site - (via
A Woman Paid Photoshop Pros In 25 Countries To Make Her "Beautiful" via @MindBodyGreen
A Woman Paid Photoshop Pros In 25 Countries To Make Her "Beautiful" via @MindBodyGreen
The US..... - Shevonne
uhh. that's frightening. - Big Joe Silence
Jarret Myer
Amy Adams Traded Her First-Class Airplane Seat To A Soldier -
Amit Patel
Fantastic morning viewing wildlife. In a 2 hour period, I saw ~5% of the sea otters in California.
(photo is uncropped and unprocessed; I haven't had time to go through the ~500 photos I took but I'll share more later) - Amit Patel
Otters are unfairly cute. THEY MUST BE STOPPED! - SAM
The seagulls were trying to stop the otter army but they failed. - Amit Patel
Jealous! - Jenny H. from Android
ooh, that's cool they have a boat. Last time I enjoyed the slough it was kayaking and man my arms were sore for days. - Laura Norvig
The Ancient Egyptian invention that made everything else possible - -
The Ancient Egyptian invention that made everything else possible -
"The history of Egypt boggles the mind. By any standard the scale of achievement was enormous, but through it all, it seems clear that the economy remained rooted in agriculture. It was the everyday business of the ancient Egyptians to produce food. This they did using a system that was the envy of all. Sandra Postel, Director of the Global Water Policy Project, said that overall, Egypt’s system of basin irrigation proved inherently more stable from an ecological, political, social, and institutional perspective than that of any other irrigation-based society in human history, including the Fertile Crescent of Mesopotamia where a fallow year had to be interposed to rest the land between harvests on land that was also subject to salinization, something that did not happen along the Nile. “Fundamentally … the system sustained an advanced civilization through numerous political upheavals and other destabilizing events over some 5,000 years. No other place on Earth has been in continuous cultivation for so long.”" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
I'm currently working my way through a rather long lecture series on Egypt's rather long history. I'm all the way up to the 19th dynasty now and 1177 B.C. is on the horizon :) - Eivind
So you've already learned about the Battle of Kadesh? - Maitani
I am quite interested in Egypt's relations with Mittani and with the Hittites. - Maitani
Aye. I've had quite a bit to do with the Hittites lately. Mittani's been around, too. To get back to papyrus: When the Hittites switch from clay tablets to papyrus, we stop hearing from them. Thanks, Egypt :-P - Eivind from Android
:D, Eivind! Btw., the article mainly deals with the part papyrus boats and ropes play in the evolving Egyptian civilization prior to 3,000 BCE: "By far the most ingenious item that emerged from that period was rope, without which building boats and houses would have been more difficult, not to mention the erection of monuments for which Egypt is remembered in later times." It is fascinating to read. - Maitani
I read it, and I agree :) - Eivind
Rakesh Nair
Incredibly detailed pen and ink cityscape drawing spanning 12 feet in circumference - - #art #drawing
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