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    There's a genetic factor involved here, that relates to insulin response from carbs in food.

    It comes in your classic one-gene flavor: Low, medium, medium, high. Apparently, it's about 25% for each category in our society (close enough for margin of error, but I've only heard of one study).

    For the "low" people, this does not apply. Their insulin levels never go high, or out of control. They generally stay thin no matter what, the "I can eat anything" people. Lots of people will point to these people, and say "Exercise, and you can be like these".

    The problem is carb to protein levels in your diet. The human body does not have required carbs, and can live with no carbs -- but it's a "stay in a hospital under doctors observation in case something goes wrong" because it's very easy for something to go wrong. Your body wants more carbs than protein (talking about grams of protein per day here).

    There's also "too much protein". Your body can make use of XXX grams of protein per day, for muscle repair/building, and amino acids to repair/build body structure. Your muscles primary job is to be an amino acid reserve; moving the skeleton is job 2. (Then there's the second set of muscles that do things like make your abdominal wall, or the linings of organs that need to contract, etc. -- they are NOT amino acid reserves.)

    So if you have a limit of protein intake before your body has to do "hard work" to deal with the excess amino acids that cannot be used or stored as amino acids, then you need the rest of your diet as carbs or fat.

    And, if there is an "ideal" intake level here -- 133% carbs to protein (multiple studies here, there is some variation per person, but it doesn't vary much, and probably within the range of 100-150%, if not narrower than that) -- then having very high levels of carbs gives you problems.

    This is the issue with a vegetarian diet. To get the protein levels you need, your carb intake is so high that it is excessive for 75% of the population, and causes problems from constant high insulin levels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keybounce View Post
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    This is genuinely interesting. Thanks for taking the time to post it. I'm going to have to read it a few more times, mind you, because I got a bit lost somewhere in the middle. Are there any trustworthy sources you could point me to for further reading? (Entry level, or thereabouts, if possible)

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    Quote Originally Posted by keybounce View Post
    https://www.xkcd.com/1839/

    I think that there's a big problem. "Dissolved bread" doesn't have enough of the needed proteins/amino acids and vitamins

    We pretty much need meat to get enough of that. Or, to get it in one source, we need vegi-vita-meata-min.
    Yoush mean [hic] vitameatavegamin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey_Wolf_c View Post
    This is genuinely interesting. Thanks for taking the time to post it. I'm going to have to read it a few more times, mind you, because I got a bit lost somewhere in the middle. Are there any trustworthy sources you could point me to for further reading? (Entry level, or thereabouts, if possible)

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    I'll try to find them. I've been reading on these things for a while, and never really saved any sort of bibliology.
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    I don't really like bread. I eat it to make other people feel happy that they can make me meals.
    Anyway, its a commentary on how the human body can regenerate cells in a way that machines cannot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keybounce View Post
    Cut for brevity
    As Grey Wolf said: This is actually interesting.

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    Drones!
    But really though, I can't remember the last time I saw someone fly a drone without crashing it.
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    I've only seen drones flown properly, but then, I've only seen professionals fly them.

    Dated, but I like this one:
    http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/1849

    What name do you use to refer to the current decade? We used to talk about the 80's, the 90's, etc -- but the last 17 years?
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    Quote Originally Posted by keybounce View Post
    I've only seen drones flown properly, but then, I've only seen professionals fly them.

    Dated, but I like this one:
    http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/1849

    What name do you use to refer to the current decade? We used to talk about the 80's, the 90's, etc -- but the last 17 years?
    The Noughties followed by the 10's.

    There doesn't seem to be the same distinction in decades though. The 70's, 80's, and 90's were all wildly different in aesthetic and outlook on life. Aside from the 10's being a bit more focused on political correctness (in a good way), there really hasn't been the same sort of huge cultural shifts that defined previous decades.

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    I call them the twothousands, which Im' aware is not ideal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eldan View Post
    I call them the twothousands, which Im' aware is not ideal.
    Same here, I usually use the two-thousands and the twenty-tens on the rare occasion I refer to either as a decade. I've been told the two-thousands are supposed to be the "aughts" or something, but most people wouldn't know what that means, so it's not very useful in conversation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tetrimino View Post
    Same here, I usually use the two-thousands and the twenty-tens on the rare occasion I refer to either as a decade. I've been told the two-thousands are supposed to be the "aughts" or something, but most people wouldn't know what that means, so it's not very useful in conversation.
    I've heard "the Naughties" used to refer to them on NPR. That's my favorite so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1955
    I thought Tom Bombadil dreadful but worse still was the announcer's preliminary remarks that Goldberry was his daughter (!), and that Willowman was an ally of Mordor (!!).

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    https://xkcd.com/1883/

    Now, the super villain's plan is told! Pure evil.
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    This supervillain plot is reminiscent of the conclusion of that ancient meme, "The End of the World".

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    Anyone go see the Total Eclipse last week? I feel this xkcd is completely acurate:

    https://xkcd.com/1880/

    It was my first total eclipse, and WOW!
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    The only things worse than time zone problems? Getting an 8-bit character output path that works right.

    ... After all, 127 plus 1 is a positive character, right? :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Torath View Post
    Anyone go see the Total Eclipse last week? I feel this xkcd is completely acurate:

    https://xkcd.com/1880/

    It was my first total eclipse, and WOW!
    I wish I had seen the total eclipse. The partial eclipse was cool and all, but it just made the outside slightly dimmer.
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    I wish I had seen the total eclipse. The partial eclipse was cool and all, but it just made the outside slightly dimmer.
    It was (IMO) well worth the 4-hour drive to see it, and the 6 hour drive to get back home. My family is already planning how to get in the path of the 2024 eclipse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Torath View Post
    Anyone go see the Total Eclipse last week? I feel this xkcd is completely acurate:

    https://xkcd.com/1880/

    It was my first total eclipse, and WOW!
    I didn't bother, because I live right in the path of totality for 2024. I'm going to be really annoyed if it's overcast that day.

    I did make a pinhole projector and tried to take pictures of the partial (about 60% at peak here) eclipse, but it didn't work very well, because my camera refused to autofocus on the projection.
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    Does the lid thing really work for extinguishing an oil fire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinyadan View Post
    Does the lid thing really work for extinguishing an oil fire?

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    Removing a source of fresh oxygen from a fire extinguishes it. It's not exclusive to oil fires, if you had a wood fire inside a pan you could extinguish it with a lid. Even a moist towel can sometimes work well enough, but a lid is a generally safe and easy to apply option.
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    Yep, to extinguish a fire you either need to remove the fuel, the heat or the oxygen (or the chain reaction if you are going tetraheadron). Water absorbs heat and can help keep the fire from getting oxygen by acting as a steam cover. The problem with liquid fires is it is really easy for water being poured in quickly to cause the burning oil to get everywhere (if you ever want an example dump a lot of water from a bucket into a pan that has some non-ignited oil in it.). Similarly, a fire exstinguiser may work but is not recommended due to it being under pressure (if you have to use one do not be right next to the fire).

    A lid is generally the easiest way as it can easily suffocate a fire that is stuck in a pan. Just remember to turn off the heat source and move the pan off it or it may reignite when you take the lid off. In the case of a boiling oil spill you can grab another pot or a damp wash cloth and cover the fire with that.
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    Clearly the gun is the most versatile of those tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max_Killjoy View Post
    Clearly the gun is the most versatile of those tools.

    It even cures cancer!

    Now, if it selectively kills cancer cells in a petri dish, you can be sure it's at least a great breakthrough for everyone suffering from petri dish cancer.
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    Well it did solve 2 problems compared to the 1 the other things solved.
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    A good mixer can solve a dozen different problems, they're just problems I never have, never create nor wish to solve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lvl 2 Expert View Post
    A good mixer can solve a dozen different problems, they're just problems I never have, never create nor wish to solve.
    I hear a mixer can win in a knife fight and quench an oil fire at the same time.
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