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2:00 PM
@Lawrence Whatever you suggest, a raccoon will be able to come up with more.
When this civilization falls, who will be there to pick up the pieces?
Raccoons
Who will be able to dive into the cesspool of leftover rampant commercialism?
Literally, the raccoons.
 
@Lawrence Like crisp bacon.
 
Look at their hands!
 
@Mitch She does not!
 
Five crafty little fingers
 
@Cerberus Yes, that was surprising.
 
2:02 PM
And potatoes.
 
@Mitch Keep the racoon away from the microwave … for its own safety.
 
You can cook a potato in a microwave?
seems like it's just asking to explode all over the inside
 
I can cook a sweet potato in a microwave. Can't say I've tried a regular potato.
Well, I've tried a regular potato. Lots of times. Just not tried cooking it in the microwave.
Reheating, yes.
 
a sweet potato is just a potato that is orange and tastes funny and has a weird skin and is otherwise totally different
 
Ellipsis is a funny.
thing
 
2:04 PM
Not to mention preterition
Apophasis is the rhetorical flourish of an eight-year old, catacresis of our leaders
 
@Mitch It's also harder.
 
We've had a lot of new visitors lately. Nice to see the crowd growing again.
 
Yay.
I hope they feel welcome.
 
Syllepsis is like zeugma, except using grammar instead of amphiboly
@Cerberus Oh. Yeah. That's exactly why I came here this morning.
 
@Lawrence So how do you prevent potatoes from exploding?
My friend taught me to put paper towels on bacon the microwave.
 
2:08 PM
I mean I'm glad I got a chance to make a chain of rhetorical tropes.
 
So are we.
 
But that's butter on the toast of metonymy
 
@Cerberus Slice them into thick chunks and boil them in a deep microwave 'pot'.
 
@Cerberus poke tiny holes in it.
with the tip of a sharp knife or tines of a fork
let's out the steam build up that would otherwise make popcorn-potatoes.
> [new user]is a new contributor to this site. Take care in asking for clarification, commenting, and answering. Check out our Code of Conduct.
I kinda like this new feature.
But...
I found it really ambiguous. At first I thought, what a weird passive aggressive thing to tell the newcomer, to take care in asking for clarifications etc
Then I realized it is to answerers, to be nice to the new guy.
Then I thought, why shouldn't we be nice after that. Old people deserve to be niced to also.
Then I thought, is my tea ready, and went to get it and forgot all about all this stuff.
 
I just joined another community. It was nice seeing the notice. Strange how being on the other end opens up one's perspective.
 
2:13 PM
Another one? There are others?
 
I'm sure you've seen ELL.
Parallel universes or somesuch.
We ought to be nice to one another. But legislated niceness feels a bit odd.
 
@Lawrence Ah, OK, I suppose boiling in water does the trick!
@Mitch Oh, does that really work? Without boiling them in water.
@Mitch Older people can take more abuse.
 
@Lawrence Hello Lawrence. Happy Wednesday! :)
 
Happy Wednesday! :)
 
My parents had a pet raccoon when I was a little boy. They named him Buddy. I don't think we had a microwave at the time.
But he liked to get into EVERYTHING. He was the cutest little thing you ever did see.
 
2:20 PM
Cute.
I've had a mouse in the microwave–oven combo twice.
In the back, where all the electronics are.
My house inexplicably began to stink badly whenever I used the oven.
 
We get crickets.
 
Better than mice?
 
@Lawrence It's been my position for a long time that we need to cultivate the community, not just curate the database. Still, if the programmers are busy adding functionality, it wouldn't hurt to add a few links to the tour and FAQ. Those things can be hard to find. Like steganography.
@Cerberus Well, they tend to be cleaner.
 
Exactly.
And pee.
 
Do insects do that?
 
2:25 PM
And nibble on your bags of crisps.
@Lawrence I'm sure they do, but it doesn't stink.
And there aren't any diseases in it that we could catch, I should think.
 
Yes, that's a good consideration.
There's a push for insects to be the next mainstream protein.
Do we only make protein from digested protein, or can we make it from other kinds of (ingested) DNA?
 
But...they don't taste good.
Why DNA?
 
@Cerberus Speaking from experience?
 
No, but it's what I've been told by people who are.
 
@Cerberus Because I don't think we make protein from anything else.
 
2:29 PM
Umm.
 
@Cerberus Hmm, maybe time to work on the flavoring.
 
I don't actually know how our bodies make the proteins that we use.
But isn't DNA tiny?
Surely it doesn't have enough mass to be a major source of nutrition?
 
@Cerberus Each piece, yes. But I assure you they assemble into rather larger chunks.
 
Um...
No, we don't make (dietary) protein from DNA.
 
Right.
Why dietary?
 
2:31 PM
DNA contains the information needed for out body to produce protein, yes. But eating it does not help there.
 
Oh.
 
Just as I thought.
 
@Cerberus Because the major job of genes is to encode proteins: the cell "reads" the gene (DNA) and produces a protein.
 
We destroy all complex molecules that have nutritional value for us, don't we?
 
And no, it isn't tiny. Or rather, it's both tiny and huge.
 
2:32 PM
@terdon Yes, but what is dietary protein? Isn't it protein that has nutritional value for us?
 
@Cerberus Oh. Sorry. I was totally thinking about how to bake them properly in a conventional oven, not microwave.
 
@terdon Tiny in mass compared to the rest of the cell.
@Mitch Ahh.
 
@Cerberus Yeees, depends on how you define complex. But yes, complex molecules are broken down.
@Cerberus In mass yes. In length, however, it's pretty huge.
 
@terdon Well, I was wondering ... some are promoting insects as the next protein. They multiply and grow quickly. But if they need to consume (plant?) protein to express their own (somatic?) protein, we still need protein, right? Or can they make protein out of other things? Are leaves protein?
 
@terdon So we never use a protein from meat as such in our bodies: instead, we break it down, and use its components to construct new proteins. Right?
@terdon Sure, but we were talking about using it as nutrition, in which its mass should matter.
 
2:34 PM
@Lawrence People don't read FAQs. Or rather some will, but even then it's hard to remember it all. When was the last time anybody read their country's constitution?
 
@Cerberus The term "protein" is abused used to denote a class of food, as distinct from carbohydrates and fat. Those proteins are collected by eating meat, for instance. But the proteins themselves are broken into amino acids, some of which are indeed essential and can only be obtained that way.
An essential amino acid, or indispensable amino acid, is an amino acid that cannot be synthesized de novo (from scratch) by the organism, and thus must be supplied in its diet. The nine amino acids humans cannot synthesize are phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, methionine, leucine, isoleucine, lysine, and histidine (i.e., F V T W M L I K H).Six other amino acids are considered conditionally essential in the human diet, meaning their synthesis can be limited under special pathophysiological conditions, such as prematurity in the infant or individuals in severe catabolic distress. These...
@Cerberus right
 
@Lawrence I think plant matter contains few proteins; insects make them themselves (as do we).
 
@Cerberus Ooh. That's really unhealthy for mice. Way too much oil in it than their tiny metabolisms can process.
 
@terdon Right, that is how I vaguely understood it to work
 
@Lawrence The thing is that the term is used in a kind weird way in the context of nutrition. To a biologist, a protein is a very specific class of molecule. Leaves contain protein, but are not exclusively made up of it.
 
2:36 PM
@Lawrence a little nutty, a little bitter, like some lebanese olives
 
@Mitch But mostly very bland, right?
@Mitch But the plastic is good for them?
 
@Mitch We've had quite a few questions that are off-topic recently - but could be on-topic with a few tweaks. A little nudge to look at the on-topic FAQ might have been all they needed.
 
@terdon But leaves contain relatively small amounts of protein, right?
By mass, as compared with animal bodies.
 
yes
 
OK.
 
2:37 PM
@Mitch Like some of us, sometimes.
 
@Cerberus I think most plastic is metaboliccally inert, but I suppose if you don't do it right it could cause mechanical blockages. I've heard that some fish are dying off because of that.
@Cerberus yes
 
@terdon Yes, I meant protein as the biologist would understand it, then. Can we start off with non-protein food (if there's such a thing) and make our own protein?
 
@Mitch Exactly.
 
@Lawrence haha.
wait.. you're talking about eating people right?
 
@Lawrence Plants can!
 
2:39 PM
@Mitch No, of course not.
 
@Lawrence Mostly, yes. Proteins are made of amino acids. And we can make most of the necessary amino acids ourselves. The rest, the essential amino acids, we need to get by eating stuff.
 
@Lawrence only if it is mostly amino acids
 
@Lawrence Unless that's read as "people who are eating food that is not people".
 
We can synthesize 13 of the 22 amino acids we use. Only 9 are essential.
 
Are these amino acids?
 
2:41 PM
@Lawrence I mean, Im not judging... so long as it's no one you know. That would be wrong
 
Are they non-complex?
 
@Cerberus yep
 
OK.
 
@Cerberus That's why I said it depends on where you draw the line for complex vs simple :)
 
Right!
 
2:41 PM
Those are very very simple when compared to a protein
 
I remember playing this game where you had to fold proteins, to help science.
 
They were indeed far more complex than this.
 
@terdon I just heard a news story that said pretty much an infinite variety of amino acids could be synthesized, each with differnet little doodads on them, and so when lined up as a protein could get all sorts of weirdo foldings.
 
2:42 PM
@terdon So if we're contemplating using insects as food due to scarcity, would it be more effective to go vegetarian? (I'm not vegetarian, don't worry - no barrel to push there.)
 
@terdon That's better. And it contains lots of abbreviations, right? Omitted letters.
 
@terdon That's a teeny tiny protein. Most are far longer and more complex than that
 
@Mitch That sounds twilight zoney.
 
Right.
 
@Lawrence I don't see why. The same argument you're making about insects (they need to eat plants) is just as valid for cows.
@Cerberus Yes. Each corner is a carbon atom, for example.
 
2:44 PM
@Lawrence There are some -vitamins- which are only produced by animals that are necessary for humans (B12), but ither than that I think all amino acids can be gotten from vegetables
 
We need to eat animal stuff to get our essential amino acids, whether it's insects or vertebrates. Right?
 
@Lawrence Or sciency.
 
Or is it posisble to get all of them from legumes or whatever? Probably?
But it's difficult?
Vegans live.
 
@Cerberus As I recall, most can be obtained through other means as well. It's just a bit more complex.
 
dirty rice
 
2:45 PM
Right.
 
@Cerberus As I recall, most can be obtained through other means as well. It's just a bit more complex.
But we've now left the confort zone of my specific field (genetics). So take what I say with a grain of salt.
 
@terdon Right, I thought so.
 
@terdon Yes, true. But cows take up a lot of space and take a long time to get to a marketable size. Insects can be eaten whole (no waste), etc. There's an ugh factor to eating insects, though.
 
dirty rice (rice that hasn't been washed too thoroughly) contains some proteins/vitamins that are essential
 
@terdon I'm sure that will make it more palatable.
 
2:46 PM
@terdon salt will kill you
 
heh :)
@Lawrence Don't see why. Many people eat shrimp and they're basically swimming bugs.
Arthropods, anyway. Like insects.
 
@Lawrence Indeed, cows are probably 100 times worse for the environment for the same amount of essential amino acids (and fats?).
 
@Lawrence uh ...I don't think that is recommended. the carapaces on a lot of insects is non-digestible. Like crustacean exoskeletons.
 
I find aquatic arthropods aequally meh.
 
but I don't think it is good as dietary fiber (nondigestible stuff that aids digestion)
 
2:47 PM
Eating a shrimp is just as meh as eating a cricket for me.
 
I'd much rather eat a cockroach than a mussel.
 
@terdon You have a point.
 
@Mitch Oh, that's too bad.
 
@Cerberus They make nice steaks, though.
 
El musell és, en alguns animals, (inclosos éssers humans), la part baixa de la cara, la boca i les galtes. En alguns animals, si el nas està molt prop de la boca, es considera part del musell, com en els gats, gossos, éssers humans, etc. == Musells de gossos == Els musells dels gossos varien àmpliament de forma i van dels extremadament llargs i prims (dolicocefàlics) als pràcticament inexistents per plans (braquicefàlics). Algunes races tenen musells que en certa manera recorden al llop original en forma i grandària (mesocefàlics) i uns altres s'han escurçat en certa manera. Llebrer afganès...
 
2:48 PM
@terdon We have you on record saying that. Are you willing to go public with that statement as a presidential candidate?
 
@Lawrence Quite.
@Mitch Praesident of the room?
 
@Cerberus right. so some processing, to remove wins and thorax covers is probably desirable.
 
Right.
 
like beetles. the inside is all protein, but the shell, way too crunchy
 
@Mitch Absolutely. There are very few things in the world I would not choose to eat instead of mussels or any other seafood. Allergies, don'tcha know.
 
2:50 PM
@Mitch That sounds like fun, just like removing the scaly bits from shrimp and pulling out the intestine.
@terdon Mussels?
 
@Cerberus United Federation of Planets, obviously. What century are you in? 22nd? 21st?!!
 
Oh, of course.
 
@Cerberus Yes, thanks. I don't eat the stuff, so can't spell it either.
Yes, that makes sense.
 
@terdon nice. appeal to the anaphylaxis-believers.
 
I got really sick after eating a mussel when I was 6 or so.
 
2:51 PM
@Mitch Those buggers vote, man!
 
I still don't really like them.
 
@terdon As a registered nutritionist I must caution against too much indulging in insect meat. Way way too much cholesterol.
 
Their flavour is meh, and their texture is like the slugs of a failing rubber factory.
 
actually, in pretty much the same was as shrimp and other underwater spiders
 
@Mitch Are you, really?
 
2:52 PM
@terdon haha. buggers.
 
@Mitch That's a good name!
 
2 hours ago, by Mitch
@Cerberus "I confess I was kidding the whole time"
 
Hang on, shrimp don't have 6 legs. They're not insects of any variety.
 
@Lawrence No, not insects. But they're arthropods, as are insects.
 
Notice the strategic link to a quote of a quote
 
2:54 PM
Then again, caterpillars have more than 6 legs as well. Are they considered insects just because they are the juvenile version of insects?
 
@terdon So noted.
 
I think caterpillars are often poisonous, even if they are pre-butterfiles
which feel beautiful as you chew them
 
@Mitch I knew it.
@Lawrence Yes.
 
Barnacles are weird.
There I said it
 
2:56 PM
Just as frog juveniles without legs are still frogs.
 
@terdon So, ticks and mites are arachnida, not insects.
 
@Cerberus but at least they move.
 
Indeed.
 
barnacles just sit there
 
@Cerberus So what about the 'must have 6 legs' criterion?
 
2:57 PM
But there's the biological definition of insects (members of the insecta class) and the normal person's definition (creepy crawlies).
 
"And yet it moves" or "Albeit it does move" (Italian: E pur si muove or Eppur si muove [epˈpur si ˈmwɔːve]) is a phrase attributed to the Italian mathematician, physicist and philosopher Galileo Galilei (1564–1642) in 1633 after being forced to recant his claims that the Earth moves around the immovable Sun rather than the converse during the Galileo affair.In this context, the implication of the phrase is: despite his recantation, the Church's proclamations to the contrary, or any other conviction or doctrine of men, the Earth does, in fact, move (around the Sun, and not vice versa). As such,...
 
@Lawrence I thought ticks and mites are actually crustaceans. crabs in fact. literally, crabs
 
Who are you now, Galilei?
 
@Lawrence Yes, but of course there's the biological definition of insects (members of the insecta class) and the normal person's definition (creepy crawlies).
 
@Lawrence Applies only to adults!
 
2:58 PM
@Cerberus I love that aria
 
@Lawrence Consider if, in all stages of an vertebrate's life, it must have vertebrae: then no embryos would be vertebrates.
 
@terdon What's the biological definition of the insecta class?
 
Definitions apply to adults.
 
@Cerberus Interesting. The layman's definitions are constructed only by inspecting the adults of the species.
 
3:01 PM
@Lawrence That's a bit of a hard one. We used to do this based on morphological characteristics, but these days it's mostly done by comparing DNA sequences and looking at similarities. I don't really know what a modern day phylogeneticist would use as a definition.
 
@Lawrence Yeah.
@terdon I read an article about that recently.
 
@terdon Ah, back to DNA. That would make sense.
 
It's all under debate.
 
@terdon Don't you think that applies more to bug? People tend to say bug for creepy crawlies, but using insect haphazardly? That seems a little weirder to me.
 
The definition of a species is not just based on DNA, nor just on morphology.
But some combination, common sense, other stuff.
 
3:02 PM
@snailboat I think most people (but have absolutely no evidence to back this up) would refer to $randomBug as an insect.
 
I see. Well, that's definitely weird for me, but that's just my own intuition talking.
 
But I may well be wrong. I think I would have before studying biology, but I can't swear to that either, I've been a biologist longer than not by now.
 
Many people think spiders are insects.
But they will readily accept that they aren't when so told.
 
@snailboat "Bug" is pretty widely applicable - all the way from lobster-like creatures to insects and arachnids, and to even tinier organisms such as germs.
 
Much more readily than they'll accept anything about birds and dinosaurs.
 
3:04 PM
Indeed!
Although even that they will eventually accept.
 
@snailboat Well, that's probably why most parents choose to talk about birds and bees, instead.
 
And possibly even that whales are the sisters of deer.
 
@terdon The Dinosaurs and the Bees sounds like a good title.
 
@terdon "Birds and dinosaurs" is a different category of story.
 
Which is harder to accept than that seals are related to dogs and bears, and that sea cows are related to elephants.
 
3:06 PM
@Cerberus Well, all you need to do is look at a seal and a boxer
 
I suppose!
 
@snailboat Yes, totally. But I think that terdon is right that 'insect', though more technical than 'bug', is used informally too (just not as informally as bug). Like a spider might be called an insect
 
Night, all!
 
3:09 PM
@terdon A boxer is a dog except for the mooshed-in face
 
@Mitch See, if I heard that, I don't think I'd understand it as colloquial usage of insect. It would just register as factually incorrect in my head.
 
@Lawrence What time zone are you in? +8UTC?
 
And I might be confused for a moment. But maybe it's something I could adapt to.
 
@snailboat Yeah. me too. but... hm...
 
@Mitch Yes, but consider this. "I saw a bug crawling in my shoe." — "No, that's not a bug, it's a spider. Spiders aren't bugs." — "Oh, I didn't know spiders weren't bugs." (This dialogue would be unrealistic, but it would work if you replaced bug with insect.)
@Lawrence Sleep well!
 
3:10 PM
@Cerberus You should get new shoes
 
NOU
 
Advice I may well take
Can you get shoes at IKEA?
Put that on your list
The problem with IKEA furniture is that it looks great, but is crap.
Like google, I don't know how people lived before there was IKEA? Where could you get cheap furniture, lamps, and stuff? It didn't exist!
 
I don't know.
@Mitch It makes little sense to buy furniture new if it isn't really cheap like Ikea...
My friend sold her Ikea nightstand for more than she had paid for it new, though...
It depends with Ikea: my couch is holding strong after 8 years.
As does my bed.
 
@Cerberus She put in the labor of building it
 
Yes.
But even so: second hand usually brings down the price of anything, even Ikea or Lego, I should expect.
 
3:18 PM
@Cerberus anything with the particle board parts can barely get past a single move.
 
Oh, those in particular?
 
Yeah, like cabinets or bookcases
but yeah, bedframes are little sturdier
 
My closet is indeed slightly skewed or uneven, and it hasn't been moved.
 
@Cerberus Houses, art, um... diamonds... um
anything else?
@Cerberus book cases notoriously get swaybacked
 
I suspect my couch and my bed don't have particle board in the load-bearing parts.
 
3:20 PM
or anywhere
 
@Mitch Yes, there are exceptions—things that have cultural value.
Diamonds are the opposite: they lose like 40% of their 'value' the moment you buy them new.
@Mitch True.
 
@Mitch I'm in Australia.
It's night time here now. :)
@Cerberus Cheers!
 
@MetaEd Well?
How's your morning?
 
3:39 PM
@Mitch Mostly relaxing.
 
@MetaEd I sense some tension
> More people have been to Russia than I have.
> No head injury is too trivial to ignore.
> Can a man marry his widow’s sister?
> More girls ate pizza than the boy did
 
4:02 PM
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Q: Person who never talks in commanding manner

hanugmSingle-word for a person who never talks with anyone in commanding manner in any situation.

 
4:51 PM
@Mitch Certainly, in the sense that I use tension as well as relaxation to type words into the chat box.
 
5:32 PM
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Q: word for categories of units

GeorgeLet's say I'm trying to measure some variable, like GDP. The unit I'm measuring this in is dollars, and the type of unit is currency. Is there a word to describe things like "currency" in this scenario? As another example, a variable could be stomach size, the unit is kilograms, and the thing I'...

 
 
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7:35 PM
@MetaEd I'm always anxious about getting my relaxation technique just right
I'm better at most people at being non-competitive
Fermi question Fermi questions
 
7:58 PM
@Mitch There's probably a gatha for that.
{
	no warnings 'deprecated' ;
	$[ = 1 ;
}
Apparently I'm deprecated.
 
@MetaEd Ugh...I knew I came here for some reason... and ... I've forgotten it again
Augh... I know now!
 
Well, nuts. My Perl is very rusty.
And tc is busy with something much more important than Perl rust.
 
All this talk of indicting the president seems like the perversist direction of ...
@MetaEd What is the name of that game we keep talking about whose whole point is to manipulate the rules of the game?
Nomos?
 
@Mitch Nomic.
 
8:13 PM
Cripes
or rather 'Cripes!'
 
Know anybody who wants to play?
 
All this talk of indicting the president seems like the perversist direction of Nomic
@MetaEd No. Nobody around here likes playing games.
On vacation the other week, we played Monopoly. All it does is bring up childhood memories of how bad you felt losing at monopoly.
Then the next night we played Risk. All it does is bring up different terrible childhood memories of how bad you felt losing at Risk.
 
Eggcorn of the day: null-in-void
 
Nice
 
@Mitch Need more distance.
@TRiG nullemployed? nullenvoyed? nell'n'floyd?
 
8:22 PM
Now you're unemployed
 
@Mitch That's not nice news.
 
@MetaEd Like OLd-timer's for Alzheimer's? That doesn't sound to me like an eggcorn.
It's like cockroach for cucaracha or dames pleines for dumpllings.
hm..maybe foreign mistranslations are eggcornish anyway
anyway 'old timer' is a pretty close translation of alzheimer, so it doesn't bother me
@TRiG Walking round like you're Pretty Boy Floyd?
'Lesser of two equals' ... that's a good one
 
@Mitch Heh.
 
@TRiG You turned stick-up kid
look what you done did
Got sent up for a eight-year bid
You say I'm cool
hey I'm no fool
But then you wind up dropping outta high school
Driving big cars, spending twenties and tens
And you'll wanna grow up to be just like them
 
8:45 PM
@Mitch It's like reign on yore wending day.
It's a free ryed win you've all read y-payed.
 
> Wants pawn term, dare worsted ladle gull hoe lift wetter murder inner ladle cordage, honor itch offer lodge, dock, florist. Disk ladle gull orphan worry putty ladle rat cluck wetter ladle rat hut, an fur disk raisin pimple colder Ladle Rat Rotten Hut
 
9:09 PM
@Mitch For south.
 
9:29 PM
+1
 
9:50 PM
Can I make a fullish question? If I am doing a course that means I am the teacher or the student?
 
10:02 PM
@EnderLook That might be regional. In my region, I would not say I am doing a course. I might be confused by it. Possibly in other regions it means the same as taking a course. Then you would be the student. But if you were taking it on, you might be the new teacher.
 
 
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Q: "Both" for more than two objects

donnytonIf I were to ask: Which children did you bring? and you respond: I brought both Adam and Billy. The "both" implies not only that you brought two children, but that you brought your only two children (that the whole set was brought). If, however, you had more than two children, neithe...

 
@MetaEd Ok, thanks!
 
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