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  1. I'm thinking oviparous, giving new meaning to Easter eggs. And the expression "to come out of one's shell". And "My yolk is easy..." And, hey, maybe even "white and delightsome".
  2. FTR, my first thought was tacostada, but when I saw tostaco I changed my mind.
  3. I don't think I buy this. I will need evidence that this is so. I grew up in a household where eight of us (parents plus six children) shared a three-bedroom student apartment that could not have been 1000 square feet in size. After Dad finished his PhD. we moved across the state into an enormous, luxurious THREE-bedroom house with almost 2000 (!) square feet of area. Dad built out the furnace room to be another bedroom for my older sister, while my baby sisters stayed in one bedroom and my parents in the master, while we three boys stayed together in the third (originally) bedroom, really just a large room downstairs. We felt positively rich in that beautiful house. Today, a family of six or even four would feel cramped in a house that wasn't even 2000 square feet. I realize that some things are legitimately more expensive today than fifty years ago, but people's expectations have ballooned to the point that everyone "needs" the latest toys and electronic gadgets and gizmos. I do not believe this is primarily about things being too expensive. I think it's mostly about people's expectations being outlandish.
  4. Not saltines. What was I thinking? Saltines made me throw up. Other crackers did, too, because of oils in them. There was some kind of very dry bready thing that I could eat. That and the HN Cheerios.
  5. I do, too. When I was gravely ill in 2022, the infection and its aftereffects, including surgery, left me with very little sense of taste. What sense of taste was left made me retch at any taste of oil or fat or any other sort of umami (what is that in English, "savory", maybe?) as well as certain other tastes. I found that my diet was reduced to water, very dry saltine crackers, small sips of certain fruit juices, and oddly enough, black licorice. Oh, yeah, and honey nut Cheerios with milk. Not regular Cheerios, but honey nut. Why the milkfat didn't make me throw up, I do not know, but I ate a lot of honey nut Cheerios during that period. This lasted a few weeks, during which time I was told I might never regain my sense of taste. I did, pretty much overnight, and let me tell you, it was a happy time for me when I recovered my normal sense of taste. Life itself was very literally more beautiful.
  6. Don't ask me about the vocabulary choices of connoisseurs (and there's that darn word again).
  7. I understood the antecedent to "it" to be "what is happening today". Reading what came previously, I assumed that Carb was referring to the demographic shift of people actively avoiding reproduction.
  8. "Hey big boy, you should experience my smooth mouth feel."
  9. I have very little compassion and no tolerance at all for those who engage in such corruption. These are the type of people who destroy society. Or more colloquially: This is why we can't have nice things.
  10. He was a Fahrenheit Finn.
  11. It's life, Jim, but not as we know it. It's worse than that! It's physics, Jim!
  12. A miracle is a perception of the hand of God in your life. President Monson (LDS apostle and Church president 2008-2018) told a story of himself as a twelve-year-old boy during the Great Depression, having earned five dollars but leaving the bill in his pants pocket when it was sent out to be washed. He prayed that the money would not be lost, and miraculously (at least to him), it was not. Predictably, many mocked President Monson's God of the Five-Dollar Bill. But they should not have. God is present in the great things and in the small, as well. Why would God not act in the life of a twelve-year-old in a small but meaningful (to the 12-year-old) way to instill faith in God and confidence in prayer? It's easy and sometimes seductive to be cynical, so I don't blame you for having that reaction. But cynicism is a cancer that corrodes the soul and blinds us to the very real things that happen, both great and small, that reveal the hand of God to us.
  13. Can you imagine getting your bachelor's degree in meteorology so that you can be a TV weatherman?
  14. I would tell you my ratio, but division by zero is undefined.
  15. If that is all it were, people whining about Trump because he's willing to bluntly state the truth, then I would agree with you. I don't think that's it, though. I think that Trump is simply using political leverage from this. I think Biden is probably a pervert and a rancid individual, but the bare fact alone that he showered with his teenage daughter is not, per se, proof of perversion (though it comes pretty close). I can imagine various scenarios, admittedly unlikely, where such a thing could happen and be an innocent occurrence. If Biden wants to explain himself and what this is about, so much the better. Trump has enough skeletons in his closet that he probably doesn't want to get into a pervy-pointing contest. Given the choice between him and Biden, I will quickly choose Trump, as I have already said many times. I don't trust Joe Biden to any degree whatsoever. But let's just say that I'm not entirely comfortable having Donald Trump as my champion.
  16. "By way of" is how I always interpreted that verse. "Por" seems like a straightforward translation. But I agree, common word usage and patterns often mask a better understanding of what we're reading. It's a type of simplicity in meaning, an application of Occam's Razor, I suppose.
  17. Not actually. I was looking for something else and came across this, something I had totally forgotten about. I Googled the name, found the link, and updated the thread just in case anyone was interested.
  18. In case anyone wonders what happened in this case of long ago and far away: 30 days. https://www.ksl.com/article/46611844/teen-to-serve-30-days-in-death-of-homeless-man
  19. Sincere question. I do not understand this statement. The State of Palestine is recognized by the UN, and has at least functionally been recognized even by Israel since at least 1994, arguably earlier. It comprises the West Bank (northwest shore of the Dead Sea and the land adjacent to it, including half of Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip (on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, between Israel and Egypt). How, then, are Palestinians stateless?
  20. FTR, I think English totally rocks.
  21. Maybe the smartest guy I have ever known was an LDS friend in State College, PA who served his mission to Finland. Whenever anyone ever mentions Finnish declensions, I always think of this comic. (WARNING: European speech patterns prevail, making this comic perhaps inappropriate for the current venue. Mods, feel free to mod away.)
  22. Lowering the voltage that chips require could boost speed by an order of magnitude or more. But you have to have a much clearer signal to use a lower voltage, which turns out not to be easy. Most chipsets currently operate at 3.3 V, CPUs can be under a volt, and memory is typical 1.2-1.5 V. Cutting these values in half could lead to denser packing and greater computing power per watt-second (aka per joule*). Ironically, though I'm sort of a physics guy by educational background and interest, I don't really know much at all about computer engineering or the specifics of the problems chip designers encounter. So I'm mostly not speaking from personal knowledge, just from what I've heard and basic inferences I draw (like you must obviously need a cleaner signal for a lower voltage). *I remember in the 2008 Iron Man movie, Tony Stark says to the Egyptian or Turkish or Iranian or whatever guy he's imprisoned with that his miniature, cave-built arc reactor can generate "if my math is right—and it always is—three gigajoules per second**." Of course, a watt is one joule per second, so he could have simply said "three gigawatts". But that would have been less cool. **If my math is right—and often it is, but it's kind of like my spelling, so don't bet your life on it—that's enough to power almost two and a half Deloreans. PS Tony Stark's subsequent efforts to perfect his Iron Man suit demonstrates that, um, well, his math wasn't always right. Ten percent, my foot.