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TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Last post by PANTS! on Today at 10:53:37 PM »
Vampire Academy 7/10
Entertaining. . . .The actress playing Rose threw me though. I kept recognizing her looks and her voice. It is not her but her mother, Lea Thompson.

Dammit - I just realized that I did the same thing when I watched Everybody Wants Some.  Only I never made the connection to her mom.  Thanks, you scratched a brain itch.
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Give the kids a break, take them to "Alice in Wonderland", the original Disney. When they start taking LSD you can show them the Depp versions.
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Member Creations / Re: Sci-Fi story help
« Last post by Noisy Rhysling on Today at 10:16:49 PM »
Each speaker gets his own line. And once in a while throw in something to help us keep them straight, like:

Frank looked at Joe like he was an idea. Joe had to defend his idea.

For me, six lines tops without a helper like that.
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Member Creations / Re: Desert Fox's Pictures
« Last post by Noisy Rhysling on Today at 10:13:59 PM »
You can drag-and-drop images like that into Google Images and maybe get a match with info on them.
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"Fantasia" is not a movie for young children. They'll be bored out of their minds in the first sequence.

I saw it (the original) when I was 5 and thought it was fantastic.
You're an outlier.  ;D
I saw it pretty early too - maybe about 5 or 6. I remember being very upset that the dinosaurs died. That's all I remembered of it until I saw it again as an adult.
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TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Last post by Desert Fox on Today at 10:06:09 PM »
Vampire Academy 7/10
Entertaining. . . .The actress playing Rose threw me though. I kept recognizing her looks and her voice. It is not her but her mother, Lea Thompson.   
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Tech Talk / Re: Self-Driving Cars
« Last post by arthwollipot on Today at 10:04:33 PM »
Australia presents unique problems for driverless cars.

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Driverless car makers are discovering a unique problem as they begin to test the vehicles in Australia.

It turns out the unusual way that kangaroos move completely throws off the car's animal detection system.

"We've noticed with the kangaroo being in mid-flight ... when it's in the air it actually looks like it's further away, then it lands and it looks closer," Volvo Australia's technical manager David Pickett said.

Because the cars use the ground as a reference point, they become confused by a hopping kangaroo, unable to determine how far away it is.

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In addition to difficulties detecting roos, the cars will need to be adjusted for a few other Australian quirks before they are rolled out.

Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative executive director Rita Excell said Australia's many unsealed roads, its unmarked highways, and the huge road trains that barrel down regional highways were among the challenges.

    "There are some things you don't find in other countries. If you've got a car passing something like [a road train], it needs to understand what that is," Ms Excell said.

But while regional Australia's road infrastructure may need some work to be driverless car-ready, Ms Excell said Australia was well positioned to be one of the first places for the vehicles.

"The maturity is much further along than maybe is publicly aware," she said.

Source: http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-24/driverless-cars-in-australia-face-challenge-of-roo-problem/8574816
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"Fantasia" is not a movie for young children. They'll be bored out of their minds in the first sequence.

I saw it (the original) when I was 5 and thought it was fantastic.
You're an outlier.  ;D
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Podcast Episodes / The Bacon Fallacy and Meat Boutique Challenge
« Last post by Riversol on Today at 09:51:22 PM »
Hey Rogues, love the show...I have been listening for nearly ten years now. Wish I could make it to NECSS next weekend alas tix to all the cool events sold out...next year!

Anyways, I especially enjoy the discussions the SGU has on food related issues from especially pseudoscience, organic and GMO foods, as I am, in my estimation, a rational vegan, and I find many in vegan circles tending to accept the pseudoscience and extreme left PR on those topics.

However, I also find  the SGU's nearly always fails to mention the very positive aspects that a vegan ethical movement can rationally bring to the table in global challenges. (I do recall Steve commenting positively about eating more fruits and vegetables a few times)

As an example of the SGU's omission, in this week's episode you rightfully highlighted the food boutique movement which has persuaded wealthier people to buy "organic," "natural," and otherwise irrationally costly food from markets like Whole Foods, whereas the wider food industry can offer nutritious food much more economically with the latest science implemented. I propose the eating meat, eggs and dairy are just another boutique industry that has historically inefficiently created nutritional foods and while destroying land and other resources at a higher rate than a purely plant based food industry.

If you consider the HIGH INEFFICIENCY (2 to 10 times) of producing meat, one can easily see that moving toward a more vegan culture can address a significant part of the problem and result in better nutrition for humans, less habitat loss for wildlife, and a huge reduction in CO2 and Methane production.

Especially in this day and age, I trust you guys with doing thorough research and sharing good information with your listeners. I would LOVE for you to devote one episode to a thorough examination of Veganism, which looks deeply at the MEAT BOUTIQUE industry. Fully analyzing the implications by separating the good from bad information could give listeners and yourselves a chance to digest this potentially game-changing ethic in addressing global challenges from climate change to global human population sustainability to non-human animal consciousness.

Finally, in the spirit of your logical fallacy discussions, I propose a discussion of THE BACON FALLACY.  This is the idea that meat/dairy/eggs can taste so good in an addictive way that it can blind us from considering more rational behaviors for our own health, the well being of non human animals, and for the environment as a whole.   These externalities are a real part of the equation and they should be mentioned when appropriate.  Yes I know Veganism won't catch on overnight given the traditions so many cling to, but only by sharing the best, evidence-based ideas with full integrity can we gradually implement those ideas in the world for all to benefit from.

Best,

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Brian Bohmueller
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So I have 3 cats and sorta could use but definitely don't need a roommate.  I was thinking that a Vet student would be ideal as they would know WTF they are taking about and also presumably love animals and know how to troubleshoot.  Is there a risk of contagion with pre-vet students and their exposure to contagion to the indoor cats that I have?
There's going to be a higher than average risk because they're around sick animals more than Joe Streetguy. How much higher would depend on their hygiene.  Also, do they wear their scrubs home? If so don't even.
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