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General Discussion / Re: The "Storm Area 51" memes
« Last post by John Albert on September 21, 2019, 06:08:27 PM »
General Discussion / Re: The "Storm Area 51" memes
« Last post by stands2reason on September 21, 2019, 05:55:46 PM »
 Alien enthusiasts run toward the back gate of Area 51, feigning to storm the gate near the town of Rachel, NV.
(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

Health, Fitness, Nutrition, and Medicine / Re: How do you make it without meat?
« Last post by daniel1948 on September 21, 2019, 05:49:50 PM »
Again, my suggestion would be to try beans rather than fake meat.
I am very sad to learn that smoking is allowed on movie sets. Slowly killing both the smokers and the non-smokers alike.

Since I opened that can of worms let me be a little more clear.  There are actually rules on how smoking is handled. I say "on set" meaning when I am at work but actually we are not permitted to smoke or vape "on the working set"  Actors are (usually) not permitted to smoke real cigs in a scene even if they are actual smokers, they have to smoke these herbal things that everyone complains about tasting bad. I have read that some big name actors mite get away with it but I have never witnessed it.

We get a safety memo for just about everything daily including fog machines which emit the same chemical that is the base for vaping (propylene glycol) There is almost always a fog machine running. I have breathed that stuff my entire adult life as a Nightclub DJ and now on set.

Smoking areas are usually marked and placed well away from other people.

There are some jobs where people are not able to get a break from the working set like the camera department and many of those smokers carry vapes and sneak tokes on set, I see it all the time. Sometimes you will walk around a corner and know that a grip was just in the area because it smells like fresh baked cookies.

I believe we are getting closer to a place where vaping areas will be separated from the smoking areas which is a complaint of mine.

Here are the safety bulletins on fog which include some dialog on smoking.  Actually this #10 does not include smoking but the one I get from the production does, im not sure where that memo is located and I cant share the one I actually receive from production.

Good to know. Thanks. I had to look up propylene glycol because I was thinking of antifreeze, which is not harmless at all, but that's something else entirely with a similar-sounding name.

You may have guessed that I am a militant anti-tobacco fanatic. This stems from my forced exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke growing up. In my father's house I was scolded if I tried to avoid the smoke. Apparently I was being rude, because by getting intensely sick I made the smokers realize what colossal assholes they were being. I probably would have ended up a serial killer rather than a pacifist if I'd been forced to live full-time in that house rather than only alternate weekends. My step-brother, who did live there, tried to murder his mother (or in his own version of the story, he "only" tried to rape her with a telephone). This was probably due to more than just exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke. I believe the Brothers Grimm studied his mother (my step-mother) in preparation for writing their stories. Anyway, I would treat the tobacco companies as the drug cartels they are, by putting their executives in prison for life and confiscating all their personal and corporate property.
Skepticism / Science Talk / Global Warming and Radiation
« Last post by BugBite on September 21, 2019, 05:42:26 PM »
Call me a pessimist or fear monger but in terms of what is in store for us I think climate change is the good news. The earth’s thermal  imbalance requires that it continue to heat up for a while longer even if humans add no more CO2. Of course CO2 output is still continuing to increase, so the imbalance will continue to grow.  Plus nature is now joining us in adding CO2 with the arctic forests burning and the permafrost melting - melting at today’s temperatures. I would like to but cannot see anyway to avoid the worst global warming has to offer which i think is war and/or starvation. This is old news of course but it brings me the to point of this post.

Thinking about Fukushima one day I realized the in your face fact that nuclear facilities require public power to keep from melting down. So, nuclear facilities require civil order to keep from melting down. You can’t throw a switch and leave. If climate change leads to civil disorder, lack of food, stay at home to protect the family or whatever hundreds of reactors will melt down and cooling pools with a 100 tons of radioactice rods will be in flames.

There may not be time left to deal with climate change but there is still time to keep from leaving the world radioactive. 
General Discussion / Re: The "Storm Area 51" memes
« Last post by daniel1948 on September 21, 2019, 05:31:51 PM »
Okay. I stand corrected. I'd never seen images of ETs with three eyes. The flying purple people eater had one eye (and one horn). But all the ETs I've ever seen in movies or pictures always had two eyes, except for the one who occasionally turns up on Shaun the Sheep, which like the FPPE has one eye. It also only has one leg.
Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #741
« Last post by daniel1948 on September 21, 2019, 05:26:54 PM »
No non no! The best way to experience The Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy is not the book, it is the original radio drama!

Wallet55 beat me to it: Douglas Adams first wrote the HGttG as a radio play which was on the BBC and is still available as a boxed set of CDs. The book is great and the sequels are good. But the original BBC radio version is the best.

Personally I thought the TV and movie versions were crap. But then the only half-way decent movie ever made from a good book was The Maltese Falcon. And even then the book is immensely better. You can make a good movie from scratch. You can make a good movie from a bad book if you basically throw out the book and just make a movie. But you can't make a good movie from a good book. As for TV, good TV shows are as rare as hens' teeth or honest politicians.

And the reason Adams chose 42 as the answer to life, the universe, and everything shouldn't be a secret at all. I know the reason and I'm going to tell you, though most of you probably already know it. He chose 42 as the answer to life, the universe, and everything, because 42 IS the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Sheesh! The rogues should have known this!

And I think it's cheap and tawdry to claim that distributed computing is "planetary computing" in this context. Seti at Home and Folding at Home and probably others have been using distributed computing for many years. It's a way for people to volunteer their computers for bigger projects. It's not "planetary computing."
Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #741
« Last post by bachfiend on September 21, 2019, 04:40:18 PM »
No non no! The best way to experience The Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy is not the book, it is the original radio drama!

But the books are still very good.  And the BBC television series is also very good.  And the cinema version was absolute rubbish.  So three out of four is also very good.
Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #741
« Last post by wallet55 on September 21, 2019, 04:02:21 PM »
No non no! The best way to experience The Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy is not the book, it is the original radio drama!
Podcast Episodes / Episode #741
« Last post by Steven Novella on September 21, 2019, 03:48:18 PM »
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