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Andrew Hunter
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...braised pork skin is really good.
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Like seriously why isn't this typically sold?  Is it safe to eat?
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Anyone tried bulletproof coffee?  Kinda tempted to try it out, but I'd love some reviews.
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the result of an obsessive pursuit to find the absolute highest performance coffee beans on earth. It’s taken me more than 10 years to identify every step of performance-robbing toxin formation in coffee [...] These beans are meant for drinking black or best of all, for making Bulletproof® Coffee with grass fed butter.
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SPOILERS FOR CAPTAIN AMERICA BELOW THIS POINT

Good movie.  Liked it a lot.  The fight choreo was well above average; a nice mix of parkour-ish acrobatics into the hand to hand without looking too much like wire-fu, and--maybe my favorite beat of the movie--a textbook rear naked choke on the Winter Soldier, complete with a proper lockup of the arm using your matching leg hold [1]. I was stunned to see that, there's never good grappling in these movies. Kudos.  I wish Falcon had done a bit more wingsuit melee--I'd love to see using a wing buffet into a big leap into a kick or something--but can't have everything.

The main villain plot is totally incoherent but if you just treat it as an unexplained McGuffin it worked well enough.  I am suppressing my urge to come down on the side of the villains and will just say that if you actually have blink-of-a-sparrow surveillance and enough computational resources to do accurate simulations over human timescales, CONGRATULATIONS, YOU JUST WON. I suppose you can just shoot everyone you don't like, but you're a postsingularity AI, you're basically untouchable.  Do whatever you want and in a way everyone will like, you can do that.

Liked the scene with Zola; unrealistic but a nice gimmick.  However, characterization bothered me; they went out of the way in Captain America 1 to show him as a bit of a scaredycat who wasn't all that evil and felt uncomfortable with Hydra.  Now he's actually literally a cackling villain?  If this was supposed to be a revelation, it felt just poorly foreshadowed; in fact, it looked more like just poorly tracked continuity.

A few little things I loved: the Pulp Fiction joke on the tombstone, the boy who recognized the Captain at the Smithsonian, the aforementioned chokehold, "first kiss since 1945", what the hell it's Danny Pudi, Widow the matchmaker, "on your left".

A few stupid quibbles:

- Captain America goes to some lengths to avoid shooting people in the initial boat scene, goes for nonlethal takedowns, etc.  Except for a handful of people he easily and intentionally knocks off the boat.  Normal people aren't likely to survive that fall; if they do, they're in the open ocean at night. They all drowned painfully or maybe lasted just long enough for lethal hypothermia.  HTH.

- I did the math out. If you assume a SHIELD helicarrier has comparable mass to a Nimitz, dropping one from 3,000 feet lets off gravitational potential energy about equivalent to a fiftieth of Little Boy.  Congratulations, Captain America set off three peewee nukes in DC . (Let's not even ask about the ordnance and reactors.)

- I know real world business logic makes this a nonstarter, but I really think the story would have been a much more interesting conspiracy thriller if it turns out Black Widow's on Hydra's side.

- Speaking of, did ScarJo have laryngitis through the entire shoot?  Her voice is way huskier than Avengers or Iron Man 2.

- Marvel's not good at dealing with the implications of one off gadgets; Mission-Impossible quality face and voice replacement isn't just a throwaway, it fundamentally rewrites spycraft.

Oh, and the stinger--I am hardly a Marvel expert but that seemed VERY interesting, most notably because my understanding is that the two featured people (Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch) are usually classified among the X-men.  That says, I am told, very interesting things given the litigious mess that is cross-studio licensing of Marvel.  MCU shouldn't be able to use any X-men at all...unless something's changing.

[1] I fully expect some jiujitsuka to come complain to me that he crossed his ankles or didn't pull the head back properly going for the choke or some other point of detail I missed in the five seconds it was on screen; shut the fuck up.  He did some legit grappling, and well enough that I was even able to recognize a detail by saying "Hey, I've done that to someone's arm when I was in the same position!"  Count your blessings.
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They've come a long way in a few short years ... David Hasselhoff: Nick Fury angent of SHIELD film trailer 1998
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What's the most beautiful/interesting/cool astronomical image you know of in true color? I love a lot of the classic shots (Pillars of Creation is a particular favorite) but it frustrates me on some level that they're really artistic creations where colors represent spectra or the like.  

My understanding is that most high quality astronomy is done outside of visible spectra, and I suspect the real answer is that astronomical objects just aren't that pretty in the visible spectra, but can anyone come up with something nice?
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Planetary nebulae are frequently nice in visible. For instance here's a true-color image of the Ring Nebula: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/13/M57_The_Ring_Nebula.JPG
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These are my friends...see how they glisten.
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Yes?
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Which would be better: leap years, or no leap years, but a leap second every, oh, twenty-five minutes?  Inspired by

http://blog.zdsmith.com/posical-the-positivist-calendar-for-python.html

but honestly if you're going to do that I'd rather have five days of Calibration and 12 30 day months.  I will backrationalize this by saying it's actually a positive good that day of week and day of month are relatively prime; I'd rather not have fixed holidays (Halloween, Independence day) or days of month (paydays come to mind) always be Tuesday (or whichever.)

Alternatively, real men measure time in SI-prefixed signed seconds since the UNIX interval. Happy 1.397Gs, everyone.  
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+Andrew Hunter Oh, I agree completely. I was only trying to add to, not replace, your observation. I feel very similar to you.

Of course, adding a leap second every 25 minutes is a disaster, because we are diurnal people. The problem is days and years, and easily solved with intercalary bits, whether months or days doesn't matter much.

And, the cycle of weeks. Anything that breaks the cycle of weeks is basically just a fundamental cultural nonstarter.
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Few things fill me with more happiness of culinary anticipation than putting down a pot of ragu to simmer.
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At this point, I think bidding on houses falls squarely into Lucy-and-the-football territory, but here goes nothing. Again.
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+Alex Scrivener Verizon told us in no uncertain terms that they have no plans on ever bringing FIOS to our area. So, we are building it ourselves. http://www.wiredwest.net
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Anyone want to recommend a camera for video purposes?   My main camera is a Canon 5Dm1 which sadly has no video capability whatsoever.

What's the current recommendations people have for a secondary body
for doing video work?  As I see it I have ~4 options:

- cheap point and shoot, all of them take decent video these days, yes?

 - nicer mirrorless, u4/3 or one of the new sony large factor
mirrorless?  More expensive but more useful in general while
maintaining the same PoS advantages of form factor?

- dedicated camcorder - presumably the best video quality?  But not
sure of the cost tradeoffs, and no flexibility at all.

- second DSLR body - lets me reuse my high quality glass, but might be
absurdly expensive--I'm not sure how the entry level DSLR video
quality is (am I going to get better results from a t4i with my L
glass or a E-M5 with kit lenses?) Also provides less flexibility for
other uses--I'm probably always going to grab the 5D over a t4i unless
I'm doing a video shoot, whereas I can imagine carrying around a
em5/a6000 just for the advantages.

One interesting way in which I may differ from typical: most of my
video is going to be shot not on the go but in my house, and in fact
probably from a tripod--I'm looking at doing stuff like recording
myself weightlifting/singing so I can review my own form or possibly publish songs, &c.  So while it
would be nice to have a system that makes it easy to take video while
hiking or whatever, mobile-friendly form factor is not my primary
concern, and neither are things like image stabilization or rapid
focus tracking. I also have (for the singing case)
professional-quality mikes already, so I don't much care about the
audio track from the camera.  (It seems every prosumer video option is sold specifically for running around after your toddlers at the park, which is basically as far different from my needs as you can get.)
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Now I just need a tripod.  And some studio lights.  And...
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Happy Easter to me?
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Not for the pig!
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wannabe mathematician, reluctant software engineer, enthusiastic hunter-gatherer, young enough to know worse.
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