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  1. Comment on What's a dish you've made that you're most proud of? in ~food

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    I get the impression Christina Tosi (head chef at Milk Bar) has a very sweet tooth, even by American standards. All her recipes look overly sweet to me and as I said, the Birthday Cake I baked...

    I get the impression Christina Tosi (head chef at Milk Bar) has a very sweet tooth, even by American standards. All her recipes look overly sweet to me and as I said, the Birthday Cake I baked definitely was.

  2. Comment on What's a dish you've made that you're most proud of? in ~food

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    One of my favourite things I've made is really simple and arguably fairly stupid but it's breakfast cereal ice-cream. 50/50 condensed milk and milk, a 1/8 teaspoon of xanthan gum (it helps stop...

    One of my favourite things I've made is really simple and arguably fairly stupid but it's breakfast cereal ice-cream. 50/50 condensed milk and milk, a 1/8 teaspoon of xanthan gum (it helps stop the formation of large ice crystals so it makes for smoother ice-cream), churn and at the last minute add the cereal of your choice. I like Frosties

    I recently made Momofuku Milk Bar's Birthday Cake which was quite an undertaking - I cook a lot but I'm not much of a pastry cook - but it came out surprisingly well. Next time I'm using less sugar and more salt, but it's a decent recipe.

    My favourite savoury dish is a baked beans with pork hock, which is hock and a load of dried beans (pinto, black, butter, aduki, etc) very slowly cooked in a mixture of tinned tomato and fresh coffee, with loads of garlic and just a dash of chilli (pasilla for preference). I don't eat much meat these days but I will buy a few hocks in the winter to make a load of this because it's just amazing on a cold day.

    This evening I'm gearing up to make a pineapple curry and I'm not sure how that'll go but I'm pretty confident. I have pineapple, baby corn, shiitake mushrooms, fresh ginger, mint, garlic, chilli, coconut milk and black rice. It's either going to be amazing or terrible!

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  3. Comment on Dark Sky delays shutdown of Android app until August 1st in ~tech

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    I'm in the UK and I use Dark Sky a lot on the web, never used the app. For very short-term forecasts, rain radar and so on, it's always been pretty good for me. Anyone know a good replacement...

    I'm in the UK and I use Dark Sky a lot on the web, never used the app. For very short-term forecasts, rain radar and so on, it's always been pretty good for me.

    Anyone know a good replacement website which works in a similar way? I used Weather Underground too and that's OK but it's hard to get radar info and map-based forecasts.

    Also I always thought Dark Sky's emoji overlay was the most brilliantly stupid thing.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on 'Foundation' — Teaser | Apple TV+ in ~tv

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    It's not so much surprises, although that does happen sometimes, it's more that I prefer to experience a narrative through reading/watching/whatever that narrative itself rather than learning...

    It's not so much surprises, although that does happen sometimes, it's more that I prefer to experience a narrative through reading/watching/whatever that narrative itself rather than learning about it by proxy. Most spoilers aren't of the "Hermione shoots Dumbledore!" ilk, but more just taking away something from the enjoyment of experiencing something for the first time. It's also why I rarely read reviews in advance of reading something.

    You make perfectly valid points regarding the discussion of things but it's easy enough to have a known-spoilerful thread if people want to discuss plot details (and I'll happily join such threads once I've seen/read the media in question). But it's about giving people the choice not to have things spoiled if they don't want such. I know people who love spoilers and actively seek them out, and people who don't care about them - and that's fine. I just want a clear way to be able avoid them, because for me they.. well... spoil things.

    Although in this particular instance, it would make quite a difference to know that character is around.

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  5. Comment on 'Foundation' — Teaser | Apple TV+ in ~tv

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    fwiw my personal take on spoilers is that there is no statute of limitations. Just because the books are old doesn't mean everyone has read them. The story isn't any less spoiled for a new reader...

    I feel like the statute of limitations on spoilers should have passed, but I don't know what the etiquette is.

    fwiw my personal take on spoilers is that there is no statute of limitations. Just because the books are old doesn't mean everyone has read them. The story isn't any less spoiled for a new reader by knowing who the character @Algernon_Asimov is alluding to (ps, it's not Sheldon) just because the books were published last century.

    The usual relevant XKCD, although it's relevant in a slightly different way here.

    My take is that spoilers should always be avoided and/or hide-tagged unless you're in an explicitly defined spoileriffic thread.

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  6. Comment on Paper and interactive demo: Immersive Light Field Video with a Layered Mesh Representation in ~science

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    Lytro's stills camera sold fairly poorly iirc, but I read somewhere their video camera was doing a little better because video editors often do want to do things like change focus after shooting,...

    Lytro's stills camera sold fairly poorly iirc, but I read somewhere their video camera was doing a little better because video editors often do want to do things like change focus after shooting, or use selective focus in various parts of the frame.

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  7. Comment on Guinness reinstates Billy Mitchell’s Donkey Kong, Pac-Man records in ~games

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    Funnily enough the next week we watched Morris: A Life With Bells On, which she only clocked wasn't legit about halfway through.

    Funnily enough the next week we watched Morris: A Life With Bells On, which she only clocked wasn't legit about halfway through.

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  8. Comment on Guinness reinstates Billy Mitchell’s Donkey Kong, Pac-Man records in ~games

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    So I watched that with my wife and at the end I asked her what she thought. Her opinion was that it was pretty entertaining but she thought some of the characters were a bit over the top and...

    So I watched that with my wife and at the end I asked her what she thought. Her opinion was that it was pretty entertaining but she thought some of the characters were a bit over the top and unbelievable.

    It was at this point I realised she had thought it was fiction.

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  9. Comment on How important is protecting our data from companies like Google? in ~tech

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    This isn't how Googlers talk about it, and I think it's a rather disingenuous way to describe their business model. Google talk about having two products, and two customers. One product is their...

    you are the product sold to advertisers, rather than the customer sold a product,

    This isn't how Googlers talk about it, and I think it's a rather disingenuous way to describe their business model. Google talk about having two products, and two customers. One product is their web services (search, email, etc) and the other is advert delivery. Their two customers are users and advertisers. Advertisers buy delivery for their adverts with money, users buy web services with eyeballs. Google converts money into eyeballs on ads - and the targeting of eyeballs is where they add value. Facebook uses similar language internally, and I'm sure Twitter and all the rest do as well.

    You are not getting "sold" to anyone. Allowing access to your eyeballs is how you pay for your email. Of course if that's not a price someone wants to pay, that's totally understandable although I've run more than enough email servers in my time to be perfectly happy to have Google handle mine in return for some eyeball time.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on What’s a safe way to discard a almost full can of lighter fluid that’s way past expiration date? in ~misc

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    I'm not sure butane can expire, can it? It's not food, it won't go off. I can only assume the expiry date was put there because things have to have expiry dates. Why your lighter doesn't work I...

    I'm not sure butane can expire, can it?

    It's not food, it won't go off. I can only assume the expiry date was put there because things have to have expiry dates.

    Why your lighter doesn't work I don't know. What happens if you shake the can, do you hear liquid sloshing around?

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Why Svelte is our choice for a large web project in 2020 in ~comp

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    Meh, frameworks. Never used one I didn't end up hating, and I always run into issues where the designer(s) haven't considered the thing I want to do, or worse and has happened several times,...

    Meh, frameworks. Never used one I didn't end up hating, and I always run into issues where the designer(s) haven't considered the thing I want to do, or worse and has happened several times, actively wants to avoid exactly what my client wants to happen. Then there are bugs. I'd rather create and solve my own than run into other people's (I once ended up spending hours on LKML after tripping a freakin' kernel bug from inside Django).

    My experience has always been that it's easier and - over the course of a whole project - faster to just write my own code, and that goes double for large, complex projects. Also frameworks always come with a huge performance cost and I hate that. Burning cpu cycles just for my own convenience seems like a dreadful waste.

    Bear in mind that I am (a) Old and (b) quite a few years out of the web dev game.

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  12. Comment on Explosive Barrels in ~games

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    Haha yeah, ancient times. Imagine being so old you played most of the games he talks about when they came out. argh I am so old.... :)

    Haha yeah, ancient times. Imagine being so old you played most of the games he talks about when they came out. argh I am so old.... :)

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  13. Comment on Explosive Barrels in ~games

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    That was excellent, thanks. I foresee a lot of time watching this guy's channel in my future.

    That was excellent, thanks. I foresee a lot of time watching this guy's channel in my future.

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  14. Comment on What are some great songs from your homeland? in ~talk

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    I shall interpret 'homeland' to mean 'home city' because otherwise there's far too many choices in the UK. And with that in mind... Hot Pink by Lets Eat Grandma, one of their less experimental...

    I shall interpret 'homeland' to mean 'home city' because otherwise there's far too many choices in the UK. And with that in mind...

    Hot Pink by Lets Eat Grandma, one of their less experimental tracks but still very much their sound. Jenny and Rosa have been making music together since they were toddlers, but as they reach their late teenage years/early 20s they're really starting to come into their own. They feel very local to me. They're not loud or brash about what they do, just quietly creative and a bit different, which is very much how the city feels too.

    Somewhere Else by Sink Ya Teeth. Currently the biggest local band going (inter)national. Getting lots of airplay on BBC radio, they're a nice post-punk/synth/shoegaze sort of sound.

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  15. Comment on A letter to other parents in ~life

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    I mean... I sort of agree with you, kinda. But my first thought is that you never know other people's situations. I've spent the last week or so hovering over my toddler whenever he's out and...

    I mean... I sort of agree with you, kinda. But my first thought is that you never know other people's situations. I've spent the last week or so hovering over my toddler whenever he's out and about because he's recovering from surgery and while he has no idea and just wants to run about - a fall could split his stitches. I'm not saying everyone doing that has reasons like mine but y'know. It might be more people than you think.

    The other thing is how sure are you that these parents are causing developmental issues? I know some kids who weren't potty trained by four, whose parents had some weird thing where they didn't ever tell them 'no' and a bunch of other apparently dreadful parenting things and now they're teenagers and they're lovely, social, pleasant kids. I have friends who have parented in all ways from 100% helicoptering to letting their offspring run entirely feral and all their kids have turned out just fine. Kids are super resilient and will become their own people despite (or because of) what their parents do. The social skills you think they're not learning now will come. So it might be a bit later than your kid, so what? All kids are different and do everything at different times.

    So no, I'm not horrified or offended but equally I don't think we're going to be friends.

    fwiw I wish my kid liked screens. Little fucker won't sit and watch TV when I just need five minutes of him not enthusiastically exploring everything in sight.

    14 votes
  16. Comment on Finnish FA drops 'women's' prefix for league in push for equality – top football league to be called National League, not Women's League in ~sports

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    OK so if it's not a big deal then let's just rename the other leagues instead. We can have the Men's League for the fellas and the women can play in the Premier League. It's just football that can...

    OK so if it's not a big deal then let's just rename the other leagues instead. We can have the Men's League for the fellas and the women can play in the Premier League. It's just football that can only be played by men, right?

    See how that sounds a little, er, lacking in empathy? Lots of people would be upset by a change like that. So why should the women's game have to be in the same position? For the sake of a name change, which despite your concerns otherwise, I'm not convinced is really that confusing. I know football fans aren't traditionally seen as being all that bright but I'm sure even they can manage to get a handle on it. I mean, what's the worst that will happen - someone accidentally goes to a game with women in? argh! I'm not particularly a footballist but the women's games I have seen are generally rather more entertaining than the men's flavour (seems to be more skill and less brute force but that could just be me not really knowing what I'm watching)

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  17. Comment on Finnish FA drops 'women's' prefix for league in push for equality – top football league to be called National League, not Women's League in ~sports

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    That's fine if it's on your local leisure centre's noticeboard for badminton or whatever, but we're not talking about casual leagues here, these are the top teams/players in the country, the main...

    That's fine if it's on your local leisure centre's noticeboard for badminton or whatever, but we're not talking about casual leagues here, these are the top teams/players in the country, the main national leagues.

    Perhaps I should have phrased it more as renaming a sport's elite leagues to "Men's League" (for men) and "Premier League" (for women)? Now you might well be happy with that but let's not pretend there wouldn't be many jimmies rustled among less enlightened fans. I'm not sure what country you're from but can you imagine the fuss made if it was the MFL rather than the NFL? Men's Baseball rather than Major League? I don't know what the hockey one is, but you get what I'm saying.

    Now imagine you're a woman and that's how things are already. Perhaps from that perspective naming leagues for the level they're played at rather than the gender of the players doesn't seem quite so stupid.

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  18. Comment on Finnish FA drops 'women's' prefix for league in push for equality – top football league to be called National League, not Women's League in ~sports

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    I'm not sure it's particularly stupid. My understanding is that the reason they're doing it is the same reason we no longer have "women engineers" and "women comedians" and so on. It's just...

    I'm not sure it's particularly stupid. My understanding is that the reason they're doing it is the same reason we no longer have "women engineers" and "women comedians" and so on. It's just football, which in some cases happens to be played by women - it's not "women's football" as if the mere fact there are women playing it is worthy of note.

    If you want stupid, consider how stupid the "Men's League" sounds. Same thing.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Why the GOV.UK Design System team changed the input type for numbers in ~comp

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    The GDS team are amazing at what they do. Few, if any, websites even approach the accessibility and usability levels of gov.uk and associated sites. I have a friend who worked on some of their...

    The GDS team are amazing at what they do. Few, if any, websites even approach the accessibility and usability levels of gov.uk and associated sites.

    I have a friend who worked on some of their stuff, she had to take the old copy and rewrite it with a target reading age of 9 years old, getting the information across using as few words and with as much clarity as possible.

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  20. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    My plan includes a plan to change the plan. :) I had an idea, planned out on paper, about how my workshop might end up, then figured out the minimum amount I need to start that process - I need to...

    My plan includes a plan to change the plan. :)

    I had an idea, planned out on paper, about how my workshop might end up, then figured out the minimum amount I need to start that process - I need to make two carts, where my initial designs had six or seven.

    So I'm going to make the two (the one pictured isn't finished - I don't know if it's having more shelves, or drawers, or something else), then sell a bunch of tools I don't use, throw out a load of other stuff, re-arrange and tidy everything and I'll see where I am then. I have a potential end goal but goalposts are expected to move. It might even be that tools-on-carts doesn't work at all and then I'll have to lash them all together into some sort of frankenbench.

    I've found this is, in general, a fairly good way to approach making this sort of change. Plan big, act small and be ready to adapt along the way.

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