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by voidPtr
Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Healthy Snack Foods
Replies: 19
Views: 3779

Re: Healthy Snack Foods

Homemade salsa or various veggie dips and raw veggies are a good idea. The banana bread and oat bars are a bit more carb-centric than I'm hoping for (as are the pumpkin cookies that I mentioned), but even if they aren't perfect, they're loads better than what is currently being brought in. On Frida...
by voidPtr
Fri Jan 01, 2010 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Broccoli
Replies: 59
Views: 10236

Re: Broccoli

Gia wrote:I managed to ignite a mini-war on facebook when I posted as my status that broccoli, in my belief, is better than beer...


Hey, I like broccoli too, but better than beer?!? Let's not get carried away here! ;)
by voidPtr
Mon Dec 28, 2009 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Winter Cooking
Replies: 11
Views: 2676

Re: Winter Cooking

I tried a version of this recipe I got off of Jamie Oliver's website using winter squash: Chicken Breast & Squash . I've never really eaten a lot of squash before -- pumpkins are for putting candles in on Halloween -- but it was nice. The nutmeg and cream added a nice sweetness to the roasted sq...
by voidPtr
Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Broccoli
Replies: 59
Views: 10236

Re: Broccoli

In celebration of this thread, I cooked up some broccoli soup tonight. I think I used too much broccoli though.
by voidPtr
Sat Dec 19, 2009 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Winter Cooking
Replies: 11
Views: 2676

Re: Winter Cooking

...do you have any idea how many different climates there are in California? Not exactly, but I'm fairly certain no part of California is -20C/-4F degrees today like it is here.As well even the colder parts of California are in proximity to Southern California which has the best growing climate in ...
by voidPtr
Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Winter Cooking
Replies: 11
Views: 2676

Winter Cooking

This thread for those of who don't live in California or the equivalent. What's your favourite recipes using in-season winter produce?

I'm thinking cabbage and squash here rather than broccoli and spring onions. And maybe a few winter surprises in there.
by voidPtr
Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Hacking fast food
Replies: 61
Views: 26913

Re: Hacking fast food

I plan on it. However, as a logically intuitive person with Asperger's syndrome, I must first lay the conceptual groundwork. In my case, that's experimentation with what already exists in the world, to grok the interfunctionality, before starting from scratch on my own project. Hence, "Hacking...
by voidPtr
Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Chilli
Replies: 26
Views: 3730

Re: Chilli

I've never seen an Indian de-seed chillies. There are large, mild, flavorful chillies that star in their own dishes, or are dried and added as a subtle flavoring agent (still with seeds), but the usual thin green chillies are all pretty nondescript apart from the heat, so they tend to be used seeds...
by voidPtr
Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Chilli
Replies: 26
Views: 3730

Re: Chilli

Too much heat also kills any other flavours in the dish. I remove the seeds/pith sometimes depending on what I want out of the dish. I agree with this. I'm a big fan of spicey good, but I've never really gone for the "Suicide Armageddon Pain Sauce" I think I have a much higher tolerance t...
by voidPtr
Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Chilli
Replies: 26
Views: 3730

Re: Chilli

The complex flavors of the chilli skins? Why not just use a milder chilli then? I can't think of any situations where I'd specifically want the flavors of a hot chilli without the heat. I agree if I'm making a pot of chili or a soup or stew or something like that, but if I'm making a dressing or a ...
by voidPtr
Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cappuccino/Caffe Latte/ Caffe Macchiato/Cafe au lait
Replies: 16
Views: 10530

Re: Cappuccino/Caffe Latte/ Caffe Macchiato/Cafe au lait

Cappuccino is the classic espresso drink and is fully-steamed milk (about half bubble by volume) and is 1/3 espresso, 1/3 milk, 1/3 foam. The latte was invented by Starbucks and is a shortening of cafe e latte and it's about 1 part espresso, six parts milk, one part foam, and they're mixed, not lay...
by voidPtr
Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cappuccino/Caffe Latte/ Caffe Macchiato/Cafe au lait
Replies: 16
Views: 10530

Cappuccino/Caffe Latte/ Caffe Macchiato/Cafe au lait

Is there really a difference or are they just all names for espresso coffee with steamed milk?

Discuss.
by voidPtr
Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: The Calculus
Replies: 4
Views: 1713

Re: The Calculus

One (admittely kind of indirect) way calculus can help you with algorithms is determning the order of complexity of functions. Another way is using taylor polynomials to represent Transcendental functions (like Trig functions). Although again, admittedly, this may be more of a case of algorithms bei...
by voidPtr
Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 259
Views: 114793

Re: Coffee

I love coffee. In general my favourite is dark, thick, and sweet, but I love it in all it's forms. True coffee afficionados will grimace, but at my coffee drinking peak I used to drink 4-5 Maxim instant coffee packets premixed with coffee whitener and sugar. At the time, I didn't really have the opt...
by voidPtr
Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: How much coffee do people drink in a day?
Replies: 97
Views: 36856

Re: How much coffee do people drink in a day?

I used to just drink a Starbucks mocha frappuccino when I desperately needed caffeine in early college. Then I did study abroad in Italy and learned to love cappuccinos when I was there. Then when I returned to the states, cappuccinos were too expensive to keep getting all the time, so I forced mys...
by voidPtr
Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is Pi Infinitely Long?
Replies: 57
Views: 5768

Re: Is Pi Infinitely Long?

Him - "If it goes on forever, prove it." Me - "I can't show you that it goes on forever because it goes on forever!" ... You can prove that Pi's decimal representation goes on forever (see the wiki proof someone else already mentioned), but since you're having this bet and broug...
by voidPtr
Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Worst Food Decisions, or WHY DID I EAT THAT URGRGRBLEH
Replies: 79
Views: 16184

Re: Worst Food Decisions, or WHY DID I EAT THAT URGRGRBLEH

I can eat just about eat anything with a couple of memorable exceptions. Here's one : In Vietnam I was sharing a four-man cabin on a long train ride with three Vietnamese passengers. One senior-aged gentlemen, one middle-aged woman, and one man in his late 30's/early 40's. All of us were strangers,a...
by voidPtr
Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Inversion of innovation in CS
Replies: 26
Views: 4721

Re: Inversion of innovation in CS

Interesting discussion. If you're viewing academia as the mother ship of innovation, then history is full of loose cannons across all subjects. In CS in particular pre-1990 we had Dennis Ritchie, XeroxPARC, Steve Wozniak, Alan Turing (ok, he' gov't). Remember when the academic types were all in love...
by voidPtr
Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Got a new calculator for Math 10, woot
Replies: 29
Views: 2834

Re: Got a new calculator for Math 10, woot

That's pretty cruel making people graph out by hand when others could use calculators. Why have students using graphing calculators on a test at all? Why not just pick easier graphing problems and leave the more difficult ones for homework? Texas Instruments probably has some inside thing with scho...
by voidPtr
Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Got a new calculator for Math 10, woot
Replies: 29
Views: 2834

Re: Got a new calculator for Math 10, woot

Well for one it allows you to do more real-life problems with real-life numbers, where things don't always work out nicely to 1 or pi or whatever (I guess thats what you meant by engineers). And I would rather my teacher spend his time thinking of interesting conceptual problems to give me, not thi...
by voidPtr
Sat Oct 17, 2009 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: How much coffee do people drink in a day?
Replies: 97
Views: 36856

Re: How much coffee do people drink in a day?

How much coffee do I drink? Too much. I had to cut down over the last while and usually go for 1-2 half-decaf 16oz coffees a day now and I only take milk in them. At my peak I was probably drinking 6-7 8oz coffees a day with cream & sugar. By the way, the darker the roast, the *less* caffeine it...
by voidPtr
Sat Oct 17, 2009 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Got a new calculator for Math 10, woot
Replies: 29
Views: 2834

Re: Got a new calculator for Math 10, woot

I know that in my high school (and I would venture to say most in the U.S.) recommends graphing calculators for math and science courses. Sure, the added functionality is nice, but I was able to get through most of my math education with simple four-function calculators or scientific ones and I was...
by voidPtr
Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Has Fermats Last Theorem been solved?
Replies: 25
Views: 4624

Re: Has Fermats Last Theorem been solved?

Can anyone here actually understand Wile's proof? It's kind of disheartening to me that not only will I ever come up with something like that in my lifetime, but I'm also not likely to ever understand it either.
by voidPtr
Sat Oct 10, 2009 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Shrimp 100 Ways
Replies: 10
Views: 2014

Re: Shrimp 100 Ways

Can I break up the shrimp-fried rice into Chinese and Thai/Vietnamese style? I think the tastes are considerably different.
by voidPtr
Fri Oct 09, 2009 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What can i do with a computer science degree?
Replies: 31
Views: 64392

Re: What can i do with a computer science degree?

I know ths is going to sound a tad wishy-washy, but a computer science science degree -- like any other degree -- is really what you make of it. But there's actual teeth behind that statement, I'd venture that you're at least as employable straight out of college with a computer science degree as a ...
by voidPtr
Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Study hobbits and the lack thereof
Replies: 16
Views: 2479

Re: Study hobbits and the lack thereof

I blog . The best way I learn something is explaining it to other people. I think this really helps too. Sometimes when I'm learning something I pretend like I'm teaching it to someone else...or this may sound strange to some of you, when I'm studying something, sometimes I think about my favourite...
by voidPtr
Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Study hobbits and the lack thereof
Replies: 16
Views: 2479

Re: Study hobbits and the lack thereof

I used to have the worst study habits..I'd procrastinate forever, wouldn't pass in assignments/do the homework, and barely pass tests if at all. Something snapped in me years later and my habits are completely different. Here are some tips that work for me: - I study, by myself, on the quiet floor o...
by voidPtr
Fri Sep 25, 2009 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What's the coolest thing you've ever learned in math class?
Replies: 58
Views: 6788

Re: What's the coolest thing you've ever learned in math class?

The concepts that push our intuition of infinity always interest me.

Two that haven't been mentioned yet:

1) Gabriel's Horn
2) Hilbert's Hotel
by voidPtr
Fri Sep 25, 2009 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Just wondering: Why can't we find i?
Replies: 50
Views: 7455

Re: Just wondering: Why can't we find i?

OP, here's my take on it: Imagine a class of kindergarten kids that know how to count and and not much else. Their teacher brings a big jar of jellybeans to the class and tells them that the kid who can take out "approximately" -1 jelly beans can have the whole jar. Instead of thinking out...
by voidPtr
Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Teaching myself higher mathematics
Replies: 30
Views: 3587

Re: Teaching myself higher mathematics

I'll echo a couple of opinions here. 1) Learn what you would like to learn by browsing the math portal on wikipedia to get an idea what you might be interested in and then browse the math section of a technical bookstore. Look for a book you find readable. 2) To really appreciate any "higher&qu...
by voidPtr
Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Do other drinks hydrate you as well as water?
Replies: 35
Views: 3696

Re: Do other drinks hydrate you as well as water?

Remember, too, that you get plenty of salts from food. I maintain that for all but the most vigorous exercisers, you don't need to buy sports drinks. I fully agree with this. One easy trick if you're doing heavy training or whatever is throw an extra shake of salt on your food. For the vast majorit...
by voidPtr
Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Real-world examples of -x * -y = +z
Replies: 66
Views: 8349

Re: Real-world examples of -x * -y = +z

Also, "losing debt" results in gaining money, as was already pointed out. Yeah, that's how I convinced myself back whenever I first learned this. -5 means I owe 5. 5*(-5) means I have 5 things that say "you owe 5", which means now I owe 25. (-5)*(-5) means I owe 5 things that sa...
by voidPtr
Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Finding intersection of two functions
Replies: 11
Views: 4720

Re: Finding intersection of two functions

Thanks for the advice. I'll have to learn some calculus I guess. I'm a junior going into my senior year in high school and only have up to pre-cal under my belt. I'll get a tutor and start learning calculus since it will be useful next year anyway. Everything uses calculus it seems. It probably see...
by voidPtr
Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Finding intersection of two functions
Replies: 11
Views: 4720

Re: Finding intersection of two functions

F(X) and G(X) intersect when F(X) - G(X) = 0 so what you're really looking for is a root-finder algorithm. If you have an ok understanding of differential calculus, you may be interested in the iterative approximation algorithm Newton's method . There are other (possibly better) appr...
by voidPtr
Tue Jun 23, 2009 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: bike commuting
Replies: 49
Views: 5681

Re: bike commuting

Do you mean built single-speed? Because all bikes have gears. Actually, some weird old models were made with a screw and rod get up, but they're neat and weird in the same way that phrenology equipment is. That's what I meant; no superfluous gears. I'm not one for the fixed gear trend. What they ma...
by voidPtr
Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Haruki Murakami
Replies: 91
Views: 80397

Re: Haruki Murakami

Weeelllll... Back to favourites mine was (short story) "On seeing the 100% perfect girl". It just makes me Daaaaawwww, and then sadface.jpg towards the end. But I keep reading it... oO :D Beat me to it. Murakami's descriptive writing seduces me, however I get lost in his longer length wor...
by voidPtr
Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Lost art?
Replies: 28
Views: 3405

Re: Lost art?

I've never been one for memorizing mostly because I'm lazy. But how about 'half-memorizing?" That's what I typically do now..for example, I know the inverse trig derivatives and the typical maclauren series, and yet, whenever I'm working with one on paper I always need to do a quick check to se...
by voidPtr
Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why does the Limit of Sin(x)/x as x approaches 0 equal 1?
Replies: 37
Views: 12036

Re: Why does the Limit of Sin(x)/x as x approaches 0 equal 1?

Wouldn't using the power series representation for sinx/cosx be circular as well, since we use the MacLauren series to prove them (which uses the cyclical derivative of sinx, cosx, -sinx, and -cosx)? Not if you define sin x and cos x by their power series. This is also how you can define e^x. But h...
by voidPtr
Sun May 31, 2009 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why does the Limit of Sin(x)/x as x approaches 0 equal 1?
Replies: 37
Views: 12036

Re: Why does the Limit of Sin(x)/x as x approaches 0 equal 1?

Postscript: You can get around the geometric proofs by defining \sin x and \cos x as their power series (or complex representation) but then it is not clear what they have to to with triangles at all. Wouldn't using the power series representation for sinx/cosx be circular as well, since we use the...
by voidPtr
Mon May 25, 2009 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: bike commuting
Replies: 49
Views: 5681

Re: bike commuting

i've never yet had a bike ride that didn't contain in it, somewhere in there, a little moment of pure perfect joy. never had a ride without at least one moment where i felt like i was escaping from home or setting out on a pure vacation, instead of dragging my sorry butt in to work. some days i rid...

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