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    I saw an article by someone who wrote a computer program that would write essays using random words arranged in a way that resembled real essays. The result sounded legit, but as you read it, you realized it didn't actually say anything. The sad part was they got one of their computer generated papers published in a fake Journal that claimed to review the submitted papers. These exist to allow academics to pad their publication list, but some people get sucked into the scam, not realizing they a…

  • And In Other News

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    Quote from max.patch: “all of a sudden i've got a hankering to drive to ikea for some meatballs and lingonberries. ” We were in Stockholm last summer eating lunch with third cousins. They took me to a restaurant owned by the Swedish Academy - The people who hand out the Nobel Prizes. They have a private dining room upstairs where the Nobel committees meet. I had the meatballs and lingonberries. Yum. Did not get a Nobel Prize. Nuts.

  • And In Other News

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    Quote from Jake Ace: “Very neat story, but what is the fascination with Donald? Was Walt a Sweed? ” No he was not. I have not seen an explanation as to why this event has become a national obsession. The cartoons in the collection don't even have a Christmas theme.

  • And In Other News

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    So in OTHER news.... Today, Dec 13, is St. Lucia Day. Named for Lucia of Syracusa Sicily who in the year 304 was martyred because she became a Christian and donated her dowry to the poor. Her fiancee was not pleased and had her burned at the stake, however legend says that the flames would not consume her. We happened to visit the square where she was executed on her festival day. Nothing commemorates the burning of a saint like giant pink Barbie balloons. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…300e567e…

  • welcome to the cafe

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    alpha ketoglutarate + alanine ---> glutamate + pyruvate Sorry. I should have put this behind a science nerd alert firewall to protect normal people. Exams are graded. Students actually did pretty well on this question. This was upper level biochemistry class.

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    I'm giving my last final exam right now. Watching students take a test is pretty boring. Here's Q#6; Complete this transaminase reaction: alpha ketoglutarate + ???? ---> ???? + pyruvate

  • Gear on the cheap

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    Quote from LIhikers: “I like fleece gloves, they are warm even if they aren't water resistant. Nice find! ” I've wanted to add some lightweight waterproof glove liners for thee season layering. Any suggestions?

  • Pop Muzik

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    Agnetha, Björn, Benny, Anni-frid Quote from Jake Ace: “Quote from max.patch: “not crap! the only thing crappy is the title of the thread. hikerboy named the thread -- and his bias against normal music shows. ” who? ”

  • Pop Muzik

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    Found out that the keyboard player (Benny) is my 5th cousin. Plus they are the #1 top selling pop group of all time (per Wikipedia). Does that make them Crap or Not Crap. youtube.com/watch?v=Sj_9CiNkkn4

  • thrupack.com

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    ev Quote from TrafficJam: “Quote from jimmyjam: “TJ, that's got to be tricky! ” I can knit easy patterns without looking at my hands. Yesterday, I knit and read at the same time. But it’s weird trying to convince your brain to do multiple things. If hiking and knitting, my feet move much slower, like rubbing your belly and patting your head. ” Everything is on the internet. How to knit while walking.

  • Whiskey Thread

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    Sheep Dip - The only Scotch named after an insecticide. Sheep Dip? Sheep Dip!

  • thrupack.com

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    I've tried hiking with a large fanny pack worn in the front. I liked the convenience, but putting it on and taking it off was a pain (too many belts around the waist. I have since gotten pouches for my pack belt, but they are not as big as I would like and they are further to the side than I would like. I've been rethinking packing in the ftont. I already strap water bottles to my shoulder straps so I was thinking of giving the fanny pack idea another try. The biggest probkem was the strap aroun…

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    Quote from Jake Ace: “You had me at Pasties, love me some hand pie’s...recipe? ” Not much of a recipe, really. Make a basic pie crust. I figure 1/2 cup flour per pasty cut into 1/3 that amount of lard. Just enough water to form a ball. Roll out on floured surface, transfer to a dinner plate for filling. Put filling on on half, fold other half over. Trim dough to edge of plate and fold over edges to seal. Transfer to baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. For the filling mix diced potatoes, carrot…

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    We had turkey soup for supper. My father is a child of the depression so nothing is to be wasted. If he ever found out I threw out a turkey carcass without making soup from it, I'd never hear the end of it. I usually have a chunk of rutabaga in the fridge for making pasties. That was a nice addition to the "normal" vegetables (onions, carrots, celery, potatoes). Also if you can get Essenhaus Amish Noodles, they are great for noodle soups. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…300e567e9cd2fd91a435999a9

  • Rock Stacking: Graffiti or Art ?

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    "Gardens" of rock stacks and navigational cairns are completely different things. I don't like the fact that these two are always inappropriately conflated in these discussions. Of course we leave a trace when we hike. Trail markers (whether they be cairns or signs) and the trail itself are necessary traces that result from our accessing natural areas. The argument that we leave traces when we hike is also a silly justification for rock stacking. Rock stacking is entirely unnecessary and serves …

  • Took a walk today

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    Took the dog for a 1+ mile walk in the woods today. Sunny and 62 deg F in the last week of November. That doesn't happen often.

  • And In Other News

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    Quote from Jake Ace: “Astro I couldn’t find where you mention exchange students, but were you an exchange student as well. Great program, my wife’s family did that, and my sister in-law went to France, she’s since visited her adoptive family several times over the years, and vacationed there, very neat. ” We hosted two exchange students. The first was from Moldova. The second was from Turkmenistan. Both were amazing, but couldn't be more different. They were FLEX students, with scholarships from…

  • And In Other News

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    Quote from Astro: “Quote from max.patch: “Quote from Jake Ace: “and in other news, who knew the earth was really flat...the flat earth society o’coarse, even Shaq has joined the cause, so it must be twrue. tfes.org/ ” pay attention to shaq -- shaq graduated from LSU, the harvard of the south... ” Ga Tech as the MIT of the South I will buy, but LSU as Harvard I know is a joke. ” I went to Valparaiso. You know what they say. Harvard is the Valparaiso of the east, Stanford is the Valparaiso of the …

  • And In Other News

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    This is very cool. Of the 750,000 asteroids that have been observed, this is the first one to have come in from interstellar space. Plus it is the first to have such an elongated shape. From its trajectory, it must have been hurtling all by itself through interstellar space for hundreds of millions of years. For decades, scientists have speculated that there should be debris ejected from forming solar systems hurtling through space but this is the first evidence that there really is. After a clo…

  • Long handled spoon

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    I have a Hutzler Melamine spoon. The relatively flat end of the bowl is good for scraping up the last bits from the bottom of the pot. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…300e567e9cd2fd91a435999a9