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  • Birthday 08/26/1981

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  1. Not sure about your specific kind of grass, but if you need to re-seed with something else I know it's best to seed in the fall so that the grass can develop roots for as long as possible before the summer heat kills it. Sounds like you live in a hotter climate, so your local gardening shops may have some better advice.
  2. My answers were already taken, Salma Hayek and Heather Graham. Man crush would have to be Luke Wilson.
  3. I'm not crazy about the gold rims either, but they're trying to be faithful to the real car I guess Besides, I have a thing for Lego Technic super cars:
  4. I just ordered the Lambo this morning. It was already backordered to July 2.
  5. Why is undocking never as satisfying?
  6. Agreed, I don't see any agency behind it at all, just saying that the accidental lab release scenario seems completely plausible to me, as does the natural release scenario.
  7. The virus escaping the lab can easily be attributed to stupidity and not malice. They were researching several coronaviruses with the goal of creating vaccines, no malice there, and it could've escaped accidentally due to lax lab practices or just because it's obviously really fucking contagious. To me, that scenario seems just as likely due to stupidity. It's all moot anyway because we'll probably never know the origin. I think I read somewhere that they still haven't pinpointed the source of the last SARS outbreak?
  8. Sounds like most of this thread is full of O without much C from OCD. I'm pretty sure I have mild OCD; pretty much self-diagnosed because where and when I grew up (rural Ohio in the '80s) you didn't really go to a psychiatrist unless shit was really out of control. It was much worse when I was a kid. Had compulsions like touching everything an even number of times (ideally 4), making sure my steps through a room were an even number (would step back in the room if it wasn't), touching things an equal number of times with left and right hand (if I brushed against the table with my left hand I'd touch it with my right, then left, then right again to make it 2 times each), avoiding walking on cracks in pavement, other typical stuff. Obsessions were mostly based on fear of bad things happening like my house catching fire or something. Before going to bed every night, I would check the stove to make sure it was off and constantly check plugs to make sure they were always fully in the outlet, etc. Imagine an 8-year-old kid doing this... At some point before I was a teenager I reached a point where I couldn't take living like that anymore and I was able to slowly change my behavior to eliminate or minimize a lot of the compulsions. Some are still there, but not really noticeable to anyone else. I'm still obsessed with the safety stuff. I found some electrical hazards in my basement last month and it was a few days before I could get an electrician to fix it. I had trouble sleeping and several bad dreams until it was fixed. I'm still not completely comfortable with it, but that will fade over time. I envy the fuck out of people who can just tune that shit out and sleep like a baby (my wife being one of them). I'm lucky that some of my OCD tendencies were / are advantageous in my education and job. I got a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, and would obsessively check my work and calculations for errors which lead to fewer errors in my work. I do a lot of technical measurements at work and that kind of mindset is great for it.
  9. Apparently cream ales are strictly an American invention. I had no idea. Somewhere between an ale and a lager. Can't taste the lime at all, but decent on a hot day.
  10. He has access to his money that's tied up in shares, but it's his choice to not sell them so that he can maintain controlling shares in his companies.
  11. I saw an article on this, they said that it would catch those who are asymptomatic but in danger, but that there is a high risk of false positives because the oximeter is very sensitive to the correct placement on the finger and is usually fitted by medical professionals while at the hospital.
  12. Best caramel corn you will ever have, and very easy to make: 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup corn syrup 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp vanilla extract Pop popcorn and place in preheated 250 degrees F (120 C) oven while preparing caramel. Mix brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt in a heavy 2-quart saucepan. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat. Stir in baking soda and vanilla; mix well. Quickly pour syrup over warm popcorn, stirring to coat evenly. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and spread on non-stick surface. Cool; break apart. Store in tightly covered container.
  13. Is it true that Jedy has the hairiest balls of all?
  14. All across the U.S., rural areas tend toward red and urban areas tend more toward blue. It's really interesting to think about why the "swing states" are swing states (Florida, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania) and why they have such a more or less equal mix of ideologies. Taking my home state of Ohio, the northern and eastern parts of the state were traditionally very industrial and have a bunch of New England transplants (around the year 1800) and European immigrants from the early 1900s that tend to go toward blue, Columbus and Cincinnati go blue, but the parts near West Virginia and Kentucky are so hillbilly it's not even funny, and the western part of the state is almost pure farmland that's very sparsely populated.
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