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  • Sep 29, 2012 @ 05:21pm

    Need citrus juice?

    If you need citrus juice out of an actual citrus fruit as opposed to out of a bottle, dramatically increase your yield with a couple tricks.

    Roll it on a counter first, and then pop it in the microwave for about 10 seconds (watch for hot spots). Cut, juice, and see a lot more juice to use.

    I was in culinary school with a girl who missed the step about cutting and juicing a lemon. She was literally just rolling it on the counter as hard as she could, and she was getting super frustrated before someone walked by and noticed.

    "What are you doing?"
    "I'm TRYING to juice this lemon!"
    "Um... I think the inside is probably broken up enough now, you can probably cut it and juice it now."
    Lemon girl did not complete the program.

    So as long as you remember to cut it and juice it, you're good. (Careful with the rolling too. I squeezed a blood orange between my two hands once and it burst all over my chef coat.)

  • Aug 16, 2010 @ 06:43am

    Ahh, the evil videogames

    I always thought that video games are the next evolutionary step up from reading books. When I read a book, I'm imagining what is going on. I am an invisible spectator, with no control over the story. With video games, I have as much control as the developers allow me. The story still gets told, but I get to have some say in what happens and when (depending on the game, obviously).

    How about Mass Effect? Your choices in the first game have consequences in the second. Politics, genetic modifications, the rights of AI to exist, speciesism, sexuality, nobility, selfishness, all of these show up depending on how you play the game.

  • Jun 01, 2010 @ 01:00pm

    I've got an idea...

    "Furthermore, of course, there's a question of why you would even want to do so. That's not made at all clear in the article, but if you're talking about consenting adults trying to find some porn online, what's the problem with that?"

    I don't know. Ask Steve Jobs? Apparently he's decided to protect Apple customers from the porn monster as well. Maybe South Africa can make a business deal and become Apple-exclusive!

  • Apr 19, 2010 @ 07:23am


    Actually, it's even easier than that. All of the doom and gloom budget projections include the rising cost of health care. We pay roughly twice per capita what other industrialized nations pay for health care. In a few more decades, we're on track to pay 3 to 4 times. If we institute a real single-payer medical system, all those deficits magically turn into surpluses, because we're not paying multiple times what we actually need to for health care.

    Source: Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research

  • Apr 09, 2010 @ 12:18pm

    Re: Re: Hey!

    Yep, that's the one.

    Only people who don't play videogames make no distinction between gaming and reality.

  • Apr 09, 2010 @ 08:16am


    Maybe they can dust off Custer's Revenge too! Or Mass Effect! This just in, someone somewhere, may do something outrageous!! Protect the children!

  • Apr 09, 2010 @ 08:07am

    That's OK

    Here in MN, they passed a law that says it's illegal to go slow in the left lane. What's slow? I don't know. What about when there's a left exit? No word. This only leads to tailgating and speeding. Personally, instead of outlawing each distraction singularly, I think they should just outlaw driving, and we can all walk to work, or go back to riding horses. Though then we'd have to pass "No talking while riding" laws too...

  • Mar 22, 2010 @ 06:42am

    To what end?

    Ok, the Swiss want to ban violent video games. Why? What purpose do you hope to serve?

    Any time you make something illegal that a large number of people want to do, you end up hurting. Not helping. See Prohibition.

  • Mar 11, 2010 @ 11:14am

    A simple quote, to sum it up

    "One love, one life, one too many victims. Republicrat, Democran: One party system." -- Sage Francis

    Seriously, expecting politicians to derail their own gravy train is like expecting a heroin addict to safeguard a stockpile of heroin.

  • Mar 02, 2010 @ 12:06pm

    Re: Re: I remember...

    And chess. And Beethoven.

    Seriously, isn't it better than say, going to a stadium to watch people slaughter each other live before thousands of screaming fans? Maybe we should go back to REAL gladiators instead of programming Objects.

  • Feb 25, 2010 @ 07:08am

    Two birds, one stone

    Just give all home cooks only one ingredient to cook with. In fact, we can make it a green initiative by recycling while we set this up. I know, Soylent Green FTW. Saves the restaurant industry, AND helps free up cemetery space for the death industry too!

  • Feb 18, 2010 @ 01:14pm


    What exactly is an "organized riot"? "Yes, it was an organized mob that caused regulated chaos!"

  • Feb 18, 2010 @ 01:10pm

    Is anyone surprised?

    "Hmmm this will teach kids to be responsible with school equipment!" How can a school justify punishing a student for something said in a home? Just like that 12-year-old girl that got arrested for a first offense of *GASP* writing a few words on a school desk.

  • Aug 18, 2009 @ 10:48am

    Wow, I'd imagine that girl has some serious insecurity issues. I mean, just try to picture that thought process: "Some anonymous person called me a skank. Skanks are bad. People might read that and think I'm a skank. That's defamation, I can sue!!"

  • Jul 30, 2009 @ 07:07am

    When will people learn?

    You cannot, however much you'd like to, legislate common sense! Might as well ban mascara in cars, or toddlers in cars, or why not just ban cars altogether? Then we could ban texting while riding a horse! I shudder to think about how we elect representatives that pull crap like this.

  • Jul 02, 2009 @ 12:46pm

    Since always...

    The US has banned a lot of books over the years. Mostly from high schools in silly efforts to protect the children from some nebulous "threat". But any time a book has been successfully banned, it lays the groundwork for the next. Last I read, (which was a while ago now) Judy Blume was the most banned author in the US.

  • Jun 24, 2009 @ 07:41am

    "Doing is the best way of saying." -- Zach de la Rocha

    Republicans and Democrats are like different servers in the same restaurant. The service style is different, but they feed us all the same S***.

  • Jun 24, 2009 @ 05:56am

    As the song says

    "Republocrat Democran, one party system." -- Sage Francis

    The President is nothing more than the winner of a popularity contest. Presidents need to be rich to even think about getting elected, and the power of conglomerates so outweighs the power of the people that we have almost no chance at all of having our wishes met and our voices heard. Our representatives are overpaid and out of touch. Federal health care is good enough for them, but too expensive for us. The partisan politics in this country are so bad that the two parties can't even talk to each other anymore. 70% of Americans don't vote. Not because they don't care, but because when they vote, they see no difference in their day to day lives. This country was founded by men who valued reason and rationality, and now a President can't get elected without arguing about how he prays more than they other candidate. This country was a grand social experiment that needs to be scrapped and started over again.

  • Mar 27, 2009 @ 12:48pm


    Why not just make all texting illegal? That'd solve the problem. If these teens were painting nude pictures of themselves it would be art. If they took a picture of their hypothetical painting and sent it to a friend, would it still be child pornography? We should be drawing the line at prosecuting victimless crimes. I can't believe the "justice" system is wasting our tax money prosecuting things like this. America's sexual hypocrisy is staggering!

  • Jan 22, 2009 @ 06:09am

    Re: Whatever it takes..

    "If you've done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear." I've heard that before somewhere... The problem with the idea you've brought forth is that I can sit here and say "I've done nothing wrong!" until I'm blue in the face, but the NSA could edit whatever recordings they had to the point where anyone could convict me of anything. The protections guaranteed in the Constitution have worked well for us so far. Why throw them out in a panic now?

    "Those who give up freedom for security deserve neither."--Thomas Jefferson

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