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About acl5d

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  • Birthday 04/19/1988

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    Science, Microbiology, Immunology, Cooking, Beer, Homebrewing, Video games, Magic the Gathering, Social Justice Warfare

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    Graduate Student
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    Magic: the Gathering, Portal, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Rocket League
  1. New people: Read this, say hi.

    GungHo employee confirmed.
  2. Idle Food - Cooking!

    That's what I did, it was just a pain because I had the mini ones, so there was a lot more peeling-per-yield-of-tomato-flesh involved.
  3. Quitter's Club: Don't be afraid to quit the book

    I went for a long stretch of grad school without doing any pleasure reading, so my read-for-fun mechanism was totally broken. Whenever I wanted to unwind I went straight for TV or video games first. After deciding I needed some healthier brain food I picked up A Game of Thrones... That was about two years ago. I've stopped and re-started it about three times now, and I'm only about a third of the way through it. I think the combination of having watched the whole show and the absolutely plodding nature of the story are keeping me from getting fully into it. I did find a better way to wean my way back to reading: re-reading all 7 of the Harry Potter books. So good! I may have ruined my momentum, though, because I just tried to start Dan Brown's third book, the Lost Symbol, and I am a hair's width from quitting it on account of just what a shitty writer he is. Am I remembering his first two Langdon books through rose-colored glasses? Was he always this bad?
  4. Where in the World - Idle Thumbs Map

    What? I'm the first in the whole state of Virginia? That can't be right.
  5. New people: Read this, say hi.

    Hi everyone! Long time listener, first time forum-er. Got tired of missing all the great stuff that the Thumbs say happens on the forums, so here I am!
  6. Idle Food - Cooking!

    So after hearing about San Marzano tomatoes for so long, I finally tried a recipe with them (for the curious, this one here). I used one bag of these mini Marzanos from Trader Joes - which were a huge pain to peel, being so small - and one large can of Cento brand peeled San Marzanos. I expected to find a can of peeled tomatoes, maybe with some juice for preservation. I also expected them to be somewhat firm because everywhere I read talked about how canned tomatoes are packaged at the peak of freshness. What I found, however, were some very very mushy peeled tomatoes floating in basically tomato puree. Is that normal, or did I get a bad can? If that's how they're supposed to be I might just skip the cans from now on.
  7. The threat of Big Dog

    Roomba is making an autonomous lawn mower. Step one towards a drone with a handgun. Or just a drone with a lawnmower blade.