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4:33 PM DAVIDinKENAI commented on Organic Chemistry Is Hard!.
@24: I was a ChemEng major and long ago I had to swallow the bitter pill of "organic" meaning not "contains carbon" but "purveyed by some hobbit-like creature in the produce aisle of Whole Foods with their furry little toes projecting from their Birkenstocks".

Hair dresser: "You should buy this name-brand stylist's shampoo. It's organic."

"You mean it contains organic chemicals?"

"No, it comes from plants!"

"So does crude oil."

So I go to a barber. $11, no appointment needed, no one shampoos my hair, I'm never delayed by someone getting a permanent, and there's always a tech or science magazine to read.

But to be clear: Dan invented "monogamish" and popularized "Sanatorum" but has only explained "cis" and "trans". "Cis" arising, I assume, because if transpeople get labels, then everybody gets labels. As your, "your straight, white, cis-male, gender-normative, First-world, able-bodied, right-handed, non-autistic-spectrum-disorder, English-speaking, document-possessing, middle-class privilege!" Cause, what fun are allies if you can't demean them?
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1:24 PM yesterday DAVIDinKENAI commented on Organic Chemistry Is Hard!.
Dan has taught more people the meaning of "cis" and "trans" than any tenured Chemistry professor.
Apr 7 DAVIDinKENAI commented on This Clown Is a Bottom.
Limits to your assholery, Dan, or the clown's?
Apr 5 DAVIDinKENAI commented on Every Child Deserves a Mother and a Father.
@4: Exactly.

@5: "Are the gays to blame that half of all first children in the US are now born outside marriage?" Right - all those gays who, after a night of drunken debauchery, discover they have somehow, miraculously, procreated.
Apr 5 DAVIDinKENAI commented on SL Letter of the Day: Math Is Hard!.
@15: Probability, logic, and statistics are far more useful in daily life (and most every profession) than Calculus.

I coach competitive math and I'm now imaging a whole range of questions - totally inappropriate for school-age children - involving X partners, Y orifices, and Z appendages and how many combinations are possible.
Apr 5 DAVIDinKENAI commented on SL Letter of the Day: Math Is Hard!.
@3: Yes, it is twice the (N-1)th triangular number (if you count A's relationship to B separately from counting B's relationship with A) which is N * (N-1) or "2 x N-1 Choose 2" for those familiar with combinatorial calculations.

1: 0 = 1x0
2: 2 = 2x1
3: 6 = 3x2
4: 12 = 4x3
5: 20 = 5x4
6: 30 = 6x5

All of which is why Dan goes to so many poly weddings but no poly 5th anniversaries.
Apr 3 DAVIDinKENAI commented on Brit Diver Tom Daley Isn't Bisexual.
@19: Yeah, not the best strategy, in hindsight. But far better than the 1960s-1970s approach of going into the priesthood/nunnery or being a high school PE teacher.
Apr 3 DAVIDinKENAI commented on Brit Diver Tom Daley Isn't Bisexual.
@3 and @6, Yes, this lying about being bi as a step towards coming out fully will be common among celebrities longer than it is in the developed world (West Coast, New England, most of Western Europe). And it will dominate longer in the fly-over states and in turjerkikxyskbumfuckistan. But some of it will always happen, everywhere.

Just as sexuality, height, impulsiveness, near-sightedness and chutzpah are on a continuum for different people; the ability to come out fully, accurately, and singularly is on a spectrum. Some can take that big step. Others will take baby steps. As society advances, the steps (big or small) get easier, but we'll always have the gulpers and sippers doing it in their own way.
Apr 2 DAVIDinKENAI commented on Spokesperson for American Family Association Calls for Imprisonment of John McCain, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Mark Sanford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rudolph Giuliani, Dinesh D'Souza, and Zombie Ronald Reagan.
@7, that would be, broadly, science and medicine (explain the mysteries and give humans some control over their eventual deaths).

But religions evolve into science-resistent versions of their past selves. Sometimes by ceding ground (like liberal protestant denominations do regarding scientific advances) and that's generally a good thing, or by inoculating the faithful with sound bites about a 6,000-year-old Earth, etc which just creates more problems.

Social conditions and our understanding of the Cosmos is changing so quickly, I wonder if religions will have to go back to the more explicitly fickle Gods like the Greeks and Romans had. Utah wants to be a State? Oh, the Chief Prophet just heard from God that plural marriages aren't allowed. It's been a decade since Civil Rights advances on racial grounds (1978)? Poof!, blacks are more fully human now. Pope Francis, with his flexibility, is going to bring many more back to the fold than his more doctrinal predecessors.
Apr 2 DAVIDinKENAI commented on That Ebola Outbreak In Guinea....
So the best treatment for a deadly disease is the injection of blood from a sub-Saharan resident? Jumping from the fire into the frying pan?

Still, very encouraging that the (some) human bodies can make such effective anti-bodies to ebola.
 
 

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