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TIL: Today I Learned

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Cutlass, May 24, 2013.

  1. Timsup2nothin

    Timsup2nothin Veteran of 1000 psycic wars

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    Oh. Well. TIL... :)
     
  2. bernie14

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    Yeah, i quoted "doctor" as well...:rolleyes:
     
  3. Timsup2nothin

    Timsup2nothin Veteran of 1000 psycic wars

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    Sooooo...a bit of research indicates that to get a doctorate in optometry is about the same process as getting a doctorate in most anything else, like philosophy or whatever. The odd ball out, as usual, is actual medicine, where the (theoretically eight year) schooling requirements of a typical doctorate must be supplemented by some sort of post graduate training (internship) before you get to be a real doctor. I dunno if that makes the quote marks on "doctor" a reasonable commentary or not, but I'm good with it myself since I consider most people who call themselves "doctor" to be pretentious twits anyway.
     
  4. Valka D'Ur

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    No, no, no! That's not what happened at all! :gripe:

    This event was covered in a recent episode of Xena: Warrior Princess, and because it was on a very loosely-based-on-history-and-myth TV series, that makes it a thousand times more accurate than your silly old history books, scrolls, and other primary sources. :shake:














    :p
     
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  5. Manfred Belheim

    Manfred Belheim Oh you can edit this

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    TIL there are recent episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess...
     
  6. Valka D'Ur

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    Recent as in it was on TV a couple of days ago. I'm well aware that the actual episode is over 20 years old.
     
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  8. Takhisis

    Takhisis is it fall yet

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    Doing research for merfolk for my Wesnoth mod, TIL that there is a ‘Sonic hedgehog’ proteine that makes the webbing in a fetus' hands and feet disappear. What a stupid name.
     
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    I was just reading about that this morning. It reminded me of the various slime & blob creatures from my Dungeons & Dragons games. If only I knew there was a real one, back then. :lol:
     
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    Fungi react to external changes and they obviously have far less cells than this thing, whatever it is :)
     
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    Its a gelatinous cube! Fear it.
     
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physarum_polycephalum

    You can buy them online for about $20US. I got petri dishes, agar gel and the spores for under $20AUS.

    To feed them you just put one small oatflake on the gel every 2-4 days.

    You can create small mazes by embedding small rectangular perspex panels in the gel, and watch them navigate it within a couple of days.
    They respond to different coloured lights and can be made to move in different directions by changing the lights at different parts of the dishes.
    Sadly, I never got to coordinate the lights, maze layout and food sources, so that the critter activated/de-activated photocells connected to small tone generators and create a tune.

    I'm still hoping that Slimy will eventually break out of the garbage bag that he was so callously consigned to, and I find him one day on my doorstep, wagging his little tentacles.

    The Enb.
     
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    TIL that both my eBook reader and my phone use Micro-USB cables. This means I don't have to keep messing around with two separate cables. :)
     
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    https://www.theatlantic.com/interna...olleagues-stop-showing-drunk-meetings/317698/

    It's an older article, but still gave me a laugh. Also, its the 5th Committee of the United Nations, the budget committee. No surprise that a stiff drink is needed to get the willpower to even attend the meeting.
     
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    It's their job to get the UN's No. 1 debtor, the US, to pay its back dies. Good luck with that/
     
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    If you let a St Johns Wort pill dissolve in your mouth before swallowing it, it tastes almost as terrible as kratom.
     
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    That is my opinion,too, for the non medical use of the term doctor outside academia.
     

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