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Azthor

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  1. how much wood could a wood chuck wood if a wood chuck could chuck wood

    1. Azthor

      Azthor

      “Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty - a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.” - Russell, Bertrand. A History of Western Philosophy, 1945.

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  2. Some programmers: "We'll get rid of a necessary feature, save 5 lines of code, and then make people get a 1,000 line extension to use said common feature." Honestly, it's like some programmers don't use the software that they write...

  3. Some programmers: "We'll get rid of a necessary feature, save 5 lines of code, and then make people get a 1,000 line extension to use said common feature." Honestly, it's like some programmers don't use the software that they write...

    1. Azthor

      Azthor

      If the extension is commercially available separately from the primary product, then it only strikes me as a perfectly commonplace market strategy.

      Otherwise, I am puzzled as to why one might do so, and would rather believe there is some technical constraint in play.

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  4. If you knew left and right led you to the exact same place, with equal risk and equal benefit, which path would you take?

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      Azthor

      I am disappointed that no one capitalized on the pun.

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    1. Azthor

      Azthor

      Did I accidentally delete that previous message of mine, or did you? (...) On the topic of walking around with a large volume of books, I have a friend that would walk around with a literal suitcase full of books whenever we met up. Ever amusing. :P

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    1. Azthor

      Azthor

      On a side note, there is still much you cannot get on e-readers, specially in the way of uncommon translations and integral texts. And with each of the earlier well above average market price, and the preference for partial adaptations in the case of the later, that isn't about to change either. E-books are a facilitator, as a private library of equivalent size would cost nearly hundredfold, but not quite a replacement.

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  5. How come 2 of the world's most well known chefs are British but British cuisine either sucks either doesn't exist? How is that possible?

    1. Azthor

      Azthor

      Then again, I may have missed the point in my wariness of making a blanket statement; what it comes down to is that the quality of the ingredients and the manner of preparation often play a greater part in the outcome than the recipe itself.

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  6. How come 2 of the world's most well known chefs are British but British cuisine either sucks either doesn't exist? How is that possible?

    1. Azthor

      Azthor

      Alternatively, depending on who prepared it, they may have added flour or some kind of thickener to reduce expenses, adversely affecting both the flavor and the texture.

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  7. How come 2 of the world's most well known chefs are British but British cuisine either sucks either doesn't exist? How is that possible?

    1. Azthor

      Azthor

      For a pie, you might want to roast it, then cook it in broth further, adding spice and other garnishments directly to the broth, but you run the risk of serving with too much broth and wetting the pie crust.

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  8. How come 2 of the world's most well known chefs are British but British cuisine either sucks either doesn't exist? How is that possible?

    1. Azthor

      Azthor

      The primary mistakes that come to mind that might compromise the flavor are: failing to remove the lamb's concentrated fat, or removing too much of it, roasting for too long and drying the meat, roasting for too little and not melting the fat, nor caramelizing the sugars, as well as the usual mistakes that are possible with seasoning.

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  9. How come 2 of the world's most well known chefs are British but British cuisine either sucks either doesn't exist? How is that possible?

    1. Azthor

      Azthor

      While mutton hasa very peculiar taste, strangely similar to goat cheese's finishing note, it is a flavor somewhat less evident in lamb. The texture can be difficult to get right, in that you must either roast it or cook it in broth extensively, being a remarkably time consuming meat to prepare.

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  10. How come 2 of the world's most well known chefs are British but British cuisine either sucks either doesn't exist? How is that possible?

    1. Azthor

      Azthor

      British haute cuisine tends to focus on meat cuts; it suffers outside that department not due to a lack of diversity, but rather, because those elements imported from british protectorates, the vast array from India, for one, are rarely recognized as properly british.

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  11. People should learn how to properly use the reputation system.

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      Azthor

      You have me curious; could you develop on that?

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  12. Whoever said "if at first you don't succeed, try try again" obviously never failed at anything. FML

    1. Azthor

      Azthor

      Admittedly, it originated in the context of education reforms in 19th century U.S. Refer to: Palmer, THOMAS H. The teacher's manual: being an exposition of an efficient and economical system of education suited to the wants of a free people. Boston: Marsh, Capen, Lyon, and Webb, 1840, pg. 223.

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