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Date: 2008/07/13 21:08:14, Link
Author: QED
The fallout at present is PZ's posting of two of the more  serious threats against him via emails, complete with headers. One of the respondents was foolish enough to post from his/her workplace. Although it looks to me like someone left their computer account open before leaving for vacation and was set up, that someone is in for one nasty Monday morning when they return.

Date: 2008/07/14 00:16:43, Link
Author: QED
Quote (Texas Teach @ July 13 2008,23:15)
 
Quote (Lou FCD @ July 13 2008,23:07)
     
Quote (QED @ July 13 2008,22:08)
The fallout at present is PZ's posting of two of the more  serious threats against him via emails, complete with headers. One of the respondents was foolish enough to post from his/her workplace. Although it looks to me like someone left their computer account open before leaving for vacation and was set up, that someone is in for one nasty Monday morning when they return.

I love that it came from 1800flowers.

Makes you wonder what the "Burn in Hell, Atheist Scum" Bouquet runs for.  (And whether next day shipping is extra.)


"For more than 30 years, our passion has been to help you connect and express yourself to the important people in your life..."


There's a "PZ Special" this week for a dozen Rosa anthraxis.

Date: 2008/10/07 00:04:09, Link
Author: QED
Quote (stevestory @ Oct. 06 2008,23:35)
Quote (Louis @ Oct. 06 2008,17:44)
Quote (stevestory @ Oct. 06 2008,20:12)
Internet Quiz:

Heddle & Ftk : After the Bar Closes :: Heddle & mroberts : __

AFDave and Casey Luskin?

Louis

No. Thanks for playing. Next contestant.

Hmmm...I know this one...it's:

"a place in Hell reserved for women who don't help other women"

No, that's not it.........must be.....

UD

Date: 2011/06/07 18:56:34, Link
Author: QED
Dawkins could buy it. Imagine the wailing - an athiest owner, born in Kenya, and no US birf certificate...

Date: 2012/05/06 17:34:18, Link
Author: QED
I usually just lurk here, but photography's been a hobby for 35 years and I know a bit about the technical side.

Focus is always more difficult at the extremes of a long zoom because the depth of field decreases as the focal length increases (with equal apertures). Also, unless it's a "parfocal" lens, the zoom will probably require refocusing when the focal length is changed.

Some cameras do indeed allow for focus micro-adjustments. I've been playing with my new 5Dii, and have been surprised that both my Canon lenses (24-70L f/2.8 & 50 f/1.8) have required adjustment - one back-focuses and one front-focuses slightly. Normally this isn't a big deal, but when you're working with larger apertures and long lenses, it can matter. Some photographers find in time they can adjust the focus slightly in manual mode to compensate, if the body doesn't have micro-adjust. For those fortunate enough to own a 60D or 5D, there is new software called Focal that will calibrate lenses automatically while the camera is tethered to the computer by a USB cable. I'm not shilling for the developer, but he has been very cooperative during the beta trial versions.

Setting the aperture to 16 or higher will certainly give greater depth of field, but be aware that most lenses have a resolution sweet-spot between F/4 and f/11. Bumping the ISO is sometimes a better option, then deal with the increased noise in Lightroom or Photoshop.

As Lou mentions, practice makes the biggest difference in the final result. Knowing your camera and lenses well, using them until they become second nature as you work, and also the post-processing is key, after your artistic sense, of course.

Sorry to butt in - just wanted to add a few hints from an old-timer...

Date: 2012/07/09 11:57:57, Link
Author: QED
Poster boys for Dunning-Kruger syndrome...

Date: 2012/09/22 17:35:31, Link
Author: QED
Quote (OgreMkV @ Sep. 17 2012,19:48)
Quote (Joe G @ Sep. 17 2012,19:29)
 
Quote (Soapy Sam @ Sep. 17 2012,18:58)
Get yer finest Joe here!
             
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Jerad: Take for example the presence of hind legs in some species of whales.

Joe: Nope, no hind legs in any species of whales. Most likely remnants of hind flippers.

Jerad: So why are there still vestiges of hind flippers then?

Joe: Because there are.
:O
       
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Jerad: Are you saying that when humans starting eating citrus fruits, etc that we lost the ability to synthesise vitamin C?

Joe: Nope. What I say is the non-functional VC gene is for the future when we cannot get VC epigenetically.

Evidently, in Joeworld, epigenetics is everything outside the genome, and includes eating :p (thesis supported upthread: "Because we can incorporate vitamin C into our diet- epigenetics.")

And we keep a broken gene that may one day become magically fixed because it would be impossible for the Designer Of Whales to just give us the fucking gene when we need it!

Nice spew of ignorance there dopey sam:

epigenetics and the environment

[quoteEPIGENETICS & THE ENVIRONMENT

The genome dynamically responds to the environment. Stress, diet, behavior, toxins and other factors activate chemical switches that regulate gene expression.

sigh

turning on a genetic switch does not equal eating food to get a vital nutrient that we (and other members of suborder haplorrhini like chimpanzees, gorillas, etc) can't manufacture anymore... like almost every other mammal on the planet.

Here's a hint Joe... no amount of environmental influence will EVER be able to turn on the gene to generate vitamin C in haplorrhinis.  It don't work.  It's dead.  It's not sleeping, it's not inactive, it's not quiescent. It's broke.[/quote]
..it's passed on! This gene is no more! It has ceased to be! It's expired and gone to meet its maker! This is a late gene! It's a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! ... Its metabolical processes are of interest only to historians! It's hopped the twig! It's shuffled off this mortal coil! It's run down the curtain and joined the choir invisible! This.... is an EX-GENE!

Date: 2012/09/22 17:41:30, Link
Author: QED
Damn...botched the quote thingy...

Date: 2012/09/22 19:35:52, Link
Author: QED
Quote (Amadan @ Sep. 22 2012,18:21)
 
Quote (QED @ Sep. 22 2012,23:41)
Damn...botched the quote thingy...

Still, beautiful plumage.

OTOH, it might wake up - Norwegian Blue-genes stun easily...

Date: 2012/10/31 19:22:50, Link
Author: QED
Channeling John Nash's darker hours to prove jesus - now I've seen it all...

Date: 2012/12/01 17:21:01, Link
Author: QED

Date: 2012/12/06 21:40:31, Link
Author: QED
I have to chime in that this thread has given me hours of hysterical enjoyment - another aging idealogue, one hand on the random word generator, the other sweaty fist clasping his bible, desperately trying to avoid the G-word, drowning in his own pretzel-logic as he dances gleefully with his hair on fire. Christmas came early this year - I don't need another thing (well, maybe that big white 70-200 2.8 L).

Date: 2013/03/19 17:48:04, Link
Author: QED
Quote (fnxtr @ Mar. 19 2013,17:33)
And what technology would that be? Cheap fusion power, maybe? A crimson force field?


"I am smart. I find things."

Date: 2013/03/30 15:04:00, Link
Author: QED
Quote (GaryGaulin @ Mar. 30 2013,13:45)
Quote (GaryGaulin @ Mar. 30 2013,10:26)

If ridiculing cranks is what this forum is for then I have to try fitting in somehow right? It’s like they say “When in Rome do as the Romans do.” And hero-worshipers who wave their noses in the air like they are above all others in knowledge just because they have unquestionable faith in the well phrased words of Charles Darwin seemed fit to me, for feeding to their own lions.

Quote (GaryGaulin @ Mar. 30 2013,10:26)

If ridiculing cranks is what this forum is for then I have to try fitting in somehow right? It’s like they say “When in Rome do as the Romans do.” And hero-worshipers who wave their noses in the air like they are above all others in knowledge just because they have unquestionable faith in the well phrased words of Charles Darwin seemed fit to me, for feeding to their own lions.


You and the Teabaggers, huh? So proud of your agenda to make "intellectual" a dirty word. So committed to bring everyone's integrity and knowledge down to your amateurish level.

Many of us have worked very hard to study and understand actual science. We've have made a career of science for many years; some even teach it. And what have you done? What have you accomplished?

You dare accuse those with advanced knowledge and experience of "waving their noses in the air"? Someone like you who doesn't even understand what science is, or its basic methodology? From what pinnacle of authority do do preach?

You preach from who knows what ingrained authoritarian superstitious beliefs, with such arrogance and ignorance that you've lost the ability to reason. You rage against reality with a cognitive dissonance that infects you like a disease.

So why won't you study the science you claim is ruining your life? Because you've built your house on sand, and as the sand washes out from under you, you blame the wind, the sea, and the sand, not your rigid idealogy that ill-prepares you in the first place. But most of all, you won't understand because you're arrogant and lazy. Too arrogant to respect established scientific methodology, and too damn lazy to study it.

It's like penis envy. And it's pathetic.

Date: 2013/03/30 15:08:49, Link
Author: QED
...sorry for the goddamned double quote...

Date: 2013/03/30 18:29:35, Link
Author: QED
Quote (GaryGaulin @ Mar. 30 2013,17:16)
Quote (GaryGaulin @ Mar. 30 2013,10:26)

I'm glad I don't have to write a sermon every time someone suggests there is more to science than just that alone. If I was like you then in response I would have to go into equal dramatics about how tirelessly cognitive scientists have toiled to explain how intelligence works, yet you neglect them all, never write sermons like that on their account, meanie.

This issue is about worshiping a theory you elevated to religious ideology, and becoming hostile when your religion is threatened by another scientific theory that shows up weaknesses in your scientific conclusions. I'm glad to have more of a penis than that.

Quote (GaryGaulin @ Mar. 30 2013,10:26)

I'm glad I don't have to write a sermon every time someone suggests there is more to science than just that alone. If I was like you then in response I would have to go into equal dramatics about how tirelessly cognitive scientists have toiled to explain how intelligence works, yet you neglect them all, never write sermons like that on their account, meanie.

This issue is about worshiping a theory you elevated to religious ideology, and becoming hostile when your religion is threatened by another scientific theory that shows up weaknesses in your scientific conclusions. I'm glad to have more of a penis than that.


English, motherfucker - do you speak it?

Date: 2013/04/10 21:39:45, Link
Author: QED
Very sad news about Iain Banks. I was late to the party, but have become an avid fan. His latest novel, The Quarry, will be his last. Details at www.iain-banks.net.

 

 

 

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