atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#3589: The frost is on the pumpkin.

Well, it's certainly on the grass, anyway.

Stupid global warming.

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COMMENTS ARE STILL DOWN for anyone who isn't a mutual LiveJournal friend of mine. The Russian link spam blew right through the CAPTCHA yesterday and I kept getting pounded with it, so I had to shut off comments. Again, if you wish to comment here, send an e-mail to edhering [{*AT-AT*}] gmail {[{dotz0rz}]} com with the post title in it--so I know what you're commenting on--and I'll publish it.

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More food-related scaremongering. The linked article merely says,
...[I]t’s still a little disconcerting to know that, for example, azodicarbonamide, a flour-bleaching agent that is most commonly used in the manufacture of foamed plastics like in gym mats and the soles of shoes, is found in the McRib bun. The compound is banned in Europe and Australia as a food additive. (England’s Health and Safety Executive classified it as a “respiratory sensitizer” that potentially contributes to asthma through occupational exposure.) The U.S. limits azodicarbonamide to 45 parts per million in commercial flour products, based on analysis of lab testing.
And no, the article does not say how much azodicarbonamide is found in a McRib bun.

Of course.

...because I'd wager they're not finding any 45 PPM in there. If the number were over the legally allowed amount they'd be talking about it, and 45 PPM is nothing when you're talking about a two-ounce bun. Two ounces of bun is 57 grams, and 45 PPM of 57 grams is 2.5 mg.

But you know what? Let's just assume there is 45 PPM of azo-WTF in a McRib bun!

According to what I could find, a lethally toxic oral dose of the stuff is not less than 6.5 gram per kilogram of body mass. If you ingest that much azodicarbonamide at one time, there's a 50% chance you'll die. So if you're a person like me who weighs 120 kilos, you'd need to eat three hundred and seven thousand McRibs to get a toxic dose of azodicarbonamide. In one day.

Now, it's worse if you get it on your skin; it only takes 0.5 gram per kilogram of body mass to get to the 50% death threshold. So again, if you weigh 120 kilograms, you'd better not plaster yourself with 24,000 McRib sandwiches, or YOU COULD BE KILLED!

And that stuff about it being a "respiratory sensitizer" which "potentially contributes to asthma through occupational exposure"?

That's if you inhale it. "Occupational exposure" means exposure which happens while you're working with the stuff.

Okay--when I talk about getting a couple McRibs and inhaling them I am speaking metaphorically. But I'd wager you'd need to snort up a pretty sizable number of McRibs--dried and ground to powder?--in order to get a toxic inhaled dose. And the dust would kill you long before you got to a harmful dose of azodicarbonamide. "Damnit, Jim! We've got another case of "pork lung" here!"

Do I even need to keep going, or have I sufficiently demolished this stupid crap?

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"If my husband gets into a fight, I got her back."


This is another one of those things that just makes my brain stall. Woman gets mad that a sales clerk had the gall to make sure the $50 she gave him was genuine, so she physically attacks him. Then the woman's lesbian lover gets into the fight, saying, "If my husband gets into a fight, I got her back."

Hus...husband...? Her back?

Wife I could understand, though that's technically wrong, too (at least, the article makes no mention of them being married) but "husband"?

Yeah, I need the pic of Kyon again:

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An illegal alien is unhappy that people refer to him as an illegal alien, because it hurts his feelings.

Truth hurts, doesn't it, bitch?

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Mists of Pandaria goes live tonight. I'm thinking it'll be around 2 AM CDT because the server farms are on the west coast and the server maintenance outage schedule always occurs on Pacific Time.

But hey, I could be wrong.

Another thing I can be wrong about:

I don't know how long it's been, now, that I've been telling Sailor V to buy a desktop. Lemonzen got into the act earlier this year, but Sailor V has (of course) waited until now even to think about actually breaking down and buying one.

I told him what he needs: a Dell or Gateway computer with an i5 processor, not less than 4 GB of RAM (6 GB would be better), and a discrete video card. A computer like this can be had for around $500 nearly all the time and it will run WoW splendedly once you upgrade the video card.

Or, gee--Lemonzen's computer is a year or so old and it runs WoW beautifully right out of the box because it came with a high-zoot video card already installed. In fact, my machine (Cephiro) ran WoW fine, but couldn't handle it in my monitor's native resolution of 1680x1050 until I upgraded the video card. (I didn't need to upgrade it, but did, and was glad I did when I saw how much nicer it looked.)

Anyway, Sailor V insists that it's his Internet connection that's to blame. It's not because he's running WoW--a graphics-intensive program--on a cheap laptop with shared RAM and a low-dollar graphics chip; it's because his Internet connection is AT&T's bare minimum DSL pipe, 1.5 Mb/s.

I'm pretty sure I'm right about this, but if I'm not, so what? It really isn't my problem, is it? Because if his problem can't be solved by buying a decent computer, it means he's got to somehow get his mother to upgrade the Internet access at VHQ to a bigger pipe, and that's going to be a lot harder to manage considering how all his interactions with his mother go: "Hey, I'll pay for this [upgrade or repair or capital improvement]," he tells her, and she says, "No! It's my house and what I say goes!"

(This is what he tells me; it's been the same story for years. Should I doubt him?)

I don't know what I think of Lenovo computers, but $550 with 8 GB of RAM--then go to the video card aisle and pick out a decent video card in the $100 range and have the store install it, and you'd be playing WoW (and other graphics-intensive games) for years to come on that machine.

Hell, Cephiro is vintage 2007 using a Pentium D, and it plays WoW fine. But if I were buying a new machine I wouldn't be buying a machine with a Pentium D, because the processor is the slowest thing in the system. A faster processor would let all the other components run at their top speeds and my WoW experience would be even better. But it for damn sure plays better on my desktop than on my laptop.

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But it doesn't say how many Americans are committing suicide by wrecking their cars. (Okay, that was just a bit....)

And hey, it passed spell check: "Harsher penalties for drink driving credited with reducing road deaths"

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Democrats desperate for vote fraud in Pennsylvania. So they're doing everything they can to get around the state's new voter ID law.

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Oh boy: Greece's budget deficit "is bigger than expected"!!!

Greece is apparently underreporting its deficit by nearly 50%. They're trying to find some eleven billion euros' worth of cuts but apparently the country has a deficit closer to twenty billion euros.

If Greece does default and drops out of the Eurozone it will not happen before the US elections in November.

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Which reminds me--my cell phone is awful elderly, too. How long have I had it? Since 2008? I can't even remember how long I've had the thing, but it's been long enough that I was taking pictures of things at Target in 2009.

Ah! "#583: New phone (again)" So it's five years old, not quite to the day but close.

Might not be a bad idea to think about upgrading soon. I can put that on the "after I get a job" list, and TracFone has some rather nice phones available. I could get an LG 800G with a touch screen for $50, or a 500G with a QWERTY keyboard for $10.

...the former has triple minutes for life, meaning that every time I buy a 60-minute card I get three hours added. And I've already got a day's worth of talk time on my current phone. *whimper*

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And finally, we come to the end of another Monday morning post. Whee!

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