Meth is an amphetamine. There was a recent study that caused quite a bit of a kerfuffle in the drug abuse resistance community because it demonstrated that meth is *just* amphetamine, no more (or less) dangerous than other amphetamines. Those who are paying attention know that Adderal is amphetamines, and it… » 1/16/15 8:49pm 1/16/15 8:49pm

It's important to understand that performance can be extremely uneven depending on both hardware and software configuration. I purchased a 5x3 cage from Newegg (puts five SATA 3.5" drives in in a bay made for 3 5.25 drives) and a couple of different SATA cards. I did a lot of experimenting, and got really uneven… » 1/12/15 10:34am 1/12/15 10:34am

I find it amusing that I found most of those non-google resources already, using google. And Wolfram Alpha is THE BOMB. I frequently ask Siri to ask Wolfram stuff. :D

Stack Exchange can be frustrating, however. The typical exchange goes:

Q:"How can I do X with Y?"

A1:"Why would you want to do X with Y? That's the long… » 1/06/15 1:15pm 1/06/15 1:15pm

Generally a great article. There is a whole bunch of research showing that exercise is great for health, but not for weight loss.

I thought the comment in re Taubes was a bit misleading, though. I'm ok with the assertion that researchers generally reject his thesis (which is true), but "thoroughly debunked" is a bit… » 1/06/15 1:04pm 1/06/15 1:04pm

I plan on saving my daughter from this disaster by giving her a reliable car of a sort that she likes. Fortunately, she's not into performance or luxury; she wants a Jeep of all things. So hey, when she goes off to college she'll have a decent Jeep to go in. She's not fond of change, so I imagine she'll drive it 'til… » 12/01/14 6:12pm 12/01/14 6:12pm

I think a lot of Obama's "failures" were exactly as you describe, but that can't be applied to his turnaround on government transparency and surveillance. He promised us more transparency and we got the opposite, and it was all under his thumb, not Congress. His lawyers fight to jail whistleblowers, his lawyers fight… » 12/01/14 3:37pm 12/01/14 3:37pm

I don't participate in Black Friday madness. There's nothing I want badly enough to deal with crowds of screaming assholes. Cyber Monday? I dunno. I order stuff online, and if I see an exceptional deal I might pick it up, but I probably won't seek out any "Cyber Monday" anything specifically. » 11/24/14 6:38am 11/24/14 6:38am

I've got a bulging disc from a long-ago car accident. Not too many years ago, I had a coughing fit and my shoulders and arms were enveloped in the most excruciating pain I have ever encountered without an obvious cause. After a couple of repetitions, I went to the doctor thinking I was dying of something. Turns out… » 11/19/14 10:23am 11/19/14 10:23am

Yeah, it's really difficult to overestimate the value of Toastmaster's. When I was a kid my church had a Toastmaster's rip-off and that experience in public speaking - I completed the "course" at sixteen - has been *absolutely* invaluable in my life, both personal and professional. Great call, timgray. » 11/19/14 7:15am 11/19/14 7:15am