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Gmail was also both "federated" and an insanely good product compared to its contemporaries. G+ had a couple of interesting innovations, but it wasn't all that special and invite-only on a closed ecosystem is very iffy.

Why does juicy juice not have sediment, and exactly how do they do it?

Juicy Juice among other brands touts “100% juice” however if you leave it undisturbed for months on the shelf it never seems to develop any sediment. How can they be 100% juice and not have any solids? What exact process are they using to remove all the sediment and or perfectly homogenize the liquid? You will notice other...

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Orange juice, in the US at least, will also add back "flavor packs," proprietary blends of various citrus oils and other chemicals that are close enough to fresh juice not to piss off the FDA. MUCH more than any sourcing (as you say, it's mostly commodified, ala Trading Places), this is what differentiates juice brands, and if you get a true off-brand that is not truly fresh and scrimps on the flavor pack, old orange juice is kinda nasty. This happens with both "from concentrate" and with the slightly more expensive "not-from concentrate" stuff that is stored with its full water content but still an industrial product.

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Discord in particular exists to make me feel old and to hide useful information that should be in a searchable forum. Matric sounds like that, but open source and federated.

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I occasionally dabble in genealogical research. OP's meme is baby stuff, and I don't even know the field. I feel you, anonymous internet stranger. You would enjoy handwritten census records entered by a barely literate person with shaky 19th century cursive, microfilmed in the 60s, scanned in the 90s, and "transcribed" by a Mormon granny who's never left Utah County in her entire life.

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In America at least, The headline is just not true. Computers, phones, and tablets are killing cursive, full stop. Ballpoints killed fountain pens as a general purpose writing instrument, it's true, but that was literally fifty years ago in public schools in the US. Cursive however, kept on truckin'. Even in the 80s and 90s, we learned with pencils, and did exams and in-class writing with ballpoints and maybe a fancy-pants rollerball. By college, I was using fountain pens because I'm a dork who never found the obsolete text-generation tool I didn't find interesting, but the rest of my classmates were contentedly doing their papers with their Bics. Even the article from the 60s, cited in the story, was written by a "researcher" who worked for a private company selling handwriting lessons.

It's only as laptops became so common as to be practical and permitted in classrooms that the mindset changed. Keyboarding had a brief heyday as a skill for everyone, but now even that is fading as students are most comfortable with touch-screens of various sizes. My nine year old doesn't touch type, but merely being familiar with the location and uses of the keys on a fullsize keyboard has set her apart among her peers. Her kids will probably wonder how she managed to get along without full-time transcription. Funnily enough, her manuscript is god-awful, with so many unconnected loops and ascenders that a letter could sometimes be any of three or four, but the little bit of cursive they have learned, encouraged by her dear-old chicken-scratch dad, is more legible. I don't want to imply that's the norm, though. Most people's cursive is much harder to decipher without context than their printing. Then, as we write by hand less overall, the need to optimize for speed and comfort becomes less pronounced. Easy, legible letter forms that are just slower to make are fine.

So that being said, are fountain pens in good working order and with ink in them nicer for cursive? Hell yes, of course they are! They were generally built to last, so more thoughtfully designed for a writer, the technology allows for less pressure (though the required pressure for writing on a single piece of paper can sometimes be overstated by us enthusiasts) and more "personality." That said, 95% of people didn't care about any of that enough to want to stick with fountain pens even when ballpoints were less mature than they are now. That was doubly true because we as colelctors have some serious survivors' bias around the brands that have lasted and particularly the vintage pens that hung around. Anything cheaper than an Esterbrook J barely matters to a collector, but that the leaky plastic bananas of many a bulk-lot Ebay listing made up the vast majority of fountain pens most people were dealing with. They are literal garbage now, but they weren't far off back then.

Cursive or print, most people just want a convenient stick to put ink onto paper.

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Things happen at different paces in different places, and I am about a decadeish older than you, but the broader trend has just been that long form writing will be done on some sort of keyboard, so the purpose that cursive exists to serve mattered less and less. Your experience was a bit different, but I don't know that we're describing completely different trends, neither of which has anything to do with the poor innocent ballpoints, LOL.

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This is the boring "verifiable" version, but one of my favorite stories of pre-Spurrier Florida is the 1912 Bacardi Bowl. The more fun version involves the entire team absconding in the middle of the night on a ship back to Tampa.

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Reminds me of coppices in Europe, though not sure if that's what we're looking at here.

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Also George Lucas, Nationalizing private enterprise is bad, m'kay?

The man tries to be on the side of the angels, god bless 'im, but while it's clear politics were one more source to draw from in world building, he was not making any particularly coherent political argument, even in the PT; it all just more or less jibes with the worldview of a left-leaning Californian boomer.

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Well... this one is a bit on the nose given Jennifer Lien's post ST history.

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The article says they used luminescence dating to measure the amount of radiation the surrounding soil had soaked up over time:

Grains of rock absorb natural radioactivity from the environment over time - essentially charging up like tiny batteries, as Prof Duller put it.

And that radioactivity can be released and measured by heating up the grains and analysing the light emitted.

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It's so obvious that Texas is back. Nothing can derail this season. Just like there was no way that mess of a Florida team could outplay Tennessee.

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I don't think I'm lacking for overall engagement, but TBF the poll hits me as homework because other than shitpost votes, I wouldn't want either to reduce its credibility or ape a major poll, so I mostly skip it. I love that it's there; y'all keep it up, but make sure not to judge the community by the number of voters.

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TFA was a lark, and it was infinitely more watchable than any prequel, but TLJ was less than it could have been precisely because JJ did nothing interesting. In that sense, TFA was a movie wasted on being a palette cleanser. TLJ reset the board with a more compelling supreme leader, a Jedi that was ready to move forward instead of living in the past, a potential new relationship with the Force, and supporting heroes that were ready to be more than they'd been created as. It explored what the Luke that JJ hinted at in TFA would have to be, and made him a snarkier version of Dagobah Yoda before letting him begin fixing the problems that Jediness created.

It was not perfect. The slow speed chase was a terrible framing device that left enough nerd-questions that it became distracting, even for me. Canto Bight did drag despite being shorter than people think. Finn's arc was too narrow a bump from his TFA arc, though it was handled with more grace. Leia Poppins was fine conceptually (she was out there less than a minute, just force pulled something, and it all sent her into a coma), but it looked a little goonie and unfortunately left people feeling unsatisfied after Carrie Fisher's death. Holdo plot was thematically excellent but executed a little too "gotcha" style in having us root for Poe's harebrained scheme for too long. Rose was not really a character meant to develop, but rather an embodiment of the spirit of the Resistance, but that made her a little less likeable than she could have been. The your-mom joke was cringey, and something less in-your-face would have served the narrative purpose.

Still, I found its flaws pretty skin deep, and I really appreciated what it was trying to do. I was very annoyed that TROS took so many pains to actively and explicitly shit on it. If they were improv students, Rian would be kind of exasperating, but thoughtful and still squarely in the realm of "Yes, And...." JJ in TROS was more like, well, somebody else.

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One of my pet peeves is the idea that Premier-League style "X up, X down" annual promotion could ever work in CFB. Even with the portal, that's just not how rosters full of 18-23 year olds (plus Stetson Bennett) work. The kind of lower division team that makes a splash probably has a lot of seniors, and often see a dropoff the next year. On the other side of the coin, many down years come from rebuilding teams that perform better the next year. So congratulations; you've responded to concerns about competitive balance by making it worse.

Give me rolling performance Pro-Rel that takes broader health of the program into account (the way it's SUPPOSED to work in Mexican pro soccer, but... yeah), and we can at least start to talk. Of course, in college you have the unique issue of, y'know, EVERY OTHER SPORT. I suppose that just means that administratively it will still be one conference, just with annual(?) realignment of divisions and payouts.

It would be an interesting hook for a broadcaster, and maybe a way for Wazzu and the Beavs to sell their new friends on unequal revenue sharing, but I don't see this one happening, at least not yet. Now, if it DOES, and if it works, you might suddenly see Michigan, Georgia, et al raising their eyebrows at a potential way to financially drop their dead weight without completely killing those intercollegiate relationships.

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Oh, there's a million problems with it, though of course there are problems in the current CFB system too.

One of the dirty little secrets in soccer is that Pro/Rel only REALLY works well in England and maybe Germany. Germany requires significant ownership stakes (nominally a majority) from fans, and England's supporter culture is so localized and balkanized that it's pretty slow for fan support to be wicked away to the big clubs, and the Premier League's TV money is so massive (sound familiar?) that getting in even for a year is a massive boon to the Championship teams that come up (cue Ted Lasso...), so it's a prize that stimulates interest.

As for Title IX, I'd say the PAC-MWC thought experiments (since that's really all they are for now) would probably not have major implications. They probably will have to be legally and administratively one conference, and the other sports could either not do it at all, or have their own schemes, and (critically) the amounts of money are not so ridiculous that the difference is likely to kill off sports. Hypothetically, it could be considered nothing more than a tweak on performance-based payouts, plus a different approach to scheduling. Now, if you start having the SEC and B1G looking at it, and there are department-changing amounts of money in play, then yeah, it's going to be an issue.

More generally, yeah, Title IX is just not built for a world where colleges are running the number 4 and 7 (or whatever... you get the idea) spectator sports leagues in the country. It's another case of the NCAA and Congress burying their heads in the sand. If they would stop pretending that FBS football players are exactly the same as the Tennis team, then they could properly offer a balanced and equitable extracurricular athletic program to their students with scholarship opportunities matching their student body. MBB too, but that's cheaper to run and only 13 scholarships, so while still an exercise in cognitive dissonance, it unbalances things much less.

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I don't follow the Bundesliga that closely, but it seems more like fan ownership probably helps avoid some of the worst repercussions that kill off broad interest in any club in Italy or Spain or several other smaller leagues. In Germany, if you go down, it's still your team, the people in your town literally own it, and I imagine it keeps a core fanbase that's ready to flare back up and bring out the casual fans again if they get promoted. I'll defer to you about whether relegation fights and 2 Bundesliga promotion are of much general interest.

In a lot of countries, the top 2-6 clubs are just so desperately far ahead of everyone, and the revenue streams so dependent on the single club itself, that promotion and relegation just doesn't mean very much. No one (relatively speaking) cares about the bottom half of the table anyway, so why should we care which teams spend the next season in the Eerstedivisie or the Segunda?

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I mostly agree, though I'd draw a distinction between a minor league (think baseball) and a "lower league" and I'd want to avoid to many direct relationships between CFb and the NFL. For me, a lower league still matters because winning the prize in reach is its own reward, and development is a side effect that happens in the pursuit of winning.

Given recruiting, there's a bit of chicken and egg, but if the triple option still won natties, then top teams would still use it, draft status be damned. Meanwhile, the Crash Davises of the world get drummed out of Minor League baseball because being a "AA+" player stops being important the moment you're too old to develop any farther, despite it being enough to win AA games. I'd rather watch semi-pro indy league baseball than the most stacked AAA team ever.

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If anything happens, it'll be a situation analogous to this PAC-2/MWC thing or to the European socer "Super League" proposals. It'll have to be something new, created above the current structure, where the top teams want to get out, but there are enough cultural and political entanglements that some sort of internally tiered structure might be a compromise.

I don't think it's likely either, but I'm maybe a little less certain than you. This specific PAC/MWC thing seems like it's a way to have what is really one conference, with internal pro-rel that is, at root, REALLY just annual realignment of its divisions and more dramatic performance-based revenue distribution.

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ESB>ANH>ROTJ>TLJ>TFA>TPM>ROTS>(AOTC=TROS)

Fight me.

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A huge part of enjoying a movie for me is simply being able to sit through it without wanting to puncture my eardrums. Apart from a couple of truly lovely sequences, thinking specifically of McDiarmid in the literal "space opera" and the dialogue-less Order 66 tone poem, ROTS has almost all the same issues with direction, writing, and and acting that AOTC does. The performances are stilted, the dialogue needed more than one additional draft, and different takes should have been filmed and/or used.

Every explanation I've heard from fans or even GL just rings hollow; the OT had some groaners, but by and large the cast and crew kept the floor higher, and contemporary reviews of ANH from '77 are not nearly as hard on the acting as you may have heard. Everyone was coming out of New Hollywood and a very naturalistic style, and while no one was getting nominated for performances, there was give and take that worked out better. On that front, the ST has parts that don't hold up upon reflection, but other than a little too much Marvel zingerness, it's just much nicer to sit through even when it makes little sense.

As for TLJ, it has some issues with pacing and a fairly big one with the framing device of the slow-speed chase, but by and large I loved 90% of what it was doing, especially in light of the soft-reboot mindset and thin world-building that JJ left Rian Johnson with. Luke abandoned the galaxy in shame after Kylo blew everything up and cannot be found: there are literally only two options: He's hiding while searching for something, or he's hiding because he thinks he's a problem. Rian picked one, and picked one that was more interesting to explore, character-wise. I can appreciate it. Maybe it's always a mistake to revisit iconic characters after decades away, but "Jake Skywalker" struck me as a perfectly plausible backslide for the Luke we saw in TESB specifically, but also the OT generally. His ability to shake it off and embrace his own legacy and make a personal sacrifice to save his friends and ideals absolutely worked for me. I am a foolish and grizzled veteran of the stupid /r/starwars TLJ threads, so I could go on and on about Snoke and Rose and all of it, but suffice it to say I am one of those TLJ weirdos. Flawed as it is, it's better than anything since the OT.

Finally, the ROTS novel. If this and this and this are your cup of tea, then you do you, but I actively dislike Stover's style.

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LOL, though that does raise the question of what a Star Wars movie would need to do to be worse than the Holiday Special. I'd say TPM would have to include literally an hour of Jar Jar saying "poodoo" ("Dooku?") to be worse.

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I have to try hard to remember that my own perceptions as one of the last of the OT kids (saw ROTJ in theaters as a young child) are informative, but not definitive. Everybody enjoys what they enjoy, but the particular areas where the PT was lacking, combined with the insane buildup in the fallow period from 83-99, left me trying to will TPM to be better than it was, and just feeling beat down by the next two.

TFA made a particular point to address the specific shortcomings in the PT, and I give it a lot of credit for that, but it made a lot of brand new mistakes. Mistakes I think TLJ was doing a wonderful job of fixing, until they overcorrected and made TROS, which pissed off literally everybody and left it tied for last in my order despite it being bad (to me) in a very different way than AOTC.

The thing that speaks best of TROS is that it wraps the whole era up in what amounts to a single terrible year for the New Republic.

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So, the frames are printed on the Voxelab and the steppers are playing on the MPSM?

Still pretty cool, but I admit my expectation was that the gcode would somehow play the tune but somehow result in the single print from the thumbnail. Unrealistic I suppose.

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Looks like just "CHOW" for the last syllable of the sneeze, along with some artwork indicating it broke the comic strip panels (aka "the gag").

This is one of those ones that's really interesting as a historical artifact, but less compelling as a joke for modern audiences. Without decades of fourth-wall breaking in their cultural memories, it probably cracked people up in 1905.

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Ezra is going to be pretty annoyed with Sabine.

Anybody got some thoughts on what the night sisters are loading up into the Chimera? Anything we’ve seen before?

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Captain Enoch’s helmet in particular is also channeling Roman Cavalry Parade helmets or “sport” helmets.

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I assumed it was previous Night Sisters.

Coffin shapes would seem to back that up. Must have missed the line. Interesting that Skoll seems to think that there's something on the planet that the witches are afraid of.

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Did anybody catch the tiniest spark of empathy there from Shin when Baylan described Ezra as a "bokken" Jedi?

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Hunter being out will be a real test. Depth was always going to be an issue in year one, though the top end talent has certainly gelled well. If they went 0-9 the rest of the way, but somehow kept a positive attitude in the building, then this season would already be a success. I do wonder how brittle that locker room is, though. I've been wrong so far on Deion, and that maybe says more about my inability to put myself in the headspace of elite Gen-Z athletes with different priorities than me, but managing expectations does not seem to be one of "Coach Prime's" priorities. Have I moved the goalposts far enough yet? 🤣

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As an unapologetic fan of lower league football (which I differentiate from "minor league" football by the lack of official ties that make winning secondary to developing a parent franchise's assets), I say good. Pro football is stupid expensive, but I do think there's room for one prudently managed Spring league.

The USFL had higher production values, but worse branding (there's not nearly as much nostalgia in those old brands as they think), and they overdid it on the hub model, sucking all (season 1) or most (season 2) the joy out of the experience, even watching on TV. XFL 3.0 had some pretty dire offense for the entire first half of the season, but Caw is Law, Beer Snake, and even the Renegades winning it all despite being mostly ass (even by XFL standards) made it way more interesting, and I generally liked their rule changes.

The XFL also had a much smarter hub model, where there was just the one, but it was centrally located and they piled onto the plane and actually showed up for 10k-40k fans. It's hard to explain, but when you're watching athletes that are not at literally the highest level, the only thing that matters is that somebody cares. XFL was not perfect at that, but the USFL barely tried.

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Year 1 was 100% in Birmingham. Year 2 was 4 hubs, but the "Pittsburgh" hub was really in Canton a full 100miles away and deep into the catchment area for two rivals of the Steelers, so really only 3 of 8 teams had any possibility for local fans.

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A reminder of the last time we saw Purrgil in Rebels. (Spoilers for Rebels, obviously)

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I just want to know who Wes Chatham is gonna have to kill. The Churn is unforgiving.

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How will either team survive?!?!

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Couple more big wins like that, and they'll actually have to buy a UF jersey for their wardrobe room.

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TBF, there is a certain effect that the humidity and haze of leftover bath salts can have on people, especially if they're used to clean mountain air.

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Okay, LOL, fair enough. It's a fun thought experiment, but while I wouldn't be as upset as most I'm honestly not particularly invested in my own ideas here.

Could be interesting for an alt- or minor league that wanted a gimmick and to put their quarterbacks even more front and center.

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In case you're still working on this, or have the board stashed in the corner somewhere, I just went on a similar journey. I think the 4th try was the charm for me. I had a pad tear trying to change out a hotswap switch for my spacebar, and while I could mostly make it work just by resoldering the connection, there would always be issues with it crapping out on me for a few moments at a time; usable for "F11" or whatever, unacceptable for a spacebar. I tried soldering, resoldering, desoldering and then removing the hotswap socket altogether and resoldering with a bit of wire instead of relying on the glob for continuity.

Ultimate, what seems to have worked is bypassing the PCB's diode with one of my own. It is possible I fried or broke the factory diode, but more likely I just had an iffy connection on its pad, whether from damage or a cold joint, and going the long way round bypassed that, with the new diode keeping it working properly.

For this one, there's no reason that solder job couldn't be good enough, but if you have a bad connection deeper in or a cold joint breaking continuity, it might be hard to notice. Maybe a solder-sucker or some copper wick, and then going at it again could fix it, and take a peek at the other side to make sure everything looks good there.

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