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That's cool. I'm sure that will be a story around the office for a while. I hope it didn't effect her call stats though. It would crappy irony if his good intentions got her flack from her boss.
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Hooray for robots! That's awesome. I have, however, seen this concept taken to a much more elaborate and depraved degree. Check out Captured! By Robots.
It was one of the most amazing live performances I've ever seen.
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Argggghhh! We already lost the Superconducting Super Collider in the US. CERN is picking up on work in high-energy physics that could have been done a decade ago.
The idea that people with no training and familiarity with the phenomena they're talking about getting so up-in-arms about these minute possibilities that not only do they sue what could be one of the most important scientific experiments in human history but they go around trying to scare the rest of the public into agreeing with them is baffling to me.
I'd like to sit down and talk to some of the people that promote this kind of alarmist anti-intellectualism to try and understand their perspective, but I'm not sure I could withhold the urge to throttle them.
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"Awesome" is supposed to mean inspiring or worthy of awe in the context of English, not just Christianity. It's just one of those words that has been subjugated to the common vernacular in the US. As often as we may hear someone describe the hot dog they just had as "awesome", they probably didn't intend it to mean, "Wow, that hot dog inspired within me a sense of awe, amazement, and wondrous beauty."
We tried to do it with "bodacious", "radical", and all manner of other words back in the 80's, but I'm sure that trend isn't new... or perhaps Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were a real vulcanizing force in American culture. You never know.
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I'm still not sure how I feel about this kind of thing. It appears that the guy made the first video of his own volition because he wanted to do something neat and creative. After it went viral, Lyle's Golden Syrup jumps on it and decides it needs to be a media property and tries to reinvent the viral success of the first video, but this time advertising their product. (Check the linked site on the youtube summary)
Is it rad that this guy has followed in the steps of Lasse Gjertsen and parlayed the success of his initial creative outlet into something that makes him money? Or does it cheapen because now I'm being sold something?
What do you guys think?
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I'm glad someone else picked up on this. Of all the people and all the quotes he could use, why the hell would he pick one from 'Chairman Mao'?
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Since they didn't bother to link the NewScientist article, here it is:

from the text...
"The conventional wisdom is that the father’s sperm is the main determinant of the sex of a child. But increasingly scientists have found hints that maternal factors might have an influence too. For example, earlier work has suggested that single mothers are more likely to give birth to daughters."
"The idea of diet influencing sex ratio is already part of traditional wisdom. Folklore says that mothers should eat more red meat and salty snacks if they want a boy, and fish, vegetables, chocolates and sweets if they want a girl.
'This is interesting, since meat raises blood sugar for a sustained period of time, whereas sugar-based snacks raise blood sugar very high, but for a short amount of time, followed by a slump in blood glucose,' says Cameron."
If I had to guess, they may be positing that a female's blood chemistry effects the odds of a male sperm giving up its Y during zygote formation. I don't remember much about it though.
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From the quoted text in the article, it would appear that the "wide" statement was merely a typo and should have read "deep".
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