triadruid: Rat in a skinner box, pressing on the lever. Caption: Do Not Want! (skinner box)
Can anybody debunk/source this? It makes sense in a way, but also sounds a bit like voodoo science... the original poster didn't cite a source, and it's on a private forum so I can't link to the thread, sorry.

It's important to understand that fructose is isocaloric but not isometabolic. This means you can have the same amount of calories from fructose or glucose, fructose and protein, or fructose and fat, but the metabolic effect will be entirely different despite the identical calorie count. This is largely because different nutrients provoke different hormonal responses, and those hormonal responses determine, among other things, how much fat you accumulate. This is why the idea that you can lose weight by counting calories simply doesn't work...

Fructose is metabolized primarily by your liver, whereas glucose is metabolized in every cell of your body.

Every cell in your body, including your brain, utilizes glucose. Therefore, much of it is "burned up" immediately after you consume it. By contrast, fructose is turned into free fatty acids (FFAs), VLDL (the damaging form of cholesterol), and triglycerides, which get stored as fat.

For example, when you eat 120 calories of glucose, less than one calorie is stored as fat. 120 calories of fructose results in 40 calories being stored as fat. Consuming fructose is essentially consuming fat.

Also, glucose suppresses the hunger hormone ghrelin and stimulates leptin, which suppresses your appetite. Fructose has no effect on ghrelin and interferes with your brain's communication with leptin, resulting in overeating.
triadruid: Two stick figures from the webcomic XKCD, fighting with swords while they are supposed to be coding (compiling)
Anybody have (or had) one of these? Comments, good, bad or ugly?

We're thinking about upgrading next month...
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Question for the Vast Unpaid Research Department: Does anyone know where to borrow a copy of "Fashions in Hair: The First Five Thousand Years" by Richard Corson? I really would like to get a look at their plate on the English square-cut beard, which is amazingly hard to locate by the usual means (i.e. Google and the public library).

I suspect it is this, but I'd like to know for sure.

::edit:: Got to see Rockhurst's copy. Pictures soon.
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So my Grand Quest at work to repurpose some donated laptops into free Linux machines has run into a stumbling block. The first two laptops were easy-peasy, but the third (and apparently the fourth, which I haven't seen yet) lack optical drives (Dell 410s, if you're curious). I'd thought I could bootstrap it with a Linux-on-a-stick that [ profile] zylch already had and then download the full version of Ubuntu, but either the computer is lying about being able to boot from USB, or the DOD-level security on these is forbidding it at the BIOS level. I'm actually not sure which is more likely at this point, but nothing in the BIOS is set with a security password or other indicators, so I'm going for hardware incompatibility. I'm also unable to wipe the HD (which should have been done by the Army before they donated it), so it's kind of a moot question if it is a security problem. Still, I kinda doubt XP is affecting things at the BIOS level...

So my coworker inquired of the donating agency for the external optical drive they used with the laptop originally, and they sent us a bare drive. I am having a hard time imagining that this is the right drive for the laptop, but maybe it is. The bigger problem is that it came with no cords and I cannot find the right connector cord for love or money. It's not IDE, it's not SATA, PATA, or anything else I recognize.
Pictures of mystery connector behind cut )
Anybody recognize that sucker? It's almost, but not quite, the same style as a regular internal CD/DVD drive connection for a laptop, but twice as big in every dimension. Tom's Hardware, NewEgg, and Google Image Search have failed me (apparently it's illegal under the PATRIOT ACT COPPA Espionage Act of 1917 to post the backside of a CD-ROM drive), so I come with my hat in my hand to the Vast Unpaid Research Department. Help me, VURD, you're my only hope! Apparently solved.
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I would like to graph several pairs of RGB triplets (#FFBB99,#000020 for example), but cannot figure out how to do it properly without folding space and time in unfortunate ways.

Any ideas that don't involve six dimensions?
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Anyone can play, even if they weren't involved before. This one isn't for points, just for kicks.

So featherynscale is having some health worries )

Answers are screened; voting will take place tomorrow.
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In honor of Content-Free Friday, I took a trip down the radical feminist batshit wackjob rabbit hole this morning (blame [ profile] oreibasia, and thank [ profile] johanna_hypatia for correcting me on tarring all rad-fem with the same brush).

Wow... parallel language structure is fascinating. However I do have one question: can anyone point me to where radical feminism debunked queer theory? Is this a particular essay, or is it just not 'feminist enough', like post-modern feminism?
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As mentioned in an earlier post, I'm taking the quasi-legal route of upgrading my tape collection to digital; downloading torrents of the songs off of the Intertubes. However either the tubes have gone a little flat, or my program is a little prickly, or some third thing I haven't thought of. So here's a post for the VURD.

Things started off well... )

So I guess my big questions are:
  • is there a torrent search site that gives the best/most recent trackers?
  • is there a way to see your own share ratio/'score' overall, since that obviously affects seeding privileges? (in Ktorrent, for example, the higher your share ratio the more likely it is to grant you seed privs)
  • Anyone else have the experience of having several Stalled and a few 2.0/Kbps torrents cause the Blagosphere to implode on their home connection, or are we just Speshul?
::edit:: And of course, while I'm posting this, our work servers decide to choke and die... or maybe it's just Mozilla?
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So last night I thought I had my new system worked out; then I had to come to the office today, and got to rattling a few more things around in my brain:
  1. I'm almost certainly going for a more traditional (and significantly cheaper) Rosewill case with two stock 120mm fans, rather than the incredibly shiny Antec P180 that [ profile] rougewench uses. I can't seem to get my brain around how the enclosed front panel allows that front vent to do anything for the single rear fan, which seems to negate the whole purpose of having two separate airflow channels in the Antec case. I also like that the Rosewill case has its 'front' ports on top, since my case sits on the floor.
  2. I've got no intention of running dual graphics cards, the so-called SLI/CrossFire setup. So why pay for a SLI-enabled motherboard, like the M2N-SLI? Well, apparently because non-SLI boards are rather difficult to find these days. The M3A looks promising, and has the added bonus that it has the AM2+ Socket if AMD ever gets their new processors working right... (...which reminds me)
  3. I like AMD's past performance and will generally support the "little guy" over the corporate giant given rough equivalencies, but Intel is beating the crap out of AMD's latest few chips. It's not a suicide pact...but on the other hand I know 0% about Intel's chips, except that they seem to have stabilized on a much longer socket timeframe than AMD, which has sprinted through Socket 754/939/940/A/AM2/AM2+... *rolls eyes* - but on the other hand, Intel's price point does not fill me with any joy.
  4. Finally, can anyone explain what the deal is with DDR2 memory clocked at more than 800 MHz? The M3A board boasts "native DDR2-1066 support", but the DDR2 specification maxes out at 800 and everything else is "factory overclocking". Is there really an advantage to this, then? For an added bonus hassle, NewEgg doesn't even list the M3A on their Memory Configurator, for the purposes of matching memory to boards (although here's its Qualified Vendor List, before anyone asks).
On the gripping hand, all of this twiddling got the system price back down about $150, which was much closer to 'reasonable' in my brain (even if someone else is paying for it).
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Driving in to work this morning was like entering Maine a Stephen King novel. Downtown was full of mist, to the point where you couldn't see ANY of the skyscrapers, even from the 11th Street exit. Then they slowly came into focus, but when you actually got downtown, there was blue sky overhead. Bizarre little microclimate...

Finally got into T-Mobile's online Address Book today, so I didn't have to enter the entire thing by hand on my new cellphone (bleargh). Of course, it took about four tries to get the formatting right (it doesn't like spaces, dots, or hyphens; digits only plz). I'll post the actual number in a locked post later...

In other news of unclearness, I've been trying to sort out the appeal/shortcomings of 64-bit computing, operating systems, and the like. I literally haven't read ANYTHING about this in recent years, until I started thinking about building a new computer. Now I'm left with the various flavors of Windows XP Professional, or sticking with the soon-to-be-extinct Win2k (Failure Vista is not an option). On the one hand, WinXP has a version (actually built on Windows Server 2003, apparently) for 64-bit computers; on the other hand, that might or might not push my driver situation into no-man's land, and it's not clear how much advantage can actually be derived from 64-bit processors at this point. On the gripping hand, buying a full version of WinXP for $100+ just to have a backup OS is aggravating, to say the least, but I'm not quite sure I want to go down the Linux single-boot path again.

The blogotubes are full of Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt; anybody have anything intelligent/educational to say on the subject?
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  1. Has anyone else found Google Image Search much less useful in the last week or so? It seems like all of a sudden the total number of results, and the relevance of said results, is much lower than I remember it being... particularly for copyrighted images due to the meme going around last week (that I'm still working on), but it seems to be returning less data in general. Maybe they changed their algorithm?
  2. Anyone know of an LJ-trick/3rd-party tool that will allow you to shift people from one Filter Group to another? is a pain-in-the-ass, frankly, when trying to shift a bunch of people from Default to Secondary or Local to Long-Distance, for example; what I really want is to be able to drag-and-drop people from one group to another. Not sure if any of the clients do this, I haven't messed with them before. My friendslist is spiraling upward out of "manageable" though...
I think that's it. Other stupid questions gladly taken in response, I'll trade you a stupid answer.
triadruid: Missouri Conservation Department's deer logo plate, with the word "DRAOI" on it (druidmobile)
Anybody familiar with logic puzzles, or cars, is welcome to help out on this one. :)

Our household is apparently going to be in the market for new vehicles over the next six months or so. It's not entirely clear how many have to shift, but both mine and [ profile] featherynscale's are aging rapidly, and [ profile] kittenpants' is too small for some of her needs.

So with that in mind... )

(No, there isn't really a concrete problem to be solved here, but getting input from others and broadening our search window is a useful exercise, and probably entertaining besides)
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[Poll #1077887]Crap. I meant to ask about circumcision as well...
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So I woke up this morning with Imbolc-style labor chants in my head:
What do we want??
More milk!!
When do we want it??
Etc... I told [ profile] kittenpants, and her reaction was )
I LOL'ed.

Of course, [ profile] featherynscale suggested that this means somebody's due some milk offerings. Problem is, I don't know who, and we don't currently have any real, regular milk in the house. Soy milk, and Sucralose-sweetened chocolate milk... do you suppose the latter makes a good offering to anybody? If so, who?
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My reading habits lately have tended toward the "classics", and dystopian/utopian science-fiction social commentary in particular. Currently reading Stranger in a Strange Land and Brave New World at the same time (which was a bad plan), just finished The Fountainhead, etc... but you know what the problem is with reading the classics decades late? They're so...dated. :P Actually, it's just that I've read a lot of the stories that built on their themes, so the supposedly-original thinkers of the 30s-60s sometimes don't entrance me as much as if I'd caught them in the 'right order'.

In any case, between those books and The Vanishing Voter, my current non-fiction, I need something a bit more... escapist in my next reading material. Most of my actual to-read list is fairly heavy, with the exception of Victor Gischler's Gun Monkeys, which is hard to find, and Jim Butcher, which we have currently loaned out. So I settled for Neil Gaiman's comic The Books of Magic for today, which is enjoyable so far (even if it does further the other kick, which is books on magical practice).

So, any suggestions? I couldn't find the first book of David Weber's "War Gods" series, either...
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Stupidity abounds. First of all, the news from last week is that they're moving us out of our office on the 4th Floor of City Hall, so that they can move someone else into this office from a program that has been moved from DB's building, and integrated into PP's division, who have offices next door to this office. We'll be moving into cubicles on the 4th Floor, because the space at DB that we're supposed to occupy won't be ready for like two years, and the space we used to occupy at RJMMPC was rented out from under us. Confused yet? Good, because today I find out that, if my boss can swing it, we'll be going to RJMMPC after all, instead of to the cubicles. Either way, I'm throwing away old paperwork today, while the building's Internet access goes in and out.

Speaking of the Internet, it's time to poll the Vast Unpaid Research Department )

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