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  1. Yes, at the end of the day it is all about caloric intake. But sugar, in-and-of itself, has some pretty bad effects when consumed in excess. It spikes your blood sugar, which leads to glycemic stress, which over time leads to type 2 diabetes, among other diseases. For the same lifestyle choices and caloric intake, if more of your calories come in via proteins, complex carbohydrates, and other low-glycemic-index foods, your chances of developing type 2 diabetes drop significantly. One thing I miss about California: Having my own lemon and lime trees.
  2. Couldn't tell you. All I know is it's the best milk I've ever tasted. My kids are seriously disappointed when we have to buy store milk. We skim the cream off and it's awesome in coffee. (Makes kick-ass White Russians too. )
  3. We know a lady down the road who keeps cows....
  4. I corrupted my vegetarian roommate in South Africa with bacon. I'm out cooking bacon and eggs for my breakfast one Sunday morning and he comes out of his bedroom. "So, do you have any extra bacon?" "Extra bacon? I thought you didn't eat meat." "Dude, just answer the ******* question." So he joined me for bacon and eggs every weekend after that. Closet carnivores, LOL.
  5. As far as beverages go, try adding flavors to your water. Those Crystal Light beverage flavor packets aren't bad. Just plain old Kool-Aid is good too, and while it still has sugar it has way less sugar than soda does. I used to make my own iced tea and iced coffee by the gallon, back when I was single. Got out of the habit after I got married. Again, they weren't zero-sugar options, but they were way less than soda. And you don't necessarily have to do away with soda either, maybe just cut back on it. All-you-can-drink soda fountains are an option, not a mandate. Sometimes, depending on your personality, moderation and reduction can be a better strategy than cold-turkey abstinence. And, if you want to reduce your sugar intake, you might want to expand your view beyond just your beverages. If you look at most processed/pre-made foods, one of the first ingredients in them will usually be some form of sugar (many times they will disguise it by using a scientific name: glucose, fructose, etc). So another great way to reduce your sugar intake is to cook your own food from scratch. If you're smart about it, it's cheaper too. And once you have some basic skills down, it tastes better. Did someone say BACON!
  6. MRAP survivability isn't really a question. They are significantly better protected than the M113. There are stories from Iraq of MRAPs encountering contact IEDs consisting of hundreds of kilos of explosives. The MRAPs are generally written off, but the crews generally survive with little or no injury. In fact, survival rates for crews in MRAPs in IED attacks were higher than the survival rates for crews in M1 Abrams MBTs.
  7. Well, remember, MRAPs are designed to survive contact detonations of landmines and IEDs. If the crew can get to the MRAP and button up, they're probably going to be okay, even if the rocket on the pad explodes. If they have a chance to put it in gear and get more distance between themselves and the rocket before that happens, that's gravy.
  8. You illustrate my point precisely. A ride operator says, "As long as my system doesn't cause anyone injury, then I have designed my system successfully." Their primary concern is that their system fails safe, then it doesn't matter if their riders are stranded for a while, or need to be rescued. That's a minor inconvenience, they can just hand out some free annual passes to make up for that and they're all good. Reliability is secondary to safety. The system we're talking about here is a safety-of-life system. Not safety-of-life as in, "This system cannot injure anyone," safety-of-life as in, "If this system fails to operate as designed, someone will die." It has to operate fully and completely, the first time, every time. Safety is secondary to reliability. That's a paradigm shift for the engineers involved, which isn't always as easy as it sounds. Plus your hardware requirements are going to change. They're used to hardware for systems that are used dozens of times a day. Now they're looking for hardware for a system that will be used, what, once a year, maybe? That sounds easier, but it's not, especially when it's going to be stored in a humid tropical environment like Florida. I just think that the "obvious" choice of bringing in a commercial zip line designer to design the system may not be so obvious once you start digging into the details of the problem.
  9. Meh, everyone wants to COTS everything these days because it's cheaper. I guess as long as the designers can make the cognitive leap from designing amusement park rides to designing safety-of-life systems. At least they never had to use the rubber rooms.
  10. I have seen the current system. I suppose this one should work, but it seems like it may have some details to work out. Can they run all five chairs down a line at once or is there a weight limitation? What happens if you have five people going down at once? Person #1 reaches the end and stops. Person #2 reaches the end five seconds later, before Person #1 can get out of their chair, at 45 mph. I suppose you could get around this all with barriers and whatnot, but this all has to happen really fast. Dunno, I'm sure someone has worked out all those details, but there isn't a lot of that in the fluff article. They already use armored vehicles. Although they are planning on replacing the M113s with MRAPs.
  11. Plus it may not just be the capsule crew, there may be support crew up there as well. Seems it could get a little lifeboat-ish to me.
  12. Five seats per line? So, what, are they going to rock-paper-scissors for who gets the first seat?
  13. Was busy last night, but I did have enough time to install this and take a look. Outstanding job, as always. Ring shading looks great. Now I need to get back on my Sarnus mission. Thanks, Pood!
  14. I think paid DLC is great: Any way that Squad can make more money is a good thing because I want them to stay afloat and keep making more content for KSP. Because at the rate they're going, it seems like they're going to have to produce at least ten more major updates and three or four more paid DLCs before we see anything simple that we've been clamoring for for years, like an art pass for the parts, or clouds.
  15. Well, unless something is going to change between the pre-release and the real release, the big new feature is: ambient light adjustment. They almost literally released it with tint control. (I really wish I could find a copy of that Bloom County strip.)