Nature vs. Nurture, the question at the core of behavioral sciences. Since intelligence is a mix of both, to the best of our understanding, a decline in IQ would have to mean we’re either passing on dumber genes or conditioning ourselves to be less intelligent. The reverse eugenics of human reproduction, both natural and subsidized, comes to mind in the era of the great society. Also, humans have recently outsourced much of their problem solving, memory, and social life to internet media in exchange for attention, time, and motor skills. So what is making us dumber? Are we raising dumber kids, producing dumber kids, or is it smart phones and public school? I usually don’t like to choose the all of the above cop out, but I cannot think of a better scenario in which it applies.
Enter Toe Rogan. Wokecenter is at it again, putting the race baiting and lefty politics aside for a day to promote a psychedelic that makes you see death, convulse, and potentially lose your mind. At a desperate attempt in anything but sports, a new video was created featuring Mike Tyson’s dmt experiences. Psychedelics are making a big comeback with the younger generation thanks to Joe Rogan, Silicon Valley, and Netflix. Being a nonprohibitionist, I care not about what adults do, but I find it suspicious that our mainstream culture jumped over pot and are now accepting psychedelics as a normal. ESPN just three months ago had wall to wall coverage regarding New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s sex life, now they’re making psychedelic cartoons featuring a professional boxer with well documented mental problems and brain damage. CTE is bad though guys remember, rich white men, corporations, profits and such. Why didn’t Mike Tyson get an ESPN feature about his successful pot farm or new podcast? Why does the same network that preaches the subjugation of black pro athletes continue to subjugate black athletes? Why is silicon valley pushing mind opening psychedelics while breathlessly censoring decenting political and philosophical opinions? Why isn’t medical marijuana being heralded by ESPN as a medicine that can save pro athletes suffering from CTE? Obviously none of the ivory tower boomers that make up ESPN management have seen Tyson’s podcast, never mind…stop pushing poison on our children scum! Learn how to manage a sports network in a digital age!
Everybody hates season 8 and myself being a casual viewer that joined in halfway, I’m wondering where everyone has been. The after the fact purists claim it was all downhill after season 4, but after rewatching 5 and 6 recently I think they’re trying to sound smart in a time of sorrow and confusion. I knew the show was in trouble after they ran out of book material but nobody seemed to care at the time. I guess false hopers thought Mr. Martin would blow through a few new volumes before the HBO conclusion. I never saw that to be a probable scenario. My best case scenario would have been a cowritten final two seasons, but from the pictures I’ve seen, George is too busy enjoying them HBO checks to care about concluding his book series. The hiatus and then the shortened, rushed seasons was where it all went wrong in my opinion. Season 7 sucked so bad my hopes were pretty small for season 8 and the race baiting woke BO hasn’t proved me wrong. Why so much time and energy is dedicated to corner cutting convenience is beyond my comprehension. Almost a million people signed a petition supporting a new 8th season, where were all these people 3 years ago or 2 years ago after season 7? Delusional…you can’t end a show based on a book correctly if the book that contains the story has not been written! Common sense. Glad the Phantom Menace taught me never to buy into hype.
A trend in mobile browsers (and mobile apps in general) that has bugged me for several years is the use of fake progress bars. Those little bars that load from left to right to show you how much of your page is loaded.
The problem is they are 100% fake bullshit. They show nothing. They are just programmed to move at a set rate to tell you the app is doing something. Even if there is no data transferred at all (you can confirm this by configuring an upstream firewall to drop all packets) it will still go about 3/4 of the way across and then slow to a crawl and stop.
Its just to placate you, to assure you the app “doing something” even though its doing nothing productive (much like most politicians these days)
Oddly this trend only seems to have infected mobile apps, desktop applications still use an Internet Explorer-esque rotating icon or pinwheel, to indicate that the program is working, but giving no illusion of progress (or lack thereof) being made
The reason is that such progress bars are impossible with the current internet protocol. The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) has no way of transmitting data on the total size of a page, so your browser has no way of knowing how much of a page has been loaded until its all fully loaded
According to this article, I’m ‘pop culturally isolated’…ok…lol. I just noticed this word becoming a mainstream verb, so I guess that means I’m getting old. Found this two year old article, and claims the source is a twenty year old eminem song. Who’s pop culturally isolated?
Flank steak is the cut most often praised by bbq enthusiasts when in comes to summer steak fajitas season, kicked off each year by most Americans on cinco de Mayo. Anyone that has had quality Mexican bbq fajitas knows they are hard to forget and replicate. The larger culinary strategy at work is a common one of necessity from the past, take a cheap, less desirable, plentiful piece of meat, prevent its spoilage, and make it palatable.
Marinade is key when making steak fajitas regardless of cut. There are countless marinades, but a fajita marinade should be savory, tangy, salty, citrusy, and spicey. Usually 24 hours is the marinade time you want to aim for, but you can go longer or shorter depending on preference. Pepper heat and citrus levels can be sparing when marinated. Some contend that putting citrus in the marinade begins breaking down the meat early creating an undesirable texture after it’s cooked, others claim that process is essential in breaking down a tough cut of beef. Heat and citrus could be added later when constructing your tacos with condiments like hot sauce, hot salsa, mango salsa, and lime wedges.
The traditional cut used in steak fajitas is skirt steak. When it is done properly, I think it is the best. Flank steak can be tough, dry, and have a texture too thick and chewy for tortilla eating in my experience. I have yet to rule out flank steak because of the positive reviews and testimonials I have read, but I need to improve its texture if I’m going to serve it as fajitas ever again. I also would recommend experimenting with other cuts like flat iron, hanger, and tri tip. I think tri tip has a perfect grain structure for fajitas or sandwiches or anything really. After being overshadowed by its bigger Texas brother brisket, tri tip is finally returning to popularity. Hangers and flat irons have also risen in popularity in recent years, but I have yet to serve them on tortillas, but I will try in the near future. Hangers are very beefy and soft, and in my opinion, could make for a potentially delicious fajita.