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Science & Nature / quitting ...again
« on: March 02, 2014, 05:52:09 am »
i've been a smoker now for over half my life. i've always thought i'd quit when i was ready; i'm beginning to acknowledge that readiness may never arrive. i've tried cold turkey, i've tried gum, i haven't tried pills because i hate the thought of it. i've recently started using e-cigs to help me quit inhaling actual post-fire smoke, replacing it with vapor, and so far it's helping. i'm down from most of a pack a day to less than half of one. i know it isn't purely kicking the habit, but that's okay because this time for once i'm just not pressuring myself to stop. if this trick doesn't work very fast, it might over a longer period. and if it doesn't, i'm okay with that, and will keep finding new ways to try to kick this particular game of minigolf.

if i can fully switch to vaping, at least i'll no longer be definitively killing myself. it's the nicotine addiction that's toughest to quit of all the facets of cigarette smoking, and e-cigs at least deliver the nicotine. see, i've been so long with nicotine (and i wasn't a nice guy before i started smoking) that when i'm off it, i totally jekyll out. i'm meaner and pettier and insufferabler- well, yeah, i'm just a general dick in a hat. so my thinking is, if i can wean myself off all but the nicotine, then maybe wean myself off the nicotine, it'll be better for me and easier on everybody i come in ciontact with.

how did you quit smoking? have you tried e-cigs? what was the hardest part of your addiction? how do you manage it today? if you were never a smoker, i can't imagine you'd understand how difficult quitting is. unless you were like hooked on crystal or smack, and maybe not even then. the legal status of this wretched beast is a giant fuck-you to anybody who happens to (and everybody who might) get into the habit.

so: former smokers, tell me your story.

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Not Daisy Owl / ant comic
« on: January 21, 2014, 02:55:28 pm »
michael deforge works on adventure time in some fashion, and draws comics and graphic novels on the side. this one's interesting.

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Wild Card / Happy christmas or whatever
« on: December 25, 2013, 05:01:46 am »
I want to wish everyone at touamb a happy winter. I don't celebrate holidays, but I hope that if you have one it's happy. Today's been lovely. I just wish loveliness for you. Happy christmas or whatever.

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Sports & Leisure / feel better food
« on: September 22, 2013, 07:01:31 pm »
when you have a cold, or are recuperating from a procedure, what do you like to eat to ease the path back to health? i like onion soup and saltines, hold the cheese.

a neighbor of mine had surgery on his shoulder to remove some bone spurs inside the joint, and he knew ahead of time that he'd be basically sleeping because drugs for two straight days, and then he'd want to eat some noodles. that's all he said, noodles. so i whipped up a recipe that he and i and MY WIFE really enjoyed.

six chicken thighs
two large cans of chicken stock
one regular box of spaghetti
two stalks of celery
two carrots
one onion
garlic powder
ground cayenne or other chile (not chili powder)
salt
pepper

season the chicken thighs with the spices and grill until slightly undercooked.
clean the celery, peel the onion and carrot. chop the onion in two.
put the stock in a pot with the vegetables and thighs and bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and remove the chicken.
pull the chicken off the bones and add the meat back in.
remove the vegetables and add the noodles. cook until al dente, about 15 minutes - you're not boiling the pasta.

the spaghetti absorbs almost all of the broth, so you're left with a really tasty noodle dish with bits of chicken that just get wound up inside each bite as you twirl. perfect eating for a bowl, a fork, and a blanket on the couch.


what do you make and how do you make it? what do you want and how is it made? now that fall's here it's about time for people to start getting sick again, so let's beat it all to the punch with some food

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Achewood / Achewood as Mad Men
« on: June 06, 2013, 06:39:31 pm »
Over on a thread at MetaFilter, some commenters are casting the Achewood characters in the roles of Mad Men (or vice versa).

Pete = Pat
Roger = Ray
Bert Cooper = Cornelius Bear
Don = Roast Beef? (based on depression and suicidal things, otherwise nope)
Bob Benson = Philippe
Stan = Lyle

That leaves a whole bunch of arguing to do about who is who in which universe. Ready? GO!

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Arts & Entertainment / Not Famous
« on: October 21, 2012, 01:35:17 am »
(cross posted from face place)

You know that game when you're watching a cheesy movie and you name who the actor isn't? Here at Casa Choop we call that game "Not Famous." Currently watching _Jason X_ on AMC, starring Not Olivia Munn, Not James VanDerBeek, and Not Cuba Gooding Jr., with cameos from Not Michelle Rodriguez and Not Randy Quaid.

We haven't come up with a scoring system yet. Any ideas?

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Science & Nature / Oh christ.
« on: June 02, 2012, 06:30:48 am »
Who left the gate open? Seriously, if the prescriptivism versus descriptivism debate gets out again, I sweare I'm not going to drive around looking for them for three hours again. They'll come home or they won't.

I'm not even going to discuss it.

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Sports & Leisure / Ugga Ugga Meat (Paleo diet)
« on: May 15, 2012, 02:44:37 pm »
did paleolithic man have precision cutlery and nonstick pans, this diet makes no sense

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Wild Card / The Unofficial Non-YouTube Beer Thread
« on: April 27, 2012, 03:49:21 am »
eh, he's new to the process yet. c'est la vie. maybe one day he'll get there.

it's like beer: you start with bud or miller lite, because that's "what people drink" and then once you understand what you're dealing with, you move up toward the microbrews and high-gravities and the good beers that actually taste like something.

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Achewood / 5 Dec 2011 - go all nuts at a rave and do log party on the floor
« on: December 05, 2011, 11:01:58 pm »
http://www.achewood.com/index.php?date=12052011

okay i have GOT to learn more about Hén and the as-yet unnamed narrator

also color me surprised that there's another comic and it's only been under two weeks

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History / Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011
« on: October 05, 2011, 11:54:47 pm »
I'm not a fan of his later works, but his early stuff really knocked my socks off.

He really did have a huge impact on the tech world, making the future happen today. I sure hope his vast fortune goes to a worthy cause or three.

cnet report

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Achewood / Watch _this_ video of a c*ck - 5 Nov 2010
« on: November 05, 2010, 11:17:18 pm »
omg i feel like i haven't laughed at an achewood in months, and this one actually got me. and then made me need a snicker stick of my own.


edit: call'd out by omba: http://www.achewood.com/index.php?date=11052010

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History / Classic cars
« on: August 12, 2010, 04:02:48 pm »
think a little bit too hard about this
That was an awesome site, choop, because I found my retirement project car.


the challenge: link the best old car near you that's listed for no more than... let's say five grand.

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History / Name! That! Country!
« on: July 19, 2010, 03:05:53 pm »
_______'s Elite Pay Few Taxes, Widening Gap
"The lack of a workable tax system feeds an inequality in ________ society, where the wealth of its most powerful members is not redistributed or put to use for public good."

Did you guess it?

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