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    [–] Were you ever that 1 in 1,000,000? If so, what's your story? ZippyDan 1 points ago in AskReddit

    What is a double transplant? They have to replace your liver... Twice?

    [–] Were you ever that 1 in 1,000,000? If so, what's your story? ZippyDan 9 points ago in AskReddit

    All that and you can't even give us a name for research purposes?

    [–] How did the suez canal affect the Mediterranean and the red sea? ZippyDan 1 points ago in askscience

    Exactly. I think there is some defining line between a "ditch" and a "canal", but I've always felt if it is wide and deep enough to allow a boat to pass then it is a canal. Note a "boat" would include a one-man canoe or kayak, so it doesn't have to be very wide or deep.

    [–] How did the suez canal affect the Mediterranean and the red sea? ZippyDan 2 points ago in askscience

    Well, Wikipedia is simply wrong.

    Wikipedia also says this:

    At their simplest, canals consist of a trench filled with water. 

    Irrigation canals alone would easily dwarf locked navigation canals in number

    [–] Instead of punishing the Saudis for Khashoggi, Trump wants to hand them nuclear technology ZippyDan 5 points ago in politics

    Pretty sure we can still claim moral superiority in that regard by simply looking at what crimes the two states use as justification for capital punishment

    [–] Bernie Sanders Raises Over $3.3 Million From 120,000 Small Donors in Just 10 Hours ZippyDan 1 points ago in politics

    socialism is an idealistic utopia based on the idea of "everyone is equal".

    but no one will ever be satisfied with "equal" as long as there is economics.

    humans are greedy. our motivations are greed. it's wired into our DNA.

    without the motivation of acquiring more, the vast majority of production, innovation, and creation would die out. there's no incentive to do anything without the incentive to gain more.

    that's the basis of capitalism, and it is a neat trick that enables us to leverage our greedy instincts in a way that mostly benefits society.

    you've correctly identified the problems and excesses of capitalism unchecked, which is why it is best married to the humanity of socialistic policies that surround a capitalistic core.

    the human drive to acquire does not mean we cannot also be humane and compassionate at the same time.

    socialism unchecked results in a society that creates little and in so doing suffers.

    capitalism unchecked results in a society that creates but without regard to compassion and in so doing suffers.

    combine the two and you get a society that still creates and innovates but minimizes human suffering.

    [–] Bernie Sanders Raises Over $3.3 Million From 120,000 Small Donors in Just 10 Hours ZippyDan 2 points ago in politics

    pure socialism is an idealistic pipe dream that could only function in a society where all human needs are taken care of by robotics, automation and AI and basic ideas of currency and markets collapse into irrelevancy

    that day may come, but it is not here yet

    [–] Bernie Sanders Raises Over $3.3 Million From 120,000 Small Donors in Just 10 Hours ZippyDan 1 points ago in politics

    Wait... I don't support socialism as an end goal either.

    I support a capitalist system with socialistic programs (universal healthcare, education, transportation, housing, income, banking, environmental protection, etc.) but I don't support a pure everyone-should-be-equal socialist system.

    I support a capitalistic system with a max income / wealth level beyond which you are taxed to hell and that money goes back into funding the socialistic programs which maintain a minimum social safety net below which we don't allow any citizen to fall in terms of quality of life (healthcare, education, housing, income, etc.)

    In summary I support a capitalistic core with socialistic min and max levels, or in other words, socialism for basic necessities and human rights, capitalism for luxuries and wants.

    What does that make me? And how does that differ from what Bernie and AOC advocate? Because I kind of thought we were mostly on the same page.

    [–] How do islands, created entirely from volcanic activity, eventually become fertile? How does the volcanic glass deteriorate into fertile soil? ZippyDan 1 points ago in askscience

    Isn't part of the error here in assuming that the volcano only produces "glass"? Aren't there many kinds of rock, and dirt, produced by volcanic activity? Then you've got ash from eruptions, different kinds of magma, not to mention pyroclastic flows from larger eruptions that produce all kinds of rock, dust, ash, and dirt...

    [–] Can I just watch the Miniseries, then the Main series? ZippyDan 2 points ago in BSG

    The Plan comes after S04E15 ("No Exit"). It's not E17 unless you are counting Razor as E01 and E02 which some lists and streaming services do because they were the first two "episodes" in terms of budget and production, but that's incredibly confusing.

    [–] Should I watch through BSG again? ZippyDan 1 points ago in BSG

    Depends on how much time since your last watch. I like to let at least a year or two go by so it still feels somewhat "fresh".

    [–] How did the suez canal affect the Mediterranean and the red sea? ZippyDan 0 points ago in askscience

    Maybe you should look up the definition of "canal" and realize there are hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of small, lockless canals all over the world.

    [–] How did the suez canal affect the Mediterranean and the red sea? ZippyDan 3 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in askscience

    But the Panama canal is a unique situation with regards to relative elevations because it is downhill in both directions from the center, which is a fresh water lake. A canal that simply has a relative elevation situation where one side is higher than the other (the most common type) would have much more transfer of water (and life) from the higher portion to the lower portion, even with locks to slow down the process. That is my point: that migration of species would be possible from one area to another even with locks. It's the special relative elevation profile of the Panama canal that precludes significant migration, not the locks.

    [–] Anyone know where I can buy the expansions for Battlestar Galactica the board game? ZippyDan 1 points ago in BSG

    eBay or boardgamegeek market

    They are out of print and no plans to reprint them so they are very expensive.

    [–] 'Fantastic Beasts 3' Loses Its Release Date to Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune' - Delay Could Be Longer Than Anticipated ZippyDan 0 points ago in movies

    I'm not debating whether making the last book into two movies was a good move as far as storytelling. I'm talking about the perception of the studio's intentions.

    The first 3 books are all around 300 pages. The last 4 books are all around 600 pages.

    You know what reveals intentions? Consistency.

    There's no good reason for making the last book, at around 600 pages, into a two-parter, and not the previous 3 books, one of which was 750 pages, into two-parters as well, except for the fact that WB suddenly felt afraid that their cash cow was about to disappear

    [–] How did the suez canal affect the Mediterranean and the red sea? ZippyDan 1 points ago in askscience

    that seems like a result, not so much of locks, but of relative elevations...

    [–] How did the suez canal affect the Mediterranean and the red sea? ZippyDan 8 points ago in askscience

    er, most canals are lockless

    perhaps you are specifically referring to "most canals" *that allow the passage of freight vessels*

    [–] Can I just watch the Miniseries, then the Main series? ZippyDan 1 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in BSG

    Razor, if watched in chronological order, has no spoilers for anyone watching the show for the first time. What it does have is some foreshadowing which actually fits perfectly into the show at that point and makes the broader story feel more like an organic, integrated whole.

    The Plan is basically an extended flashback but it does have major spoilers unless watched after Episode 15 of Season 4. Much of the story revolves around John Cavil and the Final Five, and you need to know the backstory between John Cavil (as the final boss) and Ellen and the other Final Five as the creators of the skin-jobs for The Plan to make any sense.

    Episode 15 sets up that backstory perfectly and actually focuses a lot on John Cavil and Ellen Tigh and Anders specifically, making The Plan a perfect segue that answers a lot of lingering story questions and establishes both relevant backstory and fleshes out key characters (the Final Five but also especially underdeveloped villains) before the climax and conclusion of the show. Episode 15 itself is a mostly plotless "infodump" episode which serves as a pause following the intense mutiny story arc and as a long breath to recuperate and transition and lay down foundations before the next story arc, which is the no-brakes descent into the finale and the start of the revelation of Starbuck's, humanity's, and the Cylons' destinies. As such, The Plan also serves as a perfect continuation of the infodump, the backstory, the tonal pause, and the side-step and break from the main story line that starts in Episode 15 - in effect The Plan is a series of flashbacks of many of the events (or the consequences of those events) directly referenced in Episode 15.

    Episode 16 of Season 4 (focusing on Starbuck's destiny) starts the true slide into the finale, or the increasing crescendo leading to the climax, if you will, and so watching The Plan anytime between Episodes 16 and 20 would be a momentum-breaking sidetrack.

    Finally, The Plan is, while interesting and critically important in terms of story, not very good on its own, nor especially exciting or emotional. It also has a very muted and not particularly poignant ending. For all these reasons, The Plan very necessarily falls between Episodes 15 and 16 of Season 4. It's too much out of context or a spoiler if watched earlier, it's too much a distraction and out of tone if watched later, and it is completely anti-climactic if watched after the show ends.

    I talk a lot more about the placement of Razor and The Plan in this post:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/BSG/comments/9xmeee/finished_bsg_for_the_first_time_here_my/

    Specifically this thread:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/BSG/comments/9xmeee/finished_bsg_for_the_first_time_here_my/e9th06d/

    Also in this post (throughout various comments):

    https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/3641/what-is-the-viewing-order-of-the-re-imagined-battlestar-galactica/196540#196540

    [–] Can I just watch the Miniseries, then the Main series? ZippyDan 2 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in BSG

    Absolutely nothing is spoiled by watching it in the right place, and it definitely adds to the richness of the story and characters and mythos of BSG when watched in the right place, which is definitely worth the extremely minimal "hassle".

    You could skip a bunch of good episodes, watch them after the series is finished, and then claim they are disappointing and non-essential. That's an obvious result of watching something outside of the context where it makes sense and adds to the depth or tension of the story.