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  • CDC Projects 40% of Americans Will Develop Diabetes; What Do We Do About It?

    That said, I totally support helping people change their lifestyle in subtle ways that will increase their exercise or reduce their consumption of shitty foods. I just fall short of going, "Well, I have no sympathy at all for the people who don't have access to the same opportunities that I am lucky enough to be able to afford." But yeah, walking places instead of driving all the time? Reducing your commute time where possible so that you have more time to exercise? Those are good ideas for certain people.
    programjunkie
  • CDC Projects 40% of Americans Will Develop Diabetes; What Do We Do About It?

    Man, evolution is a dick.

    "Look fucko, I'm gonna make sure you stay alive until you're old enough to make babies by erring on the side of you being a big fatty. Whatever happens later in your life, that ain't my concern. Oh, you got a problem with that? Hey, look, I just slowed down your metabolism again! One more word and I'll make you crave nothing but triple bacon cheeseburgers til the day you die. Which is probably gonna be in about 6 months, lardbutt. I mean shit, have you seen your ass in a mirror lately?"
    Drakeon
  • CDC Projects 40% of Americans Will Develop Diabetes; What Do We Do About It?

    I was more referring to the point that telling everyone to move into the city only works if the city is actively trying to accommodate that. Otherwise, you have a lot of additional people clamoring for an increasingly limited number of dwellings, driving up property values and making things generally shittier for everyone.

    I mean, yay Portland, but we are not all Portland.
    Hakkekage
  • CDC Projects 40% of Americans Will Develop Diabetes; What Do We Do About It?

    hsu wrote: »
    Or instead of doing 7 hours of cardio per week, you can change your lifestyle so that you don't need to do all that cardio. I don't have much sympathy because that's the route I took.

    I got a standing desk at work. If you look at a calorie chart, standing burns about 50 more calories per hour than sitting.

    My commute changed from 45 minutes one way to 20 minutes, so I spend 50 minutes less per day sitting in a car. Assuming I'm not a lazy couch potato at home, that means I burn 40 more calories a day due to the shorter commute.

    My commute changed by moving from the suburbs into the city. I estimate that I spend 20 minutes less a day in the car doing errands, due to closer stores, some within walking distance. That's probably a 50 calorie swing.

    All told that's about 500 more calories a day that I'm burning, or about the same as an hour of cardio.

    You're aware that none of these things are necessarily available to everyone, right? Some people can demand their employer alter their workspace and move closer to work and walk to the grocery. It's awesome that it was an option for you. Yay you! But your simple lifestyle changes and your complete lack of sympathy for those who can't mimic them really doesn't help.

    Also, as a large-scale solution, "Everyone should move out of the suburbs into the city!" is rather... problematic.
    HakkekageJulius
  • [MARVEL MCU] Guardians of the Galaxy? Probably just a Kree border squabble...

    Houn wrote: »
    ElJeffe wrote: »
    ElJeffe wrote: »
    GotG got a pass for being in deep space where the rules only kind of apply. They added a bridge between Earth and crazy aliens, but it was still firmly crazy alien territory. It was an additional baby-step towards a universe where the climax of the Infinity Gauntlet shit makes sense.

    Marvel has demonstrated an incredible ability to organically introduce us to increasingly weirder stuff, but it needs to remain organic. I think a scene like that depicted in the comic up there could work as a climax to the Strange film, after the viewer has been eased into the world a bit, but the day Marvel decides "THERE ARE NO RULES! ANYTHING GOES!" is the day they stumble.

    Alternately, they could pull a GotG in the sense that they make the movie almost completely removed from anything happening in the larger MCU, with a few nods towards it. Make it seem like Dr. Strange's world first and foremost and oh yeah I guess Iron Man was over here doing stuff you know whatevs, and the audience will probably accept it as connected without even realizing it. It'll allow them to get a little crazier because the audience won't be trying to figure out how cosmic magic fits in with robots and super-soldiers.

    What made GOTG able to do that was an audience surrogate lead, Quill, and it was the origin for the team. They didn't throw the audience into the deep end with the Guardians already established. They did this with Avengers, too, minus the audience surrogate lead - that was the "prequels" setting up the main characters and world building.

    Well, that pertains to how they introduced the characters. But the world had no real lead-in. We get ten minutes of OMGSAD on Earth, then Quill is stomping around to 70s rock while singing into an alien rodent and playing with sci-fi tech and then weird aliens accost him and then oh hey a raccoon is yelling at his pet tree and I don't even. All of which they could do because this was in some weird part of the galaxy that had dick to do with Earth, so anything goes.

    I disagree. If you think about it, they did a marvelous (lol) job of bridging from Earth to GotG Space. I'll throw some details in a spoiler:
    Spoiler:

    The point is, if you really look at the structure, the movie very deliberately keeps all these alien things and settings grounded in Earth-like expectations and pushes things farther and farther out in small steps, until you're flying into the disembodied head of an ancient celestial giant and no one in the audience is blinking an eye.

    Okay, fair enough. I still think the lead-in period is remarkably fast, but I agree that it was pretty meticulously structured.
    jdarksun