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2 hours ago, paxmiles said:

Doubt they'd make exceptions. The point of the safety code is more about insurance than actual safety. Both insurance against medical lawsuits and insurance for the completed project. You'd need quality control, and that won't really happen if exceptions are constantly made for individuals.

On the social end, I'd imagine a rather disastrous witch hunt if superheroes were using their powers openly for gainful employment in common jobs. Part of superman working hinges on him making money as a disguised reporter, rather than as a superhero welder. If superman were publicly putting people out of work, he'd be a threat. Would be different if everyone had a degree of super power.

It's still fine for emergency welding. But after the emergency, they'd have to grind out his welds and make new welds according to code. Even if they were good welds, it's about being able to say the building was built to code.

That said, Clark Kent being a welder would be a really practical disguise and his powers of X-ray vision and Heat resistance would give him a real advantage while correctly welding to code with actual welding tools. And becoming a welder after being a farmer would make for a less notable backstory than becoming a journalist. And Welders are in demand in every state and country, and can get work on a day to day basis rather than needing to commit to a salary position - which is great if you have a secret identity as a superhero.

If a significant segment of the population had powers, I think they would start getting taken into account by the laws. That said, for PPE, it might actually be for the best to require it for everyone regardless of need, just so peer pressure is working on the side of safety.

The reporter gig gives him a cover for going just about anywhere, tho, and while it may be a long-term commitment in the big picture, in the short term, there isn't a requirement for him to be at his desk 9-5 M-F. A welder who gets a reputation for leaving the job at random times and without notice is pretty quickly going to pick up a bad reputation among potential employers.

2 hours ago, paxmiles said:

Random thought

If you had a smaller scale house, would children growing up there also grow in proportion to the size of the home?

Like, do people grow to fit the scale of their surroundings?

Not unless taken to an extreme. The major factors are partially genetic, and partially derived from childhood nutrition. Now, if you're talking something small enough that the child is actually somehow being physically compressed by the dwelling, yeah, that would stunt growth, but not evenly or proportionately.

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4 hours ago, Ish said:

That's just a cartoon robot. I'm talking about the real Santa Claus! 

Dunno. Seems like the kind of question that would best be directed to the Grim Reaper the next time you see them.

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Person 1: You know what, I don't really get Family Guy.

Person 2: What's so hard to get? You just need to have grown up in the '80s but still be a teenager.

-Line from Family Guy season 18, episode 4, perfectly explaining the issue with their target demographic. I love this show, but their target audience is both before my time and after, which makes it hard to explain the merits of the show to others.

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16 hours ago, WestRider said:

We get older faster than we expect, but once we get to any given benchmark, it doesn't feel as old as we thought it would.

I'm still disappointed that becoming an adult doesn't grant a level up and bonus skills. Definitely felt like there was a bigger difference between kids and adults when I was a kid.

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Did the % daily value of sugar change recently?

Mountain Dew's can says that the single can contains 91% daily value of sugar. 

Doesn't seem to have more sugar than it used to, but I think I would have remembered that a single can was 91%. It's the sort of fun fact I do remember.

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22 hours ago, paxmiles said:

Did the % daily value of sugar change recently?

Mountain Dew's can says that the single can contains 91% daily value of sugar. 

Doesn't seem to have more sugar than it used to, but I think I would have remembered that a single can was 91%. It's the sort of fun fact I do remember.

Yeah, found it.

https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/statement-new-guidance-declaration-added-sugars-food-labels-single-ingredient-sugars-and-syrups-and

Apparently, as of June, they've added a % daily value of "added" sugar at 50g.

So, basically, things like Mountain Dew, which are sugar added to carbonated water are a scary high % daily value. On the other hand, drinking maple syrup....no added sugar, so:

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https://andersonsmaplesyrup.com/nutrition/

So, watch out, because the new system is as broken as the old one, just different. I bet they had good intentions too....

 

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26 minutes ago, paxmiles said:

So, watch out, because the new system is as broken as the old one, just different. I bet they had good intentions too....

Clearly, we’ve put the wrong government department in charge of paving the roads.

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10 minutes ago, Ish said:

Clearly, we’ve put the wrong government department in charge of paving the roads.

The local roads do suck, though I'm not sure if you are being sarcastic.

And don't get me wrong, if we didn't have our broken system, we wouldn't likely have any system at all. So I say as broken as the old one, but I'm more being cynical/jaded regarding a lack of improvement, rather than suggesting that the current state is lacking. It's not improving, but it's what we have and it's better than nothing (though that is a grass is greener argument, as I've never seen this reality without it's system).

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13 minutes ago, paxmiles said:

The local roads do suck, though I'm not sure if you are being sarcastic.

I’m referring to the old adage that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” 
 

@WestRider got it. By the way, I’ve checked in with my family: Hell has not frozen over, yet. It usually does sometime near mid-December.

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Was looking at pictures of legolas in the random photo thread and got to thinking about beards and diet.

I've always thought that beards were more a genetic thing, but apparently they also have a lot to do with diet.

Elves not having beards may be more diet than race. It's an interesting thought.

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Tolkien’s elves can grow beards, Círdan the Shipwright and Mahtan (also called Aulendur) both had beards. According to Tolkien, it was mostly seen in elves who had entered the third cycle of their lives and was uncommon amongst elves in their second-cycle (such as Mahtan) and never seen in elves in their first-cycle... and since those are the elves most commonly encountered by Men and Hobbits, most Men and Hobbits assume all elves to be always beardless.

Most Men and Hobbits have never seen female Dwarves, giving rise to rumors that they don’t exist and Dwarves are born from stone, so we have to accept a certain degree of unreliability in their writings about the other races.

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