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The other thing people screw up is the water they use to blanch the potatos needs to be basic (aka "alkaline"), not acidic. Adding a teaspoon of baking soda to the water will make it basic. When you blanch in basic water you get a potato with way more surface area that will end up being much more crunchy when fried.

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Why are people so afraid of the skin? I've never peeled the skin on my potatoes and it's literally never been a problem. But it seems like every fast food chain wants skinless potatoes and now everyone thinks that's how they're supposed to be prepared. It makes no sense to me, like isn't the whole point of fast food that it's as cheap as possible? Why spend extra time/money on peeling potatoes for no reason? Is the whole world crazy? Am I crazy? please hold me

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I guess the jump I'm making is that if we can see AI as an equal intelligence to living beings, we're basically screwed within a few generations. It's almost a universal human truth that we see value in intelligent, conscious, living beings while simultaneously regarding "humanity" as a scourge unto the earth and itself. If AI is considered to be an equally valid form of intelligence that can be manufactured and designed to some extent, there is really no reason to continue producing polluting, violent, vulnerable organic beings. Especially when they would be competing against compliant, highly intellectual, minimally resource intensive robots.

The only way I see human beings not being "replaced" is by affirmatively deciding that AI is a tool to further human beings, in the same way that it's used today in it's extremely basic form. But you can't make something a tool for human beings if it's equal to human beings for the same reason one human being cannot own another.

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I've actually been a professional juggler for 4 years now, so I think I can answer your question. Juggling is strange in that nobody is really born "good at juggling" for a few reasons. 1) in order to juggle, one must understand what patterns are effective (the standard "throw and pass" in a circle is not a good way to learn) less than five percent of the people i've taught have understood the pattern without needing to have it explained to them. 2) Progression has everything to do with practice, and almost nothing to do with natural talent.

I can teach someone how to juggle about 95% of the time in 15-40 minutes if they really try to focus. The longest, I've seen one of my students take is 2 hours to learn a 3 ball cascade. It took me THREE DAYS of nonstop practice to get to that level. Yet I can hang with the best of them, in fact one of my good friends just swept the world championships at the WJF this year.

On a less related note, if anyone was wondering, since they didn't actually give the name of the juggler in the pdf, I'm pretty sure it has to be Alex Barron he's the only one I've seen do more than 12 objects.

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At the end of the day, it's juggling. Not art, not sport. The sense of fellowship among jugglers is unlike any other "sport." football or baseball players just don't hang out and have fun in the same way that jugglers do.

Here's the difference for me. The WJF is a competition for very specific jugglers, where the IJA is more about celebrating new techniques tricks and "flow."

I think the WJF is an incomplete entity, picture this: Olympic figure skating, only there is no music, none of the competitors smile, no fancy outfits, in the end it's just not as much fun to watch.

However the IJA has it's own problems, in that while they encourage participation and competition, they judge it purely aesthetically, without much consistence in scoring methods.