Can't use Ramaladni's gift on primal ancient by DaddyBondrewd in Diablo

[–]BRNZ42 16 points17 points  (0 children)

No. But you can roll that socket into a different useful stat, and then add the wocket back in, getting you an extra stat--which is the point if the gift.

I just realized how incredibly easy it is to convert slow cooker recipes to Instand Pot receipes. by Thatyahoo in instantpot

[–]BRNZ42 35 points36 points  (0 children)

FYI, the various buttons don't actually change the function of the pot, but just serve as a memory for pressures and times. If you cook rice a lot, for example, you'll probably get the timing exactly right for the type of rice you buy, and you can just push the "rice" button and it will remember that setting from last time.

The only buttons that really matter are "Slow Cook," "Saute," and "Manual." Everything else is just a memory button to replace the need to manually enter every recipe.

This advice might be different for pro or super deluxor models.

Bryce Harper is currently sitting at 0.0 bWAR on the season. by NByrns in baseball

[–]BRNZ42 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Your prediction of his floor being .245 and 28 homers is actually pretty close. He's on Pace for more homers but a lower average.

Can I cook with SOME frozen ingredients? by activelurker in instantpot

[–]BRNZ42 9 points10 points  (0 children)

In general, you don't need to make much of an adjustment for frozen ingredients. Go for it!

Imagine you're making tea, and need to boil water, then pour that boiling water into a cup. You can start with water, you start with a mixture of water and ice cubes. With the ice cube mixture, the first bit of heat added to the pot will mostly go to melting the ice, and then the water will heat, and then it will boil.

But if you're making tea, you don't really care. You just wait for it to boil.

The IP works basically the same way. First it heats things to boiling. If you start with ice, it will take a little longer to get to that boil, but the end result is the same.

How do you use the contour button on your amp? by lacj006294 in Bass

[–]BRNZ42 1 point2 points  (0 children)


It's the "make your amp sound bad" button.

Even if you like the scooped sound, you will disappear into the mix.

Dear Redditors, what is a bitch to transport? by axfax in AskReddit

[–]BRNZ42 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm a pro. I used to tour internationally as an upright player, including flying between Europe and North America. This thing is the best:


Digital Exile: How I Got Banned for Life from AirBnB by Yorkshaw in technology

[–]BRNZ42 75 points76 points  (0 children)

All these numbers are made up, but illustrate the point.

Ok, so a direct flight from Denver to Orlando is $250 dollars, but there's a flight with a layover in Atlanta for only $150. That makes sense, getting out and changing planes in Atlanta is a little bit inconvenient, so it costs less than flying direct to Orlando. Orlando is a popular place to fly to, so there's a premium paid to fly there directly, and Atlanta is a large hub, so it is economical to route planes through there. This all makes sense.

Now, a lot of people need to fly from Denver to Atlanta, so by supply and demand, the price for a direct flight from Denver to Atlanta is $200. This also makes sense.

You need to fly from Denver to Atlanta.

Instead of booking the direct flight from Denver to Atlanta, you book a one-way ticket from Denver to Orlando and just...don't go to Orlando. When you deplane for the layover you can just leave the airport and you're in Atlanta. That trip costs you $150 instead of $200. The only downside is that you can't check any baggage, because your bags will end up in Orlando. But as long as you pack carry-on only, you just saved $50.

In this case, Atlanta is the hidden city. Your itinerary says Denver->Orlando, so your actual destination is "hidden."

It's not illegal, and comes with plenty of downsides, but people discovered these tricks and started using it to game the system and save a little dough when flying. Now all the airlines have made it against their policies, and so they can ban you from their airline for doing it too much.

Front page of the Washington Post's All-Star game section by TheCaptainandKing in baseball

[–]BRNZ42 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well I'm sorry D.C. is shaped that way?

It can't be a perfect Home Plste because D.C. isn't perfect. You gotta sacrifice some realism to get it to be map shaped.

Front page of the Washington Post's All-Star game section by TheCaptainandKing in baseball

[–]BRNZ42 12 points13 points  (0 children)

It's flush with the ground, not a raised bag. It's clearly meant to be home plate, but shaped like DC. I'll grant you that your mind wants to see a square, so you think it's a base, but it could just as easily be the dirt covering the pointed part of a pentagon.

The fact that it's level with the ground means it can only be home plate, so the pun works.

What's an automatic downvote for you? by asdep234 in AskReddit

[–]BRNZ42 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If someone is asking a question in one of the smaller, friendlier subs I contribute to, I want to make sure they get the best information.

Sometimes, someone contributes something that's just wrong. It could be misleading, ill-informed, or based on a bad assumption.

It's usually not worth the effort to get in an internet argument over it, but I don't want OP to think it's good advice. So I just down vote it.

Has anyone played in a decent rock-type band before? Do we HAVE to specialize and choose just one instrument to be amazing? by A1d4n_18 in musictheory

[–]BRNZ42 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Yes, you can be a multi instrumentalist. That's a very doable thing. Most multi instrumentalists fall into one of 3 camps:

1) Jack of all trades, master of none.

Plenty of hobbyists end up here. There's no shame in it, but you'll always be the guy playing whatever instrument isn't currently taken. You'll rarely be someone's "first call" for a particular instrument, but more of someone whose versatility allows you to jam with other people, even if everyone else is better, but they only play 1 instrument.

Professional musicians who fall into this category are almost always composers. It's a valuable skill as a composer or arrangers to have some familiarity with the instruments you write for. It's nice to able to know the quirks of those instruments, and some idea of advanced techniques. But you don't need to actually master any of them. You write--the players play.

2) 1 primary instrument -- with transferable skills.

This is probably how those high schoolers you envy have gotten where they are. The more you learn about music, the more you can just pick up an instrument. You get good at the fine dexterity and coordination required of almost any instrument. Things like rhythm transfer completely. Learning chords and melodies is easier when you already have some theory foundation. It's easier to make connections ("I get it, on guitar this shape is a D, but on Ukulele this shape is a G. But it's the same shape!")

This is also where most pros probably fall. I'm a professional bass player. I am very good at bass. I get gigs playing bass. But I know a lot about music theory, and have transferable skills that mean I can fake it on guitar, uke, piano, and drums.

3) True Geniuses.

There's a few every generation. Prince was one. Jacob Collier is one. At age 28, you're probably not one. There's no reason to hold yourself to the standards of true genius-level multi instrumentalists.

So, if you are truly interested in playing several instruments at a high level, what can you do?

1) Pick one instrument to focus on. The skills you develop will eventually be transferable, but in order for them to transfer you need to get reasonable comfortable on one instrument first.

2) Learn theory. Learn about notes and chords and melodies and rhythms. Learn why chord progressions work, and how melodies play off of chords. Get good at sight reading rhythms and listen to how drummers and bassists build a groove.

Bsus6? by I_Eat_Children_Souls in musictheory

[–]BRNZ42 8 points9 points  (0 children)

First of all, the 6th degree of the scale is G#. Not Ab. The key of B uses sharps, so the scale degrees are:

B C# D# E F# G# A# B

Now that that's cleared up, let's talk about susepensions. In popular notation, a sus chord is when you replace the 3rd with the 2nd or the 4th. This works because it's one note away from the 3rd. Sometimes that suspension might "resolve," where 2nd or the 4th moves to the 3rd. Sometimes it doesn't. Either way, that's what a "sus" chord is in the modern, popular notation sense.

So no, you can't just write Bsus6, and expect anyone to know that you want them to replace the 3rd with the 6th. If anything, if I saw that non-standard notation I would assume you wanted me to replace the fifth with a G#. Because of the way suspensions work, (they're one note away) I would have guessed that Bsus6 means B D# G#. But that's not what you want, so it's definitely not the notation you want.

So if you want a chord that is B, F#, G#, how do you notate that? Well, let's try to make this chord into a stack of thirds. You can almost do it!

(Something missing)

Oh wait, that looks like a G#minor7 chord without its 5th! And that's exactly what that is. It's common practice to leave out the 5th of a chord, especially as they get more complicated. The root, 3rd, and 7th (if there is one) are the most important parts of a chord, and that's exactly what you've got here.

How to notate it?


You don't need to specify that the 5th is being omitted. Want to note the fact the B is the lowest sounding note?


There you go.

Started at 5 AM, finished at 6:45. Course all to myself. Anyone else like to play early morning solo rounds? by dRGSr in discgolf

[–]BRNZ42 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Does 10:00am count as early?

I usually play my favorite course at about that time on a weekday. I can play a solo round in 1 hour, and never have to wait. If I hit that same course after 4:00pm there are way too many people.

Why is salt such a staple ingredient in so many dishes? by PM_ME_OBSCURE_CHIPS in Cooking

[–]BRNZ42 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I don't think that's true. I'm pretty sure there were several hour long specials. The chocolate one and the Thanksgiving one are just ones I can remember off the top of my head. I'm gonna go look that up.

What’s the dumbest thing you believed as a child? by aqkj in AskReddit

[–]BRNZ42 4 points5 points  (0 children)

What? No. Cat is gato. That's masculine. They're both masculine.

Slash chords with relative note numbers by flipcoder in musictheory

[–]BRNZ42 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No, it's not done, not even informally. At least, in my 12+ years of sight-reading charts in all genres, I've never seen it.

The goal of lead sheet notation (that's what this style of chord notation is called) is to be sight-readable. Replacing note names with numbers makes that worse, not better.

How does this sub feel about brothless ramen (mazemen)? This is one of my favorite meals to make for myself. by BRNZ42 in ramen

[–]BRNZ42[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I posted the details in another comment, but I'll put more info here. Basically, it's pretty simple:

Boil ramen noodles like normal. Instant works, but fresh is better. Boil in plain water, no flavor packet.

Make flavorful oil: I use a mixture of 1 tbsp sesame oil, 2 tsp vinegar, 1 tap soy sauce, some ground ginger and hot sauce to taste.

Take noodles straight from boiling water to serving boil, and toss with oil.

While all that is going on, you need to prepare your toppings. Mine were pretty simple.

  • Leftover pork, sliced and heated back up in a saute pan
  • Spinach sauteed with sliced ginger and garlic
  • Smoked Bonito flakes (store bought)
  • [Pickled onions](www.budgetbytes.com/pickled-red-onions)
  • Poached egg (with paprika).

The whole process is actually really easy. I get two sauce pans going with water, one for the noodles, the other for the poached egg. Then I get a sautee pan going for the meat and the veg. It all happens fast, but you get the timing of it with practice.

How does this sub feel about brothless ramen (mazemen)? This is one of my favorite meals to make for myself. by BRNZ42 in ramen

[–]BRNZ42[S] 43 points44 points  (0 children)

I totally respect your opinion, thanks for respecting my tastes! Aren't noodles the best?

How does this sub feel about brothless ramen (mazemen)? This is one of my favorite meals to make for myself. by BRNZ42 in ramen

[–]BRNZ42[S] 76 points77 points  (0 children)

Ramen is made of 4 main ingredients: broth, noodles, flavorful oil, and toppings. Mazemen is all of the above, but without the broth. A mandatory topping is a poached or fried egg, so the runny yolk for a part of the sauce. I love Carbonara, and this is basically the ramen version of carbonara. It's delicious.

The bowl shown in the picture is tonight's dinner, made as follows:

Flavorful Oil: 3 parts sesame oil, 2 parts acid of choice, 1 part soy sauce, ground ginger to taste

Noodles: storebought fresh ramen noodles


  • Leftover sliced pork
  • Spinach sauteed with sliced garlic and ginger
  • Homemade pickled onions
  • Smoked Bonito flakes
  • Poached egg, with paprika

What is your favorite movie scene of all time? by biggerthanbread in AskReddit

[–]BRNZ42 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's two shots. They splice it when the camera swishes down the stairs.

That's why I said it's mostly a continuous shot. It has the effect of a continuous shot. It would have been, too, but the set wasn't actually a ship, so they couldn't keep the conversation flowing down the stairs.

Each "level" of the ship was it's own set, and they were built next to each other. So they hid the splice between the two continuous shots, but they had to because of the set's layout.

What is your favorite movie scene of all time? by biggerthanbread in AskReddit

[–]BRNZ42 39 points40 points  (0 children)

The opening scene for the movie Serenity

The exterior shot of the ship. A piece falling off. The steady cam following Mal as we walks through the ship. You get to know every character, and the ship, in a tidy 5-minue sho. And it's almost entirely one continuous shot.

For a movie that followed a TV show, this scene does a great job of catching the audience up. You don't need to have ever seen the show to totally get everything that's going on.

Well... I made a cider of some sort by brewersjourney in Homebrewing

[–]BRNZ42 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Any ale yeast is gonna make it strong and dry. There's just not many complex sugars to leave residual sweetness. Even Nottingham will get it done dry (F.G. .998 or so), but won't strip away the appleyness.

I'm with the poster above. Champagne yeast gets rid of too many of the volatile apple flavors. I prefer a neutral ale yeast or an English strain for my ciders.