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What are the fruitiest Bordeauxs? by noxnoctum in wine

[–]FlaviusValerius 10 points11 points  (0 children)

what the fuck is the deal with "fruity".

I actually wrote to Marks and Sparks once about this.

Back in the day I was interested but uninformed. I read the back of about seven bottles at the Marylebone train station Marks and Spencers, every single wine's main descriptor was 'fruity'. How was I supposed to know the difference between the bottles from regions I was unfamiliar with and with grape varietals that weren't listed because Europe.

Okay so wine is fruity. And yes some people are total wank jobs about how they describe their wine 'sour notes of a 19th century nun's salty butt hole dribbled in acacia honey' and the like. I mean fine, if that's what it tastes like to you that's great. But really, descriptors are supposed to convey the taste from one person to another.

Fruity is such a generic term. What fruit? apples? like some of those weird orange wines with tons of carbonic maceration? Cherries like some of the really bitter reds? grapefruit like some of the odd and semi-hidden obscure Loire red varietals (I'm looking at you pineau d'aunis and groslot). Or is fruity supposed to mean just 'generic grape flavours' in which case surely it should be omitted as it would be sort of just a default setting?

Anyway. That's my fruity rant. I'm sorry if it hits a nerve or comes out as rude. Also I'm sorry for bringing up a nun's arsehole.

With recent events in CA, this is a subject worth addressing, but has the industry even addressed the subject of pollution taint in wine? I have visited many vineyards that have busy streets nearby. Does the car exhaust get into the wine also? If you have any info on this please let me know. Thanks! by KaBrow in wine

[–]FlaviusValerius 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Smoke taint is an issue in Australia where fires are a regular occurence, particularly in the large production areas in south australia which can get very hot and dry near harvest (january/febuary). January is often the bushfire season and the waxes and cutins do trap a lot of smoke. Smoke taint gets worse in a wine over time and there are significant funds going in to develop methods ameliorate this. However the market is also in glut so it's not neccessarily a huge priority - it won't affect majority of the grapes in one year, though it may devastate a few wineries in one year.

I would hazard a yes that there would be impacts of pollution taint in wine.

Keneally to get nod for Senate seat by santaschesthairs in australia

[–]FlaviusValerius 4 points5 points  (0 children)

the two who slunk away into the night without ever accepting any real public scrutiny are Bob Carr and Eric Rozendaal. I recall reading about the ICAC hearings and Rozendaal was sitting there stony faced making sure no-one brought him down with them. He is one scary sinister motherfucker. I would not be surprised if he's into some seriously crooked stuff.

Interestingly for those who appear to be under the false pretense that Keneally is somehow clear of the chinese influence, it's important to take note that now both Bob Carr and Eric Rozendaal work directly for chinese interests! how about that!

Keneally to get nod for Senate seat by santaschesthairs in australia

[–]FlaviusValerius 1 point2 points  (0 children)

RemindMe! 18 months "did Bill Shorten screw the pooch"

Keneally to get nod for Senate seat by santaschesthairs in australia

[–]FlaviusValerius 6 points7 points  (0 children)

thank you for clearly and concisely summarising, with sources exactly what happened, rather than repeating the Bob Carr style revisionist 'alternative facts' that get repeated over and over on platforms like facebook and reddit.

Keneally to get nod for Senate seat by santaschesthairs in australia

[–]FlaviusValerius 11 points12 points  (0 children)

she created the ministry for barangaroo, she created a host of part 3a planning laws to give barangaroo priority and expemtion from EPA and local planning laws and community consultation. She was so bloody minded and hamfistedly eager to get barangaroo built. She never mentioned during that whole time she had vested pecuniary interests in the development with her husband (how else could she and him afford to live in hunter's hill mansions etc etc?). She is absolutely in the pocket of chinese investors and their new mega casino, as well as the planning laws that have allowed the development of the millions of slums of tomorrow in Green Park, Waterloo, and Ryde...

Keneally to get nod for Senate seat by santaschesthairs in australia

[–]FlaviusValerius 15 points16 points  (0 children)

a shrewd move? it's likely to cost him the next election.

It's proof that he's as beholden to the right of his party as Turnbull is to Abbott. It's an absolutely flailing desperate grasp for any celebrity to make Shorten likeable and considering her incredibly dirty laundry it's unlikely to work with anyone who lived in Sydney outside Heffron during the time she was premier.

She didn't get a huge swing in Bennelong like she said she would, she was responsible for the single worst period in NSW politics (well aside from the long Bob Carr led leadup to that situation and admittedly a fair amount of the Obeid stuff is Carr's fault) she's absolutely surrounded by corruption and scandal, and a couple of years mouthing off about the pope and her opinions like shes some blonde Oprah isn't going to erase her sordid history.

Shorten has made a grave error.

Keneally to get nod for Senate seat by santaschesthairs in australia

[–]FlaviusValerius 7 points8 points  (0 children)

quite interesting that since she threatened to sue someone for defamation for calling her corrupt that almost every public statement about her past starts with something along the lines of As one Labor insider put it: "There is no suggestion she's corrupt but...".

she is so fucking shady.

Filling the crack by alphaaa55 in oddlysatisfying

[–]FlaviusValerius 3 points4 points  (0 children)

looks like a normal australian primary school playground in summer to me!

Bioinformatics positions on hold by nyc_bioinfo in bioinformatics

[–]FlaviusValerius 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I went to france for mine, i was living on a wage equivalent to a postdoc there, which isn't a bankers salary but is enough to live a very comfortable life if you're not in paris (france = not in paris for anything to do with affordability/lifestyle).

The medical care was great, and while I didn't I know others that also applied for CAF as non-french nationals they were eligible because they were students in the french student. CAF is essentially a social welfare for people living in france. I have no idea how my non-EU citizen friend got it but she was eligible for it and scored a few thousand euroes. Mind blowing but true.

You won't make a ton of money but in the context of french salaries you'll do alright and have enough to live comfortably while you're doing your PhD.

Bioinformatics positions on hold by nyc_bioinfo in bioinformatics

[–]FlaviusValerius 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I don't know what level of your career you're at but a postdoc in australia gets 90k and a better standard of living than in USA, the salary in continental europe (but not the UK) is not high but the lifestyle, healthcare (even for foreigners) etc etc is way better than USA.

And as a native english speaker you're likely to be sought after in foreign language countries where they always love an extra brain to filter their papers through for grammatical checks.

I know there's that whole myth that USA is the best, but really, is it worth it? In my opinion fuck no.

I know it may sound grandiose, but geez, do yourself a favour, move to spain or france or germany, you may or may not have to learn a second language but it's so not as bad as you'd think.

I've done this, a japanese friend of mine has done this, russian friends, american friends, not one single one has regretted the decision. Once you're on your way somewhere else, if you really really want to get back into the situation where you get paid 9 months of a year and consider yourself to have 'made it' because you're tenured, then you can always apply for those jobs from another country.

Bill Shorten demands Sam Dastyari resign from key Parliamentary roles by AnAussiebum in AustralianPolitics

[–]FlaviusValerius 5 points6 points  (0 children)

what bothers me, is how closely Eddie Obeid, Kristina Keneally and Sam Dastyari all are connected, yet all three have very cleanly copied from Bob Carr's revisionist history modus operandi.

Kristina Keneally has been in the media a lot recently, and everyone is talking about how 'her testimony put Obeid in prison', yet the reality is plain as day that ICAC criticised her, not lauded her, it wasn't her testimony that put him in prison at all. ICAC actually criticised her for enabling Ian Macdonald and Eddie Obeid.

Sam Dastyari was a protege of obeid clean and simple. He was in obeid's office every single day, but when obeid went 'out of fashion' they dropped him like a stone.

Shorten is absolutely in line with these two shady characters. It's not that he's beholden to them because of the right of the ALP, shorten is the right of the ALP.

He needs to be replaced; shorten, and dastyari.

The Coppergate Helmet 8th Century [1836x3264] by Duke_of_Chicken in ArtefactPorn

[–]FlaviusValerius 30 points31 points  (0 children)

is it some sort of scandal relating to copper? did someone order gold and got copper instead? Why coppergate??

Mail-Order CRISPR Kits Allow Absolutely Anyone to Hack DNA: Experts debate what amateur scientists could accomplish with the powerful DNA editing tool—and whether its ready availability is cause for concern by mvea in Futurology

[–]FlaviusValerius 3 points4 points  (0 children)

so much cringeworthy stuff out there, one guy who wants to make his muscles huge is injecting himself with CRISPR mammalian cell transformation mix. Unsurprisingly it hasn't worked. If it were to work you would essentially need a fully functional laboratory. You'd need to be able to CRISPR some cell in a soup, identify the one that has repaired the DSB in the way you've intended, propagate that cell, THEN inject it.

It's just all really embarrassing to watch this unfolding

This what Snapchat looks like when you're a research technician... by moosetron_5000 in labrats

[–]FlaviusValerius 35 points36 points  (0 children)

stack a p1000 tip into a p200 tip, and you've got yourself a tip which will suck up large volumes but with a small hole - super useful for really getting the very last bit of ethanol off your DNA preps

Science jobs outside the lab by Lord-of-Finesse in biology

[–]FlaviusValerius 0 points1 point  (0 children)

work for the beverages industry. great perks, fun people, great job.