From: Mxsmanic on
Magda writes:

> What about "only bicycles"?

Bicycles are not practical for transportation of heavy loads. Large cities
like New York just before the automobile took over were cesspools, thanks in
part to having horses everywhere (along with horse manure, horse food, horse
parking, etc.).
From: John Rennie on
Bill Bonde {Colourless green ideas don't sleep furiously) wrote:
> Magda wrote:
>> On Sun, 31 Jan 2010 16:29:31 +0000, in, "Bill Bonde {Colourless green
>> ideas don't sleep furiously)" <tribuyltinafpant(a)> arranged some electrons, so
>> they looked like this:
>> ...
>> ... Magda wrote:
>> ... >
>> ... > On Sun, 31 Jan 2010 21:34:52 +0000, in, John Rennie
>> ... > <john-rennie(a)> arranged some electrons, so they looked like this:
>> ... >
>> ... > ... You are an abusive person aren't you, Magda?
>> ... >
>> ... > No, dahhhhhhhhling - Billy Stupid is.
>> ... >
>> ... > He can't even read, for heavens' sake!
>> ... >
>> ... I find that an odd claim given that the sum total of our
>> ... interaction has been entirely via the written word.
>> I wouldn't have it *any other way*.
> That's fine with me.
>> Go eat your cereal.
> I don't usually eat breakfast.
The first meal of the day is breakfast, Bill, that's
why it's called break fast.
From: Mxsmanic on
Bill Bonde {Colourless green ideas don't sleep furiously) writes:

> 1) It doesn't really cost hundreds of dollars a month to feed each
> person if they cook their own food from staple foods.

How much does it cost, exactly?

> 2) If you have enough money to buy a cell phone, it would seem like
> you have enough to avoid starving, given that while the cell phone
> alone isn't that much money, it is money that could be used to
> avoid starving. I think we can add the cable bill to that amount
> too.

Cell phones around here cost about $50 to buy and almost nothing to keep (if
you have a pay-as-you-go subscription). A single trip to the grocery store for
a person living alone costs $50-$75, and two or three such trips are needed
per week.

I've priced the produce and other raw ingredients, and they are even more
expensive than a lot of the prepared stuff. For example, a small pack of
sliced mango costs twice as much as a small loaf of pound cake. And pound cake
will keep you going a lot longer than a few pieces of mango, since it contains
more calories.
From: John Rennie on
Mxsmanic wrote:
> John Rennie writes:
>> It can stun a poster but the fact is that Bill is sometimes 'on the
>> ball'. He is here. Not all carbohydrates are digested very rapidly.
>> The ones that have a high GI (Glycemic Index) are but the ones that
>> have a low GI are not. Those are the ones that fill you up and that
>> it is not necessary to eat too much of.
> One of the highest glycemic indices is that of mashed potatoes, which consist
> almost entirely of starch. Complex carbohydrates are digested almost as
> rapidly as simple carbohydrates. The digestion of starch in bread, for
> example, begins right in the mouth.

I'm not quite sure you understand me. You use the example of mashed
potatoes which has a high GI. We are agreed that high GI foods
are to be avoided are we not?
From: Earl Evleth on
On 1/02/10 10:52, in article xMidndwE_7z0OfvWnZ2dnUVZ8kNi4p2d(a),
"John Rennie" <john-rennie(a)> wrote:

> The first meal of the day is breakfast, Bill, that's
> why it's called break fast

The French call it petit dejeuner, meaning a "little"
breaking of the fast. Lunch is the real breaking
of it (dejeuner)

In a former time in the US, lunch as called dinner
and dinner was supper. The French used to refer
to dinner as "souper", the term apparently is
still used in the north. The term was a light dinner
often beginning with soup. The term is used
now to designate a meal after attending some
evening event.

Au Qu�bec, on parle toujours de ��souper�� comme le repas de la fin de

Soups in Parisian restaurants are returning a bit but have
been out of style for years. They are found more
in countryside restaurants.

The argot expression "a la soupe" is meant to head for the
dining table. (otherwise "a table"). Although normally
pronounced "soupe" in that expression can come out "soupah"