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Should videosift allow images in comments?

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Per @lucky760's comment,
It was decided years ago those are far too easily abused, but hey this is a meritocracy. If the constituency stands united with a single voice, perhaps the site admins would reconsider the issue. Maybe start a poll.

I'd sometimes like to embed images in comments, and I think that the existing hobbling/banning options would be sufficient to deal with abuse... but then, I'm not entirely sure what type of abuse @lucky760's worried about? I would think that it would be similar to embedding any video source (requires gold star).

Broccoli Soup Pictures

From http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1781322 or http://youtu.be/2KR44a_5v_A but I'd suggest allowing an extra 5 minutes to clean soup off your wall afterwards... that first step of pulsing apparently needs more skill than I have.

I would say that this soup was a huge success, it's my equal easiest soup (tied with miso soup) and very yummy. I skipped the cheese and walnuts, and will probably skip the drizzle of extra virgin olive oil next time too, it didn't seem to add much.

Lentil soup (food for sifting)


3 tablespoons oil, 2 chopped onions, 1 chopped carrot, 2 chopped celery sticks, 1 clove garlic (crushed), 2/3 metric cup lentils (160ml), 1 tsp ground cummin, 4 cups stock (or water), 3 tomatoes peeled seeded and chopped, salt and pepper to season, 1 tablespoon parsley to garnish


Heat oil in a large pan. Add onions, carrot & celery and fry until softened. Add all the rest of the ingredients except tomato, bring to the boil then reduce heat and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally (needs more stirring near the end). Add tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste and cook further 5 minutes. Pour into warmed tureens and sprinkle with parsley. Serves 6.

A fun short film competition - Quantum Shorts 2012

The Centre for Quantum Technologies/New Scientist Quantum Shorts film competition sought films of no longer than three minutes that were inspired by quantum physics.

Based on the winning entries, the main themes were imagining quantum effects on macro particles (people!), and the effects this might have on relationships!

The winner was an Australian film Quantum Daughter, about Erwin Schrödinger's daughter in a parallel universe where computers are so advanced they look like bananas (and where mobile phone companies are so ruthless they will follow you to another universe to cancel a contract). The 100 points referenced is an Australian thing... to open a bank account or get a card for a video store or any of a million other things requires two forms of id (mobile phone company Amaysim has examples).

The equal runners up were the short version of Alice in Quantum Land from Austria, and Heisenberg.

There is also a longer (5 minute) version of Alice in Quantumland which I have posted here in preference to the winning entry, because I liked the way it hung together.

The Singapore Schools category was won by the brilliant and very Singaporean Cat in the box.

The rest of the entries are available at http://shorts.quantumlah.org/video-entries/

The judges declared themselves blown away by the quality of the shortlisted films. “I am really impressed that quantum theory can inspire such creativity,” said Jeremy Webb, New Scientist editor-in-chief. “I would like to congratulate all the directors on their imaginations and the skill with which they have told their stories”.
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