What are the best "value for your money" restaurants in Philadelphia?

My wife and I, as well as our friends, love to eat at the Sang Kee Noodle House Asian Restaurant.  There are several locations in Philly but we most often visit the one in Wynnewood on the Main Line.

The Asian food is consistently delicious, reasonably priced, and served with quickly, efficiently, and pleasantly by an excellent staff.  You will be treated with kindness when you enter, fed well while you're there, and leave completely satisfied … eager to return next time.

BTW, try to avoid times when it will be very busy like Friday and Saturday evenings.

Is the downvote-answer feature necessary on Quora?

Yes.  Without downvoting, I think you open Quora up to non-constructive answers which weaken the strength of the site. See What are good and bad reasons to downvote answers on Quora? That question has a number of answers that get at this point. That question and its answers also support the secondary point that Justin Bishop is making — which I agree with — that unfair/unreasonable downvoting is demoralizing.

In football, what is a slot back?

A slot back is basically a slot receiver who lines up in the backfield.

This page is pretty instructional.

It says:
"The flanker can also become a slot receiver or slot back. If he’s positioned between the split end and a tackle, his name changes. The coach can take out a tight end, making a slot back the third receiver, attempting to create mismatches with the defense. But even in a standard set that includes a tight end, the receiver can line up between the split end and the tackle and be called a slot back. This gives him a few steps running start before the defender can smack him one."

Wikipedia says a slot back is:
"A receiver lining up in the offensive back field. Canadian and Arena football allow them to take a running start at the line. They are usually larger players as they need to make catches over the middle. In American football slot backs are typically used in flexbone or other triple option offenses while Canadian football uses them in almost all formations."

How does the central nervous system of a human differ from that of other hominids?

I have no idea how the various pathways of sensation, movement, emotion, etc are programmed in animals other than humans, so this is purely an attempt to explain some of the differences in sophistication.

Genetically speaking, we're not that different from a chimp/gorilla, and as it turns out,  humans only have ~30K genes anyway, which, in the grand scheme of the animal  kingdom, is not much, and it's certainly many thousands less than what scientists expected to find when the human  genome project began.

So a lot of the difference between a human brain and, for instance, a chimp's brain, is actually purely numerical: the average human brain just has way more neurons than the average hominid's.

But is the fact that human neurons undergo a few extra cycles of mitosis before birth so significant? Yes! Nature plays a risky game–it only provides the foundation for brain function, and relies entirely on environment to provide the rest. Neurons are constantly creating and retracting synapses during any sort of learning process, and memory/retention actually depends on structural changes in neurons themselves (it is literally possible to distinguish a piano player from a violin player based solely on the superficial anatomical appearance of their brains). The advantage that humans have with so many additional neurons is an increase in the number of possible connections–several orders of magnitude more, in fact.

If the issue of quantity vs. quality strikes you as a counter-argument, consider this story (inspired entirely by Professor Robert Sapolsky of Stanford's bio dept): when world chess champion Garry Kasparov first played Deep Blue, he positively wiped the floor with the computer's circuits. IBM refined their darling product by basically teaching it every possible move, and when Kasparov played Deeper Blue, he was soundly defeated. Afterwards, he was apparently asked to comment on how a mere computer, just by knowing more moves, could possibly win in a complex scenario like chess. The story goes that he replied, "In quantity, there is quality". Numbers do matter! 🙂

Hope this is along the lines of what you were looking for–if anything remains unclear, please sound off! 😀

Who are the key designers and implementers of Spanner?

An approximation could be the authors of the Spanner paper published at OSDI 2012 [1]:

  • James C. Corbett
  • Jeffrey Dean
  • Michael Epstein
  • Andrew Fikes
  • Christopher Frost
  • JJ Furman
  • Sanjay Ghemawat
  • Andrey Gubarev
  • Christopher Heiser
  • Peter Hochschild
  • Wilson Hsieh
  • Sebastian Kanthak
  • Eugene Kogan
  • Hongyi Li
  • Alexander Lloyd
  • Sergey Melnik
  • David Mwaura
  • David Nagle
  • Sean Quinlan
  • Rajesh Rao
  • Lindsay Rolig
  • Yasushi Saito
  • Michal Szymaniak
  • Christopher Taylor
  • Ruth Wang
  • Dale Woodford

[1] http://static.googleusercontent….

Is there an implicit "since" in the "most viewed questions" component of Quora's statistics page?

It appears that the answer is Yes, as I woke up this morning and saw all my top view counts down to low single-digits, down from the teens.

I asked a similar question: Do Most-Viewed questions aggregate views from day 1?

In Battlestar Galactica, what's the explanation for Starbuck's appearances / disappearances toward the end of the series?

This is a great question, as it's arguably the great mystery of the series.

Here's the answer from Ron Moore, one of BSG's co-creators:

Kara is what you want her to be. It’s easy to put the label on her of “angel” or “messenger of God” or something like that.  Kara Thrace died and was resurrected and came back and took the people to their final end.   That was her role, her destiny in the show… We debated back and forth in the writers’ room about giving it more clarity and saying definitively what she is.   We decided that the more you try to put a name on it, the less interesting it became, and we just decided this was the most interesting way for her to go out, with her just disappearing and [leave people wondering exactly what she was].

Source: http://blogs.discovermagazine.co…

Other Ron Moore quotes:

Q:  What exactly is Kara at the end of the series? An angel?

Moore: I think Kara remains an ambiguous figure. Kara lived a mortal life, died and was resurrected to get them to their final destiny. Clearly she was a key player in the events that led to [the fleet's] finding a home. And, I don't know if there's any more to it beyond that. I think you could call her an angel, you could call her a demon, the second coming or the first coming, I guess, chronologically speaking. You can say that she had a certain messiah-like quality, in the classic resurrection story. There's a lot of different ways you can look at it, but the more we talked about it, the more we realized there was more in the ambiguity and mystery of it than there was in trying to give it more definition in the end.

Q: So she is completely different than the hallucination/visions of Baltar and Six?

Moore: Yes, Kara was physically among us. Everybody saw her. She was tactile, she flew a viper, she was around. She was with us. And yet, there was a body that died on the original Earth, and Baltar did the DNA analysis and it was her body, so she was literally brought back from the dead by something — by some higher power or other power, and she came back to serve a function.

Source: http://www.tvguide.com/news/batt…

Does Rachel Maddow do more harm than good for liberals?

As an Englishman living in London, for a little over two years I have found Maddow's weeknight MSNBC show invaluable for presenting American domestic and foreign policy issues from an American liberal perspective.

Maddow's liberal American politics would fit quite well in the modern incarnation of any of the three main British parties, though some American commentators appear to find her politically very left wing.  Maddow herself put it this way in answer to a question from the Valley Advocate:

"I'm undoubtedly a liberal, which means that I'm in almost total agreement with the Eisenhower-era Republican party platform. Our politics have drifted so far to the right now that, for example, no one believes there is a single, confirmable judicial nominee out there who is as liberal as the Supreme Court Justice he or she will replace—a Republican appointed by a Republican president in the '70s. Justice Stevens didn't become a liberal once he was on the Court—he maintained his moderate Republican-style views, while the Court (and the rest of our national politics) shifted so far to the right that he ended up on the Court's far-left wing, simply by standing still."

On some aspects of social policy American as well as British society have both drifted leftwards since Ike's day. In America Maddow could not have been openly gay in the 1950s without adverse consequences, as a woman she would have found it hard to find a job that matches her skill as a journalist, and as a Catholic she might also have faced discrimination throughout her career.

As a journalist Maddow has distinguished herself, winning numerous awards. She is an engaging personality and is very courteous to guests.

So, she's openly liberal, in the American meaning of the word, and she's an excellent journalist.  The question is "does she do more harm than good for liberals?" I don't think there's any question about this, she's an unalloyed good for liberals, and indeed for American journalism.