Scientific education and communication. You rectify people's and their representatives' ignorance and lack of foresight, you have unlimited moneys to play around with on whatever projects.
You dump a ton of money into any one project, there may not necessarily be results due to lack of leadership, or even resistance, from powers that be, among other factors relating to the lay and their attitudes.
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Jun 1, 20149909 posted a message on Which scientific area do you think should be researched more?Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
May 21, 2014^Posted in: Real-Life Advice
Dude, he only said girlfriend, not wife.
I was jokingly going to suggest buy her a rock and make an honest woman of your girlfriend, then go travelling.
More seriously, if you can't travel with your girlfriend or do something that benefits you and your loved ones, just be sensible and save to something - a house, a car, or whatever you might want. Money comes and money goes, but you could always do with a little more rainy-day savings.
Mar 12, 20149909 posted a message on Site is still unbearably slow and clunky on mobileIn addition to this things above, the site is laden with random scripts (some apparently are porno scripts or something). It's really unpleasant, but I guess there's the always the option to go away, of course.Posted in: Forum Software Feedback and Bug Reports
Cheers for the work involved in moving the site and all, btw.
Mar 12, 2014So, what I really would like to know and maybe it has been made available here, but who was sampled? How many were sampled? How many of you could describe how this 'study' was conducted? (How about them apples now?)Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
Rather than discuss the implications or make speculations, I would really, really like to know the above and why this even matters. It's great general knowledge that the third planet orbiting the star of the Milky Way, the Sun, is Earth, but it really doesn't do anything for me or anyone; anyone who would be seriously interested in this would surely have a more intricate and indeed beautiful understanding of astronomy.
Even if it were useful to know this, the inferences that some people are drawing aren't simply spurious but are ridiculous, not unlike those who draw and suggest them.
Mar 12, 20149909 posted a message on Which scientific area do you think should be researched more?Neuroscience and psychiatry. The appreciation of both are abysmal but have profound implications.Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
There are other things, but I don't really care about them quite as much, even if neither neuroscience nor psychiatry are specifically my work.
Mar 12, 2014Khan Academy videos for biochemistry or for statistics are good, but you should buy a good book and work through it and do problems.Posted in: Real-Life Advice
WRT statistics, what's your background and what do you want to get out of it? What amount of rigour and how much probability theory do you want to deal with? What disciplines will you apply statistics to (e.g., legal, medical, scientific, engineering, business; each discipline has its own gold standard, best practices, etc., etc.)?
Feb 11, 20149909 posted a message on Even more things tracking what you do while on MTGSalvation?!Posted in: Forum Software Feedback and Bug ReportsQuote from MemoryLapse
No one is forcing you to come here. You dont like the way they run their business take your happy ass elsewhere. Cya!
Quote from Galspanic
Right, but if you want to be here and don't want to feel like your privacy is compromised, that seems like an absolutely valid concern. Let's just drop this argument and work on trying to find ways to help people find a comfortable place here.
Thanks for your handling this.
I share similar concerns. I understand the site's business model requires some of these scripts, and it so happens that, for the coffers to remain full and business to remain solvent, information must be sold. However, not only are there issues to do with (1) privacy and (2) security, but these tracking things are also markedly compromise the performance of the website. A statement and explanation from the site staff as well as the technical, Curse people would be rightly appreciated, and an address of these matters would be thoughtful for users, the site and those truly running this thing.
Moving forward, I would like to see Tooooon's queries answered for the common good.
Feb 11, 2014Apologies this isn't the most appropriate place for this.Posted in: Forum Software Feedback and Bug Reports
In bullet form,
1. Thanks for purchasing MTGS and integrating it into the Curse gaming network.
2. There are some issues with MTGS now. One most key one is accessing MTGS, the forums or threads in the forums is associated with a concomitant spike in CPU usage. Occasionally, my browser (all of the major ones) freeze and, sometimes, a prompt pops up informing me of a non-responsive script. Many of these are for analytics, including, but not limited to, Google's ones and "Script: http://static-dominaria.cursecdn.com/1-0-5154-30198/js/core.js:28".
3. Quoting doesn't exactly work as it used to. I understand that things might change, but surely quoting is supposed to actually quote the text...
Can't remember what my other things were, but they don't seem so important.
Cheers. Keep up the good work.
Feb 11, 2014Thanks for your replies, people.Posted in: Real-Life Advice
The issue is probably retaining all of those numbers faithfully. I know what is holding me back from doing insane (properly insane) mental arithmetic is that; I'm okay with clever little algorithm or tricks.Quote from TheEndIsNearI'm a bit late, but I tend to do some pretty big math for "normal people" in my head which tends to impress them.
I find "simplifying the multiplication" makes things harder.
For example, yesterday, I was doing 7^7 (which I got wrong, I got 831343 or something, instead of hold on... 823543 (someone check that for me, it litterally took me like 10 seconds, but I'm unsure (I remember being wrong and what I said, not the real answer)) and I ended up with 343*2401 (which should give you the number above. I feel like the way people tell you to do it would be (((((7*7)*7)*7)*7)*7)*7). I tend to try to make the two sides as close as possible, to get the more manageable numbers. 6^6 for example, I'd do 216^2. (real fast, ummm, 46656?)
But that's just me :/
Very, very good post. Thank you very much for such a helpful and thought-out post.Quote from gelfMental math also lets you have a rough idea what answer the calculator should give you. If you see 312 x 41, you should be able to estimate that the answer will be around 12000ish. That way when you use the calculator, if you make a mistake and it puts out the answer 1200, well you don't just take it at face value.
Being able to estimate a correct answer, then confirm it with a calculator is a good skill to have, rather than simply taking whatever answer the calculator gives you.
I don't believe you can become a synesthete. If you could, the likelihood of becoming or learning to become is likely to be inversely correlated with age. Though I know Jed Fonner (from the MIT Media Lab) are trying to develop toys to simulate an experience of synesthesia.Quote from BlakeI think if you want to be REALLY good, you need to practice thinking of numbers spatially (like Daniel Tammet) or train on an abacus until you don't need an abacus. An abacus is probably more likely for 'normal' folk as Daniel is a synesthete, but I think it's possible if you trained really hard. That would make numbers so beautiful, in a direct and sensory way. Would be pretty cool
The abacus part is interesting. I might look into this.
Okay, I guess the most key question here is, "but can you guys do these questions, unassisted, without pencil or paper (and certainly without any calculating apparatus), within a maximum of three seconds?". That, my friends, is the speed we're aiming for.Quote from Sterling Angel
I even simplify when adding and subtracting. Take 300 - 257 = 43, I turn the problem into (300 - 260) + 3 = 40 + 3 = 43. I have been doing math problems this way in my head for so long now that simplifying is automatic for me. I find it's a much faster way for me to do problems in my head.Quote from Nai
But the biggest thing here is 'simplify'. Make it as simple as possible so you're not juggling 5 digit numbers in your head.
Feb 3, 2014I was watching a repeat episode of a TV programme with Charlie Brooker and David Mitchell. It was on religion, and the episode explored Bibleman. (If you have to Goopedia/Wikigle it, perhaps it's not worth replying or please preface your answer with that fact.)Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
So, as the title says, is it a joke or a satire? If not, do you believe that it delivers a very Christian message or is it appropriate? I have watched a few episodes (:stupid: time is ... something? something is something else?) on double-speed, and it seems awfully un-Christian, violent and hateful, for example.
What of other religious TV programming too? Seriously, who the heck watches them?
Honestly, is there any religious (any faith) TV programming that you could suggest?
Feb 3, 2014Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
Wow, really?Quote from brasswireOne of few the actors today whose performances I truly looked forward to and could make me enjoy a film just by being a part of it.
Hoffman is a guy who had much promise in his early days and talent in his latter days, but it seems that he is very polarising; there are two main camps, those that fanboy him who claim that he is the best thing since sliced bread and there are those that dismiss his acting chops, claiming that he is over-rated.
It is undeniable that ODing is not a very classy way to call it in, but tragic? I don't think so; the silver lining is that Hoffman has now moved on and is no longer struggling and suffering from his addictions. He is, as the cliche goes, 'in a better place'.RIP, a tragic way to go, he will be missed.
Those of us who are still alive, this might sound a little strange: don't dwell on mourning his passing; celebrate his life.
Feb 2, 20149909 posted a message on Guy three doors down from my house scratched my car, how can I prove it?Posted in: Real-Life AdviceQuote from VergageSo I drive to my parents house today after parking my car in a different place for once (few cars further down than normal) and notice multiple scratch marks on the back right bumper.
So my house mate knocks on a few doors, asking if anyone had seen anything and they all said no. I then get back and have a look at the cars parked down the road, and notice matching scratch marks on the front of the car who parked behind me that night, with a tiny amount of blue (my cars colour) paint on it.
Now the owner of this car is one of the people my housemate talked to, and he denied it and said he hadn't seen anything.
Now I've took a picture close up of the scratch on the guys bumper where you can clearly see a bit of blue paint, what else should I do going forwards considering he's denying it?
- File a matter w/ police, showing them 'evidence' in support of the possibility that your parents' neighbour's car hit yours.
- Let police do their job. Get over it; keep calm and carry on with whatever you do. It is only stuff. (How zen of me.)
- Inform your insurance co. as appropriate.
Best of luck with sorting this out.
Feb 2, 2014Schnapps, because I'm an alkie.Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
Just joking. I did drink Schnapps; it was Lunar New Year, and you have to wash down tea with something.
Now I am drinking water as well as progressively working my way through these Dilmah Exceptional teas. Some of them I have tried before, but I received a box of 16 flavours recently and didn't know about most of them until, you know, recently.
Quote from BitsyCoke Zero. I'm trying to quit pop again and when I do drink it Coke Zero is what I drink. No calories or sugar and it tastes so much better than Diet Coke. Its like Coca-Cola has been withholding flavor for all these years to punish us for being fat.
Really, what difference does it make, though?
Everyone dies, but Coke Zero, being zero-fat, zero-calories, etc. simply sounds implausible as well as too good to be true.
When you actually know a thing or two about Coke Zero (I really don't know for sure what little I know is true), you'll probably reasonably conclude that Coke Zero is in fact worse than regular Coke (unless you're, you know, diabetic or something; even then, that's considering...).
If you really want to quit pop, though this sounds dismissive of how difficult it is, just quit it! I'm sure it isn't insurmountable for you.
Feb 2, 2014De mortuis nil nisi bene dicendum but wow, drugs.Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
Fine, something decent. This will be sad for Hoffman's three children, his romantic/de-facto partner, his family, his friends, his fans and the dudes behind that trilogy [ninja: Hunger Games, Pt. 3b], though most, if not all, of Hoffman's scenes have been filmed and are solid.
TBH, I am not too surprised that this would happen, given the prior history of alcohol and other drug issues. What is surprising is the déclassé way of dying, with a needle in one's arm.
As a general comment, it is sad that other matters do not receive as much attention or discussion compared to this, which is otherwise very topical and trivial.
I do not dislike Hoffman's work in general, in whatever roles he played in life - actor or director - but I do not like it either. However, that is generally speaking; specifically, I thought Magnolia was something special, and I hated the hell out of Synecdoche, which has marred my appreciation of Kaufman and any of the people associated with the film.
Still, what a way to live in the world and to leave it (if, indeed, this is a thing. Some are suggesting that this is a hoax :-/).
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Dec 12, 2009Hey, man! Remember me? 'cause I still remember you.Posted in: 1-800-cyanide line
Despite my dearth of years of experience, the rules "bros before 'hoes'" and "chicks before [something that rhymes with chicks]" prove to be noteworthy adages, which are, unfortunately, not always time-honoured.
While once in a blue moon, those with several mutual friends dating and those with good friends like yourself offering advice regarding a romantic interest, for lack of a more precise or better term, "work" out for the two and others, including valued friends and family, most of the time, someone or people get hurt.
Not to make short of these recent downers, but perhaps you could be a little more tolerant, even a little supportive, of the pair's relationship, even if it irks you and is to your chagrin; I doubt soiling your long-standing friendship with your buddy is worth it (although, I don't really know what kind of friend he is, friendship it is, and what you're like in expansive depth; so, I'm going solely by the number of years). (I had a falling out with a person over a relationship, but I never quite made up, as they pursued the person who I was with. One key difference, however, is that I'm me and I just sit back and watch life pass me by, unfortunately, and I wasn't really all that great mates with the person with which I fell out with.)
As for your family and extended family with their children, don't let it get you down; and, of Facebook, you could de-activate it.
I used to have a profile till I broke up/was jilted, and sought social isolation (actually kind of stupid if I wanted to get back up on the horse, I guess (but, knowing me, I have pretty slim chances of getting what I want)). I also considered de-activating my profile long before (I de-activated it in midlate/September-ish 2008), as I felt a lack of privacy and security. With everyknow acquiescent of everything, my knowing of other people's crap, (and the loss of a regular Internet connection), I got really peeved, I decided the quasi-break up ("it's complicated") would be the final straw.
Anyway, sorry for my ramblings and meanderings, but I feel for you, and though I don't know whether I'm of any help, or hinder (I hope not), goc, or simply full of it, I genuinely hope that life works itself out for you (and all (being the hopeless romantic I am)).
Perhaps, if romance is a bother, you could take things slowly by attending to yourself (e.g. self-improvement, shrink-y kind of stuff, relaxing, etc.) a little more; whether you should hit the dating scene or allowing for time to heal the wounds of relationships past isn't for me to advise, but you'll know when, and I wish you the best of luck in your endeavours, and till then, and after that point, best of physical and mental/emotional health.
Dec 1, 2008Posted in: Thoughts on Religion.
I need to read it first, Soron, dear.Oh, MM, could you tell me if I should stop writing my story? I proof read the first 1/4 of it, just the stuff in this post:
The rest needs a lot of work... should I bother? You seem to know a lot about literature.
As for my literary knowledge, bah, I don't know a thing! I don't do and haven't done an Arts degree or course, at all.
Hmmm... TMI maybe?
Literature. I appreciate it, but don't like it, don't hate it (unless forced to read it).
Nov 26, 2008I would smite non-believers in under one human-measured, non-time-dilated femtosecond, then start going nuts with limitless power; oh yeah, powertripping ftw.Posted in: Thoughts on Religion.
Can't forget to ironically punish believers, too; you know, chuck them into burning pits of sulphur and flames, for the Second Coming of Christ, and the eternal death.
Oh, in addition, I'd, uh, make the world perfect. No linguistic and literary imperfections; no need for grammar Nazis, as everyone's flawless.
By the way, Soron, are you going to change that display picture of yours?
Nov 24, 2008L2R.Posted in: Random Rants
Clark did say that he showed the bill to students in the school cafeteria Nov. 14 when one of them asked if had an extra dollar for lunch.
According to the Greeley Tribune, the fake $3 bill is emblazoned with an image of Obama wearing a Middle Eastern headdress Clark describes as a "prince's hat." He showed it to a girl, who then showed it to classmates.
He took the bill back from the student and has since discarded it, he said.
Clark, elected to a two-year term last year, has been the subject of controversy before.
Fifteen-year-old Remington Stitt sought a permanent restraining order against Clark in July, claiming the mayor assaulted him for joyriding on his motorbike in a neighborhood where the two live.
You did intentionally misrepresent the situation, and juxtapose these two incidents, correct?
Nov 19, 2008I wish you would stop referring to your blog entries in WCT and, if they're in it, Debate.Posted in: Thoughts on Religion.
Vide: entry entitled "Ignorance". (Fe)-y much?
Irony, that is.
That is all.
I'd do that in German, but you'd be so lost; I'm sure of it.
Nov 17, 2008What do you mean, 'your colbert vid'?Posted in: Ugstal Urniancepter Doggienavicenewton Bobwebacks
It's not my video; it's just a transitory goldmine of humour while I was trying to look for the Colbert Report on YouTube. Sadly, nothing.
I think I'm on YouTube, though. >.<">">
Nov 14, 2008Posted in: Ugstal Urniancepter Doggienavicenewton Bobwebacks
Well, I don't know if he went fromwait, yes; he was writing or doing something with Pretty Hate Machine while, or right after, this project.
He looked sooo pretty back then. Then, he bulked up... then, he became a little chubby.
Nov 3, 2008Xanth, teehee, yeh. <3Posted in: Ugstal Urniancepter Doggienavicenewton Bobwebacks
When I read your second line, two songs came to mind instantly, "How Soon Is Now?" (originally by the Smiths) and the Scissor Sisters' "The Other Side" (the end bit, if you know that song).
Alacar, thanks for that. It seems that I've had to manually shut the thing down, restart and recharge it.
Nope; I've usurped it.Also, you're borrowing this username? O_o;
This account was initially rego'd by He-Who-Must-Never-Be-Spoken-Of/You-Know-Who.
Now he has Last.fm.
... I envy his taste in the eclectic; dang indie music, dang one scrobbled track per artist-ness.
Aw, damn. I think I miss/am missing someone...
Oct 25, 2008Jason Mraz, yay! I don't get his surname, though.Posted in: Alacar's Design Zone
Okay, I don't really like both; it's funny-sounding acoustic music, because of their voices/accents, IMO.
Surf music, sorta.
I like Jason's "I'm Yours".
And hurrah, you added lyrics!
Man, I make so little sense.
Oct 25, 2008Haha, I suppose I do like New Wave music, and the Cure sort of lies in that genre.Posted in: Ugstal Urniancepter Doggienavicenewton Bobwebacks
But yeah, not many old songs/bands is inclusive of the Cure.
It's an awesome band, in my opinion.
Yay, another fan! :3
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