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  • posted a message on Which scientific area do you think should be researched more?
    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.
    Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
  • posted a message on What to do With a Windfall?
    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.
    Posted in: Real-Life Advice
  • 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.

    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.
    Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
  • posted a message on Good Sources to School Myself Free Online?
    Khan Academy videos for biochemistry or for statistics are good, but you should buy a good book and work through it and do problems.

    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.)?
    Posted in: Real-Life Advice
  • posted a message on Post Release Feedback
    Apologies this isn't the most appropriate place for this.

    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.
    Posted in: Forum Software Feedback and Bug Reports
  • posted a message on Becoming epically good with basic arithmetic
    Thanks for your replies, people.

    Quote from TheEndIsNear
    I'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 :/
    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 gelf
    Mental 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.
    Very, very good post. Thank you very much for such a helpful and thought-out post.
    Quote from Blake
    I 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 Smile
    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.

    The abacus part is interesting. I might look into this.
    Quote from Sterling Angel
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Posted in: Real-Life Advice
  • posted a message on Is this a joke or a satire?
    I 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.)

    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?
    Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
  • posted a message on Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead.
    Quote from brasswire
    One 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.
    Wow, really?

    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. Shrugs
    RIP, a tragic way to go, he will be missed.
    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'.

    Those of us who are still alive, this might sound a little strange: don't dwell on mourning his passing; celebrate his life.
    Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
  • posted a message on The "What are you Drinking?" Thread.
    Schnapps, because I'm an alkie. Shrugs

    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 Bitsy
    Coke 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. Shocked

    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.
    Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
  • posted a message on Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead.
    De mortuis nil nisi bene dicendum but wow, drugs.

    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. Slant

    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 :-/).
    Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
  • posted a message on Watch Lovers!
    Quote from DokuDokuH
    Ive never understood the draw of those kinds of watches. They seem... impractical? Excessive? Maybe a bit gaudy. I've got the pebble steel right now and I appreciate the understated design and basic geometry.
    What, all six of the above?
    Quote from ajw
    9909, although I can be caught wearing a watch for the sake of it looking good, I generally wear them at work or other events when time is important (like at an mtg event). So much easier to turn your wrist a bit to see the time than pulling your cellphone out of your pocket.

    Indeed, it is easier to check the time on your watch than on your phone. For potentially crazy reasons, I like watches at my former (as well as any) workplace; though I take precautions and measures to keep my phone and person clean, I don't like taking avoidable risks and needlessly increasing the risk of making my phone 'icky' and transferring that 'ickiness' to the side of my face. Weird This is probably telling of something. Laughing
    I like the third watch you have there, I need one with a leather strap as the metal bracelets are quite heavy (which matters when you are typing a lot, not to mention that the metal gets scratched).
    Well, there are thin, light metal bands/straps/bracelets, though perhaps that isn't very masculine? Shrugs
    Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
  • posted a message on Watch Lovers!
    I am somewhat pragmatic with watches and can be found wearing the watches below.

    Frankly, I am ambivalent over watches. One part of me knows that they still matter and are indicators of something or other (wealth, class, sophistication, style, fashion); another part wants no part of many things, including, though not necessarily, conspicuous consumption or makes me so pig-headed about being 'pragmatic'.

    Needless to say, my parents, thinking that I do not appreciate it, are disappointed that I do not wear a watch they bought me as graduation gift. (It is not even a luxury item; in fact, it is a specialist watch. :weird:)

    On another note, although now that everyone has a phone and can use it to check the time, I still rely on my watch a lot. It's like a tic.
    Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
  • posted a message on Gothic music; meaning/interpretation of Echo & the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon"
    Quote from Dirty Filter
    Well, I haven't really explored them too much outside of their radio hits. I did like that song they had on The Crow soundtrack, so if their darker output sounds like that, I might like it, but their poppy stuff doesn't do it for me.
    To each, his own and all, but please do try to listen to The Cure! They are a rather influential band and are respectable in their own right.

    I cannot suggest a particular method that will work for you when it comes to listening to their discography or a subset of it, as I neither had the patience or wisdom for asking anyone or doing my research. Instead, I commenced with their Greatest Hits, which included an acoustic-only bonus disc that only further cemented my opinion of the band. After that, I would go through tracks on albums - starting with the latest album of the time, Bloodflowers, followed by Three Imaginary Boys; Seventeen Seconds; The Head on the Door; Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me - systematically, starting with track 1, then 2, then 3, and so on. Later, I listened to 1980's Seventeen Seconds, 1981's Faith, and 1982's Pornography, which were tonally darker and textually more richer.

    Really, you might like The Cure, and I think it would be hasty and unfair to not give them a listening session of Greatest Hits and some of their albums (if you can't do that much, perhaps at least listen to "A Forest" and "The Hanging Garden").! Smile If you do give them a try, do get back to us on how it went.
    I also don't like The Smiths (besides How Soon is Now), but that has as much to do with Morrissey's personality and politics as their music.
    Wow, really? Fair do's.

    Moz is an unique and colourful character, but I don't really let that influence my opinion of The Smiths or other works involving Moz, such as his solo career. Like them or not, which is entirely a person's prerogative, The Smiths are also an influential, but comparably 'underground', band, and Johnny Marr is a damn wizard with the guitar.
    Another recommendation: Rowland S Howard. After The Birthday Party split up, he went in a bit more accessible direction than Nick Cave.
    Although more post-rock than gothic rock, I am aware of Aussie Rowland S. Howard. In fact, I very don't mind "Dead Radio".
    Speaking of Nick Cave, are you familiar with the Bad Seeds' guitarist's other band, Einsturzende Neubauten?

    Haus der Luge
    Yes, I am! I went through a phase of listening, though not exclusively, to works by KMFDM and Nine Inch Nails. I thought to look deeper than that and I came upon EN. I appreciate the entirety of their discography (till 2008, when I last listened to them), particularly their more gothic rock works. Indeed, they take the gothic rock in a more rock direction and heavily incorporate industrial rock stylistic elements and sensibilities.

    Thanks for the recommendations! Smile

    I know it isn't the great thing to use, but I just Similar Artists'd Joy Division and The Cure (for ref.):

    Mmm... Bauhaus! It's been a while since I listened to them too.

    Mmm... Broodish English boys playing post-punk/New Wave/gothic rock. :knod:
    Quote from Wildfire393
    Those are the ones that are most similar to actual goth music.

    If you want some stuff similar to Depeche Mode, I've got a ton of good suggestions:

    Wolfsheim - Amazing synthpop act that broke up about ten years ago due to the lead singer wanting to start his own (worse) solo band. Best albums to check out would be "Spectators" and "Casting Shadows"
    De/Vision - One of my absolute favorite bands, they consistently release excellent music (about one album every 18-24 months). Try "Two", "Monosex", "Subkutan", or "Unversed in Love" (the last being the most like golden-age Depeche Mode)
    Zynic - Recent synthpop artist with a definite new-wavey flavor, particularly in the second release, "Blindsided"
    Mr.Kitty - Current favorite band of mine. He releases everything privately as pay-what-you-want on Soundcloud/Bandcamp. Check out "LIFE" and "Eternity"
    B! Machine - Amazingly chill, minimalistic synth stuff. I'm particularly fond of "Infinity Plus", but most of his stuff is good.

    I couldn't find any on the website of the dedicated, independent music store. Frown

    I guess I'll have to do a little more looking around.

    Edit: Wolfsheim are awesome! Grin Oh, yeah, how rude of me; thanks for these testimonials!

    Edit 2: I have looked into De/Vision and Zynic all of them now, and I like what I am hearing. These bands that I have looked into thus far are all excellent synthpop acts. Smile
    Posted in: Music
  • posted a message on Education; level of educational attainment
    Quote from qtiplord
    You are correct = Bachelor of Science of Journalism. Much to my dislike.
    I should've went for an English degree, but some of my high school teachers and counselor persuaded to me to pursue journalism:
    - "you can't pass up being accepted by one of the Top 5 journalism schools in the country." (at the time)
    - "Journalism and English degrees are basically interchangeable."
    Etc., etc.
    Little did I know that:
    - journalism studies practically beat adjectives out of a writer. PLBBTT!
    - the Internet would blow up as it is now; thus making print journalism near obsolete.
    - My freshman year was '96/'97
    - in Fall of 2000 I took "Online Journalism" (I don't recall the exact name, but it was a new class added to the curriculum, as an elective).

    I do have a "minor" in Creative Writing. Whilst getting my Journalism degree, Ohio U. required X amount of hours for "specialization." I chose English- Creative Writing. The amount of credit hours for it essentially amounts to a "minor." Or whatever.
    Sorry, I didn't really get too many words of what you were saying. Internet: the bane of print media as well as journalism itself. That was more or less it, right?

    Surely, those graduates holding B.Sc.Journ.s must adapt as others must to this brave new world or their skills are applicable to things other than journalism alone. Nodding the Affirmative
    Quote from Whitemage57
    M / 30 / Bachelor's Degree in History which has me in a banking job interestingly enough. LOL.

    Yes, I guess there are many other things that could be done, as could anyone else, but what else would you have done other than becoming a banking guy?

    I don't mean to call anyone out; but, Catalmafie, what is it that you hold?
    Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
  • posted a message on EN: 'Error applying transforms. Verify that the specfiied transform paths are valid.'
    Hi, I am trying to install the latest version of EndNote (I wish they had a smarter installer or update function), but I keep getting this system message. How would I go about fixing this?

    By the by, I tweaked my system services recently. I don't really recall what I tweaked but I was guided by this reputable page. Could this tweaking have anything to do with this?
    Posted in: Geeks Corner
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