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by delfts
Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14353
Views: 1106136

Re: Boy Thread: All Roads Got Back

All the facial hair talk makes me wish I could grow some. I'm only 16, and I can really only grow a peace-fuzz mustache and the very beginnings of light sideburns, so I've been keeping it shaved. It'll be a long journey...
by delfts
Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you never finished
Replies: 280
Views: 159835

Re: Books you never finished

Just started The Fountainhead. Got really into it, but after about 100 pages, I just had to set the book down. After reading Atlas Shrugged, I got the whole philosophy -- the story doesn't seem to have picked up yet, and I could be spending my reading time better. Sorry, Rand.
by delfts
Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1806
Views: 405015

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stu

Currently reading Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert Pirsig. I love it -- it might just make it onto my "favorites" list. I'm about half-way through it, and Pirsig seems to tackle every major taboo problem in the world (well, a good amount of them, anyway).
by delfts
Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5119
Views: 716264

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

I've been getting rid of paper. It's so liberating, considering that I'm still a student, so I get a lot of paper each semester. Time for less space consumed by paper and an easier time organizing my notes :)
by delfts
Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89767
Views: 6378701

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

I have begun writing every day, and it feels great. 8)
by delfts
Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Another fascinating Paul Graham essay on school
Replies: 2
Views: 2913

Another fascinating Paul Graham essay on school

Here. Personally, I agree with him on just about every point -- this has really changed the way I think about school. I've always been aware that the system was never too great, but I've never known how to properly deal with it, so I've pretty much had no life and have forced myself to narrowly thi...
by delfts
Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hypothetically would you fight god to save your soulmate?
Replies: 92
Views: 9976

Re: Hypothetically would you fight god to save your soulmate

Yeah, I would. Both choices leave me at a disadvantage in the end (assuming I'm not more powerful than God): either I fight God and lose, or I let my soulmate die and presumably enter a depression.
by delfts
Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How much of our personalities can we change?
Replies: 9
Views: 2184

Re: How much of our personalities can we change?

caisara wrote:How are you defining "personality"?


A person's characteristics, regarding how he thinks, feels (ex. his likes, dislikes, fears, favorite type of food, etc.), and behaves.
by delfts
Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How much of our personalities can we change?
Replies: 9
Views: 2184

How much of our personalities can we change?

I'm reading the old "What To Say When You Talk To Yourself" book (by Helmstetter), and I'm thinking that his re-programming technique sounds too good to be true. I'm wondering whether it's possible to completely alter someone's personality and assign him totally different characteristics (...
by delfts
Sun Oct 23, 2011 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 146271

Re: Your Schedule

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:
delfts wrote:I'm allowed to call the class whatever I wish on my transcript

So why not call it AP Calc BC, or, for that matter, Honors Abstract Algebra?


I have to give it a reasonable name. I think it'll be AP Calc AB, but if I complete the curriculum early enough or am driven enough, I'll go for BC.
by delfts
Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 146271

Re: Your Schedule

I get in at 9:20 and leave at 3:20 every day. My classes are APUSH, AP Calc AB (so far; it's a unique situation, as I'm in a pre-calc class but am studying AP Calc on my own; I'm allowed to call the class whatever I wish on my transcript), AP Stats, AmLit, Physics, Band. They order is a bit differen...
by delfts
Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd sightings in your hometown (and other places)
Replies: 384
Views: 105208

Re: xkcd sightings in your hometown (and other places)

I live in NYC and a few weeks ago I saw a guy (mid-20s?) wearing a green "Science; it works" shirt in downtown/west Manhattan. Or whatever text it says.
by delfts
Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Bechdel test
Replies: 393
Views: 42162

Re: The Bechdel test

I haven't read anyone's response, nor the SB rules either.
by delfts
Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 90940

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

Not ending a question with a question mark, run-on sentences, mixing the past tense with the past perfect (ex. "I never saw one of those before!")... There are many others, but those are some of the worst/most prominent in my mind. EDIT: OH. This one drives me NUTS. Absolutely NUTS. I wond...
by delfts
Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Probability Problems
Replies: 10
Views: 1433

Re: Probability Problems

I'm not sure why you're using combinations and why you're dividing by the total number of combinations of people. :| Qaanol: For the HT-TH-HH-TT problem, order doesn't matter for HH and TT, but it does for heads/tails. However, since order isn't being considered, the probability of getting heads/tai...
by delfts
Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Probability Problems
Replies: 10
Views: 1433

Re: Probability Problems

#2: First of all, I messed the problem up: it should read "twelve boys and three girls." In any event, the method is the same, I think. Given the revised problem, there is initially a 12/15 chance of picking a boy since there are 12 boys and 15 students in total. After he's picked, there's...
by delfts
Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Probability Problems
Replies: 10
Views: 1433

Probability Problems

I'm not understanding how I should go about solving each of these properly. I nearly got the last two, but my confusion with the first has got me confused about everything I thought I knew. 1. There are five hotel rooms, each of which can fit one person. There are six men and three women. What is th...
by delfts
Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Entertaining Yourself in Your Head
Replies: 77
Views: 8775

Re: Entertaining Yourself in Your Head

I imagine I'm being interviewed about my life and my non-existent accomplishments and come up with answers to questions. I realize it makes me seem very pretentious and egotistical, but that's just what I do. Huh, I do this too. I guess both of us are pretentious and egotistical. Sometimes I also p...
by delfts
Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Entertaining Yourself in Your Head
Replies: 77
Views: 8775

Re: Entertaining Yourself in Your Head

Oh, I've got this. I imagine I'm being interviewed about my life and my non-existent accomplishments and come up with answers to questions. I realize it makes me seem very pretentious and egotistical, but that's just what I do. Quite often, I think of beards and what it will be like to grow a lot of...
by delfts
Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Secrets
Replies: 46
Views: 5277

Re: Secrets

What about military secrets? For example, the plans and details of the Osama Bin Laden mission. If all the information was public, we wouldn't have been able to take him out. Furthermore, it is difficult to force enemies to tell us their secrets. If we are a secret-less society, then our enemies ha...
by delfts
Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Secrets
Replies: 46
Views: 5277

Re: Secrets

I spoke to my friend and brought up the bank account pin number point, and he said that stuff like passwords and pin numbers would be kept secret, but information about the account (ex. how much someone has in an account/earns annually/took out two days ago) would be public.
by delfts
Fri Aug 12, 2011 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Banning Social Media in the Context of Rioting
Replies: 30
Views: 5143

Re: Banning Social Media in the Context of Rioting

It would likely cause even more rioting and lead to a more volatile situation. Removing rights from people when those people are asking for more rights/equality doesn't seem like it'll lead to the people being any happier. I'm curious about how the riots will end. I need to read more about riots in ...
by delfts
Fri Aug 12, 2011 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Secrets
Replies: 46
Views: 5277

Secrets

A friend told me some time back that he thought there should be no secrets. I first thought he meant that the government and other large, prominent groups should allow everyone access to everything they hide from us -- which I understand. However, he proceeded to explain that he meant there should b...
by delfts
Wed Jul 06, 2011 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What instrument do you own?
Replies: 172
Views: 26358

Re: What instrument do you own?

I own both an acoustic guitar and an electric piano, but I haven't touched either in a while. I'm not much of a musician. It's too bad, because the piano cost me about $1500...
by delfts
Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89767
Views: 6378701

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Pander to the Borg)

"Pander to the Borg" is an ugly phrase. What the hell does it mean, anyway?
by delfts
Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Looks like we got ourselves a reader...
Replies: 193
Views: 34685

Re: Looks like we got ourselves a reader...

I learned how to read around the age of 5, but I didn't start reading much until about 13. I detested reading in elementary school - it felt like such a chore. I guess I read a bunch in middle school, but I wasn't paying much attention.
by delfts
Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0919: "Tween Bromance"
Replies: 147
Views: 44648

Re: 0919: "Tween Bromance"

Where did the back of the girl's seat go in the first frame? :|
by delfts
Fri Jul 01, 2011 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1931
Views: 364440

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Inflammable. I found out only a few days ago it meant the same thing as flammable. I've been living a lie all this time...
by delfts
Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Show the world your desktop! [Mommy, what's 56K?]
Replies: 2356
Views: 368515

Re: Show the world your desktop! [Mommy, what's 56K?]

Image

I love AoM.
by delfts
Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13193
Views: 1221887

Re: Today I Learned

YIL what a Catch-22 is.
by delfts
Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of a Perfect Society
Replies: 36
Views: 7142

Re: Definition of a Perfect Society

There are so many specific qualifications. No violence, no punishments, no lies/secrecy (even on the government's part), access to all information for all/all information publicized, an educational system that inspires learning and self-reliance, hearty and healthy competition, far more advanced tec...
by delfts
Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mobile phones
Replies: 74
Views: 7782

Re: Mobile phones

I have the HTC Thunderbolt. It's very nice and fast, it has plenty of storage space (40GB iirc), etc. It's a great smartphone. The only problem is that it runs out of battery incredibly fast, so I need to keep the brightness on the lowest level and constantly turn off all my apps (they seem to turn ...
by delfts
Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Real Life Weapon Choices (olden like the plague)
Replies: 190
Views: 81281

Re: Real Life Weapon Choices (olden like the plague)

A mage's wand, of course!

Nah. I'd probably go with a bow and arrow, although I'm terrible with them, because I'm so weak. With my current muscles, I really wouldn't fare well with any weapon. The idea of attacking from a distance thus seems favorable.
by delfts
Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14353
Views: 1106136

Re: Boy Thread: All Roads Got Back

Sorry if this is a bit unrelated, but: How can I not worry/think about my facial hair? I'm only 15, yet I constantly check up on it to see how it looks. I don't have much, and my Dad said he didn't have much until he was in his late teens-early 20s. I know the whole genetics thing -- it's entirely b...
by delfts
Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you never finished
Replies: 280
Views: 159835

Re: Books you never finished

I haven't read the Silmarillion. I guess I should try. I can't really think of books I haven't finished... I guess there was that one by H. G. Wells... Oh, what was it... The one about the scientist who created some concoction that could turn animals into giant creatures that ended up terrorizing th...
by delfts
Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What would people do all day if they didn't have work/school
Replies: 39
Views: 4140

Re: What would people do all day if they didn't have work/sc

Some people may still be curious enough to tinker with different ideas and experiments, so technology could still advance. I foresee most of us becoming hedonists, though. Personally, I'd continue focusing on self-development so that I could have a shot at inventing something -- it seems like a fun ...
by delfts
Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Whine about your smarts
Replies: 161
Views: 15680

Re: Whine about your smarts

I have discovered I have a hard time communicating with most people my age. I know the problem is on my end- I don't know what topics are "safe" to talk about. Or how to word it so that it doesn't come off as pretentious. And we use different reference pools. Same problem here. I like thi...
by delfts
Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13193
Views: 1221887

Re: Today I Learned

TIL: Wiktionary is fun, and bowdlerize is not spelled bowlderize.
by delfts
Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Wishing Well
Replies: 52
Views: 4997

Re: Wishing Well

I wish I were much more curious.
by delfts
Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: You are the last person left on earth. What do you do?
Replies: 256
Views: 38552

Re: You are the last person left on earth. What do you do?

In one universe, I might try to max out my parkour skills. Living in New York City provides a ton of parkour opportunities, but I've never done it as it's a tad bit on the illegal side. Not really? I mean, breaking and entering, vandalism, trespassing.. yeah, that's all illegal. If you're talking a...

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