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by bonder
Tue Oct 23, 2007 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favourite Erroneous "Proofs"
Replies: 194
Views: 43477

Re: Favourite Erroneous "Proofs"

I just came across this one and thought I'd share. start with: x = (pi + 3)/2 .................................. multiply both sides by 2 to get: 2x = pi + 3 ..................................... multiply both sides by (pi - 3) to get: 2x(pi - 3) = (pi + 3)(pi - 3) ................... distribute to ...
by bonder
Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Useful language learning sites?
Replies: 2
Views: 3008

Re: Useful language learning sites?

The BBC has some nice resources: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/
by bonder
Sun Oct 14, 2007 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Child-raising
Replies: 46
Views: 5321

Re: Child-raising

Er.. If its not genetics, then it *is* the family environment that fosters a childs personality. You can't tailor something to something that doesn't exist yet. The personality of a child comes from either its environment, or its genetic background. The greatest point of influence is the family, in...
by bonder
Sat Oct 13, 2007 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Child-raising
Replies: 46
Views: 5321

Re: Child-raising

Bonder - I've yet to come across any experimentation or even serious consideration that humans have a native family unit outside of the tribe, so I'm not sure why you'd think that it was genetically based. Its certianly a possibility, but I don't believe that there has been enough time to pick up s...
by bonder
Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Child-raising
Replies: 46
Views: 5321

Re: Child-raising

I'm not sure that there is a "best" family unit. First of all, people are different and respond differently, so perhaps the best family unit for one child is the nuclear family, but for another it could be a lesbian coven. I think what is more important is the attention paid to the child a...
by bonder
Fri Oct 12, 2007 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Primer
Replies: 9
Views: 4622

Re: Primer

but yeah, a pretty good movie but you probably need to watch it twice and frankly that's a bit annoying to make it great. I personally like a movie that makes you work for it. If I watch it a second time and don't notice at least something new, I feel like the director and/or writer failed at makin...
by bonder
Fri Oct 12, 2007 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Grad Schools
Replies: 2
Views: 1055

Re: Grad Schools

The advice that I got was that you should look for a school that's strong in the area you're interested in. Then once you're in the school and you get to know the faculty, you start working on getting a prof you like to be your advisor. Because you may not get your first choice for a prof as your ad...
by bonder
Thu Oct 11, 2007 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EvE online - tell me about it
Replies: 43
Views: 4959

Re: EvE online - tell me about it

I've been thinking about picking up EvE. I had a couple of room mates who played it and it looked pretty interesting. Pretty much my only thing is, anyone know how easy it is to get running under linux?
by bonder
Thu Oct 11, 2007 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Incest. (Now with more cousin marriage)
Replies: 136
Views: 24720

Re: Marrying your cousin.

Yeah, the reason that you can have degenerate offspring is that if you're closely related to someone, you have a higher probability of both having a copy of a harmful recessive gene. Then when you have kids, there is a 25% chance that one kid will have both copies of one of the recessive genes you s...
by bonder
Thu Oct 11, 2007 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Primer
Replies: 9
Views: 4622

Re: Primer

Yeah, this is definitely a film that you have to watch multiple times. I've seen it twice, and I understood it much better the second go 'round. I'd highly recommend this one.

Thanks for reminding me to add this to my list of movies to buy.
by bonder
Thu Oct 11, 2007 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Favourite Futurama Episode
Replies: 45
Views: 6195

Re: Favourite Futurama Episode

My favourites (in no particular order):
-Parasites Lost
-Godfellas
-The Devils Hands are Idle Playthings
-Jurassic Bark

I'm kind of surprised no one mentioned Parasites Lost before Dark Ragnarok.
by bonder
Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Coping
Replies: 59
Views: 9861

Re: Coping

For a more visual example of my last post, check out this comic strip: http://cectic.com/056.html . (url fixed) You seem to be under the antiquated notion that death is inevitable. What if you die, and then the next day someone finds out how to reverse aging so humans can live forever? It's very li...
by bonder
Wed Oct 10, 2007 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Coping
Replies: 59
Views: 9861

Re: Coping

For a more visual example of my last post, check out this comic strip: http://cectic.com/056.htm.
by bonder
Wed Oct 10, 2007 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematical explanations for things that aren't math
Replies: 29
Views: 6180

Re: Mathematical explanations for things that aren't math

Ok, second attempt to contribute fruitfully to this conversation. A friend and I were talking about a place that make bad margaritas. For some unknown reason, they use sweet and sour mix in there. So, anyway, my friend makes the comment that "sweet and sour mix definitely has its basis vector i...
by bonder
Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Great things that happened to you today*
Replies: 1346
Views: 176815

Re: Great things that happened to you today*

I got a job offer today. I've been looking for a real job since may, and now I got a job doing stuff like installation, training, and troubleshooting of some of the company's software. Hooray for making the cash money dollars!
by bonder
Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Coping
Replies: 59
Views: 9861

Re: Coping

I'm not sure why everyone thinks that life has to have a purpose. Anyway, as an atheist, I don't believe in an afterlife. That is how I cope. I live based on the idea that I could die tomorrow and that would be game over, no extra guys, no continues, no more quarters. So, that's why I do things that...
by bonder
Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Gender Neutral Third Person Singular Pronoun
Replies: 64
Views: 9900

Gender Neutral Third Person Singular Pronoun

So, this is something that really bugs me. It really irritates me when people say things like "someone lost their keys." It used to be you'd say "someone lost his keys" and it was fine regardless of whether that someone happened to be male or female. Now, that's apparently not co...
by bonder
Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematical explanations for things that aren't math
Replies: 29
Views: 6180

Re: Mathematical explanations for things that aren't math

I'm not sure if this is exactly the sort of thing to which the OP was referring, but once a friend of mine and I tried to come up with a way to calculate mathematically the location that is most conducive to becoming the center of attention. This started at lunch when we would try to sit in the seat...
by bonder
Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Remember that whole Verizon Wireless thing?
Replies: 4
Views: 1884

Re: Remember that whole Verizon Wireless thing?

This has already been discussed here.
by bonder
Wed Oct 10, 2007 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Inflammable means flammable?
Replies: 72
Views: 16699

Re: Inflammable means flammable?

The Latin prefix "in-" actually has two meanings: in, ir, im, il -- not, without in, im -- in, on, upon, into, toward Thus the "in-" prefix in "inflammable" is not the negation prefix, but the other. Also, did anyone else watch Clarissa Explains It All way back when? Re...
by bonder
Wed Oct 10, 2007 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Drugs
Replies: 23
Views: 4478

Re: Drugs

Yeah, I've heard that many "herbal supplements" that you can buy over the counter will have adverse effects on prescription medication. I'm told (by my brother, an internal medicine doctor) that even though you can get the "herbal supplements" over the counter, you should tell yo...
by bonder
Wed Oct 10, 2007 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Coloured flame
Replies: 5
Views: 3828

Re: Coloured flame

Copper salts will burn green.

BTW: You should post in the intro thread, so we all know you're not a spambot, and so the mods don't accidently delete legitimate posts of yours.
by bonder
Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cults
Replies: 116
Views: 11164

Re:

For a fictional example, look at Fight Club. It was begun by a charismatic leader but soon the policy is that there is no leader, and indeed a large part of the movie was about how these types of organizations can feed off themselves and run away from those who began them or try to control them. Su...
by bonder
Thu Oct 04, 2007 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The English Spoken Language: RIP (Examples)
Replies: 154
Views: 21067

Re: The English Spoken Language: RIP (Examples)

Here's one that gets me: when someone says "a whole nother" instead of "another whole". I mean seriously, what the hell is a "nother"?
by bonder
Wed Oct 03, 2007 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nerd test!
Replies: 231
Views: 19964

Re: Nerd test!

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by bonder
Wed Oct 03, 2007 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence
Replies: 81
Views: 7457

Re: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence

Ever since the strike a couple years ago, I've pretty much lost all interest in pro hockey. Now I'm left wishing that they covered college hockey more around where I live. Especially since I graduated college, and now live too far away to go to all the college games.
by bonder
Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Messenger info
Replies: 66
Views: 5677

Re: Messenger info

I put my AIM up in the hopes that someone would randomly IM me, so far no one has. So, you should totally IM me, chances are I'll be on.
by bonder
Wed Oct 03, 2007 6:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: High and low point of your day
Replies: 3315
Views: 249812

Re: High and low point of your day

High: getting drivers to install correctly for a usb wireless adapter after 3 days of playing in command line with kernel header files and editing the makefile for the driver.
Low: finding that I still can't get that computer on my wireless network.
by bonder
Wed Oct 03, 2007 6:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so nerdy that I ...
Replies: 1377
Views: 203687

Re: I'm so nerdy that I ...

When I was in 5th grade, I started teaching myself computer programming. When I was in 8th grade, tried to write scripts to make windows 98 behave the way I wanted it to. Looking back, I'm kind of amazed that I didn't make the switch to linux much sooner. When I was in high school, I started taking ...
by bonder
Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 483224

Re: Favorite home experiments

This one is really cool and easy to do: homopolar motor. All you need to build one is a AA battery, a neodymium magnet (disc, about the diameter of the battery), and some copper wire. It's probably easiest to see the construction in this 1 minute youtube video . How it works: near where the wires co...
by bonder
Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: which hand drying method is best?
Replies: 28
Views: 3159

Re: which hand drying method is best?

edit: shit, I need to learn to read correctly
by bonder
Mon Oct 01, 2007 8:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Do you qualify to be an American citizen?
Replies: 105
Views: 9757

Re: Do you qualify to be an American citizen?

24/25, so I guess my US Citizenship is deserved. Although, according to George H W Bush, as an atheist, I'm neither a patriot nor a citizen of the United States....
by bonder
Mon Oct 01, 2007 7:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Worst songs to get stuck in your head
Replies: 96
Views: 6787

Re: Worst songs to get stuck in your head

The worst one I've had: "Cooking by the Book" from Lazy Town. I ran across it a month or so ago online and it was in my head for almost a week. Now, it's still stuck in my head at least one day a week. What's interesting (and much less annoying) is if there's some instrumental music you re...
by bonder
Mon Oct 01, 2007 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite Mathematical Equation
Replies: 87
Views: 21011

Re: Favorite Mathematical Equation

My favourite is probably Zeta(-1) = -1/12, where Zeta(s) is the Riemann-Zeta function at s. I like it because you can write Zeta(-1) = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + ..... There is an anecdote of Ramanujan giving Hardy and Littlewood a paper in which he declares 1 + 2 + 3 + ..... = -1/12. Whether the story is ...
by bonder
Mon Oct 01, 2007 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fraction
Replies: 41
Views: 5701

Re: Fraction

Also, decimal notation is by no means intrinsic, it was invented by mathematicians. Therefore, it is entirely conceivable that this notation does not yield a unique representation for every number. In fact, all non-zero numbers that have a finite decimal expansion also have an infinite decimal expan...
by bonder
Mon Oct 01, 2007 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0323: "Ballmer Peak"
Replies: 116
Views: 56227

Re: "Ballmer Peak" Discussion

I think Microsoft Bob would have been a better example than ME. Also, I read somewhere that people are more upset with Vista than they were with ME.
by bonder
Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Alcomohol Poll
Replies: 147
Views: 18641

Bakemaster wrote:
bonder wrote:Trust me, if you know where to look, you can find good beer in a can.

It doesn't matter how the beer started out. Good beer in a can is still gross. Tastes like can, even after being poured into a glass and sitting a bit.

All I have to say is Young's Double Chocolate Stout.
by bonder
Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Same room telecommunications
Replies: 35
Views: 3872

When I was in college, my room mate and I would sometimes talk to each other over AIM. Usually it would bee when at least one of us was working on something or if one of us wanted to tell the other something without letting anyone else in the room know. But other times, there was no real reason othe...
by bonder
Thu Sep 20, 2007 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Alcomohol Poll
Replies: 147
Views: 18641

Let it be known, officially and for the record, that beer in cans is gross. Actually, a growing number of micro and craft breweries have been going to cans for their retail beer, and they actually have a reason that makes sense. Light is bad for beer as it breaks down the volatile hop oils in the b...

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