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by dopplex
Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Owijad's Democracy Thread!
Replies: 127
Views: 11939

How exactly is the success of a government measured? Different government types excel at different things. For all its benefits, Democracy absolutely sucks at making decisions quickly and decisively, for instance. We're somewhat programmed to consider the points that Democracy (in theory) excels at ...
by dopplex
Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0314: "Dating Pools"
Replies: 214
Views: 106147

I'm going to have to agree that "too-crazy-to-date" variable needs to be taken into account when considering the available pool. Most importantly is it growing faster than the increase caused by the larger age range? Perhaps a more difficult one (but more important) would be "is-she-...
by dopplex
Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Taking things apart. Results may vary.
Replies: 17
Views: 2004

If the headphone cable is built like most others, the wire strands will have a coating that you will have to remove first. I normally just burn it off with a lighter. And I suggest grafting a headphone jack on to the cable instead of a pair of headphones directly. The only complication may be that ...
by dopplex
Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Taking things apart. Results may vary.
Replies: 17
Views: 2004

Anyone with advice on potentially dismantling iPhone earbuds and somehow grafting real headphones onto them? I haven't got any idea how hard it would be or if it would even be possible to easily attach a set of decent earmuffy headphones to it without degrading sound quality... Earbuds hurt my ears,...
by dopplex
Wed Sep 05, 2007 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Contra Dancing
Replies: 32
Views: 3501

I've never been, but I should be going to my first one in just over a week (In NYC - I don't know the details, I'm tagging along). I'm mostly worried about not having a clue what I'm doing and everyone else there laughing at me. (Then again, I think that's a general neuroses of mine rather than some...
by dopplex
Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0309: "Shopping Teams"
Replies: 95
Views: 18119

The nerd can easily win in the long term. He/She just needs to give bad advice most of the time, but at a close enough to 50% rate that the non-nerd isn't going to notice. The non-nerd by definition isn't going to be running a spreadsheet of the nerd's answers, or otherwise tracking the % of the ti...
by dopplex
Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0309: "Shopping Teams"
Replies: 95
Views: 18119

It's all about expected marginal utility. :D Actually, since there are only 2 air conditioners, the function is undefined at all except two discrete points, and marginal utility doesn't exist. Actually, now I'm tempted to pose a game theoretic problem based on the comic. Suppose an infinitely repea...
by dopplex
Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Would you kindly talk about Bioshock? (**Spilers!**)
Replies: 64
Views: 10125

Random post that has nothing to do with gameplay! Anyway, I just noticed that the entire idea of "Rapture" is incredibly and explicitly Randian. I can't believe I failed to notice this before. In fact, the guy's name, Andrew Ryan, is probably a nod... Also the character called "Atlas...
by dopplex
Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Would you kindly talk about Bioshock? (**Spilers!**)
Replies: 64
Views: 10125

Every three little sisters you save nets you a reward of 200 ADAM, which balances it out really. If you harvest three, you get 3x160=480 ADAM but if you rescue them you get 3x80+200=440 ADAM. The reward is in a teddy bear by the Gatherer's Garden machines. And if you save all of them, Tenenbaum giv...
by dopplex
Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Bioshock Demo
Replies: 46
Views: 7819

This game is blowing me away, and I'm really not the FPS type. Because of that I've been playing through on Easy - though I'm pretty tempted to start over again on Normal now that I've got the hang of it. The world, the environments, the setting... Wow. And whoever conceptualized this must have had ...
by dopplex
Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Funny answers to questions (or "How to be a dick")
Replies: 86
Views: 8308

Here's a nice way of dealing with those kind of questions. Respond with something completely random. "What time is it?" "I like turtles" In other news, another annoying response: "What's up" "The opposite of down." Or you can just point. -g? (if g is a vector...
by dopplex
Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1422640

On the subject of condoms, but on a slightly less large scale... Am I the only one that has a large amount of trouble getting one on without... losing it? I mean, the process of needing to stop, open the condom and apply more or less totally kills my momentum, and makes it hard if not impossible to ...
by dopplex
Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1422640

Something that has sort of confused me. Cologne. I have been told that there's all sort of complicated analysis that goes into making people smell good. Lots of science and chemistry too. Supposedly certain scents work with certain people and whatnot. I can't imagine a guy actually going someplace ...
by dopplex
Tue Aug 21, 2007 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3481647

I'm saying "if you don't want to get raped, don't get drunk in frat houses ." That doesn't make it the females FAULT that she got raped (hypothetically) nor does it clear the rapist of any guilt. Just because there's a causal connection between the events doesn't mean that blame gets attr...
by dopplex
Tue Aug 21, 2007 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3481647

I know I'm insulting someone with like 1500 more posts here than me... But how the fuck have you not been arrested for sexual harassment yet? You need a hell of a lot more than "I touched her hip for 3 seconds and she didn't run away" to be able to think there's anything consensual about ...
by dopplex
Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3481647

I know I'm insulting someone with like 1500 more posts here than me... We don't cotton much to post counts, 'round these parts, young'un. That's good. Because I totally don't want to have to post pad by responding to posts about how post counts don't matter or anything. Er. So about those girl thin...
by dopplex
Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3481647

Just because you are there to dance with them does not mean they are there to dance with you. Thus we let them decide whether they want to dance with us, communication though is with body language. So what you're really saying is, "I am complaining about the fact that some girls will treat us ...
by dopplex
Sat Aug 18, 2007 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2810493

Confession: I edit posts obsessive-compulsively. I mumble them to see if they make sense. I do it about five times, and almost always five times. Over and over. Because I think I'm OCD. It's calming. If you see me post something longer than three paragraphs (read: always), just gimme five minutes b...
by dopplex
Sat Aug 18, 2007 3:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do YOU make decisions?
Replies: 54
Views: 5268

I just wing it and load a saved game if things turn out wrong.
by dopplex
Thu Aug 16, 2007 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Excel Games
Replies: 12
Views: 5504

VLOOKUPS are fun, but INDIRECT() is the most awesome thing for just about anything in Excel ever. (designs gamey things in Excel for his salary. Alas, they're "educational".) Also, I prefer looking the cell value up to "" over clearing via conditional formatting. I always feel th...
by dopplex
Tue Aug 14, 2007 2:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Zombies! - A Mega-Merg'd Thread
Replies: 171
Views: 15163

Hey, as soon as I'm bitten I'm on the zombie team!

I'm not going to try to make it easier for those pathetic humans.
by dopplex
Tue Aug 14, 2007 2:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Motivation
Replies: 17
Views: 2482

Advice I once got from a cognitive psychologist (which I unfortunately haven't really ever followed...) Do *everything* as soon as you have the initial motivation to do it. Need to do laundry? Start doing your laundry. Eliminate gaps that give you the opportunity to come up with substitute activitie...
by dopplex
Sun Aug 12, 2007 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Are you pedantic?
Replies: 57
Views: 7017

I'm quite Pedantic. Efficient , too. This mod disagrees. Efficiency implies completing the job properly. With all due respect to the Mods who watch over us benevolently(?)... I'm pretty sure that the second sentence is perfectly fine with or without comma. (At least if I remember my "Eats, Sho...
by dopplex
Sat Aug 11, 2007 3:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who's an atheist?
Replies: 158
Views: 12897

Agnostic. Atheistic if you take it as "lack of belief in god". Not atheistic if you take it as "belief in the nonexistence of god", which I find to be just as irrational a position as that of the evangelicals. (I've heard it argued that atheism is technically the former, but many...
by dopplex
Thu Aug 09, 2007 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Being an adult-has it happened to you?
Replies: 125
Views: 11142

I'm 26 and not entirely sure I've managed it yet. It's actually somewhat scary to realize that although I have a decent job, manage to pay my own rent in a difficult city to pay rent in (NYC), and have lived away from my parents for quite a few years now that I'm still not entirely comfortable being...
by dopplex
Mon Aug 06, 2007 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The UnManly Confessionals Thread
Replies: 79
Views: 7501

Forgive me Hairy Father, for I have sinned.

I prefer the fruity drinks to beer.

In fact... I don't like beer at all.

Hail Bacon, full of Grease, forgive me my Trespasses as mercifully as I mercilessly pummel those who would Trespass against me.

Aman.
by dopplex
Mon Aug 06, 2007 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: All Hail Discordia!!!
Replies: 40
Views: 6423

Yeah, i'll be in if I don't have to read it. No reading. Just a test: True or false: The opposite of everything you believe to be true, is true? True or false: Conspiracy theorists run the world? Ok, then - now there is this giant golden apple you have to... well... Nevermind. But if I believe that...
by dopplex
Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Reasons I want to be Rich
Replies: 123
Views: 10169

Also, if you had a hedgemaze like that, you would have to put a barrier over the top of it so that someone can't just use google maps to get to the prize. Don't put a barrier on top of it. Put a *different* hedge maze layout. Which is the same up to the point where the real one has a bottomless pit...
by dopplex
Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Levitating
Replies: 56
Views: 7903

Aluminum Falcom wrote: No amount of meditation or training can change the gravitational pull of earth and the laws of known physics.


Meditation can't, but I bet Medication can. :)
by dopplex
Tue Jul 17, 2007 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD 2.0: INTRODUCE YOURSELF OR PERISH!
Replies: 2548
Views: 329155

Hi. My name is Daniel, and I'm confused. (And also not a bot) I'm 26, I live in New York City, and I spend a lot of time thinking about how to introduce myself without sounding hopelessly generic. This is one of my primary hobbies. New York City - which I love - is also unfortunately a very difficul...

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