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by uma
Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Facebook movie - The Social Network
Replies: 99
Views: 14537

Re: Facebook movie - The Social Network

Winklevii Ha. Did anyone else find it at least a little funny and at most hypocritical that Reznor showed up suit and tie to thank the Academy? He's suggested that the Oscars are a different beast to the Grammys, but surely if you're going to call the Grammys a ceremony of masturbatory indulgence f...
by uma
Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Freewill [Philosophy]
Replies: 189
Views: 26823

Re: Freewill [Philosophy]

Determinism doesn't exist. At least not as anything that makes sense. You can fairly accurately predict some phenomena thanks to the law-based behavior of the universe. But to determine what I would do next requires exact knowledge of my current condition, any factors in the enviroment that will af...
by uma
Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0869: "Server Attention Span"
Replies: 90
Views: 23275

Re: 0869: "Server Attention Span"

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Guy Pearce.
by uma
Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Freewill [Philosophy]
Replies: 189
Views: 26823

Re: Free will, determinism, QM and all that jazz

I've recently found out that, even among my atheist friends, many still believe in the existence of free will. That seems like an interesting cognitive dissonance More of a cognitive dissonance than theists who believe in free will? Many (perhaps most) religions attribute omniscience to their god/s...
by uma
Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Instruments you wish you played
Replies: 86
Views: 82405

Re: Instruments you wish you played

I really wish I could learn to play the trumpet. No money = no trumpet. I was looking at trumpets as a gift for a friend a while ago, I couldn't believe how expensive they are. With most instruments you can go poor but decent enough quality second hand or something, but trumpets are just damn expen...
by uma
Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0861: "Wisdom Teeth"
Replies: 116
Views: 25882

Re: 0861: "Wisdom Teeth"

EXACTLY! Finally! I've been trying to make just this point for a while now to a friend. He really likes Miles Davis, but he's an idiot. I said to him, I said 'Buddy, Miles Davis sucked . He could have played anything when he picked up a trumpet, but he played jazz. It was like he was just begging a...
by uma
Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOPOLY BOARD
Replies: 56
Views: 4946

Re: ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOPOLY BOARD

Besides all the usual wheeling and dealing, with my friends you get thirty seconds to make up and invent an excuse for the crime that landed you in jail whenever you get sent there, and if you manage to make each other player laugh, you get to move straight on.
by uma
Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Planet X to be found after years of crackpottery
Replies: 28
Views: 3034

Re: Planet X to be found after years of crackpottery

This made me wonder. Is there a weather in interstellar space? With constantly changing large-scale vortices of interstellar gas, like the atmospheres of planets and gas giants? Weather on planets is driven by the energy input from solar illumination and from the cores, with the coriolis force to k...
by uma
Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0861: "Wisdom Teeth"
Replies: 116
Views: 25882

Re: 0861: "Wisdom Teeth"

It's like he decided to do a joke involving Minecraft, but had to contrive a cheap excuse to drop it in his comic. The reference is not the joke, in this case: the joke is a cheap, boring painkiller joke. The reference could be anything else, and there wasn't even need for a nerdy reference there, ...
by uma
Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I Shouldn't Have To Say This
Replies: 2609
Views: 366171

Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Well yeah. From a certain point of view: she put the unions in their place As a 12-year old, I once accidentally pronounced 'unions' the same as 'onions' when reading out loud to the class, and now I just see a misspelled 'onions' whenever I see it, so this phrase tickled me pink. As a 12-year old ...
by uma
Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 1390
Views: 113391

Re: Does God Exist?

I'm pitting the idea of "Let's claim God has these properties and see if it works out" vs "God has claimed to have these properties, let's see if they check out". This means accepting your leap of faith (which took four pages of thread just to agree was actually there) to explor...
by uma
Sat Feb 12, 2011 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 1390
Views: 113391

Re: Does God Exist?

What I'm claiming though, is that we can't exactly use science (which relies on repetition of an event for verification) to test God (who is the First Cause of all events). So what do you suggest we use to 'test God'? If the answer is that we have no verifiable way to 'test God', that's the point s...
by uma
Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0859: "("
Replies: 216
Views: 54282

Re: 0859: "("

I have another one: the only ways in which this comic could possibly work is the guy actually feels uncomfortable because of the missing close parentheses and validates the comic, or he laughs because "it's funny 'cause it's NOT TRUE" -- both possibilities which either seem very unlikely ...
by uma
Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 1390
Views: 113391

Re: Does God Exist?

Science and Christianity inhabit separate worlds, yet ppl are so willing to favour one over the other so highly and to have one involve the other. Asking for empirical evidence for God, creator of the universe seems a little...out of place? It's almost like http://xkcd.com/638/ , although I know it...
by uma
Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Perfect Moments In Music
Replies: 396
Views: 185985

Re: Perfect Moments In Music

I love that song, but for my money if Bon Iver delivers a "Perfect Moment In Music" then it's the touch of vocoder followed by the raucous crescendo at the end of The Wolves. Gives me the shudders each time. Live, that crescendo is incredible. The performance from Glastonbury is amazing,a...
by uma
Tue Feb 08, 2011 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite Time Signatures
Replies: 120
Views: 19447

Re: Favorite Time Signatures

The breakdown section (I suppose. You know the bit I mean) of 'Cygnus...Vismund Cygnus' by The Mars Volta is fun. It's not terribly complicated, as the overall pattern just repeats with no variation (9/8, 6/8, 4/4, I think, with my somewhat limited understanding of such things), but it has a nice gr...
by uma
Tue Feb 08, 2011 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Swan
Replies: 51
Views: 6764

Re: Black Swan

Yeah I figured Mansell would either have had someone over his shoulder the whole time or been working with MIDI. God bless MIDI, it does make a lot of things a lot easier for people with a poor grasp of theory and/or limited resources (I'm in the 'and' pile). Mansell's work will unfortunately be ine...
by uma
Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Swan
Replies: 51
Views: 6764

Re: Black Swan

The score was, I thought, particularly well done. The finale was always going to sound good, you could assume it would be fairly close to the orchestral performance you'd hear at a full-on performance of Swan Lake , the the score was about the only thing that had some build to it. As earlier posters...
by uma
Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 170807

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

1. Sociological models of religious belief explain and predict certain trends in religious beliefs. 2. All observed deviations from those trends are in the same direction. .: 3. There is probably a single non-sociological explanation for those observed deviations from sociological models, i.e. the ...
by uma
Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 170807

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

I simply can't see anyone adopting reformed Christianity unless they believed it. I can't see anyone teaching it unless they knew it was true. I can't see anyone creating Scripture unless it really was the Word of God. If it weren't true, it simply wouldn't exist—at least, not as I know it. What yo...
by uma
Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 170807

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

I take it that the current train of discussion is to move away from the hypothetical amnesiac philosopher and into a more rigorous examination of the basis for my beliefs? Sounds good to me. I think that first of all (this is the direction I was moving toward in the discussion of the hypothetical a...
by uma
Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 170807

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

All this quibbling about the details of the hypothetical scenario are sidestepping the issue which that scenario is meant to illustrate, which is: what reason is there to deem your (David's) beliefs true, for someone who does not already deem them true? So imagine that you were just like the real y...
by uma
Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0855: "1999"
Replies: 111
Views: 40019

Re: 0855: "1999"

But we like to dramatize such things because the reality of developing a site is actually really fucking unexciting and audiences would be bored by the real hurdles. So, yeah, you could make the story of pretty much any website into The Social Network if you didn't give a damn for accuracy or truth...

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