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by Samik
Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 464597

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Thesh wrote:Religion has barely come up this year, and Donald is hardly a devout Christian.

Thanks.
by Samik
Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 464597

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Honest question from someone who is, as yet, mostly politically uninformed: as an atheist, should I be concerned? If so, how concerned?
by Samik
Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1670: "Laws of Physics"
Replies: 46
Views: 7711

Re: 1670: "Laws of Physics"

I actually beat this game. Once. Won a cute stuffed panda for my wife. You have to JUST miss the pin on the way in, and let air drag work its magic. Or, you were the one guy that weekend the carnie let win, so as to convince everyone else it's not a scam. Does anyone miss the indoctrination of lunk...
by Samik
Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1665: "City Talk Pages"
Replies: 75
Views: 6963

Re: 1665: "City Talk Pages"

Ok new (concurrent) game, guess what city people are talking about from their description of its Wikipedia talk page. StClair, you are from Eugene, Oregon. Samik is Nashua, New Hampshire. This one was really hard, but commodorejohn is from Duluth, Minnesota. It was tricky because his user infobox s...
by Samik
Fri Apr 08, 2016 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1665: "City Talk Pages"
Replies: 75
Views: 6963

Re: 1665: "City Talk Pages"

Hey I like this game, let's all list glosses of the talk pages of our respective home-places. I thought this sounded like a good idea. Then, I remembered that I grew up in the most boring city in America. ⋅  Distance from the sea? ⋅  Pictures ⋅  South ---- and neighbor...
by Samik
Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ANGRY NATTERINGS
Replies: 28220
Views: 2043922

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

When people use old email threads as containers for all future correspondences, because they are lazy and it's easier to just hit 'reply' than 'compose', so that I keep having emails show up with long-since-irrelevant subject lines.
by Samik
Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1660: "Captain Speaking"
Replies: 26
Views: 3504

Re: 1660: "Captain Speaking"

This is Captain Speaking, your captain, speaking. I always say that if my last name had been "Lee", I would have joined the military and done everything in my power to become a General. Then, whenever I answered the phone, I would say, with very ambiguous cadence/tones, "General Lee ...
by Samik
Sat Mar 19, 2016 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!
Replies: 116
Views: 64909

Re: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!

Well, since that post, I lost a lot of time. My back pull was much worse than I thought at first - I woke up the next morning essentially immobile, lost a week of work, and didn't make it back to the gym for a while after that. Then , I came down with the a serious case of the flu and missed more ti...
by Samik
Fri Jan 08, 2016 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!
Replies: 116
Views: 64909

Re: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!

My all-time best mile on a treadmill is 5:53, acquired some many years ago. I don't know what my best time on any other surface is. I run at a 1% grade, which I have read is plenty to more or less reduce any other advantage factors to not-worth-worrying-about levels. The number of times in my life I...
by Samik
Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Life is Strange
Replies: 8
Views: 4073

Re: Life is Strange

I finished a longplay of this a few days ago. I had never heard of it before, knew absolutely nothing about it, had no idea what I was getting into. I think I literally just clicked a link in the youtube side bar... and 12 hours later... This game demolished me, in a way that I can't remember a piec...
by Samik
Sun Jan 03, 2016 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Nerds In MMA
Replies: 38
Views: 22158

Re: Nerds In MMA

I didn't have any feelings about Rousey or Holm in particular. I liked the outcome because it's good for women's MMA. First Rousey came along and made everyone finally take women mixed martial artists seriously. Then Holm goes and proves Rousey wasn't just a fluke of nature. I'm saddened that someon...
by Samik
Sun Sep 27, 2015 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 12237

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

My main problem with RB is that, if RB is a benign deity, then it would never actually torture a future reproduction of me, since the benefit of performing such an action has either occurred by then or hasn't. It is the threat of the act, not the act itself, that acts as the lever. Why would a beni...
by Samik
Sun Sep 27, 2015 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 12237

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

No, that's the thing, this is where we're getting hung up. I'm not sure that is the source of the hangup. In fact, I'm not sure there is a hangup. I'm still not convinced we actually disagree on anything. I was trying to stick with your 90%/10% example just because, but was clumsy and ineffective. ...
by Samik
Sun Sep 27, 2015 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 12237

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

Regarding the first part, about "choice and agency and responsibility" all being independent of MWT or not-MWT, I think that I agree. I think that I scrambled my earlier posts together in a hurry and spoke unclearly, but also that I just hadn't fully ironed out my thoughtline yet. But I al...
by Samik
Sat Sep 26, 2015 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 12237

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

Disclaimer: I'm not talking about the stupid basilisk directly, because it's a stupid game for people who are just smart enough to fall prey to a particular brand of stupid. This post is not a point on that. However. Agency is not a privilege of many-worlds or non-many-worlds interpretations - ever...
by Samik
Sat Sep 26, 2015 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 12237

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

Hm. You know what - I think I might have just grasped where you're coming from rmsgrey. I need to sleep right now, very badly. So, I'll sleep on it.
by Samik
Sat Sep 26, 2015 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 12237

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

then we should take into account the non-negligible possibility that our future self will suffer arbitrarily large amounts of torment Basically, the AI can't force the issue simply by causing "arbitrarily large amounts of torment", or it risks failing in its core objective to reduce overa...
by Samik
Sat Sep 26, 2015 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 12237

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

Surely Roko's basilisk only holds sway over you if you feel that in some way you could help a super AI come about? Given my computer illiteracy any contributions I'd give could be considered detrimental so I'm immaterial in the grand scheme of things. I can stay in and play with the cats. It seems ...
by Samik
Sat Sep 26, 2015 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 12237

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

1.) You should genuinely care equally about all iterations of you. you needn't care about potential versions of yourself equally: just caring a non-negligible amount is enough. And it's only required that there is a non-negligible probability of the Basilisk being in your actual future, whether oth...
by Samik
Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 12237

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

The above being said: this is a topic I haven't thought about in a few years, and I'm realizing that I actually can't perfectly remember why I concluded that many world's was necessary. Going to have to think it over while at work and see if it comes back to me. After further review, I believe I bo...
by Samik
Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 12237

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

- Many worlds is the mechanism by which the probability of the basilisk coming into existence is established as non-negligible. Actually, I thought it was because the scope of the post-singularity world was so large, and so much processing power becomes available that all sorts of new AIs become po...
by Samik
Fri Sep 25, 2015 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 12237

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

Two necessary components for the basilisk: 1.) You should genuinely care equally about all iterations of you. 2.) Many Worlds is true. Neither of those is necessary - you needn't care about potential versions of yourself equally: just caring a non-negligible amount is enough. And it's only required...
by Samik
Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 12237

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

The big flaw in the Basilisk that I always saw is that threats are only effective on people who understand and believe them -- verbally telling a bear "back off or I'll shoot!" is pointless, because the bear doesn't understand, and telling most people to do what you say or you'll make the...
by Samik
Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 12237

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

Reminds me a bit of Roko's Basilisk . A meme that seems to seriously frighten some (otherwise?) very intelligent folks. Just learn about Roko's Basilisk (just view it—hence the name "basilisk") and you're doomed, according to the supposedly air-tight logic. Fortunately, I'm too stupid to ...
by Samik
Fri Sep 25, 2015 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 12237

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

This thing sounds like an SCP That was my first thought. Could be relatable to any of the memetic or infohazards, I suppose, but, in particular, it remind me of one... hm. It was something like, there was a book where you could write things in it and those things would happen. So, they tried to wri...
by Samik
Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:53 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 10,000 Pull-ups (or Chin-ups)
Replies: 296
Views: 120717

Re: 10,000 Pull-ups (or Chin-ups)

9613 + 43 = 9656
by Samik
Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Fit club quick questions thread
Replies: 16
Views: 6888

Re: Fit club quick questions thread

I've always either used the kind that sit over the top of the door frame, or just gone outside and found something that worked (tree branch, those metal crossbars on some telephone poles that you can always just barely jump and reach, the underside of a flight of stairs in an outdoor stairwell - the...
by Samik
Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Run 10,000 miles
Replies: 1338
Views: 230449

Re: Run 10,000 miles

11638 + 22 = 11660

Starting again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again.


Edit: +34.6 = 11694.6
by Samik
Sat Jun 27, 2015 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: MJ's Fat-assery
Replies: 346
Views: 147257

Re: MJ's Fat-assery

Well, you made him quit inside of two minutes. I suppose you earned the right to showboat a little. :P
by Samik
Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: MJ's Fat-assery
Replies: 346
Views: 147257

Re: MJ's Fat-assery

I watched your fight a while back MJ. Sorry I didn't comment - I come back to this subforum every now and then but there's just not ever really anyone here.

Anyway, good stuff. You pinballed him pretty good. (Though I have to agree with them about the superman punch...)
by Samik
Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1501: Mysteries
Replies: 94
Views: 17866

Re: 1501: Mysteries

I always thought that the point of "You're So Vain" was that the song was about herself, and what she learned from that relationship. She imagines that the subject will hear the detailed descriptions of himself and assume the song is about about him, where if he was less vain he might real...
by Samik
Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What were your dreams last night?
Replies: 3201
Views: 490031

Re: What were your dreams last night?

Awwww, you were a Class D SCP personnel in a past life. Been in a bit of a dream drought, so I finally got around to writing down one of my all-time favorite dreams, which actually involves an SCP entry. (I've never been in a rush to write this one down, as I am in no danger of forgetting it. One o...
by Samik
Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ANGRY NATTERINGS
Replies: 28220
Views: 2043922

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Light, though. Full sunlight is annoying. How the hell do people do it? I can hardly live without it. I can't get up in the morning unless there's enough light on my face to make the back of my eyeballs bright red. In the winter, I can't get going unless I find a place to sit with the sunlight dire...
by Samik
Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Personal Records
Replies: 159
Views: 47261

Re: Personal Records

Got access to a gym today thanks to my roommate, with the intent of attempting personal bests at squat and deadlift for the first time in nearly eight years. Old personal best on squat was 220 (frankly, probably a couple inches above parallel), and deadlift was 350. I've never understood why my squa...
by Samik
Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ANGRY NATTERINGS
Replies: 28220
Views: 2043922

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Sorry, azule. It looks like you're the only one really committed to evildoing today. I wonder if this painful-sounds phenomenon is at all related to ASMR . Both seem to involve sensitivity to specific high pitched frequencies or shapes of sound spectra. I experience both, and I also know I have unus...
by Samik
Sat Jan 17, 2015 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ANGRY NATTERINGS
Replies: 28220
Views: 2043922

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

This is a topic that interests me, hearing people describe that reaction to certain sounds. Whatever that reflex is, I don't have it. Nails on chalkboard (myself or others), forks on plates, etc., don't do anything to me at all. I gather that it's not just the case of it being an "annoying"...
by Samik
Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ANGRY NATTERINGS
Replies: 28220
Views: 2043922

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

poxic wrote:I'm just gonna sit here and click my pen.


Great. We're already 12.5% of the way through the Evil page, and nobody's committed hardly any heinous acts.
by Samik
Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ANGRY NATTERINGS
Replies: 28220
Views: 2043922

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

azule wrote:Next page is evil. Be fucking evil or I will rain down your throat like hot acid and turn your guts into snakes!

Best I got on short notice.





(Is it retro yet?)
by Samik
Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ANGRY NATTERINGS
Replies: 28220
Views: 2043922

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

It's an inside joke I have with me. Oh man. I have too many of those. In fact, I have so many of those, that it's caused me to develop a reputation for "showing disgust" very easily. Not because I am often disgusted. But because I find myself wanting to laugh at something in my own head s...
by Samik
Thu Jan 15, 2015 5:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ANGRY NATTERINGS
Replies: 28220
Views: 2043922

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

On a related note: I hate how it seems to be impossible to do anything right with a disability. So many people giving unsolicited advice about how to 'fix' things which only end up making me feel "If I still am like this after all the advice, clearly it's my own fault for not trying hard enoug...

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