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by freakish777
Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the bee problem fixed now?
Replies: 37
Views: 6316

Re: Is the bee problem fixed now?

Sort of related: http://phys.org/news/2013-04-high-fructose-corn-syrup-tied-worldwide.html Though that study was done 2+ years ago (where as the HuffPo article came out in the past couple months). "...has found a possible link..." - Not exactly the most concrete of results, how many times...
by freakish777
Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the bee problem fixed now?
Replies: 37
Views: 6316

Re: Is the bee problem fixed now?

Sort of related:

http://phys.org/news/2013-04-high-fruct ... dwide.html

Though that study was done 2+ years ago (where as the HuffPo article came out in the past couple months).
by freakish777
Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Does anyone feel like previous levels don't prepare you?
Replies: 19
Views: 13875

Re: Does anyone feel like previous levels don't prepare you?

One of the biggest problems in my opinion with western education systems (I know much less about learning in eastern Asia) is that Learning/Teaching methods only really get taught to people who want to become teachers/professors. While you can't necessarily teach higher level concepts to 5 year olds...
by freakish777
Wed Jul 01, 2015 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1545: "Strengths and Weaknesses"
Replies: 50
Views: 8062

Re: 1545: "Strengths and Weaknesses"

Interviewer: "What's your greatest weakness?"
Interviewee: "Sometimes I have trouble distinguishing fiction from reality."
Interviewer: "O... Okay, what's your greatest stren"
Interviewee: "I'M BATMAN!"
by freakish777
Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 438
Views: 162825

Re: Your last and next concert?

Last Show: Powerman 5000 hed (pe) Sunflower Dead Next Show: Riot Fest still looks like fun, but it's looking less likely that I'll be able to go. :( Other upcoming shows that look interesting but that I probably won't be able to make, Twenty One Pilots, The Gaslight Anthem & Against Me!, Primus
by freakish777
Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals
Replies: 285
Views: 104781

Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Also, I much prefer Iron and Wine's Such Great Heights to the Postal Service original. Ha! You know what's frustrating about cover songs? When someone insists that the original is the cover. Having someone tell me that Postal Service's version is a cover of some older singer-songwriter's version (t...
by freakish777
Wed May 28, 2014 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 438
Views: 162825

Re: Your last and next concert?

Last:

Death Cab for Cutie (which was awesome).

Next:

Don't know. Riot Fest in Toronto looks good though:

http://riotfest.org/wp-content/uploads/ ... esized.jpg
by freakish777
Mon May 05, 2014 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 438
Views: 162825

Re: Your last and next concert?

Last show:

VNV Nation (they're pretty great live)

Next show:

Not sure. Maybe Deathcab for Cutie. Maybe Aesthetic Perfection. Hopefully both on back to back nights. Possibly neither though.
by freakish777
Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Where Is Your Source For New Music?
Replies: 29
Views: 47117

Re: Where Is Your Source For New Music?

Forgot to mention good old fashioned radio.

But for me most of it isn't band from "New Artists" probably "New Songs" by Artists I already know, but radio tends to be a month or two behind album releases.

http://wber.org
by freakish777
Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 438
Views: 162825

Re: Your last and next concert?

Last Show: NIN in Toronto. Next Show: Hoping to catch KMFDM on their most recent tour some time this month. Also hoping I can do a phone interview with them. Last 2 shows: KMFDM in October in Buffalo. No such luck on the phone interview. AFI in Buffalo this past weekend. Next show, probably VNV Nat...
by freakish777
Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!
Replies: 226
Views: 153102

Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Some notes on your list: 2 of the William Gibson books with 1 vote each both belong to his Modern Trilogy (Pattern Recoginition, Spook Country, Zero History). They should be combined to get into the 2 vote category for the Trilogy. The following 2 books are NON Fiction: Head First Design Patterns by...
by freakish777
Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"
Replies: 144
Views: 34044

Re: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"

I have: [Lastname] + [Firstname] @ gmail I sometimes receive email that was intended for: [Lastname] + [Firstname] + 1 @ gmail Because people apparently don't read the guy's business card closely enough... I think the guys an art teacher. One time I received a list of students names, home addresses,...
by freakish777
Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 438
Views: 162825

Re: Your last and next concert?

Last Show:

NIN in Toronto.

Next Show:

Hoping to catch KMFDM on their most recent tour some time this month. Also hoping I can do a phone interview with them.
by freakish777
Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1264: "Slideshow"
Replies: 79
Views: 18205

Re: 1264: "Slideshow"

oh. Shades of the NSA. Even the French know where you are when you log in. Not really. Any website that you go to has to know your IP address so that it can send you the page data. And from your IP address it can easily determine who your ISP is and where they're located, if it wants to. Also, your...
by freakish777
Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1264: "Slideshow"
Replies: 79
Views: 18205

Re: 1264: "Slideshow"

This comic needs an embedded song/video that loads automatically, since it's a site you wouldn't want a song/video to load automatically. You wouldn't believe the number of Local Business websites that still think it's a good idea to automatically load a testimonial video that's already playing (th...
by freakish777
Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1264: "Slideshow"
Replies: 79
Views: 18205

Re: 1264: "Slideshow"

Eebster the Great wrote:It is unreal how many businesses fail to list their hours of operation.


I know, right?!
by freakish777
Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1264: "Slideshow"
Replies: 79
Views: 18205

Re: 1264: "Slideshow"

This comic needs an embedded song/video that loads automatically, since it's a site you wouldn't want a song/video to load automatically. You wouldn't believe the number of Local Business websites that still think it's a good idea to automatically load a testimonial video that's already playing (thi...
by freakish777
Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Genetic Algorithm Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 12368

Re: Genetic Algorithm Questions

Sort of a side note. Assuming you have a problem-space with lots of hills, like the following problem space (how GAs are typically presented to first timers, as x and y coords your finding a solution to maximize z, which also doubles as your fitness function, so people can visualize): http://www.ni....
by freakish777
Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 286087

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

Heisenberg wrote:I'm just trying to say that there's a balance between alcohol content and flavor that must be struck, and if I poured a shot of vodka into a Miller Lite, you'd probably :shock: too.


Who would prefer a Miller Lite to a shot of Vodka????
by freakish777
Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Because of science, I now believe ghosts could exist.
Replies: 20
Views: 4713

Re: Because of science, I now believe ghosts could exist.

Also, follow with me here...Even were that not the case, if they are like humans with human intellects, then they're not going to automatically do X whenever stimulus Y is presented anyway, because they have as you just described their own preferences and volition and whatnot. A fun, if silly, argu...
by freakish777
Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals
Replies: 285
Views: 104781

Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

So this one may or may not be better than the original, but it's damn good.

Deftones - "Simple Man"
by freakish777
Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How can I know if I have talent for programming?
Replies: 21
Views: 13303

Re: How can I know if I have talent for programming?

In my fist year, there was a sharp divide between people who couldn't get pointers, now matter how much you explained it to them, and people who barely batted an eye. The big problem, there are people who understand technical explanations and think of things with a technical mindset to begin with (...
by freakish777
Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 438
Views: 162825

Re: Your last and next concert?

Last 2 shows: As I Lay Dying (pretty bummed that Tim decided to be a tool and do a bunch of steroids and then tried to hire someone to kill his wife) Tegan & Sara (find the interview I did with them here: https://soundcloud.com/david-wber-1/tegan-and-sara-interview ) Next: Not sure. But definite...
by freakish777
Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 286087

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

Asahi with Sushi. Nice and dry.
by freakish777
Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 286087

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

You should know, though, that certain beer and good chocolate are awesome together. Beer and food pairings are certainly a thing, as much as wine and food pairings. A drink of good dark beer (such as Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale), a bite of good dark chocolate, repeat. Also good: Young's Double Chocol...
by freakish777
Fri May 31, 2013 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Music of 2013
Replies: 8
Views: 10817

Re: The Music of 2013

Album Releases (already released and upcoming):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_al ... se_in_2013


Reformed and Touring:

The Postal Service
Nine Inch Nails
by freakish777
Wed May 01, 2013 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Does objectively good and bad music exist?
Replies: 50
Views: 32457

Re: Does objectively good and bad music exist?

A metric that seem strictly worse than any metric suggested thus far in the thread: Total YouTube views. "Lolz! Rebecca Black > All the works of Beethoven combined!" "Friday" and the Moonlight sonata actually have about the same number of views. My bad. Still a bad metric.
by freakish777
Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Does objectively good and bad music exist?
Replies: 50
Views: 32457

Re: Does objectively good and bad music exist?

Total amount of money a population would be willing to spend for it seems like another metric that could be used. One that rates rich people as more important than poor people, though. Yeah, using total money spent admittedly becomes extremely problematic when you're talking about the sales of mult...
by freakish777
Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Does objectively good and bad music exist?
Replies: 50
Views: 32457

Re: Does objectively good and bad music exist?

If you enjoy it and want to do it again, it's probably releasing dopamine, even if it makes you sad/angry/creeped out/hornly/horrified. I was trying to think of the best objective measure of how "good" music is, and that was my best idea. That sounds like an objective measure of how much ...
by freakish777
Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Does objectively good and bad music exist?
Replies: 50
Views: 32457

Re: Does objectively good and bad music exist?

To explore a particular musical idea, to evoke a scene or a setting, to provide entertainment, to showcase the virtuosity of the performer, etc. etc. etc. Evoking a scene or a setting, I would imagine that the scene or setting itself would also have emotional elements for it. Exploring a particular...
by freakish777
Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Does objectively good and bad music exist?
Replies: 50
Views: 32457

Re: Does objectively good and bad music exist?

Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that it has to have intended to evoke an emotion. Art is a craft, and making art for the sake of getting better is still art, as is making art for the sake of making art. But I would argue that unless it does actually evoke an emotion (not necessarily "Has som...
by freakish777
Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Does objectively good and bad music exist?
Replies: 50
Views: 32457

Re: Does objectively good and bad music exist?

But the strength of the emotional response, averaged across the entire audience, should be pretty indicative of "Good Art" or "Bad Art." What about music that isn't meant to evoke any particular emotional response? Is that automatically 'bad art'? What then, was the point of sai...
by freakish777
Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals
Replies: 285
Views: 104781

Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

eviloatmeal wrote:Conclusion: I've yet to find a really truly bad one. They all seem to have something unique and interesting about them.


Still my favorite:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AcYsHkV6n4
by freakish777
Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Does objectively good and bad music exist?
Replies: 50
Views: 32457

Re: Does objectively good and bad music exist?

Oh, we're doing that for irritation?

Well here you go (Metal Version):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi00ykRg_5c
by freakish777
Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Does objectively good and bad music exist?
Replies: 50
Views: 32457

Re: Does objectively good and bad music exist?

Another problem I can think of would be that if a piece of music makes me want to strangle the composer, the performers involved, that piece of music is going to get a very high score. I don't think it's correct to say that all music is meant to convey a particular emotion, anyway. Already admitted...
by freakish777
Sat Apr 27, 2013 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Does objectively good and bad music exist?
Replies: 50
Views: 32457

Re: Does objectively good and bad music exist?

It depend on how you define "emotion". To describe most dubstep or metal, for example, you are going to stretch the definition a bit: maybe too much- I don't think so at all. Both of those genres are capable of producing the following emotions for me: Joy Anger Sadness Disgust Hope Pride ...
by freakish777
Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Does objectively good and bad music exist?
Replies: 50
Views: 32457

Re: Does objectively good and bad music exist?

Shouldn't we be measuring dopamine release? I think that would be wrong. Some pieces of art are not supposed to give the audience a "pleasurable" emotion. Some are intended to induce, anger, confusion, sadness, etc. Emotions that aren't typically linked to dopamine. Something else to cons...
by freakish777
Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Does objectively good and bad music exist?
Replies: 50
Views: 32457

Re: Does objectively good and bad music exist?

Maybe (just probably not the way you want to think about it). I believe that the goal of (almost all) art would be to elicit an emotional response from the audience of the artwork (and barring that, usually to make money), regardless of what the emotion in question is, or the aesthetics/techniques u...
by freakish777
Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: ARGH! What's your favorite coding horror story?
Replies: 18
Views: 13786

Re: ARGH! What's your favorite coding horror story?

Not exactly horror. More like the Bruce Campbell version of horror. So, I'm working at a start-up as my first job out of college. One of my co-workers is tasked with making a particular page faster, because it's slow. So he finds out what's happening on the page, we're calling some Stored Proc insid...

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