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by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mis-Marketed Movies
Replies: 35
Views: 6393

Re: Mis-Marketed Movies

Which makes not showing the Spanish really good marketing. Misleading, maybe, but I suppose that's marketing for you.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1158
Views: 217508

Re: Final Fantasy 3 or 6 or 12 or ?? Challenge - Natural Mag

Kag wrote:
Dark567 wrote:In any other FF game that would be outright impossible if I remember correctly.


It's possible, although extremely tedious, to beat IX without gaining any levels at all.

People have done No Sphere Grid runs of FFX, I believe.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 656682

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Just set all constants and variables equal to one and sort it out with units when you're done.
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 656682

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

I've always thought of it as "physics, pre-1905" but Wikipedia says you can use it either way.
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2086
Views: 395215

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

You don't need Disguise Self when you put all your points in Bluff and Diplomacy and start convincing the universe that it's wrong about the natural order of things.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Jul 24, 2011 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 656682

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

I hope its ok to post a QM question here. I don't think it is important enough for its own thread. I am having trouble understanding the idea of negative amplitude for a wave. Amplitude has to do with height right so I am having trouble understanding how that can be negative. When you square the am...
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Jul 24, 2011 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2086
Views: 395215

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

Warhammer 40k: Dark Heresy (a game I have not played enough of, that's for sure) has the Fate Point system, which has some interesting effects. You can spend a fate point (which reset per adventure) to get a reroll, a bonus, some other things, etc. You can also burn a fate point, which reduces your ...
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2086
Views: 395215

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

(I feel like this conversation became "Guys we did something cool" "Nah, statistically, it wasn't that cool." It was still pretty cool voicedotter. Dragons are pretty much always fun to take down.)
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2086
Views: 395215

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

A level 3 solo for a level 1 4e party shouldn't be an insurmountable challenge, especially if it's from MM1 or other early material before they built solos to compensate for action economy. 200 hit points sounded kind of fishy to me, but I checked and that's what a Young White Dragon has. Young Whit...
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2086
Views: 395215

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

Well, what kind of rulebreaking are we talking about here? There's Rule 0 style situations/houserules, which are fine but need to be negotiated/confirmed outside of or between sessions, rather than arbitrarily changing as the situation in game demands. Then there's die-fudging, which can on occasion...
by Sir_Elderberry
Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4963
Views: 687472

Re: Doctor Whom

The problem is that HPL is (a) far more obscure than either Dickens or Shakespeare and (b) suffering from the fact that his most known quality in his personal life was his crazy racism.
by Sir_Elderberry
Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Putting on gloves
Replies: 32
Views: 5324

Re: Putting on gloves

I blow in gloves before putting them on. Due to cost concerns about gloves we're encouraged to reuse them so I invert them, then when I need them again I put re-invert and blow them up. (If I'm feeling fancy and am in the right lab maybe I'll use the nitrogen blower...)
by Sir_Elderberry
Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 656682

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

3) A massive particle has its energy increase asymptotically (which is faster than exponential) as its velocity approaches light speed. A massless particle, on the other hand, *always* travels at the speed of light. So not only can we shoot a gluon at the speed of light, but we can't shoot it at an...
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 705317

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

Tell me, are they at least advertised for BEFORE conception? Because that'd be a funny brand of stupid.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What would people do all day if they didn't have work/school
Replies: 39
Views: 5575

Re: What would people do all day if they didn't have work/sc

Wait, who fixes the machines? Who builds new machines? Who programs them? Who designs new things, who produces actual novel ideas and products? Where does the energy comes from, and how is it delivered to machines? Machines, machines, machines, machines, machines, fusion (or maybe solar power gets ...
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What would people do all day if they didn't have work/school
Replies: 39
Views: 5575

Re: What would people do all day if they didn't have work/sc

Wait, who fixes the machines? Who builds new machines? Who programs them? Who designs new things, who produces actual novel ideas and products? Where does the energy comes from, and how is it delivered to machines? It's like the Industrial Revolution or the computer revolution, which doesn't get cap...
by Sir_Elderberry
Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Duke Nukem Forever. Seriously.
Replies: 197
Views: 27473

Re: Duke Nukem Forever. Seriously.

Thirty-one wrote:Does anyone consider Portal 2 a classic though? Admittedly I only played it for a few minutes, but it didn't strike me as a good game in any way. Was it generally well liked?

The reading mistake I make every time this other series is mentioned. (And you can imagine the induced emotions.)
by Sir_Elderberry
Thu Jun 16, 2011 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Do you think the universe is probably ultimately binary?
Replies: 22
Views: 3403

Re: Do you think the universe is probably ultimately binary?

Or would the detection of an unexpected particle have necessarily deep implications that'd frig up any possible theory of 'everything else' and all the theorists would have to rebuild? (In which case, what's to stop there something even rarer still from being 'out there' but just something we'd nev...
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entrainment
Replies: 50
Views: 5882

Re: Brain entrainment

If you want to do real research on the effects of binaural sounds then by all means do so. My level of concern with the subject is such that I am willing to rely on personal observation. Proposal: Why doesn't someone make two youtube videos that claim separate effects for the same sound and see wha...
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Do you think the universe is probably ultimately binary?
Replies: 22
Views: 3403

Re: Do you think the universe is probably ultimately binary?

Well, we've seen these other particles, and we have a theoretical and experimental framework that doesn't suggest any turtles farther down. Do you have (preferably mathematical) reasoning or experimental evidence for your idea? What predictions does it make? If the answer is "no, and none"...
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Worst song lyrics
Replies: 332
Views: 57328

Re: Worst song lyrics

*shrug* I just thought it was an interesting phenomenon, lyrics being weird taken out of the musical context but sounding great in the actual song. While I usually say I really value lyrics in songwriting, I do listen to bands with lyrics that don't really resemble sensible things. They make it work...
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Worst song lyrics
Replies: 332
Views: 57328

Re: Worst song lyrics

I thought this thread might enjoy this. Top Ten lyrics by The National that would sound terrible sung by anyone else.
by Sir_Elderberry
Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: They Might be Giants
Replies: 35
Views: 56916

Re: They Might be Giants

JoCo + TMBG + In My State = Yes.
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 656682

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

You. 4.3 light years means light, from our point of view, takes 4.3 years to make the journey. Time dilation is--without getting into issues like proper time--proportional to a factor called the Lorentz factor, usually represented by the Greek letter gamma.
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mis-Marketed Movies
Replies: 35
Views: 6393

Re: Mis-Marketed Movies

"Marley & Me" was marketed as a madcap canine hijinks movie and wasn't.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4963
Views: 687472

Re: Doctor Whom

Spoiler:
Not to mention that the headless monks seem to be involved in one form. But yeah, Eyepatch Lady seems to be the Big Bad.
by Sir_Elderberry
Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How can you be too old for something?
Replies: 54
Views: 8323

Re: How can you be too old for something?

Shows I try to keep up with: Community, How I Met Your Mother, The Office (probably going to let this one rest), Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, Modern Family, Doctor Who. I've also been watching (on DVD) Party Down (this is now canceled), Mad Men, and Bored to Death. I should note that I don't actually hav...
by Sir_Elderberry
Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4963
Views: 687472

Re: Doctor Whom

by Sir_Elderberry
Tue May 31, 2011 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4963
Views: 687472

Re: Doctor Whom

Rory gets sent back into the Time War and forced to relive the whole thing, being continuously hunted/tortured by Daleks until he becomes a Dalek but then they get him back. Calling it now.
by Sir_Elderberry
Wed May 25, 2011 1:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90050
Views: 8148110

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Pander to the Borg)

Is the AI in recent Mario Karts as much a fucking cheater as it was back in 64 in the "going radically faster than you" department?
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue May 24, 2011 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4963
Views: 687472

Re: Doctor Whom

If I were to guess, I would say that he's got the memories accessible to recall, but he isn't necessarily really conscious of them. Maybe he's just repressed it.
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon May 23, 2011 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Worst song lyrics
Replies: 332
Views: 57328

Re: Worst song lyrics

Let's be fair to Rebecca Black. There's nothing of her in that song; her mother paid a company to make her a music video, including writing the song. She's really kind of the victim here.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat May 21, 2011 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Has there ever been a sadder song than 'Last Kiss'?
Replies: 25
Views: 5268

Re: Has there ever been a sadder song than 'Last Kiss'?

The saddest song I know is, I think, Casimir Pulaski Day.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat May 21, 2011 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Favourite faster than light technology
Replies: 92
Views: 19553

Re: Favourite faster than light technology

Yeah, the ansibles were instant. So they had a unified galactic culture, but they still relied entirely on time dilation effects to make interstellar travel viable.
by Sir_Elderberry
Fri May 20, 2011 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Favourite faster than light technology
Replies: 92
Views: 19553

Re: Favourite faster than light technology

I wonder if there are any FTL sci-fi stories where the spacecrafts time dilation is the only mitigating factor? You could only ever meet up with travellers via chance, or very accurate and advance predictions otherwise. Especially as everyone not travelling with you will have hundreds or thousands ...
by Sir_Elderberry
Wed May 18, 2011 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90050
Views: 8148110

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Pander to the Borg)

Plasma Man wrote:This is the reason why bald-headed men are uptight.

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by Sir_Elderberry
Wed May 18, 2011 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4963
Views: 687472

Re: Doctor Whom

You guys want to see something nonsensical?
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by Sir_Elderberry
Mon May 16, 2011 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 705317

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

The Chosen One wrote:I hate the ones where the product is "better than the leading brand". If it's so much better, why is their competitor doing so well?

Isn't this sort of a self-inflicted bandwagon fallacy?
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon May 16, 2011 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help me poke holes in this
Replies: 6
Views: 2173

Re: Help me poke holes in this

PZ Myers did another pretty good blog post on it here.

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