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by Anaximander
Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Most Beautiful Piece of Music
Replies: 68
Views: 22103

Re: The Most Beautiful Piece of Music

After some reflection...this would probably also rank high on the list:

Jeff Buckley covering Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" from Grace

Rest in peace sir...
by Anaximander
Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Most Beautiful Piece of Music
Replies: 68
Views: 22103

Re: The Most Beautiful Piece of Music

Based on some of the other posts (many of which I do like BTW...thanks for sharing), I don't expect that rustic, old blues recordings will garner much praise. Nonetheless, Blind Willie Johnson's "Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground" ranks high on my list.
by Anaximander
Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Amoeba visible to the naked eye
Replies: 7
Views: 9976

Re: Amoeba visible to the naked eye

I actually saw one with the naked eye in 7th grade science class. True story. We had a bunch of lake water samples and, by luck of the draw, I actually got a drop of lake water on my glass slide with a large amoeba cruising around. You could see it moving pretty good and in great detail with the the...
by Anaximander
Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Admit it. Your first OS is your favorite.
Replies: 81
Views: 50446

Re: Admit it. Your first OS is your favorite.

First OS was the OS that booted with the TRS-80...my Pop got brought it home for Christmas in 1982 (or maybe 1983...I can't remember). We hooked it up to the TV in the basement. You had to load and save software to a tape recorder. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/69/TRS-80_Color_Comp...
by Anaximander
Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sugar is going to murder everything forever
Replies: 114
Views: 14261

Re: Sugar is going to murder everything forever

Nor would such a regulation ever be a symptom of collusion between the government and industrialized food, because such a regulation would hurt industrialized food. Is there collusion between industrialized food and government? Yes. Could the government regulate sugar? Yes. Would it be cross-purpos...
by Anaximander
Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sugar is going to murder everything forever
Replies: 114
Views: 14261

Re: Sugar is going to murder everything forever

I still don't see one sound argument against regulation. Aside from the big bad government getting in the way. It's harmful to your health in the quantities that are currently being consumed. It's a vice. You can still buy it, you will just have to pay more. What is the problem? Where I come from, ...
by Anaximander
Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Bad Religion Day - November 5th!!
Replies: 4
Views: 5275

Re: Bad Religion Day - November 5th!!

Shit yea, Bad Religion! Fully endorse a BR day.

I actually just picked up Suffer the other day from my new favorite record store.

Been listening to BR since 1994 and never owned a copy of Suffer. Killer spin although Recipe for Hate and 80-85 are my bread and butter.
by Anaximander
Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sugar is going to murder everything forever
Replies: 114
Views: 14261

Re: Sugar is going to murder everything forever

I think it depends whether you sit above or below that sort of restriction on the anarchism vs authoritarianism axis. Personally, I'm all for strong government protecting us from our own base instincts, but many prefer to allow the individuals to have their own choice in the matter. Just as you don...
by Anaximander
Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Anti-matter = repulsive gravity?
Replies: 49
Views: 12152

Re: Anti-matter = repulsive gravity?

I don't think it is a currently accepted theory, but, once upon a time, one of the theories for anti-matter was that it was matter traveling "backwards" in time. If that were true then perhaps gravity would work "backwards" as well within that...I don't know what you'd call that....
by Anaximander
Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sugar is going to murder everything forever
Replies: 114
Views: 14261

Re: Sugar is going to murder everything forever

This is all about paving the way for more corporate-government collusion to gain control over your life while bringing in additional tax revenue Corporate-government collusion to ban sugar? It's the other way around -- there will never be a sugar restriction as severe as this research paper passing...
by Anaximander
Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Quality control/improvement - for governments
Replies: 25
Views: 4552

Re: Quality control/improvement - for governments

There is at least one Republican pushing for Six Sigma implementation for quality control of the bureaucracy. Ha ha! Really? Hysterical! Which one? Maybe that's an idea for quality control in governments - don't allow the same useless fools from the corporate world who unilaterally implement qualit...
by Anaximander
Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sugar is going to murder everything forever
Replies: 114
Views: 14261

Re: Sugar is going to murder everything forever

This has nothing to do with anyone's health. None of the heavy hands behind research/regulation like this care about me, you or your obese Aunt with Type 2 diabetes. This is all about paving the way for more corporate-government collusion to gain control over your life while bringing in additional ...
by Anaximander
Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Protest against US actions against Iran
Replies: 139
Views: 11683

Re: Protest against US actions against Iran

No you're not, you're accepting the narrative consistent with their rhetoric. I've explained why this is wrong. How? All you've done on this thread is tell one side of the story - the same story I hear from every flag-waving, rah-rah, war-drum-beating, the-terrorists-hate-our-freedom "Patriots...
by Anaximander
Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sugar is going to murder everything forever
Replies: 114
Views: 14261

Re: Sugar is going to murder everything forever

Newsflash. If you eat sugar you're gonna die. And if you don't eat sugar? You're still gonna die. This has nothing to do with anyone's health. None of the heavy hands behind research/regulation like this care about me, you or your obese Aunt with Type 2 diabetes. This is all about paving the way for...
by Anaximander
Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Quality control/improvement - for governments
Replies: 25
Views: 4552

Re: Quality control/improvement - for governments

Would it be possible for an 'indifferent observer' to establish a continuous process of objective evaluation of overall government performance that could find particular value at election time but would also provide continuous evaluation between times? The biggest challenge with any watchdog agency...
by Anaximander
Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Groooovy
Replies: 16
Views: 6323

Re: Groooovy

Oh, we're feeling the African vibe now? How 'bout some Fela Kuti - Zombie.


Yes...Fela...this...this gives me hope for the future. Goddamn hero that one was...
by Anaximander
Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Groooovy
Replies: 16
Views: 6323

Re: Groooovy

Betty Wright - Clean Up Woman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOTOnFKKx7M&feature=related De La Soul - Ego Trippin' (Part II) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDyHftGcDKg Otis Clay - Tryin' To Live My Life Without You http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94tdietcUXc Ofo The Black Company - Allah Wakbarr ...
by Anaximander
Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Song Identification!
Replies: 458
Views: 203458

Re: Song Identification!

I think this was a fairly mainstream song, but my remembrance of it is very poor. It had a mellencampy vibe to it, probably late 80s early 90s, and the chorus, vaguely, is: something in the (schoolyard?,) I'm talkin bout some something (rhymes with schoolyard I'm talkin bout youuuuuuu I'm talkin bo...
by Anaximander
Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 962
Views: 258110

Re: Board games anyone?

Shit yea board games! We usually get together and play board games (colloquially known as "nerd games") once a week. I saw some mention of Dominion and Puerto Rico. Almost everything I've played by Rio Grande Games is great. Imperial is fun. I haven't seen Bonanza mentioned. Lots of fun wi...
by Anaximander
Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Beauty of XKCD
Replies: 13
Views: 4603

Re: The Beauty of XKCD

I have a friend, that, when told of XKCD, exclaimed that "Nothing beautiful could come from such a project." When I asked her to explain this statement, she said the stick figure characters and limited snippets of text couldn't produce a beautiful story. Jesus Christ...and I thought I was...
by Anaximander
Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 94833

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

Sent to Representative and both state Senators: Dear (insert elected official here), I am writing to you today in regard to the proposed legislation H.R. 3261: Stop Online Piracy Act and the Senate bill S. 968: Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual P...
by Anaximander
Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What would you do with infinite energy?
Replies: 41
Views: 9052

Re: What would you do with infinite energy?

I would open my own multiverse.
by Anaximander
Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So... the entire United States is now a battleground
Replies: 142
Views: 18856

Re: So... the entire United States is now a battleground

Even for all the whining I do about these things, I don't think anything really authoritarian will happen in this country without Weimar-level conditions. Not that it can't happen, but that it would take a series of major misfortunes before it would really become feasible. Yea. I suppose you're rig...
by Anaximander
Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What textbooks would you recommend in the following courses?
Replies: 42
Views: 7324

Re: What textbooks would you recommend in the following cour

I second Griffiths for QM and Electrodynamics with a caveat: I think Jackson is a more comprehensive book for electrodynamics. To wit: I have returned to Jackson for reference (and seen Jackson referenced) much more often over the years than I have Griffiths. Interesting Tangent: One of the technica...
by Anaximander
Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How often do you use statistics?
Replies: 25
Views: 5817

Re: How often do you use statistics?

I do reliability calculations for electronic components and model hardware systems in space environments. I swim in statistics but typically only rely on the same few tricks over and over and over again. Also used a ton of statistics for thesis work. Another tid bit: I've also found it easier to thi...
by Anaximander
Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So... the entire United States is now a battleground
Replies: 142
Views: 18856

Re: So... the entire United States is now a battleground

Dang! Drama! Well...now that I feel like I'm being watched or could be put on some sort of government list for talking about the NDAA, I guess I'll go ahead and pick back up. I've noticed since this thread started that there has been a lot of controversy in the peripheral media regarding this but no...
by Anaximander
Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2414951

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hey we pay attention to people's posts here. Enjoy the place. Thanks! I have so far. What music do you listen to? How much time do you have? :) Music has kept me sane and has been one of the few consistently successful remedies for chronic depression. I listen to almost anything that I think is goo...
by Anaximander
Tue Dec 27, 2011 4:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2414951

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

I don't like introducing myself but I'm figuring no one will pay much attention to this post and, since introductions seem to be encouraged, I feel like I should oblige. I live in FL. I've been content to labor with science and computers for most of my life but have never been diplomatic enough to a...
by Anaximander
Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What factors lead to the failure of a bank?
Replies: 26
Views: 6900

Re: What factors lead to the failure of a bank?

So, how should we look at the decisions made by banks? Are they reacting to the economy in order to survive? Or are they manipulating the economy in order to give themselves a further advantage? Or do both of these apply at the same time? Given that a bank is a business and businesses exist to make...
by Anaximander
Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Starting a Democracy; Idiots Wanted
Replies: 43
Views: 6678

Re: Starting a Democracy; Idiots Wanted

Personally, I'd rather live in a country with an educated populace and unproductive government than one with an ignorant populace and a decisive government. What's your opinion on the study (and possible human implications)? If you're accepting nominations for fairy tales, I'll pass altogether on t...
by Anaximander
Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bad science jokes!
Replies: 100
Views: 36779

Re: Bad science jokes!

How can you tell tell the difference between an introverted scientist and an extroverted scientist? An introverted scientist looks at his shoes when he talks. An extroverted scientist looks at your shoes when he talks. How do you drive an engineer crazy? Tie him to a chair and fold a map up incorrec...
by Anaximander
Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SpaceShipOne, supersized
Replies: 60
Views: 8867

Re: SpaceShipOne, supersized

I'm still holding out for the space elevator.
by Anaximander
Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Particle in a box probability density
Replies: 2
Views: 3911

Re: Particle in a box probability density

Uncertainty principle necessitates less knowledge regarding momentum and position for particles near c? That's the best off-the-cuff "guess" I have. I'm just B.S.-ing in the hopes that someone else will have a better answer.
by Anaximander
Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Likelihood" used to describe existence or historical fact
Replies: 9
Views: 3635

Re: "Likelihood" used to describe existence or historical fa

But I guess what my question is, is can "likely" and "unlikely" be used in a situation where you are positing the existence or lack thereof of something, in a statistical sense? My hang-up is that, to me, it seems that things either "are" or "are not", and I ...
by Anaximander
Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What factors lead to the failure of a bank?
Replies: 26
Views: 6900

Re: What factors lead to the failure of a bank?

This is all very interesting and I have some more questions: 3) Bank loans are a major source of money, but not the only source. Governments have the option to issue more of it. 4) People paying back loans (and causing money to 'disappear') is the biggest cause of deflation. Again, governments watch...
by Anaximander
Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So... the entire United States is now a battleground
Replies: 142
Views: 18856

Re: So... the entire United States is now a battleground

Thinking on this further, the main problem is not the scope of the bill, but the enormous problems with indefinite detention. Regardless of whether or not you think someone should be thrown into Gitmo for giving some cash and/or rap video shoutouts to the Taliban, one thing that should not ever hap...
by Anaximander
Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "What's next, Bestiality?" revisited
Replies: 81
Views: 13695

Re: "What's next, Bestiality?" revisited

What harm does sex with a cow do? What harm does marrying car do? In the annals of animal husbandry , some communicable diseases have been known to spread by living in...*ahem*... close proximity to farm animals. And, also Ewwwwwwwwwwe .... Waka, waka, waka... As for the car? Knock yerself out!
by Anaximander
Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So... the entire United States is now a battleground
Replies: 142
Views: 18856

Re: So... the entire United States is now a battleground

Added with the fact that these detainments are made by the military at the president's discretion, with absolutely no burden of proof on the accuser or legal recourse for the accused, and this shit is pretty fucking dystopic, guys. Agreed. I think this is completely bonkers and, as an American, I'm...
by Anaximander
Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What factors lead to the failure of a bank?
Replies: 26
Views: 6900

Re: What factors lead to the failure of a bank?

This is only my third post, so what the hey, I'll bite. :) I never cared much about money and have avoided such concerns for most of my life until the '08 financial crisis planted a few seeds of curiosity. Since then, I've done some poking around. Knowing how banks work and where money comes from we...
by Anaximander
Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Does randomness exist ?
Replies: 48
Views: 7151

Re: Does randomness exist ?

I don't if this helps to explain anything any better, but, as to where randomness comes from: I think of randomness as being an observer-based phenomena in a deterministic multiverse (this obviously hinges on the Everett interpretation of that damn cat experiment that is probably completely unprovab...

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