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by Danny_Salinger
Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0793: "Physicists"
Replies: 158
Views: 40644

Re: "Physicists" discussion (#793)

Töz-R wrote:If we're discussing soft vs. hard science here, I would just like to say that

Real science is known by being useful

If not, well, it's an amusing thread anyway


So what are we gonna do with that there Higgs boson again?
by Danny_Salinger
Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0793: "Physicists"
Replies: 158
Views: 40644

Re: "Physicists" discussion (#793)

This comic would have been (1) funnier and (2) truer if he'd used 'economists' instead of 'physicists'. I mean, really, have you seen an economist at the ASSA meetings? There's a reason they don't let us go near the sociology panels... There's even a term for it -- 'economic imperialism' -- to desc...
by Danny_Salinger
Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 70751

Re: "One Two" Discussion

I probably would be less bothered by this if it weren't reflecting a trend. The amount of chauvinism "hard" scientists have for the social/human sciences is sometimes remarkable. I've had biology majors say to my face that political science isn't a real science. This was without them havin...
by Danny_Salinger
Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: MMORTSFPS: plausible?
Replies: 51
Views: 4800

Re: MMORTSFPS: plausible?

My friend was talking about this idea a few years ago. He went even further, going on about a sort of real-time Civilizations game where even higher authorities directed the deployment of regiments and dealt with politics between the factions. He said the most critical thing for the game's survival ...
by Danny_Salinger
Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Stephen Jay Gould vs Richard Dawkins: The Darwinian Wars
Replies: 93
Views: 21344

Re: Stephen Jay Gould vs Richard Dawkins: The Darwinian Wars

"Not that long ago?" Atheism was a nearly acceptable thing back in the 1800s among the upper class. Even before then you had a handful Enlightenment thinkers who were staunchly opposed to the idea of there being an almighty creator, and they weren't put to the stake. Dawkins' ideas haven't...
by Danny_Salinger
Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mirrors Edge - AMAGAD it looks so good
Replies: 106
Views: 10847

Re: Mirrors Edge - AMAGAD it looks so good

Wow... it's been a while since I saw a new game/movie/show with a good cyberpunk aesthetic.

'tsa shame they don't have a demo out for PCs though :\
by Danny_Salinger
Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Culture and Palin
Replies: 104
Views: 8783

Re: Culture and Palin

@3.14etc: I don't think anyone here is taking exception to the idea that they may be biased or that the liberal segment of the internet was overly critical of Palin. It's like saying that conservative countryfolk don't like Obama because he seems pompous; stuff like that's so widely accepted that it...
by Danny_Salinger
Wed Nov 05, 2008 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Culture and Palin
Replies: 104
Views: 8783

Re: Culture and Palin

Your demographic sounds more like an easy-to-reach stereotype.

The moose hunting would be cool as hell if it didn't feel like an affectation.
by Danny_Salinger
Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem
Replies: 1713
Views: 207992

Re: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem

I have to say, the dorms I've been in seem like an ideal location to weather out a zombie outbreak. All the doors are fratboy-proofed, the windows are usually high-up, the piping in the antiquated fire system can be scavenged for weaponry, you've got at least seven stories of rooms and food, and you...
by Danny_Salinger
Thu Oct 23, 2008 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The Bebop's crew versus the Serenity's
Replies: 63
Views: 13121

Re: The Bebop's crew versus the Serenity's

Ed was able to hack orbiting computers from the Earth's surface in a matter of minutes. I'm not at all familiar with Firefly, but that seems at least as relevant as Spike's combat abilities.
by Danny_Salinger
Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What are the "questions" about Obama?
Replies: 103
Views: 8225

Re: What are the "questions" about Obama?

Actually, Absolute, Obama's refutation of "Black Liberation Theology" has its own Wikipedia article. Could you provide more details about the Afro-Centric and hardline social justice programs the CAC funded? Forgive me for being skeptical, but as it stands right now it seems like you're ad...
by Danny_Salinger
Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: House vs Dexter
Replies: 21
Views: 7965

Re: House vs Dexter

After tonights episode I'm pretty convinced Dexter would be able to keep his story away from house. Manipulate everybody in the hospital to be against house (probably not to hard) and keep him occupied so he can't spend time dealing with Dexter. On the flipside, the hospital staff is used to being ...
by Danny_Salinger
Sat Oct 18, 2008 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: House vs Dexter
Replies: 21
Views: 7965

Re: House vs Dexter

Personally I'd be more interested seeing Dexter vs. Shawn Spencer from Psych.
by Danny_Salinger
Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pride Parades (Split from "Slurs")
Replies: 113
Views: 7905

Re: Pride Parades (Split from "Slurs")

Protests also exist. Parades are there to have fun, not protest, really. Which brings us back to the original argument of why they should get to shut down a street just to have some fun. It's not really just about having fun, though. I said that I had a pretty ideal situation, but there were brief ...
by Danny_Salinger
Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pride Parades (Split from "Slurs")
Replies: 113
Views: 7905

Re: Pride Parades (Split from "Slurs")

The parades that are supposed to be championing my concerns don't really represent me, and make my issues seem more like a self-indulgent spectacle than actual political action. Personally I'd like to see more 60s-ish sobriety and anger, giving off a feeling of ordinary people who've been wronged, ...
by Danny_Salinger
Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pride Parades (Split from "Slurs")
Replies: 113
Views: 7905

Re: Pride Parades (Split from "Slurs")

I think I understand what AFedchuck is saying and I don't completely disagree. I've crushed on guys, fooled around with guys, and even kidded myself into thinking we had more in common to sleep with guys, and I think the stance my government has taken on same-sex relationships is a miscarriage of ju...
by Danny_Salinger
Thu Sep 04, 2008 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Who would win? [all VG villains]
Replies: 52
Views: 11040

Re: Who would win? [all VG villains]

Irenicus. It's a rare videogame villain that knows how to actually lie.
by Danny_Salinger
Thu Sep 04, 2008 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Hardest Major
Replies: 114
Views: 89059

Re: Hardest Major

To complete or to actually get your head around? Completing a Political Science degree doesn't seem particularly hard. Actually knowing what you learned seems superhuman.
by Danny_Salinger
Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The Flood versus EVERYTHING
Replies: 184
Views: 47348

Re: The Flood versus EVERYTHING

I'm not so sure if the Warhammer 40k races should be invited to arguments like this. It's just unfair.
by Danny_Salinger
Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a feminist theorist....
Replies: 54
Views: 5758

Re: Ask a feminist theorist....

Long Paragraphs of Clarification Thank you, this has been remarkably enlightening so far. It seems that feminism and feminist literary theory (Quixotess is right, there seem to be more questions about feminism than feminist lit.) is expanding to incorporate gender studies in general. Do you think t...
by Danny_Salinger
Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a feminist theorist....
Replies: 54
Views: 5758

Re: Ask a feminist theorist....

What's the story with sexed traits? What are the theories about how they came about and where they're heading? Is Donna Haraway popular in the field? I'm not sure what you mean by sexed traits. Do you mean more physical characteristics, or personality features that are often justified using pop evo...
by Danny_Salinger
Wed Jul 23, 2008 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a feminist theorist....
Replies: 54
Views: 5758

Re: Ask a feminist theorist....

What's the story with sexed traits? What are the theories about how they came about and where they're heading? Is Donna Haraway popular in the field?
by Danny_Salinger
Tue Jul 22, 2008 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0451: "Impostor"
Replies: 381
Views: 107901

Re: "Impostor" Discussion

Which is to say, it is caricaturing science and then making a completely unjustified claim about this caricature, apparently based on the belief that there is unitary gender construction that makes such a universal, absolute pronouncement anything more than nonsense. Science values fluidity, questi...
by Danny_Salinger
Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sean Tevis: "XKCD homage style" comic in campaign
Replies: 67
Views: 9695

Re: Sean Tevis: "XKCD homage style" comic in campaign

Is it me, or did that comic feel a bit forced? He could be faking in-group camaraderie or he could just not be very funny. It makes me wonder though about the internet and people "from" the internet influencing the real world. The internet as a system or tool is widely accepted and cultur...
by Danny_Salinger
Sun Jul 20, 2008 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0451: "Impostor"
Replies: 381
Views: 107901

Re: "Impostor" Discussion

I really hate "define X" in conversations. I think that benefit already has a pretty clear definition, and that you know what I mean. The reason for most of those "define X"s is so that the other person can pick apart or around the definition rather than the actual problem. I th...

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