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by PurpleMint
Sat May 29, 2010 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: We Are All Bad People
Replies: 65
Views: 15083

Re: We Are All Bad People

I don't think a lack of an emotional stimulus is an acceptable excuse for doing nothing. I think it is. You can write this off as "selfishness" by saying we only do nice things to "emotionally stimulate" ourselves... but that's just shifting the contradiction out of sight. Speci...
by PurpleMint
Fri May 28, 2010 4:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hawaii dems hand GOP senate seat on a silver p...
Replies: 17
Views: 3089

Re: Hawaii dems hand GOP senate seat on a silver p...

How can this be a symbolic victory for Republicans when most of them don't believe Obama was born in Hawaii? The newspaper says it's a symbolic victory. Also "most of them" is probably less than 30% As of last year, a majority said they either believed he was born outside the US (28%) or ...
by PurpleMint
Fri May 28, 2010 2:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hawaii dems hand GOP senate seat on a silver p...
Replies: 17
Views: 3089

Re: Hawaii dems hand GOP senate seat on a silver p...

Malice wrote:How can this be a symbolic victory for Republicans when most of them don't believe Obama was born in Hawaii?

The newspaper says it's a symbolic victory.

Also "most of them" is probably less than 30%
by PurpleMint
Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Presidential Hit List Now Includes Americans
Replies: 71
Views: 6188

Re: Presidential Hit List Now Includes Americans

If he attacks someone, they can shoot him. If he's captured, they will find him guilty and lethally inject. Now if he tries to run away they can also shoot him.

What's the big deal? We kill innocent non-citizens all the time.
by PurpleMint
Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Random Matrix Theory
Replies: 8
Views: 2550

Re: Random Matrix Theory

It's not, New Scientist is just a horrible magazine. SUPPOSE we had a theory that could explain everything. Not just atoms and quarks but aspects of our everyday lives too. Sound impossible? Perhaps not. SUPPOSE we had a theory that could explain everything. Not just the number of tiles in a grid bu...
by PurpleMint
Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Macroscopic Quantum System!
Replies: 9
Views: 2719

Re: Macroscopic Quantum System!

I like how they don't tell you what the "system" is. And saying they used the qubit to measure and control the resonator is like saying they used files to measure and control a hard drive.
by PurpleMint
Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York State to ban SALT
Replies: 96
Views: 10416

Re: New York State to ban SALT

I'm sure there was a time when people thought banning smoking in bars was a publicity stunt as well. This probably won't pass now, but it is getting the idea out there and will slowly become more acceptable. I would not be surprised if proposals like this started gaining more traction in certain ar...
by PurpleMint
Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ice on Luna: We Found It
Replies: 88
Views: 7584

Re: Ice on Luna: We Found It

The equivalent amount, expressed as rocket fuel, would be enough to launch one space shuttle per day for 2,200 years, he told journalists at the 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. The equivalent amount, expressed as candy, would be enough to feed every human being for 9,999,766,765 years....
by PurpleMint
Mon Mar 01, 2010 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Math based composition coolness
Replies: 43
Views: 4778

Re: Math based composition coolness

Then the record companies make proprietary versions of this and copyright every musical pattern in the universe.
by PurpleMint
Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Interactive Holograms
Replies: 27
Views: 2769

Re: Interactive Holograms

I bet it causes hearing loss.
by PurpleMint
Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Witricity [TED]
Replies: 7
Views: 1514

Re: Witricity [TED]

OK, the idea of stealing raises an interesting point; obviously, if you turn on your power broadcast antenna and there's nothing nearby to charge, you're going to be wasting electricity. But how much difference is there, between driving a receiver, and simply letting the transmitter oscillate with ...
by PurpleMint
Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Witricity [TED]
Replies: 7
Views: 1514

Re: Witricity [TED]

Better encrypt your Witricity so the neighbors don't steal it!
by PurpleMint
Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Terraforming Earth
Replies: 51
Views: 4173

Re: Terraforming Earth

What happens if the spray blows away before it can form nice shiny clouds? Then you have water vapor,a greenhouse gas, instead.

netcrusher88 wrote:What would power the cloud ships? Because if it's oil, um...


Wave power?
by PurpleMint
Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the prison
Replies: 36
Views: 5704

Re: Escape the prison

Spoiler:
Oscar is free to return to his own cell. He goes down, murders, then up again. And after that he can easily snake through the remaining squares: right, right, right, down, down,left, up, up, left, down etc.
by PurpleMint
Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dirty Bombs, White Supremacists and Not Giving a Rat's Arse.
Replies: 17
Views: 1888

Re: Dirty Bombs, White Supremacists and Not Giving a Rat's Arse.

That'd probably be more dangerous,


That's what I meant.
by PurpleMint
Mon Mar 02, 2009 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dirty Bombs, White Supremacists and Not Giving a Rat's Arse.
Replies: 17
Views: 1888

Re: Dirty Bombs, White Supremacists and Not Giving a Rat's Arse.

"Pretty much completely assembled?" Actually, the isotopes he had weren't nearly potent enough for a bomb. There's a correction at the bottom of the article. Plus he only had the raw ingredients for the explosive mixture. Dirty bombs don't require any amount of radioactive potency, though...
by PurpleMint
Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dirty Bombs, White Supremacists and Not Giving a Rat's Arse.
Replies: 17
Views: 1888

Re: Dirty Bombs, White Supremacists and Not Giving a Rat's Arse.

"Pretty much completely assembled?" Actually, the isotopes he had weren't nearly potent enough for a bomb. There's a correction at the bottom of the article. Plus he only had the raw ingredients for the explosive mixture. Did his wife know about this? (EDIT: yes she did. gotta read slower)...
by PurpleMint
Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: ITT: We make lame threads.
Replies: 1851
Views: 159444

Re: ITT: We make lame threats.

I will not reply with a threat, thus slightly disappointing you!
by PurpleMint
Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:11 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Hard work vs. Smartishness
Replies: 247
Views: 38994

Re: Hard work vs. Smartishness

I think tend toward the Smartishness end of the spectrum. In scienc e class, I can sometimes finish half my homework in the sixty seconds before the period ends. Then the next day I'll discover I forgot the units or something.
by PurpleMint
Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 250 DVDs on a quarter
Replies: 9
Views: 1664

Re: 250 DVDs on a quarter

I hope they don't actually make them that small. I would definitely lose it. I predict that movies will become ridiculously bloated , with billions of pixels, complicated bundled games, etc until you can only fit one of them on these.
by PurpleMint
Mon Feb 16, 2009 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ex-KGB Analyst predicts USA "Disintegrates" by 2010
Replies: 71
Views: 7313

Re: Ex-KGB Analyst predicts USA "Disintegrates" by 2010

I just need to comment on the "red state / blue state" theories. How many states are actually "Blue" states - versus red states with small (percentage wise) areas with large "blue" populations. Question is, would the city dwellers mount an assault on the less populated...
by PurpleMint
Sat Feb 14, 2009 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Trash?
Replies: 14
Views: 2841

Re: Trash?

On another funny note...can the earth get so heavy that its orbit can change drastically? That's another one of my irrational fears. Can we solve for that critical mass? Sounds like someone wasn't paying attention in science class! People decomposing and being born and such doesn't make the earth h...
by PurpleMint
Sat Feb 14, 2009 3:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Divided States of America: Could it happen?
Replies: 9
Views: 1759

Re: The Divided States of America: Could it happen?

He's guessing the region's allegiances based on the countries they're next to. That's cheap!!
I think the US could easily split up over something minor but I don't think it could happen soon.
Also, the first link seems to be broken.
by PurpleMint
Fri Feb 13, 2009 3:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Speechless: Silencing the Christians" Special
Replies: 58
Views: 5073

Re: "Speechless: Silencing the Christians" Special

Anyone susceptible this crap hopefully doesn't know how to vote anyway. It's pretty clear that that isn't true. Anyway, as a gay teenager I have to deal with a lot more than legislation, and shit like this doesn't help. I was talking about this movie specifically, which I don't think would have wor...
by PurpleMint
Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Speechless: Silencing the Christians" Special
Replies: 58
Views: 5073

Re: "Speechless: Silencing the Christians" Special

I wish they could've aired it and just let people get really, really angry . Anyone susceptible this crap hopefully doesn't know how to vote anyway.

ML: um, I don't think standard deviation is the same thing there
by PurpleMint
Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Speechless: Silencing the Christians" Special
Replies: 58
Views: 5073

Re: "Speechless: Silencing the Christians" Special

the way Americans think about homosexuality has changed over the past few decades and if you think it's an accident, think again



Really?? How enlightening! I thought tolerance increased because of cicada cycles aligning!
by PurpleMint
Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PETA dresses in KKK garb outside Westminster Dog Show
Replies: 30
Views: 3705

Re: PETA dresses in KKK garb outside Westminster Dog Show

I think the "breeding a master race" part would fit nazis better then the KKK, but you've got to draw the line somewhere, right? Wrong. For PETA the only problem with dressing up as nazis is that the costumes would be too expensive. their pamphlet: http://blog.peta.org/archives/kkk_akc_lea...
by PurpleMint
Wed Feb 11, 2009 3:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: No such thing as anti-semitism, not any more!
Replies: 125
Views: 8977

Re: No such thing as anti-semitism, not any more!

Madoff probably contributed slightly to this. Anyway, I really don't see why people hate the Jews. Especially Christians, who compose most of Europe and America. Don't you realize that your whole freaking religion came from Judaism? Maybe it's just because they're in such small number worldwide, and...
by PurpleMint
Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Polygonal Sudoku?
Replies: 12
Views: 3966

Re: Polygonal Sudoku?

Oops, I just realized polar sudoku would be identical to normal sudoku.

How about Fibonacci-flower sudoku? Y'know, like BP's logo?
by PurpleMint
Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Polygonal Sudoku?
Replies: 12
Views: 3966

Re: Polygonal Sudoku?

martin878 wrote:Aren't we going to run into a problem that only triangles, squares and hexagons tessellate?


And you can't divide a hexagon into smaller hexagons without space left over.

How about polar sudoku?
by PurpleMint
Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:55 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Student Quotes
Replies: 870
Views: 218932

Re: Awesome Student Quotes

This one girl who isn't the smartest cookie as in she is a huge idiot. Can she compose sentences with verbs in them though? 'Is' is a verb. It still isn't grammatically correct, however. My social studies teacher, ranting about the dress code: "What would you say if I showed up in a miniskirt ...
by PurpleMint
Thu Feb 05, 2009 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Shoe Hurled as Chinese PM speaks" (at Cambridge)
Replies: 29
Views: 3075

Re: "Shoe Hurled as Chinese PM speaks" (at Cambridge)

mazzilliu wrote:i like this new emerging trend :mrgreen:


I don't, it already feels old. Now if someone were to put inconspicuous poison darts on the bottom the the shoes... that would be creepy.
by PurpleMint
Sat Jan 31, 2009 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PETA Ad Banned From Super Bowl For Being "Too Sexy"
Replies: 70
Views: 7319

Re: PETA Ad Banned From Super Bowl For Being "Too Sexy"

For PETA it would be more efficient (in animals saved) to simply buy 3 million's worth of chickens. You don't think they were actually planning on paying , did you? It's a lot easier to get publicity by being "too hot for X". It's possible. I don't think an organization as insane a PETA w...
by PurpleMint
Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PETA Ad Banned From Super Bowl For Being "Too Sexy"
Replies: 70
Views: 7319

Re: PETA Ad Banned From Super Bowl For Being "Too Sexy"

For PETA it would be more efficient (in animals saved) to simply buy 3 million's worth of chickens.
by PurpleMint
Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 185618

Re: What is a Religion of peace or an anti-knowledge Religion?

I think you're placing too strong of an emphasis on what the religion says as opposed to secondary effects. True, but of course secondary effects are hard to predict. The "against their will" part of "a religion of peace" doesn't exactly have to be there. Otherwise good. I don't...
by PurpleMint
Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:27 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teachers that cannot teach
Replies: 473
Views: 69383

Re: Teachers that cannot teach

According to my science teacher, faraway celestial bodies appear reddish "because the light gets dimmer because it's so far away." He compared it to "how a flashlight looks pure white when you hold it to your eye but yellowish from a distance." He constantly interrupts his talks ...
by PurpleMint
Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Personal Utilitarianism
Replies: 30
Views: 4581

Re: Personal Utilitarianism

I don't think it would be very practical trying to help someone decide if suicide is worth it. How many utility points a hug from a friend is worth, for example, would vary from person to person. But that's assuming the test would be a simple "if you answered mainly C, your score is:" kind...
by PurpleMint
Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Ban the person above you
Replies: 20286
Views: 1194600

Re: Ban the person above you

Banned for having an odd number of letters in your name.
by PurpleMint
Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Personal Utilitarianism
Replies: 30
Views: 4581

Re: Personal Utilitarianism

You're new to this aren't you?

Welcome to SB, please read the section's rules posthaste.

ASLO: I feel I've worn out "at your earliest convenience".

-Az
by PurpleMint
Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Ban the person above you
Replies: 20286
Views: 1194600

Re: Ban the person above you

Banned for not assuming I meant "typing in all caps in a manner that suggests shouting" when I said "shouting."

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