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by Nork
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 204
Views: 32139

Re: Let's Talk Money

SecondTalon wrote:only options are to take sixteen continuous nonstop hours per meal or to eat the whole thing in under five minutes.

I see you've met my daughter...
by Nork
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 14112

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

They do, or at least, my five year old did last year. It was a personal moment of nerd pride because I got to reinforce the "air is blue but you can't tell if there's not a lot of it" idea using Mountain Dew: So, you gave your child an answer which is well and truly proven to be wrong (ai...
by Nork
Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 14112

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

This is a late response, but I get so confused: Rayleigh died in 1916, and scattering his ashes made the sky blue? What color was it before? Gray, of course: haven't you watched any old movies? :p So how come it's blue in old paintings then? I know artists are bit of loonies, but did all of them ju...
by Nork
Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 14112

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Do children really ask "Why is the sky blue?"? I mean, sure this sounds like a typical question a precocious child might ask, and my own personal children are probably too young to wonder something like that, but in my experience, children generally accept things you tell them, until thin...
by Nork
Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo III
Replies: 2186
Views: 304509

Re: Diablo III

So, BotT goes from a 37.5% damage increase at rank 75 to 37.8% at rank 76. That's a 0.21% increase in damage. BotS is a 0.64% increase in damage. They stack multiplicatively, but at these values that barely affects things (total boost from both gems: 0.86% damage increase). That does not do a whole ...
by Nork
Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo III
Replies: 2186
Views: 304509

Re: Diablo III

Main stat based damage gains face exactly the same diminishing returns that Resist based toughness gains face (it's the same formula with different coefficients). As for gems, they do indeed increase damage without increasing survivability, but their rank is limited by the rank of grift you can clea...
by Nork
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo III
Replies: 2186
Views: 304509

Re: Diablo III

I was responding to your claim that there's no real way to increase toughness but offense is an endless scale, which is not really true. In fact, once your gear is set, your effective damage gains are less than your effective toughness gains. Once your gear is set, your offensive and defensive gains...
by Nork
Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo III
Replies: 2186
Views: 304509

Re: Diablo III

It's definitely possible to make a durable character. My Firebirds Wizard mostly stood in the largest group of enemies it could find because of a couple pieces of gear that made a huge durability difference. I have a second wizard for normal rifts/bounties that abuses the interaction between Boon of...
by Nork
Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo III
Replies: 2186
Views: 304509

Re: Diablo III

Also, for anyone who hasn't played in a while, they're continuing their trend of throwing gear at you: Vanilla: Legendaries are bad and hard to get Early RoS: Legendaries are good, but hard to find. Current: Legendaries are even better, and they show up everywhere. It's like they put Oprah in charge...
by Nork
Tue Dec 13, 2016 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries
Replies: 141
Views: 29786

Re: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries

Unrelated: How do people feel about Santa Claus? My oldest is just coming up on the age where it might start to be thing (he's about two-and-a-half), and it will be next year for certain. My wife and her family are really into the tradition (her parents still give us gifts from "Santa"). ...
by Nork
Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries
Replies: 141
Views: 29786

Re: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries

Has anyone here had experiences with gifted children? At a family friend's urging, we took our daughter (four at the time) to get an IQ* test. She got a 152, but the child psychologist explained that the test caps at 160, and due to the nature of it, we should read that as "¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 152?"...
by Nork
Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Riddler at FiveThirtyEight site
Replies: 3
Views: 4092

Re: The Riddler at FiveThirtyEight site

Fivethirtyeight got it wrong, though: Presumably, one of the mathematicians is the head of the department. As soon as he hears the initial statement, he posts a job posting for mathematicians who are willing to start in 9 weeks (He figures they'll all leave together because he's familiar...
by Nork
Thu Mar 03, 2016 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4894
Views: 560516

Re: Doctor Whom

I've never encountered them before. Also, game theory (or some sort of theory) suggests you shouldn't put much weight into my opinion. The internet being what it is, all you know about me is that your favorite character is my least favorite character, which makes me a very bad reference point on whi...
by Nork
Thu Mar 03, 2016 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4894
Views: 560516

Re: Doctor Whom

Then you're using the wrong smiley, because my post was about how they're bringing her back. Congratulations! (I may not share your joy in this, but that's okay - it's your joy, so embrace it).
by Nork
Thu Mar 03, 2016 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4894
Views: 560516

Re: Doctor Whom

Google is spying on me badly. Every time I check Google's news page, their "for you" section includes a story about Doctor #10/11 (whichever one is David Tennant) and Donna Noble getting an audio series. So apparently they're tracking me enough to know I like Dr. Who, but they're not track...
by Nork
Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 588
Views: 94165

Re: Hearthstone

On the other hand, as an old player, it makes me even less eager to return; having stopped playing around Blackrock Mountain, basically all of the cards I'd previously acquired are now rotated out of Standard format, meaning I'm basically useless there, whereas I still don't have the new cards, mak...
by Nork
Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4894
Views: 560516

Re: Doctor Whom

Has anyone else had trouble with the Marvel series Jennifer Jones? I started watching it yesterday and discovered that David Tennant is the villain. I'm currently working through the David Tennant Dr. Who episodes, and it's very jarring seeing a similar character being extremely evil instead of bei...
by Nork
Tue Nov 24, 2015 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4894
Views: 560516

Re: Doctor Whom

Has anyone else had trouble with the Marvel series Jennifer Jones? I started watching it yesterday and discovered that David Tennant is the villain. I'm currently working through the David Tennant Dr. Who episodes, and it's very jarring seeing a similar character being extremely evil instead of bein...
by Nork
Wed Oct 14, 2015 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Puzzle and Dragons
Replies: 2
Views: 1370

Re: Puzzle and Dragons

Like so many things in life, I enjoy it, but I'm not sure if I can recommend it to other people. One one hand, it's a great game (probably the best mobile game I've played). On the other hand, it's one of the most profitable games in Japan. You don't earn that distinction without being very good at ...
by Nork
Thu Sep 24, 2015 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 588
Views: 94165

Re: Hearthstone

One point not discussed here that was in the reddit thread and is quite relevant is that 1 dust is equivalent to about .95 gold for the purposes of expanding your collection. Dust doesn't help unlock solo adventures or pay for arena entries, but solo adventures are cheap in the grand scheme (and if ...
by Nork
Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13990
Views: 1889735

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

In all honesty, I'm not really concerned about the free speech angle. The voting based visibility system means that popular opinions get more votes on a given subreddit, which attracts people with those views, making those opinions more likely to get upvoted in the future. Reddit's model is practica...
by Nork
Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Daredevil (Netflix)
Replies: 106
Views: 15942

Re: Daredevil (Netflix)

I'm only two episodes in, and I'm enjoying it, but I wish they'd give him a more comic-booky outfit or at least something distinctive. It might just be that I'm watching on a tablet, but there have been a couple fight scenes where it's dark clothes vs. dark clothes in the dark, and I have no idea wh...
by Nork
Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 341401

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Good point - I hadn't remembered that Quirrel hadn't seen that.
by Nork
Thu Apr 02, 2015 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 341401

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

But back to the wand thing: suppose you are facing Harry as Voldemort was, and you know there's a prophecy that makes it far more likely than you would normally expect that Harry will somehow escape, but you have no idea how. Which sounds better to you, stripping Harry of all known tools so any pos...
by Nork
Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 341401

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I understand where people are coming from, but I still mostly disagree: 1 - Power levels: Yes there's a power level difference. Even so, Voldemort stations 30+ death eaters on him, forces an unbreakable vow on him, and plans an excessively elaborate death. Voldemort doesn't do that for people he thi...
by Nork
Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 341401

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

It still feels like all the exposition was entirely un-necessary. Voldemort knew that Harry had been prophesied to be a threat, and he had enough respect for prophesy to force the vow on Harry, so he shouldn't ever have been in the "I've already won, I can relax now" mindset. His plan shou...
by Nork
Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 341401

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Question for people regarding the final confrontation: Wasn't the whole point of HPMOR that it was supposed to be a "What if" of "What if everyone had behaved rationally throughout the Harry Potter story?" If so, the more I think about it, the more disappointed I am. Voldemor...
by Nork
Sat Mar 21, 2015 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend some non-depressing sci-fi/fantasy
Replies: 39
Views: 7337

Re: Recommend some non-depressing sci-fi/fantasy

Thanks for the list. I've read most of them and agree with most of your opinions (I couldn't get through Xenocide, but otherwise everything looks good). I'll pass along the list and see what she thinks.
by Nork
Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend some non-depressing sci-fi/fantasy
Replies: 39
Views: 7337

Re: Recommend some non-depressing sci-fi/fantasy

This sounds like a pretty good description of most of what I like. So here's a list of some of my favorite authors (other than Bujold), all of whom I think should generally fit: Brandon Sanderson Robert Jordan (be prepared for a really really long story with this one) Mercedes Lackey Elizabeth Moon...
by Nork
Tue Feb 03, 2015 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 341401

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

It looked to me like he was blatantly telling the students that he was going to ignore the tests and give the students the grades they deserved regardless of what the test results were. His lecture at the end seemed to reinforce the idea that the only reason he was acknowledging the test at all was ...
by Nork
Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What is the best Match-3 Puzzle Game on the App Market?
Replies: 6
Views: 2371

Re: What is the best Match-3 Puzzle Game on the App Market?

I may just be more easily frustrated, but I found the game to be pretty aggressive about purchases. Thanks to the stamina system, I can either do the dungeon I want (EVA Collab or Super Ruby/Metal Dragons) 3 times in a day (20 minutes of game time) and then I have to stop for the day or spend money....
by Nork
Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What is the best Match-3 Puzzle Game on the App Market?
Replies: 6
Views: 2371

Re: What is the best Match-3 Puzzle Game on the App Market?

The bigger problem with puzzles and dragons is that it's extremely luck dependent if you don't spend money. I have two friends who play, and they're both much better than me at matching colors, but because I got lucky with the slot machine I'm miles ahead of them in terms of progression. Every aspec...
by Nork
Wed Aug 06, 2014 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 341401

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Very interesting! At the end of 102 Harry seems to think he is incapable of casting Avada Kedavra - is that because of something I've forgotten, or is it because he thinks he cannot be "indifferent"? Because in 101 Dumbledore accuses Harry of being uncaring regarding Filch's firin...
by Nork
Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fantastic Four Reboot
Replies: 30
Views: 5096

Re: Fantastic Four Reboot

I'd be curious to find out what's included in each studio's set of licensing rights. When audiences get bored of Spiderman film #6 or Wolverine film #37, then whatever studio has rights to Daredevil or Squirrel Girl could gain an edge by virtue of introducing something new. I suppose that's why ther...
by Nork
Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: [WARNING: OPINION WITHIN] Black captain america, female thor
Replies: 124
Views: 21669

Re: [WARNING: OPINION WITHIN] Black captain america, female

(And for the record, I have no problem with Michael Bay cashing in on nostalgia. I have a problem with the fact that Michael Bay doesn't seem to understand what made the original Transformers good, and I have an even bigger problem with the fact that Michael Bay makes terrible movies that actually ...
by Nork
Wed May 21, 2014 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo III
Replies: 2186
Views: 304509

Re: Diablo III

Here's a link - Splinter is a 33% proc chance and Snake to the Face is 100%.
by Nork
Mon May 19, 2014 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo III
Replies: 2186
Views: 304509

Re: Diablo III

I can't speak for Chen, but I know that I prefer solo play in D3. Playing solo gives you the freedom to be as inefficient as you want without feeling guilty and it gives you a pause button. I know a lot of people like the group aspect of the game, but for me the game's main appeal is that it's a sin...
by Nork
Mon May 12, 2014 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo III
Replies: 2186
Views: 304509

Re: Diablo III

I would like some middle ground where I could at least help my buddy out who just joined the game beyond throwing junk at him he'd see on his own in <10 hours of max level gameplay. I keep a few level 70 weapons with 28-30 reduced level requirements on them in case friends start playing. Beyond tha...
by Nork
Thu May 08, 2014 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo III
Replies: 2186
Views: 304509

Re: Diablo III

Stacking the right five pimaries would be difficult for any class. I admit that it is harder for monks because monks can't convert an unwanted primary stat into their resist of choice, but stacking the right five primaries on a wizard would still be difficult. The change I would like to see (that wo...
by Nork
Thu May 08, 2014 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo III
Replies: 2186
Views: 304509

Re: Diablo III

Your mitigation is effectively tied to your main stat. Armor to strength, dodge to dex and resists to int. The problem is dex is just unreliable as a mitigation stat so DH and Monks get kinda boned here. The others get plenty of "bonus" mitigation from their main stat. Monks basically nee...

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