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by Argency
Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ideas/Brain Crack
Replies: 20
Views: 4496

Re: Ideas/Brain Crack

I had an absolutely ACE idea for a way to keep dust off solar panels using static electricity when I was twelve years old. Of course I was too young to actually do anything about it back then, and then when I was in first year university I read an article in New Scientist about how somebody had put ...
by Argency
Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1712
Views: 342211

Re: Avatar: The Last Hairbender & Legend of Korra

I totally agree about Tenzin.
Spoiler:
I predict that they're either about to meet a fourth member for their fellowship who will be a non-bender, or that this season's Iroh will be a non-bender, or both.
by Argency
Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1712
Views: 342211

Re: Avatar: The Last Hairbender & Legend of Korra

I'm loving this series a lot more than the original. I think the plot is better and more complex and I love the setting and the music. I'm not in love with any of the characters yet but that's more because I sympathise with the anti-bending movement at least as much as I do with Korra and Co. I thin...
by Argency
Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "these ones"
Replies: 35
Views: 8259

Re: "these ones"

In their example, AvatarIII pluralised the sentence even though he was talking about a singular pair So just drop "pair of" and the awkwardness is still there: Which are your favorite trousers? These items. If you care to read the post you originally referenced again, you'll see that I ha...
by Argency
Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "these ones"
Replies: 35
Views: 8259

Re: "these ones"

In the example of pants/glasses/trousers, aren't we talking about one singular pair, meaning we should speak in the singular? I seriously doubt you'd ever say "my pants doesn't fit right" or "my glasses helps me see". It doesn't require any kind of advanced knowledge of grammar ...
by Argency
Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:43 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "these ones"
Replies: 35
Views: 8259

Re: "these ones"

Where I say "these ones", I could happily swap in "these individuals" or "these items" without changing the meaning or flavour of the sentence at all, "which are your favourite pair of trousers/glasses/pants?" "*points* these items." yeeeeah that do...
by Argency
Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "these ones"
Replies: 35
Views: 8259

Re: "these ones"

The phrase "these ones" rarely occurs naturally among the people I know, as it is here intuitively understood that "this one" implies "this ( one pretzel), not any of the other (one pretzel)". By extension, "these ones pretzels" is grammatically incorrect, as...
by Argency
Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "these ones"
Replies: 35
Views: 8259

Re: "these ones"

I agree that it's probably a case where some dialects prefer to cut down on redundancy, although it's not something I've ever encountered. In your experience, is the same true when speaking in the singular? As in, do people insist that, "I like this one," be shortened to, "I like this...
by Argency
Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 376447

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Oh hey, that's an intriguing theory! I like that it explains why we were shown the whole chicken thing. The trick there was that he transfigured something into a chicken and then burned that inside a containment field, right? That would be a much simpler way of faking the burning, although you might...
by Argency
Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 376447

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Well, it's not settled for me yet I'm afraid. EDIT: Damn, I got pipped at the post. Should have typed faster. :p First of all, Dumbledore didn't actually admit to burning Cissy at all. He admitted to knowing that people thought that was what happened, but he also pointed out that it didn't m...
by Argency
Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo III
Replies: 2188
Views: 346423

Re: Diablo III

Izawwlgood wrote:Hack and slash dungeon crawler rpg. Or you could google it.

EDIT: Oh god fucking April Fools.


You really don't like being asked questions, do you?
by Argency
Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 376447

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Whoa, that's a typo. Edited and thanks - I was up late.
by Argency
Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 376447

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Spoiler:
Oh derp, Argency. I fell for that one hook, line and sinker. I was all bewildered at how fast it was happening and excited for a big climactic faceoff... In fairness it was April 2nd here in Australia when I read it, but I still should have seen that coming.
by Argency
Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Smell that isn't a smell: or "how i feel shame"
Replies: 13
Views: 4806

Re: Smell that isn't a smell: or "how i feel shame"

Well, I for one am stoked that I'm not alone on this one. :)
by Argency
Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 376447

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

HHHNNNNNGGGGGGHHHHNNNNNNNGGGHHHH... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh man. Oh man. Oh man. That was the best... The most amazing... I haven't fully come to terms with it yet. I'm shaking all over. I have a quiz at uni in two hours and it took me five...
by Argency
Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1712
Views: 342211

Re: Avatar: The Last Hairbender & Legend of Korra

Really? Oh thanks, I'll try googling it. Also, I guess you probably weren't angry at me or anything, but isn't that link a bit snide and bitchy? It must have cost you at least as much effort to arrange that as it would have to just post a link to the site where you read the comics or tell me you co...
by Argency
Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1712
Views: 342211

Re: Avatar: The Last Hairbender & Legend of Korra

There are comics? Can you please link me?
by Argency
Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nondeterministic Universe, posible?
Replies: 70
Views: 9867

Re: Nondeterministic Universe, posible?

And it is useless because what is part of it can change over time, and "is in the same universe as" is not a transitive relation. So if the sun disappeared right now, regardless of any laws of physics, just vanished poof! According to your definition of existence it would still exist tomo...
by Argency
Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 376447

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Hmm, my theory: Harry has assumed that the plotter was competent, but was forced to use a backup (that is, intended to kill Draco and frame Hermione, removing both as Harry's potential allies, but used an almost killed Draco to get to almost the same effect. What if we assume that Draco was...
by Argency
Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1712
Views: 342211

Re: Avatar: The Last Hairbender & Legend of Korra

I love the music in the new episodes already!
by Argency
Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 376447

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Another wrinkle: Harry's wandless defence against dementors seems to require that he remain conscious. As soon as even his concentration slips he'll fall prey to their influence. Perhaps it would be possible for him to construct a system of semantic keys that remind him of his protection, w...
by Argency
Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 228692

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

At my high school we had a few instances of dangerous oversights on behalf of staff members . -> One teacher decided to impress his grade eight class by filling a giant burette with hydrogen gas, turning the tap on and lighting a match. Unfortunately he'd filled it to significantly higher than one a...
by Argency
Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nondeterministic Universe, posible?
Replies: 70
Views: 9867

Re: Nondeterministic Universe, posible?

To reply directly to the OP... "Logical determinism or Determinateness is the notion that all propositions, whether about the past, present, or future, are either true or false. Note that one can support Causal Determinism without necessarily supporting Logical Determinism and vice versa (depen...
by Argency
Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 376447

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I'm scared :( Harry's dark side is not equipped to deal with this situation rationally - it's been demonstrated that its weakness is fear of loss/death and we know from this latest chapter that the fear of losing Hermione pierces through even his analytic trance. I think Harry is about to do...
by Argency
Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Smell that isn't a smell: or "how i feel shame"
Replies: 13
Views: 4806

Re: Smell that isn't a smell: or "how i feel shame"

Well, I've never experienced the exact phenomenon you're describing, but I do experience something that might be a little bit similar (if less exceptional). I'm going to mention it here anyway because it looks like it might be relevant and I'd love to know if anyone else gets it. My strange sensatio...
by Argency
Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do airplanes need wings?
Replies: 66
Views: 11981

Re: Why do airplanes need wings?

But if you fix your coordinate frame on the airplane and visualize the flowfield around the wing, what do we see? We don't see any air moving forward! We see some air moving down, but not by that much. And if we compute the streamlines far enough aft of the trailing edge, using the pressure field, ...
by Argency
Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Tired of throwing away my lunch.
Replies: 17
Views: 4872

Re: Tired of throwing away my lunch.

Most staleness doesn't have anything to do with how dry the bread is. Staleness happens when the starches in the bread crystallise. This is why heating the bread in a microwave often seems to return it to freshness - the starches melt into a softness again. Cooling the bread, on the other hand, will...
by Argency
Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 376447

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Oh, I wonder how a day is defined for the purposes of time-turning? Can you use only 6 hours between midnight of one day and the next, or is there a rolling 24-hour window? I suppose it would have to be the latter, because the actual time of day is completely arbitrary and we have time zones and th...
by Argency
Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3373
Views: 673427

Re: What were your dreams last night?

Subconsciously mindful of (and apparently bitter about) yesterday's date, I dreamed Monday night that I met a talking dolphin called Delphi and discovered that she was my soul mate. She was the sweetest, cleverest, kindest person and she loved me for me. Our relationship wasn't physical, mind you, b...
by Argency
Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 376447

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

About Trelawney, there is a bit of a problem with that reasoning. It was explained that the pressure in Time is released when and where it needs to be, so it wouldn't make sense to put a monitor on prof. Trelawney. (of course if it is a monitoring device, she now could have the prophecy in her bed)...
by Argency
Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 376447

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Off the top of my head, other potential Chekhov's Guns or similar: ⋅ Roger Bacon's diary ( Slightly spoilerific link ) ⋅ James Potter's rock ⋅ Maybe Fawkes counts, as in canon ⋅ Thinking along those lines, perhaps the flaming chicken..? ⋅ The appare...
by Argency
Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 376447

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Looking good for an update soon, given the new author's note at the start of Chapter 77. In the mean time, I re-read it and stumbled across at least one thing that I think is either a very minor Chekhov's Gun or a space that Eliezer has left in case he needs one at some point in the future. I'm goin...
by Argency
Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gravitons... wild goose chase?
Replies: 37
Views: 6938

Re: Gravitons... wild goose chase?

I should preface this comment by saying that it's informed by metaphysics and epistemology, and that the dominant opinions in physics may differ. At the same time, though, metaphysics and epistemology underlie heaps of important current physics and as we get closer to the GUT they're going to be mor...
by Argency
Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Poor single people eat weird things
Replies: 261
Views: 57495

Re: Poor single people eat weird things

The cook at my college got fired and for a couple of months we had a volunteer from the student body making the food. He was actually a pretty good cook but towards the end of semester he didn't have much free time and was also coming to the end of his allotted budget, so meals got a bit... suspect....
by Argency
Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: (500) Days of Summer
Replies: 38
Views: 7047

Re: (500) Days of Summer

Whoa, I completely didn't expect many of you guys to enjoy the film. Here's my take: Don't get me wrong, Zooey Deschanel is the most beautiful and talented woman in the world. The acts, she sings, she makes my clothes fall off at inappropriate moments; I have a long-term crush on her. And JGL is pre...
by Argency
Thu Nov 24, 2011 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How Would The World React To a Post-Scarcity Society?
Replies: 123
Views: 26838

Re: How Would The World React To a Post-Scarcity Society?

But again, those concepts are useless in a world where you are given virtually limitless resources (think about it, why care about health when you can have 90000 livers transplanted into you, you live in a mansion and have thousands of robots do all of your tasks for you).] These concepts are hardw...
by Argency
Thu Nov 24, 2011 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3373
Views: 673427

Re: What were your dreams last night?

My friend and I made a sport out of her riding her bicycle and towing me behind on my skateboard. Neville Longbottom told us it was dangerous but we didn't listen until we had a prang with another couple - a guy in a wheelchair being towed by his girlfriend on her bike. We got in a big argument with...
by Argency
Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Alcohol -> better person?
Replies: 18
Views: 3549

Re: Alcohol -> better person?

Hey Pie, I certainly wouldn't worry about this since it sounds like you're experiencing exactly the desired effects of alcohol. It's a useful tool because it lowers your inhibitions slightly. I agree with people who are advising caution when it comes to dependence on the drug for social interaction,...
by Argency
Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 376447

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I'm surprised Harry isn't looking more into things like spell invention - Hermoine notes that a spell similar to the one on Dumbledore's spiral staircase was invented more recently than Atlantis , so it has to be possible on some level, even if it's just by rediscovering spells that the Atlantea...

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