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by Air Gear
Sat Feb 03, 2007 1:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Bush comes up with a genius plan for Iraq.
Replies: 88
Views: 15628

Are you satisfied that good and bad decisions do in fact exist, or are we going to continue to wade through this swamp of subjective sewage? I know that good and bad decisions do exist, but given that last bit about a "swamp of subjective sewage" along with a few other things in your post...
by Air Gear
Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0218: "Nintendo Surgeon"
Replies: 98
Views: 35960

Cartridges just had a better feel to them than discs...the DS's memory cards work, though. Time to look in the drawer with the old NES games! KLAX! That was a bitch to get working after awhile...took a lot of blowing into that one... ...oh man, it's so tempting to plug in said NES which is also in t...
by Air Gear
Fri Feb 02, 2007 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Bush comes up with a genius plan for Iraq.
Replies: 88
Views: 15628

Poor people stay poor because they make bad decisions. Poor people make bad decisions cause their poor and are less likely to get education to make good decisions. Education is the key really. As I said before, there isn't a reason in the world for anyone that's not one welfare not to have $1,000,0...
by Air Gear
Fri Feb 02, 2007 1:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: world demographic presentation
Replies: 16
Views: 4059

One, he's good. Two, that was worth watching in general. Three, needing access to more of the information out there is something needed in general.
by Air Gear
Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fora member birthdays
Replies: 753
Views: 107777

Dec. 28. That's my "Reminder of Worthlessness Day".
by Air Gear
Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2847800

Confession: I don't know how I haven't failed out of college now. Seriously, my grades are abysmal due to not giving a shit. Well, my linear algebra grade was probably good since that was about the only class in the past two years I've cared about... ...oh well, at least now I'll do better due to re...
by Air Gear
Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Operating systems
Replies: 122
Views: 20584

Narsil wrote:What's special about it that Windows can't do?


Well, if you're talking about Windows Vista, how about "run off of under two gigs of RAM"?
by Air Gear
Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion [Moved from General 26/03/07]
Replies: 362
Views: 71460

I understand where you are coming from. I think the only possible answer (that's not even really an answer) is one of my favorite quotes: "Life is" That is, Life is is own justification. There is no reason for being here except being here, as far as we know. you can either enjoy it, or ha...
by Air Gear
Thu Feb 01, 2007 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion [Moved from General 26/03/07]
Replies: 362
Views: 71460

I was at one point an atheist, but I found it made me feel insignificant. i wish I were able to believe something for its convenience rather than its truth. I sure as hell don't. It's exceptionally hard to put up with actually figuring things out since it requires so damn much analysis and so much ...
by Air Gear
Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Operating systems
Replies: 122
Views: 20584

On XP, have the CD waiting to swap over to a Linux box (Ubuntu) when I'm ready, never, ever going to even look at Vista.
by Air Gear
Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion [Moved from General 26/03/07]
Replies: 362
Views: 71460

Probability argument ignostic who leans a little further toward athiest daily here. Why doesn't God even matter? Well, consider the multiplicity of religions and exactly how everybody's equally stuck on their faiths, even though said faiths have been processed through countless manipulative leaders ...
by Air Gear
Wed Jan 31, 2007 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 119779

There's really no arithmetic in it; there IS a point where consciousness comes into play and it's mainly about avoiding abortions after that point. Just to continue playing devil's advocate (I'm in a really argumentative mood tonight, I don't know what it is. ) are you a vegetarian? If not, how do ...
by Air Gear
Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: More about xkcd number and other big numbers
Replies: 92
Views: 17982

Hurm; I guess the Zeno's paradox thing is niftier to me due to other experiences with four-dimensional objects. Try thinking of yourself as a four-dimensional object. It's trippy. Ever gone onto something like mathworld and just started rotating tesseracts and such, trying to see into THE FOURTH DI...
by Air Gear
Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Warnings!
Replies: 193
Views: 31318

Warning: Will make jokes and tell stories about the mathematically inept. Seriously, the one girl in complex analysis today..."some basic triangle inequalities" before getting to the REAL Triangle Inequality...one was comparing the length of the longest side of a triangle to the other two:...
by Air Gear
Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 119779

@Air Gear: I agree that sterilization is probably the best option there, but ultimately....it's their wallet. If you agree that the fetus isn't a conscious life, and that killing it has no moral ramifications, why does it matter that those people have chosen a really inefficient and costly method o...
by Air Gear
Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Flaunt What You've Got!
Replies: 110
Views: 18285

Oh and I am sincerely hoping for all the protons making up certain people such as john howard and bush to decay all at once. Just thought I'd chuck that in. I was going to make a comment about what all the excess negative charge would do until I looked it up and saw that the proton would decay into...
by Air Gear
Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 695145

[list] We have: [list] Wow. My high school had (and this is a full list) Calculus, English literature, US History, and Spanish. Calculus AB, English, and Physics B and the school had 700 students (definitely big enough to have at least three times as many AP's). Calc didn't go through enough inform...
by Air Gear
Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 119779

And for the record, with abortion, it's spectacularly overused and I wouldn't mind seeing a bunch of restrictions on it. Thing is, the whole "necessity" case NEEDS to be kept plus the religious right's whole thing...I see that less as anti-abortion and more anti-sex in general since so ma...
by Air Gear
Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Crime and Punishment (split from abortions)
Replies: 28
Views: 4923

I doubt I can argue this point without digging myself a nice hole, but I'll try anyway. First, while at times I would like to (as I'm sure many of you have) just kill all the stupid and perhaps 'non-productive' people, this is not what I'm advocating (although it may have come off as such, one of t...
by Air Gear
Tue Jan 30, 2007 4:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Flaunt What You've Got!
Replies: 110
Views: 18285

Oh and I am sincerely hoping for all the protons making up certain people such as john howard and bush to decay all at once. Just thought I'd chuck that in. I was going to make a comment about what all the excess negative charge would do until I looked it up and saw that the proton would decay into...
by Air Gear
Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0216: "Romantic Drama Equation"
Replies: 90
Views: 30251

Ah, yes, those who disagree with me are stupid and/or evil. You'll win a lot of converts that way, my good sir. Funny how you're using this sort of argument to defend somebody whose argument is basically "ANYONE WHO IS NOT OF MY SEXUALITY IS IMMORAL" with the corollary of "BIOLOGICAL...
by Air Gear
Sun Jan 28, 2007 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Warnings!
Replies: 193
Views: 31318

Warning: In case of a plane crash in the snowy mountains, will be the first to resort to cannibalism.
by Air Gear
Sun Jan 28, 2007 4:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2847800

Aoeniac wrote:
Air Gear wrote:2) For some reason, I find the shounen-ai anime couples generally much cuter than the straight ones. (Magical Girl has NOTHING on this.)



Sukisyo!


*fires up Azureus*
by Air Gear
Sun Jan 28, 2007 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guitar Hero
Replies: 578
Views: 52546

Wow. As somebody who thinks Guitar Hero is pretty good but spectacularly overrated, the animosity toward the damn game here is getting downright scary. Guitar Hero isn't real "guitar". Whoopity fucking doo. Dance Dance Revolution is less "dance" than Guitar Hero is "guitar&q...
by Air Gear
Sat Jan 27, 2007 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guitar Hero
Replies: 578
Views: 52546

I like Guitar Hero, but then again I'm a music game guy...you know, love Pump It Up, love In the Groove, DDR isn't nearly as good...loved Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! (Japanese game that Elite Beat Agents was based on; really hated the music in Elite Beat Agents)... ...except Guitar Hero isn't as good as ...
by Air Gear
Sat Jan 27, 2007 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2847800

Ok, a decent set is coming... 1) I see no problem with the concept of Soylent Green. 2) For some reason, I find the shounen-ai anime couples generally much cuter than the straight ones. (Magical Girl has NOTHING on this.) 3) Unlike aldimond, I've done a really good job at divorcing myself from a sen...
by Air Gear
Sat Jan 27, 2007 3:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 695145

Huh, we could probably get a "math education" thread going with how much people are talking about the way it works where they are and what's right and wrong about it... ...let me just say the short version: it sucks a lot. For high school, screw waiting until year 12. For the college part,...
by Air Gear
Fri Jan 26, 2007 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 695145

In my case, I took calculus my senior year of high school, took the "same" course first semester in college this year (freshman), and now this semester we have moved to multivariable calculus. Edit: yes, I'm in the US Wait, your college did single-variable calc in one term? I wish basical...
by Air Gear
Fri Jan 26, 2007 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What with all this pointless drama here at franklin academy
Replies: 116
Views: 20693

I'm just gonna jump in here and say...since I'm a jerk but perfectly fine with that... A hell of a lot of bots of all these odd types get put on this forum. To deal with that, most of us use each new poster's first few posts as a variant on the Turing test. Pass: person. Fail: probably a bot. Thing ...
by Air Gear
Fri Jan 26, 2007 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0171: "String Theory"
Replies: 89
Views: 39634

Iluvatar wrote:Just something interesting I found:
Theoretical Physicists Develop Test For String Theory.

So, it might actually imply something.


If the way she's saying it is right, it's testing Lorentz invariance, analycity, and unitarity...which doesn't seem to be a strong test.
by Air Gear
Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Global Warming
Replies: 124
Views: 21863

Nevertheless, my point in mentioning pollution as the world´s (not sure how we're defining world) second biggest killer is that there are people who will say that we are masers of the planet, the ecosystem will sort itself out, this is all natural and so on and so forth. What can't be argued quite...
by Air Gear
Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: math problem help
Replies: 20
Views: 3477

A quick look for series inversion... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagrange_inversion_theorem Comparing this to the cubic equation stuff...I think both of those things are best left to computers. The cubic route would take forever and the easy solution coming out of this would be in terms of a power ...
by Air Gear
Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: I need a little help...
Replies: 28
Views: 7162

I'm gonna be a jerk and start by saying that if he calls you a nerd basically every day (hell, I'll go with a weaker condition and say "on a regular basis"), the first thing you have to do is punch him in the face. If he's good at dealing with that kind of thing, instead punch toward the ...
by Air Gear
Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:06 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: I need a little help...
Replies: 28
Views: 7162

I'm gonna be a jerk and start by saying that if he calls you a nerd basically every day (hell, I'll go with a weaker condition and say "on a regular basis"), the first thing you have to do is punch him in the face. If he's good at dealing with that kind of thing, instead punch toward the f...
by Air Gear
Sat Jan 20, 2007 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Peak oil, biofuels, hydrogen and all that jazz
Replies: 82
Views: 14568

Fluff's commute: public transit was an afterthought there, as you said. That works perfectly fine with the rest of my little theory. As for long distances...unless we're talking a 40+-mile commute, again, my take on things works pretty nicely. If we ARE talking that kind of commute...well, damn, th...
by Air Gear
Sat Jan 20, 2007 5:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Peak oil, biofuels, hydrogen and all that jazz
Replies: 82
Views: 14568

I figure I won't quote aldimond's post since it's a long one...but I'll go a few pieces at a time. First of all, the mass transit system being designed for a select population, as I said, versus your take on making systems sufficient are not mutually exclusive. Ok, so if existing train lines are ins...
by Air Gear
Sat Jan 20, 2007 12:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Peak oil, biofuels, hydrogen and all that jazz
Replies: 82
Views: 14568

A lot of interesting things said...but I have to remark about the way cities are designed today and how it applies to traffic, public transportation, and so on... The one thing that people have to remember is that a lot of these systems were designed for a city of population x. When the population g...
by Air Gear
Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Peak oil, biofuels, hydrogen and all that jazz
Replies: 82
Views: 14568

I like how my chem professor back in college made the best argument I've ever heard for NOT burning so much of the oil that comes out of the ground...basically, it came down to this: there are a lot of things we can get energy from. However, all of the raw ingredients for organic synthesis...that's ...
by Air Gear
Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your favorite element?
Replies: 111
Views: 20639

I can't believe nobody has yet mentioned my favorite element! Technetium, element 43. Poor, poor, technetium, with no stable isotopes. You're only produced naturally as the result of spontaneous fission of uranium. In 1937, it was the first artificially produced element (hence the name (from Gr. te...
by Air Gear
Tue Jan 16, 2007 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Blatant Lies
Replies: 488
Views: 80441

I'm SO glad that I had the idea of getting a temporary full-time job until the beginning of the term instead of just the part-time that's going to go WITH the term...it'll be so worth it and rewarding! On that note, I'll be getting a haircut and will otherwise make sure to look my best!

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