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by JayDee
Thu Oct 14, 2010 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89957
Views: 7570745

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

It was on TV tonight, and I watched maybe half or more of the Constantine movie tonight. Turns out, if you can pretend that it is a completely independent movie not based on anything at all and that any similarity (not that there is all that much) is purely coincidental, it's a perfectly tolerable f...
by JayDee
Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28396
Views: 2936477

Re: Rant Thread (to balance Awesome Thread)

Midnight wrote:rant for the day: WANT TO PRACTICE DRUMS. Why the fuck are there three people in the next bedroom that are still asleep, at 3:35?
Surely they are only asleep because you haven't started practicing yet.
by JayDee
Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What are your thoughts on this definition of science?
Replies: 14
Views: 1976

Re: What are your thoughts on this definition of science?

I consider myself a man of science. As such, when the above misconceptions and hositilities appear in my friends, relatives and colleagues, I try to ease those hostilities and correct those misconceptions. I do that by asking them, "What is science?" Rarely do I get an answer that is even...
by JayDee
Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28396
Views: 2936477

Re: Rant Thread (to balance Awesome Thread)

GraphiteGirl wrote:[...]for no reason other than liking the sound of our own typing:
I miss proper typewriters. I think I need to get me one of those. Or at least a usb keyboard specifically designed to sound like and olde fashionede type writere. Surely those exist.
by JayDee
Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [AUS] Sydney: home of the Kurnell Desalination Plant
Replies: 1677
Views: 419619

Re: SYDNEY PEOPLE! Currently Orgasmising: 13 or 14 March 201

The Flugtag is happening again, we've done that before. (I mostly know this is coming up because a non-xkcdilian friend expressed interest in going, the other day. Traveling down with them would increase the odds of my attending above zero.)
by JayDee
Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple on trial for abortion in Australia
Replies: 45
Views: 4761

Re: Couple on trial for abortion in Australia

And what state would that be? As far as I'm aware abortion is legal in every state with various degrees of restriction and regulation. Queensland. As mentioned four times in the OP. Admittedly, on this I am trusting Wikipedia (as linked to by Gelsamel.) According to said link, QLD's abortion laws a...
by JayDee
Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple on trial for abortion in Australia
Replies: 45
Views: 4761

Re: Couple on trial for abortion in Australia

Wait, abortion is not legal in Australia? Not legal in this particular state, at least. It pleases me a little to read that "Pro-choice advocates have established a vigil outside the Cairns Court to support the couple and call for abortion to be decriminalised in the state." with no menti...
by JayDee
Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books I've never read/finished and should
Replies: 27
Views: 4359

Re: I'm embarrassed that I've never read...

The Wheel of Time (couldn't get in to the first book, but got the first eight for Christmas some time ago) That is a quite amusingly optimistic Christmas present. All eight? I'll bet it was an excitingly large wrapped box beneath the tree. Plato's Republic (which pissed me off---again, felt like I ...
by JayDee
Tue Oct 12, 2010 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books I've never read/finished and should
Replies: 27
Views: 4359

Re: I'm embarrassed that I've never read...

I should note that I'm not embarrassed about not having read the Atwood [...] because my mom gave me a copy, and I'd like to be able to say "I read it! It was great! Thanks, mom! I especially liked [insert some specific part]!" I do think I'd enjoy it (I liked Oryx and Crake ), but I just...
by JayDee
Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: This is a thread about an article mocking science journism.
Replies: 12
Views: 2073

This is a thread about an article mocking science journism.

You might have seen this article recently, mocking typical science journalism. This is a news website article about a scientific paper. In the standfirst I will make a fairly obvious pun about the subject matter before posing an inane question I have no intention of really answering: is this an impo...
by JayDee
Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: (Post Your) Incredible Poems (Here!)
Replies: 544
Views: 233108

Re: (Post Your) Incredible Poems (Here!)

Microscopic cog wrote:What's up with the random capitals though.
Those aren't at all random. Looks like a mid-line acrostic. They even line up rather well.
by JayDee
Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89957
Views: 7570745

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Mm, that's a good idea, and perhaps worth a shot. I'm just not sure how much I'm willing to risk. I did end up writing about a page as opposed to just a half and I got a 100 on it, so she's apparently not too strict. If in doubt, ask about it before submission. "I think I've answered the quest...
by JayDee
Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89957
Views: 7570745

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

The hardest part of this English class is how she constantly puts an upper limit on what we can write, which makes things very difficult. This is probably the point, but I'm frustrated knowing that I can't write in half a page anything that would satisfy any of my old teachers, and they're all I ha...
by JayDee
Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What is wrong with Other M?
Replies: 75
Views: 10133

Re: What is wrong with Other M?

ProZac wrote:without? And yes, every time they've given Metroid a story that's up front and not just told by environment, it's been fairly terrible. It's something they should stay away from.
Without, indeed, yes. Edited. I agree, it's the environment, gameplay, and atmosphere they should be storytelling with.
by JayDee
Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:02 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What is wrong with Other M?
Replies: 75
Views: 10133

Re: What is wrong with Other M?

Yeah, Adam was the CO Samus reminisces about in Fusion. Although the game would have been better without all that.
by JayDee
Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fun with Graphs
Replies: 55
Views: 5015

Re: Fun with Graphs

The choice of label for the dotted line is a poor one. They should have stuck with the title they gave the chart.
by JayDee
Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What is wrong with Other M?
Replies: 75
Views: 10133

Re: What is wrong with Other M?

Triangle_Man wrote:In short, the storyline doesn't work well in America because of cultural issues.
From what I've heard, they made the same mistake that was made in Metroid: Fusion. Used the wrong kind of storytelling. It's Metroid - they shouldn't be using words to tell the story. Or cutscenes.
by JayDee
Sat Oct 02, 2010 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Math or Science
Replies: 65
Views: 53104

Re: Math or Science

Pff. It's not an either or question.
V. I. Arnold wrote:Mathematics is a part of physics. Physics is an experimental science, a part of natural science. Mathematics is the part of physics where experiments are cheap.
by JayDee
Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89957
Views: 7570745

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

So what happens if one day one of my neurons becomes aware? Tiny little tentacled thing trying to fit it's way out of my head, to freedom. Creepy.
by JayDee
Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:55 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1817
Views: 428523

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stu

I'm currently reading Foundation. I'm almost done with it (about 50 pages left to go), and it's pretty good, but a lot of ideas and events are discussed very quickly, so it's a bit confusing. Asimov's Foundation? It might be worth knowing that those were short stories written for magazines in an ag...
by JayDee
Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89957
Views: 7570745

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Same. Although I'd happily write out "July 8th, 1969" rather than "8/7/1969". Sacrifice brevity for clarity.

But then I'm like that. Don't even abbreviate in text messages. (okay, sometimes I do. But I put in the apostrophes.)
by JayDee
Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:07 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Parkour
Replies: 111
Views: 21962

Re: Parkour

Nah, in Newcastle. Proper classes are only every second weekend, although I knew about the National Gathering. It was finding online video of the folk in Melbourne jumping around familiar places that convinced me it was something I wanted to do, rather than just something to watch.
by JayDee
Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Black and White
Replies: 21
Views: 2355

Re: Pokemon Black and White

A quick google reveals that Pokémon Black & White isn't what I was hoping for on seeing the thread title, Pokémon Noir. Pity. Looks like it's not even in B&W, which could have been interesting, art-wise. That said, Team Plasma could be fun - "a team who, unlike previous teams, want to d...
by JayDee
Sun Sep 26, 2010 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Parkour
Replies: 111
Views: 21962

Re: Parkour

I went to my first Parkour class yesterday. I swear, I hurt in muscles that I didn't even have two days ago.

I'll totally be back next time.
by JayDee
Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28396
Views: 2936477

Re: Rant Thread (to balance Awesome Thread)

With the education I've had so far, I've found that almost all of the textbooks, and many of the teachers, have had a high tendency of presenting the material as absolute truth, while later revising that truth. I think that's really annoying, and personally, I highly prefer textbooks and teachers w...
by JayDee
Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28396
Views: 2936477

Re: Rant Thread (to balance Awesome Thread)

Presenting a simplified model explicitly as a simplification (rather than the current "this is how it is -- Psych! no it isn't" method) seems the way to go. As you say, tell the students that the real, known picture is more complicated, but that they'll be learning a simplification (or a s...
by JayDee
Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28396
Views: 2936477

Re: Rant Thread (to balance Awesome Thread)

I do think high school science (and probably university level science too) would benefit from being divorced from the history. Teach current knowledge ("this is how we currently think things work / are") and current method ("this is how we discover how things work") in the most e...
by JayDee
Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28396
Views: 2936477

Re: Rant Thread (to balance Awesome Thread)

Educators seem far too attached to the notion of teaching science as it historically developed. As if the accidents of history make for good curriculum design. It's so frustrating, but on the other hand it's a pair of hard problems. First, to design a better way of teaching these things, and second ...
by JayDee
Sat Sep 25, 2010 2:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28396
Views: 2936477

Re: Rant Thread (to balance Awesome Thread)

I used to sing a Haydn round about that sort of thing, I think. "Es sagen Ja die Blikke, die Worte sagen Nein! Ja. Nein. Dies pflegt bei Mädchen immer vermischt zu sein." Can't remember the translation for the second half, though. Lovely little song.
by JayDee
Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Preserving Native Cultures: Respectful or Racism?
Replies: 41
Views: 7429

Re: Preserving Native Cultures: Respectful or Racism?

You sound a lot as if you think everyone should be like you. Rather that everyone should have the choice to be so. The question is whether we should be denying members of various cultures the chance to join ours, or to adapt features of our society to their own. The choice is a very important part ...
by JayDee
Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The 50 book challenge
Replies: 76
Views: 13307

Re: The 50 book challenge

I'm pretty sure I won't have a problem meeting the challenge, since when I last had three weeks off school, I read the entire Wheel of Time series so far (including New Spring) in two weeks (context for the nerds here that aren't into fantasy - all 12 of the main books average about 900 pages each,...
by JayDee
Sat Sep 18, 2010 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Best and Worst Discworld
Replies: 316
Views: 184050

Re: Best and Worst Discworld

Gotta be honest, I would love to see Jack Kirby covers for Discworld novels.
by JayDee
Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Best and Worst Discworld
Replies: 316
Views: 184050

Re: Best and Worst Discworld

Twoflower wasn't portrayed as a typical person from the empire at all, though. Hence "What I dd on my holidays" becoming a revolutionary text. I had the impression he was meant to be an American (and everywhere else that has clueless tourists - I'd be curious to know if the portrayal was m...
by JayDee
Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28396
Views: 2936477

Re: Rant Thread - The Spies of Faith

Having a laid back attitude you'd fit right in, though.
by JayDee
Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89957
Views: 7570745

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

I am a faster reader. I think I've met one person, ever, who read anywhere near as fast as I do. Maybe faster, although that is slightly harder to accept. Person I met through these forums, even. But I don't skim, Tim. I just emotionally react faster. Text has just as much impact on me as it does on...
by JayDee
Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89957
Views: 7570745

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

You, sir, name? wrote:I'm oddly amused by the sheer quantity of topic reply notifications I've got in my inbox.
I wonder, did the problem with notifications and jabber ever get sorted?
Giant Speck wrote:I just had a really bad mental image of a woman trying to give birth to a big screen television.
Gah, the corners!
by JayDee
Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Race for the Galaxy
Replies: 7
Views: 1689

Re: Race for the Galaxy

This is a game that entered my radar recently, I'm pretty sure from multiple places. I haven't played it or even seen it, though. One of those places was the GameShelf who used it as one of the examples in their discussion of tabletop game expansions . Which might be of interest. or (more likely), I...
by JayDee
Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2408108

Re: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out

Confession: If Australia were to be invaded, I'd likely be siding with the invaders, for all that it would be cool to awaken my inner pryotechnician.
by JayDee
Sat Sep 11, 2010 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: LOST
Replies: 454
Views: 33781

Re: LOST

But that didn't happen until what, Season 3? The last couple of seasons, the shorter ones, were arranged around then. The flashbacks/flashfowards may not have direct relevance to the actual Island storyline, but I do enjoy them, especially Seasons 1-4. In Season 1, the flashbacks show how the charac...
by JayDee
Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The New X-Com/UFO Game.... it's a FPS. Fuck.
Replies: 14
Views: 2640

Re: The New X-Com/UFO Game.... it's a FPS. Fuck.

When this was announced I was rewatching Dark Skies, so based on that first teaser trailer I'm going to be playing the game pretending it's a Dark Skies licensed game, instead of X-Com. Genre aside, it's still early, and it may turn out less un-UFO than it seems. Alec Meer over at RPS / Eurogamer di...

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