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by The Rumpled Academic
Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0451: "Impostor"
Replies: 381
Views: 119915

Re: "Impostor" Discussion

As someone studying literature (amongst other things) at University, I thought this comic was hilarious. :mrgreen: Of course there is a difference between subtle and incivisive literary criticism and bullshit (reading Goddard on Shakespeare is one of the joys of my life), but that didn't stop me fro...
by The Rumpled Academic
Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 96618

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

Even though I like quite a lot of what could be classed as 'folk rock', the term has really unpleasant, fogeyish connotations with me. When something actually takes the traditions and spirits of both and melds them together really well, though - I'm thinking of Okkervil River's "Westfall" ...
by The Rumpled Academic
Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Interweb radio stations / Pandora Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 6799

Re: Is there any way to get Pandora to play more obscure music?

There's no way I can think of to get Pandora to play more obscure music, but, for what it's worth, here are a few other ways to discover really good, less well-known music. Have you ever tried Amazon-hopping? Go to the amazon.com page of an album you really like, look at the "Customers who boug...
by The Rumpled Academic
Mon Jul 14, 2008 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Bands you're currently enjoying
Replies: 106
Views: 9026

Re: Bands you're currently enjoying

In the past couple of days, mostly... Chet, OOIOO, Forest Fire, Quinn Walker, Built To Spill, and Ponytail.
by The Rumpled Academic
Mon Jul 14, 2008 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Let's ruin songs with knowledge!
Replies: 782
Views: 67437

Re: Let's ruin songs with knowledge!

If someone actually offered her all the tea in China, she'd stay. Don't pretend. That's a goddamn shitload of tea ~ which is to say nothing of the prime reselling market opened up by the sudden deprivation of a nation of more than a billion people of all of their tea. Think it through, Stephen Merrit.
by The Rumpled Academic
Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: POST YOUR MUSIC HERE and actually Listen too! (Rules in OP)
Replies: 396
Views: 170972

Re: Post your own music! Plu~!

I guess I'm just on the other end of the personality-spectrum with regard to this, because I personally am not too comfortable making a thread solely about my music ~ I prefer a spirit of sharing to one of exclusivity, y'know? I've been a member of one or two other forums where there's been one big ...
by The Rumpled Academic
Sun Jul 13, 2008 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: POST YOUR MUSIC HERE and actually Listen too! (Rules in OP)
Replies: 396
Views: 170972

The Parking Lot Experiments

If you'd like to lend me your ear (though one'll do) for a minute, here is the band I'm in with my brother and a friend: http://www.myspace.com/theparkinglotexperiments Because the Parking Lot Experiments is essentially the term we use to label everything musical that both me and my brother produce,...
by The Rumpled Academic
Fri Jul 11, 2008 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Watchmen. Let us discuss. SPOILERS!
Replies: 138
Views: 30102

Re: Watchmen. Let us discuss. SPOILERS!

Sticking Roschach on a deserted palace on Mars would have been a thousand times crueller than killing him. Rorschach's values are absolute, and if the choice is between compromising or death, he chooses death without hesitation. To be tucked away on Mars would be a complete emasculation; a proof tha...
by The Rumpled Academic
Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 309259

Re: What is your favourite book?

Suzannah Clarke's "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" is probably the single novel in the whole world that I enjoyed reading the most, and look most forward to revisiting, once a year, until I die. :-) It's just magic. (Also - big ups to Roald Dahl, and everyone who still digs him. Charlie...
by The Rumpled Academic
Thu Jul 10, 2008 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books You Believe Every Book Reader Should Read.
Replies: 189
Views: 34729

Re: Books You Believe Every Book Reader Should Read.

I'm told Plato's Republic is a nifty read. It actually is! There's a lot of really crazy shit tucked away in the second half - like how reproductive rights out to be distributed by a fixed lottery, favouring those with more desirable genetic traits and excluding the weak/ugly proportion of the popu...
by The Rumpled Academic
Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Culture me! (AKA Favourite non-English music)
Replies: 87
Views: 8939

Re: Culture me! (AKA Favourite non-English music)

Off the top of my head: Juana Molina is a stunningly good Argentinian folk musician who utilises subtle psychedelic electronics really skilfully and prettily. Kasai Allstars are my favourite African band. Their latest album, "In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The He...
by The Rumpled Academic
Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of
Replies: 551
Views: 100162

Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Neutral Milk Hotel are one of my all-time favourite bands. There are very few songwriters who manage to put as much of themselves into their songs as Jeff Mangum did. In The Aeroplane and On Avery Island are both, in my view, stunningly beautiful records. (And - scout's honour - I promise I didn't h...
by The Rumpled Academic
Wed Jul 02, 2008 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 96618

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

The eighties were a dead period of musical history. Dead.

(That's the single musical opinion of mine that seems to get people's backs up the most.)
by The Rumpled Academic
Fri Jun 27, 2008 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196657

Re: "Purity" Discussion

although the philosopher's ponderings above are awesome Whoa, dude. I dug your post a lot too. Thanks for sharing it... My pleasure. :-) philosophy and math seem to be at the same level of purity, needing only logic in the context of whatever they happen to be studying ? Although math requires the ...
by The Rumpled Academic
Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Energizing Songs
Replies: 25
Views: 4183

Re: Energizing Songs

AmazingRando, these are the 7 songs in the world that energise the most bejesus out of me (and, judging by your excellent preferencing of Okkervil River and Arcade Fire for this purpose, these ones ought to do pretty well for you, too): Wolf Parade - I'll Believe In Anything Animal Collective - Wate...
by The Rumpled Academic
Sun Jun 22, 2008 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Recommend one artist
Replies: 1018
Views: 282215

Re: Recommend one artist

Dirty Projectors.

If the world of indie music were a party, Dirty Projectors would be the lank-haired guy squatting froglike on the roof, slowly building some kind of bottle-rocket (for his own mysterious purposes), who stares at you ceaselessly with bulbous shining eyes the entire evening.
by The Rumpled Academic
Sat Jun 21, 2008 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196657

Re: "Purity" Discussion

I just read all 14 pages, and this discussion is really interesting. A bunch of people have said that math is applied philosophy. What if philosophy is applied love? ...Well, think about the very derivation of the word "philosophy". Plus, the idea of love being the basis is pretty xkcdian...
by The Rumpled Academic
Thu Jun 19, 2008 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196657

Re: "Purity" Discussion

If I’m not allowed to be sure they can’t be true except in my opinion, what guarantee do you have that the external world exists at all? None! If you can never be 100% sure of anything, how can you be 100% sure that you can't be 100% sure of anything? I can't! (There ain't no guarantees in life, bu...
by The Rumpled Academic
Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What does one do at a concert?
Replies: 53
Views: 18349

Re: What does one do at a concert?

At Dan Deacon concerts you: +Become lost in a glowing amorphous blob of people and sound +become mesmerised by a seemingly-floating green skull which starts singing along during the third song +dance so hard you lose all feeling in your legs, but they somehow keep dancing anyway +make all the excite...
by The Rumpled Academic
Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196657

Re: "Purity" Discussion

Larklight, yes! The Rumpled Academian: No. I said that A can be ANYTHING. Even something which we can't/haven't/don't imagine. Honestly, we don't need to think of what A is for this to be true. A is, in fact, as I said at the very start, abstracted. And I stated A=A as an axiom, (a proof of which w...
by The Rumpled Academic
Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196657

Re: "Purity" Discussion

Hang on, no it doesn't. A=A doesn't imply that A exists at all, simply that A is A. e.g. my son doesn't exist (I don't have a son), but the hypothetical son of mine is still my hypothetical son of mine. Nor does it need to be accurately describable: I could describe the form of A; A has these chara...
by The Rumpled Academic
Sun Jun 15, 2008 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Vinyl
Replies: 48
Views: 10455

Re: Vinyl

I listen to vinyl because I love music, because it brings me great joy and it proves that I am better than everyone else....ever. Cheer up mate I was just being sardonic. Ah, the plight of people who are serious about some things. :-P Perhaps it was a misinterpretation of your original post, I felt...
by The Rumpled Academic
Sun Jun 15, 2008 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Vinyl
Replies: 48
Views: 10455

Re: Vinyl

I have started to collect vinyl because my theory runs as such: Old bands did not have CDs, thus they designed their music for vinyl, thus it will sound better on vinyl. While this is probably flawed, I like the covers as well anyway. True. And not just regarding sound. With some albums, the break ...
by The Rumpled Academic
Sun Jun 15, 2008 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196657

Re: "Purity" Discussion

the box isn't a part of the universe -- the box is the universe, and the electrons are the particles in this universe, with no other particles around, so there isn't a sense in which it's isolated since it's the only thing there. so, in a universe of this type, it makes sense, and more to the point...
by The Rumpled Academic
Sat Jun 14, 2008 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196657

Re: "Purity" Discussion

You all have it ALMOST right. So close, too. The study of Logic is itself the most pure field. From it derives Philosophy, Math, and Physics. Math is impure in this way: it is Logic applied to numeration. Physics is impure in this way: it is Logic applied to the physical realm. Math is its primary ...
by The Rumpled Academic
Fri Jun 13, 2008 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196657

Re: "Purity" Discussion

There seem to be several divisions amongst the participants of this conversation, most "groups" having their own separate definition of maths, and arguing based upon that. Thus, no real way to identify who is correct, even philosophically (which is what some people have nearly used for pr...
by The Rumpled Academic
Thu Jun 12, 2008 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196657

Re: "Purity" Discussion

Hmm. Well differentiating one object from another is hardly something that only humans do, is it? Animals will eat the food they know is good for them, and not eat that which is bad. Similarly, a female lion or somesuch, with cubs, appears to know if a cub has gone missing (Which implies the abilit...
by The Rumpled Academic
Thu Jun 12, 2008 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196657

Re: "Purity" Discussion

This is not necessarily an unreasonable conclusion, if you consider "exists" to mean the same kind of conceptual existence used for the mathematics version of the argument. Or do you believe that English would not even conceptually be a language if nobody alive spoke it? I think that depe...
by The Rumpled Academic
Thu Jun 12, 2008 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196657

Re: "Purity" Discussion

1) Things exist without our observation. 2) These things have behavior. 3) This behavior can be described mathematically. 4) = math exists even if you remove all observers. There is a small mistake in your reasoning, substitute "mathematically" by the name of any language, existing or fic...
by The Rumpled Academic
Thu Jun 12, 2008 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196657

Re: "Purity" Discussion

Math is clearly not a human construct. The word "math" is a human construct, and so are our words for numbers, our words for sums and such, but quantities are real things, shapes are real things, and they behave in predictable ways you can uncover by looking at them. Two plus two did equa...
by The Rumpled Academic
Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196657

Re: "Purity" Discussion

I agree with MysticTerminator, and I think your line of thinking falls into the "Existence Nihilist". You don't accept any proof that hasn't any base, but you require proofs for these bases, and you refuse self-evident proofs, or self-prooving ideas. Therefore, nothing exists to you. I re...
by The Rumpled Academic
Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196657

Re: "Purity" Discussion

I think I do, and I totally disagree. Green isn't something we invented. It's a peticular range of electromagnetic waves. That we perceive it or not, that we label it or not, it's still there. Grass will be green since it's the electromagnetic wave it reflects, period. You may call it red, blue, or...
by The Rumpled Academic
Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196657

Re: "Purity" Discussion

**Edit: Wowsers... I did not realise how long this post was going to end up being. My apologies, beloved reader.** I like your post! My own position on the ontological status of mathematical entities(and on most other philosophy of mathematics topics for that matter) hasn't completely matured yet th...
by The Rumpled Academic
Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196657

Re: "Purity" Discussion

I popped in on the very first page and said that numbers are a human invention - then buggered off and let Pliny bear the brunt of the mathematical slapback (that's a fun term to say :mrgreen: ), so now I'd like to just quickly establish my position. Numbers weren't discovered by people, they were i...
by The Rumpled Academic
Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196657

Re: "Purity" Discussion

What is this "pure" nonsense? Numbers are human inventions.
by The Rumpled Academic
Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Vinyl
Replies: 48
Views: 10455

Re: Vinyl

My soul is made of vinyl. :D I do the whole hunting-through-bargain-bins thing, but I also buy shiny new vinyl when it strikes me. I have a reasonably modest collection (only about 50). The records I play the most would have to be M. Ward's "Post-War", the Incredible String Band's "50...
by The Rumpled Academic
Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of
Replies: 551
Views: 100162

Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Awesome.
by The Rumpled Academic
Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?
Replies: 18
Views: 3121

Re: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Ohz yeahz! If you're still on the prowl for that NMH world-is-ending-as-we-sing-with-fierce-pride-and-chunks-of-sky-fall-past-our-floating-bodies-in-great-flaming-chunks vibe, I have another recommendation for you: Bodies of Water; a very cool trumpet-bearing exuberantly-harmonising band who, even w...
by The Rumpled Academic
Mon Jun 09, 2008 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Sigur Rós
Replies: 77
Views: 12842

Re: Sigur Ros

I haven't had a chance to listen to the new album yet - I just thought I'd say (because so far nobody has) that Rós are absolutely kickin' live. I saw them in '05, and they tore the place apart; alternately gently lulling and ungodly-loud batshit-ripping.
Orsum.
by The Rumpled Academic
Mon Jun 09, 2008 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of
Replies: 551
Views: 100162

Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

I could write a hilariously long list in answer to this thread, but I suspect that the fewer bands I list, the greater the likelihood will be of someone actually investigating them, right? After all, fewer name = greater quality. Bearing that in mind, I give you these three names, all unutterably br...

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