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by WibblyWobbly
Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 489919

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

BM: You're not contributing to the discussion with the insults and the whining and the quote sniping. I was having a lot of fun pointing out how and where you refer to Israel as a colony. After you insist so fervently its not and now that it is. Yet all you managed to do was show you don't know the...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Segregation in the name of free speech
Replies: 43
Views: 7693

Re: Segregation in the name of free speech

I find the definitions you use for "deny access" and "refuse to host" to be unfortunately broad. Edit: not picking on you, personally; others making the arguments use the same language. I fail to see how not making a special dispensation to a group is legally equivalent to barri...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Segregation in the name of free speech
Replies: 43
Views: 7693

Re: Segregation in the name of free speech

Universities are publicly funded bodies and have a legal requirement (so far as reasonably practicable) to not deny access to external speakers. You cannot approach this using the same logic that would apply to a totally private individual or organization. You can certainly make arguments around wh...
by WibblyWobbly
Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cast the hypothetical xkcd movie
Replies: 23
Views: 10771

Re: Cast the hypothetical xkcd movie

Needs Alan Rickman in some role, IMO.
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2632
Views: 468908

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

My old comp probably can't play Skyrim, but at sale price, it's like emceng said: I went to see "Day of the Doctor" in 3D Monday night and spent twice as much, so it seems silly to brush it off at $7.50. Even if I can't play Skyrim now, I should get a new computer at some point in the futu...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Forum is very very very slow
Replies: 69
Views: 34729

Re: Forum is very very very slow

Been getting multiple 503s for several days now, accompanied by severe slowness. Right now, it seems to be doing better, but the same could be said of this morning, right before I started getting 503s again.
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 150971

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

Yeah, it started with sphere packing, and then "relativity must be wrong" and the Pressures thread. Then, after realizing he couldn't assault that, it became the Galilean. Then, in the midst of realizing he couldn't assault that, it became "I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT THE GALILIEAN, I AM O...
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 150971

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

I suggest we take his advice before he changes his mind ... again.
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Nov 12, 2013 2:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 150971

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

We can define coordinates without having a notion of distance, I'm a little curious about this statement. I wholeheartedly agree we can define coordinates without a set-in-stone metric, but "notion" seems like a strong statement. Isn't "distance", at the most fundamental level, ...
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Nov 12, 2013 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9557
Views: 1077132

Re: What are you listening to?

Son, I'm 30. I only went with your mother 'cause she's dirty. And I don't have a decent bone in me. What you get is just what you see, yeah.
by WibblyWobbly
Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Eat Too Much, Get Too Little
Replies: 69
Views: 11635

Re: Eat Too Much, Get Too Little

That was a good article. I do think that one of the biggest problems is lack of availability of healthier foods coupled with the high availability of fast food and snack foods. My situation isn't half as bad as those of the people in the article, but there are some similarities: the nearest real mar...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 36506

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

No, that does not suggest that the same experiencer is in each of our bodies. Any more than it suggests that the gravitational field of the sun is the same gravitational field as that of Polaris (since they both come from the same fundamental phenomenon), or that the bottle of Rittenhouse in my roo...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 150971

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

This does NOT assume, as the Galilean does, that the red dot on the moved ruler stays in the same location as it was before moving the ruler under the mattress. Indeed, that IS the premise SOLELY of the Galilean, and one that I say is contrived/bogus/fudged. EVERY damn 12 year old KNOWS the red dot...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 36506

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

That's actually a good point- in looking back over it, I don't see many people who paraphrase what I'm saying correctly... Weeks' brief comment at the top of page 2 comes closest. I was certainly incorrect in that statement. I must have gotten mixed up with other discussions I've had on other forum...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 150971

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

If you're not interested in discussing our answers, in any detail, at all, I see no point in giving you the satisfaction of a "yes" or "no" answer. You're the one who left the discussion - with recent health difficulties, you probably have good reason. But you gain nothing from a...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 36506

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

Philosophy is not my strong suit (I don't own a suit, actually), but are you essentially positing something like a Higgs field for experiences? And if so, what the hell does that mean?
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Guilty Pleasure
Replies: 82
Views: 45521

Re: Guilty Pleasure

A 25-year-old song that I only found last week. I guess it wasn't as popular in the States as in the UK.

Fairground Attraction - Perfect
by WibblyWobbly
Sat Oct 26, 2013 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 108169

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7

Personally, I don't really understand all the Abrams hate. Perhaps he's been a little overhyped, and thus people have a natural reaction to expect something they're probably not going to get, but to me, the bigger part of disappointment is having expectations in the first place. Maybe I'm just a si...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 108169

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7

I've realised I actually like pretty much every film JJ Abrams has been involved in (post-2000) *resigns from the internet* Personally, I don't really understand all the Abrams hate. Perhaps he's been a little overhyped, and thus people have a natural reaction to expect something they're probably n...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The worst film you've seen
Replies: 706
Views: 239170

Re: The worst film you've seen

anyone seen Movie 43? I have, for some reason... ... the plan was to watch a really bad movie in order to fall asleep, but that didn't quite work out. I ended up watching the whole thing. It was a very, very, very bad idea. (Also, part of the reason I watched it was that I kept thinking that no mov...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 276543

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

It 404d for me, but unless you are turning her into a creature, Thasa isn't worth the scry 1. Just noticed the user name of the poster you're referring to. Often find myself wanting to get back into M:tG, but I was always super-duper-casual, so I always kind of feel like I'd be pissing people off i...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3340
Views: 652223

Re: What were your dreams last night?

Vaguely remember a dream in which my life was being narrated by Stephen Fry. Probably because I fell asleep watching QI.
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do we perceive a 4-dimensional universe as 3?
Replies: 98
Views: 14606

Re: Why do we perceive a 4-dimensional universe as 3?

Well, seeing as you only have freedom to navigate only 3 dimensions - the fourth one is inherently plodding along its linear (supposedly) track. Had you been able to go forward or backward in time as easily as you change your spatial orientation and position, well - the universe would have appeared...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Oct 11, 2013 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1453024

Re: Today I Learned

TIL Princess Anne's full title is: Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, Princess Royal, Royal Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Extra Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Dame Grand Cross and Grand Master of the Royal Victorian Order, D...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 150971

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

So, the location I picked for (0,0,0) could have been anyplace in the universe, If you do not like my choice, simply pick another specific POINT location. If you do not like my reference time, then pick say, 0 A.D. on January 1, at exactly 1:14 A.M. or say the year 2525, June 8th at 12:35 and 43.21...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 150971

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

Think about trying this, Steve. You've been talking about the "textbook definition" of the transformation for a little bit now. I'd like to ask you to give us that textbook definition. Not your definition, not what you think the definition is or what it means, give us the actual definition...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 150971

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

It talks about motion along one axis only because the transformation for x and x' can be done exactly the same way for y and y' or z and z' ( or any combination of x/x', y/y' and z/z') - it generalizes to the other dimensions. It talks about motion along one axis only because the transformation for...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 150971

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

What would be most general to say would probably be this: Given coordinates (x,y,z,t) and (x',y',z',t') of a common event in coordinate systems S and S', respectively, with one coordinate system moving relative to the other with a constant velocity v (technically, constant speed), the following hold...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 401673

Re: Questions For The World

Nah, you can totally do it for yourself. Just make sure it's a good one.
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 150971

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

I suppose I'm confused as to how the underlined parts of S'( x'-vt ,y',z') = S( x ,y,z) are relevant when we're looking at x and x' Wouldn't there also be something along the lines of y = y' - vt? Or is it that that whole bit is taken care of as the x,y,z and x',y',z' are represented as forumulas i...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 401673

Re: Questions For The World

487 miles or so away from my parents, but I talk to them once a week and visit twice a year (usually for a couple of weeks each)
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Guilty Pleasure
Replies: 82
Views: 45521

Re: Guilty Pleasure

Spoilered for specific and possibly off-topic discussion of the lyrics: My reading of the lyrics is not that Cassie literally killed herself and that all the references to her pulling the trigger are metaphorical. My reasoning for this is that the lyrics clearly say that the question of whether she...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Creationism vs. Evolution Returns to Texas
Replies: 47
Views: 5385

Re: Creationism vs. Evolution Returns to Texas

CorruptUser wrote:So you would rather keep giving 'murrican dollars to the terr'rsts that hate our freedoms? Don't you get it? Green energy is all about giving the Saudis the bird. The 'murrican bird! That's an eagle, because 'murrica!

You, sir, are a poet and a patriot. I'll take twelve. 'Murrica.
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Creationism vs. Evolution Returns to Texas
Replies: 47
Views: 5385

Re: Creationism vs. Evolution Returns to Texas

CorruptUser wrote:When I was in a plane going over southern Illinois it was mostly wind farm upon wind farm. Surely it must not be so bad there?

Go further south. We don't take kindly to your "wind farms" in Marion County.
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Creationism vs. Evolution Returns to Texas
Replies: 47
Views: 5385

Re: Creationism vs. Evolution Returns to Texas

Sounds good to the rest of Illinois, I think. Condescension from Chicago was reaching critical mass, anyway. Ohhh go back to Gurnee/Galena you. Nay, I come from the lands south of Joliet, where no Chicagoan of sound mind dares to tread. Where you can count the number of coffee shops in a given coun...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Creationism vs. Evolution Returns to Texas
Replies: 47
Views: 5385

Re: Creationism vs. Evolution Returns to Texas

Heh, that was pretty accurate. I'm from Chicago, I am not from Illinois. Sounds good to the rest of Illinois, I think. Condescension from Chicago was reaching critical mass, anyway. I also like this plan because it puts the city where I live now in "Firelands". This has the effect of both...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 110
Views: 39743

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

I caught it at Heaviside Layer, because I actually recognized that one as terrestrial, not systemic. And part of the reason Voyager keeps leaving the solar system is that it keeps finding things further out that can be defined as the edge. Oliver Heaviside seems to have been quite a guy. I always t...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Debt Ceiling Round 3? 4?
Replies: 340
Views: 35222

Re: Debt Ceiling Round 3? 4?

Xenomortis wrote:*flips coin*
Go team blue!

(am I doing this right?)

Better than most.
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Guilty Pleasure
Replies: 82
Views: 45521

Re: Guilty Pleasure

Didn't say school shootings. It does however portray pointless martyrdom (Cassie chooses to die rather than not say that she believes in God) as a virtue. That is problematic for me. Placing declarations of faith (not the faith itself) above any concern for your own life can only lead to badness in...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28396
Views: 2972190

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

bluebambue wrote:the Baader-Meinhof phenomena


I swear, just this morning I was talking to people about the Baader-Meinhof gang.

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