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by Isaac Hill
Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Steven Universe
Replies: 215
Views: 45254

Re: Steven Universe

Rose hints (up "Sworn to the Sword") In "Jailbreak", when Garnet's fighting Jasper in the modern Homeworld ship, there's three colored triangles in the floor: blue, yellow, and white. They also mention a superior named Yellow Diamond. Presumably, the Diamonds are in charg...
by Isaac Hill
Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Steven Universe
Replies: 215
Views: 45254

Re: Steven Universe

TD - I posted that link when I first found it. A day or two later, I realized it was actually relevant to the ongoing aging conversation. This is sort of relevant to the Steven's death question, in that it specifically avoids answering the question. It's also the source of those chibi versions of th...
by Isaac Hill
Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28532
Views: 3102416

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

I thought we had reached an agreement, and my stress level has been going down a lot since they announced they were going to be out on September 2nd, but now I'm more upset than ever. First, my wife's sister unfriended her on Facebook and is keeping the kids from being around us which I think is st...
by Isaac Hill
Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Steven Universe
Replies: 215
Views: 45254

Re: Steven Universe

Extended theme song
There's clips of stuff from the end of Season 1, so you should wait until you've seen all of that before watching. There's also an actual spoiler of a silhouette of a character we haven't seen yet, whose identity can be derived from context.
by Isaac Hill
Fri Jul 31, 2015 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28532
Views: 3102416

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

My wife and I asked them to help out a little more since we were taking on more bills (another cable box, more cable channels, more expensive internet package, etc ...) to accommodate them at their request. Are you still paying for these extra services? If you cancel their cable and internet, that ...
by Isaac Hill
Wed Jul 29, 2015 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Steven Universe
Replies: 215
Views: 45254

Re: Steven Universe

Started watching a few days ago, went up to around episode 30 and I'm loving it! Hope to catch up with the show soon so I can open all those spoilers :) The episode with Sugilite, when Pearl is down, feeling useless, made me tear-eyed :( Episode 35 is one of my absolute favorites. Enjoy! Will d...
by Isaac Hill
Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Actually it's about ethics in research
Replies: 155
Views: 16788

Re: If brutal honesty is just meanness, isn't science and tr

Is there a point to this post? Is there anything more here than "You shouldn't say the first thing that pops on your head" with a clickbait title? The point appears to be extrapolating that statement to science, that learning something unpleasant through science is similar to having a tac...
by Isaac Hill
Sat Jul 25, 2015 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 955139

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The discussion of no-knock warrants raises a more valid variant of Qaanol's point about equal protection. If the police barge into your home while are executing a no-knock warrant against you, you don't know they're the police, and your state's Castle Laws allow you to use deadly force against intru...
by Isaac Hill
Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Steven Universe
Replies: 215
Views: 45254

Re: Steven Universe

Stevenbomb 3 "Cry For Help" - Amythyst's self esteem issues, shown in "On the Run" and "Reformed", had made me think that part of why Sugilite refused to defuse was that Amythyst wanted a break from being herself. Seeing her relate to Pearl's general wanting to ...
by Isaac Hill
Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Battlebots is back!
Replies: 11
Views: 2591

Re: Battlebots is back!

I was happy to see that the fighting part is mostly focused on the robots fighting eachother. Too bad it's only about 6 minutes per week. I watched a couple episodes, and this is my only complaint. Comedy Central used to do 3 matches in 30 minutes. This show is 4 matches in 60. With 3 minutes per m...
by Isaac Hill
Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1002407

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Djehutynakht - One possibility would be "faithless delegates", where one candidate wins a delegate in a primary or caucus, but the person serving as that delegate votes for another candidate at the convention. Enough of those could swing the nomination from one candidate to another. I don'...
by Isaac Hill
Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1002407

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Trump attacks McCain, earns ire. Appearing on Saturday at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, the real estate mogul took his running feud with Arizona Sen. John McCain to a new level. “He’s not a war hero,” said Trump. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t ca...
by Isaac Hill
Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28532
Views: 3102416

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Say your mom's family has moved to different parts of the country, so they haven't seen each other in a few years. Now, say you're getting married, and said family is flying in for the wedding. The correct thing to do in this situation is to seat them all together at the reception. Do not spread the...
by Isaac Hill
Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Deliberately bad algorithms
Replies: 120
Views: 47916

Re: Deliberately bad algorithms

I haven't used real programming languages in years, so this is based on MATLAB scripting. To sort a list of positive integers, first, find the maximum value: M = input(1); for i = 2:length(input) if input(i) > M, M = input(i); end end Then create a new array, and fill it with the values that appear ...
by Isaac Hill
Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Battlebots is back!
Replies: 11
Views: 2591

Re: Battlebots is back!

I'll have to check this out. I watched a lot of the Comedy Central episodes when I was in grad school (2000-2002). It was an engineering school, so some of the other students/recent alumni and I thought about building one. I taped a bunch of episodes to watch for research/ideas. But, the guy in char...
by Isaac Hill
Tue Jun 30, 2015 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Steven Universe
Replies: 215
Views: 45254

Re: Steven Universe

Yes!! My current favorite show. It seemed like merely a fun watch in the beginning. Now I'm pretty much floored at how painstakingly clever the plot development and world-building is! So, any theories about the upcoming "Week of Sardonyx"? From the title of the upcoming 3rd Stevenbomb, I ...
by Isaac Hill
Fri Jun 26, 2015 12:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 42575

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I'd think that in this situation any Keep Right law would be nullified. If we assume that they're going the legal speed limit, then no car should be able to legally pass them, as doing so would be breaking the speed limit. An officer shouldn't be able to ticket you for not allowing cars to pass bec...
by Isaac Hill
Sat Jun 20, 2015 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Steven Universe
Replies: 215
Views: 45254

Re: Steven Universe

I liked Rising Tide/Crashing Skies OK, but it won't stand up to rewatching as much as the typical SU episode. Chille Tid Her friendship really DOES come through subliminal. And here I thought Steven was just stuck for a rhyme. I wonder if Steven would be able to fuse with Lapis. He couldn't fuse...
by Isaac Hill
Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28532
Views: 3102416

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Sorry to hear about your floor, and I hope you do at least get a discount. Thanks. Last week, they actually tried to bump the schedule up to June 5/6, but I told them no. I was actually wondering if they were lyng about the shipment being forgotten to get out of the date I wanted. They sent me a Fe...
by Isaac Hill
Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28532
Views: 3102416

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Maybe the elaborate plate designs help identify what state the plate is from when the stupid licence plate holder is blocking the state name. When I bought my current car, the salesman took the plates off my old one and put them on the new one with shiny licence plate holders with the dealership's n...
by Isaac Hill
Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Steven Universe
Replies: 215
Views: 45254

Re: Steven Universe

I like that Steven's powers are mostly defensive. I thought the UG crossover was pretty funny, though there was one bit that kind of bothered me: When Uncle Grandpa first appears in front of Steven, he looks like Rose Quartz. Taunting Steven with a false image of his dead mother is pretty cruel. Amy...
by Isaac Hill
Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Better Call Saul
Replies: 10
Views: 6265

Re: Better Call Saul

I saw an ad for this show with Vince Gilligan described the premise along the lines of, "What problem does this guy have, where becoming Saul Goodman is the solution?". I've been liking it so far. 4 of the first 5 episodes have followed a similar naming pattern. Mijo, Nacho, Hero, and Five...
by Isaac Hill
Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28532
Views: 3102416

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

I was so excited yesterday to see the first early blossoms of the year on the trees, and the smell of them instantly reminded me of previous springs. I wonder if enough of the moderators live in Boston that we could push through a forum rule prohibiting anyone from talking about spring until we sto...
by Isaac Hill
Thu Feb 05, 2015 3:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate
Replies: 211
Views: 26343

Re: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate

I wonder what happens to parents who don't vaccinate their kid, but the kid develops autism anyway. Do they change their views on vaccines, or try to rationalize it away so they don't have to admit they endangered their child for false reasons? Maybe people will be scared into vaccinating their kids...
by Isaac Hill
Sat Jan 31, 2015 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Nightly Show - With Millard Fillmore
Replies: 3
Views: 1711

Re: The Nightly Show - With Millard Fillmore

I'd never heard the phrase "keep it 100" before seeing this show and, after watching a couple episodes, I'm already sick of it. I like the idea of tossing weak tea at people who duck questions. I'd just prefer it not be coupled to a middle-aged man trying to sound hip by overusing slang. I...
by Isaac Hill
Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1712
Views: 342376

Re: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated

I think season three was best. 4 was just Plot fight plot fight, you barely had to pay attention. Season three, for the first time, genuinely made me laugh occasionally, but four was back to attempts at humor that fell totally flat. I really want to be a humor doctor. Go into shows and movies tell ...
by Isaac Hill
Sun Jan 04, 2015 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1712
Views: 342376

Re: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated

I just rewatched that episode. AtLA 3.6 and finale Roku blasts Sozin across the room with air, then lifts Sozin with earth. The earth bending happens after the air bending. Then, Roku goes into the Avatar State and levels the building. By simultaneous, I'm thinking Aang bending multiple elements...
by Isaac Hill
Sun Jan 04, 2015 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1712
Views: 342376

Re: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated

Korra finale: I agree that the pacing was rushed, though I cut them some slack for this season since Nick cut the budget by about an episode partway through production. Part of the pacing problem was having too many secondary and teriary characters to keep track of. That's another advantage of A...
by Isaac Hill
Wed Dec 24, 2014 4:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Raul Rodriguez stand your ground thread
Replies: 29
Views: 6805

Re: Stand your ground thread

If Treyvon Martin had hit George Zimmerman harder, hard enough to kill him, would Martin have been able to use a Stand Your Ground defense? TM was minding his own business, walking home from the store, when ZM started following him. A teenage boy, alone at night, being followed by a larger adult has...
by Isaac Hill
Sun Dec 21, 2014 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1712
Views: 342376

Re: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated

I had similar thought to Izawwlgood... Did Korra and Asami just take off for a months long vacation without telling anyone? Korra just did this a little bit ago in Ep 2. It took years for Kuvira to consolidate enough power to be a threat, so I doubt the power vacuum will be enough to hurt society in...
by Isaac Hill
Tue Dec 16, 2014 4:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90038
Views: 8015287

Re: (F)leeting (A)nd (R)andom (T)houghts

Because humans like variety / choice, I suppose. Having said that, last time I bought socks, I bought 20 identical pairs so I could just dump them all in a draw and not ever have to worry about odd socks. I do the same thing every few years. I own a bunch of pairs of identical white socks, and a fe...
by Isaac Hill
Tue Dec 16, 2014 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1712
Views: 342376

Re: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated

K4.11 Before watching this episode, Book 4 was reminding me of one of the things that bugged me about Book 1. There was so little of Republic City shown, that it was hard for me to care much about what happened to it. Then, those evacuation montages showed more of Republic City than we'd seen in...
by Isaac Hill
Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1712
Views: 342376

Re: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated

K4.8 Dammit, show, what the hell was that crap? I mean, I read this , so I know why it happened, but I'm still not happy about it. Varrick's descriptions of actual events, like Vaatu the evil kite, or the airbending training of fruit dodging and balancing on sticks, was amusing, but embellis...
by Isaac Hill
Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Replacing a Floor Lamp
Replies: 13
Views: 6645

Re: Replacing a Floor Lamp

Disclaimer: I don't design light fixtures but I am an electrical engineer. Me too. That's two people who know enough to sound like we know what we're talking about when we really don't. This will lead to much lively debate and intelligent sounding advice that might not burn down Jorpho's house. I d...
by Isaac Hill
Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Replacing a Floor Lamp
Replies: 13
Views: 6645

Re: Replacing a Floor Lamp

Couldn't you just put the 150W equivalent CL bulb in the new lamp? If the lamp says it's rated for 100W, that just means it can't handle more than 100W of power. The 150W equivalent CL bulb would only use around 40W of power, so that should be fine. For the extra height, you could always put somethi...
by Isaac Hill
Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"
Replies: 200
Views: 59109

Re: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"

I thought some more about the Basilisk and reached the opposite conclusion: A suffiently powerful AI could simulate a universe. Even an insufficiently powerful AI may be able to improve itself until it is sufficiently powerful. If it is possible to simulate a universe, then it is probable that we ar...
by Isaac Hill
Sun Nov 23, 2014 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"
Replies: 200
Views: 59109

Re: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"

(Well, that, and I suspect the logs would contain content that would be very humiliating for one or both sides. Same reason you wouldn't want a video of you crying over your loved ones' death to go viral on 4chan. From what I can guess, the AIs play dirty .) This is where I would link to xkcd 463 i...
by Isaac Hill
Sat Nov 22, 2014 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"
Replies: 200
Views: 59109

Re: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"

rmsgrey - You're right that the secrecy undermines the credibility. But, this is an experiment that was run 5 times with inconsistent incentives, since some Gatekeepers had penalities and others didn't, so it's not like there's a whole lot of credibility to begin with. For this experiment to mean so...
by Isaac Hill
Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"
Replies: 200
Views: 59109

Re: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"

I hadn't heard of the basilisk before this comic, so I started reading that wiki link in the OP. The inital idea of helping develop an AI so the AI is nice to you sounded reasonable. If you think some entity will have power over you, it's a good idea to get on its good side. It's the kind of proacti...
by Isaac Hill
Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless
Replies: 101
Views: 16916

Re: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless

(article) I looked up the context behind it and there are two goals here. One is assholish, the other is for good reason. The good one is to push the homeless to be fed in areas of social services to get them on their feet. Unregulated feeding results in the homeless spending more time begging inst...

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