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Re: Inspirations

Postby Fractal_Tangent » Fri Oct 23, 2015 5:55 pm UTC

Someone please talk me out of posting into an already existing Facebook argument about renewable energy vs. nuclear power?
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Angua » Fri Oct 23, 2015 5:59 pm UTC

Play a couple of levels of n instead?
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Fractal_Tangent » Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:36 pm UTC

This worked well as a distraction technique.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Angua » Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:47 pm UTC

Glad I could help.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby FierceContinent » Mon Oct 26, 2015 3:22 pm UTC

My work hours are making it very hard to have a social life. Most clubs and such seem to meet around 6pm on weekdays and I work 1pm to 10pm. And there not much happening in an Irish town to begin with.
The greatest Science Hero is almost certainly Norman Borlaug. His selectively bred crops have saved many, many people from starvation.
Just to be clear, the number of lives Norman Borlaug is credited with saving is in the BILLIONS.
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I am not as smart as I thought I was

Postby moviefone321 » Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:14 pm UTC

My IQ is less than 120.
Everyone here is practically a genius.
I don't know what to do with my life anymore.
I just feel like giving up.

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Re: Passing ponderments

Postby ucim » Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:29 pm UTC

My IQ is less than 120.
---> Not important at all. Your worth as a person, and your value to the people around you, has little or nothing to do with IQ.
Everyone here is practically a genius.
---> Not true. Also not important. Everyone else's worth is similarly disconnected from IQ.
I don't know what to do with my life anymore.
I just feel like giving up.
---> Realize that nothing has changed, and just keep doing the same thing you have been doing before if it was fulfilling to you.

Pretty much everyone comes to the realization that they are not as {whatever} as they thought they were. It's sometimes useful, as it points out things you might want to avoid, or things you should work on, (if you realize you're not that good at eye-hand coordination, maybe you shouldn't play professional baseball... but you can still enjoy the game in the backyard with friends) but when it comes to "value as a person", people generally don't value you (as a friend, companion, lover, whatever) based on IQ, strength, bank account, size, size prime, or any of that sort of thing, despite advertising to the contrary. Think for a moment as to how you figure out who you enjoy being around... if you later found out that their {whatever} was not what you thought it was, would their company enrich your life any less?

If this turns into a more serious kind of depression, there are suicide hotlines and such that you should definitely pursue, but for the moment I'm taking this as an ordinary impact of growing up and realizing that dreams and reality don't always match up. It's the first step in finding what does, and being happier with yourself your entire life.

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Re: Passing ponderments

Postby FierceContinent » Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:56 pm UTC

moviefone321 wrote:My IQ is less than 120.

*shrugs* so is mine
The greatest Science Hero is almost certainly Norman Borlaug. His selectively bred crops have saved many, many people from starvation.
Just to be clear, the number of lives Norman Borlaug is credited with saving is in the BILLIONS.
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Re: Passing ponderments

Postby ObsessoMom » Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:38 pm UTC

moviefone321 wrote:Everyone here is practically a genius.


By "here," I assume you don't mean the xkcd forums. Unless you've missed some of my stupider posts recently.

"Here" is college, maybe? College sucks sometimes. My kid's a college freshman this year--huge adjustments to make, including not being the smartest kid in the class anymore.

Cliché time: It's not how smart you are--it's what you do with what you've got. Seriously. Often, the ones who have to just keep plodding along do better in life than the ones for whom everything comes easily, and consequently have never developed the discipline and persistence necessary to deal with setbacks.

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Re: Passing ponderments

Postby elminster » Fri Nov 20, 2015 5:44 am UTC

I really hate referring to video going "viral", it feels like one of those fad terms like guerilla marketing.

On a related note to a post in I made this thread over a year ago and on the art forum... my video of my cosplay (here) went viral. Even though it's literally been seen by millions before as parts of other videos, I never had my own stuff getting over a million views in a day.
I'm pretty chuffed and mildly overwhelmed with the number of offers I've had, including stuff like paid trips broad.
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Re: Passing ponderments

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Fri Nov 20, 2015 5:55 am UTC

Huh! I saw that come across MY Facebook today and thought it looked familiar.

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Re: Passing ponderments

Postby elminster » Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:38 am UTC

Small world?
...or maybe not so small world: "4,489,842 people reached". I don't even know how that statistic is generated on FB. I assume 'appeared in their feed'
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Re: Passing ponderments

Postby Felstaff » Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:57 am UTC

It seems to me like one of those rare videos that actually deserve to go viral. You could have saved a lot of time and effort if you just got someone to bite your finger instead.
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Re: Passing ponderments

Postby Zohar » Fri Nov 20, 2015 1:37 pm UTC

elminster wrote:I really hate referring to video going "viral", it feels like one of those fad terms like guerilla marketing.

On a related note to a post in I made this thread over a year ago and on the art forum... my video of my cosplay (here) went viral. Even though it's literally been seen by millions before as parts of other videos, I never had my own stuff getting over a million views in a day.
I'm pretty chuffed and mildly overwhelmed with the number of offers I've had, including stuff like paid trips broad.

I mean, try to make some money off it if you can. Otherwise the ad revenue just goes to YouTube.
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Re: Passing ponderments

Postby You, sir, name? » Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:57 pm UTC

elminster wrote:Small world?
...or maybe not so small world: "4,489,842 people reached". I don't even know how that statistic is generated on FB. I assume 'appeared in their feed'


Ran into a top post on /r/gaming about your project within hours of seeing this post. The world is shrinking!
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Re: Passing ponderments

Postby elminster » Sat Nov 21, 2015 1:33 pm UTC

Before the video, I had ~800 likes. +31k likes and according to FB (Quite notably artificially inflated) "7,574,237 people reached" and 3.3m views.
Ponderment: Although as surprising as it may seem, and people keep telling me not to be, I'm a bit disappointed in how it came out. Basically, my execution was about 7/10 from where I could have got it or where I wanted it to be, despite being my first attempt at anything like this. The video doesn't even show everything I designed into it, but couldn't finish due to severely lacking of tools. (To put it in perspective, the best tool used was probably a jigsaw, not even a pillar drill, despite 100+ bolt holes... i.e. like trying do it with 1 hand tied behind your back.) e.g. the ends of the 'feather' sections were meant to extend out from the mid point (it's actually partly done), and the small 'feathers' can rotate but do so poorly because imprecise construction.
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Re: Passing ponderments

Postby speising » Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:48 pm UTC

Spoiler:
what's the sense of using spoiler tags when you give no clue outside to their content?

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Re: Passing ponderments

Postby Deva » Sat Nov 28, 2015 9:03 pm UTC

Works decently with story spoilers in dedicated threads. Usually indicates the latest installment.

Implies an off-topic, less important response sometimes too. Reduces chances of further off-topic conversation. Relies on the previous poster, though.
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Re: Passing ponderments

Postby speising » Sat Nov 28, 2015 9:43 pm UTC

Yeah, my ponderment was inpired by this post, where there's no context i can see.

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Re: Passing ponderments

Postby Deva » Sun Nov 29, 2015 2:16 am UTC

Shrugs. Could ask them directly.
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Postby suffer-cait » Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:55 pm UTC

elminster wrote:people keep telling me not to be, I'm a bit disappointed in how it came out. Basically, my execution was about 7/10 from where I could have got it or where I wanted it to be

this is how I feel about everything I make. it turns out a personal C grade looks like an A+ to everyone else. but you should deffinitly take those paid trips.
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Re: Passing ponderments

Postby elminster » Wed Dec 02, 2015 5:51 am UTC

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elminster wrote:people keep telling me not to be, I'm a bit disappointed in how it came out. Basically, my execution was about 7/10 from where I could have got it or where I wanted it to be
this is how I feel about everything I make. it turns out a personal C grade looks like an A+ to everyone else. but you should deffinitly take those paid trips.
I think it's a reaction to this whole trend of rewarding everything; it promotes becoming complacent. Also it's kind of obvious in a way, but really a lot of things aren't anywhere near as complex once you understand them.
I also rate things in my head in a sort of absolute scale, but basically I mostly judge things against the pinnacle of their field, with the scoring being distributed in such a way that the scores better represent the differences... It's complicated and I suck at explaining. Although basic example, running fast isn't by personal standards, its by the fastest person or fastest humanly possible. Not really detracting from personal result, just that the scale is different to be more all-encompassing.

Yeah, I will be taking some of those trips. Literally next week the game company have paid for me to fly over to LA (I'm in UK), super short notice, but wow! Also yay 6.8m views, up 3.5m from my post a week and a bit ago and surpassed my expectation by >6.79m. I also posted a pic to explain better what it's designed to do.

Oh and despite facebook being so popular, their messaging/notification system is terrible. A lot of other things about it too. Like come on FB, it's 2015, not pre-2005.
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Re: Passing ponderments

Postby jobriath » Wed Dec 02, 2015 2:48 pm UTC

For a glorious second I thought your surname was Cosplay, Elminster.

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Postby suffer-cait » Thu Dec 03, 2015 6:22 am UTC

elminster wrote:I will be taking some of those trips. Literally next week the game company have paid for me to fly over to LA (I'm in UK), super short notice, but wow! Also yay 6.8m views, up 3.5m from my post a week and a bit ago and surpassed my expectation by >6.79m. I also posted a pic to explain better what it's designed to do.

that. is. so. cool.
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Re: Passing ponderments

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Re: Passing ponderments

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The greatest Science Hero is almost certainly Norman Borlaug. His selectively bred crops have saved many, many people from starvation.
Just to be clear, the number of lives Norman Borlaug is credited with saving is in the BILLIONS.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ScienceHero

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Postby Sableagle » Sun Dec 06, 2015 1:53 pm UTC

Big Connie Francis fan there?
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Postby WilliamTheConqueror » Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:21 pm UTC

happy birthday, small child!!

i got a new temp job, serving banquet food to old rich people at the casino like 10 minutes from my house. it doesn't suck, mainly because the people i work with seem pretty chill (so far?), but my god my entire body aches. plated meals are heavy!! thankfully though, this job is helping me with my "people anxiety" - it's a lot easier to be fake nice than i expected. plus the servers get whatever leftovers there are at the end of the night on our break, and it's really good food.
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Postby Fractal_Tangent » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:38 pm UTC

WilliamTheConqueror wrote:happy birthday, small child!!

i got a new temp job, serving banquet food to old rich people at the casino like 10 minutes from my house. it doesn't suck, mainly because the people i work with seem pretty chill (so far?), but my god my entire body aches. plated meals are heavy!! thankfully though, this job is helping me with my "people anxiety" - it's a lot easier to be fake nice than i expected. plus the servers get whatever leftovers there are at the end of the night on our break, and it's really good food.

I find that speaking in an upbeat manner, with a crocodile smile plastered on my mouth is what most people think works as good service.

When I worked for [famous British shoe company] it was fun because we'd have to be bright, sparkly people while dealing with customers and then when you went to go and get the shoes, everyone's demeanor would change behind the scenes into swearing about grumpy customers.
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Postby WilliamTheConqueror » Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:16 am UTC

Fractal_Tangent wrote:
WilliamTheConqueror wrote:happy birthday, small child!!

i got a new temp job, serving banquet food to old rich people at the casino like 10 minutes from my house. it doesn't suck, mainly because the people i work with seem pretty chill (so far?), but my god my entire body aches. plated meals are heavy!! thankfully though, this job is helping me with my "people anxiety" - it's a lot easier to be fake nice than i expected. plus the servers get whatever leftovers there are at the end of the night on our break, and it's really good food.

I find that speaking in an upbeat manner, with a crocodile smile plastered on my mouth is what most people think works as good service.

When I worked for [famous British shoe company] it was fun because we'd have to be bright, sparkly people while dealing with customers and then when you went to go and get the shoes, everyone's demeanor would change behind the scenes into swearing about grumpy customers.


that's exactly what happens in the back hallway as people are going back and forth between the kitchen and the banquet halls, and i love it :D
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Postby Fractal_Tangent » Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:13 am UTC

The solidarity of everyone hating customers is a nice thing.
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Postby Sableagle » Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:36 pm UTC

Customers suck, dot com. You know it exists.

A long time ago, a waiter from the agency filling in for the busy Christmas and New Year party period spilled a single drop of gravy on a diner's suit jacket. The man went off at him and wouldn't stop, and instead of a Christmas party they had a "berate the waiter" session. Now, I acknowledge that the man may well have been wearing a dry-clean-only £1,000 suit, but he could afford it and he chose to wear it to dinner. By the time the waiter had been round the entire table, which was quite a long way, the customer was still going on at him and several other people at the table had joined in.

"Do you even want that dinner, Sir?" asked the waiter. "Here's your f&&&&&g dinner," he added, and with that he picked up the man's meal and splatted it into his face, whence it got onto his suit jacket, his suit trousers, his dress shirt, his bow tie, his cummerbund or waistcoat or whatever he was wearing between jacket and shirt and, quite possibly, his socks and shoes as well. The waiter then left the restaurant. There was total silence until the kitchen doors had finished swinging back and forth and he'd made his way downstairs and into the locker area, out of earshot. Then he got a round of applause.
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Re: Passing ponderments

Postby FierceContinent » Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:35 pm UTC

he didn't get in trouble?
The greatest Science Hero is almost certainly Norman Borlaug. His selectively bred crops have saved many, many people from starvation.
Just to be clear, the number of lives Norman Borlaug is credited with saving is in the BILLIONS.
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Postby bigglesworth » Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:49 pm UTC

Nope. How do I know this? Because it's a modern day legend, having much the same purpose as the legends of old.
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Postby bentheimmigrant » Tue Dec 08, 2015 6:57 am UTC

Scaring children intro obeying their parents.
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Postby Magnanimous » Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:56 pm UTC

That man was Albert Einstein.

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Postby bigglesworth » Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:44 pm UTC

bentheimmigrant wrote:Scaring children intro obeying their parents.
But in the story, which person represents the parent, which the child and which the monster?
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Postby Sableagle » Tue Dec 08, 2015 7:31 pm UTC

Well, I don't know whether being fired and never being able to work in the service industry again counts as getting into trouble or being doubly blessed, really.

One group of customers allegedly ordered a bottle of very, VERY expensive port, waited until it was opened and poured and then sent it back and demanded a fresh bottle and fresh glasses because it had gone "glug" once as it was poured, and was thus "ruined."

I mean "very expensive" *before* the hotel's mark-up, too. We had a bottle of brandy on the main bar that probably cost a few hundred from the merchant and would have cost £6,000 to buy in shots. I only ever witnessed one person ordering a shot of that stuff, and the (tall Geordie) girl (with a slit in her skirt all the way up to her waist who used to get the most tips every night) misjudged it and poured about £30-worth over the bar before she got any in the glass.

That hotel has since been gutted by fire. One of the staff had a grow-op in the roof space and his wiring wasn't up to scratch. :roll:
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Re: Passing ponderments

Postby PAstrychef » Wed Dec 09, 2015 1:29 pm UTC

Never say never. The industry has the memory of a fruitfly, and getting hired somewhere else usually only takes a few weeks. Also, customer screw ups are seen as unavoidable and not really the servers fault. (Although, as a BOH worker, I can tell you that everything is the servers' fault).
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