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by WhiteRabbit
Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hats in schools (and other places)
Replies: 30
Views: 2993

Re: Hats in schools (and other places)

The lack of understanding of why wearing hats indoors is rude really is a symptom of two things: 1) People not wearing hats often enough 2) People wearing ballcaps or meshbacks instead of nice, decent hats Back when men regularly wore nice hats the reasons behind hat etiquette were blatantly obvious...
by WhiteRabbit
Fri Apr 04, 2008 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Gender Neutral Third Person Singular Pronoun
Replies: 64
Views: 9672

Re: Gender Neutral Third Person Singular Pronoun

On a related note, what is a non-offensive version of the informal feminine noun? Man -> Guy Woman -> ?? You will find very few, if any, men that find 'guy' innately offensive, unless they are offended by informality in general. However, every informal substitute for woman that I am aware of is cons...
by WhiteRabbit
Thu Aug 16, 2007 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Most useful languages
Replies: 26
Views: 4696

If you are planning on doing atmospheric research you should pick up MATLAB and enough math to be able to use it well.
by WhiteRabbit
Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Can anyone recommend a Python compiler/IDE?
Replies: 33
Views: 5219

For GUIs I strongly recommend wxPython. It's very cross platform and uses native widgets where available so it always looks right.
by WhiteRabbit
Thu Aug 09, 2007 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: XP or Vista
Replies: 47
Views: 6922

XP, less of a resource hog and better tested.

but really you should go with OSX
by WhiteRabbit
Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: New to programming
Replies: 56
Views: 10718

I remember when I started learning C, and the confusion came out of stuff like: int *p vs *p = 4, when to use &x vs. x, and pointers-to-pointers. That and the difference between x.y and x->y tripped me up in the beginning. The concept is pretty obvious, but the syntax confuses the issue for new...
by WhiteRabbit
Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: [Software] ANSI C Compilers
Replies: 37
Views: 5516

The only proper way to edit c is with cat, grep and redirects.
by WhiteRabbit
Wed Aug 08, 2007 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Clock speed reached local maxima?
Replies: 46
Views: 9734

Well... yes... but they require a huge amount of power and impractically large heatsinks and fans.
by WhiteRabbit
Wed Aug 08, 2007 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Clock speed reached local maxima?
Replies: 46
Views: 9734

Yes, processor clock speeds have pretty much maxed out. 3 Ghz is just about the max practical speed for silicon with air cooling, maybe double that with liquid. However, there is a lot more to processor speed than raw clock speed. Increasing instructions per clock, OOE, branch prediction, and parall...
by WhiteRabbit
Wed Aug 08, 2007 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: New to programming
Replies: 56
Views: 10718

Python is a wonderful language, not only for beginners but also for almost all types of programming. I highly recommend it as your first language. Sure, you will need to pick up C/C++ at some point, but python is a great place to learn to think about program design rather than learn to deal with a b...
by WhiteRabbit
Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Can anyone recommend a Python compiler/IDE?
Replies: 33
Views: 5219

At work I use python pretty regularly. To distribute apps we just use py2exe. I use SPE for my IDE. It works pretty well and has some nice wx support. It runs nicely on linux and windows, and mac support is coming along.
by WhiteRabbit
Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Chain Mail, etc. (Split from Man Thread)
Replies: 55
Views: 25015

@Dibbley - Indeed, SCA heavy fighter for many years.
by WhiteRabbit
Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Chain Mail, etc. (Split from Man Thread)
Replies: 55
Views: 25015

Have you made your own mandrel for coiling wire yet? I moved away from the one I was using, but luckily I have several coils left and the drape on my helm is a bit oversized so I can just pull a few links for quick field repair. I think that is my favorite part about chain, if you are wearing some y...
by WhiteRabbit
Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Chain Mail, etc. (Split from Man Thread)
Replies: 55
Views: 25015

The big problem with chain is that while it can stop a blade from penetrating it does jack all against the impact of a heavy weapon such as a hammer, axe or two hander. The two lesser problems with it is that even with a decent belt it does not distribute weight well so you tire quickly and that rou...
by WhiteRabbit
Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that you're disappointed in after having finished.
Replies: 212
Views: 30318

I'll be a little more low brow...

Everything I've read by Steven King. He often starts off good, and his middles are decent but every ending is utter rubbish. my friend Catherine could write better endings than he can.
by WhiteRabbit
Mon Jul 30, 2007 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1820
Views: 459862

I picked up Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski this weekend. I'm reading it on my lunch breaks since it is far too complicated to be reading when I can't bring my full attention to bear. I've also started on Against the Tide of Years, the second in a fun time travel/alternate history series.
by WhiteRabbit
Tue Jul 24, 2007 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Avril Lavigne reinvents webcomics O.o
Replies: 21
Views: 3657

Thot was pretty cool. I've always liked her music. She is probably my favorite pop singer since the 80s.
by WhiteRabbit
Mon Jul 23, 2007 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Wheel of Time (Split from Geeky/Nerdy Kids Books)
Replies: 228
Views: 128173

I tried reading the first one and couldn't make it through it. I ended up skipping a few hundred pages to see if anything happened, and it turned out nothing did. I eventually found the ultracondensed version and found it much more readable.
by WhiteRabbit
Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Guilty Pleasures
Replies: 108
Views: 11710

Starbucks
Early Madonna pop
Shojo Manga
by WhiteRabbit
Fri Jul 20, 2007 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0292: "Goto"
Replies: 157
Views: 43302

I now desperately need to find a legit use of goto in the code that I am writing so I can use a dengo label.
by WhiteRabbit
Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Portable Audio Devices
Replies: 69
Views: 7194

Re: Portable Audio Devices

a. need to install iTunes, and it seems like you lose a bit of control with that particular piece of software, and I hear it's not so hot for Win systems; and b. there are nuff horror stories of people losing their music libraries (they should've backed up!) when iTunes does some funny synching or ...
by WhiteRabbit
Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Time to get confrontational about peanut butter
Replies: 393
Views: 43517

Chunky! Ultra Chunky!

My favorite peanut butter comes from the co-op. They have a peanut butter machine that consists of a hopper of unsalted roasted peanuts and a grinder with a creamy-chunky dial. Best. Peanut. Butter. Ever.
by WhiteRabbit
Wed Jul 18, 2007 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Article: Human Psychology
Replies: 11
Views: 2615

The appeals to evolutionary biology as the sole arbiter of human behavior are reminiscent of the appeals to natural selection by social scientists of the 19th Century; in some cases, they are the same claim dressed in new language. The authors of the article present not a cogent argument, but rather...
by WhiteRabbit
Mon Jul 16, 2007 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)
Replies: 918
Views: 192094

I just finished rewatching the series, and realizing how awesome and full of potential it was. It is one of two shows that I really wish could have made it, but didn't. Grrr...
by WhiteRabbit
Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Awesome videogame music?
Replies: 149
Views: 18865

Mechwarrior 2: Ghost Bear's Revenge has a wonderful soundtrack. I burned it to CD to listen to at times.
by WhiteRabbit
Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: scariest game moment - ***spoiler warning***
Replies: 232
Views: 22272

Thief 1 - The entire Return to the Cathedral Mission. It still gets to me.
System Shock 2 - Too many to count, but the first time you encounter a Midwife and the place in the Rickenbacker with several cyborg assassins are rather memorable.
by WhiteRabbit
Sun Jul 15, 2007 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1330560

Ladder Theory - Makes sense, if you are in high school, or dealing with people who have never left it emotionally. It is, of course, ridiculous for people worth dealing with. Threesomes - Lots of fun! As are foursomes! As are doing the above for an audience! Ahhh... memories... And futures... I reco...
by WhiteRabbit
Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Right Religion
Replies: 59
Views: 7259

I'd rather have two, myself:

"Be excellent to each other"
"Party on, dudes"
by WhiteRabbit
Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Shaving.
Replies: 261
Views: 25914

I am rather hairy, to the point that I get 5o'clock shadow about four hours after a shave. I also have very sensitive face skin, so I use extra sensitive shave gel with a Mach3 and only shave in the shower. I wear a van Dyke (mustache plus goatee), and it took me a while to be able to get it symmetr...
by WhiteRabbit
Sat Jul 07, 2007 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bush reduces Scooter's sentence
Replies: 74
Views: 9409

I didn't believe it, the UN weapons inspectors didn't believe it, the US weapons inspectors didn't believe it, most of the CIA didn't believe it, and anyone with a clue who saw the report could tell it was an obvious forgery. In fact, almost no one outside the whitehouse seemed to believe it.
by WhiteRabbit
Sat Jul 07, 2007 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Gender Confirmation
Replies: 325
Views: 33296

Also, when I'm in the garage working on my motorcycle while having a nice cold one. Or giving a woman her first ride on one. Or really anything having to do with it.

Except it's gone now, so I think I'm going to have a gender identity crisis. :lol:
by WhiteRabbit
Sat Jul 07, 2007 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Gender Confirmation
Replies: 325
Views: 33296

Walking into the club with a beautiful woman on each arm, paying for our way in while getting looks of envy from the crowd.
In other words, Thursday nights.
by WhiteRabbit
Sat Jul 07, 2007 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Winamp randomization
Replies: 18
Views: 3137

I think the radio is in on this... In iTunes the best way to make random be what you want (all songs played in random order approximately equally) is with Smart Playlists. Make a Smart Playlist that selects the least recently played songs, and limit it to ~1/2 of your source playlist. Then set that ...
by WhiteRabbit
Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US Constitution and the Bush Era
Replies: 109
Views: 13059

Not true at all. Taoism and Confucianism have been and still are practiced side by side.

You'll find similar ideas and sentiment in most major religions and philosophies. I'm just most familiar with this particular version of them.
by WhiteRabbit
Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US Constitution and the Bush Era
Replies: 109
Views: 13059

The rest of the world doesn't give a shit? The rest of the world hates us, or so we're told? (not all of it, but a good portion) When a country obtains great power, it becomes like the sea: all streams run downward into it. The more powerful it grows, the greater the need for humility. Humility mea...
by WhiteRabbit
Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD 2.0: INTRODUCE YOURSELF OR PERISH!
Replies: 2548
Views: 318229

Only two things come from Texas...

:shock:
by WhiteRabbit
Fri Jul 06, 2007 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US Constitution and the Bush Era
Replies: 109
Views: 13059

You know, every time I hear some say something like, "Hey, we're not as bad as China" or "If you don't like it here move to Horriblestan" I have to wonder, is that all they can think of, are they really that shallow and selfish? Is being better than some place that is horrible al...
by WhiteRabbit
Fri Jul 06, 2007 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US Constitution and the Bush Era
Replies: 109
Views: 13059

Habeas Corpus has not been suspended for US citizens, though the administration has been desperately trying to do so.
by WhiteRabbit
Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Red Ring of Death
Replies: 35
Views: 5441

I've come close to accidentally hitting my wife while playing Super Swing Golf several times. Last month I discovered the biggest problem with the Wii. When you are physically restricted, say, because you have a broken foot, several will games just aren't very good, including most of WiiSports and S...
by WhiteRabbit
Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Talk About Your Ethnicities!
Replies: 76
Views: 9172

Mostly English on both sides (English place-name surnames on both sides as well), but with a bit of Jewish and Scandinavian thrown in. Really though, like most Americans I have no ties with my ancestral ethnicities. I think of myself as a New Mexican, since my family has been here for several genera...

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