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by mjm
Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why we shouldn't ban guns...
Replies: 201
Views: 31823

Re: Why we shouldn't ban guns...

And yet it keeps curving in on itself, coming back to the same topics again.


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by mjm
Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9357814

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Pander to the Borg)

Another example of the similarity of all music after accounting for differences in instrumentation: when played on piano, the nyan cat song (at least for one cycle) sounds surprisingly like Aaron Copland. To me, at least.
by mjm
Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Becasue we all like to SMILE
Replies: 49
Views: 7871

Re: Becasue we all like to SMILE

"The accordion is the instrument most likely to put a smile on your face."

Guys, guys! It's Nation Accordion Awareness Month!

Hence, the Beer Barrel Polka played by virtuoso Myron Floren.

(I could be jealous of how easy he makes bellow shakes look, but I'm too busy smiling.)
by mjm
Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2854394

Re: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out

Curse you and your sensibleness! Just because I have migranes and mono and gout and scurvy doesn't mean I don't have Aspergers! Yes, perhaps I should not suggest such things. However, I thought it pertinent to point out that adult symptoms are less marked than child symptoms. Heck, since I've alread...
by mjm
Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2854394

Re: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out

Hmm. The reason I asked was because I was thinking about the discussion in the Disabilities Thread, and I suspect I am mildly Aspergers. I think some of the things you listed are primarily childhood symtoms, especially regarding repetitive motions. I have generally bad motor skills, but I have devel...
by mjm
Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2854394

Re: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out

If you don't mind my asking, how do you know for certain that you don't have Asperger's?

I completely relate to what you say about people. I just, well, I don't really have anything to add...so...you're not alone, though you probably knew this.
by mjm
Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 923274

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Yea, but those are alcoholic. Nothing against alcohol, it's just not great to be chugging when you're trying to get stuff done... With all of the fad bottled drinks (propel, vitamin water, &c.), you'd think someone would have made something with mint, or else people would just make it themselves...
by mjm
Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 923274

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

I just had a glass of cold water with a few drops of mint extract and a half spoon of sugar. My, was it delicious and refreshing. Why has no one made this into a wildly successful overpriced bottled drink? This may become my new favorite hot weather beverage.
by mjm
Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Whine about your smarts
Replies: 161
Views: 20115

Re: Whine about your smarts

I hear what you're saying. This is more of triggered by you than directed at you. So many people (including my past self) don't realize that math isn't a direct progression of classes. Linear algebra can be appreciated without any calculus, as can number theory. Certainly, there are neat little conn...
by mjm
Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13423
Views: 1769778

Re: Today I Learned

And one for a food exchange
by mjm
Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13423
Views: 1769778

Re: Today I Learned

I agree that the only things worth eating at KFC are the biscuits. Calling a biscuit a scone is like calling a leadholder a mechanical pencil. I mean, they're similar in principle, but much different in practice. Even the northern baking powder biscuit, the likes of which Alton Brown* sneers at, is ...
by mjm
Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13423
Views: 1769778

Re: Today I Learned

Excellent point. I tempted to get some simply so I can determine that. Upon reflection, however, I would say they are not very compressible. For Jello concentration water-gelatin preparations, there is no discernable increase in volume during the sol-gel transition. I don't think it could be compres...
by mjm
Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Support thread for people with disabilities
Replies: 143
Views: 55522

Re: [SAFESPACE] Support thread for people with disabilities

Hmm. All this has prompted me to find the diagnostic criteria for Asperger's, and I would seem to test positive on all three versions I found. I have strongly suspected this before, but I still hesitate to self-diagnose. It's not as if it would make a difference at this point. Anyway, I wanted to me...
by mjm
Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13423
Views: 1769778

Re: Today I Learned

KestrelLowing wrote:In cases when I can't get food down, I try to get some sprite/7up/whatever as soon as possible.


As far as an initial sugar source, I prefer ginger ale because the ginger is good against nausea. It's the best, though not always available.
by mjm
Thu Jun 02, 2011 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 178768

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

Eventually, if and when it gets to the point where the largest transaction is less that 1BTC, then it's a simple matter of shifting the decimal place to the right a few places, and the system continues. Who is in charge of that process? No one needs to be "in charge." If less currency is ...
by mjm
Tue May 31, 2011 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why we shouldn't ban guns...
Replies: 201
Views: 31823

Re: Why we shouldn't ban guns...

Don't be blinded by that ploy!
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by mjm
Sun May 29, 2011 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9357814

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Pander to the Borg)

I just ate a stick of butter. I feel I should regret this, but so far I do not.

This may raise troubling questions about my mental and physical health.
by mjm
Sat May 28, 2011 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why we shouldn't ban guns...
Replies: 201
Views: 31823

Re: Why we shouldn't ban guns...

If I may take a stab at a Rogerian discussion, perhaps we can at least agree upon this:
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by mjm
Fri May 27, 2011 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why we shouldn't ban guns...
Replies: 201
Views: 31823

Re: Why we shouldn't ban guns...

As a meta-counterrefutation, the current line of debate is indeed limited in basic classes of animals.
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by mjm
Thu May 26, 2011 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Whine about your smarts
Replies: 161
Views: 20115

Re: Whine about your smarts

In school I get really good grades, have yet to get a problem that I can't understand, I'm not that big of a jerk about my intelligence, people like me. Doesn't seem like I have a problem does it? That's what my teacher's assume. They keep bugging me about not participating, they think I'm introver...
by mjm
Thu May 26, 2011 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Aquariums
Replies: 36
Views: 4422

Re: Aquariums

Have you tried vinegar? If it's from hard water and not some sort of biological origin, that should do the trick.
by mjm
Thu May 19, 2011 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9357814

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Pander to the Borg)

Had the following thought today: The most dangerous people are not those who are flat out insane. People recognize the fully insane almost immediately, and so steps are normally taken before anything gets out of hand. Rather, the most dangerous people are those who are a little crazy. Crazy enough ...
by mjm
Thu May 19, 2011 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What langauge do deaf people think in?
Replies: 21
Views: 7046

Re: What langauge do deaf people think in?

I highly recommend Oliver Sacks's book Seeing Voices , which discusses many of these issues. I read it a while ago, though, so I forget some of the details. Regarding feral people, learning the concept of language is very difficult after a certain age. In the few cases well documented, the people mo...
by mjm
Tue May 17, 2011 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3575787

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

Curse my failed rhetorical questions!

I mean, I usually adjust the brightness a couple times a day, which is more than lots of people. I guess not many people use Alt + F4 then.
by mjm
Tue May 17, 2011 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3575787

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

Who thought it was a good idea to make laptops so that you have to press Fn to use F1 - F12? Do most people really adjust the brightness of their screen more than they use those keys? If it's really that important, why not just have separate brightness buttons just like volume? Also, I'm really not ...
by mjm
Tue May 17, 2011 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Accordion Music Suggestions
Replies: 5
Views: 2865

Re: Accordion Music Suggestions

It doesn't have to be Liszt. Those are some good ideas. I guess I was originally looking for things that are not normally played on accordion, to widen my horizons, but if it's a good solo, it works.
by mjm
Tue May 17, 2011 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Accordion Music Suggestions
Replies: 5
Views: 2865

Re: Accordion Music Suggestions

Yeah, I meant the one by Liszt. I am playing a somewhat simplified version, approximately the one from John Thompson's Third Grade piano book. Any sheet music is really helpful because then I don't have to guess at the chords. Theroretically, someone better at accordion than me could play a pretty f...
by mjm
Mon May 16, 2011 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9357814

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Pander to the Borg)

If you can't fix it with wikipedia, it ain't worth fixing. I know it's true because I read it on...

Oh.

A reliable source, that's where I read it!
by mjm
Sun May 15, 2011 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9357814

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Pander to the Borg)

The Tao of Programming wrote:A well-used door needs no oil on its hinges. A swift-flowing stream does not grow stagnant. Neither sound nor thoughts can travel through a vacuum. Software rots if not used.

These are great mysteries.


It's only been 5 weeks. Why not you work, small machine?!?
by mjm
Sun May 15, 2011 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Accordion Music Suggestions
Replies: 5
Views: 2865

Accordion Music Suggestions

I've been playing the accordion for about a month now, and I am loving it, but I need some more ideas for what to play. I've finished one introductory accordion book with boring songs, and I've learned a couple polkas, a waltz sort of thing, and Hungarian Rhapsody No.2. What else is good to learn on...
by mjm
Sat May 14, 2011 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9357814

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Pander to the Borg)

Aber die Lieder sind so ähnlich! Ein Bisschen Eurovision gefällt mir. Zu viel nervt mich.
by mjm
Sat May 14, 2011 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9357814

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Pander to the Borg)

I just had my first Arnold Palmer of the year. I am not quite capable of understanding how half iced tea and half lemonade is so far superior to either individually. It's even suprisingly better than one third and two thirds. I think it must be magic.
by mjm
Fri May 13, 2011 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explaining our lives to future youngsters
Replies: 38
Views: 4747

Re: Explaining our lives to future youngsters

I don't think video calls will ever replace email. They're not really equivalent, or even close in the manner that phones and videophones are. Lots of people like being able to answer questions without having to do things in real time. I think it's a matter of personal preference. But yeah, video ca...
by mjm
Thu May 12, 2011 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explaining our lives to future youngsters
Replies: 38
Views: 4747

Re: Explaining our lives to future youngsters

I definitely think there have been and will be significant changes: I have touched superconductors that can be cooled with liquid nitrogren. Metamaterials, organic semiconductors, and other really cool material stuff are being developed. Even if 3D printers don't improve further (though I have littl...
by mjm
Wed May 11, 2011 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Disappointment Thread (because we need more disappointment)
Replies: 206
Views: 20815

Re: Disappointment Thread (because we need more disappointme

It is worth noting, however, that added cookies and hot cocoa make the internet better as well.



As for my obligatory disappointment, it is now hot. Blech.
by mjm
Tue May 03, 2011 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Piano Music Suggestions
Replies: 12
Views: 4084

Re: Piano Music Suggestions

You may want to try some jazz. It's both different and similar to classical, and now that I am somewhat used to it I like it a lot. I would not play only jazz, but Ain't Misbehavin' is a nice change from Bach. Bach would be my other recommendation because he wrote all ranges of difficulties. I'm not...
by mjm
Tue May 03, 2011 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning More Languages Somewhat vs. Fewer Languages Well
Replies: 4
Views: 1900

Re: Learning More Languages Somewhat vs. Fewer Languages Wel

Hmm. I know people who seem to do fine learning more than one language at once, and I was doing okay with starting to learn Japanese even while learning German. I would guess it's more of a matter of time constraints and how much energy you have to put towards languages, which in my case is not a su...
by mjm
Tue May 03, 2011 1:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9357814

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Pander to the Borg)

Re automatic vs. manual That is an interesting idea, one that may hold true for many people, but people are different. For people like me, who have great difficulties multitasking, driving an automatic can require enough concentration as it is. Think. Even in automatic, you are adjusting the gas bas...
by mjm
Mon May 02, 2011 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning More Languages Somewhat vs. Fewer Languages Well
Replies: 4
Views: 1900

Learning More Languages Somewhat vs. Fewer Languages Well

What are the various benefits to learning a couple languages well, maybe even fluently, versus learning a little bit of quite a few languages? I realize that this question has no one-size-fits-all answer, but I wanted some ideas and input. On one hand, I personally want to be fluent in at least one ...
by mjm
Mon May 02, 2011 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2854394

Re: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out

I used to believe that intellectual discussions on these fora could actually be constructive more often than not. I somehow managed to keep this illusion over months of lurking. (To be fair, I didn't read SB much. I assumed that the nice, intelligent people in the General, Math, and Science fora wer...

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