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by APolaris
Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 87499

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

But realise that you're not merely "opposing the establishment" -- you are creating YOUR OWN environment that's hostile do anyone with differing tastes. In your attempt to be all revolutionary and counter-cultural, you're becoming just another generic little "dictator", Any more...
by APolaris
Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Pascals Triangle, Why don't we learn it sooner
Replies: 17
Views: 2118

Re: Pascals pyramid, Why don't we learn it sooner

I haven't seen the pyramid used either, but I've come across an idea. The fibonacci sequence can be obtained from Pascal's triangle in what's probably a very well known way here. Can any useful sequence be obtained from the pyramid in a similar manner?
by APolaris
Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The James Randi Challenge -- Feeling the Future
Replies: 19
Views: 2491

Re: The James Randi Challenge -- Feeling the Future

I'm not sure whether there were any environmental factors that could have set suspicions in my mind, and this can't really be proven empirically, but I had a nightmare when I was 4 years old that symbolically, and a bit psychedelically, depicted my mom leaving the house we were renting with the man ...
by APolaris
Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: suggestions for jazz/blues bands?
Replies: 52
Views: 8700

Re: suggestions for jazz/blues bands?

For sax, I'm throwing my hat in with Coltrane too - early stuff more than late stuff. Eddie Lang is my favorite jazz guitarist. On the experimental side, there's this little-known group called Polar Bear that I happened upon by chance. They're a taste that can range from total disgust to absolute be...
by APolaris
Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 87499

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

The thing is, they don't wow me anymore. And they don't move me emotionally in the slightest, I find them boring and cheesy, I think they sound mechanical whereas I prefer my music to sound more organic (which is way subjective, I'm not trying to be the arbiter of anyone's taste except my own). Thi...
by APolaris
Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 87499

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

You're criticizing people who are afraid to go against the mainstream, and yet you come out with idiocy like this? What, it's not music if you can't hum along? I hope you don't know any drummers, then. Drummers are part of a band. Do I think solo drumming is music? Not really, but that doesn't make...
by APolaris
Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:41 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25808
Views: 2123253

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. Nine months later, you give birth to an Archangel - the X-Man, no less. It's not a smooth or pretty process.

I wish I were in Lothlorien.
by APolaris
Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 87499

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

I don't see how there's anything progressive about mimicking an era of music that's long past. "Progressive" bands like Symphony X and Dream Theater (aside from being shitty and boring) are far less progressive than their "avant-garde" or "experimental" cousins. Atonal...
by APolaris
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Physics Major Difficulty
Replies: 9
Views: 2273

Re: Physics Major Difficulty

Comparing two disciplines in difficulty is kind of asinine. Forgive me if I get any of this wrong, as sciences were my least interesting disciplines, but some disciplines take skill in applying formulae and reasoning skills (physics I believe is one of these) and some involve more rote memorization ...
by APolaris
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Steven Erikson - why does the man hates his readers?
Replies: 4
Views: 2211

Re: Steven Erikson - why does the man hates his readers?

Have you tried reading James Joyce? Read just the first three episodes in Ulysses or Finnegan's Wake. Neither Erikson nor any other author will ever seem schizoid again.
by APolaris
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25808
Views: 2123253

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. It's a rooster - a large rooster. Have fun eating some nice big.......

I wish for the capacity to be reborn and live my live from the beginning while keeping all of the knowledge, reasoning, and communication skills I've obtained thus far.
by APolaris
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: So... Why'd you choose your "Top Ten Favourite Games"?
Replies: 134
Views: 27892

Re: Top Ten Favorite Games

If I were to name the ten best video games I've played... hmm. Tough call. 1. Final Fantasy VI 2. Final Fantasy VII 3. Tetris 4. Chrono Trigger 5. Zelda: Ocarina of Time/A Link to the Past (tie) 6. Seiken Densetsu 3 7. Illusion of Gaia 8. Super Mario All-Stars 9. Ogre Battle: Person of Lordly Calibe...
by APolaris
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Difference between applied math & math (undergrad)
Replies: 15
Views: 1799

Re: Difference between applied math & math (undergrad)

Nope. 25% of our courses (10/40 over 8 semesters) had to be outside of the math faculty, but where usually freely chosen by the student. Generally students took them spread out over their 4 years (5 with coop) of undergrad. Engineers had specific courses they had to take, but they had them in speci...
by APolaris
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Playing Magic (or Poker, whatever)
Replies: 11
Views: 3181

Re: Playing Magic (or Poker, whatever)

It sounds like you haven't studied combinations yet. I've found it helps the students I teach/tutor if I put combinations in terms of permutations, particularly if they have difficulty memorizing formulae or with factorials (since it uses only one factorial). Here's a summary that I give when workin...
by APolaris
Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Agricola
Replies: 3
Views: 3274

Agricola

This is a thread about the strategy board game Agricola . I don't actually own this game, but I've played it periodically (about once every 2 months, starting sometime around this past July) when visiting certain friends. Only one of the three who does own the game appears to have reasoned out a coh...
by APolaris
Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Difference between applied math & math (undergrad)
Replies: 15
Views: 1799

Re: Difference between applied math & math (undergrad)

2 math classes in an entire year? 2 math classes? Are they year-long courses? This seems strange for a math major to me. Out of 20 courses in your first 2 years, I think there where 11 required courses that where not major specific (calc 123, classical algebra, lin alg 12, Stats 12, Comb&Opt 1,...
by APolaris
Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Perfect Moments In Music
Replies: 396
Views: 182199

Re: Perfect Moments In Music

I know way too many with orchestras (hundreds), so I'll ignore that pretty close to entirely. The exception: I listened to the theme from Schindler's List for the one-thousandth time (literally) a few days ago and it still gives me chills. Ditto for about half the stuff I've heard by Enya. It's not ...
by APolaris
Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 87499

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

I hold to the unpopular opinions that repeating the same thing constantly throughout a song is not good music; that riffs should either not exist or at most be used sparingly; that using a few chords and no variety is also not good music; that music must have a tune and therefore rap (and much pop) ...
by APolaris
Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Hardest Piano Piece
Replies: 48
Views: 44623

Re: Hardest Piano Piece

I once heard someone claim he'd "proven" that Lizst's original (1837) Transcendental Etudes were the most difficult playable piano pieces ever written. However, since I haven't found peer review of any such proof anywhere, I'm open to the person being wrong. EDIT: Here's a typical example ...
by APolaris
Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Difference between applied math & math (undergrad)
Replies: 15
Views: 1799

Re: Difference between applied math & math (undergrad)

... I'm venturing a guess, then, that the advisor I spoke to before transferring for junior year who told me a math major had "no more theory or interesting problem solving" than applied math was probably wrong?
by APolaris
Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 362345

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

For some reason, a class I was student teaching during spring semester this year was rather amused by an exchange I had with a student while handing back exams. I wonder how many noticed the second half was almost verbatim from the 1995 Pride & Prejudice adaptation. A female student who frequent...
by APolaris
Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Difference between applied math & math (undergrad)
Replies: 15
Views: 1799

Difference between applied math & math (undergrad)

Reading over various threads, I'm stuck wondering how it is that I majored in math during my first two undergrad years, applied math & statistics (actuarial focus) during my junior and senior years, knew enough material to graduate with honors, and yet can follow even the general idea of at leas...
by APolaris
Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count up in a somewhat complex way
Replies: 2547
Views: 242659

Re: Count up in a somewhat complex way

Wasn't the hundreds place supposed to be base 4?
by APolaris
Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The worst film you've seen
Replies: 706
Views: 244737

Re: The worst film you've seen

I joined the forum just to add a few films to this list that I'm surprised aren't showing up much. 1) The Blair Witch Project. AKA "90 minutes of stoned college kids running around the woods with a camera screaming because they walked in a loop." The worst film I've ever seen. 2) The Haunt...

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