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by biodomino
Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Safe forum for children to discuss/collaborate with adults?
Replies: 10
Views: 4979

Re: Safe forum for children to discuss/collaborate with adul

To clarify, it would be for use in a school setting. Since I'm not the parent, it wouldn't really be appropriate for me to place children in an online community that might contain things which wouldn't be suited for school.
by biodomino
Tue Jul 15, 2014 4:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Safe forum for children to discuss/collaborate with adults?
Replies: 10
Views: 4979

Safe forum for children to discuss/collaborate with adults?

Hey all, I'm looking for an online community that might be safe and appropriate for kids (ages ~10 and up), but has a strong adult membership that is generally professional/intelligent/lacking in things which would be controversially mature. Something similar to this forum but a bit more child-frien...
by biodomino
Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 38457

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

Damn, you hit the nail on the head. I'm a serial lurker who posts only very, very rarely and reads the daily comic thread about once a month or so, and even I feel a deep and profound sadness for whatever awful life circumstances gave rise to SirMustapha's strange one man crusade against a comic he...
by biodomino
Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Elements of Physics?
Replies: 5
Views: 1484

Re: Elements of Physics?

Like I said, this is a creative project. Money on a textbook isn't really in the budget. I'm not an aspiring physicist or anything... I just need a very superficial understanding. I actually teach college in another field; it's nothing to do with my esteem for the institutions of academia. On that n...
by biodomino
Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Elements of Physics?
Replies: 5
Views: 1484

Elements of Physics?

This may prove to be a difficult/impossible request to grant, but I am looking for some help with a little creative project that I'm working on. Unfortunately, I am woefully lacking in a solid physics education, and for my project I need to have some grasp of the "elements" of physics, and...
by biodomino
Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Does Strength matter in your opinion?
Replies: 23
Views: 5507

Re: Does Strength matter in your opinion?

I agree to an extent... in a streetfight, I think it's less important. In particular, having a distinct strength disadvantage frequently makes your opponent underestimate you, which is how many upsets occur. That does assume that you take advantage of that opportunity and execute your maneuvers effe...
by biodomino
Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Does Strength matter in your opinion?
Replies: 23
Views: 5507

Re: Does Strength matter in your opinion?

If you have enough strength to cause legitimate damage to soft, fleshy human tissue... This is not a constant. It takes different amounts of force to damage Fedor Emelianenko and your grandmother. And 'legitimate damage' is not a binary thing: if you're barely strong enough to bruise someone, then ...
by biodomino
Sat Jul 09, 2011 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Does Strength matter in your opinion?
Replies: 23
Views: 5507

Re: Does Strength matter in your opinion?

If you have enough strength to cause legitimate damage to soft, fleshy human tissue, then you have enough strength to beat anyone with enough technique. Even the biggest trees have small branches and die when cut through.
by biodomino
Sat Jul 09, 2011 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0922: "Fight Club"
Replies: 124
Views: 25598

Re: 0922: "Fight Club"

*protip: The truly awesome people? They never need to tell you how awesome they are. No, but sometimes they like to. No, this detracts from the awesome. The most awesome people ever, fictional or not, never talk about their own greatness. As I read the original statement, awesome people don't need ...
by biodomino
Sat Jul 09, 2011 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0922: "Fight Club"
Replies: 124
Views: 25598

Re: 0922: "Fight Club"

I third Memento.

*protip: The truly awesome people? They never need to tell you how awesome they are.


No, but sometimes they like to.
by biodomino
Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0915: Connoisseur
Replies: 137
Views: 35709

Re: 0915: Connoisseur

Perhaps this is just the low-hanging fruit, but I took it as a reference to the fact that wine connoisseurship is mostly bunk. A number of studies have demonstrated that supposed wine experts cannot distinguish between basic information such as the origins of wines. Apparently it's more an opportuni...
by biodomino
Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Minimight!
Replies: 34
Views: 5454

Re: Minimight!

I thought I had already mentioned this, but it was in another post. I observed that you don't necessarily want advice per se, but I think this is pertinent to your problem. I'm just going to C&P, and if you have any further questions or needs, feel free to ask: Re: What should my goal(s) be? Pos...
by biodomino
Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: sparring
Replies: 7
Views: 2182

Re: sparring

I actually was talking about using foam noodles like the pool toys. I'm getting the sense that you might not understand the potential for injury here, or at least wrapping your staffs in foam. I know that I could cause serious or permanent injury with a staff very easily, and it's only a matter of t...
by biodomino
Fri May 27, 2011 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Minimight!
Replies: 34
Views: 5454

Re: Minimight!

I'm a nutritionist, and so is my dog. We bought our certificates online.

Health literacy lesson of the day: Being a "nutritionist" doesn't mean anything. If you want professional nutritional advice, get it from a Registered Dietician (RD). (I am not one.)
by biodomino
Fri May 27, 2011 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: sparring
Replies: 7
Views: 2182

Re: sparring

Sparring with staffs is EXTREMELY dangerous. My advice is that you stop doing it immediately- you may have even already sustained a hairline fracture. The risk for serious or permanent injury isn't really even fair to call risk... it's inevitable. If you're going to spar with staffs, get those that ...
by biodomino
Thu May 19, 2011 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 84182

Re: 0882: "Significant"

Well, my point was actually that often times .05 is used where .01 could have just as well been used. The results don't change, so what's wrong with indicating a lower probability of a type I error? If .01 could have been used but .05 was used as the indicator of significance, I see no problem in se...
by biodomino
Wed May 18, 2011 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 84182

Re: 0882: "Significant"

In practice the alpha isn't just used to determine the arbitrary level of significance, though. It's also used as a counterpoint to the results. I see your point, but seldom is an alpha of .01 or better chosen because the study is that strict. It is usually reported to demonstrate the potential robu...
by biodomino
Wed May 18, 2011 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 38917

Re: 0900: "Religions"

http://eternal-earthbound-pets.com/Home_Page.html

Now if only we atheists could find a way to use raptors to swindle naive Christians of their money...
by biodomino
Wed May 18, 2011 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 84182

Re: 0882: "Significant"

I can see why you would say that, but I don't see how it's unethical to choose a stricter standard for significance ex post facto. Less strict, sure. Many scholarly publications will consider a .05 significant, but report results for an alpha of .01 as well. Should we necessarily treat those studies...
by biodomino
Wed May 18, 2011 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 84182

Re: 0882: "Significant"

If alpha is .05, and p=.001, then the odds of a false positive are 1/1000. No. Under the null hypothesis the p-value is uniformly distributed. If you set alpha to be .05 then the probability of getting a false positive is .05 (assuming the null is true). You're right, so let me try that again while...
by biodomino
Tue May 17, 2011 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 84182

Re: 0882: "Significant"

For this reason I don't think this comic can argue that more than 5% of papers are published with chance results. It was really this sentence that I was refuting. If everybody uses an alpha of .05 still and they don't do a multiple comparisons adjustment then you can make the argument that more tha...
by biodomino
Thu May 12, 2011 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: general fitness advice
Replies: 22
Views: 4505

Re: general fitness advice

As far as rapid fire advice: Don't necessarily concern yourself with making your efforts the most "efficient." By that I mean allow yourself a bit of leeway. Interval training may produce the fastest results, for example, but you'll probably get bored with it and find it difficult to stay ...
by biodomino
Thu May 12, 2011 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: How do you stop yourself from snacking on bad things?
Replies: 42
Views: 10537

Re: How do you stop yourself from snacking on bad things?

I generally avoid snacking by not buying snacks. If I buy snacks, I eat them. It takes less self control to not buy it than to buy it and not eat it.
by biodomino
Mon May 09, 2011 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: What should my goal(s) be?
Replies: 7
Views: 1946

Re: What should my goal(s) be?

I'm going to give you the same guidance I give to P.E. teachers, particularly in light of you having four boys. Your goals for physical activity should be: 1. Have fun. 2. Be healthy. Too often people see those things as mutually exclusive and rely on extrinsic motivations like weight loss and healt...
by biodomino
Mon May 09, 2011 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Exercise with Pain
Replies: 8
Views: 2337

Re: Exercise with Pain

I was going to suggest physical therapy, myself. Is there some reason physical therapy isn't an option? It will probably hurt for the time being, but that's often the case with physical therapy pain management like what you're describing, and often people don't do it because the treatment requires s...
by biodomino
Sun May 08, 2011 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Women in Academia
Replies: 49
Views: 10051

Re: Women in Academia

Granted a lot may have changed in the last decade, but as a male in the social sciences, this hasn't really been consistent with my observations, but then females actually dominate a number of these departments (e.g., education, nursing). Reports like these tend to describe all potential barriers wi...
by biodomino
Sat May 07, 2011 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical FDA debate
Replies: 48
Views: 6895

Re: Hypothetical FDA debate

Of course it would. Strictly speaking, removing options cannot make your choice better. That's absurd, particularly when referencing the field of medicine. We can't realistically or efficiently expect everyone to understand medicine well enough to make a truly informed decision. When ignorance is a...
by biodomino
Fri May 06, 2011 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Deficit reduction problem
Replies: 63
Views: 8266

Re: Deficit reduction problem

So many assumptions here. How do you define and determine that a product is worthless? Again, I don't have time to address all these responses (especially while I'm drunk), but to answer your first question, sometimes products don't do what they claim to do. e.g., there are many holistic medical pr...
by biodomino
Thu May 05, 2011 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical FDA debate
Replies: 48
Views: 6895

Re: Hypothetical FDA debate

This is actually a pretty common demonstration of the concept of risk prevention. I read a good article that explores this concept recently. Ah, the scintillating world of actuaries. Personally I believe they should lax their standards to promote the optimal outcomes. Realistically, however, they co...
by biodomino
Thu May 05, 2011 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Deficit reduction problem
Replies: 63
Views: 8266

Re: Deficit reduction problem

I'm a little too-far-gone to keep up with this thread now, unfortunately, particularly with all the various arguments addressed to me, so this may be my last response. Really? I could easily point to essentially any "Asian Tiger"(and for that matter, many Latin American countries), or espe...
by biodomino
Mon Apr 25, 2011 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Christian in Today's Culture (book)
Replies: 22
Views: 3158

Re: The Christian in Today's Culture (book)

naturalism is self-contradicting because a purely natural system would be impossible because one would be unable to have consciousness.


If they don't support this statement, then it's simply a non-sequitur. The mind-brain problem has otherwise more or less been solved, as explained above.
by biodomino
Mon Apr 25, 2011 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Deficit reduction problem
Replies: 63
Views: 8266

Re: Deficit reduction problem

just because two concepts are orthogonal does not preclude correlation This is the definition of no correlation. Perhaps you are thinking of independence? You're correct; my mistake. I typically think of orthogonal as synonymous with independent. That said, in practice this is still true. Concepts ...
by biodomino
Mon Apr 25, 2011 4:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Britney doesn't write own songs, songwriter says "Duh"
Replies: 49
Views: 6489

Re: Britney doesn't write own songs, songwriter says "Duh"

I think that's debatable, there may be a certain limit to how many current hits there can be. Eh, if you keep your ear to the ground and actually listen to the would-be up-and-comers, their compositions are generally of a decidedly lesser quality than what constitutes a hit, by whichever standard y...
by biodomino
Mon Apr 25, 2011 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Deficit reduction problem
Replies: 63
Views: 8266

Re: Deficit reduction problem

@steroid & torgos: The value of money is relative, both nationally and globally. It's entirely feasible for taxes to go up and in paying greater taxes, for the value of money to go up. In fact, that is typically what happens when sound social investments are made with that money. Social investme...
by biodomino
Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Britney doesn't write own songs, songwriter says "Duh"
Replies: 49
Views: 6489

Re: Britney doesn't write own songs, songwriter says "Duh"

Why do the writers in particular deserve so much credit for looping three chords and creating a few hooks? If it were so simple, there would be a lot more "hits." It's much harder to write a successful piece than perform it. Either way, the people behind the scenes might be paid more or l...
by biodomino
Sat Apr 23, 2011 5:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Britney doesn't write own songs, songwriter says "Duh"
Replies: 49
Views: 6489

Re: Britney doesn't write own songs, songwriter says "Duh"

My issue with the pop music industry and all this contention is that, frankly, talented performers are practically a dime a dozen. There's no end of people who could be a Brittney Spears, a Justin Bieber, etc., with similar opportunities. They are honestly just not THAT valuable. It's the songwriter...
by biodomino
Sat Apr 23, 2011 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Deficit reduction problem
Replies: 63
Views: 8266

Re: Deficit reduction problem

After all, who doesn't like lower taxes? I don't, actually. Wealth is a system of relative measurement, and ecologically speaking, higher social spending increases the value of my money even if I have less of it. The bottom line is that there are things that the government can do more efficiently t...
by biodomino
Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Endorphins (Lack of?)
Replies: 9
Views: 2481

Re: Endorphins (Lack of?)

This deserves a more thorough response than I can offer right now, but in short, there is nothing abnormal about finding fitness and conditioning exercises unpleasant, low endorphins or not. Sometimes I feel amazing when I'm working out-- literally better than probably anyone else will ever feel whe...
by biodomino
Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Looking for evidence - Male/female differences
Replies: 266
Views: 33665

Re: Looking for evidence - Male/female differences

In psychology, as well as other social and behavioral sciences, aggression refers to behavior between members of the same species that is intended to cause pain or harm. Predatory or defensive behavior between members of different species is not normally considered "aggression". This is t...
by biodomino
Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: What songs do you listen to when you run/workout?
Replies: 43
Views: 15929

Re: What songs do you listen to when you run/workout?

I mostly listen to Avenged Sevenfold (used to be System of a Down but I've worn those tracks pretty thin). Also a little All That Remains and an interesting French group called Pleymo (who have some really intense music, but oddly a lot more pop).

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