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by miraidesuka
Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2480111

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, it's called a clock, and when it runs out of batteries, THE WORLD ENDS!!!!!


I wish I got paid a real, substantial amount of money for playing computer games.
by miraidesuka
Mon Dec 03, 2007 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Apocalypse
Replies: 31
Views: 2885

Re: The Apocalypse

I'm predicting the end of the world, in about 500 billion years, or just whenever it is the sun burns out.

Also, I've got a great idea about the end of the universe, it'll be some time around the heat death of the universe.
by miraidesuka
Mon Dec 03, 2007 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Techno/Trance
Replies: 101
Views: 11789

Re: Techno/Trance

Tiesto and Armin Van Buuren are two of my personal fav's.

There's a 'rave' up here in Seattle at the Pacific Science Museum twice a year, it's awesome, and the DJ's are always excellent.
by miraidesuka
Mon Dec 03, 2007 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Prove You Are Real
Replies: 167
Views: 15677

Re: Prove You Are Real

Going your route, you'll eventually run into the same problem that Plato had with the forms. Supposing that there are multiple levels of reality easily leads to infinte regress (e.g. "what's beyond this reality?"), and then you're back at metaphyiscal posturing. Which really isn't a dismi...
by miraidesuka
Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2480111

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, they're written in !kung and drawn with invisible ink.

I wish I had instant access to the latest developments in technology without having to pay for it.
by miraidesuka
Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2480111

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, you can, by the same method described in THHGTTG.

I wish it only took me a second to read a book, and that I'd have perfect retention of what I'd read.
by miraidesuka
Thu Nov 29, 2007 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Prove You Are Real
Replies: 167
Views: 15677

Re: Prove You Are Real

Fortunatly, we have the logical positivist escape from all of this (problematic though it may be). In that we can very easily say "since you have no way to prove any of that metaphysical nonsence about brains-in-jars you just uttered, I can very easily discard it as invalid." I'd say ther...
by miraidesuka
Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: JET programme
Replies: 9
Views: 948

Re: JET programme

A few of my friends are on the JET right now in various places around Japan, and all of them love it. I'm thinking about going in a few years myself, after getting some real world work experience in :)
by miraidesuka
Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Value of a life
Replies: 91
Views: 6415

Re: Value of a life

crazyjimbo wrote:
Anpheus wrote:Crazyjimbo's own argument defeats him, he says he'll give ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING to save a life who's responsibility is his


Fix'd.


Except not.

crazyjimbo wrote:I would pay any amount of money that I could possibly afford, for anyone.


I'd say you've been hoisted by your own petard.

Edit: ninja'd
by miraidesuka
Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Value of a life
Replies: 91
Views: 6415

Re: Value of a life

Knowing that someone is going to die if you don't pay a ransom seems to be morally the same as knowing that someone will die if you don't pay for their groceries, does it not? This is a different issue than the trolley. Not quite, there's an element of temporal difference. The kind of involvement i...
by miraidesuka
Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Value of a life
Replies: 91
Views: 6415

Re: Value of a life

It saddens me that none of the previous posters seem to feel this way. Crazyjimbo, this comment right here suggests your moral disdain for those of us who value the lives of our immediate in-group more than that of a total stranger. Your implicit suggestion here is that it is morally right to value...
by miraidesuka
Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Value of a life
Replies: 91
Views: 6415

Re: Value of a life

Knowing that someone is going to die if you don't pay a ransom seems to be morally the same as knowing that someone will die if you don't pay for their groceries, does it not? This is a different issue than the trolley. Not quite, there's an element of temporal difference. The kind of involvement i...
by miraidesuka
Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Value of a life
Replies: 91
Views: 6415

Re: Value of a life

For everyone here, I pose the Trolley Dilemma!

What variations to the problem would make you

a) Flip the switch?
b) Not flip the switch (if you would in the first place)?
by miraidesuka
Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Value of a life
Replies: 91
Views: 6415

Re: Value of a life

-How much the person is at fault for their own demise: I'd be willing to pay much less to cure a smoker's lung cancer, for instance, than for a non-smoker with the same condition. I agree. I remember in the news a year or more back, this man got on the news for liver failure, he was complaining abo...
by miraidesuka
Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Value of a life
Replies: 91
Views: 6415

Re: Value of a life

I would pay any amount of money that I could possibly afford, for anyone. Obviously this amount would depend upon my current financial situation, but my answer is basically 'everything I have'. I would also go into major debt if I had to. Even if that made me poor for the rest of my life, it would ...
by miraidesuka
Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Value of a life
Replies: 91
Views: 6415

Re: Value of a life

I'd say the answer depends on a lot of variables. Would I pay more for a family member's life than the life of a complete stranger whom I'd never meet? Yes. Would it depend on the certainty of saving the person's life? Yes. Would I be willing to make sacrifices of things other than money in order to...
by miraidesuka
Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Prove You Are Real
Replies: 167
Views: 15677

Re: Prove You Are Real

I have. There is a chain of statements that you have to agree to be true by default before you can get to 'reality' and you have to pick those statements carefully. The first, I think we can say is, "I exist." Then, "I observe an extant reality outside my own existence." Then, &...
by miraidesuka
Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Prove You Are Real
Replies: 167
Views: 15677

Re: Prove You Are Real

quintopia wrote:We can't objectively prove anything. Metaphysics is a wash.


Fix'd
by miraidesuka
Wed Nov 21, 2007 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Prove You Are Real
Replies: 167
Views: 15677

Re: Prove You Are Real

Gulzbrush wrote:
Then what's your purpose? Why do you creatures exist?



Question 1: Who ever said we were ever given purpose? As far as I can figure, one of the more amazing traits about this world is that we have enough freedom (or illusions thereof) to create our own.

Question 2: mu.
by miraidesuka
Tue Nov 20, 2007 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Students Abroad, Unite!
Replies: 61
Views: 5869

Re: Students Abroad, Unite!

One of the things I miss most about Japan was the noodles. Especially ramen. There was this wonderful ramen-ya right by the station near my house that made absolutely the best ramen I've ever had. It's on the Keio line, Chofu exit, right side of the station if you turn around and look back toward Sh...
by miraidesuka
Tue Nov 20, 2007 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Prove You Are Real
Replies: 167
Views: 15677

Re: Prove You Are Real

Your question does not make sense. Maybe in some traditional metaphysical notion of 'sense' does it make sense, but empirically, no. Anpheus beat me to the punch, and if he hasn't already, really ought to read some W.V.O Quine... Expanding on what he said though: If you believe that 'reality' exists...
by miraidesuka
Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Students Abroad, Unite!
Replies: 61
Views: 5869

Re: Students Abroad, Unite!

I studied at Waseda University a few years ago, does that count?
by miraidesuka
Mon Nov 19, 2007 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Amusing answers to tests
Replies: 393
Views: 60874

Re: Amusing answers to tests

Not my story, so no credit for me... When my father was in medical school, he had a professor who was uncannily brilliant. The professor would come in to class with no notes, talk for 80 minutes of the 90 minute class about the most absurdly complex biology ever, and in the last 10 minutes, tie it a...
by miraidesuka
Fri Nov 16, 2007 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Farscape
Replies: 119
Views: 16903

Re: Farscape

I just got the girlfriend hooked on Farscape, and by hooked I mean the kind of hooked where it's on as soon as we both get home from work/school, and watching until 11 or 12 at night on workdays (we both get up at 5:30), so yeah, it's good.
by miraidesuka
Fri Nov 16, 2007 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0345: "1337: Part 5"
Replies: 136
Views: 34559

Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Tharkad wrote:
miraidesuka wrote:I got totally broadsided by the dread pirate, Roberts pun. Most superb form and perfect execution. 10.0


Double pun.... *groan*

{Never said I didn't appreciate it}


Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week. Try the veal, tip your waitstaff.
by miraidesuka
Fri Nov 16, 2007 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4413
Views: 819334

Re: Anime!

Also, you seem confused on who the antagonist is. I'll give you a hint, it's nobody. Another point pressed by the series is that there is no clear antagonists. Light is the main character, yet he is "evil". L is trying to stop the main character, yet he is "good". So which is re...
by miraidesuka
Fri Nov 16, 2007 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ayn Rand
Replies: 336
Views: 36876

Re: Ayn Rand

To all of the self important oh-so-serious teenage intellectual wanna be know-it-alls: you must buy this book, put it on the shelf next to Nietzsche, quote from it with authority. The world is waiting. while i have nothing to add on the subject matter, i find this curiously funny. my silly ex-girlf...
by miraidesuka
Fri Nov 16, 2007 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0345: "1337: Part 5"
Replies: 136
Views: 34559

Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Entire series = Made of distilled win and awesome.

I got totally broadsided by the dread pirate, Roberts pun. Most superb form and perfect execution. 10.0
by miraidesuka
Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: "Elmo Saves Christmas" Philosophical Implications
Replies: 2
Views: 1397

Re: "Elmo Saves Christmas" Philosophical Implications

"Elmo's wish of a daily Christmas leads to a fascinating dystopian future wherein sickness and the ravages of a complete collapse of capitalism due to constant vacation from work have reduced the people to miserable shells of their former selves." Wow, it's destroying my childhood and mak...
by miraidesuka
Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ayn Rand
Replies: 336
Views: 36876

Re: Ayn Rand

I like how you took what began as a logical (but faulty) argument and turned it into character assassination. Very classy. So let's begin. A hospital is a perfect example of a public service that is profit-averse -- it's prima facie unprofitable to run a good hospital and profit at the same time. C...
by miraidesuka
Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ayn Rand
Replies: 336
Views: 36876

Re: Ayn Rand

However, this does not in any way prove that programs improving the standard of living for others (which is debatable in and of itself) should be run on the dollars of those who don't need those programs. Let's try something here. A hospital is a perfect example of a public service that is profit-a...
by miraidesuka
Tue Nov 13, 2007 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Schrödinger's lolcat
Replies: 112
Views: 16595

Re: Schrödinger's lolcat

d3adf001 wrote:Ok im going to say it. I dont find lolcats funny.
/me runs



HEATHEN!
by miraidesuka
Tue Nov 13, 2007 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ayn Rand
Replies: 336
Views: 36876

Re: Ayn Rand

I hope you realize that everyone can be a productive member of society given the support they need. (Notice, I said can , not will be.) Once a society mandates that an individual sacrifice what they have produced or earned, it has overstepped its bounds. If you want to help someone lift themselves ...
by miraidesuka
Mon Nov 12, 2007 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ayn Rand
Replies: 336
Views: 36876

Re: Ayn Rand

Because as Belial already pointed out you are using your own narrow and selfish definition of Evolution. You would porbably think it "unfair" or something if the stronger faster solitary lion starved to death while the slower weaker lions that worked together ate all the food but that's e...
by miraidesuka
Mon Nov 12, 2007 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ayn Rand
Replies: 336
Views: 36876

Re: Ayn Rand

First of all, epic-tomeness aspects of Ayn Rand aside, her philosophy is bad. Just bad. It's like the only serious philosophy she ever read was Elisabeth Forster-Nietzsche's bastardized version of The Will to Power without realizing that she (Elisabeth) pissed all over Nietzsche's writings before p...
by miraidesuka
Mon Nov 12, 2007 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ayn Rand
Replies: 336
Views: 36876

Re: Ayn Rand

First of all, epic-tomeness aspects of Ayn Rand aside, her philosophy is bad. Just bad. It's like the only serious philosophy she ever read was Elisabeth Forster-Nietzsche's bastardized version of The Will to Power without realizing that she (Elisabeth) pissed all over Nietzsche's writings before pu...
by miraidesuka
Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0340: "Fight"
Replies: 125
Views: 21709

Re: "Fight" Discussion

I wonder, would Bulletproof-X protect against the entire .conf file being wiped?

Also, ouch...
by miraidesuka
Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4413
Views: 819334

Re: Anime!

Do people really think the The Melancholy of Haruhi is only decent? I seriously think it's better then FLCL, Elfen Lied, and GITS combined. When watched in the order it was aired. It's not the best series around, but there's a serious art to Haruhi wanting to change the world. Give me opinions when...
by miraidesuka
Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 100 Numbers quoted from 100 Movies
Replies: 27
Views: 3938

Re: 100 Numbers quoted from 100 Movies

Rodan wrote:Man, fifty should have been Princess Bride.


YES!
by miraidesuka
Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Re: Quote Chain
Replies: 227
Views: 20945

Re: Quote Chain

Y helo thar Pfft, like mods ever come into ForumGames. Wouldn't that post have been a better thing for SpitValve the not-mod to write? not fix'd. Ah hah! It is now! fix'd. I hope this turns into a "misquote-chain" thread... Sure! We don't have one of those yet! Yeah we do....

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