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by jdege
Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 94680

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

Hurduser wrote:Music needs a melody,

Music needs a progression, if it's to be worth listening to for more than a couple of minutes.
by jdege
Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Thought it was an easy question...
Replies: 26
Views: 2804

Re: Thought it was an easy question...

Sorry if I was confusing. You are correct in assuming: "What are the odds of rolling at least one `1'..." What is the answer for four-sided dice? 1:1 1:2 1:3 1:4 2:1 2:2 2:3 2:4 3:1 3:2 3:3 3:4 4:1 4:2 4:3 4:4 There are 16 combinations. In four of them the first die is 1, and in four of t...
by jdege
Thu Nov 29, 2007 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Thought it was an easy question...
Replies: 26
Views: 2804

Re: Thought it was an easy question...

I knew if any group of people would be able to conclusively answer this question it would be the crowd here at XKCD. What are the chances of getting a one on two twenty sided dice? I really thought that it would be pretty cut but I'm getting responses all across the board. People that swear up and ...
by jdege
Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm Not Fat, I'm Big-Boned!
Replies: 476
Views: 39988

Re: I'm Not Fat, I'm Big-Boned!

High reps with low weights do not accomplish very much except for improving your ability to move light weights many times -- that is, low-weight muscular endurance, which is not especially helpful for anyone. When I tore a rotator cuff tendon, high reps with low weights were exactly what my physica...
by jdege
Mon Nov 19, 2007 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm Not Fat, I'm Big-Boned!
Replies: 476
Views: 39988

Re: I'm Not Fat, I'm Big-Boned!

I think the culture of instant gratification also plays a part in this. It's going to take hard work to want the lifestyle that I want. You have to decide if it's worth it, LONG TERM. I'm not sure I agree with that. You're making it sound like it's something that if you work long eneough and hard e...
by jdege
Mon Nov 19, 2007 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm Not Fat, I'm Big-Boned!
Replies: 476
Views: 39988

Re: I'm Not Fat, I'm Big-Boned!

http://www.halls.md/ideal-weight/devine.htm Dr. BJ Devine published the following formula in 1974, which basically converted the above simple rule from pounds to kilograms, for medical use: men: Ideal Body Weight (in kilograms) = 50 + 2.3 kg per inch over 5 feet. women: Ideal Body Weight (in kilogr...
by jdege
Mon Nov 19, 2007 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm Not Fat, I'm Big-Boned!
Replies: 476
Views: 39988

Re: I'm Not Fat, I'm Big-Boned!

I know all this shit sounds shallow, but I'm tired of feeling bad about how I look, and I'd rather finally do something about than sit around and keep complaining about how I don't look good. I feel like it would be less effort to actually get to the point where I feel really good about the way I l...
by jdege
Sat Nov 17, 2007 4:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd: the numbers
Replies: 40
Views: 3385

Re: xkcd: the numbers

spaceiscurved wrote:WOW! You jumped from base 10 to base 13 with no warning at all.
I always knew there was something fundamentally wrong with the universe...
by jdege
Fri Nov 16, 2007 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd: the numbers
Replies: 40
Views: 3385

Re: Most users ever online

CatProximity wrote:Most users ever online was 217 on Wed Nov 14, 2007 6:34 pm

DAMN! This total beats those other totals HARD! I wonder what was so special about November 14th.


It's Leopold Mozart's birthday.
by jdege
Fri Nov 16, 2007 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33309

Re: His Dark Materials

You say a book has an intrinsic literary value... to whom? If you say "to no one," then you should probably look up "value." Well, if you're a Marxist, the value of something is the labor that went into producing it. Which is why Marxist societies usually starve to death. To any...
by jdege
Fri Nov 16, 2007 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd: the numbers
Replies: 40
Views: 3385

Re: xkcd: the numbers

thefiddler wrote:
Sunsnail wrote:is xkcd = 42 or is x+k+c+d = 42

Do the math yourself, it's really not that hard, yeah?

(x+k+c+d)


If (x+k+c+d) is the only formula you can imagine involving x, k, c, and d that gives a result of 42, you need to get out more.
by jdege
Fri Nov 16, 2007 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33309

Re: His Dark Materials

By decoupling the ideas of popularity and quality, I have in fact said that a book has an intrinsic worth regardless of how popular it is. That's not to say a popular book can't have quality, and that a quality book can't be popular - it just means that the two are independent of each other. I agre...
by jdege
Tue Nov 13, 2007 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: New metaphors can create new realities
Replies: 6
Views: 1285

Re: New metaphors can create new realities

Ref: Julian Jaynes, "The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind".

An absolutely wonderful crackpot theory, whose development includes extended discussion of the nature and power of metaphor.
by jdege
Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Mergesort and Quicksort work in O(n) time
Replies: 37
Views: 7063

Re: Mergesort and Quicksort work in O(n) time

I see no one mentioned the tricksort - which is O(n).

Precondition: an array A[] containing n arbitrary integers in arbitrary order.
Postcondition: A[i] <= A[i+1] for i in [0, n)

Code: Select all

void tricksort(int A[], int n)
{
   for (int i=0; i<n; i++)
      A[i] = 0;
}
by jdege
Thu Nov 08, 2007 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 94680

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

And then you go on to admit you only look at new music every 5 or 10 years. With so cursory a glance, is it any surprise you struggle to find good music? As for the charts? Fuck them. Who cares what everyone else thinks is popular? There are plenty of good bands out there. The top 40 isn't the only...
by jdege
Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 94680

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

It's not impossible for a younger musician to claim the Beatles or the Stones or John Phillip Sousa as a major musical influence, but unless you grew up listening to those artists, or had a parent or older sibling who listened to them non-stop, chances are most people's major influences were someth...
by jdege
Wed Nov 07, 2007 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 94680

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

And why would you even bring "the charts" up? What do they have to do with meaningful music? Nothing. Which is the point. The charts are a representation of what is popular and what is commercially successful - and it's tripe. But more than that. There have been, over the years, many comp...
by jdege
Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 94680

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

Or will you admit that one can be provocative without telling untruths and this is not wut u did thar (in your first post)? Because I am chomping at the bit, let me tell you. Which "untruth"? Are you going to tell me that not all songs are in major keys, or in 4/4 time? True. But how many...
by jdege
Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 94680

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

Hi! You are wrong . These are not opinions. Well, given the title of this thread, I thought it best to be intentionally provocative. But yes, this is an opinion. And one with an undeniable grain of truth. There's a lot you can't do in a piece as short as a song. And there's more you can't do in a p...
by jdege
Tue Nov 06, 2007 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 94680

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

(I would suggest that if you can't write meaningful music in that form... its unlikely that the form is to blame) Songs are fine, in their place. But they're short. Of course, today's listening public has the attention span of a turnip, so it may be that only short pieces have any chance of commerc...
by jdege
Tue Nov 06, 2007 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 94680

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

- There is no best genre (From above!) - Nine Inch Nails and Tool only seem sophisticated to shallow people. You can't write meaningful music in a song form. Major key, 4/4 time, 8-bar phrases, A-B-A structure, it simply can't be done. There's no room for progression, no movement, no development. I...
by jdege
Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 94680

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

There hasn't been a piece of music written worth listening to since 1911.
by jdege
Fri Nov 02, 2007 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33309

Re: His Dark Materials

Someone who believes that his opinion matters more than the guy standing there with a grubby wad of cash in his hand is wrong. I'd suggest that someone who has studied literature and criticism has a right to believe that their opinion carries more weight. Doesn't negate the fact that the average gu...
by jdege
Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33309

Re: His Dark Materials

The Spherical Cow wrote:Just because someone disagrees with the masses does not make them wrong, or "overeducated".

Someone who believes that his opinion matters more than the guy standing there with a grubby wad of cash in his hand is wrong.
by jdege
Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33309

Re: His Dark Materials

Therefore, it endures. Jdedge was saying that good literature endured, not that all literature which endured was good. Not to have an argument about what someone means while they're present, but I'm going to do just that and say that, no, when taken in the context of everything else he's saying, it...
by jdege
Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33309

Re: His Dark Materials

Good literature endures. No. Good literature *matters*. If people don't read it, they can't be affected by it, and it doesn't matter, period. If, two hundred years from now, insipid upper-middle-class home decorators are still hanging Thomas Kinkaide paintings in their hallways, that doesn't make h...
by jdege
Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33309

Re: His Dark Materials

My friend, come down from your high horse. There is a difference between an enjoyable story and good literature. Good literature is always an enjoyable story, but enjoyable stories aren't always good literature. Good literature endures. Sometimes the two combine, sometimes they do not. Or are you s...
by jdege
Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33309

Re: His Dark Materials

Don't get me wrong, I love LOTR, but from all I learned in English Literature it says that really it is not an amazing book. That's exactly the point - the intellectuals hate it, because it explicitly rejects everything they stand for. But the hobby-horses of the intellectuals don't endure. Tolkien...
by jdege
Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33309

Re: His Dark Materials

J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century, by Tom Shippey A link to a book on Amazon hardly qualifies as an argument. Care to elaborate? Shippey does a great job. You can argue style, you can argue merit. But you can't argue that Tolkien has not consistently ranked #1 in readers polls, still, 60 years ...
by jdege
Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33309

Re: His Dark Materials

AHAHAHAHA. You just called Pullman and Lewis tedious while simultaneously discussing Tolkein. That's *awesome*. How so? Tolkien will clearly be remembered as the greatest English language writer of the 20th century. Well, that's just an opinion. I don't consider him the best. He's in my top 20, but...
by jdege
Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33309

Re: His Dark Materials

jdege wrote:Remember what Tolkien said about allegory...
Jesster wrote:No, I don't. Memory is fuzzy tonight, for some reason...
"I much prefer history, true or feigned, with its varied applicability to the thought and experience of readers. I think that many confuse "applicability" with "allegory"; but the one resides in the freedom of the reader and the other in the purposed domination of the author."
22/7 wrote:AHAHAHAHA. You just called Pullman and Lewis tedious while simultaneously discussing Tolkein. That's *awesome*.
How so? Tolkien will clearly be remembered as the greatest English language writer of the 20th century.
by jdege
Wed Oct 31, 2007 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33309

Re: His Dark Materials

In essence, if CS Lewis is allowed to write Chronicles of Narnia then Pullman is equally allowed to write His Dark Materials. Of course he is. And I'm free to ridicule both. I find the idea of portraying Jesus as a talking lion just about as absurd as writing a book about God as a way of promoting ...
by jdege
Wed Oct 31, 2007 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33309

Re: His Dark Materials

Did I attempt to prevent them practising their own religion? No I did not, I ask to be allowed to practise mine in peace, which I am not. Until that happens, I am going to remain in opposition to those who try to force it on me. God is a handy metaphor when I desire to write about these people. If ...
by jdege
Wed Oct 31, 2007 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33309

Re: His Dark Materials

However, in the current social climate, living free of religion is seen by many to be an opposition to religion, who will then attempt to attack you and bombard you with their own brand of faith until you become sick of it and turn anti-religious. What I am saying is that I do not have to believe t...
by jdege
Wed Oct 31, 2007 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33309

Re: His Dark Materials

I was always under the impression that an agnostic is someone who acknowledges that there is no way to prove whether or not there is a god, and that there never will be, and finds it all either trivial or pointless. That's not a very rigorous definition. You can deny the possibility of proof and ha...
by jdege
Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33309

Re: His Dark Materials

jdege's description of an atheist being someone who "is simply indifferent to the idea of belief in God" is actually what I would call an agnostic. Atheists believe (think?) there is no god, even if they accept some little doubt in there. Agnosticism is the belief that issues of faith can...
by jdege
Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33309

Re: His Dark Materials

It's not a book in which God doesn't exist, but one in which he not only exists, but plays a significant role. Yes, he's portrayed as a fraud, but he's portrayed. Clearly, it's not that Pullman doesn't believe in God. He believes in him a great deal. He simply doesn't like him much. Or, alternately...
by jdege
Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33309

Re: His Dark Materials

Also, Pullman himself has said that a main part of the book was to be an attack on the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. That he disliked Lewis hiding his preaching behind allegory, and wanted to create a book that attacked Christianity and the Church and made absolutely no attempt to hide it behind me...
by jdege
Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers With Guns
Replies: 203
Views: 11342

Re: Teachers With Guns

I'm sure there are plenty of kids like me. When I was in high school, I didn't know anybody with a gun, or anybody who sold them. That is, I'm afraid, extremely unlikely to be true. You may not have known anybody that you knew to have a gun, but that's very different from no knowing anyone who had ...
by jdege
Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33309

Re: His Dark Materials

Problem is... how is the Amber Spyglass going to work if there's to be no reference to religion? I can see how they can just kind of sweep it under the carpet for the first film, but not later. It's Hollywood. They never have a problem with being anti-church. Me, I just saw a poster for Prince Casp...

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