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by Simius
Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anita Sarkeesian used footage from "Let's Play" videos
Replies: 226
Views: 51192

Re: Anita Sarkeesian used footage from "Let's Play" videos

Now, let's consider shooters. Huge market. At any given time, there's usually at least a BF game, and a COD game that pretends to ape real world military stuff. Also a billion low budget clones, naturally. Now, today's military is dominated by men. Historically, it only gets worse. So, female repre...
by Simius
Sat Aug 03, 2013 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anita Sarkeesian used footage from "Let's Play" videos
Replies: 226
Views: 51192

Re: Anita Sarkeesian used footage from "Let's Play" videos

If your marketing strategies involve objectifying women to an offensive degree and constantly depicting them as pitiful idiots/incompetent in most of your games, you are misogynistic. I find the real problem is that she is offended by everything, both sides of the coin, she's complaining that chara...
by Simius
Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 133806

Re: Obscure Language Game

gmalivuk wrote:
steewi wrote:It has a vague Georgian look to it. Perhaps one of the less complicated Caucasian languages?
Simius wrote:The language uses a modified latin alphabet, as well as a completely different script.

Is the completely different script Georgian?

Yes, it is.

The only other languages in the area are IE IIRC

Not true, in fact many Caucasian languages are not IE.
by Simius
Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 133806

Re: Obscure Language Game

[...] ar yeyis skiduṭes žur ǯuma. Didi na ṭu xolo ḳay ṭu ġnosi mcika kuġuṭu; Mažua ya guruni ṭu ḳočiš ṭḳebis ya ḳoči guruniš titen. Heya ṭui haya ṭui, va mičkin, ama mtel sefili na ṭu, komičkin. Arte didi ǯuma noġaša gyuluṭuši, uc̣u č̣uṭis: "ngeni kogyoḳoyu, mǯvas! Nanasti xua duboni!" ed...
by Simius
Fri May 31, 2013 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 133806

Re: Obscure Language Game

I don't know enough about slavic languages to comment, but I'll contribute another text, if that's OK. [...] ar yeyis skiduṭes žur ǯuma. Didi na ṭu xolo ḳay ṭu ġnosi mcika kuġuṭu; Mažua ya guruni ṭu ḳočiš ṭḳebis ya ḳoči guruniš titen. Heya ṭui haya ṭui, va mičkin, ama mtel sefili na ṭu, komičkin. Ar...
by Simius
Wed May 29, 2013 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.
Replies: 426
Views: 194250

Re: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.

The creators of The Neverhood, probably the best game I've ever played, are making a new clay-mation point-and-click game: Armikrog
by Simius
Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.
Replies: 426
Views: 194250

Re: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.

Last day to back Torment! Looks like it's possible that they will reach $4m, between the kickstarter and paypall, but it might be close. Some pretty cool-looking stretch goals at $4m and $4.25m.
by Simius
Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rock Climbing
Replies: 168
Views: 112620

Re: Rock Climbing

Two sunny days in Squamish this weekend, so I'm going to head up tomorrow and try some trad climbing! I'm sure we can find some dry rocks.

Earlier this week I bought a 2nd-hand set of Camalots, so that I now have a full double rack (and a #5!). Very excited to try them out.
by Simius
Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A question about engineers
Replies: 36
Views: 6121

Re: A question about engineers

As a physics grad student, I have the biggest respect for engineers. They're the guys who actually make stuff work.

Also, I was teaching mechanics to a class of engineers last term, and most of them were really damn smart. It was an enjoyable course to TA.
by Simius
Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rock Climbing
Replies: 168
Views: 112620

Re: Rock Climbing

Evolv make excellent shoes, but damn me if they're not stinky after six months! I love mine for precisely as long as I am wearing them, but dislike them the rest of the time. Oh yes. I had a pair Pontas slippers once, and the smell got so bad that I had to double-pastic-bag them. The stink started ...
by Simius
Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rock Climbing
Replies: 168
Views: 112620

Re: Rock Climbing

I love basically all La Sportiva shoes. Testarossas are definitely awesome and I like also the Miura Velcro. The Solutions are supposed to be very good too, for aggressive bouldering shoes. I'm thinking of buying a pair of Pythons next week, myself. A shame that they're all so expensive, here in Can...
by Simius
Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rock Climbing
Replies: 168
Views: 112620

Re: Rock Climbing

Nice! I've heard a lot of good things about HP40.

I'm going to do some trad climbing in Squamish tomorrow, looking forward to it. The outdoor climbing season is finally starting again!
by Simius
Sat Dec 24, 2011 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rock Climbing
Replies: 168
Views: 112620

Re: Rock Climbing

Ho boy! A new climbing thread, and I totally missed it! I've been climbing for about 12 years now and I still keep being amazed by how awesome it is. It really never gets boring, every route or boulder is a completely new challenge. I like all the disciplines, from bouldering to lead to trad climbin...
by Simius
Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?
Replies: 62
Views: 14135

Re: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?

You have to understand that physics is, most of all, the science of hand-waving. We make approximations all the time , simplifying the math in such ways that the difference is too small to measure in an actual experiment. Here, let me quote a (hilarious) bit of my Statistical Physics textbook: There...
by Simius
Fri May 13, 2011 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 402101

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Bah, synthetic genomes are already old. We can now program viruses to construct batteries and solar cells for us:

http://www.ted.com/talks/angela_belcher ... eries.html
by Simius
Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bell's theorem refuted!?
Replies: 90
Views: 13705

Re: Bell's theorem refuted

I once followed a course by a teacher who didn't believe in Bell's Theorem. He wrote this paper , among others. It's interesting, though unfortunately not written very clearly. The guy is a bit of a fringe scientist*, but I think that we need those to ask the uncomfortable questions and shake things...
by Simius
Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radioactive decay rates not constant
Replies: 42
Views: 6756

Re: Radioactive decay rates not constant

Or was it that when hitting a certain molecule it would change it into a radioactive one, then decaying? This is what they do. The LSND, for instance, used 167 tons of mineral oil and some other stuff to make it pop, and photomultipliers to detect cherenkov radiation that was emitted when there wer...
by Simius
Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: is smell related to molecular weight ?
Replies: 9
Views: 2162

Re: is smell related to molecular weight ?

"An alternative theory, the vibration theory proposed by Luca Turin[6][7], posits that odor receptors detect the frequencies of vibrations of odor molecules in the infrared range by electron tunnelling. However, the behavioral predictions of this theory have been called into question.[8] As of...
by Simius
Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gravity is an illusion
Replies: 18
Views: 3169

Re: Gravity is an illusion

Yes, Jacobson did the math a while ago (and Verlinde gives him credit for that) but he didn't draw the same conclusions, i.e. that gravity is an emergent phenomenon.
by Simius
Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gravity is an illusion
Replies: 18
Views: 3169

Re: Gravity is an illusion

I was following a physics workshop from E. Verlinde when he published his paper. He tried to explain the basics to us, it was pretty exciting. Additionally, is gravity-according-to-relativity a conservative force in the same way it is in Newtonian physics? If so, isn't that another strike against &q...
by Simius
Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Psychic" octopus makes world cup predictions.
Replies: 45
Views: 6263

Re: "Psychic" octopus makes world cup predictions.

Maybe we should replace out government by this octopus. Just bring on the mussels and let him make the important decisions. Can't be worse than our last government. :D It's even better if you're reading China Mieville's 'Kraken' like I am. Ooh, is it any good? I've been waiting for soft cover edition.
by Simius
Sun Jul 11, 2010 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Emergency refrigeration?
Replies: 46
Views: 5174

Re: Emergency refridgeration?

Unless there's no one is there to check the temperature when the power goes back on. Even if the outage happens overnight and nobody noticed anything, you'll need to be able to check what the highest temperature has been.
by Simius
Sat Jul 10, 2010 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A question about quantum weirdness.
Replies: 19
Views: 2252

Re: A question about quantum weirdness.

Note that not everybody agrees with the argumentation behind Bell's theorem. Look for example at the Talk page of that wikipedia article. One of the teachers at my university wrote an article called "Where Bell went wrong" . I'm not saying that he's right, because I honestly don't feel qua...
by Simius
Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: [NO LYRICS ALLOWED]Instrumental Music Thread
Replies: 45
Views: 9976

Re: [NO LYRICS ALLOWED]Instrumental Music Thread

Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté
They made two albums together, both of them amazing. The majority of their songs is instrumental. RIP, Ali. :(

Medeski, Martin & Wood
Like candy for your ears.
by Simius
Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3034777

Re: Postify your facerity

So I was told that I looked intimidating http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs074.snc4/35083_406725421831_645301831_4268880_5855831_n.jpg Whilst holding up the roof http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs128.snc4/36774_406725306831_645301831_4268879_4312948_n.jpg Man, I've been want...
by Simius
Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The nature of anti-matter
Replies: 34
Views: 4480

Re: The nature of anti-matter

I know that in solid state physics, an electron hole can behave as though it has a different mass than an electron. Is this possible in this interpretation? Isn't that an effect of the interaction with the lattice (i.e. the positively charged ions) of the conducting material? Even the electrons can...
by Simius
Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The nature of anti-matter
Replies: 34
Views: 4480

Re: The nature of anti-matter

Question about anti-matter and the Dirac sea interpretation. Dirac Sea explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirac_sea I'm a bit confused by this interpretation of mater anti-matter annihilation. We know that when a particle and an anti-particle collide they produce light. Light carries some en...
by Simius
Thu Jun 17, 2010 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Tri-Polar magnets
Replies: 17
Views: 3878

Re: Tri-Polar magnets

Well, you can have a Magnetic Quadrupole , but I don't think that's what you mean. :) If you mean tri-pole in the sense of North, South and then something else (West? East?), then the answer is no. The theoretical prediction of magnetic monopoles comes from the duality between electricity and magnet...
by Simius
Sun Jun 06, 2010 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Matter-Antimatter Annihilation Visualization
Replies: 3
Views: 1656

Re: Matter-Antimatter Annihilation Visualization

But then why are there so many more electrons than there are positrons? If there were as many electrons as positrons, surely we'd see a lot of matter-antimatter annihilations in every day life, wouldn't we? That is one of the great unsolved questions in physics. :) Look for matter/antimatter-assyme...
by Simius
Tue May 18, 2010 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: CP violation in B-meson decay
Replies: 5
Views: 1163

Re: CP violation in B-meson decay

Here's the preview article: http://www-d0.fnal.gov/Run2Physics/WWW/ ... A/B10A.pdf

Flavor oscillation is not unique to B-mesons, by the way. Neutral Kaons display the same behaviour, though I believe it's less pronounced and harder to measure.
by Simius
Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Ice Cream.
Replies: 56
Views: 9668

Re: Ice Cream.

Anyone got an ice cream maker? Those things are pretty fun as you can chuck whatever flavours into a standard recipe. Made a Lindt chocolate hazelnut flavour with WAAAY too much chocolate in that was delicious. Peaches and cream is another one that gets made from time to time. I want to try making ...
by Simius
Sun Jan 17, 2010 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Electron configuration
Replies: 10
Views: 2964

Re: Electron configuration

Also, take a look at WebElements. It's an amazing site for this kind of info.
by Simius
Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3034777

Re: Postify your facerity

Being allergic to tomatoes has made my love for pizza difficult. :| I did recently find a small "white pizza" at a local eatery: garlicky thin focaccia-type crust topped with four different white cheeses and a bit of rosemary. My god, it was good. (It broke my omnometer, as it were.) To g...
by Simius
Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3034777

Re: Postify your facerity

Ooh, cute rats! They make awesome pets, I really miss having a few of them around. A shame their lifespans are so short.

I don't have many pics of me, but here's a recent one. With a cardboard box...
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by Simius
Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wolfram|Alpha help
Replies: 10
Views: 4709

Re: Wolfram|Alpha help

Unfortunately it's not possible to mix the rather free-form input options of W|Alpha and the strict syntax of Mathematica. I hope they'll fix that eventually. You can mix them to an extent, e.g. http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=D(+integral+of+y+dy+from+0+to+x%2Cx) Oh, sweet, I didn't know that!
by Simius
Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wolfram|Alpha help
Replies: 10
Views: 4709

Re: Wolfram|Alpha help

Yes, the best way for these kind of calculations is the standard Mathematica input. See the Documentation System if you need help with the syntax. Unfortunately it's not possible to mix the rather free-form input options of W|Alpha and the strict syntax of Mathematica. I hope they'll fix that eventu...
by Simius
Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: conceptual question about the gravitational constant
Replies: 26
Views: 3246

Re: conceptual question about the gravitational constant

If you're interested in this, read "The Constants of Nature" by John D. Barrow. The subject matter is fascinating and it's quite easy to read. But yeah, the unit conversion argument is valid but doesn't explain everything. If you switched to Planck units , the gravitational constant would ...
by Simius
Sat May 09, 2009 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Human random numbers
Replies: 61
Views: 17360

Re: Human random numbers

Maybe this should be made into a Global Announcement for a little while... for SCIENCE!
by Simius
Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Jazz, for a beginner.
Replies: 22
Views: 3414

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Also take a look at this thread. It has lots of good recommendations.

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