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by JayDee
Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Replies: 3
Views: 4313

Re: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

I'm really digging the animated history bits. Especially since they've been much better than the usual origin stories / mythology of science. Bits and pieces from outside the typical mythology of science (history from China and the Islamic Renaissance, not just the usual British suspects.) It's got ...
by JayDee
Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13198
Views: 1248592

Re: Today I Learned

How few people live in Australia and the US (I mean how much area per person there is) never fails to boggle me completely. Australia is significantly more incredible in this regard than the US. The population density of the USA is 34 per square kilometre, in Australia it's 2.8, less than 10% of th...
by JayDee
Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3262
Views: 575201

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I dreamt I was hanging out with my childhood best friend, only his facial structure had changed quite a bit - he now looked like Lee Mack.

I... I wasn't okay with this, neither in the dream or out of it.
by JayDee
Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Best and Worst Discworld
Replies: 316
Views: 173316

Re: Best and Worst Discworld

Ulc wrote:Holy damn, because Eric really wasn't worth the time spent reading it.
See now, I thoroughly enjoyed Eric, but had the edition where every page was illustrated by Kirby. It was my introduction to DiIscworld, and a very good introduction it was.
by JayDee
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Wheel of Time (Split from Geeky/Nerdy Kids Books)
Replies: 228
Views: 123353

Re: Wheel of Time (Split from Geeky/Nerdy Kids Books)

I'm planning to scribble down my thoughts on the book and the series (and inflict said thoughts on you lot here, of course) soon enough - I preordered the last book, and took a day off work to read it ASAP. But before I do that, just wanted to reply to this: Btw. Did anyone else notice this was the ...
by JayDee
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2185705

Re: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out

Confession: I couldn't stay away if I tried.

Page 928 of 949? Lots of unread posts. Sorry guys and gals and such.
by JayDee
Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89782
Views: 6553783

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Mandom like the plague

I wished I lived in a place with a staircase sometimes, so I could use "l'esprit d'escalier" literally in conversation.

Never been good at last words.
by JayDee
Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13198
Views: 1248592

Re: Today I Learned

TYL: There's absolutely nothing you can say about my appearance that I do not already know, so.... go right ahead? I personally don't find it odd or creepy. I've always thought you look kinda like Jack from Lost. So I instantly thought that with eyeliner you'd look like Richard. Even though he does...
by JayDee
Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9330
Views: 1176865

Re: Minecraft

Technical Ben wrote:As for getting lost underground. I dig my way out. I usually come out near where I started (just by chance I guess) and can find my original entrance, and work back.
I usually end up underwater, digging into the bottom of a lake.
by JayDee
Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Wheel of Time (Split from Geeky/Nerdy Kids Books)
Replies: 228
Views: 123353

Re: Wheel of Time (Split from Geeky/Nerdy Kids Books)

Or if you're good enough you can make it last years instead of hours? You could find other examples of things being left for ages. What Rand leaves around Callandor, for one. Traps left around waygates, too? There're plenty of examples of compulsion being left on people, but that might be a differen...
by JayDee
Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Parkour
Replies: 111
Views: 20917

Re: Parkour

One of my local instructors hurt his knee(s) last year. He has kept up training, but there is a whole bunch of stuff he isn't doing until he gets the okay from the doctor. I'd say best to see a knee-doctor-person and ask them what sort of motions / activities / whatnot you should avoid. You might be...
by JayDee
Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Troll Science: Pi
Replies: 45
Views: 24193

Re: Troll Science: Pi

The upshot: the pointwise limit of those shapes is a circle, but the pointwise limit doesn't preserve many features of functions, including arclength. This weirds me out more than the notion of pi being four, to be honest. Sigh. I've spent the last week wishing I'd done more maths at uni. Now I'm r...
by JayDee
Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Buffy The Vampire Slayer (And Spinoffs)
Replies: 125
Views: 23176

Re: Buffy The Vampire Slayer (And Spinoffs)

Zohar wrote:Fridging? Urban Dictionary doesn't help me here.
You want TvTropes, not urban dictionary.
by JayDee
Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Wheel of Time (Split from Geeky/Nerdy Kids Books)
Replies: 228
Views: 123353

Re: Wheel of Time (Split from Geeky/Nerdy Kids Books)

More than half of that list can happen at Tarmon Gai'don, though.

Midnight wrote:> Maybe some stuff from the lands beyond the waste
I was wondering about this today, after I noticed that the glossary has a whole page entry on Shara. Most all the other entries seemed relevant to the book, so it stuck out.
by JayDee
Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Wheel of Time (Split from Geeky/Nerdy Kids Books)
Replies: 228
Views: 123353

Re: Wheel of Time (Split from Geeky/Nerdy Kids Books)

Critical reading is less important than "oh my god what happens next!" reading.
by JayDee
Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Wheel of Time (Split from Geeky/Nerdy Kids Books)
Replies: 228
Views: 123353

Re: Wheel of Time (Split from Geeky/Nerdy Kids Books)

Could you point out "A" for me? I just finished reading it, and that must have completely slipped me by. Looking just now for a quote, I found out that it's explicity stated in the Glossary. Huh. Haven't read those since book six. Used to be, I thought, that they didn't have s...
by JayDee
Tue Jan 18, 2011 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1806
Views: 407601

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stu

Read a bunch over the summer break. In the middle of a Raymond Chandler four-in-one that's going down like whiskey. I've read The Big Sleep , Farewell, My Lovely , and The Little Sister (which wasn't in the set) thus far. I very rarely pick the twists or connections, but then I rarely think that far...
by JayDee
Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89782
Views: 6553783

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

I don't own a pair of sunglasses. I also don't own sunglasses. The sunnies I wear, my Dad gets them from his work. Safety glasses. Which means I have multiple pairs, and every time I lose a pair I have more at home (lost half a dozen or so last year.) Makes me feel slightly like a cartoon character...
by JayDee
Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Elder Scrolls: Discussion
Replies: 486
Views: 55502

Re: Elder Scrolls: Discussion

I have it working fine. But it takes me back to the old days of computing, when running something at the highest settings was simply impossible. I understand it's the shaders that really cripple the FPS, but I mostly use it for distant lands - extending out the max view distance by say x3-x5 say - a...
by JayDee
Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Best way to answer email you haven't replied to in too long?
Replies: 11
Views: 9474

Re: Best way to answer email you haven't replied to in too l

Idhan wrote:Pretend nothing happened: "So I find that for the 9mm anti-velociraptor bullets, you can get them $5.95 for a box of 20, whereas if you're going for 45 ACP..."
Either this, or pretend you did send it on time. "Hey did you see news item this morning? Anyway ..."
by JayDee
Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28315
Views: 2591173

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

Jumble wrote:God, but I hate New Year. [...] It's just that socially, from a party point of view, it's bloody amateurs night. Light-weights!
This is my favourite complaint about New Year's ever.
by JayDee
Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1499
Views: 298378

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I think it's the controls that data SS1 more than the graphics, though. Of course, people have found ways to hack in mouselook and key mapping, if that's your thing.
by JayDee
Tue Dec 28, 2010 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1499
Views: 298378

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Hey, 1280x1024 resolution. (System Shock shipped with up to 1280x1024, but it was disabled because because the home computers of the time couldn't handle it. linky?)
by JayDee
Tue Dec 28, 2010 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1499
Views: 298378

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I think you mean awesome based.
by JayDee
Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28315
Views: 2591173

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

How about if they are ignorant of the sexism?
by JayDee
Mon Dec 27, 2010 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28315
Views: 2591173

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

Yes, because all people everywhere have promised to mentally substitute "men and women in a rainbow-colored coalition of togetherness" every time someone uses the word "man." Yes, because English is a language entirely free of ambiguity. There aren't any words with more than one...
by JayDee
Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28315
Views: 2591173

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

I say that as most of the time bitching about Basic Human Decency seems to boil down to "We can't call them Darkies anymore and I'm sad" When I complain about too much PC it tends to be things like "you can't say fireman, it's fireperson now" or "now children, let's sing 'B...
by JayDee
Sun Dec 26, 2010 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Tran Logacy
Replies: 99
Views: 23040

Re: Tron Legacy

I think the teaser trailer - the one that ends with "It's just a game!" "Not anymore" - was a separate promotional thing. Unless it was right at the start and I missed it because the silly cinema were so slow in opening that morning.
by JayDee
Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Tran Logacy
Replies: 99
Views: 23040

Re: Tron Legacy

I loved all the keyboard / touchscreens under dark glass. Like a cocktail arcade machine.
by JayDee
Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Tran Logacy
Replies: 99
Views: 23040

Re: Tron Legacy

The only thing that pissed me off as such was the under-use of Tron himself. He needed more of a tail to his story arc with more exposition at the end to explain it fully. I was expecting an obvious sequel hook scene at the end of him coming out of the water. But I think it was meant to be a redemp...
by JayDee
Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Tran Logacy
Replies: 99
Views: 23040

Re: Tron Legacy

Chen wrote:There's a difference between expecting a masterpiece and expecting something with at least a consistent plot thats not full of holes.
Well, yeah. It's the latter that I'm surprised by. Expecting a masterpeice is beyond ridiculous.
by JayDee
Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Tran Logacy
Replies: 99
Views: 23040

Re: Tron Legacy

Yeah. I have a hard time understanding people who went in expecting, you know, plot.
by JayDee
Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Tran Logacy
Replies: 99
Views: 23040

Re: Tron Legacy

Saw it this morning, enjoyed it thoroughly. Everything I was expecting from the trailer. Loved the look of it. (I think "darker and edgier" worked for the art style, even if it made the plot more laughable.) I liked the simplified neon/latex outfits. Especially the robes. The sound was gre...
by JayDee
Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Favorite Fictional Science Examples
Replies: 23
Views: 4026

Re: Favorite Fictional Science Examples

Alchemy in Fullmetal Alchemist is really fascinating to me. It's explained so well that you just accept it, and then you go back and think about it and realize it doesn't actually make any sense at all but that's okay . I quite liked in the Anime how they implied that in our world Newton's scientif...
by JayDee
Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Second Law of Thermodynamics: STFU
Replies: 26
Views: 11167

Re: Second Law of Thermodynamics: STFU

Maybe it's just me, but I was always bothered by the use of telekinesis in films and TV shows. People lifting cars and whatnot with their outstretched hand....well, it seems like it would break conservation of momentum, not to mention conservation of energy. There are fictions where this is played ...
by JayDee
Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28315
Views: 2591173

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

Amarantha wrote:I just get finished blocking all the flashy moving images, then people go and change them and I have to block them all over again. Bah, humbug!
I just block all .gif avatars with adblock. Plenty of false positives, but that's no big deal.
by JayDee
Thu Dec 09, 2010 5:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28315
Views: 2591173

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

I never found a beauty therapist (or such) who reacted to the idea of me waxing my face with anything but horror.
by JayDee
Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mastercard 'hit by Anonymous Wikileaks revenge attacks'
Replies: 121
Views: 10856

Re: Mastercard 'hit by Anonymous Wikileaks revenge attacks'

It's weird to think of people willingly offering up their machines for DDoS attacks. It's like a digital sit-in.
by JayDee
Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mastercard 'hit by Anonymous Wikileaks revenge attacks'
Replies: 121
Views: 10856

Re: Mastercard 'hit by Anonymous Wikileaks revenge attacks'

Yeah, I'm tending towards awesome too. I'm not entirely sure what to make of it, but there are plenty of behaviours and actions from, say, fifty years ago, from the great depression, that were just as illegal, but that I can only see as being the right thing to do.
by JayDee
Tue Dec 07, 2010 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assange arrested, in custody
Replies: 220
Views: 12285

Re: Assange arrested, in custody

He was arrested in London on a Swedish warrant. Why on earth would he end up in the states? I can understand why his lawyers and his team expect that to happen, but is there any legitimate, non-conspiracy-theory-confirming way his arrest on this charge could end up with him in the USA?

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