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by cleverdan
Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 71840

Re: Collatz Conjecture

Not a bad comic. Quite funny actually.
by cleverdan
Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0687: "Dimensional Analysis"
Replies: 159
Views: 64031

Re: "Dimensional Analysis" discussion

Someone post the math!
by cleverdan
Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0684: "We Get It"
Replies: 115
Views: 31239

Re: "We Get It" Discussion

HighSpeedFallingObjects wrote:I saw Avatar just today. What a terrible movie. It's like one big, giant Hollywood cliche. At least it was pretty.

Anyway, yeah, I saw it by myself. . . and there's nothing wrong with that!


It was twice as fun when I went with

MY GIRLFRIEND.
by cleverdan
Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Church of Scientology accused of torture and forced abortion
Replies: 230
Views: 14955

Re: Church of Scientology accused of torture and forced abortion

Heading back to the original topic, I think Xenophon's comments have very serious implications on the future of Scientology in Australia. Especially if the allegations of sexual abuse and forced abortions are proved to be inherent to Scientology itself. I have no qualms with revoking the tax exempt ...
by cleverdan
Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Australia become a republic?
Replies: 127
Views: 20730

Re: Should Australia become a republic?

After all this debate, no-one - myself included - noticed that it's been ten year anniversary of the last referendum's failure. I would like to see one occur in the next few years. Both the opposition leader and Rudd are republicans, so it would be nice to see some solidarity and bipartisanship on t...
by cleverdan
Fri Nov 06, 2009 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Australia become a republic?
Replies: 127
Views: 20730

Re: Should Australia become a republic?

And if you ever needed the governor general, but its the PMO's puppet (as it is now), the Queen can simply dismiss them, and install a nonpuppet. This happened! In the dimissal of Gough Whitlam, John Kerr conspired with Malcolm Fraser (the Liberal Party leader and thus the senate's majority leader)...
by cleverdan
Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Australia become a republic?
Replies: 127
Views: 20730

Re: Should Australia become a republic?

Except a monarchy is such an outdated and tired concept, especially when there are no obvious benefits to Australia. The British monarchy has no such influence in Australia outside women's magazines. The irony is palpable. Your entire critique of the monarchy, and indeed most Republicans', is of th...
by cleverdan
Wed Oct 28, 2009 9:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scientologists convicted of fraud
Replies: 126
Views: 10049

Re: Scientologists convicted of fraud

One of the proudest moments in my life occurred when I was driving through Salt Lake City. As I drove past that massive gaudy building they call a church, I rolled down the window and screamed: "SCIENTOLOGISTS EAT DONKEY SHIT" Feeling an odd mix of satisfaction and exhilaration, I then fl...
by cleverdan
Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Jesus Camp
Replies: 29
Views: 3290

Re: Jesus Camp

What was the title of the documentary? It sounds like something I'd like to see, as an atheist.
by cleverdan
Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Race Relations + John Safran general
Replies: 3
Views: 951

Re: Race Relations + John Safran general

I love John Safran's work. I personally think this is going to be his 'masterpiece'. (Although I am reluctant to use that adjective of a television show which shows a grown man masturbating to a picture of Barack Obama.) It seems more heartfelt than vs God, I think. Swapping over the sperm donors, a...
by cleverdan
Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eBay Sniping: Why does it even exist?
Replies: 29
Views: 8080

Re: eBay Sniping: Why does it even exist?

Would this system work: Bidding is always extended 5 minutes after the posted closing time, and you are only welcome to bid in that last extra five minutes if you had previously bid upon the item. That way, you would be able to have a chance of counterbidding against snipers. I anticipate it would w...
by cleverdan
Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that made you cry
Replies: 296
Views: 47637

Re: Books that made you cry

I think I shed a couple of tears when Anna kills herself in Anna Karenina. Dammit, I just started that book. Way to go and ruin it for me, "clever" dan. ¡This cheese is burning me! My bad. I was going to spoiler it, but I had always thought the book was renowned for her method of suicide....
by cleverdan
Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:09 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Shakespeare Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 9725

Re: Shakespeare Thread

I've read Romeo and Juliet, Othello, the Merchant of Venice, and Antony and Cleopatra. I particularly enjoyed the last three. Othello's descent into madness at the hands of Iago was truly fantastic in a reproduction I saw in in the Sydney Opera House by the Bell Shakespeare guys. I also loved the fa...
by cleverdan
Sun Oct 18, 2009 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Short Story ideas for Oratory Interpretation
Replies: 4
Views: 1754

Re: Short Story ideas for Oratory Interpretation

Flowers for Algernon? It's very emotional, quite well known, and could probably meet the time constraints if you selected parts of it.
by cleverdan
Sun Oct 18, 2009 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books/series you'll never read again
Replies: 33
Views: 7285

Re: Books/series you'll never read again

The lord of the rings. High fantasy and fictional languages made it hard to enjoy the first time, so I'm not going to force it upon myself again.
by cleverdan
Sun Oct 18, 2009 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Vegemite. Basically the best spread ever.
Replies: 37
Views: 5774

Re: Vegemite. Basically the best spread ever.

I would easily say that Promite > Vegemite. But that's just my taste. But in large quantities, both will trigger my gag reflex.
by cleverdan
Mon Oct 12, 2009 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that made you cry
Replies: 296
Views: 47637

Re: Books that made you cry

I think I shed a couple of tears when Anna kills herself in Anna Karenina. Same with 1984, Animal Farm and Harry Potter though. I didn't cry, however, when I read My Sister's Keeper - I felt a bit more like it was an M Night Shamalyan film with a plot twist rather than something to cause me to cry.
by cleverdan
Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cremation or Burial?
Replies: 63
Views: 10543

Re: Cremation or Burial?

I'm donating all the organs that anyone might find useful, and then donating the rest for pre-med students to observe at my local university. Does anyone know what happens to the bodies after they've been donated to science? Cremation?
by cleverdan
Wed Sep 30, 2009 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0643: "Ohm"
Replies: 76
Views: 22499

Re: "Ohm" Discussion

Not the best comic i've seen, but i got a half decent laugh out of it.
by cleverdan
Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doubt
Replies: 3
Views: 965

Doubt

In the film Doubt, were you convinced of Phillip Seymour Hoffman's guilt or of his innocence? I saw the film once, thinking that the ending was questionable, but I felt the evidence leant towards his presumed innocence. However, after speaking with a couple of friends about it, they were all assured...
by cleverdan
Mon Sep 07, 2009 6:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Australia become a republic?
Replies: 127
Views: 20730

Re: Should Australia become a republic?

Personally I think that we'd do much more good by abolishing the state governments then removing the governor general. It's a small point that's blown out of proportion because people tie it to national pride etcetera; the leaders of Australia have effectively as much power now as they would after ...
by cleverdan
Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Australia become a republic?
Replies: 127
Views: 20730

Re: Should Australia become a republic?

Now, I don't know whether you need this as a country, but the opinion polls suggest that you think you do. I am quite sure it is an eventual step for our country. I just hope it's the right one. The thing is, once we take it, there is no going back. It's like Flowers for Algernon. Once you've taste...
by cleverdan
Sun Sep 06, 2009 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gay: Full of hate or just another swear?
Replies: 163
Views: 21555

Re: Gay: Full of hate or just another swear?

...nobody actually has anything against non-heteros. Dunno which Australia you live in, but I know plenty of homophobes of all ages. Also, a 2007 poll showed that less than 2/3 of the population supported same-sex marriage rights. This may not correlate with with homophobia per se, but it doesn't b...
by cleverdan
Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Codify your system of morality.
Replies: 100
Views: 10187

Re: Codify your system of morality.

I like to judge everything on it's merits. Preconceived rules and ideologies will ultimately serve only to hinder me, I think. I try not to set rules. Just guidelines. It all reduces down to three things: will the action/inaction impact others badly? Will the action/inaction impact me badly? Will th...
by cleverdan
Sun Sep 06, 2009 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Australia become a republic?
Replies: 127
Views: 20730

Re: Should Australia become a republic?

The Queen never has interfered in your politics, and neither would she. The person who would is the governor-general, who is a ceremonial president appointed by the prime minister (certainly, a case could be made for them being selected by parliament or the people). Certainly, 'supreme executive po...
by cleverdan
Sat Sep 05, 2009 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Australia become a republic?
Replies: 127
Views: 20730

Should Australia become a republic?

After seeing ... Robert McLelland rear his head on the news the other day I've been wondering about whether it really is necessary to have these Ministers to the Crown anymore. What are the benefits of having a monarch as opposed to a president? The queen hasn't ever shown any concern to interfering...
by cleverdan
Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Free fortran compiler?
Replies: 3
Views: 649

Free fortran compiler?

Hey,

I learnt that I have to use Fortran, and I already have Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 installed on my computer. Is there a free compiler that will work with MVS '08? Because student budgeting sucks.
by cleverdan
Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0604: "Qwertial Aphasia"
Replies: 118
Views: 27094

Re: "Qwertial Aphasia" Discussion

this happens frequently for me. i always feel slightly retarded afterwards.
by cleverdan
Sun May 03, 2009 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: orbitals nightmare ....
Replies: 6
Views: 1786

orbitals nightmare ....

Man. I hate this! Haha. Does anyone mind giving me a bit of help with this? Decide if the following pairs of orbitals overlap to form a sigma bond, pi bond, or no bond at all. Explain your reasoning in each case, including a sketch of the orbitals. Assume the bond lies along the z-axis: a) 2p z and ...
by cleverdan
Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative ways to power vehicles.
Replies: 65
Views: 6754

Re: Alternative ways to power vehicles.

I did hear of one method that I thought was interesting, that came about in the 1970s during that oil crisis when oil prices were really high. It was on a documentary of ABC2 a while back. Instead of a regular combustion engine, in which the fuel is burnt in the pistons, the fuel is burnt in a kettl...
by cleverdan
Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Electoral College
Replies: 109
Views: 11851

Re: Electoral College

The system you have sounds alright. But I think i like the way that Nebraska and Maine's electoral votes are spread.
by cleverdan
Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 148083

Re: eating meat

Reducing my carbon footprint is what I chiefly had in mind.
by cleverdan
Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tipping people
Replies: 150
Views: 17372

Re: Tipping people

I notice the conversation always veers to people saying "If you don't want to pay extra then stay home". Nowhere is that my argument. I'm advocating for an automatic service charge as opposed to leaving it ambiguous or an supposed option when it's a de facto charge. I've been to other cou...
by cleverdan
Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0503: "Terminology"
Replies: 292
Views: 48439

Re: Terminology

I really thought Randall was more intelligent than this. To see even him fall for stilly American arrogance is shocking. I really don't see how this is an "American arrogance" issue. If the terms were used to mean the "East" and "West" of the Prime Meridian or even som...
by cleverdan
Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0503: "Terminology"
Replies: 292
Views: 48439

Re: Terminology

Geography is probably my worst subject. I had a friend try to explain the location of New Zealand over MSN using Wikipedia maps. He first pointed me to Australia. I was like, is that underneath Canada? So he then tried underneath Japan, but all I saw was water. Then he gave me a map op Australia an...
by cleverdan
Wed Oct 08, 2008 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0486: "I am Not a Ninja"
Replies: 81
Views: 20448

Re: "I am Not a Ninja" Discussion

Seems plausible enough. I've dreamed of doing that so many times haha. Someday when I find a store that sells smoke bombs I'll try it.
by cleverdan
Wed Aug 27, 2008 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teachers that cannot teach
Replies: 473
Views: 69905

Re: Teachers that cannot teach

I remember one memorable moment from the tenth grade when my science teacher walked in, announced she had Shark Week and would not be teaching today, and not to screw with her.

My current phys/chem/maths teachers are great though.
by cleverdan
Wed Aug 27, 2008 6:28 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Engineering Majors
Replies: 76
Views: 8395

Re: Engineering Majors

Man. I'm pretty much in the same boat as the OP, except I have about 33 days left to apply to uni, and all the disciples look really amazing.

Can anyone evaluate the each of the mechanics, mechatronics and electrical degrees?
by cleverdan
Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Hotel problem
Replies: 2
Views: 1947

Hotel problem

3 men go into a motel. The person at the desk tells them it is $30, and they each pay 10 dollars and head no up to the room. (What they do in the room is of no importance.) Later, the desk worker realises their room was only $25. He sends the concierge to give them the $5 back. Working out that $5 d...
by cleverdan
Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Logic related puzzle
Replies: 10
Views: 2293

Re: Logic related puzzle

That has passed my mind before, and i thought it the only justifiable explanation. why else would they show seven days worth of times?

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