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by Awesomium
Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Graffiti
Replies: 49
Views: 6025

Re: Graffiti

I don't mind graffiti, but I prefer it when it has a clear meaning to it. I'd rather see a single surreal comment in black marker pen, or something banksy-ish than some semi-incomprehensible tag. I'm not sure whether you'd call it graffiti, but I occasionally leave post-it notes around with odd text...
by Awesomium
Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Insomnia
Replies: 58
Views: 5640

Re: Insomnia

The only time I really have trouble sleeping is Sunday nights. I don't know why, but my head always seems to be just so full of stuff that I can't stop thinking. Normally I get stuck thinking about some maths or physics problem that I find really interesting, but I can't get anywhere with it because...
by Awesomium
Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Integration by substitution
Replies: 11
Views: 1553

Re: Integration by substitution

Ok, I think I'm starting to get it, at least, I'm certainly much happier than I was at the start. I expect if I ponder over it for a while it'll make sense. Thanks for all the help guys, especially nathanielJ, that helped a lot.
by Awesomium
Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Integration by substitution
Replies: 11
Views: 1553

Re: Integration by substitution

Thanks for the responses, guys. Separation of variables will come into play shortly, if your course follows roughly the same structure as mine. As for your question, the 'd' is the same as saying 'change in'. So, for instance, 'dx' is same as saying 'change in x'. This is why the derivative of a fun...
by Awesomium
Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Integration by substitution
Replies: 11
Views: 1553

Integration by substitution

Today at school we did integration by substitution. I understand how to apply the technique, and I understand most of the concepts involved, but there's one aspect that confused me a little. The process is illustrated in the textbook using the following example: Find int(x sqrt(2x+5))dx Let I = int(...
by Awesomium
Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Catchphrases
Replies: 149
Views: 11082

Re: Catchphrases

I have a physics teacher who practically uses the phrases "basically" and "going through" as punctuation. One time we counted, and she said "going through" over 70 times in half an hour. She also says "query" instead of "question", which always make ...
by Awesomium
Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2816182

Re: Confessional Thread - Now with a new idiot!

Confession: I don't actually like Tenacious D. Jack Black is infuriatingly annoying.
by Awesomium
Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Geocaching
Replies: 48
Views: 8566

Re: Geocaching

I've heard about it before, but forgot about it. Sounds fun, but I doubt there'd be any near me. There's also the slight problem of not owning a GPS.
by Awesomium
Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 186179

Re: Religion

I think your definition is vague. Yes, morality is a way of distinguishing between right and wrong, but this is useless unless you also state what right and wrong mean. Earlier, you said identified "wrong" with "sin" and defined sin as "that which separates man from God&quo...
by Awesomium
Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 186179

Re: Religion

Actually, I think a better first question is: What is morality? And then it would also be good to DEFINE "subjective" and "arbitrary". Then we can discuss how the three fit together. So let me try. Agreed, if we don't agree on the definitions, the whole discussion is pointless s...
by Awesomium
Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 186179

Re: Religion

God must have got his morals from somewhere. Either they exist independent of God, or they were created arbitrarily by God. In the former, there would then be no difference in morals if God existed or not, since they are independent of God. In the latter case, where God arbitrarily chose moral laws...
by Awesomium
Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 186179

Re: Religion

I don't really want to get involved with the argument about Occam's razor, except to say that I agree that it can't be used to "prove" anything. I'm not trying to convince anyone to abandon their religion, especially not just because the alternative is a "simpler explanation". Wi...
by Awesomium
Mon Mar 17, 2008 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 186179

Re: Religion

It is a matter of the objects of the humility and glorification. Humility (of man) is the proper (and natural) response of man when he realizes his relation to God (in very brief summary created, fallen, and wholly dependent on for salvation). The Glorification of God is again a response to all tha...
by Awesomium
Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 186179

Re: Religion

Our best interests are realized when we are doing that which we were made to do, when we are achieving our purpose, which is the glorification of God. Our views are in fact quite similar. The only difference is that I believe we weren't "made" to do anything, instead we must choose our ow...
by Awesomium
Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 186179

Re: Religion

In my own personal experience, Christians have a fundamentally different understanding of love, kindness, and forgiveness than non-Christians. I brought this up on a different SB thread and realized it was off-topic there. Somebody there requested I bring it up here. Could you elaborate? Different ...
by Awesomium
Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9235980

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Thanks. When I thought of it, I was worried that I'd heard it somewhere and inadvertently stolen it, but Google says otherwise.
by Awesomium
Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Elder Scrolls: Discussion
Replies: 486
Views: 65816

Re: The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind

Man, I love Morrowind. You could play it a hundred times and have a different experience each time. I found oblivion to be disappointing. It's too restrictive (invincible NPCs, no levitation etc.) and there's no sense of progress (due to levelling). But the main thing was the change in atmosphere. M...
by Awesomium
Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Pillow fight day!
Replies: 12
Views: 1455

Re: Pillow fight day!

London is my nearest. I'd love to take part, but there's no way I'd be able to get there. Maybe I'll organise something on a slightly smaller scale a bit closer to home. As in, at my school... QFT. This is actually exactly what was going through my head. Although it'd be difficult to do on Sunday, ...
by Awesomium
Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is your (current) philosophy?
Replies: 81
Views: 8845

Re: What is your (current) philosophy?

Royall wrote:My suggestion is go by any moral you want; whatever makes you happy.


I agree, it just happens that thinking about philosophy makes me happy.
by Awesomium
Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9235980

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Damn, my one weakness!
by Awesomium
Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9235980

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Fleeting thought: I was having a conversation with someone, and in passing they mentioned paper-boys. Instead of thinking about boys delivering paper, I briefly thought they meant boys made out of paper. Then I got a mental image of a huge army of origami children made out of newspaper. How awesome ...
by Awesomium
Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Pillow fight day!
Replies: 12
Views: 1455

Re: Pillow fight day!

London is my nearest. I'd love to take part, but there's no way I'd be able to get there. Maybe I'll organise something on a slightly smaller scale a bit closer to home. As in, at my school...
by Awesomium
Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is your (current) philosophy?
Replies: 81
Views: 8845

Re: What is your (current) philosophy?

Epistemology: we can never know anything for certain, not even Descartes' "I think/doubt therefore I am". Even this conclusion relies on the truth of the Laws of thought , which are not a priori true. Therefore we can only ever say that we "know", something given that a stated se...
by Awesomium
Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Favorite Colo(u)rs
Replies: 51
Views: 4667

Re: Favorite Colo(u)rs

Until I was about 14 my favourite colour was green, but since then it's been blue. I find it suggests peace, melancholia and abstract thought. Does anyone associate different colours with different subjects? For me, maths is blue, chemistry is orange and physics is purple. In general, most artsy sub...
by Awesomium
Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone else fail the Turing Test?
Replies: 35
Views: 3241

Re: Anyone else fail the Turing Test?

I failed the one to register here... There was a tilted L that I thought was a V. I prefer the ones that require you to answer a simple (or not so simple) question. I'm surprised that they're not more common, I'd guess they'd be harder for a bot to pass than the normal type. Plus they're more satisf...
by Awesomium
Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Happy Pi day!!
Replies: 83
Views: 6106

Re: Happy Pi day!!

Unfortunately, I ate my pie a day too early (I had steak and kidney for dinner last night). Fortunately, it's good at any time of the year. I'm also reluctant to use the USAian date system, but unfortunately I have no choice, since there aren't fourteen months. Relatedly, (is that a word? if not it ...
by Awesomium
Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Childhood misconceptions
Replies: 868
Views: 107455

Re: Childhood misconceptions

This isn't really a misconception, more of a misunderstanding but I guess it still belongs here. When I was about 8 or 9 I took part in my school's general knowledge quiz. You could either answer each question on your own, for 2 points, or you could confer with your team for just 1. I answered every...
by Awesomium
Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2380925

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi, My Name is Tom, and I live in the UK. I'm 16 and currently in year 12 (sorry, don't know what the American equivalents are). I'm interested in maths, science, philosophy and computers, in descending order of preference. My temperament swings pretty much randomly between child-like optimism and m...

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