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by Dezign
Fri Oct 30, 2009 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hilarious use for bad computer translations
Replies: 119
Views: 16187

Re: Hilarious use for bad computer translations

How amusingly internetty. http://translationparty.com/tp/#5081333 I'm a doctor, Jim, not a bricklayer! into Japanese 私は、医師、ジムではなく、職人! back into English I am a doctor, not the gym , craftsmen! back into Japanese 私は医者ではなく、ジム、職人よ! back into English I'm not a doctor, Jim, I craftsmen! back into Japanese...
by Dezign
Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman to wed roller coaster
Replies: 64
Views: 5080

Re: Woman to wed roller coaster

Having reviewed more of the information pertaining to this individual, it does appear she might end up doing things that could be viewed as disruptive towards the amusement park's business, or even harming herself. That would be sufficient to warrant her being denied the ability to... visit the fair...
by Dezign
Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman to wed roller coaster
Replies: 64
Views: 5080

Re: Woman to wed roller coaster

"A civilised society is one that tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity." WWJSMD? Why should anyone stop her if she's doing nothing to inconvenience or harm others (and makes it clear she will continue as such)? The amusement park probably even benefits from her paying for ...
by Dezign
Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A New Space Race
Replies: 64
Views: 5239

Re: A New Space Race

Mentioning that manned Moon missions mustered mass money for more mundane scientific research has proven a fairly common and certainly warranted reason for making Mars movements. It doesn't change the fact there are more useful places to spend the money in the same general direction -- and that the ...
by Dezign
Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gold vended like chocolate in Germany
Replies: 12
Views: 1447

Re: Gold vended like chocolate in Germany

I can see the logic behind the company's claim the 30% markup is supposed to cover the packaging, convenience and service costs. After all, it is being sold in airports: People traveling to another country who feel anxious about the state of their own country's economy might feel reassured by buying...
by Dezign
Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human emulator and ethics?
Replies: 102
Views: 8244

Re: Human emulator and ethics?

Except I haven't actually seen one based around a guy, living in a simulation just to be killed or experimented on over and over and over again. Have any examples? Where Am I? by D.C.D. is of relevance. It's not precisely what Griffin asked for, but it's a pretty good fictional presentation/story b...
by Dezign
Wed Jun 17, 2009 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: One step closer to battle field lasers.
Replies: 61
Views: 5439

Re: One step closer to battle field lasers.

Wow. I wonder how well we could use this technology for mining. Perhaps we could use this to exploit asteroid resources? Build a couple of these Alderaan-ashers and aim them at the profile edges of that banana-shaped Cibola we call Eros . With the proper engineering, these lasers could possibly be ...
by Dezign
Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gold vended like chocolate in Germany
Replies: 12
Views: 1447

Gold vended like chocolate in Germany

Airports in Deutschland now sell tiny gold bars next to the Toblerone. Germany has devised the ultimate in credit crunch vending machines: Gold to Go. After inserting your euros in the slot there is a familiar whirring noise as if the machine is readying itself to spit out a can of lemonade or a bar...
by Dezign
Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find
Replies: 225
Views: 86075

Re: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find

Pontifex means bridge-maker. It's suggestive of bridging the gods with the Earth, or whatever that was the high priest was supposed to be doing. See also pontus, or bridge, though it's not melodic enough to fit in the thought ThePurpleSmurf listed. If you smear a schmear of imagionnaise on the blank...
by Dezign
Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Portmanteaux
Replies: 124
Views: 18229

Re: Portmanteaux

1. Yay for portmanteaUnicode! Is this pronounced port-mon-tony-code, or port-mon-tyuni-code? 2. Concerning the question of appropriate nomenclature for sporksporn abominations: I propose quarter-fractions of the spork-sprung spawn should suffer further appellations from their sparents. The offspork...
by Dezign
Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Creative Mind and Rights
Replies: 9
Views: 1603

Re: The Creative Mind and Rights

Physicalism =/= nihilism . Concepts like agency, personhood and consciousness arise from our values; they are abstract terms because we are unable to explain them with the science of today. Physicalism posits it is possible to explain these concepts with great predictive power. This does not remove...
by Dezign
Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Harvard Study Finds Medical Problems #1 Cause of Bankruptcy
Replies: 35
Views: 6879

Re: Harvard Study Finds Medical Problems #1 Cause of Bankruptcy

Note for American partisans: This fact can be used to imply universal healthcare could boost the economy. Determining whether this effect is enough, by itself, to outweigh the costs of governmental healthcare programs (instead of simply offset them; still a bonus) would require a degree in economics...
by Dezign
Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Space Penguins from Mars
Replies: 8
Views: 1302

Space Penguins from Mars

National Geographic presents incontrovertible evidence of space penguins from Mars. Courtesy of Bad Astronomy . Pix! http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/staticfiles/NGS/Shared/StaticFiles/Photography/Images/POD/p/penguins-underwater-antarctica-052709-sw.jpg (Okay, so it's actually penguins und...
by Dezign
Sat Jun 06, 2009 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Benefit of Culture
Replies: 8
Views: 3016

Re: The Benefit of Culture

If I may suggest, the use of "culture" seems a bit of a broad cut across human social systems. Comparing nationalism, mass media culture, specific regional cultures and religions seems to be prone to a rapid loss of focus. It's possible to object to any level of those systems separately fo...
by Dezign
Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Open source communism
Replies: 18
Views: 4042

Re: Open source communism

Spoilered because it was getting more into futurism than the main article. I still think it's useful though, for reflecting on how a society might be able to broaden the role of open source projects in light of some technological trends. Saying that one can abstract the geography from the idea of a ...
by Dezign
Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Open source communism
Replies: 18
Views: 4042

Re: Open source communism

Also note that many open source projects communities use the model of the benevolent dictator. History has some hints about it. You just can't fork a country when the leader goes insane. This does presuppose geography is the most important determinant of governmental jurisdiction. That made me thin...
by Dezign
Fri Jun 05, 2009 1:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3082681

Re: Postify your facerity

Figures my glasses query would be shadowed by some lovelies. I can't really complain, though, because not only are there lovely photos, but also I was recycling an idea anyhow. It's not everyone's style, but I recently changed to a three-piece frame which looks pretty nifty. They didn't have the ex...
by Dezign
Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3082681

Re: Postify your facerity

Yes you do. It's very clearly shown in that picture there.
by Dezign
Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3082681

Re: Postify your facerity

Kyberely wrote:What did you do to your eye!?

It's a monocle.

The lenses pop right out of my old pair of glasses. :mrgreen: Makes for excellent crazy evil photography.
by Dezign
Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3082681

Re: Postify your facerity

I've been dying for a good excuse to put this somewhere.
Spoiler:
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You should see the fedora and trenchcoat
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Someone had to counter the kitties.
by Dezign
Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Would the phrase "ribbon of highway" be a metaphor?
Replies: 24
Views: 6248

Re: Would the phrase "ribbon of highway" be a metaphor?

Oh, oh I know this one! It's a dead metaphor.

The OP should go back and get half credit on it.
by Dezign
Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Belief/Faith
Replies: 44
Views: 5492

Re: Belief/Faith

... As he is relating it to faith it is not a large leap to assume he means one of these definition : • confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof • a religious tenet or tenets; religious creed or faith Or that he more likely might mean convictio...
by Dezign
Wed May 20, 2009 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0052: "Secret Worlds"
Replies: 29
Views: 8411

Re: "Secret Worlds" Discussion

Averaging the black pixel color of the texts over the area of their respective circles will almost certainly yield subtly different shades of gray for each one. Wheels within wheels!
by Dezign
Mon May 11, 2009 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: morning psychosis
Replies: 103
Views: 10362

Re: morning psychosis

I can't recall ever having speech intention problems in the morning. However, I never feel completely awake until I've been away from a bed for a good sixteen hours -- and the first thirty minutes of every day are covered in invisible, yet gray, cotton fuzz, which does affect how I end up sounding. ...
by Dezign
Sat Apr 04, 2009 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?
Replies: 119
Views: 19452

Re: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?

I've hoping to find another thread about this for quite some time. The reports of other peoples' qualia are fascinating. I usually read everything as though it had a voice to it. I adjust the voice to match what I think the author thinks they sound like, sometimes with great detail; I'd go back and ...
by Dezign
Sat Apr 04, 2009 11:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0564: "Crossbows"
Replies: 171
Views: 68968

Re: "Crossbows" Discussion

I'm pretty sure Randall was shooting for a little strip that a physicist would hang on their door. Crossbows are completely inappropriate for fighting bizarre new particles. Or so we think. We wouldn't know, though, because... we're all slower with the math than they are, and nobody really knows wha...
by Dezign
Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cultist mother kills son for not saying "Amen" at mealtimes
Replies: 55
Views: 5991

Re: Cultist mother kills son for not saying "Amen" at mealtimes

Man, every time I decide I should try to be more tolerant of religion some fucking bullshit like this happens. The solution is simple: become a militant atheist. I'm glad they said she's not delusional. Now she can't plead insanity, so she will get hard time. Anger may be a common reason to adopt a...
by Dezign
Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 250 DVDs on a quarter
Replies: 9
Views: 1701

Re: 250 DVDs on a quarter

Did anyone else think "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic"? The first thing I thought of was playing Civilization and reading the tech reports. I decided to leave the library before this che e ese burned my dignity. Also, this kind of means that useful in...
by Dezign
Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PETA Ad Banned From Super Bowl For Being "Too Sexy"
Replies: 70
Views: 7520

Re: PETA Ad Banned From Super Bowl For Being "Too Sexy"

So... have PETA started becoming more insane recently, or have I just started noticing it more? Between Cooking Mama , Sea Kittens and this, that's three completely in-goddamn-sane things in as many months... Do you suppose this means they've got a new PR executive? PETA can be kind of punk occasio...
by Dezign
Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Congress UNITES!!! (over analog TV)
Replies: 7
Views: 965

Re: Congress UNITES!!! (over analog TV)

Mactabilis wrote:Congress votes unanimously to delay

This is nothing new.

(It's also not necessarily bad, as the government was actually designed to be inefficient. Remember that governments tend to become ethically unpredictable as they get more efficient, straight to dictatorships.)
by Dezign
Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Long Stretchy Carbon Nanotubes = Space Elevators Possible
Replies: 3
Views: 693

Re: Long Stretchy Carbon Nanotubes = Space Elevators Possible

The key thing is that the process essentially makes carbon into smoke, but because the smoke particles are long thin nanotubes, they entangle and hold hands," Windle said. "We are actually making elastic smoke, which we can then wind up into a fiber. That's awesome. Has anyone else notice...
by Dezign
Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Moral Facts: their existence and nature
Replies: 22
Views: 5707

Re: Moral Facts: their existence and nature

The term truth has no definition about which a majority of professional philosophers and scholars agree ... The meaning of "truth" is critical to the interpretation of the OP's questions, and yet it isn't specifically defined. My definition for truth would use the consensus theory; being ...
by Dezign
Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Realistic Aliens!
Replies: 69
Views: 6144

Re: Realistic Aliens!

I don't see why reproduction needs to happen for something to be alive. On earth reproduction only exists because we die. What about a species that doesn't die and thus doesn't need to reproduce to continue its existence? Eventually, an immortal species is going to have its stability tested, probab...
by Dezign
Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Concerning Torture & Does Torture Work?
Replies: 49
Views: 6252

Re: Concerning Torture & Does Torture Work?

So the decision basically amounts to: is it better to make a Type II error (believing some information is valid when it is in fact invalid), or to make a Type I error (believing some information is invalid when it is in fact valid), and how should we weight these possibilities? This is a difficult ...
by Dezign
Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do we need economic self-protection laws?
Replies: 31
Views: 4489

Re: Do we need economic self-protection laws?

It may be worth noting a sort of middle ground to strict governmental regulation and completely unregulated policies: Choice architecture . Choice architecture recognizes that, for many people, there is a tendency not to question contractual options which do not seem especially relevant to the decis...
by Dezign
Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: quitting smoking has covered me in spots
Replies: 18
Views: 4399

Re: quitting smoking has covered me in spots

You should probably ask a doctor about that. Sooner than later.

Correlation =/= causation, and "body just rejecting all the crap it contains after smoking for so long" isn't sufficiently warranted to dismiss that kind of symptom.
by Dezign
Fri Dec 26, 2008 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0522: "Google Trends"
Replies: 131
Views: 25985

Re: "Google Trends" Discussion

meltingemail wrote:Interestingly enough, the Google Trend #1 state for "men kissing" is Utah; the #1 city is St. Louis. For "women kissing", the #1 state is Utah, and the #1 city is Salt Lake City.

My goodness, WHAT in the world are they up to down there?
Being repressed.
by Dezign
Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lucid Dreams
Replies: 58
Views: 6353

Re: Lucid Dreams

"The next time I had a dream, there was a girl lying in tall grass, and she had red hair. I tried to see if I could see each hair. You know how there's a little area of color just where the sun is reflecting--the diffraction effect, I could see that! I could see each hair as sharp as you want:...
by Dezign
Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help with schroedinger's cat
Replies: 20
Views: 3341

Re: Help with schroedinger's cat

I'd say that yours is one of the few posts that are on-topic here. Multiple universes and Copenhagen don't compare the experience of both observers. The OP's question rests on the Schrödinger's cat thought experiment, which has implications that may render it an inaccurate or unnecessary analogy if...
by Dezign
Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:37 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 508053

Re: WoWzers!

The first time my guild tried to do CT, everyone died seconds after stepping in due to zonewide aggro. We had to spend the next two days recovering our corpses. :roll: That game was so amazingly difficult compared to WoW it's almost hard to imagine now. Oddly enough Kel'Thuzad and Kil'Jaeden are the...

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