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by jewish_scientist
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Epic Shakespearian Death Monologue
Replies: 4
Views: 798

Re: Epic Shakespearian Death Monologue

I do not know any death soliloquies Shakespeare wrote that would really fit.
by jewish_scientist
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Epic Shakespearian Death Monologue
Replies: 4
Views: 798

Epic Shakespearian Death Monologue

I am running a D&D campaign and I had a really funny idea that I need some help executing. This enemy NPC is going to end up in a fight they do not want to be in, so they decide to play dead. However, they are not the best actor on the Sword Coast, so instead of just yelling out a last cry and f...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amoeba Solves Traveling Salesman (P=NP)
Replies: 8
Views: 1223

Amoeba Solves Traveling Salesman (P=NP)

Here is a news article about it. Basically, the amoeba they used moves toward food and away from light, so the researchers set the situation up so that food corresponds to cities and light corresponds to the distance between them. The whole set up is too complicated for me to really understand, let...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 3147

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

Even if Comcast started offering a better service and a lower cost, I do not think this town would switch. Consider that the town is spending 3 times as much building their own network than what Comcast proposed. The bigger issue seems to be who has control. Charlemont is one of several municipaliti...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 9112

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I think the root cause is a complicated web of factors that cannot be summarized in a single sentence.
by jewish_scientist
Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 3147

Town Builds its own Internet Network

At a Special Town Meeting on Dec. 6, they [the town] voted to build their own $1.5 million broadband network — at an added cost of nearly $1 million over the Comcast offer. Charlemont is one of several municipalities in Western Massachusetts puzzling over how to ensure that decisions about connecti...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 9112

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

So given the scenario where they're going to carry weapons anyway, this course as presented by the article is at least a decent start - and far preferable to no training at all. That is a very strange way to approach this issue. You assume that teachers are going to be carrying guns and then say th...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 9112

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I think that your personal experience is not applicable to this situation. Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.[/quote] Yes it is. Thanks for making me feel like a jerk for engaging with the conversation. That being said, we agree - people ought to be taught the basics before they're ever al...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 9112

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

In my opinion, the course as described in the article sounds fairly typical and would be adequate, based on my own experience. I wouldn't actually endorse that specific course without personally reviewing it; but in a general sense it sounds adequate. I think that your personal experience is not ap...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 9112

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

that's not really true. if you arm teachers you have an armed person, ready to shoot kids, in every classroom. a single police officer is much less likely to be in the right place should the need arise. The policy suggested is to arm only one teacher and then hide their identity, not arming every t...
by jewish_scientist
Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 9112

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I doubt anyone will argue that the 3 day course teachers get is better in quality or quantity than the training police officers have. No, but proponents of arming teachers would argue that the three day course is better than simply giving the teachers the weapons with no training at all. The point ...
by jewish_scientist
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 9112

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I doubt anyone will argue that the 3 day course teachers get is better in quality or quantity than the training police officers have.
by jewish_scientist
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Average Difference between 2 Dice
Replies: 14
Views: 1723

Re: Average Difference between 2 Dice

jewishscientist did not state in their OP that the dice in question are d20s, but you can assume that to be the case, as they're referring to the advantage mechanic from D&D. As always with dice, it's easier to just throw some simulation at the problem than it is to figure out the exact answer....
by jewish_scientist
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test
Replies: 11
Views: 1851

Re: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test

Sorry for not being clearer. I meant "of the animals that touch the mark, the majority due so in order to try and remove it/ figure out what it is," not "most animals do touch the mark and their reason for doing so is to try and remove it/ figure out what it is."
by jewish_scientist
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 9112

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

You can point out when they've made the wrong choice and let them try again, but at the end of the day there really isn't any way to "correct" the fact that humans sometimes make bad choices under high stress. Yes you can. SWAT, military, and (ideally) police can function in a stressful e...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Citation Hell
Replies: 9
Views: 10825

Re: Citation Hell

This semester my teacher introduced my to the Purdue OWL. It is probably the best way to do citations because it covers just about every edge-case imaginable. The only downside is that it does not create citations like Easybib does.
by jewish_scientist
Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test
Replies: 11
Views: 1851

Re: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test

What is the evolutionary advantage to self-cleaning for a bundle of instinctual processes that is never in a situation to see it's reflection, like an underwater creature? The article is about "Do this species of fish have self-awareness?" while your post is about, "Why would this sp...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is my Exact Mailing Address?
Replies: 11
Views: 1364

What is my Exact Mailing Address?

My friend is going to mail something to me, so I told them my address was "[Redacted], MA, USA, Earth, Sol, Milky Way". I was wondering how much more general I could go.
by jewish_scientist
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Average Difference between 2 Dice
Replies: 14
Views: 1723

Average Difference between 2 Dice

In the newest addition of D&D, if someone helps you do a task you get to roll the die twice and take the higher result. I did not like this for various reasons that do not really matter right now, so I decided to change it to a single roll that gets 5 added to it. After a while I started wonderi...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 6496

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

If anybody cares, I decided to relate the Circle of Life to Stoic metaphysics.

Also, just a quick poll: if I said that The Lion King was the first Disney movie to every have a homosexual character, who would you think I was talking about?
by jewish_scientist
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test
Replies: 11
Views: 1851

Re: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test

Oops, I meant to type "but the mirror test does not test for self-awareness." :oops: You are correct that the general consensus is that the mirror test does test for self-awareness. I think however that it tests for a different cognitive property that is necessary, but not sufficient, for ...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 9112

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

ucim, thank you for the correction. I will try to be more precise next time. [Insert a bunch of nested quotes here] Dubious logical assertions aside, let's say that for most of American history, until relatively recently, it was legal for teachers to carry guns in the classroom and negative conseque...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 9112

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Teachers in schools have been legally armed in many states for basically the entire history of America, [and so far the predicted negative consequences have failed to accrue.] Citation needed. Most states didn't even implement laws prohibiting guns in schools until the 80's or so. Before that there...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test
Replies: 11
Views: 1851

Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test

https://www.quantamagazine.org/a-self-aware-fish-raises-doubts-about-a-cognitive-test-20181212/ The mirror test is a classic psychology test for self-awareness. All you have to do is let the animal examine a mirror for a long time and then put a mark on it. Iff it acts differently than normal when i...
by jewish_scientist
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans
Replies: 45
Views: 4005

Re: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans

I am going to change sides on this one and say that the wolves would beat the humans. Oliver Starr (the person cited above as 'This dude who was attacked by a wolf' ) works with wolves professionally and is considered enough of an expert that Business Insider used him as their only source on an arti...
by jewish_scientist
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 29
Views: 4258

Re: 2082: "Mercator Projection"

Locoluis wrote:A watermelon is best cut with a knife and eaten with a spoon, not the other way around.

Are you sure about that? Learn to cut watermelon with a knife, and you have a meal; learn to cut watermelon with a spoon, and you have a career in Las Vegas.
by jewish_scientist
Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans
Replies: 45
Views: 4005

Re: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans

There really is no getting around the fact that humans are OP . They are one of the few builds that can actually use ranged attacks effectively, can create map hazards, have crazy stamina regen, and advanced social structure feats. The coup de grace is that humans superior balance and upright postur...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15072
Views: 2484840

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

It is too bad they are retired because I was looking forward to seeing them get sent to a different school where the missing money was less likely to be reported. On Monday, St James' Catholic Church said the nuns had expressed "deep remorse" over their actions, adding that while the poli...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 9112

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Teachers in schools have been legally armed in many states for basically the entire history of America, Citation needed. What really horrified me was that a teacher who shot 2 unarmed children before shooting the armed child actually passed. It just leaves me wondering what the goal of this trainin...
by jewish_scientist
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 9112

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

What really horrified me was that a teacher who shot 2 unarmed children before shooting the armed child actually passed. It just leaves me wondering what the goal of this training program actual is since it clearly is not protecting the victims.
by jewish_scientist
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 29
Views: 4258

Re: 2082: "Mercator Projection"

I found a Mercator Map that lets you set the poles to where ever you want! Plus, it is much longer so the magnification near the poles becomes even more apparent. It has a bunch of different layer options and some really nice preset points. My favorite combination is Google Satellite and 'African Ma...
by jewish_scientist
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15072
Views: 2484840

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Scientists determine the average time to poop out a swallowed Lego is 1.7 days . They determined this by ingesting the Legos themselves... Shoo in for this year's Ignoble awards. Pre‐ingestion bowel habit was standardised by the Stool Hardness and Transit (SHAT) score... The primary outcome was the...
by jewish_scientist
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 6496

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

I don't think JS is trying to force The Lion King into a particular political philosophy, but rather wondering what real-world political philosophy is a match for The Lion King's Circle of Life philosophy. He only brings up Hobbes to say that the answer to questions like this usually seems to be Ho...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 6496

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

I thought about relating the Circle of Life to the Noble Lie, but I really only want to resort to that as a last resort. The problem is that argument is basically asserting that the Circle of Life does not have justification, because I, personally, failed to find justification. However, absence of e...
by jewish_scientist
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 6496

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

There has to be an alternative way to view the Circle of Life that I am not seeing. I'm not sure I understand your question, but have you considered the fact that if the carnivores stopped keeping the herbivore population in check, the herbivores would eat all the plants and the system would crash?...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 6496

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

The problem is not that The Lion King disagrees with Hobbes; it is that I cannot find anyone who it does agree with. The Circle of Life says that violence is a necessary, and therefore unavoidable, part of society. Carl Schmitt is only political philosopher who takes this position and his view are d...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 6496

Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

I am working on a paper for school about how stories with anthropomorphism deal with the reality that animals eat one another (a.k.a. Carnivore Confusion ). Somewhat surprisingly, I found that most works adopt the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes (i.e. in the natural state people are cruel, but society c...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The MITT Cult
Replies: 24
Views: 3896

Re: The MITT Cult

Alright how about this, every time you see one of these, you put on gloves and pull the fire alarm. Eventually, they'll get the hint? Lots of cults have persecution complexes (THEY are keeping the truth from you!). Doing something like this just plays right in to how "The Man will do anything ...
by jewish_scientist
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8369
Views: 701982

Re: Trump presidency

Thesh wrote:There are no Republicans who value human life in any form.

I understand that hyperbole is the language of the internet, but this is taking it pretty far. Seriously, protecting one specific form of human life is a very central part of their platform.
by jewish_scientist
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Student Quotes
Replies: 868
Views: 196536

Re: Awesome Student Quotes

This is not really that awesome; it is not even a quote. I just though you would enjoy the mystery. I am am going to preform statistical analysis on porn that requires that I view the explicit material for the final paper, the minimal length of I plan on doubling, of a English Composition II class, ...

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