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by aldonius
Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you meme? Or: I'm not really into Pokémon
Replies: 21
Views: 2152

Re: Do you meme? Or: I'm not really into Pokémon

I think that as memes have matured over the last decade, we've undergone a paradigm shift: memes are now memes not because they are funny but simply because everybody agrees they're memes. Somewhat like fiat currency, only without government force to back it up. Overall, this is a good thing, becaus...
by aldonius
Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The 'I miss orchestra' support group.
Replies: 16
Views: 6716

Re: The 'I miss orchestra' support group.

I can also suggest finding a community choir and joining it. Usually a little less stressful (and shaky hands are almost irrelevant for choristers!) and many choirs are super social, especially if you can get one attached to your university.
by aldonius
Sun Jul 12, 2015 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Approval IRV
Replies: 40
Views: 17572

Re: Proportional Approval IRV

Yeah, that looks like it, although I'm not sure how they are dealing with the quotas in that case. There aren't any quotas in that CFES system, just "top N are winners". (Single-winner) Approval, range and FPTP all have that problem. The CFES system also has BattleMoose's problem: minor-c...
by aldonius
Wed May 13, 2015 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Approval IRV
Replies: 40
Views: 17572

Re: Proportional Approval IRV

I suggest that under any system that isn't FPTP, these so-called 'heavily partisan districts' will see minor-party or independent candidates coming out of the woodwork within a couple of election cycles, which should partially solve the uneven-representation problem. Also, to clarify, the scrutineer...
by aldonius
Tue May 12, 2015 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Approval IRV
Replies: 40
Views: 17572

Re: Proportional Approval IRV

Most ballots in the US are machine-read. I can imagine hand-written ballots with STV would lead to a lot of errors when counting. We hand-count everything here (Australia) for the lower house, at least initially; for the majority of seats a result is clear within 48 hours. Upper house gets hand-cou...
by aldonius
Sat May 09, 2015 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Approval IRV
Replies: 40
Views: 17572

Re: Proportional Approval IRV

Approval Voting can be done with the same ballots voters are used to. You just remove the rule that says “vote for only one”. IRV, on the other hand, requires a new ballot. Because ranking all candidates would take up too much space, the ballots are typically limited to ranking three choices. Say w...
by aldonius
Sun May 25, 2014 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Approval IRV
Replies: 40
Views: 17572

Re: Proportional Approval IRV

Here in Australia we've recently finished the post-election submissions to our Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters; the general consensus is that we should introduce ticket-level optional-preferential voting and completely eliminate the Group Voting Tickets. The end result of that is a mas...
by aldonius
Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1805
Views: 380642

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

I'm currently reading the Tactics of Mistake , the first in the Dorsai trilogy by Gordon Dickinson. I haven't read them before, and I'm quite enjoying it so far. The scheming is complicated enough to be interesting, without being so complex it becomes confusing. Sheesh, I haven't read anything in t...
by aldonius
Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:53 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: A poll on notes formats
Replies: 6
Views: 6750

Re: A poll on notes formats

Pretty much all my courses have their lecture slides available as pdfs. Sadly, PDFs and code examples do not mix well. So if you ever have code examples in the text or lecture slides, for the love of $DEITY make them available in their source format before the first class that uses each example. Exp...
by aldonius
Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 436
Views: 147978

Re: Your last and next concert?

Last: Seether (Brisbane, couple months back)

Tomorrow night (squee!): The Jezabels
by aldonius
Mon May 14, 2012 10:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Changing the American election system
Replies: 98
Views: 19398

Re: Changing the American election system

2. Assume you're right that the Democrats and Republicans are controlled by corporate lobbyists and are hostile to individual rights (a claim which I do not believe to be accurate, though I might be over reading into what you said in your first post). Why would replacing 10-15% of those Members* wi...
by aldonius
Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Is Music Mathematical or Abstract?
Replies: 31
Views: 9491

Re: Is Music Mathematical or Abstract?

But then why are original paintings worth so much more than prints? (compared with original master tracks vs. high fidelity copies) I think a better analogy there (on the music side) would be a live performance vs any recording. I guess for me, music and maths are both a subset of 'patterns'. Music...
by aldonius
Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 320925

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Saw in the FF.net reviews: New theory - Professor Quirrell is really Black Hat Guy (I couldn't resist). Also, added 'Black' for accuracy. Also: Are there any characters so far in MoR who've been identified as Slytherins and contemporary with Riddle? If this is accurate, there...
by aldonius
Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 476
Views: 244658

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

@ ledahulavogyre: white balance aside, it looks the same on my mobile now as it does in the picture above...
by aldonius
Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 476
Views: 244658

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

On my mobile I get a square image, black edges sketch-line-fading in to a white, centered, circle.

Edit: Here it is:
Image
by aldonius
Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 476
Views: 244658

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

Rythoka found it - there's a bunch of javascript magic. I saw it in the source, but I was after image links and assumed it was some (irrelevant) analytics type thing. :oops:
by aldonius
Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 476
Views: 244658

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

JimsMaher: I can't see your image within the forum thread (though I can if I right-click). I don't think the forum software is playing nicely with your image host. Or possibly there's another explanation. Probably the image host is changing the URL...
by aldonius
Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 476
Views: 244658

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

Curiouser and curiouser. I'm a Mac guy; Chrome gets the above, Firefox gets: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7243561/Screenshots/Umwelt-Firefox-Mac.png Safari as mentioned gets nothing, and for me, neither does Opera. I guess it's screenshot time... Windows and Linux people, what are you seeing? QuickiEdit:...
by aldonius
Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 476
Views: 244658

1037: "Umwelt"

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7243561/Screenshots/Umwelt.png Alt-text: Umwelt is the idea that because their senses pick up on different things, different animals in the same ecosystem actually live in very different worlds. Everything about you shapes the world you inhabit--from your ideology to your gl...
by aldonius
Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Happy?
Replies: 26
Views: 16880

Re: Happy?

Most songs by the B-52's.

Most songs by the Cat Empire - 'How to Explain', 'Hello' in particular.

Blues Brothers - 'Everybody Needs Somebody to Love'

Ben Folds - 'There's Always Someone Cooler than You'
by aldonius
Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Sad songs
Replies: 34
Views: 32965

Re: Sad songs

Three from Ben Folds Five:
Magic
Smoke
And of course Brick
by aldonius
Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:03 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 137384

Re: Your Schedule

Fresher ~o~ Engineering/Science dual degree, plan to be EE and Maths majors respectively. Courses (semester-length and all of an introductory nature, obviously): Calculus & Linear Algebra 1 (compulsory, formal recap of highschool level topics ... vectors and matrices up to eigenvectors/values, c...
by aldonius
Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Textbook publishing ills
Replies: 68
Views: 8126

Re: Textbook publishing ills

Well, much is explained.
by aldonius
Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Textbook publishing ills
Replies: 68
Views: 8126

Re: Textbook publishing ills

Indeed. Though half the time I find myself writing it like that anyway. For my part, I finished at a smallish independent highschool in Brisbane last year; our textbooks usually seemed pretty good. Occasional numerical error in the answers. Granted, in most subjects we often used ~30pg booklets (for...
by aldonius
Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Textbook publishing ills
Replies: 68
Views: 8126

Re: Textbook publishing ills

I call mod madness on element 13. Though I see the international spelling in both cases, except for as quoted by Proginoskes.
Test: aluminum (I wrote the standard US spelling)
aluminium (used everywhere else)

QuickieEdit: Yup, US version -> international version.
by aldonius
Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 320925

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

... Indeed. Also, if you haven't yet read the update, be aware that the two most-recently-prior-to-this chapters (76 and 77) have had their order swapped.
by aldonius
Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A new Australian PM by Monday?
Replies: 23
Views: 2751

Re: A new Australian PM by Monday?

Joeldi wrote: Unless he gets knifed in favour of Turnbull, who might be able to slip something past a left-wing Upper House. That'd be hilarious.

There is this.
(quickie edit: google "rob oakeshott would switch allegiance but only for malcolm turnbull" to see the full article).
by aldonius
Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Show the world your desktop! [Mommy, what's 56K?]
Replies: 2356
Views: 340796

Re: Show the world your desktop! [Mommy, what's 56K?]

Holy mother of Necro! I now have three similar background images (OS X Lion and a need to have a visually quiet zone for Geektool ...) http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7243561/Screenshots/Bokeh%20Rainbow.jpg http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7243561/Screenshots/Pointillate%20Rainbow.jpg http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7243561...
by aldonius
Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 320925

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

WarDaft wrote:Hmm... I don't remember this being in chapter 6 before:
like the "Dementor Exposure Treatment", which looked and smelled like ordinary chocolate.


IIRC it's been there for quite some time, probably since at least this time last year. But then again, memory is awfully fallible.
by aldonius
Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:41 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Student Quotes
Replies: 859
Views: 139422

Re: Awesome Student Quotes

Little Richie wrote:I'm helping out at my old high schools Calc class.
Him: *in a serious voice* aw thanks, my mom picked it out this morning.


And if you (I) assume the existence of a uniform, it gets even better!
by aldonius
Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9526
Views: 883498

Re: What are you listening to?

Shake It Out - Florence and the Machine
by aldonius
Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"
Replies: 119
Views: 33742

Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

This is why I firmly believe that every scientific laboratory should have no less than a .357 in one of those "In case of emergency, break the glass" cases. I'm pretty sure that guy has nothing more than a 9mm. We can clearly see it lacks the necessary stopping power to take down your ave...
by aldonius
Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Alleged criminal ordered to surrender password to hard drive
Replies: 48
Views: 5708

Re: Alleged criminal ordered to surrender password to hard d

Forgive me for being an Australian with little knowledge of the situation, but do we have precedents with encrypted paper documents? And if so, were the suspects required to divulge the contents of those papers (or how to decrypt it)?
by aldonius
Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 47331

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

by aldonius
Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9526
Views: 883498

Re: What are you listening to?

Bad Lip Reading/Michael Buble - Russian Unicorn
by aldonius
Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals
Replies: 285
Views: 95743

Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

They're not really covers in the traditional sense of the word, but Bad Lip Reading do some pretty cool stuff.

And Gang Fight beats the pants off Friday.
by aldonius
Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0989: "Cryogenics"
Replies: 81
Views: 14448

Re: 0989: "Cryogenics"

Is this really a tragedy of the commons though? ... As more and more scientists decide to freeze themselves, supply would drop, and you would see the wage of scientists rise to accomodate the falling supply until you hit a new equilibrium where the marginal scientist was indifferent between cryogen...
by aldonius
Mon Dec 12, 2011 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0989: "Cryogenics"
Replies: 81
Views: 14448

Re: 0989: "Cryogenics"

Tragedy of the commons in action!
by aldonius
Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why use a 12-Month Calendar?
Replies: 43
Views: 16643

Re: Why use a 12-Month Calendar?

As Ghostbear said, name shift among the Germanic tribes. AFAIK, this came from them identifying some Roman and Germanic gods as essentially the same beings. If you think at an Indo-European level, then you can see similarities to some of the Hindu pantheon as well. The Greeks and Romans did essentia...

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