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by Masily box
Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:42 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Ivy League Schools
Replies: 20
Views: 2127

Re: Ivy League Schools

I would think that you ought to be able to find this on the individual schools' websites. Several Ivies (Harvard and Yale for sure... maybe the lesser ones, too) have recently revamped their financial aid policies to be very generous, so it may actually be the case that you would find it cheaper to ...
by Masily box
Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Anti-Carols
Replies: 19
Views: 1913

Re: Anti-Carols

In the classical realm, one shouldn't forget Schubert's song cycle Die Winterreise ("Winter's Journey"), which is probably the most monotonically depressing work I know.
by Masily box
Sun Nov 30, 2008 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Getting Worse With Practice/Practice Habits
Replies: 9
Views: 2407

Re: Getting Worse With Practice/Practice Habits

My experience is that, when this happens, the best thing to do is to take a week off and focus on learning something else. Not exactly sure why, but it tends to help a lot. As for random topics related to practicing: in high school, I had a teacher who hated having to learn all the music for his orc...
by Masily box
Wed Nov 26, 2008 12:52 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: A quick favor?
Replies: 4
Views: 925

Re: A quick favor?

try my school, where multivariable is MATH 120.
by Masily box
Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 96538

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

No. But music doesn't have to be any of that; there just needs to be something about it distinguishing it from, say, the sound of a fan or a humming computer, because otherwise the word "music" would be the same as the word "sound." There must be sounds that aren't music; what c...
by Masily box
Fri Nov 21, 2008 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Multiple Choice Strategy
Replies: 22
Views: 3101

Re: Multiple Choice Strategy

I usually do the multiple-pass thing too, but that got me in trouble when I took the GRE earlier this year, since it's computer based and doesn't let you go back to old questions. I had no idea how to pace myself.
by Masily box
Thu Nov 20, 2008 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Applications 2009
Replies: 49
Views: 4294

Re: Applications 2009

I'm applying right now to grad school to study music theory, and the process is just as much of a drag as I remember college apps being. My first two apps are due on December 1st, so basically if I get those done I'll be all set, but that date is kind of unfortunately situated just after Thanksgivin...
by Masily box
Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Song for your funeral?
Replies: 74
Views: 7280

Re: Song for your funeral?

The Lydian-mode slow movement from Beethoven's a minor string quartet, Op.132. Though a rickroll is very tempting...
by Masily box
Sat Nov 15, 2008 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 96538

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

* A lot of classical music is garbage - only the good tracks are broadcasted (80% of everything is shit, next 19% is piss.. for that matter). Not true at all, in my experience... radio intentionally only broadcasts classical pieces that are extremely boring. When was the last time you heard the Rit...
by Masily box
Tue Nov 11, 2008 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Fugues
Replies: 17
Views: 4586

Re: Fugues

you might consider doing one of the 3-part inventions first. it would give you a chance to get used to projecting >2 voices at once in a somewhat less demanding setting. As for modern fugues, one really should not forget the first movement of Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta, nor ...
by Masily box
Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Help me pick a major! (neuroscience/classics/archaeology)
Replies: 4
Views: 785

Re: Help me pick a major! (neuroscience/classics/archaeology)

If you're interested in the brain/mind, having some background in languages is actually a great place to start. There's a continuum of shared interests between languages <-> linguistics <-> cognitive science <-> neuroscience. Being aware of what you want from your major is always a good thing, too. ...
by Masily box
Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:26 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Is it worthwile to transfer?
Replies: 6
Views: 1027

Re: Is it worthwile to transfer?

It's impossible to know what the right decision for you is, but for what it's worth: 1) Far and away the best part of going to school at a place like Harvard is the fact that you're surrounded by other intelligent people who make life interesting inside class and out. So if that's what you're hoping...
by Masily box
Wed Oct 01, 2008 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0483: "Fiction Rule of Thumb"
Replies: 305
Views: 64361

Re: "Fiction Rule of Thumb" Discussion

Perhaps we should just make an exception for serious conlang attempts in general. (I'd love to include Shakespeare in that count)
by Masily box
Wed Oct 01, 2008 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0483: "Fiction Rule of Thumb"
Replies: 305
Views: 64361

Re: "Fiction Rule of Thumb" Discussion

a) Guess that makes Shakespeare something of an anomaly

b) First I thought that "farmlings" was a jab at OSC's "framlings"

c) Whoa... I just caught "awesomer". Now I'm in love with this one.
by Masily box
Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nature vs. Nurture: a meta discussion
Replies: 8
Views: 2730

Re: Nature vs. Nurture: a meta discussion

Hyperfried wrote:Before I put forth an example, please understand: I have no racial bias.


(Off-topic, but:) Did including race in your example actually improve it, then?
by Masily box
Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0389: "Keeping Time"
Replies: 213
Views: 53939

Re: "Keeping Time" Discussion

Doesn't look like it'd be the easiest piece to march to, to begin with.
by Masily box
Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "There's" or "There're" for plural?
Replies: 54
Views: 7934

Re: Apostrophe S for plural

Well, there's also the issue that "there" in these kinds of sentences has some other subject like properties, eg: I know Jim to be a loser. "Jim" (at least in the syntactic theories I'm familiar with) is the subject of the embedded clause, and only subjects can be treated this wa...
by Masily box
Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0383: "Helping"
Replies: 358
Views: 105990

Re: "Helping" Discussion

I think it's crazy to say that the comic is poorly executed. It's achieved coherent ambiguity, which is one of the hallmarks of great art. (I say that without necessarily meaning to imply that this /is/ "great art," although it may be the closest that xkcd has tried to come.) The tone is i...
by Masily box
Sun Feb 10, 2008 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Reasonable accomodation
Replies: 24
Views: 2776

Re: Reasonable accomodation

I think the point Gharbad was making was that some people make a distinction in meaning between sex (which refers strictly to what equipment you've got) and gender (which refers to all the social ideas/norms/roles that normally get associated with a given sex). (If I'm even remembering the distincti...
by Masily box
Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Closed-Minded
Replies: 113
Views: 11093

Re: Close-Minded

I'm not sure why it's such a popular opinion nowadays that marriage is a purely religious practice that has no place in government. I'm from a not-particularly-religious family, but my parents are married. I'm an atheist, and I'm planning on getting married. Yes, I realize that this is a practice th...
by Masily box
Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 43167

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

athelas wrote:All your Bayes are belong to us.


You, sir, are my hero. (This as the alt-text would have made the comic immensely better.)
by Masily box
Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Artificial Creativity
Replies: 33
Views: 3617

Re: Artificial Creativity

Well, people argue that Beethoven was bipolar, that Ravel wrote Bolero after receiving brain damage, and Hildegard von Bingen was almost certainly inspired by migraines. If what they did was influenced by abnormal stuff going on in their brains, I don't see much that's different with composing/whate...
by Masily box
Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "that that"
Replies: 16
Views: 2993

Re: "that that"

Smith, where Jones had had "had", had had "had had". "Had had" had had the approval of the teacher.

I agree that it's completely correct grammatically, but just a little awkward stylistically.
by Masily box
Mon Oct 08, 2007 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where are you?
Replies: 40
Views: 4227

Re: Where are you?

Generally, when I'm deep in thought, I feel like I'm right behind my eyes. When I'm zoned out (which happens a lot of the time), I feel like I'm just below my scalp. Then again, I feel like my sense of desire and future intention (like planning to do something) is centered around my solar plexus. I ...
by Masily box
Sun Jul 08, 2007 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The meaning of normative statements
Replies: 23
Views: 4476

Also, I think it's important to question the assumption that all language has some sense of "meaning." Skinner contended that language was a learned set of reactions, which is mostly false, but consider a statement such as "hello." There is no single fact we are consistently try...
by Masily box
Tue Jun 26, 2007 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: College students/grads, I need your help!
Replies: 31
Views: 4319

It looks like this thread's pretty much wrapped up, but I wanted to weigh in on visiting colleges. wing gave pretty good advice on that account, but there is some value to visiting a place to see what life there is like. If you've got any friends currently going to the places you're considering, ask...
by Masily box
Fri Jun 22, 2007 3:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD 2.0: INTRODUCE YOURSELF OR PERISH!
Replies: 2548
Views: 329331

Ah, well, in that case, a little more traditional of an introduction: I'm a 20-year-old (until recently 19; not sure how I feel about the change) college student from Michigan, just done with my second year. As aforementioned (or aforealluded-to, at least), I've got a passion for languages, which un...
by Masily box
Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD 2.0: INTRODUCE YOURSELF OR PERISH!
Replies: 2548
Views: 329331

Apparently there's a formula for introductions, which I suppose I'll follow.. 34 pages is a prodigious length for a month-old thread (at least where I come from); hopefully y'all'll forgive me for failing to read through it all, but I suspect it'll be ok. Name: Paul, in real life, but Masily or Masi...

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