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by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sat May 16, 2009 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: My Summer Reading List (Help!)
Replies: 44
Views: 6576

Re: My Summer Reading List (Help!)

*Catch-22: My friend read it and liked it, and we get a bunch of questions on it for academic bowl. *Point Counterpoint: I liked Brave New World and Time Magazine (I think) had it on their 100 best novels of the century or something. Catch-22 is on my all-time favorite list. It's on my 'happy books...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Cheap Ass-Books
Replies: 29
Views: 4451

Re: Cheap Ass-Books

Do you have a significant number of books you no longer want/need? If so, you might try participating in one of the larger book trading sites and using the money for shipping. Paperbackswap is one of these, and I'm active over on [url="http://bookmooch.com/bio/waltwhitmanheadedbat"]bookmoo...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Buffalo man allegedly beheads wife
Replies: 22
Views: 1970

Re: Buffalo man allegedly beheads wife

Decker wrote:What the hell is going on with my city!?!


I know. When did we get a Muslim TV station? Christ.

EDIT: oh crap. Old thread bump. Sorry guys.
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Upstate New York Meet-Up
Replies: 7
Views: 3079

Re: Upstate New York Meet-Up

I'd say "I'd go if I'm in a better position economically by then", but I won't be. Plus, I'm not really an anime guy, so Tora-Con isn't so big of a draw.

I was going to propose a Buffalo meetup, but Rochester probably actually is a better location.
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Radicalised by the gov'
Replies: 33
Views: 4094

Re: Radicalised by the gov'

There is the alternative interpretation, in which society is a large group of people working separately. I'm about as connected to the people on the other side of my country as I am to Australians (mind you, I live in Canada, and the other side of the country is very far away, so this might well be...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9343405

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (now with 20% more fungus!)

I feel incredibly self conscious if my name appears as the last poster in more than one fora or thread, a feeling which is exacerbated the longer it remains so. I've had a fair number of self-consciousness problems in the past, but never this one - in fact, I like it when, on forums where I'm more ...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The least racist country?
Replies: 107
Views: 16702

Re: The least racist country?

Countries like Brazil Sorry, you are very wrong. Not saying it doesn't happen, as it does, and more noticeable on the urban centers. But not very racist as you implied. We are no Southern America for example, and far from South Africa during the apartheid. North vs. South probably isn't as big a de...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Perfect Moments In Music
Replies: 396
Views: 203912

Re: Perfect Moments In Music

I feel the need to add the part on the album version of "I Will Possess Your Heart" by Death Cab for Cutie, when after four or so minutes of buildup the lyrics begin, and before the end of the first stanza almost all the instruments have dropped out completely. Like you've built up all th...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: I'm getting married...
Replies: 120
Views: 20791

Re: I'm getting married...

Is your vegetarianism ideological/ethical, to treat a particular problem, or for fitness? I had a hell of a time controlling my intake/hunger and losing weight when I ate vegetarian. I was a "good" vegetarian too, and incorporated a fair amount of beans/sprouts/whole grains and stuff like ...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0538: "Security"
Replies: 145
Views: 37602

Re: "Security" discussion

I know what I would do with a $5 wrench *mumble, mumble senator paylen, stupid, mumble, russia, mumble* Sorry i havnt read the whole thread but just wanted 2 say its governor palin and no u cannot c russia from her house. (Am i the only republican that reads XKCD?) This is about two tangents offtop...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Camera in Bathroom
Replies: 37
Views: 3902

Re: Camera in Bathroom

Now will it discourage students from doing naughty things? One argument is that the harder you make it for children to subvert authority, the more violently they do so. Another argument is that the harder you make it for children to subvert authority, the less they subvert authority. It's been a lo...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Helping the poor pay for college
Replies: 106
Views: 11947

Re: Helping the poor pay for college

I think the best system is probably some sort of a sliding scale for tuition fees, sort of like how income tax brackets are set up, that caps out at paying full tuition at maybe $50000 annual income. [emphasis added] New York State's Tuition Assistance Program does this. It's intended to be complem...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: CCNA Certification
Replies: 1
Views: 713

Re: CCNA Certification

I just wanted a few good links or books I could learn networking to a point where I could go take the certification exam without actually taking those expensive modules... cheap ass me. I would call you financially savvy, not cheap-assed. Any recent edition of Todd Lammle's study guides are good, b...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 89600

Re: Mnemonics you love

I encountered one, which I like: The layers of the OSI-model from highest to lowest: A lle P rüfer S aufen T equila N ach D er P rüfung (all examiners drink much tequila after the exam). (Application, Presentation, Session, Transport, Network, Data link, Physical) Since I liked that, I invented one...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sat Jan 31, 2009 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The definition of fika, and an English equivalence
Replies: 34
Views: 4240

Re: The definition of fika, and an English equivalence

A few friends and I use the term "coffeehousing" for this exact activity. This reminds me of another slangy term I have with another social group; the house where we communed in high school was the residence of our friends Ken and Jim. I referred to them collectively as "the Brothers ...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sat Jan 31, 2009 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0537: "Ducklings"
Replies: 150
Views: 46795

Re: "Ducklings" Discussion

dennisw wrote:...is an awful lot like chick sexing...


Interesting topic. And here I thought that link would lead to something entirely different.
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0532: "Piano"
Replies: 224
Views: 80903

Re: "Piano" Discussion

Oh Gelsamel! Remember the 38th rule of the internet "He who first resorts to using the f word in a forum discussion is always failing in said discussion." I'll pretend you didn't make this retarded point as if it was some valid contention. It doesn't bear on the validity of your actual ar...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Forren Novel (Recommend)
Replies: 10
Views: 1299

Re: Forren Novel (Recommend)

I want to read a novel in a foreign language (foreign to me perhaps not to certain members of the community), the idea is to learn a bit of basic grammar and vocabulary before beginning and then look up things I don't know as I go along; obviously It will probably be a bit hard to do but I'm not pl...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0527: "Keynote"
Replies: 52
Views: 11810

Re: "Keynote" Discussion

facebones wrote:Steve jobs has aids and their's proof.

Can we get creative editing of this post too?

I'm thinking something like:
facebones wrote:This comic evokes in me an irrational fear that Mr. Jobs is afflicted by a degenerative disorder such as HIV/AIDS.


Eh, one of the mods could probably do better.
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Wed Dec 24, 2008 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that make you ridiculously happy (or: pick-me-ups)
Replies: 41
Views: 8117

Books that make you ridiculously happy (or: pick-me-ups)

I don't think this has been done before: there's a 'Books that make you genuinely laugh', but that's not quite the same thing. I look at my bookshelf, and, book after book, I assess them as "awesome, but not exactly what you read as a pick-me-up." This includes most Vonnegut, Dune (kinda),...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommended Books on Robotics & AI?
Replies: 20
Views: 3291

Re: Recommended Books on Robotics & AI?

See the following:
viewtopic.php?f=24&t=27315&p=906374&hilit=textbooktorrents&sid=b5f4162fa5bbde2a3aa3b64a8a8285a3#p906374

Ignore the part about textbooktorrents, it's defunct.

Edit: but bitme and bitspyder still exist. Not that I have access to either.
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Nonfiction...
Replies: 7
Views: 1418

Re: Nonfiction...

/me looks at his reading list, entries past and present, to find things of this sort. Voices from the Bunker , written by Pierre Galante, is told mostly from the perspective of Hitler's typist, Traudl Junge. I'm pretty sure it wasn't fiction, but it was a long time ago that I read it, and it was pre...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Idlewild
Replies: 4
Views: 2562

Re: Idlewild

Anyone ever read it? Nick Sagan is awesome in a box :O Don't read the Wiki page, or, really, anything about the book, or its sequels, because the more you know about it before you read it, the less fun it'll be. Basically it's just a really fucking cool post-apocalyptic suspense majigger written by...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sat Nov 01, 2008 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: types of milk - what's best?
Replies: 80
Views: 10341

Re: types of milk - what's best?

Victoria Maddison wrote:I decided not to for shock value. To give people an idea of just how much research there is against soy.


I may be in love.
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sat Nov 01, 2008 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: MJ's Fat-assery
Replies: 346
Views: 195871

Re: MJ's Fat-assery

Something close to my diet is written up over here: http://nerdheaven.dk/~jevk/paleo_intro.php It's not my site, but with a domain name like that, isn't it believable? It worked for me, and I'm 20 pounds lighter, partly because of some of the communities following the diet referred to as 'paleo' are...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 54386

Re: Steal This Comic

I bought heaps of songs on iTunes, changed my hardware, and now I can't listen to it. So now I either listen to online radio, download music (illegally or not, I really don't care any more. i use the service that gives me the music I want the fastest.), or make my own. If buying cds was faster and ...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Reference Books <>
Replies: 6
Views: 1921

Re: Reference Books <>

for future reference I have been advised not to use the wiki article about AC for my research but I'm told there is something called "schoolpedia" that has a nice article. If you use a very particular use of "using," you're not *using* wikipedia, you're just using the citations....
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Teaching myself pre-calc
Replies: 6
Views: 1243

Re: Teaching myself pre-calc

Do you know what a function is and how to graph a function? Do you know what a polynomial is? What a rational function is? What the function e x is? What the functions sine and cosine are and what their graphs look like? Can you solve inequalities? Can you tell me for what real numbers x, |x-1|<2? ...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26090
Views: 2542979

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Givenup wrote:I wish that i could find love or someone would talk to me that i dont know.


Hi.
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Mon Sep 29, 2008 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26090
Views: 2542979

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Givenup wrote:
I wish that there was no homework.


Granted, but you're no longer allowed to leave campus, where there is plenty of schoolwork.

I wish Newton and Leibniz had (separately) had kids.
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Mon Sep 29, 2008 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Teaching myself pre-calc
Replies: 6
Views: 1243

Teaching myself pre-calc

I want to change my major to engineering next semester, and I'll need to get up to the point where I can take Calculus I in order to do that. I only really know up to intermediate algebra, partly thanks to my high school education schooling. Would it be practical to teach myself everything I need to...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Intro to communication" recordings
Replies: 0
Views: 909

"Intro to communication" recordings

I wanted to share the lectures of a professor of my friend's. I was too poor (read: crappy) a student to attend this university, but as the lectures and the books are online, I've been able to follow it at my leisure. I'm pretty convinced that many xkcd readers would enjoy the course. I'm not really...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Sun Sep 21, 2008 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Portuguese-language literature
Replies: 0
Views: 884

Portuguese-language literature

A friend of mine has been finding his Portuguese rusty and was looking to restore it to it's previous working state. Do you guys have any suggestions for literature in (originally published in, preferably) the portugese language?
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Reference Books <>
Replies: 6
Views: 1921

Re: Reference Books <>

I'm on the verge of starting a pretty big project (of which I have not yet chosen a topic), Just wondering what books if any do/would you keep around as references for writing? I'll choose to respond to this first. I personally try to get a PDF of everything I read so I have a searchable form of it...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books You Believe Every Book Reader Should Read.
Replies: 189
Views: 34995

Re: Books You Believe Every Book Reader Should Read.

I'm going to keep recommending "We" by Yevgeny Zamyatin until I die. It's what Orwell ripped off to write 1984. Seconded. My list: -Oliver Twist, because Dickens' satire is astonishingly long-lasting. It still cuts. -1984, because it makes slashdot yro a lot more interesting. -Vonnegut's ...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food and the Environment
Replies: 32
Views: 3241

Re: Food and the Environment

If you think about it, a field of wheat can feed a lot more people than a field of cows. For this sort of reason and the like, farming animals is really inefficient with regards to energy usage. So if you want to do your best to reduce your carbon, you'd turn vegan. (Heh, like that'll ever happen.....
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: When to eat meat?
Replies: 17
Views: 2102

Re: When to eat meat?

You're right. 800 is really an arbitrary figure, I was using it along with the quoted text to illustrate that skipping a meal and having an especially low calorie count on a particular day is okay as long as that low calorie count is made up for.
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: High cholesterol+triglycerides (my story; add yours too)
Replies: 12
Views: 2984

Re: High cholesterol+triglycerides (my story; add yours too)

http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/2/1/5 Based on these early observations, nutritive sweeteners were considered safe by the Food and Drug Administration, although, it has now been found that intakes above 25% of total energy consumed will cause hypertriglyceridemia and gastrointestinal ...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: When to eat meat?
Replies: 17
Views: 2102

Re: When to eat meat?

It's really dangerous to have any more than an 800 calorie deficit, because you can go into starvation mode or even develop anorexia. It's more accurate to say that it's dangerous to have a calorie deficit averaging at 800 calories, as there have been some very encouraging animal studies in which t...
by waltwhitmanheadedbat
Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: High cholesterol+triglycerides (my story; add yours too)
Replies: 12
Views: 2984

Re: High cholesterol+triglycerides (my story; add yours too)

[*]No other fats! (a couple of oils notwithstanding, though I didn't use them) http://forums.lowcarber.org/showthread.php?t=376044 The results of an acquaintance of mine, who ate mostly fruit/meat/vegetables, with 2/3rds of his calories coming from fat. Eating a "low triglyceride" diet do...

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