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by Sir_Elderberry
Wed Oct 06, 2010 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9385082

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

I don't know that I have ever enjoyed drinking root beer. On the other hand, I buy Dr Pepper in 24-packs.
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong
Replies: 553
Views: 63932

Re: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong

It's not a matter of open-mindedness. After all, most people would believe a physicist if he told them about the fact. That's not really the point. The mythbusters don't test things that are "pshht, that's a myth." They usually test things that are more like "Uh, that seems unlikely b...
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2128
Views: 437651

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

Yeah, sorry, we're getting kind of confused here. By RAW, I understand that a 1 on a skill check is no big deal, but I think that I'd be ok with, and consider using, a system where failing with a 1 was particularly bad. Then again, I really don't know that the "oh shit" danger-enhancement ...
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Oct 05, 2010 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2128
Views: 437651

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

At least in 3.5 ed a roll of a 1 doesn't even necessarily mean a skill check is failed (provided you have sufficient ranks + bonus). No, it doesn't, but I can see the justification behind "failing with a natural 1 is worse than failing with a two", especially since skill checks usually wo...
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Oct 05, 2010 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2128
Views: 437651

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I sorta-support critical failures for skill checks, at least in the right situations. I think critical failure for attack rolls is stupid, yes. Missing on that attack is often bad enough on its own, adding shit on top of that just feels bad for the players.
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Oct 05, 2010 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong
Replies: 553
Views: 63932

Re: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong

While yes, it was confirmed, the implication that it's a myth in the first place might cause people to believe that various other physical laws are 'myths' (conservation of energy and such) too, to the effect that they need to be tested to the degree the mythbusters do. Physical laws do need to be ...
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 379514

Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Oct 04, 2010 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: College (American) Football
Replies: 274
Views: 23938

Re: College (American) Football

College football this weekend was pretty good. Plus, we beat Texas, making this season pretty much a good one no matter what else happens. For bonus points, we knocked them out of the rankings entirely, for the first time in years. And, I ate a fried PB&J sandwich while I was down in Dallas. GR...
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 379514

Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Yeah, Descartes's argument for how we can know we exist as thinking entities is way more solid than his argument that we're not in some kind of demonic simulated dreamworld. Actually, yeah, I seem to remember he did talk about that. I seem to remember that a major part of it was "God wouldn't ...
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 762157

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

Google actually strongly opposes the use of their name as a verb, since they run the risk of losing trademark power.
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 379514

Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Well, no. You could still be a simulation. If we were to create an artificial intelligence named Rene Descartes running around an artificial Europe, he'd make the same argument, and he'd still be right.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 379514

Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

No, not really. It doesn't have anything to do with how real the reality presented to our senses is. It's about whether we, ourselves, are real.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 379514

Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Knowing Latin*, I imagine you just changed all the noun declensions there.

*I don't know Latin.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 379514

Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

No one, no one knows what cognito ergo sum means. And noone knows what I think therefore I am means. I thought it meant that it's cool even if we're in the Matrix? But tell me, what does it really mean? :O That you can doubt everything, but you can't doubt your own existence, since if you didn't ex...
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Oct 02, 2010 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Experimental or observational proofs of other dimensions
Replies: 17
Views: 2129

Re: Experimental or observational proofs of other dimensions

You can have a finite but unbounded surface without it necessarily existing in a higher-dimensional space. You have to embed in a higher-dimensional space to visualize it in Euclidean geometry, yes, but that's not in and of itself evidence. What does it mean for a spatial dimension to be small? I ha...
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: So I'm thinking about getting into Half-life. (half life)
Replies: 32
Views: 4120

Re: So I'm thinking about getting into Half-life. (half life

Ravenholm is from Half-Life 2. Which is from the early/mid 2000s. Everyone hates it because it's a Survival Horror in the middle of our Alien bashing FPS. It's sorta like playing an action run and bash things game and suddenly they throw a crappy Stealth Level in the middle of it and it sucks and e...
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Could Neutrinos be Gravitons?
Replies: 37
Views: 7914

Re: Could Neutrinos be Gravitons?

within a transverse wave there lies a longitudinal wave, and that this is how we draw our amplitude vs. time graphs for sound waves Not to get off topics, but what do you mean by this? A transverse wave is one in which some vector quantity (position, electric field, etc) varies perpendicularly to t...
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Experimental or observational proofs of other dimensions
Replies: 17
Views: 2129

Re: Experimental or observational proofs of other dimensions

Do you mean "extra spatial dimensions", of the string theory sort? Special relativity adds a time dimension, of course, and is rather well-established. You probably don't mean that. To my knowledge, there is not yet any way to detect extra dimensions--and one issue is that, while we often ...
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong
Replies: 553
Views: 63932

Re: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong

I agree, Independence Day and Live Free or Die Hard should do a crossover.
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong
Replies: 553
Views: 63932

Re: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong

Interfacing with an alien computer would be highly nontrivial, even if they use electrical, binary systems. (And they might be using light based, trinary systems or something equally strange) Basically, it's like I have an Nintendo 64, you have a modern Apache webserver or something, and I want to ...
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong
Replies: 553
Views: 63932

Re: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong

I didn't say it was realistic or made sense, in any case. I'm just playing Q's advocate here.
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong
Replies: 553
Views: 63932

Re: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong

According to the Trek episode in question (TNG: "The Chase") life on various planets was seeded with genetic code such that a basic hominid pattern would emerge on lots of planets. This is, of course, pretty ridiculous, and the Trek writers should have gone "uh..uhh....convergent evol...
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Detective novels
Replies: 2
Views: 1792

Re: Detective novels

Doyle and Poe didn't invent it "simultaneously." Poe's Dupin appeared a good forty years before Holmes.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How can you be too old for something?
Replies: 54
Views: 9094

Re: How can you be too old for something?

Right, how something effects you depends as much on you as the work. Christians feel differently about The Passion of the Christ than atheists do, after all. Certainly, there are works that continue to affect us as we grow up, but there are also those that only speak to us at certain levels of matur...
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Sep 25, 2010 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9385082

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Thank you for inspiring me to catch up on Dr McNinja, in no small part for the Dinosaur Comics shout out.
by Sir_Elderberry
Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9385082

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

I was so very very certain that equinoxes occurred in October. Like, I corrected a few people on this point earlier. And to think I was considering going into astrophysics...
by Sir_Elderberry
Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9385082

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Ow.
by Sir_Elderberry
Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9385082

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Mine's in December, and I expect all of you to be there for my Grand Ball. Actually, there may be more than one. I pretty much have the world's best balls, so it's important that everyone be properly prepared to experience them. All of you guys are going to want to buy the right clothes and everythi...
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D 3.5 Aerial Combat
Replies: 4
Views: 1971

Re: D&D 3.5 Aerial Combat

The SRD is, as always, your friend. I'm assuming they're packing some sort of flight.
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: College (American) Football
Replies: 274
Views: 23938

Re: College (American) Football

Air Force lost by a field goal which is better than I thought they'd do. You and everyone on the OU campus. We're feeling kind of cautious about this erratic behavior, though I didn't get to watch the game myself. Apparently they've got a weird sort of offense that we pretty much sucked at defending?
by Sir_Elderberry
Thu Sep 16, 2010 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9385082

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Soda, in all its myriad forms, is an awesome drink that I approve of.
by Sir_Elderberry
Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9385082

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

My floor is currently involved in planning to steal a pop machine. It's on the girl's side. Due to mechanical defects, the shared trashroom permits girls to come onto our floor, but not the other way around. It is, therefore, only fair that we get the pop machine.
by Sir_Elderberry
Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9385082

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

FT: "didi" is Chinese for "little brother". This is begging for a crazy Dexter's Lab theory... Anyway, there's a specific pronunciation for 弟弟 that makes it mean little brother. Pronounced like the American name Dee Dee, it's just gibberish. I'm aware. But is Dexter ever shown t...
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9385082

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

FT: "didi" is Chinese for "little brother". This is begging for a crazy Dexter's Lab theory...
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9385082

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Yeah, I didn't watch the youtube video--I was really looking for a picture--but it's not Spock. On the other hand, a midget is riding Captain Kirk like a horse, so. Enough said. (Later he gets some smoochin' in with Uhura courtesy of those same aliens, so...worth it?)
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9385082

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

podbaydoor wrote:Until the slaughter begins. What kind of cruelty would that be, subjecting a proud (not to mention sentient) species to the indignity of being ridden?

Terrible.
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2962
Views: 731733

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Acceleration while falling is a consequence of the gain of energy as gravitational potential energy turns into kinetic. The amount of kinetic energy corresponding to a given velocity does not behave according to .5mv 2 for higher velocities. In fact, what we find is that energy counts less and less ...
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can an F chord change the °F (or a C chord change the °C)?
Replies: 15
Views: 2803

Re: Can an F chord change the °F (or a C chord change the °C

Yeah, but is the total amount of plant matter increasing over time? That may be the case, but it doesn't seem likely. Plants might lock away energy in photosynthesis, but us heterotrophs seem to use it up fast enough that it doesn't sizably decrease the amount we radiate.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: College (American) Football
Replies: 274
Views: 23938

Re: College (American) Football

Hey, Florida State. If you make the end of the game take forever and finally manage to score on the last play of the game? Nobody gives a shit, you still lose by thirty.
by Sir_Elderberry
Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9385082

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

You forgot swear words.

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