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by Sir_Elderberry
Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: G-Man Theories
Replies: 50
Views: 9444

Re: G-Man Theories

Ha ha, I can't give my thoughts on those as I haven't played Ep2 yet :P Go play it, right now. It's better than Ep1 by miles, and the final fight is one of the most epic things ever done in Half-Life. Plus, it comes with portal, which is like powdered win printed on a DVD, and TF2, which is also gr...
by Sir_Elderberry
Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Replies: 37
Views: 3704

Re: G.I. Joe the movie! Oh, and Darth Maul will be in it.

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:killed by hurling apples into them.


Only if Kafka does the screenplay.
by Sir_Elderberry
Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Favorite Movie Quote?
Replies: 101
Views: 15708

Favorite Movie Quote?

To steal a topic from Books... Mine's going to be the famous one from V for Vendetta...which I have memorized just for the awesomeness. (And, of course, I get to brag about it like that.) Voila! By view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes o...
by Sir_Elderberry
Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: That song that's stuck in your head right now...
Replies: 262
Views: 25471

Re: That song that's stuck in your head right now...

For some reason, "Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel. I haven't heard it since we did it in English in March. (Poetry unit)
by Sir_Elderberry
Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Pink Floyd - Meddle
Replies: 26
Views: 3938

Re: Pink Floyd - Meddle

thanks for bringing up meddle though...a lot of people who really like pink floyd dont even know it, glad to see a few other people do! Yeah, my mom kind of got me into Floyd last Christmas by giving me DSOTM and The Wall, and I quickly got myself WYWH, Animals, etc, and then went to the beginning ...
by Sir_Elderberry
Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ayn Rand
Replies: 336
Views: 36885

Re: Ayn Rand

I've just finished the Fountainhead, and continued to Atlas Shrugged (on page 364 atm). It's good, I like it. I like the individualist sort of theories there, with the emphasis on merit, purpose, and the self. I also feel that it fails to justify enough government. It's hard for me to see how she ca...
by Sir_Elderberry
Fri Dec 14, 2007 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: G-Man Theories
Replies: 50
Views: 9444

Re: G-Man Theories

It should be noted that Ep2 strongly implies Gman deliberately set off the Black Mesa incident. I think of him as like Q from Star Trek--note how he always appeals to a higher power such as "my employers". This implies that he has a job to accomplish and he has "hired" you for it...
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help me think up crazy hard SF technology ideas
Replies: 74
Views: 6715

Re: Help me think up crazy hard SF technology ideas

The book "the Seashell, the Lifebox, and the Soul" had a list of random future technologies, some of which were unconventional ideas. In particular, I recall that it talked about a device which could duplicate objects on the atomic level, allowing for replication of complex materials, liv...
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Dec 09, 2007 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who would have won the Cold War?
Replies: 45
Views: 3222

Re: Who would have won the Cold War?

Well, technically, we tried the Cold War and they lost. If you mean, who would have won the Cold War had it gone hot, well...Whoever wins, we lose. It would have gone nuclear unless there was some absolutely amazing fighting done by NATO, because as a previous poster said, we didn't have the convent...
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Dec 09, 2007 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help me think up crazy hard SF technology ideas
Replies: 74
Views: 6715

Re: Help me think up crazy hard SF technology ideas

Gun that shoots guns that shoot stars that radiate black holes.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Dec 09, 2007 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Kind of bored and want basic proof practice
Replies: 40
Views: 3831

Re: Kind of bored and want basic proof practice

I've found that the best way to learn how to prove things is to look at other proofs, and see the general method of how they work. For example: proof by contradiction ( Euclid's proof of the Infinitude of primes! ), and one of the many proofs of pythagoras's thereom ( Again, my favorite is Euclid's...
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Dec 09, 2007 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Communication
Replies: 37
Views: 8240

Re: Quantum Communication

This isn't to say we might not discover some exotic way to exploit quantum mechanics to get ftl communication, but "spooky action at a distance" isn't the way to do it. I dunno. If said 'spooky action' could be used to interact with something - anything, really, on a non-quantum scale, wh...
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Dec 09, 2007 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why wouldn't this work?
Replies: 43
Views: 4171

Re: Why wouldn't this work?

Imagine Maxwell working through his equations and realizing that the recently measured speed of light was predicted as the speed of EM waves by his equations. I bet he geeked out.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Dec 09, 2007 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Kind of bored and want basic proof practice
Replies: 40
Views: 3831

Kind of bored and want basic proof practice

Hey guys, I'm a high school student whose math education thus far has utterly failed to teach me proofs. Last week, I had a calc test and it had a proof on it (Show that for any rectangle of perimeter K, the one with the highest area is a square) and I'd never, ever, been asked to do a proof before....
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math question problem...
Replies: 8
Views: 1646

Re: Math question problem...

Exposure to u-substitution when doing integrals probably helps too.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help me think up crazy hard SF technology ideas
Replies: 74
Views: 6715

Re: Help me think up crazy hard SF technology ideas

Anpheus wrote:Real men hit stars with stars.


Hm, reminds me of Asimov's Nemesis. A gun that shot stars would probably be a few orders of magnitude more badass than the Death Star.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help me think up crazy hard SF technology ideas
Replies: 74
Views: 6715

Re: Help me think up crazy hard SF technology ideas

What about some kind of nano-material that can do anything you need it to do. You could get in in pots made of the stuff, have some way of telling it what it needs to be, and "Tah-da! Your very own <insert object>" Yes, it will even be a friend for you if you need one... But will it threa...
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Dec 08, 2007 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Communication
Replies: 37
Views: 8240

Re: Quantum Communication

Ok, thanks. My mistake seemed to be that I thought that you could measure the photon as not having a state, and thus know that I had not sent anything, or vice versa.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Dec 08, 2007 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Colonizing other planets
Replies: 64
Views: 4779

Re: Colonizing other planets

Recently I've been batting about the idea that human civilization in general is ill-suited to go about the galaxy. The fact is, relativity sits very squarely in one's way, and human civilization does poorly when it can't coordinate, when it must be so supremely patient. As a consequence, I've been ...
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Dec 08, 2007 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Pink Floyd - Meddle
Replies: 26
Views: 3938

Pink Floyd - Meddle

So, Pink Floyd's Meddle album. It's the one right before the far more famous DSOTM. I have had it for a while, but lost it due to a series of technical problems with my iPod, which have since been fixed. Tonight I rediscovered the folder on my thumb drive and listened to it again, and considering th...
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Dec 08, 2007 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Communication
Replies: 37
Views: 8240

Re: Quantum Communication

btilly wrote:Stuff


Thank you sir. I can't say that I have a very deep understanding, but I can see enough of what you're getting at to understand where I went wrong.

(This has bothered me for years. Thank you, xkcd.)
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Dec 08, 2007 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: favorite lines/quotes from books
Replies: 286
Views: 113163

Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

I rarely remember quotes; I do remember that quotes were in a certain place, though, so I have gone to Wikiquote to pull some up: I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. A...
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Dec 08, 2007 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Communication
Replies: 37
Views: 8240

Re: Quantum Communication

Ok, I'm confused about why, though. The systems collapse. That is, after all, the point of the problem. If the systems collapse, then at the very least, the fact one collapsed tells you that the other one may have collapsed due to my involvement, or maybe it happened by chance. If I give you a milli...
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Dec 08, 2007 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Communication
Replies: 37
Views: 8240

Re: Quantum Communication

But isn't the fact that they collapse itself information?
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Dec 08, 2007 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Communication
Replies: 37
Views: 8240

Quantum Communication

Ok, this has been mulling around my mind ever since I understood the following (I am stating the below to clarify my premises; any of which may be wrong): -It is possible to entangle particles -When entangled, particles are in a superposition where they have no definite spin. If either is measured, ...
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Dec 08, 2007 1:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Natural killer cell fight: Scientists, do this.
Replies: 16
Views: 2114

Re: Natural killer cell fight: Scientists, do this.

Hah, I can totally see this happening...


...until the selective pressure leads to us developing the immune system the people in Star Trek had that was killing people.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Dec 08, 2007 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Colonizing other planets
Replies: 64
Views: 4779

Re: Colonizing other planets

Recently I've been batting about the idea that human civilization in general is ill-suited to go about the galaxy. The fact is, relativity sits very squarely in one's way, and human civilization does poorly when it can't coordinate, when it must be so supremely patient. As a consequence, I've been t...
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Dec 04, 2007 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Legal Aspects of a Very, Very Small Business
Replies: 15
Views: 2136

Re: Legal Aspects of a Very, Very Small Business

I feel really, really, retarded right now, because the solution is actually laughably obvious. My dad is a SCADA tech with Chevron, and spends two weeks in the Gulf alternating with two weeks home. When he's home (I'm with him on the weekends he's home; otherwise, my parents are divorced and I'm not...
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Dec 04, 2007 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Legal Aspects of a Very, Very Small Business
Replies: 15
Views: 2136

Re: Legal Aspects of a Very, Very Small Business

Yeah, it'd be a very small thing if at all--something to earn extra with for the next 2.5 years. I intend to do some sort of engineering in college, so I don't plan to do this permanently.
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Dec 04, 2007 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Legal Aspects of a Very, Very Small Business
Replies: 15
Views: 2136

Legal Aspects of a Very, Very Small Business

Hey XKCD. Let me explain my situation. I'm a fifteen year old high school student who is looking to obtain a little extra money. I live in a small rural town of 3,000 people in Oklahoma. That said, my primary area of expertise atm is computers, and therefore I thought it might be a good idea to star...
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Dec 04, 2007 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2380709

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi, I'm Sir Elderberry, been lurking for a few weeks now and felt like posting.

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