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by Lycur
Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rick Warren at Inaugural Invocation
Replies: 48
Views: 3320

Re: Rick Warren at Inaugural Invocation

http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2008/12/rick_warren_at_the_inaugural_w.php This is exactly the kind of horrificly offensive demagogy which mars democracy as an institution. I mean, lets take: Evangelicals can't engage effectively in any pro-environment action because the conservative perspective ...
by Lycur
Sat Dec 20, 2008 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rick Warren at Inaugural Invocation
Replies: 48
Views: 3320

Re: Rick Warren at Inaugural Invocation

Obama campaigned on a LGBT-friendly platform; he will be held accountable. Let the Jews and Atheists deal with him if they so desire. I don't even know if you've read my posts. It's not his disagreement with gay marriage that irks me; it's the extremely offensive comparison. It's the fact that Obam...
by Lycur
Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rick Warren at Inaugural Invocation
Replies: 48
Views: 3320

Re: Rick Warren at Inaugural Invocation

??? Did you not catch Quixotess's money quotes? It goes beyond homosexual marriage. The thing is, Warren is very passive about expressing his insidious views, so people often mistake him for a centrist. However, when he was asked if his theological views were any different from James Dobson, aka Em...
by Lycur
Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Store refuses to customize cake (Adolf Hitler Campbell)
Replies: 112
Views: 10458

Re: Grocery store refuses to customize kid's cake

Really? Last time I checked "I hate niggers" isn't a "political belief". And "Adolf Hitler" isn't a racial slur. No, it's the name of a guy who killed a lot of people. No, it's the name of the guy who was at the head of a government brought to power by bigotry, hatred ...
by Lycur
Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Atheist MIracle - Spaghetti Monster MRI
Replies: 21
Views: 2886

Re: Atheist MIracle - Spaghetti Monster MRI

Pastafarian != Atheist, tyvm.

I've been touched by his noodly appendage.
by Lycur
Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: OK xkcd, I need some amusing test answer help please
Replies: 11
Views: 1987

Re: OK xkcd, I need some amusing test answer help please

"max{(My percentage grade on this exam) - 97, -3}" explain plz?! For well-behaved distributions, the vast majority of the data (>99%) is contained within 3 standard deviations. So, if he gets a 100 on his exam then his teacher has an extremely high IQ. Anything less then 95 would make the...
by Lycur
Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australian Man arrested for uploading a common viral video
Replies: 46
Views: 4466

Re: Australian Man arrested for uploading a common viral video

The Reaper wrote:
bigglesworth wrote:China is just The People's Republic of China!

Why do you hate China?

Oh, I thought china was still leaning towards the communist ideals, and failing miserably at it.


Whatever China's doing economically, they certainly aren't failing miserably at it.
by Lycur
Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's the average IQ of an atheist?
Replies: 157
Views: 21739

Re: What's the average IQ of an atheist?

Why do I say self-reporting? Because it's not a series of questions about theology asked by someone else who then interprets the results.... and yes, I think that would be necessary to determine one's religious leanings.... nor is it an IQ test administered by someone who actually knows how to scor...
by Lycur
Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bush attacked with shoes
Replies: 95
Views: 8780

Re: Bush attacked with shoes

Not to be unfashionable, but I could never really get into hating Bush. I'm kind of awed by the passion it'd take to do this, but mostly I'm terrified that the reaction to someone physically assaulting a politician for something he said has been mostly positive. IMO, the positive reaction to Bush b...
by Lycur
Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bush attacked with shoes
Replies: 95
Views: 8780

Re: Bush attacked with shoes

Not to be unfashionable, but I could never really get into hating Bush. I'm kind of awed by the passion it'd take to do this, but mostly I'm terrified that the reaction to someone physically assaulting a politician for something he said has been mostly positive.
by Lycur
Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canada: Liberals will try to form coalition
Replies: 63
Views: 5363

Re: Canada: Liberals will try to form coalition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xe-DFZA6pR0

Best use of the Hitler meme ever? I found this so funny I was willing to infest this thread with the sickening inanity that's begun to plague the rest of N&A: high praise indeed.
by Lycur
Sat Dec 13, 2008 4:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: I bet you wished you voted McCain NOW! (Obama has a Zune)
Replies: 46
Views: 4961

Re: I bet you wished you voted McCain NOW!

Not all people who have an irrational hatred of Democrats are Republicans. Not all Republicans have an irrational hatred of Democrats. Nothing I said implied otherwise. You didn't say it, no, but in the context of a two-party system where the character flaw is that they're a member of one of those ...
by Lycur
Fri Dec 12, 2008 3:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: I bet you wished you voted McCain NOW! (Obama has a Zune)
Replies: 46
Views: 4961

Re: I bet you wished you voted McCain NOW!

Or a Democrat. I don't know that I've seen Republicans go to such length before. In addition, I haven't seen any legitimate attempts by high ranking Republicans to invalidate his victory by claiming he has an illegitimate birth certificate. Not all people who have an irrational hatred of Democrats ...
by Lycur
Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: I bet you wished you voted McCain NOW! (Obama has a Zune)
Replies: 46
Views: 4961

Re: I bet you wished you voted McCain NOW!

Doesn't Obama have bigger things to think about than his MP3 player right now? I know that the birth certificate thing was probably BS, but shouldn't his press people be more worried about proving that he's eligible for the presidency? It's strange, but I'm finding myself losing faith in humanity t...
by Lycur
Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Coriolis Shakes Up Space Elevator
Replies: 6
Views: 1752

Re: Coriolis Shakes Up Space Elevator

Vieto wrote:It can't be that hard to have something 2000km long and 80km high built, can it?


Actually, the wiki article implied that the problems were actually with the mechanical details of the implementation. By the standard of ways to get stuff into space, the loop is pretty cheap.
by Lycur
Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Great Britain censoring Wikipedia
Replies: 55
Views: 4397

Re: Great Britain censoring Wikipedia

I am literally angry with rage.

This seems like a pretty cut and dry instance of overly aggressive enforcement of illogical laws.
by Lycur
Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hillary as Secretary of State is unconstitutional
Replies: 22
Views: 3143

Re: Hillary as Secretary of State is unconstitutional

So, does anyone here care that the constitution is so completely ignored now days? Obama isn't even President yet and he's already ignoring the constitution by nominating Hillary for Secretary of State. Article 1 section 6 says: " No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which h...
by Lycur
Sun Dec 07, 2008 4:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teen self esteem too high?
Replies: 50
Views: 5630

Re: Teen self esteem too high?

psyck0 wrote:I specifically stated that correlation doesn't imply causation.


Yes, and then you preceeded to interpret the result as if a causative relationship existed. In fact, one may well exist, but that's still remains an assumption and one you haven't done anything to validate.
by Lycur
Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teen self esteem too high?
Replies: 50
Views: 5630

Re: Teen self esteem too high?

Also, Malice, it goes both ways. It's a correlation. The correlation is stronger in one direction, perhaps, but it goes both ways. They obviously haven't proven causality, because it's not like you can easily or ethically induce personality traits in people. That's only true in tautological sense. ...
by Lycur
Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cognitive Therapy as good as anti-depressants
Replies: 55
Views: 4319

Re: Cognitive Therapy as good as anti-depressants

Without getting involved in the burgeoning pill war, I hasten to point out that these results refer to effectiveness in preventing relapse and say absolutely nothing about treatment for someone actively suffering an episode.
by Lycur
Sat Nov 29, 2008 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canada: Liberals will try to form coalition
Replies: 63
Views: 5363

Re: Canada: Liberals will try to form coalition

I really wish politicians would stop calling everything other parties do "undemocratic". It sickens me. Save that phrase for things that really ARE undemocratic and actually threaten our democracy. PS Harper can go eat shit and die. You don't think stripping the opposing parties of a disp...
by Lycur
Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wal-Mart worker Trampled by shoppers
Replies: 133
Views: 9378

Re: Wal-Mart worker Trampled by shoppers

Jesus fucking Christ, I fucking agree with fucking Adalwolf. Fucking wow. WalMart is really fucking capable of anything. If the bloody fucking company wasn't so fucking scarily powerful, this would hopefully fucking lead to some fucking curtailment of these fucking ridiculous store directed, stage-...
by Lycur
Sat Nov 29, 2008 1:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canada: Liberals will try to form coalition
Replies: 63
Views: 5363

Re: Canada: Liberals will try to form coalition

Good. Last time, the Liberals pussied out when the Conservatives made one small grab. Then they pussied out when the Conservatives made another small grab. And another, and another, and another. Eventually, it became evident that the net effect of this was equivalent to letting the Conservatives do...
by Lycur
Fri Nov 28, 2008 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canada: Liberals will try to form coalition
Replies: 63
Views: 5363

Re: Canada: Liberals will try to form coalition

Link [CBC.ca] I'm fairly interested in the ramifications of this, as well as the possibility of it actually happening. Could someone explain what this basically would mean? From the article it sounds like they're trying to create a new government separate of the Conservatives. Basically, the budget...
by Lycur
Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Stephen Hawking is doing research in my area!!
Replies: 9
Views: 2256

Re: Stephen Hawking is doing research in my area!!

deathbal101 wrote:Stephen Hawking just accepted a research post in waterloo. i live right near there! its weird because nothing of significance happens here. no black holes or LHCs...


He earlier confirmed that he'd be visiting PI (Neil Turok is the director there as of... nowish?); is this something new?
by Lycur
Tue Nov 25, 2008 5:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Only in Kentucky
Replies: 92
Views: 7599

Re: Only in Kentucky

I could single-handedly clear out my apartment in that amount of time. I really, really doubt this unless by "apartment" you mean "box", or you have the apartment of a single Japanese businessman who sleeps in a motel 96% of the time anyway. 2 hours is about what it would take m...
by Lycur
Sun Nov 23, 2008 1:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Online time good for teens
Replies: 4
Views: 1609

Re: Online time good for teens

I think that yes, the internet most certainly is good for development as long as a balance is used. For me, World of Warcraft actually improved my social skills, making me a bit less shy =p. However, people do need to remember moderation as it is also very easy to be sucked into the internet and fo...
by Lycur
Sun Nov 23, 2008 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Lagrange Multiplier Question
Replies: 1
Views: 768

Lagrange Multiplier Question

\text{Prove } VAR[\overline{X}] \text{ is minimized when } w_i \propto \frac{1} {\sigma ^2} \text{ where } \overline{X} = \sum_{i=1} (w_i \times X_i) \text{ is an unbiased estimate of the common mean of each X and the variance of each X is known.} Working along with the text's solution I'm ...
by Lycur
Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama will name Treasury Secretary Monday.
Replies: 5
Views: 801

Re: Obama will name Treasury Secretary Monday.

I wish I had an ascii diagram with the caption "CORRELATION IS NOT CAUSATION". Maybe it could feature a pirate in bermuda shorts.
by Lycur
Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British National Party membership list leaks online
Replies: 52
Views: 4746

Re: British National Party membership list leaks online

I find that the same people who advocate violence against the BNP or similar are the same people who advocate violence and sometimes the death penalty against paedophiles or similar. Which, ironically, is one of the BNP's policies. So there you go. I was imagining it was more left-leaning people, w...
by Lycur
Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PETA's take on Cooking Mama
Replies: 167
Views: 12871

Re: PETA's take on Cooking Mama

Jack Saladin wrote:... 80% better? What the fuck kind of delicious wood are you eating?


Actually, it's just that the only fruit he eats is grapefruit.
by Lycur
Thu Nov 20, 2008 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PETA's take on Cooking Mama
Replies: 167
Views: 12871

Re: PETA's take on Cooking Mama

If I were in the NRA I'd make a game glorifying gun ownership and usage. Where people constantly walk up to you on the streets and tell you how handsome you are, how important and powerful and influential you are when you're carrying a gun, and when you're not, they spit on you and kick you in the ...
by Lycur
Thu Nov 20, 2008 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PETA's take on Cooking Mama
Replies: 167
Views: 12871

Re: PETA's take on Cooking Mama

If I were in the NRA I'd make a game glorifying gun ownership and usage.
by Lycur
Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PETA's take on Cooking Mama
Replies: 167
Views: 12871

Re: PETA's take on Cooking Mama

22/7 wrote:
Belial wrote:What I am saying here is that those motherfuckers routinely come out on top in fights with grizzly bears and they will not hesitate to kill you dead
D-E-D Dead, no less.
Lycur wrote:They're (PETA) to the humane treatment of animals what the NRA is to gun control.
...


Errr, ya. In as much as they're a single issue group where some well publicized portion of the membership takes a hardline absurdist position. That was a little akwardly phrased :p
by Lycur
Thu Nov 20, 2008 5:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: I look for meaning in the RIGHT places sometimes
Replies: 12
Views: 1983

Re: I look for meaning in the RIGHT places sometimes

Artemis Leon wrote:Okay, maybe I'm missing something, but why does every instance of "God" spell it as "G-d"? Is this just the cool new thing the young'ns are doing or what?


It's one of the lesser known facets of Judiasm. http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jso ... ml#Writing
by Lycur
Thu Nov 20, 2008 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guitar Hero
Replies: 578
Views: 51870

The Single Coolest Guitar Hero Related Video Ever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlMYWuGUZlM

This. is. so. awesome. it. deserves. William. Shatner's. praise.
by Lycur
Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Relax, I won't ask for help with my homework. (move?)
Replies: 14
Views: 1826

Re: Relax, I won't ask for help with my homework. (move?)

I've never heard of this calc 2 thing (is it an american thing?), so the only thing I can suggest is that it's easier to learn by doing than by reading. Do easy problems on the material you've just covered - that way you get a better understanding of why a particular idea works. Don't choose overly...
by Lycur
Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Implicit Association Test
Replies: 43
Views: 4567

Re: Implicit Association Test

I got a slight preference for white people over black people, which I found moderately suprising.
by Lycur
Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: President-Elect makes environmental responsibility priority
Replies: 25
Views: 2335

Re: President-Elect makes environmental responsibility priority

"A" world leader, not "the" world leader. The reductions he's aiming for by 2050 would put the US amongst a very select group of nations, particularly impressive given their current abysmal situation and record. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/jun/10/carbonemissions Y...
by Lycur
Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PETA's take on Cooking Mama
Replies: 167
Views: 12871

Re: PETA's take on Cooking Mama

Oh, and let's totally release a bunch of fur-farmed mink into the countryside in a completely unnatural concentration.... ....it's not like they'll eat any animal that fits in their face, or anything. Yeah, and remember that thing in Britain a few years back where those fucking douchebags broke int...

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