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by seladore
Fri Apr 25, 2008 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why I am an idiot...
Replies: 54
Views: 5244

Re: Why I am an idiot...

EDIT: Actually, the OP's answer might have missed the entire topic of the question. She asked: <relationship, your feelings> He answered: <science> It's kind of like... She asked: Do you like pancakes? He answered: You can calculate a circle's circumference when you know it's diameter. It's somehow...
by seladore
Fri Apr 25, 2008 8:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why I am an idiot...
Replies: 54
Views: 5244

Why I am an idiot...

I recently had a conversation with my girlfriend (you should know at the start that we are still together afterwards) What should have been said: HER : There is zero chance you will ever sleep with your ex again, right? ME : Of course. I love you. What was, in reality, said: HER : There is zero chan...
by seladore
Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 148366

Re: eating meat

Yeah, I realised you were joking. However, I have had conversations with people who genuinely had issues with this. That's why I spoke in the abstract. Sorry to cause offence...

Anyway...


Vegetarianism = good, meat eating = bad.
Go debate!
by seladore
Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 148366

Re: eating meat

I'm not sure why people think the eating of lab-grown meat is wrong. For me, what is wrong with eating meat is that it causes suffering to sentient beings, something I'm not OK with (I'm not hedonistic enough to believe that the pleasure I would get from eating meat is worth it). However, meat grow...
by seladore
Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 148366

Re: eating meat

I'm not sure why people think the eating of lab-grown meat is wrong. For me, what is wrong with eating meat is that it causes suffering to sentient beings, something I'm not OK with (I'm not hedonistic enough to believe that the pleasure I would get from eating meat is worth it). However, meat grown...
by seladore
Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Mornington Crescent
Replies: 2713
Views: 284963

Re: Mornington Crescent

Ha! Kings Cross.

You walked into that one
by seladore
Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Mornington Crescent
Replies: 2713
Views: 284963

Re: Mornington Crescent

In 7?? I can't see it in any less than 12, and even that has to invoke Pinkerton's Hypertransfer partition (obviously crossing the river will be involved at some point). I have only played Marr-Adams on a handful of occasions, but as far as I am aware the Annexed Bifurcation Clause (52b, (see pp 56-...
by seladore
Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Mornington Crescent
Replies: 2713
Views: 284963

Re: Mornington Crescent

OK, OK. I see what you are trying to do here. I think you have left your defenses open, though, and the circle line can be quartered...

Assuming that Osterbrock's seminal work on reverse elliptical regressions is the standard guide used here, I play Aldwych.
by seladore
Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Mornington Crescent
Replies: 2713
Views: 284963

Re: Mornington Crescent

Hope it's OK to join the game, now that a new one has started...
That is a very aggressive first move. I have to play

Dollis Hill.
by seladore
Sun Apr 20, 2008 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: arguments against evolution
Replies: 54
Views: 5567

Re: arguments against evolution

The argument 'What use is half an eye?" does, though, lead to the best rebuttal of all time; "About half as useful as a whole eye".

A 100% true and accurate response to the question, and answered on its own terms.
by seladore
Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Graffiti
Replies: 49
Views: 6137

Re: Graffiti

This thread is great. There is something about the medium of graffiti which can bring out a style of humour unlike anything else. I really enjoy it when people write witty responses to badly written and offensive graffiti. Two of my favourites are - 'Nigger's out' - 'Yes but he'll be back soon' and ...
by seladore
Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Graffiti
Replies: 49
Views: 6137

Re: Graffiti

In Southampton there is a pub called The Hobbit. On the wall of the toilet, someone has (had?) written, "It is unlikely that John Lennon would have written the immortal and poetic words, "whatever gets you through the night, it's alright, it's alright", had he awoken in the early hour...
by seladore
Sun Apr 13, 2008 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is Existentialism?
Replies: 73
Views: 10435

Re: What is Existentialism?

For me, existentialism is the only rational way to look at the world. We are born into a confusing, and essentially chaotic, universe. We filter the meaningless noise of reality, and create patterns, structures, and reasons for being that weren't there before. We create elaborate mental architecture...
by seladore
Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Online Gaming - an apologia
Replies: 31
Views: 3885

Online Gaming - an apologia

The usual apologies if this has been discussed before. My question is this... Why are there so many negative/hostile feelings towards online gamers + the online gaming culture? First of all I need to point out that I don't play online games - I have tried them, and found them pretty boring. (This is...
by seladore
Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C Question - help!
Replies: 7
Views: 1524

Re: C Question - help!

Aaaah yes, I think I was using regular floats.
Thanks for the help, I realise it was a noob question.
by seladore
Fri Apr 04, 2008 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C Question - help!
Replies: 7
Views: 1524

C Question - help!

Hi Everyone, I'm having some trouble dealing with large numbers in C. I'm reading in numbers in log format (eg '34' meaning 10^34), and using y = pow(10, x); to convert number x to the real value. My numbers are typically 34-40 (so 10^34 - 10^40), and I keep getting infinities. Anyone have any ideas...
by seladore
Thu Mar 27, 2008 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Making the world a weirder place
Replies: 1920
Views: 180153

Re: Making the world a weirder place

I went though a stage (when I was a hotel room cleaner) of writing Haiku poetry, and leaving them in odd places where guests could find them. Also (I wish I thought this one up, but it was suggested by a friend) I have, on occasion, put up lost pet posters that say... LOST PET - PIGEON GRAY + BLACK ...
by seladore
Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 494416

Re: Favorite math jokes

The greatest maths joke of all time...



Let epsilon be less than zero.
by seladore
Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2417413

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

I guess I should post here. Does anyone read this?

Anyhow.

I'm Dave. I'm 23, and I'm a Ph.D student, studying extragalactic astrophysics.

Done
by seladore
Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What makes people become crackpots?
Replies: 21
Views: 3121

Re: What makes people become crackpots?

There is I think an important fifth issue that doesn't explain the existence of cranks as much as the observation of cranks; in math and the sciences crackpottedness is often easy to identify. In contrast it isn't as clear in say politics or literature what would be so out there that it would be co...
by seladore
Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What makes people become crackpots?
Replies: 21
Views: 3121

Re: What makes people become crackpots?

This page... http://www.cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/notabene/psychoceramics.html Is a great intro to the art and science of Psychoceramics (The study of cracked pots) I work in the Astrophysics department of my university, and you wouldn't believe the number of crazy theories that get sent, unsolicite...

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