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by seladore
Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jesus! How unlucky can you be?
Replies: 18
Views: 2041

Re: Jesus! How unlucky can you be?

Compensation should be relative to his health problems, which would be indirectly linked to how much radiation he was exposed to, which in turn would depend on a host of factors like proximity, shielding and the local weather. Just because he had the bad luck to sit through two nukes doesn't mean h...
by seladore
Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fox News Late Night Show on Canadian Military
Replies: 64
Views: 5179

Re: Fox News Late Night Show on Canadian Military

:shock: The American public get their news from these douchebags? Not if we can help it. Fox News is easily the least-reputable news organization in America. But also the most watched. And probably only disreputable amongst dem lib'rl edumacated types. A lot of people in middle America see Fox as t...
by seladore
Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Disturbing material on the internet (seladore finds 4chan)
Replies: 77
Views: 10739

Re: Disturbing material on the internet (seladore finds 4chan)

This topic really reminds me of a passage from one of the Hannibal Lecter books (I forget which one), where Lecter (being a connoisseur of evil) likes to visit a torture museum. But instead of looking at the exhibits, he stands among the exhibits and watches the crowd ... because true evil is not to...
by seladore
Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Disturbing material on the internet (seladore finds 4chan)
Replies: 77
Views: 10739

Re: Disturbing material on the internet (seladore finds 4chan)

Oh and Seladore? Your reaction is exactly what the place wants. /b/'s e-peen grows a little longer every time someone is horrified and runs away in disgust. Agreed, but who cares? They are acting like foul-mouthed attention seeking kids, acting all smug when adults get offended. Fuck them, to be ho...
by seladore
Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Disturbing material on the internet (seladore finds 4chan)
Replies: 77
Views: 10739

Re: Disturbing material on the internet (seladore finds 4chan)

The two photos I saw were a girl - of maybe 10 - performing a sexual act, and what looked like the result of a car accident with a 'lolcat' style caption appended to the bottom. It's not so much that these terrible things happen (you raise a good point, SecondTalon, about the prevalence of such atro...
by seladore
Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Disturbing material on the internet (seladore finds 4chan)
Replies: 77
Views: 10739

Disturbing material on the internet (seladore finds 4chan)

Sorry for the pointless-ness of this post, but I feel shocked and need somewhere to vent. In the last couple of days, I thought I'd look at 4chan to see what all the fuss is about (it seems to dominate the internet thoughtspace, but I had never actually looked at it). About 20 mins ago I looked at t...
by seladore
Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?
Replies: 65
Views: 7369

Re: If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?

Oh... oh god.

I've just seen my favourite all time critique of evolution. Nothing will ever beat this.
4.how come we cant speak monkey
by seladore
Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Word Obsfucation?
Replies: 2
Views: 366

Word Obsfucation?

Hi all, It's been a while since I have been around these parts. It seems that there are some methods in place which act to change the words of the author into more acceptable replacements. Weird. Why did 'cheese' become 'lava'? Lol filter etc. EDIT WHAT? I can't even form the word to suggest the lac...
by seladore
Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Clarkkkkson vs. xkcd
Replies: 81
Views: 19381

Re: Clarkkkkson vs. xkcd

I have a better question: What's the biggest number you'll ever need? I submit it is the surface area of a cube containing the entire universe measured in plank-area-lengths, due to information theory. That's a big number too. Question is, how big is the universe? We certainly can't see it all. Nah...
by seladore
Tue Jan 20, 2009 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Inauguration News Thread
Replies: 111
Views: 7980

Re: Inauguration News Thread

sakeniwefu wrote:If the president of my country said the G word so many times and had two religious leaders speaking in his inauguration, I would be scared as shit.


I agree. If the next british PM has preachers at the event, I think people won't be impressed.
I won't be, anyhow.
by seladore
Fri Dec 26, 2008 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time Dilation questions go here!
Replies: 77
Views: 10475

Re: Time Dilation questions go here!

Hence the use of the phrase 'initially looks'.
by seladore
Fri Dec 26, 2008 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time Dilation questions go here!
Replies: 77
Views: 10475

Re: Time Dilation questions go here!

Exactly - you have to introduce a non-inertial frame, and in doing so the situation initially looks paradoxical. This is the same as the 'twin paradox' that gets taught in introductory relativity.
by seladore
Wed Dec 24, 2008 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time Dilation questions go here!
Replies: 77
Views: 10475

Re: Time Dilation questions go here!

Having read the thread, I think you have to forget entirely the comparison example of the bullets. The situation is not analogous in any way whatsoever, and trying to see them as analogous may be impeding your understanding of time dilation. So forget bullet dropping. An example that doesn't involve...
by seladore
Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time Dilation questions go here!
Replies: 77
Views: 10475

Re: Time Dilation Skeptic

what i'm saying is that the two clocks should read the same. but most of what i've read seems to imply that they shouldn't. there's an experiment where they put an atomic clock on a plane and when it lands, it reads differently than one that's been on the ground the whole time. imagine you've got a...
by seladore
Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question Re: Giant Hole Through the Earth
Replies: 87
Views: 24892

Re: Physics 'challenge question' ceptnotrly

I recall reading something about this one time...don't remember the source. Basically, neglecting air resistance and contact friction with the walls (in other words, anything that would slow you down in any way), a trip from one end to the other purely under the force of gravity would take about 45...
by seladore
Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypocrisy
Replies: 16
Views: 2462

Re: Hypocrisy

I disagree; I think that whether or not a system of thought is consistent is independent of the actions of the proposing party. It has always struck me as somewhat of a fallacy to criticise an argument based on perceived hypocrisy, in the same vein as ad hominem . An example: Peter Singer presents a...
by seladore
Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0514: "Simultaneous"
Replies: 144
Views: 29693

Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Patashu wrote:Oh no.

It is a special relativity joke

edit: the alt text is a general relativity joke


I think they are both SR jokes. The twin paradox comes from SR, not GR.

Aaagh, ninja'd like a fox.
by seladore
Thu Dec 04, 2008 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Repetition in SB
Replies: 2
Views: 944

Repetition in SB

Hello, all you modly-endowed types. I have a quick question that I have been thinking about for some time, which Az's last mod-comment at the end of the 'eating meat' thread made me remember. What is the stance on repetition of content? There are some threads (e.g. the 'meat' thread) which have been...
by seladore
Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 760802

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

I really can't see the problem, aside from the fact that the initial impression is shocking (and maybe somewhat distasteful). The meaning is clearly changed by the small print. An analogous advert (albeit without the non-PC shock) might be a car dealership saying "We don't sell cars. We sell tr...
by seladore
Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 760802

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

Especially when the entire point of the original ad relied on a clever subtlety. Saying "we don't hire immigrants", and then in the small print saying "actually, we might hire immigrants, depending on their skill level" isn't clever subtlety... it's saying something that's outri...
by seladore
Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 760802

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

They were just rejecting the idea that the concept of 'immigrant' even applies when considering employment. Moving on. There is some mascara advert showing in the UK at the moment, wherein they make the (somewhat surprising) claim that the use of said cosmetic product will "lengthen lashes to i...
by seladore
Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 760802

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

As much as it pains me to say it, I do like that McDonald's ad.

Ugh, I feel dirty now. I never thought I'd say that. I think I should go and do a few anti-capitalist Hail Marys as penance.
by seladore
Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Easonal Vatars Yndrome Trikes Gain!
Replies: 552
Views: 51966

Re: For those with Easonal Avatars Syndrome

Noc wrote:Holiday Cheer is one thing. But winter is cold.

[pics]


I have to say, that is a stunning piece of work. Hats off to you (or they would be, if it wasn't so cold).

How did you do it?
by seladore
Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: bluffing football knowledge (for people in the UK really)
Replies: 38
Views: 3746

Re: bluffing football knowledge (for people in the UK really)

All I know is if your not a manc your a WANK. (Poor grammar intentional.) That's the first Eurotrip reference I've seen on these fora, and I hope it will be the last. Oh, and the expression you need is [ sic ]. As in "if your [ sic ] not a manc your [ sic ] a WANK". I know what [sic] mean...
by seladore
Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Easonal Vatars Yndrome Trikes Gain!
Replies: 552
Views: 51966

Re: For those with Easonal Avatars Syndrome

My avatar is now fully Xmas compatible. A masterpiece, I think.
by seladore
Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: bluffing football knowledge (for people in the UK really)
Replies: 38
Views: 3746

Re: bluffing football knowledge (for people in the UK really)

Endless Mike wrote:All I know is if your not a manc your a WANK. (Poor grammar intentional.)


That's the first Eurotrip reference I've seen on these fora, and I hope it will be the last.

Oh, and the expression you need is [sic]. As in "if your [sic] not a manc your [sic] a WANK".
by seladore
Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 148178

Re: eating meat

I think it would be better compared to the pretentious asshole who acts all smug about not using anything even remotely race related and then shoves it in peoples faces, as compared to the average person who just moves along on their merry way, using off color comments once in awhile, but not makin...
by seladore
Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 148178

Re: eating meat

I do have one request, though. Could all the self-righteous vegis out there please grow up, recognize that diet is a personal matter, and stop giving the rest of us a bad name. There's really no need to compound white-liberal-middle-class guilt by adding carnivor guilt on top of it. I really hate w...
by seladore
Sat Nov 29, 2008 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Books for self-teaching undergrad physics?
Replies: 9
Views: 1828

Re: Books for self-teaching undergrad physics?

Can't stress enough how much you should get Feynman's Lectures. They are really, really good.
by seladore
Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Polly want a cracker
Replies: 20
Views: 2307

Re: Polly want a cracker

No, I don't. Cheese isn't here, therefore, no crackers. Why, I say! Your post count is protected! You.. have read his title, right? Yes, but he rarely posts outside of FaiD, so there was only one way to be sure... Catch him in the act. I thought this very thing today. I put it down to him only post...
by seladore
Thu Nov 27, 2008 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 760802

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

Actually, it's more like someone saying, "I don't like milk" and someone else saying, "oh, ok well try this drink that isn't milk," but actually giving them milk and the person liking the drink and then being told it's milk. Except it's more like they try it, and dislike it, 'ca...
by seladore
Thu Nov 27, 2008 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Effects of Population Growth / Decline
Replies: 138
Views: 14446

Re: How to solve the problem of low birth rate

SJZero, your nitrogen perpetuum mobile seems to be based on the idea that our crops get a significant part of their energy from fertilizer, and therefore indirectly from fossil fuel. That's simply not true. Plants get nitrogen from fertilizer, not energy. There is nothing perpetuum mobile about usi...
by seladore
Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 148178

Re: eating meat

Also worth considering is that there are variations within species, as well as between species. It's not like there is a hard and fast line separating Homo sapiens from the rest of the animal kingdom, it's all shades of grey; this is why I feel that such discontinuous thinking (only people have righ...
by seladore
Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Effects of Population Growth / Decline
Replies: 138
Views: 14446

Re: How to solve the problem of low birth rate

Alternately, you could consider the evidence that we are likely to die off as a species if we continue our exponential growth rate. That's some fuzzy logic there... The more humans there are on this earth the MORE likely we are to die off as a species??? You'll have to explain this one to me. Sorry...
by seladore
Tue Nov 25, 2008 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Dark matter and energy
Replies: 11
Views: 1461

Re: Dark matter and energy

Yep. Their other post: I feel time is a by-product of motion...this would follow with time changes due to dif effects such as gravity and speed. I do not feel time has its own dimension per say...this would also support the space-time view that Einstein put forth in my view Trolly trolly troll troll.
by seladore
Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Effects of Population Growth / Decline
Replies: 138
Views: 14446

Re: How to solve the problem of low birth rate

So you claim raising population isn't bad. Okay. Why do you think the population level staying relatively constant is bad?* Low birth rate is only a problem if the second is true. However, the first does not imply the second. * EDIT: because, as it is, I think a constant population would be a good ...
by seladore
Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man blames son's suicide on Atheism
Replies: 99
Views: 9494

Re: Man blames son's suicide on Atheism

But no-one lacks a moral system, except maybe psychopaths. People have an inbuilt, evolutionarily calibrated morality. Some people justify this using religion, some don't. The idea that atheists have no morals is a untruth (lie seems a bit harsh) spread by those on the christian right wishing to dem...
by seladore
Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 148178

Re: eating meat

Ah, but what I (or anyone) would want does not dictate reality either. I myself don't want to be turned down for a date by a pretty girl, and feel it would be a bad thing if I were turned down, but I'd be insane to claim that she is therefore morally obligated to accept. If I may skip around a bit,...
by seladore
Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 148178

Re: eating meat

Voco - I wasn't claiming that pain is the sole motivator of human rights... of course I agree that it is wrong to painlessly kill someone. I was trying (unsuccessfully it seems) to express my view that pain (or, more closely to my own view, suffering in general rather than 'pain') is responsible for...
by seladore
Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 148178

Re: eating meat

@Voco. A couple of quick replies to some points, then onto the main argument. The idea that some individuals have certain rights, but by virtue of their nature not as many as other individuals, is something we've worked long and hard to overcome. So it's abhorrent that some beings should have less r...

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