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by Mokele
Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Replacing a Floor Lamp
Replies: 13
Views: 7510

Re: Replacing a Floor Lamp

If you don't mind the semi-industrial look, just buy a hardware store style lamp with one of those garden-pail style hangers (an inverted "U" of metal that attaches to the lamp) that lets you hang it from anywhere you like. Then buy a curtain rod kit, throw out the curtain rod, mount one o...
by Mokele
Thu Nov 13, 2014 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone
Replies: 6609
Views: 941549

Re: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone

I can take an account, and lose as many games as I want. I can then play against anyone at the bottom of bronze. In effect, I find the bottom of bronze harder than the bottom of silver, because silver contains fewer smurfs. I had worried that's what was happening, especially since I used to be high...
by Mokele
Thu Nov 13, 2014 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 88879

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Social mobility does not mean that someone's destination is independent of their origin. Social mobility means that people can move both up and down. Perhaps you'd like the story of Bernard Kerik, the son of a drug addicted whore who became one of the most powerful people in the US, or perhaps you'...
by Mokele
Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 88879

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

I'm also uncertain if that's how it works, and like I said in response to Thesh's point about the median household income dropping, I wonder if the Gini Coefficient is more concerned with the average individuals income compared to the average income, and is, as you point out, a poor indicator of ex...
by Mokele
Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 88879

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

I'm not an economist, so, can someone explain how this fits: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gini_coefficient America isn't the worst country for wealth divides, and, while America has gotten worse since 1950, it hasn't gotten MUCH worse. Curiously, it seems that America has gotten worse by about as m...
by Mokele
Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone
Replies: 6609
Views: 941549

Re: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone

Summary from blizzard: http://eu.battle.net/sc2/en/blog/16654945/ Hooray, they're emphasizing all of the parts of the game I'm worst at! :roll: Does anyone know if there are any custom game styles available in the vein of "Starcraft2 Multiplayer For People With The Reflexes Of Dead Cats"?...
by Mokele
Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US midterm election GOP to win
Replies: 100
Views: 24164

Re: US midterm election GOP to win

A main problem with the filibuster is that it's strictly internal, with no ability for other branches to over-ride it. Each branch of government has "blocking" powers that can be over-ridden by the others - Presidential vetos can be over-ridden by the legislative branch, Court decisions ca...
by Mokele
Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US midterm election GOP to win
Replies: 100
Views: 24164

Re: US midterm election GOP to win

I've been noticing that the same people bleating that the Republicans were dirty-rotten-no-good-cheaters for filibustering some of Obamas bills (as they put it, being obstructionist) - to the point of describing the Republicans as acting against the spirit of democracy, are now shouting "USE T...
by Mokele
Thu Nov 06, 2014 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US midterm election GOP to win
Replies: 100
Views: 24164

Re: US midterm election GOP to win

Any rule that you can only hold one position? I mean, could the Senator from Arkansas and the Senator from Kansas both be John Smith? I believe all states have some level of residency requirements, and while it's not unheard of for politicians to try to skirt them, I think the mechanics of doing so...
by Mokele
Thu Nov 06, 2014 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US midterm election GOP to win
Replies: 100
Views: 24164

Re: US midterm election GOP to win

CorruptUser wrote:The 2010 census was done under DEMOCRAT control; 2006 and 2008 were hugely Democrat years. The 2010 election meant Repubs get in in 2011.


But district lines are drawn at the state level, not federal. So what matters is the party in control of that state's legislature.
by Mokele
Tue Nov 04, 2014 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US midterm election GOP to win
Replies: 100
Views: 24164

Re: US midterm election GOP to win

The national election is going to be basically a wash for me, but I'm gonna vote anyway on a number of local issues. This bears repeating for emphasis. I just voted, and due to my location, I'm pretty sure none of the people I voted for will win, but there's also several statewide ballot initiative...
by Mokele
Thu Oct 30, 2014 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fungibility of Children (Split from xkcds favorite charities)
Replies: 51
Views: 10108

Re: Fungibility of Children (Split from xkcds favorite chari

It's an interesting currency. Not literally, of course, because they are pretty terrible as far as portability goes... I'm pretty sure the bigger problem is how you go about paying fractions of a child. Unless you've got one of those mini, portable chainsaws that are easy to carry around. And some ...
by Mokele
Tue Oct 28, 2014 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How could aquatic aliens become space-faring civilizations?
Replies: 56
Views: 36987

Re: How could aquatic aliens become space-faring civilizatio

Could being immersed in water, with no pockets of gas within the body and neutral buoyancy, allow for improved tolerance of accelerations? Especially since a marine species will likely be able to tolerate great pressures with ease. If so, and if the improvement is very significant, they may simply b...
by Mokele
Sun Oct 19, 2014 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd fora's favorite charities
Replies: 23
Views: 7889

Re: xkcd fora's favorite charities

Seven wrote:
Mokele wrote:Greyhound Pets of America.

Money is nice, but adopting a retired racer is even better!
Beautiful, well-mannered dogs! Wish I could........


In all fairness, it's easy to be well-mannered while asleep, and they *love* to nap. :wink:
by Mokele
Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Catholic church possibly becoming less intolerant
Replies: 70
Views: 15441

Re: Catholic church possibly becoming less intolerant

mobiusstripsearch wrote:That is, if what makes sense is arbitrary, why follow today's standard over the Bible's?


Because one causes suffering for a purely arbitrary reason, the other does not.
by Mokele
Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd fora's favorite charities
Replies: 23
Views: 7889

Re: xkcd fora's favorite charities

Greyhound Pets of America.

Money is nice, but adopting a retired racer is even better!
by Mokele
Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1430: "Proteins"
Replies: 81
Views: 18260

Re: 1430: Proteins

Animals have either no moral code or a much better and complete moral code than us: They eat to survive; they don't kill something except to eat it or to defend themselves and their young; they don't spoil their own nests; they exist in harmony with the rest of nature. I've personally seen two smal...
by Mokele
Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1497518

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Mokele, it makes me happy to hear that there are other people like that out there. I often worry that others both in and out of the LGBT community will think less of me for not going either "going fully trans" or else conforming wholly to cisnormative standards. Something analogous to bis...
by Mokele
Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1497518

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Is it actually necessary to choose? There was a lovely essay on a now-deleted blog about folks like myself who are "gender apathetic" - maybe we do or don't identify as male or female, completely or incompletely, but we just don't given enough of a shit to actually change pronouns, adjust ...
by Mokele
Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Smallest animal
Replies: 18
Views: 7015

Re: Smallest animal

A wise restriction for the contest would be that the animal has to be mature & capable of reproduction (whether by sexual or asexual means), otherwise we get into larvae and even embryos of species with external fertilization. And if it's colonial, the whole colony size counts, not just the indi...
by Mokele
Tue Sep 30, 2014 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 375415

Re: Gun Control

It's also worth noting that the NRA strongly advocated gun control when the Black Panthers were arming themselves. So not only can there be racist *effects* of gun policies, but the motivation for supporting one side or the other can be racist at times.
by Mokele
Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 375415

Re: Gun Control

I'm afraid I don't see the relevance. Yes. Racism is a thing. It needs to be reduced, and people should act racist less. This seems...trivial, and fairly far afield from gun control. Not necessarily. If self-defense, "stand your ground" and "castle doctrine" laws are applied in ...
by Mokele
Mon Sep 29, 2014 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Jumping out of a blender
Replies: 55
Views: 34528

Re: Jumping out of a blender

But on the topic of energy being stored in elastic components, this looks like a good article: Flexible mechanisms: the diverse roles of biological springs in vertebrate movement Yep, I know know both of the authors well. Elastic mechanisms are becoming a "hot new topic" in biomechanics r...
by Mokele
Sat Sep 27, 2014 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Jumping out of a blender
Replies: 55
Views: 34528

Re: Jumping out of a blender

So, I figured I'd contribute to this thread Necromancy since jumping mechanics are what I did my PhD on. I'll go by very general points. The general intuition of the "square-cube law" is a good place to start. Muscle force is proportional to cross-section, muscle length and velocity are pr...
by Mokele
Sat Sep 27, 2014 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mental support for pedophiles
Replies: 51
Views: 26152

Re: Mental support for pedophiles

Wait, did I essentially just say what really religious people often say to homosexuals? Dammit.... Yes, but there's a big difference between "suppress this harmless action at personal cost because my invisible sky pyxie said so" and "suppress this action at personal cost because it w...
by Mokele
Sun Sep 21, 2014 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: [Mech eng.] Feasibility of an omnidirectional wheelchair?
Replies: 28
Views: 7308

Re: [Mech eng.] Feasibility of an omnidirectional wheelchair

Could you simply decouple the drive from the support? Have 3-4 spherical wheels or casters for support alone, and in the center a single powered wheel that can rotate 180 and spin in either direction. To turn, just slightly lift the center wheel and rotate to the desired direction. If the rotation m...
by Mokele
Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 375415

Re: Gun Control

Most gun control in the US is not aimed at cops. In fact, they often have explicit exceptions written into the law for them. Law enforcement does have some attitude problems, and is overly eager to use force in many cases, both off duty and on, but this is not a problem limited to firearms, or one ...
by Mokele
Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 375415

Re: Gun Control

now, Wait a moment. I remember when that guy got shot in the Theater. That sucks. It truly does. Old people get 'crotchety'. Not all old people; Some. It's a bit beyond "that sucks". Sure, not everyone will shoot someone for disagreeing with them. But even now, when a relatively modest pe...
by Mokele
Mon Sep 01, 2014 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1415: "Ballooning"
Replies: 48
Views: 13017

Re: 1415: "Ballooning"

As for procreation, how practical is pre-copulatory sexual cannibalism? I mean, post-copulatory sexual cannibalism I sort of get (from an evolutionary standpoint), but how does pre-copulatory sexual cannibalism work? There two tricks to it. First, spiders don't just swallow things - they inject dig...
by Mokele
Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 375415

Re: Gun Control

It is a Fact I know from Experience. People that will Fuck with an unarmed person will not Fuck with an armed one. If everyone thinks everyone else is armed, Our Manners Improve! That's not manners, that's fear. That's fear that I might get shot for yelling at someone for cutting me off in traffic....
by Mokele
Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tolerating Intolerance
Replies: 22
Views: 8780

Re: Tolerating Intolerance

Your right to swing your fist ends at my nose. As long as your actions have no impact, you can think whatever you want. As soon as your actions have a negative impact (as seen by the other persons involved) you have to stop. 1) Wrong. I can swing my fist all I want. I am not limited to thinking abo...
by Mokele
Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tolerating Intolerance
Replies: 22
Views: 8780

Re: Tolerating Intolerance

Someone disagreeing with you is not "intolerance", simple as that. A bigot can hate gays all he wants, so long as the bigot does not in any way interfere with the lives of gay folks, whether that's voting against marriage equality or more concrete and vicious actions like assault. Similarl...
by Mokele
Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Science and Philosophy
Replies: 268
Views: 41835

Re: Science and Philosophy

Like anything worth talking about, this can be analogized to reptiles. :wink: "Reptiles" in the strictest sense of modern taxonomy, should be a broad set that includes modern birds. And, when looking into the past, or certain specific details, it's clear to see why that is, and how that ca...
by Mokele
Sat Aug 23, 2014 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Whee, 12th Grade!
Replies: 6
Views: 10935

Re: Whee, 12th Grade!

because my brain is hardwired for math, not reading comprehension >.< I would advise against limiting yourself in that way. It's all fine to say that you're bored with a subject, or that you don't like the way it is taught, or that you're inexperienced with it, or things of that nature – but please...
by Mokele
Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why is it hard to get things cold?
Replies: 15
Views: 4803

Re: Why is it hard to get things cold?

I think the difference between why it's easy to heat something but hard to cool it is because it's apples and oranges, technologically. We can make a heat engine that uses work to make a thermal difference between two reservoirs, sure, and you can have your "target area" to be heated or co...
by Mokele
Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 49181

Re: Wealth taxation

I do think they should make more of an adjustment for housing, while decreasing the general, to account for the wild differences in house prices across the US. Maybe something like exempting the first X of non-real-estate assets, and exempting the first Y of real-estate assets, where X is the median...
by Mokele
Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speculative biology -- the affairs of dragons
Replies: 33
Views: 10735

Re: Speculative biology -- the affairs of dragons

I'm not disputing that vomiting has utility in life, I'm disputing vomiting as a 'pre-digestion' ploy. There are snakes that spit venom to blind their prey, but AFAIK, there are no vertebrates that eat via spitting up digestive juices, and sucking up the digested prey. The closest would be venomous...
by Mokele
Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the name of the (Australian?) bat in this picture?
Replies: 9
Views: 3077

Re: What is the name of the (Australian?) bat in this pictur

Oh, lovely! Sorry, I've become a bit of a carpet python fan after getting my first one a few months ago https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-miPBpZJyJ0A/U6H2CakPxRI/AAAAAAAAAVM/3hPWyvG665w/w1002-h835-no/carpet%2Bsun%2Bwebcrop.jpg However, yours may still be around - they have fairly large home ranges ...
by Mokele
Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speculative biology -- the affairs of dragons
Replies: 33
Views: 10735

Re: Speculative biology -- the affairs of dragons

Now if you're dead-set on the four-legs-plus-wings layout there is a way to make it work. Rib wings are no biggie to evolve. We see them in many modern and prehistoric lizard species. Forget about flapping those things though. The layout of the bones and muscles just isn't made to deliver that kind...

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