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by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering
Replies: 215
Views: 47435

Re: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering

Anybody care to speculate on exactly what you would improve to create a more intelligent human? Steps to figure out how to increase the number of more-intelligent humans: 0. Have a lot of money. 1. Undertake a massive DNA and biometrics collection program, including IQ measurement. 2. Sequence all ...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confidence and Poise in Job Interviews
Replies: 13
Views: 2809

Re: Confidence and Poise in Job Interviews

Thank you for your responses. Writing thank you emails will be difficult, as they only ever gave us their first names, as far as I can recall. I'll look for them on LinkedIn though, hopefully something will come out of that. I told one or two of my interviewers that it was my first professional inte...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering
Replies: 215
Views: 47435

The Ethics of Genetic Engineering

Motivated by this post. Quoted inside spoiler, in case it disappears one day, because thinking ahead. Everything Not Obligatory Is Forbidden Posted on February 6, 2015 by Scott Alexander [seen on the New York Times’ editorial page, February 6 2065, written by one “Dr. Mora LeQuivalence”] It’s 2065. ...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confidence and Poise in Job Interviews
Replies: 13
Views: 2809

Confidence and Poise in Job Interviews

Backstory/motivation for this thread: So, I had a job interview yesterday. The company flew me up to their headquarters, paid for my hotel room, the car rental, everything (except dinner the night before, but that might have been me misunderstanding). You'd think (as my friends and family all think)...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Dec 27, 2014 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4786
Views: 942789

Re: Today I Made:

I had some leftover black rice + beans + sauteed vegetables in the fridge. Problem was, it was missing something. Then, today, I ground 250g* of whole kamut berries and used it to make flatbread . After spreading the beans and rice on the flatbread, I found out what had been missing. Even if the fla...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3534492

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

ST: My phone's autocorrect has started deleting words that I use a lot. Like, it has a function that I can add words to the dictionary, but something's wrong with it and I can't add words any more. And lately it's been deleting words. I think it has something to do with how the Swedish and the Engl...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Nov 15, 2014 1:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3036489

Re: Post your boat race.

12obin wrote:Ohhh.
I'm sorry, fora. You're not archaic. You are neat.

Edit: I seem to be sideways! That's fine because that's okay.

I keep telling my kittens that that is not how gravity works, but they do not listen.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ALMA images protoplanetary disk around HL Tauri
Replies: 1
Views: 2219

Re: ALMA images protoplanetary disk around HL Tauri

Hard to determine how many it will end up with. From what I've read, the Solar System may have originally had another gas giant (ejected who knows when), Jupiter and Saturn may have swapped places, and at one point Jupiter was probably about as far from the Sun as Mars is now. These don't necessaril...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Tue Oct 21, 2014 3:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd fora's favorite charities
Replies: 23
Views: 7759

Re: xkcd fora's favorite charities

Since I work on ALS, I appreciate ALSA. I know a lot of people mocked the ALS ice bucket challenge, but it generated over 90 million dollars over the course of about 3 months to raise money for an underfunded neurodegenerative disease. While ALS affects a small portion of the populace, it is a neur...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3407
Views: 784319

Re: What were your dreams last night?

If both speak without pronouns, slightly awkward terms is inevitable.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2670076

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

PolakoVoador wrote:AAAAHH!
Warning, horrible horribleness in the link below.
Doctors pull three-inch insect from a man's ear in India

Good thing they got it before it extended tendrils into the man's brain and took control of his body.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3534492

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

It happens either when POS credit card machines or the servers that collect their transaction information are hacked, often because the vendors say, "encryption? Nah."* Solution: pay cash. For everything else, there's Discover. Or mastercard. Whatever. * at least, this was the case for one...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hidden pages on xkcd
Replies: 10
Views: 8216

Re: Hidden pages on xkcd

I hear some murmurings about unfound "hidden pages" on xkcd. Naturally, being a programmer, I decided to try to find some by testing "xkcd dot com slash <every english word> " Here are the valid results http://xkcd.com/burlap http://xkcd.com/election http://xkcd.com/event http:/...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ebola thread
Replies: 256
Views: 64031

Re: Ebola thread

Ebola isn't contagious when it isn't symptomatic, which is good news. Unfortunately, its earliest symptoms look a lot like the flu, and flu season is starting very soon. I would hate to work in a hospital this winter. Everyone will think they have Ebola. After a few months of this, everyone will thi...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3407
Views: 784319

Re: What were your dreams last night?

Also, I had a dream that I'd accidentally converted to a religion without realizing it and that by sleeping so long I was violating its core tenets. Well I guess that's one way for your brain to guilt-trip you about oversleeping. My oversleeping-dreams usually revolve around being massively unprepa...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ebola thread
Replies: 256
Views: 64031

Re: Ebola comes to the US

Angua wrote:Rule no 3 should include no kissing and sweating clauses.

But that would rule out fun stuff. But then, so does rule 4.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 58848

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

I'm pretty sure that an independent Catalonia would be bordered by Spain (Castile at this point?) to the west, France to the north, and the Mediterranean to the south and east. http://everythingcatalan.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/catalonia_map01.jpg Has anyone else misread the title as " Catato...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ebola thread
Replies: 256
Views: 64031

Ebola thread

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102037055 First confirmed case of Ebola confirmed in the United States: CDC Javier E. David | @TeflonGeek 5 Hours Ago The United States now has one confirmed case of Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, marking the first domestic appearance of...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Sep 27, 2014 4:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CVE-2014-6271: Remote Exploit Vulnerability found in BASH
Replies: 19
Views: 8444

Re: CVE-2014-6271: Remote Exploit Vulnerability found in BAS

Soooo.... anyone know of any good resources for someone looking to migrate to zsh? rtfm (not that I have): http://zsh.sourceforge.net/Doc/zsh_a4.pdf also: http://linuxg.net/how-to-install-zsh-shell-how-to-set-it-as-a-default-login-shell/ Now I'd like to make bash require superuser permissions, but....
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CVE-2014-6271: Remote Exploit Vulnerability found in BASH
Replies: 19
Views: 8444

Re: CVE-2014-6271: Remote Exploit Vulnerability found in BAS

I switched my linux computers' shells to zsh (something I intended to experiment with months ago, but hey motivation), since it appears that even after the recent patch bash can still be exploited. Now I'd like to make bash require superuser permissions, but...not entirely sure how. Not that I run a...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Thu Sep 18, 2014 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3407
Views: 784319

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I was caught in some kind of raid by ISIS. I managed to avoid actually being captured somehow, only to be captured in another raid like a day later, with a wound to one of my calves that made it hard to walk. We (all civilians, I guess--I wasn't a soldier, I think I had just left a concert) were for...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3036489

Re: Post your boat race.

You should have been holding a knife in your other hand.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9234324

Re: Fluff

He was able to ably his mathematical skill to large economic models. That man Rocked The World. I have no idea how. If you work in a field where you have to recognise patterns and apply mathematics to them, you try to see the patterns in other fields and apply math to them too. Really, that's what ...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3534492

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Whichever is less right for you, of course.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3534492

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Step 1. Flip your keyboard pi radians.
Step 2. Try typing.
Step 3. Feel ill. All that was right with the world is no longer.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: starry sky
Replies: 7
Views: 3493

Re: starry sky

Arrange them like the sky at the end of the last ice age, some 20000 years ago.

Make sure to include stars which have since gone supernova.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sun Aug 17, 2014 1:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: empty candle jars
Replies: 2
Views: 2194

empty candle jars

What do you do with candle jars after you've burned the wax out and cleaned them? These might make good drinking glasses, but that (or somehow refilling them) is as far as my imagination takes me right now. For clarity, I mean these: http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/046500/046500747960lg.jp...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Fri Aug 15, 2014 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3534492

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

I have that problem from time to time. I usually just deal with it unless my medical deductible is fully paid. If that's the case, I go for a massage every week. I'm not sure how regular massage places work, but Where is this going!? a chiropractor's office will bill insurance. Either way, I can sa...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Using multiple mice and keyboards on one computer
Replies: 5
Views: 8142

Re: Using multiple mice and keyboards on one computer

For one of my computer science classes a couple springs ago, we were required to write in Objective-C on the school's macs (if you didn't have access to one of your own). Up to five people could log on to the macs at any time, getting a different environment. It was a nightmare. I (along with the ma...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3534492

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

What did you eat to turn purple?
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3534492

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Maybe. What is its smoke point?
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3534492

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

I went vegetarian about a month ago. It's been easy to find and make (mostly make*) good food. Unfortunately I'm starting to suffer from a noticible side effect of my dietary choices: carotenemia. There were bottles of carrot juice on sale a couple weeks ago at Publix, 64 oz for less than five dolla...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Wed Jul 02, 2014 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1389: "Surface Area"
Replies: 125
Views: 37726

Re: 1389: "Surface Area"

Reminds me of a Charles Stross story, Missile Gap.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9234324

Re: Fluff

je suis tres intoxique. Vous pouviez me demander quelque chose sans probléme.

J'ai étudié français tout le jour et je pense dans français mal parce que de ça.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How to know you're truly old.
Replies: 156
Views: 59884

Re: How to know you're truly old.

Finding your first three-inch-long eyebrow hair. Well, having it pointed out to you.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Jun 07, 2014 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 10,000 pushups
Replies: 592
Views: 232129

Re: 10,000 pushups

8860 + 42 = 8902
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What PIE do you like best?
Replies: 46
Views: 17137

Re: What PIE do you like best?

Cheesecake is a pie.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Mon May 26, 2014 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9561
Views: 1180420

Re: What are you listening to?

by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sun May 25, 2014 5:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3407
Views: 784319

Re: What were your dreams last night?

It has to do with the web serial Pact . If you haven't been reading it, you should. It will make you a better person. Kinda spoilers, so it's under spoiler tags. Blake beat Conquest. One of the Blakeguard, I think Tiff, stepped onto Conquest's throne, and was fully possessed by a different spiri...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Mon May 19, 2014 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of keeping violent offenders catatonic
Replies: 63
Views: 16263

Re: Ethics of keeping violent offenders catatonic

Plus, rehabilitation and reintegration would be a necessity rather than an annoyance, simply because the loss of connections and familiarity with the world would require re-education. And how much does the world truly change over twenty five years in any case? Twenty five years ago we didn't have m...

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