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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby Rakysh » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:33 am UTC

I think it normalises things across subjects; an A* in my further maths GCSE was 70% while in say History it's 90%.

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Postby NotGrouchy » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:55 am UTC

Rakysh wrote:an A* in History it's 90%.

Oh well, it's all ancient history now !

I hope you remembered to discern between primary and secondary sources; do they still do this in schools ? My entire history education was one series of analysing sources and using the word 'unreliable' far more than is healthy to use in a single essay.

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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby You, sir, name? » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:59 am UTC

The Scyphozoa wrote:
PhoenixEnigma wrote:I've been running Picasa's face ID feature over my entire collection of photos. I'm around 60% done, and while it seems to be remarkably useful, it's also generated some interesting misses:
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The top left and top right don't look like faces, but the rest do.


Top right has a face-like feature in it.

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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby Rakysh » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:05 am UTC

NotGrouchy wrote:I hope you remembered to discern between primary and secondary sources; do they still do this in schools ? My entire history education was one series of analysing sources and using the word 'unreliable' far more than is healthy to use in a single essay.

-NG>

There are two separate exams now, sourced and non-sourced, so you can get all your writings on reliability into one fun-filled half hour. But yeah, on that one, if you don't mention reliability at least once in each question, you get an automatic F or something.

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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby tastelikecoke » Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:18 am UTC

I find our high school point system odd,
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1.00 = 96-100
1.25 = 90-95
1.50 = 84-89
1.75 = 78-83
2.00 = 72-77
2.25 = 66-71
2.50 = 61-65 <= my math score
2.75 = 55-60
3.00 = ??
4.00 = ??
5.00 = 39>

Everyone here is saying "4.02 GPA! That's good." in our school, that point grade means you fail horribly.

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Postby Moo » Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:02 am UTC

Love on the rocks*; no big surprise. Pour me a drink and I'll tell you some lies.










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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby dubsola » Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:42 am UTC

meatyochre wrote:She did eventually transition to veggies only+dairy, because of dolphins getting caught in tuna fishing nets (I think).

http://www.msc.org/where-to-buy

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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby Sytri » Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:04 pm UTC

How many posts did everyone make before they felt part of the xkcd community?

and

Why cant I focus on work today? :(
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Postby NotGrouchy » Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:07 pm UTC

The answer to both of those is 42, of course !

*¡ giggle !*


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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby sje46 » Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:56 pm UTC

Where I'm from (the US), most teachers don't do strictly curved grades, and maybe half teachers don't strictly do the normal, static method either. Well, usually we do the normal way, but if the entire class does bad, the teacher usually curves it. This has the advantage of the teacher realizing they made the test too hard and not penalizing the students because of it, and also motivating the students. I'd imagine in some classes, if graded on the curve and this particular test is of the difficulty where it's satisfactory if the student gets at least a 75, a lot of students may slack off, causing the average to be a 60, and thus the grade to pass is (roughly) a 55, or something. You need a standard amount of mastery that everyone in the class has to be held to. Or does this not really happen, and everyone works hard?

Most reasonable teachers around here require a certain amount of mastery, and will bump everyone's grade if the test was too difficult, is what I'm saying.
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby bigglesworth » Wed Aug 04, 2010 1:34 pm UTC

sje46 wrote:Or does this not really happen, and everyone works hard?
GCSEs are national, and so there is both plenty of thought that goes into it and plenty of data to play with.
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby viscusanima » Wed Aug 04, 2010 1:39 pm UTC

Sytri wrote:How many posts did everyone make before they felt part of the xkcd community?

and

Why cant I focus on work today? :(


I, uh, don't really :( I don't know why, I never manage to integrate into fora communities very well.

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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby sje46 » Wed Aug 04, 2010 1:48 pm UTC

bigglesworth wrote:
sje46 wrote:Or does this not really happen, and everyone works hard?
GCSEs are national, and so there is both plenty of thought that goes into it and plenty of data to play with.

I was referring to like high school and college and such.

I can't remember what my post count was when I felt like I belonged here. So it probably didn't happen yet.
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby JayDee » Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:07 pm UTC

Sytri wrote:How many posts did everyone make before they felt part of the xkcd community?
I'm going to say thirteen. That was the first time I made my second post in a thread, and therefore felt like I was contributing to a discussion.
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby Briareos » Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:11 pm UTC

Sytri wrote:How many posts did everyone make before they felt part of the xkcd community?
I don't think it had anything to do with the number of posts. I felt part of the community the first time somebody called me by name (er, handle). I don't remember when that was, but it's still rare for me . . .
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby Baldur » Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:16 pm UTC

I think I only felt a part of the community when I took part in the international xkcd gift exchange in March of 2009. My first meet-up was in October of 2008, when I was an entirely different person.
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby Sytri » Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:23 pm UTC

I was just wondering about how many posts it took because I'm up on like 90 posts now and while I dont feel "in" the group I definately dont feel like an outsider either.

I'm hoping that one day I'll feel "in" the group enough to go to one of the meet-ups and let the inner geek in me run free. :D

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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby JayDee » Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:32 pm UTC

Sytri wrote:I'm hoping that one day I'll feel "in" the group enough[...]
Don't wait. It doesn't work like that. Just act like you belong. Bluff it until you've got it.

Although meet-ups are great things. There is no experience quite like meeting people for the first time when you've known them for ages.
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby The Cat » Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:34 pm UTC

I'll try my best, Sir. Hoping this is a better venue. I don't think further explanation is necessary. Hickory Dickory Dock.

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Postby kernelpanic » Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:34 pm UTC

This Video has me giggling like a 10 year old.
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby Magnanimous » Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:46 pm UTC

The Scyphozoa wrote:
You, sir, name? wrote:
meatyochre wrote:What the heck is an A*? A-asterisk? A-star? Is it like an A-plus (97% or higher, or 100+% depending on what school you attend) in America?


I'm thinking Sagittarius A*...?

See, I just can't help myself! I read that as "Sagittarius Ass"!
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby Sarr » Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:57 pm UTC

kernelpanic wrote:This Video has me giggling like a 10 year old.
They... they didn't. Did they?
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby Ivora » Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:16 pm UTC

Whatever ripples your nipples, I say.

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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby You, sir, name? » Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:26 pm UTC

I'm getting old. I've been awake for 26 hours, and I'm falling apart. Used to be much easier when I was young and full of energy.
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby Oregonaut » Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:30 pm UTC

76 Trombones led the big parade
with 110 cornets close at hand
.....which would sound bloody awful.....

Seriously, that'd be like listening to a herd of wailing banshees being preceeded by a herd of geese.

That's enough to give you nightmares.
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby Xeio » Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:06 pm UTC

If theism is a belief in at least one god, and athesm is the lack of religious beliefs (which happens to include lack of belief in a/any god/s), what is the general term for someone who practices a religion without a diety?

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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby Briareos » Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:17 pm UTC

Nontheism?
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby Whelan » Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:19 pm UTC

sje46 wrote:
bigglesworth wrote:
sje46 wrote:Or does this not really happen, and everyone works hard?
GCSEs are national, and so there is both plenty of thought that goes into it and plenty of data to play with.

I was referring to like high school and college and such.

For in-house stuff they tend to go with >80% is A, 80%>X>70% is B, etc, but the actual boundaries on the official ones are curved. For example, although all the in-house stuff for three of my subjects used 80% as an A grade, I got 72 in physics, 74 in biology and 80 in psychology, all of which were A, although probably all right on the boundary.
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby Oregonaut » Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:25 pm UTC

The term I hear is SBNR, Spiritual But Not Religious. SBNR type folk tend to have a much more open mindset into the potential of a lack of deity, and instead focus on the advancement of spiritual philosophy, or to look towards metaphysical explanations for events that natural sciences cannot explain adequately.

Basically, the belief that while it is possible that there are beings more powerful than humans out there, they are not a "creator", and that the Abrahamic, et al. religions tend to stifle human growth.
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby emceng » Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:43 pm UTC

Spirtual but not religious around here seems to be a code phrase for "I took freshman philosophy, think any non-western religion is awesome, but can't be bothered to learn anything more than what's on the dust jacket on the latest pulp quasi-religious book".
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby Oregonaut » Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:52 pm UTC

That's entirely possible. One of my SBNR friends is an intellectually malformed douchnozzle who enjoys spouting new-age pseudoscience all over every conversation that dares trend towards philosophy/psychology/theism around him. I haven't really given it much thought beyond my understanding of the acronym. I know that I anthropomorphize Nature all the damn time, but I'm positive that no such being exists. I plead for a god to damn things in my vicinity frequently, but that's merely a reflection of my education/surroundings. I don't believe a god/dess exists (other than Jennifer Connely and Kate Beckinsale, who are simply dreamy), but that's largely because I've never been given a reason to feel otherwise.

I don't consider myself spiritual, but I do believe that humans can transcend their base programming.

So, yeah. What you're describing may be SBNR, or I may be mistaken. Take what I have or leave it based on what I wrote above.
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby viscusanima » Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:14 pm UTC

My English teacher told me that my spiritual development is lacking.

I didn't tell her that I don't believe in any kind of spirit.

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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby Oregonaut » Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:20 pm UTC

My high school Economics teacher (over a decade ago) was a Mormon. She attempted to speak to me about my soul, because she was concerned that I was drifting towards hell.

I asked her to hold on a second, walked over, pressed the room to office intercom button, told the office that my teacher was proselytizing to me on school property during school hours and that I would be leaving the room (where I had been assigned for my free period), and left the room. I received an apology from the principal, an offer of counseling, and was told that my free period could be in another room of my choice. I ended up choosing the science lab which was free the same period, and performed more experiments with my chemistry and physics teachers.
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby podbaydoor » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:20 pm UTC

Hanging out with physics/chemistry teachers during non-class time was generally awesome. I had the coolest physics teacher ever and he had a closetful of random physics wonders. That's if we weren't breaking out the board games or challenging the CISCO class on the other side of the building to a LAN game.
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby SecondTalon » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:52 pm UTC

Xeio wrote:If theism is a belief in at least one god, and atheism is the lack of religious beliefs (which happens to include lack of belief in a/any god/s), what is the general term for someone who practices a religion without a deity?
Your definition of Atheism is incorrect. Atheism is a lack of belief in a/any god/s. It does not make a statement on region one way or another. Areligious is a lack of concern, participation or belief in religion.

In Western culture, Athiest and Areligious Athiest are incorrectly used interchangeably. In cultures more understanding of religion without deities (which is sorta like Doctors without Borders, right?) the two aren't synonymous.

Oregonaut wrote:...or to look towards metaphysical explanations for events that natural sciences cannot explain adequately.
Man.. I have all kinds of problems with that belief. I mean, this wasn't possible 1000 years ago, but it's certainly not sorcery. A lack of current understanding doesn't mean pixies did it, it means we just don't understand it...yet.
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby meatyochre » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:12 pm UTC

I ascribe to apatheism, which is the belief that it doesn't effing matter whether god exists or not. I'd believe if I had a personal experience with empirical evidence. Otherwise, if a god exists it doesn't seem to care about us. So I reciprocate nothing.
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby Dason » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:21 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:
Oregonaut wrote:...or to look towards metaphysical explanations for events that natural sciences cannot explain adequately.
Man.. I have all kinds of problems with that belief. I mean, this wasn't possible 1000 years ago, but it's certainly not sorcery. A lack of current understanding doesn't mean pixies did it, it means we just don't understand it...yet.

Lies! You sorcerers have just become more and more clever and dubbed what you do "science" instead of magic! You may be able to fool some but I can see through your lies! Your magic is very powerful but I refuse to accept your abominations unto the Lord!!!

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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby Oregonaut » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:22 pm UTC

ST wrote:
Oregonaut wrote:...or to look towards metaphysical explanations for events that natural sciences cannot explain adequately.
Man.. I have all kinds of problems with that belief. I mean, this wasn't possible 1000 years ago, but it's certainly not sorcery. A lack of current understanding doesn't mean pixies did it, it means we just don't understand it...yet.


Oh, I'm right there with you. Crater Lake, Wizard Island, A WIZARD DID IT. That's what I hear every bloody time I mention that beautiful piece of scenery in Oregon. I don't excuse the people who automatically go to the supernatural any time shit gets weird, but I have to understand and accept their right to be needy loons.

Also, to the above poster, you forgot to capitalize "lord".
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby Sarr » Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:59 pm UTC

meatyochre wrote:I ascribe to apatheism, which is the belief that it doesn't effing matter whether god exists or not. I'd believe if I had a personal experience with empirical evidence. Otherwise, if a god exists it doesn't seem to care about us. So I reciprocate nothing.

Get out of my head and stop stealing my words.
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Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Postby meatyochre » Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:01 pm UTC

Sarr wrote:
meatyochre wrote:I ascribe to apatheism, which is the belief that it doesn't effing matter whether god exists or not. I'd believe if I had a personal experience with empirical evidence. Otherwise, if a god exists it doesn't seem to care about us. So I reciprocate nothing.

Get out of my head and stop stealing my words.

Psh, there's a facebook group about apatheism. I didn't start it or coin the term! D:
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