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Re: Inspirations

Postby Magnanimous » Sat Sep 12, 2015 1:55 am UTC

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Re: Inspirations

Postby You, sir, name? » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:05 pm UTC

So the aforementioned sabbatical of 2016 is happening. Didn't even have to quit my job as I originally planned.
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Re: Inspirations

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You, sir, name? wrote:So the aforementioned sabbatical of 2016 is happening. Didn't even have to quit my job as I originally planned.

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Re: Inspirations

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Re: Inspirations

Postby You, sir, name? » Sun Sep 20, 2015 10:21 am UTC

Hopefully there will be no need to send Jeff Goldblum into space to blow up space aliens...
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Postby Neil_Boekend » Sun Sep 20, 2015 10:25 am UTC

If that happen we'll remove that memory from the human race, just like last year.
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Re: Inspirations

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You, sir, name? wrote:So the aforementioned sabbatical of 2016 is happening. Didn't even have to quit my job as I originally planned.

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Re: Inspirations

Postby You, sir, name? » Sun Sep 20, 2015 12:44 pm UTC

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Re: Inspirations

Postby Fractal_Tangent » Tue Sep 22, 2015 4:44 pm UTC

Slight question:

Why does the ramp up for the American elections seem to start like, 2 years before the actual election? It seems like the latest president hasn't even gotten all their stuff moved in and found out how to sort out the boiler before someone is talking about the next one.

The next election is in November, I'm so confused as to why I'm hearing about all of this rallying and all of the debates more than a year to go before the actual thing. I feel like I should be gearing up to vote tomorrow or something.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Zohar » Tue Sep 22, 2015 4:58 pm UTC

I'm almost 100% positive I saw one of the comedy night show hosts have a segment about it and how ridiculous it is. So while I don't know the answer, you're not the only one to wonder.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Yakk » Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:15 pm UTC

Fractal_Tangent wrote:The next election is in November, I'm so confused as to why I'm hearing about all of this rallying and all of the debates more than a year to go before the actual thing. I feel like I should be gearing up to vote tomorrow or something.
First, it is the president of the largest economy on the planet. So, it being a big deal sort of makes sense.

Second, we are seeing the primaries. Where people compete for who will *run* for President for each of the 2 major parties.

Third, it sells news, and doesn't make journalists feel completely icky.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby eran_rathan » Tue Sep 22, 2015 6:25 pm UTC

Also, unlike most parliamentary republics, the US has set dates for elections - the folks running have plenty of time to polish their messages, raise money, etc. because of the fact that there is no ability to call snap elections like there is in most of the civilized world.

And while is is a feature, not a bug, I think that limiting campaigning to 12 weeks before the election would be nice.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby bigglesworth » Tue Sep 22, 2015 7:58 pm UTC

I get the impression that choosing the leaders of the parties in the US is almost as important as choosing the President, because there's a whole nation's spread of opinions in just two equally sized parties.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Fractal_Tangent » Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:01 pm UTC

I do like set dates for elections but I very much dislike the whole run up thing. I don't like hearing the Republican party desperately try to one-up each other on how close to panto villain they can get for two years.

I get exhausted from the election coverage in the UK and it doesn't even go on for that long. Also, while I do like the idea that you can vote differently for presidents and parties, is there like a head of the Republican party in the senate? Why do people have to vote on the people who are going to run for running for president? Why not just pick the person who most of the representatives support? Wouldn't that make it easier politically? Because then you might get a situation where most of the Republican representatives dislike the person who has been chosen to run for president and decide that they're not going to co-operate anyways.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby eran_rathan » Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:05 pm UTC

bigglesworth wrote:I get the impression that choosing the leaders of the parties in the US is almost as important as choosing the President, because there's a whole nation's spread of opinions in just two equally sized parties.



Less important than you might think, mostly because the head of the party doesn't carry the same weight as it does in say the UK. They are responsible for organizing campaigns across the states, and in mobilizing voters and lobbyists, but they have considerably less actual power than a Senator or Representative. And quite a bit less than the President or VP even.

The heads of the Senate and House (House Speaker and Senate President pro-tem) are not necessarily the Majority Leader or Whip or other Party official, but they wield enormous power in choosing committee assignments and heads. Generally, the party leaders aren't even in elected office at the same time (Howard Dean, for example, was solely Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005-2009).

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currently, for example:

Orrin Hatch, Senate President pro tem
Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader (R)
John Boehner, House Speaker
Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Leader (R)
but
Reince Priebus is the Chairman of the Republican National Commitee.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Yakk » Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:20 pm UTC

Fractal_Tangent wrote:Also, while I do like the idea that you can vote differently for presidents and parties, is there like a head of the Republican party in the senate?

The head of the Senate and House Republicans are different people.

In the UK, your house of lords is weak; in the USA, the Senate is similar in power level to the House. So in the UK, the leader of the party in the house of lords ... barely matters. In the USA, they are kind of a big deal.

And both are roughly equally powerful, and they get their support from different people (and possibly different sub-sets of the party).
Why do people have to vote on the people who are going to run for running for president? Why not just pick the person who most of the representatives support?

The President is elected "directly" (sort of), and is not the leader of either of the parliaments.

The President, power wise, more is like the Queen in the UK, except the Queen without current traditional limits on her power that the UK has developed. They are an elected monarch -- a full on head of state, boss of the army, and top of the executive division of government -- with democratic legitimacy of their own.

They have more democratic legitimacy than the leaders of the party in the House/Senate, as they are more directly elected. In addition, they have lots of personal power.

Legislatively, they are about as powerful as 1/6 of each of the two houses, as that is roughly what it takes (above a majority) to overcome their veto. This is their individual power.

In the UK, the leader of a party only has customary power. They can dissolve parliament... with the permission of the Queen. In order to generate centralized power, they strengthen their customary power over their MPs and coerce them to vote. In the USA, the president does not need that custom.

As things decay without a force to keep them there, this reduces the customary legislative power of the president (down to slightly more than their actual power). (A party that acts as disunited in the UK as the US parties do would quickly fail: in the USA, less so).
Wouldn't that make it easier politically? Because then you might get a situation where most of the Republican representatives dislike the person who has been chosen to run for president and decide that they're not going to co-operate anyways.

Yes, that can happen.

The US system is designed with competing fiefdoms, not a unitary government. This was, in theory, by design, as they where afraid that a single powerful individual or group could do bad things with the power of an entire government behind them.

Most stable democracies use the single power structure (with rump additional houses or ceremonial heads of state). The USA is unusual among democracies that it does not.

It has not yet collapsed.

In theory, the structure of US democracy can result in a deadlock, where the state cannot function, because two of the 3 legislative powers (president, senate and house) cannot agree. Unlike in parliamentary democracies, this does not trigger an election. There is no escape clause.

Note that a similar thing could happen in a parliamentary monarchy. The parliament could refuse to cooperate within itself, and the monarch's representative could refuse to call an election. This seems less likely, as the legitimacy of the monarchy to shut down the state has been eroded over time *by custom*. (I believe things like this have happened, where parliament refused to supply the monarch with tax funds for some cause.)

In addition, in the UK system, the power of Parliament has Parliamentary sovereignty. This is not true in the UK for either the house or senate: the US constitution is sovereign, as far as I can tell (well, there are rules to change the US constitution that involve getting almost all states to agree (over a limited time) and the house to agree).
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Re: Inspirations

Postby bigglesworth » Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:27 am UTC

eran_rathan wrote:Less important than you might think
Sorry - I meant presidential candidate.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby mathmannix » Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:39 pm UTC

My take on it is basically, most of us hate the idea of having only two candidates to choose from, but the momentum behind our two-party system is way too big to stop at this time (it's been this way since the Civil War. Changing it now would probably take another one of those, or something equally - or more - massive, like our country being invaded.) So, the next best plan is to make the primaries open to a whole slew of candidates (although if the incumbent President is running, he's pretty much going to be the only candidate from that party; the incumbent has only been seriously challenged once in the past 100 years, in 1976, but then he still was the nominee anyway). It then makes the general election kinda-sorta like a runoff.
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Postby strake » Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:06 pm UTC

mathmannix wrote:My take on it is basically, most of us hate the idea of having only two candidates to choose from, but the momentum behind our two-party system is way too big to stop at this time


It may be due to the electoral system: see Duverger's Law.

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Re: Inspirations

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Re: Inspirations

Postby You, sir, name? » Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:21 pm UTC

I find I have an inherent distrust in other men with beards. I cannot find a rational reason for this.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby poxic » Sat Oct 03, 2015 8:32 pm UTC

Probably Hollywood's fault.

Or the schoolyard bully in your neighbourhood hit puberty early.
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Postby suffer-cait » Sat Oct 03, 2015 8:41 pm UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:I find I have an inherent distrust in other men with beards. I cannot find a rational reason for this.

other men? so you are man with beard? then it might just subconsciously be jealousy and/or judgement. People totally do that sometimes.
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You, sir, name? wrote:I find I have an inherent distrust in other men with beards. I cannot find a rational reason for this.

other men? so you are man with beard? then it might just subconsciously be jealousy and/or judgement. People totally do that sometimes.


I'm a man, and I've been both bearded and beardless. I think it's mostly a matter of how much I can relate to a person with a beard, especially high maintenance beards.

A parallel, you know how it's sort of possible to know what's going on in the head of most larger mammals. Like, their basic motivations and why they do what they do. Then there's like crustaceans, which have a ton of legs and weird appendages and antennae, and live in the ocean and do what they do for reasons that are pretty much completely alien to human beings.

A guy with a goatee is a bit like a lobster to me.
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Postby Quercus » Sat Oct 03, 2015 10:19 pm UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:I'm a man, and I've been both bearded and beardless. I think it's mostly a matter of how much I can relate to a person with a beard, especially high maintenance beards.

My beard's reasonably high maintenance (condition and brush every day, shave edges every other day, trim once a week) and I can tell you exactly why I have a beard (other than the fact that I like the way it looks):- it's because it's considerably lower maintenance than shaving fully every single day (twice a day if I don't want noticeable stubble in the evening). My hair is crazy fast growing. I also have the nightmare combo of a tough, dry, coarse beard (in its natural state anyway) and sensitive breakout-prone skin, hence the daily conditioning and brushing to keep it soft and neat and the skin underneath happy. The sensitive skin is another reason why shaving as often as I would have to in order to stay clean shaven is not a good idea.

So beards seem like a lot of unnecessary work, but for some people it's actually going to be the lowest-maintenance way for them to have a neat appearance.

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Re: Inspirations

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Sun Oct 04, 2015 2:29 am UTC

My beard is low maintenance. Like, the lowest maintenance possible. I do basically no trimming or shaving or what have you. I only shampoo/condition it when I'm already washing my head hair. I do usually brush it, but again, that takes all of 10 seconds extra after brushing my head hair. And the reason I have a beard is indeed primarily because it's less maintenance than shaving. I mean, I guess I've also become accustomed to how it looks since I've had it for the majority of the time since I could grow it, but that's rather secondary.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby addams » Sun Oct 04, 2015 2:30 am UTC

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Re: Inspirations

Postby elminster » Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:37 pm UTC

FT/RT: Sometimes I sit around and think about fairly abstract things and the pros/cons of them conceptually. Like "masking", for electronics it can make extremely complex high detailed things with precision by blocking out almost all the areas you don't want to remove, or painters tape that allows you to get an almost perfectly refined edge despite the variations in application. Furthermore, with things like CPUs, optics are used to shrink the masked area to magnitudes smaller.
I dunno, it's just quite nice conceptually; the real world applications are very useful too.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby You, sir, name? » Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:04 pm UTC

I really like this quote

"We judge ourselves by our intentions, and others by their behavior."

I'm frequently a bit taken by how applicable it is to human relations. If someone apologizes to you, they will usually do so by clarifying their intentions.
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Hi everyone!

Half an hour ago I found out what a random xkcd comic link is and went stripping URIs. I stumbled upon c . xkcd . com / turtle. Can this URI be used somehow, or does it correspond just to some empty directory on a server (maybe someone knows)? :?

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Re: Inspirations

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elminster wrote:FT/RT: Sometimes I sit around and think about fairly abstract things and the pros/cons of them conceptually. Like "masking", for electronics it can make extremely complex high detailed things with precision by blocking out almost all the areas you don't want to remove, or painters tape that allows you to get an almost perfectly refined edge despite the variations in application. Furthermore, with things like CPUs, optics are used to shrink the masked area to magnitudes smaller.
I dunno, it's just quite nice conceptually; the real world applications are very useful too.


I have very little idea of what you are talking about.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby elminster » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:55 am UTC

FierceContinent wrote:I have very little idea of what you are talking about.
Hence fleeting/random thought and I suck at explaining explaining abstract partly-incoherent streams of thoughts. Also I suck at English.
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Re: Inspirations

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elminster wrote:
FierceContinent wrote:I have very little idea of what you are talking about.
Hence fleeting/random thought and I suck at explaining explaining abstract partly-incoherent streams of thoughts. Also I suck at English.

Your English is far better then our customers'.
Also, your fleeting thought indicates a sense of wonder for the awesome things that people do. Your example of masking to make CPU stuctures of only 14 nm is one such an awesome feat that people take for granted.
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Re: A mysterious turtle

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arseniiv wrote:Can this URI be used somehow […]
Ah, I’ve got it, thanks to the forum and “Pixels” episode.

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Re: Inspirations

Postby addams » Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:36 am UTC

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FierceContinent wrote:I have very little idea of what you are talking about.
Hence fleeting/random thought and I suck at explaining explaining abstract partly-incoherent streams of thoughts. Also I suck at English.

Your English is far better then our customers'.
Also, your fleeting thought indicates a sense of wonder for the awesome things that people do. Your example of masking to make CPU structures of only 14 nm is one such an awesome feat that people take for granted.

And; I understood the masking tape reference.
It is so great to have a predictable void.
And; An easy straight line.

oh, If you ever decide to do more than think about painting, watch those taped edges.
The paint likes to sneak under. Even with sneaky paint, tape is better than no tape.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Lazar » Sat Oct 17, 2015 7:09 pm UTC

Okay: Seth Rogen, Seth Green, Seth Meyers, Seth MacFarlane. Is there some rule that famous people named Seth can only do comedy? Is this some kind of conspiracy?
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Fractal_Tangent » Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:07 pm UTC

I thought most of those people were the same. But then I have issues thinking that Bill Murray and Robin Williams were the same person - I was really surprised to see Bill Murray still doing films after he'd died.
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Re: Inspirations

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:54 pm UTC

And to be fair, only two of them are funny.

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Re: Inspirations

Postby phlip » Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:28 am UTC

Seth Boyer, on the other hand, is an artist who creates only perfection.

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