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High Weirdness / Re: The Annals Of Improbable Research
« on: November 23, 2014, 04:10:28 am »
The ironic thing is that I actually did a forum search to see if this had been discussed before, and it only turned up a single ancillary mention of the magazine.

I think I accidentally ran a search of the High Weirdness subforum only, because I ran another search today and got significantly more hits; including a similar topic that I apparently started five and a half years ago. So I do apologize for posting nearly the same topic twice, but I legitimately did check into whether this was redundant with previous discussions.

High Weirdness / Re: The Annals Of Improbable Research
« on: November 22, 2014, 06:03:27 am »
I don't got out much due to a combination of anxiety, depression, and asperger's syndrome. And recently I've been having trouble sleeping with the result of me spending a lot more time posting on message boards; including some, such as this one, that I had otherwise more or less stopped posting on.

I think the topic is a little more justified than you give it credit for though. While the IgNobel Prizes themselves are pretty famous, the magazine that gives them out seems to be a lot less famous.

High Weirdness / The Annals Of Improbable Research
« on: November 22, 2014, 05:00:19 am »
Have you ever heard of the magazine The Annals of Improbable Research?

They're a periodical about scientific discoveries that, while legitimate, is nonetheless bizarre, frivolous, weirdly specific, and/or in some way offensive.

They also give out yearly awards for such research (there's some really interesting ones among the winners for 2011)

Principia Discussion / Re: That's odd...
« on: November 21, 2014, 09:09:14 pm »
I feel like that's possibly discussed in more detail in the Kerry Thornley introduction in the Illuminet press edition (Purple).

It's also discussed in more detail in the Book of Eris

Principia Discussion / Re: That's odd...
« on: November 21, 2014, 09:06:32 pm »

Or Kill Me / Re: Get Out the Violins or A Call For Immediate Violence
« on: November 21, 2014, 07:56:26 pm »
Ye have locked yerselves up in cages of fear--and, behold, do ye now complain that ye lack FREEDOM!

Ye have cast out yer brothers for devils and now complain ye, lamenting that ye've been left to fight alone.

All Chaos was once yer kingdom; verily, held ye dominion over the entire Pentaverse, but today ye was sore afraid in dark corners, nooks, and sink holes.

O how the darknesses do crowd up, one against the other, in yer hearts!

Verily, verily I say unto you, not all the Sinister Ministers of the Bavarian Illuminati, working together in multitudes, could so entwine the land with tribulation as have yer baseless warnings.

Or Kill Me / Re: Get Out the Violins or A Call For Immediate Violence
« on: November 21, 2014, 07:47:35 pm »
I haven't read the whole thread yet, but I'd like to know if its been clarified whether he actually assaulted this girl, or whether he just happened to have the bad luck to live in, say Arizona or Pennsylvania, rather than Maryland or New Jersey

:musak: ...Look down. Look down... :musak:

I agree, however, that "get out the violins" is good advice for a case like this. We should also get out a book about goats and anything else which may be helpful in ignoring a trumped-up issue.

Just looked through the relevant wikipedia articles and my assessment of the Thermadorian Reaction, the Reign of Terror, and the White Terror seems to have been more or less accurate: people got sick of, disgusted by, and most importantly afraid of the Reign of Terror and rebelled agaiiinst the new government in favor of returning to royalism.

The comment about Stalin I can't solidly justify, but I get the distinct impression that even if it wasn't necessarily the reason for the west's hardline opposition to the USSR it certainly gave them a damn good excuse for it; one that still somehow manages to occasionally get bandied about today, despite it being 61 years after Stalin's death and 23 years since the Cold War was over and done with.

The French and the Russians tried that complete overhaul method, and well it didn't turn out too great.

The fall of those regimes was also helped along a great deal by the fact that people everywhere were put off by their insistence on taking bloody revenge on the old regime (in the form of the reign of terror and stalin's purges) rather than simply removing it

Aneristic Illusions / Re: The Dollop - The Thread
« on: November 21, 2014, 08:35:56 am »
Continuing quality with Dan Burros - Leader of the american nazi party. Guess his racial heritage.

Burros is an apt surname; he sounds like an ass.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: The Dollop - The Thread
« on: November 21, 2014, 08:21:37 am »

Why? Well, this week you've got the first biological terror attack in the US by a cult, through the use of diarrhoea. Who done it? Well technically the Guru, you may recall the guy who wanted to get into the Guinness book of records for having the most Rolls Royces? No? Then you need to listen to this shit. 

You mean Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?

Does it mention the fact that in additoon to being a terr0rist he was also a crypto-Nazi bastard who advocated the killing of jews and cripples and the relocation of gays to concentration camps? I think that that stuff is way worse than the salmonella.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Boyd Bushman | Deathbed Disclosure
« on: November 21, 2014, 07:54:20 am »
I actually listened to the whole thing at work. And here's my thought:

Why would we need to employ 18 extraterrestrials to reverse engineer their own technology?

I don't think claims of extraterrestrial contact legit (particularly this one; according to Snopes and Doubtful News and a number of other sources the "alien" in Bushman's photos is a mass-produced Halloween decoration [the writer from Snopes added that he was even  able to find one at his local Walmart]) but nonetheless This isn't necessarily a valid point. Do you know how most of the technology that you personally use works, in anything more than a very broad and general sense? And even if you did do you think you could repair or replicate it without the proper tools? Even if they did have complete knowledge of the technologies in question they'd still have to find a way build the tools necessary to build them, and to build the tools to build the tools; even, by analogy, if you know how to make microchips you may not know how to make a machine that etches silicon. Imagine trying to repair or duplicate an mp3 player using tools from Leonardo da Vinci's workshop.

It's a completely valid point. An expensive craft that could be damaged and stranded in space? Even humans know not to do that. Anyone with interstellar travel is gonna be a lot smarter than we are, so yeah, they might not be able to build one from scratch but they're sure as hell going to have a comprehensive understanding of how to fix it. Every single crew member is likely to be trained to do every job on board.

By analogy, consider the failed Apollo 13 moon mission: mission control had to devise a way of fixing the oxygen system on the fly.

My submission:

This is very good.

I can't shake the thought, however, that it would be cool if instead of writing "the more you know" in plaintext you had used a variant of the rainbow/star logo with the star replacedwith the distorted pentagram version of the elder sign.

High Weirdness / Re: Obama went to Mars for the CIA
« on: November 21, 2014, 03:02:33 am »
He didn't go to Marsm he came from Mars but got a forged birth certificate so it would look like he was born in the United States

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