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Ok, what am I missing here? Saw Deadpool, thought it was trying waaaay too hard at being fan-service, which got in the way of the comedy, and the action/violence was tepid at best, and without a knowing wink to the obvious sociopathy. Saw Logan, got absolutely no pathos, saw a distinct lack of chemistry between the actors, and the emotional beats and drama were anemic.

Is it just that the bar has been set really low, or is it that a comic's arc been reset with the Netflix model of spending 10 hours to tell a story? Because Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have been great.

He did step down as a mod last year.  But yes, the scrubbers were at work fast yesterday.  SRD has a lot of links and juicy quotes in their thread on the topic


I'm gonna read the hell out of this while my students analyze their urine.  :lol:

In some places, that costs extra.

And it's not so much utopia as monetizing the end of the world.

Um, so yeah.  Utopia.   :lulz:

Monetize the eschaton!!

That's gotta be a fucking meme.  QG, your skills are needed!

Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: Oh, Oregon!
« on: Yesterday at 12:41:30 pm »
You don't think it's that whole PhD nomenclature, is it?  "I'm an engineer with a PhD, so call me Dr."

I'm pretty sure you were dealing with idiots; I wanted to add this because I'm currently dealing with people who can't understand why you shouldn't call two different processes in a workflow the same thing. 

"They can't both be called 'final acceptance letters' and expect the system to know the difference!"

And there you have it: Utopia starts in the greater Tucson area.

Whooda thunk?

Or Kill Me / Re: You're not conscious
« on: April 26, 2017, 03:22:58 pm »
The short answer is that metaphors can be incredibly deceptive and can lead to entirely false notions of how the universe works.

Cf: metaphors for quantum behavior leading to the belief that consciousness literally changes objective reality.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: April 25, 2017, 06:14:24 pm »
Not to mention "my rich father let me do what I wanted" is not a policy position.

Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: Spagbook
« on: April 25, 2017, 06:11:17 pm »
Yeah, even if RationalWiki has a known hateboner for YK, he has become a sort of Nassim Taleb Black Swan thing, where at the beginning it's a really awesome tool/resource/concept, but after a while you have to kill your idol.

The old essays are still pretty great, though.

Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: Spagbook
« on: April 25, 2017, 02:56:32 pm »
That's what I meant about finding the limits of my bubble.  I've was caught up in the Less Wrong stuff a while back, and Bayes is heavily stressed.  I made the false assumptions that a) a lot of so-called "rationalists" would be at the march, and b) more science people in general would know the formula. 

Although, that means it would make a pretty cool tattoo someday.

And thanks!  I like the beard look too.  I certainly haven't lost weight, but I may appear less puffy because I'm getting high a lot more than getting drunk.

Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: Spagbook
« on: April 23, 2017, 10:26:06 pm »
Guess I found where my bubble ends. I totally thought more people at the Science March would recognize Bayes' Thorem. Oh, well.

Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: ABSOLUTE CHAOS
« on: April 23, 2017, 02:48:22 pm »
I dunno. The movie could have a cool plot twist that, as the last ambulance drives away, it suddenly becomes clear that the world is a fundamentally better place now, despite all the blood.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: April 22, 2017, 04:02:45 pm »
Thanks, all. I miss him a lot.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: April 21, 2017, 05:30:20 pm »
Yeah, I agree; I had an emotional flinch.  Disregard previous posts.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: April 21, 2017, 04:38:33 pm »
Oh, wait.  The article you linked is not the article you quoted...

To explain my emotional reaction that may have clouded my judgement, Marburger was my dad.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: April 21, 2017, 03:36:43 pm »

The role of Science Advisor comes with the position of Director for the Office of Science and Technology Policy.  That means they control the budget and policies for science and technology across the nation.  Being the Science Advisor is incredibly minor compared to being responsible for the entire federal funding for science.

And, as he said at the time, "If I don't take the job, can I trust the next guy down the line to do it right?"

Caveat:  I may take this personally.

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