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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Aya
« on: December 02, 2014, 03:57:10 pm »
One of my claims to fame is that me and a bunch of folks bombarded him with cigarettes when he announced onstage, during the "smoker with attitude" tour, that he had given up. He was the only one in the theatre that knew he was dying of cancer at the time.  :oops:

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Aya
« on: December 02, 2014, 01:31:30 pm »
A fellow Hicks fan? Well met, new guy!

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Aya
« on: December 02, 2014, 12:38:02 pm »
He's going to pick something none of us betted on, just to be outlandish.

Sneaky fucker, you. Odds are 1-1000 (Enjoy your fraction of a cent victory)  :argh!:

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Most Wanted, #7 of ?
« on: December 02, 2014, 06:59:58 am »
In my defense, I can't remember any of that. We started out with a couple of halfs in a mates house and the next thing I know a bunch of wankers are yelling "armistice" at me. Needless to say, I declined

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Couple of quick maths questions
« on: December 01, 2014, 06:53:56 pm »
Dude is six foot off the lip. Okay he's bodyboarding (points deducted there) but it's still a pretty awesome shot. That's exactly the kind of fun he was shooting for. And the shot? That shit puts you on the map. If I get one like that in a kayak, there's customers, there's sponsorship. It aint up there with Michael Jordan but a mate of mine gets free boats from one of the manufacturers. Other guys get paddles, kit. Good enough for me.

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Hmmm, yeah, you could be on to something. Is this a spectrum, maybe? Do the complacent fall in the middle? Strong enough to bear it without whining but hardly strong enough to do anything about it?

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Kinda interesting to revisit this trainwreck of thought. Thanks for the bump. I still hold the conviction of the OP but I feel it's badly worded. Badly framed in terms of weak and strong. Too many connotations of physical strength, that's not what I'm about. Whiners and fighters maybe? People who accept their lot in life v's people who yell "Fuck this!" and kick the doors out?

I can't really blame the whiners for their whining, either. Any more than I can blame a paraplegic for being hit by a bus. Conditioning is something that happens to you. Some work out you can slip the trap but it's a trick, if they don't notice, it affects them. Not their fault they didn't notice, any more than it's blind luck if they saw through it but it pisses me off nonetheless.

This conviction I have that if there were less whiners and more fighters, it'd be cooler. Maybe not. Maybe world war three. Maybe whiners are necessary to balance the "Fuck this - kick the doors out mentality" Or else there'd be no doors left on their hinges?

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RAAAR! Fuck 'em. If they don't like it - fuck 'em again

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You realize that most of those silly metaphors were created about 100 years ago, when they honestly had no idea of what was going on, right?  For the most part, physicists have stopped doing that a while ago.

Your above rant sounds like a person who only knows about a Turing-style card-fed Automatic Computing Engine trying to describe the Watson supercomputer.

Maybe the problem is lead time, then. Discovery is made then, a century later, someone brings it to my attention. The internets has improved this immensely but finding reliable feeds with good information means navigating a gobshite minefield

In my case, my problem is that I accept information too readily.  I am, as a result, full of truisms, given the avalanche of shit that is the internet.

It's the age old problem of signal to noise ratio, scaled up to information overload levels. On the plus side the signal is much quicker nowadays

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You realize that most of those silly metaphors were created about 100 years ago, when they honestly had no idea of what was going on, right?  For the most part, physicists have stopped doing that a while ago.

Your above rant sounds like a person who only knows about a Turing-style card-fed Automatic Computing Engine trying to describe the Watson supercomputer.

Maybe the problem is lead time, then. Discovery is made then, a century later, someone brings it to my attention. The internets has improved this immensely but finding reliable feeds with good information means navigating a gobshite minefield

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Or Kill Me / Re: what is this even for?
« on: December 01, 2014, 04:49:03 pm »
Shit rant. 0/10  :kingmeh:

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Couple of quick maths questions
« on: December 01, 2014, 04:47:31 pm »
Some bodyboard wanker gone and beat me to it  :argh!:



Pretty epic shot, tho. Need to get this set up...

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In fairness, it aint easy (and it's becoming increasingly hard) to separate science from bullshit and pseudo science. Back in the old days it seemed easier. Newton did the apple thing. You could try it. Drop an apple, yup down it goes. But scientific knowledge grows like a mushroom. discoveries branch into fields, discoveries in those fields branch into more fields, til you end up where we are now, with a lot of cutting edge research being so fucking narrow focus that the guys discovering the latest particle stuff being unable to explain it to the guys in the next room studying a different particle.

I look at scientific papers and they're written in whatever dialect of whatever language that particular branch of science uses and it's gobbledygook to me (unless it's computer science) so I have to make do with popular articles written after the fact in layman's english. That's fine but, click on the wrong website and you'll find bullshit, indistinguishable from the real thing. There's also so much nowadays that it's easy to miss stuff. Like the other day when Nigel informed me they were back into testing psychedelics. Totally missed that memo.

The worst offender, though, has to be quantum physics. Those bastards just had to come up with popular metaphors to explain their calculations, that essentially sound like witchcraft. What the fuck did they think was going to happen when the lay public found out that looking at an experiment changes it or that the particle goes through both holes at the same time. What the fuck are you supposed to think?

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