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Messages - Mesozoic Mister Nigel

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That ad was funny you terrible bore.

He authentically doesn't get the humor, which is fine. He lacks the cognitive basis for understanding what makes it funny. Where it stops being fine and becomes insufferable is his insistence that because he doesn't find something funny, it is objectively not funny to anyone.


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It was me, like two years ago, being annoyed by people posting snickers ads and pretending they're funny. my deficit in theory of mind and resultant inability to grasp how humor I don't understand can be funny for other people.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: April 25, 2015, 10:57:52 pm »
I'm really excellent at puns.

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If their goal is to make people kill themselves because they don't want to live on the same planet with these people, mission accomplished:

hxxp://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=6ddb03794d116d6d90ca3c083&id=8e1e56ad99

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Perhaps ironically, I found this article and immediately passed it on to other nodes. :lol:

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Shit, I know... too busy to pee? I'm there a lot myself these days.  :lol:

I thought it was interesting that they specifically measured online interactions, implying that quite possibly those students who do not participate in the rich club may also be those who are less technologically inclined and, to put it bluntly, get out more.

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It's also worth noting that, at least in the abstract, no claims are made about causation, only about correlation. So the observed effect may be completely valid, leaving wide open the question of directionality or background contributors to the effect. It is completely possible, and I think not at all unlikely, that the people who were going to be higher performers for various reasons tend to cluster, which reinforces their high performance but does not cause it.

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Our results indicate that more frequent and intense social interactions generally imply better score for students engaging in them. We find that these interactions are hosted within a “rich-club”, mediated by persistent interactions among high performing students, which is created during the first weeks of the course.

Hmm, that's a possible explanation.

But it feels pretty insufficient, given the evidence shows children from more affluent backgrounds perform better regardless of other factors when it comes to education.  Is it possible they have the causation here backwards?  I think sociology has a lot to say on why people tend to network with their own socio-economic class background, and the education factor could be separate from that.

I'm just speculating though, I've not read the paper to form any specific conclusions about whether they've sufficiently controlled for this factor already or not (work night, aint nobody got time fo that).

If it helps, it's about college students, who are, unfortunately, generally already selected for a certain socioeconomic class.

I also haven't read the study with enough depth to see whether they controlled for nontraditional college students, who have other obligations such as jobs, families, or other external factors that limit their opportunities for social interaction with classmates.

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Discordian Recipes / Re: ITT: You give me terrible ideas for waffles
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:38:26 pm »
I was planning on making a waffle breakfast this morning, but the kids are all asleep. Maybe I'll make waffles for dinner instead.

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I think you missed the most important one:

1. Treat her like a human being.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Fuck This Court
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:34:48 pm »
Her website is... interesting. http://tamahjadaclark.com/

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In other words, I don't think that it is a case of

A. The most socially adept people immediately building a social network, resulting in better exchange of information and therefore better grades,

or

B. The smartest and best students happening to naturally also be the most sociable,

or

C. The smartest and best students forming a clique and deliberately excluding the poorer students.

I think it's largely that people who are really into a subject and may not have the best social skills tend to find it easy to bond over studying, and so quickly form tight-knit nerd clusters which mostly talk about nerd shit, which reinforces the curriculum. Meanwhile, the less studious among the class kind of avoid the nerds, and engage in more social activity outside of academia, until they realize they're struggling with the class and try to join study groups or get tutoring from the nerds, who naturally are kind of put off by the sudden attempt to engage and recognize that they're not being approached due to shared interests, but primarily being used for their knowledge.
Huh, very interesting!

Here's what I thought, I see that it is similar to your thoughts now that I typed it out:

D. Learning is improved by social interactions with peers (people who are studying the same thing at the same time) because you are engaging with the subject matter in different ways and integrating it into your culture. After that it is a simple case of time is limited and social interactions take time.

I think that's exactly it.

If what's important to you is the subject matter of the class you're going to find other people who are into the same thing, ie. studying. People often say that nerds don't have social lives, but it's actually that the social lives of nerds revolves around learning.

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That imageset bothers me in ways I find hard to describe.

First off, it's perfectly transparent about advertising snickers. But, it doesn't even get their ad right.

Second, it implies that (1) Cthulu speaks english, (2) he's 'demonic', (3) he's only 'demonic' because he's hungry, and (4) a candy bar will make him feel better.

In other words, the person who initially made it completely failed (on many levels) to comprehend the basic ideas of both the lovecraft mythos and candy bar commercials, and yet decided to combine them anyway. Probably, if I posted this rant to him directly, he'd have a hissy fit and complain about how I'm ruining his fun.

I guess what really bothers me is that the world contains people like the one who made that photoset and posted it initially without realizing anything was wrong with it.

Good times.

 :lol: A classic.

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DON'T THINK I WON'T.

Also, job interview tomorrow.

Excellent!

I have a  midterm tomorrow

then again, when don't I?



I  think it went well

I have another midterm on Thursday.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Ingress
« on: April 25, 2015, 06:39:05 am »
The Powers That Be have cut WAY back on how much boot I get from hacking portals, to the point where I'm finding it difficult to play. Maybe I'm supposed to be working on setting up mega-fields? That seems to be the way gameplay is going, but I don't have the time or resources to work on that level.

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