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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: Yesterday at 07:41:54 pm »
Daemon is interesting, but essentially posits the way to solve humanity's woes is to SPOILER ALERT:






















turn reality into one giant MMO, with the AI as our benign, neutral overlord.  That's in the sequel, Freedom.  It's a problem with Suarez. He comes up with interesting ideas about hi-tech advancements, warfare and society, but fails on delivering an even slightly believable answer to the problems posed.

Well, that's disappointing.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / ATTN: Roger
« on: Yesterday at 07:31:08 pm »
Hope you're doing ok.

You're missed.  :sad:

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So, had a workplace injury last night.  UAnd as the result of a completely preventable workplace accident, I have ended up losing a thumb.

Well, part of a thumb.

Well, half the nail of the thumb.  On my non-dominant hand.

But it really fucking hurts.

Ouch.... I cringed a little bit

Prepare to cringe more.  The sliced bit of nail didn't come off clean, it was about 3/4 of the way through, but it was left hanging there.  So, naturally, I had to rip it off the rest of the way.

Fun times.

Nasty.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: WOMP-ertainment
« on: April 18, 2014, 08:47:03 pm »
:)

Glad you liked it.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: April 18, 2014, 08:40:53 pm »
Just finished Daemon by Daniel Suarez where a computer daemon takes over when it scans and finds the original coder's obituary...then it takes over the world.  It was really good, imo.  Some parts are a bit of a stretch...like someone coding this thing was bug free.  there's no such thing as bug free....but I was able to suspend my disbelief because the rest of it was pretty good

Something from the Nightside was also decent...just finished that as well.  It had a bit of a pulp feel but was WAAAAAY better than the first book of The Dresden Files....that bland piece of shit ...I can't believe I finished it.

Now I'm reading Damed by Chuck Palahniuk.  Still not sure about this....it reads a bit like lousy teenage fanfic.  plowing ahead though.

Think I'm gonna have to check out this Daemon book. Sounds great.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Can we get another Cain reading dump?
« on: April 18, 2014, 08:39:31 pm »
Got it downloaded and am now seeding for stragglers, thanks guys.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Can we get another Cain reading dump?
« on: April 18, 2014, 06:02:21 am »
I'll fire back up.

Thanks.

I'm about halfway through the download.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: WOMP-ertainment
« on: April 18, 2014, 05:47:19 am »























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Today ended well.



Nice work!

The real work will be to make sure I don't get booted out for drooping grades when I take physics, chem and calculus in autumn.  :lulz:

I bet you'll do better than you think you will.

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: The Internet Takes Away Religion
« on: April 18, 2014, 12:19:44 am »
The internet, to my mind is as big a leap in information transmission as the invention of the printing press was. The ramifications in terms of impact on the sharing of knowledge and ideas is of the same if not greater order of magnitude. The way we process ideas and subject them to examination and testing is accelerating the informing of the global consciousness. Ideas are much more rigorously tested, much quicker now than they used to be. Memetic evolution is selecting on an increasingly short timescale.

False ideas like many of the ones presented in religion are not strong enough to survive the ocean of critical analysis that is suddenly brought to bear on them and, because this analysis is now instantly made available to the whole world, these false ideas are falling pretty quickly, supplanted by replacement ideas that make much more coherent sense. It's still slow enough to disappoint some but at least most of those people would agree it's travelling in the right direction.

So yeah, I'd guess the internets has made a significant impact on religious affiliation. Hell, I can trace a massive decrease in my own - wooly mystical thinking - since I started using it. Much more effective, replacement concepts and descriptions have been made available to me. I purposefully bombard myself with new ones on a daily basis.

I shudder to think how I might have turned out had I not explored the interbutts.

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: The Internet Takes Away Religion
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:56:12 pm »
Being able to communicate and make friends with people outside of your immediate cultural surroundings almost certainly has a massive impact in people's ability and desire to tag themselves with an isolating label that forces them to filter everyone not bearing that label through a lens marked "other".

I mean, for example, it's really hard to draw an imaginary line between myself and Belgians and say "I am this thing, and they are that thing" when having daily conversations with Waffles and regret.


Bingbingbingbing! I agree. It also shifted information transmission from a location-based exchange (everyone gossips at church), to a peer-to-peer exchange (I can talk to you from half-the-world-away, or even last-week).


The 'third factor' is cellphones. Once we carried the phone around, it started breaking those word-to-mouth network-node's (church's) centralizing pull. People could feel a sense of community in radically new ways.

I have to agree with both of you. Great points.


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Literate Chaotic / Re: Can we get another Cain reading dump?
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:49:09 pm »
Yeah I seem to still be seeding. 6.3GB uploaded so far.

Thanks. I'm plugging along with the download now.

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: The Internet Takes Away Religion
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:43:57 pm »
http://www.technologyreview.com/view/526111/how-the-internet-is-taking-away-americas-religion/

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[Computer Scientist Allen Downey] says that the demise is the result of several factors but the most controversial of these is the rise of the Internet. He concludes that the increase in Internet use in the last two decades has caused a significant drop in religious affiliation.

It goes on to indicate that the University of Chicago's General Social Survey's data indicates a other factors causing people to lose their religion.  Those are, a decline in religious upbringing and an increase in college level  education.  Downey says those stats are rather pail in comparison to the data of increased internet use.



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If this third factor exists, it must have specific characteristics. It would have to be something new that was increasing in prevalence during the 1990s and 2000s, just like the Internet. “It is hard to imagine what that factor might be,” says Downey.

I thought perhaps that the increase in science and technology might account for the unknown data. The Internet is just a smaller factor in increasing knowledge acceleration.   I mean amazing things seem to happen almost weekly. To my mind that tends to trump faith a bit.

What say you, folks?

Johannes Gutenburg transformed the Western world with his printing press and movable type, but the Internet is currently transforming the entire world. I don't think it is a smaller factor at all.

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