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Started by Cain, August 09, 2014, 07:29:35 AM

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LMNO

Interesting.  What do you hope to learn from watching them?

Cain

Oh, something to do with this Khorasan group.  Basically, it seems like someone in the Middle East did some actual journalism and went into one of the bombed out safe houses a US jet hit and took some documents.  As it turns out, Khorasan may have another name, and some names of its members were included in the documents the reporter took. 

One of those names was (before sadly dying in a freak accident involving a head-on collision with a laser-guided American missile) part of an elite sniper unit, who had videos made of them training.  So I'm watching the videos as part of my research.

LMNO

Ah.  Gotcha.  Well, at least there's parkour.

Mesozoic Mister Nigel

Quote from: Cain on October 01, 2014, 12:17:13 PM
You could always watching jihadi training videos instead, like me.

This Jabhat al-Nusra one is actually quite good.  Slick production values, but not over the top.  Music is not overpowering, or obnoxious, or entirely terrible.  And for a sniper unit, these guys have some neat parkour moves.

:lulz: Sounds pretty entertaining. Instead, I will do Organic Chemistry homework.
"I'm guessing it was January 2007, a meeting in Bethesda, we got a bag of bees and just started smashing them on the desk," Charles Wick said. "It was very complicated."


Mesozoic Mister Nigel

Quote from: hirley0 on October 01, 2014, 10:37:21 AM
Quote from: Doktor Skinsaw on October 01, 2014, 04:02:22 AM
Quote from: Slyph on September 30, 2014, 09:10:32 PM
Quote from: Doktor Skinsaw on September 30, 2014, 03:10:49 PM
Each of my books weighs about eight pounds, with the consequence that I have to pick one to bring to school. I will be at school all fucking day.
Rent a locker?

you might consider my old locker
it is in nueberger ? 4th floor as i remember
on the path to the math lab 465?
on the South wall | proble is i do not
eXactly remember the number 338
its not a coat locker its just holds books & papers
you don't kneed a key | you can turn the
lock with anything finger nail works
paper clip tops of ball points etc
you may have to try sever to find 338
its about 4 to 6 rows from the East end
and about tit leval | easy to reach
no stooping or reaching up
just walk up when the hall is empty
and turn
but it could well be the whole bank is gone
from the South hall across from a water fountain?

good luck | also check SU.sub basement SE corner ?/?

Thanks N0p! I think I have devised a system that is complex but functional. I will do Ochem homework at home on Monday and Wednesday mornings, and at school on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons. I'll read my Neuro book at school on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, and my Molecular Bio book at home on Monday and Wednesday evenings. I'll do my Systems Science reading on the bus to and from school.

I'll work on projects on weekends.

Seems like this should cover me, and I'll only have one really big textbook on me at any given time.
"I'm guessing it was January 2007, a meeting in Bethesda, we got a bag of bees and just started smashing them on the desk," Charles Wick said. "It was very complicated."


minuspace

Free GPU's?  Was wondering if, absent petty cash, we might be able to pool some cycles off of off machines home/work/skewl?  I have no idea why, though, at least somewhat selfishly, a few tings come to dis quartermaster's mind...  Wow, don't mind me.

Mesozoic Mister Nigel

People drama llamaing about the whole Facebook real name thing is seriously starting to get on my nerves. No, Snowflake, Facebook is almost certainly not deliberately targeting San Francisco drag queens in order to make money by forcing them to make fan pages. In fact, that possibility almost certainly never even crossed the wee little minds of Facebook's executives when they decided to enact their ill-fated and decidedly moronic real name policy. Yes, their policy has enabled assholes to target drag queens for persecution, but, as much as I hate Facebook, rationally thinking the situation through, I am almost forced to contemplate the high probability that persecuting drag queens was almost certainly not their diabolical plan all along.
"I'm guessing it was January 2007, a meeting in Bethesda, we got a bag of bees and just started smashing them on the desk," Charles Wick said. "It was very complicated."


Mesozoic Mister Nigel

Facebook's lack of giving a fuck about the safety of various groups of people including (but not limited to) drag performers, schoolteachers, minor children, and people fleeing domestic violence, at least until the bad publicity sunk in, is far more damning of their ethical senses, IMO, than the fact that they enacted the policy in the first place, which is merely damning of their collective ability to rub two sticks together to make fire.

Not that their ethical senses were in question to begin with, having set them on fire and thrown them out the window earlier this year when they performed human subject research without informed consent.
"I'm guessing it was January 2007, a meeting in Bethesda, we got a bag of bees and just started smashing them on the desk," Charles Wick said. "It was very complicated."


Suu

*grumble* This is the last time I let my husband do anything without my supervision. He registered the car today and put a Red Sox frame on my license plate. *grumble*

I just ordered Tampa Bay decals using his Paypal account though. :)
Sovereign Episkopos-Princess Kaousuu; Esq., Battle Nun, Bene Gesserit.
Our Lady of Perpetual Confusion; 1st Church of Discordia

"Add a dab of lavender to milk, leave town with an orange, and pretend you're laughing at it."

Doktor Howl

Quote from: Doktor Skinsaw on October 02, 2014, 12:28:30 AM
People drama llamaing about the whole Facebook real name thing is seriously starting to get on my nerves. No, Snowflake, Facebook is almost certainly not deliberately targeting San Francisco drag queens in order to make money by forcing them to make fan pages. In fact, that possibility almost certainly never even crossed the wee little minds of Facebook's executives when they decided to enact their ill-fated and decidedly moronic real name policy. Yes, their policy has enabled assholes to target drag queens for persecution, but, as much as I hate Facebook, rationally thinking the situation through, I am almost forced to contemplate the high probability that persecuting drag queens was almost certainly not their diabolical plan all along.

All I know is that I can't be Hamish Howl anymore so fuck Zuckerberg right in his pimply fucking ear.

Sam Tarwell?  What the fuck is THAT shit?
Molon Lube

Doktor Howl

Quote from: Doktor Skinsaw on October 02, 2014, 12:34:32 AM
Facebook's lack of giving a fuck about the safety of various groups of people including (but not limited to) drag performers, schoolteachers, minor children, and people fleeing domestic violence, at least until the bad publicity sunk in, is far more damning of their ethical senses, IMO, than the fact that they enacted the policy in the first place, which is merely damning of their collective ability to rub two sticks together to make fire.

Not that their ethical senses were in question to begin with, having set them on fire and thrown them out the window earlier this year when they performed human subject research without informed consent.

I wonder if that was a case of "we have no idea what we're doing BUT IT'S SCIENCE" or "We know and don't care"?
Molon Lube

Mesozoic Mister Nigel

Quote from: Doktor Howl on October 02, 2014, 01:09:23 AM
Quote from: Doktor Skinsaw on October 02, 2014, 12:34:32 AM
Facebook's lack of giving a fuck about the safety of various groups of people including (but not limited to) drag performers, schoolteachers, minor children, and people fleeing domestic violence, at least until the bad publicity sunk in, is far more damning of their ethical senses, IMO, than the fact that they enacted the policy in the first place, which is merely damning of their collective ability to rub two sticks together to make fire.

Not that their ethical senses were in question to begin with, having set them on fire and thrown them out the window earlier this year when they performed human subject research without informed consent.

I wonder if that was a case of "we have no idea what we're doing BUT IT'S SCIENCE" or "We know and don't care"?

My suspicion is the latter, because when the editor asked about it she was told that the "local IRB" had approved it, which later turned out to not be a formal IRB application or even a review board at all, but a Facebook Ethics Committee discussing it after the fact, which, well.
"I'm guessing it was January 2007, a meeting in Bethesda, we got a bag of bees and just started smashing them on the desk," Charles Wick said. "It was very complicated."


Chelagoras The Boulder

Last week i started a male feminist facebook group centered on fighting male gender roles and promoting a kinder more progressive masculinity. I was almost immediately screeched at by two feminist acquaintances of mine for...i'm still not entirely sure what to be honest, at a certain point they were just flinging Tumblr-grade talking points at me without even engaging my arguments directly. I somehow managed to field the entire fiasco without calling either one of them a name or resorting to ad hominem attacks, which believe took the patience of a saint on Quaaludes. Joke's on them though, after that shitstorm, people actually started showing up to make discussion and post things so... i win i guess?
"It isn't who you know, it's who you know, if you know what I mean.  And I think you do."

Sita

Well, after the backlash it seems Facebook is going to be a bit more lenient on it's real name policy.
Seems to be the same thing that Google went through a while back.

Why sites are so insistent on this real name stuff I don't understand.
:ninja:
Laugh, even if you are screaming inside. Smile, because the world doesn't care if you feel like crying.

Suu

After the first week on thyroid meds...well, it's 6:51am here. My alarm doesn't go off for 9 minutes. I've already had 3/4ths a cup of coffee. That should explain everything.

I scared my husband. He was like, "What are you doing up?" I staggered out at 5:45 to take my pill when his alarm went off. By 6:20, I was up. Now I'm borderline bouncing off the walls. Bearman was right, this shit is insomnia in a bottle.
Sovereign Episkopos-Princess Kaousuu; Esq., Battle Nun, Bene Gesserit.
Our Lady of Perpetual Confusion; 1st Church of Discordia

"Add a dab of lavender to milk, leave town with an orange, and pretend you're laughing at it."