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Quote from: Junkenstein on May 29, 2014, 11:33:38 AM
Incel (Involuntarily celibate)

Well this is the worst word I've learned in a while.
What I'm listening to:

Judge John Hodgman
Savage Love
Welcome to Night Vale

and 1950s sci fi radio plays: X MINUS ONE
Two vast and trunkless legs of stone / Re: Wage Slavery
September 25, 2012, 08:55:45 PM
So it seems that holist is saying that boring office work is similar to porn/prostitution in that they both involve getting paid for something you don't enjoy.

This is about as useful as saying that playing with a puppy is similar to getting mauled by a tiger; after all, both involve furry animals.

To be fair, he did acknowledge that there are also differences between "wage slavery" and prostitution:

Quote from: holist on September 25, 2012, 08:08:12 PM
(the exploitation, on the one hand, and the commodification of that most personal and private and joyful aspect of human life, which is sex, on the other hand)

But this is such a large difference that the previous similarity becomes moot and pointless. And so why even bring it up?
Here is an article comparing "privilege" to video game difficulty settings.

I think it makes a lot of sense.

Quote...Now, once you've selected the "Straight White Male" difficulty setting, you still have to create a character, and how many points you get to start — and how they are apportioned — will make a difference. Initially the computer will tell you how many points you get and how they are divided up. If you start with 25 points, and your dump stat is wealth, well, then you may be kind of screwed. If you start with 250 points and your dump stat is charisma, well, then you're probably fine. Be aware the computer makes it difficult to start with more than 30 points; people on higher difficulty settings generally start with even fewer than that....
Techmology and Scientism / Re: News from the LHC
July 06, 2012, 11:41:47 AM
Quote from: P3nT4gR4m on July 06, 2012, 09:30:42 AM
The impression I get is that physicists think that there must be something wrong with the models unless they remove the conflict and get them to tie up so, in essence, one or both of the models has a mistake in it. Kinda like how Newtonian physics works great for building bridges and stuff but sucks at predicting where mars is going to be. Is this a fair assessment?

Yeah, exactly.

Quote from: P3nT4gR4m on July 06, 2012, 09:30:42 AM
And more importantly - will there be teleporters?

Probaby not. :/
I mean, teleporters seem to require suicide, right? You have to dissolve yourself in one place and then transmit the "blueprints" of your body to be reconstituted elsewhere. The dissolved body is still dead.

As for string theory, as far as I can tell, it seems to have become more an area of maths than physics. Mathematicians love it, it apparently has lots of interesting structures and tie-ins to other obscure topics in abstract maths. The idea of actually testing it against reality seems to have taken a back seat.

Hopefully the Higgs boson discovery is just the start of a lot more concrete results for theoreticians to examine. For a very long time (like 20 years?) Theory has been racing way ahead of Experiment. And so Theory kind of lost the run of itself. These new Experiments will hopefully bring it back to a more practical level.
Techmology and Scientism / Re: News from the LHC
July 04, 2012, 11:58:03 AM
Bump for this mornings announcement!

The OP (and Peregrine's post) still stand as an explanation of what's happening, the real news is that the confidence in the results are now over 5 sigma!

So the Higgs exists (and has an energy of 125 GeV), what remains is to discover whether it is the expected Standard Model version of the Higgs, or if its something slightly different.

More about that near the end of this article:

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Lets Talk Theory.
February 28, 2012, 12:12:18 PM
Thanks Cain and Demo.

This is really interesting, it's great to have such a clear introduction to the basics of these things.
Ah, the hm thing is just from their host; HostMonster.
There's an mp3 playing on the site. Very quietly, I didn't notice it until I looked at the page source and turned my speakers up.
It's a creepy ambient sort of thing called hipnaural.mp3

And the logo looks like it was borrowed from the Dharma Initiative in Lost.

There's also a little logo that comes up next to my address bar:

hm? I don't recognise it.
So I wandered across this subreddit recently:

They seem to be opting to turn their own computers into nodes for a new internet. It's not as futuristically cool as doing it with jewellery, but probably more immediately practical? They're proposing to use something called cjdns to do this, but I don't know anything about its security or practicality. 
So by imagining your way into an alternate universe, and asking your (obviously better) Twin Self for help you can improve your life?
I'm sold!

There's a page full of testimonials here, and you can submit your own here!

I sent them this:

QuoteI am a successful entrepreneur and amateur beekeeper from Grenville Wisconsin. Quantum Jumping has helped me make sense of something very odd that happened to me in October of 2009. As I lay in bed with my beautiful wife, I was drifting off to sleep when I became aware of a presence approaching me. Imagine my surprise when the presence came into focus and turned out to be an exact copy of myself. Almost!

This Twin Self was slightly shorter, unshaven, wore shabbier clothes and smelt distinctly of patchouli. He began to ask me questions like: How did I set my goals? How did I actualize my potential? Where did I meet my wife? If my beehive swarms twice in one summer, how can I boost the larvae numbers? And why don't Buddhists get more action?

I answered these patiently and he faded away. For several years I was unsure whether this odd event had occured. But now, after someone facebooked me to your wwebsite, I have found the answer! This was a less successful me, from an alternate universe! And I helped him (me) on his (my) way! Thank you Quantum Jumping!
High Weirdness / Re: Obama went to Mars for the CIA
January 04, 2012, 02:10:42 PM
 :lol: Holy shit, I need to read more exopolitics!

Also, need to find out what a "jump room" is...
Really? What I got from it was that Arbe was more Platonic than Earth. (And Earth more Platonic than the other two worlds)
Although that may have just been the ideology of one of the groups on the spaceship; that they were on a continuous journey towards more perfection.

He did make the two ideas (Platonism and Quantumz) fit together really well though.