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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: December 24, 2018, 11:06:09 am »
So, Trump's pulling troops out of Syria (or he tweeted he's doing it -- I realize there's a difference there).

This is oddly conflicting.  On one hand, I've never liked the way the US has handled the region, and so I... agree... with Trump...  Which makes me immediately want to say, "no, stay, it's probably a gift to Russia to leave." 

But then, a lot of Republicans I really don't trust on matters of foreign policy have loudly declared that the troops should stay, so I'm back to being pro-troop withdrawal.



Someone smarter than me, please help.

The right thing, done  for the wrong reason, is still the right thing.  I am sure it is a gift to Russia, but we were still up to no good there.

My hope is that Russia shifts a bit in the Kurd/Turkey conflict.  It makes no sense to me that they aren't more anti-Turkey,what with Turkey shooting down their plane and all.

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Apple Talk / Re: Allow me to introduce myself...
« on: December 24, 2018, 11:04:06 am »
I like playing games.  A lot.  Enough that I waste a lot of time that I should be doing pother things playing games.  The website Kevin linked to had a bunch of games I did not want to play.  I did not find one I did want to play, but I didn't look that hard.  It kind of looked like it wanted to get me to install spyware.

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Apple Talk / Re: On Language
« on: December 09, 2018, 06:13:25 am »

Alfred Bloom’s book “The Linguistic Shaping of Thought” tried another experiment - he gave Chinese and American students a passage to read, then tested them on it. The passage relied heavily on the subjunctive-clause, which is absent in Chinese. On followup tests, American students got 98% right, Chinese students got only 7% right. Bloom concluded that the Chinese language renders its speakers unable to entertain hypothetical false worlds without great mental effort. A cavalry of cognitive scientists disagreed with these tales of the concreteness of the Oriental mind. They pointed out numerous problems in the experiments, like that the Chinese translations of the passage were really bad, and at times genuinely ambiguous. When these flaws were fixed in subsequent experiments, the differences vanished.

This seems like an obviously flawed experiment.  "lets see how these students do at understanding something absent in their language, and use their language to test that"  um, obviously it isn't going to work.

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Apple Talk / Re: Ask Hoopla:
« on: December 02, 2018, 12:15:00 pm »
That's in Illuminatus.  It's one of the characters though. It may be based on a RL conversation that RAW related in another book as well

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Simulated reality
« on: November 26, 2018, 10:05:52 pm »
One of the weird things about the simulation hypothesis is that if it's true, then our lives have objective meaning

Also, a simulated universe is definitely the product of intelligent design.


checkmate, atheists and absurdists

Does the life of an NPC have objective meaning if it never interacts with the PCs? If the plot would be the same whether resources were wasted rendering you, isn't that a form of meaninglessness?

When you start a new game of Dwarf Fortress, it generates an entire world at a very fine level. Hundreds of thousands of dwarves are born, live out their lives, and die, leaving behind ruins & legacies. The vast majority of their lives do not affect your gameplay. But nevertheless, there was a purpose in generating them.


Anyway, I don't think there are PCs or NPCs in the Simulation hypothesis? If a world was generated on purpose, then everybody in the simulation is part of that purpose.

PC's are directly controlled by the player, so those would be divine avatars.  We're all NPC's. (with the possible exception of Roger)

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: November 13, 2018, 06:04:05 pm »
Another day, another disgrace.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/trump-suggests-france-would-have-been-defeated-without-us/ar-BBPETUz?ocid=spartanntp

France WAS defeated in WWII, partly because the US refused to get involved, mind you, their partisans were a vital part of the eventual victory.

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Apple Talk / Re: Stan Lee dead at 95
« on: November 13, 2018, 06:01:56 pm »
I'm glad he kept his mind till the end, and enough of his health that he was able to do what he did.  I am not personally that crazy about his artistic vision, but I admire that he was able to spread it as widely as he did.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: UNLIMITED horrible bond bubble thread.
« on: October 30, 2018, 07:27:14 pm »
Those bundles were found to be unenforceable, so if he plans on defaulting on the mortgage it could be good for him personally.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: October 07, 2018, 03:51:41 pm »
Nothing would distract the Senate, because getting a reliable conservative on the bench was all that mattered

Or a conservative at any rate. I don't know how reliable. His decisions might not reliably help them; If he helps the court deliver a decision that presidential pardons extend to the state level it will help them in the short run but potentially undermine states' rights and thus hurt them in the long run (except when it comes to pot). And he might not be there too long; surely he's likely to have some kind of liver problem in the works.

I'm REALLY hoping we get a leftist president who takes full advantage of that pardoning power.  Just decides that vice crimes aren't actually crimes any longer and pardons all the drug dealers and whores, makes it clear that they're on the unions side and will pardon anyone charged with criminal striking, so on and so forth.

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Apple Talk / Re: ITT: Peedee helps Suu pick a nom de plume.
« on: October 01, 2018, 03:20:20 am »
E Lee Roberts

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Apple Talk / Re: ITT: Peedee helps Suu pick a nom de plume.
« on: September 29, 2018, 04:28:06 am »
Of course, "Initial, Short Christian Name, Longer Surname" works too.

L. Ron Hubbard
F. Scott Fitzgerald.

L. Ron Riverdell?

My middle name is actually Lee. So I was looking into ways to make this work, since it's such a common, hardcore English middle name. It worked for R. Lee Ermey.

A. Lee Breckenridge or some shit.

I'd shorten the last name, so like A. Lee Brockford or something

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: September 28, 2018, 04:18:44 am »
Anyone want to offer odds on Kavanaugh being confirmed?

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: September 14, 2018, 09:15:07 pm »
BOOM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/manafort-pleads-guilty-in-mueller-probe-will-cooperate-with-prosecutors/ar-BBNk9L7?ocid=spartanntp

from the article

Outside court, Manafort attorney Kevin Downing said it was a "tough day" for his client, "but he's accepted responsibility, and he wanted to make sure that his family was able to remain safe and live a good life."

I feel like he has put his family in danger.  Since testifying against organized crime tends to get your family killed.  Admittedly Trump is pretty disorganized. Putin seems quite ready to clean up loose ends though.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: The EU's trying to break the internet again
« on: September 13, 2018, 05:32:42 am »
UK shouldn't really get a vote should they?  They are quitting the union.

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