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Philosophy & Science / Re: How To Be Happy
« on: December 03, 2017, 02:21:18 pm »
Wilshire and I have repeated versions of "hope for the best, plan for the worst" to each other for years.

+1 Srancy.

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Philosophy & Science / Re: Citizen Science
« on: December 01, 2017, 01:39:04 pm »
Why Thousands of People Around the World Are Mapping Puerto Rico's Buildings and Streets - not sure this is actually the appropriate thread but for now.

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The Forum of Interesting Things / Cartography
« on: December 01, 2017, 01:36:33 pm »
How do we not have this thread already... did we just fold maps into the Infographic thread?

These Maps Show Our Dramatically Changing View of Earth's Interior

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Only peripherally related but for BFK, based on a conversation he and Wilshire were having in Quorum:

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Liu Cixin’s next U.S. release is Ball Lightning, a Tesla-evoking cautionary novel of what happens when the beauty of scientific inquiry runs up against a push to harness new discoveries with no consideration of their possible consequences.

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The Unholy Consult / Re: Rereading The Unholy Consult
« on: November 29, 2017, 05:25:44 pm »
Great post, Ciogli!

My only real complaint against the book as a whole is that stupid talking dragon and having to hear the word 'cunny' repeated in a fantasy novel more times than I deem necessary.

I think that for some people it caused too much suspension of disbelief.
Here we are in the middle of the most epic battle ever fought and out comes a dragon repeating the word "cunny" with the pleasure of an 8-year old who has just learned a bad word.
It's jarring, even more so if the dragons are not biological monsters but AIs in a robotic body. Imagine The Terminator chasing Sarah Connor while he repeats "cunny cunny cunny"

Lol. It really wasn't something that bothered me all too much. There are certainly some interesting thoughts buried therein about the general portrayal historically of Fantasy Dragons being overly concerned with fair virgin maidens. Though, as Ciogli said, Weapon Races will pretty much fuck anything - up to and including the orifices they make in your flesh.

Take Mimara's Chorae. Her leaving it behind tells us it was not intrinsically special since the chances of her seeing it again are nil. But we can still speculate on what the Eye actually did happen to make her mistakenly believe the thing was somehow unique.

Interesting - I don't believe she ever sees Kosoter's Chorae with the Eye but I pretty much took that whole arc with the Chorae, the Judging Eye, and the Wight to be pretty indicative of future importance. For my bet, I'd say that Mimara can probably do what she did in TJE with any given Chorae.

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The Unholy Consult / Re: Unnecessary Capitalisation
« on: November 29, 2017, 05:18:24 pm »
I'm with you, Wolfdrop :).

The change in the continuity of capitalization across TAE between WLW and TGO was something that I noticed as well.

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Dora Vee, much appreciated. I really enjoy reading these and reliving that "first time feel" of the series vicariously through Past Dora Vee :).

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The Crabikiad / Re: What's the story!?
« on: November 29, 2017, 05:15:29 pm »
I will never understand this distaste for Sorweel's arc in TAE. I, for one, really enjoyed it.

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General Earwa / Re: TSACast (SA Podcast)
« on: November 29, 2017, 05:14:05 pm »
Thanks, CulminatingApe :)!

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Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns & Roses

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General Misc. / Re: InspiroBot
« on: November 29, 2017, 05:05:59 pm »


Whoa, InspiroBot, drama. Who hurt you?

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Philosophy & Science / How To Be Happy
« on: November 29, 2017, 05:03:47 pm »
How To Be Happy - Pretty damn cool consolidation by The New York Times of tips and tricks from "Behavioral scientists." Plenty of quality links therein.

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Philosophy & Science / Cognitive Bias Cheat Sheet
« on: November 29, 2017, 05:01:39 pm »
Cognitive bias cheat sheet - Because thinking is hard.

A must read for all Bakker fans, though Bakker himself seems to have firmly moved onto his philosophic Heuristic Neglect Theory.

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Philosophy & Science / Games Based on Neuroscience Research
« on: November 29, 2017, 04:59:31 pm »
Heard of this one while I was listening to John Medina on Aging Well: Neurospace

There are a number of labs working on this kind of thing - not that the games are all that fun but compared to other "brain training," there's at least some scientific rigour to them.

Oh, and BrainHQ developed under the tutelage of Merzenich! Great stuff, I should really renew my subscription.

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