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General Discussion / Re: The Criosphinx's Riddles
« on: January 11, 2010, 02:52:11 pm »
I think many internet people had it when they said, ""i.e. im full of shit so im not going to respond with any actual arguments."" That's you, Sonny J! I win! u lose

Any takers on my riddle? I'll give the answer if not.

General Discussion / Re: The Criosphinx's Riddles
« on: January 11, 2010, 01:47:13 pm »
If you pull the 'different senses' card: The moon is reborn every month. If you pull the pedantic card, I'll pull the Mathematician's Monocle Card: Moon cycles need not be the same, just as no two years need be of the same length.

General Discussion / Re: The Criosphinx's Riddles
« on: January 11, 2010, 06:03:54 am »
It's been around for millions of years, but it's no more than a month old. Obviously, it's...

Da Moon!

General Discussion / Re: The $%*! frustration thread
« on: January 10, 2010, 06:15:10 pm »
So your complaint is that their delusions don't match up with your own? Talk about bigotry.

That last sentence was clearly what you wanted to say all along. If you actually gave some of Z's more comprehensive posts against religion a chance or looked into the matter with an open mind, you'd understand his position. As it is, your sensibilities have been offended, which is unfortunate, but doesn't make Z wrong here or a bigot.

General Discussion / Re: Park Your Amusements Here
« on: January 10, 2010, 01:43:37 pm »
My usage has it that there are three separate senses of 'Jewish' here: religious, ethnic and cultural, with what people refer to as the 'Jewish race' referring to what is actually and more accurately the genetically 'Semetic' group within humanity.

I'd guess that the conflation of those three senses of 'Jewish' and referring to the genetic group as 'Jewish' is because of that exclusivity you mentioned: The Jews (in the religious sense) were so close-knit for so long, that they became culturally, ethnically and perhaps even somewhat genetically distinct. That would apply to both ignorant outsiders and hardcore insiders like the one Truthordeal is referring to.

Of course, that's informed by my woeful knowledge of Jewish (heh) history. What do you think, J?

General Discussion / Re: The Criosphinx's Riddles
« on: January 10, 2010, 06:42:07 am »
In which case the riddle should have started, "Ignoring game theory..." =P

Edit: To help with my riddle: It's a two-word alliterative phrase. And to help even more: Both words start with 'c'.

General Discussion / Re: The Criosphinx's Riddles
« on: January 10, 2010, 05:45:28 am »
Both reach the city at the same time? Both reach the city never/Forfeit the wealth? They'd never know if the other one had arrived if they didn't wait just outside the city? 'Time is money'? They'd each waste their lives waiting if the other never arrived? They should each force the other into the city? Something that convinced them to not take the wealth? Switch camels?

Dunno. They're in equilibrium, so either they collude to each get half or none of the wealth or there's some trick. I think it'd be too assumptuous to say they can collude, so it must be a trick in the words, since I can only presume they're playing perfectly and so the advice can't benefit one more than the other.

General Discussion / Re: The Criosphinx's Riddles
« on: January 09, 2010, 04:57:00 am »
The glory of lamb turns bright and gay.
The glory of man turns still and grey.
A knuckle rolls and point by point shows
A metal falls and side by side mows


Here's one I just made up:

Up, down, left, right
Fathoming here too is the fight
Eight, seven, six and five
My unitless units bring me to life
If you could see me perhaps you'd die;
Vector riddles I'd bring: Ten, twenty or more
But their directions just two of four—
Their magnitudes naturally limited
For now just tell me what I am!

I'm referring to a specific sub-form. If you get the more general form, I shan't tell you so.

General Discussion / Re: The Criosphinx's Riddles
« on: January 08, 2010, 03:26:24 pm »
Oh sheeeeeeii—...Is it The clock on the Big Ben tower and the tower? If not, I'm guessing it's some kind of clock or timekeeper. A grandfather clock? A pocket watch? I'm onto you!

General Discussion / Re: The Criosphinx's Riddles
« on: January 08, 2010, 02:56:54 pm »
Thought: Chromosomes?

J: What is this sense of 'clove' you're using? I can only think of the sense as with a clove of garlic. Is there another?

Edit: J: Telephone/Police box? Double-decker bus? A Victorian house?

General Discussion / Re: The $%*! frustration thread
« on: January 07, 2010, 01:53:56 am »
Excellent! Although we all know those goons in the copper industry will ensure several more decades of dilly-dallying about before our computers and televisions and Nintendus are 'wireless-ready'.

General Discussion / Re: The $%*! frustration thread
« on: January 07, 2010, 01:30:23 am »
What sort of range is there on wireless energy for powering devices?

The practical range is quite small due to the low efficiency and that the technology is in its infancy. Admittedly my knowledge of it all is relatively small and there are practical reasons slowing the technology's progress, but I reckon that the obstacles that currently stand in the way would've been surmounted or that significant immediate headway could be made if industry and society in general were more forward-thinking. (Edit: It looks like (i.e., according to Wikipedia) microwave power transmission might be the way of the future: 95% efficiency, apparently no health issues, tens of kilowatts.)

Ah! Two more frustrations. First is that my desire to go into town is much higher in snow, but that that same snow largely cuts off the transport options that would allow me to do so. The second, which also serves as a disproof of God, is that the freshness of bread is inversely correlated with how well it takes spreads.

General Discussion / Re: The Education System
« on: January 05, 2010, 02:09:34 am »
Urgh. Don't even get me started about how they teach The Math. Maybe you saw it when Kebrel linked it a while back, but if not, check out "Lockhart's Lament". It's quite long-winded but it makes some good points.

General Discussion / Re: Stuff you LOVE, baby
« on: January 04, 2010, 07:58:03 pm »
Nikola The Motherfuckin' The Tesla. :lee: They don't deterministically evolve 'em like that anymore! :cry:

General Discussion / Re: The $%*! frustration thread
« on: January 04, 2010, 07:51:57 pm »
'Tis free, and much more versatile and cooler looking.

Wait a—
My frustration is the slow adoption of wireless technology and the hypocritical and hindering approach to technology in our society.

Imagine each house having a central wireless energy transmitter connected up to the grid, eliminating the need for power outlets and power cables. Imagine wireless global internet provision. Imagine no longer having wires all over the place for bloody monitors and mice and keyboards and speakers and televisions to transfer data between each other. That'd halve my blood pressure and List of Grievances right off the bat. The basic underlying technology's been around for over a hundred years. This could start happening now if people really willed it, but alas!

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