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by thoreau
Today, 12:11
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3833
Views: 378739

Re: Twitter!

by thoreau
Today, 03:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Glooming of 2024: Return of the Knave of Orange
Replies: 7
Views: 95

Re: The Glooming of 2024: Return of the Knave of Orange

A scary analysis of how the Reds are likely to play in 2024.

https://thetriad.thebulwark.com/p/readi ... an-autopsy

January 6 was just the warmup.
by thoreau
Yesterday, 23:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Glooming of 2024: Return of the Knave of Orange
Replies: 7
Views: 95

Re: The Glooming of 2024: Return of the Knave of Orange

If Donald the Orange returns in 2024, I'll have to come up with a sequel. He ate the polonium-laced burger at the end of my play, so I'll need to think of how to bring him back. Maybe the witches summon his shade. Or Prince Donny undertakes a quest for revenge at the behest of his father's ghost.
by thoreau
Yesterday, 22:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Glooming of 2024: Return of the Knave of Orange
Replies: 7
Views: 95

Re: The Glooming of 2024: Return of the Knave of Orange

Trump is lazy, and there are ambitious people with lean and hungry looks.

Then again, in 2016 some ambitious people with lean and hungry looks tried to keep him off the ticket...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 18:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 1827
Views: 164863

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

Help me, atherosclerosis! You're my only hope!
by thoreau
Yesterday, 14:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 1827
Views: 164863

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

Kolohe wrote: Yesterday, 14:26 I think it tracks with tabulated vote totals in areas where ethnic makeup heavily leans towards a given ethnicity.
Fair enough.

I guess they didn't get the intersectional memos or something.
by thoreau
Yesterday, 13:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 1827
Views: 164863

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

I keep hearing that a bunch of groups moved toward Trump in 2020, but initially I also heard that those numbers were based on in-person exit polls that would inevitably skew towards Trump, since Trump voters were more likely to vote in-person than by mail. Was that issue ever cleared up? The move to...
by thoreau
12 Apr 2021, 13:58
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread
Replies: 951
Views: 96472

Re: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread

I did a bit more googling. Vibrational effects are actually controversial in this context, but relevant in some interactions. Other properties of heavy water, like bond length and strength, are definitely going to be relevant to how it interacts with a taste receptor. And the mass of an atom does af...
by thoreau
12 Apr 2021, 11:01
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread
Replies: 951
Views: 96472

Re: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread

No. It points to taste receptor molecules being sensitive to the frequency at which the molecules attaching to them vibrate. Bonds in heavy water vibrate at a different frequency than regular water because the deuterium is heavier and moves more slowly.
by thoreau
11 Apr 2021, 23:06
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Tiny Triumphs
Replies: 1097
Views: 118063

Re: Tiny Triumphs

Hugh Akston wrote: 11 Apr 2021, 22:53
Aresen wrote: 11 Apr 2021, 21:46
Hugh Akston wrote: 11 Apr 2021, 18:58 My student loans have been repaid.
Congrats. I hope the bank security cameras didn't get a good picture as you ran off and you left no fingerprints at the scene.
For once the mask mandate works in my favor.
You could have waited for Diamond Joe to forgive the loan!
by thoreau
09 Apr 2021, 11:13
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: This is the thread for people who died, died.
Replies: 2902
Views: 277651

Re: This is the thread for people who died, died.

The important question is how will they make the funeral a safe and supportive environment for Meghan Markle.
by thoreau
08 Apr 2021, 23:32
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8246
Views: 479842

Re: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"

Saw Palm Springs on Hulu. It was an amusing variation on the Groundhog Day theme, so I approved. I like that there were multiple people in the time loop, all reacting differently.

Also saw Deadly Illusions on Netflix. That was just a terrible movie.
by thoreau
08 Apr 2021, 15:50
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: That's a lot of money for a damned Turing Machine!
Replies: 29
Views: 690

Re: That's a lot of money for a damned Turing Machine!

I won't buy a Turing machine unless I get a manufacturer's guarantee that it won't halt.
by thoreau
08 Apr 2021, 13:45
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread
Replies: 951
Views: 96472

Re: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread

For me, it comes down to this: One group of very good theorists tried to extrapolate some fairly well-understood physics to a situation where the calculations are much harder, and they got a result that doesn't match up with experiment. The other group of very good theorists tried to tackle the hard...
by thoreau
07 Apr 2021, 19:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Towing the Lion
Replies: 2097
Views: 233841

Re: Towing the Lion

When I worked on tumor models, I actually thought that the physicists were better mathematicians than the applied mathematicians. What I mean is that the applied mathematicians would show up to the conference with some model that has 20 parameters and then show that the solutions to those equations ...
by thoreau
07 Apr 2021, 16:46
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread
Replies: 951
Views: 96472

Re: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread

Eh, not so much. The measurement very clearly disagrees with previous theoretical calculations, to a degree that edges close to physicists' standard of statistical significance. (Not to be confused with social scientists' standard of statistical significance.) However, last summer a very good group ...
by thoreau
07 Apr 2021, 13:39
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3222
Views: 271440

Re: What are you reading?

Also liking his short story "The Return of Chorb." The stories in this anthology are very hit-and-miss for me. Some are just vignettes with the actual story being way too subtle for me to get. Others are quite clever. Chorb is almost comic.
by thoreau
07 Apr 2021, 13:11
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3222
Views: 271440

Re: What are you reading?

there is a bit of i think movement in more recent literature that students are more likely to consume pre-college that would take pains to tell the reader repeatedly "THIS IS A BAD PERSON" as opposed to nabokov assuming that anyone able to read and breathe at the same time figuring it out. Preferab...
by thoreau
07 Apr 2021, 12:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Towing the Lion
Replies: 2097
Views: 233841

Re: Towing the Lion

"Practical" isn't the same as "applied". As "applied math" is understood within the discipline of mathematics, arguably none of the things you just listed are applied math. It's "applied math" if you're using it to solve problems in other disciplines. So if your research is in modeling biological s...
by thoreau
07 Apr 2021, 01:02
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Towing the Lion
Replies: 2097
Views: 233841

Re: Towing the Lion

BTW, given the importance of applied math in commerce and public administration through the ages, math should be of as much interest to historians as irrigation, transportation, metallurgy, and other technological developments. I realize that emphasizing the significance of math for history and soci...
by thoreau
07 Apr 2021, 00:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Towing the Lion
Replies: 2097
Views: 233841

Re: Towing the Lion

Applied mathematics is an important, I'd even gladly allow that it's the most important field of mathematics, but it's not mathematics, per se. You go too far. Understanding the properties of differential equations, especially beyond the level of the sophomore courses taken by philistine engineers,...
by thoreau
06 Apr 2021, 16:39
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3222
Views: 271440

Re: What are you reading?

Thanks. I'll add Pale Fire to the list. I feel sorry for any English professor who would try to teach Lolita . Anyone who actually reads it with a modicum of care would understand that the book isn't what you're afraid it will be, but "actually reads it with a modicum of care" is not an apt descript...
by thoreau
06 Apr 2021, 14:59
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3222
Views: 271440

Re: What are you reading?

Read Lolita . I liked it. I admired the way he gets the reader to spend the first half horrified by the thought of the event they'll eventually have to read about. Then the event is written to minimize the reader's discomfort. Then you spend the second half realizing that interpreting Humbert's acco...
by thoreau
06 Apr 2021, 12:08
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 6232
Views: 470111

Re: Light laffs

Cher would save George Floyd if she could turn back time.

https://www.tmz.com/2021/04/04/cher-geo ... ystanders/