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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official 2014-15 Club Soccer/Football Discussion Thread on: July 30, 2014, 04:35:53 pm
lolCeltic
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Urban Maps on: July 27, 2014, 04:57:49 pm
Pretty. Are these the sort of patterns that you would expect? I mean, in terms of details (obviously they are in general terms).

Correlates fairly strongly to class, age of housing, and distance from the centre, so yes but not totally.
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: opinion of "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" on: July 27, 2014, 08:53:29 am
Probably my favourite of their albums. Matilda Mother in particular is one of my favourite songs.
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Stella Artois on: July 27, 2014, 05:26:21 am
Now this is a good Belgian beer

5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Spatial Skills Test on: July 26, 2014, 05:40:54 pm
7.

Yep, there's a reason I can never be an architect.

Seriously?  That is at about random guessing levels given that the quiz had 32 questions.  Since you did not put it in the survey were you just joking?

Very serious. Admittedly I did rush a bit at the end of each section but would hardly have improved much.

Now you sparked my curiosity.  What job do you have? 

I'm currently unemployed. My life has got into a mess due to trying to finish a Masters degree unsuccessfully (for now, the degree is in History) and anxiety issues. In a month's time I'm planning to start a course in Statistics and Computer Programming ('Data Analytics') partly to lay low while the Irish economy continues to recover as my preferred option (civil service) gets back on the table and also because these are the most employable skills on the market right now.

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How are your math skills?  I know it is said math and spatial go together, but I am much stronger at the former.  Also, did you ever consider being an engineer but decided not to because of spatial skills?

While it's been a while since I used Maths in a formal setting they are still rather good. When I was younger my teachers thought I was going to be a mathematician. At higher levels in school I struggled though with geometry and trigonometry. Never had any real problems with algebra, or stats. The puzzle-element of Maths I was always good with. I once even explained to my teacher why X^0=1. On the other hand, I was terrible at Physics and while I would like to learn, I always struggle with even basic 'hard science' concepts. Chemistry I found the dullest thing in the world and I was never interested in Biology enough. History and Social Sciences, however, I found naturally easy.

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In general, are there specific things you cannot do because of weak spatial skills?

Nothing in particular. Except as I said, be an architect.

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I do not mean to be intrusive, but this seems to be a significantly below average score (no offense), and I am curious how that would affect ones life. 

That's fine. I'm not sure it does. There are all kinds of things that might be correlated (I can't draw or I don't dream much - and I've even had text based dreams) but I couldn't pinpoint the cause of those.
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Spatial Skills Test on: July 26, 2014, 04:06:40 pm
7.

Yep, there's a reason I can never be an architect.

Seriously?  That is at about random guessing levels given that the quiz had 32 questions.  Since you did not put it in the survey were you just joking?

Very serious. Admittedly I did rush a bit at the end of each section but would hardly have improved much.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Stella Artois on: July 26, 2014, 01:10:33 pm
I don't mind it. I prefer it to many of the 'normal' alternatives (like Heineken)

BUT considering the alternatives available at any Belgian Bar - it's not very good.

I share what other people say about the marketing.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Spatial Skills Test on: July 26, 2014, 11:14:05 am
7.

Yep, there's a reason I can never be an architect.
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: "Hard Choices" Thread. on: July 26, 2014, 06:48:22 am
Benghazi
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery II on: July 26, 2014, 06:47:58 am
She will never be president. She incompetently enabled a preventable terrorist attack in Benghazi and then silenced witnesses, staged phony "investigations," and lied through her teeth to cover it up.

Shame on you for taking the life of a brave man who chose to risk his life for his country and use it for political gain.  Chris Stevens and his colleagues (including Sean Smith, a man with whom I interacted over on Something Awful before his untimely death) were murdered in the line of duty.  The man who masterminded their murder, apparently, has been captured is on trial in the United States and will likely be convicted.  While I can't speak for the other murdered, I know that Sean Smith would have despised the use of his senseless and horrifying death as a poster for advancing a political cause, especially one with which he disagreed so vehemently in life.  All the things he believed in and fought for his entire life have been shoved aside so grandstanding assholes can try to turn him into a symbol for something he never signed on for.  How dare you.  How fucking dare you?  Get out.  Get the hell off of this website.

Yes. Great Post.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Switzerland on: July 25, 2014, 06:41:46 pm
Can't you people admire countries which are... a little more exciting and a little less bourgeois?

I'm not sure what you mean.

Should I be excited over Liberia, because they're so anti-bourgeois that there ran an warlord around with the name general Butt Naked?

Should I be excited over Venezuela because they run out of toilet paper?

Should I get excited over Greece, because... well because Greece are Greece and they can be called many thing but bourgeois are not one of them.

I like countries with low poverty, low corruption and trains and buses which run around the time you expect them. That may be "bourgeois".

I see you have familiarized yourself with those atlas perennials, Mr. False Dichotomy and Mr. Inventing what your debate opponent said. Kudos. We all want to have friends.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What would you pick as your campaign theme song? on: July 25, 2014, 06:34:55 pm
Pink Floyd - Bike

Or failing that, how about Matilda Mother or The Gnome, the latter being particularly appropriate for Rand Paul btw.
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / The burning pronunciation question on: July 24, 2014, 08:06:42 pm
The great pronunciation question: How does one pronounce the letter 'h'? Until recently I assume everyone aspirated the start to make a 'haitch' sound but it seems that we Irish are in the minority in this one.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Switzerland on: July 24, 2014, 03:43:20 pm
Can't you people admire countries which are... a little more exciting and a little less bourgeois?
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Overdiagnosis of autism on: July 24, 2014, 03:18:30 pm
I'll add here, what's interesting about Aspergers was the social identification that has come with the condition so much so that people actually campaigned to maintain themselves as diagnosed as having a mental condition.
I find that quite odd too.  Some of them seem to be proud of it.  I get accepting it, I get finding comfort in knowing why you do the things you do, I don't get wearing it as a badge of honor.

No it doesn't, it's only a label. Nobody understands that.

can't "campaigning to have a diagnosed medical condition" have a lot to do with keeping the insurance money flowing, especially in the US?  I know the medicalization of addiction has been a huge boon to the multibillion dollar addiction/recovery industry, and even confers certain privileges on those diagnosed with addiction (you can't be fired for having the disease of addiction, etc).

Yes, but is this really a problem?

I have argued that the recovery industry in the US is basically an insurance and court-system fueled snake oil gravy train, so, yes.

Yes, but is that a bad thing?

I just said that it is, according to good and bad I define these terms, quire clear, no doubt somehow


now, since you've asked twice, do you consider the addiction-recovery industrial complex to be bad?


This subject has nothing to do with addiction.
16  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban BushOklahoma on: July 24, 2014, 11:16:53 am
Again, people.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Summarize Previous Poster's Political Beliefs on: July 24, 2014, 07:04:54 am
Exclamation marks.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Overdiagnosis of autism on: July 23, 2014, 08:08:12 pm
I'll add here, what's interesting about Aspergers was the social identification that has come with the condition so much so that people actually campaigned to maintain themselves as diagnosed as having a mental condition.
I find that quite odd too.  Some of them seem to be proud of it.  I get accepting it, I get finding comfort in knowing why you do the things you do, I don't get wearing it as a badge of honor.

No it doesn't, it's only a label. Nobody understands that.

can't "campaigning to have a diagnosed medical condition" have a lot to do with keeping the insurance money flowing, especially in the US?  I know the medicalization of addiction has been a huge boon to the multibillion dollar addiction/recovery industry, and even confers certain privileges on those diagnosed with addiction (you can't be fired for having the disease of addiction, etc).

Yes, but is this really a problem?

I have argued that the recovery industry in the US is basically an insurance and court-system fueled snake oil gravy train, so, yes.

Yes, but is that a bad thing?
19  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? on: July 23, 2014, 07:38:15 pm
I still think the USSR should have made constructivism, instead of socialist 'realism', its official art style... just think of the possibilities, never mind its effect on Communism's low aesthetic reputation.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Overdiagnosis of autism on: July 23, 2014, 12:04:39 pm
I'll add here, what's interesting about Aspergers was the social identification that has come with the condition so much so that people actually campaigned to maintain themselves as diagnosed as having a mental condition.
I find that quite odd too.  Some of them seem to be proud of it.  I get accepting it, I get finding comfort in knowing why you do the things you do, I don't get wearing it as a badge of honor.

No it doesn't, it's only a label. Nobody understands that.

can't "campaigning to have a diagnosed medical condition" have a lot to do with keeping the insurance money flowing, especially in the US?  I know the medicalization of addiction has been a huge boon to the multibillion dollar addiction/recovery industry, and even confers certain privileges on those diagnosed with addiction (you can't be fired for having the disease of addiction, etc).

Yes, but is this really a problem?
21  General Discussion / History / Re: Talk to Gully about matters to do with culture, history, 'theory', etc on: July 22, 2014, 12:47:17 pm
What is the legitimate role of evolutionary psychology?

I'll answer this fully later but does this refer to the concept of evolutionary psychology or the academic discipline as created by Leeda Cosmides and John Tooby?
22  General Discussion / History / Re: Talk to Gully about matters to do with culture, history, 'theory', etc on: July 22, 2014, 06:39:09 am
How much of an effect do you think WWII had in speeding up or slowing down decolonization? While it is commonly noted that the destruction seriously weakend Europe, the continent was richer, even porportionally, in the 1960s than it was in the 1930s, so there had to be something more than simple power-politics to explain the change in colonial attitudes.

Pass. Troll.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Long time, no see. on: July 21, 2014, 05:09:28 pm
Welcome back Carl. I hope you won't be posting any links to child porn sites this time.
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 21, 2014, 02:34:22 pm


It seems to me that UEFA's number of places is about right (but in the binary, more likely slightly under-, rather than over-represented).


Actually I would agree with this.

I just don't see how UEFA should have 17 places when quite a few of its sides did rather badly. In both 2010 and 2014 only 6/13 have qualified from the group stages and has included some awful rubbish at the same level: Russia, Slovenia, France... Of course, this isn't to say there isn't rubbish from the other confeds.

I still think you're missing my point. Mexico was awful in this qualifier but they still qualified, narrowly getting the play-off spot and winning a play-off against New Zealand. A team of Mexico's calibre performing as poorly as they did this qualifier would have missed it had they been in UEFA. I also feel like you ignored the other points I raised. Tongue

Ah but under your proposal Mexico wouldn't have qualified either. CONCACAF top three was Costa Rica, USA and Honduras.

I don't know what other points I missed. I disagree that the confederations should be made equally difficult to qualify out of because we have no good way of measuring that except at the world cup itself.
25  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Ask Oakvale on: July 21, 2014, 12:38:21 pm
NO SURRENDER!
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