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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football 2016 on: September 27, 2016, 08:39:49 pm
A caller on the Finebaum Show presented an interesting scenario this afternoon- Alabama and Tennessee playing three times this season.  If they are both 12-1 after splitting their two meetings (regular season and SEC Championship), the Committee would at least give a good look at putting both in.  It's been my dream since the CFP started to get multiple SEC teams into the playoff.

lol this is not happening, Alabama is the best team in the country and Tennessee is trash, gtfo with that

I'm not a UT fan apart from rooting for them when they're playing a non-SEC opponent.  I would actually root for Alabama in that hypothetical game.

I'm glad that that doesn't stop you from propagating ludicrous theories that you heard from Finebaum callers (lol). I'm sure Phyllis from Mulga really believes in the Vols!
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football 2016 on: September 27, 2016, 08:27:19 am
A caller on the Finebaum Show presented an interesting scenario this afternoon- Alabama and Tennessee playing three times this season.  If they are both 12-1 after splitting their two meetings (regular season and SEC Championship), the Committee would at least give a good look at putting both in.  It's been my dream since the CFP started to get multiple SEC teams into the playoff.

lol this is not happening, Alabama is the best team in the country and Tennessee is trash, gtfo with that
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football 2016 on: September 26, 2016, 04:08:34 pm
I'll try to chime in the discussion here as well.  If there is one thing I follow more closely than politics, it's college football! (I'm a total SEC homer)

Rooting for a conference is disgusting.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hey, Santander: come and play! on: September 26, 2016, 12:12:34 am
this is pretty obviously a SvenssonRS sockpuppet, right
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / College application thread on: September 24, 2016, 09:39:19 pm
I know we have a lot of teenagers here, and the college application process is starting, so feel free to post here about that process. Where are you at? What schools have you applied to? What schools are you hoping to get into? What schools do you think you will get into?

Post here and hopefully get useful advice from people who have experience with this process and with college in general. We may also judge you.

If you're going to graduate school or thinking about it, I'm interested in that, too (perhaps even more than the high schoolers).
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post the Introduction of Your Most Recent Paper on: September 21, 2016, 12:41:44 am
I haven't written a paper in a while, since all my coursework is math-related now. The last paper I wrote was my history honors thesis, back in the spring of 2015. I apologize for the writing, which is rather turgid because I churned out the whole thing in a week. I enjoy talking about this subject but it's a bit embarrassing to go back and look at what I actually wrote.

In American popular discourse, the Cold War is framed as a bilateral confrontation between monolithic and diametrically opposed blocs, represented by the United States and the Soviet Union. The term “Cold War” itself demonstrates this worldview, as it suggests that relations between capitalist and communist states in the decades following the Second World War were merely a military struggle pursued by other means. To the extent that a place in the narrative exists for other states involved in the Cold War, such as the communist states of Eastern Europe, they are merely satellite states and accessories in the worldwide struggle. This view was actively encouraged by communist propagandists, who sought to present a united socialist front to the world. However, scholarship since the end of Eastern European communism has shown that the notion that Eastern European states were complacent Soviet puppets fails to reflect the truth from an economic standpoint, as communist rule in Eastern Europe led not to Soviet economic exploitation of the region but rather to those states making gains at the expense of Moscow. The eventual breakup of Eastern European communism did not occur in a vacuum, as even during the Cold War each independent communist state acted first and foremost in its own self-interest. Furthermore, the assumption that Westerners during the Cold War simply viewed Eastern Europe as a communist monolith masks the nuances of the relationship of the American media and public opinion with the states of Eastern Europe. Americans could and did distinguish between friendly states and hostile states even among the Soviet bloc, as shown by the contrasting examples of East Germany and Romania.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Current U.S. Residents - current view on leaving country if Trump is elected on: September 20, 2016, 04:18:46 pm
I intend to, as I would feel unsafe in this country. Perhaps that makes me a "spoiled child"!
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Palo Alto, CA on: September 19, 2016, 01:33:22 am
Oh, hey, this is the place where I was born. At one point when I was young my parents seriously considered moving here, although ultimately they bought a house in Cupertino instead. From my point of view it always seemed a lot like the place where I grew up, with the advantage of convenient access to Caltrain and the disadvantage of being much, much whiter.

When I was in high school, Gunn High in Palo Alto had the first of two separate spates of suicides caused by students throwing themselves on the train tracks; this in turn spawned a series of breathless thinkpieces asking how the pressure of high school could have driven these high-achieving kids to kill themselves. The consensus among the high schoolers of Cupertino was that the presence of so many white people in Palo Alto led to an environment where people were unable to deal with the academic expectations that everyone had; Cupertino, being overwhelmingly Asian, did not face the same problems. When we played Gunn in baseball and football (Palo Alto High was far, far above our level and we would have been killed if we had even stepped on the same field), we always noticed that their teams were full of punks and extremely unpleasant to play against. We figured it was because they were all white.

When I was growing up, I felt like Mountain View was the Xanadu of Santa Clara County, a place where you could walk down Castro Street and find good food from myriad nations and a number of different bookstores and if you wanted catch a train to the city. Palo Alto isn't quite that (for one thing, I've never had a burrito in Palo Alto that compares to the fare in Mountain View), but ultimately it's a pleasant place to live. It's so expensive because it's desirable; the weather is wonderful, the schools are good, the location is pretty. I once had a professor tell me upon finding out where I was from that if he could live anywhere in the world he would live in Palo Alto, and I don't think he was wrong to think that.

The Stanford campus is beautiful. The rest of the city didn't leave any impression on me.

This.   It's a pretty boring city to be honest, and most students on campus never really visit Palo Alto, except to the shopping center area.  Obviously Palo Alto needs to build more housing stock though, along with the rest of the Bay Area.

This is partly a result of Palo Alto not being a college town in any respect and partly a result of Stanford being an entirely self-contained community (the heart of campus is very far from any non-campus area and even graduate students live on campus). I suppose it's a chicken-and-egg situation; it's not clear which of those two things led to the other, but they reinforce each other. Of course the point about housing stock is valid.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: College students of Atlas, what classes are you taking this semester? on: September 18, 2016, 10:11:00 pm
Regression Analysis
Introduction to Analytics Modeling
Computing for Data Analytics
Principles of Management for Engineers
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What would a Trump victory represent to you? on: September 18, 2016, 12:23:51 pm
It would mean that I am unwelcome in this country and that I need to leave.
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of New York Yankees on: September 17, 2016, 05:27:07 pm
Man, zero people south of the Raritan care about this dick-measuring contest at all. Nathan is very correct about this provoking resentment.
12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Boston Red Sox on: September 16, 2016, 01:07:52 am
ew, not sufficiently elite
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: White Privilege on: September 15, 2016, 11:58:49 pm
in this thread: white people

When a rich black guy can talk about how he envies the privilege of white homeless people, something truly absurd is happening.

Absurdly, being rich is not sufficient to defend black people from police harassment!
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of New York Yankees on: September 15, 2016, 02:44:00 pm
As a fan of an elite team, I like other elite teams. I was rooting for a Yankees-Cardinals World Series last year.

Evil empire, Proving money can buy championships for over 100 years.

The Yankees were great in the '20s and '30s and '40s and '50s and early '60s because they had the best front office to find the best players, not because of money. There wasn't any free agency then where money would be useful. If money were the only thing that mattered, the team that dominated the twentieth century would have been the Giants, who had far more resources at the beginning of the Harding administration than did the Yankees.

Evil empire, Proving money can buy championships for over 100 years.

Really? The 1996-2001 Yankees were the best teams in baseball history.
The late 20s and mid 50s Yankees would like to have a word with you behind center field at Yankee Stadium.  And it was a day game, so Mickey and the Babe are already plastered...good luck.

Those Yankees were good, but you can't underestimate the '09 Yankees. They won 103 games. 103 games!

Uh, the 2009 Yankees had the 18th-best winning percentage and 50th-best Pythagorean winning percentage in franchise history, meaning that they were below-average for a Yankees team since the acquisition of Babe Ruth.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: STEM people: do you enjoy what you do? on: September 15, 2016, 01:55:10 pm
Oh, I suppose my experiences are relevant to this.

Obviously I'm doing what I'm doing for the money, because I looked at this graduate program's placement data and salary data and figured I wanted in on that. That doesn't mean I'm not doing it because it's interesting; the answer is both.

Obviously the subject I always liked best was history, and I did major in history in college, but if you want to do something with that after you finish being a student then you have to either be an academic or a schoolteacher or work at a museum, and I know enough people in all of those fields to know that I didn't want to pursue any of them. Obviously there are other things you can do with a history degree, but those are just applications of the skills you learn doing history, and so I figured that I could combine that with technical skills.

I also was a math major in college, but that happened mostly by accident. The last time I felt myself to be someone who was "good at math" was probably when I was in third grade; after that, it seemed like there were always many people in my classes who knew math much better than I did. I liked my statistics class well enough in high school, so I decided to pick that up as a minor when I got to college, since my parents wanted me to at least have something in that area, and after my sophomore year I realized that my credit situation was such that I could change that into a math major and graduate in four years if I wanted while still leaving the possibility to disengage and finish in three years with a statistics minor, so I took that plunge.

I didn't have a good time in calculus in college, just as I hadn't really had a good time in any math class in years and years, but after that when I got to classes that were harder I realized I knew enough that it didn't really seem harder. I know I'm not the only person who has had this experience. I never found math interesting at all until I first took a real analysis course, which came after calculus and after the level at which the vast majority of people stop taking math. I guess it was a combination of the professor being very good and the material no longer just being things a computer could do much better and more easily, but that was the point at which I figured math could be a thing to do.

Even now I sometimes pull up JSTOR during class and read history articles instead of the material being covered in class, but I definitely like the things I'm doing, as evinced by my talking about math every single night in #atlasforum.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Fremont Election, September 2016 on: September 10, 2016, 12:49:57 am

17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football 2016 on: September 09, 2016, 01:37:35 pm
PPP included an FBS question in its Florida poll. Here are the responses (numbers from March in parenthesis):

UF: 24 (29)
FSU: 24 (19)
UCF: 11 (12)
Miami: 10 (10)
USF: 7 (5)
The Credit Unions: 4 each (3 FIU, 1 FAU)

I'm always surprised to see UCF above Miami; people I know who went to UCF have led me to believe that most UCF fans only consider themselves fair weather fans and mostly root for UF or a bandwagon team. That there are enough people consistently telling pollsters something to the contrary in what is expected to be a terrible year for the team says to me that there is real potential for a support base if the Big 12 decided to add UCF.

Well, Miami doesn't have fans.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is in your opinion the worst Wikipedia article? on: September 08, 2016, 11:02:11 pm

Note that this is also the best Wikipedia article.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How often do you commute via bike? on: September 08, 2016, 05:47:40 pm
It doesn't make sense for me to own a bike here since I live a mile from campus, which is walkable most days, and since on days when the weather is unpleasant there's a free university bus that stops not too far from my building.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: September 07, 2016, 03:22:50 pm
in this thread: nice guys
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The CrabCake Bureau of Funny Post Archival on: September 06, 2016, 11:32:50 pm
[00:27:13] <@Foucaulf> Pop culture is not "weird"
[00:27:19] <@Foucaulf> If NCIS is still the most watched show in America
[00:27:32] <thedeadflagblues> argument isn't about pop culture
[00:27:41] <thedeadflagblues> it's about a subdomain of pop culture
[00:27:42] <thedeadflagblues> for kids
[00:28:03] <thedeadflagblues> by kids i mean "people between the ages of 13 and 25" or something
[00:28:27] <@Foucaulf> Well, with definitions that restrictive
[00:28:38] <@Foucaulf> In that group there's just a substitution
[00:28:49] <@Foucaulf> Away from alternative music and into memes
[00:29:30] <thedeadflagblues> ah yes, alternative music and memes are substitutes
[00:29:33] <thedeadflagblues> perfect substitutes
[00:29:41] <thedeadflagblues> when the price of alternative music goes up, people consume memes instead
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Classic Conservative on: September 06, 2016, 07:50:05 pm
I don't see calling out that ethnic cleansing is bad to be "bullying" and as noted that's a disturbing view to hold at any age (also a quite unChristian one at that.)
I just fail to see how supposedly how you are carrying yourself here is making the forum a nicer place. It does nothing to change mod policy, it does nothing to change a significant number of opinions, and it does nothing to constructively change anything here.
You don't like him. That's ok. Do you need to fight him like this? No. Everyone knows what you think about him. Why not stop?

The forum doesn't have to be a "nicer" place, and the obsession with that is a major part of the tone that's driven a lot of good posters to reduce their involvement here or leave completely. Young people with reprehensible views need it to be made clear (through derision or through any other means) that those views are unacceptable.

You need to stop trying to be friends with everyone. Bending over backwards to make nice with people who would like to see you deported or dead doesn't look good.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How racially diverse was your high/secondary school? on: September 06, 2016, 11:05:45 am
Lynbrook High School, 2011–12 school year (my last year):

Asian: 1443 (80.70%)
White: 245 (13.70%)
Hispanic: 49 (2.74%)
Two or More Races: 23 (1.29%)
Filipino: 14 (0.78%)
African-American: 10 (0.56%)
Pacific Islander: 2 (0.11%)
Native American: 2 (0.11%)
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: When will the 2 parties(Republicans and Democrats) swap positions on Free Trade? on: September 05, 2016, 10:18:34 am
The Democratic Party is already the party of free trade. The Republican Party is obviously not.
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of John Brown? on: September 05, 2016, 08:05:04 am
The greatest white man in American history.
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