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#2 Off Topic Discussion » American Sign Language » 2017-08-13 17:54:20

Replies: 2

Does anyone here know ASL?
If so, what level?
What caused you to learn it?

I have become infatuated and would love to practice with people if anyone actually does know it.

I am intermediate; I've been studying for a year in my spare time, at the pace of a normal class probably. My receptive skills could use some work. I know maybe 500 signs? Hard to measure.

I dated someone who is studying to become an ASL interpreter and he introduced me to it; fell in love ever since.

#3 Re: Off Topic Discussion » Picture of Yourself [2017/04/07] » 2017-08-13 17:50:52

five six years later i decide to post my actual face

takoman02 in-game

#4 Bug Reports » Weird behavior with signs and '=' » 2017-08-13 17:46:04

Replies: 7

So if you type something like "1 + 1 = 2" into a sign's text box, it will only show "1 + 1 =".
"1 + 1 =2" --> "1 + 1"
"1 + 1=2" --> "1 + "

But some characters register, such as ' and "

And if there is nothing on the left side then it is also fine
"= 2" --> "= 2"
"=2" --> "=2"

#5 Re: Off Topic Discussion » Post-election party thread! » 2016-11-11 17:43:19

MrJaWapa wrote:

The Democratic party, the tolerant party.

The Democratic party, the "you're a **** retard if you didn't vote for us" party.

3 explanations for this behavior.
1. You're surrounding yourself with idiots/children.
2. You have intelligent people in your periphery but the idiots/children are louder.
3. They have a good argument but you're selectively hearing it and misrepresenting it here.

Personally I do believe if you understand how the voting system works and you decided to vote for Trump, then in the best case scenario you prioritize national security and quasi-conservative economics over human rights and liberty, which I'm pretty sure there's a famous Benjamin Franklin quote about which ends in "you deserve neither liberty nor safety".

(For giggles, the worst case scenario is you're an explicit xenophobe/homophobe/racist/sexist/ableist/et al).

Call it "**** retarded", call it misplaced priorities, call it white privilege; they're all saying the same thing with different degrees of political correctness. And that is: Trump voters' reasoning is flawed and the consequences of this flawed reasoning are endangerment to American lives and ideals.

The difference between this and your quote is that I don't care whether or not you voted for Clinton, but considering the current system doesn't really give third-parties a fighting chance, she's your only other option.

#6 Re: Game Discussion » Who were you sad about leaving EE? » 2016-08-17 07:26:21

BuzzerBee wrote:


Zoey2070 wrote:


SmittyW wrote:

Same. Tako started League of Androids and got me to learn coding so I owe him. He was a good mod too until Diff hijacked the forums.

I saw him playing KO Creepy Cavern a few months ago but it was nothing special. Just another vet checking annually on ee.

Y'all are making me real emotional right now. This game was, believe it or not, my source of social interaction during a very turbulent and extremely formative part of my life. This is where I developed my writing skills and discovered my love for teaching, computer science, and art. This is not to mention the complete 180-degree turn I made in terms of politics and religion. Hell, when I started posting I was a vocal opponent of gay rights. Now, I'm like a 7 on the Kinsey Scale. (this website did not make me gay, I'm just saying how stupid I was when I started)

Anyway, I miss you three especially, but I decided that I wanted a degree in Computer Science, and that I would fund it with a job. Even if I had enough physical hours in the day to enjoy this community like I used to, I don't know if I'd have enough mental capacity for it.

Oh, and I guess I should contribute to the topic as well. Rurigok, Twipply, Supadorf24, and Bash were the most influential people during my time here, the rest I admired but never really knew. And this will sound weird but I'm sad that Benjaminsen abandoned his own game; I feel like he should have focused on it more and developed it in his image instead of sending the community into literal anarchy as a succession of almost-owners took it in their own directions. Of course there are many others but it's been a while so I can't think of them right now, nor do I know if they're still active.

P.S. Smitty, I was the BEST mod, don't you forget it. I had big goals for LOA but you know how rarely these things work out. It was also very experimental, giving each member a considerable degree of freedom. I think the flaw was that there was little incentive to actually produce things so we all just sat around making novelty bots.

#7 Re: Off Topic Discussion » Do you have any phobias? » 2016-08-17 06:53:14

Y'all are so cute with your reasonable phobias. My weird phobia is speaking to people on the phone.

#8 Re: Off Topic Discussion » Computer Science » 2016-08-17 06:50:16

It'll be boring at first, as the focus will be syntax and good habits. Then the focus will be problem solving, except the problems will be so simple that you don't actually feel rewarded, you feel like you've fiddled for 5 hours in order to produce something menial. It doesn't really become interesting until you get past the basics. Just keep that in mind, because at several points in time you'll probably want to die. Patience is key in higher computer science education.

#9 Re: Off Topic Discussion » So I calculated the apocalypse » 2016-05-13 20:11:34

Ok so I used an exponential model for growth and came up with year 3391. Much more accurate.

If you have LaTeX installed then here is my post. Much easier to read. … s_inferno/

#11 Off Topic Discussion » So I calculated the apocalypse » 2016-05-02 03:32:10

Replies: 18

Got bored while writing a paper on Dante's Inferno so I instead calculated the maximum volume of Hell given the data in the poem and then calculated how fast we fill it up. I figure once Hell is full the apocalypse must happen because then only believers can die.

Background: Dante and Virgil walk from the "forest" in Canto I, which is on the surface of the earth, to Cocytus in Canto 34 (the center of ring 9 in the pit of Hell) in exactly 24 hours. Also, the shape of hell is roughly conical due to the way Satan fell from Heaven and the land moved out of his way (also Canto 34).

1. Average speed of a human = 4 MPH
2. Hours in a day = 24 Hours
3. Average distance that could be walked in one day = 96 mi
4. Hell is roughly conical.
5. Dante and Virgil go from the surface of Earth (base) to the center of Hell (vertex)
6. Volume of a cone is pi/3*h*r^2
7. Maximize the volume given h = 96cos(angle/2) and r = 96sin(angle/2)
8. Answer (using calculator) maximum volume of hell is
    = 356607.46540 cubic miles
    = 1486404756100000 cubic meters
9. Average volume of a human is 0.0664 cubic meters
10. Maximum amount of people in hell is 22,385,613,796,686,746.987951807228916 (22.3 quadrillion)
11. Estimate of the amount of people who have ever died = 107,000,000,000
12. Remaining space = 22,385,506,796,686,746.987951807228916
13. Amount in people in hell across a given time = death rate(t)*integral(now, end){birth rate(t)}

14. Average death rate of world is approx. 7.89 deaths per 1000 people per year
15. 0.00789*population(t) = deaths for that year
16. 0.00789*(7,125,000,000 + integral(start, end){birth rate=131,400,000}) = deaths from (start) until (end)

17. = 0.00789*(7,125,000,000 + 131,400,000t)
18. = 56,216,250 + 1,036,746t
Therefore, the time until hell will be completely full is
19. 22,385,506,796,686,746.987 = 56,216,250 + 1,036,746t
20. 21,592,084,021.034 years

or (spoiler)

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Very liberal and inaccurate estimates but you get the idea. A while.

#12 Re: Off Topic Discussion » Trump: "You can't come here." » 2016-02-23 00:33:34

I don't particularly have the patience to split hairs on this topic, JaWapa, and I think I've made my point sufficiently clear. I don't think there is any sense in proving to you that X is right or Y is wrong. The forum as a whole has been trying to do that ever since you decided to go public with your controversial foreign policy beliefs, and clearly it has amounted to nothing. You, as well as many others, have elected to prioritize safety over liberty, and reduce your opponents' stances as well as the situation to romantic and over-simplified caricatures.

And I also found this enlightening video on Facebook, might want to give it a watch:

#13 Re: Off Topic Discussion » Trump: "You can't come here." » 2016-02-22 17:51:16

JaWapa wrote:
Tako wrote:

If it is not militarily possible to do that, then we need to accept the consequences and do it anyway.

Land of the free.  I'm all for people coming and going as they please.  However, I would prefer not be infected with diseases, have more money taken out of my paycheck every week to support them, or have my city bombed by what was believed to be a refugee, but turned out to be an ISIS member.

All of these fears are made-up. We have the technology to deal with disease. We are under no obligation to spoon-feed them. And regarding your third point, what is one act of terrorism in comparison to commercialized warfare? How can you even make the comparison? Oh, I know, it's because you think you're better than them. And I don't blame you. That's what everyone thinks. In every affair, political or not. It's disheartening how we are so willing to deal with issues from afar as it is convenient for us, but the moment it demands sacrifice on our part it's an issue of "self-preservation" and completely off the table. And what makes it more pathetic is the fact this is the worst possible scenario, not even a guaranteed outcome.

And by the way, these jihadists find a way to accomplish their task. We now know that they don't even need to be Muslim. You also help this point yourself:

But if someone it launching nukes, no where on this planet is safe, not even the U.S.

So your fear is self-centered and your solution is ineffective. Congratulations, high score.

Tako wrote:

And, no, putting them in "military safe zones" is not an acceptable alternative. Because then you have to ask yourself why they even exist, and the answer is only marginally better than ignoring them completely. What it boils down to is demoralization and marginalization of an entire ethnic group, and that is quite frankly a crime against humanity.

But it's not a racist thing.  It's a safe haven for war-zone people.  There's no targeted ethnic group.  And how it a crime against humanity to offer help to someone?  A crime against humanity would be releasing a deadly virus across Africa, or killing millions of Jews, or killing 3000 people in a terrorist attack... not offering help, but at the same time trying not to capsize your own ship.

First of all, you're now straying from what Trump has said. He specifically mentioned Muslims entering the country. And that is the very definition of racism: stereotyping an entire race as inferior.

But even if you broaden his language to include all immigrants from the Middle-East (which would eventually include Europe and other countries as immigrants try to work around the blockade), you've then shifted from a racial target to a more inclusive, geographically-based target.

But maybe I haven't been clear, this is psychological. I'm talking about how Americans think about these groups. I think you will agree that Muslims are already in a bad spot as far as prejudices go. To treat them as anything but full-fledged Americans would be a provocation of more oppression. While it may be perfectly logical to send them to specific areas like Native American reservations (which has been successful in preserving their culture but disastrous at protecting their rights, but I digress) is not only over-complicating the issue (should they self-sustain? do they have the same government as we do? are they citizens?) but also prone to encourage racist thoughts in the general public.

#14 Re: Off Topic Discussion » Trump: "You can't come here." » 2016-02-22 02:08:46

To me, it doesn't matter what Trump wants to do specifically. The mere fact that he wants to take an entire group of people and do anything with them is ample reasoning for concern. We don't live in the 14th century, so why are we acting like it's the Black Death? People are literally mentioning viruses as a reason to not accept refugees in this thread, as if we have no technology to detect and administer cures for -- or, at the very least, contain - diseases.

I thought America was the nation which policed the world. We involved ourselves with affairs around the globe, from the Meso-and South American imperialist conquests of the early 20th century to the present. Now, when the crime comes to us, we are suddenly disinterested in resolving it? Nonsense. How can a politician say that they want to defeat ISIS and liberate the people of Syria in one breath, and then in the next breath say they think the Syrian people are dangerous and deserve to stay in the Middle East? It's just two-faced. Well, in other news, the sun is hot and water is wet.

I believe that our number one priority should be to help each other. If it is not militarily possible to do that, then we need to accept the consequences and do it anyway. Because when it is all said in done, I will not be proud of the nation who was picky-choosy when it came to helping her allies. We mourn for Paris on month and in the next month we ignore the Syrians. What a joke.

And, no, putting them in "military safe zones" is not an acceptable alternative. Because then you have to ask yourself why they even exist, and the answer is only marginally better than ignoring them completely. What it boils down to is demoralization and marginalization of an entire ethnic group, and that is quite frankly a crime against humanity.

#15 Re: Off Topic Discussion » A Carafe, That Is A Blind Glass » 2016-02-21 17:58:53

Hexagon wrote:

It looks like the author is exercising their poetic license to convey their stream of consciousness leading up to a thoughtful conclusion.

That's definitely true. And I think there is a great deal of attention paid to the connotations of words, or the feelings they instill. Some word choices are a little strange -- "Japanese", for example. I think that's what attracted me to this book the most. It's completely different; you can't read it using the definitions of the words, but the connotations. It's very much a stream of consciousness in that it puts into words the exact feelings that we have. Kind of like speaking in pictures.

#16 Off Topic Discussion » A Carafe, That Is A Blind Glass » 2016-02-21 01:14:15

Replies: 2

A kind in glass and a cousin, a spectacle and nothing strange a single hurt color and an arrangement in a system to pointing. All this and not ordinary, not unordered in not resembling. The difference is spreading.

Glazed Glitter.

Nickel, what is nickel, it is originally rid of a cover.
The change in that is that red weakens an hour. The change has come. There is no search. But there is, there is that hope and that interpretation and sometime, surely any s is unwelcome, sometime there is breath and there will be a sinecure and charming very charming is that clean and cleansing. Certainly glittering is handsome and convincing.
There is no gratitude in mercy and in medicine. There can be breakages in Japanese. That is no programme. that is no color chosen. It was chosen yesterday, that showed spitting and perhaps washing and polishing. It certainly showed no obligation and perhaps if borrowing is not natural there is some use in giving.

I bought this book today, full of passages like this. The book is called "Tender Buttons" by Gertrude Stein. What do you think it means? (inb4nothing)

#17 Re: World Creation » EE Galaxy - How it was made » 2016-02-21 01:08:28

Excellent use of color and depth, especially in the foreground.

#18 Re: Bots and Programming » [Release][Ultra-WIP] Wolf.cs » 2016-02-21 01:05:13

Will this eventually have any connection to EE?

#19 Re: Off Topic Discussion » EE Minecraft Server » 2016-02-19 06:47:34

Hexagon wrote:

Not sure if this has anything to do with the mods that were added but I cannot play on the server any more because the game screen flickers blue when I'm moving, and turns opaque when I'm not.

There have been no modifications to the server. I think that's a graphical error on your end.

#20 Re: Off Topic Discussion » EE Minecraft Server » 2016-02-17 05:53:09

Ninja wrote:
Rapidgame7 wrote:

The server is still up, right?
I mean, nobody is there and the "Thank you" part on the form hasn't been updated.

yes it's up but everyone got bored of it because we have everything possible
that's why i like mods more

And to build on that, I would have already converted it to a modded server except for the fact NVD removed the control panel making it impossible to manage it.

#21 Re: Off Topic Discussion » EE Minecraft Server » 2016-02-10 03:17:33

So nobody has a preference?

I'll go with 1 + 4 if nobody cares. (Skylands + Thaumcraft + MoreMobs + Factions plugin + Enhanced weaponry/enchantments + more bosses)

#22 Re: Off Topic Discussion » EE Minecraft Server » 2016-02-09 05:25:26

Different55 wrote:

How poisoned is poisoned in toxic steampunk? What counts as "outside"? Could I build a house on the surface and be safe? And can animals survive outside? How about mobs?

To keep it simple I would probably make the command block check if you have any blocks above you. And by poison I mean poison effect while the condition is met. So more like a continuous acid rain that's also invisible.

Also I'd like to add that custom texture packs are also an option if we're going the modded route. I think those would be tight.

#23 Re: Off Topic Discussion » EE Minecraft Server » 2016-02-08 23:53:35

What are some potential themes for a modpack/server?

Here are a couple that came to mind:
1. Magic aether
    • Thaumcraft
    • more mobs
    • skylands generation

2. Toxic steampunk
    • you're poisoned when you go outside
    • technic pack
    • super cave generation

3. Super realism
    • terrafirmacraft
    • you can only chat with people within earshot

4. Custom factions
    • each faction is decided in advance
    • maybe they get to import a custom build of their choosing within some rules
    • faction plugin obviously
    • enhanced weaponry/enchantments
    • more bosses

5. Option 4 + 1, 2, or 3. (eg, Faction skylands, Realistic factions)

Be as creative as possible, and then we can scale it down from there if it proves to be too complex/not possible. Try to consider people with poor specs, too. So maybe not FTB, just the mods people need for your setting to feel realistic.

#24 Re: Off Topic Discussion » Favorite Software » 2016-02-08 23:17:02

JadElClemens wrote:
Tako wrote:

Also, since software is such an umbrella term, I'd also like to add that there is an AI called "Greta" which truly fascinates me. It not only specializes in natural language processing, but also mirroring personality traits so that you feel like you are talking to a friend, not a tool. (Unfortunately, from what I can tell, it's not a public project, so we can only read about it.)

Do you have any links to the project page or perhaps an article about it? I can't seem to find anything.

Page 3 onward

Not the most thrilling read but interesting nonetheless. I'm interested in pursuing this type of research after undergraduate school, and trying to see what room there is for improvement/more research.

#25 Re: Off Topic Discussion » Favorite Software » 2016-02-08 07:42:04

There's a little program called Quartus (and I say "little" sarcastically; it's almost 6 Gb) which allows you to (among many other things) design circuits, test them, etc. It's not the prettiest thing -- imagine Eclipse except 20% more buttons -- but in terms of value (free and a crapton of features) and usefulness (well, if you're into circuit design) then it's pretty cool.

Also, since software is such an umbrella term, I'd also like to add that there is an AI called "Greta" which truly fascinates me. It not only specializes in natural language processing, but also mirroring personality traits so that you feel like you are talking to a friend, not a tool. (Unfortunately, from what I can tell, it's not a public project, so we can only read about it.)

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