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Apollyon
Posted on: Aug 17 2009, 08:06 AM


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Rose: Went to a renaissance fair today
Rose: Worked out a really pretty costume to wear from the random non costume pieces of clothing that I have (including cutting apart a pre-existing shirt to get a corset-esque thing tongue.gif)
Thorn: Accidentally grabbed a bee within the first 5 minutes of being there and got stung. I forgot how much bee stings feel and sound like electric shocks.
Rose: Got laced into an actual corset for the first time. Corsets make me wonderfully narcissistic.. i couldnt stop staring in the mirror smile.gif
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Posted on: Aug 6 2009, 03:56 PM


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After reading this thread I still could not decipher (without cheating and looking at where people were from tongue.gif) whether we were discussing the Cambridge in Boston that I'm really close to or a far away Cambridge in the UK. Given that you are all from the UK I will assume the latter and not offer up my helpful Cambridge hints.
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Posted on: Aug 6 2009, 03:50 PM


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Just finished reading "The Host" by Stephanie Myers. I enjoyed the twilight series in a teen pupl fiction kind of way but this... this is something else. So so good. Very interesting protagonist(s) interesting concept. Just plain fabulous. And so beautifully written


Does this The Host have anything to do with the movie by the same name? I'm guessing not, but it's always worth a shot, as the movie was absolutely amazing.

Also I've been feeling lazy about my reading lately so I've moved to short stories, which are wonderful to give you flavors of authors without having to invest a lot of time. My favorites so far have been "A Rose for Ecclesiastes" by Roger Zelazny and "Mimsy were the Borogoves" by Lewis Padgett (which I'm pretty sure is a pseudonym as a Lewis Carroll reference). I remember seeing a movie based on Mimsy a while back... I think they called it "The Last Mimzy" and it almost nothing to do with the story's plot but was still quite good smile.gif
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Posted on: Aug 6 2009, 03:16 PM


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I've noticed one thing in this discussion, and that is that there's a bit of a divide between people who just seem to see makeup as another element of accessorizing a look, similar to jewelry, and others who see it as something else. I think this probably comes from the fact that we base so much of how we relate to other people on their face and facial expressions, so when you're looking at a face that is heavily made up it can feel like you're interacting with more of a character.

I think one thing that highlights this difference is whether the person in question is using the makeup to highlight something that already exists in your face, such as high cheekbones or pretty eyes, or using it to create something that was never there in the first place. One of my mother's friends uses a really dark shade of lipstick, and there's nothing wrong with that, except that she puts it on way above the natural peaks of her lips to create this really strange illusion and it makes her face look completely different. She's also the type to draw on eyebrows and cover up everything with foundation. I'm sure she has her own reasons for doing this, but when you're talking to her it feels like you're talking to some crazy robotic supermom or something (I may be exaggerating here tongue.gif).

I'm starting to ramble, but another example. I like sharpies. A lot. I frequently draw insane spiral patterns all over my arms (one reason i could never get a tattoo- my canvas would be gone). These spirals don't change the way people act around me or relate to me. However, if I were to draw the patterns all over my face, first of all it would be annoying because I would need a mirror, but it would also completely change how people were viewing me. Clothing or hair styling is not the same as makeup just because it doesnt cover your face.

Just my random thoughts on the subject smile.gif
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Posted on: Apr 28 2007, 02:00 AM


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Wow! When did this get posted? (April 3rd to answer my own question...) I somehow missed it. It's awesome! Nice artwork, and very amusing! You have a future in the webcomic industry smile.gif .
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Posted on: Apr 16 2007, 03:45 AM


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The speaker recieves a gigantic long roller coaster whose braking system just sprang a leak and its jumping off the tracks and OH MY GOD WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!!!

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Posted on: Apr 12 2007, 03:57 AM


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Posted on: Apr 12 2007, 03:55 AM


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The speaker receives the human elephant virus

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Posted on: Apr 9 2007, 04:07 AM


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For me it was kingdom of loathing. I was obsessed for a little over a year before I remembered matazone, etc. (it's a great game by the way, and actually i am still quite addicted).

Welcome back, by the way.
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Posted on: Mar 29 2007, 10:07 PM


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Michael recieves a delicious play-doh casserole.

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Posted on: Mar 27 2007, 02:38 PM


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Sounds like a bit of quintessential solipsism there! wink.gif

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Posted on: Mar 26 2007, 10:29 PM


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I think I'm getting confused as to what we are classifying as "intelligence". Is there a common definition? Perhaps "the ability to come up with answers to problems without being told"?

Edit: Heh. I now have read the link, and one of the first lines is "setting aside the question of what thinking actually is..." Oh well...

Edit Edit: Very intersting, although at times quite self-contradictory. I see how a difference might be seen in the way human minds and current computer processes work, but I am still of the opinion that they are basically the same method, with one simply being fantastically more complex than the other.

Edit Edit Edit (maybe I should have just included these in the original post): This reminds me a bit of Poe's "Philosophy of Composition". But only in an abstract sort of human mind as a machine way. A bit spammy, sorry...
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Posted on: Mar 26 2007, 05:26 AM


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The human mind would be closer to, if situation A happens simultanously bring up plans B-Z and compare them. Execute based context, mood, experience, (and other stuff based on the individual), then execute and then reflect. Computers and physical evolution works in a very linear fashion, human thinking branches out like a spider diagram, which each situation causing a branching out of loads of possibilities which each in turn branch out forming multitudes of reflecting.


Yet, that is simply an extremely complex feedback system, where the senses don't simply analyze a few elements of the situation, but all of them. For example, when you bring up plans B-Z, you do have a logical order in thinking of them, you dont consider them all at the same time. You consider them individually in quick succession, rule out those immediately inaccesible, and then choose the best based on the entire situation including previous errors and successes, etc.

The only reason I can see that the human brain would seem different than a computer is by the sheer complexity of how it reacts, and its hundreds of millions of neural pathways.

And going back to the original question, I'm not sure if creating self awareness would ever be possible, but I think if we did create it, we wouldn't recognize it. Actually, I'm quite sure we could eventually create a fascimile of self awareness, that would react in the same ways as something that was self aware, but I'm unsure, in a situation such as that, where we could draw the line between "real" self-awareness and "fake" self awareness, and if there even is a difference between the two.

My views are actually somewhat conflicted on the subject, so I hope that makes sense...
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Posted on: Mar 16 2007, 04:46 AM


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a completely random apple rolled across a completely random street in downtown New York City. It had absolutely nothing to do with anything at all. Two people who had paused their conversation to watch the apple as it rolled resumed their conversation. The first one said...
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Posted on: Mar 12 2007, 12:29 AM


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Lately I've been reading a lot of random Sci Fi short stories... most recently Nightfall by Isaac Asimov, The Roads Must Roll by Heinlein, and The Cold Equations by Tom Godwin.

I've read all of them before, but after straight novels for a long time, it's nice to relax with a few excellent short stories.
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Posted on: Mar 10 2007, 08:54 PM


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Posted on: Mar 6 2007, 06:33 AM


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painted the letters PETA on his sides with bright red paint, and strung him up as an impromptu banner. The PETA members then marched into town, with the dog dangling helplessly eight feet in the air, until...
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Posted on: Mar 5 2007, 03:17 AM


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That is super spiffy! Congrats!
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Posted on: Mar 5 2007, 03:15 AM


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Underwater.

Would you rather be completely moronic with super powers, or a super genius but paraplegic?
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Posted on: Mar 5 2007, 03:13 AM


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^ only if they're from the future... and are fighting the covenent... and wear funny colored suits
< is watching Zoolander
v Have you ever come down with the black lung? (*cough*)
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Posted on: Mar 5 2007, 03:11 AM


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Izzy recieves some fabric and a vial of mercury.

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Posted on: Mar 5 2007, 03:05 AM


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Posted on: Mar 5 2007, 03:04 AM


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Well, there's that...
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Posted on: Mar 5 2007, 03:02 AM


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I tend to agree with PWM here.
To take the opposite of what you said, Daria, couldn't you take the same words and change the tone of the music behind them, therefore also radically changing the meaning? Both melody and lyrics are important parts of music, but without melody there can be no music, whereas there are as many songs with lyrics as without.
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Posted on: Mar 2 2007, 04:00 AM


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A few days ago I was reminded of Newspeak, so here I am reading 1984 yet again... sigh... It's so depressing. I don't know why I do this to myself.
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