Re: Predictions Are Hard, Especially When They're About The Future

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Reading the earnest, petulant defenses of Obama* w/r/t the Suskind book is like taking a vacation in the not-yet-fallen-world of 2008. It's kind of moving, in a way.

* Worse than Stalin and George Lucas combined!


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 5:41 AM
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Has anyone ever written a book about a hard-boiled investigator who IS A DRAGON? Because that would be awesome.


Posted by: JWP | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 6:14 AM
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I'm not feeling very hopeful about the future. The left is soft and riven with stupid internal dissension, with everyone pulling in half a dozen different directions, and no single coherent message. It's a mishmash of interest groups. The right is unified and has a deep infrastructure of think tanks and lobbying groups, as well as the ability to turn out an army of passionate footsoldiers. We have the numbers, but they have the ability to turn out all of their guys, while we turn out maybe half, provided the weather isn't too shitty.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 6:14 AM
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I predict with a great deal of certainty that in the future I will be annoyed by this thread.

Also, I predict that in the future I will continue to be annoyed by my stats class.


Posted by: Beefo Meaty | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 6:17 AM
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The left is soft and riven with stupid internal dissension

I don't see this, but that's is possibly because I don't consider Obama part of the left.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 6:18 AM
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And there is a serious fissure on the right between the traditional Republicans who want to fuck the poor, and the Tea Party types who want to fuck everybody.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 6:20 AM
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4: My stats class is going well. Are you doing enough logistic regression in yours? That always makes things more interesting.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 6:20 AM
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|| I don't usually enjoy this sort of article, but, well, maybe I could stand reading about Michigan some.|>


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 6:22 AM
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2: Not quite, but:

"After escaping those who killed his siblings, Young Auron, a rare, defenseless gray dragon, might be the last of his breed. Armed with nothing but his claws and a determination to survive, he sets off in search of his kind. But to find other dragons-or, at least, find out who's killing them off-Auron will have to search a world of mercenary elves, vicious humans, and dangers of all kinds. Finding allies in the strangest places-and himself along the way-Auron is about to make the trek of a lifetime...."


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 6:23 AM
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7: no, no we aren't.


Posted by: Beefo Meaty | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 6:24 AM
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2: We should write it to cheer up LB.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 6:29 AM
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10: You can have one of mine.

stepwise, pr(.2): logit assholeness gender race age income_cat realtor paleo naderite ronpaul hamptons southwillrise LA


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 6:32 AM
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What's wrong with your stats class?


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 6:35 AM
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11: Chapter 1:

When he twitched his last little rattle, clanking like a cheap electrum chain, I was already talons-deep in his saddlebags.
No gold. Shit.
The tin cans think all we want is gold. In my case, they're right.
Suits my complexion.
My name's Grimvyrm. Friends call me Grim. I carry a piece, but they took my badge a long time ago. I got wings, but I don't fly if I have cab fare.
I'm a dragon. But don't put me on your Trapper Keeper, sister.

Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 6:40 AM
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Has anyone ever written a book about a hard-boiled investigator who IS A DRAGON? Because that would be awesome.

That would be Adam Roberts' "The Dragon With The Girl Tattoo", I think. Roberts is a bad writer but a moderately good writer of parodies, so it's probably an OK read.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 6:46 AM
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People think being a dragon must be so bad-ass. The breathing fire. The lying on a pile of gold.

But try being only three feet tall. As a young dragon I learned you have to make your own way in this world. That was the last thing my father told me before he was murdered. By thieves.

You guessed it. They took his pile of gold.

Now, I solve crimes. It's my way of honoring his memory.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 6:57 AM
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What the fuck, HTML tags. I italicized the whole comment.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 6:58 AM
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What is it with the pile of gold thing, anyway? Do dragons get some tactile pleasure out of it? Is there some reason creatures identified with fire are also associated with cold treasure? Are they all just enormous, fire breathing Scrooge McDucks?


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:04 AM
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18: you know how cats have litter boxes, right?


Posted by: Beefo Meaty | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:05 AM
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They do?


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:06 AM
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Oh dear. Nobody told Flippanter about pooping.


Posted by: Beefo Meaty | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:07 AM
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18: My guess? It's the softest incombustible bed they can find. You try sleeping on rocks all day.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:07 AM
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You try sleeping on rocks all day.

It's for my back!


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:09 AM
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Couldn't they sleep on a bed of lead?


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:15 AM
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24: not with all the fucking alchemists.


Posted by: Beefo Meaty | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:16 AM
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Beds of gold and jewels are Veblen goods.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:17 AM
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What is it with the pile of gold thing, anyway?

Yeah, don't any dragons have children?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:17 AM
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It's like Walt doesn't care about the dragon babies and their developing predatory minds.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:17 AM
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That's right! Fuck dragons! I hate those fuckers!


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:19 AM
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Yeah, don't any dragons have children?

Some do. Single childless dragons excoriate them in their diaries as Smaug Marrieds.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:21 AM
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Ponies eaten 15 (bad)
Gold pillaged 1500 gp (v.g.!)
Minutes spent in wordplay with inexplicably invisible burglar 30 (v. bad)


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:24 AM
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My question is what's with the damsels?


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:28 AM
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Damsels be trippin', obviously.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:29 AM
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32: Dragons are victims of the patriarchy, just like the rest of us.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:29 AM
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18: Nonflippantly, I've been looking and haven't found a good answer (though it must go back at least to classical times what with the Golden Fleece), but one possibility is that it was associated with the belief that metals grew out of the ground. With dragons living in caverns and so forth, it would be easy for them to accumulate it; in one Asian notion, they created it by breathing into the ground.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:37 AM
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35: Beowulf certainly has the classic combination of dragon plus fire plus flying plus treasure. The Colchis serpent could neither fly nor breathe fire.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:51 AM
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Why do Dragons live in caves with treasure?

One mystery about Dragons that has been hard to solve was why some sort of treasure was found in most Dragon's Lairs (caves). The treasure itself would vary from gold, silver, rubies, diamonds, DDs, 8-balls, $.99 double cheese burgers, and sporks. The only explanation we have that makes any sort of sense was given to us by a man who went by Nokard Sore.
His findings while working as a Dragom Ninja (he wasn't, in fact, a ninja but preferred the name as it was a much better title than the given "voyeur of private parts", as Dragon Lairs (caves) were considered an invasion of privacy.) *ahem* were quite intriguing to Dragonosophers.He reported that the treasures found in the caves depended on the Dragon's diet....(meaning Dragons shit treasure). This trait was an odd enough find but when he furthered his studies, he noticed that Dragons would only leave their caves (lairs) to eat or breed (females). Their behavioral traits pointed out that most Dragons suffer from social anxiety disorder (hence the awkward burning of all humanity, and most other species, except cockroaches) and probably urophobia as well.

Posted by: urple | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 7:58 AM
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This thread is unexpectedly light and funny.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 8:03 AM
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He reported that the treasures found in the caves depended on the Dragon's diet....(meaning Dragons shit treasure).

Gold is incredibly chemically unreactive (diamond is also not very reactive). So if a dragon had extremely powerful acids in its stomach contents, then it would digest and absorb the entirety of everybody it ate, with the exception of their pocket change and engagement rings etc, which it would pass as solid waste. So it's not that they choose to collect treasure, they just don't clean up.

It has the added advantage, from the dragon's point of view, of ensuring that a constant supply of fresh food comes to your door in search of treasure. It's like being a grizzly bear that shits six-packs.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 8:12 AM
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38: predicting the future is hard.


Posted by: Beefo Meaty | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 8:15 AM
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I'm now imagining Bolster sharing a celebratory beer with her group after scaring off the grizzly.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 8:18 AM
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It's like being a grizzly bear that shits six-packs.

As are so many things.


Posted by: Beefo Meaty | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 8:18 AM
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29: That's right! Fuck dragons! I hate those fuckers!

The SciFi er, SORRY, the SyFy (SiiiiFEEEE) channel was on Saturday and I was walking by and became entranced. It was a movie about dragon (stupid fucking dragons) apparently facing off against the military in a Large American City. It was so, so very bad. It was kinda cool.

I was thinking, 'Naw, this has like moderately expensive CGI and shit, this can't be one of those awful made-for-SiiiiFeeeeee movie with like the aliens that eat wood conquering Oregon or something. No, this is an actual movie that people apparently paid money to see.'

And it was so very generic in its rehash of depictions of whatever alien dragony entities were running about it was like watching every fantasy movie ever made, all at the same time! It was baffling, because they had actual American tanks and hummers and whatnot in the movie and that must have involved real folding green money, which should imply someone was actual conscious when they typed up whatever used toilet paper they were using for a screenplay. Maybe, I thought, it wasn't as bad as it seemed and everybody had loved this movie when it came out and I just somehow missed it, and was missing it.

And then they brought in a fight between two giant snakes after the dragon army had been wiped out by special runtime-shortening magic. Wow, I thought, this is amazingly bad! Two ginormous cocks fighting it out and somehow our tiny little heroes haven't been crushed, or at least drowned in Astroglide! And then it had an ending, and it ended, badly, oh so badly, and so I ran over to the internet to check out what the hell it was. Sure enough it turned out to be some Korean epic made for zillions of dollars that had not been attended by anyone outside of Korea, so yes, it was, in fact, Power Rangers bad. And reviewers called it the worst movie they'd ever seen and Rotten Tomatoes give it a hideously low rating.

So, everything resumed making sense and all was right in the world.

max
['Wait. You were talking about the Obama administration, weren't you?']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 8:35 AM
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I had, down to the post-movie internet search, the exact same experience as 43.
I had a similar experience when I happened on an airing of Battlefield Earth but my confusion was resolved when Travolta appeared.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 8:49 AM
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42: being me is like being a grizzly bear that shits six-packs, Sifu.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 8:50 AM
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30 is great.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 8:51 AM
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Travolta is like a bear that shits six-packs.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 8:55 AM
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43: Sounds almost as awesome as Sharktopus.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:08 AM
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Damn. Too late for the politics.

Had to go to Wikipedia for humanoid dragons, either form changers like Tehanu or something more akin to Blake's power-critters. Quasi-humans of great power. Can't remember where I read it.

The high-level dragons in Angband are the scariest drags, not even counting the dracolichs.

The Ancient multi-hued dragon (Red 'D') === Num:462 Lev:43 Rar:1 Spd:+10 Hp:1848 Ac:100 Exp:13000 A huge draconic form. Many colours ripple down its massive frame. Few live to see another. This evil dragon is normally found at depths of 2150 feet (level 43), and moves quickly. It may carry up to 6 objects. It can bash down doors and push past weaker monsters. It resists acid, lightning, fire, cold, poison, bright light, and rock remover, and cannot be confused or slept. It pays little attention to intruders, which it may notice from 250 feet. It may breathe acid (616), lightning (616), fire (616), frost (616), or poison (616), and may cast spells intelligently which terrify, blind, or confuse; 1 time in 5. It can claw to attack with damage 4d10, claw to attack with damage 4d10, and bite to attack with damage 7d10. (Angband 3.1.2v2)

"It breathes. You die."


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:11 AM
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30 is really something.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:12 AM
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"It may carry up to 6 objects."

It lacks only a shopping bag to be invincible.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:19 AM
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Back when I used to play Moria (the predecessor to Angband), whenever I would see a "d" character, and realize it was an ancient multihued dragon, my heart would start to pound. I feel a little tense just thinking about it.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:20 AM
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[I]n one Asian notion, they created it by breathing into the ground.

I feel that Asian dragons set a poor example for dragon youth: they're always slacking around the heavens, tailing that freaking giant pearl up and down the clouds like a hackey sack, "making it rain," if you know what I mean and I think you do. Meanwhile, European dragons are hoarding treasure, eating maidens fair, roasting knights in their armor: getting things done!


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:23 AM
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14 has not received enough love.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:23 AM
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Like its author.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:30 AM
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55: Whom among us has?


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:34 AM
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JSTOR bleg: if someone with access would be so kind as to send me this, my gratitude, while finite, would be huge.
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Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:34 AM
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56: Surely not those who misuse the objective case.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:35 AM
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Mark Thoma

Hell, people (idiots) are running with this, trying to discredit Suskind.

.Anita Dunn to Valerie Jarrett:

If it weren't for the president, this place would be in court for a hostile workplace, because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women...

Ron Suskind:

"This place would be in court for a hostile workplace," Dunn is quoted as saying in Suskind's book. "Because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women."

Naughty, naughty, Ron. That's not how you quote. ...

Okay hell, yeah Ken Lay knew nothing at Enron, Nixon was ignorant of Watergater, Reagan was not involved in Iran/Contra, and Cheney ran the Bush administration.

One clause is a lie. Either Obama created a very woman-supportive atmosphere that what hundreds of Cossacks (including near the very top) blatantly ignored and contradicted, or the first clause " If it weren't for the president" is the kind of President/Presidency protecting ass-covering future employment protecting bullshit I have been seeing for 45 fucking years.


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:37 AM
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57: Done, I think.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:40 AM
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60: Thanks, but it didn't come through. Instead, I got linked to the terms and conditions page, which basically scolded me for my attempted thievery. Way to make me feel like an asshole.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:48 AM
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I've just noticed that historysgreatestmonster.org is available (although the .com is taken).


Posted by: Alex | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:50 AM
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58: There has never been a shortage of reasons for not loving me.

(breaks down weeping into the keyboard)


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:51 AM
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56: Porfirio Rubirosa?


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:51 AM
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61: Tried it again.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:51 AM
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61: Way to cast the first stone, Jesus!


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:52 AM
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66: No one cares about your crazy Gnostic re-interpretations, Elaine Pagels!


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:54 AM
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Moby totally fucking rules.


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67: Good one, Flip!

I suppose everyone here has heard the joke about Mary and the first stone.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 9:58 AM
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69: From a priest.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:01 AM
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Uh, 68 was me.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:03 AM
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Moby totally fucking rules.


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Uh, 72 was me.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:07 AM
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Did I just see the word "stepwise" in the context of a statistics class?


Posted by: dsquared | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:21 AM
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Hey, remember when heebie was talking about how she didn't have a schedule because she liked to be flexible, and a couple of us kinda jumped on that, and she said "dude, there's a book. We go through the book, in order" and we were sort of mollified maybe? Well, I'm taking this stats class, and not only is there no schedule, there's no book that is being taught out of, information about such topics as the location of the syllabus, the time and location of office hours, whether or not we would have problem sets, grading policies for the course and the location of the lab have been sort of dribbling out over the first few weeks (with no particular written documentation of any of them). Other information, such as the dates of the midterms, the relevant chapters in the (optional) books, grading policies for problem sets and midterms and the mathematical basis of the material we are "learning", has not yet been revealed. But I'm sure some of it will be!

Also, the slides are only halfway translated from a foreign language.

Gaaaaaah.

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Posted by: Beefo Meaty | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:22 AM
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74: You'd rather see it in line dancing?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:26 AM
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Haha, and hey, it turns out today we're jumping in 3/4 of the way through the slides from 2 weeks ago, with no introduction to that fact. Whee!


Posted by: Beefo Meaty | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:27 AM
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75: Numbers is numbers.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:29 AM
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78: yes, but they don't let us look at them.


Posted by: Beefo Meaty | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:30 AM
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When in doubt, p = .078.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:31 AM
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When in doubt, p = .078.

I'm in doubt whenever I think p is less than 0.78.


Posted by: urple | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:35 AM
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That stats class sounds like at some point it should cover the concept of "regression to be mean."


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:44 AM
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On the other hand, the way the instructor pronounces "variables" is hilarious.


Posted by: Beefo Meaty | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:44 AM
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If it's "valiabers" that's totally racist.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:47 AM
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More like "vurrhuhbles"


Posted by: Beefo Meaty | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:48 AM
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I bought almonds for a snack instead of candy and now I'm competely out of energy. No wonder cavemen got killed by all the people who would grow wheat.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:49 AM
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Did you eat enough bacon this morning? About a pound should do.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:51 AM
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Would anyone care to calculate the odds that I will muster up the motivation to get some work done today?


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:51 AM
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And I only have $.98, so I need to go clear to the ATM to have money to buy candy.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:51 AM
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Paleo man wouldn't need sufficient change to get his candy.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:54 AM
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Would anyone care to calculate the odds that I will muster up the motivation to get some work done today?

.78

Let me know if that's high or low, and I'll adjust the answer.


Posted by: beamish | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 10:57 AM
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If the curves don't fit, you must logit.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 11:09 AM
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83: I had a prof who pronounced it "worry-ables" which sort of makes sense.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 11:10 AM
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92: You can't probit.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 11:12 AM
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88: That's not math, that's class warfare.


Posted by: unimaginative | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 11:19 AM
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No more masturbating to R.E.M.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 11:23 AM
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96: I knew it would never last.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 11:25 AM
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96: not even on Tumblr?


Posted by: Beefo Meaty | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 11:25 AM
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95 -> 75


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 11:25 AM
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Pah. You just need the mental discipline to picture them all as independent musicians.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 11:25 AM
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96: In Soviet Union While you're asleep R.E.M. masturbates you.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 11:27 AM
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Except I always wake up.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 11:28 AM
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It is kind of hilarious to hear brilliant math professors with thick Texan or southern accents.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 11:50 AM
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I don't see anything creepy about masturbating to a band that's broken up. All the members of the band are still alive. I don't understand the taboo.

I'm also not entirely sure I even know what it means to masturbate to a band, as distinct from masturbating to the collection of human individuals that comprise the band. Maybe this means I'm sexually unimaginative, I dunno.


Posted by: urple | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 11:53 AM
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What I'm trying to say is that you want me to stop masturbating to R.E.M., you'll have to pry my cock from my cold, dead hands.


Posted by: urple | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 11:55 AM
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A band, like cleavage, is greater than the sum of its parts.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 11:56 AM
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Gold is incredibly chemically unreactive (diamond is also not very reactive). So if a dragon had extremely powerful acids in its stomach contents,

Ahem.


Posted by: George de Hevesy | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 11:57 AM
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86 et al.: I've been feeling unusually lazy for the past week or more. I've been blaming it on the the shortening day; there's noticeably less light in the morning than there was even a month ago. However, I hope that either I adapt quickly or there's secretly some other cause, because I really don't want this to last for the next six months.


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I can't even handle making a post of Grandma's latest stories, because it involves injury to a baby, and backstory involving death of two of her own children. I'm feeling slightly sick to my stomach contemplating what she has gone through.

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Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 12:04 PM
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87: Did you eat enough bacon this morning? About a pound should do.

I had tempura-fried bacon this week. A little was a lot.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 12:06 PM
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107: If aqua regia is your idea of an easy way to dissolve things, I really shudder to think of the corrosive things you deal with.


Posted by: Annelid Gustator | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 12:07 PM
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It's like being a grizzly bear that shits six-packs.

I bet being a basilisk is like being a chicken-lizard that craps pot.



Posted by: Annelid Gustator | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 12:12 PM
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Cyrus is pregnant! With a dragonet!


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 1:12 PM
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107: OK, maybe not that powerful. I did know that, having read Richard Rhodes, and also Pigeon Post - the killer bit in the latter being when the kids think they've found gold and test it and think "hooray!" because it dissolves in aqua regia and they know gold dissolves in aqua regia; the point being that everything dissolves in aqua regia, but gold doesn't dissolve in anything else.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-21-11 3:25 PM
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I'm giving love to 14 and 30.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 09-23-11 7:02 AM
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I should probably go to sleep so I can have enough energy to SELL SOME MOTHERFUCKING FURNITURE tomorrow. I am going to ROCK those sales, baby. it hurts my knees, but I have to wear heels. I sell better in heels and a push-up bra. this is perhaps not surprising, but kind of is, since the women are usually the decision makers in straight couples buying, and the gay male customers (who are our best) presumable don't give a shit about my boobs. so it's a mystery.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 09-23-11 7:05 AM
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It makes perfect sense -- they're not dazzled into making bad buying decisions because they're lusting after you, they're aspiring to be like you. If they buy a coffee table from you, they will be as attractive and well-put together as you. The hotter you look, the better it works.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-23-11 7:08 AM
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I pass a couple of expensive-looking furniture stores most days. The only people ever within seem to be thin, expensive-looking young women.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 09-23-11 7:37 AM
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ooooh, ok, that actually makes sense. and the gay guys just have good taste already. I also give free beer to the bored aussie husbands who have been dragged out shopping and let them just sit down somewhere and listen to the clash.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 09-23-11 7:38 AM
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I also give free beer to the bored aussie husbands who have been dragged out shopping and let them just sit down somewhere and listen to the clash.

I picture puzzled Australian wives going "I don't understand, Bob. You say you want to go furniture shopping again today?"


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-23-11 7:43 AM
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It is no coincidence that my wife's shop [selling expensive shoes and handbags, mostly to women] is staffed by attractive, well-put-together women.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 09-23-11 7:47 AM
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the gay guys just have good taste already

I would guess that they're influenced by your level of stylishness as well -- that they wouldn't buy from you frumpy. It's not a simple as wanting to be you, exactly, for gay men, but still wanting to be someone as stylish as you.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-23-11 8:00 AM
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It's like being a grizzly bear that shits six-packs.

Almost. Griz eat hucks, and, when they're ripe, shit big purple piles. People love hucks, and are willing to walk around big purple piles of bear shit to get them.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 09-23-11 8:01 AM
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When are grizzly bears ripe?


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 09-23-11 8:07 AM
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You have to tap firmly on the surface of the bear and listen for a hollow sound to be sure. Unfortunately, people rarely survive this step.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-23-11 8:16 AM
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If you thump a grizzly on the top of the head and it sounds hollow, it's ripe. Unripe grizzlies will have a tighter, metallic ringing sound.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09-23-11 8:18 AM
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Aaauuugh, dammit LB!


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09-23-11 8:19 AM
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Does it help if I tell you that doing that is one of the few pleasures in an otherwise bleak and depressing working day?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-23-11 8:22 AM
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Pwning: the shitting a six-pack of the internet.


Posted by: Beefo Meaty | Link to this comment | 09-23-11 8:24 AM
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