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The Average Font combines hundreds
of characters into a single typeface

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denismm
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Check out http://iotic.com/averia/ for a similar project that produced a usable font.
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I think I broke Harry Potter

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karlosmadera:

So it’s 3AM and It’s just occurred to me that the most telling scene in the entire Harry Potter franchise is the scene following the announcement of the participants of the Triwizard tournament.

When Harry’s name is pulled out of the cup, literally one of the first things he is asked is “did you ask an older boy to put your name in the cup for you?" or something to that effect, insinuating that, that was something nobody prepared for and that it was something that totally would have worked if anyone had been smart enough to figure it out.

However, in an earlier scene a student is turned into a hundred year old man when they try to artificially age themselves with a potion and put their name into the cup. Meaning someone trying to dangerously age themselves with potion they aren’t familiar with was something the teachers genuinely considered to be more likely than someone asking for fucking help from another student.

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In other words, the wizards in Harry Potter’s world are so reliant on magic that it doesn’t occur to anyone save for people like Harry that asking for help is even an option in a given situation. This explains why wizards are so fucking ass-backwards at everything, they’re so confident that their magic is capable of doing everything for them that it has never occurred to fucking anyone that perhaps asking for help from the muggle world might be of some use.

Think about it, the wizarding world hasn’t changed in hundreds of years while in that same space of time the muggle world has figured out fucking space travel. I know it’s a cliché to say to say someone could have fucking shot Voldemort, but seriously, somebody totally fucking could have, he killed like 50 people, he was effectively a terrorist, if anyone in the wizarding world bothered to ask for help from the muggles instead of just telling them there was an invisible asshole flying around shooting death curses at everyone, they may have been able to help. 

Pretty much the only reason Voldermort thinks he’s better than muggles is because he’s able to kill them with impunity using magic, something he’s only able to do so easily because muggles don’t understand what magic is. Voldemort is basically like a fucking disease, he’s an invisible, lurking entity preying on mankind from the shadows like a cowardly piece of shit. You know what else did that? Smallpox and we stomped that to death the second we understood it. That’s the difference between muggles and wizards, when muggles don’t understand something, they figure it out.

And here’s the kicker, the only reason muggles don’t understand magic at all is because the wizarding world deliberately withholds information about it. However, even if the wizarding world kept doing that, it’d only be a matter of time until a muggle figured out what magic was and how to stop or harness it because that’s what humanity does, it pushes past what we think is impossible to see what’s on the other side. We didn’t understand the sun as a species originally and now we use it to power satellites and smartphones.

The wizarding world isn’t a realm of infinite possibilities, it’s a universe of strict limitations where boundaries are never questioned. The muggle world is where the real magic happens. That’s why during the course of the Harry Potter books, which are set between 1991 and 1998, the muggle world (our world) discovered dark matter, cloned a sheep and invented fucking MP3s while the wizarding world were literally paying some dipshit to figure out what the purpose of a rubber duck was.

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Wow, I really shouldn’t think about this stuff when it’s like 3AM, it gets kind of dark.

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In other words, the wizards in Harry Potter’s world are so reliant on magic that it doesn’t occur to anyone save for people like Harry that asking for help is even an option in a given situation. This explains why wizards are so fucking ass-backwards at everything, they’re so confident that their magic is capable of doing everything for them that it has never occurred to fucking anyone that perhaps asking for help from the muggle world might be of some use.

iow, it reflects the american obsession with individualism (and, to a lesser extent, guns). i’ll do it myself cuz no one else will help me (because i never asked, but that’s beside the point)

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denismm
68 days ago
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Yyyup. At least the first 20 or so chapters.
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skorgu
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http://hpmor.com/

Were dinosaurs warm-blooded or cold-blooded? New study settles debate

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Chicken From Hell

Were dinosaurs cold-blooded lumbering creatures or warm-blooded and agile? A new study has come up with a surprising answer.

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denismm
97 days ago
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Somewhere in between, like sharks. (In imitation of SavedYouAClick)
skittone
97 days ago
Thank you.
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eraycollins
97 days ago
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Very interesting.
dreadhead
97 days ago
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Cool
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(2000) American Psycho

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(2000)American Psycho

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denismm
189 days ago
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Ugh, how feudal.
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eraycollins
189 days ago
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Interesting. I am accustomed to seeing transliterated Chinese family names in all caps. Didn't know about this other convention.
satadru
189 days ago
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Seeing this card, I'm reminded that I know for a fact that at least one large NYC law firm capitalizes the last names of all partners in intra-firm communications.
New York, NY
denismm
189 days ago
Do they have many foreign clients? I'm familiar with that convention to make the family name clear in international contexts.
satadru
189 days ago
Yes to foreign clients... but the family name is capitalized only for partners, not associates. It's a matter of status.

Learning from Adam Smith About Education

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I teach a couple of courses in our mostly “Great Books” core curriculum. One of our canonical authors—encountered by all sophomores—is Adam Smith. When I teach his works—and, indeed, any of the others in the curriculum—I look for ways to make them speak to my students. Thus I always mine my texts for nuggets about higher education and liberal education, an example of which you can read here

Earlier this week—before we were so rudely interrupted, once again, by the weather—I called their attention to a passage in the Wealth of Nations where Smith discusses the role of education in remedying the defects that flow from narrowly specialized participation in the division of labor (which, of course, is the principal source of the wealth of nations). The worker in the division of labor

generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become. The torpor of his mind renders him, not only incapable of relishing or bearing a part in any rational conversation, but of conceiving any generous, noble, or tender sentiment, and consequently of forming any just judgment concerning many even of the ordinary duties of private life. Of the great and extensive interests of his country, he is altogether incapable of judging; and unless very particular pains have been taken to render him otherwise, he is equally incapable of defending his country in war.

If we take this passage as an indication of the role publicly supported education may be able to play, we see nothing about economic development and international competitiveness, but a lot about our humanity and citizenship. 

While our political leaders—Democrats and Republicans alike—say a lot about the former, they say comparatively little about the latter. Perhaps they should go back to school and think about what the purposes of economic prosperity are. No one—least of all, Adam Smith—is arguing that we shouldn’t concern ourselves with prosperity, though Smith does suggest that the principal role politicians should play in that regard is to stay out of the way as people naturally pursue their own economic interests. What does need attention, what “business” won’t take care of on its own, is the cultivation of our humanity, which will enable us to use well the wealth we so avidly pursue and create.

I think John Adams got it pretty nearly right when he said “I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”

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denismm
217 days ago
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Read carefully, that was John Adams.
cjmcnamara
217 days ago
Ah, too many "Adam"s floating around -- thanks for the check.
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