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Not All Sciencemasters

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It’s Day 2 of Sciencemaster Adler‘s Science Rampage! Today’s he’s taking on delusional politicians. Who’s next? Amorous leopards? Bank thieves? Modern dancers? Almost anyone could come under attack by Adler’s reign of fact-based terror. Tune in Monday and find out!

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denismm
8 days ago
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Eat the data!
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People ask me why my mood's always so acrid. This is why.

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Microsoft CEO to women: Don't ask for a raise. CEO Satya Nadella spoke at the Grace Hopper Celebration and told women to use their "super powers" to get raises.

"A lot of advice is thrown at women to be considered equals in the workplace — lean in, speak up, be confident, demand raises and promotions, don't dress "slutty" — which in itself is problematic because it places the onus on women to correct the culturally intrenched male dominance in workplaces.

(Companies should be the ones working to demolish the "old boys club," and putting practices into place including strict policies on sexual harassment, equal pay, mentorship and paid maternity and paternity leave, for starters.)

However, advice given by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hit a new level of terrible: Don't ask for raises, trust that your "super powers," "the system" and "karma" will get you what you want. I'm not sure what mystical world Nadella is living in, but I imagine that there raises gallup magically into a woman's bank account via a unicorn."
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denismm
44 days ago
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He did apologize later.
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skorgu
44 days ago
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You know I was kind of considering buying windows 10. Not anymore.

The Average Font combines hundredsof characters into a single...

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The Average Font combines hundreds
of characters into a single typeface

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denismm
85 days ago
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Check out http://iotic.com/averia/ for a similar project that produced a usable font.
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michaelglass
85 days ago
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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
135 days ago
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Yyyup. At least the first 20 or so chapters.
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skorgu
135 days ago
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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
164 days ago
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Somewhere in between, like sharks. (In imitation of SavedYouAClick)
skittone
163 days ago
Thank you.
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eraycollins
163 days ago
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Very interesting.
dreadhead
164 days ago
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Cool
Vancouver Island, Canada

(2000) American Psycho

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(2000)American Psycho

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denismm
256 days ago
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Ugh, how feudal.
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eraycollins
255 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
256 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
256 days ago
Do they have many foreign clients? I'm familiar with that convention to make the family name clear in international contexts.
satadru
256 days ago
Yes to foreign clients... but the family name is capitalized only for partners, not associates. It's a matter of status.
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