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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Get ready to be unemployed - "Humans Need Not Apply" - CGP Grey on: August 31, 2014, 09:09:00 AM
Pessimistic? More like 'lacking in hubris' I think.  tongue

Hahaha! That's a good one!  Thmbsup
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: August 31, 2014, 08:06:52 AM
There's nothing especially new about it per se, except that it has been reported on by the BBC - infamous for promulgating their religio-political bias and for pushing pseudo-science (e.g., Rotherham, 28Gate, etc.). I suspect they produced the programme by mistake - it probably missed going through their usual internal censorship gate.

Hahah! Grin

Yep. Probably.

My favourite BBC gaffe is them reporting WTC 7 collapsing well before it did with WTC 7 still standing in the background.

But, Russia and China have "state run media" and we over here in freedom-land have "public television". Let's all repeat that now...
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Get ready to be unemployed - "Humans Need Not Apply" - CGP Grey on: August 31, 2014, 08:02:19 AM
There are many critics of Malthus out there, and he's been pretty much laid to rest.

Not really.  smiley

And then there are those that still adhere to Malthus. Wink

There are new methods of agriculture that are 10x to 100x more productive per acre than modern conventional agriculture. And they are unencumbered by patents. smiley

Most human population predictions that I've seen predict a peak of 9 to 10 billion this century. Here's one resource:

http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/

And a quick snippet:

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The annual growth rate is currently declining and is projected to continue to decline in the coming years. Currently, it is estimated that it will become less than 1% by 2020 and less than 0.5% by 2050.

GRAPH OMITTED

This means that world population will continue to grow in the 21st century, but at a slower rate compared to the recent past. World population has doubled (100% increase) in 40 years from 1959 (3 billion) to 1999 (6 billion). It is now estimated that it will take a further 43 years to increase by another 50%, to become 9 billion by 2042.

The latest United Nations projections indicate that world population will nearly stabilize at just above 10 billion persons after 2062.

Not very geometric.

Systems tend towards some kind of equilibrium. For AIs, robots, and human (un)employment, we'll likely see the same kind of thing.

Systems also tend towards extinction - extinction being the ultimate state of equilibrium. Cool

The eternal pessimist! smiley

129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Youtube stepping up video size again? on: August 31, 2014, 07:51:00 AM
I assume you mean 1280x720?

I ask this because...well...as long as it is 16:9 (1.78:1)...you can view in 720p at well...any resolution that is 16:9...Right now, I have a small youtube window open...on my phone...running at 1080p...yes it is full screen...but seeing as that screen is tiny...it is...well...tiny?

720p = 720 horizontal scan lines (Not a depiction of actual size as such)

Yes. I meant what I said literally. It is playing at 480p resolution (bandwidth) in a 720p sized frame. Yeah. Go figger. I was like "WTF?!?" too.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: August 31, 2014, 07:44:23 AM
It covers from his beginning up until the mid-80's, after he beat his addictions.

What's even more surprising is AC since then. Along with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, Brian Welch of Korn, Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden, and Dan Spitz of Anthrax, and Blackie Lawless of WASP, they have all converted to Christianity. THAT bit in a documentary I would like to see.

131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Searching for 'Love' on YouTube on: August 30, 2014, 09:18:49 PM
+1 for using "-" to limit searches. And yes... the lists can get long sometimes.
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Get ready to be unemployed - "Humans Need Not Apply" - CGP Grey on: August 30, 2014, 09:09:32 PM
Malthus also thought that food production was arithmetic. He didn't see the tractor or combine coming. He also ignored the possibility that population growth could be affected by other factors. There are many critics of Malthus out there, and he's been pretty much laid to rest.

Systems tend towards some kind of equilibrium. For AIs, robots, and human (un)employment, we'll likely see the same kind of thing.

The interesting part will be in how the system gets disrupted, similar to how tractors and combines disrupted agriculture.

Anyone that gives any serious thought to a solution to this problem, will ultimately come up with something that would be considered Utopian. There really isn't a way around that. Anything that would get around that wouldn't really be a solution, would it?

And if a Utopian solution really is the only viable solution, then we have a ton of work ahead of us before we could even begin to seriously entertain the thought of actually solving the problem.

I certainly hope there's no Utopian solution. They never work and often make everything much, much worse.

But, the current system we have now isn't going to work. It will collapse. Preventing a collapse is probably out of the question at this point though. The rot and corruption at the top preclude any kind of cure. e.g. Government spending that requires taxation at or above current levels will collapse as debts come due. Merely servicing debts now is onerous, as Argentina keeps proving time and time again with the same solutions to the same problems that didn't work before, aren't working now, and won't work tomorrow.

I'm betting that black markets will become more and more popular. ("Black market" is such a horrible term. It's only a market that excludes government intervention.)
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Get ready to be unemployed - "Humans Need Not Apply" - CGP Grey on: August 30, 2014, 10:52:56 AM
We will eventually have to rethink this idea that everyone needs to "earn a living" to obtain the money needed to acquire the basic necessities of life,

That's never going to go away. Unless the world goes full commie. Which has never worked out. Unless anyone considers mass murder as a wonderful outcome. "Useless eaters" and all that.


We will eventually have to rethink this idea that everyone needs to "earn a living" to obtain the money needed to acquire the basic necessities of life, or face the violent consequences, as more people end up jobless, homeless, and penniless, with too much time on their hands to think of nothing but destructive revolution, terrorism, etc. as the only viable solution to their problems. We will either have to rethink it or prepare to put most of the world's population in prisons. And if we are not careful with this, how we decide to proceed, it could lead to our downfall as a species, causing our own extinction, leaving behind an army of bots that serve nobody and no real purpose, like pets waiting for their masters that will never return home.

Given the general disregard for consequences that we see in "modern science" now, it could get pretty grim.

I do wonder how bloody it will get. Given the control structures in place now, my guess is people will be drowning in blood.

Then again, who knows? I've not really thought about this too much. It's an interesting question.

134  Other Software / Developer's Corner / /r/ShittyProgramming on: August 30, 2014, 09:12:02 AM
http://www.reddit.com/r/ShittyProgramming

I think a few people here will get a few laughs. smiley

e.g. http://www.reddit.com/r/s...ev14v/18_arguments_later/

Quote
Formatted for C with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. void part3( __global struct triangle *triangles,__global uint *tri_num, __global float4 *c_pos, __global float4 *c_rot, __global uint* depth_buffer, __read_only image2d_t id_buffer,
  2.       __read_only image3d_t array, __write_only image2d_t screen, __global uint *nums, __global uint *sizes, __global struct obj_g_descriptor* gobj, __global uint * gnum,
  3.       __global uint *lnum, __global struct light *lights, __global uint* light_depth_buffer, __global uint * to_clear, __global uint* fragment_id_buffer, __global float4* cutdown_tris)
I'd like to thank firstly myself for being an amazing programmer, and secondly OpenCL for being literally hitler


More good stuff there as well. smiley
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Get ready to be unemployed - "Humans Need Not Apply" - CGP Grey on: August 30, 2014, 03:07:52 AM
I suppose this is no surprise to anyone, but CGP Grey has another short film that some may find entertaining:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU</a>

Kiss your job good-bye?

136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hack Your VCR! on: August 29, 2014, 10:15:42 PM
I just got back from the hospital. Over 200 stitches & I'm now typing with 1 finger.

DO NOT FORGET THE MARSHMALLOWS!
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: August 29, 2014, 08:12:16 PM
A surprising programme from BBC Radio 4: Everything We Know Is Wrong (click on link to download/hear the programme)
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Written notes:
Every day the newspapers carry stories of new scientific findings. There are 15 million scientists worldwide all trying to get their research published. But a disturbing fact appears if you look closely: as time goes by, many scientific findings seem to become less true than we thought. It's called the "decline effect" - and some findings even dwindle away to zero.

A highly influential paper by Dr John Ioannidis at Stanford University called "Why most published research findings are false" argues that fewer than half of scientific papers can be believed, and that the hotter a scientific field (with more scientific teams involved), the less likely the research findings are to be true. He even showed that of the 49 most highly cited medical papers, only 34 had been retested and of them 41 per cent had been convincingly shown to be wrong. And yet they were still being cited.

Again and again, researchers are finding the same things, whether it's with observational studies, or even the "gold standard" Randomised Controlled Studies, whether it's medicine or economics. Nobody bothers to try to replicate most studies, and when they do try, the majority of findings don't stack up. The awkward truth is that, taken as a whole, the scientific literature is full of falsehoods.

Jolyon Jenkins reports on the factors that lie behind this. How researchers who are obliged for career reasons to produce studies that have "impact"; of small teams who produce headline-grabbing studies that are too statistically underpowered to produce meaningful results; of the way that scientists are under pressure to spin their findings and pretend that things they discovered by chance are what they were looking for in the first place. It's not exactly fraud, but it's not completely honest either. And he reports on new initiatives to go through the literature systematically trying to reproduce published findings, and of the bitter and personalised battles that can occur as a result.

Producer/Presenter: Jolyon Jenkins.



Interesting. I suppose that it sort of explains why medical advice changes every few years. Yesterday X was great, and today X is bad.
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: August 29, 2014, 08:09:56 PM
Yes, I read about this and remain skeptical in the absence of solid proof, either way.

The issue is mired down with too much baggage. The best one can hope for is just a gamble.
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: August 29, 2014, 11:58:45 AM
The last batch of beer is working very well, and the batch of ginger ale is highly alcoholic. But, I'm too lit to continue typing. tongue

140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: August 29, 2014, 10:55:06 AM
Seems like Bitcoin (and other) mining is artificially crippled so the miner devs make higher profits:
http://da-data.blogspot.d...-with-monero-and-cpu.html

Too much to drink, so that's too much to read...

My gut reaction is that it's just another alt being mined to convert into BTC. Most are.

Am I off? Got a tl;dr?

141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mystery of Death Valley's Sliding Rocks Solved on: August 29, 2014, 10:52:03 AM
I can never tell whether Renegade is being satirical or serious...

Renegade...you need to get a writing job for The Onion...seriously...if that is Satire, it is very well written in the sense that it looks like the author believes what they are writing...

If not...Then...I don't even know any more  huh

lol

Hahaha! Cool

That was all just pure silliness. 40hz beat me to the punch on the alien angle, but I still had to get it in there! smiley

However, I did actually mix in some truth there. (Not kidding and not disputable - pure fact.) I'll leave it for people to figure out what the actual true part was! tongue

142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: August 29, 2014, 10:48:07 AM
Let's put this through the "Ren Test"  Grin

Here is a short section from a book I am writing, which I would love to get some opinions on smiley

Here are some free-form comments inline. I'm only addressing grammar and style. I'm going to avoid any artistic decisions for the sake of focus.

(When I say "style", I mean the style of grammar used.)

I'm marking my comments with "R - ".



Really, there is no way he could have seen this coming.  Spending every day locked away in his own little world; friends all around, but loneliness so vivid. 

R - Your use of semi-colons is jarring. Semi-colons join related sentences, but don't replace commas.


Darkness was his companion, the light; his enemy. 

R - Same issue. Consider using commas.

R - If you're looking to jar the reader with some kind of shock, then, well, I'm not so sure that it works as it also introduces a bit of confusion. Perhaps an ellipsis there would work better. e.g.

Darkness was his companion, the light... his enemy. 



Yet, somehow, through the mist, he saw something that made no sense, something he couldn't explain.  Words cannot describe

R - Consider using:

Words could not describe...

R - That sticks to the same tense.

the feeling that had come over him, and all he knew, was that something was changing...something strange,

R - Ellipses styles vary. I'm not fond of the lack of a space following an ellipsis, but others prefer it when the first letter is lower-case.


something wonderful, but also absolutely terrifying.  It took only a few moments for things to become clear, and he could see through the mist, he could feel the breeze. 

R - That's where a semi-colon is needed. Right now you have a comma splice. Consider the following:


It took only a few moments for things to become clear, and he could see through the mist; he could feel the breeze. 

R - Or, this:

It took only a few moments for things to become clear, and he could see through the mist, feel the breeze. 

R - Now, that's not a strict grammatical style, but it fits. Here's a stricter style:

It took only a few moments for things to become clear as he could see through the mist and feel the breeze. 

R - There are many ways to work that out. Styles differ, but sticking to more common styles that don't violate basic grammar rules is the best way to go unless there is a very compelling reason.


Something whispered out to him, and he knew then, what he must do, to survive.

R - Now, for the specific style that I prefer, I'd use ellipses there instead of commas. They simply work better in many cases as they indicate to the reader that the reader needs to imagine something or fill in the blanks. Here's an example with ellipses:


Something whispered out to him, and he knew then... what he had to do... to survive.


R - I also swapped out "must" there as it doesn't work well in the past tense. "Had to" or "needed to" are better choices as they inflect for the past tense. But, I think this would still be better:


Something whispered out to him, and he knew then what he had to do... to survive.


R - You might get flak from some people for the comma there, but there's nothing wrong with it at all. Commas are also used to indicate pauses, and that works there. Wink


(New Chapter)

Things just didn't seem quite right, what with everything that was happening. 


R - You are adopting a very conversational tone there with how you're phrasing things. Nothing wrong with that. Just an observation. (The "what" triggers that.)

Days seemed short, the nights long, no matter what he said, there was nothing getting through, nothing had the power to break through the wall, and that left him with a heart so powerless, his soul fading like sheets blowing into the distance. 


R - There again I'd say go back and examine how you're using commas. You've got comma splices in there with no apparently good reason for them.


Days seemed short. Nights long.

R - That punctuates it a bit better. The next part is a bit hairy.

No matter what he said, there was nothing getting through, nothing had the power to break through the wall, and that left him with a heart so powerless, his soul fading like sheets blowing into the distance. 


R - Now, in that part the second comma would be better as a period. Check this:

No matter what he said, there was nothing getting through. Nothing had the power to break through the wall, and that left him with a heart so powerless, his soul fading like sheets blowing into the distance. 


R - The second sentence there could use some tightening up:


Nothing had the power to break through the wall, and that left him with a heart so powerless, his soul faded like sheets blowing into the distance. 


R - Faded vs. fading. "Fading" simply doesn't work as you're then changing the tense which is jarring, grammatically wrong, and simply not working well there.



R - Everything here works fine. No issues at all.

Hidden away, lost, and with an overwhelming loneliness thrust through his soul, he had no clue how to overcome the feelings of darkness that passed through him on a minute-by-minute basis.  Nothing seemed to help.  Life was slipping past him at an incredible rate, yet the world seemed to stay without motion, words resonating without echo, quickly evaporating into a hazy mist.




People move so quickly these days, but for reasons that are unknown,

R - Here you can cut out some clutter. Consider this:

People move so quickly these days, but for reasons unknown,

R - Eliminating "that are" makes that flow better. Also, tense.

R - Continuing:

People move so quickly these days, but for reasons unknown, his feet are stuck in the quicksand he has created,


R - You're drifting through tenses without any kind of purpose there. -- "are stuck"

R - Now, you **can** shift through tenses, but you really need to work hard on making that tense shift obvious **AND** acceptable to the reader.

R - Also, consider your use of past participles: "he has created".

R - British English is far less direct than American English. The simple past works much better for effect as it is more definite.

R - Going over that part so far...

People move so quickly these days, but for reasons unknown, his feet stuck in the quicksand he created, lost in his own spirit, drowning in solitude, and with painful angst, he muttered slowly with every breath he could muster, hoping for some release, something to help him climb up from the bottom of this endless cliff, but that was a path he could not see. 


R - I tighted up the tense there. Now we can see that this is a recent story with better clairity.

R - For "this endless cliff", I'm not fond of that. Consider this:

something to help him climb up from the bottom of his endless cliff,

R - Also, instead of "but that was a path he could not see", consider:

but that was a path he was blind to.

R - Above I quibbled about comma use, but in that passage there I think you've nailed some good usage and it works.


R - Here, I have to wonder if you're guilty of a typo or trolling me:

It is amazing to think, that for a long time, these feelings where locked, like an ocean liner trapped in a bottle or a firefly lost in the sunset.

R - This instead:

It is amazing to think, that for a long time, these feelings were locked, like an ocean liner trapped in a bottle or a firefly lost in the sunset.

R - Wink


His mind twisted like branches around an old oak tree,

R - The word you're looking for is "ivy". Just a simple word choice there:

His mind twisted like ivy around an old oak tree,

R - Here:

His mind twisted like ivy around an old oak tree, trying to find resolve, desperate for an end, a way through, some meaning, some light, but nothing would go right, every turn was littered with voids. 


R - You've got the effect going quite well, then you ruin it here:

some light, but nothing would go right

R - That comma doesn't work very well. It's "ok" (in a horrible sense), but you've shown that you can do much better. Consider a period or rewriting that section.

R - Here:

but nothing would go right, every turn was littered with voids.

R - The comma doesn't work well.


R - Here:


He spent his days locked behind a glaring screen, sound coming through was muffled and empty, but it gave him a reason, a way forward, and a path on which to travel where he couldn't feel.  Every word he tried to say, came out backwards, and it was breaking him.


R - "glaring screen, sound" -- Comma use again. It could work, but you need to rewrite that passage to make it flow better. Here's a quick "out of my butt" example:

R - From:

He spent his days locked behind a glaring screen, sound coming through was muffled and empty,

R - To:

He spent his days locked behind a glaring screen with sound coming through muffled and empty,

R - For this:

where he couldn't feel

R - I think I'd like this better:

where he could be numb

R - A positive assertion often works better than a negative one.

R - Here:

Every word he tried to say, came out backwards, and it was breaking him.

R - The first comma doesn't seem to have any purpose. Try this:

Every word he tried to say came out backwards, and it was breaking him.

R - I'm skipping the last 2 paragraphs there. Except for this:

Sitting there, he could think clearly, so clearly.

R - When using "so", make sure that what should follow is clear. The general construct is "so X that Y", and the "Y" needs to be clear unless there's a good reason, e.g. You purposefully want to leave that question unanswered so that the reader can discover it through some sort of revelation later on. You use "so" in a few places. Double-check that you have used it properly.

R - From what I can see there, you're using commas as a crutch, and it's not working well. This is the biggest problem I see there.

R - For tense, you really need to pay more attention to get your tenses agreeing better. Right now you're switching between tenses with no focus. From what I can see, you're trying to get the "immediacy" of the present tenses, but how you transition is simply unacceptable. Now, that's not to say that it can't be done. However, those transitions need to be planned and orchestrated very carefully. I can't give you an example because, let's face it... that shit is hard and takes time.

R - As it stands, you have some work to do to get that up to publishable standards. A lot of that work is almost trivial to fix. A couple hours of reading on grammar and you're good to go.

R - In any event, that's just a very (not "so" Wink ) quick technical analysis of some grammar and style.

R - I focused on a lot of negative things there, but that's basically what I do -- corrections.

R - Today I did some work for a medical instrument company, and had to come back to them with some much worse news than I've given you. Sigh... I hate being the "bad guy" sometimes.

R - Anyways, my home brew is f**king awesome! cheesy I'm not going to be able to type much of anything soon. Wink tongue



143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My Stinking, Rotten ASUS Router Died Overnight! on: August 29, 2014, 05:33:53 AM
No internet

C'mon J-mac! You should know better and label threads with such horrible language as NSFL! Grin

But yeah... been there... It's a very unhappy camper situation.

144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Youtube stepping up video size again? on: August 29, 2014, 12:35:40 AM
Screen real estate.

It's now showing up at a 720p size. It was 360p, then 480p, and now 720p.
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Youtube stepping up video size again? on: August 28, 2014, 11:28:24 PM
Has anyone noticed that Youtube has stepped up the size of the videos again?

Now everything seems simply massive.
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 28, 2014, 11:07:01 PM
A site that tracks "hitler" on reddit:

http://hitler.sexy/



TotalHitlers: 330157    Days until MegaHitler: 295    ATHR (AllTimeHitlerRate): 1.58 hpm (hitlers per minute)
  TotalKochs: 16081   TopKochs: jpurdy(127) PoliticBot(73) Handy_Related_Sub(70) GoddessWins(69) fantasyfest(62)
  HitlerLoad: 0.02, 0.03, 0.02 (hitlerun-q: 1, 5, and 15 minutes)
   HitlerPct: 0.164316% of all comments are literally a hitler

TIMESTAMP           SUBREDDIT                TYPE     USER                     THREAD
2014-08-29 00:04:46 Warthunder               hitler   Taven                    www.reddit.com/r/Warthunder/comments/2ew1a3
2014-08-29 00:03:46 explainlikeimfive        hitler   therealterrorist         www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/comments/2euolx
2014-08-29 00:02:58 UkrainianConflict        nazi     Arctorkovich             www.reddit.com/r/UkrainianConflict/comments/2evr87
2014-08-29 00:02:58 todayilearned            hitler   nutless_monkey           www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/2et9k8
2014-08-29 00:01:54 explainlikeimfive        nazi     saskatchewanian          www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/comments/2evtqd
2014-08-29 00:01:40 worldnews                nazi     PHalfpipe                www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/2euhg6
2014-08-29 00:01:24 worldnews                hitler   MaybeUnusedUsername      www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/2eurwo
2014-08-29 00:00:51 Austin                   nazi     Unwanted_Commentary      www.reddit.com/r/Austin/comments/2etgny


147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mystery of Death Valley's Sliding Rocks Solved on: August 28, 2014, 10:48:25 PM
That principle could well be in action with these "moving rocks" also.
Empiric method. Innit great?

You betcha! Saves endless speculation and "explanations" of how it had to be aliens and UFO technology that made it possible.

This rube has made a career of it:
 (see attachment in previous post)

Huh? But it was. The article is just yet another colossal government cover-up to hide secret Pleiadian anti-gravity technologies that they got from a downed UFO in New Mexico in 1957. (They've been unable to locate the downed spacecraft in the desert in the article - that's the real culprit here! It probably crashed hundreds of years ago and is still pumping out anti-grav fields from it's worm-tractor propulsion drives.)

But that's not the real story - they got a damaged zero-point energy device there as well, but weren't able to fully reverse engineer it until 1983 when they did a secret technology trade with the Russians, who had previously recovered a partially functional ZPE device in Siberia. This all started at the weaponized warfare treaty conference - the one signed in 1977 - but took 6 years to conclude as an additional "weaponized alien technology treaty" (mostly about directed energy weapons) was also needed, and while Jimmy Carter was more amicable, Ronald Reagan demanded harsher conditions, which caused some friction with the Russians, delaying the signing.

And that's just one tiny fragment of the beginning!!!

So you see, it really all was about aliens!  Thmbsup

For realz!
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: August 28, 2014, 10:31:29 PM
I've seen some of the shows mentions. Here are my 2 satoshis. Wink

Dominion: Blah. Trying to watch... but it keeps losing my interest. "Supernatural" does a much better job with the 'supernatural'.

Defiance: Very good show. It peters out at times, but picks up quickly.

The Last Ship: Much better than I thought it would be. Still a bit jingoistic, but, a decent story.

The Strain: This is a good show. It keeps getting deeper & deeper. Once it hits season 2, it will likely be far better than any of the others I've mentioned here. But, it's still in that "season 1 finding its pace" phase.

Falling Skies: It has its moments, and will go through several episodes of "blah" before it picks up again. But, when it picks up, it does extremely well.



If you keep track of movies and TV shows, you'll likely have noticed that they very often come out in pairs where the same basic themes are played out with the same archetypes, but the specifics are changed for different audiences. e.g. The Last Ship & The Strain. Here's how that plays out:

Theme: The godvernment saviour

The Last Ship - Navy
The Strain - CDC

Theme: Medical emergencies!!!

The Last Ship - A lethal virus plague
The Strain - A vampire infectious plague

Archetype: The torn hero who battles against all the same crap as every other infuriatingly trite "hero" character with all the accompanying baggage and idiocy you've come to expect

The Last Ship - CO CDR Tom Chandler
The Strain - Ephraim Goodweather

Archetype: The good guy who has done something really bad & is in need of redemption

The Last Ship - Quincy
The Strain - Jim Kent

etc. etc. etc.

The exact same thing plays out in countless shows and movies that are always released in pairs within a few months of each other, though occasionally you do see these pairs released in successive seasons.

149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: August 28, 2014, 09:31:04 PM
If you look into the issue, you will find little agreement on it from those that adhere to prescriptive grammatical rules (as opposed to normative). For prescriptive grammar, the debate is about whether or not collectives are to be treated as plurals or not, and whether or not number penetrates through qualified singular nouns.

Here's the problem I see with your entire line of reasoning. The rules aren't for writers. They're for people who aren't writers, but need to write nonetheless. Writing is like music. It's something you need to feel to do it well. In fact what I usually tell people is the rules are for people who can't hear the music.

I think that you've mistook what I was saying there. I wasn't trying to dictate rules for writers. You're right there - writers know the rules well enough that they can become creative with them for effect. Or perhaps in other words, mastering the rules frees you of them.

But you simply don't find good writers using bad or sloppy grammar like you would find in the comments sections of major news sites, Youtube, or Facebook.

Carrying on with the music metaphor, take the intro to Purple Haze and the dissonance in it. Dissonance is generally to be avoided, but Jimi simply makes it work. Masters get to break the rules, and we know that it was someone who has actually mastered the rules by how the end results are.

Incidentally, this would be an interesting question for AI.
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Weird issue with computer: Volume spontaneously going to 100% at random on: August 28, 2014, 09:09:54 PM
Sue! Mouser vs Mouser.

I'm not sure whether that's a win-win or a lose-lose proposition...  huh
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