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by G.v.K
Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: POST YOUR MUSIC HERE and actually Listen too! (Rules in OP)
Replies: 396
Views: 172986

Re: Post YOUR music here (Merged : The Rainbow Correction)

We've just released our debut EP. According to a couple of the zines who have covered it so far, we classify as 'some sort of prog rock'. See what you reckon (click "the music" link to have a listen):-

http://www.gvk.net.au
by G.v.K
Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Live example in university sex ed, professor under fire
Replies: 175
Views: 16303

Re: Live example in university sex ed, professor under fire

tl;dr

but reminded me of the classic monty python sketch:-

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by G.v.K
Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where's the beef? Not Taco Bell.
Replies: 160
Views: 14303

Re: Where's the beef? Not Taco Bell.

This story is actually a beautiful practical example of Prototype Theory

Artistotle might have been a bit off the mark, but at least under his system you'd get some 'real' meat in your souvlaki.
by G.v.K
Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Death of America? (USA...)
Replies: 40
Views: 5012

Re: Death of America? (USA...)

this 10 steps idea seems a little fluffy to me. Is that list supposed to be put together from historical analysis based on a specific definition of "open/closed"? Do you need to have all 10 points, or is 9 (8, 7...) enough? Is there a specific order to the list? How do you know when a poin...
by G.v.K
Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China implements new controls on text message content
Replies: 16
Views: 2414

Re: China implements new controls on text message content

What manner of bat-shit-insane dystopian hellhole regards telling the truth as an evil thing? Surely you want your population to be truthful? Or is that just a naïve translation, and it actually means something else entirely? haven't you ever noticed how many political (and cultural) happenings in ...
by G.v.K
Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Surprise: assholes don't like other people.
Replies: 36
Views: 5408

Re: Surprise: assholes don't like other people.

So, if I think this article is vague, uninformative and unoriginal, containing no insights that can't be found in any of the major world religions, does that make me vague, uninformative and unoriginal, containing no insights that can't be found in any of the major world religions?
by G.v.K
Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Julian Assange Complains about Leak
Replies: 54
Views: 7785

Re: Julian Assange Complains about Leak

Define Authoritarian Regime , please. Did you read the essay linked? Or did you read my SB thread about those essays? Yes, multiple times to the first question. I downloaded the PDF of the essay when these threads started. At no point does he define authoritarian. Read and responded to the second. ...
by G.v.K
Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Julian Assange Complains about Leak
Replies: 54
Views: 7785

Re: Julian Assange Complains about Leak

Also there's a huge difference between the privacy rights of public institutions like governments, and the privacy rights of individuals. You could argue he's a hypocrite anyways, but it's disingenuous to make an argument on the assumption that both are the same. I would like to discuss this point....
by G.v.K
Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Julian Assange Complains about Leak
Replies: 54
Views: 7785

Re: Julian Assange Complains about Leak

Information is not inherently evil, but everyone has an agenda. The value judgement you place upon those agendas is a matter of personal bias. WikiLeaks sets themselves up as another body of people who are by Assanges own definition are a conspiracy. And since context is important for any informati...
by G.v.K
Thu Dec 23, 2010 2:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Julian Assange Complains about Leak
Replies: 54
Views: 7785

Re: Julian Assange Complains about Leak

Information is not inherently evil, but everyone has an agenda. The value judgement you place upon those agendas is a matter of personal bias. WikiLeaks sets themselves up as another body of people who are by Assanges own definition are a conspiracy. And since context is important for any informati...
by G.v.K
Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Julian Assange Complains about Leak
Replies: 54
Views: 7785

Re: Julian Assange Complains about Leak

So, why is it okay to leak thousands of private diplomatic cables between the "Evil United States" and other countries, classified war documents, and threats of releasing thousands of private bank documents... ...but it's not okay to release a police report? Oh yeah, because it affects hi...
by G.v.K
Sat Dec 11, 2010 5:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Britain increases tuition, met with violent protests
Replies: 148
Views: 13275

Re: Britain increases tuition, met with violent protests

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:Err, no? You want your death to be awesome, and to save practical matters for when you're living.


i disagree. an awesome life and a quick death are superior. The movie Synecdoche, New York has perhaps the most beautiful example of such a quick death.
by G.v.K
Sat Dec 11, 2010 3:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Britain increases tuition, met with violent protests
Replies: 148
Views: 13275

Re: Britain increases tuition, met with violent protests

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, prog...
by G.v.K
Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators
Replies: 83
Views: 9072

Re: Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators

I'd like to posit that teaching the average person how to recognise that they can't afford a certain mortgage and why its a bad idea to take out said mortgage anyway can have as much economic effect as focusing on the top 250 students. I think recent developments in the financial sector offer some ...
by G.v.K
Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators
Replies: 83
Views: 9072

Re: Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators

what is the goal of this education? to produce nice little productive citizens who will fit into the economic machine so that the fatherland does not 'fall behind' (in Obama's words). funny how it's always maths results that gets used in these stories. pretty sure i read the exact same story a decad...
by G.v.K
Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assange arrested, in custody
Replies: 220
Views: 19413

Re: Assange arrested, in custody

Does anybody really think this is about rape? That's the hook. The US may have well been behind it, or it may be a play for publicity or money by the two women. I don't know, or care. It was foreseeable that someone was going to come at him. Only an arrogant fool would have believed otherwise. So i...
by G.v.K
Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assange arrested, in custody
Replies: 220
Views: 19413

Re: Assange arrested, in custody

So, if a woman walks alone late at night, any trouble she has was brought on by herself? I was trying to avoid comparison to this argument, but yeah, the parallels are rather hard to escape. Especially the fact that anyone using either argument is basically acting as an apologist for the actual bla...
by G.v.K
Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Shadow Scholar
Replies: 62
Views: 6921

Re: The Shadow Scholar

I see no problem with what this guy is doing. It's a business I suppose. yeah, we live in a world where everybody only works to get money, anyway. one job is as good as another. alas, Shadow Scholar is a good example of the utter poverty of that setup. so he figured out that the education system is...
by G.v.K
Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why musicians don't make good economists
Replies: 37
Views: 3129

Re: Why musicians don't make good economists

Yes, but the apparent demand price seems to be being set by the flippers, who are in it to make a quick buck. In that case, is the apparent demand price really the price that the fans want to be paying? I'm pretty sure the price is set by the people who are willing to pay the most for it. Either wa...
by G.v.K
Thu Dec 02, 2010 3:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why musicians don't make good economists
Replies: 37
Views: 3129

Why musicians don't make good economists

http://www.spinnermusic.co.uk/2010/12/01/jack-white-defends-eBay-vinyl-auctions/ Frederick Breedon, WireImage Jack White's label Third Man Records is facing a fan backlash after opting to sell its limited-edition releases to the highest bidder on eBay rather than through the Nashville, Tenn. label's...
by G.v.K
Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Atheist Christmas Advertising
Replies: 320
Views: 29057

Re: Atheist Christmas Advertising

What? Idiocy and genius are mutually exclusive. Idiocy refers to somebody with low general intelligence. Genius refers to someone with high intelligence. The term idiot was originally meant to refer to people with severe mental retardation (I think below 30) whereas genius has (does?) refer to some...
by G.v.K
Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Atheist Christmas Advertising
Replies: 320
Views: 29057

Re: Atheist Christmas Advertising

Better argument would be "Newton was a devout Christian. Newton was a genius. Therefore not all devout Christians are idiots". bad argument. [edit: actually. it's not a bad argument. whoops] idiocy and genius are not mutually exclusive. in fact, Newton is probably the classic example of a...
by G.v.K
Wed Dec 01, 2010 1:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Atheist Christmas Advertising
Replies: 320
Views: 29057

Re: Atheist Christmas Advertising

praying to air. what a great idea. here's a go:- Air, invisible and yet viscous substance, imbued with the special power of oxygenating my blood, grant that I may continue to breathe your plentiful bounty. And take from me those gaseouses wastes which my body no longer needs. Transport them to thos...
by G.v.K
Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Atheist Christmas Advertising
Replies: 320
Views: 29057

Re: Atheist Christmas Advertising

praying to air. what a great idea. here's a go:- Air, invisible and yet viscous substance, imbued with the special power of oxygenating my blood, grant that I may continue to breathe your plentiful bounty. And take from me those gaseouses wastes which my body no longer needs. Transport them to those...
by G.v.K
Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq Logs
Replies: 180
Views: 15660

Re: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq L

Gellert1984 wrote:And the cook, beef and arsenic pie is not a good meal also the tea lady and the guy who replaces your water cooler bottles and the plumber and the electricion and the IT guy...In fact you should probably just be nice to everyone.


don't forget the telephone sanitizers...
by G.v.K
Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq Logs
Replies: 180
Views: 15660

Re: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq L

good on Wikileaks. the practical effect of this is to show the diplomatic 'industry' for what it is - a bunch of snivelling, conniving arse-lickers trading in the sort of petty gossip you might see among the old women at the local lawn bowls club. if these people absolutely must exist, then i think ...
by G.v.K
Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese Inflation
Replies: 9
Views: 1362

Chinese Inflation

http://www.theage.com.au/business/world-business/china-sitting-on-inflation-volcano-20101123-1857t.html China sitting on inflation 'volcano' November 23, 2010 - 4:12PM Standing near his 12-table noodle shop on Beijing’s Yonghegong Avenue, owner Liu Heliang says meat and vegetable prices have...
by G.v.K
Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Make your own deficit reduction plan
Replies: 46
Views: 4222

Re: Make your own deficit reduction plan

awesome, I solved the deficit and have enough cash left over to fund my Guaranteed Minimum Income proposal :D
by G.v.K
Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Deficit reduction report leaked! Oh me yarm!
Replies: 39
Views: 5462

Re: Deficit reduction report leaked! Gee Willikers!

I don't quite follow. "Shocking to the efficient position" is precisely what isn't wanted right now, when you're feeling the burn of having made a lot of poor decisions based on bad assumptions you don't want to go and remove the sound assumptions. Also, it's impossible to eliminate it ov...
by G.v.K
Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Deficit reduction report leaked! Oh me yarm!
Replies: 39
Views: 5462

Re: Deficit reduction report leaked! Gee Willikers!

The problem is that removes the advantage for whatever behavior the government felt like rewarding (or punishing) in the first place, which is why it won't happen. I mean, a civilization likes the fact that a large number of people own their own homes instead of being nomadic renters, because it me...
by G.v.K
Wed Nov 10, 2010 4:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lesbians barred from school formal (again)
Replies: 24
Views: 2734

Re: Lesbians barred from school formal (again)

who would have thought it? a school principal who over-zealously applies the rules.
by G.v.K
Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The frailty of facts
Replies: 24
Views: 3232

Re: The frailty of facts

Oh, it's not so strange. Those aren't frameworks existing outside of our own minds, even if the ideas originated from without; they are a part and parcel of one's personality and sense of self. Naturally one is always biased toward oneself. It occurs to me that cognitive dissonance should be fought...
by G.v.K
Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Manthropology, the Science of the Inadequate Modern Male.
Replies: 185
Views: 21850

Re: Manthropology, the Science of the Inadequate Modern Male

That something will never cause fatalities does not mean it shouldn't be deplored. As an ahistorical, pseudo-scientific piece of guff posing as academic literature it misleads the public on the nature of scientific inquiry and general academic credibility. This can cause real harm when, say, 99% of...
by G.v.K
Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The frailty of facts
Replies: 24
Views: 3232

Re: The frailty of facts

Of course the blog entry talks about journalism (as does BigThink), but I think that it also has implications for online arguments. Specifically, when arguing with someone online (especially a large group arguing against a smaller group) it's easy to present information that seems to be important b...
by G.v.K
Fri Nov 05, 2010 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So Maybe Things Won't Get Better
Replies: 46
Views: 4853

Re: So Maybe Things Won't Get Better

For allocative purposes, such marginal prices are useful: they indicate correctly that many people value an extra BMW a lot more than extra drinking water, because people already have nearly all the drinking water they need. But for production measurement purposes it is highly misleading, because i...
by G.v.K
Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So Maybe Things Won't Get Better
Replies: 46
Views: 4853

Re: So Maybe Things Won't Get Better

i am explicitly using a non-monetary definition here. that's why i'm putting 'real wealth' in inverted commas. The problem with that (besides capitalization) is it leaves you with no objective measure of wealth. You may like a Ford Taurus more than a BMW and be willing to ascribe it more 'real weal...
by G.v.K
Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So Maybe Things Won't Get Better
Replies: 46
Views: 4853

Re: So Maybe Things Won't Get Better

how much extra 'real wealth' would be created if suddenly everybody drove a BMW? not much, i think. i guess a BMW is better (though I don't know much about cars), but a Taurus does the job. I would argue that more wealth is created when a functional and safe mass produced car is invented, than all ...
by G.v.K
Fri Nov 05, 2010 3:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So Maybe Things Won't Get Better
Replies: 46
Views: 4853

Re: So Maybe Things Won't Get Better

I'm convinced that US law intentionally structures the economy to have useless jobs. I have a theory that, in an advanced economy, it simply is no longer possible to have 'useful' jobs, where 'useful' means a job that creates a lot of value. this is because there is already a surplus of value in th...
by G.v.K
Thu Nov 04, 2010 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So Maybe Things Won't Get Better
Replies: 46
Views: 4853

Re: So Maybe Things Won't Get Better

I'm convinced that US law intentionally structures the economy to have useless jobs. I have a theory that, in an advanced economy, it simply is no longer possible to have 'useful' jobs, where 'useful' means a job that creates a lot of value. this is because there is already a surplus of value in th...
by G.v.K
Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So Maybe Things Won't Get Better
Replies: 46
Views: 4853

Re: So Maybe Things Won't Get Better

What I've never fully understood, despite being an economics minor, is how most modern societies can recover almost instantly from earthquakes, floods, plagues, hurricanes, and other horrors, yet if a few numbers don't add up it takes a decade to recover. How would have you fixed the economy of 10,...

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