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by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Must a black hole contain a singularity?
Replies: 16
Views: 2234

Re: Must a black hole contain a singularity?

Poetic as that is, it is not dark. Light that fell in a little behind you can still catch up with you, so you can still see the universe behind you. Nothing terribly interesting happens as you cross the event horizon, strangely enough. Except for the part where the outside world gets darker as you ...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Tue Mar 02, 2010 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best and worst vocalist you have ever come across
Replies: 48
Views: 6772

Re: Best and worst vocalist you have ever come across

Best would be Jeff Buckley.

Worst would be that guy in Dot Dot Curve:). Or Bob Dylan. James Iha fortunately stuck with bass, he was an awful singer even if he could sing in key--his voice was just weak.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What the hell was the Y2K bug?
Replies: 23
Views: 4808

Re: What the hell was the Y2K bug?

Actually, we will be dealing with something similar in 2038, when Unix dates wrap around to 1901 also. But that will probably be fixed in time.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Movies you turned off before you were half-way through.
Replies: 216
Views: 30470

Re: Movies you turned off before you were half-way through.

Sling Blade and Blade Runner (to be fair though, I turned it off because it was really late). I wish I finished watching that last one.

I tried to stay awake while watching Inland Empire, and surprisingly succeeded.

There are actually quite a few more, but they are eminently forgettable it seems.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Songs you have on your playlist and you are not sure why
Replies: 11
Views: 2209

Re: Songs you have on your playlist and you are not sure why

That would be the Macarena. Back when I was a senior in college, one of my roommates went out to do something, and left his computer on. He usually leaves (or left) his speakers on full blast at all times. I took the opportunity to put the macarena on his computer and set it to be the sound played u...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts on augmented reality?
Replies: 18
Views: 1478

Re: Thoughts on augmented reality?

As someone fascinated by history, I see a lot of potential in this. Think of what it would be like to stand in, say, Red Square in Moscow (Russia, not Idaho), and see details of, say, the demonstration against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia during the Prague Spring? Though that's nothing comp...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Um...I can't get out of my house.
Replies: 48
Views: 4926

Re: Um...I can't get out of my house.

Pah! What is it with you Americans and a little snow. When I was a kid, I walked to school. It was 2 miles, and I walked if it was -40 degrees outside, if there was a yard of snow on the ground, and if there was a howling blizzard so bad you couldn't see your hand in front of you. uphill both ways,...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Has anything paranormal ever happened to you?
Replies: 67
Views: 10116

Re: Has anything paranormal ever happened to you?

The best example of something I can't account for was something that happened to me in high school. I was sitting in class struggling not to fall asleep when something unusual occurred. I still remember it vividly. I had the sudden sensation of weightlessness, my vision flashed a vibrant, but non-u...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 40600

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

I'm interesting in knowing why, for the people this applies to, organ donation is against your religion?

In my state we are asked when we are getting our drivers licenses whether or not we would like to be an organ donor. We probably check it off on the form.

A lot less hassle that way.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of
Replies: 551
Views: 100121

Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Heard a band on a radio station. They were called Autodrone. Their only album that I know of is available on iTunes, but I didn't see anything on youtube that wasn't a live show. Also, there is a band who is very popular in Slovenia, by the name of Siddharta, who are awesome (I like their albums Id ...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling reform
Replies: 131
Views: 19374

Re: Spelling reform

English spelling is like chinese characters. In the beginning, as english spelling resembled the pronunciation of the words, chinese characters resembled what it was representing. Thousands of years later, chinese characters look nothing like what they represent, for the most part, despite having re...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Standardising English
Replies: 55
Views: 6255

Re: Standardising English

Makri wrote:
since it only occurs after voiceless consonants


Spelt, dreamt, learnt...


Alright then, voiceless consonants and liquids.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best album of the year?
Replies: 78
Views: 9850

Re: Best album of the year?

Songs like Stay Alive, Teenager in Love are perfect pop pieces. It's hard to find a more listenable album this year. It's throwback, sure...but that shouldn't be a demerit on the songs themselves. I don't think its a demerit. I just don't think its particularily groundbreaking. I'm wondering if its...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: I'm bad at maths. Any ideas why?
Replies: 36
Views: 4543

Re: I'm bad at maths. Any ideas why?

I like math, but I'm terrible at it as well. I was always terrible in precalculus, which I took both in HS and college, and got about the same grade for covering about the same material. I don't know if it was the teacher or the subject matter.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Tue Jan 19, 2010 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Standardising English
Replies: 55
Views: 6255

Re: Standardising English

The past tense nowadays is now either dove or dived. Not on MY lawn it isn't... :evil: Dove, dreamt, learnt, snuck.... Dodge, dip, duck, dive, and dodge? Gramatically, English isn't that hard. If you have trouble with vocabulary, the sheer quantity of irregular verbs and all the weird irregular con...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: A poll of 'handedness' & writing english right to left
Replies: 51
Views: 9576

Re: A poll of 'handedness' & writing english right to left

I'm a lefty. I got in trouble in my high school calculus class for writing out exercises on the blackboard from right to left. the letters came out backwards, but I wanted them to. In retrospect, I don't see why I did that. Some self-teaching has shown me how much easier it is to write clearly and u...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Senate Vote in Massachusetts a "Toss-Up."
Replies: 226
Views: 15296

Re: Senate Vote in Massachusetts a "Toss-Up."

It just seems like bad form in general to allow any party to have such a majority as the democrats have. Hope she loses.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best album of the year?
Replies: 78
Views: 9850

Re: Best album of the year?

Chobbes wrote:The Pains of Being Pure at Heart doesn't get nearly enough votes. That album is pure heaven front to back.

Its good, but does it really stand out except in its throwback nature?
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Fri Jan 15, 2010 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Hugh Laurie:A Real American Doctor FROM AMERICA (House M.D.)
Replies: 711
Views: 109852

Re: House M.D.

The new episode was brilliant. Wilson has some serious balls.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Tue Jan 12, 2010 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: TIME...
Replies: 36
Views: 3442

Re: TIME...

not sure is relativity affects the perception of time.) It absolutely does. The closer an object's speed is to c, the less time passes for the object. There is likely no experience of time for a photon because of this (of course, if this were completely true, then it means that an object which rema...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sun Jan 10, 2010 1:15 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: books you read for school and actually enjoyed
Replies: 107
Views: 18772

Re: books you read for school and actually enjoyed

I didn't hate reading (I read quite a bit, actually, though most books came from my dad's huge science fiction library), I just hated reading for school. In regards to assigned summer reading, we weren't expected to just read the book. We were supposed to write essays on them several pages long in h...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1991
Views: 486713

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Incidentally, I die a little inside every time someone asks how "ghoti" is pronounced with a big smug grin on their face because they think I've never seen it before. The answer is "fish" by the way. Which is wrong. The ti would only be a sh if there were other letters after it,...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: TIME...
Replies: 36
Views: 3442

Re: TIME...

not sure is relativity affects the perception of time.) It absolutely does. The closer an object's speed is to c, the less time passes for the object. There is likely no experience of time for a photon because of this (of course, if this were completely true, then it means that an object which rema...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Blah, blah, blah...
Replies: 20
Views: 9196

Re: Blah, blah, blah...

Around here they say bob loblaw law blog, or bob loblaw lobs law bomb.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: TIME...
Replies: 36
Views: 3442

Re: TIME...

The only thing about time that you can alter is your perception of it (not by drugs, but by moving, though its hardly noticible unless you are moving at a more significant fraction of the speed of light than we travel through the universe). My choice to eat banana nut crunch for breakfast has no eff...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals
Replies: 294
Views: 141388

Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

A Perfect Circle's cover of Ashes to Ashes. Its only recorded as a live version, though, as far as I know.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Powerful Vocals? (Basses and Baritones)
Replies: 31
Views: 4823

Re: Powerful Vocals? (Basses and Baritones)

J. R. Richards, of Dishwalla.

Jimmy Gnecco, of Ours (he tends towards the melodramatic if that's what you are into).

In addition to some mentioned already, specifically Jeff Buckley (who would go at the top of my list), Mark Lanegan, and Maynard James Keenan.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fairness
Replies: 40
Views: 5817

Re: Fairness

There are things I've always wondered about wealth redistribution. First, what do you mean by redistributing wealth fairly? I presume you mean to punish (aka take from people of) certain attributes and reward (aka give what is taken to) other traits which are (foolishly) just not considered positive...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Greatest solo?
Replies: 121
Views: 20883

Re: Greatest solo?

Yellow Ledbetter. The studio version, of course, which gets played on the radio all the time. Just before it, Eddie Vedder demands that he be made to cry, and I'm sure that solo did it to him.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creating a set of rights
Replies: 32
Views: 4719

Re: Creating a set of rights

I would agree that you do, as you said, sorta have the rights set down in a hierarchical fashion; however, your wording is awkward, some mentions seem superfluous, some don't hold up to a logical scrutiny, and the whole thing overall is a hazy mess. I have a question for you. Is your set of rights a...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)
Replies: 162
Views: 47426

Re: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)

As stereotypical an answer as it is, House of Leaves was pretty fucked up. This. House of Leaves was quite disturbing, especially the Navidson Record. The Johnny whatshisname part was more of an annoyance and distraction from what I wanted to read, but Will Navidson's dreams (especially the abyssal...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 438
Views: 204889

Re: Your last and next concert?

The last concert I went to was the Silversun Pickups. I don't have a next show lined up yet, don't know when I will have another opportunity (nobody comes around here, I have to take days (emphasis on plural) off from my jobs to go see anyone live), so I'll give the previous band I saw in concert......
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The worst film you've seen
Replies: 706
Views: 258861

Re: The worst film you've seen

Knowing.

Step Brothers.
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Music Things You Are Ticked About
Replies: 73
Views: 8652

Re: Music Things You Are Ticked About

One of my pet peeves in regards to music is to do with other people. When I came back from Russia after studying there for a month, I had discovered a few bands that I really liked (one of whom, DDT, I actually got to see in concert--on the day before my birthday, at that). The band I just mentioned...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Handwriting
Replies: 58
Views: 10920

Re: Handwriting

When I was a senior in high school, I had to do a retarded amount of writing on notecards every week, so I just kinda decided to change my handwriting. I like what it looks like now, borrowing heavily from the stereotypical irish gaelic font, and syriac. A good question I suppose would be, who here ...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best album of the year?
Replies: 78
Views: 9850

Re: Best album of the year?

Swoon by Silversun Pickups. I have the strange habit of not discovering (and liking) a lot of music until a year or two after it came out, which I figure explains why my itunes list of 2009 music I bought looks kinda sparse. The pains of being pure at heart's st album was good and solid but it doesn...
by Sheikh al-Majaneen
Fri Jan 01, 2010 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What to call the decade?
Replies: 14
Views: 2761

Re: What to call the decade?

I like the non-sarcastic use of "the 0h-n0es".

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