Random non sequitur posts catch-all thread

Well, rich people *do* have disproportionate power. Smart people, though, they are stuck with their situations like everyone else. Smart is only about a 2% advantage in life...

Robear wrote:

Well, rich people *do* have disproportionate power. Smart people, though, they are stuck with their situations like everyone else. Smart is only about a 2% advantage in life...

totally. I was thinking more of how it creates a mindset that we would rather have a Bill Gates on our side to defeat the evil Koch hordes rather than creating a system that renders the need for Bill Gates' to be unnecessary. But maybe the latter is just less realistic in the end.

No, I agree with you entirely.

Every once in a while it just hits me again what an awful name Xbox Series X is.

steinkrug wrote:

Every once in a while it just hits me again what an awful name Xbox Series X is.

Wait'll they come out with the "Xbox Series S" in a couple of years. That won't be confusing.

steinkrug wrote:

Every once in a while it just hits me again what an awful name Xbox Series X is.

I'm waiting to see what their broader strategy is around it. There's a lot of speculation that they're shifting into a generation-less model where there are multiple concurrent hardware series under the Xbox brand. Kinda not too dissimilar from the Xbox One S and Xbox One X. I wouldn't be surprised if they announced an Xbox Series S before too long and had an X2 and S2 in a couple years.

steinkrug wrote:

Every once in a while it just hits me again what an awful name Xbox Series X is.

Better or worse than Wii U?

ClockworkHouse wrote:
steinkrug wrote:

Every once in a while it just hits me again what an awful name Xbox Series X is.

I wouldn't be surprised if they announced an Xbox Series S before too long and had an X2 and S2 in a couple years.

Followed by Xbox Series X2 Model X?

This is the same logic that brought us titles like Revengers 4: The Awakening: The Morning After the Night Before.

Jonman wrote:

Better or worse than Wii U?

I Wii, Wii U?

BadKen wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:
steinkrug wrote:

Every once in a while it just hits me again what an awful name Xbox Series X is.

I wouldn't be surprised if they announced an Xbox Series S before too long and had an X2 and S2 in a couple years.

Followed by Xbox Series X2 Model X?

No?

Jonman wrote:
steinkrug wrote:

Every once in a while it just hits me again what an awful name Xbox Series X is.

Better or worse than Wii U?

No, actually. Wii U is probably worst.

I guess it could make more sense eventually in a generation-less model because it sounds like a product line instead of a specific product.

LOL, I SAID SIX AS A EXAGGERATION FOR A JOKE, BANNER HAS SEVEN?!?!?!?

God bless you Comic books.

Prederick wrote:

LOL, I SAID SIX AS A EXAGGERATION FOR A JOKE, BANNER HAS SEVEN?!?!?!?

God bless you Comic books.

Google tells me that the average time to complete a Ph. D. is about 8 years. Now I feel slightly better about how long I was in grad school.

The fact that I spent slightly less time using that degree than I did earning it remains another story, though.

misplacedbravado wrote:
Prederick wrote:

LOL, I SAID SIX AS A EXAGGERATION FOR A JOKE, BANNER HAS SEVEN?!?!?!?

God bless you Comic books.

Google tells me that the average time to complete a Ph. D. is about 8 years. Now I feel slightly better about how long I was in grad school.

The fact that I spent slightly less time using that degree than I did earning it remains another story, though.

Say what. When I was getting mine the average in the department was 5.5 years, which after asking around seemed like the standard for the science fields when devoting full time to the thesis.

Does that include undergrad? Could be the difference.

Night is beautiful. Darkness can be a comforting blanket. The wilderness is all around me.

...oh look a bear.

Higgledy wrote:

...oh look a bear.

Gee whiz indeed!

Any of those Gordon Buchanan programmes are really worth watching. I do find encounters where animals clearly quite fancy human beings as food to be fascinating. There was a story by the scientist who worked with Kanzi, a signing Chimpanzee, that has stuck in my mind. She was walking on a mountain trail and looked down a cliff to see a mountain lion on a lower level keeping pace with her. It occasionally glanced up in her direction. She was delighted by the encounter until she looked behind her and saw another one following her up the trail. It was at that point she realised she was being stalked.

LeapingGnome wrote:

Does that include undergrad? Could be the difference.

It never includes undergrad. It might include getting a masters. (U.S. PhDs don't necessarily get a Masters degree along the way; it's perfectly reasonable to skip it or pick it up incidentally.) In the US most PhD programs are designed to take 5 years or more, though obviously many people end up taking longer. This varies across disciplines: the sciences are typically shorter than the arts or humanities. It also varies across time: the median length to degree has been getting longer. One wrinkle is that only about 56% of people who start a PhD program will complete it; this obviously throws the numbers off.

Unlike undergraduate degrees, PhD programs are funded: the graduate students are paid (because they're doing research and teaching). One issue is that funding sometimes has a time limit, after which the student will have to work and try to finish a dissertation at the same time.

This is for the US. Other countries are different: European PhD programs are typically 2-4 years, with an established salary.

Higgledy wrote:

Gee whiz indeed!

I love (?) that the only reason the bear gave up was that it would have taken more energy to break into the enclosure than it would have gotten from eating him.

:shudder:

Benefits of being scrawny?

"A 17-minute song about the JFK Assassination" is just so perfectly on-brand for Bob Dylan.

Prederick wrote:

"A 17-minute song about the JFK Assassination" is just so perfectly on-brand for Bob Dylan.

Is that song really about anything though? I don’t hate it, but it just seems like a mostly random stream of consciousness feed. One thing I love about that song is all of the references to other songs and musicians.

The I Contain Multitudes song is fairly entertaining as well.

Apparently this is Mental Health Awareness Month- which is awesome, but also is causing me to do double takes every time I'm browsing Youtube and all of a sudden I see a bunch of "Finding the right therapist", "How to seek therapy", "Therapy in your pajamas" videos in my recommendations. I thought I was handling self-isolation fairly well--- what do your recommendation algorithms know that I don't, Youtube?

"You're a video game NPC. When your HP hits 0, what's your loot drop?"

A completely useless book of in-world lore, and a beer.

Prederick wrote:

"You're a video game NPC. When your HP hits 0, what's your loot drop?"

A completely useless book of in-world lore, and a beer.

Given my career field, I guess I'd have to drop a health pack and a Mario Feather.

A Bag of Holding, entirely full of regrets.

Keys to a TIE Fighter.

A red right hand

Prederick wrote:

"You're a video game NPC. When your HP hits 0, what's your loot drop?"

A completely useless book of in-world lore, and a beer.

A bottle with one pill that says Dr authorization required before taking. Followed by "lasts 8 hours" and a list of warnings and possible effects. If they take the pill it will drop all stats to 1 for 8 hours and the pill will magically appear in the bottle again after that 8 hours.

If they take it to the Doctor then they will have the bottle taken away and be told that it is a pill for another class.

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