Questions you want answered.

merphle wrote:
Robear wrote:

Webelos is an acronym

Since nobody asked...: "We'll Be Loyal Scouts"

I'm still convinced it's a backronym.

I do love a good backronym...

This world we live in is stupid. It's time for me to believe in something idiotic. I was thinking flat earth but then I remembered simulation. Anyone else got anything better?

Here you go, pinkboy! Idiotic, that’s for me to judge and you to find out, but it’s certainly full of slack, which is to idiocy as soup is to wine. WITNESS!

EverythingsTentative wrote:

This world we live in is stupid. It's time for me to believe in something idiotic. I was thinking flat earth but then I remembered simulation. Anyone else got anything better?

Everybody should believe in something. I believe I'll have another drink.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

This world we live in is stupid. It's time for me to believe in something idiotic. I was thinking flat earth but then I remembered simulation. Anyone else got anything better?

Roko's basilisk?

Also, I'm pre-sorry about your eternal doom.

One of the few benefits of these times is the game of, "Can I even create a conspiracy theory dumber than 'real' theories that 'people' believe?" I find the best strategy is to let your mind wander and MadLibs in the crazy: The Illumanati are a Mandela Effect incepted to distract you from the real threat, thumb harvesting super crows.

Danjo Olivaw wrote:

One of the few benefits of these times is the game of, "Can I even create a conspiracy theory dumber than 'real' theories that 'people' believe?" I find the best strategy is to let your mind wander and MadLibs in the crazy: The Illumanati are a Mandela Effect incepted to distract you from the real threat, thumb harvesting super crows.

At first I misread "crows" as "cows" so I'll believe in super cows instead.

Danjo Olivaw wrote:

I find the best strategy is to let your mind wander and MadLibs in the crazy: The Illumanati are a Mandela Effect incepted to distract you from the real threat, thumb harvesting super crows.

If you write a program to generate the madlibs, that's pretty much the plot of Foucault's Pendulum, one of my all-time favorite books (and definitely the best book ever written about conspiracy theories).

My latest Stardew Valley farm is called Crow Caw Farm. I love crows and any conspiracy that involves them, well I'm on board!

(I love cows too for that matter!)

merphle wrote:
Robear wrote:

Webelos is an acronym

Since nobody asked...: "We'll Be Loyal Scouts"

I didn’t ask. But I was thinking it. You’re a mind reader.


Jonman wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:

This world we live in is stupid. It's time for me to believe in something idiotic. I was thinking flat earth but then I remembered simulation. Anyone else got anything better?

Roko's basilisk?

Also, I'm pre-sorry about your eternal doom.

Atheists don’t believe in eternal doom. It’s eternal oblivion, if you please; which I’m totally ok with.


bekkilyn wrote:

My latest Stardew Valley farm is called Crow Caw Farm. I love crows and any conspiracy that involves them, well I'm on board!

(I love cows too for that matter!)

Cows are meh.

Crows will inherit the Earth after us humans obliterate ourselves.

Robear wrote:

There are different types of Cub scouts, based on age - Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos. Webelos is an acronym and is a stage that prepares them for joining the local Scout troop. I started out as a Wolf, but when I was a Webelos, we moved and I didn’t join again until I was Boy Scout age. I was a Tenderfoot... 7 times. (I was not big into God or conformity or make-work, my parents kept pushing me until it was obvious I was not going to be pushed any further lol.)

Huh. Things I didn't know.

I do know that the scouting community and culture in BSA (is it still BSA now that it's not male-only?) is really different than in Scouts Canada. SC has been pushing inclusivity since the mid-90s, and has been fully mixed-gender for a couple for decades, and has pulled WAY back on the overt Christian Themes in favour of "Spirituality," however each individual chooses to define it.

I was a scout for many years back in the 80s and 90s, and now that my kids are old enough, I've gone back as a volunteer, and the documents and support materials have a refreshing tone. (For super-left-of-centre Canadian me, at least.) The organization wants the kids - even the Beavers - to take an active role in planning activities, and the role of the Scouters is more a mentor and safety lookout role. (I mean, as much as possible - we're still talking about 5-7 year olds, here.)

I understand that in the States, it's still a very traditional organization and culture.

merphle wrote:
Robear wrote:

Webelos is an acronym

Since nobody asked...: "We'll Be Loyal Scouts"

It's funny the things you use daily that you find out are acronyms. Six months in, I just learned that "covid" is an acronym for "coronavirus disease".

ClockworkHouse wrote:
merphle wrote:
Robear wrote:

Webelos is an acronym

Since nobody asked...: "We'll Be Loyal Scouts"

It's funny the things you use daily that you find out are acronyms. Six months in, I just learned that "covid" is an acronym for "coronavirus disease".

I think you’re bluffing.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
merphle wrote:
Robear wrote:

Webelos is an acronym

Since nobody asked...: "We'll Be Loyal Scouts"

It's funny the things you use daily that you find out are acronyms. Six months in, I just learned that "covid" is an acronym for "coronavirus disease".

And the "19" after COVID means it was discovered in 2019. It's not the 19th version as some f*cking idiots our President thinks.

No, it's 19 because 1-18 were already taken, duh.

PaladinTom wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:
merphle wrote:
Robear wrote:

Webelos is an acronym

Since nobody asked...: "We'll Be Loyal Scouts"

It's funny the things you use daily that you find out are acronyms. Six months in, I just learned that "covid" is an acronym for "coronavirus disease".

And the "19" after COVID means it was discovered in 2019. It's not the 19th version as some f*cking idiots our President thinks.

I wonder what will happen in 2119 when another pandemic related to a coronavirus occurs. Actually, scratch that, I'll be long dead, hopefully not of covid-19.

I prefer to think that in 2119 you (and I) will have just died after lives of comfort and indulgence. That's my stance.

Feegle wrote:
Robear wrote:

There are different types of Cub scouts, based on age - Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos. Webelos is an acronym and is a stage that prepares them for joining the local Scout troop. I started out as a Wolf, but when I was a Webelos, we moved and I didn’t join again until I was Boy Scout age. I was a Tenderfoot... 7 times. (I was not big into God or conformity or make-work, my parents kept pushing me until it was obvious I was not going to be pushed any further lol.)

Huh. Things I didn't know.

I do know that the scouting community and culture in BSA (is it still BSA now that it's not male-only?) is really different than in Scouts Canada. SC has been pushing inclusivity since the mid-90s, and has been fully mixed-gender for a couple for decades, and has pulled WAY back on the overt Christian Themes in favour of "Spirituality," however each individual chooses to define it.

I was a scout for many years back in the 80s and 90s, and now that my kids are old enough, I've gone back as a volunteer, and the documents and support materials have a refreshing tone. (For super-left-of-centre Canadian me, at least.) The organization wants the kids - even the Beavers - to take an active role in planning activities, and the role of the Scouters is more a mentor and safety lookout role. (I mean, as much as possible - we're still talking about 5-7 year olds, here.)

I understand that in the States, it's still a very traditional organization and culture.

It's officially Scouts BSA now and is boldy marching in about 2001 or so. It's a generally non-centralized organization, even legally, so it has and will be a struggle for it to update to more modern culture. But I will give it credit for improving in the face of losing so many members.
I'm an adult leader for my kids' pack and it's still just worth it enough for the time and money.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

This world we live in is stupid. It's time for me to believe in something idiotic. I was thinking flat earth but then I remembered simulation. Anyone else got anything better?

It's not really idiotic, but if you convert to Pastafarianism or The Satanic Temple, you can use your belief to fight encroachment of religion into government, etc.

I prefer to think that in 2119 you (and I) will have just died after lives of comfort and indulgence.

149 is such a good age ;P

I had a friend who got ordained (or whatever they call it) in a Satanic place of worship. She used that to do all kinds of crazy stuff. She was funny as hell.

They held charity events and fund raisers for poor and homeless all the time, and people were very confused by that.

I still believe in gravity.

That's it, tie yourself to the "laws" of the "universe". Baaaaahhhhh! You'll never fly with *that* attitude!

Robear wrote:

You'll never fly with *that* attitude!

I believe in airfoils and lift.

Oh, aye, the crutches of the bourgeouisie will get you in the air, alright, but at what cost?

RawkGWJ wrote:
Robear wrote:

You'll never fly with *that* attitude!

I believe in airfoils and lift.

Lift is fake physics. The only reason airplanes fly is because everyone on board believes it should.

Robear wrote:
Fenomas wrote:

According to the page that image is linked from, those symbols come from a positional number system. (and a base 10 system at that!)

Sorry, got it confused with the one above it:

IMAGE(https://mathshistory.st-andrews.ac.uk/Diagrams/oracular.gif)

From the page it is linked from:

Now this system is not a positional system so it had no need for a zero.

Quod erat demonstrandum.

so I know it's been a couple of days, but is there a non-positional system that can generate the symbol of the next highest number to be expressed without inventing a new squiggle?

because when you get to 99 in that system, you need to make up the upsidedown Strongbad face squiggle When you get to 999, you need to make up the simplistic shepard's crook squiggle. When you get to 9999, you're going to have to make up another squiggle to incorporate into the symbol that represents the number.

and I don't see how you'd be guaranteed to make the same symbol as someone you're not in communication with. The previous symbols give no logic to how you should design the next squiggle.

compare that to a positional system. When you get to 99, you don't need to design a new squiggle. You put the squiggle you call "1" in front of two of the squiggles you call "0"s. Once you know ten squiggles and the rules for position, you and someone you're not in communication with can still understand some new symbol.

Like, if people are reporting to me their individual harvests, and no one's ever written a number higher than 99 yet, I can handle if one harvest is 90 units and another harvest is 11 units. I can communicate to everyone "the harvest was 101 units" and everyone gets it, even though I'm the first person to ever write "101"

in the system in the chart, if I just start using the upsidedown Strongbad symbol with no explanation, anyone who reads it is going to have to guess at what I meant. And if some other group of people decide to use the simplistic shepard's crook for numbers above 99, their decisions about which squiggles mean what is just as good as ours.

with a positional system, another group that's not in communication with us will also use "101" when adding "90" and "11"

so yeah--is there a non-positional system that allows for two users to be able to keep counting but still be guaranteed to use the same symbols even when they are no longer in communication with each other?

(without obviously just having a largest symbol, and simply repeating that symbol--I'm talking about a system like that chart, where you express that the horizontal lines represent 100s by putting upsidedown Strongbad face underneath them, not just 25 sets of four horizontally stacked lines)

cheeze_pavilion wrote:

so I know it's been a couple of days, but is there a non-positional system that can generate the symbol of the next highest number to be expressed without inventing a new squiggle?

The Romans say "hi", though it may be a technicality since they weren't new squiggles - they had been in use as letters previously.

merphle wrote:
cheeze_pavilion wrote:

so I know it's been a couple of days, but is there a non-positional system that can generate the symbol of the next highest number to be expressed without inventing a new squiggle?

The Romans say "hi", though it may be a technicality since they weren't new squiggles - they had been in use as letters previously.

yup--that's what I meant by not just "simply repeating that symbol". That's my question--is there a non-positional system where new symbols can be generated from the symbols and rules already in use.