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Re: Comics

Postby Haggis_McMutton on Fri May 17, 2013 11:21 am

thegreekdog wrote:I've always wondered about the second one when it comes to various products.

Pharmaceuticals, for example, are man-made, but the components exist naturally. Anyway, I thought - "Aren't all products natural or organic?" I think of weird stuff sometimes.


I think about stuff like that often, except I usually take it to far more ridiculous lengths.

For instance, based on the idea you mention I then thought about people's tendency to associated "not natural" with unhealthy. Of course this is bullshit, you can find many things as natural as they come (ie. growing out of the ground) that'll kill you and many thinks as artificial as they come (eg: most modern drugs) that'll save your life.

Then I though, if it's a bullshit and potentially harmful idea (especially when taken to extremes, such as not vaccinating your kids cause they'll get autism), then why does it persist? Is it just an unfortunate side-effect of some larger evolutionary system that provides enough benefit to overcome the disadvantage of that particular neurosis?

But, then I remembered about the many people who followed premature scientific advice, such as taking ridiculously high doses of certain vitamins or taking 2 aspirins a day and lately suffered because it turned out that taking that shit in such high quantitied causes more problems than it solves. (one example of this taken to extremes is futurist Ray Kurzweil, who is, to quote wikipedia, taking "250 supplements, eight to 10 glasses of alkaline water and 10 cups of green tea every day and drinking several glasses of red wine a week in an effort to 'reprogram' his biochemistry").
So maybe this irrational and ultimately bullshit belief is actually useful as some kind of a heuristic that incentivises you to stick with the stuff you've consumed from childhood(and which you therefore probably consider "natural")

I have no idea why I wrote all that out, but f*ck it, not gonna delete it now. Anywho:

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@ 3rd one. My feelings exactly. God do I hate those fuckin commercials.

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Re: Comics

Postby thegreekdog on Fri May 17, 2013 12:15 pm

Haggis_McMutton wrote:I think about stuff like that often, except I usually take it to far more ridiculous lengths.

For instance, based on the idea you mention I then thought about people's tendency to associated "not natural" with unhealthy. Of course this is bullshit, you can find many things as natural as they come (ie. growing out of the ground) that'll kill you and many thinks as artificial as they come (eg: most modern drugs) that'll save your life.

Then I though, if it's a bullshit and potentially harmful idea (especially when taken to extremes, such as not vaccinating your kids cause they'll get autism), then why does it persist? Is it just an unfortunate side-effect of some larger evolutionary system that provides enough benefit to overcome the disadvantage of that particular neurosis?


That's precisely why I think of things like that.

My dad, my brother, and I once had a 4 hour debate (on a drive home from college) on math... not of a math concept but math generally. I think we were arguing about the arbitrary nature of the language and it's application to math. That movie Stargate (or one of those 1990s science fiction movies) talked about how aliens would be able to communicate with us through math, which generated the conversation.
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Postby 2dimes on Fri May 17, 2013 5:00 pm

Haggis_McMutton wrote:the link I'm posting.

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I laughed then showed it to my wife still laughing. I told her, "It would have to be pizza or something but I get it."
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Re: Comics

Postby jonesthecurl on Fri May 17, 2013 6:20 pm

When I told my first wife I was leaving she said "Eat all the bananas before you go, and take the pickled onions with you."
And remember what the poet said – “in booty there is loot, and in loot booty.” Or sump’n like that.
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Postby 2dimes on Fri May 17, 2013 6:35 pm

I would have followed those orders provided there were not too many bananas.
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Re: Comics

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Re: Comics

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Re: Comics

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Re: Comics

Postby ender516 on Mon May 20, 2013 2:44 pm

I am really liking the heavenly strips.
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Re: Comics

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Re: Comics

Postby Haggis_McMutton on Wed May 22, 2013 2:35 am

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Re: Comics

Postby ender516 on Thu May 23, 2013 12:11 pm

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In the last year, after decades of working in C and wishing I were working in C++, my company finally sent me for C++ training. So I was way past panel 4 (in C at least), went back to panel 2 for four days, then skipped ahead to panel 4 again. By the time I get to panel 5, I may not give a damn (I'll be pushing retirement). However this plan can be modified to "Teach Yourself Anything In 21 Days", so, there's that. It might be best just to start at panel 5 and keep your options open for panel ten.
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Yeah, I hear dat. "I'm gonna pop some tags, got twenty dollars in my pocket..."
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My library is just as bad. It is very disappointing to find the old atom/rocket sticker on the spine of a vampire book. It is also annoying to find a dragon sticker on something by Robinson (Kim Stanley or Spider, take your pick).
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Re: Comics

Postby Haggis_McMutton on Fri May 24, 2013 4:58 am

ender516 wrote:In the last year, after decades of working in C and wishing I were working in C++, my company finally sent me for C++ training. So I was way past panel 4 (in C at least), went back to panel 2 for four days, then skipped ahead to panel 4 again. By the time I get to panel 5, I may not give a damn (I'll be pushing retirement). However this plan can be modified to "Teach Yourself Anything In 21 Days", so, there's that. It might be best just to start at panel 5 and keep your options open for panel ten.


How do you like C++? I've heard horror stories about what happens to code bases when people switch to C++ and are just itching to try on all the "features".

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Re: Comics

Postby thegreekdog on Fri May 24, 2013 7:30 am

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This comic illustrates (pun intended) my second biggest problem with the United States.
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Re: Comics

Postby ender516 on Fri May 24, 2013 11:35 am

Haggis_McMutton wrote:
ender516 wrote:In the last year, after decades of working in C and wishing I were working in C++, my company finally sent me for C++ training. So I was way past panel 4 (in C at least), went back to panel 2 for four days, then skipped ahead to panel 4 again. By the time I get to panel 5, I may not give a damn (I'll be pushing retirement). However this plan can be modified to "Teach Yourself Anything In 21 Days", so, there's that. It might be best just to start at panel 5 and keep your options open for panel ten.


How do you like C++? I've heard horror stories about what happens to code bases when people switch to C++ and are just itching to try on all the "features".

Well, generally, we are not converting C code to C++ code. If it ain't broke,...
We are doing some new development in C++ and I did get wound around the axle a bit trying to use templates when apparently inheritance would do the job. (I am not yet entirely convinced that templates weren't the way to go, but budget and schedule trump all.)
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These are good, as always. I should probably go directly to http://abstrusegoose.com myself.
thegreekdog wrote:This comic illustrates (pun intended) my second biggest problem with the United States.

Okay, I'll bite: what is your biggest problem with the United States?
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