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    The Great Outdoors

    The pole is probably irrelevant by now.
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    Movies for hardcore sci-fi geeks

    Saw it. Liked it.
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    What are some of your favorite science-fiction novels?

    Aha! Tracked it down. Only off by one order of magnitude. The book is "Camelot 30K" by Robert L. Forward. Interesting premise, well-done aliens, good read.
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    What can I make with a toaster I no longer need? (project)

    There are several projects out there for converting toaster ovens into surface mount solder reflow ovens for electronics PCB construction.
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    IQ is everything?

    One trouble with IQ tests is bias based on localized societal norms and consensus expectations made about common background information. Now an interesting question (to me at least) is what would an IQ test for E.T's look like? And which is 'smarter' dog or cat?
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    The title of PhD in math at MIT

    Don't know why they have two degree labels, perhaps historical? I do know that MIT does not give out honorary degrees.
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    Lower their blood pressure by releasing their Sniglets

    "Cartuning" -- jockeying your car slightly forward at a stop, trying to improve radio reception.
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    IQ is everything?

    In real life, it turns out not to matter so much if you are the smartest person in the room or not (regardless of whether that can or cannot effectively be measured by a test). Even if you are, you won't and don't have all the insights or ideas that get generated by the collective group -- not...
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    Star Trek Continues - Awesome!

    Just watched an episode. Actually didn't suck! I agree they've nailed the feel of TOS.
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    What are some of your favorite science-fiction novels?

    For William Gibson, I thought Mona Lisa Overdrive was even better than Neuromancer. Ender's Game by Card of course. Hit it out of the park with that one, but much of his other stuff is drek. Want to recommend a book I thought was called "Camelot 3K", which I though was by Charles Sheffield...
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    What are some of your favorite science-fiction novels?

    Plug for almost anything by Roger Zelazny. He rides a fine line between SF and fantasy, but always makes the fantasy seem plausible. Unlike many of the hard SF writers (which I love), his prose is a thing of beauty. Try: This Immortal to start, or any of his short story collections (where he...
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    Girls in Engineering-Relationships

    Men, particularly young, science and engineering types, need clear cues. You may feel you are making your interests obvious, but they (we) often need to be beaten over the head to 'get it'. That said, this issue lessens with time and age as most guys eventually overcome the hesitancy to engage.
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    Most abused word in Science?

    Yes, but it's only a phase. :devil:
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    News Supreme Court upholds health care reform

    and you can self-insure, which is not a provision in the health-care law.
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    The Alphabet Story Game

    Descartes
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    If I only knew then what I know now

    Definition: "Happiness" (n) an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults. -- Thomas Szasz
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    What are you currently reading?

    I think sometimes when (age, context, etc.) one encounters a work can seriously color the reception. If one is game to give Zelazny another try, look at his short story collections: Unicorn Variations, Last Defender of Camelot. If you don't like anything in either of them, give up on RZ...
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    What are you currently reading?

    Fiction: 'Ready Player One' by Ernest Cline -- fun 80's tech noir for those old enough to remember. Have to differ with Evo on Zelazny. I have really enjoyed most of his writing, including the whole Amber series. He is best in short story form tho.
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    If I only knew then what I know now

    1. Take more ambition risks (e.g. joining a startup). The downside of failure is never as deep or bad as it seems. 2. Work on bigger problems. Smaller problems are just as much work as bigger problems. They just have smaller rewards. 3. Make yourself happy. Noone else is responsible...
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    How to get along with people who have different Metaphysical viewpoints

    "you have a right to your own opinions, but not to your own facts" Daniel Patrick Moynihan
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    PF age distribution

    Reminds me of a Candid Camera (remember that?), where some boy scouts would approach girls in their 20's to 'help a little old lady across the road'. Many got really pissed...which was funny. :smile:
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    Time: A-series or B-series?

    Depends on your frame of reference. If you are travelling at less than the speed of light, then Series A is true - events are dynamic and unfold as a series of interactions in time. If you are travelling at the speed of light, e.g. a photon, then everything happens at once and Series B...
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    PF age distribution

    Old enough to have a checkout clerk swipe in the 'senior discount' without even asking. Ouch! -- but now I look forward to the savings :-) (and apparently old school enough to type my own emoticons, haha)
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    Spaceships and Science fiction

    I like the whoooshing sounds they make. My favorite part!
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    Would You Drink a Bacon Milkshake?

    They should just shorten the name from Jack in the Box to Jack the Reaper But I do take issue with MoonBear's contention that salty does not belong with the sweet of ice cream. Peanuts, pretzels, chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream. Yumm!
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    Do they really expect me to pay this?

    Just send them the toll without the 'fine' or 'administrative fee' or whatever they call it. I have done this several times, each time stating that their equipment was in error, and that was the end of it.
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    Sick passes at Colleges, what the heck?

    Seems like there are two separate issues going: 1) what's the right behavior to deal with the illness -- seeking competent medical advice seems like the prudent and 'adult' thing to do. 2) Is it appropriate for college to take on the role of enforcing responsibility on college students --...
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    I Does chess ability and mathematical ability go hand-in-hand?

    I think the correlation exists only in the sense that pattern recognition (PR) does come into play to some degree in symbolic math manipulations. Chess is largely a PR problem, but it is more one specifically of spatial relations (a subset of PR) than just general PR.
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    Favourite Quotes

    "I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, while the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."...
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    What not eat on your first date

    Broccoli and other greens that get stuck in your teeth.
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