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  1. Problem I have with Big Bang Theory statement.

    And of course there has to be something outside/before/whatever the Big Bang. Just consider the millions of factors (number of dimensions including perhaps a temporal one, the structure of the universe, various particles, properties of matter, interactions between molecules necessary to form complex structures such as proteins and enzymes and even the ability to evolve such over time through natural selection, all the different various forces, different physical constants, the possibility of accumulating matter and energy into planets and stars, different matter states, ability of matter to transport electrons and energy, etc etc etc) that helped develop and sustain our consciousness. It's preposterous to suggest all of those came together spontaneously right away in an event that ever took place once in cosmos without anything "around" it, in a hyperdimensional sense. It's kind of like suggesting when finding a hundred or so dice on the street all showing 6 that someone must have emptied a bag of them and walked away. No, either the bag was emptied about 10E80 times before all of the dice had the right side up, or someone flipped them.
  2. Applicabilty of Haskell

    Quote:Original post by hydroo Well I am kind of forced to learn some Haskell, and it would help a great deal if there was some real application. Is it used in game dev? Is it used somewhere outside the university, except for learning it, and beeing happy to understand it? It's really hard to dig through these tutorials and what not when not knowing where to use it, except for toying around. regards I was "forced" to learn Haskell too, so I kind of know how you feel. ;) But since I hadn't used a functional programming language before it, it turned out to be a pretty fun thing to toy around with, since it's so different to imperative languages. Some solutions are extremely elegant. Even if you won't use Haskell again, use this as an opportunity to train your brain in ways you might not have before and maybe think in somewhat new ways that help you in other programming languages. For me, it really helped me understand recursion better, for example. It's never a purely bad thing to learn new things and ways to think, even if you won't directly apply the very language you learn.
  3. Post your code color scheme!

    Quote:Original post by Fiddler Edit: Kuros, I love your color scheme. What editor is this? Also, does anyone know how to change the background color of the side-panels in Visual Studio? It's VS2005. I think the only way to change their background color is changing it in the display properties in the Windows control panel (which I don't want to do) so I've moved the "Solution Explorer" to the right side of the screen so as not to incinerate my retinas too much.
  4. Hot Grl21

    Yeah, those IP to town mappings can be interesting sometimes. They've informed me that there are apparently hundreds of young nubile women of all ethnicities in the 18-25 age range living in a small pop. 100 town a couple of hundred kilometers away in the forests of arctic Lapland.
  5. What does English sound like?

    -What is your native language? Swedish. -What sounds represent English to you? The 'l' and the non-trilling 'r' are what I feel are the most representative sounds. -If you had to create a gibberish sentance to represent English, what would it be? "Bew orge mo amelous fawl sti parling?" -Do you think English is pretty, ugly, somewhere in the middle? Depends on the accent, ranges from irritating to sympathetic. I'd say England has both the most beautiful and the ugliest accents. -How hard was English to learn? Can't remember .. I started learning it when I was around 5 and I've been exposed to it so much, so it's been pretty natural to me. -Do we speak quickly or slowly compared to your own language? Hmm, slightly slower I think. I've heard some native English speakers say they think Swedes speak quickly, but I'm sure that's partly because they are unfamiliar with the language. -Is English grammar (not spelling) intuitive to you? Yes. -What language does English sound closest to? Dutch, if I remember correctly there is some accent/dialect of it that sounds particularly close. -Do you like English? Since it's more or less the global lingua franca and I can speak it I'd say I like it. :p -What dialects/accents of English have you been exposed to? From countries where English is the official language? Real life: generic American/Canadian accents, Texan, some Scottish one, various English ones, some Australian ones, some African accent. TV/others: impossible to say. -Are you able to distinguish between the different dialects/accents? Would you answer any of these questions differently for different accents or dialects? If so, please do so. I'm able to distinguish accents, if they aren't pretty close to eachother (like neutral Canadian vs American), but wouldn't neccessary know the origin. If I heard an accent and was told to place it into a specific region I'd be able to place it in a larger region like a country, whereas I'd only be able to take a closer guess with a few particular accents (eg. Alabama or New York). -Do you consider American English a different dialect from International, or are the accents and spelling just different? I'd guess that they are just different accents and spelling.
  6. Church and College

    Quote:Original post by Spoonbender I've heard of so many kids getting money from the tooth fairy though. In fact, I believe that's a much more common phenomenon than miraculous healings. I fail to see why the comparison is invalid. Because a kid waking up in the morning finding money under the pillow is not a miracle, especially not since there is a widespread tradition of parents putting it there. Quote:Original post by Spoonbender Here's a question for you. Yes, sometimes what appears to be miracles happen. Sometimes people recover from diseases after everyone has given up all hope. Sometimes people correctly predict things about the future. But what ties any of this to a god? Why couldn't it be one of the following: - Aliens (benevolent or malevolent or just plain weird) - Ghosts - Someone secretly controlling us and our world - Something else that we have no concept of and no word for? It ties to God because the miracles happen for example in direct conjunction with prayer. Just two examples to illustrate: One day, I prayed (silently, at home) about guidance on one very specific subject and how to act on it. The same night, I went to church and at the altar call, the pastor laid hands and prayed over everyone there indivudually and when she got to me (I never said anything) she mentioned and gave an answer to the exact very specific thing I prayed about earlier that day, as well as giving me words about other things in my life that she could never have known naturally. My mom got instantly (and still is) healed from a bad pain in her foot that she had for a long time when a preacher prayed for her. My heart is not so closed to God that I choose to attribute things like this to space aliens or the tooth fairy. Quote:Original post by Spoonbender Quote: I wish people who say they know for sure or are almost certain that God doesn't exist would hear more witnesses about who God really is and what he does, so they at least won't dismiss Christianity as pure superstition or fantasies. Well, bring it on. Tell us what he is and what he does. God loves you and wants a personal relationship with you! Check out the New Testament in the Bible for the most relevant stuff about him. What he does: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=christian+testimonies&btnG=Google+Search Quote:Original post by Drazgal Theres more than enough claims of people that almighty Odin or Zeus doing the exact same things, feelings and coincidents do not make for a good debating point. It's a choice I guess. From my experiences and from what people have witnessed about Jesus doing for them, I choose to believe in him, not Zeus (or space aliens). I've never heard about those claims you mention by the way, can you give me some links?
  7. Church and College

    I've heard of so many witnesses of miraculous healings, dead-on prophecies, economic or circumstantial miracles and other various interventions of God (and experienced things myself). Things like these make comparisons of God with the Tooth Fairy ridiculous and 99.99% of all theological discussions on the Internet dead and pointless to me. I wish people who say they know for sure or are almost certain that God doesn't exist would hear more witnesses about who God really is and what he does, so they at least won't dismiss Christianity as pure superstition or fantasies.
  8. What would John Carmack think of this place:

    That's creepy in more than one way. I was checking out that very ossuary just a day ago or while browsing around Wikipedia, never heard anything like it before. Now when I looked at your site I was amazed at how fast the site was .. no wonder, it's on my university's server one block away! I hope this is not an omen! ;)
  9. Judging from the quality of the "mental stimulation" the majority of people seem to prefer and how the crude nature of those videos does not stimulate you, we can only come to the conclusion that yes, doogle, you are in a class for yourself, well beyond and above the grey masses.
  10. prayer and healing

    Zook, it's really cool when things like that happen. Just a week ago for example one person at my mothers church started speaking chinese in tongues when she prayed for a chinese couple who were visiting. They were extremely surprised and thrilled and said she gave them a prophecy in a perfect chinese dialect. :)
  11. Of Mice and Fanboys (or Why I Hate WoW)

    Well, this is my experience with WoW, and keep in mind I'm mostly a PvE player, that is, I enjoy the immersion and exploration aspect of the game more than the PvP aspect. (If I want to play against players, I find regular multiplayer fps/rts games much more rewarding since they generally offer a much deeper and richer experience in that area.) What put me off WoW after having played it for almost a year, was the fact that after you reach a certain point, there is nothing more you can do except doing the same instances over and over in an eternal grind towards higher numbers on your armour pieces. To me, nothing in the game experience would later ever come to beat those first initial 20-30 levels in Elwynn, Westfall, Loch Modan and Duskwood. It was FUN to level up, because I wanted to explore the nearby zone, find out what was going to happen in the next part of the quest line, and find out what cool new recipes/blueprints and skills lie ahead. The zones were beautiful and immersive. But, as you get closer and closer to level 60, all the content gets exhausted, until really is nothing 'new' that you can do except partaking in organized raids where you perform a strictly choreographed task. All you really do is spend hours cleaning the same instances over and over again just to get a new item or to be able to start the attempts on some new instance (dungeon) that will be released in a few months. This is where, to me, the fun has become work and it's time to quit. Also, most of the upper level zones (plagued and scorched lands, brown deserts and dark dungeons made by pretty much the same rock texture) are quite ugly and depressing compared to the earlier ones. I enjoy gloomy areas, but only if they can offer something in terms of atmosphere. If I may go on a little bit of a tangent, I think the future looks extremely promising for MMORPG games. As the games continue to improve graphically and gameplay-wise, the player base will keep increasing (especially in conjunction with the growing economies in Asia), and with more players playing the games, the economic promise of the games (hundreds of millions of dollars per month) will be so high that there will be MMORPGs that will have budgets widely surpassing those of epic Hollywood productions. In 20 years, say, a game with such a budget, with the technologies of that day, and with the knowledge of what works and doesn't work in a MMORPG game, will truly be an amazing experience. I think it might be a good idea to invest some stocks in companies that specialize in helping with online game addiction, when they start to appear. :)
  12. Gimme some metal...

    Quote:Original post by Cold_Steel Also, check out Blind Guardian. These guys are incredible. I'd definitely rank them up there with Iron Maiden. Their last three albums are masterpieces. Amazing song writing. Their song And Then There Was Silence... has got to be in the top 5 epic metal songs of all time (up there with with Iron Maiden's Rime of the Ancient Mariner or Hallowed be Thy Name). You might also like Kamelot. Some of their earlier stuff isn't that great, but their newest album, The Black Halo is a huge step up. Very well done. Seconded - if you haven't heard much/anything from Blind Guardian, check out their last three albums and make sure you listen to Mirror Mirror and And Then There Was Silence at least once, to make sure you don't miss out on something really great.
  13. Greatest piece of game music ever?

    Quote:Original post by VeryBoringNickName Outcast: http://www.scorereviews.com/title.asp?id=367 This game is not that well known, sadly, because that music was truly awe inspiring. It could be put into any epic movie, like Lord of the Rings, and it would feel right. Very true, it was performed by the Moscow symphonic orchestra if I remember correctly. As for my personal favorite, I think Zelda: Ocarina of Time is a top nominee since it's hard to find many other games with as many good melodies in it, like the windmill, Lost Woods, and Gerudo themes (mentioned before but worth mentioning again since it's one of the best tunes ever).
  14. What's wrong with people?

    People who call suicidal people cowards or similar derogatory things have simply not experienced or profoundly enough realized just how strong human psychological suffering can get. No matter how bad you think you feel, it's always possible to feel worse. A person who commits suicide (often) does it because he is in such immense anguish and hopelessness that he sees no way out, akin to throwing oneself from a burning skyscraper. Oluseyi is right - the way each person experiences the world is based on a huge amount of factors, and these factors can cause our different perceptions of the world to vary so incredibly much that it can be totally impossible for person A to imagine the mindset and situation of person B.