Mar 28, 2013
Aug 28, 2012
"parents are entitled to factually correct and non-biased information about circumcision and must be allowed to weight the health benefits and risks in light of their own cultural, religious and personal preferences,"
"The AAP statement does not recommend routine circumcision for all newborn males, but does believe that 'the benefits are enough to warrant access to the procedures for those families choosing it.'"
Jul 8, 2012
But there's one aspect I do care about, and it's always puzzled me. That aspect is writing. I do care what others think about my writing. Maybe that's not so odd, but as I examined this uncharacteristic caring of what others think, it got odder.
I'd honestly feel better if some of my writing got accepted into a printed magazine or anthology that had thousands of readers, than if I posted my writing on the internet and got tens of thousands of readers, or even just a few dozen who personally like my work.
I know that's silly. Of course I would rather have a fan base that likes my work specifically as opposed to just being another name in some compendium, but that's not how I feel. It's one of those things where it's like I'm looking in at myself from outside a glass wall, wondering "what is that person doing, thinking like that? How odd."
Apparently I want the Machines of Industry to pick up my stuff, print it, and put it out there. Because...then it would be official? But I spend my spare time talking about how the concepts of "official" and "society" are arbitrary and not particularly virtuous! I'm a student of the school of the death of the author, and I believe the deaths of the information gatekeepers is a wonderful thing. Viva la democratization of data!
So it's funny, but there it is. I'd be that's not an uncommon way of feeling. The glittery appeal of the establishment has its charms.
Mar 4, 2012
The metric I decided on was (horsepower to weight)*(cost), as both numbers are lower-is-better. We'll call this metric "X". Lower X is better, obviously.
Well, here's the list:
10: Porsche Boxter
- Weight: 2888 pounds
- Power: 265 HP
- Weight/HP: 10.90
- Price: $49,500
- X: 539,550
9: Bicycle (and me on it)The lesson here: don't buy a Porsche.
- Weight: ~200 pounds
- Power: 0.1 HP
- Weight/HP: 2000
- Price: $200
- X: 400,000
8: Mazda Rx8
- Weight: 3065 pounds
- Power: 232 HP
- Weight/HP: 13.21
- Price: $26,795
- X: 353,961
7: Mazda Miata
- Weight: 2447 pounds
- Power: 167 HP
- Weight/HP: 14.65
- Price: $26,470
- X: 343,835
6: Dodge Charger
- Weight: 3834 pounds (auto)
- Power: 305 HP
- Weight/HP: 12.57
- Price: $26,420
- X: 332,099
5: Mazda Speed3
- Weight: 3281 pounds
- Power: 263 HP
- Weight/HP: 12.47
- Price: $24,000
- X: 329,457
4: Kia Forte Coupe
- Weight: 2844 pounds
- Power: 173 HP
- Weight/HP: 16.44
- Price: $19,350
- X: 318,114
3: Hyundai Veloster
- Weight: 2950 pounds
- Power: 201 HP
- Weight/HP: 14.44
- Price: $18,075
- X: 265,341
2: Ford Mustang GT
- Weight: 3631 pounds
- Power: 412 HP
- Weight/HP: 8.81
- Price: $29,710
- X: 261,745
1: Ford Mustang v6
- Weight: 3453 pounds
- Power: 305 HP
- Weight/HP: 11.32
- Price: $22,310
- X: 252,549
So, the lesson here is that if you pick this particular arbitrary metric, you should totally buy a big, heavy, powerful, cheap American muscle car--but not the really powerful one. That's right, the v6 Mustang is the most horsepower-to-weight-to-money ratio car I checked stats for.
That being said, it does tend to make the otherwise hideous Veloster an interesting entrant. It also speaks highly of Fish's Kia. It does, however, slightly tarnish my fantasy of owning an RX8 or Miata...
Jan 17, 2012
The method used in the video is being basically the same method used in the false proof that .999 repeating = 1.
I believe that both of those proofs are wrong. The problem is that they are engaging in mathematical legerdemain and using an infinite series as a real number. But I don't believe it is mathematically possible to use infinite series as a real number. You can't multiply it by anything. It is infinite. You end up with terms that cannot be mixed, like a blue mile or a red 65 miles per hour. It just doesn't make sense or describe anything real.
This is here is some fucking crazy calculus, but I think it is basically saying you cannot treat an infinite series as a sum, which is what the .999.. = 1 and the infinity video are trying to do. See the part beginning with:
Before we move on to a different topic let’s discuss multiplication of series briefly.It says that you cannot treat multiplying a series as just multiplying the constant terms, you have to distribute each term into each other and then combine them, which is literally impossible when dealing with an infinite series. The only way to do it is to represent it with notation (which is another infinite series), but you cannot derive a real number out of it. And that is the key. An infinite series is not a sequence of numbers. See the concluding two paragraphs:
We’ll leave this section with an important warning about terminology. Don’t get sequences and series confused! A sequence is a list of numbers written in a specific order while an infinite series is a limit of a sequence of finite series and hence, if it exists will be a single value.In that the infinity video, the speaker is giving us an infinite series and then claiming that is identical to a sequence of digits that can be cancelled out using another sequence. But you can't do that. You can't compare an infinite series to a sequence in that way. It's an abuse of terms.
So, once again, a sequence is a list of numbers while a series is a single number, provided it makes sense to even compute the series. Students will often confuse the two and try to use facts pertaining to one on the other. However, since they are different beasts this just won’t work. There will be problems where we are using both sequences and series so we’ll always have to remember that they are different.
An infinite series is a single number, provided it makes sense to even compute the series. And in that case the computation of the series is a number, but that is not the same thing as saying the series itself is the number. That's the same as how a fully grown apple seed is a tree, but an apple seed itself is not a tree.
If you want to perform mathematics using series you must use only series. In that case you are using notation so you would use .999.. and never resolve it to a real number. If you have an infinite series and you want to use it with real numbers you must take the limit of it, which is more crazy calculus but as I understand it it is a way to find the real number to which the series gets the closest (if any) with infinitely diminishing margin of error. In the case of .999.. that is in fact 1, because there is no real number closer to .999.. than 1.
BUT, in this case we aren't saying that .999.. equals 1, we are saying that the limit of .999.. is equivalent to one. Those are not the same statements.
LONG STORY SHORT:
You can say that 1 = 1 or that .999 to infinity = .999 to infinity, but you cannot say that .999 to infinity equals 1. It is exactly like this:
An apple equals a fruit.But you can't compare apples to oranges!
An orange equals a fruit.
If you cancel out the fruit term, you get an apple equals an orange.
The infinity video I believe both has the method wrong and the conclusion wrong. Infinity is not equal to -1, because the limit of infinity is not -1.
The .999 repeating equals 1 has the method wrong, because you can't perform sequential number calculations on an infinite series, and the conclusion is syntactically wrong. It's the limit of .999.. that is equal to 1.
I know some posters on Dark Taco are much better trained math wizards than I. What say you?
Oct 23, 2011
Every town/suburb I've looked for housing in, has multitudes of rental/property management agencies. So if you want to rent a particular house you have to deal with one group of incompetent twits. If you instead want to rent the house across the street you get to deal with a completely different set of inept knuckle draggers.
Most property management offices will require you to fill out an application with all kinds of basic information and pay for a credit check. Not that difficult, but each and every place you look at will have a different application an yet another $35 credit check. To add insult to injury they will probably require that you fax them your application if you cannot make it to their office durring business hours.
This is ridiculous! For one thing, "office hours" are probably the standard 9-5, which doesn't make a lick of sense. If I have a steady job to pay rent, you might suppose I would be busy from 9-5, probably. So I can't make it in durring office hours, I'll just fax that application in. Oh wait, the fax didn't go through, the line was busy, the machine at Kinkos was labeled wrong and I fed my application through upside down so your machine just spit out 3 blank pages, the application came through but my signature was cut off, what else could go wrong. Fax machines are and have always been a terrible idea.
This whole conundrum could be solved by a secure web form, and a centralized credit check. I would do one credit check and it would be good for say 3 months, durring which time I could just send my results electronically with my on-line application to any agency. Wouldn't that be nice?
Earlier I say this whole pile of last weeks dinner wastes home owners money, let me justify that claim. When a home owner wants to rent out her house but doesn't want all the hassle of actually being a landlord, she can turn to a property management company to do the dirty work for her. Property management agencies typically get paid monthy for maintenance and get a finders feed based of the first months rent when a new tenant moves in.
This means the motivation is all wrong, the property management company is motivated not to get a new tenant as soon as possible but instead with as little work on their part as possible. Which ads up to the property staying vacant longer and the potential renter gets lousy service. The owner is out months of rent and the renter if frustrated to the point of accepting whatever they can find, instead of exactly what they want.
If we could change the industry so that the agencies would be financially motivated by helping the renter find a place rather than doing as little work as possible, houses would rent faster and renters would be happier.
This has been a rant by The Angry Hippy thanks fore reading.
Dec 31, 2010
Dec 6, 2010
First off, they don't mention what the Anti-Matter mystery is really, maybe they are hiding underneath the sink. They also confuse it with solar power, dark energy and dark matter. They also seem to be convinced that we don't know what it's made of, perhaps that was the mystery. Also mysteriously absent was the fact that anti-particles have been being stored at accelerator facilities for years, and that this was significant because they were neutral atoms being stored. I guess they mentioned the word neutral in the article somewhere else, it's good enough right?
Maybe I'm being too critical, but it seems like you could quickly modify this article to be about nearly anything by just changing some nouns.
Jul 17, 2010
I pulled resources from bakebakebake, the LJ community, as always, and went to my two standby recipes. My sister asked for a white cake with vanilla frosting. When asked about colors, she said blue and green. My trusty white cake recipe from AllRecipes.com came to my side, heavily fused with Wilton's icing coloring. My basic vanilla buttercream recipe* - a rich, buttery and smooth frosting - did the trick of icing, also heavily infused with Wilton's coloring.
What is truly special about the cake is what I did to the inside, though:
I was inspired by this tutorial, which can also be found within the annals of bakebakebake.
But I made four separate cake recipes, and four batches of buttercream. What did I do with all the extra, you ask? Well, I'm so glad you asked...
Cake balls! Heavily inspired by many, many places, most notably Bakerella.
These were pretty delicious, and I found out that, per ounce, dark chocolate gets more coverage than milk or white chocolate, as it is thinner when melted.
All in all, I produced a 6" wide 7.5" tall cake, and 88 cake balls. For more photos, in progress shots, and images of my dirty kitchen, you can check out the Picasa album.
*I have no idea where I found this, but recipe as follows:
1 stick butter (1/2 cup), room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tbsp hot water
Beat until smooth and creamy
(If the butter is too cold, you'll get a spotty effect in the icing)