November 21st, 2008

power

World of Warcraft set to "The Bad Touch (Discovery Channel)"



(ETA, 10:30 CST Sun 23 Nov 2008: NSFW - nudity, apparently female-only.)

To my knowledge, the above is the seminal (ahem) version of this song/game combination on YouTube. Since it came out, there have been a lot of other versions, including this one, which shows a lot of environments. Here is a secondhand version of the first one I saw - it's set to the same song, but has a bit higher production quality. In any case, it's funnier than the official Ferengi teunce video.

This vid and this one depict the World of Warcraft dance styles, which are documented here on the WoW Wiki. You can also see animations at various resolutions on the official site.

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Banazir
animals

Pet Poll Follow-up: Exotic Pets

If you could have any pet from the Collapse )

(Suppose for the sake of discussion that you had an unlimited budget and that the organism could be housed anywhere, by itself.)

What if you were allowed to keep more than one of the pet, or to prepare it to be returned to the wild (if it was a wild animal)?

What if you had to keep them in your house? What would you choose then?

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Banazir
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Fiona Apple

Poll #1302144 Fiona Apple poll

Fiona Apple?

Love her stuff
2(20.0%)
Hate her stuff
0(0.0%)
Mixed feelings - it depends
6(60.0%)
Never heard of her
2(20.0%)
Haven't heard enough to really judge
0(0.0%)

Her material is:

Jazz-inspired
1(12.5%)
Eclectic
0(0.0%)
Brilliant
0(0.0%)
Strange
0(0.0%)
Hard to describe
0(0.0%)

As a lyricist, I would rate her on a 1-10 scale:

Mean: 6.62 Median: 6.5 Std. Dev 1.22
1
0(0.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
2(25.0%)
6
2(25.0%)
7
1(12.5%)
8
3(37.5%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

As an overall musician, I would rate her on a 1-10 scale:

Mean: 6.12 Median: 6 Std. Dev 1.05
1
0(0.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
3(37.5%)
6
2(25.0%)
7
2(25.0%)
8
1(12.5%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

Moodiness?

I avoid her music whenever I hear it come on
0(0.0%)
Sometimes I'm not in the mood for her music
7(87.5%)
I listen to her music whenever I hear it come on
1(12.5%)

Like her album titles?

Yes
3(37.5%)
No
0(0.0%)
Not sure
5(62.5%)


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Banazir
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confused

Anti-Seizure Techniques

How do you keep people from grabbing you when you are swamped? Do you sit down with them and have a quiet, reasoned discussion, explaining why you are sometimes too busy for them? Do you dash on, yelling "sorry, not now!" or "gerroff!"? If so, do you explain later by e-mail, in person, or not at all? Do you stop and stare, say it's rude, threaten mayhem?

Most important: Does it work? Do you ever get grabbed by the same person again? If so, is it only in exigent situations or also for non-emergencies that they grab you?

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Banazir
education

Kelley School: Multistrategy Learning, Or Not




Meaning: Oh, de fouf! Je de code blue. Learning by doing (reinforcement learning) and learning by watching (apprenticeship learning) are sometimes not sufficient for language acquisition. Even learning to pronounce individual phonemes with a teacher may not generalize! Also, notice that Joey tries to use supervised reinforcement learning (with a teacher) and unsupervised reinforcement learning (from tape).

This is part of the David E. Kelley School of Advising series.

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Banazir
angry

TLDRability

Like many advisors, I send out a lot of e-mail to my research group. Some are specifically for the benefit of individuals and just "FYI" to everyone else, so I say so "X: This is from our discussion this morning. Everyone else: FYI." Other times, it's an important message for everyone, or a reference. (I actually put "IMPORTANT" or "REFERENCE" in the title in such cases.)

How do you convey the idea that some of your communications are not subject to TL;DR (too long; didn't read)?

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agriculture

Genetically-Modified Organisms and Agrojournalism

Any agrojournalists out there? Journalists in general who cover agricultural news? Agronomists, horticulturalists, plant pathologists, veterinarians and veterinary medical scientists, meat scientists, or other plant and animal scientists who have been interviewed by them before?

How about just people who are interested in genetically-modified food organisms?

I ask because I'm interested in writing an editorial or public information piece on GMOs (the pros and cons, what issues there are, what public fears are prominent and which are valid IMO), but I'm not sure how to do about doing so. I've done some background research both as part of my work in bioinformatics and just out of a general desire to learn about GMOs, but I don't belong to any of the above categories.

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Banazir