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Old 11-17-2009, 03:36 AM   #551
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Up through 350 now. If I've missed anything before that, y'all are going to have to remind me.
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One observation on finding a good partner: do not underestimate the role of scent in determining who ends up with whom. There are many studies that suggest scent plays are decisive role for partner selection due to information connected to cross-immunising of potential offspring.
I've seen a bit of that research. I wonder how long it is before we have Internet dating services matching scents.

Closer to home, it is possible in theory to mess with some scents and have positive effects, but we're really not pheromonal creatures: we have a pheromone detector (the vomeronasal organ, or VNO), but its neural connection to the brain seems to have been lost somewhere along the line. Pity.



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Have you ever had a mentor?
Have you ever mentored someone?

Do you believe in mentoring? Particularly for male/male?

Also...

Describe how you think men and women view the world differently (Not so much the why but the how, if you dont agree with the premise then explain why).
No real mentoring experience either way, so I can't comment helpfully on it.

All I would say on how men versus women perceive things is along the standard Mars/Venus lines — I mean, basically anyone with an open mind understands the answer already.

Reminds me of a mildly amusing thing: On the Match site they have links to dating advice articles which for some reason seem always to be directed at women (and they're often from Cosmo.) There was one that struck me that was something like "how to communicate with him" or whatever. One of the items was in descriptions of her day, that she had to understand that he "not capable of" and was "not equipped to" internalize her multi-minute ramble about everything that had happened all day when the crux of what was upsetting her was something different that she wanted to get to down the road. Apparently it did not occur to the author that perhaps "not capable of" and "doesn't see a reason to" were different concepts.

But of course there's the real difference. Spacial visualization and whatnot matter professionally but not in most people's daily lives; the difference that affects most people most often is that men tend to think linearly, to see cause and effect more, to derive and use patterns, while women tend to internalize, albeit necessarily imperfectly, more data than can be easily fit into a strict logical array, and then think nonlinearly much more often. Really, its a wonder the sexes can stand each other at all.


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What extracurriculars did you do in HS? In college and beyond? Any volunteer work?
I talked some about the sports. beyond that, standard stuff. No volunteering, which I gather is standard of supercompetitive students today but back then mattered only for people who wanted combined med school programs, and as for wanting to do it, I wasn't thinking along those lines at the time.

Editor of school paper, math competitions, a college bowl-type thing... but mostly the athletics. I did forensics briefly but found it boring. We didn't have a debate team. Feel like I'm missing something.


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I'll have to get some of the newer lsat tests off their website. thanks. i just read this on a website and have trouble believing it's accuracy.



i don't see that being true. thoughts?
I rethought this one — I was misinterpreting what they're saying. they're talking only about a particular type of question that occurs only on the one passage on reading comp that actually has two passages, I believe. It's a very small sample size, and of minimal utility because ethose questions are not common. (Also, unless you're doing al four passages you should skip that one anyway.)

Besides, I remembered: the answer is D. That is the most common answer on arguments and reading comp questions. The difference is statistically significant, and persistent.

(On games it's A, B, or C, unless you apply some subtleties about question types.)


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will u play bridge with me? i havent played in a while, but used to love it.

- can u critique my WW game. i would like to get better.
Re playing bridge: I keep intending to play more. I don't enjoy bridge on line nealy as much as live, but we can probably get connected some time. there is a good group of players who gets together via the bridge thread.


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what do you think of BC atak?
If you mean British Columbia, it's beautiful of course but I never spent enough time there. Vancouver briefly, and the standard Canadian Rockies tour (Jasper/Banff). Never skiied Whistler/Blackcomb; never wandered around, as I have in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and further east. I need to get back, of course.

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Old 11-17-2009, 04:02 AM   #552
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ever played chess atak?
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Old 11-17-2009, 04:14 AM   #553
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It would be beautiful, with mountains, lakes, trees, and abundant wildlife; t would also be near enugh to a large population center that I could quickly have access to whatever I wanted.
dahlonega/helen area in Georgia...just under an hour from downtown Atlanta, but at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains

or if a smaller metro is ok, then Asheville, NC is nice...lots of rivers to raft around there as well
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Old 11-17-2009, 04:21 AM   #554
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I have only one question:



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Old 11-17-2009, 04:55 AM   #555
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If you could choose to visit any one country (except Scotland, which is obviously teh best), which would it be and why?
Are there countries or places you would refuse to visit on ethical grounds?
Most exotic/different place you've been?
Which countries would you refuse a free trip to, and why?
Why did I end up playing in 2S last night on Yahoo, with 35HCP and 10 spades between us? Where should I play to avoid this sort of idiocy?
Have you been back to Brazil?
Do you think Spanish sounds mundane and bland compared to Portuguese?
Mountain gorillas in Rwanda or wherever they're accessible right now (plus tack Kilimanjaro onto the trip). Or trekking in Nepal (plus birding the lowlands — and maybe a side trip to Bhutan). If orangutans could be found in the wild without disturbing them, they might win, though I think he gorillas or Nepal are each above it.

There is no place I would refuse to go — I think many places are run by people who are loathsome, but I still want to experience them.

A free trip? I'd go anywhere, assuming I had time (and I probably would these days). I really don't think here's anyplace so unpleasant or perhaps so boring that I wouldn't enjoy going there, unless we mean the middle of the ocean or some such thing. I don't much enjoy just lying on beaches, as they're mostly the same to me, but even those are fine for a time and there's usually something else around too.

Even someplace with horrible squalor — I'd go in order to see it. Someplace with very high crime — I'd risk it if there were something good to see. I suppose genuine war zones, or places where violence against tourists is rife. (That has kept birders out of much Columbia, the most bird-endowed country in the world, for a long time.)


Don't play on Yahoo — BBO (bridgebaseonline) is considerably better. But expect to get dropped in ridiculous places as long as you play with unknowns, and to some extent even then. Bridge is hard; no more than one percent of players get it right more than 99% of the time, and I'm just talking about avoiding blunders, not finding brilliancies. Be sanguine; move on. It's a game.

Go to the bridge thread there on POG, and look for a game among us. There are an ever-growing (though still small) number, in quite a few time zones. Much better than playing with randoms — and if one of us drops in 2S when slam is on, you can go butch about it the next day in the thread, too.
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Old 11-17-2009, 05:03 AM   #556
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ever played chess atak?
A little in junior high. Not particularly well. I gather the investment required to play well is very high, so I don't see it happening.

There's an interesting contrast between bridge players and chess players. All the way to the highest levels, competitive bridge palyers tend to be interesting and well read and fun to talk with about many things, not just bridge. And I mean all the way to the top — when I'm sitting between hands with Bob Hamman, who was the top-raked player in the world for a couple decades, we'll have a pleasant chat — maybe about bridge, but maybe not. And in this he's typical. Bridge players tend to have broad experiences, to be articulate and funny, basically to be good company. (We know this because the structure of tournaments provides many opportunities to meet opponents when hands are not actually in play, if only for a minute or two a lot of the time.)

Without knowing for certain, I am informed that the very best chess players, the world champions, are not generally as described above — they're more focused on the game, and less likely to have varied interests.

What all that means (assuming it's true) is complex. I suppose it could be argued that that implies that chess is a deeper game intellectually, and that may be so — bridge requires a much broader skill set, so it attracts people who are good at many things.
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Old 11-17-2009, 05:54 AM   #557
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Kasparov is probably the exception that proves the rule.
I have always found his interviews on a range of topics interesting and stimulating,
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:26 AM   #558
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The bigger change would be on taxation of unearned income, which could be made uniformly high without hurting production much, and oin the passing on of wealth to children, which could be made impossible in most cases (Family businesses being the exception, with limits) without hurting things at all.
If you make exceptions for family businesses, people will just use that as a loophole. If the wealth is tied up in assets is it still taxable when those assets are sold?

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What would you say is the most annoyed you´ve been in a game of ww and why? Does you annoyance normally stem out of the "incompetence" of other players, or the fact that you may have overlooked something?
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Old 11-17-2009, 07:15 AM   #559
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Yes. (also: note that I was talking about killing a few billion)

As I said, I'd hesitate. I'd need to be sure. But fear wouldn't hold me back, at least not forever. Remember, I have contemplated my own death several times, which is a similarly big deal from my perspective. I've stood by the tacks and felt the pressure wave as the engine flew by, ad it wasn't fear that kept me off the tracks, it was just not being sure. And when I was trapped in my kayak under water, my thought wasn't to panic or even to be afraid, it was very calm, slow "I think I'm probably about to die."

I could do it.
wow crazy
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:44 AM   #560
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what does TL stand for
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:14 AM   #561
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:15 AM   #562
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lady of time
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:26 AM   #563
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Atak, (or TL I guess), how did you get a trip to Scotland wrapped up so fast after your concerns over money, and your fathers perception of your potential extravagance of the trip?
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:29 AM   #564
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I assume he was being over-careful in his initial asessment imo
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:33 AM   #565
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I'll let atak answer that, since he's a lot clearer in explaining things than me
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:37 AM   #566
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I demand an explanation nao?

rephrase

I demand an explanation nao !!!
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:37 AM   #567
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well, I think everybody who is an atheist just doesn't understand particle physics

So if there is condescention there it isn't directed specifically at Atak
What?
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:39 AM   #568
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Not at all implying you do this often, but do you feel bad at all when you tell someone they made a terrible kill in wolfchat? Do you worry they won't like you? And I assume your brutal honesty that I've seen in wolfchat is also there in the real world?

Again not saying you go out of your way to be mean but you definitely tell it how it is, which is something I both respect and wonder about because I'm not sure that I'm capable of doing that myself
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A POGer offered to pay for the whole (not insubstantial) plane ticket, and due to certain aspects of both our lives we thought it would be better to take the offer and meet before the year finished than wait until we grafted enough money between us to maybe get atak to visit next year at some point.

Needless to say, we are overwhelmed by how generous this POGer is. I can't quite remember if we can mention them by name or not, so I won't just to make sure
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What?
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i'm really curious to know who it is

but I imagine that s/he probably wants to remain anonymous

but wow
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Where do I sign up for the DustinG school of Particle Physics?
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Where do I sign up for the DustinG school of Particle Physics?
start by reading this book

http://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Realit.../dp/0385235690
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lol cue !1

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Most of my travel within the US and Canada has been alone, by the way. But though I'm strongly inclined toward loneliness in general, I essentially never feel lonely when I'm on the road. In fact, I'm almost always at peace when I'm somewhere new or isolated.
I feel the same way on the road
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