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  1. I think it's just a fancy way of saying the liquid spins like a tornado.
  2. Huh, spinning the container they can pull the heat out of it faster? Sounds like a new Mythbusters episode.
  3. This. Don't underestimate the difficulty of natural bodybuilding, nor the chances that people will lie to make themselves look better. It's not possible to achieve sub-6% bodyfat, and a hundred pounds of muscle, in a sustainable way. For most people, it's not possible to achieve at all without basically poisoning your body. Of course they're not going to advertise all of the stupid-horrible things they had to do; they're going to claim it's all from eating right and exercising. A fun example is when Jillian Michaels actually got around to having kids she had to apologize for constantly telling moms that it was their own fault they weren't exercising. It actually is hard to find time/energy to exercise/eat right when you're taking care of toddlers.
  4. It's hard to say how much of a role luck played in any given engagement. Some of my favorite scifi "big ideas" revolve around different attempts to harness luck. Like setting up a breeding lottery so that after a dozen generations you have someone with ten ancestors who all won the lottery. Would that person have better than average luck? If they did, would it even matter? In the book the "final battle" only came after hundreds of battles of increasing difficulty. And Ender's strategy of just destroying the entire planet was basically a big "fuck this game" to his commander. He figured if he did something totally outrageous they might kick him out of school. The movie, of course, has a simpler storyline. That's basically the difference between how our soldiers fight insurgents in real life vs how they fight insurgents in movies. There's a lot more satisfying drama when individuals make grand gestures. In real life a lot of people move very slowly and incrementally, never exposing themselves or taking any unnecessary risk. The movie, of course, errs on the side of drama. That's a good point, particularly since it's a futuristic space battle, so the realism and application But it is a well crafted story that helps clarify the WAY people do things, even if WHAT they're doing is kind of arbitrary or serves to create tension. I guess it depends on how much time you have. Nobody doubted that the Allies would have eventually overran Japan, but nobody wanted to sacrifice the time/treasure/lives it would take to go the "slow but sure" route. Instead they gambled on a couple decisive engagements.
  5. Emotions are caused by drugs. People get addicted to emotions just like to any other drug. People can also get clever and manipulative (and even mean) when someone threatens to take away the source of their high. The key is to look for empathy. If she's totally focused on how you make her feel, and doesn't care how she makes you feel, then she's using you and you need to get away from her.
  6. io9 has a rumor that it could become a TV show
  7. She knows she's crazy so she put out right away to hook you and give you a reason to put up with the crazy. Now she's holding out and "crying all day" to see how much control she has over you. Don't stick your dick in crazy. Unless she's hot enough.
  8. No, that's the LACK of development. They look retarded because they are only there to demonstrate how smart Ender is. It's like the Worf effect since there's no time to SHOW the audience that all of the supporting characters actually are impressive in their own right, we're merely told they're awesome, which doesn't go a long way when we SEE them get their ass kicked. Those are good examples, but you're still missing the point. Ender didn't NEED to be trained. All he needed to learn were the technical details of how his combat systems worked. He was born a savant. Graff kept promoting him OUT of normal training every time he demonstrated that he was already making all the right decisions. Also, those examples were training specifically for obedience. Ender was in a program designed to sift out a few individuals suited to supreme leadership positions. Sure, maybe. But the story is called Ender's GAME because the only reason Ender is so ruthless is that he thinks it's a game. In a game you can do absolutely anything you want without consequences. The game just resets and you go again. In a game it doesn't matter HOW you win. In real life, HOW you win totally does matter. Expectations of movies aren't low, they're just different. You CAN'T do much analysis in movies. There's no way to explain the subtle details. A really good writer/director might be able to pull of some subtext with clever visuals, but most people are going to miss it anyway. A fair comparison would be short-stories and movies. Anything you could read in 1-2 hours, since that's about how much time you get in a movie. But a novel, like Ender's Game, takes a lot longer than a couple hours to read, so it can go into more depth. I was actually impressed by how well they managed to explain the plot of the novel in a minimum of dialogue. I think you'll be surprised by how well Ender's Game (movie) holds up over time. When you get the chance to see it on Netflix or Red Box or something go back and watch it again. The script was actually above average. Of course, you have to have already come to terms with the fact that books and movies are DIFFERENT MEDIUMS so any one story has to be adapted to fit each different medium. Try to imagine Ender's Game as a stage play, or a comic book, or a mini-series. Different presentations require reworking of the material, ESPECIALLY when adapting to a SHORTER medium. Or a longer medium for that matter. Just look at how The Hobbit was expanded into three fucking movies. There's like four hours of totally made-up filler in there. I'm just sick of people making the same complaint over and over again. OF COURSE the movie version of a book is going to leave stuff out. That's an inherent part of the conversion. It's a feature, not a bug. It's like complaining that a motorcycle falls over without a kickstand or that cheese cake isn't salty. Fucking DUH!
  9. I hadn't thought of it that way before. Thanks!

  10. The OP and the short wikipedia entry imply that the suns&planet are moving in a time period that would be viewed as a day, and that one of the suns disappears for a time period that would be viewed as a year or more, but then came back (and then disappeared again?). How would you even measure "years" on a planet that's sitting in between two suns? What if the planet in question is orbiting a giant star, and another tiny star is also orbiting at a greater distance, so the planet is in between them, spinning on its axis. The tiny sun would have to be pretty small can a star get? Anywho, then ANOTHER planet orbiting between the first planet and the tiny sun passes between them. Since all three are moving at similar speeds the eclipse of the tiny star would be prolonged. Maybe the two suns are orbiting each other with the planet in the center, spinning on its axis. But the whole system is moving sideways through a dense cloud of, like, gas or whatever. So every now and then the gas gets so thick it blocks out one of the suns. I dunno. The whole thing smells like it was made up by a fantasy author as a plot device.
  11. You might like Soylent Rhinehart invented it when he wanted to cut his food expenses (time and money) down to as little as possible without sacrificing nutrition. If that's your argument then personal satisfaction is NOT priceless. It's 400$ amortized over however long it takes for you to get that promotion. This. Try paying more attention to the specific elements that make you happy. If it's the flavors, then experiment with flavors until you find something cheap and tasty (Indian food?). If it's the camaraderie, then focus on your friends instead of your food. If it's the "full stomach" feeling, then stuff yourself on fruits and vegetables. If it's the fat content, then maybe eat a few mouthfuls of something rich at the end. For example, I often find that I want that "full stomach" feeling. After much experimentation I keep a bag of assorted frozen fruit in the freezer. It's mostly bite-sized, so it's easy to handle, but it's ice cold, so I can't eat it too fast. Even if I eat a lot of it it's still just plain fruit, so it's mostly water and fiber. There are a lot of "foreign" flavors that are powerful without adding any calories, like vinegar, or curry.
  12. This. Calories ARE calories. In order to lose the extra fat stored on your body you have to burn more calories than you digest. The twist is that everybody has a different reaction to the caloric deficit. What you have to do is tinker with the many different ways of creating the caloric deficit until you find one that you can sustain for long enough to reach your target fat%. The second twist is that one way of maintaining the deficit will not work consistently for the rest of your life. You'll have to change it up sooner or later. So, while I'm glad the OP has found something that works, I don't think it justifies teaching anyone anything. Everything works, and nothing works, depending on the context. The problem is that when people "experiment" with different weight loss plans they don't actually try different strategies, just variations on one strategy. For example, I lost 30lbs in two months, once, just by eating salad and whole wheat bread instead of cheetos and mountain dew. But these days I can eat nothing but salad for a month and not lose any weight. I can vouch for the intermittent fasting thing. Every other day I skip dinner and then breakfast. It's easier to fast when you're asleep for 8 of the hours and I personally find it a lot easier to not eat when I'm working on something. There's nothing special about the fasting period, but it reduces my average caloric intake for the week far more reliably than if I tried to shrink every meal. All-or-nothing can be easier than 80%; it's harder to cheat.
  13. Gee, thanks Captain Obvious, for providing us with a paint by numbers review of all movies ever based on books. Oh, what's that you say? The movie didn't go into as much depth of analysis as the book? Well that's definitely an important point that I'm glad noboby will miss out on. Yup. Ender's Game is in the curriculum at the military academies. One of the core themes is that Ender manages to combine the empathy to truly understand and care for everyone (even enemies) with the sociopathic ability to utterly destroy any and all threats. Most of the time Ender's empathy drives him to find a way to negate threats, like by forming alliances, or merely staying out of the way. But when there is no way to avoid a threat his natural instinct is to completely eradicate it. His empathy tries to protect other people from his survival instinct. That's what his siblings act out in real life; Val protecting him from Peter. That's why Graff promoted him so quickly. Ender wasn't just a genius, he was also naturally gifted with exactly the instincts Graff wanted. He didn't have to be trained, he just had to be unleashed. Most people are inappropriate in one way or another, like in a crunch they're too hesitant, or too impulsive, or too compassionate, or too destructive. Ender always found the right balance unconsciously. It's the same thing that a modern military tries to instill in its officers. We might be handing out water in Haiti one day and then dropping bombs the next. Finding the right balance, and recognizing what balance other people have struck, is crucial. Agreed. Hopefully they'll have a longer cut on DVD. I think they just barely managed to explain all of the high points so there wasn't enough time left over to put any extra angst into context. I didn't get that from the book or the movie. Seems like the story highlights the dark side of "personal destiny" pretty well. In the movie, none of the other characters are important, so they don't get developed. Duh.
  14. The instruments are good, solid rock. The vocals are garbled bullshit.
  15. You summarize things like putting American citizens on a secret kill list as a "good job?" Sounds like Bush summarizing the Katrina response as a "heckuva job."