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  1. dragooneer

    The Music Thread

    As summer's rolled in I've had copious amount of free time to expand my collection. What do y'all think of my recent acquisitions? Sonic Youth - EVOL Boris - Amplifier Worship Big Black - Racer X Rodan - Rusty Slint - Tweez Polvo - Today's Active Lifestyles Die Kreuzen - Die Kreuzen Die Kreuzen - October File Die Kreuzen - Gone Home Odd Nosdam - Live Level Wires Fugazi - Steady Diet Of Nothing Unwound - Leaves Turn Inside You Unwound - New Plastic Ideas
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    Not really. Bisexuals have to fight off a lot of really irritating stereotypes from both the gay and straight camps who insist that bisexuality doesn't exist, or that they're just willing to screw anything, or that to be bisexual you have to be screwing guys and girls at the same time/on a regular basis (the implication being that you're incapable of faithfulness), to name the most prevalent ones. There's a lot of really dumb negative stigma towards it.
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    The Official May 2009 Results Thread

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    Iranian Election Crisis

    There appears to be quite a bit of evidence to suggest rigging. Election results came in blocks of one million, rather than by province as they had before, which is a little fishy. Plus, the vote per province supposedly showed similar percentages in each province, which is a little strange (urban and rural would be split a lot differently, home provinces should be skewed towards the home candidate by a noticable amount). Also, the enforcement of the issue seems a little extreme - if it was legit, then why give your thugs full reign to violently silence dissidents?
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    What time do you go to bed on average day?

    Sometime around 11.
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    Laotian. Basically the only way people have even heard of that ethnicity is through watching King of the Hill lol.
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    How tall are you?

    16 year old 5'2" guy here. Hopefully I just haven't hit my growth spurt yet, cause I'll be pissed if I'll have to ask for help on reaching stuff on the top grocery shelf all my life.
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    The mathematics of sudoku?

    Well, obviously my topic's gonna have to be a lot narrower. I do know that. I'm thinking something like a formulation of a method to know whether certain board positions are solvable. I saw something similar being done with a Math EE on the use of Group Theory to find out which positions on a 2x2x2 Rubiks Cube are possible or solvable.
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    Late nights or Early Mornings :)

    I can basically only function late at night. Well, that's how I justify my horrific procrastination habit.
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    The Music Thread

    Hey, just wondering, what're all of your favorite albums of 2009 so far? Here's my list: 1. Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse - Dark Night Of The Soul 2. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion 3. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest 4. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Vs. Children 5. Tim Hecker - An Imaginary Land
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    The mathematics of sudoku?

    I think I may have stumbled upon something good. Before I bring this idea to my supervisor, could anyone tell me if it's too broad, too narrow, etc? something like the method of determining whether a puzzle is solvable is what I have in mind
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    The Music Thread

    I listen to damn near everything, but mostly indie rock. Been getting into crust punk lately.
  13. For those unfamiliar with the game: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_the_gathering Ludicrous nerdiness aside, the game of M:TG seems to be ripe for some sort of game theory take on it. What I can think of off the top of my head: - Analysis of metagame, or the composition of decks [essentially strategies] in a tournament. the choice of which deck to pilot is a game in itself (maybe the infamous Combo Winter as a study of equilibrium? not limited to M:TG either, metagaming exists in Starcraft, even, owing to the different build orders) - The ideal play given a certain board position (effect of incomplete information?, optimal payoff?) - Mulligan or keep problem (also can be modeled by payoff matrix, incomplete information, probability) if any of this sounds good, then I'd also like some help extracting a workable research question at some later point. EE work is in the very preliminary stages at this point. As interesting as this could possibly be from a mathematical standpoint, though, I foresee a few issues coming up that I would like advice on how to overcome: - How to describe the game theory aspects of M:TG without being bogged down in the specific rules of the game itself. How difficult would it be to summarize the game to only that which is applicable to the math? - Is it significant enough that the examiner will care? my primary concern is this: is the topic too farfetched? would I be better off with an analysis of a more 'traditional' game theory game?
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    IB-first year, lose or gain weight?

    Lost quite a bit of weight due to really stupid work habits. Would wake up in too much of a hurry to get breakfast, would work through lunch, snag a small bite when I got home, ate dinner 3 hours later. So basically going from 3 meals a day to 1.5. IB freaking halved my calorie intake.
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    How to become a successful IB candidate

    The biggest point I'd have to stress is this: The important IB stuff you're required to get done for Diploma is on such a massive scale that it's impossible to get it done if you procrastinate. CAS is expected to be ~150 hours, EE is a 4000 word beast, TOK essays require ridiculous amounts of revision to be respectable, etc. IAs (except for History and Math [and math only if you're bad with formula editors]) and classwork can generally be procrastinated, but the IB stuff CANNOT. Other useful hints: - Learn to survive on much lower amounts of sleep than the average person if you have terrible work ethic like me, expect your bedtime to fall around midnight most nights. After a while your body gets used to it, and you can always make it up by sleeping for 12 hours on weekends. - Select people you actually like working with for your TOK oral assignment. If you have a bad team dynamic expect the oral (and practice oral) to be as pleasant as driving pins under your fingertips. - Take philosophy. Despite the class being pretty damn difficult, it'll give you a massive head start on TOK.

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