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Technology & Information / Re: Post your XCompose file
« on: May 17, 2020, 05:17:24 PM »
i also made some changes based on parsifal's suggestion to map a single shortcut to a greek keyboard layout instead of mapping all the letters themselves. and i made my mappings LaTeX-like. i hate LaTeX, but at least this way i don't have to remember two sets of keystrokes.

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include "%L"

# Em dashes are the best.
<Multi_key> <e> <m> : "—"

# Nerd symbols
<Multi_key> <backslash> <n> <e> <q> : "≠"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <l> <e> <q> : "≤"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <g> <e> <q> : "≥"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <e> <q> <u> <i> <v> : "≡"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <a> <p> <p> <r> <o> : "≈"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <p> <r> <o> <p> : "∝"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <o> <d> <o> <t> : "⊙"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <c> <d> <o> <t> : "∙"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <t> <i> <m> <e> <s> : "×"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <i> <n> <t> : "∫"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <o> <i> <n> <t> : "∮"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <p> <a> <r> <t> : "∂"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <d> <e> <l> : "∇"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <h> <b> <a> <r> : "ℏ"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <e> <x> <p> : "ℯ"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <a> <n> <g> : "ℓ"
<Multi_key> <backslash> <i> <n> <f> : "∞"

# Nerd diacritical marks
<Multi_key> <backslash> <v> <e> <c> : U20D7 # vector arrow
<Multi_key> <backslash> <d> <o> <t> : U0307 # 1st time-derivative
<Multi_key> <backslash> <d> <d> <o> <t> : U0308 # 2nd time-derivative
<Multi_key> <backslash> <h> <a> <t> : U0302 # unit vector

# Errata
<Multi_key> <s> <s> : "that's what she said"

ℯ: i a⃗dded some ner̈dy diacritical markŝ

Technology & Information / Re: Post your XCompose file
« on: May 03, 2020, 09:11:42 PM »
Code: [Select]
include "%L"

# Em dashes are the best.
<Multi_key> <e> <m> : "—"

# Nerd letters
<Multi_key> <g> <a> : "α"
<Multi_key> <g> <b> : "β"
<Multi_key> <g> <g> : "γ"
<Multi_key> <g> <d> : "δ"
<Multi_key> <g> <e> : "ε"
<Multi_key> <g> <t> : "θ"
<Multi_key> <g> <l> : "λ"
<Multi_key> <g> <m> : "μ"
<Multi_key> <g> <r> : "ρ"
<Multi_key> <g> <s> : "σ"
<Multi_key> <g> <p> : "φ"
<Multi_key> <g> <o> : "ω"
<Multi_key> <g> <p> <i> : "π"
<Multi_key> <g> <t> <a> : "τ"
<Multi_key> <g> <D> : "Δ"
<Multi_key> <g> <L> : "Λ"
<Multi_key> <g> <S> : "Σ"
<Multi_key> <g> <O> : "Ω"

# Nerd symbols
<Multi_key> <m> <t> : "×"
<Multi_key> <m> <p> : "∂"
<Multi_key> <m> <i> : "∫"
<Multi_key> <m> <i> <+> : "∞"
<Multi_key> <m> <n> <e> <q> : "≠"
<Multi_key> <m> <l> <e> <q> : "≤"
<Multi_key> <m> <g> <e> <q> : "≥"

# Errata
<Multi_key> <s> <s> : "that's what she said"

i didn't know this was a thing until now. neat.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: FES Book Club
« on: April 26, 2020, 02:19:48 AM »

another fantastic book in the culture series. the story centers around the culture's reaction to a so-called "outside context problem":

The usual example given to illustrate an Outside Context Problem was imagining you were a tribe on a largish, fertile island; you'd tamed the land, invented the wheel or writing or whatever, the neighbors were cooperative or enslaved but at any rate peaceful and you were busy raising temples to yourself with all the excess productive capacity you had, you were in a position of near-absolute power and control which your hallowed ancestors could hardly have dreamed of and the whole situation was just running along nicely like a canoe on wet grass... when suddenly this bristling lump of iron appears sailless and trailing steam in the bay and these guys carrying long funny-looking sticks come ashore and announce you've just been discovered, you're all subjects of the Emperor now, he's keen on presents called tax and these bright-eyed holy men would like a word with your priests.

excession pretty much consists of three concurrent threads: some cloak-and-dagger shit between the hyper-intelligent AI minds that run the culture, some idiot space boomer who loves space nazis, and lore. lots and lots of lore.

i found this to be a much more confusing read than phlebas or player or games. the cloak-and-dagger shit between the minds was sort of hard to follow. but banks is kind enough to provide a summary at the end in the form of blunt-force character exposition.

hella good. 9/10.

the spy who came in from the cold

tbh there's really not a lot i can say about this one without giving away spoilers. if you like slow-burn spyshit that is mostly just a long series of conversations, then you'll really like this. i loved it.

also hella good. 10/10 tbh.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 23, 2020, 04:16:17 AM »

The conversation was never about ignoring a successful (if arguably bad in the future) medical treatment. That is entirely something you guys made up entirely in your heads. If some things other than chemotherapy can help cancer, that can only be a good thing.

It is the whiny liberal crybabies complaining about alternative therapies that are holding us back in medical science.

There are certain people in the world who will tell you that cancer is terrible and impossible to cure without hundreds of thousands of dollars of state of the art medical care. I am here to tell you that this is false. Curing cancer is trivial. One does not need to consult an industry which profiteers off the backs of the dying. One merely needs to consult nature, which has already provided everything we need for our survival.

you're certainly allowed to change your opinions over time (as we all do), but it's nonsense to pretend that your former viewpoint is "made up entirely."

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: March 19, 2020, 10:33:12 PM »
It pointlessly muddies any discussion.

unlike arguing over whether or not UBI is "socialism" or "welfare," right?

breaking news: the #1 global exporter of vitamin C says that vitamin C cures diseases! color me shocked. i certainly can't think of a single conceivable reason to be skeptical of these claims.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Bernie 2020
« on: March 03, 2020, 05:47:20 PM »
the actual quote is:

“One aspect, what is going on in Nicaragua and again, what has to be understood is the economic problems of Nicaragua are not unique in Central America or in the Third World, in fact as poor as Nicaragua is, one of the nice things that I saw is that as result of government policy, direct government policy in terms of the distribution of food people are not hungry by in by and large. I think it’s fair to say. You know, it’s funny, sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is, that people are lining up for food. That is a good thing! In other countries people don’t line up for food: the rich get the food and the poor starve to death. In Nicaragua people are not starving to death.”

not that this will change the mind of anyone who unironically believes that bernie sanders wants people to go hungry.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Bernie 2020
« on: February 16, 2020, 08:59:26 PM »
You can thank government involvement in healthcare for your current predicament.

indeed.  the government's involvement in securing profits for the health insurance industry should cease immediately.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Bernie 2020
« on: February 16, 2020, 06:12:06 PM »
let's definitely keep the current system wherein i pay a shitload of money every month for health insurance but still can't afford to actually go see a doctor.  i'm literally just sending money to an insurance company every week so that if i ever get cancer i can get just enough treatment to go bankrupt before i die.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Official Sports Thread
« on: February 01, 2020, 02:40:27 PM »
lol i meant feb 3rd, IFIOT

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Official Sports Thread
« on: February 01, 2020, 03:57:21 AM »
a super bowl wager between gary and juner:

the winner will select a tfes forum avatar for the loser.  the loser will display the winner's chosen avatar for 69 days (beginning jan 3rd).

let it be known.  also go chefs.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: January 30, 2020, 03:25:00 PM »
Did you see Pam Bondi's presentation on the Bidens?

i quit around the 15-minute mark.  i was hoping for some actual evidence of...anything.  but apparently she's just going to spend 30 minutes saying "hunter biden was on the board at burisma."  i knew that already.

i most enjoyed hearing her open by saying that the democrats must prove that the bidens are not doing anything illegal.  priceless.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Official Sports Thread
« on: January 27, 2020, 03:13:03 PM »
rip in pieces, kobe.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: January 24, 2020, 03:25:45 AM »
just watched the first episode of star trek: picard, and it was significantly better than i thought it would be.

20 years after the events of nemesis, picard lives in france, hangs out getting drunk with his dog, and writes a bunch of idiot history books.  he also has some romulan slaves in charge of running his plantation vineyard.  the romulan sun went supernova in 2009 and killed a bunch of dumb romulans, and picard tried to get the federation to save the population.  but apparently the federation is all MAGA now and hates immigrants, so picard quit star fleet.  he kept the slaves, though.  also the new United Federation of Fascists is super racist against androids now.  they're illegal.

my main beef with e01 was the pacing.  i think this should've been two episodes.  the plot picks up when some stranger shows up at picard's plantation and starts ranting about killing a bunch of people, and picard is just like "yes okay this is all making sense, please come inside."  the whole thing just moved way too fast.  take and episode to set the stage and build some plausible foreshadowing.  and of course because the pace is so fast, they cover ground with a lot of exposition. 

but whatever, that's pretty typical of the series in general.  i can live with it.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Official Sports Thread
« on: January 19, 2020, 11:39:53 PM »

>tfw u find out they got real good fish tacos in miami

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: December 20, 2019, 02:10:09 AM »
the gop would be foaming at the mouth to impeach president hillary clinton if presented with an identical fact pattern.  and if senators pelosi and schumer went on tv talking about how they refused even the pretense of being an impartial juror, hannity would be dead right now.  he literally would've stoked out on his own show ranting about the sanctity of constitutional oaths.

edit: lol that's right.  senator pelosi.  totally exactly what she is.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Thork crows for a bit
« on: December 16, 2019, 05:13:53 AM »
haha black people are so stupid
hot take

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: December 09, 2019, 10:38:09 PM »
lol millions of gop voters actually buy this shit:

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