What's the coolest thing you've learned today?

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Poll: What's the coolest thing you've learned today? (24 member(s) have cast votes)

How often do you learn cool things?

  1. Hourly (11 votes [45.83%])

    Percentage of vote: 45.83%

  2. Daily (4 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

  3. several times a week (6 votes [25.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 25.00%

  4. once a week or less (2 votes [8.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

  5. more than once a month (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. once a month or less (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. once a year or less (1 votes [4.17%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.17%

What kind of cool things do you pay attention to and learn from?

  1. Biology/evolution/medcine (13 votes [9.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.22%

  2. Physics/materials science (14 votes [9.93%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.93%

  3. Astronomy/Cosmology (10 votes [7.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.09%

  4. Sociology/society/culture (10 votes [7.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.09%

  5. Economics/motivation/ecology/capitalism (6 votes [4.26%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.26%

  6. natural history/geology (7 votes [4.96%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.96%

  7. human history (please specify area/culture/time period) (8 votes [5.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.67%

  8. computer science (low level/circuit design/embedded systems) (12 votes [8.51%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.51%

  9. computer science (high level languages/web design) (19 votes [13.48%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.48%

  10. linguistics, art, music, poetry, performance or composition (12 votes [8.51%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.51%

  11. Chemistry (8 votes [5.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.67%

  12. neurology/psychology/study of the mind (12 votes [8.51%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.51%

  13. other (10 votes [7.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.09%

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#16 Nykc  Icon User is offline

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Re: What's the coolest thing you've learned today?

Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:44 AM


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Posted 19 March 2012 - 10:58 AM

"hourly" is winning by a landslide

wonder if that's a sign of our intelligence and desire to learn

OR

if that's a sign of how little we know that with out trying we learn something ever hour
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 11:08 AM

I learned that the GParted liveCD has a lot more on it than GParted.

Also, there are lost souls that had out-of-body experiences and lost their body to another, older lost soul.

...Do not try lucid dreaming unless you've got a priest next to your bed.
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Re: What's the coolest thing you've learned today?

Posted 19 March 2012 - 11:13 AM

View PostOLH064, on 19 March 2012 - 01:08 PM, said:

...Do not try lucid dreaming unless you've got a priest next to your bed.


I don't want to know why you've got a priest in your bedroom. I really, really don't.

Ick.
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 11:41 AM

View Postjon.kiparsky, on 19 March 2012 - 01:13 PM, said:

I don't want to know why you've got a priest in your bedroom. I really, really don't.

Ick.

Don't worry, he's protestant and I only hire him on Mondays.
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Re: What's the coolest thing you've learned today?

Posted 20 March 2012 - 09:15 AM

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Also, there are lost souls that had out-of-body experiences and lost their body to another, older lost soul.


I don't even know who used to be in this meat puppet I found.
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Re: What's the coolest thing you've learned today?

Posted 20 March 2012 - 09:28 AM

It's kind of interesting to see the poll on what people study or pay attention to- there seems to be a correlation between high-language programming, linguistics, psychology, physics, and biology (not necessarily in that order).

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 10:09 AM

where's the "i'm full of shit but i just wanted to seem smart in a poll" option that most of you should have been clicking?
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 10:21 PM

It's in the first question, actually. Right at the top. Most people clicked it!

Wanting to seem smart (or seem like you learn regularly) is part of the 'geek' requirements that are kind of inherent in being a programmer- or in having any really technical job. If you clicked it, don't be ashamed or embarrassed, I'm not trying to so the "neener, you're all idiots!" thing, because that's not the case, I know for a fact that some very smart people that I respect (for what that's worth) have clicked the 'hourly' option. The reality of the situation, however, is that- unless you have a medical condition where you don't sleep, and that condition still somehow lets you work constantly, or else are on cocaine or methamphetamine - you aren't learning hourly because you're sleeping for at least a couple of the hours you would need to be reading, studying, or reviewing facts during.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 06:40 AM

lol


I quit the cocaine... I was learning too much that other stuff was falling out of my head; primarily my spelling and grammar, and the names of my girlfriends.
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Re: What's the coolest thing you've learned today?

Posted 21 March 2012 - 07:33 AM

.... Shut up Chos.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 07:38 AM

What have I learned today? I learned that Choscura is a fucktard. That's what I learned today. Well, this hour.... we'll see what happens next hour.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:18 AM

I just learned what "fucktard" means.

Well, that's not entirely true as I had kind of a notion to the personality qualities it addresses. I guess I should say I half learned something...which is pretty much the way I learn anything at all.
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Re: What's the coolest thing you've learned today?

Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:29 AM

So... if I learn 1.33 things each hour and I sleep for 6 hours, it still averages out to 1 item learned for each hour passed. I feel this qualifies as hourly learning, regardless of sleep or lack thereof.
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Re: What's the coolest thing you've learned today?

Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:35 AM

I learned that B9 owns a calculator and doesn't get enough sleep.

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So now that's 3 things I've learned in less than an hour. If I wanted to claim I learn something per hour, I could totally slack off for the next 2 hours...which introduces a remarkable coincidence I won't bother mentioning.
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