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by Mr. G
2020-02-18 05:59pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: So what did I miss in the last JESUS CHRIST SEVEN YEARS
Replies: 87
Views: 41389

Re: So what did I miss in the last JESUS CHRIST SEVEN YEARS

His Divine Shadow wrote:
2019-11-12 07:33am
The last Star Wars movie I watched was revenge of the sith. After that I just felt completely drained of any star wars interest and it has never come back.
Well, it was the last actual "Star Wars movie" anyway. :D In the sense of being part of the story Lucas started with ANH.
by Mr. G
2020-02-18 05:50pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: What films have you watched this decade
Replies: 5
Views: 4723

Re: What films have you watched this decade

I think I watched about 400-500 movies from the 2010s, but that is including some short films (like the masterpiece that is less than 30 minutes long Little Witch Academia short film). It is hard for me to rate the best movie of each year but we had a lot of good movies but fewer masterpieces if com...
by Mr. G
2019-06-15 05:22pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Bill Gates Gave Away The Entire Amount of His Net Worth As of The Giving Pledge and Is Still Worth Double
Replies: 24
Views: 10105

Re: Bill Gates Gave Away The Entire Amount of His Net Worth As of The Giving Pledge and Is Still Worth Double

As long as you do not spend the money on consumption goods you are investing it. Smart investment in capital assets improves the quality of capital allocation and raises overall productivity of the economy. It's true the assets are under his name, but since he is not spending the assets they are bei...
by Mr. G
2019-06-15 05:08pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Live-Action Akira adaptation coming 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 4509

Re: Live-Action Akira adaptation coming 2021

LadyTevar wrote:
2019-05-25 12:57pm
STOP PUTTING MOVIES AND TV IN OFF-TOPIC!!
Moved to Fantasy where it belongs!
I would think Akira is science fiction? I mean science fiction if full of settings of people with psych powers, so I don't think of it automatically as fantasy.
by Mr. G
2019-06-15 05:03pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: SUPERTHREAD: 2020 United States Elections
Replies: 1861
Views: 208245

Re: SUPERTHREAD: 2020 United States Elections

I wouldn't go so far as to say that Biden is Trump-lite. But that's where the strategy you're proposing would ultimately take us, in my view. Trump is an anti-stablishment postmodern populist. Biden is a stablishment old school liberal. Biden is pretty much the anti-Trump. Other democrat candidates...
by Mr. G
2019-06-14 01:43am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: SUPERTHREAD: 2020 United States Elections
Replies: 1861
Views: 208245

Re: SUPERTHREAD: 2020 United States Elections

This is basically the traditional Centrist Democrat "wisdom"- the moderate will always win, experience is more important than principles, never do anything bold, the only votes that matter are a relatively small group of mostly white independents, the key to winning is to be in the Center Right (wh...
by Mr. G
2019-06-14 01:24am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Let's talk about the Terrans (Starcraft)
Replies: 15
Views: 8821

Re: Let's talk about the Terrans (Starcraft)

Perhaps the UED developed long-range scans? If psionics isn't a Koprulu-only phenomenon maybe the UED has some psi-corps of Cleos and Minority Reporters doing recon-seances to determine what's up. Maybe the Confederacy and even proto-Confed/pre-modern-K-Sector-polities actually built these arrays t...
by Mr. G
2019-06-14 01:11am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Anyone watched Netflix's Godzilla? Spoilers, part 2
Replies: 13
Views: 11234

Re: Anyone watched Netflix's Godzilla? Spoilers, part 2

I though the trilogy was pretty fun. It was written by Urobuchi who likes that kind of heavy handed philosophical approach to fiction: it is uncompromising in its lack of ambiguity, almost as if he where writing a technical manual instead of a movie series. While I don't think the last movie made a ...
by Mr. G
2019-06-14 12:50am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: SUPERTHREAD: 2020 United States Elections
Replies: 1861
Views: 208245

Re: SUPERTHREAD: 2020 United States Elections

Among the current favorites for the nomination I think that only Biden has high chance of beating Trump. Others are either too radical or lack the political skills or the charisma to beat Trump in debates from the perspective of the average voter. You need an old school politician with experience to...
by Mr. G
2019-06-13 10:33pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: The Uninhabitable Earth
Replies: 14
Views: 7002

Re: The Uninhabitable Earth

I very much doubt that even extreme climate change will wipe out the human race. We're too widespread and too adaptable, and generalists tend to be the ones that survive mass extinctions. I do believe it could devastate our numbers - if everything between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capr...
by Mr. G
2015-03-17 01:02am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Expelled from Paradise (movie)
Replies: 13
Views: 2410

Re: Expelled from Paradise (movie)

Besides, has the question of preserving continuity of conscience while transferring from "vessel" to "vessel" has been seriously considered by anybody?
by Mr. G
2015-03-16 09:51pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Expelled from Paradise (movie)
Replies: 13
Views: 2410

Re: Expelled from Paradise (movie)

"They are still born as babies then their minds are supposedly "digitized" at the age of 60 days" The human mind is not developed fully until, what, the early to late teens? What is the point of even conceiving the babies and bringing them to term? Is it that the computer needs the genetic makeup o...
by Mr. G
2015-03-04 11:58pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Data fights a Grizzly Bear
Replies: 30
Views: 4491

Re: Data fights a Grizzly Bear

The anvil lifting scene shows a lot more than just lifting strength for data. His hands and fingers have to be strong enough not to lose his grip. His back and legs as well. That's general toughness since even a professional weight lifter would have to worry about permanently damaging his back (at ...
by Mr. G
2015-03-04 11:24pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Expelled from Paradise (movie)
Replies: 13
Views: 2410

Expelled from Paradise (movie)

The wiki page for the movie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expelled_from_Paradise I watched this science fiction movie recently because it's script was written by Urobuchi (yes, that was the only reason), but it's very different from his other work (though that perhaps means that he did not have that...
by Mr. G
2015-02-22 05:07pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Confirmed: Blomkamp to direct Alien sequel.
Replies: 40
Views: 4513

Re: Confirmed: Blomkamp to direct Alien sequel.

Ironically, Elysium basically had the same plot as the anime Battle Angel Alita - you have your ground-based society, where all the dregs live, and you have you sky-city, where all the wealthy/elite live, and who have great medical technology. That type of scenario is already a standard trope in sc...
by Mr. G
2015-02-20 11:09pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: On optimal taxes on fossil fuels to deal with global warming
Replies: 3
Views: 992

Re: On optimal taxes on fossil fuels to deal with global war

Some nice assumptions on global energy stocks used in the model: Another key parameter is the size of the oil reserve. BP (2010) reported that proven global reserves of oil amount to 181.7 gigaton. However, these figures only aggregate reserves that are economically profitable to extract at current ...
by Mr. G
2015-02-20 10:49pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: On optimal taxes on fossil fuels to deal with global warming
Replies: 3
Views: 992

On optimal taxes on fossil fuels to deal with global warming

For those interested in the handling of global warming problem there is this nice paper that came out in Econometrica in 2014: http://hassler-j.iies.su.se/PAPERS/ECTA.pdf "OPTIMAL TAXES ON FOSSIL FUEL IN GENERAL EQUILIBRIUM" We analyze a dynamic stochastic general-equilibrium (DSGE) model with an ex...
by Mr. G
2015-02-19 12:01am
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: To meet global warming objectives we must expand nuclear.
Replies: 68
Views: 7116

Re: To meet global warming objectives we must expand nuclear

That's not true, Mr. G. You cannot just pour money to get results. There are industrial development and expansion curves which in heavy industry are not nearly as elastic as they are in software tech, the existence of which has been the bane of realism for the past two decades when dealing with eco...
by Mr. G
2015-02-18 11:36pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: More conservative German tank designs in WWII (RAR!)
Replies: 66
Views: 6420

Re: More conservative German tank designs in WWII (RAR!)

And again, Normandy '43 was not about liberating all of France. It was about securing Normandy and Cherbourg. Even if the Germans pile 60 Divisions just outside the bocage it doesn't really help them - they're charging into a narrow front that's bocage defensive terrain, and as they get near the be...
by Mr. G
2015-02-18 10:34pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: More conservative German tank designs in WWII (RAR!)
Replies: 66
Views: 6420

Re: More conservative German tank designs in WWII (RAR!)

Let us say that after going into Russia the higher ups in the German military decide that what the german army needs is quantity of vehicles, as such they decide to do two things... 1: Make as many Panzer-IVs as possible and modernize them on the same lines that they did OTL to better fight T-34s 2...
by Mr. G
2015-02-16 11:37pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: RAR: Real Life or Simulated Reality?
Replies: 28
Views: 3085

Re: RAR: Real Life or Simulated Reality?

One philosophical point that people here apparently missed is that a perfectly realistic virtual reality, including perfectly realistic simulations of human beings, would involve reproducing the full complexity of human minds, among other things. It wouldn't be a "virtual reality" but just another u...
by Mr. G
2015-02-12 02:42am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Blade Runner 2 with Harrison Ford confirmed
Replies: 32
Views: 4244

Re: Blade Runner 2 with Harrison Ford confirmed

Who cares, Hollywood has been dead for a couple of decades now.
by Mr. G
2015-02-12 02:39am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: How would legendary composers react to modern music?
Replies: 23
Views: 3095

Re: How would legendary composers react to modern music?

You could always start them off with something like this— http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZuSaudKc68 —and then move on to actual modern compositions. Ease them into it, so to speak. Metal always has a certain similarity to classical music. Like classical, it takes itself seriously and is characteri...
by Mr. G
2015-02-12 02:17am
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: To meet global warming objectives we must expand nuclear.
Replies: 68
Views: 7116

Re: To meet global warming objectives we must expand nuclear

That's not true, Mr. G. You cannot just pour money to get results. There are industrial development and expansion curves which in heavy industry are not nearly as elastic as they are in software tech, the existence of which has been the bane of realism for the past two decades when dealing with eco...