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  • jimmy 9:38 am on August 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Gizmodo recently ran a funny piece about some of the biggest Wikipedia “edit wars,” and it’s funny and I have opinions about half of them and everything, but the one that really got me was the one about if Tropical Storm Zeta (2005) should be included on the 2005 Hurricane Season page or the 2006 Hurricane Season page. Apparently 3254 messages back-and-forth were wasted when somebody could have just referred to the last National Hurricane Center advisory on the storm, and I quote (and I believe I thought this was so funny that I quoted it on my LiveJournal back at the time!) from 4pm January 6, 2006 Forecast Discussion (bold mine): “UNLESS ZETA SOMEHOW MAKES AN UNLIKELY MIRACLE COMEBACK…THIS IS THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER SIGNING OFF FOR 2005… FINALLY.”

    I don’t know if I’d be more concerned about those 3254 discussion posts knowing that somebody DID point this out or if somebody DIDN’T.

  • jimmy 7:45 am on August 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I recently began using Google Reader (in case you had missed my multiple tweets about that!) to try to streamline my intake and processing of news and information. This move has had mixed results. I think it’s made my ability to process pieces of information more efficient, but that has lead me to believe that I’m invincible, so I promptly loaded Google Reader with over 2 dozen feeds, a quarter of which are extremely high volume (top 5 feeds produce 125 messages per day).

    In trying to overcome this sudden flood of messages, I’ve been doing more headline skimming and less full-story reading than I used to (it’s actually pretty amazing and amusing how deep a picture of the days news I can get just from the nuances between CNN, Al Jazeera and New York Times headlines), but this too has lead to a new problem: headline-writers interpreting the news in their own ways. I mentioned this just earlier this evening but I’ve discovered another instance of it: two news stories about the same survey recently commissioned in regards to citizens feelings towards the California High Speed Rail project. Both articles gave the same exact nu8mbers from the survey, but one story was titled “High-speed rail supported by three-quarters of survey respondents” and the other “Voters: Slow Down the California High Speed Rail Project“.

    Um, yeah, slow down the presses. How is it that the citizens of California overwhelming support the project, but want it to slow down? Well, it’s actually pretty straight forward, and I think both article writers were kooky and using the numbers to their advantage.
    Here’s the survey data:
    34% “said they would like to see the rail built as quickly as possible,”
    42% “would like to see the high-speed trains built despite some concerns over cost and timing” and
    13% “solidly oppose” the project.
    I assume the remaining 11% were undecided (I was gonna make a joke about those remaining opinion-less 11%, but it’s apparently too late at night for my brain to produce such a wittyness).

    The catch, as any sane person can plainly see, is that 42%. While I guess you can technically count them as supporters despite their concerns, I find it disingenuous to lump that group with the “support with no concerns” crowd in the headline of the story, especially when the resulting number is as large as 76%. On the other hand, show me in this survey where those 42% said they had all withdrawn their support, a logic leap that the other article seems to be making in order to make the claim that “a 19 percent drop from the percentage of voters that approved Proposition 1A” had occurred. Maybe in a perfect world nobody should vote for something they don’t 100% agree with, but this is not a perfect world, our government’s are all screwed up right now and their are bound to be issues with any huge government-run project. I find it really hard to believe that every single one of the 54% of voters in 2008 who voted for HSR had no reservations about it while still giving it the go-ahead. I would have, if I lived and voted in California.

    So. The moral of the story is: beware of headline writers and always apply critical thinking to the news you read. Although maybe apply slightly less than me. Because 4 paragraphs at 4am about one survey in a state I don’t live in might be kind of overkill.

    Oh well.

  • jimmy 9:15 am on June 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I started writing a big long essay about this nearly 4 hours ago, all about how it wasn’t bad that we might be thinking differently, how a change in brain activity might be in response to a change in society and not the other way around. It was geeky, it was impassioned, it was well on its way to full-on rant-ness. But then I got distracted by watching Jim Parsons on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and then The Colbert Report and then Super Late Fun Time. I don’t know what that proves, but I think it might be something that makes me very, very annoyed.


  • jimmy 9:34 am on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I…I have become someone with physical (as in, non-computer) to-do lists. They, oddly enough, mostly include things that I need to do on the computer, but I somehow find it easier to manage a list on a little white notecard rather than on the computer (even though I spend 9+ hours a day on my computer). This is strange for a couple of reasons:
    1) I have never, ever used a to-do list. I thought they were at best kinda useless for me and at worst a complete and utter abomination to be killed at all costs;
    2) I always assumed that should I find the need for a to-do list, I would naturally put it on the computer as I’m a big “tech guy” and love, love, love computers.

    Obviously my seeming hatred for to-do lists has waned a bit, and my desire to digitize them has similarly lessened. I have no idea how long this sudden ([deadpan]and slightly disturbing[/deadpan]) change in my character will last, but for now I’m enjoying my little daily notecard of tasks.

  • jimmy 7:42 am on May 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I love how a big argument against trains is that of the so-called “last mile problem,” meaning the problem of just being dumped somewhere with no way to get around (whereas when you drive, you’ve got your car with you, obviously). It’s a valid point, but what amuses (and saddens) me is that flying has THIS EXACT SAME PROBLEM and nobody has argued it for a century. They went about solving it. Duh.

  • jimmy 7:55 am on May 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    In which I seriously geek about WoW.

    File this one under “things that amuse Jimmy, [WoW] Dungeon Finder Edition”: in my 110-day quest to earn Tier 9 armor without doing any raiding (seriously, who wants to deal with guilds with weekly schedules and everything? *wink*) I’ve been doing a daily random dungeon for the last week or so. Tonight I did The Nexus (I’m getting pretty familiar with that one, but at least it’s better than Utgarde Keep, the other one I get a lot from the random dungeon finder) with no less than four healers.

    I’ve found healers to be quite possibly the most entertaining people in PUGs (Pick Up Groups) for whatever reason. A few weeks ago I was in a Random Dungeon group where the healer turned wipes (where we all die, usually the healers fault…or at least potentially preventable by the healer) into a drinking game…needless to say, we didn’t finish the dungeon. But the healers tonight I don’t think I’ll soon forget, here’s the list:
    1. our first healer was pretty good, he healed us, none of us died, we were all happy until after the second or third trash pull, when he rolled “need” on an item and then promptly left. I guess mission accomplished on his part (he got what he came for in only a few minutes), but as our tank put it: “dam healz”. Even if you’re doing the dungeon just to get that one item, it’s only a half hour run and it’s pretty rude to just leave. Also, I wasted a soulstone on him.
    2. second healer joined us and was also pretty good. Everything was going well until he suddenly got disconnected. OK, it happens. Vote kick, get new healer. A few minutes waiting, at least I didn’t waste a soulstone because it hadn’t even cooled down yet (meaning this was the second healer we’d lost in 15 minutes, and before we even got to the first boss).
    3. third healer joins, heals us for a trash pull or two and then says he hopes his healing is OK because he’s high. We kinda ignore it because, well, his healing was OK. Not so for the boss, though, and we wipe (memo to kids: taking drugs makes you a bad healer…who knew?). Before we can recover, the [high] healer and one DPS (a really GOOD DPS, who’d done 48% of total damage thus far) leave us.
    4. healer number four joins us and is a really good pally healer. Unfortunately apparently this leads to boredom and he tried to do some DPS on the side. This lead to me (#2 damage doer after the tank at this point) suddenly being attacked from all sides because the healer had let the tank die and I was suddenly the biggest threat (Rain of Fire has that effect, I guess). Healer started healing again after the tank and two DPS had died and he managed to keep the last DPS standing for a good 30 seconds, but there’s a reason you need five people to do dungeons (hint: it’s not because we like to hang out). OK, we wipe again. Healer apologizes and promises to focus on just healing from this point forward (what a thought!) and I’m happy to say that the last two bosses were a breeze.

    Yeah, so, that’s my gaming funny of the day. Mad props to you if you actually followed all that.

  • jimmy 7:59 am on May 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    4am Monday of final exams week, and there are (still) a dozen students (and one professor) in the digital media labs, as well as EVERY SINGLE computer running animation renders, not to mention the render farm (which renders animations 20 times faster than an individual lab machine) having enough jobs queued up to keep it running for the next few days.

    Some people write papers and cram for exams. I submit to you that my major is far more exciting.

  • jimmy 6:02 am on February 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I’ve never really wanted to play on a [World of Warcraft] PvP server before (focusing on leveling to 80 on a PvE before I “branch out” to things like fulltime PvP), but tonight I ran into an undead ‘lock killing gryphons in the Hinterlands and I dearly wanted to smack him for it. Actually I wanted to see if I had the mettle to take on another warlock only a level below me. Actually I wanted to do BOTH. Plus suck all the life and mana out of him. OK, I’m shutting up now.

  • jimmy 5:37 am on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Took out the trash, did a load of laundry, played (and won) Arathi Basin, watched some figure skating, had a snack and now I’m gonna watch 30 Rock and try to be in bed not much after 1am. The catch? That’s all since 9pm, and I’m normally a huge nightowl (1am may be late for some people, but not me…). What’s happening to me?? :)

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