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12:00 AM
Okay - I'll try and make a coherant question and will post it shortly.
 
I don't know what the relationship would be called.
 
What's with the beard metaphor anyway?
 
All I can think of is "beard" and "fag hag."
A false beard as a disguise, I think.
To appear more manly.
 
Ah. Mkay...
Sounds like most solid folk etymology to me :P
 
:For the more general concept, see Mixed marriage A mixed-orientation marriage is a marriage in which one of the partners is heterosexual and the other is bisexual or homosexual. Motivations Some cite spiritual reasons for getting married. One married homosexual man said his "spiritual identity" had always been "marriage and family." The New York Times reported "On the whole these are not marriages of convenience or cynical efforts to create cover. Gay and bisexual men continue to marry for complex reasons, many impelled not only by discrimination, but also by wishful thinking, th...
 
12:04 AM
Looks like it's not uncommon then, just not sure if there's a proper term for it
Ah. Lavender marriage. There we go.
 
A lavender marriage is a type of male-female marriage of convenience in which the couple are not both heterosexual and conceal the homosexual or bisexual orientation of one or both spouses. In gay slang, a heterosexual wife in a lavender marriage is referred to as a "beard". History Although there have been a number of prominent lavender marriages in history, the phrase itself came into colloquial use during the 1920s, when the imposition of morality clauses into the contracts of Hollywood actors caused some closeted stars to enter into marriages of convenience to protect their public repu...
 
Awww. So gen-ref, after all.
 
Front marriage, as well.
 
12:07 AM
Wikipedia probably has articles on articles it doesn't have.
 
Doesn't it?
Apparently and shockingly, I am in a "mixed marriage."
I never thought I was labelable.
 
You can label anything at zombo.com. Anything at all!
 
@RegDwightѬſ道 shudder
 
You can do anything at zombo.com.
Welcome.
 
Where the infinite is possible, the unattainable — unknown.
And WELCUM!
Well sweeties, Ima have me some sleep.
Night all!
Over and out.
 
12:23 AM
@RegDwightѬſ道 Night!
 
@RegDwightѬſ道 I think it means "hard" too, at least sometimes. As in mein sauer verdientes Brot &c.
1 hour ago, by Robusto
Subject doesn't understand random jokes.
It's funny how often people won't take "random" for an answer.
 
12:49 AM
@RegDwightѬſ道 Wowww is this your new tablet?
Looks very modern, what with the big non-touch screen!
 
user19161
Is a tablet a small table?
 
Hello.
 
@WillHunting Yes.
 
@WillHunting faaaaaaacepalm
 
Hello.
 
user19161
12:50 AM
There was another Bob yesterday.
 
I know, I was confused for a moment.
 
Did you kill him?
 
user19161
He came in with Bob Marley while the python was here.
 
He left, I must have scared him off.
 
Good.
 
12:51 AM
There can only be one Bob.
 
user19161
That is me, I have been called Spongebob.
 
The Builder?
 
In the end, there can be only one.
 
No, just plain Bob.
Sometimes Marley.
 
Hey, it seems your icon is updating without my refreshing the page!
Ah.
Yes.
 
12:52 AM
I like your avatar, @Will.
 
user19161
I have magic.
 
Oh, it's nice.
 
user19161
I did not make it myself. It is just some LaTeX code from the manual.
 
Better than most of your other ones.
Keep it.
 
Oh, @Kit — I accidentally used my shout on the Jarl of Whiterun and now everyone hates me :(
 
user19161
12:52 AM
It is from the family of packages called PSTricks.
 
The blue one was better than the laughing movie stars too.
 
@Mahnax Oops.
He's a prick anyway.
Not to mention Ulfric.
 
@KitFox Yeah. Is there any way to undo this nonsense?
 
That guy is a jackass.
 
Can I give them cake or something?
 
12:53 AM
Raise him from the dead?
 
user19161
@Mahnax What are you talking about?
 
Did you pay your bounty?
 
@WillHunting Skyrim.
@KitFox That's the thing. They haven't even attempted communication.
 
Reload?
 
They just attack me on sight until I die or run away.
@KitFox Did.
 
12:54 AM
You don't have a save from before that?
 
Hey wait, you got Skyrim? Congrats!
 
It autosaves like every ten minutes.
 
user19161
Is there free skyrim online?
 
@KitFox Overwrote it.
@Cerberus Borrowing for now.
 
So your Aryan overlords found mercy in their hearts.
Ahh.
I see.
 
user19161
12:56 AM
I was thinking of playing some free online game. Any recommendations?
 
WMT!
 
Tyrant?
Kongai?
What genre are you looking for?
 
user19161
Any good dating games? Hehe.
 
How complex should it be?
 
My friend plays Tyrant way more than me.
 
12:56 AM
Dating is always a game.
 
I've considered making him the faction leader.
He has way too much free time and no SE addiction.
 
Did you bring it to his attention?
 
No.
He seems content.
 
Ah.
 
user19161
I like House of the Dead in the arcade.
 
12:57 AM
I didn't know it was so widespread.
 
*rebooted
 
I am more knowledgable than he, though. Tyrant-wise, that is.
 
So, no autosaves?
 
@KitFox It's happened on two separate days.
Nope, sorry.
 
Of course you are surrounded by your local Yodae here.
 
12:58 AM
Yes, haha.
 
@Mahnax Can you yield?
 
@KitFox What mean'st thou?
 
I meant that I rebooted. That's why it took me a minute.
 
user19161
@Mahnax Now we are using Old English?
 
When someone attacks you, sometimes you can yield.
You block and speak, I think.
 
user19161
12:59 AM
I reboobed. Hehe.
 
@WillHunting Sure.
@KitFox Hm, I shall try that.
 
So what's that, maybe square then x?
 
Perhaps.
 
Otherwise, a calming spell, or find some village where the guards won't attack you and try to pay your bounty.
And finally, start over.
 
Pay my bounty? Ayeh. How?
 
1:00 AM
Or play for ages, and see if they forget about it.
 
Heh, considered that.
The greybeards don't hate me, maybe I will live with them forever.
 
@Mahnax If you can get a guard who doesn't attack you, talk to him, and you should be able to offer to pay your bounty.
 
Huh, okay.
The people at the town at the bottom of the mountain on which the Greybeards reside didn't hate me either.
 
Waiting might work too.
They might be less bloodthirsty in a few hours.
 
user19161
Everyone enjoy the presents!
 
1:04 AM
This happened yesterday with the same results today, but once I have access to the PS3 again, I will try talking to a guard.
@WillHunting Sly.
 
user19161
@Mahnax I thought you mean the school guard did not let you bring in your ps3.
 
But thanks!
 
I mean in game time, though.
 
Oh.
I played for an hour or so earlier.
 
Hmm.
Anyway, just make sure the guard is from the proper Hold.
 
1:05 AM
Okay.
 
If that doesn't work, maybe just stay out of Whiterun until your learn your calming shout.
 
Riversidians hate me too.
Oh well.
 
Dude, you can't just go around shouting at people.
:P
 
Accident!
 
@Kit I have a better idea, you could skip straight to the Notes and References (p309 of the PDF). Actually, I'd be interested in hearing your opinion as a neuroscientist whether Peter Watts made any blatant errors there in 2006 or something.
 
1:07 AM
Only happened once.
 
Oh, and the next HP:MoR update is due in 1 hour.
 
@Vitaly OK. It's a deal.
@Vitaly I know. I have been trying not to think about it.
 
@KitFox You are welcome!
 
I have bitten my fingernails to the quick.
Haha. Thanks for the citation, but I already knew about the references.
You had mentioned his research, so I looked to see where he included it.
 
> A Russian guy called Yarbus was the first to figure out the whole saccadal glitch in Human vision, back in the nineteen sixties.
 
1:11 AM
Haha.
I'm not sure I will understand "glitch" without context.
I am disheartened to hear that the hemispherectomy was only twenty years in the future. When is the actual setting?
 
2080s?
 
And we can send people out to the Kuiper belt?
 
@KitFox Yeah, that took years. I don't know how to explain that without spoilers.
 
OK.
satisfied
 
But I suppose I could mention that they used something similar to something mentioned in one of the TED talks (and the book predates the TED talk).
 
1:15 AM
> cannibalism carries with it a high risk of prionic infection
That's a nice touch.
@Vitaly I have only seen a few of those, and none that would be relevant.
But I will take your word on it.
I think my sister-in-law did a TED talk.
 
Creutzfeldt–Jakob?
 
@Cerberus For instance.
 
Right.
I wonder whether that could be some kind of defence mechanism?
 
Prions?
Prion diseases are incredibly interesting.
I didn't know that cannibalism had a higher risk, though.
 
Not to mention that the book and its H. sapiens vampiris predates the discovery of the Denisovans!
 
1:18 AM
It could be a useful mechanism to explain zombies.
 
Granted, the Denisovans aren't vampires, but at least that shows that there are still H. sapiens subspecies to be discovered.
 
Probably many.
 
Denisova hominins (), or Denisovans, are Paleolithic-Era members of the genus Homo that may belong to a previously unknown species of human. In , scientists announced the discovery of a finger bone fragment of a juvenile female that lived about 41,000 years ago, found in Denisova Cave in Altai Krai, Russia, a region also inhabited at about the same time by Neanderthals and perhaps modern humans. A tooth and toe bone belonging to different members of the same population have since been found. Analysis of the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) of the finger bone showed it to be distinct from the mtD...
 
I am so sorry.
 
I am a bit confused how he figured there could be that much species divergence in a mere 500,000 years.
 
1:20 AM
@KitFox Higher than what?
 
Than non-cannibals.
 
Right.
So why were you surprised, if you know of C-J?
 
> Virtually all of these adaptations are cascade effects that— while resulting from a variety of proximate causes— can ultimately be traced back to a paracentric inversion mutation on the Xq21.3 block of the X-chromosome
 
@Cerberus Because I didn't think most cannibals ate brains.
 
@KitFox If there's only a few genes coding for that kind of divergence, why not.
 
1:22 AM
@KitFox Ah, OK.
 
@Vitaly How is that possible though?
 
Well, aren't other parts of the body also dangerous, like bone marrow?
 
It depends.
With CJD, I don't think so. The protein is concentrated in the brain.
 
@KitFox Well, mutations happen. And cannibalism wasn't uncommon back then. Heck, modern chimpanzees still eat their conspecifics.
 
As I recall.
 
1:23 AM
We dissected hearts today.
 
@Vitaly Maybe I should finish reading...
@Mahnax Which kind?
 
@KitFox Porcine.
 
Oh! Very similar to human then.
 
Yes.
Almost exactly the same size.
I put an aorta on my finger.
 
Sweet.
 
1:26 AM
I have a picture.
I nicely butterflied the thing after the main dissection was done.
 
Hmm. I am deeply suspicious of the "vampires lost the ability to make a certain kind of structural protein, so that had to get it from their diet." Strikes me as inconsistent with how metabolism works.
And while the Crucifix Glitch is cute, it seems entirely implausible to me.
 
Wow.
Aorta ring.
 
Beautemous.
 
Yes.
One more pic, if it'll upload.
 
1:37 AM
Ewww.
> I chose to answer the OP, regardless of the other answers, which were too long.
 
I sympathize with this, but...
 
There's the heart.
 
Libet, B. 1993. I cited this in my original dissertation.
 
Opened up all nice and pretty.
 
1:38 AM
Not bad. You could be a vet surgeon, anyway.
 
Ahaha, thanks.
I now understand the term heartstrings.
Chordae tendonae.
 
Aww. Our boy is all grown up.
 
There was actually another person in the first photo, but I cut her out because I can't post pics of others on the internet.
She had an aorta-ring too.
 
What the...? (to Angry Birds, not Vit's vid)
@Vitaly Haha, cool.
 
1:43 AM
5 mins ago, by KitFox
Libet, B. 1993. I cited this in my original dissertation.
That was for you.
 
@KitFox Awww.
 
Have you read it?
I think Libet was the one who posited that "consciousness" occurs about 500ms after action.
Or was it stimulation? Hmm. I can't quite remember.
 
Well, I think there are nice summaries out there already, so no need to read the original papers unless you are a historian. :P
 
Except that people reacted to a stimulus in a "voluntary" fashion well before they could ever have actually perceived it consciously.
@Vitaly shocked
How can you understand how everyone has misinterpreted it if you don't read the original?
 
Okay, I'm going to go be Canadian for a little while.
Bye!
 
1:46 AM
Besides, it wasn't that old when I cited it.
 
There are waaaay too many papers and results now for academic summaries like handbooks and encyclopædias to misinterpret them.
And there are way too many papers by Libet et all too. Cited in Handbook in Psychology: “Libet and colleagues (Libet, 1985, 1993; Libet, Alberts, & Wright, 1967; Libet et al., 1964) found that changes in EEG potentials recorded from the frontal cortex began 200 ms to 500 ms before” blahblah
 
Hahaha.
 
Plus Libet himself has changed his opinion from consciousness-as-epiphenomenon (the 80s) to consciousness-as-middleman (1999 IIRC).
 
Quit raining on my parade.
My dissertation was genius!
I just can't really remember it now.
It's probably around here somewhere...
 
I am sure of that!
 
1:51 AM
Intralaminar nuclei. That's the critical waypoint for consciousness.
I think.
Sweet. I dig that he asserts that DNA is not the only thing to base evolution on.
 
Well, isn't he right? There's epigenetics. Or something.
Oh. Never mind. I see you are talking about the Scramblers.
 
There are scads of scientists out there who still dig in their heels when you bring up prions.
 
@KitFox you are talking about trained labradoodles
 
I am not sure I agree with this interpretation:
> the nonconscious mind usually works so well on its own that it actually employs a gatekeeper in the anterious cingulate cortex to do nothing but prevent the conscious self from interfering in daily operations
 
Chapter 80 is online.
> The next update will occur on Tuesday, March 27th, at 7PM Pacific Time.
Yay! Fewer waiting this time!
 
2:03 AM
Two fewer.
> I'm still not entirely sure why they remove the hemisphere; why not just split the corpus callosum, if all you're trying to do is prevent a feedback loop between halves?
What, what?
They don't remove the hemisphere!
 
Yes they do, as in radical hemispherectomy
The splitting is done in functional hemispherectomy
 
I have never heard of complete removal as therapeutic.
What an idiotic thing to do.
Hemiplegia? Aphasia?
How could people even think that was a good idea?
 
Don't make me link to Wikipedia.
Hemispherectomy is a very rare surgical procedure where one cerebral hemisphere (half of the brain) is removed or disabled. This procedure is used to treat a variety of seizure disorders where the source of the epilepsy is localized to a broad area of a single hemisphere of the brain, among other disorders. It is solely reserved for extreme cases in which the seizures have not responded to medications and other less invasive surgeries. Hemispherectomy is considered the most invasive surgical operation in use today, although not the most dangerous. History and changes Hemispherectomy w...
 
Oh stop it.
 
> however the traditional "anatomic" hemispherectomy has remained a viable procedure, due to its superiority in preventing future seizures compared with functional hemispherectomy.
 
2:07 AM
Anyway, it's bed for me. Catch up with you tomorrow.
 
Night! Sleep tight.
 
2:54 AM
In order to prevent the seizures, one could also just kill the person.
 
3:09 AM
Oh no, I am cursed!
I've earned the SWR badge.
5
 
3:32 AM
Oh dear.
 
4:21 AM
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Q: How do I ask this as a question in english?

Ranhiru CoorayJohn is the 20th president of a country. How do I ask it as a question ? Which position does John hold in the list of presidents ? That doesn't sound right, does it? Similarly, Jimmy is the 4th born child in his family. How do I ask it as a question so the answer would be "Jimmy is the 4th bo...

I notice that the dupe doesn’t have an answer suggesting the form “What number president is Barack Obama?”
Where should I answer if I want to bother?
Eh, I give up.
 
 
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5:28 AM
@KitFox Maybe someone who believes Mark 9:43
 
6:00 AM
@JonPurdy Answer the one that isn't closed. Anything else is impossible.
 
 
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7:20 AM
@JonPurdy This is a common phenomenon: when one does not know what to do, one gives up.
 
user19161
@DavidWallace This is a good observation. I sometimes feel that the older question should be closed as the newer one is better written.
 
user19161
@Cerberus I can't believe that got two stars!
 
Maybe the older question could be re-written, to more closely resemble the newer question.
 
user19161
@DavidWallace But then it already has answers which would look foolish if it were rewritten, and the newer question covers more ground than it, and has possibly received an answer that covers more ground than the old answers, and a merge would look foolish too.
 
It would be good if there were a way to do a merge, that makes it clear that it's a merge.
 
user19161
7:24 AM
In such a case one could argue not to close either question but that might look foolish too as the two might be so related.
 
Yes, once questions had been merged, they'd have to either be all open or all closed.
The question page could list all the questions, then all the answers.
I wonder how long the page for "when should I use A, and when should I use AN" would be!
 
 
4 hours later…
11:43 AM
Holla.
Must needs coffeeing.
 
Hello
 
have region, will hilite for cash
 
Hello. What is the shape of your hormonal landscape today, @Kit?
 
@Vitaly you have the strangest pickup lines
 
Also, don't read this chapter. Wait till the whole arc is posted. It's torturous. Every single one of them ends in a cliffhanger.
 
11:49 AM
@Cerberus i hope you feel an appropriate sense of shame over your new badge
 
Hides head in shame at Vitaly.
It's an interesting metaphor, though.
 
@Vitaly Quite randy, thank you. I had a sexy dream this morning for the first time in months.
 
@Cerberus: What is the SWR badge?
 
@KitFox Do tell!
 
11:55 AM
Oooh.
There is no shame in that.
 
lol
 
@DavidWallace Not much to tell. My husband was Peter Parker, we met with one of our town councilors who was inexplicably working at the company where I consult regularly, then my husband (as Peter Parker) and I were making out in the bedroom I had as a child while my parents were gone.
I should tell Charlie that he was in my crazy dream. It's like he's famous!
 
Cool! Did you do the whole upside-down thing? I wish I had dreams like that. Maybe not starring Peter Parker though.
 
11:58 AM
No.
He was still my husband too. Not really Peter Parker at all. I'm not sure where that notion came from.
Maybe I was casting him as superheroic.
 
maybe he looked like Peter Parker
 
Were you bitten by a radioactive comic book shortly before going to bed?
 
Superheroic in disguise.
 
Maybe he is superheroic. Does he look like Peter Parker?
 
He doesn't look like any Peter Parker I've ever seen.
And I was not reading comics before bed. I was chatting with Vitaly about neuroscience.
 

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