teopinions:

The Democratic wave year of 2008 came from inspiring that crowd like never before; the idea of electing not just the first non-Republican President in eight years but the first African-American President ever, and one who campaigned on undoing Bush’s mistakes, getting out of Iraq, closing Guantanamo, etc. made us believe in something.

This is tangental, but I have to eyeroll at the phrase “the first non-Republican President in eight years”. How shocking that there was an 8-year Republican President between the two 8-year Democrats! Having two consecutive elected Presidents from the same party is unusual, not the reverse. The most recent time an election replaced an outgoing President with a new President from the same party was when H.W. Bush followed Reagan, and before that was when Truman followed FDR. New elections resulting in a new party in the White House only happened the other 8 out of 10 times. (Veeps replacing Presidents in the middle of their terms were excluded from this list, since those aren’t the results of elections.)

teopinions:

The Democratic wave year of 2008 came from inspiring that crowd like never before; the idea of electing not just the first non-Republican President in eight years but the first African-American President ever, and one who campaigned on undoing Bush’s mistakes, getting out of Iraq, closing Guantanamo, etc. made us believe in something.

This is tangental, but I have to eyeroll at the phrase “the first non-Republican President in eight years”. How shocking that there was an 8-year Republican President between the two 8-year Democrats! Having two consecutive elected Presidents from the same party is unusual, not the reverse. The most recent time an election replaced an outgoing President with a new President from the same party was when H.W. Bush followed Reagan, and before that was when Truman followed FDR. New elections resulting in a new party in the White House only happened the other 8 out of 10 times. (Veeps replacing Presidents in the middle of their terms were excluded from this list, since those aren’t the results of elections.)

kjorteo:

budgiebin:

jasentamiia:

cool77778:

ariyous-dusk-mod:

tacodila:

witchygirl009:

tsuwabuki:

peyelle:

Harvest moon + Animal crossing.

goat simulator + minecraft im crying

pokemon + animal crossingWell.

animal crossing new leaf and Mario kart Wii Yesssss

Pokemon + Plague Inc. Evolved. … How can I do that when Nintendo already spread Pokemon into the world?

TF2 + Payday 2

Black Mesa + Diablo III
Gordon Freeman goes to Hell

Morrowind + Stick of Truth.  So basically it’s exactly the same.

Animal Odyssey IV: Legends of the New Leaf.  Five generic blank-slate villagers of my choosing venture off and get horribly slaughtered.

Dragon City and 2048. A Facebook social puzzle game with dragon breeding/combat. I can dig it.

kjorteo:

budgiebin:

jasentamiia:

cool77778:

ariyous-dusk-mod:

tacodila:

witchygirl009:

tsuwabuki:

peyelle:

Harvest moon + Animal crossing.

goat simulator + minecraft im crying

pokemon + animal crossing

Well.

animal crossing new leaf and Mario kart Wii Yesssss

Pokemon + Plague Inc. Evolved. … How can I do that when Nintendo already spread Pokemon into the world?

TF2 + Payday 2

Black Mesa + Diablo III

Gordon Freeman goes to Hell

Morrowind + Stick of Truth. So basically it’s exactly the same.

Animal Odyssey IV: Legends of the New Leaf. Five generic blank-slate villagers of my choosing venture off and get horribly slaughtered.

Dragon City and 2048. A Facebook social puzzle game with dragon breeding/combat. I can dig it.

Trigonometry and Saint Lucia’s Flag
There’s a tiny Caribbean island nation called Saint Lucia. This beautiful image shows their flag. I was doing some computer stuff to learn how to draw the flag in absolutely perfect proportions. The blue rectangle was easy; it’s twice as wide as it is tall (w=2h). The yellow triangle matches the white triangle at the two bottom points and the top point is the very center of the flag. So the hard parts were figuring out the white triangle and the black triangle.
I found a source that said the diagonal of the white triangle was 32/36 = 8/9 as long as the flag was tall, and is 1/3rd as wide as the flag. But how tall? I split the triangle with a horizontal line through the middle, giving me two right triangles with diagonals of 8/9 h and bases of 1/6 w.
1/6 w = 1/6(2h) = 1/3 h
So, I have a right triangle with diagonal (hypotenuse) 8/9 and base 1/3.  I hereby summon the power of the Pythagorean Theorem!
a² + b² = c²
(1/3)² + b² = (8/9)²
b² = (8/9)² - (1/3)²
b = sqrt((8/9)² - (1/3)²) ≈ 0.82402205412…
So the white triangle is ≈ 82.402% as tall as the flag. It’s centered vertically, so that means there’s a (1-b)/2 ≈ 8.799…% gap above and below.
White triangle done. Now for the black triangle. The only data I’m given is that the peaks of the white and black triangles are 4/36ths (1/9) of h apart and there’s a 1.5/36ths (1/24) of h gap between their edges at the closest point (ie, perpendicular bisector of parallel lines). I need to know how far inset the black triangle’s base points are from the white triangle’s base points, so I need the measure of the horizontal bisector of those parallel lines, not the perpendicular bisector.
Okay, that was a complicated explanation. Here’s a picture to make it simpler (with numbers in 36ths of the flag’s height, ‘cause that’s what the source used).
I know the measures of two of the sides of the triangle with the base of 1.5 and a hypotenuse of 4, but I only know one edge of the red triangle. I need to use the triangle I have information about to learn some piece of information that both triangles share. The only piece of information they both share is the angle at the top, which I will call θ (theta). Remembering my trigonometry, I remember that sine equals opposite over hypotenuse. Thus:
sin θ = 1.5/4 = 0.375
θ = arcsin(0.375) remember, arcsin(sin x) = x
I could throw arcsin(0.375) into Google’s calculator and get ≈ 22.024…° or ≈ 0.384… radians at any time. It’s easier, though, to just leave it as arcsin(0.375) until I need to know the numerical value.
Okay, so I know θ = arcsin(0.375). Now, how can I use that to determine the value of x? Tangent is opposite over adjacent, so:
tan θ = x / 4
4 tan θ = x
4 tan(arcsin(0.375)) = x ≈ 1.618…
See how I never had to determine radians or degrees? Google’s calculator handled that internally, so there was no chance of accidentally confusing units. Neat, huh?
Anyway, the inputs were in 36ths of the flag’s height, so the result is, too. Dividing by 36 determines that the horizontal thickness of the white stripes are ≈ 4.495…% of the flag’s height.
And now I have a ridiculously precise graphical model of the Saint Lucia flag, thanks to high school math. If I’d refused to learn this stuff because, “When am I ever going to need this?” then I wouldn’t be able to pursue my hobby of digitally modeling national flags today. The unpopular but entirely true answer to that question is, “You’ll see if you learn it.” It’s not useless, but you’ll never see the advantages of knowing it until you learn it.

Trigonometry and Saint Lucia’s Flag

There’s a tiny Caribbean island nation called Saint Lucia. This beautiful image shows their flag. I was doing some computer stuff to learn how to draw the flag in absolutely perfect proportions. The blue rectangle was easy; it’s twice as wide as it is tall (w=2h). The yellow triangle matches the white triangle at the two bottom points and the top point is the very center of the flag. So the hard parts were figuring out the white triangle and the black triangle.

I found a source that said the diagonal of the white triangle was 32/36 = 8/9 as long as the flag was tall, and is 1/3rd as wide as the flag. But how tall? I split the triangle with a horizontal line through the middle, giving me two right triangles with diagonals of 8/9 h and bases of 1/6 w.

1/6 w = 1/6(2h) = 1/3 h

So, I have a right triangle with diagonal (hypotenuse) 8/9 and base 1/3. I hereby summon the power of the Pythagorean Theorem!

a² + b² = c²

(1/3)² + b² = (8/9)²

b² = (8/9)² - (1/3)²

b = sqrt((8/9)² - (1/3)²) ≈ 0.82402205412…

So the white triangle is ≈ 82.402% as tall as the flag. It’s centered vertically, so that means there’s a (1-b)/2 ≈ 8.799…% gap above and below.

White triangle done. Now for the black triangle. The only data I’m given is that the peaks of the white and black triangles are 4/36ths (1/9) of h apart and there’s a 1.5/36ths (1/24) of h gap between their edges at the closest point (ie, perpendicular bisector of parallel lines). I need to know how far inset the black triangle’s base points are from the white triangle’s base points, so I need the measure of the horizontal bisector of those parallel lines, not the perpendicular bisector.

Okay, that was a complicated explanation. Here’s a picture to make it simpler (with numbers in 36ths of the flag’s height, ‘cause that’s what the source used).

I know the measures of two of the sides of the triangle with the base of 1.5 and a hypotenuse of 4, but I only know one edge of the red triangle. I need to use the triangle I have information about to learn some piece of information that both triangles share. The only piece of information they both share is the angle at the top, which I will call θ (theta). Remembering my trigonometry, I remember that sine equals opposite over hypotenuse. Thus:

sin θ = 1.5/4 = 0.375

θ = arcsin(0.375) remember, arcsin(sin x) = x

I could throw arcsin(0.375) into Google’s calculator and get ≈ 22.024…° or ≈ 0.384… radians at any time. It’s easier, though, to just leave it as arcsin(0.375) until I need to know the numerical value.

Okay, so I know θ = arcsin(0.375). Now, how can I use that to determine the value of x? Tangent is opposite over adjacent, so:

tan θ = x / 4

4 tan θ = x

4 tan(arcsin(0.375)) = x ≈ 1.618…

See how I never had to determine radians or degrees? Google’s calculator handled that internally, so there was no chance of accidentally confusing units. Neat, huh?

Anyway, the inputs were in 36ths of the flag’s height, so the result is, too. Dividing by 36 determines that the horizontal thickness of the white stripes are ≈ 4.495…% of the flag’s height.

And now I have a ridiculously precise graphical model of the Saint Lucia flag, thanks to high school math. If I’d refused to learn this stuff because, “When am I ever going to need this?” then I wouldn’t be able to pursue my hobby of digitally modeling national flags today. The unpopular but entirely true answer to that question is, “You’ll see if you learn it.” It’s not useless, but you’ll never see the advantages of knowing it until you learn it.

kjorteo:

f4bulazy:

Props to my 6 year old self for calling out bullshit at an early age.

Handy guide to translating my mannerisms/catchphrases/how I talk as far as how I actually feel: polite grownup smalltalk response to “How are you?”
Okay and above: “Not too bad”
Bad: “Hanging in there”
You interrupted me as I was fantasizing about jumping off a bridge right now: “Never better”

I tend to either not answer or say, “I’m surviving.” Occasionally, when I’m feeling extra honest, i’ll say, “You don’t want to know.”

kjorteo:

f4bulazy:

Props to my 6 year old self for calling out bullshit at an early age.

Handy guide to translating my mannerisms/catchphrases/how I talk as far as how I actually feel: polite grownup smalltalk response to “How are you?”

Okay and above: “Not too bad”

Bad: “Hanging in there”

You interrupted me as I was fantasizing about jumping off a bridge right now: “Never better”

I tend to either not answer or say, “I’m surviving.” Occasionally, when I’m feeling extra honest, i’ll say, “You don’t want to know.”

kjorteo:

kjorteo:

leanonberger:

fannishminded:

harry2016:

HOLY TRINITY 

MULTIPLE people I am following are asking what these are, why we call them holy when only one has a hole. If they are made by the same company, and what is with us praising these.

I weep for you people, from other countries. WEEP.

Aussies may have Tim Tams.

EU may have Kinder and All sorts of fantastic biscuits.

USA? Has GIRL SCOUT COOKIES.

Not only are these things SINFULLY good, they are only sold for a bit over 1 month of the year, depending on region, that month of the year changes.

That middle one is Chocolate, Caramel Coconut. The left one is Peanut Butter, chocolate and sex on a stick aka crumbly cookie/biscuit.

You can eat em straight from the box, but pros? Pros eat these bad boys frozen.

And thin mints, man. that right one? THIN MINTS. You may have heard of these. Chocolate biscuit infused with mint essence coated in dark chocolate.

Yeah.

Those thin mints.

The Thin Mints for which every grown ass American on a Medical Diet cries for when they see a girlscout.

The Thin Mints with 1000 copycats, and not a one of them successful.

Girl Scouts, regularly boycotted by Fundies and Anti-choice nutters, not only taste amazing, but you get the joy of giving money to a good cause, while subtly flipping the bird at overly wound up fundie groups.

It’s like donating to Planned Parenthood and getting a box of double dark chocolate with fudge filling tim-tams especially made for them.

they’re made by Keebler :VVVVV

… You just made me go to their website and sign up for them to contact me to help arrange an order, or something.  Because sometimes in life, you just have to say, “Damn it, I am a grown adult, and I want to support a really awesome organization while also acquiring a boatload of Thin Mints.”

In case anyone thought I was kidding

I am currently eating thin mints! All hail the thin mint, king of all cookiedom!

carlboygenius:

Hemp is a Sensible, Sustainable, Highly-Industrializable Plant

We should utilize it. Hemp could solve many problems.

END PROHIBITION. It is NOT just about smoking.

Support for hemp is not all about smoking, but opposition to it is. Any aspect of hemp/marijuana/cannabis that can be clearly separated from smoking is quickly and non-controversially legalized. Here’s an example.

Does your child’s homework look different lately?

theheritagefoundation:

This may as well be titled “how to subtract in your head.” It’s not a bad or wrong way to do it, it’s just abstract rather than visual.

How to find the foci of an ellipse.

How to find the foci of an ellipse.

hato-xaq:

Both sides are worried about losing their children, but we differ on who we worry about losing them to.
My question is, who should we be more afraid of: criminals, or our own loved ones?

The FBI keeps statistics on the relationship between murderer and victim. Here’s a pie chart for the 55% of cases where the relationship is known:

So, I guess the real question is “Do acquaintances count as strangers or as family?”

This includes felony murders, but excludes all non-fatal forms of crime. It also isn’t specific to home invasion murders.

teopinions:

there are more gun deaths from homicide than from suicide or accidental unintentional discharges and the like (combined, even.)

That source only has data for children ages 0 to 19. For the general population, the firearm suicide rate (blue) has been greater than the firearm homicide rate (orange) for quite a while. (My source is the CDC, too!)

hato-xaq:

Both sides are worried about losing their children, but we differ on who we worry about losing them to.

My question is, who should we be more afraid of: criminals, or our own loved ones?

The FBI keeps statistics on the relationship between murderer and victim. Here’s a pie chart for the 55% of cases where the relationship is known:

So, I guess the real question is “Do acquaintances count as strangers or as family?”

This includes felony murders, but excludes all non-fatal forms of crime. It also isn’t specific to home invasion murders.



teopinions:

there are more gun deaths from homicide than from suicide or accidental unintentional discharges and the like (combined, even.)

That source only has data for children ages 0 to 19. For the general population, the firearm suicide rate (blue) has been greater than the firearm homicide rate (orange) for quite a while. (My source is the CDC, too!)

graph