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Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 09-12-2019, 08:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 396
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
:heynow: Notches were the precursor to lotus...

:heynow:

Notches were the precursor to lotus 1-2-3.

Back then, reserve triangles were done with a really big bed.

If you wanted to estimate the number of people you had sex with last night,...
Forum: TV Shows, Movies, Books, etc 09-12-2019, 08:36 AM
Replies: 13,956
Views: 1,228,251
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Holy shit, that's a lot of pynchon.

Holy shit, that's a lot of pynchon.
Forum: TV Shows, Movies, Books, etc 09-12-2019, 08:32 AM
Replies: 13,956
Views: 1,228,251
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Maybe should reread it someday. I thought it was...

Maybe should reread it someday. I thought it was super cheesy. Like throw on some sunglasses and add a motorcycle and you're watching Blade 4.

I admit it must have been original, exciting and...
Forum: TV Shows, Movies, Books, etc 09-11-2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 13,956
Views: 1,228,251
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
I wish I was younger, more naive, more full of...

I wish I was younger, more naive, more full of blood, and had more free time to devote.

Johnny Truant reminds me a lot of John Dies at the End. I don't expect to be scared, but entertained...
...
Forum: TV Shows, Movies, Books, etc 09-11-2019, 12:33 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,144
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
I recommend just reading this list when you're...

I recommend just reading this list when you're bored.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_emerging_technologies
Forum: TV Shows, Movies, Books, etc 09-11-2019, 11:16 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,144
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
I never watched it (was immediately put off by...

I never watched it (was immediately put off by the extreme drama) but plasma engines are a thing. They supply a small constant thrust for less fuel, and are frequently bandied as a potential tech to...
Forum: TV Shows, Movies, Books, etc 09-11-2019, 10:35 AM
Replies: 13,956
Views: 1,228,251
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
I just randomly started House of Leaves. I...

I just randomly started House of Leaves.

I don't know anything about it, but it sure looks like it's going to be a hell of a cluster****.
Forum: TV Shows, Movies, Books, etc 09-11-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 13,956
Views: 1,228,251
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Oh snap I need to finish m/m. I got bored...

Oh snap I need to finish m/m. I got bored halfway through.

But I think Eliot should be required reading for actuaries. Not because she's great (she is) but because she has a habit of...
Forum: TV Shows, Movies, Books, etc 09-10-2019, 04:14 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,144
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Oh... CJ Cherryh writes a pretty realistic...

Oh... CJ Cherryh writes a pretty realistic universe.

Cyteen is her epic, if you're interested.

The closest to 'magic' is that psychology/sociology act more like a hard science. Where you can...
Forum: TV Shows, Movies, Books, etc 09-10-2019, 04:08 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,144
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Gibson's probably my favorite sci-fi author. But...

Gibson's probably my favorite sci-fi author. But a lot of his sci-fi stories/tropes are magical -- AI Gods, hackers that die hacking, street-samurai, uploading your brain...

Probably his most...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 09-10-2019, 02:39 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,464
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
One could make a similar argument against SAHM's....

One could make a similar argument against SAHM's.
Or actuaries for that matter.


I think many artists get paid by teaching their art... but even that lifestyle might require some parental...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 09-10-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,464
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
You are financially dependent on an employer (yes...

You are financially dependent on an employer (yes you can switch, but you're basically always dependent on pleasing whoever pays you.)

Your average actuary is also emotionally stunted compared to...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 09-10-2019, 12:54 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,464
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Also, even if you can't judge, there's an MFA...

Also, even if you can't judge, there's an MFA program out there that can. Supposing she qualifies, you could pay for that.
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 09-10-2019, 12:42 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,464
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
This is all true, but part of being an artist (or...

This is all true, but part of being an artist (or a philosopher or whatever we're talking about here) requires having a similarly bad reward system.

Novelists don't (typically) have a boss to...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 09-10-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,464
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
I think your story somewhat highlights an...

I think your story somewhat highlights an interesting middle ground. I know a guy who went to college for art and has been doing returns at Target for a decade now. I don't think he has any great...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 09-10-2019, 09:36 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,464
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Sort of. Being an actuary does the same though.

Sort of. Being an actuary does the same though.
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 09-10-2019, 09:29 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,464
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
I think we're assuming here that she wants to be...

I think we're assuming here that she wants to be an artist, and is willing to sacrifice for it.
And is willing to live with less money because of it, just not as little as she would without your...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 09-10-2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,464
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
In the Tigermom book, she makes some jokes about...

In the Tigermom book, she makes some jokes about the difficulty of raising a 3rd generation immigrant. The 1st generation is in a fight to the death to survive. The 2nd generation is desperately...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 09-09-2019, 08:22 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,464
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
I have mixed feelings. If my kid got into a...

I have mixed feelings. If my kid got into a philosophy PhD program, then yeah it would be really cool to make up the difference.

Otoh, there's a lot of terrible "artists" and a lot of people...
Forum: TV Shows, Movies, Books, etc 09-09-2019, 02:00 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,144
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
It's been a long long time. But here are some...

It's been a long long time. But here are some things I think are unrealistic.

[[spoiler removed]]

There's probably a much longer list if I reread.
Forum: TV Shows, Movies, Books, etc 09-09-2019, 01:47 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,144
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Anyway, I liked blind sight, by peter watts. ...

Anyway, I liked blind sight, by peter watts.
https://www.amazon.com/Blindsight-Peter-Watts/dp/0765319640

It's sort of dark space thriller crammed to the bones with technologies the guy probably...
Forum: TV Shows, Movies, Books, etc 09-09-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,144
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Sometimes? The problem is that I very rarely...

Sometimes?

The problem is that I very rarely find "hard" science fiction to be any more believable than "soft" science fiction.

Science fiction is always about imagining a very simplified,...
Forum: Software & Technology 09-08-2019, 04:08 PM
Replies: 25,030
Views: 6,248,880
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Player steps out in the wide Open World, looks...

Player steps out in the wide Open World, looks around, scratches head.

Devs: shit, we didn't think this thing through.
Forum: Careers - Employment 09-06-2019, 04:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 646
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
She has mixed feelings, so I suggested asking the...

She has mixed feelings, so I suggested asking the AO. She was game.

Obviously there's limited value in this kind of communication, but then again, I think it's a good topic broadly.
Forum: Careers - Employment 09-06-2019, 02:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 646
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Finishing a BS degree

My wife wants to go back, and get an IT degree via online courses. She thinks it will further her career. She's an IT BA/Manager, making around $70k, all soft-skills.

Right now she has no...
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