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The Case For Mandatory Touch-Typing In High School

popmaker Re:Touch typing is irrelevant (705 comments)

How exactly? I usually move my arms around just a little, but I never stretch anything. My hands are short, and I I'd be using my pinky for any of my typing, I'd probably be stretching my hands apart more. That doesn't feel so good. Through the years I've kind of approximated touch-typing, except I just use three fingers on each hand. And I feel fine about it. I was also wondering, simply because I don't know, how does touch typing help you with all the !"#$%&/()={}'s ? Typing symbols is the hardest and slowest thing I do, especially when writing all that LaTeX and all that C. Does it really make such a difference?

more than 4 years ago
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The Case For Mandatory Touch-Typing In High School

popmaker Re:I don't type very fast. (705 comments)

Yeah, I keep thinking that those people that type 120 wpm must be just intolerably verbose!

more than 4 years ago
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iPod Fee Proposed For Canada

popmaker Re:Canada...ahh those socialists...! (414 comments)

Good god I hope you're right. Making this kind of a tax is a shitty way to distribute money.

more than 4 years ago
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iPod Fee Proposed For Canada

popmaker Re:Bull (414 comments)

Ok, I'm making one argument. In no real context. Make of it what you will and work out the rest of the arguments yourselves.

A lot of music IS really expensive. I already named symphonies as an example. In other cases, studio musicians are needed, that have trained for years and years, and only play in the studio, and need to get by playing that kind of thing. Or are you, on principle, against people making a living off of studio work? There is honest-to-goodness music out there that simply cannot be played without professionals. If anybody here likes jazz, he can hopefully recognize the amount of time needed to make one functional player. And that player is likely to HAVE to devote his or her life to it because that music is hard.

Studio production - good studio production - also takes time and CAN be expensive. Especially when many people are involved. Seriously, just because some people have been able to make music cheap in their bedrooms, don't start thinking that's all there is to music. And that that's ADEQUATE for music as a whole.

Like I said, I'm not making any other arguments. Just that making music is NOT CHEAP.

more than 4 years ago
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iPod Fee Proposed For Canada

popmaker Re:Sounds like the leeches are out again (414 comments)

Yeah, I know. That was also not my point. My only point was that a lot of music IS expensive. I might want to find better example... but hey! It's an independent concern of mine, that musical craftsmanship seems to get rarer every day. I'm, not a fan of this tax either; if at some theoretic level it's "right" - musicians are getting compensation for their hard work - it's probably much too complex to implement in practice and will only be exploited greedy people that aren't musicians. That's not the point. I mainly wanted to make counter-point against all those comments here that say the same thing: "Hah, making music is easy! And cheap!" It's ignorant and kind of offensive actually.

more than 4 years ago
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iPod Fee Proposed For Canada

popmaker Re:Sounds like the leeches are out again (414 comments)

Not all music is that cheap. Some of it requires trained musicians that depend on salary and expensive equipment. I happen to think, personally, that the world would be poorer without symphonies (as an example) and these cost quite a bit of money.

more than 4 years ago
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iPod Fee Proposed For Canada

popmaker Re:Canada...ahh those socialists...! (414 comments)

Like: "You became a musician. You didn't seriously expect to make money did you?" Nobody should ever make music. It's stupid and financially irresponsible.

more than 4 years ago
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Freshman Representative Opposes "TSA Porn"

popmaker Re:Naked people! (620 comments)

Oh, oh, because you wanted to be so different. Click the link, I know you want to!

more than 5 years ago
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March 14th Officially Becomes National Pi Day

popmaker Re:A modest proposal (321 comments)

Because Pi day is supposed to be fun and we aren't taking this so seriously, so stop bitching?

more than 5 years ago
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In-Game Web Browser Round-Up

popmaker Re:I don't like it. (193 comments)

I remember when I installed Slackware My order for each module was well planned out I get the Core then Network first Install though then I boot into Slackware then Get the Games.

You're multitasking right now, aren't you?

more than 5 years ago
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MIT Researchers Create a Cheap "6th Sense" Device

popmaker Re:Sixth Sense!? (125 comments)

I also heard they're hiring unnecessarily sarcastic douchebags. Apparently students are getting lazy.

more than 5 years ago
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Man Robs Convenience Stores With Klingon "Batleth"

popmaker Re:Enact the assault sword ban! (579 comments)

The good news is that after killing two people with one blow, he won't be killing anyone else.

more than 5 years ago
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Video Game Conditioning Spills Over Into Real Life

popmaker Good god no! (232 comments)

No more of this marketing research bullshit. Haven't you guys done enough? Can I at least play my video games without being bombarded by more stupid ads and product placements?

more than 5 years ago
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What, Me Worry? MAD Magazine Going Quarterly

popmaker Re:Sad sign on the status of comedy (132 comments)

On the lighter side though, we now have www.cracked.com. Cracked used to be a kind of a Mad rip-off, but is now doing fantastic as an internet magazine.

more than 5 years ago
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A Teacher Asking Students To Destroy Notes?

popmaker Write in LaTeX (931 comments)

on your computer. Or in something else, also on your computer. Then send your work to yourself in e-mail. Legal or not... Nobody is going to take away from me things that I wrote. To much of MY TIME and MY LIFE and effort went into it. Even if I just copied it from somewhere. I have a copy of every math homework I ever handed in during my two and a half year of study. And all the notes. Even the ones I turned in and the lecturer kept, as a part of my examination (excepting only those that I wrote with pencil in a three hour written exam).

I'm disregarding the legal question on this one. I consider this to be my personal right and there is nothing anyone can do about it, simply for the practical reason that it's already been copied, by me, into too many places.

more than 5 years ago
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Class Teaches Nerds Social Skills

popmaker Re:Social Skills vs Humanity (639 comments)

I know what you're talking about with the overthinking, but I don't think that's the problem. Let's say you're at a social function and just about analyzed the whole thing and worked out that you had a chance with some girl with a 95% probability. Would you really DO anything about it?

The overthinking argument is a rationalization. It has more to do with being afraid. I won't offer any further analysis of the cause of that, since most of what I've come up with is bullshit anyway. But one thing with shyness or social awkwardness is that people are not as judgemental as you think they are and probably care less about you than you'd even like to admit. Being around people and gradually realizing that what you say and do matters much less than you think is the key here. And making a fool out of yourself and realizing that people just don't give a rats ass about it (and have surprisingly short memories) are the keys of getting rid of those problems.

And when you've finally learned to blend in and socialize you realize something: Normal people are boring!

more than 5 years ago

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