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neptath  ·  2407 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Discovery of Huge Stash of Helium is a 'Game-Changer' for Industry

If we're only 25 years away from depletion of the natural resources, like the study referenced in the article says, and can't figure out a good way to harness this new source, then it sounds to me like we'd better start recapturing soon...

neptath  ·  3353 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ∞ new works | ~:4(2)

Looks like a Persian rug to me. Thanks!

neptath  ·  3358 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ∞ new works | ~:4(2)

Whoa. Mathematics is always amazing when it's made into art!

(Usually I would, just google it, but you took the time to explain it, so thanks, have a badge!)

neptath  ·  3360 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ∞ new works | ~:4(2)

Oh. I'm going to pretend I know what those words mean :P Looks awesome, anyhow, thanks!

neptath  ·  3360 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ∞ new works | ~:4(2)

This is cool! How are these generated, exactly? Something is telling me that's J code, but I'm not sure...

neptath  ·  3369 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ghosting, the Irish goodbye, the French leave: stop saying goodbye at parties.

I think it's at least curteous to at least alert the host, so they have an idea of how many people they are responsible for, even if it's just a tap on the shoulder and understanding head nod as you sidle out the door. There's certainly no reason to go around saying goodby to everyone at the party, particularly if it's a large party and/or you're not particularly close with most of the guests. The tactic of "let one or two people know you're leaving" that seems to be popular heresounds like the best one to me, and is what I do in practce.

A whopping 60 people voted in this election. At that point, are parties really relevant? I'd think it's more of "I liked Alice's face more than Bob's, so I voted for Alice."

neptath  ·  3369 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What's the single greatest sentence ever written in the English language?

Similar yes, but I actually see a slight distinction be tween the two. To me, So it goes implies an outside observer describing the situation to a second outside observer. It seems as if the first observer is more knowledgable about the situation at hand and is imparting knowledge, changing the structure of their world.

Nothing to be done, on the other hand, seems to come from the mouth of an active participant; someone has tried, has given up, and is now describing her experience to a fellow compatriot. The compatriot might also be explaining her own experience; the two are interchangeable. There is a mutual agreement on the futility of any action, and yet they stil act, their actions changing nothing.

Of course, this is all highly subjective and incredibly dependent on your personal worldview, but this is how I interpret it.

neptath  ·  3369 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What's the single greatest sentence ever written in the English language?

Perhaps it is dependent on your personal worldview, but I am partial to Beckett's "Nothing to be done."

(I'm aware it was originally writen in French, but I think it's equally as powerful in English.)