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  1. It seems to be gently poking fun at optimists, or the general human condition to believe that everything will go their way in the future, in business and in friendship. I think that interpretation is backed up by the fact that the quote is from "Epigrams of a Cynic"
  2. I still have FluffyTurtle.jpg on my computer, along with "Vote for Alcritas" banners, that picture of Mariann shooting a gun, a dancing doomguard, desperance banners, and more. And something called rhapsody.exs
  3. Sports (either competitive or social or both), cooking, drinking, board games (Dominion is a favorite), reading, cultural experiences like museums, concerts, galleries, etc. And while it does involve a computer (or smartphone), meetup.com in populous areas is pretty good for meeting likeminded people or getting into new hobbies. DC also has things like Knowledge Commons DC, and your area might have something similar.
  4. Exile 2 had the best music, followed by Exile 1. You can download them here.
  5. I was a CS grad student at Stanford - I took a lot of Artificial Intelligence classes, just not Thrun's. I took a class that covered everything in Thrun's Udacity course - but in way more depth and rigor. I mentioned that I had Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller as professors, the two founders of Coursera, and their Stanford classes were both incredibly difficult and incredibly rewarding. I think what you say definitely has merit, but the professors are Stanford are known for their teaching and their research (incidentally, not Thrun - who was recruited for his robot car skills, then left for Goo
  6. Honestly, it's not great. I took the Artificial Intelligence for Robotics course first, and it's a pretty cursory overview of the subject and labeled as an "advanced" course. I didn't have Sebastian Thrun at Stanford but he claimed it was at least as hard as his Stanford classes, which I give serious sideye to. I think Coursera is better for advanced subjects because it's mostly actual university classes (and I did have Ng and Koller as profs) But we'll see how the GPU course is - it could be very good!
  7. Introduction to Parallel Programming - I'll need to learn how to use CUDA and program GPUs for work, so this seems like a good starting point.
  8. I always thought that Exile II took longer than Exile III when you're just trying to finish as quickly as possible - Exile III is huge and takes forever at first, but you really only need to stop a couple plagues and then be strong enough to survive the final battle. Singleton, combat mode, Avatar.
  9. On the plus side, as the monsters get stronger and more powerful, so does your party!
  10. You'll never really have to worry about it.
  11. There are certain creatures that Mindduel you. It's a mostly ineffective but mildly annoying thing to deal with in a battle with a lot of creatures.
  12. On the subject of insurance and utility - one of the interesting measurements is a micromort: a one-in-a-million chance of death. Wikipedia
  13. Wizards also live a very, very long time. I chose to help Gladwell, and kill the Darkside Loyalists and the Scourgeleaders for Melanchion. This resulted in the standoff, with essentially many independent nations in the caves and Avernum ruled by Gladwell. Avernum, the Abyss, Melanchion, the sliths, and the Vahnatai. Not to mention the wilderness owned by no-one. I liked the long ending narrative - everything made sense, it was satisfying, and no one power has control over the caves. One thing that could have been made more clear was the degree of autonomy Upper Avernum (consisti
  14. Originally Posted By: Vicheron It's funny how neuroscience just reeks of legitimacy. People don't even question it when a scientist uses an fMRI to tell them something about the brain. I just wonder what will happen when a person says that he like Coke but an fMRI image of his brain says that he likes Pepsi. Are they going to believe the person or his brain? Depends - what happens when he tries them both? There's a lot of psychology that goes into something like brand loyalty - someone conditioned to think that they prefer Coke when 'chemically' he prefers the taste of Pepsi is an inter
  15. Originally Posted By: Lilith Originally Posted By: Drakefyre There's about to be an explosion of breakthrough research in the field of neuroeconomics, especially with increased fMRI time available for researchers at many of the big research universities. I'm sure there will be a lot of early adopters trying to make a buck based on their findings, and then we'll get to see how applicable these studies really are! whoa look who's back Oh hey there LRTDeM ... I've been finishing up Avernum 6 and decided to pop in and see wuz happenin'
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