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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Why do you want to work here?

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ה', 04/27/2017 - 16:55


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I'm starting to wonder if I don't have some deeply repressed fantasy where I'm a middle aged woman who participates in overly blunt job interviews.

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HEY BRITAIN! Soonish is available in the UK. We've used metric units, added the letter "U" after every "O" and as a courtesy, every book will be lightly dampened with cold rain.

Available for preorder!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Recreation

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ד', 04/26/2017 - 15:48


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Happily, this will never be true of nerd comics.

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Geochronology

XKCD - ד', 04/26/2017 - 06:00
'The mountains near here formed when the ... Newfoundland ... microplate collided with, uhh ... Labrador.' 'Ok, now you're definitely just naming dogs.' 'Wait, no, that's actually almost correct.'

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Words

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ג', 04/25/2017 - 17:23


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More and more, I think the 'they're just a sequence of sounds' is one of the more pointless observations you can possibly make.

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Book Review Tuesday is here! More reviews at TheWeinerWorks.com

Pyongyang (DeLisle) A quick and fun sketch of the author’s time spent working for an animation studio in North Korea. I don’t have too much to say about it, other than that it’s quite enjoyable, and that I plan to read other books by the author. This isn’t a memoir like March or Maus - it’s not trying to bring you to a heightened awareness of the universe. It’s not particularly poignant, nor is it trying to be. It’s just an incredible well-told, occasionally quite funny, recounting of a short strange time in the author’s life.

Elbow Room (Dennett) Okay, so I’ve wanted to read a book on compatibilism, the belief that “free will” and a deterministic universe are compatible. This seems crazy to me, and I trust the reasons are obvious.

So, I read this book, and my honest initial reaction was disappointment. A lot of the book is spent talking about computer, biology, evolution, and so forth, which to me seems like a sort of sideshow. If so, it’s an especially egregious sideshow, since Dennett frequently complains of perilously misleading elements stuck into philosophical theories.

That said, as I thought it over and discussed it more with people, I got the basic idea, which (to simplify drastically) isn’t so much that you can have free will in a deterministic universe, but that your idea of what free will means is probably wrong. I don’t want to go too in depth in this review, but as a way to think about it, try to consider what the basic physical rules would be for a universe that permitted your intuitive notion of free will. It’s hard to think of anything that doesn’t posit some cheat that just asserts that you do.

In short, I didn’t get the hit of wild enlightenment I was hoping for. Unusually for me, I learned something, yet left disappointed. I will illustrate by the use of what I’ll call Two Dialogues Concerning Free Will.

Dialogue 1:

Mom: Hey, you wanna see a DINOSAUR?!

Kid: but isn’t that impossible?!

Mom: come with me!

[Cut to: Park]

Mom: Meet the pigeon! You know, according to science, birds are living dinosaurs!

Kid: But I wanted a T. Rex!

Mom: Jesus, kid. Obviously that was never gonna happen.

Dialogue 2: Compatibilist: Hey, you wanna see me combine free will and determinism?!

Zach: Sure thing! But how?

Compatibilist: I’ll show you!

[Cut to: Zach reading book]

Zach: So determinism is still true, but individuals appear to have choices, and we can call that free will if we like?

Compatibilist: Yeah. What? Did you think I was going to claim an individual human could defy causality itself?

Zach: I thought maybe-

Compatibilist: By Descartes’ beard, you’re dumb!

--End of Scene-- So, that’s where I am now on this. Like the kid at the park, I’m not disagreeing with the idea that my initial notion of the subject matter was flawed. I’m just annoyed at the way the exciting revelation was presented.

Vietnamerica (Tran) What a great memoir. I’ve been reading a lot of memoirs in graphic novel format lately, and this one was one of the very best, both in terms of its style and execution. I especially enjoyed the way in which the book moved from scene to scene without frequently telling you what year or location it was.

The artwork and, well, comicking itself was just so good that I rarely had to take a second to figure out where the scene had changed to.

The only critique that occurred to me is that the “character” of Tran himself in the story feels very… unformed. Maybe this is simply because it depicts Tran mostly at a younger age, where he would’ve been, indeed, unformed. But, I couldn’t help but feel that the character is so self-flagellating (he is almost always depicted as a sort of know-it-all punk kid) that you miss what could be a more whole interaction between kids and parents. Tran’s past self feels less like a person than a point of embarrassment that the author is covering over with humor.

It still works well enough, but I would’ve loved if, here and there, we had a moment of just Tran being himself, in a way that only develops character, rather than moving forward the book’s telling of history. But, still, quite a good memoir comic, and absolutely beautiful.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Dadbucks

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ב', 04/24/2017 - 15:01


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Later, the kid agrees to do chores, but only in exchange for precious metals.

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Thank you so much MIT. Congrats to James Propp and Olivia Walch. We hope to see you again next year.

ISS Solar Transit

XKCD - ב', 04/24/2017 - 06:00
I guess it's also the right setting for pictures of the Moon at night.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Fables

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - א', 04/23/2017 - 17:38


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Really, you want to have her in space for this sort of thing, but the detection apparatus is worse when it's dead.

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Last full day to buy tickets!

Le Fay & Freya

Canimal's Blog - א', 04/23/2017 - 12:56
Clothing: Le Fay dress & Freya coat - by CanimalHair: Take Flight by Magika, Spiked Out Headband by Foxy Head: AnnaGrey by Catwa Skin: Adriana by Atelier Pepe Now exclusively at Uber event. 

Mercury

Canimal's Blog - א', 04/23/2017 - 12:52
Clothing: Mercury - by CanimalHair: TripleSicBangs by Beusy, Bangs (C) By BarberyumyumHead: AnnaGrey by Catwa Skin: Adriana by Atelier Pepe, Lips by Adored Earrings: Hoops by Scandalize Now exclusively at Cosmopolitan event. 

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Dungeon Classes

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ש', 04/22/2017 - 15:24


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Anyone caught emailing me in regards to the accuracy of today's comic shall be tarred, feathered, and made to carry a sign that reads 'No fun.'

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Last full day to get your BAHFest East tickets! We moved over a bunch of cheap tickets, but after these are gone, there are no more!

Also, in case you missed it, I'll be signing books prior to the show at MIT Press Bookstore, from 3-430. If you don't want to wait in line after the show, this is the way to go. <3

 

עונג שבת: דיים

עונג שבת - ו', 04/21/2017 - 22:03
אני מקווה ששמעתם כבר את DAMN, האלבום החדש של קנדריק לאמאר, אפילו שמיעה חולפת אם לא האזנה קשובה באמת. זה לא יספיק אבל זו תהיה התחלה טובה. בהאזנה ראשונית חולפת, לא קשובה, זה נשמע (לי, ולאחרים שדיברתי איתם) כמו אלבום חלש, בטח ביחס ליצירת הפאר השאפתנית של האלבום הקודם. אבל, כפי שאפשר ללמוד מתגובות ברחבי […]

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Interpretation of Hats

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ו', 04/21/2017 - 17:40


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Now to spray sweet white flowers out of this big long wand.

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Hey geeks! I'll be signing this Sunday at the MIT Press Bookstore from 3-430, and then again after BAHFest. Come say hi!

Luna & Cosmic

Canimal's Blog - ו', 04/21/2017 - 09:47
Clothing: Luna top, Cosmic pants - by CanimalHair: Angela by Doux, Bangs (D) by BarberyumyumHead: AnnaGrey by Catwa Skin: Adriana by Atelier Pepe, Lips by Adored Shoes: Stagioni by Maitreya  Now exclusively at N21 event. 

Persephone

Canimal's Blog - ו', 04/21/2017 - 09:42
Clothing: Persephone - by CanimalHair: F1124 by TramHead: AnnaGrey by Catwa Skin: Adriana by Atelier Pepe
Now exclusively at N21 event. 

Survivorship Bias

XKCD - ו', 04/21/2017 - 06:00
They say you can't argue with results, but what kind of defeatist attitude is that? If you stick with it, you can argue with ANYTHING.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Satan-Fingers

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ה', 04/20/2017 - 16:36


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Discovered in the delightful though occasionally frustrating Moscow Puzzles

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We're running out of most tickets for BAHFest MIT, so we've moved over some of the more expensive ones to lower levels. Buy soon or feel shame!

ויניל במתנה: RPS Surfers – Harake Gang (+סטרים בכורה)

עונג שבת - ה', 04/20/2017 - 12:18
אוקיי, בדרך כלל יש לי פשוט אלבום לחלק לכם, אבל הפעם יש לי גם אלבום אדיר וגם סיפור אדיר. את RPS Surfers, שידועים גם בתור גולשי האבן, הנייר והמספריים, שמעתי בפעם הראשונה לפני כמה שנים באיזה חדרון משונה בפלורנטין, נדמה לי שזה היה יום העצמאות בצהריים, אולי אני מדמיין או מתבלבל, אבל דבר אחד שאני […]

Helios

Canimal's Blog - ה', 04/20/2017 - 09:28
Clothing: Helios - by CanimalHair: Tonya By Elikatira, Burmese Hairbase by SiixHead: AnnaGrey by Catwa Skin: Adriana by Atelier Pepe, Lips by Adored Earrings: Hoops by ScandalizeNow exclusively at Cosmopolitan event. 

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Sex When You Have Children

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ד', 04/19/2017 - 16:15


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Not that I know anything about this sort of thing.

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You wouldn't believe this, but hey, me and Kelly have a new book out! 

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Perception of Colors

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ד', 04/19/2017 - 15:59


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Also, when people give me a drawing that's either a duck or a rabbit, I just see a meaningless arrangement of ink and paper.

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