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Comment: think again (Score 1) 232

by itchybrain (#48672223) Attached to: Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

To all those who think we should do away with figure skating, rhythmic gymnastics, etc. because those sports require panels of judges, think again.

In a game of football (or soccer) and ice-hockey, you need referees. In badminton and tennis, you need umpires. In fact most sports require arbiters of sorts. How many times have you seen a match swing from one team/player to another because of a bad call (Maradona's Hand of God, anyone)?

Comment: Re:Honestly the size of the book means nothing. (Score 1) 351

by itchybrain (#48666747) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

You can easily do a fantastic movie without much dialogue or voiceovers. In fact, the best way to do dialogue and voice overs is to let a good actor improvise. Works better than having the screenwriter do it - who should be creating potentially amazing scenes.

You mean like in a porno?

Comment: creativity and learning (Score 1) 150

by itchybrain (#48202547) Attached to: Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

There are two modes of thinking: focus and diffuse. To be creative, the brain needs to be in a relaxed state, i.e., to be able to form new pathways to new ideas. There are methods to induce diffuse thinking. One of them, as the article suggests, is to do mundane chores, such as clearing out old files.

In the Coursera course, Learning How to Learn by Barbara Oakley, there are anecdotes of how famous people (Thomas Edison, Salvador Dali) trigger their subconscious minds to do their biddings.

Comment: this may just be convoluted logic (Score 1) 150

by itchybrain (#46788637) Attached to: Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

Let me get this straight.

The stock price of a company is reflected in its market cap.

The company has assets (AliBaba and Yahoo Japan) that exceeds its market cap

Shouldn't the proper conclusion drawn be that the company is undervalued, and its stock price is cheap? To label its core holding as worthless is just not helpful.

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.

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