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Comment: Good Pizza (Score 1) 794

by wilgibson (#46373033) Attached to: Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience
I used to merchandise organic foods ot Whole Foods for a while when I was in need of a job. I used to talk with the stockers, and we would laugh about the shit people would buy. But if there is one thing good about the store, Whole Foods has some good pizza. They also sold Thomas Kemper root beer which is pretty awesome root beer.

Comment: Re:Finally! (Score 1) 327

by wilgibson (#44375541) Attached to: Bill Gates Is Beginning To Dream the Thorium Dream
What do you mean wait? Fuck dude, it seems just about every other night on NHK there is a story with someone bitching about nuclear power. It's a big deal in the elections in Japan. The hippies are already pissing in the bowl of a country that has little to no natural power resources to begin with, and asking someone about their views on nuclear power in Japan is like asking someone in the USA who they voted for. I stopped talking with the nationals about it because of the uneducated masses that get their panties in a wad.

Comment: What schools were some of you going to? (Score 1) 564

by wilgibson (#44113291) Attached to: Why Engineering Freshmen Should Take Humanities Courses
I see people arguing the need for STEM majors to take humanities classes, and vice versa, and I wonder where the hell you went to school that they didn't require this? I had to take nearly 30 hours of math, science, and technology classes for my 124 hour BA. (I had 12 hours of science, 8 of math, a course on archaeological science and technology, and a course on surveying that included learning math above the 8 hours I took.) People I knew in STEM programs were in a similar boat with taking humanities classes at the same university. Damn if I am not a better person for it too.

Comment: Or buy Wii U and don't deal with the BS (Score 1) 335

by wilgibson (#43827935) Attached to: Can the Wii U Survive Against the PS4 and Xbox One?
Hate to say it, but the only console I'd buy out of the current lineup is the Wii U. Microsoft and Sony have both been nothing but a disappointment in presenting their next console offerings. I don't need another all-in-one media device. I just want to play games and not be bothered by obtrusive DRM. Nintendo may not be the best, but I want fun, and Nintendo usually does fun right.

Comment: Last time I went to the Lego Store... (Score 4, Informative) 425

by wilgibson (#42375147) Attached to: Has Lego Sold Out?
you could still buy buckets of bricks, and the whole back wall was loose bricks for people that wanted to make their own bucket. I've been playing with Lego for thirty years. I always wanted to make what was on the box first, but eventually it became whatever the hell I wanted it to be. If someone wants to whine about children not being creative these days, I think Lego is the last reason they aren't creative!

Comment: 30 to 50 years isn't anything new... (Score 2) 287

by wilgibson (#39403091) Attached to: Physicists Discover Evolutionary Laws of Language
When taking "History of the English Language" last year as part of my graduate work, the professor I studied under was part of the Middle English Dictionary Project. It was interesting to speak with him on the life and death of words after the printing press, and I remember him giving a 30 to 50 year estimation for a word to cement itself or become rare. It doesn't really seem like this is anything new.

Comment: Re:'Culturomics'? (Score 1) 287

by wilgibson (#39403049) Attached to: Physicists Discover Evolutionary Laws of Language
My first look at the word and all I could think was morphologically unproductive. It has a strange sound to it when said, and IMO something better could have been found that would have given a better description of the "field". Oh well, this is what happens when a physicist is doing the job of a linguist.

Comment: Re:I've been to Seattle (Score 2) 235

by wilgibson (#37425612) Attached to: Startup Flees To Seattle Amid Amazon's Tax Fight
Obviously you weren't in Seattle for the months of June, July, August, and September. All we've had are gorgeous sunny days with temperatures between 60 and 85F. Four months of amazing whether and eight months of drizzle and chill is definitely more favorable than the five months of 90F+, 100% humidity BS I moved out of when I left the south.

Comment: Re:nope, didn't get any of that. (Score 1) 128

by wilgibson (#37174722) Attached to: Symbolic Violence Beats Lava Lamps All To Pieces

you should try to not split infinitives.

AUX -> { {(T)(M)(to)} (perf)(prog)(pass)}

An auxilliary can be a tense, modal, or to along with the combinations of the perfect, progressive, passive aspects. This rule comes from The Grammar Book (which I have sitting on my desk because I am a TESOL instructor), chapter 31, page 645. The use of to to make the infinitive in English is accepted by most linguists to act as any other auxilliary and conform to the rules of how adverbials interact with auxilliaries.

The idea of not splitting infinitives was concieved in the 19th century when linguist tried to push Latin grammar onto the English language with the Latin infinitive being an inflection of the verb rather than an aspect of the verb as it has been since English pushed towards the analytic side of the language spectrum.

Comment: Re:In other news (Score 1) 306

by wilgibson (#36767386) Attached to: 34% of iPhone Owners Think the 4 Is 4G

Like it or not, Apple puts out innovative products that work well, and have a minimum amount of crapware to deal with. Spec sheets are great, but what matters most is usability.

I always find statements like this funny when a friend with an iPhone can't make or recieve calls in a place I can with my phone. iPhones are great little handheld gadgets, but I swear when it come to being an actual phone they are one of the most worthless phones on the market. It doesn't matter if it's ATT, Verizon, or another carrier.

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