Assault of the Sno-Demons Part Two: Revenge of the Rain Sprites

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Zhaneel, Feb 22, 2003.

  1. Zhaneel Resident Gryphon Queen

    lmao! my math teacher spells a lot of equations wrong.
  2. Svenmonkey Pants Chancellor

    Today's Christian Morality test misspelled "they're" as "their" at least twice. At least it's the most terribly easy class imaginable. Here's a sample question:

    Does Jesus want you to kill every single human on the planet?

    A. Yes, he's the frigging devil!
    B. No. Praise the Lord, Jesus, Holy Trinity, Pope, Saint, Truth, Bible, Burn the Heathens, etc.
    C. I like beef.
    D. Jesus tells me to burn things.
  3. Apollo Bird Boy

    All of the above?
  4. Svenmonkey Pants Chancellor

    You got it.
  5. train The Wildcard!!!...

    What is a short answer question like...

    Question: What are five of the ten commandments?

    Answer:
    Die you pig...
    Go to hell...
    Don't come back...
    not in this life...
    or any other...

    ???...

    How many points would that be?...:p
  6. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    That's not actually "misspelling" (unless they're spelling it like "thier" or something) but using the wrong <something>. Like when people mix up "effect" and "affect" usages.
  7. EricBess Active Member

    Um...Yeah, sort of like that :eek: I'll go crawl back into my cave now...
  8. DÛke Memento Mori

    ...

    Don't worry Eric, I, for one, find more genius and wisdom in an honest mistake than in deliberate genius. :)
  9. DÛke Memento Mori

    ...

    Here's the preface I wrote for my ethics paper, which discusses the immoralities of love. Mostly, the entire paper follows a similar style.
    Most teachers would have turned it back in simply because of the "problematic" preface...

    ...or, when I go a little overboard with the analogies and metaphors...

    But such teachers, they are, in a minor part, the very "scholars" I am talking about, and that is my joke against them...
  10. EricBess Active Member

    Duke,

    Were this a paper submitted as a "research" paper, or for a technical writing class, I would have a problem with it. Seeing as it is for a class on Ethics, I think it probably hits a bit too close. Bit ironic that...Anyway, it is very literary. The style is a bit cumbersome to read casually and, given that teachers have a lot of these papers to go through, you might lose marks there. But, then again, that's what your writing about in the first place, isn't it.

    Suitably ironic. I hate catering to the lowest denomination. Fortunately, I was never so literary. Other than the fact that so much metaphor is hard to follow in general, I think you have a definitely solid style. Nice.
  11. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    I already don't get it; if this is about the immoralities of love, I don't see where the "scholars" come in on the preface.

    And not having taken a philosophy class when I was at college, I'm not sure what style is expected. In comparison with papers I had to write for other humanities classes, this seems too "personal" or "journalistic/story-telling" ("And so I arrive at this..."). And sarcastic ("our dear scholars"), but you mentioned that already.

    The ... at the end of the paragraph actually fits in with this style though, but like I said, it seems more a transcript of a conversation than a "paper" that I'm used to :)
  12. DÛke Memento Mori

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    Spiderman, I'll tell you why you don't "get it." See, if you were my professor, you would know me as the student who dislikes all scholarly work thus far because he feels that too much passion and spirit have been lost throughout, therefore, too much truth and sincerity has been overshadowed. I have expressed to many of my teachers my disliking of the psychologists and "scholars" who pretend that they had "invented" a new generation of whatever-ness. I have even openly told my philosophy teacher that he is a moron, that he is stupid, and that he likes to fool himself, just like many others (after hours of discussion, of course). He smiled and agreed wholeheartedly. That is what happens when someone is honest.
    Because I am referring to the "scholars" who "studied" love and "wrote" about it. And I do mention where the paper is heading, but only a keen eye can see:
    And especially this, which sums up the entire paper perfectly, (even more especially, the bold part):
    I don't know why, exactly, but I don't like writing so "obviously." Maybe because clearity tells you what to think. What I like is to see you thinking and wondering at just what in the world could that have meant. Maybe it is because you were exposed to many so-called scholarly writing, that you now think this writing is strange? :) But you see, every line you read above is carefully chosen - it has a meaning. There are no fillers.
    Well, am I not surprised! :) But this is the preface, so I did not include any actual research. It is the one time I actually have the freedom to do whatever I want. The actual paper, although contains much of the same style and sarcasm, it actually discusses the issues at hand and the research. In fact, the professor requested a 5-7 page paper - mine is 15 pages. The first 3 pages of the paper are deeply entwined with actual research; then, 3 pages to analyze how "love" has positively affected the social atmosphere (the "moral" side); 3 pages of complete and pure philosophy; 3 pages of the negative after-effects of love on humanity in general (the "immoral" side), and 3 pages that discusses the "Beyond Love" aspects, which does not contain much research but me just...wondering out load. Furthermore, he asked for at least 5 references - I have 9 well thought out and abused refrences. The paper is contaiminted with tons of quotes. And I hate quoting others because others do not know what they are talking about.

    One more time to Spiderman: I don't actually have to mention love so as to be talking about love. You see, that is the kind of thing I cannot do - be specific. And come on! For God's sake! We are talking about teachers with PhDs and Masters! They can't handle this!?
    And guess what? I am always the first student to turn in the papers - few weeks before the actual due date. In this case, I turned it in few months before the due date. It is due all the way in the finals...we are only in midterms now. I think 3 months of reading my silly ol'15 page paper is good enough, don't you? :)
  13. DÛke Memento Mori

    Oh, and before doing all the writing, I talked to the teacher and made him promise me (we even wrote the promise on his calendar), that I can, specifically: be as colorful as I want to be (without using curse words), and have the paper be as long as I want.

    ...but curse words? Why would I want to curse when there are more polite ways to be more so offensive? :D
  14. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    Hey, this is why I am more a math/computer guy than a humanities guy; I don't even pretend to understand this. That's why I need it spelled out :)

    Also why I finished my humanities requirements at the liberal arts school I went to as fast as possible and with the bare minimum. :)
  15. train The Wildcard!!!...

    Spidey...

    Do you remember the details of the proof that 1 + 1 does not = 2?...

    I can't remember them...
  16. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    No, but it's probably wrong :)
  17. EricBess Active Member

    Try this:

    Assume a = b.

    Multiplying both sides by b:

    ab = bb

    Subtract aa from each side:

    ab - aa = bb - aa

    Factor:

    a(b-a) = (b+a)(b-a) (difference of two squares)

    cancel (b-a) from each side:

    a = b+a

    Since a=b, we replace:

    a = a + a

    a = 2a

    cancel a:

    1 = 2

    QED
  18. EricBess Active Member

    Oh, and Spidey - of course it is wrong, but each step is based on accurate mathmatic principles. The trick, however, is to figure out why it is wrong.
  19. DÛke Memento Mori

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    Well, Eric, that is an easy one, isn't it? I have never seen that neat trick before...but let me take a "philosophical" stab at it:

    ...if we are to presuppose that a=b, than by all means, we must not go back and replace the b with an a simply because we would be playing with abstractions at that point. We would not replace 1 with 1, now would we? It seems like one big "wordgame" or, actually, "number-game."

    All I know is that whatever "wrong" there is, it takes place in the "replacing" step, when you replaced the b with an a. :) And when you can do that, you basically can destroy all of math...many formulas, I would imagine, would falter by such reasoning...
  20. DÛke Memento Mori

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    Oh, and plus, a=2a can never really exist unless a=0, and therefore, b=0 as well. In this case, then, you are dealing with zeros, and much of the math is simply just "suggestions" thereafter, and not mathematical at all...

    Wonderful trick...:)

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