And there are cases where accurate answers aren't necessarily mean better, too. A good example is parameter estimation, especially through inversion. For the layman, that's knowing measurements and trying to figure out where they came from, which is a tough problem, but one that has to be solved every day. In that… » 7/22/14 1:00pm Yesterday 1:00pm

Photorealism isn't "better" than other art, but it's not "worse" either. You can always tell who fancies themselves an artist in the comments on the web. They're the ones who react strongly against photorealism. It's a style, which can evoke a good or bad opinion. However, what it is is difficult and tedious—and it's… » 7/07/14 5:33pm 7/07/14 5:33pm

The major problem with the Socratic approach is that you come across as a major jerk. The reason it "wins" arguments is because it redirects the other person to other issues they weren't prepared to debate. "Winning" an argument with the Socratic method is like ... saying a computer programmer can't program because… » 7/07/14 9:17am 7/07/14 9:17am

It doesn't happen in part because the anti-Imperial system argument is based largely on conversions. But outside of science (which long ago went to SI in both the US and UK), how often do you convert? Especially distances, which are the big holdout. I can say with confidence that the number of times I've had to… » 7/07/14 10:52am 7/07/14 10:52am

Is everything an art project now? It seems like "doing something" has become synonymous with "art project". I weeded my garden this weekend. It's an art project. The rejection of the so-called weeds in favor of my fertilized, overly large plants represents the oppression of the third world by the fat middle class. The… » 7/03/14 11:32am 7/03/14 11:32am

You're kidding, right? I think I and every other nerd from the 80s gave this movie a fair watch despite the fact that Bay directed it, not a poor watch because he did. We wanted this to succeed. There's a difference between reimagining something for the modern era and making a terrible movie. Example? The X-Men movie.… » 7/03/14 9:28am 7/03/14 9:28am

You know what's wrong with this country? All the time dwelling on what's wrong with this country instead of doing something about it. All the time we spend blaming the "other side" instead of working toward something we agree on. All the time we spend labeling and affixing assumed beliefs to the "other side". It's… » 7/02/14 9:24am 7/02/14 9:24am

You can set up a hammock with two trekking poles and some paracord. You're not putting weight on the poles, you're basically just creating a bivy from the hammock. You can prevent damage to the tent by putting a ground cloth or your pad beneath it. You can run your ridge line and bug net between, too. » 7/01/14 5:54pm 7/01/14 5:54pm