Tuesday, February 09, 2016

[rxcuidsl] Better than earth for life

What physical characteristics of a planet would make it better for life than earth, in particular intelligent human-like life?

  • Density, gravity
  • Type of central star
  • Different elemental frequencies in crust and atmosphere
  • Amount of tectonic activity
  • Amount of meteorite strikes
  • Characteristics of satellite (moon).

Or, a universe better for life?  Inspired by fine-tuned universe arguments.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

[sdzoxbyv] Laws regulating sex

Enumerate all the laws regulating sex.  Categories:

  • Prostitution
  • Rape
  • Pedophelia / child molesting
  • Requirements to report child molesting
  • Pornography
  • Public obscenityAbortion / contraception

The enumeration can serve as a framework for predicting what would happen if the government were to stop regulating sex.

[fjfhduic] Loving the wrong kind of person

A common stressful issue in romance and courtship is the issue of not wanting to have feelings for the wrong kind of person, or someone who might be the wrong kind of person.

Examine what is the wrong kind of person for someone, how the classification of wrongness was learned, and how the feelings might develop nonetheless.  Probably social class boundaries.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

[randnlut] Role switching on creepiness

The stereotypical story goes, the leader, a guy, is dancing with a follower, a girl, in a social partner dance.  The guy is forcing himself too close to the girl, making her uncomfortable.

A radical solution: they switch roles right there in the middle of the dance.  The guy, now the follower, continues to plaster himself against the girl.  Now, such a frame is actually extremely helpful and useful: it makes leading easy and allows the leader a lot of leverage and contact points to lead interesting moves.

However, this probably won't work.  The problem is, if the guy is already registering as creepy in the girl's mind, causing the closeness to feel uncomfortable (in contrast to the closeness feeling pleasant), then she is probably even less inclined and inspired to lead well.  The problem -- and that the dance was destined to be bad -- was already set before the dance even started, before the guy moved close.

[cbkltcey] Vaccines and Islamophobia

I have heard anecdotes that the California measles outbreak paradoxically strengthened the resolve of anti-vaccine parents not to vaccinate their children.  The mechanism was the of strengthening of group identity caused by the sharpening of the perception that "everyone is against us".

Similar to terrorism successfully causing Islamophobic backlash.

Anger directed at the anti-vaccine crowd only makes things worse.

[vbfywjhr] ASCII in QR code

Below are the printable ASCII characters (32-126) encoded individually as QR codes with High error correction.  However, I cannot think of how these could be appropriate to use instead of converting an entire message into a single QR code.  For compactness, the border of each image is only 1 pixel wide, less than the amount of quiet zone required by the spec.  Below, we use CSS to increase the margin and padding.

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