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Spamalot / dont stop a swimming sloth
« on: November 18, 2013, 02:40:54 PM »
i like sloths so much so i thought i would post this video

General Discussion / solayce
« on: November 14, 2013, 10:10:35 AM »
pm sir

Synth's Book Club / winston churchill
« on: November 06, 2013, 12:34:59 AM »

still only halfway done with the first volume but it is absolutely incredible

i feel inspired to live my life in a new way

apparently it stays awesome and the second and third volumes are just as good

i cannot wait to read it all

besides the extraordinary life of winston churchill

you get a heavy dose of what victorian england was like, not to mention the world wars from an english perspective

hugely recommended

Synth's Book Club / [fiction] infinite jest
« on: October 18, 2013, 12:05:09 PM »
lets post our progress here

on around page 60

Synth's Book Club / [film] does your soul have a cold?
« on: October 18, 2013, 12:04:13 PM »

Does Your Soul Have A Cold? (2007)
The concept of depression as a mental illness and the use of antidepressants to treat that illness has just recently been introduced to Japan—even though the country has one of the highest annual suicide rates. This new awareness was greatly influenced by Western pharmaceutical companies’ advertising or “educational campaigns,” which included the slogan “Does Your Soul have A Cold?” The film is an intimate and purposely unresolved look at five young people taking antidepressants in Tokyo. It is a meditation on the issues of globalism, pharmacology, and social shame towards mental illness, as seen through the everyday lives of these people. The film does not feature any “specialists” of “experts” and instead foregrounds the experiences of the people who are suffering from depression and trying to find a way out.

seems pretty cool, havent watched it yet. if anyone watches and likes it, please post here

LoLz / tzt lol team
« on: October 16, 2013, 10:57:59 PM »
lets start a tzt lol team. we get on together, we play together, we win together

we use ventrilo to coordinate

we launch an enterprise that will eventually challenge the crooked asian hegemony

and finally revel in the glory of ultimate victory at the highest levels

i am honestly just really frustrated with being teamed up with shittoads

anyone wanna set up some standard times

General Discussion / medical school acceptance
« on: October 15, 2013, 12:47:52 PM »
i got in so now i can chill

pretty nice

not sure where yet, but i have one acceptance at least so i am not worrying about it at all. still need to hear back from 7 schools, 2 will be this month, a couple more next month, then the rest next year.

but yeah i got in so i can stop worrying

LoLz / how do i find my account
« on: October 12, 2013, 05:45:01 PM »

Synth's Book Club / heidegger
« on: October 11, 2013, 07:57:38 PM »
not often i recommend audiobooks, but i recommend this one resoundingly

if you were ever curious about heidegger, here is a lucid, extremely well organized and well-narrated primer that will get the job done clearly, effectively, and concisely. rehashing the nazi debate at the beginning, but past that first hour, you'll get a real taste of the central issues in heidegger's ontology. only halfway done but for a philosophical audiobook, im unusually riveted. (i usually find philosophy audiobooks enormously grueling.)

to anyone who has always wanted to know a little about heidegger without spending the several requisite months studying sein und zeit: get it. it is outstanding and easy to follow, even for an audiobook.

you can also check out an ebook copy at openlibrary for free, if you want to reference the actual, visual text. pm me if you need any help using openlibrary, its kind of confusing sometimes

Testing Forum / asdf
« on: October 10, 2013, 10:54:23 PM »

LoLz / started playing lol
« on: October 05, 2013, 08:41:02 PM »
so i have some friends from korea and they love LOL and we now play together and win every time because they are korean

i am wondering what exactly is the most OP char that i can use to pwn the hardest?

i like master yi and i pwn pretty hard with him but im looking to be more OP if possible

General Discussion / solayce
« on: September 29, 2013, 06:29:41 PM »
pm, gonna be in sd soon dawg

any1 else want to meet in sd we can go surfing and have butt sex on the beach

General Discussion / searching tzt
« on: September 23, 2013, 11:07:11 PM »
how the fuck do i search tzt using google again. can u pleaes sticky that

Synth's Book Club / 1q84
« on: September 21, 2013, 02:53:06 PM »
seems entertaining so far, basically an entertaining middle brow novel

murakami seems to throw out references here and there and his knowledge is quite broad

not much is particularly deep, altho i enjoyed his characterization of cultural anthropology: that its alienating function was to give humans autonomy and freedom...

otherwise he seems to be popularizing a wide variety of ideas

in a very entertaining style

others call it "weak" but ill beg to differ... i was glancing thru cormac mccarthy's the road, and if that is strong prose, id prefer not to be forced to wade thru such "strong prose"

i think this novel is special but in a kind of pedestrian way... it resonates with me but i am not exactly impressed... i am not riveted by any means yet i find the reading easy and enjoyable to return to

not having much experience with contemporary fiction id like to hear others thoughts

General Discussion / school has become too hostile to boys
« on: August 24, 2013, 01:24:06 PM »

School Has Become Too Hostile to Boys
And efforts to re-engineer the young-male imagination are doomed to fail

By Christina Hoff Sommers

As school begins in the coming weeks, parents of boys should ask themselves a question: Is my son really welcome? A flurry of incidents last spring suggests that the answer is no. In May, Christopher Marshall, age 7, was suspended from his Virginia school for picking up a pencil and using it to “shoot” a “bad guy” — his friend, who was also suspended. A few months earlier, Josh Welch, also 7, was sent home from his Maryland school for nibbling off the corners of a strawberry Pop-Tart to shape it into a gun. At about the same time, Colorado’s Alex Evans, age 7, was suspended for throwing an imaginary hand grenade at “bad guys” in order to “save the world.”

In all these cases, school officials found the children to be in violation of the school’s zero-tolerance policies for firearms, which is clearly a ludicrous application of the rule. But common sense isn’t the only thing at stake here. In the name of zero tolerance, our schools are becoming hostile environments for young boys.

Girls occasionally run afoul of these draconian policies; but it is mostly boys who are ensnared. Boys are nearly five times more likely to be expelled from preschool than girls. In grades K-12, boys account for nearly 70% of suspensions, often for minor acts of insubordination and defiance. In the cases of Christopher, Josh and Alex, there was no insubordination or defiance whatsoever. They were guilty of nothing more than being typical 7-year-old boys. But in today’s school environment, that can be a punishable offense.

Zero tolerance was originally conceived as a way of ridding schools of violent predators, especially in the wake of horrific shootings in places like Littleton, Colo. But juvenile violence, including violence at schools, is at a historic low. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that in 2011, approximately 1% of students ages 12 to 18 reported a violent victimization at school. For serious violence, the figure is one-tenth of 1%. It does no disrespect to the victims of Columbine or Sandy Hook to note that while violence may be built into the core of a small coterie of sociopathic boys, most boys are not sociopathic.

On the other hand, millions of boys are struggling academically. A large and growing male cohort is falling behind in grades and disengaged from school. College has never been more important to a young person’s life prospects, and today boys are far less likely than girls to pursue education beyond high school. As our schools become more risk averse, the gender gap favoring girls is threatening to become a chasm.

Across the country, schools are policing and punishing the distinctive, assertive sociability of boys. Many much-loved games have vanished from school playgrounds. At some schools, tug of war has been replaced with “tug of peace.” Since the 1990s, elimination games like dodgeball, red rover and tag have been under a cloud — too damaging to self-esteem and too violent, say certain experts. Young boys, with few exceptions, love action narratives. These usually involve heroes, bad guys, rescues and shoot-ups. As boys’ play proceeds, plots become more elaborate and the boys more transfixed. When researchers ask boys why they do it, the standard reply is, “Because it’s fun.”

According to at least one study, such play rarely escalates into real aggression — only about 1% of the time. But when two researchers, Mary Ellin Logue and Hattie Harvey, surveyed classroom practices of 98 teachers of 4-year-olds, they found that this style of play was the least tolerated. Nearly half of teachers stopped or redirected boys’ dramatic play daily or several times a week — whereas less than a third reported stopping or redirecting girls’ dramatic play weekly.

Play is a critical basis for learning. And boys’ heroic play is no exception. Logue and Harvey found that “bad guy” play improved children’s conversation and imaginative writing. Such play, say the authors, also builds moral imagination, social competence and imparts critical lessons about personal limits and self-restraint. Logue and Harvey worry that the growing intolerance for boys’ action-narrative-play choices may be undermining their early language development and weakening their attachment to school. Imagine the harm done to boys like Christopher, Josh and Alex who are not merely discouraged from their choice of play, but are punished, publicly shamed and ostracized.

Schools must enforce codes of discipline and maintain clear rules against incivility and malicious behavior. But that hardly requires abolishing tag, imposing games of tug of peace or banning superhero play. Efforts to re-engineer the young-male imagination are doomed to fail, but they will succeed spectacularly in at least one way. They will send a clear and unmistakable message to millions of schoolboys: You are not welcome in school.

General Discussion / things to do in hawaii
« on: August 20, 2013, 12:23:39 AM »
highlights? i looked up a list and theres so many things to do. we have about a week there

we will be on oahu


Japan's 'Kirobo' Robot Astronaut Heads Into Space

Sorry, Pixar fans – the first "robot astronaut" heading into space isn't going to be WALL-E. And its super-small size would really emphasize the "one small step for robots" bit if Japan's Kirobo robot actually had any intention of getting out and walking on some celestial objects.

Kirobo blasted off into space early this morning (Japan-time), booking passage on an unmanned Kounotori 4 Transfer Vehicle (HTV4) alongside 3.5 tons of supplies, food, and equipment bound for the International Space Station. The 13.4-inch-tall robot was created as part of the "Kibo Robot Project" at the University of Tokyo's Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology.

Kirobo, whose name was created by mashing together the Japanese word for hope, "kibo," with the word "robot," will be able to use voice-recognition technology, natural-language processing, and facial recognition to speak with both astronauts in space and researchers back on Earth. Not only will Kirobo record the conversations it has with Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata (once the latter arrives at the space station toward the end of this year), but it'll also help shuttle messages from the flight control room to the astronaut.

The robot's other goal, reports the BBC, is to see if it can become an emotional anchor of-sorts for "people isolated over long periods."

"I wish for this robot to function as a mediator between a person and machine, or a person and the Internet, and sometimes even between people," said robot developer Tomotaka Takahashi, in an interview with the BBC.

Of course, it's not as easy as it sounds for a robot to become an astronaut. Researchers had to subject Kirobo to a number of different tests to determine whether the robot would be suitable for its weightless mission, including thermal analysis testing, electromagnetic compatibility testing, and a test to determine whether the general background noise on board the Internal Space Station might otherwise interfere with the robot's voice-recognition capabilities.

A second robot created by the Kibo Robot Project, "Mirata," will remain on the ground in case any issues with Kirobo need to be dealt with from afar. Kirobo's schedule for returning to Earth has the robot-turned-astronaut heading back down to the planet in December of next year – likely via a less-than-exciting cargo shuttle instead of, say, blasting to Earth like the Destroyer from Thor.

Spamalot / mevermind
« on: July 29, 2013, 10:26:33 PM »
nevermind i got it

ive been drinking a little

Spamalot / push-pull game in the animal kingdom
« on: July 27, 2013, 09:30:02 PM »

General Discussion / POLL: Do you enjoy farting?
« on: July 25, 2013, 12:17:18 AM »

Synth's Book Club / daoist synopses
« on: July 12, 2013, 10:42:33 PM »
ok so i am giving short glosses for each verse in the tao te ching by lao tzu

i will be reappropriating it western style, stripping the poetry and giving the philosophical core

i am using the translation by jonathan star.  apparently that matters, since there are two completely different (major) interpretations of the tao te ching, and how it is translated can reflect that?

verse 1. fuck lol.  tao is that which is behind all mere forms.  it is the One behind the Many.  the principle of reality that is not immediately perceptible.  its influence is only indirectly evident through the proliferation and order and disorder of all that we see.  it is the unseeable foundation of all reality

"It is the truth beyond the truth,
    the hidden within the hidden
It is the path to all wonder,
    the gate to the essence of everything!"

Synth's Book Club / so excited
« on: July 09, 2013, 09:12:31 PM »
just got my copy of the science of logic in hardcover after months of multiple copies being blocked in the mail by the jewish conspirators


found this text on, just recently put up


General Discussion / tzt member forum
« on: July 08, 2013, 01:01:12 PM »
utumno can u give me access to this

ok i want to start this thread out by saying FUCK UTUMNO for suggesting i write this essay and then ignoring my message to him to help me to edit it.  its only 300 words you lazy fuck.

kill utumno seriosuly

that out of the way, i am just going to post a short story about my life.  for med school applications, there are four basic phases: primary application to all schools, one secondary applications for each school, interviews, acceptance.

most medical schools ask the question in their secondary application: tell us about obstacles, problems uve had, etc.  i submitted my application to the texas schools leaving this blank, but i sort of feel like i should fill it out to some top schools.  the reasoning behind this is that im not sure it will be so easy to brute force with my numbers to these schools (my numbers are barely higher than the averages of the top schools, meaning im basically in the pool of average competition).

i do have some ECs that set me apart, but not really at the level of competition im looking at.  so im thinking about trying to pull my wildcard: the truth.  ive always avoided discussing this in applications, usually giving bullshit, but med school is a bit too important  for me to leave this out.

the only thing i dont like about this is i am worried about the possible stigma?  for many years, i havent told even my friends about this shit.  its been sort of a dark secret of my own, and ive been terrified of judgment.  but now im thinking about putting it in a med school application for strangers to read?  this is my basic reservation, and i think its a legit one.  let me know what u think

please check out my essay and tell me whether you think its going in teh right direction.  if so, what kinds of edits would you make to make it stronger?  remember if i get an interview at these schools, im going to have to talk about it

id like hard specifics if possible, thanks

(optional) Do you have unique experiences or obstacles that you have overcome that were not covered in your application about which you would like to inform our Admissions Committee? (maximum 3000 characters including spaces)

I was not the easiest child.  I asked lots of questions. When I was distracted, I would talk loudly. I would run around. In curiosity, I would break things.

My parents were very busy and were usually unwilling to engage with me. They sought the advice of doctors to control my problem behaviors. I was soon taking many medications. Often one medication led to another, as if to counter the effects of the previous one. This was from years 10-16; of some of these years, because of the medications, I have virtually no memory.

By high school, my GPA was not much higher than a C. I had to retake classes and was lucky to graduate on time; I still believe that this was primarily due to my teachers’ good will, rather than my achievement. That is why I attended community college prior to attending the University of Texas at Austin.

I turned around because my parents’ influence over me was decreasing, and I knew my potential wasn’t being fulfilled. If I was unfortunate that my parents were distant, that they provided no moral guidance or emotional support, I was fortunate for my economic privilege and intellectual gifts. I still had the opportunity to attend community college without any financial barrier. If I surprised others by squeezing by and graduating from high school, I surprised them more by excelling in community college.

I think I surpassed anyone’s expectations in achieving what I have after I went through what I did. The strength of my application, is not my MCAT score, nor my range of experiences. It’s not my maturity. All of these are reflections of something deeper: my need to give something to the world. This needs rises from the sense of deprivation and confusion of my upbringing.

Spamalot / a rap song
« on: July 07, 2013, 11:47:58 AM »

ok so im sort of in ocd mode, doing repetitive movements, pacing, mumbling to myself, and not sleeping over my med school application, and theres just one last part i need to decide on...

what picture do i attach to my application?

im attaching two pictures... the first one looks more outgoing and socialized, but also kind of looks to me like the dude who killed everyone in colorado

the second one makes me look like a catalog model but im worried that it doesnt look friendly enough

for those who are wondering: why r u not smiling synth?  because me smiling doesnt look good.  maybe bc these days my face is becoming bloated and utumno'd, like a walking corpse inches from death, so when i smile i look like a squirrel with chestnuts in my cheeks/thurloc.  ive justified this by the fact that ive been bulking but honestly ive not been working out much, just eating indian food, sigh.  gonna go running with the colorado bomber expression on my face in a little bit

also im aware that i look outstandingly handsome in these pictures, however im not posting to brag about that... altho i am naturally studly, these pictures were chosen from over 70... im actually extremely bloated and scary looking right now...

joking aside, pls comment thx.  the last completely superficial aspect of my application to obsess over thx

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