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Yes, I like the way you put it. It's crazy to think that we're all so pliable though. Our parents, our peers, and history all teach us that we have an identity, a certain "best" that we are striving for, but when I look at myself I see that even within the past year I am a totally different person. The way I think, the way I act, the way I react... it's all different from another version of myself from the past. Yet I'm still the same person!

 

In my mind, nobody ever really "grows up". We just learn how to act in public, and life suck the joy out of us. Going into Freudian territory, we only learn to reign in the id, and we do this through socialization. Learning to make choices is another fundamental part of the process.

 

Now MF will be able to go deeper into this Inception style, but that's my basic philosophy.

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I simply think that it is hubris for humans to believe that they actually have control of their environment. It seems to me that it doesn't matter whether we are discussing "ruining" or "saving" the environment - both assume there are actions we can take that have a significant effect. At best, any action we take can only be classified as a transient. Now, it's true that transient might have disastrous results for a large percentage of the human species, but one could claim that is simply one of many such mass extinction events that has occurred throughout the history of the planet.

I am not saying that it doesn't matter whether we dump toxic or radioactive waste in school playgrounds - what I am saying is that even if every man, woman & child on the Earth suddenly started eating twigs & berries, wearing Birkinstocks and otherwise living a life with a negative Carbon footprint, that in no way provides our descendants any guarantees of a livable planet. It is the automatic connection of the action and the result that I disagree with - and that's the hubris I see.

Sorry - I get in these moods where I become focused on this hamster wheel of life and the fact that:

"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.

Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea."
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I'd say that such a defeating attitude is counterproductive though, whether terraforming/changing our planet's future is possible or not.
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I gave the new version of the Apple iBuds a quick listen on the big ol' he-man home stereo.

 

They sound... surprisingly good. I've definitely heard more expensive IEMs and headphones that sound worse. I don't think I'd make them daily wearers because they provide too little noise isolation and, frankly, I've got better stuff, but my first impression is positive. And I can wear them without pain, something I couldn't say about the previous generations of iBuds.

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Of course, there's also the thought that humans probably won't get serious about trying to get off this planet until we don't have any other choice... wink.gif
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But looking at the trend that slim = good, more and more models of phones are going unibody and lack removable batteries. I don't know why that is, but if i were to make an educated guess, the space saved from the latches needed for a removable back cover is plenty enough to warrant its absence in favor of a slimmer body.
I don't know about you, but I am still perfectly capable of pocketing my 808. Sure there's a bit of a bulge, but then I don't wear slim hipster jeans or the like. Besides, IMO too thin of a phone makes it easier to drop it.

 

It doesn't get a whole lot slimmer than my RAZR V3 and it has a removable battery.  And that's after it's folded closed.

 

It's those giant screens.  No matter how thin you make it it will still be rigid with a wide and tall enough face that it hogs your whole pocket anyway which is my real issue.  I wonder if there's some sort of formula for pocket deformation and efficient use of the available volume...

 

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I gave the new version of the Apple iBuds a quick listen on the big ol' he-man home stereo.

 

They sound... surprisingly good. I've definitely heard more expensive IEMs and headphones that sound worse. I don't think I'd make them daily wearers because they provide too little noise isolation and, frankly, I've got better stuff, but my first impression is positive. And I can wear them without pain, something I couldn't say about the previous generations of iBuds.

 

Pretty cool.

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That's just it billybob. We are changing the planet, though in a way that's absolutely detrimental.

Our emissions are not only destroying our protection from ultraviolet rays, and then the greenhouse gases that are roasting us alive, melting the ice layers, and causing the strange weather we're seeing. Its only going to get worse from here if we don't do something about it.
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Remember when we were talking about how Sony used to cool and respected "back in the day"?

 

That day ain't coming back anytime soon.  New patents for DNA based DRM...

the moment SCE does that is the moment I change to an Xbox :P 

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The Meizu MX-4 core looks like an AMAZING audiophile offer, but as such it ends up short on other places. Battery, screen size, pixel density, screen brightness all seem to take a hit. On the other hand, I'm in love with that FlymeOS thing going on there.
I'd say the next iteration of the Meizu may be something really interesting to look at, audiophiles and normal phone consumers alike. My Galaxy S3 is a pretty cruddy music player.

I thought the S3 and the 4 core uses the same wolfson chip? 

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I'm curious, are there any good podcasts people listen to here?

 

I probably spend as much if not more time listening to podcasts rather than music, and I'm always keen on new discoveries. I actually envy the US public radio system since it seems to produce a diversity of such interesting content.

 

Some of the ones I listen to that I would recommend, though some are probably pretty common, are:

 

This American Life (of course) Human interest and at times journalistic, this is probably the closest I will get to talking to a lot of people in one lifetime and getting some different perspectives. A good episode: NUMMI, an hour length episode about the ill-fated but brilliant joint production facility between Toyota and GM

 

Radiolab Absolutely brilliant little pop science podcast with two hosts with amazing chemistry and interesting outlooks. One is an atheist and the other is religious, but both seem absolutely dedicated to making science fun. A good episode: Lucy, an episode primarily about a family's attempt to live with a chimpanzee.

 

Freakonomics From the guys who made the book of the same name, pop economics podcast. A good ep: The Suicide Paradox, an economic and cultural analysis of suicide.

 

Planet Money Another pop economics podcast, where the bubbly hosts do silly things like buy toxic assets and then try to follow them through the economy. A good ep: How Four Drinking Buddies Saved Brazil, how the government dealt with the problem of inflation in Brazil.

 

The Truth Radio plays! Oddly my sister finds all radio plays frightening. A good ep: Tape Delay About a date that goes horribly wrong and a man's attempt to fix it in some form. Also, this is wonderfully hilarious: Everybody SCREAM! Wars at a spin class.

 

The Moth Storytelling podcast. People get up and tell life stories. Some of them are pretty incredible. A good ep: Victim's Impact, one man's account of the aftermath of a brutal gang attack he suffered and his chance to address his attackers in court. This is somewhat harrowing but good humoured as well.

 

The Complete Guide to Everything, A podcast where essentially guys complain about things and insult each other in hilarious ways, all in the guise of delivering a comprehensive review of whatever they choose for the week. I put this on in the background, its oddly reassuring.   A good ep: Kim Jong Il, you can imagine what it's about.


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Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, a weekly quiz show. Nominally a game show, but mostly an excuse for the host and three panelists to riff on the news. The host has said one of his inspirations is Groucho Marx' "You Bet Your Life", if that helps as a referent.

 

Judge John Hodgman, ostensibly a mock court, more like an advice show. Considerably funnier than I'm making it sound; if you like his books and his Daily Show appearances, you'll enjoy it -- if you find those annoying, well, you'll find this annoying too.

 

Bullseye, formerly "The Sound of Young America", a public radio talk show that's kind of like a younger, hipper Fresh Air. Which I also listen to from time to time.

 

In the past, and still occasionally, I'll listen to BBC Science podcast, On the Media, and Science Friday. But the four programs above (plus The Moth) are already more than I can take in each week; I'm about 50 hours underwater, podcast-wise.

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I thought the S3 and the 4 core uses the same wolfson chip? 

Sadly, the American variant of the S3 does not use the wonderful wolfson chip.
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Sadly, the American variant of the S3 does not use the wonderful wolfson chip.

ohh the american version........... well at least you get LTE ^^ 

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I'm curious, are there any good podcasts people listen to here?

 

I only started listening to podcasts recently and I have a habit of going through all the archives too.

 

Currently working on The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.

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That's just it billybob. We are changing the planet, though in a way that's absolutely detrimental.
Our emissions are not only destroying our protection from ultraviolet rays, and then the greenhouse gases that are roasting us alive, melting the ice layers, and causing the strange weather we're seeing. Its only going to get worse from here if we don't do something about it.

Ever read Darwin's Radio and Darwin's Children by Greg Bear? Great stories.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin's_Radio
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