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  1. Silvestru

    You think you've got problems America...

    No offence to anyone on this thread but I believe racism and xenophobia played a bigger role in convincing people towards the Brexit idea than Russia.
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    Do you have a repetitive job or lifestyle or stale relationship? You should consult with a professional but if we are discussing this topic, the solution is most likely change. Do you have a job where you are just crunching numbers all day and have no contact with other people? Maybe you have a very stressful job that requires you to sacrifice your personal life. After job, do you just go home and watch Netflix or play games every day and have the same routine? Are the relationships in life partner/friends very boring and meeting seeing them sometimes feel like an obligation more than something you look forward to? I guess these are a few common points that cause burnout depression. Maybe something is missing in their life. An ambition a dream, a goal. Where I live I feel like a main reason for depression in people is loneliness or being with the wrong person again for fear of loneliness.
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    Even in this sacred temple, can I NOT ESCAPE CLICK-BAIT?
  4. Yes. Sorry I kind off implied that in my example. Also if someone would hypothetically use "a device to quite literally suck in or funnel the Earths magnetic field" it would probably have tragic consequences! #MarsRemembers
  5. This has been kinda tried, read below: Turn's out it's a really inefficient way to produce energy. PS: I just read about this today!
  6. Silvestru

    Ideas to invest small amounts of money in

    Not really. Bought them for 25.95 without discount. In this moment they are 26.30. So very small gain even without discount. All I can say is that prices fluctuate But I am not here to talk about share plans haha. I wanted others to share their plans as well and hopefully to inspire each other. Oh Sensei I just realised the confusion. So the shares are bought on the first business day of the new year. Even though I was contributing throughout the year.
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    Ideas to invest small amounts of money in

    "My father never went to college so it was really important I go to college. After college, I called him long distance and said, now what? My dad didn't know. When I got a job and turned twenty-five, long distance, I said, now what? My dad didn't know, so he said, get married. I'm a thirty-year-old boy, and I'm wondering if another woman is really the answer I need." Happy new year! Now 2018 is over and we reaped the benefits from the share scheme. I've also been painting and selling for some small profit this year so I would like to thank you all for the support and encourage you to save/invest for your future. So as my quote suggests: Now what? I was thinking to craft something and sell like I've been doing with paintings but I have no inspiration. I was thinking of buying a 3-D printer and make stuff and sell it. (like a vase and other home stuff). Opening a Pet Hotel. As you can see I am low on ideas. How have you guys been? Not wasting money on useless stuff I hope.
  8. I was thinking of what makes me most happy in my day to day life and I would have to say art. I realised that the games I like to play or the things I like to watch are all somehow connected to art. (nothing sophisticated or pretentious) I paint as a hobby in my free time while listening to music and I love watching beautifully made visual documentaries - all art connected I would say.
  9. Silvestru

    The Diderot Effect

    I didn't say it is. You seem to have answered your own question. We can now debate the term need. Or we can talk about how good marketing strategies are and how they trained your mind and that of many others to have the feeling that the hole inside and the feeling of unhappiness or incompleteness can disappear if only you would get your hands on this new see-through toaster that lets you see exactly at what stage of development your toast is.
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    The Diderot Effect

    to try to describe consumption (dimreepr style answerTM)
  11. Hello forum, I am having a slow day at work today and as I was reading the below article, my mind began to wonder. It would really help the conversation if you could go through the short paper copied below but also linked just under. I didn't want to add just a few quotes as it would be confusing. I was trying to find a ridiculous way to measure if lets say indeed c would change it's value. Let's wander a bit and take the assumption that starting tomorrow c will immediately change it's value. I mean what confuses me is that I could think of many barbaric ways to prove to you that c indeed changed or not given the above assumption. An example is given in the article that we use a 1m stick to measure c. The author disregards this option as c is not less fundamental than the length of the stick so we would not know if c indeed changed or if the length of the stick changed. I agree but if we would introduce a third barbaric contraption to measure time (will not mention gravity as it also travels at c), lets take particle decay. Would particle (not radioactive decay) decay hypothetically change if c would change? If we measure that today a neutron mean lifetime is 885.7 seconds and we measure tomorrow, (after the supposed change in c), would we get different result? Name Mass (MeV) Mean lifetime Neutron / Antineutron 939.6 885.7 I know this is all just silly speculation but I would like to open a discussion on how best to approach the assumption that c would change over time. Just to add to the discussion, we measure a second as "the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the caesium-133 atom" (at a temperature of 0 K).
  12. Silvestru

    The North Korea Problem

    I think it's more about how you use this nuclear power. And to be fair, N Korea is not know for it's rational decisions. USA does not threaten other countries with missile launches. Not lately anyway (Except for the aforementioned). This is a N Korean message to it's (only?) ally - China. "One must clearly understand that the D.P.R.K.'s line of access to nukes for the existence and development of the country can neither be changed nor shaken[...] And that the D.P.R.K. will never beg for the maintenance of friendship with China, risking its nuclear program which is as precious as its own life, no matter how valuable the friendship is... China should no longer try to test the limits of the D.P.R.K.'s patience[...] China had better ponder over the grave consequences to be entailed by its reckless act of chopping down the pillar of the D.P.R.K.-China relations." Don't forget that China represents over 90% of N Korea's international trade. You can just google who N. Korea threatened with a nuclear missile strike in the last few years but the list is pretty long and worrisome. Australia : Japan: "North Korea issued its first explicit threat to Japan this week, claiming it would sink the entire country with a nuclear bomb in fresh verbal conflict with the United Nations. " USA: North Korea also suggested the US should be “beaten to death like a rabid dog”. This was a reference to the “heinous resolution” a 15-member security council made by voting unanimously in support of a US-drafted plan condemning the missile test over Japan. The resolution also imposed measures that include a ban on North Korean textile imports and restrictions on oil exports to the country. “Let’s reduce the US mainland into ashes and darkness. Let’s vent our spite with mobilisation of all retaliation means which have been prepared till now,” the Korea Asia-Pacific peace committee said in response. N Korea also isn't big on human rights, healthcare and living conditions so the fact that they are spending resources on Military Nuclear programs isn't a good sign.
  13. Silvestru

    theory of everything

  14. Why was this holiday turned into a shopping spree? Damn you Consumerism and Marketing.
    I have to buy presents now and I don't know what to do. I don't even want anything! :(

    1. MigL


      I blame Santa Claus.

      Oh, cheer up Scrooge.

    2. Silvestru


      Yeah... I didnt' eat my banana that day. Sorry Santa

  15. Silvestru

    The ultimate European Union expansion

    Would you say that Norway or Iceland has more chances of going to war or being attacked than Germany, France, Poland or whatever EU country? It's not really connected with the EU group. They are just peaceful right now.