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    Homework Help

    I can only say that learning them by memorizing tables is the worst possible way of doing it :q Even if you somehow manage to do it, you'll forget them in a week or two anyway. The way I learn conjugation / declension is this: I learn each case in separation, one after another, depending on the order in which I want to grok the language. Usually I start with genitive case, because it already allows me to form some simple phrases such as "Twilight's book" or "your mother" or "The Elements of Harmony" (genitive is often used for origin, material, source etc., think of an "away from" motion.) Then I learn the accusative, because it is the most important one if you want to make sentences with direct objects (direct objects are in accusative). This allows me to form simple sentences, such as "The diamond dog chases Rarity." The next one to learn is dative, which is used in sentences for the indirect object with bi-transitive verbs. This allows to form sentences such as "They gave the Elements to the Tree", but it often works for constructs like "this gem is for Spike" (think of "towards" motion, giving something to someone, pointing at directions, describing purposes etc.). If there is locative case, it is usually used with prepositions, for describing time and place, so stuff like "Cloudsdale is above Ponyville" etc. Vocative? Not many languages still have them. They usually use the nominative form for both. But if they distinguish vocatives, I learn them as last, because it is least useful, unless you need to give people commands or address them directly very often. I learn each case separately, using it in simple phrases and sentences, in which only one element changes (I substitute different nouns into the same sentence to get the pattern), but the ending stays the same. Try remembering only what CHANGES from one case to another, basing on what you already know about the cases you learned previously. You can also try finding some patterns in those endings, based on their PHONETICS, not spelling (languages are first spoken, then written down). For example, I see that the masculine forms are built around the "o" vowel (the "omega", or should I say "o mega" = "the big o", is also an "o" sound, just a bit longer and deeper), while the feminine forms are built around the "a" vowel (sometimes changed to "eta" due to sound changes caused by accents). This pattern is quite predominant in Latin & Greek and their derivatives (shared with Indo-European languages in general). The accusative ends in "n" ("nu") in all declensions, but you've already spotted that, from what I can see. The genitive case uses "sigma" endings (the "s" sound) in first declension (feminine) and "upsilon" in second declension (non-feminine). The dative makes the sounds longer (which changes notation and accents). A good idea might be to colour the letters with different colours (the same letter with the same colour) to make those patterns more evident at a glance. Try to use similar colours for letters that sound similar. (Remember, phonetics first.) But still, practice makes perfect. It is better to use those endings in speech or writing sentences than just memorize tables. After all, you learn languages to use them, to be able to express your ideas in them, or read other people's ideas from books. Therefore using the language to express your own ideas by talking in it, is crucial. Good luck!
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    @Cximia Take a look at this website. There are formulas that you can find useful, with pictures. It pretty much combines the Lorentz's force formula with the formula for centripetal force (which is magnetic force in this case). Be careful not to confuse lowercase "v" (velocity) with uppercase "V" (electric potential, or voltage). The latter is used in calculations of the particle's velocity when it is accelerated through electric potential difference. @ZethaPonderer I don't think your problem is with mathematics or applying it. It might be more about understanding the problem you're trying to solve. I'm not an expert on finances, so I don't understand the finances-specific terms used in your question, but I understand words such as "rate", "percentage", "value" etc., and it sounds like a problem of compound interest, so maybe take a look on that. If it is indeed about compound interest, then the formula is pretty simple: Kn = K*(1+r/n)^n where r is the percentage rate at each moment you calculate the compounding, n is the number of compounding moments, and K is the initial amount of money you start with. So Kn is how much money you get after n moments of compounding. It pretty much multiplies the initial amount K by the entire parenthesis n times. The value in the parenthesis is pretty much 100% of the previous value (that's the "1") plus another r percent of the previous value – actually an nth part of it, because you're distributing the entire rate r over n steps. But if it isn't about compound interest, the formulas may get somewhat more complicated, especially when calculus is involved (rates of change than can change over time depending on some conditions along the way). Maybe if you explained the specific terms used in your question and give us some context of what they mean and how are they used, it would be easier to come up with some math. Because once you understand the problem, the math part is usually the easiest. (Well, unless you're doing some quantum physics – then the math can get really ugly, with complex partial differential equations & stuff :q ).
  3. SasQ

    Where is Equestria?

    Actually it's on Earth Somewhere in Pretoria, South Africa. At least according to Google Maps ;J,+Pretoria,+0184,+South+Africa/@-25.7633054,28.3294002,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sequestria!3m4!1s0x1e955e5c875906fd:0xa65176214cdebc80!8m2!3d-25.7657075!4d28.3374283 BTW those "Photos" killed me
  4. I'm still here on the forums, but mostly as a non-meddling observer, because this forum is not the best place to talk freely. Too much "political correctness", and I have a beef with a few moderators here as well, mostly because I'm not really a fan of authorities and a free thinker :q There's also some issues with copyright and ownership of stuff posted on these forums, so there are certain things I simply cannot post here or talk about. But you can still talk with me outside of the forums about such things (Just make sure to avoid Google Mail or similar corporate-owned channels – I don't reply there because of privacy issues.) As for the feeling you described: I know the feeling all right That's the "awoken state" in which you perceive reality as it is, instead of "sleeping with eyes open". This state is related to dream control and lucid dreaming, as well as meditation & other stuff related to consciousness, and it definitely helps in achieving these states, or think faster. And at a certain degree of development, it even allows to alter reality around you (well, in a slight amount when it comes to me, but still better than none :q ), when you realize that reality is just a dream as well, a dream about the physical world. (Have you ever read any of Carlos Castaneda's books? Or the Tibetan "Dream Yoga"?) As for the talent for dream control: I don't think there's such a thing as TALENT at all. There might be initial predispositions, but this is like an early start in a race – it doesn't mean that if you started later, you can't catch up with the early mofo ;J you just have to try harder and put some more effort, and you can not only catch up with him, but even surpass him When people see someone is good at something, but they don't see how he achieved that level, they think it's some sort of "magic" and they say that ihe's got a "talent" for that. Most of the time to have an excuse for themselves not being that good, and not trying But if they tried, they could see for themselves that it's nothing about "talents" – it's about LEARNING. Everyone can learn anything, provided it's something you really WANT to learn, and put enough EFFORT into it, and that you're learning it THE RIGHT WAY (because oftentimes people put a lot of effort, but they're doing it wrong, and they give up because they don't achieve their goal, so they think that it doesn't work, or that they "don't have talent for that" :q ). I didn't know how to play piano, I haven't born with it. I learned it. And now I can play piano quite well, with both hands. Not like a pro, but well enough to play some favourite songs from MLP or movies I like The same story with drawing: I couldn't draw in the past. My drawings were terrible But I exercised, observed how other people do it, and I learned it, and now I can draw pretty well. The more effort and fantasy I put into it, the better the end result looks. (It's all about good proportions, realistic shading, and details.) When I was a student in college, I was terrible at math, because I couldn't understand it at the slightest And it was even worse when I was studying at university. But after finishing my education career, I started learning maths and physics on my own, because I needed it for game programming and simulations, or to understand how stuff works. And guess what: now I'm good at math and I understand it very well. To the point that people who see me solving math problems they struggled with, they think that I'm some sort of a wizard or something :q because they have no idea how I do it. And yet, there's no magic in it, no "talent", just a deep understanding of how it works, and knowing the geometry hiding behind formulas. It allows me to do things that many people (including educated mathematicians!) consider as impossible, until I explain the trick to them and show them how they can do it themselves. And it's the same thing with conscious dreaming or dream control. It's not a talent, it's a skill, something that you can learn. I was waking up early from my dreams too, as soon as I realized that I'm in a dream and got too emotional about it. But this, again, is something that you can practise and get better in it. There are also some techniques that you can use to anchor yourself inside a dream: make sure to avoid closing your eyes or limiting your inputs in any way. Do the opposite: maximize your input by using as many senses as you can in the dream. Touch stuff, scratch your hand against the walls or the rug. Scream aloud. Start jumping. Looking around and naming things you see (the "I spy..." game ). This definitely helps.
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    unable to watch School Daze on YouTube

    Are the leaked ones still somewhere? Specifically, I'm looking for those that didn't have background music yet, just voices and sound effects. I'm sure I've seen them somewhere many times before when I didn't want to watch them (because I haven't seen the official releases yet back then), but now when I need them for some sound analysis experiment, I can't find anything (how ironic ).
  6. Because why not? Is there anything wrong about it? :q And I'm not using it just for MLP stuff. I use lucid dreaming for all sorts of things. Usually for doing stuff that can't be possible to do in physical world due to its limitations (e.g. laws of physics, lack of materials, money or other resources etc.). Or to simply get some additional time for my life at night instead if mindlessly getting involved into wacky dreams. Or for investigating how perception of reality works. But if you have any other suggestions of what could I do in my conscious dreams, then go on, I'm listening As much as I can understand that, I'm kinda wondering why do you care at all? It isn't much of your business what do I do with my mind, is it? If I got crazy one day, I don't think it's gonna affect your world in any way. (But as I said, there's no need to worry about that ) I find it kinda weird, it's like I found an interesting book and started to read it, and you came and started lecturing me about the dangers of reading too much, as if it were some sort of a dangerous drug It's just dreams. The fact that I know that I'm dreaming doesn't make much of a difference, I dream every night regardless, so it won't hurt if I use those dreams to make something useful, right?
  7. Because a proof is something that makes you certain that you're not crazy or just "making things up" Weren't you concerned a while ago about my mental health? Welp, that's exactly what proofs are for: their purpose is to distinguish what's "true" or "real" or "possible", from what isn't. Also, I don't think there's such thing as "physical proof". We don't prove anything in physics. We only do observations, make notes, try to find the pattern in the data and describe it with some model in our theories, and then we do more experiments to see if they fit the theory or not. As long as they fit, we're fine. But no matter how many experiments are supporting our theory, they never ascertain it – they only increase our belief that the theory might be true. But one experiment that breaks the pattern is enough to disprove a theory. So the only thing we can be certain in physics, is that some theory is not right. Quite the contrary in mathematics, which is a purely mental exercise (though it is still grounded in the real world and the real world seems to be operating on mathematical principles). In mathematics, it's all about proving stuff. First we make a small set of assumptions, called "axioms", which we accept inside the theory as being true (coming from the outside world), and then we use logical reasoning to see what other facts we can naturally deduce from these assumptions. And as long as there are no contradictions, we're fine. But why can't we verify these assumptions to begin with? Well, because there's really no way of doing that :q Logic doesn't care about its "inputs". It works this way: providing that something is believed to be true, it must follow that something else must be true as well (the thing we deduce from the axioms). So it's always only a provisional truth. The only way to find out that some assumptions were not true, is when we run into a contradiction. Because there are no contradictions in the real world – it exists, so it's true. Truth is something that happens or can happen. False is something that cannot happen no matter what, because it collides with something else. It's like a piece of a puzzle that doesn't fit anywhere, so it cannot be a part of any valid picture. And people need proofs because proofs give them the sense of safety and comfort. When they can prove something is true, they feel safe, because they feel they "understood" something. If they can't grasp something with their mind, they usually also are unable to prove it. And vice versa: if they cannot prove it, they're reluctant to accept it as true or grasp it with their mind. (Though there are also things that has been proved to be true, but nevertheless not many people can believe it. Just look how many flat-earthers are out there these days :q or religious fanatics.) Rigorous proofs also take out the "human factor" out of the equation. It helps resolving conflicts in debates. You can believe that something is true, but other people might not be so much willing to believe you. Proofs are the ways to convince them, because if they can follow the same path of deduction that you did and come to the same conclusion all by themselves, it's more likely they'll believe it too. They may not believe you, but they can't deny their own deduction they've done themselves, right?
  8. Yup, pretty much that. I "summoned" Twilight Sparkle inside of my mind, as a mental image, to talk with her representation in my mind. It might be considered as a form of channelling. I do that quite often, to talk with famous scientists or even fictional characters, to ask for advice or inspiration. Everyone of us has a mental image of Twilight Sparkle in the way we know her from the cartoon, how she talks and behaves, what would she do or wouldn't do in certain situations, etc. and that vision of her is supposed to behave according to these rules. Every character I "summon" this way has a different set of rules and behaviours, allowing for different points of view and solutions to different problems. What do you mean by "so attached"? Everyone is, it's just most people are unaware of it and cannot use it consciously in their lives. I'm a lucid dreamer since I learnt how to do it back when I was in college. So I have several years of experience with it under my belt. It is something I learnt, and I repeat this once more: EVERYONE CAN LEARN IT. I'm not some prodigious chosen-by-gods genius. So if I could learn it, everyone can. And there are no physical conditions that could disallow one to do that either, because it works on the mental plane ("in the software, not in the hardware", as a computer scientist would say). If there's any physical condition that would make someone incapable of lucid dreaming, it would render them incapable of much more serious brain functions, like talking, controlling their body etc. The only thing that could possibly stop you from learning that, is your own attitude and belief. If you believe it's possible, you're right. If you believe it's impossible, you're right too, because your mind will make it impossible for you. But I digressed. As for the mental health: I'm dealing with the Astral & stuff for over a decade since, and I'm OK, thank you very much. It didn't affect my mind in any wrong/unhealthy way (quite the contrary, actually: I benefit a lot from these skills and they help me doing stuff other people can't due to limitations they impose upon themselves). Sure, there might be some people who could have gotten crazy by doing such things. But one can get crazy much more simpler, by believing some crazy stuff. It's always the case when one fiddles with one's mind without proper knowledge and care. In the same way one can get electrocuted by playing with electricity without proper knowledge about it, or got poisoned or injured by playing with chemicals without knowing chemistry. But as long as you are careful and you know what you're doing, there's no worries you'll get crazy or hurt. Oh, don't worry about that! I never lost my sense of reality, and I didn't forget to live Having good fantasy doesn't necessarily mean you can't be serious and real at the same time. I might use some fringe occult methods sometimes but I'm also a scientist, and I always had a very inquiring and sceptical mind, and a good sense of what's real and what's not. I think it might be caused by my experience with mathematics. When dealing with mathematics, I often have to assume certain things, even some "crazy" ones, just to see what conclusions could be drawn from it. It is a frequent technique of proving theorems in mathematics: you assume something that you know isn't true, just to see what follows from it and where will you encounter a contradiction. I kinda extrapolated this way of thinking into other areas of my life. I often play with different ideas just to see how they work, so I created a special place in my mind, a sort of a sandbox for ideas where I can safely play with them without affecting the rest of my mind. They can be false, they can be crazy, but they always stay in the sandbox. And only when I make sure something is true, by thoroughly verifying it, I move it to the part of my mind where I keep "verified" ideas – those that I'm certain they're true. For example, I can assume that the Christian God (or any other God) exists and see what results from it. Or I can assume that an advanced extraterrestrial civilization visited Earth thousands of years ago, and consider what traces of their existence they could have left on our planet. Or I can assume that ghosts exist and ponder about possible ways to detect them or communicate with them. And at the end of the day, I can leave my sandbox and get back to the usual, "normal", mundane stuff. It's like when you read an immersive book or watch a movie – while you're reading or watching it, you can live that fantasy, assuming that what happens in the movie is true, but when the movie ends, you get back to normal life. That's how it works for me with my "Astral" experiences Who said I'm "ignoring" the real world? :J You see, the thing is, what is "real" is relative and depends on your perception and definitions of reality. For me, "true" and "real" are synonymous, and they mean the things that happen or potentially can happen in certain conditions because there's nothing that could prevent it from happening. The sense of reality is based on experience and perception. If you perceive something (e.g. you see your friend in front of you), you can say it's "real", because it is certainly happening and can be perceived, at least by you. In the same sense, when you see the same friend in your dream, you can tell it's "real", because you're perceiving it. The only problem is that some perceptions are subjective, and some can be objectively perceived by more people at the same time and pretty much the same way (because there will always be some discrepancies in perception, since you're all perceiving it from different points of view). Of course it's better if something can be perceived objectively by other people, not just you. But what if it cannot? Does it mean it's not real? For example, no one can perceive your dreams except you. Does it mean they are not real then? Well, one might say so. But what if you perceived that you met someone in a dream, talked with that person, and after you woke up, you told her about that dream only to find out that she had the same exact dream in which she met you and talked with you, and remembers the same piece of dialogue you had? Could we say then that it was real? How many people have to perceive something so that we could finally tell it's objectively real? Or what if most people on Earth believe something that is not true, but they still believe it, because they think it's real? E.g., just look how many people believe in God or other things they cannot even perceive or prove existence of, not only to other people, but to themselves as well, but they believe it regardless, and even base their life's decisions and actions upon that assumption! How crazy is that? Well, as crazy as it is, it's considered "normal" and even "healthy"! Just because so many people believe in it. From a certain point of view, we all "live a fantasy", because the physical world is far from how we perceive it. In the physical world, there are no colours, just wavelengths of light that cause certain responses in our eyes' retinae after they reflect from different surfaces that either reflect a certain wavelength or absorb it. There's even a colour (pink) that doesn't exist in the physical world at all, because there's no wavelength corresponding to it! Our brains create that fantasy for us as a by-product of a certain stimulation pattern on our photosensitive cells (when there are long and short wavelengths present, but no medium-length waves). Our brains use the same circuitry for creating this "virtual reality" inside of our mind based on the stimuli from the outside world as they do in a dream, so in a way, you are dreaming even at this very moment, reading this text! Your brain collects all those information about the outside world from your physical senses and creates a "dream about the real world" inside of your head that you can perceive from the point of view of where you think you are located in that world. Most people are unaware of that most of the time they live their everyday life. But there are some (simple) ways to disturb this mechanism. E.g. you can put a special pair of glasses upon one's head, that display the image from behind their head, and they will be surprised to find that they perceive the reality as if they were standing behind themselves, out of their physical body! If you swing a hammer behind their back and under the camera that collects the image, they will duck as if they were trying to avoid being hit. Or you can display a rubber model of their hands, touching that model with something while you're touching their real hands at the same time (to induce an association in their heads that those are their actual hands they're watching), and when you smack a hammer on those rubber hands, they will feel the actual pain Those are just experiments, but my own experiments with lucid dreaming, astral projections etc., helped me to see that this is the default way our minds work, something we've been born with and taught to forget (when our parents told us that "it was just a dream, it wasn't real" :q ). You can practise this and exercise it to get more awareness of this mechanism and learn to use it consciously. E.g. you can deliberately change the point you're perceiving reality from, and feel as if you were perceiving the world from somewhere else, outside of your physical body. And I'm pretty sure it's the default, because I remember that this was the way I perceived reality in my early childhood, before my parents "fixed my perception" to my physical body (as all parents do, unconsciously, to their kids). After I started associating myself with my physical body and perceiving reality through it, I got "stuck" in it (as we all do, until we "wake up" from the "dream" we call our life). But mind is not confined in the body. It never was. It's not just about brain function. I consider brain to be some sort of a "transceiver" that allows consciousness to manifest and connect to a certain body to perceive the physical world through it, but it's just that limiting perspective that makes you believe that you're "inside" of your body, or that you "are" your body. Dealing with "Astral stuff" can allow you to see that it's not the case. Consciousness is a "software" process. It can use the "hardware" of your brain to run, but it's not the only way it can manifest. And no, I'm not talking of some religious mumbo-jumbo right now, like ghosts or souls or spirits etc. I'm talking about the actual, real processes that happen in reality, but are not part of the physical subset of it. (Yes, even in physics there's a level at which things are no longer "material".) Consciousness is an emergent process that can manifest without a brain, and it can transcend it. There are many examples of processes in which a type of "mind" or "intelligence" manifests itself which are not based on brain function, such as flocks of birds, a shoal of fish, or even atoms on the quantum level (although it's not as complex as human consciousness, it's still a simple example of it, based on communication between atoms with light waves, storing information in their quantum state as "memory" of past "experiences", calculating the result by combining the wavefunctions, and communicating their state back to the outside world as radiation). As soon as some things can communicate information between them, store that information, and process it, some form of "intelligence" will always emerge. And as soon as there is some sort of a feedback loop in that system, that creates non-linearity, and as soon as the system is capable of representing its own "mental image" in its "memory", the basic form of self-consciousness will emerge as well. The only difference between human consciousness and non-human consciousness lays in the level of complexity. Our brains are devices that are well-suited for running this process (one can think of the brain as a flock of neurons that communicate with each other), but it's just one possible way it can manifest. So yeah, long story short: the "real world" is a form of fantasy as well – a fantasy that we simply agreed upon and "fixed" it to be a certain way, but even then, there's a lot of discrepancies caused either by the way our minds work, or by the physical laws themselves. (E.g. did you know that the simultaneity of events is relative? It depends on the point of view of the observer and its relative motion with respect to the observed reality. So even such basic thing as the perception of time itself can be not as "real" as you think :q ). So the only difference is what perceptions you choose to believe in and how do you interpret them. And whether it is a mental skill or mental illness depends on whether it helps you in your life or hurts it. There are many things considered to be "real" by the majority of people, that can nevertheless hurt you. And there are things not accepted by the majority as "real", but that can help you. So choose wisely.
  9. Online... you mean that thing I'm trying to avoid at all cost when something new comes to avoid being spoilt? ;> Then I obviously couldn't find it online. If I did, I wouldn't write about it here. One is enough. Welp, then I guess all those people in this thread who found it impressive were surely mistaken. K then, thanks for reminding me why I don't share my thoughts and discoveries on this forum anymore, I keep forgetting that. BTW so you're hiding behind fake accounts now, Mr. Christopher Walken? :q Gee, I wonder why...
  10. @Goat-kun enlighten me then, what major secrets the grand loremasters like you do bother? I'll keep that in mind next time.
  11. Also wearing socks might be a way for a pony to have an opportunity to take some clothes off
  12. @Hierok There was also some cool stuff in the movie, maybe I'll start a new thread about that, since this one is about the season 7 finale.
  13. @Christopher Walken Nice! So someone else figured that out too I thought I was the only one [forever alone :q ]
  14. @SpiBaz Well, when I was watching the finale, it looked a bit suspicious that they spent several seconds of detailed animation on that short scene where Sunburst uncovers the runes and asks Twilight if she ever seen anything like this (drawing our attention to the inscription), and she's like "no, not really", but with a suspicious trollface And since I'm into ancient symbolism, alphabets & stuff (have you seen my symbolism thread perchance? ), I knew that these runes must mean something and couldn't be coincidental. So I looked up the Futhark table and decoded it, and... jawdropped @ggg-2 You mean the animator from DHX who put it in there? I wish I could know too...
  15. Remember that mysterious inscription Sunburst found on one of the stones in Ponehenge in Season 7 finale? Well, I've just cracked it It is written in a runic alphabet called Elder Futhark: and it says: Nice one, DHX, you trolls