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  1. Merry Birthiversary! 

  2. Happy Birthday :D

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      Thanks! And sorry for the late reply, I just got back from BronyCon :P

  3. I use Sublime, since it's the best free editor I could find that works with OSX. Also, I love its dark colour palette.
  4. I'd really like to get proficient in a couple languages, but so far have only learned the basics. I've made a couple basic Minecraft mods in Java by loosely following a guide, have reasonable knowledge of Lua, as well as a small amount of experience with Python. Also, I know some of the Arduino language for robotics and such. I have to say, I probably like Lua the most so far due to its light-weight, easy to learn syntax. I want to learn C++ to start game development, but it seems to be a little too involved for someone of my level. I anyone has advice for learning it, I'd like to hear it.
  5. Newton's Third Law is more flexible than many give it credit for, and I doubt having a thruster that doesn't use reation mass will change anything as major as that. You can propel yourself across the room in an office chair without expelling mass, just jiggling yourself back and forth. In this case, you're reacting against the force of friction of the ground. Newton's third law says that you just have to react against something, whether it be mass or an energy field. The Hubble space telescope doesn't break any physics just because it can use the magnetic field of the Earth to desaturate its reaction wheels without propellant. There have been no attempts to optimise the (really quite crude) prototype device, so there is no data on how much/little improvement in performance is gained from proper maufacture. Resonance cavities need to be extremely precise for optimal performance, so I imagine if the EM drive works, it can be improved quite a bit.
  6. Did something blow up over there? I'm not seeing any active channels on the site.
  7. I live in Canada, I go down to the US a few times a year, I've been to Mexico, and I landed in Austria to go to the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  8. I never tried to deny that sexism was not pevalent in history, I was just saying that its not really the only contributing factor to the lack of professional and specialist women. Actually, I'm more concerned about this school of yours. When I took music in highschool, we had a older female teacher who was trained by nuns, was an excellent pianist, and was extremely knowledgeable about all the standard ensemble instruments. There was none of this talk of "what women couldn't do a few decades ago". My friend was the star of the show; the best sax player in the school. She even got accepted into a local orchestra as an extra-curricular. She never even mentioned the issue. Because it's not an issue, it's a thing of the past. Your passion is music, and mine is science. No one can deny the proportional lack of women in science, mosly due to the high degree of difficult education. If I were to wager, I'd bet that women have a higher chance of completeing a science post-grad degree, but comparitively few sign up in the first place. It just seems to not be a typically feminine interest. Don't ask me why; I'd love to see more women in science. Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is that social rules mean little to someone who is dedicated. Everyone knows the story of Marie Curie. She, too, wasn't allowed into standard higher education. If she had let that discourage her, she likely would have accomplished very little. Instead, she essentially said "screw the system" and went into science anyway, raising her own money and educating herself. Now, she is one of the most accomplished scientists in history. My point is, if you see something blocking your way to achieving something you care about, you don't just sit there and moan about it, you get up and actually try to do it anyway. So now, in 2016, you are doing what you love, learning music. You have your cake, and you didn't even have to break any laws to get it. Are you going to waste energy that could be going into studying getting worked up over an injustice from the past that doesn't affect you, or will you be greatful to live in a time where you can do what you want, and focus on using your talent to make the world even better? I know I'm happy not being forced to drudge away in some filthy field for a living.
  9. Is everyone forgetting that there is a gender-neutral term? Many times have I heard the use of the term "pony fan" or "MLP fan". Pardon-moi? As can be read in the intro, there is no doubt that women's compsitions were marginalized, but to say that they were out-right prohibited from the profession is simply erroneous. The same is true with just about every other profession. It would be easy to see a distinct lack of females in a profession's history and conclude "misogyny", but you would have to ignore many facts. Feminism seems to have decried the steriotypical position of "house-wife", but none of them seem to realize that house-keeping and child-raiseing is an extremely important occupation, and without it, society would have collapsed before civilization could even get started. Women need to suckle the child for the first few months, and men biologically have the muscle strength to work fields or mines (what 90% of men did until relatively recently in history). It's just a matter of convenience; nothing "misogynistic" about it. When farming got good enough to support specialists like artists and scientists (both of which have certainly never been male-exclusive), men were just in a better position to take those jobs. Now, technology has gotten to the point where caring for children and homes is much easier (vacuums, dish-washers, frozen breast milk/formula, kid's TV shows, etc.), that the parents actually have a choice which one stays home and which works, or if both work, or both stay home. We live in a wonderful age of opportunities, and it bothers me whenever someone points to the past and tries to use it as evidence for discrimination in the present.
  10. I don't know about the rest of the fandom, but I'm not exactly sure what I expect of this. As long as they don't do something stupid and marry Twilight and Flash (*shudder*), and generally just stay as far away from Equestria Girls as possible, I'll be glad.
  11. I'm inclined to agree with Doug/Rob Walker and Shoe0nHead/ArmouredSkeptic's belief that your opinion going into the movie will mostly decide how much you'll enjoy it. Personally, I've boycotted it, mostly for "political" reasons. I might see it one day, but I'm not much of a movie watcher, so it'll be on the end of a whole list of other movies that I expect to actually entertain me. *ahem*
  12. I've wondered, how generally nice do you see the avarage person as? In Canada, one usually holds the door for others, especially if they're carrying things, and if you're walking behind them when they drop something without noticing, you pick it up for them. And when you talk to strangers, you smile. I think I mentioned to you before, I've never interacted with an American I disliked, and that's still true. Still, my sample size is not that large. Would you say the general public usually shows common courtesy to one another? I know I've met my fair share of Canadian jerks.