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For anyone wanting to see a slightly higher quality version, check this one out, remembering to click 'watch in high quality' underneath the fullscreen icon: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=gMEhescEBaE

...the entire video is pretty 2003
No, the video isn't 'pretty 2003', the style of video is 'pretty 2003'. Although, I'm not quite sure what the style of 2003 was compared to 2008, or even '07.

It's supposed to have the look and tone of an animation, as purposeful design not as a flaw or by-product of poor workmanship. I don't think that it's the result of 'bad design' at all, but a way to harken to that roughen, off-the-wall, rebellious accent that reflects the kind of people who oppose that level of corporatism and support messages that this song preaches.

Too much rap for my liking, but a good song, and possibly the only song containing rap that I've listened to more than once.

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Well hey,I'm sure the IQ of a basic programmer is expected to be high.
Not necessarily. One can excel in one subject and achieve poorly in another. Therefore, a person might not grasp literature yet do so for mathematics as if second nature. IQ shouldn't really equate in this discussion as an IQ result might plummet because of failing in a certain area, such as general knowledge.

IQ (as measured by most tests) really has no bearing on general knowledge. Mostly it's logic, math, pattern recognition, etc. And hey, what-do-you-know, those are the qualities that usually a decent programmer make. So yes, programmers do generally have reasonably high IQs. But IQ != smartness. I am failing art.

AP Art History, actually, but still.

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Art history is nothing like art.

 

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Amy: But how did it end up in there?
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Art history is nothing like art.

Actually it is. Art history is not just history of art, it's also analysis and whatnot. Very much "right-brained functions," of which I am severely lacking.

Besides, I nearly failed art too. My sophomore year. It was the same teacher. She doesn't like me much :D

I am failing art.

I got a D in shop class ...

Shop is fun! It was my favorite class when I took it.

("Industrial manufacturing" it was called. Silly IB programme)

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...So yes, programmers do generally have reasonably high IQs.
I stand corrected.

I also still stand by my opinion that a standardised test can be falsely representative of a person dependant on circumstances.

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Not necessarily. I heard that everything with wheels was cheaper in the US of A... I was talking to an 18-year old with an Audi. And he was bitching about £1.50-60 for a gallon of petrol. In the good ol' U of K, we pay ~£1.15-20 for a litre. They pay ~68p a litre! And they gripe!

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That's kind of a low price, actually...gas is getting closer to 2.50 GBP per gallon at this point. ($4 a gallon or so)

And though it doesn't sound like much to you, keep in mind that Americans have much larger distances to travel. My state is only half the size of the entire British island. The average commute in the USA is 40 miles or less, while the average UK commute is only 8.5 miles. We use more gas, because with the distances, it means that public transit is pretty impractical.

Even though I use it. :-P

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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I can imagine how public transport would be pretty useless in rural areas, but surely in areas which are even slightly more built up than a couple of thousand acres of prairie? Don't you have trains over there?

.:EDIT:.

What about those giant Greyhound coaches I've seen along interstate highways? They look like a good way to get around...

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The problem is that no one's going to the same place. Even Greyhounds in rural areas would be essentially useless. It would end up taking hours to get to where you need to go.

No, we don't have much rail over here. There is some, but not much. And smaller towns are not large enough to have any sort of public transit.

See, public transit depends on large numbers of people all going to the same place. In the United States, there aren't enough people and they're not going to the same places (or even similar enough places). Sure, it would be possible to modify our culture into a more mass transit friendly society, but this would cost a lot of money and force a lot of people to change their lifestyles very drastically- and we're not to the point of needing that yet. Or, at least, we don't think we are.

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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You think that's bad? I just calculated the cost of one gallon of petrol here.

What do you guys think? Is it 4$? No, it's more... Is it 6$? No it's more. is it 8$? Almost. The price of one gallon of petrol in the Netherlands is 8.71$*. Eat your heart out.

* 1,59€ -> 2,30$, 1gallon -> 3.79l. 2,30*3.79=8,71

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Look, I'm not saying that gas isn't more expensive elsewhere. I'm just saying that it's something we're all facing pretty similarly. It doesn't get any better anywhere else.

 

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Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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Look, I'm not saying that gas isn't more expensive elsewhere. I'm just saying that it's something we're all facing pretty similarly. It doesn't get any better anywhere else.

I wasn't saying you weren't saying that. I was just giving an example of the gas prices here. I started posting, but left from the PC before posting. Your reply had come in after I made the post. ;)

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I also still stand by my opinion that a standardised test can be falsely representative of a person dependant on circumstances.

Exactly.

Yeah but I spent all my time talking to girls and never got anything done!

I... did both?

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That's kind of a low price, actually...gas is getting closer to 2.50 GBP per gallon at this point. ($4 a gallon or so)

And though it doesn't sound like much to you, keep in mind that Americans have much larger distances to travel. My state is only half the size of the entire British island. The average commute in the USA is 40 miles or less, while the average UK commute is only 8.5 miles. We use more gas, because with the distances, it means that public transit is pretty impractical.

Even though I use it. :-P

Don't forget, you aren't allowed to drive fast ;-) 80mp/h maximum...

Yeah but I spent all my time talking to girls and never got anything done!

I... did both?

Multitasking!

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