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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:00:52 +0000

It should come as no surprise to anyone who pays attention that success in a given skill depends on a combination of factors, including both genetic predisposition and practice... But I have to admit, practice seems to account for a considerably smaller portion than I would have thought.As +Kevin C. summed up, "Interesting... TL;DR: Deliberate practice only determines one-fifth to one-quarter of skill level. Genetics determines about half. Of course, you need both to achieve a high level of success. Conversely, if you want to be a big success, you need to pick a field you are genetically predisposed for, and practice a lot."

Original Post from Kevin C.:

Interesting... TL;DR: Deliberate practice only determines one-fifth to one-quarter of skill level. Genetics determines about half. Of course, you need both to achieve a high level of success. Conversely, if you want to be a big success, you need to pick a field you are genetically predisposed for, and practice a lot.

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:41:06 +0000

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 03:30:44 +0000

Same Shit, Different Doctor

I watched "The Caretaker", the latest episode of Doctor Who season 8. It was just... kinda... there. It wasn't bad, exactly, for what it was... But it wasn't Doctor Who, and the relationship comedy it was trying to be wasn't particularly engaging or funny. Moffat just seems to be utterly incapable of writing anything without slowly morphing it into a sort of blandly maudlin relationship comedy -- Sherlock season 3 being another recent example. While I enjoyed Coupling, the relationship comedy that made his name, since he started getting genre gigs it's like he keeps trying to shove a square peg into a round hole. It just doesn't quite fit, no matter what kind of gymnastics he puts his characterizations through to try to force it.

As for Capaldi's Doctor... He just doesn't seem to know what he's doing. He keeps oscillating between snarling asshole and goofy clown, as if the writers keep forgetting for a scene or two that they're not writing for Matt Smith's Doctor any more. At either end of the spectrum, it never feels authentic. I know Capaldi is respected in Britain, but I'm not familiar with his prior work, so I don't know how much to blame Capaldi himself and how much to blame Moffat's direction. Given the generally cartoonish tone of this season overall, I suspect the latter.

I've often heard that Doctor Who is considered a children's show over in Britain, but it never felt like one to me until now.

#doctorwho #sciencefiction #scifi #tv #moffatsucks  

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 03:56:23 +0000

The director of the FBI is publicly lambasting Apple for their new iPhone encryption? Well, that's encouraging...

#tech #politics #privacy #encryption

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 01:26:46 +0000

Checked out that new show Scorpion... It's about a "think tank" of standard issue Hollywood semi-autistic genius stereotypes that works with Homeland Security, assisted by a "normal" ex-waitress to help them "connect with people". It really does feel like someone watched The Big Bang Theory and said "How can we make this a high octane thriller?"

The premise is shaky to begin with, and at least in the first episode, it suffers pretty badly from the intelligence differential between the characters and the average Hollywood writer. This show actually had plot elements that makes Moffat's writing look smart. Depending on your sense of humor, I suppose it might be worth watching for the (unintentional) laughs.

#tv  

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 22:31:25 +0000

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:41:39 +0000

Interesting overview of and commentary on the #gamergate controversy.

#videogames #politics

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 03:25:19 +0000

So what I want to know is... who watched The Big Bang Theory and thought: You know, this would make a good cop show.

#tv  

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:45:43 +0000

You know what I think is fucked up about this? The American Board of Plastic Surgeons is saying that if they can track down the surgeon who performed the procedure, he'll lose his license. Why? Because it was "unethical". Because it wasn't done for "the right reason". Because apparently they think they have the right to tell this woman what "the right reason" for HER to change HER body is.People make me sick.

Original Post from Joe White:

I give up on the human race ... I have no words for this