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by KennEnder
Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:50 pm
Forum: Ender's Game Movie Rumors, Speculation and Fan Art
Topic: IF Propaganda
Replies: 22
Views: 8488

Re: IF Propaganda

Very cool! (But is the "This why we fight..." on purpose?)
by KennEnder
Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:28 pm
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: OSC Hosts Ender Fan Fiction Contest
Replies: 12
Views: 2855

Re: OSC Hosts Ender Fan Fiction Contest

wow. I would love to submit something for this too! I better stop looking at this forum or I'll end up using too many idea of others.... wait... that's Card's whole objection to Fan Fiction to begin with... I guess I could rest on my laurels and be happy with my part in "Ender's Epic" (poem done wit...
by KennEnder
Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: The Foyer: Welcome to The Philotic Web Community!
Topic: Wow, this place is still here!
Replies: 18
Views: 7974

Re: Wow, this place is still here!

Holy moley, Kenn, great to see you!!! How have you been? My two kids who used to post here grew up and moved away while you were off the forum. ;) haha. yes. a LOT has happened while I was off the forum, apparently! But it reminds me of "a watched pot never boils" ... I looked away and NOW it's boi...
by KennEnder
Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:18 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Taalcon's Modship
Replies: 8
Views: 1897

Re: Taalcon's Modship

Congrats, Dave! All hail the revived Modship!
by KennEnder
Sat May 19, 2012 6:27 pm
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: EARTH UNAWARE [The Spoiler-Free Thread]
Replies: 14
Views: 5286

Re: "Earth Unaware" - Book 1 of The First Formic War

cool. looks interesting... I'll give it a read and hope it holds up. :)
by KennEnder
Mon May 14, 2012 10:56 pm
Forum: The Foyer: Welcome to The Philotic Web Community!
Topic: Wow, this place is still here!
Replies: 18
Views: 7974

Re: Wow, this place is still here!

Dave! :) It's amazing, isn't it? So much has happened. Even an EG movie in the works. Seems impossible to believe :)
by KennEnder
Fri May 11, 2012 9:50 pm
Forum: The Foyer: Welcome to The Philotic Web Community!
Topic: Wow, this place is still here!
Replies: 18
Views: 7974

Re: Wow, this place is still here!

Hi EL ... :)

It's so amazing to see everyone here (and to see that we weren't just waiting in vain)... I'm still pinching myself to be sure it's real... :thumbs:
by KennEnder
Thu May 10, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: Shadows in Flight
Replies: 71
Views: 15344

Re: Shadows in Flight

Art by Nick Greenwood? OMG. If Nick is from Utah (and he seems to be at least LDS, so there is some chance), I think I know him! Incredible what a small world this is!
by KennEnder
Wed May 09, 2012 9:07 am
Forum: Ender's Game Movie Rumors, Speculation and Fan Art
Topic: Something's just not quite adding up....
Replies: 18
Views: 7625

Re: Something's just not quite adding up....

Yup, that's exactly what my reaction was about a month ago when someone told me they were making an "Ender's Game" movie. " Yeah, right. I'll believe it when they actually start filming." And then as soon as I got online, I found out they WERE filming. In many ways I'm still in shock, although the c...
by KennEnder
Wed May 09, 2012 8:23 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Those Personal Triumphs No One Else Will Ever Understand
Replies: 1689
Views: 299021

Re: Those Personal Triumphs No One Else Will Ever Understand

I'm not sure if you were joking or not, TG. But by "got" I don't mean I captured or bought any birds. I mean that I got pictures of new (for me) birds, in the wild. I'm a birder, aka, bird nerd. So really, you're not the "Lizard Lady" that you purport to be, but rather a "Bird Lady" / "Bird Nerd" (...
by KennEnder
Wed May 09, 2012 8:02 am
Forum: The Foyer: Welcome to The Philotic Web Community!
Topic: Wow, this place is still here!
Replies: 18
Views: 7974

Re: Wow, this place is still here!

What she said.
Yeah, she was always pretty good with words ;) It's fun to see so many "old" faces around here still / again.
by KennEnder
Wed May 09, 2012 7:46 am
Forum: The Foyer: Welcome to The Philotic Web Community!
Topic: Wow, this place is still here!
Replies: 18
Views: 7974

Re: Wow, this place is still here!

Hi Naomi :)

I feel like such a noob what with being a "soldier" again and with only 300 posts to my credit, but I'll be hanging out here a bit more now I'm sure... it was fun to see that at least my flying dragon has survived the hibernation :D
by KennEnder
Tue May 08, 2012 10:45 pm
Forum: The Foyer: Welcome to The Philotic Web Community!
Topic: Wow, this place is still here!
Replies: 18
Views: 7974

Re: Wow, this place is still here!

Wow... not only is this place still here... there's a MOVIE in the works! I never thought I'd see the day...
by KennEnder
Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:24 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Questions & Answers
Replies: 11
Views: 2841

Com'on Ollie, that's only if you go SOUTH of the equator. Everyone knows that! (Geesh!)
by KennEnder
Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:58 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Web of Pwebbers
Replies: 149
Views: 31911

I met a lot of the "old school" Pwebbers (Dave & Ollie, among others) at a book signing in Greensboro... followed by dinner and ice cream with Scott!

Oh, and I've met Ami, too (but not at the same place/time)...!
by KennEnder
Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:57 pm
Forum: Other Orson Scott Card Novels, Stories and Adaptations
Topic: Invasive Procedures
Replies: 10
Views: 9946

I know I enjoyed another co-authored book he worked on: Lovelock (which I also hear has a sequel finally coming out, although I don't know if Scott had a hand in that at all).
by KennEnder
Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:13 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Nerdsnipes
Replies: 25
Views: 11309

SNR = Signal to Noise Ratio. And when the SNR is 0 db (decibels), half the signal is noise and half is the audio signal you want... that would be 50%. And from what I have been able to glean, 50% is not really a problem for us to understand (although, like you said, the actual signal is still there,...
by KennEnder
Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:38 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Nerdsnipes
Replies: 25
Views: 11309

I'm going to keep digging, but this is my initial attempt at looking for an answer.

A student with normal hearing needs an SNR of only about 10 dB for good comprehension.

I got that from here.

It doesn't really answer the question, but it is a starting point.
by KennEnder
Thu Apr 03, 2008 2:24 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Nerdsnipes
Replies: 25
Views: 11309

Sorry - what I meant to say was static noise would not often get rid of 50% of the message and us still be able to understand it - more than about 40% radio interference and you give up and switch it off That may be true enough... I have no idea at what point, scientifically, it becomes incomprehen...
by KennEnder
Thu Apr 03, 2008 1:16 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Nerdsnipes
Replies: 25
Views: 11309

I know this isn't the same thing, but if you haven't seen it before, it's pretty incredible! The human brain can make sense of pretty random things; read this for example: (I've read this before, but got this copy from here ) Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in wa...
by KennEnder
Thu Apr 03, 2008 11:10 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Linguistics
Replies: 19
Views: 10463

I guess i should rephrase my question to ask what "switch" flipped in the human mind to allow humanity to devise something as complicated as a language. Language and "thought" are two very different things. Language is a learned ability to communicate your thoughts to others, whereas I'd say "thoug...
by KennEnder
Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:54 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Linguistics
Replies: 19
Views: 10463

I would venture to say that the *original* thought (ie, the lightbulb) is never [/b] in a language of any kind... only the after-thoughts, the ponderings of the original thought, might be in some language or another. By the way, when you "think to yourself" in words, that's called "subvocalizing" .....
by KennEnder
Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:43 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: If XKCD is QC, and QC is DC, and DC is XKCD...
Replies: 19
Views: 6140

that'd let you send an e-mail at some time in the future.
That would be pretty handy for birthdays and holidays, too! I'm always thinking.. "it's a little too early to send that still" but then suddenly forget until it's basically late!
by KennEnder
Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:38 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Nerdsnipes
Replies: 25
Views: 11309

The human brain is pretty smart and can likely figure out what is going on. I would agree with that. I remember watching a lot of "snowy" TV as a kid, and even though the signal was really bad, we could just make out enough to know what it was and even enjoy it! There were times when you would only...
by KennEnder
Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:25 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Nerdsnipes
Replies: 25
Views: 11309

True enough... I guess I wasn't thinking of the "targeted" attack as such.
by KennEnder
Mon Mar 31, 2008 2:13 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Nerdsnipes
Replies: 25
Views: 11309

Because you've said *ANY* 50% could be obscured, I think the only way to insure success would be to make the image 50% symmetrical. True, it's a special case, but the image would be recoverable each and every time. If not... highly doubtful.
by KennEnder
Sat Mar 29, 2008 12:07 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Just curious...
Replies: 36
Views: 11919

Or if you happen to know when "Mardi Gras" (Fat Tuesday) is, that's the last day BEFORE Lent!
by KennEnder
Fri Mar 28, 2008 6:51 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Newberry Award
Replies: 51
Views: 20483

That's embarrassing: I haven't read ANY of them... and I've only HEARD of about five!
by KennEnder
Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:04 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: what in the hell was Petra doing?
Replies: 33
Views: 14663

Wasn't there a pwebber at one point who actually did make the dragon pic complete with encoded message? I seem to recall this. Yes, I believe so. And the Dragon I modified to be my avatar was that dragon, as far as I know (although I didn't make it). But the encoded message was a bit more "blatant"...
by KennEnder
Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:57 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Just curious...
Replies: 36
Views: 11919

Not All Protestants Believe That Holy Communion Is Merely Symbolic or Representative. Lutherans, Episcopalians, (USA) Presbyterians for example. Although, I know Lutheran doctrine best so I'm going to base the next couple of paragraphs on that. Sorry... and I actually knew that! My uncle is Episcop...
by KennEnder
Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:38 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Just curious...
Replies: 36
Views: 11919

Only once a month. And it only represents his body. Otherwise, it'd be canabilism. Actually, exactly what the bread is when you eat it is a matter of debate and depends on what denomination you belong to. DP... as far as I know Bean had it right: Catholics (for one) celebrate communion almost every...
by KennEnder
Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: what in the hell was Petra doing?
Replies: 33
Views: 14663

It is a "phantom" that results from reducing an image (digitally). A compression artifact (or artefact) is the result of an aggressive data compression scheme applied to an image, audio, or video that discards some data that may be too complex to store in the available data-rate, or may have been in...
by KennEnder
Wed Mar 26, 2008 1:21 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Just curious...
Replies: 36
Views: 11919

The other interesting (misunderstood) fact about fasting, even when it IS food, is that it doesn't necessarily mean going WITHOUT food at all. Catholics eat fish on Fridays as part of a fast (ie, not being allowed to eat "meat" on Fridays), but they're allowed to eat everything else. Muslims fast du...
by KennEnder
Wed Mar 26, 2008 1:08 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: what in the hell was Petra doing?
Replies: 33
Views: 14663

I think what you're referring to is the message in the image that was designed for Bean to find... right? So there was the dragon, the "clever poem" and the encoded message once Bean knew to look for it. Unfortunately, I don't have the books here to quote or anything, but essentially, the dragon and...
by KennEnder
Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:45 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Subvocalizing
Replies: 8
Views: 7975

Actually, technically, it's just what you "hear" when you read silently to yourself. It doesn't necessarily involve moving your mouth (although there are involuntary reflexes which can be detected by sensors when attached). Naturally, moving your lips as you read is ALSO a form of sub-vocalization, ...

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