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#1802018 Thanks Sweeney!

Posted by artificial on 16 September 2014 - 05:03 PM

Always one for the dramatic flare.

Is anybody tallying the amount of times he's stepped down over the years?

#1744042 Is the world better with or without religion?

Posted by artificial on 05 May 2014 - 07:44 PM

i think that people should be allowed to believe whatever the fuck they want to believe without them being told they're wrong for whatever it is they do.

it'd be a better place if people wouldn't go around, shoving their christianity, judaism, atheism, ect.. down other peoples' throats.


I'm actually very accepting of other people's beliefs. Just as I don't think organised religion has the right to prey on the vulnerable and less fortunate in the teachings of their beliefs, I similarly think atheists who make a point of belittling theists for their beliefs are just as much in the wrong (particularly when it's an unwanted discussion). You're not going to convert someone unwilling to be converted, you're just going to come off as an asshole. 


I had an interesting conversation the other day with a couple of friends who are theists. One point they repeatedly made was that without religion there would be no morality, we would have no moral compass and we would be wicked. It's easy to dismiss that on face value as being fairly ridiculous. I don't believe in god, and yet I consider myself a solid person (although most people would make a similar assessment of themselves). Although, if an objective outsider studied my actions, they should see that I am in fact a morally sound individual. I've seen no noticeable correlation within my group of friends between their morality and their religious beliefs.


However, I live a comfortable life. I am reasonably intelligent, well educated, had a loving parental upbringing, came from reasonable wealth, and lived in a very safe neighbourhood my entire life. I don't need religion in my life. I am able to objectively look at it as a fallacy of gigantic proportions. However, I think religion can also represent a symbol of hope for a lot of people. I think individuals who come from lower socio-economic background, with a reduced opportunity towards education, employment, safety, etc., need some sort of hope in their lives, and in this sense I think religion and spirituality can, for the meantime, fill that void. My original answer to the poll was before without religion, but I'd like to change that to better for religion. I think it's a societal problem more than anything else. I think as time goes by and living conditions and education, particularly amongst the poor continue to rise, that void which is currently required by religion will, for the most part cease to exist. Though I think for now it's a required distraction. 

#1744007 Codex girlfriend

Posted by artificial on 05 May 2014 - 06:15 PM

If Dan can get one I should be able to as well. I'm more than twice the programmer and am almost as good looking.


Post to apply. Responses in poetic form receive bonus marks.

#1718423 Neopets Pound Database

Posted by artificial on 20 February 2014 - 08:46 PM

There should be a picture of you inside a heart shape at the top of the page.


Is that in reference to the picture I posted on this site in the past? I was young, naive and in love with myself. 


On topic, I just quickly pushed an update up today. I updated the means of checking whether a pet is still in the pound or not (was erroneously marking some pets as being adopted when they weren't), added a historical database to view all pets run through the pound, added a statistics page (though when I pushed the update up to production, the graphs got WAY too cluttered, but I cbf doing anything about that atm) and added a how it works page. 

#1718103 Neopets Pound Database

Posted by artificial on 19 February 2014 - 05:32 PM

I've changed it so that it should only show pets currently in the pound. It processes the queue every five minutes, so there is that initial discrepancy where it could show pets that have been very recently adopted still (which means if its not available but still shown, you've just missed it). It checks pets that have been in the pound longer more infrequently (with a maximum time of up to 24 hours per check if a neopet just isn't being adopted). However, it may take a few hours for the queueing algorithm to start to take proper effect (meaning until then, it mightn't be too accurate). 


Let me know if there are any additional feature requests. 

#1718018 Neopets Pound Database

Posted by artificial on 19 February 2014 - 06:55 AM

Most of the more popular colors are taken though. Do you check and remove pets that have already been adopted?


Eh. I don't intend for it just to be a database of pets still in the pound (I rather like the idea of logging all pets that go through the pound and having that information available). I suppose I can add a flag to filter by status (i.e. still in pound or adopted), I'll just have to find a lightweight way to check and then have it automatically run through and update every 15 mins or so. I suppose I can implement that in the morning.


edit: I was also contemplating adding an option to create a custom search, and from that build an rss/atom/xml feed. Could be used to alert you when a pet is abandoned that matches your criteria, or could even be used in a program that actually adopts the pet for you. Though, it's probably too technical for 99+% of people and therefore nobody would really take advantage of it.

#1717951 Neopets Pound Database

Posted by artificial on 19 February 2014 - 12:34 AM



I just quickly created this neopets pound database. It simply catalogues all neopets that get abandoned in the neopian pound. Quickly able to sort by species, color, level, price etc. It doesn't distinguish between pets that are already in the pound and those that have been adopted. However, it does by default sort by time abandoned in descending order, so the pets closer to the top are more likely to still be up for adoption. Fairly easy to browse for Neopets to adopt.


Peace out.

#1699383 And the winners are...

Posted by artificial on 24 November 2013 - 03:41 PM




#1699035 Does anyone here these days think evolution is not a fact?

Posted by artificial on 23 November 2013 - 05:53 PM

lies! how come i don't have night vision?


Look through your peripherals.

#1697629 Hello I'm Pennance im New

Posted by artificial on 16 November 2013 - 07:26 PM

this is some long shit


can anyone tldr this thread



#1697160 Who wants to come to our wedding?

Posted by artificial on 14 November 2013 - 04:57 AM

So many codex couples. Gross.


P.S. Congratulations.

#1654727 Retiring Google Reader??

Posted by artificial on 13 March 2013 - 05:27 PM

Did Google at least give a reason for retiring the feed reader?



I don't know. I'm too distraught to check.


Couldn't you two have er, glanced away from your screens, looked at each other in person and ask this question?

#1651185 February 2013 Codies Weiners

Posted by artificial on 27 February 2013 - 06:50 AM

What does your gut tell you?


I shouldn't have had spicy tacos for dinner?

#1638544 Perhaps the most important discussion of 2012

Posted by artificial on 13 November 2012 - 12:01 AM

Cody is abusive on TC. I feel like all those little choir boys when they speak out against the church. They get kicked, with nought but a disreputable name and a rough pain in their backsides. Abusive administration must go.

PING for admin 2012. The movement starts now.

#1638536 Online Relationships

Posted by artificial on 12 November 2012 - 09:38 PM

Seems kind of daft, really, considering I also have a rather large signature with my face on it.
Handy for ignoring the other part of my post, though.

I find it intriguing that you're quick to call people out on ignoring parts of your posts, whilst you do the same time and time again. I have nothing against you personally, but you're quite skilled at interpreting people's posts in a way that is parallel to the points you'd like to debate. It's quite brilliant actually. You must have been quite popular on your schools debate team.

The only downside being we tend to debate circular rubbish.