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Topic: Off-topic / The Riddle of Riddles

Here’s the official answer. The occupant can never remember which room is the bathroom, so when (s)he needs to urinate, he has to choose a random room. Once inside, because of his weak bladder, he has to do the business there. If he’s in the bathroom, he uses the toilet, but otherwise, he has to go on the floor.

I’m happy to report that this riddle will be featuring in the next Professor Layton game.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / The Riddle of Riddles

Hehe, some nice ideas there, Dudezor, but alas, they’re too far fetched and violate unwritten rules of parsimony and simplicity. Your suggestion that (s)he might re-enter the room he was just in is clever and viable, but once you know the truth, you realise it doesn’t apply.

Okay, here’s the second (possibly giveaway) clue. The occupant has a weak bladder.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / The Riddle of Riddles

V0idGuard, following on from Boomibom, has almost nailed it. There’s just one little detail missing, namely why, having entered the wrong room, the person doesn’t try other ones until the bathroom is reached.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / The Riddle of Riddles

No dogs, Athrul. Lemme hear some, ‘Dudezor. Interesting and valid answer, Boomibom, but not the right one, because there’s no locking mechanism.

Here’s the first of two possible clues. The occupant has a terrible memory.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / The Riddle of Riddles

In every single room of a house except the bathroom, the floor has been urinated on. What is the explanation for this?

Good luck :-) I will post the answer in a day or two’s time.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Your favourite books or comic books?

If there’s one book that’s required reading for gamers, it’s Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. 5/5. If you ain’t read it, geddit.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Why does the early bird get the worm?

As someone I knew online once said, the early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / What's your job?

Originally posted by SpearDudezor:

Jobs are for plebs

:-D

 
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Topic: Off-topic / What's your job?

My job is to avoid revealing the fact that I don’t have a job. (Hang on, you’re thinking, why am I telling you this then?) I’m a jack of all trades and master of none.

I’m one of those invisible peripheral members of society who would probably benefit from an apocalypse (assuming it doesn’t kill me). Come on, SkyNet, bring it on!

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Bad times versus bad memories

You’ve raised an interesting related issue here. I’ve observed before that people often seem to prefer relating/sharing things than actually enjoying them, probably as part of being a “social animal”. What’s the first thing a child does when he finds a starfish on a beach? He calls his family over. And have you noticed that TV documentary presenters often seem more thrilled to be sharing their subject material than experiencing it themselves?

Q. Would you be willing to go on an amazing world holiday, taking in all the sights and having incredible experiences, if the condition for going was that you couldn’t say or communicate anything about it to anyone for the rest of your life afterwards?

Maybe most people prefer to reflect than to absorb experiences, suggesting that their appreciation of them is superficial and insincere. It’s not their own personal “wow” they want, but the elicited “wow” of others.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Bad times versus bad memories

I hadn’t heard of that film. I imagine the bucket listers would reject the possibility because it would be fake, which leads into whole truth/historicity question. I myself hold truth in high regard, but I accept that this isn’t necessarily the best approach in an evolutionary sense, certainly not in relation to “spiritual” things; you need to know what’s true in the physical world, but in relation to beliefs, it’s more complicated.

And yes, living for the moment can burn you out and leave you in tatters by your deathbed. (Funny how there’s one song that says “I hope I die before I get old” and another that says “I hope I’m old before I die”.)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Bad times versus bad memories

It’s an appealing answer. A lot of people seem to think that deathbed satisfaction is paramount (cf. bucket lists) when on the contrary, one’s status on one’s deathbed is perhaps irrelevant.

But is “living for the moment” animistic and sub-intellectual? And if so, is that shameful for Homo sapiens?

 
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Topic: Off-topic / If you could fly, but had to wear a large cape with a giant nazi style swastika on it at all times, would you do it?

I laughed out loud when I saw this topic. Great question :-)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Bad times versus bad memories

An interesting consequence of your line of thought is the idea that it would be morally permissible to force people to endure slave labour (or some other suffering) on the condition that their memories be altered afterwards.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Bad times versus bad memories

Would it not also be masochistic to choose a year of misery?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Bad times versus bad memories

Most interesting, vikaTae, especially the part about the test of implantedness.

KarmaKK, you either live a good year and then remember a bad one, or you live a bad year and then remember a good one.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Bad times versus bad memories

Let the age of transhumanism begin! :-)

I’m only loosely following the various developments, I must confess.

You make a good point about the consequences of a bad (or good) year. Things like changes in chemical states, malnourishment, and self-harm would be left over, so I suppose the OP question could be modified to state that certain extremes won’t be reached, or that if they are, they’ll be corrected afterwards during a short period of readjustment.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Bad times versus bad memories

@ champion17, spoken like a true bucket-lister.

@ yeasy, but what if you had to choose?

@ vikaTae (fellow Singularitarian), you’ve loaded a lot into the objective ramifications of the year’s work, but I’m really interested in the subjective side. What if the work was different from your day job and essentially irrelevant?

In relation to tampering with memories, as per many other avenues (e.g. full brain emulation), I shall keenly observe the progress that’s made.

It occurs to me, going back to the OP, that an important detail is whether the memory of making the choice is wiped before or after the year of activity. Hmm…

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Bad times versus bad memories

Assume we have the technology to implant totally credible artificial memories, like in Total Recall. Which of the following two options would you choose, in relation to next year (2015, at the time of going to press). Bear in mind as well that your memory of having made the choice will be erased, so whichever memories you’re left with, you’ll believe to be genuine.

1. You spend the year in an amazing place, doing fulfilling and enjoyable work, meeting great people, eating well, etc. But on your return home at the end of the year, your memories are overwritten with those of a terrible year, doing boring and unsatisfying work, meeting nasty people, eating crap food, etc.

2. You get the afore-described terrible year in reality, but afterwards, you get the artificial memories of the afore-described amazing year.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / If you were buried alive how would you get out?

Here

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Parallel Universes

My two penneth. The notion of previous and/or subsequent universes is fine, the notion of several other distinct universes is fine, but the many-worlds theory sux because it’s a sprawling mess. There’s no evidence for it, it’s a dodgy way of solving one or two big physics problems, and the only reason it’s popular is because everyone can easily grasp it and it provokes obvious rom-com-type ideas, such as “ooh, in a parallel universe I married a different person”.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / You wake up surrounded by 100 boxes of CP

Here’s a girl for whom this notion is actually real.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Would you stay in a shopping centre full of cannibals for 24 hours for 1 billion dollars

By God, I would do it.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Writers block

I’ve never suffered from (writer’s) block, so I can’t really help, but I do remember once hearing about a composer who, whenever he needed inspiration, used to make noises using objects. For example, one time he whacked a metal bar against a wall, and the noise it produced inspired a melody.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Metal Music Thread

I’m partial to a bit of metal from time to time. Manowar and Sabaton are very good.