Former President Trump added yet another stack of XP to his already formidable pool when he was acquitted of his second impeachment yesterday. As we have seen numerous times before, the implications of such a development might not show themselves until years later. It is clear, however, that the former President has been moved even closer to his next leveling by this. After hours of crunching data in his bedroom at 3 A.M., our in-house Gaming Director, Brandon DeSiata, now believes that Trump could hit level 6000 soon, granting him the next branch of his talent tree.
Trump could hit…
Let’s take a deep-dive into the minimum wage in America — its intentions, its effects, and ultimately a better policy.
In this article, I’ll make three points:
How politics is eroding rigor and meritocracy in research.
Social science is utterly unconvincing. Like the claims of fad diets, social science’s conclusions are often anecdotal, rather cursory, partial to the implications of their studies, and non-reproducible.
It’s not hard to see why: social situations are complex systems with thousands of independent variables. Even condensed matter physics is simpler. Ideally, one would identify behavioral variables that consistently associate with one another and use their low covariance to unveil an underlying psychological factor.
But instead of factor analysis, the stingy researcher mired in publish-or-perish would much rather observe a one-dimensional relation…
I always have found it interesting how we have a few names for manual transmission vehicles: stick shift, standard, clutch, etc., yet the most common transmission in America is simply referred to as “automatic” almost exclusively. Chances are, if you’re under 40 your first vehicle had an automatic transmission. Now, if you’re trying to learn how to drive stick, you’re probably either driving an old vehicle or a newer, sportier vehicle.
I fall in the first class. Purchasing a used vehicle and keeping it well maintained is a great way to cut costs in your life. If that vehicle has…
Boost your team’s performance through simple steps.
One of the things low-level DotA players tend to do is pick “powerful” heroes who can “carry.” While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, sometimes a good support is vital to your team’s growth and fighting capabilities. The play style of a support differs drastically from that of a core, and there are actually more theories and mechanics behind it. For more in-depth discussion on these topics, keep on the lookout for Intermediate Supporting.
As a support, especially in ranked, you are expected to draft first. Drafting first gives your team time to…
Things that new players should know first.
So you’ve decided to try DotA. That’s good news! If you are anything like I was, you haven’t the foggiest idea of what to do when the game starts. Hover over an ability, and 5 paragraphs of information pop up. How do you make heads and tails of this? Here are some absolute basics.
A properly drafted DotA team consists of 5 positions:
These positions determine farm priority, draft sequence, and everything else. Pick a carry because it’s easier than support.
A DotA game is marked by distinctive phases. Let’s take a look:
In 1957, Russia launched the first satellite into orbit.
While the Sputnik satellite was an innocent radio transmitter, the rocket it rode was the world’s first functioning intercontinental ballistic missile. The message was clear: the Soviet Union could launch nuclear warheads from their mainland and bomb the U.S. within minutes, rather than the hours it took the American B-52 Stratofortress to get over Russia.
NASA was founded as a response to the Soviet aerospace program to give the United States an edge over the Soviets in matters regarding air and space dominance. …
The moon stabilizes the earth’s axis. Without it, earth’s axis would gyrate uncontrollably, turning the equatorial regions into poles and vice versa. I posit that an ice age, being the only truly stable global climate pattern, would eventually set in, since all it needs is a high terrestrial reflectance to maintain itself.
The havoc on biomes a moonless Earth would create (every biome would turn into a dull tundra/rainforest hybrid) would be indescribable. Sea levels would rise, glaciers would cease to exist, and the temperature difference between regions would be so pronounced that average wind speed could be a multiple…
Back in the 1960s, Frank Drake wrote a probability equation to estimate the number of extraterrestrial civilizations that ought to exist in the Milky Way. More specifically, it quantified the number of civilizations capable of manipulating electromagnetism, which we’d be able to detect. Here it is below, courtesy Wikipedia:
American-Born Chinese and How to Tell Them Apart
Just like learning the ABCs from the alphabet is crucial, learning real-life ABCs is an absolutely necessary undertaking in today’s world. Too often, people can’t tell between the ABCs around them, leading to awkward moments and misspellings. Here’s a quick and dirty guide for the average reader:
This is your stereotypical ABC, the type most people think of when they hear Chinese American. Quiet, good at computer science, and sometimes emo, the Eric can be found coding the next software breakthrough while playing the guitar. They are generally fluent in English.