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Tru Ninja (1016 D (S))
05 Aug 15 UTC
ESPN Fantasy Football Signups
For those that will play only ESPN league, post interest here. List your preferred draft day (I prefer late preseason Saturday or Sunday around 1 p.m. Central Time

1. Tru Ninja (Sat Aug 29th or Sun Aug 30th)
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Thucydides (864 D (B))
04 Aug 15 UTC
GRE scores
What's a good score? Share your score too, if you feel comfortable. I just took the test this morning
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alulahello (0 D X)
12 Aug 15 UTC
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halloween costumes 2015
I know, 3 months early blahblah. But I'm bored and I want to talk about Halloween.
Some people are into crazy Costumes and go all out to make them. Brainstrom ideas for costumes and how to make/obtain them. What are you thinking of going as?
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goldfinger0303 (3155 D Mod)
11 Aug 15 UTC
Opposite Gender Friends leads to Lower Academic Performance
Interesting paper I'm reading right now. Not completely done with it, but its methodology seems sound.

http://pubs.aeaweb.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1257/app.20140030
*From what I understand it mainly applies to high school students.
bo_sox48 (5013 D Mod (G))
11 Aug 15 UTC
Bad friends lead to lower academic performance. I wouldn't be shocked if people tend to make better friends (and much less commonly deal with the idea of being more than friends, which ruins friendships more often than not) within their own gender.
steephie22 (182 D (S))
11 Aug 15 UTC
I prefer hanging around with girls, but that's because girls are much easier to have an interesting/serious/useful/fun conversation with. With guys, an hour is a lot, with girls I can talk all day long when they know they can trust me, and that's mutual. There's no romance involved for me as far as I can tell.

I suppose what I'm trying to say is that a) it doesn't have to be because of romance and b) the reason why girls would get my grades down is because they're too fun to be around, making me not want to study instead. It would be because I consider them better friends, not worse.
steephie22 (182 D (S))
11 Aug 15 UTC
No romance involved for me in most cases, anyway :-)
Thucydides (864 D (B))
11 Aug 15 UTC
I had low grades in high school and mostly female friends. So there's a data point. In fact I haven't made a really good friend with a guy since I was like 14. I find it much easier to get along with women.
I just think its a curious piece of information. Girls who hang with girls get better grades than girls who hang with guys. Guys who hang with guys get better grades than guys who hang with girls. This has nothing to do with the overall composition of the class (so not all girls school vs mixed) but I think its interesting nevertheless.

Also, a pretty good economics article to read.
bo_sox48 (5013 D Mod (G))
11 Aug 15 UTC
Also, I never hung out with girls in high school (not by my own choice, I'm ugly af), and I had a 3.75 cumulative...
Yoyoyozo (182 D)
11 Aug 15 UTC
I totally agree with this article. My gpa isn't bad but it's low compared to others at my school and my friends consisted of like 80% girls.
Durga (3648 D)
11 Aug 15 UTC
I had a mixed group of friends in high school and my gpa was above average. I think a lot of my friends now are the opposite gender and my grades are still above average... though only very slightly.
ssorenn (0 D X)
11 Aug 15 UTC
all you youngin's. If you all only knew the truth, it would set you free
steephie22 (182 D (S))
11 Aug 15 UTC
Here's another theory:

You spent more time on social skills because the opposite gender does demand a bit more of that, meaning you're not so occupied with learning (skills).

I suppose there's also more tension between boys and girls. Almost certainly..

@bo: Is that low or high?

My grades aren't low btw, but that doesn't neccessarily discredit the theory.
bo_sox48 (5013 D Mod (G))
11 Aug 15 UTC
That's high. It's also unweighted.
All these things are measured in terms of standard deviation for a reason, guys :) Becoming friends with Jessica won't make you stupider.

It mentions some interesting things though as to why this might be the case. One of which is that academically unsuccessful people might surround themselves with members of the other sex to make them appear more popular/compensate.
steephie22 (182 D (S))
11 Aug 15 UTC
So you noticed I didn't read the article, huh? :P

I understand standard deviation, but even though my personal experience deviates, I can still see how this result fits into my experience.

Seemed like an analyisis worth mentioning.
MarquisMark (326 D (G))
11 Aug 15 UTC
You think this might have an introversion/extroversion correlation? Extroverts being more socially inclined, more likely to have opposite gender friends, and often not as academically rigorous as introverts?
thorfi (1023 D)
11 Aug 15 UTC
So... Be homosexual, you'll get better grades!

...

Yeah. You know what my pet hate is? Statistical "studies" that conflate correlation and causation. That is annoying as heck.

That is stats 101 level shit - if they're getting that wrong, I'm just going to assume the paper is complete bogus rubbish.
thorfi (1023 D)
11 Aug 15 UTC
Their data collection methodology is probably fine, the correlations are probably real, but their conclusions that the gender balance is causative of the grade difference is ridiculous. Zero proof of that whatsoever. Causation could well be in the other direction, or from other factors which influence the correlation.

Which is it? Zero evidence presented.
Before I respond - thorfi did you read the article?
Let me rephrase that. Did you read the *peer-reviewed journal article from one of the most respected economic journals out there*
thorfi (1023 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
Yeah, I read it. At no point do they appear to actually prove that the link is causal.
thorfi (1023 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
And, to be clear, my problem with that is that they *simply say it is causal in that direction*. I'm not doubting that their data is probably quite real, and that the correlation is real. But they really do several times make the statement that the causality is in a particular direction, when there is no proof of that being the actual causal direction at all.
thorfi (1023 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
*pokes paper again* Hrm. "These estimates have a causal interpretation because the gender composition of same-school neighbors is considered exogenous."

... Ah. So the assumption is, because neighbour gender composition is "external", it must be the causal factor? Dodgy assumption.
Ah, okay. Just making sure you weren't like steephie :)

Been a while since I took stats, but I think this is the basis of their underlying argument

" Students with more opposite gender schoolmates in their close neighborhoods have more opposite gender school friends, and, given that the gender composition of schoolmates in a student’s neighborhood is essentially random, provides plausibly exogenous variation in the share of opposite gender friends from which a causal effect on the outcomes of interest can be estimated."
I haven't read the article but I'll speculate on an idea... you have the choice of people skills or brainy skills but not both... if you have people skills then you are more likely to "make" friends of the opposite gender and you don't have the skills to get good grades. If you have the brainy skills then you are more likely to "perform" better in school. So here is my question is having friends (of the opposite gender) the cause of lower grades or is a lack of friends (of the opposite gender) the effect of having higher grades?
Yeah, I would think that so long as its an exogenous variable that moves with an endogenous variable, the causality there is one way - especially if the exogenous variable is random. I don't think that's too dodgy an assumption.
@CB - the article says that in large part having friends of the opposite gender is a factor of who lives closest to you in your neighborhood. Are the kids in the neighborhood mostly girls or mostly guys?

And they take the popularity bit out of it by limiting the number of people kids could list as friends
thorfi (1023 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
@goldfinger: Yeah, I think that's the dodgy assumption. For one, despite the *neighbour* composition being "exogenous", that doesn't prove at all that the *friend* relation is exogenous.

I think it's a very interesting correlation - don't get me wrong. :-) And the most likely truth is that there are causal links in *both* directions of that correlation too, as well as other factors that influence the correlation.

But I really don't think that paper proves the causality well enough to actually be making that solid a claim.
Well, I don't know enough about stats to argue against you. So this is just another reason why its always a good reason to have mathematicians check economists....though PhD economists are essentially PhD mathematicians.
thorfi (1023 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
Yeah, economists tend to do a lot of model simplification, though. The physics classical example is "assume a spherical cow", but economists tend to often just assume lots of those sorts of things and not even point out they're assumptions.

To be fair, at least in this case they did point out that that is an assumption, even if it was buried in a one liner deep in the midst of a block of text.

It's entirely possible I'm not correct about the causality level implied - I'm not a professional statistician. But nevertheless I don't much like the look of that particular assumption. :-)
IshmaelGuantanamoIV (100 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
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I'll buy it. Girls don't talk to me, and I'm a fucking genius.
JamesYanik (548 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
How many times does this have to be reiterated??? Judge people on an individual basis, and outside correlations will have no substance to them.
@JY - what on earth does that mean?
JamesYanik (548 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
If you look at a picture in the right way, the picture will be more than what the painter intended of it. You will pour more time into something with less meaning in it, and the ecess goes into a void. You don't find a place for yourself, you lose yourself.
JamesYanik (548 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
Wars are fought by those who are either mad enough or desperate enough to fight in them, but they never start the wars. Those who start the wars are more mad and desperate but in a way different from any other. The people you look to in war are those who seek the end, for they are only desperate.
JamesYanik (548 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
Damn it I can't find any more quotes, tell me what 2 movies those are collectively from and i'll give you 100 +1s
Weekend at Bernie's. Both of them.
2ndWhiteLine (3375 D (B))
12 Aug 15 UTC
Silent Night Deadly Night 2


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ssorenn (0 D X)
12 Aug 15 UTC
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this is interesting--watch the video
http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/08/10/everyone-fails-to-ride-this-bike-you-would-too-this-is-what-it-tells-us-about-the-brain/
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P13ANATOR (100 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
Hi I am new, quick question
I am starting a game with some friends, can you play with less than 7 people? If so, is anything different compared to a full game? Thanks :-)
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ND (879 D)
20 Jul 15 UTC
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MX: All Star Game
See inside for details
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Valis2501 (2585 D (G))
10 Aug 15 UTC
MAFIA XI: Confirmations
I know some people may not realize sign up thread is also confirmation thread so let's make that ultra clear:
Starts 8/11/15, 6 PM EDT
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guak (3381 D)
11 Aug 15 UTC
When retards play gunboat
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JamesYanik (548 D)
11 Aug 15 UTC
Fly Free My Baby :'(
I just sold my first computer, it was really old but i'll never forget its beauty. I never can think of things to bring on trips, but my computer was my best possession. It was like a Mac -1... you know, pre-internet
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bo_sox48 (5013 D Mod (G))
10 Aug 15 UTC
Ferguson
Apparently the anniversary of Mike Brown's death turned into a reenactment. Anyone know anything?
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2ndWhiteLine (3375 D (B))
04 Aug 15 UTC
2015 Gunboat Tournament Ideas
See inside.
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trip (696 D (B))
10 Aug 15 UTC
Cheap Gunboats
3 games, 10 point, 36hr, WTA, HDV, Anon
First come, first served...
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ghug (5046 D (B))
29 Jul 15 UTC
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Pacific Northwest FTF
I've only ever played FTF with people who don't really care about the game and want to be done after a year, and I always feel a twinge of jealousy when I sew those people having fun playing in real life on that crappy coast across the country. This is just a post to see who might be interested in getting something set up on this side of the country. I'm in the Seattle area.
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Hlud (115 D)
10 Aug 15 UTC
Monday Evening Live-2
I'm trying to join Monday Evening Live-2 starting in half an hour, as it only shows 6 current players, but only gives me the option to spectate. Why is this? My RR is 100%
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TrPrado (461 D Mod)
05 Aug 15 UTC
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Conundrum
So the people who make the schedules at my school are kinda dumb. I signed up for both AP Micro/Macroeconomics and AP European History. Only one class of each is being offered. And they happen to be the same hour. So I need to drop one and pick up some other course. I really don't know, so what (preferably AP) course would you suggest for me to take instead of AP Micro/Macroeconomics (because there's no chance I'll drop Euro)?
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Valis2501 (2585 D (G))
07 Aug 15 UTC
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DIPCON @ Philadelphia Massacre - Live
I'm risking life and limb to bring you guys the latest news all weekend and all tournament long.
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Check_mate (100 D)
03 May 15 UTC
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Not "Who am I?", but WHERE am I?
Have some time to kill. Ask yes/no questions to guess WHERE I am. If you guess right you go next. If you guess wrong you're out for the rest of the round.
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Valis2501 (2585 D (G))
07 Jul 15 UTC
MAFIA XI: Sign-ups
MAFIA XI: Sign-ups
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ssorenn (0 D X)
04 Aug 15 UTC
The dreams of solo--
Friends and enemies are welcome. 36 hour wta anon 50pt. Who wants action?
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Check_mate (100 D)
10 Aug 15 UTC
Cheating accusations
Without mentioning names or game ID's, can I please clarify something.

Making cheating accusations via in-game global press is not allowed, right? The correct procedure being to email the mods who will investigate?
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A_Tin_Can (1712 D)
08 Aug 15 UTC
New Italian strategy article
The army in Venice should go to Piedmont.

(with apologies to Chris Martin)
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MrcsAurelius (3051 D (B))
23 Jul 15 UTC
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Setting up a game
Hi, I have been absent for three years. Its startin' to itch, as Diplomacy remains my favorite board game! Want to play a game with a friend of mine who also hasn't played for a long while.
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Jamiet99uk (443 D)
09 Aug 15 UTC
I'm still alive
Sorry about that.
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Octavious (1720 D)
09 Aug 15 UTC
Clause IV
The people's flag is deepest red, or at least it could be. Comrade Corbyn has been suggesting he could bring back clause IV into the Labour Party constitution. I'm interesting in what it sounds like to an international audience.
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JamesYanik (548 D)
09 Aug 15 UTC
My Cat's name is Shadow!!! EOG
This is the difficulty of playing a stalemate line, and I done goofed.
gameID=165777
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JamesYanik (548 D)
09 Aug 15 UTC
I got a cat
she is shadow
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CL8At_SUwAAl-74.jpg
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CMurder (749 D)
07 Aug 15 UTC
Getting Germany every single game
Hi everybody, I'd like to ask if anyone has experience with an account getting a certain country every single game. One of my friends who I've played in several games against has drawn Germany out of the pot every single time. We're onto the fifth time out of 5 games he's gotten Germany.

I'd put it up to chance but we've reached 5 sigma and are on our way to 6. Thoughts?
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JamesYanik (548 D)
08 Aug 15 UTC
THE PREMIER LEAGUE IS BACK!!!
Join a Modern Live game as we watch Spurs and United fight it out, followed by the Premier League Season!!!
gameID=165741
Come on soccer nerds, you'll be on your labtop checking stats so just join it and stop pretending.
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OutsideSmoker27 (204 D)
04 Aug 15 UTC
Stop the solo or tighten up the draw?
Which is more important, in your opinion?
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