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Announcements / Downtime Today To Yesterday
« on: October 31, 2018, 08:09:53 AM »
The issue was easy to fix, and avoidable but I didn't have time the last two days due to work. Soon(tm) we will have access for additional administrators to go in and fix stuff themselves.

Announcements / Intermittent Timeouts
« on: October 05, 2018, 10:53:58 AM »
We are experiencing intermittent timeouts. I contacted support for our servers to get this resolved.

In the long run, we are now investigating moving to a new and better server setup.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / AWS reInvent
« on: September 19, 2018, 05:37:18 PM »
Work is sending me to Vegas this year for reInvent. Anybody else attending?

Suggestions & Concerns / Searching, and YOU!
« on: August 31, 2018, 12:00:30 PM »
I am working this weekend on building in search to our new platform. I'll be indexing our data on Monday, and am building a plan around what we want to search by. Currently, this is my vision, but I want to know what you want out of a search:

- Cross concern, search will bring up site content, forum posts, users, threads, and one day book content from our library (thanks to Daniel for the leg work getting these scanned and over-layed with text, and uploading and scanning them.)
- Search by content, title, author, author pseudonyms (maybe?), thread title, group title (ie suggestions and concerns), date or date range, most common words in post, most common words in post and matches in thread, and type (posts, users, threads, books...)
- Things you want!
- Search as you type functionality
- speed and coverage of all our posts through cloud technologies

So what do you want?

Announcements / Downtime August 10th
« on: August 10, 2018, 09:13:09 AM »
Due to a change from our hosting provider that was not communicated, our site went down today. I don't have the timeline, but it is now back up.

Flat Earth General / URGENT DANGER: Strawberry Moon
« on: June 27, 2018, 04:49:32 PM »
It is advised that all Zetetics and free-thinking men and women avoid the septic moon tonight. Do not be coyed into looking at a "Strawberry" moon. This is yet another press tactic that puts funding for space exploration above the safety of populace.


If not, as always, be sure to prepare:
  • Zinc Oxide Ointment
  • Polarized Sunglasses
  • Foil or Solar Filters on open windows

All Zetetics should check in.

Shakespeare - (1564- 1616) -  Othello Act 5
"It is the very error of the moon, She comes more near the earth than she has wont, And makes men mad."

Science and Natural Philosophy
Hippocrates (460 BC - 370 BC)
"no physician should be entrusted with the treatment of disease who was ignorant of the science of astronomy."
Pliny The Elder (23 AD -79 AD)
 led to the brain to be 'unnaturally moist' leading to madness.
   Paracelsus (1493 -1541) PARA SELSUS
"mania has the following symptoms: frantic behaviour, unreasonableness, constant restlessness and mischievousness. Some patients suffer from it depending on the phases of the moon."
Ewald Hering (1834 -1918)
    "with full moon, increasing mania."


Moolight: Dangers and Precautions (The Flat Earth Society)
Moonlight and Seizures: (Science Direct

"The increased incidence of crimes on full moon days may be due to "human tidal waves" caused by the gravitational pull of the moon."

Humans sleep worse in the full moon.

Moonlight is dangerous to plant life

Moon and Madness Reconsidered
'This partial sleep deprivation would have been sufficient to induce mania/hypomania in susceptible bipolar patients and seizures in patients with seizure disorders. The advent of modern lighting attenuated this lunar effect, especially in modern urban areas.'

Flat Earth General / Dangers of the Moon: Radio Edition
« on: May 25, 2018, 11:42:56 AM »
I will be on a show soon talking about the dangers of the moon. What are the top 10 topics you'd like to hear about?

As a refresher, this is the previous discussion about dinosaurs:
At time marker, at around 30-35min

Flat Earth General / flat earth conference 2018
« on: April 11, 2018, 07:51:15 PM »
We are having a conference this year in Knoxville, Tn - one home of the world fair, and near the city of rocks. More news to come!

Flat Earth General / 34% Young Adults Believe in a Flat Earth
« on: April 03, 2018, 11:26:34 AM »
New study finds that 66% of America's young adults don't know the shape of the planet they live on.
Another victory for the Flat Earth!

The Lounge / Paternity Leave
« on: April 03, 2018, 10:36:20 AM »
You may be seeing more of me in the next two weeks, or maybe not. Having a baby today (tomorrow?) (Soon?!)

Asking why is earth the only flat planet betrays a logical fallacy. To explain the problem simply, If I eat a loaf bread each day, and those loaves are nourishing each time, does that mean all loaves of bread are nourishing, and no bread is poison?

In other words, since I can say Object A and Object B are both round, does that make Object C round? or Object D? Or all other objects?! Of course not. This would be an absurd thing to assert.

Popper later attempts to side step this problem, recognizing its tendency to lead to infinite regression. He does so by the introduction of falsification as a line of demarcation and rejecting 'inductive' reasoning as non-existent; however many have criticized this attempt as unsuccessful as it requires use of an inductive claim itself - that corroborated (highly falsifiable and tested) hypotheses are more predictive and thus should be chosen.

I suppose this is a bit aside the point, because other celestial bodies are flat. To give a concrete example, many galaxies are flat. So the argument doesn't even hold past cursory examination.

Unless this fundamental issue of induction is solved, and other flat bodies stop existing, there is absolutely no rational reason to believe that because other bodies are round, the earth must be round.

Suggestions & Concerns / Two-Factor Authentication
« on: January 23, 2018, 09:29:21 AM »
Anybody interested? I just implemented a TOTP based (those little 6 or more digit codes that facebook etc uses) for another project and it was fairly low impact.

Arts & Entertainment / Nemesis to Piano Man
« on: January 23, 2018, 08:43:10 AM »
Just love it. Really unnerving.

The Lounge / MOVED: Viola.
« on: January 22, 2018, 07:49:55 AM »

Philosophy, Religion & Society / What did christ give us?
« on: January 21, 2018, 12:32:43 AM »
Did he give us a body of mythology, where he curses fruit?

Or is it a bit more that. Did he, or whatever it was, did Christ give us forgiveness?

Flat Earth General / Wardlaw's Thoughts on Electric Moon
« on: January 20, 2018, 10:46:38 AM »
David Wardlaw Scott, author of Terra Firma, has talked about how he feels the moon may indeed be 'electric.' This would provide serious attack against the idea of luna. Unfortunately, he doesn't delve into details.

Are there any flatists amongst us that believe in this? Can you give me a good argument towards an electric moon rather than than a bioluminescent or otherwise lit moon?

Flat Earth General / If The Earth Is Round, How Does The Sun Stop Midsky?
« on: January 17, 2018, 10:43:16 AM »
I have brought this up before and there have been no responses that can discount Joshua's long day in Joshua X. I ask again, if the earth is indeed round, then how can it suddenly stop its rotation to allow the sun to sit in the sky for an entire day?

What is global warming but just round earth theory once again failing to predict the seasons accurately and account through ad-hoc hypothesis? If a theory truly is to be falsifiable, it can't explain away these with hypothesis after hypothesis. The truth is, the round earth theory predicts stars - not the seasons. They have even went so far as to recursively define this, such that Spring starts based on the movements of the stars - not as any man would know from common sense the tell tale signs of the seasons.

Suggestions & Concerns / New Years Changes
« on: January 09, 2018, 10:27:01 AM »
We'll be doing the tech side of things a bit differently as the year goes on. We'll be moving to a continuous integration setup, nicer servers probably, and starting to build out test cases for existing and new features. New features will have a 1:1 relationship with cards either in a nicer tool such as Pivotal or Jira, or more likely in trello. I'll look into what we can do to integrate this with the tech suggestions board. They will also require a pr and code review to bring them into the codebase. We will also be moving our repositories from the private bitbucket to either a public or private github to leverage some of their tools with circleci.

What does this mean aside from a shit ton of work for John?

It should mean when I make a change, or fix something that is broken, it will remain fixed. It should allow more visibility into progress on our various needs here on the forums and the front end of the site, and taking from our sister site's playbook it should provide us a workflow for introducing changes done by generous users like you, who may want to contribute.

This is all setting down some needed infrastructure so we can start looking a bit more seriously to the future of our web presence, including paving the way to the introduction of new services for everybody here as well as new forum features and improvements.

Anyone that wants to help, let me know and what you are good at. I'll add you to a new trello board and we can start things up.

Is it?

I hear every day I'm a cult, leading cult folks, and doing cult things. It sounds fun - its not for me though. Do you tend as folks to believe any idea against your belief (likely the most common beliefs) are cult behavior? how do you react to them?

Flat Earth General / Has anyone else ever been outed at work?
« on: December 11, 2017, 05:35:53 PM »
I outed myself today at work on accident as a flatist. Anybody else ever gone through this?

Flat Earth General / Cause and Correlation
« on: December 08, 2017, 06:02:16 PM »
Obviously it does not, as I said. On the other point, correlation is still more than nothing.

The only means we have to determine causation is through correlation, is this not correct?

The question is simple, should Science be funded by the government, or by other means?

Announcements / I'm in another book!
« on: November 30, 2017, 10:18:05 AM »

For those with a tight change purse, its the interview for Paste Magazine.

Flat Earth General / F. Gregory
« on: November 17, 2017, 09:47:45 PM »
Assistant surveyor F. Gregory , and Mr. S. Trigg, in a short exploration trip to the eastward of the Geraldine Mine, had succeeded in discovering a large tract of good country, well grassed. . . . Mr. Gregory, in hip report, notes a 'difference of 17 miles in latitude and something more longitude, throughout the eastern portion.' between himself and Mr. Austin - a difference which he cannot account.


Flat Earth General / List Of Things That Don't Exist To Round Earthers
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:00:16 AM »

  • Their Five Senses

If all your sense experience, during your entire life, tells you directly that the earth is flat, why would you be so foolish as to ignore it? It would be as if everybody told me that fae existed. It would be foolish for me to believe in fae based off this tertiary evidence.

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