Ask @betaveros:

Is that because you don't like competitions, or just not that one. btw, I saw your name written in HM and I thought it was pretty awesome! :)

I think the correct response here is "mu". It's more just a feeling that it's not for me any more, but it's really hard to explain briefly; I might finish and publish my blog post about this at some point in the next few years.

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Just curious, are you doing 18 + 6 double major or just 18? What is your field of interest right now?

I'm 18C right now. Double-majoring is still entirely possible, as is staying as such and getting a minor in music or something; I have decided not to decide this too soon.
Did you know that "[e]xcept for the fact that nimbers form a proper class and not a set, the class of nimbers determines an algebraically closed field of characteristic 2"? That's a really interesting field.

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whats your opinion of Ryan Alweiss?

ok what
at this point I'm suspecting you're just omitting the apostrophe in order to throw me off as to who you are, but I haven't dodged any questions in a while, so
in my opinion, Ryan is very good at math (no surprise there), avoiding awkward conversational silence (somewhat of a double-edged sword), loudly expressing and defending his opinions (very much of a double-edged sword), and judging people (draw your own conclusions).

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whats your current opinion of chaotic_iak?

wat?
Okay fine I'll play. I don't know how the guy manages to be constantly coming up with all these PuzzleScriptable ideas. It's crazy. I also don't know how the guy manages to deal with giving away all his dark secrets to the Internet. Those are the two big things I get off the top of my head, beyond which I know him to be a good friend, excellent source of math/CS/puzzle-flavored chat topics, and valuable subject for furtive cultural-anthropological observation.

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Why Soylent? There are so many healthier options.

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I am under the impression that Soylent is about as healthy as it gets, so my answer may not be satisfactory, but it's also extremely convenient. I can take a bottle from my dorm and be done with it by the time I've walked to class, taking zero time out of my routine. Even Mealsquares take one minute waiting for the microwave.

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Did I send you a random question about black bean noodles? If so, awkward and I'm sorry. My sisters were arguing where it originally comes from (while I was typing my first response) and regrettably google voice was activated. I'll look for your email and write re: my lack of geometry skills. --.

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Nope.
I also don't think I've heard about black bean noodles before. Interesting.

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If my tutor explains a problem after one or two serious attempts, am I giving up too soon? I'm currently working through the Euclid practice contests. I consistently score within the top 20 in Canada but I'd like to be in the top 5. My weakness => geometry. Finding books has been a real challenge.

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It depends a lot on what a serious attempt is, but I think the most important thing about unsuccessfully doing problems isn't how much you try it before you give up, it's how well you learn why you were unsuccessful and how to be successful on similar problems in the future. Generalize the problem, motivate the solution to yourself, figure out what signals it contains that could have led you down the right path, etc.
I'm (relatively) bad at geometry too and might (or might not, really) be able to point to some resources if I knew more details about your progress...?

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Since when are you a furry?

Straight to the hard questions! I guess I figured out that the fandom existed and that I might want to be part of it around mid-2013. But in a looser sense, I think I've had thoughts about anthropomorphic animals and related concepts since elementary school, if not earlier. I remember having thought a lot about a shapeshifting character with green hair and his origin story back then. Then again, maybe it's kind of pointless to draw the line there, since just about everybody would be a furry by those standards given how many children's cartoons feature anthropomorphism.
But speaking of children's cartoons, I will note particularly fond, albeit fuzzy, memories of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Tales . That's something I could only reasonably have watched in the U.S., which means it occurred before elementary school.

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What was your favourite mystery hunt puzzle?

My opinion is not going to be particularly insightful because I've only done a handful of them, but among those I solved a little of, perhaps Callooh Callay, World! (Round The Red and White Knights, 2014; http://web.mit.edu/puzzle/www/2014/puzzle/callooh_callay_world/ ).
On the other hand, among puzzles I've just gawked at and read the solutions of, the most inspirational is still Space Monkey Mafia (Round Richard Feynman, 2013; http://web.mit.edu/puzzle/www/2013/coinheist.com/feynman/space_monkey_mafia/index.html )

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if i go crazy then will you still call me superman?

I wanna hide the truth
I wanna comfort you
But with the beast inside
There's nowhere we can hide
Another dream has come undone
You feel so small and lost
Like you're the only one
You wanna scream 'cause you're desperate
If you need to fall apart
I can mend a broken heart
If you need to crash then crash and burn, you're not alone
'Cause there has always been heartache and pain
And when it's over you'll feel again
You'll feel again...

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