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by dragonfrog
Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 110069

Re: "Exploits of a Mom"

In fact, a whole host of such situations could be considered: if, for example, one changes one's name to "Fire!", and someone calls one's name in a crowded room, who is at fault? I know a girl named Fire. She even went to an arts and theatre-focused high school. I'm not aware of any theat...
by dragonfrog
Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: International Command Line Day
Replies: 118
Views: 17625

Alright then - no GUI for me on the 22nd, except as required for work. And if that does arise, I will feel a nagging sense of guilt, become irritable, and make my coworkers wonder what the hell is wrong with me.
by dragonfrog
Sat Apr 07, 2007 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: International Command Line Day
Replies: 118
Views: 17625

Not sure if it's been said yet, as I didn't read through all 4 pages. But, on OS X, just put >console in the username field where you would normally put your username. Leave the password blank. You will then be faced with good old /usr/bin/login running on a text console Unfortunately, the OS X nati...
by dragonfrog
Sun Apr 01, 2007 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 148193

But to put feeding billions of humans, keeping them healthy and providing them with a tasty way to intake large amounts of protein, on the same ethical level as rape is, again, a bit rash. My earlier point though is that meat is the least efficient possible way of getting nutrition and protein. Liv...
by dragonfrog
Sun Apr 01, 2007 5:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Dimethyltryptamine
Replies: 20
Views: 4814

Do you know where you can find the Shpongle video? There's some concert footage on Youtube, but no video.
by dragonfrog
Sun Apr 01, 2007 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 148193

"If it flinches, we have an ethical responsibility to consider this creature's will to live". So we must quickly deactivate the animal's nervous system (probably through severing the spinal cord instantly) before a signal can be sent to the brain. Then we may slaughter them mercilessly. T...
by dragonfrog
Sun Apr 01, 2007 4:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: *nix
Replies: 120
Views: 18048

Maybe this is stupid obvious, but - AMD64 on an Intel Core processor? Are Intel's 64bit CPUs compatible with AMD's?
by dragonfrog
Sat Mar 31, 2007 1:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: *nix
Replies: 120
Views: 18048

I used xubuntu for about 10 minutes. They managed to make xfce look and behave like a crippled gnome. Why would they do that? Why? Now I have OpenSuSE on the same machine for reasons of proprietary software support. I run OS X on my own machines, because I'm lazy and it's a slick OS even if it does ...
by dragonfrog
Sat Mar 31, 2007 1:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Haircut Advice
Replies: 30
Views: 25992

Wow, that's some amazing hair. I have no advice but to keep it, I'm afraid. Any suggested haircuts would probably err on the long side.
by dragonfrog
Sat Mar 31, 2007 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 148193

This is a good question to examine. It's not clear to me though, what other potential candidates for "pain" do you think it analogous to? Non-human animals? Plants?
by dragonfrog
Sat Mar 31, 2007 1:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Bathroom Etiquette
Replies: 75
Views: 11014

Incidentally, my boyfriend has mentioned several times that guys, when in the stalls, can be quite loud as uh, things happen. Is this true? I know in girls' stalls, women tend to be very very very quiet. Some guys can. There's a fair bit of grunting with effort at times. I suspect it's because of g...
by dragonfrog
Sat Mar 31, 2007 1:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Dimethyltryptamine
Replies: 20
Views: 4814

[Insert generic 'drugs are bad' comment here] ...but, from the growing research (See HERE ) and my personal experience, ecstasy isnt as bad as portrayed, all i wanted to do was to get better understanding of the world and think through normally inconceivable ideas (First time i changed religion twi...
by dragonfrog
Fri Mar 30, 2007 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 148193

Another angle to look at it from might be that, we could support the present population of the Earth, on a region the size of the surface of the Earth. Because right now we can't, sustainably, do so. We're managing, but only by over-exploiting the productive capacity the land, to the point where the...
by dragonfrog
Fri Mar 30, 2007 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Dimethyltryptamine
Replies: 20
Views: 4814

If you wanted to avoid sleeping on your stomach for some reason (bad back? snoring?). A hard on would limit how far you could roll in any direction, at least without some discomfort.
by dragonfrog
Fri Mar 30, 2007 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Polyamory and Monogamy
Replies: 109
Views: 15919

I don't think I'm even contradicting anything you've said Roffle, but I think you may have an assumption you've missed in all of this. You talk a number of times about how some people can manage polyamory, but not you. That's fine. But you seem to be automatically assuming that everyone can manage m...
by dragonfrog
Fri Mar 30, 2007 5:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Dimethyltryptamine
Replies: 20
Views: 4814

Some friends of mine smoked DMT at a party last summer. They were completely useless for about 20 minutes, then right back down to earth. The stuff has an awful bitter chemically smell when burnt, incidentally. They later took some LSD, and it was completely wasted on them - psychedelics are general...
by dragonfrog
Fri Mar 30, 2007 5:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Polyamory and Monogamy
Replies: 109
Views: 15919

Well, we are all entitled to our own opinion. I wish people would spread *that* around a lot less, though. Not that there's anything wrong with stating your opinions, but making like a lifestyle out of it, and defining yourself and your "group" by them, that's taking it a bit too far. One...
by dragonfrog
Thu Mar 29, 2007 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 148193

Grain fed to animals is specifically grown for that use, and may be grown on "premium cropland" so they can get a lot of it. But it's still cheap, and unfit for human consumption. Exactly - land can be used to raise crops for human consumption, or it can be used to raise crops for feed, o...
by dragonfrog
Thu Mar 29, 2007 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: on topic of "gateways" and legalization
Replies: 88
Views: 17064

Double-posting because of two separate topics... Come to think of it, how does the average pot-smoker appear, depicted in major hollywood blockbusters? Is that an unbiased and factual depiction? I'm ashamed to say that that was pretty much the basis for my argument. Shows how scarily easy it is to i...
by dragonfrog
Thu Mar 29, 2007 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: on topic of "gateways" and legalization
Replies: 88
Views: 17064

Roffle - legalizing MJ isn't going to add another recreational drug - MJ is already well established. Repealing alcohol prohibition didn't add a recreational drug, any more than banning it eliminated one. I think there's two questions that people tend to get mixed up 1) Are you for or against [the u...
by dragonfrog
Thu Mar 29, 2007 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 148193

New idea: eating meat (via current farming methods) is immoral because it uses a vast amount of food to produce a small amount. Grain fed animals take in ten times what they produce. Unless I'm mistaken (and I may very well be), much of that is leftover mash from the ethanol refining process, and w...
by dragonfrog
Thu Mar 29, 2007 5:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: sex
Replies: 408
Views: 46472

I don't get this excessive shaving thing. Don't don't don't don't get it. I like humans, I like the human body, and obsessive attempts to avoid looking human just don't seem healthy. There are certain spots where the human body sprouts hair, and lack of hair in those spots is a sign of ill health. I...
by dragonfrog
Thu Mar 29, 2007 1:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Polyamory and Monogamy
Replies: 109
Views: 15919

So, tanning eh? Actually, getting some pseudo-sun can do wonders if you're affected by "seasonal affective disorder", which is what they call the Winter blues if you live far enough from the equator that the darkness is significant. Here in Edmonton, the winter darkness really does get to ...
by dragonfrog
Thu Mar 29, 2007 12:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Bathroom Etiquette
Replies: 75
Views: 11014

The 'no talking in the washrooms' thing can go way too far. Like, if someone says "hey, could you pass me some TP, cause this stall is out" - don't pretend they didn't just speak to you, that's so rude. Also, I always thought it was amusing at raves (at least, at ten years ago at raves - d...
by dragonfrog
Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sir, you can't let him in here.
Replies: 12
Views: 2885

I think you're some kind of deviated prevert. I think general Ripper found out about your prevertion, and you were organizing some kind of mutiny of preverts.
by dragonfrog
Thu Mar 22, 2007 2:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Finland
Replies: 54
Views: 9962

Finland is the source of some great pyschedelic trance lately, and has long been a source of death metal.

Finns drink a lot of coffee. They do this in order to avoid killing themselves during the extremely dark winters, and it is only partially successful.
by dragonfrog
Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Chocolate! (no more confessions here...)
Replies: 298
Views: 41536

WOOT! I got a parcel from Texas today. Thanks Lani! The tea and chocolate are delicious. I'll try the salsa soon. My neighbour and I had fun with the instructions on how to enjoy the chocolate. It does smell both spicy and earthy as they say, but I didn't notice any overtones of leather when we fina...
by dragonfrog
Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What do you drive?
Replies: 76
Views: 14748

2006 Louis Garneau Sedna

Oh I do like to ride my bike
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by dragonfrog
Tue Mar 20, 2007 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Great movies you haven't seen
Replies: 34
Views: 5516

Lani - the 1927 Fritz Lang one.

I have also not seen the anime Metropolis. I hear it's pretty good.
by dragonfrog
Tue Mar 20, 2007 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Great movies you haven't seen
Replies: 34
Views: 5516

I haven't seen the new remastered version of Metropolis.

It was hella hard to find when it came out a few years ago, apparently there was something screwed up about the Canadian distribution of it. I have managed to download it, so now it's just about finding a good time to watch it.
by dragonfrog
Tue Mar 20, 2007 12:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Going across Canada this summer! Any tips?
Replies: 34
Views: 5888

If you are going to be as far East as Quebec, make sure to allow yourself time in Montreal - it's a beautiful city. If you are hitchhiking in the West, have a backup plan for getting across Alberta. If you're low on cash, do a couple of days work in Saskatchewan or BC prior to crossing the border, s...
by dragonfrog
Sun Mar 18, 2007 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Communism
Replies: 147
Views: 22009

Communism and Socialism had different inventors and contained a different set of beliefs. Marx, IIRC, viewed Socialism as just a stage along the way to his perfect society. That's a good point - I've heard "socialism" used to mean very different things. For some of those meanings, I consi...
by dragonfrog
Sat Mar 17, 2007 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Communism
Replies: 147
Views: 22009

Puellus Pelegrinus - you are quite mistaken about working conditions a hundred years ago. What you are thinking about is more of a brief blip during the 1950s and 1960s. I was thinking about this just now, and about someone's post on Freudian psychiatry elsewhere on these forums. (I forget who it wa...
by dragonfrog
Sat Mar 17, 2007 12:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How many Lojbanists does it take
Replies: 72
Views: 11911

warriorness wrote:No, but on behalf of everybody thanks for forming that association. Now everybody will be lysdexic along with you.


Yes, have some oolkadi. It's got lysdexic acid in it.
by dragonfrog
Sat Mar 17, 2007 12:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How many Lojbanists does it take
Replies: 72
Views: 11911

Around here it's mormons - I kind of suspect that trying to convert people is the only form of conversation they can make.
by dragonfrog
Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Communism
Replies: 147
Views: 22009

Posting separately, as it's a somewhat separate thought. You are missing the fact that becoming more wealthy than yourself in the past also makes you happy. Second, maximizing happiness is not a perfect metric. If we could wire-head everyone into blissful not-giving-a-shit, that doesn't mean the wor...
by dragonfrog
Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Communism
Replies: 147
Views: 22009

Another thing that is too easily forgotten - the capitalism we have today is not the capitalism that was around when communism was originally devised. Nor is early communism the same as communism today. Each has been heavily influenced by the other - they evolved together. The reason those of our fo...
by dragonfrog
Fri Mar 16, 2007 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Communism
Replies: 147
Views: 22009

One thing to keep in mind is that in popular discussion of communism vs. capitalism, there is a tendency to lump together capitalism and democracy, and communism and totalitarianism. This is of course widely encouraged by the US media. In fact these are four completely different things. Nobody has a...
by dragonfrog
Fri Mar 16, 2007 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 230
Views: 37962

I like this distinction of complementary vs. exaggeratory relationships. And I agree there is probably a tendency for a woman to be slightly more emotionally similar to a randomly selected other woman, than to a randomly selected man. But 1) it's slight. 2) we don't marry a randomly selected person ...
by dragonfrog
Fri Mar 16, 2007 3:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why do cats purr??
Replies: 43
Views: 8435

Toeofdoom - I'm sorry to hear about your cat. Not sure if it's been mentioned, but I thought this was an interesting one: Cats of the Panthera genus (lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars) are only able to purr while exhaling. Other genuses (genii?) of cats can purr while inhaling and exhaling, including...

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