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by ascendingPig
Sat Dec 20, 2008 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transexuality
Replies: 318
Views: 33552

Re: Transexuality

I have two trans (I guess) friends: One MTF and one female-born genderqueer. I think I'm totally accepting of my MTF friend (though I occasionally slip up and refer to her with masculine pronouns, and she'll roll her eyes and say, "Pronouns! I hate them!"), and she has been openly MTF sinc...
by ascendingPig
Wed Dec 17, 2008 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Graphic Novel vs Comic Book/Manga.
Replies: 35
Views: 15964

Re: Graphic Novel vs Comic Book/Manga.

I hate the term "graphic novel" so much. There are people who use it to describe, for example, Joe Sacco's journalistic work. Helloooooo! It's called a "novel"! I kind of like one of the old terms that sort of spent a few minutes as the buzzword back when comics were becoming &qu...
by ascendingPig
Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: DC's Big Three (For Endless Mike)
Replies: 25
Views: 21103

Re: DC's Big Three (For Endless Mike)

I take it you're a nipple fan.
by ascendingPig
Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Women in CS
Replies: 110
Views: 13968

Women in CS

I recently read an article in the NY Times that claimed women constitute only 12% of current CS majors. I was wondering if anyone here working in CS can enlighten me on the plight of these women. Is the situation different in academia or industry? Are particular fields more popular with women (AI, c...
by ascendingPig
Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommended Books on Robotics & AI?
Replies: 20
Views: 3291

Re: Recommended Books on Robotics & AI?

Godel, Escher Bach
The Emperor's New Mind
Both kinda more philosophical and psychological than technical.
by ascendingPig
Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Rattle my worldview - Has a book ever changed your life?
Replies: 85
Views: 18453

Re: I need a book to rattle my worldview

Another vote for GEB. Also, I read Ender's Game at the age of nine and it changed me forever. I felt like an author had finally written about about kids without treating the reader like a child. It was so amazing, this feeling that a prepubescent girl like me was actually a real person, and actually...
by ascendingPig
Wed Dec 17, 2008 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best Artists of Today?
Replies: 28
Views: 2708

Re: Best Artists of Today?

Jonathan Coulton, anyone? Funny AND catchy.
by ascendingPig
Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Ex Machina (May Contain Spoilers)
Replies: 4
Views: 2604

Re: Ex Machina (May Contain Spoilers)

Brian K. Vaughan is the only great graphic novelist working in the American Comics Industry (counting only the history superhero genre) who is not actually a Brit in disguise.

Thank you, Mister Vaughan, for fighting the Foreign Invasion.
by ascendingPig
Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Women in Comics (not Refrigerators)
Replies: 30
Views: 8533

Re: Women in Comics (not Refrigerators)

I recently read a really great female-centered one-shot based on a short story written by Cory Doctorow, Anda's Game.

It was about girl gamers who don't have avatars with enormoboobs and the moral dilemmas they face. Not a female writer, but definitely feminist lit.
by ascendingPig
Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: DC's Big Three (For Endless Mike)
Replies: 25
Views: 21103

Re: DC's Big Three (For Endless Mike)

Batman isn't a detective. Oracle is. And he would have been dead ... well, a lot more times than he's already been dead if not for her.

I say Wonder Woman, because I don't like any of the Big Three, but she has the best tits.
by ascendingPig
Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Watchmen. Let us discuss. SPOILERS!
Replies: 138
Views: 30256

Re: Watchmen. Let us discuss. SPOILERS!

Moore doesn't seem to be translatable to film at all. I mean, just look at:
(a) League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
(b) V For Vendetta
(c) From Hell
(d) Constantine

Just this track record should be enough to crush anyone's enthusiasm about a "Watchmen" movie.
by ascendingPig
Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: xkcd theme songs
Replies: 34
Views: 12095

Re: xkcd theme songs

Sir_Elderberry wrote:"The Future Soon" - Jonathan Coulton

You can listen to it (but not download it) here:
http://www.jonathancoulton.com/songdeta ... ure%20Soon

Speaking of which,

"Mandelbrot Set" - Jonathan Coulton
by ascendingPig
Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Purchasing Sandman
Replies: 15
Views: 4680

Re: Purchasing Sandman

Ignore everyone who tells you to get the Absolute. It's so damn heavy. They look nice, sure, but if you plan on actually reading them, you want something nice a light so you an read on your back and stow it under your desk during class for surreptitious reading, right?
by ascendingPig
Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Songs that use candy as a metaphor for oral sex!
Replies: 9
Views: 3426

Songs that use candy as a metaphor for oral sex!

I've decided to build a playlist of [see title]! I've only got: Millie Small - "My Boy Lollipop" Connie Francis - "Lollipop Lips" (Okay, it's not really oral SEX, per se, but could I resist having two sexy songs with "lollipop" in their names?) 50 Cent - "Candy Sho...
by ascendingPig
Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...
Replies: 142
Views: 12285

Re: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...

I'm sure everyone's read Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card? The scientists speaking to the pequenos where not doing anything novel, and they were doing a mostly good job (in the beginning of the book anyway) of learning from them without ruining their culture. If my memory serves me, there w...
by ascendingPig
Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...
Replies: 142
Views: 12285

Re: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...

If they don't want pennicillin AFTER we've shown them what it does, that's their call, fine. But if they're anything like us, the people who don't want to contact the Big Scary Unknown are the elders, the leaders. Kids can handle change. And their parents have no right to deprive them of life-saving...
by ascendingPig
Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...
Replies: 142
Views: 12285

Re: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...

They don't know what choice they're making. It's unlikely that they've heard of our life-saving medical technology. It's impossible to describe a computer to someone whose life has been spent painting himself orange and shooting arrows at birds.
by ascendingPig
Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How I wish I understood... [USA and Israel]
Replies: 54
Views: 5817

Re: How I wish I understood... [USA and Israel]

Both people who responded to my post completely ignored the fact that I admitted Israel has some "oppressive, racist policies" and that we can (and should) oppose those. But it's still the closest thing to a free nation in the region. I'm not confusing support of its existence with support...
by ascendingPig
Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How I wish I understood... [USA and Israel]
Replies: 54
Views: 5817

Re: How I wish I understood... [USA and Israel]

Israel is the only real democracy in the mideast. We can work to change its oppressive, racist policies, but the fact is that any candidate who doesn't support Israel is publicly giving up on democracy as an ideal
by ascendingPig
Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...
Replies: 142
Views: 12285

Re: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...

The TiVo comment was tongue-in-cheek. You're totally ignoring the medical advances we have. What this really reminds me of is a scene in Warren Ellis's masterpiece "Transmetropolitan" in which the main character visits special reservations that people join to simulate life in a different c...
by ascendingPig
Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...
Replies: 142
Views: 12285

Re: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...

Why not view them like western society people who, for whatever reason, choose to live away from the bustle of cities and cameras? They've chosen to live in some isolated spot miles away from the nearest city or town and seem to prefer it that way. I certainly don't have any business knowing what t...
by ascendingPig
Sat May 31, 2008 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...
Replies: 142
Views: 12285

Re: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...

Has no one watched Star Trek recently? geez people... I had the exact same thought when I saw this on the news (how much of a nerd am I !). We seriously need to have our own prime directive, just imagine the harm we did to their culture by having this large machine roar above them. I mean they wher...
by ascendingPig
Fri May 30, 2008 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...
Replies: 142
Views: 12285

Re: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...

Gunfingers wrote:Also, is it really appropriate to keep calling them 'indians'? I thought we had moved beyond that terminology.

That's what they call themselves. Only super-PC white folk are willing to work through a mouthful like "indigenous Americans" or whatever.
by ascendingPig
Fri May 30, 2008 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rachel Ray's bad fashion sense linked to terrorism
Replies: 50
Views: 5771

Re: Rachel Ray's bad fashion sense linked to terrorism

Luthen wrote:And stupid. The stereotypical Arab headdress is red (mine is) and worn on the head.

Not really. There are different colors of keffiyeh. For instance, if I recall correctly, in the '90s Palestinians wore red to display support for the PLO and black for the PLF.
by ascendingPig
Fri May 23, 2008 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 141469

Re: Words you love.

Sussuruss. I love that hisssssss of the S.
by ascendingPig
Fri May 23, 2008 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: I am no more mad than you are.
Replies: 10
Views: 3257

Re: I am no more mad than you are.

Well, native English speakers can draw connotations based on the style of a sentence. That sentence is written in a very archaic format, so most English speakers would therefore assume that "mad" is used in its more archaic sense of "insane." If the sentence were written, say, &q...
by ascendingPig
Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Insomnia
Replies: 58
Views: 5692

Re: Insomnia

I have awful insomnia. I didn't sleep for 42 hours before taking my PSATs.
by ascendingPig
Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your Best Costumes - Geeky or Not
Replies: 13
Views: 1844

Re: Your Best Costumes - Geeky or Not

I once had a pirates vs. ninjas party. Tragically, only two people came as pirates, so the ninjas killed them easily.

My point being, theme parties rule.
by ascendingPig
Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your name an anagram of?
Replies: 384
Views: 54428

Re: What is your name an anagram of?

My name backwards is "I moan." Which is awesome.
by ascendingPig
Wed Apr 23, 2008 5:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: God I hate people....
Replies: 92
Views: 9804

Re: God I hate people....

To be honest, that statement was about 50% tongue-in-cheek, and I would have expected you to notice that. Sorry I misinterpreted it. It's hard to convey tone by text, and that comment didn't read as remotely tongue-in-cheek. :P 1. I sure as hell could make better laws/tax codes/war plans then the b...
by ascendingPig
Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: God I hate people....
Replies: 92
Views: 9804

Re: God I hate people....

The thing about 80% of college students being sure that they are above average intelligence is just another example of why I don't like people -- and of the stupidity of people. (First of all, let's get something straight -- I am among the 30+ percent of those students who are correct in their judg...
by ascendingPig
Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age of Consent in US
Replies: 297
Views: 27279

Re: Age of Consent in US

What's the point of instituting an age of consent law if none of the kids pay attention to it?
by ascendingPig
Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sun Spots
Replies: 7
Views: 1451

Re: Sun Spots

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/1 Somewhere near the beginning, he shows some pretty graphs. (Not exactly unbiased, I know, but sue me, it's legit.) Watch the whole thing. It's good, though some of the statistics (like when he compares the US's energy use to that of much less populous nat...
by ascendingPig
Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Long Well Informed Chanology Article
Replies: 18
Views: 3885

Re: Long Well Informed Chanology Article

Quite good. Certainly beats this article I found in, I believe, the Daily News.
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by ascendingPig
Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sun Spots
Replies: 7
Views: 1451

Re: Sun Spots

I've heard it, but it's BS.

If it were solar cycles, the temperature above the Earth's atmosphere would be increasing just like the temperature within. It's not. It's actually been going down while the temperature of the Earth has skyrocketed.
by ascendingPig
Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: God I hate people....
Replies: 92
Views: 9804

Re: God I hate people....

I love people. I love it when they walk too slow, taking the time to enjoy life instead of always rushing to some destination. I love it when they talk to loud, adding to the buzz and music of a public space and creating a sort of hum composed of people telling private secrets loud enough for everyo...
by ascendingPig
Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:33 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Doing something you suck at for a living
Replies: 12
Views: 2177

Doing something you suck at for a living

I'm enamored of mathematics and I hope to become an engineer. Here's the problem: I'm horrible at math and science. What am I good at? Reading, writing, memorizing stuff, humanities. None of which I have all that much interest in. But I am really, really good at humanities subjects, and pretty awful...
by ascendingPig
Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3527404

Re: Woman thread - Is it as good for you as it is for me?

In my experience, if you don't have a kind of BC in mind that you'd like, they'll suggest the pill with the lowest possible dose of hormones. Really? Because my doctor didn't just put me on the pill for regulation, she was also hoping to actually prevent nasty cysts and regulate my hormones, which ...
by ascendingPig
Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bisexuality
Replies: 111
Views: 10302

Re: Bisexuality

There's some tribe in Papua New Guinea where the young boys are expected to perform oral sex on older boys as part of their development. It's considered only healthy. So these boys actually homosexual acts when young, because society is open to it. However, the same tribe has pretty much exactly the...

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