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by neon
Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lighting Fixtures and energy usage
Replies: 21
Views: 3351

Re: Lighting Fixtures and energy usage

A related question by some is that incandescents heat the room they are in. Especially in well insulated homes. Therefore, so the thinking goes, fluorescent lights make your heating system work harder. I think this is nonsense and by the same reasoning incandescent lights would make your air conditi...
by neon
Sun Feb 24, 2008 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51417

Re: Genders and Gender roles

Corporations are the voluntary joining of multiple people. States, on the other hand, are a forced joining. States generally hold a number of monopolies, such as "the use of force" and "sovereignty", which are often natural monopolies (if you aren't a radical libertarian), and m...
by neon
Sun Feb 24, 2008 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: End of the world (2012)
Replies: 81
Views: 11531

Re: End of the world (2012)

The world does not end when loads of shit dies, the only thing that happens is that there is an abundance of fossil fuels afterwards. The world ending involves the world Not Being The World anymore. That is an overly literal and glib way of looking at it. After all it sort of did matter to the 95% ...
by neon
Sat Feb 23, 2008 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is it that keeps us going?
Replies: 40
Views: 6710

Re: What is it that keeps us going?

To begin with niolosoiale I hope you are getting treatment because left untreated your bipolar disorder will destroy everyone you ever cared for, everything you ever achieve and eventually destroy your life. My advise is to find a therapist trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or read: The Mir...
by neon
Sat Feb 23, 2008 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: End of the world (2012)
Replies: 81
Views: 11531

Re: End of the world (2012)

The world does not end when loads of shit dies, the only thing that happens is that there is an abundance of fossil fuels afterwards. The world ending involves the world Not Being The World anymore. That is an overly literal and glib way of looking at it. After all it sort of did matter to the 95% ...
by neon
Sat Feb 23, 2008 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is it that keeps us going?
Replies: 40
Views: 6710

Re: What is it that keeps us going?

To begin with niolosoiale I hope you are getting treatment because left untreated your bipolar disorder will destroy everyone you ever cared for, everything you ever achieve and eventually destroy your life. My advise is to find a therapist trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or read: The Mira...
by neon
Sat Feb 23, 2008 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51417

Re: Genders and Gender roles

Individualism, by looking at the word itself, cannot be objective by definition. (It also sounds to me like a transparent effort to rehabilitate objectivism by renaming it and loping off the truly crazy bits.) I'm pretty sure individualism was around before "Objectivism". I'm aware of tha...
by neon
Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51417

Re: Genders and Gender roles

Your original answer was ignorant and race baiting. The Asian supremacy one, or a different answer? If the first, allow me some flippancy when responding to what seem to be non sequitors. No, when you say "does it not strike you as odd that the children of Chinese railroad workers integrated w...
by neon
Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51417

Re: Genders and Gender roles

How do you explain people with both sexual organs, One is non-functioning. True hermaphrodism doesn't exist in humans. Modified genitalia does, i.e., a clitoris will resemble a penis, or a modified vagina will have formed. Apparently not quite true, the article, True Hermaphroditism and Mixed Gonad...
by neon
Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51417

Re: Genders and Gender roles

@Neon: You raise great points, and I don't really find myself disagreeing with you at all, however, to continue clarifying, I am sticking to my guns on holding a separation between sex and gender. [...] Most gays and lesbians who have children did it via heterosexual means. I assume you are not ref...
by neon
Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51417

Re: Genders and Gender roles

@Neon: The alternative sexual orientations to heterosexual are A) not the majority, and B) Not the reproductive aspect of humanity, and as such, as I said, not relevant for acknowledging that we are a binaried species. XXY and XYY and those variations tend to produce problems. The best analogy I ca...
by neon
Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51417

Re: Genders and Gender roles

You can be whomever you wish to be. Your only limits are those you impose on yourself. And others can mock, make fun of, and discriminate you for it. Its said, but true. If you go out and do not conform with society at all, you'll be discriminated against. Yes, this is true but is becoming less so....
by neon
Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51417

Re: Genders and Gender roles

This may have previously been mentioned, but I don't particularly think we should remove all preconceived gender notions. I'm not advocating at all for the glass ceiling to stay put, or for maternity leave to be abolished, but in speaking with queer theorists, I've come to believe that the complete...
by neon
Thu Feb 07, 2008 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who to vote for?
Replies: 6
Views: 1796

Re: Who to vote for?

I understand what you are saying about your goals of voting. Dispite my poor choice of words in the statement, I assure you we are pretty much on the same page with that and it doesn't matter to me either way right now. So you're saying you're voting for Obama but that you wouldn't have an issue if...
by neon
Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Correct me if I'm wrong...
Replies: 32
Views: 4194

Re: Correct me if I'm wrong...

Science and mathematics is the language with which we describe our world and try to make sense from it all. Different minds may well process experience differently and in very surprising ways. The very first thing that I would want to know when meeting an alien species is what their math is like. It...
by neon
Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I feel like my friend is joining a cult (homeopathy)
Replies: 61
Views: 13212

Re: I feel like my friend is joining a cult (homeopathy)

Homeopathy is already about taking extremely diluted solutions, specifically of toxins. Right, as I understand it they believe that in minute quantities a toxin has an opposite effect than usual. So... if a Homeopathy practitioner wanted to commit suicide does that mean they would have to drink pur...
by neon
Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who to vote for?
Replies: 6
Views: 1796

Re: Who to vote for?

"Voting only actually works if everybody votes for the person they really feel represents them as individuals." I'd disagree with that because you need to know what the ends are. Voting is the means towards which end? Ends can be highly dynamic, say you and your friends vote to decide wha...
by neon
Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Some Very Precise Anchors
Replies: 69
Views: 7574

Re: Some Very Precise Anchors

Cloverfield (someone had to)

More seriously, the Iranian oil bourse launches on the 11th. That's probably when we start the aerial campaign.
by neon
Sun Feb 03, 2008 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: an amazing new fuel breakthrough
Replies: 25
Views: 3395

Re: an amazing new fuel breakthrough

are people thinking of this? Garage researcher "burns" saltwater John Kanzius, a retired TV station owner, believes he's come up with a way to "burn" saltwater, by bombarding it with microwaves. The TV reports on this YouTube compilation never dip-below the gee-whiz surface, unfo...
by neon
Sun Feb 03, 2008 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's wrong with flipping burgers?
Replies: 42
Views: 6025

Re: What's wrong with flipping burgers?

TheStranger wrote:That is why I stated that they were "seen as", actually being a kid or unambitious.


ok. I was "adding to", not criticizing.
by neon
Sun Feb 03, 2008 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's wrong with flipping burgers?
Replies: 42
Views: 6025

Re: What's wrong with flipping burgers?

Burger Flipper is probably the most often seen example of a dead-end / no-pay job. Someone younger working there is probably seen as a kid working through high school / college, and thus not very experienced. Someone older can be seen as either possessing below average intelligence or no ambition. ...
by neon
Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's wrong with flipping burgers?
Replies: 42
Views: 6025

Re: What's wrong with flipping burgers?

I saw this on the literacy discussion: ... It should be so that people have more choices than flipping burgers at your local grease-food joint. The point is, America's workforce no longer requires education in order to get a job done, and this is definitely not a good thing... It got me thinking. C...
by neon
Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: an amazing new fuel breakthrough
Replies: 25
Views: 3395

Re: an amazing new fuel breakthrough

4=5 wrote:http://www.fuel-rebel.com/
pseudo scientific BS

anyone want to make a throw away email address to see what happens

FREE PORN!!!


Irony, it seems, is still alive.
by neon
Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The economy scares the hell out of me.
Replies: 196
Views: 16426

Re: The economy scares the hell out of me.

The desired effect is to stimulate consumption. Very little of the rebate will do that because paying off debt or putting it into savings will not result in much of a stimulus. More bad news: Monster Really Scares Me the Monster Employment Index (which measures online help wanted advertising) fell b...
by neon
Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: US Presidential Primaries - discussion
Replies: 281
Views: 24730

Re: US Presidential Primaries - discussion

What makes you think that kind of stuff isn't happening? You cite lack of evidence on my part. What evidence? I'm not calling it spooks, or paranoia. But we live in an age where the U.S intelligence/military community is probably stronger than any point in history. I'm not saying they watch all of ...
by neon
Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men's brains are different!
Replies: 164
Views: 18763

Re: Men's brains are different!

Sorry, but as interesting as this discussion is, I do have to make a comment about IQ. IQ testing has in the past and currently been quite biased. It has been demonstrated (fuck, I wish I had the sources) that there are huge cultural biases in IQ testing. I would not be suprised to see other biases...
by neon
Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ok seriously, this is OVER.
Replies: 35
Views: 3314

Re: Ok seriously, this is OVER.

I'm confused about what point 22/7 is trying to make.

The question is poorly worded but once you work it out it can be easily solved. The plane flies because the conveyor and therefore the plane's wheels, have nothing to do with aircraft propulsion.
by neon
Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: US Presidential Primaries - discussion
Replies: 281
Views: 24730

Re: US Presidential Primaries - discussion

You guys are forgetting that it is often the office that changes the candidate, not the candidate that changes the office. I'll offer an outside perspective on this. I'm not American. It's not my political system, so I won't pretend I'm authoritative on this like others may be. Despite what Clinton...
by neon
Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: US Presidential Primaries - discussion
Replies: 281
Views: 24730

Re: US Presidential Primaries - discussion

Cheney IS Bi-partisan to a minor extent. usually when you use that expression though it implies some greater level of bi-partisanship that neither the Ronpaul nor Bush enjoys. Cheney, being a member of the "The Raptor Party", is only bipartisan to the extant that he agrees that humans are...
by neon
Tue Jan 29, 2008 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Unbelievable video compositing/3D animation skills.
Replies: 15
Views: 2547

Re: Unbelievable video compositing/3D animation skills.

I'm absolutely stunned by this. I cannot imagine how one could even start on such a thing--or what programs one would use--but its hilarious nonetheless. Feel free to skip about 3 minutes in to where the fight starts--but the huge laughs don't begin until you see the weapon used in place of Neo's p...
by neon
Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Welfare State
Replies: 261
Views: 17749

Re: The Welfare State

HUNT!? Is that right nature boy? In Alaska? In the middle of winter? It's -20 below with a wind chill of -30 below right now, some parts are -50 below. How are you going handle that? I don't think you know how, not long term. This isn't a camping trip you are talking about. And you think all you ne...
by neon
Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Welfare State
Replies: 261
Views: 17749

Re: The Welfare State

Neon: ad hominem is not a valid argumentative tactic. You're making it hard for me to agree with you, and I so dearly want to agree with you. You know, you're right. I've been acting like an ass. I'm sorry and I'll try to stay calm. As you can perhaps tell I've been homeless myself and this issue i...
by neon
Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The mind-body connection
Replies: 45
Views: 4898

Re: The mind-body connection

We are machines. Our sensory organs evolved to help our ancestors survive the savannas and for that they perform well. They are hardly the last word though. Actually, the extent to which we can compare ourselves to machines is debatable. Especially when it comes to things such as consciousness. How...
by neon
Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Welfare State
Replies: 261
Views: 17749

Re: The Welfare State

Haven't you welfare supporters ever heard of something called pride? Spoken like the true son of privilege. You haven't the slightest clue what you are talking about. Pride is the first thing to go when you are poor or on the street. It loses it's allure when you are ass up in a dumpster looking fo...
by neon
Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The mind-body connection
Replies: 45
Views: 4898

Re: The mind-body connection

Actually, I think the point of Searle's Chinese Room Argument was for him to attempt to show that symbol manipulation is NOT how the mind actually works, due to the fact that there wouldn't be real intentionality involved. However, I believe that one can argue against the Chinese Room thought exper...
by neon
Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Welfare State
Replies: 261
Views: 17749

Re: The Welfare State

Haven't you welfare supporters ever heard of something called pride? Spoken like the true son of privilege. You haven't the slightest clue what you are talking about. Pride is the first thing to go when you are poor or on the street. It loses it's allure when you are ass up in a dumpster looking fo...
by neon
Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Welfare State
Replies: 261
Views: 17749

Re: The Welfare State

Welfare State: Hell Yes. See Norway. No-one is living on the street. No-one needs to beg for a living. Unless you've got a really serious disorder, you can get work. (Or rather, the job market being what it is today, all you need is a pulse) Unemployment is so low it's starting to cause trouble. Th...
by neon
Sun Jan 27, 2008 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0374: "Journal"
Replies: 178
Views: 33830

Re: Journal Discussion

Strangely enough, neon, I probably will end up looking into those, if only because someday I'll want to leave my cube (although I'm keeping my Weighted Companion Cube). Also, Wikipedia scared me for the first time since I read the Raptor page. Well, the truth is absolution, or so they say. Anyway, ...
by neon
Sun Jan 27, 2008 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The mind-body connection
Replies: 45
Views: 4898

Re: The mind-body connection

A friend of mine often says to people 'You are now conciously thinking about breathing.', laughs, and walks off, leaving people gasping for breath every few seconds. I so must do this now. :twisted: Though, has anyone ever tried to keep track of their breathing for a long time (was actually part of...
by neon
Sat Jan 26, 2008 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The mind-body connection
Replies: 45
Views: 4898

Re: The mind-body connection

I think sometimes about how I'm a man sitting in my own head wearing myself and moving me around with buttons and levers and pulleys. And sometimes I think about how there's a pump in my chest that's moving the insides of me around all the time and I'm never still. And sometimes I sit in the drug s...

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