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by HermanBlount
Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Cleaning the lint trap
Replies: 10
Views: 6605

Re: Cleaning the lint trap

I concur with Obby. That's exactly how I think about it. Now Clean out the DRAIN when you're finished showering, you lazy ass, and don't just move your girlfriend's wad of hair up the side and leave it there! Why would my GF's hair be in the drain? Presumably, she cleans the drain after every use, o...
by HermanBlount
Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK Christians barred from foster parenting due to beliefs
Replies: 154
Views: 11335

Re: UK Christians barred from foster parenting due to belief

Wow, this is quite an active forum! First, it was sloppy of me to equate Christianity and homophobia and I apologize if I've offended anyone. Who's trying to separate from whom? "Parents who can't accept homosexuality shouldn't be entrusted by the state with potentially homosexual children"...
by HermanBlount
Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK Christians barred from foster parenting due to beliefs
Replies: 154
Views: 11335

Re: UK Christians barred from foster parenting due to belief

I can't help but add my two cents to this discussion. What I see here is two groups of people trying to separate themselves from each other as much as possible and expecting that to solve the problem. In my (anecdotal) experience, the only time I've witnessed families that hold the view that homosex...
by HermanBlount
Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rand Paul Supporters attack woman from MoveOn [TW violence]
Replies: 57
Views: 6561

Re: Rand Paul Supporters attack woman from MoveOn [TW violen

Incompetent parenting -> Nanny government
Nanny government -> Incompetent parenting

Which is the cause and which is the effect?
by HermanBlount
Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0809: "Los Alamos"
Replies: 181
Views: 47943

Re: 0809: Los Alamos

Proof of concept of atomic theory: COOL! The amount of energy that man can effectively wield making a huge leap in technological evolution: COOL! http://www.nearlygood.com/video/imaxnucleartest.html : COOL! Stubbornly wishing we had remained ignorant of this facet of the universe: Meh.
by HermanBlount
Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The worst film you've seen
Replies: 706
Views: 258760

Re: The worst film you've seen

SheriffPony wrote:Fixed


I know there is a handful of Troma fans out there. Still...It's a trap!
by HermanBlount
Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The worst film you've seen
Replies: 706
Views: 258760

Re: The worst film you've seen

Terror Firmer http://www.troma.com/movies/terrorfirmer/ is easily the worst film ever created. Though, Troma Entertainment made several films that are in the running for "worst ever".

Unfortunately, the only way to prove this would be for you to watch it. Please don't.
by HermanBlount
Fri Sep 10, 2010 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: What sf to pick?
Replies: 22
Views: 3366

Re: What sf to pick?

La Cité des Enfants Perdus. I think I fell asleep 20 minutes into this film actually. It seemed like it was trying to hard to be weird. Like Holy Mountain I get that from City of Lost Children as well (though I still enjoyed it). However, The Holy Mountain was not "trying too hard to be weird&...
by HermanBlount
Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should drivers and passengers in automobiles wear helmets?
Replies: 99
Views: 17096

Re: Should drivers and passengers in automobiles wear helmet

Is it a good idea? No, because people shouldn't be driving in the first place since it is far too dangerous. If we were serious about public safety, we would be locking citizens into small padded cells, nude, so that they don't "accidentally" strangle themselves using their pants. In the ...
by HermanBlount
Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Colbert-Hosted Tea Bag Rally! 30-10
Replies: 114
Views: 12727

Re: A Colbert-Hosted Tea Bag Rally?

...while it sounds good: People: Hey, government! Stop spending our money! Gov't: Ok, what should we stop paying for? Police departments? Fire departments? Roads? Power? Water? Infrastructure? Education? Health? Sports? Military? People: .... fuck. This is usually what it boils down to. No, this is...
by HermanBlount
Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Smoking Bans, how do they (and should they) work?
Replies: 63
Views: 9684

Re: Smoking Bans, how do they (and should they) work?

I agree with janusx. The employees definitely have a choice. If they are working in a smoking establishment, they value the income over the health effects of second-hand smoke. Or *gasp* they like to smoke. inhale chemicals spewed by smokers right to spew toxins in the air I love these characterizat...
by HermanBlount
Wed Aug 18, 2010 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 38900

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

eran_rathan wrote:"Every time someone designs something idiot proof, Nature makes a better idiot."

-written on the chalkboard my first day of class for civil engineering.


So, the first thing they teach civil engineers is a superiority complex? Or is that simply a prerequisite?
by HermanBlount
Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Responsible use of hard drugs?
Replies: 37
Views: 5237

Re: Responsible use of hard drugs?

Unless a smoker chooses to smoke their cigarettes in a closed off room for the rest of their life where the smoke is never allowed to leave the room, then the smoke is causing harm to someone else. I dont want to get lung cancer or my asthma aggravated due to some moron who wastes their money and d...
by HermanBlount
Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Biological nature of Information and the Morality of Piracy
Replies: 109
Views: 14020

Re: Biological nature of Information and the Morality of Pir

I don't see why anyone thinks they have the right to unilaterally take a free copy under the theory that it's really good for the author/writer/creator. Others have posted their rationale, so I'll give it a shot. The philosophy behind copyright law is that the public grants the author of the work a...
by HermanBlount
Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape accused to be given anonymity in UK
Replies: 221
Views: 24302

Re: Rape accused to be given anonymity in UK

Obviously, that post wasn't present at the time I began my reply. Each of these posts were present at the time. N&A threads are often circular, and you can very often find answers to your questions by reading more than a few posts worth of context. I had read these, though, I went back to revie...
by HermanBlount
Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape accused to be given anonymity in UK
Replies: 221
Views: 24302

Re: Rape accused to be given anonymity in UK

You fail to see the post immediately above yours. Look up. No need to be a douche. Obviously, that post wasn't present at the time I began my reply. Either way, I'd say that if Character Evidence is the best the prosecution can put together, than it's no surprise that convictions happen as rarely a...
by HermanBlount
Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape accused to be given anonymity in UK
Replies: 221
Views: 24302

Re: Rape accused to be given anonymity in UK

Why would this make it harder for victims to come forward? I second this question. I fail to see what correlation there would be between the anonymous status of the accused and the ability of the victim to make the accusation. The only thing that this discourages would be accusations that are made ...
by HermanBlount
Thu Jul 29, 2010 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A different idea about the Universe
Replies: 33
Views: 4670

Re: A different idea about the Universe

If there was a young-earth creationist anywhere on this board (unlikely), I suspect they would be perfectly capable of understanding. However, before that understanding could take place, they would leave in disgust. Stop setting up ridiculous straw men so that you can knock them down to feel smugly ...
by HermanBlount
Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 593178

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Furthermore, it's pretty disingenuous to differentiate between Christianity, and what is done in the name of Christianity. Does it follow then, that it is disingenuous to differentiate between Muslim terrorist organizations and the Islamic religion? I really don't think this is a case of "no t...
by HermanBlount
Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Conception
Replies: 371
Views: 48892

Re: Inception

Warning: ranting and spoilers ahead.... (movie review from first page. Go read it.) One thousand times, yes. Great review. What is baffling to me, is that none of the criticisms in your post were even eluded to in any of the movie reviews I read before going to this movie. It was said repeatedly th...
by HermanBlount
Wed Jul 14, 2010 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Glenn Beck Displays His Staff's Research Abilities
Replies: 35
Views: 4957

Re: Glenn Beck Displays His Staff's Research Abilities

Shady? Hardly. If the victor that is writing history, lies about it, then their "history" isn't true. True, as in: conforming with reality. Or do you think that if enough people believe that Elvis isn't dead, then reality will reconfigure itself and he'll start an "Elvis and the Alien...
by HermanBlount
Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Glenn Beck Displays His Staff's Research Abilities
Replies: 35
Views: 4957

Re: Glenn Beck Displays His Staff's Research Abilities

the lies would become truths. This isn't possible. The truth doesn't change based on the number of people who believe it. Even if everyone on the planet believed that the Axis powers won WWII (weird example), it would just make it a widely believed lie. But by all means, don't let falsehoods go una...
by HermanBlount
Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Glenn Beck Displays His Staff's Research Abilities
Replies: 35
Views: 4957

Re: Glenn Beck Displays His Staff's Research Abilities

I'm not suggesting that if you ignore him, he'll go away. However, if you consider his arguments to be idiotic, you'll be happier if you ignore him. The world is full of people who open their mouths and let the stupid out. In the case of Beck, he does this by design to get you and his listeners talk...
by HermanBlount
Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Glenn Beck Displays His Staff's Research Abilities
Replies: 35
Views: 4957

Re: Glenn Beck Displays His Staff's Research Abilities

Say what you want, but he's damn good at what he does. Yes, he gets red-staters all in a frenzy. However, he doesn't stop there. Here's a bunch of posters who are not fans, yet are talking about him in extremely passionate rhetoric. This isn't the first Beck thread here, nor will it be the last. I'd...
by HermanBlount
Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Carbon dioxide and global warming
Replies: 12
Views: 2447

Re: Carbon dioxide and global warming

this would actually make sense...any CO2 trapped in ice (say during the ice age) would be released FROM said ice when the ice melts (i.e. after it gets warmer), that doesn't add any information to what made it get warmer to melt the ice in the first place, but i would imagine that there could be si...
by HermanBlount
Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are Republicans Trying to Ruin the Economy?
Replies: 159
Views: 15591

Re: Are Republicans Trying to Ruin the Economy?

The political parties do not oppose each other on the grounds of moral good/evil or even philosophically useful/destructive. They oppose each other on the grounds of power accumulation. In terms of power to control the country, every win for Democrats is a loss for Republicans. Of course Republicans...
by HermanBlount
Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0761: "DFS"
Replies: 77
Views: 19897

Re: "DFS" Discussion

The moment when you start talking like a "character" from an xkcd comic, STOP . It's not healthy, it's not nice, it's not smart. Talking like that, neither breadth-first nor depth-first nor ANY kind of search will help. The problem with the guy from the comic is not that he used the wrong...
by HermanBlount
Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9113

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

Dream wrote:A PA is no different that a recording and playback


The difference would be that the artist controls the equipment that's broadcasting the sound, as opposed to the multitude of configurations that home users have.
by HermanBlount
Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Aurora: the 4X game more complex than Dwarf Fortress.
Replies: 16
Views: 22658

Re: Aurora: the 4X game more complex than Dwarf Fortress.

By "more complex" do you mean "the UI design is even more unintuitive" or "you can manipulate properties on a more granular level"? Dwarf Fortress needs a UI overhaul more than it needs added complexity. Not that it matters. I can't resist a 4X game, even if it's horrib...
by HermanBlount
Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9113

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

I get the garbage-in-garbage-out reasoning. My point was that even 44.1kHz/24bit WAV files are low-rez imitations of actual sound waves. And even with actual sound waves, the experience is going to differ from person to person (even from right ear to left ear). Meaning, if the artist wants to transm...
by HermanBlount
Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9113

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

You don't think it's bad that talented musicians couldn't get recorded properly unless they changed their goals from capturing a perfect expression of the voice of their instrument to making a virtue of the limitations of their technical equipment? I think it's unavoidable. The majority of people c...
by HermanBlount
Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9113

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

Great posts! I'm sorry I missed out. Unless a musician wants to remain strictly a performance artist, sound engineering is a skill that they absolutely must develop. No, you don't have to go to school for as long as a doctor to become competent in this field. Dream, I think your overestimating how m...
by HermanBlount
Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9113

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

Define gourmet food objectively. The line between what is gourmet and what is not is wide, certainly. However, I can compare a bowl of sugar and a three course meal and say, objectivley, that the three course meal is more substative and worthy of consumption. Further, there are plenty of objective ...
by HermanBlount
Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9113

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

I really don't understand all the people wishing for the immediate end of the major record companies when there is absolutely nothing to replace them. In a way, they've already been replaced. The services they provide are essentially, recording studio use, marketing/promotion, and distribution. Rec...
by HermanBlount
Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: HTML5 or Flash?
Replies: 182
Views: 29415

Re: HTML5 or Flash?

Just encode it in 2 formats You've saved yourself 10 minutes of web coding in exchange for doubling your video encode time. Thankfully, the computer can handle the encoding calculations while you aren't around, but it's still a big waste of time. There is more to encoding video than simply supplyin...
by HermanBlount
Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legalising drugs?
Replies: 228
Views: 36628

Re: Legalising drugs?

Thing is there is already a large markup by virtue of drugs being illegal. The prices of the black market are artificially inflated due to the inherent danger of being a drug dealer/smuggler. Legalize it, the price drops... That's almost exactly what I said, but we draw different conclusions. If yo...
by HermanBlount
Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Lady Gaga, anyone?
Replies: 132
Views: 36804

Re: Lady Gaga, anyone?

I don't want to be too antagonistic here, so I'll preface this with "In my opinion". Pop music has been the least innovative genre of music since the Beatles codified the method for turning it into an international money-maker. What has occurred in pop music is a sort of replaceable parts ...
by HermanBlount
Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Lady Gaga, anyone?
Replies: 132
Views: 36804

Re: Lady Gaga, anyone?

She's a musician? I thought she was a fashion model. *goes to watch one of her videos on youtube*
Yep. Fashion model.
by HermanBlount
Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of
Replies: 551
Views: 100075

Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

RIO bands Samla Mammas Manna, Art Zoyd, Univers Zero, or Etron Fou Leloublan either I like your taste in music. I haven't heard of Etron Fou Leloublan and I'm going to check it out after this post. Early in the thread someone mentioned "Behold... The Arctopus", which is another great...&q...
by HermanBlount
Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Snog Lyrics
Replies: 518
Views: 105118

Re: Song Lyrics

Space is the place and Satellites are Spinning by Sun Ra and his Arkestra Satellites are spinning The planet Earth's awakening A better day is breaking The galaxy's awaiting Oh, we sing this song to A great tomorrow Oh, we sing this song to Our body's sorrow ------------------- Space is the place O...

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