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by miakoda
Sun Jul 01, 2007 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polyamory
Replies: 223
Views: 23844

maybe I'm getting into something a shade too subtle, but I draw a difference between "deliberately lying" and "lying to oneself." - I mean, it's possible for people to be completely genuine but also completely untruthful...it comes out in how they act, not what they say. The pot...
by miakoda
Fri Jun 22, 2007 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Confusing Slang
Replies: 212
Views: 39236

I say "pop" around my family and "soda" at work or with my uppity friends. I didn't even realize I was doing this until the question came up here. Even though he grew up in one of the northern cities in Indiana, my dad somehow ended up with a distinctly southern country-Hoosier v...
by miakoda
Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Pan's Labyrinth (Spoilers Abound)
Replies: 68
Views: 11259

I absolutely loved this movie. Could've done with a little less war-gore, but in the end, here are my reasons: It's pure, old-school faerie tale -- the real, pre-Disneyfied kind, where Vasilisa's wicked stepmother and sisters starve and/or freeze to death in the end, and the wolf kills Red Riding Ho...
by miakoda
Fri Jun 01, 2007 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Great movie I just saw.
Replies: 173
Views: 28334

Uzumaki Wait, What? Uzumaki? That movie was *terrible*. My group of friends now refers to the phenomenon of renting a movie with a promising premise, usually foreign, that turns out to be godawful as "getting Uzumaki'd". What redeeming concepts did you find in this movie? Hee ... I didn't...
by miakoda
Thu May 31, 2007 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Great movie I just saw.
Replies: 173
Views: 28334

I was talking about movies with a friend the other day and we discovered the movies we tend to like best aren't necessarily always great themselves, but they tend to have two main elements that put them firmly in the "I can watch them several times and always find some new point to ponder"...
by miakoda
Thu May 31, 2007 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 484029

McLurker wrote:I've finished Cowboys for Christ.


I just saw this mentioned on a blog earlier today and thought about picking it up ... how was it?
by miakoda
Thu May 31, 2007 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Last Thoughts
Replies: 193
Views: 26446

Hm. Based on my general lack of coordination, I have the distinct feeling my final word will be: "Oops..." And my final thought? "Dammit! Now I'll NEVER finish Nocturne!" Seriously. Best PS2 RPG ever, except I've been playing it for over a year, now. I just can't bring myself to ...
by miakoda
Thu May 31, 2007 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Zombies! - A Mega-Merg'd Thread
Replies: 171
Views: 15661

i can't see raptors going on the defensive or setting up entrenched positions. See? This is why I love this site ... When I was house-hunting I told my mom I couldn't buy the house I ended up with because the big picture window in back wasn't zombie-proof. I'm pretty sure she rolled her eyes at me....
by miakoda
Mon May 14, 2007 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 230
Views: 37971

Belial wrote:I'm just angry at all the assumptions behind it. Didn't mean to come off hostile to you at all.


No problem, I caught the "asking these hypothetical folk" bit.
by miakoda
Mon May 14, 2007 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Age
Replies: 958
Views: 215505

Wow, I knew this board skewed young, but now I feel REALLY old at 37. I've forgotten a lot of things you kids never knew :) Anyone ever program in BASIC on a TI99? LOL, yes! We went through three TI99s because my dad was too hard on the keyboard. And I had to save my "Tunnels of Doom" gam...
by miakoda
Mon May 14, 2007 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 230
Views: 37971

And what, I ask these hypothetical folk, is so fucking wrong with hedonism? Or so great about procreation, that it gets to occupy some big moral high ground? Haha .... well, you know, if it feels good, it MUST be a sin, right? ;) Oh, never mind. I'll be good. Personally, I don't think I could ever ...
by miakoda
Mon May 14, 2007 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 230
Views: 37971

Also, in the same way, a religious up bringing may make homophobia seem "the right thing". Although, religion tends to instil a mindset that hinders this process. ... p.s. Religion sucks Ha ... now, that really depends on what religion you mean, elminster. I rather like the line in a Wicc...
by miakoda
Sat May 12, 2007 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Perception of Death
Replies: 115
Views: 19016

I don't fear death itself, I just fear the pain of dying. And it makes me sad to think of being separated from the ones I love (whether I'll even know it at the time is sort of irrelevant). I'm of the natural mindset when it comes to these things, though - birth, life, death, it's all part of the cy...
by miakoda
Sat May 12, 2007 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51380

I think Pansexual is sort of like, another "version" of Bisexual, just with a realization there aren't just two genders to be attracted to. That's a good way to look at it, too. But in general practice, it makes people less uncomfortable if you just tell them you're bi rather than pan. Fi...
by miakoda
Fri May 11, 2007 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Speaking of emotions...
Replies: 25
Views: 4353

Like, for example, I'm sure more then compatibility in between a couple does it, even if it helps. what makes a soul mate? The one who completes you other half? or the one who truly knows you? It definitely takes more than just compatibility. I have a bunch of friends with whom I can hang out and h...
by miakoda
Fri May 11, 2007 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Coming Out
Replies: 57
Views: 7486

Joining the consensus on this: "Okay, if you need anything, just say." I'm bi. My family is pretty conservative, so I'm not going to bother to tell them until I need to introduce them to a serious girlfriend. And most of my friends already know -- but then, almost all of my friends are guy...
by miakoda
Wed May 09, 2007 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2128
Views: 437229

RPG's - My pet passion. I recently convinced my friends to try 'All Flesh Must Be Eaten' an RPG based on unisystem, filled with zombies, and throughly enjoyed it. Was slightly lurid and silly but was still fun. AFMBE is difficult to run as a long-term campaign, but it's awesome for a one-shot. The ...
by miakoda
Tue May 08, 2007 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hobbies
Replies: 139
Views: 16320

Hobbies...let's see I read. A lot. I play tabletop RPGs - currently 2, soon to add two short-term campaigns I write stories (my own and for the above games) I play Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne. Someday I'll move on. Somday... I wonder when I'm going to get my DS back from my friend ... ~.~ I watch a...
by miakoda
Tue May 08, 2007 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2128
Views: 437229

I tried Wild Talents at a local con a year or two ago -- that "X by X"was a nifty system, if it's the same one I'm thinking of. Though the guy was running an Underworld prequel of sorts, and it just wasn't going anywhere... I started out with AD&D, with an awful group. Not that they we...
by miakoda
Tue May 08, 2007 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Dreams - The Sleeping Kind
Replies: 94
Views: 14868

You had still had those feelings upon waking because while you were in the dream, the feelings were real. It's like waking up from a falling dream with a pounding heart and that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach - you weren't really falling physically, but your mind thought it was.
by miakoda
Fri May 04, 2007 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Faith vs Belief
Replies: 28
Views: 4397

What do you believe in? What do you have faith in? How do they differ? For me, belief = knowledge; faith = trust. I can "know" something is true intellectually, but not still not trust my own knowledge due to instinct or emotion, or a fear that I haven't accounted for all the variables. Th...
by miakoda
Fri May 04, 2007 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: In God we trust
Replies: 273
Views: 30662

Gah. I didn't expect this to turn into such an argument. This is what I get for actually having work to do ... :oops: Two minor points: He said the plates cost the agency $3.69 each to produce, compared with $3.19 each for the standard state plate. and State officials say the plate, introduced in Ja...
by miakoda
Thu May 03, 2007 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: In God we trust
Replies: 273
Views: 30662

It's not offensive, it's inappropriate. It also opens the doors for more and more state-sponsored religion, something that many people are unwilling to accept. Exactly. I honestly don't have a problem with Christians expressing their religion. Hell, I work at a Catholic University, where we're pret...
by miakoda
Thu May 03, 2007 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: When are YOU happy?
Replies: 37
Views: 7208

I am happy right now! Despite the being at work. :D * I talked to three people I like but haven't seen/heard from in months * I went out for fruity alcoholic goodness last night * The sun is shining * The moon is still full * My boss is gone, so I can turn my music up * I only have one more demon to...
by miakoda
Wed May 02, 2007 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: In God we trust
Replies: 273
Views: 30662

In God we trust

So, I live in Indiana - midwest US. (Shh, don't tell.) And at the beginning of the year, the state introduced a new optional passenger-vehicle license plate with the image of a flag and "In God We Trust" in large, friendly letters to the left of the actual plate number. All this time I've ...
by miakoda
Wed May 02, 2007 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 484029

You are a bad, bad person. Aww ... but, but ... oh, who'm I kidding? You're probably right. ;) If you like Mieville, you'll probably get a kick out of Un-Lun-Dun. I read the darn thing in a night and skipped work the next day to recover. It's great to read books where you feel you must be the only ...
by miakoda
Tue May 01, 2007 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Silly namings from science
Replies: 143
Views: 26706

"Geographic Tongue" has never made sense to me. My mom has this; in her case, it's an allergic reaction to licking stamps or envelopes. Ick. Okay, I suppose it's not science, but it IS research-related ... There is a "lost" Christian gospel theologians call "Q" (for &q...
by miakoda
Tue May 01, 2007 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 484029

The Scar by China Meiville (almost done with that one) This is going to sound funny, but ... I can't read China's books. I read King Rat and Perdido Street Station , and while he is an excellent writer, I felt like I needed a shower every time I put the book down. Seriously. Everything in his books...
by miakoda
Tue May 01, 2007 3:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Need Girl Advice- Prom $$
Replies: 38
Views: 4958

Advice from a girl: buy her gorgeous flowers, be extra romantic, and buy her something simple but pretty to wear, like a pretty comb for her hair, or a bracelet. The flowers will die, but the trinket will make her think of you every time she sees/wears it. You get bonus points if the trinket and/or ...
by miakoda
Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion [Moved from General 26/03/07]
Replies: 362
Views: 71523

LOL ... doh, I should've caught that. Sorry. It was a verrrrrrrry long day at work today. :)
by miakoda
Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion [Moved from General 26/03/07]
Replies: 362
Views: 71523

Paganism is shiny (in the firefly/serenity, rather than the light-reflective, sense). I'm an atheist, but I've always had a soft spot for some good old fashioned paganism (though wiccans have started to bug me a bit). So..umm...I approve? Why thank you. ;) I should clarify: one of the major problem...
by miakoda
Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion [Moved from General 26/03/07]
Replies: 362
Views: 71523

Hm. I just stumbled across this 'cause someone else bumped it... :) I chose "Other." I was raised with various flavors of Christianity as my parents searched for the "right" church: Methodist, Episcopalian, Wesleyan, 7th Day Adventist, the independent little country church, and t...
by miakoda
Sun Apr 29, 2007 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Favourite Memes
Replies: 107
Views: 15363

... I'm a little surprised no one's posted Real Ultimate Power, yet. Or the world's best advice show.

And also the Armageddon flowchart. You just can't have end the world without inviting the Bruces.

C'mon. Ninjas and Bruce Campbell. What could be more meme-ish?
by miakoda
Sun Apr 29, 2007 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51380

Ah, thanks Jauss. I was trying to figure out what to say about pansexuals, but you pretty much nailed it. :)

I also subscribe to the "sex and gender are two separate entities" school of thought. Sometimes they line up according to majority norms, and sometimes, well, they just don't.
by miakoda
Sun Apr 29, 2007 2:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Would you freeze yourself?
Replies: 87
Views: 12431

No with the freezing, for both ethical and ah ... religious reasons, I guess.

Although I'm just as curious as the next girl to see how the world changes in the future, I don't see the appeal of having myself thawed out and still being the cranky old spooky cat lady, anyway. ;)
by miakoda
Sun Apr 29, 2007 2:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sixth and Seventh and Eighth Senses?
Replies: 75
Views: 11942

SpitValve wrote:Being able to see in the dark is only cool if I'm the only one who can do it :P

Because if everybody can do it it's not a superpower anymore...


True, but superpower or not, it would save me a bunch of bruised shins... :lol:
by miakoda
Sun Apr 29, 2007 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51380

Women get paid less False! The total of women's income is less than the total of men's income. But, for the same job? They get the same pay. Even if this were true, the really tricky part is getting the "same" job in the first place. This is why unofficial quotas are still in place in say...
by miakoda
Sat Apr 28, 2007 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51380

JuliaGlass, you bring up an interesting point: gender is a spectrum that defies stereotype. Sex may be chromosonal, and even gender identity seems to be formed initially by brain chemistry, but yes, I agree that the way we are raised and the expectations to which we are subjected play a large part i...
by miakoda
Sat Apr 28, 2007 3:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Pink Hearse/Bella Morte
Replies: 6
Views: 1523

Aww...I'm suitably jealous, I assure you! Well, about Bella Morte, anyway. Haven't heard Pink Hearse...
by miakoda
Fri Apr 27, 2007 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0254: "Comic Fragment"
Replies: 92
Views: 31647

Re: "Comic Fragment" Discussion

I think maybe it's "jumping the shark". I must suggest "jump the raptor," for obvious reasons. JG will always be the sarcastic chain-smoking wench from Romy & Michelle, to me ... maybe because that movie felt like a class reunion. And I have to say, if the survival of the wo...

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