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by Vash
Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0956: "Sharing"
Replies: 82
Views: 25897

Re: 0956: "Sharing"

Never seen such a fine 5-panel "parable."
by Vash
Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Topman pulls T-shirts with 'sexist and offensive' slogans
Replies: 66
Views: 9631

Re: Topman pulls T-shirts with 'sexist and offensive' slogan

I don't think the red shirt is sexist, nothing suggests that the message on it is directed at a woman rather than a generic person. Also, though this may be because I'm not a native speaker, I don't see "you provoked me" as being automatically referred to sex, it could simply mean "y...
by Vash
Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA satellite could land anywhere
Replies: 77
Views: 9013

Re: NASA satellite could land anywhere

Angua wrote:BBC thinks somewhere in the pacific? Though unconfirmed twitter saying Western CAnada too.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15034073


BUT WUT IF IT LANDED TO ME IM GUNNA CHARGE NASA FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER WITH MY FISTS
by Vash
Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 904148

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

jawdisorder wrote:Yesterday: Found out I got a $2000 scholarship.

Today: Went to a career fair (looking for an internship) and was already offered an interview for tomorrow.


Fuck yes!
by Vash
Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Firearms!
Replies: 140
Views: 46093

Re: Firearms!

If I do end up buying guns, I'm most interested in guns for the shooting range only. Basically, any gun with interesting shooting characteristics, or great accuracy. I also like the idea of using guns from every category (i.e. accurate pistols as well as accurate rifles), and of any era as long as t...
by Vash
Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Topman pulls T-shirts with 'sexist and offensive' slogans
Replies: 66
Views: 9631

Re: Topman pulls T-shirts with 'sexist and offensive' slogan

At first I was going to say that this was not funny at all, but thinking about it, yeah, it is. If the slogans on the shirt were actually meant, it would be very sexist. However, if they are making fun of the depravity of those ideas, not at all. I suppose it's hard to tell from the shirt alone. Sti...
by Vash
Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 904148

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

e^iπ+1=0 wrote:So what ever happened to May's house?


It got demolished : (
by Vash
Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2348826

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

I failed to introduce myself. Hi, I'm Vash. I'm a bus driver with a tendency to get into all types of sticky situations! I don't want to reveal too much for reasons of anonymity, but I'm an American man and a student at the end of college. I'm itching to go to graduate school, and eventually, to do...
by Vash
Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2348826

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

I think I have seen you before. I failed to introduce myself. Hi, I'm Vash. I'm a bus driver with a tendency to get into all types of sticky situations! I don't want to reveal too much for reasons of anonymity, but I'm an American man and a student at the end of college. I'm itching to go to gradua...
by Vash
Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are Nuclear Weapon Countermeasures unstablizing?
Replies: 50
Views: 8532

Re: Are Nuclear Weapon Countermeasures unstablizing?

I have a couple good ideas for how to defeat a nuclear defense and a few decent ones for how to defeat a nuclear offense. They're all pretty much obvious, but I'm still not going to post them publicly on the internet. The fewer mentions the better, imo. As for biasing all armor against all weapons, ...
by Vash
Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rich Tax Breaks Bolster Makers of Video Games
Replies: 11
Views: 1757

Re: Rich Tax Breaks Bolster Makers of Video Games

EA isn't special. Their statement is clearly just self-serving. Not to mention that they are one of the less nice companies out there, to say the least. That said, video games can help people. For me, I played 3 hours of a game yesterday (I hadn't done so in a long while), and I felt so much better ...
by Vash
Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Aussies have 3rd gender passports
Replies: 21
Views: 3618

Re: Aussies have 3rd gender passports

In my mind, this thread should have a subtitle of "coming to America in 2042."
by Vash
Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physical force in schools makes a comeback
Replies: 67
Views: 10407

Re: Corporal punishment in schools makes a comeback

The problem with the Heinlein quote is that to a limited extent the character is attacking some of the best studied and actually most well-supported theories in psychology regarding operant conditioning. It's not that punishment can't have a result, but something one always has to consider is that p...
by Vash
Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 904148

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... wants.html

Indeed, much more resistant to weather.
by Vash
Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Being an Internet Troll can get you jailed, it seems.
Replies: 32
Views: 4533

Re: Being an Internet Troll can get you jailed, it seems.

Sort of ironic that the idiot thought bullying the family of a girl who committed suicide because of bullying is surprised that something happened to him. Legally, I'd place this in the same category as harassment: the remarks were posted on the families website/blog. The UK is more strict about th...
by Vash
Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 904148

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

e^iπ+1=0 wrote:^ Thanks for reminding me about Trigun. I was shown a couple episodes a while ago and thought it was really good, but then never got around to looking up the rest.


You are welcome! I would say it's easily one of the best tv shows I've seen. You will probably enjoy it a lot.
by Vash
Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2348826

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

I'm 22. My name is Vash. I want to buy a van so I can drive by playgrounds and meet Chris Hansen.
by Vash
Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Firearms!
Replies: 140
Views: 46093

Re: Firearms!

So after several years of engineering college, I have noticed that geeks and firearms go well together. Is this a southern thing, or is it a general trend? What weapons do you own or want to own? I personally only have a .22 Remington target rifle, but after I save up some money I plan on getting a...
by Vash
Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 904148

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

I'm happy about puppy chow. I eat like a dog.
by Vash
Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are Nuclear Weapon Countermeasures unstablizing?
Replies: 50
Views: 8532

Re: Are Nuclear Weapon Countermeasures unstablizing?

Exactly, and we've been pretty smart to understand the implications of MAD. I feel like it is kinda getting off topic here because the question was whether, if a hypothetical future ANti-Nuke system rendered ICBMs useless, we would see giant conventional wars like we used to. I think newer missile ...
by Vash
Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48272

Re: Polygamy

At no point in your rambling, incoherent response ... Seriously though I have no idea what you're trying to say. I was literally starving. I still haven't slept very much in a few days, so it won't be perfect. Let me rewrite it a bit: I was not under the impression that we were talking past each ot...
by Vash
Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physicists - Not all that
Replies: 61
Views: 6853

Re: Physicists - Not all that

I put this off because I thought I sounded like an ass, but I've decided to post it with some revisions. Sure, and really those don't have to do with intelligence directly but rather the development of it. Actually, they do get into defining intelligence. Some of them are not exactly developmental t...
by Vash
Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48272

Re: Polygamy

No, as I already made clear, I think the actual availability of relationships is separate debate from the legal recognition thereof. I'm not going to reply to this further, as I already made clear, I believe we're talking past each other here. You keep referring to actually forming relationships; I...
by Vash
Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The possibility of a post-group society
Replies: 21
Views: 3724

Re: The possibility of a post-group society

Vash: I don't see why that song would be a problem for a non-feminist, it's not a particularly feminist song. And yes, there some inherent differences - but few that can be conclusively proven, because they all take place in a framework of gender differences , and it's very hard to show which is th...
by Vash
Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48272

Re: Polygamy

Vaniver, as far as I can tell, is only talking about why monogamy historically caught on, which has little to do with morality or ethics. Moral intuitions are the hardcoding of game-theoretically correct behavior. Moral systems, as they involve rationalizations, are more complicated- but divorcing ...
by Vash
Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The possibility of a post-group society
Replies: 21
Views: 3724

Re: The possibility of a post-group society

First, Go Long jibes with my testosterone, and nothing is overriding that. I don't like the music enough to not care. I can't enjoy it. I know it is a pretty good song, though. So, is that gender or sex? I think gender feminists would call that a gender role. It's not, though. To leave the subjectiv...
by Vash
Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Bechdel test
Replies: 393
Views: 49395

Re: The Bechdel test

Princess Marzipan wrote:
gmalivuk wrote:
omgryebread wrote:if I'm watching a fantasy, I want my princess to stab some motherfuckers, claim the crown herself, then invade the prince's kingdom and sleep with his sister.
Fuck what other audiences allegedly want. I want to see this movie.
Dude, for serious.


Would be a fucking awesome movie.
by Vash
Sun Sep 11, 2011 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48272

Re: Polygamy

I think a key factor not yet mentioned is that when you talk about people and relationships, you're talking about people - capable of thought and decision making. As a bit of an example, lets say I'm a fat, smelly, racist asshole, and I live in an apartment with two very nice ladies and a very nice...
by Vash
Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48272

Re: Polygamy

I just argued that one should consider the feelings of people who might end up being unable to marry for this reason. You've come off as arguing that those feelings trump the feelings of those who are currently unable to marry for the reason of wanting that marriage to be more than just 2 people. T...
by Vash
Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48272

Re: Polygamy

Just to add, a major thing the history demonstrates is that government does and has interfered specifically with availability of marriage. I think there's something very... disturbing in the logic proposed by Vash. What exactly supports the assumption that people will simple pair off and to assume t...
by Vash
Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48272

Re: Polygamy

Shivahn wrote:Vaniver, as far as I can tell, is only talking about why monogamy historically caught on, which has little to do with morality or ethics.


Unless the reason it caught on is a valid reason.
by Vash
Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48272

Re: Polygamy

{quote="Vash"]I've never seen any clear answer ever, so I have no idea. If there were actually more homosexual men than homosexual women, then a minor degree of polygyny-bias would pretty much make sense. In that case, I don't think I would have much problem with legalizing polygamy. Don'...
by Vash
Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Bechdel test
Replies: 393
Views: 49395

Re: The Bechdel test

I don't have time to read the whole thread right now and I hope that the moderator won't notice?
by Vash
Thu Sep 08, 2011 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48272

Re: Polygamy

IIRC, they gay men are about 2-3 times as numerous as lesbian women (at least according to the most recent numbers available). I don't, however, currently have links to those studies or error bars etc, so I couldn't say for sure. I've never seen any clear answer ever, so I have no idea. If there we...
by Vash
Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2627032

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

hahaha, that's perfect. They actually made the Schweddy Balls.
by Vash
Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48272

Re: Polygamy

A desire for more variety is not quite as pressing a concern as being left out entirely. Consider this: those who would desire to have their polyamorous relationships legally recognized are currently left out entirely. Those single men who may later form monogamous relationships will be fully legal...
by Vash
Wed Sep 07, 2011 8:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2627032

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I've actually been on the other end of this, weirdly. I've spent a long time working on a footpath for a nature reserve only to have someone drive down it because they wanted to go off-roading in their 4x4. In honesty, I thought it was a bit funny. The reserve is basically a marsh and their 4x4 was...
by Vash
Wed Sep 07, 2011 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48272

Re: Polygamy

I agree with all of this, but I think the research indicates at the very minimum that there's a greater risk of a polygynist society. Therefore, I think legalizing polygamy is also problematic. So because there is a downside, the sum total of up and down sides must be negative. I don't follow your ...
by Vash
Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physicists - Not all that
Replies: 61
Views: 6853

Re: Physicists - Not all that

See, the problems with all these simulations about human things is that they don't go deep enough. They make assumptions that people think and act certain ways, but those assumptions aren't necessarily correct. What we need to do is actually simulate a brain at the molecular level so that no assump...

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