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by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 4:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?
Replies: 151
Views: 10322

Re: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?

Nor is it constitutional or really in any way related to the founding principles of our nation. Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness—give you a nickel if you can figure out which of these is in any way related to health insurance, genius. But it's not the government's responsibility to, say, ban...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 52757

Re: "Effect an Effect" discussion

I love doing this. I horribly abuse the phrase "effect change."

I really love it when people correct me with "octopi" when I say "octopusses." I just say, "Sorry, I meant 'octopodes.' Third declension Greek nouns are always slipping by me!"
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Favourite Futurama Episode
Replies: 45
Views: 6166

Re: Favourite Futurama Episode

The one with the doggie.
Oh god, that doggie. :cry:
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Obscure/Difficult but worthwhile SFF
Replies: 38
Views: 6711

Re: Obscure/Difficult but worthwhile SFF

Does Mervyn Peake's "Gormenghast" trilogy count as SFF? I barely remembered it from when I was six (my father had this thing about kids doing anything entertaining, so all his children ended up reading some pretty weird stuff, since he always stole and hid fantasy paperback novels, didn't ...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worldbuilding
Replies: 59
Views: 9241

Re: Worldbuilding

I'm definitely going with Discworld. It's such a robust and compelling universe! The series spans enough for the reader to become intimately familiar with aspects of the world ranging from law enforcement to science to religion to industrialization. I particularly like the current trend toward "...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Comic books go here (or did, before there was a subforum)
Replies: 228
Views: 51922

Re: Comic books go here?

Omigawd*10 I love Vaughan! I have an "Ex Machina" poster in my bedroom! I'm having a debate with a friend over which is better: "Ex Machina" or "Y: The Last Man." I'm going with "Ex Machina," because a) Hundred is one of my favorite characters ever and b) it s...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Maltreatment of books
Replies: 42
Views: 6032

Re: Maltreatment of books

I'll admit that I doggy-ear the occasional paperback library book. But the important thing is that I'm rabidly protective of my OWN books. Just because they're at the library doesn't mean you don't own them. You just share them with everybody else who also owns them. Selfish. Fine, I'm a horrible p...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How to present CS as awesome to HS students?
Replies: 73
Views: 12278

Re: How to present CS as awesome to HS students?

Definitely show them games.

Chances are the high schoolers won't be writing complex searching algorithms immediately, but games are pretty easy, and if you say, "Within a month you will be able to make a dancing image of me and shoot at me for points," they'll bite.
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: my personal hatchet to grammars! (what's yours?)
Replies: 28
Views: 4503

Re: my personal hatchet to grammars! (what's yours?)

I have an awful hatchet to grammar. Well, first, I talk like a valley girl. But I like to pretend I don't on the Internet. So basically, whenever I'm looking for something, I start asking where it is, then I pause because I've forgotten what "it" was, then I finish the sentence. However, s...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Lost Etymologies
Replies: 18
Views: 3668

Re: Lost Etymologies

Picaresque is a neat one. Also, trivia. It came from the schoolboy's "three roads" (I guess that would be reading, writing, and 'rithmetic), but the folk etymology is way cooler, for what it's worth. Basically, that at a cross-section between three roads, there would be an altar and travel...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Inflammable means flammable?
Replies: 72
Views: 16612

Re: Inflammable means flammable?

Oh, I don't correct them. I just die a little inside.

I use "nauseated" and "nauseating" to avoid confusion.
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mother seeks girl's hysterectomy
Replies: 69
Views: 6468

Re: Mother seeks girl's hysterectomy

The girl's parents have actually brought her to this point, and should not be expected to handle any greater burden than they have thus far. I get what you're saying, but I think that *this* line of thinking also sets a dangerous precedent, one that is my major issue with the way that *some* (note,...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Inflammable means flammable?
Replies: 72
Views: 16612

Re: Inflammable means flammable?

As far as I'm concerned, complaints about "inflammable" vs. "flammable" are almost as bad as "myriad of" vs. "myriad"(adjectival modifier). It really doesn't matter, it's easy to understand, and "flammable" makes sense by its roots, anyway. I do have...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
Replies: 488
Views: 94700

Re: Other Languages You've Studied

The languages I have studied are: English (life, current) Hebrew (8 years, mostly forgotten) Modern Standard Arabic (2 years, mostly forgotten) Spanish (3 years, mostly forgotten) Latin (2 years, current) Ancient Greek (1 year) Aramaic (current, very new) Mainly I just want to know as many dead lang...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 1:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Horrible Deaths of Famous Mathematicians
Replies: 34
Views: 4466

Re: Horrible Deaths of Famous Mathematicians

Bah, fine. I got the beliefs of the Pythagoreans wrong. But I got the story right, dammit. Except that the ancient historians were a bit sensationalist and silly. But, hell, we depend enough on them for all our other information about the past that I can safely pretend this one's true. Most of what ...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mother seeks girl's hysterectomy
Replies: 69
Views: 6468

Re: Mother seeks girl's hysterectomy

The surgery is not actually necessary , but it would certainly be convenient ...that's a dangerous precedent to set. Yes, but if, say, I had a herniated disk, and my doctor told me that I would be in constant pain unless I surgically fixed it, and then I somehow lost my ability to communicate and s...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Horrible Deaths of Famous Mathematicians
Replies: 34
Views: 4466

Horrible Deaths of Famous Mathematicians

Okay, it's an obsession of mine. I'm making a list, and maybe you guys can help me out. Here are some of the more obvious ones: Archimedes: Was drawing something world-changing in the sand when a Roman soldier approached him, ordered him to get up. He ignored the soldier, utterly absorbed in his wor...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Tattoos?
Replies: 1117
Views: 452538

Re: Tattoos? (Recently merged: "Question")

I would get a tattoo, personally, but then I could never be buried in a Jewish cemetery.

More important, my grandmother would find out and make absolutely certain that wherever I was buried, it would be within two days.
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Making the world a weirder place
Replies: 1920
Views: 175646

Re: Making the world a weirder place

Last year I went around school asking people what they would do if zombies invaded our hometown and submitting the responses to our school newspaper. But they didn't print it. This year I hope to organize a group of people to knit scarves by some alloted date, then go around New York City wrapping t...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your Ancestor-of-the-Heart
Replies: 37
Views: 2934

Re: Your Ancestor-of-the-Heart

Does myself count? Ooohh... are you a historical figure... More importantly, what constitutes historical. Do they have to be dead? And for how long? "Historical" means dead, by my definition. How can your ancestor advise you if they're still alive? Sheesh. I pick Chatelet because she was ...
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Oldies
Replies: 71
Views: 5038

Re: The Oldies

I want to go back to the roaring '20s so I can wear a flapper dress and work in a speakeasy. I would bash people with baseball bats and brew beer! So much alliteration in one decade!
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homophobophobia
Replies: 212
Views: 19200

Re: Homophobophobia

Point. You can discover a totally new part of yourself in the middle of your life. My friend's mother, in her late 40s/early 50s, realized she was a lesbian, got a divorce, and started going out with a very pretty electrical engineer. I should stop trusting ANYONE about their sexuality. Either way, ...
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Messenger info
Replies: 66
Views: 5578

Re: Messenger info

Someone should randomly IM me, too! I love being randomly spoken to. When I'm on public transport, I always go up to random people and compliment their earmuffs or whatever.

AIM: the librarian181
MSN: l4dya.d.a@gmail.com
Jabber: l4dya.d.a@gmail.com
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your Ancestor-of-the-Heart
Replies: 37
Views: 2934

Your Ancestor-of-the-Heart

Who is it? Just some historical figure or whatever whom you admire and would totally like to do a whole respectful ancestor-communing thing for advice any time. Someone who's like a role model, a la the namesakes of the people of Path from the latter half of the Ender series. Mine's Emilie du Chatel...
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is a nerd?
Replies: 36
Views: 4158

Re: What is a nerd?

Of course the definition of "nerd" is different now. All the richest men in the world are nerds now.
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "End of America"?
Replies: 82
Views: 9521

Re: "End of America"?

There's a pretty big problem with all of her points. These are things governments do all the time , and with few exceptions. If she wants to call Bush a fascist, then, say, FDR, or even Ralph Nader, is, too. 1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy. FDR: Japanese, Germans NADER: Corporatio...
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homophobophobia
Replies: 212
Views: 19200

Re: Homophobophobia

But another thing is that I know way too many "lesbians" who were either trying to rebel or just experimenting and uncertain to trust anyone who claims the label under the age of, say, 25. Hormones don't stabilize for quite some time once puberty kicks in, anyway. They probably mean it wh...
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 118137

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

@Sarcio: Abortions are pretty damned expensive. I don't think anyone uses them as an alternative to a free rubber. Also, sorry if anyone's mentioned this, but if you believe a baby has a "soul," or whatever is the equivalent, at the moment of conception, then wouldn't an identical twin pos...
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: I can't stop laughing.
Replies: 64
Views: 8779

Re: I can't stop laughing.

No you can't. Because if so, you're giving money to the electric companies... And Satan.
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Platonic relationships
Replies: 183
Views: 17575

Re: Platonic relationships

My own feelings generally remain platonic, because I have totally different taste in friends from my taste in lovers. As a general rule, I tend to push everyone I know, and the ones who let themselves get pushed around by me are awesome friends and fetch me drinks when I demand them. The 1% who actu...
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homophobophobia
Replies: 212
Views: 19200

Re: Homophobophobia

On that note, Homophobia is a huge problem. But what I hate more than homophobia is homosexuality-as-trendiness. I'm sure we all know a girl who makes out with other girls, but only when there's a guy around to tell everyone else she's hot. I think it's sort of stupid to hate on this rather than th...
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: food
Replies: 17
Views: 1912

Re: food

To grant supporting evidence for the superiority of vegetables, I present you Oedipus
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms for self defence
Replies: 360
Views: 30674

Re: Firearms for self defence

A blunt instrument or knife are way better for OFFENSE at short distances. With a gun you only have to worry about one end, and it's relatively easy to direct away from oneself. With a knife or a baseball bat, you're going to get hit at some point no matter what you do, unless you can run the hell a...
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: I can't stop laughing.
Replies: 64
Views: 8779

Re: I can't stop laughing.

Hey, you guys weren't even supposed to see that! Didn't you hear the lovely lady asking you kindly to return the video to a Christian at the beginning?
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0325: "A-Minus-Minus"
Replies: 130
Views: 67046

Re: "A-Minus-Minus" Discussion

Because Futurama is a hard package of win with a creamy nougat filling. The Futurama episode with the line "You see, beneath the fossil's crunchy, mineral shell, there's still a creamy core of dog nougat!" was just on again last night. I hate the ending of that episode. It makes me cry. I...
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Maltreatment of books
Replies: 42
Views: 6032

Re: Maltreatment of books

I'll admit that I doggy-ear the occasional paperback library book.

But the important thing is that I'm rabidly protective of my OWN books.
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Platonic relationships
Replies: 183
Views: 17575

Re: Platonic relationships

Yeah, and I have been in the rather uncomfortable experience of knowing for certain that a friend is attracted to me, but there being no mutual feelings. I have people as my friends because I like them and would rather not give up what few actual "friends" I have, but what does one do in s...
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homophobophobia
Replies: 212
Views: 19200

Re: Homophobophobia

Bi-sexuality *is* a fashion statement, of sorts. I've seen very little research to show bi-sexual people as anything except happily hedonistic. I, for instance, am not generally attracted to guys. I am, in my standard inclinations, attracted solely to women. I have had, and will have again, however...
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Hottest songs ever, or "Oh god yes!" put to music.
Replies: 91
Views: 12322

Re: Hottest songs ever, or "Oh god yes!" put to music.

Massive Attack -- Teardrop
Trentalange -- Lonely Land
Kaizers Orchestra -- Bak et Haleluja

The last one is at a faster pace than the first two. Not recommended in conjunction.
by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 07, 2007 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: QI
Replies: 70
Views: 9841

Re: QI

I love QI! Has anyone else here read The Book of General Ignorance, which is basically a bunch of the stuff from QI gathered into one big myth-debunking volume of factiness?

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