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by nsmjohn
Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: (Post Your) Incredible Poems (Here!)
Replies: 544
Views: 260170

Re: (Post Your) Incredible Poems (Here!)

Currently reading my way through this thread and I love it. I haven't seen a single thing that I don't like. It has been more than a year since I haven't written poetry, probably a lot longer. I was (am) the moderator of a poetry section of a fora for a while but activity died off and the whole fora...
by nsmjohn
Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is this semantics or ethics?
Replies: 36
Views: 3849

Re: Is this semantics or ethics?

I was going to post more things, but then I realized you were more asking about how fucked up the babies would be. I think the answer would be pretty fucked up, from what I understand of incest children. The major problem with incest babies is that certain recessive traits can become manifest and w...
by nsmjohn
Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is this semantics or ethics?
Replies: 36
Views: 3849

Re: Is this semantics or ethics?

Incest. Person is a separate entity - they may be genetically identical, but there's absolutely no way their brain is wired identically. As for the gender-switching question, HELL NO I would not be happy with being turned into a male. Male genitalia seems so inconvenient to me, and yes, that is tak...
by nsmjohn
Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is this semantics or ethics?
Replies: 36
Views: 3849

Re: Is this semantics or ethics?

I was going to post more things, but then I realized you were more asking about how fucked up the babies would be. I think the answer would be pretty fucked up, from what I understand of incest children. The major problem with incest babies is that certain recessive traits can become manifest and w...
by nsmjohn
Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is this semantics or ethics?
Replies: 36
Views: 3849

Re: Is this semantics or ethics?

To me, the most interesting question this discussion raises is: What if you cloned yourself, but swapped out an X or Y chromosome for the other? How much similarity or difference would there be between two individuals sharing completely identical genetic material except just the determining X or Y?...
by nsmjohn
Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1158
Views: 245602

Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Side note (off topic): Does anyone know the etymology of the phrase "pipe dream"? Since I smoke out of pipes, I'm going to assume it refers to the mental images influenced by substances inhaled through said pipe? But I'm probably wrong. That is what immediately comes to my mind too but I ...
by nsmjohn
Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Old Games - Republish the classics! (Split from Favorite FF)
Replies: 14
Views: 1802

Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

It's completely ridiculous. Not to mention it was part of the Greatest Hits line and all of those were.. what, $20 new? But.. supply and demand, I guess. It's ludicrous that any video game these days should go out of print. I mean, Game Company Y could make a decent living by offering titles they n...
by nsmjohn
Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Honesty
Replies: 79
Views: 12383

Re: Honesty

Generally, when deception is called for, omission can handle any legitimate purpose for deception (e.g. don't tell your friend about the surprise party planned for him). I don't understand the moral difference between lies of omission and regular lies. If your intention is to deceive, you are lying...
by nsmjohn
Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Old Games - Republish the classics! (Split from Favorite FF)
Replies: 14
Views: 1802

Old Games - Republish the classics! (Split from Favorite FF)

I'm only going to chime in because of a request. But first, I have to say I've only played FFVII and VIII. I stopped playing games for a bit (deployments tend to wreak havok on your gaming time), and when I started up again, I was playing other games. I have great fond memories of FFVII, and was ex...
by nsmjohn
Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is success?
Replies: 50
Views: 6190

Re: What is success?

I'll consider myself a success once I achieve immortality (for those of you who think I am joking I would like to inform you that I am actually being fairly serious, I am also agnostic/athiest so it has nothing to do with the "afterlife"). Other than that I figure if I can keep myself ente...
by nsmjohn
Fri Mar 14, 2008 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is this semantics or ethics?
Replies: 36
Views: 3849

Re: Is this semantics or ethics?

Well I followed the train of thought that went: Clone of myself -> if cloned from cells and then raised the personality would be different, so doing him would almost be doing it to an identical twin brother -> incest Clone of myself with memories and personality cloned too -> Would want/not want to...
by nsmjohn
Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is this semantics or ethics?
Replies: 36
Views: 3849

Is this semantics or ethics?

A comment made by Lyron on the new blog about Randall making comics about making out with himself reminded me of a question posed by my friend Di. The question is obviously the one from the poll. Anyhow, the question intrigued me enough to ask a bunch of friends. So far the majority of people I have...
by nsmjohn
Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recomend me some Sci-Fi !
Replies: 107
Views: 21077

Re: Recommend me some good Science Fiction.

I don't know where to start. What is some good Sci-Fi about humanity, not just dumb fantasy worlds or whatever. I recommend the short story collection "Endangered Species" by Gene Wolfe. The overall collection is a little over 500 pages but contains 30+ different stories. While not all of...
by nsmjohn
Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 309515

Re: What is your favourite book?

Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan (series) The Book of the New Sun - Gene Wolfe (series) Night's Dawn Trilogy - Peter F. Hamilton Endangered Species - Gene Wolfe (short story collection) Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut Forever Peace - Joe Haldeman Glasshouse - Charles Stross S...
by nsmjohn
Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recomend me some Sci-Fi !
Replies: 107
Views: 21077

Re: Recomend me some Sci-Fi !

I agree with all of the people who said Night's Dawn Trilogy, Ender's Shadow, and Snow Crash. Those books are must reads. My additions that I would consider classics/must reads of the genre are: "The Book of the New Sun" series by Gene Wolfe "Forever War" / "Forever Peace&qu...
by nsmjohn
Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Quotes while gaming (DnD, in game chats whatever)
Replies: 30
Views: 3886

Re: Quotes while gaming (DnD, in game chats whatever)

Four of us are about to play bumper balls from the original Mario Party.

3.
2.
1.
Game Start!
Player at the top immediately takes the shortest path off of the island.
Phil: "Hahaha, what idiot did that?. . . . . Hey, where's my guy?"


True story.
by nsmjohn
Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1158
Views: 245602

Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

I have only finished VII, VIII, and X. I currently own V-IX, but have never even seen the title screen of V or VI. My favorite, of the ones I have finished, is VIII but I have always enjoyed angst ridden things. I am getting the impression that I should play VI though...
by nsmjohn
Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: If you spend all your time finding the fastest way to die
Replies: 54
Views: 8115

Re: If you spend all your time finding the fastest way to die

My favorites were from the first Halo. We did the warthog jump in multiplayer and I would always try to "catch" the warthog as it came down. This was always best seen from someone elses viewpoint. Another time, in which I didn't actually die, I got myself trapped in one of those glass wall...
by nsmjohn
Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0395: "Morning"
Replies: 150
Views: 27634

Re: "Morning" Discussion

jayhawk wrote:Did this comic make anyone else think about "The Nine Billion Names of God"?


I had never read that before. Thanks for the link. Now that I have read it, the comic does remind me of it.

Great story btw.
by nsmjohn
Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Growing a beard . . .
Replies: 27
Views: 3001

Re: Growing a beard . . .

At 17 I had a goatee. At 19 I had chops. I am 22 now and I still have the goatee but my mustache never really came in until this past year. It takes me about a week to get a beard. Think of it this way though, a lot of hair growth isn't exactly a good thing. If I want to stay clean shaven I need to ...
by nsmjohn
Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Childhood misconceptions
Replies: 868
Views: 107455

Re: Childhood misconceptions

I'm not that great of a writer. P.S. Last page? All I have to say is WTF to the idea of teddy bear porn... The teddy bear porn really isn't that bad. My sister's misconception: I had to go back to the hospital not too long after I was born (messed up tear ducts, couldn't cry), my sister thought my ...
by nsmjohn
Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: After school
Replies: 41
Views: 3068

Re: After school

9th - Reading, friends, video games (GoldenEye, Perfect Dark, Smash Brothers) 10th - Reading, friends, video games (Diablo II, SC, Smash Brothers, Quake III) 11th - Work, reading, friends, video games (Diablo II, SC, Smash Brothers Melee, Halo) 12th - Work, reading, friends, video games (SC, Smash B...
by nsmjohn
Wed Mar 12, 2008 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0395: "Morning"
Replies: 150
Views: 27634

Re: "Morning" Discussion

Tephlon wrote:
Crane wrote:The worst thing is the possibility that not only is the universe simulated, but it's someone's SCREEN SAVER.
When they get back from their coffee break, we're done for.

Let's hope they're out to lunch instead....


That or they're government employees.
by nsmjohn
Thu Mar 06, 2008 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does the end truly justify the means?
Replies: 44
Views: 4107

Re: Does the end truly justify the means?

So let me get this straight. To pay for college, you (may) want to grow and sell a certain plant (rhymes with schmannabis, if I guess correctly), the possession of which is illegal in the United States (also, most other countries). And you want somebody to tell you it's ok. Trouble is, nobody can d...
by nsmjohn
Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Ethics question
Replies: 57
Views: 10668

Re: Ethics question

This is completely hypothetical, of course. Let's just assume a CIS Professor assigns online quizzes, provided in html files. In the source of said html files are all the answers to the quiz. The answers are encrypted and the decryption function is also supplied. Is it wrong to use my programming k...
by nsmjohn
Wed Mar 05, 2008 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How'd you come up with your username(s)?
Replies: 1405
Views: 243067

Re: How'd you come up with your username(s)?

My nickname among my friends is either "Mormon" or "Mormon John". As it happens, I am no longer Mormon. The only reason the nickname still sticks is that they all met me when I still was, that and I still act a little... off. Anyhow, when I run into people who still think I am pa...
by nsmjohn
Wed Mar 05, 2008 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Discuss your Signature
Replies: 800
Views: 70499

Re: Discuss your Signature

My written signature isn't typically legible. I blame being left handed (still prefer being a lefty to a righty though). My fora sig is just something I thought sounded thoughtful/interesting. As far as I know it was originated by me, but I could just be forgetting the original source. The first lin...
by nsmjohn
Wed Mar 05, 2008 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0390: "Nightmares"
Replies: 214
Views: 44757

Re: "Nightmares" Discussion

As it would turn out my family is wired for OCD and Anxiety disorder. Well, that certainly explains why you're reading this comic. :) Seriously, welcome from another recent registrant. *shakes hands, recently washed* Thanks for the welcome. Hand wash wasn't necessary, my sisters are the germaphobes...
by nsmjohn
Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0390: "Nightmares"
Replies: 214
Views: 44757

Re: "Nightmares" Discussion

If it's any comfort, the evidence suggests that your Fantastically Important Revelation was probably something like "cheese is delicious." The sleeping brain is a very poor judge of the profound vs. the mundane. I wish it did help, really I do. The is just one problem, I am mentally incap...
by nsmjohn
Tue Mar 04, 2008 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0390: "Nightmares"
Replies: 214
Views: 44757

Re: "Nightmares" Discussion

Quite possibly the most disconcerting thing to ever happen to me was because of a dream, but I don't know if I would consider the dream a nightmare. Anyhow, I only remember two things from the dream. First, that while in the dream I realized I was dreaming and learned/discovered some piece of inform...

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