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by Bugs
Fri May 30, 2008 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Advice for web storage / buying a domain name
Replies: 3
Views: 1079

Advice for web storage / buying a domain name

Hi folks, This is a question I've been pondering for a while now, and it just occurred to me that you guys are probably the perfect people to ask. I'm considering buying myself a domain name and some online storage along with it. I've never really looked into the economics or logistics of it so, whi...
by Bugs
Thu May 29, 2008 12:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3077332

Re: Back to post yo' face

[Sunburn Tattoo] Best sunburn ever. I'm going to do a batman one this summer. Um... I'm sure you've considered this and all, but speaking as a cancer scientist: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! Sunburn is very, very bad ok? I appreciate your effort...
by Bugs
Thu May 22, 2008 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Travel tips
Replies: 58
Views: 99409

Re: Travel tips

For finding cheap flights, I use this website: http://matrix.itasoftware.com/cvg/dispatch/login It seems to be a test version of the database that lots of airlines and travel agencies use. Log in as a guest, enter your requirements and search. It checks all the airlines I've heard of and a few more....
by Bugs
Sun May 18, 2008 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Secular rituals?
Replies: 43
Views: 7884

Re: Secular rituals?

Have a look at the Humanist movement. I recently attended a humanist funeral for an atheist friend of mine. Without mentioning God(s), souls or anything spiritual, they had a simple 45-minute ceremony that focused on reflecting on the good aspect of my friend's life.* One or two gaps were left for &...
by Bugs
Sat Feb 09, 2008 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Beaches
Replies: 65
Views: 5836

Re: Beaches

I don't see the appeal of going to a beach just to lie in the sun for hours on end. But they do have their upsides:

1) Hiking along clifftops
2) Kite flying (though it can be hard to find enough room for a power kite)
3) Bikini'd babes

On the whole, they're a Good Thing.
by Bugs
Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Xkcd on Stage?
Replies: 35
Views: 2594

Re: Xkcd on Stage?

Awesome work! It's a cool idea and the storyline you've put together is quite touching.

I'd like to suggest an addition: http://xkcd.com/302/ as the first strip in "Years later".
by Bugs
Tue Oct 16, 2007 11:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Internet Wakes
Replies: 10
Views: 1607

Re: Internet Wakes

Oddly I was thinking about this sort of thing a few days ago, although applied to the real world. As far as I know I'm the only link between three separate groups of friends, only one of which has any link to my family. So if I snuff it tomorrow (always a possibility when cycling through city traffi...
by Bugs
Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Non-Religious Leader
Replies: 57
Views: 6627

Re: Non-Religious Leader

I find the notion that one person can be a moral or ethical guide for every occasion or for every person a bit ludicrous. Personally, if I am having a moral or ethical crisis, I am likely to find friends, parents, or colleagues who I know to generally act morally and ethically, and ask their advice...
by Bugs
Mon Oct 15, 2007 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Non-Religious Leader
Replies: 57
Views: 6627

Re: Non-Religious Leader

I think the problem with having an "atheist community" or "atheist leader" is that there isn't really much to hold them together. Religious communities share a set of beliefs and values; they have a worldview and a set of rituals in common. The priest, imam, scary-eyed cult leade...
by Bugs
Mon Oct 08, 2007 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Platonic relationships
Replies: 183
Views: 17995

Re: Platonic relationships

I think that it is possible to have platonic relationships with members of the opposite sex. Roughly half of my friends are women and the subset of those I've ever had a romantic interest in is tiny. That said, there are plenty of caveats which mostly revolve around how strictly you define "pla...
by Bugs
Thu Sep 20, 2007 11:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What do you do? (Explanation in post)
Replies: 51
Views: 4851

Juggling (and other cirucusy stuff) reliably calms me down and cheers me up. Chatting to friends works better if I'm in the mood to be sociable and they're contactable.
by Bugs
Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Use of weapons by private security forces
Replies: 38
Views: 4122

In Britain, you're allowed to use "reasonable force". Whether the force you used was reasonable is decided during the inevitable court case, although they do take into account that your judgement won't be perfect in the heat of the moment. The law regards assault against *anyone* as much w...
by Bugs
Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Censorship
Replies: 140
Views: 16426

I think the ideal solution would be limited censorship: allow them to preach, but ban them from calling for violence. However, I can't imagine a scenario short of a near-perfect surveillance state in which this could ever work. I don't get this. If you can't tell what they're saying, why would chan...
by Bugs
Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wikilaw
Replies: 42
Views: 5251

It's an intruiging idea, but the cynic in me (approx. 99.8%) says it's like communism: the perfect system until you start to introduce people. Basically, Wikipaedia works fantastically well* because people generally only edit stuff if they're a)expert or b)directly affected by it, e.g. the entry is ...
by Bugs
Tue Sep 18, 2007 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Censorship
Replies: 140
Views: 16426

What about censorship of material that is likely to lead to violence? For example, a religious or political leader stirring up the crowds and encouraging them to attack the sinners / unbelievers / foreigners. I'm thinking of a few British examples here - we've had a few lunatic Christian* and Muslim...
by Bugs
Thu Sep 13, 2007 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why I'll never use a teleportation device.
Replies: 79
Views: 6087

Also, to the person who said that our bodies are constantly recreating themselves and we are pretty much experiencing the other end of the teleporter every 5 years ago: How do you know that you aren't just the latest soul the inhabit your body, all possessing the same memories, but scheduled to be ...
by Bugs
Thu Sep 13, 2007 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why I'll never use a teleportation device.
Replies: 79
Views: 6087

Imagine stepping into the booth in London, then stepping out of the booth in New York, a subjective instant later. "Sorry for the delay", they tell you; "we had to wait a few minutes due to a technical problem after you'd been transmitted". Oh well, it's still better than flying....
by Bugs
Tue Sep 11, 2007 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does anyone have any humourous college courses?
Replies: 47
Views: 4122

I had an awe-inspiring lecturer for a couple of genetics modules. Her surname was "Vlad" and -- we later discovered -- she actually had been raised in the part of Romania that used to be Transylvania. Now you know that, remember the transylvanian accent from cheap horror films; that's exac...
by Bugs
Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3531418

While on the subject of ice cream and blowtorches, how do you feel about Baked Alaska? It seems to be a big, polarising issue, with people swaying between "YES! MORE, DAMNIT! MORE!!" and "Thou Shalt Not Sully the Precious Ice-Cream!" with associated violence. Thoughts? EDITed to ...
by Bugs
Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do nerds turn you on?
Replies: 191
Views: 20712

Ah. I found that one, but couldn't (and still can't) see how it related to __Kit's question about liking Asian girls. Evidently I'm just being a bit thick today, but no change there :D.

Although for the record: In some cases yes. In one specific and very inconvenient case, HELL YES.
by Bugs
Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do nerds turn you on?
Replies: 191
Views: 20712

__Kit wrote:No, it's not a fetish, and it's hardly sexual, I think its more like reasons stated in that xkcd comic (strange girl?) and me being stereotypical, looking for a cRaZy chick, mhm.

which xkcd comic? Searching for "strange girl" doesn't bring up useful results...
by Bugs
Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Positive thinking
Replies: 53
Views: 5289

Yes. Positive thinking alone won't achieve a great deal, but it's important to be able to look ahead and think "I have as good a chance of success as anybody; here's my goal and this is how I plan to achieve it". It sounds obvious, but when contrasted with negative thinking ("I don't ...
by Bugs
Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3531418

Though really, how is making porn different than prostitution other than the fact that you're making a video of it? I remember reading about a brothel operating in one of the US states where prostitution is illegal. The punter chooses a woman and has sex with her, but with a camcorder pointed at th...
by Bugs
Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: About goals in life.
Replies: 85
Views: 8530

I know several people aged 75+ who act decades younger. They've all gone through life leaping at oppertunities to challenge themselves, whether physically, emotionally, intellectually etc. A relative of mine died recently at the age of 40 - an early death, but softened by the knowledge that he'd acc...
by Bugs
Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cool ideas for absolutely anything
Replies: 129
Views: 10516

Yes. Awesome, I'd never heard of those before.
by Bugs
Fri Aug 24, 2007 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cool ideas for absolutely anything
Replies: 129
Views: 10516

A cool idea that could actually be built (not that the portal-ring things aren't awesome) has been knocking around in my mind for years. It's on the list for when I'm rich beyond my wildest dreams. You need a big-ish room, with a plain-coloured floor. In the room above is a load of 70cm x 3m mirrors...
by Bugs
Fri Aug 24, 2007 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Packing for College
Replies: 133
Views: 10069

SecondTalon wrote:Yeah, but you gotta know what a crumpet is to understand cricket.

It's hot, moist and a wonderful way to warm one's mouth on a winter morning.
by Bugs
Fri Aug 24, 2007 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Amusing confusion of religious sayings
Replies: 161
Views: 13346

Not a misinterpreted bible verse ("suffer the little children" had me puzzled for years), but a relevant piece of "bad advice for new church-goers". When the plate with the money comes around, don't be too greedy (From the BBC Radio 4 show "I'm sorry, I haven't a clue" ...
by Bugs
Fri Aug 24, 2007 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Packing for College
Replies: 133
Views: 10069

Stuff I found really useful that hasn't been mentioned yet: Smallish First Aid kit Small sewing kit - just enough to attach buttons or sew small rips Your own bottle opener/corkscrew Tea, coffee, sugar and extra mugs so you can offer people a drink in your room (This sounds obvious, but they were an...
by Bugs
Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:12 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You know you have played video games too much when...
Replies: 208
Views: 22300

I once spent a couple of hours in one of The Matrix games, running around then pulling up the sniper rifle to zoom in on distant characters and objects. On my way to meet my friends immediately afterwards, I saw a heron across a field from me. For a couple of seconds I was really disorientated by no...
by Bugs
Fri Aug 17, 2007 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sometimes people amaze me
Replies: 64
Views: 6455

This is a very small request to have pity on the world's retail slaves. I spent a summer working in a quiet clothing store, where my only job was to wander round looking for untidily folded clothes and rearrange them. After the first hour or two of this my brain wold shut down almost completely. Any...
by Bugs
Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Zombies! - A Mega-Merg'd Thread
Replies: 171
Views: 15652

If this looked to be a transitory thing, my lab would be close to ideal. We have high security (both electronic and mechanical locks), CCTV cameras all over the place and several layers of basements and sub-basements. We're connected to at least two other buildings within our mini-campus (which has ...
by Bugs
Thu Aug 16, 2007 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How to get out of real work
Replies: 42
Views: 4524

The scene: A patch of grass outside anonymous lab building, on a beautiful summer's day. Bugs is lying on the grass thinking in the third person, when his supervisor approaches: Supervisor: "Working hard today I see" Me: "Yes, actually". Supervisor: [looks around, notes absence o...
by Bugs
Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The responsibilities of age. (Re: changing your name)
Replies: 87
Views: 7701

I just remembered about the Spanish (or maybe Basque, I'm not sure) system of taking surnames from both your parents. Of course, your parents did this too, as did their parents, etc. A Spanish friend of mine just uses two names hyphonated together on forms and suchlike, but can recite the forty-ish ...
by Bugs
Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The responsibilities of age. (Re: changing your name)
Replies: 87
Views: 7701

General naming question: Is it common to be called by your middle name as opposed to your first? That's what mum's side of the family does, and it turn, myself, my bro and sis have all been called by our middle names. Is it some sort of tradition? I don't know about A n us, but it's very common in ...
by Bugs
Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Strange or even mildly amusing things about your body
Replies: 1607
Views: 194176

Long and slightly tangental post but it's about extra nipples, so read on! A little while ago I went to a talk given by a bloke whose research involved giving mice extra nipples. The images in his presentation are among the weirdest I've ever seen. In humans (well, all mammals), extra nipples are mo...
by Bugs
Thu Aug 16, 2007 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The responsibilities of age. (Re: changing your name)
Replies: 87
Views: 7701

evilbeanfiend wrote:Dych chi’n siarad Cymraeg?

A tiny, tiny bit. Enough to read roadsigns and get the gist of some conversations, but not enough to come up with a witty retort. Someday I'd like to learn, but French is my priority right now.

Are you fluent?
by Bugs
Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The responsibilities of age. (Re: changing your name)
Replies: 87
Views: 7701

Where I come from it's very common for people to go by their middle names. Several of my friends from home are on birth certificates as, say, "Cerys Imogen Jones"*, but would introduce themselves as "Imogen". Plus I'd totally be intimidated by a bloke called "Johnny Valentin...
by Bugs
Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3077332

Oddly, the only photos of me playing with fire are with my staff. I do have fire poi and can juggle fire clubs, but no photos. I'll get some taken when I start playing with fire again and post them then. As for the wick - it's usually roughly woven kevlar. You can order good quality wick material an...
by Bugs
Wed Aug 15, 2007 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Zombies! - A Mega-Merg'd Thread
Replies: 171
Views: 15652

wing wrote:an impressively detailed zombie escape plan

Just to establish context, who is "She"? Your sister?

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