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by Kewangji
Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books fleeting thoughts
Replies: 18
Views: 2502

Re: Books fleeting thoughts

[...]and that just makes me sad. Pardon me, but this does not sound entirely like it's caused by having more knowledge. It just sounds like depression to me, like how food stops tasting like anything (kind of). I'm sorry you're having this problem though, and I'm sorry to speculate wildly here. ~ B...
by Kewangji
Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: China Mieville
Replies: 12
Views: 1494

Re: China Mieville

↶ Yes, I'm talking about Yag's arc. Ah, so, that's why I don't/didn't understand the criticism of 'its a commentary on how rape victims are hard to deal with'? That is genuinely not a theme I'm seeing in Yag's storyarc - Yag is the rapist, not the raped, in case you forgot? If anything, I think it ...
by Kewangji
Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: China Mieville
Replies: 12
Views: 1494

Re: China Mieville

Yes, I'm talking about Yag's arc. Sorry to have been ambiguous! There were no other rapes, apart from all the mindrape, as I believe it's usually called, in the book as far as I noticed. It was a long while since I read it, so I cannot really claim to be able to back the points up with textual evide...
by Kewangji
Sun Aug 28, 2016 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: China Mieville
Replies: 12
Views: 1494

Re: China Mieville

I hate-read Perdido Street Station. Hate for many of the same reasons as natraj is listing. I remember wanting to stick a pen through every page that had the word 'desultory' in it. But also, it's just not a story . It's just a collection of things. The ending isn't an ending, it's just a big wh...
by Kewangji
Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why aren't many violent crimes committed via Uber drivers?
Replies: 21
Views: 2678

Re: Why aren't many violent crimes committed via Uber drivers?

teelo wrote:My country is trying to outlaw Uber. Rather than require them to have the same qualifications and surveilance as taxi drivers. Sigh.

Good.
by Kewangji
Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Snappy Comebacks for Impudent Door-Holders
Replies: 17
Views: 2903

Re: Snappy Comebacks for Impudent Door-Holders

I really thought this thread was going to be about Game of Thrones.
by Kewangji
Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 3908
Views: 573236

Re: Today I Made:

Pyttipanna with some extra meatballs (i.e. an extremely Swedish food) with fried eggs that I heaped oregano over. Served with ketchup.
by Kewangji
Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: XKCD, where they talk shit about you in a secret subforum
Replies: 150
Views: 13732

Re: XKCD, where they talk shit about you in a secret subforum

I feel like Battlemoose would have been way less hurt if Mauthe Dhoo had not framed the situation so hurtfully and melodramatically. I recognize the hurt is real though. Feel the hurt and do what you must to feel okay again, Battlemoose. It'll pass and you'll gain some perspective. Perhaps y'all two...
by Kewangji
Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ANGRY NATTERINGS
Replies: 28218
Views: 2038157

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

If you have the money to spare, a good suit or the like will make you feel amazing both in and out of the suit.
by Kewangji
Sun Jun 05, 2016 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ANGRY NATTERINGS
Replies: 28218
Views: 2038157

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

heuristically_alone wrote:
Maybe instead I will angrily natter about how I wish I was born a woman sometimes, then maybe I would be more attractive

Have you considered transitioning? Or, snazzy clothes that you got a tailor to fit to your body. One of the two should do wonders.
by Kewangji
Tue May 10, 2016 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Random natterings
Replies: 89465
Views: 4852620

Re: Random natterings

FierceContinent wrote:
“Genderless” communities formed.

This is already a thing! I like your whiplash switches between political and pop-cultural predictions, for the record.
by Kewangji
Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Forum Migration
Replies: 403
Views: 308639

Re: Forum Migration

I feel bad for reading less and less here but the forums are so slow now. Like, pages take 20 seconds or more to load no matter what network I'm on. I seem to recall they were fine when the migration first happened, although I might be misremembering. I don't know if this has been discussed here? Se...
by Kewangji
Thu Mar 24, 2016 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Forum Migration
Replies: 403
Views: 308639

Re: Forum Migration

It's gonna take a little while for me to get used to this but I think I like it. Good job. :)
by Kewangji
Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: It has Endginned. (Mod Madness 2016)
Replies: 220
Views: 49939

Re: It Begends. (Mod Madness 2016)

I've worked really hard to make my sins original and now you're telling me some of y'all are just born with it?
by Kewangji
Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: My joke...
Replies: 8
Views: 2793

Re: My joke...

Fine. :p So "synonym dictionary" then?
by Kewangji
Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: My joke...
Replies: 8
Views: 2793

Re: My joke...

Will you find ran and runs as separate entries in a thesaurus?
by Kewangji
Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: My joke...
Replies: 8
Views: 2793

Re: My joke...

If it helps, my alt-text would be "oddly enough, there are no decent synonyms for 'thesaurus'. Synonym lexicon works fine. BTW does anyone know if there's any connection between the two types of 'saurus'? Well, they're both from Greek, but thesaurus is from the same root as treasury, not dinos...
by Kewangji
Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A poem for a day
Replies: 84
Views: 21738

Re: A poem for a day

PORTRAIT OF MY FATHER AS A YOUNG MAN by Rainer Maria Rilke, translation by Stephen Mitchell In the eyes: dream. The brow as if it could feel something far off. Around the lips, a great freshness--seductive, though there is no smile. Under the rows of ornamental braid on the slim Imperial officer's u...
by Kewangji
Sun Dec 27, 2015 6:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is the 'Thing Explainer' suitable for kids as to practice En
Replies: 9
Views: 3571

Re: Is the 'Thing Explainer' suitable for kids as to practic

Given that the ten hundred most common words in French are useless things like eighty variants of "de" I think the translators to French gave up on this. This post is not based on facts but rather the impressions of a frustrated student of French who is trying to write an essay about Stend...
by Kewangji
Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Random natterings
Replies: 89465
Views: 4852620

Re: Passing ponderments

Hi Pod! Welcome back.:) I think most forums tend to slow down with age, like humans. We had a lot of new activity when the Time comic came out, though.
by Kewangji
Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10817
Views: 1678986

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

katakissa wrote:currently a bit obsessed with Hamilton: the musical

Most excellent.

Welcome. :)
by Kewangji
Tue Nov 24, 2015 4:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sci-fi plausibility
Replies: 46
Views: 6667

Re: Sci-fi plausibility

Christ why is the world always more terrifying than I assume.
by Kewangji
Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sci-fi plausibility
Replies: 46
Views: 6667

Re: Sci-fi plausibility

Another interesting feature of nuclear explosions is the double flash , which is caused when the shockwave momentarily obscures the fireball. But as with the mushroom cloud, this wouldn't happen in space. Out of curiosity (the answer is probably no) have there been any detonations of nukes in space...
by Kewangji
Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ancillary Justice/Sword/Mercy, Ann Leckie
Replies: 12
Views: 5559

Re: Ancillary Justice/Sword/Mercy, Ann Leckie

Yeah, I'm with maybeagnostic here. You're missing the point quite hard if you think the series is being praised for how the Radch is a perfect society or something. Just as Leckie would be missing the point if she had written that the gender binary is the be-all end-all source of oppression in socie...
by Kewangji
Tue Oct 06, 2015 8:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sci-fi plausibility
Replies: 46
Views: 6667

Re: Sci-fi plausibility

That is pretty strange, and I accept it without question, although I'm not convinced the movie Bond is portraying the same universe as the book Bonds. (Also, it sounds like there were two ghost writers.)
by Kewangji
Sun Oct 04, 2015 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sci-fi plausibility
Replies: 46
Views: 6667

Re: Sci-fi plausibility

If a story contradicts itself I quickly invent some shenanigan theology for the world it takes place in. Probably the very simple explanations they laid out early on were not actually true, but dumbed down versions of a vast, almost incomprehensible truth. Plot holes are good for you -- they make yo...
by Kewangji
Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lyrical Assistance
Replies: 11
Views: 3202

Re: Lyrical Assistance

Metal dust cools fast (very large surface-to-volume ratio). I've read stories by people who get covered in metal dust while grinding, and they never mentioned getting burned by it. (Still might be an incorrect read of the "tan" part, of course.) Hm, yeah, that makes sense about metal dust...
by Kewangji
Thu Sep 03, 2015 12:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lyrical Assistance
Replies: 11
Views: 3202

Re: Lyrical Assistance

Hi all! Thank you for your thoughts on this, this is precisely the kind of thing I was hoping for. Please keep it coming! (My reply delayed a bit by suddenly being thrown into university again.) Uneducated free-association suggests that plate-men get plate-tans. Working with metal grinders will tend...
by Kewangji
Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lyrical Assistance
Replies: 11
Views: 3202

Lyrical Assistance

Dear everybody, I've been listening to this song since it came out three years ago (not continuously) and there are a few bits of the lyrics that I'm just not getting. I'm asking y'all to help me rap-genuis this thing. This is a noble quest and probably people from the North of England, Northumberla...
by Kewangji
Wed Aug 05, 2015 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: favorite lines/quotes from books
Replies: 286
Views: 72104

Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

From Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle.
Most people like me are dead.


And this is not from a book, but it is from this story, which a dear friend wrote me last year.
The mushrooms did not reply. They were mushrooms, and mushrooms are too good to speak to lowly animals like humans.
by Kewangji
Sat Aug 01, 2015 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A poem for a day
Replies: 84
Views: 21738

Re: A poem for a day

A friend of mine just tweeted me this poem, and I felt the very strong urge to share it here too.

by Kobayashi Issa
translated by Robert Hass

Code: Select all

     Writing shit about new snow
for the rich
     is not art.
by Kewangji
Fri Jul 31, 2015 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Random natterings
Replies: 89465
Views: 4852620

Re: Inspirations

This is a very good science feature, FT, I am very pleased.
by Kewangji
Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Actually it's about ethics in research
Replies: 155
Views: 12968

Re: If brutal honesty is just meanness, isn't science and tr

EDIT: The point I was getting at by referencing it is that often people cherry pick 'studies' to support their own world view. That is my point too. One of the ways that cherry-picking works, I posit, is that studies that show the undesirable things such as white people are more violent than black ...
by Kewangji
Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Actually it's about ethics in research
Replies: 155
Views: 12968

Re: If brutal honesty is just meanness, isn't science and tr

Sorry for not picking that thread up at first! What tends to happen in those cases, I think, is that society sweeps it under the rug and we just don't assign it any importance. In the SPE, the white men are treated as representative of humanity, so the fact that white men did this gets generalized i...
by Kewangji
Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Actually it's about ethics in research
Replies: 155
Views: 12968

Re: If brutal honesty is just meanness, isn't science and tr

It's a little bit like the Stanford Prison Experiment which was linked to earlier. It's usually used as an explanation about how 'people are terrible' but the cross section was mainly well off white men in their 20s. We used a test which had an incredibly small amount of diversity to extrapolate to...
by Kewangji
Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Actually it's about ethics in research
Replies: 155
Views: 12968

Re: If brutal honesty is just meanness, isn't science and tr

Ok, ok, srs face on. Could we talk about what happens if science finds that white people are less intelligent than black people? That white people have in general uglier faces than black people? That men are actually worse at leading companies and governments than women? That men are worse drivers ...
by Kewangji
Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Actually it's about ethics in research
Replies: 155
Views: 12968

Re: If brutal honesty is just meanness, isn't science and tr

Can I just say that I'm currently doing my dissertation on Triton and its orbit immediately after its capture by Neptune and if anyone wants Brutal Truths TM on this topic, I would be happy to give them. I would love some Brutal Truths TM on precisely this topic, as brutal as you can make them. Wha...
by Kewangji
Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Random natterings
Replies: 89465
Views: 4852620

Re: Inspirations

Shakespeare's plays are great but as devices to teach modern teenagers how to use and enjoy English, they're terrible. Anecdata: as part of my studying English at university level in Sweden, we had an optional class whose exam was to perform a Shakespeare play. It did trip us up a little on words e...
by Kewangji
Mon Jun 29, 2015 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Book Spawn
Replies: 7
Views: 3176

Re: Book Spawn

"Winged: new writing on bees." I also preordered Overqualifieder by Joey Comeau even though it was only doable through Amazon.
by Kewangji
Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What Book Would You Turn Into A Game?
Replies: 28
Views: 10900

Re: What Book Would You Turn Into A Game?

The Hardy Boys Casefiles. Especially #1 (or #1-4 as a single game), and the Phoenix trilogy (#64-66). Also, maybe some of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys SuperMystery series. Or, you know, some of the classic original series. Hunting for Hidden Gold and The House on the Cliff were always my favorite....

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