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by aleflamedyud
Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Aglets of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Replies: 276
Views: 69947

Re: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I thought it was really, really cliched but fairly well-executed for what it is. I'd actually quite like to see, just for once, a show in which not all experiments in Phlebotinum or superpowers automatically turn you into a psycho maniac. I'd also really like to see Joss lay the fuck off the sassy w...
by aleflamedyud
Sat Nov 03, 2012 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1129: "Cell Number"
Replies: 96
Views: 26613

Re: 1129: "Cell Number"

I can confirm that we too have different area codes for cell-phone numbers. I was a little startled today when I had to dial a 04-XXX-XXXX phone number to order a pizza, under the exchange/area-code for my city instead of the normal 05X for cell-phone numbers that I'm used to receiving from everyone...
by aleflamedyud
Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1117: "My Sky"
Replies: 58
Views: 15423

Re: 1117: "My Sky"

RanDall. R.D. Rainbow Dash.

It's a conspiracy! :shock:
by aleflamedyud
Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 315438

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Sorry, folks, but Daring Do is best pony. And Dressed-Up Derpy (originally posted last page of the thread) is manliest pony.

Yes, I know Derpy is a mare, but Photo Finish gave her the +INFINITY Shades of Manliness. Nice detail there.
by aleflamedyud
Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1097: "A Hypochrondiac's Nightmare"
Replies: 45
Views: 12846

Re: 1097: "A Hypochrondiac's Nightmare"

Honestly, I was surprised that a person could fall into a plane engine by accident. I assumed Mal Reynolds must have planted the banana peel.

Also, holy shit it's been 10 years since Firefly.
by aleflamedyud
Sat Jul 28, 2012 3:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite
Replies: 48
Views: 7046

Re: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite

At the reported amount of wealth, we can't be talking about whether we should tax it or not. We can't do it. (I make the case above) IMO, the problem here is that people (in general) and the government object to the very very rich having a significant amount of power to decide what capital investme...
by aleflamedyud
Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite
Replies: 48
Views: 7046

Re: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite

At the reported amount of wealth, we can't be talking about whether we should tax it or not. We can't do it. (I make the case above) IMO, the problem here is that people (in general) and the government object to the very very rich having a significant amount of power to decide what capital investme...
by aleflamedyud
Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Dark Knight Rises
Replies: 245
Views: 38436

Re: Did The Dark Knight Rises makes sense? [SPOILERS]

If memory serves, in Batman Begins, Ra's al Ghul's motivation was to destroy Gotham because it was evil (which in and of itself seems silly "Let's kill innocents so that no more innocents will be killed"). So, if the idea here was to finish what he started, why would t...
by aleflamedyud
Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Dark Knight Rises
Replies: 245
Views: 38436

Re: Dark Knight Rises

I came for the Revolution and stayed for the Batman.
by aleflamedyud
Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 506688

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

The quote appears to be accurate (according to mechanical translation, since I don't know Hebrew). Here is the original text and the source: רוב האנשים שבאים הנה הם מוסלמים שחושבים שהארץ בכלל לא שייכת לנו, לאדם הלבן. Then I take it back. Eli Yishai is even more reprehensible than I thought. Screw h...
by aleflamedyud
Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 383146

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I think the evidence for Hat and Cloak being Quirrell is, as Harry would put it, persuasive in its descriptive sense, rather than normative. We are probably meant to think that that is the case but I am not convinced. Yet. Neither am I, not at all. If Hat & Cloak's modus operandi is to Memory C...
by aleflamedyud
Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 383146

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

And, of course, Japanese. Because everyone knows Japanese and watches anime. Yup, EY, everyone is Just Like You. Honestly, how has the cognitive bias of assuming other people are slightly-modified versions of oneself NOT been mentioned in this book? Seems a damn huge blind-spot for the author and th...
by aleflamedyud
Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 383146

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Honestly, I wrote "8 days old" because MoR-verse often seems to run on EY's cultural assumptions (he's really bad at anthropology sometimes), and I'm fairly sure that EY would name his kids at 8 days old. You can glean information by reading the author's mind, even when he's mostly wrong. ...
by aleflamedyud
Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 383146

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

WarDaft wrote:A life lesson that-
Spoiler:
-is apparently giving every seer on Earth horrible nightmares.

Yeah, this will go well.

Including the Muggleborn seers less than 8 days old.
by aleflamedyud
Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Young Wizards by Diane Duane
Replies: 2
Views: 4690

Re: Young Wizards by Diane Duane

I'm pretty sure it was someone on this board who once, quite some time ago, pointed out to me that Diane Duane had put an as-yet unpublished novel up at http://www.the-big-meow.com/ , but I couldn't find the thread just now. Which is a shame, because I just finished reading it and found it to be qu...
by aleflamedyud
Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 383146

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Well, I guess ch. 83 turned out as well for Harry as we could reasonably expect. (I was kind of hoping he'd apologize to Dumbledore, though.) BUT, I have to admit I was completely surprised by the last line. It had not even occurred to me that Lucius might take his son out of a school a...
by aleflamedyud
Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Carrier IQ's hidden app on phones logs keystrokes
Replies: 35
Views: 6404

Re: Carrier IQ's hidden app on phones logs keystrokes

So how do I get in on the class-action suit against them?
by aleflamedyud
Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 506688

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Dream wrote:Are you suggesting that an armed boarding of a ship in international waters does not constitute an attack? That's not really a tenable position.

Are you once again suggesting that anyone calling themselves an activist or protester is entitled to commit an act of war without a military response?
by aleflamedyud
Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 216556

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

was started by protesters it's those fucking anarcho-punks Which is a statement I'm auto-suspicious of, ever since the boston police used an "anarchist takeover of the peaceful movement" as an excuse to raid Occupy Boston. Even though none of those anarchists were ever arrested or came fo...
by aleflamedyud
Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 216556

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

was started by protesters it's those fucking anarcho-punks Which is a statement I'm auto-suspicious of, ever since the boston police used an "anarchist takeover of the peaceful movement" as an excuse to raid Occupy Boston. Even though none of those anarchists were ever arrested or came fo...
by aleflamedyud
Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: John McCarthy Dead
Replies: 3
Views: 1437

Re: John McCarthy Dead

(apply #'blessing (memory (eval john-mccarthy)))
by aleflamedyud
Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Karzai: Afghanistan would side with Pakistan Against US
Replies: 13
Views: 2170

Re: Karzai: Afghanistan would side with Pakistan Against US

I don't even see this as 'anti-american'. Taken as 'If America occupied Pakistan tomorrow, we would help you out' says nothing about being Anti-America but more that Afghanistan would recognize America over-stepping it's boundaries. To me, Anti-America is believing that everything america does is b...
by aleflamedyud
Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Bisexuality is natural for woman" study finds
Replies: 37
Views: 5927

Re: "Bisexuality is natural for woman" study finds

Perhaps gay men are more accepted because discussing the matter is not tolerated. From a strictly male point of view: perhaps gay men are more accepted, by the male half of the population at least, because its hard for a heterosexual male to imagine being attracted to another man (at least from my ...
by aleflamedyud
Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 216556

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

I've proposed an amendment to the Constitution. Thoughts? Is that supposed to be a satire of the current movement's character? That's how I read it - we will create something that at some time will agree on some undetermined changes that will make this country better. I guess it's hard to tell some...
by aleflamedyud
Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 506688

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Right, except the Muslim Brotherhood in Israel and the Palestinian Territories was largely apolitical and unconcerned with destroying Israel or establishing a Palestinian, which is why Hamas formed out of it, out of frustration with their ineffectiveness. But assuming you guys are right and Hamas d...
by aleflamedyud
Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 216556

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

I'm about to go to sleep after tweeting up a storm and blogging in the wake of the first #occupyboston General Assembly tonight. The energy is quite intense. I highly recommend finding your local movement and getting involved. (Involved means as little as just showing up or even just making sure pe...
by aleflamedyud
Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 506688

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Hamas was founded in 1987. I think it's unfair to say they simply formed because Jews lived in the area. If that were the reason, they would predate Israel. Then why is that what they say in their charter? Also, Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose existence does predate...
by aleflamedyud
Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 216556

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

What's this hatred people have of Corporate Personhood? I'm pretty sure it's a combination of several factors: 1. They don't know what corporate personhood means, but it sounds bad if you dislike corporations in the first place, and corporations are indeed not human beings. 2. They are very strongl...
by aleflamedyud
Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 506688

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Iulus Cofield wrote:In a broad sense, all of Hamas' actions are a response to Israeli policy.

Yes, it sure was offensive of Israel to be full of Jews who must all be killed at the command of Allah.
by aleflamedyud
Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Will Robots take all the jobs?
Replies: 92
Views: 9478

Re: Will Robots take all the jobs?

Labor polarization is real, and it is happening, and it will continue. Most jobs will either be high-end creative jobs (we'll still have actors and football stars and programmers and engineers) or low-end service jobs (like nursing or retail). The first are the sort that you need to be born clever/...
by aleflamedyud
Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 506688

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Dream wrote:Ok, so 100% religious then. That's much worse than nationality or race, actually.

No, actually. The religious marriage courts want a person to be halachically Jewish. The immigration requirements are different: one Jewish grandparent.
by aleflamedyud
Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Will Robots take all the jobs?
Replies: 92
Views: 9478

Re: Will Robots take all the jobs?

Will robots take all the jobs? The real world will asymptotically approach "yes". Automation can never fully eliminate the need for those few "truly human" qualities (such as creativity, insight, love, blah blah), but everything that can be automated will be automated (and, in th...
by aleflamedyud
Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are nations tribes?
Replies: 56
Views: 6174

Re: Are nations tribes?

This is more the argument I was looking for. How do social differences obstruct common projects? And would not a good legal system adhere to objective morals (insofar as they exist) without making decisions based on cultural norms anyways? You are presupposing that some agreeable set of objective m...
by aleflamedyud
Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 506688

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

the fact that Hamas (who were elected by the majority of Palestinians in the last elections) have denounced the bid as it doesn't include pre-67 Israel as well. Hamas are irrelevant except in so far as they will have to brought onside after the rest of the region negotiates some kind of future. The...
by aleflamedyud
Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian parents turn to law to evict adult son
Replies: 74
Views: 9258

Re: Italian parents turn to law to evict adult son

A specific Italian factor is that the country has very low labour participation among women, especially older women. In many cases those live-in sons and daughters are simply bringing in useful income, while their mother runs the household. The further problem with the cases in these articles is th...
by aleflamedyud
Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Presidential jobs address, 9-8-2011
Replies: 195
Views: 13543

Re: Presidential jobs address, 9-8-2011

What part of 'A less aggressive form of your plans costs 3 trillion dollars, and the total amount we make in taxes is 65% of that" are you failing to understand? This isn't a 'close the tax loopholes', or 'reduce military spending' kind of thing. It's a 'Tax everybody into the ground' kind of ...
by aleflamedyud
Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 216556

Re: Occupy Wall Street - USA Anticorporate Protests

People should only invest in companies/banks whose finances they understand and/or who have earned your trust that the decision makers understand what is going on. What has been learned is that people do not understand what they are investing in and have placed their trust in the wrong people. But,...
by aleflamedyud
Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian parents turn to law to evict adult son
Replies: 74
Views: 9258

Re: Italian parents turn to law to evict adult son

I have to say, I kind of feel sympathetic to both sides here, at least in the general case rather than the extreme case of that rich little brat. On the one hand, yeah, parents need to be able to get on with their lives after raising kids. On the other hand, middle-class and even upper-middle class ...
by aleflamedyud
Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Presidential jobs address, 9-8-2011
Replies: 195
Views: 13543

Re: Presidential jobs address, 9-8-2011

You once again fail to address any of my concerns. Your argument is essentially 'More money for the less fortunate is a good thing'. My argument is essentially 'No one wants to pay for that'. Lets hit this from a different angle, once again, and see if we can use logic to penetrate your dogma. If w...

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