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by Kendo_Bunny
Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Twilight?
Replies: 1018
Views: 126165

Re: Twilight?

Sorry about the extreme lack of updates. Those on the Facebook page know... my long-term boyfriend (AbNo on here) dumped me out of the blue and then pulled a disappearing act. He turned out to have been cheating on me with at least 5 other girls (including a 17-year-old he was wont to refer to as hi...
by Kendo_Bunny
Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 183871

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stan

I think the biggest problem with reading books like The Awakening in high school is you really don't get the proper context. Yeah, the plot is cliched and old hat now, but it was a really important work for bringing attention to the plight of women trapped in loveless marriages. But my experience in...
by Kendo_Bunny
Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Twilight?
Replies: 1018
Views: 126165

Re: Twilight?

According to leaks, they're going to put in the sex scene that was cut out of the book, and cut out the nightmare birth.
by Kendo_Bunny
Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Twilight?
Replies: 1018
Views: 126165

Re: Twilight?

Chapter 21: The Idiot Plot Tumor Becomes Critical And this opens just as boring as the last chapter. SMeyer gets bogged down incredibly in mundane bits. Seriously, there is no reason for a scene where a girl watches a psychic vampire sketching visions to be so unutterably dull. She spends numerous w...
by Kendo_Bunny
Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0846: "Dental Nerve"
Replies: 135
Views: 28924

Re: 0846: "Dental Nerve"

To call Ke$ha's lyrics inane would be an insult to inanity. Though I admit my first thought when I heard this song wasn't about dental hygiene. The first was "Wow, she sounds like Carol Channing", and the second was "Wait, Mick Jagger? Does she know what he looks like, or is she just ...
by Kendo_Bunny
Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men-only hairdresser. Not bad or supporting sexism?
Replies: 131
Views: 16368

Re: Men-only hairdresser. Not bad or supporting sexism?

I do, however wonder why it should be any different whether a business refuses people who are white, female, overweight, too wealthy, not dressed right, atheist, gun-bearing or anything else. What makes some reasons better than another for refusing someone? Well apart from the gun one, I'd say all ...
by Kendo_Bunny
Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Twilight?
Replies: 1018
Views: 126165

Re: Twilight?

Chapter 20: In Which Dull Trivialities Get Duller "This room was too bland to belong anywhere but in a hotel." Have to give props for a decent sentence, especially since they are few and far between. I think the last one was in chapter 8. "The engine was almost silent, though we'd rac...
by Kendo_Bunny
Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 223079

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

I was a fan of twilight for one reason; it got and entire generation of teenage girls and boys to pick up a book and read . Bolded for emphasis. Twilight has best been described as a book for people who don't like books. If you go onto their forums, they talk about reading... Twilight. Nothing else...
by Kendo_Bunny
Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Living Low GI
Replies: 12
Views: 2940

Re: Living Low GI

I discovered that I'm sensitive to wheat See, if you're sensitive to wheat (have you been properly tested for celiac ?), then methinks your focus should just be on avoiding wheat rather than ruminating about this GI business. I have been tested and came out negative. But I gave up wheat for Lent an...
by Kendo_Bunny
Mon Aug 02, 2010 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 36775

Re: "Dilution" Discussion

Actually the two statements are not at odds: one says 'always' which is not the case. The other says 'usually', which is the case. Also, no one would rub plain willow bark on their skin. Willow bark tea or tinctures work as an effective skin treatment for reducing swelling. Salicylic acid will kill ...
by Kendo_Bunny
Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 36775

Re: "Dilution" Discussion

The thing is, senna does exist in standardized capsule form, but it is more gentle taken as a tea, not to mention it being a lot less expensive. Pill form isn't necessarily best, and since most of the people I've met who take senna tea on a regular basis are people who are getting blocked up because...
by Kendo_Bunny
Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 36775

Re: "Dilution" Discussion

They usually are less harsh, though. Yes, there is some variation depending on where you get it, but sometimes more gentle treatment is required. Aspirin isn't really the best thing to measure by, because levels of pain can be more efficiently treated with different medications. For example, aspirin...
by Kendo_Bunny
Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 36775

Re: "Dilution" Discussion

"Herbal medicine" doesn't really mean anything. If herbs have active ingredients, those ingredients can (in principle) be tested and proven to work. To quote Dara O'Brien: " 'Oh, herbal medicine's been used for thousands of years.' Indeed it has, and then we tested it all, and the st...
by Kendo_Bunny
Fri Jul 30, 2010 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Living Low GI
Replies: 12
Views: 2940

Living Low GI

Does anyone else try this diet approach? It's not low carb, since the carbs in vegetables and most fruits are necessary. I'm trying to get started, since I discovered that I'm sensitive to wheat, and things high on the GI scale tend to make me balloon up. http://www.lowcarbiseasy.com/dietplanlowgi.h...
by Kendo_Bunny
Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 36775

Re: "Dilution" Discussion

I have never and will never recommend a homeopathic remedy to anyone. I have. I recommended a homeopathic stress relief to someone for anxiety problems that hadn't gotten so bad that she was willing to see a therapist or psychiatrist for. I told her it was probably a placebo effect, but that it wou...
by Kendo_Bunny
Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 36775

Re: "Dilution" Discussion

I'm on the fence about homeopathic medicines. I have relatives who are Doctor's (Legit med degree's) who have also taken certification courses in homeopathic medicines. I like the balance they have, as my one aunt who is a Doctor says "Aloe Vera might be nice for a light burn, but sometimes yo...
by Kendo_Bunny
Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Where did you learn to cook?
Replies: 72
Views: 41015

Re: Where did you learn to cook?

I helped my mom in the kitchen when I was really young, though didn't get very far. When I was about 7, one of the nannies taught me how to make mashed potatoes, which was my favorite food. I also learned how to make brownies and cookies and cake. When I was about 12, I learned to make a traditional...
by Kendo_Bunny
Fri Jul 09, 2010 2:30 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Anyone else going to Gencon?
Replies: 2
Views: 1461

Anyone else going to Gencon?

Because an xkcd meetup at a gaming convention could be epic. I'll be there all four days, as will AbNo, who used to post. Was anyone else planning on going, or do they live in the Indianapolis area?
by Kendo_Bunny
Wed Jul 07, 2010 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Twilight?
Replies: 1018
Views: 126165

Re: Twilight?

Chai Kovsky wrote:Yeah, but see, vampires are better AND worse smellers. Because they have the super-extra-special vampire power of smelling things when they're PLOT CONVENIENT!

Let's see a bloodhound do THAT!


I'm willing to bet a bloodhound could have written a more sensible book.
by Kendo_Bunny
Wed Jul 07, 2010 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Twilight?
Replies: 1018
Views: 126165

Re: Twilight?

But see, that would make more sense than these books are allowed to make. As for SMeyer's explanation on why periods don't count, period blood is "dead blood", and thus not remotely delicious. She followed up by saying 'Ew'. Going past the fact that that is ludicrous, it also means that an...
by Kendo_Bunny
Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Twilight?
Replies: 1018
Views: 126165

Re: Twilight?

That would make sense, except for the fact that she was literally five feet away from him, and he didn't notice until the wind changed. And I have no idea. Freesia doesn't smell bad, but it definitely doesn't smell delicious. As for lavender (which he also said she smelled like), I can't really be a...
by Kendo_Bunny
Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:30 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Dublin - Ireland Meetup??
Replies: 41
Views: 35958

Re: Dublin - Ireland Meetup??

Wish I could have gone, though I hope to be in Ireland again soon.

And next time without any classmates dancing on tables or making out with each other to get attention in pubs...
by Kendo_Bunny
Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Twilight?
Replies: 1018
Views: 126165

Re: Twilight?

Chapter 19: Where the Snarker Waxes Philosophical “My mind was blank as I tried to think of a way to make him let me go. This wasn't going to be pleasant.” It isn’t going to be sensible, either. Really, this is one of the stupidest plans in the history of stupid plans. There’s a reason why, if being...
by Kendo_Bunny
Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Twilight?
Replies: 1018
Views: 126165

Re: Twilight?

Okay, I had heard somewhere that it was 'That black guy from House', and as I've only seen a bit of House, I assumed it was Foreman.
by Kendo_Bunny
Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Twilight?
Replies: 1018
Views: 126165

Re: Twilight?

Chapter 18: Noses Just Don’t Work That Way “Their walk was catlike, a gait that seemed constantly on the edge of shifting into a crouch.” I know they’re vampires and predators and stuff, but this is kind of silly. These are not the traditional skulky vamps, but the kind that gain preternatural beaut...
by Kendo_Bunny
Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Asexuality
Replies: 330
Views: 64741

Re: Asexuality

I've never met anyone (other than people who have had bad experiences or had no experiences) who has been uninterested in sex. However, assuming you can be genetically uninterested in sex, that would mean that throughout all of vertebrate evolution, humans (and presumably all other sexual organisms...
by Kendo_Bunny
Sat Jun 19, 2010 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Non-sexist hard scifi: does it exist?
Replies: 69
Views: 14340

Re: Non-sexist hard scifi: does it exist?

TheSkyMovesSideways wrote:Uhh, probably not, given that it's about an elite military unit that doesn't admit women.


But it's explained that women aren't accepted because of basic biological restrictions, though they make absolutely the best pilots.
by Kendo_Bunny
Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 223079

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

Nullifidian wrote: While Stephanie Meyer may be worse, for all I know, nobody claims her books are examples of great American literature.


You must not have met any of her fans....
by Kendo_Bunny
Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Non-sexist hard scifi: does it exist?
Replies: 69
Views: 14340

Re: Non-sexist hard scifi: does it exist?

Foundation got female characters later, as Asimov developed as a writer. His characterization in the Robot series was admittedly weak, but he did get better. I'm working on becoming a noteworthy SF scholar, so I read huge amounts of science fiction, both hard and soft. I think the main reason why s...
by Kendo_Bunny
Sun Jun 06, 2010 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The 50 book challenge
Replies: 76
Views: 11379

Re: The 50 book challenge

I've at least trebled the challenge by now. Then again, I was taught to read extremely fast and enjoy it. I've been reading less than usual lately (3-4 books a week instead of my usual 5-8), but I've been having trouble with migraines since last November. Unfortunately, I can't read with a migraine,...
by Kendo_Bunny
Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Asexuality
Replies: 330
Views: 64741

Re: Asexuality

If asexuality were very common, we'd have a lot of words available to explain exactly what flavour of "A" a person is. I don't think anyone is arguing that it's very common. General consensus appears to be a 1% or less of the human race identifies as asexual, though there appear to be cer...
by Kendo_Bunny
Thu May 27, 2010 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Asexuality
Replies: 330
Views: 64741

Re: Asexuality

Yes, some animals have homosexual tendencies, and some animals choose not to mate ever. Both may be slight aberrations of biological imperative, but not so far outside the norm as to tip the balance of nature.
by Kendo_Bunny
Thu May 27, 2010 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Asexuality
Replies: 330
Views: 64741

Re: Asexuality

It is possible that there are hormone problems, but it's also abnormal biologically that some sexually reproducing organisms have a sexual preference for same sex partners. I don't think asexuality is much more biologically abnormal than that.
by Kendo_Bunny
Wed May 26, 2010 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Asexuality
Replies: 330
Views: 64741

Re: Asexuality

I seek to understand, but do not yet fully understand. Do you credit the source of asexuality as congenital or environmental? It depends on the person, really. I'm in a grey area of asexuality, because while I am generally uninterested in sex, I have met one person who I feel what I presume is sexu...
by Kendo_Bunny
Thu May 20, 2010 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Twilight?
Replies: 1018
Views: 126165

Re: Twilight?

Chapter 17: Wherein Being a Vampire Means That You May Ignore Physics “And then I saw the black car, a weathered Ford, parked in Charlie's driveway — and heard Edward mutter something unintelligible in a low, harsh voice.” Somehow I get the feeling that he was muttering some nasty slur name on Nativ...
by Kendo_Bunny
Sat May 15, 2010 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Dublin - Ireland Meetup??
Replies: 41
Views: 35958

Re: Dublin - Ireland Meetup??

My flight got rescheduled, so I'm back in Virginia. Have a great time, you guys. :cry:
by Kendo_Bunny
Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Anti-Recommend a Book!
Replies: 45
Views: 7373

Re: Anti-Recommend a Book!

The recommend a book thread promotes reading and will make you less ignorant even if you dislike the book. I didnt' care for _____ book, but I am smarter and more culturally aware for having done so. Telling people to not read a book, because in your opinion, it was bad... thats just promoting igno...
by Kendo_Bunny
Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Looks like we got ourselves a reader...
Replies: 193
Views: 33120

Re: Looks like we got ourselves a reader...

I started reading at 2 1/2. My mother was an English professor and my father was an engineer, and both of them devoured books, so I had plenty of good examples. They read chapter books aloud until we began following along, then switched to books with simpler words so we could teach ourselves. My sis...
by Kendo_Bunny
Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 183871

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stan

Actually, come to think of it, the worst one was paradise lost. I conceived a deep hatred for Milton when he started listing demons and citing them as gods of other religions. The smug morality and archaiisised language annoyed me. Well, there was a reason for it. Christian humanism had to mesh the...
by Kendo_Bunny
Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Anti-Recommend a Book!
Replies: 45
Views: 7373

Re: Anti-Recommend a Book!

Well, anyone who has read the Twilight thread knows my strong feelings about just how bad the book series is. Another thing I can recommend to avoid like the plague: 'The Chronicles of the Cheysuli'. My sister lent me this book, where the heroine does absolutely no wrong. She can also shape-shift in...

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